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Thy kingdom come! Let light and grace
And o'er the deep her arms extend,
And prove indeed her CHRISTIAN FRIEND!
[The Rev. Levi Parsons, who was associated with the Rev. Pliny Fisk, on the Palestine mission, died at Alexandria, February 18th, 1822.]
GREEN as Machpelah's honored field,
Where Jacob and where Leah lie,
Oh! how unlike the bloody bed,
Where pride and passion seek to lie ;
There withering thoughts shall drop around,
On Jordan's weeping willow trees
It murmurs in as soft a breeze,
As e'er from Gilead's balm was flung,
So may the harp of Gabriel sound,
The saints of God shall take their flight,
[The project for colonizing in Africa the "free people of color" is the subject of these lines.]
ALL sights are fair to the recovered blind,
In the light yoke and burden of his Lord.
'Tis somewhat like the burst from death to life; From the grave's cerements to the robes of heaven ; From sin's dominion, and from passion's strife,
To the pure freedom of a soul forgiven!
When all the bonds of death and hell are riven, And mortals put on immortality ;
When fear, and care, and grief away are driven, And mercy's hand has turned the golden key,
And mercy's voice has said, "Rejoice-thy soul is free!"
The Invalid on the east End of Long Island.—Brainard.
FEEBLE, with languid, staff-supported step,
A moment rest we on the only stone
The notes of birds are heard in other groves,
To all. But here, and to the weary too,
He has heard its mighty sound,
And he has heard another tone, who marks
But, in this calm and leafy grove, the sound
Upon the utmost bound, à clear white jet
The sun sets-and the blushing water turns
And now, even as some hospitable man
The lighthouse-last of friends that ship may see-
Away, from all that's bright and beautiful, From the fresh breeze, and from the glorious view, From all that's lovely, noble or sublime,
To the sick pillow and the feverish bed.
There may good angels watch me, and good thoughts Crowd to my dreaming and my waking hours;
For the whole world of waters, the firm land,
Examples of Self-taught Men.
HENRY STEPHENS was born in Paris, in 1503, and commenced business in that city as a printer in 1526. He had before this time acted as chief manager of the establishment of his father-in-law, Simon de Colines, and had, in that situation, superintended an edition of the New Testament. He became not only the most distinguished printer, but one of the most learned scholars of his time, as his works, and especially his great Thesaurus of the Latin language, amply testify. All the productions which proceeded from his press are remarkable both for their extreme beauty of execution, and their almost immaculate correctness. In order to secure for them this latter quality, he was wont, we are told, in many cases, to exhibit the proofs for public inspection, and to offer a reward for every error any individual should detect in them.
The father of RICHARDSON, the great novelist, was a joiner; and he himself, after having been taught reading and writing at a country school, was bound apprentice to a London printer, named Wilde, with whom he served for the usual period. Soon after his apprenticeship had expired, he found employment as foreman in a printingoffice. In this situation he remained for five or six years, with scarcely a hope of any higher advancement. By the assistance of several friends, however, whom his industry, intelligence and amiable manners had secured for him,