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strings; and, the space between being blown out with air, they fall without being hurt, sinking to a depth of many feet. It is imagined by the fishermen that they fly out to feed in the morning, even to the southern parts of Britain, and return in the evening. is scarcely possible, unless their flight is more rapid than that of the albatross, which is supposed to be 150 miles in an hour; but, when their strength and rapidity are considered, it is probable that they go to very great distances as they are found every day on all our coasts, very far from their breeding places. The inhabitants often run very great risks to catch these birds. Sometimes they climb very dangerous rocks, resting on small pieces of the cliff's where there is hardly room to stand, and hanging, too, an amazing height over the sea. times the fowler is lowered by a rope from the top, and exposes himself to great danger, for the sake of getting the nests. The young birds, and the eggs, are good food; the old ones disagreeable and tough. [This account was printed in the last number of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor."]

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CHARACTER OF JOSEPH.

THERE is a great deal to be learned from the history of Joseph and his brethren.

We may learn "that those who trust in God, and who seek to act rightly shall not suffer in the end. Joseph put his whole trust in the Lord; all those things which appeared most against him proved to be most in his favour: instead of being really injured by the malice of his enemies, he was raised to great glory by it. So it shall be with the true Christian; his reward shall be eternal in the heavens.

Parents may learn, too, from this history, how wrong, and how dangerous it is to favour one of their children more than another. "Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children;" his brethren therefore "hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him." Such partiality generally produces quarrels. This must not, however, be an excuse for children to do wrong. It is always wicked to encourage feelings of ill-will towards any one, and especially towards a brother. Joseph's

brethren had cause enough, afterwards, to grieve for their cruelty towards him. The religion of Christ teaches us to love one another."

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We may learn, too, that when men plot together to commit crimes, they generally are led to quarrel amongst themselves; thus did Joseph's brethren. Christians are told "to come out from the wicked and to be separated," and not to be "partakers of other men's sins." We must never join with those who are doing wrong, but unite together in doing good.

The history likewise shews us, that adversity and affliction are often made the means of drawing us to God, leading us to grieve for our past offences, and shewing us the blessedness of walking in the way of obedience and duty. When Joseph's brethren were in distress and misery, then it was that they were brought to feel that they were "verily guilty." The sinner brought by affliction to repentance, is humbled with a sense of his offences, and seeks for pardon through his Saviour's merits; often has he cause to say, "it is good for me that I have been in trouble."

What a lesson, too, does Joseph's history give to children, teaching them to love and to honour their parents! How anxiously does he enquire after his father, before his brothers knew who he was! "Is your father yet alive." When they came again a second time to buy food, Joseph's first question was, "Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake, is he yet alive?"

Joseph did not yet wish to make himself known to his brethren, but he wished to keep Benjamin with him, whilst the rest of the brothers went home; but as soon as Judah spoke of the distress that this would cause to his father, "lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father," -"Joseph could not refrain himself," but said "I am Joseph."

Then as soon as they were known to each other, Joseph's enquiry was,, "Doth my father yet live." Then he says, "haste ye, and go up to my father, say unto him, come down unto me, tarry not, thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen; thou shall be near unto me: there will I nourish thee: haste, and bring down my father hither."

Jacob came; and here again we see the affection of Joseph, "He went up

to meet him; he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.' Then Joseph proceeded to settle his father in all the comforts which the land afforded. Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household."

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When Jacob was sick, and his end approached, his son Joseph left the court of Pharaoh to visit and comfort him. Here he behaved with the greatest tenderness and affection; and when death separated his aged parent from him, "he fell on his father's face and wept; and he went up to bury his father;" thus paying him the last token of respect and affection. Go," we may suppose our Lord to say to Christian children, "go, and do thou likewise."

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REMARKS ON SCRIPTURE.

"Whatever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks unto God, and the Father through him," Col. iii. 17.

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