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him, toward which he was so rapidly consuming his own strength.

But be it our consolation, that the chariot of the Lord goes forward. He that takes hold of the spokes of its wheels, shall not stop it. What were the gentlest lips, that ever spoke, parted to say ? “ He that falls on this stone shall be broken; but on whom it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” Truly “ the wrath of man shall praise him,” and “the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.” The “ blessed martyr," that bore himself so meekly in the greatest station on earth, has gone to his harp and crown in heaven.

After toil,
To mortals rest is sweet.

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REV. J. M. MANNING.

DEUTERONOMY XXXIV: 4, 5.

AND THE LORD SAID UNTO HIM, THIS IS THE LAND WHICH I SWARE UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB, SAYING, I WILL GIVE IT UNTO THY SEED; I HAVE CAUSED THEE TO SEE IT WITH THINE EYES, BUT THOU SHALT NOT GO OVER THITHER. So Moses, THE SERVANT OF THE LORD, DIED THERE IN THE LAND OF MOAB, ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF THE LORD.

“ ACCORDING to the word of the Lord.” Sweet announcement to a broken-hearted nation, to-day! “ Abraham Lincoln died this morning at twenty-two minutes after seven o'clock.” That was the message which the wires, heavy-laden with their tidings, sobbed forth yesterday in all our pleasant places. And we awoke from our troubled sleep this morning, and, lo! it was not a dream! According to the word of the Lord.” “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.” We look above all human agency. We recognize the will that never errs nor falters, and that worketh all things, in Heaven and on earth, after its own perfect counsel.

“So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there." He had brought us through the "great and terrible

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wilderness,” unto the borders of our goodly heritage ; but was himself forbidden to enter. May the same God, who made him so much better than our fears, — such a father to us all, — do even greater things for the Joshua who succeeds him as the leader of our Israel ! To this petition, every heart devoutly responds Amen! New responsibilities sober men oftentimes. Possessing real goodness of heart, they bend their shoulders loyally to the unexpected burden, and display great qualities of which they were thought destitute before.

Thus a bereaved nation prays and hopes.

How incomplete, how complete, the dear life that has passed on! The surroundings, the hour, the instrumentality, — how painful! Why could not the name of one whom we so loved, whom we so tenderly revered, have a seemlier passage to its immortality? Thou, Lord, knowest! Thou dost not respect the person

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any man. “ Wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish.” “Man being in honor abideth not."

“ Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them.” We had traced a resemblance, often, between our beloved President and the great Prince of Orange, called William the Silent. The same devotion to country, the same trust in a Divine Providence, the same cautious and persevering wisdom, the same tender regard for the people who confided in them. Oh, could not the parallel have been left imperfect ? Must it be carried on to the bitter end? We loved to think that they were alike in their patriotism ; but — poor, blinded mortals ! we did not foresee the dreadful event that was to make them so much alike in their death! Both slain with wife

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