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with those who would leave it to our families from age to age. Seatperish!

ed on this basis, by the shadow of What more shall I say? Take this rampart, where God will not the Bible from the world ; the hu- fail to bless us, we will repel the man race has lost its records ; fam- attacks of sin and the shafts of malilies have lost the bond of their un- ice, and wait with confidence the ion ; individuals have lost their day of retribution, when the Lord guide and their friend ; criminals will present us anew with the book have lost their pardon, the moral of life from his throne on high. world has lost its light; a day of O Lord! I would appear before calamity and distress is risen upon thee with this book in my hand; the earth. But says our Saviour, and if I have attached a due price “ Heaven and the earth will pass to its possession ; if I have made away.” Every thing is changing, sacrifices to spread it; if I have every thing is perishing, men and consulted it with sincerity, in prostheir institutions ; this word alone, perity and in adversity, in health infallible and imperishable, outlives and in sickness ; if I have made it all catastrophes, to be, for your my treasure and my delight; if I sakes, brought forward one day at have bedewed its pages with the the tribunal of JEHOVAH. It is a tears of a repentance that cometh monument founded on the rock of from the heart, while tracing the ages. Translated into all langua- expiatory death of the holy and ges, carried among all people, righteous one; and if I have emthrough all ages, the word is inva- braced with faith its revelations riably the same, drawing to itself and its promises,- my God, thou the regards of the universe. It is wilt condescend to apply to me the a monument of reconciliation, a decrees of thy mercy, saying, I cal. monument of love and of salvation, led, and thou didst hearken to me. that God entrusts to us. Aspire Thou didst seek diligently for me. then to the honour of its preserva. “ According to thy faith be it unto tion. O that it may continue in thee." Amen.

MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNICATIONS.

ORNAMENTAL GARDENING.

families can spend but little time

with their sons, it seems to be ne. PROBABLY no employment is bet- cessary that there should be a ter fitted to give vigour to the sys- proper field for exercise, where tem and cheerfulness to the spirits, the children may be innocently than horticulture in its various and usefully employed, in hours branches. Even the husbandman which would otherwise be devoted may find an agreeable relaxation to idleness or dissipating amuse. from the severer labours of the ments. field, in arranging and rearing the I am surprised that this single plants which adorn his home. To argument has not proved a sufficient the mechanic and professional man, inducement for parents who desire a change of action similar to that the highest welfare of their children, which the garden affords, is abso- to provide an extensive garden lutely essential.

where the younger members of the In instances in which heads of family in the hours of relaxation,

during the summer months, may beauty is excluded. Where no re. profitably and pleasantly pass their gard is had to taste, usually a greattime. It is proverbial, that the er portion of ground runs to waste, children of professional men are than would be sufficient for all the peculiarly prone to habits of idle- purposes of elegance. ness. Here a remedy is proposed, The cultivation of plants, to a which while it will secure health limited extent, principally for beauand good morals to the children, ty, is neither a waste of time nor of will make him doubly useful in af. substance. That may be useful, in ter life by the knowledge of active many respects, which is not directly industry.

connected with gain. A very great It is in this connexion, that I change would be introduced, with would introduce ornamental gar reference to every temporal good, dening. Children cannot be ex- if nothing beautiful could be admitpected to find constant interest, in ted. Elegant plants if they have the labour of cultivating a small no pecuniary value, may yet be a tract. But throw over the little help to the affections of the heart. spot a charm, arrange its walks in The benevolent Howard was scrustriking forms, adorn them with pulously exact in the employment beautiful shrubs, and mingling with of his time, and in the uses to which richly coloured fruits, let flowers of he devoted his wealth ; yet I am every hue appear, collected per- not surprised to find it stated in his haps from distant parts of the earth, biography, “ that he employed and soon the child will find it no much of his leisure time in the cultask to visit his gymnasium ;' he tivation of useful and ornamental will seek the employment as an plants." To cast a flower from the agreeable recreation, and return to hand, or to refuse to notice its splenhis studies with delight. Thus he dor, because it is not edible, is in will be saved from the train of evils principle the same as to refuse to connected with idleness, and stand acknowledge the Lord in the praises himself a beautiful olive plant' of our lips, because the sweet notes around his father's table.

of music are neither bread nor rai. Professional men are often heard ment. to mourn, that they have no suita The principle of taste is deeply ble employment for their children. fixed in our nature, and only re. I have entered the gardens of such quires a degree of cultivation, to parents, and • lo, it was all grown develope it, and make it the means over with thorns, and nettles had of enhancing our happiness. The covered the face thereof, and the Indians near the city of Mexico, stone wall thereof was broken down and within its limits, are but par. I saw and considered it well; I tially civilized, yet it is peculiar to looked upon it and received in them, “ that when they bring the struction. It is often represent. vegetables and fruits to market, ed that the time which is devo which they raise on the borders of ted to the culture of elegant the lakes Xochimilcho, and Chalplants, had better be confined, co, they ornament their canoes with solely to the useful. I would flowers. The stalls also in which appeal to observation, to decide, they expose their fruits for sale are whether all the more needful pro- beautifully set out with flowers. ducts of the soil, are not found in Refinement has its origin in taste; as great perfection in those gardens why then shall the taste of learned where the “sweet and the useful" men be limited to particular obare mingled, as in those from which jects? If we turn away our eye from beholding the delicate lines the cause of virtue will be promoof an elegant flower, we must also ted. Sir J. Sinclair speaks decicease to have our admiration exci- dedly of the favourable moral influted by the tints of the early evening ence of elegant horticulture. Mrs. cloud, or by the rays of the bow of H. Moore, also, in her works, takes heaven; and, if we do this, we pains to interest the humble cottamust also be insensible to the beau- ger in the cultivation of a few bloomties of fine writing. There is a ing plants; which, while they throw connexion between natural and in a charm around the rustic habitatellectual objects of taste which tion, serve also to promote neatadmits of no separation. A truly ness, give cheerfulness to the mind, refined mind will exercise the high- and exhibit to the passing stranger, est sensibility in view of every beau indications of innocence and conty, whether exhibited in the works tent. We ought not to sufier any of nature or of art.

part of the works of God to lie neg. The assertion need not be quali- lected, or to pass them by with fied, that, without relishing the contempt. The Lord of Glory, beauties of the vegetable kingdom, when on earth, drew many of his no man is prepared to read with illustrations from trees and fruits, full interest our most admired po- and in a memorable instance, apets. All unite in commending Mile pealed, for unparallelled displays ton and Cowper, yet these poets, of splendour, to a flower of the with all others, have innumerable field : “ Consider the lilies of the allusions to plants and flowers, field, how they grow-Solomon in which none but they who are fa- all his glory was not arrayed like miliar with plants can fully com- one of these.” Of the wise man prehend. Eden is exhibited in all it is recorded, that he spake of trees, its splendour by Milton, and Cow from the cedar tree that is in Lebper, in his celebrated Task, has en- anoncven unto the hyssop that titled a whole book, " the Garden.” springeth out of the wall.' The latter poet, while he sings of The following lines from the pothe cucumber and of the green et who is not the less a favourite house, represents also the very because he devoted his lays to the propping of a tender flower. None praise of a garden, I cannot withbut the admirer of blooming na- hold: ture, who has been accustomed to attach a favourite flower to its stake, “To study culture, and with artful toil is prepared to relish the beauty of

To meliorate and tame the stubborn soil; the following lines :

To give dissimilar, yet fruitful lands,

The grain, or herb, or plant, that each de* Few self-supported flowers endure the

mands; wind

To mark the matchless workings of the Uninjur'd, but expect the upholding aid,

pow'r, Of the smooth-shaven prop, and neatly Bid these in elegance and form excel, tied,

In colour these, and those delight the Are wedded thus like beauty to old age,

old age, smell, For int'rest sake, the living io the dead.”

Sends nature forth the daughter of the

skies, Undoubtedly, a degree of refine

To dance on earth, and charm all human ment in taste is favourable to mor

eyes :ality and religion. If the attention

These, these are arts pursu'd without a of various classes in the community crime, can be raised from grovelling objects That leave no stain upon the wing of to those which are more elevated,

time.”

THE FIRST ROSE OF SUMMER.

Taou art all lovely in thy sleeping bud
First rose of summer, with thy young green leaves ;
Sweet is thy breathing fragrance, rose of summer,
What wilt thou be thy leaves expanded all ?
The cautious folds that half conceal thy charms
Betray thy loveliness, like the light veil
Cast o'er the face of beauty.

Rose of summer,
So lovely in thy young, and sleeping bud,
I place thee in my bosom with strange thoughts,
With pleasing pensiveness I meditate
Upon thy parent tree, of thee bereft
By the soft hand of maiden gentleness.
I gaze on thee with strange emotions, rose
Of infant summer.

Expressive emblem
Of purest friendship waking from its bud,
And spreading out its beauties to the sun.
Oft hast thou told the language of the heart,
And spared an artless, blushing maiden's tongue
One half its faultering office.

Shy revealer
Of things that lie concealed in human hearts ;--
Interpreter of soft, deep-breathing love,
What wonders hast thou wrought, how many souls,
Hast bound in silken unison ?

Expressive emblem Of lasting friendship springing from its bud, And spreading out its beauties to the sunBut thou art perishing, first rose of summer ; Thy leaves that wore so late a dewy freshness, Are wither'd all, and thy young bud is drooping. Vanish'd is all thy loveliness, poor, transient thing! I said thou wert a bright and lively emblem Of lasting friendship starting from its bud And spreading out its beauties to the sun. Thou art no more that emblem, but the type Of earth's unceasing changes hast become, The type of things that perish in their budding ! Thou mak'st me sad, poor withered dying rose : I would thou still wert on thy parent tree; For thou art like a maiden blooming fresh Once on her parent stock like thee ; her charms Lovely to every eye; a thing all delicate And nourished with maternal tenderness ; Holding in soft enchantment every heart : But pluck'd at last by some deceitful wretch, Proud, cruel, jealous, ignorant of her worth--And bound in wedlock's unrelenting chains, Like ivy clinging round some worthless thing, She droops, and fades away, and perishes Through cold neglect, and “ unrequited love."

I lay thee by the wayside, dying rose,
And will not think of thee but as thou wert
When thou wast pluck'd from off thy parent tree.

CLIFTON.

· THEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS.

EXTRACT FROM THE LIFE OF PRES from step to step, would drop from IDENT EDWARDS.

his lips, attended with such clear

and striking evidence, both from MR. EDWARDS had the character scripture and reason, as even to of a good preacher, almost beyond force the assent of every attentive any minister in America. His em- hearer. inence as a preacher seems to have Thirdly, His excellency as & been owing to the following things : preacher was very much the effect

First, The great pains he took of his great acquaintance with his in composing his sermons, especial- own heart, his inward sense and ly in the first part of his life. As high relish of divine truths, and exby his early rising and constant at- perimental religion. This gave him tention to study, he had more time a great insight into human nature. than most others, so he spent more He knew much what was in man, time in making his sermons. He both the saint and the sinner. This wrote most of them in full, for helped him to be skilful, to lay pear twenty years after he first be truth before the mind so as not only gan to preach ; though he did not to convince the judgment, but also wholly confine himself to his paper to touch the heart and conscience ; in delivering them.

and enabled him to speak out of Secondly, His great acquaintance the abundance of his heart wbat he with divinity and knowledge of the knew, and testify what he had seen Bible. His extensive knowledge and felt. This gave him a taste and great clearness of thought, en and discernment, without which he abled him to handle every subject could not have been able to fill his with great judgment and propriety, sermons, as he did, with such strikand to bring out of his treasure ing, affecting sentiments, all suited things new and old. Every subject to move and to rectify the heart of he handled was instructive, plain, the hearer. His sermons were entertaining, and profitable ; which well arranged, not usually long, was much owing to his being mas- and commonly a large part taken up ter of the subject, and his great in the improvement; which was skill to treat it in a most natural, closely connected with the subject, easy, and profitable manner. None and consisted in sentiments natuof his composures were dry specu- rally flowing from it. But no delations, unmeaning harangues, or scription of his sermons will give words without ideas. When he the reader the idea of them which dwelt on those truths which are they had who sat under his preachmuch controverted and opposed by ing. many, which was often the case, he His appearance in the pulpit was would set them in such a natural and graceful, and his delivery easy, natcasy light, and every sentiment ural, and very solemn. He had

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