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reached my apartments, I found that I indistinctly heard one of them my young friend expressed a wish to speak, but not plain enough to undersee me on something important. I, stand him; and just as I was passing of course, lost no time in calling on them, the other replied in a very her, and, being a priest, I was im- energetic manner,-No, I shan't,mediately admitted; but never have I go to Christ's Church now, and I'm I forgot, nor can I forget the melan- the better all the week for it.” The choly picture of lost beauty and determined tone of his refusal, and fallen humanity, which met my the heartiness of his acknowledgastonished gaze, in the person of my ment, delighted me, and “out of the once beautiful and virtuous friend. abundance of my heart,” I exclaimed, I had been then about eighteen - Thank God for that!” What the months a Romish priest, and was not proposition was, of course, I know without some knowledge of their not; but from the answer it is clear lives; and, therefore, I was the better it was some scheme for the next day, prepared for, and could more easily and it is also pretty evident that they anticipate, what was to come.
had before been companions in a “I sent for you, my friend, to see similar matter, or so much stress you once more, before my death. I would not have been laid upon the have insulted my God, and disgraced word now: probably he wished him my family. I am in the family way, to attend a lecture at the “ Chartist and I must die!!' After a good deal Church,” or Socialist Meeting; or it of conversation, which it is needless might be to hear read the trash to repeat, I discovered from her con- which issues from the “ Sunday fession the parent of this pregnancy, Press," contaminating the minds of and that the Mother Abbess of the our more ignorant fellow-countrymen. convent advised her to take medicine Whatever it was, I am satisfied it was which would effect abortion; but that something highly improper to be she knew from the lay-sister who de done upon the Lord's-day, and I felt livered me the note, and who was a cheered and thankful to find that in confidential servant in the convent, the ranks of our poorer townsmen that the medicine which the Mother who at this time are being worked Abbess would give her would contain upon by every artifice which mispoison, and that the procuring abor- judging, ambitious, and wicked men tion was a mere pretext. I gave her can invent,that even here, where such advice as I could in the capacity Infidelity comes in like a flood, the of a Romish priest. I advised her to Spirit of God lists up a standard send for the bishop. I cannot do it against it.” Oh! it is pleasing to said she, my destroyer is my con- hope that he who had experienced so fessor. I was silent. I had no more much benefit from attending “Christ's to say. I was bound by oath to be Church” himself, persuaded his comtrue to him. I was one of the priests panion to try,-pleasing to hope that of the infallible Church, and what they “ took sweet counsel together, was honour, what was honesty to me, and went unto the house of God as where the honour of this infallible friends;" that the Holy Spirit would Church was concerned ? I retired, bless the service, so that this poor leaving my friend to her fate, but man may have been an instrument promising, at her request, to return in his Maker's hands of “saving a in a fortnight. According to pro- soul from death, and covering a mulmise, I did return in a fortnight, but titude of sins." May he now be a the foul deed was done. She was no regular devout worshipper in “Christ's more!”
Church,”—may he feel that“religion's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all
her paths are peace;” and, after every A GOOD RESOLUTION.
attendance in God's house of prayer, WALKING down Snow-hill, on my may he gratefully acknowledge that way home on Saturday night, lately, he “is the better all the week for it.” as I came near two apparently work- Happy would it be for England if all ing men who were standing together, her children felt the value of frequent
ing“ Christ's Church," -- wherever the important office of trustees, would situated, in an equal degree with this be enabled to select from time to humble artizan; then the motion for time, those who would not sign the “ Church Extension " would not have articles in a non-natural sense, but been postponed session after session men of honest and sincere minds, to make way for others, which, how- knowing and loving “the truth as it ever important they may appear by is in Jesus," and rejoicing to proclaim themselves, when compared with this, to others the glad tidings of salvasink into an insignificance far be- tion, neath that of the smallest star which twinkles in the midnight sky upon the rising of the glorious sun.
CABINET. For a man to understand fully the business of his particular calling, and
of his religion, is usually enough to MISCELLANEOUS.
take up his whole time.- Locke. THE NEW CHURCH AT RAMSGATE, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD.-The The foundation-stone of the proposed world say, blessed are the living, but new church at Ramsgate, was laid on God says, blessed are the dead. The Thursday, 13th ultimo, by J.P.Plump- world judges of things as they appear tre, Esq., M.P., in the presence of a outwardly to men; God judges of numerous concourse of people. Mr. things by what they really are in Plumptre, having, with Sir Brooke themselves, he looks at things in their Bridges, Bart., Rev. C. Plumptre, real colour and magnitude. The and other members, arrived at the world look upon young people coming ground, proceeded to address the out like a fresh blooming flower in Meeting.“ Preparations were then the morning, their cheeks covered made for lowering the stone to its with the bloom of health, their step proper place, where it was duly fixed bounding with the elasticity of youth, by the Hon. Member for East Kent. riches and luxuries at their command, Prayer was then offered up by the long bright summer days before them, Rev. J. Bates, of Dover, for the Din the world says, “ There is a happy vine blessing, and an appropriate soul.” God takes us into the darkened hymn was sung. Mr, Plumptre, then room where some child of God lately again addressed the Assembly, con- dwelt. He points to the pale face gratulating them upon their having where death sits enthroned—the cheek made the effort, and having been so wasted by long disease—the eye far successful." The feelings," he glazed in death — the stiff hands observed, “ with which his own clasped over the bosom-the friends bosom was filled, were those of gratis standing weeping around and he tude for the past, and hope for the whispers in our ears, “ Blessed are future. If they had been laying the the dead." Whether does God or foundation-stone of an hospital where the world know best? But there is the temporal wants and the bodily no blessing on the Christless dead; ailments of their fellow-creatures they rush into an undone eternity, were to be attended to, their mala unpardoned, unholy. You may put dies relieved or their sufferings alle their body in a splendid coffin; you viated, it would be a cause for the may print their name in silver on the hearts of the philanthropic to rejoice. lid; you may bring the well-attired How much more then, when it was company of mourners to the funeral intended to build a house from which in suits of solemn black; you may spiritual blessings and comfort might lay the coffin slowly in the grave; be supplied to the surrounding dis- you may spread the greenest sod trict. Here, he trusted, the doctrines over it; you may train the sweetest of salvation by faith in a crucified flowers to grow over it; you may cut Redeemer would be preached faith- a white stone and grave a gentle fully and fully without reserve, and epitaph to their memory; still it is he trusted also, that those who with but the funeral of a damned soul. him would be called on to exercise You cannot write blessed where God
has written cursed. “He that believeth shall be saved; he that believeth not shall be damned.”
In the celebration of Divine service the introduction of novelties is much to be deprecated, and even the revival of usages, which having grown obsolete, have the appearance of novelties, may occasion dissatisfaction, controversy, and dispute.
It is to no purpose, that a man strives to cajole a reproving conscience, or coax it into approbation of an evil deed. No effort- no bribe -no sophistry, can silence the inward tongue, which makes itself heard amidst the din and clamour of a vicious world, or in the remotest retreat from it.
One pure devoted spirit less, have we
to grace our earth, For who within God's Church below,
have we to match thy worth? A Protestant in heart and life, thou,
with the lamp of truth, Didst strive to lighten up the minds
of England's rising youth. But while the Church's loss we do,
we cannot but deplore, We will Jehovah's Ølessing seek, his
help and grace implore; And ceaseless strive like thee to live,
that we may ever be, in that pure land of light and joy, from sin and suffering free.
HONORA. Cottingham, near Hull,
Aug. 4, 1846,
LINES ON THE DEMISE OF
THE OAKS OF ENGLAND. CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH.
The noble oaks of England! their mighty
fronts they rear, THEY tell me that thy soul hath passed Which have haild the sun, and brav'd the from this vain world away,
storm, through many a changing year;
And deep and far their roots extend, and That now it ranges on the plains of
wide their branches spread, everlasting day,
And high in greenwood majesty they lift In bliss and purity to dwell, secure their stately head.'
from grief and woe, In that celestial land above, where
We look upon the forest kings which met
our fathers' gaze, joys unnumbered flow.
And spirit-stirring feelings rush with
thoughts of other days; From sin and suffering thou art freed, Slowly they've ris'n to giant growth, and for on that holy shore
now they proudly stand, No dread temptation shall assault, no As if they were the bulwarks and the pain distract thee more;
guardians of our land. Thy short probation here is past, thy The matchless oaks of England! we ill earthly labours done,
can brook the sight, Ended is now thy mortal strife, and When the forest-axe invades their bound,
and strikes against their might; paradise is won.
When the trees, which bray'd the winterA holy spirit now thou art, before Je
winds, as wild they whistled round,
Bow to the strength of puny man, and hovah's throne,
· thunder on the ground. Where God, the Lord Omnipotent, the mighty great Three, One,
? But deeper sorrow fills our heart, and
glistens in our eye, Alone is worshipped and adored, by As gainst our lay
he is worshipped and adored, by As 'gainst our laws and liberties we hear that angelic throng
the spoilers cry! Who laud and magnify his name, in The laws, the rights, our fathers lov'd, for one unbroken song.
which their blood was spilt
O, shall we stand and see them fall through Before that throne thou wilt with base and shameful guilt?
them, in solemn reverence bow: We used to deem our Church and State as While wreaths of radiant glory shall stable as our oaks ; be bound around thy brow:
But mightiest things, we see, can bend to For they who bear the cross below,
small and frequent strokes : shall wear the crown above,
Then let us stand, with heart and hand,
for the blessings God has given, And through eternal ages chant Im
And the pray’r, which springs from English manuel's dying love.
hearts, will rise with pow'r to Heay'n,
INTELLIGENCE. THE Roman Pontiff, swelling high ENGLAND.—Cheadle.-A new PoIn his imperial pride,
pish Church is to be opened here Boasts that upon my second-rest on September 1st. — Secession to PoHis power and empire wide. pery. - The Rev. John Simpson,
vicar of Mitcham, after having preBut we have slaked in crystal streams viously resigned his living, has been Of holy writ, our thirst,
received into the Roman Catholic And well we know that all his claims Church.-Morning Post Activity In truth, are but the first.
of Popery.—Fifty new bishopricks
it is said were created during the My whole, poor flower! how bright
wer! how bright Pontificate of Pope Gregory XIV. In thy hue,
England, the Pontiff created four new How sweet thy scent would be
apostolic vicariates, committed to biIf that proud Pontiff's withering shops in partibus. — Rome and Rehand
form.- We received last night letters Were but withdrawn from thee. of the 8th instant, from our correspon
T. C. S. K.
dent in the city of Rome. No event of July, 1846.
any importance had occurred there. The new Pope was making numerous small reforms, but the great questions
had all been submitted to a council NOTICES OF BOOKS.
of Cardinals, and ulterior measures Faber's Letters on Tractarian Seces- were postponed until the report of
sion to Popery, with Remarks that body was made. In the meanon Mr. Newman's Principle of time the greatest tranquillity preDevelopment, Dr. Moehler's Sym vailed, both in the city and in the bolism, and the adduced evidence in provinces, and, as the new Pontiff is favour of the Romish practice of deservedly popular, no fears were Mariolatry. By Rev. GEORGE entertained of that sound state of STANLEY FABER, B.D., Master of
things being disturbed. M. Rossi, Sherburne Hospital, and Preben- the French Ambassador, presented on dary of Salisbury. London: Dal- the 3th his credentials, and was most
handsomely received by the Pope.
Times, 18th July.- Mr. Newman is We have now before us another of
about to pay a long visit to Rome, the special series of the works of the
with the view of completing his preProtestant Association; nor do we
paration for the priesthood.-Mornknow of one which, in so short a
ing Post. Secessions from the compass, tends so clearly and power
Church.-Dr. Duke, of Hastings, with fully to expose the leading doctrinal
his lady, and all the members of his errors and misconceptions presented
family, have, during the last few in the present day, as to the nature
days, conformed to the Roman Caof Popery.
tholic Church.—Morning Post. We trust that our readers and
COLONIAL.-New Zealand.-On friends will assist in giving a very March the 1st the foundation-stone of wide circulation to the above very a Popish Church was laid in Auckland. valuable work.
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. TREASONABLE LANGUAGE OF POPERY. "We are ourselves shocked at the High Treason of this language.” A Romish newspaper of Saturday, August 29, commences its leading article as follows :
"DEFEAT OF THE GODLESS COLLEGES. The news, not of the week, nor of the month, nor of the year, but (speaking of Ireland) of the century, and in its consequences extending considerably beyond the century, is the glorious intelligence just come from Rome of the total and absolute condemnation of the Godless Colleges. *
It is even so. It could be no better, it is no worse." · The cardinals to whom the consideration of the Infidel scheme was referred, after due deliberation upon the matter, have come to a hearty, unequivocal, and unanimous decision against these vile and infamous- we were going to say establishments ; but, thank God, established they are not; they are accursed and condemned for ever.
The 13th of July, 1846, is memorable by being the date of this all-important decision. On that day the cardinals unanimously made a report hostile to the Colleges, and on the Sunday following—that is, the 19th July—their report was to receive the formal sanction of the Pope, which it was well understood would not be withheld.
other. * We cannot express our delight at this result. It is literally unbounded.”
It was not, we believe, till about the year 1832, that the Government of this country held official intercourse with the Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland, on the subject of the education of the people.
The result has been such as entirely to disappoint their expectation. Instead of controlling they have been controlled by Rome, and been governed, instead of governing. It will be so more and more in proportion as greater efforts are made to govern the land through the agency of Popery, whether lay or clerical.
Very strong Resolutions have been recently adopted by Romanists in Ireland on the subject of the Irish Colleges and education.
Referring to the postscript to these Resolutions adopted in the
* The “ Times," of Monday, 21st Sept., informs us that the “ Nation,” contradicts this. We will not here attempt to settle the question between the " Tablet,” and the “ Nation." The remarks of the journal are not the less striking. The “ Tablet,” of September 26, reiterates, with some modifications, its former statement.--Ed.] VOL. VIII.- October, 1846.
New Series, No. 10.