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Farther and farther than a thought can fly,
And feeds his planets with eternal fires !" The Moon changes on the 1st, at three minutes past six in the morning; and presents her fine crescent near the western horizon in the evening of the 2d. The Moon sets on the 4th at twenty minutes before ten, and on the 6th at midnight: she is half-full on the 9th, about ten in the morning; and is full south on the 10th at a quarter past seven in the evening: she souths on the 12th about nine o'clock, and on the 15th at a quarter of an hour before midnight. The Moon is full on the 16th, at one minute before six in the morning; and rises on the 17th at half-past eight in the evening: she rises on the 19th at half-past eleven at night, and on the 22d at a quarter before two in the morning; and on the same day enters on her last quarter at half-past ten at night. The Moon changes on the 30th, at eleven minutes before midnight; and sets on the 31st at twenty-nine minutes past seven in the evening.
MERCURY is invisible.
Venus is to be seen in the morning, shedding her beautiful rays from the eastern horizon about an hour before the sun rises, to gladden the face of nature. Venus is near the Moon on the 26th.
“Star of the brightening east! thyself most bright,
A turbulent and transitory world." Mars rises at the beginning of the month at a quarter past one, and at the end at half-past twelve at night : he is due south on the Gth at twenty-three minutes past five, and on the 26th at forty minutes after four in the morning. This ruddy-looking planet, on the 21st, is in the neighbourhood of the Moon.
JUPITER appears in the mornings towards the end of the month : on the 24th he is in conjunction with Venus, and on the 26th with the Moon.
SATURN rises on the 1st at five minutes before four, and on the 25th at half-past three: on the 24th he is near the Moon.
The Zodiacal Light.—During this month, about an hour after sunset, this wonderful phenomenon may be observed in the west, appearing as a luminous track in the heavens, in the form of a triangular beam, rather rounded at the vertex. It extends each way from the sun forty-five degrees, and sometimes one hundred and fifty degrees along the caleptic, its horizontal base varying from eight to thirty degrees in breadth. It appears to surround the Sun in the form of a lens, a plane through the edge of which inclines
in a very small angle to the Sun's apparent path, and bears some resemblance to the ring of Saturn as it is generally seen. The nature of its light seems analogous to the pellucid tail of a comet, though occasionally it exceeds in brightness the via lactea, and gradually vanishes into the surrounding blue of the heavens. In tropical countries it may be seen throughout the year, after sunset, and before sunrise : it is not distinctly visible in these latitudes, except near or at the equinoxes, owing to the highlyilluminated atmosphere of the summer months, and the great obliquity of the sun's path in winter.
JUVENILE OBITUARY. 1. DIED, at Rugby, in the Daventry Circuit, June 30, 1840, Miss Mary Treen, in the sixteenth year of her age. She lost her pious mother, who died happy in God, two sisters, and a brother, before she had arrived at two years of age, being left alone with her father, who endeavoured to bring her up in the fear of the Lord. The loss of her mother was in part made up by the kind care of a grandmother, who watched over her a few years, and then died happy in God. From about three years of age her father made a practice of taking her with him into secret, for prayer, once a day. She soon felt a delight in the duty; was of a thinking, studious mind, and given to reading, especially that which led her thoughts towards God and heaven. When about eleven years of age she met in class, with a few other females about her own age, whom her father used to meet once a week. When about fourteen, the Spirit of the Lord wrought more powerfully on her mind. She then requested to meet in her father's class, and become a member of society. After meeting a few times, seeing the way more clearly how to obtain the salvation which her heart was panting after, she soon obtained a clear sense of the pardoning love of God, through believing in Jesus. She was enabled to hold fast her confidence to the end. At the commencement of the year 1840 disease seized her frame, which baffled all medical aid, and terminated in consumption. From the first attack she said she should not recover. There was no particular desire to live, but rather to depart and be with Christ. The following are some of her last words. Speaking to the servant, she said, “ Ann, live to the Lord; give him your whole heart: you will never repent living to the Lord.” To her father she said, “Do all the good you can for souls.” Then, looking up, she said, “Come, O come, Lord Jesus !” While she was always kept in peace, she was at times very happy, and rejoiced as though she saw the angels waiting to bear her released spirit to Abraham's bosom. Not long before she died, she said, “It is all glory; all glory! I am a poor, unworthy creature; a sinner. O father, it is all glory, glory!" To her father she was tenderly attached, and often said that she should like to die as under his wing.
And so it was. As she lay in bed, he sat by her, and her head rested on his arm. She just said, “I am dying," and her spirit passed quietly to eternal rest.
2. Died, August 23d, 1840, at Cootehill, Ireland, Miss Ann Jane Jebb, aged nineteen. She was a youthful disciple, having joined the Wesleyan society when only twelve years old. Nor was this all. She felt it to be her duty to seek for pardon, and the Spirit of adoption through the Lord Jesus; and what she sought she happily found. And a truly consistent and exemplary behaviour declared to others that the change wrought in her was indeed divine.
For several years she pursued the even tenor of her way. She loved her Bible, valued the means of grace, was tender in her conscience, and careful in her actions, and evidently experienced growth in grace, and in the knowledge of her Lord and Saviour. Had her life been spared, her character gave every prospect of her being a mature and useful Christian. But God had appointed that her removal should take place while she was yet young. Her experience, in the summer of 1840, was observed to be peculiarly rich and heavenly; and the last Sabbath but one that she met in her usual class, she referred very sweetly to the Apostle's language, concerning the earthly tabernacle being dissolved, and his own confidence that he had a house, eternal in the heavens.
The illness of which she died was malignant fever, which, in less than a fortnight, brought her to the grave. Her sufferings were sometimes severe; but she referred to Christ's sufferings for her sake, and prayed that the Son of God might be with her in the furnace, and that her afflictions might all be sanctified. Her mind generally was kept in great peace; but upon one occasion, she was distressed by temptations to distrust the mercy of God, and, for a brief period, her joy in the Lord was interrupted. But while her mother was reading to her a portion of the sacred volume, the snare was broken, and she exclaimed, “ He is come, He is come; my Saviour is come !" From this period she continued in the same peaceful and happy state of mind, till she quietly fell asleep in Jesus,
THE TRANSLATION OF ELIJAH. (From "Scenes in the West Indies, and other Poems," by Adeline.)
Fast by wide Jordan's swiftly-rolling stream
All there was still, save when the distant trees
Bold he the mantle throws across the tide,
HAPPINESS ONLY IN RELIGION. Composed by the Princess (afterwards Queen) Elizabeth,
for her Tutor, Lord Harrington.
God is only excellent!
Theirs is a most wretched case,
Earthly things do fade, decay,
All the vast world doth conteyne To content man's heart, are vayne ; That still justly will complayne, And unsatisfied remaine.
Why should vain joyes us transport ?
God, most holy, high, and greate,
0! my soule, of heavenly birth,
From below thy mind remove,
To me grace, O Father ! send;
Roche, Printer, 25, Hoxton-square, London.