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are sowing to the flesh, and shall surely ingly shall reap sparingly.” In kind, reap in the approaching harvest; but it in quantity, and in quality, you shall will be “corruption,” the rottenness of reap as good and as much, nay vastly the grave, the foul putridity and pollu- more, than you have sown. And harvest tion of hell. What a harvest will the is coming ; genial winds shall blow, a end of the world bring to you!
bright sun throw his radiance and his Our subject affords abundant en warmth over every spot; golden fields couragement to the humble, sincere shall acknowledge the ardour of his servants of Christ. The harvest is beams; the sickle shall be put in, and
Do not expect it yet. a redeemed, rescued, glorified multitude Patience and courage, brothers, “in due which no man can number shall rend season you shall reap." Have
you the universe with the joyful shout of loitered in your work ? Thank God, their“Harvest-home.” After the harvest then, that the time of harvest is not yet will come the season of appropriation come; that you have an opportunity to and enjoyment; when those who have redeem the time. Toil on. Sow with laboured in the field of the Lord shall be all diligence and care. Be not afraid of introduced to their rest and their reward, over-exerting yourselves. “ He that sharing in all the blessings accorded by soweth bountifully, shall reap also the infinite grace of their Redeemer to bountifully; and he that soweth spar
a life of faith and obedience on earth.
THE EMPTY VINE.
BY THE LATE MRS. SMALL OF BENARES.
Composed in 1834, after hearing Mr. Thompson of Gifford preach from Hosca x. 1 :—" Israel
is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself.”
Most faithful, tender, and beloved Lord,
Bounteous hath been thy grace!
The brightness of thy face.
Thy glory made us glad;
Makes our full bosoms sad.
His fruit is to himself,
His root imparte not health.
Return unto thy vine;
And dost thou call us thine ?
The purchase of thy pain,
And cause our sins be slain,
For can we live in sin,
Thou art life's joy and spring ;
Plead thou our cause, O Lord! plead it on high,
Till living showers descend
With purple clusters Lend.
Thou and thy flock are one,
Shine forth, refulgent Sun.
Oh in thy living beams,
So mild and silver streams
Across the midnight gloom,
Heaven's fairest flowers shall bloom,
Sheltered unseen in thee,
Thine Oasis shall be.
God's grace and glory see,
Thy blood-bought jubilee.
America as I found it. By the Author of siderable previous experience by which
“ A Memoir of Mary Lundie Duncan.” | to measure the qualities of new objects, Nisbet and Co. 12mo. 1852. Pp. xii. 380. and to direct the eye at once to the
We cannot complain of the rarity of most salient points of a vast field ; 80 books of this class. No country has that we have a book supplying no formed such an admirable subject for trivial contribution towards an expothe descriptive powers of travellers and sition of our alter idem on the opposite the philosophic speculations of solitary shore. It is a tome easily read; broken students. But we shall not quarrel up, in modern style, into chapters so with such authors so long as their pro- short as constantly to cheer you with ductions are the result of accurate the conviction that you are getting on, observation and of sound thought and, without the inanity of a minute The same object presents itself in so journal, or the personalities of a family many distinct aspects to different letter, giving you a lively and definite minds that the descriptions must be notion of the thing or group of things exceedingly numerous before it can be which the title of the section led you asserted that all its phases have been to anticipate. There is, of course, no placed upon record. Stuart gives us | foreign country in which it is so easy the impressions of a well-educated man for a Briton to feel himself at home. of the world ; Lyell, the facts which The language, and above all the easy strike a scientific observer; and the la- manner, at once make you welcome : mented Mackay, the conclusions of the "Self-possessed quiet independence of political economist, while the host of manner seems common to all ranks. less marked tourists reflect rays as No one looks bold or forward, for every varied as their several characters, one is doing what it becomes him, in attainments, and opportunities. The his position, to do. One never sees the lady who pens this volume must have supercilious stare of inquiry which visited New England under favourable seems to ask, “Wh are you ??• Do you auspices, as the biographical work of belong to our set,' 'Are you one of us?' which the name appears on this title- American deportment between persons page had previously delighted thousands of different ranks derives from its rethere, as it has done at home. The publican institutions a healthy freedom field in which she expatiated was, and at the same time a wholesome therefore, not the ordinary one of rail- restraint. There is no order of things way, steamer, and hotel, but of private more calculated to give native character abodes, domestic merry-makings, quiet fair play, and native dignity its due intellectual discussions, and all the weight. I never saw this exhibited manifestations of the religious life. To more to my taste than in the mistress the phenomena thus exhibited she of a large dairy in one of these brings a mind full of genial sympathy mountain farms. She was tall, thin, with all forms of character ; a relish of and rather delicate in appearance, yet the humorous blending with she managed all the skilful parts of the affinity to the sad, together with a con- work with her own hands.
many chceses as large as those which , another of meal. They have been in now come to England in wooden cases. the study and placed an easy chair, and On wonder being expressed how she a rug before it, for their pastor has left could manage such huge and heavy life's meridian behind him. They have cheeses, she puton her apron, and with as been in the pantry, and left a barrel of much courtesy as a countess might em- sugar, a chest of tea, and a cask of ploy in showing her cabinet or her molasses. The children find with surhothouse, she went round the great prise a nice new great coat hanging in boiler, and showed the machine which the hall, as if it were quite at home. poured in the milk to be heated. Then And on mamma's bed a web to make we saw that which drew it off into the frocks, a beautiful new gown and cloak, tub when hot, and also how it was and a piece for jackets for the boys. In coagulated and afterwards worked into the midst of all the exclamations of curd and pressed. She explained the joyful surprise and grateful conjecture process with precision, in very me- as to the individual donors, the good lodious and complaisant tones, closing man steps to the garden to breathe her exhibition in the cheese room with more freely under this load of kindness, such grace and goodwill, that she would when lo! his wood-house is packed full hardly accept our acknowledgments or of winter fuel, and the last waggoner expressions of gratification. She was stands at a loss, not finding room for his happy to have been able to gratify us. load. "Take it to my neighbour the Having finished her round, she folded baptist minister down the hill there,' her apron, laid it in its place, and led us says the grateful pastor. 'I fear he is out with the air of an amiable and hardly so richly provided for as I am, obliging gentlewoman."
and I am as much obliged to my friend This style of things makes itself as if I had burnt every cord of it myvisible in the manner of supporting self.” ministers, particularly in new settle- "This, Oh! tithe-paying people of ments where money is scarce. We England, is 'A Bee !'
How sweetly confess our liking to something more could many of your generous hearts fall certain and less showy; but our old- into the humour of the country, and world notions may be wrong.
At all contribute your own pot of honey, and events the “Bee,” as the ceremonial is your blessing with it !” called, is not unwelcome to the rural This energetic friendliness exhibits minister. On a certain day the people itself in more extended forms in the in vite themselves masse to the benevolent institutions which are the manse, parsonage, or “shieling,” of the chief ornaments of New England. What humble man, and as many as its four has been largely told us on this subject walls can contain enjoy a repast to- by other writers is here confirmed. gether, join in a social religious service, Societies meet the needy emigrant the and depart.
moment he is flung upon the shore, “ Then the family explore the house helping him “down East,” or “out which had been given up to the friendly West," to regions where industry meets invaders. They have been in the larder, its reward ; institutions afford education and there have left such marks as a to the orphan, an asylum to the friendside of bacon, a cask of butter, some less, a refuge to the delinquent, and a fine cheeses. They have been in the home to the seaman of all lands. garret and deposited a load or two of Prisons have been improved by all the flour, and a bag of buck-wheat, and experience of Europe, and the pupil has
in many points, well deserving of atten- the truth that Ireland has been mistion, gone far in advance of the in-governed by reason of its popish preferstructor. How perplexing, in the midst ences be conceded, they triumph and of all this philanthropy, the treatment say it does not become us to criticize of the coloured race, both bond and slavery ; as if evils on one side of the free!
Atlantic could neutralize those on the “ It was the only subject on which I other—or as if evils in our government saw a tendency to a ruffle on the sunny of Ireland—the remedy of which has surface of American temper, and re-cost Britain millions of gold, and more minded me of Tom Moore's anecdote of than milions of ingenuity, trouble, and an interview he had with Byron. Byron disappointment-ought to seal up our seemed never to have forgiven the pro- hearts against every benevolent sentividence which had disfigured his other ment in reference to the African race, wise beautiful person, by a club-foot. or shut us out from the natural desire While the poets conversed the eye of the of information as to the condition of Irish lyrist rested on the foot. The satur- one branch of the human species.” nine lord observed it and his countenance The practical wrongs which every darkened. Poor Tom became aware, where meet the eye, awaken even in and evaded a bitter burst, by making gentle hearts deep thoughts of retaliahis eyes wander carelessly over the tion which our readers can forgive :whole person as if he had not specially “ The day and the scene were lovely marked the foot, and gradually the as I sat on the dock at Poughkeepsie, thunder cloud dispersed and sunshine waiting for the steamer, yet a brief returned. Every nation has its club- exhibition of what appeared too common foot-some have two — some are per- to draw the attention of others filled me fect centipedes in deformities. Happy with indignation and grief. A pleasant America, if she have but one! It is the looking coloured youth, dressed neatly more painfully deforming but will be in clean summer clothing, leaned over more easily remedied. Even young the rails, looking down upon the water. ladies seem expert tacticians on this Suddenly a dirty, ragged, vulgar fellow, subject, and carry the war into the perhaps jealous that a black man should enemy's camp with great keenness. look so much more respectable than When a simple inquiry is made, not by himself, came up and tried to fasten a an enemy, but a true friend, they accuse quarrel on him, which the dark man England of the cruelties perpetrated in meekly evaded. The fellow struck him, Manchester on the manufacturers of and when still the injured dark man cotton cloth as being worse than those kept the peace, and turned his face to inflicted on negroes who raise the raw the water, the fellow kicked him and material. They hardly believe when went away triumphing. No one laughed told that these people are free, that if with him as I was pleased to observe ; they do not like one master they can but no one said, “Why do you insult engage with another, that they receive this inoffensive man?' He saw there wages for their wor and if oppressed was none to take his part. Had I been or injured they can bring the oppressor a man, I think the insolent fellow would before a magistrate. If, however, con- have got a washing in the Hudson. It vinced that this is not a point where would have been an honour to have they can make a breach in the wall of been carried before a magistrate for the British constitution, they will assail such a trespass. O America ! country you on the wrongs of Ireland. Should lof freemen, beware of laying up a store
of such injuries. The God of the black | find herself called upon to exercise the man and the white is a God of judg- offices and wisdom of age, being looked ment, and does not forget your good up to by a band of people utterly undeeds and your evil.”
used to confide in themselves and each He to whom vengeance belongs may other. Though a coloured nurse watch be trusted. It is impossible that, un- by the bed of the sick domestic slave, der his government, wrongs 80 vast the lady must drop the medicine. She should go unpunished, and whatever must look upon the time-piece for the may be in reserve, the present penalty moment to administer it. She, though is by no means trifling. We remember at midnight or early morning hours, being struck with Sir Charles Lyell's may be awakened to give the potion. curious remark upon the Southern She must not only provide clothes for States. “There appears to be no place her numerous family, which has no in society for poor whites.” Our provident habit because it is untrusted, authoress expands and justifies this but she may find it necessary to shape laconicism.
them, and fix the seams for the over“When all things are fairly weighed,” grown children who can with needle says she, “it appears that the slave- and thread be taught to fasten them holder is as little really a freeman as together. Is she free? I speak not is the slave. His system violates the of her moral, but of her mere physical eternal principles of justice, and con- condition. Does she not discover that sequently he dare not suffer the vicinity she has married into bondage ? Some of the free negro, however just his claim of the most elegant, refined, intelligent, to be there, or however it might advan- princess-like women that I have met tage himself. Such an exhibition of with in the United States, were such. liberty might spoil his gang. He dare They have learnt to be waited upon, to not admit the instructor, lest the aurora have their slightest wish attended to, of knowledge dawning afar should in- and withal, because they, with woman's fuse into his gang some idea of a life nature, are pitiful to the sick and feeble, above that of the passive brute. He they have exercised much benevolence. dare not indulge even one favourite They have, mayhap, endured much in and promising coloured man with edu- being aware of cruelties which they cation, lest his skill and knowledge had not power to mitigate. All this should make others discontented. The has refined their characters, still they freedom of the press cannot exist where are not Cornelias and Portias, fit mohe is. Rome is not more exact in her thers for the sons of a republic, they expurgated lists of books and news- are refined into amiable despots, and fit papers than is the legislature in a slave mothers for the owners of slaves." state. Nay, he must lord it over free No candid American can condemn states, that he may the more easily the spirit of these strictures, and if all keep his own in bondage. Is he then a our travellers had been at once as bold freeman, or is he not rather the slave and as tender, we should have had less of a most evil and unhappy system ? to regret in the existing condition of Should a young lady from a free state, the sister land. It is because it is so without sufficient knowledge of how difficult successfully to touch a theme matters stand, become the wife of a allied to such violent prejudices that Southerner, she, poor inexperienced we value every syllable wisely said child, if she carry conscience and hu- upon it, and when we consider the manity with her, may be alarmed to position which this writer appears to
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