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The Small-pox in the East 434, 553
Present Day Thoughts on the Educa-
Recollections of St. Cloud
Seven Phases of an Author 53, 179, 298,
From Athens to Patras in 1858 615
German War Songs
St. Agnes' School Church, Trinidad 627
103, 418, 630
A Prayer for Lent
German War Songs
554 The Mission of the Good Shepherd . 417
Quella Roma, onde Cristo é Romano 280 | Thoughts for the New Year of 1871. 1
126 | Thoughts on Mr. Tennyson's Poem
The I juscholder .
326 | Traditions of Tirol
For Members of the English Church.
THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR OF 1871.
It seems almost impossible at such a time as the present to speak appropriately as to particulars, but on the other hand, equally impossible to be in-appropriate in generals. Who shall say, from week to week, scarcely from morning to morning, what changes in the aspect of Europe may present themselves to our eyes? The one great certainty —the presence of death, among victors or vanquished—is always there. The thinned ranks of those we loved and honoured, the homes desolated, the lands untilled, the feeble and aged closing their eyes in death without ordlinary comforts or sympathy—these are and must be, whatever be the turn affairs may take, our sad inheritance for some time to come. The winter of such a year strikes a chill to our very hearts; we feel less able to bear its rigours, when we think of the sufferings of our fellow-creatures beyond our narrow Who could have foreseen last January the position of those beautiful countries in which our holiday summers used to be passed? Who, especially, could have pictured a Paris, the ornamental city of the world, sternly stripped of its pride and glory? As old Shirley sings,
'Sceptre and crown
Must tumble down,
And what can we say on a far more solemn subject ? What to those whose suddenly sent forth proclamation brought fire and sword, starvation, ruin, and death, into thousands and tens of thousands of quiet homes? We wish, but in vain, that we could speak a single word of comfort to them. But we cannot. There are times when a war against tyranny cannot but have our sympathy, and what help it is in our power to give ; but when two nations resolve to open the doors upon every species of horror-granting even that the one side may have more causes of grievance than the other, we feel that Christian motive must be at a weak point; that if the holy principle which so VOL. 11.