Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB
[merged small][ocr errors]

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1617, by

DARIUS MEAD, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court on the United States, for the Sou?

ern District of New York.

[ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

8. W. BENEDICT & CO., STER, AN PRII,

16 Spruce Street, New York

[blocks in formation]

A.

A Monster Father,

A Scene at Sea,

Across the River,

A Visit to General Lafayette,

American Wild Flowers,

A Wife's Welcome,
A Dream,
A lone Indian feeling after God,
A Chapter about Servants,.
An Adventure of Gibbon,..
Autumn,
A Wish,
Å Christmas Carol,
A Leaf from the Past,..
A Lesson from the Seasons,
Address to the Moon,
A Bright Leaflet from History,

15
38
50
67

98
. 162
.211
.215
.238
..274
276
277

-310

.317

.347

[blocks in formation]

L.
Letters to Young Men,.

· 168, 219, 241
Lady Jane Grey,....

• 204
Larned, Nevins and Breckenridge,

- 206

M.
May.day in New York,

30

My first Sabbath in Paris,

. 103

Mary Lentley, ....

. 106

Modern Philanthropists,.

115

“ Mother! I see it,”..

. 131

Morality of the “Boz” Literature, · 132

Mont Blanc,

.. 193
Musings on the Future,

-233
Mary at the Cross,...

..265
Music, 32, 63, 94, 126, 158, 190, 222, 254, 286, 318,

350, 382

N.

Novel Writers and Novel Publishers, 19

Notices of Northern Russia,..

. 134

Neglect, or the Lesson of a Day,.. .188

Nymphæa Odorata,

· 275

334
346

349

[blocks in formation]
[blocks in formation]

31

Power of Habit,

86

Parlor Table, 96, 128, 160, 192, ?24, 256, 288, 320,

352, 394

President Davis,

.341

.257

17

[blocks in formation]

PAGE
The Choice of Lot,...

.165
The Poetry of Mrs. Hemans,

.173
The Lobelia,

177
The Infant's Mission,.....

.178
The Faithful Christian's Reward,

186
The Poetry of Philosophy,

197
The Campanu, 2,

214
Tennyson's Poems,

.231
The Power of Music,

235
The Songs of Other Days,

.245
The Geranium,

.246
The Rose-bud on the Strand,

248
The Translation of Enoch,

248
The Fountain of Life,

249
The Bow in the Cloud,

285
The Valhalla,

289
The Wild Columbine,

304
The Fall of the Oak,

305
The High-way to Happiness,

315
The Dying Indian Child,

326
The Forest Dead, ...

.328
The Key to the Heart,

..335
The Grasshopper War,.

-338
The Pink Azalea, or American Woodbine,..339
The Blue Violet,

. 364
The Tennents:

363
The Angel Wife,..

373
The Eligible Situation,...

.373

9

T.
The Wrongs of Woman,
The Rose, ..

15
The Nautilus,

23
The Moral Aspects of the World, ..

· 25, 58
Thoughts upon Thought,

28
The Family Institution,

35
To Mount Blanc,

54
The Winter Past,..

55
The Conflict of Ages,

68
The Little Foxes,

72
The Lay of the Bell,

77
The Magnanimity of the Religious Principle, 82
The Dahlia, :

85
The Olive Tree,

91
The Prodigal Son,

97
Thoughts at Twilight,

. 102
The True Philosopher's Stone,

110
The Abbot of Clairvaux,

113
The Eglantine,

123
The Selling of Joseph by his Brethren, .129
The Poetry and Poets of America,

137
The Monk,

146
Trials Make the Man,.

152
The Grey Nuns of Montreal,

156

[blocks in formation]

EMBELLISHME'TS.
JACOB BLESSING THE SONS OF Joseph.

Mont BLANC.
Tue Moss Rose.

THE CAMPA."ULA.
HAGAR IN THE WILDERNESS,

SIMEON.
CALTHA PALUSTRI.

THE GERANIUM.
HEPATICA AMERICANA.

FELIX NEFF'S RESIDENCE.
JEPHTHAH'S DAUGHTER.

The White WATER-Lily.
DAHLIA VARIABILIS.

THE VALHALLA.
The Prodigal Son.

Tue Wild COLUMBINE.
Rosa RUBIGINOSA.

CHRIST BLESSING THE CHILDREN.
THE SELLING OF JOSEPH BY HIS BRETHREN Tue Punk AZALEA, OR AMERICAN WOODBINE.
FuchsIA GRACILIS.

The River BANPADA (THE ANCIENT PHARPAR).
Ophir.

THE BLUE VIOLET.
LOBELIA.

[ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

The character and design of the periodical which is here offered to the public under the title of THE CHRISTIAN PARLOR MAGAZINE, will be readily discovered by a glance at the style and sentiments which pervade the contents of this, its first, number. The field which it proposes to occupy has long been left idle; a field, too, of such importance, that it is difficult to account for its neglect, otherwise than as a casual oversight.

A survey of our periodical literature will as. sist in defining our position. At the head stand the invaluable Reviews, erudite, discursive, always profound, and often abstruse in their disquisitions, and abstract rather than practical in their choice of subjects. Indispensable as their presence is, and incalculable as are their blessings, it is no disparagement of them to say, that the circle of their influence is narrow, and that beyond that circle, from the very elevation and abstraction of their contents, they are little heeded and little felt. At the other extreme lie the perishable paragraphs of the hour, too much busied with fact to discuss principle, and too little careful of moral tendency to sift materials. Intermediately there have arisen ephemeral pe. riodicals, countless in number and omnifarious in design, the interests of most of which lead them 10 wait upon the varying passions of their patrons, rather than assume the attitude of di

rectors of public sentiment: and as purveyors in this equivocal position, their natural tendency is to augment the dainty flavor of their intellectual viands, without concern for the ultimate operation of them upon the moral system with which they are made to incorporate. Fiction, preserving decency enough to avoid excommunication ; specious ethics, with wit enough to conceal their deformities; exciting topics, of a doubtful morality, are admissible into these fashionable magazines ;—such elements form part and parcel of their design ; and having been once admitel, the future cry is, “Give, give.”

To supply, then, a periodical, which shall preserve many of the excellences of the former class, without its learned diffuseness and speculation ; which may seek the lighter graces of style, and the charms of fancy, hitherto appropriated by the latter, despoiled of their meretricious ornaments; which shall speak decidedly upon matters touching our holy faith; and which, in fine, shall form a suitable companion for the domestic circle, and an instructor as well as amusing associate for a leisure hour, is our pre. sent design. We enter upon an unrestricted field, and shall aim to keep it open in its greatest latitude before us. The range of subjects, and our style of handling them, will be best learned from our pages: with the pledged

VOL. 1.-NO. I.

2

THE CHRISTIAN PARLOR MAGAZINE.

coöperation of several well known and able writers, we shall endeavor to throw the charms of diversity of manner around the unity of design. To create a healthful appetite for healthful aliment, to infuse a religious influence into our current literature, to cleanse wit from the leprosy of scepticism, to chasten fancy with the elements of devotion, to please without becoming seductive, to amuse without trifling, to educate, to encourage, and to defend the higher and holier powers of our nature—these are the offices we have assumed and which we design to discharge. We present ourselves in an elegant form and a handsome exterior, and shall study to be found wanting in none of the graces of the typographical art.

The course of events seems to have designated these as the means, and this as the hour to put them in operation, for countermining an insidious enemy, who is burrowing up through literature into morals. Wherever he has appeared, or may appear in sight, we shall become aggressive in our movements. While, however, we may be busy in controverting subtlety of every hue, we shall guard against rambling after mere speculative antagonists. The moral system of Providence seems to follow the paradox of getting while it gives; of eliciting truth while it eliminates error: for it strikes at an assailable point with the brand of light and love. Our duty, therefore, as well as our aim, will be to study the action of this law and to imitate it; for its observance will never form a check upon our conduct, until such conduct would in its turn form a check upon the pleasure and profit of our readers.

The overwhelming flood of impure and corrupting literature, which has come in upon us, is an antagonistic force to our progress : we shall

endeavor to resist it with all the weapons in our power. We have motives enough for action ; we have materials enough to act upon; we have hopes enough to be ardent and diligent in the execution of our plan. The cordial coöperation of the Christian circles, with which we propose to hold converse, can alone insure our success. They have a common cause with us in staying the tide of unsound morals, which is pouring in through the press. Ourselves, our families, and our children form a reading nation, and the only question is, What shall we read ? Shall the food nourish or poison? Shall it strengthen or enervate? Shall it make us robust men, or premature anilities, without principle enough to encounter the struggles of life, much less those of death? These are questions for the parent to decide in view of the morals he would bequeath to his offspring; and for the Christian in view of his profession, his hopes, and the sacramental pledge of his sacred honor.

Assuming, then, what is no mere presumption, that a Christian community is imperatively demanding a medium, through which it may enjoy the choice creations of fancy and the nervous energizings of thought without coloring those pure fountains that well up fast by the oracle of God, we put forth this attempt. Upon the heartiness of that demand depends to a great extent the measure of our success. On our part the purposes have been freely stated : we have promised enough, and here give an earnest of our resolution to redeem. Having entered upon the work at the earnest solicitations of pastors and others sympathizing in the objects we have enumerated, we set out with the buoyancy of hope : our merits we leave to the judgment of those whom we have undertaken to serve.

[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »