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THE FARMER AND HIS CHILD. WIT AND WISDOM OF John Plough
MAN.-Keep such company as Gud BY THE EDITOR,
Old foxes are caught at last. Before his field the farmer stood,
To desire happiness is natural; to deAnd his heart was full of sorrow.
sire boliness is supernatural. " I'm sure, he said, “the seed was good, That I strewed in every furrow;
A good friend is better than a near But now the weeds are rank and tall
relation, Our ancient foe has done it all."
Boast not your wisdom; Satan knows
more than you. Just then his little son and heir
If the love of God sets us at work, From the field came, gaily singing; He had gathered cockle and poppies there,
the God of love will find us wages. And a wreath he was homeward bringing: |
Fretting cares create grey hairs. “O, father, see !" was the urchin's call, Keep your hand out of the fire, and “Our blessed Lord has made them all!” yourself out of a quarrel. -From the German of Julius Sturm. When an old dog barks, there's rea
son for it.
Open doors invite thieves. PRINCE BISMARCK, it is said, has be- The breath of prayer comes from the come so stout of late that he can no life of faith. looger occupy an ordinary dining chair, Make your pudding according to your and sits accordingly on a low sofa, with plums. bis famous dog lying at his feet. He Be not all rake nor all fork, all screw likes to exhibit his accomplishments to nor all cork. visitors, and it is related that one day If you say nothing, nobody will reon receiving a visit from Signor Manlini, peat it. the present Italian Minister of Foreign Do not blow hot and cold with the Affairs, he sat down at the piano and same breath. played a composition of his own, remarking in an off hand manner that in Prussia politicians found time to culti- It is true, as Dr. John Hall says, vate the arts.” “So they do in Italy," that the utterances of one minister who replied the Italian, and going to the expresses his disbelief in the Bible are piano he played over from beginning to likely to be "more widely published end, and entirely from memory, the than those of ten thousand-ay, fifty piece which he had just heard Prince thousand-ministers who adhere to the Bismarck play for the first time. teachings of the Bible." Yet it is true,
on the other hand, that the declarations
of one faith-filled man of God are more MR. FAWCETT, the Postmaster-Gen- influential than the doubt and sneers of eral of Great Britain, was made totally fifty thousand infidels. “One man and blind, when a young man, by the burst- God are always a majority."-S. S. ing of a gun; but is one of the best informed men of the day; a profound mathematician, and widely read in literature and history. He can handle a God's livery is a very plain one; but rod and fly with wonderful success. An its wearers have good reason to be conattendant guides him to the door of the tent. If it has not so much gold lace House of Commons and there ready about it as Satan's, it keeps out foul hands are always to be found to direct weather better, and, besides, it is a great the sightlesss minister to his place. Ideal cheaper. When he is addressed he turns his head, as though he could see the person to whom his reply is directed. The most Fun ought to be cherished and enremarkable feature about his speech is couraged by all lawful means. People bis command of facts and figures. He never plot mischief when they are merry. is greatly aided by his wife, whose at- Laughter is an enemy to malice, a foe to tainments are almost equal to his own. scandal, and a friend to man..
A KIND LETTER...
ERRORS OF THE PRESS. Henry W. Longfellow was recognized In the early days of printing it was as the foremost of American poets. His difficult to get a book through the press recont death has called renewed atten- without a large number of typographition to the excellence of his character, cal errors. A thin volume of one hunand the purity of his literary work. As dred and seventy-two pages, entitled our tribute to his memory, we venture The Anatomy of the Mass, was published to publish a letter which we once re- in 1561, which was followed by fifteen ceived from him. It is a good illustra- pages of errata. The pious monk who tion of the habitual courtesy and kind wrote it informs his readers in the preness for which he was so eminently dis- face to the Errata, that the printers' tinguished.
blunders in his little book were caused We had b en informed that Mr. by the peculiar machinations of Satan. Longfellow contemplated the publica- In these days of careful printing tion of a revised edition of “Toe Poets -rrors have become much less frequent, and Poetry of Europe," a volume con but with all that printers and prooftaiping biographical sketches of poets readers can do, it seems impossible to who bave written in various modern avoid them altogether. When the lauguages, with translations of their work is done hastily, and the proof not most characöeristic poems. As we had carefully read, these errors are somerecently published original versions of time sufficiently ludicrous. We have two of the minor poems of the Alle before us an auction catalogue, printed manian-German poet, John Peer in 1860, in which Alex. Hamilton is Hebel, we ventured to send these to the called " Abe Hamilton," and the name distinguished editor, thinking it possi. of the Hon. K. R. Van Renssalaer is ble that he might find occasion to use given as “Honk. R. Van Renssalaer.” one or the other of them in his new edi- In the same pamphlet the phrase "a tion. A few days afterwards we re- lletter to Rev. Dr. Morse, relative to a ceived the following very kind letter : grandson of President Finley” is ren
Cambridge, Feb. 3, 1880. dered “a letter to Rev. Dr. Morze, reMy Dear Sir:
lative to, and grandson of President I am much obliged to you for your let. Finley." We once wrote an article in ter, and for your translations from Hebel, which we referred to the Low-church which are quite charming, particularly party in the church of England. the “Song of the Cherry Tree.” Imagine our feelings when we were
Should I ever make any additions to made to call it in print, “the Slow the “Poersand Poetry of Europe," I shall church party.” Fortunately, the artibe only too happy to insert these pieces. cle was anonymous.
Publishers do not look with a very In a review article we said: “Luther friendly eye upon translations, but a once prayed that the Lord would put small volume devoted to Hebel alone, poets into the pulpit to aid in reforming would command attention and be suc the worship of the church.” The comcessful, I think.
positor made it posts. We fortunately With many thanks, discovered the error iņ the proof.
Yours very truly, Otherwise, it might have been unkind
HENRY W. LONGFELLOW. | ly suggested that the petition of the ReProf. DUBBS.
| former bad at last been granted.
RHYMELESS WORDS. wards connected himself with a new
| French congregation. In official docuIt is well-known tbat there is no per-ments be calls himself a German, and fect rhyme, in the English language, to would no doubt have preferred to bethe word month. A young man who long to a German church, if there had was supposed not to be aware of this been one in New York in those days. fact, was once asked to complete a His cruel death left no shame on his stanza beginning :
memory, and some of the most eminent “I need Thine aid in every hour, people in the country are numbered And every week, and month."
among his descendants. He was equal to the occasion and immediately wrote: “For I believe the Lord's a tower,
ANECDOTE OF JEMIMA WILKINSON. To which the righteous runn'th.
A hundred years ago the name of It was not a perfect rhyme, but the Jemima Wilkinson was well-known thing was very neatly done.
throughout America, but it is now 80 Recently some one has collected the
generally forgotten that it may be well following additional rhymeless words:
to preface our anecdote with some acsilver, have, bilge, kilă, coif, rhomb,
I count of this remarkable religious enscarce, culm, oblige, gulf, cusp, scarf,
thusiast or impostor. She was born of microcosm, fugue, and the verb mouth
a Quaker family, at Cumberland, -fifieen in all. No doubt fifteen, or
| Rhode Island, in the year 1758. In fifty more, might be found.
ber 18th year she devoted herself en
tirely to religious contemplation, finalEDUCATION
ly becoming very ill and falling into
a deep trance wbich lasted thirty-six Sterðing says: There is a tendency in hours. About midnight of the second modern education to cover the fingers day she rose up, as if from a refreshing with ringe, and at the same time to cut sleep, ipsisted that Jemima Wilkinson t: e sinews at the wrist. The wors: had passed into the angel world, and education which teaches self-denial is that her body was reanimated by a better than the best which teaches
spirit whose mission it was to deliver everything else and not that.
the oracles of God to mankind. She
called herself “The Universal Friend,” JACOB LEISLER.
and by this name she was afterwards
known to her disciples. Much light bas recently been thrown She now began to preach and made on the early history of this unfortunate many converts, with whom she travelled man, who, in 1689, was made Governor from place to place for the purpose of of New York by a popular movement establishing societies. Her discourses in behalf of William of Orange. He were mostly exhortations to chastity and held his position for two years, but was temperance, and her teachings differed afterwards condemned to death for but slightly from those of the orthodox trason, by his political enemies, on the Quakers. She was, however, very ground that he had interfered with the pretty, and always dressed in magoitiking's prerogative in accepting his of- cent style, affirming that it was the fice without a royal commission. It has will of God tbat the “ Uuiversal been pruvéd that he was a native of Friend” should be arraged in a manFrankfort, in Germany, and that one, ner becoming a celestial visitant. at least, of his relatives was a Reformed. In 1782 Jemima visited Pennsylvaminister wbo had studied at Gereva. nia, where she founded several societies, As he spoke French, it has been sup- one of which was located in Worcester posed tbat his people may have be- township, Montgomery county. Finally longed to the French Reformed church she settled in Yates county, New York, which had been founded in his native where she lived in great elegance, alcity. In New York he was at first a most worshipped by her disciples, until member of the Dutch churcb, but after her death, which occurred in 1819.
Her sect was soon afterwards entirely number which we might choose to menbroken up.
tion. Thus, for instance, we might It was immediately after her visit to take the number four, wbich is genePennsylvania that a little incident oc- rally regarded as very ordinary, without curred, which has escaped the attention any magical potency whatever. Yet in of her biographers. With a large com- the Scriptures, we find that there were pany she had crossed the Delaware four rivers in Eden; four evangelists ; near Easton. One of the boats had four beasts in the Apocalypse; four been upset, and the company presented "notable horns," in Daniel's visions ; a forlorn appearance when they arrived the field which the sower, in the parable, at Stewartsville, New Jersey. As they went forth to sow, was of a four-fold could not be accommodated elsewhere, character; and there are “four angels they received permission to spend the bound in the great river Euphrates." night in a mill belonging to David So, in a more general way it might be Lerch, sr., but before retiring Jemima observed that the ancients used to enuannounced her intention of preaching merate four elements—water, fire, air next day. In the morning she appeared and earth; four ages in history-golden, in all her finery, wearing, as usual, be- silver, brass and iron; four ages of man sid-s her female attire, an embroidered -childhood, youth, manho id, and old waistcoat, a stock, and a white silk age; four winds; four cardinal points ; cravat. After her sermou she called on four celebrated monarchies, etc. The her audience for any remarks they might number of these coincidences might be feel inclined to make, and Mr. Lerch greatly extended, but we thiok these said: “I have nothing to say against will serve to show the danger of found. your preaching, but I do not like your ing mystical theories on the frequency of fine clothes. Surely, the meek and low-certain dates and numbers, whether ia ly Jesus was not arrayed in such splen- sacred or secular history, did garments."
“Sir!" replied Jemima. “Have you not read that our Saviour had a seam
FORGIVING ENEMIES. less coat for which, at the crucifixion, the soldiers cast lots ? Unless it had
It is hard to forgive your enemies, 'been exceedingly fine-fiper than any but it is harder for your enemies to forof their own garments-would the sol- give you. We mean to say that, while diers have gone to the trouble of casting it is hard to forgive those who have lots for it?
wantonly injured you, those who have It was hard. on the spur of the committed the crime require special moment, to find an auswer to these grace to enable them to feel kindly toquestions, and Jemima evidently en-wards the victims of their wickedness. joyed ber triumph. Though her hearers | The conscience of the sufferer is clear, may not have accepted ber reasoning, and he may, therefore, the more easily they were convinced that her fanaticism forgive and forget the injury; but the was mixed with a considerable propor-man who has done him wrong is retion of Yankee “cuteness."
minded of his act whenever he sees the
| injured one, and his very appearance is THE NUMBER FOUR.
| a reproof, which rouses his lowest pas
sions. Such feelings prey upon the Certain numbers have been termed
mind that entertains them, and in the sacred, on account of the frequency of
long run the man who has done the intheir occurrence. Among them three Jury is sure to be the greatest suierer. and seven are most usual, and we frequently read long series of remarkable coincidences based on their recurrence.' FLATTERING EPITAPAS.—Charles Now, we have no desire to deny the fact Lamb, when a little boy, walking in a of the remarkable frequency of these church-yard with his sister, and readnumbers, but it has occurred to us that ling the epitaphs, said to her, “Mary, in a less degree, very similar things where are all the naughty people might be said concerning almost any buried ?”
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