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was dim with sorrow, and the hawk's eye was closed with grief. The expression of all the living creatures we suw.this day, but especially of the birds, was that of the poor starlinga “ I cannot get out.”
As we stood before the range of cages in which the eagles were confined, I repeated to the boys part of that beautiful passage of holy writ called Moses' song, where among the other many mercies which he recapitulates, he describes Jehovah's tender care of Israel in the wilderness. - He found him in a desert land, and in a waste lowling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of
As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, there was no strange god' with him.” How affecting the similitudes, the epithets of tenderness, protection, and love, by which the Saviour humbles himself to portray his relations to the children of men! How inimitably beautiful are all the cares, affection, and instruction of maternal fondness here exhibited, though drawn only from the instincts of a bird! And on the other hand, where the child of God is compared to the eagle,
how glorious, how royal his dignity among men! Renewing his strength and beauty after spiritual decay, he is unweariedly carried by Jesus on wings of faith, of love, and holy desire;he mounts up towards God, the munition of rocks, from whence he overlooks all the clouds and storms of this lower world,” gazes on the sun, the source of light and joy, with undazzled vision; or if afraid, hides himself in the cleft of the rock, and waits till the glory passes by. There, safe in the secret place of the Most High, he abides under the shadow of the Almighty!
Thus it is not only in the beauty, symmetry, colour, sweet voices, or habits of inferior creatures, that we behold the glory of the Creator; but their very presence may to a well regulated mind excite emotions of gratitude, raise a hymn of praise, or bring into the bosom of the mourner some motive for strong consolation. They ought also to urge us on in the path of duty. The following beautiful verses from an American Album will best express what I mean, and shew how sweet
and touching a lesson a pious mother may teach her beloved child--not in a menagerie-I would not send them there for instruction; but in a walk in the woods, or by some river's side.
Boy. “What is that, Mother?
“ The Lark, my child;
with the dew on his breast,
Ever, my child, be thy morning lays
Found, like the Lark's, to thy Maker's praise."
66 The Dove, my son,
Ever, my son, be thou like the Dove,
Boy. “ What is that, Mother ? "
“ The Eagle, boy,
Ever may the Eagle's flight, be thine,
Onward, and upward, and true to the line."
" The Swan, my love ;
Live so, my love, that when death shall come,
DAILY MAXIMS FOR SEPTEMBER. 1 Mercy exceeds the seeker's expectation. 2 The strongest believer has need to pray, “Lord! increase
3 The sins of men are often read in their punishment. 4 Death is the river which parts the kingdoms of grace and
glory. 5 A Christless soul, though rich as Cræsts, must still be a
miserable soul. *6 În waiting upon God in His ordinances, we may expect
to be met by Him with promises. 7 The grave to the sinner is the land of captivity; to the
saint it is the gate which leads into the land of promise. 8 Foul temptations may have fair pretences. 9 God must be acknowledged not only as a Saviour, but a
sanctifier. 10 This world is the seat of rebellion against God; its inha
bitants are engaged against their rightful Lord and
Master. 11 Every unconverted sinner opposes himself to the will of
God. 12 If we love God in truth, we can ask nothing that a God
of love cannot bestow. *13 Negligent prayers and inattentive hearing, is like bring
ing the blind, the halt, and the lame, for sacrifice. 14 Practise what
know. 15 The most substantial wisdom is serious godliness. 16 If God's .crown be despised, His yoke will be quickly
shiaken off. 17 The strength of a christian is his faith; the strength of
faith is Christ. 18 Sinners need not go down to the deep to search for hell,
there is a hell within them. 19 Wherever you go you carry your life in your hand, and
know not whether you shall bring it back. *20 The life of religion cannot be maintained but by keeping
the life of duties. 21 Every increase of our faith, is a new beam of light
sprung forth from the face of God,
22 Christ and Satan have each of them their spy; Christ's
spy is faith ; Satan's spy is sense. 23 Sin is the great cause of all our wo. 24. It is not enough that we are awakened, our souls must
be renewed. 25 The more we lay hold on Christ, the more of his gracious
presence we shall enjoy. 26 Apostacy begins in unwatchfulness. *27. The end of the sabbath is the preservation and propagạ.
tion of religion. 28 Sin stupifies the understanding and hardens the heart. 29 Grace is strengthened by exercise. 30 No ship at sea keeps more exactly by the compass which
directs its course, than Providence doth by that promise
Lord, let thy gracious promise be my stay,
Till safe from barms I reach Mount Zion's hill,
HONORING GOD. A Conversation between Mrs. Norton and her daughter Jemima. Mrs. NORTON reads I Sam. ii. 30. Them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
• The events connected with this portion of the divine oracles,' said Mrs. Norton, are most interesting and affecting, involving a whole family, the members of which occupied important stations in the service of God. The father was the High Priest of the Lord, and his two sons attendants at the altar; all chargeable with crimes, and all objects of the dịvine visitation. Never can we peruse any thing more illustrative of the Almighty's regard to the ma er in which his service is performed. The crime of Hophni and Phineas were contempt of God's sacrifice, combined with lewdness of the most awful character. The sin of the parent was a neglect to reprove his sons, and, as a judge, to remove them from their office. The
whole constituted the guilt of dishonoring God and his holy institutions.'
• The contrast contained in the words is striking, “ Them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed." To honor God is to walk so as to please him, to pay a sincere and constant regard to the communications contained in His holy word, to dedicate ourselves sincerely and unreservedly to His glory. It will be seen by the piety of our life, by the performance of the sacred duties of prayer, meditation, and hearing and reading the scriptures. There will be an unreserved confidence in Him, and an habitual dependance upon Him, and a lively interest will be displayed in the pro. motion of His cause, by liberality and active exertion. Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thy increase, while on the other hand to despise God is to exhibit a conduct altogether the reverse. It is to neglect religion, to disregard His appointments, to deride His holy word, to rebel against his laws. It is to be insincere in His service, and thus answer the description given in the striking lines of our poet:
But all was false and hollow; though his tongue
Timorous and slothful.' • O mamma,' said Eliza, 'I hope I shall be one of those who honor God!'
. I hope you will; for it is connected with blessedness here and hereafter. Be assured that none are so happy as they who live to the glory of God.'
• I have often heard you mention many of your friends, as striking instances of the fact.'
• Yes! my dear Jemima, no one serves God for nought. They are honored by a sufficient portion of temporal and spiri. tual blessings, and an extensive promise is given them, that God will remember their children after them.'
• Then it must be a great privilege to belong to them who honor God.'
Certainly, and it is thus represented in the holy scriptures: