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Thus speaks the Lord; and it is repeated, which are revealed, which belong unto us and when St. Paul enjoins on parents to bring to our children: for the secret of the Lord is up their children in the nurture and admoni- with them that fear him. (Deut. xxix. 29; tion of the Lord, (Eph. vi. 4,) and felicitates Ps. xxv. 14.) Timothy, that from his infancy he had known He acts as the Bereans did, when they the Holy Scriptures. (2 Tim. iii. 15.) searched the Scriptures, that they might

You see, then, that to estrange a child know whether Paul preached in conformity from the Bible, is certainly to put the pru- with them; and thus they obeyed Jesus, who dence of man in place of the wisdom of God. has said, Search the Scriptures. (Acts xvii.

Stranger.-Nevertheless, the priest tells 11; John v. 39.) me that the Bible is only a printed book. If then the Church of Rome claims the Now what efficacy is there in paper and ink? right of interpreting the Bible, it is to God

Disciple. What reason! Thus then ac- only that the Protestant attributes it. Therecording to this priest, when a child or a fore when he reads, he says to God, Give me young man at a school or seminary receives understanding, and open thou mine eyes, that a letter from his parents, he is to throw it I may behold wondrous things out of thy into the fire or refuse to open it, saying that Law! (Ps. cxix. 33, 18. And an Apostle it is only paper and ink!

says, that the faithful become the epistle of And if on the contrary this child was in- Christ, written with the Spirit of the living structed or touched by the written word of God. (2 Cor. iii. 3.) his father or mother, what right has any to Stranger.-So that you say, first, that the tell us that the Letter of God, of our Hea- Bible is a living Word; and next, that it is venly Father, has less power and efficacy on the Holy Spirit which gives understanding! the spirit and the heart of men, than the Disciple. —Yes; and I add, that for this lines of their parents have on their minds ? reason the Protestant, every time he speaks

The Spirit of God, which is the Spirit of in defence of his faith, and especially with a life, is it nothing in the Revelation of God; Romanist, places the Bible above all knorand if the unbeliever, like the deaf adder ledge and wisdom, and cites its declarations that stoppeth her ear, (Ps. lviii. 4,) finds only in preference to any others. in the Bible printed sheets, is it the same to Therefore in my replies to you, I speak the upright man, who, as it is said in the neither of the Fathers of the Church, nor first Psalm, meditates on that Word day and even of the Doctors of Rome. night, and who by it becomes as a tree plan- Stranger. Do you exclude then from this ted by the waters, the leaf of which shall be controversy the History of the Church, and green, neither shall cease frim yielding fruit ? the opinions of its ancient Theologians? (Jer. xvii. 6—8.)

Disciple.-Not at all. If then this Spirit of God opens the heart Stranger.-You say then that the Protesof Lydia, oan it not effect that which the tant has read the Bible and can quote it? Word of God declares of it? If the Protes Disciple.—The Bible is the Sword of the tant who reads the Bible is thus blest, God Spirit. (Eph. vi. 17.) A Protestant who is will also give him an understanding that he not acquainted with it, should be compared may know Him that is true, (1 John v. 20,) to a soldier who would enter into the battle as Jesus shewed to his disciples going to without being furnished with his arms; Emmaus, and also to the eleven Apostles ? must he not in that case expect to be vah(Luke xxiv. 27, 45.)

quished ? But here, and at the very outset, Rome excludes the Holy Spirit from her religion; IE

. (End of the Controversy on the BIBLE.

The second Controversy will be she dreads and repulses it, and with good

on The reason; for if it speaks and causes the Word Church.) of God to be understood, it compels Rome to be silent, drives her back, and proves her

A PRACTICAL COMMENT. to be utterly false. Ștranger.—Will you say that every Pro

THE ORPHAN HYMN. testant, in his particular interpretation of

I of Along life's road no parent's hand

a the Bible, is inspired of God ?

My homeless footsteps led : Disciple. Inspired! No, no! but assist

No mother's arms in sickness sooth'd ed, conducted, and taught by the Spirit of

And raised my throbbing head.

And God, certainly.

The Protestant is neither a prophet nor a' But other hearts, Lord, thou hast warm'd fanatic. He reads to hear what the Lord. With tenderness benign: says, and respecting secrets which belong For in the stranger's eye I mark unto God; he reads and receives those things The tear of pity shine.

The stranger's hand by thee is moved

MAXIMS. To be the orphan's stay,

You have a place in society peculiarly And, better far, the stranger's voice

your own ; endeavour to find out where it is Hath taught me how to pray.

and keep it. To God let every creature join

Every event rightly viewed will furnish us In prayer, and thanks, and praise; with matter for prayer or praise. Infants, their little anthems lisp,

God only carries his people when they Age, hallelujahs raise !

cannot walk; he pities our weakness, not

our sloth. The above was read by the Rev. Thomas He that has no bridle on his tongue, has Gregg at the meeting of the Downpatrick little grace in his heart. Auxiliary to the Protestant Orphan Society, God is never a moment too late with his held on the 3rd of last month. The Rever- mercies, but he sometimes comes just at end gentleman spoke in glowing terms of the last moment. the effect it produced, to hear the 335 He is a wise man who knows the way of orphans now under the Society's care sing salvation, and is found in it; the path of this hymn “ to the good old tune of Mar- duty, and walks in it; the dangers of the tyrdom. They seemed to feel they had a way, and avoids them; the provision of the right to sing it, because it was their own. way, and enjoys it. It was so much to his taste that he would Small troubles are frequently the greatest walk from Downpatrick to Dublin to hear it trials, because we endeavour to bear them raised to the God of the fatherless. On the afone. occasion when he heard it last, they had a God is not only the best friend, but the nobleman—a Christian man--in the chair; best friend-maker. If you need a friend, he was deeply affected by it, and turned and cannot find one, go to God; he can from the hymn to the texts of Scripture make you one, and one exactly suited to which followed it on the printed slips, and your disposition and wants. which instructed all, rich and poor, in their If God has been with us in our situaduty to the Orphan. Some of those texts tion, we should never make up our mind to were as follows:

move without his consent. It is miserable 'For in Thee the fatherless findeth mercy.' moving except God move with us. -Hos. xiv. 3. •Pure religion and undefiled Promise cautiously; but when you have before God and the Father is this—to visit promised, fulfil scrupulously. Zion's citithe fatherless and widows in their affliction, zens, if they swear to their own hurt, change and to keep himself unspotted from the not. world.'-James i. 27. Whoso shall receive A wise believer observes God in all, looks one such little child in my name, receiveth to God through all, goes to God with all, me.'-Matt. xviii. 6.

trusts God for all, loves God above all, and "What was the comment which the Earl honours God more than all. Do you aim of Roden-for it was he who was chairman at these ? -made upon those texts? He took his pen The saints are sometimes allowed to fall and wrote on the back of the paper — Pay into an affliction, to preserve them from the Protestant Orphan Society the sum of falling in with a temptation. Twenty Pounds.—To Messrs. Latouche. Give God your heart, and your life will He (Mr. Gregg) presented it at the bank follow it. and found it good for £ 20. That was the fourth time Lord Roden had written such a comment. His lordship had been expected

POOR DONALD. to preside to-day, but he wrote from London to say that he could not attend, as he

aha A SCOTTISH nobleman, of the Roman Canad important duties in parliament to dis. tholic persuasion, lived a very retired life, charge. And nobly he did his duty-might an

nicht and left his affairs very much in the hands God enable him, and all such, to do their

Serire of others. One of his tenantry whom we duty, that peace and happiness, truth and

will call Donald, rented a farm, upon which justice, religion and piety, may be estab

his forefathers had lived for above 200 years. lished among us for all generations.'".

The lease which he held was on the point of expiring, and the steward refused to allow Donald a renewal, wishing to put the farm into the hands of a friend of his own. Poor Donald tried every argument in his power with the steward, but in vain; at length he

bent his steps to the castle, determined to steward and porter would do for me, and just make his case known to his lordship. Here go direct to the Lord Jesus himself, and again he was repulsed; the porter had re- pray to him for what you need, he will hear ceived orders from the steward, and refused you, for he has said, 'Him that cometh to him admittance.

me I will in no wise cast out. Will your Donald turned away almost in despair, lordship forgive me, and just try for yourand resolved upon a bold measure, as his self ?" only chance of success. He climbed the It is said, that his lordship was struck garden wall in an unfrequented part, and with this simple argument, and afterwards. entered the house by a private door, It so found what a poor penitent sinner looking happened that no person was in this portion to Jesus always finds-pardon, peace, and of the building, and Donald wandered on, salvation. fearing to meet a repulse, but determined to persevere. At length he approached the private apartments of the nobleman; he ROMISH SUPERSTITIONS. heard a voice, and, drawing near, found it was his lordship's, and that he was engaged 14

1 (From McGrindell's English Governess, an in prayer. Retiring to a short distance, he

interesting narrative of facts.) waited till the prayer was concluded, and One day, in the course of conversation on could not but hear his lordship pleading ear- the mummeries of the Romish Church, nestly with the Virgin Mary and St. Francis, Mrs. Ellerton related the following scene, for their intercession in his behalf. At which she had witnessed in Sicily some length his lordship ceased. Donald, who years before :-“It was the feast of la vara, had stood trembling with the novelty of his and my curiosity led me to see the processituation, the fear of interruption, and sion. A part of the pageant consisted of an anxiety for the result, now gently knocked enormous wire cage, which was dragged at the door. “Come in,” was his lordship's through the streets, much in the same way, reply; and Donald entered, “Who are I suppose, that the Hindoos draw the car of you, man? What do you want?” was the Juggernaut. On the top of it sat a man, inquiry, Donald stated his case, the stew- dressed in long flowing robes, and disguised ard's harsh conduct, and the certain ruin of with a white wig, and a long bushy beard of himself and his children, after his ancestors the same colour. This audacious wretch had so long occupied that portion of the was presumptuously and blasphemously plafamily estate. The peer listened, was touched ced there to personate the glorious, invisible, with the tale, and having heard something and awful Jehovah himself-Him, whom no of Donald, assured him of his protection, eye hath seen, or can see! By his side was and that his lease should be renewed. Many seated the most beautiful girl that could be artless, but earnest thanks followed, and he found in the island, who, with clasped hands was departing, when a thought of anxiety and upturned eyes, personated the blessed for his noble master occurring to his mind, Virgin herself, as “ queen of heaven." A Donald returned, and spoke thus: “My little lower were suspended brazen globes, lord, I was a bold man, and you forgave me, representing stars, and made to revolve conand have saved me and my poor family from tinually by machinery; and to each of these ruin. Many blessings attend you! I would were fastened four beautiful children, whose again be a bold man if I might, and say parents had devoted them to this office, something further to your lordship,” “Well, either through mistaken devotion, or in man, speak out.” “Why, my lord, I was fulfilment of some vow. These poor little well nigh a ruined man, so I was bold and creatures were dressed in white, with wings, came to your lordship's door, and as I stood to represent angels; but were so terrified by there I could not but hear your lordship their situation, and so giddy with the conpraying to the Virgin Mary and St. Francis, stant whirling motion, that they became and you seemed unhappy. Now, my lord, objects of even distressing compassion to forgive me, but I cannot help thinking the every feeling spectator. This enormous maVirgin Mary and St. Francis will do you ng chine, with its human cargo, was set on good, any more than your lordship’s steward wheels, and dragged through the town by and porter did for me. I had been a ruined the infatuated multitude. I could not help man if I had trusted to them, but I came fancying myself in the streets of India, direct to your lordship, and you heard me. during the dreadful saturnalia of Juggernaut; Now, if your lordship would but leave the and the horrid clang of musical instruments, Virgin Mary and St. Francis, who will do no which was intended to drown the terrified more for your lordship than your lordship's screams of the helpless children, heightened the resemblance almost to reality. It only the following story may, I think, vie with needed that the kneeling votaries should any of them in absurdity. A very devout throw themselves under the wheels of the woman was in the constant practice of giving idol car to complete the picture ; but a money to the priests to procure masses for character almost as tragical was imparted to the souls in purgatory. Her husband, who it by the distress and agony of the poor babes, was not of the same mind with her, freoccasioned by the revolutions, which are quently took possession of the money which generally productive of extreme sickness, and she intended to devote to this purpose ; in not unfrequently end in the death of the little order, therefore, to secure it, she adopted the victims, sometimes even on the very spot.” expedient of burying it in a particular spot

Every one present was shocked at this in her garden, till she found an opportunity account of the cruel practices countenanced of giving it into the hands of the priest. This by the Romish Church, and the young ladies she did for some time successfully; but one remarked, that it was quite as bad as that of day her hoard was stolen, whether by her the heathen, who sacrificed their children to husband or any one else, I know not, and Moloch

she could no longer deposit it there with “I saw another exhibition at Malta," safety. She afterwards planted a pomegrapursued Mrs. Ellerton. “A child, in one nate tree on this spot, and it sprang up with of the processions, covered with a white most miraculous rapidity, and, though it sheepskin, profusely ornamented with bows was out of season, was soon loaded with of blue ribbon in every direction, and on beautiful fruit. She sent some of the finest enquiring the reason of this singular cos- pomegranates as a present to the bishop, and tume, I was told, with the most perfect the right reverend father, on opening one of sang froid, that made my very soul shudder, them, found in every seed a human soul, that this fantastic exhibition represented the which had been rescued from purgatory by LAMB of God!!

the masses purchased with the good woman's A pause of horror succeeded this revolting money, and now flew away towards heaven account; every heart recoiled from the idea on being released from their confinement.” of such daring blasphemy, At length Clara broke the silence by asking Mrs. Ellerton “So you have seen the painting of purgaif she considered the Greek Church less tory, my little friend,” remarked Mr. Rushidolatrous and corrupt than the Roman. “I brook, 5 and pray what do you think of it ?" am sorry to say,” replied she, “ that the “0, Sir, it is a shocking, frightful thing! difference, if there be any, is very slight but it is only intended to make people give indeed ; at least, if I may judge from what I money for their masses; for there was a have seen and heard during the seven years priest by it, holding out a box, and chaunting we have resided in the Ionian Islands. You in a most doleful voice, something about may form some opinion of it from what I am 'las almas en el Purgatorio." going to tell you. While we were at Corfu “ There was one at the inn at Algeciras," we saw a great deal of their superstitions : said Cecilia, “who was begging of everybody, San Spiridione is the patron saint of the 'with a similar box, and the same horrid Island, and to him they pay great honour. sepulchral chaunt.” This saint is no other than a mummy, which « You would find them at every inn in they carry in procession through the streets every town, if you travelled in Spain. But once a year, in order to sanctify the town; the picture of purgatory here, is very inferior and the poor deluded Greeks lay the sick to many that I have seen. Some of them and afflicted in its path, in the firm belief indeed, are so horribly like reality, that it is that if the shadow of the idol can but rest on impossible to look at them without feeling them their cure is certain.

the blood creep through your veins.” “Besides this public yearly visit of the “ It must be admitted,” observed Mrs. saint, he is in the habit (so say the priests) Wentworth, “that the Church of Rome has of walking out in the evening, though of certainly enlisted all the fine arts into her course unseen, and blessing the fields and service. Their paintings, statues, and other vineyards; and his shoes are exhibited, church appendages are eminently calculated covered with dust in summer, or snow in to take captive the imagination, and lead the winter, after his walks over the mountains. judgment astray.” Of course he requires a new pair every time, « They know the power of such appeals to and the priests appropriate to themselves the senses, and use them accordingly. Each those he has worn.

Church in Spain values itself on some favorite “ The Greek Church is quite as fertile in painting, and the priests connected with it legends and miracles as the Romish, and would fain persuade you that there exists nothing equal to it anywhere else. Their

MISCELLANEOUS. preposterous vanity might often excite a FERVENT IN SPIRIT.-A fervent spirit is smile, were there not something very shock- one which easily sunders a man from selfishing to every Christian mind in the evident

ness and sloth, and other besetting sins. mockery but thinly concealed under a show On a winter's day I have noticed a row of of extreme reverence for their boastful pic- cottages with a deep load of snow on their tures of the Saviour.”

several roofs; but as the day wore on, large “Oh, Mr. Rushbrook !” exclaimed all fra

fragments began to tumble from the eaves the young ladies, “do, pray, tell us some of this one and that other, till by and bye, thing about the pictures you have seen!”

there was a simultaneous avalanche, and the “I have not seen many, my dears, for I whole heap slid over in powdery ruin on the could seldom spare much time to examine

pavement; and before the sun went down, the churches ; but I will tell you of one or

you saw each roof as clear and dry as on a two that particularly arrested my attention.

summer's eve. I once visited a church which was noted for

But here and there you would observe one containing a highly admired painting. The

with its snowy mantle unbroken, and a rough subject of this picture was the Redeemer, of stiff icicles round it. What made the represented as a youth, and he was generally difference? The difference was to be found designated as el mozo, the lad! By this within. Some of these huts were empty, or appellation, so revoltingly familiar, was the the lonely inhabitant cowered over a scanty picture pointed out to me by one of the fire : whilst the peopled hearth and high officiating priests; and though he would blazi

ild blazing fagots of the rest created such an cross himself, and bow before the painting, inward warmth, that grim winter relaxed his yet this empty show of respect was more melting gripe, and the loosened mass folded than nullified by the disgusting freedom off and tumbled over on the miry street. with which he spoke of el mozo! I was It is possible by some outside process to still more shocked, however, by another push the main volume of snow from the exhibition I witnessed. A painting was frosty roof, or chip off the icicles one by shown me, which represented a live fish

one; but they wil form again; and it needs broiling on a gridiron, and curling and an inward heat to create total thaw. And writhing with the extremity of its torments. So by sundry processes you may clear oft I was requested to examine it minutely, as it from a man?

it from a man's conduct the dead weight of was considered a very fine performance; but conspicuous sins; but it needs a hidden on my enquiring the meaning attached to it, he

o it, heat, a vital warmth within, to produce such what was my horror at being told that it was as

eing told that it was a separation between the soul and its besetChrist agonizing under his sufferings ! They tir

They ting iniquities, that the whole wintry incuhave taken the initials of several Latin de- bus--the entire body of sin—will come signations applied to the Redeemer, and spontaneously away. That vital warmth is have formed with them the word Ichthyo, the love of God abundantly shed abroad, Fish; this name, therefore, they have, with the kindly glow which the Comforter diffuses the most blasphemous irreverence, given to in the soul. which he makes his home. His the Lord Jesus Christ; and the ingenuity of genial inhabitation thaws that soul and its the Romish Church has been exercised in favorite sins asunder, and makes the indorepresenting him under this absurd cha- lence and self-indulgence, and indevotive fall racter! Yet the information which so shocked off from their old resting-place on that disme was communicated with the most revol- solving heart. « The easiest form of selfting coolness and indifference; and I sub- mortification is a fervent spirit.”- Rev. Ja sequently ascertained that among the priests Hamilton. and even the laity of that place, the adorable Redeemer-he who is over all, God blessed for ever, the brightness of the Father's

QUEEN ELIZABETH. glory, and the express image of His person,' * the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Elizabeth, when a princess, was asked by

the Alpha and Omega, the first and the one who wished to entrapher, what she
last,' 'He who was, and is, and is to come, thought was the meaning of our Lord's ex-
the Almighty,'--was commonly spoken of pression, “This is my body.” She prudently
under the degrading and insulting appella- replied as follows :-

Christ was the word and spake it,
He took the bread and brake it ;
And what that word did make it,
That I believe and take it.

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