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they were by such warm but empty attentions and professions as Emma had received from her new acquaintances, to turn again the current of her affections in the direction of Springclose and its unhallowed associations; and she now felt that it was bearing her back thither in spite of her better judgment. And let not any be disposed to charge her with unwonted weakness in thus permitting a few words spoken in the garden at the Lindens, by those in whose judgment she could have no confidence whatever, to unsettle her conviction or bear down her spirits. Words will tell from whatever quarter they emanate. Acts will tell. Impressions will tell; and feelings, often supposed to be unknown to all but those in whose minds they first arise, will tell powerfully on the conduct and the creed of others. To see is often to assimilate ; for “beholding as in a glass,” we grow into the image we behold.
Let us never forget this when disposed to think lightly of the mere idle talk of others. Those who are without the strength of mind that may be necessary to corroborate and confirm ours by contact, may yet exercise sufficient control over us to weaken it. It is easier to pull down a palace than to build a hovel. How many does a thoughtless world place in the catalogue of those who “ do no harm?” The Bible knows of none. Oh! for the holy circumspection of that good man who said, “If meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, . lest I make my brother to offend."
But to return to Emma. Her mind had beyond question, received a bias for evil. It required, however, but increased vigilance on our parts to remedy the mischief, and we returned home wiser by that morning's experience, however painful might have been the process of tuition.
As we caught sight of the little hamlet, where our dwelling stood, stretching away towards the gentle undulations that backed the picture, we thought there were few prettier landscapes in the country. Cottages, farms, corn-ricks, trees, whose delicate anatomy was still traceable through the “gauzy gold” of their spring leaves, and a variety of ordinary elements, colored by an April sun, and steeped in the atmospheric influences of the season, contributed to make up a very lovely scene; and the thought that our own home stood there, added new pleasures to the contemplation.
“I was about to tell you, Charlotte," said I, turning to my wife, “when you checked me by the intimation that we had reached the Lindens, what I thought of your Three Words-for one of them I felt certain I had hit upon."
“And pray what was it i".
“Well," said she, with affected indifference, “you are the party to be gratified.”
“Am I ?" I replied laughing—“then I can wait.”
H. R. E. (To be continued)
MORE ABOUT GEOGRAPHY. “We left St. Paul at Tarsus," said Mrs. Walters* the next morning, as we all took our places again in the school-room ; " and there he remained till Barnabas came to fetch him away to Antioch. Antioch, once the pride of the East, is now very desolate, you see it lies on the Orontes, about twelve miles from the Mediterranean. Here it was that the disciples first received the name of Christians. If you turn to Isaiah lxv. 15., you will see it predicted that the Lord would leave the name of Jews for a curse upon his chosen, and would call his servants by another name. How melancholy it is to trace the history of the places where Christianity was originally planted—first corruption, then decay, then extinction! Religion is not an hereditary possession; and it would be a curious thing could we trace the descendants of the first Christians, whether at Antioch or elsewhere, to ascertain whether there be any one family of those now professing christianity in any part of the world, who derive their descent directly from them.
“Now, Jane, can you tell me where St. Paul went after leaving Antioch-I mean after finally leaving it? He first went to Jerusalem to carry the fund with which he and Barnabas had been entrusted, for the wants of those who were suffering in Jerusalem from famine; and then returned to Antioch; but I mean after that ?"
Jane. “He went to Seleucia : but there is nothing about it in my Geography book.”
* See ante, page 266.
Mrs. Walters. “Here is an ancient map, where you will find it-see, on the Mediterranean, north-west of Antioch. There were no fewer than nine cities of the same name; they were called after Seleucus their founder. He must have had a great passion for building, and a determination to immortalize himself and his family in this way, for he is said to have named sixteen others after his father Antiochus, six after his mother Laodice, and three after his wife! Besides building all these, he beautified many others."
Julia. “It reminds me, mamma, of that verse in the Psalms, where it speaks of people calling their lands after their own names. I do not remember ever to have heard of him before."
Mrs. Walters. “His story may be soon told.' He succeeded his father in the kingdom of Syria : his uncle, however, who reigned in another part of Syria, succeeded in driving him out of Antioch his metropolis, and after being driven from place to place he took refuge in Cilicia, but he so harassed the people among whom he lived by his exactions, that they conspired against him, set fire to the house in which he was, and thus he perished by perhaps the most painful of all deaths. Now, Mary, what place do we next come to ?”
Mary. “To Cyprus— what a large island it seems !"
Mrs. Walters. “Yes, it is one hundred and forty miles long from east to west, – that is, just half the length of Ireland, and sixty broad. It is one of the largest of the numerous islands in the Mediterranean. It is supposed to have been colonized by Kittim, brother to Tarshish. Its name is derived from the cypress tree with which it abounds. It was formerly a fertile island, but it has been reduced to great desolation. The soil is most luxuriant, and the climate delightful, but in the Greek insurrection it was completely wasted. Venus was worshipped in this island: you must often have heard her called the Paphian Venus.' The missionary to this island in the present day has to contend with superstition as well as the Apostle. The names only are changed. The Greek church, as you know, differs from the Roman in this, that they do not worship images, but their idolatry is transferred to pictures, and every house contains at least one holy picture, as they esteem them, to which their devotions are regularly paid. Why are you smiling, Fanny?"
Fanny. “I did not know I was smiling, but it seems to me so very absurd for people to think it can make any difference whether it is a raised or a flat surface that they worship.”
Mrs. Walters. “And yet, dear Fanny, how often are we all guilty of similar absurdities. We are exempt from one folly which we see in another, and pride ourselves on being free from it, while we are perhaps indulging in what is quite as prominent a fault, and very likely still more wrong.
“You may now look at the map, and you will see that the Apostles having entered the island towards the east, left it at its western extremity. They then sailed for Perga--see here, on the main land, in a north-west direction : the sea between was called the sea of Pamphylia, Pamphylia being the name of the province in which Perga was situated. This name is supposed to be derived from the Greek word for many nations, and it is probable that from its situation it was resorted to by many for the purposes of traffic; it lies so very centrically.”
Madelaine. “It lies just opposite the mouths of the Nile, and Greece is about the same distance.”
Mary.—“And there were people from Pamphylia at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.”
Mrs. Walters. " Antioch in Pisidia is the next place that comes before us. It is another of the cities built by Seleucus. The account of St. Paul's proceedings here is very interesting. His address in the synagogue; the request made by the Gentiles that he would again address them; the great interest excited in consequence, inducing nearly the whole city to assemble on the next Sabbath to hear the word of God. Then the rage of the Jews, their rejection of the truth themselves, and their anger that the Gentiles should be addressed as they were by the apostles, It is all told in a few words yet with much effect.”
“I beg your pardon for interrupting you," I here interposed. “but I never read that account without feeling so much ashamed of the part the devout women took in the expulsion of Paul and Barnabas. There is much spoken and written upon female influence, but when we read in the pages of history, how much more frequently it has been employed for evil than for good, it almost makes one shrink from using what we possess, lest we should be putting the weights in the wrong balance."
Mrs. Walters assented, adding, “And these were not the careless, irreligious women of Antioch; how sad to think that such should often do less real injury to the cause of Christ than those who have a misdirected zeal! In Iconium, a city of Lycaonia where the apostles went after their expulsion from Antioch, we again find the Jews not only rejecting the gospel themselves but exciting the Gentiles against them. Jane, you have the map before you, have you found the next places named?"
Jane. "Derbe and Lystra.”
Mrs. Walters. “At Lystra we have a most remarkable instance of the fickle nature of popularity, and of the speedy way in which benefits that have been conferred are forgotten. At first they called them gods, after seeing the miracle that Paul had wrought ; even the priests of Jupiter would have sacrificed to them, and it was only by using the most strenuous exertions that they could prevent it.”
“How very differently impostors would have acted,” said Fanny Barker, “they would have been glad to have been patronized in that way.”
Mrs. Walters. “But how soon the revulsion of feeling took place. In the very next verse we read of their stoning St. Paul, and they thought that they had really killed him."
“Paul must have thought of his conduct then,” said Mary Grant, “when Stephen was stoned.”
"No doubt he did, and very likely he offered a mental prayer that those now acting as he had once done, might be eventually influenced by the same grace, and might one day preach that gospel which they were endeavoring to crush. And from what we read of his subsequent visits to these places in Acts xvi. these hopes seems to have been realized.
“After being stoned, he retraced his steps, and embarked at Attalia for Antioch ; after remaining some time there, he visited Jerusalem, then returned once more to Antioch, and it was after he and Barnabas parted there, that Paul, accompanied by Silas, returned to Derbe and Lystra."
“An uninspired historian would not have said anything about the contention between Paul and Barnabas,” remarked Fanny, who was particularly alive to anything connected with the Evidences.