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LUTHER'S MODE OF STUDYING my method, I will not conceal it from you. THE SCRIPTURES.
It is most plain we cannot attain to the
understanding of Scripture either by study Spalatin comforted his friend, and sup- or by strength of intellect. Therefore your ported him with all his influence ; and
and first duty must be to begin with prayer. Luther, on his part, endeavoured to answer Entreat the Lord to deign to grant you, in all the enquiries addressed to him by the his rich mercy. rightly to understand his diffident chaplain. Among his questions was Word. There is no other interpreter of the one which is often proposed in our days. Word of God but the Author of that Word « What." asked he, « is the best method of himself: even as He has said, “They shall studying the Scriptures ?”.
all be taught of God.' Hope nothing from "Hitherto," answered Luther, “worthy vour
thy your study, or the strength of your intellect; Spalatin, you have asked only things I was but simply put your trust in God, and in able to answer. But to guide you in the the
he the guidance of his Spirit. Believe one study of the holy Scripture is beyond my who has made trial of this method.” strength. However, if you insist on knowing
During the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. (From the History of the Reformed Religion in France, by the Rev. Edward Smedley.) Day had not yet broken, when all Paris Duke of Guise, accompanied by his uncle, was awakened by the clang of the toscin of D’Aunale and the Bastard of Angoulême, St. Germain de l'Auxerrois, the signal at advanced towards the hotel of COLIGNY, which it had been preconcerted that the where Cosseins, warned of their approach, troops should be on the alert. Many of the had made fit dispositions for attack. The Huguenots who lodged in the neighbourhood wounded Admiral had been roused from a sprang from their beds, and hastening to the feverish sleep by the din of the alarm bell ; Palace, enquired the cause of this unexpected but confident in the recent friendly profesand untimely sound; and to what purpose sions of the King, and in the fidelity of the the throng of armed men was directed, whom Royal Guard, by which he deemed himself they saw moving rapidly and tumultuously, to be protected, he at first thought that some in many directions, by torch light. They partial tumult had been raised by the Guiwere at first carelessly answered that a Court sards, which would speedily be suppressed, spectacle was in preparation, and their As the noise increased and drew nearer, and farther questions were rebutted with inso- as the report of fire-arms was heard in his lence, which lead to blows. Meantime the own court-yard, he tardily and reluctantly
admitted a suspicion of the truth; and rising counter a sudden and violent death with so from his bed, notwithstanding the weakness much firmness. which compelled him to lean for support Scarcely had the Admiral ceased to against the wall of his chamber, he addressed breathe, when the voice of Guise was heard himself to prayer, in company with his chap- from below, impatiently demanding if all lain Merlin, and his few other attendants. were over ? “All is over,” replied Besme, One of his servants, Laboune, summoned and he was answered by Guise, that the by a loud knocking at the outer gates, had Sieur d'Angoulême must see in order to already descended with the keys; and when believe, and that the body must be thrown Cosseins demanded entrance in the King's down for their inspection. The yet bleeding name, he opened them unhesitatingly and victim was accordingly forced through a without apprehension. The daggers of the window into the court-yard ; and D'Angouassassins, as they rushed in, prostrated him lême, after wiping the gore from its face, and lifeless at the threshold; and the five Swiss, thus satisfying his brutal curiosity, spurned warned by his fate, ran into the house, closed the corpse with his foot, acknowledged that the door, and raised a hasty barricade with it was indeed his enemy; and urging his such furniture as they found at hand; one followers to bring to a full end a course thus of their number, however, fell beneath the happily begun, in compliance to the King's shot which had excited the Admiral's alarm, command, hastened on to fresh carnage. and the frail barrier which the others had Three days had now elapsed since the constructed, soon gave way under the blows murder of the admiral, and during the whole of the assailants.
of that period his body had been subject to As their steps were heard ascending the the vilest insults of the infuriated rabble. staircase, Coligny, no longer doubtful of the It was at first tossed rudely into a stable; event, turned with an unaltered countenance then, after having been disfigured by savage to his friends, and urgently warned them to and unseemly mutilation, the head severed consult their own safety. “For myself," he from the trunk and the extremities torn from added, “escape is impossible ; and happily, the limbs, it was dragged through the streets I am well prepared for the death which I to the banks of the Seine. But so early a have long anticipated. Human aid can no repose beneath the waters would have disaplonger extricate me; but you need not be pointed the fierce cravings of a malice which involved in my calamity, neither must your pursued its victim even beyond death. Till wives hereafter curse me as the author of the morning of which we are speaking, the their widowhood.” The roof afforded them corpse continued to be trailed through the hope of secure retreat! and over this they city; and when the shapeless mass was at dispersed themselves, after having broken length suspended in chains, by one leg, from through the tiling. The, assassins, five in the gibbet of Montfaucon; a slow fire was at number, 'armed in shirts of mail, had now the saine time kindled beneath, in order gained the door of the apartment. The first (to use the forcible language of De Thou) who entered was a German named Besme, that every element in turn might contribute nurtured from his childhood in the family of some share to its destruction. De Thou the Duke of Guise. Coligny, in his night- himself witnessed this most ignominious exdress, calmly awaited the onset; and when posure ; and he called to mind, with bitter asked by Besme, in a stern and threatening reflections on human instability, the scene voice, whether he were the Admiral, replied of pomp and splendour in which he had at once in the affirmative ; pointed to his recently beheld the veteran warrior engaged, grey hairs as demanding reverence from and the triumphant anticipations which he youth; and added that, at the utmost, his had then heard him express respecting the life could be shortened but a little space. imagined war in Belgium. The King also The murderer, unmoved by this calm and visited these mangled remains; and Brandauntless bearing, passed his sword through tome has attributed to him on that occasion, the veteran's body, and, after withdrawing it, a speech originating with Vitellius. When inflicted a deep gash across his face; while some attendant turned aside to escape the his associates despatched him with repeated offensive smell, Charles observed that “ the blows. The sole complaint which fell from body of a dead enemy always savours sweetColigny's lips during his agony, was a regret ly.” The anecdote may not be authentic, that he should perish by the hand of a me- but even if it is not so, it sufficiently evinces bial, and the constancy of his demeanour, the contemporary estimate of Charles's coldextorted a confession from one of those who blooded ferocity. assisted in the deed of blood (deeds with It is stated that Coligny's head was carried Which he had long been well acquainted), in the first place to the Louvre; and a that he had never before seen any one en- doubt appears to have existed at the time, whether it was conveyed afterwards to Madrid Expediency says, Oh! this does not refer or to Rome. The pious care of Francis to the whole Bible, but only to that portion Montmorency, whom either his superior good which had been delivered at this time, and fortune or sagacity had preserved amid the applies only to the Israelites. general destruction of his friends, at length Principle denies this, contending that it stealthily detached from the gallows what refers to the “ Israel of God, in all ages ; as remained of the Admiral's body. For a is shewn by the latter part of the 40th verse, while, he dared not commit it to consecrated where it says, “ for ever.” But it places ground; and it was deposited in a leaden beyond doubt the obligation of obeying the coffin, and kept in a secret chamber at ten commandments, which are also recogChantilly, till the arrival of less disturbed nised by the National Board, in the general; times permitted its transfer to Chastillon, while they prohibit the enforcing the second, and its interment with fitting solemnity in or the questioning the propriety of its being the ancestral vault of the Colignys.
blotted from the Popish decalogue; and
thus they tacitly admit the propriety of their POPISH LOGIC.
so leaving out the second commandment, if
they do not also tacitly admit the propriety of The Papists say the Church is above the worshipping saints, angels, and images. Thus Scripture :
then, though anxious to avail themselves 1. Because it is more ancient.
of the facilities afforded by the National Answer.—But no: people are more ancient Board for extending instruction, Scripture than kings or laws, yet are they not above leaves them no alternative but that of refusing them.
this aid on the terms offered, or of disobeying 2. Because we know not, they say, this to God.-Judge ye, then, which they should be the Scripture, but that the Church tells do! us so.
E. Then you think they ought not to take Answer.—When in a crowd, I know not advantage of the opportunity afforded them which is the king--and one points him out of teaching a part of the truth, because they to me, is he therefore above the king ? are not allowed to teach the whole ?
P. I think they ought to obey God, trustREASONS WHY THE CLERGY Of The ing that “ He will make all things work for CHURCH OF IRELAND CANNOT JOIN
good.” We find it commanded in Eph. v.
i, “ Be ye followers of God, as dear chilTHE NATIONAL BOARD OF EDU,
EDU, dren ;” and we find Him teaching His CATION.
disciples, as mentioned in Luke xxiv. 27, BY A LAYMAN.
“ beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, Expediency asks, why will not the Clergy He expounded unto them in all the Scripof the Church of Ireland join in carrying tures the things concerning Himself." Thus out the National system of Education ?" you see, that did they conform to this rule
Principle answers, because the system is of the Board, they would compromise their unscriptural, in that it prohibits the general principles. So whatever seeming good might reading of the Scriptures.
attend it, they dare not do so. Expediency says, No! it only prohibits E. How would they compromise their the controverted parts.
principles ? P. Did they join, they would thus acknow- P. Do you not think that a man's conledge the right and propriety of withholding forming his conduct to what he asserts to the Scriptures, but the competency of any be true, is the best proof of his belief in the one to do so, they distinctly deny. They truth of his assertion ? know that had any part been unnecessary, it E. Certainly, I do. would not have been given. Well, then, P. Well, then, their not joining the Nawhat does Scripture say upon the subject? tional Board is the best proof they can give We turn to Deut. iv. 2, and find it distinctly that they believe that no one man has a right stated, “Ye shall not add unto the Word to withhold any part of the Scriptures from which I command you, neither shall ye di- any other; and further, it is the best proof minish aught from it;-6, keep, therefore, they can give to those who will not hear the and do them: for this is your wisdom and whole Word of God, that they think it disyour understanding in the sight of the na- honouring to God, to suppose that any part tion, which shall hear all these statutes, and of His inspired Word ought not to be read say, surely this great nation is a wise and or publicly taught, and were they to do otherunderstanding people ;-8, and what nation wise, they would compromise these principles. is there so great, that hath statutes and E. But the people will not accept of such judgments so righteous as all this law?” an education as you propose.
P. They cannot help that. They must And think'st thou, Zion, my beloved, “be followers of them who, through faith Thou timid child of fear, and patience, inherit the promises.”—Heb. That mother's heart can ere be mov'd vi. 12. They did not frame their message, From one she loves so dear? so as to make it acceptable. No! it was as Ah! yes 'tis true she may forsake, commanded, Ezek. ii. 1, "and thou shalt - All nature's bonds may sever, speak my words unto them, whether they But mine's a bond I will not break; will hear or whether they will forbear,” the Oh! I'll forget thee never. whole message, “ concealing nothing.” — Jeremiah, xlii. 4. St. Paul also, in Acts xx.
Then fear not, my beloved one, 26, 27, says, “ Wherefore I take you to re
The price is paid for thee; cord this day, that I am pure from the blood
The battle's fought, the work is done, of all men. For I have not shunned to
And thou art wholly free; declare unto you all the counsel of God.”
Though ever doubting, thou shalt share They are bound to do likewise. But the
Thy bridegroom's coming glory; fact that there are now 33,000 Roman Cath
Thy name upon my palms I bear, olic children attending the Church Educa
Thy walls are aye before me. tion Society's Schools, in preference to the
RAGG. National Schools, proves incontestably that a very large number would accept such an education as we offer. But while this fact
INTELLIGENCE. may be received as encouragement, the not having such success is not to discourage us; "?
“PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.”—1 Thess. v. 17. the "increase is all of God," and He often withholds his blessing for a time, to exercise
Shoreditch and Hackney Tradesmen and our patience and prove our faith.
Operative Protestant Association.-A most able lecture was delivered to the members
and friends of this Association in Hoxton ANECDOTES.
Chapel, Hoxton, on Thursday Evening, The DOG IN THE MANGER.-"Ye keep August 1st, by the Rev. W. Cooper of Dubthe Scriptures," said Bishop Jewell to a lin. The subject was, Popery in Ireland. Roman Catholic opponent, “as the dog City of London.-On Monday Evening, keepeth the hay, which neither eateth it him- A self, nor suffereth the poor hungry cattle
August 12th, a meeting of this Association
te was held in the Hall of Commerce, Threadthat would fain eat it. Ye keep them in needle Street. The chair was taken by ward, in dust and mould, as the Jews, before James Lord, Esq., and the meeting was adthe time of Josias, kept the book of Deu- dressed by the Rev. E. Pizey, Messrs. Sibley, teronomy in the corners, and amongst the treasures of the temple."
Binden, Callow, A. V. Allen, and W. J.
dience listened with great attention to the CABINET.
important statements brought forward. A If we do not shut pride out of our hearts,
bold and decided protest was made against pride will shut us out of heaven.
the iniquitous aggressions of the French on According as our desires are, so are our prayers; and as our prayers are, so shall be Southwark.-The course of Lectures in the grace-and as that is, so shall be the connection with this Association, advertised measure of glory.
to be delivered in the National School Room,
Borough Road, has terminated. The atPOETRY.
tendance has been good, and the members
appear to have taken a great interest in the A SAVIOUR'S DECLARATION.
Lectures. A Roman Catholic attended on Isaiah xlix. 15, 16.
three or four occasions, and disputed some Hast thou, upon a mother's breast, of the statements made by the lecturers, on Beheld a sucking child ?
which a discussion ensued, especially on the And seen her nursle it to rest,
charges brought by one of the lecturers And smile as it has smil'd ?
against the Church of Rome of idolatry and The light of her maternal eye,
suppression of the second commandment. Love's faintest, brightest token, The result, as might have been expected, Bespeaks so near, so dear a tie,
was the signal discomfiture of the papal As scarcely can be broken.
Tower Hamlets.-A course of six or eight gentleman was extremely happy in pointing Lectures, chiefly by Clergymen, will be de- out the evils which had already resulted livered (D.v.) to the members and friends of from our legislation with respect to Roman this Association in St. Thomas' National Catholics ; and those which were to be apSchool Room, Stepney, to commence on prehended for the future. He read copious Tuesday, September 10, and to continue extracts from the recently published life of weekly. Another Course by Members of the the late Lord Chancellor Eldon, connected Metropolitan Association will be delivered with the Roman Catholic question ; and he in the Trinity Episcopal Chapel School referred to an observation by Mr. Lord, Room, Cannon Street Road, St. George's made at a previous meeting, to the effect East, commencing Monday, September 9, that if government, in 1829, had been as and to be continued weekly.;
well informed of the trickeries of Popery as The Quarterly Prayer Meeting of the
at present, the bill of that year would not members of the Metropolitan Associations have passed. If now so well informed, he will be held (D.v.) on Monday Evening, asked, why did not government retrace its September 16, at 8 o'clock, in the Rooms
steps, cancel what had been done, and repeal of the Protestant Association, 11, Exeter
the bill of 1829 ? It was to be feared, Hall.
nothing would be done in this direction. In
the late discussion respecting the grant to We feel pleasure in informing our readers Maynooth. Sir Robert Peel said, her Mathat Prebendary Townsend's work, “ The Ac
Como jesty's government were impressed with the cusations of History against the Church of
of conviction, that the college was not in a Rome," is now being republished by the entista Protestant Association, as one of their special
satisfactory position; and that its position
would be one of the subjects to which their publications, under the able editorship of attention would be directed before the next the Rev. J. E. Cox.
session of Parliament. But before the end Norwich Operative Protestant Association of the debate, the hon. bart. said, he hoped -The usual monthly meeting of this Asso- hon. members would not entertain too sanciation was held on Monday Evening, at the guine expectations from what he had said in Assembly Rooms. The attendance was the earlier part of the evening. Here somelarge, and many were unable to find seats. thing seemed to be promised, but afterwards Henry S. Patteson, Esq., was called to the qualified. If Sir R. Peel thought the grant chair; and amongst the number present was wrong, now was the time to refuse it. were the Rev. Dr. Brewer, Rev. S. O. Attlay, The Lecturer proceeded to describe the Rev. J. Perowne, Rev. S. Titlow, Rev. J. nature of the Popish religion as a system of Calvert, Rev. W. Lohr, Mr. W. Skipper, deception, which was adapted to times and Mr. E. C. Bailey, Mr. H. Priest, &c. circumstances. The most intelligent priests · The Chairman expressed his gratification were placed in towns, and the more ignorant on seeing the numerous attendance; and in country districts. He gave details of after some brief observations on the general the impositions practised on the pilgrims questions at issue between Roman Catholics resorting to Jerusalem which had come under and Protestants, he introduced the lecturer his notice.—The priests pretended to show for the evening,
the place of crucifixion, the rent in the The Rev. W. B. Hurnard, of Carleton rocks, and other things, for which they Rode, who came forward amid applause, and extorted money from the people, in the same delivered a lengthened address, taking a re- way that O'Connell extorted rent from the view of the principal measures of govern- Irish. After an earnest exhortation to his ment relating to Roman Catholics for the hearers to hold fast the Protestant faith, the last half century, with a view to show, that lecturer concluded an interesting discourse. the predictions of enlightened statesmen res- The Rev. S. O. Attley moved a vote of pecting the results of the Roman Catholic thanks to the lecturer, which was unanimously emancipation, had been verified. The ad- accorded. The Doxology having been sung, dress was a very able one ; and the Rev. the assembly dispersed.
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