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it that we have now-a-days so many fine hope that my letters will involve you in things of a worldly kind, and nothing but no disagreeables. Who could reproach what is cold and indifferent of a spiritual? you on their account, even were he a Turk? (and he repeated some German songs.) ... After theology, no art can be I cannot agree with those who despise compared with music.” music, as do all dreamers and mystics."
. I will ask the prince to devote this money to the establishment LUTHER'S JOYS OF SUMMER IN THE BOSOM OF HIS of a musical academy.” (April, 1541.)
FAMILY, AND HIS ORDINARY DINNER-GUESTS. On the 4th of October, 1530, he writes to The artist here presents to us Luther's Ludovic Senfel, a musician of the court summer pleasures in the circle of his of Bavaria, to ask him to set the In pace family; and at the same time calls atin id ipsum to music: “ The love of music tention to those habitual guests at his overpowers my fear of being refused, when table, to whom (as indicated by the young you shall see a name which, no doubt, you man who is writing behind Luther) we hate. This same love also gives me the owe the noting down of his table-talk.
A garden-scene could not indeed be omit-garden-seeds for him : “If Satan and his ted in a series of pictures, memorials of imps rave and roar, I shall laugh at him, the man whose heart ever opened in the and admire and enjoy, to the Creator's free air, in the sight and enjoyment of praise, God's blessings in the gardens." nature ; who gladly observed and admired He writes to Spalatin in 1526: "I have the creation with his pious, thoughtful, planted my garden and built a well, both and poetical eye.
with success. Come to me, and thou shalt He wrote to a friend who procured | be crowned with roses and lilies!”
“If I live, I shall become a gardener,” | sidered the wisdom, might, and goodness he once said, while in this humor. “ The of God even in the smallest flower! world knows neither God their creator, We are at present in the dawn of a nor his creatures. Alas! how would man, future life.; for we begin to recover if Adam had not sinned, have recognized the knowledge of creatures which we God in all his works, and loved and praised had lost through Adam's fall. In his him! Then he might have seen and con- creatures we recognize the power of his
word ; how great that is !—He said, and beautiful still, when the old world shall it was so !"
have been renewed, and a new spring shall His profoundly contemplative mind, in open and remain forever.” its heartfelt enjoyment of nature, looked upon creation as the divine symbolic ex
LUTHER'S WINTER PLEASURES. pression of the Invisible and Highest. Upon the pleasures of summer follow those He compared the Bible, for instance, to a of winter,—the Christmas festival; and beautiful forest, “ in which there is no tree the garden which now delights Luther's at which my hand has not knocked." | eyes are his children, whom he looked Again, he said on a fine spring day (1541) upon as God's greatest blessing. He exto Justus Jonas, in that tone of mind of pressed this one day to his friend Justus mingled melancholy and undefined longing, Jonas, who admired the branch of a cherrywhich sometimes overpowers us amid tree which hung over the table : “Why the joys of spring : “ If there were neither do you not consider this still more in your sin nor death, we might be satisfied with children, the fruits of your body, and who this paradise. But all shall be more are more beautiful and noble creatures of
God than the fruits of any other tree?
THE HOOD MEMORIAL. In them is shown the almighty power, wisdom, and art of God, who has made E give a representation of a testithem out of nothing."
monial, raised by public subscription, The crossbow with which the eldest boy to the memory of Thomas Hood, in Kenshoots at the apples of the Christmas-tree sal-green Cemetery, England, after a lapse reminds us of a letter which Luther wrote of nine years from the distinguished poet's in 1530, from Coburg, to his son, then death. four
years old; and in which he told him The Memorial is an appropriate and of “the gay beautiful garden ; the many tasteful composition by Noble. It consists children; the apples and pears; the fine of a large bronze bust of the poet, elevated little horses with golden bridles and silver on a pedestal of polished red granite ; the saddles; the fifes, cymbals, and grand whole twelve feet high. In front of the silver crossbows."
bust (which is pronounced an excellent Melancthon is occupied with the little likeness, and has been modeled from aubowman, while “ Aunt Lena" looks at a thentic portraits) are placed three wreaths book with the younger boy; and the eldest in bronze), formed of the laurel, the myrgirl, Magdalen, rejoices in a doll represent- tle, and the immortelle. On a slab beneath ing the angel of the Christmas festival - the bust appears Hood's simple self-inas if she had felt a presentiment of soon scribed epitaph :becoming an angel herself. This hint of
“ He sang the • Song of the Shirt.'" the artist prepares us for the solemn nature of the next picture.
Upon the projecting front of the pedestal Luther's finest traits are those known is carved this inscription in his domestic life. He valued woman and home. “ Had I been seized with a
"In Memory of Thomas Hood. fatal illness, I should have wished to sum
Born 23d May, 1798 ; died, 3d May, 1845.
Erected by Public Subscription, mon some pious maid to my death-bed,
A. D. 1854." and wed her, presenting her with two silver goblets as a wedding-gift and mor- Beneath, at the base of the pedestal, a row's present, (morgengabe,) in order to lyre and comic mask (of bronze) are flung show how I honored marriage.
together-suggesting the mingled pathos No one will ever have to repent rising early and humor in every page of Hood's writand marrying young.
It is no ings. more possible to do without a wife than The most attractive portions of the without eating and drinking. Conceived, Memorial, and those in which the sculpnonrished, borne within the body of tor's ability has been most fully developed, woman, our flesh is mainly hers, and it is are the medallions inserted in the sides of impossible for us ever to separate wholly the pedestal. These are oval in form, and from her.
Had I wished to illustrate Hood's fine poems, “ The Bridge make love, I should have taken thirteen of Sighs” and “ The Dream of Eugene years ago to Ave Schonfelden, who is now Aram.” In the first-named composition, the wife of Doctor Basilius, the Prussian the poor victim of deluded hope and love physician. At that time I did not love my is seen just raised from the watery grave, Catherine, whom I suspected of being into which she had rushed headlong to proud and haughty ; but it was God's will ; | escape from the pangs of cureless remorse it was his will that I should take pity on and shame, and the consequent “ burning her; and I have cause, God be praised, to insanity" which had rendered life insupbe satisfied.”
portable :“ The greatest grace God can bestow is
“Mad from life's history, to have a good and pious husband, with
Glad to death's mystery whom you may live in peace, to whom
Swift to be huridyou can trust everything, even your body
Out of the world! and your life, and by whom you have little children. Catherine, thou hast a good
“ Take her up tenderlyand pious husband, who loves thee ;
Lift her with care; thou art an emperess. Thanks be to
Fashion'd so slenderly, God!"
Young and so fair !"