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men who had better be contented to exercise joyed, if influence can be exerted, if retirement
ments, and that is the whole of their argument; " When such soul as hers is born,
but, on the other hand, they who are thus reThe morning stars their ancient music make.”
jected, cannot bear the enormous evils against
which they protest, against which they think, But we cannot give up every other singer be- feel, pray, devise and act. They cannot bear the cause of this Great Wonder. There were wheels servile, the sensual, the exposed condition of great within wheels in the prophet's vision by the classes of their sisterhood. They cannot bear the banks of Chebar, and the Living Spirit was in legislation, the business practices, the social cusall the wheels. Let them fly, small and great, toms, that cripple, distort and ruin the promise of each in its own peculiar sphere, and the work to exceeding beauty and moral symmetry and be wrought shall be effected. If, really, any
strength. They cannot bear to hear it said that woman feels, in the depths of her being, that
woman is perfectly constituted for the cares, Home and that only is her sphere,- that she is the affections, the duties, the blessed duties of a unit of Home, not of Society, I do not say that un public life," and yet if a church is to be built she ought to take part in Social Reform. There or repaired -a monument to be finished like that are those that ought not to enter that field. Frail on Bunker Hill-a colporteur to be sent to the and feeble, hovering forever on the verge of mor- West, or a missionary to the heathen at home tality, ready to expire, like a wounded sea-bird
or abroad, or even a grave-yard to be made dethat must flutter about the shore, they do well cent and respectable, (vide, a year ago levee at if, in their resoluteness of soul, they ever serve Rowley, Mass.,) they must step forward with others rather than receive service continually. the work of weeks of preparation, and invite the When Jesus healed the maniac of Gadara, in public to meet them, where their best graces are fond devotion the Gadarene would follow him; needed to unloose the purse-strings and make but Jesus said, “Go home unto thy friends, and the generous people buy. tell them what great thing the Lord hath done Now the case lies really here,- there is a class unto thee." o infinite tenderness! so mindful who cannot bear to be allowed every degree of of weakness and exposure; calling one, strong publicity so long as they do man's work, and vigorous, to leave home, to mingle in the while they are denied some degree of publicity stern conflict of Reform, and bidding another to when they would say a word, or devise some return to the quiet of a peaceful home, where improvement for themselves, their sisters, their the knowledge of what he had been would make They cannot bear to find their efforts the people tender and considerate, lest madness at Reform repelled by the assertion that they should return. So the principle applies to Wo. are respected enough, while the fact is evident, man and her spheres of duty and influence. It that their sphere of Employments is exceedingly is wicked to set up a dogmatic standard and re- small in comparison with the extent of their fitquire all to come up to that, whether it is a
ness for many departments of labor; and that standard that sends the soul Home, or calls her when they are admitted into any new sphere of out into Society. If health and strength be en- industry, their recompense, for the same amount
and quality of labor, is smaller than the reward so now, on every hand, there is the same need. paid to masculine toil. False unions in married | Rosseau in speaking of Woman said, “What life ; debasement of soul in many conditions ; great things might be done with this lever,” yet resort, by almost imperceptible degrees, to vi. he only left to their tenderness the management cious means of support; and wide spread curses of early childhood, and thought their mission amid the highest civilization, tell the story why accomplished in that portion of the life of her good brained, true hearted and heroic women charge. Woman's influence should go beyond cannot bear the present condition of things in this, and be co-equal with the endurance of life. society, and would pierce the heavens and tingle Let us see how it is that Woman's claim for the ears of man with the cry for Reform. Ten- freedom to effect needed reforms in society is derly has one said, “ They know not what they cut off. It is said that women are strong enough do,' is the apology that crucified womanhood in our country; their sway is almost imperial, must concede in justice and pity to the wrong and there is no need of their asking for more doers."
power. This position is supported by a single It is so; man does not know what is the real idea, that the favor and acquaintance of a wocharacter of his doing when he wrongs woman. man is a thing they can give or withhold at will. It is her power that rules the hearts of mankind, It is not so. The father, the husband, the brothand if she be taught to be a mere plaything of er rule in this matter; and one of the most difthe hour,-to kindle fires, spread and grace the ficult problems for the pure woman to solve is, table, warm slippers and charm with her lullaby " How far does my duty to father, husband, or her lord to sleep,-or if she be goaded to the ex- brother require me to go in regard to hospitality ercise of what may be made base in her nature, and courtesy towards those I morally despise, she will still rule, but it will be as Jezebel ruled but who are introduced by them into the home?" in Ahab's time,-producing weakness, discon- If Woman really kept the doors of society, as it tent, profaneness and death. What woman has is said she does keep them, the greatest social to do that is great and good, she can do if per- reform would be effected at once, for there mitted to exercise her power; but to crib and would be set up the Equality of standards of confine her-to liroit her intercourse with the morality and propriety between the sexes. Then most educational of all things-to deny her en- would the sensualist, the intemperate, the prodeavors a field of exertion, and then decide what fane, the dishonest, find themselves where the she is capable of doing only by what she hath
excluded guests in the parable of the Marriage done, is cruel in the highest degree.
Feast found themselves, “cast out into outer “But what would you have ?” may be the darkness, where there was weeping and gnashthought of many of my readers. I answer,-I ing of teeth.” would have the same freedom granted to Wo. Let me instance an illustrative case : An inman to do what she regards to be her duty, and dividual about to have a large party, declined to what she solemnly feels herself fitted for, as is invite an intelligent and pure young lady, begranted to Man. Man works within restraints cause, whether she knew it or not, her employer and limits. He must “abide bis time" when was regarded as a base man; yet that employer his claim seems evident, his right manifest, but was invited. Who does not believe that if the he must keep speaking and doing till hospitality ladies of the home where the party was to be is given to his word. When Byron was implor- held, could have decided the question, the emed to speak in the House of Lords in defence of ployer would have been left uninvited, and the a petition from prisoners for debt, he resisted the young woman welcomed as a guest. It is often entreaties of his friends, but after a moment's said, That the licentious man might be reformpause he said, mentioning a female friend, ed, or, at least, made to feel his degradation, if “ Well, if she had been here, she would have Woman would do her duty and exclude bim from induced me to undertake it. She is a woman respectable society. But the real fact is, she is who, amidst all seduction and temptations, has deceived by her relatives through the trust she always incited a man to glorious and virtuous has in them, that none but the worthy would be actions-she would have been my guardian an- introduced to her notice; and when she knows gel." What a power had that Woman then as the vile character, how shall she exclude her a Social Reformer! How mych was it needed | father's, her husband's, or her brother's guests ? that her heart should be interested in the move- Here is the root of the matter, and it shows that ments for humanity of her day and age. And Woman is not permitted to work as her nature,
Too great, oh God !--this crushing woe
That rankles in this guilty breast ; Doomed e'er a wanderer here below,
In vain to seek an Eden Rest.
Farewell ! my desecrated home!
Thrust from the presence of my God, I go mid desert wastes to roam,
Where human feet have never trod.
her instincts, her delicacy, her purity, prompts
To warn, to comfort, and command ;
oh, Envy's fatal curse !- Farewell
This mangled corse, all stained with gore ! Its bloody image e'er will dwell
Within, where Peace can dwell no more."
The curse of Cain stands not alone
Amid Guilt's records here below ; Each soul which has Sin's poison known,
Has found it e'er his deadliest foe.
E'en like the Homicide-unblest
is glad to have a new hypothesis presented They find in Eden climes the desert wastes of which will call the attention of Christian inNod.
quirers to the evidence on which the gospel narE'en like the turbid, restless sea,
ratives rest." Whose mad waves lash some barren shore,-
This is a common feeling with many UnitaStill dashing more unquietly
rian speculatists; they never seem satisfied, but When roused the Storm-King's giant roar,
are always eager to obtain any new hypothesis
that will give new questions of subtlety and Guilt's wild waves are, which beave and swell scholarship to the few, but which perplex the Within the guilty, trembling soul ;
many. Chiming e'en like a solemn knell,
We do think it time that some understanding As there sin's mountain billows dash, and o'er should be clearly had by ministers of the Gospel the spirit roll!
in reference to unsettled opinions and theories,whether it is right to give publicity to speculations, investigations, processes of inquiry, instead of waiting till some results have been
reached, some opinions really formed. We speak PROMULGATING UNRECEIVED OPINIONS.
it without bitterness, but simply to illustrate
our meaning, when we say, we have known How a Christian can justify to himself the instances where as many
as four sermons promulgation of opinions, voluntarily and direct- have been preached on the “Rappings," when ly, which he neither sanctions por opposes, sur
the preacher owned to us that he was only givpasses our philosophy to understand.
ing his "investigations," and had formed no glad to find the following rebuke in the “Chris. opinion concerning them. Nevertheless by astian Register," (Unitarian) in reference to an sociating these "rappings" and their phenomena article in the “Christian Examiner," (Unitari- with Bible facts and marvels, he was supposed an) entitled “ The Christ of the Jews:
to countenance the highest claims for the new “ The writer of this article says of the results medium so called, of ghostly intercourse. So of recent rationalistic criticism in Germany, have we known preachers to give the " We purpose reporting these conclusions, not con" of a subject and there leave the matter, objecting to them, nor yet defending them. We without showing that they had arrived at any confess our inadequacy to either task.' Then result themselves. What is this but making why aid in giving them publicity? To throw the pulpit an epitomized debating society? them before the American world without a word Really, there are too many testimonies to the of objection is to defend them ; for if they are want of downright sincerity in the pulpit. The not deemed sound and true, there is no need first thing needed is, that the people be convinwhatever of their promulgation. They repre- ced that the preacher is sincere-that he speaks sent a type of infidelity which will never be in. out of the abundance of his heart's convictions, digenous in the New World, and therefore need that he presents the results of independent, innot be pointed at in the way of warning or cau- dividual, solemn and weighty thought. I retion. If false, they are worth no more than any member the noble expression of the countenance of the myriads of elaborately false theories in of the worthy and honored father of our brother religion and theology, which no reasonable man T. S. King, when he rebukingly spake of a conwill waste bis time in learning or in teaching. versation with a minister, who is now a profesThe adopiion of these speculations by the con- sor in a New England college, respecting the stant use of the editorial first person, the repeat controversy between Skinner and Campbell, ed eulogies passed upon the immense erudition then in progress. That minister remarked that of their champions, and the representation of he was disappointed in the discussion, for be ex. these men as the advance and reform party in pected Mr. Campbell would quote the passages Biblical criticism, certainly throw the whole usually employed to support the idea of endless weight of the writer's reputation, and with it punishment and leave them without comment; that of the Examiner, or its editors, on the ra- as though such a course would be nothing wrong, tionalistic side of the questions at issue." adopted, as it is, by many preachers who are in
Another editor of the “ Christian Register” doubt concerning the real inport of those diffisays he agrees with the above, “except that he cult passages. “That is the way you employ
the Scriptures," was the irresistible thought in So in the age succeeding the times of the my mind, said this worthy man who spake what Apostles we find the Christians commending he believed and only that.
their religion to the notice of unbelievers by the “ There is no need of your leaving us,” said fact that it blended so well with the demands of a prominent Baptist minister to an humble active life. Nothing vexed the heathen more brother. " You need not be troubled about than to hear the Christians in workshop and these disñcult passages, but you can do as I do, field singing their sacred songs, obeying the ex-I quote them and leave the people to put their hortation of the Apostle, “Is any among you own construction upon thein.” And such have merry ? let him sing psalms.” While they folhearers decided was the course of other preach- | lowed the plough in the furrow, scattered seed, ers whom they have heard quote the passages harvested the grain, or performed any other toilusually advanced in behalf of endless punish- some service, they did not whistle “for want of ment, but never commenting upon them-never thought,” but out of the abundance of the heart uttering a word on their strength and force. the mouth sang; and no less ardent were their This is wrong. It is equivocation. It is “hand- praises of the Sun of Righteousness and its fruit. ling the Word of God deceitfully," inasmuch as ful beams, than were the sons of the idolators as the preacher is understood to be a believer in they praised the benefactions of Saturn. Yes, endless punishment, and it is supposed his quo- one evidence that Christianity was of God, was tations of the usually employed proof texts are found in its encouragement of all righteous infor the support of that idea.
dustry. It made toil honorable. It presented its founder as declaring, “ My father worketh hitherto and I work."
WORK AND RELIGION.
THE GRANDMOTHER'S STORY. Under the Mosaic economy every male child was instructed in some branch of manual indus- “Come now, grandma, tell us a story," said try. At any emergency the full strength of the Ellen Lee, as she drew her chair near the old nation could be concentrated in the development lady, and took her little sister Carrie upon her of material resources; and alike from the palace lap. “Tell us a good long story about the grand of affluence, the schools of the prophets, and the
old times when proud lords lived in glorious cas. cottages and fields of the lowly, came producing tles, high up on the beetling crags; and their laborers in the time of need. Hence we find
flaunting banners waved proudly in the morning the sons of prophets hewing timber for their sunbeams, and the warder's call rung wildly on school-house; Jesus is seen at the carpenter's
the rushing breeze. I love to hear stories of bench, though the anointed of God, and Paul is
those fine old days, when ladies were all one as familiar with tent-making, though brought up
crowned queens; and gay knights and warlike at the feet of Gamaliel. Thus Religion and
lords knelt before them like very slaves." Business were united by the sanctions which “No, my love ; I cannot tell you a tale of the religion gave to the pursuits of industry, the
olden time to-night. You can read plenty of toils of the workshop and field. Religion, un
them in a few years. But I will tell you a bone der Moses, pointed itself against Idolatry and
story, such a one as transpires in our very midst, sin no less by its regulations concerning the
in the charmed experience of many a throbbing sowing of seed and the weaving of a fabric for
heart, of whose inner life we know nothing. I clothing, than by the sacrifice of the Day of
will tell you of ope you already know; a heart. Atonement. Every where it was found saying
story of Margaret the wasber-woman," by its order of service- its ritual that owned the
What, that silent, yet bustling old fudge? I worship of toil, Work and Religion have a unity.
do not see what you can tell about her that
would be like a story. Paul set forth this sentiment many times. He
We know her well practically enforced it by his example when he
enough, and she is always the same-always wrought in Thessalonica at the making of tents
work, working, and petting that little blue eyed and preached at night ; and when rebuking
fairy that is pretty enough to be a king's daughthose who in dreaming of the end of the world,
ter, to be sure; only she wears such old cast off forgot the demands of the present, he declared
clothes. When we want a story, you know we that those who would not work, should not eat.
want something grand, dreamy, romantic; not