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PAGE Abijah, the Son of Jeroboam.. 144 Melrose Abbey......................... Account of John Wickliffe .... 309 | Patmos, and Monastery of St. Alarum Clock, The ........... 278 John. Isle of....

141 All-Seeing Eye, The........... 221 River Thames. The Sources of American Tiger, Fight with an 163 the .... Australia, Christmas-day in .. 168 Sledges. Winter Travelling by Awful Effects of Drunkenness.. 322 Trim Castle, Ireland. Ruins of

Wickliffe's Monument............... 309 Beautiful and Good, The Love of the...........

...... 210 Early Choice and Happy Change Black Castle of Opium, or Kara Egyptian Statues. Collosal...... Hissar ............

29 England Struggling for Freedom 195 Blooming Vine, The........

Escape from Fire.........
Boy with a Short Memory, A.... Eye. The All-Seeing ........
Bradford, near Manchester.
Missionary Efforts at .......

Faithfulness........................
Building on the Sand..............

110 Farmer's Horses. The.............

Fortune. The Reverse of.......... Cango Caverns, The ......

206 Cathedral of Beziers. The..... 253 Glastonbury Abbey. Account of Character, Importance of ....... 293 God Reigns ...... Children who sang Hosanna to God. How we ought to obey.... 19 Jesus Christ ..........................

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Good Boys of the Bible ...... 116, 144 Child's Faith. The A True Good Little Girl. A ......... Story ....................

Gospel ? Do you understand the 164 Christ Jesus, The Child..........

Good Physician. The..............

24 Christian, Jew, and Persian. The 102 Gratitude and its Advantages 52 Christmas-day in Australia ....

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Gunpowder Plot Conspirators.. Clock. The Alarum................ 2

Happiness. The Source of ...... 229 Condition of England under the

Harvest Lessons ..........246, 268, 300 oppression of the Bishops...... 195

Hear. Take heed how ye..........

243 Counsels for the Young ..........

How we ought to obey God ...... 19 Curious History of a Sailor ....

Honest Girl. Jane Hall, The.... 257

Honesty Rewarded.......... 296 Dare to do Right ......

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Honesty. Discharged for..... 223 Diamond. Toe Priceless ........

167 Discharged for Honesty

223 I have neglected my Soul ........ 209 Diogenes

178 Importance of Character.......... 293 Disobeying and not Doing........ 173 Importance of Politeness .......

186 Divine Providence. A remarkable instance of ........

Jane Hall, the Honest Girl ...... Do you understand the Gospel ?

Jew, Persian, and Christian .... 102 Duke of Wellington. Lying in

Joseph, the Son of Jacob ........ 116 State of the

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Josiah, the youthful King ........ 145 Drowning the Squirrel ...

Juvenile Missionary Efforts 79,101,241 Drunkenness. Awful effects of 322

322 | Juvenile Missionary Meeting,

Bradford ............................ ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS. Kindness and Happiness.......... 285 Beziers.

14 King. The Youthful ................. The Cathedral of ....... Glastonbury Abbey ........

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Leeds' Annual Missionary Effort 79 Egyptian Statues. Colossal ....

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Letters from the Rev. Joseph Gunpowder-plot. Conspirator's

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Letters on the Poetry of Milton Malta. The Harbour of......... 169

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59 Paraphrase on Psalm cxiv. ...... Lion Fight. The ........

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Prayer for Grace to Serve God, A 196 Love of the Beautiful and Good Quotation from Paradise Lost.. Looking for a Place ...

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Reply to Lamentations over lost Lying-jn-State of the Duke of

Friends ........ Wellington ...........

Sonnet by Milton .... Macclesfield, Juvenile Mission

Sabbath Morning Contempla

tion, A ....... ary Effort ......

The Poet's Epitaph.................. Malta. Harbour of.....

The Poet's Song ......................
Melrose Abbey. Account of ....

Widow and the Fatherless Child,
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Brierly, Kezia, of Bebington,

Rattle Snake. The ............... Cheshire ............................

Remarkable Instance of Divine Harelon, Joseph...

Providence ............ Hicks, Jane and Elizabeth ......

Remembering God our Creator Hodges, Elizabeth .....

Right. Dare to do ... Jewell, George ...........

176 Leigh, Sarah Alice, of Salford

Samuel, the Son of Hannah..... Lloyd, Henry John...

Sand, Building, on the ........ Ogden, of Lumbutts, Emma ....

Sailors Curious History of A ....

125 Rathbone, John ...............

Short Memory, A Buy with a .... 80 Model Boy. Willie, The.......... Soul, I have neglected my ........ 209 Motherless Marian

Source of Happiness, The

Sources of the Thames .......... 1131 Neglected my Soul. I have...... Suicide Saved, The.............. 214 Old Year. Whispers of the .... 327

Spiritual Recognition ....... 220

Squirrel Drowning, The ........ 30G Our Companions; Where are

Take heed how ye hear .......... Parables from the German Tea Rose, The.................... 151, 187

Krumacher .................... 102, 178 | The All-Seeing Eye ............... 221 Persian, Jew and Christian ...... 1

The Child Jesus Christ ....... 149 Physician. The Good...............

4 The Reverse of Fortune .......... Poor Scotch Boy, Storm at Sea, A 289 | Tiger, Fight with American .... Priceless Diamond. The........

Timothy, who knew the Scrip-
Protestant Reformation .......... 194 tures from his childhood ......

Trim Castle, Ireland. The
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About a Good King ....

Vegetable World, Wonders of
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Buds, Blossoms, and Fruit .... 308
Burial of Sir John Moore ........
Christmas Hymn .........

328 | Uncle Joseph's Letters, 3, 31, 76 Christ's Nativity ........

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134, 155, 191, 211 Dying Child to her Mother, The Dying Maiden's Farewell, The 83 Wapping Sunday School, LiverI wish I was a King ................

139 pool Circuit........ Lines on a Penny .........

Whispers of the Old Year ........ Lines on the Death of Emma Wickliffe. Account of John....

Ogden.................................. 205 ) Willie, The Model Boy................ 48 Lines Written in a Lady's Album 181 Winter Travelling by Sledges .. 57 Little Child's Evening Prayer, A 307 Wonders of the Vegetable World 273 Little Girl on Filey Bridge, The 279 | Worth of the Soul............

165 Milton's Verses on his Blindness 71,

161, 196 | Young, Counsels for the ............ 200 Milton's Verses“ at a Solemn Young. Letters to the 3, 31, 67, Music ". ... 711

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was built. Bede, the historian, who was born in the year 673, describes the old monastery of Melrose. This stood about two miles from the New Abbey; but the Old Abbey was a much inferior erection to the one which was afterwards built.

King David the first, king of Scotland, was remarkable for his profuse liberality in founding and supporting religious houses : his descendants complained that he had unduly lessened the amount of the royal property. He must have spent a very large sum in the erection of the New Abbey of Melrose. Besides the magnificent church, there must have been an extensive pile of buildings for the residence of the monks. When the church was completed, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary; this was in the year 1146. The first monks who resided there, were from the Abbey of Rivaulx, in Yorkshire. It is said, that in the year 1542, there were two hundred monks resident at Melrose Abbey.

Queen Mary of Scotland, made a present of the Melrose monastery, and the estates which belonged thereto, to the earl of Bothwell. Since then the property has belonged to various families. In the last century the property was purchased by an ancestor of the present duke of Buccleugh, to whom, we believe, it now belongs.

The church was built in the form of a cross. Much of the western portion of the church has been destroyed. The abbey church was two hundred and fifty-eight feet in length, and one hundred and thirty-seven feet wide. The parts of the building, which remain, consist chiefly of the southern transept, a portion of the tower which rose over the centre of the church, part of the nave, and the chancel. The roof has nearly all fallen in. Still the ruins prove that the church was a noble and beautiful specimen of architectural skill.

In the year 1559 Popery ceased to be the established religion in Scotland, and the abbey of Melrose was afterwards neglected, and part of it was pulled down, to use the materials in building a mansion on the estate. In the year 1649, when the Scotch resisted the attempt made to force

them to submit to the introduction of bishops, the people inflicted much injury upon the abbey church. It is said that the work of demolition was stopped, by a fright which one of the mob received, from an accident which befel him, while he was aiming a blow at a figure of the Virgin Mary.

Although Melrose Abbey was erected by king David, it was afterwards greatly altered and improved. In the early part of the fourteenth century, during the reign of Robert Bruce, it is probable that it was made to possess the architectural magnificence by which it has since then been distinguished.

Sir Walter Scott, by his writings, has greatly increased the fame of Melrose Abbey. His references to it have caused it to be much visited by tourists. The admiration which it has excited in the visitors, has led to the use of means to protect what remains of the abbey from destruction. A part of the nave was fitted up and used as the parish church, but the erections which this required, greatly injured the appearance of the noble remains of the abbey. A new parish church has been built, and the unsightly modern additions have been removed, that they might no longer disfigure the abbey. There are many carved stone figures in the walls of the church which are fine specimens of artistic skill.

Melrose Abbey is at Melrose, in the county of Roxburgh, and is near to the river Tweed. A little to the south of Melrose are the three Eildon Hills. One of which is said to be one mile and a half in height. LETTERS TO THE YOUNG.

NO XII.—ON POETRY. MY DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS,-Allow me most sincerely and affectionately to wish you “A happy New Year.” In beginning my letters to you for another year, how glad I should feel if I could grasp the hand of each of you, and say fervently and hopefully,— May God abundantly bless you this year; may He cause his face to shine upon you; may He fill your minds with divine peace and heavenly joy; may He aid you in the great work of

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