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And the four and twenty elders and stead of depressing him, set him all the more the four beasts fell down and worshipped God earnestly to work, during the period of his resithat sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. dence among them, which was not a long one, And a voice came out of the throne, saying, he being soon called to another and more desPraise our God, all ye his servants, and ye titute scene of labour. that fear him, both small and great. And I Sometime before his arrival, a number of the heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, chiefs of the Society Islands had come over to and as the voice of many waters, and as the assist Pomare in regaining the sovereignty of voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia : Tahiti; and these having heard and received the for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”—Rev. Gospel, now preferred remaining there, to going xix. 1-6.
back to even the sovereignty of their own lands,
without the prospect of carrying along with then “WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT ?" the religious ordinances they so much loved.
The missionaries were so struck with the selfSAY, Watchman, what of the night? Do the dews of the morning fall?
denial and evident sincerity of this determinaHave the orient skies a border of light,
tion, that, taking it as a token for good, they Like the fringe of a funeral pall?
resolved on instituting a mission to the islands “ The night is fast waning on high,
from which these chiefs came; and, accordingly, And soon shall the darkness flee,
three of them--Messrs Williams, Ellis, and OrsAnd the morn shall spread o'er the blushing sky, mond—accompanied by the chiefs and an interAnd bright shall its glories be.”
preter, sailed, on the 18th of June 1818, for But, Watchman, what of the night,
Huahine, the most windward of the group, which When sorrow and pain are mine,
they reached two days after. They were reAnd the pleasures of life, so sweet and bright, ceived by the inhabitants with great joy; and No longer around me shine?
the news of their arrival having rapidly spread " That night of sorrow thy soul
through the group, visitors poured in froin all May surely prepare to meet,
quarters, many of them earnest in their solici. But away shall the clouds of thy heaviness roll, tations that some of “the white men” should And the morning of joy be sweet."
return with them, and teach them the gospel. Bat, Watchman, what of the night,
Among the rest was Tamatoa, king of Raiatea, When the arrow of death is sped,
the largest and most intiuential of the Society And the grave,which no glimmering star can light, Islands. Two years before, Tamatoa had heard Shall be my sleeping bed ?
the Gospel from a missionary who had been “ That night is near-and the cheerless tomb driven by stress of weather to take refuge in the Shall keep thy body in store,
island; and so much was he then impressed, Till the morn of eternity rise on the gloom,
that not only did he abandon many of his old
others who were favourable to Christianity, Biographical Sketch.
erected a sanctuary, in which, on Sabbaths, tbey THE REV. JOHN WILLIAMS,
regularly met, for the purpose of mutual instruction and improvement. This being known
to the missionaries, it was, after consultation, PART 11.—THE MISSIONARY.
determined that Messrs Williams and Threl.
keld should go to Raiatea, which they did in On the 16th of November, Mr Williams set September, to the great joy of Tamatoa and his sail for Tahiti, accompanied by Mrs Williams,
subjects. formerly Miss Mary Chauner, and to whom
The labours of Williams at Raiatea were he had been married about a fortnight before. abundant, and persevering, and blessed. “The Having been detained for some months at Syd- work of the Lord prospered in his hands." He ney, owing to the want of a vessel, he did not preached the Word—“ in season and out of seareach his destination till November 17, 1817– son"_instituted schools for adults and for chilexactly a year from the time of his embarkation. dren, and erected a church; and not only so,
They landed on the Monday; and on the Wednes- but, equally attentive to their temporal inteday following embraced the opportunity of attending rests, induced them to build houses-which they the native service in the chapel..." Here," writes did so rapidly, that, in less than a year, they Mr Williams, “my eyes beheld 700 or 800 people, who, not five years ago, were worshipping idols, and had erected a range extending nearly two miles wallowing in the most dreadful wickedness, now along the sea-beach; persuaded them to form praying to and praising our Lord and God. Surely, a new code of laws, founded on Christian printhought I, the work is done—there is no need of us.
ciples; established trial by jury; and taught But he had not been long in the island before them agriculture and many of the useful arts. he learned that there was yet much to be done; But, wonderful as the results were, Wilthat, as everywhere else, so in Tahiti, many liams was not satisfied. He longed for a wider were undisguisedly opposed to Christ, and many sphere of action. Raiatea, he thought, was but more, baving a name to live, were, notwithstand an island, not very large, and the inhabitants ing, dead. The discovery of this, however, in were comparatively few; why should he remain
MISSIONARY TO TAE SOUTH SEAS.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH-THE REV. JOHN WILLIAMS.
aad spend his lifetime there, while there were there immediately. A westerly wind setting in, Auura other fields, of wider extent and immensely and his friends again launched on the deep, not to fly larger population, to which he might go, and from the anger
of their gods, but in search of those
who could explain more fully to them the nature of where he might prove more useful ?
the astonishing news they had heard. Not being After two years' travelling about in these leeward acquainted with the coast of Porapora, they missed islands (he wrote home to the Directors), I am con
the entrance, and were driven to Raiatea. On landing, cerned to say that I can find not more, or very few
their astonishment was again excited; the missionmore, than about four thousand inhabitants. I know aries, their wives and familles, the natives in Eurothat one soul is of infinite value. But how does the pean dresses with hats and bonnets, their neat white merchant act who goes in search of goodly pearls ? cottages, together with the various useful arts which Supposing that he knows where there is one pearl, had been introduced amongst the people, filled the which would pay him for the trouble of searching strangers with admiration and surprise. When they and procuring it, and at the sametime of another
were conducted to public worship on the Sabbath, they spot, where there were thousands of equal value, to
beheld with astonishment the assembled multitude; which place would he direct his way? Of course to
heard them sing the praises of the one living and true the latter. Let us not, then, act a more inconsiderate God; and listened with the deepest interest to the mespart than those who seek after earthly riches.
sage of mercy. At once they were convinced of the
superiority of the Christian religion, and concluded The Directors, however, refusing to sanction that God had graciously conducted them there for the his removal, he remained; and the sequel, as purpose of making them acquainted with its inestiWilliams himself soon saw and acknowledged, under instruction, which they received with great
mable blessings. They were immediately placed proved them to have been in the right. Scarcely
avidity and attention, and, at the end of three months, a year from this time had elapsed, when, seeing departed for their own island again. Auura, howthe way which Providence was about to open ever, objected to go to their “ land of darkness withup before him, he wrote home : “ We have now out a light in his hand;" by which he meant some no desire to leave; and, as our station is as person to instruct him and his people in the truths of suming rather an unexpected importance, I the Gospel. We (says Williams) assembled the memanı resolved to stay, unless compelled to aban- and inquired who among them would go as teachers to
bers of our congregation, mentioned Auura's desire, don it."
the heathen of Rurutu. Two of our deacons, who The circumstances which caused so great a were amongst cur best men, came forward, and, we change in Mr Williams' mind will be best de- hope with the spirit as well as in the language of the tailed in his own words :
prophet, said, “Here are we; send us." They were
therefore set apart to their work by an interesting serAn island called Rurutu, about three hundred and vice. The greater part of the night previous to their fifty miles to the south of Raiatea, was visited by an departure was spent in providing them with some neepidemic, which appears to have been exceedingly cessary, and useful articles. Every member of our fatal. As the natives believe every such calamity Church brought something as a testimonial of his to be an infliction of some angry deity, two chiefs affection; one a razor, another a knife, a third a roll of of enterprising spirit determined to build each a
native cloth, a fourth a pair of scissors, and others, Large canoe, and, with as many of their people as
various useful tools. We supplied them with elemencould be conveyed, to launch upon the mighty tary. books, and a few copies of the Gospels in the deep, committing themselves to the winds and the Tahitian language, froin which their own does not waves, in search of some happier isle ; but, a materially differ. Thus we equipped them for this violent storm having arisen, the greater part of the expedition as well as our means would allow. And, in cres of one of them perished. Auura, to whom the
a little, as we were anxious to know what reception other belonged, and his party, were driven about was given to the teachers, and to open a communithey knew not whither, and for three weeks they cation with this, to us, unknown island, we sent a boat traversed the trackless ocean ; during which time
of our own, with a native crew, to bring back intelthey suffered exceedingly from the want of food and ligence. After an absence of little more than a month, water. At length, He who holds the winds in his we had the pleasure of seeing this boat return, laden fats, and the waters in the hollow of his hands, to with the trophies of victory--the gods of the heathen whose merciful designs the elements are subservient, taken in this bloodless war, and won by the power of 1 guided them to the Society Islands. They were
the Prince of Peace. On reading the letters which iriven on the coral reef which surrounds the island accompanied them, and secing with our own eyes the of Maurua, the farthest west of the group. Had rejected idols, we felt a measure of that sacred joy
they not reached this island they must have perished. which the angels of God will experience when they | The hospitable attention of the inhabitants of this shout, “ The kingdoms of this world are become the I little isle soon restored the strength of the exhausted kingdoms of our God and his Christ.”
Foyagers, who related the dreadful calamities which bad befallen their country and themselves. The These events “revolutionized Mr Williams' Mauruans informed them that they formerly worshipped the same deities, and attributed every evil field was not so narrow.
view of his position." He saw now that his
Rurutu had cast off that befel them to the anger of their “evil spirits;" but that now they were worshippers of Jehovah, the
its idols. Why not Rarotonga_why not Manone living and true God; giving them a detailed gaia---why not the Samoas-why not all the account of the manner in which Christianity had countless islands with which the Pacific was been introduce among themselves, and pointing to studded, and of which Raiatea was but one ? the demolished maraes (or temples), and mutilated Had he but a missionary ship, the whole of idols in confirmation of their statements. The astonished strangers, on hearing that white men, who had
these could be reached; and once reached, and come in ships from a distant country to bring them the Gospel proclaimed, “ what wonders" could good tidings, were living at islands the sunimits of the Lord not work! His soul was fired with whose mnountains were in sight, determined to proceed the thought, and from that time he was in
spirit, as he was afterwards in action, “the Mr Williams then left and proceeded to Apostle of Polynesia.” A glorious vision opened Sydney, where, after obtaining medical adup before him, the realization of which formed vice, he made it his first business to look out the business of his future life—the object ot for a ship. The Society's agent there refused his most ardent hopes, and prayers, and to undertake the risk of the purchase; but seeefforts.
ing Williams determined, notwithstanding, on In the midst of joy there is weeping. About having it, he relented, and proposed, on the this time Williams was greatly weighed down part of the Society, that the risk should be by intelligence which he received of the death shared between them. Williams instantly closed of his mother; to whom, as may well be con with the offer-having inherited some property ceived, he was very fondly attached. But on his mother's death. « Whatever the sum
weeping did not hinder sowing.” He seized may be," he wrote home to the Directors the opportunity of writing a solemn and faith “ whether £500 or £1000, I have, rather than ful letter to his father, who, till now, had been, not accomplish the object, agreed to advance." although a decent, yet a worldly and irreli- A vessel of from eighty to ninety tons' burden gious man. And the reaping was in joy. The was accordingly purchased, which they named letter was blessed to his father's conversion; “The Endeavour;" and ever anxious for the and he died in 1827, blessing God for the child temporal good, and improvement of the islanders, who had been made the instrument of thus he made arrangements also with a gentleman at leading him from “ darkness unto light.” Sydney, to come and superintend the cultiva
Near the close of 1821, Mr and Mrs Williams | tion of various articles of produce suited for having been attacked with a rather dangerous exportation. In April 1822, he returned to malady, found it to be their duty to leave, for a Raiatea,his own health and that of Mrs Wilshort time, the scene of their labours, and pro- liams greatly restored and was received by the ceed to New South Wales, for the purpose of people with every demonstration of attachinent obtaining medical advice; a course which they and delight. resolved on the more readily, as they hoped to be able, not only to visit some islands in their
EXTRACTS FROM A TRAVELLER'S NOTE-BOOK. course, but also, when they were at Sydney, “to advance and consolidate the civilization of the
BY THE REV, W. K. TWEEDIE, EDINBURGH. Society Islands, by establishing a regular communication between them and the colony, and
THE PASSES OF THE ALPS. opening a market there for native produce.” They first sailed for Aitutaki, one of the
St Gothard – The Splugen Trap— The Great St Bernard
Mont Blanc- The Semplon-Mont Cenis. Hervey Islands, which was reached on the 26th of October.
When a traveller from the southern parts of this
island, whose eye is not accustomed to measure great On the arrival of the vessel (says Williams), we altitudes, first approaches the Alps, his feelings are were very soon surrounded by canoes; the natives were exceedingly noisy, and presented in their persons and
often or generally those of disappointinent. Hie
mind is not able to take in at once the true idea of manners all the wild features of savage life. Some were tatooed from head to foot; some were painted
the gigantic masses on which he gazes. He requires most fantastically with pipe-clay and yellow and red
a scale of measurement nor different from all that he ochre; others were smeared all over with charcoal; has hitherto used, and must grow familiar with new and in this state were dancing, shouting, and exhibit objects and new proportions, before he can thoroughly ing the most frantic gestures. We invited the chief, Tamatoa, on board the vessel. A number of his people ler moves. Till that be done, it is rather a vague,
estimate the grandeur amid which the Alpine travelfollowed him. Finding that I could converse readily in their language, I informed the chief of what had indefinite awe that pervades the mind, than any clear taken place in the Tahitian and Society Islands with perception of the magnificence that surrounds him. respect to the overthrow of idolatry. He asked me, For days, we felt in this way almost bewildered. very, significantly, where great Tangaroa was? I told him that he, with all the other gods, was burned.
When we first saw the Alps, Mont Rosa, Mont Blanc,
the Young Vraw, and a hundred other masses wonHe then inquired where Koro of Raiatea was?. I replied, that he, too, was consumed with fire; and that
der-struck the mind at once; but it was days or weeks I had brought two teachers to instruct him and his before it grew familiar with those giants of the earth, people in the Word and knowledge of the true God, so as to comprehend their real vastness. that he and they also might be induced to abandon This familiarity, however, is at length acquired; and destroy their idols, as others had done. On my
and the following Notes are designed to tell the imintroducing the teachers to him, he asked me if they would accompany him to the shore. I replied in the pressions that were produced by a summer's journey. affirmative, and proposed that they should remain ing among those wondrous scenes. with him. He seized them with delight, and saluted Switzerland, with its mountains, cities, lakes, and them most heartily by rubbing noses; which saluta- stirring associations, might detain us long; but we tion he continued for some time. On the chief pro pass at once from these, and would have our readers mising me that he would treat the teachers with kindness, and afford them protection, taking with
to suppose us, after a sail of five or six hours on the them their little store, they got into his large canoe,
Lake of Walstetten, or the Four Cantons-amid and the natives paddled off to the land, apparently
scenes made famous by the achievements of Tell, the greatly delighted with their treasure.
Wallace of Switzerland, and by the first Swiss Con.
EXTRACTS FROM A TRAVELLER'S NOTE-BOOK.
19 federation (1307), which broke the chains which the having only the ground storey of stone, they are so House of Hapsburg was forging for that free land- clumsily constructed as to appear misshapen masses. quartered for the night at Altdorf, the capital of Uri, Their large projecting eaves, covering a balcony preparing for the ascent of the St Gothard. We are which serves the multifarious purposes of an apiary, surrounded with many tokens of the superstition of a vinery, a washing-house, a hen-roost, a depôt for the canton of which Altdorf is the little capital, for it is wood, a hemp-store, cum quibusdam aliis, give the one of those which rejected the Reformation-which whole rather the aspect of a huge Gipsy encampment, loved and bled for civil liberty, but cared not for that than of those drawing-room sketches which are as with which Christ maketh free. To reconnoitre the fanciful as Utopia. Wherever such Swiss cottages steep and glaciered pass which we had to face and are to be found, we have not seen them in all Swittraverse on the morrow, we ascended an eminence zerland. above the town, and found its summit crowned with a church, filled with all the insignia of superstition,
But we ascend the pass, and are approaching the and telling to the very eye how the system which summit
. It is a work of seven or eight toilsomne is characterized by “all the deceivableness of un
hours to those who travel on foot, as every traveller righteousness,” cheats and deludes its adherents by the mountain, to connect Switzerland with Italy, is a
in Switzerland should do. The path formed over giving them a religion for the senses, not for the soul -hiding the things of the Spirit, as Achan hid the
work of utility rather than of genius, like the Semplon. gold,“ beneath their stuff." Tell is the genius loci The highest point of the pass is 6390 French feet here. The ruins of his house, the spot where he is above the level of the sea, though the mountain, at said to have struck the apple with an arrow from the
one point, rises nearly as much more, sheer above the head of his son, at the command of Gessler, the tyrant of the route, the granite rocks blasted, and at one
traveller's head. The windings and embankments of the times, and other mementoes, are here pointed place tunnelled, the bridges built, and galleries out; but legend is so largely mixed up with the truth, formed all tell of the efforts needed to level, or at that you gladly take refuge in scepticism when you least to lower, the barrier between Switzerland and are not forced to examine and decide.
Italy. On either side, and all along the pass, the inWe began the ascent of the St Gothard betimes, habitants seem wholly given up to idolatry; and as although we were some leagues from the base. On one wanders from place to place, amid these strange, the right and the left, around Altdorf and up the pass, stupendous scenes, he is prevented, when he reflects, mountains rose to the height of more than 8000 feet. from enjoying their grandeur, by the spectacle of Their flanks were covered with stupendous glaciers, degraded minds and enslaved souls, which everywhere among which those of Trift and Gelmer are the meets him. If the religion of the Saviour be found most remarkable; and even beside these, we found only in the Bible, these people still need to be conthat man had been frequent and keen in the pursuit verted to it; but the route formed with so much of his mimic glory-the counterfeit of the real, the labour, and at such a cost, which carried us over the glory that is hereafter to be revealed. At the Alps, was a step towards the grand consummation, Pont-du-diable, over the Reuss, the French and the when “men shall run to and fro, and knowledge (the Russians encountered each other during the revolu- | knowledge of the Lord) shall be increased." tionary war (1799). Many were precipitated into the dizzy chasm which is spanned by the bridge; and when
During a short residence in one of the valleys to
the north of St Gothard, we made an experiment the Russians under Suwarrow entered the village of which, to ourselves at least, was more important far Andermat, which stands far up on the mountain, hun
than all Professor Forbes' observations on glaciers or ger had reduced them to such a state, that soap was greedily devoured, hides were cooked and eaten, and moraines, although we do not think meanly of his
labours. We were at no great distance from Mont everything was endured which could demonstrate the madness of man's ambition—the extravagance of Pilate, Rigi, Titlis, the Blum-Alpe, Wetterhorn, and
other mountains pyramidal and peaky-one of the the price paid to indulge his lust of power. The regions which we were now traversing, with nothing could stand. The Sabbath calm was reigning; for,
noblest amphitheatres in the midst of which man to disturb us but the constant crackling of the neigh- though there was no house of God to which we could bouring glaciers-next to the avalanche, one of the most awing sounds to which we have listened-are resort, He who said, “ Lo, I am with you alway,” is dreary and bleak, like a world which is indeed
ever redeeming his promise, and imparting his peace
to those that seek him-and a Sabbath day among the weighed down by the primal curse; but the desolation that is spread over such scenes is nothing like Alps may be, to a spiritual mind, a sweet foretaste of
“the rest that remaineth for the people of God.” the moral blight which has passed over the creature
As the moon roge unclouded on that most lovely eve, that has risen in revolt against its God.
we tried to put it to the proof whether men can “rise Much delusion, fostered by mere romance, exists through nature up to nature's God;" or whether there on the subject of Swiss Cottages. Their Alpine posi be not a fallacy, nay, something Antichristian, intions, and eyry-like clinging to the rocks, as seen on volved in that maxim, if the kingdom of nature be the sides of St Gothard and elsewhere, no doubt viewed apart from the dispensation of grace. The render them often picturesque in the distance; but, stupendous objects that lay around us,the serene to examine their interior in detail dissipates the moonshine-the cold glittering of glaciers far and charm. First of all, they are never cleanly, and near—the deep shadows of Mont Pilate and the cannot be comfortable. Formed chiefly of wood, or Wetterhorn Alp--with the grave-like silence that
prevailed--all influenced or subdued the mind, so The glimmering lamps were barely sufficient to make that it would be wrong to assert that there is not the darkness visible, but more than sufficient to show some kind of religious emotion envolved by such a that we had passed from the scene of one delusion spectacle. The mind struggles for a little to find to another. Men, untaught by the Spirit of God, expression, and feeling that to be impossible, re- both regarding Him and themselves, think they can tires into itself, and calmly contemplates the cyno worship Him with acceptance as the God of nature; sure of glories. There may be thus produced a and deluded Romanists, equally untaught, think that kind of pantheistic admiration of the things that prayers offered by tale will be heard, and an atoneare seen--an unsubstantial, unpractical, imaginative ment. offered or eked out by self-inflicted tortures theism; but the question still recurs, Can all these accepted. Each class, the Deist, and the Romanist, glories connect me, a sinner, with my God? Can overlooks or undervalues Him who is the appointed they re-conduct me to his favour? Can they answer, meeting-place between the sinner and his God-the even by a hint, the question of Job: “How shall Daysman who “ laid his hand upon us both, so makman be just before his God?" No doubt, “the ing peace." Yet gladly would we believe that the works of God are good, and sought out by all that sighs which we heard in that gloomy temple of sutake pleasure therein;" and one of the charges perstition were the strugglings of souls convinced of brought against his ancient people is, that they did sin, for reconciliation with their God-a reconciliation not regard the works of his hands. But these works, which might, through the Spirit's blessing, be enjoyed, by themselves, never can calın my fears, nor tell how as it has been enjoyed, by Romanists, like A'Kempis the holy God can deal in mercy with me a sinner; and and Pascal, in spite of all the wood, and hay, and all the indiscribable grandeur, by which I was an stubble, which a crafty priesthood has piled upon the hour ago surrounded, gave me, for that purpose, no only foundation which man can lay for hope towards clearer notion of the infinite Jchoval. It is not his God. through nature that we can arrive at the saving or In our own land, how many are Papists at heart satisfying knowledge of him. The notion of power -praying by tale, and doing penance by their own becomes more vivid amid such scenes; but what if it acts, and pleasing God because they belong to the be hostile power? The notion of the wisdom that Church ! presides over all one sees, is more solemnly impressed; One leaves, with regret, any spot where a new but what if that wisdom be pledged to sce me punished truth has been learned, or old truths confirmed; but as a sinner? These are the questions that never yet a traveller must move on; and after a night's rest at were answered amid such scenes, merely by them. Andermat, we resumed the ascent, now fully half It is poetry, then, not religion, that dreams of sinners completed. The snowy summit of St Gothard is ascending to God through nature. It is “God crossed, where even the Scotch fir-tree first degenemanifest in the flesh" alone, that brings the sinner rates into a feeble shrub, and then disappears--the and the Judge in amity together. It is in the fountains of the Reuss and the Ticino are passed;brightness of the Father's glory,” and not in the the former rushing towards Switzerland, the Rhine, grandeur of the Alps, or the loveliness of other sights, and the German Ocean; the latter, to Italy, the Po, that we can "acquaint ourselves with God, and be at and the Adriatic. The hospital on the Col, fast peace.” I found no solution for the question, “ How falling to decay, because the new route has made it can man be just before his God?" in all the groups useless, is left behind--our passports are examined, of magnificence which surrounded me an hour ago; and our knapsacks scarched, on the Italian frontier but I find it solved and for ever settled when I turn -waterfalls on the Ticino are scarcely glanced at, from these to look, as a believer, on "the image of though they would be visited by thousands, and the invisible God.” The savage aspect of the moun admired by them all, in every country but Switzertains, or the quiet aspect of the Lake of Lucerne, at land. We descend by Airolo into sunny Italy, and a little distance--the mixture of the terrific and the soon discover that we are surrounded by a race of tranquillizing--may combine to generate such senti men specifically different from those we have left ments as pass for piety, when pure and undefiled behind us, yet withal frank and bland to strangers. religion is unknown. But though men may love Monks are now even more rife, superstition is more what they call Deity more, they cannot know the rampant, and all that presents the religion of the true Deity, the “ God of pardons," better. “No man Saviour in travesty or caricature becomes more knoweth the Father, save the Son, and he to whom abundant. Faido, Al Dazio, the Val Levantine, the Son reveals him," is the saying of Jehovah. It Bellinzona,-all can be but named, for our present is true, whether I feel its truth or not; but I never business is with the Passes of the Alps. Our next felt its truth more distinctly than now, in the bosom paper shall refer to the Splagen Trap, by which we of the Alps, with all their glories, dusked by moon recrossed from Italy to Switzerland, and the great light, but therefore the more awing to man's spirit St Bernard, by which we returned to Italy again.
In returning to our home, we passed from the temple where man might have worshipped the
THE CHRISTIAN'S DEATI. God of nature, had sin never blighted the soul, to
It matters not at what hour of the day the church of the place—a Popish one. The worship
The righteous fall asleep; Death cannot come pers were few, for the evening opera (one can liken
To him untimely who is fit to die;
The less of this cold world, the more of beaven; their worship to little else) was over, and only the The briefer life, the earlier immortality; stricter or more anxious devotees remained behind.