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convince yourself that a child with a man's | ening down natural asperities of character, head and heart, is not speaking to you with a awakening sympathy, opening new sources of child's artless simplicity. And sometimes he emotion, giving depth and body to sympathy will sketch some Scripture scene, unfolding and piety, weaning us from the world, and one truth after another, with the most consum making us spiritually-minded. In emotion and mate skill, until your heart is subdued and cap child-like simplicity, associated with the most tivated. Never does he show his peculiar beautiful substratum of thought, I think that power so strikingly, as when developing such sermon one of the richest I have ever heard. words as these: “ And we have known and His emotions so completely enlisted my own, believed the love that God hath to us. God is that it was a luxury to weep. It was indeed love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in luxury to a heart still smarting under the God, and God in him.” In such a field, he sudden death of a sister. would light on the most beautiful flowers; and This style of discourses I always considered cull them with such taste, as best to set forth his best, and leaving the deepest impressions. the character of God, as seen in the handiwork It would not be difficult to occupy pages with of nature. “How beautiful the rich colors of the most beautiful illustrations. He once the peach, the grape, the cherry! Why thus closed a sermon on the words, “For even herebeautiful ? How fair the rose, the lily, the unto were ye called; because Christ also suffruit-blossom! Why thus fair? How surpass- fered for us, leaving us an example, that ye ingly elegant and delicate is the flake of snow, should follow his steps,” with a short poem, falling like a brilliant from heaven! Why is it so recited in a way which subdued all to tears. elegant and delicate ? Ah! God has emotions I have never seen the poem in print, and yet I which are gratified with the fair workmanship regard it as a gem. Dr. Stowe found it in a of his own hand. Nature is God's own daugh. lady's album, but knew not its author. It is ter, and he decks her beautifully!" Thus he | so beautiful, that I think it a pardonable offence passed on from one thing to another; from na to quote it entire. ture to revelation, from sweet flowers to the

“Oh, fear not thou to die ! bloody cross, grouping the whole together like

Far rather fear to live,- for life a skilful artist, that his hearers might rather

Has thousand snares thy feet to try,

By peril, pain and strise. see, than hear, the infinite tenderness of God's

Brief is the work of death; love; and at the same time, see that this is to

But life!--the spirit shrinks to see be the character of His children.

How full, ere Heaven recall the breath,
I look back with the most intense delight to

The cup of woe may be. man sermons Dr. Stowe preached in the Semi

" Oh, fear not thou to die, nary chapel. They have engraven themselves

No more to suffer or to sin,

No snare without thy faith to try, on my memory, and, I trust, my heart yet

No traitor heart within. feels their influence. Such a sermon was that

But fear, oh rather fear, preached from Hebrews ii. 10, on the reason

The gay, the light, the changeful scene, why Christians are called to suffer. I shall

The flattering smiles that greet thee here, never forget the thrill caused by one simple

From heaven thy heart to wean. allusion, with which he introduced his subject,

** Oh, fear not thou to dieshowing how close a connection the subject had

To die and be that blessed one,

Who in the bright and beauteous sky, to every person. “An Oriental prince once

May feel his condict done; was grieving immoderately over the death of a

May feel that never more favorite daughter. A sage promised to raise

The tear of grief, of shame, shall come, her to life, if the prince would inscribe on her

For thousand wand'rings from the Power

Who loved and called thee home !" tomb the names of three persons who had not been afflicted. The search was unavailing. Enthusiasm of a generous sort enters largely Every one had tasted of sorrow.” The chal into Dr. Stowe's character. His heart is easily lenge may be safely given to produce a more moved by any benevolent cause; and when touching and yet apt preface to a sermon on moved, it urges him to active effort. He has sorrow. The entire discourse was character always shown the greatest interest in the forized with the richest emotions, and one could eigners coming to this country, particularly the almost pray to be afflicted, as he saw, with Germans. The distribution of Bibles, tracts such clearness, afflictions subduing pride, soft- | and religious books among these, has ever been Lama

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a darling enterprise with him. He sometimes, each other over the countenance, as the chehas kept a small circulating library of such quered and eventful history of Luther passed

books as “The Pilgriin's Progress,” translated rapidly in review. Never did the Reformer § into German, and found easy access to many stand more really before us, as a living char.

Romanists through this medium. In his efforts acter, than during those lectures. He scarcely to reclaim the victims of Romish priestcraft, he seemed one of another age; but we seemed to is not wanting in courage. When the Protes be with him in his mighty strugglings, and to tant Society was formed in Cincinnati, Dr. be moved by his stormy eloquence. Or rather, Stowe engaged to deliver a public lecture in we ourselves seemed to be carried back by the its behalf. The night was stormy, and yet the magic of our teacher, until we ourselves bechurch was crowded. Not a few Romanists came actors and witnesses in the exciting were present, but the Doctor never swerved events of the sixteenth century. The Doctor from his straightforward and pointed attacks gave the minute incidents which lent the charm on the system of Popery, particularly in its of real life, seen by ourselves, to those events. developments in this country. The whole lec Luther, the boy in his father's cottage, and ture was characterized by great learning, most Luther, the youth singing his way to favor shrewdly applied. It was a tremendous attack in the streets of Eisnach; sometimes rudely on Romanism; and yet so generously and kindly treated, and shrinking home hungry and weepwas it conducted, that Romanists could not but ing, and at others, kindled into hope and gladsmile good-humoredly, as they were knocked ness by a kind word, or a generous donation, down. On such an occasion, the Doctor shines alike excited our sympathy. Luther, the excellently well, and shows the strong qualities strong-minded student, plodding his way wearily of his mind to the best advantage.

in pursuits, which so admirably equipped him Perhaps his mind never has enkindled with for the great mission God had sent him on, and greater enthusiasm, than on the subject of the at length, by a marked Providence, inclosed Reformation, and especially its central spirit, in a monastery, elicited our fears as well as Luther. When in Germany, with the spirit of hopes, for the magic of our historian seemed as an ardent admirer, he visited the principal yet to shut out knowledge of the excellent replaces hallowed by the remembrances of the sults of these things. We seemed standing by Reformer. The pilgrimage, for the Doctor's Luther's side, when in the university library at enthusiasm rendered it little less, seemed to Erfurth, he first saw a Bible, and heard his eximbue him with the most profound admiration clamations as he read it. How real and presfor Luther, and now he cannot speak of him ent that exciting and pregnant incident was ! in moderate terms. Those who hear him It was good to be there, even in imagination. preach, will not find many occasions pass, And thus we were carried along, until the without some admiring allusion to Luther, or whole grand period was finished. We felt some grand quotation from his writings. He aroused, when those ninety-five theses were is a constant reader of the writings of Luther, nailed to the church-door in Wittemberg. In and so far as an intimate acquaintance with breathless baste we followed him to Worms, these, and an enthusiastic admiration of him, and felt ourselves the nobler, because we can fit one to be the defender of Luther, I belonged to the same race which produced know of no one so well fitted for the post as such a man. We trembled to see him Dr. Stowe. When he first delivered his course stolen away from death, and so kindly imof lectures on Luther, no finer specimens of prisoned in the Wartburg. And thus, from genuine enthusiasm could be produced. He one scene of conflict to another, froin one triprosecuted his work with the greatest assi- umph to another, in all which the handiwork duity; and to the last, sustained the interest of of a special Providence was gloriously visible, his audience. This is saying not a little, when we passed, until we saw him die in Eisleben, his it is remembered that he lectured some fifteen native city. It is not strange that such a subor twenty times during as many weeks. I ject, in the hands of such an enthusiastic adhave never known a more complete power ex mirer, should so completely captivate every ercised for so long a time, and such a variety mind. of emotions in the same individuals. Laughter And when reading of the liberality of a Lowand tears, joy and indignation, anxiety and con- ell, in endowing an institute, the object of which fidence, consternation and exaltation, chased | is, to substantiate and spread true Christianity,

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to aid ode in distress. What member of Lane, As a scholar, Dr. Stowe is immeasurably in 1843, will ever forget the paternal assauity superior to Dr. Beecher, who makes no preten- with which Dr. Stove watched for fourteen sions to scholarship, in the common acceptation weeks over poor Kidder, so long struggling of the term. His scholarship is displayed to with death? or the feeling lament he uttened the best advantage in his critical examination orer him when death came at last, and sent the of the Bible. He reads and speaks German young saint to his rest? A thousand eccenflaently, and keeps up an intimate acquaintance, tricities shall be forgotten in that benevolence with literature and politics in those countries which took a stranger as a brother, into his own where the German language prevails. Some house, and which soothed the harsh work of of his most beautiful allusions, in public and death, until it seemed Heaven's rugged, yet prirate, are to events and persons in Germany. kind angel, dispatched to bring home one ree In this particular he is an egotist, and yet the deemed out of great tribulations ! most pleasant one I ever saw. One could,

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EDITOR'S MISCELLANY.

OUR ILLUSTRATIONS—The readers of the Parlor haps a matter of convenience. But there cer Magazine do not need to be told that we have tainly is a pretty close affinity between such a made some change in the general character of our spot and this beautiful forest rambler. We embellishments. If the reason of this innovation warrant there are scores of rabbits at Harper's does not suggest itself, as we think it must to | Ferry. Poor fellows! We never see one boundmost minds, all we have to say is, that we have ing along in the woods, and occasionally looking adopted this course mainly for the sake of va- timidly over his shoulders, to see whether there is riety. We do not love to plod along for half a an enemy near, without a feeling of pity; for century over the same road, and take the liberty unfortunately for them, their flesh is delicious, to presume that our patrons, unless they are and sportsmen take great delight in hunting ultra-conservative, are a little like us in this re them. We came pretty near killing one of the spect. We shall be governed by their taste in the innocent creatures once in our life, as we remem. matter, nevertheless, and should be grateful for ber. A dog in our company had chased one until any hints from them in respect of our illustrations he gave up in despair; and the poor, innocent, in general, or any in particular.

persecuted rabbit uttered such a cry of anguish, The steel engraving in this number is a view that we were fain to spare his life. If we have of a section of Harper's Ferry, in Virginia. The ever been tempted to shoot one since--and we ! scenery at this point and in the immediate vicin are not perfectly sure that we have not been so i ity, has been represented by travellers of obser tempted—the recollection of that heart-piercing vation and judgment, as scarcely rivalled, in cry has been the means of arresting our arm, and grandeur and picturesque beauty, by anything in saving the rabbit. We doubt much whether we the l'nion. We have never visited it, though we could sleep well o' nights after shooting one. We have long had the pleasure in anticipation; but honestly believe we might be in a condition little if the sketch which our artist has given is at all more enviable than that of Macbeth, after the a truthful one, the scenery seems to justify the

Banquo affair; and we should not be at all surenthusiastic remark of Jefferson in regard to it,

prised to find ourself some night suddenly waked that “it is worth a voyage across the Atlantic." from a nightmare by the vision of a murdered The Ferry is situated at the junction of the She rabbit, weeping like a child, and we muttering pandoah with the noble Potomac. From all that something like this between our teeth: we have heard of this spot, we are inclined to Thou canst not say I did it-never shake think that the beauty of the scenery is in char

Those gory locks at me." acter not unlike that of Trenton Falls in our own State. The eye takes in, at a glance, all the north side of the Potomac and the Shenandoah, Summer Excursions.— Jean Paul gives it as an impetuous torrent, foaming and dashing angri his decided opinion, that travelling takes all that ly over numerous rocks which have tumbled from is woody from man, as transplanting takes the overhanging precipices. There is, too, a distinct woody particles from cabbages; and cherishing view of the picturesque tops and sides of the a profound respect for this as for most of Jean mountains, and the gentle, winding current of Paul's notions, and withal having sundry other the river below the bridge-presenting altogether equally good reasons for leaving our city for a as tourists generally agree, a landscape capable time, we have made some delightful excursions of awakening the most delightful and sublime during the summer, which we intend to speak of, emotions. Now that the communication from when we are in the vein, in detail. Meanwhile, this part of the country and Harper's Ferry is so good reader, presuming you have not decided direct and expeditious, there is little to hinder upon the route you will take, and presuming, too, the admirer of such scenery from making the that you intend to treat yourself-and your wife, tour, and thousands of northern travellers are at if you are so bappy as to have one-to some extracted to the spot every year.

cursion or another, we must sketch for you an We have not asked our publisher why he chose outline of our rambles—just taking the liberty of to accompany this sketch with the portrait of a hinting that, though this is a very free country, rabbit. It may be a mere whim of his-per- | intolerably free, almost, and you of course can

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