The Works Of God

THE whole earth is full of the glory of God.

Isaiah 6:3.

True, cries out every good child and youth,

I can see his glory in the lofty trees, in the

soft blue skies, in the fields of waving grass

and grain, in the fruit laden tree, in the running

brook, the boiling spring, the rolling river,

in the summer breeze, and the autumnal


Says another, I can see his glory in the

forked lightning, the mighty thunders, the

snow capped mountains, and the driving storm,

in the whirlwind and the tornado.

Says another, I can see his glory in the various

flowers that deck the prairie, the opening bud

and the forest, in the charming days of summer,

when soft showers and warm sunshine

fertilize the earth, and temper the air with


Says another, I see his glory in the various

habitants of the sea, from the ponderous whale

down to the smallest animalcule, such a 

wondrous variety, and such infinite profusion.

Says another, I see his glory in the beauty

and variety and usefulness of all his works, the

beasts, the insects, the various kinds of food

and clothing, but especially in the various birds,

from the condor of South America, down to

the pretty humming-bird. Here is an account

of some that have been tamed. 



specimens of these tiny members of the 

feathered tribe may be seen in the window of

 Taylor's Saloon, Broadway. It is popularly 

supposed that these beautiful little creatures 

are too delicate to endure captivity; but this is 

mistake. Instances are numerous in which they

 have been kept for months, and even for a year,

 encaged, in England as well as in this

country, and we believe that a large collection

has for, some time existed in the Zoological

Gardens, Regent's Park, London.

The humming-birds in Broadway were caught

by a German, who succeeds in taming them

very easily. They subsist, when caged, upon

honey, or sugar and water. He has placed

them in little crystal cages, with pretty spray

perches and bunches of glass flowers, in whose

cups their food is placed. They have been

caged two months, and are now so tame that

they will readily learn to thrust their long,

slender, thread-like tongues between the lips of

their keeper for the sweets on which they 


In their natural state they also feed upon

the minute insects which infest flowers, and no

doubt if this sort of food was supplied to them,

together with honey, they might be kept alive

for as long a time as some of the more hardy

pets of the aviary. The birds at Taylor's attract

a crowd of people, from morning till night,

who never seem to grow weary of watching

them. They are evidently a "new sensation"

to the habitats of Broadway. Nor is this to be

wondered at for what with the flashing 

iridescence of their plumage, changing, with 

every motion, from emerald to ruby and gold;

 their marvelous delicacy of form; their extreme

 rapidity of flight, now hovering over the honey-

laden calyx, now darting from spray to spray, or

 perching upon a twig, coquettishly pluming 

themselves with their long, slender beaks, they

 are really objects of grace and beauty worthy of

 the admiration of every beholder.