[ocr errors]

their conduct, yours should be such as becometh / would, we doubt not, be received as a great saints. If you caunot yield them obedience boon by “masses” of our countrymen, and from any feeling of personal esteem, still act might prove specially useful at the present time, dutifully towards them, from a principle of | when Popery is putting forth all her efforts to piety—“ with good-will doing service from the regain her lost ascendancy in our land, and, in heart, as unto the Lord, and not unto men.” so doing, is encouraged and fostered by a proIn the primitive age of the Gospel, the converts fessedly Protestant Government. were mostly servants, and experienced all kinds On Sabbath, the 9th of November 1572, Knox preof cruel treatment at the hands of their unbe- sided at the installation of Lawson as his colleague and lieving masters. But the apostles exhorted successor. The sermon was preached by him in the them, notwithstanding, to requite evil with Tolliouth Church; after which he removed, with the

audience, to the large church, where he went through good—to be honest, obliging, and diligent; and the accustomed form of admission, by proposing the the fulfilment of these exhortations was one of questions to the minister and people, addressing an the principal means of extending the Gospel in exhortation to both, and praying for the divine blessthose days, and more especially of recommend ing upon their connection. On no former occasion

ing its principles to the higher ranks. Let the did he give more satisfaction to those who were able | example be more widely followed, and we shall

to hear him. After declaring the respective duties

of pastor and people, he protested, in the presence of witness a renewed exhibition of its beneficial

Him to whom he expected soon to give an account, effects,

that he had walked among them with a good conBut if servants should be faithful to bad science, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all i masters, need I say what special responsibility sincerity, not studying to please men, nor to gratify devolves on those whom Providence has placed his own affections; he praised God that he had been

pleased to give them a pastor in his room, when he in godly families. Estimate highly such a position. Let no trivial considerations displace any gifts which had been conferred on himself might

was now unable to teach; he ferventiy prayed that you from its occupancy:

And, above all, re be augmented a thousandfold in his successor; and, spond gladly to every effort which is made for in a most serious and impressive manner, he exhorted your improvement. If you do not-it you will and charged the whole assembly to adhere stedfastly not worship with the family, or be instructed

to the faith which they had professed. Having | by them—you not only forfeit these advantages a cheerful but exhausted voice, he descended from

finished the service, and pronounced the blessing with yourselves, and accuinulate guilt upon your own the pulpit, and leaning upon his staff and the arm of heads, but you discourage masters and mis an attendant, crept down the street, which was lined tresses in making like attempts with others; with the audience, who, as if anxious to take the last and thus perpetuate the evil you have daringly sight of their beloved pustor, followed him until he commenced. I hope better things of such as

entered his house, from which he never again came

out alive. may read this paper, and things that accompany On Tuceday following, the 11th of November, he 1 salvation, though I thus speak. And happy was seized with a severe cough, which greatly affected

should I deem myself if I knew that, in any his breathing. When his friends, anxious to prolong case, a master or a servant were led, by these his life, proposed to call in the assistance of physicians, remarks, to hold sacred a relation heretofore he readily acquiesced, saying that he would not ne perverted by them, and to make henceforth persuaded that death would soon put an end to all

glect the ordinary means of health, although he was that use of the distinctions of time which pre- his sorrows. It had been his ordinary practice to pares for the abolition of them, and furnishes read every day some chapters of the old and New the earnest and the foretaste to all classes, of Testament; to which he added a certain number of dwelling together in a Father's house of many the Pealms of David--the whole of which he perused mansions.

regularly once a-month. On Thursday the 13th, he

sickened, and was obliged to desist from his course The relation of master and servant, as sub- of reading; but he gave directions to his wife and his sisting in public works, will be treated of in a secretary, Richard Bannatyne, that one of them future Nurnber.

should every day read to him, with a distinct voice, the 17th chapter of the Gospel according to John,

the 53d of Isaiah, and a chapter of the Epistle to THE DEATH-BED OF JOHN KNOX. the Ephesians. This was punctually complied with The following intensely affecting narrative of during the whole time of his sickness; and scarcely

an hour passed in which some part of Scripture was the last days of our great Reformer, is extracted not read in his heariny. Besides the above passages, from Dr M'Crie's Life of Knox.” We are he at different times fixed on certain Psalns, and aware that, to very many of our readers, it will some of Calvin's French sermons on the Ephesians. not be “new;" but we are also afraid, from Thinking him at times to be asleep, when they were what has come under our own observation, that engaged in reading, they inquired if he heard them, unfortunately it will be so to not a few of understand far better;" words which he uttered for them. Although the price of the genuine edi- the last time, within four hours of his death. tion of the “Life of Knox” has been reduced On Friday the 14th, he rose from bed at an earlier

to less than a third of its original cost, still hour than usual; and thinking that it was Sabbath, il it is such as to keep the work from the hands said that he meant to go to church, and preuch on of many who would gladly purchase it if within

the resurrection of Christ, upon which he had been | the reach of their restricted means. A " cheap" meditating through the night. This was the subject

on which he should have preached in his ordinary or “ People's Edition” of this noble volume

But he was so weak, that he needed to be

[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

supported from his bed-side by two men, and it was trampit on your fute;" and exhorted her to lay aside with great difficulty that he could sit on a chair. pride, and be clothed with humility. He then pro

He was very anxious to meet once more with the tested as to himself, as he had often done before, that session of his church, to leave them lis dying charge, he relied wholly on the free mercy of God, mani! and bid them a last farewell. In compliance with fested to mankind through his dear Son Jesus Christ, this wish, his colleague, the elders, and deacons, with whom alone he embraced for wisdom, and righteousDavid Lindsay, one of the ministers of Leit.., assem ness, and sanctification, and redemption. bled in his room on Monday, the 17th, when he On Friday the 21st, he desired Richard Bannatyne addressed them in the following words, which made to order his coffin to be made. During that day he a deep and lasting impression on the minds of all: was much engaged in meditation and prayer. These “The day approaches, and is now before the door, words dropped from his lips at intervals: “ Come, for which I have frequently and vehemently thirsted, Lord Jesus.-Sweet Jesus, into thy hand I commend when I shall be released from my great labours and my spirit.- Be merciful, Lord, to thy Church, which innumerable sorrows,

and shall be with Christ. And thou hast redeemed.-Give peace to this afflicted comnow, God is my witness, whom I have served in the monwealth.—Raise up faithful pastors who will take spirit in the Gospel of his Son, that I have taught the charge of thy Church.-Grant us, Lord, the pernothing but the true and solid doctrine of the Gospel foct hatred of sin, both by the evidences of thy wrath of the Son of God, and have hal it for my only object and mercy.” In the midst of his meditations, he i to instruct the ignorant, to confirm the faithful, to often addressed those who stood by, in such sentences i comfort the weak, the fearful, and the distressed, by as these: “O serve the Lord in fcar, and death shall the promises of grace, and to fight against the proud not be terrible to you. Nay, blessed shall death be and rebellious by the divine threatenings. I know that to those who have felt the power of the death of the many have frequently complained, and do still loudly only begotten Son of God.” complain, of my too great severity; but God knows On Sabbath the 23d (which was the first day of the that my mind was always void of hatred to the per national fast), during the afternoon sermon, after sons of those against wiiom I thundered the severest lying a considerable time quiet, he suddenly exjudgments. I cannot deny that I felt the greatest claimed: " If any be present, let them come and see abhorrence at the sins in which they indulged; but the work of God.” Thinking that his death was at still I kept this one thing in view, that, if possible, I hand, Bannatyne sent to the Church for Johnston of might gain them to the Lord. What influenced me Elphingston. When he came to the bed-side, knox to utter whatever the Lord put into my mouth so burst out in these rapturous expressions: “I have boldly, and without respect of persons, was a reve been these two last nights in meditation on the rential fear of my God, who called, and of his grace troubled state of the Church of God, the spouse of appointed, me to be a steward of divine mysteries; Jesus Christ-despised of the world, but precious in and a belief that he will demand an account of the the sight of God. I have called to God for her, and manner in which I have discharged the trust com have committed her to her head, Jesus Christ. I mitted to me, when I shall stand at last before his have fought against spiritual wickedness in heavenly tribunal, I profess, therefore, before God, and he things, and have prevailed. I have been in heaven, fore his holy angels, that I never made merchandise and have possession. I have tasted of the heavenly of the sacred Word of God, never studied to please joys where presently I am.” He then repeated the men, never indulged my own private passions or those Lord's Prayer and the Creed, interjecting devout of others; but faithfully distribute l the talents in aspirations between the articles of the latter. trusted to me for the edification of the Church over After sermon, many came to visit him. Perceirwhich I watched. Whatever obloquy wicked men ing that he breathed with great difficulty, some of may cast on me respecting this point, I rejoice in the them asked if he felt much pain. He answered, that testimony of a good conscience. In the meantime, he was willing to lie there for years, if God so pleased, my dear brethren, do you persevere in the eternal and if he continued to shine upon his soul through truth of the Gospel: wait diligently on the flock over Jesus Christ. He slept very little; but was emwhich the Lord hath set you, and which he redeemed ployed almost incessantly either in meditation, in with the blood of his only begotten Son. And thou, prayer, or in exhortation: “Live in Christ. Lire my dearest brother Lawson, fight the good fight, and in Christ, and then flesh need not fear death.---Lord, do the work of the Lord joyfully and resolutely. The grant true pastors to thy Church, that purity of docLord from on high bless you, and the whole Church trine may be retained. -Restore peace again to this of Edinburgh, against whom, as long as they per commonwealth, with godly rulers and magistrates.severe in the word of truth which they have heard | Once, Lord, make an end of my trouble.” Then, of me, the gates of hell shall not prevail.” Those stretching his hands towards heaven, he said: “Lord, , who were present were filled both with joy and grief I commend my spirit, soul, and body, and all, into by this affecting address. After reminding him of thy hands. Thou knowest, O Lord, my troubles : I do the warfare which he had endured, and the triumph not murmur against thee." His pious ejaculations which awaited him, and joining in prayer, they took were so numerous, that those who waited on him! their leave of him drowned in tears.

coull recollect only a small portion of what he utAfter his interview with the session he became much tered; for seldom was he silent, when they were not worse; his difficulty of breathing increased, and he employed in reading or in prayer. could not speak without great and obvious pain. Yet Monday, the 24th of November, was the last day he continued still to receive persons of every rank, that he spent on earth. That morning he could not who caine in great numbers to visit him, and suffered be persuaded to lie in bed, but, though unable to none to go away without advices; which he uttered stand alone, rose between nine and ten o'clock, and with such variety and suitableness as astonished those put on his stockings and doublet. Being conducted who waited upon him.

to a chair, he sat about half-an-hour; and then was A religious lady of his acquaintance desired him to put to bed again. In the progress of the day, it appraise God for what good he had done, and was be- peared evident that his end drew near. Besides his ginning to speak in his commendation, when he in- wife and Bannatyne, Campbell of Kingeancleugh, terrupted her : " Tongue! tongue! lady ; flesh of Johnston of Elphingston, and Dr Preston, three or itself is over-proud, and needs no means to esteem his most intimate acquaintance, sat by turns at his itself." He put her in mind of what had been said bed-side. Kinyeancleuch asked him if he had any to her long ago: " Lady, lady, the black one has never pain: “ It is no painful pain, but such a pain as shall

[ocr errors]




53 soon, I trust, put end to the battle. I must leave ! the care of my wife and children to you,” continued

EXTRACTS FROM A TRAVELLER'S NOTE-BOOK. I he,“ to whom you must be a husband in my mom.

About three o'clock in the afternoon, one of his eyes BY THIS REV. W. K. TWEEDIE, EDINBURGH. failed, and his speech was considerably affected. He desired his wife to read the 15th chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians. “Is not that a comfortable chapter ?" said he, when it was finished; The Splugen Trap— The Great St Bernard- Mont Blanc"O what sweet and salutary consolation the Lord

The Semplon-Mont Cenis. has afforded me from that chapter !” A little after he said : “ Now, for the last time, I commend my its name, is the starting point for the ascent of the

Como, at the lower extremity of the lake which bears , soul, spirit, and body (touching three of his tingers)

into thy hand, O Lord.” About five o'clock, he said Splugen Alp; and that city, not often visited, but to his wife: “Go, read where I cast my first anchor;" exquisitely lovely in its site, seemed, as a first impresupon which she read the 17th chapter of John's sion, to realize all our anticipations from Italy. In Gospel, and afterwards a part of Calvin's sermons on the Ephesians.

its neighbourhood we found the fig tree, the almond, After this he appeared to fall into a slumber, in the peach, the citron, the orange, all uniting to pour 1 terrupted by heavy moans, during which the atten

their abundance into the lap of man; and, for the dants looked every moment for his dissolution. But first time, the vine appeared in the anticipated luxuat length he awaked, as if from sleep, and being riance, clustering round every cottage, or trained to asked the cause of his sighing so deeply, replied: every tree, insomuch that one ceased to wonder "I have formerly, during my frail lite, sustained that, in a land like this, sensual men should have many contests, and many assaults of Satan; but at present he hath assailed me most fearfully, and put

made Bacchus a god.-The marble cathedral of forth all his strength to devour and make an end of Como is at least vast enough to be imposing; and me at once. Often before has he placed my sins be while we walked within its gloomy precincts, and fore my eyes—often tempted me to despair-often beheld the worshippers come and go, we felt more endeavoured to ensnare me by the allurements of the assured than ever that these children of much ignoworld; but these weapons were broken by the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and the enemy failed. drawing the subtle distinction by which Romanists

rance, and of as strong emotion, were incapable of Now he has attacked me in another way: the cunning serpent has laboured to persuade me that I have seek to defend the worship of creatures--their osu!ice merited heaven and eternal blessedness by the faith and nutgive-their inferior and superior adoration, ful discharge of my ministry. But blessed be God, No one that knows the heart of man, as dissected in who has enabled me to beat down and quench this

the Bible, can doubt that vast multitudes stop short fiery dart, by suggesting to me such passages of | Scripture as these : •What hast thou that thou hast

at the image—the thing that is seen--instead of not received ?-By the grace of God I am what I am: rising, as is pretended, through it, to the Being that i Nct I, but the grace of God in me.' Upon this

, is spiritual and divine. Nothing but conversion can as one vanquished, he left ine. Wherefore I givé save men from that delusion; and when a man is conthanks to my God through Jesus Christ, who has verted, he will need no such auxiliaries to worship been pleased to give me the victory ; and I am per

as a painting or a statue. His communion will be suaded that the tempter shall not again attack me, but, within a short time, I shall,

without any great his adoration will be what God desires—" in spirit

with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ; and pain of boly or anguish of mind, exchange this mor

tal and miserable life for a blessed immortality, and in truth.” | brough Jesus Christ."

The sail along the Lake of Como—the Larian Lake He then lay quiet for some hours, except that now of the Romans—is another of those enjoyments which and then he desired them to wet his mouth with a bring out, in strong relief, the transient nature of all little weak ale. At ten o'clock they read the evening prayer, which they had delayed beyond the usual earthly things. Here are ruined castles, grey with hour, from an apprehension that he was asleep.

the antiquity of half a thousand years. There is the After this exercise was concluded, Dr Preston asked Villa Pliniana, the very spot where a learned Roman him if he had heard the prayers. “Would to God," had his home, and perhaps recorded the thoughts on said be, “ that you and all men had heard them as I which we still love to dwell; but now-stat nominis have heard them; I praise God for that heavenly | umbra. On the slope of a neighbouring eminence is sound." The doctor rose up, and Kinyeancleugh sat down before his bed. About eleven o'clock, he gave

the Villa D'Este, the abode of one who claims close a deep sigh, and said: “Now it is come." Bannatyne kindred with the Royal Family of Britain, now said to immediately drew near, and desired him to think be poor and in decay, and dependant on the bounty of upon those comfortable promises of our Saviour others. On every side, in short, all is rich or magnifiJesus Christ, which he had so often declared to cent, but man. As we approach the upper end of the others; and, perceiving that he was speechless, re lake, the mountains become more decidedly Alpine; quested bim to give them a sign that he heard them, and after passing the entrance to valleys once the scenes and die in peace. Upon this he lifted up one of his hands, and, sighing twice, expired without a struggle. of perfidious massacres, and likely to be so aguin, did

any openly dare to avouch the Christian's God and THE CHRISTIAN'S GRAVE.

the Christian's Book as theirs, we landed at the Wrex by a good man's grave I muse alone, base of a mountain, shooting upwards to a height of Methinks an angel sits upon the stone,

nine thousand feet above the level of the lake. Like those of old, on that thrice hallowed night, Who sate and watched in raiment heavenly bright; the gulis, and bays, and islands of the lake, all made

Looking back from the Riva on the scene trarersed, And, with a cira inspiring joy, not fear, i Says, pointing upward, that ne is not here, distinct and apparently near, by the transparency of That he is risen,

ROGERS. the Italian atmosphere, the thought arises in the

mind without effort-If such beauty still belong to percolation of water rending the rock, descended, and a world where sin has wrought such havoc, how sur in an instant literally buried Piuri out of sight. On passing had its loveliness been had it never become the 4th of September 1618, between two and three polluted!

thousand people dwelt securely there; on the night But enough is forthwith seen to check such thoughts. between that and the 5th, they were overwhelmed in From the Riva where we landed, we hastened to the twinkling of an eye-only three of the inhabitants Chiavenna, at the base of the Alp which we intended escaped! A forest of chestnut trees now grows where to climb; and as we traversed the valley, often devas- that fated village stood; and the masses of rock, tated by torrents from the neighbouring mountains, themselves a little mountain, forbade every attempt we saw that, along the borders of the streams, chapels at excavation. At Rossberg, between Zug and had been reared by superstition, in the hope that the Schweitz, we had seen a similar scene; but there the Virgin, or the saint thus honoured, would prevent the crackling on the mountain gave warning for weeks floods from spreading their devastations over the fields. before of what was to come. Men flocked, however, Though these structures were wisely reared just by to witness the descent when it should take place; the extreme edge of the more ordinary inundations, among others, a wedding party were there when the the wide-spread debris made it all too plain that the land-slip occurred. Four hundred and fifty-seven temples were not respected by the waters—such souls, in spite of all their warnings, were crowded to talismans had no more power than the word of their last account; and of the married couple, one Canute over the flowing tide. If superstition were was taken and the other left. devotion, this valley were an Eden; but its people are The water-fall of Pianazzo, in the Valley of S. Jiapoor and goitrous; so that the decrepitude of man como, near the summit of this pass, is estimated at contrasts strangely here with the luxuriance of nature. eight hundred feet, and is therefore next to the StauEven the richness that fringes the Lake of Como bach-among the loftiest in Europe; but it is one of cannot in reality counteract, to the extent of a sand the scenes which description has exaggerated. At | grain, the misery of which man, as a sinner, is the no great distance, a portion of the French army of ' heir. The remedy for that is thus prescribed : “In reserve, which passed the Splugen when Bonaparte He is thy help found.”

crossed the St Bernard, suffered much from avalanches The repose of the Sabbath was refreshing both to and whirlwinds, and found only a grave among the the body and the soul, after the constant excitements glaciers, while they were seeking glory in the butchery of the week. We found, however, that Popery was the of their fellow-men. One man pants for military sole religion known to exist in the commune of Chia- | fame, and ten thousand die to purchase it; and mad I, venna. The versatile Paul Verger, and others, at the as all this is, the great of earth will have it so. time of the Reformation, became the pastors of that The descent of the mountain on the north offers town and district; and for a season the truth found a nothing peculiar, except the wild grandeur of the welcome there. But schisms, wars, and persecutions district; and, before the sun went down, we were again drove it thence; and it must return, ere the town again in Switzerland. We had been at this time only rise from its present state of mental bondage and civil about one hundred and seventy hours in the Lombardovassalage, under the rule of Austria and the spiri- Venetian territory of the Emperor of Austria; yet tual despotism of the Pope. It is true now, as of in that brief period our passports were thrice exaold—“I beheld, and there was no man; .... there mined—our names, ages, professions, and designs in was no counsellor that, when I asked, could answer travelling twice reported to the police-our baggage a word. Behold, they are all vanity; their works are searched again and again, and our books regarded nothing; their molten images wind and confusion." with an eye of sp suspicion. We had to wait

The ascent of the Splugen Trap is now an easy thrice on the custom-house officers, to explain our task, in consequence of the route constructed over objects and answer questions; and were once threathe mountain in 1818–1822. The highest level of the tened to be sent out of the territory by the route by pass is six thousand five hundred and thirteen feet which we entered it, because some functionary had above that of the sea; but from Chiavenna to the neglected to attach his name to our passports. This village of Splugen, in the Grisons, the distance is lynx-eyed surveillance is rigidly kept up at station after about twenty-four miles, so numerous are the wind-station; and more than once those with whom we ings of the path. The highest peak of the mountain conversed declined communication with us, lest their is nine thousand eight hundred and forty-five feet, conduct should be watched and reported. In a civil and there winter is perpetual; but only on a small point of view, this is abundantly harassing; but a portion of the road is the traveller impeded by snow. Christian does not deplore it merely on that account. At certain seasons of the year avalanches and land. The countries which are thus, in effect, under milislips occasion danger; but at others, all the grandeur tary government, and all but martial law, are herof that sterile region may be explored without even metically sealed against the entrance of the truthinconvenience. From the southern ascent, we saw, any voice lifted up to proclaim the believer's liberty as at our feet, the scene of one of those catastrophes without compromise would be instantly silenced; and not uncommon in this wild land. The village of though the Over-ruler will work, and none can hinder, 1 Piuri, containing two thousand four hundred and yet, looking at the continental, and especially the thirty people, stood on the southern declivity, or Italian states, the period seems indefinitely distant rather on one of the spurs of the mountain. A land when the kingdoms of this world shall become the slip, that is, an avalanche of rock and earth, detached kingdoms of the Lord and of his Christ. And yet from the overhanging mountain of Conto by the I the very route which we have traversed is helping



[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

on that result, by facilitating intercourse; and the Effigiem Christi, quum transis, semper honora ;) feeling of dissatisfaction will increase the force of the Non effigiem, sed quem signat, semper adora. reaction when the set time has come. There are Were it our object to trace the course of the river, men there, even now, to whom the Bible is precious; the baths of Pfeffers, Ragatz, Sargans, the Lake of while multitudes are hungering and thirsting for they Wallenstadt (an inexpressibly magnificent scene), know not what. We have no doubt that the intro- Glarus, and other places, might all detain us long. duction of the Scriptures among them would ignite We must, however, hasten on only stopping to the dry materialsand perhaps cause a tremendous comment on the strange aspect which religion Explosion. But when will the Scriptures, in any wears in the cantons of St Gall and Glarus, where

adequate quantity, be introduced? Shall we hazard Popery and Protestantism are equally the relii prediction in reply? In the train of the next var. gion of the State. Much has been said regarding

We see no other kuman means equal to the task of the harmony with which the two systems are there ' unlocking Italy.

found to coalesce. But the truth is, as far as our Arrived in Switzerland again, the Rheinwald be observations and inquiries reached, the adherents came the scene of our wanderings for a little. The of neither system appear seriously to regard their ** Epic River” takes its rise in that region, and a nominal tenets. Popery and Protestantism are so i pizrimage to its fountains is an adventure which none completely opposed, that it is not possible for the . Baould visit those mountains without making. It is two to combine, except at the sacrifice of all that is not fed from springs like the Nile, so that no ecstasy | vital in the latter. At Glarus, in particular, were could be ours, like that of Bruce when he stood by these convictions forced upon our mind. A comprothe source of the riches of Egypt. Glaciers, and mise has here been struck between the systems; the snows that never wholly melt, give rise to the Rhine; acid and the alkali have met, and all that is pure and far up, towards its source, there are many places and spiritual seems to have been thoroughly neutrawhere we could leap across the stream. The region is lized. In the principal church of that little capital, one of perfect sterility and “thick-ribbed ice;" for

we saw the most preposterous efforts made to harthe sides of the mountains are covered with glaciers monize the worship of Jehovah with that of images. I which stretch from the summit well-nigh to the The Protestants and Romanists use the same temple

base. No more appropriate fountain-head could be at different hours. The crucifix, which is unusually 1

found for so majestic a stream, and no solitude more large, employed by the latter, is raised to the ceiling, deep or unbroken-the bleat of the timid chamois, and thus placed nearly out of sight, while the former or the cry of the scared marmot, is the only sound are assembled for worship; but its appearance, thus that disturbs the silence, when the tempest is at suspended in the air, is grotesquely ludicrous. The rest.

whole aspect of religion here reminds one of the men We followed the course downward, and gradually in the East who are said to attend mosque on Friday descended to the country where legend blends its and church on Sunday, expecting to be acknowledged fietions with the truths of history, to give interest to by the truc prophet at the last, as they cannot, in the the canton. The dismantled towers of brigand meantime, determine between the claims of God our chiefs, perched on the summit of every eminence Saviour and the impostor of Mecca. But death makes along the river, tell that in other lands besides the

men decided and earnest, and however the ProtesEast, every man's hand may be against his brother; tants and Romanists may unite in life, they are careand carry back one's thoughts to the times when this fully separated when they die. Their dust does not whole country was under the control of men scarcely commingle, for they bury in separate comparénients less wild than the chamois, the lynxes, and the wolves, of the cemetery around the common church. The which are stil the tenants of those mountains and “bland amalgamation of the grave" is not known at forests. In the canton of the Grisons alone, which Glarus--an emblein his of the eternal separation of Fe Fere now traversing, one hundred and eighty truth from error. castles in ruins have been counted. The language of the district is multiform; for German, Italian, and

REASONS FOR BELIEF. Romansch are spoken. The last-mentioned is a dia| lect peculiar, it is said, to this province, and has been

What am I? and froin whence? I nothing know

But that I am; and since I am, conclude Teserved, we are told, for twenty-four centuries, for

Something eternal. Had there e'er been nought, ibe inost part unprinted, yet unaltered, among the Nought still had been: eternal there must be. primitive people who inhabit the uplands. Their But what eternal? Why not human race, religion is not more simple than their speech; for the And Adam's ancestors without an end? Popish and the Protestant are strangely blent; and That's hard to be conceived; since every link while the churches of the one are daubed or conse

Os that long chained succession is so frail;

Can every part depend and not the whole? erated by the figure of the Virgin, or some other house

Yet grant it true; new difficulties rise; hold god, those of the other are rudely inscribed with Whence earth and these bright orbs? --Eternal too? Scriptural devices. At Coire, where the Reformation Grant matter was eternal; still these orbs

secured, and still maintains, a footing, though checked Would want some other father: much design į by the anomalous dialects of the country, it has rec

Is seen in all their motions, all their makes; | tified in some degree the grossness of Popery; for we

Design implies intelligence and art;

That can't be from themselves, or man: that art uticed near it the following inscription, monkish at

Man scarce can comprehend, could man bestow? cace in its religion and Latinity, though more ortho And nothing greater yet allowed than man. cox than many in higher quarters :

Who motion, foreign to the smallest grain,

« VorigeDoorgaan »