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Joseph ; Josh. xxiv. 32. They thought proper to bury Joseph is that portion of land, which his father Jacob had given him, (see Gen. xlviii. 22, compared with chap. xxxiii. 19, and John iv. 5,) as his per. sonal property, rather than in the cave of Macbpelah, which, per. haps, might not be large enough to contain all the bodies that were at the same time brought up out of the land of Egypt. For, though We are not told what became of Joseph's brethren and kindred, who died in Egypt, yet, without doubt, their bodies were carried into the land of Canaan, to be buried there, as they would have the same desire, and give the same charge concerning their bodies. And, indeed, a tradition prevailed among the Jews, that they were all car. ried thither with the bones of that great man, Joseph ; which is confirmed by the words in Acts vii. 15, 16. So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he and our fathers, and were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem. This as to the Patriarchal people.
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DESCRIPTION OF JEHOVAHY
PARAPHASED FROM JOB.
By the same. bow'd,
" And hast thou given the horse strength, High on cherubic wings he rode, kast thou clothed his neck with thunMajestic to behold.. .
der 29 Profoundest night, the black abyss; And the thick Gloom of all the skies. AGAIN th’ Almighty from the whirl.
And thus to Job, in stern continuance
ser fly, Enfolding skies his brightness veil'd:
When steely dangers glitter in his And, in the depth of night, conceal'd,
His dread pavilion stood. The blacken'd clouds around him " See ! all around him spreads the sweep,
Spurn'd from his nostrils, while he
Trembling with vigour, how he paws 'Midst pealing thunders, fire and the ground, smoke,
And hurls the thunder of his strength Jehovah awful silence broke,
And shook the pow'rs beneatli. Behold! he pants for war, and scorn. The rapid lightnings of the sky,
ing flight, In awful dread of the MOST HIGH, Collects his strength, and rushos to
Were soatter'd by his breath. the fight.
* When clouds of darts a sable horror The host of Israel stretch'd in deep spread,
array; And the full quiver rattles o'er his Their tents rose frequent on the enahead:
mell'd green; To him no dread the sound of battle Bright to the winds the colour'd strea. bears,
mers play. The clash of armour, and the strife of Red from the slaughter of their foes, spears;
In awful steel the embattled heroes But o'er his neck his waving mane re
High o'er the shaded ark in terror Spreads to the gale and wantons to the
rose wind :
The cloud, the dark pavilion of their He spurns the field, fierce, terrible
God. and strong
Before the Seer's unwilling eyes, And rolls the earth back as he shoots The year's unborn ascend in sight, along.
He saw their op'ning morn arise, “ Lo! where their strife the distant Bright in the sunshine of the fav'ring warriors wage,
skies; The neighing courser snuffs the san. While from th' unsufferable light, guine rage ;
Flee the dire Demons of opposing night. While roaring frumpets and the dire No more, elate with stygian aid, affray
He waves the wand's enchanted pow'r, Provoke his laughter on that dreadful And baleful thro'the hallow'd glade, day;
His magic footsteps rove no more. More loud he snorts, more terrible he Filld with prophetic fire, he lifts his foams,
hand, When nearer still the storm of battle O'er the dim host in deep array, comes ;
And aw'd by Heav'n's supreme comAnd iningling roars are dreadful on the mand, heath,
Pours forth the rapture of the living In shouts of vict'ry and in groans of
Fair, O Israel, are thy tents ! THE PROPHECY OF BALAAM.
Blest the banners of thy fame! Numbers': Chapter xxiii. xxiv.
Blest the dwelling of the saints,
Where their God displays his name! AN IRREGULAR ODE.
Fair as these vales that stretch their Written, anno. 1773.
lawns so wide,
Asgardens smile in flowery meadows ON lofty Peor's brow, That rears its forehead to the sky, As rising cedars on the streamlet's And sees the airy vapours fly,
side, And clouds in bright expansion sail That lift their branches to the frabelow,
grant air! Sublime the prophet stood,
Vain is magic's deadly force, Beneath its pine-clad side,
Vain the dire enchanter's spell, The distant world her various land. Waving wand, or charmed curse, scape yields;
Vain the pride, the rage of hell! Winding vales and lengthening fields, From Peor's lofty brow, Streams in sunny maze that flow'd; I see the eternal pow'rs reveald, Stretch'dimmense in prospect wide, And all the lengthen'd plains below Forests green'd in summer's pride; O’erslırouded by th’Almighty shield! Waving glory gilds the main,
God, their guardian God, descends, The dazling sun ascending high; And o'er the favor'd host Omnipotence While eartli's blue verge at distance extends.
dimly seen, Spreads from the aching sight, and fades into the sky...
And see, bright Judal's star ascend. II.
Fires the cast with crimson dar, Beneath his fect along the level plain, Aweful o'er his foes impending,
Pours wide the lightning of his ray, Above, around, the shout of ruis And flames destruction on the oppos- roars. ing world!
For nought avails, that clad in spiry Death's broad banners, dark, un pride, furl'd,
Thy rising cities glitter'd on the day; Wave o'er his blood-encircled way! The vengeful arms wave devasta. Scepter'd king of Moab, hear
tion wide, Deeds, that future times await, And give thy pompous domes to moul. Deadly triumph, war severe,
dering flames a prey.' Israel's pride, and Moab's fate! What echoing terrors burst upon my ear!
Edom bows her lofty head; What awful forms in ghastly horror Seer submits her vanquish'd lands; rise!
Amalek, of hosts the dread, Empurpled rage, pale ruin, heart. Sinks beneath their wasting hands. struck fear,
See, whelm'd in smoky heaps, the In scenes of blood ascend, and skim
ruin'd walls, before my eyes !
Rise o'er thy sons' unhappy grave;
Low their blasted glory falls; v.
Vain the pride that could not save! Dimly on the skirt of night Israel's swords arrest their prey; O'er thy sons the cloud impends, Back to swift fate thy frighted standLouring storm with wild atfright
ards turn; Loud th' astonish'd ether rends. Black desolation rolls along their Long hosts, emblaz'd with sun-bright way; shields appear,
Warsweeps in front, and flames behind And victory severe
them burn. Sits on their lightning swords along And death and dire dismay the shores,
Unfold their universal grave, and ope Arm'd with the bolts of fate,
the mighty urn. Impending navies wait;
[Trumbull.] ** ** · SINGULAR RUSSIAN CEREMONIES. The Greek Church has some similarity with the Latin in point of ceremonies, but exceeds it, which is not saying a little, in supersti. tious rites. Among others, for example, annually on the 6th of January, twelfth-day, as it is called with us, a singular feast is solemnized, denominated by the Russians the blessing of the waters. For this ceremony at St. Petersburg, a sort of wooden chapel or tabernacle, painted green and stuck about with boughs of fir, is constructed on the ice of the Neva, between the admiralty and the imperial palace. This little building is covered with a dome, resting on eight small columns, on which stands the figure of John the baptist with the cross in his hand, amidst bulrushes; the inside of the edifice being decorated with paintings representing the baptism of Jesus, his transfiguration, and other transactions of his life. From the centre of the dome is suspended by a chain a monstrous large Holy Ghost of wood over the aperture in the ice, round which are spread rich car. pets. This little temple is entirely surrounded with palisadoes, which are also ornamented with fir branches; the space within being likewise covered with carpets. A sort of gallery round the building communicates with a window of the palace, from which the imperial family come forth to attend the ceremony (For several years past the empress and her grand children only saw the solemnity from the windows of the palace.) The ceremony begins immediately when
the regiments of guards have taken their station on the river. Then the archbishop appears amid the sound of church bells and the firing of the cannon of the fortress, and proceeds along the carpets, attend. ed by his train of bishops and other ecclesiastics, into this little church, where, standing at the hole in the ice, he dips his crucifix three times in the water, at the same time repeating prayers, and concludes with a particular one to the great saint Nicholas, which done, the water is accounted blessed. The prelate then sprinkles with it all the surrounding multitude, and the banners of all the regi. ments which are at that time in Petersburg. The consecration ended, he retires ; and now the people press in crowds to the hole in the ice, where they drink it with pious avidity ; mothers, notwithstanding the cold, dip their naked babes in the stream, and men and women pour it on their heads ; every one holds it a duty to take home a vessel of the water, in order to purify their houses, and for the cure of certain diseases, for which it is affirmed to be a powerful specific. During which four popes,* one at each corner of the aperture, chant a sort of litany for the occasion.
On Palm Sunday, which is a great day in Russia, the patriarch, mounted on a horse, represented our Saviour riding into Jerusalem. The tzar used to go from the castle, with the patriarch, to the church which is called Jerusalem. After a number of people, whose business it was to clear the way, followed a very large chariot drawn by six horses, in the manner of a pageant ; in this chariot was placed a tree, with apples, grapes and figs tied upon its branches, and a number of boys about it, with green twigs and boughs in their hands. All the boyars and nobility of the court attended this magnificent ceremony, and joined in the exclamation of “ Hosannah to the son of David! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord ! Hosannah in the highest !” as the patriarch moved along, clothed all in white. The tzar, supported by two boyars, and with the imperial diadem on his head, led the horse by the bridle, which was three or four yards in length. The patriarch wore on his head the great patriarchal infula or mitre, richly set with jewels. In his right hand he held a cross of gold, embellished with a profusion of diamonds, and other precious stones, with which he made the sign of the cross over the multitude that thronged about him with great reverence and devotion, expressed by genuflections and prostrations. The horse on which he sat was adorned with splendid trappings and the richest caparisons, but disguised, so as to bear somewhat of the resemblance of an ass. On each side of the patriarch went several bishops on foot, clothed all in white, and holding thuribles in their hands. The pictures of saints, the chalice, books, bells, tapers, and other things used at mass, as well as the rest of the church ornaments, were borne by the superior clergy, some of whom also carried the consecrated banners of the saints. The way from the palace to the Crescent was all laid with scarlet cloth. At this place it was that the patriarch used first to take horse. He found it tied to a pale, and sent two of
the bishops to untie it, and bring it to him. As the procession pas,: * The Clergy, generally, are called Popes in Russia.
sed along, some of the people pulled off their upper garments, and spread them in the road ; others, who had more piety, purchased cloths and silks of several yards in length, on purpose ; and the rest; who had but little covering, and no money, contented themselves with cutting branches and boughs from the birch trees, and strewed them in the way.
Thus they proceeded to the beforementioned church ; where have ing stayed above half an hour, they returned in the same order, till they came to a sort of stage or platform, where the patriarch pre. sented the tzar and the principal boyars with palm twigs ; after which he took off the tzar's crown, and laid it in a silver dish, and then gave him the diamond cross to kiss. This being done by the tzar with a very profound reverence, the patriarch lifted up the cross, and waved it aloft on different sides, first towards those upon the platform, and then towards the people in general, who at this instant prostrated themselves flat upon the ground. The whole ceremony was conclu. ded by singing a number of hymns; and the patriarch, as an acknowledgment to the sovereign for leading his horse, presented him with a purse of 200 rubles.
TROM A LANSINGBURG PAPER OF AUGUST 26.
CONSECRATIONS. ON Thursday last, the newly erected Episcopal Church at Troy,.. was consecrated by the Right Rev. Bishop Moore, under the denomination of St. Paul's Church. The bishop was assisted on this occasion by several of the neighbouring clergy, and a very crowded and respectable congregation attended divine service, joining with becoming decency in the sacred offices of the day. The Bishop's deed of consecration was read by the Rev. Mr. Beasley. The consecration service being performed, prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. Stebbins, and a most impressive discourse, adapted to the solemnity of the occasion, was delivered by the Bishop, from Exodus, ch. ii. v. 5, which was received by the numerous auditors with the most profound silence and marked attention. The religious duties of the morning were concluded with the administration of the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper by the Bishop, of which the clergy, and a very considerable number of the congregation were partakers.In the afternoon, after divine service, the Right of Confirmation was administered by the Bishop, when, we are told, about sixty persons were confirmed. A suitable discourse was delivered, with great effect, on this occasion, by the Rev. Mr. Beasley, from Prov. ch. iv. v. 18.
On Friday last, also, the ceremony of the consecration of the recently built Episcopal Church in this village, was performed with the like solemnities as at Troy, by the Right Rev. Bishop, whose deed of consesration, giving to it the name of Trinity Church, was read by the Rev. Mr. Lilly, (from South Carolina) who also read prayers on this occasion. The consecration sermon, which was well adapted,