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Glory be to God!” About an hour before he expired, he inquired, 6 Am I going? What think you?” Being answered in the affirmative, he very soon after said, “ Glory be to God! Heaven is my home! Victory, victory, victory! throughthrough-," Here his strength failed, but soon he resumed, “ Glory, glory, glory be to God! Tell WILLIAM-Driffield;" meaning, as was supposed, his brother WILLIAM, who resided at Driffield.* He was quite sensible to the last ; and a very few minutes before his departure, he exclaimed, so as to be heard in the lower apartment of the house, “ Glory, glory, glory be to God! Victory, victory !” Here his strength finally left him, and
“ He sunk in blissful dreams away,
And visions of eternal day." * It may here be proper to observe, that William was awakened to a sense of his sin and danger, by the instrumentality of his brother's affliction and death. On the day on which John's funeral-sermon was preached, he found peace with God.
OBITUARY. Died, June 5, 1821, Miss Lydia Timmis, of Wybunbury, Cheshire. She was naturally of an amiable but reserved disposition. Not delighting in the common amusements of youth, the time which many others spent in worldly recreations, was devoted by her to reading, and the acquisition of useful knowledge; and her attainments advanced her above the generality of her years. This, however, according to her own account, excited pride, and a vain conceit that her character was superior to that of many, which lessened her anxiety as to the fitness of her soul for a future state. She was regular in her attendance upon the services of the Established Church, in the use of which her mind was partially enlightened in the things of God; but, possessing no advantages of christian communion, her convictions were weakened, and died away. In process of time, however, they were again revived, in consequence of her acquaintance with the Methodists, whose Ministers she
began so hear, and with whom, after a while, she was induced to meet in class. She was diligent and earnest in the use of the appointed means of grace, especially in reading the Scriptures, and in prayer, with a view of obtaining the blessings of pardon and peace with God. After class-meeting, one Sunday morning, the leader prayed fervently for her in particular. Her wounded spirit was overwhelmed with unutterable distress. She attempted to pray, and to believe on the all-sufficient atonement of the REDEEMER; and in that moment the LORD answered for himself, by blessing her with the sense of his favour, and causing her to rejoice in his salvation. , Being now clear in the knowledge of her acceptance with God, she studiously laboured to promote his glory and the welfare of her fellow-creatures. To the utmost extent of her means, with the small property she possessed, she was prompt in embracing every opportunity of doing good. The children of several poor people she regularly clothed, and discharged the expenses of their education at a country school. Many poor families found relief to their necessities in her bounty, who can now testify that she liberally distributed food and medicine to their bodies, and instruction to their perishing souls, But so great was her modesty, that several such instances of her piety and benevolence were unknown till after her death."
Her dress was plain, but neat, and becoming her religious profession ; her chief concern being to ornament the cause of God by a meek and quiet spirit, and an unblameable conversation and character, in which she succeeded admirably.
Her heart yearned over the unconverted, and especially over the destitute heathen; her soul entered into their souls' stead. It was this which induced her to contribute largely towards the support of Missions, and to become a Collector for the Missionary Fund. This she did entirely of her own accord, unsolicited by any one, and before any society for that purpose was established in the circuit to which she belonged. Her labours of love in that department were zealous and indefatigable, travelling a circuit of many miles, and obtaining access to persons from whom other collectors were excluded : her success even exceeded the utmost expectations of her friends. She bequeathed five pounds to the Methodist Missions, as a last token of her love to them.
The disease which terminated her life, was the dreadful malady of the Small Pox; but the power of religion was eminently seen in her triumphant end: A little before her death, a friend said to her, 6 You will soon be gone;" she replied, 66 O, yes! I shall: the angels are come,—the angels are come; I am going,- I am going :" and raising herself in token of victory, she departed, aged twenty-four years.
Nantwich, Dec. 11, 1821. THOMAS Eastwood.
THE JUVENILE NATURALIST,
FOR FEBRUARY, 1822.
(From 56 Time's Telescope for 1822.") - In the course of this month all nature begins, as it were, to prepare for its revivification. God, as the Psalmist expresses it,
renews the face of the earth ;' and animate and inanimate nature seem to vie with each other in opening the way to spring. About the 4th or 5th, the woodlark, one of our earliest and sweetest songsters, renews his note ; a week after, the thrush sings; and the yellow-hammer is heard. The chaffinch sings; and the redbreast continues to warble. Turkey-cocks strut and gobble; fieldcrickets open their holes; and wood-owls hoot: gnats play about, and insects swarm under sunny hedges ; the stone-curlew clamours; and frogs croak.
"By the latter end of February the green wood-pecker is heard in the woods, making a loud noise.
“ Bullfinches return to our gardens in February, and though timid half the year, are now fearless and persevering.
“But few flowers appear in this month : the dwarf-bay puts forth its beautifully red and copious flowers, often entirely concealing the branches" ; the laurustinus is in flower, and the great henbit graces the sunny bank with its purple blossom ; while the mulberry-coloured catkins of the alder give an air of cheerfulness to the otherwise bare and desolate scene.
“ The principal objects worthy of attention in the vegetable kingdom, in the present month, are the various species of mosses, which are, many of them, in full bloom, exhibiting, like some evergreens, their flowers and fruit at the same time."
"Trifling and insignificant as mosses appear, their uses are by no means inconsiderable : they thrive best in barren places, and
most of them love cold and moisture; they protect the more tender plants when they begin to expand in the spring, as the experience of the gardener can testify, which teaches him to cover with moss the soil and pots which contain his tenderest plants; for it equally defends the roots against the scorching sunbeams and the severity of the frost. Several species of mosses grow upon marshes, and in process of time occupy the space formerly filled with water ; forming, in their decayed state, immense beds and masses of peat, which, where coal and wood are scarce, is of great use as fuel. BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES,
FOR FEBRUARY, 1822. “Ox the 6th of this month, the Moon will be visibly eclipsed. The eclipse will commence at 20 minutes past 4 in the morning; and end about 36 minutes past 6. On the 23d, the crescent of the Moon is seen in a beautiful position, with VENUS to the west of her, and SATURN and JUPITER at some distance above trer ; and she directs her course above these two latter planets. On the 24th, she is perceived to have travelled rapidly from VENUS towards SATURN and JUPITER, and will have passed these latter planets before her next appearance on the 25th, when she will be seen having JUPITER, SATURN, and Venus, all below her.
“MERCURY is an evening star, at his greatest elongation on the 20th, and stationary on the 26th. In a good horizon towards west south-west, he may be seen to advantage, both before and after his greatest elongation, as he is then about an hour and a half above the horizon after sun-set.
“ VENUS is an evening star, stationary on the 17th. She forms a fine object under SATURN and JUPITER; being at first three hours and three quarters above the horizon after sun-set ; but this duration is daily decreasing.
“MARS is seen after the middle of the month, during the whole night. At first he does not rise till about an hour and three quarters after sun-set; but he rises every succeeding night earlier. On the 19th he is in opposition to the Sun, and consequently will then be seen to great advantage.
"JUPITER and SATURN are evening stars : HERSCHEL is a morning star.”
TO AN INFANT.
I see the chart of years :
But, young one! it appears,
They differ in amount;
Than a day of smiles can count.
By day the sunbeam glows,
But soon its rays must set :
The sobbing rivulet.
My cup of hope is quaff'd,
Yet this I'll hope for thee :-
Upon the leafless tree;
Thy years a halcyon train
Of blessings smiling round; That bliss I sought in vain
To find by thee be found : May love and friendship bless thee, Nor woe nor want oppress thee.
Though others' emblem be
The deadly cypress' shade, Be thine the citron tree,
That knows not how to fade, But, through each change of weather, Bears fruit and flowers together.
Thy childhood be as gay
As spring-tide just begun; Thy youth a bright May-day
And ardent as its sun; Thy prime, midsummer,--sweeping O'er harvests ripe and reaping.