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Promise. the hope of the promise made of God unto

our fathers, unto which promise our twelve

tribes,instantly serving God day and night, accused ? hope to come. For which hope's fake, king

Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. incredible ? 4. Why should it be thought a thing in

credible with you, that God should raise the thought. dead? I verily thought with myself, that I

ought to do many things contrary to the name Nazareth. of Jesus of Nazareth.

5. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: Jerufalem. · and many of the faints did I shut up in prison,

having received authority from the chief Synagogue. priests; and when they were put to death, I.

gave my voice against them. And I punished blafpheme? them oft in every fynagogue, and compelled

them to blafpheme; and being exceedingly perfecuted ?

mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

6. Whereupon, as I went to Damascus commi/10.. with authority and commission from the

chief priests, at mid-day, o king, I saw in

the way a light from heaven,above the brightjourneyed. ness of the sun, shining round about me, and

them which journeyed with me.

7. And when we were all fallen to the

earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and Saul. saying in the hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why

persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I faid; Who art thou Lord; And he said I am Jesus, whom

thou persecutest. purpose. 8. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I

have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to

make thee a minister and a witness both of appear.

tncie ihings, which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.

9. Delivering thee from the people,and from people. the ventiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from




darkness to light, and from the power of Satan Inh:ritance ? unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of fins, and inheritance among them who are sanctified by faith that is in me.

fan&ified ? 10. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision; but disobedient. hewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of vision ? Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works fewed. meet for repentance.

Il. For there causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. caught. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnelling both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Mofes did prophets? say should come.

12. That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and thould thew light unto the people, suffer ? and to the Gentiles. And as he thus fpake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad,

13. But he said, I am not mad, most noble knoweth, Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden, hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

14. King Agrippa, believest thou the proph. ets? I know that thou believest. Then for believesta grippa faid unto Paul, Almost thou persuadelt me to be a Christian.

persuadeft. 15. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as altogether. I am, except these bonds. And when he had


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nor, and Bernice, and they that fat with them.

16. And when they were gone aside, they
talked between themselves, saying, This man
doth nothing worthy of death, or of bonds.
Then faid Agrippa unto Festus, This man
might have been fet at liberty, if he had not
appealed unto Cæfar.

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The beauty of the Northern Lights in Lapland.

HOUGH in this climate the earth Ilorrible.


is horrible, the heavens present

most beautiful prospects. The short days campensate? are no sooner closed, than fires of a thousand

colours and figures light up the sky, as if al fence. designed to compensate for the absence of the

fun in this season. luminous ? 2. These fire's have not here, as in the

more foutherly climates, any conítant fituz. hemisphere? tion. Tho a luminous arch is often seen fixed

towards the north, they seem more frequently

to possess the whole extent of the hendisphere. extremities? 3. Sometimes they begin in the form of

a great scarf of bright light, with its extreme borizon? ities

upon the horizon, which with a motion

resembling that of a fishing net, glides swiftmeridian ? ly up the sky, preserving in this motion a

direction nearly perpendicular to the meridia preludes? an; and most commonly after those preludes,

all the lights unite at the zenith, and form zenith? the top of a kind of crown.

4. Arcs, like those seen in France towards Jummits ? the north, are here frequently situated to.

wards the fouth, and often towards both the
north and south, at once. Their summits
approach each other, and the distance of

their extremities widens towards the horizon. opposite 5. I have seen some of the opposite arcs,

whose summits almost join at the zenith ; and

both the one and the other have frequently Concentric ? several concentric arcs beyond it. Their tops are all placed in the direction of the meridian, tho with a little declination to the west, declination which I did not find to be constant, and which is sometimes sensible:

6. It would be endless to mention all the meteors ? different figures these meteors assume, and the various motions with which they are agitated. Their motion is most commonly afume ? like that of a pair of colours, waved in the air, and the different tints of their light give them the appearance of so many valt stream- agitated? ers of changeable taffeta. Sometimes they line a part of the sky with scarlet.

7. On the eighteenth of December, I faw phenomenon? a phænomenon of this kind, that in the midst of all the wonders to which I was now every day accustomed, raised my admiration. To constellation? the south a great space of the fky appeared tinged with so lively a red, that the whole eonstellation of Orion looked as if it had dipped. been dipped in blood.

8. This light, which was at first fixed, foon moved, and changing into other colours, dome ? violet and blue, fettled into a dome, whose top stood a little to the south-west of the zenith. The moon thone bright, but did not efface? in the leaft efface it.

9. In this country, where there are lights of so many different colours, 1 never saw but presages ? two that were red ; and such are taken for presages of some great misfortune.

10. After all, when people gaze at these fiery. phænomena with an unphilofophic eye, it is not surprising if they discover in them armies engaged, fiery chariots, and a thousand prodigies? other prodigies.


Of the Periods and Uses of Human Life.



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S the eye of the morning to the lark,

as the ihade of the evening to the owl, as honey to the bee, or as the carcase to the vulture ; even fuch is life unto the heart of man. Tho bright, it dazzleth not ; tho obscure, it di pleaseth not ; tho sweet, it cloyeth pot; tho corrupt, it forbiddeth not ; yet

who is he that knoweth its true value.

2. Learn to esteem life as it ought; then art thou near the pinnacle of wisdom. Think not with the fool, that nothing is more valuable ; nor believe with the pretended wise, that thou oughtest to contemn it.

Love it not for itself, but for the good it may be of to others. Gold cannot buy it for thee, neither can mines of diamonds purchase back the mo. ment thou hast now loft of it. Employ the fucceeding ones in virtue.

3. Say not, that it were best not to have been born ; or, if born, that it had been best to die early. Neither dare thou to ask of thy Creator, where had been the evil, had I not exifted ? Good is in thy power ; the want of good is evil ; and, if thy question be just, lo ! it condemneth thee.

4. Would the fish swallow the bait, if he knew the hook was hidden therein? would the lion enter the toils, if he krew they were prepared for him ? So neither, were the soul to perish with this clay,would man wish to live; neither would a merciful God have created him: Know hence thou Thait live afterward.

5. As the bird inclosed in the cage before he fecth it, yet teareth not his flesh against its fides; fo neither labour thou vainly to run





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