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About Christian herald. (Portland ;) 1882-18?? | View Entire Issue (Jan. 26, 1883)
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The Church Walking with the World.
There were cushioned pews for the rich , “You would like to see ■'the ini-. stand you wish to see me. What
and the gay,
peror!” inquiringly rejoined Mr. is your business ?”
Eo sit in their pomp and pride ;
Dallas, adding the further interro-
“I came all the wav from-ih^
H do yWwSHTto see TomV oF "Washington, at Mount
Vernon, in America; and, under
the emperor for ?”
“ Oh, I have a little business standing fhat you liked the charac
“ You give too much to the poor," said
with him, and I want to see him,” ter of Washington,”—
“ I nave great veneration for the
replied the youth.
•* Far more than you ought to do ;
If they are in need of shelter and food,'
Well,” said the ambassador, character and memory of that illus-
Why need it trouble yon ?
• you cifrn’t ^ee 'tlm'PHipprm..”----- ---- ..Ui a u a p4U'»<0Ha^r-'
r up t r d th-p--“
Gfl UKty&6FiE"dEhy aAd nuy non robes,
“ Why not ? Can’t you intro emperor.
Buy horses and carriages fine,
“ Well,” continued the youth, as
Buy pearls and jewels and dainty food ; duce me?” earnestly inquired the
thrust his hand into hit jacket
- - ,
Buy the rarest and costliest wines ;
My children they dote on all these
“ No, I could not introduce you,” pocket,“I brought this acorn from
the tomb of Washington, thinking
said the Minister, smilingly.
And if you their love would win,
“ Aren’t you the American min you might like to plant it in your
You must do as they do, and walk in the
grounds, and raise an oak to his
ister ? ’ said the boy.
” Nay, walk with me but a little space,"
“ Yes, I am the American Minis his memory. Will you accept it?*
Said the world with a kindly air ;
That they are walking in."
“ Certainly,” replied the emperor.
“ The road I walk is a pleasant road,
Then the Church held fast the strings of ter; but I should not dare to in
And the sun shines always there ;
“And we will go out at once and
troduce you if I am.”
Your path is therny *nd rough and rude,
And modestly lowered her head,
“ But I am an American,” replied plant it.”
But mine is broad and plain ;
And simpered, " Without doubt you ere the" boy7 **"AHd I have come all
No sooner said than done. They
My way is paved with flowers and de wb ,
right, sir ;
the way from Mount Vernon, the pr<>cecded to the palace grounds;
And yours with tears and pain ;
Henceforth I will do as you’ve said.”
The sky to me is always bl ie,
tomb of Washington, on business and, having raised the soiF with a
So the poor were turned from her door
No want, no toil I know ;
with the emperor, (for whom I have spade, the emperuiuiommittfd the—
__ The sky above you jaALwaj«.dark,,... . ......
Afidah C h e itfdhbftFe'dt^ Ean's'ofy; a "presenf,') and I inusi see him ; acorn to the earth with his own
Yuur lot is a lot of w"be ;
But she drew her beautiful robes aside, and I call on you as the ambas hand. Thanking the youth for the
There’s room enough for you and me
As the widows went weeping by.
sador of my country to introduce simple but agreeable present, the
To travel side by side.’1
Then the sons of the World and sons of
..... ... ern peror. _inq wired, Is there a ny-
jbyly the Church approached, the -— ' the Church — ------------- —---~ me to hjs Imperial ALleaiy.”
“ The most that I can do, my lad, thing more that you wish of me,
. Walked closely hand and heart,
And gave him her hand of snow ;
And only the Master, who knoweth all, is to introduce you to one of his my lud ?” The boy replied, “ 1
And the old World grasped it and walk
Could tell the two apart.
Ministers,” said Mr. Dallas. “ And, should like to see Moscow amazing
Then the Church sat down at her ease if he pleases, he may introduce you ly”
Saying in accents low,
“ What do you want to see Mos- 1
t to the emperor.”
“ Your dress is too simple to please my
P O»> • A
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V ery well,” said the boy, “ that cow for ?” interrogated His Majesty.
I have need of nothing, or ought to do,
I will give yon pearls to wear,
“ Oh, I have long had a desire to
will be one step gained. Just in
But to laugh and dance and feas1."
Rich velvets and silks for your graceful
see that city; and as you were
The sly World heard, and Jjelaughed in troduce me to the Minister of His
pleased to inquire for my further
Majesty, if you please.”
And diamonds to deck yoor hair.”
And mocking said, aside—
At this point in the dialogue, the wishes, and as I knew you coulij
The Church looked down at her plain
” The Church is fallen, the beautiful American Minister took the boy to gratify my desire, I thought I
And then at the dazzling World,
one of the imperial cabinet, remark would honestly tell you.”
And her shame is her boast and pride. ”
And blushed as she saw his handsome
“ Well,' you shall see Moscow,”
ing to the dignitary as he ap
The angel drew near to the mercy-seat,
proached him : “ Here is a boy who said Nicholas. And, at once, a
With a smile contemptuous curled.
And whispered in sighs her name,
“ I will change my dress for a costlier Then the loud anthems of rapture were says he has come all the way from barouche with six horses was or-
Mount Vernon, in America, and dored, and the boy was toted off to
Said the Church, with a smile of
And heads were covered with shame. that he has some message for the the ancient Capital by His Majes
And a voice was heard at last by the emperor, and demands an introduc ty’s imperial command.
Then her pure, white garments drifted
“The last I saw of the youth,”
tion. Can you gratify him ?”
From Him who sat on the Throne,
“ I cannot introduce him without said Mr. Dallas, “ he passed my
And the World gave in their place,
“ I know thy works, and how thou hast
first consulting His Majesty,” re office in St. Petersburgh, in a coach
Beautifal satins and shining silks,
Roses and gems and costly pearls ;
plied the autocrat’s Minister. “ If with six horses ; and, as he deigned
While over her forehead her bright hair That thou art naked, poor and blind.
he is wi.ling, I will introduce him.” to look at me, joyfully waved a
And wretched before My face ;
After a brief lapse of time, the white handkerchief, of which he
Therefore I from My presence, cast thee
Crisped in a thousand curls.
Minister returned from an inter had become the possessor, andj
“ Your house is too plain," said the
And blot thy name from its place," — view with the emperor, to whom he triumphantly cried out to me:
proud old World,
had related in substance what had ‘Hurray ! I am going to Moscow 1
”1'11 build you one like mine ;
been previously said of che boy. I am going to Moscow I’ ”— Illus
Carpets of Brussels and curtains of lace,
And furniture ever so fine."
The curiosity of NicholasS^eing ex- i trated Christian Weekly.
An American Boy in Russia.
So he built her a costly and beautiful
cited as to the boy’s errand, he was
“ Just for Looks.”
George M. Dallas, when Ameri induced to command the ministerial
■lost splendid it was to behold ;
can Minister at the Court of the functionary to “ bring him along.”
A little boy was playing around
Her sons and her beautiful daughters
“ He says he will see you,” said the
table set for dinner, busily
.thejlinhter;addressing hhiMMdf t<> ranging" RFiT6T&t ^podhs"'trfiuiii he "
Gleaming in purple and gold ;
"TtiCh'T^frs anjehows in the halls were Petersburgh one morning, when a the Yankee lad. And immediately had taken from the side-board.
■ held. •*'
young man, or rather a boy, pre they set off for the palace, where “ What is that for ?” inquired his
Aud the World and his children were
sented himself, with the arms of his the following interlocutory dis mother. " Oh,” said the little tel-
Laughter and music and feasts were jacket out at his elbows, and re course took place between Nicholas low in an apologetie tone, “ just for
marked that he “ would like to see and the ragged boy
In the place that wa« meant for prayer, the emperor,”
“ Well, my little fellow, I under-
There was an idea in the child’s
ie Church and the World walked far
On the changing shore« of time,
The World was singing a giddy song,
And the Church a hymn sublime.
/Come, give me your hand," said the
.walk with ma thia wuy4
But the good Church hid her snowy
And solemnly answered “ Nay,
I will not give you my hand at all,
And I will not walk with you ;
Your way is the way that leads to death ;
Your words are all untrue."
Sat meekly down outside.