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restless bird, caring not whether the places, these gulls and rooks may

be weather be fair or foul, for he has a seen together, rendering great sercoat of the thickest down : light, vice to the farmer by the large too, as he is, he tops and rides over quantity of worms and grubs they the roughest waves without an destroy. effort, and his wide wings insure “ In the middle of the county of him a safe conveyance from every Norfolk, about 25 miles from the peril but the gun.'

sea, is a large piece of water called “I wonder how it is,” said Rose, Scoulton Mere. In the middle of " that the wet does not soak into this is a boggy island, of 70 acres the feathers?"

in extent, covered with reeds and a “It is clear,” said Miss Sidney, few birch and willow trees. This " that if wet did soak into the soft place has from time immemorial feathery covering of a bird, every been a place of favourite resort for shower of rain would be the death these birds, and during the breeding of thousands, as it would increase season a man and three boys find their weight and prevent their flight. constant employment in collecting But against such a possibility they their eggs for sale in the markets of are guarded by an abundant oily Norwich and Lynn. They are eaten covering, which is constantly re- cold, like those of the lapwing, but newed, so that the rain, instead of have rather a coarse flavour. The sinking in, runs off, without remain- person who sells these eggs gives ing an instant. If we take up a fifteen pounds a year for the prividuck or any swimming bird, we lege of taking them, and as many as shall find that it is perfectly dry, a thousand have been collected in a and free from all damp. But this day. The young birds are also principle of life, if it may be so eaten, but are not so much esteemed called, in a feather, ceases with the as they were formerly, when great life of the bird; for if we were to numbers were annually fattened for throw a dead duck or gull into the the table. In the household book water, we should find that its coat of the fifth Earl of Northumberland, has lost all power of resisting wet, begun in 1512, 'Sea gulles’ are and would become a spongy mass. among the delicacies for his lord

“ One of the handsomest of this ship's own mess.' elegant species of birds is the laugh- “In a state of captivity the gull ing gull." It frequents all parts of will eat bread and meat, and if the coast during winter, but, unlike turned into a garden will almost other gulls who place their nests on wholly maintain itself by eating the tangled grass of the cliffs and slugs, worms, and insects. It is rocks of the sea shore, it chooses for readily tamed, and various anecits breeding place low, swampy, in- dotes are told of its friendly assoland ground. Early in the spring,

ciation with other animals. A young the laughing gulls assemble in vast gull, hatched and reared by the crew numbers, and seek favourable places of a revenue cutter, lived for many to build their nests. From these years quite tame in the possession inland habits they have been called of a smith at Dartmouth. It swam lapwing gulls; the inhabitants of in the river every day, and looked Orkney call them their sea-crows. out for the fishermen, who used to Some of their habits, indeed, much throw it small fish.” resemble the crow tribe, especially “How I should like to have a the rook. When ground has been tame gull in our garden at home,” newly turned up near their breeding ! said Rose.

THOUGHTS, HINTS, AND BOOKS FOR YOU.

MEDITATIONS ON THE LORD'S PRAYER.

TUESDAY EVENING.

Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven:" O GOD the praised of Angels, , in the comfort and hope that seeds and all the whole family of Thy of pure intention, supple will, and elect: the Fountain of all blessed self-sacrifice, sown this day in Him, ness, the Giver of all good-what may through the mighty working love transcendant, incomprehen- of Thy Spirit in us, take root, sible, beyond the reach of man, is spring up, and in Thine own good the mystery of our Redemption, time and way, bear fruit. May we the benefits of so blest a wonder! | glorify Thy Name, O Most Holy Self-seeking and self-pleasing, we God! the remainder of our days, by are ever erring and straying from more diligence, constancy, and perTay holy WILL and commandments severance, in DOING THY WILL even like lost sheep : repeating with our AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. With Thy lips THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, holy Angels, may we strive to do AS IT IS IN HEAVEN : denying it by Thee honour. We would render our deeds and lives, continually Thee cheerful obedience, with alacdoing despite to Thy Spirit of grace: rity; whatsoever our hand findeth and as unworthy children under a to do, do it with zeal and ardency, thankful sense of Thy forbearance hearkening for Thy commands, and and long-suffering, needing to be ever watching to receive them, ever humbling and confessing our- quick to execute them, not disputing selves guilty. And yet, there ever when we should be obeying; or, flows that sacred stream wherein to wearying of our work,—but, folwash away our sins! there ever lowing after that for which we flows that fountain opened for all are apprehended, be blessing, praisuncleanness, to cleanse away our ing, serving Thee, with all revestains of deepest dye! Yea, the rence and godly fear; esteeming very Blood our hands have shed, THY WILL our glory and our great the very Wounds we made-we reward ! plead them and they prove our par- O God! would that Thou wouldst don, not our guilt; we try them, darken to us the light of nature, and we find them Springs of sanc- that in the light of grace we might tity and grace!! Gracious Father! the

way of Thy commandments! under a deep sense of these Thy would that it were more the supreme unspeakable mercies, we bring the desire and glory of us all to witness burden of this day's sins before for thy Power and Glory, in more Thee, and through Atoning Blood, entire crucifixion of self; that to may we sweetly fall asleep in Jesus, conquer the flesh, contradict our pass the darkness of the night under own wills, despise the flatteries of the shadow of His wings, and under prosperity, and inwardly overcome a peaceful sense of Thy forgiveness the fears of adversity, might be our rise again with morning light! We glory above all price! Father ! would close our eyes in sleep to- according to the measure of Thine night with every sin confessed, and Own most perfect rule, and not

run

according to ours, do Thou sanctify | defenders, in whatsoever Thy good us. We would yield ourselves to Providence orders for us! O God! Thy loving discipline, with all sub- we would be the servants of our mi sive thankfulness, and waiting Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in up:n Thee in the way of Thy judg- body, soul, and spirit; that thinkments, live examples bettered by ing, speaking, doing, all things here Thy training. Oh, Lord! pity for the glorifying of Thy Name on those who would “set their nests | EARTH, we may hereafter be paron high, that they may be delivered takers of His glory Who by His from the power of evil;" convince Cross and Precious Blood redeemed them of the folly of their ways, and us according to Thy Will, and before may we all be willing to be humbieu, Whom, with the holy Angels, we proved, and shewn our own vile would prostrate ourselves this night, hearts; so Thy Presence forsake us and say, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord not, so that in bearing our cross for God Almighty! Christ's sake, the shadow of His For Thine is the kingdom, and encompass us! Lord, “not my the power and the glory, for ever will, but THINE BE DONE : Thy and ever. Amen. WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN,"

,and in Thine Own good time and way, Thou wilt make it the wisdom and prudence HINTS FROM A SERVANT. of us all, to know and understand Thy loving-kindness and draw our

We print the following letter which hearts where disappointment will

we think must interest our friends not wither, where transitory joys

and may give them a useful hint. become eternal, and where in pos- To the Editor of the Penny Post. sessing Thee, our whole affections

June, 1851. will be satisfied! Gracious Father!

SIR,-I hope you will excuse the liberty we live in a world where much is to I (a servant) have taken in addressing be done, little to be known; but we you; I do so to tell you how much pleaknow “Thy thoughts are thoughts

sure, and I trust, profit I have received

in reading your excellent little Magazine, of peace and not of evil, to give us and to ask you to be so kind as to answer an expected end : Thou seest two questions for me in your next num

ber. I should be glad if you could tell me things present, as we see them past;

if there was a Volume of the “Churchwhat we see past, Thine Eyes fore

man's Companion" published this month, saw to come!! Oh, give us grace and also if the Society for the Propagation to leave our present and our future of the Gospel are publishing a little Mis entirely with Thee, and unreser

sionary Magazine, and if so, how it may

be procured. I understood the first numvedly commit our bodies, souls, and ber was to be published in January last. spirits, into Thy keeping ; “ Look- I live in a far away country place, where ing unto Jesus, let us cast aside

I have no means of finding these things

out, or I would not have troubled you. every weight, and the sin that doth

I have made an humble effort to proso easily beset us, and run with mote the sale of the Penny Post, and I patience the race that is set before either sell or give away 6 or 7 copies every us;" and do Thou give Thy holy

month, and I hope to sell more. I trust

it will have a large circulation, and then Angels charge concerning us, to I hope it will be published oftener; I keep us in all our ways; yea, Lord, should like to see it come out every like as they do Thee service in

week. HEAVEN, so may they do THY WILL

I remain, Sir, ON EARTH, and by Thine Own ap

Your humble servant, pointment be our succourers and

GEORGE L

OLD NEWS BETTER THAN NONE.

NOTES ON CHURCH HISTORY.

No. VIII. MR. JONES was rather an early riser, but on the morning after the conversation last related, Butler was beforehand with him. On his going down stairs he found the Schoolmaster waiting in his “talking room”; for so the children of the village had come to name the little study by the porch door, where the Parson was used to receive all who came to him for spiritual or temporal help. Here was Butler looking intently on the frontispiece of an old folio, part of Bishop Taylor's works, which was lying open on the tail desk by the window. “ Ah," said the Vicar, as he entered, “ there you are, my good friend, at your Church matters already this morning: perhaps you have not left them off all night:” and he gazed earnestly and kindly on Butler's face, which, it must be owned, did look a little haggard, as though he had not had his usual rest. “Well

, Sir,” said Butler, “I have certainly been rather full of thought since you went away yesterday evening; but my thoughts, though restless, have not been particularly uncomfortable: only, before I let myself go on with them, I wanted you to tell me whether they are right; for I am afraid of their getting hold of me, and becoming settled fancies, without sufficient ground. So I have made bold to bring you the paper you began to read yesterday; in the latter part of which I have since made alterations, sufficient, I think, to let you know what the kind of thoughts are which I mean ; the rather, because if I may say so, you yourself

gave me the hint for them.” « How so," said Mr. Jones, taking the paper, and beginning to unfold it.

Why, Sir, as you went away, you said a word about tracing the great purposes of God in the course of Church History, particularly this portion of it: and that was what set mind on working in the way which I am now reporting to you." Mr. J. “ Very good : I am sure I shall be glad to look it

Sit down, if you have time, and take a book for half an hour, whilst I read this to myself.”

Butler, with thanks, took the volume of Bishop Taylor, and sat down with it on his knees, still thoughtfully looking on the frontispiece.

B. 66

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over.

Mr. Jones read to himself, making corrections as he went along, so that the whole, when finished, ran as follows:

“ The great city, when the Apostle came there, was very much taken up with the work of rebuilding, after the fire of the preceding year; a work which would of itself keep up the remembrance of the accusations against the Christians, to whose charge the fire had been laid. People, as they went about the city, would ask, “And how did the great fire begin ?' and it would be said, “Some say the Christians did it:' and again, · Who are these Christians ?' and the reply would be, “A sect of the Jews, teaching a deadly superstition:' and when it was asked, “Why, “ deadly?”' stories would be told of their slaying and devouring children, and of all manner of horrid crimes committed in their night assemblies : reports, very easily accounted for, when one considers that they were forced to meet in the night,—that their principal ceremony was a Feast on the Body and Blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, and that one part of the ceremonial always was the mutual kiss of peace, mentioned by St. Paul, (the men of course keeping to the men's side of the assembly, and the women to the women's). Besides, they were accused of • hating mankind,' which might very well arise from our Saviour's saying, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, -yea, and is own life also, he cannot be my disciple.' And, further, they were accused of insulting holy things, because they would have nothing to do with the idols and their sacrifices. These notions about the Christians had made them so unpopular, that the wicked Emperor Nero, had found it convenient to cast the blame of the great fire upon them ; being himself, with much more reason, accused of it. And so a most cruel and insulting persecution had commenced: some were covered with skins of beasts, and so cast to be worried by dogs ; some crucified; some impaled; soine clothed in garments steeped in pitch, which was then set fire to, and they left to burn: and by their light, as by a newly invented torch of his own, Nero, who was thought to be half mad through his crimes, celebrated a kind of show of horsemanship'in his garden. All these doings were fresh in the memory of the Romans, perhaps they were even still going on, when St. Paul came to Rome, as was said, in the summer or autumn of A. D. 65. And by the grace of God, the effect was such as it has always been in persecutions of the Truth. It turned out rather to the furtherance of the Gospel. The blood of Martyrs was the seed of the Church.

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