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Oh, well we know all earth-born joys, soon, soon must disappear,
the narrow path of life, with joy we humbly go.
How sweet, confidingly to rest,
A. Z. R.
A MOTHER'S PRAYER.
And sunset hues are fading,
And gloom all earth is shading ;-
And love with trembling gladness
And e'er, in joy or sadness
Around life's path are clinging,
The flowers in beauty springing ;-
Her wildering tale is weaving,
Are human hearts deceiving ;-
Its first, rich freshness, thine!
Its altar be a shrine,
Life's untried pathway shade!
The wreath that soon must fade!
The prayer that faith would wing !
A mother's offering!
And seal this infant ever thine!
os BEWARE OF DOGS.” The apostle Paul in writing to the Philippians, cautions them, amongst other things, to “ beware of dogs,” (ch. iii. 2.) This opprobrious term is used in a variety of senses throughout the Scriptures : sometimes it is applied to persecutors, as in Ps. xxii. 16; at other times it is used to designate false teachers, or unholy men generally. The Jews applied it to the Gentiles as a term of contempt; and once, at least, it would seem to designate the evil one himself, (see Ps. xxii. 20.) In the text quoted at the head of this article, it appears to bear a meaning somewhat different from any of those referred to, and designates very strikingly those invidious, malignant, contentious persons who so well deserved the name. “L’Enfant,” says Doddridge in a note upon this passage, “ tells us of a custom at Rome, to chain dogs at the door of their houses, and to put an inscription over them, ' Beware of this dog,' to which he seems to think these words may refer.” Petronius Arbiter speaks of a custom prevalent among
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