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And, ever trusting in the Lord,
Will keep his precepts all so true.

To my dear i'rieuds, sisters, brothers,
Who still inhabit the mundane sphere ;
I will strive to give to him who gathers
Some kind instruction and good cheer.

I left that sphere for this bright one,
I scarce can tell how long ago ;
Though I am sure it must have been
A score of years, and may be more.

I little thought, before I came,

My spirit could return to earth.

And there my intercourse resume

With my dear friends who thought it worth


Their while to spend their time this -way ;
But it hath proved a living truth,
And one which will the nation sway ;
And every soul which dwells on earth

Will in due time confirm it too :
Though not for countless ages, some
Whose souls are filled with sin and woe ;
It suits them better to become

The servants of the " Evil One ; "
And, if they do return at all,
'Twill only be to such an one
As they can make stumble and fall.

Many there are who know this truth,
But would not for the world disclose.
For they have not that heavenly birth
Which our dear Saviour doth indorse.

Although their spirits have gone forth
From their fleshly tabernacle.
They still Avalk " to and fro " on earth,
Unfitted to with angels dwell.

But this, I feel, is not my forte,
I like an argument the best.
And I will try to it support.
However much others molest.


Perliaps, to make the matter plain,
I'll have to tell you what I saw,
And also how the thing was done : —
The medium through whom I now

Convey my thoughts did just pick up
A scrap of paper lying near ;
(I made her do it sure as pop)
My spirit stood beside her chair ;

And so, you see, what she did read,
I also read, and, through her eyes ;
Well, now, this was a way I had
Of " putting things : " it gave surprise ;

For she had never thought, before,
That any thing of this import
Could or would come through her,
And, least of all, get into print ;

But the impression was so strong,
(At first she felt a little shy)
That she could not resist it long :
Nor did she think it best to try.

Now we will give you what we read.
Word for v/ord, and not transpose ;
So there will be nothing to lead
You my friend to me accuse : —


"• It is inconceivable that any Coni^rcgational-
ist, or any real Christian, slionld not have been
unspeakably glad and grateful if the trial of
Henry Ward Beechcr had resulted in his tri-
iuu})hant acquittal."

Now, my dear friends, 1 this do quote,
Knowing not (or earing nniclO
Whom by, or where, the piece was wrote ;
Its logic doth my soul retouch

With a strange feeling, (piite akin
To pity, mingled with disgust;
No single word, it will bo seen.
Doth here denote the writer's trust

That Truth will be made manifest,
lint only that dear Henry Ward
Might be before the world confessed
An honest man, as if, indeed, —

It mattered not what he had done,
Or whether he had txdd the truth,
But only that the court liad shown
He was of more inlinite worth

Unto the world, than Truth itself.
Now, I dt) like consistency;
It is to me a great relief
That morally, religiously, —


There are some few (I wish '(.wore more)
Who hibor to advance the truth ;
These are tlie ones, you may be sure,
Who have received the spirit birth ;

While those who do more k)udly prate,
But show they are afraid of truths —
'Twill be their everlasting fate
To search it out, and learn its worth,

"J'is "sharper than a two-edged sword; "
And why should not they l)e afraid ?
Do those who love their risen Lord
E'er feel of him tlie least afraid?

I say ye Nay, unless it be
A fear that they may liim offend.
And Ihus it is with truth also:
Those who do l)y it firmly stand

Have nought to fear from friend or foe,
Although they will most likely be
Persecuted as their dear Lord
Was before them, and did say

Others should be for ti'utlfs sake.
His words did prove, Alas ! too true :
INIany have been burned at the stake.
And many more have suffered through




Soro t rlbularuMis tl;iik ;nul i.\cc\'>
All broui^ht iipvMi iluMti by ilnMv linn
AJlun-iMii'o to iUc'w lijvbl to ki\'p
'riiiMT Lovil's roniniaiuls as unto [\\r\n

SiHMiu'vl rii^ht ami jiisi ; \vhiK> for I lu'ir j^uitlo
Thov took tlu'ir l.oriTs anoiiiiiHl Son.
Ami bv his pnu'epts iliil abiilo,
lu\i;anlloss oV all worKlly scorn.

'bho c.xvih has brou so long" ovoiMl-bouml.
li soiMns just in>\\ all in a ma/o
NN'ilh [HH^i^lo stauiliu!;' all aiouml,
'riu'iusolvos in a bow iUliMotl ihu'.o;

Ov, as a I'lioml unto us wvoto,
Thuj^ly it iliil sooni to hor;
Tho botton\ had boon all Unookod out
0( c\ci\ thin;;' — -and ovorvwhovo —

Confusion roignod — ns in tho Oluuvh —
80 in tho Stato — rog-avdinLi' pastoi-s —
lvo>;arding ju'oplos all in soaroli
C'^f nonu'thiihf — what oxpositois —

Thoso la\v\ ovs arol — l^ooolior ;;uiliy?
Ask thorn — ho hath many frionds,
Yos — (hoy aro strong and u\ighty:
llavo ihoy aooomplit^hod all thoir ouds?


Ali;i! ri<t(, y(!(, — iiiclJiiiil'.:i iiol, ycl, —

W(! pil.y liini — if iiuioccnl- —

Hill, if K"'"'y — '"^'^ .y^' wliiil,

VV(! iriif^lit Uiink? AhIc uh uol —

Tfioii^'li if hobo — tfifi tlioiJHiui'l lirri<!H —
VVc- \i\iy liirn — more ilian if
"i'wcn; olJicrwiHO — lOIi/zalxiUi — IjoiiinoH —
Wlicrci in hIh- ? no iri;i,l,l,(;f if -

Well — <li<I you Hii-y — fVi(jrir]H — Oli I jio —
iS'/i.r. luilli. lut j'rir.ndM - hImj i'k only
ARci' all — jusi, ii, wdvui.n — Oli !
KxoiJHO- — j»;u<loii tfM; -for Kii rely —

11' \\\;\\, \\\'A\\ — <]i(l coriimil, - a Hin —
lie, JH /iol> l,o hliUiK; ;i,l; all
Vin- (>r coui'HO 'tvvaH her [\\',\\, Jiiadc hirn,
All ! ){i',w — \ iJfKlfifHLijfw] il, ;i,ll —

Sf)oak to h(!i' ? — not I — liovv can you ? —
So (lo^iv'ulod — low — a/xl rrican I —
iJali I Hiicli a <]iH^rao(} ! — well, Ww Uiiougli —
Only — ycH — \ Hay— kick \\iy dow/i —

And cniHli licr s^-x}j life onl- —
SIk; doscrvcH 11/ — our diiuj^hiorH dour —
.JiihI, lliink of il, — IIk; proHliluU; —
Such an cxanif)lc — I Tear —


But Beeeher, our bolovod pastor.
So noblo, so true I and, luy dear.
His beautiful life anil labor !
It is too eruel, I declare —

! sueh delightful sermons.
So s]>arkling and so eloquent !
And then sueh life-like lessons!

1 do think he is elegant.

Well, thev con not erush him —
I am ,>^(' thankful for that I —
The very idea — well — some time —
AVhetlier he is guilty, ov not, —

Pshaw ! — what matters it ? who eares ? —
Not I — it don't liurt his preaching —
But some do — put on airs —
Afraid indeed — not of his teaehing —

His ehureh is Ulled — unto the steeple —
And sueh lovely llowers — 1 never —
" Oh I praijti^ him, all ye people I "
" Laud and nuiguiiV him forever."

I trust, my friends, you will exeuse.
For this was not on the programme

It eame to me : I couldn't refuse
To write it down, this very same.


It lias, of conrso, iion<j;lit to do

Witli my o])iiiiou in tlio case;
And you will iiudcrstaii<l also

That its chief object was to place

Before your mind the differeuco
Of public opiuiou, fault the same ;

As for the man no consequence,
]>ut for the tvornan all the shame.

(I just did say, the fault the same,

]iut in truth I did not mean it ;
For in nine cases out of ten

1 thiidi the man the most to blame.)

Now ask yourselves if 'tis not so :
There are of course exceptions, but

They are comparatively few:
Nor is it men ak)ne who sit

(If I except the courts of hiw)
In jud<:^in(nd. on their own victims :

Our mothers and our sisters too,
I blush for very shame to own, —

Would crush into the very dust,

Instead of stooping to upraise.
Kindly teachiug them to trust

In Jlim who did contrariwise



Once say, in tones so kind and mild,

" Neither do I thee condemn."
Ahis ! my lieart is often filled

With sadness, as I think of them, —

The poor misguided ones of earth ;

Nor do I think them all to blame :
Their teachings have been little worth,

For so their conduct doth proclaim.

I Avould we might have for them schools,
These poor deserted, homeless ones ;

AVhich should teach them they have sotds.
As well as bodies, — precious ones ;

Which sold it is their duty plain
To strive to malvC, and also keep

Pure and spotless ; that the stain

AVliich hath been made is not so deep

But it can all be washed away ;

O, teach them purity alone
Can satisfy the heart alway,

And for past errors too atone ;

O ! lead them kindly, gently; then
Awaken all their slumbering hopes.

Go teach them what they might have been,
And still may be, if He who keeps


Them in the " hollow of his hand"

Is duly served, and asked aright
To guide them to that " ?jettor land

Where there can be no gloomy night."

I did not think so soon to leave

The " Beecher case ; " but so it was,

Though he who did of it conceive,
Also the subject introduce, —

Has now returned, and would here give

His own opinion of the same :
" Yes my friends, and we believe
This thing to be no child's play game,

Although the world may scoff at this
And us deride, for what we give ',
Thinking, perhaps, 'tis all amiss,
We ask of them no kind reprieve.

Nor is it our purpose here to tell
What he may not, or may have done.
Ask the lawyers — who do sell —
Themselves for gold — not every one —

1 don't mean that, — excuse me sir, —
No personalities I'll give, —
From me you sir have nought to fear —
Unless — indeed — you did receive —


(Un) fair pay for all your work sincere ;
Thanks tt) find some honest men
Among those jurors did appear,
Some noble souls who have not been

Either bought or sold (!) I ween,
Blessings on their precious heads
And treated too, so very mean —
With not so much as feather-beds

To lay their wear}'- limbs upon —
Oh ! if they only — could — agree —
But they couldn't — so don't repine.
As for myself — I tell you true

I'm glad they didn't — for if they had —
Don't you see — the world at large —
(I don't mean all) would have said —
" J told you so " that judge's charge —

Judge's charge indeed, as if one man —
Could or should — judge for the world —
Not even He — the Lord Christ —
Would do that — but He just told

Them where to go — no earthly court —
You may be sure — well I don't know —
People will quarrel — and get hurt —
And then I suppose — they don't know —


What else to do — kick up a row
And go to law — what have they gained ?
Well, let's see — not much I trow —
The gain is on — the other hand —

The lawyer's hand — I mean — or in it —
But I mustn't wander — or digress —
As I suppose you would call it —
The trouble is — I was kept close —

In my younger days — not much learning —
But what I want to say is this —
Most things have changed — or are changing
And that, too — for the better.

Now a great deal is said of late —
About the " social question " —
And people ask — what is that?
Let them find out by their learning —

Beecher wouldn't tell yoii — nor shall I —
A great many people — ^on\ preach —
What they practice — it used to be —
This way — don't practice what they preach —

But as I say things have changed —

People have changed — and much is done —

Which isn't told of — 'tis so arranged —
That one may do — what another one —


Well ii" he does do — lie'Il gel Ibiiiid out —
lie hasn't learned Mie kinlcs — you sec,
And if lie is pnnislied for it —
Why — it is all right you say —

But just look here — these very ones —
Who iniliet this punishment —
Do themselves — these very same things —
Are tliey punisluMl, I guess not — (niui'h)

Now my dear friends, 1 su})pose you (liiuk
Me very old-fasliioned, and cjueer,
But if you woukl liuve — pure water to drink
You must first be sure — that the fountain is

IJut when you do see — the water is had —
Its taste and its smell — you do not approve,
Then I would advise — that some of you

s]u.)idd —
Just lind out the cause — and try to remove —

And now to do this — the very best way —
Is to go to the bottom — and see what is

there —
Youmaypum]) off the top — oreveuhalf way —
AikI lind i(> jio better — than it was before.

Indeed you will inid — unless I mistake
Whatever is wrong — at tlie very last end —

M I H U N I )ERHTOOI>. 1 T) 5

You may find on tlu; Kiiiracc — perhaps if yoii

look —
Some very siiiiill tiling — wliicli doMi not
^ tend —

To Iwina in llio least — the taste or the smell —
JUit way to tlio 1)0tt()in — where no one can

see —
Ah! (h('i(! you will hnd i(, — a.n(l you will (!(»

well —
To fathom at onee — nor longcsr delay —

Now when you disturb the waters — of

course —
They will mem more nnpleasant — than ever

before —
But what if they do — you will sure have

more sense —
Than to think these same waters — will ever

grow pure —

When the cause is removed — and time has

been given —
To refill the fount — with sweet gciiiLle

showers —
And freshening rains — from out the j)ino

heavens —
What a pleasing reward — will thcui Ix; yoiu'S.


Alul now my ilriir iViiMuls, 1 (liink lo cinnparo,
The jM'OSonl i'oiiililion, of soi-ioty Iumi',
To afounlain whoso waters, :iro noi wholly ]>nro,
Yot siiroly iu> worso, than (luy liavo .vboiMi

r>ul it Avas tlioUi;"hl. bost, (his 1'ouii(aiii (o c'h>ar.
So o[' I'ourso — (listui'biuL;- (lie waters you

Tliey seiMii pretty bail — and even apjiear,
A great (h>al worse — all the time to gn>w :

"Well this is the Avny — with soi-iety now,

It is all stirred np — and the odor is bad.

Anil all jnst. beeause — the thinL;s you don't

l;n(»w —
Are eoming to light — I'or whirli we ari> glad.

The fountain is large — and nnieh to be dono
¥a-o von ean giM rid — o\' the nuisance yet —
r>ut 1 i>rav you clear jViends — don't leave it

alone —
Just go lo the bottom — and Kt\- ivhai i/oii tjU't.

Pon't gt>( discouraged and give up the job.

And also be earel'ul — not to t/cf /di

It will almost require — "the jtatiem-e of

Job " —
To do this same thing — and get matters right.

MIHUNDKllS'lOni). U>1

]f :i]l w(M'(! williii;^' — 1() do l)iit. Ili(^ir Hharc —
llowciisily llicii — ll)(! woi'k iiii^^lit Ix; done —
I'.iil, (»ii(! will sl:iii(l licic — iiiid iiiKtlJicr (tiu!

Ili(;n! —
Dili ml;' iiothiiij^' iU, ill! — h'idjiiHl, in look on —

SI ill olJKirs — will do — ovoii worse; iJiiiii ili:i<,
Tlicy will ivy to discounigu — those who woidd

vvoik —
J*rovi)i,^' this !idjig(! — triio unto tho dot —
" Vi)\' Satiui finds soitM! iiiischiof si ill

l*\)r idh; liiiiids to do" — now wliiit wc do

Wllllt —

And are determined lo h;iv<! — is jiihI'icc iind

('.(I'lialily —
You may tlicow uj) your liiuids -;ind s;iy ''no

you don't,"
We tell you in time — 'twill he a rcal'il ij.

Vuy I )(,'()] )l<! iii'c now — hc^^innin^' lo I hink —
TIk; inoi-(; they do lliiid< — Hie moi'e thi;y will

kniow —
l''i'oni tli(! fountain of knowledj^e — W(;M hiive

I h(;in idl drink
i\\u\s'\\\'^ wiser iuid hettei- (!very day —

And souk; vvhoni now — )oii pielcnd lo lliinl'.
Ar(! heiKtath you in Htyle — (as VV(; hojKilhey
an;; J4


^Viul uoithor do liavo — so iiuu'h roaUy chink —
('Tis -well thoY Jo not — for 'tis often a snaro)

Are rising- in intoUoet — by force of their will —
While Tou it may be — are stamling quite still —
These soon -will pass by yon — ascenilini^- the

hill —
Nor can yon o'ertake them — try as you Avill —

Becanse yon can not — or Avill not give np —
Yonr increasing desire — for Inxnry and ease.
And now my dear friends — it" you \\ i>uld only

stop —
And listen to me awhile — if yon please —

1 would like to convince yon — though T fear

I shall not —
That you had better begin — before you leave

there —
To lay np your treasure — iu some better

Thau von seem to be doing — if it ri«'hilv an-

pear —

What think you to do — witli the gold you

have got —
'Twill be of no use — in this heavenly sphere —
Indeed you can't bring — one tittle or jot —
And however much — you may sigh for it

here —


'Twill not bo forilicoiniiig' — and you will re-
pine —

For your elegant surroundings — and dainties
rare —

Which you used for your comfort — and yours
alone —

Refusing with the poor and needy to share —

'Tis a far-reaching truth — that 'tis harder hy

far —
For a rich man to enter — the kingdom of

love —
Than for the desolate and downtrodden poor —
Whose treasure is more likely — to be hi id up

above —

T would not by this — have you to infer —
That I'iches are valueless — if rightly applicid —
That they will give you ranch comfort, and add

to jowv store
Of good deeds and true — can't be denied —

If you are unselfish and willing to share —
With others the blessings they bring unto

you —
While at the same time, you are molding with

care —
The spirit within you valiant and true.


I think I must leave you, for one is now here,
Who gave up her time, and place unto me,
I fear I've not made my logic very clear.
Nor could I do well, Avith this jingling "Poetry."

But what I liave given, in the spirit of love,
I trust you will kindly receive that same way.
And be guided aright to your home above
So kindly prepared for you and for me.

To my dear friends, greeting again !

I am happy to be with you.
But I also trust that 3'ou have been

Entertained and instructed too

By our revered and dear friend.
Who kindly volunteered to give,

As he did express it, a " piece of his mind : "
'Twas a pleasure to him, I believe, —

As I know it has been to 3'ou ;

And possibly he will again
Address you in his language true ;

As he can many things explain, —

Far better than I who have not been

So long an inhabitant here ;
Nor have I perceptions as keen.

Or an understanding so clear.


I will endeavor now to trace

The history I had commenced,
And give our friend's experience,

Although it will be much condensed, —

And many things left out entire,

For want of space, and want of time.

I have accorded unto her
A gift most rare, also divine.

She prized it, too, all else above,
And strove to cultivate the same ;

Trusting that He, the God of love,

Would all the crooked ways make plain.

The happiest moments she did know,
(I may have told you this before)

Were those she spent in listening to
Her faithful friend, so good and pure ;

He oft did give some symbol sweet,

And afterward explain the same ;
This was to her a richer treat

Than what in other ways did come.

One of these symbols I will give,

As nearly as I can express :
Its memory will forever live,

Her loving soul to cheer and bless.



She took lier usual seat beside

The friend through whom this same did come,
Wondering what would be said,

Wlien the medium thus bejran : —

" I see you seated," (she did say)

" Within an arbor covered o'er
With trailing vines all bare and gray,

Except on either side the door, —

Where are two tiny sprouts of green,

So fresh, and growing rapidly;
Aside from these, no leaf is seen

On all the vine, which carefully

I did examine for to see

If life were there, and, to my joy,
Found it 'twas green, and juicy too,

Underneath the bark so dry ;

Antl also that the tiny buds

Had even now begun to swell.
You seem to be in pensive mood,

All quite alone, yet looking well ;

Before you is a table spread

Willi papers scattered here and there,
And papers also by your side ;

Some books, I see, are lying near ;


Now these same papers all arc filled
With writings from some wieldy pen ;

A gentle breeze — my heart is stilled —
While now from every mount and glen —

Come tiny birds — so beautiful —
Of every kind — and every hue —

They almost now the arbor fill —
And many, too, have lit on you.

Ah ! now I see their mission here.

Each one does with its little bill
A paper take, and disappear,

Bearing it where'er he will.

These birds I would that you might see,
For some have come from foreign shore,

Their plumage is so bright and gay ;
Many I've never seen before ;

They all have flown, like the " carrier dove,"
Unto their own bright native land,

Bearing with them tidings of love
No powers of earth can countermand.

You still are sitting there alone:

Indeed, your life has mostly been
Alone thus far : there seemeth none

Who can at all enter within



'.riic siUTcd priM'iiK'ls ol' \i)iii' soul.
Hill iidw I sec, !i(lviiii('iii<;- iu>;ir,

A H'tMllllMllilM lldl \V\-\ l;lll

l>iil niliuM- stoiil willi lliick !;r:iv li;iir —

.llt< iip|)n)jirliolh very (Miitioiislv,

/\s if ill (loubl. Iiow l(> prorccd,
.A(l\ niicrs ii. sl('|» — t lit'ii t iiriis ;i\\ ;i\',

.As if frariii!;- Ii(« iiii!;'lil disl ml)

Or IVi!;lil(Mi \(ui : 'lis piniii lo si>o
I Ic is (|iiili^ anxious lo (ii'aw near ;

Some riiliirc lime |M'rlia|)s lie iiia\,
l'\>r so i|. (lol li (o till" appear.

Oil ! can litis 1)1' I lit> same arhor

I saw I»(>roi'(> ? w lial a eliaii_!.;e I
The vine wliieli llieii was dry and bam

Js beiiulii'ul : it yt'i'uis so strauL;o

'Dial, ill lliis lidle space of lime

II. could iia\(< |)ul roiili all lliese l(>a\('sl

ll is indeed a. work siihliiiie.

JwOiivt^s dark, lea,ves l!!;lil, lai!;i> li>a\i>s, small
leavos, —

All lliesc are lierc^ roriuiiiuf ii sIkuIo

So cool and so rtdVivsliiiiM- (oo ;
And now 1 sei>, llie liow er onlsidi>.

Such loNch llowcrs all wcl wilh dew, —

Ml.SUNDIOIiSrooi). IGt

Just spi'higino- lip ; tlioy arc Jiol Jiciir
Enough for you to pluck just yet ;

Still not so very, very far,

And you do now their JVagrance get."

After depicting all this scene,

Pier pastor said there scarce was need

For liim to it at all explain ;

For she, he thought, correctly read

What thoy intended to confer

In this Yv.ry ])lc;i,siiig way.
It did, of course, })ertain to her ;

And she would yet sec the day

When this symbol sweet should he
Fully realized, although just now

It seemed incredible that she
Could so much benefit bestow

(Incredil)le to h(;r, Ik; meant)

Upon her race. 'Twas also true
That tlie papers he had shown

Would be fdled ; and written, too, —

By her own hand, just every one,
Scatt(!r(;d, also, l)oth far and wide.

As unto lici' it had been shown,
IJy the birds who did ])rcside, —


And (aki' inl(» (Iumi- own (K>;ir liaiuls
(^Or bills jnsd-ad) (ho iii;lit to help

As host, (liov 111 lull ( ; and distanl^ Iniuls
VVonld bless lliom i'ov tlioir silent work.

Tlie vino, of eourso, did represent

llev own nuHlinniistit^ ])ower,
.lust bet;'innin;4' now io sprout;

.r>u( wliii'h, in lime, liki> lliis sweet bower, — •

A voo\ rcl'iesjiiiii;' sliadc* would i'orni
For WH>arv, lieart-siek souls of eiu'th;

Shielding' lluun from many a. storm.
While leaeliiui^' oi" the hea\eiily birth.

" Tlie i^entliMuan who was described

Seems to possess an earnest soul,
AVhieh is with \o\0 and truth ind)ibed.

Jb' hath 110 intentions foul, —

But is attrai'ted nnto you

}\y your earnest, truthful faee,
And wouhl sonu^ kindly word bestow,

SaAi> that' he fi^ars to give oi'leuse.

1 think he will, in future years,

Come very near, and you assist.
For so io me it now" appears.

Between you there seems to exist

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A (^oimiKtii clMiid of syiii|);il liy

K(ig"iir<liii.!^' !ill I his (Irii'kciicd rnco :

Yoii cJicrisli I'or liiuiiiuiil.y
A siicrc'd lovi;, :iihI ;iIsu pl.'ico

Y()ii)'S(!lvcH ill ii coiidilion (o

Aiii(:li()i'ii,(-(! iJic. siiCrcriiii^M
( )!' Iiiiiii:ui liciiils vvliicli yi)ii do l<ii()vv

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