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STRONG CONSOLATION,

A NATURALIST'S WALK.

No. I.

trust that I never forgot the lesson taught blood hath been shed for me; I have a me; and, whatever my own opinion Shepherd full of kindness, full of care, might be of the trifling circumstance and full of power: unto him I commit which led Mrs. Percy to make me a myself; his own finger hath engraven sharer in the cause of her deep and this sentence on the tables of my heart: abiding grief, I never afterwards felt in 'Satan hath desired to have thee, that clined to the use of words or messages he may sift thee as wheat; but I have to convey a double meaning. I will prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:' close this paper with the motto which Therefore the assurance of my hope I introduced it:

will labour to keep, as a jewel, unto the

end; and by labour, through the gracious “ Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!"

mediation of his prayer, I shall keep it." G. S. Thus wrote, and thus preached the

"judicious" Hooker in the time of his health ; and, when death came, his last

words were, “God hath heard my daily For whom is “strong consolation” de petitions, for I am at peace with all men, signed? Who are“ to have" it? All those and He is at peace with me; and from who “have fled for refuge to lay hold on

that blessed assurance I feel that inward the hope." Have you thus filed, are joy which this world can neither give you thus fleeing to Christ, in the earnest

nor take from me."-Rev. John Scott, desires of your heart, with humble, fervent prayer for his blessings? Do you renounce every other ground of hope, all confidence in yourselves, and all reliance on any worldly good, to take Christ as your only portion? Do you "count all

The morning was fine, a few light but loss for him, that you may win him clouds were spread like veils of gauze in and be found in him ?” Is this "the the blue sky; but the lofty head of the hope," the blessing which you wish to bleak and naked Grim* showed a sharp embrace and ever hold fast as "all your clear outline, prognosticating favourable salvation and all your desire ?" Is this weather; on which, in the first week in what

your heart before God, July, 18—, we took a stroll through and what you wish to act up to in your Ashwood Dale, near Buxton. Along this conduct? May you not then be con dale runs the Bakewell-road, and few scious that you have fled, that you are roads are carried through more romantic fleeing to Christ to lay hold on the hope scenery. Commencing at the extremity set before you in him? Say then with of the lower portion of the village, it an eminent saint justly venerated in our follows the course of the Wye, a sparkling, church: “The world may shake, the rushing trout stream, which, in a few pillars of the earth may tremble under miles, at a very elevated and precipitous us; the countenance of the heaven may part of the shelf-like road, called Toply be appalled, the sun may lose his light, Pike, turns off, and pursues its course the moon her beauty, the stars their through Miller's Dale and Monsal Dale, glory; but, concerning the man that re-appearing between Taddington and trusteth in God .... what is there in Ashbourne, where the road, which has the world that shall change his heart,

now rapidly declined, is again surrounded overthrow his faith, alter his affection by splendid scenery; abrupt, lofty, swelltowards God, or the affection of God to ing hills, almost mountains, continued him? If I be of this note, who shall from the embouchure of Monsul Dale, make a separation between me and my and covered luxuriantly with brushwood. God? "Shall tribulation, or anguish, or At every turn these bold hills present persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or

new features. From time to time, as the peril, or sword ?

No: "I am per- clouds roll along, there is a playful change suaded that neither death, nor life, nor

of light upon them, producing most angels, nor principalities, nor powers, enchanting effects. Alternations of deep nor things present, nor things to come, shadow and glowing brightness succeed nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,' shall ever prevail so far over * A bold hill on the right of the beginning of the 'I know in whom I have be

mist, which rolls in volumes down its sides, heavy lieved;' I am not ignorant whose precious rain may be confidently expected.

passes in

back road from Buxton.

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each other sometimes gradually, some only protection along the edge is a low times instantaneously, and often a partial wall of loose, rough, unfashioned, and shadow from some shifting cloud may be uncemented stones. traced passing over the hill-side, and then The rocks which we have attempted to vanishing away. The mingled, broken, describe are grey, chequered with manyand multitudinous tints of the brush- coloured mosses and lichens, and other wood, the purple hues of the flowering creeping plants of varied but interheath and wild thyme, and the outcrop- blended tints. Here the ivy may be pings of grey rock, produce a combina seen aspiring, but in vain, to reach the tion of tones on which a painter might summit,—there it embowers some progaze with rapture; while, to add to the jecting crag; from the deep fissures, at effect, the silver stream makes its way different elevations, spring dark bushes through embowering alders, and tail of stunted thorn, and more especially bushes overtopped by the graceful ash. clumps of yew, rooted, as it would seem, Here the character of the scenery is very in the very substance of the rock, with different from that between Buxton and their short stems twisted into the most Toply Pike.

fantastic forms; on the ledges, the yellow Leaving Buxton, the road at first lies stone-crop grows in great luxuriance; long close to the stream, in a deep gorge, pendent streamers of flowing rockweed bounded on each side by rugged, bold, hang from the beetling crags, and at their towering declivities, or rather a base, in every rift and fissure, grow tinuous barrier, covered more or less various species of small ferns, of exquisite completely with brushwood, hazels, firs, beauty. Near the commencement of this mountain ashes, and other trees capable scene, a very narrow glen or ravine, of taking root in the difficult steep of the between abrupt precipitous rocks of the mountain side.

Here and there huge same character, opens suddenly; at its precipitous masses of grey limestone crop extremity, a mountain rivulet (the Shirout, overhanging the road, giving a brook,) leaps over the precipice, and savage sternness to the scene.

forms, especially after rain, a beautiful proceed, these masses of rock become and very steep waterfall

, the roaring of still bolder and more frequent; they which may be heard at a great distance; become more and more continuous; the rivulet, then escaping from its they advance more and more closely to tiny basin, runs along the glen, and, the edge of the road, which at length passing under the road, joins the Wye. becomes bounded on the right by a This crag-bound glen is extremely pictremendous escarpment of precipitous turesque and romantic, and is known as rock, rising to a great height from the the Lover's Leap. side of the somewhat narrow road; while Such are the chief features of the the Wye runs at the foot of a stern grey scenery, calculated alike to gratify the barrier of perpendicular rocks, rising to a man of taste and the naturalist, through vast elevation, and assuming a variety of which we took our way. Art had confantastic forms-bold columnar masses, tributed nothing liere ; all, excepting the huge castles, lofty battlements, pinnacles road, is as it was when Buxton was a and towers, hoary with antiquity, and Roman station, and the mailed warriors looking as if built for the race of Anak, of the mighty city gleamed upon the or the Titans of fabulous history. At the heather-clad mountains around, while foot of this continuous precipice, this their trumpets' clang re-echoed through “enormous barrier," the Wye, runs a the dells.' Then the golden eagle had turbulent course; now boiling and dash- its eyrie on Kinder Scout, and Axe Edge, ing over mimic falls, now tearing its way or on the summit of the gigantic precipice between masses of fallen rock imbedded of Chee Tor, rising in wild grandeur to the in the stream, and now so imprisoned as height of about 360 feet. But the Romans to form a smooth, deep sheet, the haunt bave long since passed away, and their of the trout, from which escaping, “it adopted war-bird has been banished to boils, and whirls, and foams, and thunders remoter solitudes. In these glens and on.” The road, too, has gradually risen; caverns the wolf once made his lair, and so that at length, on the left, the Wye lands at Wormhill were held, as Camden runs in a deep ravine below, till at Top- states, by a tenure to hunt them. The ley Pike, we mount a sort of shelf, with red deer bounded over the hills, and conan abrupt precipice, overhanging an tinued even as late as the time of Charles abyss, fearful to look down upon, and the I., by whom the Peak was disforested.

The wild boar lurked in the marshy dell, in the moors and mosses of Axe Edge; tangled over with dense brushwood, but in a short distance from these it loses hazels, and dog-roses. The wild cat its original character, and becomes beaureared her savage brood in the deep tifully clear. The trout, strange to say, fissures of the craggy precipice, and the partake of the nature of the water; beaver tenanted the lonely nooks of the those in the black stream among the sparkling Wye. These have all disap moors are very dark, coloured, indeed, peared before the spread of population, almost black, and of small size ; but in the drainage of the marshes, the destruc- the clear and wider parts of the river, tion of the forests, and the advancement they are larger in size, and of a light of the arts of life. These glens were once colour, spotted on the back with brown, rarely trod by human foot, save that of and sparingly on the sides with vermilion the outlaw, who found in their recesses red, and black. Few fish are more cunand their caverns a refuge;" wild beasts, ning, cautious, vigilant, and active than therefore, abounded in them, and easily the trout. It loves to lie in holes under evaded observation ; but man has at last stones, or under ledges of rock, where, laid open their strongholds, and en itself secluded from observation, it can croached upon their ancient territory. watch all that passes. From its accusSuch is the part he ever plays; as soon as tomed lurking-place, it moves but little the wandering hunter becomes settled in during the day; but when the dusk of his abode, and his spear and arrow are evening comes on, it sallies forth and exchanged for the spade and the plough, pursues its prey. Its course through the then begin his systematic encroachments water is rapid as an arrow, and it leaps upon the fierce animals of the chase; he up to the height of several feet above the once pursued them for food, he now aims surface. In this river, and also in the at their extirpation; nor will the most Derwent and the Dove, trout are mostly sanguinary laws of tyrants act more than taken by fly-fishing, either the natural as a temporary check. Yet in these May-fly or artificial flies being used. glens, we thought, as we walked musing Wary as the trout is, if the time be along, there are some animals which still favourable, and a proper fly for the season linger, and which are interesting to the be selected, he rises at it with great naturalist, who in less lonely spots might determination; and, having seized it, search for them in vain ; and, surely the turns short, and feeling the hook, strains destruction of the wolf, and the banish every nerve to escape.

Let us learn a ment of the eagle are not to be lamented. lesson from the art of the fly-fisher. How Yet, must we confess it, we could not help many who pass their life in the gay and a lurking wish that it had been other sparkling scenes of pleasure and frivolity, wise. We then traced upwards with our tempted by false appearances, eagerly eye an abrupt steep before us, rugged seize some fancied good, and find too with grim grey rocks. There, in the late that it was a deceptive image, which most perilous spots, on the jutting hid a keen barb, inflicting the tortures of ledges, on the edge of precipitous crags, remorse and the agonies of a wounded a scattered flock of sheep were peacefully spirit, and rankling in the soul; a captive feeding on the thyme and mountain unto death, and soon to be landed on herbage. We marvelled how they had the dark shores of eternity. Thus the attained their situation, and how they great enemy throws his deceptive lures, were able to maintain it. While thus and drags the soul, too late repenting, into gazing at these active clamberers, secure endless perdition. Many of the apostles amidst the crags, a loud splash caught were fishermen, and our Saviour made our ear; it was a trout leaping up at

them fishers of men; but they were to some hovering insect, and falling back draw men from darkness into light, from again into the crystal water. The Wye error to truth, from the road that leadeth abounds with trout, as does also the to destruction to that which issues in Derwent into which it flows. It is what eternal life. Such was the train of ideas is termed a “black water," at its source

which passed through our mind, as we

watched, at a little distance from where * Many places in the Peak still retain the name the startling trout arose, a man whipping of Robin Hood, as Robin Hood's stride at Birchover, etc. Little John lies buried in Hathersage

the water with his line, and intent upon churchyard, and an outlaw of the name of Poole, his sport. The following lines, from according to tradition, took up his abode in a cavern near Buxton, with a very narrow and low entrance.

Izaak Walton's “Angler's Song," then came to our recollection :

It is called Poole's Hole,

"And when the timorous trout I wait

the less real? When the wealth of that To take, and he devours my bait,

Arabian prince and patriarch on whom
How poor a thing sometimes I find
Will captivate a greedy mind.

“the blessing of the perishing had come,” And when none bite I praise the wise, and who had caused the widow's heart Whom vain allurements ne'er surprise."

to sing,” was quickly devastated by reAs we passed on, we found along the peated strokes-had this kind of calamiborders of the stream large tracts covered ties the less of intrinsic rigour, because with the water-dock (Rumex aquaticus,) thrown into the shade, as it were, by with its broad leaves, and stems of five grievous disease, and bereavement, and feet high. In other spots, a species of reproach? When the chosen apostle of beautiful dog-rose grew abundantly, in the Gentiles, who had probably till then soft spongy earth, covered with moss. enjoyed all the advantages of life, suffer

The number of swifts, swallows, and ed in his new career “the loss of all martins, which make their nest in the things,” so as sometimes to hunger and fissures of the rocks, or against their face, thirst, and be insufficiently clothed-were is astonishing. The former we saw wheel- these privations the less real because we ing high in air, dashing along the cliff, almost lose sight of them, as he also and uttering loud screams. Ever and sometimes might, amidst imprisonments anon they plunged into narrow fissures and scourgings, and murderous assaults at a great elevation in the surface of the from those whom he toiled to save? In rock, and there disappeared; no doubt the first-mentioned hardships, Paul was to feed their young with the insects they but the forerunner of a cloud of witnesses had captured during their flight. The and confessors, who took joyfully the swallows had their nests evidently placed spoiling of their goods." We are prone, on rugged ledges, and on the fantastic in their case, as in his, to overlook that turret-like projections which continually species of adversities, just because it is start out from the face of the grey and eclipsed by others still more grievous. time-worn limestone. We watched these But, again I would ask, was the forfeiture birds going from and returning to their of property, or the loss of profitable emstrongholds, in the literal sense. Clusters ploy and comfortable support, the less of the nests of the martin were affixed to afflictive in itself, because then attended the sides of the precipitous wall, generally with stripes or cruel mockings, mutilaabout a third from its summit, and quite tion, or exile? Yet these were persons inaccessible. Mr. Selby notices the fact whom our Saviour emphatically prothat great numbers of this species annu nounced "blessed." Your experience, ally breed about the lofty perpendicular it is probable, even as to one kind of cliffs of St. Abb’s Head, on the coast of adversity among the many, will scarcely Berwickshire, a great breeding resort also bear comparison with theirs: but were it of various kinds of sea-fowl. It seems equally severe, would this at all imply that the specific term “ Urbica,” (belong- unkindness on his part, who thus dealt ing to the city,) is not very strictly appli- with apostles, with evangelists, with the cable to tbe marţin; for, though it does noble army of martyrs, and who meanrear its "pendent bed " under the eaves while bade them “rejoice and be exof houses and barns, it is not found like ceeding glad ?" You will object, perhaps, the sparrow in

our large cities and that their trials, as being for the name and crowded towns, but prefers the pure air cause of Christ, were tests and demonstraand the open country.

M. tions of fidelity, and, therefore, grounds

of joy; but that yours are devoid of this consolatory character. Remember, how

ever, that when it has pleased God to PECUNIARY ADVERSITIES.

remove such persecutions, they can no Let it be called to mind, that pecu- longer form the test of Christian faith niary adversities have ever constituted a and constancy. A submissive and gratefrequent ingredient of those very trials ful endurance of those afflictions which with which the Almighty has seen meet are common to all, (but of which believers to visit not a few of his distinguished may usually expect an ample share,) servants. It is true, this part of their with a special reference to their Master's afflictions is in a great measure with- will, must be now amongst the strongest drawn from notice, amidst the more proofs of their allegiance and their trust.* prominent and keener distresses which it

* Archbishop Leighton intimates, that “a private has accompanied. But was it, therefore, | despised affliction, without the name of suffering

Could you, then, upon a serious review, amidst an accession of worldly prosperity, whether of church history or of Scripture or even with no ebb and interruption of predictions, deem it a clearer token of it, I should have embraced the gospel so your Saviour's love and care, if the tide of firmly? Can I even assure myself, that worldly prosperity had been always rising, as good and right a use would have been if the gale of success were ever with you? made by me of the larger gifts of Pro

But while it behoves you to feel and vidence, as is now made of the less ?-It to acknowledge, that He who "careth will assist us perhaps in this inquiry, to for you” must “ do right,” and also that remember, how we have in past life appointments which are in unison both actually been carried by certain positions with his personal example and distinct of affairs, or impulses of the mind, into predictions, may be presumed accordant aims and undertakings, both laudable with his most gracious purposes, it will and the contrary, which at other periods, be more satisfying if you can also discern both previously and since, we could never other weighty and merciful reasons for have expected to pursue or to achieve; these appointments. And how, with the for we shall thus in some sort judge how New Testament before us, with its assur greatly,-how far beyond all present ances that the grand object of God's dis- calculation, – certain differences in the pensations is to detach us from this world, course and turn of our affairs might have recal us to himself, prepare us for eter- changed the current of our purposes, the nity-together with some observations nature of our connexions, and “ the of mankind and knowledge of ourselves— spirit of our minds.". Besides, are you' how shall we fail to discover such reasons? conscious, as it is, of no unfaithfulness In the tempers and habits which uncheck towards God in temper or in practice? ed prosperity so often generates, what a Have you never had reason, while procommentary do we find on the various fessing to be his, to appropriate to yourwarnings of the gospel as to the danger of self that ancient charge, "My people abounding in riches ? Not that instances have forsaken me, the fountain of living are wanting, either ancient or modern, waters, and have hewn out to themselves of good men who may have passed quite cisterns ?”—Has there been no need for unhurt through this ordeal. The "father you to be feelingly convinced, that these of the faithful,” and Job in his redoubled cisterns are “broken or fragile ? When wealth, and a Thornton and Reynolds in God has disappointed you as to worldly our own times, could be "very rich," wealth, he has in effect broken one of not only without "shipwreck of faith the chief cisterns which you, or others and of a good conscience," but perhaps before you, have diligently hewn. Poswithout being the less spiritually-minded, sibly he has overthrown it at a stroke ; or desiring the less earnestly a better

“ dashed it to pieces like a potter's vescountry.". The question, however, still sel :” more probably he has let the conremains— Have we any reason to be tents in part escape by unseen flaws; or confident that such would have been our filter away, as it were, through the very own case? No one, I suppose, could pores of the reservoir. If it had been frame the presumptuous expectation or quite otherwise, if you had hewn more extravagant wish, that God might bestow capacious cisterns, and sculptured and on him correspondent measures of wis adorned them, and no flaw had yet been dom and of grace, in order that he might detected, would you have been so likely be as safe and spiritually prosperous as to return in humility to Him who says, some of those very wealthy believers. " If any man thirst, let him come unto This would be prescribing its methods to

From Christian EncourageDivine sovereignty, with a boldness which ment,by John Sheppard, esq., published strongly evinced the need of humiliation. by the Religious Tract Society. We must accept our measure as it is; both of natural tendencies and spiritual gifts: and then ask,-If that share of CHRISTIANS OFTEN LIKE CHILDREN. means which God intrusted to me had been yearly augmented, or yearly undir child's hand, he will be pleased with it;

If you put a bright shilling into a minished, does it appear likely that I

but tell him of an estate in reserve for should not have " trusted more in this world's possessions? Is it probable that, So the Christian is often more delighted

him, and he

pays

little attention to you. for his cause," borne "gladly," is among the highest

with present comforts than with the prospect of future glory.--Dr. Payson,

me ?''

tests.

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