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The Noblest Art. ....... ... 20
376 The Old and the Young. By Rev. I. E.
138 The Organist's Favorite. By the Editor . .
The Origin of a Proverb. ........
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Thomas Godfrey's Bible. By the Editor . .
Three Precious Legacies .......... 282
Too Much Reading ............ 117
Tuten-berries .....::::..... 85
Two Christmas Eves of Twenty Years Ago.
By Rev. H. M. Kieffer . ........ 8
Two Interesting Documents . ....... 179
... 288 Ulric Zwingli. By the Editor . ..
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Washington's Wealth ...........
234 Words of Eternal Life. By the Editer ...
Young Men. By Rev. J. Hassler A. M. . . 299
Rev. Ellis N. Kremer . ......... 101
NEW YEAR'S HYMN. appreciation of the truths for which he
lived and died. This, we believe, can Beneath the moonlight and the snow best be done by relating some of the Lies dead my latest year;
incidents of his life. He was a pure The winter winds are wailing low
and righteous champion of the faith, Its dirges in my ear.
and his career will bear the closest I grieve not with the moaning wind,
scrutiny. As if a loss befell;
Ulric Zwingli was born on the 1st of Before me, even as behind,
January, 1484. He was the son of God is, and all is well!
pious parents, Ulric Zwingli, the “AmHis light shines on me from above,
man," or judge, of the district of TogHis low voice speaks within-
genburg, and his wife Margaret, whose The patience of immortal love
maiden name was Meili. The family Outwearying mortal sin.
was comparatively wealthy, and enjoyed
the respect of the community. The Not mindless of the growing years, Of care and loss and pain,
father and mother each had a brother My eyes are wet with thankful tears
who held a prominent position in the For blessings which remain.
church, and naturally desired that at
least one of their children should choose Be near me in mine hours of need,
the same vocation. To soothe, to cheer, or warn
Ulric was the youngest of ten chilAnd down these slopes of sunset lead, As up the hills of morn!
dren. At an early age it became evi-J. G. Whittier. dent that he was gifted with extraordi
nary talents. When stories of Swiss ULRIC ZWINGLI.
heroism were related in his father's house they fell like sparks upon his spirit and left it glowing with patriotic enthusiasm. Even more profound was
the impression made upon his mind by In the obscure Swiss village of Wild- the magnificent scenery of his birthhaus, at the foot of the Alps, there place. At an early age he accompanied stands an ancient wooden tenement his brothers to the Alpine pastures where which is annually visited by many trav- the grandeur of the mountains on elers. There is nothing specially at- which he gazed kindled his imagination tractive in the appearance of this storm- and awakened his devotion. “I have beaten structure; but it is reverenced often thought in my simplicity," wrote as the birth-place of a man whose his friend Oswald Myconius, in later memory is held in affectionate remem- years, “ that on these heights, so near to brance by millions of Christians. Four heaven, he (Zwingli) assumed sumething hundred years have passed since that heavenly and divine. When the thunman was born; there have been innum- der rolls along the mountains and the erable changes in church and state ; but deep abysses are filled with its reverbeeven now the authorities of the Reformed rations, we seem to hear anew the voice Church in Europe and America re- of God, saying: 'I am the Almighty commend the celebration of his birthday God: walk in my presence with reveras a proper occasion for the renewed ence and fear.' Then with the dawn of
BY THE EDITOR.
morning the glaciers glow with rosy others who subsequently took a promilight so that an ocean of fire rolls over nent part in the Reformation. These the mountain tops, the Lord of Hosts young men studied the Scriptures with appears to stand upon the high places enthusiasm ; and it is said that Zwingli of the earth ; as though the hem of made a copy of the greater part of the His garment glorified the mountains, Greek New Testament and then comwhile we hear the words that were spomitted it to memory. ken to the prophet Isaiah : ‘Holy, Holy, In 1506 Zwingli received the degree Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth. All the of Master of Arts. In those days it was earth is full of Thy glory!!"
customary to use this title in direct When Ulric had reached his ninth address, so that we read of Master year his father resolved to place him in Philip Melancthon and Muster John the care of his brother Bartholomew, Calvin ; but Zwingli refused to permit who was dean of the church in Wesen. bis friends to address him in this way, It seems to have been understood from saying, “One is your Master, even the beginning that the boy should study Christ." for the priesthood ; and for this purpose. There can be no doubt, we think, that educational advantages were abundant- Zwingli's life was always pure and dely provided. He was a natural musi-vout. It has, indeed, been asserted, on cian and learned to play on all the in- the ground of a memorial which in later struments which were then known. life he addressed to the bishop of ConUnder the care of the celebrated classi- stance, that by his own confession he cal scholar Lupulus he learned to speak had once been a wicked man. "That Latin, to use his own expression, “ better document is no longer extant, but it is than his mother tongue.” The study of known that he wrote it in the name of Greek he pursued, in later years, with many priests, who protested against the great enthusiasm, not only because it prevailing corruptions of the church. enabled him to become familiar with If then, he said, “we have lived shamethe grandest literature in the world but fully,” he did not necessarily apply these especially as a means of becoming fa- words to his own conduct, but rather to miliar with the true meaning of the Sa- that of the priesthood in general, whose cred Scriptures. In this way Zwingli mouth-piece he was on this occasion. became at an early age a splendid class- Speaking of his own life he says in one ical scholar. He spent two years in the of his treatises : “I confess that I am a University of Vienna, devoting his time great sinner in the sight of God, but I especially to the study of philosophy. never lived disgracefully, and no one One of his fellow students, it is known, has ever had occasion to reprove me for was John Mayer von Enk, who subse- crime. God granted me from my earquently became the principal Roman liest boyhood to take the greatest pleasCatholic opponent of Luther, and was ure in the study of the mysteries of popularly known as “ Dr. Eck.” After nature and of grace." his return from Vienna Zwingli became From 1506 to 1516 Zwingli was pasa teacher at the Latin school in Basel, tor of the church at Glarus, and as such and at the same time attended lectures was twice required to accompany the in the university. Here there was a Swiss troops on warlike expeditions to celebrated teacher, named Thomas Wyt- Italy. There he received impressions tenbach, who gathered around him a which greatly influenced his subsequent company of young men whom he de- career. In those days the Swiss cantons lighted to lead away from the arid des- furnished armies of mercenaries who erts of scholasticism to the green pastures fought for the side which paid the highof the word of God. In one of his est wages. By visiting distant countries lectures he said: “ The time is at hand and becoming familiar with rapine and when the ancient faith shall be restored slaughter, these soldiers acquired vices according to the word of God. Indul- of which they would never have heard gences are a Roman deception, and the in their native valleys. Zwingli became death of Christ is the only ransom for convinced that this mercenary system our sins." Among his students, besides was the curse of Switzerland, and deZwingli, were Leo Juda, Capito, and I termined to contend against it with all