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manly appearance each had assumed since they sat in their boyhood days, on the same form, at Daniel Robertson's wee school in the Bog.

The artful conduct of the tailor, and the non-fulfilment of his prediction in regard to the sailor, having been communicated to my father, he led the way to the house, gratefully exclaiming at the same time, To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to kill, and a time to heal ; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh ; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing ; a time to love, and a time to hate ; a time of war, time of peace."

“ There is still the awfu' soond to be accounted for ". maliciously persisted the crest-fallen tailor; a remark which in the happy throng assembled in the kitchen, passed unheeded by all except my father, who merely said in reply--- God will bring every secret thing to judgment, whether it be for good, or whether it be for evil.”

The hilarity in the house became sympathetic in a high degree, so much so, that the convalescent invalid expressed an earnest wish to share in the general joy. For this purpose, and in opposition to the gentle remonstrances of my mother, he insisted on being partially dressed, and placed in the old arm-chair by the cheerful fire which burned so brightly in the cozy parlour. His wishes were complied with, and as one from the dead, his heart was lifted up to the throne on high, in silent yet heart-felt gratitude to the great Preserver for his merciful deliverance.

“Now, goodwife," ---coaxingly said my father, -"this is a night among nights; and I would like the whole household to assemble in the parlour, and that you, yourself should superintend the happy feast.”

“I'll do that with a right good will, goodman"-emphatically replied my mother—"and all shall be seated at the table alike; no sitting above or below the salt; but all as one happy family met to rejoice together in each other's happiness."

The damask table-cloth was accordingly laid, and the ample repast profusely spread. Doubt, and gloom, and grief had given way to confidence, and light, and joy. Peace and happiness rested lovingly together under the ancient rooftree of Airniefoul.

My father, regular and methodical in all his actions, took down the key from its accustomed place, and proceeded as was his wont every Saturday evening at the same hour, to wind up the old clock which stood at the east end of the sitting-room, in which we had all now assembled. Gently opening the door, he gazed for a moment in much surprise. Taking a candle from the table, he peered intently down to the bottom of the case, from which he lifted, in apparent wonderment, one of the heavy weights of the clock.

Placing the weight on the table in full view of every one present, he thus solemnly addressed the assembled guests -

“ Last Sabbath evening in the midst of the services of our family worship, a loud, strange, unearthly sound was suddenly heard, as if proceeding from this room. The mystery has remained unexplained until now. The rusty and worn-out wire, unable longer to sustain the weight, had, in a moment, given way, and down the heavy body came on the oaken floor with that supernatural weird-like sound, which so terribly paralyzed us all. The cause of the mysterious noise is now satisfactorily explained, thus severing in a moment the trying events of the by-gone week, with any superstitious agency whatever. Supposing, however, the cause had forever remained undiscovered, that was no reason why we, puny and insignificant mortals, that we are, should dare to interpret the mind of the Great Eternal ; far less to prophesy either good or evil from mysteries in Nature or Providence, which we can neither unravel nor comprehend."

All felt relieved as if some heavy burden had suddenly been removed from their oppressed spirits, for while the painful incidents of the week had all terminated happily, the “Warning” had, until now, remained an unexplained mystery.

All eyes were now turned to the crest-fallen, disappointed tailor. He sat motionless and speechless, crouched and doubled up to half his usual size, in a further corner of the room, evidently smarting under the indirect yet well-merited rebuke just administered to him, and ashamed to look in the face those whose peace of mind he had intended to destroy, and by whom he was now so thoroughly despised.

The homely, yet substantial, feast was now heartily partaken of, and thoroughly appreciated ; and the happy enjoyment of the evening reached its culminating point, when the worthy host burst forth into song with all the energy and enthusiasm of his youth :

Loud the timbrel sound,

Clash the cymbals high ;
Taber, sackbut, harp,

Swell the minstrelsy.
Beat the martial drum,

Blow, ye trumpets, blow;
Cornet, viol, and lute,

Hearts set all aglow,
Kill the fatted calf ;

Shoes, the golden ring,
Richest jewelled robes,

Haste thee to me bring.
Music fill the air,

Mirth and song abound;
Lo! my lov'd ones lost,

Smile on all around.
Clouds have passed away,

Storms and sobbing rain,
On my faithful breast

Rest in peace again.
To my heart they come-

Bliss without alloy ;
Chime of silver bells,

Never-ending joy !

Loud the timbrel sound,

Clash the cymbals high ;
Earth and Heaven is biest,

Lov'd ones now are nigh!

During the hilarity that prevailed, the poor tailor ha slunk away unobserved. Whether the rebuke administere to him had had the effect of curbing his propensity to pr claim warnings, and prophesy evil tidings, the records of th parish say not. One thing, however, is certain, that whi he peregrinated the Glen as usual, he never again venture within the precincts of Airniefoul !



“Hail Sabbath ! thee I hail, the poor man's day,

The pale mechanic now has leave to breathe
The morning air, pure from the city's smoke,
While wandering slowly up the river's side,
He meditates on Him, whose power he marks
In each green tree that proudly spreads the bough,
As in the tiny dew-bent flowers that bloom
Around its roots; and while he thus surveys,
With elevated joy, each rural charm,
He hopes, yet fears, presumption in the hope,
That Heaven may be one Sabbath without end."


LAST Sabbath day I spent in a neighbouring city. How different the throng of its streets, the chime of its bells, and the holiday appearance of its people, with the sacred quietness and holy serenity which now reign around this peaceful glen! Some scenes when they become too common pall and cloy the appetite, and the wisest of men's sayings lose by repetition half their value. But who ever wearies by gazing on the cherished scenes of their youth, or of listening to the hallowed sound of the sabbath bell ?

O how precious is the rest of the holy Sabbath ; sweet earnest and foretaste of that serene and everlasting rest, which remaineth for the people of God in the Zion that is above. May the day never come when its blessed calm shall be broken by the chariot wheels of commerce or of pleasure, or its holy worship exchanged for the shout of merriment and revelry. Avert, O God of nations, from our beloved country, that heinous neglect of the Sabbath and its duties, which, like the

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