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same kind, though less public, are notorious enough to those who will observe them; they may well be a warning for us to consider a religious observance of the Lord's-day as the best preservation of virtue and religion, and the neglect and profanation of it as the greatest inlet to vice and wickedness."

Evidence of the truthfulness of this remark is furnished in the case of the young man Kelly, who was recently executed in San Francisco, for murder. In his dying confession he says: “And, just on eternity's awful briuk, I lift up my voice for the last time, and say aloud to young men, avoid bad company, and follow the advice and example of the Sabbath-keeper and the church-goer."

IMAGINATION. The Latin Poet, Ovid, in his fanciful narrative of Phæton's chariot, tells us that a day was once lost, and that the earth was in great danger from the intense heat of an unusual sun. It is true, that in attempting to account for this, the writer, as was his custom at all times, consulted only his imagination, and clothed it weil with an active fancy. It is singular, however, that he mentions Phæton, who was a Canaanitish prince, and also ascribes the origin of the fable to the Phænicians, the same people with whom Joshua fought, when the sun hastened not to go down for the space of a whole day.


The great and commonly acknowledged truths of religion are those that men must live upon, and which are the great instruments of destroying men's sins and raising the heart to God.

I know that preaching the Gospel publicly is the most excellent means, because we speak to many at once; but it is usually far more effectual to preach it privately to a particular sinner as to himself.

I have found by experience that some ignorant persons have got more knowledge and remorse of conscience in half an hour's close discourse, than they did by ten years' public preaching.

Every Christian is bound to do all he can for the salvation of others, but every minister is doubly bound, :| because he is separated to the gospel of Christ, and is to give up himself wholly to that work.

It is the sign of a distempered heart that loseth the relish of Scripture eccellency. The spiritual heart loves the word of God, for this is the seed which did regenerate him.

Woe to him who takes up with the form of godliness instead of godliness.

THE NAME OF GOD. It is singular that the name of God should be spelt with four letters in almost every known language. It is in Latin. Deus ; French, Dieu ; Greek, Zeus; German, Gott ; Scandinavian, Udin ; Swedish, Codd; Hebrew, Adon ; Syrian, Adad; Persian, Syra; Tartarian, Idga ; Spanish, Dias ; East Indian, Esgi or Zeul ; Turkish. Addi; Egyptian, Aumn or Zeut; Japanese, Zain; Peruvian, Lian ; Waliachian, Zene; Etrurian, Chur; Tyrrhenian, Eher ; Irish, Dieh ; Croatian, Doga; Margarian, Oese ; Arabian, Allah; Dalmatian, Rogt.

HOW DO YOU PRAY? I was visiting at the house of little Hattie's father. After she had been snugly tucked in bed by her kind mother, and we supposed her almost asleep, she suddenly aroused, saying,

“O, I must say my prayer."

And so she began, “Our Father which art in heaven," and repeated very rapidly a few lines ; then happening to think of something she wished to say to her sister, she stopped and told her story, and then, in the same careless manner, finished her prayer.

Now, let me tell you how little Alice prays. She kneels down every night by the side of her little bed, with folded hands, and in a low and serious manner, as though she realized that she was speaking to God, repeats these pretty lines :

“ 'Tis time to go to bed,

And close my weary eyes;
But first I'll thank for daily bread,

My Father in the skies.
“I fear that I this day

Have not obeyed my God ;
Blest Saviour, pardon me, I pray,

And wash me in thy blood.
“I now am very young,

But as I older grow,
I hope to praise Thee with my tongue,

And more of Thee to know."
Children, how do you pray ? Like Hattie, or like Alice ?

O Day most calm, most bright!
The fruit of this, the next world's bud;
Th’indorsement of supreme delight,
Writ by a Friend, and with His blood ;
The couch of time ; care's balm and bay :-
The week were dark, but for thy light;
Thy torch doth shew the way.

Herbert. THE PHILOSOPHY OF RAIN. To understand the philosophy of this beautiful and often sublime phenomenon, so often witnessed since the creation of the world, and so essential to the very existence of plants and animals, a few facts derived from observation, and a long train of experiments, must be remembered :

1. Were the atmosphere everywhere, at all times, of a uniform temperature, we should never have rain, or hail, or snow. The water absorbed by it in evaporation from the sea, and the earth's surface, would descend in an imperceptible vapour, or cease to be absorbed by the air when it was once fully saturated.

2. The absorbing power of the atmosphere, and consequently its capacity to retain humidity, is proportionably greater in warm than in cold air.

3. The air near the surface of the earth is warmer than it is in the region of the clouds. The higher we ascend from the earth the colder do we find the atmosphere. Hence the perpetual snow on very high mountains in the hottest climate.

Now, when, from continual evaporation, the air is highly saturated with vapour, though it be invisible and the sky cloudless, if its temperature is suddenly reduced by cold currents descending from above, or rushing from a higher to a lower latitude, or by the motion of saturated air to a cooler latitude, its capacity to retain moisture is diminished, clouds are formed, and the result is rain. Air condenses as it cools, and, like a sponge filled with water and compressed, pours out the water which its diminished capacity cannot hold. How singular, yet how simple, the philosophy of rain! What but Omniscience could have devised such an admirable arrangement for watering the earth!

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How precious is the Book divine,

By inspiration given;
For as a lamp its doctrines shine,

To guide our souls to Heaven.
It often cheers our drooping hearts

In this dark vale of tears,
And life, and light, and joy imparts,

And banishes our fears.
This lamp through all the tedious night,

Of life shall guide our way,
Till we behold the clearer light

Of Heaven's eternal day.

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THE ROCKING STONE, FALL RIVER. The Needle Mountain iu Dauphiny, described as erratic, is a thousand paces in circumference at the top, and two thousand at the base. Near Neufchâtel a mass of granite occurs, forty feet high, fifty long, and twenty broad, estimated to weigh 3,800,000 pounds. On the Jura limestone mountains, at an elevation of 2000 feet above the Lake of Geneva, there are granitic blocks, the solid contents of which amount to 1200 cubit feet upon the Salere, to 2250 on the Côteau de Boissy; and the block called Pierre à Martin is mentioned by Mr. Greenough as containing even 10,296 cubic feet. The rock in Horeb, from which, according to monkish tradition, the leader of Israel miraculously drew water, is a mass of granite, six yards square, containing 5823 cubic feet, lying upon a plain near Mount Sinai. In the United States, boulders occur of equal dimensions. “On Cape Awn, and its vicinity," says Dr. Hitchcock, "I have not unfrequently met with blocks of sienite not less than thirty feet in

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