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crown, ;" said he, "that will never fade away, and into the possession of which I shall soon be put.” He next spoke to his brother, who also is serious, in a similar manner; he referred to his brother THOMAS, who had died in the Lord eight months before, and exclaimed, “I wish all the world were before me, that I might tell them what Jesus has done for me: the happiness I feel in the prospect of being with my SAVIOUR, is more than human tongue can express.”

About this time, I was sent for, to witness the change that had taken place; and a most pleasing change it was! In my last visit he had not found the pearl of great price,” 'now he was rejoicing in the God of his salvation. All was assurance and peace. Death 'had lost its terrors. Among many other very pleasing expressions, he faintly but very distinctly said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” During the following night, he frequently spoke of the happy state of his mind; and several times said, “ The LORD gave, and the LORD is going to take away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” He also repeated the first verse of that delightful hymn of Dr. WATTS :

or There is a land of pure delight,

Where saints immortal reign ;
Infinite day excludes the night, i

And pleasures banish pain." The next morning he said to his father, “ I am going to glory! I am going to glory! I shall soon be there!” He had now a very violent convulsive, fit, which very much affected those who then attended him. On its termination, his mother having alluded to what he had just suffered, he replied, " It is not affliction, mother, but glory.”. Seeing her weep, said, "Do not weep for me, mother, but rather rejoice that your Enwarb is going to glory." Being asked, if he were willing to stay and suffer longer; he intimated that he was resigned to the will of GOD, yet « would rather depart and be with CHRIST, adding, “0, how precious is Jesus!” Many times, he wished that he had strength and opportunity to tell all

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the world of the goodness of God to him ; and declared that to be the happiest day of his life. A few minutes previous to his departure, losing the power of vision, he said, “How dark it is ;” and quietly fell asleep in Jesus.

W. DALBY.

THE JUVENILE NATURALIST,

FOR MAY, 1822.

(From Time's Telescope for 1822.") “MAY is often very changeful, and cold winds and a gloomy atmosphere but too often usurp the place of a clear blue sky, and an enlivening sun.

“ This month, in favourable seasons, is bright with sun-shine, and fragrant with perfumes, covering the meadows with verdure, and decking the gardens with all the mixtures of colorific radiance.

Now the flowers are appearing,

In the blithe month of May; and the smooth-shaven elastic lawns are covered with lilacs and laburnums; the bees hum about the clover and sweet peas, and the early birds shake away the moisture from the young twigs in a shower of dew,

“ The latest species of the summer birds of passage arrive about the beginning of this month. Among these are the goatsucker, or fern-owl, the spotted fly-catcher, and the sedge-bird. In this and the following month, the dotterel is in season.

“Some birds that are in general strangers to England, occasionally visit its shores and groves. The most remarkable among these are the little peterel, the hoopoe, the green woodpecker, and the golden-crowned wren.

“ The insect tribes continue to add to their numbers ; among these may be named several kinds of moths and butterflies. few butterflies that have passed the inclement season in the chrysalis state, are seen on the wing, early in May. Other insects now observed, are field-crickets, the chaffer or may-bug, and the forest-fly, which so much annoys horses and cattle. The female wasp appears at the latter end of the month. About this time, bees send forth their early swarms. Nothing can afford greater amusement than to watch the members of this industrious community in their daily journeys from flower to flower.

“Among the charming minstrels of nature who pour forth such a concord of sweet sounds in this month, we must not omit to notice the sky-lark.

“The garden now affords rhubarb, green apricots, and green gooseberries. This is the season of beauty in the garden ; every thing in nature is young and fresh, what GRAY calls · Nature's tenderest, freshest, green. The blowing of the lilacs and labur.'

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nums may be said to be the glory of the garden and the shrubbery, delighting both the sight and the smell.

“ About the commencement of the month, the flowers of the lily of the valley, and of the chesnut-tree, begin to open ; the tulip-tree has its leaves quite out, and the flowers of the Scotch fir, the honeysuckle, the beech, and the oak, are in full blooin. In Ampthill Park, Bedfordshire, the seat of the late Lord Ossory, there is still an oak which measures forty feet in girth at the base, with a cavity sufficient to hold five persons, and is supposed to be more than a thousand

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old. “ The white-thorn, or hawthorn, emphatically called May, is expected to be in flower on the 1st of this month, but it is only so in very forward seasons. There are different kinds of it, the white and the pink, growing in small bunches all along the slender twigs, or rods, of the tree or bush, which form, with the bright green and jagged leaves, some of the inost beautiful wreaths which the country can boast. The walnut has its flowers in full bloom ; the flowers of the garden-rose also begin to open. The mulberry tree puts forth its leaves. The first mulberry garden known in England was planted at Charlton, in Kent, in the year 1600.

" The orchis will now be found in moist pastures, distinguished by its broad black spotted leaves, and spike of large purple flowers ; it frequently grows in patches of severat yards square. Its roots afford the highly nutritious substance, the salėp of the shops. The orchideæ form a most singular tribe of plants, and are worthy of particular investigation..

Towards the end of the month, many beautiful flowers take place of the modest primrose and delicate violet. The banks of rills and shaded bedges are ornamented with the pretty tribe of speedwells, particularly the germander speedwell; the field mouse ear, the dove's-foot crane's-bill, and the red campion; the first two of azure-blue, and the last two of rose-colour, intermixing their flowers with attractive variety. The lilac, the barberry, and the maple, are now in flower. At the latter end of the month,

is in the ear; the mountain-ash, laburnum, the guelder-rose, clover, columbines, the alder, the wild chervil, and the way. faring tree, or wild guelder-rose, have their flowers full blown. The various species of meadow-grass are now in flower. Heart'sease shows its interesting little fower in corn-fields. The buttercup spreads over the meadows; the cole-seed in corn-fields, bryony, the arum, or cuckoo-pint, in hedges, the Tartariaa honeysuckle, and the corchorus Japonica, now show their flowers.

“The glow-worm is now seen on dry banks, about woods, pastures, and hedgeways.

« The leafing of, trees is usually completed in May.

“This is the season in which cheese is made; the counties most celebrated for this article are Cheshire, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire.

“ Corn is benefited by a cold and windy May, as it is too apt to run into stalk, if the progress of vegetation be much accelerated by warin weather at this season."

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BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES,

FOR MAY, 1822. "On the 6th is Full Moon, at fifty-two minutes past four in the morning. She rises at night, nearly an hour after sun-set, which will excite the curiosity of the learners of astronomy, to point out the difference between her position now, and when, at full Moon, both Sun and Moon appear at the opposite points of the horizon at sun-set. On the 15th, she rises in the morning, and travels towards VENUS, above whom she passes on the 17th; and on the 20th is New Moon, at forty-two minutes past elever, at night. On the 22d, the crescent of the Moon is seen at a considerable height above the horizon, at sun-set, in west-north-west, the rapidity of her motion having given her this great distance from the Sun since the conjunction. On the 27th, she is below MARS, now to the west of her; and her recess from this planet is the chief feature of her course.

“ MERCURY is in his superior conjunction on the 15th, and of course after that time an evening star. The Moon passes him on the 21st. The unfavourableness of his position and southern latitude render him invisible to observers, as on the 1st he rises little more than a quarter of an hour before the Sun, and, before bis conjunction, he passes the two greatest of onr planets, SATURN on the 4th, and JUPITER on the 10th ; and, in the vain science of the astrologers, these conjunctions will doubtless give soope to their imaginations as to the effect of the position of these planets on the destinies of individuals and the fate of kingdoms. Vain and illusive dreams! Yet to what abzurdities may not the human mind be brought, when it leaves the path of reason' and revelation to attend to idle speculations of falsely-called science. These planets are pursuing their destined courses, which affect their inhabitants with alternations of heat and cold, and changes of seasons; but human affairs are not affected by them; and he disgraces the appellation of Christian, who gives heed to such idle tales. Where are your star-gazers ? exclaimed a Prophet, anticipating the fall of Babylon. Where are your prognostics of its approaching fate? Little did they know of it, when they were assembled in the ball of the monarch, with his thousand nobles, at the moment they were having recourse to their accustomed arts, and courier after courier was hastening to inform him that his city was taken.

Venus is a morning star. Her stay above the horizon, before sun-rise, is at first above an hour and a half, and at the end of the month about an hour and three quarters. The Moon passes her on the 16th.

“Mars is an evening star. The Moon passes him on the 27th.

“ JUPITER is in conjunction with the Sun on the 4th, and consequently after that time a morning star. The Moon passes him on the 20th.

“SATURN is a morning star. He is at first too near the Sun to be visible, but he gradually emerges from the solar rays, and will be seen towards the end of the month. The Moon passes him on the 19th.

“Herschec rises a little before midnight on the Ist, and on the 15th about eleven at night. The Moon passes him on the 10th."

(Evening Amusements.)

POETRY.

[Miss CAROLINE SYMMONS, the writer of the three following poems, was the daughter of the Rev. Dr. SYMMONS., From her infancy she discovered extraordinary powers of intelleci : the fact that these verses were written in her eleventh year, is a sufficieat testimony to the truth of this statement. She died at a very early age; no elegy on her could be so expressive as her own Sonnet on a blighted Rose-bud, which is now inscrited on her tomb-stone.)

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SPRING. THRON'D on soft clouds, his locks 'with hawthorn bound,

Twin'd with young rose-buds, jocund Spring appears ;

The little violet with his smile be cheers,
And teaches primroses to bloom around.
To his pleas'd ear the birds their carols sound,

And near his feet, its head the sweet-brier rears
Nature exults to see her darling crown'd,

And all the living scene its power reveres. The bills and valleys with bright verdure spread

The infant Ceres in her verdant gown ; The various plants which open in the mead,

And fapning gales, his genial presence own. But soon the rage of Summer shall succeed, And scorch the sweets which breathe in Spring's soft

lap alone.

ON A BLIGHTED ROSE-BUD. SCARCB-had thy velvet lips imbib'd the dew, And nature baiļd thee infant Queen of May;

Scarce saw the opening bloom the sun's broad rayo And to the air its tender fragrance threw ; When the north-wind enamour'd of thee grew,

And by his cold rude kiss thy charms decay ; Now droops thy head, now fades thy blushing þuer

No more the Queen of flowers, no longer gay. So blooms a maid, her guardian's boast and jog,

Her mind array'd in ionocency's vest ;
When suddenly, impatient to destroy,

Death clasps her vigour to his iron breast.
She fades! the parent, sister, friend, deplore
The charms, and budding virtues, now. no more!

THE HAREBELL.
Ix Spring's green lap there blooms a fower,
Whose cup inabibes each vernal shower,
That sips fresh nature's, balmy dew,
Clad in her sweetest, purest fue i

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