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St. Jerome asserts that Saint Luke was a physician, a profession so noble and so esteemed in antiquity, and adds that bis gospel was medicine to the soul.-His language is pure and elevated, shewing at once a man conversant with letters, and one who was well acquainted with the manners and the men of his time. He begins his narrative after the manner of the ancient historians; you may fancy that it is Herodotus speaks :

1. Since many have undertaken to write the history of those things which have come to pass amongst us

2. According to the account given by those who, from the beginning, were eye witnesses of them, and who have been ministers of the word

3. It seemed proper to me that I also, most excellent Theophilus, having been exactly informed of all these things from their commencement, should write to you in their order the whole history of them.

Our ignorance is such, at the present time, that there are perhaps some men of letters who will be astonished at learning that Saint Luke is a great writer, whose gos. pel breathes the true genius of the ancient Greek and Hebrew languages-What can be more beautiful than the passage which precedes the birth of Christ ?

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia; his wife was also of the race of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth

They were both righteous before God, but they had no children because that Elisabeth was barren, and they were both now well stricken in years.

Zacharias offers a sacrifice, an Angel appears to him standing by the side of the altar of incense,” he informs him that he shall have a son, that this son shall be called John, that he shall be the precursor of the Messiah and that “ he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the chil. dren.- The same Angel goes afterwards to a virgin living in Israel, and says to her : “ Hail thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee" —Mary goes into the . mountains of Judea ; she meets Elisabeth, and the infant which the latter carries in her womb, leaps at the voice of the virgia who is about to bring the Saviour into the world. Elisabeth, being filled on a sudden with the Holy Ghost, saises her voice and cries aloud “Blessed art thou among women: and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!

Whence am I thus blessed that the mother of my Saviour comes to me?

For when you saluted me, no sooner had your voice struck my ears, than my infant leaped in my womb for joy.

Mary then chants the magnificent canticle O my soul, glorify the Lord!

The history of the manger and of the shepherds follow next; a multitude of the heavenly host sing, during the night, “glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace, good will to men” a sentiment worthy of angels and which is as it were an epitome of the whole Christian religion.

We believe ourselves to be somewhat acquainted with antiquity, and we dare affirm that we might have searched a long time among the sublimest geniuses of Greece and Rome before we had found any thing which was at once so simple and so wonderful.

Whoever reads the gospel, with a little attention, will every moment discover in it admirable things, which es. cape us at first on account of their extreme simplicity... Saint Luke, for instance, in giving the genealogy of Christ goes back to the beginning of the world. Arrived at the first generations and continuing to name the different ra. ces he says “ Cainan which was of Enos, which was of Seth, which was of Adam, which was of God!" the simple expression “hich was of Godthrown out thus

without any comment and without any reflexion, to relate the creation, the origin, the nature, the end, and the mys. tery of man, appears to us the height of sublimity.

Much praise is due to Father de Ligny for having felt that he ought not to alter these things, and that he who could not be satisfied with these, and similar touches, must have a very false taste, and be little acquainted with christianity. His History of Jesus Christ offers an additional proof of the truth of what we have advanced in ano. ther place, that the fine arts among the moderns are indebted to the Catholic religion for the major part of their suceess. Sixty engravings, after the masters of the Italian, French and Flemish schools, enrich this fine work; and it is worthy of remark, that in seeking to add the embellishments of pictures to a life of Jesus Christ it has been found that all the chefs-d'æuvre of modern painting were comprehended in the collection.* We scarcely know how to bestow sufficient commen

the typographical society who; in so short a space of time, have given us with the truest taste and discrimination works of such general utility.--The select Sermons of Bossuet and Fenelon, the Letters of Saint Francis de Sales, and many other excellent books, have all issued from the same presses, and leave nothing further to be desired as to the manner in which they are executed.

The work of Father de Ligny, besides being embellished by the painter, is about to receive another ornament not less precious. M. de Bonald has undertaken to write a preface to it; this name alone speaks talents and an enlightened mind, and commands respect and esteem. Who is better calculated to treat of the laws and precepts of Jesus Christ, than the author of Divorce, of the work upon

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* Raphael, Michael Angelo, Dominichino, the Caracci, Paul Veronese, Titian, Leonardo-da-Vinci, Guercino, Lanfranc, Pous. sin, Le Sueur, Le Brun, Rubens, &c.

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Primitive Legislation, and of that upon the Theory of Political and Religious Power ?

It cannot any longer be a matter of doubt; this sense. less religion, this madness of the cross, the approaching fall of which has been pronounced by superlative wisdom, is about to be regenerated with added force. The palm of religion thrives always in proportion to the tears which christians shed, as the verdure of the grass is renewed in a spot of land which has been abundantly watered. It was an unworthy error to believe that the gospel was over. thrown because it was no longer defended by the prospe. rous part of mankind. The strength of christianity lies in the cottage of the poor, and its basis is as durable as the misery of man upon which it is built. “The church," says Bossuet, in a passage which we might have supposed to emanate from the tenderness of Fénélon, if it had not a more elevated and original turn, --" the church is the daughter of the Omnipotent, but her father, who sustains her from within, abandons her often to persecution from without; and, after the example of Jesus Christ, she is obliged to exclaim in her agony; My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me !* her husband is the most powerful as well as the most sublime and the most perfect among the sons of men,t but she has only heard his enchanting voice, she has only enjoyed his mild and engaging presence for a moment. Suddenly he has taken to flight with a rapid course, and swifter than the fawn of a hind, has ascended to the highest mountains. Like a de. solate wife the church has done nothing but groan,

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Deus meus, Deus meus, ut quid dereliquisti me? + Speciosus forma pro filiis hominum. Psal. XLIV, 3.

Amicus sponsi stat ei audit eum, gaudio gaudct propter vocem sponsi. Joann. üi, 29.

s Fuge dilecte mig et assimilere capre, hinnuloque cervorum 82Her montes aromatum. Cant. viii, 14.

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song of the forsaken turtle* is in her mouth; in short she is a stranger and a wanderer upon the earth, where she is come to gather together the children of God under her wings, and the world who is incessantly labouring to tear them from her does not cease to cross her in her pilgrim

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This pilgrimage may be crossed but its completion cannot be prevented. If the author of the present article had not been already persuaded of this important truth he must have been convinced of it now, by the scene passing before his eyes. I What is this extraordinary power which leads about a hundred thousand christians upon these ru. ins? By what prodigy does the cross appear again in triumph in the same city where not long since it was, in hor. rible derision, dragged in the mud or deluged with blood ? Whence does this proscribed solemnity re-appear? What song of mercy has replaced so suddenly the roaring of cannon, and the cries of the christians who are thrown to the earth ? Is it the fathers, the mothers, the brothers, the sisters, the children of these victims who pray for the enemies of the faith and whom you behold upon their knees in every direction, at the windows of these ruined houses, or upon the heaps of stones which are yet smoking with the blood of the martyrs ? - The mountains, covered with monasteries, not less religious because they are deserted; these two rivers, where the ashes of the confessors of Jesus Christ have so often been thrown; all the places consecrated by the first steps of Christianity among the Gauls; this grotto of St. Pothin ;--the catacombs of Irenæus have not beheld greater miracles than those which are ef. fected at this moment. If, in 2793, at the moment of the

Vox turturis audita est in terra noutra. Cant. ü, 12. .

Funeral oration of M. le Tellier.

This was written at Lyons on the day of the festival of Cor. pus Chr isti.

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