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ThoughT ON THOUGHT PRESS'D O’ER HIS SOUL, LIKE OCEAN-WAVES.

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A. AARON—the First High-Priest.

Aaron was the brother of Moses, divine wisdom so ordering it that their Latural affection one to another might strengthen their union in the joint execu. siin of their great commission. He was the elder brother; and yet he was siling to be employed by the younger, because God would have it so. The tragte of Aaron, with the head and heart of Moses, made them completely fit for their high embassy.-M. Henry. AARON.-The Gorgeous Vestments of

His vestments were much more costly than those of the inferior order of priests. He wore a mantle or robe of blue, with the borders embroidered with JOILegranates in purple and scarlet; an ephod made of cotton, with crimson, parple, and blue, and ornamented with gold, worn over the robe or mantle, withGat sizeves, and divided below the arm-pits into two parts or balves, of which one was in front, covering the breast, and the other behind, covering the back. In the epbod vas a breast-plate of curious workmanship, adorned with twelve Frocious stones, each one having the name of one of the tribes of Israel; and on tre head a mitre. His office corresponded with his vestments.-A. Barnes. AARON.- The Principal Duties of

Aaron was invested with the priestly office, with befitting solemnity, immečiately after the promulgation of the Law and the consequent setting-up of the Tabernacle. His principal duties were to offer sacrifices upon the altar, and to steredde for the people. In performing these sacred offices, he was clothed with a ghaol and wondrous importance. He became the type of the great “ High

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Priest of our profession;" and his annual sacrifices of atonement, his interces. sion, and his appearance at the specified periods before the Shekinah,—all prefigured the propitiation and advocacy of our Lord and Saviour, and His appear. ance in the presence of God for us.—Dr. Macfarlane.

It was death for any one else-priest or layman--to enter the sanctuary. So carefully was this observed and provided for, that to prevent its being necessary for any one to enter to bring out the body of the high-priest, in case he should die there before the Lord on the great day of expiation, & cord was fastened to his foot, the end of which was left beyond the veil, that he might be drawn out by it if such a circumstance occurred. It should be observed, that the Jews were always in dread lest the high-priest should perish in performing the services of that great day.-Dr. Kitto.

AARON.-The Remarkable Death of

With trembling hand,
He basted to unclasp the priestly robe,
And cast it o'er his son, and on his head
The mitre place; while, with a feeble voice,
He blessed, and bade him keep his garments pure
From blood of souls. But then, as Moses raised
The mystic breast-plate, and that dying eye
Caught the last radiance of those precious stones,
By whose oracular and fearful light
Jehovah had so oft His will revealed
Unto the chosen tribes whom Aaron loved
In all their wanderings—but whose Promised Land
He might not look upon-he sadly laid
His head upon the mountain's turfy breast,
And with one prayer, half wrapped in stifled groans,

Gave up the ghost.—Sigourney.
ABBEY.—The Appearance of an

There is something unspeakably reverend in the appearance of an abbey. A mass of ancient masonry, it lifts its noble head aloft, and its marble pillars, bear. ing high its “arched and ponderous roof,” impart an air of majestic grandeur to it. In the beautiful language of the poet-it "looks tranquillity."—W. Irving. ABBEY.–The Ruin of an

Methinks I hear the matin song

From those proud arches pealing ;
Now in full chorus borne along,

Now into distance stealing.
But yet more beautiful by far

Thy silent ruin sleeping
In the clear midnight, with that star

Through yonder arch way peeping.
More beautiful that ivy fringe

That crests thy turrets noary,
Touched by the moonbeams with a tinge

As of departed glory.

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More spirit-stirring is the sound

Of night-winds softly sighing
Thy roofless walls and arches round,

And then in silence dying.–Barton.
ABBEY.—The Teaching of an

The dead lie here— poets, historians, philosophers, statesmen, warriors, preachers,-men who have won the applause of the world, either by the genius of the pen, the sweat of the brain, the power of the sword, or the eloquence of the tongue. The walls of the venerable abbey are massed with their exploits. But west lessons are taught here concerning human hopes and earthly greatness ! The poet's lyre is unstrung, and his lips are mute; the historian no longer chronicles the prime events of the present or past age; the philosopher discourses L0 Date upon themes sublime enough to inspire the mind of an angel; the states. man has let go the helm of the ship of state ; the warrior's sword is sheathed for Ever; and the preacher's voice is hushed into an awful stillness : and, albeit the un is exquisitely chiselled, and the grave pompously adorned, “ the tutored mind" learns here that "every man at his best estate is altogether vanity," and though be " stalks through infinite space" as if he were a god, yet his glory is but “the Tandeur of littleness," and his life a shadow !—Dr. Davies. ABBEY.— Worship in a Restored

Monastic and time-consecrated fane !
Thou hast put on thy shapely state again,
Almost august, as in thy early day,
Ere ruthless monarch rent thy pomp away.
No more the mass on holidays is sung,
The host high-raised, or fuming censer swung;
No more, in amice white, the Fathers, slow,
With lighted tapers, in long order go;-
Yet the tall window lifts its archèd height,
As to admit heaven's pale but purer light;
Those massy-clustered columns, whose long rows,
E'en at noon-day, in shadowy pomp repose
Amid the silent sanctity of death,
Like giants, seem to guard the dust beneath :
Those roofs re-echo—though no altars blaze-
The prayer of penitence, the hymn of praise ;
While meek Religion's self, as with a smile,
Reprints the tracery of the hoary pile,-
Worthy its guest the Temple. What remains ?
O mightiest Master! thy immortal strains
These roofs demand. Listen! with prelude slow,
Solemnly sweet, yet full, the organ's blow:
And, hark again! heard ye the choral chaunt
Peal through the echoing arches, jubilant?
More softly now, imploring litanies,
Wafted to heaven, and mingling with the sighs
Of penitence, from yon high altar rise;
Again the vaulted roof “Hosannah” rings-
“ Hosannah ! Lord of Lords and King of Kings; "

Rent, but not prostrate,-stricken, yet sublime,
Reckless alike of injuries or time;
Thou, unsubdued, in silent majesty,
The tempest hast defied, and shalt defy!
The Temple of our Sion so shall mock
The muttering storm, the very earthquake's shock,
Founded, O Christ, on Thy eternal rock !-Canon Boules.

ABILITIES–Demanded in a Teacher.

& No mistake is more gross than that of imagining that undisciplined teachers are the fittest to deal with ignorance and mental rudeness. On the contrary, to force the rays of thought intelligibly through so opaque a medium demands peculiarly and emphatically a great clearness and prominence of thinking, and an exact feeling of the effect of words to be chosen, combined, and varied.–Foster.

ABILITIES.-Natural

Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study.—Lord Bacon.

ABILITIES.—The Use of

The knack of making good use of moderate abilities secures the esteem of men, and often raises to higher fame than real merit.-Rochefoucauld. ABSOLUTION.-The Church's

Our Church, in her absolution, delivers no more than the solemn promulgation of a pardon upon the conditions of faith and obedience, which, to those so qualified, is indeed an absolution; and a warning to others to seek for those conditions, that they may be forgiven.—Dean Comber. ABSOLUTION.- The Declaration of

The priest, in the matchless Liturgy of the Church, does not presume to absolve from sin—that would be to snatch one of the brightest jewels from the brow of Heaven—to arrogate to himself the prerogative of a God; he simply and solemnly pronounces “to His people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins," and then he aflirms, in language which cannot be mistaken—" He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe His holy Gospel;” and this the priest does as God's servant, on God's behalf, and at God's command.—Dr. Davies.

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ABSOLUTION.-God's

When God absolves, it is only in one way, that is—through a Mediator. His concern for the fundamental principles of His government is the highest concern in His divine nature. God cannot forgive sin at the expense of His justice, His holiness, or His truth. It is through the blood of Christ alone that he can do this. Justice asked for the sufferings of a man-Christ rendered the sufferings of a God: hence the Fount of Infinite Justice now waits to forgive; and He forgives, for Christ's sake, the moment that we ask Him. He is just, and yet the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus.—Dr. Cumming.

ACTION.-The Basis of

We no longer maintain the old and fatal mistake—that Christian men are

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