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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.

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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

Th' artillerie
Of heaven, ready charg'd against all harms,

That might come by the blows

Of our infernal foes.
God's cabinet of reveal'd counsel 'tis :

Where weal and woe

Are ordered so
That ev'ry man may know which shall be his ;

Unless his own mistake

False application make. It is the index to eternity.

He cannot miss

Of endless bliss
That takes this chart to steer his voyage by,

Nor can he be mistook,

That speaketh by this book.
A book, to which no book can be compared

For excellence :

Is proper to it, and cannot be shar'd.

Divinity alone

Belongs to it, or none.
It is the book of God. What if I should

Say God of books?

Let him that looks
Angry at that expression, as too bold,

His thoughts in silence smother
Till he find such another.


THE BOOK OF GOD. Tae Bible? That's the Book. The Book indeed,

The Book of books;

On which who looks,
As he should do aright, shall never need

Wish for a better light

To guide him in the night :
Or when he hungry is for better food

To feed upon

Than this alone,
If he bring stomach and digestion good :

And if he be amiss

This the best physick is.
The true panchreston 'tis for ev'ry sore

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,

If anywhere,
By saints on earth anticipated is,

Whilst faith to ev'ry word

A being doth afford.
It is the looking-glass of souls, wherein

All men may see,

Whether they be
Still, as by nature th' are, deformed with sin ;

Or in a better case,
As new adorn'd with grace.


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,

Christian ministry.
Thy gracious covenant, Ó Lord
It guides me in the peaceful way,

I think upon it all the day.'

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!


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!
Though meanly clad, and coarsely fed,
And, like their Saviour, poor .

They would not change their Gospel bread

A FUGITIVE from slavery was asked if he was not well fed
For all the worldling's store.

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.'
They can disdain, as children's toys,
The pride and pomp of kings.


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

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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-
present to the governor of phoric splendour.
Egypt.' The bowls of the When full grown, this
great golden candlestick, inhabitant of the deep is
were, by Divine appoint- from four to five feet in
ment, made like unto al. length, and in weight from
'monds.' Aaron's rod that three to four hundred
miraculously budded blos- pounds. It has no teeth,
somed, and yielded fruit, but the jaws are aimed
was the bough of an al- with a continuous cutting
mond tree. (Num. xv.) A edge. The skin is thick and
traveller in Judea, who saw hard. The flesh is not much
the tree covered with silvery softer than the skin, never-
coloured flowers, corapared theless sailors (foreign, not
it to an old man with his British) employ it as food.
white locks ;' and in har- A fishing smack returning

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

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