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I stood within the Coliseum's wall , 'Midst the chief relics of almighty Rome . The trees , which grew along the broken arches , Waved dark in the blae midnight , and the stars Shone through the rents of ruin ; from afar The watch dog bayed beyond the Tiber ; and More near from out the Caesars' palace came The owl ' 3 long cry , and , interruptedly , Of distant sentinels the fitful song Begun and died upon the gentle wind . Some cypresses beyond the time-worn breach Appeared to skirt the horizon , yet they stood Within a bow-shot—where the Caesars dwelt ,
And dwell the tuneless birds of night , amidst A grove which springs through levell'd battlements , And twines its roots with the imperial hearths , Ivy usurps the laurel ' s place of growth ;—But the gladiators' bloody circus stands , A noble wreck in ruinous perfection ! While Caesar ' s chambers , and th * Augustan halls , Grovel on earth in indistinct decay . —
And thou didst shine , thou rolling moon , upon All this , and cast a wide and tender light , Which softened down the hoar austerity Of rugged desolation , and fill'd up , As ' twere , auevv , the gaps of centuries ; Leaving that beautiful , which . still was so , And making that which was not , till the place Became religion , and the heart ran o * er
With silent worship of the great of old !—• The dead , but sceptred sovereigns , who still rule Our spirits from their urns . ' ** Lord Byron ' s Manfred .
722 Aevfew . —Scott ' s Lectures on the Devil .
Art . II . —Jin Analytical Investigation of the Scriptural Claims of the JDeviL ( Concluded from p . 660 . ) MR . SCOTT devotes the Xth , < XItb , and XIIth Lectures to the consideration of our Lord ' s Temptation in the Wilderness . With the literal historic sense of this part of the gospels , he rejects abo the hypothesis of ; its relating either a visionary prefiguratibn , or a symbolic representation of the trials and difficulties of Christ ' s
ministry , and maintains that it is a detail of mental conflicts , " the natural suggestions of a mind like our own . " He acknowledges , however , that this interpretation is not free from objections .
The Lecturer makes some very just observations upon our Lordfs being without food in the wilderness for forty days . He shews that the wilderness was not an inaccessible or wholly barren country ; that fasting did not always denote in Jewish language a total abstinence from foofl ; aftd ; that the expression forty days was a He-
brew idiom expressing a long time in reference to the action or event described . Hence , he concludes , ( pp . 229 , 230 , ) that " when it is said that Jesus fasted forty clays and forty nights , we are not to understand by
the expression that he literally went without every kind of food during that time , or that he was miraculously supported without eating and drinking , since this is not intimated in the narration by either of the Evangelists ; but that in the exercise of his ministry
in the wilderness , being a long time without a sufficiency of nourishing food , he began to feel its effects on a constitution which does not appear to have been robust , but experiencing the uneasy and irritating sensations of hunger /'
lectures XIII . XIV . XV . XVI . and XVII . relate to the Demons and Demoniacal possessions of the New Testament . The author produces evidence to shew , Hat the gods of the Heathens were deified men and women , many of whom were designated by the term demons and worshiped under that name : that centuries before the mis-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 722, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/42/