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happy in a palace whilst his countrymen were slaves. Often did he see some of the Israelites oppressed and ill-treated by the Egyptians. On one of those occasions, Moses smote an Egyptian, and for fear of the king, fled from the country into Arabia. Here he married the daughter of Jethro; and when he had been in this country twenty years, God spake to him from a burning bush, and told him to go and deliver his brethren who were in bondage in Egypt. At first Moses was afraid to go; at length he went, but the proud king would not set them at liberty. So the Lord, by the hand of Moses, did many terrible things in order to make the king let them go. He turned the river into blood—and brought swarms of frogs, and lice, and flies, and locusts; and destroyed their cattle and sent hail and fire; and made it so dark that the darkness might be felt: and yet the proud king would not let the people go. So the Lord sent his angel to destroy all the first-born of the Egyptians, and lo there was not a house where there was not one dead.
Then Pharoah made haste to let the people go, for said they, we are all dead men.” Moses led the people to the banks of the Red Sea. And now the wicked king arose and followed them; but the Lord opened a way through the deep sea for his people, and Pharoah followed after them; but the water came down upon him, and he and all his host were drowned.
MOSES IN THE BULRUSHES.
They then went on to Mount Sinai, where God gave to Moses the ten commandments, written with the finger of God on tables of stove; and this is the first time we find writing mentioned. The people were often very disobedient, and for this the Lord would not let them enter Canaan; and so they wandered about forty years in the wilderness. Moses went up a mountain and saw the promised land afar off. He was now 120 years old, and the Lord bade him go up Mount Nebo, and he died there. There is much more said about Moses and all the wonderful things the Lord did by him in the Bible. Read it as soon as you can, and you will be much pleased.
MOSES IN THE BULRUSHES.
As, at the dawn of day,
In which an infant lay.
Has roused this mother's fears,
Amidst a thousand tears.
When lo! unlooked-for joy,
The babe it wept,—with pity moved,
66 This is a Hebrew child, The princess said; and hard was proved Her faith, who gave the babe she loved
Thus to the waters wild.
And now, his sister from behind
Advanced, from terror free;
To nurse the child for thee?"
“Go," said the princess,-homeward flew
The little maid in haste;
Her infant to her breast.
O Lord, how wondrous are thy ways!
For who, this infant saw,
He bore thy holy law?
Thy mercy's genial plan:
The feeble bark of man.
No mortal power can save;
To snatch him from the wave.
THE ST. KILDA MAN. A poor man belonging to the distant isle of St. Kilda, (an isle to which there was no access, but once or twice in the year) was coming into the great world, the isle of Skye, and as the boatmen were plying their oars, they spoke of the magnificent and wonderful sights he would behold in the latter island, and asked him if he had ever seen a cabbage or a tree. The poor man gave them such an auswer as an islander was accustomed to give, but the boatmen carried the joke too far; they asked him if ever be had seen a God in St. Kilda ! The poor man became serious, “ From what country came you," said he,“ to ask such a question ?” “ We come,” said they, “from the island of plenty, where nature spreads her bounty before us.” Ah !” said the poor man, “in such a land you may forget your God, but the St. Kilda man does not; surrounded by the stormy ocean, separated from the rest of mankind, and dependent on a precarious subsistence, he is from morn till night reminded of his providence, he can never forget his God.”
Within thy circling power I stand;
I once knew a boy who was employed by his father to remove all the loose small stones which, from the peculiar nature of the ground, had accumulated in the road before the house.
He was to take them up, and throw them over into the pasture across the way. He soon got tired of picking them up one by one, and sat down upon the bank to try to devise some better means of accomplishing his work; he at length con. ceived and adopted the following plan :-He set up in the pasture a narrow board for a target, or, as boys would call it, a mark, and then col. lecting all the boys in the neighbourhood, be proposed to them an amusement which boys are always ready for, firing at a mark. I need not say that the stores of ammunition in the street were soon exhausted, the boys working for their leader, when they supposed they were only finding amusement for themselves. Here now is experimenting upon the mind; the production of useful effect with rapidity and ease, by the intervention of proper instrumentality; the conversion, by means of a little knowledge of human nature, of that which would have otherwise been dull and fatiguing labour, into a most animating sport, giving pleasure to twenty, instead of tedious labour to one.