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THE NAME OF JESUS. THE ZOOLOGY OF THE BIBLE.
to the vilest and most worthless of Jesu, the hope of souls forlorn, His creatures. He giveth to the beast How good to them for sin that mourn! his food, and to the young ravens
To them that seek Thee, 0 how kind ! (which were unclean birds) when they
But what art Thou to them that find? cry. Can it be supposed, then, that He will starve His children? Can it
No tongue of mortal can express,
No pen can write the blessedness, be imagined that He will deny means
He only who hath proved it knows to prolong this temporal life—so long
What bliss from love of Jesus flows. as it shall be for their good to have it prolonged-to those for whom, when
Abide with us, O Lord, to-day, this life is over, He hath prepared a Fulfil us with Thy grace, we pray; kingdom, and glory, and immortality And with Thine own true sweetness feed in heaven ? "Your heavenly Father Our souls from sin and darkness freed. feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they ?!" O doubting and feeble disciple of
The Zoology of the Bible. Jesus, art thou tempted to indulge this over-care about food, and raiment, and futurity? Think of the fowls of
TIE LEOPARD. the air, and learn a lesson of cheerful trust in thy heavenly Father's provi
Many of the animals belonging to the dence. They have no resources, yet
cat tribe are handsome; but perhaps none
more than see how happy they are! No anxious thought disturbs their little breasts. “The lively, shining leopard, speckled o'er Whether perched on the twig of the
With many a spot, the beauty of the waste." hedgerow, or the branch of a tree, or In his native haunts, his movements skimming the air in joyous flights, are described as being in the highest their brisk movements and cheery degree easy and graceful, while his notes all tell of light-heartedness and agility in bounding among rocks, and freedom from care. And are they
springing up trees, is quite amazing. not fed as plentifully and regularly as
The spotted leopard seems widely dis
tributed Africa and Asia, and thyself? Do they not fly from the bush, and every morning find meat
though the markings differ in different
localities, it may be regarded as essentially where they laid it not? Thy "hea
a single species. By the Arabs of Syria, venly Father feedeth them," and will
Arabia, and Nubia, this creature is called He not feed thee ? Where is the
Nimr or el Nimr, which signifies the father who cares for his fowls, and
spotted," or “varied." There is little would starve his children? “Are ye doubt but this is the Namer of the not much better than they ?”
Jews, and the Panthera of the ancients.
In the Bible, the leopard is frequently
alluded to. From its fierceness, it is THE NAME OF JESUS.
often associated with the lion; and, FROM THE LATIN OP ST. BERNARD. from the same character, emphasis is
“Unto you which believe He is precious." given to the description of the blessedJESUS! the very thought is sweet !
ness of the coming time by the declaraIn that dear Name all heart-joys meet:
tion that even “the leopard shall lie
down with the kid." There are allusions But, 0! than honey sweeter far The glimpses of His presence are.
to its lying in wait near towns, and
beside the public ways, to surprise No word is sung more sweet than this, unwary travellers, as well as to the No sound is heard more full of bliss, acuteness of the animal, and to its spots. No thought brings sweeter comfort nigh, Solomon speaks of “the mountains of Than Jesus, Son of God Most High. the leopards,” and just as Lebanon was
TIIR ZOOLOGY OF THE BIBLE.
tine, several names occur, which being for hours, when near the protection of formed from the name of the leopard, huts or people. They will spring on a Nimr, appear to intimate that the locali- grown person, when carrying a burden; ties indicated were the peculiar haunts of but make their attack always from these animals. It is even not unlikely, behind. The flesh of a child, or a young that “the mighty hunter," Nimrod, kid, they devour ; but only suck the blood derived his name from this animal. In of any full-grown animal which may fall the prophets Hosea and Habakkuk, the à prey to their ferocity. Although this leopard is alluded to; and in the last of fine cat has a considerable awe of man, the prophets, the vision of St. John, on and usually tries to avoid him, yet, as he Patmos, the beast which rose up out of is a very active and farious anima), when
was like unto a leopard.” (Rev. brought to bay he becomes a formidable xiii. 2.)
antagonist. Mr. Pringle gives more than The leopard has the habit of scratching one instance of such attacks, and their the trunks of trees; an action common to danger. He relates that two African most of the species of the feline race, and colonists, when returning to their farm which may be daily witnessed in houses from hunting antelopes, gave chase to a where cats, not having been corrected in leopard, which they had toused in a their kittenhood, have been allowed to mountain ravine. They betë tried scratch the legs of the chairs and tables. among the The traveller may often judge of the
"matted wood to tear presence of a leopard in his neighbour
The skulking panther from his hidden lair," hood by finding these incisions to be freshly made. Mr. Darwin was shown, and succeeded in forcing the beast to try on the banks of the Uruguay, in South to escape by clambering up a precipice. America, certain trees selected by the Being hotly pressed, and wounded by a jaguar for this purpose; the bark on ball, the leopard turned on his pursuers these was worn smooth, and on each side with frantic ferocity, and with one there were deep scratches, or grooves, spring pulled the man who had fired at nearly a yard in length. The natives him to the ground, wounding his shoulder, say that in this way these animals and tearing his cheek severely at the sharpen their claws ; but is is clear that same time. The companion of the it must have quite an opposite effect. farmer, in these lamentable circumstances,
At the Cape there is a variety of the tried to shoot the leopard through the leopard more slender in the body, and head, but unfortunately missed his aim. differing from that in North Africa and On this the leopard abandoned his prosSyria in the forms of the spots. This trate victim, and pounced on his second species preys chiefly on such of the antagonist with such rapidity, that before antelopes as he can master, on baboons, the Boor could draw his knife, the savage and the curious pachyderm, or das, & beast had struck him on the face with his species of the same genus as the coney of claws, and, for the time, effectually blinded Scripture. It is not uncommon in the him. Notwithstanding this the hunter Cape Colony, and very frequently puts grappled with the leopard, and, while the farmer on the alert at night, who struggling, they both fell down a steep knows, by the low, half-smothered growl bank. The man who was first attacked, in the neighbourhood of his outhouses, hastily reloaded his gun, and rushed that this elegant spotted savage is near forward to save his friend. The leopard, him, and looks for an opportunity of however, had seized his second victim by pouncing on his sheep. Thomas Pringle, the throat, and mangled him in such a in his “ Narrative of a Re ce in manner that death was inevitable; and South Africa," mentions his having fre- the comrade, although himself severely quently heard the leopard's voice on wounded, had only the melancholy satissuch occasions. Major Denham relates faction of killing the ferocious cat, which that the panthers of Mandara, in Central was already nearly exhausted with the Africa, are as insidious as they are cruel. loss of blood from the wounds he had They have been known to watch a child received.
DEATH IN SLEEP. *
guns," as they say; and many expected You must all have heard of that sudden
every moment that the enormous pile of and awful calamity which lately filled building, eighty feet high, would topple Edinburgh with gloom, and which was over, and bury in death those who were God's voice speaking in a striking way attempting to rescue any who might still to the whole community. “ The lion
be living; and there was little hope of hath roared, who will not fear?” When, life now, since all were found dead who bending his shaggy neck, with his mouth had been dug out after six o'clock in laid close to the ground, and eyes on fire, the morning, and it was now past four in the king of the forest gives forth his roar; the afternoon. How touching and imthat voice, as it rolls along the ground, pressive was the scene before me! It and reverberates from the mountains, is was an awful thing to see, in the fading followed by the deepest silence. All
light of day, and on the walls, four, five, other creatures are struck dumb with six stories high, the dresses hanging terror, and such is the stillness, that a which had been thrown off by the inwithered leaf might be heard dropping habitants before they retired to rest; and from a tree. Now, when God speaketh, the building sunk, that carried men, -and never spake He to my ear in pro- women, and children--sleeping, waking, vidence as He has spoken now,—who sinning, praying, however they were enshould not attend, and fear, and learn the gaged-down into one
grave, in an solemn lesgon?
instant of time. In consequence of the We were all surprised and shocked, on floors giving way, and carrying the doors going into church on Sabbath morning, with them, the wardrobes stood exposed to be told that a house had fallen, between on the walls; and it was a horrid thing John Knox's house and the North Bridge, to look up there and see three or four on the north side of the High-street; and gowns shaking, and moving, and waving that a number of people were killed : ghastly-like in the wind of night, and buried in the ruins. I could not go then, think that, right down below, those that but I went at the close of the service in had put them off some hours before, in the afternoon; and here was that spacious, perfect health, were now lying, begrimed, lofty, noble street, crowded with people, and mangled, and blackened corpses. I thick as swarming bees. Knowing some of was struck with a staff that was hanging the officers of police, I got through the high up on the rent wall, and which its dense throng on to the pavement opposite owner had hung there, little thinking where this house had been, and there saw that that staff was never to be in his a most frightful and shocking spectacle. hands again! It appeared to me to say The whole front wall had fallen, leaving that life's journey was ended, and that the the east and west gables standing, and pilgrim had laid by his staff. Would to the north wall. The workmen had God we knew that that man's pilgrimage already dug out some twelve or fourteen had ended in the rest that remaineth for dead bodies, and it was not considered the people of God! Looking-glasses, safe for them to work any longer. They where woman had admired her beauty had begun at two o'clock in the morning, and attired herself, hung here and there and now it was four o'clock in the after- on the shattered walls, flickering in the noon, and they were afraid to work
evening twilight. Two dumb clocks, longer: first, because darkness was coming still fixed on the ruins, about sixty feet on; and second, because the storm was high, told the hour the catastrophe had rising. The wind was soon blowing “ great happened. They seemed emblems of their
owners, who lay below, and in whom • The Substance of a Speech delivered by death had stopped life's pendulum. The Thomas Guthrie, D.D., at Cupar-Angus, two days finger of one pointed to half-past, that of after the calamity to which it refers had taken place.
the other to five-and-twenty minutes past,
one; the fatal moment when the crash dying moments, may have prayed for came, and the mighty mass, seven stories the .mercy she needed; and He, who high, sunk to the ground as if it had denied it not to the dying thief, may been rocked by an earthquake.
have heard her cry. Another, ere she Next day, as early as possible, I re- was swallowed up, had forecast what was turned to the scene of the calamity. It to happen. I have seen countenances of was a hideous spectacle. The three walls, the damned in paintings intended to rethough rent and shaken to their founda- present the horrors of hell; but her face, tions, and severely tried by the storm in its expression more terrible than these, that roared and raved all Sunday night, I shall never forget. She seemed to have were still standing. The clothes of the waked from sleep to see the gulf on which dead still hung on them; bright tinned she stood, and that in another moment vessels were glancing in the light; she would be in eternity. The eyes, the children's playthings were there; cup- mouth, the whole face had assumed an boards, with the crockery-ware neatly expression of unutterable horror; and arranged, stood gaping open; kettles sat when that horror was on her, death inon cold grates, where the fires continued stantaneous fixed the features; forming to burn for hours after the hands that a ghastly spectacle! There was a wife kindled them were cold and stiff in death; lying beside her husband, a powerfully and, besides these, there were many other built man, in full flesh and form, a perfect indications showing that the people, athlete in appearance,
There he lay as as shall be at the Lord's coming, and like if he still slumbered, and might have sat those before the flood-never dreamed of up to ask what all this was about. Ho the calamity, and had made all the ar- had no mark of pain or any suffering on rangements for “to-morrow.” Having his face; and stretched beside him-as seen the building, I was asked to go and they had lain living and lain loving, in see the bodies ; and went, not to gratify one couch together-was his poor, cold, a vulgar curiosity, but for the sake of its dead wife; and so sudden had been her salutary impressions. I have seen many death, that she yet lay with her arm dead, -I have seen no fewer than forty bent, and her hand resting on her cheek. dead bodies laid out in a dissecting She had died without time to utter a cry, room, and a very shocking sight it was, stir a limb, or move a finger. Happy but then they had each died a "fair strae for her, I thought, if these poor limbs death ;" with forms wasted, their faces had bent that night at the throne of pale, and their features pinched, they bore grace, if these mute lips had poured the usual marks of death upon them. forth earnest prayers for mercy! It was But of all the sights I ever saw, the an affecting, and likewise a very instrucmost ghastly and most affecting was tive, sight. I have heard many a sermon those twenty corpses in the Police-Office, on death, but never one so solemn as that laid out on the floor in their night-dresses : which came from the dumb and livid lips two children in each other's arms; hus- of the corpses round me. It seemed as band and wife laid side by side; the dead if the very voice of God was saying, “ Be babe resting on a dead mother's bosom; ye also ready!”
“ Make your calling old age and infancy; youth and manhood and election sure!" "Now is the acin its prime,--all stiff and cold. These, cepted time, and now is the day of dug out of the ruins of their homes, --some salvation !” of them ten, twelve, or fourteen feet below You think, no doubt, you will rise tothat mass of rubbish,-bore evidence
There are those I now address that death in not a few instances was the who have their work planned for work of a moment. Some, with a few another day ; they have this place to moments for prayer, had been suffocated. go to, and that person to see. They are There was one woman whose face bore
calculating on the morrow. Nevertheless all the evidence of a slow and very pain- I would betray my trust, and be false to ful death; but the sight, although horrible your souls, if I were to leave the place to behold, was accompanied by this con- in which I am standing without resolation, that that poor sufferer, in her minding you that you may never see