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and heed the lesson God designs to teach by the cloud of dark
Seest thou those on whom prosperity shines propitiously? Gently remind such of the golden opportunity of dispensing light and happiness to the poor and disconsolate around them.
Seest thou one fallen a victim to the passion of strong drink? Run and raise thy fallen brother. Show, by acts and words of kindness, that you have a heart to feel, and would gladly elevate those sunken in vice.
Seest thou a Sabbath-breaker ? Point him, affectionately, to the high commands of heaven, and persuade him, by affection's voice, to "remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”
Seest thou a profaner of God's holy name, a gambler, or one degraded by vicious and lustful passions ? Win him back, if thou canst, to the paths of reverence, honesty and virtue. Let not the golden moments of life pass wastefully along. Thou hast but one life to improve. Live, then, every moment in diligence, and “whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
THE human face is a marvellous book,
And it opens whenever we heed ;
And he that runneth may read.
Our summers are deepening the dimple of mirth,
Our winters the crow's-foot of care,
Of promises gone to the air.
The beatings of hearts that are breaking unseen –
The secrets of closeted thought -
Are known by the furrows without.
How closely these sorrowful miniatures stand,
And preach to the pulses of youth ,
The passionless presence of truth.
THE TUNER'S GUIDE. Boston : Oliver Ditson.
This is “a complete treatise on tuning the Piano Forte, Organ, Melodeon, and Seraphine ; together with a specification of defects and their remedies.” Norton's LITERARY REGISTER,
Containing the usual calendar of the months, and 118 pages of matter on libraries in the United States, and kindred subjects of a literary character. CULTIVATION OF THE VOICE. Boston: E. H. Wade.
But little attention has yet been given in this country to the voice, beyond instruction in the rudiments of vocal music. The cultivation of the voice has been almost entirely neglected.
This volume is prepared by B. F. Baker and L. H. Southard, of this city, and is illustrated by numerous and comprehensive examples and solfeggios from celebrated European authors. Easy STUDIES FOR THE PIANO FORTE. By Franz Petersillea. Published by Oliver
Twenty-one pages of lessons and instructions, admirably adapted to the capacity of the young
student. Also, by the same, the following pieces of music : Merrily over the Waves, Charming May, and The Mourner's Vigil. THE CHRISTIAN ALMANAC for 1853, published by the American Tract Society, is
every way worthy of general patronage. LIFE OF Mary Lyon. Compiled by Dr. Hitchcock, and published by Hopkins,
Bridgman, & Co., Northampton, Mass.
Miss Lyon is too well known as the successful principal of the Mt. Holyoke Seminary to make it necessary, at this time, for. us to enter upon a sketch of her life, especially as this was given in the December number of this publication, in an article entitled Polished Corner Stones. But it affords us pleasure to recommend to our readers this deeply interesting memoir, and to recommend its perusal, especially to the young. Here is an example of Christian benevolence well worthy of their study and imitation.
It contains 486 pages, and is illustrated by the portrait of Miss Lyon, a picture of her birth-place, a view of Mt. Holyoke Seminary, and of the monument erected to her memory. PARLEY'S CABINET LIBRARY. Boston: Published by Geo. C. Rand & Co.
This work is intended for schools and families. It consists of twenty volumes, the first six of which are Biographical, the next six Historical, and the remainder Miscellaneous. It is illustrated by five hundred engravings.
It gives us pleasure to recommend these volumes, because, in this age of literary trash, something should constantly be done to divert the minds of the young, especially, from the ruinous tendency of a great proportion of the popular literature. The style of Peter Parley is concise, clear and attractive, and cannot fail strongly to enlist the attention of the reader, while useful instruction is gained from every page.
Music by J. C. JOHNSON.
Words by D. F. MACARTHY.
Alio. 1. Summer is a glorious season, Warın and bright and pleasant, But the past is 2. Spring no doubt has faded from us, Maiden-like in charms; Summer,too, with
not rea-son, To despise the present. So while health can climb the mountain, all her promise, Perished in our arms. But the mem'ry of the banished,
And the log lights up the hall, 'There are sunny days in winter af - ter all! Whom our hearts recall,.. Maketh sunny days in winter, af - ter all!
JULIA LITCHFIELD AND HELEN MAY.
BY S. S. A.
JULIA LITCHFIELD was a rather pretty girl, in her sixteenth year. She was the only child of Mr. Thomas Litchfield, a New York merchant in good business, who lived in considerable style in Tenth street. Julia's mother had been dead five years, and during that time Mr. Litchfield was too much engrossed in business to pay very particular attention to his daughter. He had invited a cousin to live with them as her companion, and had sent her to a fashionable institution, with a direction that she should be taught all the accomplishments usual to genteel young ladies. A week's illness which had confined him to the house, had opened his eyes to some defects in her education, and he had, consequently, induced a maiden sister, a pious, cultivated, sensible, energetic woman, to reside in his family, and to her he gave the management of his daughter.
Miss Litchfield had been a month in the family, during which time she had been an attentive observer of her niece, and had ventured some little experiments, but not with very remarkable success. She loved her brother and felt deeply interested in his child, whom she found a vain, indolent, wilful girl, who had acquired a superficial smattering of many things, but who knew nothing well. She played a little, attended to drawing a little, spoke French a little, and for the rest, she was contented to lie upon a sofa and read Mrs. Gore's novels. She was, however, perfectly truthful, and showed an occasional gleam of feeling and generosity; and the aunt was not without hope that she might be influenced to exert herself for something better and higher than she had hitherto done. But how were long habits of indolence to be overcome? How was wilfulness to be turned into perseverance ? How was a rational desire for self-improvement to supersede the cravings of vanity ? How was duty to be made the rule of action in a mind accustomed only to thoughtless self-indulgence? The
a aunt pondered these things in her mind, and was obliged to confess, that the prospect was rather unpromising. She determined,