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a purely voluptuous dream of beautiful beings in perpetual movement, beneath the laughter of morning light, in a world of never-failing April hues.
When he attempts to depart from the fairyland of which he was the Prospero, and to match himself with the master of sublime thought or earnest passion, he proves his weakness. But within his own magic circle he reigns supreme, no other artist having blended the witcheries of coloring, chiaroscuro and faunlike loveliness of form into a harmony so perfect in its sensuous charm.
Bewitched by the strains of the siren we pardon affectations of expression, emptiness of meaning, feebleness of composition, exaggerated and melodramatic attitudes In that which is truly his own-the delineation of a transient moment in the life of sensuous beauty, the painting of a smile on Nature's face, when light and color tremble in harmony with the movement of joyous living creatures- -none can approach Correggio. John Addington Symonds.
HE eyes and the mouth are the
supremely significant features of the human face. In Rembrandt's portraits the eye is the center wherein life, in its infinity of aspect, is most manifest. Not only was his fidelity absolute, but there is a certain mysterious limpidity of gaze that reveals the soul of the sitters A 66 Rembrandt " does not give up its beauties to the casual observer it takes time to know it, but once known, it is yours forever.
The Vice of our Theology is seen in the claim that the Bible is a Closed Book and that the Age of Inspiration is Past. -Emerson.
OME have narrowed their minds,
and so fettered them with the chains of antiquity that not only do they refuse to speak save as the ancients spake, but they refuse to think save as the ancients thought. God speaks to us, too, and the best thoughts are those now being vouchsafed to us. We will excel the ancients!-Savonarola.
The record of a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of our dead, and every sweet, unselfish act is now a perfumed flower.-Robert G. Ingersoll.
IT is a happy and striking way of expressing a thought.
It is not often, though it be lively and mantling, that it carries a great body with it.
Wit, therefore, is fitter for diversion than business, being more grateful to fancy than judgment.
Less judgment than wit, is more sail than ballast.
Yet it must be confessed that wit gives an edge to sense, and recommends it extremely
Where judgment has wit to express it, there is the best orator.
You can never have a greater or a less dominion than that over yourself. -Leonardo da Vinci.
RIEND and Brother:-It
was the will of the Great Spirit that we should meet together this day. He orders all things and has given us a fine day for our council. He has taken His garment from before the sun and caused it to shine with brightness upon us. Our eyes are opened that we see clearly; our ears are unstopped that we have been able to hear distinctly the words you have spoken. For all these favors we thank the Great Spirit, and Him only.
Brother, this council fire was kindled by you. It was at your request that we came together at this time. We have listened with attention to what you have said. You requested us to speak our minds. freely. This gives us great joy; for we now consider that we stand upright before you and can speak what we think. All have heard your voice and all speak to you now as one man. Our minds are agreed
Brother, you say you want an answer to your talk before you leave this place. It is right you should have one, as you are a great distance from home and we do not wish to detain you. But first we will look back a little and tell you what our fathers have told us and what we have heard from the white people.
Brother, listen to what we say.There was a time when our forefathers owned this great island. Their seats extended from the rising to the setting sun. The Great Spirit had made it for the use of Indians. He had created the buffalo, the deer, and other animals for food. He had made the bear and the beaver. Their skins served us for clothing. He had scattered them over the country and taught us how to take them. He had caused the earth to produce corn for bread. All this He had done for His red children because He loved them. If we had some disputes about our hunting-ground they were generally settled without the shedding of much blood.
But an evil day came upon us » Your forefathers crossed the great water and landed on this island. Their numbers were small. They found friends and not
enemies. They told us they had fled from their own country for fear of wicked men and had come here to enjoy their religion. They asked for a small seats. We took pity on them, granted their request, and they sat down among us. We gave them corn and meat; they gave us poison in
The white people, brother, had now found our country. Tidings were carried back and more came among us. Yet we did not fear them so We took them to be friends. They called us brothers. We believed them and gave them a larger seat. At length their numbers had greatly increased. They wanted more land; they wanted our country Our eyes were opened and our minds became uneasy. Wars took place, Indians were hired to fight against Indians, and many of our people were destroyed. They also brought strong liquor among us. It was strong and powerful, and has slain thousands.
Brother, our seats were once large and yours were small. You have now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets. You have got our country, but are not yet satisfied; you want to force your religion upon us.
Brother, continue to listen. You say that you are sent to instruct us how to worship the Great Spirit agreeably to His mind; and, if we do not take hold of the religion which you white people teach, we shall be unhappy hereafter. You say that you are right and we are lost. How do we know this to be true? We understand that your religion is written in a Book. If it was intended for us, as well as you, why has not the Great Spirit given to us, and not only to us, but why did He not give to our forefathers the knowledge of that Book, with the means of understanding it rightly? We only know what you tell us about it. How shall we know when to believe, being so often deceived by the white people?
Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book?
you collect money from the meeting. I can not tell what this money was intended for, but suppose that it was for your minister; and, if we should conform to your way of thinking, perhaps you
They made the chamber sweet with
And the bed sweet with flowers on which
While my soul, love-bound, loitered on
I did not hear the birds about the eaves,
Brother, we do not understand these
To you He has given the arts. To these He has not opened our eyes We know these things to be true. Since He has made so great a difference between us in other things, why may we not conclude that He has given us a different religion according to our understanding?
The Great Spirit does right He knows what is best for His children; we aresatisfied. ¶Bro
Only my soul kept watch from day to day,
At length there came the step upon the
Upon the lock the old familiar hand:
I wish I could remember the first day,
If bright or dim the season, it might be
So blind was I to see and to foresee,
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;
If only now I could recall that touch,
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ther, we do not wish to destroy your religion or take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own.
Brother, you say you have not come to get our lands or our money, but to enlighten our minds. I will now tell you that I have been at your meetings and saw
may want some
Brother you have
-Red Jacket. (Reply to a Missionary who had spoken about his Mission among the Seneca Indians.)
HE Public Health is the foundation upon which rests the happiness of the people and the welfare of the nation. The care of the Public Health is the first duty of the statesman.
OW many a man has dated a
reveal new ones s☛ The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered. These same questions that disturb and puzzle and confound us have in their turn occurred to all the wise men; not one has been omitted; and each has answered them according to his ability, by his word and his life. Moreover, with wisdom we shall learn liberality.The solitary hired
man on a
farm in the outskirts of Concord, who has had his second birth and peculiar religious experience, and is drivenashe believes into silent gravity and exclusiveness by his faith may think it is not true; but Zoroaster, thousands of years ago, traveled the same road and had the same experience; but he, being wise, knew it to be universal, and treated his neighbors accord
We boast that we belong to the nineteenth century and are making the most rapid strides of any nation. But consider how little this village does for its own culture. I do not wish to flatter my towns
Remember me when I am gone away,
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.
men, nor to be flattered by them, for that will not advance either of us. We need to be provoked goaded like oxen, as we are,
into a trots We have a comparatively decent sys
tem of common schools, schools for infants only; but excepting the halfin the winter, and starved Lyceum latterly the puny beginning of a library suggested by the state, no school for ourselves
We spend more on cle of bodily alialmost any arti
ment ог ailment
than on our mental
aliment. It is time
that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and that villages were women. It is time universities, and
their elder inhabitants the fellows of universities, with leisure if they are indeed so well offto pursue liberal studies the rest of their lives. Shall the world be confined to one Paris or one Oxford forever? Can not students be boarded here and get a liberal education under the skies of Concord? Can we not hire some Abelard to lecture to us? Alas! what with foddering the cattle and
tending the store, we are kept from school too long, and our education is sadly neglected In this country, the village should in some respects take the place of the nobleman of Europe It
should be the patron of fine arts. It is rich enough. It wants only the magnanimity and refinement. It can spend money enough on such things as farmers and traders value, but it is thought Utopian to propose spending money for things which more intelligent men know to be of far more worth.
-Henry David Thoreau.
F any pilgrim monk come from distant parts, if with wish as a guest to dwell in the monastery, and will be content with the customs which he finds in the place, and do not perchance by his
S to Vaucluse, I well know the beauties of that charming valley, and ten years' residence is proof of my affection for the place. I have shown my love of it by the house which I built there. There I began my article "Africa," there I wrote the greater part of my epistles in prose and verse. At Vaucluse I conceived the first idea of giving an epitome of the Lives of Illustrious Men, and there I wrote my treatise on a Solitary Life, as well as that on religious retirement. It was there, also, that I sought to moderate my passion for Laura, which, alas, solitude only cherished. And so this lonely valley will be forever sacred to my recollections.
No man is in true health who can not stand in the free air of heaven, with his feet on God's free turf, and thank his Creator for the simple luxury of physical existence.-T. W. Higginson.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'T is the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
EO-PLATONISM is a progressive
lavishness disturb the monastery, butilosophy, and does not expect to
is simply content with what he finds: he shall be received, for as long a time as he desires. If, indeed, he find fault with anything, or expose it, reasonably, and with the humility of charity, the Abbot shall discuss it prudently, lest perchance God had sent for this very thing. But, if he have been found gossipy and contumacious in the time of his sojourn as guest, not only ought he not to be joined to the body of the monastery, but also it shall be said to him, honestly, that he must depart. If he does not go, let two stout monks, in the name of God, explain the matter to him.-St. Benedict.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. -James Russell Lowell.
state final conditions to men whose minds are finite. Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.-Hypatia.