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many and eminent) terminated his life by suicide—which was a common case in those days. The virtuous Roman matron, who did the same to prevent violation, and thereby occasioned the first overthrow of monarchical power of which history furnishes the record, must be consigned to a common hell with the infamous Cleopatra! It were vain to enlarge, however, for the scope for this kind of reflections is boundless. I here but just touch on these facts, that the reader may see, that our veritable friend Paddle's speculations about hell and its inhabitants, are not absolutely gratuitous; in fact, they were entirely designed as an indirect mode of argumentation, and couched in their present form the better to secure a reading and awaken reflection.
It is hoped that the serious and moderate portion of my orthodox readers, will not accuse me of an attempt to ridicule their professions or practice in the person of elder Tub. It is known that hypocrites and double-minded persons are to be found amongst all religious classes, Christian, Jew, Mahomedan, and Pagan; against pretenders of this class only are the shafts of my ridicule directed. The sincere Christian has my respect and my affection, wherever, or of what denomination soever, he is found.
" To those I render more than mere respect,
Whose actions say that they respect themselves." But the hypocrite has my detestation and contempt, whether he be orthodox or heterodox; for neither the one nor the other is free from his intrusions, according as he judges that with the one or the other his selfish ends may be best promoted.
The reader may be curious to know whether there is actually such a spot on the Virginia shore of the Ohio as that described in the preceding narrative. To this I can only answer, that I was informed some years ago that there is (or used to be, I have forgotten which,) a stone on that shore, the precise locale of which I did not learn, which bears an inscription to the purport of the one I have described. This is all I know about it; the rest is fancy.
THE GOSPEL CONSUMMATION.
It comes ! it comes! we now behold
The glorious gospel day ;
And darkness melt away.
Then God the cov’ring shall remove,
And all shall see his face;
The gift of sov’reign grace.
Apostles, prophets, there we'll see,
Their toils and suft'rings o'er ;
And all its breadth explore.
Hark! hark! we hear the rapt'rous song Of the redeem'd—a countless throng;
“Worthy the Lamb!” they sing, “ Who died our ruined race to save; Where is thy boasted vict'ry, grave ?
O death! where is thy sting ?”
The Lord will then his table spread,
Shall to that feast sit down;
And their remembrance drown.
Oh! blissful time! oh! glorious day!
O'erwhelm'd with bliss shall fall ;
And God is all in all,
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he inflicts endless suffering) for the miseries endured by the vic-
therefore unavoidable) can alone permanently restrain from