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If age's blank oblivion prove it just,
Lord, I believe it; help my unbelief!
ON THE DEATH OF A YOUNG LADY...
“ There remaineth a rest for the people of God.”
Thou hast reach'd the place of rest, the calm and tranquil shore,
Thou hast joined the white-robed host that hymn around the throne,
TENTYRIS. “ TENTYRIS, or Tentyra, was formerly a celebrated city of Egypt. Near its ruins is a large village, which has preserved nothing of the splendour of the ancient city but its name of Dendera, which reveals something of its antique origin. It is built at some distance from the western shore of the Nile, at the extremity of a very fertile plain. The orchards surrounding it, the fruits of which, such as oranges, lemons, pomegranates, grapes, and figs, are exquisite, render it delightful, and procure there a delicious coolness in the midst of countries so scorched. A forest of palm and of fruit trees, of which the ancients have made mention, exists still in its environs, and supplies the greatest part of the fuel consumed in Egypt.”
The magnificent temple of Isis, represented in our engraving, is thus described by Sonnini. “I found myself before one of the most beautiful monuments of ancient Egypt, which time, and the fatal genius of destruction, had equally assailed; but
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which, in part, withstood their strokes and their efforts. In the midst of ruins and rubbish, occupying a vast space of ground, a temple still rears itself entire, and in high preservation; a testimony of the grandeur and the magnificence of ancient Tentyris. This is one of the most striking edifices on which antiquity has endeavored to impress the seal of immortality, which the Egyptians have had constantly in view in the prodigious works which they executed. It was dedicated to Isis; and this tutelary divinity of Egypt was worshipped there under the form of a Cat!"
THE RECOMPENSE. SEVERAL years had glided away since Sophia Merton had given a decided proof of her devotedness to Christ.* She continued to advance in Christian attainments, and to pursue, with undeviating steps, the path of godliness and peace. By her active exertions and benevolent contributions, she promoted, according to her ability, the various institutions which adorn our beloved country. In the sick chamber she was always a diligent visiter and a liberal benefactress; thus ameliorating the temporal and spiritual necessities of the destitute and afflicted. Here she found ample scope for her sympathetic mind, and her counsels and her prayers were, in many instances, crowned with the Divine blessing. Often did joy sparkle in the mourner's eye, while the dying exulting in the prospect of everlasting happiness, exclaimed, “ Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me."
But an event occurred that was to try her faith, and prove its reality. Her aunt Netherton had, for several years, manifested symptoms of declining health, and was recommended by her physician, to visit a warmer climate. She fixed upon the South of France, and, accompanied by her niece, proceeded first to Marseilles, a part remarkable for the mildness and beauty of its climate. It is considered by many as the finest city in France, and the principal port in the Mediterranean, supposed to have been
* See page 230.