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“What business have you to interfere with the creaked under his light tread, the sleeper did not harmless pleasures of the working classes? Why | stir, he was now fast asleep. The old clergyman don't you attack the rich ? You are quite mis- | held up his finger to forbid the mother to disturb taken if you think you are going to have every | her son, and waited quietly for his waking. The thing your own way. We have not been used stillness of that melancholy chamber was soon to Bigots, and meddling fellows like you, and broken. There was something like a struggle at therefore we give you warning that if you think the street door as it was opened and closed, and to set up the reign of priestcraft here, it wont do, then opened again. “ Come in I will. You your parishoners, at least the chief part of them, said my poor boy sent for me. What has the say this behind your back. Your long sermons parson to do with me? Whose house is this? may empty the church, but neither you nor any answer me that: come, 'come-take your arm of your long faced crew will be able to empty away or I shall hurt you!" These were the the public houses. I am no more an advocate of words which met the ear, the other speaker intemperance than yourself, but it seems that spoke in whispers and few of her words were you set your face against all recreation, and if the | heard. “Father, dear father pray wait, don't let place were filled with such as you an honest pub- him hear you-he is so very ill.” The dying lican might starve. ... ... ..."
man had awoke at the first sound of his father's The door of the study opened and the pastor loud voice. He raised himself with difficulty threw down the anonymous letter, he had neither and sat up in bed. the time nor the inclination to read more, he was After he had listened a little while, his called to visit a dying parishoner. In a dark cham countenance fell. “It is as I feared,” he said, her, barely and meanly furnished, a young man lay after a short pause. “He is not in a fit state to dying. He was asleep, but so worn and wasted, hear any thing that might be said to him. O so very near death was his bodily frame, that his mother, don't go, you know that he will only ill countenance in sleep wore already the look of a treat you. No, no, he had better come up here corpse. His mother sat beside his bed with her than do that:" but here the dying man sank back, intensé gazefixed upon him; and aifecting was the he was too much exhausted to say more. The contrast between the rigid calmness of the one coun old clergyman left him to his mother, and hastenance and the expression of agonized anxiety tened to prevent the drunken man from coming upon the other. The sleeper started, and awoke. up. He was only just in time, for he saw the His mother rose up, “ Tell me dear mother,” he girl sink under a blow given by her brutal aid, as she bent down over him.“ Is he come-- father, and met him as he was about to ascend the is the minister come ? and my poor father-have stairs. “Go back at once,” said the Pastor, and they brought him ? I dreamed that they were the gentle, but solemn dignity of his voice both come and waiting till I awoke. I wish to and manner stopt the man. With staring eyes see them together, it is almost my last wish to and widely opened mouth he surveyed him for hear our minister speak to my father, at the some moments and then a silly smile spread over time I take my last leave of you all." “ They his bloated features, and he said, "y....ou're a ire not yet come,” said the inother, “ there has g....ood man, a V....ery g....ood man, shake hands een scarcely time for your sister to go to the rec with me, y....ou're a good fellow.” The clergyory, and then to find your father, you have slept man grasped his wrist and gently led him away. put a short time!" The young man made no re They had not gone many steps when the drunply, but again closed his eyes, and the wretched ken man resisted; but the old minister had been nother returned to her seat. At length the latch too well used to the ways of drunkards; he knew of the house door was gently lifted, and the how to deal with them, and at last he succeeded pastor's well known step was heard by the mother in leading the man from the house. He left him n the room below. He came up to the chamber under the care of a trust-worthy and Christian of the dying man, but although the old stairs neighbour, and he returned to the chamber of the dying son. The mother was sitting on the , of such a family that we come forth with a heavy heart, side of the bed, and the head of her child was full of sad thoughts at the power and dominion of sin, resting on her bosom. He was almost gone, but | yes of a single sin when it has got the mastery over one he raised his languid eyes and spoke a few member of a family, and brought its withering curse faltering words. “Shall I never, never see my | into the bosom of that family. poor father again.” “There is but one way of It is then that we are led to speak of sin as the return for all of us,” said the aged pastor, “and abominable thing which we know it to be; and to de. there is a full free offer of pardon to the vilest
clare that the gospel, which we preach, gracious as it is in and to the worst.” “I know it. I believe it.
its free pardon to the sinner who desires to be sayed
from his sins, can make no terms with the man who I have in myself the blessed experience that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.
resolves to go on still in his iniquity. The gospel of
our Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot publish the fact too But, may I dare to hope that my poor father
widely, is a system of intolerable interference with sin, will be brought back?" "Is there anything
while it holds out its unsearchable riches of grace, too hard for the Lord ?" said the pastor. It
inercy, and peace to the chief of sinners. If the gos. is written that, 'neither thieves, nor covet
pel we preach be not all this; if it be not found from ous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners the pulpit, and from house to house, this system of inshall inherit the kingdom of God,'* but it is also terference with sin, as well as this fulness of pardon to written in the very words that follow. And the broken-hearted sinner; it is not the gospel of Hima such were some of you : but ye are washed, but who appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name self. When, however, the gospel is found to have this of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.'”
effect in a place, then, unthinking people take offence, “ Mother," said the dying man, “ we will stay
and lose their temper, and the more unmanly among ourselves upon the blessed hope that my father
them, circulate slanders behind a minister's back, and
send forth anonymous letters. The servant of Christ may yet be brought back. You and poor Mary
has something else to do, than to trouble himself with will bear with him, and be kind to him as you
any accusations. His inaster's wor work is of a differhave always been. I need not ask you to do this,
ent kind; with regard to false accusations He held is for you have been always kind to him, and you
peace, and answered not a word; with regard to false have both done your utmost to make his home
accusers, He said, “Father forgive them, for they know comfortable to him. What I wish with my | not what they do." It is here that we would introduce whole soul, what I ask from you both is, that to our readers, a letter which we have received froin you pray more and more earnestly for him, give one of our friends, with which we heartily agree. me your hand mother, and your hand Mary, SIR-Loud complaints are made about a body of cleand promise this." The poor mother clasp rical agitators, who seem determined to be intruding and ed the hand that was held up to her, and interfering with every man's concerns (just as if they were whispered that she would, would strive to hope,
individually interested and individually responsible for that she would not cease to pray, and the sister, every mau's conduct) They do not seem inclined to rest covering her face with her hands, to hide the
satisfied till they have entirely remodelled the whole state marks of the blow which her father had given her,
of society, and introduced a new system, which is to be caine forward and knelt down by the bedside and cover
regulated upon the antiquated and old fashioned notions ed her brother's wasted hand with kisses, and made also
Christian principle. These are heavy the promise which he required. “Prayer moves the
charges indeed. Will you admit, then, into your Beacon, hand that holds the heart," and in prayer the aged
just a few remarks to see whether it is not possible to minister of Christ, and the dying man, and his afflicted
discover some palliation for this most unheard of ag. mother and sister poured forth their souls to God, in
gression on the part of the Clergy. humble, earnest, intercession for the drunken father.
I conclude, Sir, it will be allowed on all hands that it That very night the young man died, humanly speak
is not so much the mere fact of - interference” that is ing his death had been literally caused by the conduct
objected to these agitators, as that their interference is of his father. He had been the chief support of the
unjust and uncalled for. An illustration, perhaps, wil family, and he had sunk under hard work, and con
make my meaning plainer. A constable comes by stant confinement, and grief of heart.
night to a certain person's house furnished with a search We have given a slight sketch of what we are too
warrant from the magistrates of the place, and demands well acquainted with in our ministerial life. The kind
admission on the ground of a suspicion that stolen goods of letter which is occasionally received from those who
are concealed in the premises. The culprit may perfollow the unmanly craft of writing anonymous letters,
haps cry out, that it is most unjust interference with the and the kind of scene which we have actually witnessed.
liberty of the subject; but I suspect that his clamour There is no exaggeratton in any part of the description
will have but little weight in the minds of every honest that we have given, nay had we painted as nearly as
and respectable man. Or again, suppose government we could have done to the life, our picture might have
to have received inforination, on the accuracy of which been bolder and more startling. It is from the midst they could rely, that there was a secretly organized con.
, 1 Cor. vi. 10, 11.
* Hebrews ix. 26.
spiracy, and that too of a most formidable character, national council, and thunder forth, “ The wicked shall growing up within the walls of this city, which threat be turned into hell, and all the people who forget God." ened the actual subversion of the throne and constitution. She sees the society of soine neighbourhood given up Could they be deemed guilty of uncalled for interference to dissipation and pleasure-ball-going, race-going, if they took the most decisive measures to defeat the theatre-going, and seeking out in the varied round of treasonable designs of the conspirators? Most certainly foolish and frivolous prusoits, which the ingenuity of not. Then, Sir, if neither of these cases coøstitute un man can devise, the deliberate inurder of the time which just interference, the charge is most unreasonable when hangs so heavy on their hands—this, too, demands her it is argued against the ministers of the Gospel. They, interference, and her word of faithful admonition is, Sir, have a search-warrant against sin; and they know " Love not the world, neither the things of the world.” that sin is lurking in the families—in the houses—in the 6 The friendship of the world is enmity against God.” hearts of all around them, and therefore they have not She sees families, wherein the sacred relationships are only a right, but they are guilty of a most flagrant viola- | not sanctified by religious principle. She must intrude tion of their duty to God, from whom they derive their even within the hallowed precinct of the domestic circle high commission, if they tail to do so. They have a and remind them of their duty to God. “ Wives subunit right to search it out to expose it—and were it possi yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fil in ihe be (which, alas! it is not) to exterminate it root and Lord.” “Husbands love your wives even as Christ branch. It is very easy, Sir, to quote scriptures, and to loves the Church.” “Children obey your parents in the tell us that the gospel is a gospel of peace. That its | Lord.” “Father's provoke not your children to wrath, object was to promote “peace on earth; good will to but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the man :" that the duty of the minister of the gospel is “to Lord.” “ Servants be obedient unto them that are your preach peace through Jesus Christ,” and not to be creat masters, not with eye service as men pleasers, but as the ing enmity and ill will by interfering in the affairs of
servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.'' others. Sir, I grant all this, but then how is this peace “Masters do ye the same thing unto them, forbearing to be obtained ? Was it not to give peace to Europe
threatening, knowing that your Master is in heaven, that Britain's sons waged such long and determined war
neither is there respect of persons with him.” Lastly, fare against an ambitious usurper, and shed their blood she sees individuais living in any known sin, she must 50 freely on the plains of Vittoria and Waterloo? And interfere with their quiel course of wickedness, and bid precisely so in the case of the minister of Christ, to ob them remember that “sin is the transgression of the lain that peace which it is the aim of the gospel to pro law, and the “soul that sinneth it shall die.” mote. He must first plant the banners of the cross over Now, Sir, I trust it is tolerably wear that interference the prostrate battlements of sin and satan. There is no -and that too of a most determined character, is the quarter, no mercy, for sin; like Agag it must be brought plain and buanden duty of every minister of the gospel out, and hewed to pieces. “ The wisdom that cometh
-and so far as they fail to interfere, (always suffering from above must be first pure, then peaceable." The that their interference is characterized by a covetous Christian must not purchase a disgraceful peace, which and conciliatory spirit.) They are guilty of a betrayal is liable to compromise even in the slightest degree the of that trust for which they inust expect a heavy reckonspotless family of the faith which he professes. And ing at the day of final account. At the same time, that does this, I would ask, militate against that spirit of long
no Christian Minister is disinclined to peace, I am persuffering, gentleness, and love : that mercy and brother fectly sure, and think I could venture to assert in their ly kindness towards each other that our blessed Saviour | name, that they are prepared to lay down their arms enjoined on the practise of his disciples ? No, nut in whenever they can do so without a dereliction of their the least ; for it ever should be shown by the mode and duty to God. As soon, therefore, as they are assured, spirit in which the ministers of the gospel conduct their that there are no ungodly governments in the worldwarfare, that the object of their animadversion and at. | that there are none who are lovers of pleasure more tack is sin, and not the sinner; that they would eradi.
than lovers of God---that there are no bad husbands, cate the one, that they might thus be instrumental in bad wives, bad children, bad servants, bad masters, and forwarding the salvation of the other: but against this bad men, in short, that siu is banished from the earth; principle of sin, under whatever of its protean forms it then depend upon it, there will be an end of all clerical may choose to array itself, whether it be in the more agitation and interference for ever; but till then, they brutal and undisguised appearance of blasphemy, drunk will admit no compromise with the enemies of their enness, fornication, gambling, and cock-fighting, or the Lord and Master; but they will, by the grace of God, more decent and plausible veil of gentlemanly, worldly- |
set their faces firm as a flint against every appearance mindedness, and love of vanities and pleasures. Chris of ungodliness, and go forth in the strength of the Lord tian consistency demands an unflinching and decided op nothing doubting, but that “the weapons of their warposition.
fare which are not carnal, shall be found mighty through More than this I will undertake to prove that the God, to the pulling down of strong holds.” Bible sends its Ministers forth-directly and specifically Jf, Sir, in conclusion, I may venture to pass an opin. -to agitate and to interfere wherever a spirit of un- ion on the signs of the times, I think that the fact of godliness is known to prevail-religion-genuiné re- the gospel making itself felt as a system of interference, ligion is in this respect the greatest of agitators. She is one, at which every Christian has good cause to resees a nation for instance ayowedly governed and di- joice, that the gospel, when preached in its length and rected without any regard to the glory of God, forth breadth will even meet with oppositionis of course to be with she must force an entrance, within the walls of the expected, and as we are told in Scripture that "the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, sire to see the love of the world, and the fear of the world whose waters cast up mire and dirt;" the faithful minis. and the ways of the world, so completely eradicated from ter must not be surprised if it is his lot to get alike be the hearts of our hearers, that our enemies might again smattered with the same. The waters in this city are declare with truth, “These men have turned the world upcertainly more than ordinarily troubled ; that this may side down,' have emptied the assemblies of the worldly, the be our evidence, as is the pool of Bethesda, that a haunts of the profligate, the dens of the drunkard, the sanctifying process is in operation, is the sincere prayer
theatres of the ungodly, as their predecessors did the temOf your most obedient Servant,
ples of the devil; until the love of God in Christ Jesus, A CONSTANT READER.
and the delights of His service, and the blessedness of a
close and intimate companionship with Him, shall in the “ Certain lewd fillows of the baser sort." — Acts xvii. 5. heart of every true believer, take the place of that system 'This was the class of men, who, in the earliest ages of l of idolatry and alienation from God, which is scaling Christianity, waged the most unceasing warfare against the up the world for the day of its final and irrevocable truths and the followers of the gospel; and wherever an oppo judgments. sition is excited, this is the class of men who even now swell « My Christian brethren, has any such effect as this the ranks of our opponents. Look at the private history of been produced within you? Has the world been overthe infidels who were the most distinguished for their op thrown in the temple of your heart ? or is it still dominant, position to Christianity during the last century : look at still paramount? Is that great and engrossing idol taken the infidel poets and infidel demagogues in the present, and down from its pedestal only for this little hour, to be caredo you not find that, with one or two exceptions, they de
fully replaced as soon as you leave this house, or, at the served the appellation of the apostle,' lewd fellows of farthest, before another sun shall dawn upon you ? This the baser sort ;' men, however high their station in so is not sufficient: this is not the effect which the preaching ciety, as much distinguished for the laxity of their morals of the gospel is intended to produce; the cross of a cruciand the irregularities of their private conduct, as for the
fied Saviour cannot stand upon that pedestal to-day, on bitterness of their animosity to the revealed word of our which the idol of the world is to be re-erected to-morrow, God exhibited in their published opinions. Thus does the it refuses to stand side by side with it; it must be there Almighty sometimes overrule the hatred of Satan, by ob alone, or it will not be there at all; your idol, like the liging him to make use of such instruments as shall, to the Dagon of the Philistines, must be thrown down, broken mind of every unprejudiced inquirer into divine truth, con to pieces, trampled under foot, or the work of the Spirit is vey an antidote with the poison; for what reflecting man not wrought within you, God is not honoured, Christ is can be for a moment misled by the arguments of those op not glorified, you are not serving him now, for you ponents to the truth of God's word, who have so obvious a cannot serve God and mammon,' you will not serve him motive, as an unholy life supplies, for desiring to find
in eternity. Be warned then you who are temporising in the tremendous revelations of the gospel, its day of righte this matter, living or vainly hoping to live, for both ous judgment, and its eternity of woe to the unrepentant
worlds, see the folly, the fruitlessness of the attempt. Pray sinner, a 'cunningly devised fable? I would impress
that the world may be turned upside down' within you this argument upon the minds of my younger hearers heart, that it may never be re-established, never resume it more especially, because there is, I am convinced, much
dominion, but lie there a broken and discarded idol, till weight in it; so much that we almost invariably find an even its very fragments shall be dissolved amidst the bright infidel opposition to the doctrines of the gospel bear a very
ness of your Redeemer's coming.-Rev. Henry Blunt. distinct proportion to the departure in the life of the oppo
A CONTRAST. nant from the humbling and self-denying precepts of the gospel.
Few things strike us more forcibly than a good and But let us pass from the character of the enemies of
bold contrast-and that of believing with infidelity is the the gospel, to the nature of their charge: "These men
broadest and most powerful of all. Many will recolled that have turned the world upside down are come hither
the poet Cowper's contrast, also." Yes, my brethern, this was the accusation, and,
Oh happy peasant, oh unhappy bard, wonderful to relate, it was, although not in the sense their
His the mere tinsel, hers the rich reward. accusers intended, perfectly just and perfectly true. It is well in these days of infidelity to see how infidel Thanks be to God, the apostles did turn the world up have died, to examine, how their vaunted principles hay side down,' when the preaching of a few poor fishermen, | supported them in death. It is instructive to see how the directed by the omnipotence of God's good Spirit, overthrew have trembled at that which in health they then derided the splendid theology of Greece and Rome, emptied their And of all, that of the Prince of Infidels of these latte temples, and planted the cross of a crucified Saviour upon days, Voltaire, is the most awful, the most instructive ex their ruins; destroyed the most profound speculations of ample. Perhaps the following account of his dea! their deepest philosophers, and at length brought the em- | will be more striking when contrasted with that of on peror of the world to confess, that in the sign of the cross unknown to fame, unknown beyond the family in whid of Jesus Christ he alone could be victorious. And so far she lived, but in that, still affectionately remembered are we, their unworthy successors, at the present day, from still talked of as one, though felt to be of that part shrinking from a similar accusation, that it is our glory the family which is in heaven. If these pages shoul and our boast ; we desire to wage a war of extermination reach the eye of any professed infidel, such as the against the sinful principles and practices of that world, of | Owenites or Socialists of the present time, let them con which our Lord has said, 'Ye are not of the world, even | sider, which death they should like to die. The follow as I am not of the world :' we would most earnestly de- ! ing account is
The deathbed of Voltaire.
not support his bliss, and soon sinking under impressionis A secret desire, which time served only to intlame, too lively for his old age, he died of glory and felicity (il recalled Voltaire to the former theatre of his labours and mourut de gloire et de felicite).” his glory. Surrounded by those who came from all Europe Now turn we to bis biographer, the Abbé de Baruel, to do him homage, he felt nevertheless, a craving desire to wbo is more correct and minute in this particular, and receire the homage of Paris. He left his seat at Ferney whose narrative is confirmed by a letter from M. De Luc, in the middle of winter, at the age of eighty-four, and ar an eminent philosopher, and a man of strict probity. Let us rired alone in the capital.
see, when the ecstatic thrill of these emotions had subsided, “Paris was greatly cbanged since the time when Vol. with what peace, serenity, and confidence, he encountered taire withdrew from it disgusted at the insult wbich had the King of Terrors; whether the peans of the multitude, been cast upon him. Thirty revolving years had given as they lingered on his ear, could drown the knell of death, men's minds another direction. One generation had dis and sooth the last agonies, and calm the troubled spirit appeared, another had risen nurtured by the works of Vol ere it fied; how the retrospect of past glory, and the taire, imbued with his principles ; adoring his genius. glowing visions of future fame, could brighten the shadows Of his former enemies the greater number had de. of the dark valley, and cheer the long night of the grave. scended to the tomb; the enmity of others had cooled " It was on his return from the theatre, and in the midst by long absence; the rest were hushed to silence of the toils he was resaming in order to acquire fresh apby the power of public opinion. The Encyclopædists plause, when Voltaire was warned that the long career of so long oppressed, now directed that opinion, and that his impiety was drawing to an end. powerful sect prostrated itself before the glory of Voltaire; “ In spite of all the sophisters flocking around him in the who, without adopting all its doctrines, was its declared first days of his illness, he gave signs of wishing to return ally and the protector of its cause. The patriarch of Fer to the God whom he had so often blasphemed. His danger ney was received in the capital in triumph; all the honours increasirg, he wrote the following note to the Abbé Gaulthat mortal conld desire were heaped upon him. In the tier:_“You had promised Sir, to come and hear me. I streets the multitude pressed opon his steps, rending the intreat you would take the trouble of calling as soon as air with their loud acclamations. His levees were contin possible.-.-Voltaire." He then confessed to the priest, bally crowded. The nobles, the ministers, even the pre and signed a declaration, that he died in the Holy Catholates, solicited the honour of being presented to him. lic Church, in which he was born; which declaration was The French Academy awarded him the Theatre Français. carried to the Rector of St. Sulpice and the Archbishop of This own tragedy of Irene was performed. Voltaire came: Paris, to koow whether it would be sufficient. When the at bis entrance the whole assembly rose and hailed him Abbé Gaultier returned with the answer, it was impossible with cries of enthusiasm; a crown was placed on the for him to gain admittance to the patient. The conspiraFenerable head of the man of eighty. Between the two tors had strained every nerve to hinder the Chief from performances his statue was decorated with laurel by the consummating his recantation, and every avenue was shut actors, midst the rapturous plaudits of the enchanted mul- to the priest whom Voltaire bad sent for. titaide. This night Voltaire received the reward of the “ Then it was that D'Alembert, Diderot, and about labour and conflicts of sixty years endured in the cause of twenty others of the conspirators, never approached him, humanity."
but to witness their own ignominy; and often be would It might be that these deafeniog acclamations of the en curse them, and exclaim, Retire; it is you that bare chanted multitude, the transport of this fleeting hour, and brought me to my present state! Begone! I could have the perishable wreath that crowned the silvery locks of four done without you all; but you could not exist without me! score years were an adequate reward for the toils and the and what a WRETCHED GLORY have you procured me! conflicts, tbe jealousies and the rexations, the broken “Then would succeed the horrid remembrance of his friendships, the contumely, and all the sufferings which bad conspiracy. They could hear him the prey of anguish and chequered a long life of singular prosperity. For the old dread, alternately supplicatiog or blasphemiug that God, man had passed through them all; had won bis laurels nobly; | against whom he had conspired; and in plaintive accents had finished his course gloriously; and although now he would cry out, Oh, Christ! Oh, Jesus Christ ! and then trembling on the brink of the grave, few of his fellow-mor complain that he was abandoned by God and men. The tals, who as himself must wither and fall away like the hand which had traced in ancient writ the sentence of an fading garland which adorned his brow, had grasped the impious and reviling king, seemed to trace, Crush then, honours it encircled. Voltaire believed not, and had | do crush the wretch. In vain he turned his head away; taught others not to believe, that there was a crown of the time was coming apace when he was to appear before glory which fadeth not away-an inberitance incorruptible, the tribunal of Him whom he had blasphemed; and his undetiled, everlasting. The Lord of Glory who had pur pbysicians, particularly M. Tronchin, calling in to adminchased that inheritance he had mocked, reviled, rejected. ister relief, thunderstruck, retired, declaring that the death On Cbrist's religion, and all its proffered bliss, he had of the impious man was terrible indeed. The Marechal de poured his bitterest ridicule, contemp', and scorn. He Richelieu flies from the bed-side, declaringit to be a sight too bust now bow to fate-he must die. His dust must mingle terrible to be sustained; and M. Tronchin, that the furies with the clods of the valley, but the statue which he had of Orestes could give but a faint idea of those of Voltaire." seen decorated by the adoring throng would bereafter bill the highest niche in the Temple of Fame, and the
Such was the end of the long life of the most talented genius of Voltaire, and the monuments of that genins, infidel who ever denied the Lord of Glory--such and so would be immortal. While earth, and sun, and moon, awful his death, let living infidels mark it well. should endure, its bright irradiations would shed a living
But how delightful to turn to the death bed of the instre, and remote posterity would turn their admiring
Believer-a member of a glorious church, overlooked eyes to gaze on the light and glory of the 18th century.
by the world as it bustles along, but precious in the There is yet another scene, the closing scene, of the life of Voltaire, wbich is matter of undoubted history, but
sight of the Lord. which his panegyrist, as if it were holy ground, treads Mary S. had gone through much bodily suffering it; lightly over, in a single sentence.
bad pleased her heavenly Father, after he had brought “This triumph proved fatal to him. Such joys, such her to the knowledge of himself, to aff.ct her with severe emotions, exbausted the feeble resources of life ; he could
| and dangerous illnesses, so that she was often brought