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MEMOIR OF ELIZABETH RAYBONE,
salvation. When she became weaker, and, from the distance, was unable to attend the chapel, it was her custom to collect a number of children on the Lord's day, with whom she conversed and prayed. A divine unction attended these efforts of her youthful zeal and love; so that the little ones were often bathed in tears. She delighted in endeavouring to imitate her REDEEMER, by doing good according to her power, Hence, she often visited her neighbours from house to house; and in the spirit of meekness and affection, spoke to them about the things of eternity. About three weeks before her death, she was confined to her room, under much pain and affliction, which she supported, hy divine grace, with great patience and humi. lity. On the Sabbath prior to her death, she desired to see some of the Sunday-School children. 'A select number were introduced to her. On this occasion, one of the teachers made inquiries respecting lier experience, and hope of heaven, to which she gave such replies, as convinced her christian friends that her faith was fixed on the Lord Jesus CHRIST as the Rock of her salvation. She observed, “ I shall suori spend with Jesus an endless sabbath.” At this time her pain was violent, but the presence of the Lord' so tempered it, that she rejoiced in hope of the glory of Gov; and with all her remaining strength, exhorted the children who stood around her bed, to prepare for death and eternity, saying, “ Ah! do not put it (i.e. salvation) off. It is hard work to do a little; (meaning on a dying bed,) but it will be harder to have it all to do. Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.'" On Monday, the 4th of March, 1822, her happy spirit returned to Gow that gave it, in the seventeenth year of her age. We now deplore the loss of a very dutifaland obedient child ; and our young friends here that of at Tuithful and affectionate companion : but she has guined the heavenly prize. May all the dear young persons who shall read this very brief sketch, (for much more might have lieen said of the effects of divine grace which shone forth in her,) receive by it ais eternal blessiog.
. Tuomas RAYBONE.
THE JUVENILE NATURALIST,
FOR SEPTEMBER, 1822.
(From “ Time's Telescope for 1822.") • " SEPTEMBER is generally accounted the finest and most settled month in the year. The mornings and evenings are cool, but possess a delightful freshness, while the middle of the day is pleasantly warm and open ; occasionally, boasting
• Soft evenings, which are as serenc
In their cerulean skies, and setting suns,
And clouds gold-feathered,-as the summer ones.'
The swallow now takes its departure for warmer regions. · Many of the small-billed birds that feed on insects disappear when the cold weather commences. The throstle, the red-wing, and the fieldfare, which migrated in March, now return; and the ring-ouzel arrives from the Welsh and Scottish alps to winter in more sheltered situations.
« There are in blow, in this month, nasturtia, China-aster, marigolds, sweet peas, mignionette, golden rod, stocks, Tangier pea, holy-oak, Michaelmas daisy, in tine weather quite clustered with bees, saffron, and ivy. The following also may be added as flowering in September: the flowering rush, much esteemed by British botanists as being the only plant, a native of this island, which belongs to the class Enneandria of Linnæus ; amallage, the root of which in its wild state, when growing near water, is fetid, acrid, and noxious; but when cultivated it loses these properties, and the root and lower part of the leatstalks and stem, blanched by covering them up with earth, are eaten raw, and become the esteemed and well-known celery, a valuable antiscorbutic. This singular property is very common in the vegetable kingdom, and is a most powerful and pleasing illustration of the benencial effects of industry, and of the plastic properties of vegetables, which from acrid poisons are converted into salutary osculents. ·
Various of the feathered tribe now commence their autumnal music; among these, the thrush, the blackbird, and the woodlark, are conspicuous. The phalana russula and the saffron-buttertly appear in this montli.
"The woolly excrescences are now found on the dog-rosc. They are forined hy a small ny, which, piercing the tender bud with its sting, sheils a drop of liquid, together with its eggs. The circulation of the juices of the plant becoincs imperce and irritated, and the leaves take the shape of hair-like fanents, curling into a ball; withinside this is the nest of young insects, first maggots, then chrysales, from which escapes the perfect fiy, when the fungus becomes dry, and crumbles to pieces.
“ Herrings pay their annnal visit to England in this month, and afford a rich larvest to the inhabitants of its eastern and western coasts. * " The autumnal equinox happens on the 22d of Sentemter, and, at this time, the days and nights are equal all over the
BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES.
earth. About this period, heavy storms of wind and rain are experienced, as well as at the vernal equinox.
“ In this month, Nature continues -to pour out all her "autumnal fruitery,' and to present us with a store of the most delicious fruit ;—plums, round, and of blooming hue'-'golden apples'-glossy nuts."
• The vine her curling tendrils shoots,
Hangs out her clusters, glowing to the south,
And scarcely wishes for a warmer sky.' "The Persian yine-dressers do all in their power to make the vine run up the wall, and curl over on the other side, which they do by tying stones to the extremity of the tendril. May not this illustrate that beautiful passage used in Genesis xlix. 22 ?
Joseph is a fruitful bough ; even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall.' The vine, particularly in Turkey and Greece, is frequently made to entwine on trellises, around a well, where in the heat of the day whole families collect themselves, and sit under the shade."
BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES,
FOR SEPTEMBER, 1822. "The Moon is full, on the 1st, at twenty-six minutes after noon. On the 5th, she rises in the evening about eight o'clock, and is followed by SATURN, whom she will soon pass, but at some distance, as she is to the north, and he is to the south, of the ecliptic; she is directing her course above JUPITER. On the 6th, she rises with the Pleiades to the east of her, which she will have passed before sun-rise ; and she forms with them, Jupiter, and Aldebaran to the east of and below her, a conspicuous groupe : the planet she will evidently have passed before her next appearance. On the 8th, Jupiter is seen near to the horizon to the west of her. On the 12th, she is seen to be directing her course under VENUS. On the 14th, she rises with Venus to the west of her; and on the 15th is New Moon at two minutes past eleven in the morning. On the 18th, the crescent of the Moon is seen at sun-set near the horizon. Above her is seen MARS, under whom, at some distance, she is directing her course.
« MERCURY is an evening star. His nearness to the Sun at first renders him invisible; and the unfavourableness of his position afterwards, and southern latitude, make him inaccessible to most observers. At the end of the month he is little more tian half an hour above the horizon after sun-set.
« VENUS is a morning star. “ Mars is an evening star.
“ JUPITER rises at half past nine at night on the 7th, and at half past eight on the 24th.
“SATURN rises about three quarters past eight at night on the Ist, and at seven on the 20th.
« HERSCHEL is on the meridian at half past seven in the erening on the 21, and about a quarter past six on the 23d.”
LINES "Vritten whilst thinking on the 34th Verse of the 104 th Psalm. Saviour! I love to think on thee,
And sweet the music of thy Namel-
Can equal the seraphic strain !
In sorrow's deep and awful stream,
Say, is it not the thought of Him,
But pleasure brings another near,
By all I love or value here,
By all my trembling heart holds dear;
Unchang’d, unalter'd; unsubdued ;
Nor has my vile ingratitude
And wonder at redeeming love!
Nor can angelic powers above,
'Though form'd for harmony and love,
To reach the mighty thenie.
The gratitude my life shall show:
To Him my every thought shall flow,
Yes! He shall reign supremely in my soul,
LINES ON THE BIBLE SOCIETY.
(From the Cambridge Chronicle.)
For greater theines than Homer ever sung, Or ever dropt from Virgil's flowing tongue, I sing. Ye Sisters fine, that haunt the hill Of fair Parnassus, by the murmuring rill, Your aid I need not: for the sacred song Does not to heathen inelodies belony. Ye who devole your lives to serve the LORD, And spread the knowledge of his holy word, May rich success attend your virtuous toil, Alay sou be cheer'd by heaven's approving smile ; May he who sits upon his heavenly throne, Guard you through life, and take you for his own. Columbia's shores have heard the joyous sound; The waves have borne it to fair India's ground; No more tbe Hindoo devotee shall fling His naked body into Ganges' spring; No more shall writhe in agony of pain, In hope immortal happiness to gain ; Or 'neath the wheels of Juggernaut shall die, And rush uncall'd into eternity: No more on her departed husband's tonih, The widow now shall dare the fearful gloom? Of unknown ages,-ages yet to come. And China, too, las heard the holy law, To the bright light of Gov her sons to draw. That realın, where half of Asia's swarthy line, To stocks and stones ascribe the power divine, And boast a kingdom of an ancient date, Shall now be shown her dark and wretched state: And when ye shall disperse Mahomet's gloom, And place ihe Bible in the Koran's room, The Turks shall then upite in praising God, And the wild Arab cease froin shedding blood. No more the wand'ring tribes of Ishmael's race, Arabia's burning desert shall disgrace. The savage lodian, torturing his foe, And dealing death in every furious blow, When he is taken, with his latest breath Chanting his death-song, still unmov'd in death, Breathing revenge and curses, he cxpires, While in his breath he holds the fiercest fires of malice and of hate :--he shall not long Wield the keen tomahawk, and sing the song Of war. That Book shall teach them better things, Shall show that war from worst of passions springs ; Their murderous baltle shall for ever ceasc, And each wild Indian sinoke the pipe of peace. And Africa, immur'd in mental night, Shalt soon receive the Gospel's holy light;