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cled by such radiant haloes? Bat pleasure dies, the jewels of her soul ; buried, and all is mockery. Life! says the man of science, consists in the unfolding and developont of that which “knows itself to be"-which feels the high pre-rogare of an immortal spirit. From matter, by regular gradations, he asnds and rests at last in Reason as the highest good, but bends no knee Him who rules in that vast realm. Alas! the cap-stone wanting only complete the structure. Human life is threefold, physical, intellectual, and spiritual, and though full united development of each is needful, they are strangely divided. hysical life stands lowest in the scale, and yet so many votaries have gaPered round its standard that their name seems legion. Fearfully pro:essive, with the never-beasing cry of “Wherewithal shall we be fed and bothed.” The world of sense to them is the whole world, and only beautial while ministering to the requirements of their lower earthly nature. hey see no beauty in the waving forest save the prospective beauty of ately dwellings; hear no voice from the sounding sea bat the voice of rommerce; recognize no genius in a Newton, Bacon, Kepler, Franklin, side from that which reduced their philosophy to bread-earning, practisal parposes. Such men as Milton, Schiller, Goethe, are useless bubbles in the stream of time—their glorious conceptions but vagaries of disor

.ered brains. The world beyond is but a dim uncertainty, a thing of mipor importance, while worshiping at the shrine of mammon. In these how aint the image of Divinity-how widely severed from its high Original. # But all are not content to pass life thus; there is a ruthless yearning among men for more substantial aliment; a constant longing to solve the problem of existence, and to know all things. Vast stores of knowledge are opened, depths of thought fathomed, the earth, the air, the very heavrons are searched for intellectual light. Music and her sister arts adorn wwith grace and beauty the varied scenes of life, and literature and history

preserve, on an enduring tablet, the triumph of humanity. Philosophy, with stately steppings, leads man to her deep haunts, and points him to the shadows of immortal forms from heaven. The beauty-loving Greek gazed at these shadows till he almost recognized Infinity. EX But even in the intellectual, as in the physical world, that which we most admire is fleeting, fading-its brightest charms are but day-dreams of hope that pass from as before their forms and features are fully stamped upon the memory. They fade away, and leave us, wreck-like, on a wide waste of waters --leave us still longing for some unknown shore, some moveless anchor.

There is, indeed, a higher, parer life; a spiritual world more beautiful s by far than any earthly Eden. There is no darkness there it is illamin.

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ated by the light irradiated from God's throne; no discord there, for every Sound is melody; no falsebood there, for truth presides, an ever ruling deity. No physical want is known, and mind enthralled no longer, has fall scope for its immortal pow.rs. A veil-like partition separates this world from ours, and because man does not see the mysteries beyond, he wears his shackles still, and gropes his way in darkness.

This powerful struggle between hope and fear, the spirits, as it were of light and darkness—can good proceed from thence ? In nature we witness mighty winds, but in them God is not-fearful convulsions wbich almost rend the earth. He is not there, but in the soft whisperings of peace and love, we feel his presence, and awe-stricken veil our faces. God's image, implanted in the soul, though half obliterated, is not utterly effaced, and life's constant struggle seems but an effort to win man back to his first high estate. The mighty power of evil is advancing, with rapid strides, but close behind, although invisible to mortal eyes, is the majestic form of Truth, and he must conqueror. Step by step, with ceaseless steppings

, time speeds on-by-and-by a change will come, a powerful renovation, and then behold the emancipation of the race.

Until that season life will be s scene of trial, an endless warfare; clouds must float between the soul and sunlight; high aspirations must be quenched, and hopes lie pale and bleeding on the rock of sorrow. A mist enshrouds the temple while we tarry at the portals, bat the dim, uncertain twilight will be banished by the radiant beams of an eternal day.

If earthly life is beautiful, with all its shadows, what must be the glories of that higher spiritual existence where the deep yearnings of the soul meet with a full fruition? Not a passive state of being, but a complete development of all man's godlike powers, a perfect unfolding of the bad in paradise—a constant lengthening of the chain of thought which now can almost reach Infinity.

H. A. E.



Oh! I will away, on each fine day,

And a healthful walk 'twill be,
To that school-house white, so fair and bright,

That not far off I see;
For that school-house white, so tall and bright,

In a pleasant placo to me

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'Twas our friends regard, though the times are hard,

For us this house did build ;
And they'll be paid for their generous aid,

If we our part fulfill;
And we'll delight, by its walls so white,
Each day our place to fill.




The following incident in a district school, described by Mr. William itt Paimer of New York, President of the Manhattan Insurance Company, 1 an address before “The Literary Society," in Stockbridge, Mass., his ative home, will take many whose heads are now streaked with silvery fairs, a journey back to boyhood and early life:

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A district school, not far away
Mid Berkshire hills, one Winter's day
Was numming with its wonted noise
Of threescore mingled girls and boys,
Some few upon their tasks intent,
But more on furtive mischief bent;
The while the Master's downward look
Was fastened on a copy book-
When suddenly, behind his back,
Rose, sharp and clear, a rousing SMACK!
As 'twere a battery of bliss
Let off in one tremendous kiss!
“ What's that ?” the startled master cries;
"That thir," a little imp replies,

Wath William Willith, if yon pleathe
saw him kith Thuthanah Peathe !"

With frown to make a statue thrill,
The master thundered "Hither, Will!"
Like wretch o'ertaken in his traok,
With stolen treasure on his back,
Will hung his head in fear and shame,
and to the awful presence came
A great, green, bashful simpleton,
The butt of all good-natured fun-
With smile suppressed, and birch upraised,
The threatener faltered—"I'm amazed
That you, my biggest pupil, should
Be guilty of an act so rude !
Before the whole set school to boot-
What evil ganius put you to't ?".
'Twas she, herself, sir,” sobbed the lad,
"I didn't mean to be so bad
But when Susannah shook her curls,
And whispered I was 'fraid of girls,
And dursn't kiss a baby's doll,
I couldn't stand it, sir, at all i
But up and kissed her on the spot,
I know-boo-hoo-I ought to not,
But somehow, from her looks—boo-hoo,
I thought she kind o wished me to !"

Editorial Miscellany.

THE BIBLE IN SCHOOL. It will be remembered by many of our readers that a few months since, by the action of the Board of Education, the Bible was ex cluded from several of the public schools in the City of New York.

With reference to this action of the Board of Education, the Old School Pres. Synod, of New York, at its meeting at Jamaica, in October last, unanimously adopted the following resolutions :

"That in the name of our common Christianity, and of public morals, and our civil liberties, founded on the principles of the Word of God, and in the name of the God of our fathers, and in behalf of the Christian congregations and families under our care, this Synod lifts up its voice of remonstrance, and earnestly utters its solemn protest against the recent action of the Board of Education, by which

the children in thirteen of our public schools have been robbed of their right and privilege of reading the Word of God, and calling on him in prayer, and that the ministers and people be enjoined to use all lawful means to restore the Bible to its place as the basis of all right education.

"That a committee of five be appointed to examine the whole subject of popu. lar education, and report to the next meeting of Synod, on the expediency of abandoning the present system of education by the State, leaving education with religion, to be supported by the voluntary action of the people.”

Upon which action of the Synod the New York Observer comments as follows

“When the conclusion is reached that we can not enjoy the rights of consci ence in the education of our children, that the children of the poor and neglected can not receive moral instruction at the same time with intellectual, that our system of popular education is to be divested of all capacity to treat the child as a moral being, we shall be driven to the necessity of seeking a divorce of State and school, To this the mind of the religious community is steadily tending."

We are gratified to see an increased interest, on the part of the public, in the subject of the moral and religious instruction of youth. Education is getting to be cousidered something more than mental discipline, and the true teacher is he who develops and trains the whole nature of the pupil, so as to fit him for the roper performance of life's duties. The intellectual wrecks which lie thickly scattered along our pathway; wrecks caused by the perversion or imperfect training of the moral nature, warn us, while developing the intellect, not to neglect the conscience and the heart.

of public morals, the peculation, bribery, and fraud, which are becoming so common in our country, should lead us to a careful examination of our system of education, in order that we may discover the cause of this widespread immorality, and if possible provide a remedy.

Still, we are sorry to see any ecclesiastical body take such a position as the pas sage of the above resolutions would indicate the Synod of New York has taken in reference to free schools.

We are not prepared to abandon the system even if the reading of the Bible and prayer were positively prohibited in every school in the land. The Synod and the Observer, it seems to us have both fallen into the same error in stating, or at least implying that no moral instruction can be given in school, unless through the agency of prayer or the reading of the Bible. They overlook the choice selec] tions, inculcating the purest morality, which abound in our standard reading books; they forget that the daily life, example and precepts of the living teacher are more powerful in giving direction to the youthful mind than any abstract lessons of morality; they do not seem to understand that a child may be taught to love justice, truth, and goodness, to hate injustice, falsehood, and vice, to fear God and love his fellows, even if the written revelation shall not be opened, nor the blessing of our Heavenly Father be invoked each morning at the commencement o school

But supposing that nothing could be done in this direction, that it were impos

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