The Hart and Hind
roe-buck and the fallow- deer." In 1st Kings, 4:23, we read of the daily provision which
These animals are all harmless, gentle, timid, loving and beautiful; noted for their
branching horns, for the elegance of their form, and for their surprisingly swift and
graceful motion. It has long been a favorite amusement in eastern countries to pursue
them in the chase; and as the swiftest greyhound can scarcely overtake them, it is up.
They bound along over the plains, "fleet as the wind," seeming scarcely to touch the
ground: no motion can be more beautiful. In the last verse of Solomon's Song we read,
mountains of spices." The 35th chapter of Isaiah contains a beautiful description of the
peaceful kingdom which Christ will one day establish in the earth; and among other
things it is said, "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf
dumb shall sing."
The hart or hind is remarkably sure-footed as well as swift: this may explain one or
two verses in the Bible. David says, 2d Sam. 22:33, 34, "God is my strength and
power, and he maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth
me upon my high places." In the last verse of Habakkuk we read, "The Lord is my
strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet."
The male deer is called a hart, the female a hind; and their affection for each other is
beautiful. Solomon says in the Proverbs, "Rejoice with the wife of thy youth; let her be
as the loving hind and pleasant roe."
The hart often suffers from thirst in the dry and sandy countries where it
lives-especially when pursued by the hunters; it then longs for water, and plunges with
the greatest eagerness into the cooling stream. David says in the 42d Psalm, "As the
hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul
thirsteth for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?"
Nothing could more strongly express his love to God, or his ardent desire for
communion with him. Happy is the child who has in his heart such feelings towards
God, and who finds pleasure in praying to him, from day to day; he has been taught by
the Holy Spirit, and is preparing to meet God in peace. (See RoeRoe.)