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COMPANIONSHIP WITH GOD.
the giver." At a period when obscenity passed for wit, there was one who continued unsoiled and blameless. While the moral atmosphere by which he was surrounded, was tainted and impure, there was one whose light burned steadily and clear. At a time when unbounded license, under its honied title, gallantry, was the initial proposition of a nobleman's creed, he remained as pure and chaste as his mother could have asked in her prayers. Neither wealth corrupted, nor cupidity tempted him; prosperity did not unduly elate him, nor adversity depress him. Now, whence was this unusual strength? Hearken to "rare old Ben,” who thus speaks of this noble family,
"They are, and have been taught RELIGION. Thence
Their gentle spirits have sucked innocence,
Each morne and even they are taught to pray With the whole household, and may every day Reade in their virtuous parents' noble parts, The mysteries of manners, arms and arts."
This then was the guardian angel, evoked by a mother's love which had panoplied and protected him. He could not be an adept in flattery or dissimulation, who had been taught to reverence God more than he feared man. He could not be obscene or unchaste, whose earliest associations clustered around the form of a woman-his sainted mother--as she in winning tones dictated to his youthful mind the sublime truths of the Gospel. He could not trample upon female virtue; he dare not soil its purity upon whose heart was engraven the pure image of a sister's loveliness and truth.
COMPANIONSHIP WITH GOD.
FATHER! I ask not life of Thee!
My spirit longs to find repose,
Far from this scene of strife with Thee,
Father! there is no wealth for me
Which earth can give, that I request,
My body asks not health of Thee,
The grave alone can give it rest.
Give me companionship with Thee!
THE PARLOR TABLE.
THE spring flowers are not yet in bloom, but they will soon be around us. Meanwhile the Parlor Table has not been without its decorations. The long winter evenings, now gone, have been relieved and cheered by the company of those who being dead yet speak in their works, and perpetuate their usefulness by the memorials they left behind them, when they ascended.
Thus we have been reading the memoirs of two eminent men, in some respects alike, in others widely different, yet both useful beyond their cotemporaries, both having left a name to go down to future generations among them on whom descended blessings from those ready to perish. We refer to Whitefield and Nettleton. The press has just given us new editions of the lives of these men, and instead of being confined to this closing page of our number for a sketch of their characters, we might rather begin at the first, and then fail in the task. But we would have these books in all our families. They are well adapted to awaken the revival spirit in the hearts of those who read, and we will pray that heaven may have in store yet other Nettletons and other Whitefields, to bless the world with their seraphic eloquence, and to turn many to righteousness.
The School Girl in France is a story to illustrate the danger of placing children under the instruction of Roman Catholics; and well would it be if Protestant parents were aware of the hazard ther run when they thus put the souls of their immortal offspring in the hands of the Papal power.
The Hon. George P. Marsh's Oration before the New England Society, has been published in handsome style by M W. Dodd. Mr. Marsh is one of the ripest scholars of this country, and this production, in point of style and thought, is worthy of the author's name and fame.
The Supremacy of Mind, is the title of a discourse delivered in Albany before the Young Men's Association, by the Rev. Samuel Fisher. The style is bold, vigorous, and attractive, and the sentiment worthy of being pondered and improved by the young men of our times.
Uncle Barnaby's Recollections will not be forgotten by those who read them; quaint and striking in his observations, he tells plain truths in a plain way, and his thoughts are worth thinking over again.
One of the most remarkable productions of the season is Mordecai M. Noah's lecture on the Restoration of the Jews. Himself a Jew, the temper with which he speaks of the religion of Jesus, is such as to secure the candid attention of the reader to the peculiar views which he advocates respecting the ways and means of bringing the ancient people of God back to the land of their fathers. He thinks the government of the United States has been raised up as the agent in the great work of restoration; and he therefore appeals with confidence to the people to come to the rescue of his long scattered and peeled brethren.
The Poet's Gift, illustrated by one of our painters, is an elegantly printed book, from the Boston press, containing a selection of American poetry. The volume is in a high degree ornamental, and the selections are made with taste.
CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH.-We are pained to hear that the health of this gifted lady is declining, and that she will probably write but little more for the press. Few ladies, perhaps none, of the present day, have enjoyed a wider or better earned popularity than Mrs. Tonna, and not one of her works is more full of interest and instruction than the volume which records her "personal recollections," the story of her own trials, and the vicissitudes of her life, which have been most extraordinary and romantic. Her spirit is purely that of a Protestant Christian; and the vigor of her powers has been devoted to the spread of truth, which must be useful in opening the eyes of all who read, to the insidious nature of Romanism.
That her life may be prolonged, and that we may have yet many more of the productions of her refined heart, we would fondly pray; but if she is soon removed, we will rejoice that our day has enjoyed the light of her genius and the fruit of her toils.
GOOD-BETTER-Best; OR, THREE WAYS OF MAKING A HAPPY WORLD.-This is the title of a book published by the AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. Its object is to give right direction to acts of beneficence. "Where am I to begin, then, in benefaction? At my neighbor,and my neighbor is the nearest sufferer in my way." The work is written with more than ordinary talent, and designed for minds more ma ture than are usually found in the class of a Sunday School.