THE FOLLY OF SOLOMO.BY ROBERT COLLYER,ECCLES. i. 2 : " All is vanity."ALMOST three thousand years ago, a little childwas born to David, King of Israel, whose adventwas felt to be such a blessing, that he was calledSolomon, or ' ; Peace." He was carefully reared,as befitted the future ruler of the nation; hadnatural gifts of surpassing excellence ; was dili-gent in their improvement ; and, so far as we cannow ascertain, was the foremost scholar in theland at that time. The nation of which he wasdestined to be the ruler was then touching thesummit of its greatness ; and this prince becameto Jewry what Alexander, at a later day, was toGreece, and Augustus to Rome. He came tothe throne in due time, and the people shouted,*' God save the king ! " His public life openedbeautifully and well. He made wise treaties as aking, and wonderful decisions as a judge. He84 THE FOLLY OF SOLOMO.developed commerce, manufactures, literature, andart; edited, and partly wrote, one book which,in those early days got unquestioned canoniza-tion, and, in a measure deserved it.He was also the founder and finisher of the first temple on Zion, and offered the firstprayer at its consecration. That prayer has comedown to us: it reveals a sincere and religiousnature. Then he was a great student, philoso-pher, musician, and landscape gardener ; createda beautiful home, and married a- wife more of hisfree choice than commonly falls to the lot of kings. In a word, one thinks he was about all aman can be, and gathered all a man can get, inthis world, to make him content and happy.Then, when he had done, he wrote a sermon,in which he tried to tell what it was all worth.