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be examined. When the insect is in motion we may observe them constantly shifting about, and applied to the surfaces of all obstacles, &c. Although they are hard, the nerves within them have great sensibility, and the resistance offered by the bodies they strike will afford the desired information, much in the same way that the stick of the blind man gives him notice when he is likely to leave the path.

E.-Oh! I've often tried that. It is very easy. I could find my way home for a mile or two that way.

T.-But you would find it difficult if you had to pass through many streets, and turn many corners; and you would encounter several accidents perhaps that a blind man would avoid, by understanding the signs he received through his stick.

E.- Very likely, Sir. But you have said nothing yet about my favourite bees. How do they manage? I am sure their sense is acute enough, for I have often watched them through the glass window of our hive.

T.-Yes, and you have seen them striking their antenne lightly together one with another, till the whole of the little population is made aware of the sudden intelligence that is thus communicared. By this meaps all those inhabitants of the hive are told instantly of your presence when you look in upon them, who may not have seen you; and if you do them an injury the alarm is instantly given in the sanie manner, and they quickly sally forth with one intent to defend their property and lives with their stings. If these feelers are cut off, the poor bee is unable to work or to guide its motions, so that you see how careful we should be to avoid any act of cruelty, upon these or any such sensitive

We may, indeed, learn many lessons from our observation, upon all that is around us; and I hope that our conversations may lead us to feel a constant disposition to show pity and to exercise kindness towards all those tribes of animals below us, that are so dependent upon our inclinations.

creatures.

THE LITTLE MISSIONARY. There was in the parish of H-, where the renowned and excellent Bishop Heber once discharged, with zeal and simplicity of purpose, the duties of a pastor, an old man, who had been notoriously wicked in his youth, “and, through the combined influence of his irregular mode of life, drunken habits, and depraved associates, had settled down into an irreligious old age. He was a widower, had survived his children, shunned all society, and was rarely seen abroad. The sole inmate of his lonely cottage was a little grandchild, in whom were hound up all the sympathies of his rugged nature, and on whom he lavished his

It was considered an unaccountable departure from his usual line of conduct, when he permitted little Philip to attend the Sabbath-school. “Why not?' was the old man's reply; d’ye think ! wish Phil to be as bad as myself? I'm black enough, God knows!' The old man was taken ill and confined to his room. He was unable to divert his mind : his complaint was a painful one, and there was every probability that his illness might be of long continue

warmest caresses.

It was winter.

ance.

A neighbour suggested that his little grandson should read to him. He listened, at first, languidly and carelessly ; by-and-by, with some degree of interest, till at length his little grandchild became the means of fanning into a flame the faint spark of religious feeling which yet lingered in the old man's breast. He expressed a wish that Mr. Heber should visit him; and the good work which it pleased Providence youthful innocence should begin, matured piety was to carry on and complete. It was no ordinary spectacle. The old man lay upon his bed, in a corner of the room, near the latticed window. His features were naturally hard and coarse; and the marked lines of his counteance were distinctly developed by the strong light which fell upon Chem. Aged and enfeebled as he was, he seemed fully alive to what vas passing around him; and I had leisure (said a witness of the scene) o mark the searching of his eye, as he gazed with the most intense anxiety on his spiritual comforter, and weighed every word that fell rom his lips. The simplicity in which Heber clothed every idea-the Facility with which he descended to the level of the old man's comprehension-the earnestness with which he strove not to be misunderstood --and the manner in which, in spite of himself, his voice occasionally altered, as he touched on some thrilling points of faith-struck me forcibly; while Philip stood on the other side of the bed, his hand locked in his grandfather's, his bright blue eye dimmed with tears, as he looked sadly and anxiously from one face to another, evidently aware that some misfortune awaited him, though ignorant of the extent.

“The old man died-died in a state of mind so calm, so subdued, so penitent and resigned, that I feel myself cheered in my labours,' said Heber, 'whenever I reflect upon it.''

This incident presents to the Sabbath-school teacher many subjects of meditation. How simple, yet how powerful and wonderful in its operations, is the Spirit of God! How feeble the instruments employed to kindle a flame of sacred love in the breast even of the grey-headed, hardened sinner! How important that we should regard even a little child— properly prepared by human means, though forgotten and forsaken, as it would seem, by all the world besides—as a being capable, in God's hand, of accomplishing great things in the kingdom of grace! What teacher knows but there may be, in his class, some child whom God shall choose for such a work, and whom he may now be preparing to give to some soul its earliest heavenward tendency? Duties are ours-instruments and results are with God!

W. S.

If a man's wits be wandering let him study mathematics ; for, in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again.-Bacon.

No man can have religion without mixing some prospect or advantage with it; nor can we heartily serve and adore a Being of whose justice and kindness we have not a good opinion.--Epictetus.

Waking, sleeping, eating, drinking, chatt'ring, life went by ;
While of dying little thinking, down I dropt, and here I lie.

Greek Epitaph.

THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL MAGAZINE.

OUR PERIODICAL LITERATURE.

very materially promote his comfort in We have always entertained a strong con- fulfilling his chosen work. The expense viction that there is a great want of really is urged, but often needlessly. We do not good periodical literature for the use of the like the idea of teachers being weighed Sunday-school teacher. In saying this down with many pecuniary claims, bat we no more seek to disparage the efforts this is a case where we conceive a necesof our contemporaries engaged in this sity lies upon them to provide for their work, than to censure ourselves; but this own instruction. Six shillings a year may we do say, of one and all, the supply is be a large sum to spare, yet the volume neither in quality or quantity equal to the thus purchased becomes a book of valulegitimate demand. In calculating a able reference; but, if this be too much, legitimate demand, we must take it for two shillings a year, securing a work of a granted that every teacher should obtain similar character, can scarcely be consiand study, monthly, some one good Maga- dered too much for any teacher to af zine, the very best thatj can be found; ford. We believe it has never yet struct but as the case now stands, there are many the majority of teachers, that they ought schools where no Magazine for the teachers to have a Magazine for monthly perusal is even seen; and many more where but and hence the small demand. If school a single copy of such a periodical is committees would take in a single copy taken in by the school for circulation from each approved work, and every teacher teacher to teacher. Now this is a state would subscribe for his own Magazine, of things which ought not to exist; and it the periodical literature must necessarily cannot be maintained without serious pre- be improved in its character, invigorated judice to our best interests. The teacher | in spirit, and elevated in style; it would fully alive to bis work, will feel that pre- be more practical, more earnest, more use paration is so necessary that he must ful. The progress of the work depends make use of every available help, and ga- very much upon some such movement on ther in all the experience of others, that the part of teachers for their own improve in every class of duty he may be well in- ment; and while they seek it mutually structed. And here let us observe, that by meeting together, week by week, to it is not the mere study of the Scripture study the Sabbath lessons, let them at the lessons that bespeaks and ensures prepa- same time seek it by the individual and ration; the various questions of practical painstaking search after the wisdom and importance of which the Magazine treats, teaching the experience of the best guides have all their meaning, and would all exert can afford. Whatever may be the advance a beneficial influence over the teacher in made by teachers themselves, we deeply the very art and manner of rendering that feel that the press must lead the way; and instruction suitable to his class. In all / while we present no plan of action, this trades, professions, and businesses, we much we may say, that with a coming year find the principle admitted. From the we shall strive to accomplish to a still politician to the artizan, all classes are greater extent our great and solemn pure provided with, and learn by the experi- pose, to improve and elevate the Sunday ence and teaching of their fellow-men in school teacher. their own peculiar path; and surely the We have had many letters on this sube Sunday-school teacher, so often needing ject, which we now acknowledge with help and teaching, should seek the same thanks: may we ask more? All sugges kind of aid prepared by those who can tions will be very gratefully received.

THE MONTH.

SEPTEMBER,

3. The manufacture of glass first inodding o'er the yellow plain comes

troduced into England, 1567. jovial on,

The third day of the Tisri was a rown'd with the sickle and the wheaten fast established for the murder of sheaf.

Gedaliah, B.C. 588. See Jer. xli.

NEW STYLE. Eleven days are e forests bend; ye harvests wave to him ; reathe your still song into the reaper's

blotted out of the English Calendar, breast

this, the “third,” being accounted s home he goes beneath the joyous moon. the fourteenth day, 1752. leat out afresh, ye hills; ye mossy rocks 5. The cruel Bishop Bonner died in the etain the sound; the broad respondent

Marshalsea prison, 1569. low,

Jonas Hanway, the philanthropist, e valleys, raise; for the Great Shepherd

died. reigns.

7. Dr. Johnson born at Litchfield, 1709. pon the first day of September,

Jerusalem is demolished, and the according to the Septuagint, the

foundations are broken up, A.D. 70. world was created 5503 years, three

The great feast of the EXPIATION, months, and twenty-five days before the birth of Christ.

or Day of Atonement for transgres. Edward Alleyn born, 1566. On the

sion, was solemnized by the Jews on 13th of this month, 1619, he esta

the ninth day of the seventh month, blished the New Hospital at Dul.

« Tisri.” See Lev. xxiii. 27. During wich. He was one of the first Sun

this anniversary they refrained for day-school educators.

twenty-hours from eating and drinkJerusalem is captured by Titus,

ing, washing, and the use of shoes.

One of two goats was sacrificed by A.D. 70. 2. The FIRE of LONDON, 1666. This

lot; the other, termed the scape-goat,

was loosed in the wilderness, bearing visitation (Sunday) consumed 400

the sins of the people. streets, 13,200 dwelling-houses, and 89 churches, with the city gates. It 10. Mungo Park born, 1771. began at the house of the King's 13. Sir William Cecil Lord Burleigh baker, (Faryner) in Pudding-lane, born, 1520, at Bown, in Lincolnshire. and stopped at the temple called Pye Charles James Fox died, 1806. Corner. The fire destroyed the Calvin establishes his religious con. plague.

sistory at Geneva, 1541. The weekly deaths in London, 15. The Peast of Tabernacles. This 1665, are stated to have been 10,000.

grand festival, the hosannah of seven Evelyn says, “What eye would not

days, began on the fourteenth evenweep to see so many habitations un

ing of the month Tisri.

It comme inhabited ; the poor sick not visited ;

morates the dwelling of the Israelites the hungry not fed ; the grave not

in tabernacles, or tents, for forty satisfied. Death stares us continually

years. in the face in every infected person

See Ley. xxiii. that passeth by us, and the bells never

The first aërial voyage in England, cease to put us in mind of our mor

by Vincent Lunardi, an Italian, who tality."

went in a baloon from Moorfields to 3. Oliver Cromwell died, 1658, at So

Ware, 1784. merset-house, and was buried at The first railway opened in EngWestminster Abbey.

land, to convey by steam, passengers Bishop Lavington died, 1762, at from Manchester to Liverpool, 1839. Exeter.

This day Mr. Huskisson was killed.

Sabbath Evenings at Home.

BY THE REV. J. JORDAN, VICAR OF ENSTONE.

(Continued from page 245.) B. C. 1047.

C.-It is also said of Melchizedek, THE SIXTEENTH PROMISE OF

that he was “ without father and withA SAVIOUR AS MELCHIZEDEK.

out mother, without descent, having

neither beginning of days nor end of PSALM CX, 4.

years;" how could this be, and how did P.-The hundred and tenth psalm this apply to Christ? is another in which David speak3 beau

P.-It does not mean that he was tifully throughout of the Messiah ; but really without these ; but the history especially in the fourth verse he gives tells us nothing respecting his parentus a promise of the Saviour as a Priest. age or descent, nor does it tell us when Read it, and see what his priesthood he was born or died ; so that as far as was to be?

we know anything respecting him, C.--He was to be of the order of these things are not discernible. But Melchizedek.

with respect to Christ all those things P.--Who was this person ?

are literally so; for he being God, is C.-He was the King who met Abra- without father, mother, and descent, ham returning from the slaughter of but is self-existent, and he is without the kings, and blessed him.

beginning of days or end of years, for P.-St. Paul, in the seventh chapter he is from everlasting to everlasting, of the Hebrews, explains to us the na

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, toture of Melchizedek’s priesthood, from day, and for ever! which we shall understand that of Christ. Turn to it and read the first verse, and tell me first of all whose Priest this person was ?

B. C. 785. C. - He was the Priest of the most

THE SEVENTEENTH PROMISE High God.

OF A SAVIOUR AS ISHI. P.-And so is Christ the Priest of the Most High God, interceding and mediating with him on our behalf. Now what was the interpretation of the

HOSEA II. 16, 17. name Melchizedek ?

P.-We pass over a long interval of C.-King of righteousness.

time now before we meet with any new P.-And Christ is our righteousness, promises of a Saviour. The last we and as it is said of him in the psalms, had were of that of David, of whose “A sceptre of righteousness is the family according to the flesh the Sasceptre of thy kingdom, thou hast loved viour was to come. But until the times righteousness and hated iniquity, there- of Jereboam, the son of Joash, king of fore God, even thy God, hath anointed Israel, and of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, thee with the oil of gladness above thy and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, we are fellows.” And of what was Melchizedek not favoured with any. The first we king ?

then meet with is that of Hosea, who C.--He was king of Salem.

flourished or lived about 235 years after P.-What does that mean?

the time of David, and who was comC.-King of peace.

missioned to give the people of Israel P.-And this was the proclamation hope of redemption, and deliverance respecting him made at his birth, when through the land as their Saviour, the angel informed the shepherds of it; under the figure of a husband. You and the host who accompanied him may turn to Hosea, ü. 16, 17, and read answered, “ Peace upon earth.”

the promise.

A HUSBAND.

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