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Family Miscellany.


A NIGHT MARCH TO THE the stars began to fade from the HOLY CITY.

heavens, and the dawn to break over NOTWITHSTANDING our fatigue and the eastern mountains, I sought to the inviting nature of our quarters, pierce the gloom which wrapped the we found it almost impossible to silent region around, but nothing sleep. We were but three hours could be distinguished. It was not distance from Jerusalem. Rising at till the first red glow of morning midnight, we pursued our way by glanced upon the eastward hill-tops the light of the innumerable stars, that I caught a sight of the city. glorious in the blue depth of an Asian But there was nothing grand or sky. Not a sound was heard but the striking in the vision ; a line of dull

a tramp of our horses' hoofs upon the walls, a group of massive towers, a rocky pathway. The outlines of the few dark olives, rising from a dead hilly region we were travelling, were and sterile plain ; yet enough that dim and indistinct ; far grander than this was Jerusalem, the holy city; they would have appeared by the her mournful aspect well suits with light of the day. We came to a

the train of recollection she awakens. tremendous descent, long and slip

Walks about Jerusalem, pery, over slabs of rock and deep gullies, worn by the winter rains.

THE CROWNED SKELETON. With many a slide and narrow escape from falling headlong, we AIX-LA-CHAPELLE in Germany dereached the bottom of the valley in rives its name from the tomb of safety, where we found caravans of Charlemagne. He gave instructions camels and asses, with their guides that when he died, he should be asleep by the way-side, waiting for buried in a royal position ; pot the morning light to enter the city prostrate as slumbering dust, but gates. We pursued our way; an seated in the attitude of a ruling hour yet remained ; that hour was monarch. He had the mausoleum one of strange and indescribable ex- erected over the sepulchre of our citement. I had seen, by moonlight. Saviour at Jerusalem. In a tomb the time-hallowed glories of the old within this chapel be was placed world, and the wonders of nature in upon a throne. The Gospels, which the new--I had stood alone, at that I suppose he had often read wbilst hour, within the awful circle of the he was living, he would appear deColiseum ; had watched the lunar termined to study thoroughly after rainbow spanning the eternal mists he was dead. He directed they rising from the base of the Niagara ; should be laid upon his knees before but this night's march across the him; by his side was his sword; desolate hills of Judea awoke a upon his head was an imperial crown, more sublime, more thrilling in- and a royal mantle covered his lifeterest. I was approaching the walls less shoulders. of that city (the scene of events Thus was his body placed, and which must ever remain the most thus did his body remain, for about touching in their influences upon one hundred and eighty years the human heart) which I had long One of his successors resolved he and earnestly hoped to see, and my would see how Charlemagne looked, wish was about to be realized. As and what had become of the riches Rules for the Journey of Life.

7 that adorned his tomb. Nearly a Never to ridicule sacred things, or thousand years after Christ, the what others may esteem such ; howtomb was opened by the Emperor ever absurd they may appear to be. Oiho. The skeleton form of the body Never to show levity when the was found there, dissolved and dis- people are professedly engaged in membered; the various ornaments worsbip. I speak of were all there too; but Never to resent a supposed injury the frame had sunk into fragments, till I know the views and motives of the bones bad fallen disjointed and the author of it; nor on any occam asunder; and there remained no-sion to retaliate. thing but the ghastly SKULL wearing Never to judge a person's characits crown still—and nothing to ter by external appearance. signify royalty but this vain pageant Always to take the part of an of death in its most bideous form! absent person who is censured in

The various relics were taken up, company, so far as truth avd proand are now preserved at Vienna; priety will allow. and they have often since been em- Never to think the worse of ployed in the coronation of the Em- another on account of bis differing perors of Germany, in order to sig- from me in political or religious nify their greatness, and their being opinions. successors to Charlemagne.

Not to dispute with a man more How striking a comment does the than seventy years of age, nor with forty-ninth Psalm afford to this an enthusiast. strange history! What became of Not to affect to be witty, or to the monarch's body? It was again jest, so as to wound the feelings of entombed, though spoiled, till Fred- another. erick Barbarossa in 1165 interrupted To say as little as possible of mythe silence of the gloomy palace. self and those who are near to me. He removed the royal remains into To aim at cheerfulness without a splendid receptacle he had pre- | levity. pared, and placed the marble throne Not to obtrude my advice unasked. in the church, where it is now ex- Never to court ihe favour of the hibited to strangers. But the body rich by flattering either their vanity itself is nowhere to be found! its or their vices. last resting place is empty - the To speak with calmness and delimbs are dispersed in the form of liberation, on all occasions; especirelics, The skull and one arm-bone ally in circumstances which tend to are preserved as sacred relics in the irritate. Cathedral. But though scattered Frequently to review my conduct be his limbs, Charlemagne shall yet and note my failings. hear the voice of the King of kings,

On all occasions to have in prosand stand uncrowned in His pre-pect the end of life and a future state. sence who wears the crown of the universe.


BAPTISM. RULES FOR THE JOURNEY THE “ Apostolical Institutions" de


scribe the qualifications and offices The following rules, from the papers of Deaconesses. Amongst the latter of Doctor West, were, according to are those relating to the baptizing of his memorandum, thrown together women ; " the necessity for which,” as general way-marks in the journey remarks a writer in Good Words, of life:

“ has been obviated in later times by

the discontinuance of the practice of tolical institutions baptism by immersion, or the praes the second or third century, their tice of baptism under a form which testimony as to the mode in which the early church would not have baptism was practised in those early recognised as valid.” As the "Apos- ages is valuable.



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COLLEGE LIFE AND PASTORAL It will not be unnatural if, as he looks WORK.*

ahead, he thinks over his work, his ma

terials, and his preparation. BY THE REV. C. CLEMANCE, B.A.

I.-As to his work. The worthy and honoured Principal of this College has asked me to address His sense of responsibility has lost the students. Since I consented to do somewhat of the indefiniteness it used so, I have thought that I made a mis- to have. It is more rigidly defined. take. It would seem considerably more There is a far narrower limit put to natural to me to listen to something of it than once; but as it has become the kind from one of larger and longer more restricted in its compass, it is experience in ministerial life.

profounder in its intensity. He feels I claim no special fitness for such a task that his mission will be to teach and as this beyond that which may arise preach Jesus Christ. That he has from the retention of pretty much of one Saviour to teach, one Gospel to the “student" feeling, which I hope I proclaim, one book to study and exshall retain to my dying day. It is pound. Once it occasionally troubled about ten years this day since I entered him to know how he should find enough on college life. One may naturally be material for constant pulpit work. supposed to look back for the purpose Now, as he is beginning again, he of comparing and contrasting "then" is never anxious on that head. The and “now.” It would be most dis-anxiety is all the other way: that he creditable, if, during those ten years, cannot live long enough to say all that one had not, as he went along, picked he wants to say, and to develop those up some stray thoughts which might germs which Bible study has deposited be of some use to somebody in similar in him. And this difference is thus circumstances. If, brethren, they are accounted for:-instead of thinking not of use to you, pardon the intrusion; that he is to find a succession of if they are, accept them, as offered with thoughts which shall last long enough, most sincere respect and esteem. he has come to see that he has rather

I will, at the outset, ask you to fol- to bring out to another's view those low me in a track of thought, one feature thoughts which he has gained from of which will be, (whether advanta-without-even the thoughts of God. .geous or otherwise, I will not say) that As long as he lives he is to interpret, it will deal with the ideal as if it were unfold, and enforce Divine thought, real, though the reality would be not and thus his materials for preaching only improbable, but impossible; 80 and teaching cannot be exhausted till thoroughly so, that the conception may he has exhausted his theme. He can seem to have about it a slight touch of reduce the various heads of his work the absurd, and yet I will risk that. If to one, and sum up his conception of it you

do not complain of it neither shall I. in one sentence: "I AM TO BE THE EXI will suppose a man to begin stu- POUNDER OF GOD!" dent life with the same thoughts and In the pulpit he is to declare God, feelings he may fairly be supposed to his thoughts, his purposes, his plans. have after ten years' experience, those In the family he is to teach and to exten years being, more or less, equally hibit God, his love, his grace, and his divided between college life and pasto- power to save. To decrepit age and ral work. And since the value of a to buoyant youth he is to teach his college course to a man will be enhanced God. To the masses of the people, by clearness and correctness of view as in their sorrows and their need, he to what is beyond, it may serve some is to reveal the love of God. To the purpose to follow our imaginary student men of culture and learning, he is through the course of his thoughts. to speak of one before whom human • Address to the Students at Chilwell College,

learning “is less than nothing and September 8, 1863.

vanity." This, this is his simple yet sublime mission-To hold up the heart awaits him when once he is fairly of God before ihe eye of man!

lavuched forth on miuisterial work.

Added io which, iliere is the work more II.-ds to his malerials.

strictly pasioral, in which he musi seek 1. He ainus iive waierials on whichilie to act as a power for God in every bas to work denivell thus--commending family in the congregation. He must ourselves lu cvery maii's conscience. He have an ear for every cale of sorrow, has io deal with every varieiy of the and a heart to enier inio every joy. human conscience, sur while he presents That he be respected, even adired for truth iu ine pulpii, there will be con- bis talevis is not enough). He must science in illo pew; a conscience wiiela be beloved for whut he is, for his vieud-in ihe inajuriiy oi cases more or less as- ship, irne mod unchanging, and must senis aud responds io ile iruth reseci. so idemean himself as to be welcome ing Gvi and suiy, however the will everywhere. may refuse iu bow. Some consciences Avd bow musi he preach? Wiih a he will and culiivaies), reiineil, and sus-heari as fresh in its love for the truih cepiible oi impression to a very high as if it were for ihe first moment andegree, in which vases ihe preseniuiiun nomced iu lim; with a soul in inost or the truih will be an almost vomingleil iuteuse sympathy for man, while as joy; wiil, vibers i he conscieuce will be the ambassador of the cross, luis highest perveriell, distortedl, aud debased, lo sympathies are with bis God. Now such the gospel will be hidden-ihe sad, he musi tenderly beseech, and then sail sigo oi perishing inen! And he earnestly waro. Now, unbare the inwill have in commend himseli to every tricacies of the human heart, and ihen conscience, and consequently io qualify shew foril the transpareni purity of the himseli as an instrumeni ior doing thai. heart of God. How must le preach? His bow must not in every case, or in With his eye on the uscen, his beart. any more cases ilan such as are una- bathed in love, his views being all fresh voidable, le drawn at a veniure. He from communion wiih God, alive with nisl find a way, a veci way of get- beavenly sympathies, with the cross ting at meu's inuer selves when he before hiin and the judgment beyond teaches and preaches Jesus Christ. him, and the Saviour standing by his

Then there are the surroundings of side; wiihout a thought of man's apevery mau. Every nian lives in a proval, weighing the worth of souls in world of his own, wbich he helps to the balances of beaver, and looking inake, and which does much to inake only for ihe emile of his God ! him. There are the incessant ebbing's 2. The materials with wbich he is and flowings of human ihought ou to work may naiurally be supposed social, moral, and religious questions, next to be reviewed iu the preacher's . all which induences are inoic or less mind. Every form of ihonght which telling on the meu whom he aduiresses. I will beiter enable bim io bring out Here, then, are ile maierials ou wbich “ God," should be familiar to bias. In he is to work-consciences of every the principles of etlics he would be shape and size, nien living and mov- thoroughly ui home, that io ibe vame ing each in a separate world, favoura- of bis God he may plead for the deep bly disposed to, or prejudiced against, and everlasting meanivg of “right" and the truth of God by a thousand influ- ' wrony." lo the analysis and work. ences, seen or unseen, wbicb we can ing of the human miod be wishes to peither curb nor control, which in- be an adept that he may be the better fluences are at work six days and prepared to track in their intricate tbree-quarters out of the seven, wbile windings the mazes of the human heart. for the sole and single quarier of a but most of all does he wish to siudy day he is especieu to say that wbich God's thoughis, for the great pui pose sall, by the divine blessing, turn the of being lo man the interpreier of current of the soul, and prove mighty God. And these he finds everywhere. tirough God lo pulling down the The expressious of divine thonght lie sirongholds which Saiao and the world in abundance around him. God's are busily building up froin ihe begin- thoughts will be seen in external nature. niog of the week to iis close !

The vastness and velocity of the This is at least one aspect of what heavenly orbs will reveal divine gran

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