Comparatively speaking, there are but few good examples in our country of the rural church.

When we consider the progress of architecture during the last few years, as displayed in the country residence, the beautiful edifice of the city, and the many line and costly larger churches, we are compelled to admit that the little rural church has indeed been overlooked.

This department of architecture is certainly not devoid of interest, for a successful example therein is worthy of study as well as admiration. Neither is it lacking in consequence; for a country church, if beautifully designed, and "properly ordered." is a constant teacher to all who witness it: a man can be a better Christian in a well-proportioned church, than in one where the opposite is the case.

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In many instances the amount of money to be expended is so limited, that the idea of consulting an architect is given up, as it were, before it has been scarcely thought of - unwisely, however, for in such cases there is the more need of professional aid; for it requires talent and experience to design a building - especially a small church, to the best advantage.

We will next point to a church where it is evident that abundance of money has been expended with but little beauty, and no good designing to show for it.

Everything about it, of course, seems very fine to those who contrived it, and they were certain ambitious ones of the town, anxious to see something of their own invention put into form, - and, with the aid of a builder, something has been produced that is to stand in the public gaze for the next fifty years, making horrid faces at you constantly. There is as much expression in architecture as in the human face.

The greatest evil of all, however, in the matter, is. this: - the ambition of those who build in the country to imitate the church of the city.

The tall, pretentious spire has an attraction about it that entirely supercedes anything that may be urged in the way of a more rural propriety, and a committee, once possessed of this idea, can hardly be moved by any reasoning that may be brought to bear, however good and plausible.

Fitness is the point to inculcate, and what seems most to be wanting is a rural-sentiment; people are not content to have their house in the country as becomes a country house, but are ambitious to build it as large, and magnificent, and city-like, as possible.

Reader, should you have to do with adjusting the features of any rural church, place your building well retired from the street, and if possible let it be built of stone. Better, however, of brick than wood.

Strive that it be a beautiful and proportionate structure, peering out at passers from among the graceful and well-adjusted trees, and in time exulting in its mantle of ivy.

Then, with the noble elm over-topping the very tower, and the graceful willow and the evergreen arranged in the ample yard, with the broad curved pathway leading up to the church's front, you will behold something of what the rural church should be.

And although your vain pride suggests that it be flauntingly set up to the very streets edge, with its high walls and tower rising ambitiously up therefrom, - reflect, then, that the first picture will be far more creditable to your good taste than this last can possibly be.

Yes, enclosed with a fine hedge of evergreen, and embowered in shrubbery, the little church stands modestly back, while the villagers, as they wend their way up the walk, are welcomed as it were by the hospitality of the scene, and bade to enter in peace and joy. All is quiet, - far removed from the noise of the street; the church is commodious and comfortable, and care has been taken that all things shall be done with decency and order, while the simple choral music and the good man's words incite the soul to loftier purpose, wafting it to higher and better spheres.

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