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he would receive them as such ; and he felt as if to lose bim would be a disjunction from the good that he was secretly longing to grasp. Incessantly was he gazing into the little litter, through the aperture that for ventilation was left in its curtain; and often did the doll, heavy cast of a countenance ever bright with restless animation excite a fear lest the last smile had passed away. The short dialogue just recorded had allowed him a more protracted contemplation of that sunken face than he had before enjoyed: and when Captain Ryan again addressed him, tears had gathered in bis eyes.
• Dear Cohen! this trial falls heavily on you. To us it is indeed a heart-piercing stroke; but we bave a consolation, the strength and the sweetness of which how gladly would we share with you!'
• It is my greatest comfort, sir, to see you and his dear mother so supported.'
• We need a divine support, indeed, for, even were he not as he is, our only one, the sole survivor of the five over whose early graves we have been taught submission to the will of the Lord, still there is that in his character which makes our hearts cleave to him with a fondness no words can pourtray. But thanks be to the Giver of all good gifts, what most endears him to us now, will prove the best source of consolation under the bereavement which I feel but too sure awaits us.'
' I never loved any living thing half so well,' said Alick, struggling with his grief: but no wonder, for who even among mature men loves my people as that babe does ?'
'It is really marvellous. You know, Cohen, I have for some years been much devoted to the cause ;
and Charles has beard a good deal on the subject at home: but there seemed to be a sort of preparedness in his young heart to receive the promise of God's gracious purposes towards Israel with a fulness and a gladoess that I never saw equalled. Child as he is in temper, in manners, in language, on all other points, he is there the enthusiastic man; and I cannot tell you what a gloom steals over my spirit while thus conducting him, insensibly I may almost say, through the land he so ardently longed to visit. It is teaching me a sad, but I hope a profitable lesson of my own deficiency in single-eyed devotion.'
They continued for some miles to pass over a country of smiling plains; but at length the ascent began, the road narrowed, and became extremely rugged, while before them, with occasional intermixture of a verdant and cultivated spot, rose piles of frowning rocks, and towering mountains, which gradually closed in upon them, until their path became a narrow, rugged, steep defile, where two could not without difficulty pass abreast; and where the motion was such that with all the anxious care of his tender guardians poor little Charley was rocked in his rough cradle with a rudeness that completely dissipated his heavy slumber, and drew forth exclamations of surprise, if not of suffering. He fancied himself on board ship, and talked of a storm.
• We are not at sea, darling,' said Alick, but travelling through the mountain-passes of Judea, on the way to Jerusalem.'
At that word the boy lifted up his head, and exclaimed, 'Let me look at Jerusalem!'
• You shall when we come within sight of it,' answered his father ; 'but some hours must elapse be
fore then. Lie still, Charley, and I will tell you when we approach the holy city.'
“I would rather talk, papa. Is this Mount Lebanon, or is it the Mount of Olives, or Mount Zion, or wbat is it?'
• Lebanon,' answered Da Costa, “is at some distance from this place; the Mount of Olives is over against Jerusalem ; and on Mount Zion the city itself was built.'
• Ah, I forget, but my head is very foolish, somehow. What mountain is it, Mr. Dockster? Is there any thing about it in the Bible ?'
I do not remember that there is; but we shall soon see a place about which you have surely beard much : the plain where young David fought Goliath, and destroyed him. The armies, you know, were drawn up opposite to each other, Saul and the Israel on one side, on the other the Philistines, and Goliath came down into the plain every day to threaten and to taunt them.'
* And David chose some pebbles out of the brook,' said Charles, and he put them in his shepherd's sling, and slung them, and hit the giant in the forehead, and killed him, and took his own sword, and cut off his head with it.'
• Exactly so; presently I will shew you the brook where David got the pebbles, and the place where the giant fell.
• The Philistines were bad people,' observed Charles : 'they were always persecuting the Jews.'
. Only when they sinned; when they repented the Lord always raised up some deliverer whom they followed, and under whose command they put all their enemies to the rout-as they shall do again.'
“Yes;' answered Charley, with great energy, when they repent again, and when they follow Jesus Christ, so they shall.'
To this, of course, no reply was given; and after a moment's pause, Charley raised his head higher, and asked in a shrill tone, “Why don't you believe, why won't you believe in Jesus Christ?'
Da Costa was still silent; but Charley became more urgent : •Mr. Dockster, I say, why won't you believe?' • Suppose,' said the Jew, 'I was to ask you why do you believe? but bush, dear babe,' he added, seeing him about to reply, you will exhaust all your little strength, at this rate.'
. It doesn't tire me at all, at all,' said Charley, it does me good; and I'll tell you why I believe-because I know he loves me.'
* You mean that he loves you because you believe,' said Alick.
* No I don't. He loved me before I believed, and because he loved me, he made me believe; and because he loves me be will take me to heaven, now, very soon.'
* You will be more likely to live if you think less of dying, my dear boy,' said Da Costa ; 'see,' he added, as a lovely animal, bounding along the mountain-side, paused, and peered down upon them, quite in Charley's view, 'see that merry little creature. I hope you will be like it again, ere long.'
• What a pretty goat!' said the boy,
• It is not a goat, but a Gazelle, or Antelope, a far more elegant creature.' Charley's countenance suddenly lighted up; he exclaimed, “The wild Gazelle! Papa, the wild Gazelle! Oh, say it for me!' His father complied, and recited the lines with such feeling that Alick, who from anxiety and internal conflict was become doubly sensitive, could scarcely master his emotion. They were now on the point of emerging from that close, narrow defile; a lovely vale lay before them, while the mountains, forming a vast amphitheatre, swept round and rose in beautiful undulations, height above height, the stern rough stone, in abrapt ridges, marking the natural terraces that formed the ascent, of which it was the protecting wall. Trees of stately growth, shrubs of delicious fragrance, and the richest profusion of wild-flowers, adorned this landscape, and still the frolicsome Gazelle would leap from one ledge to another, while the flock of mountain goats more quietly browsed on the pastures of the valley below.
'Ay,' said Da Costa, sighing as he surveyed the magnificent prospect, those lines, coming as they did too from the head of a man who had no heart, express what volumes would fail in conveying :
* More blest each pine that shades these plains
Than Israel's scattered race ;
In solitary grace.
But we must wander witheringly.'That is the very word-witheringly; the same in substance, in form, in name, in nature unchanged, but all freshness and beauty dried up, bearing no fruit, incapable of farther growth, and subsisting as a monument of what we were, ere rudely plucked up from our own rich soil, to become the scorn of