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exhibits the inside view of the temple. O here comes Hannah. She presents the child to Eli, saying, “For this child I prayed ; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him : therefore also I have lent him to the Lord as long as he liveth."

Mrs. N.-Very well, Samuel; your Mamma told me that there was a man behind the scenes, who spoke sometimes while the figures acted; but do you continue to supply that office, then I shall, at the same time, become acquainted with the meaning of the picture, and your knowledge of the Scriptures. Do you recollect Hannah's

song of praise ?

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Master N.-Not perfectly, Madam; I remember she gave thanks to God for her son, and among other things said, “ He will keep the feet of his saints.”

Mrs. N.-That's well, very well; never forget that. May 'he make you his saint, and keep your feet, then you

will be safe. But what became of Samuel after Hannah had presented him to Eli?'

Samuel.--He ministered before the LORD, being a child girded with a linen ephod. And his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from

year to year, when she came up

with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

Mrs. N.-The best, and most acceptable sacrifice that Hannah offered to God, was her thanksgiving and praise; those who follow that good woman's example will have frequent occasion to visit the throne of

grace. For prayer begets mercies, mercies demand praise, praise glorifies God, and the Lord delighteth to bless those who thus honour HIM. Hannah experienced this, both in her own person and in that of her son, whom she so piously trained for, and lent to the Lord.

Have you any more representations of his history, Sir?

Ex.-Yes, Madam, there is another now in the Camera.

Mrs. N.-Then, Samuel, you proceed and I will attend.

Master N.-I wish you could view this yourself, Madam ; I am confident it would please you. Here sits the venerable Eli, his hair hoary, his beard white, hanging down upon his breast, his eyes dim, and his whole appearance very solemn.

Then the painting is just what it ought to be, said the good old lady; his office, his great age, the awful account he had soon to give, all demanded the utmost solemnity : is Samuel with him ?

Master N. --He is now entering: Eli addresses him; his countenance is expressive of the inquiry which he

made, “What is the thing the Lord hath said unto thee? I

pray

thee hide it not from me.” As Samuel replies, Eli's brows become contracted, his eyes obscured, his lips project, and his whole frame agitated. He raises his tremulous hands toward heaven, as if he were saying, “It is the Lord : let him do what seemeth him good.”

Mrs. N.-Samuel, I do not think I lose much from not seeing the picture, and I know that your explanation of it quite delights me. Have you nothing descriptive of Samuel's call, Sir,? I think that should have been noticed.

Ex.-I have not, Madam, any scenic

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