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kade by occasionally forcing ourselves froin the vortex of he world, and retiring to the calm enjoyments of study and eflection. The habits of retirement and tranquillity can lone enable us to make a just estimate of men and things.

We need not, therefore, be surprised at what is related f the gentleman, who, upon his death-bed, laid this one ommand upon his wild son; "that he should every day of is life be an hour alone :"-and ati being told, that havng constantly observed the injunction, he thereby grew erious, and became a new man.

If such then are the advantages of solitude ; if it is pund to be a most fit season not only for communing with ur own hearts but for holding converse with the Deity;. or obtaining a true knowledge of ourselves, and enabling is to forma a justi estimate of men and things, and if this tato x often produced by that confinement which is the ecessary attendant on bodily indisposition, it certainly nght not to be accounted so great an evil as some inconiderate minds may be apt to imagine. . .

From these premises it naturally follows, that the afflic.ions, and trials-of a present life, the disappointments and rosses to which we are continually exposed, the heart. endings and vexations that accompany'us in our pilgrimige; the diseases of the body, and still more calamitous lisorders of the mind, which mark out and distinguish our : path through the world, and proclaim in a language that annot be misunderstood, the melancholy truth, that Man is.born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward ; are, not- withstanding, instead of being regarded as deplorable evils, , o be considered as capable of producing by improvement he most salutary good.' '

Instead, therefore, of viewing afflictions as the certain marks of the just indignation and hot displeasure of the Most High, it becomes us to cherish them as the kind



'chastisements of our Heavenly Father, and to accept of

them with gratitude as the most incontrovertible testimonies of his care, and evidences of his paternal love; for, in the words of the Apostle, “What son is he whor ebe father chasteneth not,”—not forgetting, that chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievours, nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby,'' let .us

i Fret not then though his hand parental smite, in

“But kiss that hand that cannot do but right;" wm ever remembering, that the great Captain of our Salvation was himself made perfect through sufferings ; that "iis enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his Lord;" and that Jesus left it as a part of his dying legacy to his followers, “ in the world ye shall have tribulation," although for their comfort, he added : “But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.Then may we expect, with a well-grounded confidence, that." our LIGHT AFFLICTION WHICH IS BUT FOR A MOMENT, WILL” not lose its effect, but “ WORK FOR US A FAR MORE EXCEEDING AND AN ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY." August, 1813. Ein e


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Natural Appearances in October.... .*: * Now stormy Winter, with her dusky train, .

"Frowns o'er the hill, and murmurs in the plain; iu “ The little birds the trembling forests fly, i,

“ And, led by nature, seek the southern sky." . PLANTS having gone through the progressive stages of springing, flowering, and seeding, have at this season , brought to måturity the rudiments of a future progeny,



which are now to be icommitted to the fostering bosom of the earth. This being done, the parent vegetable if of the herbaceous kind, either totally dies, or perishes as far as it rose above ground: if a tree or shrub, it loses all its tender parts which the spring and summer had put forth. Seeds are scattered by the hand of nature in various nianners. The winds, which at this time arise, disperse far and wide many seeds which are curiously furnished with feathers or wings for this purpose. Other seeds, by the means of books lay hold on passing animals, and are thus carried to distant places. Many are contained in berries, which being eaten by birds, the seeds are discharged again uninjured, and grow where they happen to alight. Thus carefully has nature provided for the distribution and propagation of plants.

The common Martin, whose nests, hung under the eaves of our houses, afford so agreeable a spectacle of parental fondness, and assiduity, usually disappears in October. As this, though one of the smallest of the swallow-kind, stays the latest, its emigration to distant climates is less probable than that of the others. But b y

In most of the wine countries of Europe, the vintage takes place in October: The grape is one of the latest fruits in ripening. When gathered, they are immediately pressed, and the juice is fermented like that of apples in making cyder. 1994 1993 bord met die

This month is particularly chosen, on account of its mild temperature, for the brewing of malt liquor designed for long keeping, which is therefore commonly called old October 21, 04 1.5: S .

. The farmer continues to sow his winter-corn during this month ; and wheat is frequently not all sown till the end of it. When the weather is too wet for this business, lie ploughs up the stubble-fields for winter fallows.' Acorns



are sown for young plantations at this time ; and forest | and fruit trees are planted. His

: At the very close of the month, a few flowers still cheer the eye ; and there is a second blow of some kinds, particularly of the woodbine. But the scent of all these late flowers is comparatively faint.

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Migration of the Birds.. THIS is the time when numbers of the birds, which dur ing summer had lived and found food in our fields, . woods, and gardens, are going to quit our climate for other

countries. There are but few of them which pass the winter with us. The rest leare us almost the whole wigter. This migration is wonderful in all respects; and if we have not much attended to these creatures while they were with us, let us at least think of them now they are 'gone. Some birds, without taking their löght very high, and without separating from one another, drawing gradually towards the south, to seek the seeds and the fruit they prefer; but they soon return back. Others, which are called birds of passage, collect together at certain seasons, go away in large bodies, and take their fight into other climates. Sonre kinds of them are content with going from one country to another, where the air and food draw them at certain seasons, Others eross the seas, and undertake voyages of a surprising length. , .., · These migrations of the birds cannot be too much almired. Certainly the difference of heat and cold, and the want of food, warns them to change place. But what is the reason, that when the air is so mild that they might remain in it, and that they find enough to eat, they still


tever fail to go at the appointed time? How do they know. liat they will find food, and the proper degree of heat in ther climates? What is the cause of their going all at the ame time out of our countries, as if they liad unanimously ixed beforehand their day of departure? How do they ontrive in dark nights; and withont knowing the counries, to pursue their direct road constantly? These and ther questions on this interesting subject, are embarassing, Ind have not yet been answered in a satisfactory nianner, ecause we are not enough acquainted with the nature and nstinct of these aniinals. We niay, however, behold in le migrations the wise and beneficent direction of Provi. lence. - What wonderful means are made use of to preerve and give food to certain birds! With what tender are is their subsistence pointed out to them, when it fails hem in some regions ! Let us learn from thence, that very thing throughout the vast empire of nature is planed with Infinite Wisdonu. , Is not instinct to the birds of assage, what reason is to man? How ought we to blush tour incredulity, our doubts, and our anxieties, when we flect on the admirable guidance of Providence! This, xod who points the way to the birds in tlie air, will be not ith equal goodness guide us whom he has vouchsafed to adow with reason? Shall man, the lord of all, be less the bject of his cares? Let'us then with joy confide in bis jerciful protection. Let us walk in his ways, and wd. inpot fait of happiness... :' 70, seni ;

and The Winter Soning Time.i TREAT part of the food destined for us, and for many himals, is at this time deposited in the ground. The far:

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