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glory of Pompey, and raised on high the empire of Cæsar. The wild clemency of Cæsar is extolled to the skies, but to Pompey it is at length destructive. The ring and severed head of Pompey draws tears from Cæsar, whence it was clearly seen how upright he was. Then the garment sprinkled with gore during the sacrifice, prophetic of evil, certified that such would be his fate. If you should, therefore, contemplate the power of ambition, you would not discover an evil more pernicious.”
Two other relics of great but dissimilar interest are also placed in this room. These consist of two chairs, one made from an oak-beam taken from “ Alloway's auld haunted kirk," a little, obscure, roofless ruin in Ayrshire, whose existence out of its immediate locality, was hardly known till it became an object of veneration and pilgrimage on account of its having been chosen by Burns as the scene of the demon revelry so graphically described in his tale of “ Tam O'Shanter.” The other chair is made from an elm tree which grew on the battle-field of Waterloo. In the upper portion of the back, over a carved representation of the village and church of Waterloo, below which, under a helmet supported by flags, is the following :-“ This chair, carved from the Wellington elm which stood near the centre of the British lines on the field of Waterloo, is humbly presented to his most gracious Majesty George the Fourth."
From the Guard Chamber, the visitors proceed to the Queen's Presence Chamber. The ceiling, painted by Verrio, represents Catherine, Queen of Charles II., attended by Religion, Prudence, Fortitude, and other virtues. She is seated beneath a curtain or canopy, spread by Time, and supported by zephyrs; while Fame sounds the happiness of Britain. Below, Justice is seen driving away Envy, Sedition, Discord, &c. Here, too, are four pieces of tapestry containing the history of Esther and Mordecai, representing Haman's downfall, Mordecai's obstinacy, Esther fainting, and the banquet. In the first piece on entering from the Guard Chamber, Esther is seen making her request to King Ahasuerus at the banquet.
Esther vii. 3. No. 2 repre
sents Esther, who, having resolved to interccde for the deliverance of the Jews, presents herself before the king in the inner court, and obtains the grace of the golden sceptre. Esther v. 1, 2. No. 3 contains a representation of the contemptuous behaviour of Mordecai to Haman. Esther iii. 1, 2. No. 4 represents the final doom of Haman, who perceiving the failure of his schemes, “stood up to make request for his life to Esther, the Queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the King," and as the word went out of the King's mouth, they covered Haman's face.” Esth. vii. 7. The paintings I do not think it needful further to describe.
Now, my young friends, you will perceive that we saw much in this castle and palace. But there was much we were not privileged to see. We had no order to see the pricate apartments of her Majesty—this is rarely granted so that we could not inspect the everyday life of royalty. As to whether Old Winsford felt at home in a palace, he may say he has often felt much more at home in a cottage. The palace was something he was permitted to look at, not enjoy. He thought, there is nobody here who seems to notice or respect him. No one to greet him, or hand him a chair, or beg he would make himself at home, and feel that all that the palace contained was at his command. He thought, how differently will heaven be, for there will be somebody there who will both know and welcome him. Yea, he thought, Jesus would know him, and would privilege him, not merely to look at the glories of heaven, but to sit down with him on his throne. Along with the rest he had to leave Windsor Castle ; but he thought, “ Well, let me once get to heaven, I shall never have to leave it : no, for they shall go no more out.” Old Winsford did not even get a peep at her Majesty, for she was not at home. “ Thank God,” he said, “ Jesus will be ever at home. And, 0! how different,” he said, “ in another respect, will heaven be to Windsor Castle. Here are but the portraits of men, and some of them were not good men; in heaven there will be the men who have subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens."
While all were gratified with what we saw at Windsor Castle, in heaven all shall be astonished. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him; but God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit.” Yes, true believers have some knowledge of the enjoyment of heaven in their own delightful experience, and all my young friends may enjoy the same. The reader may have a preparatien, and a title to heaven. My young friends, try to get to heaven, for “ there is fulness of joy and pleasures for evermore.”
We speak of the realms of the blest,
Of that country so bright and so fair,
But what will it be to be there !
Of its walls deck'd with jewels so rare,
But what will it be to be there!
We speak of its service of love,
of the robes which the glorified wear, Of the church of the first-born above,
But what will it be to be there!
Do thou, Lord, 'midst pleasure or woe,
Still for heaven our spirits prepare,
And feel what it is to be there!
FEMALE, MARTYRS PUT TO DEATH BY
THEIR FATHER. The following account is taken from a work recently published, entitled “The Spanish Protestants :" by Senor Don Adolpho de Castro, translated by Thomas Parker. It is a most painful illustration of that alienation of the natural affection which the Saviour foretold that, His Gospel FEMALE MARTYRS PUT TO DEATH BY THEIR FATHER. 105 would produce. “The brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child.” It also affords an illustrious instance of that principle of attachment to himself, which Jesus requires; “Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven.—He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me.” We trust that whilst our young friends read this story—which shows the enormity of bitter hostility to the glorious protestantism which adorns our land—they will praise God for their privileges in being able to embrace the truth without fear of such cruel persecution; and that they will pray God to drive popery from our land, and banish it with all its superstitions and cruelties from the face of the earth.
“To such an extreme did the ferocity of some Catholics arrive, in the destruction of Lutherans, that one gentleman of Valladolid in 1581, denounced to the Holy Office, his own two daughters, as professors of the reformed religion. Desirous of converting them to Catholicism, he contrived, through the great confidence the inquisitors had in his blindness, that both these young creatures should be removed from the dungeons of the Inquisition to the paternal roof. There the fanatical father, assisted by various of the clergy and friars, attempted to turn away the minds of his daughters, from what he believed to be erroneous principles. Both however were unmovable in the true Protestant faith, and his efforts were abortive.
Burning with rage to see that his entreaties were in vain, as well as his threatenings and persecutions, he took them back to the Inquisition and informed the judges that both of them still defended reform with the greatest pertinacity. In fine, on the solicitation of the father, both of these unhappy women were condemned to be burnt. This pompous old man indignant that his blood should be stained with Lutheran principles, and overcome by a fanatical monomania, (madness) went to a certain forest on his own estate in search of branches from some of the large trees, and trunks of smaller ones, and cut them into suitable pieces, in order to kindle the flames which were to devour the bodies of his own children. The barbarous fellow, worthy to have been born among Cannibals, then returned to Valladolid with the spoils from his woods, and presented them to the Holy Office. The inquisitors praised his greatness of mind, and set him forth to the patricians, (the rich) and to the plebians, (the poor) as an example worthy the imitation of all who would increase and serve that faith which they imagined they were defending by the flames.
But the man was not even satisfied with having cut the wood; for, probably excited by the applause of his friends both secular and ecclesiastic, and with a view of spreading greater consternation through Valladolid, he actually petitioned to be the murderer of his own flesh and blood. After becoming his own enemy, and throwing his daughters into the loathsome cells of the Inquisition,-nay bringing his own wood to construct the burning pile—he asked permission of the Inquisitors to set light with his own hand in a public Auto-de-fe, to that same heap which was to reduce to ashes the delicate frames of those unhappy girls, unhappier still in having such a father. The Inquisitors who saw in this barbarious wretch, a model of slaves, received most graciously his petition, and in order to the exaltation of the Catholic faith, proclaimed with cymbles and trumpets, not only the inhuman demand, but their permission to comply with it. The two unfortunate girls accordingly perished at Valladolid, 1581."
We may add in the words of an excellent commentator upon the predictions of our Lord; “How desperate must be the enmity of the carnal heart against God, when the gospel of
and peace excites, in those to whom it is proposed, the most rancorous malice, dissolving all the bonds of relative and social life, and prompting to the most unnatural murders and massacres.” “ Were there no evidence that this had been done, it could scarcely be credible. The ties which bind brothers and sisters, and parents and children together are so strong, that it could scarcely be believed, that division of sentiment on religious subjects would cause them to forget these tender relations." Yet the above is an evidence of the past. Most deplorable,