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And thou, my dearest dear one,
No evil shall come near one ;

Not one of mine be lost!
In nearness and in distance,
Our God will lend assistance,

With all the glorious angel host.


Auch euch, ihr meine Lieben,
Soll heute nicht betrüben

Ein Unfall noch Gefahr;
Euch Fernen und euch Nahen
Woll unser Gott umfahen

Mit seiner lichten Engelschaar.

The following is from Countess Ida von Hahn-Hahn. We have seen several manuscript translations, but none in print. We give the original below.


Let me, Lord, before thee kneeling,
Like the glowing Magdalene,
Pour in tears each bitter feeling,
And be reconciled to pain.
Not with balsams come I to thee,
But with heart-wrung tears of grief ;
Lord, no honor can they do thee,
But to me they bring relief.

Lass', O Herr, zu deinem Füssen,
Gleich der glühenden Magdalene,
Aller Thränen mich vergiessen,
Dass ich mich dem Schmerz versöhne.
Nich mit Balsam, nur mit Zähren,
Herzenquolinend' nahe ich ;
Ach! sie können Dich nicht ehren,
Aber Herr sie trösten mich.

This is a piece from Uhland, often translated :

There came three comrades, gallant and fine
To a Lady Hostess, over the Rhine.
“Fair Hostess ! hast thou good beer and wine?
Where hast thou the beautiful daughter thine ?”
“My beer and wine is fresh and clear,
My daughter is lying on her bier.”
And as within the room they tread,
In sable coffin lies the dead.

The first one drew the veil away,
And sadly gazed on the senseless clay :
“Ah! wert thou yet living, thou fairest maid,
I would love thee from this hour,” he said.
The second veiled her features o'er,
And turned him thence, and wept full sore :
“ Alas! that thou liest on thy bier !
I have loved thee for so many a year.”
The third flung back again the veil,
And kissed her on her lips so pale:
“ I've loved thee ever,

love but thee,
I will love thee in eternity."

Here is a little piece we have not seen in English before :

It is ordained in God's decree,
That men from what they gladliest see

Must part them;
Though nought in all the world's career,
Can leave the heart so sad and drear

As parting,

Yes, parting!
Thus, if a bud be given to thee,
With water nurse it tenderly;

Yet know thou,
Tomorrow, if it bloom a rose,
Ero night, the withered flower will close,

That know thou !

Yes, know thou !

And has God given to thee a love,
To prize all other things above,

That keep thou;
It is but for a time thine own,
Then leaves it thee so all alone,

Then weep thou !

Yes, weep thou!
Now must thou understand my strain,

Yes, understand my strain;
When living mortals part in pain,
Say even then, we meet again!

Yes, meet again!


1.The Trinity: its Scripture Foundation and the early

construction of Church Doctrines respecting it. A Lecture preached at Springfield, Sunday, Oct. 28th, 1849. By GEORGE F. SIMMONS, Minister of the Third Congregational Society.

2.-A New Gnosis. [By WILLIAM B. GREENE, a pamphlet of 10 pages.]

THE first of the above works is written in an amiable and conciliating spirit : it is also very impartial, considering that its subject is the Trinity. A person who attempts to coax that doctrine into placid assimilation with his nature, cannot remain perfectly just and genial; for the digestive apparatus will have its little revenges for the imposition. It is a made taste, like that for olives and liquor, and cannot be enjoyed without some atrabiliar nemesis. But there is a mongrel Orthodoxy that, like highly diluted spirit, is comparatively harmless. And, of all Trinities, give us the sentimental Trinity for digestion.

We are not ready yet to propound it as an axiom, that a man's idiosyncracy decides his theology; but give limits and qualifications in a few directions to a generalization that would otherwise be grossly material, and we have an important truth. A man's theology is not the independent result of his pure reason. Were such a theology, in fact, attainable, it would be constricted and cheap enough. But it depends upon that precise balance of faculties and sentiments, that special power of each, which any given individual represents, just as various made colors result from the mixture of different shades, so that an individual becomes toned down into a theology that is as inevitable and irreversible for him as is his complexion. It would not be impossible to construct a theological sliding scale, in which various tendencies of character should be matched with their congenial and necessary modes of speculation; not with creeds, but with modes of speculation; for, after all, the essential difference between men is not so much in the formulas and number of articles they subscribe, as in the modes of thought which they exercise upon spiritual things. The differences, then, cannot be very extensive. There are only two radical distinctions, with supplementary ones belonging to each, depending upon culture, sentiment and health of brain. These two involve the natural and the supernatural modes or habits of thought. Supplementary to these, are various ways of holding the doctrines peculiar to each, depending upon that subtle blending which is baptized John, or James, or George. This truth ought to teach us unconditional tolerance, and also save us from that anxious proselyting spirit, which imagines that a man can receive an opinion, on abstract considerations, independent of that special totality of his which must determine the issue, and which through all its alterations must modify the issue. We should as soon expect to see the Chinese successful in converting the Yankees to birdsnest and rat soup. Not that rat soup is positively inadmissible, by the conditions of human nature, any more than is a Trinity, or a quaternity, for it is astonishing what the human stomach will endure. Shipwrecked people, in extremis, have eaten each other; but then they were somewhat seasoned in advance for this Kilkenny banquet, by the cannibal acerbities of their theologians. But, after all, it is better for each genus to stick to its providential nutriment.

Mr. Simmons does not seem to be in extremis, and yet we find him nibbling at this Trinity. He is a supernaturalist, but that is only one essential antecedent for the gratification of such a taste. He belongs to that class of supernaturalists who, in a doubtful issue between Science and Scripture, would allow to Scripture the casting vote, forgetting that the interpretation which they put upon Scripture is, for the time

being, their science. The right of private judgment within the limits of Scripture, means, the interpretation of Scripture according to individualities more or less orthodox. But Mr. Simmons is a sentimentalist, and that is the determining antecedent of the Trinity which he develops in this lecture. The following sentence illustrates the tone of his mind, and the consequent coloring of his theology: this Trinity “grows up in the retreats of devotion; it is like that flower which is found in shady thickets, and goes by the name of nodding trillium, - which, being one of the few which have a triple petal, bends low its blossom, that it may be sheltered under the extended leaves. The root of this plant is said to be medicinal.” A supernatural, Scriptural, devout Sentimentalist, who had become acquainted with Tholuck and Neander, had sympathized, from his Unitarian education, with every effort to rationalize evangelical doctrines, and lately, with Bushnell's ästhetic altar-form of Christianity and modal Trinity, could not do otherwise than believe that “the Father redeems us through his Son, in the fellowship of the Spirit. The whole Trinity is there included; nothing of it left out.” This is the nod. ding trillium which Mr. Simmons finds in the baptismal formula in Matthew xxviii. 19. In another place, he speaks of the Trinity as "the living disclosure God has made and is making of Himself to man, the scheme of the Bible.” This is not a a threefold distinction in the nature of the self-subsistent God,

" that threefold character which He assumes to us.But Mr. Simmons does not affirm that these three phases of God exhaust the Divine nature. To say nothing of the angels, he adds that the religious mind recognizes these four things,

—“ the Father, Nature, Christ and the Spirit.” An ingenious mind might illustrate this quaternity by the four-leaved clover, if Matthew's formula of baptism only contained four terms instead of three; for this Trinity is, after all, only spun out of the above text, and Mr. Simmons is not scientific, when he says that the mind cannot unite any two terms of this Trinity in the same thought. There is his whole difficulty. Waiving all discussion concerning the nature of the Son, we suggest that the two terms, Father and Spirit, are not only capable of union, but that the term Father covers the whole ground of both, practically and religiously. Of what consequence is it, then, how a formula of baptism is worded, if its terms are plainly reducible. The religious mind is not compelled to find its satisfaction in the Trinity of Mr. Simmons, No. X.


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