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The Coral Insect teaches how dis- pointed by God. The long legs and proportionate are the works of some tail of this insect are to enable it to persons to themselves.

Who would move quickly, and to deposit its eggs have thought that the coral insect deep in the ground. builds islands?

Illustr.-Our wisdom lies in findIllustr.-Columbus, a poor and ing out for what our talents are common sailor, discovered a new

suitable; and our virtue in devoting world : and Paul, a diminutive them to its service. itinerant preacher, overturned the The Silk-worm teaches that many Greek and Roman idolatries.

benefit others without knowing it. The Cricket teaches that you only The silk-worm knows not that its know the presence of some persons work is coveted by half the civilized by the annoyance they give : as you world. would probably only detect the abode Illustr.-The Countess Pof the cricket by its noise.

having lost several children, went Illustr.-Mrs. Muslin was dis- into Bethel chapel, L-; became tinguished in all companies, for her religious from the sermon, went gaudy dress and loud tongue. If, home, and devoted herself to the however, merit were praised, or dis- improvement of her neigbourhood ; tress to be relieved, she invariably but the preacher died without ever became a mute.

knowing the fact. The Nautilus teaches that man is The Cochineal teaches that some exceeded by some mere brute in all kind of good fortune is to be consihis animal excellencies, as strength, dered a sure prelude to a fall. Man speed, &c.

The little nautilus is kindly feeds the cochineal, and aftermore at home on the ocean-deep, than wards destroys it merely for its colour. man with all his science and glory. Illustr. - When good fortune

Illustr.-How universal are the comes from an enemy, or above our motives to humility! Man excels merit, or from a mistake, this is the the animals in a few respects, and they all excel him in a multitude The Animal Flower teaches that of instances.

there are very extensive analogies in The Grub teaches that the meanest the natures of all creatures. This nature sometimes gets the best fare. animal flower resembles marigolds, carThe grub feeds on scented flowers, nations, and other flowers, from which while the nobler ass eats thistles ! it derives its name.

Illustr.--The pious James Mill Illustr.—What can be the design lives in yonder cottage : he has of these analogies? Are they eight children, and keeps an orphan merely for human amusement ? nephew and his wife's mother, on And what is the intention of the twelve shillings a week. The Earl analogies between matter and mind? of E-had nineteen thousand

The Gadfly teaches that Nature is pounds a-year, and is childless ; a better and older mechanic than man. but has seven illegitimate children, From the days of Adam, the Gadfly has fought three duels, and with has used his gimlet, which shuts up vice, looks old at forty-five! in a telescope case.

The Crane-fly (or Long-legs) Illustr.--Nature's mechanism is teaches that no talent was ever given better than men's, because it is perwithout having its proper uses ap- fect at once, and to a great extent


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the sea.

is endowed with the power of self- things in the Divine works are conrepair. .

nected with the greatest. This inThe Burying-beetle teaches that sect is part of the food of the whale. public virtues are frequently origin

Illustr. - It is also this insect ated and supported by individual self- which is supposed to be one of the ishness ; as, the burying-beetle inters causes of the phosphorescence of the dead bodies of small animals, which is a public advantage, for the The Legionary Ant teaches that sake of supplying its beloved grubs most of the evils in society are picwhich feed in the ground.

tured in the animal world, if man Illustr. How humbling, that would but open his eyes to behold the roots of patriotism should be them ; this ant, which is light cosome radication from avarice! loured, steals the young of a, less

The Ant (common) teaches that powerful black coloured ant, and comlittle persons and weak bodies of men,

pels them to do its work.

Illustr.-- What a picture of slawhen industry is united with intelligence, can accomplish wonders. Very! Illustr.–On this principle, all

Animalculæ teach that life may be societies and companies of men passed and enjoyed within very narare founded, whether in trade or row limits : millions of animalculæ the army; and without it, neither will live in a few drops of water. could the arts of life be perfected,

Illustr.--A poor woman lives in nor its evils overcome.

a mean house in the adjoining

street; she has never been out of The Flea teaches that little things

Sheffield, is afflicted, has 3s. 6d. a often bite very sharp. How small

week to live on; but declares she the flea ! But many a giant and genius have been unable to sleep on its

is happy, and is expecting heaven. account.

The Jackdaw teaches that some Illustr.-A little child said to minds see no interest in many objects her father one morning, after she until they have ceased to possess it in had seen him drunk, “Papa, how the estimation of others. The jackdo you feel when you are drunk? daw is fond of old towers, steeples, For you laugh when nothing is and buildings. said ; and then you wink with your

Illustr.-Of this class are the aneyes, and all your fingers tremble tiquaries, who see little charm in so; and sometimes you put your

a building until it is old; and tongue out of your mouth, or say

some poets, who are sooner inspired such things as I can't understand. by desolation and ruins, than by And then, papa, why do you roll

life and its wondrous acts. about when you attempt to walk ; The Goose teaches that there is a tell me, please, do you feel so very great difference between our real and happy when you are drunk ?” A our imaginary height. The goose little boy said to his mamma one stoops in passing under an archway day, “Mamma, why do you look six feet high, lest its head should in the glass so much ? does the strike against the top. Bible tell you to do that? because Illustr.-Our imaginary height you told me the other day, that the

is fixed by ourselves. Our real Bible tells us what to do.

stature is the average between the The Medusa teaches that the least opinions of our friends and enemies.


The Woodpecker teaches that as we should sing: as the lark sings the much as possible we should econo- best when it ascends towards the skies. mize our labour. The woodpecker Illustr.-An advance in religinever bores through the bark, till it ous character should be marked by knows that insects are beneath it. an increased sweetness and har

Illustr.--We should always look mony of dispositions, which are the at the probable results of our la- music of the mind. bour before we perform it.

The Ostrich teaches that the least important points about us are often the most valued; as, the tail feathers

“It is good for a man,” saith the of the ostrich, the skin of woman, the prophet Jeremiah," that he bear the titles of men, &c.

yoke in his youth.” The word aval, Illustr.-One of my acquaint- among the Jews, which we very proance boasts, unceasingly, that he is perly render yoke, signified not only descended from one of the free- that sort of neck-harness by which booting esquires of William the bullocks drew in carts or ploughs ; Conqueror, and would rather be but also any kind of bond or obligapraised for that than for kindness! tion, to do some particular thing or

work. By them it is applied to the The Eagle teaches that great minds are not much formed for companion- the kingdom of heaven-obedience to

following things :-1. The yoke of ship. It is a rare thing to see a pair the revealed will of God. 2. The of eagles; and no one ever saw the

yoke of the Lawthe necessity of eagle and the blackbird together! Illustr.—Who ever saw a flock obeying the whole of the Mosaic

ritual. 3. The yoke of the Preceptof eagles ? But who has not seen a flock of geese? I do not know that the necessity of performing any either Milton or Locke had an

special obligation by which a person intimate friend."

may have bound himself, such as the

Nazaretic vow. 4. The yoke of ReThe Spoonbill teaches that the pentance—including not only the mouth is made to suit the meat. 'abandonment of sin, but fasting, and What would the sparrow and the bodily mortification. 5. The yoke of spoonbill do with exchanged beaks ? Faith—the necessity of believing in

Illustr.- This is one of the many the promised Messiah. 6. The Divine arguments in favour of the exist- yoke-the obligation to live a spiritual ence and goodness of God, which life of cordial devotedness to God. the material revelation furnishes.

Many things are spoken of figuraThe Cock teaches that Nature made tively as a yoke which “it is not good clocks before man. Formerly, the di- for a man to bear," either in youth, or visions of the night were only known in any subsequent period of life. by the cock crowing.

Such is the yoke of slavery-a galling Illustr.-In the poor and rural load under which thousands and mildistricts, the labouring men will lions have groaned from their youth acquire great accuracy in finding up. From the first moment of their out the hour of the day from the earthly existence to the last, they length of the shadows, or from the knew nothing of liberty-except only habits of animals.

in their dreams; and from these how The Lark teaches that the nearer soon were they awoke by the harsh we rise to heaven, the more sweetly voice of their task-master! From

this yoke, a kind and beneficent pro- destroying themselves in body and
vidence has exempted you, reader; soul for ever. But the kind of liberty
evince your gratitude by devoting which they do not possess, we can
your prayers and endeavours to the describe. Such is their debased and
deliverance of those who are still its enslaved condition that they cannot
victims. There is also the yoke of a promise not to yield to certain tempta-
minute and laboured ceremonial in tions. They can give no pledge when
religion. And—worse than either they arise in the morning that they
there is the yoke of sin ; of moral will abstain from such and such a sin
subjection to the tyranny of evil. through the day. They are so ac-
This is a yoke by which all are more customed to wear the chain, and to
or less oppressed; and under which fall down before the tyrant, that if he
all, who do not obtain deliverance crosses their path, they instantly yield
now, will groan for ever. The infidel, themselves up to his power. There
the sceptic, the irreligious, may make a conscience within them, intended
their boast that they have emancipated to act in the name and by the authority
themselves from every restraint, and of God; but they are afraid to listen
have achieved their freedom. And to its softest whisper lest it should
their specious falsehoods may allure disturb them with upbraidings. There
the inexperienced young to emulate is a divine revelation sent to them
their example. “But,” saith an apostle, from God, intended to reclaim and
"while they promise them liberty, they bless them; but they fear to approach
themselves are the slaves of corruption; and inspect it lest it should tell them
for of whom a man is overcome, of the truth, and truth is their aversion.
the same is he brought into bondage.” They fear to think of the great and
And are they not overcome? They glorious Being who formed them, and
may not at present be conscious of by whom they are sustained ; and if a
their bondage : but the victim about thought of him finds its way into
to be offered in sacrifice is not less a their minds, they hastily banish it
victim because he is crowned with a thence. Death, and judgment, and
garland, and led in a chain of flowers eternity, lie directly in their path-
to the altar on which he is about to immediately before their eyes—but
bleed. They may not be conscious they are afraid to look at them lest
of their chains; but that is only they should flash terror in their faces,
because they offer no resistance to the and they shrink from them as from
tyrant that leads them; because they foes. And is this their vaunted
are travelling the road to perdition liberty? Yes, my young friends,
promptly and of their own accord. while they boast of freedom, they

And is it for such to boast of wear a most appalling yoke; and their
liberty ? The species of liberty which bondage threatens to be eternal.
they do enjoy it is not for us to de-

“ Chains are the portion of revolted man, scribe, for much of it is of a nature Stripes, and a dungeon; and his body which does not admit of description.

The triple purpose.

that low On this point, we will only add an

And sordid gravitation of his powers apostolic injunction, --flee also youth

Toa vile clod so draws him, with such force, ful lusts, and all who indulge in them. Resistless, from the centre he should seek, Their touch is contamination ; their That he at last forgets it. All his hopes

Tend downwards: his ambition is to sink, breath, pollution ; and their boasted

To reach a depth profounder still, and still liberty, the liberty of the suicide, the

Profounder, in the fathomless abyss soul suicide, the dreadful liberty of Of folly, plunging in pursuit of death.”

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But there is a yoke which it is good light. When you look on the parental for a man to bear—that it is good for power, you behold the image of the him to bear it in youth will probably divine.be shown in a subsequent paper. But the yoke of yokes is the law The yoke especially intended by the of the gospel. How beautifully did prophet is the religious discipline of the Saviour refer to it when he said, early and sanctified affliction. It " Take my yoke upon you, and learn would not perhaps be easy to convince of me; for I am meek and lowly in some of you who are at present in the heart, and ye shall find rest unto your flush and bloom of early manhood souls. For my yoke is easy, and my that this is a yoke to be commended. burden is light.” This yoke is threeAnd yet thousands even at your age fold,-consisting of truths to be behave found it so, and have blessed the lieved, precepts to be obeyed, and a wise but invisible hand that imposed profession to be made. it on them. It sobered down their And why is it denominated a yoke? sanguine expectations---corrected their Surely, not because it is "grievous views of the world—imparted a useful and heavy to be borne.” “For," saith knowledge of themselves—chastened Jesus, "my yoke is easy;” it is so and improved their tempers--and, easy that had not he himself given to above all, was the means of inducing it the name of a yoke, his disciples them to say, "I will arise, and go would never have thought of doing unto my Father.”

so-so easy that lisping infancy and And what wise son will not think infirm old age can alike wear it; for with gratitude of the yoke of parental it is lined with love, and the hand authority? There is reason to fear that imposes it sustains and makes it that, from a variety of causes, parental light—so easy that were we never authority was never more relaxed or disposed to sin we should feel it to be disregarded than in the present day. a yoke-so easy that the Christian My young friends, I need not remind pronounces it to be perfect freedom, you, that a child cannot cast off his and the blest above delight to wear it. filial obligations, nor manifest im- The only sense in which the religion patience at the salutary restraints of of the gospel can be regarded as a parental authority, without incurring yoke, is the same as that in which the the certain displeasure of Him who laws of the land are felt to be a yoke instituted the family compact. You by the dishonest and abandoned—it know who it is concerning whom the lays a restraint on our depravity-it evangelist records that in his youth will not allow us to harm ourselves, he was subject to his parents. You to inflict an eternal injury on our know who it is that hath not merely nature for the sake of a present mocommanded us to honour our parents, mentary gratification—it brings us but hath sent that precept to every under the law of love, and bestows on youth linked with a golden promise. us the grace which enables us cordially You remember how He himself not to delight in it. This is liberty :only assumes the title of Father, but glories in it. • What great respect

“ A liberty, which persecution, fraud,

Oppression, prisons, have no power to must be due from us to that character, which the Supreme Nature has chosen

Which whoso tastes can be enslaved no to be the representative of his own!


'Tis liberty of heart derived from heaven, The authority of a father can be seen

Bought with His blood, who gave it to in no fairer view than by this reflected mankind,

And sealed with the same token."


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