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But that day, we are angrily and con- ed into manufactories ! Where the altemptuously ordered to know, is gone tar stood, now a steam-engine-and by, never to return. And by whom for the pealing anthem choral to the are such orders on our belief issued ? organ's deep diapason, the clanking For the most part, by men who disc and creaking of machinery turning believe the Christian miracles as mere ten thousand spindles, all usefully at fables--and sneer and scoff at the work on the busy Sabbath-day! notion of what is called Revealed Relic Such philosophers as these and gion being anything else than perhaps they are all philosophers—and with at present a useful, and at all times a only a chance exception here and very powerful state engine. We take there can lecture you on the long them, not perhaps at their own words, winds, in a discourse most suitable to for they will eat in their words, on the subject--and show you how by a being solemnly challenged in high difficult algebraical process you may places; and they will talk hollowly make discoveries in numbers, almost of respect-of reverence for religion, as brilliant as that one is a third of and the ministers of religion; yea, even three, discoveries nearly unattainable, for the church ! But we take them on they maintain, by any ordinary ariththe general tenor of their talk at all metical process-such philosophers as times, and in all places, when and these, assure you that in this age, where they are not tongue-tied and which they, and the like of them, curbed by the presence of their supe. have enlightened, there is no danger riors—the tenor of their writings, to be apprehended from Popish, or when it chances they can write-of any other superstitions. All over the their measures and the men-infi- world there is, or soon will be, an end dels all-whom they patronise and ape of the power of the priests. What, prove, and, above all, the tenor of their they demand, have the Established own public and private life. It is thus Protestant Churches to fear? If found. visible to all who have any perspicacity ed on the Rock of ages, they will stand to discern, or any courage to declare fast for ever-if illumined by reason the truth, that such men long for the and revelation, they will be seen time, in whose not distant advent they through the night from afar-if they most undevoutly believe, when the who minister in them do their duty, Bible shall be no more the Book of they will be honoured ;-and after the Nations.

plenty more vulgar trash of the same From such miserable men and sort, all delivered, or rather drivelled, miserable men they must be-what- in the same sneer, with curled upperever may be the measure, great or lip and nostril, as if the supercilious small, of their much vaunted and ex. and ignorant blockheads were smella aggerated abilities and acquirements ing at a rotten egg, they demand of who that has received a Christian you again, why you have any fears education, would not scorn himself, about the Church? were he to stoop to receive any kind of Our answer is, that we have no fear instruction whatever concerning the —not the slightest fear in the world, probable destinies of the human race that fools will ultimately prevail over -whether Popery-perhaps the most wise men—that is, Folly over Wisfatal of all superstitions-because the dom-yet, nevertheless, we do not best thing becomes in corruption the suffer fools to open their mouths worst-be on the rise or the fall, the de with impunity. If, on the one hand, cay, or the decline? Blind in their in, they will keep bawling, we, on the fidelity, still, like seers, they will keep other hand, must keep gagging ; if, on looking forwards into time--and back the one hand, they will keep resisting, wards into time-from the has-been we must, on the other hand, keep kickprophesying the will-be,- perplexed ing; and in the midst of all these neither by the past nor the future,-on proceedings of theirs and ours, can the petty Pisgah of their present, and they seriously ask with their eyes, why. most monstrous Moses's indeed are we are so afraid of them? Afraid ! It they, eyeing a promised land, in which is an odd way of showing your fear of human beings will be left free to the an individual person or opinion, by glory of their own inyentions, and no kicking the extremities of both. In such sight to be seen as a church, like manner, with Vice as with Folly. abbey, minster, cathedral! all convert. We are not afraid that Vice will tri.

umph over Virtue. But, hating, and der no disguise at all, we shall not loathing, and scorning, and despising say, an equal indifference to all creeds, it, we scourge it back into its hole in but an inveterate hostility to the Prothe wall, whenever we see its protru. testant. For who so weak as to beded snout. So, neither are we afraid lieve it possible that the same man of the fate of Christianity among hosts, can, with all his heart and all his in every nation, of Deists or Atheists mind, and all his soul, love and ho

generally cousins - german. But nour the Gospel, and at the same when Deists and Atheists dare to time hate or despise the Protestant scoff and sneer insidiously at the Church ? Is he a Dissenter? Then he Christian religion, which, merely be loves and honours his own Church, cause it is part and parcel of the law and we love and honour him for so of the land, they do not openly in doing; for his belief, though different sult; and from hatred to it, seize every from ours, originates in an enlighten. opportunity of openly insulting its ed and liberated conscience. He is ministers, especially such as are most Protestant from the abuses and corpre-eminently distinguished by their ruptions of Christianity, but the others zeal and their learning--and then ask are Protestants from Christianity itus, why we are afraid of the Church, self; and did they dare to profess their we tell the insolent ninnies, that no full faith-and they hope that the time fear of the Church is shown in clutch, when they may do so is not very far off ing hold, with a somewhat savage face, they would say-of all creeds claim. of a few of its enemies, and knocking ing to be of revealed religion-let us their numskulls even against the break their bonds asunder, and cast porch. Everything good and great is their cords from us. For do they not given into our own holy keeping by set themselves either openly or coGod-his laws shall never be over vertly against all Christianizing of thrown-but we see, feel, and know, heathen landsmand do they not ridi. that every day and every hour they cule the progress of the pure light of are violated. Not then to preserve the Christianity among the corrupted and laws, which are eternal, but to pre, dark--and while they make a loud serve in men's souls the sanctity with outcry in favour of the march of inwhich the laws ought to be regard tellect and of mind, do they not, with ed, which is often too transitory, is a shocking inconsistency that shows it the duty of all men, who have power the hollowness of their hearts, preach and opportunity, to expose falsehood, liberty of religion to all men-that is, flog folly, chastise crime, and, on the liberty to remain for ever in the darkbrazen forehead of audacious Vice, to ness of idolatry, and to deliver up all brand the letters “ infamous," that that is holiest and most sacred in liwhenever he shows front, he may be berty into the hands of others—the known by the scars. Now, no false Bible, which alone can raise up a nahood, no folly, no crime, no vice, tion, when lying open throughout its which it is in the power of a man to leaves before every eye of all ranks, utter, exbibit, perpetrate, or indulge, all the while being hidden beneath the can be so hurtful to the soul of society mantle of the priests ? as hatred and hostility to the Christian Such persons as these howl for what Religion.

is called Catholic Emancipation, in We speak now to persons calling hatred of the Church of England, themselves Protestants-not to Pa- which is the great bulwark of Christpists. If they are what they call ianity. Strip it of all dignity-all themselves, they must abhor Popery, wealth-all power-and then the Biand pray that its reign may be con ble, they believe, will become like any stantly contracted, till it finally cease. other book in a library-be read in the It is not enough now and then, in same spirit as the history of any other some public vehicle or other, such as real or alleged transactions,-nay, read, a fine flaming speech, or a coarse they hope, as a most wonderful and flameless book, to allow and lament instructive history of fiction and suthe evils that haunt, like so many de perstition ! mons, the darkness of that benighted Tbat a very great number of those Creed, while in all their measures, in who clamour about the Catholic all their active conduct, they show, claims belong to this class, you may under a thin disguise indeed, or uns know by listening to a languid speech in the House of Peers from my Lord neither the Pope nor the devil is so bad King, or a lively one in the House of as has been represented, and that both Pots from my Jack Straw. His Lord will contrive to do their duty, even ship's slang against Parsons and Bi- after the removal of all restrictions shops is not the twentieth part as ene from seven millions of the finest peotertaining as that of the Ostler ; but it ple on earth, without any danger ei. is spurted and spluttered out with ther to Church or State. equal good-will to, and nearly equal Then there are hundreds of thougreat knowledge of, the Church Esta- sands, we are sick and sorry to say it, blishment. Yet the effect produced, of silly people of some slight educaowing to his Lordship’s inferiority in tion, but no talents, who, incapable liveliness, a quality of great avail both of forming an opinion, or indeed even in a public and a private speaker, is of collecting data on which one might very different indeed- the eloquence be formed, on any subject of the least of the one setting and keeping the doubt or difficulty, deliver themselves House of Peers asleep or ayawn, that up,-one following the other, or all of the other setting and keeping the leaping and bounding over one ano. House of Pots broad awake and on the ther's heads, like so many sheep dogguffaw. Both are alike earnest and driven into a pen,-into the charge of anxious for unbridled liberty of reli- the great big blustering leading Whig gion-as indeed they both are, though of the place, who, with the assistance we hope, on different theoretical and of a few yelping Radical curs, turns practical grounds, against all protec- the flock, like that woolly people, into tion to corn. In all political clubs, the hurdles of Liberalism, which, afintermediate between the House of ter all, is a very wet, miry, uncomPeers and the House of Pots, such fortable, and by no means roomy incharacters are to be heard haranguing closure, and all dotted over with cloin pretty much the same tone and ven feet. There are they all crowded temper, every day and every night ; together, rams, wedders, ewes, and and as the House of Pots generally lambs, staring at you or at one anosits later than the House of Peers, the ther with unmeaning faces, and ever question being put from the woolsack, and anon bleating baa-baa-baaCatholic Emancipation has been, many maa-maa-maa! This absurd noise a midnight, after a stormy debate forms, forsooth, part of the voice of the clerk and the grave-digger consti- the people crying aloud for Catholic tuting the minority-and the school. Emancipation ! master declining to hold up his hand In a class very superior to these are carried by acclamation.

to be found, no doubt, many able and Others, again, there are who are to- conscientious men, who, true memtally and entirely indifferent about the bers of the Protestant Church, have whole matter. They go to church, convinced themselves, either that little and seeing, perhaps, a good fat, stout, or no danger could attend or arise jolly, rosy-faced pastor, in a roomy out of the granting the Catholic and strong-built pulpit, preaching claims, or that it is better even to run away in perfect security, within the some risk of danger, or of evil at four thick walls of a building, with a least, than, by withholding the boon roof covered on the outside with lead, so long silently desired, or loudly deand in the inside with rafters, and sup- manded, to keep in operation what they ported on prodigious pillars running conceive to be the chief, or one of the all the way round and round, they chief causes, of the unhappy condition no more think of danger to the Church of the Irish people. Many of these Establishment than danger to the Solar most respectable persons are decidedly System. They look up to the ceiling of of opinion that the Catholic claims the parish church on the Sundays, and should be granted, and many of them to the ceiling of the universal sky on have only a leaning, more or less week days, without ever dreaming strong, to that side of the question. about what it is that supports either But all of them agree in this, that the one or the other-and as it is the some plan of securities must be decustom or fashion of the times to be vised -and they all allow that there liberal in religion, why then they are great difficulties to be encountered cheerfully and carelessly acquiesce in in the settlement of the kind and sort Catholic Emancipation, hoping that of those securities. With such oppo.

nents it is pleasant to argue; for their The very Citadel. For, let knowopinion, though, as we think, errone- ledge spread wide over the whole ous, is formed on due reflection, on land, let the discoveries of all sciences knowledge, and in conscience.

be multiplied a hundred fold, let all Last of all, might be mentioned a the people think, and feel, and act for list of great and illustrious names, themselves in the power of liberty, so friends and champions of Catholic that the conscience is as free in the Emancipation-some of whom, per- hut as in the hall, and the very pauper haps, would not stickle for securities — may have familiarity in his hovel are no security-mongers—to use a with emotions of mind that are the rather imprudent expression of Mr highest enjoyment of the prince in his Canning, when in a state of irritation palace, let the fairest visions be realwith himself and others of whom ized of the most enthusiastic and imasome are or were, we verily believe, ginative philanthropist dreaming of true friends to the Protestant Church, the amelioration, the perfectibility, and some are or were, we verily be the perfection of the race, and still lieve, to say the least of them, no the Protestant faith, the Reformed friends to it at all, or, what is worse, Christian religion, that is, the Christfalse ones, and too indifferent alto- ian religion restored to its original pugether, too philosophical, too liberal, rity, as it breathes and burns in the too much citizens of the world, on New Testament, will be found comthe subject of religion, natural or re- mensurate with all the capacities and vealed. But far the greater number, powers of the human soul,-and will and the most illustrious of the former, still be the “ bright consummate bave always looked to securities, am- flower," in the wreath on the forehead pler or more limited, firmer or more of glorified humanity. But let the uncertain, vague or better defined; spirit of Christianity be polluted or most of the latter, of course, have perverted as, in the religion of Popery, spoken sneeringly or slightingly of se- it has ever been among the great body curities, -we know not if any have of the people, or let its light be dark. strenuously opposed them, or insisted ened by a veil of idolatrous ceremo. that to demand them was useless and nies, or shut up in the shrines of suunjust. Absolute, total, unqualified, perstition, and then, as human reaunrestricted emancipation, without son and human knowledge and human salvo or security, seems to be demand science advance, and, we say, let them ed only by the most rabid of the Cae advance for ever and ever, and may tholic leaders themselves, or the most no barrier be raised to obstruct their idiotic of the priest-ridden, or the re progress, Christianity will, in its pervolutionary radicals pretending to be version or obscuration, appear what it Protestants, but, in all practical mat. then indeed really will be, a mockery ters of morality or religion, men of no and a delusion, its priests will deserve creed at all, that is, in one single strong to fall, and they will fall, with all their word-Atheists!

towers and temples, and the bare, Such is our classification, hastily naked, and denuded earth will again and rudely sketched, of the heads of look up in blank destitution of reliCatholicEmancipators; and they have gion, and the holy forms and shadows been, are, and will be, opposed by and symbols of religion, to the disconthree-fourths at least of the people of solate skies. Britain-including far more than that Religion men will have, as long as proportion of the most virtuous, the the earth groans with the griefs of most learned, the most enlightened, us transitory creatures. It is, indeed, and the most illustrious. Let but the at all times tending towards, bora Church of England and of Scotland, dering upon, Superstition. For the and the Protestant Dissenters of the passions, in their disorder, drive men better and higher order, be true to sometimes to seek, and sometimes to themselves, and no breach will be bat. shun, God and his vicegerent Contered even by all the light and heavy science ; and to soothe or propitiate artillery of this liberal age, in the those powers divine, God and the great bulwark-the fortress of our na. God-given, they bow down even betional well-being, a Protestant State, fore unhallowed altars, and fly for of which the very Citadel is a Protest- refuge to unsanctified shrines, in fear, ant Church

or hope, or despair, blind to the only

light, deaf to the only sound, that can out from our councils ; so far from save: Therefore so frequent and so being illiberal, and haters of the light, fell is Superstition. But, as long as and, if we must use language that has 'the Bible lies open in its boards, as now degenerated into slang, of the long as all eyes can read, and thou- “march of intellect," they desire that sands of eloquent tongues are dedica- light shall overflow the land, and that ted to expound, its pages, Religion, in the triumphs of intellect shall be liher happiness, scares away Supersti mited only by the extent of the human tion, and all her train of shadowy faculties, cultivated to the utmost, and phantoms, and thus, indeed, and not applied to all the most useful and most by mere fleets and armies, is a Nation noble objects of human pursuit and truly great.

ambition, No revolutions will ever, earth Within these few years, the selfquake-like, rend and rock the struc- dubbed champions of Truth, Know. tures of social life to their foundations ledge, and Liberty, have become more again, as long as Christianity endures and more audacious in their abuse of in purity and in truth. Religion shall every man who stands forth to defend be the strength of the nations when the rights, the privileges, and the Reason and Faith kneel together in all principles of the Church of England, her temples. But in all nations lying and declares her to be an integral part under the darkened clouds of Chrise of the Constitution of this Protestant tianity, there will, at frequent periods, State. If they did themselves venebe great political earthquakes. There rate that Church, they would speak of will be alternations of Superstition and her in a very different style of lanof Atheism-building up and pulling guage, and also of those men who, down-pouring out of blood like wa- whatever be the real merits of this ter, and all in vain-intervals between great question, are certainly among of sullen servitude or fierce license her most distinguished ornaments. for where Religion is not, her sister We cannot think it natural to wear a Liberty “ will be far;" and Religion perpetual sneer on the lip-to drop there never will be, permanent and perpetual rancour from tongue and steadfast, while there are men, afraid of pen, on all occasions when we hear the Reason to guard the gates of all her name of the object of ourinward respect temples, and to minister at all her als and admiration. Neither is it natural, tars.

in such cases, to be for ever qualifying Take, then, we say, any number our praises; “ to hint a fault, and of well-educated men indiscriminate hesitate dislike," during the progress ly from the population of Britain, of a panegyric. The real feeling in unconnected, as far as they can be the mind of the eulogist often shews so, with political parties with all itself in an apparently very insignifi. their main opinions unswayed, as far cant word, which somewhat sneakas they can be so, by political pre- ingly gives the lie to a man's whole dilections-following the dictates of discourse for one single syllable of their reason and their conscience and impertinence betrays the dissembler, meditating on the essential interests and converts what was beginning to of this our Protestant State, and we be felt as fulsome flattery into silly firmly believe, that a great majority satire, both alike beneath considerate of them indeed, while they may la contempt. Far better to speak boldly ment the necessity of it, on account out-and to utter their real sentiments of the many thousands of enlightened in abuse of the Church and churchCatholics, whose faith is far better men, like the Examiner, and the than that of their priests, and, just in other filthy fools and knaves of the proportion as it is better, makes an lowest Cockney school; but to “ palapproximation to Protestantism, will ter with us in a double sense," at the decide for the exclusion of all persons very time they are holding up their of that religion from the privileges to heads, and pluming themselves on which they are seeking to be admitted their attachment to the religious esSo far from being of a persecuting tablishments of their country, is a spirit, it is the spirit of persecution sort of insult which a sensible man, which they desire to keep down ; so even of the most meek and Christian far from being bigoted, they desire temper, cannot often, without losing that the worst of bigotry shall be shut a little of it, stand from hypocritical

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