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intellect or a single devout life that onel has endeavoured to represent to they may exclude.

you the relation of religion to culture, But neither in the retention nor in another of religion to philosophy, the abolition of these local impediments and 3 another of religion to ritual ; is the main interest of the ministry of how the still small whispers of the Church of Scotland in the times spiritual life, though no longer heard that are coming. Confession or no from the farther shore of the Tay or Confession, subscription or no sub- of the Clyde, still make themselves scription, Established Church or Free felt by those whose ears are attuned or United Presbyterian, there is other to their heavenly harmonies; how and worthier work for you to accom- many an eloquent voice is yet heard plish. There are, on the one hand, the from the pulpit of ancient abbey or moral evils which you have to combat, populous city or mountain village ; the rough manners, the intemperate how inspiring is the example 5 of the habits of large numbers of your fellow- venerable teacher whom the Church citizens. There are, on the other hand, of Scotland sent out to India some the high and pure traditions of former forty years ago, and who still bears times which you have to maintain; the the greatest name of living Indian appropriation of whatever pastoral ac- missionaries; how invigorating and tivity or keen intellectual ardour may stimulating is the memory of the forebe seen in other communions. There are most Scottish minister of our age, who, those words and works of greatness to though gone, yet still seems to live which I referred in my earlier address, again amongst us in his own flesh and and the actual examples which you have blood, and whose commanding voice or have had before you in your own still exhorts us, as with his dying generation. In these there is more words, to be “broad with the breadth than enough to occupy and exalt your- of the charity of Almighty God, and selves and others, and to show that narrow with the narrowness of His the Church of Scotland is still able, righteousness.” I might enlarge the and is still proud, to hold its head roll—I might go back to the worthies among the Churches of Christendom.

of earlier days—to Carstairs,' whose It is for you to welcome with a just

memory was recalled of late by a pride its acknowledged glories. Place descendant worthy of himself — to before yourselves the noble thoughts the great literary leaders of the which have been enkindled, not by Church in the last century, to ChalGerman, not by Anglican, but by your mers and Irving. In our own, I might own pastors and teachers. Remember speak of your most famous living how one has taught you, in language countryman, who, though winding up never surpassed, the connection of

the threads of his long and honourreligion with common life, and the able life at Chelsea, has never disclaims of the one universal religion to dained the traditions of the Scottish acceptance by the very reason of its Church and nation, still warms at the universality; how another has shown

recollection of his native Annandale, you the high value of theology, viewed

still is fired with poetic ardour when in its long historical aspect, and the he speaks of the glories of St. Andrew's. yet higher grandeur of religion ; how another has taught you that, however

1 Principal Shairp.

Professor Knight. great is the Church militant or the

3 Pastoral Counsels by the late John Church dogmatic, there is yet a greater Robertson ; Reforms in the Church of ScotChurch, the Church beneficent ; how land, by the late Robert Lee, D.D.

4 The late John McLeod Campbell, and the · Principal Caird.

late Thomas Erskine. Principal Tulloch.

5 Dr. Duff. 3 Salvation Here and Hereafter, by John 6 Life of Norman McLeod. Service, minister of Inch.

? Life of Carstairs, by Dr. Story.


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But it is enough. There are words It was once said in mournful comwhich often come into my mind when plaint of the highest ecclesiastic in I look at an assemblage like this- Christendom, “For the sake of gaining words spoken by a gifted poet, en- to-day, he has thrown away to-morrow deared to some among us, and who for ever.” Be our policy the reverse of loved your country well--a cry, de- this: be it ours to fasten our thoughts, sponding perhaps, yet also cheering, not on the passions and parties of the wrung from him by the dislocations brief to-day, but on the hopes of the and confusions of his time, which is long to-morrow. The day, the year, may also ours, when he looked out on the perchance belong to the destructives, contending forces of the age

the cynics, and the partisans. But the

morrow, the coming century, belongs to “O that the armies indeed were arrayed ! O joy of the onset!

the catholic, comprehensive, discrimiSound, thou trumpet of God; come forth, nating, all-embracing Christianity, great cause, to array us ;

which has the promise, not perhaps King and leader appear; thy soldiers sor- of this present time, but of the times rowing seek thee.”i

which are yet to be. We may already hear the distant notes

O fortes, pejoraque passi of that trumpet; we may catch, how- Mecum sæpe viriever faintly, the coming of that cause. Cras ingens iterabimus æquor.” The kings and leaders surely will

“ Come, my friendsappear at last, if their soldiers will

Souls that have toiled, and wrought, and but follow them on to victory.

thought, with me

'Tis not too late to seek a newer world." 1 Clough's Bothic, ix.




himself, he had shared all his sister's, PART V.

having had true histories of fairies

read to him almost since ever he could CHAPTER XIII.

recollect anything.

He made some Lilias did not say much about the cynical remarks prompted by his manadventure in the wood ; nothing at all hood, but it was like much manly indeed to Mary or any one in authority; cynicism, only from the lips, no deeper. nor did it dwell in her mind as a thing "I thought fairies were all dead," he of much importance. The kind of said. things that strike a child's mind as "Oh, Nello; when you know they wonderful are not always those which are spirits and never die l they are would most impress an older person. hundreds and hundreds of years older There were many things at Penning- than we are, but they never die ; and hame very curious and strange to the it is always children that see them. I little girl. The big chimneys of the thought she would tell us to do someold house, for instance, the sun-dial in thingthe old garden, and on a lower level “I would not do something," said the way in which Cook's cap kept on, Nello, “I would say, 'Old woman, do it which seemed to Lilias miraculous, no means of securing it being visible. She

“ And do you know what would pondered much on these things, trying happen then," said Lilias, severely, to arrive at feasible theories in respect “ whenever you opened your mouth, a to them, but there was no theory re- toad or a frog would drop out of it.” quired about the other very natural “I should not mind; how funny it incident. That an old woman should would be! how the people would be meet her in the woods, and kiss her, surprised." and ask to be called granny, and cry "They would be frightened-fancy ! over her,--there was nothing wonderful every word you said ; till all round in that; and indeed if, as she already there would be things creeping and suspected, it was no old woman at all creeping and crawling all over you; but a fairy, such as those in the slimy cold things that would make story-books, who would probably people shiver and shriek. Oh!” said appear again and set her tasks to do, Lilias, recoiling and putting up her much more difficult than calling her hands, as if to put him away; granny, and end by transforming frogs ! squattling and jumping all over herself into a beautiful lady-this the floor." would still remain quite comprehen- At this lively realization of his sible, not by any means unparalleled problematical punishment, Nello himin the experience of one who had self grew pale, and nervously looked already mastered a great deal of about him. “I would kill her,” he literature treating of such subjects. cried, furiously; "what right would Sh: 3 was interested but not surprised, she have to do that to me?" for was it not always to a child or Because you

did not obey her, children by themselves in a wood, that Nello.” fairies did speak? She told Nello “And why should I obey her?” cried about the meeting, who was not sur- the boy; "she is not papa, or Martuccia, prised any more than she was ; for or-Mary." though he was not very fond of reading “But we must always do what the

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fairies tell us,” said Lilias ;

said to him under her breath ; but haps because they have a right-for Nello knew she would talk to him certainly it is different with papa- again, as soon as her mind wanted but because they would hurt us if we disburdening, and was not afraid. didn't; and then if you are good and And of how many active thoughts, pick up the sticks, or draw the water and wonderful musings, and lively from the well, then she gives you such continued motion of two small minds beautiful presents. Oh! I will do and bodies, the old hall was witwhatever she tells me.

ness in those quiet days! Mary “What kind of presents, Lily? I coming and going, and the solid figure want a little horse to ride-there are of Martuccia in the sunshine, these two a great many things that I want.

Do older and more important persons, were fairies give you what you want, or as shadows in comparison with that only what they like?”

ceaseless flow of existence. The amount This was a puzzling question; and of living in the whole house beside, on the spur of the moment Lilias did was not half equal to that which went not feel able to answer such a difficulty. on in the motherly calm of the old “If you do it for the presents, not hall, which held these two small things because they ask you, they will not like specks in its tranquil embrace, give you anything,” she said ; " that where so much had come to pass. would be all wrong if you did it for There was always something going on the presents."

there. Such lively counterfeitings “But you said

of the older life, such deeply-laid “Oh, Nello ; you are too little, you plans, dispersed in a moment by sudden don't understand,” cried the elder sister, changes of purpose, such profound like many another perplexed authority; gravity upset by the merest chance in“when you are older you will know terruption, such perpetual busyness what I mean. I can tell you things, without thought of rest. Their days but I can't make


understand.” went on thus without hindrance or “What is it he cannot understand ?interruption, nothing being required said Mary, coming suddenly upon their of them except to be amused and confidential talk. The two children healthy, and competent to occupy and came apart hastily, and Lilias who had please themselves. Had they been dull two red spots of excitement on her children, or subject to the precocious cheeks, looked up startled, with lips ennui which is sometimes to be seen apart. Nello laughed with a sense of even in a nursery, no doubt measures mischief. He was fond of his sister, would have been taken to bring about but to get her into trouble had a cer- a better state of affairs ; but as they tain flavour of fun in it, not disagree- were always busy, always gay, they able to him.

were left completely to their own “It is about the fairies," he cried, devices, protected, sheltered, volubly. “She says you should do ignored, enjoying the freedom of a what they tell you.

She says they much earlier age, a freedom from all give you beautiful presents. She says, teaching and interference, such as she

seldom overpasses the first five years "Oh, about the fairies !” said Mary of human life. Mary had her whole calmly, with a smile, going on without métier to learn in respect to the any more notice. Lilias was very angry children, and there were many agiwith her brother, but what was the tating circumstances which preoccuuse ? And she was frightened lest she pied her mind and kept her from should be made to look ridiculous, a realising the more simple necessities danger which is always present to the of the matter. It had cost her so sensitive mind of a child. “I will much to establish them there, and the never, never talk to you again," she tacit victory over fate, unnatural


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prejudice, and all the bondage of “Speak!” cried Miss Brown, “I'm family troubles, had been so great, always speaking ; but what can a body that the trembling satisfaction of

of do, when folks won't understand ?” It having gained it blunted her percep- is the lament of the superior intellitions of further necess'ty. It was gence over all the world. Lilias herat the risk of everything that made self had expressed the same resigned up life to her that she had declared consciousness of the impossibility of herself the protectress of these children, enlightening Nello; and both were and the effort of making up her mind, quite unconscious that Dr. Johnson, if need were, to forsake all else not to say many another distinguished rather than give up this charge, had person, had said it before them. Miss been a great one. Indeed, even now Brown, however, was not resigned. it was scarcely over, for it was still People seldom are in her class, in possible that the squire might assert which the missionary sentiment is himself, and banish those helpless stronger than elsewhere. And by and creatures whom he had never noticed by things came to a pitch which she or acknowledged; so that it is less could put up with no longer. She wonderful that Mary, having her opened the subject finally when she whole mind bent upon the need of had her mistress at an advantageprotecting and keeping them safe in when she was standing behind Miss the house of their fathers, should have Musgrave

Musgrave “doing" her hair, and so

” forgotten that her protection and love, enjoyed the opportunity of seeing all though so much, were yet nothing in the changes of her countenance in the comparison with the many wants of glass. these little beings who were dependent I wonder,” she said suddenly, inupon her for all the training of the troducing the subject, “if these future, as well as all the necessities of foreigners have our ways of counting, the present. It was from a humble and know what numbers meansquarter that enlightenment first came “Numbers ?” said Mary, puzzledto her. Her teacher was Miss Brown, "and who are the foreigners ? Marher maid, who had early melted to the tuccia? We do not meet with many children, and who by this time was here--" their devoted vassal, and especially the "Oh, one is enough for me, ma'am,” admiring slave of Nello, whom, with said Miss Brown, with a toss of her determined English propriety, she head. “I never can be bothered with called Master John. Miss Brown's

her name affection was not unalloyed by other “ Martuccia ?—it is the same name sentiments. Her love for the children as your own, Martha—she seems indeed was intensified by strenuous harmless, good-natured creature. How disapproval of their other guardians— does she bother you ?” said Mary with Martuccia “with her foreign ways," a smile. who was “no good," a qualification “Good-humoured! I don't call it which varied between absolute use- good-humoured, Miss Mary. I call it lessness and a great deal of active humouring; and the dear children harm — and Miss Musgrave, who they're sharp, and sees it-sharper was ignorant as a baby herself, than the likes of us like a needle and knew nothing about « children's Miss Lily is, that sharp! You wants

“ ways.” Between these two incapable all your wits about you to keep that persons her life became a burden to child straight." Miss Brown. “I can't get my night's “ To keep her straight! Why, rest for thinking of it,” she said to Martha ! how often have

you Cook, who like herself had the interest you have never seen a more delightful of many years' service in “ the family.” child ?” "I would up and speak," said Cook. “ That was Master John, Miss Mary

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