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Farel obtained a favourable hear thither, being jealous of the privilege ing, and was dismissed from the of burghership, which had been becourt with an apology for the trou- stowed on the more respectable, and ble given in requiring his attendance. which threatened to give the CalCalvin's sense of the honest zeal of vinists an accession of influence in his friend may be gathered from his the government. They raised a letter to the ministers of Zurich: tumult in the night, crying out that “My friend Farel has lately been to the foreigners were about to deliver see us; to whom, as you well know, up the city into the hands of the the Genevese are so deeply in French, and hoping to instigate the debted; and, as he thought he had Genevese to massacre those who a right, freely admonished them; had sought an asylum in their state. but they were so enraged, that they But the deception was too flagrant vowed capital vengeance against to take effect. The French keeping him. I am aware, indeed, that quiet in their houses, the Council there is nothing new in the creation was convinced of the seditious tenof a disturbance by factious men in dency of the pretended alarm: the a free state; but the madness of our feet of the conspirators were taken senate is to be deplored, which re- in the snare which they had privily quired a man to come from Neuf- laid for others; some being apprechatel to be tried for his life, who hended and punished, and others is the father of their liberty, and the forced to escape for their lives*. father of their church. I am forced From the intimate connexion exto charge such disgrace upon this isting between Geneva and Berne, city which I would willingly wipe Calvin found it necessary to repair off with
blood. This is suffi- to the latter, to vindicate himself cient to give you a specimen of from the accusations of Castalio, their ingratitude, which must be Bolsec, and other enemies of scripdisgusting to every man of honour tural truth; when he replied to and probity. But because I have their charges with so much ability many reasons which hinder me from and success, that they were orderpublicly deploring our calamity, I ed to leave the Bernese territory. shall only say, that, unless Satan be Soon after his return he was seized chained up by you, he must be let with a tertian ague while he was loose.”
preaching, which obliged him to Our Reformer was engaged at leave the pulpit; and the report of this period in refuting the sentiments his decease reaching Noyon, his of some leading Arians on the one native place, the inhabitants actually hand, and defending the tenet of made a solemn procession, and repredestination from the misrepre- turned public thanks to Almighty sentations of some ministers of the God for the removal of such an Pays de Vaud on the other. His abominable pest ! Senebier obsympathies were also called into
serves dryly, that "
many great men exercise in behalf of the fugitives have partaken this honour with Calfrom France and England, who vin, and have had, as well as he, the found in him an adviser, protector, satisfaction of learning the high esand comforter, at a time when timation in which they were held ;" superstition and libertinism were and Clark remarks with more seriousleagued together against him. It ness, “ But the prayers of good men appears from the testimonies of prevailed for his health, and he was De Thou and Spon, two impartial so far from dying of that disease, historians, that the ' Perrinites laid a diabolical plan to rid the city of
* Thuanus, tom. i. l. xvi. p. 497. the persecuted French who had fled Spon. 1. iii.
that, rather being increased in his to Transylvania, accompanied by strength, he undertook a longer Alciati and Blandrata, who united journey than he was used to do, viz. with him in the diffusion of blasto Francfort, being invited thither phemous tenets. to pacify some controversies which Convinced that the best means were sprung up in the French church of preserving the purity of religion there. At length returning home, was the illumination of the mind, though something impaired in his Calvin prevailed on the Council health, yet remitted he nothing of to found a new college for seven his daily labours, publishing the classes, with three professors of next year his very learned Commen- Hebrew, Greek, and Philosophy. taries upon the Psalms, to which he On the 15th of June 1559, the laws prefixed a very precious preface*." were read before the magistrates,
Error, from its very nature, can ministers, and students; after which hardly be stationary. Facilis de- he delivered an excellent oration on scensus averni.
The followers of the advantages of learning. He Servetus proceeded from bad to declined the nomination of Rector worse ; and Valentine Gentili taught in favour of Theodore Beza, but that the Father, Son, and Spirit undertook to read the divinity lecwere three distinct essences, and tures. In October he suffered three Almighty Gods. At first, he much from a quartan ague, and proposed his scheme to his friends became more debilitated ; yet such Alciati and Blandrata; but after- was his mental vigour, and desire wards this notion, and many others of usefulness, that he would not of a heterodox nature, spreading relax in his labours, often observamong the people, the Consistory ing, “ that nothing was more trouof the Italian Church, in an extra- blesome to him than an idle life**. ordinary assembly, which was at- In the beginning of this year, the tended by many principal citizens, Republic conferred on Knox, the on the 18th of May 1558, drew celebrated Scotch Reformer, the up a confession of faith, which freedom of the city, on occasion of each member was required to sign his departure for his native land, after Calvin had been heard in de- after spending some time', at Gefence of the doctrine of the general neva, in which he was very converchurch. Gentili at first refused sant with Calvin ; but it is noticed his subscription: he however com- by Dr. M'Crie, in his life of that plied afterwards, but continuing to remarkable character, as somedogmatise against the Trinitarian what singular, that Calvin did not sense of Scripture, was sent to obtain this honour until December” prison, where he held a dispute with in the same year. He was, howCalvin on the 15th of July; when ever, fast approaching that crisis he retracted his sentiments, and in which all earthly distinctions are was permitted to leave his confine- lighter than vanity. He was not ment, with no other punishment prevented by illness from revising than the burning of his writings, and republishing his Institutes in and an obligation on oath not to Latin and in French, and correctquit the city without special licence. “ing his. Commentary on Isaiah. He He found little scruple in breaking continued to advise and comfort this compulsory engagement, and, the Protestants in various quarters escaping into Savoy, joined Gri- by his Epistles, and to contend bald the lawyer, and a patron of earnestly for the faith, partieularly Servetus, from whence he departed against the heresy of Stancar of Mediator in respect of his humanity cil room, and, uncovering his head, alone, and also against the errors told the magistrates that he was of Heshusius concerning the Do- come to acknowledge the many minical supper.
Mantua, who held that Christ was * Senebier, vol. i. p. 228. Clark's Marrow, p. 304.
* Melchior Adam, p. 48.
favours which they had been pleasOn the second of February 1564, ed to confer on him, and particuhe delivered his last sermon, and larly for their attentions in his last was afterwards unequal from asth- illness ; « for,” said he, “I feel matic affection to speak in public. that I shall not again have the For ten years he had eaten no din honour of appearing in this place.” ner, limiting himself to some refresh- His emaciated appearance drew ment at the close of the day, as he tears from his friends, as he affecfound abstinence the best remedy tionately bade them farewell. for a head-ache, to which he was He was borne by his express devery subject. He was cured of the sire to the church on Easter day, quartan ague, but, before his decease, where, after sermon, he received was attacked by a complication of the sacrament from Beza, and disorders. In his agonies he was joined in the appropriate Psalms frequently heard to say, with up- with a cheerful countenance, though lifted
eyes, “How long, O Lord !” with a feeble voice. On the 27th But as soon as he had some cessa- and 28th of April he delivered tion from pain, he would take pen charges to the syndics and pastors, in hand, or return to his reading, full of those pious exhortations and and when importuned to the con- judicious remarks which might be trary, replied, “ Would you that, expected from his eminent station when the Master come, he should and experience. Understanding find me idle ?"
that the venerable Farel, now se, On the 10th of March, the pastors venty-five, and infirm, intended visiting him found him at his table. him a visit, he wrote to him on the After rubbing his forehead with his 11th of May in an affectionate hand, as he was accustomed in me- manner, begging him not to expose ditation, he said with a cheerful himself to the fatigue of the jourcountenance, “I give you my best ney: but this tried friend could not thanks, dear brethren, for all your forego the gratification of another care of me. I have a hope that I interview before their final separashall be present at our Consistory tion on earth. From this time to a fortnight hence; but at the same the period of his death he was altime I have little doubt it will be most in continual prayer. It was the last opportunity I shall have of at eight o'clock in the evening of assisting at such a meeting." He the 17th, that this lamp of Israel attended, according to his hope, was quenched, to shine and read some annotations he had brightly in a more exalted sphere. recently made in a French New. He was buried the next day, withTestament, on which he requested out any parade, at the common their judgment. Fatigued with cemetery of Plein Palais : the this exertion, he was worse on the magistracy, consistory, and acamorrow; but on the 27th he or- demy, witnessed with suitable dered his attendants to carry him emotion the deposit of his remains; to the town ball, and, supported by but, according to his own injunctwo of them, walked into the coun- tion, no memorial marked the spot.
« AND THERE WERE ALSO WITH HIM OTHER LITTLE SHIPS."
Mark iv. 36.
Those boundless fields, our footsteps stray,
find a honied store In every flower that strews the
From many a bloom that 'scapes the view,
E'en where we thought no floweret grew.
Launched from the crowd that thronged the shore,
The favoured ship the Lord that bore.
One 'mid the tribes that Israel's be,
The rest are all in company.
While borne on Time's tumultuous wave,
The storm to meet, the foe to brave.
On the blest few less veiled may shine,
Is not the less, O.Saviour, thine.
Doth of thy fleet a part compose;
Thy convoy shares, thy colour shews.
Of Christian concord's holy tie;
How blest to be to Jesus nigh.
Thy canvas split, thy mast be gone,
Shall lend its aid, and tow thee on.
Thou fearest not, anchored at his side;
Thy little bark shall bravely ride.
Thy sail shall catch their waking sigh:
He'll whisper “ Peace” in passing by.
His care has brought thee, then for thee
PILA. APRIL 1825.
THE COTTAGE VISITOR.–No. IV,
“ He weeps : O venerate that holy tear. evidently on the verge of eternity; Faith lends her aid to ease Affliction's the hectic bloom that at times
load; The parent mourns a child upon her bier; overspread her cheeks, the difficulty The Christian yields an angel to his that attended every act of respira. God.”
tion, the hollow cough that interrupt“ For some time after this I heard ed almost every effort to speak, and no more of these pious Cottagers, the extreme lassitude that pervaded till one day I received the intel- the frail tenement of her immortal ligence that poor Maria was at the mind, sufficiently evinced that the point of death. I immediately re- period of her departure was at hand. solved to go and see her; and accord- She, too, was aware of its approach: ingly on the following day I walked she did not shrink from it in dismay; over to the cottage. No smiling no, her hopes were firmly fixed in faces greeted me upon my entrance; heaven, and thither her spirit longed no Maria nimbly sprang to set me to take her flight. An air of calm rea chair; but of my own accord I signation sat upon her countenance, seated myself in a place that sick- and the pallid look and the languid ness had rendered silent, desolate, eye, though they warned us of the and forlorn. I had not waited long approach of death, heightened the before the old man entered the interest of her departing moments, cottage. I anxiously inquired into and rendered her lovely even in the state of his daughter: the ques- dissolution. tion brought the tears into his eyes “Well, Maria,” I said, as I closed as he replied, “Oh, sir, she will not her hand within mine,“ how are be with me much longer. I have you now?” some time feared she was going into “I am very weak, sir; but God a decline ; and so it is. But what a strengthens me.” blessing it is to see her so happy! “ It is a mercy indeed to have She is quite willing to die. But please such a Friend upon a dying bed !” to walk up stairs, sir.”. I followed “ Yes, sir, it is ; and I find that the poor old man to the chamber of He is with me: his presence cheers his dying daughter. As I entered me in the dark walley." she turned her languid eyes upon “Do you wish to live, Maria ?” me: they brightened as they fell upon She turned her eyes, moistened by mine; and as she raised herself in the recollections my question had the bed, she faintly uttered, “I am excited, upon her aged father : I glad to see you."
entered into her feelings, and forbore There had always been something to press the question. exceedingly interesting about her.
“I feel,” said she, “ that I have Her education had been but limited, not long to live; I shall soon meet but she had not neglected to im- my Saviour in that happy world prove from the little she had received; above. Oh, how I long to be there ! and the Bible and Watts's Hymns
There I shall see his face, were her principal companions. In
And never, never sin; short, the modesty of her demeanour,
But from the rivers of his grace the simplicity of her attire, and the Drink endless pleasures in. suavity of her disposition were such as to excite the admiration and Oh, sir! I would not leave this engage
the affections of all who dying bed to be a queen.” knew her. She was now apparently “ I am glad, my dear Maria, to about twenty years of age, but see you so resigned to the will of