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Gleanings . —Ketigious Habits . —JJimne Ambassadors . 41
_ Hie thee hither , That I may pour my spirits in thine ear ; And chastise with the valour of my tongue ATI that impedes thee from the golden round Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee erown'd withal . —
Here metaphysical is used in the sense of supernatui * al > infernal . Some good folks seem inclined to keep up the latter sense of the word . Act III . Sc . i . Macbeth edg ing on the murderers to execute his design upon Banquo ' s life , representing
That it was he , in the times past , which [ held you So under fortune , asks , ¦ Do you find
Your patience so predominant in your nature , That you can let this g * o ? Are you so gospelVdj To pray for this good man and for his issue , Whose heavy hand hath bow'd you to the [ £ * rave And beggar ed your" * * for ever ?
On the phrase , Are you so gospelVd ? Johnson has the following comment ; " Are you of that degree of precise virtue ? Gospeller was a name of contempt given by the Papists to the Lollards , the Puritans of early "times , and the precursors of Protestantism .
The question then , in modern phrase , would be * " Are you such Methodists ?" Act IV . Sc . i . One of the ingredients in the Witches' Caldron is liver of blaspheming Jew .
This shews the brutal bigotry of the poet ' s times , with regard to the unhappy nation of the Jews . But ought a modern audience to suffer this outrage against Christianity , against human nature , to be repeated ?
No . CCIV . Religious Habits . Before the Reformation many of the learned and great who could not put on religious habits during their lives , ordered by will that they should be interred in the habits of the religious . Amongst others , Francis II . Marquis of Mantua , who died in 1519 , Petrarch in 1374 , and the Duke of Parma in 1592 , turned monks after ' key were dead *
The wl ^ ole these superstitious religionists , Milton ( P . L . III . 474 , &c . ) has placed in his Limbo of Vanity . Embryos and idiots , eremites and friars White , black and grey , with all their
[ trumpery . Here pilgrims roam , that stray'd so far to [ seek In Golgotha him dead , who lives in heaven ; And they who to be sure of Paradise Dying * put on the weeds of Dominic , Or in Franciscan think to . pass disg * uis d .
This calls to mind a story of Jortin ' s . A certain Prince who had led a very wicked life , was carried to hi * grave in the humble disguise of a monk . A woman whose husband h * had murdered , seeing the masquerade go by , cried to him , Ah I you dog ! you think that you are finely concealed under that habit : but Jesus Christ will find you out .
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ccv . Clergy . —Divine Embassadors . A certain Indian of the train of the Embassador-Princes sent to us lately from some of those Pagan nations , being engaged , one Sunday , in visiting our churches , and happening to ask his interpreter " who the eminent persons were whom he observed
haranguing so long with such authority , from a high place ? " was answered , " they are Embassadors from the Ah mighty , " or ( according to the Indian language ) from the Sun ! Whether
the Indian took this seriously or in raillery , did not appear . But having afterwards called in , as he went along-, at the chapels of some of his brother * embassadors of the Romish religion , and at some other Christian Dissent *
ing congregations , where matters , as he perceived , were transacted with greater privacy and inferior state ; he asked , " whether these also were embassadors from the same place ?* ' He was answered , " that they had indeed
been heretofore of the embassy , and had possession of the same chief places he had seen : but that they were now succeeded there by others . " Ifthdse , therefore ( replied the Indian ) were embassadors from the Sun ; these . I
take for granted , are from the Moony Characteristics , VoK III * pp . 338 , 89 < f f
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 41, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/41/