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Enforcing laws, concocted to their need,
will go and tell them what I find in the Bible about On all non-jurors to the ruling creed,
the Lord's coming. Instantly all my burden was Till Baptists groaned beneath their iron heel, gone, and I rejoiced that I should not probably be And Quakers quaked with unaccustomed zeal! thus called upon, for I had never had such an
invitation. My trials were not known, and I had And when I hear, as oft the listener may, but little expectation of being invited to any field In song and sermon on a festal day,
of labor. Their virtues lauded to the wondering skies, “ In about half an hour from this time, before I had As none were e'er so great, or good, or wise, left the room, a son of Mr. Guilford, of Dresden, I straight bethink me of the Irish wit,
about sixteen miles from my residence, came in and (A people famed for many a ready hit,)
said that his father had sent for me, and wished me Who, sitting once, and rather ill at ease,
to go home with him. Supposing that he wished To hear, in prose, such huge hyperboles,
to see me on some business, I asked him what he Gave for a toast, to chide the fulsome tone, wanted ? He replied that there was to be no "Old Plymouth Rock,—the Yankee Blarney preaching in their church the next day, and his stone!”
father wished to have me come and talk to the N. Y. Recorder.
people on the subject of the Lord's coming. I was immediately angry with myself for having made
the covenant I had ; I rebelled at once against the From the Atlas. Lord, and determined not to go. I left the boy
without giving him any answer, and retired in DEATH OF WILLIAM MILLER, THE PROPHET.
great distress to a grove near by. There I struggled Mr. Miller, of Low Hampton, N.Y., somewhat with the Lord for about an hour, endeavoring to celebrated for his views respecting the nearness of release myself from the covenant I had made with the advent, died at his residence on Thursday, the him, but I could get no relief. It was impressed 20th inst., in his 68th year.
upon my conscience, “Will you make a covenant He was born at Pittsfield, in this state, February
with God, and break it so soon ?' and the exceed15, 1782. When he was four years of age, his ing sinfulness of thus doing overwhelmed me. I father' removed to Low Hampton, Washington finally submitted; and promised the Lord that if county, N. Y. At the age of 22, he settled in he would sustain me, I would go, trusting in him Poultney, Vt., and was a deputy sheriff for that to give me grace and ability to perform all he county. On the commencement of the late war
should require of me. I returned to the house, and with G. Britain, he received a captain's commission found the boy still waiting; he remained till after in the U. S. army, where he remained till the dinner, and I returned with him to Dresden." peace. He took part in the action at Plattsburg, invitations to present his views in many places,
From this time and onward he was pressed with where 1500 regulars, and about 4000 volunteers, and travelled extensively throughout the Northern, defeated the British, who were 15,000 strong. Eastern, and Middle States, and Canada, and After the close of the war, he removed to the place labored almost constantly for the succeeding twelve of his late residence, where for several held the office of a justice of the peace.
years; but visited no place without first receiving Mr. Miller was regarded with much affection by
an urgent invitation. his neighbors, who esteerned him as a benevolent,
He was disappointed in the fulfilment of his intelligent man, and a kind neighbor. For many expectations in 1843,* and came out the next year years he was a most assiduous student of history the want of accuracy in his chronological calcula
Apology and Defence,” acknowledging and the Scriptures, in the study of which he became impressed with a conviction that the fifth tions, but claiming that the nature and nearness of monarchy predicted by Daniel to be given to the the event was still sustained by scriptural evidence. people of the saints of the Most High, under the In that belief he has since lived and died-worn whole heaven, for an everlasting possession, (see out with the infirmities of age. Dan. 7th chap.,) was about to be consummated. It
He was a man strictly temperate in all his habits, becoming known that he entertained these views, devoted in his family and social attachments, and he was importuned by many to write out his opin- proverbial for his integrity. His brain was of ions, and afterwards to defend them in public. large volume, and he was capable of great mental After refusing so to do for many years, he at length efforts. He was naturally very amiable in his complied, and has been principally known to the temperament ; but when he thought he was public as a lecturer on prophecy. He thus describes unjustly represented, he often indulged in biting his reluctance to appear in public, and the occasion sarcasm on his revilers. His mental faculties were of his first attempt :
clear to the last, and he fell asleep joyful in the “One Saturday, after breakfast, in the summer of hope of a speedy resurrection. 1833, I sat down at my desk to examine some point, (We heard " Father Miller" preach on this great suband as I arose to go out to work, it came home to ject, to an immense audience, one night in Philadelphia. me with more force than ever, “Go and tell it to His evident sincerity, earnestness, and simplicity, the world.' The impression was so sudden, and attracted to him our high respect. We ili in the success came with such force, that I settled down into my which marked his labors, notwithstanding lii; want of chair, saying, I can't go, Lord. Why not?' learning even upon his chosen subject, arsu fium his seemed to be the response ; and then all my bringing prominently forward a neglected truth. And it excuses came up, my want of ability, &c.; but my is to be feared that his confident and ill-founded predicdistress became so great, I entered into a solemn lions as to the time, will throw temporary discredit upon covenant with God, that if he would open the way, the great burden of many prophecies-the second coming I would go and perform my duty to the world. of our Lord. --Liv. Age.] • What do you mean by opening the way?! seemed to come to me. Why, said I, if I should * In all his published works he always slated the time have an invitation to speak publicly in any place, Il as “about 1843.”
From the Christian Observer.
learn our lessons for eternity. Here we are to
be fitted for the part we are to act, and the rank ON A SENSE OF THE DIVINE PRESENCE.
we are to hold, in the great society above. In When God would impress upon the mind of this childhood of our existence it is that we must Abrahain the duty and necessity of adhering to Him make preparation for our maturer state. Such with full integrity of heart, he seems to make are the motives which should urge us to diligence this dependent on a continued sense of His pres- and alacrity in our Christian course.
Such are All religion he comprises, as it were, in the considerations which show how it is that life, these two particulars—the one the means, the if it be life indeed, is appropriately styled “a other the end of our salvation ; “ Walk before me- walk.": and be thou perfect.” (Gen. xvii. 1.) In number- 3. And to aid and animate us in turning this less passages of Scripture,“ to walk” is used as a similitude to moral and spiritual account, let us term synonymous with “ to live.” Thus, “ Enoch consider that in a natural sense, whether we will walked with God;" that is, he lived continually in or no, life is a ceaseless motion, and a continual His presence. (Gen. v. 22.) “ Noah was a just approximation to the grave. We are like men
and perfect in his generations, and Noah who travel in some vehicle to a given country. walked with God.” (Gen. vi. 9.) Thus the Evan- On the wheels of time we are going forward ; gelist describes Zechariah and Elizabeth as “ both the chariot which bears us is constantly advancing. righteous before God, walking in all the command-Whether we sleep or wake, whether we think of ments and ordinances of the Lord blameless." it or not, whether the motion be rough or smooth, (Luke i. 6.) In the same sense does our blessed still we are making way, and the distance between Lord employ the term : “He that followeth me us and eternity is lessening. While I write these shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light lines the sand is falling from the hour-glass of life, of life.” (John viii. 12.) Thus also the Apostle : and he who reads them exhausts upon every page “We walk by faith, not by sight,” (2 Cor. v. 7;) and every line some portion of his brief existence "" Walk in the Spirit,” (Gal. v. 16 ;) " Walk in here. Thus we
never continue in one stay." love,” (Eph. v.2;)“Walk in wisdom,” (Col. iv.5.) Thus is life a journey, and on that account, as It is needless to multiply passages in which life well as others, is fitly termed a walk. is thus termed a walk. The question is, why it Seeing, then, that the goal to which we tend is should be so termed ? And for this many reasons not the extinction of our being, bat our entrance may be assigned :
into a new and an eternal state, with what solemn 1. It may be intended to picture to our minds seriousness should we åttend to that gracious the high rank we hold in God's creation. While counsel, “Walk before me, and be thou perfect." the inferior animals are, as has been finely observed, But, it will be said, are not all things, animate prone to the earth from which they sprung, and on and inanimate, “ before"—that is in the presence which their all depends, the countenance of man of—“God.” Does not His ubiquity fill heaven is uplifted to his native heavens. Thus erect in and earth ? “ Whither shall I go from thy Spirwalking does man seem by his attitude to claim it?" says the Psalmist; or whither shall I flee his right of sovereignty over this lower world ; from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, and, by his measured step and deliberate motion, thou art there : if I make my bed in hell, behold, appear as if calm thought and self-possession set thou art there. If I take the wings of the mornhis feet upon a rock and established his goings. ing, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Such was man once, and to such a state he may even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right be abundantly restored by the power of a new cre- hand shall hold me.” If, then, God is equally ation.
present to everything that He has made ; if His 2. Walking also implies a going forward. enemies, as well as His friends, live and move And, as used in Scripture, this term reminds us and have their being within the circle of His that the Christian life is not stationary, but a con- essence ; if every blasphemy which is uttered, as tinued growth in grace; so that at the end of each well as every prayer that is offered up, enters into year, each month, each week, we should be able His ears ; if every deed of foul impurity, as well to report progress, to thank God and take courage. as every act of faithful obedience, is performed in As we awake each morning, we should say to the full blaze of His all-pervading light, in what ourselves, “ Let this be an improve it!
aliar sense can that injunction be understood, the past ; let me watch more wa
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no possibility of exemption. What obligation, ever been before ; let me endeavor tip
then, I repeat it, did God lay upon the Patriarch morning's calm throughout the business of the day when he addressed him in those emphatic words ? with less interruption, and with happier success, It was no other than that in which the whole of than in times now gone forever.” We should religion essentially consists ; namely, a conformity continually remember that this world is a school of our will, our inclination, and our deportment to of education for the soul, and that here we must the unchangeable constitution of things. To do so
is in fact to make a virtue of necessity, and to be those processes of mere nature set forth the lifein voluntary agreement with the Mind at whose giving power of the uncreated sun upon man's imdisposal all things are. If such be our case, our mortal essence, and the rapture with which his happiness is secure forever. While lingering spirit hails the dawning of an endless day? The here below, and tied to these mortal bodies, we truth is, that the felt presence of God is the secret shall indeed groan, being burdened with the pains of all happiness; and holiness and happiness are and penalties of flesh and blood. But with this inseparably bound together. They act and react drawback, the soul which wills what God wills upon each other. They are interchangeably cause has found the secret of true felicity even here ; and effect. If holiness infallibly brings happiness and, when freed from its companionship with this in its train ; so is happiness the great moral inearthly tabernacle, will enjoy that true felicity to strument by which, where the conscience and the the full. It will, in a certain sense, have a share will are right, the soul has power to perfect holiin the happiness of God himself. For if," what- ness. As in the opposite hemisphere of darksoever pleaseth him, that doeth he in heaven and ness, sin and misery produce and reproduce each in earth,” it follows that every movement of the other—sin, the prolific source of all unhappiness, all-directing Mind, every order that issues from and unhappiness impairing the energies of the the seat of universal government, every errand on soul, so that it lies passive under whatever imwhich angels and archangels are sent forth—that pression the corporeal senses may make upon it. all these must meet the full approval of, and con- The fact is, that man is impelled by the primary sequently be ceaseless accessions of, new pleasure instincts of his compound being to seek for happito the soul which is in sympathy with the will of ness. And if his higher principle have lost the God. If, then, it be an essential attribute of God, realizing sense of its appropriate felicity, he will that every creature should be continually in His yield to those attractions which draw him down sight, it follows that he whose will is in accordance to the mere animal propensities of his nature. with this attribute, must dwell in the atmosphere It is only in the light of God's felt presence, that of his own choice, in the very element of his own we can see those brighter objects which, by conheart's desire. The presence of God is to him as trast, expose the wretchedness of all that this the genial air he breathes, as the sun which world can offer to satisfy the thirstings of the soul. spreads its light over the whole map of his exist- Man's nature is so constructed, that the machinery
Nor is this consciousness that he is encir- thereof is worked, not by appeals of abstract reacled by Deity, and has his being in God, more con- soning to his understanding, but by exhibitions ducive to the believer's happiness than promotive presented to his moral vision. He will infallibly of his virtue. In ancient Rome, the young patri- be led by what he sees. To some attraction he cians were exhorted, by an act of the imagination, must yield; for he is not independent, nor can he to place the elder Cato continually before them. stand alone. He must attach himself to someIt was thought, that, with such a witness of their thing ; not by corporeal contact, but by moral fusion actions, they would be ashamed to behave thein- and spiritual assimilation. He will, in a word, selves inconsistently with the dignity of their become like and partake of the nature of whatever position. And thus it is that, in an immeasurably occupies lois field of vision. If he sees God, he higher degree, the constant remembrance of those will be like God. If that glorious sun goes down, words, “ Thou, God, seest me,” would act upon he will sink to the level of those objects which the mind that realized that amazing truth. If darkness generales and brings forth. men can, and do, uniformly control the fiercest Such, then, is the force of those emphatic passions (passions which, by a strange delusion, words, “ Walk before nie, and be thou perfect; they still think to be uncontrollable) in the pres- live in the felt sense of my continual presence, ence of any respected or decent fellow-creature ; and the mighty working of that conviction will is it not clear to common sense that, were God to subdue all things unto itself. The pure and holy appear in living manifestation, all sin would fly atmosphere which you breathe will invigorate “ to the moles and to the bats ; would go into the every faculty of your soul with salient health and clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged freshness. Abashed by that light, sin and imrocks, for fear of the Lord and for the glory of his purity will fly from its piercing beams to the majesty ?" Is it not clear that, when “God arose, / darkness from which they sprung.
." Thus it is his enemies would be scattered ; and those that that like draws to like, and all things seek to hate him would flee before him?"
mingle with their connatural element. Nor would this habitual sense of encircling says the Apostle, “ are all the children of light, Deity promote our sanctification by its awful incon- and the children of the day : we are not of the gruity with sin alone. It would effect that all night, nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not important purpose by the invigoration which it sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. would impart to all the higher faculties of our For they that sleep, sleep in the night ; and they nature. If the material sun pour such streams of that be drunken, are drunken in the night. But gladness into the heart of man, and the outgoing let us, who are of the day, be suber, putting on of the morning light up the landscape on which he the breast-plate of faith and love ; and for an hel. looks with such enchantment; yet how faintly can) met the hope of salvation,"
BY 0. W. HOLMES.
From the Boston Book-published by Ticknor & Co. Wins back more sufferers with her voice and smile,
Than all the trumpery in the druggist's pile.
Once more, be quiet—coming up the stair,
But stealing softly on the silent toe,
Let not your looks proclaim the least surprise ; Friendship must launch his sentiment at least, It 's not your business by your face to show As prisoned damsels, locked from lovers' lips, All that your patient does not wish to know; Toss them a kiss from off their fingers' tips. Nay, use your optics with considerate care, The Morning Visit—not till sickness falls
And don't abuse your privilege to stare. In the charmed circle of your own safe walls ;
But if your eyes may probe him overmuch,
Beware still further how you rudely touch ;
Don't clutch his corpus in your icy fist,
But warm your fingers ere you take the wrist ;
If the poor victim needs must be percussed, The morning visit's mystery shall you learn.
Don't make an anvil of his aching bust; 'T is a small matter in your neighbor's case,
(Doctors exist, within a hundred miles, To charge your fee for showing him your face ; Who thump a thorax as they'd hammer piles.) You skip up stairs, inquire, inspect and touch,
If you must listen to his doubtful chest, Prescribe, take leave, and off to twenty such. Catch the essentials and ignore the restBut when, at length, by fate's transferred degree, Spare him ; the sufferer wants of you and art The visiter becomes the visitee,
A track to steer by, not a finished chart; O then, indeed, it pulls another string,
So of your questions—don't in mercy try Your ox is gored, and that 's a different thing ! To pump your patient absolutely dry ; Your friend is sick ; phlegmatic as a Turk,
He's not a mollusc squirming in a dish-
You ’re not Agassiz, and he is not a fish.
And last, not least, in each perplexing case, goes down ; Calm as a clock your knowing hand directs,
Not always smiling, but at least serene, Rhei, Jalapa, ana grana sex,
When grief and anguish cloud the anxious scene. Or traces on some tender missive's back
Each look, each movement, every word and tone,
Should tell your patient you are all his own; Scrupulos duos pulveris Ipecac; And leaves your patient to his qualms and gripes, But the warm, ready, self-forgetting friend,
Not the mere artist, purchased to attend,
Whose genial visit in itself combines
Such is the Visit, that from day to day
I give his health, who never cared to claim Leeches, for instance, pleasing creatures quite,
Her babbling homage from the tongue of Fame ! Try them, and, bless you, don't you find they bite? The truest, noblest, wisest, kindest, best!
Unmoved by praise, he stands by all confest,
Boston, May 30, 1849.
From HARPER & BROTHERS.
by his Son.
Part I. To be completed in six Pilula, pulvis-pleasant words enough,
parts. When other jaws receive the shocking stuff; The Ogilvies. A Novel. But oh, what flattery can disguise the groan Roland Cashel. By Charles Lever. Illustrated. That meets the gulp which sends it through your Completed in Three Parts. own !
Fairy Tales from all Nations. Illustrated by Be gentle, then, though Art's unsparing rules Doyle. (A very handsome book, with very Give you the handling of her sharpest tools; many wood engravings.] Use them not rashly-sickness is enough
Noel on Christian Baptism. Be always“ ready,” but be never “rough."
From C. S. Francis & Co. Of all the ills that suffering man endures, The Story of Storics ; or Fun for the Little Ones. The largest fraction liberal Nature cures;
With Engravings. of those remaining, 't is the smallest part The Christmas Tree; The Turtle Dove ; Fireside Yields to the efforts of judicious Art;
Tales. [Three neat little books by Mary HowBut simple kindness kneeling by the bed,
itt. Her name will sell any book, and we should To shift the pillow for the sick man's head, like to read all she writes.) Give the fresh draught to cool the lips that burn, Fan the hot brow, the weary frame to turn ;
C. S. Francis & Co. have just published a Kindness—untutored by our grave M. D.'s,
beautiful edition of “ Moore's Melodies," the apBut nature's graduate, whom she schools to please, pearance of which is equal to the emanations of
We have seen no edition of this popular work so tastefully executed, on such as one who, walking in the twilight gloom, economical terms. They have also issued “Ge
Hears round about him voices as it darkens, ometry and Faith.” It is an able little work, And seeing not the forms from which they come, similar in design to “ The Stars and the Earth," Pauses from time to time, and turns and hearkens ; one of a series of attempts, which we see multi
So walking here in twilight, O my friends! plying at home and abroad, to connect the dernon
I hear your voices, softened by the distance, strated truths of science with the principles of And pause, and turn to listen, as each sends faith, and to show the identity of religion and His words of friendship, comfort, and assistance. philosophy. It is written in the spirit of the Bridgewater Treatises. The author is Thomas If any thought of mine, or sung or told,
Has ever given delight or consolation, Hill, a clergyman of Massachusetts. The state- Ye have repaid me back a thousand fold, ments of this little work are remarkably clear, the
By every friendly sign and salutation. inferences logical, and the design most excellent. Three of Mary Howitt's graceful stories for the
Thanks for the sympathies that ye have shown!
Thanks for each kindly word, each silent token, young—The Christmas Tree, Fireside Tales and That teaches me, when seeming most alone, The Turtle Dove-have been very neatly published Friends are around us, though no word be spoken. by the same house, and another juvenile book,
Kind messages, that pass
from land to land; quite novel in this country, called The Story of
Kind letters, that betray the heart's deep history, Stories, or Fun for the Little Ones. It is trans- In which we feel the pressure of a handlated from the Neapolitan, and the scene lies in One touch of fire-and all the rest is mystery! the Fairy Land of Italy, a region which “children
The pleasant books, that silently among of a larger growth” will explore with zest.
Our household treasures take familiar places, The same publishers have also issued a new And are to us as if a living tongue edition of Wordsworth’s Ercursion, complete in Spake from the printed leaves or pictured faces ! one volume, and executed to match the popular Perhaps on earth I never shall behold, selections from this poet and Coleridge previously
With eye of sense, your outward form and semissued. We think the impressiveness of this cele blance ; brated poem has been lessened heretofore by appear. Therefore to me ye never will grow old, ing in the same volume with the ballads, sonnets, But live forever young in my remembrance. and occasional pieces of the author.
Never grow old, nor change, nor pass away! presented, entire and separate, with the original
Your gentle voices will flow on, forever, preface, it will more readily attract those who have When life grows bare and tarnished with decay, yet to appreciate its noble simplicity and moral As through a leafless landscape flows a river. grandeur ; while the lovers of the Bard of Nature Not chance of birth or place has made us friends, will greet it cordially in its new and inviting Being oftentimes of different tongues and nations, costume.—Home Journal.
But the endeavor for the self-same ends,
With the same hopes, and fears, and aspirations.
Saddened, and mostly silent, with emotion ;
The grand, majestic symphonies of ocean. fellow.
Therefore I hope, as no unwelcome guest, A new book by Longfellow is sure to attract To have my place reserved among the rest,
At your warm fireside, when the lamps are lighted, attention. Whatever his merits as compared with
Nor stand as one unsought and uninvited ! other literary men in this country, “Kavanagh” and other works of his have shown that none is The longest poem in the volume is entitled “ The before him in the sympathies of the book-buyers. Building of the Ship.” It is one of his noblest He is indeed a great artist, both in words and in performances, reminding us of Schiller's Song of those qualities of imagination, without which mere the Bell, though not containing a syllable that could verbal felicities are of scarcely more account than have been suggested by it. The concluding lines colors to a blind man. He has also the too rare will find now an echo in every patriotic heart. distinction of being justly apprehended in his lifetime. His exquisite compositions which are to
Thou, too, sail on, 0 Ship of State !
Sail on, O Union, strong and great! delight the coming ages, find from the beginning Humanity with all its fears, their proper and enduring level.
With all the hopes of future years, The “ Seaside and the Fireside,” is a collection Is hanging breathless on thy fate! of pieces written since the publication of the octavo We know what Master laid thy keel, edition of his works, and it embraces several of his
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel, first and most characteristic productions. We pre
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat, fer-as our readers will—to any elaborate commen
In what a forge and what a heat taries, the illustration of his genius by specimens. Were shaped the anchors of thy hope ! We extract first, the
Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
From the Home Journal.