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Though but his idol's garment. Useless toil!
Yet still renewed`: still round and round he goes,
(hh) Mad frenzy fires him now:
He plants against the wall his feet`; his chain
Raging to break his toils,-to and fro bounds`.
(1) The father saw,
And all his fury fled`:-a dead calm fell
That instant on him:-speechless'—fixed'—he stood`,
Silent and pale
The father stands:-no tear is in his eye':-
12. It will be given. (h) Look! how the rolling ground,
Moves toward the father's outstretched arm his boy':
13. (7) And death came sōōn and swift,
And pangless-The huge pile sünk dōwn at önce
THE FAMILY MEETING.
We are all here!
All who hold each other dear`.
Our old familiar hearth we 're found':
We're not all here!
Some are away-the dead ones dear,
We are all here!
Even they, the dead-though dead', so dear`, Fond Memory, to her duty true,
Brings back their faded forms to view.
We are all here!
You that I love with love so dear`.
2. But though impressions calm and sweet
The tear-drop stands in either eye`,
3. The silvery rack that flies away
4. Is it that here I must not stop,
5. Then is it that yon steeple there,
When thou no more canst hear?
6. Then whence it is I can not tell`,
H. K. WHITE.
1. AND Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done', and withal, how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me', and more also, if I make not thy' life as the life of one of them', by tomorrow about this time. And when he saw that', he arose and went for his life', and came and sat down under a junipertree', and he requested for himself that he might die', and said, It is enough'; now, O Lord', take away my life'; for I am not better than my fathers.
2. And as he lay and slept under a juniper-tree', behold, then an angel' touched him, and said unto him, Arise, and eat! And he looked, and behold, there was a cake baked on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink', and laid him down' again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great' for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink', and went in the strength of that meat, forty days and forty nights', unto Horeb, the mount of God.
3. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged' there; and behold, the word of the Lord came' to him, and he said unto him, What dost thou here', Elijah"? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts'; for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword': and I, even I only, am left'; and they seek my life, to take it away.
4. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by', and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks, before the Lord'; but the Lord was not in the wind': and after the wind an earthquake'; but the Lord was not in the earthquake': and after the earthquake, a fire'; but the Lord was not in the fire': and after the fire, a still, small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle', and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.
5. And behold there came a voice unto him, and said, What dost thou here', Elijah'? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts'; because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword'; and I, even I only, am left'; and they
seek my life, to take it away. And the Lord said unto him, Go', return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus': and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria'; and Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel'; and Elisha shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come
to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael, shall Jehu' slay; and him that escapeth the sword of Jehu, shall Elisha slay. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed' him. So, he departed thence.
1. "Go forth," it had been said to Elijah', "and stand upon the mount before the Lord." The prophet hears it, and leaves his cave'; and no sooner is he gone forth, than signs occur which announce to him the approach of the Almighty. The sacred historian here, indeed, depicts in simple language, a most sublime
2. The first sign was a tremendous wind'. Just before, probably, the deepest silence had prevailed throughout this dreary wilderness. The mountain-tempest breaks forth, and the bursting rocks thunder, as if the four winds, having been confined there, had in an instant broken from their prisons to fight' together. The clouds are driven about in the sky, like squadrons of combatants rushing to the conflict. The sandy desert is like a raging sea, tossing its curling billows to the sky. Sinai is agitated, as if the terrors of the law-giving were renewing around it. The prophet feels the majesty of Jehovah'; it is awful and appalling. It is not a feeling of peace, and of the Lord's blissful nearness, which possesses Elijah's soul in this tremendous scene'; it is rather a feeling of distressing distance'; "a strong wind went before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind."
3. The terrors of an earthquake' next ensue. The very foundations of the hills shake and are removed. The mountains and the rocks which were rent by the mighty wind, threaten now to fall upon one another. Hills sink down, and valleys rise; chasms yawn, and horrible depths unfold, as if the earth were removed out of his place. The prophet, surrounded by the ruins of nature, feels still more of that divine majesty, which "looketh upon the