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But ah! when nature is no more,
Or with what new-born powers explore
I know not, and I ne'er shall know,
And with him live and reign.
There, there, where death shall ne'er destroy,
CATTLE HUNTING.-The muster of a large herd of cattle is a very stirring business, and may be described as a scene characteristic of "the bush" of Australia. Preparations are made for a day or two previously, and word sent to the adjoining cattle stations, as it is customary for neighbours to assist each other; and at such a time as this there can scarcely be too much help, the most indifferent performer on horseback serving at least to "stop a gap." Operations commence at an early hour, as soon as the sun has acquired sufficient power to draw the cattle from the forest towards the water. The horsemen separate into parties of two or three together, and skirt the boundaries of the pasture, driving down the cattle in every direction towards the "rendezvous" by crack stockwhip," an implement of peculiar construction, the handle being little more than a foot in length, while the thong, which is made of plaited hide, varies from twelve to seventeen feet: it is only used in New South Wales, and, when cracked, makes a report which may be heard at a very considerable distance, while its powers of flagellation are formidable even to a wild bullock. The cattle, thus roused, make off towards the low grounds, where they are met by other horsemen, whose business it is to keep them together upon the rendezvous until the whole party are re-assembled; and then, after a few minutes, breathing time, they again start off for the enclosures. The labour now begins in earnest, for cattle seem to have some instinctive anticipation of what is in store for them; and when they are inclined to be refractory, nothing but the most persevering exertions will drive them to their place of destination. As they proceed, the scene becomes more and more animated. From the main body of the herd, dimly seen through a dense cloud of dust, a succession of furious animals break off on all sides, some making back towards the "rendezvous," others to their old haunts in the forest: these are instantly pursued, and hunted back by the stock-men, who inay be seen belabouring them with their long whips in every direction, until, driven to desperation by over-driving and the severe discipline of the lash, they frequently turn the tables, and be
come themselves the pursuers. The air, meanwhile,
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TABOR is a conical mountain in Palestine, situated not far from Kadesh, in the tribe of Zebulun, and on the confines of those of Issachar and Nephtali. It rises in the midst of an extensive plain country, called the plain of Esdraelon, at about two hours' distance from Nazareth.
Mr. Maundrell, speaking of Mount Tabor, says: "After a very laborious ascent, which occupied us near an hour, we reached the highest part of the mountain. It has a plain area at top, most fertile and delicious, of an oval figure, extending about one furlong in breadth and two in length, This area is enclosed with trees on
all sides, except towards the south, and contains several cisterns of good water." According to Dr. Richardson, there are on the eastern side masses of ruins, seemingly the vestiges of churches, grottoes, and strong walls; all decidedly of some antiquity, and a few appearing to be the works of a very remote age.
The prospects from this mountain are singularly delightful and extensive. On the northwest you discern at a distance the Mediterranean Sea; and all around you have the plains of Esdraelon and Galilee, which present you with a view of so many places memorable for the resort and for the miracles of the Son of God. At the foot of the mountain westward stands Daberah, a
small village, supposed to have derived its name from Deborah, the famous judge and deliverer of Israel. Near this valley is the brook Kishon. Not many leagues distant eastward, Mount Hermon rises to view, at the foot of which is seated the city of Nain, memorable as the place where Jesus raised to life the widow's son (Luke vii. 14); and also Endor, where Saul, the first king of the Israelites, consulted the witch. Turning a little southward you have in view the mountains of Gilboa, fatal to Saul and his sons. Due east you discover the sea of Tiberias, at the distance of about a day's journey; and close by the sea they show a mountain down which the swine ran and perished in the waters (Matt. viii. 32).
On the eastern side of Tabor there is a small height, which by ancient tradition is supposed to have been the scene of our Lord's transfiguration (Matt. xvii. 1-8; Mark ix. 2-9). No place, indeed, is the the ments, therefore, for Tabor's being the particular mountain cannot be regarded as conclusive; but there is no improbability in the supposition. During the greater part of the summer Tabor is covered in the morning with thick clouds, which disperse towards mid-day.
THE PRAYER OF DANIEL:
BY THE REV. HENRY S. RICHMOND, M.A.,
Chaplain to the Bath Union.
DANIEL vi. 10, 11. "Now, when Daniel knew that the writing was
signed, he went into his house; and, his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found
Daniel praying and making supplication before his God."
GOD, in his holy word, has instructed us "in divers manners." One manner is by doctrine: another is by precepts; and another is by examples-by setting before us brief histories and characters of saints to whom the holy truths and the holy precepts of God were precious; who kept them in their hearts, and set them forth in their lives. In the New Testament our great example is the Lord Jesus; the all-perfect man; the divine, yet human, pattern, who "loved righteousness and hated iniquity;" in whose heart was the whole law of God, and in whose life it was all fulfilled. To this example of perfectness, the contemplation of God's people was, by anticipation, called, even in the Old Testament, before the actual incarnation of the Son of God: "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth!" But, besides this pattern of perfect holiness which all his servants do behold,
and love, and follow, but which in the present life none can attain to, God has instructed and guided us by inferior examples, by instances of righteousness and degrees of actual holiness to which sinful men have, through his effectual grace, attained, and of which we should not be satisfied to come short.
In the epistle to the Hebrews the apostle has set before us, by name, an array of elders of whom the world," in which they lived, and suffered, and did God's will, "was not worthy;" of men who by faith obtained a good report, and pleased God, and, being dead, yet speak to us. In that list of examples, Daniel is not mentioned expressly; but we have an allusion to him there as a prophet" who through faith..stopped the mouths of lions" (Heb. xi. 33); and of his name distinguished mention is made by God in another place (Ezek. xiv. 13-20), where it is declared that, if any three men together could have availed to "deliver, by their righte ousness," a guilty land from judgments and desolation, those three would have been Noah, Daniel, and Job. We may say, therefore, that the example of Daniel, above that of almost all other of the ancient saints, is set before us for notice and imitation. Sins and follies into which they fell, we read of in the history of most of the other saints. These are recorded, not for our imitation, and not to make us think lightly of sin, but for our warning, that in these respects we may not do as they did; may be reminded of their frailty, and of our danger; and may the more earnestly watch and pray lest we enter into like temptation and fall into like transgression. Such sins of God's eminent servants are also graciously recorded for the encouragement of every penitent and mourning sinner, that in them he may see "patterns of mercy," as well as examples of righteousness. Noah, the "preacher of righteousness," fell into fleshly sin. Job, the "perfect man," rebelled in spirit and in speech against the rod of affliction with which the Lord visited him. Abraham," the father of the faithful,” told a lie. "Just Lot, whose righteous soul was vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked," was himself overtaken in filthy sin. "Moses, the man of God," "spake unadvisidly with his lips." David, the "man after God's own heart," fell from the path of righteousness into awful sin. Jeremiah, to whom the Lord had even said, "Before thou camest out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee to be a prophet unto the nations," in a fit of foolish and sinful impatience cursed the day wherein he was born 'to see labour and sorrow" in the blessed
service he fulfilled. But we read of no fault,
in the highest degree in which morality and virtue have ever been displayed by men, but he was a man of spiritual godliness. And very wide is the difference, much wider and deeper than many think, between moral virtue and true living godliness. Daniel, without the spiritual grace of God, might have been an amiable, benevolent, and upright man, faithful and valuable to his masters, the kings of Babylon; but, without God's special grace, Daniel could not have been what Daniel was, any more than Paul would have been what he became by grace. There was spiritual life in his soul: there was a fervent love of God, and of holiness for God's sake, in his heart. He set the Lord always before him; and whatsoever he did, he did it to the glory of God. And, although it is probable that he was, naturally, of amiable, honest, and upright disposition, it was not by nature that he did that.
Are we, then, to think that Daniel was a sinless man towards God? Most surely not. "There is none righteous; no, not one;" and, tried by the law of God, Daniel was not My brethren, this is a truth which, as righteous, and could not have been justified" preachers of righteousness," we have the by his works. Assuredly, confession of sin greatest occasion to set forth in the plainest entered into his daily prayers; and he found, and strongest manner, that, without the reas he searched his own heart, reason to cry, generating, sanctifying, and saving grace of "God be merciful to me a sinner.' Sinless God, you may be amiable in your disposition perfection is on earth the desire and the aim and conduct, respected, and honoured as of all saints, but not the attainment of any. useful members of society, dear, and justly The souls of the regenerate hunger and thirst dear, to your neighbours, to those who enjoy after it now, while burdened with bondage of your friendship, or to those who receive your corruption; and, what they so hunger and aid (all this, with or without the form of relifollow after here, they shall be "satisfied" gion), but that you cannot, because you are with in the life to come. For that glorious such, conclude that the life of God is in your state of perfected holiness Daniel was looking souls. Before you can be sure of this, you and waiting. To him bright visions of it must examine and search yourselves inwere vouchsafed, even such as were given in wardly; you must bring the touchstone to after times to St. John. He foresaw the re- your hearts; you must try the principles surrection of the saints in the likeness of which dwell, and the motives that are acting Christ, when (said he, by the Spirit of pro- there; and see that they are more than natuphecy)" of them that sleep in the dust of ral and earthly, that they are indeed the earth, many shall awake; some to everlasting fruits of the Spirit, the principles of faith, life....And they that be wise shall shine as and the motives of love towards God. You the brightness of the firmament, and they must know what Jesus meant by those words that turn many to righteousness as the stars of his, "Without me ye can do nothing;" for ever and ever" (xii. 2, 3); and to him it and you must see that, under the deep and was said expressly: "Go thy way, Daniel; humbling conviction of this truth, you are for the words are closed up and sealed till the seeking from Christ that needful strength time of the end. Many shall be purified, and by which all things may be done (Phil. iv. made white, and tried.... But go thou thy 13). You must " come to the light," and try way till the end be; for thou shalt rest, and your deeds by that, that "it may be made stand in thy lot at the end of the days" (xii. manifest that they are wrought in God" 9-13). This was a prediction of the resur- (John iii. 21). Otherwise, there will be no rection of the body to eternal life, and of life in your virtue, no charity in your beneholiness perfected in soul and body united; ficence (1 Cor. xiii. 3), no power in your and that Daniel should attain to that bles-form of godliness: your best works will be sedness.
When we contemplate the character of Daniel, one thing to be remembered is, that by the grace of God he was what he was. He was not only a moral and virtuous man,
but dead works: all will be deceitful, like glittering metal and stones, which the unpractised eye looks on as precious gold and jewels; and like fruit which on the outside seems fair and good, but when opened is
found rotten at the core; and like pleasant | pictures of living things, which only the imagination of admiring beholders inspires with the breath of life.
It was the grace of God, whether with or without natural courage, which made Daniel resist and overcome in the way in which he did; not on carnal principles, not through merely natural feelings and natural strength of mind, but through faith and love towards his God. It was this which made danger a trifle, which made suffering welcome, and which took away the sting from death. Therefore nothing could move him from his consistency and perseverance in the confession of his faith. But,
earthly enemy, have been such as Satan by all his agents could not daunt. They have not feared to face and resist him in his fiercest attacks, when the weapons of their warfare The chief points which we see in the reli- have been only spiritual, and his have been gious character and conduct of Daniel, and not only spiritual, but carnal-such as fire in which he is a pattern to us, are his cou- and sword. Cowards by nature, they have rage and consistency. He illustrates the become through grace bold confessors of the meaning of those words of scripture, "the faith, and patient martyrs of God. They rightcous is bold as a lion." He had no would have made poor soldiers in a worldly hesitation as to how he should act when his army, with bodily weapons of attack or dechoice lay between suffering and danger on fence; but they have been resolute followers the one hand, and idolatry and sin on the of him "who before Pontius Pilate witother. See in him the wide difference be-nessed a good confession," good soldiers of tween godly fear, and natural cowardice or Jesus Christ. terror. Godly fear was the very thing which made Daniel brave and fearless. The true fear of God--that fear which his children have and cherish in their hearts, and which is so unlike the dread of God which his enemies have is another name for the love of God. This fear, this love, dismissed all other fear from Daniel's soul. He did not fear Darius, nor the bitter enemies who sought to kill his body, nor the lions' den. Strong in faith, he knew that the God of all power, whom he served, could preserve him from the devouring beasts, if he pleased; and, if God should" not please to do this, still he had no fear of them who after they had killed his body had no more that they could do. He was willing, for righteousness' sake, to be torn in pieces of lions; but he was not wil-mined to show that a servant of God was not ling, for the saving of his life, to commit one deliberate sin. In this he was of the same heart and mind as those other blessed men, the friends and companions of his youth, with whom in the land of captivity and idolatry he took sweet counsel concerning the things of God-Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; who "answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known to thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." We do not know that Daniel was naturally a courageous man. He may have been; and if so, his natural character combined with his fear and love of God in making him dauntless of the lion's den. But without that, the grace of God was for him sufficient, that "strength which is perfected in weak
Many of the saints of God who have been naturally timid men, inclined to shrink from all danger and suffering, and who would have trembled in an earthly cause, before an
when he knew that the writing was signed, when worldly wisdom would have suggested another course-a concealment, at least, of his private prayers-he disdained all compromise with danger and idolatry: he deter
to be turned from the way of righteousnes
Surely, if there is one situation more than another in which it is difficult to hold peaceful communion with God, to worship him in spirit and in truth, to pray with the heart fixed, and the mind withdrawn from surrounding distracting circumstances, it is where we know and feel ourselves to be