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the Cancan quadrille — what shall we say | large amount of the morality, intelligence, of them. The fiddles of course are inno- | influence, and general prosperity which cent agents in those cases, where they ac- characterize the Friends as a body; and to company the voice of the gross woman and the same cause he attributes the small the movements of the coarse women. Yet amount of privation amongst them, and the they promote mischief and evil, just as they rarity of the occasions in which they come unmay, as we have suggested, promote pietyder the care of the police or the magistracy. and pure love. It may be doubted, indeed, But may not the provision made for educawhether music is, as Johnson said, a com- tion be dependent on some cause which in pletely innocent sensual pleasure. It may itself would account for the absence both have been to Johnson, who had quite a pas- of privation and crime from the Quaker sion for listening to the Scotch bag pipes body? We think we find such a cause in - an instrument, we may venture to think, their affluence, and the reason given for which has seldom stirred in any one feelings that affluence is, that the eclectic character other than indignation and a burning desire which Mr. Tallack claims for Quakerism for universal murder; but it is possible to extends to the circumstances as well as to conceive where music may immediately the disposition of candidates for admission prompt to low desires and actions, even into the sect. We suspect there is a quasiwhere it is orchestral, and aided but slightly admission of something not unlike this, from without by scenery or dancing. Into both in the fact of the paucity of numbers this part of the subject however it is not belonging to it, and in the avowal which we necessary to go. Music is an art which we find at p. 14, that perhaps it is not to be should guard and cherish with caution, re- desired that the Friends should gain many spect, and solicitude. We are almost tempt- converts “as mankind is now constituted." ed to write that if you see after the fiddle-“For if," the author continues, " the socistrings the heart-strings will take care of ety were swamped with a mass of converts themselves. An unmusical man or woman not prepared to enter fully into the spirit is not only defective and mentally crippled, of its communion, the tone of the whole but is, it is not perhaps too much to say, a body would be lowered, and possibly its dangerous person to deal with. We have constitution become radically altered. The Shakespeare's authority for thinking so at ! Quakers are a select and disciplined body, least. "But then the sirens were musical better qualified for influencing outsiders ladies also, and were not altogether barm- than for uniting with them in perfect comless. Comic singers have ears for music, munion. They have exercised very great and are as insensible to the degraded nature influence on the surrounding world; far of their calling as a pickpocket to his pursuit. more in proportion to their very small num
ber, than any other sect that ever existed
the Jesuits not excepted. But the retention From The London Review.
of this beneficial influence is only compati
ble with their maintenance of the strict disTHE QUAKERS.
cipline and high morality of their body. THE speciality of this book is that it is This would hardly be practicable with any the first work in which the doctrines and considerable accession of persons not preconstitution of Quakerism have been defi- pared for the abstract views and decided nitively and minutely traced mainly to the principles of the Society." It certainly early Baptists, and also that in its pages is would not be practicable with the admisto be found, for the first time, a detailed sion of all comers, poor as well as rich. review of the influence exercised by the But from this point of view, Quakerism is Friends in the various departments of phi- hardly to be considered a religious sect, but lanthropy, social progress, political reform, partakes more of the nature of a religious literature, science, and commercial enter-order, which receives into its sodality only prise. It is not without reason that the such candidates as can pass through the orauthor boasts of the labours of his sect in deal of a novitiate specially designed to these various departments; and when it is test their possession of those qualities which remembered that at the present time the total the order requires in its members. Mr. number of Friends in Great Britain and Ire- Tallack says, that the Quaker system is land barely amounts to 15,000, the provision suited only for the more thoughtful and semade by them for education is something re- rious of Christians, and for persons with markable. Mr. Tallack traces to it the minds disciplined to deep feelings and ab
stract contemplation, and with strong pref• George Fox, the Friends, and the Early Baptists. By William Tallack. London: S. W. Par.
Baperences for individual freedom of religious tridge & Co.
Taction. It is not a body with which men in general, or many men, are likely to seeks to spiritual vanity and conceit, that there communion. Is not this, rather than edu- must be some reason for the fact that Quacation, the reason why there is an absence kerism numbers so few adherents in these of privation and of crime amongst the islands, and that its numbers are rather Quakers? Is it not also the cause of much, dwindling than increasing. For example, at least, of the influence which they are in Norwich, which forty years ago contained said to exert upon society? How, other-five hundred Friends, there are now barely wise, does it come to pass that the Quakers, thirty. during the last quarter of a century, have Mr. Tallack endeavours to explain this sent their preachers to Hindostan, the Pa- surprising state of things. “It thus apcific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, the pears," he says, “that the Quaker system Cape Colony, the West Indies, California, is an admirable one for developing a small Greenland, Iceland, Russia, the Faroe band of active, independent, philanthropic, Islands, Lapland, Madagascar, Egypt, and spiritual Christians, but fails most deSyria, and the Holy Land, without any ap- cidedly in gathering in the masses of manpreciable accession to their number? Mr. kind. This,” he continues, “is now genTallack gives, as an example of the paucity erally admitted by the Friends. One of of converts, the case of Jonathan Grubb, them, an aged minister, lately remarked to an “excellent gentleman," who has for the writer, Well, I must confess that if years “laboured assiduously in preaching the evangelization of the great body of the to the poor, especially in the rural districts people had depended upon us, very little of Suffolk, Essex, and Norfolk. His meet- would have been done."" This is a laings have been largely attended, and have mentable confession, after upwards of two also been occasions of much solemnity and centuries of missionary labour. “It would tenderness of spirit. They have often been appear,” Mr. Tallack continues, “ that, in followed up by sympathising private con- aiming at perfection, the Friends have arversations with some of the most impressed rived at many conclusions incompatible with amongst the hearers. Great religious edifi- the actual constitution of imperfect and cation has doubtless ensued in consequence. frail humanity. It is often observed that, But we have not heard of any fresh acces- in the communication of religious instrucsions to the ranks of Quakerism from any tion to the poor, a rough and ready, but or all of those meetings." But when more comparatively uneducated, yet zealous than two centuries ago the Quaker boy, working man is far more effective than a James Parnell, sixteen years of age, calm, refined, and highly-educated spcaker. preached to the people of the same eastern Similarly, the very agencies which the counties, he “gathered in hundreds, and Friends deprecate and avoid as imperfect, probably thousands, to the fold of his peo- namely, 'the one man system,' hearty conple in the very district where Mr. Grubb gregational singing, untrammelled zealous (æ man far superior to young Parnell in preaching, outwardly visible sacraments, most Christian virtues) can barely secure settled pastorages and paid ministers one proselyte in several years' ministerial these or other such arrangements are eviactivity.” Parnell's success and Grubb's dently and practically essential to the evanfailure, notwithstanding the "solemnity and gelization of the great masses of mankind, tenderness of spirit" observable at his meet- in spite of all the arguments of Quakerism, ings, would lead us to suppose that the and notwithstanding the admirable results terms of admission into the Quaker body (on a very limited scale) of a system froin are more exacting now than they were two which the agencies have been almost encenturies ago. But, once in, the conditions tirely excluded." This argument is not of Quaker life are not repulsive. There wholly destitute of force; but, on the other are the great educational advantages to hand, what is to be said of a body which those who stand in need of them. There deprecates and aroids agencies which it is the fact stated by Mr. Tallack, “that holds to be essential to the evangelization every poor Friend who may be unable to of the great masses of mankind? We must earn a livelihood, usually receives aid from conclude that it desires to be a select and his brother members, to the extent of from exclusive body, “a small band of activo, £20 to £40 per annum, generally admin- independent, philanthropic, and spiritual istered privately, exclusive of the money Christians," well off in point of funds, havspent upon the education of his offspring." ing little or no poor to speak of, and rather Then the absence of what is known amongst averse to letting them into the fold than Friends as “the one man system,” the right otherwise. But where, then, is the merit of all to preach if they are moved to do so, of its supporting its own poor, or of the even women, is so soothing and indulgent large provision it makes for education? Why does Mr. Tallack reproach the de-| thing that is bad, it has no right to boast nominations with not having “bestowed of the efficacy of its principles. We do upon their poor a small proportion of the not deny that the Friends have been active systematic and individualizing care experi- in many good works; all we maintain is enced by the Friends in such cases”? The that it would have been surprising had they comparison is ridiculous. Out of a popu- not been so. We have left ourselves hardly lation of thirty millions, the Friends reckon space to speak of Mr. Tallack's “Life of in their community fifteen thousand. They George Fox," the most important part of are notoriously a wealthy body; and “the his work appearing to us to consist in the pecuniary and educational privileges of false pretensions we have been discussing. membership are so many,” says Mr. Tal- It is an interesting sketch, a contribution lack, “that a constant vigilance is requisite to the history which will one day give us a to avoid the reception of candidates for ad- picture of the efforts made in an age of mission who may be prompted by interested abominable licentiousness, by earnest bemotives.” Where is the difficulty of such lievers, to awaken consciences which had a body supporting its own poor, or what fallen asleep. · Mixed up with those efforts credit is due to its members for keeping there was doubtless a great deal of perclear of the police? The Quakers begin sonal vanity, and Mr. Tallack candidly adby admitting none within their pale who are mits the grave faults of which Fox was not thoughtful and 'serious Christians; men occasionally guilty. But on the whole the who are removed by a greater or less de- tendency was good. It aimed at the revival gree of affluence from the temptations of of religion, which was suffering from the want; men well schooled and disciplined reaction consequent upon the upheaving of in the exterior and interior respectability. the Reformation. And with all its faults it Now if a sect admits into its sodality noth- was not destitute of beneficial results. ing but what is good, and rejects every- |
Love is a secret which man cannot keep;
A. C. BRADLEY.
From Macmillan's Magazine.
Of soft waves singing in each other's ear,
Tenderly sad to hear.
In silent sleeping tideless deeps of sea;
On each melodious tree.
And seas that sob to birds that scream above;
Nor any broken love.
And happy laughter of the sunny spray :-
The things they seem to say?
From Bentley's Miscellany.
BY J. E. CARPENTER.
Ah! who that dream can tell ?
Ere falsehood broke the spell;
Who watches by her side,
Oh! if that be her dreaming
May time ne'er break the spell, But the tears flow in her slumber,
And who that dream can tell?
Of the future, or the past?
Like a ray of sunshine cast;
She may speak of other themes,
Oh ! if those dreams were happy
May time ne'er break the spell, But the tears fell in her slumber,
And who that dream can tell ?
No. 1262. - August 8, 1868.
CONTENTS. 1. HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF THE REIGN OF GEORGE II. No.
IV. Lady Mary Wortley Montague, . .. . Blackwood's Magazine, 323 2. THE BRAMLEIGHS OF BISHOP's Folly. By Charles Lever. Part XIV. . . . . . . . . Cornhill Magazine, . 341
. . Fraser's Magazine, .358 4. UNREADY-WITTED, . . . . . . . . St. James's Magazine, 374 5. THE TROUT IN CLEAR WATER, ..
. . St. James's Magazine, 377
. . . . . . 322 | THE CHRISTIAN'S DEATH, . . . 373 TWILIGHT VOICES, . . . . . 322 | NELLY, . . . . . . . 373 THE CONJUROR'S CALL. . . . 356 |
LAND, . . . . . . 376 / THE MONT CENIS RAILWAY, . .
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From Blackwood's Magazine. Hope holds his hands, joy strikes the sounding
Love o'er him fluttering shakes his purple wings, How tranquil is the night! how calm and deep And sorrow hides her face, and dark death This sacred silence! Not an olive leaf
creeps Is stirring on the slopes; all is asleep
Into the shade, and every Fury sleeps. All silent, save the distant drowsy streams Sleep! sleep, Orestes ! let thy torments cease! That down the hillsides murmur in their dreams. Sleep! great Apollo grants thy prayer for peace. The vast sad sky all breathless broods above, Sleep! while the dreams of youth around thee And peace and rest this solemn temple steep.
play, Here let us rest: it is the hour of love,
And the fierce Furies rest. — Let us away. Forgetting human pain and human grief.
But see.! half-hidden in the columned shade,
From St. James's Magazice. TWILIGHT VOICES.
Now, at the hour when ignorant mortals
Drowse in the shade of their whirling sphere,
Voices I hear ;
Wavering by on the dusky blast,
Come, let us go, for the day is past !"
Winged hopes that no longer stay?
What do they say?
Whispering, gathering, flying fast, -
Come, come, for the day is past!”
Ay, 'tis Orestes ! we are not alone.
chase Their haunted victim - even this sacred place Stays not their fatal footsteps. As they come, Behold him with that stricken face of doom Fly to the altar, and there falling prone, Strike with his brow Apollo's feet of stone. “ Save me!”. he cries; “ Apollo! hear and
save; Not even the dead will sleep in their dark grave. They come — the Furies! To this tortured
breast Not even night, the calm, the peaceful, can give