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In the introductory note to the “ Dies Irae,” in the last No. of the Guardian we inadvertantly fell into a mistake in stating that verse 13 and 14 contained a prayer to Mary. The translation is ambigious, and may refer to Mary—and does so most directly-as well as to Christ. In the original the prayer is to Christ. Our notice was made on the translation, without at the time examining the original, which would at once have cleared up the ambiguity of the translation. “To Mary, thou didst grant remittance," is the sense which the translator no doubt intended the passage to bear.


The guardian is ten years old. This number completes its tenth year. Ten years, though it does not seem long when we look back, it seems & long time when we look forward orer ten years to come.

Ten years, it is true, are a comparatively small part of a long human life, yet it is a pretty long time for a periodical to live, especially in these days of change and hasty notions.

The Guardian is ten years old. We have, in this time seen a number of Magazines of much greater pretensions in their starting out, go to their graves.

Quite a number also, since the birth of this, have begun to live. Our prayer is that these may prosper, and that the good Lord will " do good to those that be good." When we look at the years of many of our friendly Exchanges, we are made to feel quite venerable among the magazines. We say to ourselves, with a little of the excusable pride of age : Ten years old !"

But after all, the question of age is not the greatest. It is greater to be wise than to be old. Gray hairs are a crown of glory only when they are found in the way of righteousness. Is the Guardian wise ? Has it profited by a ten years experience? This is a greater question. We felt a litpleasant a few days ago when a venerable paper--the Lutheran Observer—which has exchanges not a few, was pleased to say of our Guardian, that it is the best Magazine among his exchanges. We feared, however, the editor may have been misled by a kind and generous heart, to say better things than we deserve. Yet-if it should be even so! This we said to ourselves, and took fresh heart to make this praise true.

What do our readers say? Is it the best Magazine they receive? or at least are they satisfied with it ? This many hundreds have silently declared, by remaining subscribers year after year. Thanks for their kind encouragement! We cordially invite them to go with us another year.

We shall greet you shortly with the first number of the new year. The Prospectus of the new volume will be found on the cover of the present Number. Will our friends use it, and rejoice our heart with lists of new subscribers ? Certainly, they will do in this respect as they have done before. We await the result.

Meanwhile, a happy Christmas, and a happy New Year, and many thanks to all, known and unknown, who have been kind to the Guardian. May all safely pass the perils of life; and after its toils and tears, its joys and smiles, happily reach that immortal land, where the crown and the palm shall be attained by all the victors, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord.

“ The land upon whose blissful shore

There rests no shadow-falls no stain;
Where those who meet shall part no more,

And those long parted meet again."

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