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before he would venture to get up. door. Then old and young ran up and Great was the pride of the little one as, down stairs to bring him his proper at length, it led the father in triumph garments quickly. Just as the bell by the hand into the breakfast room. ceased tolling “ he would emerge from
One feature in this busy man's life the study with his coat very much impres-es one very sadly. He began awry, come down the stairs like a hurrihis ministry with a salary of $300: cane, stand impatiently protesting, while then it was increased to $100. Later, | female hands that ever lay in wait, adat Guilford it was $800. Later still, I justed his cravat and settled his coat perhaps, it was more, but it never collar, calling loudly the wbile for a pin sufficed to support him. His first wife to fasten together the stubbed little bits tried to help matters along by using her of paper, which being duly dropped own inheritance. This was soon ex- | into the crown of his bat, and wife or hausted. Despite her close economy, daughter, like a satchel on his arm, thrift, and hard work, she repeatedly away he would start on such a race had to remind her husband that their through the streets as left neither brain bills were not paid and they were run- por breath till the church was gained.” ning in debt. The faithful, devoted! This headlong zeal sometimes brought pastor's wife bore her cross with upcom him into ludicrous dilemmas ; as when plaining and patient silence. It told on travelling in the deep mud of Kentucky her health, and as her husband thought the stage stuck. As Beecher started helped to hurry her to a premature across a ditch for a rail, his companion, grave. Roxana Beecher died a martyr's | Rev. Dr. Brainard, said, “Stop, Doctor, death! Amid the luxurious homes of let me go. I have boots on and you her husband's parishioners they left her shoes." to want the ordinary comforts of life, “No, I haven't shoes on; they are whilst they praised her noble qualities both there, sticking in the ditch." before and after her death. A very in- This wading through the tough Kenteresting work has, of late years, been tucky mud in his stocking feet could written on the history of the parsonage pot dampen his ardor to lift the stage in Protestant Germany. The Ameri- out of the ditch. can Church furnishes abundant material! He was determined to do his best at for a similar work, which might many his work and amusements. Whether a sad tale unfold, descriptive of the sawing on the fiddle or on the wood silent and unpublished martyrdoms of horse he strove to excel. It cost him many a parsonage at the hands of many an effort before he could play people to whose spiritual welfare the Auld Lang Syne, Bonnie Doon, and pastor devotes his ripest thoughts and Mary's Dream. Money Muk and best years,
College Hornpipe he c uld never master. Lyman Beecher, as it often happens After moet vigorous attempts at these he with very intellectual men, was not invariably broke down with an euphagiven to orderly and precise habits.tic pshaw. He preferred having kis study in the His faith was as trustful as that of a topmost room in the bouse. The pre-child, and ofien “his pity gave ere paration for many of his great public charity began.” efforts was put off to the last few hours ] One day he came to his wife in a During the day be was concerned with great hurry and said, “Wife, give me every body's affairs. An hour or two five dollars. Que of the students needs before the time for service he would help.” rush into his study, throw off his coat, “Why, husband, that is every cent settle his muscles with a few swings of we have.” the dumbbells, then hurriedly scrawl! “I cannot help it, the Lord will proan outline of his thoughts on bits of vide," and away went the last five dolpaper as large as the palm of his hand. I lars. Amid the rush of his thoughts the bells The next day he held up a fifty dolrang. Loud and long they rang, but lar wedding fee before the face of his ho heeded them not. We shall cer- wife in great glee, saying, “Didn't I tainly be late," said a soft voice at the tell you the Lord would provide ?"
-- - ----- At Lane Seminary, his income for | The Bival Painters. a while was only the voluntary gifts i of come friends. Every morning, at family devotions, he would pray with
So excellent was skill of both emotion, “Give us this day our daily
'Twere hard to tell which painted best,
And such their pride that each was loth bread,” and was thankful at oven
To own the worth of critic test. ing when they had hail enough to And so this plan between the two eat. Some of the boys wore the second Was happily agreed upon : hand clothing of friends. One morn
Each should the other's model view,
And be the judge of faireşi one. ing his son found him in his study weeping, holding an open letter in his hand. With streaming eyes, he said,
They deemed it best, howe'er, to place “Tom, you can get some boots now
Their subjects in a public hall;
And each, to rival Nature's grace, here's some money; and your mother
Must ply the brush till leave; should fall. can get you a vest from - , and now The novel project, with their fame, you'll stay with me.”
Was heralded to distant shores, At another time a friend in Boston
And when the day of trial came received from him the following note :
A crowd besieged the massive doors. “Dear brother, the meal in the barrel is low, the oil in the cruise has failed. Behold! a vase of blossoms rare, Send me a hundred dollars.”
Ripe cherries in their centre placel; His last years were peaceful, and
None fairer kissed by summer air,
Nor richer fruit to woo the tasie. spent with his children. Kind friends
As artist oped the latice wide paid him the annual sum of $500. For
That o'er the fruit might sunbeams stray, the kindness received he always thanked All saw a bird to bright vase glide God first, and then the donors, because
And seek to bear tidbit away! He had inclined them to give him help. In his closing life his mind was most Then cheer on cheer re-echoed long; of the time obscured, but pea"eful. 'Twas pictured there, that gem of art! On his eighty-first birth-day, on his way
To him would fame for aye belong
But firm as yet was rival's heart ! to one of Professor Stowe's lectures in
He smiled approval, bowed his head, Andover Seminary, “he laid his hand And grasped his brother artist's hand : on the top of a five-barred fence, which “ That curtain draw," he calmly said, he cleared at a bound.” The body, s.) “And see the work my genius planned.” puny and unpromising at its birth had by careful nursing and temperate His rival leaned those rings to grasp, health-inspiring habits developed into But lo! no golden ring was there! that of an athlete; and its mental
Then satin folds would fingers clasp,
But sank again in wild despair ! tenant was an athlete as well. Human
“My work," he cried, deceived the bird, he was, in the strong and weak ele
Bat rival's art this practiced eye! ments of his character. But surely a Let righteous verdict now be heard : manlier man than Lyman Beecher is His is the glorious victory!” rarely found. According to his convic
The Congregationalist. tions he fought the good fight, kept the faith and finished bis course. And be did it from choice. Duty, however hard and stony, was to bim à pleasure. The Paris correspondent of The LonIu reply to the question put to him at don Times once said to Thiers : “ It is the close of life, Could he choose, would marvellous, M. le President, how you he rather go to heaven or begin life deliver long improvised speeches about anew, he answered, with an emphatic which you have not had time to reflect.” shake of the head, “I would enlist “You are not paying me a compliment,” again in a minute."
he replied: " it is criminal in a statesman to improvise speeches on public af
fairs. The speeches you call improIf the Lord lead you in a rough way, vised, why for tifty years I have been it is to keep your heart humble before rising at 5 in the morning to prepare him.
The Cider Mill.
And the screws are turned by slow degrees Down on the straw-laid cider cheese ;
BY JOHN G. WHITTIER.
Under the blue New England skies, Flooded with sunshine, a valley lies.
And with each turn a fuller stream
The mountains clasp it, warm and sweet,
As throb electric along a straw,
But most I love the gorge where the rill Comes down by the old brown cider-mill.
It is not unworthiness, but unwillingness, that bars any man from God. Thousands have missed of Him by their unwillingness, but He never put off one soul op acconnt of its unworthiness.Flavel.
The Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence. It invites to the noblest solitude and to the noblest society.- Emerson.
Above the clear springs gurgle out,
Life is but short, therefore croeses cannot be long.–Flavel.
An Odd Mixture.
On page 335 of the November number of the GUARDIAN the type has taken unwarranted liberties with some of good Lyman Beecher's doings. We are not certain who is to blame, but the fact is undeniable. So far as we can remember this is the first instance in fifteen years where a whole page of the GUARDIAN was thus disjointed. The transposition of seven lines from top of second column to top of first will make the proper connection.
dar in Advent. Luke 21:25_33.
SUNDAY-SCHOOL LESSONS. DECEMBER 4.
1881. : Second Sunday in Advent. KEY-NOTE: “When ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of
God is nigh at hand.”
- Round5-9213. LESSON XLIX. The Coming Prophet.—Deut. xviii. 15–22.
15. The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee, will not hearken unto my words which he shall a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy breth- speak in my name, I will require it of him. ren, like unto me: unto bim shall ye hearken. 20. But the prophet which shall presume to
16. According to all that thou desiredst of the speak a word in my name, which I have not Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assem. commanded him to speak, or that shall speak bly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of in the name of other gods, even that prophet the Lord my God, neither let me see this great shall die. fire any more, that I die not.
21. And if thou say in thy heart, How shall 17. And the Lord said unto me, They have we know the word which the Lord hath not well spoken that which they have spoken. spoken ?
18. I will raise them up a prophet from * 22. When a prophet speaketh in the name of among their brethren, like unto thee, and will the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not unto them all that I command him.
spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it pre19. And it shall come to pass that whosoever sumptuously : thou shalt not be afraid of him.
QUESTIONS. What is the name of this Sunday? Which and men ? Who is the perfect Mediator? John advent of Christ does the Church contemplate i. 14, How is the mediatorial work of Christ to-day? How is the Gospel for the day related now carried forward among men ? Eph. iv. 11-12. to this advent? What is the key-note ? What VERSE 19. What was the duty of the Israelthings are referred to in this key-note? What ites in regard to the words of the prophet ? Were is meant by the kingdom of God? Can we then they always mindful of this duty ? Jer. xxv. 4. foretell the time of Christ's second advent? What does God here say He will do to those
What is the subject of our lesson to-day ? | who hearken not to the words of the prophet ? Where is it recorded ? What does Deuteronomy Did He often punish the Israelites for their mean ?
disobedience to the prophets? How ought VERSE 15. Who is the person speaking here? Christian people to regard the words of their Whom is be addressing? What does he promise pastors and teachers? In whose name do these them? What is a prophet! Does the promise | speak ? Luke x. 16. Can they then be despised imply that there would be but one prophet? In with impunity? whom did the line of Old Testament prophets 20. How many classes of false prophets are at last culminate? From whom was the pro- distinguished here? What punishment is threamised prophet to spring? Whom was he to re- tened them? Are there persons now who speak semble? In what respect? Was Moses a type in the name of God things that are not true ? of Christ?
Are these false prophets ? Are they guilty of a 16. What event in the history of Israel is re great sin? Are there also those who speak in ferred to here? Exod. xx. 18-21. Were the the name of other gods? Is this a sign of the lsraelites then able to hear God speaking to approaching end of the world ? Matt. xxiv. 11 ; them? Why not? What request did they make 2 Pet. ii. 1. of Moses then ? Exod. xx. 19.
VERSES 21-22. How were the Israelites to VERSES 17-18. Did God approve of the re- detect the false prophets ? To which class of qoest of Israel at Horeb? Through whom did false prophets does this test apply? Does it He make His further communications then ? also apply to those speaking in the name of Exod. xx. 22. Wbat promise did He give to other gods? How were they to be proved ? Moses at the same time? What office did God Deut. xiii. 1-5. How are we to distinguish say the prophet was to perform ? Is there false teachers from true? Matt. vii. 16; Rom. always need of such a mediator between God | xii. 6 ; 2 Tim. i. 13; 1 Tim. vi. 3-5.
1. Lo! He comes, with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain!
1 2. Every eye shall now behold Him,
Robed in dreadful majesty;
NOTES.—The theme of the second fully revealed. Compare John 1:18 and Sunday in Advent is the second coming Heb. i:1-2. The promise implies that of Christ, or His coming in glory, at the people of Israel should never be the end of this world, to judge the quick without a prophet or divine teacher, to and the dead. The Gospel for the day make known to them God's will and gives us the signs in nature and history, lead them in the way of salvation. which will precede that second coming From among thy brethren. In order to of Christ. These signs are the things reveal Himself to men, God makes use referred to in the key-note (from the of men, not of beings of another world Gospel), which herald the advent of the or another kind. He puts His word into kingdom of God, or the glorious reign the mouth of chosen men, possessing apof Christ in the new and renovated titudes and susceptibilities for divine earth. But, though we are bidden to impressions, and these then become teachobserve these signs, we must pot suppose ers and guides of others. Like unto me. them to be data for the arithmetical God raised up Moses as an organ for the computation, in advance, of the time of communication of His will to Israel. Christ's second coming. They are signs, In like manner He raised up others after not for science, but for faith, wbich, him. Moses was thus a type of all the moreover, make their appearance not prophets who came after him, and espeonly once, but in progressive series of cially of Christ, in whom the line of the increasing intensity.
Old Testament prophets culminated, The Coming Prophet.--Our lesson is and who is the absolute revelation of in the book of Deuteronomy (second law), God. 80 called from the fact that it contains Verse 16. The event referred to in a repetition of the laws which had been this verse occurred at the time of the previously promulgated in Israel, with giving of the law at Mount Sinai. Hoimportant additions and modifications reb. The general range of mountains fitting them to a new age.
of which Sinai, from whose top the law Verse 15. The Lord thy God. A was given, forms a single prominent phrase that occurs two hundred and peak. In the day of the assembly, i. e., eight times in this book of Deuteronomy. when the people were assembled at the It always involves an allusion to the foot of Mount Sinai in order to hear covenant, and designates the people of the announcement of the law. Let me Israel, whom Moses is addressing here, not hear again the voice of the Lord. as the people of God in a peculiar sense. The terror produced by the phenomena A Prophet. A prophet is one who accompanying the revelation of the law, speaks under the influence of God and is mentioned in Exod. xx. 18-25. That for God. This is the primary significa-\ I die not. It was a common idea in the tion of the English word prophet (from most ancient times, that no one conld Greek pro, for, instead, and phemi, I see or hear God and live. Even the speak, hence to speak for or instead of manifestation of God's power in the another) and also of the Hebrew word phenomena of nature has always inof which this is a translation. A pro- spired men with fear. The reason of phet is, therefore, not simply one who this is that men are sinners. For this predicts future events, but one who de- reason the Israelites were not able to clares the secret things of God, whether hear God speaking to them at Mount they pertain to the present, past or fu- Sinai, and requested Moses that he might ture-one who speaks the words which actos mediator between them and God. God puts into bis mouth, and thus acts and speak to them the words of God. as the interpreter and messenger of God. | Verses 17-18. They have well spoken. This promise of a prophet here does not Thus God approved of Israel's request refer to a single priphet only, who was for a mediator. He treated the Israelto come after Moses, but to a line of ites according to their capacity, and prophets, who were to come after him made His furi her communications to and carry forward the process of reve-them through Moses, who had been raised lation, until it should become complete up and especially endowed for this purin Christ, the absolute prophet, in whom pose. See Exod. xx. 22. I will raise the whole being and counsel of God are them up a prophet. God not only rec