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Statue of flesh-Immortal of the dead !

Imperishable type of evanesence ! Posthumous man, who quitt'st thy narrow bed,

And standest undecayed within our presence, Thou wilt hear nothing till the Judgement

morning, When the great trumpets' sound shall shrill

thee with its warning!

Why should this worthless tegument endure,

If its undying guest be lost for ever? Oh let us keep the soul embalmed and

pure In living virtue! that, when both must sever, Although corruption may our frame consume, The immortal spirit in the skies may bloom.

HORACE Smith.

LINES SAID TO BE THE LAST COMPOSED

BY MILTON.

I am old and blind !

Men point at me as smitten by God's frown; Afflicted and deserted of my kind; Yet I am not cast down.

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I am weak, yet strong;

I murmur not that I no longer see;
Poor, old, and helpless, I the more belong,

Father supreme ! to Thee.

O merciful one!

[near ; When men are farthest, then thou art most When friends pass by, my weaknesses to shun,

Thy chariot I hear.

Thy glorious face

Its leaning towards me; and its holy light Shines in upon my lonely dwelling-place

And there is no more night.

On my bended knee

I recognise thy purpose, clearly shown: My vision Thou hast dimmed, that I may see

Thyself—Thyself alone.

I have nought to fear ;

This darkness is the shadow of thy wing ; Beneath it I am almost sacred, here

Can come no evil thing.

Oh! I seem to stand,

[been, Trembling, where foot of mortal ne'er hath

Wrap't in the radiance of thy sinless Land,
Which

eye

hath never seen.

Visions come and go;

[throng; Shapes of resplendent beauty round me From Angel lips I seem to hear the flow

Of soft and holy song.

It is nothing now,

[eyes When Heaven is opening on my sightless When airs from Paradise refresh my brow,

The earth in darkness lies.

In a purer clime,

[thought My being fills with rapture--waves of Roll in upon my spirit-strains sublime

Break over me, unsought.

PRAYER.

Go in the sunny morning,

And when the stars shine bright ;
Go when the day is closing,
And in the silent night;

Go when the dew-drop sparkles,

And when the moon-beams play, Go when thick darkness shrouds thee,

Go, and in secret pray.

Go in the warmth of friendship,

And in the heat of love,
Go when thy friends surround thee,

Go raise thy soul above;
Go in the social circle,

And on the sabbath day, Go with the great assembly,

Go, and in secret pray.

Go in the hour of sadness,

And in the hour of glee, Go when thy love is languid,

And when thy words run free; Go when thy heart is pensive,

And when thy thoughts are gay, Go when earth's joys are fading,

Go, and in secret pray.

Go when thy cheeks are blooming,

And when that bloom is fled, Go when thy hopes are brightest,

And when those hopes are dead ;

Go when thy Saviour smites thee,

And when He cheers thy way,
Go at all time and seasons,

Go, and in secret pray.

ANON.

THE THREE SONS.

I have a son, a little son, a boy just five years

old, With eyes of thoughtful earnestness, and mind

of gentle mould. They tell me that unusual grace in all his

ways appears, That

my child is grave and wise of heart,

beyond his childish years. I cannot say how this may be, I know his face

is fair, And yet his chiefest comeliness, is his sweet

and serious air : I know his heart is kind and fond, I know he

loveth me,

But loveth yet his mother more, with grateful fervency :

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