The ascent of watery exhalations from the earth their progress to maturity are enveloped in husks, or during the middle of the day, and their sudden con- shells, or stones, as, on account of their excessive densation at night by the chilling frosts of this month, hardness, we are accustomed to call them; others make it in general a time of mists and fogs: the are enclosed within a case or pod of peculiar texture, singular appearance of these, as they sometimes come fitted at once for protection and nourishment; some gradually over the landscape, is well described by a lie within scaly cones; others in husky sbeaths ; modern writer :

while numbers are provided with a delicate apparatus The vapour rises visibly (from the face of a distant river, for transmitting them to other spots, and are called perhaps) like steam from a boiling caldron; and, climbing winged seeds. Whether contained in stone or pod, up into the blue air as it advances, rolls wreath over wreath husk or shell, the kernel, or seed, is set free by till it reaches the spot on which you are standing; and the opening of its prison-doors, as soon as it has then, seeming to hurry past you, its edges, which have attained fuil maturity, and is ready to be deposited hitherto been distinctly defined, become no longer visible; and the whole scene of beauty, which a few moments before in its proper soil. surrounded you, is, as it were, rapt from your sight like an Thus were the hand of man altogether inactive, unreal vision of the air, and you seem (and in fact are) the vegetable world would still luxuriate and flourish: transferred into the bosom of a cloud.

the due proportions, however, would no longer be The poet Spenser makes some allusion to the maintained ; and the more productive plants would labours connected with the vintage during this grow in rank abundance, and thrust aside many month. In our own country these are almost un- useful and necessary productions of our land. Toil known, but it is the well-known employment of and industry are indispensably required in our present thousands of persons in more southern climates. state, and to their well-directed use we are indebted, The beautiful and prolific vine, principally valued under Providence, for a large amount of comfort and among ourselves for the supply of our tables with earthly happiness. delicious fruit, is there esteemed and cultivated for The equinoctial gales of autumn are very favourable a more profitable use. At the commencement of to the dispersion of seeds, while at the same time October, the grapes are gathered, and pressed or they hasten the fall of the “sere and yellow leaf," and trodden in a wine-press, or in the warm south are make melancholy music in the groves : suspended when melting with ripeness, for the sake

I love that moaning music which I hear of their droppings, from which the richest Malaga

In the bleak gusts of autumn, for the soul wine is made. In those countries an economical use Seems gathering tidings from another sphere; is made of the skins and footstalks of the grapes, And in sublime mysterious sympathy, after the best and the secondary sorts of wine have

Man's bounding spirit ebbs and swells more high, been obtained from the fruit. The must of the

Accordant to the billows' loftier roll. south is employed in making a rich confection with The flower-gardens suffer from these chilling gales, citrons and aromatic sweets. Potash, brandy of a and much of their beauty is swept away. A few secondary quality, and vinegar, are also obtained dahlias perhaps remain, with French and African from the residue of the grapes. In a dried state it is marigolds, China-asters, scabious, and the profuse given as fodder for cattle; fowls are remarkably and sweet-breathing mignonette. The scarlet foliage fond of it, and it is excellent as manure.

Ip scarce

of the Virginian creeper enlivens the walls; the arbuseasons it is laid up for fuel, in the same way that tus still hangs out its blossoms and fruit; and the tan is laid_up for winter use in many parts of ivy is richly covered with blossoms, insignificant, England. Even the pips or seeds are applicable to indeed, to the eye, but affording a rich repast for bees useful purposes; pigeons delight in them; and the and other honey-sucking insects. The thickly-matted Italians extract from them an oil, much superior roots of daisies and other edging-plants are now to that from nuts, either for eating or burning. In our separated; bulbs and choice anemonies are planted own country the operations of cider and beer-making in beds prepared for the purpose; at the end of the take the place of the labours of the vintage. This month dablia-roots are taken up, dried in an airy month is generally chosen for the brewing of such shed, and then removed to the store-room. Bulbs malt liquor as is designed for long keeping. The may now likewise be placed in water-glasses, and steady temperature which usually prevails is favour- forced in the hot-bed, previously to being brought in able for the process, and the results of such brewings doors. Geraniums and other green-house plants are often celebrated under the name of the month are returned to their place of shelter, and precautions itself, and are called "old" or "mild October."

are taken for the preservation of choice flowers which The herring fishery is now employing multitudes remain necessarily exposed to the weather. of persons either in the capture, or in the various The wild flowers of this month are not many in processes of salting, drying, and packing the fish for number, but in moist situations, and beneath sheltersale. Pilchards likewise are caught in vast quantities ing bushes, they are yet to be found. The whiteas they visit our seas. An interchange has taken flowered, and the yellow-flowered gallium are still in place between our birds and those of northern as blossom, the hedge bind-weed continues to display well as southern countries. The swallow-tribe is its large and elegant blossoms, and here and there gone, and the water-birds are flocking hither from

we may still observe the pink blossoms of the lesser other shores. Field-fares and red-wings come back centaury. to us; and wood-pigeons, snipes, and woodcocks The shortening of the days is now introducing us make their appearance. Many animals, insects, and to some of those pleasures which characterize the reptiles, seek protection from the cold nights, and winter evening. The cheerful fire is again permitted retreat to their winter-quarters.

to enliven our apartments; the assembled members It is very interesting to observe the beautiful pro. of the family seek no other pleasures than those vision made for the dispersion of seeds, which are which are supplied in that best and dearest of places, now fully ripe, and if not disseminated by the active home; they participate in the gratification derived care of man, are yet provided, each according to its from books, or music, or conversation, and while peculiar character and requirements, with the means imparting and receiving information and delight, the of "sowing themselves." Such seeds as require bond of love and unity, which holds them together protection from the variations of the weather during as one happy family, is unconsciously strengthened

and confirmed, and a fund of after-recollections of

THE SQUIRREL. the most pleasing character laid up. Thus whatever be the season, there are pleasures Drawn from his refuge in some lonely elm,

That age or injury has hollowed deep, and employments peculiarly belonging to it, which

Where, on his bed of wool and matted leaves, by their successive arrival and departure are well He has outslept the winter, ventures forth fitted to charm the novelty-seeking mind of man.

To frisk awhile, and bask in the warm sun,

The SQUIRREL, flippant, pert, and full of play; Provident concerning the future, he is able to make

He sees me, and at once, swift as a bird, arrangements, and to take precautions, such as the Ascends the neighbouring beech; there whisks his brush, coming season renders necessary for his health or

And perks his ears, and stamps, and cries aloud,

With all the prettiness of feigned alarm, comfort, and if he is charitably disposed towards

And anger insignificantly fierce. ---CowPER. those who have it not in their power to make similar preparations, he will find an unfailing source of pleasure in the relief of their wants.

The description of a winter-evening's employments, as given by our poet Cowper, may well inspire one with pleasure at the thought of the approaching season. After introducing us to the cheerful apartment, when the closed shutters, the descending curtains, the bubbling and loud-hissing urn, the sofa wheeled towards the fire, and "the cup that cheers but not inebriates," all seem present to our view, he says,

The poet's or historian's page by one
Made vocal for the amusement of the rest ;
The sprightly lyre, whose treasure of sweet sounds
The touch from many a trembling chord shakes out;
And the clear voice symphonious, yet distinct,
And in the charming strife triumphant still;
Beguile the night, and set a keener edge
On female industry: the threaded steel
Flies swiftly, and unfelt the task proceeds.

THERE is something exceedingly pleasing in the apDiscourse ensues, not trivial, yet not dull,

pearance of a squirrel. The brilliancy of its eyes, the Nor such as with a frown forbids the play

grace and swiftness of its motions, and the beauty of Of fancy, or proscribes the sound of mirth:

its "shadowing tail," excite our admiration even when Nor do we madly, like an impious world,

the animal is confined within the narrow limits of a Who deem religion frenzy, and the God

cage, and has therefore little opportunity of displaying That made them an intruder on their joys,

the powers with which it has been gifted by nature; Start at his awful name, or deem his praise

but to watch its motions (as our poet was wont to do) A jarring note.

when, conscious of freedom and of its own resources,

it ventures forth to frisk awhile, and to play its gamGASSENDI, who became celebrated as an astronomer about bols among the branches of the trees around us, the middle of the seventeenth century, exhibits a remark: climbing, or leaping, or running, with a light and gentle able instance of perseverance and progress in learning at an early age. When four years old he used to deliver little

motion, then starting, and stamping as if in sudden sermons; and at seven, he would steal away from his alarm ;-—all this is very interesting, and makes us parents and spend great part of the night in observing the willing to know more of the habits of so engaging a stars, which made his friends say that he was born to be an creature, and disposed to seek acquaintance with the astronomer. At that age he had a dispute with the boys of different members of a family of which he forms so the village, whether it was the moon or the clouds that pleasing a specimen. moved. To convince them that the moon did not move, he

The word Squirrel is merely a corruption of Sciutook them behind a tree, and made them take notice that the moon kept its situation between the same leaves while

RUS, the name of the genus to which this animal bethe clouds passed on. This early disposition to observation longs. This genus is one of the most widely dispersed caused his parents to cultivate his talents, and the clergy, among animals of the mammalia class. It is generally man of his village imparted to him the first elements of distributed throughout the world in places widely diflearning. His ardour for study now became extreme. The fering from each other. Squirrels of one species or day was not long enough for him; and he often read a good another are to be found in Europe from Lapland to part of the night by the light of the lamp that was burning the extreme south, in all parts of Asia, Africa, and in the church of his village, his parents being too poor to allow him candles for the purpose. He frequently took North America, indeed, everywhere that woods and only four hours' sleep in the night. At the age of ten, forests exist to shelter them, with one remarkable when the bishop passed through the village on his visita- exception, and that is the continent of Australia, on tion, young Gassendi addressed him a Latin speech with which no squirrel has yet been found. such ease and spirit, that the prelate exclaimed “That boy

The characters by which this genus is known, are, will one day be ihe wonder of his age."

generally speaking, as follows, though according to

the variation of some of these, the division into sub. Or all useless beings, the mere man of fashion is perhaps the most useless; and, of all modes of living, the most idie and genera and species is also settled. They are all posunsatisfactory, is the life of those who spend their days in sessed of clavicles, or neck-bones, by which they are ambitious endeavours to maintain themselves in a higher enabled to use their fore-legs like arms, either in position of society, than their station and their attainments grasping, or in conveying food to the mouth; but in warrant. —GRESLEY.

doing so they have to use both legs, the paws being,

unlike those of the monkey-tribe, inadequate to supply The person who during the twelve hours of every day that the place of hands. The tail is very long, and is he passed in sleep, believed himself clothed with royal au covered with long hair or fur, which diverges into two thority, shared a lot exactly similar to the king, who

parts on the underside. The length of the tail is dreaming through the same number of hours, imagined that he suffered cold and hunger, and asked the pity of the

generally sufficient to overshadow the whole body, peasants in the streets. The pleasures of imagination are curving forwards as it does over the back; and from as fugitive and as unreal as its sorrows.

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from the Greek for“ a shadow" and "tail.” The gnaw. | twigs, and placed near the summit of the highest trees, ing teeth in the lower jaw of squirrels are very much so that they are rarely accessible, or even discoverable compressed: these teeth are required for cutting from below. The young are thus secured from the through very hard substances, and in common with attack of their ordinary foes, but sometimes become those of the beaver, rat, &c., are formed in a sort of chisel the prey of ravenous birds, as they roam over the shape, as here represented. A small portion only of forest. Some species of squirrel form burrows at the

roots of trees, instead of occupying their utmost height. From the difficulty of obtaining a view of a squirrel's nest, the number of the young is not accu, rately known.

Squirrels are divided into three sections, founded on obvious characters,—the absence or presence of cheek-pouches, and the divergence or non-divergence of the fur from the line on the under-part of the tail. The first section consists of those without cheek, pouches and with hair divergent along the whole

length of the tail. These are regarded as the true LOWER JAW OF THE SQUIRREL.

squirrels; and the best known among their species is the tooth appears through the gum, but the wood-cut the Common Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), with which represents the jaw laid open, to exhibit its whole length, we are acquainted in this country. This animal seems forming as it does the segment of a cirele, and having to be a native of every country of Europe, and is its posterior extremity behind the rest of the teeth. called in different places by various original names. It has been remarked, that by a very beautiful The colour of the common squirrel varies with the arrangement of the enamel, forming as it does the situation in which it is found. In France, and in the front part of these teeth; and the bone (which is the southern parts of Germany, it is of a lighter or softer of the two), the hind part; the inner part of darker shade of reddish colour, on the upper-part of the tooth wears away first, and thus leaves a sharp the body, and white on the under-part; with us, it is cutting edge for use. They have four tuberculous somewhat similar, but not of so bright a hue. There teeth on each side of both jaws, and a small one in is a considerable change in colour at different seasons advance of the rest in each side of the upper jaw, but of the year, but this change is less remarkable in the it falls out at rather an early age. The hind-feet of countries we have mentioned than in Siberia, where squirrels have five toes, and the fore-feet four, but during the winter the animal becomes of a slate-gray sometimes the inner toe also appears on the fore-feet colour, with small points of black, and the coat of fur as a simple tubercle. The claws upon their toes are is much thickened and improved. In the natural crooked and sharp, so that they can take a firm hold woods on the banks of the Obi and Jegessi, these anion small inequalities in the bark of trees; the toes mals are sought after at that season on account of likewise have a lateral motion, by which they can their skins, which are much valued, and form the grasp towards the centre of the foot. The spine is squirrel-fur so much in use amongst us. Although very elastic, and allows of a ready action of the joints of the same species with the squirrel of this country, of their limbs, so that whether on the ground or on the Siberian squirrel is a considerably larger animal the trees, they are almost equally nimble.

Their than ours, members, however, are not of a walking character, and The provident habits of the squirrel have often though they have a method of running along the formed the subject of anecdote, The provisions they lay small twigs of trees with surprising celerity, their up in store against the winter consist principally of motion when on the ground is rather leaping than nuts, acorns, beech-mast, the seeds of pines, peas, running, and the elasticity of the spine comes into beans, and some other large seeds. These they geneplay at every step. Their hind-legs are a very little rally deposit in some hollow of a favourite tree. It longer than the fore-legs, but they seem to have an has been imagined that we owe to the boarding propen. equal command and use of all in the running motion sities of this animal, the growth of what are called we have spoken of. The eyes of squirrels are large spontaneous oaks, and that the squirrel has therefore and bright for the size of the animals, and owing to performed an essential service to the British navy. A peculiarities in their conformation it is supposed that narrative taken from an old scrap-book informs us the sight is remarkably keen, and that very little that a gentleman who was walking in the woods of light is required to enable them to discern objects the Duke of Beaufort, near Terry House in the county clearly. It is also probable that squirrels hear very of Monmouth, was led to observe the motions of a acutely, for the organ of hearing is remarkably well squirrel, which darted down from the branches of a developed, and often terminates in tufts of hair tree with an acorn in his mouth. After digging a which are supposed to assist the transmission of small hole in the ground, the animal stooped down sound.

and deposited the acorn; then covering it up, he The food of these animals consists chiefly in nuts darted up the tree again. In a moment he was down and other small fruits, but they are also fond of the again with another, which he buried in a similar man. sweet juices of plants; and it is affirmed that they do This he continued to do as long as the observer very serious injury to the plantations of Indian corn thought proper to watch him. From this and similar in some parts of the United States of America, by accounts, it is inferred that the squirrel, in thus plant. gnawing the straw at the time when sweet juice ing acorns for his own future use, is not likely to reis to be found in its nodes or joints. We have said member each spot in which he has deposited one, and that they are inhabitants of almost every part of the is therefore really planting for the benefit of man, and world : it may be naturally inferred, therefore, that increasing the number of the trees he prizes so much. they are indifferent to the extremes of heat and cold. In answer to this it has been said, that when an aniIt is, however, supposed that they delight in rather a mal is endued with instinct to lay by food for winter warm temperature, as they are generally found to use, he is also endued, as a matter of course, with the exist in the greatest numbers in the forests of tempe- power of finding it again; and again, that the place rate regions. Their nests are spherical, formed of chosen by the squirrel for depositing his store is



always free from moisture, and therefore not a place or even as a rudder to guide its course, but this does where the acorn would be likely to germinate and not appear likely, from the character of the tail; and prosper.

there is reason to believe that in swimming, the It is very difficult to get a good view of a squirrel squirrel still keeps its tail in its graceful recurved in its free state, for its eye and ear are so very sharp form, and thus gives it more the office of a sail than that it darts off almost as soon as we catch sight of it; of a rudder. These little creatures appear sometimes and, if closely pursued, will take some astonishing leap, to make an extraordinary effort to conquer their own and be soon out of our reach. The gracefulness of its fears. At first sight of a dog or cat, a squirrel has motions may be seen in some degree in a large cage, and been known to tremble and scream with alarm, yet we doubt not many of our young readers have lingered within a few minutes, and after several ineffectual long in delighted admiration of the little creature as it attempts, it has summoned resolution enough to sits with its beautiful tail recurved, and its fore-paws march up and smell at the very nose of its gigantic rapidly turning round the nut they have offered, or as enemy. These approaches the squirrel makes by it dances lightly backwards and forwards in its place short abrupt leaps, stamping the ground with his of confinement. An author somewhere tells us that feet as loudly as he can; his whole mien and countethese agile creatures, formed as they are for climbing nance ridiculously expressive of affected valour and and leaping, do not feel at home in their cage unless intrepidity. they have a small mill, or treadwheel, upon which Squirrels are interesting not only as it respects their they can exercise themselves. On this subject we

appearance and gestures, but also on account of their cannot forbear quoting the strong language of Sir neat and orderly habits, and their social dispositions. George Head:

There is reason to believe that these animals associate There is not a more exquisite refinement in the art of in pairs, almost from the nest, and that their attachtormenting, than to confine a poor squirrel in a revolving ment lasts through life, even to the period of old age. cage. If there be one method more efficacious than another to deprive it of liberty, it is this very contrivance, whereby

As there is nothing in their habits to render them obhe is constituted the centre of a system, --where, do what he noxious, but on the contrary, much that excites inte. will, he never can possibly be in a state of rest,--where, let rest and admiration, it would be desirable to see them him vary never so little, even for a moment, from his centri in our wooded parks, enjoying freedom from every cal position, everything begins tumbling about his ears. I kind of persecution, and enlivening the groves with have many times observed with pity the panting sides of an their graceful gambols. We are at a loss to account unfortunate little animal, its state of anxious tremor in its ball of torment—its breath exhausted by galloping, kicking, ried on in former times, except as we consider it as a

for the practice of squirrel-hunting, occasionally carand straining-worried and alarmed, without enjoying a single inch of progressive motion, or one refreshing change

mere amusement for such as are able to delight in the of attitude, for minutes together, within his tantalizing tread cruel persecution of a perfectly harmless creature. mill. I know it will be said that the animal is happy; for In an account of the parish of Easling in Kent we are that of exercise, the soul of nature, he has his fill. ` A man

told that there was a yearly diversion of this kind held pelted with mud may believe he is hunting, or lying on the

on St. Andrew's Day, and a rabble of boys and men wet grass think it swimming, as reasonably as a poor squirrel in the midst of a whirling maze of wood and iron, can enjoy

furnished with guns, poles, clubs, and other weapons, liberty and the delight of running; the dog, even confined

spent the greatest part of the day in hunting the squirrel by his chain, moves unmolested in a circle-the prisoner in the woods. While this was their ostensible purpose, changes position in his cell:-home is home, be it ever so however, we find that they took the opportunity of homely, but when the house itself turns round, its homeli- destroying any hares, pheasants, and partridges, which ness surely is destroyed altogether.

might come in their way, and committed depredations Our author then speaks of the comparative happi- of various kinds, in breaking down fences, gates, &c. ness and freedom of these creatures when a pair of Whether this custom is now continued we know not, them are kept in a large cage, suitably provided with

but it is to be hoped it has long since passed away. perches, &c., and adds

The following account of a juvenile squirrel-hunt is Let anybody try the experiment, whether lord or master, from an old poet:or fair mistress of a squirrel,- let pity be taken upon the little shadow-tailed inhabitant of the woods,- let a new cage

Then as a nimble squirrel from the wood, and suitable companion be provided, and both together in

Ranging the hedges for his filberd-food, return will regale the spectator with the exhibition of feats to

Sits partly on a bough his browne nuts cracking, baffle the imagination of Ducrow; and a combination of

And from the shell the sweet white kernell taking, quickness, strength, and agility, such as no earthly

Till (with their crookes and bags) a sort of boyes,

(To share with him) come with so great a noyse, creatures possess in more infinite variety.

That he is forced to leave a nut nigh broke, Those persons who have been in the habit of

And for his life leape to a neighbour oak; watching the manners of the squirrel in a state of Thence to a beech, thence to a row of ashes; confinement, assure us that it is too sagacious to add Whilst through the quagmires and red water plashes, to its winter hoard, or often to accept, when offered The boyes runne dabling through thicke and thin, to it, a nut that is either decayed, or destitute of a

One teares his nose, another breakes bis shin:

This torn and tatter'd hath with much adoe kernel. In general it rejects faulty nuts at once,

Got by the bryers; and that, hath lost his shoe; after smelling to the shells, and when it tries them by

This drops his hand ; that headlong falls for haste; turning them about, and apparently weighing them in

Another cryes behind for being last : its paws, it throws each bad nut on the floor as use. With sticks and stones, and many a sounding hollow, less, and does not take the trouble to crack the shell. The little fool, with no small sport, they follow, We have before alluded to the surprising leaps

Whilst he from tree to tree, from spray to spray, taken by this animal: the tail is then of great use to

Gets to the wood, and hides him in his dray. it, serving as a sort of parachute, and presenting, with the extended limbs, a wide surface to the air. A As the great Author of the universe created nothing in pet-squirrel has been known to leap from the windows vain, surely he must be an unconscious observer of nature of a room on the second story of the house, and

that does not discover in every walk, and everywhere, the alight on the gravel-path, or on a flight of stone steps, with verdure, and the earth with beauties innumerable, for

goodness of an all-wise Providence, in clothing the fields without receiving any injury. When necessary, the

the support of animated nature, all tending to the advancesquirrel can take to the water, and swim well; some

ment of our thoughts to that Being who created them.have alleged that it makes use of its tail as a paddle, I ASHFORD.


source of diversion, we are not far from a similar tem

per of mind. The self-knowledge which leads to an A KNOWLEDGE of the world, (as it is called,) by acquaintance with others will never allow us to supwhich we would signify an intimate acquaintance with pose all our fellow.creatures unworthy of trust and our fellow-men, is generally considered requisite to all affection, so long as we make our own hearts the test, who would act discreetly amidst the chances and and one throb yet beats true to virtue. Ithuriel's changes of a busy life; and even for those who are spear would have disclosed the disguise of an angel not called upon to mix much in society, an entire igno- of light as faithfully as it brought to view the form of rance upon this point is far from desirable. Many the malignant fiend ; and if we fairly expect from have been the opinions relative to the best method of others no more than we find in ourselves, we shall gaining this knowledge, and some have supposed it neither become the dupes of a too credulous belief in necessary to acquire much experience, and that of a human perfection, nor be rendered miserable and unpainful kind, before a due knowledge of the world just by perpetual distrust and suspicion. can be attained, with any degree of accuracy. Thus it is said we must be betrayed by the world, before we can be aware of its treachery; wounded, before we

You will sometimes see men at public places, whose pro

fessiou is the seeking for mere amusement, and who give can learn its ingratitude ; and disgusted, ere we can

no sign of existence except by an occasional yawn. Cast believe in its hollow selfishness.

your eyes on those spectators who are alive to the most Such an ordeal would remind one of the fabled vivid enthusiasm. They are young students or mechanics, punishments of old, supposed to be inflicted on the who hare economized ten days, to spend an hour of the aspirants after forbidden knowledge, who were forced

eleventh in this amusement. It is in clean cottages-in to surrender, in return for their unhallowed secrets, small, but well directed establishments, that pleasures are all those social and tender affections which unite man

vivid, because they are obtained at a price, and through

industry and order. kind to one another. And if a knowledge of our fellow-creatures were indeed to cost us so much that its results rendered us reserved and uncharitable, it

THE INDIAN FIRE-FLY. might well be doubted whether such knowledge were

Yet mark! as fade the upper skies worth the purchase.

Each thicket opes teu thousand eyes ; There is, however, another method, though but little

Before, beside us, and above,

The fire-tly lights his lamp of love, studied, by which we may learn to know mankind, its

Retreating, chacing, sinking, soaring,

The darkness of the copse exploring. -HEBER. follies and its vices, and yet maintain a lively interest in its happiness and improvement; namely, by be

When first bold Gama's venturous band coming thoroughly acquainted with ourselves. This is

Approached far India's coral strand, in the power of every one who will conscientiously

They viewed, at eve, the sea-girt shore, and habitually pursue a strict system of self-examina

With brightest gems bespangled o'er : tion; and of the benefit of the self-knowledge thus

Where'er they turn the gazing eye, acquired we shall be aware, not only by the quick in

On peopled land, on cloudless sky, sight which it may give us into the motives and

The moving wonder still pursues,

And still their wondermert renews : springs of action in others, but by the still more valu

Not fairy tale, or magic sight, able privilege of compassion and sympathy för their

Can match the splendour of that light, failings and aberrations, and a generous emulation of

With which, eclipsed and bright, by turns, their virtues. Those infirmities of the heart and tem

The meteor-fly instinctive burns. per, which our daily experience teaches us are kindred to

Philosophy must deign to pause our own, surely must awaken a kindred sympathy and

Ere she disown the primal Cause, indulgence. Others may possess our weaknesses to

Jehovah's glory thus displayed a much greater extent than ourselves, and these from

E'en amidst night's dunnest shade: circumstances may be made notorious to the eye of

Let all her dreams unfold the plan,

Which last created wondrous man, the world, while our own lie, as it were, in embryo in

And as a curtain spread the sky, the recesses of our heart. But can any of us say

“Arrayed in glory bright" on high: that if the situation and the temptation were reversed,

Then that no spot might not contain our own tendency to evil might not have been brought

A token of his boundless reign, into action and exposure, and those, whom under

Wherever reason should survive, other circumstances we have condemned, have stood

Willed that this beauteous fly should live. forward in comparative innocence ?

Perhaps too (who shall ever tell?) The germ even of those follies and vices, which,

The choral hymn of praise to swell, when matured and expanded, are so well calculated

Almighty power this fly design'd

For rapturous bliss, as erst mankind: to shock our feelings and imaginations, may gene

And thus this glittering, living gem rally be found lurking in every human heart. The

But speaks the endless love of Him, sordidness of the miser, and the reckless prodigality

When bounding in its eastern pride, of the spendthrift, spring alike from the same foun.

Joying in life at even-tide: tain of selfishness which rises in every heart. True,

Creation's voice attesting loud it may not display the covetousness of the one, nor

The praise of vast Creation's God,

Who bade the Indian fire-fly shine, the heedlessness of the other : education may have

And idols own the Hand divine.-H. taught us to restrain, and partly to subdue the evil principle, but let us beware of thinking it entirely UNLIMITED scepticism is as much the child of imbecility as eradicated.

implicit credulity.--DUGALD STEWART. leading us to prefer our own pleasure to that of others, and against which we can never sufficiently guard, we Is there a God to swear by, and is there none to believe in, see exerting a despotic sway over the profligate and none to trust to ? intemperate. We think perhaps we have but small cause of sympathy with the misanthrope, but yet

LONDON: when we feel a secret pleasure in detracting from a


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