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Original Model of the Descent from the Cross; the Prodigal's Return; a Head in marble; the Dying Saviour; John Wesley; Mother and Child; Miseries of War, bas-relief; Her Majesty, in Carrara marble; Michael Angelo; Innocence; “Spiritless, Afflicted, Fallen;" bas-relief in plaster from Milton's Paradise Lost; and a statue of Victory “to the Memory of the Officers and Men of the 50th Regiment, who fell on the banks of the Sutlej," with a vast number more of a similar character.
But the Sculpture Court only forms one part of the Fine Arts Department-a department rich with objects of the most elaborate workmanship, as well as of the most costly price. We have in this department an illustration of the length to which paper can be manufactured. In fact it can be made almost any length. Here is one sheet 2,500 yards long, and three feet ten inches broad; and another of brown paper 420 yards long, and seven feet nine inches broad. A Painting on Ivory of the Marriage of her Majesty; a Scene at the Coronation, and the Baptism of the Prince of Wales, are exhibited in this compartment; and here also we have the Box-wood Cradle belonging to Her Majesty, which is a
beautiful example of the art of wood carving. Here is a || Frame of three-feet square, composed of 2,300 pieces of
Tortoise-shell, and Mother of Pearl. We have Carvings in Ivory, representing Celebrated Characters; Medallions; Studies from the Antique; Carviogs in Wood of the Lacoon, the Tiger Hunt, and sundry other pieces of similar work, some in Walnut, others in Box, and some in Cork. We have a Frame for a Looking-glass in the style of Gibbons the celebrated carver, and a Trophy, about six feet long, carved by," hand in Walnut. The greatly admired Oak Buffct, from the Warwick Oak, with the story of Kenilworth carved on it, forms a prominent object in this department. The Oak, which a short time ago was growing near Kenilworıh Castle, measuring ten feet in diameter, or thirty feet in circumference, and containing about six hundred feet of wood, was levelled, manufactured, and carved for the Great Exhibition, and now forms one of the most splendid -specimens of decorative art of which England can boast. The design of the centre panel, carved out of one solid block of oak, represents Queen Elizabeth entering Kenilworth Castle, in all the pomp usually displayed on these occasions. A long train of attendants follow the queen, composed of ladies, statesmen, knights, and warriors, some on foot, others on prancing steeds. In the distance, soldiers and a mixed multitude are making the welkin ring with their clamorous joy. This is all in one panel. We have no space to describe the rest. Models of many celebrated Architectural structures are placed here, and also designs for new erections. Amongst these may be mentioned the Martyr's Monument at Oxford; the Portico of the Pantheon at Rome; the Temple Church; Preston Hall; the Royal Arch at Dundee; of Tynemouth Castle, and many others. Here is a model of St. Paul's Cathedral, made from card-board by a penknife, and another of York Minster, executed also with a penknife. There are models in Ivory of Roman and other temples; a bust of Her Majesty, cut, by a lathe, out of the solid Ivory. Here too is “ The Crucifixion," carved in wood, life size, also a Model of a Cottage, composed of 2000 pieces of Willow Wood. Here, too, is an Italian Illuminated Painting of the sixteenth century, Holbein's Dance of Death. There is also a Machine for Folding Envelopes ; numerous Ornamental Papers and Bindings; also examples of Printing in Oil Colours and Lithographic Printing. There are examples of Engraving by Electricity, and of Engraving Seals by Machinery; and specimens of Enameling, and of Mosaic work. We have the Trophies of the Wars of all Nations; a Model of the Fountain of Commerce; and the Four Seasons in Gum Paste.
There are in this Department alone from four to five hundred different objects, or groups of objects, under the designation of Fine Arts, all of which have beauty, skill, or utility to recommend them. The first sketch of the Exhibition Building by Mr. Paxton is placed here. It is on blotting-paper. But we have lingered almost too long in this department, and Old Winsford's space in the Juvenile Companion will be now filled up. If he can spare time, he will not fail to give his young friends a little more information about the Great Exhibition. He would, for the present bid them good-bye, fondly hoping, that while they seek and intermeddle with all wisdom, they will not neglect to cultivate a deep acquaintance with the Word of God, which is able to make them wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. “The fear of the Lord that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."
WHO IS THE WISE MAN ?
“PRAY,” said a little boy to a friend with whom he was walking out, “which was the wisest man, David or Solomon ?”
Friend. You know Solomon was famous for his wisdom, It is said, “all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart."
Boy. But, do you think he was wiser than David ?
Friend. David was a good man and loved God; he is spoken of for his piety, and Solomon for his wisdom..
Boy. Do you know it strikes me that David was the wiser man of the two-I like David best-I would rather have been David than Solomon.
Friend. Perhaps I may agree with you there; but what is your reason for choosing rather to be David than Solomon ?
Boy. Because I think God loved David, and you know how many Psalms David wrote. I love the Psalms.
Friend. God put great honour upon David in teaching and helping him to write so many beautiful Psalms for the use of his church in all ages. We use his Psalms even to the present day; and all God's people love them, and delight to read them. But God put honour upon Solomon too in this way; he also wrote part of the Bible, and it remains to this day. We have the Proverbs, as well as the Psalms, and they are Solomon's writing.
Boy. But I like the Psalms best.
Friend. Why do you like the Psalms better than the Proverbs ?
Boy. Because there is a great deal more about God in them. Now, don't you think David was a very wise man to write all the Psalms ?
Friend. The Psalms are not all David's writing; but he is supposed to have written the greater part of them; and I certainly agree with you, that he must have been a very wise man.
Boy. And wiser than Solomon ?
Friend. I will not dispute this matter with you. To love and serve God is a mark of the highest wisdom, for no one can love God without the knowledge of him; and if the knowledge of God leads a man to love and serve him, it is a proof he is a wise man. Such a man is wise for this world and the next too: and such was David. But we find that Solomon asked wisdom of God, and God gave it him; and we find that God was pleased with Solomon for this; * he gave him not only wisdom, but also riches and honour beside. So we must consider Solomon a wise man.
Boy. But he was not wise always, for you know he bowed down to idols, and worshipped gods that were not gods, but only made of wood and stone. It appears to me that Solomon was wise for this world, and David for the next.
Friend. We believe and hope that Solomon saw his error, and sin, and folly, in this, and truly repented of it before he died; for as you say, it was a sad proof he was not wise always; and we learn by it not to put our trust in the wisest of men; but in God alone, who is “only wise and blessed for ever.” And we should learn also to pray to God for his grace to keep us; for we see, except God is pleased to keep the wisest of men, he becomes a fool.
Boy. But David did pray to God for grace.
Friend. David was a very eminent servant of God; but there was a time when he showed great want of wisdom, for he forgot God's eye was upon him, and he
o See 2 Chron. i. 10, and 1 Kings iï. 10. .
fell into sin and displeased God; but he repented of his sin, and God forgave him. I will agree with you here, that there was a great difference in this respect between David and Solomon : David loved God; and we read that his heart was perfect with the Lord his God; which means he truly loved him always, and was sorry when he had displeased him: and could not be happy but in the enjoyment of his presence and his favour.
Boy. I will tell you how I think it was. I think the difference was this—David and Solomon were both wise, but Solomon was wise for all the affairs of the kingdom : he was a great king, and knew how to rule his people; he was very wise in all the things of this world; but David was wise towards God.
Friend. I think you may be right.
Boy. Well, then, do you not think this the best wisdom?
Friend. It certainly is, because this world will come to an end ; and they who are wise only for this world, will be found fools in the end; but he who loves and serves God has God for his friend, and he will be his friend for ever; this is true wisdom, the knowledge, and love, and fear of the Lord ; to depart from evil and to do good to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and strength and mind-this is true wisdom. One of our Saviour's names is Wisdom; and he says, “I love them that love me." He says again, “ I will fill their treasures. Blessed are they that keep my ways. Blessed is the man that heareth me, &c.—for whoso findeth me, findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.” Our Lord says, “this is life eternal, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." Seek this knowledge, for it is indeed wisdom ; this world will be burned up; all that is in it will pass away and be no more, but when all its wisdom and all its pomp shall perish, the servants of God will be found among the truly wise ; for to know, to love and to serve him, is to be wise unto SALVATION.