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gift must be associated the various gratifications which all animals receive through the medium of their senses; as well as the peculiar pleasures which arise to favored man from the exercise of his intellectual powers, and more particularly from the reflections, which lead him to his Maker, and the cultivation of religious dispositions, all natu

rally exciting his trust and gratitude. 537 He brought thee into this delicious grove

This garden,

On reading the rich and beautiful description of that delightful garden where God placed Adam, and there, to complete his sum of happiness, gave him a rational companion in the person of our mother Eve, we are led to wonder that anything could be wanting to creatures so highly favored by the blessings and visible care of their Maker. The task imposed on our first parents was adoration,

love, and obedience. 546 And govern well thy appetite, lest Sin Surprise thee, and her black altendant Death.

“For in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt

surely die.” Gen. ii. 17. 548 Here finish'd he, and all that he had made ... View'd, and behold all was entirely good;

And God saw every thing that he had made,

and behold it was very good. Gen. 565 Open, ye everlasting gates, they sung,

Lift up your heads, Oye gates, and be lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall

come in. Ps. xxiv. 7. 579 Seen in the galaxy, that milky way,

In a whitish luminous tract which seems to encompass the heavens like 'a girdle, of a considerable, though of unequal breadth, varying from about four to twenty degrees. It is composed of an infinite number of small stars, which by their joint light occasion that confused whiteness which we perceive in a clear night when the

moon does not shine very bright. 591

and from work Now resting,

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made ; and he rested on the seventh day from all his works which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work,

which God created and made. Gen. ii. 2, 3. 899

intermixed with voice Choral or unison : of incense clouds

Behold, how the prayers of all the saints ascend before God with acceptance ! see the method we are to take, if we desire that ours should be acceptable to him ; and encouraged by such a view, let us offer them up, not only with humility, but with cheerful confidence, though we are conscious of their great unworthiness. Great and marvellous

are thy works, Lord God Almighty. Rev. xv. 3. 610 Of Spirits apostate and their counsels vain Thou hast repelld,

There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor

counsel against Jehovah. Prov. xxi. 30. 615

his evil Thou usest, and from thence creat'st more good.

Overcome evil with good. Rom. xi. 21. Let us cultivate those kind and social affections which

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this great proficient in them all so forcibly incul-
cates ; that distrust of ourselves which shall cause
us to cease from our wisdom, that we may repose
ourselves upon the unerring guidance of our
Heavenly Father-that kindly obstinate attach-
ment to peace, that heroic superiority which
melts down with kindness the heart that but a
little before was glowing with rage: And, on the
whole, that resolute perseverance in goodness
which must be finally victorious, and will assu-
redly rise with a new accession of strength and of
glory from every seeming defect.

founded in view
On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea;

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal. Rev. iv, 6.

and in reward to rule Over his works, on earth, in sea, or air,

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands. Ps. viii. 6,7.

Oh! what a change hath sin and sorrow made ?
In the beginning God created heaven
And earth; and man, amid the works of God,
Majestic stood, his noblest creature, form'd
In God's own image, and his fair abode
Was visited by seraph-shapes of light,
And sin and death were not.

Rev. W. L. BOWLES.

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for Heaven
Is as the book of God before thee set,

Let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and for years. Gen. i. 14.

Let us read
The living page, whose ev'ry character
Delights, and gives us wisdom. Not a tree,
A plant, a leaf, a blossom, but contains
A folio volume. We may read and read,
And read again, and still find something new,
Something to please, and something to instruct,

E’en in the noisome weed. HURDIS. 84 Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb:

Cycle, a circle, a continual revolution round the sun. Epicycle, a circle above a circle, a lesser circle, whose centre is in the circumference of the greater, a cycle within another, an orb in orb; as planets having their centre different from

the centre of the earth. 101 The Maker's high magnificence, who built So spacious,

The Lord reigneth ; he is clothed with majesty, the Lord is clothed with strength, wherein he hath girded himself; the world is established, that it cannot be moved. Ps. xciii. 1.

129 The planet earth, so steadfast though she seem, Insensibly three different motions move?

The earth, like other planets, has a spherical form. Its diameter is seven thousand nine hundred and sixty miles, and its circumference twenty-five thousand. It revolves on its axis in rather less than twenty-four hours; and moves round the sun in three hundred and sixty-five days and a quarter, at the distance of ninety-five millions of miles. It moves in its orbit at the rate of sixty-eight thousand miles an hour. By its diurnal motion, the inhabitants at the equator are carried one thousand and forty-two miles every hour; while those who live under the parallel of London are carried at the rate of only six hundred and forty-four miles in the same time. The exact time which the earth takes in making one revolution round the sun, is three hundred and sixty-five days, five hours, and forty-eight minutes ; which period of time is called a tropical year. The civil year contains three hundred and sixty-five days, for three years together; but every fourth year contains three hundred and

sixty-six days, and is called the leap year. 167 Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid, Leave them to God above,

Secret thoughts belong unto Jehovah our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto

Deut. xxix. 29. 183

nor with perplexing thoughts To interrupt the sweet of life,

Let not your heart be troubled ; ye believe in God, believe also in me. John xiv. 1. Let not



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