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delightful of all occupations upon earth, that of serving Christ, recovers the position from which he fell. He now knows, by and that if I died, I should go to my adored Saviour, and dweli happy consciousness, the truth of Hannah's declaration- The with him for ever: that 'for me to live would be Christ, and Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich; he bringeth low, and to die be gain. The former of these blessings was allotted | lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth me: my health was restored, my
up the beggar from the dunghill work resumed, my gratitude exci
to set them among princes, and to ted, and my confidence in Christ
make them inherit the throne of his still further increased.
glory.' Dear reader, are you inclined to
Glance for a few moments at the scepticism? I would strongly and
altered state of his room (see page unhesitatingly affirm, that your
69). There's a fire in the grate now, doubts have no ground on which
and the kettle is singing on its hob; to rest: that it is a faithful saying,
a fender and hearth-brush have and worthy of all acceptation, that
been obtained, and there's a couple Christ Jesus came into the world to
of good chairs. on the mantel-piece save sinners.' I would affectionately
there's a candle in a candlestick, and earnestly say, 'Believe on the
instead of being placed in a botLord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt
tle. Over the mantel-piece the be saved.' Put your trust in Him
ribald song, and the last dying -do so without delay-devote your
speech and confession,' have given self with persevering ardour to his
place to a print of the penitent procause. Happiness will then assur
digal son. The window has been edly attend you in all your future
repaired, and on its sill there stands steps ; and at your journey's end,
a nosegay, displaying its beauty, when you have to walk through the
and emitting its perfume. A new valley of the shadow of death, you
work-bench, with its appropriate will fear no evil, but, triumphing
tools—a cupboard, with a bolt on over the last dread foe, exclaim,“
the door (declaring that there are death, where is thy sting? O grave,
stores within)-a toy for the chilwhere is thy victory ? Thanks be
dren to play with (implying that to God who giveth me the victory
“there is food enough, and to spare') through our Lord Jesus Christ.'
- an opened Bible on the tableEditor.
family prayer commenced—the father reading the Scriptures aloud,
the wife and children listening with FAMILY PRAYER.
attention and delight—all conspire In our last number (page 62), we
to force from the admiring spectaleft the miserable inebriate pro
tor the exclamations, 'What hath mising to read the Bible which the
God wrought!' compassionate Pastor had given him.
“Wonders of grace to God belong!' The promise was
kept, and we now witness the happy result.
“If any man be in Christ, he The entrance of Thy word,' says the Psalmist, giveth light; is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all it giveth understanding unto the simple.' Our poor friend ex- things are become new!' perienced the truth of this inspired declaration. The more he read the wiser he became. Taught by the Word of God that Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging,' and receiving the
LORD ROSSE. succours of Divine grace, does he continue to frequent his | In the neighbourhood of Parson's-town, in Ireland, is the casold Bacchanalian
tle of LORD ROSSE, haunts ? No. If
whose name has behe approaches a
indissolubly gin-palace, or pub
associated with the lic - house, uttering
progress of astronofrom his heart the
mical science. The cry, 'Lead me not
contrast which is into temptation, but
presented as the videliver me from
siter finds a smelt. evil,' he avoids it,
ing furnace, blown he passes not by it,
by a steam-engine, he turns from it,
within a dozen feet and passes away.'
of the drawing-room Ceasing to waste
window of a noblehis time, strength,
man's house is suffiand substance, with
ciently strange; yet dissolute compani
it seems but an apt ons, diligently fol
embodiment of the lowing his lawful
genius of its propricalling, aided by his
etor, who, with all friends, and walk
the amenity of deing humbly with
meanor which add his God, he be
dignity to his exaltcomes a thoroughly
ed rank, is familiaraltered man. He
ly and practically acquires a new, a
acquainted with me divine nature, and
chanical denils; so thereby more thar. LORD ROSSE'S GREAT TELESCOPE.
them that on one occasion, when he called at an engineering establishment ia London, it is said, the owner, ignorant of the high station of his visiter, offered him a situation, with a salary of some hundred pounds a year,
LORD ROSSE'S GREAT TELESCOPE. This gigantic instrument measures 50 feet in length, by six in diameter. It is suspended between substantial walls of castellated architecture of about sixty feet in height, one of them carrying an iron semicircle, against which the tube bears when in the meridian. By means of a windlass and a very skilful adjustment of chains and counterpoising weights, it can be brought into a variety of positions or turned fairly round from south to north. Enormous as are its dimensions, and though weighing altogether not less than twelve tons, it is managed with great ease and exactness. On his telescopic experiments and constructions the noble earl has expended more than £30,000.
The space-penetrating power of the telescope is vast. One writer assures us, that the appearance of Jupiter as revealed by it was so brilliant, that it seemed as if a coach-lamp were advanced into the tube ; and Sir John Herschel affirms, that the sublimity of the spectacle afforded by some of the larger clusters of nebulæ is such as words fail to express. By the aid of this instrument, man is endowed with a power to penetrate without difficulty into space at least five hundred times further than is possible for the unassisted vision; in other words, it will descry a single star 6000 times more remote than an average orb of the first magnitude, carrying the eye through a interval so extensive that the light, though travelling at the rate of nearly 200,000 miles in a second, would take 60,000 years to pass through it. Yet, as we look abroad on the immensity of existence thus opened to our view, we feel that, mighty as is the power which God has permitted us to exercise, we are but children gazing on incomprehensible and mysterious wonders; and burthened by the magnitude of the thoughts which press upon our minds, are compelled, in the consciousness of our own littleness, to exclaim,
such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain unto it!'
'Tis the great magazine of spiritual arms
Wherein doth lye
That might come by the blows
Of our infernal foes.
Where weal and woe
Are ordered so
Unless his own mistake
False application make. It is the index to eternity.
He cannot miss
Of endless bliss
Nor can he be mistook,
That speaketh by this book.
For excellence :
Belongs to it, or none.
Say God of books?
Let him that looks
His thoughts in silence smother
THE BOOK OF GOD. Tae Bible? That's the Book. The Book indeed,
The Book of books;
On which who looks,
Wish for a better light
To guide him in the night :
To feed upon
Than this alone,
And if he be amiss
This the best physick is.
And sickness, which
The poor and rich, With equal ease may come by. Yea, 'tis more,
An antidote, as well
As remedy, 'gainst hell. 'Tis heaven in perspective, and the bliss
Of glory here,
Whilst faith to ev'ry word
A being doth afford.
All men may see,
Whether they be
Or in a better case,
THE WHOLE BIBLE LEARNED BY HEART.
THERE was living in 1832, at Stirling, in Scotland, a poor old man, known in the neighbourhood by the name of BLIND ALICK, who, though destitute of sight from his childhood, had committed to memory the whole of the sacred Scriptures. His parents were poor, and sent him to a common school; as well to keep him out of mischief, as that he might learn something by listening to the lessons of the other children.
The only volume then used in such institutions as a class or reading book was the Bible, and it was customary for the scholars, as they read in rotation, to repeat not only the number of the chapter, but that of each verse as well
. By constantly hearing these readings, young Alick soon began to retain many of the passages of Scripture, and with them the places where they occurred. It is probable that being incapacitated by his want of sight from engaging in any useful occupation, he may have remained an unusual length of time at this school; and that his father, as was generally the case with the Scottish peasantry, was a great reader of the Bible at home. A constant attendance at Church would also contribute to the result. However this may have been, when Alick had become a man, it was observed with astonishment that he knew the whole of the Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, by heart !
Many persons of education have examined Alick, and been invariably amazed at his prodigious knowledge of the Word of God. You might repeat any passage of Scripture, and he would tell you the chapter and verse where it occu
ccurred, or you might tell him the chapter and verse, and he would repeat to you the precise words. A gentleman, to put his knowledge to the test, made a slight verbal alteration in a verse which he read to him from the Scriptures. Alick hesitated for a moment, and then said where it was to be found, but added, 'It has not been correctly delivered ;' and forthwith gave it as it stood in the book. The same gentleman then asked him for the words of the ninetieth verse of the seventh chapter of the book of Numbers. Alick seemed perplexed for a moment, but speedily exclaimed, You are fooling me, sir ! there is no such verse--that chapter has but eighty-nine verses in it.'
Receive I pray thee the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in
all wisdom.'—Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy the church,-after a time engaged in the important work of vilword was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart."
lage preaching, and finally entered a college with a view to the "Oh, how I love thy holy Word,
NECESSITY OF RELIGION.
Hear what the celebrated infidel Voltaire says on this subject, in Sullivan's Survey of Nature - Wherever society is established,
there it is necessary to have religion : for religion, which watches A SACRED SONG.
over the crimes that are secret, is, in fact, the only law which
a man carries about with him ; the only one which places the HAPPY are they to whom the Lord
punishment at the side of the guilt, and which operates as forcibly His gracious name makes known!
in solitude and darkness as in the broad and open face of day.' And by his Spirit, and his Word, Adopta them for his own!
NOW I DIE HAPPY.
When Bishop Butler lay on his dying bed, he called for his He calls them to his mercy-seat,
chaplain, and said, “Though I have endeavoured to avoid sin, and And bears their humble prayer
please God to the utmost of my power, yet, from the consciousness And when witbiu his house they meet,
of perpetual infirmities, I am still afraid to die.'
My lord,' said the chaplain, you have forgotten that Jesus They find his presence near.
Christ is a Saviour.
True,' was the answer; 'but how shall I know that He is
a Saviour for me ?! Though men despise them, or revile,
"My lord, it is written, him that cometh unto me I will in no They count the triumph small;
wise cast out.' Whoever frowns, if Jesus smile,
* True again,' said the Bishop, and I am surprised that, though It makes amends for all.
I have read that Scripture a thousand times over, I never felt its
proper virtue till this moment; and now I die happy!
A SLAVE'S ANSWER.
A FUGITIVE from slavery was asked if he was not well fed
and clothed ? Yes. Was his master kind to him ? Yes. Was he over worked ? No. Then go back to your master; you were
better off than you will be in freedom. "Gentlemen,' he replied, When cheered with faith's sublimer joys,
• the place that I left, with all its advantages, is open to any of They mount on eagles' wings ;
you that want to fill'it.'
THE ALMOND TREE.
Its botanic name is Amygdalus Communis, (the first word And if their path below be rough,
derived from amugdale, the Greek for almond tree). About the Or strew'd with thorns their road,
end of March, or a little later, this beautiful plant displays a This single thought is joy enough
mass of deep pink or whitish pink-sometimes even snow white
blossoms, which are the more conspicuous because they come It leads them to their God.
before the leaves. To give a complete view of the tree, the leaves, flowers, and fruit are, in our engraving, all shown together
(see page 72). The tree grows about twenty feet high. The leaves POWER OF PARENTAL PRAYER.
resemble those of the peach : there is a degree of similarity
between the two plants in their fruit also, save that, instead of WELL would it be, if all Christian parents and guardians of the delicious pulp of the former, the outer coat of the almond is youth were more fully impressed with the value and power of tough and leathery. prayer, when offered in the exercise of a lively faith. While the Some writers on the almond tree give Syria, some China, and rod might be sometimes useful to children, it loses its efficacy in others Barbary, as its native soil. Be this as it may, it is now nine cases out of ten, from the temper with which it is applied ; widely diffused over the south of Europe, and the temperate and becomes a mere carnal weapon, producing more injury than parts of Asia. It will yield its fruit in the southern parts of good : while prayer is a divine instrumentality which secures the even our own country. The principal eatable varieties are the aid of Omnipotence, and therefore • availeth much.'
sweet and the bitter. The “Jordan' is the best of the sweet kind. I was some time ago talking with a Christian friend on the Almonds, in general, should be eaten sparingly, for though subject of pious children, and congratulating him on his own nutritious, they are not easy of digestion. Bitter almonds in happiness, in having all his children, four or five in number, de- particular should be partaken of with caution.
A stout cidedly pious. He told me that when his youngest son was labouring man, who ate a large quantity, died soon after, in eleven years of age, he felt much concerned for his salvation, and consequence of the prussic acid which the fruit contained. Essence one day expressed his desire to the boy, and asked him to accom- of almonds, used for culinary purposes, is made from bitter pany him up stairs for prayer. The boy and the father retired almonds, which also should be very cautiously employed, and to an upper chamber, and kneeling down together, the father be studiously kept out of the reach of children.
Various poured out his soul to God, with considerable freedom and fer- preparations of almonds are used both in medicine and perfuvour. He prayed distinctly for each of his children, by name, meryThe famous Macassar Oil is oil of almonds, coloured red, from the eldest till he came to the youngest, which was the lad and flavoured with oil of cassia. Both almonds and almond oil are kneeling at his side ; and in referring to him, he was more parti- an important article of commerce. In the Great Exhibition there cularly importunate. On rising from their knees, the boy clasped were several samples of the oil, including some from Portugal. his praying father round the neck with both arms, while a flood When refined it is used for the more delicate kinds of mechanism. of tears indicated the intensity of his feelings, and from that day The almond tree is frequently alluded to in Scripture. Its he gave pleasing evidence of a change of heart,-engaged with fruit formed part of the present sent by Jacob to. Joseph, ardour in the duties of the Sunday-school — became a member of (Gen. xliii.) perhaps the only article in the collection,' say
Dr. Adam Clarke, of which we know anything with certainty. the first word (from the Greek) meaning a sucking-pig, and the It is generally allowed that the land of Canaan produced the second (from the Latin) a millstone. It obtains the appellation best alinonds in the l'ast; and on this account they might be of sun-fish (and moon-fish, as the French call it) from its neariy
deemed a very acceptable circular shape, and its phos-
mony with this represen-
to the Lizard, Cornwall, fell
tation is the striking and in with a large sun-fish, beautiful emblem of old age given in the last chapter of Eccle- which lay basking on the surface of the water. The crew sesiastes, in which it is said, 'the almond tree shall flourish.' cured it with a boat-hook. Being too large to be lifted in, it Again, near the commencement of the writings of Jeremiah, we was taken in tow, brought to shore, and cut up as bait for crabs. read that the prophet saw a rod of an almond tree.' That tree, After all the trouble, however, that was expended upon it, it on account of the earliness of its buds and blossoms, and with proved to be of little value. The flesh resembled the fat of bareference to its name (which in the Hebrew is derived from con, but in appearance only, for it was so hard that it required a a root which signifies to hasten) being selected as symbolic of very sharp knife to make any impression on it. Consequently the speed with which God would fulfil his word; as well in the crabbers, finding it impossible to pierce it with the pointed respect of judgments threatened, as of promised mercies. sticks to which they attach the bait, threw it all away,
The sun-fish often exhibits during the night a high degree of
phosphoric effulgence. It lives, however, chiefly at the bottom THE SUN FISH.
of the sea, feeding there on sea-weed: it is therefore not often This odd-looking fish has an odd name-Orthagoriscus Mola;
observed, except when it rises to bask on the surface.
THE ZEBRA. This animal inhabits chiefly the southern parts of Africa. very peculiar, and can hardly be described. Its flesh is said Its stripes, which are of a brownish black colour on a fawn or to be flavoury, like venison, and is eagerly sought by beasts of whitish ground, give it a beautiful appearance. It is about the prey. CUMMING, the great South African hunter, on one occasize of the ass, and is classed by naturalists with it, as the first sion falling in with a troop of these cre word of its scien
ures, a supply of zebra
venison was tific name (asinus
hailed with zebra) indicates.
delight by himself There are two
and his compa kinds of zebra,
nions. The flesh one (Burchell's)
of such as were inh abiting the
taken was hung plains, and the
in festoons on the other (the true
trees around the zebra) being
In the found in the more
night a lion and northern and
a leopárd claimed mountainous
their share. The parts of the coun
leopard was try. The chief
making off with difference be
a large fragment tween them is in
of a zebra's ribs, the hoof.
when the huntsThe zebra is
man's dogs set social in its ha
upon him. He bits, living in
very reluctantly troops, and fre
dropped his quently herding
booty, and in his with other ani
attempt to premals, such as the
serve it, so woungnu, the spring
ded two of the bok, and the ca
hounds that they melopard. Its
shortly after food is hard dry
died. herbs, and it is very difficult to tame. The voice of the zebra is