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Flag of the free heart's hope and home!
By angel hands to valor given;
And all thy hues were born in heaven.
Where breathes the foe but falls before us,
And Freedom's banner streaming o'er us?
WORDS FROM HOLY WRIT.
WHENCE COMETH WISDOM ?
But where shall wisdom be found ? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. It can not be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
CONFIDENCE IN GOD.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures : he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies : thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
MAXIMS AND OBSERVATIONS.
Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both. Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy
y? Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
CALL TO FAITH AND REPENTANCE.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread ? and
labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
DEEDS, NOT WORDS.
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, · The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. For
if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor; if ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt; then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, forever and ever.
SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? And why take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin ; and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven,
shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ? but seek ye
first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to an. other with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; re. joicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another.
Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
THE TONGUE AN UNRULY MEMBER.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed, of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries ? either a vino, figs ? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you ? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
MADAME Junot (Juno), DUCHESS OF ABRANTES, wife of the celebrated Junot, one of Napoleon's generals, was born at Montpelier, in the year 1784, and died near Paris in 1838. Her father was born in Corsica, and had been an early friend of the Bonaparte family. Her own family connections and Junot's interest with Bonaparte brought her into the highest Parisian circles, for which she was well fitted by her superior manners and education. After the fall of Napoleon, and the death of her husband, she was obliged to follow literature as a means of living. She died very poor. Her chief work is entitled “ Memoirs of the Duchess of Abrantes," from which comes the following interesting extract.
CORONATION OF NAPOLEON.
1. Before day-break, on the 2d of December, 1804, all Paris was alive and in motion ; indeed, hundreds of persons had remained up the whole of the night. Many ladies had the courage to get their hair dressed at two o'clock in the morning, and then sat quietly in their chairs, until the time arrived for arranging the other parts of their toilette.
We were all very much hurried, for it was necessary to be at our posts before the procession moved from the Tuileries,* for which nine o'clock was the appointed hour.
2. Who that saw Notre-Dame on that memorable day can ever forget it? I have witnessed in that venerable pile the celebration of sumptuous and solemn festivals, but never did I see anything at all approximating to the splendor exhibited at Napoleon's coronation. The vaulted roof re-echoed the sacred chanting of the priests, who invoked the blessing of the Almighty on the ceremony about to be celebrated, while they awaited the arrival of the Vicar of Christ, whose throne was prepared near the altar.
3. Along the ancient walls of tapestry were ranged, according to their ranks, the different bodies of the state, the deputies from every city, in short, the Representatives of all France, assembled to implore the benediction of Heaven on the sovereign of the
* Tuileries (Tweel're), residence of the French monarchs, on the Seine.