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humility, is a wholesome fear, “lest when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” But this fear leads him not to despondency, for he knows that stronger is He that is for him, than all they that can be against him; so it has the right effect, leading him to increased exertion, and greater guard over self. May it do so with each of us, and then shall we have not only a happy new year, but as Schiller

says, “walk our path of life as joyfully as a hero goes to victory.” Let us take as our year's motto, "Doubt not, go forward,” even though the future before us looks as dark as the landscape to the young knight, just putting on his armour, and going forth to win his laurels, in a well-known picture. His Mentor, the old friar, is taking leave of him with these pregnant words, as he points over the dark view to where one tiny gleam of light betokens the coming day: “doubt not, go forward,” yes, ever forward till the rest is won! But as the old year wanes, and its hours are fast passing from us for ever, our thoughts naturally revert to the past, more than to the uncommenced future.

A year! four seasons, twelve months, fifty-two weeks, three hundred and sixty-five days more, all gone into eternity with their joys and sorrows, lights and shadows, births, marriages, deaths, discoveries, improvements, failures, wars and rumours of wars, political strife, social problems, philanthropic efforts, the long roll of sins and sufferings! What a vision, what food for thought, instruction, warning. For in the years to come each of these things will repeat itself anew in ever varying forms, like the fabled protean-headed monster, ever changing nature, ever changing life, yet constantly each reasserting, revivifying itself in an ever endless succession.

And the year beginning and ending in darkness and gloom, furnishes a striking parallel to our life on earth; look at the year's course : winter darkness, spring dawning, summer's glory and brightness, autumn's mellow lights, winter darkness once more: look at childish ignorance, dawning knowledge of youth, ripeness of intellect in the full-grown man, mellowed judgment of later life, waning powers, darkness of death; though, thank God, just as we know that the year shall rise again, and continue the course of time, so we have a hope beyond the grave, reaching through darkness up to Him, for all the faithful departed. But alas, for those to whom that darkness may be eternal, upon whom no new year of light and life shall break!

Oh! young ones, remember now, that just as the year has to

develope, and we know not what a day nor an hour may bring forth, just as the seed has to be sown that the blade may spring up, and the corn ripen, each of these processes being an essential link to produce the great whole ; so you just entering the untried region of life, may depend upon it that as you sow, so shall your seed grow and ripen, whether for good or evil, and that your reaping shall be in proportion to your sowing

Oft repeated truisms, and yet in line upon line, and precept upon precept, constantly needful to be repeated ; and not to the young only, but to each one of us all through life!

But the tangle of mystery of the great skein of human affairs presses on us again, offering many problems, which we would almost give the world to solve, problems of suffering, of sorrow, of the mysterious law of life and death, of the apparent inequalities of life, of what the ego, the I myself, consists; all these thoughts and many more flit through the mind all equally unanswerable, and we can only bow our heads, and say with our great poet laureate,

“Behind the veil, behind the veil :" and with another greater than he, now I know in part, but then, even as I am known:” the darkness that broods over the year, the life, the soul, and eternity, shall all be dispelled by knowledge.

But on this last night of the old year, though we cannot solve the terrible problems which everywhere surround us, yet as I said at the beginning of this paper, yet have we all cause for thankfulness for many mercies; and a tenderer mood comes over us, and suddenly as we sit by the fireside, there comes, with the vision of faces long hidden from us, a feeling that “they do not die, nor change to us, although they change ;” and as the winds in the trees sweeping the winter land sough past our dwelling, there seems suddenly in our midst a presence mysterious, yet not malign, overshadowing, and solemnizing, watching, and sanctifying: a presence did I say ? nay rather many, the great cloud of witnesses, they who bask in the fuller knowledge we so long for; we have an inward feeling of their loving presence, and while no voice from the dead reaches our ear, and no secrets of the unknown are unravelled to our wistful longing, yet in the words of the well known hymn,

“ Hear the victors who o'ercame,
Still they mark each warrior's way,
All with one sweet voice exclaim,

Watch and pray !”

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And with part of the following verse we close these meditations.

“Hear above all, hear thy LORD!

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Hide within thy heart His Word,

Watch and pray!” And so, dear reader, as the clock strikes, and the new year breaks, A happy new Year !"

C. D.

Reviews and Notices. We have only space just to record the appearance, after a long interval, of the third and concluding volume of Mr. Blunt's Annotated Bible (Rivingtons,) which we consider to be of much greater value than the two which preceded it. Prefixed is a useful chapter on" the History of the Jews in their last ages,”—but what will be most appreciated by Churchmen is the Exposition of the Gospel of 8. John, of the Acts, and the Epistle to the Romans, which had not met with any previous Catholic commentator for the mere English reader. By being the work of a single writer it gains a consistency and conciseness which does not belong to recent English Commentaries, and doctrinally it is as a whole much in advance of them. There is also a very complete Index. The price, we may add, is one guinea, which is one third less than that of the earlier volumes.

If any person desires to look into the question how far the English Histories of Macaulay, Froude, and Green are trustworthy, we recommend them to procure the English Studies of the late Dr. Brewer. The author had looked deeply into the treasures of the Public Record Office, which contains the minutes and correspondence of the great statesmen of the three last centuries, and the result is to convict the writers abovenamed both of incompetence and unfairness. The volume also contains some very interesting miscellaneous essays, and a biographical memoir of the author by Mr. Wace.

The Rev. Henry Twells has been encouraged by the success of his “Hymnal Oratorio” of the “ Prince of Life” to publish another, which has for its subject matter the great Apostle of the Gentiles (Clowes and Sons.) The subject is obviously calculated to bring out great diversity of feeling, and with good choirs we should not doubt of its success.

The great success which has been achieved by the “Daily Round,” leads naturally to imitators. Dr. Wareing's Precious Jewels (Partridge and Co.) is of that nature, but it is not so nervously written as its model, and does not recognise the Seasons of the Christian Year : at the same time we doubt not that it will suit many readers.

Dewdrops (Mowbray,) arranged by the author of the “Divine Master," is a small and most tasteful publication, having the same end in view i.e. to serve

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as a manual of devotion. The extracts are made exclusively from the Fathers, and are very well translated. They are not divided into days, but simply follow the Seasons of the Church, with some few at the end on the Holy Eucharist. They are not too long for even the most busy, and we strongly recommend them.

Great-Grandmother's Shoes, by Stella Austin, (Masters and Co.) We are disposed think that this beautiful story is in some respects superior to any of the admirable little works with which this well known author has gifted the young Churchpeople of our day. The delineation of the principal character, Kurl (a curious name, by the way,

for an English boy) is more elaborate and complete than any she has hitherto described, and it carries him on beyond the age of boyhood to the full development of an essentially Christian man,—the latter part which demonstrates his noble bearing under severe trial is remarkably well done. The numerous readers of her last work, “Our Next Door Neighbour," will be delighted to recognise some old friends in the two little girls Molly and Sibyl, who go as visitors to Kurl's home; but they are somewhat cast in the shade by the still more charming Dorothy, with whom we make acquaintance for the first time. All the sayings and doings of the children are recorded with the same delicate humour and graces of style which have characterised all the works of this writer, and we can but recommend our younger readers to possess themselves as speedily as may be of a book so well calculated to brighten their Christmas holidays.

The Doctrine of the Sacraments, by the Rev. T. Chamberlain, (Masters and Co.) a very valuable tractate of which our readers first had the benefit in our own pages, has been printed separately, somewhat enlarged, in a cheap form, the price being only one penny,-it can therefore be largely distributed, and it will be found extremely useful in counteracting the general vagueness of idea which prevails but too extensively on this all important subject.

Our Little Ones (Griffith and Farran) is a magazine for very small children, price sixpence. It took its origin in America, but has now been prepared for publication in England, and will we have no doubt be very acceptable to the tiny folk who have just risen above the rank of babies. The illustrations are numerous, and very good.

Seeking and Saving (Skeffington) is the title of a new sixpenny monthly, which is devoted to chronicling the different forms of benevolence which are rife among us,

and to suggesting schemes of social improvement. It seems to be in thoroughly good hands.

Our old friend “ Church Work” which for so many years has been the organ of the Guild of 8. Alban, is now to change its title to that of The Guildsman, so as to represent the various Associations which constitute the “Guilds-Union.” We wish it well.

The thanks of all good Churchmen are due to Lord Forbes for his little pamphlet entitled A Challenge and an Appeal. The “challenge" is made to Englishmen generally to say if the incarceration of Mr. Green at Lancaster is not a "violation of the ordinary law of the land,” seeing that all sentences of imprisonment of which the law is cognizant are for a definite period of time, when the prisoner becomes absolutely free. Mr. Green on the other hand is imprisoned indefinitely, while the Bishop of Manchester desires to pledge him to a certain mode of action when he comes out. This is a way in which no felon is treated. The“ appeal” is to the Bishops to get the unrighteous Public Worship Regulation Act repealed. The tract has no publisher's name attached, but it is printed by King and Co., Aberdeen.

Correspondence. [The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of the Correspondents.]

To the Editor of the Churchman's Companion.
Answers.

poor join a Work Society, and make OUR LORD IN THE CARPENTER'S SHOP.

twelve garments a year! Rules and

particulars from Mrs. Hardy, WoodSIR,- Inquiry is made for the autho

leigh, Lordship Lane, S.E. Old clothrity on which our SAVIOUR's working

ing, scraps of material, lists off flannel, as a carpenter is assured. The state

most thankfully received by the above. ment which is alone of any authority is that of S. Justin Martyr in the “ Dia- S. MARY'S HOSPITAL, BRIGHTON. logue with Trypho," sect. 88: “For He SIR, I shall feel very grateful if you was used to follow the employment of a can find room for a brief account of the carpenter when among men, making above institution. ploughs and yokes, by which He taught Many of the readers of the Churchus both the tokens of righteousness and man's Companion who have visited activity of life.(Oxf. Transl. p. 185.) Brighton may have noticed the large -Yours, &c., E. MARSHALL.

block of buildings situated in Queen's

Square, near S. Nicholas' Church, and Queries.

known as S. Mary's Hospital, but I be

lieve very few are aware of the real SIR,—Will one of the readers of the

nature of the work which is carried on Churchman's Companion kindly inform

there. The great majority are under me where, and at what cost, I can pro

the impression that the Institution cure a book which will serve to explain

merely embraces a Sisterhood and a the meanings,&c., of the different hoods,

Hospital, that its work is entirely a and vestments generally, worn by our

local one, worthy, no doubt, of general clergy?

sympathy, but having no special claim Permit me to seize this opportunity

for support beyond the particular place of expressing my entire satisfaction

which forms the supposed area of its with the contents of your, as usual,

operations. The object of the writer is very interesting magazine during the

to remove this most erroneous idea, and past year, and that it may have in fu

to claim for S. Mary's Hospital the ture an increased and successful circula

widely extended support it deserves. tion is the ardent desire of—Yours, &c.,

For indeed its operations are manifold AN OLD SUBSCRIBER.

and widely extended.

The work of the Home, which was WORK SOCIETY.

opened in 1856 as a House of Charity, Will any reader out of love for the is as follows:

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