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and now it subsides into a sweet, simple melo- fix our attention, and impress the thoughts upon dy, a lonely heart-song- -a still, small voice, af- our memory. But in closing, we have to urge ter the thunder and the earthquake. Now it that the Bible shall be read habitually-at appours forth its warnings like the trumpet of the pointed seasons, and in some established and denouncing angel, and now it whispers peace, well devised method, and no longer in a desuland promises forgiveness and blessing. It dwells tory, immethodical manner, without continuity upon the most glorious themes, and the holiest or order; and we are assured that if the Holy truths—the deepest and most vital interests of Scriptures be so read, we shall catch the spirit the soul-the character and attributes of the In- of its truth, and find it one of the most efficient finite Spirit, the evil of sin--the heroism and means of grace, and the treasury of the Lord preciousness of virtue --the Paternity of God -- unto our souls. the fellowship of Christ, the brotherhood of man, and an immortal life of blessedness beyond

Brooklyn, N. Y. the grave. Its sublirnity and its pathos are inimitable; and it has been said that simply because of its literary merit, it should be regarded

RECOLLECTIONS OF BABYLON. as the choicest book the world has ever seen.

The Bible addresses the whole nature of man. When I was a "mere slip of a girl," I was It has appeals to his reason and his conscience: sent to pass a Summer with some relatives on to his intellect and his affections; to his love of Long Island, in a village which rejoiced in the the beautiful and sublime--the true and simple mighty name of Babylon. It was not “Babylon -the poetic and the natural. It has a fitting the great,” but Babylon the little, and its spare word for every dispensation and trial, for every population was made up of a curious assortment necessity and experience, for the humblest and of people, some of them about as heathenish as most exalted, for the simple and learned, the were the denizens of its great namesake. child and the sage, for the evil and the good; a

Whether I was sent there for the benefit of word for every human heart, of cheering counsel the sea breeze, or because they were tired of me and consolation, of blessed promise and beati- at home, I cannot now exactly say; but I know tude.

I was delighted with the change; and the wonBut we fear the first requisite for him who derful novelty which there surrounded me was finds no delight or profit in the study of the just the food craved by my hungry imagination. Scriptures, or to examine its evidences, espe- I was the inmate of a hotel, where new faces, cially the evidences of Christianity, is to do this and a plenty of them, were to be seen every day. patiently and as an indispensable labor and duty Stage loads of travelers stopping to breakfast or -afterwards to read the Scriptures with the aid dinner, “high bucks," from the city, on sporting of a Commentary, a Bible Dictionary and maps, excursions, with tandem, dogs, and gun; gentler and a History and Antiquities of the Jews; and spirits with rod and line, to angle in the bright it would be astonishing if with these helps, our

brooks for speckled trout; fine ladies, driven faith in the Scriptures, and our pleasure and from town by dyspepsia and the doctor, to try profit should not be greatly enhanced. This rambling, riding and sailing; boat loads, or auxiliary reading can hardly fail to stimulate us wagon loads, of country couples, on excursions to a more thorough reading of the Bible, and in- | from places, some of which might have been stances are numerous in which books of the class supposed near by, and others in the uttermost designated have been read with great avidity parts of the earth, such as "Fireplace," "Patand gratification by those who have previously chogue,” “Jerusalem” and “Jericho.” I had neglected the Scriptures. The excellency of our

myself the pleasure of visiting all those oddly reading depends not so inuch upon the amount

named localities, with others now forgotten, and of our reading, as the thoroughness of it, and I prided myself no little upon being a traveler to this is peculiarly true of Bible reading. It is such memorable places. found also that to attempt to paraphrase the lan- My time there was one continued succession guage of the Bible is a valuable exercise, as it of amusement; and novelty of which there was necessitates a clear conception of its meaning; no end. Perhaps my vivid fancy lent a coloring and Scripture language cannot be translated in- to all I saw and experienced, for I remember that to our own speech without a definite idea of its even the weather beaten stage drivers, and mer. significance. These attempts will serve also to ry blacks in the kitchen were a study and delight stood upon

to me. Some of the ways of the latter still haunt Between the long narrow beach, upon which my memory; I can see their white teeth, and the ocean waves thundered forever, and the south “ the whites of their eyes," and even the incom- side of the island, where my relatives resided, parable Christy's cannot drive them from my lay the great bay, in itself almost a sea, and recollection, or scarcely excel them in “voice,” | parties were often made up at the house to go or "ivory.”

out upon it, sailing and fishing; usually crossBeside the many transient comers, there were ing over to the light-house to get dinner and always boarders, some of whom tarried weeks, bathe in the surf. But I, for one, omitted the and some months; and while a few of them bathing; I could never have nerve to stand the were “easy good souls,” to whom I readily at

shock of one of those towering waves, even with tached myself, others were altogether beyond my a strong arm to hold me; I could better keep sphere and comprehension. Among the former my“ centre of gravity” by loading myself with was one particular family, each member of which the polished stones, worn into innumerable “ took a liking” to me, and I to them; and of shapes by the washing of the waters, and scatsome of these I shall speak more by and by. But tered in profusion along the sands. Thus we that which made the strongest impression upon would pass whole days, returning at night wet my mind, waking thoughts which could never with the sea spray, and very much sun burned be expressed and never forgotten, was the great and very weary; but with wonderful appetites ocean, the wide and wild Atlantic; and when I for our supper, and a unanimous desire to retire

the bleached sands of its barren coast, early to rest. and saw the great waves breaking upon the beach They gave me the credit of being a brave sail. with a thundering sound, I first felt a faint com- or, and at one time when the vessel “

sprung a prehension of infinite power, of the might and leak,” (a small schooner carried us on these exmajesty of Him who holds the waters in the cursions) and we were obliged to be taken off by hollow of his hand, and could bid those noisy another boat, which fortunately came along; and waves be still. Though eight or ten miles dis- again, when the rudder became unshipped, in a tant from the house, it would often waken me squall, floating away from us; but finally duft. at night with its booming sound, and from my ing back, until it was recovered, it was remarkwindow, as I lay upon my bed, I could watch ed that I appeared as undistnrbed in face of the the revolving light on Fire Island, where the danger as the Captain himself. No doubt I was vessel was since wrecked, with the hapless Mar- frightened, as well as the rest, but as I never garet Fuller and her family. Hapless that she saw the good of making any outcry at such times, could not have been welcomed once more to her my quietness passed for courage, which latter native land, and blest in meeting death so nobly quality I do not think I can justly claim. I rewith those she most tenderly loved. How often member that one young gentleman was so bewhen I lay there with my young eyes glued apart, side himself, he drew off his boots, and was gowatching the light which would disappear and ing overboard after the rudder, though he could come again continually, seeming so near and not swim an inch, and was obliged to be held bright in the thick darkness, would my busy im- back and reasoned out of his rash plan. agination conjure up scenes of distress upon the Among the family which I have before mendeep, vessels going to pieces in the night, and tioned, was a daughter but little older than mydrowned mariners lying cold upon the sands. self, and we became “very intimate,” as young Never did I hear a sound so mournful, and one girls thus thrown together almost invariably do. that would a waken such sad fancies and fore- Though there was but a year's difference in our bodings, as the distant booming of the wild At- age, she was far ahead in some respects. She lantic waves ; and is in the stormless Summer was tall and well formed; and very stately and their ceaseless anthem could be heard so far, and young ladyfied she appeared to me, in her floun. with such mournful feeling, how wonld it affect ced dresses. She had the air of a woman, while the spirit when the terrible winter winds should I was so little, and so simply dressed, I passed drive its waves ashore with tenfold power? I for no more than a child. We spent our time could not look and listen to the breaking of the very pleasantly together. I was the contidant sea, in its calmest moods, without being struck of her love-dreams, her romance, her troubles ; breathless with awe and terror, how then could for she had already begun to experience those I have borne to gaze upon it when roused to fury trials of the heart, to which young ladies are so by the storm?

subject.

There was a certain Dr. Swain, who attended for me was genuine and undivided, I am sure. to the health of the village; and I do not know How he wept and sobbed, and would not be but it may be the same Swain who has become comforted, when we parted on the morning of famed for his "panacea" and "vermifuge,” for of his return home! How he clung to me, with his his history after my sojourn in Babylon, I know arms around my neck, in impassioned grief, till nothing. However at that time he was very they were obliged to take him away! Dear litmuch enamored of my friend, and she “ return- tle Alfred! I wonder what has been his fortune ed his affection ;" hut papa and the brothers were since he became a man! decidedly opposed to the swain, and the young The Summer passed away in riding, rambling, lady was commanded to give him no encourage- sailing, and the like recreations; but when the ment. Poor Julia, she thought herself a martyr

days grew shorter and cooler, and the waters to the tyranny of the higher powers; but they were not so placid, nor the air so bland, we were were not prohibited from meeting, as he was in

separated, and scattered abroad to our several the habit of coming to the house every day, in- homes. My friend Julia left the place most re. deed he had a "patient" there, beside my friend, luctantly of all, for did it not contain "the choand it would have been difficult to prevent their sen of her heart,” her second self, parted from seeing each other; but their interviews were whom she must be forever unhappy? Ah, poor generally in the presence of some of the family. Julia ! did she really love him, or was it all im.

I was brimfull of sympathy for the “unhappy agination ? This question has never been satislovers." I thought the doctor a very “nice factorily answered; for when we met again; I man," though not handsonie, according to my do not recollect the exact period of time which taste; but he raised himself to a high place in had passed, but it might have been two years; my estimation, when he appeared in the charac- when ehancing to be in the city where she reter of a poet, and addressed his lady love in sided, I went to call upon her, and found her verse, the opening stanza of which production I bending over the eradle of a second Julia; for recollect to this day.

she was a wife and mother; but alas, for wo

man's constancy! she had married another doc“Hush, ye winds, nor dare to murmur!

tor!
Cease, ye songsters, to rejoice !
Whether awake, or in a slumber,

Hartford, Conn.
I think I hear my Julia's voice."

M. A. H. D.

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This was a gem, and this a bard, for whom any girl might brave the displeasure of friends, and I do not know but if he had taken a fancy to me, I might have been captivated too, though he did not come up to my standard of manly beauty.

But I, too, had my "conquests," and if I do not myself chronicle them, who will ? My very simplicity I believe was my great attraction. There was a fine old gentleman, very fond of me, and of fishing, I am not sure which he liked best, but I know that his good natured and delightful wise did not appear to be at all jealous of my attractions; then there was a widower, whose children were as old again as myself, very much devoted to me; but, as in the former case, I cannot be said to have entirely monopolized his affections, for I shared them with Shakspeare, who was his prime favorite, and whose words were ever in his mouth. Then there was a younger gentleman, who petted me; but I fear he loved wine better; but he was very interesting, and I liked and pitied him; and last, and least, was my friend's youngest brother, a boy in his first "jacket and trowsers," and his affection

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“A valued friend, in a recent letter stating the particulars of a swindling case, by which a whole county in the State of Ohio suffered, adds the following pertinent comments.

This man has had no character for years, except for boldness as a money operator. He is vulgar, profane, licentious, and notoriously prof. ligate ; and yet, by dint of assurance, he has managed to get such a hold upon the confidence of men as to nearly ruin scores of them. How long will it take to convince the world that a man who is false to truth, false to good morals, and false to the wife of bis bosom, is seldom any thing but false, in the end, to his commercial engagements ?

I have been a somewhat close observer of men for more than thirty-five years, during all which time I have been engaged in commercial pursuits; and I set it down as an axiom, that the man who is false to his wife, is not to be trusted. He may be punctual while it suits his interest, and may seem honest; but he is a knave, and will inevitably fail.' ”

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and energy.

New WORKS IN PREss—soon to be Published. ers want, a detailed account of what a quick,

Quite a number of new works are announced keen and thorough observer of men and things as soon to be published from the Denominational actually saw, and not a mixture of remembrances

and book stories. Br. Drew says of this volume : press. 1. THE LIFE OF Rev. STEPHEN R. SMITH,

“There will be a copious index to the work. by Rev. T. J. Sawyer, D. D. We anticipate an

Strange as the fact may seem, we believe no perexceedingly rich volume, so abounding in incident

son who went out from America labored so much was the life of that excellent servant of God-a

in the work of observations in London and the pioneer of our cause in the State of New York, Crystal Palace, or gathered up so many facts of and who lived, in all the efforts of his industrious

interest and importance to the public, as ourself ; and energetic life, for his Master and humanity

and this circumstance, it is hoped, may give the in the distinct and comprehensive advocacy of

book a wide circulation." Universalism.

6. The LIFE OF Rev. WALTER BALFOUR, 2. GRACES AND POWERS OF THE CHRISTIAN by Rev. Thomas Whittemore. We presume that Life, by Rev. A. D. Mayo. This volume is to

Br. Whittemore has been a long time gathering be composod of twenty sermons, which we are

materials for this book in anticipation of the lasure will exhibit the truth that “ Strength and

bor that would most fitly fall to his lot. It will Beauty are in His sanctuary.” We like the title

undoubtedly be a volume of great interest - the of this book, as it is suggestive at once of the

biography of a thoroughly honest man, a true two-fold aspect of the Christian life and charac

Christian. ter, reminding us of the many associatious in the

7. LIFE SKETCHES OF Rev. GEORGE H. Scriptures of Beauty and Bands, the Lily and the

CLARK, by Rev. Uriah Clark. We anticipate a Cedar, and other comparisons that speak of grace

book of great interest, for the subject of these

sketches was a man of more than ordinary char3. The Vision or Faith, by Rev. I. D. Wil.

acter, deeply loved by those most familiar with liamson. This work will, as the prospectus in

him, and intensely devoted to the work of the forms us, “treat of the Lord's Prayer and the

ministry. The early death of his wife undoubtedly Decalogue, showing that the former contemplates

was a procuring cause of the disease that torturthe fulfilment of the latter, and that both are

ingly wasted away his mortal life. The author high forms of prophecy. What Moses announces

of the volume is a brother of the subject of the as the irrevocable law of God, Jesus teaches us

sketches. to pray for, with earnest faith, in its final and 8. We see announced, as in preparation, a Biperfect accomplishment.”—All that Br. William- OGRAPHY OF Rev. H. B. Soule, by his Widow.. son has heretofore published has been received Those persons who may have letters, or other with great favor. He always has a good thought matters, which may contribute to the materials to utter, and makes his utterance intelligible to of such a work, are requested to forward the same the reader without difficulty,

to Mrs. C. A. Soule, Granby, Conn. 4. AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, by Rev. A. C. Tho- We have thus in view quite an array of volumes

No announcement has been made by which of peculiar interest, and to these may be added, we can judge what will be the precise character THE ROSE OF SHARON for 1853, which is anof this book. It is intimated that it will be some- nounced to be ready in July, and promises to rithing after the style of Roger's Memoranda, and val in interest and beauty any previous volume of will contain sketches of the eventful life of the

that popular annual. Abel Tompkins, 38 Cornauthor, and be illustrated by his portrait and that hill, Boston, is the publisher of the Life of S. R. of Rev. T. B. Thayer.

Smith, the Discourses by Mr. Mayo, the Sketches 5. GLEANINGS AND GATHERINGS, DURING of G. H. Clark, and the Rose of Sharon. He alA VOYAGE AND V181T TO LONDON AND THE so publishes, in connection with the publishers of GREAT EXHIBITION, IN SUMMER

Gospel Banner," the work by Mr. Drew. 1851, by William A. Drew. This will be a very He will have on sale all the other volumes as interesting volume, giving, just what general read- soon as they are issued.

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PRAYERS FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS. By N. Tillinghast, Principal of the State Normal School, Bridgewater, Mass. Boston: B. B. Mussey & Co. 1852. pp. 95.

These prayers are well adapted to the purpose for which they are published. They have been used by the author more than ten years in his own school, and may be introduced without of. fence, we should suppose, any where. They are printed in bold, clear type, each prayer limited to a single page. With very slight variations, they may be used with great fitness in the family for morning devotions.

A PILGRIMAGE TO Egypt. By J. V. C. Smith. Boston : Gould & Lincoln. 1852. p. 333.

Dr. Smith is the well known editor of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal," and one of the most captivating of all popular lecturers. Ten or fifteen years ago he was the most acceptable of all speakers who appeared before Lyceums, and could give to such a subject as Comparative Anatomy, a fascination that was truly wonderful. He was the editor of that excellent series of papers,-the Scientific Tracts, and has always spoken to the people with effective power. The volume before us is what might be expected from his pen after his re from foreign travel. He furnishes a bountiful amount of pictorial illustrations, and a full index of subjects. The volume embraces “ a Diary of Explorations on the Nile, with observations illustrative of the manners, customs and institutions of the people, and of the present condition of the Antiquities and Ruins.”

The conversational tone, and the graphic picturings of this volume, make it exceedingly agreeable ; and we are sure our readers will be pleased with it, as the records of what was seen by one who has acquired and used most admirably “the Art of Seeing.” It is published in a handsome style.

TRUE MANHOOD. A Sermon delivered in the Calvert Street Church, Baltimore, Md. By G. T. Flanders. pp. 17.

This sermon sketches the Man of the World, of the Press, and of the Church, in order to set forth the character of the bad, unprincipled man, and then is given a picture of True Manhood. It was undoubtedly an effective discourse.

LETTER TO LADIES IN BEHALF OF FEMALE PHYSICIANS. By Samuel Gregory, Secretary of the American Medical Education Society. Boston : Published by the Society. pp. 48.

This most excellent letter on an exceedingly important claim, may be ordered for 12 1-2 cents, of Bela Marsh, or A. Tompkins, Boston, Fowler & Wells, New York, and other booksellers. Send Post Office stamps and you can receive it by mail. It is worthy of being read by every woman, and we earnestly commend it to our readers. We do think that the education of females as physicians to their own sex, is one of the best efforts of mod. ern times. We give it all the favor we have to bestow.

THE WAY TO DO Good. By Jacob Abbott. Very greatly enlarged and improved. With numerous Engravings. New York: Harper & Brothers. 185 2. Boston : B. B. Mussey & Co., Cornbill.

This volume completes “ The Young Christian Series," and abounds with excellent thoughts and happy illustrations. Mr. Abbott discusses Faith and Works, Motives, the duties to Self and the Poor, personal piety, public morals, the Church, Christian Union, and other themes of great and enduring interest. We need not only the Truth and the Life, but to know the Way, and here is an admirable treatment of the Way for those to whom Mr. Abbott's theology is acceptable, and rich instruction for those who do not receive that theology. The style of printing and illustration is exceedingly beautiful.

Musc. Published by Oliver Ditson, 115 Washington Street, Boston,

Mr. Ditson sends forth very elegant sheet music. We acknowledge the receipt of The Jubilee Polka, by T. Bissell ; First Lessons for the Piano Forte, to be published in four Nos., containing a selection of beautiful and easy airs from eminent composers, by J. B. Duvernoy ; Moonlight Fairy Waltz, by J. W. Turner ; and The Dying Erile, words by Miss H. F. Gould, music by Dr. Hook.

DARIEN ; OR THE MERCHANT PRINCE. By Eliot Warburton. New York : Harper & Brothers. 1852. Boston : B. B. Mussey & Co., Cornhill.

This is an historical romance, by the author of that fine volume, “ The Crescent and the Cross,” who was one of the victims of the burning of the Amazon at sea. It was written during a Summer spent on the banks of the Tweed and Yarrow, and is a work of interest for the novel reader.

DEVOTIONAL SONGs. By Geo. G. Corrie. Published, for the author, by A. Andre & Co., 229 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

The second No. of this serial has been issued containing four compositions. The work embraces a collection of Anthems, Chants, and Hymn Tunes, designed for public and private worship, and we should be pleased to find attention drawn

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