world passeth away."' The actors in a drama sus-tain various characters : the scenes are continuallychanging : some actors stand forward as the heroesof the drama ; and some lurk behind the scenes, asobscure characters; and all these masked, in the an-cient theatres : at length the curtain drops, and thescenes are over. This presents to us a very strikingpicture of life: a continually changing scene, thatpasseth away.But I prefer the manner in which ArchbishopLeighton considers the passage. He treats it as if itwere thus written : '-The pageant of this world pass-eth away:" it is a mere procession; at best, but apageant. As a pageant or show, in the street, soongets afar off, and is quickly out of sight, thus it iswith respect to the present world. For, says he,what is become "of all the marriage solemnities of kings and princes of former ages, which they were sotaken up with in their time ? When we read of themdescribed in history, they are as night- dreams, or asa day-fancy, which passeth through the mind, andvanisheth ! ; 'Who has not looked into history, and felt this strikehim, as one of the first facts : " It is all gone by ! amere pageant !" An old man has seen most of thepageants of his time pass by: he remembers themighty acton of his youth ; hut they arc L r <mr! thosewho made the most splendid appearance m the pro-cession, are passed by long ago: he is ready tosay, "All is show! All is pageant 1 It is but theshifting of a scene. ,,THE FASHIO OF THE WORLD. 225And what is this more than what the Scripturetaught us before ? In the xxxixth Psalm we findDavid saying, " Surely every man walketh in a vainshow : surely they are disquieted in vain : he heap-eth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gatherthem." If he makes a show, it is a vain show. If he is disquieted, agitated exceedingly in his schemesand projects, it is in vain. If he heaps up riches, andis ready to say, at least there is something in this !