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for his labouring to set up and maintain the estate the nobility so severely for truckling to Queen of bishops ;" and shortly before his death, he ad- Mary) again manifested itself. Perceiving that the monished the same nobleman to maintain the Assembly were trifling in the matter, he turned Church of God and his ministry, warning him that to Mr Davidson, and said, “Brother, look for no if he did it not, “ God would spoil him of all, and answer here. God hath taken away the hearts bis end would be ignominy and shame;"-a pre- from men, that they dare not justify the truth, diction, which Morton acknowledged, before his lest they displease the world. Therefore, cast you execution, he had “ fand true indeid."
for the next best." • What is that ? ” said DaThe history of the Church during Morton's vidson. « Go home with ine,” replied his sagaregency, from 1572 to 1578, presents little more cious friend. Nay,” added he, seeing that the tban a series of struggles between the Court and young minister hesitated; ye may lawfully flee the Kirk, all occasioned by the attempts of the Re- when ye are persecuted.” Davidson, finding that gent to intrude the spurious species of Episcopacy Morton was determined against him, accepted the of which we have spoken. For some time he kind invitation, and set off under the laird's proappeared likely to obtain the advantage. The old tection to Kinyeancleuch. On their journey, heroes of the Reformation were fast dying out; Campbell was seized with a severe and fatal illand their successors, dreading the effects of the ness. Drawing near to his end, this faithful and Regent's resentment, or unwilling to show an ex- pious gentleman could not restrain his emotions ample of insubordination by resisting his authority, when he thought of the state in which he left the were yielding up, inch by inch, the liberties of the Church of his native land. “ A pack of traitors," Church. I have no doubt, the idea which many he exclaimed, referring to some of the ministers, of you have forned of the Presbyterian clergy, “ have sold Christ to the regent, as manifestly as from the common accounts of the period, is, that ever Judas did! What heal heart can contain its they were as a body, and to a man, rude fanatics, self unbursting ?” And he burst out into tears, who took a delight in opposing the civil power, accompanied with loud sobs and lamentations. and set themselves up as spiritual dictators to Then addressing himself to Mr Davidson, “ Take king and subjects. This is another of your gene- my best horse with you,” he cried, " and ride away ralizing fallacies. The truth, as attested by the with my blessing. The Lord bless you,” he added, whole course of history, is, that the great body of hastily thrusting out his hand; “gird up your the Scots ministers were a simple and facile race loins, and make to your journey; for ye have a of men, easily deceived or overawed ; and had it battle to fight, and few to take your part but the not been for a few active and energetic spirits, Lord only."* stirred up from time to time by a gracious Provi- I cannot pass this anecdote without giving dence, (to whom the whole praise is due,) to stem utterance to a reflection which I have no doubt the tide of defection, they would, on more than one has already occurred to many of you. How occasion, have bartered away their dearest privi- seldom amongst our people, and alas ! how seldom leges without a struggle. Such, I am sorry to amongst our gentry, do we now meet with a simisay, was the case at the period of which we now lar example of such tender-hearted concern for the speak. And an incident occurred in 1574 which interests of Zion! Amidst all the professions of displayed their pusillanimity, as well as the grasp- zeal that we hear, how rarely, among any class ing avarice of the Regent. Among other plans of Christians, does the low state of religion in the for replenishing his coffers, Morton had fallen on Church, draw a tear from the eye, or a sob from the expedient of uniting three or four parishes un- the heart ! der the care of one minister. Mr John Davidson, While matters were in the critical state now who afterwards became minister of Prestonpans, described, the cause of truth was revived, and a and made a considerable figure in the history of new spirit infused into the counsels of the Church, the Church, and who was at this time a young by the arrival in Scotland of another champion of man and regent in the University of St. Andrews, the Reformation, whose name deserves a place had composed a poetical dialogue, which he called next to that of Knox,—ANDREW MELVILLE. * A Conference betwix the Clark and the Courtier.' This accomplished scholar and divine had been and in which he exposed, in terms more plain residing for ten years on the Continent, where he than pleasant, the mischievous and disreputable added to the learning which he had acquired at character of the practice. Among other lines, the home, and which had procured him a very high poem contained the following :
character in the literary world. Endowed with all ** Had gude John Knox not yet been deid,
the firmness, intrepidity, and integrity of Knox, It had not cum unto this heid: Had they myntit till sic ane steir,
Melville was enabled, from his superior literary
endowments, to confer lasting benefits on his Morton was highly incensed at this jeu d'esprit, country, by introducing salutary reforms into its and threatened the author with prosecution. The universities, and reviving a taste for letters. He poem was presented to the General Assembly for was successively appointed principal of the Unitheir judgment, and it was too evident that his versity of Glasgow, and of the New College, St. brethren were afraid to give it the sanction of their Andrews; and being also a minister and a proapprobation. On this occasion, the honest spirit fessor of divinity, he had a right to sit in the of Campbell of Kinyeancleuch (the same who rated
. Calderwood's MS, Hist, vol, iv, ad an. 1574. Adv. Libr,
He had made hevin and eirth to heir."
Church Courts. It was not long before he was covered at Jerusalem, which he had in person examined, called to lend the powerful aid of his talents in the and from the remains found therein he was led to bestruggle of the Church against Episcopacy. And lieve it to be the “ A celdama ; or, Field of Blood," among other services, he had a chies hand in the com- Judas to the Jewish priests! The doorway of this position of the Second Book of Discipline, which, tomb was of a mixed architecture, the pillars and pediafter long and deliberate discussion, was approved ment being Grecian; the floral embellishments on the and adopted by the General Assembly in 1578. architrave Hebrew, and the door itself solid stone,
Of this Book, which, though it was not ratified hung on horizontal hinges. Inside it was a large chamby Parliament, still forms a standard work in the ber hewn out of the solid rock, each having smaller Church of Scotland, we may remark, that it de- crypts in each of the three sides, in all of which human
remains were found. The skulls which he exhibited fines the government of the Church still more
were of nations who never inhabited that land, thereexactly than the First Book of Discipline, which fore strangers” at Jerusalem at this period. No was drawn up hastily to meet the emergency of a Jewish remains were found. The skulls belonged to sudden conversion from Popery. It draws the the Mongolian, Ethiopian, or the mixed races; two of essential line of distinction between civil and eccle- them, on the authority of Dr Pritchard, were of Turkish siastical power; declaring, that Jesus Christ has origin, one an African, probably a negro of Mosam.
bique. The tomb was accidentally discovered by an appointed a government in his Church distinct Arab of the village of Siloe. The inference Dr Wilde from civil government, which is to be exercised drew was, that it was the true Potter's-field, being in his name by such officers as he hath authorised, used for the burial of strangers who died in Jerusalem. and not by civil magistrates, or under their direction. Civil authority, they say, has for its direct MEANS OF RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION, and proper object, the promoting of external peace
By the Rev. Duncan MacFarlan, and quietness among the subjects; ecclesiastical authority, the directing of men in matters of re
Minister of Renfrew. ligion and conscience; yet as they are both of 1.-BEFORE THE GIVING OF THE LAW. God, and tend to one common end, if rightly used, viz., the glory of God and making men good sub-The history of what happened before the food is too jects, they ought to co-operate within their respec- brief to contain any minute or very exact account of tive spheres, and fortify without interfering with religious instruction. A few statements, however, one another. They claim the right of Church bearing on this subject do occur. “ Cain,” it is said, Courts, as courts of Christ, to convene and settle“ brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto business independent of the civil power. These the Lord; and Abel, he also brought of the firstlings courts were divided into sessions, presbyteries, sy- of his flock, and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had nods, and general assemblies. They admit of no
respect unto Abel, and to his offering ; but, unto Cain superiority of office in the Church above a teach- and to his offering, he had not respect." Gen. iv. 3-5. ing presbyter-no pastor of pastors. None are to
With regard to the grounds of this preference for Abel be intruded into the ministry, contrary to the will and his offering, the Apostle Paul says,—" By faith of the congregation. And among the abuses which Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than they desire to see reformed by the State, are the Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was rightusurped authority of bishops, and lay-patronages, cous, God testifying of his gifts ; and by it he, being which they declare lead to intrusion, and are in dead yet speaketh.” Heb. xi. 4. Whatever else may compatible with “lawful election, and the assent be learned from these passages, they prove at least, of the people over whom the person is placed, as
that even from the beginning, the worship of God was the practice of the apostolical and primitive Kirk observed sacrificially ; that sacrifices and other oblaand good order craves.”
tions were offered by private individuals; and farther, of the discipline thus briefly sketched I shall that through sacrifice in particular, the faith of God's only say, that while Presbyterians never alleged people was carried forward towards Him who was to an inspired prescription for every part of its de
It is also mentioned, that on the birth of Enos, tails, they consider its leading and characteristic that is about the year 235, men began to call upon principles to be of divine origin, or, to use the the name of the Lord;” or as it is rendered in the sanguage of Calderwood, “ to be taken, not out of of the Lord.” Gen. iv. 26. If the former of these be
margin, men began to call themselves by the name the cisterns of men's invention, but from the pure the right interpretation, then have we in it evidence of fountains of God's Holy Word.” At the same time, its subordinate arrangements are supported of special means for religious instruction ; and if the
the commencement of public worship, and consequently by the general rules of Scripture. They are simple, latter, the Church must have then separated from the well calculated to preserve order and unity, and world, and this would at least favour the employment promote the edification of the flock of Christ ; of such means. and, when duly observed, they will be found as
And at any rate, we know, that much opposed to clerical domination as to popular earth,” corruption increased, and means of a more
“when men began to multiply on the face of the confusion.
marked and influential description became necessary. ACELDAMA; OR, THE FIELD OF BLOOD. About the year 687, Enoch commenced his ministry. Ar a late meeting of the College of Physicians in In the Book of Genesis it is merely said, that “ Enoch Dublin, a highly interesting paper was read by Dr walked with God: and he was not; for God took Wilde, giving an account of a remarkable tomb dis- him.” v. 24. Even this probably implies such extra.
ordinary intercourse with God, as was then vouchsafed | families. Instances of this will be found in the history to prophetic or other special messengers. But Jude is of Noah, of Job, of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, quite express on this subject. “ And Enoch also, the as may be seen in Gen. viii. 20; Job i. 5; Gen. xii. 8; seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, be. xiii. 4 ; xv. 9, 11, 17; xxi. 33 ; xxii. 1-14; xxvi. 25; hold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, xxxi. 54 ; xxxiii. 20 ; xxxvi. 1-7. But besides sacri. to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that ficing, these and other patriarchs are described as holdare ungodly among them, of all their ungodly deeds ing special intercourse with heaven. Examples of this which they have ungodly committed, and of all their will be found in Gen. viii. 21, 22; ix. 1-17; xii. 1bard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken 3, 7; xiii. 14 ; xv. 1-21; xvii. 1-22; xviii. 1-33; against him.” Jude 14, 15. The second coming of xxii. 1, 2, 15–18; xxv. 22, 23; xxvi. 2–5, 23, 24; xxviii. Christ was yet very far distant. But the deluge which 10-22 ; xxxi. 11-13; xxxii. 1, 4, 24–30; xxxv. 9-13. was to the men of that generation, what the destruc- And there is a circumstance mentioned concerning tion of Jerusalem was afterwards to the Jews, a pre- some of them, which has not been generally noticed cursor and foreshadowing type, was nearer. And Enoch we mean the practice of heads of families, blessing, and seems to have been raised up, amidst the corruptions even sometimes cursing their offspring. It was thus of that age, to warn men of the catastrophe, and that Noah cursed Canaan, while he blessed Shem and through it of the end of all things, when the Son of man Japheth ; that Isaac blessed Jacob, granting the lesser sball come to judge the world. It is farther noticeable blessing to Esau, and that Jacob blessed bis sons, respecting Enoch, that his being “ translated that he making also a distinction. In their cases, there was, should not see death," was eminently fitted to illustrate the guidance of an unerring Spirit, but the practice was, the doctrine of a future state, and thus to confirm his we believe, general ; and it formed part of what betestimony concerning Christ's second appearance. After longed to the heads of families in their official and reEnceh, “ Noah was a just man, and perfect in his ligious character. And as an example of the more generation, and Noah walked with God." Gen. vi. 9. ordinary duties of family instruction and discipline, we And the Apostle Peter says, that “God spared not the need only quote God's testimony concerning Abraham, old world, but saved Noah, the eightb person, a “ For I know him, that he will command his children, preacher of righteousness, bringing in the food upon and his household after him, and they shall keep the the world of the ungodly." 1. Peter ii. 5. There is way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment." Gen. another passage in the writings of the same apostle xviii. 19. further illustrative of Noah's ministry. “ For Christ But while there is thus reason to believe that all the also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, three offices of prophet, priest, and king, were mainly that he might bring us to God, being put to death in fulfilled by the heads of families, there are proofs also the fesb, but quickened by the Spirit ; by which Spirit of the existence of these in separate and distinct parties. also be went and preached unto the spirits in prison ; Melchizedek for example, was " king of Salein," and wbich sometimes were disobedient, when once the long “ priest of the Most High God.” And in this latter suffering of God waited, in the days of Noah, while capacity, he blessed Abraham, and Abraham gave him the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight tithes of his spoils. (Gen. xiv. 18-20.) This insouls were saved by water.” 1. Peter iï. 18.-20. This deed, was only one of many instances of the union of passage is rightiy understood to speak of what Christ the kingly and priestly office, in some other than the did by bis Spirit through the ministrations especially of head of the family. When families grew into tribes, Noah, during the time of the building of the ark, and and tribes into kingdoms, this was what commonly took io behalf of those who afterwards perished in the flood, place. The chief or king inherited, with the kingly, and were, in the days of the Apostle, spirits in the also the priestly office ; and offered sacrifices just as the prison of hell. There is yet another passage, and also head of a family would have done. But there is an inin the Book of Genesis, bearing on the same point. stance, occurring in very ancient times, of the separa" And the Lord said, my Spirit shall not always strive tion of these, and the employment of a distinct order of with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall men as priests. Egypt is usually considered as the most be an hundred and twenty years." Gen. vi. 3. These ancient of civilized nations; as having attained to a very were the hundred and twenty years taken up in build high degree of social improvement, while most of the ing the ark. And yet, previous to that period, God world besides existed only as separate tribes. And had been striving by his Spirit. And how? Not mention is made of a separate order of men in Egypt, surely without means ? No, but through the minis- devoted to the priestly office, and maintained at the trations of such preachers of righteousness as Noah and public expense in the days of Joseph, or rather before Enoch. And these ministrations and this striving his time : but also continued under his administration. were continued to the flood. The sum, therefore, of “ Only the lands of the priests bought he not: for the our information respecting this first period of patriarchal priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did history, the antediluvian is, that so far as appears, eat the portion which Pharaoh gave them ; wherefore there were neither kings nor priests then in office ; the they sold not their lands." Gen. xlvii. 22. This was duties usually discharged by these, being performed by their usual practice. “ They are not," says Herodotus, the heads of families ; but that the prophetical office, obliged to consume any part of their private property : including the communications of public instruction, were each has a portion of the sacred viands ready dressed probably continued froin the time of Enoch down at assigned him, besides a large and daily allowance of beef least to the flood.
and geese. They have also wine, but are not permitFrom this decree sacrifice continued to be offered, ted to feed on fish.” (Euterpe, 37.) Then as to land, and instruction to be communicated by the heads of l he says, “ that each had about twelve acres assigned
him, free of all taxes.” (Euterpe, 168.) It will scarcely | upon his bed, and the multitude of his bonos with strong be urged as an objection by any intelligent reader, that pain : so that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul these were idolaters. We scarcely know any thing of dainty meat. His flesh is consumed away, that it canthe particular religion of Egypt so early as the days of not be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out, Joseph. In the days of Abraham, the Egyptians seem yea, bis soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to have acknowledged the true God, although it is to the destroyers.” And then there follows a passage, highly probable, that their worship was even then cor- which seems strongly to indicate the existence of a sea rupt, and still more, several generations after. But this parate class of men, wbose duty was to interpret Divine leaves the fact of a separate and distinct order of men, Providence, and generally to instruct in the things of acting as priests, untouched. It was the effect not of God. “ If there be a messenger with him, an intercorruption, but of social extension, of the progress of preter, one among a thousand, to show unto men his society. And it mattered not to this, whether the re(God's) uprightness; then he is gracious unto bim, and ligion taught was in a state of purity or defilcment. saith, Deliver lim from going down to the pit ; I bave
But it is time to turn to another of these offices, the found a ransom." Job xxxiii, 14-24. It will be obprophetical. And it ought to be kept in mind, that the served, that in all this, Elibu is speaking, not of wbat duty of communicating religious instruction, and also of happened only seldom, but of what was then common, conducting devotional exercises, belonged to this, rather And to remove all doubt as to this, he adds, Lo, all than the priestly. The term prophet is very generally these things worketh God oftentimes with man, to bring associated with making known future events, and many back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the seem to have the idea, that this was the proper, if not light of the living.” (ver. 29, 30.) There is yet one exclusive office of a prophet. But there is error in this other example, and it is very filly detailed in Scripture. opinion. The great object of the Church's faith, under We mean the case of Balaam, who lived after the giving of the Old Testament, was a coming Saviour ; and religi- the law, but was not under it, neither did he derive either ous instruction, as well as sacrificial offerings, had there his office or qualifications from it. True, indeed, he fore a prospective character. The object of the Chris- was a wicked man; he loved the wages of unrighteous. tian's faith, under the New Testament, is a come Savi- ness; and he earned these in the service of a heathen our; and therefore religious instruction is, according to prince. There is no evidence, bowever, that he was the same analogy, retrospective. The one class of in-himself an idolater. He seems rather to have been structions looked forward, and was therefore mainly outwardly and professionally a worshipper of the true prophetical in the strict sense of that term; and the God. He was from the river Euphrates, the country other looking back, has little to do with propnecy be- of the descendants of Shem, who retained among them yond its interpretation. Moreover, the will of God bad the worship of the true God, long after the Canaanites not then been committed to writing ; and prophets and others of the posterity of Ham had lapsed into idoespecially had to receive their instructions by direct in. latry, He was admitted also to prophetic intercourse spiration. And this certainly gave to them a special with the God of Israel, and he speaks of bim as his and distinguishing character. It made them, to some God, “ If Balak would give me bis house full of silextent, supernatural teachers; whereas our teaching, ver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord though derived from a supernatural source, is itself hu- my God, to do less or more.” Numb. xxi. 18. And man. But in every age, there was the duty of commu. although some of the ancients spoke otherwise, Jerome nicating religious instruction, inculcating moral conduct speaks of him as a prophet of the Lord ; and Augustine and guiding devotion; and that duty, when requiring to says, that he will be found at the day of judgment among be performed outside or beyond the range of family in those who had prophesied in the name of the Lord, but struction, belonged particularly to the prophetical office. to whom it shall nevertheless be said, “ I never knew When Abimelech had sinned against God, by taking to you.” Now the thing required of Balaam was, that he him Sarah, he was instructed, not only to restore her to sbould curse Israel. (Numb, xxii. 6.) To curse and to her husband, but also that through his prayer as a pro. bless implied the same power; and this, as already seen, phet, God was to remove the plague, Now, there- belonged originally to the heads of families, respecting fore, restore the man his wife ; for he is a prophet, and these. But now that families had grown into nations, he shall pray for thee.” Gen. xx. 7. There is a simi- this, like other official authority, passed over to men lar instance in the case of Joh, God was displeased with occupying public offices, especially those of a prophet the conduct of his three friends, and he instructed them and a priest. In proper keeping with his office, be deto offer sacrifices, and to apply to Job, that he might tained the messenger of Balak all night, that he might pray for him ; and they did so and were excepted. (Job consult God; (8) and in the morning, he told them xlii. 7-9.) But a far more distinct and detailed account
that he had refused to let him go, (13.) A second of the prophetical office, in these early times, occurs in message was sent him, with the offer of a richer rethe speech of Elihu. “For God speaketh once, yea Ward, when he declared, as already quoted, that als twice, yet man perceiveth not. In a dream, in a vision though Balak were to give him his house full of silver of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in and gold, he uld do nothing but as he was directed of slumberings upon the bed ; then he openetl the ears of God. Nevertheless, he again detained them all night, men, and sealeth their instruction, that he may with and God told him what to say; and afterwards reprovdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man,” ed him, because of his perverseness. And yet, after This was God's usual way of communicating instruction be had come to Balak, according to his wish, he again to individuals. But it was not always effectual, and spoke of himself, az altogether the servant of God, therefore he also employed providential events, and Lo, I am come unto thee: bave I now any power at especially aflictions, “ He is chastened also with pain / all to say any thing ? the word that God putteih in my
mouth, tbat shall I speak," (38.) Sacrifices were now of the times, these were generally called prophets; and offered, that the power of God might be obtained, and acted, perhaps, very much after the manner which has Balaam retired to hold communion with God, and on already been explained. Then, as these nations sunk returning, he altogether blessed Israel ; and in a strain into corruption and idolatry, their prophets sunk with of what we would call highly imaginative poetry, but them. Like Balaam, they loved the wages of unrightwlrich seems to have been the natural language of in- eousness, but carrying matters far beyond Balaam, they spired prophecy. “Balak the king of Moab hath brought lent their imagined powers to filatter princes and others. me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, And hence it is, that if we descend a little in the stream Come, curse me Jacob; and come, defy Israel. How of history, the successors of these same prophets may sball I curse whom God bath not cursed ? or how be found under the name of magicians in Egypt, and Basball I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied ? For bylon, and Persia; of diviners and soothsayers, and even from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the bills prophets, in Syria and Greece; and still they may be I behold him : lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall recognised among the Brahmins of India, the rainnot be reckoned among the nations. Who can count makers of Southern Africa, and the Angekoks of the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Greenland. The error referred to has had two bad ef. Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let fects. By confining these ideas, respecting religious wormy last end be like his !" (xxiii. 7-10.) Balak made ship, and its different offices, to forms that are approved, another attempt, renewing his sacrifices, and changing men have deprived themselves of the only true means the place; and again Balaam would say nothing, till be of unravelling heathen corruptions. For it may be laid had asked counsel of God. " Stand here by the burnt-down as a historical axiom, that all the forms of heaoffering,” said be to Balak," while I meet the Lord then worship, are merely so many forms and degrees of yonder." And the Lord met Balaam, and put a word corruption—of departure from what was at one time the in his mouth," (15, 16.) And again, he took up his true worship of the true God. There may be in these, parable, and poured forth afresh, the things which were much invention, many philosophical dogmas, but the giren him, in high and prophetic diction. Again Balak original basis was revealed truth. And then there is erected his seven altars, and offered on them seven bul. this other effect, that they separate the links of that locks and seven rams, and in a place where Balaam golden chain, which unites all the successive forms of might overlook Israel. “And,” now it is specially true worship. For the right and intelligent view of the said, that “when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord whole is, that the Church has been one in all ages, that to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek the different dispensations have grown out of each other ; for enchantments, but he set his face towards the wil. as the ear out of the blade, and the full corn out of the derness," (xxiv. 1.) And while he looked upon the tents And that the offices peculiar to each dispensation, of Israel arranged in order before bim, " the Spirit of have not been so much new offices, as modifications God came upon him. And he took up his parable, and growing out of the altered circumstances, and adapting said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man themselves to the progressive ripening of the general whose eyes are open bath said ; he hath said, who bath plan. What was once the charge of the head of every beard the words of God, which saw the vision of the family, is in other circumstances divided and intrusted Almighty, falling into a trance, but having bis eyes to many public office-bearers. And the same office open," (xxiv, 24.) And having thus described his changes with the extent of the community, and still means of knowledge, he is carried away by a divine im- more as it passes out of one economy into another. Yet, pulse, and leaves on the language employed, a strong in all of these changes, the end is substantially the impression of the power by which he spoke, (see 5–9.) same. Balak was now enraged, and charged the propbet to basten home, but he defended himself, (12-13.) and
THE RETURN ALONE. before he went, prophesied to him of the great events which were in succession to occupy the attention of the Thou didst leave us, 0 stranger, that sunnier skies
Might kindle up life in thy fair one's bright eyes ; world, (15-24.)
But thy pale drooping lower, oh where is it gone ? This affords a very fine illustration of what we may Why art thou come back to thy dwelling alone ? conceive the prophetical office generally to have been, Ye are parted! Thy fair one no longer is thine ! during the patriarchal ages, and to some extent of what the skies that ye pined for were only to shine it continued for a time to be, among the Gentile na
O'er the grave where she sleeps, in some far distant tions. From the confined apprehensions which many ground, bave of prophecy, as if it bad been the mere channel of And the sweet English flowers that are planted around. recorded predictions, they are apt to count over the She is gone, then, sad stranger, where never may come names of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the other inspired pen. The voice of her children, the light of her home! men of prophecy, and scarcely to think of any beyond Where the earth o'er her coffin is heavily spread, these; or if they do, to think only of others mentioned In the depths of corruption she sleeps 'midst the dead. in Scripture, such as Elijah, Elisha, and a few more.
She is gone, but not there I though my spirit must learn But instead of this, the prophetical office was as widely For the help of her fondness no longer to yearn ; spread, as were the kingdoms of the world. So long as Yet mine is the pain and the sorrow alone, united families did not exceed the moderate extent of a For she to the house of her Father bath gone. tribe, the chief was at once king and priest ; and pro- And comest thou here, where her sweet smiling face phets were raised up, only on particular emergencies. Peeps in at the casement with feminine grace, But when these grew into kingdoms, religious instruc- Where the sound of her footstep haunts every floor, tion became necessary. And from the circumstances. The same as thoii heard'st in moments of yore?