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For the PresbYteriatt Dinner-
Lost Zeal.
..aven was on a visit to his native
II Massachusetts, from his home in
West. Re attended Divine ser
the Sabbath, in the old church
;11 lie had been taken in his
ears. The old square pews had
n out and replaced by modern
it in ninny respects the building
&lunged from what it 'was twenty
ire, when Mr. Haven left the vil
,itreh of a new home.
were changes in the congregation.
in vain for many a fabe familiar
childhood and youth..`
was one strongly marked minute
which he recognized—that of Mr.
In the evening, while conversing
friend respecting the changes that
Icurred during his at:ince, Mr.
remarked, " I see you have Mr, Hill
Jared to you." The reply was sim
assent, without any comments, such
Haven expected.
a pause, he remarked, " He was
tt, zealous man in the church when I
has lost his zeal," was the unsatis
lqueut inquiries enlightened Mr.
as to Mr. Hill's loss of zeal. He
Mr. H. remarked, the most zealous
the church. He was seldom absent
Le prayer-meeting, and seldom failed
a part in conducting the services.
:n visited the families of the con
ion, sometimes in company with the
Jr, and sometimes alone. His visits
generally acceptable and, useful ;
i some thought his zeal was not
sufficiently tempered with meekness.
teu years after Mr. Haven's re
,o the West, Mr. Hill unexpectedly
a legacy amounting to several
id dollars. , Previously -he had
a livelihood by cultivating land on
invested the legacy in a Leather
T, and was prospered in his business.
Tan to absent himself occasionally
.he prayer-meeting; though when
present, he always excused himself,
'ng the pressure of business. In like
he bagan to neglect visiting, and
sing with men respecting their eter
;erests. Twenty years elapsed, and
him a rich man, just and honorable
dealings, and regular in his attend
on the services of the Sabbath, but
few other signs of being a Christian
one doubted the sincerity of his
many mourned over its lo&s. It was
was he as happy now with his large
)u, and the deference secured by his
, as he was when he labored with his
ands for his daily bread, and was
up treasure in heaven ?
•Discusstorit ON MODERN SKervoism—lTs °AMER
18—THE Jowl . CoLanakriorr or THE Loan's Strprzo.,
GENEVA, September 7, 1861.
CONENWENOE this day concludes
et week of its sittings, and will coin
its programme within another week.
first communication from this place,
'led the very large number of names
on the 'Registry kept of those who
for and receive cards of admission.
the reception of these cards 'gies
ion to
,all the meetings, it does not
that all who ask - for them are actu-
,abers of the Alliance. But it does
hat they all recognise its basis as
mfession and creed as far as it goes,;
ly are, in a word, decidedly evangel-.
catholic in their views and spirit,
It they bail with joy and thankful
,he opportunity fiirnished, and the
ion given by the Alliance, thus. to
,ogether. To attend at the office
,he names are received, and see la
' gentlemen, with persons of hum-
Jsition '
entering or departing with
applied for and received, unmistak
' different nations, and speaking va
umguages ; to be present at the " re
is." at the house (dill. Naville, the
;nt of the Swiss Branch of the Al
or the beautiful gardens, thrown
,o the members of the Conference, by
:hy Christian gentleman,of this city,
a crowd of the recognised members
one family and Church, smile, and
interchange words, or at leait looks,
,herhood—above all, to be present in
it Church or Cathedral ("Saint
the St. Peter's of Swiss Protest
) and as you stand on the raised
front of the grand Eastern, window,
down the nave nearly filled with a
of males and females, of Jews and
1, all one in Christ Jesus, and
right and left, also to behold a
le besides, the softened light fall
that sea of faces all upturned to
or the heads of all bowed in prayer
Comtnon Father, and the songs of
different tongues and tones,) like
nson swell of old Ocean itself—veri-
is enough to Ell the heart with
mess, and while awakening solemn
.rifill thoughts in connexion with
ory of a divided past, to stimulate
vivid life to the hope' of a glori
d united future. Better still, it
to lift the heart to Heaven • to the
:where the white-robed palmLaring
• out of every nation and kindred,
.7nt., and people," shall ascribe "bles
id honor, and glory, and power unto
at sitteth on the throne, and the
n• ever and ever."
Skepticism. in France was .the
,f special and critical examination
.:sday last. It was a melancholy
lecause it indicated: the existence,
Inued existence of that which has
curse of France for the last cea
specially amongst its literateurs,
and the higher classes of society at
opening discourse on Wednesday
rate and powerful. It was the
41 (read 'aloud,) of Professor
";kyille, of Geneva. The Skepti
.th which the orator proposed'
nut that of the Pyrrhonists which
,he existence of an external and in
; nor yet that of. the men who
infidels, as a source of profit and
gain. "To examine into the mi
te skeptical tendencies of men, to
a moment into the domain of pure
and so conclude; such," said 31.
" is the plan which I propose to
Three spheres indicate the work
modern Skepticism--politics, re
-. literature. In the field of pol
often the maxim, that g , eke e nd
ihr means," is the rule of diploma
" eternal laws and moral order
openly." saccea's is enough;
separated from politics, and "is
d an humble place in the books
,hers, in sermons, and. cate-
u the di
VOL. X., NO. 4
the orator says of such unprincipled and ;
immoral policy : " The great evil is, that
their conscience is wounded and outraged;
the chiefs , of nations (les chefs des nations)
are not aware of the immense evil they
bring upon mankind, in thus trampling, by
their great acts, the laws of morality."
"But," adds' Mr. Neville, " it is not ours
to read lessons to Sings;, our general
conclusion is, that modern, politics
give to skepticism, a powerful support."
Alas rthis is too true, and we see it in
Aoglo.S.sion as well as other communities.
To shroud selfish designs under fine names,
and plausible professions, is not the crime
of France only, in modern times. Good
men everywhere look on with sadness at
the apparent, nay practical, forgetfulness,
that the Righteous Lord who loveth right
eousness is the Governor of nations as
such, and demands, on penalty of his frown,
legislation according to his, eternal lawi of
truth and justice.
As to the cause of Skepticism in relig
ion, M. Neville said, that at Allmouth there
is a religious movement .and awakening,
yet there is much •in it bad and impure, es
pecially "in the instinct' of contests and
controversies ; and to many persons, relig
ious divisions are a source of doubt and
skepticism." " The world of unbelievers
and undecided persons, is constantly sur
rounding - professed. Christians; the most
fruitful germ -of skepticism, the most pow
erful cause of their indecision, is the spec
tacle of the . controversies and disputes of
Christians with one Another.
The prevalence of infidelity in modern
French literature, in periodicals, in news
papers, and the lighter publications of the
day, was next dwelt upon. " A eulogy on
vice is often• found under the same cover
with a eulogy on 'Christian virtues." Mod
ern Skepticism also finds an auxiliary in
Science. Many sevens " exclude God
from their views and thoughts; for them
nature is without a cause, and mankind
without a Providence." •
The &and remedy for Skepticism, as M.
Neville showed, was faith , in God—" a Di
vine Faith." " I know," said he, "no
other remedy."
The sermons and addresses delivered
during the period of the Conference, 'inde
pendent of its special and prescribed ses
sions, have been interesting and important.
Dr. Guthrie, the Hon. and Rev. Baptist
Noel, the Rev. William Arthur, Dr. Ur
wick, of Dublin, the Vicar of Islington,
London, (Daniel Wilson,) the Rev. Mr.
Dallas—who had a meeting for the Irish
Church Missions—such`were some of those
who edified the English-speaking portion of
the members of the Conference. Mr.
Denham Smith, also of „Kingston, gave
several Revival addresses,. (with some
marked results,) and Mr. Noel inaugurated
open-air preaching in Geneva, by an ad
mirable sermon an Preach. Dr.- Krum
macher, ,of Berlin, • and other Continental
pastors, also preaced, in different places.
A Fast Day in Geneva, according to an
cient custom, commemorating the,snfferings
of the French Protestants, for' the common
faith, presented opportunities for many
meetings independent of the Conference,
(suspended for the day,) andlet in accord
ance with its main design. Thus, at Col.
Trombanes house, there was a large gath
ering, where Italy received special atten
tion. Religious tracts also were duly con
sidered. Thus, again, an English meeting
was held elsewhere, for the stirring up (by
facts related and addresses made,) the
flame of missionary zeal. At this meeting
a foreign pastor gave interesting accounts
as to the present condition 'of the Holy
Land, which (including Lebanon,) had been
lately visited by M. Bovett, a Swiss pastor.
And so it was, that there was the remarka
ble and memorable meeting, on the same
day, when Jews in Christ united in prayers
to God and pleading with Gentile Chris
tians, in behalf of Jews out of Christ. To
this I referred in my last letter.
The Swiss Reformation, and especially
the great Genevese Reformer, Calvin him
self, furnished a meet theme to Dr. Merle
D'Aubigne, on Thursday morning, at the
reopening' of the Conference in the Cathe
dral. Never did I attend any gathering
more truly heart-stirring. Here was the
church in which Calvin preached and
taught; and when the Historian of
the Reformation, in the course of his
address, (delivered •from the temporary
desk which was .used throughout the
Conference meetings,) pointed to the pulpit
with the canopy overhead; under which
Caliin had so often stood,' and the old
black oak chair in which the great Docteur
(Teacher) had so often sat, and with the
vivacity of an eye flashing from:.beneath
those dark 'lashes and brows, and a hand
and finger instinct with denionstrative ar
dor, he cried out " cette cliaire !? (that
chairs !) the emotion in the vast audience
was profound. - .
Every word of D'Aubigne'a address was
distinctly spoken, and eagerly listened to.
It was rich in all the beauties of his pi,e
torial style ; he drew the portraits„of Cal
vin, Luther, and Melancthon, with a
distinctive power and with a master-hand ;
he described with striking clearness the
controversy of Cal Vin with Luther, on con
substantiation, and their reconciliation; and
with a fullness of great unction and enthu
siasm he recapitulated the grand article of
faith for which Calvin bore witness, as the
e ,ctreateist of the Reformers.
The Italians are not to be foraetten in
my notice of the.-proceedings of fast week.
On Thursday afternoon, at the chapel of
the Oratory, the Hon. A. Kinnaird, M. P.,
' presided over a crowded meeting. Near the
pulpit stairs and pulpit might be seen M.
Revel and M. Meille, Waldensian pastors,
with others apparently their brethren. M.
Meille was the first speaker. He showed
that, strictly speaking, there was very little
of Protestantism and of spiritual religion;
that for 'the present the Collision with
Popery was political. Nevertheless there
was great cause for joy that Christians, as
such, could now labor without hindrance in
the spread of truth.' He dwelt also with
approbation on the , great pioneering work
done by Cavour, Garibaldi, and the recent
letter of 'Baron Ricasoli. He also touched'
on! the question of the union of Church
and. State., He considered that it will
solve itself by and by, in the sense of Ca
vour's words, " A Free Church and a Free
State." But the charm and attraction of
-this Italian meeting was the address of M.
Mazarella, (in Italian,) Professor at the
University of' Bologna.. He is yet young;
is a thorough orator, with all the vivacity and
wit of Gavazzi, with Out his physical force,
and ocoasional coarseness. He examined,
in a rapid and striking manner, the antago
nist positions of Protestantism and Popery
in Italy, and the relations of the different
Protestant congregations .to one another.
He spoke with profound affection, of the
various churches, (to which
. he does not
belong,).: and expressed RI conclusion the
;hope that the day would arri.e when, the
Evangelidal Alliance would meet in Rome
itself! D'Aubigne expressed the -.same
hope in his 'address, and contrary to what
is usual t in the meetings there, there was . ,a
universal burst of applause.' It does not
speak very favorably of religious liberty in
Italy, to find's it announced at •the , meeting
lof ;the• Oratoire, that M. De Sauctes, (one
of the expected speakers at the Italian
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meeting,) was refused a passport to
The singing of hymns . in connexion with
the meetings of Conference, was exceed
ingly delightful. There was a collection of
Psalms and Canticles, (" Psalmes et Can
liques,") selected and printed expressly for
the occasion. Of these, the original hymns
in French were seventeen in number; in
German, ten; in English, five. But in
most cases French and German words were
given together, and in others, words in ac
cordance with the music, which was also
furnished in the book; in a few cases,' the
three languages'rati parallel. illus
tration of the latter, I may 'refer to that
glorious outburst of seasonable and jubilant
song which immediately followed the mag
i nificent and-powerful address'of Dr. D'Au
bigne, on Calvin and the Reformation.
The original hymn and music were--as is
generally -known—Luther's, and of course
the German tongue supplied the words. It
is the celebrated " Choral de Luther,"
which, begins:
"Ein feste Burg ist un-ser Gott,"
i. e. " Our God is a strong tower."
But parallel with each line ran the •French
and English. Accordingly, when Luther's
" Choral" was announced, the three peoples
swelled together the heart-stirring anthem,
and with a hallowed, enthusiasm, glorified
the glorious God and King, who in dark
.days had shielded, defended and made vie
'Orions, witnesses fore his truth," especially
in Germany, Switzerland, and England.
More than this, true believers realized cin
the expressions of this noble song, their own
and final victory over Satan, the great ad
versary and enemy =of their souls. And so
the last verse, as echoing in.three languages
along the aisles of the noble Cathedral, ran
thus :
'.Yea, if the world' with devils swarmed,
In fiery ranks and fierce array, ,
•We fear them not; by faith wOre armed;
With Christ we're sure to. win the day;
Thus Satan we defy,
Nor dread his tyranny;
The great Accuser's cast • ; - •
The tempter's power is past;
One word of Christ can lay him low."
The last hymn in the _Conference splec
tion,was "For the Holy Supper,"! and was
specially used in connexion with the joint
celebration of the Redeemer's 'death. It is
`a, hymn of humble thanksgiving to the
:Lord of the Feast ; beginning with the ac
knowledgment of unworthiness and sinful
ness, proceeding to extol his deep compas
sion and matchless love, dwelling on the
blood which " flowed for our offences," and
" the tasting of the sufferings of death
The American meeting- was held on. Sat
urday, at the Oratoire. Its design was to
illAstrate the effects produced on Roman
ism by emigration; and on that subject
Dr: Baird bore ful and gratifying testi
mony, in a very interesting address. Im
mediately after the close of his speech, Dr.
D'Atibigne, who was obliged to leave the
meeting early, craved leave to say a few
words, and proceeded to express his pro
found sympathy with " all the children of
God" in America, in connexion with the,
civil war and its results. These sentiments
were earnestly reSponded to by the audi
ence, as alSo his prayer to <the Prince of
Peace for the cessation of the strife. Dr.
Baird spoke confidently and cheerfully as
to the future of America. A minister,,
whose name I did riot catch, from Geneva,
in the United States, read a most admirable
paper, on the causes of the war—specially
Slavery. To this address I may afterward
refer. This meeting was attended by Lord
Rodeo, Sir Culling Eardley, and the lead
ing English ministers and laity. To it,
and also to another and second meeting,
when " a free discussion " was held on the
Slavery question, I hope, to refer more, fully
in my next letter. J.W.
Sept. 12, 1861.
I arrived here, on my way to England,
on Tuesday night, havinc , spent one day, in
passing through Switzerland from Geneva
and Lausanne to. Zurich, another from
Zurich to. Cannstadt ; and leave, D. V. in
a few hours for London, expecting, D. ' V.,
by travelling express day and night, to
reach home on Friday evening. I shall
only mention that the interest of the Gen
eva Conference culminated on _last Lord's
day, by the joint, participation of the Lord's
Supper. The scene was both affecting and
sublime. Pour languages were employed
in the service----Italian, French, German,
and English—and many nations were rep
resented there. A fail •notice of this scene
and season, I shall reserve for mynext.
The late Dr. Morison.
Dr. Morison never forgot hiniglf in his
travels. His religion, was unaffected by
change of scene or of society. It so per
vaded his whole being as to 'form a second
and a better nature.. Travelling from Bath
to London on one occa,sion, he found him
self inside the coach in company with two
young ladies, the daughters—as he under
stood before the'journey's end—Of a cler
gyman in the neighborhood of London.
The young ladies had just, been visiting a
religious relative at. Bath, and seemed like
birds escaped from imprisonment. Their
conversation was full of life and inerri
m ent.
"I could not stand it'much longer," said
one of them significantly. f‘ It was nothing
but. Methodism."
"Do you know what Methodism is ?"
said Dr. Morison, quietly.
" I think it is just talking about religion .
all day long , and nothing erse.' 3
-" Now fdo n't think that was ever in
tended," was his quiet answer.
The door was now fairly opened, and
Dr. Morison pursued the conversation, we
may well suppose; with that genial earnest
ness, and consummate tact, which distin
guihhed him. One of the young ladies,
howeVer, stood. out. very resolutely
his views of religion ; and when- the coach
stopped at the cross-road, where friends
were waiting to receive them, Dr. Morison.
said to her : •
" Well, my young friend, let me request
that before you go to bed to-night, you will
read a chapter of your Bible, and pray to
God that he will enlighten yOu upon these
she replied, " I am much obliged
to you, at at events." '
" Net at all obliged," said he, " for I am
always obliged to defend the truth, when
ever hear it called in question"
Many years , passed away, and the cir
cumstance had almost vanished from his
memory, when he was invited to a, dinner
by sdnie members of his church who had
recently spent an evening in another part
'of London, and 'had me,twith a clergyman
and his wife, who spoke much of Dr. Mor
ison, and were very desirous to, see him.
The object of this party was to supply the
opportunity. During dinner the conversa
tion flowed freely, and the clergyman's
wife, young_and ingresting, was frequently
observed looking" toward Dr. Morison in
silence, but witlitears in her, eyes. After
dinner the party went into 'the garden., sand
walking with Dr. Morison alone, the offrr
gynian said to him,'" I Cannot tell yOu,- far,
. : how much Ham:indebted to yen." - '
I was not, at all -aware that you.are in
igebted to me,", .14.s.the natural
"'You have observed my,ife, said the
clergyman. "Ehe is, the boa of wives, and
the best of mothers. Chriatianity has
made her so, and it is tqough ybur words
that she became 'a Christian."' The cii
eumstances were then recalled, and 'their
sequel related. The 'young lady had
stood out boldly in the Bath coach
against her feller. , traveler's views of rail
gion, despised his parting counsel, aO.,
went to bed that night Without reading the
Scriptures, or bending her knee in prayer.
But she had no sooner one to bed, thin
conscience began to work, and would not,
let her sleep. She was colipelled to get up
and dress ; and then shelead the Word 'of
God as she had never lit before,' and
prayed as she had never played before ; and
the issue of it, was her cAriverisionlo God.
When the dinner party had ie4ssembied in
the dra,wing-room, the said to' his
wife, "My dear, I have told him all ;" and
she rose and rushed to r. Morison, as a
child would to a father,; and fell, on his
neck and said, with an emotion which can
not be' described — " Yes, if I ever get to
heaven, I will own you for. my spiritual
father." BlesSed are thl7:#e add, that
sew . beside all waters, for n heaven such
surprises and recognitions y. these will 'lie
numerous and common.*:! Spiice and
Suffering," by k enned r
[Selected.] 7
Prayer for the`talon.
A land of law and Gospel peace,
Of riehest fruits,and flowery. .
God's Eden of the Western'tyforld,
What land so blest as ours4,.'l
How shall we prove our gleful thanks
To. Thee, 0 bounteous Giv : !
Whose own right-hand hat madelis one,
By lake, and gulf, and riv . ?
Lord! write this law on °ley heart:
" Our Union, now and everl7 ' .
For thou halt taught us through-thy Son,
That those whom thou haskt(joined intone
No hiunan hand should sever ! '
The hero-souls,_ whosnproithet-'dreams , ' -
Shine out in classic story, 1. - • . .
Find here, at last, the 4, prtnised land'.'
The shrine of Freedom's. glry.
Our hallowed flag of Stars t nd Stripes,
What mein'ries brighten o'in it:
The• hope of millions yet nithern=-
E'en despots bow.before•it '!.,' t
Lord ! write this law on e 1 lie,iit :
" Our Union, now and ever! ,
For thou hest taught us thi4Vgh.thy Son;
That those whom thou hlBo:tined in one
No human hand should seieth .• f-".f.:4:,..
The Serpent crept:iove l s - pure heart,
And by his cunning.woir
Woe, woe ! unto our Edenllatid—
The Serpent's trail is onitil
kmillion hands, by madness nerved,
Would strike the common mother ; -
A million souls cry out for, blood
Toeblood e'en of 'a brother I;
Oh, God! to whom our fatheriPrayed,
In bonds of sweet communiat,
Stretch forth thy strong, Afrolghty Hank
To still this tempest in our brd,
And save our blessed llmonl,
The Land of 4b..
The geographypf the 411,R00f.191.,41,1,
commentary on its poetry: - Conceive a
land lorded over by the= sun, when light
ning rushing in, like an angry 'painter, did
not dash hiS wild colors across the land
scape; a land ever in. extremes—now dried
up as in a furnace, now swimming with
loud waters—its sky the brightest Or the
blackest of heavens—desolate crags rising
above rank vegetation—beauty adorning
the brow of barrenness—shaggy and thun
der-split hills surrounding narrows valleys
and water-courses ;, a land for a great part
hare in the wratk of nature,. when not
swaddled in sudden tempest and whirl
wind; a land of lions, and wild goats, and
wild asses, and ostriches, and hawks,
stretching toward the South, and horses
clothed with thunder, and eagles Making
their nest on highi a- land through, whose
transparent air night looked down in all
her queen-like majesty, all her most lus
trous ornaments• onthe South blazing
through all its chambers as with said gold
—the North glorious with Arcturus and
his suns—the zenith crowning the heavens
with.._ a diadem of white, and blue, and
purple stars. Such•the la,mt in which this
author lived, such the sky he saw.; and can
we wonder . that
.poetry dropped on and
from him
,like rain - from a thick tree,.: and;
that grandeur—a grandeur almost 4:lisdainf
ing beauty, preferring-firmarnentsLito flow
ers, -making ite garlands of the .w4irlwind—
became his, very soul. The book of. Job
shows a mind smitten with a passion for
nature in her simplest, most- solitary, .and
elementary forms; gazing perpetually at
the great shapes of the material universe,
and reproducing to us the infant infinite
wonder, with which the first inhabitants of
the world must have seen their first sun
rise, their first thunder-storm, and their
first moon waning; their first midnight
heaven expanding, like an arch of triumph,
over their happy heads. One object of the
book is to prophesy of nature, to declare
its testimony to -the Most High, to unite
the leaves of its trees, the wings of its
fowls, the eyes of its stars, 'in one act of
adoration :to Jehovah.. August undertak-:
ing, and meet for one reared- in the desert,
anointed with the dew of heaven, and by
God himself 'inspire'd'
The Pithier :Gallery,
A picture gallery is a :room filled with
paintings, which have ; cost large sums of
money, and are preserved. with great care..
Perhaps you would like to Visit such a
place/. - Well; if - you cannot do that at this
time; We invite you to look into a little pie
ture-gallery of
. your own. You will find
in it some pictures full of annshine;
though there may be others which are
. and dark, and which will only
awaken sad thoughts in your mind: "
Let us first look on one of aleheerful
kind. It is evening, and the setting sun ;
casts its golden light through a parlor
window. In that room a little child is
asleep'in its cot. By the side is a mother
with her eyes fixed on her dear boy, a.nd
her hands clasped as, if in prayer. Yes,
she is praying that Jesus, the . good Shep
herd, would make her, cild one of his
own dear lambs, and guard and,guide him
safely to heaven. As she looks on 'him,
the warm tears fall on. his face ; and as he
awakes, he hears the soft words of his
motherfs prayer. •
Rave you seen suelkaPicture as this ? If
you have, - let it hang<in the . gallery. It is
of more yalue than the best painting in
the world. Keep it as loijig as life shall
last. kiever forget your mother'slove.
A little .girl is seated by her' father's.
side in a garden. :Sweet roses hang in
blusters on the : trees,rand
les, and Bt.her flowers bloom around- A
. fiightof pigeons areilnaking their way
over the 'tall elm-trees ; and on the other
'side of - the hedge some haymakers are go
ing ,home after a long day's work: The
little girl is teadingfler e'venink-chapte'r
fromthe Bible, and idle. ; h*, jest ; u~eat9
the text, Beloved,',if God so loved us, we
ought also , to love one another."—l. John
iv : 11. ; ith her mild blue` eyes she
looks at-her father,.and be Speaks to her of
thee great, love of God in forgiving, for
,sake,, our • many sins; and how
ready we should be to show love to all, and
to forgive them who may do us wrong.
The little gill will now have a picture
.hung `4lp in thee gallery, from which she
will never part. • It will be the picture of
a father teaching his child a lesson of love.
Let us now look, atone, of the dark pic
tures. The scene is a prison. A man sits
in one of the cells, vith chains of iron on
, his legs. Tienty' years agolie went to the
village school. 1A pious man was his teach.-
er,; but he cared not for the words of wis
dom and truth he heard.. The beginnings
of evil were to rah a bird's nest, to play
the truant, to - break the Sabbath; , and soon
he learned to curse„ and .swear, and thieve.
Thus he wont on from one sin to another,
until,he has come to end his days as a
felon.' As 'he sits in
• his dUngpon, if he
thinks at all-, it of the time Whenrhe was
. ahoy Ina happy villwe hope, and alschol-
Arlin thn;Sabbath; School;; and. , then he
calls to mind the hour when be saw his
Mother die of a' broken heartrVanfed — Dr
his unkind conduct amid Wicked life.
What a' picture' 'this ! There are
Many others like it; which' we Will not now
look tat. But. 4to you know what such
pieture-gallery is called ?
' Its name is`Meniory. Every person, old
and -young, has one, and all are busy i : n
'pietures, bright and pleasant,
or dark-and dismal. What kind. are =you
hanging up in it ? ',Are you filling it with
pictures of pleasant scenes, of loving deeds
at home, and useful works. abroad ?' Or
are there only those of anger, strife, and
wrong-doing ? - •
Would you have memory well.filled, - yen
must be_ a _Christian. The. Iloly Spirit of
Jesus - 101 i help you to fill it ,with thoughts
and deeds of faith and duty. If, you love
Jesus if you: trust in him for pardon, and
. seeklo Walk in his steps, every 'day, we,
Atope, swill adds a pleasant: picture in the
,gallery of Memory. .May, yours .be full of
then, which you may not only look at in
&flit* years with pleasure, but even cariy
with you to a better world.
Golden Hours.
We have thern'atill—Lthey are ours 'new
theserielden 'moments : whit are me 'de
-big with them? How. little we think of
theud how- lialtly we waste theml—perhaps
in, eating and drinking, talking and.gossip
idg; idling 'and sleeping, gaming and amuse=
melt.' Our golden'moments are laiiihfy
given to such things as these; but how:few
.are:given ,to God - !:how few to meditation.
on his. Wordl—how ,few to se,lf-ex.a,mina
don l—how few to preparation for, the gig
rions city' which we profess to seek as our
home Round go' the unwearied hands--
'on, with unceasing, unvarying, course.
1 , We count 'them tnot ; oftentimes we heed
them not • yet they neverr stop. They are
hastening on to, an hour thermust one day
'strike, to which they must one day point
thehour of our death. Yes, one day it
will be said' of us,"" At such an hour he
died !"=time will be over for , us, 'and we
will be in eternity, where -there is no note
of time any more.
'Let us think well of this. We know not,< many. golden moments are left; per-
Imps even now* ours maybe' counted, and
the number niay be fewer. than -we think.
Let us then prepare for eternity; and each
time that we hear the striking of the clock,
let us remember that now our moments are
fewer than before, our time is shorter, and
our reckoning is nearer. „After the exam
ple, of the . Lord Jesus, let us work the work
of our Lord " while it is day ; ,for the
night cometh, in which no man can work."
As we have opportunity, let us do good
-unto all men. ;
Oh, that these words may be deeply en
graved on each heart, that we may use the
coming time sous not to repent it and re
gret it forever in eternity.
There, is indeed no more common error,
than to estimate the extent of suffering by
the greatness of the causes which have pro
duced >it;- we mean-their greatness, as re
gards the . amount of notice. Which• they
attract. The anguish •of an emperor who
has lost his empire, is probably not one whit
greater than that of a poor lady who loses
her little means in a swindling bank, and is
obliged to take away her daughter from
school, and, to move into an, inferior dwel
ling. - Nor is it unworthy of remark, in
thinking of sympathy, with human beings
in suffering, that scrabby 2 looking little men,
with -weak hair
,and awkWard demeanor,
-and not in the least degree gentleman-like,
may, through domesticr , Worry, and bereave;
went, undergo disgesi; quite as .great.
heroic individuals ,six ':feet, four, inches ,in
height, with a large quantity of raven'hair,
and with eyes of remarkable depth of eX.-
pression. It is probable, too, that in the
lot of ordinary men, a ceaseless And count
less succession of littlerorries does a great
deal more to fret away the happiness of
life, than is done by the ,few great over
whelming misfortunes which happen at
long intervals. you lase your child, and
,your sorrow is overwhelming ; but it is a
sorrow on which before many months you
look back with, a, sad yet pleasing iaterest,
and it is a sorrow which you know you are
the better for having felt. But petty un
faithfulness, carelessness, and stupidity
on the part of your servants ; little vexa 7
tions and cross accidents in your daily life;
the, ceaseless `cares of managing a, household
and family and possibly of - making an ef
fort to maintain appearances with very in
adequate means • all those little annoying
things which are not misfortune but worry,
effectually blister away the' enjoyment of
life while they last and serve no good end
in respect to menthl and moral discipline.
" Miuch tribulation," deep and dignified
sorrow, may prepare men for " the kingdom
of God ;" but ceaseless worry, for the most
part, does but sour the temper, jaundice
the views and embitter and arden the
heart.--Recollections of a• country Parson
—Second Series.
Doctrinal Teaching
It is needful for the' fulfilment of our
,charge, that we build up beforehand„ our
people in the full, range of Christian truth
and doctrine. This is a very great matter.
- They become the prey of heresies and er
rors, because they_ have 'not been previously
thoroughly furnished with all truth. The
man whose body is of a sickly habit, receives
readily the.passin.g taint, of ,any infection;
the fortressewhich is built on unsound foun
dations sinks, under the first battery of its
.assailants ;, and it is because the spiritual
_state of our people is low, and the founda
tions of their faith, ill-laid, that.they imbibe
so readily those errors, presented to them,
and that the fabric of their belieflalls so
easily before the enemy. It is all-import
ant that we.-remember. this, because ever
anon we, shall be sorely tempted ,to
rest, without taking„ amount of trouble
needful thus thoroughly, to ground them in
the truth. , Our own indolence will be
ready, to .I ) ribO. 48`3.400.0ft...
Little, Worries.
WHOLE NO. 472.
will suggest to us that such a flock as ours
cannot be. made to comprehend these great
truths in all their varied relations . ; that it
is no little success if we ' can teach theta
anything,-that plain practical instruetion
is the utmost they,can bear, and that it:is
better to concentrate .their attention .and
our own upon a few main
. points than en
deavor to cenvert our busy, or careless,
or half-instructed flocks into theologians.
Some excuse will always be at ihand. when
indolence is the counsellor; and our, poor
hearts-are the listeJers; yet, depend, upon
it, this labor must be taken if we would
guard-our charge from eVil. For the most
part, it is too late when the evil is lodged '
to attempt todisiodge it: Our people ought
to be so trained as to refuse to listen to
the first whispered` alsehood, and it is this
training which the Church has provided
for them: This is the Meaning of that.wise
forethought which has appointed festivals
for keeping..4ever in reniembrance. those
leading everitsnnd acts of our blesied MAts
ter's, life, out of which all the greet truths
of our Creed naturally unfold themselves.
This is, again, the wisdom of providing for
the coinmon use of those various Canticles,
vihich are t3tored the record-evenfuf , fthe
ftbiltrtier and morddiffidalt,a.rticles of faith:
so iliat truths from:, Wirich, in the naked se
verity of
.a dogmatic statement,. the minds
of urilearneil'''men would shrink as lianas
sing and Perplexing, may make their; way
into, their ,minds, and ,beceme familiar and_
established inmates, throngh the words, of
some well-known chant or accustomed hymn
of praise . : And if we would have our pea
ple•strOng in the` faith, our ministry unlit
bear- this , stamp; following the Churelf , s
teaching; we must endeavor - to build:thein
up, thoroughly in all truth, not wearyino
and' perplexing them needlessly with the
names, dates and narratives of past heresies,
bit establishing them in all the contrary
truths , toiwhat have been, and so, it' must
be feared may again be, ,prevalent errors.
This work : must be clone in our sermons,, in
. .
our visitation of our people, in our catechis
ing .and' in our schools. Especially must
we labor to work' into the very texture •of
their. souls . those' master truths—the per
sonality of the all-holy, all-mighty. God;
the mystery of -the ever-blessed Trinity;
the fall of man, and his corruption; the
misery and defilement wrought in him by
sin ; the' eternal umitisels of the 4 Father ' s
love in the Gospel scheme of salvatin]; the
Incarnation, of, the ever-blessed Son, of our
Lord, his perfect life, his spotless death, his
all-sufficient atonement; the gift of the
Holy Ghost; the' calling and grace of the
Church . ; the presence'cif Christ in the Sac
raments; the need of individual renewal
unto holiness.; judgment and, salvation,
heaven and hell—of all of these we 1311.15 t
labor to work a, right knowledge into the
souls Of all committed to us, as the guards
against, and the antidotes for, the various
evils by which they will be assaulted.-r-
Bishop of Oxford.
Home Attractions.
Beaven's blessings upon-the one who-in
vents a mode by . which children may be ,
lrept at home, over which the allurements
of the outside world can avail nothing.
He is a benefactor to the race. As much
as it is , sung and played, home is not always
sweet home " to the , degree that it is de
scribed. There are austerities and asperi
ties, and interdictions 'and conventional-
isms,` that render it unattractive, and,, be
sides, there is a familiarity with its scenes
that does not suit the,spirit that is never satis
fied but with change. Depend upon it,, where
there are harsh words for outraged "pro.
priety" as displayed in boisterous mirth, and
cold formality is installed at home, there will
be a drawing away from it, and a continual
search for excuses , to evade its claims.
Claims ! ' It, might be a question if homes,
thin constituted, have any claims upon liv
ing human hearts. I feel glad when I see
any new device advertised to make" home
what it should be—a place of happy aban
donment or care, a place wherein the soul
can act itself in the light of innocent cheer
fulness. The man who published a book of
Parlor games, has been of more benefit than
many sermonizers. No good is lessened by`
its teachings, no frivolity is inaugurated.
It opens up a new avenue to happiness. It
is the new emotion that the monarch longed
Enlightene,d parents understand the ne
cessity of enlisting all •attractions, and in
those homes where they practice in this
light, there_ is no discontent, ato discord
mice, and every one is.happy.
Fall of : Satan in .'",l'atadise Lost.!,
This. is not a .pictrtre
. removed to a dis
tance from us, to be looked at with wonde.
It is a lesson for each, of us. Can we not
imagine the poet himself telling us this'?
Can We not raise our thoughts to fancy - 111112'
tom drawing the moral. of his astonishing'
." You are spirits," he might say'
to us--;" the creation of the same hand.
'Heavenly gifts are yours and heavenly fa
vors ; and notwithstanding the fall of man,
gleams, vestiges are yours of heavenly glory.
To you the same choice is offered.of adher
ing or of separating yourselves. In you is
the ground of temptation, the same difficul
ty of adhering, a misunderstood 'self-love:
You are tempted to epthrone self upon the
usurped throne of the Divine Legislator',
To obey the. law of right—to follow out the
law of love, is only difficult because we feel,
in every instance of being called upon so to
do, that We are called upon to make some
sacrifice of ourselves. , It is an error—a mis
taken feeling. We - are called upon to sacri
,fice, not ourselves, Vat a i present inclination,
which self suggests. Make the sacrifice—
obey, fulfill the law that makes the claint
upon you, and you will find that you have
relinquished fallacious fora real good. Fol
low the false inclination, and you will find
that instead of enthroning yourself in. des
pite of Heaven's King, you have begun, ,to
descend steps of endless descent..'Be
warned, warned by . the terrible example."
- 4 -Professor -Wilson.
Mast of tilt disasters• i the war of 1812,
we owed to the inefficiency of such old vet
erans -of the Bevoiutimk Arm
strong, Winchester, Dearborn, and Wil
kinSon, men rho bad once done good ser
vice, but were now deficient in' everything
but the desire to take the field once more.
It was not till they were set aside, and such
men as Scott, Wool; Jackson,llarrison, and
others appointed, that our armies achieved
victories. Scott himself was Major-Gen
eral at twenty-eight; and it is noticeable
that in the present war the eyes of the peo
ple are: turne&with most hope upon such
men as McClellan, Fremout, - Butler, Banks,
and Rusecranc, men, who
,are yet in tho
vigor of their "days.---`Neto-Yoi.Al Etenk ,
Leutze is' the 'recipient Of a' rare - bit ( Of
good fortune in a twenty thousand dollars
commission. from - Government He
_paint - the, ceiling „of the, cerridor , of, the
,Capitol; the subject is tole Westward
the Star of Empire takes its' Way."' 'With
due respect to the Government' and the ar
tist, we think we have several stern reali
ties to deal with jest now,, without dab
.4ll:Dg irk.-t{e AllegoKical."
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DIE TO SELF.—Live as near to Jesus
as you possibly ,can
' but, die to self.
It is a daily work. Jesus is as a
sun that shines on the• other ) side
of a mountain, and now and then a
sunbeam comes over the top we get a
glimpse, a sort- of • twilight apprehension
of the hriglitikeite.of - the;sun, 131:itself must
be much more subdued, before we ,car bask
in the beams of the ever-blessed j.este,, 9r everything, "Thy will be done."—
says, "I taught publicly, and frottr house
to house. We' have none' too mush' ehureh
religion in our day, and too little house or
Koine , religion; none too much teaching.
publicly, and too little "from house to
house.' He is to take not onlya general
oversight, but.•a particular oversight reach
ing to every member of the flock.; -` Batter
_ says, "If physicians should only, read : a
public lecture on physic, their patients
would not be much the better of them • nor
would a lawyer secure your estate by read
ing a lecture. on law"—andiso'intimates,
that neither . wottld,a; pastor accomplish the
work of - oversight, of the ifleck;.*W.only
calls after 4heni publicly once. 4,...ww4.
Ile is.. to "go preach ;" not Merely .to ,set
himself' in the pulpit once 'a - week, and
preach to those who come. The Saviour's
language still being, "I was sick .and
visited me, and-in-prisoricand ye came unto
GooD MAlriNsits—ili is a vulgar notion
that ;politeness is. only required toward
superiors. But the truth is that every man
ought, to, regard ,his, fellow-man, or friend,
as his superioriand treat hirn accordingly.
Such feelings the real gentleman always
has. " Let each esteem, others.better than
themselves " says an Apostle. ' This'll the
very soul of good manners.
RuLEs Ron READIG.- : ---Read the best
books which wise and sensible persons ad
vise, and study theme with reflection and
examination. Read with a firm• determi
nation., to, make use of all you read. Do
not, by reading, neglect a more immediate
or more imPortant duty. Do not read
with, a view of makini , ,a. display ..of your
reading. Do not red - too much' at a
time. .Reflect on what you read, and let
,it be moderately enjoyed and well digested.
recollect in the' course of
my labors , a poor, Hindoo youth, who. fol
lowed me, about the garden,of the school,
asking of me to makeltire a, Christian. I
said, " It is `impossible, my dear boy; if it
is possible to do'so at all, it is possible only
through the Lord Jesus Christ, to make
you a Christian.- -,,Prayttolim." How well
I recollect.that sweet voice and sweet face
of that boy, when lie soon after: came to
me and 'said, " The'lord:J'esus Christ has
come and taken his place in my heart." I
asked, "How is that ?" He replied, " I
prayed, and said, Oh I Lord Jesus Christ,
if you please, make -me a Christian !' and
he was so kind that he came down from
heaven and has lived in my 'heart ever
since." How simple and. bow touching!
" Lord„Jesus. Christ, if you please, make
me a Christian !" Can you say that you
have made a similar appeal, in such a spirit
as this poor }findOo boy ? And can .you
'say,'my' young friends, that Jesus Christ
liar conin'dniVri from heaven to live in your
hearts ?--Rets.• Dr. - Boaz, of Calcutta.
Dn. BusiirlELL once remarked that "in
order to get one handsome person, you must
select a feature . here and a tint there from a
hundred, others, and imagine them put to
gether in a new combination."
JEAN, PAUL says of children :—" The
smallest are nearest dod, as the smallest
planets are nearest the sun."
JESUS CHRIST, without worldly posses
sions or scientific _eminence, has his own
peculiar sanctity. He promulgated no im
portant discoveries;'he aimed at no su
premacy.; but he was humble, patient, holy,
nay, the holiest of the holy; the c,onquerer
of Satan ; altogether without sin. To the
internal eye of the heart, to the discern
ment of true wisdom, how illustrious was
the pomp of his appearance, and how un
speakable his greatness.—Pascal.
TRUST GOD.--" I could write down
twenty cases," .'says a. pious,man, " when I
wished God had done otherwise •than he
did ; but which—l-now see, had I my own
will; would have led to extensive mischief.
The life of a Christian is a life of para
doxes. He must lay hold on God, he must
follow bard after'him, he must determine
not to-let him go: And yet you must learn
to let_Go& alone. Quietness before God is
one > of 'the most difficult of all Christian
mraees • to sit where he pleases , to ,be what
he would have us be I 0 and this as lono•as he
pleases."— Chriitidn, Treasury.
PRAl74, — Don't exhort when called on
to pray. It is very well to exhort at prop
er times, and under proper . circumstances.
But, when on your knees, ostensibly ad
dressing Jehovah, it, is not the time to ex
ort. Stand up on your feet, look at the au
dience, and talk right at them,, if you have
anything to. say to them ; but when you
pretend to• pray, pray.—Pacific Methodist.
Josephleine - having, shortly before his
death, a conflict with Satan, said : " Away,
thouloul fiend, thou enemy of all mankind,
thou, subtle sophister I . Art thou come now
to molest me, non I am just, going—now I
am so weak, and death upon me ? Trouble
me not for I - am none of thine i I am.
the Lord's, Christ is mine, and I am his—
his by covenant.. I have sworn myself to
be the Lord's, and his will I be: therefore
begone !" These last words he often re
peated, "which," says Xrs,„Alleine, ," I
tbok much .notice of, that, his covenanting
was the means used to expel the devil and
'all his 'temptations." "
is no error more . fatal than imagining that
pinching a youth in his pocket money will
teach him frugality, On the contrary it,
will occasion his rmining into extravagance
with so much more eagerness when he
comes to have money in his own hands ; as
pinchinghini in his diet will make his ap
petite only the more rapaciouk' If you
put into'-the hands of your 'child more
-money thanis suitable to his age and diA
eretion, you must expect to, find• that , he
has thrown it, away upon What is not only
idle, 'but hurtful. A certain small, regu
far income; any child 'above six years - of
age ought to have. When he comes' to be
•capable of keeping an account, hefought to
;be obliged to do thereby/acquire
a habit offrugality, attention and prudence,
that, will be of`neiVice to him through hip
whole life. -tOn - the contrary, to give a
young person. money* , spend at will, with
,R requiring; any, aceoMat.of it, leadingo
'or rather .forcingfilm won extravagance
and follY. .
Ping ,Sensibilities are
like woodbines . , Alghtful lnjuries 'of
beau to laliccr a. gdir4,*iiiiit
stein underetantling;- poor
'if, unsustained-W.sta*e .the
arcoJeft,tc screep, along, the grninid.-;John ,