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MISERABLE SINNERS.

tions, faith, love, adoration, and dread of Among the "Sea Notes,” in the corres- sin, “fear God.” Faith does not operate pondence of a religious paper, we find the upon the Christian spirit like chloral or following:

morphia upon the physical system, deaden "There has been church service on board, the sense of pain from inward causes. It of course. The ship's company met together rather quickens the spiritual sensibilities. to say with the litany, 'Have mercy upon

There is no use in trying to take the paraus, miserable sinners'—a prayer in which I doxical out of a Christian's life; he always could not join. Perhaps if I had been sea

will be, while in the flesh, a wonder to himsick I might, with zest, have rolled out self on account of his opposites. And even 'miserable' sinner. But being well and one deluded by the dream of "entire sancsound, and a saved sinner, and rejoicing in tification," as sinless perfection is now called, God's abounding love, the 'miserable' was might admit that in a gathering on shipnot appropriate. If I should adopt a ragged, board or in a church, there might be enough abandoned child from the street and make “miserable sinners" present to warrant the him my own child, feeding him at my table, use of these words in a public prayer. and giving him daily every evidence of my great love for him, I should not be honored

GO TO CHURCH. by hearing him day by day go through the There is no substitute for the preaching form of calling himself a miserable wretch. of the word, as the effectual, and ordinary Give me rather the sparkling eye and bound- means of conversion and Christian confirmaing step at my approach, which tell of the tion. No one who expects to die the death heart made happy in my love. I read in of the righteous can simply leave this, and God's word that he has given to us the spirit resort to meditations upon the divine goodof adoption, has made us his children, and has ness in the fields and woods, or to the quiecalled us not to be miserable sinners,' but tude of his own spirit at home, or to the to be "saints.'"

oracle of reason, or to the printed sermons As an opinion upon the Christian's duty of gifted authors. A printed sermon as read of confessing sin, the language of this para- | at home may be better written, may be more graph is défective. We cannot help think- profound, finished, or spiritual, but the fact ing that, though meaning well, those who that the reading of sermons in private by write in this way belong to the "happy-go- those who can attend church is not in the lucky sort of Christians," whose good for- divine plan, is enough to condemn it as a tone, or fault, consists in too feeble a sense substitute. of sin. We prefer to hear the confession, No matter who preaches. The ambassa"Have mercy upon us, miserable sinners;" dor whom a European sovereign may send that is, sinners needing pity, as we have to our national capital, cannot be ignored often heard it, in an extempore prayer, but in because he may be a third-rate or a tenthwhatever form it is solemnly offered, it must rate statesman; if he have the seal of his be always appropriale. As long as we royal master to his commission, he is rebelieve that sin is a bad thing, and that ceived and his dispatches considered. And "there is no man that sinneth not," we so, without allowing personal considerations shall find the confession good for the soul. to obtrude, we should concern ourselves Though a child forgiven, and permitted to chiefly with the overtures which our Divine say with affection and confidence, "Our Sovereign makes to us, under his own seal, Father," it is ever becoming to the Christian sending by whom He will. to say, "Forgive us our trespasses.” The In these days, when Zion is no more, and more we take God at his word, and rejoice, the Jerusalem of old has fallen into decay, the more we shall be enlightened in regard how shall we apprehend the inner meaning to the depths of sin, and shall see the mean- of such expressions as 'beautiful for situaing of that command, so comprehensive as tion, the joy of the whole earth is Mount including the whole round of devout affec- 1 Zion;" “ blessed are they that dwell in thy house;" “out of Zion, the perfection of but declared that he would not hear any beauty, God hath shined”? How shall the thing else. The music ceased; the minister gate of the temple be again called “ beau- said: "Let us pray," and the man put his tiful"? How shall the charms of temple fingers in his ears. The prayer over, he architecture, the triumph of form and color, listened again to the singing, but when the the external loveliness of the sanctuary of preacher rose to begin his sermon, he closed the Old dispensation, have their realization his ears once more. in the New? Can the shadows glide into As if to baffle him in his foolish undertaking, their living substance, those dumb prophe- the Lord sent a little fly to alight upon his cies into their eloquent sulfilment?

face. The man tried to blow it away, as it They seek to unbury the germ that has sat upon his nose, but without success. Then unfolded, and to wrap the shadows about he withdrew the hand that closed one ear, them again, who return to a showy ritual, and in that moment heard the preacher say, and entertain the taste with things called " He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." sacred, and flatter the soft sentiment of the Wonderstruck, he listened further, was inmind, and then call it religion. Not by terested, and came to church again; next these means do we find significance for us in time to hear the preaching. He became a the Psalms of David, written in praise of regular attendant and a hopeful convert. the tabernacle and temple, but by hearing, believing and praising, in our own sanc- A CHAPTER OF MISTAKES. tuary; by yielding the soul to the power of

(Concluded.) the word as preached; by conversing in the Mistakes in action, when they have the congregation with the God of Jacob, who facetious element, are generally more divertmet his servant at a place where the stones ing than spoken errors. The latter often lay about him in the wildness of nature, and display wit, the former humor; but both permitted him to call it Bethel. The beau- are the more laughable, because not intiful things of nature and art, though devised | tended. by the Creator, can no more compare with To effect the joke, however, some inten. this uncreated excellence on which the tion may be necessary on the part of one of Christian spirit feeds, the grace and the glory the performers. Of this the following is a of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit to the good example: humble worshipper, and as seen in the face Mr. Thomas Gill, a veteran newspaper of Jesus Christ, than can the by-play reporter, who died at Boston not long ago, sketches of an artist compare with his inner in his lifetime was very fond of a joke, life and his creative spirit, or what we call and possessed a keen sense of humor. The himself, as known and loved at home. Why Washington Chronicle gives an amusing into-day is Zion beautiful, do you ask? Be- stance of this drollery. The Hon. Robert cause the moral and religious effects of her Rantoul, Jr., was delivering to an immense ordinances upon the believing soul are audience an oration at a celebration on blessed.

Bunker Hill, in the course of which he de. For those physically able to attend church, scribed with great pathos and effect the but spiritually languid, and in practice ir- famous battle which had occurred on the regular or neglectful, we say turn over a very spot where they were assembled. As new leaf. Go to church. You will find a he resumed his seat, Gill, who was seated providence in it, for God's word and provi- near him, carelessly remarked, "My father dence go together. What a providence may was in that battle.” Rantoul immediately do, making great things of feeble begin- sprang to his feet and announced this fact, nings, is illustrated by a familiar incident. whereupon there were vehement calls from A Scotch innkeeper resolved that no minis- the crowd for the son of the revolutionary ter should ever again preach or pray in his hero. Mr. Gill modestly rose, and after achearing. One Sunday, contrary to his cus- knowledging the vociferous cheers which tom, he went to church to hear the music, greeted him, quietly informed his hearers that it was true that his father was in the and phaeton ?" To the astonished doctor it battle of Bunker Hill, but—he was fighting was then revealed that he had by mistake on the other side !" The scene that followed taken the establishment of a newly married “ beggared description." Mr. Gill was an Episcopal clergyman, who had come to call Englishman by birth, and one of the first upon the doctor's host, and who was astonprofessional reporters who came to America. ished, on leaving, to find his beautiful turn

Among losing blunders we have the fol- out,—a wedding present, -gone, and relowing. The wife of a gentleman who at placed by an old worn out horse and chaise, considerable expense had purchased for him that had been brought there by the livery self an India rubber air-bed, concluded that stable keeper for Dr. Stowe. A stern chase it was not healthy to sleep on it unless it ensued; but the doctor was not captured was ventilated. She accordingly punched a until he had reached his destination, as number of holes in it, only to fiod, to her stated, whence, after mutual explanations, dismay, that the bed was no more.

he drove home in the old chaise. The comThe editor of a journal published in Ant- ment of the Episcopal clergyman on the case werp sent a reporter to Brussels for the was: “This comes, Dr. Stowe, of not attendking's speech, and with him a couple of ing a church where the commandments are carrier pigeons to take back the news speed- read every Sunday." ily. At Brussels he gave the pigeons in Among the most curious blunders are charge to a waiter, and called for breakfast. those of painters. Tintoret, an Italian He was kept waiting some time, but a very painter, in a picture of the children of Israel delicate fricassee atoned for the delay. After gathering manna, has taken the precaution breakfast he paid his bill and called for his to arm them with the modern invention of carrier pigeons. “Pigeons!" exclaimed the

guns. Cigola painted the aged Simeon at waiter; "why, you have eaten them.” the circumcision of the infant Saviour; and

A good story is told of Professor Stowe, as aged men in these days wear spectacles, the husband of Harriet Beecher. While the artist has shown his sagacity by placing visiting a little town in Massachusetts one them on Simeon's nose. In a picture by summer, Prof. Stowe desired a friend to Verrio, of Christ healing the sick, the looksecure a horse and vehicle to take himself ers-on are represented as standing with periand wife to a town nine miles distant, where wigs on their heads. To match or rather to he desired to consult some genealogical exceed this ludicrous representation, Durer records. His friend said he would do his has painted the expulsion of Adam and Eve best, but there were no decent turnouts in from the garden of Eden by an angel in the village. A little in advance of the hour a dress fashionably trimmed with flounces. appointed, Dr. Stowe noticed a phaeton at the same painter in his scene of Peter denythe door of his host, and, hastily summoning ing Christ, represents a Roman soldier very his wife, entered it, and started on his jour- comfortably smoking a pipe of tobacco. A ney. To his surprise the horse was a very Dutch painter, in a picture of the Wise Men fleet one, and the phaeton exquisite, with its worshipping the holy child, has drawn one silk and satin linings, ivory finishings, and of them in a large white surplice, and in easy springs. Bowling along on his jonrney, boots and spurs, and he is in the act of prethe doctor expressed great delight, and an- senting to the child a model of a Dutch mannounced his intention of securing the estab-of-war. In a Dutch picture of Abraham lishment for the season. Arriving at his offering up his son, instead of the patriarch's destination, he fastened the horse and went "stretching forth his hand and taking the to work upon the dusty records at the town knife," as the Scriptures inform us, he is hall. He had been thus engaged for nearly represented as using a more effectual and an hour, when he was suddenly interrupted modern instrument; he is holding to Isaac's by the abrupt entrance of his host at the head a blunderbuss. Berlin represents in a town whence he started, who exclaimed, picture the Virgin and Child listening to a " Dr. Stowe, have you been stealing a horse / violin; and in another picture he has drawn King David playing the harp at the mar- A joke with the point of it left out is riage of Christ with St. Catherine. A French sometimes better than the original. A story artist has drawn, with true French taste, is told of a man who was a plagiarizer the Lord's Supper, with the table orna- of jokes. He was a guest at a party one mented with tumblers filled with cigar-light- evening, where a servant let fall a plate of ers; and, as if to crown the list of these tongue. The company started up in confuabsurd and ludicrous anachronisms, the sion, but the host wittily remarked: "Sit garden of Eden has been drawn with Adam still, gentlemen, it's only a slip of the and Eve in all their primeval simplicity and tongue.” The plagiarist, smitten with the virtue, while near them, in full costume, is idea of imitating this joke and winning like seen a hunter with a gun shooting ducks. applause, soon after made an entertainment,

The titles of books are often very decep- inviting a different set of guests, and artive. Rain on the Mown Grass was once ranged his occasion by instructing his serordered by a farmer, who hoped to find vant to let a plate of meat fall. But his therein counsels pertinent to the hay har- guests only stared in blank amazement vest, and found sermons instead. An agri. when he smilingly assured them that the cultural club bought a large number of Mr. fall of the leg of mutton was only "a slip of Ruskin's Notes on Sheepfolds, and were

the tongue." grievously disappointed to receive a treatise Typographical errors might be called on churches, instead of an essay on the con- slips of the type. An editor clipped from struction of cattle-pens. A worthy minister, an exchange an obituary poem, which he selecting with great care volumes of devout sent to the composing room with some inreading for his village library, sent for troductory remarks. He said: “We publish Christian's Mistake, and opened, not a below a very touching poem from the pen of homily on religious experience, but a three- Miss M—It was written by her at the volumed novel.

deathbed of her sainted mother, and it overThere is a story of an English tourist who which are the natural outgrowth of a pure

flows with those expressions of filial affection entered a restaurant, and by a few scraps of French was able to order a dinner. He the sheltering influences of a mother's love.

untutored genius that has developed beneath wished some mushrooms, very delicious and

The reader will observe how each line glows rare. Not knowing the name, he demanded

with ardent affection and tenderest regret." a sheet of paper, and sketched one. The waiter understood him in a second, disap

Somehow, in attaching this introduction to peared for ten minutes, and returned with a side of the clipping, and the consequence

the poem, the editor turned up the wrong splendid- umbrella !

was that the editor's lines led the reader Few need to be reminded of the mistake of gently into an article upon “Hog Cholera the druggist's clerk, who put up a prescrip- in Tennessee." tion of castor oil for a young lady friend. During the Franco-Prussian war one of She innocently inquired how it could be our country editors read in a dispatch that taken without tasting. He put her off with " Bazaine had moved twenty kilometres out a promise to explain it, and in the meantime of Metz.” He thereupon sat down and wrote proposed to drink a glass of soda water with an editorial, in which he said he was deher. She drank it down, and the clerk said, lighted to hear that all the kilometres had "Well, you have taken your oil, and did not been removed, and that the innocent people know it.” In a great state of excitement of Metz were no longer endangered by the the young lady said, “O, dear! it wasn't presence of those horrible engines of war; for myself I wanted the oil, it was for my standing upon a volcano, as it were. And mother!"

then he went on to describe some experiIt would be well if the mistakes of ments made with kilometres in the Crimea, druggists' clerks resulted as harmlessly as in which one of them exploded and blew a

frigate out of water.

this one.

AN INTERESTING RELIC.

papyrus, has published at Leipsic a paper A curious and interesting papyrus has containing a translation of the historical relately been interpreted in England, found in sults of his examination, entitled "The Great a mummy pit in Egypt, which throws new Harris Papyrus, containing an important light on the Mosaic narrative. It was found contribution to Egyptian history, and a tesby Mr. A. C. Harris, who is one of the de- timony three thousand years old to the cipherers of hieroglyphic inscriptions of the religion established by Moses." We trust day. It is said to be the finest, longest, best we shall soon see this important work in written, and best preserved of all papyri English. ever yet discovered. Dating from the end of the reign of Rhamses III-the Rhamsinitus A very good and characteristic story is of Herodotus—it is at least three thousand told of a Boston lady, who obtained an inyears old, and contains important revela- troduction to the Pope. Etiquette requires tions touching the political, religious and that the party thus honored should bow low literary history of that time. It is a procla- upon bended knees when his Holiness apmation or address to his own people and all pears. Evidently our New England friend the world, reciting his own deeds and those was ignorant of or ignored the custom, for of his father and grandfather, and notably she walked bravely up to Pius IX, grasped concerning the religious revolution of their him by the hand, and said: “My dear sir, times, which he had himself ended by the I'm delighted to see you; how do you do?" reēstablishment of the temples of the ancient "American!" muttered his Holiness, as he Egyptian worship. The revolution in re- slightly inclined his venerable head and ligion in question agrees in point of time moved towards a group of Italian ladies with the earlier residence of Moses in Egypt, assembled in the centre of the sulon. and was probably his attempt to establish or revive the worship of One God. The

The following is the motto of the German resistance to this innovation, and its final

Anti-Jesuit Society: abolition, agrees with the time of the Exo

Si cum Jesuitis dus. The Scripture narrative derives from

Non cum Jesu itis. this papyrus both confirmation, illustration, and explanation. Dr. Eisenlohr, the pro

Which may be translated thus: fessor of Egyptology at Heidelberg, who To walk with Jesuits seekest thou a way? went to Eng! expressly to examine the Then from Jesus walkest thou away.

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