a most unnoticeable every-day thing occurs, "a child is born." All heaven is in commotion at that birth ; and, in brilliant files, angels and archangels rush down to Bethlehem, shaking celestial radiance from their wings, The Kingdom of God cometh not with Observation. 51 shedding choral harmonies from their lyres; but there is no stir upon earth. K"ot in the day, when all was noise and tumult, but when the heart of the busy world was asleep, when nature was hushed in solemn repose, and only silent stars kept watch like sentinels; not in a time of war, when the souls of men were ready to hail a martial chieftain, but in a period of universal peace ; not in the capital, but in a sequestered hamlet, far away from the haunts and observation of men ; — then, there, he was manifested; and so manifested, so humbly and softly; with no awful presence, with no regal state and equipage ; but the incarnation of gentleness and meekness ; an infant nestling in the bosom of a lowly maiden. Only a few rustic shepherds knew that the King had come — just as now only a few simple wakeful souls feel his approach.. Pharisees with their sanctities, scribes with their learning, the very priests ministering at the altar, were ignorant of this amazing phenomenon. Xo crowds thronged to welcome the Eedeemer; no ac- clamations greeted the Prince of Peace. He came as "a root out of a dry ground, having no form nor comeliness;" with nothing to distinguish him from any other poor child, unless it were deeper abasement, poorer parentage, and meaner accommodation. And as was his advent, so were his life, death, resur- rection, and ascension. Compared with these eyents all the records of heroes and kings, all revolutions, the fall and rise of states and empires, are turned into contempt; yet, at the time, they attracted little notice from man- kind.