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lowed to proceed, not so much from indifference as from a love of ease, and a false fear of offending. His flock, because he did not disturb them, believed that he loved them, and they loved him in return, They were, indeed, for the most part, a tractable and harmless herd. And though the service of Theodorus had not much zeal, it was not altogether without success. Therefore, without considering that he might, if zealous, do much more, he was satisfied with having, without zeal, done so much. He blessed God, that his labour was so useful, without any remorse for its not being more so: as it well mighf, if zeal had given aid to his lazy morals. All around were satisfied with Theodorus, Theodorus, on comparing himself with all around, was secretly satisfied with himself, and concluded that God was also pleased.
So dreamed Theodorus his life away, and hoped he should open his eyes in heaven when that dream on earth should be ended. Full Jof these complacent thoughts, he ascended on a vernal eve, the eastern brow of his vale, to see the calm sun setting in the west. How happy, said he, is the man who departs, like that beam, in peace; and who, like that too, sets but to rise again, with more resplendent brightness, in an other world! So may I set, when my evening comes; and so, on the resurrection morn, may I with joy arise !
As he uttered these words, he heard as it were, the breath of the evening rustling in the leaves behind him. He turned his eye, and beheld a being whose aspect was brighter and milder than the beam he had been just now beholding. His robe was like the æther of heaven, and his voice was soft as the dying sound on the harp of Ormay, when the daughters of music touch it. Theodorus bowed his head to the ground, and observed a respectful silence. For the angel had spoken peace to him, and, therefore, though filled with awe, he was not afraid. Look down to the valley of Ormay, said the angel, and attend to what thou seest.-Theodorús turned his eye downwards. A light, clearer than the beams of mid-day, shone on the banks of Ormay. In its beams he beheld a building far surpassing in magnificence the temple of Solomon, or the palace of Tadmor in the desert. Ten times ten thousand hands were conspiring to rear it; and while he yet beheld, it seemed to be already finished. All the rubbish was ordered away ; a deep pit had been prepared to receive it. The scaffolds used in rearing the edifice still remained ; and the master builder was consulted how they should be disposed of. Take, said he, the best of them to be made pillars within the palace, where they shall remain for ever ; but for the rest, I have no further use, and they are
indeed good for no other purpose than that which they have already served ; throw them where the rest of the rubbish has been cast, and there, as they are of a grosser and more hardened quality, let them be consumed with the fiercest of the fire.
The order was instantly obeyed. Piece after piece was taken down, and laid to this for the other hand, either for the palace or the pit. As they touched a certain piece, and seemed to think it meet for the pit, Theodorus felt all his frame convulsed as if a thousand demons moved him; and, in the anguish of his soul, he cried, “Spare me, O my God! Spare me, if it be not now too late to
mercy and pardon. If it were altogether so, said the angel, I had not been sent to thee now as the minister of instruction. A few moments of grace still remain ; improve them with care, and show that at length thou art wise.
Ah, my Lord! what do these things mean? I have indeed perceived their purport; but, О that I might also hear it!
The building which thou hast seen, said the angel, is the church of God; and its ministers are those instruments which were used to rear it. Many of them having served that purpose, though not as they ought, and being fit for no other use, are at length condemned. I saw the danger that hung over thee, and trembled for thy fate. For negative virtues and dull morals, without diligence and zeal, can be of no avail to save a minister.
Have I not pulled thee as a brand from the fire ?-Depart in peace, think of thy danger, be diligent, be zealous, and be saved.
As these words were uttered, the vision in the valley of Ormay vanished, and the angel shook his silver wings as he flew on the wind towards heaven. The rustling of his wings was like the rushing of the stream of Lora, where it falls between the oaks in the gulph of Armur.
FEMALE EDUCATION.—By the Rev. Mr. BURROUGHS.
Female education is of immense importance, as connected with domestic life. It is at home, where man generally passes the largest portion of his time; where he seeks a refuge from the vexations and embarrassments of business, an enchanting repose from exertion, a relaxation from care by the interchange of affection; where some of his finest sympathies, tastes, and moral and religious feelings are formed and nourished ;-where is the treasury of pure disinterested love, such as is seldon found in the busy walks of a selfish and calculating world.Nothing can be more desirable, than to make one's domestic abode the highest object of his attachment and satisfaction,
Well-order'd home, man's best delight to make,
This be the female dignity and praise. Neither rank, nor splendid mansions, nor expensively furnislied apartments, nor luxurious repasts, can accomplish these objects, They are to be obtained only from the riches of elevated principles, from the nobility of virtue, from the splendour of religious and moral beauty, from the banquet of refined taste, affectionate deportment, and intellectual pleasures. Intelli gence and piety throw the brightest sunshine over the dwellings of private life, and these are the results of female education.
Female education is extremely valuable from its imparting an elevated and improved character to domestic intercourse. Conversation is one of the greatest joys of existence; and the more perfect it is made by the resources of learning, enlarged views of morality, the refinement of taste, the riches of language, and the splendours of imagery, the more exquisite is the joy. It is from education that discourse collects all its ornamental drapery, “its clothing of wrought gold,” its thrilling eloquence, its sweetest music and all its magical influence over the soul. Intelligent and animated discourse eminently exalts the dignity, and multiplies the charms of every female, that can excel in it.
It is a sacred and homefelt delight,
A sober certainty of waking bliss. She, who can sustain an elevated course of conversation, whose mind soars above the trifles and common things of time and sense, who is distinguished for well digested opinions, sensible remarks, habits of thinking and observation, good judgment and a well disciplined temper, is a perpetual source of blessing and exhiliration to all within her circle. She will make home all that is desirable, so that none of her household will need or wish to seek elsewhere for happiness. They will all be able “ to drink waters out of their own cistern, and running waters out of their own well."
The importance of female education, as connected with the general happiness of the community, will be readily admitted, if we advert to that powerful moral influence, which women hold over their children at the periods of infancy and childhood, and which is continued with their female children almost to the age of maturity. The mental and moral impressions, that a child receives during the first years of life, are chiefly derived from the mother; and these are generally conceded to form the very elements of character, and to generate those moral tendencies, which colour the whole of existence. Seldom are early impressions effaced. Most of the distinguished men on record received the seeds of their greatness from maternal culture. It was under the care, and, as it were, in the bosom of his mother, says Tacitus, that the tender mind of Agricola was trained to science and every liberal accomplishment. Lord Bacon made grateful acknowledgments to his mother for his love of philosophy and great renown. We learn too, that maternal ability, vigilance and decision chiselled the bold outlines of glory in the life of the political saviour of our country. Who among us can deny his obligations for maternal care in imparting holy influences ? Who feels not over his soul the recollections of a mother's early fondness, and finds not his character moulded by her constant and faithful assiduities? Who can be sufficiently grateful, when that fondness and those assiduities have been enlightened by wisdom and hallowed by piety? Now if a mother have no education, or, what is as bad, one that was merely superficial and showy ; if she lack understanding and has never attended to the culture of her heart, her children will inherit the deficiencies of her character, and will prove either incumbrances or positive evils to the community. Whereas a well informed and religious woman will inspire in her children generous sentiments and feelings. From her intellectual and moral exertion, from a resistless proneness to imitation, and from the moral contagion of maternal rectitude and dignity, her children will be abundantly blessed with all the best materials for the formation of character. It is by providing high schools of instruction for females, that you are to make them the best and most successful teachers in the land, to render them ministering angels to countless beings, and to multiply the joys of learning and virtue. Here then are we taught that the advancement of female education is one of the most efficacious means for promoting the public good. This will clothe society with new beauty and new blessings. On the exertions of the intelligent and pious of the present age rests the immense responsibleness of the future character of our
country. It has become the imperious duty of every people, of every government to make abundant provision for female education.
Extract from GALLAUDET's Address on Female Education.
Elocution is not sufficiently attended to, in the course of female education.
I know, great improvements have been made of late, in this respect, but much yet remains to be done. It is not enough that a young lady should be taught to read with a correct pronunciation, and emphasis, and without any very palpable fault. She should be taught to enter into the feelings of the author : to place herself in the circumstances in which he wrote; and to make the hearers feel as if he was really addressing them. One very striking fault in the reading of many persons is, that they do not adapt their manner to the peculiar character of the composition, but always read in one, uniform style. Perhaps there are some reasons why young ladies are in danger of doing this more than the other sex; or rather, why it is more difficult, in their case, to remedy this defect. Their reading is confined to the fire-side, and to the domestic circle; and there seems to be, therefore, less of inducement for them to aim at the life, and variety, and force, so essential in public speaking. Still, these, and every other good quality of the most eloquent delivery, ought to hold a high rank among female accomplishments.
I cannot understand, why it should be thought, as it sometimes is, a departure from female delicacy to read in a promis. cuous, social circle, if called upon to do so from any peculiar circumstances, and to read, too, as well as Garrick himself would have done, if the young lady possesses
power of doing it. Why may she not do this with as much genuine modesty; and with as much of a desire to oblige her friends; and with as little of ostentation, as to set down, in the same circle, to the piano, and play, and sing, in the style of the first masters? If to do the former is making too much of a display of her talents, why should not the latter be so ? Nothing, but some strange freaks of fashion have made a difference.
But at any rate, amid her family and friends, to how many otherwise tedious, or useless, hours of life, may a female impart both delight and improvement, by the charm of reading well. If a wife, she can solace many a season of a husband's