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In what direction does the stem grow?
What most pleases you in the flower ?
Is not its odour very fragrant ?

In what situation do we usually find the lily? [This kind of lily is found chiefly in moist woods, and on heaths-in the valley, or in low places.]

What reflections may we make on the lily of the valley ?

It may bring to our mind the grace of humility: it is beautiful, it yields a fragrant odour, but it grows in retired spots; it does not thrive on the mountain, it is the product of the valley: its flowers droop like the christian mourner.We may think of the Christian in retirement : in holy seclusion, in converse with God, he inhales the divine inspiration-around him he diffuses a sacred perfume.

Look again at the Lily--you admire it :-who gave it its white tints and clothed it with beauty? Whence does it derive its fragrance?

And if you have any advantages of body or mind, to whom do you owe them?

Who has taught us to draw instruction from the lily?

What instruction? Read Matt vi. 28, 29.' Ought you then to desire fine clothing?

Do you suppose your clothing would ever equal the magnificence of Solomon's ?

Yet Jesus says, that “even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed" like the lily.-How poor

is every thing man can form, compared with what is formed by the hand of God!

And is it not wrong to be vain of our clothing?

Remember that man in his state of innocence, did not want raiment; our clothing is a consequence of sin: if then, you are vain of your clothing, of what are you vain ?

And is it not wrong to be unduly concerned about clothing ?

Does not God know that we need it?
What precept has He given, Matt. vi. 31-33 ?
And what is the annexed promise ?

Observe the promise is given to those who seek first the kingdom and righteousness of God.* Those who make God their portion, will find the supply of every real want.

* A farther spiritual truth may be gathered from what our Lord says about the lilies--we may think of spiritual raiment. Should we be tempted by “ anxious thought” and strong de. sires, to clothe ourselves with virtues, let us remember that the humblest soul adorned by God, far excels the wisest and greatest person who is self-adorned. We may draw another inference from the passage : as, while we are to use the appointed means of obtaining food and raiment, we are not to be anxious, but trust in the fatherly care of God to supply themneither are we to be anxious and perplexed about spiritual food and raiment, or think to supply ourselves by a selfrighteous activity.--While we use the appointed means of sancó tification, we are to trust wholly in the ability and readiness of Christ to clothe and beautify us with righteousness.


What is this? On what did it grow?

You know the rose from other flowers, tell me some particulars in which it differs from them.

What is the colour of this rose :-are there roses of


other colour ?
Does the colour appear beautiful to you?

By which of your senses do you perceive the colour?—But what perceives it ?—What receives pleasure from it? [The mind perceives it, and receives pleasure from it, through the sense of sight.]

Is the number of flower-leaves comparatively small or large ? · Is it easy to you to count them?

Is there any difference in their size?

Where are the largest situated? Where are the smallest ?

Who has so beautifully arranged these leaves ?
Are they of the same colour throughout ?
Where are the shades darkest ?

Where are they lightest?

What do you perceive in the middle of the rose ?

Is the number of these parts the same in every flower ?

Hold one of the rose-leaves to the light: what do you observe ?

• Is it not varied with streaks ? What are they? Of what use?

To what is the flower affixed ? Has it not a sort of cup? And what more ?

Of what colour are the leaves of the cup?
What is beneath the cup ?
What supports the stalk?
What supports the branches ?
What supports the stem ?

Is the stalk smooth? What do you observe upon

it? And of what use are the thorns? In what season does the rose bloom? Would it have bloomed, if the root had been plucked from the ground ?-What reflection may we make upon this?

Does the plant produce all its roses at the same time? Who ordains the time of each rose ?

What was the rose once? In what state are the leaves of the flower before they expand ?

And whence did the rose-bud proceed ?

What causes the leaves of the flower to expand?

What is the means of producing their beautiful colour?

Are not the colours of the primrose and the violet, the tulip and the marigold, derived from the same sun ?

How are the rays of the sun made productive of such effects ?

Whose hand has wrought the varied texture of each flower, and painted on them with His pure light such countless tints ?

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We spoke of the pleasure we receive from the rose, through the sense of sight: do we receive pleasure by means of any other sense?

Can you distinguish the smell of the rose from that of any other flower ? Can you

describe the smell of a rose ? You say it is sweet; is not the smell of the pink likewise sweet? And the violet? And the jasmine?

Yet have not each of these flowers a different smell?

Can you find any word by which you may so express the smell of a rose as distinct from that of other flowers, that you may convey the idea to another, without naming the rosę.?

We call many flowers sweet, but there is no definite word which signifies the agreeable smell of one flower, as distinct from that of another. You will by degrees perceive that language is incapable of expressing all our ideas.

Might the rose be represented? By what means ?

But could you represent its smell? Or could you give life to your representation of the

rose ?

Is this rose beautiful? Will its beauty continue ?

It may generally be observed, that the more beautiful a flower is, the sooner it fades.

If it had remained upon the tree, would it have withered so soon ?

But would it not have withered at last, or would not its leaves have fallen off?

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