The sacred mountains . f and the betrayer and hisaccomplices take up their fallen weapons,and freed from the sudden awe that over-whelmed them, close threateningly aroundtheir unresisting victim. With their pris-oner they clatter down the declivity of Oli-vet, cross Kedron, and soon their heavy treadresounds along the streets of Jerusalem asthey hurry on to the house of the highpriest. Why speak of the painful desertionof his followers, sufficient of itself to breaka noble heart—of the rude treatment of thebrutal officers that guarded him, or of themockery of a trial, destitute even of theform

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The sacred mountains . f and the betrayer and hisaccomplices take up their fallen weapons,and freed from the sudden awe that over-whelmed them, close threateningly aroundtheir unresisting victim. With their pris-oner they clatter down the declivity of Oli-vet, cross Kedron, and soon their heavy treadresounds along the streets of Jerusalem asthey hurry on to the house of the highpriest. Why speak of the painful desertionof his followers, sufficient of itself to breaka noble heart—of the rude treatment of thebrutal officers that guarded him, or of themockery of a trial, destitute even of theform Stock Photo
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The sacred mountains . f and the betrayer and hisaccomplices take up their fallen weapons,and freed from the sudden awe that over-whelmed them, close threateningly aroundtheir unresisting victim. With their pris-oner they clatter down the declivity of Oli-vet, cross Kedron, and soon their heavy treadresounds along the streets of Jerusalem asthey hurry on to the house of the highpriest. Why speak of the painful desertionof his followers, sufficient of itself to breaka noble heart—of the rude treatment of thebrutal officers that guarded him, or of themockery of a trial, destitute even of theform
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The sacred mountains . f and the betrayer and hisaccomplices take up their fallen weapons,and freed from the sudden awe that over-whelmed them, close threateningly aroundtheir unresisting victim. With their pris-oner they clatter down the declivity of Oli-vet, cross Kedron, and soon their heavy treadresounds along the streets of Jerusalem asthey hurry on to the house of the highpriest. Why speak of the painful desertionof his followers, sufficient of itself to breaka noble heart—of the rude treatment of thebrutal officers that guarded him, or of themockery of a trial, destitute even of theforms of justice! Why speak of Peterstreachery, rebuked only by a sorrowfullook; or of all or any of the shameful pro-ceedings that made this last most terrible MOUNT OF OLIVES. 155 night of the Son of God a fit prelude to thecrowning act of human wickedness! The night wanes away—the morning,the last dreadful morning approaches, andthe scenes of Mount Olivet are to disappearbefore the fearful tragedy of Mount Cal-vary.. Mount Calvary is lord of the SacredMountains/7 and by its baptism of blood andagony, its moral grandeur, and the intenseglory that beams from its summit, is worthyto crown the immortal group. Its moralheight no man can measure, for though itsbase is on the earth, its top is lost in theheaven of heavens. The angels hover aroundthe dazzling summit, struggling in vain toscale its highest point, which has never yetbeen fanned by even an immortal wing.The Divine eye alone embraces its lengthand breadth, and depth and heighth. What associations cluster around MountCalvary! what mysteries hover there, and MOUNT CALVARY. 157 what revelations it makes to the awe-struckbeholder! Mount Calvary! at the mentionof that name the universe thrills with a newemotion, and heaven trembles with a newanthem, in which pity and exultation minglein strange, yet sweet accord. Glory andbrightness are on that hill-top, and shall beto the end of time; but there was a morningwhen gloom and t