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of crosses about her neck, and there found her cold, and her pulse beating tied it with three knots : the kneeled without any lign of distemperature, Itill, and ceased not to pray till the nor are they, after the fit, lentible of any strings were faltened ; but then the misery they have suffered. But to my stood up, and quitted her beads; and, story: Whilft I was feeling the pulse, after a reverence made to the altar, me the Inatched her hand away froin me, went to the seat, like a couch, with one and in a rage tore all the cloaths from end made purposely for the exorcilin, her liead ; which tight made a strange whereof there are divers in the chapel. alteration of a handsome woman, which The head of this stood to the altar. (trust me) in her dreis the was ; but She went to it with so much humility, now without her cloaths, her thorn that you would have thought that head, her distracted looks, and foam. patience could merit enough, without ing mouth, made a fad alteration. Thus the prayers of the priest, to have chaled The lay curling the prieit and the facra. out the Devil. When the came to it, ment, and the power they had thus to the lay down on it, and helped the torment her ; who, in the heat of all priest to hind her to it with two ropes, her fury, unbound her, and, standing one about her waist, another about her up with the facrament in his hand, thighs and legs. When she was bound, commanded the Devil to pay an adoraand law the priest with a box wherein tion to that he so curst, grovelling on the facrament was included, the lighed, the ground; which at lait, after a great and trembled with lente of the torture many curses, he obeyed, in manner the was to lutfer.. Nor is this a parti- that followeth. cular humility and patience that the She lid from her seat backwards The wed, for they are all so, and in the upon the ground, and there lay ; but jame instance. When this exorcifm refused to pay reverence to the hoft, was performing, another of the posseised · till by prayers, and touching her with called a father unto her, and let her leat relics, and shewing her her God (as he herself, and then lay down upon it, and called it) she at the last obeyed ; and as tied herself upon it as the other did. the lay on her back, the bent her waist 'Tis strange to see how modeltly and like a tumbler, and went so, shoving devoutly they go to the altar, when herself with her heels on her bare head, they are themselves, and how they walk all about the chapel, after the friar in the nunneries. Their madeit looks and many other itrauze unnatural and fad paces express what they are, postures, beyond any that ever I saw, (maids vowed to religion). This, upon or could believe pollible for any man the beginning of the exorcism, lay as if or woman to do. Nor was this a sudthe had Nept; but it was not long lhe den motion, and away, but a continual continued to quiet, but like the rest thing, which the did for above an hour fell into extravagant talkings, and vio- together; and yet not out of breath, lent bearing of herself as the lay ; her nor hot with all the motions she used. face drawn into horrid and itrange Indeed, the things I saw her do conpostures, and her belly fwelled to the firmed me in the opinion, that there bigness of one with child, and then are fewer Devils in Loudun, if it be as fell Hat again, and, at the same instant, they would have us believe, than there her breasts swelled to the bigness that must be of these religious counterfeits ; her belly was. But these accidents and there is nothing lurer than the continued not in one place of her body Devil at Loudun. long, but removed iometimes to her While this nun lay as I have de. legs, sometimes to her hands ; and Itill, scribed, for the space of an hour, her as the priest perceived the part afflicted, tongue swelled to a niost incredible he applied his relic there, and prayed, bigness, and never within her niouth figning the place with the sign of the from the first falling into her fit. I cross, and immediately it was well. saw her in an instant contract it; and I Whilst the lay in the le continual mo. heard her, after the had given a Itart tions, and Itriving with her body, I and shriek that you would have went and felt her hands and pulses, thought had torn her to pieces, the thinking to have found her extremely spake one word, and that was “ Jodiltempered ; for by her face you feph;" at which all the prielts start up, would have judged the extreinity of a and cried, “ that is the sign, look for fever to have been upon her ; but I the mark ;" on which one, seeing her
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hold out her arm, looked for it : Mr. prayers : and, whilft she was at her Montague and myself did the same very devotion, I went to see the exorcism of earneitly; and on her hand I saw a her that bound herself to the form colour rise a little ruddy, and run for when this exorcism was a.doing. To the length of an inch upon her vein, say more of which, than it was itrange and in that a great many red specks; and above nature, were to trouble you, and they contracted into letters which and foul paper : to lay less, a lie. All made a distinct word ; and it was the that I have written here of the last fame the spake, Jofeph.” This woman, about the name, I have, by mark the Jesuit * said the Devil pro. precedent of Mr. Montague, let my mised when he went out he would land to, and so did all the priests that make ; and from the time he promised faw it, and it is sent to the King this, to this day, was four months. of France, and will be printed t. This, as I live, I saw ; nor could I find Then I hope you will believe it, or the least argument to question the at least ways say there are more liars reality of this miracle. The prielt then than myself, and greater, though there told us, that the Devil would have be none more your humble servant wrote his own name when he went out, than but that he enjoined him to write
Tho. KILLIGREW. “ Joseph ;" for to thar faint the priest had addressed himself with a vow, to If
intend me tlie honour of a have his aid in the expelling of him. letter, you may send it to Mr. MonWhilst we were in admiration, she came tague, and he will convey it to me to to herself, and pulled her hand from Venice, where your humble servant us, and killed the mark, and fell to will remain all this winter,
Νομιζε μηδέν είναι των ανθρωπίνων Είσαιου έτω γαρ έτ' ευτυχών ίση περιχαρής, ότι
ISOCRAT. δυσυχων περίλυπος.
Persuade yourself that there is no fiability in any thing human ; and then Prosperity will
not be able to elate, or Calamity to overu helm, you. Man, in his progress through life, duals support themselves under affic.
meets with many disappointments tions in a very different manner. Whilt and a fictions. Untoreleen occurrences fome yield to them with the most continually blight his fundett hopes, daitardly submission, others meet them and remove his present enjoyments. with the firmest fortitude. There are In the morning of life, ignorant of the few that can sustain the onset with vicislitudes of ihis world, he looks for. fpirit or success, until time moves on ward to happiness and, tale ; itt noon,
and leads torth the dillieartened forces he finds himself beset with trials upon of the breait. In the facred history we every fide ; and in the evening, he fits are, indeed, presented with an instance down in quiet, and, tumming up the of one man, who, though plunged at testimony of experience, pronounces all once from the summit of human bliss sublunary detires to be vanity and vexa- to the lowest depths of complicated tion of spirit.
misery, could not be provoked to a Upon some men, indeed, calamities fingle expression of complaint; but, fall in more frequent numbers, and on the contrary, amidst all his lurwith a more oppreslive weight, than rounding difliculties, Itill preserved the upon others; but, either in a more most exalted sense of duty, still che. fevere, or a more 1paring degree, they rished the liveliest sentiments of gratihappen to all men. Different indivi- tude for the bleflings which he had
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before received. Though modern about in the mind. When, therefore, times cannot boast so uncommon an we resolve to receive the aggressions of exemplar of patience, yet there are not misfortune with fortitude, we not only wanting, I hope, even in our own days, conform to the dictates of our duty, men who possess this virtue in no in- but confult wisely our own happineis. considerable degree.
Fourtbly, When we submit ourselves Out of the many arguments which to amictions with readiness, we may be might be brought forward to recom- aliured, that we are pleasing Him whose mend a cheerful acquiescence in the pleasure thould be the study of our dispensations of Providence, I shall lives. A cheerful submission to his select only a few.
will he cannot but regard as a proof of Firji, It is certain, that we owe to dutiful obedience. Were no crosses to the free goodness of our Creator all happen to us, but a continual succellion the blessings which we ever enjoyed. of gratifications to be presented to us, Whenever we are troubled by the pri- one of the most material purposes of vation of any good, we should call in our exiltence would not be answered
i the assistance of our reason ; and we our firmness againit temptations, and hould then be taught, that it is our our patience under sufferings, would duty to resign that which is not our not be proved ; and man would want own with equanimity, initead of break- an opportunity of recommending himing out into reproachful complaints, self to his Maker by the discreet go. or indulging in itupid despondency; vernment of himself under circumnay more, that we fhould express our stances of difficulty. Innocence would gratitude for the fruition of it, with be no merit, if there were no temptawhich we liave been so long favoured, tion to guilt. But if the fevereit trials rather than lullenly regret the loss. cannot drive us from the path of rectia We had no claims upon the bounty of fude, or effice from our minds the the gracious Donor : the discontinu- impression that it is the prerogative of ance of that bounty is, therefore, no the great Author of the Universe to injustice on his part, no hardilip on treat his creatures according to his ours.
pleafure, this cordial acquiescence in Secondly, As we are helpless beings, his will, this overruling lente of his dependent entirely upon our Maker, supremacy, must surely be acceptable he has an indilputable right to deal in his fight. with us as he pleales. But it is to be It might have been added, as an observed, that no instance of his con- argument in favour of resignation, that duct towards us needs to be defended afilictions, however hurtful they may upon that ground ; every infliction appear to the superficial observer, are which we undergo is called for by our not without their utility, but, on the misconduct. If at any time we should contrary, are very frequently probe prefled by any dispensation, which ductive of the molt important advanmay appear to us severe, let us but call tages. to mind, how frequently we have vio- Nothing is more dangerous to man lated the will of our Benefactor, even than an uninterrupted train of prospe. whilst he was pouring down his favours rity. A fpeculator, unacquainted with upon us with an uníparing hand, and the depravity of the world, might very the review of our ingratitude and reasonably suppole, that the gratitude worthlellness, and of bis muniticence of man would endeavour to keep pace and forbearance, will immediately li. with the liberality of his Maker, and lence our complaints, and convince that the more he was loaded with kind. us, that our chastisement is very far nelles, the inore warm he would be from being proportionate to our guilt. come in his devotion, the more con.
Thirdly, It cannot be denied, that we Itant in his virtue. But the fact is have it in our power to lighten the deplorably the reverse. The bounty weight of every calamity that befalls of Heaven, instead of awakening geneus by firmness in supporting ourselves rous sentiments in his breait, and itiunder it. He who pores over his milo mulating his endeavours to deserve it, fortunes, will be perpetually discover has too frequently the effect of introing fresh circumftances of aggravati.n: ducing a forgetfulness and neglect of as the snow-ball is increaled the farther Hiin from whom all his enjoyments it is rolled, so calamity receives conti- proceed, and of lulling bim into lupinenual augmentations the more it is tolledness and a miltaken security. The tide
of the world bears him down the stream fined within its proper hounds. The of vice, nor gives him time either to philofophic mind, after giving vent to reflect, how far he has proceeded from those fiiit effufions, which are too viothe spot whence he first itarted, or to lent to be checked, will remember, anticipate the frightful abyss to which that to encourage the influence of the torrent hastens. The duty which melancholy and forrow is to mur. once he held sacred, he now rejects as mur againīt the sovereign Disposer of the incumbrance of the formalit; and Events ; that mortality is a property the tranigression at which he once of man'; and that a very few years, would have revolted, he now becomes at moit, can separate the mourner from familiar with, and fets down as merely his friend. The best and most advana trivial indulgence. But let affliction tageous tribute of respect that we can present itself, and the scene is changed. pay to the memory of one wliole worth When fickness preys upon his body, or commanded our esteem, is to observe distress harasses' his mind, the mist is the track which he pursued; where now removed which before beclouded he failed, to profit by his example, his eyes, and he is enabled to discern and avoid his errors and where he with accuracy ; Vice is beheld in all her excelled, to aspire to an imitation of deformity, and Virtue bears her wonted his virtuts. appearance of loveliness and fimplicity. The wantonness of sophism, or the Thereflection which bis situation presies blindness of ignorance. not unfreupon his mind, brings his guilt before quently confounds Resignation with him, and leads him to contrition and Apatby : but nothing is more unjuft remorse ; and these, in their turn, eli- than this indiscriminate association of cit the most serious resolutions of future things which differ effentially in their amendment.
nature. Rclignation does not confift Afflictions are of service to us in an- in a want of lensibility, but in a pru. other point of view. Without them, dent coercion of its effects ; apathy the gratifications of this world would is a perfect indifference to every palbecome so habitual to us, that they fion, and always argues a corruptness would fasten to our affections, our talte of heart. The latter stops up every would be moulded after an earthly inlet of pleasure, and renders human form, and the delights of futurity, life a dreary and wearisome existence, which are promised to the faithful, to not enlivened by the fruition of tous would want their favour. Calamity, day, not relieved by the anticipacion on the contrary, points out to us tie of the morrow. But the former gives emptiness and instability of all tem, us a selith for every enjoyment, and poral pleasures, and directs us to build provides us with a balm for every our hopes upon a more solid founda- wound. In short, the man who, from tion-a foundation which cannot be a principle of religion, has reduced all fhaken by the storms of life, or even his paflions into a state of subordinathe final concuilion of nature.
tion, so as to be able to bear affistions Perhaps no dispensation of Provi- with fortitude, is truly bappy : when dence is so trying to the fortitude of chaftened by the ruthless hand of calathe huinan breast, as the loss of a faith- mity, he consoles himself with the ful and endeared friend. This event reflection, that he has a friend in hiin wounds the heart in its tenderest place. who disposes of every event, who is Many a man, whose courage could not acquainted with bis imbecility, and be daunted by diseale or adversity, will not suffer him to be afflicted be. when the partner of his affections is yond what he is able to bear, by whom torn from him, will now forget all his he shall be carried through every trial prowess, and surrender himlelf to the in this life, and by whom his fortitude bittereit grief. Sorrow of this kind and virtue shall be abundantly requited evinces a tenderness of sensibility and in the next. a fincerity of affection which cannot
AURELIUS. be too much commended. But ftill, Chefter, February tbe &tb, like every thing elle, it must be con