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These few suggestive words
Is but flying sea-foam, fleeting quite enough; the verses themselves cloud; tell the rest of the tale as far as it If all is vanity save Thee alone should be told. With unsurpassed
If Love that loves Thee not is nowise
Love; grace, simplicity and sincerity, they
Give Thine ownself to us and make us reveal the inmost thought of a pure,
rich; impassioned heart, willing, since it is
Withhold then what Thou wilt, we shall God's will, to renounce every hope of have all. carthly happiness, but not willing to renounce the dearer hope that the
We turn from the page on which loved one shall yet be brought into the such words stand printed, feeling halflight of God's truth, and that the two guilty of intrusion into holy secrets; who are parted on earth shall yet see
and yet welcoming the disclosure light in that light together in the Para
which teaches us how remote from dise of God. In the very cause of this pure spirit were ascetic contempt their separation she
discern oi' the legitimate joy of life, and Pharground for her immortal hope.
isaic pride in superior saintliness;
while it shows how costly was the sacMy friend [she says] thou didst preferrifice which one so richly endowed, so virtue and truth to me; wilt thou not know loving and beloved, laid ungrudgingly at last Who it was thou didst love? The on the altar of her Lord. It is noteflower opens only to the rays of one sun. worthy that, while in her more imper. . If thou didst love the truth more
sonal work this singer shows herself than me, thou didst love Jesus, not know- not scant of strong and bitter words ing Him. Jesus, Thou who, unknown, with which to brand the evils of the didst speak to him, conquer his heart!
world or to lay bare its deceits, there And in a yet higher and more impas- is no touch of bitterness in the sweetsioned strain, turning wholly from the flowing Italian verses that deal with human beloved, she pleads with this momentous experience. The feelheaven for him in verse almost un
ing that suffuses them has the deep translatable for its fervid simplicity
glow of purifying fire; it is something
strong as death, and deathless as the What shall I give Thee, Jesus, my good soul; there is no lamenting over it as a Lord ?
beautiful vanished illusion, but it is That which I love the most, I give to accepted as a dear lifelong companion, Thee;
to be endured and cherished. Accept him for Thine own, my Lord and
It appears to us that, from the period God,
covered by these poems onward, there My one and only love, my very heart; Take him to Thee, may he be prized of may be traced in Christina Rossetti a Thee,
growing tendency to spend her rare Take him for me, save my beloved one.
poetic powers on religious themes, and I have but him, O Lord, despise him not,
in her devotional poems themselves an Give him a place among Thy heart's dear increasing vigor, intensity, and depth things.
of thought and feeling; and this with Remember how upon the bitter cross. no diminution or disparagement of the Thou saidst in prayer to God, with pitying airy, childlike gaiety, the joy in simple, voice,
natural things, that lend an irresistible With palpitating heart, “That which they charm to her writings specially consedo,
crated to children, and that prove the Father, forgive, they know not what it is."
essential wholesomeness of mental He also. Lord, knows not Whom he dis
constitution in one who had to suffer dains; He also, Lord, would love Thee, did he
so much. know.
It is to the later and not to the earlier If all we see, that does not please Thee, half of her life that we have to refer Lord,
the attractive child's book called
“Speaking Likenesses," and the dainty Till we gaze on Thee face unto Face, and rhymes for little ones which their respond to Thee love unto Love. writer called “Sing-song,” and which lose none of their gracious quaintness hope full of immortality breathes in
And no mere sad acquiescence, but a when rendered into Italian, as may be
the sweet homely verses:seen by the selections thus translated among the “New Poems;" it is to the
It is good to be last not first, same period that we have to assign
Pending the present distress; "Called to be Saints," "Time Flies, It is good to hunger and thirst, and “The Face of the Deep,” which So it be for righteousness. furnish to us perhaps the most remark- It is good to spend and be spent, able assemblage of spiritual songs that
It is good to watch and to pray: our century can show. Unique in
Life and Death make a goodly Lent, their living color, their warm human
So it leads us to Easter Day. quality, their masculine strength and
Year after year, many hearts were simplicity; breathing the very soul of
uplifted and made stronger by the exalted impassioned devotion; these
musical utterances, fraught always poems are worthy of a place no less
with grander hope and deeper experihigh than that occupied by the “De Imitatione Christi” in devotional liter
ence, and more thrilling rebuke of sin
and unbelief, pouring forth from this ature, since they too set forth with surprising power the varying incidents nightingale of singers hidden in the
shadow and seclusion of her home, in the life of the soul that follows
where the inner life grew lovelier, hard after Christ, and looks longingly
even while its society was thinned by for the coming of his kingdom. That
encroaching death. A father first, life had broadened and deepened won
then a sister, then a brother, are seen derfully since the time when, midway in her pilgrimage, the inger dis
to pass away, the survivor clinging all
the more fondly to "her first love, her ciplined herself against weariness of her own “easy life,” and dread of her mother,” and surrounding her with all
sweet observances of affection; till tbe own “easy-coming death,” by dwelling
inevitable parting came, and she who on the life and death of the Divine
was left on earth could but say :Sufferer, as in the pathetic verses "None with Him,” now first given up Up the high steep, across the golden sill, in their original form in the “New
Up out of shadows into very light, Poems." A loftier and more joyful
Up out of dwindling life to life aglow, faith is that which poured itself forth
I watch you, my beloved, out of sight; in this song of triumph:
Sight fails me, and my heart is watching
still: Tempest and terror below; but Christ the
My heart fails, yet I follow on to know. Almighty above. Tho' the depth of the deep overflow, tho' It remained only for her to cheer fire run along on the ground,
with her unwearying devotion the deTho' all billows and flames make a noise, - clining days of her mother's dear-loved and where is an Ark for the dove?
sister, and when that last task was Tho' sorrows rejoice against joys, and ended, herself to attain the Land of death and destruction abound,
Rest through many months of patient, Yet Jesus abolisheth death, and Jesus who cheerful suffering, brightened by the
loves us we love; His dead are renewed with a breath, His tender devotion of her one surviving lost are the sought and the found,
brother, and illuminated by the clear Thy wanderers call and recall, Thy dead shining of the immortal hope expressed men lift out of the ground.
in what were almost her last verses: O Jesus, Who l. vest us all, stoop low from Thy glory above:
Heaven overarches earth and sea, Where sin hath abounded make grace to Earth-sadness and sea-bitterness. abound and to superabound,
Heaven overarches you and me:
A little while and we shall be
Having written to the Pangeran Please God-where there is no more sea, (prince or chief) at Kasambe for more Nor barren wilderness.
coolies, I hired a house 'in which to
await their arrival. A description of Heaven overarches you and me,
that densely inhabited residence may be And all earth's gardens and her graves,
of interest. To begin, there was not a Look up with me, until we see The day break and the shadows flee.
nail in it. Four posts of bamboo set What though to-night wreck you and me,
upright formed the framework. The If so to-morrow saves?
walls were of bamboo, also, and the
roof of palm leaves, the whole being Out of weakness was this fair soul tied together with rattans. Two rooms made strong to strengthen many and a verandah which faced the road others, having steadfastly consecrated comprised the building. In the veranher powers to the service of God and dah I passed most of the time, watching man.
the people. Having lived in far worse Is it needful further to emphasize houses, I might have made myself very the contrast thus offered to that other comfortable, but for mosquitoes and life we have been considering, to the rats. The lizards, which also swarmed, excellent strength laid low, turned into did not annoy me. mere deplorable weakness, and perish- Looking back I am unable to say ing from earth with but a half day's which of the three were most numerous. work done, because the soul, originally The rats, huge fellows as big as a goodso rich and strong, being wholly given sized kitten, werelegion. Day and night up to the sedulous and successful car- they roamed about the house in couples rying out of a much less exalted ideal that followed couples and preceded of achievement, had steadily lost and couples-an everlasting circus. To kill not gained in the power to leave the them all would have been a task for evil and cleave only to the good? Hercules. I did not attempt it. But I
There are to-day only too many well- locked up everything eatable in boxes, endowed spirits that stand in great which were carried
away by the need of rea;ding and understanding Kasambe coolies before they were quite such a lesson clearly.
My excellent friends the lizards kept out of sight during the day, but at night they seemed to be everywhere on the walls, the rafters, and even in my bed.
I never turned them out, for they were From The Contemporary Review.
sudden death to mosquitoes. When a MY MASTER OF THE WINDS.
lizard catches sight of one of these A NARRATIVE OF TRAVEL IN SUMATRA.
pests he goes for it like a flash of lightIn September, 1893, I arrived at Ben- . ning, halting suddenly when within coolen for the second time in quest of about two inches of the doomed insect rare and valuable orchids, intending to “to give it time to say its prayers," as explore the mountains Bukit Itam and the Malays declare; then the lizard's Bukit Klang, and the Kaba Volcano. tongue shoots out, and that mosquito Staying in that former capital of the will never bite again, Dutch no longer than was necessary to At first they used to give me an unprocure ox-carts and coolies, I set out canny feeling, especially when they for Taba Penandjong, the first stage. tumbled from the roof and scurried Thence I proceeded by a desperately away, leaving their tails behind them bad road
the mountains to on the floor; but I soon recognized in the Kapajang, whence I eventually reached brisk little creatures my most energetic the village of Sobam Ajam, my base of allies. The loss of its tail did not apoperations. Here the Bencoolen men
pear to inconvenience a lizard in the left me and returned home.
least; if it retired from public view at
ail it was only for a very short time, for old Lio and half-a-dozen of his fellows another tail began to sprout at once, and to cut a path to Bukit Klang and build doubtless the creature was soon run- a camp. They were absent forty-eight ning about again with its fellows, climb- hours, and when they did come, all, exing the walls and smacking its lips as cept Lio, wanted to go home at once. vigorously as ever.
It was too cold on the mountain, they Sobam Ajam is the site of an exten- said; but from the way they glanced at sive coffee plantation, and very hand the old man, standing apart with his some the shrubs looked with their hands clasped, I suspected that he had graceful foliage arranged in pyramidal ruffled them in some manner. Later on form. The European overseers told me I was pretty sure that the superstitious that they were often visited by tigers; fellows were afraid to remain in his indeed, there was a tiger trap not far company. There was no help for it, so from my house, but while I remained it I let them go, and sent Lio to the was never set. That elephants were Pangeran with another letter asking for pretty numerous in the woods was men to take their p'ace. These arrived proved by the great destruction of tele- the same day, to my great surprise. graph poles. Both natives and Euro- Considerably relieved, I accompanied peans declared that whenever a wild my European acquaintances to a native elephant catches sight of a telegraph main-main, or dance, which took place pole he runs amok at it straightway and in the cattle-shed. knocks it down; but I am inclined to The ball was opened by a Javanese believe that the elephants use them as couple dressed in their best. The girl rubbing posts, and break them down wore a waistbelt of pure gold set with accidentally, so to say.
precious stones. But all the natives Returning from a visit to the coffee had decked themselves with jewellery, nursery on the fourth day after my which, with their gaily colored sarongs arrival I found the men from kasambe and head-handkerchiefs, made a brave awaiting me. They were grouped show. The band comprised big tomround my house, and as I approached toms, cylinders of wood closed at each each salaamed, raising his hands above end with goat-skin, little tom-toms arhis head, palms outwards, as is the ranged in a row, and a kind of hargraceful Malay fashion. Their spokes- monica made of loose pieces of iron of man, an old fellow, interested me from different lengths and thickness. The the first. Some inches taller than the music could be heard a mile off. After average Malay, his face differed con- an hour's suffering I contrived to siderably in type. Not that Lio was escape; but I got no sleep, for the dancmore handsome. On the contrary, fea- ing went on all night, and the band tures more like those of an ancient never ceased to play. brown-faced sheep I never saw on a Soon after dawn we left Sobam Ajam human being. He wore the usual short for Bukit Klang, which is a small cotton trousers, sarong, a sort of bag- mountain about four thousand feet shaped sash, and head-handkerchief, above the sea. Following the main and appeared to be as good, or bad, a road for a mile and a half we prosently Moslem as his companions. But I have struck the narrow jungle path cut by reason to believe that the old man, was my first lot of Kasambe men. The of another race-perhaps a Battock coolies, all little fellows except Lio, had from the interior who had adopted the hewn out a passage to fit themselves. Malay customs, or possibly a Bugis, or a It was a vegetable burrow, which I was Dyak from Borneo. Little did I think compelled to traverse in a stooping posiwhen serving out the rations what an tion, for the creepers overhead formed angel I was entertaining unawares. an archway no higher than my shoulAngel is not quite the word; but let that ders. Leeches swarmed, but we left pass.
them behind as we mounted higher. Early the next morning I despatched On arriving at the first camp I was de
lighted to find that Lio had got dinner black rings. It greatly resembled ready.
Hamadryad elaps, the Ophiophagus, or So far I had seen a few common snake-eater, the most venomous reptile orchids and pitcher plants (nepenthes), that I am acquainted with. but nothing worth carrying away. In “Kill it!" I shouted, aware that the the afternoon of the next day, after a Ophiophagus will attack man on the stiff climb, we reached the summit of slightest provocation, or, indeed, withthe mountain. It was not promising. out any, and that its bite is always Wet moss, a foot deep, covered the fatal. An elephant died in three hours ground and every trunk and log. The after being bitten by one. coolies were paralyzed with cold, and Lio showed his glistening teeth in a instead of bustling about to keep them- hideous grin and waved his hands over selves warm, which Asiatics seldom the snake, or so it appeared to me. think of doing, they stood in attitudes of Instantly the serpent coiled and raised despair, with chattering teeth and shak- its head, with the hood expanded. Its ing knees. Lio alone was alert; nothing forked tongue shot out, and it moved its seemed to affect him. He had built my head from side to side, following the pondok (hut) between two trees; the motion of the old man's hands. My walls were constructed of fern fronds, blood ran cold. the roof of wild banana leaves. When "It will strike you!" I yelled. I came up he was endeavoring to light "No, Tuan Bonga,” he answered, a fire, with damp moss sprinkled with without removing his eyes from the paraffin for fuel-an almost hopeless serpent's, and stooping quickly be task. But the view compensated for seized it by the neck and held it up. It many annoyances, of which no dinner coiled round his arm on the instant, was not the worst. Before us stretched hissing spitefully. The wicked eyes the Palembang Province, with the were not a foot from his face. · Dempo Volcano in the distance. More “You fool!" I cried. “Do you want to interesting, however, was the Kaba give us the trouble of burying you? Volcano five miles away, the summit of Kill it with your kris. Cut off its which appeared to be a barren plateau head!" heaped with boulders overhung by a For answer Lio calmly stroked the dense cloud of smoke.
reptile's neck, then placing it on the We remained at Bukit Klang till the ground, he pointed to a patch of jungle next morning. Rain fell the whole a short distance off. of the night, and every few minutes “Go away, quick, little father," he I was obliged to get up and repair the said. “The Tuan putih (white lord) l'oof.
does not like you; he does not like to see It was during the return journey to you here." Sobam Ajam by another route that old
Immediately the serpent lowered its Lio gave us the first exhibition of his head, and crawling to the jungle indipowers. We had struck an elephant cated it disappeared. I, a seasoned track, and were sliding and foundering traveller, not easily surprised. stood down the mountain, when some of the speechless in amazement. Malays in advance, who had reached The coolies came back whispering and level ground, suddenly set up a shout, casting sidelong glances at the olo! man, flung down their burdens, and scattered who stood in his favorite attitude, with in every direction.
his hands crossed on his breast “Ular-ular! (snake),” they cried, in “He is Rajah of the Snakes,” they great alarm.
said. “They are his servants. See how Lio did not run. Trudging on he is obeyed.” steadily as the wretched road permitted, Evidently Lio's power was as much he halted within three feet of the ser- a revelation to them as to me. Afterpent, which was hooded like a cobra, wards I learned that he had dwelt in but of a greenish color, with white and Kasambe but a very short time. I