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Poole's Dialogue .......

Polynesia ................

Prayers used by King William III.....

Protestant's Armoury

Rambles in the South of Ireland

Sabbath Musings ...............
School Room at Home...............
Thompson's Guide to the Pentateuch
Wilson's (Bishop of Calcutta) Charge ...
Winslow's Inquirer ...

Wolff's Journal ....................
SCENES FROM HOME .......

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THE

CHRISTIAN LADY'S MAGAZINE.

JULY, 1839.

BY-GONE DAYS.

In drawing to a close the reminiscences of Nova Scotia, a sort of bird's-eye view may be indulged in, embracing the whole of her interesting territory, with all its peculiarities, natural and moral. I see the long undulating line of hills, clad in their summer vesture--the dark fir, tapering upwards, and throwing out the tender shoots of a delicate emerald green, which supply the staple beverage of spruce-beer : the taller birch, with its stem of silver white and precious bark, available for so many uses; the red larch, gracefully studding the plantations with its deep rich tint, and all the delicate varieties of shading produced by an endless admixture. I trace the mountain torrent, as it thunders down these rocky steeps ; and the broad full river that majestically cleaves its way between their ranges. I look upon the small but beautiful lake, walled in with spark

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ling granite, and fringed with the light foliage of graceful trees; and then turn to the wide morass, where a thousand flowers of most gorgeous appearance wave in the breeze, the more tempting because unapproachable; or to the less perilous outspread of firm ground, covered with the wild myrtle and cistus, the spicy fragrance of which is so predominant there, that I never pass it in a garden without recalling the fresh summer breeze of Nova Scotia. Beneath these shrubs I know that myriads of fire-flies are nestling, till the closing eve invites them abroad, and what a lighting up the scene will boast, when they sally forth! Earth does not possess a gem that may not find its counterpart in some individual of this brilliant family. I have traced the purple of the amethyst, the sunny yellow of the topaz, the ruby's red, and the emerald's soft green, with their innumerable gradations of tint, all upon the wing together, within the circuit of a single bush of wild myrtle. And I well remember one evening, when seated in the elegant cottage of a friend, in the midst of a wild heath not far from Halifax, one of the myriads of fire-flies that were illumining the scene as far as the eye could stretch, found its way through the open window, and alighted on the neck of our fair hostess, Candles were burning on the table before her, and it was a matter of surprise to all the party, that the large globular body of the insect, emitting through its semi-transparent surface a yellowish green lustre, actually outrivalled a precious stone worn by the lady, the fine water of which we had been admiring. Our pale English glow-worm cannot furnish an idea of these winged brilliants. Their size, immense numbers, and restless activity,

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