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Oldest & Youngest The Beautiful
henny S. PERKINS & WEW.BENTLE Although not the newest, the
Which may be performed by
the older members of a Sabbath following have a good reputation, BY HENRY S. PERKINS AND WM. W. BENTLEY.
School. have had a good measure of suc
Music is not dificult, cess, and are, of course, new to
stories are Bible Stories, and those who have never used them.
when given in costume, the effect 40
The Best of
of the spectacle presented is MUSIC
ESTHER By A8A HULL. 35 cts.
FOR THE Truly sparkling,crisp, bright and
Beautiful Queen. taking songs throughout.
BY WM. B. BRADBURY.
Price 50 Cts.
OF THE SCHOOL. This well-known and favorite BY L. O. EMERSON AND
piece has been recently dramaL. B. STARKWEATHER.
tised, or rather fitted with cos
tumes and action. The cosPrice 35 Cents.
AVING a book that “they believe in,” the publishers have been encour tumes cost no more trouble
aged to place this beautiful affair prominently before the public; and the than ordinary tableaux. In its A wide-awake book by well
great demand justifies all anticipations of success. Prominent points new form, Esther is living a known composers. of interest are:
novel and splendid life. The -1. It is enriched by contributions of poetry and of music from a large number
words, music, and action are of the most prominent writers in the country. This secures the very best
unexceptionable, and the specquality, and the greatest variety.
tacle is a gorgeous eastern 2. A list of the International Lessons” for 1874 is given, accompanied by Has attracted crowded audien
one. BY O. O, CONVERSE. Price 35 cts.
reference to appropriate songs, thus adding interest and variety to these Silver sweet melodies in excel lessons.
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OR, 5. The River of Life is already a success, as large numbers of young BY ASA HULL.
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The following "Titles of Songs will give some idea of the happy selection of THE FALL OF BABYLON. Short, bright tunes and hymns, subjects.
By George F. Root. a great deal of music for the The Beautiful River of Life. A Beautiful Realm.
PRICE 50 CENTS.
Resting in Thy Love.
The Pearly Gates.
Land of Rest.
By the Crystal River.
toration. The Shining Ones.
Looking unto Jesus.
Shall we all meet there?
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Love one Another.
By Root and Bradbury.
Take my hand, dear Jesus.
The above are not dramatized, These titles are no better than many others; these are only one-sixth of the but may, if thought best, be whole number.
casily costumed and accomPictures of Silver,
A Couplet or Verse selected here and there, will illustrate the fine quality of panied by tableaux.
Pass me not, O gentle Saviour,
While the days are going by,
By George F. Root.
Price 50 Cents.
Illustrates musically, early “Ply-
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Sweet will be the rest in Heaven,
When our toils and cares are o'ei.
By W. WILLIAMS. 45 Cts.
A “Children's Oratorio.” The above are all well worth
FOR THE INFANT CLASS.
The Children of Jerusalem.
BY J. C. JOHNSON. 30 CTS. sess, as many attractive songs
"PRICE OF THE RIVER OF LIFE;" for solos, &c., may be taken from
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By the Hundred in boards, $30.00. classical, and the story is one them. FOR SALE EVERYWHERE,
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BOSTON, SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1875.
Vol. XXXV. No, 2.
BY THOMAS W. PARSONS.
To A Lilac
ing more than a place to keep us in. But when associations were the names of God and Wisthe skies and woods reveal their loveliness, dom connected in our memory! What a vio
then nature seems a glorious picture, of which lation of nature's peace seemed Duty! what an Lilac, in whose purple well
our own inmost soul is the painter, and our intrusion upon the mind's rights! What rebelYouth in perpetuo doth dwell,
own loves and longings the subject. It is the lion has been nurtured within us by the ugly My fancy feels thy fragrant spell.
apt accompaniinent to the silent song of the confinements to which artificial life and educaOf all that morning dew-drops feed, beholder's heart.
tion have accustomed us! How insensible and All flowers of garden, field or mead,
The greatest blessing, which could be be-cold it has made us to the expressive features Thou art the first in childhood's creed; stowed on the weary multitude, would be to of God's works, always around us, always in
give them the sense of beauty; to open their viting us to high, refreshing converse ! And even to me thy breath, in spring, eyes for them, and let them see how richly we Hath power, a little while, to bring
I hold, then, that without a cultivation of are here surrounded, what a glorious temple the sense of beauty, chiefly to be drunken from Back to my heart its blossoming.
we inhabit, how every part of it is eloquent of the open fountains of nature, there can be no I seem again, with papil's pace,
God. The love of nature grows with the growth healthy and sound moral development. The And happy, shining, morning face,
of the soul. Religion makes man sensible to man so educated lacks something most essenBound school-ward, running learning's race. beauty; and beauty in its turn disposes to relig- tial. He is one-sided, not of a piece with na
ion. Beauty is the revelation of the soul to the ture; and however correct, however much Thou, too, recall'st the tender time,
In all this outward beauty,—these soft master of himself, he will be uninteresting, After my primer, ere my prime, When love was born and life was rhyme.
swells and curves of the landscape, which seem unencouraging, and uninviting. To the stu
to be the earth's smile;-this inexhaustible va dent of ancient history, the warm-hearted, My morning ramble, all alone;
riety of forms and colors and motion, not pro- graceful Greek, all alive to nature, who made My moonlit walk by haunted stone; miscuous, but woven together in as natural a beauty almost his religion, is a more refreshing My love, that ere it fledged was flown! harmony as the thoughts in a poem; this mys- object, than the cold, formal Jew. And here At noon, tired out with hateful task,
terivus hieroglyphic of the flowers; this running around us, resist it as we may, our hearts are I fling aside my worldling's mask,
alphabet of tangled vine and bending grass always drawn towards the open, graceful childAnd for my bunch of lilac ask.
studded with golden points; this all-embracing ren of impulse, in preference to the stiff, insen
perspective of distance rounding all together sible patterns of virtue. The latter may be At vesper-time Celestial tea
into one rainbow-colored sphere, so perfect that very unexceptionable, but at the same time Hath no refreshment like to thee, the senses and the soul roam abroad over it un
very unreal." The former, though purposeless Whose breath is nourishment to me. sated, feeling the presence and perfection of and careless they play through life, yet have At midnight, when my friends are gone,
the whole in each part; this perfect accord of trusted themselves to nature, and been ravished And I sit down to ponder on
sights, sounds, motions, and fragrance, all by her beauty, and nature will not let them beThe day, what it hath lost or wontuned to one harmony, out of which run melo.
bad. dies inexhaustible of every mood and measure; Consider a few of the practical effects upon Thy perfume, like a flageolet
-in all this, man first feels that God is with the whole character of a growing love of beauty That once, by dark Bulsena's lake,
out him, as well as within him, that nature too in the young mind. What time the sun made golden set, is holy; and can he bear to find himself the
It disposes to order. It gives birth in the I heard (and seem to hear it yet)! sole exception?
mind to an instinct of propriety. It suggests A thousand memories doth awake: Of busied boyhood's vanished powers ;
Does not the season, then, does not nature, imperceptibly, it inclines gently, but irresisti. of young ambition Alushed with praise ;
does not the spontaneous impulse of an open bly, to the fit action, to the word in season. Of old companions, and of hours
heart, which has held such sublime worship The beauty which we see and feel plants its That had the sunshine of whole days: through its senses, more than justify an attempt seeds in us. Gazing with delight on nature, Of Italy and Roman ways;
to show how the religious sentiments may be our will inperceptibly becomes attuned to the Of Tuscan ladies, courteous, and fair, nourished by a cultivation of the sense of same harmony. The sense of beauty is attendAnd kind as beautiful,- forbear, beauty?
ed with a certain reverence; we dare not mar O Memory, these impassioned eyes !
This should be a part of our religious educa- what looks so perfect. This sense, too, has a Beware, for that way madness lies!
tion. The heart pines and sickens, or grows something like conscience contained in it; Sweet lilac, thou art come to June,
hard and contracted and unbelieving, when it feel bound to do and be ourselves And all our orioles are in tune:
cannot have beauty. The love of nature ends something worthy of the beauty we are permitThy doom is—to be withering soon.
in the love of God. It is impossible to feel ted to admire. This feeling, while it makes
beauty, and not feel that there is a spirit there. alive and quickens, yet is eminently conservaAnd so, farewell! for other flowers
The sensualist, the materialist, the worshipper tive, in the best sense. He, who has it, is Must have their day; and mortal powers of chance, is cheated of his doubts, the moment always interested on the side of order, and of Cannot love all things at all hours. this mystery overtakes him in his walks. This all dear and hallowed associations. He, who
The Soon I shall have my tower de luce,
surrounding presence of beautiful nature keeps wants it, is as destructive as a Goth. And the proud peony, whose use
the soul buoyed up forever into its element of presence of beauty, like that of nature, as soon It is to teach me pride's abuse.
freedom, where its action is cheerful, healthful, as we feel it at all overcomes us with respect,
and unwearied; where duty becomes lovely, and a certain sensitive dread of all violence, For proud am I as proud can be;
and the call to worship, either by prayer or by mischief, or discord. The beautiful ideal piece But when that crimson gaud I see,
self-sacrifice, is music to it. He, in whom this of architecture bears no mark of wanton penMy lilac's memory comes to me!
sense is open, is put, as it were, in a magnetic knife. The handsome school-room makes the
communication with a life like his own, which childree neat. The instinct of obedience, of The Religion of Beauty.
flows in around him, go where he may. In conciliation, of decorum, reverence, and har
nature we forget our loneliness. In nature we mony, flows into the soul with beauty. The (From the first number (July, 1840, of “The Dial")
feel the same Spirit, who made it and pervades calm spirit of the landscape takes possession of The devout mind is a lover of nature. Where it, holding us up also. Through the open sense the humble, yet soul-exalted admirer. Its there is beauty it feels at home. It has not of beauty, all we see preaches and prophesies harmony compels the jangling chords within then to shut the windows of the senses, and to us. Without it, when no such sensibility himself into smoother modulations. Therefore take refuge from the world within its own exists, how hard a task is faith ! how hard to walk out,” like Isaac, “at even-tide to med. thoughts, to find eternal life. Beauty never feel that God is here! how unlovely looks re- itate," and let nature, with her divine stillness, limits us, never degrades us. We are free spir- ligion! As without the air, the body could take possession of thee. She shall give thee its when with nature, The outward scenery not breathe; so without beauty, the heart and back to thyself better, more spiritual, more of our life, when we feel it to be beautiful, is religious nature seem to want an element to sensible of thy relationship with all things, always commensurate with the grandeur of our live in. Beauty is the moral atmosphere. The and that in wronging any thou but woundest inward ideal aspiration; it reflects encouraging-close, unseemly school-house, in which our in- thyself. ly the heart's highest, brightest dreams; it does fancy was cramped, -of how much natural Another
of character, which the sense not contradict the soul's convictions of a high- faith did it not rob us!
In how unlovely a of beauty gives the mind, is freedom-the freeer lise; it tells us that we are safe in believing garb did we first see Knowledge and Virtue! dom of fond obedience, not of loose desire. the thought which to us seems noblest. If | How uninteresting seemed Truth, how un- The man, whose eyes and soul are open to the we have no sense of beauty, the world is noth-friendly looked Instruction; with 'what mean | beauty there is around him, segs everywhere
encouragement. To him the touch of nature's
Wouldst behold beauty
together; if it could be assured that here from
Near thee? all round? hand is warm and genial. The air does not
Only bath duty
week to week-or wliy not from day to day?seem to pinch lim, as it does most narrow
Such a sight found.
the masterpieces of music should be executed in minded ones, who can see no good in anything
Rest is not quitting
perfection under an Ahle director and at a modbut gain; to whose utilitarian vision most that
The busy career;
erate charge to the public, music in America
Rest is the fitting is natural looks hostile. He is not contracted
of self to its sphere.
would receive a new impulse. We should have into himself by cautious fear and suspicion,
enlightened audiences and ambitious perform
'Tis the brook's motion, afraid to let his words flow freely, or his face
Clear, withoui strife,
ers, an appreciative reception for deserving relax in confidence, or his limbs move grace
Fleeing to ocean
works of art, a field for the employment of
After its life. fully, or his actions come out whole and hearty.
whatever talent the classes of the Conservatory He trusts nature; for he has kissed her loveli.
might develop, a standard for the measurement
Nowhere hath knelt; ness; he knows that she smiles encouragement
of bumbugs, and the nucleus of a truly musical to him. Now think what it is that makes vir
· Heart never felt.
public. All the rest would be easy. tue so much shunned. Partly, our depraviiy,
'Tis loving and serving if you please. But partly, also, her numerous
The Highest and Best!
The Opera Season in London. ungraceful specimens. For it is the instinctive
And that is true rest. expectation of all minds, that what is excellent
D. THE INTERIOR OF Covent Garden - A BRILLIANT shall also be beautiful, lovely, natural, and
SPECTACLE— Londoy SOCIETY IN LAYERS— DECAfree. Most of the piety, we see about us, is more or less the product of restraint and fear.
DENCE OF OPERA IN ENGLAND—A GLOOMY Criti.
The New College of Music. It stands there in spectral contrast with nature.
(From the New York Tribune, April 17.) Approve it we may; but we cannot love it. It does not bear the divine stamp; it chills, not preparations of the unknown benefactor who The mysterious hints of the purposes and Correspondence of the Boston Post.
London, APRIL 1, 1875. converts. The love of nature wakes in us, an
In Paris everybody who aspires to the designais getting ready to give us a free college of tion of “ bon ton ” considers it an essential point to ideal of moral beauty, of an elevation of char- music in this city leave no doubt that the be present at the first representation of a new opera acter which shall look free and lovely, some
scheme is well advanced, and that money in thing that shall take its place naturally and as a matter of course in the centre of nature, as the abundance will be supplied to put it in opera- early autumn the Grand Opera is reopened for the tion. The endowment, we are assured, is likely
Then you see Parisian toilettes at their life of Jesus did. Again, the love of beauty awakens higher stitute in any part of the world; and if money to be the largest ever given to a musical in-best, and Parisian notabilities in greatest number;
and nothing, in a social point of view, is more aspirations in us. He, who has felt the beauty alcne could create a great school of art we
brilliant than the opera house on an opening night. of a summer like this, has drunk in an infinite should feel a reasonable certainty that New
The managers bring out on that orcasion the choic. restlessness, a yearning to be perfect, and by York would soon rival Paris and Leipsic as a
est selection from their repertoires and parade their obedience free. He can never more rest con
trump cards in the way of artists and artistes. The centre of musical culture. tented with what he is. And here is the place, however, upon intelligent direction, that we
So much depends, first night is a sort of advertisement of the whole to attempt some account of the true signiti confess we look upon the promised gift with emaling seasonjecit decides the fate of a new play, cance of beauty, and of what is its office to the
no slight apprehension. It is offered as a blesssoul.
be. It is very different in more prosaic London. sing; it may easily be converted into a curse. Beauty always suggests the thought of the Instead of advancing art it may encourage char- Majesty's open in the early Spring; but nobody is
Everybody is glad when Covent Garden and Her perfect. The smallest beautiful object is
latanism, debase the popular taste, and make especially anxious to be present on the opening infinite as the whole world of stars above us.
us the laughing stock of the world. So much night. Messrs. Gye and Mapleson precede the sea So we feel it. Everything beautiful is emblematic of something spiritual. Itself limited, its will either do great good or incalculable harm,
son by a great flourish of trumpets, with pronunci. money expended on one branch of wsthetics
amentos which take up a column in the Times, and meanings and suggestions are infinite. In it and we devoutly hope the kind-hearted and
which make the ears tingle with anticipatory har. we seem to see all in one. Each beautiful public-spirited founder will put his money
monies. But they begin their actual work with thing, each dew-drop, each leaf, each true work into the hands of trustees or directors who un
modesty and moderation. The first night, with of painter's, poet's, or musician's art, seems an
them, is by no means a great night.” The opera derstand art as well as finance, and who realize epitome of the creation. Is it not God revealed what it is that our people really need.
chosen for the occasion is not that intended to be through the senses ? Is not every beautiful
the sensation of the season ; the star prima donna
After all, it may be questioned whether our thing a divine hint thrown out to us? Does
is not called upon to a; pear; the season reaches its
Yet the first night, as not the soul begin to dream of its own bound- progress in music is retarded so much by the climax by a gradual ascent.
want of schools as by the ignorance and indif- all nights, is apt to be profitable to the managers, less capacities, when it has felt beauty? Does ference of the general public. The country is for it is rarely that you will see a vacant seat in not immortality then, for the first time, cease to be a name, a doctrine, and become a present in one way or another, some at home and some full of singers and pianists who have acquired Covent Garden, vast as it is, after the performance
has begun. The first performance at this house for experience? When the leaves fall in autumns abroad, a good musical education, yet are do- the present season took place nig!ıt
before last. The they turn golden as they drop: The cold wind, ing nothing for art, and earning neither wealth
opera chosen was Rossini's “ William Tell," and in tell us of coming winter and death; but they nor credit by the exercise of their special gift,
the role of performers there was not a single name tell it in music, All is significant of decay: mercly because they find no market for their
ever heard of in England three years ago. Yet but the deep, still, harmonious beauty surpass- best work. Any of our readers could name at
there was one of those eminently satisfactory houses es all felt in summer or spring before. We this moment twenty or thirty musical perform-society in gala delights to range over.
which the eye of one interested in observing London
There was look on it, and feel that it cannot die. The
ers in New York alone whose names are forever Eternal speaks to us from the midst of decay.
ne cramming and jamming crowd such as flocks to on concert programmes, and whose ability as We feel a melancholy; but it is a sweet, relig- executants is beyond question; but how many the house was just full, and here you have an epit
Covent Garden on a first night of Patti or Nilsson ; ious melancholy, lifting us in imagination of them are making any permanent impression ome of every grade of British society, except that above death-since above the grave of the sum
upon the public, or doing anything to improve which honorable gentlemen in the House of Commer so much real beauty lingers.
mons are in the habit of characterizing as the The beautiful, then, is the spiritual aspect of cal culture? The quality of their performance the general taste or raise the standard of musi
" lower classes." Majesty sits in the satin-draped it, we make nature preach us a constant lesson but by the applause of the concert-room, and nature. By cherishing a delicate sensibility to is not regulated by their previous education, boxes, which you see on the right of the stage,
with the royal coat of arms above them. The of faith; we find all around an illustration of
so nine-tenths of them sink at once to the greater nobility occupy the larger boxes near and the life of the spirit. We surround ourselves level of the community out of which they get opposite. Then, in the lower range of boxes.sweepa with a constant cheerful exhortation to duty: their living. Perhaps what we really need is a We render duty lovely and inviting: We find Conservatory which shall instruct audiences as
balcony, are the nobility in general, the wealthier the soul's deep inexpressible thoughts written well as performers; teach young people the gorged " city-men.” What we should call the “ par
gentry, with here and there a sprinkling of goldaround us in the skies, the far blue hills, and technicality and theory of art
, and at the same quet" and the English the “ stalls” are occupied by swelling waters.
time show the world the value of such lessons people in the “best society," here and there a man But then to this desirable result one stern in practice.
and woman of title, in some part bachelor club condition must be observed. If the sense of
Incidentally we know the new college prom- loungers, and dowagers, and other“ detached” folks beauty disposes to purity of heart; 8o equally ises to attempt this, but in the wrong way. of high life who have not enough of a family to juspurity of heart is all that can keep the sense of The pupils are to give public performances, tify a box. The “ stalls” are comfortable, red-cushbeauty open. All influences work mutually with the proceeds of which it is supposed the inned, single seats, ranged in straight lines across "One hand must wash the other,” said the po- institution can be supported. This is a mis
the floor; and “ evening dress” is the regulation et. The world is loveliest to him, who looks take from every point of view. The effect
wbich must absolutely and positively be observed out on it through pure eyes. would be equally bad upon the pupils, the pub- second and third galleries (the ten shilling, seven.
by those who wish to occupy them. Rising to the Sweet is the pleasure,
lic taste, and the exchequer of the college. and-six-pence, and five shilling places), you find
eminent but untitled respectability. If Belgravia One with true toil?
with the Conservatory a regular annual series and Eaton square are found in the boxes and stalls, Thou that wouldst taste it,
of the best classical concerts—and perhaps op- Bloomsbury and Russell square may be said Still do thy best;
eratic performances likewise with the finest swarm in the second and third tiers. There is still Use it, not waste it,
orchestra and chorus that could be brought one step, in one sense higher and in another lower,
Else 'tis no rest.