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heroism : and a broken heart the best sire to bow before God's throne, for preparative for glory: When the they are willing worshippers at the Divine Founder of Christianity had shrine of gold. It is the child who ended a life of privation by a death pines for his home: the hireling is of agony, he left with his followers content to be absent.
Strangers, the Cross, an instrument and type of amid a crowd intent on traffic or amsuffering, as the banner beneath which bition, often have the wise and good they were to fight his spiritual battles, passed on their
amid the indifferand as a symbol at once of the atone- ence or mockery of their fellows, ment which had redeemed, and of the while no eye has cared to intrude into spirit which was to actuate his people. their solitude, where they had reared The life of Jesus on earth has given a tabernacle which God did not disa dignity to affliction, and thrown a dain to visit. Engaged in promoting robe of majesty over degradation and the happiness of others, they were death: and strikingly does the peculiar careless of personal delights, and were beauty of the Gospel become apparent, sometimes cast forth to poverty and when its voice is heard whispering contempt, with no stay but the arm consolation to the penitent or afflicted, of heaven. · They were stoned, they and assuring us that the outcasts of sawn asunder, were tempted, society are by no means always out- were slain with the sword ; they casts from heaven.
wandered about in sheep-skins and And, indeed, if we calmly consider goat-skins, being destitute, afflicted, the subject, we may become conscious tormented; (of whom the world was that suffering is not necessarily a proof not worthy ;) they wandered in deof Divine displeasure : for, whom do serts and in mountains, and in dens we generally find to be the persons and caves of the earth." most free from outward or inward In the present day of commercial sorrow ? Surely, not the sympa- enterprize and wide speculation, in thizing philanthropist, whose heart which the value of every scheme is bleeds over the sufferings and errors apt to be tested by its pecuniary sucof his fellows—not the man of an cess, this great principle of our holy awakened and sensitive conscience, religion is liable to be forgotten. ever trembling under a feeling of his When nearly the whole of mankind natural proneness to sin, and mourn- are engaged in a hot struggle for ing over his past transgressions, the wealth and distinction, and the very remembrance of which, at times, al- teachers of the Gospel themselves most scares him from the footstool of
are occasionally found similarly emmercy :no, there is too much of
ployed, it is extremely difficult for the sin and sorrow within and without believer to bring his mind to admit to suffer such to be happy while exiles in its purity the primitive truth, that from heaven. But the human animals in spiritual advantages “the rich and who live only to gratify their passions, poor meet together.” So obstinate without a care or thought beyond is the pride of the human heart, that their own interests, to whom the ne- we find the disciples of our Lord emcessities of a neighbour, if noticed at ploying a short interval of absence all, come only to enhance by com- from their Divine Master in a dispute parison their own felicity; who live
as to who should be the greatest ; and move amid the things of the and in the earliest times of Christiworld as in a congenial element and anity, as soon as a few adherents of a native clime—these are the persons the infant and despised sect eould be most likely to wear the smile of gaiety got together, the best seat in their on earth. They do not pine for the humble meeting-place was assigned society of angels, for they are satisfied to the wearer of the gold ring and with that of men, whom they may gay apparel. We may, then, the less dazzle by their magnificence, or over
wonder at, though not the less mourn, reach by their guile. They do not
the invidious distinctions which still pant for the fresh air of Paradise, for exist between Christians. they can breathe freely amid the at- Christianity, indeed, attacked none mosphere of earth; they do not de
of the outward forms of society : it was promulgated for a far nobler pur- nities and childish jealousies. By pose than to effect an alteration in the treating as a brother the poor believer mere frame-work of the moral world whom we aid, instead of merely toss-in the scenery of the complicated ing to him an insulting alms, we do drama of providence-in the varied much towards extracting the sharpest dresses in which men are to play their sting of poverty. For it is often not little parts in life; these things lose so much the physical privations of their importance when compared with the poor man which wring his heart, the regeneration of the inner man, the (for what abstinence does not the salvation of the soul. The believing warrior, the student, joyfully underslave was told to remain obedient to go?) as that through his indigence he his believing master ; but they were becomes an object of ridicule and both reminded that they were servants contempt. Let not the Christian be of one great Master, performing duties ever found to echo the laugh of a in different departments of his vast heartless world. mansion, and that they would be re- Let those, then, who consider themwarded hereafter not so much accord- selves children of one Father, disciples ing to what task they had performed of one Lord, and sanctified by the at the bidding of their Lord, as ac- same Spirit, condescend to each other's cording to how they had done it. To infirmities, and cling more closely tothe man in whose ears those glorious gether. If the great contest is, at words, “Well done, good and faithful length, to come between God and servant,” shall finally sound, it will Mammon, if in the possesors of vast matter little how lowly may have been fortunes we are to see reproduced the the task assigned him in the vineyard giants of early days who tyrannized of God.
over men and defied God, if the reckAnd so, though Christianity teaches less violence of a sceptical philosophy the most sublime of doctrines, throw- is to scatter the leaves of our Bibles ing open to mortal eyes a long vista to the winds, let at least those who of coming glories, terminating only at hold the “ truth as it is in Jesus," be the throne of God, yet it inculcates found united, not merely in outward no pride of intellect, it fosters no as- and nominal association, but in those sumption of mental superiority, but animating courtesies of private life by declares that the man who is highest which man is so closely bound to in wisdom ought at the same time to man : and if they are to be wounded, be the lowliest in humility: “ If any
let the blow not come from the hand man seemeth to be wise, let him be- of a friend. come a fool that he may be wise." Every infirmity of the frame, every “If any man think that he knoweth inequality of the pulse, is sufficient to anything, he knoweth nothing yet as remind us that soon for us this busy he ought to know.”
world will be a blank, and the pleaHaving his mind possessed with sant homes we have gathered around these sentiments it becomes the Chris- us will know us no more : if, then, we tian to pierce through the husk, the would not that our disembodied souls outward shell of moral life, into the should go forth into a strange and vital principle within. Let him value desolate immensity, where no friend a man according to his actings of will welcome us—if we would not find evangelical morality, rather than ac- that in no one of the heavenly Father's cording to the mere position he may many mansions has a home been preoccupy in society, or the facilities he
pared for us, we must begin on earth may possess for rendering pecuniary to seek that celestial country by prayadvantages to the cause of truth. Let ers for the Holy Spirit, by repentance, him be less submissive to the habits by faith, and by those good works, and opinions of a selfish world; for it the fruit of faith, which are in accordavails but little that we reject its ance with the spirit of the Gospel. pomps, if we still retain its petty va
A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT. No. III.
It was somewhat trying to leave charge of our kind attentive host at the Heidelberg so soon, to which, as many Badenscher, we proceeded by railway, days as we had hours, might have been on Friday, Sept. 11, to Freiburg, advantageously devoted. But we were beautifully situated, and containing obliged to bear in mind that we had 16,000 inhabitants, 1,600 of whom are other objects of interest before us, Protestants, and recent settlers. The and that the season was far advanced cathedral is a remarkably fine gothic for our purposes.
building, remarkable for the delicate The line of railway from Heidel- symmetry of its proportions, and the berg to Baden presents no points of good taste of its decorations. The particular interest. Carlsruhe, the west tower, 380 feet high, one of the capital of the Grand Duchy of Baden, very few of the kind ever completed, the seat of the government, and the exhibits a skilful transition from a residence of the court and of the square base into an octagon, which sovereign minister, is the chief station is surmounted by a pyramidal spire on the line. The country is one of of the most exquisite open-work trathe most fertile districts in Germany, cery, all of stone, of extreme boldness and produces tobacco in large quan- as well as lightness. The fine red tities, as well as maze, hops, hemp, stone of which the cathedral is built and flax. The hills are clothed with adds greatly to its richness. The vineyards, and the roads are shaded windows are fitted with stained glass, by luxuriant walnut trees, from which of beautiful colours, the oldest is of an excellent and clear oil is pressed, the 16th century. We took with us nearly as good for culinary purposes to the cathedral, from the Zahzinger as fine olive oil. I was much amused Hoff, where we dined at the one o'clock to see the peasantry in all directions table-d’-hote, an eccentric character wearing large cocked hats—a singu- in the person of the commissionaire. lar decoration for a ploughboy. We He speaks English very fairly, and is arrived at Baden without having de- quite an enthusiast in his profession. cided as to our future plans. Finding, He presented us with a copy of verses however, that it was considered almost which he had composed and printed, too late for bathing, and drinking the and nothing could exceed his unwaters, and aware that, if stationary, ceasing and, I must add, disinterested I should scarcely be able to avoid, in attentions. He renewed, and made some degree, my wonted occupations, more durable, the directions on our I yielded to the persuasion that it luggage, secured us the best places might be better for me to proceed in the Diligence, and entered as much into Switzerland, where no work could into all our little wants and wishes, follow me or be pursued, and where I as much as if he had been an old and might best try the effect of an entire attached domestic. We afterwards break from all mental exertion and met with a party at Grindelwald who fatigue. We resolved, therefore, to had been as much pleased with him as give only another day to Baden, and ourselves. They told us they had been then proceed. And that day was so induced to give him more money
than excessively hot (Sept. 10.) that we they otherwise should have done, and literally had no courage to move far that they had the greatest difficulty from our excellent hotel, the Baden- in prevailing upon the poor little man scher Hoff. The remarkably fine to accept it. It is pleasant to record weather, and its settled appearance, such an instance amidst so much that helped us to our decision not a little, is less gratifying of a contrary chaand certainly we had no cause to re- racter. I was pleased to see, too, gret it; for a more enjoyable and pros- that when giving the account of the perous tour can seldom have fallen founder of the church, whose skeleton to the lot of travellers through that is shewn dressed in armour and prewonderful country,
After leaving cious stones, and which he said was the greater part of our luggage in carried through the town in process
sion on certain festivals, he voluntarily little church, with its simple spire, is expressed himself duly sensible of the a lovely object. The noise of a catafolly of such superstitious ceremonies. ract, and the working of a saw-mill just
The afternoon being so fine we were below it, add greatly to the romantic induced to take the top of the Dili- effect. And here, for the first time, gence in front, the best of all travel
we came to an entire stand still on the ling positions for seeing a country, score of language. To say nothing and to me the only tolerable part of a of English, not a word of French Diligence. We had no reason to re- did the good folks in the house undergret the decision. We should pro- stand. Yet by signs and otherwise, bably, in the ordinary course, have we contrived to secure very sufficient taken the Diligence from Freiburg accommodation in the way of lodging next morning for Schaffhausen, and and food, and our hostess, with the gone through direct ; but we not only greatest good humour, made the best wished to break a long and weary of our ignorance, and left nothing for journey of fifty-one English miles, us to complain of. Two parties artaking fourteen hours,
but rived after ourselves, one of eight per were aware of the importance of se- sons, and we were fortunate in having curing daylight for the beauties of secured the best apartments. A lovely the Höllenthal. Finding, therefore, morning again greeted us, and at that there was an inn where we could seven the Diligence drove up, in which comfortably sleep, we resolved upon we proceeded to Schaffhausen. After this plan, and to take the Diligence at a long and steep ascent, we bid fareseven in the morning, on its coming well, not without regret, to the lovely up to Steig, from Freiburg. I am vale of Höllenthal. We passed a induced to be the more minute in my small lake called Titi See, which, with details, because, possibly, the narra- the adjoining woods and distant hills, tive of a tour which we found so ad- forms a pleasing picture from the long vantageously laid for compassing the hill which we afterwards ascended, main objects of interest within a limi- and which brought us to the little ted period, may prove of service to town of Lenzkirch, where the wooden other travellers.
clocks, for which the Black Forest is Höllenthal is, at its commence- famed, are made. We could have made ment near Freiburg, a level and very tempting purchases for about fertile plain of considerable width, six shillings. Before descending a bounded by gently sloping wooded long and very steep hill to Stuhhills, very beautiful, but nothing to lengen, we passed immediately under what follows. As you ascend, it the castle of Hohen Lupfen, belonggradually contracts, and about nine ing to Prince Fürstenberg, and ocmiles from Freiburg assumes a cha- cupying a most commanding position racter of romantic beauty and gran- on the brow of the hill. I cannot deur. Its charm consists in the rich easily describe my feelings on entering foliage of the woods covering its steep Switzerland, after crossing a small sides, out of which project buttresses stream a little beyond Stuhlengen. and pinnacles of bare rock, at the foot Never had I expected to set foot on of which runs the Treisam, leaving this wonderful country, or to find it, in some places only just room enough in spite of largely excited expectations, for the road. I was charmed with one of such surpassing and indescrithe scenery, and provoked something bable interest. T'he magnificence and more than a smile from a lady at the sublimity of God's creation, as there table-d’-hote at Schaffhausen, on my exhibited, seems to give an expanstating that I scarcely expected to see siveness and enlargement of idea anything more gratifying in Switzer
revolutionizes and new models land.
every thought and feeling that one We got to our little inn at Steig possesses. I seem to have launched about seven o'clock in the evening. into a new world ; yet not to be It is situated at the end of the valley otherwise than confirmed in every of Höllenthal, and not in the least previous conviction, that England, interesting part of it. The picturesque after all, is the land to live in ; and I
trust I may sincerely add, not with- some persons, too, it would beanobject out some realizing reflections on that to ayoid the fatiguing climb up to the better world, where the works of God castle; and, if at all nervous, the paswill be seen and enjoyed without ves- sage across the river in the boat, tiges of the curse.
which, though not exactly dangerous, The heat, as we drove into Schaff- with common care, is unpleasant on hausen, about one o'clock, was ex- account of the eddies. The Rhine, cessive, and it was a relief to find that above the fall, is about 300 feet broad; we should not be located within the the height of the fall varies from sixty town over the Sabbath. An omnibus feet on the one side, to forty-five on took us two miles down the Rhine the other ; but, including the rapids to Weber's Hotel, one of the most above, the entire descent is not less enjoyable positions that can be ima- than 100 feet. gined. On going up stairs to see our We had now come to our second rooms, the garcon threw back the Sunday, (Sept. 13,) and if we mourned lattice shutters, when we were as- over the want of public ordinances, tounded by the view, which presented the quiet of Weber's Hotel was at all itself directly before us, of the falls of events refreshing, after the grievous the Rhine. The hotel, which has desecration, from which we could not been recently erected, is most happily withdraw ourselves, at the Bellevue situated on a considerable elevation at Cologne. There was everything above the river, from which is seen to harmonizing, too, with the sanctity of great advantage, not only the Fall but the day. In all directions there were the remarkable and sudden curve parties, neatly dressed, and carrying which the river makes just below. their books, either going to, or reAnd now, for the first time, I was en- turning from, the sanctuary. I retirely in love with the Rhine. Its marked that they were all dressed in waters present no more of that muddy, black, which seems to be the holiday dingy aspect which I complained of suit of that Canton. I strayed into before, but are most beautifully trans- the church of the village, near the parent. The contrast between the fall, which was well filled with appaazure green and the white foam and rently devout and attentive worshipspray of the cataract is very imposing. pers. The minister preached with The only defect in that perfect picture peculiar earnestness and affection, is the mongrel architecture of the and his discourse evidently made an castle of Lauffen, which, in its pro- impression. The singing, too, was minent position, impending almost, chaste and pleasing; and altogether, as it does, over the falls, cannot well though I knew nothing of the lanbe excused for its defects. We, of guage, I felt confident that the preacher course, like all other visitors, crossed must be holding forth the truth. The the river, and went to the castle, and afternoon service seemed to be as well from thence to the summer-house, attended as the morning, and altoand down to the very base of the Fall; gether, there was the appearance in but I must differ from the opinion that that place of Sabbath observance this is essential in order to form a which was truly refreshing. proper estimate of its grandeur. I There is, to my mind, something afterwards saw the Fall from the iron in a fine beautiful Sunday, which of forge on the other side. There, over itself forms a Sabbath ordinance ; a wall, and looking behind the isolated and the cloudless sunshine, the calm pillars of rock, is, in my opinion, the stillness, scarcely ruffled by the hum best station; and thus affording the of passers by, added to all the magniadvantage of saving the expense of ficent scenery which surrounded us, the boat, and the artist in the castle, was well calculated to direct many a who charges one franc for each per- profitable thought towards that rest son, and the garcon who expects his which remaineth, that perpetual Sabgratuity for conducting through the bath-day of heaven. summer-house to the Fall; and I may If expectations regarding the Rhine add the pay of the commissionaire from fall were previously raised
very high, the hotel, who accompanied us. To they would probably not be realized,