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Fifth Commandment.

Audrey

. Surely we shall have to go through the duty

to governors, teachers, spiritual pastors, and masters.
Viss O. All those who bear any delegated portion of
the parental or royal authority.
Audrey. Or heavenly perhaps-our spiritual pastors.

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and partly from dread of old abuses, fallen almost out of
mind in our day, even among good sort of people, though
we still keep up the bishop's official title, Father in God.

The Country Visit. Communicated Selections from the Let-
ters of Two Children

66, 168, 293, 397, 666

The Earth as it is:

171

Continents and Islands

299

Mountains

538

"The Little Duke' in New Zealand; or, the Maori Chief's

Son, a True Story of the Years 1854-1856
Traditions of Norway. A Tale of Gudbrandsdal

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Helena. We see it at the utmost when St. Martin made
his priests drink before the Emperor Maximus.

Audrey. Or when St. Louis could hardly bear to let
Helena. Or Queen Isabel of Castille always standing
Miss 0. The ideal always being, that those who took

least honour to themselves, should have the most respect

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Helena. You mean the looking on clergy chiefly as gentlemen, and rating them rather according to their birth or connections than for their office' sake.

Miss 0. We had better be real. It is impossible not to view a man, so far as he is man, according to his education and powers. Our duty is, to esteem the office more than the instrument; to pay respect and honour to the less gifted or less pleasing, as well to him who commands our admiration; to abstain from judging and criticism; to regard his priesthood more than any mere earthly rank. I do not mean by any disregard of ordinary rules of precedence or politeness, but by really doing so in our hearts. She

Audrey. Would you say that a person may work on alone, if the clergyman will not guide him, but not go against his orders, even if he be wrong?

Miss 0. Yes, as a general rule. There is more harm done by contempt of rules than by inefficient or mistaken clergy. It

may be

very

hard to believe so in some cases, but that is the trial,

Audrey. I suppose St. Paul's apology to the High Priest is an especial example.

Miss 0. It carries out his own teaching of leaving all judgment unto the Lord, as he tells us in 1 Cor. iv. As if the priesthood were responsible unto the Lord alone, and not unto man.

Audrey. That is not much according to modern notions.

Miss 0. It all belongs to the one great question, where ancient and modern notions are at issue, whether worship be intended for the glory of God, or for the visible edification of man ; whether His ministers are the intrusted stewards of His mysteries, or the mere servants of man's opinion and will.

Helena. I suppose the whole is summed up in, 'He that despiseth you despiseth Me, and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me.'

Miss 0. The sheep refuse to follow the shepherds,

Helena. You mean the looking on clergy chiefly as gentlemen, and rating them rather according to their birth or connections than for their office sake.

Miss 0. We had better be real. It is impossible not to view a man, so far as he is man, according to his education and powers. Our duty is, to esteem the office more than the instrument; to pay respect and honour to the less gifted or less pleasing, as well to him who commands our admiration ; to abstain from judging and criticism ; to regard his priesthood more than any mere earthly rank. I do not mean by any disregard of ordinary rules of precedence or politeness, but by really doing so in our hearts.

Audrey. Would you say that a person may work on alone, if the clergyman will not guide him, but not go against his orders, even if he be wrong?

Miss 0. Yes, as a general rule. There is more harm done by contempt of rules than by inefficient or mistaken clergy. It may be

very

hard to beliere so in some cases,
but that is the trial.

Audrey. I suppose St. Paul's apology to the High
Priest is an especial example.

Miss 0. It carries out his own teaching of leaving all judgment unto the Lord, as he tells us in 1 Cor. iv. As

even as the subjects cast off their kings, and the children
rise against their parents : the whole world acts as if the
blessing were on commanding, and not on obeying.

vary. Everybody thinks it would be very nice to
gire orders

. fies O. Yes, till they try, and then they find that authority brings with it a burden only to be endured through submission to some higher authority. Helena. Do you really think so ? Miss O. I should have said, by a conscientious and lowly-minded person. It is only here and there that the strong

, decided natures, and quick, sound judgments are found, who have really

, I suppose, the Spirit of Counsel and Might in full measure, and I think they are generally devoid of that self-consciousness which, in the good, is scrupulous timidity, in the bad, vanity. Helene

. Then you think there are such commanding saints Miss O. Yes

, I do. But they have always begun by implicit obedience, and their rule is obedience still. Do jou remember that French character of our old Duke, which pronounced that where the Frenchman would have thought of honour he thought of duty; and what is duty

and not unto man.

Miss 0. It all belongs to the one great question, where

some of us having soldiers under us.

be intended for the glory of God, or for the visible edif

Audrey. After all, the Church is one great army, and if the priesthood were responsible unto the Lord alone, bat obedience? Audrey. That is not much according to modern notions. I suppose we ought to regard our several stations like

diferent ranks in that army, like the centurion, men

Miss 0. So the habit of authority, coupled with imancient and modern notions are at issue, whether worship under authority, cation of man; whether His ministers are the intrusted pacit obedience, makes the discipline of the army often so Helena. I suppose the whole is summed up in, 'He first learnt to obey without asking why. As the French

whé est le premier mourement du soldat,'
said, who looked at the English sentry, L'immo-

so unquestionMiss 0. The sheep refuse to follow the shepherds, ang submission is the first step to good government.

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preparation for effectiveness in other stations of ile Depend upon it, no one will do any good who has not

stewards of His mysteries, or the mere servants of man's opinion and will.

that despiseth you despiseth Me, and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me.'

Audrey. It puts me in mind of the complaints about servants, who will think instead of obeying orders.

Helena. But who are these orders to come from?
Miss 0. From whom do the soldiers' orders come ?
Helena. From the officer next above.

Miss 0. From the officer next above, whether governor, teacher, or master--always provided they agree with the general orders of the commander-in-chief.

Audrey. I suppose governor stands for every one in any authority over us, like a nurse over little children.

Miss 0. One of the most touching and beautiful connections that ever have been, even since the day when Rachel's nurse was buried at the Oak of Weeping.

Helena. Sometimes, not always.

Miss 0. Of course the feeling between nurse and nursling must depend on a thousand different thingspersonal character, habits, length of service, but in general, those miss a good thing who miss the old-nurse loyalty, the tenderness, gratitude, and honour towards her, which embellish many an ignorance and weakness in an old servant. There is no one with whom people are here so willing to be as little children, as with their old nurse.

Audrey. O yes, I have heard papa say something very like that, when he has been to see old Dinah ; he says it , seems to bring back the old ho and all his brothers and sisters, as they used to be to each other.

Helena. I never should have thought of all that. sure Susan is a great torment to me sometimes, thinking that because I am the youngest, I can never cease to be a baby, and interfering even when mamma has given me leave.

Miss 0. You are just at the age when servants' authority is a trial, when it is out-grown, and yet fondness will not relinquish it. Indeed, Helena, you will be sorry if you do not bear patiently ; I do not say always submit, but keep respect and forbearance before your eyes, even

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