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a grove of Palm and dwarf Cypress, sympathize with their notions as to the Temple and Palace of old Koorperceive that the aim of that school nëh, Dayr-el-Medinëh, and other was faith, and faith alone. In this smaller ruins are also visible but sense, too, Egyptian art possesses a those I have mentioned are the beauty which is wanting in the great land-marks of Thebes. There lovely creations of Greece, namely, was a grand thoroughfare, “ The the beauty derived from a pervading Royal Street,” reaching from the religious tone. The Egyptians be- Twin Colossi to El Uxur and tralieved in their mystical Theogeny, versing the broad Nile by a bridge while the Greek artists were half of boats. Another great street ran sceptics in the Polytheism which north and south, connecting Luxor they illustrated.

with El Karnak. The avenue of Leaving the beautiful tombs of Sphinxes still marks its exact the kings and their desolate valley course. A third street with a of rocks, we ascended a steep moun- bridge of boats to span the river, tain-path, and so crossed the range conducted from the mighty piles of which separates them from the fer- El Kamak to the mountains of the tile plain of Thebes. The steep King's Tombs. Then east and and narrow path-way ascending the west, north and south, must have side of a precipice would have been been streets, and bazaars, and gardangerous with any horses less sure- dens, and all the appurtenances of footed than the Arabs, and it was a great city, where a million of men not unpleasant to find oneself on were daily toiling or luxuriating, the summit of the hills, the more so buying and selling, living and dyas that position afforded the finest | ing, trading and worshipping ; view I had seen in Egypt. In there were princes and merchants, looking down upon the vast plain nobles and slaves, priests in their of Thebes, I endeavoured to picture processionals, and ladies in their to myself the Hundred-Gated City, chariots and barges. Three thouextending in colossal splendour over sand years ago, there were scenes, the broad flat lands, where the corn of opulence and want, (like those waives, and which the Nile has of this vast metropolis) where now lately irrigated. Far away to the the silent Temple and the timeeast is a range of fantastically- enduring Tomb have alone remained shaped sand-hills, the boundary of to tell the tale; and as I gazed the Eastern Desert. On either down from that rock upon the side of the Nile are great land- plain, I could not help thinking of marks indicating some of the fea- London with the Thames meandertures of the departed city. On the ing between its densely peopled eastern side of the river are the two shores, and how it will be with her clumps of Luxor and Karnak, (the (should the world endure so long) former to the south of the latter) three thousand years to come! We lying at about a mile and a half descended the hill to the Templeapart. On the western side, be- Palace of Medinet-Haboo, in size, neath my feet, was the_great second only to Karnak, and, in Temple-Palace of Medinet-Haboo, beauty, perhaps inferior to none of to my right (i.e. south); a little to the temples of Thebes. The battlethe north of that Temple, the Twin | pictures around the great court arc Colossi of the plain; north again of full of truth and beauty. They these the ruined Ramesium; and, record the triumphs, sacrifices, and still farther to the left, enshrouded in peaceful return from victory of Ra

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meses III., who lived about 1235, the women's apartments), as seems B. C., and whose feats and fortunes to be indicated by the sculptures on are here recorded with Homeric the walls. One of these chambers vigour. On the outside walls of is an upstairs-room about 16 or 18 the temple are represented the vic- feet square, lighted by large wintories of the same king, among dows of almost Elizabethan strucwhich is a sea-fight, (or, perhaps, a ture, the walls being about the Nile-fight), giving an exact notion thickness of those of English manof their mode of warfare. The sions of the days of Queen Bess or great court is surrounded by colo- Henry VIII.

From these upper nades, of which the cornices and windows there is now a prospect capitals still exhibit traces of the towards the eastern mountains and rich colouring with which they the Nile, which in the days of its were decorated. It must have been lovely tenants, must have been truly gorgeous in the days of its intercepted by the buildings of the splendour. I saw nothing at Kar- Great City. From Medinet-Haboo nak more beautiful than the Great we rode to the Pair,-the Twin Court of Medinet-Haboo. This Colossi of the plain-seated in calm court was (in the fourth or fifth grandeur, as for long ages they century) converted into a Christian have sat. The vocal Memnon is Church,

,-an unpardonable offence now silent,-silent as the glories of in the eyes of certain modern tra- Thebes,—but there he sits on with vellers and antiquaries,-and its his companion, while empires crumheathen sculptures and paintings ble to the dust, and while the world plastered over in order to fit it for

grows old and forgetful of the the worship of the true God. In capital of its earliest dawn. The many cases the mud plastering has Royal Street,” mentioned in some tended to preserve the sculpture and Theban papyri, is supposed to the colours; but, was it for the mis- have run from the Colossi to Luxor, sionaries of truth to endanger the the river being crossed either by a early faith of their converts, by pre- ferry or boat-bridge. The Colossi, serving the emblems of those delu- | (exclusive of their pedestals), are sions to which, being exposed, they about 47 feet high, and 18 feet 3 might again succumb ? Surely, if it across the shoulders. Including could ever be that Christianity should the pedestals the height of either fall before the new faith of a Mar- Colossus is about 53 feet, or when tineau ora Leipsius, those prophets of they were unburied (as at present) Pantheism would clear the deserted 60 feet. Churches of their rood-screens and From the Colossi we rode to the altars and Christian symbols, lest Ramesium. This temple is far their weak and wavering followers more dilapidated than Medinetshould be tempted to stray back to Haboo. Within its precinets lie their baptismal creed! Might they the stupendous fragments of the not be less severe on the poor Chris Royal Statue in Syenite. tians who followed a somewhat similar course?

Among the vast ruins of Medinet- “ To smell to a turf of fresh Haboo there remains a portion of earth is wholesome to the body; the Palace, from which we may no less are thoughts of mortality form some notion of what Theban cordial to the soul. Earth thou habitations may have been. This art, to earth thou shalt return.'". portion is called the Hareem, (or Fuller.

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RAMBLES ON THE SEA-SHORE.

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and calls Thou ever sounding and mysterious

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green feathers, or like very minute Pale glistening pearls and rainbow asparagus plants. It loses its coloured shells,

beauty when taken out of the Bright things which gleam unrecked of and in vain !

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sure of again admiring it at home, 6 To day,” said Miss Sidney, as for it is one of the plants which she accompanied her young pupils may be most easily grown in bottles to their favourite resort, the sea- of sea-water. Whilst it continues side, “I will give you the pro- to vegetate it will keep the water mised information about Algee or sweet and pure, and no

care is sea-weeds. They usually needed except to close the mouth classed, by botanists, in three great of the bottle. divisions, each of which contains “ This olive coloured sea-weed, several families, which are again is Fucus nodosus, it has, you see, divided into genera, and these in long, leathery, thong-like stems, their turn, are composed of one, or

distended here and there into knobmany species. You must for the like air vessels. In winter and present content yourselves with spring the plant is covered with knowing these three great divisions bright yellow berries. It is from a by their colours alone. The green, species of this Fucus, that kelp is the olive, and the red.

made. On the coasts of the ocean “The green sea-weeds, called where the great Fuci grow, they Chlorospermeæ, abound near high cover the bottom of the sea with water mark, in shallow pools within an impenetrable vegetation, which the limit of the tide. The olive, or serves to support millions of animals. Melanospermece, cover all exposed When sailing over such regions in rocks, beginning to grow at the the straits of Magellan, a friend of margin of high water, but seldom mine told me that he greatly entaking root on any rocks which are joyed the splendid sight which these always under water. The red sea

submarine forests and meadows preweeds, or Rhodospermece, on the sented; for, glittering amongst the contrary, gradually increase in verdure might be seen, tall, branchnumbers and in purity of colour as ing corallines, scarlet sea-anemothey recede from high water mark, nies, gold coloured sponges, puror grow in places where they enjoy ple and crimson corals, and 'shells a perfect shade, or nearly total of every hue.

When the sea is absence of light, and are never agitated by storms, these marine exposed to the air, or subjected to plants are torn up, and float on the a violent change of temperature." surface of the water, until they are

“I should like,” said Rose, to thrown on shore; the sailor fresee a specimen of each of these quently meets with vast quantities three great divisions."

drifting about the sea, and as they “In this rock-pool,” said Miss are seldom carried far from the Sidney, “is one of the most beau- coast, in earlier times their appeartiful of the green kind, called Bry- ance was always welcomed as a tells us,

sure indication to the mariner, of among the rude rocks of the seahis approach to land.

shore. “This specimen of the Oar-weed, “ You must not, however, supwith its stout, woody stem, and its pose that all the weeds in this broad, ribbon-like, glossy olive division are of the same beautiful leaves, is the largest of all sea- red colour, for this depends greatly plants. None of those of our cli- on the amount of direct light which mate attain a length of more than reaches the growing plant. The twelve to fourteen feet, and are same species which is of a full red pigmies compared to some of the colour when growing in the shade, gigantic Oar-weed of the Southern becomes much paler in tint, till, as Pacific and Atlantic oceans. These it grows under the influence of sun have great trunks, twenty feet shine, and in shallow water, it ends long and upwards, supporting huge in a clear yellow. This is very bunches of leaves, twenty to thirty evident in the Chondrous Crispus, feet in diameter. One species is or Carrageen Moss, which your said to have stems reaching to Mamma takes as a jelly. When the enormous length of 1500 feet this plant grows in shady places it buoyed up by air vessels from a is of a dark purple colour, but great depth, and extending after- | growing, as it frequently does, in wards for a considerable distance shallow pools exposed to the full along the surface of the sea. An- sunlight, it becomes pale green, and other species from the North-west even yellowish white. A species of coast of America, has, Mr. Harvey this sea-weed is largely consumed

stems resembling whip in China, both as an article of food, cord, 300 feet in length, which and as yielding a very strong glue; support a great air vessel at their and it seems strange that in this extremities six or seven feet long, country the use of so nourishing a. crowned with a bunch of leaves, plant as the Chondrous, should be each thirty to forty feet in length. almost neglected. It grows most On the air vessels of this gigantic abundantly on all rocky parts of sea-weed, the Sea-otter finds a the British shores; when properly favourite resting-place, when fish- dried will keep for any length of ing; and the long tough stems time, and a strong jelly may be furnish the rude fisherman of the extracted, when required, by simply coast with excellent fishing lines.” boiling it in water.

“I was going to ask you the use " To the red division, belong the of the air vessels in this specimen jointed corallines, which were once of the Fucus,” said Rose, “but supposed to belong to the animal. now I see that such heavy plants kingdom, and the specimens brought could not float in the water without from the tropics, are sometimes of them.”

enormous size. We have not many “I can fortunately show you a in this country, but the Corallina very beautiful specimen of the red Officinalis, is so common on division of sea-weeds; the Deles- coasts that it must be known to all, siria Sanguinia, with its larger rosy and you have seen it frequently leaves, veined with a darker colour; employed in the manufacture of it is the delight of all young col- sea-weed pictures, for albums, or lectors of sea-weeds, and when laid screens.” on paper resembles more the delicate leaves of some oriental lily than a plant which has grown

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THOUGHTS, HINTS, AND BOOKS FOR YOU

MEDITATIONS ON THE LORD'S PRAYER.

WEDNESDAY MORNING.

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;"-BREAD for the body, that glory with Thyself in Heavenit may better serve Thee; BREAD supply our wants, to the glory of for the soul, that it faint not and Thy Name, on earth! We desired be weary ! Lord! pour down Thy the glory of Thy Kingdom, and to Holy Spirit; and according to that do Thy blessed will—for Thy great blessed pattern, whereby we know Name's sake, minister to us all how to apportion every desire at a things needful for our wants on throne of grace, let me so meditate earth. Lord God Almighty! Thou on our daily petition, “GIVE US

“hadst compassion OUR DAILY BREAD,

on the multitude, and wouldest not shall be acceptable in Thy sight! send them fasting away,” — feed us Whatever in ignoranee I ask, and with such “convenient food,” as through weakness should abuse, shall support and lighten the wearido Thou deny. And whatever I ness of the flesh, in the daily and dare not, and from blindness, do hourly trials of life. Thou Wło not ask, give, gracious Lord, of Thy art the living BREAD, heal our sinfree and undeserved grace, through sick souls, and appease their hunthe intercession and for the sake of

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“ GIVE US Thy Son Jesus Christ! This be DAILY BREAD. Feed us with my temper—this be my mind, o fresh supplies of grace, out of Thy Lord Jesus, "from whom the whole fulness; for we take hold of Thy body, by joints and bands, hath strength;” that Thou mayest “make nourishment ministered;" and tru- peace” with us, and rekindle our ly, “my soul gaspeth unto Thee, dull affections, that they never as a thirsty land;”—“ my flesh more wax cold. Lord Jesus ! “set longeth after Thee, in a barren and us as a seal upon Thy heart,' dry land, where no water is !” a seal upon Thine arm;" and by

We would pray Thee, O God, the gift of that spiritual consciousever to bring home to our conscien- ness of Thy pastoral care and love, ces our sins and miseries ; that which “maketh rich, and hath no from the depths of weakness, we sorrow" added to it, do Thou “draw may plead the depths of thy com- us, that we may run after Thee!” passions; that where sin and frailty By that spiritual perception of union have so much abounded, there may with Thee which is the source of the help of Thy gracc much more every joy and holiness – yea, the abound. Yes, Lord, we would lay “ wine which maketh glad the bare our shame, and show Thee heart of man”--the “ BREAD which

Let mercy rejoice strengtheneth” to eternity, do Thou over judgment, and according to “ constrain us that we may love Thy holy compassion in the Son of Thee!" Father! we would seek Thy love, hear, forgive, hearken, of Thee grace to work the work of

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