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But ah ! when nature is no more,

come themselves the pursners. The air, meanwhile, And dropt this body's load,

is filled with the report of the stock whips, the barkOn what unknown, untravelled shore

ing of dogs, and the cries and shouts of the men, Shall I have mine abode ?

mingled with the heavy tramping sound of many Or with what new-born powers explore thousand hoofs, as the herd rushes on towards the The mysteries of God?

euclosures. The speed and actirity displayed by these

half-wild cattle would astonish a stranger, who had I know not, and I ne'er shall know,

been brought up in the belief that the ox is naturally Whilst here I drag my chain ;

a slow and clumsy animal. On a level plain, or down But, if God's Spirit on me blow,

a gentle slope, which is most favourable to the action And I am born again,

of cattle, it is often as much as a horse, and a toleraWhere'er my Saviour is I'll go,

bly fast horse too, can do to head some of them for And with him live and reign.

the first hundred or two hundred yards; and as for

agility, it is no small leap that a cow or bullock will There, there, where death shall no'er destroy,

“refuse” when hotly pursued. In many herds there Nor suns shall set at even;

are animals whom the enclosures will not hold, though New strains of everlasting joy

six or seven feet high, even at a time when the yards Shall to my tongue be given ;

are so filled with cattle that they are obliged to take My Maker's praise my sole employ,

a standing jump. Some of them show excellent bot.

tom; and instances are known of horses having been His presence all my heaven.

run to a stand-still by them, even in open country. In addition to the gallop, which is their usual pace, they have a long, swinging trot, which enables them to

get very fast over the ground. Cattle-hunting in Miscellaneous.

Australia is excellent sport, and many go out merely

with the view to a day's amusement: with less speed CATTLE HUNTING.—The muster of a large herd than in horse-hunting, there is more variety; and, of cattle is a very stirring business, and may be de- from the constant sharp turning and close contact to scribed as a scene characteristic of “the bush” of which you are brought with the animal pursued, Australia. Preparations are made for a day or two greater skill in the saddle is requisite. Serious ac

cidents are not so frequent as wight be expected, and previously, and word sent to the adjoining cattle generally occur from fool-hardiness or want of expestations, as it is customary for neighbours to assist rience. However, it is never safe to trust the halfeach other; and at such a time as this there can wild cattle too far: if closely pressed, tliey are always scarcely be too much hielp, the most indifferent per apt to wheel sound and charge at a moment's notice, former on horseback serving at least to “stop a gap.” when, as their pursuer is close behind, some disOperations commence at an early hour, as soon as the astrous accident may occur, if his horse should chance

to be hard in the mouth, or unused to the work; but sun has acquired sufficient power to draw the cattle this seldom is the case, for perhaps no animal in from the forest towards the water. The horsemen man's employment more thoroughly understands what separate into parties of two or three together, and skirt he is about than the “stock-horse” of New South the boundaries of the pasture, driving down the cattle Wales. From the earliest period of his breaking, he

is taught to wheel instantly when at full speed, on any in every direction towards the “ rendezvous” by crack ground; and, from the innate sagacity which horses of “stockwhip,” an implement of peculiar construco have in discerniug their rider's object, one that has tion, the handle being little more than a foot in been “after stock” for a year or two reaches such length, while the thong, which is made of plaited hide, perfection in this point as almost to justify the ordivaries from twelve to seventeen feet: it is only used nary recommendation of an Australian horse-dealer,

that he can turn upou a cabbage leaf,” The best in New South Wales, and, when cracked, makes a

exemplification of this faculty is in the process of report which may be heard at a very considerable driving, or, as it is called, • cutting out” a single distance, while its powers of flagellation are formid- bullock, to which he will not submit without a sharp able even to a wild bullock. The cattle, thus roused, tussle, from the instinctive dislike to separation which make off towards the low grounds, where they are wholly to his speed; but finding, after a trial of two

all the bush cattle exhibit. At first starting le trusts met by other horsemen, whose business it is to keep

or three hundreu yards, that his retreat to the herd them together upon the rendezvous until the whole is still intercepted, he doubles short round in the rear party are re-assembled; and then, after a few minutes, of his pursuer, who, were he to continue his onward breathing time, they again start off for the enclosures.

career, would thereby lose a great deal of ground; The labour now begins in earnest, for cattle seem to

but such is the agility of the stock-horse that he

simultaneously wheels round, and still keeps on the have some instinctive anticipation of what is in store inside, without losing an inch: this sort of thing is for them; and when they are inclined to be refractory, repeated again and again, until the baffled animal, nothing but the most persevering exertions will drive by this time exhausted with rage and well scored with them to their place of destination. As they pro- / that

his tormentor may direct.-Haygarth's Bushi

the whip, is fain to single out, and take any course ceed, the scene becomes more and more animated.

Life in Australia. From the main body of the herd, dimly seen through a dense cloud of dust, a succession of furious animals break off on all sides, some making back towards the rendezvous,” others to their old haunts in the forest: London: Published for the Proprietors, by EDWARDS these are instantly pursued, and hunted hack by the and HUGHES, 12, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Paul's; and to b: stock-men, who inay be seen belabouring them with procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town and Country. their long whips in every direction, until, driven to desperation by over-driving and the severe discipline

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all sides, except towards the south, and contains

several cisterns of good water.” According to Tabor is a conical mountain in Palestine, situated Dr. Richardson, there are on the eastern side not far from Kadesh, in the tribe of Zebulun, masses of ruins, seemingly the vestiges of churches, and on the confines of those of Issachar and grottoes, and strong walls; all decidedly of some Nephtali. It rises in the midst of an extensive antiquity, and a few appearing to be the works of plain country, called the plain of Esdraelon, at a very remote age. about two hours' distance from Nazareth.

The prospects from this mountain are singuMr. Maundrell, speaking of Mount Tabor, larly delightful and extensive. On the northsays: “ After a very laborious ascent, which west you discern at a distance the Mediterranean occupied us near an hour, we reached the highest Sea ; and all around you have the plains of part of the mountain. It has a plain area at top, Esdraelon and Galilee, which present you with a most fertile and delicious, of an oval figure, view of so many places memorable for the resort extending about one furlong in breadth and two and for the miracles of the Son of God. At the in length. This area is enclosed with trees on foot of the mountain westward stands Daberah, a VOL. XXV.


small village, supposed to have derived its name and love, and follow, but which in the prefrom Deborah, the famous judge and deliverer of sent life none can attain to, God has inIsrael. Near this valley is the brook Kishon. structed and guided us by inferior examples, rises to view, at the foot of which is seated the city by instances of righteousness and degrees of

, have, of Nain, memorable as the place where Jesus raised to life the widow's son (Luke vii. 14); through his effectual grace, attained, and of and also Endor, where Saul, the first king of the which we should not be satisfied to come Israelites, consulted the witch. Turning a little short. southward you have in view the mountains of Gilboa, fatal to Saul and his sons. Due east you has set before us, by name, an array of elders

In the epistle to the Hebrews the apostle discover the sea of Tiberias, at the distance of “ of whom the world,” in which they lived, about a day's journey ; and close by the sea they

was not show a mountain down which the swine ran and and suffered, and did God's will, perished in the waters (Matt. viii. 32).

worthy;" of men who by faith obtained a On the eastern side of Tabor there is a small good report, and pleased God, and, being height, which by ancient tradition is supposed to dead, yet speak to us.

In that list of examhave been the scene of our Lord's transfiguration ples, Daniel is not mentioned expressly; but (Matt. xvii. 1-8; Mark ix. 2-9). No place,

we have an allusion to him there as a proindeed, is specified by the evangelists : the arguments, therefore, for Tabor's being the particular phet“ who through faith..stopped the mouths mountain cannot be regarded as conclusive; but of lions” (Heb. xi. 33); and of his name disthere is no improbability in the supposition. tinguished mention is made by God in an

During the greater part of the summer Tabor is other place (Ezek. xiv. 13-20), where it is covered in the morning with thick clouds, which declared that, if any three men together could disperse towards mid-day.

have availed to "deliver, by their righteousness," a guilty land from judgments and

desolation, those three would have been Noah, THE PRAYER OF DANIEL:

Daniel, and Job. We may say, therefore,

that the example of Daniel, above that of alSerinon,

most all other of the ancient saints, is set

before us for notice and imitation. Sins and BY THE Rev. HENRY S. RICHMOND, M.A.,

follies into which they fell, we read of in the Chaplain to the Bath Union.

history of most of the other saints. These

are recorded, not for our imitation, and not DANIEL vi. 10, 11.

to make us think lightly of sin, but for our “Now, when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house ; and, his windows warning, that in these respects we may not being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he do as they did ; may be reminded of their kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and frailty, and of our danger; and may the more prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did earnestly watch and pray lest we enter into aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found like temptation and fall into like transgresDaniel praying and making supplication before his sion. Such sins of God's eminent servants

are also graciously recorded for the encouGod, in his holy word, has instructed us “in ragement of every penitent and mourning divers manners. One manner is by doctrine: sinner, that in them he may see patterns of another is by precepts; and another is by mercy," as well as examples of righteousness. examples—by setting before us brief histo- Noah, the “preacher of righteousness,” fell ries and characters of saints to whom the holy into Aeshly sin. Job, the “perfect man, truths and the holy precepts of God were rebelled in spirit and in speech against the precious; who kept them in their hearts, and rod of affliction with which the Lord visited set them forth in their lives. In the New him. Abraham," the father of the faithful, Testament our great example is the Lord told a lie. “Just Lot, whose righteous soul Jesus; the all-perfect man; the divine, yet was vexed with the filthy conversation of the human, pattern, who “loved righteousness / wicked," was himself overtaken in filthy sin. and hated iniquity;" in whose heart was the “ Moses, the man of God,” “spake unadwhole law of God, and in whose life it was visidly with his lips.” David, the “man all fulfilled. To this example of perfectness, after God's own heart," fell from the path of the contemplation of God's people was, by righteousness into awful sin. Jeremiah, to anticipation, called, even in the Old Testa- whom the Lord had even said, “ Before thou ment, before the actual incarnation of the camest out of the womb I sanctified thee, Son of God: “Behold my servant, whom I and I ordained thee to be a prophet unto the uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul de- nations," in a fit of foolish and sinful imlighteth!" But, besides this pattern of per- patience cursed the day wherein he was born fect holiness which all his servants do behold, to see labour and sorrow" in the blessed


service he fulfilled. But we read of no fault, in the highest degree in which morality and no sinful act of folly, in all that is told us of virtue have ever been displayed by men, but Daniel. In a wonderful manner“

integrity he was a man of spiritual godliness. And and uprightness preserved him. Envy and very wide is the difference, much wider and malice, watching for his halting, making it deeper than many think, between moral virtue their daily object to pick some hole in his and true living godliness. Daniel, without character, and snatch some accusation against the spiritual grace of God, might have been him, could find nothing to lay hold of (v. 4). an amiable, benevolent, and upright man, See what testimony his enemies reluctantly faithful and valuable to his masters, the kings bore to his integrity and blamelessness of Babylon; but, without God's special grace, “Then said these men, We shall not find any Daniel could not have been what Daniel was, occasion against this Daniel, except we find any more than Paul would have been what it against him concerning the law of his God" he became by grace. There was spiritual (v. 5). Faithfulness to God, and rejection of life in his soul: there was a fervent love of the false gods which the Babylonians wor- God, and of holiness for God's sake, in his shipped, that was the only fault which they heart. He set the Lord always before him; could lay to his charge, with all their vigi- and whatsoever he did, he did it to the glory lance and all their spite.

of God. And, although it is probable that Are we, then, to think that Daniel was a he was, naturally, of amiable, honest, and sinless man towards God? Most surely not. upright disposition, it was not by nature that “There is none righteous; no, not one;" he did that. and, tried by the law of God, Daniel was not My brethren, this is a truth which, as righteous, and could not have been justified" preachers of righteousness," we have the by his works. Assuredly, confession of sin greatest occasion to set forth in the plainest entered into his daily prayers; and he found, and strongest manner, that, without the reas he searched his own heart, reason to cry, generating, sanctifying, and saving grace of “God be merciful to me a sinner." Sinless God, you may be amiable in your disposition perfection is on earth the desire and the aim and conduct, respected, and honoured as of all saints, but not the attainment of any. useful members of society, dear, and justly The souls of the regenerate hunger and thirst dear, to your neighbours, to those who enjoy after it now, while burdened with bondage of your friendship, or to those who receive your corruption; and, what they so hunger and aid (all this, with or without the form of relifollow after here, they shall be “ satisfied” gion), but that you cannot, because you are with in the life to come. For that glorious such, conclude that the life of God is in your state of perfected holiness Daniel was looking souls. Before you can be sure of this, you and waiting. To him bright visions of it must examine and search yourselves inwere vouchsafed, even such as were given in wardly; you must bring the touchstone to after times to St. John. He foresaw the re- your hearts ; you must try the principles surrection of the saints in the likeness of which dwell, and the motives that are acting Christ, when (said he, by the Spirit of pro- there; and see that they are more than natuphecy) " of them that sleep in the dust of ral and earthly, that they are indeed the earth, many shall awake; some to everlasting fruits of the Spirit, the principles of faith, life.... And they that be wise shall shine as and the motives of love towards God. You the brightness of the firmament, and they must know what Jesus meant by those words that turn many to righteousness as the stars of his, “Without me ye can do nothing;" for ever and ever” (xii. 2, 3); and to him it and you must see that, under the deep and was said expressly: “Go thy way, Daniel; humbling conviction of this truth, you are for the words are closed up and sealed till the seeking from Christ that needful strength time of the end. Many shall be purified, and by which all things may be done (Phil. iv. made white, and tried .. But


thou thy 13). You must come to the light,” and try way till the end be; for thou shalt rest, and your deeds by that, that “it may be made stand in thy lot at the end of the days” (xii. manifest that they are wrought in God” 9-13). This was a prediction of the resur- (John iii. 21). Otherwise, there will be no rection of the body to eternal life, and of life in your virtue, no charity in your beneholiness perfected in soul and body united; ficence (1 Cor. xiii. 3), no power in your and that Daniel should attain to that bles- form of godliness: your best works will be sedness.

but dead works : all will be deceitful, like When we contemplate the character of glittering metal and stones, which the unDaniel, one thing to be remembered is, that practised eye looks on as precious gold and by the grace of God he was what he was. jewels ; and like fruit which on the outside He was not only a moral and virtuous man, seems fair and good, but when opened is

found rolten at the core; and like pleasant | earthly enemy, have been such as Satan by all pictures of living things, which only the ima- his agents could not daunt. They have not gination of admiring beholders inspires with feared to face and resist him in his fiercest the breath of life.

attacks, when the weapons of their warfare The chief points which we see in the reli- have been only spiritual, and his have been gious character and conduct of Daniel, and not only spiritual, but carnal-such as fire in which he is a pattern to us, are his cou- and sword. Cowards by nature, they have rage and consistency. He illustrates the become through grace bold confessors of the meaning of those words of scripture, “the faith, and patient martyrs of God. They righteous is bold as a lion." He had no would have made poor soldiers in a worldly hesitation as to how he should act when his army, with bodily weapons of attack or dechoice lay between suffering and danger on fence; but they have been resolute followers the one hand, and idolatry and sin on the of him “ who before Pontius Pilate witother. See in him the wide difference be- nessed a good confession," good soldiers of tween godly fear, and natural cowardice or Jesus Christ. terror. Godly fear was the very thing which It was the grace of God, whether made Daniel brave and fearless. The true fear with or without natural courage, which of God--that fear which his children have made Daniel resist and overcome in the and cherish in their hearts, and which is so way in which he did ; not on carnal prinunlike the dread of God which his cnemies ciples, not through merely natural feelings have-is another name for the love of God. and natural strength of mind, but through This fear, this love, dismissed all other fear faith and love towards his God. It was this from Daniel's soul. He did not fear Darius, which made danger a trifle, which made sufnor the bitter enemies who sought to kill his fering welcome, and which took away the body, nor the lions' den. Strong in faith, sting from death. Therefore nothing could he knew that the God of all power, whom he move him from his consistency and perseveserved, could preserve him from the devour- rance in the confession of his faith.

But, ing beasts, if he pleased ; and, if God should“ when he knew that the writing was signed," not please to do this, still he had no fear of when worldly wisdom would have suggested them who after they had killed his body another course-a concealment, at least, of had no

more that they could do. He his private prayers-he disdained all comwas willing, for righteousness' sake, to be promise with danger and idolatry: he detertorn in pieces of lions; but he was not wil.mined to show that a servant of God was not Jing, for the saving of his life, to commit one to be turned from the way of righteousnes deliberate sin. In this he was of the same at the bidding of the servants of sin: “He heart and mind as those other blessed men, went into his house ; and, his windows being the friends and companions of his youth, open in his chamber towards Jerusalem, he with whom in the land of captivity and ido- kneeled upon his knees three times a day, latry he took sweet counsel concerning the and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, things of God—Shadrach, Meshach, and as he did aforetime.” He did not do this for Abed-nego; who answered and said to the the sake of display, nor for the purpose of king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful rushing into danger, uselessly and rashly; to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, but, as he had been accustomed to pray daily our God whom we serve is able to deliver us with “his windows open towards Jerusalem' from the burning fiery furnace, and he will(the holy city, which he always remembered deliver us out of thine hand, o king. But and pleaded for in his prayers), he would not if not, be it known to thee, O king, that we be so far moved from his stated practice as will not serve thy gods, nor worship the even to close his windows when he knew that golden image which thou hast set up." We there were listeners and spies watching to acdo not know that Daniel was naturally a cuse him of having transgressed the king's courageous man. He may have been; and decree, and incurred the penalty of death, by if so, his natural character combined with making prayer to his God. None of these his fear and love of God in making him things could alter his conduct, or disturb the dauntless of the lion's den. But without communion of his soul with God. that, the grace of God was for him sufficient, Surely, if there is one situation more than that “strength which is perfected in weak- another in which it is difficult to hold peaceness."

ful communion with God, to worship him Many of the saints of God who have in spirit and in truth, to pray with the been naturally timid men, inclined to shrink heart fixed, and the mind withdrawn from from all danger and suffering, and who would surrounding distracting circumstances, it is diave trembled in an carthly cause, before an where we know and feel ourselves to be

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