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forever among the works of science; and from this happy union sprung a family well known in Sweden in the present day, and whose wealth of fortune and high position in society, are regarded as small things, compared with its wealth of goodness and love."

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gelic face, exclaimed, as if by inspiration, 'Well, I think I could have it.'

• What! cried his friends in a chorus, "are you crazy y? Do you know her ?' etc.

Not at all,' he answered ; .but I think she would kiss me just now, if I asked her.' .. What, in this place, before all our eyes ?' * In this place, before your eyes.' Freely ?'

Freely.' • Well, if she will give you a kiss in that manner, I will give you a thousand dollars!' exclaimed one of the party.

* And I !' ' And I ! cried three or four others; for it so happened that several rich young men were in the group, and bets ran high on so improbable an event; and the challenge was made and received in less time than we take to relate it.

Our hero-(my informant tells not whether he was handsome or plain ; I have my peculiar reasons for believing that he was rather plain, but singularly good looking at the same time)-our hero immediately walked off to meet the young lady. He bowed to her, and said, “My lady, my fortune is in your hand.' She looked at him in astonishment, but arrested her steps. He proceeded to state his name and condition, his aspiration, and related simply and truly what had just passed between him and his companions. The young lady listened attentively, and when he ceased to speak, she said, blushing, but with great sweetness, 'If by so little a thing so much good can be effected, it would be foolish in me to refuse your request;' and she kissed the young man publicly in the open square.

Next day the young student was sent for by the Governor. He wanted to see the man who had dared to ask a kiss of his daughter in that way, and whom she had consented to kiss so. He received him with a severe and scrutinizing brow, but, after an hour's conversation, was so pleased with him that he invited him to dine at his table during his studies in Upsala.

Our young friend now pursued his studies in a manner which soon made him regarded as the most promising scholar at the University. Three years were not passed after the day of the first kiss, when the young man was allowed to give a second one to the daughter of the Governor, as to his intended bride.

He became, later, one of the greatest scholars in Sweden, as much respected for his learning as for his character. His works will endure

Vol. XX. 50

A LOVE of neatness and method was conspicuous in Southey's life, and even in his literary productions. He derived it, in no small degree, from his aunt, with whom, however, it amounted to a disease. He says:

“ Most people, 1 suspect, have a weakness for old shoes; ease and comfort and one's own fireside are connected with them ; in fact, we never feel any regard for old shoes till they attain to the privilege of age, and then they become almost as much a part of the wearer as his corns. This sort of feeling my aunt extended to old clothes of every kind; the older and the raggeder they grew, the more unwilling she was to cast them off. But she was scrupulously clean in them; indeed, the principle upon which her whole household economy was directed was that of keeping the house clean, and taking more precautions against dust than would have been needful against the plague in an infected city. She labored under a perpetual dusto-phobia, and a comical disease it was; but whether I have been most amused or annoyed by it, it would be difficult to say. I had, however, in its consequences an early lesson how fearfully the mind may be enslaved by indulging its own peculiarities and whimsies, innocent as they appear at first.

“The discomfort which Miss Tyler's passion for cleanliness produced to berself, as well as to her little household, was truly curious ; to herself, indeed, it was a perpetual torment; to the two servants a perpetual vexation, and so it would have been to me if nature had not blest me with an innate hilarity of spirit which nothing but real affliction can overcome. That the better rooms might be kept clean, she took possession of the kitchen, sending the servants to one which was underground; and in this little, dark, confined place, with a rough stone floor, and a skylight, (for it must not be supposed that it was a best kitchen, which was always, as it was intended to be, a comfortable sitting-room ; this was more like a scullery) we always took our meals, and generally lived. The best room

was never opened but for company; except now the skin, and thus prevents the edges from beand then on a fine day to be aired and dusted, if coming sore or irritated, and it also belps to dust could be detected there.

In the other par

keep the tears within the lid. There are also lor I was allowed to read, and she wrote her let. six little muscles attached to the eye, which enters, for she had many correspondents; and we able us to move it in every direction ; and when sat there sometimes in Summer, when a fire was we consider the different motions they are capanot needed, for fire produced ashes, and ashes ble of giving to the eyes, we cannot but admire occasioned dust, and dust, visible or invisble, the goodness of Him who formed them, and has was the plague of her life. I have seen her or- thus saved us the trouble of turning our heads der the teakettle to be emptied and refilled, be- every time we wish to view an object. Although cause some one had passed across the hearth the eyes of some animals are incapable of mowhile it was on the fire preparing for her break- tion, as the fly, the beetle, and several other infast. She had indulged these humors till she sects, yet the Creator has shown his wisdom and had formed for herself notions of uncleanness al. goodness in furnishing their eyes with thousands most as irrational and inconvenient as those of of little globes, and by placing their eyes more the Hindoos. She had a cup once buried for six in front of their head, so that these little insects weeks, to purify it from the lips of one whom she can see all around them without turning their accounted unclean ; all who were not her favor. heads. A gentleman, who has examined the ites were included in that class. A chair in eyes of a fiy, says that the two eyes of a comwhich an unclean person had sat was put out in mon one are composed of eight thousand little the garden to be aired; and I never saw her globes, through every one of which it is capable more annoyed than on one occasion when a man, of forming an image of an object! Having prewho called upon business, seated himself in her pared the eye of the fly for the purpose he pla. own chair; how the cushion was ever again to ced it before his microscope, and looked through be rendered fit for her use, she knew not! On both, in the manner of a telescope, at a steeple such occasions, her fine features assumed a char- which was two hundred and ninety-nine feet acter either fierce or tragic; her expressions high and seven hundred and fifty feet distant; were vehement even to irreverence ; and her and he says he could plainly see, through every gesticulations those of the deepest and wildest little hemisphere, the whole steeple inverted, or distress,-hands and eyes uplifted, as if she was turned upside down. in hopeless misery, or in a paroxym of mental anguish.”— Selected.

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HOW THE EYE IS SWEPT AND WASNIED. The women of Galilee and the sisters of Beth.

any, the helpers of Paul in Macedonia and CoFor us to be able to see objects clearly and

rinth, the martyred deaconesses of Lyons and distinctly, it was necessary that the eye should

Carthage, were surely lifted by their faith into a be kept moist and clean. For this purpose it is consciousness of the claims of the soul, to which furnished with a little gland, from which flows nothing in Pagan antiquity can present a moral a watery fluid, (tears,) which is spread over the parallel. We have no desire to derogate from eye by the lid, and is afterwards swept off by it, the just merits of German sentiment; or to esand runs through a hole in the bone to the inner

tablish any competition of pretension between surface of the nose, where the warm air, passing its influence and that of Christianity. But is it over it while breathing, evaporates it. It is re- too much to say, that, for the production of their markable no such gland can be found in the eyes beneficent results, the two agencies had to conof fish, as the element in which they live an- cur; and that if, on the one hand, the religion swers the same purpose. If the eye had not

was comparatively barren until it struck upon been furnished with a liquid to wash it and a lid the German soul, so, on the other, that soul bad to sweep it off, things would appear as they do but the latent capacity for nobler development, when we look through a dusty glass. Along till quickened by reception of the religion? We the edges of the eyelid there are a great number certainly believe that the chief function of the of little tubes or glands, from which fows an first eight centuries of the Church was to band oily substance, which spreads over the surface of

over the religion to its proper receptacle in the

Teutonic mind-there for the first time to ex- away. Her last hours were cheered, as her bibit, on a large scale, its native vitality, and whole life had been gladdened, by our blessed find its appointed nourishment. Still, if we re- faith ; and when the summons for her departure meniber right, the chivalric poetry arose not in came, she obeyed as serenely as did her honored the Germanic race, but among the Romanesque father. Several friends have kindly written us tribes of Spain, France, and Italy; and Mourish- concerning her last hours, and one whose heart ed most where the Albigensian spirit had freest is alive to the sorrows and ills of all around her, way, and the power of the priesthood was most tells us of her calmness and hope. Watching with weakened. Sismondi remarks the coincidence, her just previous to her death, this friend found in the Romance literature, of an elevated senti- her unable to speak above a low whisper, and ment towards woman, with bitter satire upon discerning by her motions that she desired to say the clergy; and we apprehend it was a true in- something, the watcher put her ear close to the stinct which led the poet, inspired with any del. mouth of the dying one, and heard her say that icate and noble love, to turn his antipathies up- she was perfectly sensible of her condition, was on the sacerdotal system. That system it is resigned and ready to go; and that all was bright which to this day prevents the sanctity and low. before her. Being asked what she would like ers the dignity of domestic life in the south of to have said for her to ourself, she looked up Europe; and makes the difference between the with a bright smile on her countenance, and relove which figures in an Italian opera, and that plied, “ Oh tell him I am very happy !" and she which breathes in the strains of Tennyson. It dropped away with that same calm and heaven. cannot be pretended that the Papal and priestly ly expression. institutions, at whose door this evil is to be laid, Thus has it always been, in every instance, afford any true representation of the religion of where we have been privileged to minister to the Christ. Wherever the characteristic sentiments young heart, and behold it expand into the life of Christianity have had free action, wherever and beauty of womanhood, within the charined the faith has prevailed that life is a divine trust, circle of our own portion of the Christian church. committed to souls dear to God, equal among This death must be a great bereavement to themselves, and each the germ of an immortali- the mother and sister, and we pray for the Dity, there and there alone, has domestic affection vine Comforter to be with them. Our friend been so touched with reverence and confidence, was kind and good. Her society was a cheerful as to retain its freshness to the end, and afford a influence, and her active mind proved her an chastening discipline through life. The doc- intelligent companion. To the last she valued trines about the “Rights of woman," which the privileges of the Sanctuary and the Sabbath have sprung from theories of political equality, School, and she could always give a clear and and disowned the partnership of religious senti- powerful answer to those who asked a reason of ment, have invariably produced great moral the hope that was in her soul. May her death laxity; and in spite of high imaginative talk, be sanctified to her numerous friends, and may fascinating to excitable natures, yield nothing they learn how pleasant is the memory of the truly noble, but only the monster greatness of good, and how holy the death of the believer. mingled intellect and passion.

Around thy grave I strew no flowers

Born of the Summer's breath,

But roses plucked from Gospel bowers,

That cheer the gloom of death.

H. B.




Died in Providence, R. I., Feb. 3, 1852, Miss SUSAN, eldest daughter of the late Capt. ARNOLD Irons, aged 25 years. Thus has passed one to whom we were warmly attached, whose countenance always wore the expression of an intelligent mind and a happy disposition. She had long been ill with symptoms of consumption in a singular form, but her release came at an unexpected hour, and she passed quite suddenly

Died in Providence, R. I., Jan. 26, 1952, CorNELIA S. CARTEE, aged 18 years.

The shadowy valley was lengthened to this young pilgrim, for she lingered in the utmost feebleness for many months. It seemed wonderful that the body could still keep the spirit from winging its flight, so wasted did she become. Her frame seemed almost etherealized,

and her look was enough to calm any spirit into flower, and despite their utmost care, it fades quietness and solemnity. She endured her long and droops and dies, we cannot but sympathize and painful sickness with exemplary patience; with them, though they may be utter strangers. and we are happy in learning that the services We put our life in those things which we love of Br. R. Eddy, Jr., who was visiting his rela- and labor to keep alive; but the putting out of tives and friends in Providence at the time, were a thousand such lights as come from flowers and very satisfactory in the last days of our young the beautiful things of outward life, are notbing friend. She received comfort and strength from to the wasting away of the starry light of an inhis reading to and praying with her. She de- fant's eyes. Some speak of a child's departure sired him to attend her burial, and gave direc- as a light bereavement, and say, “It's nothing tion concerning all the arrangements of that last but a child !" But such little know how much is service to the body, with the utmost composure. laid away in the death of a little child, -we bury

not merely the infant, but also all that we hoped “No longer the pall and the shroud wore gloom,

it would live to be; as years pass, and we are They were traveling robes to a better home.”

reminded of the lost one by the form of some When she had finished giving directions, she youthful creature, we bury again the dear one, added, “And now I wish to be baptized, for I

as we think, “If my darling were alive now, I feel the Lord hath forgiven my sins.” It gave

should have an object like that in my home to us great satisfaction to hear of this; for we love

comfort me." not the sight of the enthusiast's death-bed, the

Towards young hearts burying that which shoutings of glory, and the winging of the soul

taught them first what parental love really is, amid exciting songs; but we love the sight of

we are always moved with deep compassion; calmness, quietness, profound and holy thought

and to these parents, whose loss we have record. fulness, that tell of the deep river of peace in the

ed, we tender our warmest sympathies and the soul. Says a young friend in a letter to us,

commendation of the divine hopes of the Gospel, " Oh it was a solemn sight to see that young,

as we commended to them a life of virtuous love emaciated girl raised up in bed, and that young

in the hour of their marriage union. servant of our blessed Master laying holy hands on her head in the holy rite of baptism. Calm and quiet was that death-chamber. Not a murmur escaped her lips, nor has a complaint been

We record with the liveliest sympathy touttered through her whole sickness, and she pas

wards the suddenly bereaved companion of our sed from this world as quiet as the stars come

brother, our estimate of our brother's life and forth at eventide."

ministry. The readers of the Repository bare We trust the numerous young friends of Cor

been familiar with his writings. The series of nelia will find in this sickness and death a salu

articles by Rev. Schoolcraft Jones, were from tary influence to enable them to look aright on

his pen, and his last communication for our palife, and find the baptism of the spirit in their

ges, (The Uses of Sorrow," in the January years of strength that will prepare them for the

No., written on the death of a very dear friend,) times of weakness and pain.

contains the most fitting meditation on his death. To the parents of Cornelia we tender our sin.

Br. Soule lived a useful life. Never was there cere sympathy, and would direct them to the

a better field before him than when he was so true source of comfort in Christ our Savior.

suddenly called away; and while we pray for May the bright-eyed and sweet-faced cherub

the widow and her children, we pray for ourstill spared to then, grow up lovely in the

selves, that God may be unto her and unto us, beauty of holiness, and find a life-hallowing in

direction and strength.

H. B. fuence in her sister's death.

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“Every day is a little life; and our whole life is but a day repeated. And hence it is that old

Jacob numbers his life by days,and Moses desires Died in Boston, Mass., E. F. H., only child to be taught this point of holy arithmetic, to of Capt. C. L., and Mrs. L. M. WILLCOMB, aged

number not bis years but his days, and these so

as to apply bis heart upto wisdom. Those, theretwenty-two months.

fore, that dare lose a day, are dangerously prodiWhen we see young hearts tending a single 'gal, and those that dare misspend it, desperate."


CHARACTERS IN THE GOSPELs, Illustrating Phases of Character at the Present Day. By Rev. E. H. Chapin. New York : Redfield. 1852. pp. 163. This was

a happy conception, to bring out characters from the records of the Evangelists and make them representatives of classes to be met with now. Mr. Chapin makes the Reformer, the Sensualist, the Sceptic, the Man of the World, the Seeker after Religion, and the Active and Meditative Religionist to pass before us in his picturings of character, suggested by the characters of John the Baptist, Herod, Thomas, Pilate, Nichodemus, and the Sisters of Bethany. This volume exhibits a more quiet treatment of his themes than is usual to the author, and to this we attribute the greater depth of impression made by the reading of his strong and forcible thoughts. The idea of the volume is, that human nature is the same in all ages, but difference of occasions bring out into different expressions similar traits and dispositions. “ History,” says our author, “ could not teach by examples, it could have no practical value, unless the ground-work of character were in all ages the same." The opening discourse on the Reformer is a piece of capital description and discrimination. We were pleased especially with the portrait of Quietism, with its clear insight to see objections and discern the ludicrous side in all proposed reforins, or made too easy by creature comforts to have any understanding of social wants," comfortable men with plenty of beef and coal.” " Fenced in as they are against sharp necessities, and well to do in the world, they cannot discern the use of all this agitation-they do not see but that things are as near right as they can be, and they class together and denounce all reformers indiscriminately, as 'radicals' and 'fanatics.' And yet, perhaps one rod from the Quietist thinker, or the Quietist eater, some pale mother drains the last drop of sustenance to moisten the lips of a dying infant; some husband and father reels home like a demon to his trembling and destitute family ; some child's soul is seething in the lowest pit of evil; some woman's heart of virtue is struggling between gold and despair ; some man is buffeted by starvation into crime, and all around a tempted and paralytic humanity sends up inarticulate groans to heaven. Ah, men with cool heads and fat larders, can philosophize and de

nounce ; but it is a different thing with those upon whom misery presses with a cincture of iron, through whose veins passion runs like lava, for whom in their moral weaknesses vice opens its doors, and whose heads are canopied with curses. And we can easily see why some who have witnessed these and other forms of guilt and wrong, will agitate-will cry out • Reform !' And if others would drop the kaleidoscope of curious speculation and look around with their naked eyes, if they would turn from their faces in the cheerful fire to the faces in the crowd- they too, perhaps, would find some justification for reform. If not, I think the veriest fanatic of change, with all his vituperation and eccentricity, who still feels stirred to speak for humanity, has a heart more akin to the great Baptist, nay, to him who, with a gentler spirit, lifted up the suffering and bore the woes of man in his all-loving breast, than those who have wrought themselves into a selfish indifference, or who marvel and denounce in easy chairs."

In the sensualist there is a fine passage against the common idea of regarding the licentious man as worthy of little blame when his sensuality is associated with other traits of character-what are called generous qualities, or great intellectual qualities. It is not to be considered as of those 'infirmities' which genius transmutes and glorifies,” but as “a despotic fault by which it is dragged down and dethroned. Many a stripling considers his excesses as the crackling of the ethereal flame, the dross of inspiration, and as essential to the part which he has assumed as the 'eye in a fine frenzy rolling.' It generally happens, however, that his achievements are limited to the darker hemisphere of genius. He exhibits little of Sheridan save his recklessness, and nothing of Byron except the gin and water. It has been said that 'the defects of great men are the consolations of dunces ;' but they are also the sorrow of the truly wise, who in the very proportions of the achievement detect the greatness of the aberration."

The Sceptic is a strong werd of peculiar excellence and peculiarly timely. The passage in which our author speaks against the sceptic's exclusive regard to logic and the logical faculty, is strongly to the right point. “ The intercourse of hearth and home, the relations of child and mother, and brother and friend, are not deductions of


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