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the spoffer, had the boy first learned that Name, door of two young human hearts, in the great and never before had it possessed aught of im- city. port for him. But now he knew it was the The tide of golden hair flowed over the name of the Great Father that loved him, and white pillows of a crimson-draperied couch. again he asked very earnestly, “ Where is the Shaded lamps poured their dim, silvery glarice's way to Goi in Heaven? I am going to Him upon bright flowers and circling vines, the now.''
cunning workmanship of fingers in far off The child shook her head as she looked on lands, which lay among the soft groundwork the boy with a sort of pitying wonder at his of the rich carpet, while small white fingers ignorance, and again she answered, “ You can- glided caressingly among the golden hair ; and not go to Him, but He will come to you if white faces, wild with sorrow, bent over the you will call upon him, and He will hear, rigid features of the dying child, and tears, though you whisper very low, for God is eve- such only as flow from the heart's deepest and i rywhere."
bitterest fountains, fell upon the cold forehead “Come, come, Miss Ellen, you must not and paling lips, as the lids swept back for a stay here any longer," called the servant, who moment froin her blue eyes, and the light from had been vei y intent at arranging the cushions her spirit broke for the last time into them; in the pew, and who now hurried her little the lips, upon which the death-seal was ready charge through the aisle, apprehensive that to be laid, opened ; and clear and joyous thro' some evil might accrue from her contiguity the hushed room'rang the words, “I am coming! with a “street-beggar."
I am coming !" and the next moment the cold, But the words of the little girl had brought beautiful clay was all which was left to the a new and precious light in the boy's heart. mourners. That" cardinal explication of the reason,” the
| The other, at whose heart the death-angel wondrous idea of the Deity, had found a voice knocked, lay in one corner of an old, and di. in his soul, and the child went forth from the lapidate
| lapidated room, on a pallet of straw. No soft church, while the golden winged angel follow- hand wandered caressingly among his dark ed him to the dark alley, and the darker home; |
me; locks, or cooled with its cold touch the fever and that night, before he laid hinself on his
of his forehead. The dim, flickering rays of miserable pallet in the corner, he bowed his
s the tallow candle wandered over the features head, ani clasped his hands, and whispered so
now grown stark and rigid with the death-chill. that none might h ar him, “ My Father, will
No grief-printed face bent in anguish above You take care of me, and come and take me to Yourself? 1or I love You."
him ; no eye watched for the latest breath ; no
Aud the angel folded his bright wings above that scanty pal
ear for the dying word; but through the halflet, and bent in the silent watches of the night
open door, came to the ear of the dying boy, over the boy, and filled his heart with peace,
the coarse laugh of the inebriate—the jest of and his dreams with brightness
the vile, and the frightful blasphemies of those Six months had rolled their mighty burden
whose way is the way of death. of life-records into the pulseless ocean of the
None saw the last life-light, as it broke into past. The pale stars of mid-winter were look
the dark, spiritual eyes of the boy. None saw ing down with meek, seraph glances, over the
the smile that played like the lips of a seraph, mighty metropolis along whose thousand thor- about his blue and cold lips, as they spoke exoughfares lay the white carpet of the snow.ceeding joyfully : “ Father! Father, I have king; and Boreas, loosed from his ice-caverns called, and You have heard me; I am coming on the frozen floor of the Arctic, was hold ng to You, coming now; for the angels beckon mad revels, and howling with demoniac glee me ;" and the pale clay on that sunken pallet along the streets, wrapped in the pall shadows was all that remained of the boy. . of night.
Together they met, those two children who Twelve o'clock pealed from the mighty had stood together in the earthly courts of the Itongue of the time-recorder; and then the Most High, and whom the angel bad simulta
white-robed angel of death knocked at the 'neously called from the earth, beneath the shi
ning battlements of “the City of God." The tainment of moral excellences. But so it is. white wings of the warden-angels, who stood Time a d sensible objects engross our attention on its watch-towers, were slowly folded to and push out of view the vast concerns of that gether, and back rolled the massive gates eternity to which all are hastening. But must from the walls of jaspar; and with the great it not be a wouder to angels to see us mortals • Godlight" streaming outward, and amid the amusing ourselves with the “ straw-like trifles sound of archangel's harp and seraph's lyre, on life's common stream,” while the richest the ministering angels came forth. They did jewelry of heaven is challenging our attention.! not ask the child-spirits there, if their earthly This singular phenomenon may be owing to homes had been among the high and the hon- two circunstances. 1. Our natural enmity to orable ; they did not ask them if broad lands God and holiness. 2. Our familiarity with had been their heritage, and sparkling coffers the outer world and the long-cherished habit of their portion; if their paths had lain by pleas- relying exclusively on our senses for enjor. ant waters and animals followed their biddings; ment. This moral stupidity is as true of com. but alike they led them-she, the daughter of munities as of individuals, because it is not ! wealth and earthly splendor, whose forehead more true that all the parts of a thing are equal the breezes might not visit too roughly, and to the whole, than that a community will be whose pathway had been bordered with flow-in character what the individuals are of which ers and gilded with sunshine,-and he, the it is composed. Hence that divinely appointed heir of poverty, whose portion had been want, system of enlightenment and reform contained, and his inalienable heritage, suffering; whose in the Bible, comprehends appliances adapted path had known no pleasant places; whose to reach and arouse the social as well as the life had had no brightness within that glorious individual heart. It is a leaven which seeks to city. They placed bright crowns, alıke woven diffuse itself through the whole lump. The from the fragant branches of the far-spreading written word which all are require i to search, " Tree of Life," around their spirit-brows; the spirit which searched all, and the living they decked them alike in white robes, whose ministry who are commissioned to “ go into all lustre many ages shall not dim; alike they the world and preach the Gospel to every creaplaced in their hands the harps whose music ture. The judgments of God are also abroad shall roll forever over the hills of jaspar; and in the earth, seeking to arouse men from their alike they pointed them to the gleaming bat-torpidity by calling their attention from this to tlements, to the still skies over whose surface the place of their future residence. Some the shadow of a cloud floated; to the “ many times he enters a community of moral sleepers mansions" which throw the shadow of their and by some startling act of his providence' shining portals on the rippling waters of the tempered with mercy, succeeds in makiogi “ River of Life," and to far more of glory manifest the savor of his knowledge. Sach 16 which it hath never entered into the heart of an instance it was our privilege to witness a man to conceive of," and told them they should short time since at Shelby Academy. The i “go no more out for ever."
people were intelligent, moral, and church-goFROM THE CORRESPONDING EDITOR / ing; but instances of spiritual regeneration
were uncommon. They were satisfied with How forcibly true is the inspired declaration the cool abstractions of the intellect and with: that we are “dead in trespasses and sins." | the pursuits of wealth to the neglect of the Yet how pathetically does the living God cry right cultivation of the heart, and laying up " awake thou that sleepest and arise from the treasure in heaven. But a change has come dead," and how compassionate is the subjoined over them! Unlike those mentioned by the promise “ and Christ shall give thee light." poet,“ rarely for the better or the best," bat Rational immortals as we are, capacitated to one in which many will rejoice in the day o contemplate and enjoy "all that makes arch-| the Lord Jesus." angels smile" is it not passingly strange that A youth of twenty years was in this case, we should evince such a reluctance to the at." both the victim and the gainer. Jou KEIL;!
ER, Jr., fourth son of John and Mary Keeler, confession unto salvation.” Again the disease was a young man of serious mind and pru ient gained a temporary triumph and for several habits. Born of, and educated under the im- hours he was unable to speak. About an hour || mediate direction of pious parents, accustomed before the spirit embarked upon the ocean of from the earliest dawnings of reason to attend immortality reason and speech were again rethe services of the sanctuary, and having stored; and memorable in time, and in eternity known from his youth the Holy Scriptures, will be that hour to many ! which are able to make wise unto salvation, | A final farewell was taken of relatives and the principles of Christianity were interwoven friends ; brothers and sisters, and fellow-stuwith all the inotions of his mental being. Of dents were affectionately exhorted to prepare ten has he been known with manly firmness to to die and meet him in the heavenly world. resist when others would entice him to sin. As long as he could articulate he continued to Of the commandments he could say with the express the joys of his newly renovated soul 'young man of inspired record, “All these have until half past eight o'clock, P. M., of October kept from my youth up." All of religion was 15th, 1852, the silver chord was loosed and the his, but the hidden life. A firın believer in the spirit released from gross matter, ascended the teachings of inspiration, like thousands of the Mount of God, and was hidden with clouds of youth of our country, he believed in, hoped glory from mortal sight. : for, and yet neglected salvation. About the
e ! On the occasion of his funeral hundreds asfirst of October last he was attacked with an
sembled to sympathize and hear, many of whom 1 intermittent fever, which at first manifested no alarıning symptoms, but soon assumed a ty
as subsequent events have shown, then and
there determined not to procrastinate the work phoid form batlling the best medical skill, and
of repentance. Soon we were informed by menacing the earthly house with a speedy dis
the Principal of the above named school, and solution. During the former part of his sick-!
brother of the deceased that a revival had comness, but little was said to him on the subject
menced among the students, which has conof religion, but as death was evidently fast ap.
tinued until nearly all have given evidence of proaching, the feelings of friends beca ne deep
a change of heart. The community around I ly interested that one so dear to them might be
has been powerfully aroused and many, both prepared to meet the profound realities of the
“ young men and maidens, and old men and spirit world. But think reader what must
children” have found the "pearl of great price." have been the mental anguish of relatives when
Other neighborhoods in this section of country for a whole week the patient alternated be
have also received gracious visitations, and tween a delirious and a comatose state wholly
scores have been added to the different branch| incapacitating him to seek the much-needed
es of the evangelical church of such as shall preparation to meet his God.
be saved. But O, how gracious is our God! how un
Sueley ACADEMY, Feb. 15, 1853. willing that any should perish. The last day of probation came, and with it sanity of mind.
THE OLD FISHERMAN. He requested to see the minister of Christ-he was sent for and came, meanwhile parents, and TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN. a pious brother, (Prof. A. M. Keeler,) instructed him and prayed for him. The dying youth
With a bundle of dry sticks upon his shoulsignified his firm belief in the cardinal doc
ders—almost benumbed with cold-Semnon, trives of the Bible, confessed his need of a new an old fisherman returned from the leafless heart, and most devoutly prayed for pardon. grove. Toiling laboriously across the snow. And that gracious Redeemer who has said covered path, he passed the house of Ithamar, " whoso confesseth me before men, him will I the forester, and was about to cross the bridge confess before my Father and the holy angels," that lead over the stream to his cottage. enabled him to believo with the heart unto “ Altop, old man," cried the forester, as he righteousness, and with the mouth to make i rushed furiously rom his dwelling, "where
did you get that wood ? The wood is not and rung his hands helplessly. How could he yours-you have stolen it from me."
hope that the old fisherman would risk his life “ Master forester, I have not stolen it!" to rescue the unhappy child! stammered Semnon.
But Semnon, with the snow-white hair, || - “Do not lie, old man," replied Ithamar. “Isprang boldly into his boat, impelled it bravely! felled wood only yesterday; it lies in the for- through the broken ice, and drifted tirnbers of est yonder; you have taken it from that heap. I the bridge, tore the boy from the wild torrent, Give it up !" ...
and brought him happily to his father on the il “ But look," rejoined Semnon,“ they are
shore. all small, dry twigs, which I picked up as I
“ 1 here bring thee thy son," he said mildly! found then, scattered beneath the trees, and
in a tone which would have tamed even a half buried in snow.' “ They are all stolen, I say!" With these
wolf. “ See he is safe and well, only a little li words Ithamar tore the bundle furiously from frightened.” the old man's back, and threw it over the Ithamar did not venture to lift his eyes trom bridge into the stream.
the ground, but stood alone abashed and silent “Now the dispute is at an end,” he said, “ Forgive me, worthy old man,” he said, at with a scornful laugh, and hurried angrily into last while a stream of tears coursed in volautahis house.
| rily down his rude cheeks,“ forgive my inhuSeinnon gazed at him sorrowfülly, and then man conduct.", staggered toward his cottage, his eyes filled "For what have I to forgive thee?" replied with tears.
Semnon, with a friendly air. “Have I Aut just After some days, the air grew warmer. The had ample vengeance upon thee?" ice upon the river was broken up, and came
“So, then," cried Ithamar, “an act of benercrashing down the current, piling itself against olence
Tolence was thy revenge, much injured man! the wooden buttresses of the bridge. Huge Tito
i Is it thus, indeed, that the upright avenge an masses of ice and broken timbers hemmed 1:
injury.—New York Organ. the course of the stream, and swelled its rushing waters.
| F Never waste arguments on people who Then Challisson, Ithamar's son name from don't know logic from log-wood, which is the the city, and wished to cross the bridge. But case with half the folks who love disputation. I he started backward, irresolute, and terrified, The best reply to a stolid dogmatist is to. as he gazed upon the fearful spectacle. Sem- say, “Certainly - no doubt of it - it's as non who was near by advised him not to risk clear as mud." There is no poser like spright| his life in the attempt. Ithamar saw this. ly acquiescence to your eternal wrangler. Let
“Come boldly across !" he cried, “the bridge him have his own way, and you confound him will not break just yet. Heaven knows what at once. Leave him to himself, and you make the old grumbler will put into your head next. him so uncomfortable that he will leave you; Come over !"
“a consummation devoutly to be wished." | Challisson ran across. A crashing sound Conviction seldom comes of personal dispa. was now heard, and the bridge tottered ; an- tation, in which the battle is waged much oft: other crash and it sank into the water, carry- tener for victory than truth, except the coning with it the unfortunate boy. An angry viction that the other party is very dull, malediction broke from the lips of the father, or very dishonest. Besides, few persons a cry of la:nentation from the old man Sem- take their opinions through argument in the non, both heard above the tumult of the wa- first place, and Dean Swift said, with the ut. ters.
most truth, that “it is useless to attempt to The boy cried fearfully in the stream, and reason a man out of a thing he was never reascreamed for help. Clinying to a beam, half soned into.” These are our sentiments, and crushed by the ice, the current bore him on- we cordially tender them to captious, quarrel- !! ward. The despairing forester ran along the some bigots, who can see no truth or beauty in bank, stamped upon the ground, and called 'the laws of nature or of God.
BY REV. S. FLEMING.
For the Miscellany. tions, and under successive dispensations of « LET THERE BE LIGHT.” the Divine moral government, " give the light
of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the
face of Jesus Christ," establish and unfold the This was the avgust announcement which great principles of the Redeemer's kingdom, I broke upon the chaotic elements of the mate and roll on the affairs of earth, for the opening
rial heavens and earth, when as yet they were retributions of the future and eternal world. without form or void, and darkness brooded over To this end, natural, intellectual, and moral the face of terrestrial nature. I will not at- light are made subservient; all things, all tempt to determine the period of time when knowledge, every useful art, invention and disthis fiat was first uttered. It is common, in-covery, contribute to the ultimate and grand deed, to refer it to a period some six thousand end. years ago, when it is supposed by many ; yet, Now God, so far as appears in all he has as I think, erroneously that the earth began to done for his creatures, works progressively; be.
i. e., instead of bringing a work to maturity at The declaration no doubt appropriately ap- once, as he might have done, he has unfolded plies to the first creation or production of light, all his works and designs, under laws of prowhen the material universe was created. “Let gression, by series of developments. The stuI light be," was the sublime fiat which revealed pendous existences which adorn the visible the visible, starry heavens, when they first em- creation were brought into being to be perfectanated from the hand of Jehovah. It is equally led gradually. The re-fitting of the earth as appropriate as applied to those successive pe- man's residence, we have reason to believe ocriods, when world after world, and system af- cupied successive periods, it may have been ter system, lit up the vault of immeasurable many thousands of years before man was space, and started in their wonderful career, placed upon earth as lord of this lower creawheeling around the throne of the Almighty. tion. It seems to have been such a law of
Whatever the nature of material light is, whe- progression by which the earth was prepared, ther it be a separate primary element,an absolute at one period, for the dwelling place of a highcreation, or the result of a chemical combina-er order of beings at another period. Thus, tion, an emission, a production, its entrance according to the disclosures of geology, which upon our world, so far as appears from the Di. are reconcilable with Revelation, the earth exvine Record, was gradual. At first, it was a isted for countless ages before it was fitted to twilight; and it was not till the fourth creative be the abode of man, and that the successive period, termed day, had opened, that the void creations have proceeded from the lower to the was penetrated, the waters and gases were di- higher orders, finished or completed in the crevided, the sun and moon were visible, and suc- ation of man. cessive day and night began to mark the diur.! So scientific and moral light in the world nal reckoning for all time.
have been progressive. There has been the Light was the emblem of knowledge and beginning of times, the laying of foundations, I virtue. It is applicable, as such, to science and the infantile period, the “ blade," as in the Pamoral truth, in the sense of discovering to the triarchal dispensation; then the period of dismind the facts which become the condition of cipline, of growth, the developing period, the its exercise. And as natural light was intro- "ear,'' as in the legal dispensation ; and then duced into the world by a law of progression, so the opening of the “fullness of times," the “Gud,who commanded the light to shine out of perfecting, maturing period, the “ full corn in darkness,” ordained that science and art, truth the ear,” as in the Christian dispensation. It
and religion, under a corresponding law of pro- is so in the history of the individual, intellecIgression, should gradually reveal to the mind tually and morally. It is so in the history of || that knowledge which should develop and en- the world.
rich it, and that spiritual light or truth, shining Subordinate and tributary to the perfection upon the heart, should by successive revela-T of things, the full triumphs of science and re