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THE COUNTRY CHURCH

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Nor e'er essays, in sermon or in prayer,
To share the hearer's thought; nor strives to make
The smallest of his congregation lose

One glimpse of heaven, to cast’ it on the priest. 10. Such simple course, in these ambitious times,

Were worthy imitation ; in these days,
When brazen ' tinsel bears' the palm from worth,
And trick and pertness take the sacred desk ;
Or some coarse thunderer, arm'd with doctrines new
Aims at our faith a blow to fell an ox-
Swinging his sledge, regardless where it strikes,
Or what demolishes—well pleased to win
By either blows or noise !-A modern seer,'
Crying destruction! and, to prove it true,
Walking abroad, for děmolition arm'd,

And boldly leveling where he can not build ! 11. The service done, the congregation rise,

And with a freshness glowing in their hearts,
And quiet strength, the benisono of prayer,

And wholesome admonition, hence depart.
12. Some, lõth to go, within the graveyard loiter,

Walking among the mounds, or on the tombs,
Hanging, like pictured grief benēath a willow,
Bathing the inscriptions with their tears ; or here,
Finding the earliest violet, like a drop
Of Heaven's anointing blue upon the dead,
Bless it with mournful pleasure ; or perchance,
With careful hands, recall the wandering vine,
And teach it where to creep, and where to bear
Its future epitaph of flowers. And there,
Each with a separate grief, and some with tears,
Ponder the sculptured lines of consolation.

THOMAS BUCHANAN READ.

* Share, (shår).
· Cast, (kåst).
s Brazen, (brå' zn).
· Bears, (hårz).
6 Worth, (werth).
• Sledge, a heavy hammer.

? Sēer, a person who foresees events; a prophet,

* Demolition, (demo lĩsh un), act of overthrowing or destroying ; ruin.

• Benison, (ben'i zn), benediction; a blessing; reward.

SECTION XIV.

Lthe sheep dogs on the shoot the

57. LAD AND HIS NEIGHBOR. T HAD, said William Lad, the apostle' of peace, a fine field I of grain, growing upon an out-farm, at some distance from the homestead. Whenever I rode by I saw my neighbor Pulcifer's sheep in the lot, destroying my hopes of a harvest. These sheep were of the gaunt," long-legged kind, active as spaniels : : they would spring over the highest fence, and no partition wall could keep them out.

2. I complained to neighbor Pulcifer about them, sent him frequent messages, but all without ăvail. Perhaps they would be kept out for a day or two; but the legs of his sheep were lõng, and my grain more tempting than the adjoining pasture. I rode by again—the sheep were still there : I became angry, and told my men to set the dogs on them ; and, if that would not do, I would pay them, if they would shoot the sheep.

3. I rode ăwāy much agitated ; for I was not so much of a peace man then as I am now, and I felt literally full of fight. All at once, a light flashed in upon me. I asked myself, “Would it not be well for you to try in your own conduct the peace principle you are teaching to others?” I thought it all over, and settled down in my mind as to the best course to be pursued. The next day I rode over to see neighbor Pulcifer. I found him chopping wood at his door.

4. “Good morning, neighbor!” No answer. “Good morning!” I repeated. He gave a kind of grunt without looking up. “I came," continued I, " to see about the sheep.” At this, he threw down his ax and exclaimed, in an angry manner: “Now aren't you a pretty neighbor, to tell your men to kill my sheep? I heard of it; a rich man, like you, to shoot a poor man's sheep!”

5. “I was wrong, neighbor," said I; “but it won't do to let * Apostle, (a pås' sl), one of the Gaunt, (gånt), tall and thin; twelve disciples of Christ; a person slender; lean. sent forth to do some important ? Spaniels, (spån' yélz). business.

* Pretty, (prit' tt).

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your sheep eat up all that grain ; so I came over to say, that I would take your sheep to my homestead pasture, and put them in with mine; and in the fall you shall take them back, and if any ono is missing, you may take your pick out of my whole flock.”

6. Pulcifer looked confounded; he did not know how to tako me. At last he stammered out : “Now, 'Squīre, are you in earnèst?” “Certainly I am,” I answered ; “it is better for me to feed your sheep in my pasture on grass, than to feed them here on grain ; and I see the fence can't keep them out.”

7. After a moment's silence, “The sheep shan't trouble you any more,” exclaimed Pulcifer. “I will fetter them all. But I'll let you know that, when any man talks of shooting, I can shoot, too ; and when they are kind and neighborly, I can be kind, too.”

8. Tho sheep never again trespassed on my lot. “And, my friends," he would continue, addressing the audience, "remember that when you talk of injuring your neighbors, they will talk of injuring you. When nations threaten to fight, other nations will be ready, too. Love will begět love ; a wish to be at peace will keep you in peace. You can overcome evil with good. There is no other way."

II.

58. TRUE FREEDOM, AND HOW TO GAIN IT.

1.

W E want no flag, no flaunting rag, for LIBERTY to fight; y We want no blaze of murderous guns, to struggle for

the right. Our spears and swords are printed words, the mind our battle

plain; We've won such victories before, and so we shall again,

We love no triumphs sprung of force--they stain her brightest

cause : 'Tis not in blood that Liberty inscribes her civil laws. She writes them on the people's heart in language clear and plain; True thoughts have moved the world before, and so they shall

again.

3. We yield to none' in earnest love of freedom's cause sublime ;' We join the cry, “FRATERNITY!"3 we keep the march of Time. And yět we grasp nor pike nor spear, our victories to obtain ; We've won without their aid before, and so we shall again.

We want no aid of barricade to show a front to wrong;
We have a citadel' in truth, more durable and strong.
Calm words, great thoughts, unflinching faith, have never striven

in vain ; They've won our battles many a time, and so they shall again.

5. Peace, progress, knowledge, brotherhood—the ignorant may

sneer, The bad deny ; but we rely to see their triumph near. No widow's groans shall load our cause, no blood of brethren

stain ; We've won without such aid before, AND SO WE SHALL AGAIN.

CHARLES MACKAY.

III.

59. A CHALLENGE TO AMERICA.

T ET us quarrel, Aměrican kinsmen. Let us plunge into war.

U We have been friends too lõng. We have too highly promoted each other's wealth and prosperity. We are too plethoric,' we want depletion ;' to which end let us cut one another's throats.

2. Let us sink, burn, kill, and destroy–with mutual energy; sink each other's shipping, burn each other's arsenals,' destroy · None, (nůn), not one.

• Cit' a del, a fortress or castle, · Sub' lime', high; stately; lofty; in a city or near it. excellent.

Dūr' a ble, lasting. Fra ter ni ty, brotherhood.

Plěth' or ic, over-full, especially • Băr' ri căde', a fortification of blood. made in haste, of earth, stone, trees, • De plē' tion, act of emptying; wagons, or any thing that will stop blood-letting. the progress of an enemy, or serve 'Ar' se nals, places where warfor defense or security against his like implements are made or kept; shot; any means of defense.

storehouses for guns, powder, etc.

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each other's property at large. We will bombard' your towns, and you shall bombard ours—if you can. Let us ruin each

other's commerce as much as possible, and that will be a con- siderable some. . 3. Let our banks break while we smite and slay one another;

let our commercial houses smash right and left in the United States and the United Kingdom. Let us maim’ and mutilate: one another; let us make of each other miserable objects, cripples, halt,' and blind, adapted for the town's end, to beg during

life.

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4. Come, let us render the wives of each other widows, and the mothers childless, and cause them to weep rivers of tears, amounting to an important quantity of “water privilege.”

5. The bowl of wrath, the devil's punch-bowl, filled high, filled high as possible, share we with one another. This, with shot and bayonets, will be good in your insides and in my inside -in the insides of all of us brethren.

6. Oh, how good it is—oh, how pleasant it is, for brethren to engage in internē'cīne strife! What a glorious spectacle we Christian Anglo-Saxons, engaged in the work of mutual destruction—in the reciprocation’ of savage outrages/shall present to the despots and the fiends!

7. How many dollars will you spend? How many pounds sterling shall we? How much capital we shall sink on either side-on land as well as in the sea! How much we shall have to show for it in corpsès and wooden legs!—never ask what other return we may expect for the investment.*

8. So, then, Aměrican kinsmen, let us fight; let us murder

'Bombard, (bům bård'), attack 5 Water privilege, the advantage with bombs, or large iron shells of a water-fall in streams sufficient filled with powder, thrown from to raise water for driving water mortars or cannon.

wheels. 2 Māim, to deprive of the use of In'ter nē' cine, mutually de a limb, so as to render a person less structive: deadly. able to defend himself in fighting, 7 Re cỉp'ro cā' tion, interchange or to annoy his enemy; to deprive of acts; a mutual giving and re. of a necessary part.

turning, • Mū' ti lāte, to cut off a limb or • In věst' ment, the laying out of important part of; to maim ; to crip- money in the purchase of some kind ple; to hack.

of property, usually of a lasting * Halt, (hålt), lame.

nature,

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