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he jumped down, made all the tra- had a longing desire to arrive at veilers dismount, unloaded their the end of their journey, but it was baggage in the midst of the market necessary to find a cart to transport place, then remounted his mule, their baggage. Thanks to the kind cracked his whip, and set off back sailor, they had the means of paying again.

for

one, but how could they make Our poor emigrants, left to their

any one understand what they own resources in a country with wanted. Just at that moment an whose language and customs they empty cart passed by. Herman were totally unacquainted, knew ran after it, and his cries and signs not what to do. My children, at length induced the driver to stop said the father, after a pause,

and attend to him. He showed him main here with the baggage, I will a dollar, pointed to the baggage, go to the Governor, let us hope he and then made a sign that he will convey us to our destination, wanted to leave the Town. The for we have not enough money left carter could not understand him, to procure a lodging at an inn. and stared stupidly at him; but the Take courage, my children, do not negro quicker in the language of give way to impatience."

signs, took upon him the office of On arriving at the Governor's interpreter. The price was agreed palace, Herman was immediately upon, and the baggage was soon surrounded by negroes, but as none loaded on the cart, to the great of them understood a word of Ger- satisfaction of the family. After a man, it was impossible to have any journey of some miles, behold our communication with them. Soon, travellers at length arrived at the however, the door of the audience long desired spot. A beautiful hall opened, and the Governor, a river appeared in sight, whose tall, thin man, with hard features, waters were pure as crystal. It and a sallow complexion, made his was the Jiguitinhouha, on whose appearance. Herman immediately banks they were come to settle. attracted his attention, being the The cart stopped, the negro helped only white man present, he looked them to unload their things, and at him for a minnte, and then remounting with the driver, left waved his hand to him. Herman them all alone to their fate, after bowed respectfully, and handed they had paid the latter the sum him the Grant he had received at agreed upon. Rio. The Governor cast his eyes over it, made a sign to a slave, and THE FIRST NIGHT IN THE DESERT. disappeared again through the door by which he had entered, without Night was approaching, and our uttering a word. Herman knew poor emigrants felt themselves very not what to think of so singular a lonely in these unknown regions.

The one seemed to think about him or well wooded, but perfectly uninhis affairs. At last the negro came habited. No signs of any human back, made him a sign to follow dwelling were to be seen; all was him, and they returned to the utter loneliness. A few birds with market place. Herman found his gay and gaudy plumage, were children sitting under the rays of a making the air resound with inburning sun, half dead with heat harmonious screams, as they flew and thirst. The negro made them up to roost amidst the branches of all fresh signs to follow him. They the primæval forest. The buzz of innumerable insects, and the croak- severance, however, he succeeded, ing of frogs were the only other and then descended from the tree to sounds which broke the silence of help his father to build the hut. the desert.

When finished, Margaret and An“Dear children,” said Herman, nette filled it with a soft bed of “the Lord has guided our steps

dried grass and leaves, and our poor hitherto, fear not but that He will travellers threw themselves upon it, continue to protect us. May His overcome with the fatigues of the Holy Name be blessed!”

day. Their need of rest, however, “Yes, may His Holy Name be did not make them neglect the ever blessed!” repeated all the religious duty which not one of children.

them had ever omitted since child“ But, father,” said Margaret, hood. Kneeling by each other, sighing, we have no shelter, and they made their evening prayer tonight is coming on.”

gether, and the father gave his “We will get through this night blessing to his children. A few as well as we can," replied her fa- instants after this act of piety all ther, “and to-morrow we will set were fast asleep, excepting Herman, to work to build a cottage to shelter who resisted all desire of repose and us, from the wild beasts and chill watched over his family. night air.”

"Ah! if Conrad were but with us,” sighed Margaret. There was a mournful pause.

“Let us not lose courage,” re- Dr. Hammond was wont to say, sumed Herman, “God will grant

" the idle man's brain was not only us strength to extricate ourselves out of our present state of misery: too, a model of and an appendage

the devil's shop, but his kingdom The most urgent necessity at this

unto hell, a place given up to torminute, is to find a shelter for to

ment and to mischief.” night. The air is becoming cold, and the dew in these hot climates “Have always some work in is hurtful to the health.” As he hand, which may be going on durspoke, he began

began to search on ing the many intervals (for many all sides for some grotto in the there will always be) both of busirocks that bordered the iver, ness and pleasure.”Bp. Horne. or for some large hollow tree. His search, however, proving fruitless, “Of prayer, there are two uses. he said to William, “ Climb this It serveth as a means to procure tree, with the hatchet, and cut those things which God hath prodown some branches with which mised to grant when we ask; and we may make a hut. A thick bed it serveth as a means to express our of leaves and dried grass will keep lawful desires also towards that, us from the damp soil, Do you, which, whether we shall have or Margaret and Annette, collect the no, we know not till we see the leaves, while I dig holes for the event."-Hooker. branches that William cuts down." Notwithstanding their fatigue, they “Nature has perfections, in order began their labour immediately. to show that she is the image of William found his job a hard one, God, and defects, in order to show the wood was very tough; it was an that she is only His image.”— old mahogany tree. By dint of per- Pascal.

GEMS.
RIGHT AFFECTIONS.

"Beware

the pine-tree's withered

branch! Glorious is the blending

Beware the awful avalanche!” Of right affections, climbing or descending

This was the peasant's last good night! Along a scale of light and life, with cares Alternate, carrying holy thoughts and

A voice replied, far up the height,

Excelsior! prayers Up to the sovereign seat of the Most High,

At break of day, as heavenward Descending to the worm in charity,

The pious monks of Saint Bernard Like ose good angels whom a dream of

Uttered the oft-repeated prayer, night

A voice cried through the startled air,

Excelsior!
Gave in the fields of Luz to Jacob's sight,
All while he slept, treading the pendant A traveller, by the faithful hound,
stairs

Half-buried, in the snow was found, Earthward or heavenward, radient mes

Still grasping in his hand of ice sengers

That banner, with the strange device,
That with a perfect will, in one accord

Excelsior!
Of strict obedience, served the Almighty
Lord,

There, in the twilight cold and gray,

Lifeless, but beautiful he lay,
And with untired humility forbore
To speed their errands by the wings they

And from the sky, serene and far,

A voice fell like a falling star, wore. Wordsworth.

Excelsior!

Longfellow (American Poet.)
EXCELSIOR.
The shades of night were falling fast,

SNOWDROPS.
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,

How beautiful are these! Thy first fair A banner, with the strange device,

works, Excelsior!

O Nature! what a heavenly charm in

vests His brow was sad; his eye beneath

Each snowy bud, as gracefully it hangs Flashed like a faulchion from its sheath,

Its tender form, pensive and silent, till, And like a silver clarion rung

As the chill breeze awakes the opening The accents of that unknown tongue,

flowers, Excelsior!

Their fragile wings expand, seeming in In happy homes he saw the light

act Of household fires gleam warm and

To fly from the rude sound: then droopbright;

ing, sink Above the spectral glaciers shone,

On the firm stalk, and rest again in And from his lips escaped a groan,

peace. Excelsior!

First thoughts indeed were best, if inno“ Try not the pass!" the old man said ;

cent " Dark lowers the tempest over-head,

And pure like these ! and sure in Eden's The roaring torrent is deep and wide !"

bowers, And loud that clarion voice replied,

The happy pair who wandered free and Excelsior!

blest, “O stay!" the maiden said, “and rest Their mutual sympathies of love and Thy weary head upon this breast !"

praise A tear stood in his bright blue eye, Could freely breathe, unchecked by doubt But still he answered, with a sigh,

or fear. Excelsior!

But we, alas ! have lost our privilege !

THOUGHTS ON A SICK-BED.

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Oh! heavy weary hours of midnight pain! Sleep shuns my drooping eyelids, and my

soul Longs for the coming of the laggard day, Counting the hours that linger in their

flight. While ever and anon my restless eye Wanders to where the first faint ray of

morn Should lift night's gloomy curtain. All

is still Save when the night-breeze fans the

flickering lamp, Which drooping seems to slumber while

it burns. No welcome dawning ray dispels the

gloom; Night, pain, and weariness alone remain. Cease thy complaining! Patience trou

bled heart! Days brightest hours can bring thee no

relief; And if they could, night would but come

again. Thou long'st for that which satisfieth not, And fleeteth fast away.

Oh! that my soul With equal longing, earnest, full desire, Even as the hart pants for the summer

streams, Would thirst and cry for God the living

God! ()! that the mortal sickness of my soul, Felt in the darkness of its night of sin, Would make me long and pray for morn

ing's light, Even for that Day-star, (harbinger of

peace), Before whose searching beams all dark

ness dies, And sin and sorrow languish; Whose full

rays Pour down on weary man that “ Peace of

God Which passeth understanding." Blest

with this, How sweet to bear the burdens of the

flesh, And say with patient joy, “Thy will be done."

W. D. M.

not yet

Aspire to join their blessed company!
We may not bathe again in the clear

wave Baptismal ! Now the dark and bitter

stream Of Penitence must cleanse our sinful

thoughts, And the bright sun of Faith exhale our

tears, Cheer the sad heart, and purify the soul. Oh, blessed Spirit! do thou descend once

more Into Thy temple! Give us grace to speak Our first pure thoughts of innocence and

love; Our first and best,-0 may they prove

our last ! Their echo meet us from the Angelic Choir!

C. M. S. February, 1841.

THE POST BAG.

OUR CORRESPONDENT'S NOTES OF A TOUR IN THE

EAST, 1849–50.

THEBES.

was

Some travellers, imbued with event of the Incarnation of God) Pantheistic philosophy, have not

the truth should have been forescrupled to set forth the Egyp- shadowed in the ancient heathen tian legends as the fountains from systems, and that Osiris, stretching whence Christianity itself forth his arms to men, should have derived. As early as Napoleon's been a feeble and traditional type time, French infidelity went to seek of the crucified Redeemer of the for wisdom in Egypt, and German world. Why not so ? Pantheism is still ransacking the In tomb, No. 11, I was much tombs and temples of Thebes. Even pleased with the various repreone of our own country-people has sentations of trades. The whole been found to write a popular book domestic life of those old people is of travels, wherein the old Poly- brought vividly before one, and all theism of Egypt is set in array their civilization pourtrayed. In against our Holy Religion. Dis- this tomb and some others there are, gusted with the profanity of these remaining, unfinished sketches, writers, Christian travellers have shewing great skill in the use of the usually avoided, or touched lightly pencil, which prove, to my mind, upon, the subject of Egyptian an- that the stiffness of Egyptian art tiquities, and thus this vast field of and its want of grouping arose, not antient learning has been suffered from want of knowledge or skill, to remain in the hands of our ene- but from conventionality. Convenmies. When I found myself among tional representations are, I supthe gorgeous treasures of Thebes, it pose, well suited to religion, and struck me that there must be some for this reason have been adopted in mean between a Pantheistic study the Gothic as well as in the old of these works, and an utter and Egyptian style. If some future contemptuous neglect of them. age were to judge of our art by the Those who can place the carnal stained windows, carved figures, allegory of Osiris beside the mystery and brass monuments of of our' Lord's Incarnation, must, modern Gothic churches, they indeed, be utterly insensible to the would conclude that we were subtrue spiritual character of Christi- ject to the same artistic defect that anity; and I am not surprised that we attribute to the antient Thebans. the children of this world should As compared with Grecian art, that prefer the Thebes of Osiris and his of Egypt was essentially of a reliearthly worship, to the Thebes of S. gious character. The Greeks were Anthony the Hermit, who, among its naturalists, or copyists of the real, deserts and its tombs, is said to have in the fullest sense of the word. fought the true fight of Christ against The Egyptians, like the early the powers of evil-not for fertiliz- Christian painters, were symbolists, ing the soil of Egypt, but for winning representing certain subjective souls to Christ by prayer, and for types in the place of objective attaining an eternal reward in Him. forms. Without choosing to rank And yet, for all this, it is not im- myself with those revivers of our possible but that (if the Sibyls were day, who would thrust Christian allowed to foretell the stupendous art back into the fourteenth and

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