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Canaan was theirs, and in it all
The proudest hope of kings dare claim ; Sion was theirs; and at their call
Fire from Jehovah came.
Yet monarchs walk'd as pilgrims still
In their own land, earth's pride and grace ; And seers would mourn on Sion's hill
Their Lord's averted face.
Vainly they tried the deeps to sound
Even of their own prophetic thought, When of Christ crucified and crown'd
His Spirit in them taught :
But He their aching gaze repress'd
Which sought behind the veil to see, For not without us fully bless'd"
Or perfect might they be.
The rays of the Almighty's face
No sinner's eye might then receive;
n Hebrews xi. 40. That they without us should not be made perfect.
Only the meekest man found graceo
To sec his skirts and live.
But we as in a glass espy
The glory of His countenance, Not in a whirlwind hurrying by
The too presumptuous glance,
But with mild radiance every hour,
From our dear Saviour's face benign Bent on us with transforming power,
Till we, too, faintly shine.
Sprinkled with His atoning blood
Safely before our God we stand, As on the rock the Prophet stood,
Beneath His shadowing hand.
which see the things we see! And yet this tree of life hath prov'd To many a soul a poison tree,
Beheld, and not belov’d.
• Exod. xxxiii. 20-23.
So like an angel's is our bliss
(Oh! thought to comfort and appall) It needs must bring, if us'd amiss,
An angel's hopeless fall.
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER
And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed ? but where are the nine ? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. St. Luke xvii. 17, 18,
TEN cleans'd, and only one remain !
Even He who reads the heart,
Seems at the sight to start :
Yet 'twas not wonder, but His love
That heaven-ward seem so free to move
When earth can yield no more:
Drift, when the storm is o'er,
Faster than those false drops and few
Than self-deceiving tears,
Spirits, that wound the sick man's bed Watch’d, noting down each prayer he made, Were your unerring roll display'd,
His pride of health to'abase ; Or, when soft showers in season fall Answering a famish’d nation's call, Should unseen fingers on the wall
Our vows forgotten trace ;
How should we gaze
in trance of fear ! Yet shines the light as thrilling clear From heaven
that scroll severe, " Ten cleans'd and one remain !” Nor surer would the blessing prove Of humbled hearts, that own thy love, Should choral welcome from above
Visit our senses plain :
Than by Thy placid voice and brow,
Before thee, heart and knee; “ Oh! thou, who only would'st be blest, « On thee alone my blessing rest! “Rise, go thy way in peace, possess'd
66 For evermore of me."