Monday, May 16, 1803

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Missionary Magazine (Newspaper) - May 16, 1803, London, Middlesex TH E MISSIONARY MAGAZINE. MoNDAT, MAT 16. 1803. NATURAL HISTORY OF THE OSTRICH. [From Dr Shaw's Travels into Barbary and the Levant, anno 1712-] 'T^ HE Oflrich, called in thefe countries Naamah, is the grand X ranger and ubiquitarian of the deferts, from the Atlantic ocean to the very outmoll Ikirts of Arabia, and perhaps far beyorid it to the eaft."-Page 450. It is defcribed " in the foUovving verfes of the xxxixth chapter of the book of Job, Ver. 13. Gaveft thou the goodly wings unto the peacock? or wings and feathers unto the ojlrich ? which may be rendered thus from the original: The wing of the oftrich is (quivering or) expanded; the very feathers and plumage of the flork 14. Which leavetb (depofits or ti-ufts) her eggs in the earthy and warmeth them (viz. by incubation) in the (fand) dufi, 15. And forgettetb that the foot may crufh them, or that the wild heufi may break them. 16. She is hardened againfl her young ones, as though they were not hers f bet'' labour is in vain without fear. 17. Becaufe God hath deprived her of wifdom, neither bath he imparted to her un-derjlanding. 18. What time Jhe liftetb herfelf up on high ; or, as it may otherwife be tranflated, When Jhe ratfeth herfelf up to run away, viz. from her purfuers,yZ�^ fcorneth (or laughs at) the horfe and bis rider. In commentmg, therefore, upon thefe texts, it may be obferved, that when the oflrich is full grown,.the neck, particularly of the male, which before was almoft naked, is now very beautifully covered with red feathers. The plumage like-wife upon the Ihoulders, the back, and fome parts of the wings, from being hitherto of a dark greyifli colour, becomes now as black as jet, whilft the reft of the feathers retain an exquiiite whitenefs. They are, as defcribed at ver. 13. the very Jea^hers and plumage of the Jlork, i. e. they confiil of fuch hijack and white feathers as the ftork, called from thence mx*^y(^, is known to have. But the belly, the thighs, and the breaft, do not partake of this covering, being ufually naked, and when touched, are of the fame warmth as the flefli of quadrupeds, ypL. VIII. 2^0. 84. B b Under