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The aisles, particularly the south one, are distinguished by a variety of handsome monuments. At a small distance from that of Sir Edmund Uvedale, is a wooden coffin, painted with a variety of armorial bearings, clamped with iron, and bearing the date of 1703. This coffin contains the remains of an eccentric old gentleman, of the name of Ettricke (an eminent antiquary); and is said to have been placed here by his heirs; because, in his lifetime, being offended with the inhabitants of Wimborne, he made many solemn protestations that he would never be buried either in their church or churchyard. This person, of whom several whims are recorded, is said to have been bred to the law; and to have grown, towards the close of his life, very humoursome, phlegmatic, and credulous; an instance of which is mentioned respecting his death. He was fully persuaded, for some years, that he should die in 1691; and accordingly ordered his tomb to be made, and that date placed upon it. This date may be plainly discovered. It was altered to 1703, the year in which his death actually occurred.
A flight of eight steps, descending from the north aisle, leads to a chapel directly under the area of the chancel, commonly called the dungeon. It is neatly arched, and supported in the middle by four strong regular pillars, and twelve small circular ones on the sides, with stone seats round the walls. This chapel was formerly adorned with an organ, and with the images of the Virgin Mary, and other saints, finely painted and gilt; and also a handsome pavement of mosaic work, now broken to pieces.
Within this church were once standing no fewer than ten altars; all of which were composed of alabaster, and other costly materials, and garnished with plate and ornaments. Most of these had pictures or images of patron saints; some of them of silver. But the furniture of the high altar was particularly splendid and costly, comprising a long list of images, relics, and other objects, adapted to the idolatrous worship of the Church of Rome.
In this church are some bells of a very great age, whose tone is remarkable for clearness and strength.
On the outside is a figure that strikes the hour with a
NOTES BY A MISSIONARY.
No. V. “ Stretch out thy hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water."--Exodus vii. 19.
In the arrangement of Divine Providence, every country seems to have some peculiar blessing in nature bestowed upon it. In the land of Egypt, the greatest temporal blessing is the river Nile. I well recollect the impression on my mind at the first sight of the Rhone, at Lyons, in France. I was so riveted to its banks, whilst gazing at the majestic flood, that my fellow-traveller had some difficulty to persuade me to leave it; and I have never revisited the Rhone but with feelings of peculiar pleasure. This is one of the grand works of nature; and leads the mind up to nature's God. The same may be said of the Nile, which I saw for the first time at Rosetta : but it differs in some respects from the Rhone. It is wider, and flows more gently; for the Rhone boils like a pot, while the Nile moves in silent majesty along its banks. But its qualities are superior to those of the Rhone, or, perhaps, of any other river in the world. Whoever once tastes the water of the Nile will not forget the circumstance : it is so soft, and inoffensive in its effects. In its appearance it is not clear; but it is delicious to the taste and while the wells in the surrounding country produce nauseous water, the Nile is always pleasant and harmless.
I was not in the country at the time when the Nile overflows_its banks; but I understand, from those who dwell in Egypt, that great joy is manifested by all the people when the water begins to rise. Without it, the land would remain barren, and a famine would ensue. We see the wisdom and goodness of Providence in permitting it to rise just so far as is necessary; as too great an overflow would remain so long as to prevent the sowing of the seed; and a deficiency in the overflow would be followed by scarcity. We cannot wonder, that in the dark times of heathen superstition, the Nile was an object of adoration. It is almost so now with the Mahometans, who wash then selves in it before they perform their devotions,
What a terrible plague must have been produced, and what dire distress followed on Pharoah and his people, when, through the instrumentality of Moses, the water became blood! When God said to Moses, " Stretch out thy hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water," how must they have loathed the water, which, in its ordinary course, was so wholesome and good!
The towns and villages on the banks of the Nile are nearly in ruins. Very few houses, indeed, are built of stone. The greater part are of mud-bricks, which soon fall into decay. Among the villages, I observed one which is generally called the Pigeon Village, on account of its being inhabited by thousands of pigeons, who have lofty circular mud-houses built for them, The people are nearly all Mahometans, with a few Copts. In going up the river one evening, at sunset, a man in the boat said it was time to pray. He went on shore, washed himself in the Nile, and, with his face towards Mecca, uttered prayers, bowing his head to the ground several times.
Egypt is a fine country. O that the Lord would visit it again with the Gospel of peace ! Zante.
W. 0. C.
LOST CHILDREN. On the 30th of September, 1829, two boys, one of nine and the other seven years old, sons of George and Jonathan Willard, of Edwards, St. Lawrence, New-York, strayed from home, and were lost in the woods, where they remained two days and nights. The early part of the first night was attended with a heavy rain, and the latter part was cold and frosty; and there was a severe frost on the succeeding night. The boys were thinly clad.
On the children being missed, the neighbours were alarmed, and commenced a search, which was continued until dark, but without success. On the next day, the whole neighbourhood, and people from a distance round, were actively engaged in ranging the woods; but they only discovered footsteps of the wanderers near a creek, which led to a more general and vigorous effort. On the morning of the third day, five or six hundred persons assembled at the appointed rendezvous, made their arrangements, divided into companies, formed a line two or three miles in length, and proceeded in the direction where the tracks were discovered the day previous : and now was exhibited an interesting scene, The sympathy of the multitude was excited to a high degree, and anxiety was depicted in every countenance. All firing of guns was prohibited, unless the children should be found : still the abundance of game, coming in contact with one party on its flight from another, presented a temptation so powerful, that a number of deer were shot and left on the ground. The flying of partridges, the cracking of brush, the sound of human voices, &c., produced a confused noise, but did not divert the people from the object of their pursuit.
The tracks of the children were again perceived, and fol. lowed to the border of a beaver meadow, near which the boys themselves were found. The younger one was first discovered; the elder, having become affrighted, had run off on the approach of the company. On seeing his father, he stopped, pointed out the course his companion had taken, and called to and was answered by him, when he was pursued and overtaken. Their clothes were much torn, and their flesh lacerated; they had eaten nothing but wintergreen; and when food was presented to them, they said they were not much hungry.
The children stated, that during the first night they were in the forest, a large creature like their dog came near them; and that they laughed at it, and drove it away. It is supposed to have been a wolf.
The cry, “They are found !” ran from man to man through the lines, and the firing of guns, sounding of horns, &c., brought the multitude together at the place. After the first transports of joy had subsided, and the people were brought to order, Col.
Hopkins related the particulars of finding the little sufferers : the people united in ascribing praise to their almighty Protector, and then dispersed to their respective homes. All were elated; but the parents were transported from despair and anguish to joy and cheerfulness, while their recovered children were taken from a bed of cold earth, and from feeding on plants, to the fireside, and the table of competence, to relate in future days, and perhaps to their children's children, their sufferings, and the goodness of their heavenly Father, as they were wandering and lost in the woods.-American Periodical.
PRINCIPLES OF THE CHR IAN RELIGION.
OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
(Continued from p. 117.) Q. 61. Who is Jesus Christ ?
A. The second person of the glorious and undivided Trinity, possessing, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, all the attributes and perfections of Deity.
Q. 62. Was Jesus Christ always the same as he is now ?
A. As to his divine nature, he has from all eternity been the same; immutability being one of the characteristics of Deity: but not so as to his human nature.
Q. 63. What change, then, has he undergone, in regard to his human nature ?
A. In the fulness of the time he assumed our nature and became man, being born of the Virgin Mary; and, since that time, he has been God and man united in one person, and will so continue for ever.
Q. 64. What notices of the Lord Jesus Christ have we in the Old Testament?
A. When we consider all those accounts in which God is said to have appeared to various individuals, as Abraham,