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Ex.--Perhaps, Madam, to prove that he was a man subject to the like passions with others. · He knew Jezebel, that she was fierce, cruel, vindictive and implacable; and that in slaying the priests of Baal, he had incurred her displeasure ; and that to revenge herself, she had all the power of the kingdom under her command: these notions made such an impression upon his spirits, as deprived him of that resolution and manly courage, for which he was heretofore so remarkable: And God, upon this occasion, might withdraw that spirit of intrepidity wherewith at other times he fortified Elijah's mind, on purpose to show him his natural imbecility,
that might pos
and the necesity he had, at all times, of the divine assistance; and on purpose to suppress all sentiments of pride and
arrogance sibly arise in his breast, upon the contemplation of the gifts and graces which he had bestowed on him, and the many great miracles that were wrought by his hands; and that, thereupon, if he did glory, he might glory in the Lord, and not dare to take any part of his honour to himself.
Mrs. N.—If such discipline were needed to preserve the prophet from personal gratulation, what may not we expect? My dear children, I hope you will remember this instructive lesson. Amelia, now proceed.
Amelia.—The prophet having travelled a day's journey into the wilderness, as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, an angel appeared to him, by whom he was nourished with bread and water, and in the strength of that repast, walked forty days and forty nights unto Horeb. He had not been long in the place before he had a vision, wherein God having first; by several emblems, given himn to understand that the number of his true worshippers was greater than he imagined, directed him to return to the wilderness of Damascus; and anoint Hazael to be king over Syria,
Jehu to be king over Israel, and Elisha to be prophet in his room. He departed thence, and found Elisha, who was ploughing, with twelve yoke of oxen, before him; and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle on him. On this he ran after Elijah ; and having sacrificed a yoke of the oxen, which he gave unto his people, and they did eat; then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
Ex.-Very well, Miss; though you have abridged the history, you have preserved the general outline. Another scene is ready, and I expect you will soon discover its allusion.
On Harriot's looking into the
Camera, she said, I do not, Sir; howeyer, here is a walled town besieged by a large army; many superb tents; men in elegant military attire make their appearance-the whole army is now forming in military array. Amelia, what does this mean?
Amelia.--You have not noticed what passed within the walls of the town, or you would have observed a prophet or priest speaking (I suppose) to the king of Israel ; but now look : compared with the large army of besiegers, a small
of armed men coming out of the gates : an army follows them-observe with what intrepidity they attack the insulting foe. The king himself as