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collect or hover about them, screaming and crying as if to create an alarm. But the peacock seems to be particularly allured by him; for the instant a flock of pea-fowl perceive him, they advance towards him directly, and begin strutting round him with wings fluttering, quivering feathers, and bristling and expanded tails. Of this enticement the fowlers also make their advantage; for, by painting a brown cloth screen, about six feet square, with black spots or streaks, and advancing under its cover fronting the sun, the birds either approach towards them, or suffer them to steal near enough to be sure of their mark, by means of a hole left in the canvas for them to fire through.
Several other instances of the fascination of animals I have myself been witness to in Bengal. Three or four times, where a line of troops, marching in a long uninterrupted series, passed a herd of deer, I observed that when their attention was taken off from grazing, by the humming, murmuring noise proceeding from the troops in passing, they at first, and for a while, stood staring and aghast, as if attracted by the successive progression of the files, all clothed in red. At length, however, the leading stag, “ vir gregis ipse,” striking the ground, snorted, and immediately rushed forward across the ranks, followed by the whole collection, to the utter dismay and confusion of the soldiery: thus running into the very danger one naturally supposes they must have at first been anxious to avoid. The men, who were apprized by the sound of their approach, stopped, and made way for them. Over the heads of the others, who were heedless and inattentive, they bounded with wonderful agility, and fled over the plain.
Driving one evening along the road in a phaeton, and pretty fast, I perceived a young heifer running near the carriage, with her eyes intently fixed upon one of the hind wheels; by the whirling of which the animal seemed completely struck and affected. Thus pursuing her object for about a quarter of a mile, she, by a sudden impulse, rapidly darted forward towards the wheel, which then striking her nose, the attention of the creature became interrupted by the violence of the friction, and was, of course, withdrawn : she then immediately stood stock still, and presently after turned about slowly and made off.
Beyond all other animals, however, serpents possess most eminently this occult power : frequently are they seen revolved
on the branches of trees, or on the ground, meditating their prey, either birds, squirrels, rats, mice, bats, frogs, hares, or other animals, which seem altogether helpless under the fascination.Asiatic Annual Register.
Enquiries and Correspondence.
Job's Belief in the Resurrection. Dear Sir,– Do all those expressions in the fourteenth chapter of Job, verses 10—12, imply Job's belief of the Resurrection, or why does he speak of death as “ sleep," and mention a period to it, when he shall awake: even “when the heavens be no more.”
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We think the doctrine of a resurrection is plainly implied in this passage, as well as in other parts of the Book of Job, particularly chapter xix. 25—27. The fact that the patriarch speaks of death as a sleep merely, and fixes a period for its termination, is, to our minds, conclusive on the subject, though there are some other points in the passage referred to which make the case still stronger. “Man giveth up the ghost,” says Job, "and where is he?” He does not ask, “ Is he ?”-does he exist at all ? but simply, where ? Again, his death is compared to the failing, the decaying, the drying up, of waters, which are not annihilated by such process, but simply evaporated into the atmosphere. In like manner the patriarch describes himself as waiting till “ his change”-not his destruction-come. Taking all these expressions in connection with that confident looking forward to a Redeemer described in the nineteenth chapter, we feel no doubt whatever as to Job's creed on this important
John's Message to Christ. SIR,—In reading a sermon on the text Matt. xi. 3, it occurred to me to ask whether St. John sent his disciples to ask Jesus the question, for their instruction, or his own. If you will answer this question,
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We agree with Doddridge in supposing that John sent his disciples “ rather for their satisfaction than his own ;" and though we cannot, with some commentators, allow that John, discouraged by his long imprisonment, began to doubt if Jesus were really the promised Messiah ; we think he was very probably actuated by the feeling that he was neglected or forgotten by his Divine Master, and in some measure impatient under his sufferings, which he thought had only to be brought prominently before Jesus, in order to insure immediate redress.
Creation of Sun and Moon. Sir,—Would you please to inform me in your next publication, how it happened (in the Biblical account of the creation of the world) that before God created the sun, moon, or stars, he said “Let there be light, and there was light;" and what kind of natural light is there that does not proceed from one or other of these causes ?
Light is by no means dependant on the sun, which is simply a light-bearer. It is now, indeed, questioned whether the body of the sun is at all luminous; the light which it sheds upon our earth being supposed to proceed entirely from the atmosphere which surrounds it. We know beyond all question that the moon is naturally a dark opaque body, like our own earth, which is indeed its moon; and the same remark applies to all the planets of our system. We see, therefore, no good reason why the sun should not in like manner be merely the dispenser, and not the Prime Fountain of Light. Good Jeremy Taylor has a beautiful remark on the subject of our enquiry, which appears to us as philosophical as it is picturesque and graphic. “ The light of the world,” says he,“ in the morning of creation, was spread abroad like a curtain, and dwelt nowhere ; that filled the expanse with a dissemination great as the unfoldings of the air's looser garments, or the wilder fringes of the fire, without knots, or order, or combination; but God gathered the beams in his hand, and united them into a globe of fire, and all the light of the world
became the body of the sun; and he lent some to his weaker sister that walks in the night and guides a traveller, and teaches him to distinguish a house from a river, or a rock from a plane field."
ALONE BUT NOT ALONE. WHEN moving in strange scenes—when mingling with strange persons—when performing strange duties—when enduring strange trials—there is comfort and strength to be derived from the reflection, " though I am far from home, I am not far from God, nor can I ever be exiled from His presence.” Jacob felt these truths consolatory. He was driven from his home chiefly by the envy of Esau ; and at the end of the first day's journey, he reached a plain, whose sod was his couch, and whose stones were his pillow.-There he slept, and while he slept, he dreamed, "And behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven : and, behold the angels of God ascending and descending upon it. And behold the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac, the land whereon thou liest to thee will I give it and to thy seed; And, behold I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land : for I will not leave thee until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."
Awaking to bodily consciousness, Jacob awoke to the truth of God's omnipresence, and he said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not.” And he called the name of that place "Bethel.” Jacob was led by the “vision" to the doctrine. I would lead you by the doctrine to the vision of its happy influence upon the heart which receives it—and as Jacob was comforted and guided through life by the vision he saw at Bethel, and by the doctrine he learned there—so we may hope that our future path will be marked out and be cheered by the reflections of our mind on the same blessed truth-that the omnipresence of God relieves all places of their strangeness and of their solitude.—Rev. S. Martin.
PO E T RY.
When all forsook and fled ?
When his life's blood was shed ?
To comfort and to cheer,
On Calvary's height appear?
The world could say or do
Be faithful and be true.
In sorrow and in love,
Did she her soul's faith prove.
Long ere the morning light
In early splendour bright?
Where Christ their Lord was laid,
To anoint the sacred dead ?
And sweet was her reward,
Kind accents of regard.
To bow his dying head,
When risen from the dead.