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On the First of January, 1857, the Guardian will commence its EIGHTH VOLUME. It is not weary in laboring for the young, to whom it is dedicated and devoted, and from whose kind hands it has received abiding favor and encouragement.

The Guardian will keep on its accustomed course. It will be, as heretofore, devoted to the highest interests of the young, at the most solemn and interesting period of their life. It will offer its friendly councils to them in an earnest though free and cheerful way. It will solemnly seek to warn them against the wrong, and affectionately allure them to the right. The Editor will endeavor to make its contents true, pure, fresh, and healthy as the morning of life. It will particularly urge self-culture and early piety as of the highest importance. It will seek to move in the element of its motto: "Life-Light-Love."

The Guardian has no denominational or party bias. It interferes not with controversies either in Church or State. It is its ambition to take the quiet way of peace and love. It would turn the attention of its readers to that first and greatest of duties, the cultivation of the heart, mind, social feelings, and pious affections. It will have its reward if it can be the means of making Hearts better, Homes happier, aud Heaven surer. The evidence that it has in a degree done this, which the experience of seven years has furnished, is more precious to us than gain or gold. Cheerfully, hopefully, and beiievingly we look into the future as we take our pilgrim-staff in hand to travel another year.

The Guardian contains thirty-two pages monthly, making a handsome volume of three hundred and eighty-four pages at the end of the year.

Now is the Time to Subscribe.

The Publishers respectfully make the following requests:

1. Pastors who receive this Prospectus are requested to hand it to some active member of the church, who will procure subscribers for The Guardian. If ten subscribers are obtained, we will send one copy to the person obtaining them and one to the pastor, gratis.

2. We respectfully ask all Young Men and Ladies to aid us in increasing our circulation. It will be an easy thing for them to raise a club among their companions. 3. Postmasters are requested to act as our agents, to whom we will allow the usual per centage. Specimen numbers sent when requested.

The Editor and Publishers are determined to do everything in their power, still farther to deserve the encouragement of the Christian public, and to make The Guardian acceptable and profitable to its readers.

The Guardian will be printed with new and clear type, and on heavy white paper, superior to that of Vol. 7.

The January number will be embellished with a splendid steel engraving. TERMS-ONLY ONE DOLLAR A YEAR-IN ADVANCE. Any one who sends as five subscribers with $5 eash, will receive one copy for one year, gratis. Thirteen copies will be sent for $10; twenty-seven copies for $20.

Any one who sends us a club of 15 subscribers with $15 cash, shall receive a beauiful illustrated $4 copy of the "BIRDS OF THE BIBLE."


PEARSOL & GEIST, Lancaster, Pa.


With a new system for Teaching Singing-Schools and Training Choirs. BY PROF. A. N. JOHNSON, Author of "Thorough Bass," "Bay-State Collection," "Handel Collection," &c., assisted by E. H. FROST, called THE PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEM OF CHURCH MUSIC.

The collection of Music, in addition to the instructions for Choirs, Musical) Associations, Singing Schools, and the Home Circle, in this book consist of 1st. The Physiological System for Teaching Schools and Training Choirs. 2d. A complete collection of Hymn Tunes of the most interesting and useful character.

4th. A collection of Hymns set to music throughout.

5th. A collection of Sentences of a highly devotional character, for public worship.

6th. A collection of Psalms taken literally from the Bible, set to very simple but beautiful music, suitable to every occasion of public worship.

7th. The Cantata-"The Morning of Freedom"-a truly superb production. The music is selected from Rossini, Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. The words are written expressly for this work by the celebrated musical poet J. E. Johnson, Esq.

8th. Chants.

The Physiological System is divided into four departments. 1st. Musical Notation; 2d. Cultivation of the Voice; 3d. Musical Expression; 4th. The Musical Discipline.

The Department of Musical Notation is an easy and methodical system for imparting the ability to read music fluently, with numerous practical exercises, which are mostly popular Airs and beautiful Glees.

The department of the Cultivation of the Voice is by far the most minute and methodical system for developing and controling the voice which has been published in this country.

It is the invention of Professor Frost, one of the most accomplished and experienced teachers of the Voice in the United States; and is arranged into a singularly easy system by Professor Johnson, whose skill in simplifying every thing his pen touches is well known to all who have studied his celebrated Instructions in Thorough Bass," and his numerous other educational works.


Every point connected with the development and culture of the voice is explained and illustrated so plainly, that every one can easily understand it. When it is considered that a mezzo-soprano treating her voice like a soprano, WILL RUIN IT, as will a baritone treating his voice line a tenor, a base like a baritone, etc., etc., the vital importance of the cultivation of the voice forming a part of the instructions in every Singing-School and Choir, can be readily understood.

The department of Musical Expression is divided into two parts. One termed Mechanical Expression," or the expression which is given to a piece by mechanically obeying the marks of expression which are set to it; and the other termed "Emotional Expression," or the expression which is given to a piece by giving free play to the emotions.

The department of Musical Discipline sets forth the ability to implicitly and instantly obey the leader just as a soldier obeys his commanding officer. to be an acquisition which must be attained by study and practice, just as any other musical abilities must be acquired.

MURRAY, YOUNG & CO., Publishers, Lancaster, Pa.

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A copy of THE KEYSTONE COLLECTION will be forwarded, postage free, on the receipt of 75 cents in money or stamps.

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