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tion, whose mind soars above the trifles and common things of time and sense, who is distinguished for well digested opinions, sensible remarks, habits of thinking and observation, good judgment and a well disciplined temper, is a perpetual source of blessings, and exhilaration to all within her circle. If her education is seasoned with an admixture of genuine piety she cannot fail making her home all that is desirable, so that none of her household will need or wish to seek elsewhere for happiness. They will be able “ to drink waters out of their own cisterns, and running waters out of their own well."

FEMALE BEAUTY. · TRUE female beauty does not consist in any particu. lar form, or external appearance alone; but in symmetry and elegance, together with the assemblage of those interesting qualities which adorn and render their persons permanently pleasing. A mere external beauty may attract momentarily, but something else is requisite to secure the affections; the first impressions produced by mere external beauty soon wear away ; but it is the internal worth and beauty which give daily increasing permanence to the social affections. Hence one reason why men are often reproached with inconstancy of love; their feelings are interested and their affection excited by a display of external beauty ; but a more intimate acquaintance convinces us that they are destitute of the graces and charms which render those feelings strong and lasting. Let the female then who is desirous to shine as a beauty, attend to intellectual improvement as of first concern; let her cherish health, which itself is beauty ; let her lay aside those foolish and prejudicial fashions which have so much power over persons of disordered minds; who conceive that beauty is best displayed in artificial, pale, and sickly forms ; let her use frequent and active exercise, which gives health and vigor; let her indulge and cultivate every virtue; for every virtue sits with peculiar grace on the female countenance, and let her not forget religion, the greatest ornament to female worth

and acquirements. With these accomplishments beauty exerts an influence which extends throughout creation.

“-Hence the wide universe,

Through all the seasons of revolving worlds,
Bears witness with it's people, gods and men;
To beauty's blissful power, and with the voice
Of grateful admiration still resounds :-".


“ONE AND TWENTY.” With youth no period is looked forward to with so much impatience, as the hour which shall end our minority with manhood, none is looked back to with so much regret. Freedom appears to a young man as the brightest star in the firmament of his existence, and is never lost sight of until the goal for which he has been so long travelling, is reached. When the mind and the spirit are young, the season of manhood is reflected with a brightness from the future, which nothing can dim but its own cold reality. The busy world is stretched out before our boyhood like the exhibition of mechanical automata--we behold the merchant accumulating wealth, the scholar planting his foot upon the summit of the temple of fame, the warrior twining his brow with the laurel wreath, and we yearn to struggle with them for supremacy. In the distance we see nothing but the most prominent part of the picture, which is success the anguish of disappointment and defeat is hidden from our view'; we see not the pale cheek of neglected merit, or the broken spirit of unfortunate genius, or the sufferings of worth. But we gaze not long, for the season of youth passes away like a moon's beam from the still water, or like a dew drop from a rose in June, or an hour in the circle of friendship. Youth passes away, and we find ourselves in the midst of that great theatre upon which we have so long gazed with interest-the paternal bands, which in binding have upheld us, are broken, and we step into the crowd with no guide but our conscience to carry us through the intricate wind. ings of the path of human life. The beauties of the perspective have vanished—the merchant's wealth has furrowed his cheek, the acquirements of the scholar were purchased at the price of his health ; and the garland of the conqueror is fastened upon his brow with a thorn, the rankling of which shall give him no rest on this side of the grave. Disappointment damps the ardor of our first setting out, and misfortune follows closely in our path to finish the work and close our career. How often amid the cares and troubles of manhood do we look back to the sunny spot on our memory, the season of our youth ; and how often does a wish to recall it, escape from the bosom of those who once prayed fervently that it might pass away. From this feeling we do not believe that living man was ever exempt. It is twined around the very soul ; it is incorporated in our very nature, and will cling to us, even when reason itself has passed away. And although the period when parental enthralment is broken, and when the law acknowledges the intellect to be full grown, may at the time be considered one of rejoicing, yet after-life will hang around it the emblems of sorrow, while it is hallowed as the last bright hour of a happy youth.

INFLUENCE OF YOUNG MEN. WHEN Cataline attempted to overthrow the liberties of Rome, he began by corrupting the young men of the city, and forming them for deeds of daring crime. In this he acted with keen discernment of what constitutes the strength and safety of a community—the virtue and intelligence of its youth, especially of its young men. This class of persons, has, with much propriety, been denominated the flower of the country—the rising hope of the church and society. Whilst they are preserved uncorrupted, and come forward with enlightened minds and good morals, to act their respective parts on the stage of life, the foundations of social order and happiness are secure, and no weapon formed against the safety of the community can prosper. This indeed is a truth so obvious, that all wise and benevolent men, whether statesmen, philanthropists or ministers of religion, have always felt a deep and peculiar interest in this class of society; and in attempts to produce reformation and advance human happiness, the young, and particularly the young men, have engaged their first and chief regards. How entirely this accords with the spirit of inspiration, it is needless to remark. Hardly any one trait of the Bible is more prominent than its benevolent concern for the youthful generations of men. On them its instructions drop as the rain, and distil as the dew; round their path it pours its purest light and sweetest promises ; and by every motive of kindness and entreaty, of invitation and warning, aims to form them for duty and happiness, for holiness and God.

NATURAL HISTORY. [Few subjects are more interesting in their nature, or are calcula. ted to excite more profound meditation on the wonders of ereation, and the harmony of the Providence that superintends it, than the study of Natural History. It was the remark of one to whom we were indebted for much valuable instruction in our youthful years, that, to the reflecting mind, all the works of creation were aliké wonderful, from the blade of grass, or even the minutest atom of matter, to the whole system of worlds and to the economy which guides their paths in the Heavens and maintains the harmony which subsists in all their motions; that one then was looked upon with less surprise than another only because it had become more familiar to us. A similar idea is expressed in the beautiful lines of Pope, which are familiar to most of our readers.

“All are but parts of one stupendous whole
Whose body nature is, and God the soul;
That, changed through all, and yet in all the same;
Great in the earth, as in th’ ethereal frame
Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,
Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees;
Lives through all life, extends through all extent;
Spreads undivided, operates unspent;
Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part,
As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart;
As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns,

As the rapt seraph that adores and burns.”
It has been said with great truth and propriety, that

"An undevout Astronomer is mad;" and the same remark may, with justice, be applied to the study of

Natural History. To trace the animal and vegetable world through all their states and stages; to see how admirably they are adapted to the situations and circumstances in which they are placed; with what nicety and accuracy their several functions are adjusted, must impress upon the mind the most exalted ideas of the matchless wisdom of the Deity, and of the infinite power of Him, who by his word, spoke worlds into existence.

In a paper like this it cannot be expected that Natural History can be introduced as a science; yet such facts in relation to it as will be interesting to all classes of our readers, will be selected and published from time to time, as may be found convenient.]

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THERE are a great many different kinds of owls; the one here represented is the screech owl, which is a very common bird, and is generally to be found not far from the dwellings of men. This bird has its head like a cat, and its feet armed with sharp claws. It catches mice like a cat, but its eyes cannot bear the great light of the sun, so that it sleeps during the day time, and moves about at night, when it procures its food. The cry of the owl is very mournful and dismal.

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