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SINGING GLORY. AROUND the throne of God in heaven,

Thousands of children stand : Children, whose sins are all forgiven, A holy, happy band,

Singing glory, glory, glory! In flowing robes of spotless white

See every one array'd :
Dwelling in everlasting light,
And joys that never fade,

Singing glory, glory, glory!
Once they were little things like you,

And lived on earth below,
And could not praise, as now they do,
The Lord who lov'd them so,

Singing glory, glory, glory!
What brought them to that world above,

That heaven so b right and fair, Where all is peace, and joy, and love,How came those children there?

Singing glory, glory, glory!
Because the Saviour shed his blood

To wash away their sin;
Bath'd in that pure and precious flood,
Behold them white and clean,

Singing glory, glory glory!
On earth they sought their Saviour's grace,

On earth they lov'd his name; So now they see his blessed face, And stand before the Lamb,

Singing glory, glory, glory!

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THE PORCUPINE. The forest of spines upon the back of the porcupine presents a very formidable rampart, and an effectual barrier against invading foes. There was a prevalent opinion, that the creature had the faculty of shooting out the thorns or spears from its back, against any enemy that might attack it. This, however, is not true. It appears that the spines are attached rather loosely to the skin of the animal, and that a few, sometimes, are disengaged during its encounters with its foes. It seems also the case, that the porcupine not only uses its spines as weapons of defence, but that when they are erected, it drives backwards with so much force as frequently to wound the assailants by piercing them with

its spears.

The wounds thus inflicted are sometimes serious ; for the points of the spines are exceedingly fine and hard, and evidently intended by the Creator as weapons against its enemies.

A gentleman, sometime ago, was wounded through his boot by the spine of an irritated porcupine, and the wound, for some time, assumed a threatening appearance. The spines are frequently twu feet in length, that is the longest, but some of the shorter are more strong and formidable. The spines bear some resemblance to the shaft of a large feather; but more solid and enamelled, thick in the middle, and tapering at each extremity to a point. The most formidable of these darts are placed upon the

the head, tail, and other parts of the body being less defended by them, as the animal, like the hedgehog, has the faculty of rolling itself together, and thus repelling its hardiest adversaries. When undisturbed, the spines of the porcupine recline regularly backward ; but when irritated, they are elevated, and at all points present themselves against all foreign interference and intrusion.

Though the porcupine is found in the hottest climes of Asia and Africa, varieties are found in many parts of Europe, as Spain, Italy, and Sicily.

The general height of the porcupine is about sixteen inches, and it exceeds two feet in length,



though its forest of bristles makes it appear larger than it proves to be. The legs are very short; the eyes are small; and the head bears a strong resemblance to that of a hare. In its natural state, the porcupine lives upon insects and vegetables. Those which are shown in this country feed upon fruits, bread, and milk; but they do not refuse meat when it is offered them, and probably they partake of animal food occasionally in their wild state. When hunted by dogs or wolves, the porcupine is said to avoid them, sometimes, by climbing up a tree, It is hunted frequently both by the natives of India and of America, for the sake of its flesh and its quills, with which they embroider their dress and furniture with elegance and skill.

Though porcupines are not known to fight with other animals, they have sometimes fought with each other with great fury, biting and devouring one another. Almost all the animals of this family are of recluse and nocturnal habits; they lie dormant also during the winter months, as do their cousins, the hedgehogs of this country. They burrow deep into the earth, and provide themselves a comfortable retreat far removed from mortal vision. From this retreat they emerge to the surface, as the shadows of evening veil the face of nature. The colour of the porcupine is a grizzled black; the legs are entirely black, and the spines are beautifully marked with rings, alternately black and white.

These creatures, which form a link in the ever-varying and ever-wonderful creation, add their testimony, with all others, to the wisdom, power, and goodness of God. May this short sketch lead the thoughts of the reader afresh to the wonder-working Jehovah, who is ever glorious in all the works of his hands !


THE SOLDIER'S RULE. If you would have friends, you must show yourself friendly. I knew an old soldier of the American revolution, who told me the following story :

“I once had a neighbour, who, though a clever man, came to me one bright hay day, and said, ‘Squire White, I want you to come and get your geese away.' «Why?' said I, 'what are my geese doing ? • They pick my pigs' ears, when they are eating, and drive them away; and I will not have it.' What can I do?' said I. “You must yoke them.' "That I have no time to do now,' said I. 'I do not see but they must run.' 'If you do not take care of them, I shall !' said the clever shoemaker, in anger;'What do you say Squire White?' • I cannot take care of them now, but I will pay you for all damages.' "Well,' said he, you will find out a thing I guess.'-So off he went, and I heard a terrible squalling among the geese. The

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