The Youth of Methodism
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Thornley Smith
Excerpt from book: SECTION I. THE PRIVILEGES OF HOME. " Sweet is the smile of home, the mutual look, Where hearts are of each other sure : Sweet all the joys that crowd the household nook, The haunt of all affections pure."Keble. Thebe are few words more pleasant to the ear of man than the monosyllable, home. Who does not love the place so called, and who has not said, when distant from it, even among scenes the most lovely that nature can present, or in palaces the most gorgeous that art can rear, " there is no place in the world like home ? " The poor man loves his home, though it is but a cottage in the wilderness, as much as the nobleman loves his who dwells in the stately hall: and scarcely would the poor man make an exchange with the nobleman, for to him the stately hall would not seem like home, and would, therefore, possess but few attractions, notwithstanding all its splendours. But are all homes, then, alike ? Is home, home everywhere, the wide world round ? God's providence, doubtless, intended it so to be: but, alas, there are whole nations who know little of its comforts, and there are families, not a few, even in our own happy land, who taste its sweets but seldom, if at all. What does the squalid Bushman, or the wandering Arab, or the effeminate Hindoo, know of the happiness of home : or what do those English families know of its happiness, who are addicted to intemperance and vice, and among whom is heard the din of strife, or the loud clamour of angry and malicious words? You may go to many a spot called home, perhaps, in the very street in which you live, and find it most unhomely,a spot which you would be willing to exchange for a prison, if there you could have quietness and rest. How sad that there should be such homes in a land where social life might be sanct...