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His friend, inspirer, guardian, and reward!) O never, never, Scotia's realm desert;
But still the patriot, and the patriot-bard,
In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard !
1. What are the signs of this chill November day's close?
2. Which day of the week is it?
day night comes?
4. Where is his cot situated ?
20. With what do they sing, which is better than the finest instrument?.
21. Name these church tunes and char
6. What are the things that make him forget his cares and toil?
7. How are the elder bairns employed during the week?
8. Name the eldest daughter.
9. What may she be bringing with her? 10. Why is she so careful of her wages? 11. Describe the affectionate meeting of the brothers and sisters.
12. What thoughts fill the parents' minds at seeing them all around?
13. How is this good mother employed? 14. How is this christian father employed?
15. Repeat the several portions of the father's advice to them.
16. What is every one's duty morning and night?
17. After supper in what holy exercise do they engage?
18. Describe the father as he holds the Bible before him.
19. In what way do they sing God's praises?
22. What favourite portions may the father read in the Old Testament?
23. What portions in the New Testament, here called christian volume? 24. Which of the Apostles was banished to Patmos ?
25. Who is the saint, the father, and the husband?
26. What glorious hope fills the bosom of parents and children?
27. Is not true religion a matter of the heart?
28. How are the "parent-pair" employed when their family retire?
29. What is the chief blessing they pray for to their children?
30. Repeat the warm wishes of the bard in regard to his dear native land.
31. Can there be a fairer sight on earth than a family joining in the worship of God?
32. May not those families expect a peculiar blessing that raise the family altar?
33. Who will quote Joshua xxiv. 15. to
THERE is no flock, however watched and tended,
But one dead lamb is there!
There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended,
But has one vacant chair!
The air is full of farewells to the dying,
The heart of Rachel,1 for her children crying,
Let us be patient! These severe afflictions
But oftentimes celestial benedictions
Assume this dark disguise.
We see but dimly through the mists and vapours;
What seem to us but sad, funereal tapers,
May be heaven's distant lamps.
There is no Death!
What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life Elysian,2
She is not dead,-the child of our affection,-
Where she no longer needs our poor protection,
In that great cloister's stillness and seclusion,
Safe from temptation, safe from sin's pollution,
Day after day, we think what she is doing
Year after year, her tender steps pursuing,
Behold her grown more fair.
Thus do we walk with her, and keep unbroken
The bond which nature gives,
Thinking that our remembrance, though unspoken,
May reach her where she lives.
1 Rachel, see Jeremiah xxxi, 15. and Matt. ii, 18.
2 Elysian, of or belonging to Elysium. Elysium, in ancient mythology, was a place assigned to the pious souls after death, furnished with rich fields, groves, shades, streams, &c.; the seat of happiness. Heaven.
Not as a child shall we again behold her,
In our embraces we again enfold her,
But a fair maiden, in her Father's mansion,
Clothed with celestial
And beautiful with all the soul's expansion
And though at times, impetuous with emotion
The swelling heart heaves moaning like the ocean,
We will be patient, and assuage the feeling
1. Is there any family that escapes the visit of death?
2. What have you to tell me about Rachel ?
3. Who are represented by her? 4. What are severe afflictions to the believer in Christ?
5. Do we see things clearly in our present imperfect state?
6. What does the poet call Death? 7. What does he call our present state of existence ?
8. Where was his young daughter now, who had been snatched from them by the hand of Death?
9. What mean you by the great cloister?
10. In what circumstances was she there ?
11. Do the sorrowing parents ever think about her?
12. What thoughts about their daughter often pass through their mind?
13. What mean you by the "bond which nature gives"?
14. What do the parents expect she will have become before they meet her in heaven?
15. Is there any word in Scripture to countenance such an idea?
16. Though a Christian feels deeply the loss of those he loves, need he despair? 17. What do you mean by "sleeping in Christ" ?
1 "Not as a child,"-see, Isaiah lxv, 20, and 1 Cor. xiii, 11.
NEAR yonder copse, where once the garden smiled,
Nor e'er had changed, nor wished to change his place.
By doctrines fashioned to the varying hour;
Sat by his fire, and talked the night away;
Wept o'er his wounds, or, tales of sorrow done,
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
He watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all.
Beside the bed where parting life was laid,
At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
1. Where had the Minister's manse stood?
2. What was his yearly income? 3. Did he eagerly seek after a rich living? 4. On what was he more bent than on lofty station in the church?
5. Name some of the "wandering train" who well knew his house.
6. Describe the old beggar.
7. How was the spendthrift treated by him?
8. How did the old soldier pass the night under his roof?
9. What was his pride?
10. How acted this good man in the discharge of his duty?
11. How does the parent bird induce the young ones to fly?
12. How did the pastor try to draw
people along the narrow way that leads to heaven?
13. At what bed-side was he often found? 14. To whom would he direct the dying sinner to flee ?
15. Describe the pastor in the pulpit. 16. Who flocked to speak with him after the service ?
17. Who gave his gown a gentle pull, and why?
18. What gave him pleasure, and what caused him distress?
19. In the midst of his earthly sorrows, where did his soul ever find rest?
20. To what is he compared in the last four lines?
21. Show the correctness of the simile, in the several points indicated by the words printed in Italics.