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of which they stand so much in for their aged and infirm poor; need towards the end of their ca- but Sisters are wanting, and we reer; and above all that spiritual must wait until God is pleased to succour which prepares their souls inspire other devoted hearts with to meet their God.
the desire of consecrating themSeveral towns eagerly desire selves to this charitable work. the foundation of a house of refuge
THE MODEL CALLERY.
to the poore man the horse whereon Died March 4, 1583, aged 66.
he rode. The husbandman thereA copy made in 1629, by William
upon cried out, “ Alas, sir, I am not Freake, Minister, from the original
able to pay you the price of so good an horse."
“Be of good cheare," by George Carleton, Bishop of Chi
(saith Mr. Gilpin)“ thou shalt never chester.
pay me for him till I demand it; “Upon a time as he was returning in the meanwhile goe on with thy home upon a journey, there was a
worke.”-Yea, and many a time as he certaine husbandman at plow, in travailed was he accustomed thus to whose teame of horses one upon a help poore men.
When at any sodaine fell downe, whether with be
time he chanced to meete any naked ing overwrought or upon some dis
poore, he would put off part of his ease it is uncertaine. The husband
apparell to cover their nakednesse ; man and those who were with him
and at his table usually fed many did their best to raise the horse
poore persons." againe, with all the strength they had: but it was in vaine, for the horse was dead. Mr. Gilpin passing by accidentally, stayed to ob
BISHOP KEN. serve the issue of the matter ; and
Died March 19, 1710, aged 73. perceiving that the horse could not
By William Hawkins. be raised againe, and that the husbandman was exceedingly grieved It is related of the pious and for the death of his beast, and that truly primitive Bishop Ken, that he cried out he was even undone by when his physician had told him, in that miserable accident, he com- reply to an inquiry of his own,
how manded his man to alight from the long he might probably live, about horse he had under him, and pa- two or three days, his only obsertiently to carry the saddle and bri- | vation was, his usual expression, dle to the next towne, and to give 'God's will be done.' “ It can be no
wonder,” says his son-in-law and the grown poor people, that he biographer," he should so little re- feared little good was to be done gard the terrors of death, who had upon them: but, said he would try for many years travelled with his whether he could not lay a founshroud in his portmanteau; as what, dation, to make the next generation he often said, might be
better. And this put him upon wanted as any other of his habili- setting up many schools in all the ments; and which was by biniself great towns of his diocese for put on as soon as he came to Long the poor children to be taught to Leate, giving notice of it the day read, and say their catechism ; and before his death, by way of preven- about this time, and for this purtion, that his body might not be pose it was, that he wrote and pubstripped
lished his Exposition of the Church Catechism. By this method and
management, he engaged the miAna ho by the same.
nisters to be more careful in cate“ He,” Bishop Ken, “ had a chizing the children of their pavery happy way of mixing his rishes; and they were by him fur. spiritual with his corporeal alms. nished with a stock of the necessary When any poor person begged of books for the use of children. And him, he would examine whether we may now judge by the great and he could say the Lord's Prayer, good success of the charity schools, the Creed, &c.; and he found so what great and good ends he at that much der borable ignorance among time proposed."
Chim'd, as before, the bells of Heaven,
But with an awful change, tho'sweet “Awake, arise; come here forgiven;
Approach, and Life Eternal eat.
" Approach the Tree of Life, and try
“ The Living and Life-giving fruit; “ Bathe in the waters gushing by,
“ The Living Waters from the Root :
MEANS OF GRACE.
Rev. xxii. 17.
The haunt of every healing breeze
Made angels' music in the trees. And still the chime was, “ Ye are free
To eat of all, both far and nigh:
Ye may not touch it, lest ye die.”
Nor yet of heaven, the leaves among,
Why should ye so your nature wrong?" “O taste; ye shall not surely die."
“Wash, eat, and live.”—The joyful strain
In our hearts' deep we feel and know: Trembling, we come; but hark! again
The whisp'rings of that unseen foe!
“Ye have not surely liv'd," he cries:
We touch'd, we tasted, and we died. Yet still th' unearthly melody
Rang on the holy mountain's side.
they ! “ Come, sport awhile in lower skies;
“Heaven will draw near in its own day."
Drown we his voice by Prayer and Love;
No song so full of melody, Nor ever in unfilial mood,
No sound so welcome to the ear, Deny the wonder-working Dove,
No thought so deep in harmony, Nor doubt our Washing, nor our Food.
As Jesus, Son of God, most dear.
To all that ask how passing kind!
How good to them that seek the way, EMIGRANT'S FAREWELL. But what, Oh, what to them that
find ! ONE tear for my country-one tear ere I
Jesu, of Hearts the Sweetness true, From the mother that reared me so fondly
Of Life the Fount, of Souls the Light, at home;
More than our every yearning knew, From the father that nurs'd me so oft on Our every joy transcending quite. his knee;
No tongue can tell, nor heart conceive, From the sister that sang all her sweet Nor pen of readiest writer prove, songs to me.
Experience only can believe, One tear for my country—one long sad What 'tis to live in Jesus' love. farewell
For Jesus on my bed I'll look, For the land which, in leaving, I love yet full well.
Clos'd on my heart its chamber-door,
Each peopled haunt, each lonely nook One tear for old England, the home of For Him with eager love explore.
the free; Whose valleys again I am never to see; Her flag is above me-her proud name I INTENTION AND ACTION. bear,
" Don't mind much what a man And poor though I be, and right humble
does, but what view he has in the my fare,
action. Suppose a pilot steer his In the depth of the forest, by mountain
ship well, but don't know where he and tree,
is going, what will it profit him to In mirth or in sadness I'll think upon
hold the helm, dexterously to steer, thee.
to avoid the most dangerous billows One tear for old England, then speed we of the sea ? The more skill and away.
strength he has to govern the vesOne last friendly greeting; one kind sel, the more danger he runs by not word we say ;
following any certain road; he goes One fond look we give, ere we see thee
out of his course, he hastens to be no more;
shipwrecked the faster he sails : One last tear we shed, ere we leave thy 'Tis the same in him who goes white shore.
towards perfection, and that too My country, though smiling still brightly
with great speed, but goes out of on me;
the way.”-St. Augustine. Take the tear that I shed, as my last gift to thee,
DIVISIONS IN RELIGION. TRANSLATION OF AN ANCIENT Though weweigh neverso exactly, HYMN.-PART 1.
we may miss grains or scruples; but JESU ! how sweet those accents are, to snatch greedily at the little over
How full of sweetness to the breast, running dust of the balance, and to But Oh, than honey sweeter far,
throw away the massive ingots that Than sweetness 'self, His Presence weigh the scales down, is the greatblest!
est folly in the world. -- Taylor.
THE POST BAG.
OUR CORRESPONDENT'S NOTES OF A TOUR IN THE
ALEXANDRIA AND CAIRO. On Saturday morning the 1st. of veiled or wrapped in huge white December 1849, I came in sight, bundles. In the men's faces there for the first time, of the coast of were shades of darkness from brown Egypt. I had long looked forward to black, and at first I imagined to visiting the lands of faith, asso- there was a fierceness in their look, ciated by our religious instructions an impression not warranted by my with the earliest impressions of our subsequent acquaintance with the childhood; and now I beheld the people of Egypt. soil of Egypt; the Egypt of Jo- Among the sights of Alexandria, seph's greatness, of Moses's mira- are Pompey's Pillar, and Cleopatra's cles, and, above all, of our Blessed Needles; the former, a gigantic Lord's infantine banishment. In granite column bearing a Corinthose low flat coasts, with wind- thian capital, and, in its stately mills alone to enliven their mo- isolation, recalling the past grannotony, I beheld the land of deur of the Ptolemaic city; the Egypt. In an hour or two after latter, two obelisks removed in that first view, I found myself Greek or Roman times from Helioentering the harbour of Alexandria. polis, which, long centuries ere There is nothing picturesque or Greece and Rome were peopled, remarkable in the view of Alex- was a metropolis of art and learning. andria from the sea. Its buildings But in Alexandria there is too rise too little above the level of the much of European admixture to water to present any striking warrant its being taken as a fair features. My eye was attracted, specimen of an Oriental city. The however, by the singularity of the journey from thence to Cairo, I Arab villages, skirting the entrance pursued in the usual way, by to the harbour, and composed of steamer. The first ten hours are clusters of low mud huts with no spent on the Mahmoudick canal, a other opening for light and air than canal which connects Alexandria a single doorway, and, apparently, with the Nile. The lands on either more fitted for the residence of side of this canal are flat and animals than of men.
marshy, but occasionally enlivened No sooner had we anchored in with large flights of birds, and the harbour than our steamer was wandering Flamingos, and Ibises hemmed in with boats containing a seen stalking over the mud. strange assemblage of Arabs and Towards seven o'clock in the Franks, and men in a mingled evening we reached the great River costume. The scene on landing is of Egypt, at Atfeh, and there left very novel, and I was confused at our small vessel for a larger steamer. finding myself suddenly transplanted It was dark, and I could see little, from the comforts of the French either of the town of Atfeh or the steamer, among camels with greasy broad Nile; but at night the moon skins and filthy trappings, crowds shone brightly and I stood on deck of turbaned men with white or to enjoy the scene of those smoothcoloured garments and naked legs, flowing, sandy-coloured waters with boys of brownest hue, and women their numerous little eddying whirlpools, and their glassy surface, a chibouque, or sometimes, reading reflecting the latine sails of the the Kuran, or counting beads, at boats, floating here and there upon each of which he pronounces the them, as well as the palm-trees name of Allah. In these bazaars skirting their banks. It was like a are exposed all manner of wares, dream to be gazing by moonlight from Persian silks to Manchester on that Old Nile, that river teeming cottons. There are whole streets in associations of the childhood of of shoos and slippers of red and the world, and linked with the im- yellow leather. Pipe bowls and pressions of our own childhood too, i cherry sticks occupy an important when we first heard of the prophet's place in the Cairene bazaars, and cradle floating on its surface, or shops for tarbooshes, carpets, and of its sandy-coloured wave being all kinds of eatables. Indeed there changed to crimson blood.
is almost every luxury to be found At an early hour in the morning, but books. Books are not among we canght the first sight of the the requirements of Eastern life. Pyramids. They were far away There is much, of all periods of to the south west, and rendered the world's history, to be seen in soniewhat indistinct by the haziness the neighbourhood of Cairo. The of the atmosphere. Three hours earliest monuments on earth lie on after first seeing them we reached the western side of the Nile; Boulak, the port of Cairo, whose while, on the borders of the eastern citadel and minarets I had noticed desert, are the tombs of the early for some time.
champions of the Arabian creed Whatever may be stated of the when the hosts of Islam reposed effect of European innovations on beneath the laurels of their first the appearance of Alexandria, the rapid conquests. same can never be said of Grand Among the most interesting exCairo. The peculiar effect of its cursions from Cairo is the ride to bazaars and streets is indescribable. Heliopolis,—the antient ON, the Much as I had heard of the extreme daughter of whose Priest, Joseph narrowness of the latter, I was married. ON was the great seat o. quite unprepared for what I saw learning of the Old Egyptians. when, first mounted upon a donkey Herodotus spake of the Heliopoli(the usual conveyance in Cairo), I tans being considered the most was hurried through the narrowest learned of the Egyptians, and their alleys I had ever traversed, and, Temple of the Sun was emblemathrough my want of skill in guiding tical of the light of knowledge the donkey, which another was which they worshipped. In the urging forward, bumped company of two others I left Cairo; against the various foot-passengers mounted, as usual, on a donkey, and others whom I met. The and passing out of the City by the most pleasing scene, however, is Babei Nusr- the finest of the that of the bazaars, which are antient gateways of the townstreets like the rest, but roofed over visited the slave-market, which and occasionally closed, with huge was nothing more than the courtgates, at night. Along these are yard of a large dilapidated and rows of arched recesses, used as filthy-looking house. The building shops and stored with wares. In | surrounding the yard much resemfront of each of these recesses or bled an old English hostelry, having stalls is a raised platform or dewàn, tiers of galleries running round the on which the merchant sits smoking walls, and communicating with the