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Be kind to all, thou knowest not

The power of sympathy.
A railing word return with good

And shun bad company.

Be wise, my little boy, obey

Thy mother's mild command ; The father's keep, and may thou be

" The son of his right hand.”

What is it that will sweeten life,

And strew its path with flowers, Give to the heart a calm content,

And many peaceful hours.

'Tis sin that will embitter life,

Bring sorrow and distress; 'Tis piety will make it sweet,

And yield thee joy and peace.

Blest be thy lot, kind heaven designs

The highest bliss for thee;
A glorious crown, the Christian's prize,

A palm of victory.

Through all the chequer'd scenes of life,

May Christ thy comfort be; May He who loves a little child

Be always good to thee.

When fades the rose upon thy cheek,

And “nature's strength decays; " When health shall fail, and sickness come,

To bear thee hence away.

When friends have bid their last farewell,

(Thy sins through grace forgiv'n), May this their consolatlon be,

That thou art gone to heaven.

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HERIOT'S HOSPITAL, EDINBURGH. The city of Edinburgh is distinguished not merely by its grand scenery, its university, its other public buildings and monuments, but also by its charitable institutions. Among the latter, Heriot's Hospital is specially deserving of notice. Hospitals, generally, are buildings provided for the reception of poor persons who are out of health, and require medical attendance. Formerly, however, the word Hospital was given to buildings designed for the accommodation of poor persons whether ill or in health, d to buildings in which poor children were to be clothed, fcd, lodged, and educated. Of this latter kind of hospitals is the Blue Coat School in the city of London, called Christ's Hospital, and the school in Edinburgh, designated Heriot's Hospital.

This noble institution was founded in accordance with the will of a citizen of Edinburgh, who left a large property for its establishment and future support. This gentleman's name was George Heriot; and it is said that he was born in Edinburgh in June 1563. His father was a goldsmith; which business the son also followed, and he became jeweller to Mary Queen of Scotland, and afterwards he was jeweller to king James, who, after the death of queen Elizabeth, became king of England, and united the kingdoms of England

and Scotland. When king James left Scotland, Mr. Heriot accompanied the king to London ; and, while resident in the British metropolis, he greatly increased his wealth. He died in London on the 12th of February, 1624, and was buried at St. Martin's in the Fields. By his will, after making provision for the support of his relations and dependants, he directed that the remainder of his property should be applied to the buildiug and maintaining an hospital, or school, in Edinburgh, in imitation of the public, pious, and religious work founded within the city of London, called Christ's Hospital.”

On the 3rd of June, 1628, the erection of Heriot's Hospital was commenced, but its completion was by circumstances delayed until the year 1650. The cost of the erection was £30,000. At this time the civil war had commenced; and Oliver Cromwell soon after took possession of the city of Edinburgh, and used Heriot's Hospital, as a military hospital, and for eight years it was so occupied. In the year 1659 it was opened for the reception of scholars.

The Hospital stands in a fine situation, in a feld not far from the High Street; and is overlooked from the Castle hill. The building has four fronts, each of which is 162 feet long. In the interior is a court yard, 94 feet square; over the gateway entrance stands a statue of George Heriot, which is decorated with flowers on his birth-day. The building has 200 windows; and its centre tower is 100 feet high. The hospital chapel is a fine room, 61 feet long and 24 feet wide; the ceiling is richly ornamented ; and the floor is covered with black and white marble. The management of the hospital is vested in governors who are annually elected. The boys receive a liberal education. Those who possess superior talents, if they desire it, are, upon leaving the hospital, sent to College, and supported there for four years; the others are allowed the sum of £60 each, to apprentice them, to learn trades. The funds of the hospital are chiefly derived from land in the vicinity of Edinburgh. The income, twenty years since, was between eight and nine thousand pounds a year; and we suppose it has since then increased, ilms 73 FOREN

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THE FISHERMAN'S FAMILY.

FROM REAL LIFE. WE enter a room in which are two young men. They are alike in age, alike in affection felt towards each other, alike in their deep religious feelings; but, oh, how different in their relative position! One is in the enjoyment of strength and vigour; and, although in his face may be discerned the traces of deep grief, yet we may see that it reflects perfect health of body, and soundness, although a disturbed state, of mind. He leans over a bed on which is stretched his fond companion,—a fellow mortal hastening fast towards the conclusion of his earthly pilgrimage. The expression of death already stamped on the countenance as seen in the dimmed eye, darkening under the shadow of death, and in the paleness of every feature-tells us that he is nearing the haven of eternity. These two young men are twin brothers, and have been playmates and associates from infancy; and so like were they in feature and in form, when both were in health, that it was difficult to distinguish the one from the other. They were as two young trees planted near each other, interweaving their leaves and foliage together, having a community of feeling, and an interchange of thought, not common even among brothers.--a relationship calculated to draw forth and keep in exercise the best sympathies of mankind.

It is past midnight; and the sufferer having fallen into an uneasy slumber, his brother, weary with watching, has resumed his seat, and, sinking back in it, is apparently also overcome by sleep. The house is pervaded with stillness, for all are receiving that refreshment to a weary body and anxious mind, which sleep, that “sovereign restorer," happily produces. Let us embrace this interval of repose to acquaint our readers with the family of which these young men are members, and to detail the interesting and affecting incident which has caused this affliction.

John Waterston, the father of these young men, was a fisherman in a small sea-coast village in the north of Scotland. He was a man of humble pretensions, but of sincere and devoted piety. Early imbued with a knowledge of Divine truths, he had taken God's word as a lamp unto his feet, and as a light unto his path, through the trying pilgrimage of life, and was daily looking forward to a better country, even a heavenly. His wife, a woman of kindred spirit with his own, was taken from him by an afflictive dispensation of God's providence, in giving birth to her fourth child, a boy; and when this bereavement took place, the two eldest, the twins we have already noticed, were only about six years of age. John's only daughter, Mary, was two years younger than her twin brothers.—Hugh and John ; and the youngest, the innocent occasion of their all being motherless, was named William. On this youngling of the flock was lavished all the affection of the family; and his entrance into the world, amidst the dark cloud of affliction, seemed to impart to him, in the eyes of his father, an interest and a value beyond all else beside. It appeared to him as if “ God, who gives and who takes away," had given him in stead of his beloved wife. Though fondly attached to each of his children, yet it was on this, his youngest, that his eye most frequently rested. To all he felt paternal affection: to the youngest he seemed to have transferred much of the love he had entertained for his partner in life. Nor did this lead to jealousy in the other children: on the contrary, all were attached to their “ wee Willie.” To this family group we have yet to add an elderly woman, named Elspith, who had for some years been a near neigbour of our fisherman, and who, on the death of his wife, was asked, and gladly accepted, the office of housekeeper to the bereaved husband. She was entirely devoted in heart and spirit to the whole family; and many former kindnesses rendered her by John Waterston, were now more than repaid in her tender motherly care of his offspring.

Nothing of any moment occurred in the life of this humble family for many years. The children were carefully trained up in the fear of the Lord; and, in the parish school, were instructed in those ordinary and useful branches of education which are generally taught in these seminaries. We must now advance to a period of twelve years after the death of the mother of the family, and about a

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