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Written down and officially certified to, the verdict, “ Not Guilty.” A week afterwards statement had been forwarded to the Exec- Manthorpe was back at his home in the utive, a prompt pardon was sent to await Virginia mountains, where he made his apManthorpe if arrested; he was free. His pearance in the midst of his little family first step was to return to the parish in like one risen from the dead. which he had been convicted, and visit the Since these events many years have Circuit Judge then holding court. Three passed. Charles and Annie are married, days after he went to the Court House, en- and the baby is a lovely little maiden with tered the prisoner's dock, and saw in front whom the son of my friend — is desperof him the same jury which had tried him, ately in love. Manthorpe grows old tranthe Judge having summoned them at his quilly. Ilis sunset is brighter than his request. To these the Judge presented the noon, and he is bappier, I think, because he

I statement of Miss Rurick, and without re- was once so unhappy. tiring from their seats the jury rendered a

John Esten Cooke.

THE BISHOP OF HIPPO.

It is a black-robed figure that is gliding the while, even to great excesses. Here it before us.

A strap of leather girds his was he fell into Manichaeism. The sensiwaist. A cowl, monk-like, covers his head. tiveness of his nature to all material forms Now we see that sombre form in the pulpit, made the fall easy.

Matter as an evil swaying the multitude with his strong, fer- seemed to be a fact. Sin as its expression vid words. Then we see him in an isolated, seemed a necessity, at least a thing easily scantily furnished room, parchment near excused, and he now plunged into greater him, and absorbed in the thoughts stretch- excesses. ing out before his imagination like great Finally, Augustine, finding Manichaeism deeps. To-day, he is hurrying across the unphilosophical and irreconcilable with scidesert on some swift missionary journey. ence, was prepared to leave it. Platonism He is home to-morrow, setting apart in a then attracted his attention and engaged solemn ritual the ministers of God. He his interest, and a desire was awakened to stands out a stubborn front against wrong rise above the sensuality of his life. The this monient, a bold, daring, resolute, victo- body was too heavy for the wings that would rious leader; but the next he is just a fol- have lifted it. Augustine was practically a lower and a penitent one, living in lowly Manichæan still. and lonely abasement at the feet of his At length, in the pursuit of his profession, God. This black-robed form busily gliding he wandered to Milan, in Italy, where the everywhere, is Saint Augustine of Hippo, famous Ambrose attracted him by his elofamous bishop, famous thinker, famous quence, and by his logic convinced him of fighter, famous servant and lover of his his errors. A mother's prayers following

man who made the world shake him like the long suffering angels of God's with the impulses of his genius.

mercy, began to prevail. Conversion to He was born in the year 354, at Tagaste, Christ was not, however, easy. It is an inAfrica. His father gave him his own pas- teresting story, how he was overwhelmed sionate nature and a bad example. His with billows of contrition, but could find no mother, the saintly Monica, to the gift of one to say, “ Peace, be still.” One day, in her generous impulses, added her prayers great distress, he went into a garden that he and her life.

might be alone in meditation and prayer. He grew up through the schools to a good Suddenly he heard a voice crying out, education and a position as rhetorician at “ Tolle, Lege !“ Take, Read !” But what twenty-five, bis strong passions indulged all should he read? He sought the counsel of

God;

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a friend. The Bible was brought. Augus- works. He swept over an immense range tine chanced to open it at the passage, “Let of subjects. Psychology, rhetoric, arithme us walk honestly as in the day; not in riot- tic, dialectics, all sorts of questions in phiing and drunkenness. But put ye losophy, grammar, morals, geometry, and all on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no manner of subjects in theology received at provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts tention from his busy pen. To-day, it thereof." “Put ye on the Lord Jesus !” might be a most abstruse question about Augustine had reached the power that could our spiritual being; to-morrow, would come still his soul into the peace of forgiveness. up a most practical problem in mathematHe was an illustration of his own beautiful ics. It might be the soul, or a part of aphorism, “Our heart is restless until it speech to be taken in pieces; his pen was rests in Thee.”

ready for either dissection. Augustine On Easter Sabbath, 387, he received bap- struck out in all directions. He wrote on tism in Milan at the hands of Ambrose. the origin and nature of evil against the He embraced Christianity as he embraced Manichaeans, on Church order against the everything else that won his favor, with Donatists, on the Trinity against the Ariall the impetuosity of his nature. He part- ans, on human guilt and human will against ed with his property, and gave all to the Pelagius. His pen was a spear that he vigpoor.

orously thrust wherever he thought wrong For a while he hid himself in the retire- was sheltered and hidden. ment of study and literary pursuits, sending Human experience shapes doctrinal out book after book in the defense of Chris- thought. The man colors the theologian. tian truth. In 391, he reluctantly accepted It is easy to see how Augustine's experience the duties of presbyter, and ultimately, at influenced Augustine's thinking. He felt the age of 41, the bishopric of Hippo. The that he was bound helplessly under the power field of his usefulness now broadened on ev- of sin till snatched away by the great overery side, and was only bounded by far-away mastering grace of God. horizon lines. He must have been a gifted When we reach his theology, we find inan in the pulpit. The people clamored to that his experience has been shaping his hear God's word, as he went from place to thought. The sovereignty of God is a place. Pullulante a que crescente Domini great, overshadowing fact in his doctrinal ecclesia," says Possidius, speaking of the statements. He strongly emphasizes it, and result of his preaching: “ the Church of the it is prominent enough to be a distinguishLord springing up and growing."

ing feature of his system. People will differ Augustine found room in his large heart in their opinion of Augustine, the theoloespecially for the poor, melting on occasion gian; Augustine, the man, must win every the vessels of the Church into redemption one's favor. His frankness and his candor money in behalf of needy prisoners. Every- interest us in those “ Confessions ” in which where in his diocese and beyond it, he made he tells the story of his early life, while his fatherly care felt. It was as a thinker their spirituality inflames us to an emulous and writer, however, that he climbed up to devotion. Another work, lis “Retractahis great eminence in the Church. Art is tions,” composed in late life, is a wonderful fond of portraying him as carrying a pen in instance of humility and ingenuousness. his left hand, a heart on fire in the right, He went over his works, mending the imwhile he looks up with piercing gaze into perfect and casting out that which had been the heavens. He must have been a man of proved incorrect. He wrote this in 427, intense will and intense industry, as well as when seventy-three years old. Three-score bold, daring, profound thought. Possidius and ten does not always like to acknowledge counts ten hundred and thirty writings. its fallacies! At any age for that matter, Some of these were heavy volumes, others man is slow to confess an error.

After a simply sermons. Augustine himself, in his life of seventy-five years, over thirty of “ Retractations,” refers to ninety-three of his which he spent upon his passions, and the remainder at and under the cross, he found from prayer to praise, from the beleaguered his eternal rest. Fitting were the surround city to that city of God eternal in the heavings of his death, stormy like his uature and ens. lle was a moment in shadow, and the his early life. Indeed, his history as a next in the beauty of that “ bridal chamber" whole, reads like a kind of battle, and in of the King, which, cried he, “I burn with dying, there was the clash of arms about longing to behold.” hiin. The Vandals had surrounded the Looking back through the shadows and city of Hippo, and were clamorous for its the storms of the past, we think of Augussurrender. It was in the year 430. With tine as a light-house far off by the blue wathe penitential psalms inscribed on the ters of the Mediterranean, its light steadwalls of his chamber for his constant l'e- fastly shining there. Across the world freshing, a help and a staff in the Dark those rays have streamed, and Christians Valley, with his soul addressing itself to everywhere think gratefully of Augustine, God in long and absorbing prayer, he went bishop of Hippo. Edward A. Rand.

BITTER-SWEET.

Not unknown art thou to fame,
With thy strange, pathetic name;
Sweeter songs than mine can be,
Owe their melody to thee.
Yet albeit my voice is weak,
I, thy lover true, may speak,-
Though no words of pen or lip
Show the true relationship,
Binding us in tie complete,

Bitter-sweet.

When the summer days are past,
Perfect days that could not last-
And the autumn draweth near,
With her strong wine of the year,
Then the splendor doth unfold
Of thy scarlet and thy gold.
Late, but sure, thy glory came,
Shaming even the maple's flame,
Clothing thee from head to feet,

Bitter-sweet.

When the brief November day
Comes and goes in cloak of gray,
When the winds relentless rave
Round thee, woodland spirit brave,-
Like a love that clingeth warm,
Shining brighter for the storm,
Thou dost glow with berries wet,
Gay and dauntless, smiling yet,
Scorning parley or retreat,

Bitter-sweet.

But there comes a day, an hour,
When the winter's awful power,
Brooking no divided sway,
Tears thy slender arms away,
Hurls thy beauty to the ground,
Fain would give thee deadly wound;
Muttering, his blows between,
“Fairer corpse was never seen.”
Wraps thee in his winding sheet,

Bitter-sweet.

When I took, that wintry day,
Through the wood my hasty way,
With a joy transcending thought
All my spirit was inwrought.
But a grief beyond compare
Kept the balance true and fair;
Equal foes, equipped complete,
This so bitter, that so sweet,
In eternal warfare met.
Then in sorest pain and fret,
Did my heart thy name repeat,

Bitter-sweet!

O most wonderful of all !
As if coming at my call,
I espied thy welcome face,
Bright with all its ancient grace,
Cloth of gold, and scarlet sheen,
Glowing from the drifts between.
Couldst thou then my conflict know,
In thy covert 'neath the snow?
Didst come forth thy kin to greet,
Bitter-sweet?

Elizabeth W. Denison.

A RELIGIOUS MAGAZINE.

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The prospectus of SUNDAY AFTERNOON, made thein. The title-page of the first num. and the promise of its opening number, ber of this magazine reads as follows: have reminded me at once of a similar pub- “ THE RELIGIOUS MAGAZINE FOR 1833-4. lication founded in Boston nearly half a Conducted by G. D. AND J. ABBOTT. century ago. A dead magazine is not ex- Volume I. Boston: Published by Wilactly a cheerful topic for the pages of a live liam Pierce, 9 Cornhill. New York: one, but the design and character of the old Goodrich & Riley. Philadelphia: Henry were so nearly akin to those of the new Perkins." that a glance at it may prove interesting, if The two Abbotts whose names appear as not instructive and encouraging. The five conductors of this “ Religious Magazine" volumes which it lived to complete are now were two brothers--Rev. Gorham D., afterbefore me, several of them interlined by one wards Principal of the Spingler Institute of the editors with memoranda of the names in New York City, who died in the summer of his contributors, and of the payments of 1875, and Jacob, then Principal of the

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Mount Vernon School in Boston, who is tivation, and in the duties of enlightened still living. Jacob Abbott was really the and warm-hearted piety, as they arise in the originator of the publication and its leading circumstances and relations of common life.” spirit. A third brother, Rev. J. S. C. Ab- Ah, Messrs. Editor and Publisher of bott, lately deceased, was afterwards asso- SUNDAY AFTERNOON, do we not all now ciated in the editorial management; as know where you got your idea ? were likewise, at different times, Rev. Hub- How does the first number of the Religbard Winslow, Rev. Nehemiah Adams, and ious Magazine fulfill this its announced inProf. E. A. Andrews. So far as I can learn tent? There are fifty-two octavo pages of the magazine was started without any capi- reading matter. Following the brief introtal whatever, as a purely Christian enter- duction above quoted came a review of Dr. prise. The editor's introduction to the Thomas Dick's work on the “Improvement first number might almost be adopted bod- of Society by the Diffusion of Knowledge;" ily by SUNDAY AFTERNOON:

a chapter of “ First Religious Lessons,” in “ The design with which this magazine story form, addressed to “young mothers; is established, is the promotion of practical an extract of some length from a recent piety,—sober and intelligent, but at the sermon by Dr. Chalmers on “Insensibility same time ardent and active piety. It will to the Future;” a critical and descriptive endeavor to plead the cause of true religion, paper on “ Insanity, and the Insane Hospichiefly by exhibiting, explaining and illus- tal at Worcester;" a practical religious trating its genuine and practical results. article for “inquirers,” entitled “ How to

“ The truths which constitute the essence Begin;” the first installment, under the of Christianity have been very generally head of “The Fireside,” of a department admitted by nominal Christians; at least of simply told tales for the younger readers; the admission of them in theory among two pages of advice on “ The Way to Use a mankind has been very far in advance of Religious Periodical;” and a concluding the practice of the duties which arise from Summary,” which bears a close relation them. The great thing therefore to be done, to the “Tables," "Cabinets,” and similar in order to promote the cause of piety in the pieces of modern magazine furniture. “We world, is not to convince men of religious shall devote a few columns at the close truth, but to persuade them to the perform- of each number,” say the Editors, “to ance of religious duty; not to compel the such subjects as deserve a passing remark, intellect to admit the claims of Christianity, whether they relate to the Magazine itself, but to awaken the conscience, and to in- or to the events of the day, or to those new terest the heart in complying with them. works appearing from month to month,

“ The Church ought unquestionably to which are interesting to the religious world.” see that the great truths of Christianity are None of the articles in this first number are explained when misconceived, and defended signed. In fact nearly all were written by when attacked. But it has other duties to the Editors; and by one of them at that. discharge, toward the community of mind The Religious Magazine” did not around it, besides discussion and defence. however lack for contributors. Among It is to these other duties that our labors those who came to write regularly for it, are to be devoted. The design of our work, were Rev. T. H. Gallaudet, then Principal therefore, is very different from that of ex- of the Deaf and Dumb Institute at Hartisting pericdicals, engaged in controversies ford; Rev. John A. Vaughn, an Episcopal upon the essentials of Christianity with its clergyman of Lawrence and Salem, afterenemies, or in warm discussions respecting wards of Philadelphia; Miss Elizabeth Stureligious forms, or the various aspects of art, a daughter of Moses Stuart, who bereligious truth, among its friends. We aim came the wife of Prof. Austin Phelps, and at the direct exertion of a moral and relig- the mother of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps; a ious influence, by endeavoring to interest Mr. Woodbridge, afterwards editor of “ Anour readers in religious and intellectual cul- nals of Education;" Dr. Jeffries; Samuel

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