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visit that holy land, I thought you would like to know with what emotions the wandering Hebrew thinks upon his native country. And, while we sing it, let us inwardly pray that the God of Israel may remember his chosen people in their dispersions, and gather them at length with all the true Israel of God into the fold of Messiah, that there may be one fold and one shepherd.
"Tis to the east the Hebrew bends,
When morn unveils its brow;
The east receives his vow;
Dear to the exile is the soil
That reared Jehovah's vine;
Dear to the wretched heir of toil,
'Tis to the east the Hebrew turns,
Where Babel wept Judea's wrongs,
And hope still wings his thought afar,
That he who rode the cloudy car
"OH! Mr. Anderson," said George Homer, as soon as he saw him the next week, "you do not know how happy you have made me. This is a most beautiful map. It makes every thing that is said about Jerusalem so plain. I long to hear you describe the places which are put down on it. I wish I could go to Jerusalem like Jonathan and Simon."
Mr. Anderson. Alas! my dear boy, you would be sadly disappointed if you were to go. Jerusalem now is not what Jerusalem was once. It has been" trodden down by the gentile." The sad prophecy of her mourning prophet, when he bewailed the partial desolation of the captivity in Babylon, and sung
How doth the city sit solitary!
She that was full of people;
How is she become as a widow!
She that was great among the nations:
That was princess among the provinces
has been mournfully fulfilled in the and utter ruin which has overtaken h
But we shall dwell upon this more, when I shall have carried you in imagination to the spot, and made you tread the streets of Jerusalem and the porches of the temple with Jonathan and Simon. But first I will ask you if you have found out how far and in what direction Joppa is from Jerusalem.
William. It is north-west from Jerusalem, situated on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. My Scripture geography says, the distance is about forty-five miles.
Mr. Anderson. Could you have found out the distance on the map, William, if the geography had not mentioned it?
William. Yes, sir. My teacher the other day showed me the way of calculating distances on a map. When there is a scale of miles on the map, I measure the distance between the two places with a pair of compasses
See Lam. i. 1.
or dividers, or a slip of paper, when I have no dividers, and then apply the distance to the scale of miles. If there is no scale, I calculate by the degrees marked on the sides of the
Mr. Anderson. Joppa was anciently the principal seaport of Palestine. Solomon received all his timber from Tyre, which he used in building the temple, through Joppa. It lies near the southern border of the tribe of Dan. Its modern name is Jaffa. Formerly its commercial character made it an important and populous city, but now it is an inconsiderable and mean town, inhabited principally by Turks and Arabs. At the time when our young travellers visited Jerusalem, the Jews from all parts of the Holy Land went up yearly to attend the great festivals. Many of the Jews, too, who had embraced Christianity still observed the ceremonies of the law, and continued to "appear before the Lord" in the temple at Jerusalem. Selumiel, though he did not regard the rites of the Jewish church as any longer binding, since the sacrifice of Christ our passover, was nevertheless not unwilling to join his countrymen in the celebra
tion of their divinely appointed ordinances. And as the season of the passover is the most interesting time to visit Jerusalem, he determined to take the little boys up in company with the caravan of Jews that went from Joppa.
Selumiel had provided three stately dromedaries, which were so young, high-spirited, and fleet, that they well deserved to be called “ships of the desert." They had taken a long draught at the well, and the servants had laid in order the baggage which contained the food and clothing of the travellers, and presents for their host in Jerusalem. After they had drunk, the camels kneeled down, as you have seen some do which have been exhibited in this country, and received the burden on their backs. When all was ready for the journey, and the camels were brought up to the door, the little boys having kissed their mother and sisters, were anxious to set out. The idea of Jerusalem, of which they had so often heard, filled their minds, and they could scarcely think of any thing else. Even their mother's tears (for, like old Jacob, she feared some evil might befall the lads) could not repress the joy that