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NAPOLEON's ViewS OF THE CHARACTER OF JESUS CHRIST.
comes wandering from his far journey giving that we see breathes of the same hope, and summer, and warmth, and fertility, and every thing we see rekindles into life.magnificence to every thing around. All James.
Napoleon's Views of the character
of Christ, which is proclaimed, loved, and
adored, and which is extending over the of Jesus Christ.
whole earth! Call you this dying? is it not
living rather? The death of Christ is the “Cast thy bread upon the waters” is the death of a God!” Teacher's motto, and his encouragement. Napoleon stopped at these last words; It will not only “ be found after many but General B- making no reply, the days,” but found, sometimes, where it was Emperor added, “ If you do not perceive least expected. Here is an extraordinary that Jesus Christ is God, I did wrong to instance. Count de Montholon, the faithful appoint you General.”. friend of Napoleon, relates a conversation Those who are familiar with Napoleon's of that remarkable person in St. Helena, cast of thought and style of expression, in the words that follow:
will perceive in this passage strong marks “I know men,” said Napoleon; " and I of genuineness. Here is much of his depth, tell you that Jesus is not a man!
force, rapidity, and energy. These strange “The religion of Christ is a mystery words seem to indicate, at least, intellectual which subsists by its own force, and pro- submission to the claims of the gospel of ceeds from a mind which is not a human Christ; and it cannot be proved that it mind. We find in it a marked individuality was not accompanied with the homage of which originated a train of words and the heart. Such words were not an ebulmaxims unknown before. Jesus borrowed lition of enthusiasm. These were nothing from our knowledge. He exhibited thoughts of yesterday.. Amid the tumults in himself the perfect example of his per- of war, and the convulsions of nations, Nacepts. Jesus is not a philosopher; for his poleon found time for reflection. It is an proofs are miracles, and from the first his established fact that, at an early period, he disciples adored him. In fact, learning and read Dr. Bogue's Essay on the Divine Auphilosophy are of no use for salvation; and thority of the New Testament, with the Jesus came into the world to reveal the deepest interest. It is well attested that mysteries of heaven and the laws of the he expressed himself convinced thereby of Spirit.
the Divinity of Christianity. It is equally “ Alexander, Cæsar, Charlemagne, and certain that his chaplain, the Italian abbot, myself, founded empires; but upon what Bonavita, who was a liberal and a good did we rest the creation of our genius? man, received a splendid copy of the Bible Upon force. Jesus Christ alone founded from a gentleman connected with the Bible his empire upon love; and at this hour mil- Society, with a request that he would give lions of men would die for him.
it to the ex-emperor, and that after Bona“It was not a day or a battle which vita's arrival at St. Helena, Napoleon did achieved the triumph of the Christian re. actually read much in the Scriptures, and ligion in the world. No! it was a long war, spoke of them with the profoundest respect. a contest for three centuries, begun by the Again, it is certain, that during his resiApostles, then continued by the flood of dence at St. Helena, there was a revival of Christian generations. In this war all the religion on the island, which extended to kings and potentates on earth were on one the soldiers who guarded the Great Capside; on the other, I see no army but a tive, and among whom a meeting was held mysterious force; some men scattered here for exhortation and prayer but a few steps and there in all parts of the world, and from his dwelling. "Who will affirm that who have no other rallying-point than a no drop of the shower of heavenly grace common faith in the mysteries of the cross. fell upon his troubled spirit? On his death
"I die before my time, and my body bed, he often pronounced the name of the will be given back to the earth to become Lord Jesus Christ. If the specific account food for worms. Such is the fate which so of a conversion be wanting, there is yet soon awaits him who has been called the much here to excite wonder, and something “great Napoleon! What an abyss between to encourage hope. Let us sow beside all my deep misery and the eternal kingdom waters.
The Royal Missionary. pallet, half covered with a kind of tent: a
basket or two, with some packs, lay on the A KING of England, of happy memory, who ground. At a few paces distant from the loved his people and his God better than tent, near to the foot of the tree, he obserkings in general are wont do, used, as the ved a little swarthy featured girl, about custom of the times then was, occasionally eight years of age, on her knees praying, to take the exercise of hunting. Being out while her little black eyes ran down with one day for this purpose, the chase lay tears. Distress of any kind was through the skirts of W- Forest: the relieved by his majesty; for he had a stag had been hard run; and to escape the heart which melted at human woe—nor dogs, had crossed the river in a deep part. was it unaffected on this occasion; and The dogs, however, could not be brought now he inquired, "What, my child, is the to follow : it became necessary, to come up cause of your weeping—for what do you with it, to make a circuitous route, along pray?" The little creature at first started, the banks of the river, through some thick then rose from her knees, and pointing to and troublesome underwood. The rough- the tent, said, “O, sir, my dying mother!" ness of the ground, the long grass and “What,” said his majesty, dismounting frequent thickets, gave opportunity for the and fastening his horse to the branches of sportsmen to separate from each other, each the oak,—“What, my child, tell me all one endeavouring to make the best and about it.” The little creature now led the speediest route he could. Before they king to the tent. There lay, partly covered, had reached the end of the forest, the king's a middle-aged female gipsy, in the last horse manifested signs of fatigue and stages of a decline, and in the last moments weariness; so much so, that his majesty of life. She turned her dying eyes expressresolved upon yielding the pleasures of the ly to the royal visitor, then looked up to chase to those of compassion for his horse. heaven; but not a word did she utter: the With this view, he turned the first avenue organs of speech had ceased their office, in the forest, and determined on riding the silver cord was loosed, the wheel gently on to the oaks, their to wait for broken at the cistern. The little girl some of his attendants. His majesty had again wept aloud, then stooping, wiped the proceeded only a few yards, when, instead dying sweat from her mother's face. The of the cry of the hounds, he fancied that king, much affected, asked the little girl of he heard the cry of human distress. As her name, and of her family, and how long he rode forward, he heard it more distinct- her mother had been ill. Just at that moly: "O my mother! my mother! God pity ment another gipsy girl, much older, came and bless my poor mother!" The curiosity out of breath to the spot. She had been and kindness of the king led him instantly at the town of W- : she had brought to the spot: it was a little green plot on some medicine for her dying mother. Obone side of the forest, where was spread on serving a stranger, she modestly courtesied, the grass, under a branching oak, a little kneeled down by her side, kissed her pallid
lips, and burst into tears. “What, my but none in which a gentler, lovlier spirit dear child," said his majesty, can be dwells, and none to which the heart's done for you ?” “O sir,” she replied, “my warm requitals more joyfully respond. dying mother wanted a religious person to There is no such thing as a comparative teach her, and to pray with her before she estimate of a parent's love for one died. I ran all the way before it was light another child. There is little which he this morning to W and asked for a needs to covet, to whom the treasures of minister; but no one could I get to come an obedient, affectionate and God-fearing with me to pray with my dear mother.” child has been given. But a son's occupaThe dying woman seemed sensible of what tion and pleasures carry him abroad, and her daughter was saying, and her counte- he resides amongst temptation which nance was much agitated. The air was hardly permits the affection that is followagain rent with the
cries of the distressed ing him, perhaps over half the globe to be daughters.
wholly unmingled with anxiety, until the The king, full of kindness, instantly en- time when he comes to relinquish the deavoured to comfort them. He said, “I shelter of his father's roof, for one of his am a minister, and God has sent me to own; while a good daughter is the steady instruct and comfort your mother.” He light of her parent's house. Her idea 'is then sat himself down, on a pack, by the indissolubly connected with that of his side of the pallet, and taking the hand of happy fire-side. She is the morning sunthe dying gipsy in his, discoursed on the light, and the evening star, The grace, demerit of sin, and the nature of redemp- vivacity and tenderness of her sex, have tion; he then pointed her to Christ, the their place in the mighty sway which she all-sufficient Saviour. While the king was holds over his spirits. The lessons of redoing this, the poor creature seemed to corded wisdom which he reads with her gather consolation and hope; her eyes eyes, come to his with a new charm as sparkled with brightness, and her counte- blended with the beloved melody of her nance became animated; she looked up, voice. He scarcely knows weariness which she smiled; but it was her last smile, it her song does not make him forget, or was the glimmering of expiring nature. gloom, which is proof against the young As the expression of peace, however, re- brightness of ber smile. She is the pride mained strong on her countenance, it was and ornament of his hospitality, and the not till some little time had elapsed that gentle nurse of his sickness, and the conthey perceived the struggling spirit had stant agent in those nameless, numberless left mortality,
acts of kindness, which one chiefly cares to It was at this moment that some of his have rendered, because they are unpremajesty's attendants, who had missed him tending but expressive proofs of love. And at the chase, and who had been riding then, what a cheerful sharer she is, and through the forest in search of him, rode what an able lighter of her mother's cares! up, and found the king comforting the What an ever-present delight and triumph afflicted gipsies. It was an affecting sight, to a mother's affections! Oh, how little do worthy of everlasting record in the annals those daughters know of the power that God of kings.
has committed to them, and the happiness His majesty now rose up, put some gold God would have them enjoy, who do not, into the hands of the afflicted girls, promis- every time that a parent's eye rests upon ed them his protection, and bid them look them bring rapture to a parent's heart! A to Heaven. He then wiped the tears from true love will almost certainly always his eyes, and mounted his horse. His greet their approaching footsteps. But attendants, greatly affected, stood in silent their ambition should be not to have it admiration. Lord L- was now going a love merely, which feelings implanted by to speak, when his majesty, turning to the nature excite, but one made intense and gipsies, and pointing to the breathless overflowing by approbation of worthy concorpse, and to the weeping girls, said, duct; and she is strangely blind to her own with strong emotion, Who, my lord happiness as well as undutiful to them to L who thinkest thou was neighbour whom she owes the most, in whom the unto these ?"
perpetual appeals of parental disinterestedReader,—“Go thou and do likewise.” ness do not call forth the prompt and full
echo of filial devotion. A Good Daughter.
Never Despair. A good daughter! There are other ministers of love more conspicuous than her, HOWEVER low you may stand in the intel
lectual scale, be satisfied that it depends night be lengthened to your expectations? but upon yourself, to raise yourself to a —the dawn will surely appear to him who high rank, if not to the very highest one; has patience to await, and to dwell steadily you may be long in darkness, you may feel upon his purpose. Then is the time of yourself awhile to be incapable of original glorification! Yes, I repeat it, then comes thought, but then you are not worse off the glorification of the intellect. For the than your neighbours. They were all in angelic nature is not higher raised above the same predicament till they had brought the human, than is the nature of the out their capacity for themselves. What I thoughtful mind above that of the unthinksay to one I say to all. Do but read and ing one. Therefore endeavour thus,-press meditate, and if you only persist in the forward to your calling, not anxiously; for experiment you will infallibly in spite of anxiety in things of the mind must ever yourself, become a great man. You will defeat its purpose; but hopefully and have difficulties, severe difficulties to en- strenuously. Go on to your studies, and counter; but if you take to your heart, as what is more important still, continually you well may, the assurance that you must exercising yourself on what you have learvanquish them at last, your toil will be a ned Bestir yourself vigorously, be active pleasure, your contest an exquisite and and unfailing: in a word, agitate, agitate, prolonged delight; and what though the agitate! Self-formation.
The Child's Question.
Or who will fetch him back
Or at evening's dewy fall ?
We've listened beside the brook ;
By the path he always took.
Since my father went away;
And make us happy again?
They say thy father is gone