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shall see him, and the impenitent alone shall quake, and call the rocks and mountains to cover them! They are waiting for the army of angels, and arch-angels, Cherubim, and Seraphim, who are coming to convey them to the joy of their Lord. They are waiting to hear that beloved voice which shall pronounce to them like the seven thunderswell done good and faithful servant ! -and to listen to that mighty chorus of much people in Heaven saying ALLELUJAH! SALVATION, AND GLORY, AND HONOUR, AND POWER UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD!

Then, when the worldly and profane shall be like the chaf, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth: When the formalist and the sceptic shall both be withered and cut down as the barren fig-tree by its Lord; when all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall be stubble, and the day that comcth, shall burn them up saith the LORD of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch :Then men and brethren, amidst the vast and glorious company of angels whose music is waxing ever sweeter and louder--in the Heaven of Heavens, among ten thousand times ten thousands, and thousands of thousands, where they shall be dazzled and delighted by the glories of its treasuresthen, and there,—the righteous shall flourish like the palm tree-then, and there, ye faithful servants of Jesus Christ, ye shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon, for those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God! Then, and there, may all of us become trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorifiedand to every one of us, whether young, or aged, whether bowed down by affliction, or rejoicing in the lap of prosperity—whether elevated by rank, or depressed by the pangs of poverty--may the blessed promise be realized in rich, and enrapturing reality,- THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL FLOURISH LIKE THE PALM TREE. Amen and Amen.

THE RIGHTEOUS FLOURISHING.

Holy palm! to heaven tending-
Like the righteous, ever sending
Upright wishes, words, and doing,
Toward the heaven they're pursuing !
Holy palm! thy top o'ershading
All the weary, heavy laden,-
Emblem of the righteous blessing,
All in joy or pain caressing!
Holy palm ! thy branches bending
Rich with fruits their nurture lending ;
Like the righteous, kindly yielding
Fruits of holiness unceasing !
Holy palm! thy trunk o'erpow'ring
Every pressure, heavenward towering-
Thus the righteous, trials braving,
Make them the blest means of saving.
Holy palm! 'mid ages lasting ;-
Storms and calms ;—thy verdure casting;
Ev'ry age and climate;-spreading
Fruits of thy perennial shedding.
Thus the righteous ever flourish,
Heavenly palms which angels nourish;
Here below in years maturing,
Love, respect, and joy ensuring.
Holy palms! above transplanted
By those streams for which ye panted,
You as righteous trees, they'll nourish!
Palms of heaven! you'll ever flourish.

J. G.

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