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ing of the waters was attributed by the Jews to but the Soul will answer an invocation as Nathe descent of an angel, for every thing myste- ture never will. Many a man in that waiting rious vis attributed to an angelic agency. And group around Bethesda, had already found the there is a touch of genuine poetry in the super- best angel in the thoughts which rose to heaven stition they cherished, that from an angel's wing the silent prayer that brought the refreshing was shaken healing to the parted waters. We influence of God's presence about his soul- the may apply it in our own way, and permit it to unheird speech of the Highest to his child. Inteach us that angels enter the heart of man only audible is the rise of the waters such as Jesus to impart new virtues to the recuperative ener: spake of when he said they should be in the begies of our moral nature. The water may have liever's heart, ever springing up into everlasting virtue to heal only by being troubled. A writer life. This moving of the waters of life, we can in speaking of a poet who is known to have been have by appropriate means; it will be ours intemperate, and who wrote some of the purest without depriving others of a benefit they desire. and tenderest things, says: “The union of utter We shall never be without a good hand to lead impotence of will, (of which drunkenness seems us into the midst of the healing. to us to have been a symptom, as well as of

What a desolate picture is that where this course a re-acting cause,) with fine qualities of

man who had an infirmity thirty and eight years, heart, high intellectual powers, and strong relig.

is so alone that his hopes are continually mockious sentiments, will surprise no one whose ex

ed—while he makes an effort to descend to the perience of mankind is not very limited. This has often suggested to us the consolatory hose,

waters, another steppeth down before him, be

cause that other has an helper. Thirty and vague as it may be, that in many cases where the will has become quite powerless to direct

eight years! what a length of time to endure an the life, the inner spirit is entirely divorced from

infirmity! What a story of deprivation and sorparticipation in vicious habits, and undergoes a

row does that statement tell! What toils he

might have performed, what pleasures enjoyed, process of purification by the very horror and loathing and remorse with which it regards the

what improvement he might have made, had sensual and brutish companion which a Mezen

that infirmity been away! And yet again, What tian punishment attaches to it during this mor

a ministry for good it may have performed ! tal pilgrimage." (Spectator on Hartley Cole

What nearness to God it may have drawn him ridge. Living Age, June 21, 1851.) This is a

to which a more robust and healthy frame might beautiful thought, and may give us a better idea

have kept away, as many a man is made to of many a gifted but wayward creature ; but be

think of home and return to it by sickness, who, yond this there is the suggestion, What an ef

had perfect health been his, might have passed fect was produced on the man by these poetic

on in his far journeyings and forgot the tenderstirrings of his superior nature by which the

nesses of the dearest circle. But this desolate work of purification was carried on! It is more man had a work to do for us, for he drew out a or less so with us all. We have all our better

beautiful trait in the Savior's character. How moments, when we despise and loathe the earth- touching is the fact, that amid all the multitude liness we carry about us-our moral infirmity,

at Bethesda, Jesus drew near the poorest and and the stirrings of high, devotional, or even

most forsaken. What a face for Jesus to read manly thought concerning the dignity of man

was that of a man thirty and eight years a sufother than as the child of God, are refreshing.

ferer--with none to help him—who had crept An angel has descended from heaven into our

there alone, and at length gave himself up to hearts; the fountain of life moves-the waters

despair. The most needy had the highest claims, are healing, and for the time the soul is healed

and to this man Jesus draws nigh. He beheld of its moral disease,-the blind see their real in- him lying in the porch, he knew he had been a terests, the lame walk with the step of integrity,

long time in that case, and spoke to him, "Wilt the halt are prompt to move aright, and the im

thou be made whole ?" How little did the infirm potent become more powerful to resist wrong

mu know who asked that question, what power doing and error.

resided in that soul of redeeming love, and how But with us the case is happier than with the

beiter than the descent of any angel, was the Jews,-they could not hasten the descent of the coming of that Friend of the lowly.

The man Angel-we can. The moving forces in both

told the simple story of his fate,-“Sir, I have cases are invisible-no hand can touch them,

no man, when the water is troubled, to put me


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into the pool; but while I am coming, another which had until now so completely absorbed his steppeth down before me.” This was enough. attention as to make him insensible to any obThere was to be no delay, no parade, no sound- ject beyond the limits of his chamber, he met at ing of a trumpet, but the words came, as the first glance the whole flood of beauty pouring in wind opens a flower, “Rise! take up thy bed upon him. Throwing aside the old worn voland walk." Immediately-immediately the man ume, he gave himself up to the delicious sensawas made whole, and he walked away. And tions of the moment. what a Sabbath was that to himn! Faintly may Every one knows from actual experience, the the invalid understand his joy when the sick many delightful and sacred remembrances such chamber is left, and the first walk in the light an hour brings with vividness to the mind. It and and the blooms of early Summer brings was a most refreshing transition from poring luxury to the soul. True type of the rejoicing over hard problems and the mysteries of science, which is given when the heart is made pure by to the thought of home, and loved friends. Oh! regenerating grace through the ministering an- burst from the student's gushing heart, oh ! gels of the Gospel, and the soul hears as it were how will I toil on; overco aing every obstacle, a voice singing the song of full assurance, –

persevering over great difficulties, opposing man

fully all discouragements and faint-heartedness. " A hand Divine shall lead you on,

Yes, this I will do for mother's and dear Violi's Thro' all the blissful road,

sake. How have they denied themselves enjoyTill on the sacred mount you see

ments, even enduring willingly a life of severe The glory of your God."

labor, that I may be furnished with the means Birth Day, June 12, 1851, æt. 38.

of acquiring an education. How self-forgetting they are! how tender of me, and how watchful for my ease and happiness. My good sweet

sister shall not always deny herself the pleasSONG.

ures of youth, for me.” Then he half murmur

ed another name, even dearer to him than these, One carnest word can touch the heart but was but faintly uttered, for he would not Where human feeling slumbers,

pronounce that loved word audibly, though none And wake upon the lyre of love

but the shining moon and glistening stars were Affection's deepest numbers ;

auditors. “Will she not, too, rejoice in the proAnd in that heart,

gress I have made? How full of heavenly radi. whichever

way The humble life path turneth,

ance was her face, when she spoke to me those An incense flame of purity

words of encouragement and sympathy, which Forever brightly burneth.

have ever since rung in my ear, and been whis

pered to me in every breath of heaven. She said, And though that soul to stranger eyes dear kind Ella, that my poverty and low rank in May seem closed up and chilly,

life, only bound her more closely and confidingly Yet near the altar springeth there

to me; that in her sight my earnest efforts to Affection's snow-white lily.

cultivate my intellect and improve all the faculCentreville, R. I.

ties of my nature, was infinitely more praiseworthy than the advances of the rich and nobly born, who have no obstacles to surmount, no

sacrifices to make." Walter, unable longer to WALTER FOSTER,

control the emotions of his soul, and wearied inThe old time-worn village clock had already

to almost childish nervousness, buried his face struck the hour of unidnight, and still Walter

in his hands, and burst into a flood of tears. Foster sat poring over his books in his college

Walter Foster was the only son of a poor but He was very pale, and every relaxation

estimable widow lady. Mrs. F. had in youth of his features, and movement of his frame, acquired an excellent and solid education, and spoke of languor and excessive weariness. It

knowing full well the value of such a requisiwas an oppressively warm summer's night, and

tion, was in every respect fitted to be the moththe moon with her silver beams, and the bright

er and adviser of a son like hers. She had early stars looked tenderly in at his open window. As

learned the peculiar taste of her boy's mind, and the tired student raised his eyes from his book,

when this was done, her whole efforts and ener



gies were thrown into the work of his education. mate of an elder brother's family. Ella was not She did not attempt (as too many in like cir- a dangerous or unfit associate for a student. She cumstances have done) to turn the current of his was not one to merely fascinate by smiles and thoughts into a different channel. She never the thousand witcheries of beauty and coquetry, uttered in his presence one word of discourage- which characterize the belle. She did not turn ment, although at times her heart sunk within aside his mind from its duties and nobleness, by her at the difficulties before her. She was truly weaving around his heart an imaginary elysian, worthy of so gifted a son as Walter, and all a or lull his faculties into a sweet forgetfulness of mother's love and energy was put forth to carry their important offices, so that he turned with into maturity his cherished plans.

aversion to the plodding tasks of a student. Too “My son, (she would say) never despair. It much of this passes under the sacred disguise of is true there are obstacles mountain high before love, but how barren of the fruits of that love you, but God has given you talents; trust in him, which seeketh to ennoble, rather than to debase and rest assured you will be prospered in your and enervate. efforts to improve them. I need not tell you Walter never left her presence but with his that I willingly take upon myself duties, that whole soul kindled with a fresh desire to pursue under different circumstances, my heart would whatever of good and praiseworthy he had in become sick and faint in contemplating. Only | feebleness commenced, be not too impatient. Slow will be your pro- Ella had a true woman's heart. Well could gress at first, but in time you will reap a full she offer sympathy and words of cheer to one harvest of the knowledge you crave."

who was striving against poverty and its attendThey were, it is true, poor; but who has not ant evils. She had herself, in her orphanage seen verified in every day's actual experience, state, grieved in bitterness of spirit for a sympathe truth, that poverty with unrelaxing perse- thizing heart. She had well improved her adverance, often accomplishes more than can be versity. It had touched her bosom for the disgained by the most prodigal supply of riches, if couragements of others, and she well knew how wanting in energetic action. So our friend to mete out to others that which she herself had found it. Providence seemed continually guid- so earnestly longed for. ing and prospering her; she had been able to A similarity of tastes and the peculiar trials procure the necessary funds for preparing her of each, had insensibly drawn together the hearts son for a collegiate course. She had strained of Walter and Ella. She had found in him her every muscle to do this, and denied herself a

ideal of manly excellence, which was a soul thousand comforts. Could she do more? How, spurning all unfavorable circumstances, and risthen, was the greater expenses of his University ing in strength and beauty to the station God life, to be obtained ? She grew sick at the designed for us all, but which can only be obthought, but she did not despair.

tained by diligent striving. How different were Walter suggested the plan of being absent the characters of Ella and Viola (Walter's only from his studies a part of the year, that he might sister). The former adding to a heart of the engage in somne occupation, and thereby bear a richest affection, a manly independence and enpart of the burden that was falling so heavily ergy of action. The latter good and gentle, but upon his good mother. This she did not wish a mere child in timidness, and mistrustful of her him to do, for she (anxious for him as a moth- powers. She would fing her whole affectionate er's love ever is,) feared that his frame, always heart into another's existence, to be led gently delicate, would be unable to endure the exhaus- along by them, sheltering herself under their tion and fatigue of such a course. But no other kind protection. She could labor, aye, do any way presented itself, and accordingly for the two thing for one she loved; but had she no object first years of his college life he had adopted this

to call out her energies, she would have shrunk plan. Still it was fast wearing him away. His from the same tasks. cheek grew thin and pale. Mrs. Foster in ter- It was surprising to note the different effect ror and alarm for him, taxed herself still more produced upon Walter by the presence of these to spare him she loved.

two beings he so tenderly loved. Viola hanging About this time, and while engaged in the oc

upon his bosom, would pour out her warm heart's cupation of teaching, he became acquainted with gushing love, in kisses and caresses, adding the intelligent and amiable Ella S- who

praises to her words of endearment. She was having been early left an orphan, became an in- ' proud, and justly, too, of her hrother. She could

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not sympathize with his intellect, but for this debilitating his whole frame. ,His mother, too, she cared not. She could love and labor for him, how would she rejoice for him.

She could now and knew that he truly loved her in return, and rest from her weary labors for him and dear Vishe craved nothing higher, this being her great ola. Oh, his heart was too full to utter the joy. There was a charm about her artlessness, thoughts of gratitude that were swelling his that drew you at once to her.

bosom. How unlike Ella. She was in truth a wo- They did indeed rejoice with him, his mother, man with all a woman's purest and noblest af- Viola, and Ella too. Their hearts had long fections, but possessing a strength of mind and ached when they looked upon his cheek once so perseverance of will, that would have enabled blooming and fresh, now losing its roundness, her to meet any and every circumstance of life and becoming white and thin. They were truly with firmness. What would have crushed the grateful, and their tears of thankfulness told how one, would have strengthened the other. Their heartfelt was their joy. differing spheres had no doubt much to do with Walter already stood well among his classthe character of each. Viola had ever been mates, and now that every impediment was rewatched and guarded as tenderly as an infant. moved, he made rapid progress, and at the end She had been the pet and plaything of her home, of his collegiate life, he came forth, if not a brilwhile Ella was early called to buffet alone with liant, yet a thorough classical scholar. True, the rough winds and storms of life.

his talents were not of that dazzling nature that Not long after the first scene in our story, carry to every heart a conviction of great ability. Walter was sitting as usual in his solitary cham- l'His was a mind well balanced, and deeply learnber, poring over his books. A light tap at the ed in those qualities that make up for the brilliandoor was immediately followed by the entrance cy of others. He possessed a clear, rich intellect, of one of his class-mates, who, handing him a one that would assuredly bring success and apletter he had procured for him on return from preciation along with it, though not perhaps as his walk, instantly withdrew. It was a strange speedily as the former. hand-writing, and Walter was puzzled beyond Letters from the unknown friend were puncconception. He had no correspondents but his tually received, and always when mostly needmother and Ella. Who then could be the au- ed. This circumstance more than any other, thor of the epistle now addressed to him ? On was a matter of surprise to Walter. The benereading it he was still more perplexed, for the factor was evidently some one near him, who contents were as novel and strange as was the was knowing to his every day necessities, else superscription. It ran thus :

why so punctual in supplying his demands even WALTER FOSTER :

as soon as each became due. His spirit often Dear Sir :-A friend has long and silently

shrunk from dependance upon another's gener

osity, and he would have utterly refused the same been noting your self-denying exertions and no

from one, had it been offered openly.

He was ble efforts to obtain for yourself an education.

thankful for favors, but his sensitive soul would It is indeed a praiseworthy object. Permit one who is deeply interested in your progress, to as

not permit bim to willingly receive aid from

others if the same object could be obtained by sist you in your laudable undertaking. Please accept the sum enclosed, and use it for your

his own exertions. Whoever the friend might own improvement, and the furtherance of your

be, he surely was so well read in the peculiar plans.

points of character in him whom he wished to Yours with true interest and regard,

serve, as to know that only in the secretness of the plan, lay his success.

Walter became in time to look upon it as a Walter read it over and over again, and each direct act of Providence, and his mind grew calm time he perused it, his curiosity became more under this impression. He had seen so much and more excited. Why could be the unknown

of the guiding hand of his Father all along his benefactor? Who was there to feel an interest path, from his childhood up to maturity, and had in his advancement, save his own confidential

witnessed so many circumstances dark and friends? How could he believe it a reality, an gloomy in themselves, working out for him the actual truth? that he was to be thus unexpect- greatest benefits, that he became almost visionedly and almost miraculously relieved from the ary in his belief in the dealings of Providence burden that was wasting away his strength and

with man.


Space will not permit us to follow minutely and for all I most dearly prize in life? You have each step in the journey of our friend Walter. wronged me, Ella, by so long depriving me of We will accordingly pass over a few succeeding the only recompense I could return for such fayears, and glance at him as he is in his own vors, that of grateful thanks. But I had always home, and sustaining new relations in life. He thought you poor.” has succeeded beyond his most sanguine hopes, “ You will forgive me, Walter, for concealing and is now highly distinguished and esteemed within my heart even one secret, which has not for his rich talent. His profession offers him as been shared with you. I wished to spare you much patronage as he desires, leaving him still all feeling of dependance upon me, as well as leisure to perform the delightful duties of hus- save myself the ernbarrassment of your words band and son.

Ella presides over his and her and acts of gratitude. My parents left me a sum home, with a grace in exact keeping with her at their death, and upon coming to years of mapeculiarly lovable traits of character. Mrs. Fos

turity, I resolved to gratify my love for doing ter and Viola have found with Walter and his good. To do this most effectually, my reason amiable wife, a quiet that well compensates him suggested some plan by which I could bestow, for the toil of former days. Under the immedi- without subjecting the relieved to the unpleasate influence of Ella, the timid reservedness of

ant feelings that will ever crowd into our minds her sweet sister is giving way to a more wom- on receiving aid and charity from others. I saw anly strength of mind, and Viola has found in

you toiling on, daily wasting away, and had it the companionship of her brother's wife, a ben

in my power to spare and sustain you. Do you efit-a blessing which she well appreciates and think, dear Walter, my heart could be so selfish improves.

as to do otherwise than I have done ? Oh, the “Come and sit by me, Walter, on our sofa, I joy I felt when I saw the bloom again return to have a letter I wish you to read with me,” said

your cheek, the light to your eye, and buoyancy Ella to her husband one evening after arranging

to your frame. This has not been a solitary every thing for his comfort, on return from his

thrill of pleasure. When I have seen the mothhard professional duties.

er striving with her whole energies to supply the " What important intelligence does it con

wants of her little household group, and noted tain," said Walter, seating himself beside her,

her discouragements of heart, her despairing and " that it should bring such a glow to your cheek, soul-sickness, then I have felt that wealth was and light up your whole face with an unusual

indeed a blessing, and secretly have I relieved expression of joy. Oh, a gentleman's penman

them. I could not subject them to the mortifiship, and not a strange one either," as he caught

cation of openly receiving charity. How many a glance of the same hand-writing that had for have felt that there was a sharper sting in the years so puzzled him. " How is this, Ella ?”

act of receiving charity than in the severest toil and his face crimsoned with the excitement that

and poverty. Do not take from my over-brimrushed upon him whenever a thought of the un

ming joy, by one act of gratitude. My love for known friend came into his mind.

you bas prompted it; and had I not possessed “I will read it to you, Walter,” said Ella, and

this means of assisting you, my heart and my she coinmenced reading aloud the mysterious heavenly Father only knows how willingly I epistle.

would have labored and sacrificed for your hapThe letter was from the guardian of Ella, piness and improvenient. But we will forget stating that as the term had expired in which

all this now. Never let the subject be recalled, she had herself wished him to preserve towards

but the happiness that this hour has given us, her the samne relation that had devolved upon

we will never let die away; it shall live on ever her childhood, he now stood ready to deliver up

as pure and ardent as now." cheerfully to her, the little fortune left to her by

F. M. CAESEBRO'. her worthy parents, and ended by saying, “that to one who knew so well how to appreciate and use wealth, it was a joy to him to know that to such a one had been given such a blessing."

In an instant the whole truth flashed upon
Walter. “Ella !” cried he, in a tumult of ex-

I SHALL see thee no more! when we parted in pain,

I felt in my heart we should ne'er meet again : citement, " is it to you my wife and best friend, that I am indebted for all I know of happiness,

I knew when my hand thou didst sadly resign,
That it never again would be folded in thinc ;

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