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SARIEK out, ye fuming, foolish horde!
Shriek out and lift your puny hands
In rage against her; still she stands, Unawed, unbent by wrath or sword !
Look back, vain vanquishers of nought,
Poor moths, that flutter round a blaze,
Look back to her primeval days, And see what Heaven and time have wrought.
Behold the paths of centuries
All strewn with wrecks of Throne and State,
And where earth's proudest monarchs sate, The dust of long-dead dynasties;
While she, upon whose shield of truth
Have rained the shafts of spite and spleen,
With blows of empires dealt between, Still wears the mien and glow of youth,
Still reaches forth her saving arms
To raise mankind from blight and sin,
Nor quails in all the shock and din That thrill the world with wild alarms.
Great Queen of souls, not all the force
Of ingrate, impious man can take
One jewel from her crown, or shake The firmness of her sacred course.
Her feet are set in changeless ways,
She rules by faith and love alone,
Her realm extends from zone to zone, And choirs of ages hymn her praise !
Play out your plays of tragic hate
Or clownish spite, ye little things;
She never feared the mightiest kings, She fears you not, she well can wait.
Your days are brief, but hers are long;
You fourish through a fretful hour,
She moves with grand, majestic power Where time's great shades around her throng.
CHRISTIAN BURIAL; HEATHEN CREMATION.
OUTSIDE the domain of faith, in Will we cite poverty, sickness, the old dispensation, and the sacred “perils on the road, perils of the gospel, the prospect beyond this sea, perils with false brethren?” mortal life was a speculation per- Certainly not. According to general plexing and alarming for the igno- public opinion man is not to be rant and the wise in all ages of the pitied, but rather congratulated, for world. It was a melancholy reflec- bravely battling with such things; tion for the Gentile that human ex- for, in the combat, he reaps the lauistence might terminate in the rels of a hero, he earns the praise grave, and the evening of life be awarded to exalted mind, and to succeeded by an eternal night. Be- greatness of soul. The dark calamyond the visible boundary of death ity extinguishing every light, the what would be the condition of man; cold blight withering every flower, through what scenes he would pass, the sad cloud shrouding the life of whether he had cause for hope or man in grief and mourning, is to be fear, no human sagacity could dis- found in death, and in death alone. cover. Around the grave it was Blessed, then, is the hope founded entirely a region of uncertainty, a on faith, enlivened by charity, land of darkness whence no infor- which reconciles to death, and dismation was received. The vulgar arms that last adversary of its teramused themselves with fictions, lors We may justly speak of that the wise with uncertain conjectures; bope as the first ray which flashed but that the body should obtain an from the glory of Christ arisen to incorruptible union with the im- make the grave smile with the joys mortal soul was not expected. of life. In that fair light we perTbank heaven! the light of revela- ceive that, although it is appointed tion has dissipated ali uncertainty for man to die once, although the about our future state, and has vital union between soul and body given us an inestimable assurance must one day be dissolved, yet the that the grave does not destroy our separation is temporary, and conbeing, that the close of our mortal ducive to a perfect union that never career is the commencement of im- will be destroyed. We are taught mortal life. “I would not have to look upon death as a retreat from you to be ignorant, brethren,” says fear and pain, the gate to immorSt. Paul, "concerning them tbat tality, the passage to glory, the are asleep, that ye sorrow not even avenue of heaven. For, we are asas others who have no hope. For sured, that " we shall go whither if we believe that Jesus died and our Saviour is gone, and that where rose again, even so them also who he is we shall be also.” By the sleep in Jesus will God bring with instruction of the divine Word we him.” There can be nothing more know and believe that the hour is cheering than this information, coming, when all that are in the even amidst the other numerous gra shall hear the voice of the and ineffable consolations of our Son of man, and shall come forth." noble religion. What, we may ask, He who was " made flesh," who is the greatest sadness of human was man to feel our woes and God life encountered in the mere con- to help us, declared that he would sideration of man's mortal condi- raise the dead, and for a testimony tion, the tenant of a valley of tears ? he arose triumphantly from the
sepulchre, thus guaranteeing that cave which was situated in the field he would fulfil in us what bad been of Ephron.” Isaac and his wife accomplished in his own person. Rebecca were interred in the same With majestic simplicity he utters place; and Jacob "charged his the assurance, “I am the resurrec- sons,” saying, “ I am now going to tion and the life, he that believeth be gathered to my people; bury me in me though he were dead yet shall with my fathers in the double cave he live, and whosoever liveth and which is in the field of Ephron" believeth in me shall never die.” (Gen. 49). When the sacred hisHow this shall be is not a question tory mentions funerals we never of moral import. It suffices for find the slightest trace of the barall the purposes of religion to be barous notions of ancient or mod. informed that, though we lie down ern heathens. The action of pious in dishonor we shall be raised in Tobias shows that the people of glory."
God regarded interment of the Under the inspiration of those dead as a duty of charity. The sacred truths the burial of the peo- deprivation of sepulture was esple of God has always been in har- teemed a disgrace and a serere mony with the ordinances of relig. chastisement. Hence the Prophet ion, the instincts of reason, and Jeremias published this terrible the interests of society. Christian threat: “ At that time, saith the interment is an exact fulfilment of Lord, they shall cast out the bones the penitential obligation imposed of the kings of Juda, and the bones upon erring man by the Creator: of the princes thereof, and the * Dust thou art, and into dust thou bones of the priests, and the bones shalt return" (Gen. 3). It is proper of the prophets, and the bones of that the dead be not suddenly for- the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out gotten, in order that wholesome in- of their graves. And they shall struction may occasionally be im- spread them abroad to the sun, and parted at the grave. Therefore Ec- the moon, and all the host of heaven clesiastes
says: “ It is better to go whom they have loved. ... They to the house of mourning than to shall not be gathered, and they the house of feasting, for in that shall not be buried” (Jer. 8). we are put in mind of the end of Since the foundation of the all, and the living thinketh what is Church, the faithful have been careto come” (Eccl. 7). None of the ful to testify to the doctrine of the absurd, ridiculous, and impious resurrection, by religious attention usages prevalent amongst the Gen- for the remains of departed breth. tiles have ever been allowed by the They did not burn them like true worshippers of the Judge of the inhuman Greeks and Romans, the living and the dead. The Pa- nor did they approve of the absurd -triarchs of the ancient covenant in- mummeries of the Egyptians; but terred the dead in a most solemn like the faithful of every generaand decorous manner. " And so tion since the creation, they acted Abraham buried Sara his wife in a in conformity with the injunction double cave of the field, that look- of holy writ, which says, “Cover ed towards Mambre, this is Hebron the body of the just, and neglect in the land of Chanaan. And the not his burial.” Tertullian, writfield was made sure to Abraham, ing in the second century, says, and the cave that was in it, for a “They washed and embalmed the possession to bury in, by the chil- venerated remains, and expended dren of Heth” (Gen. 23). When more in perfumes for the dead Abraham died “Isaac and Ismael than the pagans at their sacrifices." his sons buried him in the double The history of the early ages of
Christianity gives full information obsequies at the sanctuary; the about the imposing and respectful lights sparkling around the bier, funerals of those who in life had the aspersions of holy water, the been “marked with the sign of the wreathing of blessed incense, and most Holy Trinity.” The corpse the ceremonies whereby the Church was enwrapped in fine linen, or endeavors to shroud the remains silk stuff, and sometimes clothed of those committed to her care. In in rich apparel. After an exposi- like manner we can account for the tion and vigils of prayer during prayer and benediction with which three days, it was conveyed to the the cemetery is honored, to signify grave, accompanied by torch-bear- that we must regard as sacred the ers and chanters singing praises of earth containing the bodies of those God, and psalms expressing faith called to be saints, and who.cerand hope in the resurrection. tainly become saints if they will Solemn prayers, with the most live according to their vocation. adorable sacrifice, were offered, and Those venerable rites are not only an entertainment called agape, with honorable to the departed; they other alms, were given to the poor, are instructive and consoling for Memorial suffrages were repeated the survivors, transporting our annually, and a daily remembrance thoughts and feelings over the was made in the celebration of the grave to the region of immortality, holy mass. Some articles were oc- and verifying the communion of casionally interred with the de. saints, by actually forming an inceased, to signalize their dignity terchange of holy offices between and virtue; such were the instru- the living and the deceased. ments of their martyrdom, vials or We are not surprised, although sponges containing their blood; very much disgusted, when at the epitaphs, at least their names, present time the dupes of modern medals, laurel leaves, erosses, and thought propose to perfect the Gengospels.
tilism of our age by substituting In the faith and practice of every cremation for Christian burial. age regarding the care of the dead, Our Divine Master tells us that we see the motive of the Church in those who will not hear the Church all that concerns the demise of are to be estimated as heathens those who rest in the peace of the and publicans; therefore it is quite Lord. The holy spouse of Christ, consistent that the disciples of who blesses the cradle and sur- the father of lies should yearn for rounds with protection the infant customs degrading to bumanity, entering upon the journey of life, and revolting to common sense omits nothing of her respect for and to the holiest affections of reman, when he closes his mortal ligion. The proposal to burn the pilgrimage and descends into the bodies of the deceased shows that grave, in submission to the penalty its abettors are bereft of every of returning to dust. The holy principle and feeling of ChristiCatholic Church knows and feels anity. It is evidently, from the that the Christian's corpse has above statements, a daring contrabeen the dwelling of a soul made diction to all that religion bas to the image of God, renewed by taught and practiced from the beJesus Christ, consecrated by the ginning; a felonious attempt to Holy Ghost, and nourished by the reproduce the fetid usages of saadorable sacrament, wbich is "a tanical heathenism. We are shocked partaking of the body of the Lord, at the exhibition of brutality, which and a pledge of resurrection unto would dare to treat as a nuisance life everlasting.” Hence the funeral that human nature which was united with the divine nature in the Magdalene anointed the feet of person of the Word made flesh to
our adorable Saviour. They would redeem and save us. The utilita- abate considerable nuisance by rian profession of those incendia- following still farther the example ries indicates a fraternization with of Judas, in dignified suspension Judas, who grudged the waste of from the bough of the greenwood the spikenard with which dear tree.
PHILIP LANGTON'S PROMISE.
wouldn't care if Langton broke “Now hush, my dearie, hush, every bone in his body-as he nearly there's a man! Your mother is a has done—bad luck to his ugly poor creature, but she can take care face," she cried, bitterly. of her little lad yet, and she will. "Mother, hush!" It will never be she that will sit by As Mrs. Morton spoke those last and see him thrashed—not for all words the girl's eyes had flashed, the Langtons and all the book-learn- and her fingers had contracted ing in the land!"
almost convulsively. The speaker sat in her cottage And yet few others, men or wokitchen, in an arm-chair by the fire- men, would have been much conside, plaiting straw; a feeble, sick- cerued at a far greater amount of ly-looking woman, with a querulous vituperation passed upon Philip face. She had fretted herself into Langton; few who had had any ill health two years ago when her dealings with him would have been husband died, John Morton, the disposed to stand up very warmly Brent fisherman, who had lost his in his defence. He was not a popu. life one wild night coming home lar man in Brent. round the headland with his laden He had come to the place a year boat; and she was never likely, ago to be master of the village with her indolent and repining school, as it was called. High tesnature, to be anything but an inva- timonials had procured him the aplid now for the rest of her days. pointment, nor indeed were his
On a stool at her feet sat the boy abilities ever questioned; they were whose unmerited whipping she be all that could be desired, and more wailel—a small child, disfigured by than were needed for the post. He abundant weeping. The room had was found, however, to be violentalso one other occupant, a dark- tempered, haughty, reserved, indeeyed girl of nineteen or twenty, pendent, and soon got an ill name who sat in the window sewing. alike with parents and scholars.
She sat sewing, but she let her He had been born and brought work drop down upon her knees as up as a gentleman. His father and Mrs. Morton spoke, and raised a inother had died when he was a face that was full of a strange kind child; at eighteen he had quarrelled of pain.
with the uncle under whose guarMother,” she said, in a low in- dianship he had been brought up, tense tone, I could not help it.", and utterly without resources of his
“You didn't try to belp it,” Mrs. own had left his house, and from Morton retorted quickly. “ You that time to this bis life had been a