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other, in the success of the first preachers of Christianity we have an experimental proof of the sufficiency of revealed religion, to those very ends in which natural religion failed. In their success we have experimental proof, that 'there is nothing in the great mystery of godliness, which the vulgar, more than the learned, want capacity to apprehend; since, upon the first preaching of the Gospel, the illiterate, the scorn of pharisaical pride, who knew not the law, and were therefore deemed accursed, were the first to understand and to embrace the Christian doctrine. An over-abundant zeal to check the frenzy of the Methodists, first introduced that unscriptural language which confounds religion and morality.”

Bishop Horsley well knew the grievous evils which had resulted from keeping back that essential “ mystery of Godliness,” the doctrine of justification by faith, in its inseparable connexion with “ the expiation of sin by the Redeemer's sufferings and blood;" and his excellent writings had a powerful influence in encouraging that more evangelical strain of preaching which began to prevail, and the blessed effects of which are seen in that auspicious revival of piety, with all its fruits of zeal and love, which now gladdens our church ; and we may trust, by the Divine blessing, will greatly increase, if not blighted by the recurrence of such pestilential doctrines as those which Horsley denounced.

D.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

For the Christian Observer.

THE POOL OF BETHESDA. The busy throng was in the street, And what they heard of Mary's son,

And many a pilgrim's eye intent And all that He had said and done, Was gazing on God's holy seat,

They pondered if he were indeed As Zion-ward their steps were bent; The anointed Christ of God, the proFor town and hamlet, hill and plain,

mised seed. From Jordan to the western main,

"T was now the Sabbath's holy rest, From Dan to Beersbeba far,

Nor sound from all the city rose, Had sent their distant tribes to worship of toil, or car, or labouring beast, there.

To break its covenant repose ; Some shepherd band might here be seen,

Save that the ever ceaseless hum From Bethlehem's vales or mountain Of many languages would come, hold,

As from some sea-girt cliff on high, Musing each wondrous sight between,

The voice of waves and birds in one On Him of whom the prophets told;

wild barmony. And many a fisherman was there But whence upon the listening ear Ascending to the house of pray'r,

Comes there so oft the note of grief? Whilst floating on the evening tide Whilst yet from traveller passing near Of Galilea's sea his boat did idly ride. No pleading tongue entreats relief;

But expectation seems to wait, And many a stranger guest bad come

As if from heav'nly mercy's gate From Crete and Araby the blest; Some angel would'descend, and bring From Greece, and from imperial Rome,

New life and strength upon his healing And Spain, the guardian of the west ;

wing. And some from great Eupbrates' side, And some where Nile iu all his pride

'Tis from Bethesda, house of woe, Rolled on, forgetful of the rod

Yet house of heav'nly mercy more, That turned once his sweetness into Whose healing waters, when they flow, blood.

Have power from sickness to restore;

The burning fever to assuage, All on one high design intent,

To give new strength to crippled age, To keep their ancient prophet's law, To cure each ill, each pain to quell, To Zion's hill their steps had bent, That in man's sinful desh can And musing much on what they saw,

dwell.

ever

Around a fountain dark and deep, The word that ne'er did lip unfold,

Stretch'd on their beds the sufferers lie, The unborn thought, the wish untold, And ever on its surface keep,

Whate'er the eye could not convey, In patient bope, their watchful eye; Was all revealed to him in open day. Waiting until the troubled wave Shall tell it is the hour to save,

Nor only this ; Himself had known And God shall in his mercy give

Sorrow and deep corroding care ; Power to one sufferer more to bathe

Grief had with Him familiar grown, and live.

Pain was the lot He came to bear ;

No pen prophetic might reveal, For niay not all that fount around Or e'en rapt prophet's spirit feel, The healing of its waters know,

The burden that on Him was laid, But still, in Satan's bondage bound,

Who, to redeem a world, himself a Must longer dwell in pain and woe;

ransom made ! Who foremost in the troubled wave

And now beside that fountain still
Has strength his withered limbs to lave,
To him alone may it be given

He bent him o'er the cripple's bed, To reap the long expected gift of heaven.

And prompt to do His Father's will,
“ Wilt thou be whole ?" He gently

said. Full many a year an aged man

Oh! I have none, the lame replied, Had lain beneath those arches drear; More than the half of life's short span

To bear me to the fountain side ; Had passed away, yet left him there;

But ere its healing wave I gain, The summer's sun had scorched his

Others, more blest than the gift

obtain. cheek, Yet patient still he lay, and meek ;

Arise, take up thy bed and walk;" Oft had he shrunk at winter's blast,

The word was said -- that word Yet still to firmest hope he held him fast.

which made

The blind to see, the dumb to speak, And often as the moon-beam play'd The word that winds and waves Upon the fountain's glassy stream,

obeyed ; Each ripple that the night wind made Which e'en from death had power to Would wake him from his feverish

save, dream;

Calling the dead from out their grave; And he would start with ear intent,

The word was said the cure was And eye upon the fountain bent,

wrought, And urge his oft repeated prayer

Strength to the crippled frame that In hope that never fails when faith is

word had brought. there.

Not with such slow and faultering pace Yet still in vain the angel came,

As to the skill of man is given, In vain the healing water moved;

The wasted frame with strength to trace Troubled or calm, to him the same

E’en where that skill is blessed by The water of that fountain proved;

heaven; For crippled on his couch he lay

Not such the slow result and long Whilst others bore the gift away,

When Jesus spake; the weak was Ere some kind hand could bring relief,

strong, And bear him to the fount to end his

The dead arose, the blind hath sight, grief.

As quick as darkness once he turned to

light. But mercy came at last; for none

May still in vain for mercy plead ; Firm and erect the cripple rose, Ever its prize hath patience won,

And, all undoubting, took his load, Nor faith been robbed of promised (Tho' on the Sabbath's strict repose), meed;

And went rejoicing on his road ; But he who, on life's thorny road, For well be deemed that He whose Has meekest, longest, borne his load,

word To him at length shall there be given Creation wide obedient heard, The inheritance of earth, the gift of Might e'en the prophets' law suspend, heaven.

In doing that which was its end. There stood beside that aged man,

Yet mindful of that law's demand, One who his faith and patience knew; To offer praise for mercy given, Who well his ivmost heart could scan,

Behold Him in the Temple stand, For all was open to his view ;

Where incense aye ascends to heaven;

CHRisT. OBSERV. No. 19.

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And there again by Jesus found,

That Jesu's word at length might teach He listened to the warning sound,

That sin's the cause of every wound; “Behold thou’rt whole! go sin no more, Then would they too by Him be sought, Lest evil worse befal thee than before.' By Him from life to death be brought;

By Him made whole, find peace and joy, Oh! that that warning voice might And endless bliss at length without reach

alloy. To all whom Satan long hath bound;

V.

REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

THE CONTINENTAL PROTESTANT CHURCHES. 1. JAMESON's Notices of the Reformation in the South-West of France.

-2. D'AUBIGNÉ's Voice from the Alps, by the Rev. E. BICKERSTETH.—3. D'AUBIGNE's Confession of the Name of Christ.4. The Faith und Patience of the Saints, cxhibited in the sufferings and death of M. le Fcbure.

(Continued from p. 378.) In our last Number we presented and vast numbers of the faithful a few sketches of the early history had been burned at the stake for of Protestantism in France. It their testimony against the corrupis not our intention to draw up tions of Popery. Yet amidst these a condensed history of Protes- direful persecutions Protestantism tantism in France, Switzerland, or still grew; and it had reached its Germany, which would be a mere highest point of prosperity—its meagre list of facts and dates; churches exceeding two thousand, but to present a few individual some of which contained ten illustrative features, with a view thousand members—when the chiefly to excite our readers to massacre of St. Bartholomew sud. increased interest and zeal in pro- denly brought it to the very brink moting, according to their oppor- of extermination. Sixty thousand tunities, that blessed revival of men, women, and children are repure religion which, through the ported to have perished in that mercy of God, has commenced dreadful slaughter; and that any in the Continental Protestant escaped to be the seed of the Churches.

Church in succeeding generations, In pursuance of this plan, we was next to a miracle, considering gave some account of the events the perfidious cunning, and unconnected with the reign of that relenting cruelty, of their opprestruly godly queen, Jane of Na- sors. The persecutions continued varre; when French Protestantism till the year 1598; when Henry was in all its early freshness. Then IV., though he had renounced came the treacherous and san- Protestantism himself, yet had the guinary massacre of St. Bartho- humanity and wisdom to see, that lomew in the year 1572; one of the course which had been so the darkest spots of French or long pursued was neither just nor Romanist history; - we should politic; and he accordingly grant. say the darkest, but that we can. ed his Protestant subjects the not decide accurately the shades Edict of Nantes, under which of such black atrocities. France they lived in comparative tranhad already had its Protestant quillity, till its fatal repeal by martyrs during half a century; Louis XIV, in the year 1685.

By this edict they were allowed Protestant churches, but Pelato worship God according to the gianism, Arianism, and Philoso. dictates of their conscience, and phism; the pastors and the people to bring up their children in their having alike swerved from the own faith ; and they were even evangelical standards of the days permitted to fill public offices of Calvin, so glowingly described But after the revocation of the by Hooker, in the Preface to his edict, they were fiercely perse. Ecclesiastical Polity. A founder cuted, and almost exterminated; it had [namely, the Calvinistic and the persecution revived from discipline] whom I think incomtime to time during the next cen- parably the wisest man the French tury; till the Revolution,and after- church did enjoy. .... Though wards the edicts of Bonaparte, thousands were debtors to him, as placed them on a level with their touching divine knowledge, yet he fellow-countrymen. During the to none, but only to God, the sway of the Bourbons, upon their Author of that most blessed founreturn to power, the Protestants tain, The Book of Life; and of were treated with much severity the admirable dexterity of wit, as suspected persons; but since together with the helps of other the second revolution, they have learning, which were his guides ; enjoyed full political privileges; till being occasioned to leave and are rising to considerable im. France, he fell at length upon portance as a large and well- Geneva." ordered body of citizens. It is In the narrative of M. le Febvre, more however to our purpose to one of the sufferers upon the readd, that a revival of piety has vocation of the edict of Nantes, we commenced among them, which have an exemplification of the we rejoice to hail as the harbinger race of Christians which adorned of a bright and glorious day. the French church in its best

Before, however, we touch fur days. If we wished strikingly to ther upon their present condition, exhibit the faith and patience of we shall revert to a few passages the saints, we know not any connected with their former his period of the history of the church tory. From the period of the re- in which we could discover more vocation of the edict of Nantes to appropriate illustrations, than in the Revolution, they remained in the sufferings of some of the a melancholy condition, not only French Protestant confessors and as respected their diminished num- martyrs at this afflicting era. The bers, but also in regard to their sharp bloody work of the axe, doctrines and religious character. and the fiery ordeal of the stake, Their devout pastors and holy soon terminate the scene of pain men and women had, for the most and trial ; the daggers of St. Barpart, perished in the jails and tholomew opened a speedy path galleys, or escaped to foreign to heaven; but the long-prolands; and in one or two genera- tracted torture of the galleys, upon tions there remained but the name the revocation of the Edict of of Protestantism, and its outward Nantes, was a lingering death forms, to characterise a church which exhausted the sufferer both once eminent for its purity, but in body and mind, and left only which had silently relapsed, like the unsubdued energy of faith to that of Geneva, into the slumbers uphold the frailty of nature under of spiritual death. Till very re- the severest pressure. We would cently there was little to be heard not detract from the ample refrom the pulpits of the French verence which surrounds the me

mory of that most illustrious vic,

cowardly persecution ; inflicted, be tim of the St. Bartholomew mas- it remembered, by a nation priding sacre, the Christian champion itself on its graces and blandishColigni; but as the venerablements, and in its golden age of Admiral himself calmly remarked taste and literature ; and falling, to one of his assassins, “ Young not upon men of lawless lives, or man, you ought to have respected who had outraged society by their my age and infirmity ; but you crimes, but upon men eminent will only shorten my life by a for every social and amiable virfew days or hours ;" whereas in tue-good subjects, honest and inthe case of M. le Febvre, or his dustrious citizens, and, like Daniel, companion in tribulation, M. de blameless in all things except conMarolles — and many such in. cerning the law of their God. stances there were—death in its We will now devote a few most appalling formsflitted around pages to the narrative of M. le them during many wearisome Febvre ; for a single portrait will years, mocking their suffering, aid the purpose of our rapid and shaking his dart over them, sketches, better than a meagre yet delaying to strike. The outline of general facts. It is not strength which is imparted to unworthy to be placed beside the Christian is indeed equal to those of Marolles and Mignaud, his day; it is not adapted under and others of this band of Chrisone condition of things to another, tian worthies, with which we have but to its own peculiar circum- adorned some of our former vostances; and it were, therefore, in- lumes. We know not how to consequent to say, that the martyr abridge the following portion of under one form would not have the narrative, and therefore give been enabled to persist to martyr- it entire. dom under every other; or that “ Mons. Isaac Le Febvre was born the faith which would incur the in the year 1648, at Chatel-Chignon, in smallest worldly disadvantage for Nivernois. His parents belonged to a the testimony of Christ, would not family of distinction, and were highly

esteemed by all the Protestants in that be strengthened, if the exigence part of the country. He speaks of them arose, to bathe in the flame, or with great praise, in one of his letters drink the molten lead. But hu- from the prison of Marseilles. After manly speaking, many a

relating the sufferings of his sister, who

was at that time contined in a convent would hail the ordeal of Smith

at Nevers, where she glorified God by field, or die stoutly upon the rack, her patience and courage, and afterwards whose constancy would have been died in the faith of Jesus Christ, he worn out by the wasting tortures says:

** I admire what the Holy Spirit of the Lollards' tower, or the dun

has wrought in her. The great God geons of the Inquisition, where, has remembered his promise to the year after year, hope, or help, children of them that fear him. Of such from man never approached to

were my ancestors. My grandfather sustain the solitary victim in his him in Christian simplicity, and endea

and grandmother having walked before mental contest with long-conti- voured to do his will in their day, both nued terror and cruelty.

died in a good old age, in the communion And then, as regards the un

of the true church. It pleased God to changeable character of Popery, but I know that her life was exemplary

take my mother to himself betimes; the relentless protraction of bar- and edifying, and very remote from the barity exercised towards such men vain amusements of the age. The proas Marolles and Le Febvre, can

bity, zeal, patience, and happy end, of not be palliated by any plea of mo. I cannot speak of him without emotion,

my father are known to you, and though mentary excitement; it was cool his memory is too dear to me to pass it

man

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