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ELIJAH AT HOREB.

In Germany, during the war, a captain of cavalry was orIn the very same mount in which Moses first saw dered out upon a foraging expedition. He put himself at the God, shall Elijah see Him: one and the same cave (it It was a solitary valley, in which hardly anything but woods

head of his troop, and marched to the quarter assigned him. is very probable) was the receptacle to both.

was to be perceived. Finding in the midst of it a small cotIt could not but be a great confirmation to Elijah tage, he approached, and knocked at the door, which was to renew the sight of those sensible monuments of opened by an old and venerable man, with a beard silvered God's favour and protection to his faithful prede- by age. " Father,” said the officer, “ show me a field where

I may set my troop to foraging.” The old man complied, Moses came to see God in the bush of Horeb: and conducting them out of the valley, after a quarter of an God came to find Elijah in the cave of Horeb : What we are in search of :” exclaimed the captain,

“ Here is what hour's march, came to a fine field of barley.

Father, you doest thou here, Elijah? The place was directed by are a true and faithful guide.”—“Wait yet a few minutes,” a providence, not by a command; he is hid sure replied the old man, “ follow me patiently a little further.” enough from Jezebel, he cannot be hid from the all- | The march was accordingly resumed, and at the distance of seeing eye of God. Twice hath God propounded the

a mile they arrived at another field of barley. The troop imsame question to Elijah, once in the heart, once in the mediately alighted, cut down the grain, trussed it, and re

mounted. The officer thereupon said to his conductor, mouth of the cave; twice doth the Prophet answer in

· Father, you have given yourself and us unnecessary the same words. Had the first answer satisfied, the trouble; the first field was far better than this.”—“ Very question had not been re-demanded. Now, that sul- true, sir," replied the good old man, “but it was not len answer which Elijah gave in the darkness of the mine."-St.Pierre. cave, is challenged into the light, not without an awful preface. The Lord first passeth by him with the terrible demonstrations of His power. A great and

PARADOXICAL ANIMALS. strong wind rent the mountains, and brake the rocks Two very curious animals exist, which though in pieces. That tearing blast was from God; God neither properly quadruped, bird, nor reptile, respectwas not in it. So was He in it as in his other extra-ively combine, to a certain degree, some portion of the ordinary works; not so in it, as by it to impart him- nature of all. self to Elijah : it was the usher, not the carriage of Dr. Shaw was the first naturalist who introduced God. After the wind came an earthquake, more these singular creatures to notice, and Sir Everard fearful than it: that did but move the air, this the Home was the first comparative anatomist who deearth ; that beat upon some prominences of earth, scribed the internal structure. The zoologists were this shook it from the centre. After the earthquake much puzzled in allotting them a place in their recame a fire more fearful than either: the other affected spective systems, and they have been variously classed the ear, the feeling ; but this lets in horror into the and named by the English and French naturalists. soul by the eye. Elijah shall see God's mighty power One of them, with reference to its combination of in the earth, air, fire, before he hear him in the soft the porcupine and the bird, was named by Sir voice : all these are but boisterous harbingers of a Everard Home the Porcupine Ornithorynchus, but the meek and still word. In that God was: behold in French naturalists did not agree on this point with that gentle and mild breath, there was omnipotency. Sir Everard, and the Baron Cuvier established a There is not always the greatest efficacy, where is the distinct genus, which he named Echidna, with greatest noise.

reference to its spiny covering, and in which he God loves to make way for himself by terror; but placed it. He conveys himself to us in sweetness. It is happy “ This animal,” says Dr. Shaw, “ so far as may be for us, if after the gusts and flashes of the law, we judged from the specimens hitherto imported, is about have heard the soft voice of evangelical mercy. a foot in length; the whole upper parts of the body and

Bishop Hall. tail are thickly coated with strong and very sharp spines,

of a considerable length, and perfectly resembling THE HOUSE OF GOD.

those of a Porcupine, except that they are thicker in It is the Sabbath bell, which calls to pray'r,

proportion to their length, and that instead of being Ev'n to the House of God, the hallow'd dome,

encircled with rings of black and white, they are Where He who claims it bids his people come mostly of a yellowish white, with black tips. The To bow before His throne, and serve him there

head, legs, and whole under part of the body, are of With pray’rs, and thanks, and praises. Some there are

a deep brown or sable, and are thickly coated with Who hold it meet to linger now at home, And some o'er fields and the wide hills to roam,

strong close-set bristly hair. The tail is extremely And worship in the temple of the air !

short, slightly flattened at the tip, and coated at the For me, not heedless of the lone address,

upper part of the base with spines equal in length to Nor slack to greet my Maker on the height,

those of the back, and pointing upwards. The snout By wood, or living stream; yet not the less

is long, and perfectly resembling that of the Great Seek I his presence in each social rite

Ant-eater, having only a very small opening at the tip, Of his own temple : that he deigns to bless, There still he dwells, and there is his delight.

from whence is protruded a long tongue. The nostrils D. C.

are small, and seated at the extremity of the snout.

The eyes are very small and black, with a pale blue The ear and the eye are the mind's receivers : but the tongue iris. The legs are short and thick, and are each furis only busied in expending the treasure received. If there- nished with five-rounded broad toes ; on the fore-feet fore the revenues of the mind be uttered as fast or faster than they are received ; it cannot be, but that the mind must needs

are five very long and blunt claws. be bare, and can never lay up for purchase. But, if the re

“ The Echidna has been found principally in Van ceivers take in still with no utterance, the mind may soon

Dieman's Land, and some of the neighbouring islands; grow a burden to itself, and unprofitable to others. “I will it lives on insects, which, like the Ant-eater, it secures not lay up too much, and utter nothing, lest I be covetous : by means of its long and sticky tongue. It burrows nor spend much, and store-up little, lest I be prodigal and in the earth, and appears, like the Hedgehog, to have poor.-Bishop Hall.

the faculty of assuming a spherical shape, and thus Nothing is more easy than to represent as impertinences opposing its spines to any hostile attack. We are, any part of learning that has no immediate reference to the however, as yet, but little informed on the subject of happiness or convenience of mankind.-Addison.

its habits, number of young, &c."

The name of the second, of which we give an engraving, has also been matter of difference.

“In the place of teeth, the edges of the beak are fur. nished with fibres, simply attached to the gum ; the tongue is short, and furnished with two horny points

, The Ornithorynci have hitherto been found only in the rivers in the vicinity of Port Jackson, especially the river Nepean, on the eastern coast of New Hol. land. Those found in 1815, in Campbell River, and the river Macquarie, beyond the Blue Mountains, are larger than those before known, though they do not appear to differ specifically.

* These animals are expert swimmers, and seldom quit the water ; on shore they crawl rather than walk, occasioned by the shortness of the limbs and comparative length of the body. Nothing certain is known as to their food; but the singular resemblance of their beak to that of ducks, induces a strong probability that, like these birds, they live on worms and aquatic insects."

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POLYANTHUS NARCISSUS. T'ne Ornithoryncus “ Dr. Shaw was also the first describer of this ani The odour of the Narcissus, remarked in its name, is mal; 'he named it the Duck-billed Platypus ; but Sir to some persons very agreeable, whilst to others it is Joseph Banks having shortly after sent a specimen to rather offensive; and possibly, in improper confineBlumenbach, that eminent physiologist preferred the ment, is prejudicial to all. name Ornithoryncus for the newly-discovered creature; the merited celebrity of the German writer prevailed, and the genus has retained the name of his choosing almost universally.

“Of all the mammalia yet known," says Dr. Shaw this seems the most extraordinary in its conformation, exhibiting the perfect resemblance of the beak of a duck engrafted on the head of a quadruped. So accurate is the similitude, that, at first view, it naturally excites the idea of some deceptive preparation by artificial means, the very manner of opening, and other particulars of the beak of a duck, presenting themselves to the view ; nor is it without the most ininute and rigid examination that we can persuade ourselves of its being the real beak or snout of a quadruped. ..". The body is depressed, and has some resemblance to that of an Otter in miniature. It is covered with a very thick, soft, and beaver-like fur, and is of a dark brown above, and of a white beneath ; the head is flattish, and rather small than large ; the mouth,

Polyanthus Narcissus or snout, as before observed, so exactly resembles It is not sufficiently observed by all the admirers of that of some broad-billed species of duck, that it flowers, that the agreeable perfume of plants, in full might be mistaken for such ; round the base is a flat, bloom, when diffused through close apartments, becircular membrane, somewhat deeper or wider below comes decidedly deleterious, by producing headache, than above. The tail is flat, furry like the body, gra- giddiness, and other affections of the brain. But it is dually lessens to the tip, and is about three inches in in confinement alone that such effects become evident. length.

In the garden, when mingled with a wholesome and The length of the animal, from the tip of the beak exhilarating atmosphere, amidst objects that awaken to that of the tail, is thirteen inches ; of the beak, an the most delightful sensations of our nature, these inch and an half. The legs are very short, terminating sweets are a part of our gratifications, and health is in a broad web, which on the fore feet extends to a promoted as a consequence of enjoyment so pure. considerable distance beyond the claws. On the fore Who has not felt the excitement of spring of feet are five claws, straight, strong, and sharp-pointed. nature, in that delightful season, rising from lethargy On the hind-feet are six claws, longer and more in- into beauty and vivacity; and spreading the sweets of clining to a curve than those on the fore feet. The the thorn and the violet, auxiliarly to our gratifications: nostrils are small and round, and situated about Amidst the beauties of the flower garden, these pleaa quarter of an inch from the tip of the bill. The ears surcs are condensed and refined ; and the fragrance are placed about an inch beyond the eyes, they appear there, hovering on the wings of the breeze, cannot be like a pair of oval holes of the eighth of an inch in imagined less wholesome than pleasant. diameter. On the upper part of the head, on each Whatever increases our gratifications, so peculiarly side, a little beyond the beak, are situated two smallish unmixed with the bad passions of human nature, oval white spots; in the lower part of each are imbed- must surely tend to the improvement of mankind; ded the eyes, or at least the parts allotted to the ani- and to the excitement of grateful feelings towards that mal for some kind of vision; for from the thickness Beneficent Creator, who has so bountifully supplied of the fur, and the smallness of the organs, they seem these luxuries, which none are denied. to have been but obscurely calculated for distinct The Polyanthus Narcissus may be planted in the vision, and are probably like those of moles, and some open borders, at any time from September to Februother animals of that tribe.

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ary, in a light soil, either separately or in groups; croak, as he flies between us and the crags, sole tenant where they will flower in great beauty. When the of the murky air. He seems doubtful of getting leaves are decayed, the bulbs should be taken up, and above, yet unwilling to keep his nest. replanted in September, in preference to letting them How the cloud labours, rising and falling like the remain to flower again in the same situation.

lungs of one panting for breath; and dusky as is the In water glasses, made for the purpose, the Poly- whole, the under part, which maintains its course, anthus Narcissus will flower in equal perfection with emulates the wing of the raven, One descent morethe hyacinth. The principal points requiring atten- another.-Gleam ! crash! The peak rattles in fragtion in this mode of cultivation, are these. Prefer softments into the ravine ; the raven drops dead on our water. Let it touch the bottom only of the bulb; and platform ; “the windows of heaven are opened,” their by daily additions, keep it to this height. Change it tattered curtains are on fire, and nature is in confuentirely once a fortnight, or oftener. At each change sion and chaos! Who that were here could question add nitre, about the size of a small pea.

the terrible majesty of Him, “who rideth in the When the flowers fade, the bulbs will be strength-whirlwind and directeth the storm ?” Who could ened by being planted in the borders, carefully ex doubt for a moment that there are in His quiver bolts tending the roots in the soil. Obtain fresh bulbs for which, ere the keenest eye had measured one hairglasses in the next season.—MAUnd's Botanic Garden. breadth, could rend the globe which we inhabit—all

the globes in the universequench all their suns, and sow them invisible throughout space; or that

He could call them as quickly back, in all their beauty
Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,

and their grandeur ?
Bridal of earth and sky,
The dew shall weep thy fall to-night,

For thou, alas ! must die !
Sweet rose, in air whose odours wave,

And colour charms the eye,
Thy root is ever in its grave,

And thou, alas! must die!
Sweet spring, of days and roses made,

Whose charms for beauty vie,
Thy

days depart, thy roses fade

Thou, too, alas! must die !
Be wise, then, Christian, while you may

For swiftly time is flying ;
The thoughtless man may laugh to-day,

To-morrow may be dying !

LINES BY BISHOP HORNE.

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A Mountain Shower

THE DAISY, BY DR. GOOD.
Not worlds on worlds, in phalanx deep,

Need we to prove a God is here ;
The daisy, fresh from Nature's sleep,

Tells of his hand in lines as clear.
For who but He who arch'd the skies,

And pours the day-spring's living flood,
Wondrous alike in all he tries,

Could raise the daisy's purple bud
Mould its green cup, its wiry stem,

Its fringed border nicely spin,
And cut the gold-embossed gem
That, set in silver, gleams within !

THE PESTILENCE OF ATHENS.
And fling it, unrestrained and free,
O'er hill and dale, and desert sod,

The account of the Pestilence, which raged at Athens
That man, where'er he walks, may see

430 years before Christ, though most essentially diffeIn every step the stamp of God.

rent from the disease which has lately prevailed in

many parts of Europe, and has recently appeared m A. MOUNTAIN SHOWER.

this country, cannot but be interesting to us in the

present day. The generality of the symptoms are How looks it over head ? Pitchy dark, and there are quite unlike those of the modern pestilence; but there no eagles now; and see how the cloud “bellies"

are a few which appear to agree with them, down to that peak opposite, and the peak not half The account is given by Thucydides, an Athenian the distance that we first thought. The clear air historian, who was born about the year 470, s.c. He must have deceived us. But surely there can be no himself was attacked with the disease, and had witdanger, there is no “sound” of it at any rate. Was nessed several others labouring under it.

He traces not that a wing? Yes, there is a raven out from the its progress from Ethiopia to Egypt, thence to opposite ledge. Whatever else, there will be drowning Africa, and to a great part of the Persian king's doon the hill, if that cloud shall fall; and the raven minions. It then suddenly came to Athens; and atis leaving his fetid nest betimes, to gather in the tacked first those that dwelt

sea ; which

gave spoil for his voracious young. He is a night prowler, occasion to an idle supposition, that the people with and the gloom brings him out; he finds the creatures whom the Athenians were at war, had poisoned the asleep, and treacherously punches out their eyes, and wells there. But it afterwards came to the high city, then leaves them till he can find the carcases by where it raged with dreadful violence, owing to the the scent. But the raven has his use : he is the great numbers that were crowded together wit)

the scavenger of the wild, and does duty for which no walls. No art availed ; and the physicians, instead other creature that goes there is adapted.

of being able to cure others, were themselves taken At present he seems in doubt; but still he adds off in the greatest numbers, as they had more frequent his own blackness to the gloom, and mutters his intercourse with the sick. All supplication to the

near the

gods, and appeals to the oracles, failed, and were at

JEREMY TAYLOR'S NIGHTLY PRAYER last relinquished. One thing is very remarkable,that the year of the pestilence was unusually free from

For himself and his friends, was for God's merciful all other diseases; but if any one was labouring

deliverance and preservation under sickness before, it generally ended in this

* From the violence and rule of passion, from a ser. disease. The first symptoms were violent heat in the vile will, and a commanding lust; from pride and vahead, redness and inflammation of the eyes. The nity ; from false opinion and ignorant confidence ; throat and tongue became bloody, and the breath foul

“From improvidence and prodigality; from envy and noisome, with sneezing and hoarseness, and a

and the spirit of slander ; from sensuality; from preheavy cough settling on the chest. Then it attacked sumption and from despair ; the stomach, and utterly disordered it; and painful

“ From a state of temptation and hardened spirit; bilious vomitings succeeded. Hiccup, with convulsion, from delaying of repentance and persevering in sin anda strong spasmodic affection of the nerves, followed from unthankfulness and irreligion, and from seduc. and continued in some cases for a considerable time. ing others; The body was not outwardly to the touch very hot,

“From all infatuation of soul, folly and madness; but was flushed and livid-covered with pimples and from wilfulness, self-love, and vain ambition ; from blotches. But there was so much interual heat, that

a vicious life and an unprovided death." it made the sufferers unable to endure any clothing. They were glad to expose themselves to cold airand cold

THE BILLS OF MORTALITY. bathing; and their thirst was unquenchable. Rest Having observed in the Saturday Magazine an enquiry lessness and want of sleep continually harassed them into the origin and nature of the Registers of Mor-yet they did not fall away; but the body appeared tality, I conclude that any further information on the for a time to maintain its strength, till in seven or origin of a practice so exceedingly valuable and nenine days they were overcome by the internal infiam cessary, will not be without its use, nor wholly deroid mation. Or, if they got over this stage of the disease, of interest, to the majority of your readers. it then seized their bowels, and by ulcerations and The establishment of Bills of Mortality in Great violent looseness exhausted them, and so carried them Britain, owes its origin to the frequent and alarming off. The disease appeared to begin with the head, devastations caused by the plague, and to the serious and to descend gradually to the lower parts of the loss of life which attended its appearance in this body—and the last struggle was in the extremities. country. Ilowerer great the cause for this alarm Some of those, who did survive, were so altered in might really have been, it is well known, that the mind, that they did not know their relations, nor horror of taking so disgusting a disease, the awful even appeared to retain a sense of their own identity. rapidity of the approach of death after receiving the Thucydides also mentions that the mode of treatment, infection, and the great doubt and shade which was which seemed to suit one patient, was utterly destruc- thrown around all its transactions, especially with retive to others; and strength or weakness of former con- gard to the real state of the patients, and to the actual stitution, formed no judginent as to the probability of number of sufferers by the disorder, conspired to ingetting over the disease. The historian also notices the

crease the alarm to a frightful extent, and to raise dreadful lowness of spirits which the disease produces, and multiply unfounded and injudicious reports as to and its ill effects. Those, that withdrew from society, its fatality. To prevent the constant recurrence of died themselves, desolate and deserted; and those these annoyances, the government devised the estab. of more generous principles, whơ neglected their own lishment of such weekly bills of the deaths in the safety in attendance on their friends, fell a still more metropolis, or in the cities, towns, and boroughs, in frequent sacrifice. Under the violence of the cala which a tendency to this awful disease was appremity, men älso lost ați recollection of the difference hended, as would enable the inhabitants to judge of between things sacred and profane. The temples the real progress made by the calamity, and of the were filled with corpses, and the rites of decent actual grounds which they had for apprehension of burial disregarded. The dreadful state to which danger or for fear. the Athenians were reduced seemed to break down all This was, it is believed, and is currently reported sense of right and wrong. They were led by observ by most historians to be the primary cause, of the ing the indiscriminate sufferings of the good and the establishment of bills of mortality in this kingdom. bad, to abandon themselves to their licentious and These weekly bills so became swoln into yearly, and unbridled passions; for, in addition to the disregard from the period of this their first and early origin, which their duties seemed to manifest to the good, they have been continued, and are now the greatest they did not fear that they should live to be brought and most valuable sources to which the statistician for their actions before any human tribunal,—and can apply for information of the important points, of thus they thought only of immediate gratification. the increase and decrease of the population, either in

The whole forms a dreadful picture of the desperate the kingdom at large, in peculiar cities, or in provindepravity to which men may be reduced, when suffer-cial towns ; of the waste of human life at its different ing under a calamity that frees them from all human stages, and of the comparative degrees of salubrity restraint, while at the same time they are not under and sickliness in the different towns and parishes of the influence of religious principles. It cannot, in- Great Britain. deed, he denied, that fearful excesses have been com The first period at which we find the government mitted in places visited by pestilence, even where a issuing orders for keeping Parish Registers, is in the better faith has been established. Yet, on those occa year 1538, in the reign of our eighth Henry, about sions, the gloom of the picture has been relieved by the time when Thomas Cromwell was appointed the some of the finest instances of Christian charity and king's vicegerent for ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In self-devotion, that history can produce. We may, this capacity, Cromwell issued several injunctions to perhaps, have an opportunity in a future article of the clergy, one of which ordains that “every officiating recording some of these deeds of heroic benevolence. minister shall, for every church, keep a book wherein

he shall register every marriage, christening, and Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since fiction burial.” This injunction then goes on to direct the can only please by its resemblance to it.--SHAFTESBURY. time and manner in which such entries shall be made

omission in which, is made, by the same law, penal. questions in which life and death are the principal Sundry proclamations and orders were subsequently objects of consideration. issued in order to enforce the proper degree of atten The Bills of Mortality in many parts of the kingdom tion to be paid to this injunction, but from the fewness of Great Britain are exceedingly defective, from several of registers which now stand on record as having been remote causes ; principally, however, from the pecucompiled at this period, little can be said in favour liarities attending the different religious sects, which either of the strictness with which the laws themselves form no inconsiderable proportion of the population were enforced, or of the regularity and closeness of of the three kingdoms. Many Dissenters, the Jews, the attention which was paid by the authorities to this the Roman Catholics, and others, have each different injunction. Indeed, so gross was the neglect of the places and modes for the burial of their dead—these, parish officers in observing this law, and so small was therefore, can form no portion of the annual accounts the advantage derived from its formation, that Eliza- published by the parish clerks.

Some few perbeth, in order to put a stop to such shameful over sons, from choice or convenience, bury their dead sights, and to prevent the recurrence of so great and without the burial rites. -crying an evil, was obliged to render imperative a law, Children, too, who die before the rites of baptism have which forbad any other substance than parchment been performed, are denied those.of burial, and, in all being used in the preservation of the Parish Registers : probability, are not registered in many of the Bills. this order was the more necessary, as the principal These must form a very important division in the ground upon which the negligence of the culpable total number of deaths during the year; for in Dr. officers was over-looked, was that the registers being Price's Northampton Table, out of 11,650 children formerly kept on loose and detached sheets of paper, born, during the first year of their lives 3000 died. were not only mislaid and lost, but also decayed and Now, out of these, a vast number were, no doubt, destroyed by age, damp, and perhaps by means less unbaptized; for in many families, where the children fair than these. This injunction being supposed more appear to be robust and healthy, the parents prefer formal, was more readily and even better obeyed than deferring the baptismal ceremony until they are the former ones, indeed few of the few ancient regis- about a twelvemonth old. Joined to this, negligence ters which are now extant, date their commencement may be supposed to cause many omissions ; but even before this queen's reign.

putting this by no means improbable and unimportant However well this last order might have been obeyed supposition aside, the number of persons going abroad, in comparison to the preceding ones, still, to use a killed upon foreign service, dying at sea, and by a trite and somewhat vulgar expression—“bad is the thousand other casualties, must make a considerable best"—for very few records are now standing to difference in the correctness of these registers.

All prove that much attention was even then bestowed on these various and co-operating causes being put tothese truly-interesting and valuable documents. That gether and considered, we may safely pronounce that registers of some kind of the number of yearly births, there is as yet no register of mortality in which strict marriages, and deaths, were kept, we have, however, dependence can be placed, or which can justly repre. undoubted and incontestible proof still ; although of sent the chances of life amongst mankind at large. the gross number of deaths which occurred in the

P. H. metropolis of London, we possess a pretty accurate account; yet until a much later period no important

A SUNDAY HYMN, by George Wither, 1588. step was taken to distinguish, in this account, any Great Lord of time! great King of Heav'n, thing more than the sex of the deceased, and the dis Since weekly thou renew'st my days, ease of which they died.

To thee shall daily thanks be giv'n, It was not, I believe, until as far down as the year

And weekly sacrifice of praise. 1728, that we have the slightest mention or the re

This day the light, Time's eldest born,

Her glorious beams did first display, motest allusion made to the ages of those, whose

And then the evening and the morn yearly burials we find accurately noted. In the be Did first obtain the name of Day. ginning of that year, however, the Bills returned the

Discretion grant me, so to know numbers dying between the ages of three and five, What Sabbath-rites Thou dost require, five and ten, ten and twenty, &c. &c. This method

And grace, my duty so to do, of keeping the Bills being a great and striking im

That I may keep thy law entire. provement on the old plan, and being continued for the space of ten years, afforded means, although but

THE SLEEPER. scanty, for ascertaining the waste of human life in

My master travelled far away, its different stages. This task appears to have been

And left me much to do; undertaken by Mr. George Smart, a city accountant,

Alas! I trifled all the day, who soon after produced a table of the probabilities

Although my days were few. of human life in London from these materials. Little

Wand'ring and playing like a child, is known concerning this table, as belonging to Mr.

And moved by every wind, Smart; it may however be recognised, when I men

The fleeting moments I beguiled, tion that it is the same table as that commonly called

Forgetting that I sinned. Simpson's Table of the Probabilities of Life in London.

I went to sleep,.like all the rest,

Whilst Time seemed still and dumb, The London Bills of Mortality are founded upon

But soon he struck upon my breast, the reports of sworn searchers, whose duty it is to

And cried " Thy Master's come !" view every corpse after death, and to deliver their

'Twas grass cut down by sudden mower, reports to the parish clerks. These persons are com

Or tree by lightning's stroke :pelled, under pain of a heavy penalty, to keep a regu

“Oh! time, time, time, is this the hour ?” lar account of all the burials which take place in the

And, trembling, I awoke,

M. districts to which they belong; and, once in each year, a regular account is made up which forms the basis. To think well is the way to act rightly.—Paley. of the Bills of Mortality, and from this future ages. These are the signs of a wise man : to reprove nobody, to seek the means of regulating the probabilities of human praise nobody, to blame nobody; nor ever to speak of himself life, and of calculating and forming rules to solve all as an uncommon man.-EPICTETUS.

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