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of wishing to return to that persecuting bled pastors and masters of that church Forshippent et de system, which was here at its height held promises made to persons whom s probably in or in the reign of Queen Mary. How far they called heretics. Has there ever sort of male these notions may be still relished by been any formal renunciation of this ter which operate more bigotted religionists of other doctrine? Or has any censure been in the stone, the countries

, I will not take on myself to pronounced against these barbarous the elementen determine. The conduct of some of proceedings, by any Council, Pope, or d before wides the French emigrants in the South of other functionary empowered to pro

You asemenea France, who recently returned with mulgate the opinions of the Roman idolatres alia their King, a sovereign of too mild a Catholic Church? If there has notcomposing these character to encourage such outrages, if the

Vice-gerent of Christ upon earth, does not afford the most favourable as he is designated, has not plainly reonThis isn's testimony of the Roman Catholic spirit probated these atrocities, it is fairly to

in the present times. Experience teaches be inferred that the proceedings of the na despesesong is that what has happened, may, in Council of Constance continue to be

course of events, happen again, approved by the ruling powers of that Not only may time effect an alteration church even to this day, however huin the minds and manners of men,

mane individuals may detest in their bringing them back to long

forgotten hearts,

and even declare publicly that

habits - but the same individuals, pla- persecution is contrary to the princifall enten:

ced in a different situation and circum- ples of Catholicity. The public thanks-
the essence
Als ers bertanya stances, acquire new modes of think- givings offered up by Gregory the

ing, feeling, and acting. " Is thy ser- Thirteenth, with all his Cardinals in
tant a dog, that he should do these his train, for the successful perform-
things?" cried Jehu to the prophet, ance of a more extensive scene of
who foretold to him the bloody deeds blood, I mean the Massacre of St Bar-
he was speedily destined to perform. tholomew, in France, which that Pope
The exclamation was natural and sin- himself instigated, clearly shew the
cere; his heart revolted at the picture opinion of the head of the Roman Ca-
thus presented before his eyes ; but no tholic Church, at the subsequent pe-
sooner was he placed within the dan-

riod of a century and a half. It is na-
gerous reach of power, than his actions tural, indeed, that a church which
fully justified. the prediction. The boasts of infallibility, shoulă be ex-
English Catholic may be truly averse tremely averse to acknowledge any er-
to deeds of cruelty. I believe the long ror, either in faith or practice. Their
local approximation to Protestantism tenets, they assure us, are the same as
has unconsciously infused a tincture they were in the beginning, are now,
of more tolerant principles ; but if he and ever shall be. "They have, how-
is sincere in his faith, he must wish for ever, a convenient way escape,

when
its ascendaney, and consequently for pressed hardly on points which are too
the downfall of the Protestant Ésta- strong to be denied. Discipline,"
blishment. It must be remembered, say the Roman Catholic Divines, may
400 that in the dreadful massacre of vary, but our doctrinal articles of faith
the Protestants in Ireland, in the time are immutable.” Let them avail them-
of Charles the First, the English Ca- selves of all the advantages of this dis-
tholics of the Pale, as they were called, tinction ; but let

us take care that their
who were settled in that island, at discipline, whether old or new, be ne-
first expressed disgust and horror at ver forced on that freedom, which is
the barbarities committed by their the birth-right of the emancipated
Irish brethren ; but example, and the members of our National Church; to
exhortations of their Priests, soon in- secure which, we can use no better
feeted them with the same religious means than to guard with the utmost
mania, and they rivalled the natives caution, all access to political power,
in all their deeds of violence and cruel In treating this subject, I am desi-
ty.

rous, as much as possible, to avoid
The fate of John Huss, 'burnt alive touching on the affairs of Ireland, be-
by the sentence of the Council of Con cause the state of religion, in that
stance, notwithstanding the pledge of country, is so much blended with

posafety granted him, under the word of litical considerations, that I should the Emperor, is one of the clearest enter upon too wide a field. I must,

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however, be permitted to notice a nually offended by the display of an broad assertion in the text of your let- indefinite number of sects, exhibiting i bes bas ter, that “ Catholic emancipation was all the absurd fancies which the licen- Diklid, the price held out to the people, for tious caprice of unguided intellect is saves me bartering the independence and exist capable of forming-each, with indise at bota ence of their country." This is indeed creet zeal, contending for mastery. in qualified, or rather contradicted in a The religious field, left to itself, would zmite note ; but as hasty readers are in the bear an exact resemblance to that of an ade habit of passing over these appendages, naturethe diminutive type of which does not much attract their observation, I will

subit aspera sylva take leave to say, that the writer of

Lappæque tribulique, interque nitentia

culta these Remarks remembers the debate

Infelix folium, et steriles dominantur austed cor in the British House of Commons, in which the late Mr Grattan first exerted his eloquence on that arena, in It is surely sufficient indulgence, that behalf of the Catholics. On that oc mer. may be allowed, within their owd casion, Mr Pitt most distinctly denied precincts, to cherish the thistles and that any such promise had been made; the darnel, provided the seeds are not nor did Mr Grattan, or any other pera wilfully wafted into their neighbour's son, offer a word of contradiction; on grounds. Let them foster the imagithe contrary, it was admitted by other nations of their hearts, if they will be members, who spoke on the same side contented to do so quietly, and witbthe question.

out offence; but to counterbalance The union with Ireland, however these aberrations, let the religion it may be represented by those who which the State approves, abstaining cannot be called friends to either of from the odious means of restraining the sister islands, was a benefit of a them by persecution, possess all the CO substantive nature. In Scotland, many advantages of dignity and emolument, voices were raised to as high a pitch and let those who profess it enjoy all F against the measure which united her those offices, which lead to political to England, in the reign of Queen power. Anne; but the advantages obtained The Golden Rule of Pythagoras, by our northern fellow-subjects, have which enjoins the worship of the gods, T long silenced the unmeaning clamour "üç vópu o doaxeitai," as by law establishof the loss of independence. There ed, is a very good general maxim, is no doubt but Ireland will gradually Every rule has its exception; and become as well reconciled.—But to re- wherever a legal mode of worship shall turn to the points from whence I have be proved to be founded on wrong digressed, which are more immediate principles, or to contain absurd artily the object of this discussion. cles of faith ; when flagrant abuses

Your Lordship is an enemy to tests, have perverted the best institutions, and to all restrictions made on religi- so as to render them injurious to the ous belief. It might certainly sound welfare of mankind ;-then is the time better in the ear of a theoretical cos for conversion, or for reformation. mopolite to announce, that the doors Such changes have, and will infalof the British Parliament were thrown libly take place, at similar periods of open to Jews, Mahometans, and Hin- human affairs. As to the Atheist

, doos, as well as to every sect and de- who, according to your Lardship's nomination of Christians. Some of supposition, has a chance of being the wisest men in this country, how- admitted to those advantages from ever, have been of opinion, that an whence the Roman Catholic is debarestablished religion is a great public red, I acknowledge that a man, who benefit. Without this, we might have is conscious of no state of retribution very little religion at all

. To destroy hereafter, ought, if possible, to be entirely this divine plant, which is na- prevented from having any sway over turally rooted in the human mind, the conduct of mankind here. But would be impossible ; but the innu- the unbelief in the existence of a Deimerable weeds which would spring ty is so contrary to the general feelup in the soil for want of cultivation, ings of men, that it is difficult to iinawould choke its growth, and even in- gine many Atheists ever to have exjure its nature.

We should be conti- isted. It may be truly said, changing

déplyet a little the language of the Psalmist; might not be the case with a Roman is elke "Few fools have said in their hearts Catholic,--he certainly would never rich their there is no God, although several have harrow up the feelings of the country id inteles declared this opinion with their lips; he was destined to rule, by exhibiting be witni and many have acted as if they thought the spectacle of an Auto da fe. ict 80." But if such a man should be I desire to subscribe myself, with is itel me found, and if this rara avis should due respect, your Lordship's most obeke to that contrive to take his flight to the sum dient servant,

mit of power, one advantage at least A PROTESTANT LAYMAN. would attend his elevation, which February 28, 1822.

(We insert, without hesitation, this communication from a respected and distinguished correspondent. But we

expressly decline stating any opinion for ourselves as to this most nice and delicate question. We leave the subject quite open, and we are sure our Correspondent will be as happy as ourselves to see what any intelligent friend of a different way of thinking may judge fit to send us.-C. N.]

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Come here's a health to thee and thine ;

Trust me, whate'er we may be told,
Few things are better than old wine,

When tasted with a friend that's old ;
We're happy yet; and, in our track,

New pleasures if we may not find,
There is a charm in gazing back,

On sunny prospects left behind.
Like that famed hill in western clime,

Through gaudy noonday dark and bare,
That tinges still, at vesper time,

With purple gleam the evening air ;
So there's a joy in former days,

In times, and scenes, and thoughts gone by,
As beautified their heads they raise,

Bright in Imagination's sky.
Time's glass is fill’d with varied sand,

With fleeting joy and transient grief ;
We'll turn, and with no sparing hand,

O'er many a strange fantastic leaf;
And fear not-but, 'mid many a blot,

There are some pages written fair,
And flow'rs, that time can wither not,

Preserved, still faintly fragrant there.
As the hush'd night glides gentlier on,

Our music shall breathe forth its strain,
Aud tell of pleasures that are gone,

And heighten those that yet remain ;
And that creative breath, divine,

Shall waken many a slumbering thrill,
And call forth many a mystic line

Of faded joys, remember'd still.

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Again, the moments shall she bring

When youth was in his freshest prime,
We'll pluck the roses that still spring

Upon the grave of buried time.
There's magic in the olden song ;-

Yea, e'en ecstatic are the tears
Which will steal down, our smiles among,

Roused by the sounds of other years.
And, as the mariner can find

Wild pleasure in the voiced roar
E'en of the often-dreaded wind,

That wreck'd his every hope before,
If there's a pang that lurks beneath-

For youth had pangs- oh ! let it rise,
'Tis sweet to feel the poet breathe

The spirit of our former sighs.
We'll hear the strains we heard so soft,

In life's first, warm, impassion'd hours,
That fell on our young hearts as soft

As summer dews on summer flowers;
And as the stream, where'er it hies,

Steals something in its purest flow,
Those strains shall taste of ecstacies

O’er which they floated long ago.
E'en in our morn, when fancy's eye

Glanced, sparkling o'er a world of bliss,
When joy was young, and hope was high,

We could not feel much more than this:
Howe'er, then, time our day devours,

Why should our smiles be overcast,
Why should we grieve for fleeting hours, isste tot, ustest vald
Who find a future in the past.

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T. DUT

AUTUMNAL TWILIGHT.

A Sonnet. To
I stood at sunset on a litttle hill,

O'erhung and garlanded with tall beech trees;

The west was clothed in gold, and not a breeze
Disturb’d the scene all was unearthly still;
And pleasant was the air, though somewhat chill,

As wont upon a clear September eve,

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Flash'd back departed boyhood on my thought,
And all the joys that then, loved friend, were ours.

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Noctes Ambrosianae.

No. I.

CHRISTOPHER NORTH, Esquire, Solus.

Enter Ensign MORGAN ODOHERTY.

EDITOR.

EDITOR.

I am glad to see you, Odoherty. I am heartily glad of the interruption. I won't write any more to-night--I'll be shot if I write a word more. Ebony may jaw as be pleases. The Number will do well enough as it is. If there is not enough, let him send his devil into the Balaam-box.

ODOHERTY. I have just arrived from London. From London - The Fleet, I suppose-How long have you lain there?

I have been out these three weeks. I suppose, for any thing you would have advanced, I might have lain there till Kingdom-come.

I can't advance money for ever, Adjutant. You have not sent me one article these four months.

ODOHERTY

EDITOR.

ODOHERTY.

EDITOR.

ODOHERTY.

What sort of an article do you want ?-A poem ? Poems! There's poetry enough without paying you for it. Have you seen Milman's new tragedy?

No; but I saw the proofs of a puff upon it for the next Quarterly, He's a clever fellow, but they cry him too high. The report goes, that he is to step into Gifford's shoes one of these days.

That accounts for the puffing ; but it will do a really clever fellow, like Milman, no good.

EDITOR

ODOHERTY.

EDITOR.

ODOHERTY.

EDITOR.

It will, Mr North. I know nobody that puffs more lustily than yourself now and then.. What made you puff Procter so much at first? It was you that puffed him. It was an article of your own, Ensign.

By Mahomet's mustard-pot, I've written so much, I don't remember half the things I've done in your own lubberly Magazine, and elsewhere. At one time I wrote all Day and Martin's poetry. They were grateful. They kept the whole mess of the 14th in blacking. Then you wrote the World, did not you?

I never heard of such a thing. They've been quizzing you, old boy. Impostors are abroad.

Then somebody has been sporting false colours about town, i Like enough. Set a thief to catch a thief. You've been writing in Colbourn, they say, Master Morgan ? Not one line. The pretty boys have applied to me a dozen times, but I never sent them any answer except once, and then it was an epigram on them

ODOHERTY.

EDITOR.

ODOHERTY.

EDITOR.

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