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the sons of Korah ; and in the title of of the porters in the tabernacle. And in one of these “Heman, the Ezrahite,” is Ezra’s time, we find his children still mentioned.
among the porters, and in that record of But whether we are correct or not in return we wonder a little if Bani was not this, we are sure that Heman held very a son of Korah, too. high rank in the temple choir.
These, however, are mainly conjec"over the instruments of music,” (pos- tures, which may or may not be true. sibly the Mahalath Leannoth also,) and The last positive statement which we was especially to have charge of the have is 2 Chron. xx. 19. There, in cymbals of brass. With “musical instru- Jehoshaphat's time, they are at their old ments of God" (1 Chron. xvi., 42) he employment, and we leave them, with assisted Zadok, the high priest. And the hope that as “where sin abounded, we read again, (1 Chron. xxv.,) that he grace did much more abound," so their had fourteen sons and three daughters, voices may be heard hereafter among all of whom he instructed in sacred those who are redeemed. music. Thirteen of the sons were sub- I have placed the results of this leaders in the great choir, and in this curious and instructive Bible study in distribution of honors the sons of Korah tabular shape, in order to assist the received more than half of the offices. mind by its greater clearness. Of course, Through the impartial casting of the lot, in all the other genealogies, save that of God showed the whole disposal" of his Korah, there are frequent omissions. mercy to the descendants of the rebel These are indicated by stars in the line priest.
of descent. Asaph, Heman, Ethan, and It remains for me only to remark Zadok being contemporaneous, it is not incidentally, that we discover “Shallum, hard to show how completely the result the son of Kore," a descendant of proves the integrity of the scriptural Abiasaph, one of the sons of Korah, as one account.
RECOLLECTIONS OF A VILLAGE DOCTOR.
BY STEPHEN W. NEWELL.
(CONCLUDED.) COT long after Mr. Buckingham the humbling, sickening consciousness of
Her difficulmarriage of Edward and Catharine took ties increased; for her mind, unable to place. I felt, as I witnessed the cere- repose upon any sure foundation of faith, mony, that however amiable a Christian's was driven hither and thither by an inlife companion may be, if natural amia- fluence which she could neither underbility be all that is possessed, the two stand nor control. Wearied and despondare unequally yoked together. A bird can- ing, she would, had it been possible to do not easily and joyously soar above the so, have withdrawn from the struggle earth with one wounded wing.
altogether, and found rest in her former About the period of which I am writ- state of happy indifference. But she ing, a season of interest" occurred in our was under influences too strong to put village church. Our old pastor discerned aside ; and the mental contest went on, evidences throughout the bounds of his concealed, it is true, but none the less charge, that the inquiry he had so long and real and less desperate because it was so earnestly made, "who hath believed our carried on within the secrecy of her own report ?” he would soon have occasion to bosom. To hide her feelings she assumed make no more; and that the reward of a mask of lightness and gayety, and this his faithfulness would be given to him in was worn so naturally, that she deceived a large gathering into his church.
many even of those who knew her best. Madge became interested. The things But she could not deceive herself, and of eternity, which before had occupied the poor wretched heart became more but a secondary place in her thoughts, wretched still. suddenly loomed up before her mind in As already said, Mr. Buckingham's their vast proportions, and she resolved first estimate of Madge was in accordto give herself to their consideration. ance with that which appeared upon But in the attempt to do so, there was the surface, but further developments revealed to her a phenomena of mind of rendered her an unintelligible riddle which before she knew nothing, and to him. Now the very perturbancy of which surprised and distressed her beyond her spirit gave a piquancy and pointedmeasure. She found herself skeptical ness to her sallies and retorts, which comregarding the truth of Christianity itself. pelled his admiration of her talents, while Whether this was a revelation to her he was pained at her exhibition of lightown mind of the natural unbelief of the ness amid the seriousness which pervaded heart, the existence of which she had never the community around. before suspected, or whether it was a sug- But a time came when the enigma was gestion of the evil one, it was real to her own solved. Upon his return to our village, imagination. There was something horrid after an absence of a few days, when he in the thought of being an infidel; and entered the common reception-room in she strove to throw her skepticism away. Mrs. Cumming's boarding house, he The endeavor revealed to her the fact found Madge sitting there alone, reading, that she had no power over her own con- and so absorbed in the contents of her victions, and no ability, by a voluntary book, that she seemed unconscious of his effort, to change her mental condition. entrance. He stepped lightly up to her, A perseverance in her endeavors led to and saw, to his extreme surprise, that the
work which had so enchained her atten- and I have obtained rest unto my tion was Soame Jenyns on the Internal soul.” Evidences of Christianity.
+ Miss Madge," said he, "I congratu“Why, Miss Madge !” exclaimed he, late you with my whole heart. No one "what can have so interested you in that can do so more sincerely or more intellibook, which, by nine out of ten of all gently than myself; for your experience the girls I ever knew, would be voted the has been almost a repetition of my own.” dullest of all the dull books ever written, He said no more, but went immedi-a weariness to the flesh ?”
ately to his room. And now a struggle Madge locked up, and he saw that in commenced in his own bosom—a struggle her appearance which showed that the between inclination and honor. He had time for badinage had passed away, there found the beau ideal of his fancy-one was a look of sweet seriousness, com- possessed of beauty, cheerfulness, talent bined with one of calm serenity, and and piety. But she was the pledged of even an expression of exultation in her another man. Inclination urged him to face, which he had never seen there be contend for the prize; but honor forbade fore, and which at once arrested his at the attempt to win her for himself. Honor tention,
prevailed, and he nerved himself in the “Mr. Buckingham,” said she, “I won- way in which a good man prepares himder not, after my manifestation of all self to pursue the course of rectitude, want of interest in anything proper to even when to walk in that path is appaoccupy the thoughts of a rational being, rently " to his own hurt." He conquered that you were surprised to find me en- himself, and the endeavor to do so energaged as I was when you entered the gized him ; for“ he that ruleth his own house."
spirit is better than he that taketh a city.” She narrated to him the manner in When Charley called upon Madge the which her mind bad been exercised, and first time after she had come to the light, then went on to say:
he knew not of the change which had “My soul has been in agony; but I taken place in her feelings and sentiments, have endured all in silence, and have He was received with the same manifesstriven to hide my wretchedness from tations of tender regard with which he others by an affectation of emptiness and had long been treated.
But he soon folly. But I have, in secret, read every found that while she was the same girl thing I could obtain, in order to reëstab- she had always been, still she was a lish my faith—Paley, Watson, Alexan- changed creature—with new views and der, Campbell, Bonnet, Leslie-I have tastes and aspirations. A change had literally devoured them all.
taken place, and one with which he was skepticism seemed invincible. Even my unable to sympathize. The more he was fear of rejecting the truth has acted as a in her presence, the more manifest this barrier to its reception. But now," she change appeared. There was no less of continued, raising the book which still amiability, and every womanish trait was open before her, and looking upon it shone out more winningly beautiful than with an expression of almost reverence, they had appeared before. The exquisite " my difficulties have vanished, and my finish of holiness added new loveliness to mind is at rest. The line of argument every natural charm. But this loveliness pursued by the writer of this little book, is seldom seen by those from whose eyes is the instrument used by the Divine the scales have never been taken ; and Spirit for my establishment in the truth. Charley was yet in the blindness of nature. My reason tells me that the Bible is true, Gradually as her changed character and my heart rejoices in its consolations. and purposes of life developed themI have applied to its Author to relieve selves, his interest in her diminished. And me of my burden. He has taken that as she saw, with her enlightened eyes, burden upon himself, and in return has the worldliness of his character, and his laid his own yoke upon my shoulders, want of sympathy in those views which
had become to her of superlative impor- tally resolving, that Charley himself was tance, she feared that without a change gradually drifting away from her, and upon his part so radical as to constitute that the time would come when he him a new man, there would fail to would be careless to conceal his growing be between them that union of soul indifference. Notwithstanding her purwithout which the design of marriage pose of faithfulness, she could not concould not be attained. Such were their ceal from herself the fact, although the sentiments and feelings, scarce acknow- conviction caused a feeling of half crimiledged to themselves, much less commu- nality, that the affection of a man of nicated to each other. He felt bound to Buckingham's mental force, brilliant acher by the principles of gentlemanly complishments and noble soul, would honor, and she to him by those of moral have been anything but displeasing to obligation. And such was the strength her, had she not already been pledged to of that principle in Madge's bosom, that, another. had the union been consummated, she Mr. Buckingham left our village. He would have discharged sacredly the du- felt that he could no longer safely conties of a wife, in letter and in spirit too, tinue in the society of Madge; and he as truly so as she had resolved to do in bade us adieu, with the determination, the moment when, following the impulses that, although his course through the of her undisciplined inclinations, she had world should be a lonely one, and he be plighted her troth to him. Whether forced to walk it uncheered by the voice that feeling of gentlemanly honor by of affection, his life should not be usewhich he felt bound to fulfil his engage- less. He would do work for the Master ment to her would continue to act with and for humanity in that department for a force sufficiently strong to bind him to which the providence of God had fitted her so long as they both should live, I him; and his influence should be felt fur cannot affirm, for its strength was never good as widely as it would be felt at all. tested; but that it would have done so Madge parted from him with a pleasant may well be doubted, for the only kind "good-by," and gave no sign of any other of honor which will bear unscathed every than a feeling of sisterly regard. But trial, is that which comes from above. she felt—whether that feeling was right
Although Mr. Buckingham suppressed or wrong—that had they met at an earlier as much as possible the expression of his period of their lives, her prospects for sentiments for Madge, yet she could not the future might have been different from fail to see that she was not indifferent to what they were. However, she was glad him. What woman of ordinary discern- that he had gone; and now she would ment was ever thrown much into the turn herself resolutely to the performance society of a man who admired her, and of every duty, and choke down any sigh failed to detect that interest, however which might arise for that which might warily the secret may have been attempted have been. to be guarded! Madge received the con
n- Edward Cummings' business capaciviction with feelings of unmitigated pain. ties, and his unimpeached fidelity, comShe would be faithful to Charley. Never manded the respect of the whole comby word, or look, or act, would it be dis-munity. A business connection was covered that the ardor of her love for sought with him by a wealthy gentleman, him had cooled; or, rather, that she had who had a large monied capital unemgiven her faith to one who had dazed ployed. Edward accepted the proposiher imagination, and that she had mis- tion of this gentleman. Then, without taken this for the devotien of her heart, the necessity of long years of close and that now she was awakened from the economy and hard work, he had attained pleasing delusion.
She would make to position and prosperity, and the path atonement to him for any aberration of of life opened up before him and his feeling by a doubly devoted attention. young wife strewed with flowers and Little did she think, while thus men- pleasant to tread.