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apostolicity of thy origin , there would then need no lengthened detail of argument . Every good man would carry conviction of the fact in his own breast . But now it is universally felt , that if thou art descended , thou art equally degenerated from the apostles . They were poor ; thou rich : they simple in their manners and in their worship ; thou clothed in purple and fine linen , faring smnp ~
tuously every day , bearing thyself haughtily , and investing the ceremonial of thy worship with pomp and pageantry : they supplied their wants by their own labours , or , having food and raiment gratuitously communicated , were therewith content ; thou ' te&chest for hire , and thy prophets divine for money ' : they were as disinterested as thou art selfish , as much given to labour as thou art to ease , as earnest about the welfare of man as thou art indifferent . No wonder that ,
under thy influence , the state of professors now is so different from what it was in the apostles * days . No wonder that strife , discontent , and vice , prevail on every hand . No wonder that society is disjointed . The spirit of Christianity is not among the people ; but of wrath and unholiness , because of thy corruptions . And if I do but advert to Ireland , where thy influence has been less counteracted than here , what scenes of disorder do I behold !
The priest and the people not only in direct collision , but in hostile array ; thy taxes levied by force of arms , by slaughter , and to the engendering of lasting hatred ; fair fields led uncultivated , or rich harvests unreaped , to avoid thy vjnjust claims ; the whole of society disorganized , convulsed , each mail ' s hand against his brother , labouring to cast thee as a monstrous abortion , and paralysing incubus , labouring and heaving to <; ast thee from off its bosom .
c , the alternative lies between thy regeneration or downfall , and the nation ' s ruin . Genuine and full religious liberty cannot be enjoyed under thy auspices , religion cannot flourish with thee as its steward . If the nation is to be at rest , and make improvement in mind and heart , to enjoy time , and prepare for eternity ;
if prevailing discord is to be removed , the hungry to be fed , the ignorant enlightened , and the vicious reformed ; if industry is to meet with its reward , and a new impulse be giv ^ n . to trade ; thou , the great antagonist of improvement , must be regenerated , or destroyed /
106 Question between the Nation and the Church .
O bear him from his country , gentle wind , And make us lose him , that we still may find . Ship , set thy sails , and take thy stately leaye ;
Thou dost but grieve us , that we may not grieve . And you , ye billows , quick , between us dart , We bid ye part us , that we may not part * Absence is death , they say ; but not so here : This death saves life j this absence keeps naore near .
THE INVALID EXILE .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1832, page 106, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1806/page/34/