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attention to more important perso- very considerable doubts are entertained
as to the propriety of these marriages ; We have already expressed our dis- but, in my humble opinion, it is contrary satisfaction with the want of originality to the benevolent principles of our reli. in the plot. We think, too, it might gion to place any one in a state of irrehave been managed with greater effect. claimable sin. Many I know of those Love can break, and has broken, who have been thus redeemed, have been far stronger bonds than those with irreproachable as wives and mothers; which the author has encircled his and, in your particular case, I trust that heroine; and we think the story would
the salutary interval of solitary repentance have carried with it a deeper interest
may have so chastened your mind, as and a higher moral, had Matilda been that you will be properly prepared somade to violate the duties of a mother lemnly to undertake these new duties."
Matilda bowed her head in humble acwith those of a wife, and feed his altar not only with the sacrifice of a hus- quiescence.
“ The morning of the day on which band, but of a child. She should have died too, we think, not from any of Ormsby was expected was serene and
was one of those extraordi. the common accidents of nature, not from the neglect or contumely of the nary efforts of nature, which, in that de
licious climate, defying the calculations world, not from any change in the of the calendar, charm one with a feelaffections of one for whom she had ing of summer security even in the midst given up all, but in the full possession of winter. Matilda had persuaded her of everything that she had looked for- friend to accompany her to the farther ward to as necessary to her happiness, extremity of the terrace which faces the from that deep and settled conscious
sea; and on the smooth and sunny ho. ness of irrecoverable guilt and shame rizon her eye had long been fixed, enworking like madness in her brain, and deavouring to catch the first glimpse of turning the cup of happiness into bit- the expected vessel. But there was not, terness and poison. There is, however, on all this wide expanse of waters, even much deep feeling and power displayed one white wave to be seen, which for a in the working up of the closing scene moment she could mistake for a shuning of the catastrophe with which the story sail. Still it was early, and the kind efconcludes. In justice to the author, we forts of Mrs Sydney to calm her impaextract a portion of the last pages tience were for some time not entirely “ Ormsby's absence had been unex
without success. Yet hour passed after pectedly protracted, by the difficulty he hour, and still he came not. At length had found in accumulating from so many the sun, which had played on the rippled different quarters, and in a foreign land, surface before them, had now retired in the conclusive proofs of Santelmo's birth, its daily course to glitter on the still and in tracing his identity through the snowy summit of the Alps behind them; different situations of his early life. But and the short hectic cough of Mrs Sydat length Matilda received from him the ney, which this chilly change aggravated, glad tidings that his disinterested labours reminded Matilda of the danger of indulhad been brought to a successful termi- ging in the selfish pleasure of longer denation, and that the evidence he had ob- taining her there. She insisted, therefore, tained was such as could not be resisted on her immediately leaving her, and rein any court of justice. He added, that, turning home. as the speediest mode of returning to “ When deprived of her companion, her, he should embark in a felucca at Ge. Matilda's impatience, of course, increased. noa, and again should have the inexpres- • With so fair a wind,' she thought, 'he sible delight of beholding her on the day might have been here before now.' As immediately succeeding that in which she she uttered these words, she started at a received the letter. In conclusion, he sudden gust which, rustling in the fallen congratulated himself on the intelligence leaves, carried them before her in a sort he had received from England, that Sir of whirlwind, to a considerable distance. James Dornton's divorce bill had already . In her present state of nervous excitepassed one branch of the Legislature, ment, even so trifling an incident for a and that, therefore, almost immediately moment checked that bounding sense of upon his return he should have it in his happiness which she had previously in power to make her irrevocably his, vain endeavoured to repress, though her
6. I am aware,' said her friend, Mrs reproving conscience told her, that the Sydney, upon this intelligence being com- pleasure she anticipated was a forbidden municated to her, I am aware that, in and guilty one. But this transitory unthe minds of many excellent persons, easiness again subsided with the moment
ary agitation of the passing breeze which within reach of the shore, rising upon caused it; and yet a little while she in- the darkness before her, a light sail met dulged the unbroken hope of the expect- her eye. One moment she caught it, as ed meeting
waving wildly in the wind, it flapped hea4,"Left alone to revel uninterruptedly · vily over the heads of those from whose in the enjoyment of her excited feelings, control it had broken. It was but a she now eagerly sought a remote pro- moment, and the last appalling scream of montory, from which she thought she human misery struck upon her ear, as it might command a more distant prospect swept sadly by-mingling with the howlof the course he must come. But when ing of the tempest. at length she did reach that point, wide “ Those whose career had been thus and wild enough was the scene that met abruptly closed, were not more unconher view, yet far different from that which scious of all that followed the harrowing she had fondly anticipated.
sound of their expiring agonies, than was “ Those alone who have actually ex- the poor sufferer who had been fated to perienced the awful manner in which, witness them; for almost lifeless, drenchwithout the least warning of impending ed with tlie rain, and her arms outdanger, tremendous squalls suddenly burst stretched towards the sea, extended upon upon the Mediterranean, can form any the beach, the unfortunate lady was found adequate idea of the almost miraculous by her anxious friend, --who had till now change which now took place in the ap- in vain sought her from the beginning pearance of all things around, and of the of the storm, which she knew was so accumulating horrors which abruptly pre. calculated to excite her well-grounded sented themselves to the anxious eye of fears for the safety of one on whom her our heroine. Heavy rolling clouds were whole happiness depended. collecting on all sides-their darkness .." It was with the greatest difficulty and gloom aggravated by the struggling that when assistance had been procurays of the setting sun, which were ma- red, Matilda could be prevailed upon to king a last effort to pierce through their quit the spot on which she had been increasing density.
found. Her senses had suffered from “ As she reached the rock she had so the shock she had experienced ; and they anxiously sought, the extensive waste of were only partially restored, to endure waters were still discernible, yet not, as the pangs of a premature labour. Long an hour since, just rippling their other- and doubtful was the struggle ; and it wise unbroken surface, but ‘curling their was late in the following day, when the monstrous heads' to meet the lowering almost unconscious mother strained to vapours from above. For a moment she her broken heart a female child, whose stood rooted to the spot, unmoved even untimely birth and delicate appearance by the violence of the gale, which blew did not promise a longer continuance of with peculiar force around the point. life, than could be hoped for its evidentA cold chill ran through her veins. Even ly dying mother.” as suddenly as the outward appearance We now bid farewell to Matilda of all around had been sadly changed, and its author. We say its author, for the fond hopes she had so lately cherish- amid the more stimulating pursuits in ed yielded to an overwhelming sense of which Lord Normanby has already impending evil. The low hollow mur- taken no undistinguished part, it is mur of distant thunder lingered like the perhaps scarcely to be expected that knoll of death upon her ear. She pressed we shall soon meet him in that characher hands upon her breast, and rushed
ter again. Should his ambition, howwildly down upon the beach. Utterly un
ever, still point to distinction in the conscious was she how long, with feelings
walks of literature, we can assure him of mental agony far superior to any sense
that his present work is one rather of of personal suffering, she wandered in
promise than performance, and that it the neighbourhood of that dreary point.
will require a very strong and effective “ It was only in the aggravation of her
concentration of his powers, to place fears for him in whom self was utterly
him even on a footing of equality absorbed, that she felt the pelting rain which drenched her light garments; it
with many of his competitors. At all
events, the present article will show was only as it impeded her clearer view of the boundless ocean, that she regarded
that we are disposed to regard his
efforts with no unfavourable eye, and the heavy spray which dashed unceasingly against her delicate frame. But it was
give the lie to those who accuse us of no fleeting form assumed by the ever
mixing politics with literature, and of varying spray-it was no fancied crea- refusing, under any circumstances, to tion of her troubled spirit, when, almost do justice to the productions of a Whig.
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
CIRCUMSTANCES over which we had' lord? —the insertion before the general no control, but in which, were we to thanksgiving of those words in the enter into a minute detail of them, the communion service, 'Let us give public could take no manner of inte. thanks unto our Lord God,' 'It is rest, have alone prevented us from re- meet and right to do so,'-and a difturning, as we had designed to return, ferent mode (the present, where there in our last Number, to a considera- are many communicants, being rather tion of the present state and probable tedious than edifying) of administer future prospects of the Church of ing the elements of the Lord's Supper. England. We commence our present These suggestions,” he adds, "may paper with this declaration, because be deemed of secondary importance." we are not anxious to conceal that a Some of them, no doubt, may be small part only of the task which we thus thought of; but we are far from have assigned to ourselves has as yet considering them all as equally unimbeen accomplished. No doubt the portant. Let us see. subjects already touched upon are of With respect to the texts of scripvery vital importance ; they are, more- ture referred to, unquestionably there over, in every one's mouth, and there could be no impropriety, if there were fore we treated of them first. But little positive benefit, in placing them there are other matters behind, of no where our unknown friend desires less serious moment, which, though to see them placed. A great deal is they may not perhaps be spoken of gained towards securing the attention quite so frequently, are neither left of a congregation to the solemn duty unuoticed, nor suffered to pass with in which they are about to be em out censure. To these, in the proper ployed, if you succeed in impressing order, we mean to draw the attention them with feelings of awe and reveof our readers; and as we are happy rence towards the place of assembly; to find that the tone in which our for. and were we sure that the repetition mer discussions were delivered has not of any sentences from the Bible would been looked upon, as we were half produce this effect, we should strongly afraid it might be looked upon, as im- urge the measure, But we question pertinent, we can give no better pledge whether anything which is done often for our future moderation, than by and regularly, comes not, in the end, assuring them, that they will not find to be regarded with indifference, and that tone altered to the last.
hence we are apt to consider this sugBefore entering upon what may be gestion as one of secondary importregarded as a new topic, it may appear ance only. So is it also in the case of but just and reasonable to notice such the sentences advised to be taken foromissions in our review of the Book of the communion service. These, inCommon Prayer, as have either oc- serted as our correspondent points curred to ourselves since that review out, could do no harm; we scarcely went forth, or have been pointed out think they would do much good. But to us by others. These, though not of his remaining suggestions we shall numerous, chance to be of considerable take more notice, because we consider consequence. An anonymous corre- them more deserving of it. spondent has, for example, suggested, We know not what to say as to the that in case of a revision of the liturgy, wisdom of omitting the word Trinity it might be proper to increase the from the daily service of the Church. number of sentences prefixed to the It is true that the term occurs not in exhortation, by certain texts, such as scripture ; that it never came into use Gen. xxviii. 17, or Habak. ii. 20, in- till long after the canon of scripture culcative of reverence for the place of was completed ; and that, like all hus, assembly. The same writer recom- man language, when applied to the mends a removal of the word Trinity Divine Being, it necessarily fails of from the Litany, which, continues he, creating any just or intelligible idea,
though a rm believer in the doc- in the mind of him who uses it. The trine, I cannot but think an unscrip- very same thing may be said of the tural mode of address to the Deity- clause which follows it :-" Three. the invariable designation of the King persons and one God,” the word per-: by the simple title of our sovereign son signifying something individual,
tangible, and confineable; and it be- the festivals of Christmas, Good Frie. ing utterly impossible for the human day, and Easter Sunday, the divinity mind to divest itself of that idea, as of of the Son had been plainly stated, ten as the word " person” happens to the divinity and personality of the be uttered. But if we be induced, for Holy Ghost had been declared with: these and similar reasons, to strike out equal distinctness in that of Whitsun-i particular expressions here and there, day, whilst to the worship of the Fafrom our liturgy, it is absolutely ther, every day of the year is supposed impossible to determine where it be- to be dedicated. Not to have devoted hoves us to stop. The fact is, that no one day to the worship of the Trinity, language can possibly express a dis- would have been to have the people tinct notion of the Supreme Being, in doubt whether there were not three because no distinct notion of that separate Gods deserving of their wora Being can be formed by man; nor, we ship. Our correspondent will now, are disposed to imagine, by any other we trust, perceive why we cannot creature. Even of his attributes agree in the propriety of his sugges though we speak of them continually tion. We love not the term more --we know nothing ; for what are than he does; but it is, and has been, eternity and omnipresence to us, ex- so intimately comected with the most cept sounds, without any definite important doctrine of Christianity, sense? Though, therefore, it be true, and is so thoroughly interwoven into that the term Trinity is an unfortunate all the services of the English Church, one, and though it certainly occurs that you could not drop it without not throughout the pages of scripture, endangering the one, and absolutely we should be sorry to see it expunged unhinging the other. from the Litany of the English Church, Of his remaining observations, relabecause the measure could hardly fail tive to the titles bestowed upon the kiug, to produce far greater evils than those and the admiration of the elements in which it might be intended to remedy. the Lord's Supper, wethink very differe If the doctrine be taught in scripture, ently. Not only do we disapprove of as we conscientiously believe it is, the the application of such language as is English Church must and ought to applied in the English Liturgy to the have some term or another by which reigningmonarch, but we conceive that to express its belief in that doctrine; the whole thing would be rendered and the doctrine and the term are, far more solemn, and far more touchfrom long usage, so completely asso- ing, were the name of the prince enciated together, that where the one is tirely struck out. To speak, in an dropped, the other is understood to be address to the Deity, of " our most rejected. Now, though we have ale religious and gracious King,” whether ready said, and again say, that the that king chance to be a really reliChurch would act wisely in blotting gious person, or the reverse, is to be out the Athanasian creed from her guilty of something which we do not formularies, we would never advise choose to designate ; whilst the introany measure, calculated to excite the duction of a modern Christian name, most remote suspicion, that the Enge such as George or Frederick, into the lish Church had erred from the true middle of a pathetic prayer, has always. faith, and become tinctured with So- appeared to us to savour prodigiously cinianism. Besides all which, you of the bathos. We know very well, could not omit the phrase under con- that the phrase above alluded to, has, sideration from one part of the Prayer like other objectionable phrases, reBook, without omitting it from all. ceived its peculiar explanation. Your festival of Trinity Sunday must king of England,” say that class of accordingly be set aside ; and we con- writers who imagine that they are fess that we look up to that festival with serving the interests of the Church, by too partial an eye, to give our consent, representing her as absolutely incapaat least, to its overthrow. It has als ble of improvement-" the King of ways struck us, as a proof of the great England is declared in our liturgy to wisdom of the compilers of the liturgy, be most religious, not in his individual that they have there taught the import- capacity, but because he is the head of ant doctrine of a Trinity in unity in a the Church.” way so quiet, if we may be allowed We are not pleased with this explathe expression, and so inoffensive. In nation, not only because it bears a
strong resemblance to jesuitical so- should wish to see this change effectphistry, but because we can discovered only in cases of absolute necessity; no solid authority upon which it is for it cannot be denied, that much of grounded. But were it ever so correct, the solemnity of the ceremony is dibe why employ language in any depart- stroyed when even two persons pasment of public worship, such as shall take of the elements, and are adstand in need of interpretation? We dressed by the priest at the same have already recorded it as our opinion, time. that the State-prayers recur with too Our correspondent has farther much frequency, and with too much thrown out a hint or two on the subformality; we ve now only to add, ject of baptism, under the idea that that were the royal family to receive the matters to which he refers may not the benefit of the Church's prayers have occurred to ourselves. He obe once on every occasion of meeting, it jects, for instance, to the service, bea would be sufficient. Greater effect, cause God is first of all entreated to also, would be given, were the name grant to the child remission of his omitted, for the introduction of which sins, and yet the child is immediately there is no necessity. There are no after represented as innocent. Doubta rival princes now-a-days-one in St less there is an apparent contradiction James's, the other over the water- here; but we have always considered and hence no man will pray, who it as so trifling, and so easily seen prays at all, except for the mo- through, that it never once struck us narch actually in possession of the as deserving of notice. The truth apthrone.
pears to be this, the forgiveness of Again, it is impossible not to con- sins here prayed for has no reference, cur in the sentiment, that if, under and can have none, in the case of a any circumstances, the present mode mere infant, to sins past, farther than of administering the elements in the as the infant, in common with the Lord's Supper be tedious and unedi- whole human race, is affected by the fying, the sooner that mode is changed transgression of its first parents. In the better. In our former paper on the guilt of that transgression the inthis subject, we said, that the Com- fant cannot, indeed, partake, for guilt munion service had our unqualified is an act of an individual mind, and approbation. We commended it then, acts of the mind are not hereditary. because it is striking without mum- Still the child is liable to the penalty mery, affecting without being super- incurred by the fall; and hence, when stitious; and so far as these facts are the priest prays that God will grant to concerned, we again repeat our com- it forgiveness of its sins, he only emmendation. But it is nevertheless ploys a peculiar language to express a quite true, that where the bread and scriptural idiom, an idiom by which wine come to be administered by a the terms sin and guilt are often used single priest to an hundred and fifty or where the consequences arising from two hundred communicants, the conti- sin are alone intended to be expressed. nual repetition of the same phrases to Or it may be, that the forgiveness of each individual of the number, causes, sins spoken of in the baptismal serand can hardly fail to cause, at least vice, has reference to such sins as the extreme languor and listlessness both child shall in after life commit-it. in the clergyman and in his congrega- certainly can have no reference whattion. To remain so long, too, as the ever to sins past, which the child has process requires, in a cold church, not coinmitted. Such is the light in especially in the season of Winter, which we have hitherto regarded the may prove, and frequently does prove, question, and by thus regarding it we injurious to the health of old and de- have escaped its difficulties; but it is
We see not why the manifest that others have been less Clergy should not be permitted to ad- fortunate ; for if one so well versed in minister the elements to three or four' these matters as our present correscommunicants at once. In bestowing pondent have experienced a shock, confirmation, we observe that the how must the thing strike the multiBishops never scruple to set the canon tude ? and hence we have, therefore, aside after this fashion ; the same no hesitation to say, that the ceremony libérty might, we think, be taken by so far stands in need of revision. the priests at the altar.
Besides these, there are other cir.