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says Belle.

Ah, I've heard that voice before !

BOOK NOTICES. “Let me in,” says Belle.

THE UNIVERSALIST REGISTER, though it comes I will be so good and still !

to us late, is none the less welcome. It contains Dear papa, you know I will

the usual statistics and list of ministers. The Just a little corner fill. Let me in,”

Chronological Table, showing the dates of the

leading events in the history of Universalism So I spoke the welcome word,

after the age of the apostles, is a new feature in

this issue. Come in, little Belle !"

It was prepared by Rev. T. B. Her two little feet I heard ;

Thayer, and contains a large amount of valu

able information. “Here I come,” says Belle.

Short biographies of the In there peeped a golden head,

ministers of our faith who have died during the Chubby face, with cheeks so red ;

past year, anecdotes, etc., etc., fill up the bal. “Welcome, little one ! ” I said.

ance of the forty-eight pages. Price twelve “ Here I come,” says Belle.

cents.

For sale by Tompkins and Co.
I was tired and full of gloom

THE MUSICAL SUNBEAM. - We have received
When you came, my Belle ;
Dark and lonely seemed the room

a copy of this excellent work from the publishTill you came, my Belle ;

er, John Church, Jr., of Cincinnati, and after But your presence changed it quite,

a careful examination of it, we can with pleasFor you brought a flood of light;

ure recommend it to the teachers of our Make my study warm and bright,

schools. Sunny little Belle.

It is a work of practical utility. Its depart

ments of information and of suggestions are The other, solely and entirely for the wee already of great value to the workers in the ones, is as pretty as possible. Many a little Sunday-school cause, while its department of heart has echoed the same wishes.

music embraces a choice variety of tunes suffi. cient to last a school for more than three

months. Ring, ting! I wish I were a Primrose, – A bright yellow Primrose, blooming in the The price to Sunday-schools is $10.00 per hun

It is proposed to issue the work quarterly. spring! The stooping boughs above me,

dred. Sample copies may be obtained by The wandering bee toʻlove me,

enclosing fifteen cents to J. Church, Jr., CinThe fern and moss to creep across,

cinnati, Ohio. And the Elm-tree for our king !

NETTIE GAY. - This beautiful and attractive Nay, stay! I wish I were an Elm-tree,

juvenile work, written by the wife of one of A great lofty Elm-tree, with green leaves gay! our Universalist clergymen, comes to us fresh The wind would set them dancing,

from the binders' hands. It is the narrative of The sun and moonshine glance in,

the child-life of Nettie Gay touchingly told, And birds would house among the boughs,

and will commend itself to the innocent and And sweetly sing !

loving nature of 'all children who may peruse

it. Price $1.00. Oh, no! I wish I were a Robin,

For sale by Tompkins and Co.
A Robin or a little Wren, everywhere to go
Through forest, field, or garden,

MEMOIR OF MRS. A1410. -- This little work

WISHING. A NURSERY SONG.

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LADIES' REPOSITORY.

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VISIONS OF IDLERS.

silence that left your thoughts undisturbBy J. Kendrick Fisher. ed has been caused by a growing mental GEORGE LINDSEY TO EDWIN BROOKE. disturbance which has now become uncon“Oft in the stilly night,

trollable.. When slumbers chain hath bound us, I never told you of an early boyish Fond memory brings the light

dream, the only one that ever affected me Of other days around us, etc.

deeply. You know all the fancies I HAVE experienced the truth of this have indulged since we were acquaintFrascati, under the care of Dr. Ferretti, times intimated that you could not anwhose skill may be great, but in whom I derstand why I did not avail myself of have less confidence than I have in Dr. fair prospects with ladies whom we both Pollard. I am not a little uneasy, deemed every way agreeable. There was though my bodily health and strength but one cause, as I believe : a vision ever should preclude alarm. I have not told stood before me when I would have you the cause, as I perhaps ought to have sought the favor of any one of those amidone, in fulfilment of our compact of mu- able and accomplished persons; and I tual confidence, and confession of even doubted, hesitated, and could not offer a foibles; and it might be better now to heart that was too much alive to a forshake off what may be merely a bad men- mer impression. A sense of justice adtal habit, rather than weary you with an monished me that I was not entitled to such account of it; but you are entitled to a devotion as I desired while my own devoice in the decision, and will at least votion was not of the whole heart. give friendly counsel, and possibly re- That vision has of late revived, without lieve me; and I not in the least doubt such exciting cause. Since we arrived that you will bear with my infirmity in in Rome, – indeed, since the time you any case, and try to preserve for me as first observed the change in my mood, favorable an opinion as possible.

it has been increasing in distinctness, unYou have several times remarked that til it has become like reality, and is disI have of late grown meditative, and less tinguishable from a real object only by talkative than formerly. I take it that its character, and not by want of objec you thought the change for the better. tive distinctness. Of course, this is a The better for you, I am conscious; but symptom of extreme nervous excitement, for me, I fear it is for the worse. The such as sometimes manifests itself by exVOL. XXXIII. NO. IX.

MARCH, 1865.

hibition of the ruling passion, whether it I prized. It was the dreamy hope that be religion, or whatever else has for a something above my own merit and fortime unduly exercised the mind. Dr. tune might one day warrant an avowal Pollard thought repose in this quiet re- that conscience and honor then forbade. treat would relieve me, but the contrary I devoted myself to study that I might effect is produced. I am less troubled become worthy of the felicity I dreamed when in company, and in presence of ob- of; and there was no counter-attraction jects that fix my attention. I must diso- in the sports which diverted our classbey his injunction, and dismiss my Ital- mates. This made me seem a lover of ian doctor, and inflict my misery upon learning, when really I had little taste you in Rome as soon as may be. Look for it. out for me in a few days. If Pollard Our college life ended, I followed my cannot help me, I have hope that you can; natural bent, and went into commercial indeed, I suspect that I have needed the life. My dream seemed over ; but it physician less than the metaphysician only slept, - a long sleep, indeed. You and the sincere friend.

persevered in the pursuit you loved, beYou remember the statue which we

cause your genius was adapted to it, and both so much admire, - I should

say
love.
rose as you merited.

Those years of I suspect my contemplation of it has separation were long for me, and our brought on this derangement. You may reunion in New York was happy for me, be surprised at such an idea ; perhaps and, I am anxious to believe, for you, you will think it evidence of mental or also. Fortune favored us both, and here moral weakness. You do not know how we are, two rich idlers, - you intending to often I have seen this statue; for I have marry the most lovely of women, and de felt ashamed to tell you that I have been vote your time to the service of your attracted to it almost daily, and have re- country; I, who have no capacity to mained near it hours at a time. It does serve the public, and no one to share my not in shape resemble the vision that luxury and uneasiness, must dream on. haunts me; but in expression it is more But I must not dream on! I dare not like than anything living or dead that I say to you, my sincere friend, that I will

It has impressed itself on my abuse your friendship by such weakness. heart, and made me lament that I did not I will remember my duty to you, to myseek the idol of my boyhood when I was self, and to others. If I cannot, like released from servitude, and unwisely re- you, resist the tendencies that seem likesorted to the Old World for objects of ly to degrade and destroy a great nation, interest.

at least I may find some good to do, Do not imagine that this was a youth- esome work of which I am capable. We ful courtship. Unfortunately, it was not. will consult on this matter in a few days. I never told my love; I had too much regard for justice, and too much sincere

EDWIN BROOKE TO GEORGE LINDSEY. love, to desire that my lot of penury should be shared by one who could be I am not wholly disappointed by the desired by those who could give her a failure of Dr. Pollard's prescription ; for happy home and high social position. I I know enough of you to feel assured that had no selfish presumption, but did not you are sound in body and nerve, and love the less, — did not the less desire the need only exercise for the mind. I have perfect happiness of my unconscious mis- known several cases of retired men, who, tress because I could not hope to call her even with families to occupy their attenmine.

tion, became uneasy in idleness, and had When we were college chums, you won to return to the active life they had dedered at my assiduity, and gave me cred-serted. I tell you again, you cannot be it for love of wisdom. I would have un- happy in idleness, and for the fiftieth deceived

had I not feared derision, time I protest against the self-depreciaor rather a diminution of the esteem that tion that restrains you from devoting

you,

ever saw.

yourself to the service of your country, revives the one image you have cherished as English gentlemen devote themselves. for many years. You do not try to speak in public; you Now you may have seen some one who are morbidly modest; you can speak well slightly resembles your boyhood's idol, enough for business, and it will be the and yet not have been distinctly conscious better if your modesty and good sense at the time; that is, your feeling may preserve you from that itch for speech- have beer affected, yet your understandmaking which kills all American institu- ing may have taken no note of the object. tions. Your unrivalled talent for busi. I have many times fancied that you were ness, which has made you independent more than admiring ladies in whom I could very early in life, will be of more use to see little to excite such regard, and on the country than all the oratory in Con- close view your serenity returned. gress and the legislatures.

I am faithfully blind to all the beauI am enlightened by your singular ties we meet, unless they be statues, or confession. I now think I can under- in paintings, — that you understand and stand you. I never before thought I approve. My Julia is quite as much fully understood you. I always wonder- present to me as your vision is to you; ed why a man of your taste and means but I fully sympathize with you in reshould have resisted such attractions, and gard to our favorite statue, and wonder not taken a loving wife, or at least made it is not celebrated. It has impressed itan engagement to do so. I think I can self on my memory and feeling, and I noserve you as physician or metaphysician tice whatever resembles it in form or better than Dr. Pollard, or your sage expression. And I have particularly and Italian. I have a presentiment — a wild often noticed a lady who resembles it, esone, perhaps — which I will consider be- pecially in expression. You also have fore I tell you what it is. But come to seen her when we have walked together Rome immediately.

on the Monte Pincio; but I think you As to your vision, and the cause you did not see her near, - not near enough imagine to have excited or revived it, to see features clearly. Yet her contour I have a strange crowd of suspicions. I and expression may have tended to revive have long ago observed that you some this dormant idea of your early love, and times have deep emotions when you see this may have happened without your ladies at a distance. You remember the mental notice. interest you manifested in a lady in Dr. What of all this? you will ask. I A—'s church. You asked me who she don't know. And when I don't know was; I told you she was the wife of my what to say, I sometimes say what comes friend - You were strangely ex- uppermost. It may be the right idea, or cited during the whole service, and would lead to it. If I were free, I have no wait at the door until she came out. doubt I should fall in love with this lady. You were disappointed, — you had never She is the most spiritual woman I ever seen her before. This is but one of many met. I don't mean intellectual or strongcases I remember. You never explained minded or theological, or anything of the any of these cases further than to say sort. I became acquainted with her the you were mistaken, and had never seen Sunday after you left Rome for Frascati. them before. Now your slight short. She is our countrywoman, and in a very sightedness enables your imagination to pleasant party of relatives, to one of whom deceive you where there is a slight re- I was introduced, and took to him in your semblance; that is clear to me, and there absence; and a fine fellow he is, is nothing singular about it. Indistinct you will say when you see him, — and it vision, whether caused by want of true is worth your while to hasten back to focus in the eye, or by want of sufficient Rome for the sake for enjoying his comlight, frequently causes mistakes of this pany for the short time he will remain. kind. And in your case such a mistake We have agreed that our favorite

-as

statue — pity it has no name! — is re- York, which you endured without loss of markable above all others for what we health. You can stand a little of the call purity of expression. Neither sad, nuisance of this semi-barbarous age, if melancholy, gay, lively, brusque, animat- you will only exercise your mind and ed, dull, or otherwise positive, still less heart. insipid or inanimate, but full of soul ; so that, if one judged by feeling and not by The Cafe Nuovo, in Rome, occupies sight, he would not be conscious that the the principal floor of a palace, about three object before him was marble and not hundred feet long, with a spacious garlife. The same impression is made on den in the rear. It has but one fault, my feelings when I converse with this that is, in one half smoking is allowed; fair countrywoman of ours, or look at her consequently, in the other half it is winkwhen her attention is given to others. I ed at, and everywhere the air is contami. deem it no disloyalty to love her as I love nated. Yet it is the fashionable cafe, in the beautiful statue. I wish you to see the popular sense of the word fashion. her. There are few objects in this repos-" Most strangers resort to it, whether they itory of the world's art that more fully like its air or dislike it, because it is the satisfy my sense of the beautiful. And stranger's exchange. George Lindsey, a what is most extraordinary, she never has few evenings after the date of his friend's disenchanted me by word or look that in- letter, sauntered through this cafe and its dicated imperfection.

garden, and inquired of the waiters, but Looking at art, and yielding to inspi- did not find whom he sought. He went ration, and dreaming of the beautiful, we to the cafe in the Piazza di Spagna, but wonder at the prospect, at what might even there his search was vain. be, or may be; but returning to present Next morning early he surprised him realities, we are humbled by the con- at his hotel. They went together to the trast, and hope almost deserts us. This Cafe Nuovo for breakfast and news. discouraging view vanishes when I meet There they met the new acquaintance of this incomparable woman. Hope is Brooke, with whom they spent the mornawakened. "I forget my own lamentable ing in visiting places of interest. Lindimperfections, and the barbarism of the sey was delighted, and the interest and age, and look forward to a state in which excitement relieved him from the disorhuman beings will be of more conse- dered action of his imagination. He told quence to each other than material Brooke that he believed him right. in prewealth can be.

scribing employment rather than mere You must see this lady. I don't know diversion for a mind that is out of order, why, but I feel as if she would dispel in any degree from oddity to hypochon

I have seen much of dria. At parting, their new acquaintance you, and I have this impression, decided- invited them to spend the evening with ly. I don't believe in Frascati ; we can him and his family party. find quiet nooks in our own country ; | On their way to the hotel of their new while here, we should see all that the an- friend, Osgood, Lindsey said, “ Brooke, cients have left us, and not waste time in has my malady left me to fall upon you ? the country. When we have seen all, You seem moody and absent, while I feel

your moodiness.

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