" He passed the bounds of flaming space, The living throne, the sapphire blaze, Where angels tremble as they gaze. He saw, and, blasted with excess of light, Closed his eyes in endless night." For the seer of the Revelation, more in the spirit of his religion, represents the fierce brightness as softened down into the rainbow, — the sweet sign of mercy, — " very beautiful in the brightness thereof, compassing the heaven with a glorious circle where the hands of the Most High have bended it : and, with yet kinder regard for human weakness, shaded with the emerald, — the tender green, the color on which every eye can dwell undazzled, and with ever new delight. Before him spreads out the pavement, resembling a crystal sea ; by which is meant the upper surface of the firmament, of which the lower, with its delicious blue, is over our heads. And God is represented as looking down from his throne through this transparent ceiling of the universe, hav- ing all the sons of men, and all that passes in the earth beneath him, at once in full and perfect view. eed I say that in this brilliant presentment of the heavenly glory we have before us the Christian's God ? for while the intense brightness, the uncertain form, the lightnings and thunders, and the changing rays of fiery light, ail give the impression that it is a fearful thing to fall into his hand, the gentle rainbow of peace, and the emerald softness in which this radiance melts away, show us how Christianity has changed this contemplation of the Highest : — VISIO OF GOD'S THROE.