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Turning to look upon its well-known cause,
When now it shone a veiled and tempered blaze.
The fleecy cloud before the glowing sphere,
Who count it their chief joy, and humbly try
Can yield to mind them of their Saviour's face.
And now, methought, I saw an image fair
Of Him whose glories, veiled in mortal guise, Are calmly viewed by eyes that could not bear Their beams direct descending from the skies.
I saw an emblem of my Lord abased;
Yet never lovelier mid the choirs of heaven;
Godhead with manhood dimmed, and manhood
With rays divine, that man might be forgiven!
O God, I bless thee for the shadows here!
In cloudless, sunless, everlasting light!
"He that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things."-1 Cor. ix. 25.
PLUNGING wildly, foaming madly,
Whitening now with rage and fury,
Such the course of human passion, Uncontrolled by wisdom's hand; First, it recklessly will dash onThen, ashamed, or wearied, stand.
Mine be rather like the river,
As it gently, smoothly glides;
May my every wish and feeling
So life's stream with tranquil motion, Heaven reflected in its face, Onward to the boundless ocean
Its benignant course shall trace.
IMAGES OF LIFE.
"They are passed away as the swift ships; as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.. My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle."-JOB ix. 26; vii. 6.
To fancy's view, exulting in the ease
With which he floated down or met the breeze;
His grace was equal to his strength, and now