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“The land that is very far off.”—Isaiah xxxiii. 17.
Upon the shore of evermore
We sport like children at their play,
The mighty sea from far away.
* Upon that beach nor voice nor speech
Doth things intelligible say;
That comes to us from far away.
Into our ears the voice of years
Comes deeper, deeper day by day;
Its awfulness from far away.
At what it tells we drop the shells
We were so full of yesterday,
But dream of brighter far away.
And o'er that tide, far out and wide,
The yearniogs of our souls do stray ;
Where it may be, but far away,
The mighty deep doth slowly creep
Upon the shore where we did play ;
A moment since swept far away.
Our playmates all, beyond our call,
Are passing hence, as we, too, may,
Beyond the boundless far away.
We'll trust the wave, and Him to save,
Beneath whose feet as marble lay
Tales and Sketches.
* PAR HAPPIER THAN THE | ding to them, year by year, of such LAST;"
as should be saved. OR, THE MINISTER'S NEW YEAR.
At the time of which I write, howA STORY FOR THE FIRST OF JANUARY.
ever, these bright days had gone by
-to return, as not a few of the elder Is the not very famous market-town members sadly feared, no more! o Estbury, some five-and-twenty The good pastor, long so helpful to Fears ago, there was a short and
his flock, had been now for some two DATTOW street, blocked up at one
years dead. In his place had come ead by what the rector of the
a young and inexperienced, though parish called "an unsightly con
sincere and earnest man, whose Ventiele.” “Unsightly" the Dis
preaching and practice, during a senters' meeting house might be
lengthened and-to him-very trying ad been erected by the volun season of probation, had been such tary efforts of a people scarcely
as to induce more than three-fourths higher in worldly rank than the of the members to believe that his Apostles; but a conventicle-if by
settlement amongst them was the that word is meant a place of unlaw
best thing possible, “ under present ful meeting-it was not.
circumstances.” Mr. Manly-such In this house of prayer, a true
is the name by which the new minisservant of God had for thirty
ter must be known to our readersFears held the office of pastor to
was a stranger in Estbury, and, numbering from 150 to moreover, a student of retiring dismbers. And, although there position. He could rise with a noble those in the town who refused enthusiasm from his study chair, and Owledge it, God had mani.
address an imaginary audience in kervant's labour 125 approval of that faithful
very eloquent language ; but in the labours by restoring to pulpit-save on rare occasions—there gat minds, through his instru was upon him that unworthy emotion Luy, not a few of the perverse | described in the Scriptures as “the religious of that neighbour fear of man, which bringeth a Changed in heart, and re snare.”
He could talk and pray with the only professed their faith in suffering poor, or with the few in. ut devoted themselves to quirers to whom his faithful declarae. And, although neces tions of God's truth had been made ect, pastor and people useful; but in a drawing room,
knit together in the amongst the well-to-do members of stian love, and, above his flock, he was simply a unit,
faith, giving glory to speaking little, although always to eir conflicts with the the purpose ; never taking the lead, of evil, against which even in a circle younger than himself; u array, as of battle, above all, never looking as if he found in of Salvation, they pleasure in society. He would call ke the saints of old, on the sick and bereaved in their
A querors,” through affliction, but the smallest check, the them: the Lord ad. mere ghost of a suspicion that he
their right minds, throu
formed in life, these grateful conver
had not only professe Christ, but devoted his service. And, alth sarily imperfect, pasto had been 80 knit tog bonds of Christian love, all, so strong in faith, gruz God, that, in their conmi various forms of evil, as they were set in array, by the Captain of Salt had come off, like the so * more than conquer Him who loved them:
was intruding, would suffice to render the first," boldly hinted at approach. it impossible that such a call should | ing change. be repeated. As to visiting people Things were in this state when in health for the purpose of sympa- the new year came drearily in ; not thizing with their joys and sorrows, robed, as in "the good old time,” in that was out of the question. He | a mantle of purest snow, but in yel. had tried it at first, but had found-or low mist and drizzling rain. Mr. thought he found-himself powerless Manly sat alone in his parlour, and to stem the tide of general conversa left untasted the cup of chocolate tion, in order to introduce, without which his landlady- he was so unstiffness or affectation, the great sub fortunate as to live in lodgingsject of religion. About his sermons had put before him. He had known people would have talked without in the past, though so young, more any prompting-if he had let them; than one great sorrow. Graves had but that was just what he could not | shut from his sight both his parents, and would not endure. So it came and one dearer yet; but, through it to pass that as the first twelve months all, his faith had been unshaken, of their connection rolled away, the Now, however, under this new trial church members learned gradually to of estrangement from the people look upon their minister as a man whom he loved, he was impatient, a who held himself in no small degree sure sign of want of trust in God; above them.
and, instead of praying, he grew “He is proud,” said one; " upon angry with himself, with the church, that you may depend! Why, he possibly even with the Providence called at our house for a subscription which had brought him to that one evening lately, and as soon as he cul-de-sac, B- Street. It was a heard that my brother John was moment of severe temptation. What, there, taking supper with us, he went he asked, had he done to deserve this off again, without so much as sitting withdrawal of confidence on the part down!”
of church and congregation ! Could "My brother John" was the door it be altogether his fault that so few keeper at B- Street, and it was of his people came to him, as to a worthy Mrs. Wick, the grocer's friend and brother, for advice and wife, who, in her ignorance of human sympathy ? Had he not shown by character, thus misjudged the unsus his preaching that his heart was full pecting minister. Truth to tell, l of affection for them and theirs ? Mr. Manly would have had no ob Had he not been willing to be truly, jection whatever to a seat opposite nay, even humbly, their servant, for “my brother John” in that cosy par the Master's sake? Why, of all lour behind the shop, whence, at nine things in the world, should they in. every evening, smells so savoury sist on believing-as he was told they were wont to come ; but he feared did-that he was much too proud to thrust himself, solitary bachelor and high to mingle with them! as he was, upon the privacy of a There had been a prayer-meeting at family party. Small events like this the chapel on the previous night (on happened now so frequently, and the New Year's Eve), and in some of the pastor's reserve so often led to a I prayers Mr. Manly had heard, or misapprehension of his motives, that thought he heard, an echo of his a coldness began to manifest itself | own sad thoughts. even amongst those who had been “ Unite thou this people hencehis warmest partisans; while a few, | forth to their minister in bonds of who, to adopt their favourite phrase, love"-80 had prayed one of the “had never cared about him from elders of the church :"Send down
the spirit of Elijah upon Elisha, we , effort, under the guidance and in the beseech thee, and enable us so to prac- strength of God, that he will succeed tise what we preach and profess, as in becoming a true pastor, that is, that this year may be far happier one who knows his flock and cares than the last !" These were some of for them, as far as possible, as indithe words which bad given the young viduals, as well as in the aggregate.” And sensitive pastor so much pain, . And the doctor, smiling, had reand compelled him to ask if the fault plied, “ Ah, we manage these things of his non-success in visitation had better in the church.” At which not been at least in part his own. his sister laughed with great good This doubt, aided by the voice of humour. God within, at last led him also Some few hours after this, and as to pray, with intense desire, that the the minister was engaged in giving new year might become a holier time, orders for his modest dinner, a "gen.
which pastor and people, alike teel knock," as the landlady called influenced of Heaven, should love it, interrupted him. He had scarcely one another with a pure heart fer time to thrust back his hair and adtently. For himself he entreated minister a useless poke to his nege guidance, with a passionate earnest lected fire, when a lady in deep Dess. Sooner far than his weak faith mourning entered expected, guidance came.
“ Mrs. Stanhope!” On the opposite side of the same The lady, affecting not to notice street was a large house occupied by his discomfiture, held out her hand & physician, aho was himself an with the usual new year's wish. Ono Episcopalian, but whose sister (the glance round the room had been Wife of a naval officer, residing with enough to over helm her with selfhim) was a Dissenter. Making an reproach. What a contrast between entry in her journal on this first that uncomfortable lodging-house morning of the year, Mrs. Stanlope sitting room and the pleasant breakhas noted down amongst duties to fast-parlour in which she had decided be fulfilled, that of making more that the minister was chiefly to serious effort to be friendly in the blame for the want of confidence Christian sense of the word) with the manifested by his people! As she young minister whose preaching had sat talking with him about the seainduced her to take sittings in the ther, which was, as a matter of Bm Street Chapel. In her for course, their introductory subject, mer home this lads had been accus- | Mrs. Stanhope became seriously in,
4 to receive very frequent visits terested in the question of the minise un ber pastor ; and they had been ter's income. Had she not heard a
richinconsolation-she had been rumour that, in order to build new bereared of all her children-often school-rooms, the careful elders had Closed with prayer. Whose fault was
limited the new pastor's stipend to at Mr. Manly's calls had been as less than the half of that enjoyed by eremonious as the other's were re his predecessori What if that ru. string and delighiful? Mrs. Stan mour should be truth? What if
willing to admit that she some of the reserve which she had
part, be blameworthy in so earnestly deplored should have ; but the chief error was still, in had its origin in a disregard of the mion, with the minister. apostolic precept ihat the labourer is
naturally so reserved," she worthy of his hire? arked that new year's morn “I ought certainly to have thought brother, " that I believe of this before," mused Mrs. Stanonly by a very severe hope. “Every member of a Chris,
from her pastor
her opinion, with the
"He is naturally had remarked that! ing to her brother, “t it will be only by
tian church should feel an interest in houses of the well-to-do, as well as in the pastor's income, and be willing the huts of the lowly, a Christian to deny himself in order that it may minister has at all times a noble be sufficient. I will see Mr. Oldhame sphere. Hitherto he had supposed on the subject this very morning.” that in his visits to those of his flock Mr. Oldhame was the senior deacon, who were far removed from the presand his respect for Mrs. Stanhope sure of want, he had been less enwas extreme.
gaged in his Master's work than “ You were not at the prayer when passing to and fro amongst the meeting last night, I think p” said poor. the minister, who thought his visitor “Would you like me to pray with somewhat absent-minded.
you now," said he, some few minutes “ No," replied the lady, coming later, “as I really cannot come toback from her brief reverie ; “ we night?" had friends with us. But Cook tells I should indeed,” was the reply. me that you had a good meeting ?" | Whereupon Mr. Manly prayed as he Cook was one of the B- Street had never prayed before in the people, too.
presence of any human creature; “Yes, more earnest than usual," for the first time in his life allowing said the pastor, and then he sighed. himself to recollect his own peculiar He was thinking about Elijah and griefs while in the presence of another, Elisha.
so far as to reveal to that other that “I shall come to the lecture to- | he, too, was being trained by suffernight," said the visitor, presently, ing. Mrs. Stanhope's tears fell as " and I hope to induce my brother she listened, but there was no bitterto come also." Mr. Manly did not | ness in her grief, for on wings of faith even look grateful. “And you'll she rose to a perception of the truth come and dine with us first, will you that all things work together for not, Mr. Manly P"
good to them that love God; and while “ No, indeed, you must really uniting in that prayer found again excuse me. I have other engage the rest for which she had so long ments,"—as indeed he had, in behalf been seeking - even the rest of an of the poor.
unquestioning trust in her Redeemer. " Mr. Manly,” said Mrs. Stan Half an hour went by, and the hope, earnestly, “I don't ask you to minister was again alone, but this pay us a visit of mere ceremony. time a look of joy was in his face. Doctor Wyse takes an interest in He had learned in that new year's your labours for the poor, and would | morning the secret of true pastoral help you, I am sure, by his advice and visitation; and henceforth, God helpsympathy, as well as, more substan ing him, all the members of his flock, tially, by contributions. As for me, rich and poor alike, should interest I bave no other friend whom I could him individually as well as collecask to pray with me; and at times, | tively. He would strive manfully, when I think of my children, I need by God's help, with his natural re. you greatly."
serve; he would wrestle in prayer There was a pathos in the tone for wisdom to direct him in every with which these closing words were case; he would aim at nothing less spoken that was not lost upon the than the spiritual advantage of each minister. Suddenly, as he watched and all ; he would rise above the unher silent grief, there broke upon due consideration of this member's him a new light. It was strange, approval or the other's disapproval, most strange and ead, but he had and know nothing among men bave never realized it before, that in the Christ and him crucified. Not in