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THE (MW jY V* ai*t


THE (MW jY V* ai*t NKWPOllT, SATURDAY, OCT. 10, 1857. THE Day of Humiliation has passed, and let us humbly hope that the prayers which were heard poured forth in our temples from many a lip, and which came, we trust, from many a contrite heart, have not been weak and profitless, but have ascended to Heaven—propitiated the Divine will-and turned from us the Divine wrath- .< Pray'r ardent opens heav'n, lets down a stream Of glory on the consecrated hour Of Man, in audience with the DEITY T We have had more than trespasses to beg for- giveness of—we have had crimes to humble 1 ourselves for—crimes deep, broad, unrepented of-which should have made us as a nation weep, and feel that the wrath of God was over us. We have failed in our duty as a conquering people; we have coquetted with idolatry, and j shaken hands with the priests of Juggernaut. ( Our accursed love of Mammon has made us levy toll at the gate of the Tagoda, swelling: our revenue according to the numbers that assisted at the Pagan rites and when idols ] were wanted to fill the unoccupied niche, Bir- ] mingbam and Sheffield were ready to fabricate and export the article for Hindoo use—keep- ing a Dr. and Cr. account almost with the Devil, and setting at naught the mandate of J the Almighty, delivered as mandate never was < delivered, from the height of Sinai. Whole peoples have been smitten to the earth for the t worship of false gods-they were stiff-necked j or infatuated believers, and they perished in ] their sin; but it was reserved for our time E to witness men professing the truths of a divine ( faith at home, aiding the propagation of a ( false one abroad. The Romans, in their fallen j and most degenerate days, never did so they i sought by the wisdom of their laws to repair j the ravages of their arms; and if they did not j endeavour to force the worship of their Gods j on the nations they subdued, they never gave ] the countenance of the State to the rampant < superstitions of the people they subjected to -j their sway they never made the Druid pay ( them a tax for an unholy rite performed on j Salisbury-plain, or charged every passer-by who wended his way to a mystic gathering under the shadow of the Pyramids. As we have sown, so we have reaped not only the storm but the whirlwind has come; it has broken down the barriers-it has swept our power before it—human life has been treated as naught—blood has flown everywhere, murders and atrocities have been committed, unexampled in the annals of the most barbarous races, and these, too, committed by people wearing our uniform, who have been a hundred years under our rule, within the pale of our civilization, dwelling, many of them, within the precincts of our churches, and all within the hearing of the promulgation of our laws. The -rod of our sway was not of iron, nor was it a reed that moved at every turn 0 of the breeze. We go- verned not as a Christian and a wise nation should have ruled; our faults were great and many; from faults they became crimes-tie chalice became Ml to overflowing, and the earth drank the poison, for it fell not on barren and 0 stony places monsters have sprung up, but their rule will be but short. God hearkens to the supplications of nations when humbly and contritely uttered, and may the fruits of Wed- nesday's prayers and humiliation be seen in the restoration of peace and order in our Indian Empire, the appearing of that bow in the heavens which will proclaim the calm that is to succeed the storm-the serene instead of the dark and lurid atmosphere.




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