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Evangelical Miscellany.

MARCH, 1842.

VIEW IN POMPEII. The engraving opposite is copied from an original sketch, made by a correspondent in the autumn of 1838. The following account of his visit to this interesting spot is from a manuscript journal, with the loan of which he has obliged us.

“We arrived at Pompeii about eleven o'clock. Here we left our carriage, and entered this solemn and remarkable scene by the gate of the tombs. First impressions are often the most important, and after having visited every portion of this singular and most interesting scene, we cannot but think that we were rightly advised, to commence our investigations where we did. This was a spot of ground without the walls of the city, and consisted of a long narrow road, paved with large triangular stones. On either side of this road were ranged the tombs of the dead; some mutilated and broken, others of elegant construction and in marble, with the inscriptions and sculpture so fresh upon them, that although they

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“We were then conducted through the gates of the city, and into the houses of the inhabitants, some wealthy and others poor, who had either revelled in the luxury of opulence, or toiled in their workshops for daily support. We saw their marble baths, their painted rooms, their splendid halls, their tesselated pavements, and their places of manufacture. We descended to the cellars where still remained many of the amphoræ for their wine; went to their two theatres, and then to the various temples of their gods, but all was now desolate and overthrown. Long lines of broken pillars, altars, that for centuries had ceased to be stained with the blood of sacrifices; statues, before which worshippers had ceased to bow; corn-mills, and utensils of industry that were now useless, met us at every turn. It was a city cast down from wealth and glory, the remains of which had been brought to light, to attest the awful character of the Divine visitations. It was impossible to avoid reflecting on the doom of Sodom, and the cities of the plain, overwhelmed with a destruction not wholly dissimilar; and on that great city, Babylon,' for here, too, the grass is grown up in her palaces ; nettles and brambles in her fortresses;' and we saw innumerable lizards and grass-hoppers basking and chirping in those seats of revelry, where once the voice of music resounded, or the rites of pagan worship had been celebrated. We could not but remember, from the temples which we saw around us, that Pompeii was a city of idolaters, and called to mind that expressive scripture which says, 'Against all the gods of the heathen will I execute judgment!' We spent five hours in examining these interesting remains.

“The most impressive effect of all, was to behold, rising above the desolate city and the surrounding soil, on one side the fine chain of cultivated hills of Sorento which know no change; and on the other side, that mighty mountain, Vesuvius, out of whose fires broke forth the torrent which overwhelmed the inhabitants at its base."

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CHAPTER III.The Walk to the Church-yard.

(Concluded from page 45.) “Is it not a lovely afternoon for my Bible collecting, mamma ?” said Ellen Ford, as the young party were dispersing after dinner on Saturday.

“It is very fine, indeed," returned Mrs. Ford, “but Ellen, you are not going alone ?

“Oh no, mamma, I believe Jane and Susan expect to accompany me, it is their turn, but I know they will not object to put off their walk another week; and I am anxious to take the young ladies I was talking to you about, yesterday, unless dear mamma, you will relieve me from the task I have undertaken, which I know you can perform much better than I can.”

“ Nay, nay, Ellen,” replied Mrs. Ford, with a smile, “ I will not interfere. Follow your own plans, my love, and I trust you may have the pleasure of being very useful to the dear ehildren,” “Why, mamma,” continued Ellen, “my original plan was to keep a sort of journal during the week and read it aloud on the Sabbath evening, but I do not think it prudent to do so, especially now that there has been so much unpleasantness amongst the young ladies. I fear lest it might afford an opportunity of triumph to many who would have been equally faulty under similar circumstances. Besides, I should be sorry if my presence were regarded as any restraint, which might possibly be the case you know, mamma.

If you go on acting the spy and taking notes," added her mother, laughing,~"very true, Ellen. But seriously, I think you have decided wisely, my dear, and as you have no time to lose, I advise you to set out directly.”

This arrangement excited some little surprise amongst the parties .concerned. Pleasure, however, was the predominant feeling; for there are few circumstances under which a pleasant country walk on a fine afternoon, would be declined, by a set of school girls. Esther and Agnes found time for a little private conference before setting out, during which a grand difficulty presented itself; the manner in which they were to walk. At length they decided upon the sacrifice of each other's society for once; they felt too much alarmed at the probable consequences of an explanation

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