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you have so learned the value of your souls, and of that salvation which infinite love has provided for them, as to hail with delight every return of these holy and privileged seasons.
But some of my readers, I trust, are able with all the feryour of devotion and the ardour of youth, to exclaim, “ We do find the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, and honorable.” Permit me to rejoice with, and to congratulate you. And O beware that you grieve not the Holy Spirit, or cause him to hide his face from you. May you by his gracious assistance, come with prepared hearts to his holy babitation; be kept from coldness, trifling, and wandering, and be enabled to say at the close of each sacred day, “ Truly this has been a season of refreshment; a season of profit and of peace, a season in which I have not only visited my Father's house, but in which I have enjoyed ó a Father's presence.'”
DAILY MAXIMS FOR DECEMBER. 1 The great business of life is to prepare for Death. 2 Although God bear long with sinners, He will not bear
always with them. 3 That heart is hardened indeed, which the great and pre
cious promises of God cannot affect. 4 The people of God are corrected for a time only. 5 Happy are they who have God all in all to them; bestor. upon
and who, in all cases, depend fór all they need upon Him alone.. *6 The meanest abode, with the presence and ordinances of
God, is preferable to a palace without them. 7 Et will avail us nothing in death or judgment, what were
our circumstances in this life. 8 We should begin and end every day with prayer and praise. 9. Those to whom the devil has been a deceiver, he will at
length be a terror. 10 The perfection of the holiness of the saints, secures the,
perpetuity of their happiness.. Fl Prayer expresses our dependance upon God; praises, a
sense of the mercies and goodness we receive from Him.
12 What will become of our immortal souls in the eternal
state, should be our constant and our chief concern. * 13 We come in vain to holy ordinances, if we do not in them
come to the Holy God. 14 To-morrow may not belong to Time, but to Eternity. 15 The scripture is to the soul, what the compass or polar
star is to the ship in the wide and trackless ocean. 16 Every breath we draw is precarious. 17 None but the lawless speak disrespectfully of the law. 18 A Christian in this world is but gold in the ore; at death
the pure gold is melted out and separated, and the dross
cast away and consumed. 19 How many are there who profess to love the Gospel, who
are altogether destitute of love to God and whose tem
per and conduct are contrary to the holy commandment. *20 They who preach should be more solicitous to be under.
stood than to be admired. 21 None can make our souls happy but God who made them;
nor can any give satisfaction to them, but He that made
satisfaction for them. 22 Adversity is the true balance to weigh friends. 23 The butterfly Autters about flowers, but never gets any
honey from them; so a hypocrite may attend ordinances but while he is in that state he gets no benefit from
them. 24 Those who, by grace, keep a good conscience, may cheer
fully trust God with keeping their good name. 25 Christ being born and given to us, is the great founda
tion of our hopes and fountain of our joys, even in the
times of greatest grief and fear. 26 We must not walk by example, but by rule. 27 Terrible is their case who hear, but who reject the Gospel. 28 A Christian should labour after four things; to be humble
and thankful, watchful and cheerful. 29 The word which is preached to us ought to dwell in us. 30 It is a voluntary cannot, that keeps the soul from God. 31 The last day of the year should lead us to reflect upon the
last day of our life and the judgment that is to follow! How sad it will be to have your evidences to seek, when your cause is to be tried; to have your oil to buy, when you should have it to burn.
Time, like the sun, pursues its swift career,
To dwell with God in Hear'n's unclouded skies.
THE FACILITY OF LEARNING THE HEBREW
PERCEIVING in your excellent little Miscellany a repeated reference, in the course of the last twelve months, to the Hebrew language; and bearing in mind particularly the communication of your correspondent C. B. as published in the number for September 1828, I have thought it desirable that the ease with which some knowledge of that language may be acquired should be exhibited to the attention of your readers by cases of fact, as well as by veritable assertions. If you think the same, the following brief statement is at
service, It is now nearly thirty seven years since I went to the Academy; where I remained so short a time as to have no opportunity of becoming acquainted with Hebrew while there. Soon after my settlement as a minister, I found it necessary to engage in the laborious duties of a school; and, having injured my health thereby, was, in a few years, compelled to relinquish that employ, but was still in circumstances which would not allow me time for the pursuits of general literature. And, as I always supposed Hebrew to be much harder to learn than Latin or Greek, I never once thought of attempting it till I looked into the above-mentioned number of the Youths' Magazine, where, to my astonishment I saw what I now deeply regret that I had not seen thirty years sooner ; namely, the testimony of several Hebrew scholars, to the facility with which that language might be learnt. Although I was turned Fifty-seven I resolved on making an effort. I therefore borrowed a Gram. mar of one neighbouring minister, and a Bible of another.
A Lexicon I purchased at a bookseller's shop; and at the same time ordered a Grammar and a Bible. I was advised to procure Frey's Grammar, as containing every article of information I should need, and rules for the correct pronunciation of the language. I did my best with the Grammar I had borrowed till the beginning of November, when my new purchase arrived. I soon found Frey's Grammar, (edited by“ George Downes A. M. late of Trinity College, Dublin") to answer the previous recommendation. When I began these attempts I did not know the Alphabet: but in a very few weeks (having well plied the Grammar) I found that the report in the Magazine was a true
For some time I had, of course, difficulties to contend with : but I had made up my mind not to be intimidated. Having no other Hebrew books but those already mentioned, (ex. eepting a small Grammar I met with, of very little value) I was ebliged now and then, to toil for four or five hours together over a single word: as I had resolved from the first to pass nothing by without understanding it. About the beginning of the present year, I had gone through the first chapter of Genesis; on which I thanked God and took courage.” I have now read the first nine chapters of that book; a few of the Psalms ; and some passages in other parts of the sacred volume.-On re. viewing my progress thus far, I can truly say, that owing to various necessary avocations, I have not spent, on an average, six hours in a week on these studies since I begar : and yet I value my very imperfect attainments in this language, beyond any thing in literature that I can think of. If this statement should induce ministers, unacquainted with Hebrew, to view the undertaking as a very feasible one, and to commence their labours accordingly, they will soon find that" a good reward" awaits them; and my object in writing these lines will be accomplished.
REMARKS ON A FEATHER.
INVESTIGATIONS bearing on the wonders of the world of nature, will never cease to amuse and instruct both the aged and the young
We no sooner turn our attention to the plamage of birds, or even of our domestic fowls, than we find much, very much, to excite admiration. Let a feather, such as I am now using, be the subject of our present thoughts.
The feather I now hold in my hand may be considered as consisting of three parts, namely, the quill, the back or stem, and the beard. The filaments are placed in smooth, regular, and beautiful order on each side of the polished and ivory-like stem, and thus situated, they contribute much to the beauty of the bird, and furnish a covering to its body, light, warm, and durable. For it is an evident principle in nature, that the covering, or dress, which God puts upon his creatures is never heavy or cumbersome; whether we consider it in reference to the huge elepliant, or sprightly winged insect, In the feathered tribes their dress is noted for its elegance, airiness, strength, and flexibility. The qualities and arrangements whereof, are, in every instance, seen in perfect adapted, ness to the fowl's, or bird's motion, either of walking or flying ; and, as to aquatic fowl, for swimming. In the latter, there is for buoyancy, and to keep the bird well above water, a proportionably greater quantity of feathers under the body, as well as to render that part impervious to the water.
But let me not forget, that an analysis of a single feather, is the design of the present paper. Were we to dissever the numerous laminæ which are the feather's chief ornament, we should, apart from our previous knowledge of the fact, wonder at their being compressed into so small a compass. And what are these laminæ ? Having just plucked one from its place, and applied it to my microscope, I see, that each consists also of three parts, clearly different the one part from the other. The edge lying uppermost on the surface of the wing, consists of various bodies of down, or of hundreds of very minute feathers, which from their extreme fineness, pliability, and softness, readily collapse, and turn into one another; so that, as connected with their curved and tapering position, no lodgment of water can take place. The middle part of each lamina is the widest, but of a close substance, and very smooth, thus admitting of that fine order in their arrangement, seen at once, and admired by the behoider. The inner edge consists of a substance more resembling horn, and appears more compact than the other parts, which the frequent flapping of