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loped off. Such was the ignominious fate of the six dreadful weeks. Every succeeding day the man who, had his views been followed, would have poniard reaped a fresh harvest of victims, and found for France the foremost place among the the rivers bore to the sea a new and ghastly kingdoms of Europe. Sixteen years and four burden of corpses. The exact number which months after (Dec. 16, 1588), this same Henry of perished will never be known. Mezeray computes Guise lay dead in the Castle of Blois, and Henry it at 25,000; De Thou, at 30,000 ; Sully, at III. kicked the corpse in its face. “Thy judg. 70,000 ; Perefixe, at 100,000. ments are a great deep."
If we take into account the coolness with which As the massacre went on, Charles IX. appears the St. Bartholomew massacre was planned ; the to have become maddened with excitement. Dur- violation of treaties and oaths which paved the ing the three dreadful hours which intervened way for it; the perfidies and hypocrisies that between his consenting to the massacre and its were employed to cover it; the numbers it outbreak, the drops of sweat stood on his brow; doomed to destruction ; the character of its vicbut now he gathered courage, and he and his tims, which formed the flower of the French mother went out upon the palace balcony and people; the rank of the conspirators—princess viewed the scene. He saw some of the Hugue magistrates, and clergy; the public thanks offered nots trying to escape by crossing the Seine, and to God in the churches of France for its successseizing an arquebuse, he fired at them as they ful execution ; and the solemn Te Deum sung struggled in the river. Liking the sport, and in its celebration at Rome ;—we cannot but feel making a servant load the piece, he continued the that it is one of the greatest crimes on record, and amusement. Two hundred and twenty years illustrates the truth that human wickedness can later, Mirabeau brought forth from the dust the reach its fullest development only under the arquebuse of Charles IX., and pointed it at the sanction of a false religion. throne of Louis XVI.“ Visiting the iniquities What did the St. Bartholomew massacre do for of the fathers upon the children.”
the cause which loaded itself with the guilt and The massacre was not confined to the capital. infamy of this terrible crime? Did it establish It extended to the provinces, embracing, in short, Romanism ? Did it extirpate Protestantism? No: in its horrors, the entire area of France. In all it accomplished neither of these ends. But it the great cities the Huguenots were slaughtered, drove the Protestants from France, leaving a and with like horrible barbarities as in Paris. mighty void in the country, which it filled with In Lyons, not a Protestant was left. In Orleans, the Atheism of the eighteenth century and the the slaughter amounted to twelve thousand; some Commune of the nineteenth ; and these have not say, eighteeen thousand. The massacre extended yet spoken their last word on Popery. to villages and even chateaux. It went on during
A PILLAR IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD-IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.
Faith beholds the noble bearing
Of the trembling form that trode Tirelessly through vales, up mountains,
Where in tears he thickly sowed Precious seed, ere, soaring upwards
Higher still, he “ went to God.”
What is all you do or suffer
Weighed against his work, his pain? Yet when, sighs his praises stifling,
Nought could ease the galling chain, Even in the dread death-struggle
Calvin looked—“to die is gain !" +
Brilliant light-track, still expanding
Till it reach time's latest hour, Left his spirit in its rising,
As its last and choicest dower To his own and future ages,
Lighted by its mystic power !
As “his soul was in departing " I
More than once, amid severe sufferings, Calvin was seen drag. ging himself slowly over the works of the Genevese Academy, set ou foot by his exertions-encouraging the workmen, and contemplating with joy the progress the building whose classrooms now contain his library, and which has been for centuries the shrine of memories sacred alike to all the children of the Retorination t Isa xxix. 8.
(Travelling down its western road
Angels viewless wings bestowed-
*"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdon" (Ps. cxi. 10). Pared--that is, underlaid: such is the foundation, Calvin could not conceive of instruction in any degree whatever apart from religion"-the religion of the Bible, the Word of God.
His expression was one of peace and triumphant anticipation, Gen. xxxv.
ş "Towards eight o'clock in the evening Calvin expired; and so it was, that on that day, at the same moment, the sun set, and the greatest light on earth in the Church of God was withdrawn to Heaven."
“We two walk on our grassy places,
Where joy is withered, blossom and bud.'-JEAN INGELOW.
tributed, so also is that energy of superiors during a mission to Spain, which he
paratively little use, and which, in-lishment of a university in Lima. Shortly afterdeed, sometimes supplies its place. Some men wards he was appointed to a post calculated to are so largely endowed with this valuable quality, afford them yet wider exercise-the bishopric of that, after ordering their own affairs, they have Chiquisaca. This was an onerous charge, especially abundance remaining to bestow upon their neigh- in a country that had yet to be reclaimed almost bours ; and, fortunately for society, energy and entirely from heathenism. benevolence are qualities very often found in It was to his credit that, amidst his preparcombination. But these benevolent persons oc- ations for undertaking it, he found time to recall: casionally violate the sacred rights of individuality to memory the pale, fiery-eyed, thoughtful-faced by taking the concerns of others too uncere- young monk whom he had sent eight or nine moniously into their own hands ; consequently it years ago to the heights of Cerro Blanco. He is their trial and a very keen and bitter one- considered Fray Fernando just the material ont to find their excellent arrangements too often set of which a model missionary to the Indians might aside, with or without good reason, by the very be moulded. Hence the summons that awaited persons for whose benefit they are designed. the monk at the Franciscan convent in Cuzco.
Don Fray Tomas de San Martin, prior of the When Fray Fernando at length presented hiaFranciscan monastery at Lima, was a man of this self before the prior of his Order, Fray Tomas retemper-at once energetic and benevolent. And
* It was Calvin's own desire that no monument should mats it must be allowed that for such the Church of his grave; and he had no other official epitaph than the follo
ing, inscribed by the side of his name in the Consistorial Register Rome makes admirable provision. As the head
“JOHN Calvin, went to God, Saturday the 27th May, 1564." of a wealthy and influential religious house in the
For more than two centuries his grave remained unmarked, but
not unknown or unvisited. Some twenty years back a small blas capital of the New World, Fray Tomas found stone was planted above the supposed site. "Such an abanda
ment of the perishable being" (says the biographer before quoti ample exercise for his gifts; and eventually they “brings you face to face with thinking, living, immor
being in another world-already immortal on earth by the ri
found and ineffaceable traces which God has given him to led Rev. vii. 9 to end.
ceived him very cordially, and explained to him, minister to their growth — idleness, solitude, with much affability and condescension, the im- introspection, and the habit of magnifying trifles. portant part he intended him to perform in Don Fray Tomas was well acquainted with every spreading the faith amongst the Indians of his variety of the species — foolish scruples, morbid new diocese.
For this work he conceived him scruples, honest scruples, and the not uncommon eminently fitted by the zeal and the talents he kind that may truly be called dishonest, since had observed in him during his novitiate ; and they are used to lead the thoughts away from no doubt he would find the Indian youth, whom some real sin which the heart is not willing to he had with so much Christian charity redeemed surrender. As he abounded both in tact and from slavery, baptized, and educated, an effi- kindness, he was quite an adept in the art of upcient interpreter. For the Indians of Chiquisaca rooting these troublesome weeds; and he had no had, fortunately, been subjects of the Inca, so objection to use his skill in the service of Fray they all spoke the “lengua general.”
Fernando He then proceeded to display before the eyes But the younger monk was impervious to his of Fray Fernando a vista of future usefulness well-meant hints : he would neither give conficombined with peril and adventure, and showing dence nor receive consolation. He even turned a at the end some far-off glimpse of a possible deaf ear to the intimation that his superior would crown of martyrdom. If he had been dealing be quite willing to become his confessor. Fray trith a Churchman of an ambitious, worldly tem- Fernando had not confessed once for the last sixper, he would have substituted the more material teen years without believing that he committed attraction of a bishop's mitre ; but he told him- mortal sin by abusing a sacrament of the Church. self that he knew his man.
He neither wished to do this oftener than he It
was soon evident, however, that he did not could help, nor to impose an incomplete and know bis man at all. Fray Fernando stood be therefore invalid confession upon a man so astute fore him—paler, more fiery-eyed than ever, and as the prior. with some traces in his raven hair of the snows So the patience of Fray Tomas came to an end he had dwelt amongst. He was respectful, for at last. He thought Fray Fernando brain-sick that was his duty; obedient, for he had sworn to and conceited, both in the old and the modern obey. He thanked the prior for his remembrance sense of the word. He regretted the trouble he of him, his commendations, and his confidence ; had taken in summoning him from Cerro Blanco, for he could do no less. But his thanks were too and made up his mind that he would get the plainly words of course—withered Howers, out of Indians converted without his help. Yet he was which the sap was dried and the colouring faded. too benevolent to send him back, or to consign He only acquired a little animation of manner him to his monastery under circumstances that when he went on to say that, while prepared to might leave a slur upon his character in the eyes ubey his lord the prior in everything, he would of his brethren. He procured for him therefore jet make his very humble supplication that the the office of attending to the spiritual wants of duties of a preacher might not be imposed on the seamen who frequented the port of Callao ; him, as he did not feel himself capable of fulfilling and Fray Fernando, really grateful for this un
deserved kindness, addressed himself to his new - Some scruple of conscience, no doubt,” thought duties with diligence and zeal. the half-offended but still patient and considerate But the extreme heat of the climate told upon Fray Tomas. “ Poor man! he has had little to bis constitution, hitherto accustomed to a bracing dio on that lonely mountain save to set up scruples mountain air. It was not until he had had the and to knock them down again, else he might have calenture severely more than once that he yielded died from sheer inaction. I ought to deal gently to the longing, often felt, for the presence of his with him."
adopted son ; and, as we are already aware, the Scruples are weeds that luxuriate in the soil of letter that summoned José to his side lay unmonasticism.
It is full of the elements that I claimed at Cuzco for nearly a year. When at last
the monk and his adopted son met once more, “Tell me"—he began, but his ro.ce faltered the Indian youth, according to his character, ex
He paused a moment, then resumed pressed but little, either joy or sorrow; yet not more calmly, “Tell me—who gave this book to the less did he feel profoundly that his father and the Palla ?”* teacher was bound, at no distant time, for that José opened the first page, and pointed to the far-off, mysterious Christian heaven of which he inscription, “Dona Rosa Mercedes y Guevara." had heard so much and knew so little.
Fray Fernando gazed on the faded writing with A circumstance that occurred shortly after his eager kindling eyes ;-gradually they changed, arrival confirmed his forebodings. José never softened, grew dim with a mist of gathering tears. spoke of Coyllur-never even named her, if he At last he said very gently, “That name was once could help it; but he was quite willing to talk dear to me.” And he said no more. about the gentle Sumac, and to tell Fray Fer- But José drew nearer, and of his own accord nando the story of her life and death. He dwelt | put his arm round his neck, laying his hand on especially upon her strong attachment to the his shoulder. Christian faith, and how that faith had enabled By-and-by the monk inquired, still with the her to die in peace; and with a reverence not same gentleness of manner, “ How did the Palla altogether free from superstition, he showed his become possessed of that book ?" patron the little book which had been her dying “ Dear patre,” José answered, “I will tell you gift.
all I know. Sumac Năsta loved to go to the Fray Fernando took it from his hand, and House of the Holy Virgins—the nuns of Santa looked at it with interest.
Clara. This book belonged to one of them, who “I bave heard Fray Constantino preach in the was Sumac's dear and chosen friend. Sister cathedral of Seville,” he remarked presently; Maria was her holy name; the name she had “and a wonderful preacher he was. Pity that from her father and mother was—what you find his heart was lifted up within bim, and so he fell written there." into the snare of the devil! He became a heretic, “ Enough, José; my past comes back to me. and ended his days in the prison of the Inqui-The happy, happy past before. -Strange-wonsition.—But lend me this book for a little space, derful—that we have been near each to other, José; I should like to read it.”
have breathed the same air, trod the streets of Pleased to give him pleasure, José complied, the same city-never knowing! Well-better and, leaving Fray Fernando to read at his leisure, so!
so! Both dead—dead hearts in living bodies. ** wandered out to the bay to feast his eyes upon
Then silence fell on the two. José stood like the marvels of the shipping. On returning to a statue of bronze; Fray Fernando sat, and; the humble lodging of his patron, he was greatly dreamed of the past. alarmed to find him lying senseless on the floor. At length he spoke again. “José, is there But he had seen Sumac swoon, and he knew what anything I have for which you would give me remedies to adopt. He ran for cold water, bathed
this book in exchange ?” the monk's forehead with it, and chafed his hands. José smiled as he answered, “Nothing, patre. Fray Fernando ere long recovered consciousness,
Take it from the son to whom you have giren looked about him, drank the water José raised to everything Sumac Nữsta would wish you to his lips, and told him not to be frightened. Then, take it,” he added, seeing the monk hesitate. availing himself of his help, he rose and placed “ Thank you, José," said Fray Fernando, grasp himself in his usual seat.
ing the Indian's slender hand. “What I have “ What has happened, patre ?" José asked said is safe with you," he added, and the subject: affectionately Are
dropped-for ever. “No," the monk answered slowly, as with eye How was it in the meantime with José himand hand he sought for the little book. It had fallen to the ground, but José picked it up and * The Spaniards called all the Indian princesses Pallas, though
the title properly belonged only to the married ones amongst gave it to him.
you ill ?”