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of persons holding erroneous relig. in the distant pást, we must make ious opinions; and if "persecute" ourselves acquainted with the manhad then the same signification that ners and customs of that period.” it now has, they must have sworn, So also in fixing a meaning to cerif they took that oath, to visit with tain words we must understand what they admitted to be unjust what was their signification at the and undeserved in fliction a portion time of their employment. of their people. But did perse
It would not be permissible at cute then mean to inflict unjustly? the present time to say that our Or did it mean “ to follow, to con- generals prevented their armies at sider closer, to write thoroughly?” the moment of going into battle. &c.
Nor would our Secretary of the Cicero probably understood the Navy escape some ridicule if, in Latin language about as well as do advertising for naval stores, he we moderns, and he has this use of should call for "sincere tar and the verb “to persecute:” “Has res turpentine.” And the District persecutus est Xenophon in eo Attorney would astonish the good libro;" and a fair translation of people of Philadelphia if he were that sentence is,-These things to give notice that he should perXenophon has discoursed of in his secute bis erring fellow-citizens. book."
We may, at a future time, call It is said with much truth, that, attention to a few more improprie"in judging of the merits of any act ties of speech.
THE HYMNS OF THE ROMAN OFFICE FOR PENTECOST
They speak in tongues of every race,
The crowds, with wonder spelled, Jam Christus astra ascenderat.
Declare them, who overflow with grace, Christ mounted to his star-girt seat,
By new-made wine impelled. Whence he had erst descended, soon
This mystery completes the space To send the sacred Paraclete,
Of festul Paschaltide, The Father's fruitful boon.
Through whose blest days the law of
grace Now through their mystic space away, Is to sin's debt applied.
Had seven times seven cycles rolled ; When earth approached the solemn day Thee now we pray, sweet Holy Ghost, In prophecy foretold.
As we adoring bend,
O let the gifts of Pentecost
Upon our souls descend.
The Apostolic breast,
With thy pure rays our guilt efface
To God the Father glory be,
The same, sweet Paraclete, to Thee,
While endless ages run. Thus through their souls with joy elate
The Spirit's influence is poured, While they, in divers tongues, relate
THE PROSE AT MASS. The wondrous works of God.
Veni Sancte Spiritus. Lo! with admiring accord,
Come, thou ever sacred Dove, Romans, Barbarians and Greeks, From thy radiant throne above The nations all, receive the word,
Shoot thy resplendent darts; Each in the tongue it speaks.
Come, father of the poor, come, thou
Rich source from which all blessings Yet still the stubborn, faithless Jews,
flow, Reject with hate the Heaven-wrought Come, purest light of hearts.
sign, And Christ's true ministers accuse, Come, consoler, highest, best, As drunk with new-made wine.
Come, the soul's thrice welcome guest,
Refreshment sweet bestow; Then Peter, rising up again,
Amid our labor thou art ease, Disproves with miracles their lies, Amid our heat a cooling breeze, And the prophetic witness strain
Solace of griefs, o'erflow. Of Joel verities.
Come, thou luminary blest, Glory to God the Father be,
Come, and every faithful breast And glory to His risen Son,
With thy pure radiance fill; Glory, blest Paraclete, to Thee,
Without thine impulses divine While endless ages run.
Naught can man e'er claim of thine,
Or naught be free from ill.
Lave, Lord, these sordid stains of ours,
Our dryness dew with heavenly showers, Beata nobis grandia.
Our sin-wrought bruises cure;
Our rigid obstinacy sway,
Our wandering steps assure.
Upon our souls, who Thee adore
By faith, we pray, sweet Spirit, pour 'Neath mystic tongues of quivering flame Thy blessings sevenfold. He to the Apostles brought
The merit of thy grace oh lend, The gift of speech, his law to frame; Grant us to share thy saints' sweet end His love in their hearts wrought.
With joys etern untold.
to send Ethel to a convent! When "It is useless to say anything
I married you, Mary, I promised more, Mary, my decision is irrev
never to interfere with your reocable; with my consent she shall ligion, but to allow you to live up never take so infamous a step.
to it, and follow the dictates of your What !”—and here the angry man
own conscience in all matters." sprang to his feet, and impatiently
“Yes, Charles, and you have walked the floor_" my daughter, à kept your promise nobly; no wodescendant of a family whose name
man ever had a better or kinder is without blemish, io disgrace it husband than mine. Oh! my husnow by joining a set of low ig- band, be as generous to our child norant women, that live, God only as you have been to me. knows how! No! a thousand times not suppose that this trial will be no!"
far harder for her to bear than it “Oh! Charles, Charles, do not is for us, she who voluntarily gives speak so harshly of what you up everything and adopts a life of know nothing; far from being low hardship and poverty? But she and ignorant, these holy sisters are
feels that it is a call from on high; for the most part noble women,
and feeling and knowing this, how who for religion's sake have thrown can she hope to work out her salaside all luxuries, and separated vation if she neglects it?" themselves from their friends and “Nonsense, Mary;' this is all all most dear to them, to devote superstition. Ethel will be quite their lives to God and their and even more likely to reach less fortunate fellow-beings. What heaven by acting like a sensible would our land be without our girl, and obeying her father (for I good sisters of eharity? Whom know there is a commandment telldo you see in the hospitals, where ing children to obey their parents), nothing but suffering and 'misery than by going in direct opposition are to be found, but the sister of to my commands. I never opposed charity, moving quickly from bed to your bringing her up a Catholic, bed, and by her gentle words and for I felt that a religion that could soothing touch, bringing alike con- make such a good wife as you solation to the body and mind of were, would certainly make a good the poor sufferer, who never fails daughter, but could I have seen to call down a blessing on her as
the end of my blind ignorance, she passes. For my part, though rather would I have seen ber in her the separation would be a terrible coftin than have ever allowed her to trial, I will never ask for a better put a foot in a Catholic church or fate for our darling child, than that school. Send Ethel to me now, she may have the grace and and I will end this folly, once strength necessary to enable her for all." to renounce the world, and perse
Here let us take a few moments vere in the holy path she has to explain the above scene. chosen."
Charles Merrill was a wealthy " What could I expect from a citizen of Richmond; he was a daughter, whose mother had such man who commanded the respect ideas? Oh! unfortunate day that and admiration of all who came in I allowed myself to be persuaded contact with him in any way. En
dowed by nature with every gift of pose. When she entered her father body and mind, lie was well fitted was standing at the window, with to shine in any sphere. He had his back to the door: he turned married in early life a young Cath- quickly as he heard the door open, olic girl, and the one cloud that and, without giving her time to marred her married life was, that speak, said: her husband had no religion. In “Ethel, your mother has just vain she had prayed and sought by apprised me of your very singular her example and gentle admoni- infatuation; I hope it will be only tions to lead him aright, but while necessary for me to tell you that I he was not at all bigoted, but on will never consent to your taking the contrary entertained very lib- such a step." eral ideas, she saw that there was "Papa, forgive me if I offend very little hope of his conversion; you ; in anything else, you know I still she left it all in the hands of would not act against your wishes, God, and did not despair. Ethel but in this pray do not oppose me. was now their only child, one son, I must go, it is my duty, and I can a few years older than she, had never be happy anywhere else.” been his father's idol, but he had “ It is your duty to do what I died some years before the opening tell you ; this is my decision, and of our story, and since that time you must abide by it. You are Mr. Merrill had fairly worshipped but eighteen, and for three years his daughter. She was a girl that anyhow will be under my control; any man might be proud to have during that time I positively forbid call him father. Tall and fair, with you to see or correspond with any thoughtful gray eyes and a profu- one from the convent, and if you sion of golden hair. Mr. Merrill were to brave me and enter, I will had looked forward with impatience drag you out, if I had to burn the to her return from school, and en- house around you. After that, if joyed in anticipation the sensation you persist in going, the consethat she, with her beauty and ac- quences be on your own head. complishments, could not fail to From the day you leave my house create in any society into which he for such a purpose, I have no might take her. Bitter had been longer a daughter, and my curse the blow to the proud man when, a will follow you." few days after her return, he first “Papa, I must do as you say for heard of her intention of joining the present, but at the end of the the order of the Sisters of Charity three years my determination will in which she had been educated be as fixed as it is now, for I know Fearing her father's opposition, that I will be only doing right, and she has revealed her secret to her I can only pray that, if I persevere mother, and implored her to obtain after so long a time, you will see his consent. Mrs. Merrill dreaded that it is not infatuation, but a dithe effect such an announcement vine grace given me, which if I negwould lik ve upon her husband, but leet will destroy my happiness in wisely considered it was better to this life and hopes of salvation in get it over at once, and hence the the next.” opening of our chapter. Ethel “A little knowledge of the world, entered the room & few moments Ethel, will destroy all such deluafter her mother left it; she was sive ideas. I sincerely hope before very pale, and visibly agitated, but the end of the three years to see around her mouth was an expres. rou happily married; but for that sion this to a close observer would ime, never let me hear the subject bave announced unwavering pur again."
Slowly and wearily the time oh! how slowly for Ethel, dawned passed to poor Ethel, who had no her twenty-first birthday. As she
heart for the gayeties in which her entered the breakfast-room her father forced her to mingle. For father rose from his chair, and, bis sake she was always cheerful kissing her tenderly, wished her and smiling, and seemed to enjoy “many, many happy returns of the ,
, the pleasures by which she was day." surrounded. Never was a daughter * Heigh ho, Ethel,” he said, remore affectionate and loving than suming his seat, “ I am fortunate Ethel; she knew the misery she in having my darling so long, but was to inflict upon her fond father, I know whose fault it is that she and she pitied him and blamed has not been run away with long herself, though at the same time ago. You must not be so hard to she felt that what she was going to please much longer now, my pet, do was not her will, but ber Heav- for after all I am not selfish enough enly Father's, and she trusted to to want my little girl to be an old Him to comfort her father, and maid ; but I guess I need not fear: knew that the time would come you will be giving me a son-in-law when he would forgive her and soon enough, and I can safely take her back to bis heart, for she proinise to be well satisfied with knew him too well to hope for any- your choice, whoever he may be, thing different from the treatment provided he keeps you near enough he had told her to expect if she for me to see you every day, for I disobeyed him.
never could live away from my And he, poor man, how did he
little girl.” feel all this time? le vainly Ethel's eyes filled with tears, but hoped against hope; at times when she said nothing, and her father Ethel seemed bright and happy, watched her through the meal with he would persuade himself that a vague sense of uneasiness that she had forgotten her intention or he could not account for; though willingly abandoned it; and again he felt that she might leave him in he would watch her, when she was the end, it never occurred to him not aware of his presence, and that it would be soon. When he sometimes see such a melancholy rose to go she threw herself into yearning look come over her face, his arms, and said, “ Papa, kiss that he would turn away with a and bless me before you leave,” sigh and deep bitterness in his and then, bursting into tears,
, heart. He was much to be pitied, hastily left the room. Her father forhaving been brought up turned to his wife for an explanaamongst people who were bigoted tion, but as she said nothing, and and looked with contempt upon looked as puzzled as he did, he left nuns, he had naturally imbibed the house with a clouded brow. some of their erroneous ideas, and Ethel bad made her arrangethough these were partly corrected ments to be received as a postulant by his wife's gentle teaching, still that day. She had told her mother suflicient remained for him to look nothing of it, for though she knew with aversion upon the thought of she would not oppose her, still she his cherished child deserting him felt that she would rather not assist for a class of people of which he her plans, in opposition to her husbad such a dread.
band's wishes. Though Mrs. MerWell, all time, whether it leave rill had not been told, still she felt us with joyful recollections or sad it, and was not surprised, when memories, must pass at last, and about an hour after breakfast, Ethel too quickly for Mr. Merrill, and presented herself in her room