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the true levellers. They give to all the expense of his morals is the worse who will faithfully use them, the so- for his education. ciety, the spiritual presence of the best and greatest of our race. No matter how poor I am; no matter though the
POETRY. prosperous of my own time will not
(FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] enter my obscure dwelling. If the sacred writers will enter and take up
The two following. Hymns were comtheir abode under my roof; if Milton posed by Bishop Heber. We do not will cross my threshold to sing to me know that they have ever before been of paradise, and Shakspeare to open
published: to me the worlds of imagination and the workings of the human heart, and Lord! whose love, in power
excelling, Franklin to enrich me with his
prac- Wash'd the leper's stains away, tical wisdom, I shall not pine for want Jesus! from thy heavenly dwelling, of intellectual companionship, and I Hear us, help us, when we pray. may become a cultivated man, though excluded from what is called the best From the filth of vice and folly,
From infuriate passions' rage, society, in the place where I live,
Evil thoughts and hopes unholy, Every Christian's prayer ought to
Heedless youth and selfish age. be the same as that of an apostolic From the lusts whose deep pollutions Bishop of former days, who says, “I Adam's ancient taint disclose, pray God that the time may be draw- From the tempter's dark intrusions, ing near, when the strife between Restless doubt and blind
repose, Christians will not be like that be- From the miser's cursed treasure, tween the aspen and the poplar leaves, From the drunkard's jest obscene, as to who shall rustle most and make From the world, its pomp and pleasure, most noise, but like the olive and the Jesus! Master! make us clean. vine-trees, who shall yield most fatness and bear most fruit."
GOD'S RICHES OF PROVIDENCE. Lord of mercy, and of might!
Of mankind the life and light!
Jesus! hear and save! a famishing city by the instrumen- Who, when sin's tremendous doom, tality of four leprous men, and so Gave creation to the tomb, multiplied by his blessing a few loaves
Did’st not scorn the Virgin's womb, and fishes, that the multitude had
Jesus! hear and save.
Humbled to a mortal child,
Jesus! hear and save.
Thron'd above celestial things,
Borne aloft on Angel's wings, but lodge not thy faith upon them, Lord of lords, and King of kings! because but men; they are good posts
Jesus! hear and save! but no fountains. Build on Paul him
Who shall yet return from high, self no longer than he builds on Christ; Robed in might and majesty, if Peter renounce his Master, renounce
Heed us! help us when we cry! Peter. The word of man may con
Jesus! hear and save! vince reason, but the Word of God alone can compel conscience.
The work of Heaven is not likely to be done by a tongue set on fire of hell.
NOTICES OF BOOKS. The fruits of the Spirit are like links History of the Reformation in the in a chain-one draws on another. Sixteenth Century. By J. H. MERLE
He who acquires his learning at D'AUBIGNE, D.D. A New Trans
lation, by HENRY BEVERIDGE, Esq., DAY, May 13, 1846. Chair to be Advocate; with a portrait of Lu- taken at twelve o'clock. ther. Collins: Edinburgh and Lon- ENGLAND.-- Bristol.-Several of don.
the Sisters of Charity have just estabVous. I., II., and III., are now before lished themselves in Pritchard-street,
Bristol. us, a new translation from the edition
Bridgewater.-A Popish of 1842, and in which a translation of chapel has just been opened in this all the Latin notes and quotations is town, and already numbers a con
siderable attendance.-Beverley. given. This excellent work of D'Aubigné, during the past month in this town.
A Popish chapel has been opened is now brought out at so moderate a
-M. D’Aubigné. This eminent price as to secure for it a very extensive circulation. The more widely it divine has written a long letter, preis known and read, the better will vious to his departure from England, Protestants be armed against the tor
to the Bishop of Chester, on the state rent of Popery, which now, like an
of religion in this country M. D'Auinundation, threatens, if not resisted, bigné, though fully assured that to sweep down all before it.
England will always sustain her Pro
testant character, cannot but lament High Treason. The Trial of Arch- ment on the Continent is making hard
that whilst the progress of enlightenBishop Laud, in 1644, for traitor- against Popery, the tide in England is ously endeavouring to subvert the moving exactly in the contrary direc
tion. to reconcile the Church of England with the Church of Rome. Compiled stated that it was intended to intro
WALES.-A short time since, we from authorized records by the Rev. John SPURGIN, Vicar of Hockham, priests
from Britanny, as the Breton
duce into the Principality several Norfolk. Pp. 101. Norwich: Mus- and Welsh languages have a great kett, Old Haymarket. London: affinity. Three priests have lately
L. and G. Seeley, 169, Fleet-street. been imported, and it is expected On reading this tract, which is well that others will soon follow. worthy the perusal of our readers, it IRELAND.-Reformation in Dubis remarkable to observe how similar lin.-We never witnessed such a mass are the efforts which are now makingof human beings within the walls of a to those which were made by some, Church, as we beheld in Saint Autwo centuries ago, to demolish the doen's on Sunday, March 1; and have work of the Reformation, and build never seen a more attentive or silent up again amongst us the errors and congregation, though some men even superstitious ceremonies of Rome. fainted by reason of the heat and However such efforts may seem for a pressure. Whatever inconvenience the time successful, their plots will, sooner people might have suffered from these or later, recoil with terrific force, upon circumstances, they were amply rethose who contrive them.
paid by witnessing the interesting The Protestants of this country are ceremony of one priest of the Church not prepared for Popery, and though of Rome, the Rev. William Davock, statesmen and theologians, taking and ten other respectable persons, advantage of their position, may seek formally and publicly abjuring the to force it on them, they never can errors of Romanism, and embracing bring about a reconciliation between the Protestant faith--the ancient and the Bible-reading people of this coun- primitive faith of the Church of Iretry, and the Romish apostasy. land, before it was corrupted by the
human and modern inventions of the
Italian creed. The Rev. Thomas INTELLIGENCE.
Scott preached on the sacred occasion THE ANNUAL MEETING of the on the subject of the Atonement.PROTESTANT ASSOCIATION will Dublin Statesman. be held (d.v.) in the Large Hall, FOREIGN.--Constantinople.The EXETER HALL, on WEDNES- Armenian Patriarch has pronounced
his excommunication and anathema Athens concerning the Rev. Jonas
Gospel Readers." The effects King, American missionary. Mr. have been most deplorable. Fathers King was charged with uttering imand mothers who have Gospel-reading pious and injurious language respectchildren, have turned their sons and ing the Virgin Mary. He defended daughters out of doors, in a state of himself against the charges in the destitution, lest the curse they have columns of a newspaper, and quoted incurred should spread through the the opinions of the early Greek fawhole family. Many of the excom- thers, and especially the sentiment of municated have been dismissed from Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus, whose their employment. None of their feast is still observed by the Greeks. countrymen will buy of them, none This father says expressly, “Let the will sell to them. Many have been Father and the Son and the Holy refused the license necessary to enable Ghost be worshipped; Mary let no them to carry on their various trades, one worship.” This increased the exand subjected to other persecu- citement and induced Mr. King to tions. -Portugal-Riot against the prepare and publish a book of about Jesuits.--Oporto, Friday, March 13, 220 pages in his defence, in which he 1846.—Since my last, there has been quoted largely the sentiments of the a most serious disturbance in Oporto. early Greek fathers, and showed their On Sunday last, the Society for the agreement with himself. About 900 Propagation of the Faith, held an As- of this volume had been circulated sembly in one of the principal among the most distinguished men in churches of the city. Shortly after Greece, and others, and by many was the commencement of the sermon, a well received, who declared their enyoice was heard from amidst the con- tire conviction that the Virgin Mary gregation, exhorting the preacher to ought not to be worshipped. But the elevate his tone. This was followed Greek ecclesiastics raised an oppofrom the pulpit by a rather untoward sition, and threats of violence were attack on the Christian principles of made against Mr. King. He has been part of the multitude assembled, and excommunicated, and summoned bethis untimely accusation gave birth to fore the courts." American Paper.” a general tumult. All was now one Recent accounts state that the excitescene of tumult and confusion. The ment still continues. Several copies of cavalry was called out, and on its ar- the book have been seized and burned, rival the congregation made its retreat, but this only makes the demand for it amidst loud yells and hootings, of the greater. Mr. King is still in great “Down with the Jesuits ! ” “ Death to peril
. - Romish Toleration. - The the Jesuits !” The infantry next ar- Allgemeine Zeitung,” of Feb. 18, rived, and seeing the attitude of de- under the head of “ Vienna," says: fiance which the people had taken, “The Government will not publish were proceeding to measures, which, any decree relative to the Catholic Distending to exasperate more the mob, sidents; it will content itself with prewere desisted froin. The cavalry, scribing to the authorities the followlikewise thought it more prudent to ing course :- The foreign Catholic sheathe their swords; which act threw Dissidents shall not be admitted; they a calm over the ebullition of popular will be made to retrace their steps at feeling, and night closed the scene. the frontiers. Those of the country
--Malta.--Disturbances have been who have embraced the new doctrine created here by the Papists, because will be allowed to expatriate themselves, the Governor would not permit mas for the Government will recognise no querades on Sundays. Persecution other confession than that already exof an American Missionary.--An in- isting." tense excitement has been created at
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CHARITABLE TRUSTS BILL.
We have devoted a portion of our preceding numbers to an exposure of three measures brought berore Parliament this session, of a very dangerous description, and deeply affecting the vital interests of our constitution. We refer to the Bill, introduced under the auspices of Lord John Manners, for altering the Mortmain Laws, and those of the Lord Chancellor and Mr. Watson, each of which goes to repeal or alter the Act of Supremacy, whilst the latter is intended to remove also the protective provisions of the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829.
To these two last-mentioned Bills, we trust a most strenuous opposition will be evinced by Members of the House of Lords, and of the House of Commons, and that those Bills will shortly be numbered, as that affecting the Laws of Mortmain already is, amongst the rejected Bills of 1846.
We now proceed to notice another Bill, which many regard as: of a more dangerous, because of a more insidious character. We refer to the Charitable Trusts Bill, intituled," An Act for securing the due Administration of Charitable Trusts in England and Wales.”
Two months have passed since it was introduced into the House of Lords by the Lord Chancellor, and public attention having been in some degree drawn to its provisions and details, there seems to be almost one unanimous feeling of opposition against it.
There are scarcely any of our readers who are not interested in the provisions of this Bill, and may not sooner or later be brought under its operation. It may be that many have not heard of its name ; it may be that more are ignorant of its provisions; and that a yet greater number have little or no desire to be made acquainted with the subject. Satisfied to go on in the quiet discharge of duties which daily devolve upon them, they would leave to others the turmoil of political warfare. But, unhappily for them, however much they may desire not to intermeddle with the laws of their country, or those who make or administer them, there is a want of reciprocity. The laws, the law-makers, and the administrators of the law, will intermeddle VOL. VIII-May, 1846.
New Series, No.5.
with them, whether they will or no; and when they find charities founded by their ancestors wrested from their control by the dictum of two of the Commissioners, based on the Report of two Inspectors—to be appointed by this Act—when they find a control assumed by these functionaries over the mode of keeping the accounts of even voluntary Societies, which are to be taxed to a large amount, to raise a fund to support the expensive machinery of this Bill ; when various trustees find themselves summarily dismissed—without the power of appeal—and others so harassed, by continual visits of inspectors, information of spies, and citations of commissioners, that they abandon their onerous duties—it will be vain and idle to complain of the operations of a law which their own connivance has sanctioned—which they might have resisted, but would not.
It is not by blinding our eyes to passing events that we shall best discharge our duties: it is not by hiding our heads and thinking there is no danger-a policy more worthy of ostriches than men-but by rousing ourselves to a sense of our dangers and duties, that so, through the Divine blessing on our exertions, we may avoid the one, and rightly discharge the other.
A Bill of unmixed evil was never, perhaps, passed into law in a free country; but evil measures, disguised in the shape and semblance of what is good—destroying where they profess to build up—corrupting where they pretend to purify-have often been imposed upon a people. And it is under the cloak of better administering the small funds, without incurring the expense of proceedings in a Court of Equity for that purpose, that this Bill has been brought in.
We have not space here to give even an epitome of each provision of a Bill consisting of seventy-two sections, and occupying more than twenty-two folio pages. The powers conferred by it are of the most arbitrary description, utterly at variance with the genius of the British constitution, and may be applied to the most dangerous purposes. By the operation of this Bill, all charities will, more or less, be placed under the control of the Minister of the day, who may extinguish or direct them as he pleases. Any man, therefore, who desires to see charitable trusts not perverted, who would protect the interests of his country, and those of religion, ought to oppose this Bill, as fraught with danger to their best interests.
We do not here, for a moment, desire to vindicate any existing abuses, nor wish to obstruct the adoption of any measures which may prove really beneficial to the country, by procuring a better administration of some of the charities included in the scope of this Bill.
We desire only that a measure shall not pass as remedial, which in reality aggravates the evil, or implants greater than those which it would cure.