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Amelia.-Indeed, Sister, there is no occasion to guess; it is evidently a description of the judgment of Solomon. Now observe the figures, they begin to move. How earnestly that on the left appears to plead! the countenance of the other indicates depravity of heart.
Harriot.-0, a sword is brought before the king; now it is plain enough.
Amelia.-By the action of the two women you may almost hear him say, “ Divide the living child.” See how that almost animate figure stretches forth its hands; what a countenance ! though silent, the lips move, and its eyes speak! Do look, Mamma ! and you will think you hear her tremulous voice exclaim,“ O, my lord, give her the living child, and in nowise slay it !” while the other by its hardened countenance appears to acquiesce with the stern command. The king observing the earnest suppliant, immediately says, “Give her the living child.” She clasps it eagerly to her breast, and her whole appearance so justly represents maternal affection, that it verifies the judgment of Solomon, “ She is the mother thereof."
Mrs. N.–Very well, Amelia ; you have been engaged, however! But do you really suppose that the automaton could justly describe a mother's feelings? No, Amelia! the sen
tence of the king was sure to produce that emotion in the mother's breast, which none could so justly imitate as to deceive his discerning mind.
Ex.-However correct your observation, Madam, yet I must acknowledge my obligation to Miss Neville for her description of the scene ; on which I generally observe, that the wisdom with which Solomon was favoured, not only presents a striking instance of answer to prayer, but affords great encouragement to all, especially to those in early life, to make their requests known to God; for whosoever attends to the divine direction, “ Ask," will in due time experience the fulfilment of the de
AND YE SHALL RE
lightful promise, CEIVE.”
Mrs. N. I hope, Sir, neither my daughters or myself will fail to improve your observation to our personal advantage. Will you now oblige them with your account of the temple?
Ex.-The temple of Solomon was built on the side of Mount Sion, called Moriah, on a very hard lime-stone rock, encompassed by a frightful precipice. To make this building firm and secure, it was found necessary to begin the foundation at the bottom of the Mount; so that the sides were about six hundred and eight feet high, and the stones were not only of the largest size, but hard and firm enough to endure all weathers, and be proof against the worm. Besides this, they were so mortised into one another, and.so wedged into the rock, that the strength and curiosity of the basis was not less admirable than the superstructure, and the one was every way answerable to the other. The temple did not consist of one single edifice, but of several courts or buildings, and the whole together made an exact square of one thousand four hundred and sixty feet long on each side, exactly fronting the east, west, north and south. The ground plot upon which the temple was built was a square of twenty-five thousand feet. It was encompassed with a wall of the