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viceroy is an exception, and contnins paintings over VENICE.
which, without the affectation of connoisseurship, one
might long hang in unsatisfied wonder. The Ecce BY TIIC REV. W. K. TWEEDID, EDINBURGII. llomo of Albert Durer, in the private chapel, is a Perhaps there is no city in Europe, with the ex- painting which prints itself on the mind by the imception of Rome, over which such a change has pression which it makes, and is ever after remempassed as that which has brought Venice down from bered as a familiar thing--a tribute to the genius of its ancient pride and power. History tells, that in him who produced it. former years the formidable Republic was at once Bonaparte built a palace here; for even the magnithe mistress of the ocean, and the bulwark of ficence of the Doges was not vast enough for him. the Christian faith, at least of the corrupt form of But the majestic Hall, designed for the statues of religion that prevails in Italy. It was employed by Napoleon and his generals, is now an empty void. The Providence to break the Ottoman power when the niches seem to yawn for their occupants, or appear believers in Mohammed threatened to devastate like the open graves of human greatness. In the Christendom. For many years its annals remind us Piazzetta of St Mark stand the granite columns rather of the records of chivalry than of sober history; brought thither from the East in the thirteenth cenand the study of its rise, prosperity, and fall, gives a tury, when the Doge, Domenico Michele, reconquered clear insight into the principles of government which Jerusalem, Tyre, and Ascalon. They are surmounted give brilliant prosperity on the one hand, or are fatal by statues of St Theodore and St Mark, who long on the other, whether to a nation, a family, or a man. presided over the murders, under the name of State
But Venice as it was, and Venice as it is, contrast executions, perpetrated there by order of the Secret like life and death. The ally or protectress of many Council. nations has sunk into actual decrepitude. The power But of all that is interesting in the exterior of that checked the Turk in the height of his success, Venice, the Ducal Palace is the most attractive. As and sacked Constantinople itself, is now, in its turn, the scene of Venetian plots and murders, as well as struggling for existence. Its rulers ceased to be the place from which the orders were issued which patriots, and the ruled became slaves. Success and carried its fleets in triumph from the West to the immense riches produced their usual effects-luxury, East, and over the known world, one approaches it | corruption, weakness, and, at last, a degeneracy with a feeling akin to awe. The very names asso
that was utterly hopeless. Venice thus fell by her ciated with it are familiar in every land. Martino own suicidal hand. At times, some convulsive efforts Faliero, Francisco Foscari, “the blind old Dondolo," were made by certain of her citizens, animated by and others, make it in some sort classic ground; and the spirit of former times; but the hand of decay though the imposing pile of marble, mainly Sarawas on her, and she gradually sank into political cenic in its architecture, be attractive, it is lost in the death; she is not now the shadow of her former self. remembrance of the great-the greatly wicked-who If a walk in a grave-yard suggests sober thoughts to have trod those halls. The famed “Lion's Mouth,” the reflective, still deeper thoughts may be evolved once so terrible to Venice, still exists. It is open, amid the unpeopled palaces and the vast decay of and into the yawning orifice was thrown, in former Venice, the grave of nearly all that man holds great times, the information, anonymous or otherwise, political influence, martial glory, unbounded wealth, which led to the ruin of many a citizen, when a hated and luxury and pleasure. It has been said with oligarchy ruled the State, and had other ends than truth, that she died of diseases occasioned by her those of justice to promote by death. This monuvices.
mental pile is crowded with works of art; and though In glancing at the marvels of the place, the Cathe we cannot register here the marvels which it contains, dral of St Mark, the patron saint, demands the first it is not too much to say, that a journey from Britain place. It is one of the most grotesque in Italy, con to Venice were well repaid by a survey of the Doge's taining a mixture of Greek, Arabic, and Gothic Palace. architecture. The celebrated horses of Venice, We need not even enumerate the Churches of reckoned the only animals of that kind in the city, Venice, said to be one hundred and twenty in numstand over the porch of the Cathedral, and were ber. Some of them are by Palladio, and not a few brought thither from Constantinople in 1205, when are majestic. The Academy of the Fine Arts, founded the Venetians sacked that city. Athens, Egypt, in 1315, counts about three hundred students, and Persia, Turkey, and Jerusalem, have all contributed contains some of the finest productions of Titian. to decorate the pile. It contains some pillars said to Indeed, he is the presiding genius there; and his have belonged to Solomon's Temple; but the whole Assumption of the Virgin is reputed by Venetians
gorgeous confusion—no unmeet representative of the noblest painting in the world. We felt as we that system of religion which has corrupted and dis- gazed upon it, that it was a far better argument in figured the noble simplicity of the Gospel. The defence of Popery than all its lying legends and library of St Mark is one of the richest in Italy. juggling miracles. Popery is a religion solely for
In front of the Cathedral is a square tower, three the senses; and as Titian's Assumption is avowedly hundred and sixteen feet high, which once served as addressed to them, it is in perfect keeping with the
the observatory of “ the starry Galileo;” and all system. But as a painting, one gazes, and returns to | around, in the Grand Piazza, are the remains of gaze upon it, and, after all, retires unsated. Titian
palaces once peopled by merchant-princes, but now died towards his bundredth year, while labouring at a the abodes of paupers. The palace of the Austrian Deposition from the Cross, and is buried in an ad
joining church; while in one of the halls there is memory of thirteen centuries of glory—the riches of a striking relic of a kindred spirit—the right hand the East added to the conquests of the West—all must of Canova — preserved in a vase of porphyry. It come low when He who cannot look on sin without bears the inscription: “ Dextra Magni Canovae." abhorring it comes, in his providence, to curb the It is an Italian idea, where every emotion is a pas- pride and punish the iniquity of man. Anthony sion, and Canova carried out that passion to all its Marion, the last Doge of Venice, virtually proclaimed, it extent. His right hand is here, his left at Rome, when he died in obscurity, that though hand join in his heart in a church at Venice, and his body at hand, sin shall not go unpunished. Strange that Passagno, in the province of Treviso, the place of his Britain should have sent one of her nobles to that birth. One of the greatest traits in Canova's mind city to proclaim the same lesson, and deepen the
i is, that even after he had become the prince of living tone in which it was uttered! Byron's Palace stands artists, courted by crowned heads, and made a mar among those which line the Grand Canal. It is known quis by a Pope, he continued to lodge, till his dying that in his house, at Venice, the grossest and most day, with the keeper of a coffee-house, his earliest unblushing impurity reigned; and yet man, blind to patron and his most honoured friend. He died in God and God's righteous claims and law, lavish their October 1822. Venice now contains few of Canova's homage on him! What is the estimate which we works. The poverty of the Venetian nobles brought shall form of all such doings when the light of eterthem all to the market. His monument is reared nity shines on them? That should be our estimate near that of Titian.
The Canals and Gondolas of Venice are known “The Bridge of Sighs”—such is the name of a throughout the world. There is scarcely a street in bridge over one of the canals, and connecting the a city containing above one hundred thousand in- Doge's Palace with an adjoining prison. It takes habitants, and the only horse we saw was a misera- | its name from the fact, that when an accused person ! ble animal feeding near one of the churches. The crossed it, he was virtually condemned to die. No!! city rises from a vast lake, and is founded upon piles where could such a relic be more appropriate than in driven into a group of low muddy islands, some of this city, whether we regard its past or its present; them laid bare when the tide is low. In consequence and as we crossed it to visit the State prisons, it was of its peculiar position, the thoroughfares are all not difficult to fancy some of the feelings of those canals, from that of Giudeca, which varies from who were there immured. They have left on their twelve hundred to two thousand feet in width, to the prison walls some melancholy memorials of their merest strip of water, winding, like a liquid lane, wretchedness; and we have visited few abodes of among the tall gaunt structures springing from either misery where the feeling was so oppressive as in this margin. Let the reader suppose that a canal were place of death. Mottos and scraps of poetry are formed (were it possible) down any of the closes traced on the ceiling. Vestiges of attempts to escape leading from the High Street of Edinburgh, occu are still seen in some of the cells; but the only escape pying the space from foundation to foundation, and was across the Bridge of Sighs to the “ Hall of he may form an idea of some parts of Venice. But Death," and thence to the Piazzetta, the place of doom; the resemblance does not end here. The Edinburgh or, if needful, the execution was in private, with closes are lined with what once formed the abodes of no witness but the dungeon walls, after which the our Scottish aristocracy, and so are the canals of dead body was exposed, labelled with the crime for Venice. Indeed, a sail along the Canalaccio, is one of which it died. Tradition says that, above the porch the most mournful in the world. Palaces hastening of the Hall of Death, there was an inscription which to decay, fragments of former taste and grandeur, told that whoever entered it accused, never went ont mingled with the marks of Italian poverty, the shreds but to execution. of aristocratic emblazonry, side by side with all that We cannot advert to the Arsenal of Venice, nar betokens wretchedness, place the past in melancholy need we register the antiquities which are found in contrast with the present. Even such classic spots as the city. Enough to say, that it is second to none in the Rialto, a noble arch of marble, only deepen the Italy. It is to the middle ages what Rome is to ansad impression; and when you ask for the princely tiquity—the fallen mistress of the nations. The owners of those abodes, the frequent answer is— fragments of the Bucentaur, fast falling to pieces, “They are all miserable now.” The gloomy gondola-tell of the ceremony by which the Doge wedded the olack, like a coffin or a hearse, and unadorned in com Adriatic by casting a ring into the deep; but they pliance with a sumptuary law on the subject-the also tell of its grandeur gone, and all its power laid silent gondolier, as if even he were affected by the low-shall we say the truth ?-beneath the weight of reigning melancholy—the dull splash of his skulling the Republic's guilt. The iron rule of Austris is oar echoing among the empty halls and ruined clemency itself, compared with the bloody despotism palaces—all render the scene a sad comment on man's of the oligarchy; and if one does not exult in ber boasted grandeur. Yet all this is but a fulfilment of fall, he at least sees retribution in her decay, Jehovah's intimation : “ Be sure your sins will find There are other instructive topics connected with you out.” That applies to a nation as well as to indi-Venice which deserve to be mentioned. The yearly re viduals; and, like Tyre of old, Venice has come down venues of herbenevolentinstitutions amount to £10,000. from her pride of place, because she had outraged | How far have these helped on her decay, by fostering the laws of God so far that she could no longer be pauperism, and offering a bounty on indolence or proendured. The countless domes and towers springing fusion ? In one year, forty-one thousand three so gracefully from the waters of the Lagune—the l hundred paupers were relieved, or about one is
A SAILOR STORY.
every three of the inhabitants. Indolence is their mation; and some whom persecution drove from it universal vice, or at least they are active mainly helped to spread that light in other lands. Venice in the pursuit of pleasure, and even the patricians did not know the time of her visitation, and now her would rather enrol themselves as paupers than house is left unto her desolate. apply their hand to labour. They have sunk into a state of collapse, deep and hopeless, proportioned to their former elation; and an estimate may be
THE MISSIONARY. formed of the revolting want of principle that prevails, when we state that about three thousand three hundred and thirty-eight foundlings were, a short time
BY THE REV. JOHN S. C. ABBOT. ago, supported in the city; that is, about one in every thirty of the natives of Venice are exposed by the The following story a seaman recently related to mother that bore them. In addition to these, there the writer :are ten thousand six hundred and twenty-five found Many years ago, when New Zealand was a land lings in the Venetian territory, exclusive of the city. of uninterrupted Heathenism, the ship in which I The Word of God has described men as “without was a common sailor dropped anchor, at a cautious natural affection” (Rom. i. 30, 31), and many resent
distance from the shore, in one of the harbours of
that island. We had been months upon the ocean, the truth as if it were vercharged, but the facts
without seeing any land; and when the sublime now mentioned form a touching comment on the mountains and luxuriant valleys of that magnificent text. In speaking of religion with a Venetian, he isle rose from the wide waste of waters before us, it frankly told us that he "believed nothing—when
was difficult to realize that we were not approaching one dies, it is good night;" in other words, he believed
some region of fairy enchantment. We soon, howhimself to be like a beast that perishes.
found that we were still in this world of sin and Yet is the city wholly given up to idolatry. The fight between two war parties of the natives raging
woe; for it so happened that there was a terrible Virgin Mary is its goddess, and the saints its gods. at the very hour in which we entered the lovely bay. Even in the remotest valleys of Papal Switzerland, From the deck of our ship we witnessed with awe we did not notice more degrading superstition than the whole revolting scene, the fierce assault, the in voluptuous Venice, with one hundred and twenty attitudes of those maddened savages, as they tell upon
bloody carnage, the infuriated shrieks, the demoniac churches, and, we were told, two thousand priests and each other with a degree of fury which seemed worse monks—an academy of fine arts--noble galleries, and than human. Often we saw the heavy club of the paintings among the most exquisite in the world. New Zealand savage fall upon the head of his anHow speedy the transformation, yet how intense the tagonist; and as he fell lifeless to the ground his head hostility, were the Gospel to be preached in Venice; tiated fury. This awful scene of savage life, as beheld
was beaten by reiterated blows, till exhaustion safully, freely, and without fear, say only for a month ! The scene at Ephesus would be repeated (Acts xix.), thinking sailors with emotions of deepest melancholy.
from the deck of our ship, impressed even us unbut souls would be won; and the day for winning
In consequence of the war, or some other cause, them will arrive.
no canoe from the shore approached our ship. As But amid all its superstition, and degradation, and we were entirely destitute of wood, the captain sent mouldering decay,* Venice seems all gaiety, show, and
a boat's crew, with many cautions as to safety, to the pleasure. Theatres, music, promenades, and fêtes, opposite side of the harbour to collect some fuel. I
was sent with this party. We landed upon a beauticonstitute all the heaven its people seem to care for.
ful beach upon which a heavy surf was rolling. The An earthquake shook their city during our sojourn savage scene we had just witnessed so filled us with there; but, as with the combatants at Thrasymene terror that we were every moment apprehensive that amid the fierceness of battle, so with the Venetians a party of cannibals would fall upon us and destroy amid their sensual enjoyments—the earthquake oc
After gathering wood for some time we recasioned no pause in their giddy pursuits
, so intently turned to the boat, and found to our dismay that the
surf rolling in upon the beach had so increased, that were they occupied. Men from all the nations, in their it was impossible to launch the boat. The sun was peculiar costumes, mingle in the throng. In hurrying to just setting behind angry clouds, which betokened a their amusements, the Venetians offer a hasty passing rising storm. The crested waves were rolling more tribute to some convenient saint; and then, conscience and more heavily in from the ocean. A dark night being drugged, they rush to what they reckon plea- already dripping with blood, were everywhere
was coming on, and savage warriors, their hands sure, though they find it like the apples of Sodom.
We were all silent. No one was willing to speak of Amusements are here exalted into duties, and no his fears, and yet no one could conceal them. where is it more apparent that men are lovers of Before we left the ship the captain had informed pleasure more than lovers of God. In a word, Gan us that an English missionary had erected his hut ganelli described Venice when he said, It is sur
about two miles from the place where we were to
land. The captain had visited him about two years rounded by pleasure as by the sea-pleasure is its
before in his solitary home, and it was then very unfifth element.
certain whether he would be able to continue in his And who, in God's esteem, are mainly to be blamed post of danger. We immediately resolved to endeafor this degeneracy? All are guilty; but the men vour to find the missionary, and to seek such protecwho profess to teach religion are doubly so. The tion as he could afford us for the night. light of God's truth dawned on the city at the Refor
Increasing masses of clouds rolled up and spread
over the sky; and as we groped our way through the * In 1830, the Emperor of Austria, its ruler, declared deep and tangled forest, darkness like that of Egypt Venice a free port, in the hope of raising it, in some degree, enveloped us. After wandering about, we hardly from its fallen condition,
knew where, for some time, we heard the loud shouts
of savages either in conflict or in revelry. Cautiously return to his solitary home, and of the days, weeka, we approached the sounds, till we beheld a large and months he must there pass in thankless labours, party gathered around their fires, with the hideous I thought that his lot was, in a worldly point of view, ! trophies of their recent battle, and exulting over their one of the hardest I had ever known; and I wonvictory. We thought it wise to keep as far from dered that any man could be so hard-hearted as to them as possible, and again turned from the light of speak in terms of reproach, and point the finger of their fire into the dark forest, where we could hardly scorn towards the Christian missionary. see an arm's length before us. We at length came In my last voyage, about two years ago, I again upon a little path, and slowly following it along, entered this same harbour. It is now called the Bay stumbling, in the darkness, over rocks and roots of of Islands, and is one of the most beautiful places in trees, we came in view of the twinkling light of a natural scenery on the surface of the globe.' I could lamp. I, with another one of the party, was sent hardly credit my eyes as I looked out upon a handforward to reconnoitre. We soon found that the some and thrifty town, with many dwellings indicalight proceeded from a hut, but whether from the tive of wealth and elegance. There were churches night fire of a savage New Zealander or from the of tasteful architecture, and school children with their lamp of the Christian missionary we knew not; and slates and books. And there were to be seen New few can imagine the anxiety with which we cau Zealand families dwelling in cheerful parlours, sanctiously moved along to ascertain how the fact might tified by morning prayers and evening hymns. The be. Our hopes were greatly revived by the sight of untiring labours of the inissionary had, through a glazed window; and when, through that window, God's blessing, created a new world; and the emowe saw a man in the garb of civilized life, with his tions of deep compassion with which I had regarded wife and one child, kneeling in their evening prayers, him, when we left him on the beach along with the our joy knew no bounds. Waiting a few moments savages, were transformed into sentiments of admiratill the prayer was closed, we entered the door, and tion and almost envy in view of his achievements
. though the surprise of the inmates was very great in All other labours seemed trivial compared with his. seeing two white sailors enter their dwelling, we were And I then felt, and still feel, that if any man can most hospitably received. The missionary imme lie down with joy upon a dying bed, it is he who can diately lighted his lantern, and proceeding with us, look back upon a life successfully devoted to raising led the rest of our party to his humble abode. We a savage people to the comforts, refinements, and visall slept upon his floor for the night. Weary, how tues of a Christian life.- American Periodical. ever, as I was, I found but little rest. I thought of my quiet New England home, from which I had been absent but a few months. I thought of my mother, SOME LESSONS IN MORAL AND SPIRITUAL and her anxiety about her sailor boy in this his first
DISCIPLINE, voyage. The scene was indeed a novel one to me.
SUPPLIED BY THE CALLING OF THE HUSBANDYAN, The swelling winds of the tempestuous night, the wild scenes of man and nature all around us, the vivid image of the bloody conflict, with the remembrance
BY WILLIAM M'COMBI E, ESQ. of its hideous and fiend-like outcries-all united so to
Author of " Hours of Thouglit." impress my spirit, that I found but little repose. My companions, however, perhaps more accustomed to The calling of the husbandman is more, perhaps, than danger, and perhaps less addicted to thought, were any other-certainly more than any other landward soon soundly asleep.
occupation-adapted to bring into exercise faith, and Early in the morning, a party of warriors came to
to keep alive a sense of dependence on a Providence the missionary's hut in search of us, having some
that regulates and governs all things. All his operahow ascertained that a boat's crew were on the shore. The missionary and his wife, both in countenance tions, as well as the results of the application of inand manner, manifested the deepest anxiety for our dustry and skill, depend so much on the state of the safety. The savages were imperious and rude, and weather, and that, again, is often so little capable of it seemed to me then, that nothing but the restrain- | being foreseen, that he, whatever some philosophers ing power of God preserved this family uninjured, may deem, is led to look higher than to “general in the midst of such cruel and treacherous men. While they had been somewhat subdued in spirit
, laws” for the source of those influences which affect by the kindness, the meekness, and the utter help
so much these operations and their success. He may lessness of the missionary's family, they considered be a person of intelligence, and even a student of us sailors fair game for plunder and abuse. By the philosophy to the extent of knowing all that has been most earnest solicitations on the part of the mission- ascertained respecting those “ laws " which regulate ary, they were induced to spare us. The missionary atmospheric changes and influences, and yet be often accompanied us to our boat, and we had, for our retinue, a troop of rioting and carousing savages, brand- utterly unable to divine what sort of weather "a day ishing their bloody war-clubs over our heads, to con
may bring forth.” It is, indeed, a remarkable fact, vince us that we were in their power. A walk of that, while science enables us to calculate the more two miles conducted us to the beach. It was a fear ments and positions of the heavenly bodies for ages ful walk, and the watchful anxiety of our friend to come, it has not, as yet, furnished us with data for proved that he considered our danger to be great. predicting the state of the weather with certainty, When we arrived at the beach, some of the natives manifested great reluctance to let us go. Some took
even for a single day. If atmospheric changes are hold of our boat to draw it further upon the land, regulated by “ general laws," it is obvious such laws while they seemed to be earnestly arguing with the must in this case be much more recondite than those rest upon the folly of permitting our escape. At which regulate the movements of the heavenly bodies. length, however, they yielded to the remonstrances And if such multifarious changes, occurring for great of the missionary, and aided us in launching our boat through the now subsiding surf.
part to our apprehension without any order, hare yet As we rowed from the shore, and I looked back for their inner hidden springs the operation of agents upon that devoted man, standing upon the beach in regulated by general fixed principles, it is but the the midst of these rude savages, and thought of his greater proof of the skill and plastic energy of Higa
SOME LESSONS IN MORAL AND SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE.
who originated and sustains in action such an agency. sluggard who will not plough by reason of the cold; And, by those who reflect that the divine purposes shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.” In no sphere and volitions operate in and embrace an eternal now, of life is it more true than in his, that " for everysuch laws will be regarded as not more fixed from thing there is a season." And we have often obeternity, than as now and every moment issuing as served such seasons to be the briefest possible for the fiat of sovereign wisdom and omnipotence. Nor allowing the operations appropriate to it to be, even will they regard what is produced by the operation with the greatest activity and exertion, at all well of agencies so regulated as any the less, in each case, done; and this a season which would be called, not an instance of providential divine arrangement. bad, but precarious. The voice of the very weather
When the mind does not rest in an overruling has seemed, at such times, to say: Watch, and imProvidence ordering all things in wisdom, there prove the proper hour, there is not a moment to be cannot be any class of persons more liable to harass-lost-thus conveying the highest lessons of moral ing care and tormenting anxiety than husbandmen. discipline not only in regard to concerns of this life, The returns of the husbandman's labour and outlay but of that which is to come. are all distant, and in no small degree contingent; Then the husbandman must be ever an improver; and, if his mind is affected chiefly by present appear- he must allow no nook capable of being reclaimed to ances, he will often enough find cause for alarm and lie waste. He must ever keep his eyes open, and be despondency. How often, at least in many localities ready to adopt improved modes of culture, and to of our country, does winter extend its reign into what apply whatever more effective agencies for fertilizing should be the domain of spring? Instead of that his soil may be discovered, else he will not be able to dryness and prevalent sunshine so important to the keep up abreast with the phalanx of competition favourable character of a seed-time, that season may around him; and what an aptitude will his fields disbe marred by frequent falls of snow or rain, so as to cover to produce weeds or noxious plants, and what render it matter of the greatest difficulty to get the constant care and effort will he find to be required seed put into the ground at all. And, then, to pass to keep down and eradicate such! Tendencies and over innumerable other operations, in our now com processes such as these all combine to give an emplicated system of agriculture, in regard to which phasis to such inspired injunctions as call on us to the state of the weather may be often a source either join watchfulness and diligent persevering exertion of great discomfort or anxiety, when we draw toward with dependence and prayer, as well as to furnish the season of harvest, with what redoubled force will him who is a thoughtful observer of them with all such anxieties assail a mind not habitually recog- affecting mementos of the lamentable tendency of his nising and firmly resting in an ever watchful Provi- moral nature to run into weeds and waste, rather than dence? A night's frost may blight the fruit of a to produce “the fruits of righteousness." year's labour, and expenditure, and care. An hour Then what lessons of humility, are frequently ocor two of a gale of wind may dash out upon the curring instances of short-sightedness adapted to earth great part of the best of the grain, when just furnish! Care, and vigilance, and activity, and, to about arrived at maturity. Rain continued day after use a nautical phrase, a sharp look-out a-head, are all day, even week after week, may cause the grain to necessary; yet how abortive frequently will the atsprout in the sheaf, before it is fit to be carried home mospheric changes of a single night render the best and stacked. And there is scarcely a season passes, directed vigilance and forethought! The thing which but the harvest is threatened with one or other of to-day seemed, from the tendencies of the weather, these dangers—perhaps all of them in succession. the most urgent to be done, to-morrow shall show to Amid such sources of anxiety, how important is it to have been just the thing which might have been safely have reliance on God become the habit and temper omitted; and what yesterday it was deemed best, on of the mind, so as not only to rest in the promise that, the whole, not to do, to-day shall show to have been as to general results, "seed-time and harvest shall the very thing which ought to have been done; as not fail,” but, when involved in those cases of par- may be illustrated by what frequently occurs in hartial failure that every now and then are occurring, vest, when the one day a threatened gale of wind to be able to say: “Good is the will of the Lord;" seems to indicate that the most needful thing is to and to enter into the spirit of the prophet, when he use all expedition in cutting down the standing corn, exclaims : “ Although the fig tree shall not blossom, to-morrow a deluge of rain shall show that the more neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the necessary operation would have been to have stacked olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; what may have been ready for being carried home. the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall Under such an entire confounding of its purposes and be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, plans, how impressively is a well-regulated mind I will joy in the God of my salvation."
made to feel the narrow limits and weakness of its But, while the calling of the husbandman is thus faculties as regards futurity! And if we are tempted calculated to bring into exercise and keep alive feel sometimes querulously to ask: “Why is the future so ings of trust and dependence, it is not the less adapted much shrouded from our view ? perhaps such rebelto foster habits of prompt exertion and perseverance. | lion of spirit against the constitution under which we The husbandman, any more than the Christian, must are placed will, next to considering that such is the not yield to mere difficulties; he must be abroad and will of God, be best allayed by reflecting what would at his operations during many uncongenial and un- be the probable effects of having the future disclosed comfortable states of the weather, else the season for But it were well, at the outset, to ascertain performing these may be irretrievably lost. “ The i what measure of foreseeing would satisfy us. A few