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There is only one standing place from country into a desert and call it peace." which we can get an absolutely true Not so the armies of the Lord. The view of the world, of men, of God-it peace which the Gospel brings is the reis from Calvary. Christ is the key sult of robust action. Christianity is no whereby to unlock all the mysteries in labor-saving system of religion. A stagArt and Nature, in Science and Reli- pant state of heart is often mistaken for gion. “He that followeth after me peace, incapable of either fear or hope. shall not walk in darkness, but shall The Author of our religion was the have the light of life.” From Pisgah Hero of heroes; the Church was planted Moses got a distant view of the land of by a race of heroes. The blood of marPromise. From Calvary the dying tyrs is alike its seed and waters its roots. saint not only gets the distant view of Its great starts forward into new conheaven, but sees the way through which tivents and epochs; into heathenism and he can enter it. On this mountain of Judaism; into Asia, Africa, Europe the Lord the horses and chariots of God and America; into the middle ages fight for His people, as they did for and out of them, have been made Elisha and his servant against the king through martyrdoms and upheavals. of Samaria. 2 Kings 6: 13-19. Ease.loving and leisure-seeking men · Mountains are the symbols of per- who deprecate action, energy and manly manence and power. The sweep of the effort, cavil at this so-called "blood remightiest tempest shakes them no more ligion ;" but he who from unselfish love than the gentlest breezes of a summer like his divine Master offers himself a evening. No lightning bolt can rend willing sacrifice for truth and for the their rocks, nor storm nor time shake salvation of others, is crowned with the their foundations. Here and there highest glory attainable by mortals. mountain torrents, drifts of ice and Only the soul riveted and rooted in grinding boulders in nature may have Jesus Christ through battles bravely slightly chavged their surface but not fought gains this abiding peace and their basal structure. Their ribs and roots power. run deep into the earth and bind them Men of this kind stand out promito its pillars with unsbaken firmness. nently like mountains along the path How small and helpless one feels, seated of history. Paul, Polycarp and Ireon the Flegère opposite Mont Blanc, neus, Luther, Calvin and Zwingli; the from where you have a distinct view of rugged Constantine wrestling with and this monarch of mountains ; its top is subduing an incoherent mass of pagan clothed with the snows of centuries, nations; Charlemagne battling with the whilst at its base reapers are reaping wild barbarian hordes deluging Europe; their scanty harvests. There none save Washington, Wellington and the Prince an idiot can help but think of God in of Orange-how heroically all these His awful greatness and power. Who battled for the right to achieve peace. but He that made them can move these Thus to the child of God joy is evereverlasting mountains, with “their walls / more evolved out of sorrow; “ Neverupheaved by monster forces, their breasts theless afterward it yieldeth the peaceswelling with inner fire, their braces able fruits of righteousness upto them fixed by earthquakes !” And yet, which are exercised thereby.” Many stronger far than these and more abid- of these historic men of mountain proming is God's covenant love to His chil- inence have had their faults along with dren. “For the mountains shall de- their virtues. Seen from a distance all part, and the hills be removed; but my mountains look smooth. Their barren, kindness shall not depart from thee, rough places, their precipices and rugneither shall the covenant of my peace ged cliffs are concealed from the naked be removed, saith the Lord that hath eye. A nearer view discloses defects. mercy on thee.” Mountains are to the earth what |
"'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view,
And robes the mountain with its azure hue." muscles are to the human body. Both teach that exertion strengthens, that in- The men who have given direction to activity weakens. Tacitus says of the the world's history have had their rough Roman armies : “They convert the corners. Their lives, marred by the scars of many a conflict with sin, do not foot of the Alps, with the snow-clad top always bear close inspection. Men like of Mont Blanc in view. John Knox David and Solomon, Constantine, Char- was born and nurscd among the highlemagne aud Hildebrand, rise up ma- lands of Scotland. Much of his rugged, jestically like mountains in the field of heroic character, by the grace of God history ; turning rivers in their course he derived from the training received and tempests in their mighty sweep, yet among these hills and heather. And, I along with their great merits, they were say it with the deepest reverence, the men with prodigious faults.
greatest of woman born, first saw the Mountains are the cradles and nur- light of day on Bethlehem's hills, and series of brave and strong men. For spent His boyhood and youth among the some purposes valleys are more attrac- circling mountains of Nazareth, where tive. Their farms cost less labor and the view on every side is turned heavenyield more than those of the hills, but ward by their lofty crests. On Jordan's their atmosphere is more likely to ener- banks, near the base of two overlookvate and lower the standard of moral ing mountains He received the baptism; aspiration. All the Jewish heroes came among the bleak mountains of Judea's from the highlands, not one from the wilderness He was tempted; on a mount plains of the Jordan or Gennesaret. On He preached the greatest of all sermons ; their rugged hills Judah and Benjamin to the mountains He often went to became as a lion. They were the pray; on a mountain He was transcradles of men like Saul, David and figured; Bethany and Gethsemane, Solomon. Out of Gad, living on Mount Olivet and Calvary, are on and among Gilead beyond Jordan, came the eleven high places. Why must all these great valiant chiefs who crossed the Jordan mediatorial works be done and endured in its flood-tide to join the out-lawed on hills and mountain heights ? David ; .“ whose faces were like the Mountains are the nurseries of freefaces of lions, and who were as swift as dom. What countries have furnished the gazelles upon the mountains."' proportionally so many martyrs for Gideon, the greatest of heroes, whose liberty as Scotland and Switzerland. “brothers were as the children of kings,"
Auf den Bergen ist Freiheit came from the hills of Manasseh ; the
Der Hauch der Gruste wild mountains of Moab were the home Steigt nicht hinauf of Jepthah the brave; and Elijah who
In die reine Lufte. withstood cruel Ahab and his more On the mountains is freedom: cruel wife to the face, was born among The breath of the vales the forests of Gilead.
Rises not up · The village of Eisleben, where Luther
To the pure mountain gales. was born, lies among rugged mountains. Not that the low-lands have not had Here this man of might, by the grace their heroes of freedom, as the History of God, imbibed and nursed those quali- of the Netherlands shows. What counties which enabled him to defend the try has proportionally given more martruth before Charles V. and his enraged tyrs to freedom's holy cause than Holcardinals. Near the village of Wild- land? And yet from the days of Sparta haus, 2000 feet above lake Zurich, you down to this present, as a rule the deeds can still see the old peasant's cottage for conscience and one's country's sake where Zwingli was born ; a lowly hut it like those at Thermopylæ and Marathon, is, with thin walls and windows of small and those by Tell and his few co-patriots round panes of glass, and the slats or at the foot of the Rhigi are oftenest shingles of the roof held in their place met with among mountain-bred men. with large stones instead of nails; and And that freedom of which all other a small Alpine stream still plays and kinds are but dim foreshadowings, "the purls past the door. Up here, in this liberty wherewith Christ hath made us bleak mountain region Ulrich Zwingli free,” catches its inspiration and life in first saw the light of day, learned to the elevated, pure atmosphere of the breathe the keen air, say his first prayers mountains of the Lord. Faciles deand climb the great mountains. Geneva, scensus Averni—the descent to the lower the field of Calvin's labors, lies at the regions is easy-was a saying among the
scholarly Romans. Sin depraves and
Lord Beaconsfield. drags us downward ever; grace sancti. ! fies and raises our desires, aspirations
BY BARTON GREY. and hopes evermore higher and more heavenward.
"LONDON, April 19th.-Lord Beaconsfield's Mountains bave their disadvantages, I
renewed debility began on Sunday night, when too. They often expose one to peculiar
an east wind commenced to blow. He con
tinued to lose ground throughout Monday, the privations and trials. How the hardy
unfavorable wind continuing and constantly inmountaineer on the Alps and Rhine creasing. He died at hall-past 4 o'clock this must scratch and toil for a meager liv. morning, as calmly as if he were asleep."ing. Withal, he is happy with his | Pres.: Dispatch. “ vegetable meal.” “Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose,
Over the sick man's pillow Breathes the keen air and carols as he goes.
The grave physicians bent, At night returning, every labor sped,
And to and fro, with stealthy step, He sits him down the monarch of a shed.”
The nurses came and went;
And ever around the stately house, In spiritual as in gengraphical affairs, The long night-watches through, great elevations bring great perile. Bearing death on its wintry breath, From lofty places a misstep is more dis
The baleful East Wind blew. astrous than from low ones. Satan
“ He will die,” they murmured sadly, often selects the best people as subjects
“Unless the wind will change." of temptation, such as Job, David, Sol And anxious eyes more anxious grew omon and Peter. People, like places, In that vigil long and strange. highly favored of God, if they fall sink
But still on tower and steeple lower than those less favored ; just as it
The steady vane held true,
And the city woke and the city slept, will be more tolerable for Sodom and
Bnt still the East Wind blew. Gomorrah, and for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for some of He had climbed Fame's proudest summit the cities in which Christ healed and With those cold and nerveless feet, spoke. But with our feet planted on the For never a bolder human heart
In a human bosom beat; rock of ages, no power can wrest us from
He had fought a fight with Fortune our Saviour's hands. The enticements
Which few men fight and win. of sin, the pains and perils of adversity; But the narrow doorway opes at last, whatever ills may befall us in this vale And he must enter in. of tears, all will only draw or drive us closer to our loving, ever-living Saviour.
There were loving hearts around him,
There was sorrow deep and keen, " And as a child, whom scaring sounds molest,
And kindly words from life-long foes, Clings close and closer to the mother's breast,
And grief from England's Queen; So the loud torrent and the whirlwind's roar,
But closer still and faster
Stern Death his cordon drew,
And still the East Wind blew.
It blew o'er sea and desert, using the editorial “we” to indicate the
That wind from his well-loved Eist; editor, instead of the paper? We con From the mystic strand of the Holy Land, stantly see such phrases as “When we The home of seer and priest; were sailing up the Hudson,” “ When
From the far off clime where in olden time we preached in Boston,” “We were con
His fathers first drew breath;
From the land where Moses talked with God, fined to our bed last week,” all which
But it brought him only-death. , make the editor of quite too much importance. The last notable example The long night waned, and sudden we meet is in The Baltimore Presbyterian, Through the curtains closely drawn which says editorially of a child's ma
Flashed in upon that kneeling group
The pale shafts of the dawn; gazine :
But on the face they loved so well " We never had such a visitor when
A strange new glory shone, we were a child. Had we, we would And forth on the wings of the ceaseless wind have been a better and smarter little
The dauntless soul had Rown.
congregation or synagogue, there were
placed arin-chairs in front of the recess The synagogue was the Jewish meet-containing the ark. Christ refers to ing-house, or place of worship. Strictly such an arrangement when He speaks of speaking, it was used for meetings of loving the uppermost seats in the synthe people, either for civil or religious agogue. A light was always kept burnpurposes. The temple was regarded as ling in imitation of the temple light. the prototype of the synagogue, and, This light was regarded as the symbol therefore, so far as it was possible, there of the human soul, of the divine law, was conformity between the two. As it and of the manifestation of God. was supposed that the sanctuary was The rulers or officers of the synagobuilt on a summit, the Jewish law was, I gue were the elders and two associates, that synagogues were to be built on the three almoners, the leader of the conhighest elevations, so that no house gregation in worship, the interpreter, should be situated higher. It seems the attendant and ten men who were that river banks, outside of the cities, called “men of leisure," because their were also regarded as appropriate build- circumstances permitted them to be in ing sites for synagogues, as in such the synagogue whenever their presence places worship could be conducted was needed. They were to be men of without being marred by the confusion piety. The worship of the synagogue, outside. In addition to which the wor- so far as was possible, corresponded to shipers could have the use of plenty of that of the temple. water, required by their immersion and The authority of the synagogue exother religious rites.
tended to all civil and religious quesThe building was somewhat constructions. The rabbis were not only preachted after the plan of the theater, this ers, but judges. The highest punishform being ever regarded as subordinate ment was that of excommunication, to the temple. The door was always wbicb, because of its severity, was selon the west, so that when the worshipper dom inflicted. Though Christ and His entered, he would front Jerusalem, for apostles frequently preached contrary the law required: “All the worshippers to the Jewish expounders of the law, in Israel are to have their faces turned yet they were never put out of the synto that part of the world, where Jerusa- | agogue. lem, the temple and the Holy of Holies. It is highly probable that such buildare." Like the temple, the synagogue ings for worship owe their origin to the was often built without a roof. An captivity, as prior to this we never read ancient writer confirms this, who in of the existence of synagogues. During speaking of the houses of worship built the captivity religious meetings were by the Samaritaos, says: “They were doubtless held in certain places selected built in the form of a theater, open to for the purpose, which places were the air, and without covering, which in called houses of assembly, which afterall things imitated the Jews.” In some wards were developed into synagogues. places there were erected winter and These became popular, and were built summer synagogues, which were pulled very soon wherever the Jews were scatdown and put up at the beginning of each tered. Besides the great number of season. In this building, opposite the such places of Worship in Jerusalem, entrance, stood the ark, containing the and by the river-sides, they were numerscrolls of the law; over this ark was ous in the cities of Syria, Asia Minor, spread a canopy, under which were kept | Greece and Egypt. We read of the the vestments needed for the different apostles going into the synagogues of services. In front of the ark was the Damascus, Iconium, Antioch, Thessalodesk of the leader of the worship, and nica, Berea, Corinth, Athens and Ephenear was the platform, large enough for sus. We need not be surprised at the several persons to sit upon it, and from large number, if we will remember that this (which in a later age was placed at this time there were living in these in the centre of the building) the law different places more than a million of and the prophets were read. For the J-ws.-J. W. 1. B. in “ Herald and doctors of the law, and the elders of the Presbyter."
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for Confirmation; and advice to those
The Wren's Nest.
The wrens, like various other small vast and fruitful field for investigation.
birds, cannot bear that their nests or On this subject many works have been
en eggs should be touched ; they are al. written by learned authors, in various ways disturbed and distressed by it, and tongues. The most of them treat it
sometimes even will desert their nest from a more scientific and dogmatic
and eggs in consequence. On one ocpoint of view, better adapted for the
casion, therefore, a good, kind-hearted educated classes than for the masses of
friend of every bird that builds, carethe common people. Mr. Brendel aims
fully put his finger into a wren's nest, to benefit the latter rather than the during the mother's absence, to ascerformer. Around the lives of the Apos
tain whether the young were hatched. tles is grouped a large part of the doc
On her return, perceiving that the entrinal material of the New Testament.
trance had been touched, she set up a A correct knowledge of what is em
doleful lamentation, carefully rounded braced in the history of these meu, im- it again with her breast and wings, so plies a mind well and widely informed as to bring everything into proper order, in the teachings of Holy Scripture. No
after which she and her mate attended person can carefully read a book of this
to their young. These particular young kind without thereafter being able to
ones, only six in number, were fed by read the Bible far more intelligently
their parents two hundred and seventythan before. How much better it would
w eight times in the course of a day. be to accustom our young people,
This was a small wren-family; and if through Sunday-school libraries and
there had beeu twelve, or even sixteen, otherwise to read works like the as is often the case, what an amount of “ Fathers of the Reformed Church,"
| labor and care the birds must have and like “ The Lives and Labors of the
had! But they would have been equal Apostles.” than the chaffy. flatulent. I to it, and merry all the time. fanciful literature which many persons “ For all these little creatures, which so lightly now thirst for as does the toper for his
we regard, grog. Whilst the former kind of works
They love to do their duty, and they never
think it hard." may seem less brilliant and fascinating
- Mary Howitt. than more exhilarating and lighter reading, they afford substantial intellectual nourishment, from which the reader can
Comfort, draw strength, support and hope for all coming time.
If the night is dreary,
It leads to the day;
If the heart is weary, CONFIRMATION, A Tract for Catechumens, by
It learns to pray. Rev. A. C. Whitmer. Third thousand.
If, standing lonely, We are not surprised that a new edi
The tears fall fast,
We know it is only tion of this excellent tract has been
Till life is past. called for. Although confirmation as practiced by the Reformed Church is a
'Tis all in the measure Scriptural rite, much ignorance still
Of each day's shareprevails respecting its authority, mean
The pain and the pleasure, ing and design. This work, sums up in
The joy and despair. a clear, concise form the material be
We lose on the morrow
The ache of to-day: longing to the subject. It has a word
The sweet and the bitter to Catechumens; What is Confirmation;
Must both pass away. Your Confirmation vows; Preparation