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THE YANKEE DEACON.
By Mrs. C. Hutchins.
By Mrs. S. M. C. Perkins.
Now the dusky twilight shadows
Softly glide into my room, Laden with the sweets of memory
Like the zephyr with perfume. Day and night are fondly blended,
Gathered in a close embrace ;
Nature, in her quiet splendor,
One by one the stars are peering
From their fir-off heavenly home ; And the burnished clouds are fading
With the rays of setting sun. Silently I muse and ponder
On the twilight hours to come;
That in happier days I've known ?-
Shadows deepen ; I am dreaming
of the hours that were so sweet ; Infant voices are repeating
“Now I lay me down to sleep.” Those loved scenes, in all their freshness,
Come again to soothe and bless ;
To my heart again is prest,
A STURDY young blacksmith of twenty years of age bought his time of his brother, and one cold Saturday morning in midwinter he started to walk to Boston and seek his fortune. He buttoned up his gray overcoat and put on his buckskin mittens, happy in his freedom, trusting alone in Providence and his own strong arm. He knew but a single individual in the city; but the evening found him a guest of that friend, and he spent his first Sabbath at church.
He had no thought, as he sat there in rustic garb, listening eagerly to the sermon, that he would yet do more for Boston churches, for the poor of the city, and for all benevolent purposes, than any other layman of that city. But he commenced life aright. He wasted no time on frivolous amusements; but in his own language, he “set his heart to seek the Lord and his hands to work."
On Monday morning, he entered into a partnership with his host, giving him his whole fortune of twenty dollars and his note for two hundred and forty more. Then came the smutty apron and anvil; and by that burning forge he shaped for himself a name and a fortune which has largely blessed the world.
Almost his first earnings were expended for a poor widow who was destitute of fuel. He purchased a load of wood, hired a man to saw it, and after a hard day's work, he carried it himself to her attic and piled it up nicely for her use. No wonder that the widow's God remembered the young man and accepted the offering! It was a large gift, then, for one of his slender means, and was returned to him fourfold. Daniel Safford bore the yoke in his
His life, with all his powers, was early consecrated to God, and in a remarkable manner, he illustrated his faith by his works. He gowed the seeds of righteousness in early life, and he lived to reap a harvest of peace, love, and joy in his own experience.
He was prospered in business, and every year increased the sums devoted to
And the moon again is rising,
As it rose on those blest nights,
Pointing to the orb of light.
Of that blissful “ long ago,"
Ere my breast was filled with woe
Ere that blithesome home was blighted
By the scorpion's poison breath, Searing boliest aff:ctions,
Leaving nought but living death!
I must hasten to my chamber,
Drive the threat’ning gloom away ; God will give me, if I ask him,
“Strength that's equal to the day ;”
Lo ! I go to him and pray ! North Lawrence, N. Y.
benevolence. On one public occasion, he and persuaded her inebriate husband to gave a thousand dollars to the American sign the pledge. The poor woman, in her Education Society. But he srys of this gratitude, asked and obtained permission gift, “ It caused me a great deal of pain. to name her son for her benefactor, and I saw in my heart risings of self-compla- twenty years afterward, she said of her cency which were very odious, and led me boy, “ My Daniel has good larnin', has to fear that God would not accept the never been a Cat’olic, never drank any
rum, and never brought a tare into my And I doubt if it were as pleasing to eye.” God as many a smaller gift of his, pri- Of how few sons of more favored famvately given, of which the world took no ilies can this be truthfully said ! notice. His life was not without its sor- Mr. Safford was emphatically a happy rows. Severe domestic bereavements were
I have almost wondered at the laid upon him during the first years of peace like a river which seemed to permarried life, and repeatedly was he called meate his whole being and almost gloriupon to strew the dust upon the sunny fied his daily life, long before he reached brow of cherished friends; but he gave the heavenly shores. In a peculiar way, them up without a murmur, and blessed God seemed to prosper him in all that he the hand that held the chastening rod, did. He gave him wealth, he gave him saying, “ Though He slay mc, yet will I leisure to devote it to the good of others, trust in Him." But other ties were and better than all else, he gave him the formed, and he was surrounded by a lov- peace which passes understanding, which ing family; and the minister of the gos- none can enjoy save those who tread the pel, the missionary, the poor, and the out- narrow paths of duty. cast ever found a welcome seat at his He visited the narrow laues and lowly hospitable board. He provided a hand-cabins of Boston, clothed the children of some home for his family, consecrated it, want and sorrow, and then gathered them with all he had, to God, and then, like into the Sabbath-school. The doors of his Master, he went about doing good. his home were thrown open to them, and When he had accumulated the small for a social, Christian influence was thus tune of forty-five thousand dollars, he thrown around them that it was not easy resolved to devote his entire income, ex- to resist. cept the support of his family, to works The rich and refined are too apt to forof benevolence and charity. This reso- get the good they may accomplish by their lution was religiously adhered to through costly parlors. Let the little bare feet life. He never became any more wealthy, press upon the beautiful tapestry carpets
gave away thousands of dollars every so like the mosses upon the hillside; let year, until, at his death thirty years after the piano music charm their sensitive wards, it was found that his charities ears; let their bright eyes gaze in admiamounted to the sum of seventy thousand ration upon the gilt-framed Madonnas eight hundred dollars.
and other paintings upon the walls; then Some of these gifts were large sub- let your hands rest in love upon their scriptions; but the greater proportion of sunny, uncombed locks, and tell them the them were in small sums, unknown to the sweet story of Jesus and his wondrous world, but accepted by Him who suffereth love for them. They will look up to you not a sparrow to fall without his notice. with a wonder akin to reverence, and One instance I will notice :
will, to their dying day, remember the A poor Irish woman applied to him in story, and it may keep them from sin in a time of trouble. She had not where to the hour when the tempter would lure lay her head. Mr. Safford gave her a them to destruction. “ In heaven, their little money and sent soine of his family angels do always behold the face of the to ascertain the truthfulness of her story, Father.” which was found to be correct. Ile pro- Mr. Safford visited Europe twice, and vided her with a home and employment, each time paid the expenses of others
with whom he wished to share the pleas- him her plan of founding a school for ures of travel. His letters from there girls, for which the building alone would are plain, sensible, and genial, and form cost seventy thousand dollars. She rea striking contrast to so many that we ceived the kindest words of encouragesee in print, long-spun and illiterate, and ment and a subscription of five hundred which are never read. At his first visit, he dollars, and his house was ever afterward was a delegate to the Evangelical Alliance her home. Her wants were few and simat Frankport, Germany. His heart was ple, — “only a place to rest and pray in," all aglow at the sight of so many Chris- - and she came and went when she tians of all denominations worshipping God pleased. It was her Mount Carmel, together. We quote his own words: where she looked to God in prayer, and
" This was the most interesting meet- read and wrote, and planned for her chering I ever attended. There were some ished school. of the most learned and pious men of the Mr. Safford afterward assisted the semage - clergymen, statesmen, private citi- inary to the amount of several thousand zens, of various denominations - acknowl. dollars, and in his last sickness, he reedging their past uncharitableness and marked that the assistance he bad given unkindness; some who had been engaged that school was regarded by bim with in controversy confessing the bitterness peculiar pleasure. And now that he has with which they had conducted it; all passed to his reward with her who accoinpledging themselves that, while they would plished so much for her sex by that school, feel at liberty still to discuss and defend I believe it is still a source of satisfaction what they believed to be the truth, they to him and will be forever. would put away all bitterness and wrath Mr. Safford's last illness was painful and anger and clamor and evil-speaking, and protracted; yet the everlasting arms with all malice, and be kind, tender- were beneath him, and he was peaceful hearted, forbearing one with another in and happy. Music from the celestial love, forgiving one another, even as God, shores cheered the passage over the river for Christ's sake, had forgiven them. I of death, and it was a scene of the most sat upon a plank five hours without hard- sublime faith and victory over the last ly thinking of myself; and although enemy. I will give one more extract:many stood during the services, scarcely « On entering the rooin one day, Mrs. an individual went out, or appeared tired. Safford said, · What is your mind dwellThen all joined in singing the doxology ing upon, husband, as you lie here with so much heart and earnestness as to alone?' make the hall tremble. In less than a “Oh,' said he, I have been thinking moment the whole audience were shaking what a mistake we have made.' hands with each other with a cordiality “ As he spoke with emphasis, she was and earnestness I have seldom witnessed. somewhat alarmed, supposing he referred I was between a clergyman of the Estab- to the medicine, or something in the treatlished Church and a Dissenting minister, ment of the disease, and said quickly, both of whom seized my hands and shook Mistake? about what?' them, saying, “I can reach across the At- “Why, that we have not understood lantic to take a Christian brother by the that God is love! And such love! Pow hand.' The prayers of Christians in dif- wonderful, wonderful! I do not grasp it ferent parts of the world, I do believe, yet, but I shall.' have been heard for this conference." “ And he made a great effort to describe
That heroic woman, Mary Lyon, who it, as it was then being revealed to him; suffered the sneers of her own time, and but language failed him." dared to be unladylike that she might do Thus joyfully he passed away. The a great deal of good, and whose name loving Saviour, whom he had followed all will long be enibalmed in love and rever- his life, was with him in his departure, ence by the truly good of all ages, early and the God in whom he trusted was able applied to Daniel Safford, and laid before to deliver him from the King of Terrors.
He died in Boston, February, 1856;
THE HENRIAD and the memoir which I have just closed
(From the French.) is one of the best biographies I ever read.
By Rev. C. F. LeFevre.
Argument. rial than the proudest monument. He
The hero continues the history of the civil wars sweetly sleeps at Mount Auburn; but his
of France. Awful death of Charles IX. noble example still speaks to us, to scat- Reign of Henry III. His character. The ter blessings in the pathway of the unfor
character of the famous Duke of Guise,
known by the name of the Bilafre. Battle tunate, Pure religion and undefiled is
of Coutras. Death of the Duke of Guise. to visit the widow and the fatherless in The extremity to which Henry III is reduced. their afflictions, and keep himself unspot
Muyenpe is chief of the League; D'Aumale
is its liero. Reconciliation of Henry III. and ted from the world.”
of Henry, King of Navarre.
Succor prom. jsed by Elizabeth. Her answer to Henry of
"Wuen, during the days the decree was in The influence of the female mind over
force, the stronger mind of man is greater, per- And cruelty suffered to take its free course, haps, than many are willing to acknowl- | The assassins, fatigued, ceased new victims to edge. Its operations are various, and hunt, some men struggle fearfully to disengage And the edge of their swords with the slaughter themselves from it. But this we believe, was blunt, that, inore or less, all men have felt its The people whose hands had been armed by the power; and those perhaps have experi- queen enced it to the greatest extent who would Now opened their eyes on the infamous scene. have it supposed they despised it most. As their rage passed away, compassion stood A woman loses many of her charms, and rear, consequently much of her power, in the While the groans of their country fell sad on
their ear. opinion of many, when she ranges herself on the side of that which is wrong; while With a sense of his crime Charles, too, wa it is impossible to calculate the influence
opprest, of virtuous women, when that influence And the pains of remorse rankle now in his is exerted with tenderness and modesty. From earliest years, he to vice had been trained,
breast. The ruin produced by a bad woman may Which over his nature ascendance had gained ; be sudden and violent, and compared to
Yet the pleadings of conscience he could not the bursting of a volcano, or the over
disown, flowings of the ocean; but the influences Whose voice with alarm fills the king on his of a virtuous woman are like the gentle
throne. dew and morning showers, which descend Though his mother's vile maxims had blighted silently and softly, and are known only by his prime, their effects in the smiling aspect of the Iis heart, like the queen's, was not callous valleys and the weight of the autumnal
with crime. branches,
On the flower of his youth now a blasting grief
A languor had fatally seized on his frame, – NATIONS, like individuals, exist for
When God, in just anger, his judgment sert something beyond themselves. America
forth, is to do more than to develop its own
And fixed on the dying the seal of his wrath, magnificent resources, if it fulfils its le- and from that example the lesson enforce gitiinate destiny. It has a world's work What those might expect who should follow his to do.
It has to achieve the practical
His blood, in great bubbles from his body eject. Their mischievous will in his name they ad. ed,
vance, The French blood avenged which his plans had In extravagance scatter the treasures of France; projected.
And vainly the people, oppressed beyond measHe saw not the hand that inflicted the blow. The people, amazed at the terrible show, At their luxury groaned, while they paid for Lamented their monarch, cut off in his youth, their pleasure. Seduced by the wicked from virtue and truth, Whose repentance sincere, but alas! then in “ While Valois to these minions submitted his vain,
fate, Gare to France feeble hope of a gentler reign. And with taxes for subsidies burdened the
State ; “On report of his death, from the realms of Guise came on the stage, and this brilliant the north,
light 3 With steps of impatience, the Valois rushed Of a people inconstant soon dazzled the sight; forth ; ?
His valor, his exploits, his beauty, his ease, To a kingdom all reeking with carnage he His father's great name, his own talents to came,
please, Of his brother, now dead, the sad heirship to Which far greater power than virtue imparts, claim.
Had gained the affections and won him all
“At that time had Poland, with one common
“The art of seduction no man better knew : voice,
None better than he could their passions subTo the rank of Zagellan elected Valois.
due ; More dreided than kings was the sound of his None better knew how, with an honest outside,
name, And the choice from a hundred of provinces Imperious, haughty, could stoop when he chose;
In the greatest design, the true motive to hide.
Of the people, in public, he pitied the woes; A dangerous thing is too great a renown; Valois with the weight of the burden broke The poor went to seek him and came back con
From the rigorous burden of tax he dissented ; down.
tented. Think not in his faults his part I would take, While my ease and my life a free offering I And his bounty through Paris was largely dif
For the indigent timid his forethought he used; make.
fused. The truth I prefer. The rest is soon said.
Their good-will be gained while despising the I pity, I blame him, but give him my aid.
When offending, he showed an implacable hate; “ His glory had passed as a vapor in air ; In his vows he was rash, in artifice wise, The change was a great one, but by no means His virtue was brilliant, and so was his vice.
Conversant with peril, no falterings he had ; Of kings we have heard, and too true the re- Great as hero and prince, but as citizen bad.
port, Who were heroes in battle and slaves in their Having tested, for some time, the power thus court.
gained, Great queen, to the mind for true courage we From an inconstant people a footing obtained, look ;
He showed his true colors, nor scrupled to Of virtues the Valois a fair ebare partook. He is valiant but weak, rather soldier than The purpose he formed to subvert the king's prince,
throne. And only in battle can firmness evince. In Paris, the infamous League was projected, Vile courtiers flattered his fuibles and sloth, Whose fatal example all France had infected, And to serve their base ends tuok advantage of A horrible monster, by great and small pourboth.
ished, In the depths of his palace together secluded, Where carnage had fattened and tyranny fourWhere no voice of his suffering people intruded, ished.