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LET US REFLECT.

OLIVER C. HAMPTON.

O Heavenly Father, we earnestly pray
Thy blessing may rest on the year,
O help us to merit thy favor each day
By striving each other to cheer,
To cheer and encourage in work and in word
In blessing and kindness to all,
That union and peace and the sweetest accord
May sorrow and blanting forestall.

Union Village, Ohio.

THE CHASTENING ROD.

MARION JOHNBOX.

IF bastiles and dungeons could never repress The faith of the saints in the past, But under the cause they could earnestly bless The God of the Universe vast; In Inquisitorial tortures and fires Could ching to the promise of God, And calmly restrain all their yearning desires To parry the pain of his rod; If prisons and sickness, starvation and stripes Their confidence never could shake But as the grim miser his heritage gripes They joyfully welcome the stake; How should we the called of the Lord in this day Our privileges duly esteem, And carefully walk and persistently pray Our talents and time to redeem? How instant in labors, in season and out, The seal of the cross to maintain, How quick to dismiss all discouraging doubt And each gror'ling passion restrain. Ilow blessed to live in the light of this day How can we such blessing neglect, Or willfully-carelessly run the broad way And all saving counsel reject? 0, bless'd in our basket and bless'd in our store, Sweet Home and good friends to enjoy, How could we of God the Eternal ask more Or travel with less of alloy. The Winter of sorrow and dark discontent Be banished from every sad heart, In view of conditions, with mercies so blent! And from the vain world set apart-To sit in the Heavens in union and peace, Our labor each other to bless; Our progress in Holiness never to cease, And more and more joy to possess; O let us commence with the dawn of the Year Our manifold blessings to view With days that are over and gone to compare When fierce persecutions did brew; When Martyrs and saints to the dens of the earth Were driven and hunted to death, And only could claim their inmaculate birth By yielding their fugitive breath. Lord, fill us with charity, peace and good will Toward sinners as well as to saints; Bid jealousies, enmities, all to be still And silence their wicked complaints; O let us be God-like and freely forgive, Let sympathy conquer revenge, In this fervent furnace we must learn to live And dwell in its agony strange. The horoscope bright for the swift rolling Year We'll draw, in the glorious now, Our faith and our hope and our courage to checr As still to our travail we bow. How good and how pleasant it is to increase In love to our friends and our foes By doing good actions in kindness to these And just as devoted to those.

I cry to Thee, my God, In hours of trial, that thy strength may be Made perfect in my weakness; that thy word

An anchor sure may be.

Thou chastenest, but in love, Thine erring children, drawing them to Thee, That through the rod they may ascend above

All earthly vanity.

Baptized with sorrow deep, The spirit puts new life and vigor on; Though for a time it may in darkness weep,

Joy cometh with the morn.

Believing in thy word I would press on, and run the Christian race; Though rough and dark and thorny be the road

"Tis lighted by thy face.

Inspire with zeal divine, The path of life to walk with purpose high ; Not my own will to seek, but ever thine

And on thy strength rely.

No flowery path I ask, (spread With worldly honors, fame and wealth o'erIf in the sunlight of thy peace I bask,

The lowly path I'll tread.

Canterbury, N. H.

WHY DOUBT ?

MARIA WITHAN.

Au, whence this doubling, faithless heart !
Why sadly linger on thy pilgrim way?
Let Faith and Hope secure for thee a part,
Press for the prize that can be thine to-day.
The lore which sought thee, now can bear thee up,
Will still uphold and guard ou every hand;
While faint and weary, full may seem thy cup,
Doubt not; God's love foreverinore will stand.
Unclasp those fetters which can set thee free!
And speed thy progress till the eventide;
Renew thy strength; for short thy race may be,
And in God's love thou canst and will abide.

Enfield, Conn.

Correspondence.

is the dark gulf that man has to pass through from ideal to essential being.

We can only obtain this most desiraShaker Station, Coon. Mar., 1884. ble of all things by submission to God's BELOVED EDITOR ;— The Mavitesto is order as established through the spirit of more and more interesting. Much good Christ. There can be no misgivings if may be gained by reading it. The arti- we seek first the kingdom of God, when cle on Confession agrees with the experi- all that is necessary for us in the intelence of all who have proved it. Other lectual and physical will be added in due writers are doing good by their labors of time. love. We should look, carefully, to the As I have been a partaker of a monthcultivation of the spiritual interests. I ly feast since our paper started on its have observed, with concern, a growing beneficent errand to humanity, I thought tendency to give the outward too much I would let you know how much I apsupremacy. This is a mistake, and dur- prove of our little missionary. ing my long experience I have witness

Your Brother, ed with sorrow its fatal effects upon the

Robert Aitken. soul.

In the earlier part of my life I was exercised in the acquisition of outward Shaker Village, N. H. Oct. 1883. science and know quite well its tendency BELOVED ELDER ILARVEY :-How when it becomes a basis of action in about that Bible class? llave they all stead of being subordinate to the high- written in defense of their faith, and are est spiritual development. I view with we the last to speak a good word in bemuch anxiety any leaning toward science half of a cause to which we as a basis for true religion. Man is ever much? Ah! beliere me-Your daughbetween an innermost and an outermost, ter F. is more genuine in her consecraand when he leaves the first for the last, tions, and more ferveat in her devotions he becomes divested of all true spiritu- than might sometimes be apparent. ality.

If we remember correctly you placed However much he may clothe himself us at the foot of the class and said that with the intellectualism of spirit, he re- were either the most honest, or the mains still intellectual or animal and the most indifferent to thc Christ principles. Divine Spirit or religious love mature Except a man forsake all that he hath, and its development is entirely lost from he cannot be my disciple.” sight. He then goes on in his delusive We understand, that no reserves of idea of supremacy while he is only an any name or nature can be tolerated in intellectual man. We have thought that a genuine Christian, but how few Chrishe was only two thirds of a man, in this tians there are !-because 56 Straight is state, instead of being a whole one. the gate and narrow is the way that

No doubt all outward knowledge may leadeth unto life.” Who will ever reach become useful when guided by the di- this perfected state? vine mind, but without this it will work Be assured, dear gospel parent, the more and more evil for humanity. This name of your daughter shall be enrolled

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with the few or the many who will know about our position in the class, which no surrender in the glorious work of con- mortified us a bit, but did no harm, as quering self. We speak not as one un

we were sure we should not stay at the acquainted with human frailties, but foot very long, if there was any way to as one who means to find 'salvation, and get to the head. In the meantime we will know no defeat.

had one consolation, and that was, that We understand that the religion which the Teacher generally stands pretty near Jesus, the Christ, taught and lived, was the foot of the class, so the place did not a consistent one, therefore, whoever

so bad after all.

About being would preach effectually must reduce the most honest, we admit we like to be theory to practice in daily life, as did thought well of both at home and Jesus. The gospel which he adminis- abroad, but we fail to see the advantage tered was a saving grace and so appar- to be gained by assuming a worth or ent was this salvation to men that they virtue not our own, although we do hate acksowledged him to be the Savior of deceit and lies; notwithstanding our own men, and all who become his true dis- composition may be sufficiently tinctured ciples must follow the pattern closely. with these ingredients to render it troubAlthough “I

may not reach the lesome at times, yet as a whole we preheight nor depth of God's great love to fer to “ be what we seem to be and seem me,” yet this is our faith, our strife and to be what we really are." aim, and by our faith and our works Accept the universal love and prayers shall we be justified.

of the household for our worthy gospel We could say much more in behalf of friends at South Union. our beautiful gospel faith, - our heart's Now, father, just place us at the foot dearest treasure,” indeed, the only treas- or head of the class according to our ure worth possessing, but it is unneces- merits, but we pray you give us a place sary.—Enough has been said to prove somewhere in Christ's school, and we to you that we have no sympathy with will not complain but shall always hope the selfishness that clings as naturally to to remain among the wise virgins. the unregenerate heart, as the moss

Flora. clings to the stone, whether found in Shaker Village or elsewhere. It all be

LIFE'S JOURNEY. longs to Babylo. One phase of selfishness is just as good as another, and we do not wish for any of it. But

Come home, my soul and meditate Heaven cannot be reached by a single Upon life's journey, full of cares,

A wilderness through which we tread, bound, we are content to work out our And often termed “ this vale of tears. salvation by the good old way of the 'Tis not, frail man, thy resting place,Cross and self-denial, just as our Par- Wherefore, the Power, great and divine ents have done before us, with none of Scattered some sorrows in thy path, the modern revisions which culminate in Lest thou shouldst cling to things of time.

In youth we fondly grasp the joys shams; and what is more detestable

Which Nature paints in pleasing hues, than a shammy Christian?

And though convinced they are but toys Before we close, let us say a word How loath the gilded bait to lose !

BETSEY J. KAIME.

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How eagerly we take the cup Which sparkles with its promised sweet ; But when we drink its contents up, The dregs of bitterness we meet. Great disappointments mark our path, And sorrows come,-a lengthy train, Until by sad experience We find earth's charms are all, all vain! 0, if we only could believe Those who have proved its emptiness, We should escape a score of ills And taste of troubles many less. Go to the aged, grey-haired man, Whose cheek hath lost the glow of youth; Whose palsied limbs and trembling frame Betoken the approach of death. Go, go ye young, and ask of him The secret of true happiness; And hear him with a feeble voice The secrets of the heart express. Truth undisguised he now holds forth, There's no deception in his speech ; And may the knowledge he imparts The young and inexperienced reach : “Once I was young and full of life, Saw Nature's charms before me spread; The earth seemed robed in loveliness, And time on pleasure's pinions sped. I fancied all was well with me, No dark clouds gathered in my sky; But joys as bright as rainbow tints Were in imagination's eye. I grasped them, but the grasp was vain, Not satisfied, I still pursued; But like the “ Ignes-fatui,” They further on were always viewed. Something then whispered to my heart,'Twas reason's calm, dispassioned voice, Why shouldst thou thus thy moments waste In making such an unwise choice? This earth, my child, a shadow is, All of the substance lies beyond; Then why so greedy to possess, Or of unreal pleasures fond? The sweetest flower of Spring decays, The fruit of Summer cannot last,While Autumn's mournful passing breeze Declares, ( man, thus lite is passed ! Then look above the things of sense ; By faith explore the goodly land, The Christian's true inheritance, Who taste pure love at God's right hand.

Passion then spoke : Yet longer wait,
There's time enough to heed the call,
Come, try once more, the tempting bait, ".
I did so, but the end was gall.
Then in my heart, I firmly said :
To reason's voice I will attend,
And gather me a precious store
To feed on when this life shall end.
Nature shrunk back from such a course,
And plead with eloquence for life;
Its language had surprising force,
And most deterred me from the strife;
But nerved anew, I took the field,
Conferring not with flesh and blood;
True self-denial was my shield,
And all my trust in Daniel's God.
I gained the victory! young friends ;
Myself I fairly overcome;
And blessed is that soul who stems
The current, just as I have done.
The days I've spent in pleasing self,
As blank leaves in life's pages seem;
But those I offered to my God
With pleasing recollections teem.
So if you seek for happiness,
Plant well your feet on virtue's soil,
And in this life you will receive
An hundred fold for all your toil. '

Canterbury, N. 11.

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EVOLUTION AND REVELATION.

LOUIS BASTING.

The doctrine of Evolution, so widely accepted at the present time, is not entirely of modern origin, for it is distinctly enunciated in the first chapters of Genesis. There the story may be read how Chaos was changed to Order, and how the lower forms of life preceded the higher, culminating in the appearance of man. But science has chosen not to be satisfied with this account of the origin of things; while accepting the idea of the appearance of forms of life in an ascending scale, in successive periods of time, it denies separate acts of creation, asserting that all life. man included, originates from one primordial organism.

The late Charles Darwin, in his great work, “the Descent of Man," has accumulated an immense mass of facts, apparently confirm

ing that theory. Learn, then, O man, whence from personal experience and other informathou art sprung! This is the animal that tion, proves that most of the savage races first was, from which all life originated, ac- are given to extreme licentiousness, and that cording to Darwin. It is an animal inhabit- infanticide, especially of female children is a ing the sea, permanently attached to a sup- common practice with them, in order to keep port, incapable of locomotion; a little brown down the population. Therefore, he conleathery sac; without eyes, ears, brain, heartcludes infanticide to be a beneficial practice! or vertebra,—the lowest form of life. But He goes further, and says: "If men were Darwin fails to demonstrate whence the spark reared under the same condition as hive-bees, of life that animates that humble creature. there can hardly de a doubt that our unmarIs not the principle of life the same in all ried females would, like the worker-bees, forms, the highest as well as the lowest? think it a sacred duty to kill their brothers,

This is the immediate ancestor of man, the and mothers would strive to kill their fertile famous “ missing link.” Neither Darwin nor daughters; and no one would think of interanybody else has ever seen it, but according fering. to science, it ought to exist somewhere. It Of celibacy, Darwin sneeringly speaks as is covered with hair, both sexes having a a " senseless " practice, stating however, that beard; ears are pointed and capable of being since it requires great self-command, it has moved; the foot is prehensile and the body been honored as a virtue from a remote peprovided with a tail. The males possess great, riod. It is startling to note the complacenformidable, canine teeth. It is arboreal in its cy with which the foremost scientist of the habits and has its home in warm, forest-clad century speaks of child-niurder as being benland of the Old World !

eficial and justifiable, and to witness, at the One of the strong points insisted upon, in same time his cool contempt for celibacy, fact the pivotal point of the theory; for the which is the only justifiable and moral soluauthor himself designates it but as a theory- tion of the population question. Indeed, the is the law of inheritance, the operation of apostle of evolution condescends to admit which accounts for all the diversified species that “the belief in God is ennobling,” but of animals and races of men. Under that he is very far from admitting his personal belaw, in conjunction with the law of natural lief in the existence of God, or to acknowlselection, individuals distinguished by some edge Him as the cause of life and its phenomphysical peculiarity, relating to structure, ena; that would be unscientific, I suppose. voice, color, etc., were unconsciously select- The present high state of morality among ed and favored by their fellows to propagate civilized nations, Darwin attributes to expeand transinit those peculiarities to their pos-rience and reason, by which man has become terity. Now, every one knows that the pecu- convinced of the beneficial effects of virtue, liarities of parents are frequently transmitted has therefore formed virtuous habits and to their offspring, but it is not generally transmitted them, and he thinks that these known that such variations are sufficient to habits will become permanently fixed by inhave ever produced a new species of animals heritance. Here is a new theory of the Milor a new race of men. Man may artificially lennium: Man will be virtuous by inheritcreate a new breed of chickens, like the Ply- ance! It is submitted for the reader's conmouth Rocks, for instance; but as soon as sideration what the consequences would be if man ceases to interfere and they are left to for one single generation all influences that natural conditions, they will revert to the now work for virtue and morality, were withoriginal stock.

drawn, and the virtuous impulses of the risThe same materialistic line of reasoning is ing population consisted solely of what it had pursued in the treatment of virtue, morality inherited ! Would not the race sink at once and spirituality. Temperance, charity, be- below the level of the dark ages? nevolence, honesty, chastity, aye, even the Under the providence of God, by the aid Golden Rule, it is affirmed, is the natural re- of revelation, a large portion of the human sult of the social instincts of man. Darwin | race, having been irresponsible savages, have

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