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Cavalier', and the Huguenot'. And who does not rejoice,' that it would be impossible thus to welcome this primitive Christian, the founder of Sunday-schools. His' heralds would be the preachers of the Gospel', and the eminent in piety, benevolence, and zeal. His' procession would number in its ranks the messengers of the Cross and the disciples of the Savior', Sunday-school teachers and white-robed scholars. The temples of the Most High' would be the scenes of his' triumph. Homage and gratitude to him', would be anthems of praise' and thanksgiving to God'.
6. Parents would honor him as more than a brother'; children would reverence him as more than a father. The faltering words of age,
the firm and sober voice of manhood, the silvery notes of youth, would bless him as a Christian patron. The wise and the good would acknowledge him everywhere, as a national benefactor', as a patriot even to a land of strangers. He would have come a messenger of peace to a land of peace. No images of camps, and sieges, and battles; no agonies of the dying and the wounded; no shouts of victory, or processions of triumph, would mingle with the recollections of the multitudes who welcomed him. They would mourn over no common dangers, trials, and calamities; for the road of duty has been to them the path of pleasantness, the way of peace. Their memory of the past would be rich in gratitude to God, and love to man; their enjoyment of the present would be a prelude to heavenly bliss; their prospects of the future, bright and glorious as faith and hope.
7. Such was the reception of La Fayette, the warrior; such would be that of Robert Raikes', the Howard of the Christian church. And which is the nobler benefactor, patriot, and philanthropist? Mankind
admire and extol La Fayette', more than the founder of the Sunday-schools'; but religion, philanthropy, and enlightened common sense, must ever esteem Robert Raikes the superior of La Fayette'. His' are the virtues, the services, the sacrifices of a more enduring and exalted order of being. His counsels and triumphs belong less to time than to eternity'.
8. The fame of La Fayette is of this world; the glory of Robert Raikes is of the Redeemer's everlasting kingdom'. La Fayette lived chiefly for his own age, and chiefly for his and our country. But Robert Raikes has lived for all ages,
and all countries. Perhaps the historian and biographer may never interweave his name in the tapestry of national or individual renown. But the records of every single church, honor him as a patron; the records of the Universal Church, on earth and in heaven, bless him as a benefactor.
9. The time may come when the name of La Fayette will be forgotten'; or when the star of his fame, no longer glittering in the zenith, shall be seen, pale and glimmering, on the verge of the horizon. But the name of Robert Raikes shall never be forgotten; and the lambent flame of his glory is that eternal fire which rushed down from heaven to devour the sacrifice of Elijah. Let mortals then admire and imitate La Fayette, more than Robert Raikes. But the just made perfect, and the ministering spirits around the throne of God, have welcomed him as a fellow-servant of the same Lord; as a fellow-laborer in the same glorious cause of man's redemption; as a co-heir of the same precious promises and eternal rewards.
LESSON XLV. 64s
GOD IS EVERYWHERE.
1. On! show me where is He,
The high and holy One',
I see thee raise,
But where doth God appear?
may kneel and pray, and call thy Father mine.
The glittering vault admire.
In strength and beauty rise?
3. “See where the mountains' rise;
Where thundering torrents' foam;
His footsteps I pursue:
4. “Look on that world of waves,
Where tinny nations glide;
Where sport the scaly swarm:
5. “No human thoughts can soar
Beyond his boundless might;
That God is everywhere:
SATAN, SIN, AND DEATH.
(The following lesson requires variety of tone.) 1. MEANWHILE the adversary of God and man',
Satan', with thoughts inflamed of highest design,
Up to the fiery concave towering high. 2.
At last, appear
The other shape, If shape it might be called, that shape had none, Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb; Or substance might be called that shadow seemed, For each seemed either ; black it stood as night', Fierce as ten furies', terrible as hell', And shook a dreadful dart'; what seemed his head,
The likeness of a kingly crown had on, 4. Satan was now at hand, and fro
And with disdainful look thus first began : 5. (h) “Whence and what art thou, execrable shape ?
That dar’st, though grim and terrible, advance
Hell-born’, not to contend with spirits* of heaven.” 6 To whom the goblin, full of wrath, replied:
(h) “ Art thou that traitor-angel', art thou he
Strange horrors seize thee, and pangs unfelt before." 7. So spake the grizzly terror', and in shape
So speaking and so threatening, grew ten-fold
* Milton uniformly pronounces this word in one syllable, sp'rit.
* Con-jured', conspired.
No second stroke intend; and such a frown
To join their dark encounter in mid air.
Grew darker at the frown': so matched' they stood :
LESSON XLVII. Y
IRONICAL EULOGY ON DEBT.
1. DEBT is of the very highest antiquity. The first debt in the history of man is the debt of nature, and the first instinct is to put off the payment of it to the last moment. Many persons, it will be observed, following the natural procedure, would die before they would pay their debts.
2. Society is composed of two classes', debtors' and creditors'. The creditor class has been erroneously supposed the more enviable. Never was there a greater misconception'; and the hold it yet maintains upon opinion, is a remarkable example of the obstinacy of error, notwithstanding the plainest lessons of experience. The debtor has the sympathies of mankind. He is seldom spoken of but with expressions of tenderness and compassion--" the poor debtor'!”—and “the unfortunate debtor'! On the other hand « harsh'
” and “hard-hearted” are the epithets allotted to the creditor. Who ever heard the "poor creditor),” the “unfortunate creditor\" spoken of ? No', the creditor never becomes the object of pity, until he passes into the debtor class. A creditor may be ruined by the poor debtor, but it is not until he becomes unable to pay his own debts, that he begins to be compassionated.
3. A debtor is a man of mark. Many eyes are fixed upon him'; many have interest in his well-being': his movements are of concern : he can not disappear unheeded'; his name is in many mouths'; his name is upon many books'; he is a man of note'of promissory' note; he fills the speculation of many minds'; men