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18 Extract from Mrs. G.'s Sketch Book, Edi-
Duties of the Filial Relations, Rev. H. Literary Notices,
Sabbath School Teaching, Original, 68 The Military Ball, E. W. A.,
Charity, Rev. William M. Thayer, 14, There is a God, F. AH.,
“I Will Go,” Mary Grace Halping, 145 Phelps,
Swedish Mother's Hymn,
122 The Way to Heaven, Rev. M. Sheeleigh, 166
The Secret of Female Beauty, J. C. John. The Secret of Female Beauty, J.C.Johnson, 35
35 Hymn for Maternal Associations, L. Mar-
A NEW YEAR'S ADDRESS.
DEAR READERS, whoever you are,
Permit us to count you as dear ;
And we wish you a happy New Year.
Your duties to urge and explain, That you may be happy at last,
Nor we fear to meet you again.
The Old Year has vanished, and fled
Are its bright hopes and promises too, All numbered and left with the dead,
Yet live we to welcome the New. If Memory lingers a while
To shed o'er the buried a tear, Sweet Hope doth enchantingly smile
To welcome another new year.
It is true grizzly Death, with his wand,
Has touched many sweet blooming flowers, And borne to his shadowy land
The good and the lovely of ours. O'er the havoc his sceptre has made,
O'er the hopes he has nipped in their bloom, What fond hearts in anguish have bled,
And wept at the gates of the tomb :
Old age with the wrinkles of time,
And manhood perplexed with its cares, Maternity's glory and prime,
And the smile infant innocence wears With wisdom and beauty and worth,
Have tranquilly fallen asleep, To rest on the bosom of earth,
While Memory lingers to weep !
Yet we our fond labors renew,
The loved ones still living to bless, Still bringing old virtues to view,
With the charms of a lovelier dress.
We speak to Maternity's ear,
With skill which we boast not as ours,
Here Genius rich chaplets hath twined, With Music, Engravings, and Flowers,
For the eye and the ear and the mind. While duties of mothers and wives
Here shine like a necklace of pearls, For them to wear during their lives,
And then to transmit to their girls.
And lest we should seem in your eyes
Engaged in this great work alone, Our Hookers and Humphrey and Wise,
Phelps, Alcott, and Abbott and Stone, With Shepherd and Kittredge and Knight,
And Maxwell and Eddy and Dyer, Are pledged for our columns to write,
With others whom you will admire.
No pains shall we spare to supply
Such reading as mothers demand ; The best that our money can buy,
And some of the best in the land. For this do we prizes afford
For Essays of excellence rare ; Some unto the men we award,
And some are borne off by the fair.
Our poets still better will write
(The same who have written before), Save one who has passed from our sight,
Whose muse will enchant us no more. She sang of the wonderful scenes
Which checkered the life of her Lord , And now on his bosom she leans,
And sees him by angels adored.
One tear for the vanished from earth,
For the minstrel departed one sigh ; But joy that a soul of such worth
Has found a new harp in the sky. We think of the dead, and we mourn,
We drop the sad tear of regret, And then to the living we turn,
In the hope we may profit them yet.
Afford us, then, only the means
Our work to enrich and improve, And then through life's beautiful scenes
We'll lead you with labors of love,
Till the heart of each mother shall thrill
With new and increasing delight,
With the best thoughts that sages can write ;
Till not only mothers, but wives,
Whose standard of duty is high,
To cast o'er our pages an eye ;
That the hue of her cheek must decay,
From their youthful excesses away.
Thus useful, contented, and blest,
Still seeking that happier clime,
By the terrible foot-prints of time,
With hearts full of courage and cheer,
Which done makes a happy New Year.
BY MRS. 8. A. B. CURRIER.
THERE is a gem of rarer beauty than the diamond that sparkles from the crown of earth's greatest monarch. That may dazzle the eye, but the other charms the heart. The one can be worn but by the few, the other may grace the person of every son and daughter of intelligence. Wouldst thou possess this priceless treasure ? Take then the gem to thy bosom, and learn that it is that "charity that worketh by love and purifieth the heart;" that ever radiant and imperishable love which “ thinketh no evil,” which "all things beareth, all things hopeth, and all things endureth."
Its heavenly lustre may
SYMPATHY, THE BOND OF MARRIAGE.
BY REV. 1. F. CUTTER.
Alone, along the lyre of Nature sighed
We ever read with deep interest the opening pages of the Bible; for there we find the only record of the origin of all things. There, too, we learn the earliest human relations, and the reason why man was bound to such relations; a reason which lies deep in his natural constitution, and teaches that the bonds of social life are not artificial, but natural and necessary to man. He was created for them, nd without them he cannot exist.
Hence we trace, with deep interest, the progressive work of creation during the six days in which the wonderful skill and power of God gave shape and beauty to the world. The earth was without form and void, wrapped about with clouds and darkness. It was the undisturbed reign of " chaos and old night.” Then brooded the Spirit of God upon the face of the waters, light beamed upon the