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From * The Silent Pastor."

MEDITATIONS.

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loudly call. Some of us have too long been
idlers, an: veed to be aroused from protracted
slumber, which has a withering effect; and

Come, let us praise the goodness of God, who when light is thrown upon our pathway, let us

orders every thing for the best; our life and and doing, that our work may be done in our death are equally His care. the day time, for the night cometh wherein

The Lord casts us upon a bed of sickness, no man can work." A home-labor is required, and draws the curtain between the world ani an individual search to see that our own hearts us, shutting out all its vain desigps, and conare pure and clean, that they may be prepared traeting our business to our little chamber. In for the divine unction, through which we may

that quiet solitude lle speaks to our hearts, an ! be strengthened to labor effectually for the good sets our whole life, as iu a mirror, before us. of othes as well as our own. Watch and

There he discovers to us the treachery of the is a Scripture injunction that is necessary for world, and invites us, by the exbibition of its all to observe. Let us continually seek for vanity, to prepare for a better. strength, preservation and knowledge, that we

Thither He sends His messengers of

peace to be not drawn off by much that is abroad in the perfect our reconciliation. land which is calculated to divert the attention

Oh! how different are the thoughts of that from the true Guide, and which leads into a

hour from those of careless, unreflecting health. state of spiritual weakness and poverty.

How do we now censure what we once es. If parents in their early setting out in life

teemed. would daily gather their little oncs about them,

Kow easily are we led to wiser resolutions, either in solemn silence, or read to them when our unruly senses are rebuked with pain, portions of Scripture or other religious books,

and the fears of death teach the rashness of and, as ability is furnished, explain what they

our minds sobriety ;-when the occasions of sia read, I believe they would increase in the are removed from our way, and everything knowledge of divine things, and the influence about us exhorts to repentance. would be to enliven the body of which they are

Adored be thy name, O Lord! whose mercy members. Is not the reverential waiting upon

sanctifies into a blessing even the chastisement God in our families with the desire to be led

of Thy rod. and guided by His Spirit, a sure foundation for

Thou bringest us low to awaken our humility, us to build upon who profess a faith in the and prescribest sickness to cure our infirmity: immediate revelation of His will ?

Thou commandest, and the grave is inexo. If children were accustomed to seasons of rable; with it is no respect of persons. silent waiting at home, I think they would learn

Thou tellest us by experience that all must to love them and to love to go to meeting. They the time and place, that everywhere we may to love them and to love to go to meeting. They die, but kindly hidest in clouds and darkness would be impressed by example as well as pre be upon our guard, and through all our days cept with the importance of seeking first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, that may be looking for the summons. they might witness the fulfilment of the

Thou teachest us, by the removal of those promise attached, that all things necessary

we love, to renew the conteroplation of our own will be added. If this were the habit of Friends, grave, and the wholesome thoughts of a future

world. then do I believe that our meetings would in

Let not, O Lord! these gracious desigas be crease, and that we as a people would prosper; lost upon us; but let such scenes be attended but much, very much, depends upon the manner in which our children are educated, and this with the most serious reflections upon our own should be done within the pale of our own

mortality Society.

H. M.

And oh ! cause every meditation of this nature to make us the more diligent in preparing

for our latter end. It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do, the less one finds time to do it in. Mind the Light, that light that lighteth every One yawns, one procrastinates, one can do it man that cometh into the world. By attending when one will, and, therefore, one seldom does to this inward monitor, the mind will be led on it at all; whereas, those who have a great deal from one degree of perfection to another, until of business, must (to use a vulgar expression) we realize the promise, “ If ye abide in me, and bucklu to it; and then they always find time. my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye enough to do it in.

will, and it shall be done unto you." 0! This

abiding in the Spirit of Christ, how it qualifies The man who has never tried the companion for every duty at all times aud on all occasions. ship of a little child, has carelessly passed by one of the greatest pleasures of life, as one It is wise and well to look on the cloud of passes a rare flower without plucking it or know. sorrow as though we expected it to turn into a ing its value.

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From "Reformers and Martyrs before and after Luther." Brother House, he was directed by the teacher BY WM. HODGSON

to attend with some other boys in the choir of THOMAS A KEMPIS.

the chapel. Here Florentius attended also. Among the numerous pupils of the schools of Thomas says, “Now whenever I saw my good the “ Brethren of the Common Lot," none be master Florentius standing in the choir, eren came more justly eminent for genuine piety, or though he did not look about, I was so awed in was more truly and widely beloved by cotem po his presence by his venerable aspect, that I tary and succeeding Christians for the loviog never dared to speak a word. On one occasion and lamb-like spirit pervading his writings, I stood close beside him, and be turned to me, than the humble but celebrated author of the and sang from the same book. He even put "Imitation of Christ."

his hand upon my shoulder, and then I stood Thomas Hamerken, or Hamerlein, was born as if rooted to the spot, afraid even to stir, so in the year 1380, at the little town of Kempen, amazed was I at the honor done me. in the eat plain of the Rhine, near the city Thomas, jo course of time, came to dwell in of Cologne. From the name of his native place, Florentius's house, and closer acquaintance according to the custom of those times, he was strengthened his love for him. When he hapgenerally called Thomas à Kempis. His pa- pened to be troubled in his mind, he applied, rents, John and Gertrude, were io humble life, like the other youths on similar occasions, to his father earning their subsistence by his daily his respected master; and such was the effect labor as a mechanic; his mother was a woman of even a sight of his placid and cheerful counof exemplary piety, exerting a favorable influ- tenance, or of a few words of conversation, that ence on the tender mind of her son, in cherish- be seldom failed to leave his presence comforted ing a love for heavenly things.

and encouraged. This attachment showed itself When about thirteen years of age, he went in small matters. In consequence of weak to Deventer, wbere the school of the Bretdren health, Florentius sometimes could not partake of the Common Lot offered an opportunity for of the common meals, but ate at a small table his obtaining a good education without much in the kitchen. Thomas then considered it an expense to his family. He was, however, pot honor to wait upon him. “Unworthy though at first a resident in the Brother House, but I was,” be says, “ I often at his invitation prebeing introduced to Florentius Radewins, the pared the table, brought from the dining-romm superintendent, be obtained through bim a wbut little he required, and served him with lodging in the house of a pious matron, and cheerfulness and joy." If Florentius was at pursued bis studies in the grammar school. any time more sick than usual, it was customary Florentius soon won bis respect by his venera. with the Brethren to inform the neighboring ble manners, and his affection by acts of kind. Brother Ilouses and request their remembrance Dess and attention to the poor boy. He fur- of bim in prayer. On yuch occasions Thomas nished him with books, which his limited means often undertook to carry the message, delighting did not enable him to purchase, and supplied to be so employed. Doubtless Florentius's pious hinu with money to pay the school expenses. example had great effect in moulding the after. The rector of the grammar school at that time life and character of his affectionate pupil. was John Boehme, who, according to Thomas's Another inmate, whose example made a deep account, was an intimate friend of Florentius, impression on him, was Henry Brune, a memoir and exercised rigid discipline. Thomas having of whose life also is among the productions of one day gone to him to pay the school fees, and his pen. He says, “One day in winter, Henry to redeem a book which he had temporarily was sitting by the fireside, warming his hands, pawned, the rector asked him, “who gave you but with his face turned towards the wall, for the money?" On hearing that it was Floren he was at the time engaged in secret prayer. tius, Boehme dismissed the boy, with the words, When I saw this, I was greatly edified, and “ Go, take it back tu him; for his suke I shall from that day loved hiin all the more.” Little charge you nothing He thus obtained his incidents of this nature, tuld in Thomas's simschooling for the future on the funds of the ple familiar style, let us into the inward characInstitution.

ter of his mind perhaps more readily than Thomas was evidently a youth of very con events of apparently greater importance. He scientious, tender, and susceptible feelings, and was deeply interested in the religious exercises being deeply imbued with sentiments of piety, fof the Brethren at Deventer, and attached was struck with love and admiration whenever himself entirely to their mode of life, entering he witnessed evidences of it in others. In his into full outward communion with the society. memoir of his friend Florentius, Thomas men. He obtained from Florentius a place in the tions many traits of that simplicity, dignity, Brother House, in which at that time twenty; gentleness, and self-sacrificing activity for the three members dwelt together and received good of others, which had won his ardent ad- maintenance. His chief companion, and soon miration. Before he became a boarder in the his most intimate friend, was Arnold of Schoen

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For Friends' Intelligencer.

NEW JERSEY.

hofen, a youth of fervent piety, with whom he it was as yet but little known. This institution,
shared a little chamber and bed. Here Thomas as being in Florentius's estimation the most
occupied himself in copying and reading the eligible, he recommended to Thomas's choice,
Holy Scriptures, taking part also unremittingly and gave him a letter of introduction to the
in the religious exercises of the family. What prior. Thomas was kindly received, duly in-
he earned by writing, he put into the common stalled there at first for five years as a novitiate,
fund; and when it fell below what was needful and afterwards as a priest, and spent the rest of
for his support, the lack was supplied by the his long and quiet life within its cloisters.
generosity of Florentius. The pious example We must now contemplate Thomas Hamerken
of his young friend Arnold deeply impressed as a monk, for that he truly was during about
him. Arnold would rise every morning exactly seventy years of his life. Yet his monastic
at four o'clock, and after a short prayer at his habit appears as if it had ever been covered by
bedside, quickly dressed himself and hastened the genial warmth of a truly Christian spirit.
to the place of worship, where, at all the exer- How far it was wise in him to make the choice
cises, he was the first to come and the last to of this mode of life, we may certainly have
depart. Besides, he frequently withdrew to doubts. But we must take into consideration
some solitary place, in order to devote himself the tendencies of the age, and the almost uni-
unobserved to prayer and meditation. Thomas versal practice at that time for religious persons
sometimes accidentally became a witness of to seeķ refuge in such institutions, though often
these outpourings of his friend's heart. He a fallacious one, from the pollutions, temptations,
says, in his biography of Arnold, "I found and dangers of the world around them.
myse'f op such occasions kindled by his zeal to

(To be continued.)
prayer, and wished to experience, were it only

A soul conversant with virtue resembles a sometimes, a devotion like that which he seemed fountain ; for it is clear, and gentle, and sweet, prayer at all wonderful, considering that where and communicative, and rich, and harmless, and

innocent. soever he went or staid, he was most diligent in keeping his heart and mouth.” Arnold expressing once to him his earnest wish to learn FRIENDS' MEETING AT ORANGE, ESSEX CO., quickly and well the art of neat writing, so usefully applied by the Brethren, Thomas It may be interesting to Frieods generally thought within himself, “ Ah, willingly would to know that a meeting for worship, to be held I also learn to write, did I but first know how after the manner of Friends, on First-day mornto make myself better. But,” adds he respecting, at 10o'clock, has been recently estab. ing his friend, “ he obtained special grace from lished in this beautiful and romantic neighborGod, which made him skilful in every good hood. Orange holds very much the same work." Thomas evidently looked upon him as relation to the city of New York that Germanfar more advanced in the spiritual life than town does to Philadelphia. It is about five himself.

miles long, running west from the city of NewHe thus spent seven happy years, industri- ark, consisting mostly of one long street, being ously engaged in prosecuting his studies and built up all the way, more or less, from Newark, transcribing religious books, in the school and with handsome cottage residences of gentlemen, Brother House at Deventer. He was probably many of whom do business in New York, about completing the twenty-first year of his Near the end of this long street, or avenue, a age, when one day Florentius called him to him few Friends have hired a room in what is known at the close of the religious exercises, and ad- as “ The Library Buildings,” and hold a meetdressed bim seriously on the importance of the ing for worship, generally in silence, which, choice which he inust now look towards making, though within hearing of the organ of a of an avocation for life. It seems that having i large Presbyterian church, has its owo peculiar often observed Thomas's pious disposition, he attractions. The writer has twice attended this was inclined to promote his entering into some meeting. At each time about fourteen persons monastic order; and Thomas, who had un were gathered, forming a pleasant little company, bounded confidence in his master's judgment, of which were several young men and women. finding it to accord with his own inclination One of the originators of this little meeting towards a quiet contemplative religious life, at is a young man, son of S. B., a valued friend, once acceded to his advice. The Brethren of now deceased, late a member of Race street the Common Lot had been instrumental in Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia. For a long founding a monastery which they called the time he and his friend G. C. not being willing, Monastery of St. Agnes, by the Dutch since like too many of our members, to coalesce with kuown as Berg Clooster, situated on a pleasant other church organizations, when their lot bas and healthy elevation near the town of Zwoll. been cast where there was no Friends' meeting, Recently erected, and with but slender means, were in the practice of gathering their 'a nilies

at the residence of the latter, on First-day enough to undertake and carry out such tremornings, sitting in silence or reading the mendous works. There are roads here in SwitzScriptures. S. B. writes, “We seldom had any erland that would put to the blush any conio sit with us, the neighbors feeling a delicacy structions I have ever seen in America; they lest they would intrude upon our privacy. Our must have cost a vast amount in labor and in meetings were very satisfactory, and we were money. After stopping at Hasen for dinner, reluctant to make a change; but finding there we enjoyed the refreshing contrast of a drive were those around us who desired to meet with through a lovely fertile valley, where the last us if a public meeting could be established, we baymaking of the season was busily going foradopted the plan we are now pursuing.” ward, and men, women and children were en

An interesting incident occurred at the last gaged in mowing, raking and gathering the frameeting I attended. A woman asked permission grant freight into enormous cloths, wbich they to say a few words, and no objection being tie up and carry on their backs into the barns. made, she told us that she was froin Illinois It seems to me that in domestic labor horses and was formerly of the Baptist persuasion, and are almost superfluous here, and will be while at one time thought that all true religion was there are women enough to supply their places, in that organization ; but now sbe felt differ is indeed the name of woman can be applied to ently, and saw the folly of great and fine those poor, dirty, hard featured, bowed-down, cburches. She believed the Friends were right; worn-out looking animals which represent the and she was grateful for the privilege of sitting female, though certainly not the fairer part of with us. I thought her a tender spirited creation, in this benighted country. At Hoswoman who was under exercise, and was looking penthal we found a large and very comfortable toward Friends for that true, inward peace that hotel, at the entrance to what appeared at a she has failed to find elsewhere.

distance a pretty and picturesque village, but It is refreshing and encouraging to meet in a stroll up the main street, we discovered it occasionally, as in this instance and in the to be as filthy as it was picturesque; and it was meeting established in Chicago, young men bard to believe that in its diogy and miserable who are unwilling to part with their precious cabins, looking like exaggerated pig-sties, any birtbright, and who, appreciating our testimo. human creatures could find a “home;" and yet pies, have courage and strength enough to stand out of one of these very cabins there came a firm in their support. I trust the example of man of respectable and intelligent appearance, these will stimulate others who inay be simi- who, finding we were consulting about the road larly situated to go and do likewise.

or direction we were to take, joined us, and, in How many are there wandering up and down very good English, gave us several items of imin the land, as sheep without a shepherd, and portant information. Those who have been among who are as it were “ upon the mountains of our beautiful, bright New England villages, can Gilboa, where there is neither dew nor rain, scarcely imagine how anything, bearing the nor fields of offering.” Many such, I believe. same name, can be so utterly different. The would come to us if we would but be faithful, people who live on these magnificent mountainand erect our altars, where even the two or three sides build their bouses in the roughest possi. are to be found prepared to worship the Father ble mander of larch wood, which very soon in spirit and in truth.

R. E. EVANS. I turns almost black from exposure to the weather;

and as the windows are few and small, and the NOTES OF FOREIGN TRAVEL, FROM PRIVATE chimney generally represented by a mere open. CORRESPONDENCE.

ing in the roof, their appearance is dreary and No. 9.

monotonous--dwellings and barns huddled to(Continued from page 618.)

gether almost as closely as in a city, or only Switzerland, 9th mo., 1866. separated by a mud-puddle or a dung-hill foroa The sun shone brightly on our departure from the external picture of these Alpipe hamletsthe beautiful lake Lucerne, in an open carriage, and as far as we could observe through the open for our drive to Hospenthal. The road was doors, their inner life cannot be much more excellent and the route magnificent, passing cheerful. Our journey on the morrow was through a very wild and rugged country, con- designated on the programme as tending toward stapily ascending and always in sight of the the Rhone glacier add across the Furca Pass. Reuss, whose turbulept waters rushed past us We were off in our carriage about eight o'clock. in an unceasing series of rapids, making a de. The morning was very fine, and we had a scent of several thousand feet, in the course of splendid drive among the mountain peaks, with a few hours' drive. We crossed this brawling snow all around us, and frequently lying in torrent eight different times; the last bridge, heaps along the road-side, and reached the gla. called the Devil's Bridge, spads a chasm fearful cier by one o'clock, or I should say the inn, for to contemplate, and we cannot help wondering we had been wiuding down the mountains, in how any could ever be found with nerves strong full view of this magnificent object for three

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quarters of an hour; and I assure thee the were so fresh that, after resting an hour and a
Grindelwald glacier, over which we had so balf and eating their lunch, they commenced
amusing a scramble, had to hide its diminished the descent, and were again at the hotel by
head, as we gazed at this, the greatest almost seven o'clock. R. said some parts of the route
of its kind in all Switzerland. I can never looked at first impracticable, and crevasses of
cease to marvel, in looking at them, that those unknown depth and a fearful width had to be
enormous bodies of ice should continue appar. crossed, but their guides were thoroughly de-
ently as firm and cold as ever, through all the pendable, and they were all four tied together
long warm days of summer; and another won with a good strong rope, so that they bad not
der that presents itself is the fact, that the even a tremulous feeling. At the Grand Mulets
Rhone owes its origin entirely to the melting they saw a record made a few days before by
of this very glacier under the surface, whence one of our friends, who had been to the summit
we saw it issuing in a large and rapid stream. of Mont Blanc. The record ended thus, “Tak-
After dining at the Glacier Inn, we took a drive ing into consideration the liability to serious
of two hours through a desolate country to annoyance and danger attending this trip, and
Münster, arriving there in time for a view of the small chance for a view, the ascent of Mont
the surrounding snow peaks by the light of the Blanc is registered as one of the most foolishly
setting sun. Our next day's drive was along spent days of my life.”
the valley of the Rhone, part of it wild and During one of our walks we saw some women
desolate in the extreme, and part of it grand breaking flax and hemp. It was a new sight
and beautiful, but not so fertile and cultivated to me. The women at every little homestead
ae I had imagined it. We noticed in coming are busy preparing the winter spinning. They
further south a peculiar kind of vegetation, are always at work, and generally knitting as
covering the rocks and mountain rides, and they walk. Their only rest or recreation appears
clothing them with a rich, warm crimson and to be attending mass. They are very courteous,
orange coloring that was exquisitely lovely, and always give us a pleasant “bon jour,” as
“bathing all things in beauty." By five o'clock we pass them. I have often counted pine or
we were at Visp, a dreary-looking village which ten families in sight at once all down on their
was desolated by an earthquake in 1855, and knees on the earth getting out their potatoes.
has not yet recovered from its effects.

The parties generally consist of women and CHAMOUNI, 10th mo., 1866. children, rarely any able-bodied men among One of our excursions since being here was them, but often the old grandfather and grandto the Col de Balme-a high ridge or Scheideck mother, bent, and withered, and decrepit, between two chains of mountains. We first owing to the severe and constant toil they drove for an hour to the village of Argentine; have probably been enduring since they were then took mules, and were on the summit by large enough to carry a basket strapped to their two o'clock. We had a beautiful view of the backs. We have seen children, certainly not valley of the Rhone and of Chamoudi, but more than six years old, carrying heavy loads Mont Blanc and the other snow.peaks were in that way. Tbe winters here bust be inalmost entirely concealed by light fleecy clouds, tensely dreary and bleak. This morning, it was which, toward evening, grew darker and hea. just ten o'clock when the sunshine first reached vier.

I must now tell thee of the the valley—the mountains are so enormously greatest and most successful trip of the season. high on both sides. The storms and avalanches R. has been up to the Grand Mulets, half way are very destructive, and we might suppose to the summit of Mont Blanc. It was arranyed there were few inducements for persons to live that R., J. and I should set out at seven o'clock here. I should think they would joyfully bail yesterday morning, on mules, for the Pierre the approach of spring. One of the women told Pointue, whence they, with two guides and a me they always kept their spinning for winter porteur carrying warin covering and provisions, work, because the snow was too deep for them should proceed on foot, while I returned with to go out. What wretched times they must the mules and the other man. Every thing was have in their disipal cabins, where, so far as I carried out “to the letter.” The morning was can see, there is not the first appearance of debrigit and lovely, and we arrived at Pierre cent comforts. In the sunny clime of Italy, Pointue before ten o'clock, and after taking a the poor people can live in the open air all wincup of warm coffee, I saw them depart, not, I ter, and they are apparently so ignorant of what must acknowledge, without sending with them we would consider necessary home-arrangemany an anxious thought. I then turned to ments, that the want does not affect them. walk back after the ihree mules and their driver, Here, however, the people are not povertyand reached the hotel in time to have a good stricken, most of them being small proprietors, view of my two friends and their guides through and it is really wonderful that they can content the telescope just before they had attained the themselves year after year in such ways of liv. Graud Mulets, at one o'clock. The travellers ling. In one of our walks along the high road

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