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THE BIRDS AND THE

a robin redbreast, happening to PRIMROSE.

fly that way, was appealed to as arbitrator in the dispute. When they had made their statements,

he spoke : WO birds, "My friends," said he, "I slept hereto- under the primrose last night, fore good and its flower was white at first,

friends, but pink this morning. Its were gossiping blossom lasts but a few hours, about their and changes colour as it dies." haunts, and the He who thinks himself always flowers they had right is often quite wrong. The

little birds apologized to each "Ah!” said one, “I saw last other, became good friends evening such a beautiful white again, and agreed not to be too primrose near the woodbine we positive in the future. have so often visited together.”

“Yes,” said the other, “beautiful indeed, but you are mis

TRUST IN CHRIST. taken in the colour. I think you said white. I saw it this

HAT do you do withmorning, and it was a most

out a mother to tell delicate pink."

all your

troubles “Indeed,” said the first, his to ?” asked a child who had a ruby throat glistening, and his mother of one who had not. black eyes sparkling as he

“Mother told me who to go jerked out the angry words— to before she died,” answered

'Indeed, I am not so blind as the little orphan. “I go to the to make an

error in colour! Lord Jesus; Hewas my mother's The flower was white."

Friend, and He is mine.” And I suppose," said the • Jesus Christ is up in the other, none but you can tell sky; He is a long way off, and colours ! I know what I say to has a great many things to be the truth. The flower was a attend to in heaven. It is not delicate pink this very morning.” likely He can stop to mind

From words they had nearly you." come to a downright fight, when “I do not know anything

VOL. XIV. SECOND SERIES.—March, 1874.

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about that,” returned the Ah! how shall I, orphan; “ all I know is that He With eyes impure, my King's persays He will, and that's quite

fection view, enough for me."

Or bear the moment when His

piercing eye

Shall read me through?

“ GOD IS LIGHT."

His name is Light!
ND shall my eye

No darkness enters in His home
Behold the King of hea-

above; ven in beauty crown'd, But ah! a sweeter title meets my Dispensing beams of glorious

sight,

His name is Love!
majesty

On saints around ?
I oft have seen

My fears, away!

My Jesus will prepare my feetle The myriad rosy hues of opening

sight, day, And droop'd my eyes before the

That I may bear the full celestial

day,
dazzling sheen
Of noontide's ray.

Where He is Light!
I've watch'd entranced
A thousand stars diffuse their sil.
very light,

SNOW-CRYSTALS AND While o'er the sea the fitful moon.

HAIL-STONES.
beams danced
The livelong night.

Out of the bosom of the air,

Out of the cloud-folds of her But all that's fair

garments shaken, Paleth beside that Form of light Over the woodlands brown and bare, divine;

Over the harvest-fields forsaken, And all superpal glories richly Silent, and soft, and slow there

Descends the snow.
Assembled shine.
Immortal grace

( NOW is formed by the Sits on the Brow that wore the

freezing of vapour, when thorny crown;

the temperature of the Before the peerless beauty of that atmosphere sinks below a certain Face

degree of cold. A cloud of TaAll heaven bows down.

pours is first formed into drops ;

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these drops immediately begin to shape alight on the earth. Upon fall; but, meeting with freezing examining the flakes closely, air as they fall, each is formed they are found to be chiefly into an icicle, shooting itself out composed of stars of six points, into several points. Continuing though these are intermixed their descent, the tiny icicles with various other irregular pass through some streams of figures, which for the most part warmer air; or, being contin- are fragments of the regular ually wafted to and fro, and

Others seem to be colthus coming into frequent con- lected together, and then frozen tact with each other, are a little again into irregular clusters ; thawed. In their further pro- so that the mantle of snow that gress downwards, they become dazzles the eye on

a winter entangled, or form themselves rning is a mass of icicles of into clusters or flakes, and in this an endless variety of forms.

ones.

uses.

Nothing can be more beautiful

When it is gathered than many of the snow-crystals together in lofty parts of the when looked at through a mi- earth, it serves to feed, by its croscope. The Woodcut repre- gradual melting, streams of sents drawings of some that running water; and in some were observed by Dr. Netlis, of countries it tempers the burnMiddleburg, more than a hun- ing heats of summer, by cooling dred years ago; and of others the breezes which pass over it. that were first described by In very cold climates, on the Dr. Scoresby, the well-known contrary, it serves as a defence navigator of the Polar regions. against the rigours of winter, The latter gentleman collected by the protection which it no less than ninety-six varieties affords to vegetation against of snow as the result of his own frost, and the shelter which it observations.

gives to animals, which bury Like ice, snow would be themselves under it. Even in transparent but for the air

more temperate regions, plants which it contains. The regular and shrubs suffer in a winter in crystals, such as are shown on which little or no snow falls. the foregoing page, are formed For want of their usual snowy only when the air is calm, and covering, Alpine plants have the cold intense, and are not sometimes perished in the found, therefore, in temperate comparatively mild climate of climates. Snow has been seen, England. in regions about the Pole, of As we ascend through the red, orange, and salmon colour. air, the temperature gradually This occurs both on the fixed becomes less, until we arrive and floating ice; and seems, at a region of perpetual snow. in some cases, to result from The height at which the snouvegetable, and in others from line, as it is called, is reached animal matter, in the water of is different in different countries. the sea, and deposited upon the On the northern side of the ice around. Snow-storms some- Himalaya mountains, in Asia, times present a luminous ap- it is about seventeen thoupearance, covering all objects sand feet; on Chimborazo, in with a sheet of fire,-an effect South America, it is fifteen due, probably, to electricity. thousand; on the

Alps it is Snow has many valuable nearly nine thousand; and on

the Pyrenées eight thousand balls were from one to fifteen eight hundred and sixty. As inches round, and were also we go from the equator to the formed by rolling; though some poles, the elevation at which were seen in enclosures into snow always exists is of which they could not haverolled, course less. At North Cape, and therefore are supposed to the extreme northerly point of have been formed in the atmoEurope, it is two thousand four sphere itself. They were very hundred and forty feet.

light, and were made up of In North America, snow has crystals irregularly united. sometimes been found rolled Similar balls have been observed into the form of cylinders and in Scotland ; and one person balls. The cylinders were pro- states that they were composed duced by the snow deposited in a only of snow; for one of them, second shower upon some which being cut through by him, was had before fallen, and the sur- found to have no hard body fo face of which had been overed its nucleus or centre. with a thin coating of ice. A Hail

appears

to be a kind of violent wind then caused the snow, or snowy rain, which particles of snow to roll on has undergone several freezings the ice, and the masses thus and partial meltings, in its produced assumed perfectly passage through different porcylindrical forms of various tions of the atmosphere, some sizes, the greatest being about temperate and others very cold. three feet in diameter; they Its formation is not as yet were hollow at each end. The clearly understood, but it seems

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to be connected with electricity, structure and form of hailsince a hail-storm is very fre- stones are various. The rightquently preceded or accompanied hand figure in the Cut repreby thunder and lightning. The sents one that fell at Bonn, in

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