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704 Forth rush the levant and the ponent winds

The levant, east wind; the ponent, the west wind. 705 Eurus and Zephyr

: The east and west winds. 706 Sirocco and Libecchio.

Sirocco, a periodical wind, which prevails in the south of Europe, for about twenty degrees, in the beginning of summer: it commonly blows from south east, and is hot and dry: it occasions great weakness and lassitude in men and animals, and injures plants by its scorching influence. Libecchio, a south west wind, is violent and de

structive of the harvest and crops. 769

his doom is fair,
That dust I am, and shall to dust return :

Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return,

Genesis, iii. 19. 815

both death and I
Am found eternal, and incorporate both,

Death, with its incidental train of miseries, was to be the consequence of his transgression; not only to him and his race, but to the whole terrestrial creation. Evil exists; and we are informed how it first came into the world; not by the order

of God, but by the fault of man. 24

But from me what can proceed,
But all corrupt,

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?

Job, xiv. 4. 936 Me, me only, just object of his ire.

And so death passed upon all men; for the Lord God, in his just wrath at this rebellion of the work of his hand, cursed the ground for their

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nounced good. 1072 Or by collision of two bodies grind

The air attrite to fire,

Attrite, fretted, galled ; or by attraction, that universal tendency which all bodies have towards one another, from which a great many of the surprising phenomena of nature may be easily

accounted for. 1074 Tine the slant lightning,

From the Saxon Tynan: tind, a candle ; that

is, to light or set on fire. 3086 What better can we do, than to the place

Repairing where he judg'd us, prostrate fall

The same pride of heart that disposed our first parents to sin, lurks in our nature, and accompanies us in our most serious studies; while the same subtle enemy who beguiled Eve, is still eve at hand to instil poison, even through the medium of the sacred texts ; upon which alone we can build our hopes of reconcilement to God, perse

verance in well-doing, and final acceptance. 1093 Undoubtedly he will relent and turn

From his displeasure ;

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Luke, xv. 18. Yet, gracious Father, plead thy sacred cause ;

To thee the secrets of all hearts are known;
There are, who oft have broke thy righteous laws;
Have known thy will, yet have performed their

Oh! be to such thy boundless mercy shown,

Enforce obedience by thy chords of love; Hear thou the pensive sigh, the anguish'd groan,

Th' unequal conflict shall thy pity move, And call down help divine from thee in heaven above.

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from the mercy seat above

And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold ; two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

And thou shalt put the mercy seat above the ark; and in the ark, thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

And there will I meet with thee, and I will commune with thee, from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims, which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment, unto the children of Israel. Exodus, xxv. 17, 21, 22.

which the spirit of prayer Inspired,

But though we are not able to speak these desires, they are not concealed from God: he who searcheth the inmost recesses of human hearts, knoweth what is the mind of the spirit; he reads all these secret agitations of our spirits, which answer to the emotions of his; for he man-. ages affairs for his saints, according to the gracious will and appointment of God: a circumstance which we cannot recollect without the greatest


pleasure, and the most cheerful expectations of receiving every suitable blessing in consequence of it, and in answer to these prayers which are

presented to God under such influence. 12 Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha,

Deucalion, a son of Promotheus, who married and reigned over Thessaly : in his reign the earth was covered with a deluge. When the waters had retired from the surface of the earth, they went to consult the oracle of Themis, and were directed to repair the loss of mankind, by throwing behind them the bones of their grandmother; by this was meant the stones of the earth, from

which it became again peopled. 13

before the shrine Of Themis stood devout.

She was the first to whom the inhabitants of the earth raised temples. Themis is said to be the wife of Jupiter, and daughter of Cælus and

Terra. 23

And pray’rs, which in this golden censer, mix'd
With incense, I thy priest before thee bring,

While we prepare ourselves, with silent admiration, to attend the discoveries here opening upon us, let us rejoice in the symbolical representation of the intercession of Jesus, our High Priest, shadowed forth, in so beautiful and expressive a manner, by the angel standing at the altar with the golden censer and much incense. Behold how the prayers of all the saints ascend before God with acceptance! See the 'method we are to take, if we desire that'ours should be

these sighs

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