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tleman wrapped in a cloak come the true doctor. “I do not know,” into her little room, she thought it said the poor woman,

" but there must be a doctor; and the Emperor is the paper.” did not undeceive her, but listened "A good physician, indeed, he to all she said, and then wrote a few has been,” said the doctor. words, and bade her send her little paper is an order on the Imperial boy to fetch that medicine. He left Treasury for five-and-twenty Douthe paper on the table and went bloons, and it is signed 'Joseph.' away. But he was scarcely gone, Full of gratitude, the poor mother when home came the little boy with raised her eyes to Heaven, but her a real doctor, quite happy, because heart was too full to speak. The now he thought his mother would good Emperor's gift was the means be well once more. She wondered of restoring her to health—for she very much, and could only say to wanted care and food—and she and this new doctor, that she had had a her little son ever after blessed the prescription already, and was going Emperor for her recovery, and to send for the medicine. “But thanked Him who had sent such who was it that gave it you,” said | help to them in their utmost need.

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GEMS.

TO A FRIEND, ON THE LOSS OF

HIS FIRST-BORN.

Dear Friend, I will not mock thee with

a page

Of worldly consolation, cold advice
To soothe unwonted sorrows, far too nice
For laboured arguments, like these, to

assuage.
Such“ vain philosophy” suits heathen

sage: But we have brighter hopes the soul to

entice
From sorrow's cell, to Heaven's own

Paradise ;
And with new joys the mourner's heart

to engage.
Let Rachel weep because her babes are

not:
Yet weep not thou for thy lost innocent;
But o'er the rising turf of that sweet spot
With thy fond spouse in gladsome sorrow

bent,
Whisper, while tears her gentle eyes be-

GENTLE THOUGHTS.
On ! kindly think of these few words,

he said,
Perchance they seemed unkind-yet what

are words
But empty sounds and airy nothingness,
Which for a day fill wonder-loving minds,
Then pass away as do our summer friends!
Think gently then-think of his kindly

words
In years gone by; when, bowed by sor-

row down, He spake to you of brighter, happier

days. My friend, said he; my good friend,

cheer thee up. The highest mountain is by patience

climb'd; The longest journey is by patience run. Despair and doubt swift fled away, and

then Buckling life's armour on, ye fought and

won.

dim,

Think gently then; thy friend is still the

same; His unkind words forget. Again he is The kindly counsellor-the gentle friend,

R. K.

“He will not come to us,—but we inay go to him."

A. B.

THE POST BAG.

OUR CORRESPONDENT'S NOTES OF A TOUR IN THE

EAST, 1849—50.

ALEXANDRIA AND CAIRO.

On the 9th of December, in the it requires to ascend them to comcompany of two friends and a dra- prehend their marvellous magnigoman, I started on donkey-back, tude. for a visit to the Pyramids of Disagreeable as are the operaGizeh. We left the hotel at eight, tions of ascending and descending and, proceeding in a south-westerly the Great Pyramid, far more undirection, crossed the Nile above pleasant than either is the baksheesh the island of Roda, on which are (present) persecution sustained by gardens belonging to the Pacha. every visitor from the Arabs who There was a thick fog on the river, lionize the monument. This would so that from the middle of the perhaps be remedied by the Egypstream we could not see the banks, tian government, did they not parnor could we discern the town of take of the plunder by means of a Gizeh, lying nearly opposite Roda, heavy tax levied upon the particuuntil we had reached the shore. lar village where these Arabs live. After crossing the Nile we passed Many of the tombs surrounding through a lovely grove of palms, the Pyramids are nearly as old but owing to the continued dense- and as interesting as the Pyraness of the fog, could obtain no mids themselves. In one of these very distinct view of the Pyramids. are sculptures representing various The remains of the overflowings trades, boats, a feast, a farm, and of the Nile rendered it necessary i butchers slaughtering an ox and for us to be carried in one sharpening their knives on a steel two places, while the donkeys i rod, &c. Thus long before Abrafound their own way as best they ham encamped in Mamre, were the could.

arts of human life known and pracThe position of the Pyramids on a tised in the great city of Memphis. raised platform of rock covered with The Pyramids and tombs extending sand on the confines of the Lybian de- along the ridge of the Lybian desert, sert recalls the Egyptian belief of the from Dashoor and Sakkára to Gizeh, Lands of the Dead, and the expanse were the burying-places of Memwhere departed spirits were supposed phis and Heliopolis. Within a few to roam for ages. I was also im- years of the flood the children of pressed with the apparent probabi- Ham must have commenced peolity of the theory of Herodotus, pling the valley of the Nile, and that the Nile valley (which is in within one or two centuries some fact Egypt), was originally a gulf of those mighty works are supposed or long inlet of the Mediterranean, to have been completed. which was gradually filled up by From the summit of the great the continual deposits of the Nile. Pyramid the eye surveys the vast The appearance of the Pyramids plain of Memphis, bounded to the themselves has been too frequently east by the desert of Suez and the described to need much comment. citadel and minarets of Cairo, and Until close under them, their ex- divided and watered by the broad treme vastness is not apparent, and Nile. No plain in the whole world,

or

perhaps, during so many ages, has screen: the Holy Sacrament was been the scene of such human in- 'administered to one of them standdustry and toil as this.

ing, in both kinds at once in a spoon. On the second Sunday in Advent, Immediately after he had communiI accompanied my Greek acquaint- cated, the priests distributed Bread ance, Diamandidi, to the Greek which had been blessed among all the Church. When I called at his rest of the congregation. Each parhouse, which I did by appointment, took of this species of memorial of the I found him seated with some visi- Holy Sacrament, and, as he took it, tors on a dewán, (a low seat running kissed the hand of the distributing round the room) the whole party priest. I also partook of this memento smoking chibouques or long pipes. of the true Eucharistic Bread. It is This conversazione made us late, and cut from the same loaf as that from thus we did not reach Church until which the bread to be consecrated the Communion Service was more is taken. The Greeks attend the than half over. The Church, which communion Service fasting, even is approached through an enclosed when they do not communicate. court-yard, is handsome and spa- The discipline of the Greek cious, but with rather a modern Church, with respect to Holy Comdrawing-room look about it. This munion, is very severe. The Conmay be caused by the appearance of fession, which is on the day before, the Turkey carpets spread, here and is usually preceded by a fast of two there, upon the floor. Although days. Except in the case of the destitute of any positive architec- very poor, the Confession usually tural beauty, there is much effect takes place at the house of the produced by the richly painted penitent, and not in the Church. altar-screen, the work of Russian Fasting in the Greek Church, is artists.

abstaining from meat, milk, eggs, When we entered the Church the and various other articles of food; screen doors were closed, and Psalms and, though far stricter, agrees more were being intoned in alternate with our notions of abstinence than versicles from either side of a short of fasting. After receiving the Holy choir erected outside the altar- Sacrament the communicant may screen, by ecclesiastics in the black not eat until he has said certain Greek tarboosh, (or head-dress) and prayers and washed his mouth with others in red tarbooshes and tur- wine. bans. There is much solemnity in The service being ended, I was the appearance of a standing con- taken to be presented to the Greek gregation, for (with the exception Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, of certain prostrations and genu- the true successor of St. Mark. I flexions) the people remain stand- was conducted into a spacious room, ing throughout the Greek services. surrounded (as usual) with a dewan The women were almost concealed on which I was told to seat myself. from sight in a gallery above, so There were many others present, that the floor of the Church was chiefly Greeks and Russians. In occupied by men only.

the room were portraits of former Presently the screen-doors were Patriarchs—that of the last having opened, and the Holy Table became been painted by a Russian artist. visible. It was a simple looking The picture was that of a most Table with a picture of the Cruci- venerable old man in full canonicals, fixion placed behind it. A crowd wearing the tiara on his head and of persons approached the altar- | carrying a crozier in his hand.

Presently the Patriarch entered | while attempting to use the style the room, and, being seated, con- and decorations of the old Cairene versed freely with all those present and Arabian edifices, has too much who could understand him. Orange kept in mind his country's designs flower marmalade and water as well of such churches as Santa Maria as coffee and pipes, were (according degli Angeli, or San Giovanni Lato Oriental fashion) presented to terano. In front of the Mosque is each. In parting, I kissed the a large quadrangular court sur Patriarch's hand and received his rounded with cloisters or colonades, blessing

supported by Saracenic columns, After leaving the house of the and roofed with a series of small Patriarch, my Greek friend took me domes. The Italian Architect has, to pay some of the customary Sun- I think, mistaken the genius of day visits, where the ladies, decked the Arabian style in adopting uniout in their most splendid orna- form capitals. Variety is a characments, again presented me with teristic of the Saracenic, as well as lemon-flower sweatmeat, water, and of the Gothic style. In the centre coffee.

of the quadrangle is a fountain for That same evening, I saw the the ablutions of the worshippers. sun-set from the citadel of Cairo. The interior of the Mosque itself is The vast and closely packed city, remarkable for its loftiness; and its with its forest of minarets, lay be- domes are richly decorated, so as in neath my feet, and the broad plain, some measure to lessen the coldness divided by the Nile, stretched to of the Moslem sanctuary. The the western horizon of sandy moun- Mosque is in the form of a Greek tains, where the race of Memphis cross, so that there is a large laid their dead. Sakkära and Gizeh centre dome, and grouped around with their Pyramids are visible in it, four smaller domes, one on each the distance, and the great River of projection of the cross; the MekkiEgypt may be seen for thirty miles nën, or projection pointing towards or more, while the foreground of Mekkeh being East by South-East. the city and its surrounding tombs, This is a sort of apology for an lie, map-like, just below. I thought altar. It has been well said that of Florence from Fiesole, and of even false religions possess some Rome from Monte Mario, but I rays of that Light of Truth which could not make up my mind that is concentrated in the Church; this surpassed those Italian views, and, among the many which may lovely as it is. And then the be found in the Moslem faith, is gorgeous colouring of the sunset, the spirit of devoting costly works gilding the rich tapering minarets to God's service. The number and of the lovely city, crowned the external beauty of the Mosques of beauty of the whole. The mina-Cairo, shew that the Mahommedans rets of Cairo are as numerous as the are not so niggardly in their worship domes and campaniles of Rome, and as many who profess themselves are remarkable for their architec- more favoured and holy. tural elegance and beauty. On the summit of the citadel-rock whence

CHARITY. I beheld this sunset view, is the Concerning charity, the final new, and still unfinished, Mosque object whereof is that incompreof Mehemet Ali. It is constructed

hensible beauty which sheweth us in Oriental Alabaster, and is the the countenance of Christ, the Son work of an Italian Architect, who, l of the living God.”—Hooker.

MESSAGES FOR THE CHILDREN.

THE GOLD AND SILVER lead this quiet life here! I like it FISHES.

far, far better than a brook or

pond." (Not by Hans Christian Andersen.) “Well!” said Kit, musing, “I

myself would very, very much There was a glass globe upon a rather be a gold fish than a minnow side-table, about half full of spring or a herring, any day :--there are water, fresh from the pump, clear

so many of them.” as crystal : within it lived, if life

“ The best of it is, too,” quoth be ever such a tame dull thing, a

Mit, we did not get here of ourpair of fishes. They were said to selves; we were put here." be sisters by the cherub-checked

“Yes, dear Mit, and what a comboy with golden hair, to whom they fort it is to have everything so bright belonged. He called them Mit and

and clear about us. I see so plainly Kit, names very much alike, yet into the room where our kind dear unlike; for so were the fishes; the

master lives there, that I almost one had scales of silver, the other fancy I may swim out into it someof gold; the one was fair as a lily, times, until I hit my nose against the other as a rose. His delight was,

the glass.” to creep sometimes into the room

“To be sure, Kit; but we can on tiptoe, in hopes of catching them

see the pictures along the wall, and asleep : but this he never did do; the flowers in the vases, and these their fins and tails were always knicknacks here on the table, all waving to and fro; both the eyes the same.” of both were still wide open; their “Yes, Mit; and though it is mouths and gills went on opening rather rough handling in the net, and shutting, shutting and opening, when maid

Mary changes the water, for ever more. They never seemed yet how much cooler and fresher it to sleep, never seemed to eat; and feels afterwards.” a good reason why; they had no “Very true, Kit; and we must other food to make a meal of, break- | not complain, if we do turn a little fast, luncheon, dinner, or supper, faintish sometimes, after enjoying but the clear hard cold water, which the beautiful sunshine which gleams the maid Mary changed for fresh, in upon us at noon, through the nearly every other day. But though garden window.” they did not seem to eat, their “I should think not, dear Mit; mouths were always opening and it may leave us a little drowsy, but shutting about something. Perhaps our dear good master there shall they were speaking to one another; never catch us asleep. We are very do you know, I should not much happy indeed.” wonder if they were !

And then, perhaps, she would “Dear Kit!” perhaps, said the give one of those sudden jumps out silver one, who was the eldest, “I of the water, which are apt to startle have been thinking” and then people's nerves who sit working or she stopped.

nodding over the fender. "Indeed, have you ?" it is not And so, I dare say, they have unlikely, the other merry one re- gone on sailing round and round plied, there is nothing strange in their little bright globe, speaking in that: thinking, about what, pray, sweet whispers, and preserving a Mit?"

wise silence, but never sleeping, “How nice and pleasant it is to until this very day.

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