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South, and as he stood there he was a new liberty and right, but to shrivel up the enlarging stove, all-a-burning, with the door wide open, sympathies of a humanity that was striving to the draught clear, the pipes singing. Our friend give the speediest answer to the command of came with his heart alive to every thing good, God, - Break every yoke, and let the oppressed but with some ideas that the air of New England go free! " Take away the Old Stove !" is betwas to waft away. He was clear spoken on ter to be heard while its glory is acknowledged any topic that came up; bold, uncompromising, and its beneficence is diffusive. Surely this has steadfast to conviction; and when the contro- a significance to those whose creed tells them of versy waxed earnest and severe, how he would a fiery furnace that will show its heat when the feel the extra heat of our endeared servant, and mortal stove is taken down. Farewell, Old snatching his hat from his head, thrust his fin. Stove! gers into his massive raven locks, and then drum a tat-too on the crown of his beaver. The Stove

“I care not in these fading days was too much for hiin, and he would rise and

To raise a cry that lasts not long,

And round thee with the breeze of song sway around in the area, with a Johnsonian stride and a little of a Johnsonian imperative.

To stir a little dust of praise.” ness. The moral, reformatory, evangelical

There has been dust enough stirred arouta warmth around the Old Stove vivified many a

thee in thy tiine, and now thou art down, poor sympathetic thought then latent in his rich na

Stove! ture, and what a rivalship obtained between those two round, compact, large breasted and large hearted friends of ours, to contribute to the genialities of the place! The rapid fire of wit

THE GRAPE'S TOW. never came from a better marksman than he ; and as for a story, who could excel the power of 'Twas for this they reared the vine, his telling! “A man of infinite jest," jocund Fostered every leaf and shoot, as the summer morning, yet as ready with kind- Loved to see its tendrils twine, ly sympathy and sterling thought as if a Barna- And cherished it from branch to root ; bas and Paul were united with Apollos the

'Twas for this that from the blast “ eloquent man." His freest humor never re

It was screened and taught to run, minded you of defilement, but of high bred jo

That its fruit might ripen fast,

O'er the trellis to the sun. viality where wit is in and wine is out; and things sacred were never profaned to add to the

And for this they rudely tore mirth of the moment. The Old Stove never

Every cluster from the stem, played false, but was ever up to its promise; 'Twas to crush us till we poured and so was it ever with thee, great hearted

Out our very blood for them. friend! eloquent champion of truth and human

Well, though we are tortured thus, ity, gentle as a lover's lute where the theme re

Still our essence shall endure ; quires it, and stirring as the peal of the moun- Vengeance they shall find with us tain bugle, when the alarm must ring through May be slow, but will be surc. the intricate windings of a worldly conscience.

And the longer we are pent

From the air and cheering light, The work of ruin is consummateu! The light

Greater, when they give us vent, above, the light and doors and walls around, are

For our rest shall be our might ;

And our spirits they shall see all gone; the thoroughfare is filled with rubbish, and we cannot, if we would, look in upon the

Can assume a thousand shapes !

These are words of verity deserted spot--the brave old stove removed.

Uttered by the dying grapes. Well, be it so.. Many a man stands yet in the place of power who may well envy thee, Old

Many a stately form shall reel Stove, when his mission time on earth is ended,

When our power is felt within, and who hen must recall the consuming fact, Many a foolish tongue reveal that he has permitted the fire of soul to burn, What the recent draught has been ; not so warm the kindly charities into livelier

Many a thoughtless, yielding youth, activity and to give energy to the chilled love of

With his promise all in bloom,

Go from paths of peace and truth

metrical career. Perhaps he was unconscious To an early, shameful tomb.

of the finer consistencies aud most delicate har

monies which we detect in his life by a close We the purse will oft unclasp,

examination and patient analysis. The great: All its golden treasure take, And the husband in our grasp,

est poets, it is thought, are not conscious of the Leave the wife with heart to break ;

subtile graces in their creations of character and While his babes are pinched with cold,

rhythm, that are revealed by the mental microWe will bind him to the bowl

scopes which the critic applies to them. They 'Till his features we behold

write with a general purpose, and from the presGlowing like a living coal.

sure of poetic inspiration, and their thought and

feeling shape themselves, as it were, into the We will bid the tempter put

finer turns and relations which the keen sense To his lips a glass or two,

of cultivated taste discovers and enjoys. And Then we'll stab him in the foot

we should believe that the Savior was filled 'Till it overleaps the shoe.

with the spirit or vital essence of all goodness And we'll swell the doctor's bill

and greatness-that he cultivated this, and sufWhile he parries us in vain,

fered it to flow out through him as the shifting He may cure but we will kill,

occasions and circumstances of his position reTill our thousands we have slain.

quired. This principle or essence-this “law of When we've drowned their peace and health,

the spirit of life" in him-was love. In this reStrength and hopes within the bowl,

sides the secret of the simplicity of his characMore we'll ask than life or wealth,

ter, its consistency and its comprehensiveness. We will blight the very soul.

As the life in the bursting seed developes and Ye, who from our blood are free,

unfolds till it pours itself through a hundred Take the charge we give you now,

channels and into various forms-stem, branchTaste not till you wait and see

es, boughs, leaves, flowers and fruit, so the germ If the grapes forget their vow !

of love in the soul of Jesus developed itself and JANE KENNEDY.

flowed without constraint into all his actions, Meadville, Pa.

filling them with beauty and power. Religion he defined to be the love of God and man, and if we examine any of his deeds, we shall see that

it is an exhibition of that spirit according to the THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST.

demands of the moment and the end to be at

tained. Why was the character of Jesus so human and natural ? Why was its development so easy,

Finely has it been said that in Jesus “

manifested the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” graceful and regular? Why were his actions so broad and comprehensive ? How was this re

A new meaning radiates from that passage as markable spiritual experience formed and per

we read it in the light of our subject. How

manifold the manifestations of the Deity to the fected ? Not by mechanical effort and imitation. We must not believe that the religious history scale, the stupendous forces, and intricate har

huinan mind! They are made to us in the vast of Jesus was a piece of mosaic work, formed of acts fitted together and produced, each at the

monies of the universe, - through the rich sunproper moment, for the sake of making a perfect light and the mysterious night-shadows and the career in the sight of men. That career was

oracular star-skies, and the beauty of spring not composed of nicely calculated deeds and pos

days, the sweetness and loveliness of flowers, tures, but was the outgush and revelation of his

and the pomp of forests, the slopes of mounlife; it unfolded from a law or spirit within hiin

tains, the skill of the human frame, and the that lay around, and beneath, and above all his

structure and inspiration of the mind and heart

of man. actions and vivified them. When we study his

And yet, inconceivably vast and varibiographies we are struck with the consistency,

ous as are the elements and scale of nature, symmetry and breadth of all the related items there is unity in it, there is consistency and of his conduct, but these qualities were not the symmetry in the impressions it makes upon us result of art, forethought and intention. Jesus

concerning God. The central quality of the was not governed by the purpose of living a sym

Divine Spirit, is Love, and this unity reflects itVol. X X.

self in the creation he has made. There is one 3



plan in it-one purpose and one end. Goodness I ever be the grade of their grandeur; virtue has is impressed on every thing, goodness is the the same base and the same conditions to every spring which directs ihe infinite power and art, free being, whether savage or archangel; God and therefore as thought ranges from the con- is the same object of reverence and adoration to federacy of firmaments, through all subordinate

the lowest as to the highest mind which he has revelations of the Creator's glory, to the animals formed; and so the essential unity and spiritual cule that sports, invisible to unassisted sight, in sympathy of all intelligent spirits appear in the the solar ray, there is no jar in the impressions identity of their origin, their object, their aspirwhich nature leaves, for all are toned by the ations, their bliss, and their destiny. sweep of one all-vivifying and ever undulating Here, indeed, is one of the incentives to vissentiment from which the universe was born

tue, here lies the glory of virtue that it is the the Love of God. It was by his oneness with

best thing, the highest excellence in the uniGod that Jesus was filled with the spirit of

Whoever possesses it, comes into fel. Love; it was because he was se charged with

lowship with all that is great and noble in the it that he became “the fullness of the Godhead

creation. Whoerer obtains it, though he live in bodily,” and in the fullness of this sentiinent

obscurity and disgrace among men, is raised within him, we see the reason of the natural

above all earthly dignities, wears a crown that ness, symmetry and comprehensiveness of his

is more glorious than any jeweled circlet, and is character.

seen by the Almighty to be of the same kindred As a general thing we mistake very seriously with Christ and the angels. in regard to the source of the Savior's spiritual It makes no difference, then, so far as our greatness and perfection. Believing him to be present question is concerned, how high we vastly superior in nature and gifts to mortals, place jesus in the rank of spiritual beings. Be. we almost instinctively suppose that his virtues

cause he was a spiritual being, the spirit of life must have been of another class than ours, and in him must necessarily have been the same that his religious experience was beyond our with that which should rule and inflame our comprehension and sympathy. But, however

hearts. It was, and must have been, love of high we place himn in the rank of being, the

God, love of spiritual excellence, love of duty, question of his essential spiritual likeness to us, love of men. This was his greatness, this was is not a sected. It was Dr. Channing, I believe, his glory, and the fullness of this makes him the who first pointed out and insisted upon the unity image of the Father and the Teacher and Reand likeness of all souls. Between a crystal deemer of the world. and a flower, between an insect and a lion, there

It may be thought by some, perhaps, that in is a great gulf fixed, which never can be passed. the remarks thus made, the glory of Christ is There is no bond of union between them, no made to depend exclusively upon his goodness, possibility of communication, and never can be and that his office and the other gifts of his naany nearer approximation of life. But when

ture, are not taken into the account. Of course we come up into the sphere of moral intelligen- the office of the Savior as a Commissioned Reces, such rigid lines of separation fade. There vealer, is a subject outside the topic that is be. may be ranks of creatures of different form than fore us, and in any estimate of the qualities of ours, in other globes; there may be orders in

the Savior's spirit as they are indicated in his the hierarchy of heaven with attributes far more biographies, we should do wrong to overlook or glorious than those possessed by man, but if they slight the greatness of intellect, of sensibility, were made to study truth, and love goodness, and of imagination that are presented to us. But and worship and serve the everlasting and all- the truths that are perceived by the intellect and present Father, they are of the same nature with imagination, depend very much on the spirit of us, their excellence is kindred with ours, their life :hat is separate from them and lies beneath joy is of the same stamp, their glory wears the them. The Savior might have been commis. same likeness, and however far they may rise sioned by the Almighty to tell us the words we above us in the attainments of the spirit, they find in the Bible about duty, and spiritual life, are but our elder brothers, and we may yet, if and Go:l's naiure and purposes, and the soul's we desire it, rise to their greatness and stand by immortality, but if his own breast had not been their side. Truth is one and immutable-the

consecrated as it was, and filled with divine same to all minds that study is ; happiness and love, he would not have known those truths in misery are the same in nature to all souls what.

his own consciousness, as we feel that he did know them. His lips might have been the while Newton closed his great work with a rapchannel of super-earthly communications, but turous hymn to the Almighty, Laplace concludthe truths he spoke would not have been enfor- ed the record of his discoveries with a cool proced and interpreted by that certainty which his phecy that they would serve to dispel some suown experience of their reality now imparts to perstitions from the popular mind. them. They would have come to us like cold Let us observe, also, the difference in the eslaws and arbitrary commands from the Almigh- timates which Napoleon and Washington formty, and not in the warm and genial coloring ed of men. Washington saw the worth of human which they now possess as we see them to be nature, saw the evil and wrong of tyranny, saw the results of pure insight by a hallowed mind. the majesty of justice, saw the right of men to

What we see by the intellect depends as much be governed wisely and for their highest interon the qualities that lie at the base of the intel- ests, saw the wickedness and fully of war, the lect, as on its own strength. Without a sense glory of peace, and the soulness and worthlessof justice, no man, however gigantic his reason ness of all honors and station that were gained may be, can see or appreciate the gradual and by usurpation and maintained by force. Naposteady progress of the race in the attainments of leon regarded men differently, looked upon them their rights and their victory over oppression. as the pawns of his great chess-game, considerAll the facts of history might lie before such a ed them as animals to be led and governed by mind, but it has not the sentiment back of the

the prospect of a prize, saw no divine right rulintellect that can enable it to comprehend that ing over the world, but held it to be a field for feature of history, and though its intellectual

the strongest to master, and for the most cunpower is immense, that department is to its eye ning to maintain. These two men lived and as though it were not. So, too, let a man of

governed according to their separate theories, the strongest reasoning powers, but entirely des- and why did their theories differ so widely? titute of taste, stand before a painting, a statue, Why was Washington's so much loftier and or a landscape, and he will not see the beauty pure? It was not owing to the superior greatwhich each represents. The size and colors of ness of his intellect and genius; most persons the picture, the outline and features of the mar- would say that Napoleon was superior in those ble, and the objects and tints in the landscape, qualities, but the sentiments in the breast of will be seen, but not the grace, the majesty, the Washington were noble and deep; they ruled Theaning that glow through them, and charm his intellect; they gave it balance, steadiness, other and more sensitive spirits.

and right direction; and in these sentiments And what we see in nature and man that has Napoleon failed, and for that reason he could religious significance, will be determined by the not see in men and in society, those great rights sentiments within us, and the spirit of life we and needs to which our own great statesman possess. God's goodness and glory will not be pledged his sword and heart and brain. revealed by them, unless we have the love of And the greatness of the Savior's character God and the love of goodness within us, and just consisted in the spirit of life that lay beneath all in proportion to this love in us, will be the prom- his special powers. It was owing to the perfect inence of those qualities to our sight in the uni- purity of the sentiments in his soul,- the love verse. The greatest astronomer since Newton of God, the love of men, the love of goodness,died, was the Frenchman Laplace. His mind that he saw the universe so electric with God's grappled like a Titan, with all the tough and mercy and all things peaceful with his smile, perplexing questions which the celestial mechan- that he beheld so clearly the capacities and worth ics include, and he untangled many a knotted of every human spirit, and was bound to the web which the most persistent geometers had heart even of the degraded, and the hostile, and found insoluble. He studied and pondered the so willingly encountered the hardest fate and mysteries of the same sky which Newton stu- the most bitter death in the work of redemption. died, but he had not the sentiment of reverence That one pure spirit of love enriched his inteland dependance active in him; he was an athe- leci and Rowed out in those exhaustless words ist; he did not recognize the traces of God's that tell of God's paternity and the soul's true thought in the harmonies of the stars, and peace; it struck down into the affections that though the mathematics of heaven were plain enclosed every sinful being in their embrace; it to him, his intellect was never lifted even to an kept his will true to the duties which the Father acknowledgement of the unseen Geometer, and ' appointed him to discharge; it overflowed in

the miraculous mercies which his hands con- are the same. For our highest duty is the love veyed to the needy and the sorrowing.

of God, and to be perfect as the Father is perSome vital practical conclusions are suggest- fect, is to be filled with the loyalty of love that ed by the thought of the unity and simplicity of is the inmost attribute of the Almighty; and the Spirit in Christ; and first, it gives new thus as we grow more like God by direct commeaning to the idea that his character is an im- munion with him, we grow at the same time itable one. The life of Jesus is proposed to us more like the Savior, and as we become more as an example, a model. “ Follow me,” are the like Jesus, by wisely making his life the ideal words which through the narrative of his career, of the soul, we become more like the Father, he speaks to every conscience. And unless we and fulfill the demands which duty imposes uphave true conceptions of the source of the Sa- on our will. vior's spiritual perfection, we may be embarras- Again, this one“ spirit of life" in Jesus teachsed by this command. Many are perplexed by es us that if we are once consecrated to God's it. How can we follow Christ? they say-how service, and get a true love of him, all other ducan we take his experience as our model ? He ties will be easy, and all other virtues will flow was a public teacher, his first disciples were from it, as the fowers blossom from the stem. public teachers, and we cannot be. He had a One of the great difficulties that appals or dispeculiar office, which no other being can ever courages those who would lead a Christian life, hold again. His circumstances, his relations to is a conception of the manifold duties and grasociety, were altogether different from ours, and ces of which it consists. If it were one obligawe cannot copy his fortunes, and endeavor to tion that was imposed by it, or any line of offilive such a life as his, without casting off the ces which they could see and measure, it might ties of society, and violating the duties which be easier, but the calls it makes are so various now seem most pressing and solemn.

and searching, that the mind is overwhelmed, It is true that no person can mechanically im- and the heart faints at the prospect presented. itate the circumstances of the Savior's condition. Yet it is only one obligation that is imposed or And we are not to attempt such an imitation. It implied when any person attempts to live as a is the “spirit of life" in him that is our exam- Christian, viz., to be guided by a filial love and ple. The glory of Jesus does not lie in the fact fear of God. Get that, and we get every thing. that he was born in a mnanger, that he was That is true piety, and it is the root and the friendless among the great, that he was home-juice of all other virtues and graces, whatever less, poor, and despised, that he was oppressed, they may be called. A pure and worthy love of persecuted, and murdered by his foes; it lies in God will lead to humility, for if we have the the fact that notwithstanding all hardships, love of God, we have the consciousness of his toils, and the hostility of the world, his love of presence, and that of course will make us hum. God and men was full and constant, and that

ble. It will give us purity, for no wrong emohis heart was set with complete devotion upon

tion can consist with a love of that which is the work which the Father appointed to him. completely holy. It will unfold into the qualiWe are not to set Christ before us as the absorb- ties of justice, mercy, courage, patience, teming object of meditation, upon whom our relig- pera nce, honor, philanthropy, for those are all ious affections are to be wholly concentrated,

but the forms it takes towards certain objects and whose career is to be the mould of our ex

and in certain relations of life, in the same way perience, but to consider him in his relations to that God's justice, mercy, and rectitude are difGod and men, since he is the perfect represen- ferent phases of his love. The spirit of duty tative of what those relations should be, to en- and of inward life is one spirit that includes all deavor to make our lives harmonious with the others, as the light is simple, but includes all spirit of his life. It is this spirit we are to seek hues. And herein lies the simplicity of Chrisand imbibe, and the character of Jesus is pecu- tianity, that it lays the axe at the root of the liarly imitable, because it has at its centre this tree of evil, within us, and calls for spiritual principle or quality which constitutes its perfec- consecration. Its first great commandment is, tion. We are called by our conseiences to be “ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God," &c., and faithful to duty; we are called by the voice of the second is like, &c. We should strive, then, Revelation to be perfect as God is perfect; we for this consecration, if we would live as Chrisare called as disciples to inspire the spirit and tian disciples. Instead of trying to cultivate follow the life of Christ, and all the requirements the virtues one by one, let us rather seek to im

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