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Of watching the last hours of him who led thein. He must be singularly unfortunate in bis society who does not know living instances of women whose love bears an analogy at least, to that of which we have been speakiug. His sphere is, indeed, confined, to say no worse of it, if he knows no woman who could, were it her duty, die with a husband for a child--10 wife who has found the devoted, specious lover change into the unworthy, brutal husband, and yet has endured her lot with unrepining patience, and met the world with smiles of secming cheerfulness, and
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To bleed in socret, yet conceal tho smartand, higher and harder task, denied herself the privilege of friendship, and never told her grief; 1:0 intellectual and accomplished mother, who has surrendered early afluence, and accustomed comforts, the plessures of society, the indulgence of refined taste, and become a menial as well es mother to her children, and ontered into all the harrassing details of minuto daily economy, not with mere dogged submission, but with active, cheerful inicrest! Does he not know some daughter who has secluded herself from youthful companions and youthful pleasures, that she may employ her health and spirits, her days and nights, in soothing a parent to whom "the grasshopper is become a burden," and existence a pain, but who can, nevertheless, depart quietly to his long home, because his last steps thither are supported by a beloved and affectionate child? Does he not know some sister, whose mild influence has controlled the follies, and whose tenderness, though at the risk of personal blame, has shielded the faults of a brother ? Or has he never seen an instance of female friendship ? His lip may conibat the idea, but there is such a thing as female friendship : not often, I grant, between young ladies, but between the young and old; the matron who has safely trodden the ways of life, and the young blooming girl, who has just entered upon them. It is a beautiful, aye, and it is a frequent sight to behold the calm grar. ity of age tempering the enthusiasm of youth; and the bright influence of youth shedding, as it were, a suuset radiance over the sombre sky of age. But to come rather closer to the feelings of our sceptic-to touch upon his personal experience—if he ever lay upon a bed of sickness, what eges becaine dim with weeping-what cheeks pale with watching over him ? What hand administered the medicine and smoothed the pillow? What form glided round the bed with the quiet care of a mortal, and yet ministering spirit? Whoso tear soothed his dejection? Whose smile calmed his temper? Whose patience bore his many infirmities? Unless he live in a desert island, he will reply--Woman's! Womari's!
But to know, to the full extent of such knowledge, how noble, how sacred a thing is woman's lore, it must be contemplated when straightened by the bonds of duty, when called forth by the ties of nature. Some think it needless to lay such strong and repeated stress upon this condition : but for my own part, I do not believe that in the hearts of true women--and such alone are worthy of mention)-love, the passion of love, has before marriage by any means the power generally supposed. I verily think that many a most exemplary wife has been, as the mistress, • Uncertain, coy, anı hard to please."
1 No true wounan will either do or suffer for the fondest and most faithful lover, a thousandth part of what she will do and suffer for a husband who is only moderately kind. No-love must, with a woman, become a daty, a habit, a part of existence, a condition of life, before we know how completely it uites and exemplifies the natures of the lion and the dove, the courage which no danger can dismay, with the constancy no suffering can diminish.
It has been much the fashion, of late, to write and talk about woman's mind, and to make comparative estimates of the power of female and inasculine intellect. Some with pleasant malice, have made the scale preponderate on the gentleman's side; others, with pleasant gallantry, have made it preponderato on that of the lady. Women of genius never argue for the recognized cquality of female intellect; and men of genius never argue for its recognized inferiority ; but, as in political subjects, those dispute loudest who have the least at stake. *Master and mistress minds" move in their separate spheres, like the rulers of distinct and distant kingdoms, seldom wishing, and scarcely ever tempted, to disturb each other's sovereignty. It is among those who reside in the nooks and corners of Parnassus, that disputes and litigation arise. We can only fancy such small occupiers of intellectual territory as Hayley and Miss Scward, extremely agitated about the mutual recognition of rights, and claims, and divisions. We can only fancy Shakspeare and Madame de Stael, regarding them with contempt and indifference. But by all means let the dispute go forwards, and if women are stimulated to give proof by their exertions, that there is such a thing as female genius, and men are stimulated to give proof by their surpassing productions, that there is no genius in the world but what is masculine, the public will be gainers any way. We shall have more clever people to write; more clever books to read. Without hazarding an opinion on the subject, for the very sufficient reason of not understanding its merits, I return to the theme with which I begun, and with which I would close-“Woman's love."
Let man take bis claimed supremacy, and take it as his hereditary, his inalienable right. Let him have for his dower, sovereignty in science, in philosophy, in learning, iu arts and in arms; let him wear, unenvied the ermine, the lawn and the helmet, and wield, unrivalled, the sword, the pen and the pencil. Let him be supreme in the cabinet, the camp and the study; and to women will still remain a “goodly heritage,” of which neither force nor rivalry can deprive her. The heart is her domain ; and there she is a queen. To acquire over the unruly wills and tempers of men, an influence, which no man, however great, however gifted, can acquire; to manifest a faith which never fails, å patience that never wears out, a devotedness which can sacrifice, and a courage which can suffer : to perform the same unvarying round of duties without weariness, and endure the same covarying round of vexations without murmuring; to requite neglect with kindness, and injustice with fidelity ; to be true when all are false, and firm when all is hopeless; to watch over the few dear objects of regard with an eye that never sleeps, and a care that cannot change; to think, to act, to suffer, to sacrifice, to live, to die for them, their happiness and safety--these are woman's true triumphs; this--this.is woman's love!
BY AYSON G. CIESTER.
This is the Church with its lofty steeple ;
“GATHER UP TOE FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN, THAT NOTHING MAY BE LOST."
SKETCH OP AY ABLE SERMON. ered even that independent of the fall,
it would have passed into something The sermon, a sketch of which is here giren, was preached in the presence of higher: This is striking in the physicai a large number of the members of the and still more in the spiritual world. Synod of the German Reformed Church, from the deeper law of sin. Under these
But death prevailing over life rises in the St. John's Church, Lebanon, Pa., conditions the human world has become on Sunday morning, Oct. 20th, by Rev. Dr. Nevin. The sketch has been kindly Satan himself-the Prince of this world.
unnatural, under another power, under furnished us by Dr. Lewis H. Steiner, of Baltimore, Md., from notes taken ai (This expression applied to Satan himthe time.
self is no metaphor.) Under both these Ought not Christ to have sufrred these things, aspects, physical and moral, the signifiand to enter into his glory. Luke xxiv: 26.
cance of the Saviour's person could not It was neccessary for Christ to have bave been developed. It could not have suffered, because,
been other than the theatre for the pre1. The Scriptures had so declared it. paration of such a development. If He But this opens up the question why it could have set up His kingdom here, unwas so declared in them.
der such circumstances, it would have 2. It was necessary in order that di- been an imperium in imperio. vine justice should be satisfied. Still it Now wonderful kingdoms have been is imaginable that Christ could bave died, established in the worlů,-those of Plato
that his death could have taken place, and Aristotlo. But these could not break without a satisfaction thus having been through the kingdom of the world. made for sins; as for instance, if Christ Christ's kingdom must be above the limhad died in ANOTHER world, or if His itations of the moral and physical world. death had not been followed by His re- He must have passed out of the world, surrection.
after a struggle with death. He could 3. This is the most important. Is or not have gone out of the world magiDER that he might enter into tbis glory, cally. The life with which He was in. he suffered. He could not have done the vested mirst be carried victoriously former, without undergoing the latter, — through the Jordan of death. without suffering, dying and rising. It would have been a moral solecism The incarnation is the central principle for Him to have triumphed WITHOUT sufof the whole Christian religion. It im- fering. If a prince be in a foreign land, plied divine condescension. The Son of with an ocean between, he must pass God became a man. This is a fact of Rev- that ocean in order to assert his rights elation, which we hardly regard neces- to his crown. As a seed must die in orsary to prove here. The Incarnation der that it may live, he had to die in implies something more than the adop- order that a higher glory could be obtion of a mere human life. The Divinity tained. The Resurrection glory thus descended into Humanity. The word included His human life. His death and became flesh, in order that certnin pow- resurrection have a creative power, and ers should enter Humanity.
confer immortality on man. He brought The present world, physical and moral, THAT life and inmortality to pass. is insufficient in itselí for the separation No thought is more unequivocal than of the evils of the fall. The constitu- that the Holy Spirit was not for man, tion of nature consists of a series of until Christ was gone. We cannot besuccessions, which implied that the hu. lieve in the Holy Ghost or the Church, man life should be transferred into some- except we believe in the resurrection of thing higher. It may indeed be consid- Christ. He said it was expedient for
you that I go. The victory was the ; istracies. There is a force in it that judgment of the Prince of the world. cannot be explained,--a divine force. The creed in all its articles springs out He that heareth you, heareth me. The of Christ. We cannot separate these Holy Sacraments are the seals that auarticles from such a connection.
thenticate and make real all these powThe following reflections are obtained ers. There is something in Baptism and from this subject :
the Lord's Supper which eye hath not 1. The Kingdom of Christ has its seat seen, ear hath not heard, nor hath it ennecessarily beyond this order of our tered into the heart of man to conceive. present life. Hence our present life There is a mystery which we cannot es. cannot be so changed as to make it even plain but must receive. The more me an approximation to this Kingdom. The can act as children with reference to personal reign of Christ on the earth these mysteries, the better for us. can only be established after an entire 3. The world is in opposition to and change in its composition. There must contrast with the Saviour. be a victory over the powers of death sition does not belong solely to the worst and hell, and that requiros a resurrec- form of the world, -it extends to the tion. It is a grent error-the belief world in its most respectable form. The that the Kingdom of Heaven is an idea world should be subjugated and suborwhich can be reached by a cultivation dinated to that higher world. This is a of our natural powers,-by education, hard problem. There is danger in living political science, --by the helps of polit-, in this world. Those things which we ical economny, of the arts and sciences, learn through our senses tend to lead us -by a mastery over the powers of na- from things unseen. The world is a ture,--or that, in this way, we can even system under Satan, and a Christian life make any progress towards it. The er- in it is a hard one. But we should culror involves the substitution of a mere tivate & kind of abstraction from the moral agency for Christianity, and pro- things of the world. Our interest in duces what are simply "social dreams," the world must lose its force in order forms of humanitarianism or rational- that we shall live the Christian life. ism. All such oonceptions and thoughts 4. The law of suffering and death is are in full contradiction to the idea of the law of glory. Christ's life as reChrist suffering, or of his people suf- gards the world must be the type of our fering,—to the idea of his death and life. Except a corn of wheat fall into consequent resurrection.
the ground and die, it abideth alone : 2. The Church and its powers are su- but if it die, it bringeth forth much pernatural, and cannot be measured by fruit. He that loveth his present life, natural means. This view differs widely &o., &c. If any man serve me let him from Humanitarianism. If I be lifted follow me. If men are comfortable in up, I shall draw all men. The redemp- this present order of life—this is not tion implies & gyetem proceeding from enough. Such comfort must be sacriChrist himself, including in itself pow-ficed. We must go out of this order of ers from Him, which He brought into the life by an act of inward self-abnegation. world. He linked higher powers with Human prosperity can never be favorathose of this world. These powers are ex- ble to true welfare—that is if man should ecuted through the Holy Ghost-through surrender himself up to it. The qualiagencies, ministries and powers, differ- ties of natural man are always brought ent altogether from those which had pro- out better by adversity and distress. viously been in the world. These pow. This is still better illustrated in the ers introduced by him were supernatural, kingdom of grace. THE LAW OP SUFFER• and, in this view, adequate to the end 1xG 18 TUR LAW OF FREEDOM AND THE LAW for which they were designed. Such OF POWBR, No man has exerted any in. powers are involved in the mystery of fluence on the world unless he has been the Holy Catholic Church, which cannot a sufferer. Thus the Saints and Martyrs. be received except through the earth. That I may know Him, and the felloBeing admitted it must be submitted to. ship of his sufferings. The law of sufAgain, the word of God—the Scriptures fering brings man nearer to Christ, -although written with human words, nearer to Christ's heart, and of course is something mysterious and powerful nearer to his cross. Here sorrow beabove all words. The ministry of recon- comes sanctified, -flowing as it were ciliation has a power abore all civil mag. from Christianity. This constitutes the