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assembled, were undoubtedly at first cham- therefore I say, that such excuses are not sufbers in private houses : none other would ficient to quiet a man's own conscience. How offer, or indeed would serve as well, since much less can they stand before God! Judge secrecy and retirement would naturally be therefore yourselves, brethren, in this matter, sought by those who assembled at the hazard that ye be not judged of the Lord. of their lives. But it is probable, from what If there is any one present who has strayed, I have already stated, that at a very early pe- as it were by accident, into this congregation, riod particular houses or chambers were con- who has lived in habitual neglect of the ordisidered sacred to those uses, and set apart to nances of God's house, I would entreat him the especial service of God; and it is certain, to weigh what I have said, and to deliver his that this was the case at the time when St. soul from this guilt, as I pray to be delivered Paul wrote his first epistle to the Corin- from his blood by this warning. thians ; since he especially rebukes them for Let me say a few words on the excuse which profaning the house of God, and not distin- I have noticed above-that a man can pray to guishing between it and common buildings. God as well at home in his own house as in “What ? have ye not houses to eat and drink the church. Were this true, it would be still in? or despise ye the church of God, and no reason for violating the commands of our shame them that have not?” (1 Cor. xi. 22.) Lord and his disciples, and departing from I have thus endeavoured to shew

you what their practice in this matter. The same was the practice of the early Church in regard apostles who have set us this example did to social worship, as it is recorded in that book not fail to rebuke any departure from it; and which you all have in your hands, and may when the Hebrew Christians, under the heat consult for yourselves; that they were not con- of persecution, grew slack in their attendance tent with the duty of private prayer, but that on the ordinances of God's house, St. Paul they were willing to risk their lives, rather wrote to them to command them not "to than forego the duty and privilege of meeting forsake the assembling of themselves togetogether for acts of social worship and com- ther" (Heb. X. 25). Were your excuse, munion. I know the excuse which is some- then, true; I would say, you are living in the times made by those who do not choose to neglect of a plain, undoubted command of the shape their practice by the apostles' rule word of God, and you are therefore guilty that they can worship God as well at home before Him. But your excuse is not true; as in the assemblies of his house. I notice it is not true, my brethren, that private this excuse, not because it is the only one, prayer will do in the place of public prayer. or because it is the most common, but be- It has its use; public prayer has also its use. cause it is the most specious and plausible. God has fitted us for society, and this feeling The common excuses derived from the plea enters into religion as much as into all other of business, family cares, and the like, I never things. We are so framed, that we act muyet found any one prepared seriously to tually on each other, as every man's expemaintain: they are often, indeed, alleged, but rience may satisfy him; though few, if any, they will not stand the test of reason; nor do can explain or understand how this influence is they satisfy the conscience of the person who communicated. It is not my purpose to exoffers them. I fully admit, that the occupa- plain it; but a few observations may perhaps tions of life, and, still more, domestic duties, satisfy you of the fact. Who has not felt the are in the case of the poor a fair plea for power of a large assembly to call forth feelpartial attendance, and may be admitted as ings which he never experienced in private? excuses for occasional absences from the who ever joined in the praises of God in his house of God. But no occupation of life solemn assembly, without feeling his heart can be lawful which keeps away a elevated, in a way perhaps that he has selentirely from the house of God; and any dom, if ever, felt when alone ? has not the man is living in sin who continues in word of God often come home with more that occupation. And in regard to do- power to our hearts when read in the conmestic duties, I will undertake to say, that gregation, than it has when we have taken it no family is so circumstanced as to re- up in our own houses ? does any one believe, quire the constant absence from church of that he would be affected by those pledges of any member of it. Arrangements may be our Saviour's love if he partook of them in made to allow of the occasional attendance solitude, as he has often been when kneeling of every member of it who is not kept away around the same altar with those whom he by sickness. I have had frequent occasion believed to be animated with one hope and to make these remarks in visiting the poor, one faith? Let this satisfy you, my poorer and I never yet found any one who would brethren : neither you nor I may be able to attempt to gainsay them, however much their understand the curious and wonderful strucpractice might be at variance with them : and ture of our minds, nor to trace those secret

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springs by which God moves us : but shall | Strive to realise the devotional spirit which we therefore neglect to act upon what we do these beautiful services breathe : they can know? You do know the power of social never hurry you into excess; their warmth is worship to act upon your minds in a way that ever chastened by a holy reverence, which private prayer cannot: you have often felt it, never suffers you to forget in whose presence perhaps in this house. When you have heard you are, or the majesty of that great Being the words of your gracious Saviour read, you whom you are addressing. Are you cold and have realised the feeling of the apostles : insensible to these privileges ? Beware lest "Did not our hearts burn within us, when you provoke God to withdraw them, by cuthe talked to us by the way, and opened to ting you off from the ordinances of his house. us the Scriptures ?” (Luke, xxiv. 32.) Act, How many in sickness, when exiled from his therefore, upon your own experience : be house, have had occasion to mourn over their regular and frequent in your attendance on neglect of these advantages when placed God's house, as you feel its power to benefit within their reach, and “to pour out their you; and be assured, that in so doing you are soul," perhaps in vain regret, "when they far wiser than those who stay away because remember these things !” (Psalm xlii. 4.) Do they cannot explain why social prayer should you value the privileges you enjoy? Shew be better than private. Believe that God, your sense of them by the frequency of your who has made us and knows our frame, has attendance on the house of God, and by the provided for its wants, in ordaining social as earnestness with which you enforce this duty well as private prayer : it has its special pro- on all whom God has placed within the reach mises as well as private prayer, “Where two of your influence. or three are met together in my name, there Above all, if you are grateful to the Church am I in the midst of them” (Matt. xviii. 20). in whose bosom you have been nurtured, and And we have seen this promise realised in which has fed you with the pure word of life, the two first Sabbaths on which the Christian be careful that your lives bring no stain on Church met, when “Jesus came and stood in that communion of which you profess yourthe midst of them, and said unto them, Peace selves members : let your hearts be anibe unto you” (John, xx. 19). Believe that mated towards her with that affection which he is no less present now-not as he then dictated that beautiful prayer of the Psalmist, appeared, in a bodily form,--but in power “Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity and in spirit.

within thy palaces. For my brethren and There are many present, whose prayers companions' sake, I will now say, Peace be have been put up this day in faith, and whose within thee. Because of the house of the Lord hearts, I have no doubt, have been humbled our God I will seek thy good. Pray for the before God in the affecting confession of our peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that Church; they have realised the fulfilment of love thee" (Psalm cxxii, 6-9). that promise, and felt its power to impart a peace which the world can neither give nor

ON THE GIFTS OF GOD IN NATURE AND take away. It is open to all to do the same:

GRACE. God has bestowed upon you great privileges in this respect. We have seen this day under what circumstances the early Christians met.

No. IV.--Christian Watchfulness. This privilege, for which they were content

Sleer is an image of death, and is continually used to hazard their lives, and for which many a in the Bible to denote that thoughtlessness and formartyr bled, is yours to enjoy in quietnessgetfulness of God, which, as a deep sleep, have settled .

" Darkness and peace. They met in narrow and obscure upon the world “sitting in darkness." chambers; it is yours to assemble in houses people :" to the interests, the cares, the enjoyments

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hath covered the earth, and gross darkness the which have for centuries been consecrated to

of this life, they are indeed fully awake; but to every prayer, and which are associated with our thing which concerns God, eternity, and their own holiest feelings. Within these walls your salvation, they are as indifferent as though each indichildren were dedicated to God; around

vidual fancied himself exempted from the common

lot-as though he alone of all his race should never them lie the remains of your relatives and behold either the hour of death or the day of judgfriends : on every side there meet your eyes ment; professing to receive as true that Bible whose some memorials of your faith, calculated to pages they never open, and rendering unto God one inspire holy thoughts and raise your hearts the service of the Church, which custom demande,

- a weekly attendance upon to heaven. It is your privilege to worship and which habit has taught them to consider a duty; God in prayers, many of which have ani- they live effectually without God in the world-sleepmated and sustained the devotions of the ing the sleep of death; neither knowing nor fearing Church for more than fifteen hundred years. preparation for that future state of existence which

the danger which surrounds them, nor making any They are eminently calculated to enlighten every passing day brings nearer to them, until at your faith, and to awaken the spirit of prayer. last, if they awake not from their sleep, it will come

BY MISS D. A. S. BARBER.

upon them " like a snare." It is commonly thought operation of secondary causes, and are apt to allege they are unwilling to have that sleep disturbed; but for the vicissitudes of events any reason except the how seldom is it attempted! The missionary-meet- determinate councils of Him against whose governing is thronged with earnest and interested hearers ; ment they rebel. It is true the purposes of God are the Sunday-school filled with kind and pious teachers; ordinarily effected by human agency; still, we are and the cottages of the poor continually frequented not to lose sight of his controlling power. We posby anxious and disinterested visitors: but how seldom sess in the Bible a treasure of knowledge concerning is this anxiety for the salvation of others displayed in the history of the world, and should not shut our the immediate circle of social influence! The kind eyes upon the past and present dealings of Gud acquaintance, the long - tried friend, and even the towards man, as though it was a matter which conbeloved relation, are but too often suffered to tread cerned us not. Our ear perhaps is not open to hear the downward path for years, without one word of the trumpets of prophecy whilst they are sounding; remonstrance, one affectionate entreaty or expostula- but we are permitted to trace the majestic march of tion. It is true that the Holy Spirit alone can change events, which has long brought to pass the things conthe heart of man; but it has not now to be said for cerning which it was written that they “ should be ;" the first time, that the Christian who makes that an and to watch with deep attention the course of human excuse for withholding his own efforts, is like the affairs, which appear to tend towards the hastening of husbandman who should refuse to Sow the seed those of which it is still written that they “ shall be." because he could not cause it to grow, or ensure the It is, however, still more profitable and useful to harvest. It pleases God sometimes that the seed ourselves to be observant of the providence of God should be sown without the aid of human means ; as relates to the daily occurrences of life. This knowthat it should spring up far from all kindred soil, like ledge is not only desirable for its excellency, but for the Shittah-tree in the desert; but oftener, perhaps, the peace and comfort it instils into the heart. Our it seems good in his sight to employ the instru- Saviour has said, “ Even the very hairs of your head mentality of others; and it is the bounden duty of are all numbered :" we cannot therefore for a mothe people of God to view all unconverted persons ment doubt, that we have a right to console ourselves with whom they may associate, not with indifference- with the assurance that God is ever watching over us. as those differing from them in the object and pursuits If we studied the lives of individuals recorded in the of life, still less with dislike – but with the sympathy Bible, we should find them replete with lessons upon with which the shipwrecked sailor brought safe to this subject; and we should there see every thing shore would view the sufferers yet clinging to the ascribed to the ordering of God. The life of David, sinking vessel, and with the same anxiety that they being given more at length than that of most others, also should be saved. Not that shipwrecked sailors is full of instruction; and it is a useful study, especan be compared to souls alienated from God, and cially for those who are careful and troubled about under the dominion of sin; for the former are con- many things, to note the several occurrences recorded scious of their danger, which the latter are not; they concerning him, and compare them with the Psalms are rather like the inmates of a lonely huuse, asleep of mingled prayer and thanksgiving which he comin perfect fearlessness of evil, whilst the waters of posed upon those occasions, such as the following: the swollen river, which has overflowed its banks, rise 1 Sam. xxii. 1, Ps. lvii.; 1 Sam. xix. 2, Ps. lix, ; higher and higher, cutting off more effectually every 1 Sam. xxi. 10, Ps. Iv. ; 2 Sam. viii. 3, 13, 1 Chron. moment the retreat of the unhappy inhabitants, who xviii. 3, 12, 1 Sam. xxiii. 14, 15, Ps. Ixiii. Amongst are insensible to the impending danger. The light the number with which the Bible abounds, the life of that burns in the quiet room shews no movement Hezekiah might also be selected as an example of the within, betokening either their knowledge of their many, practical lessons which may be learnt from situation or their fear; all is hushed in calm and studying scriptural biography. When he ascended fatal security, until the flood shall come and take the throne, strong in the confidence he reposed in them all away (Luke, xvii.); or until perhaps, God, we see him setting at nought the favour or the awakened too late, their cries for help shall be heard fear of man, cutting down the groves, destroying the with awe by those who rest upon their beds in peace. images, and removing the high places,-although he Thus it is with all who have no hope in God; the must by so doing have drawn down upon liimself the flood of time rises higher and higher every hour, and hatred and enmity of numbers,—and breaking off all will soon carry us away. Let it then be the desire of alliance with the heathen nations, according to the every Christian, that they who sleep the sleep which commandment (Deut. vii. 2, 4), although the almost is the precursor of spiritual death, should be awakened. certain consequences were the immediate invasion of It is the office of the ministers of Christ to preach his territories; " and the Lord was with him, and he the Gospel ; but it is also written, “Let him that prospered.” For fourteen years he appears to have heareth say, Come.”

reigned in peace. So greatly was he favoured, that But if it is the duty of a Christian to be thus intent we see him interceding with God for the pardon of upon the welfare of others, he is also especially called the people, and he was heard (2 Chron. xxx. 20). But to watch upon his own post. A warfare, a race, a when Sennacherib, with a mighty host, came against pilgrimage, are comparisons continually made use of him, the faith of the king of Judah failed; and he in the Bible to describe the situation of the people of rested his hope of deliverance, not upon God, but God in this world; each of them denoting danger, upon himself, and purposed to buy the forbearance of privation, and the necessity of constant exertion. the Assyrian king with a tribute of gold and silver. Watch, then, through all the trying scenes of life; But when this vain resource failed, and the heathen watch for the hour of death; watch for the day of host encamped near Jerusalem, Hezekiah, in the judgment. Religion," as it has been remarked, " is extremity of his danger, returned unto the Lord, and the tie which binds man to God, and implies both a sought and found deliverance (2 Kings, xix. 14, 20): knowledge and love of him.” The Christian, then, thus exemplifying the words of the prophet Jeremiah lives in the world mindful of God; he is awake to (xvii. 5-8). We next beholil him sick unto death, his purposes, so far as they are disclosed in the written and receiving from the prophet the warning that he word, with respect to the present circumstances and should "not live ;' but Hezekiah turned his face unto future destination of man. The veiled Fates, whom the wall, and prayed; and before the prophet had the heathen set up as queens over the destiny of the reached his own dwelling, he received a commandment human race, have lost but little of their power in the to return, and announce the acceptance of the prayer ; eyes of those who, far from regarding the world as and Hezekiah joyfully praised the Lord. “It is exunder the government God, refer all things to the ceeding pleasant,” says Flavel, in his excellent treatise

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upon the mystery of Providence,“ to behold the resur- unto Jesus;" the faithful watch must be a watch unto rection of our own prayers and hopes as from the prayer. Still this should be an incitement to diligence, dead;" but, alas, when they rise up in the likeness of not indolence, in our Christian calling: we know that blessings, we are apt not to recognise them. The all the bones of our frame were knit together by him ; giving of thanks is constantly inculcated upon us ; that in him “we live, and move, and have our being ;' "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with and without him we could not draw another breath; thanksgiving" (Col. iv. 2). There is often, however, yet we do not hesitate to make ample use of all our a great disproportion between our prayers and our physical powers directly there is a desired object to be thanksgivings; we continually sit down in the quiet attained.' So let it be with the faculties of our soul: enjoyment of the very things we have prayed for, with- we know they are entirely dependent upon God, and out one grateful acknowledgment for them. Like the that we cannot "come to Christ," nor walk in his ways, nine lepers, we go away healed, without returning to "except the Father draw us;" yet our Saviour hath give glory to God; and this, not so much perhaps said, "Seek, strive, watch." Let us then be earnest, from want of faith, as from want of Christian watchful- active, diligent, to grow both in Christian grace and ness; that the events of life pass us by, not indeed knowledge, and to make a good use of our time and unnoticed--for we are anxious and careful enough-opportunities, and of every gift which has been enbut not looked upon through the glass of God's provi. trusted to us, that we may be enabled to say, “Lord, dence, with a view to their design, or their effect upon thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have us, or our right use and improvement of them. It gained two other talents besides them.” And while we has been said,

confess, with the deepest humility, that without Christ "Salvation

we can do nothing, let us also rejoice in the assured Comes mounted on the wings of meditation ;".

confidence that “all things are possible to him that and certainly vigilance is an absolute requisite in

believeth." Christians, as well to enjoy their privileges as to improve them. There are several other incidents in the life of Hezekiah capable of affording us practical

THE CAMEL.* lessons in the common duties and temptations of every-day life ; but the subject is too extensive to Of all animals, the camel perhaps is most exactly be more than slightly alluded to in the limits of these adapted both to those peculiar regions of the earth columns.

in which it is principally, if not exclusively, found; Acknowledging the total dependence of man upon and to those purposes for which it is usually employed God, and living in the remembrance of it, let us also by man, to whose wants indeed it is so completely watch in the ordinary concerns of life to do what God accommodated, and apparently so incapable of existing requires of us. As no events should be referred to without his superintendence, that while, on the one secondary causes only, so no actions should be done hand, we find the camel described in the earliest with a view to secondary motives. To please God in records of history, and in every subsequent period, as all things should be the constant endeavour of a in a state of subjugation to man, and employed for Christian : “ whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to precisely the same purposes as at the present day; on the Lord, and not unto men.” The lives of the gene- the other hand, it does not appear that the species has rality of individuals pass away in trifling actions ; but ever existed in a wild or independent state. With to him who is on the watch to do them as unto God, scarcely any natural means of defence, and nearly they are no longer trifliog; nor are they even so in useless in the scheme of creation, (as far as we can themselves as regards mankind. The vast amount of judge,) unless as the slave of man, it forms a remarkhuman sin and transgression may be said to be com- able parallel to the sheep, the ox, and other of the posed of the atoms of individual character. Our ruminating species, which are also rarely, if ever, Saviour hath said, " he that is not with me is against found but under the protection of man, and to that me; he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." | protection alone are indebted, indeed, for their existThere is no neutrality: if we are not employed in ence as a distinct species. Let us compare, then, the doing good both to ourselves and others, we are cer- form, and structure, and moral qualities of the camel, tainly employed in doing mischief, whether we know with the local character of the regions in which it is it or not: we are either contributing the mite of our principally found; and with the nature of the services individual character to the advancement of holiness, exacted of it by man. The sandy deserts of Arabia are to the spread of that light which, Christ has com- the classical country of the camel; but it is also extenmanded, should shine before men, that they may see sively employed in various other parts of Asia, and in our good works, and glorify our Father which is in the north of Africa : and the constant communication heaven; or we are putting out our hand, however that exists between the tribes which border on the feeble and slight its force may be, to help the multi- intervening sea of sand could only be maintained by tude who are dragging the triumphal car of the idol an animal possessing such qualities as characterise the Mammon through the world. As it is among the camel—"the ship of the desert," as it has emphacommon duties and ordinary concerns of life we are tically been called. Laden with the various kinds of daily tempted to serve sin, it is amongst them we must merchandise which are the object of commerce in that watch against it. The faithful porter who keeps the region of the world, and of which a part often passes gate does not probably expect an army to besiege his from the most easterly countries of Asia to the exmaster's dwelling. Temptation does not always come treme limits of western Europe, and from thence even in the likeness of an overwhelming host : it oftener across the Atlantic to America, this extraordinary presents itself day by day amongst common cares and animal pursues its steady course over burning sands common duties. One sin, however small, which is during many successive weeks. And not only is it constantly admitted and indulged, is like a traitor in a satisfied with the scanty herbage which it gathers by garrison, who, if he be but a child, can open the door to the way, but often passes many days without meeting the mighty enemy without. To be effectual, this watch- with a single spring of water in which to slake its fulness must also be persevering : the Christian who is thirst. In explanation of its fitness, as a beast of burapt to lay it aside, is like a man who has been long den, for such desert tracts of sand, its feet and its rowing against the stream, and, pausing to rest upon stomach are the points in its structure which are his oars, is suddenly carried far back again by the principally calculated to arrest our attention : and its strength of the current. It must also be in the spirit feet are not less remarkably accommodated to the of constant dependence upon God, a daily “looking road over which it travels, thán is the structure of its • George Herbert.

• From Dr. Kidd's Bridgewater Treatise.

stomach to the drought of the region through which is most naturally referable,) by which, after having that road passes. The foot of the camel, in fact, is so thirsted seven or eight days, it perceives the existence formed, that the camel would be incapable of travel- of water at a very considerable distance ; and it maniling with any ease or steadiness over either a rough or fests this power by running directly to the point where a stony surface; and equally incapable is it of travel- the water exists. It is obvious that this faculty is ling for any long continuance over moist ground, in exerted as much to the benefit of their drivers, and the consequence of the inflammation produced in its limbs whole suite of the caravan, as of the camels themfrom the effect of moisture. It is observed by selves. Such are some of the leading advantages Cuvier, that these circumstances in its physical his- derived to man from the physical structure and powers tory, and not the incapability of bearing a colder tem- of this animal. Nor are those advantages of slight perature, account for the fact, that while the sheep, moment which are derived from its docile and patient the ox, the dog, the horse, and some other species, disposition. It is no slight advantage, for instance, have accompanied the migrations of man from his considering the great height of the animal, which aboriginal seat in central Asia to every habitable part usually exceeds six or seven feet, that the camel is of the globe, the camel still adheres to the desert. easily taught to bend down its body on its limbs, in And now observe how its interior structure meets the order to be laden ; and, indeed, if the weight to be difficulty of a region where water is rarely found. As placed on its back be previously so distributed as to in the case of all other animals which ruminate or be balanced on an intervening yoke of a convenient chew the cud, the stomach of the camel consists of form, it will spontaneously direct its neck under the several compartments, of wbich one is divided into yoke, and afterwards transfer the weight to its back. numerous distinct cells, capable of collectively con- But it would be found, upon pursuing the history of taining such a quantity of water as is sufficient for the camel, that, while under the point of view which the ordinary consumption of the animal during many has been just considered, this animal contributes days. And, as opportunities occur, the camel instinc- more largely to the advantages of mankind than any tively replenishes this reservoir; and is thus enabled other species of the ruminating order, it scarcely is to sustain a degree of external drought, which would inferior to any one of those species with respect to be destructive to all other animals but such as have a other advantages on account of which they are princisimilar structure: nor is any other animal of the old pally valuable. Thus, the Arab obtains from the camel world known to possess this peculiar structure. But not only milk, and cheese, and butter, but he ordinaif we pass to the inhabited regions of the Andes in the rily also eats its flesh, and fabricates its hair into new world, we there meet with several species of ani- clothing of various kinds. The very refuse indeed of mals, as the lama, the vigogna, and the alpaca, which, the digested food of the animal is the principal fuel of though much smaller than the camel, correspond the desert ; and from the smoke of this fuel is obtained generally in their anatomy with that animal, and par- the well-known substance called sal ammoniac, which is ticularly with reference to the 'structure of the sto- very extensively employed in the arts ; and of which, mach : they resemble also the camel in docility; and, indeed, formerly, the greater part met with in comto complete the parallel, they were employed by the merce was obtained from this source alone, as may be aboriginal inbabitants in the new world for the same implied from its very name.* purposes as the camel in the old.

Of the two species of camel, the Bactrian and Arabian, the latter is that with the history of which we are best acquainted ; and though there is reason to

The Cabinet. believe, that whatever is said of the qualities of the

ConformITY TO Christ. If we have in us any one might with truth be affirmed of the other also, on truth and sincerity, and do not vainly prevaricate in the present occasion whatever is said is referable to our profession of being Christ's disciples, and votaries the Arabian species.* The camel, then, not only con- of that holy institution, let us manifest it by a real sumes less food than the horse, but can sustain more conformity to the practice of him who is our Master, fatigue. A large camel is capable of carrying from and Author of our faith. If we have in us any wisdom, seven to twelve hundred weight, and travelling with or sober consideration of things, let us employ it in that weight on its back, at the rate of above ten leagues following the steps of that infallible guide, designed in each day. The small courier-camel, carrying no by heaven to lead us in the straight, even, and pleaweight, will travel thirty leagues in each day, provided sant ways of righteousness, unto the possession of everthe ground be dry and level. Individuals of each lasting bliss. If we do verily like and approve the variety will subsist for eight or ten successive days practice of Christ, and are affected with the innocent, on dry thorny plants; but after this period require sweet, and lovely comeliness thereof, let us declare more nutritious food, which is usually supplied in the such our mind by a sedulous care to resemble it. If form of dates and various artificial preparations; we bear any honour and reverence, any love and affecthough, if not so supplied, the camel will patiently tion to Christ; if we are at all sensible of our relations, continue its course, till nearly the whole of the fat of our manifold obligations, our duties, to our great which the boss on its back consists is absorbed ; Lord, our best Friend, our most gracious Redeemer; let whereby that protuberance becomes, as it were, oblite- us testify it by a zealous care to become like to him,. rated. The camel is equally patient of thirst as of let a lively image of his most righteous and innocent, hunger; and this happens, no doubt, in consequence most holy and pious, most pure and spotless life be of the supply of fluid which it is capable of obtaining ever present to our fancies; so as to form our judgfrom the peculiar reservoir contained in its stomach. ments, to excite our affections, to quicken our endeaIt possesses, moreover, a power and delicacy in the vours, to regulate our purposes, to correct our missense of smell, (to that sense at least such a power takes, to direct, amend, and sanctify our whole lives.

Let us with incessant diligence of study meditate on • The Bactrian species, which has two bosses on its back, is the best of histories, wherein the tenor of his divine more peculiar to Tartary and northern Asia. which has only one boss, is not confined to the country from

practice is represented to us; revolving frequently in which it is named, but is the same species with that which pre- our thoughts all the most considerable passages thereof, vails in northern Africa. As in the case of all domesticated entertaining them with devout passions, impressing animals, the varieties of these two species are numerous : and it them on our memories, and striving to express them is a variety of the Arabian species, of a small height, to which the ancients gave the name of dromedary, from its employment

in our conversations: let us endeavour continually to as a courier; but in the magnificent work of St. Hilaire and Cuvier (Hist. Nat. des Mammifères), the term dromedary is Ammon, an ancient name of that part of the African desert adopted, in a specific sense, for all the varieties of the Arabian situate to the west of Egypt, supplied formerly much of the sal camel.

ammoniac of commerce.

The Arabian,

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