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winds, are half smothered with mother earth bountifully provides rich foliage; and all these riches, for all. forsooth, are provided by us : we 3. “That they are endowed with have no rest, but are obliged to a superfluity of wealth, while each labour constantly to supply light , one of you has only a small pitand air to our masters. Why should tance of leaves. we longer endure this tyranny ? 4. “That your office in this conWhy not assert our rights ? we stitution is mere slavery, for you have but to unite our powers and have no rest, but are constantly make one grand effort all together, producing good things to be conand the system of oppression will veyed away immediately for your crumble to the dust! We, who are masters' benefit. now trampled upon by the over- “Now, as I occupy a middle stafed trunk and branches, shall soon tion between you and them, I sup. have the glorious opportunity of pose I may be a pretty fair judge of treading down our spoilers ! _Rouse the true state of things; and I am yourselves ! my brother Twigs ! persuaded that nothing but igno, Arm yourselves for the combat! rance of it could induce you to lend and doubt not but our noble cause, an ear to the wild jargon of that which, as the foreign breeze justlý vagabond wind, that has so much said, is the cause of the whole vege- moved you. Now, consider calmly table fraternity, will be crowned what your position really is. You with unprecedented success !" are altogether a vast body of indi.

The principal speaker here ceased, viduals, each one continually supamid renewed rustle of applause. plied with nourishment from you The upper boughs were not alto- seem not to know from whence, but gether undisturbed by their emo- I can tell you, for I have the honor tion, and the branches and the trunk to be one of the humble, but I hope heard the unwonted sound with not less useful, channels to convey surprise, as the air was too calm to it to you, I myself receiving this account for the commotion in the nourishment from the branches, twigs : but they were too much they from the trunk, and the trunk engaged in planning and providing from our mother earth. for the good of the whole to pay “It is true the proportion which much attention to it. However, the trunk receives is infinitely one of the boughs, which supported / greater than that which each one a due proportion of these discon- of you has; but you must please tented twigs, and whose quiet use- to consider that this is the supply fiu business was much interrupted for the whole community, which, by their emeute, as soon as he could by its wide-spreading roots, and obtain a hearing, said, “My friends, with unceasing labour, is drawn be so good as to listen, while I say from a distance to be conveyed a few words on the subject which I through the trunk and branches to have heard you discussing, with you. There the labour began, long more zeal than wisdom, as it ap- before you were in existence; and peared to me.

I, who, a year or two since, was in "You complain (1) that in the your position, can testify that yours constitution of this great kingdom, is by far the less anxious and irkall the labour is yours, while the some part of the toil. trunk and the branches are idle. Again, as to the abundance of

2. “That they consume and fate their possessions. What are their ton upon that sustenance which our outward riches, but that which is

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the ornament of all? There, in- | summoned a meeting, and after a deed, you do contribute to it, for it certain number of exciting speeches is the combination of all your leaves, resolved that they would unite with each in its own place, which makes one strong effort to obtain their the beauty of this majestic tree. rights of equality; equality with And, remember, that if your leaves the proud trunk and branches : and are few, they are as many as you

in order to accomplish this, they each want in your station, and as fixed a day for the complete upmany as you would know what to | rooting and overthrow of the whole do with. As for the slavery, you are the freest, and perhaps might The day arrived. Early in the be the happiest portion of the com- morning might be heard once more munity. Raised up above those the rustling of the twigs in the very branches which you envy, you calm still air. They intended that live in the free air of heaven. The it should have been so general as to sunshine and the breeze, the soft carry dismay and confusion through dews and refreshing showers, are all the departments of the tree, and yours to enjoy without restraint; they used their utmost efforts, by while your masters know but little violent swaying, and twisting, and of these pleasures. As to your rustling, until at length they sucgrudging the tribute of your leaves ceeded in-breaking themselves off when you can no longer keep them, from the parent stem. Some lodged let me tell you that you owe your for a time in the lower boughs, own existence, probably, to this some were carried to a little distribute having been richly paid by tance by the breeze before their former generations of twigs. Re- final fall

, but by sun-set all lay member, again, that whatever con- withered and dying on the ground; tributes to the nourishment of the a warning to future rebellious twigs, roots, is carried up through the that in while seeking to overturn trunk, branches, and boughs to the the appointed order of things, they remotest twig on this great tree. are but destroying themselves.

“ Thanks to this, you are all now green and thriving, but once cut yourselves off, or leave your ap

A PATTERN. pointed station, through the vain “He (Bishop Hough) always hope of bettering your condition, kept £1,000 in the house for unex. and you

will soon find that, instead pected occurrences, perhaps to pay of rising, you will have sunk from funeral expenses or legacies. One your high place into utter nothing- day, the collectors of one of the ness."

noble societies in this country came For a few moments there was a to him to apply for his contribution. lull. The wiser portion of the dis- The Bishop told his steward to give affected began to think that there him £500. The steward made signs was a great deal of truth and sense to his master, intimating that he did in what the bough had said ; but not know where to get so large a there was still a considerable num- sum. He replied, “You are right, ber of those who had been poisoned Harrison, I have not given enough, by the foreign wind, who persisted give the gentleman £1,000; you in their former discontent, and de- will find it in such a place;' with clared that the wise old bough was which the old steward, though unleagued with the tyrants against the willingly, was forced to comply.". poor twigs; and, accordingly, they Wilmoť s Life of Bishop Hough.

GEMS.

When to thee all is blithesome and gay,

And earth's joys are inviting thy soul; Then from all its delights turn away,

Aud remember the Cross is thy goal.

Or when mourning and depths of despair Bring such grief as this world some

times knows, Then reflect that thine heart is not there,

And remember the Cross and its woes.

Yea, remember the Cross of thy Lord, How 'twas bathed in the dark crimson

stream, As He uttered love's last patient word, of which world-rending pain was the

theme.

TEARS OF PENITENCE. Can glory fade which once shone bright?

Or beauty pass away?
Can hearts, once pure, lose Heaven's

clear light,
And love itself decay!
E'en $0; for the regenerate child,
Boru of the Spirit, undefiled,
And nurtured once by Jesu mild,

May lose the heavenly ray;
And so may wander back to hell,
Unless it chance that some bright spell
Allure her, ere her funeral knell,

Into her Saviour's way.
But when the soul returns in love,
What joy among the hosts above,

O'er one poor sinner saved !
More joy than over ninety-nine
Who never left the Saviour's shrine,

Since first their robes were laved.
Like wand'ring souls, 80 Churches too,

Have left their early love!
And Sardis number'd but a few,

Whose names were writ above.
And England-how is it with thee!
Hast thou retain'd thy constancy,
Or hast thou left thy Spouse, to flee,

And from His bowers to rove!
Hast thou, like an inconstant bride,
Departed from thy Lover's side,
Allured by shadows vainly 'spied,

In this world's idol-grove!
But even now, if thou wilt turn,
With love, and shame, and sorrow burn,

Thy Lord will yet forgive;
And angels shall rejoice and sing
Sweet Alleluias to their King,
That thou, once dead, dost live.

T. H. G.

When fond parents are by thee to bless,

Or to cheer with affection's kind word, Then escape from a mother's caress,

To remember the Cross of thy Lord !

Or when brothers and sisters are fond, And surround thee with purest em

brace, Turn away from the innocent bond,

And remember Christ's agonizel Face!

From the spouse of thine heart turn away,

Turn away from affection's repose, And escape to the strait narrow way, Which conducts to the Cross and its

woes!

For on Calvary's Hill, is a tree
Thickly cluster'd with sweet fruits of

Love!
Lay aside all thy burthens, and flee
From the midst of earth's idol-stained

grove.

Oh! escape from bonds bitter and sweet

And from all that is hated or dear! By the Cross thou shalt find a retreat,

So remember thy home is not here!

THOUGHTS FOR PASSION-WEEK,*

1851. O!! remember the cross of thy God, Where His arms are outstretched to

the world; Turn to Calvary, steeped in His Blood, Where His treasures of love are un

furled. • Passion-Week is the week preceding Palmsunday; Holy-Week is often called PassionWeck by mistake.

Nay, this earth is no dwelling for thee,

And its cares should not fetter thy soul From its pleasures or pains thou should's

flee, And remember the Cross is thy goal.

T. H.G

THE POST BAG.

OUR CORRESPONDENT'S NOTES OF A TOUR IN THE

EAST, 1849–50.

THE NILE-BOAT.

THE BATH.

nutes up to the neck in the hot I must not omit to mention my

water bath, a deep tank through

which the water was perpetually impression of the first trial which I made of the Eastern Bath. --Sub- | flowing, we were taken out, one by sequently, during my tour, I fre

one, soaped all over by means of quently indulged in this luxury, and hemp saturated'in lather, and again

immersed in the water. This was seldom found any two baths alike in their system; but yet there is a

succeeded by the cool-chamber, sufficient resemblance to warrant

where we were laid down on the me in giving an account of this dewàn, wrapped up in calico cloths, first Cairene Bath as a general type

with a towel turban on the head, of all Eastern baths. I found the shampooed, and our joints cracked.

After that came the nargilis (or process as delightful as it has been described by almost every traveller. pipes) and coffee. The order of After undressing in a kind of public bathing I found different in other hall, (in which were many others, places and sometimes a coļd water

bath is introduced. mostly lying down and smoking or drinking coffee and sherbet) the walls of which looked dirty through On the night of the 13th of damp and age, I was wrapped in December we commenced a new cloths and towels, and, with my kind of life and embarked in our feet in wooden shoes, marched by Nile-boat, in which we were to two bathing-men through the sham- spend so many happy weeks. The pooing-room into the bathing-room, cabins of the Dahabeeh or Nile-boat which latter reminded me of the were furnished by ourselves. We baths at Pompeii. The floor was had our own beds, our own curtains, inlaid with marbles, but the Mosaic sofa-cushions, carpets, basins, and was dilapidated, and the hall rather every thing, in short, but the actual dirty-looking. In the centre of boat. It did not require many days this hall, beneath its domed roof, to feel ourselves completely at home, was a raised stone table, of octa- and to make friends with our Reis gonal form, upon which one of my (or captain) and his crew. We had guides laid me down quite flat on an excellent Dragoman, Achmet of my back, and rubbed me all over Alexandria, who was invaluable in with wet camel's hair gloves until, making the arrangements. in appearance, not a little of my On the 14th the wind was conouter skin was scraped off. They trary, and we were delayed all day declare, however, that this is not off the Island of Roda, which is skin, but something which fills the laid out in gardens belonging to the pores of the skin, and which cannot Pasha. In these I spent most of otherwise be removed. When this the day. On the following morning operation was ended, I was rein- we were still without wind and stated in the wooden shoes, and commenced tracking. This is a very marched off to the hot-bath, where slow process—the crew towing the I found my two companions of boat along the side of the river at whom I had lost sight during the foot's pace—but it enabled us to scrubbing. After being some mi. walk on the banks and sometimes

ing air.

to penetrate a little way inland, | Sakkära and Dashoor. The latter especially when we took our guns formed a fine foreground to a golden and shot pigeons and other birds. sunset, such as no less favoured On this occasion I had not taken a clime could boast. gun, but strolled along the river. On the following day we made side, passing through the village of little progress, but early on the Gizeh and its neighbouring palm- | 17th a wind sprang up and brought grove, enjoying the delightful morn- us to the town of Benisouëf by one

Waiting until the boat o'clock in the day. There we landed should overtake me, I watched the and inspected the town and its bapeople coming out from the village. zaars. The Nile towns are all built There was an old turbaned-man dri- of unburnt bricks, and are of a ving a donkey on which a female, in brown mud colour, interspersed blue and folding drapery, was seated. with a few whitened minarets, and It looked, for all the world, like St. dotted with palms which rise up Joseph and the Blessed Virgin. among the houses. There was noPresently came a funeral out of the thing remarkable in the bazaars, village. The coffin or corpse was

which resembled some of the in. covered with scarlet cloth, one end, ferior streets of Cairo. indicating the position of the head, On the night of Tuesday the 18th being raised and crowned with a we had a sort of adventure, and small white turban, It was a adventures (however inconsiderable) child's body. The corpse was borne are not to be despised in these matby villagers (fellahs) and followed ter-of fact days. The two previous by a large concourse of female days had been cloudy, and during mourners, who expressed their grief the Monday there had been some in moanings and frantic cries. One slight showers, as if to prepare our of the women, perhaps the mother, minds for the fact, that Egypt is shewed greater grief than the rest. not altogether so rainless a climate She walked immediately behind the as it has sometimes been reprebody and raised her hand as if to sented. At night the rain poured clasp its feet, and then uttered a down in torrents, and continued to piercing cry in which she seemed fall (with very slight intermissions) to call on God to restore to her the for a space of twelve hours. About treasure she had lost.

Once or mid-day it ceased, but only to retwice they halted and the moanings, commence in the evening: On the which were uttered in cadence, Tuesday morning the rain had peneceased, to recommence shortly with trated into our cabins, and every renewed vigour. They proceeded thing felt very wretched. There to the side of the Great River and was another boat of English travelembarked the body in a boat, in lers of our acquaintance, which had order to convey it to a cemetery on

left Boulak at the same time as our the eastern side. A few, the mo- own and had continued with us to ther perhaps included, accompanied | this point. On the Tuesday evening the corpse in the boat, but most our two boats were anchored near returned. I heard the moaning from together on the western shore of the the bark, as its latine sail filled with river, and it was agreed that our the wind which wafted it across the party should dine on the other boat. glassy waters.

We had left our own boat to dine Soon after breakfast the wind with our friends, but soon after the sprung up and favoured us all day. commencement of dinner a sudden We saw the distant Pyramids of gale of wind catching the boat on

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