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III.-THE FALL OF THE ANGELS. “The angels which kept not their first estate,"—Jude 6. "There is no angel," quoth the Sadducee;
“Nor devil neither! modern Mind replies. " There is a typhon, fount of evil he, And earliest rebel,” heathen Egypt cries.
“ Foul Arimanius,” Persia echoes loud, "First taught mankind against their God to sin."
While Greece hymns forth her strange and rebe crowd, Titan and giant, prisoned all within Earth's deepest cave, with adamantine chains;
Once hurled, with flaming globes, and bolts of fire,
In darkness deep, by Heaven's offended sire.
IV.-EDEN. “ And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden.”—Gen. ii. 8. SAY'st thou there was no “Paradise of God ?”
No happy, sinless state of early Man?
Ask all the ages past, each record scan,
Go ask the Greek-he tells of Golden age,
Had entered here, nor hate, nor guile, nor rage,
The far Egyptian tells Osiris' praise,
And wilt thou God's own Paradise deny,
V.-THE DIVINE REDEEMER. “ Mythology is full of the exploits of a Son of God.”—Ramsay. Forth comes Socinus, pranked in learning's pride,
Prepared the ways of God supreme to scan,Saying the Saviour, whom men crucified,
Was but a “creature-prophet,” but a manAnd lo! a voice from Egypt's pyramids
Sounds forth the name of dead Osiris, slain By evil Typhon, and aloud forbids
To call him less than God. From Syrian plain
Wailing in vain for him, their Saviour God,
And Greece from all her isles, replies aloud
“ It is a thing untenable-absurd,-
What say the ages past?-speak they no word
Of waters dire, that swept the burdened earth
Of old obscurity, this fact holds forth!
Which now bears but the ancient pyramid,
Now roaming deserts, or in caverns hid,
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The cry, that “the Church is in danger," in its ordinary and vulgar meaning, has not been heard for several years past. Nor do we mean now to revive it. But we are fully convinced that a period of greater real danger has scarcely been seen since the Reformation : danger, however, not of an external kind : not arising from mobs or feeble governments;—but of a far more gloomy and depressing character: danger, in fact, involving life itself ;-danger, arising from the increasing arts and growing success of the great Enemy, on the one hand, and from the withdrawal of the light of God's countenance, on the other.
Our subject, then, is,--the Church's present danger. And by " the Church,” we cannot mean merely the English Establishment; -but, without assigning any very definite limits to the term, we must include in our view, the present condition of the whole body