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ble, and attendance upon all the means of grace. If || Charles was at Chinon, a village distant only a few you will do this, rest assured, that you will find God. miles from Orleans, surrounded with what remained of He will “bring you out of darkness into his own mar- his gay court, and endeavoring to collect his scattered velous light,” and you will have a blissful experience resources for his last hopeless struggle, when, on the of the truth of the words of Christ, “this is life eter- || 24th of February, 1429, an attendant announced that nal, to know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom a maiden of extraordinary appearance and pretensions he hath sent." And now, Christian, do you want eter-waited an interview. nal life enough to seek it with all your heart? Will “Is she a mendicant ?" quoth the King. you now enter into a solemn covenant with your own “Nay, sire, but a maiden of comely face, of fair prosoul, that you will never rest, until you have a full and portions*and gentle manners, though she bears herself rich experience of that knowledge of God, which is somewhat loftily." eternal life? Say, will you ?

“Is she alone?" again inquired the King.

“She comes,” replied the nobleman in waiting, “ with a few acquaintances, and hath made her way

through the enemy's posts, from Lorraine, one hunOriginal. THE MAID OF ORLEANS.

dred and fifty leagues. She hath, beside, a word of commendation from Baudricourt, governor of Vaucouleurs, and declines to declare her mission to any but

the King.” In the early part of the fifteenth century, that vigor “The proud huzzy!" mused Charles, his curiosity ous and able monarch, Henry V, of England, having evidently excited to the utmost: “We must humble conquered the greater part of France, and married these arrogant pretensions of our fair subjects. Inform Catharine, daughter of Charles VI, was received at her that we are employed on business of state, and Paris as the future master of that kingdom. Death, || cannot give her audience.” however, cut short his schemes of ambition. But as The attendant knew the humor of his master, and his infant son, by Catharine, was heir to both king-proceeded: "Nay, your majesty must not treat her so doms, he left his brother, the Duke of Bedford, regent rudely. She is the beautiful Joan d'Arc, the prophof France during the minority of the prince, with di-etess who communes with saints and angels, and comes rections that he should prosecute the war. Charles to your majesty with a message from heaven." VI, of France, died about two months after, leaving · Ha!" exclaimed the King, starting from his seat, what remained of his distracted kingdom to his son," bid her enter! We will hear her heavenly tidings.” Charles VII, a prince of no great capacity, but who In another moment the maiden stood before the King; possessed many amiable qualities. He was gay, profli- and if he had felt aught of carelessness or levity at her gate, and generous; sincere, affable, and condescending.novel pretensions, the feeling was soon dispelled. She His followers, therefore, seem to have been attached to was not decked in the ordinary adornings of her sex, his person and cause, though they had no great confi- but was clad in an armor of linked mail, from which dence in his abilities.

the helmet was alone removed, disclosing a face of exAt this time, Rheims, the usual place of the coronaltraordinary beauty, glowing with health, and beaming ceremonies, was in the hands of the English, and with inspiration. She was apparently about nineteen hence Charles had been crowned at Poictiers, in a re- years of age-her dark locks hung carelessly around mote part of the kingdom-a circumstance which was her steel-clad shoulders-her eye was large and soft, by no means agreeable to his people. Bedford, in the and fell at once upon the manly proportions of the mean time, prosecuted his conquests with vigor; and King; and as she advanced without hesitation or fear, having reduced almost every fortress on the north side or even the usual bow to recognize the royal presence, of the Loire, and defeated the French at Verneuil, heshe seemed, to the astonished monarch, like a being next laid siege to Orleans, an important post, still in from another world. For some moments no word was the hands of Charles, and the key to the whole coun-uttered. The maiden at length broke silence. try which acknowledged his authority.

“I come,” said she, “not in the strength of steel, or The French king saw the necessity of resolutely | of mere earthly wisdom, but mailed in the panoply of maintaining this fortress, and threw into it all the righteousness and truth. My credentials are from strength that he could command. But Bedford, with heaven-my commission from the Lord God omnipohis powerful resources, pushed the siege with so much tent. The arm of a woman, though in itself as feeble vigor, that the King gave over the city for lost, and se as the trembling reed, is, in the strength of Jehovah, riously meditated retiring, with what forces he could mighty to deliver, and strong to save. Know, then, collect, into Languedoc and Dauphiny, and maintain-| thou anointed of the Lord, that if thou wilt trust thine ing himself as long as possible in these distant provin- armies to my guidance, and wilt follow the counsel of

On breaking the matter to his queen, however, the poor and friendless Joan, she will assuredly raise the and to his fair friend, the beautiful Agnes Soreille, seige of Orleans, and thence conduct thee to Rheims, they dissuaded him from his purpose, and induced him to be crowned like thy fathers, and acknowledged by to make another effort for the salvation of his kingdom.ll this whole nation King of France.”




The monarch, astonished beyond measure by the ap- || aloft her consecrated banner, continued to be the chief pearance, the boldness, and the apparent sincerity of attraction for every eye. She was received as a celesthe girl, and probably half inclined to credit her celestial deliverer by the governor and his half famished peotial mission, listened to her whole story with the most ple, and a rapid succession of brilliant exploits, aprespectful attention. He afterwards convoked an as-proaching the character of miracle, followed. Nothing sembly of learned divines, who, on a full examination, could withstand the impetuosity of the gallant maid indorsed her sacred pretensions, and declared that she and her enthusiastic troops, who, in following her standhad been raised up to deliver the French nation from ard, were infatuated with the belief that they were aidher foreign invaders; and with this sanction, the Kinged by the invincible might of Heaven. She complete and court, soldiers and people, gave themselves up to ly overcame the English in several desperate attacks, this strange infatuation.

and on the 8th of May they raised the siege, and reThe pretensions of the fair Joan, having been thus tired in terror and confusion. recognized by the court, and her services accepted, she Thus was fulfilled one part of her strange promise was furnished with a new and splendid suit of armor, the remainder was comparatively easy. The people mounted on a white steed, and having been provided now flocked to her standard from every quarter, and with a particular sword, which she had desired, from she pressed the monarch to follow her immediately to the church of St. Catharine, she presented herself be- Rheims. This city was in a distant part of the coun fore the army bearing in her hand a banner of snowy try, was in the hand of the enemy, and the road to it whiteness, and was hailed with enthusiastic acclama-garrisoned by strong bodies of British troops. To untions as the chosen deliverer of her country.

dertake a journey thither would, therefore, a few weeks The fair Maid of Orleans, as she was afterwards call before, have appeared like madness. But as things had ed, was now in the full blush of her youth and beauty.* now turned, the King did not hesitate, but prepared to She was the daughter of a peasant, without advantages follow his adventurous leader. He accordingly set out or education; but having served as a menial at a public at the head of twelve thousand men, and met the enemy tavern, and, unlike the majority of her sex, fond of ac- | at Patay, where the army, still under the command of tive sports and manly exercises, she had acquired a the Maid of Orleans, won a decided victory. Two skillful use of the rein, and managed her noble steed thousand five hundred of the English were left dead on with a grace and dexterity which seemed altogether in the field, and twelve hundred taken prisoners, among compatible with her sex and years. She had imbibed whom was the English commander, the brave and able a strong passion for sacred things in her youth, and was Talbot. From this time town after town opened their often found wandering in the forest, where she retired gates to the invincible and warlike maiden; and the to commune in secret with her own spirit, and where, King, as he progressed, scarcely perceived that he was according to her own statement, she held communion passing through an enemy's country, till, on the 16th with the archangel Michael, the angel Gabriel, St. of July, about two months after her success at Orleans, Catharine, and St. Margaret. She was, doubtless, a and nearly five months after her first appearance before full believer in the divine character of her mission, and Charles, at Chinon, she planted her standard on the hence undertook it with confidence, and conducted it battlements of Rheims. with spirit.

The following day was devoted to festivity and joy. Having thus inspired all classes with the certainty A vast assemblage of people was convened—the bells of her success, she seized upon the moment of enthu-were rung-banners floated in the air on every sidesiasm, and placing herself at the head of a convoy of triumphal arches were reared, and long processions troops, bearing provisions to the famished garrison, she swept through the streets, accompanied by strains of dashed forward to the beleaguered city. But rapid as martial music, and bursts of enthusiastic rapture. In were her movements, the strange story of her life had these joyous exhibitions the Maid of Orleans bore a gone before her, and in an age of superstition had pro- conspicuous part. She is represented as having manduced its natural effects. The English who at first af- aged her milk-white steed with even more than her acfected to speak in derision of Joan’s heavenly commis- | customed grace and to have borne herself with a dignision, were really confounded, if not terrified, by the ty suited to the important place she occupied in the eyes strong persuasion which everywhere prevailed of its of the people. By her direction the King was contruth, and thus half vanquished by their own fears, ducted with great pomp and circumstance to the Cathewere the more ready to give way before her impetuous dral, where the coronation of a long line of his predecharge.

cessors had been celebrated, and there crowned in all She entered the city with a pomp becoming her as- | due form, with the solemn ceremonies of the church, sumed character. Before her was borne the standard and anointed with holy oil, brought, according to one of the King, and around her were the nobles whose author, by a pigeon from heaven to Clovis, the first enthusiasm she had most inspired; but her own person, King of France. as she gracefully sat on her noble war horse, and held “Having now," says one of our authorities, "fulfil

led her mission, she petitioned her royal master for lib* Our authorities differ as to her age. One account repre-erty to leave his court, and return to the quiet and obsents her as born in 1401, another in 1410, and a third in 1412. Il scurity of her native village, and her former condition.



Charles' entreaties and commands unfortunately pre “On this, Noah addressed the Supreme Being, and vailed upon her to forego this resolution. Honors were was enjoined to close with their proposal, and rest satlavishly bestowed upon her—a medal was struck in isfied; which he instantly obeyed. When the ark was celebration of her achievements, and letters of nobility finished, they called on Noah to fulfill his part of the were granted to herself and every member of her family. agreement, when he again called upon God, petitioning Many gallant and successful exploits illustrate her sub- for his direction, and was ordered to procure the young sequent history; but these we cannot stop to enumerate. of the four following animals, one of each kind, a feHer end was lamentable, indelibly disgraceful to Eng-male, and make them fast in the four corners of the land, and scarcely less so to France.

ark; a dog, a cat, an ass, and a monkey, and in the “On the 24th of May, 1430, while heroically fight-centre of them to seat his daughter on the book of the ing against the army of the Duke of Burgundy, under word of God, and that in the course of one night the the walls of Compeigne, she was shamefully shut out four animals should be changed into form, feature, and from the city which she was defending, through the in all respects the exact resemblance of his daughter. contrivance of the governor; and being left alone, was, “ These metamorphoses having taken place accordafter performing prodigies of valor, compelled to sur- ingly, Noah presented them instead of his daughter, to render to the enemy. John, of Luxemburg, into whose the builders of the vessel. By some untoward circumhands she fell, sometime after sold her for a sum of ten stance or other, however, these deluded workmen bethousand livres to the Duke of Bedford. She was then gan to be suspicious, and accusing Noah of witchcraft, brought to Rouen and tried on an accusation of sorce- went in a body, and by way of revenge, in a manner ry. The contrivances which were resorted to in order too vile to be named, defiled the goodly work of their to procure evidence of her guilt, exhibit a course of hands. proceedings as cruel and infamous as any recorded in “Noah again had recourse to divine assistance, which the annals of judicial iniquity; and on the 30th of May, causing a pestilential wind to blow, all who had been 1431, she was sentenced to be burnt at the stake. instrumental in the beastly deed, were instantly afflict

“During all this time no attempt had been made by ed, some with blindness, others with deafness, others the ungrateful and worthless prince, whom she had re- with lameness; in short, among them were liberally stored to a throne, to effect her liberation. In the midst dispensed all the ills of the famed box of Pandora. of her calamities, the feminine softness of her nature "At length, a leper, but not of those so punished for resumed its sway, and she pleaded hard that she might defiling the ark, accidentally fell into the midst of the be allowed to live. But her protestations and entrea-gulf

, when (wonderful to relate) he came out again perties were alike in vain. On the following day the hor- fectly cured of every symptom of his lothsome disease. rid sentence was carried into execution in the market. The consequence of this was, that every diseased person place of Rouen, and the poor, unhappy victim died to whose knowledge this surprising system of cure of courageously and nobly as she had lived, a martyr to bodily ills had come, thronged to the polluted ark; so her delusions."

that in a short time not only all the filth was cleanly licked up, but even the beams and planks were scraped,

to the loss of three or four inches of their original subINDIAN ACCOUNT OF THE DELUGE. stance; their labor was not lost, one and all were healed. The following account of the general deluge, was “Noah then heard the voice from heaven, crying, taken from the mouth of the chief Faquir, at the sup- Behold now the ark is purified, assemble forthwith, of posed tomb of Noah, in the vicinity of the ancient city all the animals which I have made, of each kind one of Oude, in the province of Hindostan, Dec. 14, 1797. pair, and shut them up in the ark; choose also of men

The translator observes, that the fidelity of the trans- the most upright which the world affords, forty of each lation may be depended upon, except in one or two in- sex, and with them and thy wives and thy children asstances, where a regard to delicacy compelled his de-cend the ark; for I will send water upon the earth, and parture from the exact letter: in one of them, where every living thing thereon shall perish.' he has borrowed his expression from the heathen my “As the voice predicted, so it fell out—the water rose thology, he is conscious that he has subjected himself first from an old woman's oven, which, with that from to critical animadversion; but for this inaccuracy, his above, lasting in all six months, destroyed every living motive will, he trusts, form a sufficient apology. creature upon the earth, except one old woman, who

“In the days of Noah, men were become so wicked, believing in God, had begged of Noah to take her also as totally to neglect the worship of the true God—when into his boat; but in the hurry he it seems forgot and an almond shell fell from heaven, accompanied with a left her, but not to destruction; for the Almighty loving voice, directing Noah to form an ark after its shape, the her for her faith, placed her upon an aggregation of foam length of which should be 11,000 yards; this model, caused by the gurgitation of the water, and defending Noah carried to four workmen, a worker in iron, a hew- by his power, saved her from the universal wreck. er, fashioner, and carrier of wood, and desired them to “The ark landed first at Carbelah, from whence Noah make the ark; they gave him in answer, that on no floated on a part of it to this place, about 6,500 years ago. other terms than his giving them his daughter, on the “The tomb is 17 yards in length.”Imperial Magcompletion of the job, would they undertake it. azine.

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derness she feels is exercised with prudence or not. It OF A PASTOR AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MATERNAL may be the same if manifested by overweening, culpaASSOCIATION, KEESEVILLE, ESSEX CO., N. Y.

ble indulgence.

But simple maternal fondness is not all that attaches "And her children arise up and call her blessed," Proverbs

a blessedness to the name of mother—that blessedness

of which Solomon speaks. It is a small part of a mothIn this chapter the portrait of female perfection is er’s duty simply to love her children, or to excite in penciled by a master-hand. Solomon here sketched their hearts simple filial affection. Much else has she the outline of an ensample, addressing itself to the to do to make her name and memory truly blessed. heart and taste of all-inviting imitation. He de-Neither is that common protection which maternal scribes “the wife," and gives a single touch, that we love instinctively extends to the child-o feed and may look upon her as a mother to the children of her clothe, and supply its physical wants, to cherish when husband. It is but a word; yet brief as his language well, to nurse when sick-this is not all; although this is, it implies volumes. No additional language can is sufficient to enstamp a mother's image indelibly upon strengthen or give greater force to it. “Her children the heart, yet it is not her whole duty. These things arise up and call her blessed.” To say this, is to say ought she to do, but not leave the others undone. the most that words can express of the virtues of a Again. I ask, what is the duty to which a mother mother. That cluster of graces that throws a sacred- should devote her energies, that her name may be ness around the memory of one that nurtured us, is blessed ? more to be envied than the crown of Victoria. For it I. It is to prepare her child, by careful training in is a token that she has faithfully discharged her duty in early life, for the trials, the cares, hardships, realities of her appropriate sphere.

subsequent life. Childhood is a period of probation, In setting the “solitary in families,” God appointed not only for eternity, but for after years of earthly exthe mother to the most arduous and responsible station : istence; and such is the relation that childhood holds and in faithfully fulfilling the charge, she is the centre to maturer life, that not only the usefulness and the refrom which radiates all that renders home the loved | spectability of manhood eminently depends upon early spot of earth. While she lives, she gladdens many culture and discipline, but personal happiness and conhearts; and when she is gone, blessed is her memory. tent depends much upon the molding of the disposiShe is followed to the tomb by the saddest procession tions, inclinations and prejudices, by a mother's hand. of mourners. Yes, when she carefully walks in the We are all destined to live in a world of wants, paths of her allotment, “her husband praiseth her, and where the laws of the land or of common life can guarher children arise up and call her blessed.”

anty no provision for our necessities but what results What panegyric more noble than that? far better from daily industry. We must live by the “sweat of than to say of her that she sat upon thrones and ruled the brow.” Liable to a thousand daily accidents, the nations.

time hastens on when fathers and mothers molder in But, I address myself to the mother. Most present the dust; the paternal roof crumbles, or strangers come are happy in being addressed by this significant title- in to occupy-patrimony is scattered and gone. And are rejoicing that God's providence has called them to how many leave no legacy but their memory; and those discharge the duties of the relation, however unquali- | now helpless in childhood, ignorant of want or toil, fied in their own estimation, for the station. Notwith will be called to meet face to face with the harsh realistanding the consciousness of incompetency a mother ties of life wholly unprepared. The mother's hand may desire to rear her offspring in the nurture and ad- may prepare the child for any event or contingency of monition of the Lord; still she too often feels pride as this kind; and on the other hand, her remissness or illwell as fondness when she looks upon her children, directed tenderness may throw them in contact with when she meets so many eyes turned to her for protec- strangers and the world, as the petted nestling meets tion, and comfort, and counsel, in all the unwavering the winter's blast. confidence of childhood; and if she be a Christian A mother's duty is to train her child for real lifemother, the burden of her daily prayer is for wisdom to prepare it for reality, without subjecting it to certain and discretion in the duties of her sphere. To give disappointment. If rightly instructed, and subjected just occasion for her children to rise up and call her to proper discipline—to self-denial—to hardships adaptblessed, is the praiseworthy object of her toil, her study, ed to its years—and taught what is to be encountered her self-denial, and her prayers.

in future life; then will children grow up to manhoodWhat is it that attaches blessedness to the memory to woman's estate, and as they traverse this world of and name of mother? There is much. Every thing cares “they will call their mothers blessed." conspires to make a mother dear to those she has nur How many have I seen made to themselves miseratured and trained. Maternal fondness ever manifest- | ble, and unpleasant to all around, solely on account of ing itself-caresses, and those thousand kindnesses that neglect in childhood, chargeable to a mother's overnone but a mother knows how to evince—these togeth-weening, culpable fondness. It is the greatest unkinder entwine a strong chord, binding the whole family to ness to a child to neglect in this respect its early culture. its maternal head; and this whether the love and ten With this as preliminary, I present the following



When in an over anxious hour,

They o'er the future roam; Then forth steps busy memory,

From dreamy past upspringing, And visions light of days gone by

She evermore is bringing.

The voices of the friends I loved

Are ringing in my ear-
The faithful ones whom time has proved,

In seeming now are near;
The hills around my youthful home

Upon my fancy seize;
But tones of woe and wailing come,

Borne on the fitful breeze.

points of attention, and leave them for you to expand, and carry them out in their application to the subject:

In training children as probationers for temporal existence,

1. Exercise over the child absolute authority, and the power of absolute restraint. It was not without reason that Jeremiah said, “It is well for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth."

2. Inculcate the virtue of self-restraint.

3. Accustom a child to labor and privation adapted to its years.

4. Suppress pride, and all the various passions. The earthly curse of thousands is a pride fostered by a mother's hands in childhood.

5. Excite a laudable ambition for usefulness and independence.

If a mother desire to throw a blessedness around her memory, let her,

II. Train her children as probationers for the world which is to come.

This the ultimate end in view, when God commits precious souls to a mother's charge. For this he clothes a mother with influence unbounded, and creates the child docile and tender. But here I need not dwell, for these thoughts have been made familiar to you all by frequent repetition.

The father is the protector. He tills the land, fights the battles, and gives himself up to the rougher con: cerns of life; while the mother sits at the cradle, rules in the nursery: and upon her it especially devolves to prepare the little son to take its father's place—to rear the daughters to fill the place vacated by a mother's death-to prepare the next generation to enter upon the stage when this shall have been swept away and forgotten. When this is faithfully done, then shall each generation rise up and call the mothers of the past BLESSED.

But as the Christian instructor, the mother acts for eternity. She preaches the Gospel where even an apostle cannot enter. When faithful here, saints in glory, redeemed by her prayers and her instructions, “shall rise up and call her blessed.”—Mother's Magazine.

Pale death hath taken one by one,

And time a change hath wrought, Till those who wept, must weep alone,

And those who smiled, smile not: The lonely grave hath claimed a boon

From many a sorrowing one; And such will joy to know that soon

Their work on earth is done.

Connecticut! one long farewell

Unto thy sunny shore; But soon above where angels dwell,

Thy lost ones part no more: As thy fair hills are fading fast,

A brighter land appears; So may it be with us at last,

Beyond this vale of tears.


Mock not with proffered sympathy

Such agony as this;
Seek not to soothe with love's kind words,

Affection's tear or kiss:
Thou might'st assuage a common grief-

A lighter sorrow share;
But, O! such bitterness of heart

One, only one must hear;
'Twere almost bliss to grieve, and feel

That love might bear a part;
Alas, such bliss ne'er gles with

Such bitterness of heart !
Then leave, O leave the stricken heart

To agony and tears-
To sorrow o'er its baffled hopes,

And battle with its fears:
For such a heart earth hath no balm

For such it hath no cure-
Leave it to wonder at the past,

To live, and yet endure !
Leave it! perchance it yet may turn,

When every tie is riven,
And hap'ly find repose at last
In faith, and hope, and heaven!

M. R. K.


Connecticut! thy rolling shore

Is fading fast away, And thou shalt greet my sight no more,

For many a weary day.
The glistening waves are dashing high,

Our gallant boat beside,
But calm and pure the azure sky,

And softly on we glide.
Connecticut! thy name hath power

To call my thoughts all home,

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