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BY MARY G. CHANDLER.
the whole head is sick, and the whole heart port of things without; in that mysterious, saint; the elements without become enensies to echoing gallery, through which pass the inthat poor, sick frame; the fires of passion are structive, majestic, and winning tones of hu. burning within ; and the mind, like the lord of man speech; through which floats the glorious a beleagured castle, sinks amidst the ruins of tide of song, to fill the soul with light and melits mortal tenement, in silent and sullen despair, ody. Instruments of Godlike skill, types and or with muttered oaths and curses and blasphe- teachers of things divine, harbingers of greater mies.
revelations to come, are these. Not for temptOh, let the mind but have its own great ation, not for de basement, was this wondrous satisfactions, its high thoughts and blessed af. frame built up, let ancient philosophers or mod. fections, and then it could say to these poor ern voluptuaries say what they will; but to be proffers of sense, “I want you not; I am hap- a vehicle of all pobleness, a seer of all beauty, fy already; I want you not; I want no tumult a shrine of worship, a temple of the all-perpor revel; I want no cup of excess; I want po vading and in-dwelling Life. secret por stolen indulgence; and as for pleasure-I would as soon sell my body to the fire
Archbishop Leighton saith, Let the love of for pleasure, as I would sell my soul to you for your brethren be as fire within you, consumivg pleasure.”
that selfishness that is so contrary to it; let it Such is the true and natural relation of the set your thoughts on work to study (not merely mind and body; such is the law of their com. to increase your property, but also how to do mon culture. Under this law the body would others good ; let your love be an active lore, be fashioned into a palace of delights, hardly intense within you, and extending itself in doyet dreamed of. We want a higher ideal of ing good to the souls and bodies of your brethwhat the body was made and meant to be to the ren, as they ned and you are able. soul. Sensualism has taught to the world its terrible lessons. Is not a bigher æsthetic law
COMPANIONSHIP. coming, to teach in a better manner ? Sensual. ism is but the lowest and poorest form of sepsi
(Concluded from page 265.) tive enjoyment. Ope said to me, many years Those who have passed the period of childyears ago, “I have been obliged, from delicacy hood, who have taken upon themselves the reof health, to abstain from the grosser pleasures sponsibility of all that concerns their own minds, of sense; neither feast nor wine have been for and who have any desire after upward progress, me: perhaps I have learned the more to enjoy should remember that the books they love best the beauty of nature—the pleasures of vision are those which reflect their own characteristics. and the melodies of sound.” The distinction Every one looks up to bis favorite books, and here taken, shows that the very senses might the tone of his mind is influenced by them in teach us better than they do. For I say, was consequence. In our Companionship with our that witness a loser, or a gainer? Vision and fellow-beings we may be governed to a great melody; shall grosser touch and taste carry off extent by our desire to stand well with the the palm from them? Vision that makes me world, and, therefore, seek the society of those possessor of the earth and stars !—the eye, in whom the world most admircs, rather than those whose mysterious depths is pictured the beauty we most enjoy. In the choice of our books of the whole creation !--and what comprehen there is much less influence of this kind exerted sive wonders in that bright orb of vision ! upon us. In the retirement of our homes we Think of grosser touch and taste; and think, may daily consort with the low or the wicked, for one moment, what sight and hearing are. as tbey are delineated in books, and our standIt is proved by experiments, that, naturally and ing with the world be in no way affected, while by mere visual impression, the eye sees all the poison we imbibe will work all the more things as equidistant and near-close to us--surely that it works secretely. They whose a pictured wall. By comparisons of equal size ideas of right and wrong are dependent on the and hue, we have learned to refer all objects to judgment of the world may need even this poor their real distance. Sky and clouds, mountain-guide, and suffer from the want of it; for, in sides and peaks and rocks, river, plain and doing what the world does not know, and, grove, every tree and swell of ground, all are therefore, cannot condemn, they may encounter fixed in their place in an instant of time. evil and danger from which even the love of Hundreds of comparisons—bundreds of acts of the world would protect them, if the same mind, are flung into that regal glance of the things were to be exposed to the public eye.
ye! But more than the telescopic eye, is the We have no more moral right to read bad books telegraphic ear. More, to my thought, lies in than to associate with bad men, and it would be. the hidden chambers of viewless sound; in that well for us in selecting our books to be governed more spiritual organ, which indeed expresses by much the same principles as in the selection nothing, but receives the largest and finest im. 1 of our associates; to feel that they are,
companions and friends whose opinions cannot ionsbip fills and vivifies everything that is below fail to exert a powerful influence upon us, and it. The more entirely we walk with the Lord, that we cannot associate with them indis. the more constant we shall be in the perform. criminately without great danger to our charac- ance of all our duties. The more entirely we ters.
open our hearts to his influence, the more beneThe Book of books should occupy the first fit we shall receive from all other influences. place in our estimation; and the test question The more reverently we lisien to the truth that in regard to the value of all other books is, comes directly from him, the more capable we whether they draw us towards or away from the shall be of finding out and appreciating the Bible. So far as they are written with a genu-truth that comes indirectly. The more ine love for goodness and truth, books in every open our hearts to receive his love, the more department of science and literature have a perfect will be the love we shall bear towards tendency, more or less strong, to increase our our fellow beings. The more constantly we revereuce and love for the Source of all good feel that we are in his presence, the more ness and truth; and no book can be subversive perfect will be the hourly outgoings of cur of our faith in the Scriptures that has not its lives. foundation laid in falsehood.
Intimate Companionship with the Lord does Nature may tell us of a Creator, but the Bible not abstract us from the world around us, but alone reveals a Father. Nature describes him fills that world with new meanings. There is as far from us, removed beyond all sympathy, nothing abstract in the nature of the Deity. before whose power we tremble, and whose He is operating perpetually upon all nature. mercy we might strive to propitiate by sacrifices | Gravity, organic life, instioct, human thought, or entreaties; but from the Bible we learn that and affection are forms of his influx manifesthe is near at hand, watching every pulsation of ing itself in varying relations. Wherever be the heart, listening to every aspiration that we comes there is life, and his activity knows Do breathe ; that we walk with him so long as we
eud. obey his commandments, and that, though we Let no human being think that he holds Com. may turn from bim, he never turns from us ; panionship with the Lord, because he loves to that when we approach him in prayer, it should retire apart, to pray, or to contemplate the Dinot be with fear , but with love; and loving him vine attributes
, at such times, he looks down with the knowledge that be first loved us, we upon and shuns the haunts of men.
The bigot find that prayer, in its true form, is a Compan- may do so; and all his thoughts about things ionship, and that the Father rejoices over his holy, all his prayers, only confirm him in his child in proportion as the child rejoices in ap- spiritual pride. Every thought of self-elevation, proaching the throne of mercy.
every feeling that tends towards “ I am holier Pure and holy influences come to us mediately than thou,” smothers the breath of all true through our Companionship with those among prayer, and associates us with the spirit of evil ; our fellow-beings who have received of the over- for our prayers cannot be blessed to us if pride filowings of the Divine Fountain of goodness and inspire them. Neither let any one suppose truth. But when we reverently approach that himself spiritual because material life or mateFountain, we receive immediately, with a power rial duties oppress him. God made the material and tulness that can descend upon us through world as a school for his children; and he will Do human being.
not keep us here a moment after we are preWhat we receive through other mediums pared for a higher state. We are putting ourreaches only the lower and more external planes selves back when we work impatiently, in the of our being; but prayer brings us, if we pray feeling that the duties of life are beneath us. arigbt, before the throne of the Most High, and If we would abide with our Heaveoly Father, opens those in most chambers of the soul that we must co-operate with him perpetually. It is remain for ever closed and empty, unless they doing his will, not conteinplating it, that teaches are opened and filled by the immediate presence us his attributes, and builds us up in his image of the Lord. These constitute that Holy of and likeness. His fields are ever white unto Holies which is the inmost of every human soul. the harvest; let us work while it is yet day, The world at large may enter its outer courts, ever bearing in mind that he gives us the powchosen friends may minister before the altar of er to work, and that we can work rightly only its sanctuary; but within all this there is a ho- so long as we live in the constant acknowledg. lier place, which done but the Lord can enter; ment of our dependence upon Him. for it is the seat of the vital priociple of the soul, which can be touched and quickened by
DOING GOD'S WILL. no hand but his.
It appears to me that true fidelity consists in The quality of the life of the whole being de-obeying God in everything, and following the pends upon the degree in which we suffer the light that points out our duty, and His spirit Lord to dwell within our souls. His Compan. Ithat prompts us to do it; having the desire to
please him without debating about great or publicly to manifest our allegiance to our little sins, about imperfections or unfaithfulness; Heavenly Father, from whom we receive all our for though there may be a difference in fact, to blessings, and also to exhibit a testimony to the the soul that is determined to do all His will, spiritual nature of Divine worship. The latter there is none. To a sincere desire to do God's object, especially, cannot be done more striking
. will, we must add a cheerful spirit, that is not ly or more appropriately than by sitting down overcome when it has failed, but begins again together in solemn silence. Upon this point we and again to do better; hoping always to the are generally agreed, but it is urged by some end to be able to do it, bearing with its own in that more is needed !--that, in order to promote voluntary weakness, as God bears with it, wait- devotional feelings, and for purposes of religious ing with patience for the moment when it shall instruction, a portion of Scripture might be read be delivered from it; going straight on in which would probably open the way for other singleness of heart, according to the strength it vocal offerings, either in exposition of what had can command; losing no time by looking back, been read, or more generally in exhortation or or making useless reflections upon its falls, prayer; and this, it is said, would be an imwhich can only embarrass or retard its progress. provement on our present practice. The first sight of our little failures should hum. I feel convinced the Society of Friends can. ble us ; but then we must press on, not judging not consistently entertain the proposition, and ourselves with Judaical rigor, not regarding am equally well assured that no real Friend can God as a spy watching for our least offence, or consistently ask it to do so; because it would as an enemy, but as a father who loves and wishes manifestly be a going back again into those to save us, trusting in His goodness, invoking things out of which our forefathers were led, His blessing, and doubting all other support. and would speedily obliterate a most important This is true liberty.— Fenelon.
distinguishing feature in our mode of worship,
which marks us from other religious bodies. ' FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. The solemnity of our public approaches to the
throne of grace must be preserved, and all apPHILADELPHIA, SEVENTH MONTH 6, 1867. pearance of creaturely contrivance should be
studiously avoided. It is better that our silent BIBLE READINGS IN MEETINGS FOR Wor meetings are open to the charge of formality, SHIP.-A proposition to introduce the reading than that they should become systematically of a portion of Scripture into some of the small formal
, by the introduction of set reading, a
teaching, or vocal prayer. meetings which are usually held in silence, has I fear this desire for Scripture reading in been made by a few Friends, with a view to public springs from a distorted, superstitious inake these assemblies more attractive to the estimate of the character of those writings, ityounger members of the Society, and induce self at variance with the recognized views of
Friends; and this is probably induced through their regular attendance of them.
niore or less of sympathy with the “ dogmatic Our sentiments in relation to the subject are school” in the great controversy now going on so clearly expressed by a correspondent of the in the religious world. But this should not be London Friend, in the lust number of that peri- the attitude of any Friend ; were they at this odical, that we republish the letter entire.
juncture true to the principles preached by their forefai bers, and still Dominally held, the
present would be accepted as the time in wbich DEAR FRIEND,-It bas been cause of anxiety to speak out boldly for liberty and freedom of to many that so large a space in the Fourth thought; and with becoming reverence for that month number of the Friend was occupied by great truth, the perceptible influence of the the advocates of Seripture reading is meetings Spirit of God on the minds of men. for worship; and it is evident the subject can- Thy friend sincerely, not be much longer overlooked by those who
CHARLES THOMPSON. desire to maintain the principles and practices Morland, 4th mo. 22, 1867. of Friends. It seems to me that they who want to intro
We have been interested in the above letter, duce the practice entirely misapprehend the not only as expressing views in unison with object of our meeting together; and I believe ours, but were gratified that they should proits adoption would so change the character of ceed from the English press. From what has such gatherings, as that one of the most poble appeared in the two Periodicals which are testimonies which we have hitherto borne before the world would be in great danger of being looked upon as the organs of the Society of lost.
Friends in England, it would seem as if many Our assembling together at stated times is of its active members were in great measure
To the Editor of the Friend.
losing sight of the spirituality of our profession. coming reverence for that great truth, the perGeorge Fox, who passed through the dispen- crptible influence of the spirit of God on the sations of an outward religion, found not that minds of men.” for which he was hungering and thirsting, until
Died, on the 20th of First month, 1867, at his he was brought into silent communion with the residence, Bay Side, Long Island, Henry C. Bowron, Divine mind. After this he could testify of the in the 70th year of his age. He was a member of life giving presence of Him, who continues, in of Elder and Overseer for many years, during which
New York Monthly Meeting, and occupied the station accordance with the ancient promise, to be time the maintenance of good order and the right found of those who seek Him; and in unison administration of our discipline were objects of his
earnest solicitude, while the strict integrity and upwith this soul-inspiriog faith, he and his cotem-rightness of his character won the love and respect poraries when assembled fur public worship of all who knew him.
-, after a short illness, at bis residence in West adopted the form of silent waiting, in order to Liberty, Iowa, on Sixib.day evening, the 14th ult., hear the “still small voice,” which is no other David Stratton, in the 741h year of bis age. He
was a truly exemplary and wor by member of Wapthan the sure word of prophecy alluded to by the
senonoc Monthly Meeting, giving evidence by his Apostle, “ to which,” he said, " ye do well that daily life, by his calm serenity, and by his clear views ye take heed, as unto a light that sbineth in a school of Christ.
and elevated counsel, that he had been taught in the dark place, until the day dawn, and the day. on the morning of Sixib month 26th, 1867,
MARY, widow of Israel Hallowell, ia her 87th year; star arise in your hearts."
a member of Abington Monthly Meeling. Let us not, under a plea that silent worship on the 26 b of Sixth monih, 1867, in West is " less suited to the partially instructed and inte Jacoh and Mary Hamer, aged 64 years ; a mem
Philadelpbia, of paralysis, Hannau, daughter of the the young," suffer innovations upon this ber of Philadelphia Monthly Meering: wholesome order; but rather endeavor to im
on the 30th of Sixth moutb, 1867, JOSEPH press such with the pature of our obligations to Monthly Meeling.
Green, in bis 77th year; a member of Pbiladelphia the Father of Spirits, and our dependence upon
at his residence in Germantown, Sixth mo. Him for that bread which can alone sustain the Green Street Montbly and Germantowo Particular
28th, STANTON DORSEY, aged 59 years; a member of spiritual life. "They that worship the Father," Meeting. said the blessed Jesas, "must worship Him in
A parasol and other articles, found at Swarthmore, spirit and in truth;" and when assembled for at the time of the recent “ Reunion, can be rethis exalted purpose, if He pleases to qualify claimed by applying at 717 Willow street. His servants to minister in His name, then in
EMINENT BOOKS. deed may we drink, through instrumental means, of the refreshing Gospel stream, and be edified
All eminent books are expressional of their
age, and so monumental or it in the worthiest together in Love.
way. Marble or colors preserve in memory the We acknowledge the need of engaging the features of a friend, but even more excellently attention of our young Friends in some way by do books deliver to us the form and features of which they may be made more fully acquainted pictured forms move forth from the canvas.
a time. For marble lips will not unclose, nor with the testimonies of the Society in which Winter after winter the portrait's gaze is on the they have a birthright. And so far from ig- family, but the hand will not touch or the voice noring outward helps, we consider them moet greet us.
But in books the dead live for us, valuable in their proper places. Among them and discourse to us with staid eloquence, of the
, we number the - Dlectinys for Readings,” times. The words which they spoke to their
thought, the feeling, and the customs of their which have been instituted in some neighbor. contemporaries they speak to us ; and following hoods before the hour for the meeting for wor their guidance, with them we walk through ship, in which the old and the young mingle avenues of thought, as of a garden, towards a
a together with interest and profit.
terrace whence a river or a city may be seen.
We perceive the river of the time with its curMost fully do we believe with C. T. that rent, or observe the city of works and customs, were Friends" at this juncture true to the with its thronging crowds, and see huw the principles preached by their forefathers, and general habit of life formed itself. So it is still nominally held, the present would be the or portraiture, for we have the departed for our
that books are more monumental than marble accepted time in which to speak out boldly for companions and friends, and their words still liberty and fr.edom of thought; and with be- uttered in our hearing.-Thus. T. Lynch.
TIE WONDERFUL MOTHER.
showed himn a sleeping-place in one of the stalle In the winter of the year 1709 there was one in the stable where the horses of a certain of the coldest spells of weather ever koown in prince were kept. In this stall there stood an Central Europe. In France a great many peoiron cage, in which a large brown bear was ple froze to death, even in their beds, not only confined, for the beast was very wild and angry. among the mountains, but in villages and cities. The little Savoyard boy, who had come in the The hottest fire was not sufficient to keep the darkness into the stable, neither knew nor rooms warm; while the stoves were red hot, cared for any wild beast that might be near by. the water would freeze but a few feet from them He lay dovn upon some straw, and stretched The trees in the forest and by the roadside be out his hand to pull in more. As he stretched came so frozen that some of them burst, and it out, he put it between the wires of the cage made a noise as if a small mine had exploded in which the bear was, and found that a large
Sparrows, and jackdaws, and crows some-pile was there. Thinking it was better to get times fell down dead while flying in the air. where it was than to stay in his place, he Large flueks of sheep and cattle froze in barn. crawled up to the cage and squeezed through yards. The bats, which usually sleep during between the iron bars. The bear grunted a the winter, were awakened out of their torpid little, but committed no violence. The little slumber, fluttered around a little while, and Savoyard boy offered to God a prayer which then fell dead on the ground. The deer in the bis departed mother had taught him, and comforests could no more run swiftly, but crept mitted himself to the keeping of his Heavenly slowly out of the woods, and came near the Father. He asked for protection from the dwellings of men. Finally spring came, and a cold, and he was protected both from the cold multitude of them were found dead in the woods and the wild beast. The little lakes, brooks and rivers, after they The bear took the little stranger between her had been thawed by the sun, emitted a very paws and pressed him to her, so that he lay in uppleasant odor, because nearly all the fish in her warm breast and against her thick skin so them had been frozen to death. Of course the comfortably that he who had not slept many people suffered from extreme poverty, for the nights with any comfort whatever now forgot cold weather had destroyed many of their all fear, and soon fell into a sweet, deep sleep. means of support. The wheat that had been In the morning the little boy waked up with sowed in the autumn, their sheep, fowls, fish, new strength, crept out from the cage, and went and vegetables that had been covered in the into the city to attend to his business and seek ground, were completely destroyed by the his daily bread. In the evening he returned frost.
to his strange mother. During this winter a poor little Savoyard Beside her there lay a great many pieces of boy was wandering in the streets of Luneville, bread and meat, which had been brought there in Lothringid.
a pitiable orphan. from the table of the prince; but the bear had His older brother, who had taken care of him, eaten all she wanted, and these were left over. had now gone on a message to the city of Nancy, So the little Savoyard helped himself to all to earn a few francs. But he suffered the fate that he could find. He then lay quietly down of many travellers, and was frozen to death ; between the paws of his thick-clad mother, wbo for many of the passengers in the stages and pressed him to her as she had done the night riders on horseback, though covered with cloaks before, and he slept there as if in the warmest and furs, were frozen. The drivers lost their feather bed. lives, and still held 'the reins in their stiff In this way he spent five nights without any hands.
body's knowing it On the morning of the The little forsaken Savoyard boy wandered sixth night he overslept himself, so that when froin one house to another, to get a little em- the hostlers went around with their lanterns in ployment, or a piece of bread.
He was glad the early morning, to attend to the many horses to blacken boots and shoes, dust clothes, clean in the stable, they saw him lying between the dishes in the kitchen, or do any thing that paws of the great bear. The old bear grunted would gain him a sou. But when night came a little, as if she was very murh offended that on, his sufferings became intense. Ile had anybody should see her taking care of her little slept with his brother, in a carpenter's shop, favorite. The little Savoyard sprang up and where the two had covered themselves with an squeezed out through the cage, to the great
foot-cloth, on which they piled shavinge wonder of the bystanders. very high. They lay very close together, and Tbis affair became known, and created great by this means managed to be protected from astonishment throughout the city. Although the severity of the cold. But he was now the modest little Savoyard was very much alone, and he would certainly freeze if he tried ashamed that anybody should know that be to sleep alone in the carpenter's shop. The had slept in the arms of a bear, he was ordered wife of a bostler took compassion on him. Shelto appear in the presence of the prince, to