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stead of trying to hurt their fellowereatures, they endeavour to do them all the good they can.
Thus the pros phecy is, in part, fulfilled : and the reason why men still quarrel with one another is, because they are not all governed by the rules of the Gospel, and influenced by the spirit of Christ. If we were all true Christians, we should learn the Christian, precept, “ Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous, not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but, contrariwise blessing." If the religion of the Gospel were the governing principle of all
lives, the figurative language of the prophet would be found to be true. The prophet speaks to the same effect in the eleventh chapter. 66 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together, and a little child shall - lead them." Natures the most opposite may be brought to dwell in peace together. Dispositions the most at variance may, by the power of religion in the heart, be softened to affection, and gentleness, and peace.
ON THE RESURRECTION. After our Saviour rose from the grave, he continued forty days upon earth ; and this resurrection enlivened the hopes of his disciples, and confirmed their faith, and strengthened their eourage.
“ But if the continuance of this for forty days could inspire so just a joy, what transports of happiness must possess all the faithful, when they sball attain the end of their faith; when they shall see, and dwell, and converse, and reign, with their dear Lord for ever; when their bodies shall be glorified, this vail of flesh and frailty drawn away; when faith and hope shall cease, and be swallowed up in enjoyment, when they shall be drawn into the likeness of God, and see Him as He is!"_Dean Stanhope.
Of the joys of the present life we have, but a slippery bold; and, were they more substantial than they really are, yet the pleasure in them must be greatly damped by the melancholy prospect that they will one day forsake us, and we know not how soon they may. But the joys promised by our Lord, to his faithful followers, as they are true and solid, so are they ever. : lasting, without interruption, without end, liable to no decays of nature, no wasting of time; nothing without to destroy them, nothing within to lessen or to injure them ; subject only to the will of the Almighty Giver, and given by him never to be taken back. The
INSTINCT. MAN is the only creature endowed with reason,
Other animals have a sort of instinct, as it is called, which teaches them to defend themselves, and to provide themselves with what is necessary for them; and this very often seems to approach almost to reason. The elephant seems, at times, to show something very like reason.
The following instance in birds, too, shews something of the same kind. On the northern coast of Ireland above a hundred crows were observed preying upon mussels.
Each crow took a mussel up in the air, perhaps twenty or thirty yards bigh, and then
let it fall upon the stones, which, by breaking the sbell, enabled it to de vour the fish.
To keep his statutes still!
To know and do his will.
In deepest characters impress
Thy law upon my heart!
Let no corrupt design,
And make my heart sincere;
v. Assist my soul, too apt to stray,
A stricter watch to keep, And, if I e'er forget Thy way,
Restore Thy wandering sheep.
National School Magazine.
OCTOBER 1st, 1825.
QUESTIONS FROM THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND.
(See page 81.)
1. In what year was Edward the Fourth proclaimed king?
2. What was his figure and appearance?
3. What was his disposition? 4. In whose park was he one day hunting?
5. What vexatious act did he do there?
6. What wish did Sir Thomas Burdett angrily make?
7. What did the king do upon this? 8. What did the Duke of Clarence say upon the execution of his friend? 9. What did the king do to the duke?
10. Was the duke allowed to choose