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in some similar way the luminous property of the fixed stars was produced.
“Those who adopt this hypothesis, either with or without the modification annexed to it, are, perhaps, not aware that the spheroidal figure of the earth, its position in the planetary system, its rotation, producing the nights and days, which the Mosaic narrative expressly lays down in numerical succession, the existence of water, and that of an atmosphere, both definitely mentioned, and the creation of vegetables on the third day, necessarily imply the presence and the operations of the sun: unless we resort to some gratuitous supposition of miracles of the most astounding magnitude.”—(pp. 84-5, 3rd Ed.)
Anther passage is as follows :“The Hebrew word docs not necessarily mean the absolute privation of light,” i.e. the Hebrew word for darkness), “it is used in relation to various circumstances of partial darkness; and we know that conditions of the atmosphere have locally happened, in ancient and modern times, in which the noon-day has become dark as an ordinary night. The Divine power acted through the laws of gravity and molecular attraction, and where requisite, in an immediate, extraordinary, or miraculous manner. The atmosphere over the region became so far cleared as to be pervious to light; though not yet perfectly transparent. By the fourth day, the atmosphere over this district had become pellucid; and had there been a human eye to have beheld, the brightness of the sun would have been seen, and the other heavenly budies after the sun was set."- (pp. 278-80.)
THE POWER OF THE KEYS. “Many of us care little for the Pope himself, who are yet terribly frightened at his shadow. The Power of the Keys,' even though that power is often employed only to hamper the lock, is recognised by many who call themselves Protestants. We don't mean that attenuated and filmy doctrine developed by Dr. Pusey, but that dark and ghostly apprehension of holy things which would convert a system of light and liberty into a scheme of abject vassallage-which would build up again the party-wall between priest and people, and call out in a voice of thunder to the quailing layman, – Come not near me; for I am holier than thou.'"
Doth sorrow fill thy soul?
In their wild uncontrol?
Hath the friend proved unkind
And art thou unresigned ?
To pain and sickness bow
'Twill not be ever so;
And oh ! if gladness fill
And scenes of gloom and ill
Let the thought cheer thee, it “shall pass away."
RUTH AND NAOMI.
Let me then keep
I cannot go,
For I will die
Shall part us living, who must part when dead.
WE WANT NO WAR.
BY JOHN SWAIN.
“ Prepare for war,” a warrior cried,
“Let the dark deeds of sword and flame,
Thy great salvation, Lord !
According to thy word.”
Beyond the “ pearly gates," to dwell with Thee :
Throughout a long and blest eternity.
The glorious shining light,
To cheer thy people's sight.
Up to Thy throne, the Blessed Mercy Seat,
Rest there in glory at my Saviour's feet.
FLOWERS OF THE OCEAN.
E. L. AVELINE.