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one soul to God, I am very willing to die.” A friend said, “I am very sorry to see you so ill.” 0, my dear,” she sweetly replied, 66 there is no cause for sorrow.” Patience and resignation, peace and joy, were the constant companions of her affliction. Not a murmur, nor a complaint, ever escaped from her lips, although she had scarcely any rest. Whenever her sufferings were mentioned, she would reply, 66 The severer the conflict, the brighter the crown." Every attention paid to her was received with the utmost gratitude. Her breathing being greatly oppressed, she was obliged generally to sit in a chair. Lying down one night, and feeling a little refreshed, she gratefully exclaimed,

«The Son of God, the Son of MAN,

. He had not where to lay his bead." On Thursday, Jan. 10, 1822, when one of her Mi. pisters asked if Jesus was precious to her, being unable to converse, she sweetly smiled, looked upward, and placed her hand on her heart. The next morning, symptoms of dissolution evidently appeared, but under circumstances most consolatory to her mourning friends, and edifying to all around her. 56 Jesus is the watchword," she said ; and then sung,

. " If all the world my Jesus knew, .' Then all the world would love him too." She exclaimed, “ Praise the Lord, my mother." 66 We do praise him," replied her mother. She then added, “ Praise him, O my soul, and all that is within me, praise his holy name.” Her mother began to repeat those words ;

“Lend, lend your wings,"'on which her happy daughter instantly took up the subject, exclaiming,

.............. I mount! I fly!

O grave, where is thy victory?"Her strength failing her, her sister finished the verse for her,

'. "O death, where is thy sting?" while she waved her hand in triumph. Again she exclaimed, « Jesus is precious! Why tarry the wheelt

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of his chariot : why are they so long in coming ?.. Her last words were, " JESUS wings my soul to bliss !

Such are the brief outlines of the experience and death of Miss LILLY,-a most lovely and interesting young lady, in whom were united great vivacity of spirits, a sweet and affectionate disposition, amiable manners, and a superior mind; all of which were refined and hallowed by the influences of religion. In tracing the quick expansion of her intellectual powers, and the rapid maturity of her graces, her friends are led to forget, that she was only fourteen years of age, when transplanted into the heavenly Paradise. To God be all the glory! Colchester, Feb. 4, 1822.

- T. R.

JUVENILE OBITUARY. Died, at Biggleswade, in January, 1822, aged nine years, John MILLMAN.—He was born Oct. 18th, 1812. His disposition was amiable; and he was the subject of very early religious impressions. In October, 1820, he went to Kingswood School ; where, in July, 1821, by the rupture of a blood-vessel of the lungs, he was brought to the gates of death. It pleased God that he so far recovered as to be able in a short time to be removed ; but he soon suffered a relapse, and from about the middle of December was confined to his bed. When he first came home, he was anxious to recover; appearing to have a very great dread of death, and acknowledging that he was not prepared for eternity. The Lord, however, began to work powerfully upon his mind, and he became very desirous to obtain salvation. When directed to look by faith to the atonement of Christ, he listened with eagerness, and was often heard, in the night, pouring out his soul to God. On the evening of December 26th, while engaged in prayer, those words of the Prophet were comfortably applied to his mind, " To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of,a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

After this he enjoyed constant peace of conscience : the fear of death was now entirely removed; and he could talk of dying with the utmost composure. It was truly delightful to hear him pray. He appeared to feel his need of patience; and frequently prayed for larger measures of that grace. He requested his at, tendant to read to him parts of the book of Job, and of the Revelation; and made many interesting remarks upon them. He earnestly exhorted his eldest sister to seek the Lord without delay, and not to postpone it to a time of affliction. The day before he died, his sufferings were great ; but he sustained them with much fortitude ; frequently thanking those who waited on him, exhorting them not to weep, and assuring them that he was very happy in God. A few hours before his departure, he wished his mother to read part of the 7th chapter of the Revelation; after which he said, “We shall soon meet in heaven, avd know each other there better than we do here :" adving, 6 Give my love to the family at Kingswood, and tell them that I enjoy peace.” Thus, 6 Out of the mouths” even 66 of babes, hath God perfected praise."

B. M,..

THE JUVENILE NATURALIST,

FOR JULY, 1822.

(From Time's Telescope for 1822.") “The Aowers which blossomed in the last month soon mature their seeds, and hasten to decay. A new race succeeds, which demands all the fervid rays of a solstitial sun to bring it to perfection. The meadows begin to whiten, and the fowers that adorn them are mowed down. The corn gradually assumes & vellow hue, and the colours that decorate the rural scene are no longer so numerous. Corn-cockle is in flower, and reminds the farmer to pull it from among his crop of wheat, lest it spoil his Surinple and deteriorate the bread.

“As summer advances, the vocal music of the groves is losSened, and in this month may be said to cease altogether,-if we except the chirping of the wren and two or thrce sinall birds.

"Towards the middle of the month, the spiked willow, jessamine, byssop, the bell-flower, and the white lily, have their flowers full blown. The wayfaring tree, or guelder-rose, begins to enrich the hedges with its bright red berries, which in time tura black, The Virginian sumach now exhibits its scarlet tufta

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of flowers upon its bright green circles of leaves. The berries of the inountain-ash turn red. The lavender is in flower, and affords its perfuines, whether in a fresh state, or dried, or distilled with spirits of wine. In this and the following month, the purple loosestrife ornaments the sides of ponds and brooks, and, by its tall spike of blue flowers, gives a rich appearance to the cooling retrcats of river banks. It is intermixed with the meadow-sweet, the spicy fragrance of whichi scents the surrounding air.

*All is vigour and activity in the vegetable kingdom during this month, and the most patient observer of nature is almost , bewildered by the countless profusion of interesting objects.

“ The enchanter's nightshade, the Yorkshire sanicle, the water-horehound, or gypsy wort, used by this wandering tribe for the purpose of staining their faces, the great cat's tail, or reed mace, the common nettle, the goose grass, the fringed waterlily, solanum belladonna, dulcamara, and nigrum, the asparagus, and some species of rumex, with buck-wheat, the secds of which are extremely nutritious and wholesome, and a variety of other plants,-may be almost said to bloon, fade, and die within the present month. The pink and carnation tribes grace the gardens; while the several species of lychnis, cerastium, and spergula, add beauty to the fields, and glow with every hue and shade of colorific radiance."

BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES,

FOR JULY, 1822. 6 The Moun is on the meridian, on the 1st, at fifty-five minutes past nine at night. On the 4th is Full Moon, at fifty-four minutes past ten in the morning. On the 12th, the Moon rises directly under the three first stars of the Ram, and is followed in about three quarters of an hour by Saturn, whom she will have passed before her next appearance, in her way to the Pleiades..

“ MERCURY is an evening star in his inferior conjunction on the 14th. On the 1st, he is only three quarters of an hour above the horizon after suni-set, so that he will scarcely be seen till after the conjunction, when he becomes a morning star; and on the 25th he is an hour above the horizon before Sun-rise ; and the length of this duration increases.

6 Venus is a morning star. She is first seen under the Pleiades, and to the east of them, being above the horizon, before sunrise, upwards of two hours and a quarter, and this duration inbreases.

"Mars is an evening star.

" Jupiter is a morning star. He is first seen under the Pleiades. but to the west of them, Venas being about a degree and a half from bim to the east of thein.

* SATURN is a morning star.

“ HERSCHEL is on the meridian at forty-one minutes past eleven at night on the 1st, and about a quarter past ten on the 20th."

(Erening Amusemomis.)

POETRY.

ON THE FLOWERS :

BY BISHOP HORNE.

The Heliotrope.
TAROUGĦ all the changes of the day,

I turn me to the sun;
In clear or cloudy skies I say

Alike, “ Thy will be done.”

The Violet.
A lowly flower, in secret bower,

Invisible I swell;
For blessing made, without parade,

Known only by my smell.

The Lily.
Emblem of Him, in whom no staia ...

The eye of Heaven could see ;
In all their glory, Monarchs vain

Are not array'd like me.

The Rose.
With ravish'd heart that crimson hail,

Which in my bosom glows;
Think how the Lily of the vale

Became like Sharon's Rose.

The Primrose.
When time's dark winter shall be o'er,

Its storms and tempests laid,
Like me, you'll rise a fragrant flower,

But not, like me, to fade.

The Garden.
The bower of innocence and bliss

Sin caus'd to disappear;
Repent, and walk in faith and love,
- You'll find an Eden here.

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