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BECKET.
But added this:-"Our God is not unknown:
In omnipresent majesty among us
His Church sits bigh upon her rock tower-crowned,
Fortress of Law divine, and Truth Revealed,
O'er every city throned, o'er every realm !
Had we the man-heart of the men of old,
With what a spirit of might invincible
For her should we not die!”.

KING HENRY.

With tears you spake it.

BECKET.
Then judge me justly, O my King, my friend,
Casting far from you, like a sundered chain,
A thought abhorred, an ignominy down-trodden,
The oppression of dead error. Say, shall I,
A Christian bishop, and a subject sworn,
Be pagan more than pagan, duubly false-
False to a heavenly kingdom throned o'er earth,
False to an earthlý kingdom raised to heaven,
And ministering there, high on the mount of God,
'Mid those handmaiden daughters of a King
Who gird the Queen gold-vested? Pagans, sire,
Lived not, though dark, in Babylonian blindness :
The laws of that fair city which they loved
Subjecting each man, raised bim and illumined.
We, too, are citizens of no mean City:
Her laws look forth on us from rite and creed:
In her the race of Man Redeemed we honour,
Which-cleansed from bestial, and ill spirits expelled-
In unity looks down on us, God's Church,
The Bride of Chris', beside the great King throned,
Who on his sceptre leans. My King, my friend !
I have done to you no wrong! My many sios
Lay other where. Tenfold their compt would rise,
If, sane myself, I pandered to your madness.

KING HENRY.
Thomas, you lack what only might convert me:-
Could you be England's King, her primate I,
Your part I too would play!

BECKET.

And O how nobly
And unlike me in fashion you would play it!
How petty my discourse hath been till now:-
Sir, see these things as you will one day see them!
Two lote God places in the hand of each:
We choose ; and oft we choose the lot least loved.
The youth who slays life's hope in blind excess
Knows not that deep wiihin his beart-far deeper
Than all base cravings-those affections live
Which sanctified his father's home. Years pass :
Sad memories haunt the old man in his house,
Sad shadows strike the never-lighted hearth,
Sad echoes shake the child-untrodden floors:
A great cry issues from his famished heart-
“I spurned the lot I loved.”

KING HENRY.

My youth is past:
It had its errors; yet within my house
Are voices young and sweet.

BECKET.

:. God keep them such ! Far belter silerce, and the lonely hall, Than war.cries round the hearth. God guard your children! If you have risen against the Church, your mother, God guard them froin revolt against their sire ! I spake not, sir, of errors in your youth: A parable was mine, The soul's revolt is deadlier than the body's: Sir, that revolt is pride. In time, beware! That God who shapes us all to glorious end For you ordained a glory beyond glory: Spurn not true greatness for a phantom greatness ! Your flatterers are your danger: them you trust : You fear the Church: to her you owe your all : From her you gat your crown.

KING HENRY.

That word is true :
The Church and Theobald, and you not less,
Propped me at need. What then ? A King, perforce,
Reveres the ancient ways.

BECKET.

O never in you
Was tender reverence for the ancient ways!
Another mind is yours; a different will,
An adverse aim ;-that aim I deem not base :
There's greatness in it; but your means are ruthless.
You love your children—there's your sum of love ;
Yours are the passions which torment our clay,
The intellect and the courage which exalt it,
The clear conception of a state and empire-
Yet seen but from below. To raise that state
You crush all ancient wont, all rights and heights:
Your kingdom you would level to a plain,
Oerlooked by one hill oply, and, thereon
The royal tent.

(Pp. 182—187.)

Mr. de Vere evidently intends bis readers to look between the lines of the drama. The Present is reprodacing the Past. Kings and Emperors now masquerade in dresses of old times. We are often-by the way-insensibly reminded of Bismarck, the Prussian Emperor, the King of Italy (Is he or is he not excommunicated ?] Dr. Tait, Cardinal Manning, the noble Catholic exiles of Germany, and the recent sects of that country. Hence the principles here embodied, the story here recorded, and the triumph here sung, are for the Church of the present day. Skilfully and forcibly that triumph is wrought out. The issue at one time seems a little tangled and confused : but character after character comes on to the stage to unwind it, the shadows deepen here, the lights grow more luminous there : events march on, the struggle heightens; and so one of the greatest of English saints obtains the martyr's crown. The picture is grandly painted by a master's hand. St. Thomas, standing forth to defend the liberties of the faithful, and the ancient and inalienable rights of Christendom, is a portrait upon which we love to look : for the national memories gathered round it are at once both dear and deep. Let our readers study it for themselves. We do not counsel a hasty reading of the book ; but a careful study, and they will not fail to thank us for this recommendation.

The following beautiful passage stands in the Seventh Scene of the Third Act. St. Thomas, who speaks, is an exile at Pontigny :

Leisure and peac?, and communings with God
Above the glebe new-turned, when fresh and sweet
Rises Earth's breath, and in the thicket near
The one impatient bird-song, evening lulled,
Is soberer than at dawn, must help, I think,
Attuned by daily offices divine,
And faces calm wherein the chaunt lives on
When psalms are o'er-must help to soften hearts
How hard so e'er, and softening them, to brighten.
Here learn we that, except through sin of man,
There's evil none on earth-not pain, not ecorn,
Not death! How well they name that stream“Sereve !"
Serene it wanders from the chestnut forests,
Serene it whispers through yon orchard bowers,
Serene it slides along the convent walls:
It counts the hours ;-even now the sun descends,
And therefore in its breathless mirror glow
The gold-green pillars of those limes beside it.
This spot is surely holier than men know;

I think some saint died here! (P. 114). The picture of the English nation and their home, on p. 81, is very graphic and true: and there is a very beautiful passage spoken by Idonea on p. 107. The conclusion of the Seventh Scene of the Third Act is also remarkably fine; as are likewise the speeches of St. Thomas on pp. 133, 137 and 184. Generally the verses are most musical, and scan exactly : but here and there this is not so. And there are too many rugged and un-harmonious lines to please us, e.g., line 8 from the bottom., p. 78, line 14, p. 138, two in the words of Idonea on p. 143, others again on pp. 145 and 158. A little more care would enable Mr. de Vere to have amended these to advantage. An occasional slip is pardonable; an occasional Alexandrine tolerable : but too many abrupt and over-long lines, in our judgment, jar on the ear, and mar the pleasure of perusal.

There is a misprint in the reference to the note concerning Professor Stubbs on p. 39; and “Lyon's” on p. 231 should be“ Lyons'"; otherwise the book is well and readably printed. It is worthy of the author of “ Alexander the Great” and The Legends of St. Patrick ”-and we heartily rejoice that, when Pagan nastiness and the vile principles of Erastianism are becoming once more popular, (sung by skilled versifiers and painted by unclear artists,) a Christian poet of an exalted rank and great capabilities—a student, a scholar, and a philosopher of the true stamp, should stand forth to claim a hearing from nineteenth-century Gallios for Christian principles and the Christian Faith, embodied in verse, always of purity and power, and often of masterful profundity.

VERYTHING in the form of devotional commentary

upon Holy Writ from the pen of Dean Goulburn is deserving of especial attention. Always original and striking in his applications, yet thoroughly solid both as a scholar and a divine, he never fails to do justice to his subject. He handles it with such rare ability, and his Christian instincts are so deep and true, that even when writing professedly for mere catechumens, Dr. Goulburn's pages are

replete with matter which commends itself to Christians of is fabulous. And their acts are as comic as their words. The other day mature age, and of all degrees of spiritual proficiency.

they hurried to Bonn, to fraternize with a Reinkens and his motley This is especially the case in his new work, The Child Samuel

following, because anyone who barks at the Apostolic Throne, as a dog

barks at the moon, makes a music which is pleasant in their ears. Stilī (London : Rivingtons, 1876), a practical and devotional Com later, on the 21st ult., a good many of them, of all sorts of religions, mentary on the Birth and Childhood of the Prophet, recorded including Lord Ebury and Mr. Gladstone, the Duke of Argyll and Mr. in 1 Sam. i.-iii.; and designed, the author modestly tells

Beresford Hope-whose only bond of union is a common revolt against

the sacred Pontifical authority which all the Councils exalted and all the us, “as a help to meditation on the Holy Scriptures for

saints revered--went to hear another orator, from whose presence every children and young persons." It is a pleasing and eminently Catholic who ever lived, from St. Paul to St. Francis of Sales, would instructive exposition, consisting of some forty brief chapters have fled with horror. This man told his hearers, to their extreme in which, from the events of the boy-prophet's wonderful birth

satisfaction, that “the rupture of the Papacy was the first condition of and education, are developed truly excellent and essentially

the reform of the Church.” It is a marvel that even in such an audience

there was no one found with sense enough to reply to him: “If all the practical lessons of the Christian life-its blessedness and its powers of darkness have tried in vain for eighteen centuries to rupture graces, its trials and its temptations. The key-note of the the Papacy,' who are you that you should do at last what earth and hell book is found in the first chapter, entitled “That we ought

combined together have never been able to do?” But they were too

polite to embarrass him with this difficult question. Perhaps if they had to seek for Christ in every part of Scripture ;” and Dr.

he would only have smiled, for such men are serenely persuaded than Goulburn certainly unlocks most effectually the spiritual they can easily do what Satan with all the legions at his back has failed mysteries of that portion of Holy Writ with which he to do. With the intelligent bumility of his class, he informed his deals. The sections, “ Be sure your prayer will find you

audience that “the Greek Church has fallen lower than the Latin

Church;" a lamentable decay and depression of soul and mind being the out”_"The God of Nature also the God of Providence and

universal lot of all mankind, except himself, and the few bastard Grace "_"How a boy may be kept pure "_"How God's Christians whom he called “Liberal Catholics.” Once more we marvel Word may be turned into God's Voice”“The blessedness that nobody rose up to ask : “But if God, as you say, bas abandoned all and the means of receiving communications from God,” are

His creatures to such a horrible fate, Greeks and Latins alike, what especially noteworthy for the intense appreciation they mani.

reason is there for supposing that He cares a straw for you or me, or is

likely to teach us the truth which he has taught to nobody else? Is fest of that real-and CatholicEvangelicalism which forms

there anything so attractive in us that He Who allowed the most sublime one of the chief beauties in the writings of the Saints and among our fellow creatures—an Augustine, a Jerome, an Ambrose, a other great masters of the Spiritual Life; but so seldom Boniface, and an Anselm-to believe and teach exactly what the Roman found in its healthy and unaffected purity elsewhere. Doubt

Church teaches at this hour, and especially the Christian duty of sub

mission to the Roman Pontiff, should be a guide to us when He was less this is high praise, yet it does not exceed the truth.

| only a deceiver to them, should save us from errors into which Ho The Child Samuel” is just the book for a Confirmation | allowed forty generations of His dearest children to fall? What then gift to the youth of either sex. Happy they who in early are we that He should be so enamoured of us, Who made only a cruel life take its lessons to heart! But we venture to affirm thai

jest of St. Leo, St. Innocent, St. Gregory, and all who came after them?

Are we Seraphs, Thrones, Dominions? We have not the look of either. no Christian, be bis spiritual attainments what they may, can Yet we ought to be, or something higher still, if, as you contend, God read the volume without experiencing both deep pleasure and has given us power to judge all mankind, and escape the pollution of real profit. It forms an admirable companion, or rather error from which He did not think it necessary to preserve anybody else." supplement, to the author's much-prized “Gospel of the

And who is the self-complacent orator who thus entertained an

English audience ? Childhood.”

He is that sublime and imposing type of regenerated humanity (a married monk), who has cast aside his Rule, and a

priest who bas taken to bimself a wife, in defiance of the common law W E should do our readers an injustice if we too highly

both of the Latin and the Greek Church. Even in Russia, at this hour,

no priest can marry, and would be deposed if he did. The first of all praised Mr. F. C. Wills's Sermons preached in si.

the sacred Synods of the Christian Church, the great Council of Nicæa, Agatha's Chapel, Finsbury (London: Hayes), for they do not mindful of the doctrine of St. Paul, forbade any ecclesiastic so much as appear to us to be either very remarkable in themselves or

to have a woman in his house. Our own St. Augustine, the Apostle of of such special merit as to have warranted their publication.

England, who referred all things to the judgment of the Roman Pontiff,

asked St. Gregory, “Must I tolerate married clerics ?” “Oply those,” They are generally sound and sober in style and ordinary replied the man of God, “ who are not in holy orders,”-i.e., only those characteristics; occasionally they contain a thought which is below the order of sub-deacon. Every Council of Catholic England striking and worthy of being remembered. Sometimes, as

pronounced sentence of deposition upon married priests, and even upon in that on “The Influence and Responsibility of Love,” we

the Bishops who tolerated them. Is it not a pleasant jest that an

unfortunate being, to whom every Council that ever assembled would light upon a passage which, being well thought out and skil. have said anathema, instead of hiding himself in some far off and fully elaborated, borders on the realms of Eloquence. Too impenetrable solitude, should stand up in the light of day and offer to often, however, they are wanting in theological exactness :

teach the whole Church of Christ? It is horrible, but surely it is

ludicrous also. If anything could make the force broader it would be there are many expressions which smack too much of the

the comments of the Ritualistic Church Review upon the sentiments and style, common enough in many ways, of tbe self-satisfied and

the attitude of this unhappy man. That newspaper is naturally shallow newspaper writer; though, on the other hand, it | enchanted both with his faults and his absurdity. To offer to instruct must be frankly and fully admitted that had all the sermons

the Universe, without knowing the first principles of the Christian been of the type of those headed - School and Church " | religion, is an enterprise eminently agreeable to the Anglican mind.

| And, therefore, its darkness is permanent. Men who think they are full, “ Responsibility of Knowledge,” and “The Last First,” this and need nothing, will obtain nothing. It was of them, and of all collection of twenty-eight would have owned singular merit. heretics, that our Blessed Lady said: “ Divites dimisit inanes.” As it is the various sermons are obviously unequal : while the book, as a whole, is a paper-and-print monument rather of

Mr. J.C. Campbell, of 5, Churcb-terrace, York-street, Lambeth, writes good intentions than of satisfactory performance.

to us thus:-Will you kindly allow me to make my annual appeal to your readers for subscriptions towards the expenses of giving the

children of our Sunday-school (All Saints', York-street, Lambeth) a Indications of Current Opinion.

day's treat into the pure air of the country, by whom contributions will

be thankfully received and acknowledged ? “We all like to see what the World says ; though, perhaps, the World's

A NEW ORGANIZATION IN THE CHURCH.-A proposal has been issued

| by the Dean of St. Paul's, the Dean of Norwich, the Archdeacons of St. sayings would not be so highly regarded, did we know who guided the Alban's, Buckingbam, and Sarum, Canons Liddon, Gregory, Walsham pen and registered the opinion."-COLERIDGE.

How, Jebb, George Williams, Norris, Sapte, W. W. Douglas, Dr. Fraser,

and a large pumber of other clergymen, for the formation of a new missionTHE REFORMS OF MR. AND MRS. LOYSON.

ary agency on behalf of the Jews in London who form a large part of some (From the Tablet of July 8, 1876.)

of our city populations. They propose to raise a fund for the special We claim, then, in reviewing modern heresy the right to mingle

training of men who after their ordination shall be willing, as licensed laughter with our tears. Reasonable mirth is not forbidden to Christians,

curates, to devote all their time not occupied in church to this particular and when an Anglican Bishop gravely tells us, as Dr. Fraser told the

class of parishioners, and providing stipends for them while so engaged. congregation at the Royal Chapel, Savoy, the week before last, that

The candidates to be trained for this work will in all probability be placed “the Apostles allowed the greatest liberty of conscience," and that, no

under the superintendence of the Rev. Dr. Henry Bailey, Warden of St. doubt in imitation of their total indifference to dogmatic truth, “ each

Augustine's Missionary College, Canterbury. Anglican clergyman puts upon the Articles his own meaning, and sub

HOLLOWAY'S PILLS AND OINTMENT.-Protracted suffering of any kind soon scribes to that meaning;” though it is not pleasant to see God's holy wears down the strongest frame, and weakens the most determined spirit, as the religion turned into a jest, we have just as much right to take note of dropping of water will in time wear away the hardest granite, so will persistent the jest as other people. It is the misfortune of the members of this

pain wear away the powers of the strongest mind. Let none, therefore, who are singular community that they can seldom open their mouths without

afilicted with Chronic, Rheumatic, or Neuralgic pains, or old painfu Sores, and

Ulcerations, which render their life miserable, yield to despair, but give these talking either impiety or nonsense. Their so-called Church was built inestimable twin remedies a steady and fair trial, many who have done so (having on a fable—that the Church of God had erred-and therefore, whenever

previously tried almost everything " without relief) have been delighted and they became disputative, which is their ordinary mood, all that they say I

amazed at the change for the better, which has been the result of their use. They are invaluable in skin diseases.

NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.

Almighty has been deliberately cast out and put aside-they Received:-F. H. W. (Manchester)-T. C. D.-W. J. B.-Aliquis-W. C. P.

will, no doubt, be sorely augmented by an active struggle E. B. P.-A. R. M.-A. de L.-W. R. D.-W. 0. D.-A. B. E.-F. G. L. (many between Labour and Capital, Poverty and Wealth. If there thanks)-H.D.-W.D. (Eton)--Canon S.-R. R. (Wells)- Bishop M.-T. O. R.A. B. L.-W.R.-H. P. W.-K. B. S. (Perth -P. C. D. (Salisbury)-A. C. W. is no world to come (as Liberals in religion and Infidels P. G. M.-R. B. 0. (Oxford)-G. B. A. S. (Edinburgh)-G. A. (Arundel).

teach), where all wrongs will be remedied, it is certainly C. P. W.-(1) How a reasonable being can put his trust in such insincere and absurd statements is beyond our comprehension. People are obviously more reasonable for the poor to get what they can, and keep it, in gullible than they were. (2) Apply to Mr. Hodges, their publisher, as to when the

the present World. "Lives of the Saints" will be finished.

A. R. W.-(1.) We are obliged for the Rock. The article to which you draw our attention, had already been carefully read by us. From that paper's point of view, it is honest and not wanting in principle. The treatment of " Presbyter Anglicanus" by Mr. Mackonochie, Dr. Littledale and their dupes, was simply TT is, we fear, the general decay of Christian principle, the discreditable. (2.) About a hundred panic-stricken parsons signed the St.

1 total disregard of God's Revelation and Commandments Alban's Declaration; while about three thousand Anglo-Catholic Clergy did not. .H.O.P.-Apply to the Warden of St. Augustine's.

which make the Temperance statistics of England and Wales A Lincolnshire Parson who complains that the Church Times has "egged on the

for 1875 so sadly uninviting. The return from the Northern clergy to the perforinance of extreme ritual and then deserted them," is informed that his truthful and penitential communication can be printed, if he will append district shows that the number of persons proceeded against his name to it, not otherwise. We are weary of clerica without backbone or boldness.

last year for drunkenness, or drunken and disorderly conduct, Major H. C. B. B. (Madras)—Your able and interesting letters shall be inserted, was 123,326, or nearly 12,000 in excess of the preceding and, as you desire, with only a nom de plume.

year, and 30,000 more than in 1871, and that the number H.C. R. J. is informed that we cannot, as a rule, print letters which will occupy two or three columps.

convicted reached 116,127, or 11,000 more than in 1874, As a rule, we must decline to insert both personal attacks of every sort and kind,

and 41,000 than in 1871. In the Midland district there was and anonymous letters. If people want to ventilate their opinions and a newepaper is certainly a proper vehicle for such action.) they must be good enough an increase in the year of 2,400 charges, and of nearly 1,900 to sign their names to communications forwarded.

convictions. The Southern districts alone show a smail We bog our correspondents and supporters to address all Letters relating to the literary portion of this paper to *The Editor of THE PILOT, 376, Strand, decrease, the number of persons convicted being some 500 London, W.C.;" and all communications regarding the sale and advertising, to Mr. J. H. BATTY, Publisher, at the same address.

less than in the preceding twelvemonths. More than one

sixth of all the convictions in the kingdom took place in MTRANSLATIONS from and into German or French, and

Liverpool, the number being 20,533. The hope of curing 1 Printing and Publishing thereof, done by Mr. W. OSENBRUGGE, 82,

such evils by artificial legislation, based on Political Economy, Lamb's Conduit-street, W.C.

is at once vain and baseless. Self-control, guided and

strengthened by Christian morality, can alone heal such Has not all our misery, as a Church, arisen from people being afraid to

wounds. look difficulties in the face? They have palliated acts, when they should have denounced them . .... And what is the consequence ? That our Church has through centuries ever been sinking lower and IMR. WARD HUNT deserves the highest credit for lower, till good part of its pretensions is a mere sham; though it be a M having successfully put down a certain Dissenting naval duty to make the best of what we have received.”—P. 274_History Captain, who, placing himself quite out of his sphere, desired OF MY RELIGIOUS OPINIONS." BY VERY Rev. J. H. NEWMAN, D.D.

to act Lord Penzance over a Mr. Penny, a Priest of the Church of England. The trumpery nonsense talked about “stoles" in the House of Commons was only introduced to

create a prejudice. There is such a strong temptation WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 1876.

now-a-days to sacrifice anybody and everybody in order to

" satisfy the Public”-a temptation experienced by ArchPublished on Every Alternate Wednesday.

bishops down to police constables—that we put on record our hearty admiration of the just act done by a high-principled

and efficient Cabinet Minister, the First Lord of the Admiralty. Fortnightly Notes.

THE PILOT

district of no short tidepressed

CYUCCESS does not appear to attend either side in the W IDE-SPREAD dissatisfaction exists with the policy war. The Turks have certainly been guilty of great

and feeble action of the Society for Preventing atrocities-but these have been largely exaggerated, | Cruelty to Animals--the fifty-second anniversary of which for party purposes, by the English Liberal papers. The was held last Thursday. On the question of Vivisection position taken up by Lord Derby in his speech last week, Mr. Colam's trumpet has given a most confused and seems to be at once statesmanlike and wise—though, for uncertain sound. Considering that the Society has an ourselves, we hold that true Christian statesmanship would income of no less than £12,000 a year, it seems to us a have excogitated some scheme by which the Sick Man should great dereliction of duty to have practically done nothing. have been put out of his misery, and justice done to the

| Costermongers are bullied; Vivisectors are left alone. Had oppressed Oriental Christian nations.

something efficient been done, there would have been no need either for Mr. Jesse's organization, for that of Dr. Hoggan

and Miss Cobbe; or for the latest "International Society" MRADE is sorely depressed everywhere. A general of Cockspur-street. Mr. Colam seems panic-stricken and

1 resort to short time is said to be inevitable in the paralyzed, but the country subscribers, (from whom we are district of Blackburn : and, in consequence, a meeting of constantly receiving complaints,) will soon let him know their employers in North and North-east Lancashire is to be held convictions. At the same time the miserable disputes to consider propositions regarding both the amount of wages | amongst people of right principles and activity who cannot and the hours of labour. On the general subject the co-operate, are working ruin and legalized misery for the Financier declares that the present circumstances of trade speechless brutes. For ourselves we are amongst those who are too grave to be easily exaggerated. If depression and give the highest praise to that high-principled, noble and able closing of works, indeed, should proceed much further, it | advocate of the dumb animals--Mr. G. R. Jesse. All would seem probable that, for the first time since the opening honour to him for his brave and disinterested labours ! of the Free Trado era, there will be masses of unemployed While others have talked he has acted, and acted so as to people reduced to destitution, and requiring measures of have partially roused the country. Information, plainpublic relief, without anything so palpable to account for the speaking and agitation must at once come into play. A distress as the outbreak of Civil War in the United States, letter in another column shows how these are needed. for example, by which the cotton-spinners of Lancashire were abnormally deprived of their raw material, and the whole cause of distress was made patent to the public eye. PISHOP MAGEE, in the course of his remarks at a A silent and increasing reduction of trade and labour, for D meeting last week of the Leicester Church Extension which there is no outstanding cause to strike the public Association, maintained that when Church extersion ceased imagination, is more to be feared than a special difficulty Church stagnation and death began. He had, he asserted, which all classes at once comprehend. Of course, when seen lately publications cheaply got up, cleverly written, and England's trials begin-as begin they will, because God | largely circulated amongst the working classes of this country, which, for virulence of abuse and rancour of hate “ Ritualism.” The chief feature of Mr. Hall's “religious against not merely the doctrines of Christianity, but the very service," "public meeting,” or “social gathering,” was, howPerson of its Blessed Founder—which, for foulness of ever, the presence in his new pulpit of the following English denunciation, were unparalleled in literature; and which Clergymen :-Messrs. W. H. Freemantle, Robert Maguire, were not to be exceeded by the foulest and most horrible Aubrey C. Price, Joshua Kirkman, and a “Mr. Rigg” — utterances of the last century even amid the horrors of the an appropriate person for such an occasion-whom we cannot French Revolution : a fact that we can fully corroborate. identify. They preached, while the congregation, on Mr. These publications are as blasphemous as they are obscene Maguire's testimony, either “laughed ” or “applauded.' and scandalous. In a Christian country they ought to be There were several “speeches," or " sermons”-at the close promptly suppressed, and their authors and printers first of which Mr. Aubrey Price, of Clapham, “pronounced " sa publicly flogged at a horse's tail, and then imprisoned for fact we don't doubt the Benediction. After this gross exhilife. One of these publications, which has reached us bition of lawlessness on the part of Mr. Freemantle, and four deserves the special attention of the Home Secretary. leading members of the Church Association, we hope that Founded on the works of Tyndall, Huxley, and Carpenter, the loathsome hypocrisy of that organization in professing a it is in the form of a Catechism, and this is a question and respect for “the law," will be more generally admitted by its answer—"What became of Jesus Christ after His death? friends. It only remains for us to call the special attention He was resolved into the chemical elements carbon, oxygen, of the Bishops of London and Winchester to the proceedings hydrogen, &c.,-and this, and in no other way, is He with us, of these their Clergy. always, even to the end of the world.” Here are two others

Z“ What does the Establishment require from its Clergy? | Unscrupulous lying and profanity. Give an instance of HE Bishop of Oxford, poor man! is unable to refuse to their gross profanity? When a new Bishop is wanted, the 1 institute a Clerk presented to a benefice in his own cathedral staff pray to God for guidance in their selection of diocese. He therefore appeals to the Court of his ecclesiasone out of 20,000 Clergy, they having all the while no choice tical superior-Primate Penzance, who, by the august beyond the Prime Minister's nominee.” Elsewhere we read authority of the British Parliament, has recently received that "Jehovah is as purely a creation of human imagination universal “spiritual” jurisdiction throughout England and as Jupiter,” and that God "is equally a cerebral secretion. Wales. On Thursday last, as the newspapers tell us, this Man worships the work of his own head.” Thus we see how ex-divorce Judge “heard an application respecting the richly the teaching of those arrant fools who call themselves monition issued against the Bishop of Oxford for having “philosophers” is bearing fruit. Whig Christianity is refused to institute the Rev. Dr. Willis to a living in the developing rapidly. Lord Palmerston's conception of original county of Buckingham, to which he had been presented. Dr. sin, Lord Russell's original idea of Christianity, the Duke of Willis took proceedings against the Bishop, and it now Somerset's novel Faith,-in fact, all the Broad Church Books | appears that the ground of objection on the respondent's and Essays are now entirely superseded by the more fully part was that the promoter was not learned enough in the developed blasphemies of the production in question. But | dead languages. The Judge said it would be necessary to cven these are surpassed by the two awfully blasphemous specify some standard to which the promoter did not come. volumes, just published, of the late Lord Amberley. The Dr. Tristram, for the promoter, applied that the evidence Curse upon the Abbey-lands obviously energizes still. might be taken viva voce, to which Dr. Swabey, for the

respondent, made no objection. The application was

grant:d. In this particular case (which shows the abject DISSENTERS have their “Ritualists” as well as other and ttal renunciation of their episcopal jurisdiction by the

D people. Mr. Newman Hall of Surrey Chapel, has just bishos), we cordially hope that Dr. Willis may gain the migrated from that very dull and ugly building in the Black | day. It is reported that, because he is seventy years of age, friars-road, which the Church Times styled “the Surrey Rat the Bishop first refused to institute him to a living; then, on trap.” to another of greater pretence, and some might say of finding him hale and vigorous, his Lordship declined to do so greater pretenticusness, not far from Lambeth Palace. The because he had been erroneously informed that the Doctor new place is not a chapel but a church—“ Christ Church ;" | intended to sell the advowson. Finally, the Bishop went the and in some respects it is a very effective and creditable length of insisting on his being examined. To this unjustifibuilding—showing a strong leaning towards Catholic archi able ignominy Dr. Willis is said to have submitted. Archtecture. But the ground plan-beginning with a kind of deacon Pott, young enough to be his son, examined a man Gothic amphitheatre,- is so hopelessly bad, so unlike an old | who was Fellow of University College, Oxford, and had church, in fact so unlike a church at all, that no amount of formally taken his degrees of B.A., M.A., B.D., and D.D. crockets, oriel windows, spires, Cathedral door-ways, or | And now the prelato, whom some call “ honest John "- the Gothic roofs, can ever cure or alter its radical badness of coward who, once a member of the E.C.U., had not the design. For this the preacher and not the architect is said to pluck to vote against Dr. Tait's P.W.R. Bill-is persecuting be responsible. The interior is an ugly jumble which no pen poor Dr. Willis in the new. Parliamentary Court presided can describe. There is a pulpit, and a communion table, and over by Primato Penzance. May his Lordship's bill of costs a raised platform, and bench ends, and people in surplices, be magnificent in its size and sum. and flowers on the "table," and shrubs for decoration, and plenty of sittings-yet, after all, its interior is "original," ineffective, grotesque and inherently bad. It looks some W HAT a wonderful fuss there has been made about the thing like a Gothic Church which has suffered from several V Hon. Mr. Nelson's secession to the Church of Rome ! violent internal ruptures; and has unwholesomely grown out Such changes—even amongst people with handles to their into all sorts of queer and indescribable excrescences. Out names-are not so very rare after all. Peter, it is true, does side it is certainly picturesque, with a good elevation, not catch many entire shoals in his net now: but gudgeons evidencing considerable ability and taste on the part of the and flounders are often hooked singly by an Oratorian architect. The windows want depth but the tracery is often fishing-rod. Why, then, such a pother? The Times is beautiful; the mouldings are bold and good and many of the solemn and hortatory, the Guardian writes an explosive details eminently commendable. The spire is excellent, a leader, the Church Review emits a more than usual amount of very admirable design ; graceful, well-proportioned and ably acrid literary drivel. Each is shocked, and scolds Father put on to the tower; while the several spirelets and turrets Henry Bowden right royally. The Guardian asks—“What about the building are varied and picturesque, and the whole is it that we really have to complain of ? Not, of course, of group (barring its radical eccentricities of plan) is well-built zeal for proselytism in itself. No faith is real and living and worthy of commendation.

which is not aggressive; and to Roman Catholics the belief sedulously inculcated, either explicitly or virtually, that out

of the pale of their Church there is no certainty of salvation As to the “Opening Services," the less said the better. in Christ must necessarily stimulate aggressiveness. Nor can A The “Benediction” (whatever that was) was to have any one hold that in matters of religious faith a father's been perfoi med by Mr. Samuel Morley, the linen-draper and authority can be ultimately supreme. Every soul must bear M.P., who is persecuting Mr. Dale of St. Vedast's for its own responsibility in the sight of God.” Why, then, after conceding the only points in dispute, make a fuss at all? Law Courts, but it is legal for all that.” If decisions of other The St. Alban's parsons, --so notoriously jovial and comic, English Courts were generally treated as the Church Times having published to the World their judgment that the treats the decision regarding incense, neither Law, Order, Vatican Council must alter its decisions before any Corporate nor Authority could exist. If private individuals can revise Reunion can be attempted, and as Union of some sort in the the official judgments of our Law Courts, or set them at present day seems our most pressing need, Mr. Nelson has nought-everybody, by consequence, becomes “a law unto preferred the unalterable authority of the old to the imperti himself.” In such a case Society must become broken up nent demands of the new. As to Mr. Bowden, what else and dissolved, and Chaos would have risen on its ruins. from his own point of view-could he have done ? Mr. Nelson—whom the Church Review styles “a lad." "the youth," "a boy,' though he is a highly-educated and intelli HEARTILY admiring the zeal and untiring energy of gent gentleman, nearly twenty years of age,-had become II Mr. W. Ford in the case of a church in North London, (and no wonder) radically disgusted both with the policy of specially built for the poor, from which the children are the Ritualists as well as that of the Erastians, and, having | deliberately excluded, we cannot express our regret in too resolved to repudiate “ Primate Penzance" and his Parlia- strong language, that the authorities of the National Church, mentary jurisdiction (we have this on the best authority,) he whom it specially concerns, are so apathetic and indifferent retired to another part of the fold. Lord Nelson should put to the claims of justice and the rights of the poor children. the blame on the right shoulders—those of our holy Primate | Mr. Ford deserves high credit for having so manfully stood and his pious suffragans. By the way, a man may become an up for a great principle, without fear and without favour. infidel, and neither Times nor Guardian will trouble them. Our readers will find this topic discussed at greater length selves one whit about it. But let anyone become a Papist, in another column. and the accomplished Editors of those newspapers will take to swearing, like two male cats at midnight.

E have never concealed from our readers the honest

feelings of disgust with which, in conjunction with the M HE poor Church Review talks ignorantly about “a sacri well-informed, we regard the foolish and unreal movement 1 legious re-baptism” and writes wildly of the profaners

(originated by Dr. Littledale and his dupes,) to make of the initial sacrament.” Surely it must be very hard up

imaginary "working men" endeavour to aid in playing the for abuse if this is the only mouthy argument forthcoming.

Radical Ritualists' game. The whole thing—when its true Many baptisms in past times, and several in the present day,

history is written, and the actual authorship of the Letters and have been and are so very carelessly performed, that even

| Remonstrances is avowed—will be scouted as absurd, if not bystanders cannot always aver positively that the baptism

| dishonest. Notwithstanding all this, however, we have never is valid. Three remarkable cases of such a doubt-one a

been otherwise than most hearty in our desire that laymen child of a member of the Royal Family, baptized by Arch

of all classes (not mere uninformed artizans) should stand bishop Sumner-are before us now. Consequenily it is

forth boldly and in union to aid in defending the Church's always wiser, and most charitable when people have the least Rights. But will they? And can they if they will? Infidoubt on the subject, to have recourse to conditional baptism

delity and Indifference are so wide-spread and popular now, —so obviously enjoined in the Prayer Book. If Mr. Nelson, that we doubt if the tide of Error in the Establishment can by any accident, was not already baptized, the act done by

be stemmed, though we cordially wish the Hatcham laymen Father Bowden was the administration of the Sacrament of success in their endeavours to stem it. Baptism ; if he was already baptized, the charitable act at the Oratory was of course wholly surperfluous. There was nothing sacrilegious: there was no profanation. With the of all the frightful figures in creation commend us to the Church Review these secessions seem to have a great effect : new and modern Ritualistic parsons, who successfully otherwise, such transparent nonsense, combined with the make themselves the laughing-stocks of the British Public, physical-force remedy of “a kicking down stairs,” would when wildly wandering about the streets, flapping their arms hardly be recommended for application to R.C. Clergymen by under their cloaks, like animated scare-crows. We do not a writer in a religious newspaper. Sensible people will begin allude in detail to their wonderful hats, tassels and brimsto maintain that Ritualism and Vaticanism-on-the-brain, invented and brought to perfection by original and gushing combined, lead infallibly to lunacy. People who are so suffer- tailors—to their large and dirty hands, soiled linen, or hairy ing scream like the Gadarene pigs. The Great Confucius, upper lips ;-we contemplate them as a whole. And they when a man was ill-tempered, furious, and random in talk, certainly are a remarkable sight. One, with a thick and always recommended him to wash himself, shave his chin, cultivated moustache, looks like a waiter with military senti. and go to rest. Verbum sapienti.

ments and martial tastes : another looks like a broken-down mosaic-jeweller in mourning: and a third (the comparison is

not new,) to a disengaged undertaker's man. Formerly MHE Vicar of Rugeley is being pestered and troubled by

Clergymen looked and dressed like gentlemen. Now they 1 some uninfluential and self-important persons in that

are too often guys. Eccentricities and ostentation in dress town, who need both a little humility and a good amount of

—which so abound now,-are no doubt intended to make up teaching. Much prejudice and some ignorance are at the

for that want of principle which disfigures so many of the bottom of their complaints. Mr. Grier, however, having in younger race of Clergy, and helps to make them rather conhis mind a wise saying “ Answer a fool according to his folly,"

temptible than respected. A quarter of a century ago_like snubs the "aggrieved" with exquisite taste and delicate the priest in the nursery rhyme-Orthodoxy was "shaven sarcasm. But while so doing he is also very bold and very

and shorn”: now the newest 'doxies and 'isms appear to be outspoken. As regards prosecution and persecution, he

soiled and hirsute. replies “ You may prosecute me. I should not think of defending myself, as the Law Courts as at present constituted have no kind of Authority in matters ecclesiastical beyond that MHE Scottish Guardian, on becoming acquainted with which pure Force gives ; but, of course, I should quietly submit 1 some details regarding the movement for Corporate if deprived of my temporalities. This would not involve much Reunion under Charles lst (details well enough known to loss on my part, whether in money, or position, or influence, or students, which have been recently set forth in the Academy), comfort; but I doubt your being successful, even in an unde utters a screech and a scream, which is certainly neither over fended case and before the present Courts." We question pious in its meaning nor over pleasant to read. The details whether Mr. Grier will altogether agree with the false, in question are said to throw a vivid light on the criminal foolish, and misleading bombast of the Church Times in its folly of the recent proposal for a ' Uniut Church.'' New last Friday's issue, declaring “ These are grand days for a schisms, the Editor of the Scottish Guardian appears to faithful Churchman to live in ;" or with the wild assertion of rejoice in, and seems to be always ready to glorify. For the false principles contained on another page of that serial," Old Hereticks ” of Germany and their disgusting Eras“Incense, as a ceremonial act has been forbidden by the tianism and toadying to Bismarck, he has nothing but praise

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