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deal at a time, and generally fills himself for two or three days to come. (Psalm xvii. 12. Hosea xiii. 8. Nahum ii. 11, 12.) Buffon, following Pliny, Eustathius, and other naturalists, inform us, that while young and active, the lion subsists by hunting, and seldom quits the desert or the forest, where he finds plenty of wild animals; but when he grows old, heavy, and less fit for the exercise of hunting, he approaches frequented places, and becomes more dangerous to man and the domestic animals. It has, indeed, been remarked, that when he sees men and animals together, he attacks the latter, and never the former, unless any man strike him; for in this case he is wonderfully alert in distinguishing the person who hurts him, and he instantly quits his prey to take vengeance on the offender.
The lion, like most other animals of the cat kind, is kept off by large fires, which the inhabitants of Africa, where he is chiefly found, light during the night to preserve their flocks and herds. But these, even added to the barking of the dogs, and the continued shoutings of the shepherds, are sometimes found insufficient to deter his approach. He has been known to outbrave all the dangers which could be presented to him under such circumstances, and boldly leaping into the midst of the fold, to carry off a sheep or a goat. How beautifully does the prophet allude to this—(Isaiah xxxi. 4.)
The lion is made a symbol of our exalted Redeemer. He was a lamb in his sufferings and death, but he became “ the Lion of the tribe of Judah” when he burst asunder the bands of death, forced open the grave's devouring mouth, and returned to his Father a triumphantconqueror over all the powers of darkness. He is clothed with glorious majesty, and girt about with invincible might.
No enemy can disturb the tranquillity of his fearless heart, por interrupt the progress of his operations; no movement of providence, but he is qualified to guide ; nd work of judgement or mercy, but he is able to perform. “He speaks, and it is done ; he commands and it stands fast-none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou ?» In the rapid diffusion of the gospel and the conversion of many nations to the Christian faith, which commenced in a few days after his ascension, were fulfilled the words of Joel: “ The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem ; and the
ens and the earth shall shake, and the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” (Joel iii. 16.)
THE OLD NEGRO & THE LION.
CHILDREN, you know that lions and tigers, and such wild creatures, live far off in the great woods. Men sometimes go after them, and when they find young lions, or young tigers, not much bigger than cats, they catch them, and shut them up in a cage made of iron wire, and when they are grown up, they carry
them round in carts to show them. Well, a number of years ago, a large red lion, with long hair on his neck, called the mane, and with bright, fiery eyes, was brought along in a great cage, to show. The cage was iron,
-30 that he could not break out and kill people. It was taken out of the cart, and put in the middle of a large barn on the floor. A great many men and ebildren went to see the lion. Some wanted to see him eat, some wanted to hear him roar, and some wanted to see him strike his sides with his long tail ; and some wanted to see the man who kept him, put his hand in his mouth. At last an old negro man came. He was a tall, old man, with white woolly hair, and he carried a great cane in his hand. When he came, he walked slowly, and softly, and came up and looked at the lion. After looking a moment, he began to cry. The tears ran down his large black face ; and then he began to sing and jump, and dance all round the baru! People thought he must be crazy. But after he had danced awhile in this way, he began to cry again. Now what do you think made him feel so ? Can any of you guess? I will tell you.---Lions live in Africa, -a place which is a great way off from us. There are plenty of woods there, and the lions live in them. This poor old negro was born in Africa ; and when he was a young man, some wicked people went and caught him, and brought him away from his home and friends, and sold him as a slave. He had never gone back,
,-never seen any of his friends. He had not seen a lion since he came from Africa ; and now when he came to see one, it made him think of his home,-his home, where he used to see lions when a boy! It made him think of his boyhood, and called up his parents and friends to his mind, and it seemed to carry him back to his own home of childhood. These thoughts made him jump, and cry, and act so! Do you not now see, children, how that what you do, and say, and learn now, while you are children, will be remembered as long as you live ? This is what makes me so anxious to teach you good things. Now I want you all to remember this story of the lion, and the old grey-headed negro; and remember too, why I told it to you, to show you that what we learn when we are children, will be remembered when we are old people, if we should live so long.
THE GREAT FLOOD. You have heard of the Great Flood. Now let me tell you how it was. It happened at the beginning of the world. The Lord you know drove out our first Parents from the garden of Eden for their great sin, and after that, they had sons and daughters, and these again had sons and daughters, until there were a great many people. Now some of these people were good and feared God, and many were wicked. At that time the people lived to a great age. Adam lived 930 years, and Seth his son 912, but Methusaleh, the son of Enoch, lived 969 years ; and they were very tall and strong men, for “ there were giants in the earth in those days.”