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of his power, to receive the gospel of founded. How it
I Jesus Christ standing amid his brother cannot; tell but often do I find myself in warriors, tattooed with frightful forms, the attitude of too angrily rebuking the and besmeared with grease and red thoughtlessness of the young, when a ochre, raising aloud, not the wild cry of spirit of forbearance would more become his native woods, but the brotherly ap- me; and of too tenaciously supporting peal to Christian men, “Come over and my own opinion, when it has been but help us, and come quickly; make haste, little entitled to consideration. for my sun is fast going down !”
Aged people are said, also, to be testy This affecting appeal, on the part of and crabbed, showing more churlishness the old warrior, who had, no doubt, in than kindheartedness; they are accused, his time, felled many a human being too, of penuriousness, and sometimes of with his mery (club) and his tomahawk, great negligence in their habits, and in and perhaps banqueted afterwards on giving trouble to those around them; but his flesh ; this cry for mercy from the instead of dwelling on points which may merciless, whose stony heart had been more or less affect us, let me advert to softened by Divine power, struck me one in which, I fear, we are all implivery forcibly; and when I reflected, that cated. We do not by our words and not unlikely his brow had on it even deeds, leave a general impression, that more wrinkles than my own, the case ap- we are sensible of the value of time; peared urgent; time was flying, and I we do not say, emphatically, by our prethought of the angel which stood upon vailing spirit, “ We see the emptiness of the sea, and upon the earth, and lifted earthly things; we are seeking after a up his hand to heaven, and swore by him heavenly inheritance; we are standing that liveth for ever and ever, who created on the confines of an eternal world; we heaven, and the things that therein are, have no time to spare; we feel that we and the earth, and the things that therein must make haste, for our sun is fast are, and the sea, and the things which going down.” are therein, that there should be time no Can we wonder that the mature and longer, Rev. x. 5, 6. I seemed bound the young should not be impressed with to profit by the voice from the South the brevity and fading nature of human Pacific ocean, to take up the cry of the life, when tottering and grey-haired age, subdued savage, in my own case, and leaning on his staff, is seen trifling away to speak thus within my own heart : time as a thing of nought, and calculatWhatever I have to say, let me say it; ing on future years as confidently as whatever I have to do, let me do it; though he had but just entered his teens ? time presses, and will not allow me to The warning voice that has reached us, loiter any longer ! let me make haste, my aged friends, may have some effect in for my sun is fast going down."
awakening us to a sense of our real posiIt may be that these remarks, now tion. It seems to say, however praisedribbling from my poor pen, will be read worthy our designs, however excellent by those who have numbered more years our objects, they will be altogether usethan old Humphrey; and if so, take it less if deferred. not unkind, my aged friends, that he should include you as well as himself, in
Time, like an urgent charioteer,
With winged steeds flies through the year. a few free and friendly observations, Seeing that we have no time to spare,
The clouds above our heads are flitting it may not be amiss to consider, for a through the skies; the ground beneath moment, the errors and infirmities of our feet is rapidly crumbling away; age, with a view of avoiding, as much as Morning, noon, and night, tread on each we can, the one; and of manifesting, as other's heels. The 7 time is short.” little as we can, the other.
“Make haste!” said the aged chief, It is said that aged people are too often “ Make haste, for my sun is fast going opinionated, and not sufficiently consider- down!" ate towards the buoyant spirits and inex.. But though I thus speak to those of perience of youth; that they are apt to many days, yet have I a word for the think, that because they are aged, they smooth brow and the ruddy cheek;
for must of necessity be wise, and are thus the bright eye, the fair form, and the led to become dogmatical, and even ob- manly frame. In the days of my youth, stinate. Though these are heavy charges, an aged oak, hollow, blighted, and alyet I really am afraid that they are not un- most leafless, stood on a rising ground;
and beside it grew a sapling, green and in your mind and memory may, even flourishing. I left them side by side, yet, live to see it spring up to God's and returned not to the place till fifteen glory. Smile, if you will, at the oddity summers and winters had passed away. of my conceit; things more unlikely to And was the old oak gone ? Had the happen have taken place; but howsapling become a stately tree ? No! ever this may be, the lowly disciple of There stood the hollow oak as in my the Redeemer, the humble and grateful younger days; but the place that knew believer in the gospel of Christ, will not the sapling, knew it no more. Thus has fail to be struck with this fresh proof it been with old Humphrey! Thus has that the ways of God are not as our he been mercifully preserved, while the ways, nor his thoughts as our thoughts.” young around him have fallen in the Here is an uneducated heathen, one dust. Receive then the lesson of in- who, if he have followed the custom of struction that his pen is endeavouring to his tribe, has lived in a rude hut of convey. Reflect on the uncertainty of twigs and grass, clothed himself with time; attend, without delay, to things of mats and rushes, cut his hair with oyseternity, and ponder on the arresting ter shells, ruthlessly slain his foe with his words of the New Zealander, “ Make hennee (halberd) and patoo (battle haste! for my sun is fast going down.” axe,) drinking his blood, and feasting on
What a humbling thing it is to be his flesh. Here is he, his heart humshorn of your strength just at the mo- bled by the power of the gospel, uttering ment when you most require it! To a cry, resounding like a trumpet in find yourself weak as infancy, while you Christian ears. A cry that appeals to yearn for the force of a giant. When I us all. We know that our life is “even took up my pen, I felt like a mighty a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, man clothed with power. I thought and then vanisheth away.” We know, that I could, on this subject, be truly too, that there is but a step between us eloquent; but how has the gold of my and death," and yet, knowing these thoughts, “become dim !" how has things, we still require to be reminded of the most fine gold of my imaginations them. On let the voice from New Zeabecome changed !". Much did I un- land be drunk in not by our ears only, dertake, little indeed have I accomplish- but by our hearts, and let our language ed; and fain am I now, making a virtue be, “Lord, make me to know mine end, of necessity, to draw from my very help and the measure of my days; satisfy me lessness a strong and convincing illustra- early with thy mercy, and give me to retion. If, when full of arduous and high- joice in thy salvation." Tarry not ; wrought energy, we cannot always secure come quickly; " Make haste! for my the object we have in view, how shall sun is fast going down.” we hope to attain it by supineness and neglect ?
Be in earnest, then, my friends, whether you
have but lately entered the race that is set before you, or are nearly ap- WHEN Sarai, the wife of Abraham, proaching the goal. What your hands had done wrong, she nevertheless said and
your heart find to do, do it with all to her husband, “ The Lord judge beyour might; hesitate not, trifle not, delay tween me and thee.” Who would not not, boast not of to-morrow, you know conclude from an appeal so solemn, that not what a day may bring forth : "Make she has the better cause ? And yet, she haste ! for your sun is fast going down.” is appealing to God in a case where she
What odd whims, what strange is clearly, consciously, in the wrong. thoughts, at times, come into the mind ! I like not hasty references to Heaven. It is said, that
A truly serious spirit will reflect twice
before it interposes the name of God on "A raven once an acorn took, From Basan's tallest, stoutest tree,
any occasion, and will shudder at the And laid it near a limpid brook,
thought of employing it upon a false or frivolous one.
An angry spirit sticks
at nothing. For this reason, I would And here am I, pleasing myself with sooner believe a plain, unprofessing man, the thought, that old Humphrey, by on his simple word, than ten thousand taking this cry of the aged chieftain, common swearers under the sanction this New Zealand acorn, and planting it I of as many oaths.-Dr. H. Hunter.
And lived another oak to see."
HOUSES OF SEVILLE.
Fixing his eye upwards, he was kept The houses of this town are, perhaps, from alarm, and safely descended to his the most picturesque in the world. You father's arms, who, till this moment, had enter them from a porch or zaguan to a retained his self-possession, but overcome court, round which are marble columns, with the excitement of the moment, he and these are found not only in the prin- fainted away on the deck. cipal, but even ordinary habitations. The arches between the columns support gal. In the tempest of life, when the wave and the gale leries or rooms above. It is usual in
Are around, and above, if thy footsteps should fail;
If thine eye should grow dim, and thy courage habit the ground floor in summer time, depart, and the upper story in winter. In the Look aloft, and be firm, and be fearless of heart. former season, a canvass veil is placed if the friend, who embraced in prosperity's glow, over the whole court during the heat of with a smile for each joy, and a tear for each woe, the day, and removed at night, when the should betray thee, when sorrows like clouds are
array'd, family collect together to receive friends Look aloft to the friendship which never shall fade. under the galleries or in the courts,
Should the visions which hope spreads in light to whilst flowers are placed round a fountain, which generally plays in the centre, Like the tint of the rainbow, but brighten to fly;
Return, and through tears of repentant regret, the courts being often paved with mar
Look aloft to the Sun which is never to set. ble. The lamps, which hang around the walls in symmetrical arrangement, the Shall they who are dearest, the love of thy heart ;
The friend of thy bosom, in sorrow depart; bubbling of the water, the fragrance of Look aloft from the darkness and dust of the tomb, the flowers, the mystical green branches To that soil where affection is ever in bloom. which spring up in every direction from And, oh! when death comes in wild terrors to cast large earthern pots, give an appearance His fears on the future, his pall on the past; of romance, which, added to the broken In that moment of darkness, with hope in thine
heart, lights, the irregular architecture of the And a smile in thine eye, look aloft, and depart ! buildings, and the white Ionic columns of marble, present, in every house, a varying subject for the draftsman or the
WORLDLY HONOURS. painter. To the sides of the walls are attached mirrors, which reflect all around, when every disease shakes them off and
How loosely do honours sit on men, and pictures, amongst which were once lays them in the dust. How miserable works of art that would delight the con
is the condition of the glory of this noiseur. It has been calculated that world which hardly holds out a life, but eighty thousand marble columns exist in often dies before us, ravished away by a Seville; but there assuredly must be a much larger number, for many are do last as long as its owners, with the
frown or forfeited by a fault. Or if it buried in the walls, others covered with staff of office cracked and thrown into plaster, and on an average, every house the grave, is there buried with the possesses six.-Standish.
The following lines were suggested One of the greatest anatomical discoby an incident which occurred on board veries of modern times, is that which a ship. A child, five or six years of assigns the different functions of sensaage, by his sprightly and fearless dispo- tion and motion to nerves enveloped in sition had become the universal favour- the same sheath, but proceeding from ite among the crew. At a time when different roots, and conjoined after their she lay becalmed, in one of his venture- origin. An extensive practical applisome moods, he had climbed to the ut- cation of this principle is beset with most height of a tall mast, unobserved by various difficulties; but reflection will any one on board, till the moment he show its great importance.
If in a nerwas almost on the point of falling, when vous affection a nerve be cut after the he was discovered, at this dizzy height, conjunction of the roots, sensation and by his father, who cried out, with a loud motion would alike be destroyed, but voice, “ Look aloft,” which direction if it be possible to operate on the root saved his life ; for had he looked down, of the nerve of sensation only, the pahis fears would have caused him to fall. tient might be cured.
derable relic of the domestic architecture CROSBY HALL is a remarkably fine and of the fifteenth century, now remaining even magnificent specimen of our old in the metropolis. It has been used for civic palaces. It occupies the northern and many purposes : not long ago, it was western parts of the quadrangle, called used as a packer's warehouse ; it has Crosby Square, on the east side of Bi- lately been cleared, and put into a better shopsgate Street. The chief apartment is state. the great banqueting chamber, of which the above is a representation, measuring fifty-five feet in length, while it is more WHATEVER be the season of the year, than twenty-seven broad, and its height the state of the weather, or the hour of is forty feet. Its chief ornament is its the day or night, so long as the trees of noble roof of oak or chestnut, elliptical the field are visible, they are always in form, and divided with quadrangular beautiful. He who can see no loveliness compartments, with pendants. This in the vegetable world, unless the sun is apartment is considered a work of great lighting up the sky, has not that sunskill and beauty, and it still remains shine in his soul which clothes creation nearly perfect. The hall is lighted by with beauty and glory, and moves the twelve lofty windows. It has an im- heart to thankfulness and praise. mense chimney in the northern wall; But think not that I am casting blame an exceedingly rare provision in such old on those whose emotions are not so lively buildings, as the fire was usually kindled as my own. No, no! if there be a in the centre of the room, and was al- bowed-down brother or a depressed sister lowed to escape through an opening in among my fellow pilgrims to a better the roof. Crosby hall is the only consi- world, whose eye shall fall on these
remarks, to such a one would I say, great height into noble branches. The “Deem me not high minded, or un- slender gracefulness of its airy foliage, gentle.” Rather would I hang my harp and the seed bunches that hung upon it, on the willows, than wound a fellow called forth my boyish wonder and debeing with an ill-timed note of exult- light, but there was something beyond ation. While moved to thank God for these that bound me to that goodly tree. the unmerited mercy of a buoyant spirit, So smooth and slippery was its stem, I would not willingly afflict any one be- and so free from branches for the first neath the canopy of the skies. How twenty or thirty feet from the ground, bounteous in the Giver of every good ! that none of my schoolfellows could conHow beautiful has he made the dwell- trive to climb it; I alone could accoming place of man! Every sunbeam and plish the difficult and daring achievecloud, every tree and shrub, every herb ment. This served to knit me to the and flower, is a proof of his abundant tree; but it made me proud, and pride goodness. But come, let me speak of deserved a fall. I had one day climbthe trees of the field.
ed the tree, and crawled, in my highWe have all admired the oak, stand- mindedness, along a high branch, that ing, like a forest king, in the glory of struck out almost horizontally from his strength and beauty, with his feet the trunk, when the fearful void bestruck deep in the ground, and his arms
the distant ground exspread wide in the air. He only, who cited fear, and somewhat affected me made the world out of nothing, could with giddiness. Willingly would I have make an oak out of an acorn! Goodly given all my reputation as a climber, to is the tree in the vast bulk of its stem, have set my foot once more on the solid the spread of its branches, and the ground. It was an awful situation; and golden glory of its autumnal foliage. that I escaped destruction, was only of You have seen the tree, no doubt, in His goodness whose loving kindness is every degree of its growth, from the great, and whose mercy endureth for sapling, that the weight of the smallest ever. bird would bend almost to the ground, The elm is yet more beautiful than to the forest tree, that shrinks not at the the ash or the oak : it towers up loftily approach of the whirlwind. I love to above them; it presents a more goodly look at the oak, and to read it-ay! to variety to the eye, and its fresh green read it; for it is a volume that treats foliage, redundant and massive as it is, eloquently of ships, of shipwrecks, and feathers off delightfully into the finest of all the wonders of the unfathomable sprays. What goodly, what glorious deep.
elms have I gazed on ! not only when Here might I talk of the oak of Bos- the sun has flung his rays on their leaves cobel, among whose branches royalty glittering with the recent shower, but sought protection, or of the yet more when the moonbeam has broken through goodly oak of Damery, in Dorsetshire, the interstices of their dark branches more than three-score feet in girth; or with silvery brightness. of the “ Oaks of Bashan,” of olden Every truant schoolboy knows the elm, time; but we have other trees to speak for there the crow builds her nest, and of, and must therefore hurry onwards. rooks congregate with noisy clamour. I gaze on the oak with pleasure, when it Sorry should I be to see the country flourishes in its prime, and I regard it scenes that I love, oakless and ashless ; with a yet deeper interest, when it has but rather would I see this, than consent been rifted by the bolt of heaven. There to the removal of the elms. Often have it stands, like a paralytic giant, smitten I stood at the foot of a giant elm, that I for waging war with heaven; howling might not see, merely, but feel myself out, as it were, the words, Who hath re- to be a pigmy! sisted the arm of the Holy One ? “Who The beech, though neither so majestic hath hardened himself against him, and as the oak, so elegant as the ash, nor so hath prospered ?" Job ix. 4. There is lofty and varied in shape as the elm, is fearfulness in its ruin, majesty in its very yet a fine tree to the eye, and when rehelplessness, and sublimity in the mag- garded in respect to its usefulness, cannitude of its desolation.
not but be highly prized. The very In the days of my youth, stood a goodly name of the tree takes me back to my ash, in the village where I went to school. boyhood. In a gloomy lane, near a deÍt had a noble stem, that forked off at aserted mansion, known by the name of