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have been indulging one of those musing, round it, to increase the solemnity of the dreamy abstractions in which we become place ; but these things are not importposthumous. I have been fancying that ant, and can be dispensed with. The my faded body lay beneath the turf, at manner of lowering the coffins into the the foot of the hill there ; that the sun vaults, (by means of a piston working in was going down, and that a friend was water underneath the chapel,) must have just plucking a flower from the grave of a striking effect on those who have never the Perambulator.
witnessed any thing of the kind. While A gravel walk is the only barrier be the mourners, who have attended the tween the consecrated and unconsecrated solemn service for the dead, are yet parts of the ground; and as a spectator gazing, with eyes half blinded with tears, gazes on the broad acres in the centre, on the coffin that contains the body of unbroken by a grave, and studded over the departed, the elevated bier, or stand, with myriads of daisies, he can hardly on which it lies, begins slowly and noisepersuade himself that he is in a place of lessly to sink, without any apparent sepulture. Seventy thousand pounds agency. The astonished spectator can have already been expended to render hardly believe his senses ; yet lower and the place worthy the patronage of the lower the coffin descends, until it altopublic, and certainly great praise is due gether disappears. The service is very to both architect and landscape gardener. solemnly and impressively performed.
But pleasant as this place is, the I am told, that at a funeral, a few days thought intrudes, what chequered scenes ago, in an assembly of at least a hundred are yet to be passed through by those persons, scarcely was a dry eye seen in whose bodies will here be deposited the chapel. what hopes and fears! what joys and While walking in the grounds, the sorrows!. Will they thoughtlessly live sound of youthful voices reaches me. and die without God in the world ? or The boys of the neighbouring school, will they finish their course with joy, and near the entrance of the cemetery, have find the end thereof eternal life? There rushed into their play-ground, and all is is no peace to the wicked; but the hum- liberty, and life, and merriment. Happy ble Christian, whose faith is in lively ex- boyhood! The cares of the world light ercise, has peace at the last.
not on thy joyous brow, nor do its mani.
fold sorrows rest more than a moment Ungodly men surprise ;
on thy heart.
Thy life is all to-day, and in thy gladness,
Thou canst not see nor feel to-morrow's sadness.
As I leave the cemetery, a flood of
light is pouring down from the southThe episcopal-looking chapel, with its west on the place, and crimson and gold, octagonal towers, on the brow of the hill, and an unbearable blaze of glory, marks fronting the west, has a fine effect, and where the declining sun is careering that facing the north-west is little infe- along the skies. Let me bear in mind, rior to it. They are built with the Suf- that whether the last house is shrouded folk white brick, and have a chaste and with gloom or gilt with glory, the heritcleanly appearance. The high boundary age of the righteous is a life of peace, wall and palisades that enclose the a death of hope, and a resurrection to cemetery must have been very costly. eternal joy. Here is a heap of clayey soil, recently thrown up from a depth of twenty feet, I am now at Highgate, having had a and yet it is stiff and dry. We carry pleasant walk here from Highbury with with us our notions of comfort even in a friend. Part of the road has been thinking of the grave, and thus a dry along retired lanes, and the other part soil is indispensable for a burial ground. mostly across green fields; the pure
I have passed through the chapels, breath of heaven has blown around us, and descended to the vaults below them, the clouds have sailed along majestically the silent receptacles of the dead. The over our heads, and varied conversation chapels are plain, but in excellent keep has made a ramble, agreeable in itself, ing. Many would like some stained yet more agreeable. The North London glass in the large window, and I should cemetery is before us; and erected on its have no objection to a little drapery entrance, facing the south-east, stands
A thousand fears of dreadful name
Awhile shall moulder in the dust;
an abbey-like kind of edifice, of minia- | landscape gardener, have united their
What though my flesh, beneath the sod,
Yet wakened by the trump of God,
The grave shall then resign its trust. with hearse, coaches, coal-black horses,
Though clouds and darkness now may lower, and nodding plumes, gliding along the
My Saviour's glory I shall see; winding avenue of Swain's lane, shaded His wisdom, love, and mighty power,
From sin and death shall rescue me. with overhanging trees, must have an imposing effect as it approaches the As I glance around, I see workmen, cemetery. Swain's lane runs along that (for the place is yet unfinished,) lying at part of Highgate hill called Traitor's full length on the earth, enjoying a temhill
, from the circumstance of the con- porary cessation from labour. Strangers, federates of Guy Faux having assembled young, middle aged, and old, are visiting there to await the expected explosion of the different parts of the cemetery; and the gunpowder placed under the Parlia- yonder is a matron habited in sable, ment house, on the memorable 5th of musing over a graven stone. Not only November, 1605.
do the sculptured stones remind me of The cemetery, for the most part, is the brevity of life, but other symbols of spread out before us. It is a steep ac- mortality are numerous. Sere leaves clivity, of some niņeteen or twenty acres, sprinkle the pathway; faded flowerets with a surface beautifully varied, now are drooping in the sunshine; and at my rising into swelling hills, bedecked with feet lies a hillock of withered grass, that shrubs and flowers, and now exhibit the scythe of the mower has cut down in ing, on every hand, the monuments of its prime. the dead. Column, pyramid, sarco- In the north-west part of the heavens, phagus, tomb, vase, and sculptured stone a thunderstorm seems brooding in the arrest the eye, with a gigantic mound, air, for the dark clouds are rolled together, canopied with a goodly cedar; while in heavy masses, clothing with solemnity Highgate new church, crowning the the clear azure beyond them, while brow of the hill, with its "heaven- gleams of sunshine only render the directed spire,” stands above the upper frowning sky more awful. My comverge of this place of graves. Beauty panion is gazing upwards at the burdened and death seem to have entered into a heavens with some anxiety; it becomes compact together; for while the latter doubtful whether we shall escape the delves freely beneath the ground, the drenching deluge. What varied emoformer takes undisputed possession of its tions enter the mind in such a scene as surface.
this, dividing our thoughts between the Geary, the architect, and Ramsey, the living and the dead.
The thundercloud has dispersed itself, | British churchyard, with that of Père la and travelled onwards. We must now Chaise in Paris ; being neither so moenter the Egyptian avenue; the ponder- notonously solemn as the former, nor so ous cornice, the obelisks and pillars, the artificial, sentimental, and romantic as angular entrance, and the flying serpent, the latter. They are entitled to the are all in excellent keeping with the Perambulator's consideration, providing, place. We are now among the cedars as they do, suitable resting places for the of Lebanon, talking of ancient Egypt; dead, sufficiently removed from the of the Pharaohs of old; of the custom of habitations of the living. It is almost embalming; of Belzoni, and the mum- impossible to muse among these flower my pits of Gournou. This is a striking gardens of the grave, without connecting scene; the catacombs below, the dark them with some undefined emotions of resting places of the dead, are in strong our approaching dissolution. contrast with the roses seen on the circu- We are now quitting, with some relar garden above them; the cedar is luctance, a spot that death will render fresh and beautiful, and spreads its flat, doubly dear to many a mourner as the flaky foliage luxuriously abroad.
sun runs his annual career. And shall Now, if it was necessary, but it is not, the dead indeed be raised incorruptible ? I would put it on record, for the guidance Shall the disunited atoms of the departed of those who may survive me when I go again assume form and comeliness ? the way of all flesh, “Lay not my body Yes! in the catacombs, but place it among kindred dust, and cover it with the green
God formed them from the dust, and He once sod."
Will give them strength and beauty as before, We live in strange times, and see Though strewn as widely as the desert air, strange things. Who would have thought
As winds can waft them, or as waters bear. fifty years ago, of making an English churchyard a garden of roses?
How cheering, how animating, how paying between two and three hundred heart-reviving are the words of the Repounds for a narrow house wherein to deemer," I am the resurrection, and the lay his bones ? Think not that I am
life : he that believeth in me, though he blaming those who have the desire and were dead, yet shall he live; and whothe means to secure a resting place in soever liveth and believeth in me shall the catacombs; but I would say to my indeed is he who can say, in the language
never die !” John xi. 25, 26. Happy own heart,
of exultation, nothing doubting, Be humble, and think on the truth that the grave, know that my Redeemer liveth, and that Proclaims to the fool and the wise,
he shall stand at the latter day upon the Proud man is at best a poor handful of dust, That the beggar may pass and despise.
earth: and though after my skin worms
destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I We have mounted to the brow of the see God : whom I shall see for myself, hill, and are standing between the church and mine eyes shall behold, and not and the cemetery, looking down on the another,” Job xix. 25—27. Gothic terrace, the Egyptian avenue, and the cedar circle catacombs. The garden of death is now plainly seen in its length and its breadth, masses of elms and other trees beautify the sur- On our quitting England, our assistant rounding fields, and London in the dis- surgeon, poor Mac- was left behind, tance, stretching itself right and left, in consequence of going to Portsmouth with Greenwich and the country towards in search of our cow.
He is now among Gravesend far beyond.
the passengers on board a vessel which The public buildings of the city, the is just arrived, and the narrative of his travelling steam-carriages of the neigh- adventures, with and without the cow, bouring railroad, and the arriving visit- has diverted us exceedingly. He is a ors at the cemetery, all speak of busy life, little, fat, sturdy man, of short, punchwhile every foot of the broad acres in like figure, between thirty and forty the foreground is dedicated to death. years of age, with a vast deal of good
The cemeteries of the metropolis may humour and willing activity about him; be said to mingle the character of the bustling, well-intending, and officiously
desirous to be useful. He is confident, he was defeated in all his attempts to and presumptuous, yet possesses a de- return on board. First, he neglected gree of personal timidity, bordering up to secure a boat at the time he went on on superstition. Abruptly familiar with shore; next, he forgot the address of those he seeks, he grows importunate, the person from whom the cow was and attaches himself even to annoyance ; | purchased; afterwards, he lost time in being one of those people who have cavilling with the man for not sending more of freedom than good manners, her off according to his engagement; are perfect masters in ease, and as per- then, he delayed by sitting down to fectly ignorant in politeness. He is of take refreshment; and when, at last, that class which possesses more of wil. the poor animal was led to the water's lingness than judgment—more of haste edge, it proved that every boat was than order ; one of those who engage absent, and Mac-- was compelled to with bold confidence, in whatever pre- wait in great anxiety for the return of sents itself, without looking to the event, one from Spithead. He now began to or observing any thing of method in discover that he had proceeded rashly, the execution; who are ever ready to and without calculating the means of plunge into difficulties, without a thought success ; but he unjustly blamed his how to subdue them.
fortune, and abused the quiet, unconThe same sanguine feelings which scious cow. lead him into troubles, tend to support Thus it ever is with the improvident, him through them. Not being of a whether regarding his time, his purse, disposition to brood over his distresses, or his pursuits. The errors of impruhe is seldom the subject of dismay, or dence he never fails to attribute to misthe victim of sombre reflection. In- fortune; and he unfairly accuses the volved in one dilemma, he commonly fates with what is only the result of his escapes from it by rushing headlong own folly or neglect. When a lugger into a greater, and often blunders on to arrived, it was too late to overtake the his object, overcoming every impedi- fleet; but he impulsively jumped into ment by forcing circumstances, through it, insisting on making a trial, and after all hazards, to the end proposed; then, remaining at sea for a considerable time, forgetful of the new difficulties which was obliged to return to Portsmouth; he has created, piques himself upon the both himself and the cow having lost merit of having accomplished his design. their passage.
It being an essential comfort to have Now he hastily determined to go to plenty of milk on the passage, we had the Isle of Wight, and try from thence purchased a cow to take on board; but to get on board the Lord Sheffield ; and owing to some neglect on shore, our after failing in this, he hurried to Plyvalued animal had not reached the Lord mouth, idly fancying that he might sucSheffield at the time the signal was made ceed from thence. Here he was alike for sailing. We applied to the captain defeated. He then travelled to Milford to know how we could proceed with the Haven, and embarked for Ireland; and greatest probability of procuring her ; happened to arrive at Cove in time for the who, telling us that it was not an ob- Cork convoy, and applying to the captain ject for which he could delay the ship, of one of the vessels for a passage, reobserved that the only chance of having lated his adventures with and without our milk was by sending off some per- the cow, as his passport. son instantly to Portsmouth, who would From the frankness of his manners, bring the cow, without a moment's loss and the willingness he expressed to put of time. Mac hearing this, im- up with all the inconveniences which mediately volunteered his services. A might present themselves, as well as boat, returning to the shore, was ac. from his companionable familiarity, the cordingly hailed, and away hurried master of the vessel became interested Mac- for the cow; not for once in his behalf, and soon adopted him as dreaming of the possibility of failure, his principal associate. The ship met or that there could be any risk of his with an accident at sea ; but afterwards being left behind. In the same un- made a favourable passage, and Macthinking haste in which he left the ship, is arrived in safety at Barbadoes, where did he bustle on when he reached the he relates, with great delight, all his town; and from a thoughtless blunder- perils by sea, and his troubles on shore. ing in every step of his proceeding, - Pinckard's Notes on the West Indies.
the heathen oppressor !” The poetry The neighbourhood of Bethlehem pro- of the land has gone; but the voice of duces the olive and the fig, in compara- instruction has taken its place, and seems tive abundance, with the trees planted to say to the Christian, in whose heart in terraces. The situation of the place the Redeemer of Bethlehem again taberwould be agreeable, if the country over nacles in
“Let him that thinketh which it looks were brought under cul- he standeth, take heed lest he fall.” tivation, or planted with trees. The The town is situated upon the summit valley around it is not large, nor is the of a hill, stretching from east to west, hill elevated upon which it stands, as and may contain about twelve hundred it is in the hill country;" and the inhabitants, a good proportion of whom summits of many other hills are seen are Christians. The convent, built over from it, at nearly the same elevation. the supposed birth place of our Lord,
The interesting transaction, related is the most conspicuous object in the with so much simplicity in the book view; and with its strong walls and of Ruth, took place in this neighbour- massy buttresses appears to be little in hood. It was in the gate of Bethlehem, accordance with “the peaceable fruit of that Boaz sat, when his kinsman came righteousness,” intended to be the conby, unto whom he said, Ho, such a
sequence of the Messiah's advent. I one ! turn aside, sit down here. And he visited it with little interest, having no turned aside, and sat down,” Ruth iv. 1 ; faith in its pretensions. and then before ten men, elders of the city, The Bethlehemites are often at vahe redeemed the possession of Naomi, and riance with the reigning power, which received with it the hand of Ruth, the af- renders it impossible at times for travelfectionate Moabitess, who had said unto lers to visit the place; but they were her mother-in-law, “ Thy people shall be then happily at peace with the men of my people; and thy God, my God,” Ruth Jerusalem, and we returned in safety. i. 6. The sweet singer of Israel upon The country to the south of Bethlehem these hills tended his flocks; and here is well worthy of attention ; but it was have been heard the soft tones of the in too disturbed a state to be visited harp, and the glad breathings of his without danger. In this direction, are voice, as he called upon all creation to the pools of Solomon, Hebron, the plain praise the name of the Lord. It was of Mamre, the cave of Macpelah, and in one of these valleys that the glory other places of interest. It is said by of the Lord appeared unto the shep- a recent traveller, that the water ascends herds by night, when they heard the in the water-courses of Solomon; though rapturous music of the heavenly host, it has been supposed that the principle as they ushered in the Saviour's birth in hydraulics, by which fluids find their with a song, the appropriate burden of own level, was unknown to the ancients. which was glory, and peace, and good From Bethlehem to Beersheba, the will. In all these coasts, mothers have southern extremity of the promised land, wept over their murdered infants, re- is a distance of about thirty-four miles. fusing to be comforted, when the sword
-Hardy's Notices of the Holy Land. of Herod was red with blood, and every stain was from the blood of innocence.
CONFIDENCE IN GOD. It is almost impossible to visit these God is himself the highest object scenes without referring back to the to which the soul in all its powers can period, when they afforded materials for be directed. None ever trusted in him, some of the most beautiful compositions without increasing in spiritual strength; ever written by man, even when under none ever trusted in him, without disDivine inspiration. The heavens, as covering more and more of the plans before, declare the glory of God, and of his providence, and of the depth of the firmament, in characters as clear his unsearchable wisdom ; none as ever, showeth his handiwork: but trusted in him, without tasting largely it would be like a mockery of mirth, of his bounty. To trust in God, in its to call upon these barren hills, or de- more advanced state, is to have the solate valleys, or deserted streams, now image of his perfection ever before us, to rejoice ; for if it were in their power
to live in his continual presence, ento take to themselves words and reply, circled, as it were, by the visible they would answer, “ How shall we forms of his majesty and goodness.sing the Lord's song under the rule of Bowdler.