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it has no centre it is now purely chimeri- Christian religion. If, whenever cal. The great teachers of Christendom they altered their new Prayerfancied the Pope was that centre, but this was evidently delusion. It was in Book (which they did very often), the beginning a condition of salvation to it was always to make it less Ca"hear the church,” but as she has lost tholic, this was probably in the her voice nobody can be expected to hope that its doctrine would imhear her now, and the conditions of salvation are changed. It used to be her prove in quality as it lessened in business to impose terms of communion, quantity. If its bishops for many but it is the peculiar privilege of modern generations persecuted Catholics to Christians to substitute others for them. death or tortured them as 'idolaThe defection of millions in the earlier ters' this was only a quarrel of zzes, who became Arians or Donatists, brothers, and they were as deeply did not in the least affect her unity or

enamored of the Catholic faith as impair her authority ; but the rebellion of certain Englishmen—whose fathers had those whom they murdered for obeyed her for a thousand years, or of professing it. If for more than a Russians, who have invented a local reli- hundred years they gave the highgion and do not even aspire to an uni.

est dignities to men who had never versal one-is quite fatal to both. Of all laimer apostates it was rightly said, " They received episcopal ordination, that went out from us because they were not

fact proved nothing against their of us," but no one would think of saying reverence for the apostolic succesthis of men who live under the British

sion, or their conviction that they Constitution, because they have a clear Dght to“ go out " whenever they please.""

possessed it themselves. In like

manner their casting down altars Such is the Anglican theory, ... (in some cases making them into in the face of which the Anglican paving-stones), and substituting a prophets go to their temples, and 'wooden table,' in no way affect loudly proclaim, “I believe in One, our constant declaration that the Holy, Catholic Church.” The na- doctrine of the Christian sacrifice tural result of such teaching is that was always most firmly held and 1 majority of Englishmen have taught in the Anglican Church. long ceased to believe in anything That they allowed their clergy of the kind.

every variety of creed

may

have Nor is the Anglican theory about been one way of testifying their the Catholic Church a more impos

conviction that truth is sle absurdity than what they pro- Their constant execration of the less to believe, and apparently do Catholic faith must be interpreted believe, about their own, although as meaning something quite oppohey do not state their belief in the site; in the same way, if you supbare and unambiguous manner in press the Homilies and reverse the skich we will state it for them. Articles, which for some sagacious That sect "existed,” they tell us,

were written as they are, * before the so-called Reformation, you will find the genuine theology stuch was only a trivial episode in of our founders. 33 history. It left the Church of Finally, if the Church of EngEngland exactly what it was be- land pretended to be fiercely Profore, and only made it a little more testant for three centuries, this was

If its founders called only to take the world by surprise the Mass a “blasphemous fable,' about the year 1870, and thus sethey must have intended that it cure the Catholic revival' which **s the most sacred rite of the will hasten the time when Dr. Tait

one.

reason

Catholic.

will be universally recognized as that another large and influential the legitimate successor of S. An- exodus in the same direction is imselm-particularly in his religious minent.” If Anglicans are not views—and the Anglican reforma- converted now, the case does intion justly appreciated as a noble deed seem hopeless. But they protest against the noxious errors need more than ever at this moof Protestantism, with which it ac- ment a solemn warning. They may cidentally coincided in point of begin to desire reconciliation, and time, but had nothing in common to flee from the house of bondage; in point of doctrine.”

but, if they think they can criticise But of what avail is all this? the church as they have been in the Ritualists succeed in revealing the habit of criticising their own sect; disorganization of their sect, only if they propose to teach instead of to show that it is incurable, and yet to learn; to command instead of to are able to persuade themselves obey; if they do not seek her parthat such a sect as this, which ex- don and blessing in the loving ists only to “neutralize " the reve- spirit of penance, humility, and lation of the Most High, is an in- submission, let them remember tegral part of that majestic and in- that the church of God is no home flexible Church of the living for the lawless and self-sufficient. God," upon which he has lavished But to all those who in humility all the highest gifts which even di- and sincerity are seeking the truth, vine munificence could bestow. we would say with all possible inSpeaking of some recent conver- tensity of entreaty :

“Let him sions to the Catholic Church, the that is athirst come. And whosoever Church Herald says: “From what will, let him take the water of we hear from quarters which are well life freely,” for “the Spirit and informed, there can be little doubt the BRIDE say, Come.”

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ANTAR AND ZARA;

OR,

“THE ONLY TRUE LOVERS."

AN EASTERN ROMANCE NARRATED IN SONGS.

BY AUBREY DE VERE.

PART VI.

THEY SANG.

I.

The people met me at the rescued gate,

On streaming in the immeasurable joy,
Warriors with wounds, gray priests, old men sedate,

The wife, the child, the maiden, and the boy.

Then followed others-some as from a tomb,

Their face a blank, and vacant; blinded some; Some that had whitened in the dungeon's gloom;

Some, from long years of lonely silence, dumb.

Anatomies of children with wild glare,

Like beasts new caught; and man-like spectres pale; And shapes like women, fair, or one time fair

(Unhappiest these), that would not lift the veil.

Then saw I what is wrought on man by men :

Then saw I woman's glory and her shame: Then learned I that which freedom is—till then

The soldier, not of her, but of her name.

The meaning then of Country, Virtue, Faith,

Flashed on me, lightning-like : I pressed my brow Down on the wayside dust, and vowed till death

My life to these. That was my bridal vow.

II.

A dream was mine that not for long

Our joy should have its home on earth; That love, by anguish winged, and wrong,

Should early seek its place of birth;

That all thy hand hath done and dared

Should scantlier serve our country's need Than some strange suffering 'twixt us shared

Her last great harvest's sanguine seed.

I saw false friends their treaties snap

Like osiers in a giant's hand; Saw sudden flames our cities wrap;

Saw, drowned in blood, our Christian land.

I saw from far the nations come

To avenge the lives they scorned to save, Till, ransomed by our martyrdom

Our country carolled o'er our grave!

III.

Still to protect the lowly in their place,

The power unjust to meet, defant still, Is ours; and ours to subjugate the base

In our own hearts to God's triumphant will.

We, playmates once amid the flowers and rills,

Are now two hunters chasing hart and hind, Two shepherds guarding flocks on holy hills,

Two eaglets launched along a single wind.

What next? Two souls-a husband and a wife

Bearing one cross o'er heights the Saviour trod; What last? Two spirits in the life of life

Singing God's love-song under eyes of God.

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An angel by me stood, and smiled;

He wrapt me round; aloft he bore; He wasted me o'er wood and wild;

He laid me at my mother's door.

How oft in sleep with heart that yearned

Have I not seen that face! Ah! me, How slowly, seeing, I discerned

That likeness strange it bears to thee!

V.

If some great angel thus bespake,

“ Near, and thy nearest, he shall be, Yet thou-a dreamer though awake

But thine own thought in him shalt see ";

If some great angel thus bespake,

“Near, and his nearest, thou shalt be, Yet still his fancy shall mistake

That beauty he but dreams, for thee";

If, last, some pitying angel spake,

“Through life unsevered ye shall be, And fancy's dreams suffice to slake

Your thirst for immortality";

Then would I cry for love's great sake,

“O Death ! since truth but dwells with thee, Come quick, and semblance substance make

In heaven abides Reality."

VI.

Upon my gladness fell a gloom :

Thee saw I-on some far-off dayMy husband, by thy loved one's tomb:

I could not help thee where I lay.

Ah! traitress 1, to die the first !

Ah! hapless thou, to mourn alone ! Sudden that truth upon me burst,

Confessed so oft; till then unknown.

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