« НазадПродовжити »
ciples of the “great red dragon, that old ser
pent called the devil and Satan, who deceiv. " eth the whole world,” the great enemy of God and man. It is, I repeat it, the dark gulf, the “ bottomless pit,”. of all those errors and crimes which alienate mankind from God, their benevolent Creator, and dissolve all the social ties between the prince and people, parent and child, husband and wife, and between man and man: in fine, a creed which, should it be generally embraced by mankind, could not possibly fail to produce all the misery, uproar, and horror of hell upon earth : and from this diabolical creed, we shall presently see the conspirators forming themselves into ihe JACOBIN CLUB, and thence “ ascending” into a republic, the political“ beast of the bottomless pit.”
The great body of the people having thus been taught to cancel and trample upon all the restraints and obligations, arising from their idolatrous superstition, wicked as it was, became prepared for the fearless perpetration of all manner of licentiousness and vice. Amidst such an universal confusion, darkness, and uproar, nothing was esteemed criminal. The conspirators now saw their infernal plot growing fast to maturity, and nearly ripe for explosion ; and that nothing was wanting but a concentration of their powers. For although their object was the same, yet hitherto they had been divided into different clubs, and constantly opposed and confounded the projects of one another. For every atheist, self-interest being his only God, loves nothing but himself, and hates his own father, mother, and brother. They saw the necessity of a systematic union, and this was effected in the Jacobin Club ; that club from which proceeded 40,000 inferior clubs, all obedient to its nod, and ready to execute its will, however diabolical. All powerful, every thing with them was lawful ; even insurrection, treason, poison, assassination, and murders of every kind.
kind. The master-club was composed of the same men that caused the King of Sweden to be assassinated, the Emperor Joseph II. to be poisoned, the King of France, his consort, and innocent infant, the Dauphin, to be murdered. It was composed of the same men that overturned the ancient monarchy, and in their demoniac delusion and frenzy, established the republic, or rather the revolutionary power in France.
It would require many volumes, if not be an endless task, to examine in detail, all the horrid and nefarious principles and practices, upon which the constitution of this republic, and its fundamental decrees were founded. The mere mention of them will be sufficient to fill the rational mind with the utmost detestation and abhorrence. Behold them in miniature :
“ That all men are equal by nature.”
" That the free will, or liberty of man, is unrestrained by any law, human or divine.”
6 That human nature possesses endless perfectibility.”
“ That insurrection is larvful in civil socie
“ That death is only an eternal sleep of the soul."
“That the ancient Sabbath, established for « ever by God himself at the creation of the
world, ought to be abolished, and the times “ of the year calculated by decades,”
“ That tutelary gods, even dead men, may be canonized, consecrated, and worshipped.'
" That Jesus Christ, the Son of the true God, was an impostor.”
" That human reason is the only supreme God!” and
“ That the wisdom and power of the people are one, indivisible, infallible, and sovereign.” All forming together an unparrelleled chaos of absurd contradictions, mystical philosophy, blasphemous errors, and atheistical falsehood, impracticable in their nature, and destructive of the order and peace of the world!
However inconsistent with the intended brevity of these expositions of the prophecy, I cannot forbear confirming them by the eloquent and comprehensive description of this political hydra ; this most monstrous of all human productions, drawn by an eminent writer*, perfectly acquainted with its principles and actions. He calls it that “ monstrous produc
Lally Tolendal. Defence of the French Emigrants, p. 24.
“ tion, composed of such heterogeneous parts, “ that did not contain a single article, that was “ not contradicted by another; did not offer “ one advantage, which it did not render im“ possible ; did not establish one authority, - which it did not render impotent ; spread “ universal dissention, instead of diffusing gen“ eral good; organized anarchy, and founded “ dissolution.'
The facts upon which this description is founded, abundantly support the truth of it: for in the year 1793 the political atheistical empírics, finding that this first constitution of the republic did not enable them to do mischief enough; or dreading the power of the people which they had consecrated as sovereign, and vested with an excess of power ; strangled it, and engendered a still more frightful monster in its stead. But upon what principles ? it may be asked. The true answer is, From the same impious dogmas, the same atheistical parent, their before-mentioned creed. Did it remove the mischiefs produced by the former? was it calculated to give the people any security whatever to ensure the safety of their lives, their liberty and property ? No: for it took from the people even that imaginary and chimerical power, which the former had conferred upon them; and more firmly established their own despotism. But here again is the same discriminating and animated author's opinion upon it: “ That code," says he," for " which no human language can supply ap
propriate expression ; that code, which in “ the name of society and the laws delivered
up mankind a prey to all those scourges, for “ the express purpose of avoiding which, they “ enter into a state of society, and submit to “ the restriction of laros." But these « sons" of mischief and "
perdition,” as St. Paul styles them, each aiming at absolute tyranny, and perceiving from experience, that the power was consigned by the second constitution to too many hands; and that, although it was productive of the wished for anarchy among the people, yet it also created bitter jealousy and discord among themselves, and prevented each of them from attaining individual despotism; in 1795 they agreed to abolish it, and establish a third ; under a false though specious pretence of amending it, but in truth to concentrate their usurpation in fewer hands; and thereby to make it more stable and permanent, and to afford to each a better chance of reaching the zenith of arbitrary rule : for under the former constitutions (which, as one of their arch apostates said of the Encyclopædia, were only the rag-baskets, which contained every thing, any thing, and nothing that had the least appearance of polity) they sometimes had, as the same Diderot mentions,“ seven hundred, sometimes “ twelve hundred kings, at once legislators,
pontiffs, generals, administrators, magistrates, “and judges, alternately creators, rivals, in“ struments of 44,000 sovereign municipalities