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[In the grave-yard of the First Presbyterian Church, in Easton, Pa., there is a simple, modest tomb-stone with this inscription, “Our LITTLE JOHNNY.” This tomb, which marks the resting-place of a sweet, precocious boy, is the scene of the following verses, written by his Mother.-ED.]
'Tis past, 'tis o'er, my beautiful hath faded-
Weep on, ye pitying orbs, though vain your weeping ;-
O ye pure orbs, why steal ye thus at even
'Tis vain, all vain: yet hath she consolation: 'Tis earth to earth, 'tis dust to dust we giveThe spirit cannot die. The termination Of wo, is death,man dies that he may liveDies but a holier being to receive! The enraptured soul, upspringing, chainless, free, Exulting, trembling, spreads her untried wing! Hark! hear ye not that heavenly harmony? 'Tis the glad song that the redeemed sing, “Where is thy victory, grave! 0 Death, where is thy
Why weep you thus for her in night and sadness?
Weep not, thou stricken one, though darkness o'er thee,
BY MRS. E. C. KINNEY.
WHO that ever saw her, could forget her? | nity, her fortunes had in early life been united That serene face-in which benignity lent its | to "a small pattern of a man" in every sense radiance to classic features, marked by strength of the adjective. She obeyed, to the letter of of purpose and resolute action; that figure- the law, the divine mandate, “Let the wife see the very ideal of the Roman Matron-that, clad that she reverence her husband;" while, by an in the sober habit of the Quaker, assumed no irresistible law of mind, her weaker half was stateliness of carriage, but moved to the inborn quietly guided by the stronger. The illgrace and dignity of a Scripture prophetess ; | matched but peaceful pair owned and occupied while the snowy kerchief folded across her one of the amplest dwellings of the village, and bosom, seemed the brooding wing of the dove, were the possessors of a flourishing farm some whose pure and peaceful spirit dwelt within three miles distant. Thus Aunt Rachel's purse, She looked not over forty when I first saw her; though not as large as her heart, often added but had been called Aunt Rachel by the reve- to her unuttered prayers its untrumpeted rent villagers for many years, as she came alms. Her house was the home of hospitality, among them in the sacred character of a and while her immediate family consisted only preacher; had won all ears by her truthful, of her passive spouse, herself, and servants, melodious tones, and all hearts by the love she generally headed a large well-filled board. that overflowed her own, and like an ever-living Teaching the Scriptures at home, and preachspring, made green all her pleasant borders. ing wherever and whenever the spirit moved, The term aunt, in her case, was evidently one were considered a divine right with which her of respect and endearment; not as applied to meek Jeremiah never interfered. The good the doctress, nurse, or spinster-gossip of the Book was placed beside her daily at the breakvillage. It was used in part as a compromise fast-table, and after the meal was over, her for the Mrs. or Madam, that would have family and guests enjoyed a scriptural feast, offended her Yea and Nay sect, as the atmo- enriched by the modulations of her heavensphere of sacredness that surrounded her, to a toned voice. conventional people, quite forbade the oriental Aunt Rachel's, was a name familiar not only Rachel, even though it brought to mind, in its to the neighbouring towns, but to the cities simplicity, the beautiful Scripture heroine ; for also; and dearly was it revered in the city of Aunt Rachel's admirers were not confined to Brotherly Love,” whose "yearly meetings"the Society of Friends; she recognised nume- despite their inevitable rainy accompaniment, rous friends among “ the world's people” also. she always attended. Whenever moved by the Nor were her ministrations limited to her own spirit to preach at a distance, the male memseet: wherever a sick-bed was approachable, bers of the meeting to which she belonged there was found Aunt Rachel; not with the awaited her bidding, vying with one another budget of nostrums and loud voice of expostu- for the honour of conducting her to the aplation; but moving, like a noiseless spirit, to pointed place. Thus without egotism, assumpsmooth the sufferer's pillow-whispering in tion or strife, she swayed all hearts, as gently gentle tone the consoling word, or sending the and caressingly as the sweet southwest moves voiceless prayer to Heaven, whose response was the vernal grove, or the rejoicing flowers. peace, nestling silently to the heart of the dying. Among the young people of the village, was To the young people of the neighbourhood, a beautiful maiden, who attached herself to Aunt Rachel was emphatically “a mother in Aunt Rachel at first sight, and became, in the Israel.” Her inexpressibly gentle manner, course of time, to her as a daughter. The united with a keen perception, and delicate affection between them, exceeding even the appreciation of all their pleasures, pains, and ties of nature, could only be compared to the pros
ospects, gained confidence unasked, and love attachment of Naomi and Ruth. Indeed Alice unstinted. Thus without the remotest charac- became so enthusiastic in her love at one time, teristic of an intermeddler, she became the re- that she would fain have forsaken her home pository of all heart-secrets—the mother-con- ' and sect, declaring to Aunt Rachel, “Where fessor of the youthful community. Aunt thou livest, I will live-thy people shall be my Rachel was not a maiden lady: by some unac- people, and thy God, my God!" But the kind countable accident, or some imperceptible affi-expostulation of her less impassioned friend,
prevailed over her impulses so far as to pre- commingle with her own, and whose manly beauvent a public renunciation of her religion, and ty would fill her admiring eye, as the embodiment she endeavoured to content herself, by listen- of her early imaginings. After a while, this ing in private to the inspired lessons of her project became a subject of daily conversation sacred teacher; or hand in hand with her, between the Friend and her protégée-an idea leaving in spirit the tumultuous world, and that took such hold of their imaginations, that “ getting into the quiet," as Aunt Rachel de- it seemed something actually settled. Aunt fined their seasons of silent worship. Alice Rachel's belief that they were designed by was the daughter of a retired merchant, who heaven for each other, gave a sacredness to had left the city to finish his days in seclusion, the subject; and to her partial eye both parties competence, and the free air of the country. 'were so nearly perfection, that she never The lovely companion of his youth had yielded dreamed they could be anything less in each her life in presenting him a daughter, and other's eyes. Whether she mentioned the grief once settled on his heart, like a bird of matter in her letters, we cannot say; but may night, departed not till she hatched a melan- safely infer that this pet plan was not concealed choly brood, that lived a fluttering life, but from her darling son, and that he had no never forsook their secret nest. He became secrets to keep from his friend. stern and morose, and even the smiles of his One spring morning, as Alice was gathering motherless daughter had no sunshiny influence wild flowers in her father's woodland, she was to draw forth the gloomy fledglings that he surprised by a sudden apparition crossing her cherished in his bosom. Alice's nature, ever path, whose form and face corresponded so brimming with love, needed only the touch of entirely with her ideal of Wallace—as Aunt sympathy to overflow, and her affection for Rachel called her unmated mate—that she Aunt Rachel was the outgushing of a heart started, and inadvertently uttered some exclawhose deep had never till then been stirred. mation that drew the stranger's attention ; What a scene for a painter was it, when she when her agitation so increased, that she had sat at the feet of her spiritual teacher, her blue to support herself against a tree. The gentleeyes-like dewy violets opening to the light of man taking her excitement for alarm, stepped heaven-looking up to the countenance where towards her, and bowing respectfully, apolo“majestic sweetness sat enthroned"-whose gized for his intrusion, adding that the insublime beauty formed a fitting contrast to the viting spring atmosphere had led him farther poetic loveliness of the fair creature beside from his duties than he intended; when, moher!
| destly begging her to add some flowers he had One regret mingled with their daily com- himself been gathering, to her bouquet, he bade munion: it was on the part of Aunt Rachel, her good morning, calling her name, much to that her only child — her darling son -- had her surprise : while she scarcely recovered hermarried just previous to her acquaintance with self sufficiently to receive with graciousness Alice; that she could not take the lovely girl either the apology, or the flowers ; but stamto her bosom as a daughter literally as well as mering out, “Not at all,”—“ Thank you, sir!" spiritually. She was the realization of the she watched him as he left the wood in the fair, ideal-bride she had depicted for her son ; | direction of the village. He was out of sight and he/she said it with the self-consciousness before Alice recovered her composure, and that becomes true greatness, and is not in long did she sit, pondering over what seemed opposition to humility, for she had trained him more like a vision than a reality. “And he --was the noble being that could have appre- spoke my name," thought she. “It cannot be ciated and cherished the confiding Alice! But that Wallace has come to the village unknown Aunt Rachel's son, who lived at a distance to Aunt Rachel-yet it must be he; or why did from her, had a friend, who was the companion ! I feel so when he appeared ? and why did his of his youth; they had grown up to manhood voice thrill through me, like the music of my together, and now were united in a professional dreams? Perhaps he surprised me purposely, business. Next to her son, he was dearest to preferring such to a formal first-meeting. Posher heart, and was as yet unmarried. No sibly Aunt Rachel sent him to the wood, thinkwonder then, that the Quakeress often spoke of ing I might be there. She is right-a person him in the highest terms to Alice, and even of such appearance must have a noble mind intimated the fond wish that, when they should and nature! How strikingly he is what I imameet, an attachment might spring up between gined Wallace to be! But I must hasten home; them. To such intimations the maiden re there is, no doubt, a message for me there from gponded with natural enthusiasm ; for in her Aunt Rachel." Here the young lady made a love for Aunt Rachel, and the romance of her sudden start, and with it, a new idea seemed to nature, she began to indulge soft dreams of a strike her mind and produce a change of lordly and loving being whose ardent soul would expression on her countenance. As she walked
༣ མང ན ད ན ་. ན ཎ ན ན ང ཟ འ འ ན ༣ ང ན་ ང་ ལན་ཚན མ homeward her thoughts ran thus. “But this was welcomed, gave a fortunate reassurance to gentleman was a scholar,-I saw a book under her heart, and composure to her manners. his arm. Can he be the new professor at the Aunt Rachel in 'ormed her that she had just recollege, of whom my father spoke as the son of ceived a letter from her son, containing the his old friend, Judge Carlton? I will not think joyful information that he and his friend would 80—it must be Wallace—it is he that I have soon be with her. “But Alice, thou art not seen in my thought."
well!" she said, on turning to meet the young The very suggestion of another had given her lady's affectionate response; “thy cheek is not the strange guiltiness of feeling, that one really so rosy as it was when I saw thee last-I betrothed might be supposed to have, whose feared thou wert sick, not seeing thee yestermind had wandered from its constancy, and day." Alice quieted her fears by saying that she entered the house in a state between self- it was nothing but a headache that affected her reproach, hoping, and fearing. Not on familiar spirits a little; yet owing to pleasing anticipaterms enough with her father to make inqui- tion on the one part, and some sort of expectaries touching the young man, she judiciously tion on the other, that can scarcely be defined, restrained the question that rose to her lips on their interview was not that “getting into the meeting him, and not finding the hoped-for quiet” which they were accustomed to, and message from Aunt Rachel, she remained at Alice returned from her visit less composed home the rest of the day. As evening ap- than she went. She had agreed to spend the proached, she was sitting by the window look- following day with Aunt Rachel, when her ing abstractedly out into the twilight, when a guests were expected to arrive, and somehow rap at the door, followed by her father's “ Who or other, she felt no pleasure at the thought. can that be?" reminded her that she was in | But go she must--and did. The fatted calf the same room with him. The servant ushered had been killed, and all things were in abunin a gentleman, who handed a letter to her dant readiness for the return of the long-absent father, on reading which, he introduced the son. The expectant mother was too much stranger to his daughter as Mr. Carlton. She engaged in her substantial preparations to rose and courtesied with as much composure as notice any despondence on the part of her she could assume, recognising in the twilight young friend, after receiving from her an the outline of the person she had met in the assurance that her head was relieved; and wood. His voice had the same deep melody in Alice rallied herself continually to sympathize her ear, and the same air of high breeding in her joy. marked his every word and gesture. She About noon, a carriage drove up to the door, could not command herself sufficiently to join from which the expected and devoted twain in the conversation with ease; but occasionally alighted, and were welcomed with the affecmade a remark, which was received by the tionate dignity and grace that controlled Aunt young man with evident pleasure. Her father Rachel always, and on every occasion. There made himself more than usually agreeable, and was no outburst of rapture—no nervous excitawhen Mr. Carlton rose to depart, his call not bility; but there was the heart-toned salutahaving exceeded the bounds of courtesy, he tion, and the feeling grasp of hands--the true cordially invited him to visit them again. When eloquence of love! Alice withdrew to an inner Alice retired to her chamber, a crowd of uneasy apartment, that her presence might not be a thoughts oppressed her, such as she had never restraint on the meeting, where, at the proper experienced before. For the first time, the time, Aunt Rachel presented her son William, remembrance of Aunt Rachel gave her pain and his friend Wallace. The pleasing alliterainstead of peace; for how could she tell her of tion of the names, uttered with the peculiar her adventure in the wood-of Mr. Carlton's 'pathos of that voice, brought a beaming smile visit, and least of all, the emotions he had to the face of Alice, and her greeting was excited ? It would grieve her friend, and yet, unaffectedly kind. In William, she saw at once how could she withhold anything from her the fulfilment of every noble expectation; but whose bosom had so long been the repository in his friend, she recognised nothing of all her of all her thoughts? Then her mind would bright imaginings. He was indeed manly in revert to the beautiful young man again, and appearance, and not unprepossessing; his manyielding to pleasurable emotions, for a time she ners and conversation proved him to be the would forget all else. So she fell asleep on accomplished gentleman ; but-but-he was this first night of a new existence, to dream not her Wallace! With true good taste, Aunt alternately of Aunt Rachel and the stranger. Rachel sent no scrutinizing glances at the
The following day she did receive a message young people, as they conversed; nor did she to go to her friend, which she obeyed with leave them purposely to entertain each other, trembling steps; but on meeting her, the more but divided her kind attentions with the ease than ordinary smile of pleasure with which she and affability of good breeding. William was full of anecdote and humour, yet never for- / wept aloud, uttering only the words, “ Forgive, getting his inborn and educated refinement; forgive me!” “Forgive me, my daughter!" and Wallace made himself highly agreeable was the response, and the twain were one even to Alice, who, it was not difficult to see, soul! had made a very different impression on him, The following day Aunt Rachel's guests defrom that which he had made on her. It parted, taking with them her almost divine needed not, therefore, the repeated interviews benediction : on her serene brow was visible that were afforded them, during the several no trace of the disappointment that had su weeks' visit of Aunt Rachel's guests, for Wal- | to the very well-spring of her being. Alice lace to become the fervent lover of Alice, or for cheated herself into the belief that her friend her to determine that she could only be his had, after all, suffered less than she had; and friend: nor to the penetrating mind of the when a few days following, she found her sick Quakeress was any watchfulness necessary to to her bed with a nervous fever, she only attrian understanding of the different states of these buted it to grief at parting with her son. Most young people's minds. The discovery which assiduously did she watch by her pillow, imishe made on the day of their introduction, was tating her own quietness in the sick chamber, the greatest disappointment of her life. She blessing her with the balm of noiseless minishad dwelt so long, and so deeply on the desired tration, even as she had blessed others. It connexion, that in her own mind it was con- / was long before disease yielded at all to summated before they met; she could not now quietude and the best medical aid ; and when bring herself to believe that it would never it did subside, the healthful tone of existence take place-time and further acquaintance had departed, and she was never again Aunt would certainly effect what on one side was Rachel, physically or mentally. Her presence wanting, and then her own influence-she was no more beautified “ the place of the Sancnot unconscious of its power—she flattered her | tuary;” nor was her voice lifted up again in self must prevail in the end. She did not harmony with the living truth. The meek therefore discourage the attentions of Wallace, flock that she had led “into green pastures and though Alice did, without coquetry or unkind beside the still waters," sat “by Babel's ness ; for she felt for her friend and the young streams,” and wept a lost shepherdess; or man, more than she did for herself, to whom were scattered on barren mountains, “as sheep remained the most trying duty of her life-that without a shepherd.” of communicating to Aunt Rachel the unalte- A succession of misfortunes followed close rable condition of her mind; and many were upon Aunt Rachel's disappointment and illher silent petitions to Heaven, for strength to ness: her always weak companion, Jeremiah, face the trial. Their affection was of that con- became imbecile in body and mind; her profiding and sympathetic nature, that the thought perty “ took wings;” and-oh, I weep to tell of marring it, was like plucking out a right it!-her William—“the only son of his mother, eye. Yet she could not perjure herself at the and she” more than “& widow"-was taken altar-she could not give her hand without her from her by relentless death. She retired to heart; it was contrary to the instincts of her her farm-house, the shadow of her former self truthful being-it was in opposition to all the -one, from whom the glory once departed, teachings of her spiritual guide. She resolved could return no more! Yet she never comto throw herself on the affection of Aunt Rachel plained; nor ceased to exert every faculty to the --to tell her that if she loved at all, it was | utmost, to bear, without breaking, her load of not Wallace!
calamity; but the burden proved heavier than On a June morning, without a cloud-a very even she could bear. Just at this time too, when Sabbath of nature, when not a breeze moved | Alice longed more than ever to stay by and perceptibly the forest leaves, when even the comfort her friend, her father suddenly ascerbirds seemed to sing in an undertone, and tained that the climate of his country resicalm pervaded everything--Alice arose with a dence did not agree with his health, and dequiet in her mind that harmonized with the termined to go south. This was breaking the scene, and resolved to embrace the tranquillast link that bound Aunt Rachel to earth, hour to lay her inmost heart at the feet of her and like tearing out the heartstrings from friend. Tapping gently on the door of her poor Alice's bosom. Their parting is not to be private apartment, the kindly voice she knew | described! so well bade her come in. Aunt Rachel raised Alice's letters were the chief earthly consolaher eyes from the sacred volume on her lap to tion of Aunt Rachel during the six months that welcome her child, and there was something so followed, and they revealed to her, what the touchingly soulful in their expression, that timid girl had never dared to speak, the first tears rushed to the eyes of Alice, and she meeting of two heaven-matched lovers in her threw herself on the bosom of her friend, and father's woodland-their warmer meeting at