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cality, which no true statesman con- a sudden creation, but a deliberate descends to consider. When, there growth, has been fully formed on any fore this Act of Union and the national question, legislative action Coronation Oath were solemnly must eventually follow. If this summoned to scare Mr. Gladstone action is unduly deferred by party away from his adventurous purpose opposition, it may assume the apto move his important Resolutions pearance of haste just because it can in the House of Com ons, both he no longer be hindered. Some streams and his party treated the interrup- may be stopped for a time by the tion with the disdain it deserved. construction of dams, but their
In conclusion, it may be remarked steady and continued flowing will that all political legislation, such as ere long change them from streams we have noticed in this article, must into torrents, which will either break be determined by public opinion. or bury all interposing barriers. When public opinion, which is not
A BUNCH OF KEYS.
THERE are many cabinets full of priation. Some exhibit these treatreasures which are highly prized by sures in public, and others prefer to their possessors.
These cabinets use this key by the fireside, when are generally securely locked, so they can have the assistance of others that we cannot examine the trea- in the unlocking of the cabinet. sures unless the holder of the key Some persons always have this key be there to shoot the bolt and open ready for use, while others have to the door.
search for it when they wish to use There is a bunch of keys we all it. Some have so many ornaments should possess, for then we should attached to the key that it excites be able to unlock many of the most more interest than the treasures valuable cabinets around us. I wish themselves. to call your attention to a few of the The second is the Key of Knowkeys on this bunch, hoping that you ledge. With this key the linguist will be more anxious afterwards to unlocks the philological cabinet, use them whenever
and examines the wisdom of the favourable opportunity.
ancients, preserved on stones, or in The first is the Key of Language. rolls, or books. With this key You all.carry this, and not unfre- another unlocks the botanical cabiquently we hear you rattle it in the net, in which he finds choice plants lock, trying to spring the bolt. and flowers unnoticed by the ignoWith this key we unlock the cabinet rant crowd. With this key the of our own mind. The mind of man geologist unlocks the mineral kingcontains many treasures, such as dom, and enters on the examination pictures drawn by the imagination, of the different strata of the earth, stores of wisdom collected in the from which he reads to us many school of experience, nuggets of wonderful lessons. The anatomist thought which would be of great and chemist, the astronomer and service to men if they were worked natural philosopher, all carry this up into current coin. By speech or key, and with it unlock their respecwriting the owner of these treasures tive cabinets. is able to exhibit them to his fellow- This key is made up of small men for their inspection and appro- particles of information, collected at different times and in different places, one to another, tender-hearted, forwhich adhere to each other through giving one another." the pressure
of constant reflection. The fourth is the key of Prayer. The third is the Key of Kindness. With this we may unlock the treaThis is used to unlock the affections sury of God, which is full of riches, of the human heart. All persons and take thence all things which our have affections and tender sympa- spirits need. Elíjah, David, and thies. Children show them in their Daniel made good use of this key. earliest days. In some persons
All good men do, some with more these affections are kept in lively success than others. In order to exercise. In others they are kept use it successfully, we must turn it in restraint. Those who shut up with the hand of faith. A doubttheir heart have a cold and repulsive ing, trembling hand will fail. This exterior. We want to open their key is never to be laid aside. The hearts, to cause their sympathies to direction is, “ Pray without ceasflow towards us. If we would ac- ing." We are constantly in need complish this end, we must use the of blessing; we may always receive key of kindness, and then we shall what blessings we need. Let us, succeed in unlocking these treasures. then, make frequent use of this key. We cannot force open the doors of We may use it for the benefit of the heart, but kindness will make others, and so become benefactors of the bolts shoot back, and the doors may then be opened without much These keys should be applied to effort. We want to use this key a their appropriate locks, and should little oftener than we do. Christ be kept bright by frequent use, or always carried it with Him; and they will not be of much service Paul requested his friends to do the
CHARLES PAYNE. same when he wrote, ye
THE BEST USE OF THE BEST DAY.
Use not the day which has been given for excursion-train, generally expect to sacred rest and religious worship as a derive pecuniary advantage from the day of entertainment and amusement.- practice. There never was an arguPicture galleries, Crystal Palaces, mu- ment more triumphantly met by sound seums of nature and art, or romantic philosophy, or more completely refuted scenes to which men can be carried in by experience. There is no denying, crowds by Sunday excursion-trains, indeed, that visits to high works of are sought to be substituted for visits art, to objects of curiosity, or to to the house of prayer, and for Chris- beautiful scenes in the natural world, tian instruction and worship. The may at their own time, and in their argument for this insidious and perilous own place, be beneficial to the busiest exchange is sometimes put in a kind of and the poorest.
But those who religious phraseology, as if these visits imagine that any of these things are to beautiful scenes in nature were only capable, in any degree, of being a the introduction to another kind of substitute for the weekly-recurring worship, and as if gazing upon the exercises of Christian worship, and master-pieces of human art in painting, instruction in the great truths of or sculpture, or architecture, exercised divine revelation, are strangely ignoa purifying and elevating influence on rant of the greatest wants and necesthe mind; and sometimes again it is
sities of man.
Who ever heard of dressed in the form of a spurious phil- looking upon pictures and images, anthropy, though it is found that those however much they might breathe who are the most earnest advocates with genius, transforming the vile to for the Crystal Palace or the Sabbath pure, the earthly to divine? It is not
by such appliances as these that the picture galleries in that city, and many heart of any man has ever been made shewed high appreciation and dis
The fact is, it is rather the crimination in judging of the works æsthetic than the moral part of our both of ancient and of modern painters; nature that is influenced by them at but these influences never succeeded all. They refine, but cannot transform, in wooing one of them froin his life of They may “form the capital of the violence and crime. And if the history column, but not its base.
The city of ancient Greece in its decay reads of Munich contains one of the grandest one lesson to the world more loudly picture-galleries in Europe, and it is than another, it is this, that refinement also one of the most demoralized and of taste may be associated in the same debased of our European communities. individual and people with the greatest The brigands around Rome were ac- debasement and corruption of morals. customed at the Carnival to visit the
THE VAIL OF MOSES, WHEN AND WHY HE WORE IT. FROM Exodus xxxiv. 29–35 we learn view of the event is, that he kept on that when Moses descended from the vail during all the time of his Mount Sinai with the two tables of remaining with the people, that he did testimony to give them in command- not put it off until he re-entered the ment to the children of Israel, the skin divine presence, and that he retained of his face shone so refulgently “they it up to that moment in order that the were afraid to come nigh him." But people should not see the vanishing he called, first to Aaron and the rulers away of his glory: or, as Conybeare of the congregation, who returned to and Howson state it, “ That the sons him, and afterward all the people came of Israel might not see the end of that near. After they had thus surrounded fading brightness." St. Paul treats him he put a vail on his face, and the matter as an allegory, and draws a while he remained with them to contrast between the Old and New deliver the commands which had been Testament ministries, observing that entrusted to him he continued to wear while concealment characterized the the vail. When, however, he re-entered one, openness marked the other. the divine presence he took the vail off, Moses, by the symbol of the vail, hid and communed with God uncovered. the evanescent glory of his dispensa
The time of his wearing the vail is tion, so that the people could not see thus so definitely marked that no its termination. But the glory of the difficulty is felt in determining it, gospel dispensation is all-lasting. We when the narrative of the event is have no fear of its passing away, so carefully read. But our version of the we use no vail in our service, but are event, in the Old Testament, is so open-faced in every part of it. given as to convey an erroneous idea Perhaps the popular idea as to why of the reason of his wearing it. We Moses wore a vail, has been partly must therefore have recourse to the based on St. Paul's statement in the original text in Exodus xxxiv., and eighth verse of the the third chapter must collate therewith the reference of second Corinthians. There, it is made to the occurrence by St. Paul in said, the ministration of death was so 2 Cor, iii. 13. We shall then discover glorious that “the children of Israel that Moses did not assume the vail to could not steadfastly behold the face hide the splendour of his countenance, of Moses for the glory of his countenor so far to diminish its lustre as to ance." This is all that is said, but as render the sight of it tolerable to the his assumption of a vail is mentioned people while he read to them the law; afterward presumed tha the and that as soon as he finisbed his design was to soften down the radiance reading he took off the vail, and which was too strong for the people to allowed his radiance to beam forth gaze upon. This, however, is pure afresh in all its fulness. The correct presumption, and is shown to be unfounded by the fact that all fear Paul as a symbol of the prejudice inspired by his superhuman splendour which blinded the Jews to the Messiahwas overcome by his calling them near ship of our Lord.
This symbolical to him; and by the further fact that vail is still upon their hearts. How when Paul mentions the putting on of earnestly should we desire the removal the vail he assigns another reason for of this face-covering, especially since the act, or at least another consequence we all with open face beholding as in of it, that they were prevented from a glass the glory of the Lord are seeing the end that which is changed into the same image from abolished.
glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the The vail of Moses is also named by Lord.”
WALTER SCOTT AND MARJORIE FLEMMING.
A STORY FOR YOUNG AND OLD.
66 White as
In his large green morocco elbowchair, in bis “den," as he called it, in Edinburgh, he sat, and in one year, at fifty-two years of age, wrote three novels, “Quentin Durward,” “ Peveril of the Peak," and “St. Ronan’s Well,” besides other things. Sometimes when the inspiration was lacking, he would start up from his writing-desk, saying, “I can make nothing of all this to-day; come, Maida, you thief;" and he would ramble out with his dog to a house where lived a dear precious little child, by the name of Marjorie Flemming.
a frosted plum cake,” he exclaimed, as snowy morning he took his plaid, and went to her house, of which, as a privileged friend, he had a latch-key. In Sir Walter and the hound went, shaking off the snow in the lobby. “Marjorie, Marjorie,” the old man would shout, “where are ye, my bonnie wee creedle doo ?” In a moment, a little eager bright-eyed child of seven years leaped into his arms, he kissing her face all “Come in, Wattie," the mother would say. “No, no, I'm going to take Marjorie home wi' me, and you may come to your tea in Duncan Ray's sedan, and bring the bairn home in your lap.” "Tak' Marjorie, and it on-ding-a-snaw !” said Mrs. Keith. “ Hoot awa'! look here!” said Sir Walter, and he held up the corner of his plaid, sewed up so as to make a bag. "Tak’ your lamb," said Mrs. Keith, laughing at the ingenious contrivance; and so Marjorie, well wrapped, Scott strode off through the snow with her, the great dog Maida gambolling after.
When he reached his own would take out the warm, rosy little creature, and for three hours the two would make the house ring with laughter. Making the fire burn brightly, he would set Marjorie in his big green morocco chair, and, standing sheepishly before her, begin to say his lesson to her; and this was his lesson :“Woniery, two-ery, tickery, seven; Alibi, crackaby, ten and eleven; Pin, pan-musky dan; Tweedle-um, twoodle-um, twenty-wan;
Eerie, orie, ourie;
You-are-out. He pretended great difficulty in saying it, and Marjorie would rebuke him with comical gravity, treating him like a child. Then Sir Walter would read ballads to her in his glorious way, till the two were wild with excitement. Then he would take her on his knee and make her repeat Shakespeare, which she did in a most wonderful
Scott used to say that he was amazed himself at her power over him, and that these recitals of hers affected him as nothing else ever did.
One night, in Edinburgh, little Marjorie was invited to a Twelfthnight supper at Scott's. All his friends had arrived except this little dearest friend of all; and all were dull because Scott was dull. At last he exclaimed, impatiently, “ Where's the bairn ? What can have come over her ? I'll go myself and see!"
And he was getting up, and would have gone, when the bell rang, and in came Duncan Ray, and his henchman, Tougal, and the sedan-chair, which was brought right into the lobby, and the top raised; and there in its darkness and dingy oil cloth, sat bright
little Marjorie, with her gleaming and the sweet mobile mouth, so like eyes, dressed in white, and Scott his own, had, for the first time, for him bending over her in ecstacy. “Sit ye no smile of greeting. there, my dautie, till they all see It may be that Sir Walter Scott you !” he cried, calling out to his thought remorsefully afterwards, that guests. Then he lifted the child, and, the delightful hours which he passed perching her on his shoulders, marched with the gifted child, and which with her to his seat, and placed her brought such delicious rest and refreshbeside him; and then began the night ment and vitality to him, were the
-and such a night! Those who knew exciting cause of disease to her little Scott best said it never was equalled. brain. It is more than fifty years Marjorie and he were the stars. She since she was laid in her little grave; gave them all her little speeches and but her childish poems, yellow with songs which Sir Walter had taught time, are still preserved, in her little her, he often making blunders on cramped handwriting, by those who purpose, while showing her off, for the held her dear. fun of hearing ber grave rebukes.
All who read this, and have known One year after this, when Marjorie such children, know how great is the was eight years old, she went to bed temptation to hasten the blossoming apparently well, but suddenly awoke of such a bud of promise, instead of her mother with the cry, “My head! waiting for nature's own safe, sweet,
Three days after this she and gradual unfolding. Many a mother died of water on the brain. Scott's has wept her heart out over a little grief may be imagined when those grave where she has learned too late deep set brooding eyes were closed, this lesson.
my head !"
contains some noble lines. Take the By Joseph Truman. London: Macintosh.
following as a specimen :
“Once it was despised, reviled, rejected, By those who, as Tennyson says, "set Badge of peril, poverty, and shame,
Yet men chose it, hailed it, loved it, kept it, the how much above the how," this Suffering all for sake of that dear name. little book will not be highly estimated. Watchful mothers breathe it o'er the cradle, It contains but ten short poems; nor
Children lisp it in their crystal prayer,
And it lights their tired eyes who are waiting are these spaced out by the printer, as For the end of life with patient air. they might have been, so as to make up a volume of goodlier proportions. O’er the myriads of departed ages To those, however, who value pure
It has wielded its mysterious sway,
Humbled, melted, soothed, exalted, softened, and tender Christian thought expressed Strengthened, gladdened, as it does to-day.” in choice words of sweetness and The short poem entitled Going beauty, this collection of the author's away,” founded on the gospel story of more recent verses will nevertheless the young man whom Jesus loved who be a source of much pleasure. We went away sorrowing, is affecting and say “more recent” because a few years solemn. Another piece, very much to ago he published a little volume which our taste, is called “The Pilgrims." at the time was favourably noticed by Altogether, lovers of poetry cannot do competent judges, and excited hopes of better than invest a shilling in the something further from his pen. We purchase of this little book; and though presume that the book now before us it is diminutive in size, and its pages is called “Sunday Verses” from the are enclosed in paper covers only, fact that all the poems are more or less there is this compensating advantage, religious in character. One of them, that through the post it can be easily entitled “The name of Jesus,” though and cheaply transmitted to one's the verses strike us as of unequal merit, friends.
W. R. S.