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The Chapel is now gone, and only tradition marks the spot where it once stood ; but the Cave in which he preached, wrought by the hand of his true God, still remains.

Within this Valley stands a mansion, from which, on the bright evening I told you of, two young girls issued and took their way along a flowery path by the margin of the river. They have quitted the grounds and now reach the steps leading down to the very edge of the water. Here they seat themselves and listen to the river's music, and watch its lovely waters. Above their heads the sweet brier and hawthorn bloom, and around their temporary seat wild flowers spring.

What are they now conversing about so earnestly, and why is the fair face and bright blue eyes of one fixed upon her sister? She is the speaker,-let us draw nearer and hear what she says; we may perhaps be in time for the latter part of the conversation.

“My dear Sister, why do you yet hesitate when you are so encouraged ? At least try what success will attend you."

“Oh! but”

“But what? When our dear Papa requested you to write your first stories, did he not intend you to publish also ? And though he is no more with us, would you disregard what you know to have been his wish.

“Hush ! Hush ! dear girl you have conquered, and if my little friends in the nursery do not welcome me with a smile, I will cease to trouble them; if they thank me, I will again endeavour to contribute to their amusement and instruction.”

And now my little friends who have accompanied me so far on my ramble, you have heard what concerns you, so we will leave the sisters to finish their walk when they please, and I will bid you good bye.




ABOVE three thousand eight hundred years ago, and between three and four hundred years after the grievous wickedness of mankind had provoked the wrath of the Great God of Heaven and earth to destroy the inhabitants of the world, except Noah and his family, by the flood, there lived in Ur of the Chaldees, a named Abram, with his wife Sarai. Short as was the period that had elapsed since that fearful out-pouring of the vengeance of God upon a sinful world, the terror of that judgment had so far abated that wickedness extensively again prevailed, and even the worship of false gods, and of the host of heaven, the sun, moon, and stars, (which are indeed glorious, yet still but God's creatures,) had been by many substituted for that of the omnipotent Jehovah. Yet this corruption was not universal ; still there remained some who continued to cleave to the Lord with their whole heart, and Abram and his kindred were amongst these. So eminent indeed was Abram, that with him God condescended to familiar intercourse. When he was seventy five years old, God appeared to him, and commanded him to quit Chaldea, where he possessed flocks and herds, kindred, acquaintance, wordly honour, and dignity, and go into a land where he was a stranger, and possessed not a place to set his foot. But Abram knew that with the blessed presence of his Creator dwelling iņ his heart, he could never be alone or sad, however strange his fellow-men might be; that presence he knew he should carry with him, and find awaiting him, for it filleth all lands; and to a worshipper like Abram, that presence made every country alike; so he hesitated not to obey, but without a sigh or a lingering wish left Chaldea, and came into Canaan. This ready obedience Jehovah, who ever bestows a reward immeasurably and infinitely above the deserving of his servants, recompensed with a


promise of honour and glory at a future period, greater than that of the greatest of the world's princes. That the Saviour who should come into the world to take away the curse of our fallen nature, should be his Son. “I will make of thee a great and mighty nation. I will bless thee, and I will make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Abram came to Sichem, in Canaan; and here again God appeared to him, telling him that this very country in which he sojourned should belong to his posterity. But Abram had no child, and both he and Sarai were old, how then could this encourage and reward him for his exile from his country, and his separation from dear friends and relations? How was it probable that in his seed all families of the earth should be blessed, when there was no human prospect that he ever will have a son ? Truly there is no hope of it to the human eye; but Abram sees not thus; he knows that He is faithful who hath promised, and he stumbles not at the word of God, but humbly adores and

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