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A place for thee thy loving Lord prepares-
Thy own true home-meet for immortal heirs."

Sweet Angel voice! oh, come thou once again
To soothe this anguish'd heart-to lull this pain.
Ah! earth-freed spirit ! thou can'st chide the tear;
I would not weep, could I but feel thee near ;
A legacy of sweetest toil should be
Life's heaviest cares ; if I might follow thee,

This wither'd heart no more grief's leaden sway
Should own, but should thy love-behests obey :
Though deep, I'd quaff my cup of bitterness
E'en as it smites, the rod of Love caress;
All my appointed time my change I'll wait,
Let Thy correction, Father, make me great ;
And when Thou makest up Thy jewels rare,
LORD, Thou that heark’nest to the widow's prayer,
In that bright home let me no treasures miss,
Where sorrow smiles not, let me sbare his bliss ;
Grant me to greet him in Thy Courts above,

And crown that union with a deathless love.
Hartley Maudytt.

F. P.

Reviews and Notices. We must begin, we fear, with taking exception to the title of Miss Sydney's Catechism on the Book of Common Prayer. (London : Simpkin and Marshall.) It is really a catechism on the Sunday service as too often conducted-i.e., Matins, Litany, and Table Prayers. Of these portions of the Prayer Book the author gives a simple, and at the same time, quite an orthodox explanation. Seeing, however, that what our people most need is the realization of the nature of worship, we should advise Miss Sydney, if she has the opportunity, to prefix a chapter on this subject.

It may surprise some persons to meet with a republication of Bishop Tomline's Elements of Theology, (Masters ;) for the author is unfortunately most known by his too successful nepotism. Nevertheless, the book, in its abridged form, contains a really excellent account of the Bible, and has been so skilfully prepared by the editor that it seems to lay a foundation that will effectually guard young people against the common sceptical objections of the day. It is the result, in fact, the preface tells us, of a parent's care for her own child.

Counsels on Holiness of Life, being the first part of the Sinner's Guide, translated from the Spanish of Luis de Granada, with a life of the author, (Rivingtons,) appears to be one of the most valuable of the series called the Ascetic Library, for which we are indebted to Mr. Shipley. The translation has been very carefully executed, the life of Fray Luis is curious and interesting, and the “Counsels" themselves though somewhat stiff and prolix, as the writings of the early part of the sixteenth century generally are, still speak most plainly and judiciously to the falling buman nature, whose trials and temptations are the same in every age, and with so deep a knowledge of the spiritual life that they cannot fail to be very useful.

Mr. Masters has brought out a beautifully got up volume of The Little Hours of the Day according to the Kalendar of the Church of England, which will be invaluable in all Religious Houses as well as in schools and families where the Hours are kept. It is very complete and has been compiled with great care, and it is also exceedingly simple and intelligible, which is more than can be said of some of our recent office books.

Mr. Boyce's Catechetical Hints and Helps, (Bell and Daldy, London,) will be a real assistance to parents and teachers in giving instruction to children-so far at least as it goes. The author does not trench upon doctrine, and his purpose is simply to explain words and phrases.

Messrs. Rivington have published a new and unabridged edition of Bishop Wilson's well known Short and Plain Instructions on the Lord's Supper, and they offer it to the public in three different forms at various prices; the cheapest, which though in paper boards is an elegant little book, being only sixpence. Doubtless even amidst the rich abundance of Eucharistic manuals which have poured from the press of late, there are many who still value their old friend, and will be glad to see it in this new and attractive shape.

The last few numbers of the Monthly Packet, (Mozley,) have contained a well told story called Campanella which is very far from being commonplace. The interest of the Caged Lion is somewhat marred by the very small portions which are given each month; and the same in greater degree may be said of Bertram, or the Heir of Pendyne. Perhaps the most valuable papers in the recent numbers have been the really excellent translations from Dante.

The Passing Bell and other Poems, by the Rev. J. S. B. Monsell, (Bell and Daldy) are very sweet and pleasing with their melodious rhythm and earnest devotional feeling; it is just the book for a sick room, where a few lines may be read and The following is a good specimen:

dwelt upon.

Upon the shore

Of everniore Wesport like children at their play,

And gather shells

Where sinks and swells The mighty sea from far away.

Upon that beach

Nor voice, nor speech Doth things intelligible say,

But through our souls

A whisper rolls That comes to us from far away.

Into our ears

The voice of years, Comes deeper, deeper day by day,

We stoop to hear,

As it draws near,
Its awfulness from far away.

At what it tells

We drop the shells
We were so full of yesterday ;

And pick no more

Upon that shore,
But dream of brighter far away.

And o'er that tide

Far out and wide The yearnings of our souls do stray,

We long to go,

We do not know Where it may be—but far away.

The mighty deep

Doth slowly creep Up on the shore where we did play,

The very sand,

Where we did 'stand A moment since, swept far away.

Our play-mates all,

Beyond our call, Are passing hence, as we too may,

Unto that shore

Of evermore
Beyond the boundless far away.

We'll trust the wave

And Him to save, Beneath whose feet as marble lay

The rolling deep,

For He can keep
Our souls in that dim far away.

The waters roar

From shore to shore,
He calls us, and we cannot stay,

Soon shall we see

The Land that's very far away.


The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of the Correspondents.

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collections to fall short of what they desire, and rather to diminish than increase.

Further, upon taking the report of the S. P. G. (which is probably more favourable to those churches than that of any other society,) I find nothing but discouragement. Thus, while nothing whatsoever appears to have been contributed last year to the S. P. G. by S. Mary Magdalen's, Munster Square, S. Alban's, S. Mary's, Crown St., or S. Ethelburga's, only such comparatively small sums as £15 or £12 are sent by such wealthy congregations as All Saints', to some special fund.

But I do not stop here. The whole contributions of the London churches are miserably small. I have heard that the whole diocese of London does not give as much to the S. P. G. and other church societies as does the diocese of Oxford ; certainly its contributions fall infinitely short of what they ought to be. And what is needed seems to be that the different parties, as well as the different estates in the Church should provoke one another to greater liberality in good works, and London ought to take the lead.-Yours, &c., A TRAVELLER.

P.S. The Dissenters set us a good example in this matter. Froin a

which professes to possess very full means of information on the subject, it appears that the most well-to-do congregations maintain missions in poorer districts. Thus the congregation of Surrey Chapel, besides supporting their own ministers and schools &c., collect little less than £4000 per annum, for general religious objects.

be happy to give her all the information in my power, as I myself belong to the society.

The Company was instituted about twenty years ago by Miss Sellon, Lady Abbess of the Devonport Society. The twenty-four hours of the day and night are divided into nine choirs, and Companions can take any time they like from ten minutes upwards, for the watch. Each choir is directed by a Sister or some lady who sends every month the office appointed for the time with a paper of requests for prayer, to every member of her choir.

There are no obligations attached to the duties of Companions, all that is required is to pray earnestly and regularly during the time of watch.

On Thursday night in every week, such as are able of the Companions unite in prayer, though separate from one another, from midnight till one o'clock, in memory of the sacred hour of suffer. ing intercession of their LORD in Gethsemane. This hour is sacredly and especially dedicated to mutual intercession for our own souls and the souls of our Companions by all who join in it.

Should HILDA wish to learn more particulars of this Company, if she will write to J. B., Canon Hill, Maidenhead, her letter_shall be attended to.—Yours, &c., IRMA.


SIR-I dare say you will not wish to continue à discussion on this subject. I will only say, therefore, that our correspondent “ H.” has not said anything to allay my apprehension. The ledge which he has constructed for him. self to stand on, will scarcely be found broad enough for the many. Moreover, I cannot think it safe to have private devotions out of harmony with our public services and teachings. But least of all is the present moment one when ex


OF JESUS. SIR,-In answer to Hilda's questions respecting the Companions of the Love of JESUS, I shall


tremes are likely to be avoided. Re-union is a tempting idea; but in my opinion it will be best promoted by doing our work well and keeping firm to our own traditions. The rest may be left to GOD.Yours, &c., CAUTUS. "EVERY ONE HAD FOUR FACES.”

EZEK. I. 6. Face III. Intolerant. SIR,-Since the hour that our Blessed LORD declared to His Disciples, that “they which draw the sword, shall perish by the sword,” it has ever been the mark of a false religion to adopt the argumentum baculinum the strongest convincing agency. It is true that the Christian Church has sometimes fallen into this uncharitable sin, as e.g., the Church of Rome in some instances; but, nevertheless, no one may consider that branch of the Catholic Church less, as a whole, belonging to the one Holy Church, that our LORD has left on earth. But whatever examples of intolerance may be pointed out in the whole three portions of the Catholic Church, Dissent of the last three hundred years will multiply in itself tenfold. It is true that the Protestant “religion," when weak, was as the unhatched egg. No one could discern the true elements of the nature within the shell; but when warmer rays shone upon it, and the Church of God waxed careless of the wanderers without its fold, then did the cockatrice come forth, and trampling the broken fragments of the shell that had enveloped it under its feet, did begin the work of destruction. And as it daily grew almost unnoticed, or passed by with contempt, its malice and envy grew also day by day, until as in the sanguinary reign of Elizabeth, its venom exhausted itself upon the young, and defenceless, and aged.

The late Protestant outrages in this country, bear testimony, to the character of the religion that supports them. None, however faithful, however earnest, however sincere, if professing the faith 80 dear to the hearts of all true Catholics, can escape from the violence of a Protestant crowd. As S. Ambrose says, “the faith the most perfect is the faith nearest GOD;" so by a natural construction, the most unchangeable religion is removed far from the heart of Him who has said by the mouth of holy Apostles, “There are three things, Faith, Hope, and Charity ; but the GREATEST of these is CHARITY."

Veiled as it may be, hidden it cannot be, pressed down it is, not concealed, denied it is, yet discerned, the Protestant faith is per ipsam the faith whose downfall has been predicted, and those many of its adherents whose life being better than their religion, strive to walk in the right way, via vitæ, are entreated earnestly and clearly in the words of Holy Writ, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her plagues.". May an Almighty and Omniscient GOD who tries the hearts and reins of the children of men, lighten them into the right way.-Yours, &c., H. J. Y.

N. OR M.

SIR,–J. T.'s explanation that N. or M. stand for Š. Nicolas, the patron saint of boys, and S. Mary, the Virgin, protector of girls, is ingenious and pretty, but very doubtful. It is more matter-offact, but more likely that N. or M. is one of the presumptuous alterations of ignorant printers, who thought to correct what they did not understand, and that we should read “N. or NN." for Nomen aut Nomina-Name or Names. Yours, &c., H. B.

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