Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 14, 1873, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 14, 1873 Page 4
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EASTER. The Gladsome and Glorious Commemor ation of the Great Chris tian Festival. THE CHUItCH CELEBRATIONS. & Festival of Flowers and Universal Good Fellowship in the Catholic and Epis copal Sanctuaries of the City. MAGNIFICENT MUSICAL MEMORIALS. Splendid Services at St. Patrick's Cafhc dral?Pontifical High Mass. Sermons on the Resurrection of the Body and the Immortality of the Soul. Yesterday morning broke fresh and clear. After the snow and sleet and storm of the previous day the Easter sun came out to shed its effulgent rays over the great city and bid its people rejoice. Along the avenues the throngs of people who passed to and fro on their way to church would cause even the moat sceptical to feol evmpathy with the religious meaning of the festival of the day. They were a gaily dressed crowd of worshippers, and the female portion of It seemed to have come out en masse in fresh apparel, nnd dazzled the eye with their exhibition ot shade and color in the multi tudinous and variegated hues of their garments. Fifth avenue, lromTeutn street to the Central Park, from teu o'clock iu the morning till late in the afternoon, was one long procession Df men and women, whose attire and beanuit betokened refinement, wealth and prosperity, and nearly all these were worshippers of some denomi nation or another, as the crowds that poured in and out of the various religious edifices along the line of the avenue amply testified. Hut the num ber of persons who were out to worship nature in our glorious Oeural Park almost equalled the number of those who made their appearance on the avenues and in the churches. It was estimated that one hundred thousand per sons passed through the different gates of the Park yesterday afternoon, and it never looked brighter or gayer, or more fully repaid its visitors lor their Journey. Winter seemed to have buried his head at last, and Spring burst out In all her emerald grandeur. The people were made happy by the brightness around them, and the happy ringing of the Kaster chimes was the fitting accompanlmcnt to the quickened beating of their pleased hearts. ? GRACE CHUROH. At Grace church yesterday a very large audience wore present, and for nearly an hour before the commencement of the services the sidewalks were crowded by a dense throng attracted by the new clilmes of teu bells just erected in the steeple by a Troy firm. The chimes were rung by Mr. McGold rlck, of Albany. The decorations were of a very simple, yet artistic, character. The three panels In rear of the altar were completely covered by a groundwork of green variegated myrtle, filled in with white callas, violets and azallas. On the centre panel w?i a targe white cross of asters, with a circle of red asters aronnd the centre. Upon the altar was a smaller cross of white asters and a beautiful anchor In red resting at Its base. Hanging pendant lrotn Uie baptismal font was a prolusion of variegated myrtle, Interspersed with azalias and violets, .sur rounding the cross on the centre panel, in purple Bowers, were the words, "The Lord Is Kisen." The effect from the main entrance was very pretty, and the floral offerings gave out a fragrance through the entire edifice. The musical services were un der the direction of Mr. ft, r. Warren, the organist, who was assisted by the solo quartet, as follows Mrs. II. V. Oliver, soprano; .Mrs. Kuchau, contralto; George Simpson, tenor, and John Clark, basso; the associate quartet consisting of Miss Wood as so prano, Mrs. Hall as contralto, Mr. Guild aa tenor, and Mr. Chapln as basso. The volunteers were Mra. Prentice, soprano; Mr. Hoys, tenor, and Mr. Wilbash, basso. The inuMC was. taken as a whole, quite One. Mrs. Oliver's superb soprano voice, that penetrated ail parts of the church, being especially worthy of commendation. Mr. Simpson, the tenor, who is about to go to Kurope, Aug very well. Mrs. Hucliau's contralto was decidedly good, while Miss Wood threw into the rendition oi her parts much pathos. The basso, as a whole, was not as uood as the audi cncc could wish It, but some passages were ad mirably executed by Mr. Clark. The selections were Bach's "Eastern Anthem," Gounod's "tiiorla in Excelsis'' and "Te Ileum," in C, Mozart's ??juiiil lante Deo," Goss' "Kyrie Kleison," Warren's Anthem, "Chrlnt is Klbcn," and the hyma com mencing. The ?trlt'? I* o'er, the battle done, f Tnv Vi<u>ry of lite l< won, The song ot triumph has licgun. Hallelujah. The services, which were celebrated by Kev. Henry I'ottcr, assisted by Kev. Mr. Hesden, were oi the usual Impressive character, and at, their conclusion the pastor, Kev. Mr. I'otter, delivered a brief sermon upon the resurrection ot the body, in which he beautiiully described the appearance of the Lord after His resurrection to Mary and His disciples. He dwelt especially upon the unbelief of the disciples in the presence of the risen Christ, and stated that the dead would arise like Christ with a spiritual borfy more glorious through which we shall be known In the life everlasting. "With what joy," he said, '?tiniv we come here and keep this least, knowing rliat those who have gone belore us merely sleep in Jesus to rise at the resur ructlon morning, sa.viug:?'Lven so, Lord Jesus, 1 come quickly.'" The usual afternoon and everting services "were lield in the church, which were1 also largely attended oy the regu'ar worshippers and many grangers temporarily sojourning at the hotels'* ^ ' 8T. BARTHOLOMEW'S 0I1URCE The Easter morning services at this church ys terday were Impressive and grand. The edifice was not half large enough to accommodate the number of fashionable people that f.ocked to it, and after the services commenced, und indeed be fore the servicoa commenced, It wu? an impossi bility to get beyond the doors. The church, in the vicinity ot the pulpit and around tie altar, was beautiiully decorated with wreaths and crosses, composed of Japonicas and tuberoses, finished in the highest style of art, giving an appearance to the whole interior which was S(4endid and dazzling, though neatness seemed to be aimed at rat tier than elaborateness. The music U part of the programme was the feature of tiieobn-rvances. There were twenty voices iu the choir, under tho direction of Mr. C. C. Iiodge. The sopranos were Wme. holasti ami Mrs. Iirowu ; the contrai los Miss Buckiey and Mrs. Young; the tenors Mr. Komain and Mr. McDonell, und the bas-os f-lgnori Kcm was'as loliow^s' '" ^roK'JIUUJl; rctdcred Professional -"Christ tho Lord i? risen todav " ??"iiU! ** i ,mV? hr"'t "w I'aiHHjvor"... T' Tlnmnn 'Gloria, No. 1, lu A tut u _ .7 Gloria, No. 2, III B tint Gloria in Excelsis (Mas* in <?) ' Te ileum, tcstival. iu li miuor ,V? 5J Jubilate, in K flat * F?alia?"Hear ve, l?rael '-i-.ii ah M.u,ii u? Vu And Chora*, "He not atrald." 1 Kyrie.in D (solo and quartet) VVnn %,. Gloria TIW * U> inn Wi, Uymnal (written expresaly iur thin occa kMii . . Walk ? Ollertory?"Hall the conquering," and "Hlng tint* Clod' JuUux toacini.cn "anctus (communion nervieei M,.,iir UVUIU Jli AIIII* Gloria In Kxcelsls Old Urvgorian ?Jteuewioliaf Uiitn-rt ' The rendering or the above was simply magnifi cent, and elicited many encomiums fioia persons possessing musical talent who were present. Mr. wulter, a distinguished pianist, was invited to pre side at the-organ by the regular organist of the churcn. The Hymn >o. fls, written by lilm for the occasion, was given superbly. Throughout the > n tlre piece he adheres to the melody, but diversify ing it by soprano and tenor solos, which make it extremely difllcuit, but enhance Its pleasurable Icatureu considerably. The Kev. Dr. Cooke, rector, delivered a sermon appropriate to the solemn and august ftccasion, preaching from the text:?"She, puppesiiig blin to be the gardener, saltli umv ^ UjUPi Sir, If thou bani bome lltu hence tell me where thou hast laid Him. and I will take Him away." St. John, *?.**?_ ne reverend gentleman spoke ol what our savi ur ac compilah'-il on earth, what He performedl an I ibu lered ior the good ol mankind, and ben tits aud enlightenments irom the U^trloua enoch oi the resin rcetlon, which, without tnat great event, we would never havo enioyed. 'JP"n ni? ronoiuslon oi the regular services moat of the U^wiSXrat%n slowly le.t, leawng a portion tj wait lor" u ? coiniuunion service. At voxels tliere yf nft ftl.sO A CliOiCO SUlCCtiOD Of U1US10* ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL ' The magulflcent decorations and splendid cere monies witnessed by a densely crowded congrega tion in St. I'atnck'B Cathedral yesterday were truly appropriate to the great festival or Easter. Nothing seemed wanting In the harmony, dignity aud excellence of that gorgeous scene ol religious significance. As a least ot beauty It wus extremely pleasing, and as a religious celebration calculated to gratity the best and noblest aspirations of the soul. The Moat Rev. Archbishop McOloskey otfl ciated as celebrant or the graud pontifical nigh mass, Rev. Km her Valois acting as assistant prlo.it, Kev. Fathers Kean and McNamee as deacons or honor, Hev. Fathers McGinly and Foy as deacon and Hubileacon respectively, and ltev. Fathers Kearney and Karrclly as master and assistant mas ter ol c< re monies. ' The mass as performed by the organist. Mr. Gus- | tavu-Schniil/., and sung by a choir oi iotty voices, was Mo/art's No. 12. it was rendered excellently in every part, and many pieces wore piaved and sung in so pleasing a manner as to call lortu the evident emotions or tne congregation. Mme. ('home sung soprano; Mrs. linger, alto: Mr. cos telli. tenor; Mr. Urclis, basso, aud Mr. 11. Schmiiz presided as conductor ol tlio choir. Tne "Kyrle," "oui Tolas" or the "(iloria" and "lncarnatus" or the "?.'redo" were given with espeeiil pathos and effect; also Mozart's "O Jesu Ml," sung by Mrs. F. 11. tiros/ with great tenderness and evidence or timely preparation. The "Veni Creator," by Mrs. linger, merited appreciation; so. also, Mino. Chome's rendering oi "Regina uoelu" Alter the chanting or tne gospel bv the deacon the Kev. l)r. Spalding, nephew of the late Arch bishop Spalding, and associate priest in the Pauliat Order, Fifty-ninth street aud Ninth avenue, pro cee led to tne pulpit, and aiter reading the gospel ol the day, from the sixteenth chapter of St. Mark, commenced Ins sermon on the resurrection oi our Lord as the crowning proof of His divinity and the great basis or the Christian religion. He sought to prove oy theological arguments and scripture texts the divluity of Christ, and por trayed in leeling and striking language the Incredulity, not only or His enemies, but oi Ills discli les, at the moment or His death?their waut of hope, their loss oi laith, their despair and terror, until His resur rection ami i eappeai ance among them enklndied an w in tlielr souls a spliituai strength, which was never again to be weakened. As the resurrection was the crowning mystery of man's redemption, so it was also the crowning proof of Christ s di vinity. It was a triumphant continuation or what the prophets had foretold, as well as of the words which Jesus Christ gave utterance to. No man could raise binned from the dea I. Christ was the onlv one; and by bo doing He proved llimseil ood. Hence the mystery celobrated formed the basis of our laitn, hope, love and religion. He conc uded bv exhorting all to be charitable towards the poor and the orphan, whom Christ ho dearly loved. After the conclusion of the celebration or the mass the Most Kev. Archbishop McCloskey ail- i uilnlstered the papal benediction to all present. The collections lakA-n up during the masses yes terday were devotcu for the uiiiiiiten&iice ol the , orphans oi the Orphan Asylum. Corinl's vespers were sung In the evening at hall-past three o'clock, the lull choir being In attend ance. The orincipal parts were tne "Regina Call," by Pachauer; "Magnificat," by Emerlck, aud "I'autum Ergo," by Canettl. CHURCH OF THE DIVINE PATERNITY. The services at the Church of the Divine Paternity on yesterday morning were of the most Impressive order. The Sunday services at this church always commence at eleven o'clock, but yesterday morn ing every entrance was crowded by an anxiouB and expectant congregation long belorc the regular hour, attracted by the religious celebration of the anniversary or the resurrection or the Saviour. Crowds of people were unable to obtain admission, and turned away to seek spiritual comfort aud ad vice clsowhere. Some of the ladies of the congre gation had previously attended to the floral decorations lu a manner which betokened their good taste. Surmounting the reredos was a magnificent cross made of lilies, on either side or which were two recumbent^bcds of roses^ The^ altar was profusely covered with the rarest of exotics. The choir, although few In number, nevertheless supplied the numerical deficit by an artistic rendition or several chants and hymns, subsequent to tne singing of the anthem "Christ, the Lord, is Risen To-day." Dr. Chapin opened his discourse bv reminding his hearers or the day they commemorated. Christ, lie who had died for us all, had also risen for us. The lesson taught by the Ho', v Scriptures on this holy day was one which established the great truths oi Christianity, on this day the Christian world celebrated the resurrection or Christ rrom the tomb. Wc were buried with Christ In baptism and rose with lllm In death. The empty tomb or Christ had been the foundation or Christianity. There is no man, said the Doctor, who can prove the impossibility of a future. When 1 stand with Christ In the sepulchre aud touch those nall-plerced hands I am convinced or the force oi fact, and know full well that I have a ruture before me, even after mv eyelids shall have been closed in death. Who will tell that the love exhibited by the husbands and wives on board the lll-fatea Atlantic will meet with no reward, and that they shall not be reunited In another and a better world? Oh! what a loving ap peal to our sympathies, lor not one husband or wile was found willing to part witli tlie other lu dt^atli! a. . .*????? ? ? - Christianity Is more than ft lmmnn desire or want. Christ's resurrection is a revelation or ttie spiritual world. Nature has never yet produced such a revelation. The greatest works ever broueht forth by man raile awny as nothing When compared with the resurrection or the Son of God. Are there not spiritual suggestions in this greatest of revelations suftlclent to convince any one ol the fact that the soul is Immortal and can never die? Luc is but a school lor a higher condition. CHRIST CHURCH. Cnrlst Trotestant Episcopal church, corner or Fifth avenue and Thirty-finh street, was filled at all the four services of Easter Sunday. At morn ing pravcrs, holy communion and sermon by the rector, Hev. Hugh Miller Thompson, D. D., begin ning at half-past ten o'clock, the crowd anxious to gain admittance to tne sacred edifice was such that timid persons, even pewholders, were caused to wait lor half au hour or more on the sidewalk, and, In many Instances, when the doors were passed they were compelled to stand during the entire Impressive service. More than one-hair of the con gregation were ladles, who displayed all the gor geous and marvellous articles or dress which Dame Fashion has submitted to be the ruling Idea of the Spring, and ihe appearance of the body or the "cTitircu lhus vle(1111 l ,r'ct an<1 magnificence with the pleasant 6"*vta8,cful air,,y of fluw?r? whicli decor Hti'd fhe elmii<|( I. / The orders ol services" eight o clock weie replete with appropriate musl*^ ffrandly ren dered by the choir, and the morulng service was as follows:?Processional, 107, "Hymns, Ancient and Modem;" chorus, "Jesus Christ Is Risen," Carl Meyer; chorus, "Lift Up Your Heads, o Ye Gates," Handel's "Messiah;" Easter anthem, "Chl'let onr Passover," Cutler's "Trinity Psalter;" Proper Psalms, 2, 57, ill; "Tc Deum," Ruck's "Festival Service'' in D; "Jubilate" (male voices only); Litany hymn; anthem, "The Lord Is Great," Haydn's "Creation;" Responses to Command ments; "Glory be to Thee, 0 Lord," Cutler; hjiuu 13ft, "Hymns, Ancient and Modern." All the chanting and much of the anthem singing were responses between tlie two distinct choirs, one in the chancel, composed ot thirty men and boys, uti'l the other In tne organ gallery, about twenty voici s??numbering fifty In all. The organist and choir director ot this church is Dr. 11. s. ( utler, ami those in ihe choir noticeable at aU the services werePrincipal sopranos, Mrs. luiogeoe Hrown and Mrs. Osgood; contraltos, Ml.** Foirman, Mrs. Knox, Miss baron and Miss Taedt; tenors, Mr. Nei-ou \ ai ley, ol Uoston; Mr. Graff, Mr. laedt and Mr. Morgan; bassos, Mr. Myron W. Whitney, Mr. Iieckett ami Mr. Aiken. The organ or the church Is very large aud fine, and cost $l,i,(ioo. It cou tains forty-eight stops, and three bunks of keys. The musical interests ol this church are greatly due to the liberality or Mr. Kufiis Hatch, who lu this wise annually expends thousands ol dollars. The text selt-cted by Dr. Thompson was II. Corlnthlaua, fi, xlv?"Recanse we thus Judge that U one died lor all, then were all dead." The pic ture of Death with his sceptre of darkness us he walks over the eartn was vividly drawn. Death in all uge>( has blasted the hopes ol men, and no place sa* been exempt from his visitation. He passes lot the marble splendors of the palace, and no puarda can keep him out, lor lie is a K^U-'rk'ng than any earthly monarch. Death a uu times is abroad with Ids sceptre. On the '''I*" 1-,M'la'1'1 110 Is supreme. On the death "fibers aside aud hundreds J.I .J i?.'??*!" " 8? ''own in the deep waters, aud all ov"r w"rl'' Hiero is a cry ?hompson continued in this vein tor s .me time, when he allude,i to the high festival ol Raster, and that Christ had cnmpicrcd ttie con quer. r. He had bound him hand and foot,' and made 'liui Ilis servant, making him a messenger aud a great angel iur preparations to another aud better world, now to sttain this end was elo quently relerred to. and the pnstor urged an nw hcaiers thus to become masters 01 death as * en as masters Oi lite. The ateruoon and evening sorvlces, as inteest Inland Impressive as tnat 01 tti?! mornlny, wens attended by cougregatlous that tilled every po?tion of the church. ? ?? OLD TRIHITY. The clergy and congregation of old Trln'ty yes terday commemorated the anniversary of Chris tianity's greatest triumph with all the pomp aud ceremony befltllng the moat august occasion, it bad become very well known that the services ? were to be of a very Imposing order, and as x natural consequence a very large number ol per sons were waiting at the doors for admission be lore the appointed hour. When the church win eventually opened all the available space was soo.i occupied, and they were fortunato who secured even standing room. Not less than two thousand p -rsons were turned away, not being able to ob tain ingress, and all through the ceremonies a considerable group clustered in the vesti bule of each entrance, while hundreds of other disappointed worshippers strolled through the old graveyard, deciphering with cu rious interest the hall-defaced inscriptions on the crumbling tablets and admiring the beiutles 01 the budding trees und shrubbery. l'heopitapiis of Law rence, tho horo, who diod crying "Don't give up thesnlpl" of that othor hero, the oue-armed I'hil Kearney, who lell with his bridle in his teeth and his sword aloit; ol tho lamented Hamilton, who dropped lroiu the muzzle of Akron Iiuri's pistol beneath the foliage of tho KlyBlan Fields, and ol un fortunate Charlotte Temple, were all searched for and pondered ou in the absence ol mo e appropri ate occupation by hundreds who had come to attend the services which commemorated the day when the bon ol God, as man, lUlUlled the promise of that resurrection which shall awaken all these slumber ing bodies irom the tomb. .,f Witnln the church there was comparatively little display. The ungles ol the ohancel were embowered in terraces or glorious exot.es, pyramids of floral trorgeousnoss, and tho reading desks were each festooned with sprays ol living flowers, beneath the cn..ncel windows were d.spiayed two large, elaborately wrought gilt candelabra, each eiguteen feet in height and bearing seveuty-l ve branches or taper sockets. They are the giit of the Astor family and cost $l,ooo each. The floral decorations C?Mr.*A?H. Messlter, the organist and choirmaster, directed the musical services, together with Mr. VV. H. Carter, assistant organist, Ihe choir com iirised thirty voices, including Messrs. Kaiuping, tenor, and Flemmmg and l>un kl.ison, basses; but unlortunatcly the two leading bey soprani were unable to n&rticiDate by reiison ol the late severe weather liavVng alfecteil ?lr throats. Mr. Messlter .nicl nted ai the chancel organ aud conducted the choir, und Mr. Carter played the grand organ. An or chestra of reed, brass and string Instruments, thirty in number, led oy Keininger, gave admirable efleet to the chaste and appropriate selections of music perlormed. The Rev. Morgan I>' * ?*"*? **? 'if??' tor ofTr.nlty, officiated, assisted by tho Right Kev. Drs. Armitage, Bishop of Wisconsin, and O^llby, and the tiie Rev. Messrs. Houghton, hltclungs aud others 1 or. Dlx delivered a very impressive and appro priate Kaster address, in the course ol which lie suliitrd the recurrence ol the great Christian festi% val of Easter. Alter depicting in cloqnent lan guage the giones of Ihe resurrection morning, the reverend preacher snld tho Gospel or lister tells us that somewhere In iront there is rellel lor all the long care and exhaustion oi this troul)'V>*"", world. The time of trial has gone into all lands, ami day by day is added to each uians burden. But no one ol us ever had, or ever couldI bave, a load to carry even distantly approaching In heavi ness ts that which Jesus bore. As Ills trouble nursed away, so likewise shall ours. We are wont ?o say, "The life of man is short." Alas! when we reflect what they have to go through, from first to last, the wonder is that these P??r . "ames, these brains overworked, these hearts filled too lull, hold out as long as they do. Who would not long to rest f To whom is it not grateful to hear of the Eastertide?of the glory that billowed in the Redeemer's case after tho shame and grlei were ended r After the cross comes the crown; alter death, life lor the dead: alter tho dark grave, the sunlit garden; after the night, the morn ing "I eternity! in conclusion he saolLet us re member to apply all this to our own Improve ment, "If ye be rlseu with Christ seek those things which are above, for Christ sltteth at the right hand of God." He hears to no purpose of the risen Christ who does not , get him up straightway Irom the duster his world llness and the grave-clothes or his sin and I aud Und his way into the true light ol his righteous ness. The soul must have its resurrection now, that the body may herealter be partaker in the blessed state. It is, Indeed, in the higher and no bler part ol man that his rising into Uiebe^ns; the work commences in the heart which ?ecks 11 thinirs above which keeps the feast not with the leavened bread ol sincerity and troth. Jhenco if irows ami keeps on growing tin 11 his taken in the whole lite of the whole man Let us, than, arise irom our si us. Let us hear what doubtless was un antiphon or some old church service quoted by the apostle, "Awake, thou that sieepest, and arise from the dead, aud the "Nlcene Creed," "Sauetus," "Agnus Del and "Gloria in Excelsis'' from Haydn's First Mass, and the offertory sentences froui the First Motet of Mozart. __ ST. ANF8 (B. 0.) CHURCH. Tho great festival of the Resurrection was flt tintrly celebrated at St. Ann's, in Twellth street. The handsome church looked handsomer than ever lu Its gay attire, and the altars were resplendent with lights and costly raiment. Rev. Father Pres tofl officiated at high mass, which partook of all that solemnity'WIth which the Catholic Cliurch sur rounds her festivals. The musicaljjerylces were of an Interesting character on account of the well known excellence of the choir, the skill of the organist, Mr. Louis Dacliauer, and the first per formance In this country ol' Liszt's Coronation Mass, whl^h lie wrote a lew years ago for the Empe ror Of Austria on occasion ol his coronation atPestli as King of Hungary. The choir which rendered It yesterday was small In numbers, but certainly trained in every school of church music. Of all the extravagances of which the Abbate Liszt has been guilty in music, we conceive his mass to be the most daring. There is hardly a sano thought in it rrom beginning to end, except iu the "Credo," and that belongs to Dumont, being a plain chant ol the most orthodox kind. Liszt, It appears, was very much hurried in the composition ol this mass, and lie borrowed Dumont's Gregorian "Credo," with out, however, giving credit to this old, revered writer. To describe the "Gloria," "hanctus" and "Agnus Dei" would be a useless task, as, in a musi cal point of view, they represent chaos, ino "Gloria" is a succession or screaming discords, tor which there can be no legitimate excuse, and the "Sanctus" is evefl worse. me organist, Mr. Daehatier, and the singers struggled bravely with their unpalatable task, btlt against such a mass or discord there was no hope. Such a work is an insult to inuslc, and we marvel if the Crown or Hungarv can sit comfortably on the imperial head with the memory of such an in auguration torturing the brain beneath it. Liszt, as a composer of church music, cannot be tole rated where respect lor art Is entertained. There were some gleams of sunshine in the musical ser vices ut high mass. Before the sermon a very Melodious and pleasing quartet lor male voices, by rion^od. was sung, and at the oilertory a dashing, brilliant "Jieglna Cue 11," by Mr. Dachauer. was rendered with rare efleet. The soloists yesterday were-?Mile. HenriettaCorradi, soprano; Miss Go to.en contralto: signor Fliippl, tenor, and signor iiev in basso. JVK'B tlje "Ite missaest" wan pro nounced Mr. nachau.Vum'i Mr. Alois Lejeal played a laiitasia aud luguu for Jyur bands by Adolph "Vhe Rev. Father Daly, 8. J., at the preached a very eloquent sermon on tne iesuv?i. lu the alteruoou Dachauer's Vespers were sung. SOUTH REFORMED CHURCH. Few of the fashionable people who had tortured their stomachs in order that they might garnish their selected the South Reformed choreli, in ?irth avenue, as the proper theatre to display their elaborate toilets on Easter Sunday. church was not "swell" enough for the belle \ThoS0 face, stratified with powder and paint, betray^ ? greater love of tinsel finery than ol modest devotbV to her Maker. Few of the elegant young "gents" ^lth mud-col. orcd overcoats occupied *eats in sanctuary. The pleasing absence of the "l?u element rendered the Easter services very impres sive and coieinn. Some fair hands had pulpit and tbc altar with splendid floraJ piece"' representing crosses, otheis simple booqsets, h Irom modest vases. The fragrance ol tne no had spread over the church, and completely drowned tho noxious vapors that gtnaranyi"" reed from the handkerchiefs of a full congre* avion, saturated ns tlie.v often are With a thousand, nitrcial perrumes. full Dr. Rogers preached a very eloquent sermotv- " of good common sense. lie reminded his i?retn? that It was not simply In the heroic death Lima that mankind could derive eousolatlon; but it waa in Ills subsequent ascension and enthronement. There was a four-fold basis lor hope for the cer tainty that we inay be taken into the lold of Christ?the death ol the Saviour, His resurrec tion and ascension, His enthronement on high, Ills omnipotence on Ills judgment seat or Justice and glory. Who had not turned to the Epistle o! the Romans vill.. 3A ;w-"Who shall lay anything to the charge ol God's elect J It Is God that Jiistlneth; who Is he that couUcmnvlb V It Is Christ that died. vea rather that Is rlsrm asraln, who In even at the il ht hand of God, who also rnaketh iutercesalon lor us." A Cnrlstl'in Scotchman in dying had called his family togetuer anil had told thum his end wan near. He asked .or the liible. "Polut out to me," he h.Uft, "the elvhth chapter of Romans and read the tutrty-secoud ?UJ tU.rty-tbird verges." It was d6ne. "Wow," he continued, "1 atn content, This morning 1 breahlasted with you, to-night I shall huh in heaven." The reverend Rentleman con st.! ered at length the Haster aunivereaiv aud said that it tauRnt Important lessons to all; tliat every Hinner Hh iuld strive to show nis gratitude sacrifices or tne flav our, wl.i:h had acuomplhihed lor mankind their redemption and anal ii their Iivub were lu accordance with the Divine teachings. > BT, JAMES' CHURCH.

The Immense crowds winch have been attending the mission at St. James' church, in the l-ourth ward, given by the Re.lemptorist Fathers, culmi nated yesterday by the enormous attendance of over Miree thousand persons, the dense packing together of the congregation being bo torrible that many were unable to stand the heat and crush, and left the sacred ediflce. The altar was gorgeously illuminated In honor of the risen Christ. The mass was celebrated by the mo^t popular priest, Father Felix H. Farley, assisted by Rev. Father W. Penny, deacon, and Father E. J. Corkory, sub-doacon, with Father John McGrady as master ot the ceren.onies. The Bcrinon was delivered by tue Kov. Joseph Ileunmir, oi the Kedemptoribts, irorn Ht. Louis, Mo. Among his colleagues is Faiher Tnomas iJurite, wno is re ported to have almost as much eloquence as his celebrated namesake, since Passion .Sunday 0.H78 women have received the sacrament at tiie hands of the Missionary Kedemptorists. The mission is to be coat.nued until the Tuesday aiter Low Sunday. | Last night the men commenced receiving the sac rament. Among the lemales who have received the sacrament may be mentioned 260 girls, of the Sodality oi the blessed Virgin, of St. James church. . _ . The Rev. Father Henning preached a very elo quent sermon. The music performed during the service con sisted of Rossini's "Messe solennelle" (Casiel Hloye) "Sanctus" and "AgnuB Del," by Oeordig nanl, the offertory -'Ave Maria," by Gounod. Ihe organist is Mr. F. Uiandeis. CHURCH OF THE DISCIPLES. A very large and fashionable congregation was gathered yesterday morning at the Church of the Db-ciples, corner of Madison avenue and Forty filth street. The church was handsomely though not elaborately decorated with flowers. Above the altar, on the rl^ht, was a cross of white bios soma, aud corresponding to this on the left was an anchor. Between these was a blood-red heart, in scribed "Christ is Risen." There were other orna ments, but these were the most striking. The services were opened by the baptism of quite a number of infants. This was followed by singing and the reading of the Scriptures, after which Mr. Uepworth commenced his discourse on "Our Friends in Heaven." His text was John xlv., 2?"1 no to prepare a place ior joii." The histori cal fact oi the resurrection ol Chi 1st, whose authen ticity Is beyond all doubt or cavil, is the most im portant lact in the moral history oi man. In the world of spirits it is what gravltatiou is in the world of physics. It is the wouderlul something that solves all enigmas, and which Alls even despair with souietiuug like hope. The whole sys tem of luture rewards and punishments de pends upon tills. Christ speaks of It irequently, and in a very beautiful way. He tells us or a mansion wherein are apartments for every human family, where our place is waiting lor us. 'I lie doctrine is corrobor ated by all human experience, and men believe as they have been mellowed by the sorrows of life, it is the only key that will turn In the lock. This is no dream. What kind of a lite do you suppose that we will live herealter ? Neither revelation nor philosophy can tell us; and yet we know enough to make us languish to know more. Ihere Is a vacant chair in almost every household; and shall w e look down In the grave and say that that Is all? or, shall we look up hopefully, and say. "O grave, where is thy victory ? O death, where is thy sting?"' Death is powerless since the angels roil tne stone from the sepulchre. ALL SOULS OHUBOH. Easter Sunday was appropriately observed at All Souls Church, the Rev. Dr. Bellows taking for his text part of the seventeenth verse or the twenty-eighth chapter of St. Matthew:?"But some doubted." Dr Bellows said that doubt In the minds ol men was natural, but that Christ by his works in healing the sick and raising the dead kindled faith in the minds of hlB followers; and it seemed wonderful that alt?>r all Christ did He should be put to death, and this no doubt weak ened the faith of some; but as long as time lasted there would be doubts, and they were respect able. He contended that the resurrection was not a miracle standing by Itself, as many con tended, and that the records of the New Testament made it almost impossible to doubt, though through a single generation there was nmple room to exaggerate, and many learned doctors questioned parts of the records, though the simplicity of St. Paul's letters made them acceptable. The Christian religion had been nveached since the death and resurrection of the 1 Saviour; but all religions owed their existence to supernatural causes; they had had a claim to miraculous oriKln, nor could communities bo held together lortffl! such beliefs did not exist. The church wft-J ?U ^ V ^e beautifully decorated with floWCYB, J!1 piece being a large square of choice white flOwera, bordered with others of different colors, and in the centre, in red flowers, the words, "Christ Is Risen." Several of the other pieces were also very beauti ful. The opening anthem for the celebration of Easter was the "Cantate" In E, l?y Moaenthal, the second choir selection being the chorus from Men delsshon's "Elijah"?"He Watching Over Israel." Mr. C. F. Daniels, the organist, also periormed several other beautiful and appropriate selections. In the afternoon an Easter celebration by the Sunday school took place, when a distribution or eiits and flowers was made among the children, during which the beautiful hymn, "Sweet Thoughts," Ac., was sung by the congregation. ? . ^ LYBIC HALL Mr. FroUilnghanfpreached to the usual large and fashionable assemblage at Lyric Hall yester day morning. The tasteful decoration of flowers showed It to be an occasion of more than ordinary importance. Ihe text was selected from First Corinthians, xv., 61?"We shall all be changed.'. The resurrection or the body, he began, was the great lesson of Easter. We cannot think of a spirit without form. This flesh, palpable, material form Is a grave of the human being himself. Our bodies are moulded of what has gone before, and were not brought down from heaven. There probablv never was a man wholly human.. We are the fragments of people?small pieces Clipped off lrom the great whole. One is all heart, anotner all head. Here Is a man who can measure the llnest scruples ol thought, but cannot digest his dinner. Habits arc the uncon scious actions of men that get to acting of them Kelves. Intemperance Is a hideous habit from winch millions cannot emancipate themselves. In temperance is a vice of the nervous system. Sup pose men take only what is good ior them, to measure their desires by their necessities, and their necessities by their ambitious, so that the lower classes may be emancipated from their dreadful habits. Wo should learn to eat that we may live, and not to live that we may eat. Faith In the resurrection of the body through the Son of Man helps the spirit to obey the Mas ter's call. Mind and organization no together. 'I hey are inseparable. The most lervent argument anainst immortality is the predominance of the animal In us. We may be changed and hope be comes love. We can say with the apostle, "O death, where is thy stlugl O grave, where Is thy victory?" EASTER BLOSSOMS III BROOKLYN. The 8plendid Service* Muiic and Decora tion* in the Sanctuariel of the City of , Churches Yesterday?Beecher on Im mortality?St. James' Cathedral. PLYMOUTH CHURCH. ' - "I know that my Redeemer llveth," from "The Messiah," followed by an appropriate chorus from "Zundeli's Book of Anthems," formed the princi pal musical service yesterday morning at Plymouth church. Miss Clementina Lasar rendered the beautiful and well known solo with a clearness of voice and tenderness of expression that were abundant of promise of an eminent future to this fair and youthful vocalist. Mr. Beecher preachod an Raster Snnday ser mon from the First Epistle to the Corinthians, xv., jy "If m this life only we have hope in Christ, we ?re of all men most miserable." This passag;- of Scripture was. In Its relation to the writer, some what biographic. Paul's life viewed in the light of all that, he had endured and sacrificed lor Chilstl "-my, was. Indeed, a miserable lallure If Chrlstl ty had no relation to Immortality. Those per BOn? too, were the least able to afferd to have , nth lu Immortality shukou whose affections imd be* n burnished and vlvilled by the truths of Christ 'a"'1)'- To 1,10:10 wUo liaJ bCCD b?r? and cradled, as It were, under these Christian influences, to destroy tleir hope In the luitil nieut of the promise of an Immortal life waa to inflict a cruelty that had no parallel In the ? world's history. Passing #n to look at the que# tion souiewhat morelndtt.nl, Mr. Beeciier saia that It was a commonplaoo observation, tnat vir tue has Its* own rewaid.' That was true when there was enough ol It to amount to anything, it was the.i an exceeding ky great reward, uut where virtue existed o?ly as a spark, wtien it bears only a lew rlp< fruits, the good we get out ol it is hardly wtrth the culture. When we look at manhood we lo<k to see in what direc tion manhood Ilea; it did lot lie In tt.e develop ment of the animal, for we came Into the woria almost per.ect animals. When we speak of the de velopment of the individual, soclcty or the race we mean as development id an intellectual ana in a moral sense. It Is in this direction that man hood grows. True munhoxi, thereiore, was tne ripening or tne faculties In that direction, wi.en the reason an<l the moral secse are developed tnere will spring, by the law of coutluulty, an innate tendency and influence to g.ve prominence to tnat which is wisest and best lu their manhood, mis developed manhood realizes more lully the value of existence. The savage cares little lor life?ne lives lor the day only, the barbarian for the )?^rt the seml-civlllzed ior a term of years, the civilized fortune; but a Christian civilized lives for time anu lor eternity. Thus there grows up by the embracing of the doctrln-B of Christianity a love lor being it.sou ? aud dv tnls education the soul knows the va ue'ol the cargo It carries. We throw down on to the earth with iniliitereiice a lump of clay that wo have moulded with our hand; but no one would see a watch, with its wondrous mechanism, thrown down upon the around and troMen without regret. But wnat is the waich to the organism of the human soul? Then it needed doctiine of immortality to harmonize thi* discord tnat pre vailed in the world. No thoughtful man could look out on the world and its long procession of sor row, cure, trouble and perplexity without a feeling ol melancholy and perplexity. Nothing but this doctrine ?na its correla tive truths furnished the alembic in wl Ich these insoluble problems lound their Mlutloii. Then, there were all the intricacies to be ens ured that came from our friends lips and jrom our Lord's, and these have no explanation oatslde or this doctrine. It had been said that the source aca origin of this belief was to be traced to the dreams of the barbareus ages and an age that dul not recognize the difference between dreams aim re ality. He did not care how it began. The question what was done with it alter it did begin. It It in evident that the soul will not let It go. Then, there were the inequalities of lire; how else can they be settled? Then, the proof ol this doctrine, it was said, was deficient. There was uo proor or the eternity of matter. There was uo reaaon wiiy cerebral matter should not be eternal. He might admit that aud yet not yield the doctrine of the materiality of the soul. , The sermon was closed with words of encourage ment to the Christaln and the glorious promises that the doctrine ol the resurrection afforded. CHURCH OP OUE SAVIOUR. The Easter services at the Church of Our Saviour, at the corner of Monroe place and Plerrepont street, Brooklyn, brought.out a full attendance of the congregation. The music selected tot the oc casion was as follows Oriran voluntary. _ , .. ? ? Opening autlicui, "Come, Thou Everlasting ^iarrftn To npum Mercadonte "1 Know That My'Redeemer I'lvetu" M0denU.?l Offertory, "I Will Magnity Thee" Modentnai These pieces were well rendered by the choir, consisting at present of Miss Hubbell, soprano; Mrs. Crane, contralto; Mr. Fred Steins, basso, and Mr. Mothphesael, tenor. After the reading or tne morning lessens and prayer the Kev. Mr. lutnam, pastor, took ior his text the following:? And the Lord took the man and put him in the Garden or Eden to dress and keep it," Genesis 11., 15. Ancient Armenia, he said, was an extended, moun tainous region in Asia, but It was well watered by large rivers, which flowed through a certain dis trict. This limited district was very fertile, and there was a prolusion of flowers, plunts and t rees, and for Its beauty it was called the Garden of Eden. The reverend geutleman pictured the beau ties of this Eden and the rivers which flowed on until at last they blended together and so emptied into the sea. This was compared with the garden where man first breathed tne breath of life, and where no rude storms came or lile was harassed with the cares and strife or the world. W e had all been there, he said. God took us there, hut it was in our sunny childhood; but since then differ ent scenes had engaged our attention, and we had wandered from the only Paradise we hau ever known. Lile was then but a small filial restraint. The swift-winged hours as they came and went strewed our pathway with beautilul flowers, but we hud passed out through the gates into the broad world and they had closed behind us. The set ne had changed and we were no longer in Armenia. The reverend gentleman then referred to the gar dens in Jerusalem and the garden or Gethscmaue, which he Bald was a place or trial aswell as?P ?m or victory. Jesus had suffered aud risen, and, like Him, we must urlnk from the same cup aud feel tho cold drops upon our brow. At hair-past three o'clock In the afternoon the Sunday and Mission Schools connected with the cnurch held their annual Easter lestival, and there was a large attendance. CHURCH OF THE HOLT TRINITY. Yesterday morning a very large congregation assembled in the Church of the Holy Trlnltv to par ticipate in the Easter services. The altar wa? very beautifully decorated with flowers, the centre piece being a large cross composed of lilies and rose buds, and surmounted by a crown. The font was one bed of beauty, being entirely filled wltfi flowers, and the words, "In Memorlam," in violets, around It and bouquets In every available nlace on the altar. The music was fine. The order of ser vices was as follows:?"Te Deum Laudamus (E I flat!" "lntroit," quartet, "Christ is risen from the I Scad'-" "Ejrle Elelson," in K; anthetn, "1 Know "Gloria In Excelsls." "S, atlt,iCrt whicti Dr. Hall was very eloquent on the 6 I all churchgoers heard treated yesterda.? , ?/ was from the First Epistle to tho Corinth. *JoC_ teenth chapter and part of the iorty-rourth vt. "It is sown a natural body; It is raised a splrltu. body." A man dies, said he, and wnere is he' Who knows 1 There is his natural body; but what body has he now ? It la such a body as Christ's, in which the spirit is pre-eminent. The body ol Christ after the r?"UWtlon waa a spirit body ; there was a natural body before death and a spiritual body alter death. When the disciples soughiTor Jelbs the body had (lisanpeare.l. Tha flesh had not seen corruption and the spiritual change had absorbed the whole body. This fact establishes the Identity ol the two bodies. St. Jolm asserted that tlesn and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Christ risen was not human. You may fall back on a continuous mlrac e. but that is weakness. What means it to us unless we are to be like Him! I assert that, taken just:as they are. the two facts run co-ordinate?first, that Christ was human; second, Christ risen was not human. He rose by His might; thus shall He come again. Our lite Ib led on a line of probation, we are fighting out this battle. We know not what we snail be. It has never been put Into words. St John puts the thought thus:? We shall be like Jesus." We shall gravitate towards Him, because we are now like Him. Then we shall see Him as He Is. Our own leaaon from thla l8--if there b?> tuta spirit body which we are now forming and stamp In ir, what manner or men ought we to bo ? How ought we to live so that when we die we shall be IIkc Christ ? ______ CHURCH OF OUR'IiADY OF MERCY. Apart irom the usual pomp of the Catholic cele bration of the resurrection of the Havlour, the ser vices at the Church of Our Lady ol Mercy, in l)e bevolse street, were extremely interesting, w lule the blazonry, tho garniture or the altar dazed and pleased the eyes, the artistic sense was appealed to by music or a character excelling any that has ever been performed In a Catholic Church In Brooklyn. Tnat tne present is a many lorinerly torpid Chnstiansuwtherthuglits into rhc channels of religion. "5?1' the fact can hardly account for the ureal con^re 1 (ration much beyond the usual habbath trat henna, fh?t wV? contained in the Uebevolse street church yesterday. It had been announced that large rhoir of the church, and a line or* nestra, iioin anion g the me in b e r s ot the rtii.harii.oi.u- Society, w vild render Beethoven's Muss in t, and many music-lovers of other congregations aided to make the large gathering or devotees. The mass Is ?roil known as ?ne of Beethoven's most pericct work? tor church rendition. Its extreme <llillcu_t v, and Its score being written for orchestration, has prevented Its frequent perlormance in tins coun try The organist of the ( hutch ol Our Lady, M?.'Cortada, having selected it /or pcriormanoe -esterday, labored with great e&incaCnfcii to have ft'firmly rendered. His success Is due to tho ad mirable organization of his choir of volunteer sing ers ?nd the zeal with which they entered into the Study Of the music. It Is unnecessary to reier to particular parts of the performance, it wa? evenly good. The orchestra was composed ol nne musicians, and who, though tney had Wtle' oPI1"'" tunitv to rehearse, pla\ed with a steadiness re niarkabie when the dilllcult character of the music Is considered. , . .. lhA The sacrifice of the mass was celebratedIWtne pastor of the church, lather McElroy. ratnera iteardon and Orr acted as deacon and "n: The celebiatrt, lather McKiroy, al?o disbursed on the mystery o: Hie resurrection ofour Sa v lour Ills renin ks trouted mainly of the ot tnat miracle to the existence oiWrtstianity, and he cal ed upon his hearers to resurrect theW spirits iron, the imprisoning P?.e,, oocome strengthen themselves in faith and thna otcome prepared ror enjoyment of life everlasting. ST. JAMES' CATHEDRAL. At the cathedral of St. James, in Jay jj" services were all well attended, the building being crowded with communicants, and the cere monies were of au luiDrcuslng order. The ftlttti was very handsomely decorated with Bowers and brrliantiy Illuminated witn wix light* ami gui Jet*. Ttoe oholr acquitted themselves moat orealt abJv at hltrh maw. After the goeoel nn admirable sermon was preached by t'-e Reverend Father O'Hare upon the glorious festival commemorated In the observance of Easter. EASIEB BELLS. The Kinging of Gtaee Chanh Chine* Yesterday?The It tutory aid Poetry of the Vhuth Bell?1The Tocsin sad the t Warln? Ball?The Great Bell of Mo*, cow?Bdgar a. Poe and Frederick Schiller and Memorial Verses?Scarcity of Bell* In America. Yesterday morning the great thoroughfare of Broadway, almost pulseless as it always seems on Sunday, vibrated with the silvery chiming of the ten Dew bells which, during the past week, have been hung In the turret of draco church. Now York, chief city or the Western world, has for :M years gone on4n its proaaio career of prosperity without any of tnose ro mantic rcverberationH from its hundreds of churefc towers which have mado tho cathedral towns of England and the Low Countries so dear to the wor shippers of art and pootry. Trinity church alone, which has a chime of nine bells hung in Its tall stoo ple for some years past, has Deen allowed to break the solemn monotony of Sunday* and least days. But Tilnity Is so far down towu that tho melodies of its chimcs arc rarely ho.ird by any great number of people on Sun 1uys when lower Broadway is deserted, and even to hear a peal of four bells it has been necessary to traverM Broadway as far as Twelith street, in which vlcl? lty the cheerful carillons of St. Ann's Koman Cath olic Church were to be heard. Farther eastward, In the dim, dark and swarming recesses of the (ler man Fatherland, the Church of tho Holy Rodocmer, through the six brazen throats of its bells, give* tongue to tho praise of peace and good will, and the dwellers by the banks of the Hudson, as far north as Strykor's Bay. may chance on a Sunday afternoon to hear the confuted clang of the bells of the Church of the Assumption In West Forty.-wath street. Karoblers in Stuyvesant square are fevored with sweet sounds from the steeple of St. George'* Episcopal church; but with these fow and far be tween exceptions, the people or this city have never vouchsafed to them the sweet pleasures which made Frederick Schiller write Its solemn voicc, with sorrow wailing, Or elioral chiming to duvotinn. Whatever lale u> man may or.ug, Whatever weal or woo uelall, Thatmolal tongue sh.ili backward ring Tho warning moral drawn from nil. Bells have been brought to great perfection to Europe, and hardly a league oi the Old World can be rode or walked over by a traveller without lis tening to the boom of great bells or the chimes from the bells of lesser noto. borne of the associa tions connectod with foreign peals of bells are most beautiful and touching, and, at this Easter season, when every steeple having a bell has rung forth its joyous tidings of the Resurrection, no memory can be more touching than tnat legendary one of Limerick Cathedral. The peal of bells m that sacred edifice are said to have been brought from a convent in Italy, lor which they bad boon manufactured by an enthusiastic native witk great labor and skill. The Itullan, having afterward obtained a competency, lixed his home uear the Convent Cliff, aud for many years enjoyed tiie dally chime or his beloved bells, Hut in some political convulsions which ensued tho monks were driven from their monastery, the Italian from his home, aud the bells were carried away to another laud. Alter a long luterval tim course of his wanderings brought him to Limerick. On a calm uiui beautiful evening, as the vessel which bore him floated along the broad stream 01 tne Shannon, lie suddenly heard the bells peal forth lroin the cathedral tower. They were tho long lost treasures of his memory. Home, happiness, friends?all early recollections?were In their sound. Crossing Ills arms ou his ureust, he lay back In the boat. When the rowers looked around they saw his face still turned to the cathedral tower as it stood out in the dying sunset; but Ins eyes had closed lor ever ou the world and ills wearied spirit was at rest. After tho dread and memorable fight of Marengo Bourlenne re lates that he was one day at Malmalson with the First Consul, who walke 1 along, his hands clasped behind his back, and buried in deep thought, sud denly the booming of the village bell broke on the ear or the Iron Child oi Victory, and he stopped la tne path, and, trem bling with emotion, seized Hourieuue's arm. A film gathered In the eyes of the great conqueror, and he listened, fearing that he lnl^ht lose a single chime, as lie said:?"Hourlennc, the tones oi that bell recall my school days at Brlonne. Ah, those were happy, happv days lor me I" On tho surface of the great bell of tne Minster of Schaff hausen, in Switzerland, there is Inscribed the memorable words:? Vivos voco?Mortuos plango? Fulgnra flrango. This inscription is translated:?"I call the living: I mourn the dead; 1 oreak the lightning." There was an old beliel In Switzerland that tne undulations of air caused by the sound of u bell broke tho electric fluid of a thunder cloud. The great bell of Moscow, which cost ?350,000, is 21 feet 4H inches in height and has a circumierence of 67 feet, It* greatest thickness or nntal being 23 inches and Its weight las tons. This bell lell, and has been converted into a chapel where religious services arc celebrated. It was cast by order oi/ the Empress Anne, In 1734, from the metal oi ?' gigantic predecessor. The bell on the tower or St. Ivan, at Moscow, MyblQb ft" fc clapfcr Wp?g Hug 4,200 pounds, ,g rung out thrice a year, aud tnc5* its mighty voice produces a tremulous effect through the city or the Tsar and a noise like tho rolling or distant thunder. It takes three men to swing tho clapper or this gigantic bell. Bell* be longing to churches In the olden time were blessed and dedicated to saints, and many oi them retain Jo this day the inscriptions made hundreds or years I a??pn their )Brazen surfaces. The great bell at Rouen^JUgh W&S destroyed in 1743, and weighed over 36,000 poundd. bore the following quaint , verse?, Jc mils Oeorge Uui ai trente-cinque miliC P??i Mais lul qui me pesera , Trente-iix m 11 In me trou ve Bells dedicated to fhe Virgin Mary have sn<5Ti In scriptions as the following, taken from a bell in JSruges :? I *m called Mary; I disperse the atormi, ?catter en*- . xnii's and urlvc away demon*. 1 sound in the world the name of Marr I am called Marv, and sound the Rose of the World O crowned Virgin 1 1 will proclaim thoe blessed O Mary I By thy prayers protect those whom I call to. Retticr. A fire bell cast In 1652 at Sherborne has upon it the distich* Lord, quench this furinns flame; Arise, run, help, put out the same. Church bells speak for themselves, and to the re flective mind tliey have a profound teaching. From youth to age their sounds are sent fortu through i crowded streets or floating with the sweetest melody above green fields. They give u tongue to time, which would otherwise pass as sllentiy over our heads as the clouds, and they lend a warning to its perpetual flight. Theirs is tho voice of rejoicing at christenings, at marriages, and of mourning at the departure of the sonl. From every church tower they summon the worshippers oi dis tant valleys to the house of God, and when lire is ended they slerp within the bell's deep sound. The tongue o! a bell is fraught with memorial asso ciations. As the poet has it in the beautiful lines, universal as the language which a hundred mil lions speak:? V Those evening hells, those cvenlna bells. How m.in.v a tale their mudo tells lit youth and home, uml ibat sweet time When first 1 hearit their soothiiw chlinc. Onr English litcrafure is full of allusions, histori cal, legendary and poetical, relating to the bronze tongues of Time. The sound or a bell Is certain to conjure up tue chanson of '-Father Frout:"? The bells of Shandon That roll so graml on The pleasant waters . OI' tho River Leo. And who does not recollect tho ifory of Whitting ton and his cat, who ??turned aguin" at Hlihgate, and looking back at the clouds or smoke arising from the great city or Loudon, heard the How Bells ringing out prophetically his future greatness:? Turn again. l>lck Whlttington, Thrice Lord Mayor of London. Schiller, In his "Lay or tho Bell," hns followed, with mechanical exactitude, all the details or bell founding, ami the great, sorrowrul, weird soul of k Edgar A. Foe evolved one or the most pathotic and beautiful poeuu in the Lngliah language, in whicb he say*:? Bear the tolling of the bells? Iron halls! What a world of solemn1 ihought their monody ffoinpolsf In fhe slleuce of the n'fpht. How w shiver with affright At Ihe melancholy menace oi their tone I For evr r> sound that Moats From Ihe ruvt within their throats Is a groan. The men of Ghent In the Middle Ages, whenever their liberties were endangered by robber nobies or tyrant princes, were summoned to arms by tho great chipper of ??Roland," In the tower of St. Kavon; and h?.w often ha* * ihe tocsin sounded hi the streets of Paris, City or Luxury, hurling forth at its brazen command the dusky musses of st. Antolne and Montinartre! Sotithey, otherwise a dnll and prosy writer, has written some *>intcd ballads, and among tnein none is more graphic than that of the "Inchcape Rock/1 In which were a peal of bells, placed tuere by the Abbot of Aherbrothok, to warn mariners against a dangerous reef In tne Scott.sh seas. Sir Rupert the Rover took the bells away in a drunken frenzy, and afterwards he was dashed to pieces on the same rock which he had despoiled of its hells. The pott closes with kite fate of tha I wretched rover.

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