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Down before the priest to fall. Priests, forgetting in their pride, Him who as our ransom died, Bid us on our works depend, Not on Christ, the sinner's friend. None the Bible now must read, Till the priest has fixed our creed ; None must rest on Christ alone, Till the priest his work has done : Sacraments the priest extols, For 'tis he each rite controls ; Thought to freedom is allied, Therefore preaching set aside ; Fonts and Altars now must teach ; Priests should sacrifice, not preach. Priests, they say, can intercede In our hour of guilt and need; Priests, ambassadors of Heaven, Can pronounce our sins forgiven; Since, whate'er their want of sense, They the gifts of grace dispense; And, ordained by Heaven, possess Apostolic power to bless. Priests the Monarch's throne outshine, By a dignity divine ; Mean compared with these, are kings ; Dynasties but mushroom things ; Priests had won their rightful throne, Ere the crown of England shone; They had risen to princely state, Long ere England's senate sate ; And when empires pass away, They shall hold their steadfast sway. Devotees around them wait, To exalt their lordly state ; See them sit in chancels proud, High above the vnlgar crowd ; See them, when the prayers they say, From the people turn away, Muttering hidden words of prayer That the vulgar may not share.
Then at Altars, rich and high, Bow and cross, we know not why. What is wanting? Increase bring; Morn by morn the matins sing ; Faldstool and sedila place ; Hang npon the altar lace; There the dying figure fix, Knelt before by Catholics ; Then dispense the wafer bread; Say due masses for the dead; Chant the dirges slow and sad ; Sacred copes and banners add, Candlesticks with glittering gloss, Credence table, rich reredos ; Pictures round the table set, Then the show will be complete. Woe to thee my country, woe ! Thou canst bear this papal show; Thou canst tamely sit and see This advancing mummery: Forms exalted to the skies While God's Word dishonored lies ; Rome is fondled as a child, Martyrs scorned, and saints reviled ; Truth is bound with priestly chain, Charity and candour slain. Pastors, who their country warn, From their grieving flocks are torn; From the Church they loved at heart, Crowds indignantly depart; While triumphant errors stand Lords of the bewildered land. Oh, for an hour of Luther now! Oh, for a frown of Calvin's brow ! Once they broke the papal chain; Who shall break it now again? Lord, thou seest us weak and cold ; Rise, as in the days of old, Bare thy own almighty arm, Save thy church from every harm, And may truth the victory win. Over falsehood, fraud, and sin.
Oh! may the servants of God who have been driven into the “wilderness,” like the Rev. Peter Teulou Beamish, and the Rev. Francis T. C. Russel, receive the answer to their prayers, which the Prophet received,* and which another servant † of God has thus beautifully paraphrased.
“ My day of vengeance is at hand; the year
Yet, hath a remnant been preserved by me,
So be it, God of truth! yet why delay?
* Ist Kings, xix. 15, 16, 17, 18. † J. Montgomery,
'Tis not in mockery of man that earth
Is strewed with splendid fragments-temple, tower;
Are desolate, the snake and tiger's bower!
Not freaks of fate, but warnings against crime:
Had she been guiltless, stand as in her prime,
When the prophet Daniel was in captivity in ancient Babylon, he was called on to interpret the dream of Nebuchadnezzar the king; in which his majesty had seen an image with a head of gold, arms of silver, body of brass, legs of iron, feet part of iron and part of clay; which was smitten by a stone cut out without hands; which stone afterwards became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. The prophet's interpretation is as follows : “ Thou, O king, art a king of kings ; for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, strength and glory. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and a third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron; forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things ; 80 shall it break in pieces and bruise. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed ; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."'*
* Daniel ii. 37–44,
From Rollin's Ancient History, we learn how this prophecy has been fulfilled. Ancient Babylon, the first kingdom in the world, was conquered by the Medeš and Persians, in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar's grandson, Belshazzar. The Medes and Persians were conquered by the Greeks. Ancient Rome then became “ Mistress of the world,” and as the seat of her empire extended over a great part of Asia and Africa, as well as Europe, the whole of the old continent is probably included in Babylon the Great, whose destruction is thus prophesied by St. John, and which is to take place after the Lord's people have obeyed the command to leave it.
“ Therefore shall her plaques come in one day, death, and mourning and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord who judgeth her."*
Many commentators say that the Babylon which St. John thus dooms to destruction, is the city of Rome; but as Rome is not a commercial city, its destruction alone could not have the effect of causing that lamentation amongst merchants and kings, which the following texts lead us to expect will one day occur
“ And the kings of the earth, who have lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her when they shall see the smoke of her burning : standing afar off for fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas ! that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.”+
European ships are now employed in taking European merchandise all over the world, and when the prophecy is fulfilled, and the old world burned with fire,
* Rev. xyiii. 8.
+ Rev. xviii, 9, 10, 11,