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BY ROBERT BAIRD,
w both. They have not, neither do they with winch woman is gifted, in a superior strive to acquire a proper knowledge of each degree, will readily detect a counterfeit pasother's character. Soon after marriage eachsion. almost imperceptibly cease those thousand A loving heart, like the sun, warms and little, nameless attentions, which were before vivifies all who come within its cheering ingo valued. The husband ceases to be the fluence. Yet the light of the heart, unlike lover, the wife neglects those witching arts the sun, should never set, or become obscurwhich won that husband's love, until, ated by clouds, but ever shine on with pure length, each begins to doubt the affection of and steady rays. a type of love divine. Then the other. That doubt once entertained, would home, nay, earth itself, be but a preseldom fails of bringing forth a rich harvest lude to that heaven to which we aspire, and of misery for future years. In short, they do whence emanate our best and noblest atfecnot understand the weighty obligations of tions. the marriage vow. Herein, are parents of- HANOVER, 1852. tentimes sadly at fault, for they have never
MORAL ASPECTS OF SOCIETY. pointed out to them the true and noble objects of hfe. They are treated as children until they arrive at an age to be introduced
The history of Science presents an aspect into society, and then they are thrown into
towards religious truth, which contrasts very its eddying whirlpool, all unfitted to en
strongly with that which it wore in the last counter the perils which surge its billowy
Wycentury. Much that was most eminent in bosom, and like the mariner reft of his com
w the science of that age, presented itself in pass, unless a favorable wind waft them to al
the attitude of open hostility to revelation. haven of safety, shipwreck and ruin are the "Astronomical records have been fabricated inevitable consequence. A majority of those or misrepresented,” says a writer at the bewho stand before the sacred altar to plight ginning of this century, "for the purpose of their troth before God and man are so utter-discrediting the sacred chronology: the natly ignorant of the deep import of that so- v ral history of the earth and man investigalemn vow, or the duties which must neces-ted to disprove the Scripture; Chemistry to sarily devolve upon them, that it seems but find materialism, and deny a first cause; and a cruel mockery of the holiest and purest moral and political philosophy to strike at affections which gladden and beautify the Evangelical truth.” It was characterized, earth. Do we require proof? Witness the pot exclusively indeed, but in very great continually recurring cases of divorce. Go part, as "an age of infidel philosophy." look upon the perjured victims? They have The more complete and scientific form sworn before high heaven that nought but which knowledge has taken, in our day, has DEATH should sever them, yet after a few totally reversed the character of Science in brief years, or perchance months, they come this respeet. More extended investigation before an earthly court, pleading to have has harmonized many seeming discrepancies, That contract annulled which is registered and science, in every branch, proffers supin heaven, as though man could blot out the port to the Gospel in its relations to nature records of his Maker!
| and history. The materialism of former There is no excuse for alienated affection. I days has given place to a more spiritual phiIf a wife has once gained the love of her losophy, and atheism and infidelity find, husband, she can most assuredly retain it, when undisguised, few reputable advocates. or if she does not, she is herself at fault. If Ethnology and ethnography, the natural she does not possess his love she should history of the human race and of human never be his. Neither need she be deceived language already indicate the original conupon this point, for the puick perception 'nection of all the languages, and the original
Chity of all the varieties un standabanne Morat,
for the Literary Miscellany. sentiment assumes a far higher place in phi
PRACTICAL WISDOM. losopbical speculations which are current
BY A NEW CONTIBUTOR. with the present generation.
Gevlogy--the most comprehensive of all Nothing can be more important than to the molern sciences, and also perhaps the rightly understand, what kind of education most popular, which, in the crude state in is necessary to enable its possessor to fulfil which it was a century ago, offered many the great ends of human existence. I do objections to the Bible, has decided many not underrate the benefits of a thorough edu8.1ch questions in favor of revealed truth- cation, when I assert that a great mistake has been carried to its present beight by exists in regard to the design and scope of names as eminent for their Christian faith as such training. Many are disposed to regard for their scientific attainments, and interests such an education as the ultimatum, when it Sone of its most ardent votaries, in efforts to 1 is but a foundation for a superstructure. An establish a yet more complete harmony with error in this respect is often fatal. Men of the Word of God. Even the scientific spec- talent, genius and learning enter the lists ulations which are hostile to Scripture, are with their inferiors in all these qualifications seidom presented as such. The hold which and find themselves vanquished in every the Bible has at length gained upon the mass strife of each great class of society, forbids such
Such, after a few unsuccessful attempts to writers to indulge the hopes of any speedy win golden opinions often retire fron the acceptance of views which are seen to be at contest, either blaming their fortune, or variance with it.
thinking that they have vot strength for the Sach an achievement as this, Christianity copflict. has never before accomplished in this field. There is evidently a great deficiency The body of Science has already become somewhere. It is not in the amount of very vast. Many conclusions are firinly es- learning-- it is not a want of energy, nor is tablished, and many minds, in the most dis- it the absence of natural talent. It can be tant moral conditions, are philosophizing on only a lack of practical knowledge, which the facts thuş ascertained. The thorough incapacitates them, to adapt themselves to Christianizing of such a development of hu- surrounding circumstances--au ignorance of man thought, extending over the whole human nature and an indifference to the length of man and nature, is wonderful.-- more trivial occurrences. They can conMuch remains yet to be accomplished; but vince the understanding by logical reasonChristians can approach the task, however ing, without being able to affect the heart, great it may be, or may become, with the or p lease the fancy, They cannot act, confidence derived from numberless victo- think, or feel as the world around them. ries in the same field. The promise is as Genius vill draw the chariot, but must hopeful for the future, as the progress has first be barnessed. A knowledge of human been great in the past. From this progress nature is indispensible in any moral underthere is reason to hope that all real truth taking. Man has no right to be ignorant of shall yet vindicate and sustain Divine Truth his fellow, po right to offend his tastes, or that all the science and wisdom of the wound his feelings. The most lamentable world shall do homage to the infinite wisdom ignorance of human nature is often displayed and knowledge of God, and that all the be-by those who have most to do with nevolence and hunianity of Society, shall it, this is often true of ministers of the Gosacknowledge their obligations to that love of pel, in their first efforts in the performance God in the Gospel, which is their only effi- of pastoral duties. Their pulpit exercises cient source.
give abundant promise of future excellence
ut in their intercourse wauit :
ti si@. Men Lecome their unfitness is quite apparent. I am not great, they are not born 80. They become disposed to censure them, the fault is in great, not by accident, but by patient and their education,
necessary toil. They are not removed They have a correct knowledge of the from society but identified with all its real state of the human heart, but the avenues by interests. They were never exempt from which that heart can be reached are to them the ills and frailties of humanity. sealel. They are sent into the world with Obstacles have been overcome, tenptaabout the same practical knowledge of it. tions resisted, virtue wooed and won. Eacb they have of the mood. They are literally Taculty of the mind has performed well its as sheep among woives.
allotted part. The hands have been diligent When settled they are expected to do the in their work and
to the in their work and the heart has gnided all labor of two men with the compensation of aright. A clear head; an unfaltering, a one, and are often envied for the easy life strong hand and a pure heart may all be they lead: They are not permitted to asso- ours. ciate unreservedly with the world around The young man may enter the lists with them. The mechanic who succeeds, ander- | high hopes, for fame and excellence are withstandk erary part of his business the clerova in the reach of all. Let him bavish all sorman cannot reasonably hope for success lid views of wealth, matter was made for without as perfect a knowledge of his peo- mind, not mind for matter. ple and their wants. To combat their er- ! An empty purse is a misfortune, an empty rois, he must first learn what they are; a head an abomination. Ignorance is sin. The kind of information his library does not fur- man who starves his soul to enrich his estate nish.
is more infamous than the man who approTo persuade men to forsake the ways of priates his neighbors abundance to bis own evil, he must know how to affect the heart. pressing wants. It is all important to comNor can this be acquired in his study.--mence right. An honorable calling should Schools can only discipline the mind and be selected,and honestly pursued, not because store it for future usefulness. The scholarhonesty is the best policy, but because it is must learn to exercise this discipline in ap- right. Disappointment should stimulate our plying these stores to the practical walks of enterprise and increase our zeal. Olstaeles life, or they are as a sounding brass. Few are sent to strengthen our hands, not to re. are aware how much may be learned from tard our progress. the most common occurrences, or how much of man's true character is shown by the most trifling acts. The correct way of esti- The Ligut OF THE HOUSE. ---No one, who mating character is not by calculating only has not tried, can estimate the amount of in. great deeds, but all the acts, minor as well fluence which one loving, unselfish spirit can as major of a man's life are necessary to the exercise in a bousehold. If a seihsh and making up that character. Every departure gloomy temper can shed its baneful influfrom purity leaves a stain upon the moralence around, making all who come within its character, and has a crushing effect on moral shadow cold and gloomy too, much more energy. Folly is easily learned but difficult (blessed be God!) shall the spirit of Christo be entirely unlearned.
tian love diffuse and spread itself over the Books having no intrinsic value should hearts around, till it has moulled them in not be read, for they unfit the mind for some degree to its own image, and taught whatever is useful and solid. Nothing them to seek for themselves that renewing should escape notice or be forgotten that can Spirit, whose fruit is seen to be love, and be of service in forming character, or in pro-joy, and peace,
For the Monthly viscellany. EYE THAT BЕАМЕТН.
BY M. A. RICE..
Eye that beaumeth clear and bright,
Where compassion holds her reign,
Hand, that with the rising sun,
Huste thee, every work ulfil,
Helpless, pulseless, powerless, still, Thou shalt ningle with the clay.
Spirit, viewless as a breath,
Grov'lest 'mid the things of earth.
Bar, that plensure minist'reth To the soul that music hath,
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And then, unck, far more fleet than the Engle, I Ay
To that f'air sunny vale in the East.
Thou vale! where o'er pebble and rock glided
streams, As they carelessly leaped tothe sea: Thou art a fit emblem of some land of dreams,
And on dream-wing I fly back to theel
When thy prison-bouse below.
'Tis thine immortality. Grand Blanc, 1852.
Let me sport o'er those hills that once circled ne
round, And again cümb the hemlock and pine: Oh! let me again o'er thy rocks lightly bound,
And the loftiest pleasure is mine!
No place in this gloom-land of forests is found,
Like that Vale where the Hoosic runs free:
I should find none, sweet vale, that's like thee