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Church ; for its endowments are of private origin as - to whom he says, 'I pray God your whole spirit strictly as those of an hospital or an alms-house. We and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the have sometimes amused ourselves with thinking what coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.' Surely, in contemwould be the amount of fees which the other learned

plating such blessings bestowed upon God's people, we

have abundant cause for earnestness in ascertaining professions would receive for the discharge of offices

whether we be of that nuniber. Assuredly, ‘in time such as these the time, the mileage, the material, all past,' by nature and practice,' we were not a people :' taken into strict account; the daily life of a clergy- are we now the people of God? If so, we are happy ; man, it should be remembered, being, in fact, the daily

for · blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and life of a professional man of the best education in

the people whom he hath chosen for his own inherit

ance ;' and he himself hath said, My people shall great practice.

never be ashamed.'”

The Church is now drawing near to that period

when she commemorates the death of Christ; she has, LITURGICAL HINTS. -- No. XVI.

therefore, appointed for this day's Epistle a passage “Understandest thou what thou readest?"- Aots, viii. 30. from the epistle to the Hebrews, where the apostle Fifth SUNDAY IN LENT.

shews that “ Christ's body is the antitype to, and

therefore excels, the tabernacle of the old dispensaThe Collect for this Sunday is one of that class tion.” “ Christ being come an High-Priest of good which were retained from ancient liturgies at the things to come,---that is to say, of all the spiritual and Reformation, and is a prayer for deliverance from, and eternal blessings of the Gospel-covenant, --- has, by support under, afflictions. The original Latin collect is a new fabric, cven that of his own body, entered into found in Gregory's Sacramentary, and stands as fol- heaven, the real holy of holies, and this by his own lows :

We pray thee, Almighty God, mercifully blood ; which was, indeed, typified by the blood of regard thy family, that, by thy bounty, they may be bulls and of goats, but was intinitely more precious. governed in body; and, by thy preservation, may be This he did, not for one year only, but “once for all;" kept in their souls.” This prayer bears a very near and has made an annual entrance for ever unnecessary, resemblance to the collect for the second Sunday in since he has “ obtained' eternal redemption for us." Lent. We there implored Almighty God to keep us For if the blood of the Old Testament sacrifices exboth outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls.' Here we beseech him. mercifully to look upon outward man from ceremonial uncleanness and from his people, that, by his great goodness, they may be temporal punishment, how far greater must be the ettigoverned and preserved evermore both in body and cacy of the “ blood of Christ,” who, being without any soul.' Notwithstanding, however, the apparent siini- sinful blemislı, cither of nature or life, offered himself, larity in the two collects, there is in this an allusion to through the power of the Holy Ghost, as a propitiatory the situation in which we stand towards God, as a sacrifice to God! This blood cleanses the conscience people toward their king and governor, which gives it from the defilement, not of touching a dead body, peculiar force, and opens to us a field for much in- which made a man legally unclean, but of dead works, structive and comforting meditation.

We make our --works proceeding from a state of spiritual death, and appeal to God as being his people ; . We beseech thee, tending to death eternal, and enables us to serve the Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people.' living God in a lively manner. “ And for this cause" It was this plea which the Israelites of old, God's Christ " is the Mediator of the new testament," for special and peculiar people, urged in their petitions to these two purposes : to redeem those spiritual debtors him : Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that who have forfeited their liberty by the transgressions thou bearest unto thy people. And it is this plea, they have committed against the law, or “first testawhich the Christian is privileged to present in a sense ment;" and to qualify those who are “called” to as strict as that in which the Jew offered his : 'Ye are receive the promise of an eternal inheritance. a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar The Gospel is a part of our Lord's discourse with people, that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who the unbelieving Jews, in which he asserts his authority hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous and dignity. " Which of you convinceth me of sin ?" light; which in time past were not a people, but are asks our Lord. “If I have done any thing that makes now the people of God.' The petition which, as his me unworthy of belief, why do not some of you convict people, we present unto God is, that by his great good- me of it? And, if my doctrine itself be worthy of ness we may be governed and preserved evermore both in belief, why do ye not believe me?" “ If your claim body and soul. The great stay of the soul is the good- of relation to God were not groundless, ye would hear ness of God:' upon this it falls back with perfect con- his words ; but your being thus deaf and dead to the fidence that he will give us all things that are profitable words of God, is a plain evidence that ye are not of for us. “The goodness of God endureth continually :' God. Enraged at being thus convicted of obstinate "Gracious is the Lord and righteous, yea, our God is unbelief, they accused him of being a ' Samaritan, and merciful.' The blessing which we seek is, indeed, a having a devil ;' ill-affected to their church and comprehensive one ; but not too large for the goodness nation, and in league with Beelzebub. Jesus mildly of God, or, rather, for the good God to bestow. He clears himself from their wicked imputations, asserts will govern and preserve his people evermore, both the sincerity of his intentions, and shews the wrong in body and soul. He has promised to “govern' them. they did him by their calumnies : he further tells them,

Obey my voice,' he said to his ancient people, and I * There is one that judgeth,' who will vindicate my will be your God, and ye shall be my people; and honour, and reckon with those that trample upon it. walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, Our Lord then lays down the doctrine of the immorthat it may be well unto you' (Jer. vii. 23). He has tality of believers (v. 51), which they understanding of promised to preserve' thein too; as the apostle knew, an iminortality in this world, accused Jesus of being to his great comfort, when he said, “The Lord shall

governed by a lying spirit, because Abraham and the deliver me from every evil work, will preserve me prophets, who had kept the word of God, were dead. unto his heavenly kingdom. His government and He yet solemnly persists in appealing to his Father, preservation of his people shall extend to all their and his Father's testimony of him; and asserts that wants, temporal and spiritual, for it is both of their

their father Abraham, in whom they boasted, had a body and soul.' The prayer of the Church in this

prospect of him, and respect to him. When the Jews comprehensive form is precisely that of St. Paul for a Church he had planted, — the Church of Thessalonica,

• James on the Collects.


cavilled at this, and reproached him for it, Jesus the gracious influences of his Spirit to the Church, solemnly asserted his seniority to Abraham : ' Before

called by the apostle “ God's husbandry.” Thus by Abraham was, I am.''* “ Had the existence of our

Moses, “ My doctrine shall drop as the rain; my blessed Saviour been measured by time, as is that of all created beings, he must have said, Before Abraham speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon was, I was; but his words are, Before Abraham was,

the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass" I am; thus using the same expression of himself which (Deut. xxxii. 2). Again (Psalm lxviii. 9), “ Thou, the eternal God does at Exod. iii. 14, and hereby de- O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst monstrating himself to be the same God who there

confirm thine inheritance when it was weary:" and said, I AM THAT I Am.”+

most distinctly in Is. lv. 10, “ As the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not

thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATIONS.-No. I.

forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and The Latter Rain. 1

bread to the eater; so shall my word be, that goeth ** Ask ye of the Lord rain, in the time of the latter rain." forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me

Zech. X. 1. void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and “ The latter rain" is an expression which occurs fre- it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." The quently in Scripture, and appears sometimes to be chapter closes with a figurative declaration of the used in a literal, and sometimes in a spiritual, sense. blessings attendant upon, and the change produced in, First, in a literal, it signifies that periodical return of those who receive the word, showers which took place in the course of nature, and The latter rain, however, seems to be that which, in by the dispositions of Providence, immediately before a spiritual sense, was most esteemed, as the former, in the time of harvest in the regions of ancient Palestine, a literal acceptation, without the latter, would be de. as the first or former rain, fell about seed-time in ficient and unproductive. spring--seasons which, in the eastern parts, are nearly transposed — for the foriner rain fell in the Jewish month Marchesvan, which nearly answers to part of

The Cabinet. our September and October, their seed-time; and the The INTERCESSION of Christ. It is indeeil a latter rain fell in the month Nisan, the first month of

blessed and glorious thing to know that there is an their ecclesiastical year, answering to part of March

unseen temple, not made with hands, wherein the

work of intercession is perpetually carried on for us and April, some time before their harvest; and it has

who are but sinful dust and ashes. But still more been remarked by Dr. Shaw, and other travellers in blessed is it to be assured, that the Priest who ministhe East, that such rains continue still nearly periodi- tereth there, though, unlike the sons of Aaron, he cal, as of old.

was free from any taint of sin, is yet like them in

this, that " he can have compassion on the ignorant, Ainongst the temporal promises made to the Jews,

and on them that are out of the way;" for that he as blessings which should follow their obedience, a

himself hath also been compassed with infirmity. He very remarkable one is recorded concerning this dis- knew the anguish of being assailed by our temptatinction of the land of Canaan, and the grant or pro- tions, though he knew nothing of the dishonour of mise of this rain to the Israelites : “ The land whither

being defeated by their power. He went through

more than all the bitterness of our struggles, thougli thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt

he went through them always with victory. Here from whence ye came out, where thou sowest thy seed,

then is the ground on which the Christian loves to and waterest it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs : take his stand. Here is the prospect which reveals but the land whither ye go to possess it, is a land of heaven into him as indeed the dwelling-place of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of

love. We know that we have a Mediator at the right heaven; a land which the Lord thy God careth for ;

hand of the father, who in his own person unites all

the sympathies of man with all the purity and perfecthe eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from tion of God. Where then is our dread, and where the beginning of the year even unto the end of the our failure of heart, when we behold in the form of a year. And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken brother Him who was the only begotten of the Fadiligently unto my commandments, which I com- ther, the express image of the invisible God? Yes ; mand you this day, to love the Lord thy God, and to

the fulness of the divine grace and truth hath shone serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

upon us; but it hath shone upon us in the mild as

pect of a human countenance; it hath spoken to us that I will give you the rain of your land in due with a human voice ; it hath even wept human tears, season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou and hath felt and suffered, if we may so speak, with a mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine human heart. And thus it is that all the tenderest oil." (Deut. xi. 10-14.)

emotions of carth and all the most exalted attributes

ot' heaven seem to have made a blessed league for our A denunciation was added, that, in case the people

consolation. If it were given to man to look on unturned to idolatry, the heavens should be shut, and

created majesty and brightness, instead of lifting up there should be no rain; and thus, when the prophet the voice of praise and thanksgiving, he would be Jeremiah speaks of the adultery of Judah, it is written, unable even to whisper out of the dust, in the accents “ Therefore the showers have been withholden, and

of penitence and prayer; for who shall behold the there hath been no latter rain." (Jer. iii. 3.)

face of God, and live? But to look upon God in Christ Rain is used in Scripture in a spiritual or figurative

is a privilege which giveth life instead of death. It

is this, and this only, which can enable us fully to sense, for the communication of the word of God, and understand the mind of the apostle, who saith that

God is love ; yea, that loving-kindness and compas+ Bishop Beveridge.

sion form, as it were, the very essence of his nature. 1 From the Rev. L. Way.

Rev. C. W. Le Bas.

. Dr. S. Clarke.


PRAYERS por RULERS.A duty we owe to our go- be more obvious, from these and numerous similar vernors, and to which great importance is attached in passages, than that St. Paul gave men credit for being Scripture, though little, we fear, by the generality even what they pretended to be, and did not feel himself of those who are called good subjects, is to pray for called upon to deviate from the language of strong them.

" I exhort,” saith St. Paul, in his first epistle approval, even when he knew that there were many to Timothy (ii. 1), “ that, first of all, supplications, among them who were a disgrace to their Christian prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made profession.--- Rev. C. Jerram. for all men ; for kings, and for all that are in authu

CHRISTIANITY.--Christianity is the easiest and the rity; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in hardest thing in the world. It is like a secret in arithall godliness and honesty. For this is good and accept- metic-infinitely hard till it be found out, by a right able in the sight of God our Saviour." This, then, is operation; and then it is so plain, we wonder we did very manifestly Cæsar's right, even our prayers.


not understand it earlier.-Bp. Jeremy Taylor. are bound to pour them forth, in earnest, for our gracious sovereign, that he may incline to God's will,

COMMON PRAYER.-Of all helps for the due perand walk in his way, and that " under him we may

formance of this service, the greatest is that very set be godly and quietly governed;" for the magistrates,

and standing order itself, which, framed with common and all who are in authority, that they may be filled

advice, hath, both for matter and forin, prescribed with grace, wisdom, and understanding, “ to execute

whatsoever is herein publicly done. No doubt from justice, and to maintain truth.” Of this duty if we

God it hath proceeded; and by us it must be acknowwere sensible as we to be, we should suffer no

ledged a work of singular care and providence, that longer our tone to alter, or our attention to flag,

the Church hath evermore held an appointed form of when, in the service of the Church, these prayers

common prayer, although not in all things every where occur ; but should join in them out of a hearty desire

the same, yet for the most part retaining still the that God might hear, might grant them ; repeating

same analogy. So that if the liturgies of all ancient them also with affection and zeal in the hour of our

Churches throughout the world be compared amongst private devotion. How great would be the advantage

themselves, it may be easily perceived they had all to those we pray for is more than we can know, espe

one original mould; and that the public prayer of the cially if we have never in earnest tried. If our inter

people of God in Churches thoroughly settled did never cessions have been faint, our supplications cold; if

use to be voluntary dictates, proceeding from any our giving of thanks have gone forth from unthankful

men's extemporal wit. To him which considereth hearts, we reckon in vain on the promise, “ Ask, and

the grievous and scandalous inconveniences whereit shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find; knock,

unto they make themselves daily subject, with whom and it shall be opened unto you."- Rev. C. Girdle

any blind and secret corner is judged a fit house of common prayer ; the manifold confusions which they

fall into, where every man's private spirit and gift (as COMMISSION OF PREACHERS. — To preach God's they term it) is the only bislop that ordaineth him word is a good thing, and God will have that there to his ministry; the irksome deformities whereby, shall be some which shall do it. But for all that, a

through endless and senseless effusions of indigenteil man may not take upon him to preach God's word,

prayers, they oftentimes disgrace, in most insufferexcept he be called unto it: for if he do it, he doth

able manner, the worthiest part of Christian duty not well, though he have learning and wisdom to be a towards God, who herein are subject to no certain preacher, yet for all that, he ought not to come hiin- order, but pray both what and how they list; to him, sell without any lawful calling: for it was no doubt a I say, which weigheth duly all these things, the reasons good thing to keep the ark from falling, yet for all cannot be obscure why God doth in public prayer so that, Oza (Uzzah] was stricken to death because he much respect the solemnity of places where -- the took in hand to meddle with it without any commis- authority and calling of persons by whom--and the sion.--Dishop Latimer's Sermons.

precise appointment even with what words or senTHE BURIAL SERVICE. Is not the language of

iences, his name should be called on amongst his hope, which runs through our burial and other ser

people. No man hath hitherto been so impious as vices, accordant with that of St. Paul in various parts plainly and directly to condemn prayer. The best of his epistles? How does he express himself in re

stratagem that Satan hath (who knoweth his kingdom ference to the whole of the Church of Corinth, which

to be no one way more shaken than by the public he afterwards censures in the severest terms for having devout prayers of God's Church) is by traducing the tolerated an incestuous individual, and perverted the

forms and manners of them, to bring them into conmost sacred ordinance of the Lord's supper to exces

tempt, and so shake the force of all men's devotion sive indulgence in eating and drinking? And yet lie

towards them. From this, and from no other forge, says of this same Church, “ I thank my God always hath proceeded a strange conceit, that to serve God on your behalf, that in every thing ye are enriched by with any set form of cominon prayer is superstitious. him in all utterance and knowledge; even as the tes

As though God himself did not frame to his priests timony of Christ was confirmed in you; so that ye

the very speech wherewith they were charged to bless come behind in no gift, waiting for the coming of our

the people; or as if our Lord, even of purpose to Lord Jesus Christ." Would not, again, those who so

prevent this fancy of extemporal and voluntary prayers, severely condemn our formularies for expressing hope had not left us, of his own framing, one which might where no ground for it exists, if they were consistent,

both remain as a part of the Church liturgy, and serve with equal harshness censure the apostle for “thank

as a partern whereby to fraine all other prayers with ing his God upon every remembrance of the Phi- efficacy, yet without superfluity of words.--I looker. lippian Church, for their fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until then; being confident of this

Poetry. very thing, that he who had begun a good work in them would perform it until the day of Jesus Christ;"

A PRAYER AT MIDNIGHT.* and then adding, “even as it is meet for me to think this of you all;": --- when, all the while, he knew that Celestial Spirit! now, in this calm hour,

many walked, of whom lie had told them often, and Vouchsafe wiih holy thoughts my mind to fill ! then told them, even weeping, that they were the ene

" I commune with my own heart, and am still," mies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory was in their

Waiting to feel thy tranquillizing power. shame, who minded earthly things ?" Nothing can

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Darkness is round me : but, like that pale flower
Which loves its vestal fragrance to distil
When other flowers are closed on dale and hill,
Breathed but for him who trained it for his bower,-
E'en so, O blessed Spirit ! let it be
With this poor heart, thy consecrated shrinc.
There thou hast deigned to place a plant divine,
Unseen, unknown, unnurtured but by thee :
Now be the hidden perfume thou hast given
Exhaled, like incense sweet, and borne to heaven !


O THROW away thy rod,

() throw away thy wrath ; My gracious Saviour and my God,

O take the gentle path!
Thou seest my heart's desire

Still unto thee is bent;
Still does my longing soul aspire

To an entire consent.
Not even a word or look

Do I approve or own,
But by the model of thy book,

Thy sacred book alone.
Although I fail, I weep ;

Although I halt in pace,
Yet still with trembling steps I creep

Unto the throne of grace.
O then let wrath remove;

For love will do the deed;
Love will the conquest gain ; with love

Even stony hearts will bleed.
O throw away thy rod;

What though man frailties hath ; Thou art my Saviour and my God, O throw away thy wrath !


purposes, as far as the existence, the spiritual wants, and the due government of the Church are concerned. - Adam's Religious World Displayed.

Jonas HANWAY, Esq. wrote an account of his travels in Persia, and also practical religious works. He had a just sense of the corruption of the human heart. “ Our hearts," says he, are treacherous, and we cannot easily fatliom the depth of our own corruptions.” He was one of the founders of a society for Sunday-schools,-schools of inestimable worth to this kingdom, and with which the name of Mr. Raikes, of Gloucester, will be always very particularly'and gratefully associated. Some years before his death Mr. Hanway wrote his own epitaph, and had it engraved on a brass plate. It is as follows:-

“ I believe that my Redeemer liveth, and that

I also shall arise from the grave,

Jonas HANWAY, Esq. Who, trusting in that good Providence which so visibly governs

the world, passed through a variety of fortunes with patience. Living the greatest part of his days in foreign lands, ruled by arbitrary power, he received the deeper impression of the happy constitution of his own country; whilst the persuasive laws contained in the New Testament, and the consciousness of his own depravity, softened his heart to a sense of the various wants of his fellow-creatures."

Sims' Christian Records. SPIRITUAL Food.— Two friends, living in the country, met together at the village church, a little way from their dwelling. “What is the use of going to church so often," said the younger to his companion, “since we always hear nearly the same thing ?” “What is the use," replied the other, “ of taking your meals so regularly every day, since they are composed of nearly the same dishes ?" “ The cases are very different. Í must eat to nourish my body, which would otherwise perish." “Not so different as you suppose ; for what food is to the body, the exercises of worship are to the soul ; and spiritual life will languish if we cease to support it by the means which God has graciously given us.' • But how happens it,” says the younger, “ that all men have not the same relish for these exercises as they have for their food ?" "You mistake again," replied his friend : “all men, it is true, receive their food with pleasure when they are in health ; but when they are sick, food becomes not merely tasteless, but disgusting. It is the same with the soul : that is, in health while it has peace with God through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus our Lord : then it desires the exercises of religion; it enjoys them, and cannot consent to omit them. It is sick when it is hardened in sin: it has then no appetite for spiritual food; it avoids opportunities of receiving it. The sanctification of the Sabbath is a burden, and the conversation of Christians is unpleasant. The resemblance goes further still; for as sickness of the body, if not cured by medicine, ends in death, so also the corruption of the soul—that discase with which all men are infected-ends, unless God heals it, in spiritual and eternal death, that is, in the exclusion of the soul from the presence of its God." - non,

Miscellaneous. Scottish EPISCOPACY.— There still exists in Scotland a Church as well constituted, and perhaps as near the primitive pattern, as any at this day in the world ; a Church scriptural in her doctrine, apostolical in her government, primitive and pious in her worship, and decent in her ceremonies; a Church that has the Scriptures of truth, the ancient and orthodox creeds, together with the two sacraments administered after the decency and solemnity of the purest times ; a Church where religion is supported by no authority but her own, and has no interests but her own to support; a Church, in short, that is redeemed from superstition and idolatry, defended from vanity and enthusiasm, and governed by men, who, though not distinguished by titles, and honours, and riches, yet possess all the essentials of their order, and have Divine authority for the exercise of their sacred ministry, as much as any other bishop either in England or Ireland.

For, as an ancient father remarks, “Wherever there is a" regular and orthodox “ bishop, whether at Rome or Eugubium, at Constantinople or Rhegium, at Alexandria or Tanis," and, it may be added, in England or Scotland, “ ejusdem meriti, ejusdem est et sacerdotii"-he is a bishop to all intents and

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to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. His views PROOF OF THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL.

were now, however, completely changed.

Old things were passed away. He could By the Rev. Tuomas BissLAND, M.A.

exclaim, “God forbid that I should glory, Rector of Hartley Maudytt, Hants.

save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, The preaching of “Christ crucified”— that by whom the world is crucified unto me, and great event to which the Church, in an espe- I unto the world." He was not ashamed to cial manner, directs our attention at this sea- confess himself unworthy to be esteemed an son — has in all ages proved an offence to apostle of the once-persecuted "man of sorthe natural pride of the human heart. It rows.” On the contrary, he accounted it an was a "stumbling-block” to the Jew of old, unmerited honour, that he, who was “less and “ foolishness” to the Greek; and it has than the least of all saints," should be privifailed, in too many instances, to produce any leged to proclaim that through the Saviour visible effect upon those who are brought there is pardon for the guilty, and sanctificawithin its reach. Still, there are others on tion for the polluted. whose hearts the truth as it is in Jesus has The efficacy of the preaching of “Christ made a saving and lasting impression; to crucified” cannot be more fully illustrated whom “ Christ crucified” has been made than by the effect produced on the Corinththe power of God and the wisdom of God; ians, as well as on the members of other and who, when no other motive could pro- Churches, whose understanding was once duce any salutary change on their views and darkened through the ignorance that was in feelings — neither the misery of a wounded them, because of the hardness of their hearts. conscience, nor the dread of the Divine wrath- We may consider, first, the character of the have been constrained, by meditation on the Corinthians, previous to their reception of love of the dying Redeemer, to live no longer the Gospel ; secondly, the great and importto themselves, but “to him who died for ant change which was wrought in their moral them and rose again.”

and spiritual condition ; and thirdly, the St. Paul could speak from his own expe- means by which this change was effected. rience "of the Gospel of Christ" as "the I. A slight acquaintance with the characpower of God unto salvation to every one ter of the Corinthians previous to their conthat believeth.” He had himself experienced version, as depicted by profane historians, as the amazing transformation which a view of well as by the apostle, must convince us that “ Christ crucified” had wrought on his own in no spot, according to human calculation, character. He could remember a period were converts less likely to have been obwhen the mention of that name, which was tained than at Corinth. This city had been now in his estimation “above every name," destroyed in the Achæan war ; but had been called forth emotions of the most infuriated rebuilt by Julius Cæsar, peopled with a corage; when he verily thought with himself lony from Rome, and speedily attained, or



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