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WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF BRITISH HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES,
NOTICES OF OBSOLETE RITES AND CUSTOMS,
IT is the peculiar object of this Annual Compendium of Physico-Theology to show that the Book of NATURE is only to be studied to advantage by the aid of parallel passages in the Book of RevelaTION ;-that'stars teach as well as shine;--that all beasts and birds, all fishes and insects, are for food to us, and for ornament, for instruction, for variety, and wonder, and for religion;'— that whether we wander through the daisied meadow, or by the shell-strewn borders of the ever-rolling ocean, we every where discover evidence of a Deity :—that the flowers which adorn, and the fruits which enrich, every successive season, indicate alike the wisdom and the beneficence of the CREATOR; that every blade of grass has a moral meaning ; and, in short, that all may, if they will take the pains or rather the pleasure of searching,
Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing. Choice specimens of Biography and Anecdote, gleaned from the rich harvest-field of the great reaper TIME, and intertwined with the everlasting flowers'of Poesy, as usual, form the ornamental parts of the table on which our 'Feast of Reason' is displayed.
Finally, the plan of directing the attention to particular dates or days of the week, will, it is conceived, materially tend to excite the curiosity, even of the most careless among our youthful readers; and if, by so doing, we enable each day or week to bring its mite to the Treasury of Knowledge, the annual amount may become important in the estimation of those who feel the benefit of growing rich in this current coin of the realm of Intellect.
The Editor returns thanks to his Correspondents, and solicits a continuation of their valuable favours; particularly observations on the appearances of Nature in every month, in various parts of the kingdom, and curious and important facts in British Zoology.