Thursday, April 25, 2013

Victorian Scrapbook ~ April 1864

"No influence is so powerful as that of the mother."

~ Sarah Josepha Hale, Editress of Godey's Lady's Book (shared below)

Would you like to step back in time to the April of 1864?


"Sound the loud timbrel o'er Egypt's dark sea! Jehovah has triumphed, and Israel is free." "The Bible has a wonderful distinctness in its delineations of human character. The Divine Light (of which the effect of the Sun in lining the photograph seems a faint illustration) produces by a single impression, the charac- teristics of the man or woman who stands under its beams of eternal truth. We feel this power of holy inspiration, and rest on its revealings with an assured conviction that the likeness is true. There are not many women introduced in Bible history; those who are, touched by this Ithuriel spear, seem to come like revelations of what God designed as the destiny and duties of the feminine sex. Among these representa- tive women, is one whose name is united with intellectual powers and great deeds, surpassing all others described in the old Testament, as surely as the evening star out- shines her sisters of the sky — "Miriam the prophetess." The first glimpse we have of Miriam's remarkable in- telligence and power of aiding the plans of Divine Prov- idence, is when she, a little girl, watches the cradle of her baby brother Moses, as he lies helplessly exposed to his fate among the reeds of the Nile. {Exodus, chap, ii.) Was not Moses then, even in his helplessness, a strong tower of faith and hope to that waiting girl, who must have known that her people inherited the promises, and believed that the time of deliverance would surely come? How she must have rejoiced when the babe was saved and adopted by Pharaoh's daughter! Did not Joseph become the ruler of all Egypt ? Might not her brother Moses be thus raised to honor? and then the Hebrews would be free! As Miriam "stood afar off, to witness what would become of him,'-' and saw him saved ; did she not, in her young heart, "Sing to the Lord" in the triumph of her soul, and dedicate herself to him? Eighty years had gone by since that scene on the banks of the Nile. During these years no ray of light had broken the gloom of Egyptian bondage for the Hebrews. Now they are redeemed by the mercy of God, and, led by His servant Moses, stand free and triumphant over their enemies, who have all perished in the Red Sea. What themes for joy and gratitude to the Lord this wonderful deliverance gave that ransomed people! "The Song of Moses" seems, even now, when reading it, to shout the praises of the ever-living and true God. It is the fitting time for the Hebrew heroine to come forth from the shadows of eighty years, since she, a little girl, watched the cradle of her brother Moses, See her stand by his side, in the full radiance of her majestic womanhood, his helper: her name joined with her brothers (Micah iv. 4), "Moses, Aaron and Miriam," as leaders of Israel ; her assigned duty to be leader of the women:''Miriam the prophetess.'' What honor was hers, as the light of divine truth stamped on the holy pages of God's Book an indelible photograph of that joyous thanksgiving of praise and glory to the Lord God, when "Miriam the prophetess took a timbrel in her hand ; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances." And Miriam answered them, " Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath tri- umphed gloriously ; the horse and his rider hath He cast into the sea!"
Yes, Miriam, a devout worshipper of the true God had kept her faith and hope in His promises; and now, at the age of ninety years, she seems endowed with the full powers of her mind and health, most probably was in the full possession of that oriental comeliness, "where all that's best of dark and bright, meet in her aspect and her eyes."
No Queen on her throne ever had such a glorious triumph as                       Miriam then enjoyed..."

~ Excerpt by Sarah Josepha Hale, Editress of Godey's Lady's Magazine

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