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FRIENDS' SOCIAL LYCEUM.

to reflect whence these privileges have arisen. First month 14th, 1868. At the request of a pum

We can but trace them to the faithfulness of ber of Friends, Caleb S. HALLOWELL has consented our predecessors, who, although immured in to repeat bis lecture, “Ocean Experiences,” at 73 dungeons for conscience sake, by Divine aid o'clock.

held fast their convictions of truth without FRIENDS' ASSOCIATION FOR THE AID AND ELE. wavering. Their advocacy of a free gospel VATION OF THE FREEDMEN

ministry and refusal to pay tithes subjected Stated Meeting on Fourth-day evening next, First them to bitter persecutions, but prepared the month 15th, at 8 o'clock, in the Monthly Meeting way in a remarkable manner for that liberty of Room, Race St. The Committee on Education will meet in the Li. be brought near in feeling with such of our

conscience which we now enjoy. We desire to brary Room, at 7, o'clock same evening. J. M. Ellis,

members as bave manifested but little or no in,} Clerks.

terest in the practical workings of our organi.

zation, or who, through discouragements of any FRIENDS' FUEL ASSOCIATION FOR THE POOR. kind, may have absented themselves from onr

Stated meeting on Seventh-day evening next, meetings for Divine worship. Let us endeavor
First month 18th, 1868, at 8 o'clock.
Jos. M. TRUMAN, JR., Clerk.

to enter into sympathy wiih each other, that

we may better understand the difficulties which | FIRST-DAY SCHOOL QUESTION BOOK. exist. One way by which we believe this may The Executive Committee on First-day Schools, be effected, is through a well regulated social having examined a series of Questions (prepared for intercourse, her own use) by a First-day School Teacher, and

-a want of which, we fear, is too believing that they will be very serviceable to First

general among us. The obligation to assemble day Schools, bave concluded to publish them in for worship, and for the purpose of presenting book form, at a moderate rate. To enable them to our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and accepta. do so, funds will be needed, and the friends of the ble to God,” is felt to be binding upon all cause are requested to forward their contributions to Christian professors, and having been made the Treasurer, Jos. Powell, 3120 Chestnut St., West sensible of its strengthening effects, we notice Philadelphia.

with deep regret the absence from our meetings We offer for the perusal of Friends beyond of some of our members, who have suffered the limits of the meeting for which it was is themselves to be turned aside by untoward cir.

We believe there is a loss sus. sued, An Address to the Members of Green cumstances. street Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia.

tained not only by such as absent themselves, Its

but also by those who are regularly found in application is so general that its usefulness may the performance of this “reasonable service :" be increased by circulation.

the latter miss the animating iufluence of the One from Friends of Nottingham Q. Meeting presence of those upon whom they look as bas been received, which we also publish.

children of the same family, and for whose wel.

fare they feel a deep interest; and the former, An Address of the Monthly Meeting of Friends, by not availing themselves of this source of

held at Green Street, Philadelphia, to its spiritual strength, are deprived of the blessing members.

which is often found even by the two or three Dear Friends :-With a salutation of love who are gathered in the name of the Lord. we are concerned to address you, for the pur- For those in the middle or younger walks of pose of stirring up the pure mind by bringing life, who occupy the position of heads of famiinto view the excellency of our fundamental lies, we feel an earnest solicitude. May these principle, -the Light of Christ in the con- be stimulated to assemble with their friends science, and the testimonies issuing from it. under a sense of the obligation thereof, and Impressed, as we are, with a sense of the preserv- haply, like some formerly who went forih to ing influence of these testimonies, and their meet with the Divine Master, they may receive adaptation to the affairs of every-day life, we the salutation, “Thy faith hath made thee regard with concern any evidence of a want of whole ;” and, being strengthened, they may, appreciation of them by our members. We by precept and example, encourage the children would that all, and especially our young friends to gather with them. who have a birthright, might remember the We, more than any other people, if we are advantages which they possese as members of consistent with our profession, are independent the Society of Friends. They are relieved of outward ministrations,—-our faith leading us from much of a superficial and ceremonial to regard the inward Teacher as the essential character, which has a tendency to fetter and source of spiritual instruction, we may, when bind the spirit; and their exemption from brought in contact with that which does not oaths, and the leniency shown in reference to meet the Witness for Truth in our minds, retire military services, &c., as conscientious members to the inner sanctuary and there await the of our religious organization, should cause them arising of life, whereby we shall be enabled to

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mingle in spirit with the Living Seed, and to the Church. But the way not appearing quite kdow of the doctrine whether iu be of God or clear at present :o visit Friends in their fami. of man, and also realize that they “who wait Ilies, and feeling that there is something more upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” | due from us, we take this method to convey to Through this medium, a qualification will be each of you our sincere desire to call your atreceived to fill the places made vacant by the tention and ours to the great importance of a removal of those who “have borne the burden self-examination, to see whether we are indeed and heat of the day," and to support the testi- living “the life of the righteous” at our homes, mony loved and upheld by them.

and in the every day walks of life; whether we If the eye is turned outward, we shall doubt are concerned to assemble ourselves together to less discover at times that even those who worship our Heavenly Father, and to render should“ adorn the doctrine” which they preach, thanks to Him for the many blessings which give evidence of holding their treasure in we receive at His hands. earthen vessels ; but, dear friends, shall we The absence from many of our meetings of a falter because of the failings of others ? Rather large number of the younger portion of solet us look with charity upon a brother who ciety, has been to us a source of sorrow and may be overtaken with a fault, and consider our regret; for if our Society is to be continued, selves lest we also be tempted. In watching and the sublime testimonies, which we believe the footsteps of others, and thereby neglecting were given us as a people to bear before the our own, as much weakness has, perhaps, en world, are to be supported and upheld, it is to sued as from any other cause. We wish Dot to them we must look for a succession of standard be apologists for wrong doing, but would en bearers. courage all to individual faithfulness; so that, To you, then, dear parents, and especially instead of becoming faint hearted at the re- the precious mothers, who exert so powerful an misspeas of others, we may be ready to prove influence over your tender offspring, we would our own works and render aid in checking recommend a diligent and earnest watch upto everything that has a tendenoy to weaken the prayer, for wisdom and ability to guard them body or destroy its vitality. We have need, from the many spares that await them on every each one, to be upon the watch, that the enemy hand, to lead them away from the path of virapproach not by an unguarded path, or be tue and peace. allowed to sow tares.

And oh, that you, dear young people, would It is by beariog up one another's hands in pause in your career, and diligently ponder the promotion of truth, by endeavoring to your ways.—may you realize in your inmost strengthea each other to walk worthy the voca- hearts, that you are not only beings of the tion where with we are called, that we are to re- present, but of the future, that your kind alize the advantages resultiog from an associated Heavenly Father is inviting you to come up body. We would encourage every right effort higher,--that he is calling you, with a bigh for the mingling of the old and young, be- and holy calling, to lay aside the corrupting lieving much good may be effected by it. The amusements that “war against the soul”-and aged, by manifesting interest and love for the that “perish with the using”-and buy of Him youth, will be more likely to retain their mental gold tried in the fire that you may be richvigor and cast around them the beauty of a and white garments wherewith you may be green old age, while those who are as the open clothed, sr that when time to you shall be po ing buds in the spring-time of life will, under more, you may attain to a mansion in that the shelter of the older branches, be protected building of God, that house not made with from the extremes of heat and cold, and to- bands, eternal in the heavens. gether they may form a living emblem of a Dear friends, we desire not to trouble you fruitful tree in the garden of the Lord. with many words, but we feel deeply concerned On behalf of the Meeting,

that each of us, younger and older, may take JACOB M. Ellis,

time to reflect whilst we are favored with the ELIZABETH W. LIPPINCOTT, opportunity, and interrogate ourselves to know

Clerks. whether we feel prepared to be called to another Philadelphia, Third month 28th, 1867. state of being, even though that call should

come to-morrow! remembering tbat unless we THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY NOTTING. feel a foretaste of Heaven whilst in the body, HAM QUARTERLY MEETING, in the Fifth month we shall not be prepared to enjoy that blessed last, to visit in Gospel love the subordinate state hereafter. meetings, and also Friends in their families, (if Finally, dear friends, let us encourage and way should open,) having performed that ser stimulate each other to brighten the chain of vice so far as to visit all the meetings, are en. love and good-will amongst us ; endeavor to live couraged, believing that our labors thus far right at home, so that we shall be enabled to have been ackuowledged by the Great Head ofl attend our meetings in such a spirit as shall

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advance our bighest interests, and promote the very carpet upon which on the morning of the spiritual bealth of our beloved Society. Let us battle of Lutzen he knelt to pray; over the altar strive to imitate the example of the Lord's is a fine picture of the assassination. Accord. prophet. who, when in great distress on accounting to Coleridge, he was not guilty of conspiring of the destruction of the walls around Ancient against the Emperor, but there was a conspiraJerusalem, humbled himself and earnestly cy, and the actors in it wished to draw him into sought the Lord for strength to enable his peo it. I think if the proof had been good, the ple to rebuild the same, which was wonderfully Emperor would have had him regularly tried accomplished, by each one building the wall and executed. The other conspirators were before his own door! So may we, dear friends, executed in the market place of Pilaitz. I by faithfulness and an earnest watch over our walked through Wallenstein's gardens and selves, build up our part of the heritage. Thus gathered flowers, but I cannot feel any enthushall the waste places be restored, and our Zion saism for bim; he was the soldier of despotism, agaia shine forth, even as a light to the world. and if he meditated independence of the EmSigned in and on behalf of the committee, by peror, there is no reason to think it would have

David G. McCoy, been in favor of a general freedom. We visited

Mary C. CUTLER. the castle of the Emperor on the hill. It forms 10th mo. 30th, 1867.

part of the fortification, and there is a splendid

prospect from it of the city and of the valley of FIRST-DAY SCHOOLS.

the Moldau beyond. We went into the church, At the meeting of the Executive Committee the exterior of which resembles the cathedral beld on 27th of Twelfth month, three interest at Cologne, but it is smaller. It stands at one ing letters from Friends in Ohio and Indiana end of the court of the palace, which is quite were read, showing the interest there was in spacious. There was a still higher bill beyond creasing. A Conference had been held within this, on which was an old convent containing the limits of White water Quarter, Ind., and it some historical and other collections, but we was proposed to hold such a meeting monthly. did not visit it. I went into the Jews' quarter

The Committee on Books reported the fol. of the city, which was more ancient, and bad lowing as being unobjectiocable: “It Isn't narrower streets than that of Frankfort-on-theRight," price $1.00 ; Jeanie's New Thoughts," Maine. Io it is a synagogue built in the sev.

“ Answered Prayer,” 25 cts.; “ Allen enth century; it looked like a jail, being but Lucas, the self-made Man,” 50 cts.; "The Lucy one story in height and having grated windows Books,” 6 vols., $3.50. If Friends at a distance It is used now for a Frauenschule. A moro desire to purchase any of these works in this or sightly synagogue stands near it, in which is the previous list, the Comunittee will attend to kept à banner that one of the Emperors gave it for them. A set of Quastions prepared for to the Jews in honor of their bravery in defendher owo class by a teacher in Baltimore having ing Prague either from the Turks or the Probeen reported on favorably, the Committee was testant Swedes. There are two splendid bronze authorized to have them published. A Com monuments in Prague. One is a spire containmittee to make a selection of texts for the use ing within it a bronze statue of the Emperor of children was also damed. The time for Francis on horseback, under a baldaquin. bolding “ The First-day School Association of There were besides in this spire and around it Friends within the limits of Philadelphia Yearly figures representing the sixteen ancient circles Meeting,” was fixed for Sixth day afternooo, of Bohemia, as well as Science, Commerce, In4ch mo. 10th, 1868, at 3 o'clock, P. M., at Race dustry and the Arts. The other monument was street Meeting House. It is hoped that Friends a figure of Rodetsky on a buckler, supported by interested in this movement will forward convine soldiers. It was made of one hundred tributions to the Treasurer, Jos. Powell, 3120 cannons taken from the Piedmontese in 1858; Chesinut street, Philadelphia.

they were melted down to make the bronzo.

The cathedral contains a royal mausoleum EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENCE.

of marble and alabaster, under which repose No. 13.

the remains of royal personages, whose portraits MUNICH, Nov. 2d, 1867. are in medallions upon it, the most ioteresting I visited Wallenstein's palace in Prague; it to me being that of George Podiebrad. is still occupied by the Wallenstein family, but From Prague we went on to Schwandorf, his chapel, banqueting ball, a curious artificial where is Wallenstein's summer palace, but it grotto in the basement, and the horse which he was so far from the station that we could not rode at the battle of Lutzen, (stuffed and look- see it. We passed the night in the Hotel de ing as if alive,) are shown to visitors. The Poste, near the railroad, and had time in the horse is very small, but beautifully formed. morning to go to the village church, in which The chapel is a high, narrow, circular room, we saw a mummified body enclosed in a glass covered with frescoes; in the gallery was the case. It did not look very repulsive; the face,

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indeed, was rather interesting, the head lying , Catholi, saints and heroes; the candles even in a natural position, with a bishop's c.p on it; burn on the altar during the service, which it was covered with jewels, especially pale ru- otherwise is like our congregational service, bies, and was some hundreds of years old. The consisting of hymns sung by the people, prayers jewels but poorly supplied the place of life, the read by the minister, (but not responded to jewel of jewels. On the same night we reached vocally by the congregation,) and a scrmon. I Nuremburg, which, in the middle ages, was the attended an afternoon service in this church. centre of the fine arts, and which I was prepared There are among the pictures in it some of Alto see very much in decay, though interesting bert Dürer's, and all the pictures and sculpture from its quaintness. In the last I was not dis- are good, being by the best Nurenburg artists. appointed, but I was surprised to see it so four- Opposite St. Sebaldus is the chapel of St. Mauishing and rich; but wherever Protestantism rice, now used as a picture gallery, and opened predominates over Catholicism the buildings |(as soon as the church service closes on Sunday look tidy and spruce, and the people industrious morning) to the public. The pictures are the and cheerful.

finest of the Byzantine school that I have seen. Nurt mburg was long a free city, and besides A number of children, evidently of the poorest it is in Bavaria, which is not so poor aod broken- classes, streamed into the gallery as soon as it hearted a place as Bohemia. Germans are a was opened, and seemed to be deeply interested more industrious people than any Sclavic race, in the pictures; then came adults, and it was at least so they maintain; but a German can soon full. I was most interested in an Ecce never do justice to the Slavonian races. There Homo of Dürer's, in which the thorn-crownel is an antipathy as deep between those races as Christ seemed to be forgetting his pain in between the Germans and the Celts. Wher thought, though the flesh evidently was suffer. will they try to understand each other? Al-ing. I wondered what was in the minds of ready the Germans have fructified by the lyri- these gazing children as they surveyed this and cal and musical genius of the Sclavoniads. other martyrdoms, and I felt the deprivation of

Albert Dürer's statue in bronze and the house being toogne-tied by my ignorance of the art of where he was born and where he painted, and German couversation. The highest lesson that where, I believe, he died, were the first ohjects these Catholic pictures teach is that of resignaof in:erest to us, and we saw them within twen- tion to overpowering suffering, never of triumphty-four hours of our arrival. In his house were ant action.

E. P. P. many of his pictures, and it is kept in nice order

To the Editors of the Friends' Intelligencer. to be seen by strangers, whose fees to the woman who attends are probably her living.

I herewith transmit for your readers the In the court yard of the palace, which we

following beautiful little poem, written by visited, is a tree 100 years old, planted by Queen Bernard Barton. The reaching, searching and Cunegunde. The castle formis a part of the spirit-stirring character of the lines commend fortified wall of old Nuremburg, which formerly

them to our attentive perusal.

T. had three hundred round towers; now there are

QUESTIONS.
only one hundred; the four principal ones were

I.
planned by Dürer, and built of cut stone. Nu Wbat is our being's aim and end?-
remburg is divided into two parts by the Pey.

Is it life's fleeting years to spend
nitz river, over which are eight bridges, some

In joys as fleeing, which but tend

To tempt our tarriance bere ? making picturesque scenes On one side is the

Believe it 101;-our space of time church of St. Lawrence, (formerly Catholic,) Was given, -by discipline sublime, full of statuary and pictures, the works of native To bid our hopes and wishes climb artists of Nuremburg, who made the middle age

Unto a happier sphere. art so glorious. On its porch is sculptured the

II. laet judgment; the painted glass in the church

Seek'st thou to win a noble name ?

Bethink thee, 'tis a virtuous aim
is very spleodid, but the chef d'ouvre of art in

Alone brings bonorable fame!
it is a stone sanctuary in the form of a spire at Applauded and renowned
the right of the choir, full of little statuettes, For proudest deeds,--if wanting this,-
and resting on the shoulders of three figares,

Virtue's true guerdon thou wilt miss,
which represent the artist Adam Krafft and his

Oblaining for substantial bliss,

An idle, empty sound. two principal workmen. In a sepulchral monu

IN,
ment in the middle of the church reposes the

Liv'st thou to beap up treasured store
body of Sophia of Brandenburg. The church Of Mammon's soul-enthralliog ore;
of St. Sebaldus, the patron saiot of Nuremburg, And heaping still to covet more?--
renowned for bis charities, is a Protestant To Scripture turn, and see
church now, but retains, as do all the Lutheran

His lot, wbo gathered board as vast;
churches conquered from the Catholies, all the

Tbine eye upon his sentence cast;

“Thou fool! this night shall be thy last ! pictures, statues, monuments, &c., of the old Then whose shall these things be ?'

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Soon will the surge of life be o'er,
And thou wilt reach a bas pier sliore,
Where there will be po storms to barm,
But thou, amidst seraphic calm,
W'ilt tell to all in that bright renim,
" A Fatber's hand was at tbe telu." G. C.

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IV.
Lov'st thou to bask in beauty's eye ;
To dote upon her cheek's brigbt dye,
Her look, ber gesture, smile or sigh ?---

Turn to the silent tomb
There learn, as even the lover must,
How brief and treacherous beauty's trust in
" Asbes to ashes!!! " Dust to dust!"
Remains her mortal doom !

V.
Art thou a votary of the Nine?..
By glowing thoughts and tuneful line,
Hoping to gain within their shrine,

Honors that shall not die?
Powerless are harp, and lute, and lyre,
Till more than Promeibean fire
Toy spirit shall with hopes inspire
Or immortality!

VI.
A warrior art thou in the dia
Of baitle, glory taugbt to win ?--
Ob! bear the still small voice within ;

Whose accents would declare
To ears unclos'd, and hearts upsteel'd,
“Turn inward to thy burtle field,
" Thy sword the Spirit, Faith thy shield,
“And be a victor there."

VII.
Are toil and poverty thy lot ? -
Respect thyseli,--and murmur not,-
All earth could give, will be forgot

Ip life's last solemn scenel-
All, in the grave, as equals weet,
And God, upon his judgment seat,
Alike impartially will greet
The mighty and the mean.

VIII.
Then “onward !" to thy being's goal!
View not a part; but scan the whole !
B: duty's ta-k, with fearless soul

"Determined, dared, and done."
Be patient, humble, thankful, calm,
So shalt thou win the deathless palm,
And join in that triumphauc psalm,

Which hails the victory wou.

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BY R. W. EMERSON.
I am afraid that our domestic life will not bear
looking into. I fear that our houses will not
be found to have unity, and to express the best
thought. The household, the calling, the
friendships of the citizen are not homogeneous.
His house ought to show us bis honest opinion
of what his well-being consists in when he
rests among his kindred, and forgets all affecta-
tion, all compliance, and even all exertion of
will. He brings home thither whatever com-
modities and ornaments have for years allured
his pursuit, and his character must be seen in
them. But what idea predominates in our
bouses ? Thrift first, then convenience and
pleasure. Take off all the roofs from street to
street, and we shall seldom find the temple of
any higher god than Prudence. The progress
of domestic living has been in cleanliness, in
ventilation, in bealth, in decorum, in countless
means and arts of comfort, in the concentration
of all the utilities of every cliwe in each hovse.
They are arranged for low benefits. The
houses of the rich are confectioners' shops,
where we get sweetmeats and wine; the houses
of the poor are imitations of these to the extent
of their ability. With these ends housekeeping
is not beautiful; it cheers and raises neither
the husband, the wife, nor the child; neither
the host, nor the guest: it oppresses women.
A house kept to the end of prudence is labori-
ous without joy; a house kept to the end of
display is impossible to all but a few women,
and their success is dearly bought.

If we look at this matter curiously, it becomes
dangerous. We need all the force of an idea
to lift this load; for the very wealth and mul.
tiplication of conveniences embarrass us, especi.
ally in northern climates. The shortest enu-
meration of our wants in this rugged climate
appalls us by the multitude of things not easy
to be done. And if you look at the multitude
of particulars, one would say, good housekeep-
ing is impossible. Order is too precious a thing
to dwell with men and women. See how, in
families where there is both substance and
taste, at what expense any favorite punctuality
is maintained. If the children, for example,
are cobsidered, dressed, dieted, attended, kept
in

proper company, schooled, and at home fostered by the parents--then does the hospitality of the house suffer. Friends are less cirefully bestowed, the daily table less catered. If the hours of meals are punctual, the apart

"MY FATHER'S AT THE HELM.'
When foamy cares gurround thy bark,
And all within is very dark,
No siar appears to ligbt thy way,
And thou art longing for the day-
Oh, think, dear child of God, that then
"A Father's hand is at tbe belm."
And when thy cares like billows come,
Dashing against thee, one by one,
And thou dost think thy tiny shell
Must sink beneath the mountain swell-
05, be at peace, for 'tis just then
" A Father's hand is at the belm."
All gone before have found, like thee,
Life has but been a stormy gea ;
They've had their nights of darkness too,
And fears and foes, as well as you ;
Yet all reacbed home, to loud proclaim,

A Father's band was at the belm."
Then banish fear, dear child of God,
Had kiss the band that gives the rod;
There is a needs.be for thy cr098,
And thou'lt receive therefrom no loss,
For nothing can thy soul o'erwhelm-
* A Fatber's hand is at the belm,"

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