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“ the living epistles of Christ, written pot with ink, but
with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of SETH.
stone, but in the fleshly tables of the heart, being
known and read of all men,” 2 Cor. iii, 2, 3; and at BORN A. M. 130. DIED A. M. 1042. AGED 912 YEARS.
length shine with their blessed Lord in everlasting
honour and glory. SETH, the son of Adam, was the second in order of the antediluvian patriarchs. He was the first-born after the murder of Abel, and granted in mercy to his parents, to be an eminent supporter of religion in the
ON A CHILD. enlargement of the church of God. When Ëve became
To the memory of Emma, only daughter of John the mother of this promising child, she called his name Seth : “For God," said she, “ hath appointed me ano
HEALD, Esq. who died July, 8, 1832 : her mother
deceased in childbirth some years before. ther seed, instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." Gen.iv, 25. By her speaking in this manner, it seems that Eve re
Home to thy mother, little one!
This world hath strife and care garded him as the deliverer promised by the LORD, and that by him they should regain a place in Paradise.
Too grievous for a form so soft Seth signifies settled, or placed ; and this name ap
And frail as thou to bear. pears to have been by a prophetic spirit; because in Home to thy grave! a happy home his seed mankind should continue to the end of time,
For those who shrink from grief to come. and from him the Messiah should descend. While Cain,
Repose thy little head by hers, the head of the apostacy, is made a wanderer, Seth, from
Who did not live to see whom the true church was to come, was fixed; and in
The opening bloom, the smiles, the tears his family, godliness remarkably flourished.
Of thy sweet infancy. “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son, and Home to the grave! a sacred home he called his name Enos; then began men to call upon For those who shrink from guilt to come! the name of the LORD,” ver. 26.
Tell her what bitter tears were shed The birth of Enos was in the two hundred and thirty
Upon thy cradled face; fifth year of Adam's life ; at which time, it appears,
Tell her what yearning looks were spent, there was a happy revival of religion. “Those who
Her smiles in thine to trace; served God and those who served him not” were dis
Tell her what anguish seem'd to come, tinguished before that time, as we see in the difference
When she forsook her mortal hoine ! between Cain and Abel : but then, about the period that Enos was born, the sincere worshippers of God,
Tell her wbat tender watchfulness by faith in his gracions promises, began to stir up them
Thy baby cares beguil'd; selves to manifest their belief in the Divine word, by a
Tell her that those she left behind more regular observation of public worship in soleinn
Still lov'd her in her child; assemblies.
And that thou hadst a happy home, The defection from godliness appearing more con
Ere summon’d to the life to come! firmed in the family of Cain, Seth and his family took Tell her thy guiltless soul returns measures for the more effectual establishment and ad
As pure to heaven and her, vancement of religion among themselves, lest they
As when amid the tempest's rage, should be corrupted by those evil examples of infide
A dove-like messenger, lity and profaneness.
Froin brighter lands it seem'd to come, The marginal reading of the passage deserves parti- To call her gentle spirit home! cular notice, as that gives the literal meaning of the
Home ! sweet one, home! a radiant crown Hebrew words, and affords us the true idea in a more
Shall :wine thy sinless brow; extended point of view. “ Then began men to be
A father's arms have held thee here, called hy the name of the LORD.” While Cain and his
A mother's wait thee now. children were fortifying themselves in their newly
A mother's arms! ah, happy home! erected city, boasting of their greatness as the “ of men,” Seth and his children, avowing more de
Ah, happy summons! “ Sweet one, come!” cidedly their adherence to the service of their Creator, and their hope in his revealed mercy
and salvation, called themselvss the “sons of God.” Thus began the
ANECDOTE OF MR. BEDDOME. significant distinction, which has ever since been preserved between the professors and the profune. That The late venerable Mr. Beddome, minister of the difference still exists; and it will continue, till “the Baptist Church at Bourton on the Water, Gloucesterearth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as shire, being on a journey, stopped at an inn at Wotton the waters cover the sea ;” or even to the awful judg- Basset, a small town in Wiltshire, where he was quite ment day of God, when we shall clearly “ discern be- a stranger, to take refreshment. A widow woman who tween the righteous and the wicked, between him then kept thc house, concluding from his appearance that serveth God and him that serveth him not." Mal. that he was a clergyman of the Establishment, anxious iii, 18,
to please her guest, said, after serving him obligingly Seth, it is believed, continued through life a firm with every thing he called for, “Sir, the inhabitants believer and a devoted man of God, though the inspired of this place are a very happy people.” I am glad of historian has recorded no particulars concerning him, that,” said Mr. B.; “but for what reason are they so except his death and age. “And all the days of Seth happy?" added he. “Why, Sir,” answered his hostess, were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.” “we have but one Dissenter in the town, and he is 8.
Roman Catholic; and you know, Sir, they are the best May all our young readers especially be numbered of them !” The good man, not willing to confound with the sons of God in this world, and bear the holy her, pleasantly passed off the matter, without making image of the Saviour on their hearts. May they be himself known.
Letters to a Mother, upon Education. society is consigned to your care, whose good or evil
conduct will hereafter affect multitudes of human LETTER I.
beings, and whose immediate influence on society will Dear Madam;
be propagated, and extend and widen till the terIt is with much pleasure that I comply mination of the world. An heir of immortality is with your request, to offer you some advice respecting confided to your training, and you are no doubt the education of that child, of which you have recently convinced that his happiness through eternity is na. become the inother. In addition to solicitude for your
turally associated with the direction which his mind happiness as a friend, I feel intense interest in the sub
will receive through your instructions. He will, ject of education generally; and any peculiar earnest- indeed, as he grows up into life, come under the ness in my language, or copiousness in my suggestions, influence of many different persons, all standing in which you may observe, you will I trust ascribe to the different relations to him more or less remote. Those operation of these feelings.
persons will all be answerable for the effect which their I shall not hesitate to descend occasionally into very conduct may have upon his conduct and happiness; but minute detail; and with the greater confidence, since the influence of a parent being more immediate, more I have the pleasure of believing, that you have long powerful, more constant than that of any, or of all ago known that the greatest consequences often spring other beings, renders the parent the most responsible from apparently insignificant causes, and that mankind
being in the universe for the welfare of his child to his are indebted both for their character and happiness to
own conscience, to society, to the child himself, and to the influence rather of little than of extraordinary cir- his Creator. But though you inay feel the weight of cumstances.
your responsibility, you will not suffer it to overwhelm I am glad too, that as you expect advantage from my
you, so as to dishearten or diminish your efforts. remarks, you have applied for them so early, being of Yours will be the pleasing recollection, that in endeaopinion that the great error in education generally is vouring to educate your child you are attempting a that it begins too late, and that the treatment of a child
duty in which you may confidently expect the gracious is of great importance to its future happiness, even
assistance of God. Should it be his will that your while it is generally regarded as little more than an child should be early removed from you, you will have animated being.
the consolatory reflection that you had assiduously The term education will be used by me in a far more
laboured to prepare him for the presence of his Reextended sense than it usually obtains; and instead of
deemer. Should you witness him arrived to manhood, restricting it to certain species of knowledge only, com- yours will be the happy consciousness that you have municated at a certain period, it may be better under. bequeathed a most valuable blessing to society-a stood as applicable to the entire process of educing all well-educated child, prepared in his turn to become a those powers and qualities of human nature, upon the happy, useful parent, transmitting to his children and exercise and regulation of which mankind depend for en
to all around him the benefits of the good instructions suring the ends the Creator intended them to serve,
he had received at your hands. for attaining that measure of happiness which he wills
That this happy privilege may be yours, is the sinthem to enjoy.
cere wish of your, &c. A due regard to those original qualities of human
CLERICUS. nature, which it is the office of education to cultivate, induces me to distribute my observations under the several particulars of physical, moral, intellectual, and
PSALM XV, 15. religious education. Under these four principal par
“My times are in thy hand.” ticulars a variety of topics range themselves, upou each
Since, O my Father ! in thy hands of which I hope to devote a letter.
Is my appointed way; Should any of these observations appear to you of
Teach me to keep thy blest commands, an unusual character, you will not regard them as less
And make thy love my stay. worthy of attention on that account, since you are aware that there are no principles of conduct, which,
Thy precept bids my spirit trust
The Lord Jehovah's might; however confidently now received, did not present themselves to soine former generation under the aspect
And tells me, though a child of dust, of novelty. The only just recommendation of any rules
To triumph in his sight. of conduct that may be proposed is, not their antiquity, Thy love, through every varied scene or their having been already adopted, but their agree
Of life, shall still extend ; ment with the perceptions of an enlightened judgment. Shali crown with blessings all between, · Neither will you feel any difficulty arising from the
And glory at the end. circumstance, that my observations professedly aim at For if I die! my soul with God what I deen the most perfect system of education,
Eternally shall be: since with no propriety could any person propose a
And whilst I live-Oh, blessed thought! defective standard for 'adoption. It is always of im.
Then God shall be with me. portance to aim at perfection, since although we shall
S. F. W. assuredly fall short of it, we shall nevertheless attain a higher degree of excellence than if we had chosen an inferior standard.
WIT EMPLOYED FOR RELIGION. The experience and observation of every day may The late eminent Mr. Bradbury, when preaching one convince us, that when the hearts of mankind are really day in Salter's Hall, London, upon the Divinity of Christ, interested in any object, and when they adopt right was hissed at by several present. The good man's methods in the pursuit of it, they attain more than friends were affected with such daring insolence, and even their most sanguine expectations might have dic- afterwards expressed their sorrow to Mr. Bradbury; to tated, and so much as absolutely to amaze the indolent which he ingeniously replied, “I have been bruising or desponding. You have the most powerful motive the head of the old serpent, and no wonder you heard for activity and hope. You doubtless feel how vast a the hisses of the generation of vipers." It is well when charge is confided to your keeping. A .ember of wit can be employed in the service of religion.
SCENERY OF THE NILE.
This singular custom may be traced to very remote Ar Beni Hassan, on the banks of the Nile, is a range
antiquity. The lifting up of horns is a common figure of ancient Egyptian temples, literally excavated out of
of speech in the scriptures...“ Lift not up your horn the solid rock. We counted twenty-six: some of them
on high, speak not with a stiff neck.- All the horns of are of considerable dimensions, and communicate with
the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the each other in a strangely romantic and mysterious
righteous shall be exalted. Psalm 1xxv, 5, 10. The walls are covered with paintings and
In Abyssinia the men wear two horns, or tantooras ; hieroglyphics, the colours of which were very vivid.
and I have heard, that upon a coin commemorative of
Alexander the Great's visit, either to the high priest The prospect from the interior of the principal temple,
of Jerusalem or the high priest of Jupiter Ammon in through the massy pillars of the portico, was singular and magnificent. The setting sun cast a flood of
the Libyan desert, the Macedonian king is represented golden radiance on the fertile plain beneath and its
as wearing two horns. He was commonly styled in boundary hills. Far as the eye could reach, the wind
the figurative language of prophecy, "hiin of the two ings and meanderings of the Nile were distinctly visi
horns;" whereby some commentators suppose to be ble, with a solitary white sail gliding on its peaceful
meant the horns of the crescent, and others the horns bosom, The wild air of our® Arab attendants seen
of the Eastern and Western world, but which probably
have reference to the circumstance of his wearing two amid the gloom, stealing cautiously along the ruins, now lost in the darkness of the caverns, then emerging
horns, or tantooras.
Also the statue of Moses by Michael Angelo, upon the into light, the occasional flash of fire arms, the hollow echoes that reverberated around, together with the
Quirinal Hill at Rome, represents the prophet as wear. noble chambers and the fallen pillars, all combined to
ing two horns.- Franklund's Travels. make the scene highly impressive. In imagination we few back some thousand years, when these temples were first excavated in honour of false deities, the
A MOTHER'S GIFT-A BIBLE. likeness of things in heaven, of things in earth, and of things under the earth.”
Remember, love, who gave thee this, We then thought of the saintly fathers of the desert,
When other days shall come; who among these fallen fanes and forsaken shrines, in
When she, who had thy earliest kiss, the early ages of Christianity, retired hither from the
Sleeps in her narrow home. temptations and persecutions of a heathen world, to
Remember, 'twas a Mother gave serve the only true God in solitude and peace. The The gift to one she'd die to save. evening was lovely, as indeed they almost ever are in Egypt; when after a sultry and oppressive day, a cool
That Mother sought a pledge of love
The holiest for her son; and refreshing breeze springs up, and the air assumes a peculiar purity, which is unknown to our northern
And from the gifts of God above,
She chose a goodly one: climes. “ In the still hour to musing dear,"
She chuse for her beloved boy,
The source of light, and life, and joy. when the daylight gradually faded into a softened twi
She bids him keep the gift, that when light, there was something very delightful in gliding
The parting hour shall come, on the surface of this vast river, abandoning the mind to all the soft reveries of fancy, the past, the present,
They may have hope to meet again,
In an eternal home: and the future all melting in one bright chaos : Orien
His cordial faith in that will be tal scenery and European imagination combining to
Sweet incense to her memory. form a fairy scene of enchantinent. How many interesting reminiscences are connected
But should the scoffer, in his pride, with the Nile! By its waters have wandered the steps
Laugh that firm faith to scorn, of the patriarchs Abraham and Moses, and it has been And bid him cast the pledge aside, the witness and the subject of the numerous miracles
That he from youth has borne, which were wrought when “the Lord hardened Pha
She bids him pause, and ask his breast, raoh's heart. Though Persian, Grecian, Roman, Sara
If she, or he, has lov'd hiin best. cenic, and Turkish potentates have in turn held sway over the devoted land, on which the awful voice of pro
A parent's blessing on her son
Goes with this holy thing : phecy has uttered such dreadful denunciations of woe
The love that would retain the one, and vengeance, yet still onward flows the majestic
Must to the other cling. stream, undisturbed by the flight of time, or the ruin of
Remediber, 'tis no trifling toy; dynasties, or the fall of empires. - Mrs. Elwood.
A Mother's gift to her dear boy.
ON WEARING A HORN. The most remarkable feature in the costume of the Maronite women (a race of people dwelling in Assyria) is the tantoora, perhaps the most singular head-dress in the world. This is a long silver or wooden horn, about twelve or fourteen inches in length, shaped something like a speaking trumpet, and projecting upward from the forehead. Over this unicorn-looking instrument a veil is thrown, which, closing across the face, and falling down the shoulders behind, has not altogether an ungraceful appearance. The wives and daughters of the Emirs and great Sheiks have the tantoora richly gilt, and in some instances embossed.
PROFANITY REPROVED WITH MEEKNESS OF
WISDOM. Dr. GIFFORD, as he was one day showing the British Museum to strangers, was very much vexed by the profane conversation of a young gentleman who was present. The doctor, taking an ancient copy of the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament, and showing it to him—“O!” said the gentleman, “I can read this." “Well,” said the doctor, “read that passage,” pointing to the third commandment. The gentleman was so struck, that he immediately desisted from swearing.
teachers of Christianity, in a necessary condescension to Lily is expressed by the term Shushan in Hebrew,
the prejudice and ignorance of the multitude, collected which denotes light; and is said to have its name from
their audience in places rendered fancifully sacred by the property it possesses, of reflecting light. One of
these heathen erections ; but changed the stone froin a the capital cities in Persia is nained Shushan, from the
pagan to a Christian symbol, by carving on it the figure abundance of lilies of a beautiful kind which grow in
of the cross. As a knowledge of the arts increased, a its neighbourhood. They were common in Judea, and
progressive degree of elegance was bestowed on these grew in the open fields.
emblematical pillars; the hand of pious taste was The amaryllis lutea, a plant of the lilacevus tribe,
applied to the sculpture, and a variety of ornament and which is thought to be noticed in Scripture, is
was bestowed, in augmentation of the attractive characsingularly beautiful. The corolla is bell-shaped, and
ter of the sacred memorial. tubular at the base. It flowers seldom rise above three
These crosses appear to have been erected occasionally or four inches high. The shape in some degrec re
for the purpose of boundary marks ; but in most cases sembles that of the large yellow crocus, giving to the
they are owing to the great incitement they presented fields of the Levant, where they grow in profusion, a
in regard to devotional feelings. In many places they bright and dazzling appearance. In our own country
were endowed with a privilege of sanctuary, but that the genus is exotic in its origin. If it be of spontaneous
does not appear to have been the custom in this growth in some of the southern parts of Europe, it
country. appears there but with a secondary splendour; in its
Crosses also of sepulchral memorial appear to have full pomp and perfection it is only to be found in re
been extremely frequent, and perhaps constituted the gions near or within the tropics. In his voyage to
earliest Christian monument in honour of the dead. Abyssinia, Mr. Salt discovered a new and beautiful
A cross was also often erected near the entrance of a species of amaryllis, which hore from ten to twelve
church, to excite solemn emotions in the minds of spikes on each stem, springing from one common re
those who approached the sacred pile. Battles and ceptacle; the general colour of the corolla was white,
disastrous events were often commemorated by a cross
raised upon the spot. and every petal had a single streak of purple down the middle. "It was sweet-scented, and its smell, though
In past ages the cross was considered a necessary more powerful, resembled that of the "lily of the
appendage to the market-place, acting as an emphatic valley!” This latter plant (convallaria majalis) is well
warning against dishonest practices; and from steps known by its snow-white drooping flowers, and the
surrounding its base, the assembly were sometimes delicate odour which they emit.
harangued by the inmates of adjacent religious institu
ons." The general intent of market crosses,” observes "Scatter'd wild, the lily of the vale
was to excite public homage to the religion
of Christ crucified, and to inspire men with a sense of The crown imperial (fritillaria imperialis), of the same class and order as the lily, and to which no doubt
morality and piety in the ordinary transactions of life.” specific reference is made in Scripture, claims a por
There still remain many beautiful architectural
specimens of this kind in England, but a greatly superior tion of our attention. The flowers of this beautiful
number are to be met with in Ireland, some of them plant (which form a circle round the stem, disposed
extremely rude, and in the last stage of decay; while in the manner of a crown) are pendulous, and frequently of a bright red colour. The white glandular
others display a peculiar richness of sculpture, a plenicavity of each petal is filled with a clear nectareous
tude of decorations, with fanciful devices and storied juice, resembling a pearl, which gradually distils pure
passages of Scripture, which exhibit an inconceivable drops of water.
degree of beauty when mellowed by the lenient touch
of Time. The puncratium sol illyricum, cultivated in Alexandria, has been supposed to be the lily of the Jews, or "white lily,” as the latter bears a striking resemblance PROPOSAL TO ALEXANDER THE GREAT. to it in purity of colour. This plant excels the common lily; but as it is only known as a garden plant, its
STASICRATES, a great architect, in a conversation with pretensions to be the lily of Scripture are very ques
Alexander the Great, told him, that of all the mountionable.
tains he knew, none would so well admit of being cut
into the shape of a man, as Mount Athos in Thrace: There is a species of water lily, named Lotus, mentioned by Van Egmont, growing in Lower Egypt, and
that if he therefore pleased to give orders, he would
make this mountain the most durable of all statues, even in the Nile, not far from its influx into the Me. diterranean, and by the inhabitants called Bushim. “Its
and that which would lie most open to the view of the leaves,” to use his language, “foat on the surface of
universe. In its left hand it should hold a city, conthe water; and it produces great numbers of flowers,
sisting of ten thousand inhabitants ; and from its right which were anciently used in forming garlands for
should pour a great river, whose waters would dis
charge themselves into the sea. One would have victors. This plant the ancient Egyptians considered
thought that this project would have pleased Alexander, as an emblem of Osiris, and particularly of the sun, having not only the form of thât luminary, but attend
who sought for the great and marvellous in all things; ing upon it. It lies under water during its absence,
nevertheless, he rejected it, and wisely answered, that but rises above the surface as soon as it appears.”
it was enough that there already was one prince, whose Scripture Garden Walk.
folly Mount Athos would eternize. This was meant of Xerxes, who, having endeavoured to cut through the
isthmus of that mountain, wrote a letter to it in these ANCIENT CUSTOM OF ERECTING CROSSES.
most proud and senseless terms: “Proud Athos, who
liftest thy head to heaven, be not so bold as to oppose The crosses of sculptured stone to be seen in many to my workmen such rocks and stones as they cannot parts of the world, constitute an interesting class of cut; otherwise I will cut thee quite to pieces, and antiquities. The practice of erecting single stones in throw thee into the sea.” “With regard to myself," commemoration of an important event, or as a symbol says Alexander, “Mount Caucasus, the river 'Í'anais, of pagan worship, prevailed in very remote periods of the Caspian Sea, all which I passed in triumph, shall be antiquity. It is also generally admitted, that the early my monument." - Rollin.
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WISDOM IN A FOOL. A Baronet of the last century, whose mansion was in Yorkshire, was supposed to be dead; when the following conversation took place between his jester, or fool, and his servants.
Serv. Our master is gone! Fool. Ah! whither is he gone? Sero. To Heaven, to be sure. Fool. To Heaven ! no, that he is not, I am certain. Serv. Why so? Fool. Why? because Heaven is a great way off; and when my master was going a long journey, he used, for some time, to talk about it, and prepare for it; but I never heard him speak of Heaven, or saw him make any preparations for going; he cannot, therefore, be gone
thither. The Baronet, however, recovered; and this conversation being told him, he was so struck with it, that he immediately began to prepare for his journey to that country “ from whose bourn no traveller returns.”
THE GODDESS TEOYAMIQUI,
A MEXICAN IDOL.
This colossal and horrible monster is hewn out of one solid block of basalt, nine feet high. Its outlines give an idea of a deformed human figure, uniting a! that is horrible in the tiger and the rattle-snake: instead of arms, it is supplied with two large serpents ; and its drapery is composed of wreathed snakes, interwoven in the most disgusting manner, and the sides terminating in the wings of”a vulture. Its feet are those of the tiger, with claws extended in the act of seizing its prey; and between them lies the head of another rattlesnake, which seeins descending from the body of the idol. Its decorations accord with its horrid form, having a large necklace composed of human hearts, hands, and skulls, and fastened together by the entrails, the deformed breasts of the idol only remaining uncovered. It has evidently been painted in natural colours, which must have added greatly to the terrible effect it was intended to inspire in its votaries.”. Bullock.
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