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lastly, how am I to understand the seed or offspring of the serpent, wbich has the same purpose as the seed or offspring of the woman.
An answer to the above question from some of your numerous readers will oblige, sir, your's sincerely,
An ENQUIRER AFTER Truth.
LINES ON MISS JERNINGHAM'S MARRIAGE.
Written at Cossey.
Ou! weep for the pride of the valley! she's flown
To glad with her smiles the far mountains and towers:
Now bereave thy sweet wreath of the best of its flowers.
Yet, why should we sully that day with a tear
Which for her whom we love, dawns with hope and delight: i Like the soft Summer Moon through her unclouded sphere
Hath she passed_let her part like the Queen of the Night.
Sweet Lady! whenever we think on thy form
'Twill glide round us as now, silent blessings to shed, In the full pride of maidenly beauty, so warm
Yet so pure, that the snow scarce was marked by thy tread
Oh! how should we paint thee a wife and a mother?
Ties, fondest and dearest that bind us on earth; No, it only can be the dear bliss of another
To feel all thy love, and to know all thy worth.
But should we still remember thee, Bride as thou art,
Till time should have silvered thy now raven bair; If we find not thy bloom, we shall still find thy heart
The same as in youth-uncorrupted and fair.
Then we'll picture thee thus, and whenever we hear
Thy praises re-echoed from North back to South, We shall think on thy beauty, and say with a tear
Of regret, yet of pride, here was nurtured her youth.
And thou wilt not forget us—thou'lt think on that spot
Which has sheltered that age free from every care ; And when husband and child from thy bosom shall blot
All weaker affections—we still shall be there.
Then dear Lady, farewell! may the land of thy love
Be as blissful for thee as the land of thy birth : May’st thou live all the blessings of Heav'n to prove,
And thy home be the happiest home upon Earth.
On Sunday, July 27th, the right rev. Dr. Milner, vicar apostolic of the Midland district, visited the city of Norwich. As early as eight o'clock in the morning the venerable and right rev. prelate proceeded to the chapel in St. Swithin's, and confirmed 71 persons of the rer. Mr. Carr's congregration. At half past ten o'clock his lordship commenced a grand pontifical high mass at the chapel in St. John's, assisted by the rev. Messrs. Strongitharm, Carr and Foley, with acolytes, &c. &c. The choir was accompanied by Mr. James Taylor, on the organ, the principal solos were by Mr. Joslin in an excellent style and the choruses were well filled. The mass being ended, the venerable bishop, seated in a chair before the altar, addressed those who were about to be confirmed, pointing out the duty which was imposed on all men to worship God in spirit and in truth, and in the choice of their religion to be guided neither by interest, passion, nor prejudice. His lordship then in a few short arguments proved the truth of the Catholic religion and concluded by explaining the nature of the sacrament of confirmation. He then proceeded to administer the holy sacrament to 70 persons of the rev. Mr. Strongitharm's congregation. His lordship then exhorted the newly confirm
ed to bear in mind that they had en rolled themselves under the banners of the cross and become soldiers of Jesus Christ, that they must ophold the sacred character they had received, and by meekness, forbearance, love, faith, charity, and the exercise of every christian virtue, show themselves worthy of the heavenly rewards offered by our Redeemer to all those who faithfully persevere to the end in his service.
In the afternoon, the venerable bi. shop proceeded to the chapel of Sir George Jerningham, at Cossey-ball, where, after vespers, he confirmed 45 persons of the rey. F. C. Husenbeth's congregation. It is worthy of observation that both at Norwich and at Cossey, the major part of those confirmed were of the middle and some old age, converts to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPEN
ING OF THE NEW CATHOLIC
On Sunday the 17th inst. being within the octave of the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom this chapel is dedicated, a solemn, musical, and grand pontifical high mass was celebrated by the right rev. Dr. Bramston, assisted by the rev. Mr. Tuite, as archdeacon;
the rev. J. Law, as deacon; the rev. dated debt incurred in building the C. E. Drummond, duke of Melfort, chapel, after which, a collection was as sub-deacon; with three other rev. made which amounted to upwards of gentlemen and acolytes, thurifers, one hundred pounds. &c. Mr. Tyrrel presided at the organ, Mr. Philippo as leader of the MARRIAGE FESTIVITIES AT violins; the violincellos and other in
COSSEY. struments by professional and amateur Wednesday the 6th of August was performers of the first taste ; the chief a day of heartfelt joy and festivity to vocal performers were Messrs. Pinto, every inhabitant of the village of Cos. Goulden, Birk, and Miss Venus. The
sey, on account of the marriage of music in every department was as fine Miss Char. Georgina Jerningham, eldand excellent as the ceremony was
est daughter of sir George Jerningham, grand and imposing. After the gos. bart. This virtuous and accomplished pel, a most admirable sermon was de- young lady was in the morning of livered from the altar by the right that day united in the holy hands of rev. Dr. Poynter, from the 92d Psalm matrimony with Thomas Alexander and 5th verse, “ Thy testimonies are Fraser, esq. of Beaufort castle, Inbecome exceedingly credible : holi
Catholic gentleman of ness becometh thy house, O Lord, un- ample fortune, and most amiable to length of days.” His lordship manners, and representative of the commenced by explaining the pur- noble family of Lovat. The virtuous poses for which such temples in gene- couple were first married in the charal, and Catholic ones in particular, pel of Cossey hall, in the most solemn were erected ; and in a clear argu- and splendid manner, with mass and mentative strain of reasoning, de- the nuptial benediction, by the chapmonstratively proved the certainty of lain of sir G. Jerningham, and immethe truth on which the testimony of diately afterwards proceeded to the the Catholic faith is founded, being no village church, where they were marother than God himself; and hence, by ried by the bishop of Norwich. The briefly explaining the nature of the con- procession consisted of ten carriages, stitution of the Catholic church, clear. preceded by thirty tenants and rely deducing the evident impossibi- spectable inhabitants of the village on lity of any of its teachers ever impos- horseback, wearing white favours, ing on the people any private opinions who voluntarily offered this tribute or notions of their own, or any thing of respect and affection. Nothing contrary to the "faith orice delivered to could be more gratifying than to the saints." His lordship here with that witness the universal joy which the peculiar energy and confidence which whole village felt on this occasion, *a 'consciousness of truth alone inspires, and were anxious to evince by debeautifully explained the unity and monstrations of every kind. They harmony subsisting in the Catholic spontaneously decorated every house "faith, and with an animated voice with boughs of trees, flowers, rib
and action, elegant and well suited to bands, &c. &c. Triumphal arches the subject—with a dignity becom- were erected in various parts, and ing his high station, and yet with a flags displayed in all directions. The mildness and piety belonging to the whole road through the village for true servant of God, he seriously ex- nearly a mile and a half, along which - horted all strictly to conform their the procession passed, was 'strewed · lives to the sublime and infallible with green herbs, grass, &c. and "maxims of their holy religion.
Jined with large boughs fixed upright His Jordship in conclusion, made a in the ground, Six young women in short appeal in behalf of the unliqui- white, crowned with flowers, attended
at the church gate, and strewed Aowers before the procession as it passed into the church. On the conclusion of the ceremony the bells rung a merry peal, and the band struck up the favorite Scotch air of Auld lang syne. The thirty horsemen drew up in a semicircle in front of the hall, and when the company had all entered, they were saluted by loud cheers, and a discharge of canon from a rising ground in the park. A very numerous party of relatives and friends then sat down to an elegant dejeuné, during the whole of which the villagers in their neatest attire as. sembled and danced upon the green before the hall. The numerous school children educated by sir George and lady Jerningham were regaled with cakes and ale by their noble bene. factors. About one
o'clock the married couple set off in a carriage and four amidst cordial cheers, firing, &c. preceded by the 30 borsemen, who conducted them to the Easton lodge, on their way to Scotland. The whole day was a scene of universal festivity; the space before the mansion was cover. ed with old and young trom all quarters, who exhibited various games, races, &c. with the band playing and guns firing at intervals; and besides the village bells, other peals were rung at different churches in Norwich, Amusements of various kinds succeeded each other, and were sustained with great spirit during the day. A sumptuous dinner was given at the hall to a large assembly, who all deeply participated in the happiness of the worthy family on this occasion. In the evening, fire-works were exhibited by the villagers in front of the hall, and the festivities were kept up till morning with the greatest enthusiasm. The eye can seldom'rest upon a more gratifying scene, nor can the heart expand with more real enjoyment than when the virtuous and amiable ate thus happily united, with every prospect of felicity rhich tem. Protestant religion to assist them in their undertaking, which they think can in no manner be more effectually promoted than by the extensive circulation of the Book of Martyrs.” Merciful heavens!!! Here we see members of a pretended reformed and enlightened church, " a few plain chrise tians” calling upon their brethren to uphold genuine christianity by circulating a book of lies and slanders in order to create an “ hatred and abhorrence” against their neighbours. But more on this subject in our next num. ber.
poral blessings can afford here, and what is infinitely more desirable, with the sweet anticipation of that bliss which virtue will ensure hereafter. Such is the prospect which this union unfolds; every heart exulted in its anticipation, and every one testified his feelings by every mark of joy and congratulation. To the new married couple these testimonials must have been singularly grateful; to the worthy Jerningham family, the participation which every individual around thenı felt in their joy, must have been a gratification richly merited ; and in the inemory of all, the day will long survive which witnessed the happy union of Lovat and JERNINGHAM.
FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYR’S.
A new and cheap edition of this infamous composition of lies and misrepresentations is now publishing and circulating with much industry in twopenny weekly numbers, each emblazoned with a wood-cut, representing síme most horribly tragic scenes, many of which are impudently attributed to the Catholic religion. This volume, perhaps more thau any other, has ever excited a spirit of hatred persecution, and other ancharitableness in the minds of many against the the professors of the ancient faith, who still form by far the greater portion of Christians in the whole habitable globe. The reasons for republishing this infamous work at the present day, are said in the prospectus to be, the fears of Protestants that the Catholics should obtain their emancipation, and overthrow the sacred institutions of the country. By " the sacred institutions" they mean the Protestant church as by law established; to uphold which, “a few plain christians," continues the prospectus,“ have united themselves for the purpose of diffusing the genuine principles of christianity and consequently a HATRED and ABHORRENCE of the crimes of popery and ITS PROFESSORS,” and “earnest. ly call upon all well wishers to the
IRELAND. The following is an extract from the charge of the right rev. Dr. Jebb, Protestant bishop of Limerick, which he delivered at a triennial visitation made in July last :-"Nor let me here omit what I have already indirectly intimated, that the established clergy of this province have in this as well as in other respects, been aided by a band of valuable coadjutors-I mean the Roman Catholic priesthood. Zealous to promote the temporal, and according tot heir views the spiritual. welfare of their flocks, they have shewn themselves not only willing, but desirous, to co-operate for the public advantage with their brethren of the church of England. In dis. countenancing, and to the best of their power extinguishing, the spirit of delusion which had gone forth among too many of their people, their efforts have been most praiseworthy and all things considered in no small degree successful, nor should I do comnion justice to what I think and feel upon the subject, if I were to leave unnoticed the reasonable and pious pastoral exhortation of the venerable prelate who in this city presides over the Roman Catholic church. The assistance of such men, animated by such inotives, we should always feel happy to receive and acknowledge. I speak from sone experience on the subject, when I add that
it is quite within the bounds of easy practicability, that the clergy of our church and the priesthood of theirs, should harmoniously co-operate for the preservation of good morals, good order, and public tranquillity, within their common neighbourhood. Ours is a substantive religion-and I do by no means recommend that we should in any degree compromise or compliment away our principles or our belief. We ought on all fitting occasions manfully to assert and fearlessly defend that faith which we are persuaded is the faith of the Catholic and Apostolic church. The same privilege we ought, on the principles, I will not say of toleration, but of Christian liberty, to allow our brethren of the church of Rome; and while we thus honestly agree to differ, we should with all charity endeavour to maintain the unity of spirit in the bond of peace.”
The rev. Dr. Ryan, Catholic dean of Cashel, has been honoured by the court of Rome with the appointment of cha plain ex-partibus to his holiness the pope, which entitles him to the rank of a Roman prelate.
SPAIN. M, Guistiani, archbishop of Tyr, and nuncio of his holiness in Spain, quitted Bourdeaux on the fourth of July, on his return to Madrid, and arrived at that city on the 24th of the same month, where he was about to resume his functions. He had previously been invited by the regency, by a written communication, in which they deplore the passed, and especially lament the pride and irreligion with which ecclesiastical affairs had been treated, the scandalous expul. sion of the nuncio, and the total interruption of all relation with the holy see. They compliment the wisdom and spirit of reconciliation manifested by this prelate, and express an ardent desire that the ancient relationship between the two governments may be immediately renewed. The nuncio in his answer congratulated