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THE SON OF GOD.

BEHOLD where, in a mortal form,

Appears the Son of God!
To save our souls from sin and guilt,

He left his bright abode.
The noblest love—the kindest grace,

Inspir'd his holy breast;
In deeds of mercy,

words of

peace,
His kindness was exprest.
To spread the rays of heav'nly light,-

To give the mourner joy,–
To preach glad tidings to the poor,—

Was his divine employ.
Lowly in heart, by all his friends

A friend and servant found,
He wash'd their feet, he wip'd their tears,

And heal’d each bleeding wound.
'Midst keen reproach, and cruel scorn,

Patient and meek he stood :
His foes, ungrateful, sought his lite;

He laboured for their good.
In the last hour of deep distress,

Before his Father's throne,
With soul resigned, he bow'd, and said,

“ Thy will, not mine, be done !"
Be Christ my pattern, and my guide ;

His image may I bear:
O may I iread his sacred steps,
And his bright glories share !

J. W., aged 14.

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“Is that a Printing-Press, Uncle,” said little Henry, as they entered the press-room in which some workmen were employed in printing a new Monthly Magazine and various other works. “Well, I'm sure I had no idea how so many thousand copies of a work could be printed every month and yet something new every time; but now I see a little how it is done, I am not so much surprised.”

“It is indeed a wonderful invention," said Mr. Jarvis to his nephew; “but you are perhaps not aware that for many ages this useful art was unknown. Anciently, men used to write, or rather engrave, upon plates of lead or copper, barks of trees, brick, stone, and wood. Josephus speaks of two columns, one of stone, and the other of brick, on which the children of Seth wrote their inventions and their astronomical discoveries. God's Laws were written on tables of stone, and Solon's laws on wooden planks. (Job xix. 23, 24.) speaks of printing in a book, engraving on lead, and cutting on a rock. (Ezekiel ii. 10.) mentions a parchment roll, written within and without. Of this kind, probably, was the roll or book of which John speaks, (Rev. v. 1.) and which was sealed with seven seals. These rolls appear to have been of two kinds; one was of vellum or parchment, folded like our books, and written on both sides : the other, though sometimes of several yards in length, was written only on one and rolled up into a very small compass, with the writing inward. The Jews still use rolls in their synagogues.”

Henry.—But the method of writing upon wood, stone, parchments, and other materials, must have been a very slow and tedious one. I should think, from the rapid manner in which that man is turning off the sheets from the press, he would print as much in a day as could be

VISIT TO A PRINTING OFFICE.

written, in the manner you mention, by a dozen hands in twelve months.

MR.JARVIS.—Very likely, Henry, and perhaps a great deal more; for, you perceive, it is not a single page merely, but a great number of

pages that are pressed at the same moment.

HENRY.–Well, indeed it is very curious. I did not observe that. But do you see, Uncle, that the pages are all inverted ?

MR. J.-Yes, Henry; but if you take one of the sheets, and fold it up in the middle of those blank parts, you will perceive at once that nothing but a knife is wanting to cut the edges, and you will be presented with a complete little book, such as you receive every month for a penny.

Henry. You astonish me more and more ; and yet I see it must be so, for you know, uncle, I borrowed your penknife to cut open the very last Magazine that came, because I was so anxious to see what it contained.

Henry. But what is that man doing yonder, with a great number of little boxes before him, out of which he seems to be taking something very small, and placing them in very regular order in another little box, or something like one, in his left hand ?

MR. J.-We will go a little nearer to him, and I will endeavour to explain to you what he is doing. The little boxes, out of which you perceive he is taking something every minute, or rather a great many times in a minute, contain what are called types, or printing letters, cast with a kind of metal resembling lead, only somewhat more brittle. These, according to their character, you see are all arranged in such regular order, that the man has no difficulty in selecting such letters as are necessary for his

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purpose. Here, for instance, in this little box, is A, there's B, and in this C, and so on. The small iron frame which he holds in his hand, and in which he is placing the letters, is made, by means of a screw, to enlarge or contract as circumstances may require. When this is done, a strong thread, you observe, is bound repeatedly round the letters, thus formed into a page, to keep them together. Then eight, or sixteen, of these pages are placed in a larger frame, and at a proper distance from each other; and, after being fixed in the press, produce the sheet whic'

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