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Of what may this remind you?
Must not earthly beauty fade and die ?
How then should you value it?

When you see the rose, should you rest satisfied with admiring its coloar, and enjoying its smell ?

Should you not think of Him who gave it its colours and perfume ?

And if, in this fallen world, there are such beautiful objects, from which God permits you to receive gratification through your outward senses, how high must be the gratification He has prepared for the inward senses of the regenerate in a future state !

You receive pleasure from beholding the colour of the rose-you receive pleasure from its smell ; what is the reason that your soul does not receive pleasure from heavenly things?

It is because your spiritual senses are not exercised upon their proper objects ; perhaps they are not even in a state to be exercised upon them :-if you were to shut your eyes, could you receive pleasure from the colour of the rose ?

And if you shut your inward eyes, if you close your spiritual perception, against heavenly, eternal objects, how can you perceive, how can you enjoy them?

We have spoken of the elements which nourish the different flowers; let your mind enter into reflection upon that Power which causes the

same material elements to produce in the innumerable species of vegetables every variety of form, of colour, of fragrance :-they all spring from the same earth, yet every single plant has its peculiar properties.

Why have we, besides the necessary and useful plants, such a profusion of beauty and sweetness ?- The Divine Love changeth not: as though eager to repeal the curse of barrenness, it has spread the tokens of its munificence over the whole earth.

To the reflecting Christian, the unconscious flowers present instructive emblems :-images of peace, beauty, innocence, purity-walking amongst them as though God were near, he tastes something of that sacred presence which man first enjoyed—beholding them as pledges of the Divine favour, he anticipates the unsearchable riches of Paradise restored,



The Instructor will find means of giving many interesting lessons during a walk. The faculties of his pupils may be exercised in a lively manner, upon the objects around him. The varied appearances of the clouds, of light and shade in the landscape; the meadow and the field; springs and rivers ;--gradations in the animal creation-the labours of the bee—the migration of birds-trees and flowers, all the objects we behold—may be the subjects of improving conversation; bodily exercise, animating recreation may be combined with intellectual instruction. In the spangle of the dew-drop beneath our feet, we have an exhibition of the refraction of light, producing the same appearance of seven-fold colour as in the rainbow, and the prism.

Children may be taught to observe form by comparing the appearances of various stones and pebbles; by means of the diversified leaves of plants; by the curves and inclinations of branches of trees, the outline of hills and mountains. They should be led to notice the lengthened shadows of the evening, all the appearances of nature as they successively present themselves. They may be taught the difference between the appearances of form, and its reality; the former presenting to the eye natural perspective. Let the pupils first be taught to observe the elements of form in different objects of creation; the point and the line appear every where, in multiplied combinations; the perpendicular line may be exhibited to them in the stem of the fir-tree; the slanting in different branches ; the horizontal line in a sheet of water, or in the level of the plain; the curved line in the concave of the sky, and arch of the rainbow. They may be shewn the combinations of these regular forms, and the variations from them, in the directions of the branches of trees the appearance of the branches interlacing each other will present to them a pleasing picture. A wood affords excellent opportunity for yaried instruction; the visible qualities, the time of growth, the naines, the uses of the different trees may be the subjects of many conversations.

A comparison of the qualities, &c. of the trees may afterwards be made-in examining their different leaves we shall be often struck with admiration, and the time will appear too short for the field which is opened to us.

Lessons on Number might also be given in an interesting manner; children may be led to notice the many trees, the many branches on each tree, the many twigs on each branch, at each step, the numbers being multiplied several times—that the leaves are still more numerouş. The mind is thus gradually opened to the conception of number, and this is of considerable advantage, both in an intellectual and moral point of view.

The faculties become enlarged, and are prepared to take more extensive views of the immensity of God, as manifested in His works. If, for instance, we tell the child, that the earth is so many millions of miles from the sun, will it not have a more just idea of the wonderful fact, from its mind having been previously opened to some view of number? And will it not, from this conception, be led to see more of the wisdom and power of God ?

Neither let us despise the means of instruction as trifling ; surely nothing that God has made is to be accounted too sunall for man to notice; and even in the mode of exercising our intellectual powers, is it not happy to be simple and humble as little children? We may also be allowed to repeat, that the faculty, when once awakened, may be applied to any object, from the simplest to the highest.-Children may often be exercised in number by means of plants. Take, for instance, one of those called umbelli. ferous; let them count the number of umbels on the plant ; then the number of spokes in each of the umbels ; next the number of the umbellules; the number of little spokes in each of the umbellules, &c; the pupil may thus, in an easy and amusing manner, be exercised not only in addition, but in subtraction and multiplication, and occasionally in division. His powers of attention and observation will be use

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