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was at York, when, upon the abdication of Dioclesian,

A.D. 305, he shared the Roman empire with Galerius No. IV. Christianity in Britain in the Third Century, until Maximus, and that he died at York, A. D. 306, having the Conversion of Constantine the Greut, A.D. 313, tirst caused his son Constantine to be proclaimed em

peror by his army and by the Britons. CHRISTIANITY doubtless made some progress in Britain That amiable prince expressed in his last moments after its revival in the time of Lucius, A.D. 164. But his desire that his son Constantine should succeed him, we have no inforınation respecting its advancement as his filial affection to his mother Helena had been until the close of the third century, when the tenth ge- most exemplary. Constantius himself had steadily opneral persecntion of the Christians arose under the

posed the persecuting spirit of the times ; and in reply einperor Dioclesian. Many were the martyrs to Christ

to some courtiers, who urged him to dismiss from his in that season of trial, though we are not able to gain a service those who would not abandon the professivn of perfect knowledge of the facts from the distigured

Christianity, remarked, that "it could not expected of inonkish legends in which they are recorded.

those who had forsaken their God, that they would ALBAN, canonized by the superstitions with the title

prove faithful to their prince.” Constantius is said to of “Saint," from whoin his native town Verulainiuin, have recommended the Christians to the protection of now St. Albau's, has been called, is mentioned as the

his son Constantine with his expiring breath. We need first British martyr for Christ: we must therefore give not wonder therefore that he should embrace Chris. a few brief notices of him. Alban had been seven years tianity, especially when its principles were a soldier in the emperor's army; but returning to his mended by his pious another Helena. native town, he entertained Amphibalus, a persecuted Constantine appears to have hesitated whether he Welsh minister, by whose doctrines, prayers, and boly should embrace Christianity or not: but in marching deportment, he was converted to the faith of Christ.

at the head of his army into Italy, it is said, that seeing His persecutors tracing the object of their pursuit, gave the Christians so rapidly increase, and knowing their information to a magistrate, who sent to apprehend the excellent principles and conduct, he retired to a place Christian preacher. Alban generously put on the hairy of solitude: revolving in his mind the consequences of cassock of his guest, and delivered himself to the offi- the expected battle with his rival Maxentius, he imcers, who led him to the tribunal. The judge demand

plored the protection of the God of the Christians, ing an account of his family, he replied, “ To what when he beheld in the heavens the vision of a Cross, purpose do you inquire of my family? If you would with this inscription in Greek, “ CONQUER BY This.” know my religion, I am a Christian.” Then being His pagan priests interpreted it as an ill omen, but the asked his name, he said, My parents named me Al Christians were encouraged by it, and some of them ban; and I worship the only true and living God, who recommended to him to have a standard made with that created all things.” Refusing to betray his pious guest, significant inscription. Constantine adopted the sughis spiritual father, or to sacrifice to the Roman gods, gestion : a splendid banner was prepared, emblazoned he was sentenced to be beheaded. Alban was first with that motto: he inarched against Maxentius, de. scourged, and then led to execution, as is said, on the feated him, and entered imperial Rome as spot where the Abbey now stands, which was erected queror. to his inemory, and called after his name. It is also At his triumph, he rejected the homage and applause said, that the soldier, who was appointed to put him to of the multitude, pointing them to his new standard, death, was so affected by the resignation and magnani- as representing that by which he gained the victory; mity of the virtuous Briton, that he close rather to die and when his own statue was afterwards erected in the with him than to be his executioner.

Capitol, he caused an emblematical representation of Amphibalus was soon discovered, and made to glorify the cross to be introduced, with this inscription : “ By his Saviour in shedding his blood, being first embow- this victorious cross, Constantine has delivered Rome elled, and then stoned? The precise year in which froin tyranny, and restored to the senate and people these things occurred we cannot ascertain. Dioclesian their ancieni glory." ascended the throne of the Cæsars A.D. 284, and laid From this period the profession of Christianity was aside the purple A.D. 305. Some think the persecution honoured with all possible dignity and splendour. Heunder him rageď but the two last years in Britain, lena, the mother of Constantine, became especially though it continued nine years in most parts of the lavish in her contributions to honour the name of Christ; e'mpire. Bede, aud inust of our old historians, place and though we have no particular account of her libe:he martyrdoin of St. Alban A.D. 286.

rality towards Britain, the supposed land of her vati. Aaron and Julius, two citizens of Caerleon, and many vity, she is celebrated as having built a sumptuous edi. others, both men and women, suffered at the same time fice, or church, over the supposed site of the sepulchre for the name of Christ; but most of their names have of Christ at Jerusalem ; for a particular account of perished from the records in our old chronicles. Fuller, which, see the “ Christian's Penny Magazine," Vol. I, a church historian, has beautifully remarked concerning No. 22. them, “ It was superstition in the Athenians to build an altar to the unknown God; but it would be piety in us here to erect a inonument in memorial of those unkunun martyrs, whose names are lost. The best is,

A REFLECTION AT SEA. God's calendar is more complete than man's hest mar. tyrologies; and their names are written in the book of See how, beneath the moon-beam's supile, life, who on earth are wholly forgotten."

Yon little billow heaves its breast, Divine Providence soon put a stop to these cruel And foams and sparkles for a while, persecutions, and the church enjoyed a large measure

And murm'ring then subsides to rest. of tranquillity. Christianity in Britain henceforward received imperial protection. Constantine the Great, Thus man, the sport of bliss and care, the first Roman emperor who embraced Christianity,

Rises on Tipe's eventful sea; is, by Dr. Anderson in bis "Royal Genealogies,” made

And, having swell'd a moment there, not only a native of Britain, but son of a British prin

Thus melis into Eternity! Ce33! It is certain that his father, Conotantius Chlorus,



Letters to a Mother, upon Education, The want of punctuality is often to be ascribed to an

acquired listlessness of disposition, the want of order, LETTER XVII.

thoughtlessness in making engagements, irresolution to On Habits of Order.

withstand temptation, and, above all things, to a want

of sacred reverence to a promise. Let all these things Dear Madam,

be cautiously attended to. Teach him to avoid making TUBRE is no need to explain to you the a promise as much as possible. Teach your child benefit of habits of order. You well kuow how much always to consider well before he makes an engagethe beauty and the happiness of the universe result ment, whether he shall be able, anil in all probability from tbe order which pervades it. You also know how inclined, when the time comes to fulfil it. Never perimportant order is in the arrangement of our intellec- mit him to drink of the fatal delusion, that in order to tual acquirements; and you have long ago experienced be agreeable he must comply with every hody's request. that it is essential to the quietude and well-being of a Many persons suffer intensely from a spurious species family. These sentiments must be common to every of good-nature, in being unable to resist a solicitation person who has arrived at maturity, and who has there- which they see will gratify others. They would be fore had an opportunity of experiencing the comfort much happier if they could learn to say

No" on resulting from this principle, and of learning its value

proper occasions. Should you see this disposition exist by having suffered from the want of it. But your child in your infant, eradicate it as a weed of bitterness. has no notion of all this ; neither has he any inclination Show him that the genuine respect of mankind is all either to know, or still less to practise it. Habits of that is worth having; aud they never respect any thing order must, like all other good habits, be early and but stability, prudence, and decision: that the listless, habitually instilled.

irregular, and unpunctual man, though often goodAs soon then as you give him a présent, or entrust natured and pleasing and kind and inoffensive, is neverany thing to his keeping, tools, clothes, pencils, pens, theless the mere plaything of society, a mere means of paint-box, &c. let him be taught to liave a particular ainusement, often wanted, but little valued : that he is place for every thing; and when he has done with it, generally left behind in the race of human life, daily let biin be taught to return it, clean and in an orderly labouring under disadvantages which result from his alate, to its place. Let this rule be adopted, and pur- habits; and that the rest of mankind, if they do not sned most rigorously. Never let him, for instance, go condemn or despise him, yet make him the object of to bed, or out to walk, till he himself has put away their wayward pity. the things which he had been using: Make him very

I am, dear Madam, yours, &c. particular about putting every thing into its place. Let

CLERICUS. The same rule be inculcated with regard to every thing relating to him, his books, his clothes, &c. &c. In adılition to the value of this rule, arising from the

A MOTHER'S INFLUENCE. facility secured by it of finding every thing when it is To whom was Sir William Jones almost exclusively inwanted, and of having every thing in a coustant readi- debted, in his most important, because earliest years, ness to be used, we may consider its influence upon the for all his future eminence? Who was it that bent the iniud. Accustomed to arrangement in his conduct, he twig, or taught the young idea how to shoot? Who will insensibly learn to arrange bis ideas. His mind, was it, that, to his incessant importunities for informalike his own little room, will be in constant order. He tion on casual topics of conversation, and which were will know where to look for his knowledge, if I may so. so watchfully stimulated, used kindly and constantly to speak, and there he will find it. When he acquires a reply, Reud, and you will know ?." Who was it that new idea, he will put it to the ideas of the same sort of cultivated his mind so that in his fourth year he was which he is possessed already.

able to read any. English book, and stored his mind It may seem strange to talk of having a place for our from his birth to his ninth and tenth years? When, in ideas; but it is a mode of speaking respecting the sub- his ninth year, he had the misfortune to break his thigh ject which is common to writers, and we are all con- bone, which detained him at home more than a year, scious of what it means. The benefit of it is incalcula. who was it that was his constant companion, and ble. It enables us to pursue one topic of writing and annused him daily with the perusal of such Englislı of speaking steadily. It affords us the means of know- books as were adapted to his taste and capacity? For ing the real amount of our information upon any topic, all this, and much more than this, we are referred to and the power of using it at will.

only one individual, and that was his dear mother--an This mental habit is however only to be acquired and extraordinary woman, then a solitary widow, his father preserved by use; and in consequence of the sympathy having died when William was only three years old. between our habits of body and of mind, the obsery

C. A. ance of order in domestic arrangements is in this respect clone truly valuable.

THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE SAINTS IN AN Closely allied to this babit is that of punctuality. I am afraid that punctuality is a matter a good deal of

INTERMEDIATE STATE. disposition. Some persons are naturally punctual: Above all sin and sorrow they are plac'd, others can scarcely ever acquire the habit, although And with the sight of God Incarnate grac’d. suffering every day from the want of it.

It seems

In outward courts at present they reside, essential to success in life. It is the girdle of all other And at a distance from the throne abide : good qualities. The celebrated Lord Mansfield is said There, longing for reunion to their dust, to have declared, that he had knowo many men of For the full congregation of the just; great talent, who had never been successful because To hear the awful trump to judginent sound; they were not prompt and punctual; and that, on the To be eternally absolv'd and crown'd; other hand, he had known many persons who were

With bodies glorified to be array'd; prompt and punctual, but who did not possess any par- Inhabitants of the bright temple made: ticular talent; and that between these two causes, Their morning bliss no thought can comprehend, pultitudes fail of reaching that point of utility to their Which their meridian beams shall far transcend. tellow-men, which they would otherwise have attained.

Bishop KENN.


posed, calm, and happy in our last moments, the reply The greatest blessing that man can enjoy on earth, is, by a life of faith on the Son of God. O how many, is the sense of reconciliation with God; to be and how great are the blessings with which such a life enabled to hold sweet spiritual converse with the is attended, not only in the next life, as many perhaps Author of his being, by that lively faith and appre

may think, but even in this life. O how false is the hension of Him, which can be realized only whilst we ideá (so common, alas !) that religion is an enemy to view the Great Jehovah under the character given of happiness. Certain it is, that true happiness and serehim in the Scriptures :-a merciful Parent ! an Al- nity of mind is alone to be found in a strict adherence to mighty and a faithful Friend! All which and infinitely

the commands of God, and a firm reliance on his infinite more he is through Jesus Christ. The Scriptures are mercy, through the atonement of our blessed Saviour. full of consolation ou these points. They reveal to

The second light in which we are to consider death, man the means of access to God! They point to him

is as relating to the wicked. This is indeed an awful "an open door," a new and living way to the

subject for contemplation. Well may the wicked man holiest of all by the blood of Jesus." "Having taken

fily as it were from the very thought of death! Well may God at his word, what scenes of glory and blessedness

hé shrink with horror when the thought flashes across open for the contemplation and enjoyment of the soul!

his mind, that he too must soon be brought to pass That God, who has been su imperfectly known, or re- through the valley of the shadow of death; for then the cognized under characters only of vastness and majesty,

moment will have arrived when Justice shall execute perhaps as the Great Eternal! the Almighty! the Great

her terrible work, and he will be left to mourn through Spirit of Nature ! or by other of the more powerful all eternity the fatal effects of his infatuated conduct. attributes of Deity, now appears in a light of infinite

As such will certainly be the consequence of a sinful love, attracting the sublimest regard of his creatures by life, let not the following blessed words of Scripture developments of the unbounded goodness as well as pass unheeded by us : “Let the wicked forzake his greatness of his character. When discovered under way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts ; and let such representations as those of “a Father” – “The

him turn unto the Lord and he will have mercy upon God who is love"-" The Saviour" - The Sanctifier" him, and to our God for he will abundantly pardon “The Holy One" -“The Husband” – The Vine” him."

A. Y. “The Foundation"-"The fulness of Him that filleth all in all”-“The Shepherd”- The Friend of man ”

REFORMED GIPSIES IN ENGLAND. -“The Brother born for adversity"-"The Portion of his people”-and numberless other equally beautiful

No. 6 of the Christian's Penny Magazine contains some and tender, yet familiar designations ;-who would not

historical and statistical notices of this singular people. wish to love such a God? The way then is open :

Every benevolent mind must feel a lively interest in Christ Jesus is the way; and the Holy Spirit will be

this degraded class of wanderers, and anxious to prothe guide to it; and eternity shall unveil the fuller mote their moral and religious improvement. The irradiations of the glory of God, which flesh and blood

Home MissioNARY SOCIETY deserves the thanks of the caunot inherit.

S. F. W. nation for the attention its agents have been employed

to call their minds to the consideration of the Bible, DIFFERENT VIEWS OF DEATH.

and to the saving doctrines of the gospel of Christ.

Our readers will feel pleasure in reading the follow A calm and placid reflection on death, is what few can ing account of a Christmas meeting of reformed gipsies. attain ; and to most, the very idea of the time when "In Southampton, a small colony of reformed gipsies this last enemy shall have them within his grasp, is has been established five years, consisting of twenty accompanied by an inward and involuntary shudder. individuals. The fourth anniversary was held at Springs Any attempt to place the character of death in its hill, on Friday, the 29th of December 1832, when true light, and to inculcate principles, the acting on one hundred and twenty-six wandering gipsies also which can alone make sweet the hour of awful solem- attended. A great number of praying and benevolent nity, when all earthly things are closing on us for ever, fricnds assembled on the occasion. After Divine sercannot, it is to be hoped, be altogether unprofitable. vice had been performed, in which many of the gipsies

But in considering the subject of death, we must appeared deeply interested, a pleasing account of the look at it in two distinct lights, as relating to the colony was given, and some interesting facts related righteous, and to the wicked.

respecting the moral improvement of these poor outFirst, then, we will consider the character of death, casts in Devonshire, Gloucestershire, Surrey, Scotland, as relating to the righteous. By the true and established and Germany. Their order at the dinner-table was Christian believer, it cannot, if calmly reflected on, or pleasing, and their gratitude was strongly expressed, at least ought not, to be viewed with any feelings, but especially when every family was supplied with a those of satisfaction and welcome. It ought to be blanket and with calico, and each person with a pair of hailed by him as the messenger sent by God to free stockings. On examination, it was ascertained that him from this world of sin and temptation, and exalt not above fire of the number were able to reud; but himn to that heavenly rest which will prove so refresh- to each of these was given the word of life. A great ing to his soul, which hath borne the heat and burthen number of the neighbouring gentry were present, and of the day. Yet so deeply is our nature corrupted, so felt pleasure in waiting on these poor outcasts, and strong is the hold which the things of this world have conversing with them. It was the general opinion, obtained in our affections, that many even of true that if more attention were paid to them in imparting Christians do not look upon death with feelings to them religious instruction, they would soon leave altogether consistent with their character, as seeking their present course of life. The reformed gipsies are a better country, even an heavenly. Were this subject respected by their friends and benefactors. Several of oftener before their minds, and did they more fre. them have learned trades; and their iinprovement in quently reflect on the necessarily short period which reading and religious principle has rendered two of must elapse, before they must pass from time to then fit to teach in a Sabbath school.” eternity, how widely different would the transient Friends of your country-friends of the Home Misthings of this world appear. If it he asked, how such sionary Society, weigh with seriousness the closing a blessed state of inind can be attained, as to be com- observations of this interesting stateinent !

and many other inquiries. At length the kind hostess MY SORAP BOOK.

asked him if he knew any thing of one Mr. Oliver Hey

wood, who was formerly minister at some chapel not LEAF II.

far froin Halifax, but was now for some account or "The Bee that wanders, and sips from every flower, disperses

other forbidden to preach. The stranger replied, There what she has gathered into her cells." -SENECA.

is a great deal of noise and talk about that man; soine

speak well; others say every thing that is bad of him : REV. OLIVER HEYWOOD, continued.

for my own part, I can say little in his favour. I In this state of confinement, Mr. Heywood sometimes believe, said the farmer, he is of that sect which is ventured to admit a few friends into his house, in whom everywhere spoken against; but pray do you personally he could confide, and preached to them with such kpow him? And what is it that inclines you to form fervour and affection as his present circumstances tended such an indifferent opinion of his character? I do to inspire. Now and then he supplied vacant churches know something of him, said the stranger ; but as I do at a distaoce, when he could obtain permission of the not choose to propagate an ill report of any one, if you churchwardens so to do. But the spirit of persecution please, we will talk on some other subject. After raged so hotly against him, that this worthy man was keeping the farmer and his wife in suspense for some under the necessity of taking leave of his dear family, time, who were a little uneasy at what he had said, and going he knew not whither. But the question was, he told them, that he was the poor outcast of whom how he should be equipped for his journey? He had they had made so many kind inquiries. a borse, but the little money that remained inust be All then was surprise, and joy, and thankfuluess, left for the support of his family, for whom he was that a merciful Providence had brought hin under much more concerned than for himself.

their roof. The farmer said, Mr. Heywood, I am glad One winter's morning, while it was yet dark, the to see you here, having long had a sincere regard for horse was saddled, and"this good man, after bidding you, from the favourable report I have always heard adieu to his wife, and saluting, his children in their of you. The night is not far spent: I have a few neigh. beds, set out, like Abraham, when he left his father's bours who love the gospel ; if you will give us a word house, not knowing whither he went. He moved of exhortation, I will run and acquaint them. This is silently along in bye-ways for soine time, for fear of an obscure place, and as your coming here is not being seen, till he got out of the neighbourhood. Hav- known, I hope we shall have no interruption. Mr. Heying not one farthing in his pocket, he committed him- wuod consented; a small congregation was gathered ; self to the protection of Providence. He determined and he preached to them with that fervour, affection, at length to leave his horse at full liberty to go which and enlargement, which attending circumstances served way it would ; and thus travelled ou for a considerable to inspire. On this joyful occasion, a small collection part of the day, till both man and beast stood in great was voluntarily made to help the poor traveller on his need of refreshment. Towards evening, the horse bent way. - Dr. Fawcett's Life of Oliver Heywood, p. 38. its course tu a farm-house, a little out of the road. Mr. Heywood called at the door, and a clean, decent

The Danger of Impenitence after Afflictions. – To be

impenitent after severe corrections, is to poison ourwoman came out to inquire what he wanted. I have

selves with that which is intended for our physic, and reason, said he, to make an apology for giving you this

by a miraculous kind of obstinacy to turn rods into trouble, being an entire stranger in these parts. My horse stands in need, as well as myself, of shelter and

serpents.- Tillotson, vol. i, p. 235. refreshment for the night; if you could any way make The Joys of Heaven. - The joys of heaven, are it convenient to furnish my horse with a little liay, and without example, above experience, aud beyond imagia stand under cover, and myself with a seat by your nation ; for which the whole creation wants a comfire-side, I ask no more. The good woman, a little sur- parison, we an apprehension, and even the word of God prised at his request, told him she would consult her a revelation. - Norris's Serm., vol. ii, p. 191. husband. After a few minutes, they both came to the door, and Mr. Heywood repeated his request, but told

Popish Altar-piece.--I had a mind to see a picture, them he had no money to satisfy them for any trouble

that, as I was iold, is over one of the popish altars they might have on his account; yet he hoped God

there (at Worms), which one would think was invented would reward them. They iminedíately desired him

by one of the enemies of Transubstantiation to make it to alight; the master led the horse into the stable, and

appear ridiculous. There is a windmill, and the Virgin the mistress took the stranger into the house, invited

throws Christ into the hopper, and he comes out at the him to sit down, stirred up the fire, and began to

eye of the mill all in wafers, which some priests take prepare hiin something to eat. Mr. Heywood told her

up to give to the people. —Bp. Burnet's Letters, p.32. he was concerned to see her give herself so much Lord Chesterfield's Letters. — The substance of them trouble, that being unable to make her any recompense, is comprised in a few words. Adulation to those we he did not require either a supper or a bed, but only despise; courtesy to those we hate; connections withthat he might sit by the fire-side till morning. The out friendship; professions without meaning ; goodmistress assured hiin, that for an act of hospitality she humour without benevolence; good manners without did not expect any reward, and that though the accom- morals; appearances saved, and realities sacrificed. modations her house would afford were but indifferent,

Porteus's Serm., p. 377. be should be welcome to them; and therefore she hoped he would make himself easy.

Compound and Simple Interest.- One penny put out After supper, they all sat down before the fire, and

at our Saviour's birth at five per cent. compound inthe master of the house desired to know of the stranger,

terest, would before this tine have increased to a what countryman he was. I was born, said he, in

greater sum than would be contained in three hundred Lancashire;' but I have a wife and fainily in the inillions of globes of solid gold, each globe as large as neighbourhood of Halifax. That is a town, said the

the earth : but if put out at simple interest, it would farmer, where I have been; and some years ago, I had

have amounted to no more than seven shillings and a little acquaintance with several persons there. Pray

sixpence. -- Price's Observ., edit. 1803, p. 314. do you know Mr. S. and Mr. D.: And is old Mr. F.

Dr. Price made this calculation in 1791. yet alive? The stranger gave suitable answers to these,

S. J. B*****,

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Great King of Saints, Almighty Lord !
O may we, trusting in thy word,
D efended be from Sinai's sword.

FRENCH. (Dieu.)
Descend, thou holy mystic Dove!
Inspire our souls with heavenly love :
E ternal source of light divine,
U pon our hearts for ever shine.

LATIN. (Deus.)
D eceiv'd by Satan, we in Adam fell,
E xpos'd through him tu sickness, death, and hell;
Unknown of bitter woes, who can pourtray,
S ave those who trod the fearful, downward way?

ITALIAN. (Idio.)
I nflated man, how dost thou dare
Despise thy Maker's offer'd grace?
Instead of robes, thy rags to wear.
() fool! thus clad, hell stares thee in thy face.

SPANISH. (Dios.)
D efence, secure from every ill,
I n thy kind arms I'll take my fill
Of all the joys that saints can taste,
Since I upon thy Word may feast.

A rise, thou mighty King of Grace !
D isperse the clouds that hide thy face,
A larin'd by Sinai's threatning law,
D espair will else my conscience gnaw.

TURKISH. (Alla.)
A way with my fears :
Lo! Jesus appears :
Lo! Jesus the glorified Saviour. now smiles,
A lert I'll march onward, nor fear Satan's wiles,

ETRURIAN. (Esar.)'
Enough! the dying saint expiring cries,
Secure on seraph's wings upborne he flies,
And bids adieu to earthly things,
Redeeming love alone he sings.

GREEK. (Theos.)
The Great I Am,
High-priest and Lainb,
E xtol his name, ye wond'ring host :
O n earth he came! ( siuner, boast,
S'ince he has paid the debt thou ow’dst.

HEBREW. (Elohim.)
E ver-blessed God of love,
I et inan on earth and saints above,
Of deeds divine that thou hast done,
Hymn one eternal, general sung:
I n grateful adoration join
N ay this poor sinful heart of mine!


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“ It must be acknowledged, the Gospel of Christ is full of mysteries ; and if it be a revelation of God, it must be so. Secret things belong to God; revealed things belong to us. It ought to excite no wonder in the weakest mind, that the ways of God are mysterious. If we look into 'creation, we inay tracé cause to effect, and effect to cause ; yet we come to something at last that we cannot explain.”

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