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“On minute inspection, how much of amusement and instruction may be derived from the study of flowers,—that study in which Israel's wisest monarch delighted; he who spoke of trees from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop on the wall!' The daisy, insignificant as it apparently is, becomes, on closer observation, an expanse of wonders, a cluster of miracles. Scores of minute blossoms compose its disc and border, each distinct, 'each useful, each delicately beautiful. The consolvulus and lioneysuckle appear to the careless eye to twist in a similar manner round every thing in their neighbourhood ; but the botanist discovers that they are governed by different laws, the former always twining itself according to the apparent motion of the sun, the latter in a contrary direction; and when busy man attempts to alter this arrangement, he invariably injures, and perhaps destroys, the plant.
“The heath, so common in the northern parts of this kingdom, and valuable to the poor as a substitute for more expensive fuel, is a striking instance of the care extended by Providence towards his creatures. Its seed is the food of numerous birds, in regions where other sustenance is scarce, and the vessels which contain it are so constructed as to retain their contents for a considerable length of time, instead of discharging them when they become ripe. Indeed, the more closely we observe the provisions and operations of Providence, the greater will be our wonder, the liigher our admiration.
The fields of clover, which are now in blossom, produce a delightful fragrance. The bean blossoms also shed a still more exquisite odour. The sweet-scented vernal grass, wlrich is the cause of the very delightful scent of hay, flowers in this month, and diffuses its fragrance through the country. This, if gatbered while in blossom, put up in paper, and carried in the pocket, will retain the delightful smell of new-mown hay for a long time.
“ The rose now holds a conspicuous place in the Aower' garden.--About the beginning of this month, the pimpernel, thyme, the bitter sweet nightshade, white bryony, the dog-rose, and the poppy, have their flowers full blown.
“ The several kinds of corn come into the ear and Borrer during this month, as well as most of the numerous species of grasses..
* Gooseberries, currants, and strawberries, now begin to ripen.
“The hay-harvest commences about the end of the month, in the southern and midland parts of the kingdom. About this time, also, birds cease their notes.
“ The trees, particularly the laurels and evergreens, now make their second or Midsummer shoots, the younger and lighter shadesof which form a variety and contrast to the darker and yellow colours of the first shoots. The acacia at length puts out its degant light, and bright foliage, and its tassels of white flowers, which emulate the orunge in scent. The motion of its elegant, pene Duhted leaves is particularly worthy of attention, folding closely back at night, and opening out to catch the morning rays; being As sensible to the stimulus of light, as the mimosa is to the touch, to whicla tribe and genus, indeed, the acacia belongs."
BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES,
FOR JUNE, 1822. “On the 4th is Full Moon, at twenty-three minutes past eight at night. On the 15th she rises in the morning, and is followed about an hour afterwards by Saturn and Venus, whom she will have passed before her next appearance. On the 16th, she is also followed, in about half an hour, by Saturn and Venns to the west of her. upiter will afterwards be seen to the east of her, above whom she directs her course. On the 17th, she is followed, soon after her rising, by Jupiter, whom she is perceived to have passed ; and on the 19th is New Moon, at thirtytwo minutes past six in the morning. On the 20th, the crescent of the Moon is seen to the west of north-west soon after sun set, Mercury being to the east of her, as she passes bim about half an hour after midnight.
“ MERCURY is at his greatest elongation on the 17th, and stationary on the 30th. At first his stay above the horizon, after Sun-set, is nearly an hour and three quarters, and it decreases. to three quarters of an hour. They, who have a favourable lom rizon in north-west-by-west, cannot fail of discovering him with a glass of moderate power, and many will, notwitstanding the power of the solar ray at this time, detect him with the naked eye.
“VENUS is a morning star. Her stay above the horizon before Sun-rise, at first, is nearly an hour and three quarters, and at the end of the month above two hours and a quarter.
“ JUPITER is a morning star. His stay above the horizon, before Sun-rise, at first, is not quite an hour ; but he soon emerges from the solar rays, and at the end of the inonth is above two bours and a half. The principal feature in his course is the passage of Venus by him on the 29th,
“ SATURN is a morning star. The chief feature of his course is ibe passage of Venus by him on the 11th, at a very small distance ; and the difference in the appearance of the two planets through & telescope will lead to the contemplation of the apparent differences, between a superior and inferior planet, and also between their respective structures."
LINES APPLICABLE TO THE MONTH OF JUNE,
(Communicated by Mr. W. B. BROWNR.)
leaf and bending bough;
In that enamel'd blooming rose,
THE PEACE OF GOD. " For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation."
(2 Cor. vii. 10.) There is a groan, a piercing groan,
Which sprivgs from hearts by sin dismay'd ;
To bring the smile of peace divine.
Their healthful breathings o'er the plain,
Fair nature's face does then display
SAFETY IN THE STORM.
(Mark iv. 37-39.)
And rolling waves by tempest driven ;
And vivid lightning blaze from heaven.
Then all is tranquil, all is still ;
Obedient to bis sovereign willa
Covent Garden, on Thursday morning, April 18, 1822, when the
Beneath the willow's shade';
In saddest moods bave stray'd.
We'll take our harp again ;
We'll strike a joyful strain.
To bear our guilt and shame;
Jenovan is his name.
Such wondrous grace to tell ;
All hail, IMMANOEL!
Come, and spread thy cheerful ray,
Shall thy wrath for ever burn?
Kisg of ISRAEL!
O tirat thou would'st soon to Jacob
Thine enlivening Spirit send i
LORD MESSIAH !
Be unto the LAMB for ever :
Hallelujah! Hallelujah !
HYMN FOR SPRING : Sung at the Sunday-School Anniversary in Hull; April 8, 1822.
Spared to another Spring,
We raise our grateful songs ;
For praise to thee belongs.
To Thee sweet offerings bear ;
Sing forth thy tender care,
The trees on every hill,
Proclaiın thy wondrous skill.
Still praise a God unknown;
From living hearts alone.
Thy holy name would bless ;-
Would please the Saviour less !
Our souls can never die !
In better songs on high.
Ponted by T. CORDEUX, 14, City-Roud, Londo1r.