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“ THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE

FIRST.”

Yes, it must moulder in the grave,

This moving heart, this breathing breast,
And flowers shall

grow,
Where these cold limbs were laid to rest.

and grass

shall wave,

And years on years shall circle round,

Till millions more have died like me : At length shall come the trumpet's sound,

All ears shall hear! all eyes shall see !

A glorious troop shall fill the skies,

With Jesus on his judgment throne ; Then, first, the dead in Christ shall rise,

And leave the wicked dead-alone.

Think, dearest child, with what suspense

Thy mother risen, shall watch to see If all her children, rising thence,

Come forth, with Christ the Lord to be!

Is there a grave that will not rend ?

A dear one left, who rises not? How will her eyes in anguish send

Their lingering looks to that dear spot !

Had she not told him of that day?

Had she not tried his heart to win ? Had she not taught his lips to pray ?

Had she not warned his soul of sin ?

Yes, but he heard and heeded not;

Temptation drew him slowly on; The words of warning were forgot,

Till life, and soul, and hope were gone!

Both in one grave, or side by side,

They slept, while ages rolled away ; But now,- now, they must divide,

He, cannot come,-she, would not stay!

With one last sigh she takes her flight,

And leaves him to his endless doom ! Behold !-now bursting into light,

He starts, unwilling, from the tomb !

“Lord ! Lord !" the trembling sinner cries,

Let me, O let me, enter too !" Depart,” the righteous Judge replies, · Rebel! for thee I never knew !"

J. TAYLOR.

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THE LAPLANDER.

With blue cold nose, and wrinkled brow,
Traveller, whence comest thou?
From Lapland's woods and hills of frost,
By the rapid rein-deer cross'd ;
Where tapering grows the gloomy fir,
And the stunted juniper;
Where the wild hare and the crow
Whiten in surrounding snow;

Where the shivering huntsmen tear
Their fur coats from the grim white bear ;
Where the wolf and northern fox
Prowl among the lonely rocks ;
And tardy suns to desert drear,
Give days and nights for half a year.
From icy oceans, where the whales
Toss in foam their lashing tails ;
Where the snorting sea horse shows
His ivory teeth in grinning rows ;
Where, tumbling in their seal-skin coat,
Fearless the hungry fishers float,
And, from teeming seas, supply
The food their niggard plains deny.

HAPPY CHILDHOOD.

Oh joyous dawn of childhood !

Thou art beautiful to see ;
The green earth, with its wild wood

Hath no flower so sweet as thee.

The stars, night's reign enhancing,

Beam not within the sky, With a ray so brightly glancing, As the flash from childhood's

ege.

But life will soon be waning,

And set in death's deep gloom ; Seek, seek, a Saviour reigning,

To light thee from the tomb.

WHAT IS LIFE?

LORD, what is life?—'Tis like a flower,

That blossoms, and is gone!
We see it flourish for an hour,

With all its beauty on ;
But death comes like a wintry day,
And sweeps the pretty flower away.

LORD, what is life ?—'Tis like the bow

That glistens in the sky:
We love to see its colours glow,

But while we look, they die.
Life fails as soon : to-day, 'tis here :
To-night, perhaps, 'twill disappear.

Six thousand years have passed away

Since living men began.
And millions once alive and gay,

Have spent their little span;
For life, in all its health and pride,
Has death still waiting at its side.

And yet this short, uncertain space,

So foolishly we prize,
That heaven, that lasting dwelling place,

Seems nothing in our eyes !
The words of sorrow and of bliss
We disregard, compared with this!

LORD, what is life?-If spent with thee

In duty, praise, and prayer,
However short or long it be,

We need but little care ;
Because Eternity will last,
When life, and death itself, are past.

J. TAYLOR,

THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT.

Who are these around the throne,

Singing to their harps of gold,
Glory to our God alone,
God whose love can ne'er be told ?”

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Who are these in purest white,

Shining brighter than the sun, Chanting round the Lord of light,

“ Jesus died; the victory 's won ?"

These are they who once below

Felt the dire effects of sin, Born to share in human woe,

Guilty, helpless, and unclean.

These are they, with contrite grief,

Who to Jesu's cross have fled ; Found a sweet, secure relief,

For the Lamb their ransom paid.

'Tis THE LORD THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS,

'Tis Immanuel's streaming blood, Bought their pardon, seal'd their peace,

Made them kings and priests to God !

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