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and has ever since been reduced to all the disadvantages incident to such a condition. How much do such persons deserve our sympathy, and yet we can noves fully sympa. thize with them till, by a similar misfortune, we are taught the value of sight. How pathetic is the lamentation of the blind Poet, Milton :
"! Thus with the year
And wisdom af one entrance quite shut out," Few indeed are the earthly enjoyments of such, cont. pared with those blessed with the inestimable boun of vision. And what but the possession of spiritual riches can produce an acquicsence of heart to go great a calamity ?
Religion gives even affliction a grace,
Of thje she becamo the happy recipient at the age of sixteen, and was baptised at the age of twenty.lwo into the fellowship of the Baptist Church in Dexter, Wash. tenaw County, Michigan, by Elder W. A. Bronson, of which she was an ornament. Her example is a practical comment on the intrinsic virtues of religion; and her happin:ss derived from it evinced its capability of co:n.
pensating for earthly lossas. Shortly after uniting with the Church, having learned that books with embossed letters had been prepared for the blind, she expressed great desire to become the possessor of them, which was finally gratified, through the kindness and liberality of the Hon. Samuel W. Dexter. Al present she is able lo read the Sacred Oracles, and highly esteems the privilege though it is by the slow process of feeling out the letters.
In the year 1839 she entered the Institution for the Blind in the City of New York, where she was sustained by the Directors of the Institution, and the Oliver Street Bap:ist Church, and by the Church in Amity Street. Tho kindness of these dear friends, as well as others, is spoken of with heartfelt gratitude, and recognized is the goodness of the Lord in thus raising up for her so many helper 8 in her affliction.
It was far from the intention of the authoross at first to publish these Poems. They were the result of her solitary musings on heavenly themes, while in a measury secluded from society, and were written down for the gratification of thoso fow friends with whom she was daily conversant. As they became nore generally known, a desire was fre. quently expressed for their publication, but that diffidence which often characterizes true merit, has prevented their appearing before the public until now, excepting a forw that have found their way into several of the newspapers in this State, leaded, “ Daphne, or the Blind Girl," and which have been read wish interest. Being advised by her friends to put them to pross in the present form, she fias yielded to their solicitations, hoping that thay may contribute lo the interest of the lovers of religion, and with the expectation of driving a pecuniary profit from them which she truly needs, being an orphan and destitute as she is of resources of her own and dependent on others for support. The authoress is conscious of the im. perfections that cleave to her productions, but trusts trat due allowance will be made for the mis furtune under which she has labored and which has doprired her of that degree of mental cultivation requisite for one who writes for the public.
In view of what the volume is, (a religious poem,) and the circumstances of the writer, way we not cherish the hope of a favorable reception among those who profess to do good to al!--especially to the houschold of faith ?
W. A. BRONSON,
TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST.
(And after six days, Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And behold; there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.--Mat. 17: 1, 2, 3.]
Unto the mount our Saviour goes,
He there retires to pray,
To him their homage pay.
With his disciples near,
When Moses did appear.
Caused them to humbly fall;
To Christ the Lord of all
His face became bright as the sur,
His raiment shone like light,
And filled them with affright.
Then Jesus kindly came to them,
And thus they trembling spoke,
Where God and angels talk."
No pen can fairly show ;
Their rapture who can know.
By wandering from our God;
With glory he'll reward.
JESUS CHRIST THE EXAMPLE OF
PR A YER.
(And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.–Mark 6 : 46. O, Jerusalem, JerusaIcm, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gath. ered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not !-Mat. 23: 37. Then they took away the stone from the place whero the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me: And I knew that thou hearest me always : but because of the people which stand by, I said it, that they may believo that thou h 18t sent me.-John 11:41, 42. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pases from me! nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he