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was very pleasant upon the whole; though, in crossing Yell Sound, it was just as rough as could have been wished. I spoke to the men, and left them contented, as I hope, with their hire.
By solicitation was prevailed upon to preach in Mr. R.'s chapel in the evening. Spoke on poverty of spirit. It was a season which demands grateful acknowledgment and remembrance. A poor woman called upon me afterward, and said very touchingly, "We sorrow most of all because we shall see your face no more." The blessing of God be upon this people.
July 9. The vessel is not to sail, this day at least. This forenoon, in company with Mr. P. and Miss C., crossed the sound to Bressa, walked across that island in sight of Ward's-noup, a wild and broken way for about four miles, when we reached a narrow sound between Bressa and Noss. Leaving Mr. C.'s after a short stay, set out with the young gentleman and Mr. P. toward the Cradle and Noup. A gentle ascent of about a mile and a half, in a north-easterly direction, brought us to the verge of the island, and a scene of wonders. Arrived at the precipitous verge of the island, the Holm presents itself. It is a portion of about thirty yards square, separated from the land by a fissure three hundred feet in depth, which the sea enters and thus form an islet altogether unique. The precipitous sides of the land and the Holm are formed through all their perpendicular descent of ledges of rock which incline toward the sea and rise as they retire from it. At the southern extremity of the Holm is Troil Hoiler, the cave of fairies, as the terms mean in the Scandinavian language. The cave is a vast excavation in the solid rock, whose upper surface is supported by such
pillars as human hands have never reared. Between the pillars the sea is to be seen lifting its impotent and angry waves. Young C. discharged a musket into the gloomy caverns of the deep. The echoes were awfully loud, and sounded as though a mine had been sprung, strong enough to tear the whole mass of rocks into fragments.
The cradle is a wooden machine so constructed as, by means of ropes passing through eyes, to be drawn from the island to the Holm, on which a few sheep are fed. The hardy adventurer who risks a passage has need of a composed brain and a tranquil spirit, for he must hang suspended over a depth so profound as that above-mentioned. At the northern extremity of the Holm thousands of sea-gulls are seen to rest upon the rock, which we were cruel enough to disturb by a blank shot, but every thing else was forgotten when we drew near to the Noup of Noss, literally, the hill of that isle. Fancy an elevation of rock, rising perpendicularly from the bosom of the deep to the height of at least six hundred feet. The face of the rock is whitened by the dung of sea-gulls, or a peculiar species of fowl called the mountain-gull. The waves rose and dashed far, far below. There was a narrow margin of white foam, and every thing at the vast distance seemed to be a miniature representation of what in truth they were. Our youth discharged his piece a third time, and whole myriads of gulls floated out from the rock, as if its vast surface had been shivered into atoms. Some of the gulls have their nests on the mountain brow, and, if a dog or even a man approach, they are bold enough to attack the one or the other.
After dinner, on our return to the afflicted old man, whose distresses are numerous and heavy, we had a
little congregation, and I spoke on that saying, "Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." We returned by the way we came, and observed nothing new, except it were that a woman undertook to row us over Bressa Sound, about half a mile in breadth. With our assistance she accomplished her task; but it is no uncommon thing to see a female seize the oar. A year ago, or more, several whales entered Yell voe, and every boat was put in requisition for the chase, to drive the creatures ashore. All was eagerness and bustle. "Yonder," said "is actually a boat manned with women." The sea monarchs escaped to the mortification of all expectants, and made good their retreat.
July 10. This forenoon, having bid farewell to my kind friends at Lerwick, got on board the Coldstream packet at twelve or one o'clock, and were immediately under weigh. The swell on the exit from the sound was exceedingly heavy, and we all, or nearly all, began immediately to be sick. That evening we lost sight of Sumburgh, and neared the Fair Isle, which next morning was lost behind us, and I presume I shall never see the sea-cliffs and rocky isles of Shetland more. Captain T. was my fellow-passenger, as was also one of the ministers from the isles, and other individuals of a serious character, and so far we were exceedingly happy in each other's society.
July 11. Our course was through the trackless sea, out of sight of land. Sickness and qualmishness nearly all this day unfitted me for every thing. It was (so to speak) existence and not life; but late in the evening the reviving news was told us by the captain that the loom of land was perceptible.
July 12.-At five A. M. this morning we were off Peterhead, and in two hours we had run twenty-two miles, and were opposite to Aberdeen. At two in the afternoon we were little more than a mile from the Bell Rock, and in the course of the evening slipped up the Frith; at eight were opposite Leith, and between nine and ten found myself safe on shore. Thus my outward-bound passage was less than three days' continuance, and we were little more than two at sea on my return.
Praise the Lord, O my soul! and, all that is within me, bless his holy name. He hath saved thee in great waters, and hath opened thy way before thee when at his command thou wentest forth, not knowing the land whither thou shouldst go. Praise ye the Lord.
HUMAN EYE AND EAR.
"He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?" Psa. xciv, 9.
"THE fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." Atheism is at the root of all immorality of life; inasmuch as no man would venture to live in open rebellion against a being of almighty power and infinite wisdom, if he believed himself accountable to such a being, and obnoxious to his wrath. In the sin of every hour there is such a forgetfulness of God as at least amounts to practical infidelity, to a denial, by implication, of his providence, and of his declared purpose to punish the transgressors of his law. The psalmist in the ode before us complains, as his manner is, of the cruelty and triumph of the wicked; and having expatiated on their sin and fearfulness of consequences, on their pride and the apparent impunity of their sin, he turns round to admonish them; there is an eye that sees their sin, and an ear that hears their blasphemy, from which nothing can be hid; for it was God who endued man with a capacity to see and to hear.
It will be profitable for us to follow out this appeal to the power, the wisdom, and the providence of God;