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treasure given him. What is ambition compared to history of races—this truth runs as a gold thread that but selfish vanity? To be rich, to be famous ! “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." Who are What do these profit a year hence, when other names our sweetest poets? Whose music lies closest to the sound louder than yours, when you lie hidden away human heart and lays the gentlest hand upon our lives? under the ground along with idle titles engraven on Are they not those who learned in suffering what they your coffin. But only true love lives after you, follows taught in song? Whose are the lives that live? Those your memory with secret blessing — or precedes you which have been lived on the principle of Christ's and intercedes for you. Non omnis moriar—if dying, life; "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a grain of I yet live in a tender heart or two; nor am lost or wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone, hopeless living if a sainted departed soul still lives and but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” 'They who prays for me.
lose this life find the eternal life of God and Christ. After pointing out to his hearers some of the many Keep the golden seeds of the grain housed safely in lessons the Psalm was calculated to teach, he concluded our granaries, away from the damp earth and the as follows:
drenching rain, the cold and frost of winter, and there When we think of God's goodness to us in creation, is no harvest-no produce—no fruit. But throw it in providence, and in redemption, we can
broadcast into the earth, trample it under foot, let it psalmist's words. He has made us in his own image, lie hidden away, let the rain get to its heart, let the has given us souls whereby we may know and love frost touch the seed, let the winds almost bear away Him, and which, if knowing and loving Him aright, its young shoots, and by and bye, when spring goes will grow into the image of His own son, our Lord and and summer comes, we shall have as now, joy in Saviour. We have eyes to see all that is beautiful in time of harvest. nature, in the forms of those we love, ears to hear So with our lives. They must be given away. creation's manifold sounds and the music of the voices They must be exposed to trial. They must be broken of those dear to us, minds to grasp all that is elevating, on the Cross—in tears must we sow, if in joy we wish purifying, ennobling, to ponder over and make ourselves to reap. Like the life of the Master, must be the life partakers of the thoughts and characters of all great of the disciple. He sowed in tears. He now reaps in men, and power to become humble followers of their
joy. He has seen of the travail of His soul and is lives. When we think of the unwearied providence satisfied. He went forth weeping, but He is to come which has watched over us ever since we can remember again, bringing his sheaves with Him—the sheaves of with all a mother's tenderness and a father's wisdom, of the redeemed lives of the sons of God, made like unto the way in which we have been led and kept in the the pattern of His own most perfect life. And oh! to path of life, of our personal, social, and domestic joys; come to that in any degree to reach to the measure of above all when we think of the inestimable gift we the perfect man in Christ Jesus---is that not worth sowing have in the person of Jesus Christ and the redemption seed now, even though it be with tears and weeping ? which, by His life and death, He hath purchased for For to be like Christ, who carried about heaven in us, we may well exclaim with the Psalmist-"The His heart, is to be in Heaven, and there is no other Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are Heaven that I know of, or can imagine. And being glad."
like that, finding ourselves anywhere with such hearts, Am I speaking to any sorrowful ones who try hard surely we shall be like them that dream. We shall to make these words their own and are not able to do hardly know ourselves or realise where we are for a 80, to any burdened hearts which can raise no hymn of time; we shall perchance be "too short in glory yet praise, and feel no thrill of joy. All I can say to such to speak or sing." But when we find voice, though is “Trust in God. Wait patiently on Him." Could we it be still in dreamland, our mouths shall be filled see as He sees, our calamities might seem our greatest with holy laughter and our tongue with songs of holy blessings. Let us try to say to ourselves, as we bow joy. We shall surely be able to look back upon all our heads in resignation, "This trouble, this calamity our past life and say, “The Lord hath done great which makes me so miserable, is sent by God. I must things for us; whereof we are glad." try to see in it the hand of a Father, and believe that And more than this, for oh! surely, unless our all things are working together for our eternal good- atures are greatly changed-unless, in one word, they that we are ourselves living examples of the truth become unchristian—unlike Christ, we shall not be contained in the latter part of our Psalm—that in the content to rest there, but thinking of the exiles still history of us as individuals, it is as true as in the on earth—or anywhere else, still captives to sin, still history of the race that in the lives of men as in the laden and heavy with some burden, still sore distraught
Too soon, ah me, too bitter soon,
Into a deep and glimmering pool,
The silver water sparks all cool Spangle the chilly cavern-dark
And clear-cut ferns green fringe the gloom, And with continuous sound the air
Trembles, and all the still perfume-
And tread our cool translucent floors,
Nor ever wintry tempest roars, Nor the sharp tooth of envious age
May fret thy beauty with decay,
But in thy deathless spring-time stay,
With hollow tinklings mounting shrill
But sweeter, wilder, louder still The water voices ringing sing ;
And beckon him, and draw him down
His warm lips with cold kisses crown ;
The dim-seen hay cool scents emits,
Bearing his little pitcher flits,
Nor passing, stir the feathered grass ;
Of old forgotten things that pass,
the blessed Lord to bring back our cap
“streams in the south.” “Bring back, O Lord, all exiles from Thy love; all wanderers from the Father's home, all Les Miserables, and for this end, give me, even me, the wings of a dove, that I may speed to earth and be a ministering spirit to some erring soul, some lost, unhappy one. I am willing once again to sow in tears if, by that means, I can help others to reap the heavenly joy, to come home to Thee with some sheaves of golden grain. Give me some precious seed and I shall go forth weeping if Thou willest—I shall sow it in some heart, and doubtless I shall come again with rejoicing, bringing my sheaves with me." And then the Heavenly Home will resound with the joy of harvest, and the cry of God's children will be, “The Lord hath done great things for us ; whereof we are glad.”
The following poem is from a charming volume of verse by Miss Ellice
Hopkins "Autumn Swallows." Macmillan & Co.
A LINUS SONG.
THE “Linus Songs" were sung in the harvest-fields, or in the vineyards at vintage. They were of a tender and melancholy character, with a pathetic burthen, in which all joined, beating time with their feet; and seem to have been inspired by some sort of unconscious sense of sadness over the golden corn laid low, and the purpling grapes gathered and crushed. They derive their name from Linus, a beautiful boy brought up among the sheepfolds, and torn to death by wild dogs.
Down from the lifted cornfield trips
Blue as wet gentian in the shade,
Limp as the meadow.gold new laid;
An earthen pitcher gaily swings
Water to fetch from sunless springs ;
By paths that through sweet hay new mown
The wet crags flash the sunlight back,
Whose course the purple orchids track,
And herby dells all dark with pine,
Still singing like a bird divine,
There is no greater spendthrift than the miser. He wastes his life in order to gain what he neither can nor will enjoy.
He who can give much is rich : and can we indeed pity the man because of his poverty, who has been able to sacrifice his entire wealth, his abilities, his life for a being whom he loved, or an idea that has become dear to him ?
If all our labours for the good of our fellowmen were in vain, if even our noblest endeavours remained fruitless, if our desires, directed to what is higher, were not fulfilled, and the beautiful and the good could never be victorious-still, after all, the fairest part of this pitiful existence would fall to those who cherished their illusions to the mouth of the grave ; and, al. though they were not victors, fought, notwithstanding, for noble aims while they had breath.
The Court of the Gentiles.
WERE my readers Scotsmen or Scotswomen
alone, any explanation of the heading of this column would scarcely be requisite; but as amongst them there are sure to be many who are not Scotsmen or Scotswomen and whose theological and biblical education has been lamentably neglected, it will be requisite, in order to prevent misunderstanding, to say one or two words by way of preface or explanation. The Court of the Gentiles belongs peculiarly to the domain of the theologians, biblical critics, commentators, and eccle. siastical historians, and is one which they can explain and define with authority. I, of course, not writing as one of them, cannot speak with the same assurance or authority, nor can I venture to deliver an opinion, like them, ex cathedra. On the contrary, both now and always, I shall write with their fear continually before my eyes. Still, as some word of explanation is requisite, and as none of that grave and reverend company of precisianists is at hand to say it, I must say it for them.
Well then, the Court of the Gentiles was one of the precincts of the Temple in Jerusalem beyond which no one who was not a member of the chosen race was permitted to pass in his approaches to the Holy Place. Now, as the pages of Sunday Talk are to be devoted to Religion, Morals, and Theology, or to such things as belong to our higher and spiritual life, it is obvious that it may be likened to the Temple, if not to the one in Jerusalem, at least to the one of which George Herbert speaks. It is obvious, also that it can only be occupied by chosen vessels, and, moreover, that it is by them alone that it can be properly filled. Now, when you remember these things you will easily understand why this column is called "the Court of the Gentiles." Not that it is intended to fill it with “vessels of wrath” or with “vessels of destruction," or that any of these will have the slightest hand in it. No; it is just a small corner which we have saved for the world; and just as the Jews reserved their court of the Gentiles for those who did not belong to their peculiar race, so we have reserved this, our Court of the Gentiles, for those who do not speak as theologians, nor as priests or levites, but for writers who having received ordination neither in the Jewish nor in the Christian church, yet having some knowledge of the eternal mysteries of sorrow, of
love, and life, and somewhat to say thereon, have said it, unfettered by creeds or traditions, and as the spirit by which they were possessed gave them utter
As in our other columns, therefore, you will meet with the great spirits of religion, so in this, our court of the Gentiles, we shall introduce to you some of the great spirits of the world, and report some of their brightest, deepest, and most wonderful sayings. The first we propose to introduce to you is
HEINE. Heinrich Heine ! Who does not know him? Who that does not ought not? And who that knows him does not find an ever new delight in his brilliant pages ? He calls great men “the stars of the earth," and was himself one of the brightest. Wit, humour, pathos, a marvellous suggestiveness, an irony flashing in clear, sharp, incisive words, destructive of hypocrisies, and letting in the light of heaven upon things long hid and smothered up, imagination and fancy, an impassioned love for humanity, inexhaustible sympathy for the suffering and oppressed, and withal a style of exquisite beauty, and a manliness and frankness which wins and charms and fascinates all these are to be found in subtle and harmonious combination on almost every page of Heine's writings. The story of his life is soon told. Born at Düsseldorf on the Rhine, of Jewish parents, in December, 1779, he was intended for commerce, but not liking it, studied for the bar. His success as a lawyer was not great ; it is doubtful, indeed, whether he desired that it should be, literature having far greater charms for him than jurisprudence. In 1825 he became a Christian, and received the certificate of baptism, that "card of admission,” as he called it, “to European culture.” For the most part he lived at Berlin, Hamburg: and Paris, at the last of which places he died in 1856, after lying many years in his mattress-grave,” and after seven years of the most intense suffering.
Heine's writings are in French and German, for he was master of both. The difficulty of translating him is known only to those who have tried to render him into English worthy of his German or French. Happily we are spared the trouble, Mr. J. Snodgrass having rendered into admirable English Heine's Religion and Philosophy in Germany, and also a number of selections from his other writings; and as we cannot hope to rival Mr. Snodgrass as a translator, we shall cull the sayings we now propose to present our readers from his extremely meritorious volumes. *
* Wit, Wisdom. and Pathos from the Prose of Heinrich Heine, London. Trübner & Co.; Paisley, A. Gardner. Religion and Philosophy in Germany, by Heinrich Heine, London, Trübner & Co.; Glasgow, D. M. Main,
“When I hear anyone disputing the existence of God I am overcome by a strange anxiety, an uneasy dread, such as I once experienced in visiting New Bedlam in London, when I had for a moment lost sight of my guide and found myself surrounded by madmen. "God is all that is,' and doubt as to the existence of God is doubt as to life itself; it is death.”
“Christ is the God whom I love best-not because he is a legitimate God, whose father was a God before him, and has since infinite time ruled the world; but because he-the born Dauphin of Heaven-has democratic sympathies and delights not in courtly ceremonies; because he is no God of an aristocracy of crop-headed theological pedants and fantastic warriors, but a modest God of the people, a CitizenGod, un bon dieu citoyen."
"Christianity-a democracy: one God, who has created and upholds the universe; but who loves all men alike, and protects all his dominions equally. He is no longer a national, but a universal God."
“The duration of religions has ever been dependent on human need for them. Christianity has been a blessing for suffering humanity during eighteen centuries; it has been providential, divine, holy."
"Eternal praise is due to the symbol of that suffering God, the Saviour with the crown of thorns, the crucified Christ whose blood was, as it were, the healing balm which flowed into the wounds of humanity."
“As the stars are the glory of the sky, so great men are the glory of their country, yea, of the whole earth. The hearts of the great men are the stars bf earth.”
“Poverty sits by the cradle of all our great men, and rocks them up to manhood; and this meagre foster-mother remains their faithful companion throughout life.”
" John Bull is a born materialist, and his christian spiritualism is for the most part traditional hypocrisy, or mere material dulness of intellect—his flesh resigns itself because the spirit cannot come to its aid.”
"I was young and proud, and it still further raised my vanity to learn from Hegel that, not as my grandmother supposed, God, who lived in heaven, but I myself, here on earth, was the real god."
“The merchant, all the world over, believes in the same religion. His office is his church, his desk is his confessional, his ledger is his Bible, his warehouse is his holy of holies, the exchange bell is his summons to prayer, his gold is his god, and credit is his creed."
Holy men, like the Stylites, are now an impossibility; for philanthropy would speedily have them shut up in a madhouse."
“Luther shook all Germany to its foundations; but Francis Drake pacified it again : he gave us the potato."
“Does the oil which is poured on the head of kings still the tempests of their minds."
“By no race was a belief in immortality more strongly held than by the Celts: one might obtain the loan of money from them to be repaid in the next world. Pious Christian usurers should take an example from them."
“It is only kindred griefs that can draw forth our tears, and each weeps really for himself.”
“The music at a marriage procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers entering upon a battle ?"
“What is truth? ‘Bring me the wash-hand basin,' is the reply of Pontius Pilate."
“Who maketh the Clouds His Chariot."
Psalm civ. 3.
Oh! make my clouds Thy chariots to bear my spirit home,
Oh! make my clouds Thy chariots, let them raise me from the
dust, From the mean, and poor, and earthly, from the moth and from
the rust, From the selfishness that wearies, from the vanity that cloys, To the love that passeth knowledge, to the peace that passeth joys!
Oh! make my clouds Thy chariots, wherein this heart shall run,
Oh! make my clouds Thy chariots, so shall I learn to see
Geo. MATHESON, D.D.
Thro' the wide woodland glides with stealthy tread,
Full on the front of many a verdant head;
Their boughs aglow with gold and crimson flame ;
The gaudy robes that prophesy her shame :
The flaunting colours of the camp to wear,
His foolish pride on ruin's verge declare ;
no longer and decided that it must be finished, so a list was made, with the dear old Cardinal heading it, and the oath taken, that not only would they collect
funds for it, but they would each sell some of their Cathedrals I have Seen.
earthly goods to go towards the sum, and so it was
gradually finished—the concluding ceremony consisting ST. ANDRÉ, BORDEAUX.
of the installing of the gigantic figure of the Virgin
and Child on the top, and securing her there for all THAT a fine old pile this looks as it stands bathed ages to come.
in the afternoon sunshine ; its peaks and towers There is also a sad story connected with this standing out so sharply against the southern sky. Its tower. It was the scene of the suicide of a handsome stones, from their original grey, have worn themselves young Roman Catholic priest who had strayed from quite brown with age, and here and there, in high the narrow path and fallen deeply and passionately in solitude, grows a tuft of grass, or a sprig of wallflower love with the daughter of a citizen of the town. Of in quiet serenity among the towers—with only the course, the forbidden love was discovered, and the girl pigeons for companions—and we have often watched
being sent away, died from a broken heart among a young family of these feathered creatures flutter in
strangers in a nunnery. The lover, hearing of her and Autter out in alarm when the great bell begins death, and feeling that it would be a long agony to tolling its message to the sleepy town. And what a
pass the remainder of his days with the awful secret solemn toll that bell has—you hear it wherever you weighing on his soul, forgot his duty to God-his are; its deep-toned tongue booms out beyond every Church and his sect, and demanding the keys of the other bell or sound and insists on being heard.
tower from the unsuspecting warder one lovely moonUp till a few years ago there was nothing but a light night, stole slowly up the tortuous stairs of the wooden paling round the old church, but now a hand- tower—up—up till he came out on the parapet at the some iron railing protects it, and the building itself top bathed in a flood of silver light. One prayer—one stands in a pretty clear space, many of the old houses name—one sigh—and then-eternity! His mangled having been pulled down to give it breathing room. corpse was found at the foot, in the cold dawn, by Still, there are one or two left clinging tightly to the the watchman. In one hand he still clutched tightly sacred walls and leaning back confidingly against its a lock of soft brown hair, and in the other his only buttresses as if for protection in times of trouble, and hope of salvation—a cross. there they have been allowed to remain. “We have been But come, we must go inside and see the Cathedral. so long together, why separate us now?" they seem So in we pass under the rows of carved saints who to say.
keep watch so silently over their shrine, and dropping And while we are still outside, let us look at that a few sous into the blind beggar's hat at the door, strange, tall tower, standing in such solitary grandeur pass the western portal. What a cold air meets you by itself, quite separate from the Cathedral, and yet and fans your face, so different from the furious blaze so near it, looking from the ground up to its tall outside, that seems to burn the
soles of your feet. head like a guardian angel at the gates, spreading its How cool the stones are, and the shaded light is so shadow across the older building in sweet companion- grateful to the eyes. Quiet figures of men and women ship. And away up at the top, what is that that pass to and fro, some kneeling for a few minutes on crowns it so nobly and shines so brightly in the sun, the steps of the altar; some leaning in attitudes of causing us to shade our eyes to look at it? Now we devotion on the back of the little wooden chairs see it is a huge figure of the Virgin Mary with the (prie-dieus); while round one of the stone pillars blessed Child in her arms, standing far above the three ragged little children are having a game of “tig, common things of this earth, and smiling down upon their little wooden sabots sounding clack, clack, on the us with that benign look in her face that we have quiet air. But no one seems to mind, and the children seen in so many statues of her abroad. We perceive are as familiar with their church in which they have she is radiant in golden apparel, which accounts for been brought up as if it were their home, which it her shining so brightly.
surely is to all the poor. Having seen enough of the This tower was begun many, many years ago, in ded- altar and choir which seems to stand boldly out into ication to the Virgin, but only finished lately-in fact, it the church, we think of going round to see what is at grew so slowly, that at last a little band of priests and the back of the altar where so many steps are being deacons connected with the Cathedral could bear it directed. Here we find the usual chapels or cluster of