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THE ANIMAL WORLD.
“ Ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls
of the air, and they shall tell thee.”—JOB xii. 7.
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The idea of selecting from the Animal World Lessons for the regulation of our own conduct, might naturally occur to any one who has watched the habits and instincts of beasts, birds, and insects. But our attention is more especially called to this subject when we find that many passages of the Word of God refer us directly to natural objects for instruction, commanding us to ask the beasts and the fowls of the air, and they shall teach us,-to gather lessons from the lilies of the field, and to take example from the humble labours of insects.
Natural History, as a science, is the history of the works of the Almighty, “and as such is a demonstration of His existence, intelligible