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Qui non Pi-ollolf, I'lcll olt.
A Cry for Mttht.
What iHi'uit, IIaon?
A ItonlUt, child
0m w Uo by lil ii.'iii" ' Htylotl.
Hi-cntiKi- tn whatlMruo nml ronl
Mono ho llnilH liln high lilcnl.
For o"i. -ulijocllvo thought In his mind
objective ronl It Ion ho iIouh llnd.
i:orn Honllulbo through lifts.
In sucking your nlin, your dinner, your who."
What I tlmt. lliwonJ
A Nominalist, boy;
lie make of ronton but n toy.
Uo hold tlmt classes can't exist.
On mimes uluno ho does ln-lst;
Itli typos' wilvoi every mystery
Of thl"wurld'x changeful history,
IlelolM! with him that lovo and ranio
i:l-i. Mko nil thing, but In namo."
What l that, Ilnvon?
"A Concoptunllft, child;
HI? look li ctrangu, IiIh manner wild,
For all that ih.os till -J world contain
Is ono vast thought In lilt full brain.
A follow or of puro thought Ik he,
No solid matter can ho see.
Of Abolard a pupil bo,
nd lenrn to trust not what you soo."
What arc you, Ilnvon Y
" Why, really, when you como to auk,
You sot me too covoro a task.
To day, I'm llocuHnUH, friend;
To morrow, Plato's to tho end;
Tho third, I swear by Abolard;
lho fourth why. boy! this Is too hard,
Nay. nay, ir you'd a text-book' innko
He whatsoe'er you think will take."
The Holy Trinity in Uic Kuiii
bow, Mini in the Solar Light.
There Is ono God, and it is said of I work is consumatlon; Ho porftcts what
Flzeau's experiments for measuring tho
velocity of artificial light, showed that
"Oxyhydrogon light llowcd hack about
28,000 feet to the source whence It emanat
ed.'1 Tho circulation of light and of elec
tricity, which mo manifestations of one
force, may probably account for the influ
ence of the sun upon lho planets, and of
lho planets upon each other. But light is
not wasted. It is as a garment to God.
lie, and not an ether, stands behind it.
And, as He Himself is spirit and not mat
tor, so also light is not material. It cannot
bo decomposed and set apart into original
and different elements.
In the Holy Trinity of God, oriyiiuttion
of all things belongs to tho Father. Yet
Tho Father is never seen, or folt.ornoard.
So in the solar light, the actinic constitu
ent, which gives no sensible proof of its
presence, except by elfect, is " tho great
consolidant;" and "its more abundant
presence and prevailing power are inti
mated by thu prevalence of its proper
sign, "tho blue, the bright, tho beautiful
In the Godhead, tho Second Person, or
the Son, has alone been manifested to tho
senses of men. Tho luminiferous con
stiucnt of light, of which yellow is tho
proper sign, is, therefore, tho revelation of
tho presence of tho Second Person. The
bright solar orb is His proper emblem.
The Holy Ghost, tho Third Person in
the ever blessed Trinity, like tho Father,
is not seen, nor heard. Ho is felt. His
Him, that "He coveroth Himself with
light as with a garment." Consequently,
iin God is one, His covering is one; and
that covering is tho blended colors of tho
prism, or pure wiiito light.
Hut, although there is only ono God,
then ate three Persons in the Godhead.
These three Persons are tho 'Father, the
Son, and tho Holy Ghost. And, although
the pure white light is one, in ilisuTrini
ty of primary colors, tho blue, the yellow,
and the red. Tho blue is conceived to be
the emblem of the Father, tho yellow of
the Son, the red of the Holy Ghost.
Tho three Persons in tho Godhead are
ono and inseparable; so, in His covering
of light, nothing can decompose, or per
manently separate, tho primary colors.
Neither the "Corpuscular Theory"
which afllrnicd that tho light" consists of
particles dat ted out from luminous bod
ies ;" nor tho " Undulatory Theory," which
asserts that tho universe is tilled with an
ether that is in constant vibratory motion,
which motion, being "communicated to
the retina of tho eye, produces tho sensa
tion which wo call light," aro capable of
proof. Tho Corpuscular Theory has been
abandoned ; the Undulatory Theory is of
no value whatever, for it has nover been
shown that there is such a thing as lumi
niferous ether. When It is proved that
there is an ctfw pervading either tho whole
universe, or any part of it, it will bo time
enough to consider tho "Undulatory The.
ory." Honor to Prof. Farraday for say
ing " If there be an ether!"
Thcro is a flux and reflux of light. M.
lias been begun. In tho solar light, His
emblem is tho red color; His constituent
is the calorific. As tho actinic ray is the
consolidant, so the calorific is tho solvent.
It is the Holy Ghost that melts the stub
born heart; it is His constituent in the
natural light that gives warmth and heat.
Yet as tho Father, the Son, and the Ho
ly Ghost are one God, inseparably one, so
in the rainbow, and in tho solar spectrum,
the lines of blue, yellow, and red do not
run separately, but aro intertwined and
intermingled, so as to form ono lino of
light. Yet is tho blue readily distinguisha-
ble from the yellow, and tho yellow from
tho red, precisely as God tho Father, God
the Son, and God tho Holy Ghost, though
ono God, aro yot three Persons.
Tho colors of ilowers, of metals, and of
all other objects in nature aro derived
from the solai force called light. Although
there is over a unity of this force, still,
the actinic element is more apparently ac
tivo in tho winter and early spring, and in
high mountains; the luminiferous element
is seen in tho spring and early summer,
when yellow flowers aro common; and
lho midsummer and autumn ftive evidence
of tho calorific element. But always and
everywhere, tho threo elements work to
gether, oven as tholr author, tho Holy
Trlnlnty of God.
The revelation of God to man is not
perfect; that is, much is loft in darkness.
So, in the solar spectrum.arc lines that are
called " non.luminous," or "dark lines."
Yet in God is " no darkness at all," and
tho non-luminous lines will, perhaps, at
some far future time, bo cleared up.
It would be interesting to follow these
matters further. They are as old as Ni
cone Christianity, and some knowledge of
them is ncessary to understand stained
windows and oeclesiological emblems.
In the domain of science, they aro well
set forth In a llttlo book called "Solar
Hieroglyphics," edited by Hew J. Grior
Ralston. From this little book, I quote
the, following to show how the rainbow
might be, and probably was a now phe
nomenon in tho days of Noah, and
not an object of familiar notice from the
" Such objections though they allege
and truly allege that the laws of light
and tho refraction of light were tho same
before as after tho deluge, cannot thus ex
cuso their skepticism. For before they
can ofler an excuse for tneir professed
disbelief, they must first prove that tho
electric condition of the earth and its at
mosphere was the same before as after;
and that clouds were formed, and rain de
scended on the earth. And this they are
not able to do.
It Is impossible to prove, by any kind
of evidence, that the temperature of the
atmosphere above, in relation to the sur
face of the earth, was the same during the
the ante-diluvian period as at present, or
was similar thereto. And it is well-known
that ' when the temperature above is high
er than on the surface, no cloud can bo
formed;' and Hence, as a general rule or
fact, Egypt is without rain.
And in the cosmogony of Moses there
is a reference to an early antediluvian and
prc-adamlc time when ' the Lord God had
not caused it to rain upon tho earth, and
there was not a man to till the ground.'
And it cannot be reasonably denied that
a corresponding condition of the atmos
phere prevailed until the time of the.del
ugo; neither can It be rationally denied
that the liist appearance of the rainbow
was at tho time, or soon after, when God
announced His unconditional covenant of
providential goodness and mercy on be
half of all the creatures upon tho earth,
and said ' I do set My Bow in tho cloud;
and it shall be for a token of a covenant
between Mo and the earth.' Ilonco our
belief that the rainbow was first scon by
tho post-diluvian inhabitants of tho
0. 0. Dakij.
TIIKIU SAVINGS, UOTU WISE AND FOOLISH.
Isiiaei. A wise person,
Maiue. A handsome Hondo.
EuwmosYNE. Neither wise nor hand
some. Sunday afternoon in dog-days finds our
trio on tho vine-shadowed veranda tho
nearest approach to coolness wo can dis
cover, though far from being an Arctic
region. Israel reads, stopping occasion
nlly to cast glances in Mario's direction ;
but that impurtablo damsel gives no sign
from the lounge where slio lies playing
with Tattycoram, before the open window.
Tattyeorain is a kitten which Marie adopt
ed while sho was reading Little Don-lit.
As for myself, I am day-dreaming, as usu
al, between the snatches with which Isra
el now and then favors us.
"Nothing so thin, but has two faces;
and when the observer has seen the ob
verse he turns it over to see the reverse.
Life is a pitching of this penny heads or
Iskakl: (throwing aside his book )
What have you to say to that, Marie?
Does that meet your views of life?
Mahik: (starting.) Did you speak? I
believe I did not catch what you were
saying, l was watclung tnc slnulows ot
that ivy leaf dancing in tho sunlight.
What was it?
Israel repeated. I have noticed, that
somehow when Muric opens wide her
blue eyes upon a young man, with even
the most trivial request, sho is ?ure to get
her wish. It is their babyish look of in
nocence that does it, I suppose. I can
seldom resist it myself.
Mahie: What do I think of it? Well,
I don't see but that it is true enough,
though the simile is not very elegant if it
is Emerson's. Ask Si about it: sho al
ways has views. I haven't.
Isuael: (lazily.) Well, Sis?
Myself: (promptly.) True enough so
far as it goes. Only it is a game between
ourselves and some mighty power with a
formula somewhat after this fashion-,
heads, I wins tails, you losel
Ishael.: Bather an unprofitable gamo
that, on our part at least. But I can not
think so. The game seems to me to be in
our own hands chiefly. To continue tho
thought, often a dextrous turn of tho hand
will bring us heads if wo wish, or again
some carelessness will turn tho reverse
side of the penny, to the detriment of
ourselves and the advantage of our op
ponent. Life is not altogether controlled
for us by either a good or an evil power.
We make or mar it ourselves irrespective
of fate. Do you not think so, Sis?
Just hero it may be proper to remark
that I was christened Euphrosync. Why
my long-su tiering parents saw fit to inflict
upon me this high sounding cognomen I
have never yet discovered. However I
seldom get the full benefit of it, except
when some unusually heretical opinion
expressed with my accustomed audacity,
calls forth tho dispairing protest of tho
whole family to whom my shortcomings
are a never failing source of grief and
amazement. Among the many "pet.
names" with which I am saluted, "Sis"
is my most cordial detestation. Israel de
lights in raising my " ire," as ho calls it,
and that is his special form of address.
This fact doubtless added some little ac
cidity to my reply,
Myself: As for mo I do not wish to
claim any part or lot in It. I prefer to
shift lho responsibility on some ono elso
rather than to own to such a ruined pleco
of work as most men's lives aro. Of
what uso aro 'we, and 'why was such a
miserable race created?
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