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2. The cat denotes the Assyrians, by whom the ten tribes were carried into captivity.
3. The dog is symbolical of the Babylonians. 4. The staff signifies the Persians.
5. The fire indicates the Grecian empire, under Alexander the Great.
6. The water betokens the Roman, or the fourth of the great monarchies, to whose dominion the Jews were subjected.
7. The ox is a symbol of the Saracens, who subdued Palestine and
brought it under the Chaliphate. 8. The butcher that killed the ox denotes the Crusaders, by whom the holy land was wrested out of the hands of the Saracens.
9. The angel of death signifies the Turkish power, by which the land of Palestine was taken from the Franks, and to which it is still subject.
10 The commencement of the tenth stanza is designed to show that God will take signal vengance on the Turks, immediately after whose overthrow the Jews are to be restored to their own land, and live under the government of their long expected Messiah.
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
An outcast and forlorn ;
Her chastisement hath borne.
Though sad and exiled now;
Beams on her crownless brow.?
She shall again take root ;
1 Leviticus xxvi. 33, 41. 2 Leviticus xxvi. 44, 45; Isaiah xlix. 14-17.
3 Romans xi. 23; Psalm 1xxx, 8–19.
And He who drove His people forth,
Shall gather them once more;
His captives shall restore.4
And make them know His voice ;
They shall again rejoice.5
On Zion's hill shall rest;
And thence the world be blest.6
God's mercy shall not cease,
His covenant of peace.?
In clouds of wrath concealed ;
To all the earth revealed.s
Shall execute His will;
His promises fulfil.'
Grant that we may behold
And gathered to their fold.10
Isaiah lvi. 8 ; xi, 11, 12; xlii. 5,6 ; xlix. 12.
5 Isaiah lii. 6; lx, 19, 20; Ixi. 3, 10. 6 Isaiah iv. 5; lix, 20; Zechariah viii. 3; xi, 19,
Isaiah liv, 10; Jeremiah xxxi, 36, 37.
8 Isaiah liv. 8; lx. 1-3 ; xl. 5.
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Palestine Place, Bethnal Green,
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.
THE HOSPITAL AT JERUSALEM.
WE, last month, presented our readers with a view of the Hospital, and some account of its establishment; we now give them fuller infor-mation respecting it, in the words of Dr. Macgowan, the Physician of the Society, under whose care this important institution has flourished.
At the Annual Meeting in London, Lord Claud Hamilton showed, by the testimony of the Jews themselves, how influential this monument of Christian love was found to be. The Jewish Rabbies and many of the Jews in Jerusalem have addressed most pathetic letters to Sir Moses Montefiore, appealing for help in their poverty and disease, and in these letters we have evidences of the effect of this Institution. read by Lord Claud Hamilton, from one of these appeals, was this :
We are terrified by the formidable enemy opposed to us, by the great Hospital of the Missionary Society, so superior in its arrangements, and the number of physicians attending it. Hence many of us, spite of the Herem of the German and Portuguese ecclesiastics, will resort to the conversion hospital, and, alas ! in several instances, follow the inducements held out, and
forsake the religion of their ancestors. For not only does the conversion hospital afford to them every necessary comfort, not only do they cunningly appoint a separate place for the Jews, but a bribe is put into their hands on leaving the hospital, and the distress is too great to resist the temptation of proffered benefits. Thus are many caught by the various baits employed, and if once entangled in the net, all attempts at recovery are useless. “I am sure you will be rejoiced to hear," added his Lordship, " that the bribe spoken of is nothing else than a copy of the New Testament, which is put into the hands of every one on leaving the hospital.”
The poor Jews, in another letter to Sir Moses Montefiore, say: "They," the Society, "are daily increasing their Hospital, which affords shelter and comfort, besides gratuitous aid and the attendance of skilful men, and are thus, notwithstand. ing all our warnings and exhortations, successful in decoying many of our brethren away from the house of their fathers, and making them confess to a religion in which they do not and cannot believe . . . Therefore • ZION BITTERLY WEEPS, and every heart fainteth.'
We have this direct testimony from the Jews themselves, as to the tendency of the Hospital to lead men to Christianity; and we have also an ample confirmation of the views of those who established it as a means to that important end. Dr. Macgowan, in the course of his deeply interesting speech, said :
“ In speaking of this institution, I feel my mind full of gratitude and thankfulness to Al. mighty God for the temporal and spiritual prosperity with which he has blessed that Institution.
You are all aware of the difficulties with which we have had to contend in the first establishment of the Hospital. You are aware of the excommunications, and of the violent measures which were resorted to, in order to prevent-Jews from entering it, and availing themselves of the relief afforded to them in their sicknesses; and
you are also aware that the Pasha and the public authorities were bribed, in order to prevent patients from entering our wards. Men even stood at the door armed with sticks, to prevent Jews from entering: But, thanks be to God! their excommunications, intrigues, and measures of violence, have proved ineffectual; and for the last eighteen months we have had no opposition from the rabbies, who it seems have exhausted all their artillery, and now leave the Hospital to take its
In the first place I must mention to you the manner in which the Hospital is rendered directly efficient in contributing to the progress of missionary objects. For two or three years we had to struggle for the existence of the Hospital. It was soon after that time after all opposition had been disarmed-that serious thoughts were entertained of rendering the Hospital the vehicle of Gospel truth. I must confess that I felt rather nervous when the experiment was made.
I felt that there was a danger of again raising opposition by introducing the New Testament into the wards of the Hospital, and of having divine Christian worship established there. But, through the wisdom of our Committee, under the blessing of God, the attempt was made, and has succeeded. Divine Christian worship is daily performed in the Hebrew language-a language in which the Jews can understand Gospel truth.