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Toe Pai Beta KAPPA MEETING.-Dr. 0. W. These weave the dream, the beatific vision Ilolmes read the following poem at the Phi Beta That haunts our busy day, our toil-bouglat Kappa Meeting at Cambridge:


Here are the blissful shades, the bowers Elysian,

And these the brightest hours our evening A PEACEFUL haven while the deep is seething,

numbers. An alcove's cobwebs while the flags are flaunt

ing, A spot of tranquil shade for quiet breathing, While all the haggard, hurried world is panting;


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3. Eugénie de Guérin,

4. Strathcairn, .

1. The Napoleonic Idea in Mexico, 2. The Queen's English,

5. England and France,

6. Herr Von Bismark,

7. Mrs. Howarth's Poems,

No. 1055.-20 August, 1864.




Blackwood's Magazine,
Edinburgh Review,





N. Y. Evening Post,

POETRY.-Faith and Reason, 338. Nil Admirari; or, Don't be Astonished, 338. Seashore Fancies, 384. Day-Dreams, 384. Heaven, 384.

SHORT ARTICLES.-The Triple Episcopal Consecration, 359. Shutting Up and Walking Out, 379. Beauty Unsatisfied, 379. 379. A new Disinfectant, 379. A Rational Objection, 379. 379. Surat Cotton Unhealthy, 379.

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While Reason stands below upon

The consecrated ground, Reason unstrings the harp to see

And like a mighty buttress, clasps
Wherein the music dwells ;

The wide foundation round.
Faith pours a hallelujah song,
And heavenly rapture swells ;

Faith is the bride that stands enrobed
While Reason strives to count the drops

In white and pure array ;
That lave our narrow strand,
Faith launches o’er the mighty deep,

Reason, the handmaid, who may share,

The gladness of the day. To seek a better land.

Faith leads the way, and Reason learns One is the foot that slowly treads

To follow in her train; Where darkling mists enshroud ;

Till step by step the goal is reached, The other is the wing that cleaves

And death is glorious gain. Each heavier obscuring cloud.

-Good Words, Reason, the eye which sees but that

On which its glance is cast ;
Faith is the thought that blends in one

The future and the past.

OR, DON'T BE ASTONISHED. In hours of darkness, Reason waits,

BY JOHN G. SAXE. Like those in days of yore,

I. Who rose not from their night-bound place,

WHEN Horace in Vendusian groves On Egypt's veiled shore ;

Was scribbling wit or sipping “ Massic," But Faith more firmly clasps the hand

Or singing those delicious loves
Which led her all the day,
And when the wished-for morning dawns,

Which after-ages reckon classic,

He wrote one day-'twas no vagary Is farther on her way.

These famous words : Nil Admirari: By Reason's alchemy in vain

II. Is golden treasure planned ;

“ Wonder at nothing !” said the bard ; Faith meekly takes a priceless crown,

A kingdom's fall, a nation's rising, Won by no mortal hand.

A lucky or a losing card, While Reason is the laboring oar

Are really not at all surprising, That smites the wrathful seas,

However men or manners vary, Faith is the snowy sail spread out

Keep cool and calm ; Nil Admirari ! To catch the freshening breeze.

III. Reason, the telescope that scans

If kindness meet a cold return; A universe of light ;

If friendship prove a dear delusion ; But Faith, the angel who may dwell

If love neglected, cease to burn ; Among those regions bright.

Or die untimely of profusion, Reason, a lovely towering elm,

Such lessons well may make us wary,
May fall before the blast;

But needn't shock ; Nil Admirari!
Faith, like the ivy on the rock,
Is safe in clinging fast.


Does disappointment follow gain ? While Reason, like a Levite, waits

Or wealth elude the keen pursuer ? Where priest and people meet,

Does pleasure end in poignant pain ? Faith, by a “ new and living way,"

Does fame disgust the lucky wooer, Hath gained the mercy-seat.

Or haply prove perversely chary? While Reason but returns to tell

'Twas even thus : Nil Admirari. That this is not our rest,

Faith, like a weary dove, hath sought
A gracious Saviour's breast.

Does January wed with May,

Or ugliness consort with beauty i Yet Both are surely precious gifts

Does Piety forget to pray ? From Him who leads us home,

And heedless of connubial duty,
Though in the wilds himself hath trod,

Leave faithful Ann for wanton Mary?
A little while we roam,

'Tis the old tale ; Nil admirari! And linked within the soul that knows

A living, loving Lord ;
Faith strikes the key-note, Reason then

Ah ! when the happy day we reach
Fills up the full-toned chord.

When promisers are ne'er deceivers ;

When parsons practise what they preach, Faith is the upward-pointing spire

And seeming saints are all believers, O'er life's great temple springing,

Then the old maxim you may vary, From which the chimes of love float forth And say no more, Nil admirari? Celestially ringing;

-N. Y. Ledger.



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From Blackwood's Magazine. carrying a submarine railway under the BritTHE NAPOLEONIC IDEA IN MEXICO. ish Channel,-a project which we have no NAPOLEON THE Third is a monarch of rare desire to see accomplished until a new epoch genius as well as of great power ; and it is a has dawned upon Europe, and the relations plensure to review the policy of such a man between the two countries have been estabin a sphere which is free from the influences lished upon a more reliable basis of friendof international rivalry. The French in Mex- ship. Lastly, among those projects of mateico is a different question from the French on rial as well as of political interest, we come the Rhine. As Englishmen, we cannot re- to the intervention in Mexico, undertaken gard without a feeling of mistrust and dislike professedly, though not primarily, with a view the policy of Napoleon in Europe ; but hap- to regenerate that fine country, to rescue it pily we can do so when the scene of his far- from impending ruin, to restore it to a place reaching projects is the old empire of Mon- among the nations, and launch it upon a new tezuma. We do not demand of any mon- and independent career. arch that he shall consult the good of the Of all the projects of Napoleon III., this world irrespective of the interests of his own is the one which is most to be applauded for country ; but unquestionably the greatest the good which it will accomplish for the monarch, the one who will longest live in the world at large. Nevertheless, -and this is memory of men, is he who shall achieve the a compliment to his sagacity rather than a greatest triumphs for mankind at large. In detraction from the merits of the project, exile and in prison, Louis Napoleon had am- the motive which inspired it was connected ple time to meditate on the high mission to with the interests of France, and still more .which, by a strong and strange presentiment, with those of his own dynasty. The emperor he felt himself called. He reviewed, as a po- was desirous to find some enterprise which litical philosopher, the requirements of the should employ his army, and engage the atage ; and thus when he came to the throne, tention of his restless and glory-loving subhe brought with bim many high designs al-jects, until the affairs of Europe should open ready formed, which he was resolved to ac- to bi a favorable opportunity for completcomplish so far as the opportunities of his ing his grand scheme of " rectifying " the career should permit. One of the earliest- frontiers of France. And in this he has sucformed of his great schemes was the construc- ceeded. Even though the enterprise has not tion of a sbip canal which should cross the been popular in France, it at least served to Isthmus of Darien, and form a highway of attract the thoughts of the French to a forcommerce between the oceans of the Atlan- eign topic,—it has furnished a subject of tic and Pacific. Such a work is lees needed conversation and debate,-and it has, morenow that the age of railways bas succeeded over, shut the mouths of the war-party in to the age of canals ; nevertheless, it will France, and established a solid excuse for the probably be accomplished in the future. As emperor not engaging in a European conflict emperor, Louis Napoleon has taken no meas- until he had got this transatlantic affair off ures to carry out this project, -his other his hands. These were considerations of schemes having hitherto absorbed his atten- present value which Napoleon was not likely tion and fully taxed his powers. But he has to under-estimate, though he could not frankly energetically supported the sister project of avow them. Nevertheless, they would have the Suez Canal, designed to connect the east- been void of force if the expedition could not ern and western seas ; and however doubtful have been justified upon intrinsic grounds. may be the success of the scheme at present, And it is to the peculiar character of those we doubt not it will be realized in the end. grounds, as illustrative of the scope of the The project of tunnelling the Alps likewise emperor's views, that we desire briefly to owes its initiative to Napoleon III., and will draw attention, before considering what are connect his name with a greater work than likely to be the actual results of the enterthe road of the Simplon, which was one of prise. the glories of his uncle's reign. With a The grandeur of a nation depends upon the buldness which pays little regard to what or- influence of the ideas and interests which it dinary men call impossibilities, he has also represents not less than upon the material force proposed to unite England and France by which it can exert. England, for example, is

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peculiarly the representative of Constitutional ica which is not a prey to anarchy and desGovernment and of the interests of commerce. olation ; and a few years ago, the gradual exIn Russia we behold the head and represen- tension of Anglo-Saxon power over the whole tative power of the Greek Church. France, of the New World appeared to be merely a also, we need hardly say, is a representative question of time. Seizing a favorable opporpower. Her monarchs for centuries have tunity, the “ eldest son of the Church " now borne the title of the “ eldest son of the intervenes to repair the fallen fortunes of the Church ; " they have been the protectors of, Papacy in Central America, and in so doing and at all events they peculiarly represent, to erect a barrier against the tide of Protesthe Church of Rome. But the Church of tantism, and to reflect new lustre upon the Rome has been losing ground, alike in the Church of which he is the champion, and Old World and in the New. The great king- with whose greatness that of France is indisdom of Poland has dropped out of the map solubly connected. of Europe, and nearly all its parts have gone These considerations affect the moral rathto increase the territories of Protestant Prus- er than the political greatness of France ; sia and of Russia, the champion of the Greek but there are others of a different character Church. The loss has not been compen- which moved Napoleon III. to attempt tha sated by an adequate increase of power in regeneration of Mexico. The latter, bowthe States which adhere to the Latin Church. ever, relate to the same object considered Spain, once the greatest power in Europe, from a different point of view. Europe is has for long been torpid, and though now remodelling herself on the principle of nashowing symptoms of revival, will never re- tionality. Twenty years hence, the Slavogain anything like its former position in the pian race will have experienced a great aug-. world. In America the collapse of the Rom- mentation of power,-- partly from increase of ish Church has been still more conspicuous. population, which is proceeding rapidly in On the other hand, the Protestant and Greek Russia, and partly from a more perfect politpowers are prospering and extending them- ical organization and community of action selves. The greatest change which is im- established among the now scattered portions pending in Europethe downfall of the Ot- of that family of nations. The Teutonie toman rule—will bring a vast extension of race is destined to experience a lesser but power to the Greek Church ; and slowly but somewhat similar increase of power. Comsteadily the same Church, following the bat- pelled by disasters which, even in this hour talions of Russia, is spreading over Central, of triumph, may be seen to await them, the and will soon spread likewise over Southwest- Germans will consolidate their strength by ern, Asia. It will extend from the Baltic unification, and will thereby acquire much to the Pacific, from St. Petersburg to Petro- greater power than they now possess, even paulovski. Protestantism has still greater tri- though they lose a considerable portion of umphs to show. Accompanying the colonies their non-German territory. In the face of of England, it has become the dominant faith these contingencies, Napoleon III. meditates, in North America,-among the thirty mil- has long been meditating, how France is lions of the Anglo-Saxon race who may be to obtain a commensurate addition to her said to hold the fortunes of the New World strength. Centralization and organization are in their hands. In India, in the Australian already complete in France ; no new strength world, at the Cape, and wherever England is to be looked for from these sources. Her has planted her energetic colonies, it is the population, too,-unlike that of Germany Protestant Church which reigns supreme. and of Russia,—is stationary, and even threatBy his intervention in Mexico, Napoleon III. ens to decline if some new impulse be not endeavors to arrest the decay of the Romish communicated to it. How, then, is she to Church in America, and to check the contin- keep her place in the future? Partly, reuous spread of the Protestant Anglo-Saxons. plies Napoleon, in his secret thoughts, by inThe “ Empire of the Indias,” reared by Spain, corporating the Rhine provinces and Belgium, and so long a bright gem in the tiara of the thereby acquiring at once an increase of popes, has gone to wreck. Brazil, with its population, and a strong and advantageous enormous territory but mere handful of peo- frontier. Partly, also, he hopes, by estabple, is the only non-Protestant State in Amer-lishing a league, a community of sentiment

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