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to the gaze of coarse and superficial men, and the scorn of the world ; let such study the spirit of that love which although forsaken in its extremity, uttered ro angry word; but as it passed on, silent and alone, as a lamb to the slaughter, with gentle, regretful sorrow simply said, “ Sleep on now and take your rest; it is enough, the hour has coma; behold the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”
Life is earnest;
Death is earnest;
Love is earnest;
SIXPENCE IN HIS EYE.
in his eye!
THERE are various and strange his whole remaining property, and diseases in the world. But perhaps enable him to erect a better class of none of the young readers of The houses. My client saw the truth of Church have heard of the case of a the argument, but told me man who was unable to see any must not rely on his neighbour distant object because of a sixpence doing anything of the kind. “The
present lane,” he said, “is good I confess that I had not heard of enough for low-class cottages; these this kind of blindness till a few days sell readily; and though Thompson ago; and then I discovered that it will spoil his own frontage and was by no means a singular case; mine too, you will find he will go in on the contrary, that half the for them. He is one of those men people one meets with in daily life who cannot see the pound at the are more or less suffering from this end of his nose for the sixpence that malady. The discovery came to me is in his eye.” in the following manner.
The phrase was new to me. It advising a client as to the laying out may have been original, or my of a parcel of land for building pur-client might have heard it in poses, and suggested that a neigh- America where he had spent some bouring proprietor would give up years. But whether original or some few yards of his to the public borrowed, it seemed to have much for the purpose of widening a certain force in it, and to put the facts in road ; since a handsome and wide a pithy and condensed form. Mr. approach would largely enhance, at Thompson saw his way to making & not distant future, the value of a poor, but still profitable, use of
his land; and his mind and vision fever of cards, blinded him to the
so filled by this immediate future, and to the solid and assured prospect, that he was blind to the prospects that were put before much larger profit and the much him. He ceased to give even better use that could be made of it nominal attendance in the office; under other conditions and at a more from an intemperate and reckless remote date. On further reflection man he became a frequent drunkard. I perceived that what was true in His father, dying, left him a scanty this particular case is true in a and inalienable annuity, to be paid multitude of others; that I had seen in weekly doles, and bequeathed his in my life a thousand examples of many thousands elsewhere; and the it; and that it is probable that last I heard of James Wilson, who a large proportion of the readers some ten years ago would not see of this page may be numbered the pound at the end of his nose, amongst those who cannot see the was that he had been committed to pound at the end of their noses prison for a lengthened term. because of the sixpence in their eyes; Mary Roscoe has been the victim in other words, that they suffer a of the same strange disease. Young, present advantage, or à present charming, well connected, and well pleasure, to blind them to a much brought up, a happy future seemed greater advantage, a auch dearer before her, and might undoubtedly pleasure, that is somewhat more have been hers. But while yet remote.
under age, with no experience of Let me try to make this plainer life, and with small knowledge of by outlining the histories of some what conduces to domestic happilives that have come under my own ness, she unfortunately crossed the observation.
path of one who, much older than James Wilson was the son of a herself, was a broken-down disreland-agent and surveyor who had a putable roué, but who knew too well large and wealthy connection. His the artifices by which to ensnare father gave him all the advantages and hold her young affections. of a liberal education and profes- Vainly her true friends tried to sional training. He destined him open her eyes and show her the to succeed to his agencies, and golden pounds she was wantonly nothing prevented him from being flinging away. Vainly her widowed at this moment widely respected mother refused her consent to the and in lucrative practice but this engagement. The fatal sixpence of unfortunate malady of the sixpence a misplaced and foolish love for a in the eye. James knew his father worthless present object had blinded to be a man of wealth; he conceived her; a secret marriage put her there was
no necessity that he fortune in the power of a heartless should work ; he despised business and bankrupt wretch ; and before and business habits. The sixpence in many years she had separated from his eye was the excitement of racing him, and now, with her children and the company ofa set of fast young (her vision too late cleared), is a men. With these he was continually burden on an impoverished mother. found. In vain did his father point Thomas and William Abbot out that, unless he qualified himself were two fishermen on the south for the proper discharge of an coast of Devon. On a happy day estate-agent's duties, he could not they with some companions secured expect that noblemen and others an immense dead whale, which had would put their estates in his charge. drifted towards their home, and the The whirl of the race course, the share of these brothers came to flow of the champagne-cup and the nearly forty pounds.
This was the foundation of the present temptation, or it may be fortune of Thomas. He put it in some present good, to blind them to the savings'-bank. He added to it a greater and more permanent, what he could spare of his earnings. though it may be a more distant He bought a share in a trawler; by- happiness. and-by obtained the entire ship; How many a young tradesman, then another; engaged in general for example, in his determination to mercantile business; removed to make rapid profits, has stooped to London; always looked to the end the adulteration of his goods or of his nose and beyond it; and not the overcharging of a customer, many weeks since I heard that, and so forfeited for ever that respect though a Wesleyan, he had sent and confidence upon which alone a £100 towards the restoration of the lasting and prosperous trade can be parish church of his native village. established ! How many a woman From all which we may gather that walks the byways of life with her he has done well for himself. But good name smirched or destroyed William his brother? Alas, the because she was made blind to the £20 was but the fatal sixpence for golden future of matronly joys him. He could see that it would by the base sixpence of present procure him a certain amount of flatteries, and honeyed falsehood ! beer and of brandy, and it was How many have given up all the soon gone into the pockets of the future has to offer because they did publican. But not so soon but that not weigh it calmly and prudently it sowed seeds, which he in due against some instant gratification, course reaped in the harvest of an or momentary need! undermined constitution,idle habits, And is there not one thing in a blasted character, an early death. which, alas, we are all prone to “A short life and a merry one for this blindness ? A great inheritance me,” was a saying often on his lips is before us all; we are heirs to a when he was urged to consider the heavenly kingdom, to an immortaldifference between his brother and ity of blessedness. But it is in the himself. That it was a short life I distance-it is in reversion. We live know; that it was a merry one I in the present, and in what we call doubt. Thus the same good gift of the actual, though in truth to the Providence became to a Christian, and to the open eye, it is fountain of prosperity and well- the world of shadows and of cheats. being, to the other of sorrow and of These shows, these semblances, rain. The one brother's eye was these mirages, float and dance filled by a vision of low but present between us and the heavenly enjoyment; the other could look plains. And some of them tower so into the future and see how by high, and are dressed in so radiant diligence, sobriety, and doing his colours, that we conceive that they duty towards God and man must be the everlasting hills, (though it might involve some on which we are to build ;. the present self-denial), an honourable perennial fountains at which our independence might be secured. thirst is to be slaked. Miserable
These illustrations might be mistake! Those towering heights increased tenfold; but the three are but clouds, which near experiwe have sketched may suffice to ence will show to be grey, cold, wet, point the moral of this paper, unsubstantial mists! That shimand to impress on the mind of some mering, radiant sea will prove but youthful reader the conviction that heated deadly air exhaled by the multitudes make shipwreck of their scorching deserts.
How many lives and fortunes by allowing some Esaus are there in the world who
make this discovery too late ; who that are celestial ? the pleasures for a paltry present mess of pottage that are for a moment content us barter away trooping herds and under the loss of the blessedness flocks, wide watered pastures, and that is enduring, and for evermore? a Father's blessing! Oh, for wisdom Every counsel of prudence, every from on high to save us from this dictate of right judgment, cries foolish, this deadly error! Shall the aloud against such absurdity. Oh, temporal hide from us the eternal ? reader, let not the sixpence in thine the th
that are earthly weigh eye blind thee to the rich treasure down and over balance the things that is ready to thy grasp ! C.C.P.
BY A SERMONISER.
THOUGH for the present without either pulpit or parish, I nevertheless feel occasionally—by force of habit, perhaps—a strong impulse and desire to sermonise a little. It is not very important whether or not I am a regularly ordained minister in good standing in an orthodox Church, or that I should take a text from the Bible and treat it after the traditional and approved methods of division and subdivision ; for it is a peculiarity of the market-basket religion that many of its ministers have never been ordained, and never enter a pulpit, but take their texts from the common events of life, and preach without gown or surplice from any rostrum they can find.
My dear hearers, let me at this point ask your indulgence for a little digression of a personal character. I have just read this introduction to my sermon to Mrs. S., who objects that it will make you think that I am not a preacher at all, or that I have done something awful, and thus lost my credentials. I therefore rise to explain that I have never yet been immortalised by being charged with heresy or any other scandalous thing. Allow me to say further and finally upon this point, that the ordaining hands of the elders were once duly laid upon my devoted head, '" without wrath or doubting,” I suppose, though I am not sure about the latter.
But to return. The religion I am about to recommend, though its name is homely and new, is not of an inferior quality, nor is it anything new under the sun. It is the genuine article, and is as old as the gospel; though it must be confessed that it is not as common as it ought to be.
You will find the words of my text in the thirty-fifth chapter of Mrs. Stowe's latest story. It reads as follows: "A holy father, in a long black gown, with a cord around his waist, and with a skull and hour-glass in his cell, is somehow thought to be nearer to heaven than a family man with a market-basket on his arm; but we question whether the angels themselves think so. There may be as holy and unselfish a spirit in the way a market-basket is filled as in a week of fasting; and the oil of gladness may make the heavenward wheels run more smoothly than the spirit of heaviness."
The subject for your consideration which I have derived from this text, and which has already been announced in your hearing, is market-basket religion. My treatment will be topical by analysis ; and since it is easier to divide the subject than the text, I will proceed to show, firstly, that market - basket religion is family religion.
It is the peculiarity of this religion that it regards the family as superior in importance to any other interest or obligation, whether monetary, political, or ecclesiastical. It holds everything else to be subordinate to the welfare of the family. It prizes the health, happiness, and love of the wife and children more than wealth, more than Church extension or preferments. There is a kind of religion current which reverses this rule, and makes a merit of sacrificing the tender ties, the comfort and well-being of the family, to the demands of business, or the advancement of the Church - especially the latter. There are many ecclesiastics who so completely absorb themselves with Church work that they hardly become acquainted with their children, and have but little fellowship with their wives. They think nothing is so important as the Church. They have theoretically laid down their own lives for the Church, and proceed to practically immolate their wives and children on the same altar, and verily think they are doing God service. So when, as the result of their neglect, a child goes to the bad, they think it an unaccountable and mysterious providence; or when the overburdened, uncherished wife dies prematurely, they piously comfort themselves with the thought that she died in the holiest of causes, the Church ; whereas she has only fallen a victim to that mistaken zeal which thinks the Church must be cared for, if every other interest be neglected.
In this point of view there is real humanity in the Catholic custom of enforcing celibacy on the priesthood. If ministers, instead of walking with their heads in the clouds, and thinking themselves nearer heaven for so doing, would remember that they are husbands and fathers, and remember the paramount obligations imposed in these relations, they would not so frequently have the misfortune of seeing their wives do the real dying " for the cause.”
The religion of the man who devotes himself more to Church propagandism than to his family, who is more interested in the elaboration of the nineteenthly of a sermon, or in establishing beyond the possibility of doubt the infallibility of a pet dogma, is, to say the least, more theoretical than practical. Finally upon this point, there is no interest under heaven 30 important, or so vital to the well-being of humanity, as the family. And no duty incumbent on the husband and father transcends his duty to his family.
Secondly, market-basket religion is one of practical benevolence. Like true charity, it begins at home, but does not always end there. Nor does it content itself with simply praying for and pitying the needy, but is willing to do something for their relief. For you