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XII. From the wigwam he departed, Leading with him Laughing Water; Hand in hand they went together, Through the woodland and the meadow, Left the old man standing lonely At the doorway of his wigwam, Heard the Falls of Minnehaha Calling to them from the distance, Crying to them from afar off,— “ Fare thee well, O Minnehaha !”
Pleasant was the journey homeward ! All the birds sang loud and.sweetly Songs of happiness and heart's-ease; Sang the blue-bird, the Owaissa, “ Happy are you, Hiawatha, Having such a wife to love you !” Sang the Opechee, the robin,“ Happy are you, Laughing Water, Having such a noble husband !" From the sky the sun benignant Looked upon them through the branches, Saying to them," O my children, Love is sunshine, hate is shadoro, Life is checkered shade and sunshine, Rule by love, O Hiawatha !”
From the sky the moon looked at them, Filled the lodge with mystic splendors, Whispered to them,—“O my children, . Day is restless, night is quiet, Man imperious, woman feeble; Half is mine, although I follow; Rule by patience, Laughing Water !”
Thus it was they journeyed homeward;
JAMES USHER, the celebrated Archbishop of Armagh, was born in Dublin, in 1581. He died in 1656. His chief production, as a writer, is bis great chronological work, entitled “ANNALS." The chronological system developed in this work, is that which has been generally followed even down to the present time.
1 ANECDOTE is made up of three Greek words (An, not, Ec, out, and Dote, given), meaning together not given out, that is, something not yet formally published or edited. This was the original sense of the word. It is, therefore, properly applied to any brief story or incident; any minute passage of private history.
THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT:-AN ANECDOTE." 1. The eminent Archbishop Usher, being once on a visit in Scotland, heard a great deal of the piety and devotion of the famous Mr. Samuel Rutherford, who, he understood, spent whole nights in prayer, especially before the Sabbath. The bishop wished much to witness such extraordinary down-pouring of the Spirit; but was utterly at a loss how to accomplish his design. At length, it came into his mind to dress himself like a pauper; and on a Saturday evening, when turning dark, he called at Mr. Rutherford's house, and asked if he could get quarters for the night, since he could go to no other house at 80 late an hour for that purpose. Mr. Rutherford consented to give the poor man a bed for a night, and desired him to sit down in the kitchen, which he did cheerfully.
2. Mrs. Rutherford, according to custom on Saturday evening, that her servants might be prepared for the Sabbath, called them together, and examined them. In the course of examination that errening, she asked the stranger how many commandments there were. To which he answered eleven. Upon receiving this answer, she replied,—“What a shame is it for you! a man with gray hairs, living in a Christian country, not to know how many commandments there are! There is not a child of six years old in this parish but could answer this question properly." She troubled the poor man no more, thinking him so very ignorant; but lamented his condition to her servants; and, after giving him some supper, desired a servant to show him up stairs to a bed in a garret.
3. This was the very situation in which he desired to be placed, that he might hear Mr. Rutherford at his secret devotion. However, he was disappointed; for that night the good man went to bed, but did not fall asleep for some hours. The stranger did not go to bed, but sat listening, always hoping to hear Mr. Rutherford at prayer; and, at length, concluding that all the family were asleep, the bishop thought, if he had been disappointed of hearing another offering up his desires to God at the throne of grace, he would embrace the opportunity himself; and poured out his heart to God with so much liberty and enlargement, that Mr. Rutherford, immediately below, overheard, and getting up, put on his clothes.
4. Should this have awakened Mrs. Rutherford, she could have suspected nothing of his design, seeing he commonly rose every day at three o'clock in the morning; and, if she could have heard one at prayer afterwards, she would naturally have concluded it was her husband. Mr. Rutherford went up stairs, and stood waiting at the garret door till the bishop concluded his devotion; upon which he knocked gently at the door, and the other opened it with surprise, thinking none were witness to his devotion. Mr. Rutherford took him by the hand saying, “Sir, I am persuaded you can be none other than Archbishop
Usher; and you must certainly preach for me to-day;" for it was now Sabbath morning. The bishop confessed who he was; and, after telling Mr. Rutherford what induced him to take such a step, said he would preach for him, on condition he would not discover who he was. Happy union of souls, although of different persuasions! yet not marvelous. God makes but two distinctions among mankind-the righteous and the wicked.
5. The bishop, being provided by Mr. Rutherford with a suit of his own clothes, went out early in the morning into the fields ; whither, also, Mr. Rutherford following, soon after returned, bringing in the bishop as a strange minister passing by, who had promised to preach for him. Mrs. Rutherford found that the poor man had gone away before any of the family were out of bed. After domestic worship, and breakfast, the family went to the kirk, and the bishop had for his text Join xiii. 31“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another;" a suitable subject for the occasion. In the course of this sermon, he observed that this might be reckoned the ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT: upon which Mrs. Rutherford said to herself,— “ Thai is the answer the poor man gave me last night;" and - looking up to the pulpit, said, "It cannot be possible this is he!”
After public worship the strange minister and Mr. Rutherford spent the evening in mutual satisfaction; and, early on Monday morning, the former went away in the dress he came in, and was not discovered.
6. When Mrs. Rutherford came to know for certain that the strange preacher was none other than the poor man whom she had kindly taken in, on the night before, she must have had a new and singularly impressive illustration of the famous text in Hebrews (xiii. 2),"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers : for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." Hospitality is a high Christian virtue, and never fails of its just reward
CHARITY, in the New Testament, never means mere alms, or alms. giving, which is the common acceptation of the word in these days. It means LOVE; of which charity, in the sense of giving aid or relief to the poor, is merely one manifestation. This being understood, the following beautiful chapter will serve, not only as an excellent exercise in rea ling, but, also, as an admirable sequel to the preceding anecdote of Archbishop Usher.
1 COR. CHAP. XIL WITHOUT CHARITY ALL GIFTS ARE AS NOTHING. 1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tink. ling cymbal. And, though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and, though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And, though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and, though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
2. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth ; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
3. Charity never faileth : but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
4. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child : but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall J know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is CHARITY