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Just then a stranger bee appeared,
Who all the late dispute had heard.
His silver wing bore marks of age ;

His soft and peaceful note,
Like oil upon the tempest's rage,

In gentleness did float ;
And from his venerable tongue,
I give the moral to my song.
" By nature's wise decree, to each

Are separate duties given ;
A wiser power than thought may reach,

Hath made the balance even ;
And to attain each lawful end,
Nature herself hath means ordained.
She gives our precious winter food,

She tells us where to place it ;
In every gift her aim is good,

Altho' we may not trace it;
She tells us how to build our cell,
Shall we not use our knowledge well ?
“ Let bees this useful lesson give

To man, howe'er unwilling :
Each should in his own station live,

Its duties well fulfilling ;
For perfect parts, however small,
Will surely make one perfect all.”
The disputants in silence heard,

The monitor withdrew,
And soon each active wing was stirred

To clear the hive anew;
I left the covert of the tree,
Instructed by an “ humble bee."

E. M. I.

A ship is very like a bird,
And it is proved by every word,

That here the poet sings:
The stern her tail doth plainly show;
Her keel the body; beak, the prow;

And her proud sail the wings.


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Evangelical Miscellany.

JUNE, 1836.

• EAST PECKHAM, KENT.. On one of the loveliest days of last summer, we visited the picturesque village of East Peckham, the church at which place forms the subject of our engraving. The weather was exceedingly beautiful, and many circumstances combined to make that season one of the happiest that we remember to have enjoyed as we moved gently over the waters of the Medway, or rested beneath the dark shadows of its over-hanging trees,

“Where water-lilies lie afloat,
Each anchored like a fairy boat,

Amid some fabled elfin lake.” The lark hung high above us over the fragrant hayfield; the cattle by the grey willows on the river's brink stood in beautiful relief against the glowing meadows beyond them; and the king-fisher darted through the long reeds amongst which the dragonAlies were quivering on their gauzy wings, and the flowers of the tansy, the perforated St. John's-wort, and the yellow iris nodded as the welcome wind, or the twinkling oar, swept over them. With those


feelings of lively gratitude which such gentle scenes ought always to awaken, and our minds in unison with the tranquil tone of all around us, we passed up the narrowing stream till we reached our destination at the place, where, 6 increased with another water, called Twist, which twisteth about, and insulateth a large plot of good ground, it runneth on not far from Mereworth.”

Mereworth Castle as it is still called, though it has no pretension to that title, stands contiguous to the church of East Peckham, which, as will be seen from our cut, occupies the summit of a hill, overlooking the rich district of the weald. Its name, indeed, sufficiently describes its situation, for peac, in Saxon, signifies a height, and ham, a village or dwelling-place.—M.S. Journal.

THE HUMILITY OF ST. PAUL. THERE is perhaps no case of conversion in which the power of divine grace was more strikingly displayed than in that of the Apostle Paul. If he were before it, ardent in his opposition to the gospel, he was afterwards enthusiastic in his attachment to it; and if he once boasted of his privileges as a Jew, he gloried in his more extensive and exalted immunities as a Christian. If he were once eager to impede the progress of the Saviour's cause, he afterwards laboured abundantly and unweariedly to accelerate its triumphs, and counted not even his life dear that he might“ finish his course with joy, and the ministry that he had received of the Lord Jesus.”

But in nothing was his conversion more displayed than in his unfeigned and constant humility; content to be nothing, that Christ might be all. He styles himself “ less than the least of all saints,! Ephes, iii. 8, an expression indicative of deep humility arising from a sense of obligation to divine mercy, an exalted view of the state to which he had been raised, and a strong disgust at the degraded condition from which he had been miraculously rescued. Hear how he speaks, 1 Tim. i. 14. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus," and 1 Cor. xv. 9. “I am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God." From a

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