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Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in Believers are subject to many changes of joy the mind, and fills it with a steady and per. and sorrow. In a state of gladness therefore petual serenity. --Addison.

we have reason to fear, and in the hours of

trouble and sadness, to entertain good bopes. It is evident that the systems of education Thus we shall be able to keep the happy mewhich obtain, need great and almost total re-dium between the extremities of levity and deformation. What does a boy in the middle spair

. Before a man has a true sense of his class of society learn at school of the knowledge own miseries, the complaints and infirmities of and the spirit of his age or country?. When the saints are often stumbling blocks to him, he has left school, how much does he under- but afterwards they will administer to him great stand of the business and duty of life?- Dy comfort. mond's Essays.

Disquiet of mind and spiritual slothfulness

often proceed from self-righteousness and not EXTRACTS FROM BOGATSKY.

looking to Christ for everything, but trusting By this shall all men know that ye are my secretly to something in ourselves. disciples, if ye have love one to another.

“ Nevertheless I am contivually with thee. (John xiii. 35.) Forbearing one another in Thou hast holden me by my 'right band. love. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterspirit in the bond of peace. Let not the sun wards receive me to glory. Whom have I in go down upon your wrath, but be ye kind one beaven but thee? And there is none upon to anotber, tender hearted, forgiving one another earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. heart faileth: but God is the strength of my (Eph. iv. 2, 3, 26, 32.)

heart, and my portion forever.” (Psalm lxxiii. Humble Christians never affect singularity, 23, 26; P:alm xvi. 8, 11.) por set up extraordinary claims; they rather Babes in religion loug not only for Christ, study to be of one mind, and strive not about but for sensible communion with flim, and words or places of distinction, lest the general very often are they indulged with it, that they harmony subsisting among them and the edi. may be weaned from the world. But those of fication of souls should be hindered. Whoever fuller age, who have their senses more exercised, judges and blames everything, and can never are thankful that they can trust him when agree or join in devotion with other experienced they do not see him, and can follow him when Christians, is puffed up with self conceit

, and is they feel no comfort, relying more on the words in the way to a dangerous shipwreck," for pride and covenant of God, than on those sensations comes before a fall.” Believer, cultivate hu- which, though ever precious and desirable, are mility. Take thy place at the feet of Jesus, and often withdrawn, that it may be seen whether learn of Him. He sets thee an example of we are so decided and eager to follow God into love, patience, forbearance, long suffering, and a land not sown. Lord give me grace to trust readiness to forgive. If

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know these things, thee in the dark, to rest on thy promises, believ. happy are you if you do them. Practical con.

ing that thou art always present, though uu. formity to the life of Christ is the best proof seen. I would not live on frames and feelings, that we have the spirit of Christ. What tends but on Christ, nor fancy that my God changes pot to thy glory, O Lord, and is not thy own because I do. I am always with thee, as thy work, (whatever appearance it may have) is not child, needing thy watchful care ; and thou art really good and profitable. One that is really always with me, as my father, sympathising poor in spirit, though he has practiced the du- with and caring for me. Lord suffer us not 10 ties of the Christian life ever so long, and ever despair in any extremity, but cause us to believe 80 diligently, always thinks himself to have re- and feel that the greater our distress, the nearer ceived but a very little portion of Christ, and and more glorious will be thine aid ; that man's the work of sanctification hardly to be begun in extremity is God's opportunity; and that at his soul, so far is he from believing he has evening time it shall be light. already attained it, that after all his best actions

“ Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; he counts himself not worthy to be called by

The clouds ye so much dread the name of a grateful son. He is never pleased Are big with mercy, and shall break with himself. No degree of holiness will satisfy In blessings on your bead." his soul. He seeks and finds no rest or comfort but in the infinite mercy of God, and in the That earnestness in the service of God, and pardon of his sios by faith, resigning him that activity and perseverance in doing good self entirely in His hands, to be more and more which true religion inspires, appear to many to sanctified and perfected. In this state be is be indications of insanity, and awaken in them safe indeed; he is prepared for death, and has solicitude ; while equal earnestness in the purno reason to be anxiously afraid, though earn- suit of worldly tbioys awakens no such appre. estly desirous of bigher degrees of sauctification. I bensions, but is viewed with approbation.

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THE COMPENSATIONS OF SORROW. minutely delineated under a caption of glaring
There is comfort in the thought of an order capitals, and sent to every fireside. Parents,
beyond which nothing can pass, into which each conscientious and careful, may restrain their off-
sorrow is adjusted ; and in the thought of a Su-spring from visiting local exhibitions of vice,
preme Hand that can mould all things to its pur.

while a daily or a weekly cbart of a nation's
pose, and thus guarantees the stability of that di. sins is laid open to the eager and familiar
vine order, They are like resting places on the gaze. There is a passage in the Scriptures
stairway up a gray cathedral spire, platforms on relative to the impossibility of sweet and bitter
each of which you stop and breathe, aud rest and waters issuing from the same fountain at the
enjoy, the widening landscape, and the promise same time. The Press is a great fountain,
of the view which is to crown the whole, and either of light or darkness. If the darkness is
grow familiar with a feature here and there. made more manifest, more pointed and conspicu.
So, resting as we pass, in these lower thoughts ous than light, its eclipse will shroud the day,
-we reach the last : that the end of all things and people the night with chimeras, vicious,
is our good. The particular sorrow may hurt, visionary, and vain.
but the drift of the whole is good. And some.

But we are called out of the darkness into
tiines the very sorrow has wrought us good. light. Shall we, then, under a plea for the ne-
We know that already by experience. It was cessity of news, go into darkness, and foster its
good for our temper to suffer. It calmed, re-

evil spirit?
strained, chastened us---made us less impatient, The Friends are a reading and intelligent
or fretful, or violent. Trial has been purifying body of people, and capable of sustaining a large
us, from the throng of the vulgar, animal de weokly paper, devoted to the promotion of
sires, from restless cravings, from the stain of peace, the details of useful news, the further.
passion. It has done good by preventing us ance of scientific enquiry, and such a synopsis
laying hold of the present world, loosening our of current literature, that its perasal shall tinge
attachment to it, seitiog us a little apart from po cheek with the blush of shame, and touch no
its painted shows, out of its babble and haste. heart, however pure, with emotions that cause
It has strengthened our sympathy with others. the upavailing tear. Alone, if it be alone,
We have entered into the fellowship of sorrow. must one take the burthen of this testimony,
We have learned to feel the common burden. and bear it to the end; conscious of its truth,
We can comfort, for we know what it is to be and of its peed.
comforted. But the most of what we know is Prophet stown, I. SIDNEY AVERILL.
by faith. We have not seen or felt it yet. We
have but caught a glimpse of the system here
and there. If you ever spent a misty day upon

COMPANIONSHIP.
the Righi, you will have seen, through shifting

BY MARY G.' CHANDLER.
rifts in the lower clouds, the edge of a lake, or Man was not born to live alone, and it is only
the fringe of a wond, or the gay fragment of a in and through the relations of the family and
town-vague, transitory hints of a great world the social circle that the better parts of bis da.
beneath. And such vague hints are the sum ture can be developed. Solitude is good occa-
of what we know in part-visions into God's sionally, and they who fly from it entirely can
working that we have seen closed as suddenly hardly attain to any high degree of spiritual
as opened. 'We must hold on and wait, living, growth; but still in all useful solitude thero
in this, as in every thing else, by faith. - must be a recognition of some being besides
Sunday Mugazine.

self. He who turns to solitude only to brood

over thoughts of self, soon becomes a morbid For Friends' Intelligencer.

egotist, and it is only when we study in soliTHE PRESS.

tude in order to make our social life more wise The sensational tone and tenor of the popular and true, that our solitary hours are blessed. Dew.papers have generated a feverish excite- Man really alone is something we can hardly ment in the public mind that craves whatever imagine. He becomes cognizable almost enprolongs and intensifies the malady. War hav. tirely through his relations with God and with ing ceased, the daily chronicles of cruelty and his fellow-men. Heathen philosophy sought to horror are now continued in the recital of all make man wise by withdrawiog bim from the forms of private vices and criminality. . And it passiops and affections that move him when asseems as though most of the editors, conscious sociated with his fellow-men, in order that he of this tacit demand for evil aliment, covet ex- might devote himself to the study of abstract amples of crime, as if the felon and the press truth. Christian philosophy teaches that truth are joint conservators of civilization. The gal. owes its sanctity to the Divine Love, which lows may be hidden for its known demoralizing alone gives it Life; and that by leading a life tendency; but the actual executions which of love we acquire the power of understanding give to the gibbet all iis immoral effect, may be l the truth. Philosophy is a dead abstraction

From “ Elements of Character."

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until piety and charity fill it with the breath of inferiors, without any feeling either of servility life.

or of elation. We may seek the society of our The offices of piety belong in great part to superiors in order to enrich ourselves, and that solitude, and the offices of charity to society; of our inferiors in order to give freely eren as but the principle of Companionship is involved we have received ; while with our equals we alin both; for piety associates us with God as ternately give and receive, for po two persons .charity associates us with man.

are so similarly endowed but that each may gain All Companiovship involves the idea of both by associating with the other. In truth, wbich giving and receiving. In the offices of piety, ever way the balance may incline, none ever in proportion as we give a worship that is ear- give without receiving, and none can receive nest and heartfelt, is the warmth and clear- without giving. ness of the influx of beavenly love and wisdom No Companionship is wise that does not in. that we receive. In the offices of charity, our volve the principle of growth. If the influence love is warmed and our wisdom enlightened in of our associates does not make us go forward, proportion as we disinterestedly seek the true it will surely cause us to go backward.

if we bappiness of those whose lives come within the are not elevated by it, we shall certainly be desphere of our influence, guided not by blind in graded. Two persons cannot associate, and either stinct, but by an enlightened Christianity. Thus party remain just as he was before; and if we the quality and quantity of what we receive would find in society an element of growth, we from Companionship depends on the quality must seek for all that is elevating in whatever and quantity of what we give.

circles we move; for it is not confined to any There is no surer test of character than the particular circle or class, but waits everywhere Companionship we habitually seek ; for we al- 'for the true seeker. ways prefer the society of those who adminis- Blessed are the meek, for they shall in berit ter to our dominant love. Some scek the so- the earth, said the Lord, teaching as perer man ciety of their superiors, others of their equals, taught; and it is in proportion as we walk meek. and others, again, of their inferiors; and the ly with our fellow-men that our capacities bemembers of each class are actuated in their come capable of receiving to their fullest exchoice by very various motives. Thus, among tent, the influx of goodness and truth that should the first class are found the ambitious, who be the end of social intercourse. Nothing obseek their superiors because they fancy them- structs our receptivity so much as that egotism selves elevated by the reflection of the attributes of thought and affection which keeps self perthey admire; the proud, who fancy themselves petually before the mind's ege, and to this egotdegraded by association with their inferiors ; ism meekness is the direct opposite. Meekness and the humble, who seek to be advanced in implies forgetfulness of self. There is nothing goodness, in knowledge, or in refinement, through servile about it, but it pursues its way in pure intercourse with those who excel. On the simplicity, forgeting self in its steadfast deroother hand are those who seek their inferiors tion to'what it seeks. Egotism pursues its aims from the vanity that demands admiration as its from lure of self and of the world, and confides daily food, or the pride that feels itself op- in its own strength for success. Meekness purpressed in the preseuce of a supericr, or the sues its aims from the love of excellence, and philanthropy that loves to give up its stores to confiding in the strength of the Lord. The those less endowed than itself. The middle first love is dim of sight, and often satisfies itclass may be actuated in their choice by the self with the shadow of what it seeks, while its love of sympathy in their pursuits, or by a kind strength is too feeble to grasp the higher forms of indolence that is disturbed by whatever dif- of excellence. The second love is full of light, fers much from itself. There is less purpose and because its eye is single; it can be satisfied onvitality in this class than in either of the others; ly with substance, and its endeavors know no but merely a desire to float with the surrounding limit, because its strength comes from Him current, whithersoever it may teod.

who never fails nor wearies. The constituents of society are so varied in Meekness is always ready to receive of the quality, that it would be very difficult for any excellence it seeks, through wbatever medium one to associate exclusively with a particular it can be obtained; while egotism is perpetualclass; and it may be doubted if we have a right ly hindered in its advancement by its onwillingto seek to do so. The variety in social life is ness to owe it to any source out of self. adap?nd to develop the various qualities of the Similar results follow in giving as is receiv. human soul far more perfectly than they coulding. Meekness gives in simplicity from love to be if the different classes of humanity were en the neighbor, and feels as great pleasure in imtirely separated in their walks. All should be parting from its stores as in receiving additions willing to give as well as to receive, and to this to them, because the pleascre it imparts is re. end all should be willing to associate in a spirit flected back upon itself

, making all its good of brotherly love with their superiors or their ofices twice blessed. Egotism is twice cursed, as all that it receives and all that it gives per scbin, the old palace of the Bohemian Kings, petually adds to its love of self'; for it values spreads its vast front along the summit of the what it possesses because it is its own, and im- range. parts to others because it enjoys a feeling of su- This palace, in which the ex-Emperor Ferdiperiority over the recipient of its possessions. Dand now resides, is of immense extent, corMeekness builds itself up; egotism puffs itself taining over 400 apartments, and includes up. To meekness Companionship is a perpetu- within its courts the old Cathedral, celebrated al source of healthful growih ; while to egotism as the church in wbich John Huss preached, it furnishes food only to supply the demands of and now noted as containing the shrine of the a morbid enlargement, destructive to all manly patron saint of bridges in all Catholic countries, and womanly symmetry.

St. John Nepomuk. (To be continued.)

The shrine itself is not so remarkable for “ Unchangeable His will,

beauty as for its material, viz; solid silver, of Whatever be my frame;

which about 4000 lbs. were required for its : His loving heart is still

construction.
Eternally the same:

The legend of the Romish Church is, that a
Our souls through many changes go,
His love no change cap ever kvow."

priest, having refused to betray the secrets con

fided to him in the confessional by the QueenWe have received from an esteemed friend, of Wenceslaus the IV., was, by order of the now travelling in Europe, a description of a King, thrown from the bridge ; but that, three scene so different from any thing in our own days afterwards, flames appeared on the surface country that its novelty makes it doubly inter- til

, from curiosity, the river was dragged, and of the water, and continued to burn there, un

, esting. We should be glad to receive other the body found. communications from the same source.

ce.-Eds.

This occurred in 1383; the bridge you will For Friends' Intelligencer.

see is not very modern. About 350 years af. PRAGUE, BOHEMIA, 5th mo. 16th, 1867. terwards the priest was canonized as St. John Very many years ago, so long, indeed, that Nepomuk, and his silver shrine erected from a the stereoscopic art was quite new, an acquaint- small part of the votive offerings made. This ance received from Europe a beautiful view on has become one of the pilgrimage shrines of glass of the long bridge over the Moldau at Bohemia; there is also a temporary shrine Prague.

erected on the bridge, where the bronze statue The exquisite perspective, the groups of of St. John Nepomuk stands, close to the spot statues on either side, the old gothic tower at from which he was th wn, and so great is the the end, with the houses of the city beyond, superstitious veneration in which he is held, formed a picture so beautiful and so singular, that one year over 80,000 pilgrims visited these and the art itself was then such a novelty, that shrines. To-day being his festival day, and the this stereoscope gave me an impression of plea- first day of the pilgrimage, which lasts eight sure, vivid enough to make it one of the lasting days, the city has been filled with the devi ees ones of my early youth.

who have arrived to pay their homage. On arriving here a few days ago, one of the A procession of peasants has just passe our first points I sought was the old bridge; and, hotel with a band, a crucifix, banner, da truly, if the picture was so striking, the view box richly covered, borne upon the studers from the bridge was no less so..

of several young girls dressed in white, f, fowed The bridge is supported on numerous arches by a crowd of peasant women in their est atof solid masonry, and the roadway is paved with tire, but carrying large bundles on their Sacks. cubic blocks of stone. It is about 1800 feet Thé streets are througed with proces mns of long, and, owing to the small size of the rivers pilgrims in holiday costumes, going frou, church here, is one of the longest in Europe. Each to church, sioging hymns, and the app oaches pier is surmounted by groups of statues on to the bridge, the bridge itself, an the way either side-some 20 or 30 in all-making the thence to the Cathedral, are one moving wass bridge itself an object of great interest; but of pilgrims and others, on their way to visit the this is nearly lost in the contemplation of the shrines. beautiful scene which breaks upon your view. Many of the men wear knee breeches, and

As you leave the old town to cross to the some green vests and green pointed felt hats Kleinsite, you have before you a splendid pano- with feathers stuck in them, while the women rama of a semi-circular range of hills, about mostly have bright calico dresses reaching to two miles in extent. To the left it is clothed within about one foot of the ground, and bea. with magnificent groves of horse chestnuts and ing the appearance of costume, as thầy wear no liodens, half hiding various monasteries, church. bonnets, but cover their heads with Il kinds of es, and other buildings; while on the right, gaudy-colored handkerchiefs and shawls, which, overtopping the houses of the town, the Hrad- hanging down their backs, give tim a very

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picturesque appearance. Occasionally you see you in piety or reputation ; but love the gifts of
à more decided costumema velvet body with God in him, and they will be your own.
embroidered blue or piuk skirt, a very compli-
cated head-shawl worked with initials, and a FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER.
large gilt buckle fastened round the throat by
six or eight silver chains. The whole way was PHILADELPHIA, SIXTH MONTH 15, 1867.
lined with booths, offering for sale thousands of
small, highly colored pictures, little leaden fig.

• The following notice of the History of
ures of the saints in frames, small statues in Friends, by our friend S. M. Janney, is from
iron, religious books, &c. Neither did they de.
glect to provide for the bodily wants of the pil

. the Editorial column of the Philadelphia grims.

Evening Bulletin :The whole scene was so entirely different “ History of the Religious Society of from home that it seems impossible to convey Friends, from its rise to the year 1828,” by any idea of what appeared to us so striking; Samuel M. Janney, author of the Life of Wm. but there were some traits which showed that Penn, etc., in 4 volumes, 12 mo., published by human nature is a good deal alike in widely T. Ellwood Zell, 17 South Six:b street, Philaseparated countries. The toy stands and ginger-delphia. To the student of the history of Pennbread booths were especially showy and attrac- sylvania, these volumes will prove valuable, tive; and I saw many a young father and and to all readers interesting, for the scope of mother carrying back with them the cake, doll, treatment, the research exhibited, the informadrum, gun, or other toy that was to reward the tion conveyed, and the clearness of the style, young ones left at home.

with which the whole is in parted. There were many pleasant faces among the The “ Friends" bore so large a share in setyoung, but the older persons, especially the tling the foundations of our ancient Common. women, bore heavily the traces of exposure and wealth, that no one can thoroughly understand hard labor..

its anpals, and the working of the causes which It was said there would be 50,000 strangers shaped its early policy, without some familiarity in the city to-day, but the number was certainly with the history of the Quakers. not nearly so great; the existence of these pil- The influence they exerted, howerer, pecesgrimage shrines, and the resort of such great sarily dimipished under the large accessions of numbers to them, were novel features to an a heterogeneous population, entertaining other American; and it was exceedingly pleasant to religious and political views, and to the melannotice the general well-to-do air of all classes of choly fact that no community existing withthe pilgrims; the contrast between the cleanli- in large territorial limits, and holding esress here apparent, and the filth of a crowd in tensive commerce with the world, can survive Italy, was too striking to escape notice. in perfect peace, free from internal foes and ex

In all this crowd, too, there did not appear ternal enemies. The simplicity of life, the to be a single intoxicated or unruly person, cultivation of learning, the avoidance of motives but everywhere the greatest kindness and con. to contention, the conservative spirit, the thrist sideration for those around them; even in the and industry, the merciful penal code, the sacrowd on the bridge at the shrine, everything cred regard for the rights of conscience, the was perfectly orderly; and it is worthy of re jealous guardianship of political liberty, which mark that, although beíore the building of the her people maintained, have left their impress suspension bridge, this was the only avenue upon the bistory of a great State, and is no rebetween the two portions of the city, yet, for spect more distinguishable than in the last eight days it was given up to the pilgrims, no three particulars, and which form so bright a carriage being allowed to cross during that contrast to the intolerance which prevailed elsetime.

where. The borror which they had contracted We have been agreeably surprised at the per- for the bloody code of the mother country, and vading appearance of thrift, comfort and indus- their ardent love of religious and political lib. try that we have noticed in those portions oferty, not for themselves only, but for all who the Austrian Empire that we bave visited— sought shelter within the Province have been say Tyrol, Austria proper, and Bohemia. They slow in reacting upon the land which gave have reminded us strongly of Lancaster county, .them birth, for it took England more than a Penna., none the less, perhaps, that the inhabit-century and a half to learn both the im policy and ants there are so essentially German, and that cruelty of banging for the most trivial offences, the same careful cultivation of the land which and she bas not yet learued that the establish. marks that portion of our State is to be found ment of civil and religious liberty upon a founin this country.

W. C. B. dation which cannot be shaken is a right and

not a boon which she owes the subject. Do not envy any one for being superior to Mr. Janney, after rapidly tracing the pro

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