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interment, great strictness used in admitting any to be present whose names were not included in the order which the lords had brought. In a word, the confusion they had at that time observed to be in that church, and the small alterations which were begun to be made towards decency, so totally perplexed their memories, that they could not satisfy themselves in what place or part of the church the royal body was interred. Yet where any concurred upon this or that place, they caused the ground to be opened at a good distance, and, upon such inquiries, found no cause to believe that they were near the place; and, upon their giving this account to the King, the thought of that removal was laid aside, and the reason communicated to very few, for the better discountenancing farther inquiry,
THE CONCEITED SCHOLARS.
(A Fable.) The magpie alone, of all the birds, had the art of building a nest, the form of which was with a covering over head, and a small hole to creep out at. The rest of the birds, being without houses, desired him to teach them how to build one. A day is appointed, and they all meet. The magpie then says, Go You must lay two sticks across, thus.”_" Aye,” says the crow," I thought that was the way to begin."-" Then lay a feather or a bit of mošs."* Certainly," says the jackdaw," I knew that must follow." Then place more sticks, straw, feathers, and moss in such a manner as this."." Aye, without doubt,” cries the starling, “ that must necessarily follow; any one could tell how to do that.”
When the magpie had gone on teaching them, till the nest was built half way, and every bird in his turn had known one thing or another, he left off, Charity.
363 and said, "Gentlemen, I find you understand building nests as well, if not better, than I do; therefore you cannot want any more of my instructions.” So saying, he flew away, and left them to upbraid each other with their folly, which is visible to this day, as no bird but the magpie knows how to build more than half a nest.
Moral.—The reason these foolish birds never knew how to build more than half a nest, was, that instead of trying to learn what the magpie told them, they would boast of knowing more already than hé could teach them.
We read that “ Charity covereth the multitude of sins:"-and a great and very dangerous error often arises from misunderstanding this passage. Many persons suppose that they may live unholy and impure lives, and indulge in “ a multitude of sins” both in their thoughts, their actions, and their conversation, and yet that all will be well if they have charity,—that is, if they give money to the poor. Now such people should understand what " charity" really means. It means “ love." If there be a true spirit of love or charity in our hearts, it will lead us to do all the good we can to our fellow-creatures, and to relieve their wants when we have the power. But there are many modes of exercising this disposition towards others, besides giving them money. There will be in the mind of a truly charitable man a disposition to think the best of his fellow Christians, and to hope the best; and, instead of being quick to see their faults, he who has real charity in his heart will be backward at seeing the errors of others; he will not be anxious to expose their faults, or to resent any injury committed against himself.
In this sense it is that love, or charity, covereth the multitude of sins in others. To suppose that almsgiving would atone for the commission of wilful sins, is contrary to the whole spirit of the Christian religion, and utterly destructive of the great doctrine of atonement through Christ. St. Paul in his fine description of " charity," or " love," shews us what it really is :-“ A man may give all his goods to feed the poor, and not have charity.”
The following extract from Archbishop Leighton has been sent us by our correspondent G. B ***:
1. Charity is skilful in putting the fairest construction on things doubtful.
2. Where the thing is plainly a sin, then will love consider what may lessen it most, whether it was by surprise, through ignorance, or human frailty.
3. All reproof will be sweetened by that compasşion which flows from love.
4. What is wrong will be forgiven. “Those are grossly mistaken, who think it greatness of spirit to resent wrongs, and baseness to forgive them; on the contrary, it is the only excellent spirit, scarcely to feel a wrong; or, feeling, straightly to forgive it."
If the giving of money would atone for sin, the richest persons would most easily enter the kingdom of heaven : but our Saviour, on the other hand, is constantly shewing the difficulties which stand in the way of the rich, to hinder them in their Christian course. The Roman Catholic religion it is to be feared, has, in many instances, given great encouragement to that dangerous error of believing that gifts of money will pay for the commission of sin. Almsgiving is a very great duty, but it is no alonement. It is always to accompany other Christian virtues, never to stand instead of them.
Kindness to Animals, fc.
KINDNESS TO ANIMALS, &c. NOTHING can be a stronger proof of a noble and generous disposition, than a tenderness of feeling towards those within our power; and nothing can be more offensive than that haughty tyrannical disposition, which is ever seeking opportunities of shewing its superiority over those whose particular situation, or whose natural weakness, prevents them from resisting. This kindness of disposition is not confined to our fellow-creatures whom providence has placed in situations beneath our own, but extends itself to the lower animals ;"a merciful man regardeth the life of his beast,"—he would not use wanton cruelty to the most insignificant animal that breathes; the same great Creator 'made them all, and they were all made for some purpose; and though they are placed within our power, we have no permission to torment them, or to destroy them without necessity. It is of the utmost consequence for us to cultivate a right disposition on this subject, and to encourage no practice that may harden the heart, or deaden the feelings towards the sufferings of others. - We see, in the Memoirs of the late Bishop Heber, how much this tenderness of feeling influenced the heart of that excellent man. On one occasion, a boy brought a little leveret to the side of his horse, and he reproved him for meddling with a poor animal much too young to be of any use at the table, and directed one of his servants to see that it was put back again as nearly as possible on the spot where it had been found, the whole crowd of his grooms and bearers burst out with blessings on his head, shewing how these Indian servants were touched by an example of such tenderness from their master, and proving that his own kind disposition was one great excitement to those amiable
feelings which he says he found in all those who waited on him.
Another time he interfered, to prevent a horse's tail being docked, observing, that “ God had bestowed on no animal a limb too much, or that was a disadvantage to it.” The speech, he said, seemed to chime in wonderfully with the feelings of most of his hearers; and one very old man observed, that, in the last twenty-two years, during which the English had held the district, he had not heard so grave and goodly a saying from any one of them.
His Lordship's attendants up the river were often coming and asking leave of absence for a day or two, to visit parents and kindred residing near the banks. He gained much favour by the readiness with which he listened to such demands, as if he had a pleasure in gratifying them. His kindness seems never to have been abused, and, on one occasion, he had the pleasure of learning that an advance of a month's wages had been applied entirely to the use and benefit of a poor groom's aged father and mother,
EFFECT OF INDUSTRY.
" In Glossop Church (Derbyshire) there is a monument to the memory of Joseph Hague, Esq., a benevolent hearted man, who resided at Park Hall, near Hayfield, and who left the interest of one thousand pounds annually for ever towards clothing forty poor men and women belonging to the township of Glossop, and not receiving parochial relief. The monument consists of a white marble tablet, surmounted with a bust of the deceased, which was executed by Bacon, and in his happiest style." 6." Mr. Hague was born of very humble parents at