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Lix.—Notices Of Eooks.
LIX . —NOTICES OF _EOOKS .
Contributed By An Actiye Fkiejstd Of The...
_CONTRIBUTED BY AN ACTIYE _FKIEJSTD OF THE BAGGED
SCHOOL MOVEMENT . The _Jinnual Claim Parliamentary s of Magged Schools Grant to as Pecunia an integral ry Educational t of the Aid Educational from the
Movement Co . Price of 6 d the . Country . By Mary Carpenter . par London : Partridge and _In Southey ' s great poem , " Tlie Curse of Kehama" there is a
wonderful image which , we have sometimes thought , applicable to ing the p in hilanthrop the plenitude ists of of our his time quasi . -godlike The Raj powers ah is represented to storm the descend Infernal
realms , and driving , self-multiplied , at once , down all the eight roads of Padalon ! Like him , it would seemwe must assume
somewhat of ubiquity , and assault the citadel of , evil on all its sides simultaneously . By all the gates through which sin and
sufferingapproach mankind , we must pour in , with opposing forces , schools , penitentiaries , reformatories , hospitals , deaf and dumb and blind
asylums , released prisoners' aid societies , working men and "working women ' s colleges , home missionsassociations and institutions for
, every blessed purpose under heaven , beyond the reach of numeration . No longer can we be contented , like our fathersto direct
and our main alms houses efforts onl are y to no the longer relief the of the typical suffering forms bod of y . beneficence , Hospitals .
The great truth is dawning on all minds that virtue and not happiness is the end and aim of man ' s existence , and that to promote
that loftiest end is the chief work alike of divine and human love . True , we cannot produce virtue as we may produce happiness
. Virtue must be the free choice of each free , rational soul . But we can do much to conduce towards that choice , and , by so doing , effect for
our brother a greater good than the removal of every earthly pain , and the bestowal of every earthly pleasure . Do we doubt this ?
Alas , our hearts are too cold in the pursuit of virtue to measure to ari the ght its infinite side supremacy and fi over wh happ at iness it would . Let us then turn merely
of guilt negative upon our , souls ; gur to e awake each morning be to have with a the wei con ght - sciousness of the drunkard , the thiefthe adultererthe murderer !
Would not all the natural woes of , humanity , disease , and want and bereavement , seem things to long for in comparison , ? Should ,
we not fly to those stern messengers of God if they could shelter us from the dreadful spectres of sin ?
The charity of our time directs thus wisely its noblest efforts to
save men from evils worse than poverty and sickness . And while
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Feb. 1, 1859, page 421, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01021859/page/61/