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the company of its friend all night, the ostler found in the morning the door so pecked away, that, had it not been opened, the raven would have made its entrance in another hour. Several other acts of kindness to dogs had been noticed, and particularly to maimed or wounded ones.
When a pig is caught in a gate, or suffers from any domestic operation, all the rest are seen to gather round it, to lend their fruitless assistance, and to sympathize with its sufferings. When the old starved elephant, which Bishop Heber saw, fell down, another elephant of very large size, and in somewhat better plight, was brought to assist. “I was much struck," says the bishop, “ with the almost human expression of surprise, alarm, and perplexity in his countenance, when he approached his fallen companion. They fastened a chain round his neck and the body of the sick beast, and urged him in all ways, by encouragement and blows, to drag him up, even thrusting spears into his flanks. He pulled stoutly for a minute, but on the first groan his companion gave, he stopped short, turned fiercely round with a loud roar, and with his trunk and fore feet began to attempt to loosen the chain from his neck.” The sympathy of the animal for his suffering fellow was greater than his habitual obedience. But elephants accommodate themselves to circumstances in even a more extraordinary manner than such a refusal as this to perform a disagreeable task. The Baron de Lauriston states that he was at Lucknow, when an epidemic distemper was raging, and when the road to the palace was covered with the sick and the dying, The nabob came out upon his elephant. His slaves, regardless of their unhappy fellow-creatures, made no attempt to clear the road, but the more charitable beast, without any command, lifted some out of the way with his trunk, and stepped so carefully among the rest, that none were hurt. Another extraordinary instance of sympathetic intelligence is recorded upon the authority of an artillery officer, who witnessed the transaction :-" The battering train going to the siege of Seringapatam had to cross the sandy bed of a river, that resembled other rivers of the East, which leave, during
the summer season, but a small stream of water running through them, though their beds are mostly of considerable breadth, very heavy for draught, and abounding in quicksands. It happened that an artillery-man who was seated on the tumbril of one of the guns, by some accident fell off, in such a situation, that in a minute or two the hind wheel must have gone over him. The elephant which was stationed behind the gun, perceiving the predicament in which the man was, instantly, without any warning from its keepers, lifted up the wheel with its trunk, and kept it suspended till the carriage had passed clear over him."
SELECTIONS FROM DIFFERENT AUTHORS. How naturally do men forget themselves and their God, and his favours, when they are in prosperity! We often know not what we pray for, and wish, when we seek to be free from trouble, care, and danger.—Bp. Wilson.
If we would not have God wanting to us, we must not be wanting to ourselves.—Bp. Hall.
God brings down the high looks of the proud, and generally confounds them in their own haughtiness. Nothing can hinder the execution of the designs of Providence, and whatever men may do to prevent them only serves to hasten them. Criminal attempts turn to the confusion of the authors of them.-Ostervald.
It is a sore aggravation of sin, when it is committed after great mercies and deliverances vouchsafed to us, because this is an argument of great ingratitude. God is greatly displeased when we are unthankful to the instruments of our deliverance, but much more when we are ungrateful to Him, the Author of it.-Abp. Tillotson.
" Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” Those who, in their youth, have had, through the grace of God, sentiments of piety and virtue, ought to preserve them with great care, lest they lose them, and God entirely forsake them.-Ostervald.
No stone is more hard or insensate than a sinful heart. The changes of judgment and mercy do but harden it, instead of melting. -- Bp. Hall.
A great mind will sometimes err. But it requires a greater mind to confess an error, and to correct it.
When men do only consult their passions, and their interests, and worldly considerations prevail with them, nothing can overcome their obstinacy. The most express warnings, and the most remarkable instances of Divine justice are useless and unprofitable, and therefore the Lord is, at length, provoked to cast them off, and forsake them utterly.-Ostervald.
I LOVE to gaze upon the Church
Where dearest friends have often pray'd;
Musing, unseen, I take my stand;
Faint emblem of the call of God,
Including all that sinners want;
All drawn from Scripture, God's own Word;
Simple, significant, divine :
Ambassadors of the Most High;
Repent, believe, obey, their cry.
Good work of holy men of old ;
Its choicest feature then I trace ;
“Surely the Lord is in this place."
Thither I press with willing feet,
And quick my cares and sorrows cease;
And pray'd for her prosperity;
That peace within her walls may be !
Our fathers dearly loved this Church;
They thought her holy, just, and good;
And can their children seek her harm ?
Though hell with foes in league engage,
And earth to very centre shake,
Sent by H. F. and E. F.
THE ALL-SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE OF CHRIST.
Rom. iv. 25. "Who was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification." By sin death entered into the world: and “death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Rom. V. 12.) Yet was there one exception ; One there was, a
Son of man, who knew no sin, free by his miraculous birth from the stain of Adam's transgression, and by his Divine purity from all personal corruption. He yet submitted to the punishment of sin; He" was delivered for our offences," bearing “our sins in his own body on the tree,” He died “the just for the unjust.” The sacrifice thus offered being accepted, God being reconciled to us by the death of his Son, Christ having thus “put away sin by the sacrifice of himself,” “ it was not possible that he should be holden” in the bands of death. The debt being paid, even to “the uttermost farthing," the surety must needs be set at liberty. “He died for," that is, on account of, “our offences, and was raised again for,” that is, on account of, "our own justification.”
By His almighty power He might have passed unperceived through the covering of the tomb, as He afterwards passed through the doors that were closed on his disciples for fear of the Jews; or He might have burst the prison doors, and made a way for Himself to go forth, as He afterwards did for his faithful Apostles. But no! Almighty Wisdom did not thus act. The death of the Saviour of mankind, however lightly regarded by those who, in derision, bade Him descend from the cross; however misunderstood by those who wept at a distance, and smiting their breasts, gave up the hope that it was He who should have redeemed Israel ; that death was a solemn judicial act, an awful necessary sacrifice to the justice of God, before a guilty world could be reconciled. The resurrection was as solemn an assurance that such reconciliation had been made, that almighty justice was satisfied, and that a Holy God was reconciled to sinners in the person of their great representative. The tomb, therefore, was opened by a messenger from on high ; “ The angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came, and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.” (Matt. xxviii. 2.) Why then any longer should the living be found among the dead? Why should He, who knew no sin, of his own, and who had so put away the sins of the whole world, that they were to be remembered no more, why should He remain among the imprisoned spirits? Why should He, whose " life was the