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Weeping, sighs and leaves the room to vent her
Sorrows o'er that poisoned one.

Who can erase
The stain ? Not frowns or grief. 'Tis God alone
Who can.

But oh, the pain! A lion loose would
Not such mischief do. The rifle or the
Sword could that destroy, but this destroyer
May destroy the boy, and thousands more ! His
Words a net, so plausible to youth, and
Few escape that, venturing near his den,
Entangled first, then, too, reject the truth,
Regard not counsel, love, entreaty, grief.
But oh, this heaving! My loved child is gone !
Now from me torn for ever! Woe is me!
She drank the wretched atheist poison
Up. Alas ! that ruthless, cruel tongue and pen
That made the way for her death-poison cup !
Blind infidel, what dreadful sting's in
Store-that solemn after-state you dare deny !
I wish
you

not in endless hell to weep,
Though plundered of that cheek I loved to kiss.
But God you thus defy, and more, His just
Vengeance brings ; and thou, vile wretch, m'ist sink
Into the deep-that deep abyss-sinking, yea

Ever sink—where woe is bottomless.
April 5th, 1881.

A. B.

THE ROMISH REVIVAL. THE Romish press is jubilant over the increase of Popery in England, and truly not without cause. In 1840, they numbered some half a million, and had 522 churches and 624 priests, &c. In 1880, they had increased to 1,384,000 adherents, with 1,461 churches, and 2,282 ministers. This rate of progress is far beyond that of the general population, that having only increased sixty per cent., while the Romanists have increased 158 per cent.

In Australia, India, and the United States the spread of Romanism has been equally remarkable. Surely these figures ought to be enough to startle into activity every bit of zeal possessed by every true Protestant, while an earnest and united cry should be continually ascending heavenward, that the Lord would in mercy prevent the shackles of Rome being again riveted, if not upon us, yet upon our children. What is particularly striking is, that the great flow of people to Rome has not been from the Nonconformists of the land, but from the Established Church of England. Towards this, doubtless, such perverts as Manning and Newman have greatly assisted. It has been well and truly said that “the Anglican State Church has become the greatest nursery of Romanism in the world ;” and recent appointments of bishops and archbishop show that the Popish movement in the national Church is stronger than ever. Fifty years ago, many godly men, though Dissenters themselves, upheld the State Church, believing it to be a bulwark against Romanism ; but, since the Tractarian or Ritualistic movement was set on foot by the late Dr. Pusey and his confederates, such ideas have received a crushing blow, and lead all true Protestants to feel that they must not trust in a State Church as a defence against Popery, but in the Word of God's truth, wielded by His mighty Spirit.

May the Lord speedily gird His sword upon His thigh, and ride forth through the earth, overturning these Jesuitical enemies of His truth, and convincing. men and women that true religion does not consist in vestments, music, relics, fastings, masses, worshipping idols, and the intercession of saints, but in sitting as a little child, with a new heart and right spirit, at the feet of Jesus, who declared with His dying breath upon

the
cross,

" It is finished !" “It is finished !' said the Lord

In His dying minute ;
Holy Ghost, repeat that word,
Full salvation's in it.”

HOPEFUL.

THE SPIRIT OF THE CHURCH OF ROME, MR. H. G. GUINNESS, in his book on “The Approaching End of the Age," speaking of the past doings of Rome and the practice of this unchangeable Church towards heretics—i.e., all who are not “Roman Catholics"-says: “They have been shot, stabbed, stoned, drowned, beheaded, hanged, drawn, quartered, impaled, burnt, or buried alive, roasted on spits, baked in ovens, thrown into furnaces, cast from the tops of towers, sunk in mire and pits, starved with hunger and cold, hung on tenter-hooks, suspended by the hair of the head, by the hands or feet, blown up with gunpowder,

tied to the tails of horses, broken on the wheel, beaten on anvils with hammers, bored with hot irons, torn piecemeal by red-hot pincers, slashed with knives, hacked with axes, hewed with chisels, planed with planes, stuck from head to feet with pins, choked with water-rags,

or mangled pieces of their own flesh crammed down their throats, shut up in caves or dungeons, tied to stakes, nailed to trees, tormented with scalding oil, burning pitch, lead, &c., &c.

They have been flayed alive, had their flesh scalped and torn from their bodies,

their heads twisted with cords until the blood or even their eyes have started out.

"To dig out eyes, tear off nails, cut off ears, lips, tongues, arms, breasts, &c., has been but ordinary sport with Rome's converters.

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Tender babes have been whipped, starved, drowned, stabbed and burnt to death, dashed against trees and stones, torn limb from limb, carried about on the points of spears and spikes, and thrown to dogs and swine.”

It has been calculated that fifty millions of persons have been slain on account of religion by the Romish Church. As a contrast, what was the character of our Saviour ? He went about doing good, healing the sick, casting out devils, speaking words of peace and good-will, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom. Witness the palsied man, the woman in Simon's house, the woman with the issue, the widow of Nain; and listen to His own words : “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."' "Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart ; and

yo shall find rest unto your souls." The Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them” (Luke ix. 56). Here is a difference indeed from the Bulls of the Popes for fifteen centuries, containing “lies written in hypocrisy, with all deceivableness of unrighteousness;" full of all the malice that men, aided by the devil, could invent. Contrast the Holy Inquisition (?) for making converts with the sweet, free Gospel of Jesus; and may these things quicken us to our duty, help us to value our privileges, and to spread God's truth in every way we can, praying for His blessing upon it.

Dr. Wylie speaks to the following effect—"In the dogma of infallibility, he (the Pope) has crowned a career of unparalleled blasphemy—a blasphemy which no other being in the universe save one (the prince of the bottomless pit) would be guilty of. He has climbed up to the throne of God, robed himself in the mantle of God, and said unto the nations, “I am God. As a contrast, what does the Almighty say of him (the Pope—Antichrist)? That he is the son of perdition,' and that our Lord will consume him with the spirit of His mouth, and destroy him with the brightness of His coming."

T. W.

THE INCREASE OF RITUALISM. The Rock, a weekly representative of Evangelical Church opinion, commenting upon the appointment of the Rev. J. H. Wilkinson to the Bishopric of Truro, remarks-"Mr. Wilkinson has been at St. Peter's a little over thirteen years, and his peculiar position in London is well known. He was, in his early years, an Evangelical ; and his friends would assert that he has never given up the doctrines which he once so earnestly preached. He has, however, undoubtedly added to the creed of his youth very high views of the Church and the Sacraments, and must be considered as, to all intents and purposes, a very High Churchman, though no doubt an eminently earnest and zealous preacher. Mr. Gladstone's policy has now nominated his fourteenth bishop, and not one is identified with the section of the Church to whose piety and zeal in the last century the Church's very existence as more than a department of the Civil Service is due. Half-a-dozen men might be named, in as many seconds, as well qualified for the Bishopric of Truro as Mr. Wilkinson—not extreme men, not members of_the Church Association-but all having the fatal fault in the Prime Minister's eyes of being Protestant and Evangelical in their sympathies. It is now abundantly evident that, so long as Mr. Gladstone is in office, Evangelicals have nothing to look for but cold and contemptuous neglect."

[We should be sorry to sacrifice principle, even politically, but we would rather remain neutral than support a known wrong; and we have long felt that Mr. Gladstone, by his patronage, has done much to make the Ritualistic, anti-reformation movement in the Church of England a success. Let our readers contrast the class of men appointed to bishoprics by Lord Palmerston with those appointed by Mr. Gladstone, and likewise remember how the latter has advanced noted Romanists to important positions in state affairs, and the anti-evangelical spirit complained of by the Rock will stand out in strong colours. May the Lord of hosts arise and save us from the evils which must otherwise ensue from this retrograde course!-Ed.]

WHATSOEVER is dearest to us upon earth is our “ Isaac.” Happy are we if we can sacrifice it to God. Those shall never eat with Abraham that cannot sacrifice with Abraham.—Bishop Hall.

NATURE will feel and be certain before it believes, but grace will believe before it feels ; therefore nature does not go farther than its own light, but grace steps out cheerfully into the darkness, and follows the Word. Let nature think it true or false, faith cleaves to the Word.-Luther.

THAT thousands go in the broad way to destruction is sad beyond expression, but not strange at all; but that in the path of heaven any should descend to hell is astonishing. That those who live without God in the world, in the profane neglect of His worship, in a dissolute, disorderly course, should fall under condemnation, is believed of all; but that many who have appeared zealous in religion shall be at last rejected, is contrary to general expectation.

Bates.

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LETTERS FOR THE YOUNG.–No. XXXIV. [The following letter is a reply to the one which appeared in our last number, page 58.]

MY DEAR YOUNG FRIEND,—I have read your letter with pleasure, hoping the Lord has, in infinite mercy to you, begun the good work of grace upon your soul. So far as I am able to judge from your letter, you appear to me to be under the gracious drawings of the Father of all mercies and the God of all comfort; and, if so, the result will be most blessed indeed.

In reply to your first question, the life of sin (Rom. vii. 8), the strength of sin (1 Cor. xv. 56), and the knowledge of sin (Rom. iii. 20), are by the law. But the reproofs or rebukes for sin in the conscience of an elect sinner are from the Holy Ghost (John xvi. 8), and may be longer or shorter in their duration, and deeper or shallower in the wounding inflicted; though I say with Hart

“ Of that mighty multitude

Who of life were winners,
This we safely may conclude,

All were wretched sinners.
It appears to me that, although the terrors of the law have not
sunk you so low as many are sunk thereby, yet the spirit of the old
covenant has taken hold upon you sufficiently to bring tormenting
fearfulness upon you at times, which the Lord has sent in mercy
to make you feel in some measure the infinite need you have of the
dear Redeemer to save you from the bottomless pit. All the
children are not chastened alike, nor to the same degree; yet the
Bible declares, “ He scourges every son whom He receiveth.”

Your second question is, “Do all the children of God experience deadness, coldness, barrenness, carelessness, and indifference to the things of God ?” I answer, “Yes, they do." See Psalms lxxxviii. 5, and cxix. 25; Isaiah xxiv. 16; Luke x. 41; and Romans vii. 24.

Your third question is, “Do children of God, though they feel their need of Jesus, yet at the same time feel their inability to trust in Him?To this I also answer, “Yes, they do." See Mark ix. 22–24 ; Solomon's Song i. 4; Psalm lxxx. 3, 7, 19; and Isaiah xxxiii. 23; and the Lord, of His infinite mercy, give you understanding in all things, and to come unto Jesus, and roll yourself upon Him, just as you are. Although you may often seem not to have the spot of the Lord's people, yet my advice is, with Mr. Hart

" To trust Him endeavour,

The work is His own;
He makes the believer,

And gives him his crown.

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