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thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills? Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? What knowest thou, that we know not What understandest thou, which is not in us Are the consolations of God small with thee? Is there any secret thing with thee? Why doth thine heart carry thee away; and what do thine eyes wink at, that thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth; What is man, that he should be clean; and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous i

Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect? Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? Will he enter with thee into judgement? Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite? Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how. high they are! And thou sayest, How doth God know i Can he judge through the dark cloud?

What is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God?

Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My tighteousness is more than God's? For thou saidst, What advan tage will it be unto thee; and, What profit shall I have if I be cleansed from my sin; If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him; If thou be righteous, what givest thou him, or what receiveth he of thine hand; Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven i

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge; Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the earth declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest i or who hath stretched the line upon it; Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened ; or who laid the corner-stone thereof, when i the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joyi Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou perceived the

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breadth of the earth? Declare, if thou knowest it all. Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, that thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth; Hath the rain a father? or who hath begot ten the drops of the dewi Canst thou bring forth Mazzarotlı in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons! Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee! Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts or who hath given understanding to the heart i

Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put a hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? Will he make many supplications unto thee? Will he speak soft words unto thee? Will he make a covenant with thee? Wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? Wilt thou play with him as with a bid? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? Shall thy companions make a banquet of him? Shall they part him among the merchants? Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish-spears? Who can discover the face of his garment i or who can come to him with his double bridle

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SCRIPTURAL ALPHABETICAL POETRY.

A is for Adam, who was the first man;

He broke God's command and then sin began.

B is Bartimeus, who as Jesus passed by,
For mercy and sight did earnestly cry.

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C is for Cain, who his brother did kill;
Abel was tighteous, but Cain would do ill,

D is for Daniel, who ceased not to pray;

Though threaten'd with death, he kneeled three times a day.

E is for Elijah, who by ravens was fed

Both morning and evening, with meat and with bread.

F is for Felix, who fear'd when he heard ‹
Of judgement to come, but repentance deferr’d.

G is Goliath, who Israel defied;

But David him slew, for on God he relied.

H is for Hannah, God heard when she pray'd,
Though Eli mistook the words that she said.

I is for Isaac, Abraham's desire:

And yet he resign'd him, when God did require.

J is for Joseph, whom his brethren sold;
But God was with him, to guide and uphold.

K is for Korah, who awfully died;

The earth swallowed him up and those with him allied.

L is for Lydia, whose heart God did open;
To attend to the things which by Paul were spoken.

M is for Mary, who the better part chose,

And sat at Christ's feet: not a word would she lose.

N is for Noah, who found favour with God;

And was sav'd, when the world was destroy'd by a flood,

O was Obadiah, who, the prophets to save.
One hundred concealed, and fed in a cave.

P is for Peter, his Lord he denied,
And, vainly presuming, temptation defied.

Q was the Quail which God did provide,

The Jews to sustain, when for flesh-meat they cried.

R is for Ruth, who her mother-in-law
Determined to follow, and would not withdraw.

S is for Stephen, who for Christ suffer'd death,
And pray'd for his murderers with his last breath.

T is for Timothy, who from a child knew
The Scriptures, and made them his rule of life too.

U is for Uzzah, who, though not sanctified,
Put his hand to the ark, and was smitten and died.

V is the Vine; and Christ is the root,

Supplying each branch, with life and with fruit.

W is the widow, who, though very poor,
Would give all she had, and trust God for mor

X is the cross, on which Jesus died,
It was for our sins, he was crucified.

Y is the Youth, who, reclining his head,

Fell asleep while Paul preach'd, and was taken up dead.

Z is for Zoar, where Lot pray'd to be:
It reminds me of Christ, a refuge for me.

Comparing by resemblances and differences.

In what do an owl and hawk resemble each other? They are both animals-both birds of prey, and similar as to their size. In what do they differ from each other? The owl sees and flies by night; and the hawk during the day. The eyes and head of the former appear larger than those of the latter.

Are there any resemblances between a bat and an eagle? They are both fowls of the air and wild animals. The bat is small, has webbed wings, and flies, fluttering about at night. The eagle is large and strong, and soars so high in the air, that he is called the king of birds.

Will you compare a goose and turkey? They are both large domestick fowls. A goose has a long neck, spcon bill, webbed feet, is covered with oiled feathers, and swims in the water. A turkey does not go in the water, and his feathers are not smooth like those of a goose.

Will you tell me something about a lamb and a lion? They are both animals and quadrupeds. The lamb is a small, innocent, domestick animal, and feeds on clover and other tender blades of grass. The lion is a large beast of prey, has a shaggy mane, and is so strong and courageous, that he is called the king of beasts.

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QUESTIONS RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.

What is an empire? An empire consists of several large countries, subject to one sovereign, called an emperour.

What is a kingdom? A kingdom is the extent of country, subject to one sovereign, called a king.

What is a dutchy? A dutchy or principality is a less extent of country, governed by one, who himself is subject to the supreme power.

What is a state? A state is a large society of men, united under one government for their common security and welfare.

What is the constitution of a state? The constitution of a state is the body of fundamental laws, which secures the rights of the people, and regulates the conduct of their rulers.

What is the sovereignty of a state? The sovereignty of a state is the power, by which it is governed.

Of what does a regular government consist? Every regular government consists of three branches, the legislative, the judiciary, and the executive.

What is the legislative power? The legislature or legislative power, makes the laws for the government of the people. Of what is the legislative power composed? The legisla tive power is generally composed of three others.

What are they in the United States? In the government of the United States, are the President, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.

When assembled, what are they called? When assempled, they are called the Congress.

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Öf what does the legislature consist in the individual states? In the individual states, the legislature consists of a Governour, Senate, and House of Representatives.

When convened, what are they called? In some of the states they are called the General Assembly; in others, the General Court, as in Massachusetts.

Of what is the legislative power composed in England?. In England the legislature is composed of the King, and two separate bodies of men, called Lords and Commons. The Lords are the Nobility; the Commons are chosen by the people. When these branches are assembled to make laws, and to deliberate on national affairs, they are called the Parliament.

What is the judiciary? The judiciary is that branch of a

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