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Thy exiled sons returned to thee
To thee return thy home-sick daughters. • And camels rich, from Midian's tents
Shall lay their treasures down before thee, And Saba bring her gold and scents,
To fill thy air and sparkle o'er thee. See who are these, that like a cloud,
Are gath'ring from all earth's dominions, Like doves long absent, when allowed
Homeward to shoot their trembling pinions ! Surely the isles shall wait for thee,
The ships of Tarshish round shall hover, To bring thy sons across the sea,
And waft their gold and silver over : · And Lebanon thy pomp shall grace
The fir, the pine, the palm victorious Shall beautify thy holy place.
And make the ground we tread on glorious. No more shall discord haunt thy ways
Nor ruin waste thy cheerless nation ;
And thou shall name thy walls salvation.
Nor moon shall lend her lustre to thee
And flash eternal glory through thee.
A ray from heaven itself descended,
Thy branch, for ever green and vernal,
Live thou shalt, in life eternal.
This piece, throughout, is a personification of a people chosen by God for his own.—The Jews believe that they were this people, and that their city, Jerusalem, is the metropolis of this happy nation, but they, whose God is the Lord, form this people everywhere.—“ He that worketh righteousness" of all nations, belongs to the great family of the just, and the place where he abides is holy, for be dwelleth in God, and God in him.
MRS. BARBAULD. Anna Lætitia Barbauld was the daughter of Dr. Aikin : she is memorable for her happy talent in instructing the youny, for her accomplishments, her elegant criticisms, her excellent moral writings in poetry and prose, and above all, for her sincere piety and exemplary conduct through life. This lady died at the age of eightyone, near London, March, 1825.
In the third chapter of Habakkuk the prophet gives a sublime description of God's power, and of his displeasure against the wicked. The whole passage is highly figuratire, only a small part of it can be literally understood. But the “terrors of the Lord” did not alarm the prophet; he knew that the meek, and they who seek righteousness, are safe in the day of God's anger ; and though he trembled at the indignation of God against the transgressor, he trusted in the mercy which endureth for ever; and he says,
" Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls : Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Mrs. Barbauld has paraphrased this pas-. sage thus :
Praise to God, immortal praise,
For the blessings of the field ;
MISS WILLIAMS. Helen Maria Williams is an English lady, long resident in France. She has subsisted by the exertion of her talents, as a writer and translator, and has been considered an ornament to society from the elegance of her conversation, and the liberality of her sentiments. A single specimen of her poetry will serve to inspire reverence for her piety.
GOD SEEN IN ALL.
My God! all nature owns thy swar;
O never may their smiling train
Barry Cornwall. Babylon was the capital of Chaldea or Babylonia. The exact site of Babylon is disputed, and it is equally doubtful who was its founder ; but Nebuchadnezzar, about six centuries before Christ, repaired, extended, and adorned it, so that its magnificence was the boast of this vainglorious monarch." Is not this great babylun, that I have built for the house of the kingdom, by the naght of niy power, and for the honour of my niajesty ?”
In scripture this magnificence is extolled in many places—The “ great Babylon;" the “ glory of kingdoins ;'' the “ beauty of Chaldea's excellency ;” and “ the praise of the whole earth,” besides many other appropriate ex