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all true lovers, to endure, to wait, to contour. She was altogether a personage say "I am not yet worthy, but she--Art, / whom at first sight the beholdermust regard my mistress, is worthy, and I will live
with respect, and whom, upon further ac. to merit her.' An honorable life? Yes.
quaintance, it was perfectly possible to find
attractive, not from her talk only, which was But the honor comes from the inward
marvellously full, but from her mere external vocation and the hard won achievement." | appearance, and still more from her expresThe following should be laid to heart by sion and the animation of her face. Her eves all youthful aspirants to artistic success : were, when she talked, luminous and beauti“ You have exercised your talents—you ful, dark in color and recite, you sing, from ihe drawing-room
| depth and swift changefulness which are
seldom to be seen in the same orbs, except standpunkt. My dear Fräulein, you
you in persons whose force of character and force must unlearn all that. You have not of intellect are both remarkable. They could yet conceived what excellence is; you be very soft, and she smiled with her eyes as mustunlearn your mistaken admiration?. well as with that large mouth of hers; and the You must know what you have to strive smile was full of loveliness when it did not for, and then you must subdue your turn to mocking or mark that contemptuous mind and body to unbroken discipline.
mood which was not, I gather, very infrequent
with her. In conversation which did not Your mind, I say, for you must not be
wake this demon of scornfulness, born of thinking of celebrity ; put that candle conscious intellectual superiority, the face was out of your eyes, and look only at excel. | full of vivacity and light, whether illuminated lence."
by a smile or not. I have seen it, when she Noted musicians were among the was talking on a subject that moved her, irnumber of the favored circle of guests
radiated and suffused with deep feeling. who were habitually entertained by It was our intention originally to add George Eliot. Joachim was frequently a few passages from George Eliot's there, who in Europe is almost univer- writings, that the reader might form sally regarded as the first of living vio- some conception of the character of her linists. A certain unmusical visitor mind. But no room is left for this. complained that the playing and singing Besides a number of her books are now interfered with the conversation, as the published at the price of tea cents each, hostess n ver uttered a word whilst any and thus placed within the reach of all one was rendering a piece of music. It who have a curiosity to know anything has been remarked that devotion to this more about this great authoress. Perart was the cause of her death, because haps no harm would be received from while attending a concert she contracted reading, for example, Amos Barton, the cold from which she never recovered. There is, however, almost always
The following is a pen-portrait fur- | danger in holding communion with a rished by Mr. Smalley:
skeptical mind. We are apt to become George Eliot, when you saw her in repose, like those with whom we associate. had beyond dispute a forbidding countenance. There are scores of female writers from People who did not like her used to say she
Jas whom greater benefit, and perhaps ag looked like a horse ; a remark I have also known made about a celebrated living actor.
much pleasure, can be derived. Madame It is true so far as this: that the portion be- De Stael was as profound a thinker and low the eyes was disproportionately long and thorough a scholar. Hannah More narrow. She had that square fulness of brow possessed far more true womanly wisover the eres which Blake had, and which dom. Mrs Browning and Mrs. Ilemans led Blake to affirm that the shape of his head surpassed her as poets. There will almade him a Republican. George Eliot's radicalism went much further than mere re
ways be plenty of intelligent people who, publicanism. She never can have been a
like Mr. Smalley, will confess that they beautiful woman, either in face or figure.
have not had time for a close study of She was tall, yaunt; angular, without any the writings of this celebrated woman. flowing case of motion, though with a seli: About the time of her death when the possession and firmness of muscle and fibre name of George Eliot was mentioned in ivhich saved her from the shambling awk- almost every paper, a female friend, who wardness often the characteristic of long and loose-jointed people. There was no want of
is in her seventy-eighth year, expressed power in her movements, nor in the expres
press) a desire to look at one of the books she sion of her clonerated visage, to the lower part had written. The Mill on the Flogg of' which went plenty of jaw and decision of was at hand. It was read. The bril
liant intellect, the vast erudition, the housefatherly, hospitable Sir Walter, acting as graphic and truthful delineation of spokesman and usher. At least so a poet prettily nature and human characters were ad tells us in the New York Evening Post:mired. The old lady was asked whether she would not like to try another. Adam We greet thee, Robie, here to-night, Bede was by many considered the great- | Beneath these stars so pure and bright; est of all her works. To this the answer
We greet thee, Poet, come at last
With Will and me thy lot to cast. was given : "I want to see no more of George Eliot's books. I cannot follow |
We've talked about thee mony a day the Lord fully and read such stuff.''
And wondered when you'd be this way The threshold of the eternal world is Reach out your hand and gie's a shake, & good standpoint from which to meas- Just ance, for auld acquaintance sake. ure the value of the words and works of
nen. Here we take our stand and un- | We welcome you from Scotia's land hesitatingly say that we cannot recom And reach to you a brither's hand; mend the works of George Eliot. There
A kindred soul to greet you turnsare those who may be benefited by
Will Shakspeare, this is Robie Burns. them, but we believe the number to be
Oh, Robie, if we had a plaid small; whilst multitudes would be far
We'd quite convert yon Stratford lad. better off had they never come in contact | He said, in truth, but yester-morn, with her writings.
“ I'm Scotch in wit, though English born." Dismal, indeed, was the scene presented by Higbgate Cemetery on the In stormy nights 'twas lonesome here occasion of her funeral. The rain poured When Will recited hall o' Lear: down inci ssantly, whilst several hundred
But now he quotes O'Shanter's Tale
In thunder, lighıning, and in hail. friends stood in mud and slush around her bier. They wanted to bury her in
For, Robie, this is haunted ground Westminster Abbey. She deserved the
Where spirits keep their nightly reund; honor as much as many who lie there. | And when the witching hour is near But it was denied her. She was interred You'll see strange beings gather herenot in a graveyard of the Church, but in "unconsecrated” ground. In being I saw Queen Bess the other night let down into the tomb, she was permit- / Beside him, clad in vesture bright, ied to continue her protest against
While kings and queens, a noble throng, Christ's Gospel and Kingdom, whilst
In dim procession passed along; Huxley, Tyndale, Herbert Spencer and
And walls seemed rising from the earth other kindred spirits looked on and said
Like Leicester's tower at Kenilworih ; Amen. Their word passes current with And all the pageant that was there many, and will perhaps be reiterated for Seemed floating in the moonlit air ; generations to come. But as we look into the open grave of George Eliot we Aye! Beauty, Jealousy and Pride, hear a voice more potent than theirs, | In Dudley's Halis walked side by side, which reminds us that “all flesh is as
While Amy Robsart seemed 10 stand grass, and all the glory of man as the
With fair Ophelia, hand in hand. tower of grass. The grass withereth,
So let me whisper in your ear and the fluwer thereof fadeth away; but Never to tell what passes here: the word of the Lord endureth for ever." | There'll be a grand reception soon
To greet the lad from Bonnie Doon.
We gather up the jolliest crew,
Falstaff, Prince Hal and Rhoderick Dhu,
Frae Maiden Kirk to John o'Groat's.
So, Robie, make yourself at homein Central Park, New York. Those of Shakes
| Mang friends and brithers you have comepeare and Walter Scott had been put there be- And here's a land that's quite as fair fore. The night after that of Burns was put in As that between the Doon and Ayr. place, he is introduced and welcomed, the
- Wallace Bruce,
learn to swear in imitation of their No person with eyes and ears can fail pastors. Suppose they did occur in to observe the fearful increase of pro- anecdotes? Suppose they were told to fanity throughout the country. We see amuse? God's name is in no connection, it in almost every secular paper; we see and under no excuse that can be in vent.. it in some papers that would be thought ed, a fit subject for jesting. religious; we see it even in books; we | We said above that we sometimes hear it almost everywhere-sometimes hear prufanity in the pulpit. We mean from the pulpit. There are innumera- simply this: that some preachers, withble varieties of the vice. Proteus could out meaning to do wrong, and without not assume more shapes, nor did the knowing that they do harm, have conLernean Hydra so resist decapitation. tracted the unfortunate habit of using Inventive genius exhausts itself in con- | the holy pame quite unnecessarily and triving new forms of irreverent expres- quite out of place. This point it is diffision. Newspaper paragraphists vie cult to illustrate. Most intelligent with each other in the shameful contest. hearers have noticed the evil to which He succeeds who can make his disbes we allude. We have a friend, a very piquant with the spices of profane and worthy preacher, much given to exagirreverent suggestion. The words of the gerated forms of speech. We have wise are passed by with indifference, heard him, dozens of times in one serwhile the profane slang of would-be wits mon, use the phrase : “God Almighty's is collated with diligence and paraded | green earth !” Another constantly cries with pride.
out: “Great God !” and “ God knows," We are not now writing of the horrid and many such like phrases we are and vulgar oaths that sbock the ears of unwilling to introduce. We have medwell-bred, not to say religious, people tioned these three forms of this irreveron the cars, on steamboats, in hotels, ent use of the Divine name in the pulpit and on the streets. We are writing, to make our meaning plain. If we rather, of that indefinable spirit of ir- are mistaken as to the irreverence of reverence that in a thousand ways in this pulpit habit, how wretched the sinuates itself into the written and taste that such expressions manifest! It spoken language of our people.
does not make argument more forcible; The irreverent, because undevout, it does not substitute the lack of fervor use of the awful name of God is as or eloquence; it convinces nobody; it common as it is sinful. We hear it in awakens nobody; but it does often all sorts of connections-in altercations shock the hearts of the most devout. and jests, in idle exclamations and Another most prevalent form of the indolent sighs. It drops from the lips abounding profanity is seen and heard of age and youth. Fair women and in the travesty of scriptural language. little children are not exempt from the Po:itively, it is a plague upon our laninfection. We write it with unspeak gnage. Of late this misuse of Bible able shame. Many professors of re- words and phrases has been conspicuous ligion, and even some ministers of reli- in "head-lining” telegrams and local gion, sin against God and their own items in the secular papers. The late souls by the idle and irreverent use of Lord-Hicks marriage furnished opporthe Ineffable Name. We do not mean tunity for the dailies to multiply puns on ihat any man, calling himself a: Chris- the name of Jehovah, and to twist into tian minister, will deliberately “swear the uses of irreverent humor the most profanely,” as drunkards and common precious words in the sacred Scriptures. rowdies will do; but some of them tell As illustrating the spirit of the time, anecdotes whose point is in their irrev- we give an instance: A young Georgian erence. It may be in a group of friendly moved to Texas, failed and returned. listeners. Children may be there. The Upin his arrival at home a local paper quick ear catches the interlarded oaths" head-lines” the item thus: “Fatted in the story, and that is remembered Calt for One.” when the story itself perhaps is forgot. The recent discussion of the subject ten. Little boys sometimes hear their of hell has been a rare opportunity to first oaths from consecrated lips, and I the secular press. The words which
represent the most awful truths, that all my might, as though I had been the express the woes of the lost, have been best carriage-horse in the town. I had bandied about with childish frivolity. reached a point not far from the Some years ago we knew a cultivated church, when the mud seemed to get audience applaud to the echo the speech deeper and deeper, and the carriage of a flippant young lawyer during the draw so heavily that I gasped for commencement exercises of a female breath and almost sank down excollege, whose jests were all pointed hausted. This seemed the more inexwith holy words and Bible phrases. plicable, when, looking back, I saw the Representing a lover as urging his suit, entire congregation bebind the carriage, be put in his lips (with such verbal apparently pushing it along. But the changes as suited his purpose), the first more I tried the harder it became, till verses of the fourteenth chapter of the finally I was forced to stop and exam. Gospel of John! And the people ine the difficulty. I went to the rear, laughed and applauded till the hall where I supposed was the congregation, rang again. But enough. These few but nobody could be found. I called, illustrations will bring multitudes like but no answer. I repeated the call them-perhaps worse-to the remem- several times, but still no reply. By. brance of our readers.
and-by a voice called out ‘Hallo !' and There is no estimating the tremendous looking up, whom should I see but one power against religion that this prevail- of the deacons looking complacently ing flippant irreverance excites. It is out of the window, and upon going to more chilling, perhaps, than the out the door of the carriage, what was my and-out opposition of more solid inti- astonishment to behold the whole condels. There is little hope of the salva-gregation quietly sitting inside.'' tion of a man who has formed a deeply fixed habit of laughing and jesting over holy things. We are persuaded that
The Elm and the Vine. Satan has few methods that are more potent to resist the influences of the
BY W. C. BRYANT. Holy Spirit. When once the spirit of frivolous irreverence has fairly posses
“Uphold my feeble branches Bed a soul, there is little to hope for.
With thy strong arms, I pray.”
Thus to the Elm, her neighborThe thunders of Sinai are heard with
The Vine—was heard to say, out fear, and the spectacle of Calvary “ Else, lying low and helpless, witnessed without emotion. It may be
A weary lot is mine, doubted whether crime more certainly
Crawled o'er by every reptile, hardens the heart and indurates the
? And browsed by hungry kine."
The Elm was moved to pity : conscience, than does the fell spirit of
Then spoke the generous tree, filippant profanity and irreverence that “ My hapless friend, come hither, is abroad in our land. Decency as well
And find support in me.” piety demands a reformation.— Texas Christian Advocate,
The kindly Elm receiving
The graceful Vine's embrace,
The garden's pride and grace,
In which the wild birds sing; “The pastor of one of the up-town
Became the love of shepherds, churches in New York,”
And glory of the spring.
says the Working Church, relates the following
Oh, beautiful example singular dream : 'Some time ago I
For youthful minds to heed ! dreamed that I was bitched to a car The good we do to others riage, attempting to draw it through
Shall never miss its meed; the mud which covered the street in
The love of those whose sorrows
We lighten shall be ours, front of my house. How or why I had And o'er the path we walk in been assigned that position I could not
That love sball scatter flowers. explain, but there I was, pulling with
- From the Spanish.
Ancient Punishments of Drunkenness, imitated this by a law that judges on
the bench and pleaders should do their The offence of drunkenness was a business fasting. The Carthaginians source of great perplexity to the an- probibited magistrates, governors, solcients, who tried every possible way of diers and servants from any drinking. dealing with it. If none succeeded, The Scots, in the second century, made probably it was because they did not it a capital offence for magistrates to be begin early enough, by intercepting drunk; and Constantine II. of Scotland, some of the ways and means by which 861, extended a like punishment to the insidious vice is incited and propa- young people. Again, some laws have gated. Severe treatment was often tried absolutely prohibited wine from being to little effect. The L crians, under drunk by women ; the Massilians so deZaleucus, made it a capital offence to creed. The Romans did the same, and drink wine if it was not mixed with extended the prohibition to young men water; even an invalid was not ex- under thirty or forty-five. And the empted from punishment unless by or- husband and the wife's relations could der of a physician. Pittacus, of Mity- scourge the wife for offending, and the lene, made a law that he who, when husband himself might scourge her to drunk, committed any offence, would death.-James Patterson. puffer double the punishment that he would do if sober; and Plato, Aristotle
Initials on Fruit. and Plutarch applauded this as the height of wisdom. The Roman censors
Did you ever see a name printed on could expel a senator for being drunk,
a growing apple, pear, or peach? No? and take away his horse; Mahomet or- Well
Mahomet or. Well, if you wish to have that pleasure dered drunkards to be bastinadoed with this is tbe way to obtain it: While the eighty blows. Other nations thought fruit vet hangs green upon the tree, of limiting ihe quantity to be drunk at make up your mind which is the very one time at one sitting. The Egyptians biggest and most promising specimen of put some limit, though what it was is all. Next, cut out from thin. tough not stated. The Spartans, also, had paper, the intials of the name of your some limit. The Arabians fixed the little brother or sister or chief crony, quantity at twelve glasses a man, but with round specks for the dots after the the size of the glass was, unfortunately, letters, and the lefters themselves plain not clearly defined by the historials, and thick. Then paste these letters and The Anglo-Saxons went no further than dots on that side of the apple which is to o der silver nails to be fixed on the not turned to the sun, taking care not side of drinking cups, so that each | might know the proper measure. And " As
na As soon as the apple is ripe, take oft it is said that this was done by King the paper cuttings, which, having shut Edgar after noticing the drunken babits!)
mbabits out the reddening rays of the sun, have o the Danes. Lycurgus, of Thrace,
race, kept the fruit green just beneath them, went to the root of the matter by order- so that the name or initials now show ing the vines to be cut down. And his bar
plainly. After that, bring the owner conduct was imitated in 704 by Terbu
"U by terbu; of the initials to play near the tree, and lus of Bulgaria. The Suevi prohibited
say presently, “ Why, what are those wine to be imported. And the Spartans
partans queer marks on that apple up there ?'' tried to turn the vice into contempt by 'You will find this quite a pleasant systematically making their slaves
is way to surprise the very little ones ; drunk once a year, to show their chill,
and, of course, you can print a short dren how foolish and contemptible men
pet name as easily as initials.-St looked in that state. Drunkenness was ’Nicholas. deemed much more vicious in some classes of persons than in others. The
About a Wife. ancient Indians held it lawful to kill a king when he was drunk. The Athen- JEWISI wisdom is embodied in the ians made it a capital offence for a ma- following from The Talmud: “If thy gistrate to be drunk, and Charlemagne I wife be small, bend down to her and