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great inosque of Al Harrem, or, as called by Chris A. D. 326, as was supposed, on Mount Calvary. The tians, the mosque of Solomon, from being supposed, walls are of stone, and the roof of cedar; the East end with that of Al Sakhara near it, to occupy the site encloses Mount Calvary, and the West the Holy Sepulof the ancient temple of that splendid and luxurious chre; the former is covered with a noble cupola, open king."

at top, and supported by sixteen massive columns. Chateaubriand observes, “The houses of Jerusalem Over the high altar, at the East end, is another stately are heavy square masses, very low, without chimneys dome. The nave of the church constitutes the choir; or windows; they have flat ierraces or domes on the and in the aisles within are shown the places where the top, and look like prisons or sepulchres. The whole most remarkable circumstances of our Saviour's passion would appear to the eye one uninterrupted level, did were transacted, together with the tombs of Godfrey not the steeples of the churches, the minarets of the and Baldwin, the first two Christian kings of Jerusalem. mosques, the summits of a few cypresses, and the clumps In the Chapel of the Crucifixion is shown the hole in of nopals, break the uniformity of the plain. On be- the rock in which the cross is said to have been fixed. holding these stone buildings, encompassed by a stony The altar in this chapel has three crosses, and is richly country, you are ready to inquire if they are not the adorned ; particularly with four lamps of immense confused monuments of a cemetery in the midst of a value that hang before it, and are kept constantly desert. You lose yourself among narrow, unpaved burning. At the west end is that of the sepulchre

, streets, here going up hill, there down, from the in- which is hewn in that form out of the solid rock, and equality of the ground; and you walk among clouds of has a small dome supported by pillars of porphyry. dust or loose stones. Canvass stretched from house to The cloister round it is divided into several chapels

, house increases the gloom of this labyrinth. Bazaars, appropriated to the different sects of Christians who roofed over, and fraught with infection, completely ex- reside there-Greeks, Armenians, Maronites, Jacobites, clude the light from the desolate city. A few paltry Copts, Abyssines, Georgians, &c., and on the northshops expose nothing but wretchedness to view; and west side are the apartments of the Latins, who have even these are frequently shut, from apprehension of the care of the church, and reside constantly in it; the a cadi.- Amid this extraordinary desolation, you must Turks keeping the keys of it, and not suffering any of pause a moment, to contemplate two circumstances still

them to go out, but ohliging them to receive all their more extraordinary. Among the ruins of Jerusalem, provisions in at a small wicket gate. At Easter some two classes of independent people find in their religion grand ceremonies are performed in the church, represutficient fortitude to enable them to surmount such senting our Lord's passion, crucifixion, death, and complicated horrors and wretchedness. Here reside resurrection ; at which a vast concourse of pilgrims communities of Christian monks, whom nothing can assist, whose contributions and offerings keep the edifice compel to forsake the tomb of Christ; neither plunder, in repair, and support its possessors. nor personal ill-treatment, nor menaces of death itself. The Easter ceremonies at the Church of the Holy Night and day they chant their hymns around the Holy Sepulchre are most extravagant and superstitious, and Sepulchre. Driven by the cudgel and the sabre, on some future occasion we purpose to give an account women, children, flocks and herds, seek refuge in the of them ; in the mean time, let our readers pray that cloisters of these recluses. What prevents the armed God would send forth his blessed word to 'dissipate oppressor from pursuing his prey, and overwhelining the delusions of the people, that by the gracious insuch feeble ramparts ? - the charity of the monks: they fluences of the Holy Spirit, a host of intelligent, holy, deprive themselves of the last resources of life to ran- zealous men of God may be raised up to preach in its som their suppliants.

purity, simplicity, and power, the Gospel of our Lord “Cast your eyes between the temple and Mount and Saviour. Zion; behold another petty tribe, cut off from the rest of the inhabitants of the city. The particular objects of every species of degradation, these people bow their

WHAT LAND WOULD I VISIT ? heads without murmuring : they endure every kind of insult without demanding justice : they sink beneath

Had I the pinions of a dove repeated blows without sighing : if their head be re

To fly o’er land and sea, quired, they present it to the scimitar.- Enter the To what lov'd country would I rove, abodes of these people, you will find them, amid the

My native land, from thee? most abject wretchedness, instructing their children to Would I first visit mighty Roine, read a mysterious book, which they in their turn will

Her ruins rast and proud, teach their offspring to read. Seventeen times have

Her lofty towers, her far-fam'd dome, they witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem, yet no

And sky without a cloud ? thing can discourage thein, nothing can prevent them froin turning their faces towards Zion. To see the

Would I to lovely Greece repair, Jews scattered over the whole world, according to the

Her isles once blest and free, word of God, must doubtless excite surprise: but to

To breathe the fragrance of the air, be struck with supernatural astonishment, you must

The breezes of the sea ? view them at Jerusalem; you must behold these right

Would'1 towards the rising sun ful masters of Judea, living as slaves and strangers in

Delighted stretch my way; their own country; you must behold them expecting, To view the shores he shines upon, under all oppressions, a King who is to deliver them.

The utmost realins of day? Crushed by the cross that condemns them, skulking near the temple, of which not one stone is left upon

Or the sweet islands of the west

Would I now soar among, another, they continue in their deplorable infatuation. The Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, are swept from

High on their craggy mountains rest, the earth; and a petty tribe, whose origin preceded

And streais unknown to song? that of those great nations, still exists unmixed among

Wonld I the rich Peruvian mine the ruins of its native land."

With anxious zeal explore? THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, was erected Or seek the polish'd gems that shine by the empress Helena, mother of Constantine, about

On India's wealthy shore ?

SECOND CENTURY.

To none of these would I retire,

ECCLESIASTICAL BIOGRAPHY.
My England, far from thee!
One place alone do I aspire

27. Pothinus is believed to have been a native of With earnest wish tu see.

Asia Minor. Being converted to the faith of Christ, I'd soar away, if once set free,

and devoted to the Christian ministry, he was sent by That Holy Land to greet,

Polycarp from Smyrna, as a missionary to France. And all those hallow'd places see,

Many Greek3 had settled in Marseilles, on account of Where trod my Saviour's feet.

their mercantile affairs, which occasioned much interI would alight on that blest spot

course with Vienne, Lyons, and other trading places : Where he so often taught

and Pothinus became the bishop of the Christian church Those words which ne'er can be forgot,

in the latter city. Lyons was famous for its splendid Where mighty deeds he wrought.

temple and its altars, erected in honour of Augustus

Cæsar, at the common charge of France. Idolatrous There would my dying faith revive,

festivals were celebrated on the first of August, with While I from place to place,

great solemnity; when crowds assembled" from all With earnestness of love, would strive

parts of the country, to witness the public disputes His footsteps to retrace.

between learned and eloquent philosophers, the sports, Though now profan’d each hallow'd spot,

shows, especially the gladiatorial conflicts, and the Yet are they not the same

throwing of malefactors to wild beasts in the ainphi. (The face of nature changes not)

theatre. As when to earth he came ?

Pothinus continued labouring for many years at We tread the fields where heroes fought,

Lyons, until A. D. 177, when Aurelius Antoninus Where glorious deeds were done;

issued an edict against the Christians. Persecution But here, the wonders that were wrought

raged dreadfully at Lyons and Vienne. Multitudes of 'Twas God hiinself that won !

martyrs for Christ were sacrificed, with every manifes

tation of brutal cruelty. Among the rest, Pothinus, With awe we pass each solemn spot, Where man gave laws to man;

now ninety years of age, was seized and condemned.

The venerable old man was scarcely able to crawl: but Rome, Athens, ne'er will be forgot,

he was dragged to the tribunal, and thence towards the Her heroes never can.

place of execution. Ferocity in the idolatrous crowd Here God himself his law explain'd

vented itself in the most violent forms. Every man When he our nature took ;

seemed to consider it impious not to do something By deed he every word sustain'd

against him, to avenge the quarrel of their gods. As written in the book.

Intending to make a second day's sport with him, A tenfold interest deepens all

they put him in prison, where his mangled body, too He lived, and died, and rose :

faint to retain his spirit, sunk under these barbarities, There's not a place but would recal

and he died almost immediately of his wounds. Thus My sins, which caus'd his woes.

Pothinus, the venerable bishop of the Christians at

Lyons, breathed out his spirit to God bis Saviour,
And also that amazing love-

A. D. 177.
A deep and shoreless sea :
A mystery to all Heaven above

THE MONASTIC INSTITUTION.
He liv'd and died for me !

The monastic institution was originally among the
Gauls a profession devoted to the cultivation of letters.

The labour of transcribing books, which then formed
CHARMING SERPENTS.

one of the chief occupations of the monks, continued Illustration of Psalı lviii, 4, 5, and Jeremiah viii, 17.

with them till the discovery of the admirable art of

printing. It is thus that all impartial historians disIn the neighbourhood of Marlras there are serpent pense only bare justice to the ancient monks by accharmers; a set of strollers, who carry, with them a knowledging, that it is to their care and industry we basket with these reptiles. After a kind of overture, are indebted for the valuable remains of antiquity, as the basket is opened, and the serpents slide out. As well sacred as profane. the artist plays upon a tambourine, a kind of tympa- “The sublime productions of the greatest geniuses pum, and accompanies it with his voice, the serpents of Athens and Rome found secure asylum in the raise themselves on their tails, and wave their heads to retreats of religion. The church, which had adopted the tune; but upon the music ceasing, they return the Greek and Latin languages, always used them; alınost immediately to their native sullenness and ma- and without this circumstance an universal ignorance lignity, when they are fenced into their prison, tu pre- would have prevailed. Men were wanted, who, sevent their darting at the company, as they leave them in cluded from the world, would dedicate themselves to full possession of their poison, which they sometimes retirement by choice, to study by taste, to labour by prore, by suffering them to bite domestic animals. duty; animated by the same genius and the same The species generally employed by these itinerant zeal, living in common under the same regulations, and artists, is that called Hooded Serpents, the most veno- who were willing to employ the leisure of their solitude mous of the kind; and many of them are so gloomy, in the laborious occupation of endless transcription. that it is a long time before the artist can prevail upon “ It is fortunate for letters that this body existed; no them to lift up their hoods to admit the sound of the individuals whose minds would have been occupied by muzic, or “ hear the voice of the chariner.” They domestic affairs and public matters, could have given therefore often cut the ligature of their hoods, which themselves up to such long and painful labours; and makes it fall below their ears. This effect of the this is one of the chief advantages we have derived froin sounds of music upon animals, is confirmed by what these industrious and learned solitaries, who, from the we see of the effects of drums and trumpets upon depth of their retreat, enlightened the world whicl horses,

they had quitted.”D’Isrueli.

SCRIPTURE BIOGRAPHY.

Whose open summit rising o'er the trees,
Caught the cool fragrance of the evening breeze.

The Patriarchal worshippers were met ;
ENOCH.

The lamb was brought, the wood in order set

On Adam's rustic altar, moss o'ergrown,
The Ministry of Enoch.

An unwrought mass of earth- unbedded stone;

Long known and hallow'd, where, for man's offence, From the brief notice of Enoch in the book of Genesis, The earth first drank the blood of innocence; we might be led to conclude, that he was a person of

When God himself ordain'd the typic rite distinguished excellence: but there is nothing related

To Eden's exiles, resting in their flight.

Foremost amidst the group was Enoch seen, of his public character. The information which is

Known by his humble port, and heavenly mien : afforded by the apostles concerning hiin, is much more On him the priest's mysterious office lay, comprehensive and satisfactory than that which is For 'twas the eve of Man's transgression day; given by Moses. By the latter we are simply told that

And him had Adam, with expiring breath, “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God

Ordain'd to offer yearly, from his death,

A victim on that mountain where the skies took him.” The apostles Paul and Jude present him

Had first inhal'd the fumes of sacrifice. to our contemplation under two distinct points of view;

In Adam's coat of skins array'd he stands as an exemplary saint, and as an inspired prophet. Paul Spreading to heav'n his supplicating hands, commends him as an eminent believer under the pa

Ere from his robe the deadly steel he drew, triarchal dispensation of mercy, as one who obtained

To smite the victim sporting in his view.

Behind him Seth, in majesty confest, a good report through faith, having seen afar off the

The world's great Elder, tower'd above the rest. promises relating to the Messiah; one who was per

Around him in august succession stood suaded of them, and embraced them, “confessing The fathers of the world before the Flood : himself a stranger and pilgriw upon the earth.” Heb.

These, with their families, on either hand, xi, 13.

Aliens and exiles in their native land,

The few, who lov'd their Maker from their youth, Enoch is exhibited to us by Jude, as an illustrious

And worshipp'd God in spirit and in truthprophet of the LORD, foretelling the revelation of These stood with Enoch :- All had fix'd their eyes, Christ in awful grandeur, to the confusion of infidels,

On him and on the lamb of sacrifice : and to the condemnation of the ungodly.

“ Enoch

For now with trembling hand he shed the blood, also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these,

And plac'd the slaughter'd victim on the wood;

Then kneeling, as the sun went down, he laid saying, Behold the Lord cometh, with ten thousands

His hand upon the hallow'd pyre, and pray'd.” of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to

WORLD BEFORE THE FLOOD. convince all that are ungodly among them, of all their It is not unlikely, that even their solemn acts of ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed,

public worship were the occasion of ridicule and reand of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners

viling to the daring apostates: on account of which he have spoken against him.” Jude 14, 15.

foretold the approaching judgment, to terminate all the This affecting prediction is a clear and awakening dispensations of God to inan upon the earth, which seems description of the day of judgment; that day of terror, necessarily to imply, that he was favoured with a view in which the final destinies of all mankind shall be

of the progressive steps leading to that dreadful catasunalterably fixed; when every man shall be rewarded

trophe. As an inspired believer in the Messiah, he according to his works: that fearful day, “when the

must have had some edifying conceptions of the future Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his

incarnation, the ministry, the death, the resurrection, mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on and ascension of the blessed Redeemer; and he must thein that know not God, and that obey not the gospel also have beheld, by the Spirit, the enlargement of the of our Lord Jesus Christ : who shall be punished with Messiah's kingdom, the blissful state of those departed everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, saints, who will come with him in the clouds of heaven and from the glory of his power; when he shall come

as the Judge of all the earth, and also that eternal to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all

weight of glory that is reserved for the righteous in the them that believe.” 2 Thess. i, 7 – 10. Enoch beheld with grief the prevailing wickedness

presence of God.

Such sublime subjects occupied the elevated mind of the Cainites : but more especially the increasing

of the prophet; and they formed the theme of his infidelity of many among the sons of God.” His

public ministry to the infidel multitudes while bere holy soul was stirred within him to endeavour to

on earth, and his spiritual affections were in heaven reclaim them, and to arrest the progress of iniquity. long before his wondrous translation. What contests he had with the daring blasphemers of

(To be continued.) his time, as they are alluded to by Jude, we are not particularly informed; but it seems probable that he was opposed by many, and that with insulting scoffs

BISHOP BUTLER DYING. and threatenings.

The following anecdote is related of the last moments Nor would this benevolent and zealous prophet be of Bishop Butler, the learned author of the "Analogy." Jess solicitous to establish the minds of the sincere but

A few days previous to his death, when he was sitting timid, in their adherence to the truth of God, than to alone with his chaplain, he thus addressed him :rebuke and warn the disobedient. He would be con- "Perhaps what I am about to say may surprise you; spicuous on their days of sacred festivity, and their but after all I have written,-after having viewed death solemn anuiversaries, in leading the devout worshippers calmly at a distance,-yet, upon its near approach, I to the footstool of the Divine mercy, and in officiating ain afraid to die." “My Lord,” observed the Chapin his extraordinary character as the priest and prophet lain," you forget that Jesus Christ is a Saviour." of God.

“Yes,” rejoined the Bishop, “but how do I know that Many had become apostates from the worship of He is a Saviour for me?• It is his own gracious deGod, and joined “the sons of men” in their profane- claration,” continued the Chaplain, "Him that cometh ness and wickedness ; yet a holy band, a few remained unto me I will in no wise cast out.” “Stop!” exclaimed faithful in their allegiance to their God.

the Bishop : “I have read that passage a thousand and “ Already on a neighbouring mount they stood,

a thousand tiines, but I never felt its value till this Apart, amidst the valley, girt with wood,

moinent! Stop there, for now I die happy.”

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Letters to a Mother, upon Education. days. Labour to make him acquainted with the names

of them. Think no exertions too great to teach him LETTER V.

the right names for them. Call him back again and Dear Madam,

again, if he mistakes. Make the wrong name or word Among the moral habits which require for any thing troublesome to him. Make truth the to be very early inculcated on the mind of a child, is easiest, because you never trouble him respecting it. that of speaking the truth. The period, indeed, at Secondly, Truth consists in rightly describing in lanwhich attention to it ought to be commenced, is when guage such right apprehensions. he begins to express his ideas in sounds and words. Now there certainly are many causes whereby a little

You will soon discover that your child will exhibit a child is induced to describe wrongly his own apprehencomparative disregard of truth, and liability to false- sions, that is, in a manner contrary to their nature. hood. Be not alarmed: it is a universal characteristic This he will often do to save himself trouble; indoof human nature in infancy. Do not indulge the un- lence being a fruitful cause of lying; from pride, from founded despondency that he has any greater tendency malice towards a playfellow or servant that has disto this vice than other children.

pleased him. This latter species is, properly speaking, It depends indeed upon the systematic and unceasing watchfulness of the parent, whether a child shall be If, however, the rule deduced from the first-named soon inbued with better habits, or through neglect or principle be scrupulously observed, I am inclined to injudicious treatment, exhibit it in youth, and even re- think that this lamentable instance will be of rare tain it in after-life.

Whenever it occurs, your duty becomes I will not attempt to iuquire from what causes, re. imperative and difficult. mote or proximate, it arises, that little children are You must not weep, or frown upon him, or strike prone to falsehood; whether from the mere exuberance him, or make him go down upon his knees and beg of the imagination, ignorance of the value of truth, na- your pardon or pardon of the Creator, or tell others of tive indifference to its value, or inherent depravity; my his ill conduct: you will only confuse, and bewilder, object simply being to suggest such rules as may, under and harden his heart by such methods. Act as in in. the blessing of God, conduce to correct the disposition, stances of the former nature. Retrace with hiin every and to establish a contrary habit.

circumstance: unravel the whole affair as privately as These rules are all derived from the origin and nature possible: cause him, when fully convicted, to give you of truth.

a different statement : pause- leave him to the remonTruth originates in the right apprehension of the real strances of the inward monitor, and then act as if nonature of things; and it consists in rightly describing thing had occurred. This conduct, if invariably pursuch right apprehensions.

sued, and falsehood thereby rendered troublesome, will In the first place, truth originates in right apprehen- avail far more to his welfare than frowns and estrangesions of the real nature of things. Whether it be an ment. As he grows up into life, do not allow him to object of the senses, or an object of mental perception, describe the characters of other children or persons : it is clear, that, in order to the act of describing it cor- this is a cause of lying. Do not allow him to talk rectly, it must be rightly apprehended. If, for instance, much. Do not encourage him to relate anecdotes of it were possible to apprehend a tree to be a man, the the affairs or families in the neighbourhood. Prevent person so misapprehending could never truly relate the the perusal and recital of fabulous narratives. Careincidents in which the supposed man was concerned. fully watch over his speech, and see that on every occaThe same thing may be said of every other instance. sion, however insignificant, it is a faithful representaWhence I deduce this rule, namely, that a child ought tion of what his mind really knows and perceives. Soon to be early instructed to apprehend correctly the nature after he will save you the trouble, when he comes to of every object of the mind or senses. As soon as your feel the moral loveliness of truth, its convenience, its child begins to speak, be most careful to teach hin the intrinsic excellence, and the odiousness of falsehood, true name of every thing. Beware of giving to any ob- both in the eyes of God and man. ject a fictitious or defective name. See that he pro

I am, my dear Madam, &c. nounces the true name for every thing, as nearly as

CLERICUS. possible. Never pass over an instance in which he miscalls any thing. As soon as he is sufficiently advanced, catechize him as to the qualities of external objects ;

AN EPITAPH such as the following – What figure is this table? What

Found in the study of the pious Mr. Parsons, Vicar of colour is it? How many legs has it? What colour is

Arnold, and Rector of Wilford in Nottinghamshire ; this baize with which it is covered ? &c.

to which a request was annexed, “ that it might be By this means a child ought to be made acquainted

inscribed on bis tomb." with the true names for all the qualities of every object in the material world, and even of his own abstract

READER, perceptions; and I cannot avoid thinking that this em

The soul which inhabited the body that now ployment is the most profitable in which he can be en

lies at thy feet, gaged. He will learn to speak more readily: he will

is at this time partaking in consequence become possessed of a greater number

of the due reward of its deeds! of ideas: he will be able to express them more cor

The state is now unalterable. rectly hy their corresponding words, than if he had If good, it is happy, without fear of change; books put into his hand, which as a toy are worse than If not, how great a merey would it be esteemed, useless, and as modes of instruction are to an infant ex.

even for a short time, ceedingly ineligible. A visit to an infant school will

to be as thou artsoon convince any one, that a child may learn to express Capable of avoiding the torments of hell, by motions such words as perpendicular, horizontal,

and of enjoying the rest and pleasures square, round, &c. By this method a child becomes that are at God's right hand for evermore! instructed as to the names of those objects of the ex- Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation ! ternal world, out of which his abstract perceptions are Oh! receive not the grace of God in vain. formed, and with which he will be conversant all his

2 Cor vi, 1, 2.

mean :

DOMESTIC INFANT SCHOOLS.

be taught, and made a most diverting exercise, by

Cobbin's Grammar. The infant just beginning to speak Infant Schools, with all their peculiar benefits, are will be delighted to find, and to call Mr. Positive, a designed especially for the poor. Their original in

tall man; Mr. Comparative, a taller man; Mr. Superstitution, and their varied operations, are directed to lative, the tallest man of the three. the improvement of the children of those, who have

Arithmetic, by means of Cobbin's ingenious little but little time, or talent, even when they have the dis- work, may be made an amusement even for very position, to promote the mental cultivation of their

young children. infant offspring. Incalculable good appears already We are aware that it has been said, and that it is still resulting from these humble seminaries. But since

said, children ouglit not to have their memories burthis system is so admirably adapted to call forth the thened with lessons, which only disgust them with latent faculties of the infant mind, cannot some of its books and retard their real improvement. None can advantages be secured in the domestic nursery? May be more averse to over-burthening the memories of not some of its methods be practicable with two or children than we are; but the plans we recomiend three infants at home, or even with one?

are the methods dictated by nature: they do not load These questions have been proposed by many of the memory; they treat the little creatures as rational those who have seen the delightful progress of the beings, not as mere playthings; and while they prechildren of the poor in these public institutions.

sent correct images before the mind, they at once call We are persuaded that much of the infant school

forth the opening mind they instruct, and produce the systein may be adopted in the domestic nursery. Les- most untiring delight. sons in Natural History, Scripture History, Geography, By means of illustrations of the Bible, an incredible Grammar, Arithmetic, and other sciences, may easily measure of historical, moral, and religious knowledge and delightfully be inculcated on an infant of two or may be communicated to the youngest child. Wicked three years old. Instead of a heap of senseless “Dutch Cain killing his brother Abel - Joseph sold by his Toys,” which are broken with a fall, or even a touch, naughty brothers—Moses the babe taken out of the ark let the child be furnished with the ingenious, beautiful, of bulrushes in the water - Aaron and Moses striking and instructive works of our British artists and scholars, the rock, to give the children of Israel water to drink whose talents have been employed in favour of the - Little Samuel, whose mother brought him a little young, the expense of which will be far less, while the

coat every year, while he lived with Eli, and prayed to knowledge imparted by their imeans will be infinitely our Father who art in heaven — Timothy the little boy, greater. We will mention a few of the articles we

whose mother taught hiin to read the Bible ;-these and

others will furnish a rich variety of topics for instrucPlates of Natural History, for Infant Schools - by tion, even to the youngest children; and will be sources Suter, Cheapside, London.

of amusement, delight, and profit, in the hands of a Illustrations of the Bible, for ditto, by ditto.

lively instructor. Cobbin's Grammar, Cobbin's Arithmetic, and Cob- We are not mere theorists and speculators : we are bin's Geography, for Children.

parents; and we have seen these lessons, and many Manners and Customs of the Israelites, Journeys of Others, learnt by children under three years of age, the Israelites, and Stories for Children, by the Tract and the dear little prattlers delighted to tell papa all Society.

these things. These, with others of a siinilar class, may be used For example: the excellent Map of Canaan, pub. with the greatest advantage by parents, governesses, lished by the Sunday School Union, has served as an or nursery- maids.

exercise, and an infant little more than two years old Preliminary, however, and indispensable to success, has delighted to tell papa where is the Great Seait is to be observed, that the nursery-maid, governess, Judea - Samaria—the river Jordan-the Sca of Sodom or instructor of infants, should possess a sacred regard - the Sea of Galilee ---Jerusalem, where David lived -to truth and to the word of God, a love for learning, Nazareth, where Jesus lived — Bethany, where Martha and be apt to teach. Judiciously has the Countess of lived ---Gaza, whose gates Samson carried away - Idu. Blessington said, “More depends on first inpressions mea, where Job lived, and many other things. And than people are aware of; and parents should, if pos- what is there surprising in all this, when instead of sible, be more careful in the selection of their nursery- burthening the memory, or abusing the child with maids than of their governesses. The former often lay nonsense, it is treated as a rational being, and these the foundation of evils, that the latter can never erase; things made the texts and directories of lively stories ? anıl how often do we see a child emerge from the Dr. Doddridge was taught the Scripture history by his nursery devoid of that freshness and simplicity which mother, before he could speak, by means of the Dutch constitute the greatest charm of infancy."

tiles in the fire-place; and her observations and comNatural History, by means of the prints prepared ments produced a happy and lasting impression upon for Infant Schools, may be extensively taught. As a the mind of that great and useful man, to which, prosubstitute for these, any outline of natural history bably, generations unborn will be under unspeakable with cuts may be usefully employed.

obligations through his iinperishable writings ! Scripture History may be profitably unfolded by means of illustrative cuts, and the mind of an infant filled with the whole outline of sacred story in the

DIGNIFIED CONDUCT OF A YOUNG LADY. way of diversion and amusement. The History of ELIZA EMBERT, a young Parisiau, resolutely discarded a England may be taught in the same way, by “All the gentleman to whom she was to have been married the Kings of England,” on a coloured sheet, by Darton. next day, because he ridiculed religion. Having given

Geography. By means of a coloured map, a lively him a gentle reproof, he replied, “ that a man of the infant may be trained to delight in pointing out the world would not be so old-fashioned as to regard God sea and land, Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South and religion.” Eliza immediately started !- but soon America, the East, the West, North and South, with a recovering herself, said, From this moment, when I multitude of uther particulars.

discover that you do not respect religion, I cease to be Grammar. A kuowledge of all the various parts of yours. He who does not love and honour God, can speech, and the comparison of adjectives, may thus never love his wife constantly and sincerely."

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