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a mother one day, weeping, her daugh- , affectionate mother, or a kind father? ter being about to make a public pro- Let no distance hinder you from giving fession of religion by going to the them a large place in your affections. Lord's table, “I will resist no longer. No mighty continents, though they How can I bear to see my dear child lie between you, should hide from the love and read the Scriptures, while I mind's eye their forms and their fanever look into the Bible,--to see her miliar countenances. No rolling oceans retire and seek God, while I never should blot out the memory of their pray,—to see her going to the Lord's worth, or the remembrance of their table, while his death is nothing to me? kindness. *Ah,' said she, to the minister who call. ed to inform her of her daughter's intention, wiping her eyes, Yes sir, I
CHILDREN BE PROMPT. know she is right and I am wrong,-I
Never say, when told to do any. have seen her firm under reproach, thing, ‘In a minute, or By-and-by.' and patient under provocation, and This leads to a very bad habit, which, cheerful in all her sufferings. When, if not overcome, will prevent all confi. in her late illness, she was looking for dence in you as you grow up. You dissolution, heaven stood in her face. will then put off duties you owe your O that I was as fit to die! I ought to neighbour in the same way, and lose have taught her, but I am sure she has his confidence. Many men lose the taught me. How can I bear to see her joining the church of God, and leaving because they mean to do wrong, as
respect of their neighbours, not so much me behind—perhaps for ever?" From through mere carelessness. Bye-andthat hour she prayed in earnest, that the God of her child would be her by.' and 'To-morrow,' have ruined
thousands, robbed them of their chaGod, and was soon seen walking with her in the way everlasting. Is this racter, and made them anything but
blessings in a neighbourhood. Little mere supposition ? More than one confidence can be placed in their word, eye, in reading this allusion, will drop not because they mean to tell falsea testimony to the truth of it. We hoods, but because of their careless speak that we do know, and testify
No obligation is fulfilled when that we have seen.' May God bless
it should be. And it is something so us, and make us blessings.
in their own affairs. They lose days and weeks, because business is not
attended to when it ought to be. A HONOUR THY FATHER AND tool is lost, because not promptly put MOTHER.
away when done with. Fulfil every
promise promptly. Put it not off an None love you so much as they : hour. none are so interested in fitting you to act well your part, and none anxious that you should be kept THE LITTLE PRINCESS ANNE. from the evil of the world in which you are, and in which you are to live. When the princess Anne, daughter If you leave their roof, and go out of Charles the First, (who died on the from their counsels and advice, who eighth of December, 1640,) lay upon will
you find to fill their places ? Who her death-bed, and nature was almost will love you with a purer or more spent, she was desired by one of her tender affection? Who will nurse you attendants to pray; she said she was more constantly when sick? You hear not able to say her long prayer, meanhonied words and fair speeches, as you ing the Lord's prayer, but she would pass along in the sunshine and by say her short one. Lighten mine pleasant places; but among all the herd eyes, O Lord, that I sleep not the who will pity and befriend, and com- sleep of death. The little innocent fort, and sympathise with you, when had no sooner pronounced these words, the sun has withdrawn its shining, and than she expired. She was not quite the days of darkness have come, as an four years old.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF INTERESTING CHARACTERS.
No. 1.-FRANCIS DE SAN ROMANO.*
FRANCIS DE SAN ROMANO was born During his residence at Bremen, he at Burgos, of respectable parents, but wrote letters to his friends at Antwerp, had been educated in all the supersti- in which he expressed the resolution tions and prejudices of the age. He he had taken of returning to them, and gave himself up to commerce, and gained bringing them that light which had by his conduct a credit which ledeventu- become manifest to him, and then to ally to circumstances productive of his proceed into Spain to bring his relaconversion and martyrdom. In 1540, tions, should such be the will of God, some Spanish merchants not having to the knowledge of the true religion received a sum of money which ought of Jesus Christ. to have been remitted from the fair of He wrote also to the Emperor to Anvers by their correspondents of beg him to reform the religious state Bremen, determined to send a confi. of Spain, to put an end to the persecudential agent to recover it. They fixed tions to which the protestants were upon Francis for this employment, and exposed, and to give a free circulation he set out with another Spaniard. to the Holy Scriptures. Whilst he
Having arrived at Bremen, he had a waited for replies to his letters, he desire to go to the church, and without composed some small books in Spanish, any suspicion entered one, where a in which he explained the different artipreacher named Jacques, formerly prior cles of the christian faith, and gave an of the Augustines of Anvers, was account of his conversion. The letters preaching, The preacher announced which he received from Antwerp were the gospel in its purity. Francis had flattering and encouraging; hypocrisy some difficulty in following a discourse had dictated them. His friends invited in the German language, but he wished him to return, assuring him that his to know the nature and tendency of a presence would be of signal service. doctrine so abhorred by his country. But the monks, advertized of every
God permitted him not only to thing by these perfidious Spaniards, have his reason satisfied, but to have seized him on his arrival, took him his conscience awakened and his heart from his horse, and conducted him touched. After the service he went in into the house of a Spanish merchant. search of the minister ; asked him some Once secure of his person, the monks, explanation of his doctrine ; disputed; after having bound him hand and foot,
felt his ignorance and his error; commenced to interrogate him and to and at the end of three days, passed dispute. His baggage being examined, almost entirely in the house of M. was found to contain the works of Lu. Jacques, he was not only convinced, ther, Melancthon, Ecolompadius, and but converted.
other Reformers in French, German, Full of the ardour of a mind which and Latin, ns well as some satirical has just received the truth, he hasten- prints against the Pope. Triumphing ed to give attention to his affairs, of in this discovery, the monks returned which he had nearly lost sight, and to the prisoner, and accused him of then consecrated the rest of his time to heresy in the full meaning of the word. conferences with M.Jacquesandanother Francis, indignant at their hypocrisy Protestant, M. Machabeus. He read and violence, cried out, “No, I am no and studied different treatises in French heretic; but I profess the doctrine of and German, and, by the blessing of God, the Son of God, of whom you are the he became capable in a short time, not enemies and the persecutors ;—of the only of defending his belief, but of Son of God, who died for the sins of teaching others the way of salvation. the world, and rose again for the justi
fication of all those who shall embrace * From an interesting volume entitled by faith the mercy offered to us in the "The Reformation in Spain.' Published by gospel. This is my doctrine; I proRamsay, Ward & Co.
claim it aloud. As for your trumpery,
your errors, your depraved doctrine, I examination the monks burnt all his abhor them with my whole soul.' books before his face. When he saw There were many partisans of the them cast the New Testament into the monks present, who began to insult flames, he addressed a discourse to all Romano, who was bound with cords, present, which the monks alone heard and entirely at their discretion. If without emotion. They then transthou abhorrest our religion, said they to ferred him to a town six leagues from him, 'that religion which the church Antwerp, and confined him in an obdeclares to be perfect, What is thine ? scure cell: but after some months, What dost thou believe P' *I have about the time of the assembly being told you already,' said Francis. 'I am convoked at Ratisbon, by order of the a christian ; I want no other religion emperor, he was set at liberty. than that of Jesus Christ crucified ; Francis then passed some weeks at I only believe what the true church Antwerp, after which he went to Louhas believed and taught at all times— vain to confer with Dryander, a native that church whose members are scat- of the same city with himself. Dry; tered over all the world. This doc- ander, advised him to be prudent and trine, so simple and so pure, you have moderate; not to preach, being only a corrupted most grievously, so that it merchant and able as such to be most has become pernicious to all who walk useful to the great cause. He exhorted in your ways. I believe, I say, in him also not to attach himself to any God, who has created all things. I party, but in all simplicity to follow believe in God the Son, in Christ the word of God. From Louvain he Jesus, who has purchased the human went to Ratisbon, obtained an audience race by his own blood, who hath de- with the emperor, and boldly exhorted livered it from the servitude of sin and him to deliver Spain from the frightful of death, and re-established it in the tyranny which oppressed her, and to liberty of the gospel. I believe in bestow full liberty to the profession God the Holy Spirit, who by a secret and propagation of the protestant faith. and divine influence sanctifies believ- The emperor received him many times, ers. I believe that for the love of the but at last caused him to be arrested. Son of God my sins are freely pardon- The Spaniards wished to throw him ed. I believe that by the sole merit into the Danube, and they would have of this Mediator, without any of my done it, if Charles the Fifth had not own-without any regard to my good ordered his trial to be proceeded with. works, and without absolution from Thrown into prison once more, he the
pope, I shall enjoy eternal life.' was left for a long time without any To their questions on the authority decision being come to. He was with and infallibility of the sovereign pon- other prisoners chained to a carriage, and tiff, Francis replied, 'I regard the pope dragged from place to place in the suite as antichrist
-as an enemy of Jesus of the emperor. “Do you see these Christ, who arrogates to Kimself hon- irons ?' said he to some friends astonours which belong to God only; who, ished to behold him numbered with animated by the spirit of the devil, criminals. 'Do you see these irons ?' spreads trouble every where to support said he, lifting up his hands and showhis deceptions.' It seemed then to the ing the chains with which he was loadmonks that they had heard as many ed. “Yes, I do see them,' replied one blasphemies as words, and they began of his friends, ' and it is with deep sorto threaten him as a blasphemer, with row.' 'Ah! well;' replied the inter
'I fear not,' replied esting Romano, these bonds, this he, 'to die for the glory of our Lord, captivity, so degrading in the eye of who has not disdained to acknowledge man, I suffer for the glory of my Same. I should esteem myself happy to viour. Although these hands and feet seal by my blood the doctrine of him be bound-although my body be so who has shed his own for me. I ask firmly fixed to the cart that I can you what more can you do than burn scarcely move, do not think, my brothis poor and sintul flesh ? I have ther, that my spirit is not free—that learned to fear Him who can destroy it cannot rise to the throne of God to both soul and body in hell. After this contemplate celestial things—to be
comforted and rejoiced by the presence but at the same moment the priests of God.' His friend was so moved, endeavoured to persuade the poor that he had no power; and when his creatures that there was a virtue in the sighs and tears would have permitted cross by which it repelled the adorahim, the carriage went so quick, that tions of a heretic. Upon this the ashe had not time to speak. Francis, sistants, satisfied of this miraculous thus dragged from city to city according property rushed to the cross and cut as the emperor travelled, arrived at off portions of it with their swords, length in Spain, where he was deliver- well assured that if they could procure ed over to the Inquisition.
the smallest particle, it would effecFrancis was now immured in a damp tually preserve them from all maladies. and deep dungeon, from whence he Arrived at the place of execution, was brought out from time to time, only they tormented their victim anew, in to be tormented by the monks, or ex- order to draw from him a recantation posed to the taunts and insults of the and confession ; but Francis did not populace. Every means were tried to belie himself, and, with the same firmbring him to change his opinion but ness, told them to make haste and without effect. He declared boldly, finish their work. He was then atand in public, that it was impossible tached to the stake, and fire set to the for man, by his own strength, or by pile. When he began to feel the his good works, or by any inherent flame, either to avoid the smoke, or for excellence, to merit eternal life, or to be some other reason, he raised his head, just before God:-that the Son of God his enemies having remarked this had shed his blood to wash away our movement, thought that they saw a filthiness and to appease the wrath of symptom of repentance, and immedihis Father by his sacrifice. A sacrifice ately made the inflamed wood be withonce for all and of universal efficacy; drawn_before he experienced any inthat the doctrines of the mass, of pur- jury, Francis, perceiving this sudden gatory, of expiation, of indulgences, change, and fearing some refined wickand adoration of images, were so many edness, cried out, Ah! are you enblasphemies and profanations of the vious of my happiness? Do you wish blood of Jesus Christ. There now re- to hinder me from enjoying eternal mained nothing more than to deliver glory P' Seeing themselves thus deover to the flames a heretic so deter- ceived in their expectation, the inquisi. mined and so impenitent. He was tors ordered the wood to be replaced, conducted to the scaffold with many and very soon the intrepid martyr was others, but he alone was burnt. They beyond the reach of suffering—in a few led him for execution out of the city in moments his body was reduced to the midst of the curses of the people. ashes. After this no means were spared
Near the gate was a cross of wood, by the Inquisitors to blacken and inbefore which the procession stopped, jure the memory of this worthy chrisand which the monks wished Francis tian; but his death made a deep im. to worship; this he refused with as pression on many of those who assisted much calmness as firmness. • The at it, and among others, upon some christians,' said he to the spectators, soldiers. The ambassador of England, . do not adore a piece of wood. I am who was present, expressed a desire to a christian, and I feel that God is with possess himself of something which
It is to him, and to him alone, had belonged to him as a memorial of that I now with all my heart offer my his faith and constancy. This action worship and my adoration. Make was so offensive to the emperor, that haste, I pray you, and bring me to the it led to the complete disgrace of that place where I am to be offered up in minister at his court. sacrifice.'
These details were furnished by an Immediately the vociferations and eye witness, and attested, besides, by violence of an infuriated mob darted persons worthy of credit.* forth against him because he would not worship a sign which it venerated; * Actes des Martyrs, &c, par J. Crespin,
NINEVEH : its Rise and Ruin ; as illus. I have reason to hope that the various
trated by ancient Scriptures and mo- inscriptions contained on these slabs, dern discoveries. A course of Lectures, which appear to be the chronicles of delivered at Claremont Chapel, Lon- kings, &c., will in due time be deci. don. With additions and Supplemen. phered, and then we shall have some tary Notes.
By the Rev. JOHN important additions to our historical BLACKBURN, Pastor. Partridge and knowledge of this once Queen of the Oakey. 18mo. pp. 244.
Mr. Blackburn, the talented pastor The discoveries of modern and en- of Claremont chapel, was so interested terprizing travellers have opened for by the perusal of Nineveh and its the reading public, new stores of pro- Remains, and the illustrations and found interest. Nineveh, which has confirmations the work suggested of been buried beneath its own ruins for many parts of the Old Testament some three thousand years, which was scriptures, that he pursued his enknown to us from profane historians quiries, and determined upon giving only by vague and indistinct allusions, a course of lectures on this subject. and from the sacred writings by early These are mentioned at the head of references in the book of Genesis, and this article. We have been much by the books of Jonah, Nahum, &c., gratified by the perusal of them, and and which has even been denied to we doubt not that to every intelligent have had an existence at all by some christian who reads them they will be of the German myth-mongers, who a source of instruction and edification. have resolved the whole history into a It is within the proper sphere of the mere fable :-Nineveh, we say, has christian ministry to lay hold on every been brought to light by the perse- discovery in science or in antiquity vering labours, and excavations of Dr. that tends to illustrate and establish Layard, an enterprizing Englishman, the true meaning and divine authority and others-its halls, covered with of the inspired writings, with a view rubbish and ashes, have been pene- to the edification of christians. Mr. trated, the carved slabs of marble with Blackburn's mind seems to have a pewhich their walls were covered have culiar adaptiveness to exercises of this been removed, and many most inter kind. Hence these six lectures. esting specimens have been deposited The first is on • the foundation of in the British Museum. We have Nineveh, and the earlier notices of read Dr. Layard's volumes with pro- the old Assyrian monarchy. Here is found interest, examined his sketches, noticed the first overthrow of this drawings, plans of buildings, &c., with mighty city, and the confirmation of it delight, and felt while doing this, as if by the excavations of Dr. Layard. the city of Nimrod the fabled won. The second lecture is devoted to der of the past, was standing before • Nineveh in the days of the prophet us, in its pristine splendour. The Jonah : its extent, wickedness, and colossal figures-the carved slabs—the humiliation.' These topics are well various inscriptions, are in wonderful unfolded. The third, notices "The preservation; and this, resulting from invasion of Israel by the Assyrians, the peculiar materials of which the and the captivity of the ten tribes.' walls were constructed, gives a kind of In this the lecturer shows how the freshness to the idea which is seldom sculptures and engravings discovered realized when contemplating ruins of by Dr. Layard, illustrate the cruel very much later date. It seems as if treatment of the captives, and the the providence of God uncovered them, description of the city by Nahum, chap. that they might be discovered to re- iii
. 1, ii. 12, 13. The fourth shews 'the buke the folly and unbelief of a scep- siege of Libnah by the Assyrian army,
We recommend all our and its signal overthrow, and here readers, who may have the opportu- is noted the identity of Nisroch the nity, to peruse Dr. Layard's volumes, eagle-headed divinity, with the disand to visit the British Museum. We coveries of Dr. Layard. The fifth, is