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than intellectual, stretching out from home like the

rays of a beautiful star-entering the abodes

of poverty and want, and shedding abroad the THE HE adaptation of the Christian religion to sacred influences of hope and religion.

mankind is acknowledged by all those who have studied the wants of human nature; but


GOING NUTTING. more particularly does it seem congenial to the female character.

Much has been said and written about the holy Mae sunshine falls softly over the old beech




be remembered that these epithets apply appro- where you went nutting, such days as this, in the priately only to the influence of Christian wo

years long gone—you remember it? Can a stream be pure, if the fountain You remember how, when the last load of corn from which it flows be not so? Or can light ra was husked—and the yellow pumpkins, that had diate from an unillumined body? No more goldened so long the sloping upland, were brought can woman exert a holy and redeeming influ- home at last to the great barn thut had welcomed, ence, if her heart be not purified by communion one by one, the summer's harvest-you rememwith that which is holy and good.

ber how you, with a basket on your arm, and carShe may be beautiful as a poet's dream; her rying with you as light a heart as ever beat under mind may sparkle with the rich gems of thought; a boy's waistcoat, went, with Nelly, and Sam, and she may possess a long list of accomplishments, Bessy and the rest, for the nuts which the frosts fitting her for the transient brilliancy of the drawn of the clear autumn nights had brought to the ing-room, or the easy gentility of the parlor; but ground. if her heart be not cultivated she is destitute of You remember how the sunshine lay all about the highest charm of which her nature is sus in the broad woodland in beautiful, bright patches, ceptible; she is wanting in the greatest element and how you wandered on, down the warmest of usefulness and happiness. We have been avenues, till you came to the great beech on the truly told that, "bright eyes lack luster, if no south side of the brook that came singing down soul beams through them; that coral lips lose from the upland pastures, and how, raking back their beauty, if they speak not words of wisdom; the leaves, you hunted carefully the little, shining, and the fairest beings in creation without relig- three-cornered nuts, talking much and laughing ion in the heart, are like gathered dew-drops, all the while, you very slyly helping Nelly fill her the elements are there, but the sparkling is basket, she rewarding you with the merry twinkle gone."

of her blue eyes. And you remember how the In every relation of life woman needs the holy bright-eyed squirrels perched in the branches principles of religion; and the education which overhead, and, watching you jealously a moment, will fit her for her duties must reach the affec-slid down the great trunk right in your faces, tions of the heart as well as the faculties of the and, winking gayly, were off out of your reach mind. As a mother she must feel her inability in a moment. to train an immortal soul for eternity, unassisted You remember how, when the patches of sunby that wisdom which is not of earth. What shine had grown smaller and smaller, and you more beautiful sight than that of the mother in- began to be tired of gathering the tiny nuts, you stilling into the youthful mind the holy truths of walked slowly down the path leading out into the religion, or teaching the infant lips to lisp the meadow that lay all glorified in the autumn sunname of Jesus!

set, and, with Nelly by your side, how happy you This may seem insignificant to those whose And you remember how, in the evening, you object and aim in life is to win for themselves a thought you would just go over and help Nelly name among the gifted of earth; but not so to crack her nuts; and how you, and she, and her her who feels called to a destiny more lofty than tall brothers sat by the great fireplace and pared a life of pleasure or of gratified ambition. True, apples, and ate nuts, and told stories, and read her name may not be recorded in the annals of fortunes in the glowing coals; and how-very fame; for while the genius and even the beauty of late-you walked homeward through the clear woman have had their meed of praise, she whose moonlight and over the crisp, white frost, thinkgreatest ambition is to emulate the virtues of the ing still how happy you were. “Sisters of Bethany" is often forgotten.

That was a great while ago; but as softly as But it is the true woman's glory to do good, then falls the sunshine over the old beech woods her mission to walk in the path of noble, unpre- this October afternoon, and the nuts are dropping tending usefulness. Her influence is more moral | quietly, one by one, down among the rustling



leaves; for yesterday morning a clear, white frost

THE THRESHOLD. lay all over the meadows and every-where, and I know the nuts lie there just as they used to; but what do you care?

It may be a block of marble

At the rich man's palace-doorYou sit in your dusty office where you have sat

At the peasant's humble cottage, since early morning, and great books, bound in

Just a stone, and nothing more; leather, lie heaped about you, and if you stop a But each threshold hath its story moment and remember that the sun shines, you

Of the feet that tread it o'er; look up to see its glare on smoky brick walls, and Many have a sad remembrance read just over the way, “John Smith, best Span

Of the feet that come no more! ish Cigars." And you read the "war news" in

There is one my mem'ry seeth, the morning paper, and glance hurriedly over

Shaded by a maple-tree; the "bank stock reports," and watching a mo Over which our feet went dancing ment the sunshine on the wall, which wakens, in

With a tinkling sound of glee, spite of you, an old, sweet thought, you turn

In and out with ringing laughter

Out and in the livelong day, again to your well-worn ledger; for what do you

Till two crossed a gloomy threshold care?

Made of green sward by the way, Ah! I know how far you have drifted from the

Leaving us outside, awaiting bliss and beauty of your boyhood. I know how

For the opening of the door, the breath of a hundred sorrows has swept over That we knew could open to those you; how the soft, green paths have grown steep,

Footsteps never, never more! and thorny, and rough to your feet; how friends

O how pallid looked the sunshine have grown false and cold; how time and toil

As it crept the threshold o'er! have covered your brow with wrinkles; how your And how dreary seemed the shadow heart has grown hard and your thoughts harsh

of the maple by the door! as, one by one, you have buried the old sweet And how long the hours lingered memories that should have saved you. I know,

As if saddened by our woe! alas, as well as you, how, on the same hearth

While our feet, tuned to the beating where you cracked nuts with her brothers in the

Of our hearts, went sad and slow,

Till at last we crossed the thresholdevening fire-light, Nelly sits, and with these same

Passed the maple by the doorblue eyes, grown steadier and softer, makes glad

Left the haunted crescent cottage the heart of your old rival Sam, and you a bach

To return again no moreelor still. Ah! did the glowing coals letter that Left it haunted by the memories fortune for you that evening long ago? But

That still cross the threshold stone; what do you care?

Out and in, forever talking Shut your eyes, and lo! there, beyond the

Of the inmates that have gone, meadow, are the old woods mellow with sunshine, Now our feet cross other thresholds; and down that broad avenue, with its old patch

Some the one that 's made of gold; work of light and shadow, stands the great beech Through the door that leadeth into by the brook-side. There is no one there; but

Joys that tongue hath never told. you know the nuts lie thick under the leaves,

And with hearts forever yearning

For the loved who've gained that home, and the waves go by with the same old ripple

Others wearily are treading the same old song. The same blue, hazy heaven

'Mid the happy throng alone! smiles down through the tops of the trees, and the squirrels—you would think they too were the

But we think, while we are passing,

Sad and tired on our way, very same-flash through the rustling leaves,

With our “broken home" behind us, lighting them up as with a sudden flame. And

Where the lights of mem'ry play, there is the old path meadowward. But what do

Of the one that 's just before us

And when all these scenes are o'er Yes, turn again and run up for the tenth time We shall cross its golden threshold, that list of figures on the page


To pass outward never more!
is the matter? Do n't you see the figures are all
mixed together and they do n't count as they did

"Thou know'st but little, the last time? Sure enough. So much sunshine has blurred your eyes; 't is a very bright day To climes or systems; no, it flows spontaneous,

If thou dost think true virtue is confined you know, so you had better shut them again and

Like life's warm stream, throughout the whole crealet the old memories have a resurrection. The tion, ledger 's all right, and what do you care? And beats the pulse of every healthful heart."

you care?


Scripture Cabinet. Daily Devotion.Pray without ceasing." 1 Thess. of life, just as it does of every thing else; a uniform0, 17.

ity without being dull and tedious, and a variety Degenerate souls, wedded to their vicious babits, without being wild and irregular. may disclaim all commerce with heaven, refusing to How would this settle the ferment of our youthful invoke Him whose infinite wisdom is ever prompt to passions, and sweeten the last dregs of our advanced discern, and his bounty to relieve the wants of those age! How would this make our lives yield the calmwho faithfully call upon him; and neglecting to est satisfaction, as some flowers shed the most frapraise him who is great and marvelous in his works, grant odors just at the close of the day! And perjust and righteous in his ways, infinite and incom- haps there is no better way to prevent a deadness and prehensible in his nature: but all here, I would per flatness of spirit from succeeding, when the brisksuade myself, would daily set apart some time to ness of our passions goes off, than to acquire an early think on bim, who gare us power to think: he was taste for those spiritual delights, whose leaf withers the author, and he should be the object of our facul- not, and whose verdure remains in the winter of our ties.

days. And to do this the better, let us take care that And when this transitory scene is shutting upon every morning, as soon as we rise, we lay hold on us, when the soul stands upon the threshold of anthis proper season of address, and offer up to God other world, just ready to take its everlasting flight; the first-fruits of our thoughts, yet fresh, unsullied, then may we think with unalloyed pleasure on God, and serene, before a busy swarm of vain images when there can be little or no pleasure to think upon crowd in upon the mind, when the spirits just re any thing else. And our souls may undauntedly folfreshed with sleep are brisk and active, and rejoice, low to that place, whither our prayers and affections, like that sun, which ushers in the day, to run their those forerunners of the spirit, are gone before. course; when all ature just awakened into being One of the greatest philosophers of this age-Boerfrom insensibility pays its early homage; then let us haave-being asked by a friend, who had often adjoin in the universal chorus, who are the only crea mired his patience under great provocations, by what tures in this visible creation capable of knowing to means he had suppressed his anger? answered, "that whom it is to be addressed.

he was naturally quick of resentment; but that he And in the evening, when the stillness of the night had by daily prayer and meditation attained to this invites to solemn thoughts, after we have collected mastery over himself. As soon as he arose in the our straggling ideas, and suffered not a reflection to morning, it was, throughout his life, his daily pracstir, but what either looks upward to God, or inward tice to retire for an hour to private prayer and medupon ourselves, upon the state of our minds; then itation. This, he often told his friends, gave him let us scan over each action of the day--fervently spirit and vigor for the business of the day. This entreat God's pardon for what we have done amiss, he therefore recommended as the best rule of life. and the gracious assistance of his Spirit for the For nothing he knew could support the soul in all future: and, after having adjusted accounts between distresses but a confidence in the supreme Being. our Maker and ourselves, commit ourselves to his Nor can a rational and steady magnanimity flow care for the following night.

from any other source than a consciousness of the Thus beginning and closing the day with devotion, Divine favor.imploring his direction, every morning as we rise, for Of Socrates, who is said to have gained an ascendthe following day, and recommending ourselves every ant over his passions, it is reported that his life was night before we lie down, to his protection, who full of prayers and addresses to God. neither slumbers nor sleeps, the intermediate spaces And of Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, another will be better filled up: each line of our behavior will great example of virtue, it is expressly recorded, terminate in God, as the center of our actions. Our that-contrary to a fashion now prevailing-he never lives all of a piece will constitute one regular whole, did eat of any thing, but he first prostrated himself, to which each part will bear a necessary relation and and offered thanks to the supreme Lord of heaven. correspondence, without any broken and disjointed Leave not off praying, said a pious man: for either schemes, independent of this grand end, the pleasing praying will make thee leave off sinning, or sinof God. And while we have this one point in view, ning will make thee leave off praying. If we say wbatever variety there may be in our actions, there our prayers in a cold, supine, lifeless manner now will be a uniformity too, which constitutes the beauty and then, I know no other effect they will have but

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to enhance our condemnation. In effect we do not who, as the will and understanding are the two ennopray, we only say our prayers. We pay not the bling faculties of the soul, thinks himself not comtribute of the heart, but an unmeaning form of hom- plete till his understanding be beautified with the age; we draw near to God with our lips, while our valuablo furniture of knowledge, as well as bis will heart is far from him. And without perseverance in enriched with every virtue; who has furnished himprayer, the notions of the amendment of our lives, self with all the advantages to relish solitude, and and a sacred regard to the Deity, will only float for enliven conversation; when serious, not sullen; and a while in the head without sinking deep, or dwelling when cheerful, not indiscreetly gay; his ambition long upon the heart. We must be inured to a con not to be admired for a false glare of greatness, but stant intercourse with God, to have our minds en to be beloved for the gentle and sober luster of his gaged and interested, and to be rooted and grounded wisdom and goodness. The greatest minister of in the love of him. But if we invigorate our peti- state has not more business to do in a public capacity tions, which are otherwise a lifeless carcass, with a than he, and indeed every man else, may find in the serious and attentive spirit, composed, but not dull; retired and still scenes of life. Even in his private affectionate, but not passionate in our addresses to walks, every thing that is visible convinceth him God-praying in this sense will at last make us leave there is present a being invisible. Aided by natural off sinning, and victory, decisive victory, declare it- philosophy, he reads plain, legible traces of the Di. self in favor of virtue.

vinity in every thing he meets: he sees the Deity in OCCUPATION FOR THE OPULENT.--" For even when

every tree, as well as Moses did in the burning bush, we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any

though not in so glaring a manner: and when he would not work, neither should he eat.2 The88. iii, 10.

sees him, he adores him with the tribute of a grate

ful heart. The apostle's rule, that if any man will not work, neither should he eat, extends to the rich as well as True Heroism._" Finally, my brethren, be strong in poor; only supposing that there are different kinds the Lord, and in the power of his might.Ephesians of work assigned to each. The reason is the same

vi, 10. in both cases; namely, that he who will do no good, The meanest mechanic, who employs his love and ought not to receive or enjoy any. As we all are gratitude, the best of his affections, upon God, the joint traders or partners in life, he forfeits his right best of beings; who has a particular regard and es. to any share in the common stock of happiness, who teem for the virtuous few, compassion for the disdoes not endeavor to contribute his quota or allotted tressed, and a fixed and extensive good-will for all; part to it: the public happiness being nothing, but who, instead of triumphing over his enemies, strives the sum total of each individual's contribution to it. to subdue his greatest enemy of all, his unruly pasAn easy fortune does not set men free from labor and

sion; who promotes a good understanding between industry in general; it only exempts them from some neighbors, composes and adjusts differences, does particular kinds of labor. It is not a blessing, as it justice to an injured character, and acts of charity gives them liberty to do nothing at all; but as it to distressed worth; who cherishes his friends, forgives them liberty wisely to choose and steadily to gives his enemies, and even serves them in any pressprosecute the most ennobling exercises, and the most

ing exigency; who abhors vice, and pities the vicious improving employments, the pursuit of truth, the

person; such a man, however low in station, has practice of virtue, the service of that God who giveth juster pretensions to the title of heroism, as heroism them all things richly to enjoy, in short, the doing implies a certain nobleness and elevation of soul, and being every thing that is commendable: though | breaking forth into correspondent actions, than be nothing merely in order to be commended. That time

who conquers armies, or makes the most glaring fig. which others must employ in tilling the ground ure in the eye of an injudicious world. He is like which often deceives their expectation—with the one of the fixed stars, which though, through the sweat of their brow, they may lay out in cultivating disadvantage of its situation, it may be thought to the mind, a soil always grateful to the care of the

be very little, inconsiderable, and obscure by unskilltiller. The sum of what I would say is this: That

ful beholders, yet is as truly great and glorious in though you are not confined to any particular calling, itself as those heavenly lights, which, by being placed yet you have a general one: which is to watch over

more commodiously for our view, shine with more your heart, and to improve your head; to make your- distinguished luster. self master of all those accomplishments, namely, an enlarged compass of thought, that flowing human GOD IN ALL TAINGS.—" Great in counsel, and mighty ity, and generosity, which are necessary to become a in work.Jeremiah xxxii, 19. great fortune; and of all those perfections, namely, A person at dinner with Mr. Newton, of London, moderation, humility, and temperance, which are remarked that the East India Company had overset necessary to bear a small one patiently; but especially the college at Calcutta. “What a pity!" said a genit is your duty to acquire a taste for those pleasures,

tleman present.

"No," said Mr. N., "no pity-it which, after they are tasted, go off agreeably, and must do good. If you had a plan in view, and could leave behind them a grateful and delightful flavor on hinder opposition, would you not prevent it?" “ Yes, the mind.

sir.” “Well, God can hinder all opposition to his Happy that man, who, unembarrassed by vulgar plans: he has permitted that to take place, but be cares, master of himself, his time and fortune, spends will carry on his own plan. I am learning to see his time in making himself wiser, and his fortune in God in all things: I believe not a person knoeks at making others—and, therefore, himself-happier; | my door but is sent by God."

Notes and Queries. UNITY OF THE HUMAN Race.-J. P. L., in the May | their hoarded sweets. The sublime epithet which nuinber of the Repository, asks, “ Have those who, Milton used in his poem on the Nativity, written at admitting the unity of the human race, yet deny that fifteen years of age—his thunder-clasping hand'climate, mode of life, and other purely natural would have been claimed by him as his own, even agents are sufficient to account for existing differ after he had finished the Paradise Lost. And Gray ences, ever shown, or tried to show, when, where, and would prosecute as a literary poacher the daring hand why Providence interposed to create the distinction ?” that would presume to break into his orchard, and apOne writer to my knowledge has advanced the fol- | propriate a single epithet in that line, the most beaulowing views: The whole human family sprang from tifully descriptive which ever was written: Noah. The diversity observed in the races is the

“The breezy call of incense-breathing morn! result of a direct act of the Almighty in changing one type into another. The sons of Noah were not On such authority, & poetaster reclaims the original all equally favored by the Almighty. Shem was use of an epithet—The EMERALD ISLE-in a party especially blessed, and made the progenitor of the song, written without the rancor of party, in the Israelites. Japheth obtained the promise to be en year 1795. From the frequent use made of the term larged. Canaan, son of Ham, was cursed, and made a since that time, he fondly hopes that it will gradually servant of servants. Ishmael, the son of Abraham, become associated with the name of his country, as was to increase--be a wild man, etc. Thus we have descriptive of its prime natural beauty, and its inesfour distinct blessings, promises, and curses pro

timable value." nounced upon the patriarchs of the human family,

Guuption.—In the May number of the Repository which were no doubt to be typical of their descend

the word gumption is said to have been "certainly ants. How were these blessings, promises, and curses

coined no where else than in Yankeeland.” In the to be fulfilled? They could only be fulfilled by keep

glossary appended to a volume of Burns's Poems, in ing the races distinct, and the races could be kept distinct only by impressing upon them the physical genuine Scotch words, and means judgment. To say

my possession, I notice that it is classed among the changes we now observe in them. A mere geographical separation, it is said, would not do; but a phys- he has good judgment or discernment.

that a man has good gumption is equivalent to saying

J. H. B. ical change, such as that of color, of features, of man ners, habits, and mental qualities could with certainty

SOLUTION OF ALGEBRAIC PROBLEM IN MAY NUMBER.operate as an effectual separation.

H. B. Given x+y=12 (1) and y?=y3 (2.)

Transposing equation (1) we have x=12—y; and “ EMERALD ISLE.”—This epithet, as applied to Ire

extracting the root of eq. (2,) gives x=V y3. Placing land, was first used by Dr. William Drennan, author

these values of x equal to each other we have 12-y of Glendalloch and other Poems, who was born in Bel

=vyö. Squaring both sides of this gives 144—24y fast on the 23d May, 1754, and died in the same town

+y=y. on the 5th February, 1820. It occurs in his delight

Transposing y-y2+24y—144=0. ful poem, entitled “ Erin," commencing:

Dividing this eq. by y_4, gives y?+3y+36=0; “When Erin first rose from the dark-swelling flood, and y-4, being a factor of the above dividend, must God bless'd the green island, He saw it was good:

also be equal to 0: then y=4; substituting this value The Emerald of Europe, it sparkled, it shone,

in equation (1) gives x=8.

W. T. C. In the ring of this world the most precious stone!

CUNNING OF A Fox.-A farmer, in England, had In her sun, in her soil, in her station thrice blest, With back turn'd to Britain, her face to the west,

discovered that a fox came along a beam in the night Erin stands proudly insular, on her steep shore,

to seize upon his poultry. He accordingly sawod the And strikes her high harp to the ocean's deep roar. end of the beam nearly through, and in the night the Arm of Erini prove strong; but be gentle as bravo,

fox fell into a place whence he could not escape. On And, uplifted to strike, still be ready to save;

going to him in the morning, he found him stiff, and, Nor one feeling of vengeance presume to defile

as he thought, lifeless. Taking him out of the buildThe cause, or the men, of the EMERALD ISLE.

ing, he throw him on the dunghill, but in a short

time Reynard opened his eyes, and seeing all was Their bosoms heave high for the worthy and brave, But no coward shall rest on that soft-swelling wave;

safe and clear, galloped away to the mountains, showMen of Erin! awake, and make haste to be blest!

ing more cunning than the man who insnared bim. Rise, Arch of the ocean, rise, Queen of the West!"

TALENT.—Homer was a beggar; Plautus turned a To the words, The ExERALD Isle, Dr. Drennan has mill; Terence was a slave; Boethius died in jail; Tasso added the following note: “It may appear puerile to was often distressed for five shillings; Cervantes died lay claim to a priority of application in the use of an of hunger; Milton ended his life in obscurity; Bacon epithet; but poets, like bees, have a very strong sense lived a life of meanness; Spenser died of want; Dryof property; and both are of that irritable kind, as to den lived in poverty and died of distress; Otway died be extremely jealous of any one who robs them of of hunger; Lee in the streets; Goldsmith's Vicar of

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