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species of iniquity in their Fairs. And though we civilized society. We therefore earnestly beg to call have specified only a few places, there are many, which the attention of the public to these alarming facts.” we could name, in and around London, Manchester, These, with many of their elders, both in years and Birmingham, &c., where scenes are exhibited, and wickedness, throng the Wakes and Fuirs around our abominations committed, over which every Christian metropolis, prompt for every species of immorality patriot must sincerely inourn.

and villany; nor is it possible for our servants, and The British Magazine (conducted by clergymen) for families, and property, to be unaffected by such a this month, August, states

“ that there are at the state of society. Education, Religion, and Employ. present moment about 15,000 boys in the metropolis, ment, are indispensable to correct these evils: and children of the poor, who have no visible means of they demand the persevering, exertions of Magistrates, subsistence, and who are in fact trained to every va- Ministers of the Gospel, and Sunday-School Teachers, riety of vice.-— The unchecked continuance of such the best and most efficient of all Philanthropists. a state of things threatens to sap the foundations of

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ON WAKES,

A fifth practice, which at these seasons almost as

universally prevails, is that of fighting. The Wakes BY AN EXCELLENT CLERGYMAN.

form a sort of general centre, where all the dissolute The Rev. Edward Cooper, Rector of Yoxhall, Staf- characters in the neighbourhood, and the disturbers of fordshire, bears his noble testimony against these cus- the public peace, inay meet, and indulge their violent toms, in a sermon delivered after one of his pa- and ungovernable propensities. rishioners had been killed in the brutalities of a Wake “ To all these dreadful evils, attendant on the Wakes, about seven years ago. He says

I might add many others, evidently promoted by them, “I will briefly state a few of the practices by which such as profane cursing and swearing gambling the Wakes are characterized.

wasteful improvidence-extravagance-vanity, and finery First of all, my brethren, what is their commence- in dressidleness, loss of time, and such like. But ment? They begin with an open, avowed, unblushing those which I have specified are sufficient for my pur. profanation of the Lord's day. Neglect of public wor- pose. They prove, beyond a doubt, the point, in supship, visiting, travelling, feasting, and the whole port of which I have adduced thein. Is not the crime, afternoon and evening of the Sunday spent in com- which has been committed among us, the natural and pany, and in worldly, trifling, or perhaps worse con- almost the necessary consequence of the practices versation, are among those things which are practised which I have been describing? Do not sabbath-break. on these occasions, without shame, remorse, or scru- ing, cruelty, lewdness, drunkenness, and fighting, ple, by the generality of persons. Probably excess, tend in the most obvious way to produce bloodshed riot, and profligacy, occur in many instances before and murder?- - See the fruit,' the harvest of the secd the sabbath is over. This is the beginning of Wakes. which you have been so profusely sowing for so many

A second practice, frequent on these occasions, is years. See the natural tendency of Sabbath-breaking, that of making cruelty a sport and pastime. The poor of lewdness, of drunkenness, and fightings. No loninnocent brutes are brought forward to furnish, by their ger pretend to be_ignorant of the consequences to sufferings, amusement to men. The man who can seek which they lead. Bloodshed and murder follow in for a brutal gratification in the sufferings of a bull or their train : and those who encourage the practices a bear, will soon have his heart hardened against every which lead to the commission of these crimes, are tender and humane feeling.

justly chargeable with a portion of the guilt which “ A third practice, which distinguishes the Wakes, attaches to the commission of them.” is lewdness. Persons professedly make them the occasion of gratifying their vile and sensual appetites.Cau a young woman pass the night in dancing, revel.

OFFICIAL TITLES OF CHRIST. ling, and rioting with a company of disorderly, un- Advocate, Anointed, Apostle, Bishop, Captain, Counprincipled young men, and not have her own principles sellor, Deliverer, Finisher, Governor, Guide, Intercessor, corrupted, and her modesty, which is the best preser- Judge, King, Lawgiver, Leader, Master, Mediator, vative of her virtue, injured

Messenger, Messiah, Minister, Physician, Prince, Pro. "A fourth practice prevalent at Wukes is drunken- pitiation, Purifier, Prophet, Priest, Redeemer, Ruler, n86. This, indeed, may be considered as their general Refiner, Saviour, Servant, Shepherd, Surety, Teacher descriptive feature.

Witness.

W. W. C.

SCRIPTURE BIOGRAPHY,

ther; who, hurried on by the strength of his ungoverned

passions, and enslaved by the power of Satan, embrued ADAM.

his murderous hands in the blood of his pious brother's Sect. VII.— The Expulsion of Adum from Paradise.

life. Paradise, as specially planted, and richly furnished by

To express or even to conceive the feelings of Adam the overflowing benevolence of God, was no longer a

on this occasion is utterly impossible. He would regard suitable place of habitation for our fallen parents. They

the horrible deed as the consequence of his own trans

gression; and reflections of the bitterest kind would had forfeited every expression of favour from their Maker: and though

harrow up his soul: yet “ the sin of the murderer was grace reigned through righteousness by

probably far more distressing to him than the sufferings Jesus Christ our Lord,” they must depart from the

of the martyr.” garden of Eden. The sight of “the tree of know

Besides Cain and Abel, Adam had many sons and ledge of good and evil” might serve to aggravate their misery; and beholding “ the tree of life,” they might

daughters," who were multiplied during his life, so as be tempted to abandon faith in the promised Saviour,

to fill the earth. In the one hundred and thirtieth year

of Adam's life, the Lord gave unto him another son, - to cherish presumption, and endeavour to secure im

instead of Abel, whom Cain had murdered. This son mortality by improper means, in a way not ordained or

Eve named Seth, signifying settled ; and he appears to approved by their gracious God. * And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is be

have been a holy man of God. Adam lived to see the

in ultitude of his descendants evince the consequences come as one of us, to know good and evil: and now lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of

of his own apostacy in increasing wickedness, and died life, and eat and live for ever: therefore the Lord God

at the age of nine hundred and thirty years, as it is be

lieved, in the lively hope of his personal interest in imsent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out

mortal glory, through Christ the promised Saviour. the man.” Gen. iv, 22-24. Adain appears to have been unwilling to leave Para

Sect. VIII.- Adam a Type of Christ. dise, the delightful place which was the Divine planta

CONTEMPLATING sin and death as the consequences of tion. He might fear the pressure of want, in an un. cultivated and cursed world; or the assaults of powerful

Adam's transgression, the apostle speaks of Jesus Christ

as “the second Adam, the Lord from heaven," of beasts, having thrown off their allegiance, and become

whom the first man was a remarkable type, the figure wild and fierce, as if to avenge their insulted Maker; or the bold and insidious attacks of fallen spirits, seek

of himn that was to come.” I Cor. xv, 45–47; Rom. v, 14. ing to plunge him into depths of misery still deeper, to

The typical character of Adam may be considered in his eternal ruin; and he lingered till Divine justice ex.

many striking particulars, a few of which it will be inpelled him. “So he drove out the man; and he placed dispensable to notice.

I. Adam was “ the son of God” (Luke iii, 38), that at the east end of the garden of Eden, Cherubim, and a

is, he was the immediate offspring, the peculiar proflaming sword which turned every way, to keep the duction of the Creator.-Christ, in an unspeakable and way of the tree of life.” Ver. 24. Terribly dreadful must have been the sight of those

inconceivable manner, was God's dear Son, the only bemajestic servants of God, stationed at Edeu’s entrance,

gotten of the Father. I John i, 18; iii, 16–18.

II. Adam was created in the image of his Maker.“ to keep the way of the tree of life.”

Christ is “the brightness of his Father's glory, and the They looking back, all th' eastern side beheld

express image of his person.” Heb. i, 3. Of Paradise, so late their happy scat,

III. Adam was constituted lord of this lower world Wav'd over by that flaming brand, the gate With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms:

for the government of its creatures.-Christ is Lord of Some natural lears they dropt, but wip'd them soon:

all,- the Creatur, Preserver, and Sovereign of all; and The world was all before them, where to choose

as Mediator, he is appointed to receive the homage of Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:

the whole intelligent universe. Col. i, 16, 17; Rev, v, They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow, 12, 13. Through Eden took their solitary way.'

PARADISE Lost.

IV. Adam was the common father of all mankind,

through whose disobedience, they are heirs of sin and The remainder of Adam's history is almost wholly con- death.-Christ is “the everlasting Father” of his pen. cealed from our knowledge: yet so far as we possess ple, from whom, as a quickening spirit, they derive information, we see that it corresponded with his fallen spiritual life. He is “ the surety of the better testacondition. In process of time he was delighted to be. ment,” “ the head of the body the church,” through come a father: and Eve, in the transports of her over- whose obedience all believers are heirs of life eternal. flowing joy, called her first born Cuin, which signifies a Isa. ix, 6; Heb. vii, 22; Rom. v, 14–21. possession. The possession she seems fondly to have V. Adam is commended to us in his marriage in supposed that she had gained, was the promised seed, Paradise, as prefiguring the mysterious union and reci. who should bruise the serpent's head : but alas ! how procal affection between Christ and his church. “For illusory were her hopes! She soon discovered her mis- the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is take; and, iherefore, to express her feelings, when the head of the church; and he is the Saviour of the she brought forth her next son, she call him Abel, body.” Eph. v, 23. which signifies ranity.

The satisfaction of our Lord and Saviour, as the surety Adam would probably cherish the anticipation of of the new covenant, answered fully to the sentence much comfort in these two sous, and observe them with pronounced upon Adam, and it is the means of life and growing delight, increasing in wisdom and stature, salvation to all believers. Did our labour, pain, and while he infused into their opening minds the lessons

sorrow come upon us through the sin of Adam ? - The of sacred knowledge. But they were born in sin, in travail of Christ's soul brings us health, and peace, and the image of their fallen father; and though they were bliss eternal. Did the curse come upon us by sin?

brought up in the nurture and admonition of the “ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, Lord,” Cain his first-born was an irreligious infidel! being made a curse for us." Is our degradation and Abel was a believer, a man of sincere religion ; by expulsion from communion with God the fruit of sin?-which he condemned the unholy life of his elder bro- We are brought nigh to God by the blood of Christ,

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and through him Jews and Gentiles have access by one merely of ice. Tables, chairs, statues, looking-glasses, Spirit unto the Father, and are made the children of candlesticks, watches, and other ornaments, besides God by gracious adoption. Is our ignorance of God tea-dishes, tumblers, wine-glasses, and even plates with and of spiritual things the consequence of sin ?--Christ provisions in one apartment, also formed of ice, and is made our wisdom; and by his word and Spirit effec- painted of their natural colours ; while in the other tually instructs us and makes us wise unto salvation. were to be seen a state bed, with curtains, bed, pillows, Are we unholy and impure by sin ?--Christ is become and bed clothes, two pair of slippers, and two night the source, and pattern, and giver of personal and en- caps of the same cold material. Behind the cannon, tire sanctification. Are we unworthy by defilement and the mortars, and the dolphins, stretched a low balusguilt 8-Christ is “ the Lord our righteousness." Are trade. On each side of the building was a small enwe the subjects of death through Adam's transgressiou ? trance. Here were pots with flowers and orange trees, -Christ " has brought life and immortality to light by partly formed of ice, and partly natural, on which birds his gospel,” and “the gift of God is eternal life through sat. Beyond these were erected two icy pyramids. On Jesus Christ our Lord.”

the right of one of them stood an elephant, which was Do our young readers sincerely believe these things ? hollow, and so contrived as to throw out burning Do they receive the doctrines of the Scriptures con- naphtha; while a person within it, by means of a tube, cerning the second Adam? and do they worship the Father imitated the natural cries of the animal. On the left in spirit and in truth by faith in Jesus Christ ? Such, of the other pyramid was seen the never-failing concoand only such, are interested in the salvation which is in mitant of all princely dwellings in Russia, a banya, or Christ Jesus; and they, and only they, shall finally obtain bath, apparently formed of balks, which is said to have everlasting glory in Paradise restored.

been sometimes heated, and even to have been appropriated to use.

The appearance of the ice palace, it is said, was re

markably splendid when lighted up in the evening with ICE PALACE

candles. Amusing transparencies were The annals of the reign of Catherine II, make mention usually suspended in the windows to increase the effect; of one ephemeral palace, which, like that of Pandæmo- and the emission of flames by the dolphins and the elenium,

phant, all tended to excite greater surprise, while the Out of the earth, a fabric luge,

people beheld the crystalline mass. Rose like an exhalation;"

Thus, there wanted not, to carry on the parallel beand like an 'exhalation vanished, not leaving a wreck tween this palace and the magical edifice which Milton behind. From a true and particular account of this ice describes, palace, drawn up by Kraft, an imperial academician,

- Many a row and published at St. Petersburgh the year after its erec

Of starry lamps and blazing cressets, fed tion, it appears, that seven years before, an ice castle

With naphtha and asphaltus, yielding light

As from a sky. The hasty multitude had been built on the river Neva; but the ice bent

Admiring enter'd; and the work some prais'd, under the weight of the edifice and of the soldiers who

And some the architect." garrisoned it. To avoid a similar c'efect in the founda

Crowds of visitors were continually seen around this tion, it was resolved, on the occasion of the marriage

fantastic and unique construction, which remained of Prince Galitzin, in 1740, to erect a palace of ice on

entire from the beginning of January, almost to the terra firma; and a site was chosen between the impe

middle of March. The glassy fabric then began rial winter palace and the admiralty, one of the lords

to melt, and was soon afterwards broken into pieces, of the bed-chamber being appointed to superintend the and the ruins were conveyed to the imperial ice-cellar. works. The palace was constructed of blocks of ice,

On the wisdom displayed in the construction of this from two to three feet thick, cut out of the winter

costly emblem of mundane glory, the reader may make covering of the Neva; these being properly adjusted, his own comment.-- Modern Traveller. water was poured between them, which acted as cement, consolidating the whole into one immense mass of ice. The length of the edifice was fifty-six feet, its breadth

DRUNKENNESS. seventeen feet and a half, and its height twenty-one. A Welchman was for some time awfully habituated to It was constructed according to the strictest rules of

the vice of drunkenness, but was at length restored to art; and was adorned with a portico, columns, and sta

sobriety by the following singular incident. He had a tues. It consisted of a single story, the front of which

tame goat which would follow him to the alehouse he was provided with a door and fourteen windows; the

frequented. One day, by way of frolic, he gave the ani. frames of the latter, as well as the panes, being all mal so much ale that it became intoxicated. What parformed of ice. The sides of the doors and of the win

ticularly struck the Welchman was, that from that time, dows were painted in imitation of green marble. On

though the creature would follow him to the door, he each side of the door was a dolphin, from the mouths

never could get it to enter the house. He was thereby of which, by means of naphtha, volumes of fames were

led to see how much his sin had sunk him beneath a emitted in the evening. Next to them were two mor- beast, and from that time became a sober man. tars, equal to eighty pounders, from which many bomb3 were thrown, a quarter of a pound of powder being used for each charge. On each side of the mortars stood

THE SUPERSTITIOUS BRAMIN. three cannons, equal to three pounders, mouvted upon carriages, and with wheels, which were often used. "In A BRAMIN at Benares was so cautious of causing the the presence of a nuinber of persons attached to the death of any living animal, that before him as he court, a bullet was driven through a board two inches walked, the place was swept, that he might not destroy thick, at the distance of sixty paces, by one of these any insect: the air was fanned when he ate for the same cannons, a quarter of a pound of powder being also purpose. Some mischievous European gave him a used for a charge. The interior of the edifice had no microscope to look at the water he drank. On seeing ceiling, and consisted of a lobby and two large apart- the animalculæ, he threw down and broke the instru. ments, one on each side, which were well furnished, ment, and vowed that he would not drink water again : and painted in the most elegant manner, though formed he kept his promise, and died.

IN MEXICO.

THE PALM TREE.

TEOCALLI, OR GREAT TEMPLE OF MEXITLI, This tree grows in a stately column_froin thirty to fifty feet in height, “ crowned,” says Forbes, " with a This temple was a truncated pyramid 120 feet high, verdant capital of waving branches, covered with long and 318 feet square at its base, situated in the midst spiral leaves.” Though the tree arrives at maturity of a vast enclosure of walls, and consisting of five thirty years after planting, it continues in full strength stories, like some of the pyramids of Saccara. When seventy years longer, producing annually fifteen or seen from a distance, it appeared an enormous cube, twenty clusters of dates, each weighing fifteen or with small altars, covered with wooden cupolas on the twenty pounds. It is one of the most beautiful trees top. The point where these cupolas terminated, was in the vegetable kingdom, upright, lofty, and verdant. 177 feet above the pavement of the enclosure. The Though it often grows in a soil apparently dry and material of which the pyramids was built, is supposed sterile, a subterraneous supply of water may be calcu- to have been clay, faced with a porous stone resemlated upon. Sir Philip Smith, when in Egypt, told the bling pumice-stone, hard and smooth, but easily deBritish officers that they might always find water by structible. De Solis gives the following description of digging to the roots of a palm tree. Carne, in his this cdifice, on the authority chiefly of Acosta: “Letters from the East” gives many instances as a “ The first part of the building was a great square, confirmation of this fact : his route to the pyramids with a wall of hewn stone, wrought on the outside led occasionally through woods of palm or date trees, with various knots of serpents intertwisted, which where, fatigued with heat and thirst, he enjoyed the gave a horror to the portico, and were not in properly refreshment of “ delicious water.” And then again in placed there. At a little distance froin the principal the valley of Paran, “we halted,” says he,“ in a gate was a place of worship, not less terrible: it was beautiful grove of palm trees, in which was a spring of built of stone, with thirty steps of the same, which excellent water.” In Egypt, where it is an object of went up to the top, where was a kind of long flat roof, considerable attention, he had experience of their and a great many trunks of well-grown trees fixed in value, meeting with them, as he did, in the barren and it, in a row, with holes bored in them at equal dissandy places, destitute of all other verdure and exposed tances, and through which, from one tree to another, to the scorching sun, where they delightfully inter- passed several bars run through the heads of men who rupted the monotony of the scene, and grouping to- had been sacrificed, of whose number (which cannot be gether, afforded a most grateful and refreshing shade. repeated without horror) the priests of the temple The beautiful town of Rosetta stands encircled by them, took exact account, placing uthers in the room of those and, scattered at intervals around, they rise high above which had been wasted by time. A lamentable trophy, the highest of the buildings. Upon the northern in which the enemy of mankind displayed his rancour, skirts of the desert of Sin, two leagues from Tor, and which these barbarians always had in view, without Dr. Shaw tells us he saw more than two thousand palın the least remorse! for inhumanity put on the mask trees, and “nine of the wells spoken of in Scripture, of devotion, and custom had rendered death in all its the other three being filled up by those drifts of sand terrors familiar to their eyes. The four sides of the which are common in Arabia :" under the shade of

square had as many gates opening to the four winds. these trees is the bath which is held by the inhabitants Over each of these gates were four statues of stone, of Tor in extraordinary veneration, and which they which seemed to point the way, as if they were desircall the bath of Moses.

ous to send back such as approached with an ill dispo. In Palestine it grew so abundantly, that " it was a sition of mind. These were presumed to be threshold common symbol of the country; many coins of Vej- gods, because they had some reverences paid them at pasian and other emperors being extant, in which the entrance. Close to the inside of the wall were Judea is personified by a disconsolate woman sitting the habitations of the priests, and of those who, under under a palm tree.” Pliny also calls Judea by a name them, attended the service of the temple, with some signifying “ renowned for palms." In Jericho, where offices; which altogether took up the whole circumfethe soil is sandy and climate warm, several species of rence, without retrenching so much from that rast the tree are still found. Strabo and Josephus, who cele- square, but that eight or ten thousand persons had sufbrate the palm trees of Palestine, particularly notice ficient room to dance in it upon their solemn festivals. those of Jericho.

In the centre of this square stood a pile of stone, The utility of this tree is not less remarkable than which in the open air exalted its lofty head, overits beauty. Its clusters of fruit, which are frequently looking all the towers of the city, gradually dimi. very large, furnish a great part of the diet of the inha- nishing till it formed a half-pyramid; three of its hitants of Arabia and Persia ; whole families in Upper sides were smooth, the fourth had stairs wrought in the Egypt, we are told, subsist entirely upon it. This is stone ; a sumptuous building, and extremely well pro. gathered with great care and ceremony; and it may be portioned. It was so high that the stair-case contained mentioned as a peculiar characteristic of the palm, that å hundred and twenty steps, and of so large a compass, its external structure is so formed, as to supply the that on the top it terminated in a flat forty feet square : steps for an easy ascent to man, in order to obtain the

the pavement was beautifully laid with jasper stones of fruit which grows at the top of the tree (from which all colours : the rails, which went round in nature of alone the branches spring), while it denies access to a balustrade, were of a serpentine form, and both sides beasts of all kinds. “ Besides dates," says Calmet, covered with stones resembling jet, placed in good “it produces a kind of honey, little inferior to com- order, and joined with white and red cement, which mon honey, and they likewise draw a wine from it

was a very great ornament to the building. On the much used in the East.

opening of the rails, where the stairs ended, were two Gibbon says that the Asiatics celebrated three huu- marble statues, which supported, in a manner that addred and sixty uses to which the trunk, branches, mirably well expressed the straining of the arms, two leaves, juice, and fruit were applied.

huge candlesticks of an extraordinary make. A little The palm or branch of the palm tree was carried be- further was a green stone, five spans high from the fore conquerors in processions and rejoicings for vic- ground, which terminated in an angle, and whereon tory. The Jews sent a golden branch of a palm tree they extended on his back the miscrable victim they to the kings of Syria, as a kind of tribute or present.- were about to sacrifice, and opened his breast to take Scripture Garden Walk.

out his heart. Beyond this stone, fronting the stair. ,

nurse.

me.

case, stood a chapel of excellent workmanship and

“ She was found dying for want, and almost materials, covered with a roof of precious timber.

consumed with disease, in the streets."

“ A woman Here the idol was placed on a high altar, behind cur. who was a sinner, I suppose.” “You are right, Sir, in tains : it was of human figure, sitting in a chair which your conjecture. We are told that she was once one of had some resemblance of a throne, sustained by a blue the gayest of the gay, and dressed as finely as any of globe, which they called Heaven, from the sides where- them ; but it is now all over, poor thing-it is all over of came four rods, with their ends resembling the now.” Does she seem to be in much distress of heads of serpents, which the priests placed upon their

mind ?" said I. 'At times she weeps like rain - her shoulders, when they exposed their idol to public view. poor frame shakes under the mental agony.” At this It had on its head a helm composed of plumes of vari- time the poor dying girl began to awake from a slight ous colours, in form of a bird, with a bill and crest of doze. “Who is that, nurse, who is that?” said she. burnished gold : its countenance was severe and horri- “ It is a gentleman come to see how you are.” “ God ble, and still more deformed with two blue bands, bless him,” said she hastily; " it is a long time since which bound its forehead and its nose. In the right any one came to inquire after Margaret." She sunk hand it held a curling serpent, which served for a staff, back into her state of lethargy. The name struck me. and in the left, four arrows, which they venerated as a Margaret, thought I, how familiar is that name to present from heaven, and a shield with five white I approached the bed : she did not answer me. I plumes placed in the form of a cross : and concerning could not leave the room, without at least endeavourthese ornaments, these ensigns and colours, they re- ing to speak one word in season to one who was evilated many remarkable extravagances, with a serious- dently so near the region of the shadow of death. ness deserving to be pitied. On the left hand of this Bending down I said, “God so loved the world, that chapel was another of the same make and bigness,

he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth with an idol called Tlaloch, in every respect resem

in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” bling his companion. They were esteemed brothers I know not whether she heard or understood me, nor and friends to such a degree, that they divided be

shall I ever know on this side of the grave; but, if she tween them the patronage of war, equal in power, and did, the gospel message was delivered. Oh! how imunanimous in inclination; for which reasons the Mexi- portant it is to give up our minds to God before disease cans addressed them both with the same prayers, the

and death has touched them, and blasted them for ever! same sacrifices, and the same thanksgivings. The or- Not many days after, I called to inquire after her. I naments of both chapels were of inestimable value ; approached her bed, but it was empty. The sick, the the walls were hung and the altars covered with jewels afflicted, the dying lay around, but the dead had been and precious stones, placed on feathers of various carried away. She had dozed on, the nurse told me, colours: and they had eight temples in the city of al- in one unconscious dream, till the tide of life had ebbed most the same architecture, and of equal wealth. for ever, and she awoke in eternity: “ Man dieth and Those of a smaller size amounted to two thousand, wasteth away, yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where and were dedicated to as many idols, of different is he?” Whilst I was musing upon this solemn event, dames, forins, and attributes. There was scarce a the nurse brought me a book which she had found after street without its tutelar deity; nor was there any ca

her death, under her pillow. It was an old-fashioned little lamity incident to nature without its altar, to which book by one of the puritans, “ The Tears of a Magdalen,” they might have recourse for a remedy. În a word, full of touching exhortations and sweet scriptural doctheir gods were derived from their fears, uor did they

trine. As I was turning over its leaves in melancholy reflect how they lessened the power of some by what mood, a card fell from between them. I took it up, and they attributed to others. Thus did the devil conti- was still more deeply affected to find inscribed upon nually enlarge his dominions, and exercise a most deplo- it, “D-Sunday School.” rable tyranny over rational creatures, in the possession

THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH!" of which he remained for so many ages, by the incom. prehensible permission of the Most High.”— Modern ROBERT HALL AND MATTHEW HENRY'S Traveller.

COMMENTARY.

I think it was iu the month of February, that Mr. Hall HOSPITAL SCENES.

told me that he had commenced Matthew Henry. He

observed, “I have often read portions of it, and (Abridged from the Cottage Magazine.)

consulted it; but I have now begun with the first Ox a recent visit to the metropolis, among other scenes chapter of Genesis, and I mean to read the work of distress, few were so interesting to me as the great through regularly, I have set myself, Sir, two chapters metropolitan hospitals. Retiring from the bustle of

every morning, and I anticipate it as a feast. That is the public streets, those vast asylums filled with the the way to read Matthew Henry, Sir; I discover new consequences of sin, are to be found stretching forth beauties in him every day, that are not obvious when their long ranges of windows, with here and there a reading detached parts. I would advise you to adopt withered plant hesitating between life and death in the the same method, Sir; you will be quite delighted casement—an apparent emblem of many a sinking with it. I have found, that the most pious persons of frame within. In one of those melancholy abodes our my acquaintance, in the latter period of their lives, attention was led to a patient, whose mortal career was have been great readers of Henry. There must be evidently drawing to a close. It was a young woman something next to inspiration in him, Sir; for as face whose faded cheek every token of health had long since answers to face, so does the heart of one Christian to fied for ever. Her eyes, which appeared once to have another.” I asked his opinion of Scott's Commentary possessed uncommon beauty, were now supernaturally “O, it is a good work, Sir ; but it is not to be com. enlarged. Her head and face were bound up with linen pared to Henry; there is not that unction of spirit bandages, and had it not been for the hectic flush of which there is in Henry." About a month or six disease which inaptled over her forehead, we might at weeks after this he said, “ Well, Sir, I continue my times have thought her a corpse in her grave clothes. plan of reading Matthew Henry every morning, and “She is not long for this world,” whispered the nurse. have come to the second chapter of Exodus; and am I fear not,” said I; “ pray how long has she been more and more delighted with him."- Greene's Life of under your care ?" Only a few weeks, Sir,” said the Hall.

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