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The good Shepherd, who giveth his life for the sheep,

Is the type of our Lord who on Calvary died; While the lambs of his, fold he shall tenderly keep,

And the flock with fresh pastures and fountains provide.

Observe how the friendly Samaritan shew'd

What love, e'en to strangers, a Christian should feel : Such love brought the Son from his Father's abode,

The wounds and the sorrows of sinners to heal.

Next, the Pharisee speaks what perhaps we have thought,

While the poor weeping Publican mourns for his sin: Let us pray then for grace to repent as we ought,

And his lowly but glorious work to begin.
The beavenly Sower goes forth with bis seeds;

And freely the Gospel to all he imparts :-
Let us guard it from Satan, and cleanse it from weeds,

And the fruit shall be good which springs up in our hearts. May the fate of that servant who would not forgive

Å brother's small debt, tend to soften our soul;
Then shall Christ the vast weight of our trespass receive,

And the Lord's boundless mercy remit us the wbole.
If endow'd, like the rich Man, with purple array,

Let us give to the wretched who langaish for rest : Lest our souls be not own'd in the last awful day,

Nor with Lazarus shelter'd in Abraham's breast.

If the Lord of the Vineyard have eall'd us in vain,

And the hours of the morning already be past, Let us pray that we yet may an entrance obtain,

And approve ourselves diligent workmen at last. Preserve us,

O God, from the Steward's false heart, Who bargain’d for Mammon to sell his Lord's right; And grant us thy Spirit of Truth to impart

That wisdom wbich dwells with the children of light!

So our lamp shall be fed with the oil of thy grace,

And among the wise Virgins our portion be found, When the Bridegroom himself shall appear face to face, And His faithful disciples with glory be crown'd.

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THE COTTAGER'S GARDEN DIRECTORY.

NOVEMBER. UNDER a south or south-eastern fence, sow Charlton or hotspur peas. After the young plants have grown to the height of a few inches, draw a little earth round their stems, and, in very severe wea. ther, protect them by a covering of brushwood and straw.

In a bed which has a warm aspect, sow Mazagan beans : plant them two inches deep, and three inches apart in the rows; earth them up like peas, and protect them with straw.

In dry weather, earth up celery. Protect celery, sea-kale, and those potatoes which are left in the ground to be taken up as they are used, with haulm, long-litter, &c.

Transplant any thing which was omitted to be removed in October. Dig and trench the ground which is unoccupied. Keep seed-beds, especially those of spinach and onions, free from weeds. Take up edible roots, as carrots and parsneps; and lay them in sand. Examine roots, fruits, and seeds; and separate those which are mouldy or decaying. On a dry day gather the apples and pears which are yet exposed.

In the beginning of the month, prune hardy fruittrees : but if the apricots, peaches and nectarines, have been neglected, leave them unpruned till spring. In dry weather, plant all kinds of fruittrees, securing tall standards to a stake, and laying some stable litter round the roots. Plant hardy shrubs and deciduous* trees, so long as the weather continues dry. Clear strawberry-beds from weeds and runners. Cut and prune hedges, and gather tree-seeds. Finish planting bulbous-rooted flowers in the first week.

* Those that are not ever-green, but whose leaves fall.

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Observations.

Tree-seeds.-All kinds of tree-seeds should be gathered from the largest and the healthiest trees. The pine tribes can be purchased at nurseries for less than they can be raised, where the number wanted is small. However, the seeds are sown in April by bedding-in; that is, the beds being made, the earth, to the depth of one or two inches, is raked off into the alleys. The seeds, after being steeped for twenty-four hours, are sown broadcast, and the earth is returned from the alleys to the beds.

Ash, beech masts, sycamore, horse-chesnut, Spanish chesnut, oak, walnut, nut, &c, may be sown immediately; or, if that be inconvenient, they may be mixed with dry sand or ashes, and kept till spring, when they may be drilled and sown in the following order : acorns, walnuts, chesnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds, in February, an inch or two apart in the rows, and two inches deep. Ash, at the same time, half an inch apart, and one in depth. Sycamore, in the beginning of April, in dry sandy soil, an inch apart, and covered with an inch of earth. And beech masts, in the beginning of April, an inch apart, and covered an inch and a quarter.

Plum and cherry stones; yew, holly, buck-thorn, and juniper berries; hips and haws, &c. may be mixed with sand or ashes, and then covered with light earth to the depth of ten inches. Here some kinds, as the holly, must remain two years; some, as the haw, mountain ash, and yew berries, one year; and other kinds only till the following spring. They are sown in February, by beddingin to the depth of from one quarter of an inch to one inch in depth.

Pear and apple pippins, elder, barbary, cornel berries, &c. may be kept in sand till February, and

then bedded-in to the depth of not more than a quarter of an inch, Shade the beds in hot weather.

Coronilla, laburnum, and other pods, may be kept in bags till spring, and then bedded-in to the depth of three quarters of an inch,

Alder, poplar, willow, lilac, birch, elm, &c. may be sown as they ripen in November, May, June, &c, or, as in this case the young plants will require protection in winter, the seeds may be kept till March or April, and then sown.

Care must be taken to protect nuts from mice, larch from birds, juniper from drought, &e.

E. W. B. Birmingham, Sept. 29, 1824.

AGAINST ANXIOUS THOUGHTS ABOUT RICHES. To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor,

MR. EDITOR, I have lately met with a letter which may, I think, be useful to some of your readers; and, if you are of the same opinion, you are welcome to insert it in your useful little work. We may here learn that those who have riches, and many of the worldly comforts which riches give, are, if they are wise, anxious to seek after better things than these riches, which many so foolishly, I may say sinfully, covet; for sinful it is to covet what an all, wise God has seen fit to withhold from us; and very foolish, I am sure it is, to disquiet ourselves in vain for what is not within our reach. Let me, therefore, earnestly and affectionately advise my cottage friends, to learn, from the Apostle, with “ whatsoever things they have, therewith to be content;" and, that I may no longer detain them

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from the advice of one, on this subject, who was much wiser and better than myself, I will hasten to assure them that I am their sincere friend, and your constant reader.

E.M. October 16, 1824.

Extract of a Letter from a Brother to his Sister.

ALL worldly enjoyments are held by a most uncertain tenure; they may, at any time, be taken from ús, and therefore it is prudent, as well as pious, to git as loose to them as possible. Riches, for instance, may please and refresh, and, for a time, delight, the mind, but they cannot fill the capacities of an immortal soul, nor can they give ease to the body suffering under sickness and pain, nor to the heart sorrowing for the loss of friends, the disobe. dience and worthlessness of children, or for the sinfulness of its own nature; they cannot quiet those restless hankerings after something more, and something

better, which all so anxiously go on to seek for. Let us earnestly strive to make that something the love and favour of Almighty God, in whom alone we can with safety rest our happiness here, and our hopes hereafter. The more we are taught the vanity of the world, and the folly of our dependance thereon, so much the more ought we to seek that satisfying good, that "pearl of great price," which the Psalmist speaks of when he says, “ The Lord is my portion, the lines are fallen to me in pleasant places, yea I have a goodly heritage;" and " those pleasures, and that fulness of joy, which are at God's right hand for evermore." How the world and all its luxuries sink in the esteem of that Man who hath set his affections on things above, and laid up his treasure in heaven,

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