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hear my words. Then I went down to , and dashes it to pieces again upon the the potter's house, and, behold, he wheel. Thus are the nations of the wrought a work on the wheels. And the world, and the hearts of all men, in the vessel that he made of clay was marred hand of the Lord God. After being in the hand of the potter : so he made subjected to the action of the furnace, it again another vessel, as seemed good to glazed, and again baked, the ware is the potter to make it. Then the word of then ornamented with paintings, landthe Lord came to me, saying, O house scapes, groups of flowers, or portraits ; of Israel, cannot I do with you as this and in the more valuable articles these potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the designs are executed with the highest clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in finish and skill; but the colour, when my hand, O house of Israel,” Jer. xviii. first laid on these beautiful specimens of
This beautiful passage was brought art, is generally of a very different hue to the recollection of the writer, and to that which the finished piece presents. forcibly illustrated by a most interest. The artist's work seemed all confusion : ing visit to the china works of Sevre, he was apparently laying on red for pursituated a few miles from Paris. It ple, and brown for pink; but he well knew was a fine sunny morning, the banks that the furnace would change these to of the Seine, and the green park of their proper tints. How frequently do St. Cloud, as the party passed them, we, in our ignorance, charge God foolafforded many a lovely picture, and ishly, and scan his work in vain! How reminded us, that although we had left many dark shades in our history have the verdant landscapes of our own been finished in the furnace of affliction, dear island far behind, nature's God and gilded our brightest blessings ! How was with us still. A short and plea- often we think God is swerving from his sant ride brought us to Sevre. The own promise and design, when, in reality, works are much on the same principle the best means are in operation to bring as those of the English potteries, not them to pass. large, but very complete. The work We were greatly delighted with the people, decently dressed, were quietly whole process of this interesting manupursuing their different employments in facture. At last the doors were thrown well-ordered apartments. All were most open, and we were admitted to the show willing to afford us what information they rooms. Here a vast variety of elegant could. The forms they were “throw- pieces of porcelain, all completely and ing” and moulding were most graceful well finished, were to be seen in the perand beautiful. Scarcely could we fancy fection of their beauty. Here was the that the rough clay, as we saw it fresh portrait of Louis xvi. and his queen; from the pit, in its unrefined state, was of Napoleon and Maria Antoinette, with indeed the material of those snowy Josephine, and various others, executed wreaths of buds, leaves, flowers, and in the style of a first-rate miniature on fruit, which the " biscuit work” pre- ivory; copies and models from the great sented in such exquisite forms and masters ; vases and cabinets of large unrivalled purity; or that the magni- dimensions, in exquisite taste, and disficent vases, cabinets, urns, and rich playing the utmost ingenuity, fit ornaservices, so elegant in shape, and bril- ments for the palace of a king. liant in gilding and colours, were Do we covet to be vessels fitted for once shapeless clay in the hand of the the Master's use, and to have our station potter. At Sevre are specimens of the at last in the kingdom above? Then let us pottery of other nations, from the clay now learn to be as clay in the hand of pitcher of the half savage, ill shapen, the potter, to yield our rebellious will to hardened in the sun, or badly fired on his the operations of Divine grace. And rude hearth stone, to the chaste models of while the wheel of Providence, as it Wedgewood, and the classical forms of turns, calls for us to rise and prosper, or Greece and Rome. The pliant clay, to sink low in the vale of humility ; when placed on the wheel, yields to the while mortifications and denials lead us slightest pressure of the potter's hand, to cry out, “All these things are against rises or sinks, becomes a bowl or a jar, me;" let us recall our rash words, remema vessel for humble or honourable ser- bering, that the present is an unfinished vice, according to the master's design. state, a state of preparation. Let us look Now he forms and cautiously preserves forward to the time when the furnace of it, and now rejects its imperfect shape, affliction shall have done its work, and
be no longer needful, but the finished | romantic and picturesque; sepulchres piece be securely placed in the palace of and tombs, sculptures, in all the mathe King of kings.
N. jesty of art, decorate these “everlasting
hills;" more than two hundred and fifty sepulchres are chiselled in the rock': and this is Edom, the metropolis of
Idumea ! The stupendous ruins, the We pause at Petra, the Edom of pro- magnificent tombs, the amphitheatre, phecy, and the metropolis of Idumea. the columns, and capitals, obelisks, Where is now the war horse of Idumea, friezes, all attest the magnificence which with a neck clothed with thunder ? once reigned in this mountain metroWhere are the chariots, and the horse-polis-a city of desolation, which even men ? Where ? An echo, reverber- the bittern scarce disturbs; “ lines of ating from the mountains of Seir, re- confusion, and stones of emptiness." peats, “Where? where ?” “Edom is The territory of the descendants of Esau become a desolation,” and “a court for is swept as by "the besom of destrucowls.” Petra is the land of forgetful- tion," and remains a miracle of evidence ness,
and the “dukes of Edom are no as palpable as any monument in the more.” The winding sheet of death history of time. Its eighteen cities are covers the capital of Idumea ; “em- mouldered into dust, and the dwellers phatic silence, more touching than among the rocks, that “made their nests eloquence, reigns throughout this vast among the stars” are brought low. necropolis. Petra, the ancient capital “ Thy terribleness hath deceived thee." of Idumea, hitherto wrapped up in the Laborde mentions that the view from deep recesses of solitude, remained until one of the mountain peaks, which surlately unknown. Here was the cradle mounts this city of tombs, disclosed of commerce seventeen centuries ago; 1“ a vast frightful desert, a chaotic sea, the emporium of Northern Arabia, and the waves of which were petrified," the entrepôt between Palestine, and before them stood mount Hor, crested Syria, and Egypt. It was the birth by the prophet's tomb. The attention place of Balaam, and renowned for and contemplation seemed to be here oracles and auguries ; in it, as a strong- divided between the survey of “nature, hold, were deposited the treasures of who invites attention to her matchless girthe sultans of Egypt; and the name of dle of rocks, wondrous as well for their Petra seemed to have become all but colours as their forms, and the men extinct, with the declension of the Ro- who feared not to intermingle the works man power in the East. Here is a of their genius with such splendid eftown embosomed amid a fortress of forts of creative power." mountains ; utter desolation reigns over “I would,” says Mr. Stephens, "that wonderful ruins, noble in decay, and the sceptic could stand as I did among sublime in their fall. Mount Hor, with the ruins of this city among the rocks, Aaron's tomb, surmounts the city of and there open the sacred Book and desolations ; the metropolis of moving read the words of the inspired pensands, and a blighted desert. The en men, written when this desolate place trance is from the east, through a deep was one of the greatest cities in the gorge, or ravine, called El syk, and the world. I see the scoff arrested, the river that supplied Edom flowed through cheek pale, his lip quivering, and his this valley; the wall of rock is from heart quaking for fear, as the ruined four hundred to seven hundred feet city cries out to him, in a voice loud high. The sides of this romantic chasm and powerful as that of one risen from are clothed with tamarix, wild fig, ole- the dead; though he would not believe ander, and the caper plant, the latter Moses and the prophets, he believes hanging in luxuriant festoons from cracks the handwriting of God himself in the and crevices; the solitude is only dis- desolation and eternal ruin around him." turbed by the screaming of eagles, hawks, “Wisdom hath departed from Teman, owls, and ravens, which congregate here and understanding from the mount of in vast multitudes. The ruins burst on Esau !" Who hath done these things? the eye of the astonished and bewildered Even he “who cometh from Edom, traveller in all their awful magnificence; -travelling in the greatness of his this amphitheatre of mountains is tinged strength !" How terrible is the death with extraordinary hues, and is at oncc of a city!-Murray.
The ten Virgins. ILLUSTRATION OF SCRIPTURE. mis-quotation of the passage: on the
contrary, we are to imitate the wise, who " The wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps,” Matt. xxv. 4.
"took oil in their vessels with their
lamps.” The foolish virgins were conIt is worthy of remark, that the word tent with the supply which the torch rendered lamps, in this parable, does not first received; they thought only of a mean what is thus conveyed to an ordi- temporary effect; they made no provinary English reader, whose mind is sion for circumstances which might very fixed on the instruments which give naturally happen ; whereas, their prulight in various circumstances; but that dent companions exercised forethought, term properly signifies torches. If, and took a reserve of oil to feed the however, on this declaration, a difficulty flame of their torches when their former should arise as to the application of oil stock was exhausted. to such means of giving light, it may Great indeed is the difference between removed by referring to a custom in the mere professor and the actual posIndia.
sessor of religion: the one lives only for When persons are about to travel by time, and the other chiefly for eternity ; night, through unfrequented places, in the one leaves all as he enters the grave, that country, where it is very important the other is provided for the dissolution to keep up a light, they do not trust of the body, and the conflagration of the themselves, as in a town or station, to a universe. Here, then, is the wisdom of lantern; but a man is hired, who carries the saints ! in his right hand a kind of torch, having Its infinite importance should lead a large head of tow, or some similar sub- to prayer. “If any of you lack wisstance; and in his left a vessel, out dom,” says the apostle James, " let him of which he keeps occasionally pouring ask of God, that giveth to all men liberoil on the lighted tow. Thus a large ally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be flame is made, and one much stronger given him.' There are, however, petithan that of the wick of a lamp. The tions which will not avail, for it is added, blaze brightens the whole path, and is “But let him ask in faith, nothing neither extinguished by the rain nor the wavering. For he that wavereth is like wind.
a wave of the sea, driven with the wind A remembrance of this fact will pre- and tossed. For, let not that man think vent the misconception sometimes aris- that he shall receive any thing of the ing, that oil should be taken in the Lord.” The prayer of faith alone is the lamp, which consequently leads to a acceptable and prevailing prayer.
STAGE COACH DISAPPOINTMENTS. thought, the first chance. To my great It is truly interesting and consolatory disappointment, however, the coach to read the gracious assurances of our drew up to a gentleman's house at the blessed Lord, that the minutest concerns foot of the bridge, and took in two little of his people are not beneath his conde- girls, leaving no room for another inside scending notice and regard ;. and we passenger.
The coachman shook his have frequent opportunities, in ordinary head, and said he was very sorry; but life, of seeing them strikingly fulfilled he could not, any how, make room for and illustrated. " Are not two sparrows
me: the young ladies were going all the sold for a farthing ? and one of them way to London, and their places had shall not fall on the ground without your been booked several days before.
There Father. But the very hairs of your head was no remedy; I turned back with feel. are all numbered. Fear ye not there- ings of bitter disappointment, thinking that fore, ye are of more value than many my parents would be uneasy at not seesparrows,” Matt. x. 29–31. An inter- ing me as appointed ; and that, perhaps, esting record might be formed from the even if I should get a place by the next experience of the people of God, in coach, there might be no one at the inn which the overruling hand, and gracious to meet me, or not without great incon, care of our heavenly Father have been venience; and that, at all events, I displayed in circumstances the most should lose the anticipated pleasure of seemingly inconsiderable and contingent. visiting Ashley Court. We have many such examples in Scrip My uncle observed my distress, and ture: for instance, how much depended spoke to me of the duty of reconciling on the trivial circumstance of a king of our minds to unavoidable circumstances, Persia having a sleepless night, Esther observing, that we ought to submit to vi.; and on a poor woman going, at a things that cross our wishes, not merely certain moment, to draw water for the because we cannot alter them, but from common affairs of her house, John iv.; a firm conviction that all, even the most and, perhaps, most of us can recollect, trivial, or the most untoward events, are in our experience or observation, very wisely and kindly ordered for the best. important advantages resulting from in- I recollect his using this expression, cidents in themselves as small as the “ Our minutest concerns are arranged falling of a sparrow, or the loosening of by Him who leaves nothing to the de. a hair.
The following facts, though not cision of chance, and ordains nothing but so momentous as many that might be what is fully consistent with perfect wisrecorded, are not devoid of interest. dom and love." They refer to desirable results, connected I recollected his words with deep interwith trifling and seemingly untoward est, when, on my arrival by the evening circumstances in journeys; disappoint- coach, my parents expressed peculiar ments, or mistakes, as to the vehicle or gratitude for my preservation, and told the road intended to be taken.
me, that a melancholy accident had ocIn one of my early visits to my uncle, curred in connexion with the coach by I was to be sent home by coach. My fa- which I was to have come, The coach ther, in his letter, specified the particu- was going at full speed, when one of the lar vehicle by which he wished me to doors flew open, and a little girl, who come, and appointed to meet me at the was leaning against it, fell out and was inn, and take me with him to the house killed on the spot. It was one of the of a friend, where he was going to fetch two whom I had seen taken up, and by home my mother and little sister, who whom I was prevented occupying a seat had been staying there a few days. I in the vehicle. We afterwards learned was delighted with the arrangement, as I that the subject of this melancholy cahad long been desirous of visiting that tastrophe, though one of the numerous family, having heard much of their splen- branches of a gay and irreligious family, did collection of natural curiosities. Be was herself a very amiable and hopeful sides, I longed to see my mother and child. She had been under the care of sister, after being several weeks sepa a pious relative, and was removed to be rated from them. As it was a long sent to a fashionable boarding school, stage, and my journey not much more her parents being apprehensive that, if than twenty miles of the way, a place suffered to remain with " she would could not be secured for me, but I was become too good.” waiting on the bridge to obtain, as I I hope I was not altogether unmindful
of the distinguishing care of Providence | ing that the house was on fire. With which, by thwarting my desires, effect- great difficulty, he made his way to the ed my preservation; for had I been in bed where the two little ones lay, snatchthe coach, in all probability, I mighted up one in each arm, and brought have been the subject of the accident; them forth in safety. He then judiand who can tell but the purposes of Di- ciously directed and assisted in extinvine grace were answered towards the poor guishing the flames, which, although the little sufferer, in removing her from the children had been placed in circumscenes and dangers into which she would stances of imminent peril, had not exhave been plunged ? I was spared to tended very far. The mischief had origienjoy, and I hope, improve the privilege nated in a candle being left and forgotten, of pious parental solicitude: she was a snuff from which had fallen on the toilet taken from the hands of careless un cover, and communicated to the curtains. godly parents, who knew not the value The parents were from home, and the of her immortal soul.
servants engaged in a distant part of the It was not very long after the circum- house, where the cries of the children stance just related, that my father was could scarcely have reached them; and preparing to go to London, on business but for the coincidence of circumstances, of considerable importance, when a friend (how trifling in themselves, but bearing from a distance unexpectedly called, and, marks of the overruling and directing his business also being important, de- finger of Providence,) by which the attained my father until the coach had tention of my father was, at that particular passed; or, at least, until it was too late moment, attracted to the house of our for him to go by it. As we sat at tea, neighbour, in all probability the children my father appeared gloomy and per- in a few minutes must have perished in plexed at the disarrangement of his plans. the flames. It was essential that he should be in My uncle lived to a good old age; London on the following morning: the but was for many years afflicted with almail would arrive in time for his busi- most entire loss of sight. His habitual ness, but it was very uncertain whether cheerfulness, however, flowing as it did there would be room for him. He was from the perennial spring of piety and half inclined to take post horses, and benevolence, suffered permanent start immediately.
abatement. His privation came upon My mother endeavoured to divert his him gradually. While the nature and uneasiness, and encourage him with the extent of the affection were uncertain, hope of accomplishing his object in good he was scrupulously solicitous to avail time. “Who can tell,” she added, himself of the best professional skill, and “but it may be for some good end that to use every proper means for the recoyou have been disappointed ? Remem very of his sight; but when once it was ber, last year, when Samuel came home ascertained that there was no hope of a from your brother's, how often have we cure, he was enabled submissively to acbeen thankful that he could not come by quiesce in the will of his heavenly Fathe coach intended !" Scarcely had she ther, and to accommodate himself, withuttered the words, when my father went out a murmur, to his loss. It was deto the window to ascertain the state of lightful to observe how many sources of the weather. He seemed to see some enjoyment were opened to him, and how thing that attracted his attention ; but, fully he realized the characteristic drawn without saying any thing, he went out in the lines of his benevolent counteof the house hastily. On his return, in nance, of a happy old man. about half an hour, he said, Yes ; In consideration of his infirmity, my there was a good end to be answered by uncle was never long left alone. The my disappointment. I have been per- several branches of the families making mitted the privilege of rescuing two it a matter of friendly arrangement children from destruction."
among themselves, that one or other When my father went to the window, should be the companion of his abode or he had observed an extraordinary light in his journeys. On one occasion, I had the house of our opposite neighbour. He been with him on a visit to an old friend hastened across, and found that three of his in -shire; we were afterchildren had been put to bed in the room wards to proceed to The coaches where he saw the light. He hastened for that city pass through about up stairs, and met the eldest child scream- ( six miles distant from the residence of