Imatges de pÓgina

many; a finished passage is found on into a charming bouquet. I have every page. A few extracts, taken al- broken off two to send to ... they most at random, will be the best

are dames de onze heures, so called ap

parently because they open at that method of indicating its charm and re

time, as do other flowers at other vealing those varying moods, common

hours, charming clocks of the country, to humanity, but seldom chronicled clocks of flowers which mark the with such concise vividity.

beautiful hours. Who knows if the

birds consult them, if they do not 14 March, 1834.—This is one of my

regulate by the flowers their restings,

their repasts, their meetings? Why beautiful days, one of those days which

not? commence sweetly and finish sweetly,

Writing this in the splendors of the like a cup of milk. God be thanked for

sun, under a sky the gayest and most this day passed without sadness! They

blue, the most spring-like, in Novemare so rare in life, and my soul, more

ber. It makes me think of those in than any other perhaps, is affected by

Paris, that iron grey which you see, the least thing. A word, a remem

which displeases you and makes so brance, the sound of a voice, a sad face,

much evil to the soul. It is bad for a a nothing, I know not what, often

man strong as you are, a being strong troubles the serenity of my soul, a little

as a man, to be overcome by a little sky which the lightest cloud can sully. atmosphere! The weather is so de

12 December, 1834.-Nothing to say, moralizing you say: is there no means nothing to write, no thoughts: the cold of escaping the influences of the atcripples even the soul. It seems as if mosphere, or of at least turning aside in winter thoughts did not circulate; from it? Too great a question to be they freeze in the brain like icicles. treated at le Cayla, where, to preserve This is what I feel often, but then ourselves from the weather, we think some pleasure comes to me-a letter, on eternity, like the poor hermits. I reading, a sentiment which restores do not dare to tell you the happy inme. The thaw begins and the waters fluence which high thoughts of faith flow.

have on me. Thrice blessed to have 11 April, 1839.-On my pen a little this benign help, but often a little creature is walking, not bigger than 'atmosphere' does me harm too. the dot of an i. Who knows where Two visits. I note them because she goes? on what she lives, or if she they are rare at present in our desert, has any grief of heart? Who knows and because of finding a man adif she is not seeking some Paris where mirably ugly, a Pélisson, a remarkable she has a brother? She gets along face, deformed-and then the soul efvery fast. I stop her on her road: now faced the features! At first sight he she is on the page: now far away. I shocked, at the second he pleased, at see her with difficulty: I see her no the third he attracted. Intelligence more. Bon voyage, little thing. God gives a charm and elevates this human conduct you where you wish to go. face of flesh! Shall we see each other again? Did I 29 May, 1835.–Never was storm so frighten you? No doubt I was great long! It still goes on, for three days in your eyes; but perhaps for that very thunder and rain. The trees bend unreason I was passed over as a mere der the deluge, and it is sad to see immensity. My little creature has led them with this languishing air instead me far; I am like this in the eyes of of with the triumph of May! We said God, little and infinitely little that this evening at the window of the creature that He loves.

salle as we gazed at the poplars bend5 May, 1838.-I want to chronicle a ing their heads sadly as those who sufbeautiful day, calm, sweet, and fresh, fer under adversity. I could not help a true spring morning-everything feeling for them a little; it seemed to sings and grows. We have come in me as if a soul were suffering. from a walk, papa, I and my dog. ... 5 September, 1838.-Louise said to We have brought in white, blue and me that where others see nothing I violet flowers, which we have made find so much to say. You would find



plenty of things to say about that,' she céleste: c'est qu'ici-bas tout est vil et said. It was the latch of the door porte un poids de terre! which she held as she went out.

As- Il y a des plaisirs tristes, comme suredly one could say and think much celui de parler des morts, de voir ceux about that morsel of iron which so qu'ils ont aimés. many hands have touched, which is En allant au Pausadou, j'ai voulu lifted with so many different emotions, ne voit que l'ombre de la félicité. with so many feelings, by so many Ce sont des riens, mais les riens du men, for SO many days, so many couront leur charme. years. Oh, the history of a latch En allant au Pausadou, j'ai voulu would be long!

prendre une fleur très jolie. Je l'ai 24 September, 1838.—No writing or laissée pour le retour, et j'ai passé par quiet for several days: the world, the un autre chemin, Adieu, ma fleur! world, all the country to receive! We Quand j'y reviendrais, où serait-elle? were twelve at table to-day, to-morrow Une autre fois je ne laisserai mes we shall be fifteen, autumn visits, fleurs en chemin. Que de fois (Pladies and sportsmen, some curés, too, pendant cela n'arrive-t-il pas dans la as if to bless the crowd: the life of a vie? castle in the good old times. It would be very pleasant if it were not for the tracàs of ménage, ... Oh if it were The great blow came at last; Maurice not so late, what could I not say of

died. There are few things in literathese two days of mysterious visiting, of walks, of words sown in the wood,

ture more profoundly touching than the under the leaves of the vine.

journal, still continued, but now ad

dressed "à Maurice au ciel.It has been But the shorter passages are perhaps said that there is something morbid in the gems of the journal. They recall this, but I cannot see that this is so. sometimes the spirit of “Guesses at There is, indeed, abiding grief in all the Truth,” sometimes they rise to the after pages, but they are yet the record heights of Pascal's "Pensées,” and are

of a

soul struggling against grief, not unworthy of a place beside them. struggling to find the old joy, though to Here are a few, taken at random.

her the earth could never again be

green or the sky blue, because tout est Le beau n'est pas ce qu'on cherche,

changé au caur. She writes much of mais ce qu'on rencontre.

Maurice, but she writes-or tries to Un grand homme ressemble tant aux autres hommes!

write-of the sky, the clouds, of the Les teintes de l'âme sont change- wind as it blows over a field of wheat: antes et s'effacent l'une sous l'autre, "J'ai passé une demi-heure i contemcomme celles du ciel.

pler cela et à me figurer la mer, surface Qu'il demeure, cet inexorable ennui,

verte et bondissante." And she finds ce fond de la vie humaine. Supporter et se supporter, c'est la plus sage des

happiness still. choses.

Voilà le mal de voir et de vivre, This morning I visited the fields for c'est de laisser toutes les plus jolies the Rogation at sunrising. It is choses derrière.

beautiful to be out at that hour, to find La santé est comme les enfants, on oneself at the awakening of

the la gâte par trop de soins.

flowers, the birds, of the spring mornTonnerre, orage, tempête au dehors, ing, and then, too, prayer is easy! It mais calme au dedans, ce calme d'une goes out sweetly into the scented air mer morte, qui a sa souffrance aussi among the sights of the gracious and bien que l'agitation. Le repos n'est magnificent works of God. One is so bon qu'en Dieu, ce repos des âmes happy to see spring again. God wished saintes qui, avant la mort, sont sorties to console us for the earthly paradise, de la vie. Heureux dégagement! Je and nothing gives me such an idea of meurs d'envie de tout ce qui est Eden as this reviving nature, waving, resplendent, in all the beautiful freshness of May.

whole heart, it is but the human cry of a human soul which-who knows?finds unconscious relief in expression, though the hearts of those who read may well ache over these heartaches of a heart long since at rest.

There is nothing morbid here; and for the grief which must find its place in a journal which is the outpouring of her

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This little book is an excellent ex- tion, composition, and a talent for example of what a biography in plaining the circumstances of the time “series" should be, but often is not. to readers who may not have the inHugh Latimer is best treated just at tricate history of the English Reformathis length and just in this way. A tion at their fingers' ends. By the help longer life of him necessitates padding, of copious but well-selected quotations which certainly is the fault of De- from his sermons—which, on account maus's, in many respects, adequate of their hard-hitting, are probably the life. The truth is that not enough de- most amusing sermons in the lantails have come down for any one to be guage-the reader is given a very definable profitably to construct a long ac- ite and vivid impression of Latimer, countof what he did, but his sermons are a moral, social, and religious rethe reflection of what he thought far former. For that was what he wasmore than are the sermons of most not theologian, but Hebrew men either of his century or of our prophet, living in an age and country own. Consequently his latest biog- sadly in want of prophecy. The reason raphers have been able, by careful he came to be a Protestant was not collation of each of these outspoken because he studied the Fathers, but bepublic utterances with the little that is cause he found by experience that the known of his circumstances and ac- Catholic priesthood encouraged supertions at the moment of its delivery, to stitious rites and abuses of religion make out very clearly the various which had the effect of deadening morstages of his thought in its slow but ality in practice; and that they sought undeviating advance towards the to keep the people in ignorance instead Protestant creed for which he finally of stirring up in them a new religious suffered. The stages and causes of the life which could be based only on perdevelopment which his dogmatic opin- sonal knowledge and reflection. This ions underwent, without any change bearing of the religious controversies in his very marked character and fun- of the day on his own longings after damental principles, the nature and righteousness seems to have been first degree of his influence on the nation brought home to him-not during his at each stage of his career are not only long residence at Cambridge, where he clearly grasped, but well set out in this had done the University much good by book, whose chief merits are propor- perpetual and personal denunciashire village of West Kingston. Here Council, to call attention to the crying he stayed from 1531-4, as a man al- social evils which the religious strugready nearing fifty, and made frequent gles concealed from SO many of visits to the neigbboring city of Bris- the combatants. These sermons before tol, where he naturally caused the Edward are perhaps even more intermost violent dissension. It was chiefly esting in their subject-matter and even at this time he came to see what relig- more characteristic of their author, ion actually meant to the common peo- though it may be less important in ple; and still more, what it did not, but their effect, than

tions of By R. M. Carlyle and A. J. *Hugh Latimer.

and everything

everyCarlyle, Chaplain and Lecturer of University body that needed reform-but durCollege, Oxford. (“Leaders of Religion" Series.)

during his parish work in the WiltMethuen and Co.


which he should, mean.

preached on controversial theology. A Then came his great opportunity. few examples will serve:Cranmer, anxious to get at least an uncompromising supporter of change But let the preacher preach, till his placed in high position in the church, tongue be worn to the stumps, nothing had him called up to preach before

is amended. We have good statutes

made for the Commonwealth as touchthe King at a moment when Henry

ing Commoners and Inclosures, many was drifting fast in the Protestant di

meetings and sessions; but in the end rection. His outspoken sermon, not

of the matter there cometh nothing against any of the King's enemies, but

forth. Well this is one thing I will say against some of the King's faults- unto you, for whence this cometh I for he always made a point of attack- know, even from the Devil. I know his ing his audience-won for him, at this

intent in it; for if ye bring it to pass critical moment, the bishopric of Wor

that the yeomanry be not able to put

their sons to school and that they be cester, for Henry “loved a man." He

not able to marry their daughters, ye used this high post and the favorable

pluck salvation from the people and political circumstances of the moment

utterly destroy the realm. For by yeoto effect in his new diocese the revolu- man's sons the faith of Christ is and tions on which his heart had been set hath been maintained chiefly. by his experience of parish work. Images, shrines and all objects of su

And again: perstitious reverence were sought out and destroyed, and the ignorance and

It would pity a man's heart to hear

that, that I hear of the state of Camindifference of the clergy were seriously

bridge; what it is in Oxford I cannot taken in hand by their energetic

tell; there be few do study divinity, but bishop. A few years later came the

so many as of necessity must furnish reaction; Henry deserted the cause of the colleges, for their livings be so the Reformers, having drawn from it small and victuals so dear. It is not as much money as he wanted and that, I wis, that will keep out the surather unpopularity than he premacy of the Bishop of Rome. Here

I will make a supplication that ye liked. Latimer was forced to retire

would bestow so much to the finding of from his bishopric, and never again

scholars of good wits, of poor men's held high office in the Church. In the

sons, to exercise the office of salvapalmy days of Edward VI he was one tion, in relieving of scholars, as ye of the foremost men of the victorious were wont to bestow in pilgrimage party, but it was as a preacher and not matters, in trentals, in masses, in paras an administrator that he served the

dons, in purgatory matters. You may

be sure if you bestow your goods on cause in its premature triumph. He

this wise ye shall bestow it well, to now used his influence over the young

support and uphold God's word; King, and the respect with which he

wherein ye shall please God. There be was treated by all the members of the none now but great men's sons in col.


leges, and their fathers look not to their preaching, and that they ought to have them preachers, so every way

have a consideration and respect to the this office of preaching is pinched at. place and the time that he preacheth

in. But sin must be rebuked; sin must And again on the employment of be plainly spoken against. Nineveh leisure:

shall rise against England because it

will not believe God nor hear His Men of England in times past when

preachers, but cry daily unto them, they would exercise themselves-for

nor amend their lives, and especially we must needs have some recreation,

their covetousness. our bodies cannot endure without some exercise—they were wont to go abroad These few quotations give some idea in the fields a-shooting, but now it is of Latimer's conception of the functurned into glossing, gulling, and whor- tions of a clergyman in the church reing within the House. The art of formed as he wished to reform it. Toshooting hath been in times past much day when Wordsworth's wail for esteemed in this realm; it is a gift of

"altar, sword, and pen" is far more God that He hath given us to excel all

true than when he wrote it a hundred other nations withal; it is a goodly art, a wholesome kind of exercise, and years ago, Latimer's old-world views much commended in Physic.

of a parson's business may

strange. It would, indeed, probably Lastly, on the preacher and his not be well if many clergymen tried to task:

adopt his methods, for such straight

speaking can only come from a man Now England cannot abide this gear; at once intellectually and morally they cannot be content to hear God's

above his brother men. Some, too, like minister and his threatening for their

the late Dr. Martineau, may no less sin, though the sermon be never so good, though it be never so true. It is effectually rebuke sin by subtler and a naughty fellow, a seditious fellow; he more psychological but no less exalted maketh trouble and rebellion in the oratory. If, however, there is now in realm, he lacketh discretion. I will England even one man endowed with now ask you a question: I pray you, the apparently extinct qualities of Latwhen should Jonas have preached imer, it will be well for him to trv against the covetousness of Nineveh, if

w ther or not the clank of machinery the covetous men should have appointed him his time? I know that

can prevent men from hearing thunder preachers often have a discretion in

when it peals.

G. M. Trevelyan. The Speaker.



It is wonderful, as Carlyle said, how long a rotten fabric will last. We suppose that Providence permits this mystery for large ends unperceived by our finite minds, and we accept the fact. But it is certainly strange that Turkey, menaced all round, honeycombed by internal rottenness and discontent, plun

dered by a gang of marauding rulers, and treated as no longer a really sovereign Power, should yet continue to endure,-a great barbarism in the very midst of civilization, and occupying the central part of the habitable globe. Since the battle of Lepanto Turkey has declined, she has seen slice after slice

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