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CXXIX. MOUNT SINAI.
BLEAK, a., exposed to wind or cold. | GRAN'ITE, n., a hard rock. TRAVEL-ER OF TRAVEL-LER, n., one PIN'NA-CLE, n., a summit. who travels. GE-OG'RA-PHER, n., one skilled in geography.
PEAK, n., a sharply pointed hill.
Avoid saying srub for shrub. Pronounce Sinai, Sî'nă; Ararat, År'a-rat.
1. I STAND upon the very peak of Sinai, where Moses stood when he talked with the Almighty. Can this be, or is it a mere dream? Can this naked rock have been the witness of that great interview between man and his Maker?-where, amid thunder and lightning, and a fearful quaking of the mountain, the Almighty gave to his chosen people the precious tables of his law, those rules of infinite wisdom and goodness, which, to this day, best teach man his duty toward God, his neighbor and himself?
2. The scenes of many of the incidents recorded in the Bible are extremely uncertain. Historians and geographers place the garden of Eden, the paradise of our first parents, in different parts of Asia; and they do not agree upon the site of the tower of Babel, the mountain of Ararat, and many of the most interesting places in the Holy Land; but of Sinai there is no doubt. This is the holy mountain; and among all the stupendous works of nature not a place can be selected. more fitted for the exhibition of Almighty power.
3. I have stood upon the summit of the giant Etna, and looked over the clouds floating beneath it, upon the bold scenery of Sicily, and the distant mountains of Calabria; upon the top of Vesuvius, and looked down upon the waves of lava, and the ruined and halfrecovered cities at its foot; but they are nothing compared with the terrific solitudes and bleak majesty of Sinai.
4. An observing traveler has well called it
fect sea of desolation." Not a tree, a shrub, or blade of grass, is to be seen upon the bare and rugged sides. of innumerable mountains, heaving their naked summits to the skies; while the crumbling masses of granite around, and the distant view of the Syrian desert, with its boundless waste of sands, form the wildest and most dreary, the most terrific and desolate picture, that imagination can conceive.
5. The level surface of the very top, or pinnacle, is about sixty feet square. There, on the same spot where they were given, I opened the sacred book in which those laws are recorded, and read them with a deeper feeling of devotion, as if I were standing nearer, and receiving them more directly from, the Deity himself. J. L. STEPHENS.
CXXX.-ADDRESS TO AN EGYPTIAN MUMMY.
ELF, n., an imaginary spirit.
n., a stir; a bustle.
DUM'MY, n., one who is dumb.
IN-COM-MU'NI-CA-TIVE, a., unsocial. ́POST'HU-MOUS, a., born or done after
TEG'U-MENT, n., a covering.
SE'CRE-CY, n., state of being hidden.
glasses and drink healths.
The Mem-no'ni-um was the palace of King Memnon, in Thebes. The pyramid of Cheops (pronounced Ke'ops) still stands, its base covering about eleven acres. The pyramid of Ce-phrē'nēs is somewhat smaller. In front of it is the great Sphinx (pronounced sfinx), a stupendous figure, having the body of a lion and a human head. There was a colossal statue of Memnon, from which music was said to proceed at sunrise. Te this the poet alludes in the tenth stanza.
AND thou hast walked about-how strange a story!
In Thebes's streets, three thousand years ago; When the Memno'nium was in all its glory,
And Time had not begun to overthrow Those temples, palaces, and piles stupendous, Of which the very ruins are tremendous.
Speak! for thou long enough hast acted dummy;
Thou hast a tongue,-come, let us hear its tūne;
Thou 'rt standing on thy legs, above ground, Mummy!
Not like thin ghosts or disembodied creatures,
Tell us, for doubtless thou canst recollect,
To whom should we assign the Sphinx's fame? Was Cheops or Ce-phre'nes architect
Of either pyramid that bears his name?
Perhaps thou wert a mason, and forbidden
By oath to tell the mysteries of thy trade; Then say what secret melody was hidden
In Memnon's statue, which at sunrise played? Perhaps thou wert a priest, and hast been dealing In human blood, and horrors past revealing.
Perchance that very hand, now pinioned flat,
Has hob-a-nobbed with Pharaoh, glass to glass;
Or doffed thine own to let Queen Di'do pass;
I need not ask thee if that hand, when armed,
Ere Rom'ulus and Re'mus had been suckled! Antiquity appears to have begun
Long after thy pri-me'val race was run.
Thou couldst develop, if that withered tongue
Might tell us what those sightless orbs have seen, How the world looked when it was fresh and young, And the great deluge still had left it green. Or was it then so old that history's pages Contained no record of its early ages?
Still silent, incommunicative elf?
Art sworn to secrecy?— then keep thy vows; But prithee tell us something of thyself,
Reveal the secrets of thy prison-house! Since in the world of spirits thou hast slumbered, What hast thou seen, what strange adventures numbered?
Since first thy form was in this box extended,
We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations; The Roman empire has begun and ended,
New worlds have risen,—we have lost old nations, And countless kings have into dust been humbled; While not a fragment of thy flesh has crumbled.
Didst thou not hear the pother o'er thy head,
When the great Persian conqueror, Camby'ses, Marched armies o'er thy tomb, with thundering tread,O'erthrew O-si'ris, O'rus, A'pis, I'sis,
And shook the pyramids with fear and wonder,
If the tomb's secrets may not be confessed,
A heart has throbbed beneath that leathern breast,
Statue of flesh! - immortal of the dead!
Imperishable type of evanescence ! — Posthumous man, who quitt'st thy narrow bed,
And standest undecayed within our presence!Thou wilt hear nothing till the judgment morning, When the great trump shall thrill thee with its warning!
Why should this worthless tegument endure,
O! let us keep the soul embalmed and pure
In living virtue; that, when both must sever, Although corruption may our frame consume, The immortal spirit in the skies may bloom! HOR. SMITH
AR'ID (ăr'id), a., dry; parched.
PET RI-FIED, a., changed to stone.
CAT'A-LOGUE (-log), n., a list.
Avoid saying exibit for ex-hib'it; insex for in'sects; deps for depths. In tuber, dur'ing, per-pet'u-al, dewed, &c., give long u or ew its y sound.
AN-I-MAL'CULE, n., a minute animal.
1. OF all miracles the most wonderful is that of life the common, daily life which we carry with us, and which every where surrounds us. The sun and stars, the blue firmament, day and night, the tides and seasons, are as nothing compared with it. Life-the soul of the world, but for which creation were not! It is life which is the grand glory of the world. It was, indeed, the consummation of creative power, at which the morning stars sang together for joy. Is not the sun glorious, because there are living eyes to be glad dened by his beams? Is.not the fresh air delicious, because there are living creatures to inhale and enjoy it? Are not odors fragrant, and sounds sweet, and colors gorgeous, because there is the living sensation to appreciate them?
2. Without life, what were they all? What were a Creator himself, without life intelligence-understanding to know and to adore Him, and to trace his finger in the works that he hath made? Boundless variety and perpetual change are exhibited in the liv ing beings around us. Take the class of insects alone. Of these, not fewer than one hundred thousand distinct species are already known and described; and every day is adding to the catalogue. Wherever you penetrate, where life can be sustained, you find living be ings to exist, in the depths of ocean, in the arid desert,