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Advent of Christ.

Can this be he who wont to stray
A pilgrim on the world's highway;
By power oppressed, and mocked by pride?
Oh God! is this the crucified ?

Go, tyrants! to the rocks complain!
Go, seek the mountain's cleft in vain:
But faith, victorious o'er the tomb,
Shall sing for joy-the Lord is come!

And Lazarus waken'd from his four days' sleep,
Enduring life again, that Passover to keep.

And fast beside the olive-border'd way

Stands the blest home, where Jesus deign'd to stay,
The peaceful home, to Zeal sincere
And heavenly Contemplation dear,

Where Martha lov'd to wait with reverence meet,
And wiser Mary linger'd at thy sacred feet.

Still through decaying ages as they glide,
Thou lov'st thy chosen remnant to divide;
Sprinkled along the waste of years
Full many a soft green isle appears:
Pause where we may upon the desert road,
Some shelter is in sight, some sacred, safe abode.

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Prayer for Universal Love.

II.

ELIZABETH M. CHANDLER.

OH Father, when the softened heart
Is lifted up in prayer to thee,
When earthly thoughts awhile depart,
And leave the mounting spirit free-

Then teach us that our love, like thine,.
O'er all the realms of earth should flow,
A shoreless stream, a flood divine,
To bathe and heal the heart of wo.

Then shall the bondman hear no more
The tyrant's, in the christian's name,
Nor tears of wasting anguish pour,
Unpitied o'er his life of shame.

But taught to love thee, by the love That bids his long-worn fetters break, He too shall lift his soul above,

And serve thee for thy mercy's sake.

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Song of the Redeemed.

III.

MONTGOMERY.

SING We the song of those who stand
Around the eternal throne,
Of every kindred, clime and land,
A multitude unknown.

Life's poor distinctions vanish here;
To day the young, the old,
Our Saviour and his flock appear
One Shepherd and one fold.

Toil, trial, suffering still await

On earth the pilgrim's throng, Yet learn we in our low estate The church triumphant's song.

Worthy the Lamb for sinners slain,

Cry the redeemed above, Blessing and honor to obtain,

And everlasting love.

Worthy the Lamb, on earth we sing,
Who died our souls to save;

Henceforth, O Death! where is thy sting!
Thy victory, O Grave!

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Prayer of the Enslaved American.

Then hallelujah! power and praise
To God in Christ be given;
May all who now this anthem raise
Renew the song in heaven.

Prayer of the Enslaved American.
IV.

BERNARD BARTON.

Oн, Father of the human race!

The white, the black, the bond, the free ;*
Thanks for thy gift of heavenly grace,
Vouchsafed through Jesus Christ to me.

This, 'mid oppression's every wrong,
Has borne my sinking spirit up;
Made sorrow joyful,-weakness strong,
And sweetened slavery's bitter cup.

*—and hath made of one blood all nations of men..
Acts xvii. 26.

What a glorious, what a beneficent doctrine! how magnificently does it level all distinctions, whether of color, rank, nation, or religion! It rebukes selfishness. It declares to each, that the object of disregard, hatred, or contempt, is a man; and man a brother. It knows nothing, it will hear nothing of the thousand pretensions set up for the gratification of vanity, and the indulgence of malignity. What prejudices have been already beaten down by it, and how

Prayer of the Enslaved American.

Hath not a Saviour's dying hour

Made e'en the yoke of thraldom light? Hath not thy Holy Spirit's power

Made bondage freedom,-darkness bright ?

Thanks, then, Oh, father! for the gift,

Which through thy gospel thou hast given;
Which thus from bonds and earth, can lift
The soul to liberty and heaven.

But not the less, I mourn their shame,
Who mindless of thy gracious will,
Call on a Father's-Saviour's name,
Yet keep their brethren bondsmen still!
Forgive them, Lord! for Jesus' sake.

And when the slave thou hast unbound,The chains which bind the oppressor break! And be thy love's last triumph crowned!

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many prejudices yet exist to which it is opposed, and which it shall yet beat down! That there are in the world different races, with such disparity that it is for some to be luxurious lords of creation, and others, their saleable, fettered, tasked, beaten and branded beasts of burden; that a man's clan or country has exclusive title to his affections, exertions, duties, concentrating every thing within that circle, except a pitiless hostility to all of human kind beyond its narrow boundary;-these were and these are under the various modifications produced by ancient and present modes of thinking, evils which the gospel was given to mitigate and to annihilate; with which its spirit maintains everlasting warfare; against which it appeals to our piety, our benevolence, our justice, our consciousness. W. J. Fox.

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