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6. Fear God, the thunders said; Fear God, the waves;
QUESTIONS.-1. What do the seasons teach? 2. What, the trees? 3. What, the sun and moon? 4. What, Messiah's messengers?
BE DECK ED, adorned.
I DOL' A TROUS, excessive.
SEVER ED, rent; sundered.
EN CIR' CLED, inclosed; surrounded.
FOUND' ED, established.
AL LURE', (AL, to; LURE, draw;) draw to; entice.
PASSING UNDER THE ROD.*
MARY S. B. DANA.
1. I SAW the young bride, in her beauty and pride,
Bedecked in her snowy array;
And the bright flush of joy mantled high on her cheek,
* These lines are founded on the following passage of Jewish history:— "It was the custom of the Jews to select the tenth of their sheep after this manner: The la.nbs were separated from their dams, and inclosed in a sheepcot, with only one narrow way out; the lambs hastened to join the dams, and a man, placed at the entrance, with a rod dipped in ocher, touched every tenth lamb, and so marked it with his rod, saying, 'LET THIS BE HOLY.' Hence, God says by his prophet, 'I will cause you to pass under the rod.'”
And with a woman's devotion she laid her fond heart
At the shrine of idolatrous love;
And she anchored her hopes to this perishing earth,
By the chain which her tenderness wove.
But I saw, when those heartstrings were bleeding and torn, And the chain had been severed in two,
She had changed her white robes for the sables of grief,
But the Healer was there, pouring balm on her heart,
And He strengthened the chain He had broken in twain,
There had whispered a voice,—'twas the voice of her God: "I love thee—I love thee-pass under the rod!”
2. I saw the young mother in tenderness bend O'er the couch of her slumbering boy;
And she kissed the soft lips as they murmured her name,
Oh, sweet as the rose-bud encircled with dew,
So fresh and so bright to that mother he seemed,
As he lay in his innocence there.
But I saw when she gazed on the same lovely form,
But paler and colder her beautiful boy,
But the Healer was there, who had stricken her heart,
To allure her to heaven, He has placed it on high,
There had whispered a voice,-'twas the voice of her God : "I? ve thee-I love thee-pass under the rod!"
3. I saw, too, a father and mother who leaned
And the star in the future grew bright to their gaze,
And I saw them again, bending low o'er the grave,
But the Healer was there, and His arms were around,
And He showed them a star in the bright upper world, 'Twas their star shining brilliantly there!
They had each heard a voice,-'twas the voice of their God: "I love thee-I love thee-pass under the rod!"
QUESTIONS.-1. What custom is alludel to, in the passage "I will cause you to pass under the rod ?" See note. 2. Where is that passage found in the Scriptures? Ans. Ezekiel, 20th chap. 37th verse. mentioned of individual's "passing under the rod?”
3. What instances are
PET U LANT, cross; fretful.
CA LAM' I TY, misfortune.
AP PEL LA' TION, name; title.
SA TIR' IC AL, keenly severe; cutting. VO CIF ER A'TION$, loud outcries.
JUST I FY, give a right to.
MEN' A CE$, threats.
CEN'SUR ED, blamed.
THE PETULANT MAN.
MR. GRIM-MICHAEL-COUSIN MARY.
Cousin Mary More breezes? What terrible thing has happened now, Cousin Grim? What's the matter?
Grim. Matter enough, I should think! I sent this stupid fellow to bring me a pair of boots from the closet; and he has brought me two rights, instead of a right and left.
Cousin. What a serious calamity! But, perhaps, he thought it was but right to leave the left.
Grim. None of your jokes, if you please. This is nothing to laugh at.
Cousin. So it would seem, from the expression on your face, rather something to storm at, roar at, and fall into a frenzy about.
Michael. That's right, Miss; give him a piece of your mind! He's the crossest little man I have met with in the new country. You might scrape old Ireland with a finetooth comb, and not find such another.
Grim. How dare you talk to me in that style? I'll discharge you this very day!
Michael. I'm thinking of discharging you, if you
take better care of that sweet temper of yours.
Grim. Leave the room, sir!
Michael. That I will, in search of better company, saving
the lady's presence.
[Exit. Grim. There, cousin! there is a specimen of my provocations! Can you wonder at my losing my temper?
Cousin. Cousin Grim, that would be the most fortunate thing that could befall you.
Grim. What do you mean?
Cousin. I mean, if you could only lose that temper of yours, it would be a blessed thing for you; though I should pity the poor fellow who found it.
Grim. You are growing satirical in your old age, Cousin Mary.
Cousin. Cousin Grim, hear the plain truth: your ill temper makes you a nuisance to yourself and every body about you.
Grim. Really, Miss Mary Somerville, you are getting to be complimentary!
Cousin. No; I am getting to be candid. I have passed a week in your house, on your invitation. I leave you this afternoon; but, before I go, I mean to speak my mind.
Grim. It seems to me that you have spoken it rather freely already.
Cousin. What was there, in the circumstance of poor Michael's bringing you the wrong boots, to justify your flying into a rage, and bellowing as if your life had been threatened?
Grim. That fellow is perpetually making just such provoking blunders !
Cousin. And do you never make provoking blunders'? Didn't you send me five pounds of Hyson tea, when I wrote for Souchong'? Didn't you send a carriage for me to the cars, half an hour too late, so that I had to hire one myself, after great trouble'? trouble'? And did I roar at you, when we met, because you had done these things'?
Grim. On the contrary, this is the first time you have alluded to them. I am sorry they should have happened. But surely you should make a distinction between any such little oversight of mine, and the stupidity of a servant, hired to attend to your orders.
Cousin. I do not admit that there should be a distinction. You are both human; only, as you have had the better education, and the greater advantages, stupidity or neglect on your part, is much the more culpable.