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DEAN STANLEY ON THE PERSIAN KINGS. On Sunday forenoon the Dean of Westminster preached in the Abbey before the Queen s (Westminster) R^fle Volunteers. There were between 200 and 300 of the corps present, who occupied the space between the choir and the communion rails, and there were also a larce congregation. The Dean selected as his text the 1st 2nd, and 3rd, verges of tbe 1st chapter of the Book of Esther, and also the 4th 5ch and 6th versus of the 8th chapter of the same book the words of the last-named verse of the l^.h chapter being "F°r how I endure the evil t'hat shall come unto my people, or how can I I eDdure to see the destruction of my kindred?' The first nortion of the sermon had special reference to the It. K'ngs of Persia, as narrated in the Old Testa- m«nt history, in connection with the present visit of tne iilustrious Asiatic monarch. In the outset of his discourse the Dean i b« rved that he had chosen for his itext certain passages from one of the sacred books which were appointed to be read during the present 1 week days in the service of the Church, as being r appropriate to the patriotic subject on which r he had to address them. and also not uncon- j nected with the present Visit to this country of a distinguished Eastern monarch. It waa acurlous coinci- dence that the alterations in the lessons of the Church made during the last five years, appointed to be rf* commencing last Wednesday, and ending with the closs of the present week, should be entirely connected *lth the history of that Asiatic race whose chief has been among us during the last few days. In vivid and t loquent termR the Dean traced the history and cha- racter of the Kings of Persia from the earliest times, as recorded in Scripture, observing that none of these Great Kings as they were called by the Greeks, had ever, until the present time, left the grandtur of their Asiatic palaces to visit Europe, and this was a "Decial feature in the history of this Oriental nation He went on to show that in early times the religion of the Persian race was not whtt it subseqaentlf became. Cyrus, the Ptrsian King, was no less the an- nointed of God than was King David, and with the Jews the subjects of Cyrus worshipped the same unseen power, in the mid"t of that mighty empire which to them was the most perfect scene of earthly grandeur. The events of the last few days were calculated to awaken in our minds interesting reflections. It was good for us that we should be linked with a country upon which we might exercise a beneficial influence by its ruler coming amongst us. Although, as compared with its past, Persia might be termed a dead empire, we had now amongst us the living representative of a great country and now, in our turn, it was for us to give back to this vast empire of the East the light which we ourselves once received from it. This it was our duty to do if we wished to restore it to what once it was, and promote its national prosperity.

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