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We have now learnt our duty: Let us dread the penalty of disobedience; for he who knoweth his Lord's will, and doth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.' Let the great principle of love to Christ constrain us, and his words be engraven on our hearts, “If ye love me, keep my commandinents.'
ANECDOTES OF SUPERSTITION.
We entered the gate of Cadiz from the water side. There are two gates, over which is carved a Latin inscription, curiously applied, from the hundred and twenty-first psalm, with a slight variation. Over the first gate is,
Dominus custodiat introitum tuum;' and over the other, “ Et exitum tuum.” The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in. That there may, accordingly, be no mistake, all persons must enter by the first gate, and come out by the other. SEMPLE.
INSCRIPTION IN GRANADA CATHEDRAL. In the cathedral of Granada is this edict posted up on one of the pillars, and which is somewhat characteristic of the priesis of the cathedral :“ Nadie se passée, hable con mugeres, ni esté en corrillos, en estas naves, pena de excommunion, y dos ducados por obras pias.' – That is, “Nobody is to walk, to talk with women, or form par
ties in these aisles, under pain of excommunication, and two ducats for pious purposes.' This association of one of the severest punishments of the church with two ducats, is not a little ludicrous ; and, one would think, might serve to awaken reflection even in the mind of a bigoted Spaniard.---BID.
At the commencement of the fifteenth century violent quarrels were maintained among the monks, concerning the cut of the beard ; so that popes, emperors, and the whole seraphic order, found it no easy thing to decide, whether the hood of the Franciscans ought to be square, long, pointed, or round, and the Cordeliers quarrelled with the people, concerning whether they should or should not have stables to their monastery : so that the troops of the king were obliged to interfere, several of whom were killed and wounded by the monks.-CurioSITES DE PARIS.
in the time of Louis the Young, the clergy held it to be little less than sacrilege to wear a beard The zealous Peter Lombard persuaded this monarch, that to obtain pardon from heaven for all his crimes, the shortest possible method was to be shaved. His reasons were too good to be doubted ; and the bishop had the glory to perform the office of barber on the chin of the king.
SCARCITY OF BOOKS IN OLDEN TIME.
In turning over the registers and records of Lincolne, and comming to the years of our Lord 1520 and 1521, I finde, that as the light of the Gospel began more to appear, although publike authority then lacked to maintain the open preaching of the Gospell, yet the secret multitude of the professors was not much unequall, the fervent zeal of those christian daies seemed much superior to these our daies and times, as manifestly may appeare by their sitting up all night in redding and hearing, also by their expences and charges in buying of bookes in English, of whom som gave five marks, som more, som less for a book, som gave a load of hay for a few chapters of St. James, or of St. Paul, in English. In wich rarity of books and want of teachers, and consider how the word of truth did multiply so exceedingly as it did amongst them, wherein is to be seene, no dout, the marvellous working of God's mighty power, for so one neighbor resorting and conferring with a few words of their first or second talk, did win and turne their mindes to that wherein they desired to perswade them, touching the truth of God's word and his sacraments, to see their travels, their earnest seeking, their burning zeales, their readings, their watchings, their sweet assemblies, their love and concord, their godly living, we may easily conceive that thes retired and domestic interviews of the most humble gave birth to som of the most affecting situations that were produced during the whole progress of threformation. From an old Writer.
DANGER OF READING IN OLDEN TIMES. In the year 1532, Thomas Harding, about easter holidaies when the other people went to the church, tooke his way into the woodes, there solitarily to worship the true living God in spirit and truth, it chanced that one came in great hast to the officer of the towne declaring bee had seen harding in the woodes looking on a Book wereupon immediatelie ran desperately to his house to search for Bookes, and in searching went so nigh that under the bords of his floor they found certain English Bookes of holy Scripture, whereupon this godly man with his Bookes was burnt as a relapsed heretic; such as died in prison, we are told, were thrown out to dogs and birds as unworthy of a christian burial, and yet all this mercilesse commandement, notwithstanding, som good men there were which buried those who were thrown out, in like sort whom they were wont privitly by night to cover, and many times the archers in the fields standing by and singing together psalmes at their buriall.
ON THE CLAIMS OF THE BIBLE.
Then all is plain." The claims of sacred writ are numerous and powerful; but in a short Essay on the subject, we must necessarily limit our remarks to a few of its most evient and imperative requisitions.
It demands a respectful attention. A book, which has been admired by the wisest, most disinterested, and best men that ever lived; a book, which enrols a Newton, a Bacon, a Locke, a Boyle, a Milton, &c. &c. &c. amongst its friends, ought to be treated with respect. These persons were true philosophers; and,
- Philosophy baptiz'd
Gives him his praise, and forfeits not her own."
For 'tis a rule, that holds for ever true,
Patient of contradiction as a child,
A muleteer's the man to set him right.'
Can length of years on God himself exact,