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urged him to accompany his people to
THE LITTLE TREE. encourage and comfort those who were about to die for their country and their From the German of Friedrich Rückert. taith. To a noble soul like that of Zwingli
BY THE EDITOR. the accident of death was a small matter. «No Christian is afraid of death; | A little tree in the forest stood, he can only dread dying.” He trusts Through fair and stormy weather; his Master's word, and knows that he is Needles instead of leaves it bore, about to receive a crown of everlasting
Thick set together:
The needles were sharp as sharp could be, glory.
| And these were the words of the little tree : There is, however, a subordinate sense in which Zwingli may have been “My comrades all, in gay attire,
heered in his doing bour by the In rows are standing near me; thought that though men may kill the
These needles sharp, that none admire,
Make everybody fear me: body, they cannot kill the scul. He
Day, they cannot kill the, scul. ne I wish, if I may be so bold, bad put his soul into his work, and may That I had leaves of purest gold!" therefore have been encouraged by the hope tbat bis labor would not be in vain;
At night the tree fell fast asleep; that though his body might be muti
But early in the morning
It woke, to find that leaves of gold lated and burned, the truth which he
Were all its limbg adorning. bad preached would live in the hearts “ I'm proud!” exclaimed the little tree, of future generations. Yet, can be ever “ There's none in the forest looks like me!" have anticipated that, after three hun
| In the evening, through the forest came dred and fifty years, his death would
' A Jew, whose beard was hoary; be commemorated in lands of whose He saw the leaves, that looked like flame, existence he was hardly aware ; and All in the sunset's glory; that, in the truth which he had pro- | Then he gathered them all, and on his back claimed, bis soul would still go “march
He carried them off, in a mighty sack. ing down the ages ?”
The little tree cried out in grief : The dying words of Zwingli have
"My heart is full of sorrow; been wonderfully illustrated in the bis- I have not a single golden leaf, tory of the great religious movement in ! And will feel ashamed to-morrow. which he was so prominently engaged.
Conrood I have nothing left to wear-alas !
I wish I had leaves of clearest glass !" Its enemies have always been threatening its destruction. At an early period | Again, the tree fell fast asleep, its chosen emblem was “the burning And wakened in the morning, bush," because, though constantly en- / To find that leaves of clearest glass. veloped by the flames of persecution, it is
" I'm glad," said the tree,“ because I know was never consumed. Almost every
Y No tree in the forest glitters so !'' where it has been attacked with fire and sword, yet it is still green and But then a mighty whirlwind came, flourisbing. Even in this country it! And dreadful was the weather ; has suffered norseautiona which are not Swiftly rushing through the woods, has suffered persecutions wbich are not su Jess dangerous because they are refined, and lying scattered in the grass,
It smote the leaves together; but it still bears its full measure of were all the sparkling leaves of glass. flowers and fruit.
Sometimes, in seasons of persecution. / The little tree cried out in pain : the best men are in danger of yielding
| “Now my glass is shattered !
"5 See, my comrades still retain to despair. Yet the peril is in appear- An their leaves unscattered ! apce only. The enemies of the truth | How I wish I could be seen can never destroy God's people. “They Dressed in leaves of brightest green !" may kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul."
Once more the tree fell fast asleep,
And wakened in the morning :
It laughed to see that leaves of green
That will not break with every breeze !" --Wordsworth.
Then an old goat came through the wood, When he was sent forth to earn his With udder wide distended;
| bread by the sweat of his brow and For her hungry kids she was seeking food,
when his wilful disobedience had banAs her way through the woods she wended. “Aha,” she said, " What a splendid haul !"
ished him from the immediate presence Then she gathered the leaves and ate them all. and communion of his Maker, man
needed the rest and worship of the SabAgain the tree was cold and bare ;
bath to preserve him from self-degraBut its voice was soft and mellow,
dation and utter estrangement from As it said : “ For leaves I do not care,
God. The Sabbath was recognized as Neither green, nor red, nor yellow. My needles give me back again!
an existing institution by Moses, and enI'm sure I will never more complain !"
shrined as such by tbe great leader
and law-giver of Israel. It is not But when it again had slept at night,
merely a civil or ceremonial instituWith early dawn awaking,
tion as some people seem to imagine. It was strange to see, in the morning light,
| It is part and parcel of the moral law, Its limbs with langhter shaking.
the Ten Commandments, and, in its esIts comrades laughed its plight to see, But it did not mind their mockery.
sential principle, is eternally binding
upon the children of men. It was ep. Pray, tell me now the wondrous sight,
graven io the rock forever by the finger And what the tree was wearing !
of the Almighty. Death was the penThere stood the tree, in a single night
alty of wilful Sabbath desecration under A crop of needles bearing. Go forth and look ; but keep away!
the Mosaic economy which served as a Hands off! Beware! Don't touch, I pray,
school-master to train God's covenant The prickly things,
people for the coming and kingdom of For tach one stings.
Christ. The prophets, Nehemiah, Jeremiab, Ezekiel, and Isaiah, reprove the
people for profaning the Sabbath, and THE SABBATH A DIVINE INSTITUTION. point to this as the prolific source of
national corruption and degradation.
Our Saviour came not to destroy but BY REV. CYRUS CORT.} to fulfil the law and the prophets. It
was His custom to enter the synagogue
on the Sabbath-day and teach the peoThe Sabbath is a divine institution. ple from Moses and the prophets. He It comes down from the days of man's relieved the Sabbath of some of the primeval innocency. It is one of the harsher ceremonial features, but in no few vestiges of the lost Paradise. It wise did He abrogate or disregard it. In was instituted as the sanctifying climax opposition to the self-righteous Pnariin the original manifestation of creative sees of the time, Jesus taught that it energy. When the deep foundations of was right to do good on the Sabbath-day, the natural earth were laid " the morn- and insisted that acts of charity and ing stars sang together and all the sons mercy were especially acceptable to God of God shouted for joy.” “God blessed on that holy day. The Sabbath was the seventh day, and sanctified it; be made for man-made to promote his cause that in it He had rested from all best interests for time and eternity. A His works wbich God bad created and traditional or mechanical adherence to made.” The Sabbath is as old as the the outward letter of the ceremonial world and coeval with humanity. Be- law, which did violence to the true fore the crafty serpent beguiled our first spirit and object of the Sabbath, the parents they kept the Sabbath day holy Saviour condemned as contrary to the amid the bowers of Eden. It was in- divine idea. Man was not made for the tended to promote the physical, mental, Sabbath but the Sabbath, was made for and religious welfare of the human man. Sabbath appointments must not
be used as a sort of Procrustean bed on If such was the case even before the which to stretch or contract human fall of man much more was it a necessity nature, regardless of the superior claims after the fall, when he stood amid the of mercy and truth. The Sabbath was wreck and ruin of sin.
based on the wants and constitution of
humanity, founded on the eternal fitness “Hast thou kept the Lord's day ?". of things and is not a mere arbitrary The invariable reply was, “I am a appointment of the Almighty. In its Christian, I cannot omit it.” They right observance there is great reward. were then led to prison and martyrdom. As the Lord of the Sabbath and King Thus, in a special sense, was the Lord's of Saints, Jesus had power and authority day, or Christian Sunday, consecrated to modify the institution, which He did in the blood of martyrs. Justin Marby hallowing the first day of the week tyr, who lived in the early part of the as pre-eminently sacred in the new and second century, states that “on the better covenant of grace. By His tri- Lord's-day," that is on the Christian's umphant resurrection from the dead Sunday, “Christians all meet because it and repeated appearance to His disci. is resurrection day, they read the writings ples on the first day of the week, as well of the prophets and apostles, the leader as by sending the Holy Ghost, the bles- addresses them and exhorts them to sed Comforter, Jesus sanctified the first practice what they have heard from the day of the week as the pearl of days. sacred writings, then all stand up and The Jewish Sabbath commemorates the engage in prayer, then they celebrate finished works of the natural creation. the holy Sacrament and offer alms of The Christian Sunday, or Lord's day, charity and thankegiving, etc.". as it is repeatedly called in the New The writings of other Church Fathers, Testament, commemorates the finished and even of scoffing heathen authors, work of human redemption.
abound in references proving unmigOn the first day of the week Jesus takably that Sunday, the Lord's Day, burst the bars of death and Hades, and Resurrection Day, or First Day, as it was came forth Conqueror over all the pow variously called, was the day esteemed ers of darkness. On it the Spirit of and ballowed above all other days by the truth and holiness descended from hea- early Christians. The Church, with true ven with power and great glory, and the spiritual insight under the guidance of Church of the New Testament was es- the Holy Ghost, and in immediate comtablished. And as the new spiritual munion with the Risen Redeemer, kept creation of God in Christ Jesus, from holy the first day of the week. The the wreck and ruin of sin, is more glo- new wine of the Gospel, i. e., the blessrious than the creation of the natural ings of the Christian dispensation, were world from chaos, so the day that com enshrined in corresponding institutions. memorates the former must be hallowed The Sabbath was preserved in its essenas sacred above all other days.
tial character as a day sacred to secular Hence we find the apostles and disci- rest and religious worship. The instituples meeting every First or Lord's day tion was filled with a new and pobler to worship the Triune God and especially meaning in honor and praise of the to partake of the Holy Sacrament of rison and glorified flead of the Church. the Body and Blood of their glorified Apostles, Fathers, Martyrs, CopSaviour.
fessors, Reformers, and saints of all Passages in the New Testament, such ages have kept holy the Lord's day, as Acts 20: 7,1 Cor. 16, 2, and Rev.1: the Christian Sunday. On this sacred 10, clearly prove this. In addition all festival of the Resurrection the sacrathe early Fathers of the Christian mental hosts of every land and nation Church speak of the first day of the rallied under the standard of the Cross week as sacred to Christian worship, for over eighteen hundred years, and and having precedence of all other days they will continue to hallow the Lord's because it was the day on which Christ day, as a divine institution, until the full Jesus rose from the dead.
reality and blessednes3 of the eternal So universal and devoted was the ob- Sabbath have ushered in the joy anit servance of this hallowed day among glory of the Church triumphant in the the early Christians that heathen per- New Jerusalem. secutors of the Church took advantage of the fact, and were able to detect and convict the true followers of Jesus Contentment makes a believer rieh, by simply putting the test question, while plenty leaves the sinner pror.
BROWN “THE" HATTER. the wonders of the kingdom of nature.
A few years ago, a neighboring college BY THE EDITOR.
honored itself by conferring upon him
the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Brown is an excellent hatter. He
There are many young men wbo dismakes his hats of the best materials, and is very careful in fitting his cus
pursue it because they kn.w of no other tomers. No ope, apparently, knows
way of earning a livelihood. They this fact better than Brown himself, for
imagine that if they held some other he has put up a large sign, on which he
position in life they would enjoy a stands revealed as Brown “ Tbe" Hat
greater degree of respect. This is all ter. It is evidently his ambition to be
nonsense. regarded as the very best hatter in the whole city.
“ Honor and shame from no conditions rise ; There may be a certain amount of
| Act well your part, there all the honor lies.” vanity in this kind of advertising, and If you have a good trade, thank God to this extent it is not to be commended. for it. Remember that mechanical skill The ambition to excel is, however, ip is a talent which God will require at itself praiseworthy, and we thoroughly your hands with usury. If you do your approve of Brown's honest efforts to duty well, no mat:er how humble your become “the” batter.
position, you will be respected by all It is a good thing to take an interest men whose good opinion is worth havin your regular employment, and to ing. If you have special abilities, and seek, by every proper means, to acquire study faithfully in your leisure houre, a high degree of skill in exercising it. I you may, in time, come to occupy an Benjamin Franklin began life as a extensive field of usefulness; but the printer's boy, and became, first of all, main thing is to achieve the highest exa good printer. Subsequently, he be-cellence in your ordinary employment. came eminent as an author, scientist, Follow the example of Browo -The" and statesman; but during the whole of | Hatter. his brilliant career he referred, with special pleasure, to bis labors at the A BEAUTIFUL LETTER. press, and in the epitaph which be composed for himself, but which was not 1 The following beautiful letter, written put on his tomb-stone, he calls himself by the celebrated statesman and scien“ Benjamin Franklin, printer."
tist, Benjamin Franklin, was printed in M. Jasmin was recently a celebrated the Historical Magazine for October, poet in tbe south of France. He was a 1869. There can, we think, be no man of extraordinary genius, and some doubt as to its authenticity. Franklin of his poems bave been beautifully has so often been accused of religious transla ed by Longfellow. Besides be- skepticism, and it is, therefore, pleasant ing a poet, he was also a barber, and to see how fully he shared the Chrisnothing ever induced him to leave his tian's hopes of immortality. chosen calling. The large sums which
Ed. GUARDIAN. he received for writing poetry he gave
Philadelphia, Feb. 12th, 1776. away in charity. He told a visitor, Dear Cuid:-1 condole with you. We some years ago, that there was only one have lost a most dear and valuable relation, but thing which be preferred to writing
l it is the will of God and nature that these mor
8 ltal bodies be laid aside when the soul is to enter poetry, and that was shaving his cus;
| into real life. Existence here on earth is hardly tomers.
to be called life. 'Tis rather an embryo state, In the city in which we reside, there a preparation to living—a man is not completely is a distinguished scientist, who is at the born until he is dead. Why, then, should we same time a working tailor. In his 9" some time working tailor In his grieve that a new child is born among the im
mortals-a new member added to their society. early youth he had but few opportuni
We are spirits. That bodies should be lent ties of acquiring an education, but he / us while they can afford us pleasure, assist us has been a hard student all his life. in acquiring knowledge, or doing good to our Thonoh now advanced in years, he toils rellow-creatures, is a kind and benevolent act daily at big trade. but one in the of God. When they become unfit for their morning and late at night, he studies
I purposes, and afford us pain instead of pleasure,
instead of an aid become an incumbrance, and nized, and science would hasten to do answer none of the intentions for which they | homage to that wonderful mortal. were given, it is equally kind and benevolent"
A few years ago an eminent physician that a way is provided by which we may get rid of thein That way is death. We, our- of our acquaintance was invited to visit selves, prudently, in some cases, choose a par- a man who had accumulated a large cial death. A mangled painsul limb, which fortune by making and selling a socannot be restored, we willingly cut off. He called “Rheumatic Remedy." He that plucks out a tooth parts with it freely, since the pain goes with it; and he that quits the
found his patient sufferiog from an whole body parts with all the pains or pos acute attack of the very disease which sibility of pains and disease it was liable to, or he pretended to be able to cure. capable of making him suffer.
“How is this?" inquired the physician. Our friend and we are invited abroad on a “ Why don't you take your own mediparty of pleasure that is to last forever. He was first ready and has gone before us. We
cipe ?” “Well!” responded the sufcould not conveniently all start together; and terer, “My medicine seems to help why should you and I be grieved at this, since some people ; at least they say so in we are soon to follow; and we know where to their printed certificates. But don': find him?
you see the beauty of my business, doc. Adieu, my dear, good child, and believe that I shall be in every state,
tor? While you are traveling all over Your affectionate papa,
the city, visiting your patients in all BEN). FRANKLIN. sorts of weather, I stay at home and
rake in the greenbacks." We do not
envy the mercenary wretch who could MEDICAL FOOT-PADS. thus boldly proclaim himself a medical
It would not be just to condemn all BY THE EDITOR.
patent medicines. One or two of the
oldest of these have been so long and On a prominent street of a large city so favorably known, that we can hardly. there is a sign which advertises Medical refuse to recognize their merits. On Foot-pads. The meaning of the adver-the frontiers, where no pbysician is actisement is, of course, sufficiently ob- cessible, they may sometimes, in simple vious. Some one claims to have dis- cases, be employed with advantage. To covered a pad for the feet, which pos- settled countries there can, however, be sesses the virtue of chasing away rheu- po excuse for anything of the kind. In matism, gout, and all their attendant case of illness the only proper thing to horrors.
be done is to consult your family physiIn our dictionary the word foot-pad cian. If your case is beyond his skill has, however, lut a single meaning. It he will, of his own accord, consult with signifies a robber, a highwayman; and men of science who have made that when we looked at the curious sign class of diseases a subject of special which advertised medical fuot-pads, it study. If they fail to cure you, make occurred to us that, possibly, it con-up your mind that there is nothing tained a truer meaning than it was iu- more to be done, except to continue tended to convey. Was it not possible instant in prayer. Whatever you do, that the advertiser was himself a fvot. if you value your money and your life, pad, who made his living by robbing do not put yourself into the bands of the victims of disease ?
charlatans. Beware of Foot-pads ! The country is full of such medical foot-pads. Some of them live in fine houses and drive fast horses. Their
A POET-PREACHER. names and faces are to be seen in the papers, where they chant their own
BY THE EDITOR. praises in a manner that is both silly and disgusting. If a single one of them “Karl Gerok," says a recent writer, could perform the wonders which hel" is the ideal of a Christian pastor and claims, he surely would find it unneces-poet. To bim Christ is, indeed, the life sary to “blow his own horn." His of the world ; and he can, therefore, skill would soon be universally recog- fully accept the Scriptural promise :