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his wings, and gives a note of alarm
Then the rest immediately fly away. It is said, however, that one of them generally stays behind to know for a certainty whether there is real danger, and then he also flies off to acquaint the others with it.
The Lapwing, when she has young ones, will fly about men or dogs that are in the field where her nest is. The farther they are off, the greater her fears seem to be; and this is her plan for giving you a wrong notion where her nest really is.
In countries where horses are wild, there is a regular watch kept. In a herd, the last horse bends bis ears backwards, to listen whether an enemy be coming : the first horse, for the same purpose, bends his ears for. wards.
There are some parts of a horse which he cannot conveniently rub, as about the shoulder, which he can neither bite with his teeth, nor scratch with his hind-feet. When this part itches, he goes to another horse, and bites him on the part that he wishes to be bitten ; and the friend immediately does as he is desired.
In the extensive moors of Staffordshire, the horses have learned to stamp upon a gorse-bush with one of their fore-feet, for a minute together, and when the prickles are broken they can eat the gorse without injury; and they seem fond of it. If you turn out other horses in those moors, they will prick their mouths terribly if they are forced, by hunger, to attempt to eat this shrub.
SHORT EXPLANATION OF SCRIPTURE. “ The king's daughter is all glorious within; her clothing is of wrought gold.” Ps. xlv. 13.
This is a description of the church of Christ. It is compared to a bride, who is endowed with every inward excellence, and decorated with all becoming outward richness. The “ wrought gold" describes the outward beauty which is to be seen in the church of Christ : all that is suitable and becoming her worship, and all the beauty of holiness, and all the winning grace which the good example of a Christian is to hold out to others. But the real excellence of a Christian is that which may not be seen by the world, but is seen by his “ Father which is in heaven." God's Spirit within him is preparing him for everlasting glory. The inward blessedness of the Christian then, and the glory of the Church, when its members are all true Christians, are well described by the Psalmist in the verse before us. Outward religion is of high value, it is as
wrought gold;" inward religion is of far higher value, it is “ all glorious.”
Come let us mark our ways, and see
Have they been just and right,
Have we still done the same?
And feared to wound his.name.
To hear another's praise?
By cunning, artful ways?
In all we sell, in all we buy,
Is justice our design ?
And fear the wrath divine ?
In vaiủi we speak of Jesus blood,
And trust his grace in vain,
And prove unjust to man.
REMARKS ON THE 9TH VERSE
jlTH CHAPTER OF ST. JOHN'S GOSPEL. “Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of the sun.
If any man will take advantage of the light of day, he will not be likely to go out of his course, or to stumble in it, because he has the sun, which is the light of the world, to guide him, So likewise in the day of life, if a man
keep close to his duty, and sets the will of God before him as his rule, and does not hesitate, but walks uprightly, he then goes on with a holy cont. dence, and pursues his way steadily and cheerfully, taking the divine light of God's word for his guide. " But," says our blessed Lord, in the following verse,
man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.” He who knows not the true light that cometh from above, but walks in the darkness and igno. rance of his own heart, or blindly follows the bad examples that he sees around him, such a man will fall into temptations and snares; be stumbles because there is no light in him; he knows nothing of God, or of himself.
It is good to acquaint our children with the works of God, with the praises of his prophets : little do we know how they may improve this knowledge, and whither they may carry it,-perhaps to the most distant nations.Bishop Hall.