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conquest and the barren honour of riding in triumph over the spoils of influencing the affairs of Europe. thousands and tens of thousands who With these maxims, and a capital fell by his victorious sword ; show whose situation alone would render it her the cities which he set in flames, impregnable, this republic enjoyed the conntries which he ravaged and the greatest tranquillity, while violent destroyed, and the miserable distress troubles have agitated Italy for a of all the inhabitants of the earth. *** century. That government so detests -When she is tired with this.
proswar, that it will not suffer its nobility pect, then show her the blessed Jesus; to learn the trade among foreigners. humble and meek, doing good to all Kindle this spirit in the rest of the the sons of men, patiently instructpowers of Europe, and we are at ing both theignorant and the perverse; peace for ever.
let her see him injured, but not proIf it could truly be affirmed, that voked; let her attend him to the wars, seditions, and public plagues tribunal, and consider the patience of this kind, ever were blessings, it with which he endured the scoffs and would be in tyrannical monarchies. reproaches of his enemies ; lead her Troubles might snatch from a tyrant to his cross, and let her view him in some reforms, they would inspire his the agony of death, and hear his last soul with fear, and his government prayer for his persecutors-Father, would become more moderate. If the forgive them, for they know not what property of tyranny is to be cruel they do!” and inexorable, if it inflicts on the Let us now examine both pictures people the same calamities as a civil with seriousness and attention, and war, by, arming spies against their consider that if the meek and pacific own citizens, they will prefer shed- disposition of the blessed Redeemer be ding their blood to recover their the criterion by which to discern, that liberty, to dying by the hand and for he is the true prophet, even the Son of the advantage of the tyrant. It is God; surely Christians can expect better that the republic should be no other than that infidels should exhausted, to deliver itself from abound, when the principles and oppression, than to satisfy the cruelty practices of the professed followers and avarice of the oppressor. of the Messiah are so egregiously in
I am delighted to think that our consistent, I had almost said, great grandsons will not be afflicted diametrically opposed to each other with wars, as we and our fathers
W. P.T. have been. The balance of Europe, the chimera that has kept Europe in Peace and Warm- Vision. flames, begins to be treated with the
Tae bells were ringing so merrily, contempt which it always deserved.
and the town was in such a blaze of
light and such a ferment of joy, for To the Editor of the Herald of Peace. the battle of Waterloo, that, thoughư
Herewith I forward a beautiful I was weary with the labours of the extract from one of Sherlock's Dis- day, and disgusted at the thoughtless courses, so applicable to the subject gladness of the world, I could not i which the Herald professes to advo- enjoy the luxury of sound sleep. cate, and coming with such force But, while I lay fluctuating between directly to the heart, that, should it the regions of dreams and of waking meet with approbation, I trust it will realities, now conscious of what was be inserted.
going on around me, and now abPleading with Infidels, he says : sorbed in airy scenes, my attention,
“Go to your natural religion ; lay at length, became fixed on two perbefore her Mahomet and his disci- sonages in high debate. The one, ples, arrayed in armour and in blood, whose louder voice attracted my eye,
by the help of my ear, was a male in cesset. By this spirit a man maintains gorgeous attire, with a haughty step, his right, and without it, we should be and a look that spake defiance. His trampled upon. Besides, it is to this head was covered with a brazen noble heroism, that the world owes helmet, on which nodded the fiery its Hectors, its Alexanders, and its plume of the Ortolan. Around his Cæsars and Nelsons. But for these temples were intwined what I sup- actions, we should have had no Iliad, pose were intended for laurel wreaths; that finest effort of poetic genius, but it was difficult to discover the which has so powerfully stimulated lovely hue of vegetation, for they the human intellect.' seemed to drop with blood, which the The vaunting hero, having paused warrior every now and then wiped to gain breath, gave the other perhastily off, as if ashamed of the gore, sonage an opportunity to reply. It while proud of the wreath. His was a Female, in simple attire, with breast was covered with a steel nothing remarkable in her person, cuirass, composed of plates which except the lovely innocence of her opened and shut, as if the heart that air ; and nothing peculiar in her beat within had swoln too big for the dress, except that a sky-blue cord of chest, or was every moment throbbing silk fastened her white robe round with passions which gave the warrior her waist, and a wreath of olive a ghastly air that filled me with terror. served for a bandeau to her hair. As Around his body was an enormous belt, she stretched out her hand, to address on which hung a scimitar, like the old the other speaker, I perceived with two-handled sword, fit to cleave a man delight, a most refreshing odour; for in two at one stroke, from head to foot. her hands dropped balm, which she Looking down at this immensely pon- had just been pouring into the wounds derous unwieldy thing, my eye was of a poor soldier, who had been carcaught by the shoes which the rude ried off from the field of battle, where soldier wore, that were any thing but her antagonist had been displaying beautiful; for they seemed as if he his warlike feats. With an elo had been treading upon all that was quence that stole into the mind like foul and horrid, upon wounded flesh flakes of falling snow, she repliedand scattered brain, and upon ground "I would not have you fawn or soaked with blood. I perceived that sneak to any one; but I would wish he did not like to move his feet, on you to reason and persuade ; for what, account of the noise they made, and I ask you, is the usual result of war! the blood that spirted up from them, Is it not that ambassadors pass beevery step he took. He appeared as tween the belligerent powers, and by if he were leaning upon a lance, argumentation and mutual concession which cleaved to his hand, and, with settle the dispute! Why, then, might a boisterous voice, determined to not this be done as well at first as conquer by sound if not by sense, he' at last ? You have anticipated my thus addressed the other personage; reply concerning the heathen mowhich came into my
ralists and gods, to whom revenge is What, then, would you have us sweet, and you may remember, that sneak and fawn, to every scoundrel a Christian apostle calls these gods that chooses to insult us? For my demons. part, I admire the spirit of the As to the motto of a Christian ancient moralist, who said, that“ Re family, which you have quoted and venge is sweet to the gods :” and if adopted for your own, you must you say these were heathen moralists, admit
, that such a motto was never and heathen gods, I can tell you
taken from the Christian scriptures ; Christian family, that bears for the and that the thistle, which accommotto of its arms, Nemo me impune la- panies the motto in that family shield,
is a fit emblem of the man that bears who again produced a Cæsar, and this it. The rose or the lily, however, last, in his turn, has created a Buopawould be a fitter representative of the parte, who gives to Wellington all his disciple of Jesus Christ. The scrip-worth. But such a genius as Homer tures, speaking of these thistles and would have created another subject, briers, say,
song of Belial shall if he had not been furnished by hisbe as thorns thrust away, because tory with an Achilles and a Troy; they cannot be taken by the hand; and if he had turned his attention but the man that shall take them must to a more peaceable and profitable be fenced with iron, and the staff of a theme, what a charm might he have spear, and they shall be utterly burnt thrown over some benevolent project, with fire on the spot."
to plant a desart, or to cure a plague ! . You say, that by this spirit a man for all the glory that you hope to maintains his rights'; but I appeal to acquire by feats of arms, I would not all history, whether war has not more give a rush. It is glory only in the frequently done wrong than right. eyes of a savage; for when that A fierce temper destroys a man's period shall arrive, for which the wise self-possession, and makes him mis- and good confidently look, the glory take wrong for right, kindles the same of war will be exchanged for infamy spirit in others, who become as ob- and scorn. Robin Hood, and little stinate as himself, and leads them to John, will then be as glorious heroes go to war: neither of them knows as Achilles, or Alexander, Cæsar, or which is in the right, while both, per- Buonaparte.' haps, are in the wrong.
At these words, the countenance of * But even when he who goes to war the fierce personage so changed, and is in the right, he is not sure that he assumed such forms of horror, that I shall gain the victory, which does not began to fear lest his mortified pride always decide in favour of justice; should burst into a storm of venand when it does, the battle is hard geance, and, the agitation of my mind fought, and the object of contention is dispelling my reverie, I awoke. torn to pieces in the struggle.
• You seem to be alarmed at the thought of being insulted, and, to
London, Dec. 26th, 1820. avoid this, you would maintain the “ As the tree falls, so it lies." fierce, haughty spirit of defiance that DEATH, being the gate through
But this spirit tempts which we must all pass to life, has and attracts more insults than it occupied the consideration of the repels, for I, whom you think more wise and the good of all ages; and exposed to these insults than you can how much soever the terror which be, am far less afraid of them. The its contemplation naturally produces thistle, with all its prickly points, is on humanity may be diminished more frequently trampled upon than by real and vital religion-yet, still, the defenceless lily.
where is the man who can look • But it seems, from your statement, with calm indifference on a process that we owe our heroes to war. These, which must pass over him—the opehowever, are beings that we could ration and end of which, if viewed well spare; for how much worse only by the eye of reason, is inshould we have been, if there never volved in such inextricable mystery ? had been such creatures in the world If this then be the view ordinarily as Alexander, or Cæsar, or Nelson! taken of so momentous a subject by With all my admiration for the genius those who for themselves have nothing of the Iliad, I cannot but think it has to dread—what would one suppose been a curse to the earth; for its to be the feelings of others, who, havAchilles raised up an Alexander, ing neglected the things that make
for their everlasting peace, are mi- tributed to the terrible convulsions serably ignorant about their latter which have skaken empires to their end! Surely it may be thought that very centre ! Surely not.—He who such would maintain a perpetual fear “ rides in the whirlwind” has been of exchanging a certainty fora “dread pleased, in some cases, to“ make the uncertainty"-would hesitate at plac- wrath of man to praise him," but, ing themselves in a situation more
more humble-more conthan ordinarily exposed to those ca- vinced of the iniquity of shedding lamities which have a tendency to human blood-or prepared to assume induce the last catastrophe—for a any cause as a sufficient justification catastrophe Death must appear to a for plunging myriads of our fellow mind susceptible of no other concep- creatures into the horrors, the awful tion respecting it than the mere and indescribable horrors, of war? chance of some worse state of exist. Let us not deceive ourselves---We
Such undoubtedly would be have had our share in the commisthe prevailing feeling on this subject, sion of those atrocities which charachad not man, instead of seeking after terize this era as a scene of blood God, become the willing slave of we have now, (and what other be Satan, whose province it is to blind expected ?) our share in the fruits of the eyes, to place objects in a false this policy. Aye, but had ever nalight before the sons of men—to put tion the glory which we enjoy ? bitter for sweet and sweet for bitterto call darkness light and light dark
what is glory but the blaze of fame, What but Satanic influence The people's praise, if always praise unmixed ? could induce thousands upon thou
And what the people but a herd confused, sands to array themselves against A miscellaneous rabble, who extol each other, filled with the most deadly Things vulgar, and, well weighed, scarce worth
the praise ? and murderous motives? And where
They praise, and they admire, they know not what, fore? why, truly, because the prince And know not whom, but as one leads the other ; of the one party has offended or been
And what delight to be by such extoll’d, offended with the prince of the other!
To live upon their tongues, and be their talk, Man, one would think, left to the
Of whom to be dispraised were no small praise ? simple bias of reason, would naturally ask, Why should I venture my This is true glory and renown, when God life in this struggle, which, being Looking on the earth, with approbation marks founded in pride, can end in no good The just man, and divulges him through Heav'n to mankind-can terminate in no real To all his Angels, who with true applause advantage to me? And so man would Recount his praises : thus he did to Job, argue but for the influence of Satan, When, to extend his fame through Heaven and earth, whose throne would be shaken to the (As thou to thy reproach may'st well remember,) very foundation if the sublime and He asked thee, ' Hast thou seen my servant Job?" heavenly motto which ushered in the Famous he was in Heav'n, on earth less known; Saviour of a lost world,
Where glory is false glory, attributed earth and goodwill among men,” were
To things not glorious, men not worthy of fame. the basis of human conduct, instead of a miserable and mistaken expe
But if there be in glory aught of good,
may by means far different be attained, diency. What are the fruits, we may
Without ambition, war, or vinlence; ask, of the late awful struggle of 80
By deeds of peace, by wisdom eminent, years! What benefit accrues to us as
By patience, temperance a nation, or to mankind generally! Are we wiser, better, happier ! Is The intelligent reader will at once the possession of our increased pri- recognize this transcript from the Savileges, which have exalted us above viour's answer to Satan as given in all the nations of the earth, to be at- Paradise Regained. After this, to
66 Peace on
enlarge on the subject of glory would in return for his iniquities? And what be impertinent.
but a tempting of it is the taking part How miserable then must be that in any battle? We may succeed in infatuation which can pervert the com- deceiving ourselves as well as others, mon feelings of our nature, and cause but God we cannot deceive. The close us to treat Death itself with uncon- of every battle has witnessed multicern! And how securely must Satan tudes sent “unhoused and unshrived” have inveigled man in the meshes of into the presence of the God of heaven his net, ere he could be induced to and earth, and though it is true their rush into scenes where Death is not
own ignorance and infatuation have merely probable, but where hurtless been auxiliary to their premature escape is scarcely possible! Cæsar death, yet a question naturally arises, felt the moment of life, if not for Who sent them? Their rulers.. Oh! himself, for his army--and deplored that statesmen would consider these the apparent necessity which plunged things---countless multitudes have alhis countrymen in desolating war ready appeared at the bar of heaven and this sentiment was experienced to explain this. Would to God that by Xerxes, who, viewing his prodi- their footsteps may not be followed ! gious army from an eminence, wept
Pax. on the reflection that in a few years not one of that vast multitude would be existing! The value of life ought of the following quotations from the very
We make no apology for the insertion to be considered by all.“ The dread useful works of MARIA HACK, because it of death, notwithstanding the violent is of the highest importance that the and criminal measures too frequently minds of Youth should be impressed with adopted to hasten its approach, is a sensation far more natural and com
a love of Peace, and an abhórrence of
r; and because we have too much mon than weariness of life. Even
reason to lament a paucity of children's when a fit of impatience, or of de
books of this description. spondency, induces any one to solicit the interference of the king of ter
To the Editor of the Herald of Peace. rors,' it is, in most cases, very ques
Conceiving as I do, that great tionable whether his actual arrival advantage will result from impressing and offer of service would be accept- on the susceptible minds of the rising able. This horror of the last and generation, principles of a pacific great change, so strongly and gene- tendency, I take the liberty of forrally felt among mankind, is with warding, for insertion in the Herald, great propriety and wisdom permitted a few extracts of that nature, from a by the Author of our being. With- publication entitled “ English Sto out it, death would not appear to be ries, illustrating some of the most a punishment inflicted on man in interesting events, and characters, consequence of sin, agreeably to the between the accession of Alfred and representation of Scripture; and the death of John; by Maria Hack.” there would be the greatest danger of It is a series of dialogues between a its becoming the ordinary and uni- mother and her two children of twelve versal resort of melancholy, peevish- or thirteen years of age, and is one ness, and impatience, where any of those few works which exhibit disaster, real or imaginary, happened War in its true colours, divested of to occur.” Shall death then appear all its captivating, but evanescent clad in terrors, so appear with the glory. The following conversation permission of Almighty God,--and is represented as having taken place, shall vain and presumptuous man after Mrs. B. has given a most metempt that fate which was intended lancholy account of the destruction to be a punishment inflicted on man of the Abbey of Croyland, by those