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rogative of reward can work ; what humility greater than his, shriving errors, doubts, and dangers with the himself daily on his knees to an orfearful; what change of vows with the dinary priest? Who difficulter in rash, of estate with the inconstant; despatch of causes to the greatest? what pardons with the faulty, or sup- Who easier in giving audience to the plies with the defective; what miracles meanest ? Where greater rigour in with the credulous; what visions with the world, in exacting the observation the fantastical; what gorgeousness and of the church laws ? Where less care shows with the vulgar and simple, or conscience of commandments of what multitude of ceremonies with God? To taste flesh on a Friday, the superstitious and ignorant; what where suspicion might fasten, were a prayer with the devout; what with matter for the Inquisition, whereas, the charitable works of piety; what on the other side, the Sunday is one rules of higher perfection with ele- of their greatest market-days. To vated affections; what dispensing with conclude: never state-never governbreach of rules with men of lawless ment in the world, so strangely comconditions ; turn, what thing soever pacted of infinite contrarieties, all can prevail with any man, either for tending to entertain the several himself to pursue, or at least wise to humours of all men, and to work love, reverence, or honour, in another what kind of effects soever they may (for even therein also man's nature desire; where rigour and remissness, receives the great satisfaction); the cruelty and lenity are combined, that same is found with them, not as in with neglect to the Church to stir other places of the world, by casualty, aught, is a sin unpardonable; whereas, blended without order, and of neces- with duty towards the Church, and by sity, but sorted in great part into intercession for allowance, with reseveral professions, countenanced with spective attendance of her pleasure, reputation, honoured with preroga- no law, almost of God or nature so tives, facilitated with provisions and sacred which, one way or other, they yearly maintenance, and either (as the find not means to dispense with, or better things) advanced with expec- at leastwise, prevent the breach of, tation of reward, or borne with, how by connivance and without disturbbad soever, with sweet and silent per- ance.” mission. What pomp—what riot, to that of their carnival? What severity of life comparable to that of RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE AMONG their hermits and capuchins? Who
THE CANADIANS. wealthier than their prelates? Who The following conversation took place poorer, by vow and profession, than between one of the Missionaries' their mendicants ? On the one side wives and a Canadian woman:of the street a cloister of virgins-on Missionary.—Do you think of the the other, a sty of courtezans, with welfare of your soul amidst your care public toleration: this day, all in for the body? masks, with looseness and foolery- Romanist.-Oh, yes; I say my to-morrow, all in processions, whipping chapelet (beads) every day, and I love themselves till the blood follow; on God with all my heart, and my neighone door, an excommunication, throw- bour as myself. ing to hell all transgressors — on Missionary.—Then you are a saint, another, a jubilee, or full discharge and without sin ? from all transgressions. Who learn- Romanist.—No. I have sinned. eder in all kind of sciences than their Missionary.—But you know a single Jesuits? What thing more ignorant sin deserves hell. How do you who than their ordinary Mass priests? confess yourself a sinner hope to be What prince so able to prefer his ser- saved ? vants and followers as the Pope, and Romanist. I tell you I say my in so great multitude ? Who able to chapelet every day.
I wear the take deeper or readier revenge on his medal of the Holy Virgin, and I go enemies? What pride equal to his regularly to confession. What more making kings kiss his pantufle? What can one do?
SUBSTANCE OF THE SPEECH OF JAMES
Missionary.—But there is nothing taches; and it is in order to acquit of Jesus Christ in all this; and the yourselves rightly in the discharge of Word of God says that he is the only that responsibility, that you have asSaviour ?
sembled. In a free country, like our Romanist.-I confess my sins to the own, the people, to a very great Priest, and he forgives them. I need extent, make their own laws; for nothing more.
they make the law-makers. They Missionary.-But do you think the have, therefore, themselves to blame Priest can
answer for you at the for the existence and continuance of judgment? You are putting a man
bad and wicked laws. Have we none in the place of Christ, who is the only such upon our statute-book ? Yes, Mediator spoken of in the Scriptures. yes, too many.
How came they I could not take a Priest for my there? How came those laws which Saviour.
patronize the idolatry against which Romanist (going away in a rage). you protest, to be registered where they -May the Holy Virgin give you her are? How! but by your own connivance blessing!
and neglect. Why do they continue there? Why! only because you do
not resolve on removing them. SOUTHWARK ELECTION. Romish agitation placed them there,
-Protestant agitation must remove
them. I speak but the solemn, deliLORD, ESQ., ON THE DUTIES OF PRO
berate conviction of my own mind,
when I say it, that if the majesty of SHORTLY after the anti-Maynooth the British Constitution continues to agitation, last year, was over, a va- bow before Popery, it will bow to rise cancy occurred in the representation
The questions at issue are of Southwark. It was deemed im- those which most deeply concern the portant to bring forward a Protestant best and dearest interests of our candidate, in opposition to others, who country, the spread and purity of our were in favour of Popery.
faith, the existence of our liberties, Mr. Pilcher, who avowed himself the glory of our nation, and the safety friendly to the Protestant interests, of our souls. Man, rightly contemwas desirous of securing the votes of plated, must be regarded not only as the members of the Protestant Asso- a citizen of this world, but as a canciation.
didate for citizenship in a better A Meeting of the Southwark As- country, even a heavenly one. How sociation therefore took place on the shall we get there? The Almighty 2d of September, at which Mr. Pil- himself has made this clear. Christ cher was present. Having been asked is the way, the truth, and the life. several questions, which he answered Where shall we gain the needful to the satisfaction of the Meeting, knowledge ? Search the Scripture, Mr. Lord, who had been invited to is the precept of inspiration, and the take a part in the proceedings, was blessedness of true religion is, that it called on to address the Meeting. best qualifies and prepares men for He spoke as follows. We insert his this world and that which is to come. observations, though after some lapse Now Popery is the reverse of this. of time, because they seem to embody Popery is a false religion. Popery the principles on which Protestants would stop up the only way by which ought to act at the forthcoming elec- sinful man can have access to a throne tion:
of grace-puts in so many saints, Mr. Chairman and Protestant relics, and mediators, that the Saviour Friends,—We have met here to deli- can hardly be got at through them; berate this evening as to the exercise and then, having thus purposely misof a power and privilege which forms led, she puts out the light, takes away the peculiar glory of a free and en- or obscures the Bible, lest her errors lightened country. To the exercise should be detected, and leaves man of this power, as to the exercise of in darkness, to grope his way to ruin. every other talent, responsibility at- On these grounds, and upon these
grounds alone, would I impeach Germany ? Yes, their cause and Popery and her advocates. What your own are one. They are rising alliance have Christians with Anti- up against the giant Popery, that has christ? what, the lovers of light with long been crushing them, and is now the agents of darkness? Bear with preparing to hurl the thunders of the me for one moment more. The sys- Vatican against you. Yes, indeed tem which is erroneous towards God your hearts kindle at the mention of can never be for the best interests of them. Then imitate as you can the man. True religion elevates man examples you admire. As their contowards the God who made him, and duct influences you, let yours also leads him upwards to his native skies. influence others, that thus you may False religion would degrade Deity obey the apostolic injunction-proto the corruptions of humanity, and voke to love and to good works. lead its votaries down to wretchedness Protestant electors of the Borough of and destruction. Hence, wherever Southwark! the eyes of the whole Popery is established, irreligion, im- country are upon you! Stand formorality, ignorance, superstition, ty- ward in the hour of trial, and stand ranny, and degradation exercise their firm to the cause of Protestantism, baneful sway. Time would fail me and the victory is yours. Other conto point out, and your patience to listen stituencies will follow your example. to me doing so, the various ways in Supreme above all merely local and which the poisonous effects of Popery party considerations place the Prooperate throughout the length and testantism of your country; and breadth of society. Let me point you whatever differences may exist in to some facts. Let me enumerate the minor matters, let the sound, constimost Popish, and I shall at the same tutional religion-Protestantism-of time enumerate some of the most your candidate, be the sun, that shall wretched and degraded portions of melt before it all the clouds that civilized Europe. France, Spain, would obscure its lustre. And you, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Sir, when you shall be returned, as and Ireland-you are my witnesses to we trust you ere long will be, to repreprove the truth of my assertion. You sent this enlightened constituency in know it. Why is not England amongst Parliament, I implore you, I intreat the number? Thanks, devout thanks you, that you will never betray—as I be given to the Almighty, that she feel persuaded you will not—the inis not. Thanks, that by his blessing terests confided to you, nor suffer the upon the wondrous exertions of our icy hand of expediency to chill down ancestors, the light of Divine Truth the Protestantism—the life-giving has shone upon our island, dissipating principle of our constitution. the darkness, and melting, with its heavenly radiance, the chains which once held them captives of Rome.
MISCELLANEOUS. Are you not inspirited by the recollection of what they have done ? Do THE POPE AND PURGATORY.- A not your hearts glow with generous miner at Schneeberg, meeting a seller sympathy for those who, in Popish of indulgences, inquired,
“Must we countries, have hazarded their liveli- then believe what you have often said hood and their lives for the truth's of the power of indulgences, and of sake? Whether like a Nangle or a the authority of the Pope, and think Gayer in Ireland, a Dr. Kalley * at that we can redeem a soul from PurMadeira, a Fiorini at Malta, a Cioccigatory by casting a penny, into the at Rome, or a Ronge, or Czerski,t in chest?” The dealer in indulgences
affirmed that it was so. “Ah,” re* See recent proceedings at Madeira. plied the miner, “What a cruel man
+ The German movement had not then the Pope must be, to leave a poor taken the character which it has since as
soul to suffer so long in the flames, sumed. With regard to Czerski, we must still observe that he has vindicated himself for a wretched penny! If he has no from many of the aspersions cast upon
nasty money, let him collect a few him.-ED. P. M.
hundred thousand crowns, and de
liver all their souls by one act. Even the browsing kine on the sloping we poor folks would willingly pay meadow; above are the blithe birds him the principal and interest.' carolling; and gazing forth into the
THE WHIG REPEAL COMPACT.- depth of the vast, boundless ocean, The attention of the gentlemen, you look intensely into the blue exyoung and old, composing or lately panse, fancying that the eye may composing the war party in the Re- pierce its filmy substance, and see peal Association, is respectfully so- crystal cities afar off in space. Turnlicited to the annexed paragraph ing again to earth, you note the from the “ Mail," of this evening. sleeping shadows, that unperceived “His Excellency the Lord-Lieutenant, are lengthening into darkness representative of our Most Gracious your look falls upon the flowers that Sovereign has made a special party fascinate you (who but a God could of kindred spirits to do honour to the have created such lovely things ? ) man whom Lord John Russell and there they are, bright, beautiful, the Ministers honour, Daniel O'Con- but frail, teaching us a deep lesson nell, the Agitator. A grand banquet on the brevity of life. While we are is to be given to the Demagogue by admiring their gorgeousness, who Lord Besborough on Thursday next, does not feel their poetry touch him ? in commemoration of his abandon- If stars be the poetry of heaven, they ment of Repeal; and Mr. George are the poetry of earth, being likest Roe, and other Anti-Repeal Whigs to the stars. The bee is finding a rest have been invited to meet the Libe- for the evening amidst the honey and rator (!) on the auspicious occasion. the sweet odours ; breaking the dreary The Premier and the Viceroy are silence and the reverie into which you playing their game well. Dan, too, have been plunged, are the jocund is looking cautiously to the main voices of happy children. Who, we chance; but Heaven help the poor ask, gazing upon such a scene as this, dupes and gulls throughout the would not give himself up to the incountry who still permit themselves to tense delight that fills his heart ? be cheated into the belief that Re- Man, at such moments, is naturally peal is not cast to the winds by their religious; he is elevated by his noble treacherous leader.”—From the Times, thoughts of the many bright things Wednesday, September 9, 1846. around him: he dreams of God, of THE RATIONAL
THE eternity; he forgets the heartless busMIND BROUGHT INTO UNISON WITH tle of the world, the ring of gold, THE GLORIES OF NATURE.—Let us and the selfish strife of hearts-and not confound the love and perception he forgets the toils of life, and the of the beautiful with the love of God; sacrifices of mammon.
Such moyet at the same time, we would seek ments are not of often occurrence. to awaken in the youthful mind, while Let man, when they do come, think it is yet tender to receive impressions, there is a deep philosophy to be the spirit of natural religion. It will gathered from such musings, and make spiritual religion both more that they are essentially a natural lovely, and more freely apprehended. religion. And that which is here but A greater than we have said, that man indicated to him, Revelation makes may
certain; that which natural religion “Find tongues in trees, books in the run- gives him now and then in scanty ning brooks,
measure for a few moments, spiritual Sermons in stones, and good in every religion gives him constantly—boundthing."
lessly, for ever! And we believe that he is right. Who that hath sat down in the cool of a summer's evening, hath not felt
CABINET. better and wiser in gazing upon the fantastic clouds that form themselves BEWARE of adorning thy house into purple islands around the setting more than thy soul, and above all sun ? Afar off may be heard the give thy care to the spiritual edifice. tinkle of the sheep-bell, or the low of The martyr Jerome, of Prague,
Beneath a purer,
when the paper cap was brought, on O, yes.—No fading sunset-splendours, which were painted demons in flames, brightening took it in his hands and placed it on Her proud decline, the gazer
shall his head, exclaiming in the words of deplore; John Huss, “ Jesus Christ who died for But suddenly--as struck by wrathme a sinner, wore a crown of thorns, ful lightningI will willingly wear this for him." Great Babylon shall fall, to rise no
Protestants have distinctions, but they have not different religions. From the Lake, and other Poems, reviewed The final conflict between Christ's
below. true Church, and Antichrist, and their respective chiefs and supporters, both visible and invisible, is set forth SOLUTION OF THE PROTESTANT in prophecy as most severe. As a CHARADE WHICH APPEARED nation, as a Church, and as indi IN OUR LAST. viduals, how may we best prepare
to THE fancied site on which is rear'd meet it ?—Elliott's Hore "Apocalyp- The Pontiff's pomp and pride tica.
Nam'd as your second-is, I ween,
A rock-'tis soon descried.
But this proud boasting idle proves,
When scanned by Scripture light,
'Tis but your first – a sham, as vague “Come out of her, my people, that ye
As phantoms of the night. be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” – Rev. xvii. 4. Your whole—the shamrock, fair de
vice “ COME out of her,"—the mystic city
Of Erin's verdant isle, seated
ray In pomp and splendour on the seven
With brighter bloom would smile. hills,
CYMMRO. Whose sorceries have so long the na
tions cheated, Whose cup the intoxicating wine
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
The Lake, and other Poems. Lon“Come out of her,"—who o'er the
don: Seeley, Burnside, and Seeley,
Fleet-street. 1846. Her blood-impurpled skirt has This is an unpretending little volume. spread abroad;
But, like many unpretending little Her lies, her crimes, her blasphemies, flowers, has much that is sweet, lovely, and slaughters,
and beautiful. About to be remember'd are with
It is pervaded with a Christian God.
spirit, and the Protestant feelings of 5. Come out of her,"—the sentence the author are displayed in many of has been spoken,
the poems. We have given above, And he who judgeth her, the Lord, “ The Warning,” and in the followis strong;
ing, the Author points to the Gospel The spell of the enchantress has been as the lever to raise the Roman Cathobroken,
lics from the state of slavery into And soon shall cease for
her which a false religion has plunged syren song
them :“ Come out of her,”-for fearful is her
ERIN MAVOURNEEN. story,
O Erin Mavourneen, while viewing each She sitteth as a Queen; nor care has she,
Of thy beautiful land in her garment of But in one hour, her grandeur and green; her glory,
I could grieve to reflect, while thy face is Will like a gorgeous vision vanish'd
so fair, be.
What a curse overshadows the mind that is