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BY W. O. B. PEABODY, AN AMERICAN AUTHOR.
And this is death ! how cold and still,
And yet how lovely it appears ; Too cold to let the gazer smile,
But far too beautiful for tears. The sparkling eye no more is bright,
The cheek hath lost its rose-like red; And yet it is with strange delight
I stand and gaze upon the dead.
But when I see the fair wide brow,
Half shaded by the silken hair, That never looked so fair as now,
When life and health were laughing there. I wonder not that grief should swell
So wildly upward in the breast, And that strong passion should rebel
That need not, cannot be suppressed. I wonder not that parents' eyes
In gazing thus grow cold and dim, That burning tears and aching sighs
Are blended with the funeral hymn; The spirit hath an earthly part,
That weeps when earthly pleasure flies, And heaven would scorn the frozen heart,
That melts not when the infant dies. And yet why mourn ? that deep repose
Shall never more be broke by pain; Those lips no more in sighs unclose,
Those eyes shall never weep again. For think not that the blushing flower
Shall wither in the churchyard sod, 'Twas made to gild an angel's bower
Within the paradise of God.
The clouds of death and sorrow fly,
Move up thy pathway in the sky The star bath rays serene and bright,
But cold and pale compared with thine ; For thy orb shines with heavenly light, With beams unfailing and divine.
Index Rerum ; or a Ready Reference
Register. By John TODD, author of "The Student's Manual," &c. Edited, with additions, by C. NEIL, M.A., author of “The Expositor's Commentary, St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans.” London: Charles Higham, 274, Farringdon Street,
E.C. 1881. This is a book for a student, and & working student too. The author says in his introduction:
“ Should any one procure this book with the expectation that it will supersede labour and study, he will deservedly be disappointed. No plans or inventions can ever do that.'
The book is a large quarto post of fine cream wove paper, containing one hundred and forty-four leaves, ruled throughout, and nicely bound in Morocco cloth, lettered with double alphabets.
First.—Here is one page entitled, No. 1, List of note books.
Second.—Four 'pages, No. 2, List of books read.
Third.–Four pages, No. 3, List of books to be read.
Fourth.-Four pages, No. 4. List of texts and themes for discourses.
Fifth.-Index to topics and themes.
A more complete apparatus for the young preacher to use we never saw. It is not at all unlikely that when he opens on page six he may feel himself rebuked, for the compiler says:
“ Read nothing which is not worth remembering, and which you may not wish hereafter to review." Few of us can say that we have not read anything not worth remembering. He goes on to say further: “ Have your Index at hand; and, when you meet with anything of interest, just note it down,"
We should say to the young preacher, get this book if you mean to be a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, “rightly dividing the words of truth."
FROST FAIR, held on the Thames from January 31st to February 6th, 1814, with a copper-plate engraving. London: Published November 18th, 1814, by R. S. Kirby, 11, London House Yard, St. Paul's.
We are informed that large quantities of ice had floated up the river on Sunday, January 30th, and on the return of the tide it came down again in such masses, that at London Bridge the arches were not wide enough to enable it to pass; in consequence of which it completely choked up the Thames between Lon. don and Blackfriars Bridges. Before the tide could return it became wedged 80 close together that it was immovable, and on Monday morning, the 31st, several persons crossed the river, and their example was followed by a multitude of men and boys, that reached in a continuous line from Queen Street Stairs to Bankside.
As the frost continued and the ice became stronger, there was a complete path or grand street from Bankside to Queen Street and Queenhithe, with a board nailed on a flagstaff, calling it the “ New City Road." Each person that passed paid the waterman a penny to go down a plank
zigzag direction; these two paths carried persons as thick as they could walk. There were also paths from other stairs, but not so fully attended; in these there were about thirty booths, hoisting the flags of all nations, and painted with Cherokee taste, erected for the sale of porter, spirits, gingerbread, and other eatables.
Most of the booths had some sort of entertainment besides eating and drinking; some with a fiddler, dancing; others at skittles, &c., and all with fires. In the principal paths were a great many shops and stalls for the sale of all sorts of toys, trin. kets, gingerbread, &c.
There were several printing presses, both for letter-press and copper-plate printing, which found plenty of customers to buy their labours in prose and verse.
One of these printers addressed the spectators in the following terms :
Friends, now is your time to support the freedom of the press. Can the press have greater liberty? Here you find it working in the middle of the Thames, and if you encourage us by buying our impressions, we will keep it going in the true spirit of liberty during the frost.”
One of the articles printed and sold contained the following lines :“Behold the River Thames is frozen o'er, Which lately ships of mighty burden
bore; Now different arts, and pastimes here
you see, But printing claims superiority.”
" Printed to commemorate a severe frost. The Thames presenting a complete field of ice between London and Blackfriars Bridges. A fair is this day (February 4, 1814) held, and the whole space between the two bridges covered with spectators.”
Here is another rhyme from another printing-office :
" FROST FAIR. “ Amidst the arts which on the Thames
appear, To tell the wonders of this icy year, Printing claims prior place, which at one
view, Erects a monument to Frost and you."
“ Printed on the river Thames, February 4th, in the 54th reign of
upon the ice.
There was another principal path from Bridge Street side of Blackfriars Bridge to the centre arch of London Bridge, in a serpentine or
FIRST INTERMENT IN AMBLESIDE UNDER
King George III., Anno Domini THE NEW BURIALS BILL. 1814."
Every vendor of the different commodities gave his customer some token printed for the occasion. On A FUNERAL ceremony was conducted Thursday, the 3rd, a sheep was lately, which attracted unusual atroasted near Bankside. The admis- tention, because it was the first in sion to the booth where this took Ambleside to which the permissive place was sixpence each. There clauses of the new Burials Act are were two swings on the ice which met applicable. It is matter for con. with a few customers.
There was a gratulation that the two representabarge fixed in the ice near the centre tive ministers in this parish Church arch of London Bridge ; it was taken of England and Wesleyan—are able possession of by a party with a and willing to act fraternally whenfiddler, who hoisted a flag and made ever an appropriate occasion presents merry.
itself, and this has recently been Every hour increased the number most pleasingly manifested at the of visitants and amusements till interment of Miss Woodend, Saturday, Feb. 5th, when the news- member of one of the families wor. papers began to warn people of the shipping at the Wesleyan Chapel. danger of a sudden thaw upon the Shortly after two o'clock on the tben state of the tide, and the Lord above day, a number of those inMayor also issued orders for all terested assembled at the deceased's booths to be struck on Saturday residence, Rydal Road, where, after evening; in consequence many with- singing one of Wesley's hymns, a drew, though several remained to a procession was formed, the Rev. M. very late hour. On Sunday, Febru.' Ingle preceding the bier. ary 6th, at two o'clock in the morning, proaching the gates of the Wesleyan on the flowing of the tide, a dreadful Chapel, the minister, as is customary, explosion took place. Nothing could read a portion of the burial service, describe the crush; in a moment commencing, “ We brought nothing.' everything flew the same way, as if The corpse was then taken into the a sudden blast of gunpowder had ex. schoolroom attached to the chapel, ploded. Barges, lighters, wherries, where the Rev. M. Ingle read the and other kinds of vessels were lesson from 1 Corinthians xv., 20th dashed to pieces; several barges ly- and following verses. He then deing off Queenhithe, Paul's Wharf, and livered a suitable address, and said :the Three Cranes, were broken in “I saw her within an hour or two of two; and the immense large piles, her death, and heard her testimony, full eighteen inches square, that they
• To be with Christ would be far were fastened to, were snapped asun- better.' There was not the shadow der. Although much damage was of a doubt, and she was quite calm in done and many persons were in great the immediate prospect of entering peril, yet there were no lives lost. the world of spirits. During a long
The Thames at nine o'clock on affliction, she was enabled by the Sunday morning resembled the deso- grace of God to possess her soul in late prospect of the northern seas, patience. I never heard anything wrecks and masses of ice floating like murmuring or repining. I know and driving about in the greatest that she keenly felt the trial of being fury. Everything left of the fair had laid aside from the activities of lifevanished away.
some of her earthly hopes were On Friday a fair was also held upon blighted-some of the ice at Chiswick, a great num.
broken off—but she was strengthened ber of booths and shows being fitted to submit and to say, 'Not my will, up on the Thames.
but Thine be done.'
" But while this is an occasion of “The destinies of our race depend deep solemnity, it is also one of more on its future mothers than on peculiar and special interest, because anything else."-Binney.
this is the first interment in this
parish under the new Burials Act. and meet together as members of the We are to-day placing ourselves in Church of Christ. They were about harmony with the law of our country, to commit one to the ground whom which now permits the minister of he could not but describe as one who each denomination of Christians to would be laid to rest in sure and conduct the funeral services of the certain hope of everlasting life. deceased members of his congregation The coffin was then taken to the when it is desired to bury them in graveside, where the Rev. M. Ingle either the churchyards or the con- read the Burial Service, the Vicar secrated parts of the parochial ceme- associating by reading the concluding teries. And through the kindness collect and pronouncing the Benedicand courtesy of the Vicar of Amble- tion. side, who has always manifested a In conclusion, the Rev. M. Ingle desire to bridge over any non-essential gave out the 940th hymn in the distinction between us, we have the Wesleyan Hymn Book, which was assurance of his concurrence in the harmoniously sung, and seemed to
are adopting, and may express the sentiments and desires of hope for his association with us when those present: and thus appropriately we go to the grave. And for the
most interesting service same reason the use of the church which will long abide pleasantly and bell has been granted. It is hoped profitably in the memory of those that the service of to-day will who had the opportunity of attending strengthen the bonds of Christian it, and which, by the order, devoutunion and promote the glory of Him ness, and mutual arrangement evi. who is Head over all things to His dent throughout the whole proChurch."
ceedings, indicated desire to Prayer was then offered that the manifest the teaching of the 133rd mournful event might be blessed to Psalm, “Behold, how good and how the living, by leading them to prepare pleasant it is for brethren to dwell for dying.
together in unity!" The company then proceeded towards St. Mary's Church, and was met at the gates by the Rev. J. W.
THE LATE DEAR “ DOMESTIC Aston, M.A., vicar, who walked
INSTITUTION OF AMERICA. before the bier into the church, and read the sentences with which the I SHALL never forget a scene which Order for the Burial of the Dead took place in the city of St. Louis, commences. The body was while I was in slavery. A man and veyed, without any deviation from his wife, both slaves, were brought custom, into St. Mary's, where the from the country to the city for sale. Vicar read the 90th Psalm, and They were taken to the rooms of Austin afterwards briefly addressed the con- and Savage, auctioneers. Several gregation. He remarked that it slave speculators, who are always to seemed fit, as they met together be found at auctions where slaves are under special circumstances, that to be sold, were present. The man some words should be said by him as was first put up, and sold to the minister of that church. All present highest bidder. The wife was next would be aware that a change had ordered to ascend the platform. I lately taken place in the form of was present. She slowly obeyed the burial. That afternoon he felt sure order. The auctioneer commenced, they would all have their thoughts and soon several hundred dollars were directed from the consideration of bid. My eyes were intently fixed on what had taken place regarding the the face of the woman, whose cheeks law. They should rather think of were wet with tears. But a converthis as the committal of the remains sation between the slave and his new of one to the ground of the parish master attracted my attention. I churchyard. Let one and all as drew near them to listen. The slave, they gathered round the graveside was begging his new master to purbury all minor differences of opinion, chase his wife. Said he, “ Master, if
you will only buy Fanny, I know you even a portion of the day, but to will get the worth of your money. whose share, in consequence, fall all She is a good cook, a good washer, the minor duties; small, indefinite and her last mistress liked her very pieces of work left undone by the much. If you will only buy her, how other members of the household. happy I shall be!" The new master These, small and apparently of no replied that he did not want her, but account in themselves, are yet necesif she sold cheap, he would purchase sary in their fulfilment for the good her. I watched the countenance of and comfort of all. Like many others, the man, while the different persons she yearned for more definite work, were bidding on his wife. When his work that would show; she sought new master bid on his wife, you for result in her labours. Such, could see the smile upon his counte- however, she could not have, and nance, and the tear stop; but as soon without it she often, as on this day, as another would bid, you could see fancied herself of no use, and became his countenance change, and the tears too frequently depressed without start afresh. From this change of cause. This was a mistake. As she countenance, one could see the work- lay back in her chair, with the cry, ings of the inmost soul. But this sus
there to show?” the pense did not last long; the wife was thought struck her, “I will recall all struck off to the highest bidder, who I have done this morning, it will be a proved not to be the owner of her little satisfaction. Let me see: first, husband. As soon as they became I trimmed the lamps.” Something aware that they were to be separated,
at this moment checked her, and, rethey both burst into tears; and as she peating the words aloud, trimmed descended from the auction stand, the the lamps," she paused, for her mind husband, walking up to her and taking was recalling Matt. xxv. (the parable her by the hand, said, “ Well, Fanny, of the ten virgins). Whilst pausing, we are to part for ever on earth. You conscience spoke, and she fancied she have been a good wife to me. I did heard the words repeated, “ trimmed all that I could to get my new master the lamps," with the question, “ But to buy you; but he did not want you ; hast thou trimmed thy lamp? The and all I have to say is, I hope you
lamps of the household have been will try to meet me in heaven. I duly cared for, but what of thine own, shall try to meet you there.” The that lamp which God has entrusted wife made no reply; but her sobs and to thee, and which He expects thee cries told too well her own feelings. to keep ready for Him?" Startled I saw the countenances of a number by the voice within, she took her of whites who were present, and whose
Bible and opened it at the chapter eyes were dim with tears at hearing named, determined to examine self the man bid his wife farewell. by its light. As she read in humility Narrative of William W. Brown, a and prayer, the Holy Spirit confugitive slave, published at Boston in vinced her that she had allowed the 1848.
oil of her own lamp to run out, in
thus yielding to a spirit of discontent TRIMMED LAMPS.
and depression because the work
marked out for her was scrap “ TWELVE o'clock already ! is it pos- work, not that of her own choice nor sible?” exclaimed a young girl, as
to her natural taste. She saw now she threw herself with an air of that her lamp, if not extinguished, weariness into a chair in her own had yet become dim; that she was
What is there to show for a failing to let her “light so shine bemorning's work? Yet I have not fore men that they might see her been one moment idle, nor have I be- "good works" and glorify God. fore sat down to rest." The speaker Humbled under a sense of her sin, happened to be that one member of a she knelt at the throne of grace, conhousehold so often to be met with, fessed her fault, and besought pardon especially in large families, who has with renewed grace-i.e., fresh oil no specific work to occupy a whole or for her lamp-from the Giver of all