the Lord of the house of Egypt, with tears of suppressed feelings, rose up before the aged Israel and his sons, calmly declaring, "I am Joseph, thy brother." God determined to free the Israelites. Moses was com- manded to gather the people. Heaven aided with mer- cies on the one hand, and thundered in desolating judg- ments on the other. The moss-covered ruins of slumber- ing Ramesis, in the region of Zoar, witnessed the collect- ing thousands, bearing with them the bones of Joseph. Turning to survey, for the last time, the majestic ile, the placid lakes, the fertile land of Goshen, then addressing themselves, in obedience to the command of God, they were soon in motion, going "out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians." Sweeping by the lofty hills, over plains of burning sands, and through the mountain - pass, they were soon tented upon the banks of the Red Sea. Scarcely had they ascended the opposite shore, from the depths beneath and the pillar of cloud, till the obedient sea, extending over all the Egyptian hosts, rolled its erratic waves peacefully on forever. The concordant harmony of Israel's song, timbrel, and harp, swelling the diapason of each successive strain — rolling back over the coral graves of the foe, fell like a song of heaven, on the distant, forsaken shore, and ranged along the gloomy Israel's triumph at the red sea. 159 mountains with commingling echoes of sublime and exult- .ing praise. f. The inquiry. ' ' Who is like unto thee, Lord, among the gods?" To discriminate between the gods of imagination and the God of Israel was not to them a sub- ject of either conjecture or doubt ; and the idea of longer attributing power to insensible and material deities had fled forever. Boundless confidence was then placed in an all-wise, merciful, glorious, eternal, and omnipotent Being.