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manded his entire approval ; and, 80 no greater cause of sorrow could during the long period in which he arise, than to witness their abandonstood in honourable connexion and inent and persecution of that branch fellowship with that section of the of the church to which many owe church, he worthily filled every all their comfort in this life, and all office open to the lay-members, and their hope of a better. was highly and deservedly esteemed I forbear to enlarge on the base by all who had the honour of his ingratitude involved in this conduct; friendship. Often did he gratefully but it cannot be denied, that, in acknowledge the benefits which his many instances, the sires of those family and himself had derived from unworthy sons owe their respectable the institutions of Methodism; and position in society to a connexion nothing would have given him greater with that people whom their offpain, than to hear that a child of his spring proudly scorn ; and not a had so far degenerated from the few of these very men, who now course in which he had been trained regard every description of nonconand educated, as to traduce and formity with such abhorrence, have despise the people he had been received the sacrament of baptism taught to love and honour. This from Ministers whom, under the feeling, I am convinced, was not pe- blinding and perverting influence of culiar to our deceased friend : it bigotry, they pronounce to be devoid was, and is now, shared in an equal of all ecclesiastical or scriptural au. degree by thousands and tens of thority to administer it! We are thousands who, through the minis- fully aware that the most pious and trations of the successors of the prudent conduct will not always venerable Wesley, have heard words avert the evil we are deprecating ; whereby they have been saved: and but when it occurs, it is well to as they desire no greater joy than have the satisfaction that it is not to see their children walking in the imputable to misplaced indulgence truth, and in that form of it which or culpable neglect. has been so beneficial to themselves;
THE DEATH-BED OF THE CONQUEROR. Our chroniclers tell us how the flammation ensued from the bruise, harvest was waving, the grapes were which the leechcraft of those days swelling on the stem, the fruits red. could neither heal nor allay. The dening on the bough, when William noise, the disturbance, the atmoentered the fertile land: as he ad- sphere of the close, narrow, unsavanced, the corn was trodden down, voury streets of Rouen becaine inthe vineyards havocked, the gifts of tolerable to the fevered sufferer; Providence wastefully destroyed. and he was painfully removed to An imprudent sally of the inhabit the conventual buildings of St. Gerants of Mantes enabled William to vase, on an adjoining hill. The inenter the city. It was fired by the ward combustion spread so rapidly, soldiery; churches and dwellings that no hope of recovery remained, alike sunk in the flames ; even the and William knew that there was recluses were burned in their cells. none. William, aged, and unwieldy in Now ensued that dreadful conbody, yet impetuous and active in flict of feelings, never entirely abmind, cheered the desolation, and sent from the bed of death, but galloped about and about through sometimes so painfully visible; when, the burning ruins. His steed stum as personified in the paintings which bled amidst the embers : like the bespeak the mind of the ages that third Sovereign who bore the name produced thein, we behold the good of William, the rider received a fatal angel and the evil demon contendhurt from his fall. A lingering in- ing for the mastery of the departing
soul; the clinging to earthly thingsAnd what was Henry Beauclerk, his with an entire consciousness of their father's favourite, to inberit? A worthlessness ; seis-condemnation, treasure of five thousand pounds of and seii-deceit ; repentance, and white silver, told and weighed. obturacy; the scales of the balance Henry began to lament this unequal trembling between heaven and hell. gift.“ What will all the treasure “No tongue can tell,” be said, “the profit me,” he exclaimed, “ if I have wickedness which I have perpetrated neither land nor home?” William in my life of toil and care." "He re- comforted his youngest son, and counted his trials, the base ingrati- that strangely, by the prophetic intude he had sustained, and also ex. timation thai, becoming far greater tolled his own virtues; he confessed than either brother, Henry should himself, praised himself for his one day possess all his parental conscientious appointments in the honours. Church,-his alms, and the seven. William was now silent. Those teen monasteries and six nunneries who surrounded him had heard of which under his reign had been alms and of repentance, of contrifounded in Normandy.
tion, and of distribution of the wealth But Rufus and Henry are stand no longer bis own; a little to the ing by the bed-side. Who is to be poor; all, save that little, to his the Conqueror's heir? How are bis sons. Of forgiveness, nothing had dominions to be divided ? Robert, been said by William; nothing of as first-born, is to take Normandy. remission to the captives in the dun. “Wretched,” declared the King, geon, upon whom ihe doom of per: “will be the country subjected to petual imprisonment had been passed. his rule ; but he hath received the Would not the King show mercy, if homages of the Barons; and the he expected mercy? William as. concession once made cannot be sented. Morkar had been unjustly withdrawn. Of England I will ap- punished. This William confessed, point no one heir : let Him in and let him forthwith be freed. whose bands are all things provide Roger de Breteuil had been rightly according to his will." Bitterly cast into prison, yet William aslamenting the crimes, the slaugh- sented to his enlargement. Wul. ters, the wide-wasting wretchedness noth, the brother of Harold, a child produced by his ambition, he de- when he fell into the hands of the clared he dared not bestow the Conqueror, who had sternly kept realm thus won by wrongfulness. him in chains from his infancy, and But this reserve was a mere delu. Siward of the North, both now sion; and he evaded the import of breathed the fresh air again; and his own words by declaring his hope William ended by ordering that all that William, wão from youth up- the prison-doors in England and wards had been an obedient son, Normandy should be opened, except might succeed him. Nor did he to one alone,-except to Odo his rest in the mere wish. He turned brother. Much were they saddened him round in his weary bed, and at this hardness; many and urgent directed that a mandate should be were the entreaties made. At length prepared, addressed to Lanfranc, William relaxed his severity, withcommanding him to place Rufus on out relenting ; declaring that he the throne; and the dying man yielded against his will. But this he who had just vowed that he act of grudging, coerced, extorted would not take thought concerning forgiveness, was his last. A night the sinful inheritance-affixed his of somewhat diminished suffering royal signet to the instrument by ensued. He sunk into that state, which, in fact, he bequeathed the half sleep, half stupor, when the unlawful gain. And he forthwith troubled, expiring body takes a dull, delivered the same to Rufus, kissed painful, unrestful rest, before its him, and blessed him; and Rufus last long earthly repose. But as the hastened away to England, lest he cheerful, life-giving rays of the should lose that blood-stained crown. rising sun were just darting above
the horizon, across the sad apart. Monarch is reported to have witment, and shedding brightness on nessed the vilest rapacity ; but, in its walls, William was awakened earlier periods, the eager greediness, from his imperfect slumbers by the now usually restrained from much measured, mellow, reverberating, outward demonstration by habits of lengthened, swelling toll of the decorum and dread of punishment, great cathedral bell. “ It is the was displayed and vented, almost as hour of prime,” replied bis attend. a matter of course, without hesitaants, in answer to his inquiry. Then tion, fear, or shame. The attend. were the priesthood, in full choir, ants plundered the royal chamber, welcoming, with voices of gladness, stripped the body even of its last the renewed gist of another day, garments; sons, kinsmen, servant, and praying in the words of the all, without exception, rushing out, hymn,
left the poor diseased corpse lying
naked on the floor. So completely “ Now that the sun is gleaming bright,
was it abandoned, that the duty of Implore we, bending low, That He, the uncreated Light,
conveying the remains of William to May guide us as we go.
the monastery of St. Stephen, at
Caen, which he had founded, was “No sinful word, nor deed of wrong,
performed by the care and charity Nor thoughts that idly rove ;
of a Knight of humble fortune and But simple truth be on our tongue, And in our hearts be love.
low degree, grieved at the indignity
to which the mortal spoil of his “And while the hours in order flow,
Sovereign was exposed. The Monks O Christ, securely fence
came forth with song and dirge ; Our gates beleaguer'd by the foe, The gate of every sense.
and, receiving the body, they took
order for the royal sepulture. The “ And grant that to thine honour, Lord, grave was dug deep in the preshyOur daily toil may tend ;
tery, between altar and choir. All That we begin it at thy word, And in thy favour end."*
the Bishops and Abbots of Nor
mandy assembled. After mass had But his day of labour and struggle, been sung, Gilbert, Bishop of Ev. sin and repentance, was passed; and reux, addressed the people; and, William lifted up his hands in prayer,
when he had magnified the fame of and expired.
the departed, he asked them all to As was very common in those pray for his soul. And then a loud times, the death of the great and voice was heard from the crowd : rich was the signal for a scene of
a poor man stood up before the bier, disgraceful neglect and confusion.
one Ascelin, who forbade that Wile Not that we are now more human- liam's corpse should be received ized in heart; even in our own days into the ground be bad usurped by the degraded chamber of a departed reckless violence. The land whereon
the church of St. Stephen stood, * Jam lucis orto sidere
the monastery, whose erection was Dum precemur supplices,
amongst the good works upon which Nostras ut ipse dirigat,
William relied,-had been taken by Lux increata, semitas.
William from Arthur, the father of
Ascelin, and any compensation had Nil lingua, nil peccet manus,
been denied. All present-Bishops Nil mens inane cogitet; In ore simplex veritas,
and nobles, all the bystanders, inIn corde regnet caritas.
deed-knew how sadly true was the
complaint; and they pacified Ascelin Incæpta dum fluet dies, O Christe, custos perrigil,
by paying him the price of that narQuas savus hostis obsidet,
row, little plot of earth, the seven Portas tuere sensuum.
feet of mould, the contested resting
place of the Conqueror. Ascelin, Presta diurnus ut tuæ
further promises being made to him, Subserviat laudi labor ; Auctore qua te cæpimus
withdrew his ban; but as the swollen Da te favente prosequi.
corpse sank into the grave, it burst,
filling the sacred edifice with cor the Conqueror gathered to his fa. ruption. The obsequies were hur- thers,—with loathing, disgust, and ried through; and thus was William horror.—Quarterly Review.
CIOCCI'S NARRATIVE OF INIQUITIES AT ROME.
(Concluded from page 936.) Ciocci was induced to return few minutes, exhausted nature triquietly to the monastery, upon the umphed, my dreams were such as may confident hope expressed by his mo
be supposed to disturb the sleeping ther, that his vows, being constrain
hours of one occupied with the single
idea of terror. ed, would be nullified upon an ap
My prayers were reak,
not the sisters of hope, not founded upon peal, which she undertook to prose that faith which moves mountains. I cute, to the Holy Convocation of prayed because I felt the need of prayer, Bishops and Regulars.
because I was accustomed to it; bat a
voice continually repeated to me, ' God « Once again in the hands of my ene does not listen to thee; for thy prayers mies, they did not fail to show their are not in accordance with his will.' resentment by inflicting on me the se “ From this period may I date the verest punishment. For three days [ commencement of the work of grace in was confined to my room, and kept upon my heart. Experiencing, in the unhapbread and water. I was forbidden ever py yearnings of a troubled spint, the again to return home, prohibited from need of a sustaining power, I looked in writing to any person whatever, and vain to the Romish religion for a staff told that I was always to receive the whereon to find support. It was diavisits of my friends in the presence of a metrically opposed to every natural feel. Master, with a threat amounting almost ing of my heart, and presented to me no to annihilation, if I ever uttered a word relief. Where was my troubled soul to that might lead any one to suspect I was cast anchor ? and to what source was I dissatisfied with my situation.
to flee for comfort ? By prayer, I “ The three days' solitude to which I sought the aid of God ; and a gleam of was condemned, in the agitated state of sunshine illumined my path. The momy feelings, writhing under the disco ment was not far distant which a comvery of the cruel deception of which I passionate God had established as the had become a victim, and which had limit of my suffering ; though I had yet forced me on to a step that might prove a long journey to perform among the irrevocable, almost distracted me. thorns and briers set in my path by the had, during this confinement, ample time opposition of the Monks." for reflection; but not one sustaining hope brought comfort to my soul. Now When released from his penanceand then the thought of God would flash chamber, he applied himself assiupon my mind, like the polar-Star upon duously to the study of philosophy: the gaze of a tempest-tossed seaman : but instantly it was lost behind the thick and being anxious to understand the clouds of impenetrable darkness with spirit of the religion in which he which the Romish religion has clothed had been reared, he read the His. the God of mercies. Educated to look tory of the Popes, Muratori's An. upon him as a God of terror, rather than nals of Italy, and the Councils. of love,-ready to hurl to the nethermost These books, through the blessing pit all who dared to oppose their will to of God, shot a second ray of light the dispensations of the Church,—what into his benighted soul. He ob. hope was left to me of finding shelter served that pride, thirst for domibeneath his wings ? Three days of almost total abstinence—my only suste
nion, cupidity of riches, and easy nance being a morsel of bread, and a
and voluptuous living, had in every little water_added physical debility to
age been the main-springs of action mental suffering, and brought on an in
to the Church of Rome ; and dis. disposition to sleep, which was the more gust was caused in his heart by the intolerable, that it prolonged the sense of discovery. my sorrowful existence. When, for a In his third year, Ciocci procured
by stealth a Bible, which he care * Blasphemy !' others, 'Heresy, heresy!' fully concealed, as being “a contra and many, “ Poor fellow ! his sufferings band and dangerous article” in the have deprived him of his senses.' monastery. From the diligent, se.
Superior thought it expedient to reprecret study of the inspired word, with
sent that I was possessed by a legion of earnest prayer for divine instruction, expressed, than the most superstitious
demons. No sooner was this opinion he was led to discern, one by one, the false doctrines and heresies of loaded with Romish merchandise,—the
ran in haste to the church, and returned Popery. He says,
vase of holy water, Agnus Dei, blessed
chaplet in articulo mortis, images, relics. “I was now internally a Protestant ;
One sprinkled me on one side, another and that hatred against the true Chris
on the other. Some presented me with tians with which the Jesuits had in
images, others placed relics on my forespired me, was suddenly converted into
head, and by the Superior I was exorthe bond of charity. He who permitted
cised. The greater their exertions to to be opened to me the way of convic. grapple with the evil one, the stronger tion, had, in the illuminated book of sal.
were the evidences of possession. vation, forbidden me to hate those blind
« Of all the relics presented to me, ed beings, seated under the shadow of
the one they looked upon with most death in the Romish religion. I hated
faith was that of St. Peter the Martyr. them not; I pitied them ; but, as the
Although I had not entirely rejected the sequel will show, I had incurred their
adoration of saints, St. Peter of Verona, suspicion, and the consequences to me
called the Martyr, I especially abhorred. were bitter.
This saint, the finest fruit of the Domia “ Towards the middle of this year, I
nican tree, was an Inquisitor ; who, for was one evening, after supper, seized having subjected a province to fire and with frightful spasms in the stomach.
sword,–pretending to teach the way to A barning heat in the chest and throat,
heaven by the light of funereal piles, which kept rapidly increasing, led me to
fell a victim to the just vengeance of a suspect the cause of this sudden illness.
persecuted people. I never had enterIn a short time I became of a livid
tained the slightest sympathy for him; colour, and foamed at the mouth. On seeing around me the Monks, who had pel, how could I believe that it was in
and now, after having studied the Goshastened to my cries, I turned towards
the power of a Pope to make a homicide them, exclaiming, “You have your re
enter heaven; when St. Paul, in the venge! Death will soon terminate my
name of God, tells us, that 'murderers miseries ; but I esteem you less cruel in
shall not inherit the kingdom of heatreating me thus, than in having sacri
ven ?' The Pope pretends that this ficed me by deception !' None of the
power is included in the sana totum remedies administered afforded me the
quodcunque ligaveris. Imagine, beneslightest relief. All my companions
volent readers, with what feelings I must were affected to tears at the sight of my
have beheld the bones of this bloodsufferings. My mother, my mother !' thirsty bigot offered to me as something I exclaimed: "let me, I entreat you,
celestial! With all my force I thrust see her once again before I die ;.........
aside the hand of the Superior, who preand my father, my brothers, my sisters, sented the relic. He insisted upon my - let me embrace them all!'. The most kissing it, esteeming it the most efficasympathizing of those around me strove,
cious means whereby to chase the demon by every means in their power, to calm
of blasphemy, which he said he perceived and console me. Seeing that the pa
on my lips,—the saint having been so roxysms increased, they became alarmed
zealous an exterminator of heresy." for my reason; and fearing lest, in an agony of despair, I might attempt my Upon this occasion the Monks own life, they removed from my room every object which could be made use of not know, to visit him ; and he fully
brought a Physician, whom he did for that purpose. But, alas ! other tor
believes that there was a conspiracy ments awaited me. The Master asked if I would confess, and pressed it upon
to poison him. We cannot but
attribute this surmise to some illume as a duty. I replied, that my faults were known to God, and before him I sion; and his statements, on this confessed my nothingness, my sinful and some other points, lead us to ness ; but not to man. Instantly I heard peruse the narrative with caution. a murmur of horror. Some exclaimed, He, however, proceeds to mention a
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