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3. t with special blessings most peculiarly adapted to the religious circumstances
4. gether dissimilar from that of the early Church in pagan at the date of the stor
5. ern land threat- of ours, yet had hardly above the horizon when dark and its lig
6. e good already accomplished by the early missionaries seemed imperilled by the c
7. he executioner, though they could hardly hope for the blood-stained crown of mar
8. ike the heroic characters so graphically portrayed by the Cardinal' s graceful p
9. in America professed a faith imperfectly or known in the land, known only to be
10. rfectly or known in the land, known only to be despised and hated by the great m
11. th had been misrepresented, in the early ages, American detested j)eople, just a
12. an Rome. In such times. Catholics sorely needed the help of bright examples of c
13. Christ Jesus, producing such beautifully fruits of virtue, and showing forth so
14. , and showing forth so and so powerfully the effects of the true faith, that tha
15. aith, that that faith all itself finally triumphed over opposition ; and verifyi
16. to follow in their all bearing patiently religious privations and adhering of to
17. gious call us. needs of the times loudly ism, We live in an age of sordid materi
18. efited their fellow-beings by their holy and self-sacrificing lives. As the stor
19. ediate predecessors in the to the really heroic ages of the faith, to admire and
20. oundations in this land, of that stately and magnificent structure beneath whose
21. ppy lot to dwell unmolested in we gladly welcome Viewed this first illustrated e
22. thirty years ago, seems like the stately cathedral that has taken the place of t
23. al that has taken the place of the lowly wooden chapel of that period. beautiful
24. ing Its many bright fortify more vividly before the reader the scenes and with i
25. of cruel persecution already graphically described, examples of constancy and se
26. ttle work was consulted upon He not only approved of the design, it. Tbut ventui
27. e : Church of the Schools." indiscreetly,—that he will find In proposing this
28. . He was taken at his word, but strongly to begin the work. After some reflectio
29. it was not to be an occupation, but only ; the recreation of leisure hours. With
30. n of leisure hours. With it menced early in this year ; and this condition, the
31. work was comhas been carried on entirely on that principle. of places been writt
32. the mind too It has, therefore, ; early and ; late, heavier occupation in the r
33. alf-a-dozen pages at most, and generally books or resources at hand. But once be
34. broken remnants of old studies and early readings which ; -trd s combined, and b
35. asons method of composition may possibly be reflected on the and he may find it
36. account will explain the cause. Secondly, he will thus be led not to expect a tr
37. with the usages, and spirit of the early ages of Christian- This required a cert
38. tive Martyrs should have been frequently read, so as to leave impressions on the
39. r than have been examined and critically for mere antiquarian purposes. And so,
40. he eye of the describer, from frequently and almost casually seeing them, rather
41. ber, from frequently and almost casually seeing them, rather than have to be dra
42. e to be drawn from books. scientifically places or Another source of instruction
43. er source of instruction has been freely iised. Any one acRoman Breviary must ha
44. style prevails, which presents the holy persons commemorated in a distinct and
45. the first that we have named, we clearly draw out the following circumstances. S
46. ollowing circumstances. She is evidently pursued by some heathen admirer, whose
47. , whose suit for her hand she repeatedly rejects. If, for instance, tells him th
48. r- Sometimes she betrothed ; is tunately pressed, death," angel slie rejects the
49. hable man, "the food of and triumphantly proclaims ; Threats are used herself th
50. l shield her. is This history as plainly written by the fragments of her office,
51. iscerns another peculiarity, and a truly beautiful one in her character. It is c
52. iful one in her character. It is clearly represented to us, that the saint had e
53. attered letters brought, He has actually put a ring has transferred the blood fr
54. er with budding roses. Her eye is really upon him, with ecstatic fruition, of he
55. tical spirit of a former age too lightly rejected such ecclesiastical documents,
56. the subjects introduced, either formally or casually, and those given in any ele
57. introduced, either formally or casually, and those given in any elementary work
58. will show that as much is positive early peiiod here imparted, as knowledge on t
59. ut their worst aspect has been carefully suppressed, as nothing could be admitte
60. ting. It is recreation, indeed earnestly desired that this little work, written
61. ed that this little work, written solely for be read also as a relaxation from g
62. BY VAN DARGENT. Ordination, in the Early Ages of the Church '/ .... . PAGE 33 ,
63. , The Sacrament of Penance, in the Early Ages of the Church The Blessed Eucharis
64. urch The Blessed Eucharist, in the Early Ages of the Church Confirmation, in the
65. of the Church Confirmation, in the Early Ages of the Church Baptism, in the Earl
66. Ages of the Church Baptism, in the Early Ages of the Church Administering the Sa
67. crament of Extreme Unction, in the Early Ages of the Church A Marriage, in the E
68. s of the Church A Marriage, in the Early Ages of the Church 125 ... . . 337 343
69. ET A FEW MOMENTS AGO, SO FAIR AND LOVELY ? ' " 409 ' . . PAOK "Each one, approac
70. . . PAOK "Each one, approaching devoutly, received from his and with tears of gr
71. 15 PLACE, FACING THE Emperor, apparently so absorbed in higher thoughts as not e
72. " for his hesita- 427 "The Judge angrily reproved the executioner tion, and bid
73. eltering in 535 her blood, and perfectly dead " The Euins of the Coliseum, as se
74. 307 this Roman dame Thou shalt bitterly rue day and 313 HOUR" A Lamb Between An
75. to which we wish to conduct our friendly reader is that know^n It comiDrised by
76. n and its adjoining baths. But gradually it became occupied by private dwellings
77. le, ; TO w the city, hills, in the early empire the aiistocratic portion of the
78. ing the space sufficient for many lordly dwellings, far by the erection of Therm
79. e situation so definite, that accurately describe it to any one acquainted with
80. and solid structure. Julia, as it homely The Septa portico of was thenceforth fe
81. ospi palaces (run- Its ruins are clearly traceable; the space now covered by nin
82. to which we invite our reader is exactly oppoand on the east side of this edific
83. ectural ornament, not high, and scarcely broken by windows. In the middle of tha
84. gle relieved is a door, in antis, merely by a tympanum or triangular cornice, re
85. shadow," as he would have been anciently Passing through the porch, on the pavem
86. of the marble pave- ment a water, softly warbling jet of pure brought by the Cla
87. mplements of bronze or silver delicately chased busts, vases, tripods, and objec
88. ll, On the walls are paintings evidently of a former period, all their however,
89. with thick glass or talc has been partly withdrawn, and admits a the first time,
90. e simplicity of her appearance strangely contrasts with the richness of all arou
91. is to be seen upon her person. The only thing approaching to this is a slight g
92. in round her neck, from which apparently hangs some ob; ; ; ject, carefully conc
93. ently hangs some ob; ; ; ject, carefully concealed within the upper hem of her d
94. time that we discover her she is busily engaged over a piece of work, which evi
95. ed over a piece of work, which evidently has no personal use. Upon a still long
96. h to richer gold thread and occasionally she has recourse a gem set in gold, one
97. ce, in her work. it She now occasionally raises her ; eyes from towards the entr
98. towards the inner-hall; and shall hardly find we time to sketch him it. before h
99. rt, while which his brown hair naturally curls, beams with a bright garment, the
100. delightful, — so much so, can scarcely venture to tell you." look of smiling e
101. iould seize her hand and put it tenderly to his lips, while he thus replied ? "F
102. one nothing that may give you pain. Only say, do you wish to hear all that has b
103. all that has befallen me to-day, or only the cause of my late return home?" all,
104. ears to * me The to have been singularly blessed, and yet peculiar epithet of th
105. rming suggestions such a theme naturally makes! And so I felt it. My heart glowe
106. my In the warmth of feelings had nearly fatally betrayed me. companions. truth
107. he warmth of feelings had nearly fatally betrayed me. companions. truth can they
108. en in his eye, as bending affectionately toAvards me, he my recitation the ' ' s
109. o live as strangers in our own Certainly, land, scarcely knowing the faces of ou
110. ers in our own Certainly, land, scarcely knowing the faces of our brethren. Cass
111. l-fellows, not noticing these vehemently applauded my hearty declamation, I saw
112. ark eyes is of Corviniis bent scowlingly upon me, as he bit his lip in manifest
113. oldest and strongest, but, unfortunately, the in I boy Only, the school. But thi
114. t, but, unfortunately, the in I boy Only, the school. But this, you know, of is
115. nt forth from school into me insultingly in the presence of our companions, this
116. refect of the city' (the mother slightly started); 'and something is at me I and
117. it be not an empty word,* let us fairly contend in more manly strife than that
118. rd,* let us fairly contend in more manly strife than that of the style and table
119. r try the cestust against me. may nearly concern you. If revenge. as you deserve
120. mbats. : The anxious mother bent eagerly forward as she listened, and scarcely b
121. ly forward as she listened, and scarcely breathed. "And what," she exclaimed, "d
122. answer, my dear son?" "I told him gently that he was quite mistaken; for never h
123. mistaken; for never had or I consciously done anything that could give pain to o
124. th those evil feelings which are usually their bad end ? Our school-mates less c
125. were all circle round us ; and I clearly saw that against me, for they had hojDe
126. their cruel games I therefore cheerfully added, all 'And now, my comrades, good-
127. us, not so do you depart, ! ' ' cowardly worshipper of an ass's head your abode
128. ce appeared whisper in my ear scornfully the name of coward I felt that I was st
129. d I felt that I was strong enough surely was an evil spirit. heart seemed bursti
130. may they never be again so tremendously powerful "And what did you do, then, my
131. offing enemies, and struck ignominiously on Could I wish to be meek and forgivin
132. retched forth my hand to Corvinus, fully do; 'May God forgive you, as I freely a
133. ly do; 'May God forgive you, as I freely and and and may He bless you abundantly
134. and and and may He bless you abundantly.' all moment, having seen faith, Cassia
135. stance, and the youthful I crowd quickly dispersed. for entreated him, by our co
136. arble and bronze candelabra, and quietly reA bright light beamed upon the tired.
137. as they remained silent, after the holy matron Lucina had answered Pancratius's
138. answered Pancratius's last question only by kissing his glowing brow. It was not
139. sing his glowing brow. It was not merely a maternal emotion that was agitating h
140. them put to the hardest test, and nobly stand it. Neither was it the joy of fee
141. ne, in her estimation, for so heroically at such an age; surely, with much great
142. for so heroically at such an age; surely, with much greater mother of the Gracch
143. d matrons of republican Rome as her only jewels, could that Christian mother hav
144. s a period looked forward to a anxiously for years of a mother's supplication. m
145. I If IK [I' mm: Ordination in the Early Ages of the Church. that earth possesse
146. grow a spotless Levite, and then a holy priest at the altar; and has watched ea
147. st at the altar; and has watched eagerly each growing inclination, and to be, fi
148. nation, and to be, first up tried gently to of the Lord of Hosts. Samuel was to
149. ds the sanctuary And if this was an only child, as Anna, that dedication of all
150. aternal heroism. matrons, — may justly be considered as an What then must be s
151. vision of a venerable Basilica, eagerly visited 1600 years later by the sacred
152. desecration, should be loved and eagerly sought as their last resting-place, by
153. rtyr- hung over many altars, He was only the simple-hearted Christian youth, who
154. s obey God's law and His Gospel and only felt happy that he had that day perform
155. e, rays, as the boy -martyr of the early Church. ; tion ; otherwise there would
156. houghts, in the new light which brightly filled the they met his mother's counte
157. have imagined an angel's to be. Silently, and almost unknowingly, he had changed
158. to be. Silently, and almost unknowingly, he had changed his position, and was k
159. the exuberance of maternal love. Eagerly have I watched in thee the opening germ
160. and man. I have seen with joy thy lively faith, and thy indifference to worldly
161. y faith, and thy indifference to worldly things, and thy tenderness to the poor.
162. ety for the hour which should decisively show me whether thou wouldst be content
163. h the poor legacy of thy mother's weakly virtue, or art the true inheritor of th
164. u art too sinhave written, and fervently expressed, that if was " a glorious dut
165. dst not believed and felt it." And truly I do believe and feel it," interrupted
166. desire on earth? thou sayest most truly," continued Lucina. But 1 should not ha
167. canst bear in" Yes, my child, " trepidly and patiently, not merely pain, but wha
168. Yes, my child, " trepidly and patiently, not merely pain, but what I know it mu
169. ld, " trepidly and patiently, not merely pain, but what I know it must have been
170. b, in heart and ; obtain for me, earthly joy, but not fame, not distinction, not
171. more than all these: nay, that the only thing which he has left on earth may be
172. he now considers it would most usefully and most nobly be." " What is that, my
173. rs it would most usefully and most nobly be." " What is that, my son ? " "It is
174. eins, flowing in my it and in these only. "which yet remains I know he must wish
175. er, to give thee." thrilling with a holy emotion; "take from thy neck the bulla.
176. igh station, ample riches, every worldly advantage. I But there it. is one treas
177. it supported a small bag or purse richly embroidered and set with gems. She open
178. from it a sponge, dry indeed, but deeply stained. •^Arull trembling hands she
179. ed for Christ." She gazed upon it fondly, and kissed it fervently and her gushin
180. upon it fondly, and kissed it fervently and her gushing tears fell on it, and m
181. wed bright and warm, as if it ; had only just left the martyr's heart. The holy
182. y just left the martyr's heart. The holy matron put it to her son's quivering li
183. heart, that waters might be ready freely to flow. The whole family son, thus see
184. e ready freely to flow. The whole family son, thus seemed to him once more unite
185. an of the equestrian order, whose family, by farming the revenues of Asiatic pro
186. ing Eoman, who was determined thoroughly to enjoy this life. In fact, he never d
187. ater than our dinner; where he had daily guests, either previously invited, or p
188. e he had daily guests, either previously invited, or picked up during the day, a
189. d about him, he let things go on quietly, under the direction of his freedmen. I
190. anqDle means, and peculiar has evidently presided over the collection and all is
191. ge from all that approached her. An only whose mother had died in giving her bir
192. rself, she had read much, and especially in profounder books. She had thus becom
193. its vices, and its idolatry, she merely scorned though outwardly she followed l
194. try, she merely scorned though outwardly she followed life, In fact, she believe
195. rculaueam. youths who paid her jealously exacted attention, for she found amusem
196. considered cold and but she was morally iri-eproachable. beginning we seem to i
197. rved works by these great artists, fully prized, though no longer imitated? no d
198. a sharp-pointed ring, with a delicately carved ivory handle, and a gold it to h
199. een purchased at high prices, not merely on account of their appearance, but for
200. ding philtres, charms, and She is merely known by her national possibly poisons.
201. is merely known by her national possibly poisons. She and their cosmetic — des
202. her She is quiet, silent, but completely assiduous diligence. engaged with the d
203. " said the black slave, "if I could only be in the triclinium* this evening as y
204. ome." " As for me," interrupted the wily Greek, high an honor. I " I should not
205. he modest who said, and sincere It reply. did not please the haughty lady, "Meth
206. to learn, then," she answered haughtily, sentiment in a slave "Have you " and h
207. ! " "True," replied the handmaid, calmly but with dignity, my life belongs to yo
208. round me, which shrinks sensi- me tively from destruction, to it, and instinctiv
209. om destruction, to it, and instinctively from what death. lie. is allied as dise
210. nce. "Where did you learn all this folly? Who has taught you to prate in this ma
211. istress Or do you will selves, or really fancy, that when, after death, your cor
212. t at the unflinching handmaid." modestly, but with a fervent look that astonishe
213. that charnel- which you have so vividly described, there is a hand that And the
214. er expectation. At every word calm reply to con- her agitation increased " ; and
215. ious But if I thought, from one so lowly and so insignificant as I. ; * Job xix.
216. of existence is immortality, whose only rightful true place of dwelling is abov
217. dwelling is above the skies, whose only prototype nity, or gifted, the Deity, c
218. unflinching handmaid. Syra instinctively put forward her arm point, to save her
219. I did not mean to hurt you so grievously. But stay a moment, I must make you som
220. injury she had in the shape of a costly present to a menial de- on the followin
221. - man thus it house were more frequently divided by curtains across their entran
222. than by doors; and was easy, especially during such an excited scene as had jus
223. -curtain, a figure which she immediately recognized, but which we must briefly d
224. ly recognized, but which we must briefly describe. It was that of a lady, or rat
225. gence of a maturer age. There not merely dwelt in her eyes that dove-like innoce
226. pon one, unseen by Her but to her really present and exquisitely dear. * " Thy e
227. ut to her really present and exquisitely dear. * " Thy eyes are as those of dove
228. ith un; disguising truthfulness a kindly smile played about the lips, and the fr
229. h guileless earnestness, passing rapidly from one feel- ing to the other, as her
230. ght of herself, but was divided entirely between kindness to those about her, an
231. paused for a moment. it, and reverently kissed saying, "I But the child took he
232. ll her private household, and whose only creed was, that Fabiola was the most pe
233. ety she always coveted. " This is really kind of you, dear Agnes," said the soft
234. visit you, and my kind parents willingly allow me therefore, make no so apologie
235. e me as usual," said the other playfully, "in your own snow-white dress, without
236. rld, Fabiola ; it is the jewel, the only orna- ment slave ; I mean to wear this
237. o sickening, she said somewhat pettishly, "Do you then wish to exhibit proof to
238. "JSTo, dear cousin, far from it. I only wish to preserve TO for myself a lesson
239. f Then they form part of the same family owr life, is and God, from whom comes t
240. He is theirs as much, and con- sequently they are our brethren." "A it! The gods
241. our house always smiling, and cheerfully anxious to discharge his And there seem
242. k so serious, child ? You know I am only joking." ; and bent forward that keen a
243. , some one It passed away, and she gaily said, delicately beloved. "Well, well,
244. sed away, and she gaily said, delicately beloved. "Well, well, Fabiola, stranger
245. on one would like to see near you really must let me have her." " For heaven's s
246. Agnes, do not take my words so seriously. I assure you they were spoken in jest.
247. e away, and fever, it was so dangerously of contagious required the lash to make
248. h me; while that poor thing would hardly leave me, but watched by me, and nursed
249. atched by me, and nursed believe greatly promoted " me day and ? night, and I re
250. moted " me day and ? night, and I really my recovery." " And did you not love he
251. ourse, I took care reward her generously; though I cannot make out what tell she
252. rself. nothing put by, and she certainly spends nothing on Nay, I have even hear
253. ven heard that she be sure " ! foolishly shares her daily allowance of food with
254. e be sure " ! foolishly shares her daily allowance of food with a blind beggar-g
255. material will confine ourselves entirely to such incidents as ; and we may throw
256. e come down, though late, still scarcely fittingly arranged You have forgotten y
257. n, though late, still scarcely fittingly arranged You have forgotten your usual
258. rself for : what she now thought a silly way Agnes stepped in to the rescue, and
259. stepped in to the rescue, and blushingly said " It is my fault, cousin Fabius, b
260. r she is late and that she is so plainly dressed. gossip, and no doubt she wishe
261. eged to do as you please. But, seriously speaking, I must say that, even with yo
262. ddress, which was meant to be thoroughly good-natured, as it was perfectly world
263. oughly good-natured, as it was perfectly worldly, Agnes appeared in one of her a
264. ood-natured, as it was perfectly worldly, Agnes appeared in one of her abstracte
265. nswered Fabius: "Oh, yes, most certainly, one who has already pledged me to him
266. " " me with immense jewels, "t ! Keally " asked Fabius, " with what? " of Why,"
267. ake you happy "For ever! " was her reply, as she turned to join Fabiola, and ent
268. rving further notice. of them, evidently a favorite both with officer of Fabiola
269. engaging in conversation, he manifestly scorned the foolish In short, he was a
270. n short, he was a topics which generally occupied society. perfect specimen of a
271. cted in his speech, which had a slightly foreign accent, overstrained in his cou
272. his courtesy of manners, but apparently good-natured and obliging, he had in a
273. obliging, he had in a short time quietly pushed his way into the highest society
274. of Rome. This was, indeed, owing partly to his having been seen at the imperial
275. at the imperial He had court, and partly to the fascination of his manner. arriv
276. in Rome accompanied by a single elderly attendant, whether slave, freedman, evi
277. dant, whether slave, freedman, evidently deeply attached to him ; or friend, nob
278. hether slave, freedman, evidently deeply attached to him ; or friend, nobody wel
279. ; w parts, had furnished it luxuriously, and had peopled it with a sufficient b
280. aracter of feline exterior softness only clothed malignity. The guests were soon
281. , and even Chersonesus, who can possibly be spared, to come and labor at the The
282. uriosity, Fabiola. "Why, "I fifty really," said Fulvius, with his most winning s
283. his most winning smile, it ; can hardly give a reason for but the fact is so. A
284. inary convicts," answered he, "naturally do not love their work, and they requir
285. rse, for all that, the overseers ; apply the lash and the stick very freely to t
286. apply the lash and the stick very freely to them justly lot ; and most they neve
287. and the stick very freely to them justly lot ; and most they never because it is
288. challenged, and thinking himself highly complimented, solemnly gave mouth: he,
289. ng himself highly complimented, solemnly gave mouth: he, " are "The Christians,"
290. nger on her lips, and smiled imploringly for Tliis lucid explanation of the orig
291. been sent to Numidia an unlimited supply of lions and leopards to be ready befor
292. " : cles of the amphitheatre, especially when directed against the enemies of th
293. c countenance, and title answered calmly: " Fulvius, I should not deserve the I
294. ch you call will draw my sword willingly against any ; enemy it of the princes o
295. nces or the state but I would as readily draw against the lion or the leopard th
296. ould find no answer. The gift of quietly she ! rich jewels particularly _ perple
297. f quietly she ! rich jewels particularly _ perplexed him. He knew them and saunt
298. as sure to have heard if any such costly order had been given. Suddenly the brig
299. ch costly order had been given. Suddenly the bright idea flashed through likely
300. y the bright idea flashed through likely to possess no young Roman nobleman his
301. bleman his mind, that Fulvius, who daily exhibited new and splendid gems, brough
302. , brought from abroad, could be the only person able to make her such presents.
303. as left him no doubt that he was deeply enamored and if Agnes did not seem cons
304. Fabiola, she feelings. " But immediately was divided be! tween two contending sh
305. kerchief of richest stuff, magnificently embroidered, and even adorned with pear
306. adorned with pearls. Syra blushed deeply, and entreated not to be obliged to wea
307. sproportioned piece of dress, especially as better days, long and painfully pres
308. ially as better days, long and painfully preserved. anxious to hide her mistress
309. e; and it the ricli scarf was gracefully fastened round the wounded little arm.
310. ance glee, that a bystander would hardly have supposed that her had never commun
311. famous feast; you will fare sumptuously." sightless eyes " Sit " How so? I thin
312. ink I do every day." mistress has kindly sent "No, but to-day you." my me it out
313. ng that I am, before God, will love only a poor blind thing. if think He I me be
314. scarf round her arm. tress occasionally much surprise them. then, not wishing t
315. instant, still unnoticed, and had hardly stepped noiselessly behind a curtain th
316. iced, and had hardly stepped noiselessly behind a curtain that closed the stairs
317. lying before him. He trembled violently; effort, but recovering himself by a su
318. martial tread of Sebastian, and hastily he snatched up from the ground the He s
319. ring, he went into his chamber, and only beckoned to his faithful domestic to fo
320. ar the door. A lamp was burning brightly by the table, on which Fulvius threw th
321. and livid. Pale, sick, repulsing roughly the of&cious advances of his slaves ; ;
322. ir foreign tongue " but she is certainly dead." "Art thou quite " sure, Eurotas?
323. ulvius on a rich bed, Eurotus on a lowly pallet, from which, raised upon his elb
324. was her blind friend. waiting patiently the slave's return. Syra then commenced
325. 's return. Syra then commenced her daily duties of kindness and hospitality; she
326. re so soft, her whole action so motherly, it that one would have thought was a p
327. too, looked so happy, spoke so cheerily, And and said such beautiful things, th
328. panying her to the But when Agnes softly raised the curtain, and caught door. a
329. to Greece or Kome. She retreated quietly, with a opposite, of witnesses. ; uncon
330. ising charity; but a poor slave can only do so by finding some one still poorer,
331. now be, dear Syra " But Syra was deeply troubled, and replied with faltering vo
332. ve " Him "Well then," said Agnes, easily more eagerly, "we can be manage it. I w
333. l then," said Agnes, easily more eagerly, "we can be manage it. I will not free
334. o your masters with all fear, f not only to the good and gentle, but far also to
335. i- and high accomplishments, ! they only reflected the light And how jealously d
336. ly reflected the light And how jealously does she guard in herself that to prize
337. to prize ! pearl of virtues, which only truly great Christian " we know how " s
338. ize ! pearl of virtues, which only truly great Christian " we know how " she wou
339. It is too sublime for household." homely a sphere as my "And and I, for " my par
340. slave, and the beggar, would have justly exclaimed, as people had often ; — do
341. le time about the door, and Agnes fairly off, and listen to the merry conversati
342. t be found The reader will Syra probably have anticipated the solution of the my
343. d taken it off, and put it on, certainly not so well as Euphrosyne had done it,
344. y. to a poor slave-girl, as she probably reserved that object for the purchase o
345. way by some magical process; and greatly suspected that the black slave Afra, wh
346. ssess the same virtues to procure deadly poisons Euphrosyne suspected, but in re
347. found herself alone, that on more coolly recollecting the incidents of the day,
348. determined to commit the matter entirely to God, and sought that repose which a
349. d last laid down, and wdiich had greatly amused her but it W' as quite insipid,
350. be, which Fulvius and arrived at exactly the oi^posite conclusion to her father'
351. en blamed herself the strange especially as and having brought one so young into
352. t her motives for doing so It was nearly at the same had been decidedly selfish.
353. as nearly at the same had been decidedly selfish. moment that Fulvius, tossing o
354. ak so if much to do — about. " he only felt towards me as others pretend She d
355. sh the sentence, but a deep melan- choly seemed to steal over her whole soul. th
356. ious a distressing dream. garden, richly illuminated by a light like noonday, bu
357. ike noonday, but Beautiful inexpressibly soft; while all around was dark. flower
358. disconsolate, till she seemed curiously into, monstrous and to see a bright gen
359. the Roman hills, the is most distinctly undoubtedly the it traceable on every s
360. ills, the is most distinctly undoubtedly the it traceable on every side Palatine
361. ors followed his example ; but gradually transformed his palace, modest residenc
362. urt, the plan of which can be distinctly traced. Turning from this, on the left
363. consisted of a few rooms, most modestly furnished, as became a soldier and a Ch
364. ians, as were all the men in his i^artly by conversion, but chiefly by care in r
365. n his i^artly by conversion, but chiefly by care in recruiting after the scenes
366. dea of a Christian ; supposes an earthly instrument to lie " triumphal arch wher
367. thoughts, I own, turn towards the family of one of the Augusti, as showing a sli
368. o well, my dear Pancratius, and bitterly have I often deplored those dark views
369. 's apartment, the lighted, and evidently prepared for some assembly. But opposit
370. and evidently prepared for some assembly. But opposite the door was a window ope
371. h ^ ; : it, that they both instinctively walked across the room, and stood upon
372. on the them. terrace. itself to A lovely and splendid view presented The moon wa
373. at Ostia, as they discoursed of heavenly It is true that, below and around, all
374. ng down a slanting rock, came soothingly on the ear. On the other side, the loft
375. t all these massive monuments of earthly glory rose unheeded before the two Chri
376. uld stand.* But marble walls and stately pillars the radiance of the moon. who c
377. ault above us, lighted up so brilliantly, as on purpose to that, if draw upwards
378. * The arch of Constantine stands exactly under the spot where this scene is desc
379. to glance I imagine to be like a richly-embroidered veil, through the texture o
380. ture of few points of golden thread only reach us. surface, may be allowed to pa
381. and these of the How " ! transcendently royal must be that upper feet of angels
382. the same " church above, thin and easily to be passed." And pardon up had met hi
383. d." And pardon up had met his you wisely speculate upon a future arch to record
384. as we are, may lead the Church speedily to the triumph of glory, and ourselves
385. ? ; " left, Pancratius pointed steadily with his hand towards the and said : Th
386. y be soon arriving?" " ISTot immediately and they will drop in one by one till t
387. t was at the corner of the hill, exactly opposite the fountain and was lighted o
388. posite the fountain and was lighted only by the rays of the moon, streaming thro
389. dare say," replied the youth, bashfully, ; and generous man like you but an imp
390. u the truth, I feared it might be highly presumptuous and impertinent in one of
391. no value to me whatever. ; ; especially in the hard times coming." Of course Lu
392. your assistance stand its is principally this. I should never be able to to bein
393. con- sidered out of the way, especially in a boy. You understand me ? So I want
394. the prayers of the faithful, especially the poor, and ; desires to " I will ser
395. wn." you with delight, my good and truly noble Hush did you not hear the Lady Fa
396. ted their seeing the speakers, evidently a woman and a man. light, After a few m
397. kers walked up and down, they could only make out a sentence here and there. We
398. the entire dialogue. interlocutors. Only, a word first about the was Of the slav
399. s we have said, to Tertullus, originally prefect of This office, unknown in the
400. d, from the reign of Tiberius, gradually as well as military power ; and he who
401. ng executed on the other to sleep calmly after such scenes, and rise with appe;
402. to aspire. had been brought from Sicily to fill the office, not because he was
403. of pity or partiality. Corvinus' s early school; he could sit, while quite a boy
404. er's tacles before him, feet, thoroughly enjoying the cruel spec- up sottish, co
405. lessed him evil for his brutal contumely. to him, Justice and mercy, to him. to
406. y, to him. to good and done were equally odious to give him, Tertullus had no fo
407. y and cold-hearted Fabiola not so easily "But yet you promised me that your char
408. ather my simples, without being properly rewarded to second ? But how do you mea
409. hat I The black slave smiled maliciously, and " seek." said "Why " How "By " " I
410. who, not as dark as I am in skin, fully makes up sufficiently for it in his hea
411. am in skin, fully makes up sufficiently for it in his heart. His language and m
412. hich, if you look about for them quietly, are the first to betray themselves, fo
413. irst to betray themselves, for they only hide their heads." " What do you wish t
414. race. The spirits worship are the deadly enemies of their very name." And " I sh
415. " And " I she grinned horrible a ghastly smile as she proceeded suspect one of "
416. ht, "who were they ? with a laugh Simply Africans,"* replied Corvinus, "lions, p
417. be pacified. They are brought expressly to Christians. Let us part friends. Her
418. . A frugal repast was laid upon the edly to enter. table, principally as a blind
419. on the edly to enter. table, principally as a blind to any intruder who might ha
420. who might happen unexpect- The assembly was large and varied, containing clergy
421. onsequence of something which had lately occurred in the palace. This we must em
422. in the palace. This we must em- briefly exj)lain. Sebastian, enjoying the peror
423. lace. Numerous conversions had gradually been made ; but shortly before this per
424. ns had gradually been made ; but shortly before this period there had been a In
425. sted. place of confinement was generally left to that officer; and here Tranquil
426. n the what it had, day, and consequently requiring very little light entered onl
427. requiring very little light entered only, as in the Pantheon, by an opening in t
428. broke forth in impassioned tones. " Holy and he venerable exclaimed, brothers,"
429. when When, instead of standing manfully before Him, like good and faithful serv
430. father of the youths. not thus severely to ; young man, whoever thou art," " Sp
431. on command this, and dost thou call holy ? " "Wait in patience, my good old man,
432. " I yield " No, Sebastian, not so easily; I must have stronger said evidences th
433. ingle word." for a moment; then suddenly he forth, as threw out his arms, and st
434. as that the spirits of darkness may fly before may embrace us all ! Zoe, look s
435. j)utting them under the care of the holy priest It was a case so peculiar, Polyc
436. and day so ; : that baptism was quickly administered. The new Christian flock w
437. ranquillinus, who was suffering severely from the gout, was restored to instant
438. lf a victim to the same disease, greatly struck. and suffered agonies of pain. "
439. of this healing ; ; ; power, I certainly will not resist its evidence." w Sebast
440. superstition. course, which will pletely recovered. be later described, and Chro
441. s his office, son Tibertius. was clearly impossible for him to continue in and h
442. im to continue in and he had accordingly resigned it to the emperor. It Tertullu
443. ore our narrative begins for in an early chapter we spoke of Corvinus's father a
444. a favorable moment for to southern Italy. pania; and carrying out the preconcert
445. Pope, we are it mentioned what precisely was. w told, on the Sunday following th
446. given him, spoke almost con- temptuously of this flight from danger, as he calle
447. however, upon going his own way. : Only one more point remained to be decided i
448. ations. contest of love between the holy priest Polywas renewed a carp and Sebas
449. Pope, addressed to his "Beloved son Poly carp, priest of th.e title have the fir
450. truth, selves undefiled we worship only the who know what care we by sin, and w
451. ke to see the sun rise? "The most lovely sunrise I have ever seen," replied the
452. it will Pancratius; "and so rises fully it be when that more brilliant sun upon
453. he charms, as yet concealed, of our holy faith itself and worship starting live
454. e ? into light, till shines forth a holy type of the city of God. Will they who
455. o times see these beauties, and worthily value them Or, will they look only at t
456. thily value them Or, will they look only at the narrow space around them, and ho
457. ectacle, from where alone it can be duly appreciated, from a pian, mountain high
458. Alban or be he Olymdwelling on that holy mount, whereon stands the Lamb, from wh
459. in silence through the brill- — iantly-lighted streets house, t and when they
460. reached Lucina's and had affectionately bid one another good-night, Pancratius
461. ose in your mind which would effectually restrain you but that when that was acc
462. ? this foolish " Because own I am really curious to learn what can be the object
463. ! Do you promise me ? Yes, most solemnly. God bless you A Lamb with a Milk-can,
464. ment on land and w^ater and, in a merely didac- way, endeavor to communicate to
465. y compressed form of the which the early history Church is generally studied, an
466. ch the early history Church is generally studied, and from the unchronologiof th
467. ographies, as cal arrangement we usually read of the state them, we may first ea
468. d of the state them, we may first easily be led to an erroneous idea This of our
469. ombs; that bare existence, with scarcely an opportunity outward develop- ment an
470. some of shorter duration, but definitely separated rest. is erroneous and we des
471. s and we desire to state more accurately the real condition of the Christian Chu
472. ose upon the Church, said never entirely to have relaxed its hold, till her fina
473. s and though enforcement might gradually relax or cease, ruler, still it through
474. ugh the accession of a milder completely a dead letter, never became but was a d
475. rors; on the contrary, he was habitually just and merciful. Yet, though he publi
476. ree of persecution, gave a similar reply to a similar question from Serenius Gra
477. r death, form one of the and exquisitely beautiful, documents preserved us from
478. the world. of the Christians, those holy men, that he tells Yet such was the cha
479. d [incruenfos enses). We can also easily understand how, at any particular time,
480. enjoying peace. But Eome was undoubtedly the place most subject to frequent outb
481. ® visited, catechumens instructed daily ; the Sacraments were admin- istered, w
482. or.* number of the priests pretty nearly corresponds to that of the titles, whic
483. orship. were often public, But generally they were in private houses, probably m
484. ly they were in private houses, probably made out which the nobler mansions cont
485. Tertullian mentions Christian originally of that character. of the large halls,
486. s them to A which which were necessarily exposed to the air. custom of ancient E
487. t attracting attention, and consequently persecution. called a lev^e to was usua
488. the master's presence, while others only presented themselves, and were dismisse
489. important phenomenon in the of the early Christians, social life which one would
490. ians, social life which one would hardly know how to believe, were not evidence
491. ie, no dissembling, no action especially, inconsistent with Christian morality o
492. e public eye.* However necessary heavily upon those this prudential course its m
493. cuted them, the world that loved earthly prosperity and hated faith, felt itself
494. held it. who domestic concealment surely could be more difiScult than that of a
495. our husband know what you taste secretly, before every other food and if he shal
496. easure of persecution as could be safely urged against them. After these digress
497. ulvius's wit and cleverness might supply the want of these qualities in his own
498. on in the reign of it Carinus had lately destroyed the scene, as edifice, was ca
499. ntains, and artificial brooks, profusely adorned them. Roman Gardens, li-oin an
500. ok of surprise and scorn at the slovenly dress of Corvinus. " To have a talk wit
501. we are both of one and both consequently of one mind." Fulvius started, and deep
502. f one mind." Fulvius started, and deeply colored then said, with a contemptuous
503. n the cold " I I morning air, especially as have kept you waiting you are thinly
504. as have kept you waiting you are thinly clad." own," replied Corvinus, "that I
505. ould have been tired, not been immensely amused and yet puzzled, by what I have
506. had "What is that?" "Why, from an early hour, long, I suspect, before my coming
507. several persons have entered, evidently of a different class." " Whose dwelling
508. very rich, and, it is said, very miserly old patrician. But look! there come som
509. d cheerful girl, who chatted most kindly to him as she supported him. "We are ju
510. "how kind of you to come for me so early " "I knew," she said, "you would want h
511. t all " but you, Cajcilia, are certainly exception." ; this is only ? nii/ way o
512. are certainly exception." ; this is only ? nii/ way of showing selfishness." How
513. So she answered the other. of, " Surely this is not the place so often spoken w
514. n, you say, is very rich ? " " Immensely " cheerful; "It is ; ! "Humph "I have !
515. es that every one of come, and go boldly " doing as they do." ; That will hardly
516. " doing as they do." ; That will hardly succeed is depend upon it these people
517. n they, as being a young heiress, nearly as rich as her cousin Fabiola." Fulvius
518. noble lines of ancestry, and her family was not one families of recent conversi
519. anying the waving branches of the family-tree, the stem had never been hewn down
520. ot receive a wound; or how many a family remains a triumph, or held high other C
521. Church, by preservit, through old family successions, long unbroken — : w chai
522. the honors and the hopes of this family centred in one, now whose name is alrea
523. dy known to our readers, Agnes, the only child of that ancient house. Given to h
524. -balanced adjustment, which at the early age in which we find her, had ripened i
525. , large personal additions to the family property. * f Is. i. 9. " Ne quis hsere
526. ense accumulations of wealth the miserly parents must be putting by; and conclud
527. s, and his exorcist Secundus, officially appointed by the supreme Pontiff to tak
528. linum, or muniment-room, which generally stood detached in the middle of the pas
529. S MEET. GEOUP of poor coming opportunely towards Corvinus to tack himself counte
530. y of their deportment. kept sufficiently close He to them to hear that each of t
531. ''' "Thanks be God." This was not merely a Christian, but a Catholic ; pass-word
532. und that but that was but rather a reply; Catholics It is yet employed because c
533. nsecrated by pious usage. heard in Italy on similar occasions. Corvinus pronounc
534. he mystic words, and was allowed closely, and copying their manners and gestures
535. at the end were tables piled with costly plate, and near them was another covere
536. eighing and valuing most conscientiously this property and beside them was the m
537. uld ; have given anything once the folly or to get it all, ing a dash at somethi
538. soon saw several young men of peculiarly gentle manners, but active, and evident
539. entle manners, but active, and evidently in authority, dressed in the garment kn
540. rshalling the attendants, each evidently knowing those of his own district, and
541. he dress adopted and worn cons, not only at their left alone in the middle of th
542. ps. it two stout sons, Avho could hardly restrain their hot blood at this insole
543. lood at this insolence, though they only looks, and repressive biting of their w
544. ike battle-axes against him. He had only one consolation ; it was evident he was
545. r getting out of the scrape. courteously accosted " At length the Deacon Reparat
546. l, to him, and thus Friend, you probably do not belong to one of the regions liv
547. , he was astonished stranger turn deadly pale, and totter as his eyes were fixed
548. e position as they had last met in, only that, instead of a circle round him of
549. n all sides by a multitude who evidently looked with preference upon his stood t
550. rving the graceful development and manly bearing, which a few weeks had given hi
551. he mildest tone Corvinus, are you really reduced to distress and lamed by some a
552. to that yet, I hope," replied the bully, encouraged to insolence by the gentle
553. "though, no doubt, you would be heartily glad to see it." If, "By no means, ther
554. tell you the truth I came in here merely for a freak and I should be glad if you
555. ould be glad if you could get me quietly out." " Corvinus," said the youth, with
556. red these young men, who would instantly obey, to take you as you are, barefoot,
557. Forum before his tribunal, and publicly charge you with what every Roman would
558. , not to dishonor me and mine so cruelly. My father and for ever. I will his hou
559. pardon my former injuries, you will only be merciful." "Hold, hold, Corvinus, fo
560. ere will be a hundred evidences assembly, still prove if it. If ever, then, you
561. ed ? " "Leave that to me," was the reply. The self-appointed porters gave way be
562. d him, " Corvinus, we are now quits only, take care of your jDromise." Fulvius,
563. nstead he found, guarding the door, only a simple-looking indeed, about twelve o
564. ossed his mind. portress " : Accordingly, he thus addressed the little What is y
565. you a Christian? " he asked her sharply. The poor little peasant opened her eye
566. er instructed and baptized. She had only arrived a day or two before, and was ye
567. a day or two before, and was yet totally ignorant of Christianity. Fulvius stood
568. ude made him Corvinus. feel as awkwardly situated, as a crowd was making He thou
569. hat he might commit himself unpleasantly. At this critical juncture, whom should
570. cture, whom should he see coming lightly across the court, but the youthful mist
571. ith his smile and most courtly gesture, and thus addressed her " I hav
572. ld not is be called) to ; her, he boldly of you I am speaking and I entreat you
573. entional mistake, gentleman has probably entered here by some and no doubt will
574. d here by some and no doubt will quietly retire." his Saying this, she withdrew.
575. er," all his retorted Fulvius insolently, " is not, I trust, so for a civilian."
576. at you will follow peace." it discreetly. Now, again say, go in But he had no so
577. from behind by an unseen, but evidently an was Eurotas, from whom Fulvius to wh
578. struggle at the door, he ran stealthily behind ally, Sebastian, and pounced upo
579. the door, he ran stealthily behind ally, Sebastian, and pounced upon him with a
580. by Fulvius, to throw the soldier heavily down; till, who, he fancied, must be hi
581. ached from his girdle a small but deadly weapon, a steel mace back of finished o
582. l deserves it, tribune, for his cowardly assault," replied the other, as they re
583. ch knew that the other had incurred only failure and shame; and they came both t
584. er this of the work the day went quietly Besides the dis- tribution of greater a
585. it was by no means so uncommon in early ages, for fortunes to be given aw^ay at
586. erusalem would not be a barren naturally But this extraordinary charity example
587. to that of Rome. would be most naturally suggested at periods when the Church wa
588. ard to martyrdom, would, to use a homely phrase, clear their hearts and houses f
589. he secret, who can penetrate. which only He The plate and jewels of a noble fami
590. e The plate and jewels of a noble family publicly valued, sold, and, in their pr
591. te and jewels of a noble family publicly valued, sold, and, in their price, dist
592. he lips of the poor. And yet the closely ; individual right hand that gave them
593. d in His bosom, into which these earthly treasures were laid up, to be returned
594. f the court, thus addressed the assembly "Dear brethren, our merciful God has to
595. thi-en, and strip himself of much wordly possession, for Who he is I know not; n
596. ands of Christ's poor, into the heavenly treasury. " Accept then, as a gift from
597. ch are preparing for us. And as the only return which is desired from you, join
598. l in that familiar prayer which we daily recite for those who give, or do us goo
599. ssist- and Sebastian had compassionately stood before him, as large as possible.
600. ray him, when the whole of that assembly knelt down, and with outstretched hands
601. men Amen." * The alms were then pectedly large. and they proved unexalso served
602. It all, Abundant food was was yet early indeed many partook not of food, as a s
603. him his heavy and chatted so cheerfully to him that he was surprised when he fo
604. im a hurried good day, away most lightly, and was soon lost to his sight. The ba
605. to his sight. The bag seemed uncommonly full so he counted carefully its conten
606. uncommonly full so he counted carefully its contents, and found, to his amazeme
607. been playing some and running as lightly as if she had nothing he might have dis
608. OF OCTOBER. HE month of October in Italy is certainly a glorious season. The sun
609. E month of October in Italy is certainly a glorious season. The sun has con- tra
610. us again. powerful, his ray is certainly richer and more active. It has taken mo
611. and the growth has been pro- ; vokingly slow. But now the leaves are large and
612. it, imperial purple, are passing rapidly to through a changing opal hue, scarcel
613. to through a changing opal hue, scarcely less beautiful. It is pleasant then to
614. chard, the adust stubble, the melancholy pine to the East —towering — to Ita
615. ine to the East —towering — to Italy v^diat the palm-tree is above the box,
616. makes many suffer, that perhaps one only may enjoy. At last the dusty roads beco
617. species of vehicle, from the and slowly drawn by oxen, to the light chariot or
618. Maecenas or a Horace might respectively fiat occupy ; even the Campagna of Rome
619. eived their from neighboring cities only, still less from wan- derers of G-erman
620. s to one of these " tender eyes of Italy," as Pliny calls its villas,* because f
621. which descends to like her house, costly, day after her was situated on the bay
622. others the song or harp-notes of family parties, or the loud, sharp, and not ov
623. me, sheltered, as frost. it was, equally from sultriness and from Fabius, for re
624. ave, His daughter was, therefore, mostly alone, and it was generally on fashion,
625. fore, mostly alone, and it was generally on fashion, enjoyed a delicious solitud
626. s kept at the ture, or of villa, chiefly containing works on agricul- a local in
627. ns of the season (of which she generally procured an early copy at a high price)
628. of which she generally procured an early copy at a high price), was biought ever
629. turies, of love, compared with the daily cases, Yet here was a ten thousand ones
630. d around her? and it struck her forcibly. clear and palpable one at hand, except
631. ted a time, and watched her maid eagerly, to see if she could discover in her co
632. hich we have recounted, had on her early history satisfied her that she had She
633. he had She was too delicate ; especially as masters often young slaves highly ed
634. lly as masters often young slaves highly educated, to enhance their value. had B
635. itself of the menial character formerly allotted to think of turning it never s
636. to over to any one but at once naturally and cheerfully set herself about it. Th
637. one but at once naturally and cheerfully set herself about it. The reading gener
638. herself about it. The reading generally pursued by Fabiola was, as has been pre
639. d by Fabiola was, as has been previously observed, of rather an abstruse and ref
640. slave, would often confute an apparently grand of solid by a simple remark, maxi
641. hough she saw traces now, were evidently behavior, yet the books and doctrines w
642. h, some master-key, which opened equally every closed deposit of moral knowledge
643. at spiritual wisdom, intel- and heavenly delicious privileges, than even the Bap
644. ll I am new told, very amusing, and only just come out. be to both of us." The h
645. of those trashy works, which were freely allowed to circulate, as St. Justin com
646. as St. Justin complained, though grossly immoral, making light of all virtue; wh
647. d have made that reading seem which only described by the pen a system of morals
648. ch the pencil and the chisel made hourly familiar Fabiola had no higher standard
649. upon them with pleasure." ; " Certainly. " " What then ? " is That image is fou
650. l results will ensue. exist, But if only the inward action to whom can there be
651. nd Juno, or perhaps Minerva, then really believe who is about the most respectab
652. most respectable of the Olympian family? Do you think they have any thing to do
653. ut of one Fabiola was disappointed. only God." And Avhat do you call Him, Syra,
654. m ? He has no name but God and that only men have given Him, that they may speak
655. expression and manner in Agnes; forcibly reminded Fabiola of that abstracted and
656. still can occupy Himself with constantly watching the actions, of millions of cr
657. w, of themselves they disclose, not only the beautiful, but the foul that harbor
658. ut the foul that harbors there; not only the sparkles that the falling drops str
659. m its rough sides glisten for a not only the pearly bubbles that merely ; rise,
660. sides glisten for a not only the pearly bubbles that merely ; rise, moment, the
661. not only the pearly bubbles that merely ; rise, moment, then break against the
662. then break against the surface not only the golden fish that bask in their ligh
663. ause, during which her eyes were fixedly contemplating the fountain, as though s
664. with calm intensity of feeling, silently watched the workings of her mistress's
665. th before her grace. ; and she fervently prayed for this mi : CLfl- At length Fa
666. life, below " it, even with an outwardly virtuous Is this so? " is To mere decei
667. e yet, Syra," replied Fabiola, smilingly light "do not begin now. subjects, till
668. nd that is, that as the distinction only outward, bodily ity and social, it is n
669. as the distinction only outward, bodily ity and social, it is not to be put in
670. e of the one over the " other, inversely of their visible rank? " It was in a gr
671. derations involved in the ; would hardly interest you at present." " And yet, wh
672. tender. Her heart was and this can only be by its At length she grew calm; and
673. the desires of our hearts pass directly into the divine abyss of His." " But,"
674. But," pursued Fabiola, somewhat timidly, " is is there no great act of acknowle
675. pposed to " whereby »He may be formally recognized and adored? Syra hesitated,
676. e. " And could not I," still more humbly asked her mistress, " "be so far instru
677. be, Syra ? bleness." " And what can Only Himself." " " Fabiola shrouded her face
678. her hands, and then looking up earnestly into Syra's " I face, said to her: am s
679. r: am sure that, after having so clearly described to me the deep sense of respo
680. of responsibility under which you ually speak, as well as act, you have a real
681. gh I understand you not." "As " I surely as every word of mine is I every though
682. g the day her mind and calm. alternately agitated When view she looked steadily
683. y agitated When view she looked steadily on the gTand of moral life which her mi
684. bare, unfurnished hall, lighting up only a wilderness. help, from the only sourc
685. p only a wilderness. help, from the only sources of it scious of the real cause,
686. f those visits which used to be annually paid in the country, —that to the wil
687. onverts made by Sebastian, with the holy priest Polycarp, to complete their inst
688. th good horses, Fabiola and dashed gaily along the level road across the An autu
689. the garlands of vine which started early, " happy Campania." bordered the way, f
690. the white walls of the large not exactly define the on the summit. A change, she
691. minded her that ; the villa had entirely lost one of its most characteristic orn
692. hedges, and gave which stood gracefully it the name, now become quite an The em
693. that he now a hale old man, courteously received her, and inquired if kindly af
694. sly received her, and inquired if kindly after her father, asking was going shor
695. ter her father, asking was going shortly to Asia. At this Fabiola seemed grieved
696. y reached a grotto with a which formerly nymphs and sea-deities disported, She b
697. were several pieces I would most gladly have purchased." Chromatius laughed out
698. without a fracture." Fabiola was utterly amazed, as she exclaimed utter barbaria
699. o more gods than you or I so I summarily got rid ; of them." " Yes, that may be
700. s, but belonging to quite another family, so did I these it pretenders to a high
701. s left Ad Statuas, after not " Certainly," replied Chromatins, amused at her sha
702. and they who would go out, might equally say be they were on their way to pluck
703. . to Many were the palm-branches shortly retreat. be gathered in that early Chri
704. ortly retreat. be gathered in that early Christian But we must here give the his
705. ebastian was sent for and " I am sharply rebuked. But he was calm and inflexible
706. and broken up; and Chromatins instantly recovered. JSTot only was he converted,
707. romatins instantly recovered. JSTot only was he converted, but his son Tiburtius
708. h and activity, He had become, naturally, the would enable him to do. great frie
709. inued her last sentence by adding lovely spot, "But do you know. Chromatins let
710. atonic republic." life, forming " Highly flattered " interrupted Chromatins, wit
711. o amusements, and live most abstemiously in fact, almost starve yourselves." " B
712. quiet, be frugal, industrious, entirely removed from public affairs, and never
713. eddle with them and there must needs fly about flocks of false reports and foul
714. w do you account for it ? " " I can only do so by that faculty of little minds w
715. their own so that, almost unconsciously, they depreciate whatever they feel to
716. ey dare aspire to." " But what is really your object and your mode of life ; ; ;
717. ur higher faculties. We rise frightfully early— 1 hardly dare tell you how we
718. her faculties. We rise frightfully early— 1 hardly dare tell you how we then d
719. s. We rise frightfully early— 1 hardly dare tell you how we then devote some h
720. and receive oral instruction from early ; ; ; ; eloquent teachers. Our meals ar
721. eed very temperate; " ; we live entirely is on vegetables ; but I that laughing
722. and that good cheer does not necessarily " mean good fare." Why, you are turned
723. a knowing look. "Ha! you cunning really think that this it thing " answered the
724. ve gone so far as to hint, that possibly you are Christians. But this, I assure
725. sure you, I have every where indignantly contra- dicted." Chromatins smiled, and
726. ch you might know what body? " is really held and done by that despised ; "Oh, n
727. if you knew of any one going immediately to Rome. I have heard, from several qua
728. s," replied Chromatins, "there ing early to-morrow morning. write your letter; t
729. art- Come into the library, and probably there." They returned the ground-floor,
730. lum, cut to a transcription of evidently for some book, lay on the lines table.
731. of his name and residence, and carefully put this into her bosom. After partakin
732. ectionate There was something touchingly paternal in his though he but it as fel
733. l, which he felt would, at present, only repulse her fatally from any nearer app
734. ld, at present, only repulse her fatally from any nearer approach ; to the faith
735. ace, as he dropped her hand, and hastily withdrew. Fabiola too was moved by the
736. e, to find her chariot stopped painfully struck by Torquatus. She was, by the co
737. d, " anxious to have this letter quickly delivered? " " Certainly, I " but are y
738. letter quickly delivered? " " Certainly, I " but are you am most anxious that i
739. t should reach my can father as speedily as possible." " Then and 1 fear I shall
740. sible." " Then and 1 fear I shall hardly be able to serve you. foot, I only affo
741. ardly be able to serve you. foot, I only afford to travel on ance, I shall by ch
742. s," answered I Torquatus, rather eagerly, "if can thereby better serve your nobl
743. ." Fabiola handed him a purse abundantly supplied, not for only his journey, but
744. purse abundantly supplied, not for only his journey, but it for an ample recomp
745. had just commenced its continuation Only a few sentences, however, had been writ
746. est. * Matt. 181 T. 44. : w deliberately flung out. it The outrider obeyed, thou
747. w CHAPTER EEY XVIII. TEMPTATION. ' early next morning a mule and guide On came p
748. he would. present into his and probably sincerely, promised knowing his poverty
749. present into his and probably sincerely, promised knowing his poverty, put a li
750. entreated him to avoid his old earnestly, Others, haunts and acquaintances. Poly
751. is guide at its bridle, proceeded slowly the straight avenue which led to the ga
752. standing at the door, looking wistfully, with a moist eye, after him. It was ju
753. d appeared to congratulate itself loudly on having achieved a waterfall by leapi
754. m, or did they depress? His eye scarcely noted them. It had run on far beyond th
755. either. He was, in fact, returning only to the innocent enjoyments of the imper
756. ough that scorched ! fire and not be fly Poor moth ! he imagined he could throug
757. ow overhung himself at its when suddenly he found skiff. opening, with an inlet
758. an living on the coast of southern Italy. One night, stormy and dark, he found t
759. at a He looked round and saw the family-boat, the crew distance. of which were
760. ean? He seized his began to pull lustily towards them but he was oars, and soon
761. craft, it was on the opposite Evidently he had been making a circle but the end
762. tanding he ilung up his arms frantically; and a sea-bird screaming near, heard h
763. oat went itself, spinning round was only a few times longer than and he cast him
764. f so, Can a person be drawn cm gradually in this manner ? — of what ? to spiri
765. leteer, pointing to a town and presently the mule was sliding along the broad fl
766. s, by his guide, who was paid handsomely, and retired swearing and grumbling at
767. h which we became acquainted at an early period of our history, and had proved e
768. of our history, and had proved eminently successful. But finding a persecution i
769. saw nothing and as such he talked freely with him, of his * A whirlpool between
770. him, of his * A whirlpool between Italy and Sicily. l^ast adventures and his fu
771. s * A whirlpool between Italy and Sicily. l^ast adventures and his future prospe
772. be turned into money. It was still early when Torquatus took his leave, and, pre
773. changed his travelling and rode on gaily between the lines of tombs, which broug
774. ection. CHAPTER THE XIX. FALL. elegantly attired, pro- [COKQUATIJS, now ceeded a
775. present state of his purse ; and easily found one. said, did Fabius, we have hi
776. to the country, not accompany and rarely visited for her there. The fact was, th
777. g conversation, till and loose generally followed his gambling sumptuous enterta
778. small grove dtr round a temple earnestly conversing together. ment's look, he ad
779. nk into when they are so condescendingly tolerated for a time princes. But as th
780. ed between us. Is it not so? " " Exactly." " Fabius now stepped forward, with a
781. been playing no tricks with you heartily she were out of in good I wish my house
782. t, come," he continued humor, " I really thought you were struck by a better ; c
783. e told me as much. I knew she could only mean you. Indeed, I am sure she meant y
784. d rank open before him, if he could only in uj^on manage dream: " his game; when
785. thus broke his ; Come now, you have only to press your suit boldly and I tell yo
786. you have only to press your suit boldly and I tell you, you will win it, whatev
787. of rare excellence flowed so plentifully, that almost the guests got, more or le
788. ; executor. ; The guests were generally inclined to gore the stricken deer; for
789. at another, he drank off, unconsciously, a cup of wine. " These Christians hate
790. hed forth his hand, as if about to reply, but drew it back. " But what is infini
791. t drew it back. " But what is infinitely worse is, their maintaining such anti-s
792. roceeded disgusting worship of an fairly a third. arm, Torquatus now writhed and
793. sarcasm: "Ay, " and massacre a assembly."* child, and devour his flesh and bloo
794. Calpurnius puffed himself out, evidently thinking himself ill-used, by foolish,
795. used, by foolish, in, who might absurdly be supposed know more about Christians
796. nd a testy old Fabius looked exceedingly having a guest brought to ; gentleman w
797. est brought to ; gentleman was evidently hesitating, whether he should not knock
798. ssing features, the expression it of fly, the spider's when, after a long fast,
799. f its wing, and studies * how and keenly watches every it can best throw only Th
800. nly watches every it can best throw only The heathen notion of the Blessed Eucha
801. he best image of his looks, as certainly is of his feelings. Christian, ready to
802. his desire and was one, if he could only manage Because he knew sufficient of Ch
803. taking him by the hand said, courteously: "I fear, I spoke inconsiderately, in d
804. eously: "I fear, I spoke inconsiderately, in drawing out from you a declaration
805. th me chamber, where we can talk quietly together." So saying, he led him into a
806. king-bout. Roman fashion, liked But only Corvinus, dice. engaged by Fulvius, fol
807. d by Fulvius, followed. On a beautifully inlaid table were Fulvius, after plying
808. Torquatus with more liquor, negligently took them up, and threw them playfully
809. y took them up, and threw them playfully down, talking in the mean time on indif
810. its prey. Torquatus's eye flashed keenly, his lips quivered, his at once hand tr
811. tupid occupation," said he indifferently; "but, I dare say, Corvinus here will g
812. g very I must be very low indeed, merely have renounced gambling. Once, indeed "
813. ifling stakes, and Tor- quatus generally won. " Fulvius made him drink if still,
814. Torquatus to himself, — "the boy bully, the big brute. Were you the person," h
815. him by a gesture, and said, with timely ; interference "That Cassianus whom you
816. h won and lost; but Fulvius had steadily the advantage, and he was the more coll
817. He rubbed his eyes, and saw it was only Corvinus staring at him. All his skill
818. as they entered departed. that was holy, all that was good, At length, wine, in
819. ses and draughts of had drawn frequently upon the table. heavy purse which Fabio
820. the purse itself upon the Fulvius coolly opened it, emptied bones it, counted th
821. ow. The fatal fell each glanced silently upon their spots. Fulvius drew the mone
822. tian?" Which of the seven spirits surely the worst. is was it ? "It " hopeless,"
823. " " Begone, begone," exclaimed piteously the tortured sinner. will forgive ; The
824. degraded, still. : perjured, hopelessly lost. your bread. ster. You are a begga
825. ayed your" self into my power completely. life. — (and he showed him of your p
826. f your money to let character, have only your fellow- Christians know what you h
827. and you dare not face them. I have only him, but to let that is ' bully —that
828. ave only him, but to let that is ' bully —that big brute,' as you called city,
829. d relapsed into his capital and scarcely remorse. He remained silent, till Fulvi
830. s raised his eyes to him, with a faintly answered, "Neither." and "Come, ing the
831. ?" asked Fulvius, masterTorquatus, "only neither of those him with one of his fa
832. nd money that ? play with, you will only do my bidding." " And what is " "Rise t
833. w as usual; put on your Christian freely face; go among your all friends ; act a
834. eath by hear Corvinus pacing impatiently up and is it to down the Quick! which !
835. and his heart was beating almost audibly. Shame, remorse, self-contempt, hatred
836. of the New Law. The Church, ever calmly distinctly heard. provident, cannot neg
837. Law. The Church, ever calmly distinctly heard. provident, cannot neglect the ma
838. tions necessary the moment she earnestly begins to arm second period of our narr
839. of October that a unknown to us, closely muffled up in his cloak, for young man,
840. he Forum. erty, As vice is unfortunately too often linked with pov- the two foun
841. ing in the street and being particularly struck with the cleanliness and good or
842. order of one beyond the rest, he boldly knocked at its door. It was opened by a
843. assive head ; his features were strongly marked in deep melancholy lines, and th
844. were strongly marked in deep melancholy lines, and though the Lazarns raised fr
845. enance was calm, His two it was solemnly sad. He looked like one who had lived m
846. with him. sepulchral inscription, rudely effaced by its new possessor. U U (S :
847. rk in hand and smiled ; there was hardly a word indeed, here it is rightly spelt
848. hardly a word indeed, here it is rightly spelt, or a part of speech correct DE B
849. from the dead, both most conventionally drawn with r excavators, from a pictu 1
850. charcoal on a board ; a sketch evidently for a more permanent painting elsewhere
851. . These varied occupations in one family might have surprised a modern, but they
852. norable * ; he well knew that the family belonged craft of the Fossores, or exca
853. this opinion untenable, it is extremely probable that the duties of this office
854. e carried on under one direcand probably by some body associated for that purpos
855. n in the same place.* We can thus easily understand the great skill and uniformi
856. ores even jurisdiction, in had evidently a higher office, or Though the that und
857. ian Rome, a work on which we will freely draw. ; EMPTV LOCVM AB ARTEMISIVM VISOM
858. es In the presence of Seve; — Possibly the last side, named was on the the wit
859. suppose did not become rich, especially was very honest. And yet a curious thou
860. ead or even known." " Well, I can hardly imagine that the superb mausoleums of s
861. your reason thinking thus " ? " I Simply because * posterity the memory of would
862. the wicked is The number, unfortunately, not intelligible, being in cipher. ric
863. r. rich. And my rude record may possibly be It's read when triumphal arches have
864. hough, is it been demolished. dreadfully not?" A gallery in tlie Cemetery of St.
865. ost sweet : child, whose death is deeply it, Pancratius took a light to felt by
866. Dionysins lieth here among the your holy prayers, the writer and the engraver."
867. ter carver of thine epitaph, in thy holy jDrayers." Amen," answered the pious fa
868. ayers." Amen," answered the pious family. But Pancratius, attracted by a certain
869. ed round, and saw the old man vigorously trying to cut off the end of a little w
870. ood old ? friend " said the youth kindly. " Why you? does this epitaph of " youn
871. pitaph of " young Dionysius particularly " It is past, affect it does not of its
872. across the eyes) " to gather up hastily the torn flesh to broken limbs of such
873. tead of balsams, and wrap them hurriedly full them into another sheet and shove
874. other sheet and shove them precipitately into An Arcof'olium, tyr's their tomb.*
875. m, tyr's their tomb.* " How dififerently one would wish to treat a marthe plain
876. s well know that the Christians annually consume more for their dead than the he
877. his head, recog! trunk, and limbs nearly to the knees, were burnt to the very bo
878. was second was younger than think likely What say you, Diogenes, don't you to yo
879. ou, allude to such a possibility. Surely my own time must come sooner. How the o
880. e or thirteen, black and charred chiefly at the head and upper parts, down to th
881. om which to the feet the bones gradually whitened. The two bodies, richly clothe
882. adually whitened. The two bodies, richly clothed, repose side by side under the
883. lege at Loreto. ; ing troubles. Our holy Pope filled up, will be there, with the
884. will have to begin your work immediately, I suppose. Now, often as I have visite
885. inued Pancratius. " Two youths, recently baptized, desire much to become acquain
886. w. as about Tiburtius, is, who is really Torquatus however, very anxious to obta
887. es you " fear, Severus? " indeed. I Only a * trifle, But as I was going eai-ly t
888. ly a * trifle, But as I was going eai-ly the cemetery this morning, ninus." turn
889. such fashionable resorts? "N'ot exactly," replied the honest artist; "but you a
890. sed to find in one corner, at that early hour, Torquatus in close conversation w
891. . Marchi, who attributes it, erroneously, to the cemetery of Prse* Better f text
892. s," returned Pancratius, blushing deeply; "but he best." is young as yet in the
893. not know of his change. We and probably will hope his old for the I'ose The two
894. Antonius Eestitutus made and his Lately found in the cemetery of SS. Nereus and
895. in the cemetery of SS. Nereus and family, that trust in the Lord." It is singula
896. hould be omitted in the name, one easily slurred in pronouncing it. the Catacomb
897. duties, object seemed to Lucina quietly passed her life. Its main be attained.
898. her than an additional employment. Early in the morning of the appointed day, th
899. nd obtaining access to them, and finally in ransoming or rescuing the bodies of
900. ministration of sacraments, particularly of the Holy Eucharist, during the perse
901. of sacraments, particularly of the Holy Eucharist, during the persecution * Six
902. he sacred mysteries. Callistus, The holy Pontiff chose for himself that of which
903. t a little, old excavator but innocently, proud. The good seemed rather more che
904. engineers could have given more briskly, or more decidedly, for the defence of
905. ve given more briskly, or more decidedly, for the defence of a city committed to
906. he instructions of the superior assembly. The Capena was pointing to mid-day, as
907. y walked in parties of two and at nearly two miles from the along the Appian roa
908. It What was we may to follow the easily would probably weary our readers whole
909. may to follow the easily would probably weary our readers whole all conversatio
910. ersation of the party. Diogenes not only answered questions put to him, but, fro
911. such objects as he considered peculiarly shall attractive. But we believe we bet
912. uthful The history portions of the early Christian cemeteries, the Cata- combs a
913. es, the Cata- combs as they are commonly called, : may be divided into three fro
914. t is being commenced. "We have generally avoided using the name of catacombs, be
915. ded not so, however: name of those early Rome might be said by a circumvallation
916. in number, each of which w^as generally known by the name of some saint or sain
917. ian's. The older Porta Capeym was nearly a mile within the present. 1 ; w leus,
918. of St. Sebastian, Sandmn that of pletely CceciUam,\ and Ad which was called some
919. particular cemetery, then we familiarly call the whole system of these undergro
920. ed the catacombs to have been originally heathen excavations, building of the Th
921. ere called arenarta, and so occasionally are the Christian cemeteries. But a mor
922. tific accurate F. Marchi, has completely confuted this theory. and minute examin
923. ry. and minute examination, particularly made by the The entrance to the catacom
924. rials safety of the roof, and the supply of what he is seeking. And ; * As Jd Ny
925. t St. CaBcilia's tomb. Formed apparently of a Greek preposition and a Latin verb
926. bs are constructed on principles exactly conall this trary to all these. The cat
927. at where axe is it is ; once, generally by a steep flight of steps, below the s
928. er, but consist- ent rock yet distinctly traceable. first on the surface of whic
929. o A abreast. length ; narrow as scarcely to allow two persons to go They sometim
930. k, of To be lost among them would easily others, so as to subterranean corridors
931. not constructed, as the name would imply, merely to lead to something else. They
932. tructed, as the name would imply, merely to lead to something else. They are the
933. at it is probable the They are evidently so made body was lying by the side of t
934. narrow cell, the front was hermetically closed more frequently by several broad
935. was hermetically closed more frequently by several broad for them in The inscri
936. them. And now the reader may reasonably ask, through what period does the inter
937. . We will try to content him, as briefly as There is no evidence of the Christia
938. aving ever buried any where, anteriorily to the construction of catacombs. Two p
939. very name a while of cemetery sug- only a place where for ; mitory, slumbering
940. s sound awake them. Hence the grave only called of the "the place," or more tech
941. of the "the place," or more technically, "the small home," dead in Christ. Thes
942. nd in the catacombs them- of their early origin. The style of paintings, yet rem
943. es, through every period, from the early emperors to the middle of the fourth *
944. ometimes even a shell or pebble probably that they might find the sepulchre agai
945. ght find the sepulchre again, especially where no inscription was the relations
946. from its place, to speak scientifically, the to find a mould of it left, distin
947. mould of it left, distinct which equally gives It its date. and clear in the cem
948. is sometimes of Domitian, or other early emperors. may be asked, wherefore this
949. s of natural piety, there one constantly recorded on sepulchral inscriptions. if
950. ew ancient Christian inscriptions supply the year of people's deaths, thousands
951. ssurance of martyrs. This tion is easily explained. to Of both classes annual co
952. with Diogenes and his sons,* were lately found inscriptions mingled together, be
953. ony of the Divinity of ; our Lord lastly, for expressing a prayer for the refres
954. ar the martyrs, was prompted of and holy people an earlier age. But, generally s
955. ly people an earlier age. But, generally speaking, they were satisfied to under
956. ope Damasus, who died in 384, reverently shrunk, as he the tells us, in his own
957. aking in the name exclusive of the early Christians, and claiming as work and pr
958. ted. Hence many are now found completely filled up. A Lamb with a Milk Pail, emb
959. hat would Could future fate, have deeply fore, tlie afflicted him. Although, the
960. it our narrative, will serve essentially to connect present topography of its sc
961. teries were their praise. and the homily delivered in first Hence began to be co
962. e, such are the indications almost daily read in the Roman martyrology, now swel
963. veral ordinary reader of the book hardly knows the imporfor tance of these indic
964. opened, to admit light and air. Finally, basilicas or churches were erected ove
965. erected over their entrances, generally leading immediately to the principal to
966. entrances, generally leading immediately to the principal tomb, then called the
967. e pilgrim, thus, on arriving at the holy city, visited each of these churches, a
968. pal martyr's shrine, and perhaps equally objects of reverence and to be opened,
969. ry of Callistns, because, while actually writing this chapter, we haye received
970. St. Antherus, in one chapel of the newly-ascertained cemetery of Callistus, with
971. ics consisted what was called familiarly the oil of a martyr, that is, the oil,
972. he St. stands beside a monument probably to hold the lamp, or serve contents. fo
973. sy of disturbing the saints, beautifully in an incident, related is by St. Grego
974. from emperor closed them above, probably through the hmimare, or ventilating sha
975. and buried the congregation the two holy martyrs had been before them. The place
976. this hallowed spot, pilgrims were merely allowed to look at see, it, through a w
977. buried alive at their shrines. not only the tombs of the martyrs, but also the
978. 341 iii. : made for oblation of the holy Eucharist, there were in seen lying abo
979. count of what they had seen. Accordingly there exists, no less fortunately for u
980. dingly there exists, no less fortunately for us than for It is clear that pilgri
981. different rounds, yet agree marvellously in their account. To show the value per
982. extatus, was found a fragment 'obliquely, of a slab of marble which had been bro
983. f the sepulchral inscription of the holy Pope Corne* S. Greg. Turon, de Gloria M
984. Marclii, p. 81. One would xxviii. apply t St. Damasus's epigram on these martyr
985. (Of) nelius martyr. lius; that probably his distinguished form; tomb would be f
986. lead at once to a wider space, carefully secured by brick- work of the time of p
987. where it had been deposited, and exactly fitted to it and both covered the ; ; t
988. vered with an inscription, of which only the left-hand end remains, the rest bei
989. rtyr Bishop. ship traceable? Very easily. Not only do we know that on the tombs
990. p. ship traceable? Very easily. Not only do we know that on the tombs of martyrs
991. hat on the tombs of martyrs, * this holy pope, already mentioned, took pleasure
992. ith glories round their heads, evidently of Byzanform the great bulk of his exta
993. faced, names ; some let- which we supply in italics as follow SI* CORivEL' PP SC
994. s, and knowing that the Church comeasily memorates the two martyrs on the same d
995. ey were here deposited together. Finally at the right hand of the tomb stands a
996. veniences, were added to the primitively simple forms of the cemeteries. on that
997. shments for the productions of the early The difference is so blunder by taking
998. nturies. immense that we might as easily for a Beato Angelico, as by confirst si
999. are two more similar portraits but only one name can be deciphered, that of St. now to the third period of these holy cemeteries, the sad one of their desola
1001.ed, or to decay. could be defended. Only those remained which were fortified, an
1002.ung antiquarian, whom we have frequently named with honor, should have re-discov
1003.a stable and bake- One is, most probably, that by Pope Damasus, so often mention
1004.ted means, they are going systematically to work, finish- Nothing is taken from
1005. bought vineyards and fields, especially at Tor Marancia, where the cemetery of
1006. upon the catacombs paintings, ; a truly imperial undertaking. It is time, howev
1007.hful hearers, as, taper have been slowly walking through a long straight gallery
1008.y many others, but adhered to faithfully; lectures, with sundry pauses, and, of
1009.o the right, and Torquatus him anxiously. " I wonder," he said, "how many turns
1010. "A great many," answered Severus, drily. " How many do you think, ten or twenty
1011.— those little earthen ones, evidently made on purpose A Lamp with a represent
1012.e, and now with another, ; he constantly stopped, and scrutinized particular spo
1013.d themselves in a square chamber, richly adorned with paintings. " What do you c Diogenes; "sometimes they are merely family sepultures, but generally they c
1015.genes; "sometimes they are merely family sepultures, but generally they contain
1016. merely family sepultures, but generally they contain the tomb of that some mart
1017.erposed it ; Pancratius, " so I recently baptized, It is may not have heard but
1018. not have heard but know it well. surely one of the glorious privileges of marty
1019. Diogenes, explain * them systematically to my " Sic venerarier ossa libet, Ossi
1020. scholar," replied the old man, modestly, "but when one has lived sixty years, m
1021.oves them more. All here have been fully initiated, I suppose?" he added, with a
1022.nswered Tiburtius, " though not so fully instructed A Ceiling in the Catacombs,
1023.oma Sotteranea.'' as converts ordinarily received the sacred gift." are. Torquat
1024.the branches. There you see Orpheus only to his sitting flock, down, and playing
1025., Torquatus," replied Pancratius, gently, "and a favorite one. The use of Gentil
1026. this ceiling, and they belong generally to a very ancient period. And so our Lo
1027.urtius ; "it is that of a man apparently in a chest, with a dove flying towards of regeneration by water and the Holy Spirit and of the salvation of the worl
1029.daged all consoling doctrine." languidly; "I see nothing round, and standing up,
1030.he arched tombs were so called. A homely illustration would be an arched firepla
1031.le; and another person opposite "Exactly," said Severus; "that represent the res
1032.tion is, you know, the symbol familiarly called the of Christ." * f%fli;f, The w
1033. * f%fli;f, The word ichthys. is usually given in Greek, and Christ is w "Why so" asked Torquatus, rather impatiently. Sevevus turned to Pancratius, as the b
1035.s the better scholar, to answer. readily; "There are two opinions about its orig
1036. On each side you see a person evidently sent by Both are leaning forward, and A
1037.ressing One on either side is apparently giving sheep not of the fold. no heed t
1038.eed to their words, but browsing quietly on, while one is turning up its eyes an with eager Rain is falling copiously on them; that is the attention. Him to
1040.and similar paintings, to belong chiefly time when the Novatian heresy so much p
1041.ed Severus. "And pray what heresy lessly ; is that? " asked Torquatus, care- " h
1042. forgive ; ; blood come and go violently in his countenance. " Is that a heresy?
1043. " asked the traitor, confused. " Surely a dreadful one," replied Pancratius, "
1044.iveness of mass, of his crimes, on truly repenting, ness, may receive forgive- t
1045." were to fall said Torquatus, evidently moved, "that Gift, one who had become a
1046.n effort at coolness : " It is certainly a consoling doctrine for those that nee
1047.rk to do. These young friends especially as they will see the church in good tim
1048.e, and in better order also, as the holy Pontiff intends to officiate in ; it."
1049.t, you come to the church. I have merely brought you here to show you an arcosol
1050. beautiful painting. while the generally You here see the Virgin Mother holding represented as four, though we only reckon three, are adoring Him."* was mu
1052. adoring Him."* was much had unwittingly supplied the information desired by Tor
1053.this painting. One has been It is lately found, we remember cemetery of Nereus a mode of representing our Lord usually dated. It is given in our title-page. W
1055.ther, remarking, trouble yet: I strongly suspect him." That man In a short time like a letter from another she hardly knew what character. She wished days af learn more about them, but she hardly durst inquire. visitors called the Many
1058.e life was like her own, philosophically corand coldly virtuous, came; and they
1059.e her own, philosophically corand coldly virtuous, came; and they talked togethe
1060. a long visit, and spoke very charmingly on the sublimer views of the older scho ; lady should turn instinctively to her Christian slave. it And so was n
1062.e to her mistress; but she was perfectly calm, as she looked up from reading. "T
1063.tius's I on the back of a note, probably by mistake. it cannot drive out of my m
1064.ought to esteem you, for conduct exactly expect." " revei'se what I am naturally
1065. expect." " revei'se what I am naturally impelled to Oh, do not talk of me, ; my
1066.bearance to "I venerate both, most truly, Syra; but then you know those were her
1067.ling whom I invited to dinner, me coolly he had that morning killed a minotaur,
1068. conceit. " And Fabiola laughed heartily In the same good humoi- Syra continued
1069.r Cincinnatus Why " leave to heroes only, to do what we can do as well? " And do
1070.t we can do as well? " And do you really hold this as a common moral when I prin
1071.ure, raised her " His heaven, and slowly said : who is in heaven, who maketh His
1072.ed then said affection- and respectfully " Again, Syra, you have conquered philo is consistent as it is sublime. ately : my A virtue heroic, even when unseen,
1074.nseen, you propose as the ordinary daily virtue of every one. Men must indeed be
1075.led it could be published siumltaneously in every province, of the and governmen
1076.ntended victims, and then burst suddenly upon them, discharging upon their heads
1077.e meeting in which his plans had finally to be adjusted. court, city, To it were
1078.he chief prefects or governors of Sicily, Italy, Spain, and Gaul, ; were present
1079.f prefects or governors of Sicily, Italy, Spain, and Gaul, ; were present, to re
1080.ize and magnificence. It was beautifully situated on the Coelian hill, and on th on a couch, lay stretched luxuriously Alba and Tus- culum, with "their daught
1082.g to oriental phrase, w basking brightly in the setting sun. Sabine mountains on
1083.t for loving a resiIt dence so admirably situated, through any taste tiful. for
1084. buildings, further adorned, or possibly the facility city for the chase of boar
1085.surfeit to relieve the monotony of daily excess. Gigantic in frame, with the wel
1086.ike tufts of straw, with eyes restlessly ing in a compound expression of suspici
1087.mand, Sebastian, was leaning negligently against it on the inside, but carefully
1088. against it on the inside, but carefully noted every word that was spoken. Littl
1089.erwards gave, with the contiguous richly adorned, ; palace, to Constantine, as p
1090. Nay, some had afflicted their by openly proclaiming, that they would utter no m
1091.urdering and eating infants, of assembly committing foul crimes, of worshipping
1092.doring an ass's head, and inconsistently enough of being These tales were all mo
1093.nbelievers, and serving no God. probably their reciters knew perfectly though ti
1094.. probably their reciters knew perfectly though tii-mly believed well, they were
1095.r reciters knew perfectly though tii-mly believed well, they were but good sound
1096., who was considered to have most deeply studied the doctrines best to of the en
1097., so of their errors, which would fairly crush them. great was his weight with h
1098.ophists. He had books, he said, not only of the Christians themselves, but of th
1099.rare books Calpurnius had seen, entirely on them. and he would build his argumen
1100.ll in the Forum, and even sacrilegiously of our divine emperors." and venerable
1101.hrill of horror ran through the assembly, at this recital. his was soon hushed,
1102.reme authority, unknown here and equally powFormerly, all acknowledged erful ove
1103.ty, unknown here and equally powFormerly, all acknowledged erful over their mind
1104.sed up a divided power, and consequently bear but a independent of tlie governme
1105.where he knelt. Maximian eyed him keenly, burst into a hideous laugh, and said "
1106.fect, I had no idea you had such an ugly son. I : should think he paced, is just
1107. I pay off well, too, if " ; ; him badly served. So for now go and remember, tha
1108.le to Maximian, though he knew not fully the cause. was not mei'ely that the tyr not fully the cause. was not mei'ely that the tyrant own to enrich, and spie
1110. that Fulviiis had been sent principally to act the spy upon himself, and to rep
1111.d his more polished confederate publicly addressed, as rudely as himself, in the
1112.onfederate publicly addressed, as rudely as himself, in the following terms "Non
1113.areful of others, blending so completely in one character nobleness and simplici
1114.d to her the most finished type of manly virtue, one which would not easily suff
1115.manly virtue, one which would not easily suffer by time, nor weary by familiarit
1116.ile, that, well knowing how sufiiciently she was already annoyed by the many can
1117. and she promised to prevent the nightly excursions of her necromancer slave. Wh
1118. satis- her intention to attempt utterly despised. factorily neither did she fea
1119.n to attempt utterly despised. factorily neither did she fear arts which she Ind
1120.iloquy seemed to prove that she was only deceiving her victim. But she certainly
1121. deceiving her victim. But she certainly felt indignant at having been bargained
1122.; one concerned." " I "what if have only done in this instance," replied the sol
1123.evolence." And so let it go; it " Surely, you are not in earnest, Sebastian. you
1124.nd to save, or succor, him ? " Certainly I would. While God sends His sunshine a
1125. sends His sunshine and His rain equally upon His enemies, as upon His friends,
1126.bastian," she asked him, rather abruptly; "was it there that you learnt have one
1127. came from the East." They are certainly beautiful in the abstract," remarked Fa
1128.we to make them our principles of inally, conduct." " And how " better could dea
1129.ife's book through, its and close calmly, only when have finished said, last pag through, its and close calmly, only when have finished said, last page." Se
1131.nd you," replied Fabiola, good-humoredly you are a brave soldier, and you speak
1132.lties we seldom see it approach suddenly it comes more mercifully, " ; ; and ste
1133.proach suddenly it comes more mercifully, " ; ; and stealthily, upon the weak. f more mercifully, " ; ; and stealthily, upon the weak. fate, You no doubt are
1135.," so. exclaimed Sebastian, emphatically. not for glory, which can only be I mea
1136.hatically. not for glory, which can only be I mean not it 1 cai'e enjoyed by an
1137.gering consumption, racking me by slowly eating ulcers nay, if you please, by th
1138.omes from a hand that "And do you really mean that death, so contemplated, would
1139.ims . approach of Him who is celestially beautiful." : '' And who is He ?" asked
1140. And who is He ?" asked Fabiola, eagerly. ? " Can He not reward be seen, save th
1141.for us, it is He who must also. not only for our lives, but for our deaths Happy
1142.t vision of Him, whose true rewards only then begin." How very like Syra's doctr
1143.stood on the threshold, and respectfully said "A " courier, madam, is just arriv
1144.e exclaimed. " Let him enter immediately." The messenger came having left in, co
1145. while she was : bands, she hesitatingly asked From my father ? " "About him, at
1146.ut him, at least," was the ominous reply. it, She opened the sheet, glanced over
1147.und, laid her on a couch, and delicately maids, left her in the hands of her han
1148. ; way to Asia. He was more than usually affectionand when they parted, both fat and daughter seemed have a melancholy foreboding that they would meet no wher
1150.ore. He a party of good livers anxiously awaited him his luxurious tastes to exc left his undivided wealth to his only child. In fine, the body was being em-
1152. up, pale, staring, and tearless, gently ter pushing aside the hand that tried t
1153.s to her. ; the stupor, fixed and deadly, seemed to have entranced her and fears
1154.oming oppressed. The physician, forcibly into her is who had been dead ? " calle
1155.been dead ? " called, uttered distinctly : and ears the question " Fabiola, fell
1156.ten it, and even glorify it but had only, in ! ; truth, remained at the door, as
1157.uished in the fetid air; for it had only discovered a charnel-house. and recoil,
1158.e. and recoil, And philosophy had barely ventured to wander round and round, and
1159. without impairing the essence of lovely its nature. Spiritualized and free, and
1160.ancy sacred; rendering also death a holy thing, and place a sanctuary. its He we
1161. grave ; — till other cares mercifully roused her. The and such a funeral foll
1162.urn, and placed in a niche of the family sepulchre, with the inscribed of their
1163. and prayed all day, and were stealthily insinuating their dangerous principles
1164.erous principles into every noble family, and spi-eading disloyalty and immo- !
1165. succeeded another. Fabiola had to apply her vigorous mind to examine, and close
1166.ight's debauch, his utter ruin, and only means added With unfeeling the to it. h
1167.d If he remained faithful to his cruelly punished with death. compact he should
1168.h," at last concluded Fulvius; "an early walk, and fresh air, will do you good."
1169.oor wretch consented and they had hardly reached the Forum, when Corvinus, as if
1170.s his tools it has just been beautifully is fitted up. Here it is, and that grim
1171.cord, that in his enthu- siasm he nearly gave Torquatus practical illustrations lead, ; and pouring scorpions, neatly mouth for pincers, hooks and iron combs
1173.ned Christians. Torquatus was thoroughly broken down. to the He was taken baths
1174.means, he was, in a few days, completely subdued. Their meetings were early and
1175.etely subdued. Their meetings were early and late; lose during value, the day he
1176.cemetery, determined to the assail early, very day after the publication Decree.
1177.m his piercing eyes; and he would easily pick them uj), one by Christians, of on
1178.e Torquatus soon informed him, perfectly like any Christian. that there would be
1179. fact, has read the history of the early the Popes, will have become familiar wi
1180.familiar with recorded almost invariably of each, that he held certain ordinatio
1181.many clergy bishops different The supply first two orders for were city ; confer
1182. ; conferred the the third was evidently times, to furnish pastors for other in
1183.periods of ordina- continued essentially for the same purpose. Marcellinus, unde
1184.s ordinations, which sent forth not only bishops but martyrs to govern other chu
1185.tent upon another research, accidentally has put together all the data requisite
1186. because in lived the illustrious family The centurion whom St. Peter converted
1187.eter converted t belonged to this family; and possibly to him the apostle owed h
1188. t belonged to this family; and possibly to him the apostle owed his introductio
1189.osed in the papal altar of the most holy Lateran basilica." By Monsig. D. Bartol
1190.the priests. fice was offered originally in only one place, after And even Pope
1191.sts. fice was offered originally in only one place, after And even Pope Evaristu
1192.ulti- Pome with circumstances peculiarly This Pope, then, did two things. First,
1193.they should be consecrated; and secondly, titles ;^^ "he distributed the ishes, the sacred mysteries were was truly, to the Christian, the house of God and this that to that time there was only one church with an altar in * . Rome ;
1196. second and suffered martyrdom, the holy and learned apologist St. Justin. By co
1197.ions respecting Christian time, Secondly, in this pontificate worship in times o the judge. " he is asked by * Only the Pope can say Mass on it, or a cardi
1199. special This high altar has been lately magnificently decorated. plank of the w
1200.high altar has been lately magnificently decorated. plank of the wooden altar ha
1201. at St. Pudentiana's. It has been lately compared with the wood of the Lateran a
1202.said that Fulvius and Corvinus met early one morning. ISTovatus and Timotheus we
1203. Timotheus were the brothers of the holy virgins Praxedes and Pudentiana and hen
1204.s they passed from one brother to family, Timothean baths were part of and are t
1205.iating priest in terms that sufficiently describe the bishop, or supreme pastor
1206.eme pastor of the title place ; not only by giving him a applied to bishops the
1207.the Lateran. It is related that the holy Pope rrpoeaTug, prcBpositus, see Heb. x
1208.ame as in St. Justin. arm Stephen family, (a.d. 257) baptized the tribune Nemesi
1209.t, therefore, that Torquatus unwillingly consented to lead Fulvius, that he migh
1210.c Church. Inscrip- perhaps more commonly record Lector or interesting reader, an
1211.ORCISTA DE KAT0LICA4 Bianchini plausibly conjectures that the station on Easter
1212.e the at one of which it would naturally be expected to be, but at the Liberian
1213.ptism at St. Pudentiana's, which is only a stone's throw from it. learned at * T
1214.n way. 297 From the cemetery of A sarily difference was, however, that one order
1215.e lesser orders. There was not, probably therefore, that frequent administration
1216.nistration of these, nor was it publicly performed with the higher orders. Torqu
1217.on showed himself expert in The assembly was not was held in a hall of the house a church or oratory, which was mainly occupied by the clergy, and the candida
1219.d mild, of a venerable old age. scarcely seemed to betoken the possession of tha
1220.e, the forerunner of the ample carefully avoided. chasuble, of spotless white, w
1221.o now altar of stood facing the assembly, before the Peter, which was between hi
1222. keenest glance. He scanned him minutely, measured, with his eye, his height, de
1223.n by the bishop ; of was first generally on Easter Sunday. That more than receiv
1224.fied the spouses of Christ in their holy purpose, by her more solemn blessing.*
1225.parents a plain dark dress. act probably consisted of nothing A persecution of t
1226.e to come to His nuptials before it lily, They longed naturally to bear the full before it lily, They longed naturally to bear the full-grown entwined round t
1228.ords and actions, blending so gracefully with the simplicity of an innocent and
1229.anger gave filling her, to a She eagerly seized on the claim that coming more th
1230.her desire. petition. this We may easily imagine that a holy friendship had been
1231.. this We may easily imagine that a holy friendship had been growing between her
1232.stress's conversion, must be It entirely left in her hands. prudence and grace w
1233.dence and grace wdth which was evidently prospering, owing it was conducted. In
1234.Syra's conversations ; but she carefully avoided every expression that could rai
1235.joint step. Thus far they could ; safely ask to be admitted at once to receive t
1236. for obvious reasons w'as kept carefully concealed. was only a day or two before
1237. w'as kept carefully concealed. was only a day or two before the happy one of th
1238.My dear It child," said Syra, soothingly, "don't be offended. was necessary to i
1239." other, amused at her unwonted minutely the short ceremonial. Well now^, one qu Caecilia, " if becoming quite worldly." people choose to should not have I Ne
1241.Caecilia They emto braced affectionately and parted. went straight the kind Luci
1242.s again bright and joyous, and evidently deep in conspiracy, with the cheerful l
1243.asting herself on her knees so fervently to him that he was moved and spoke kind
1244.o him that he was moved and spoke kindly and consolingly to her. The Te Deum had
1245.s moved and spoke kindly and consolingly to her. The Te Deum had not yet been wr
1246.body of the faithful had dispersed. Only those remained who had to take part in
1247.t rang in the blind girl's heart, cially asked to witness it. These were Lucina
1248.yra her blind friend ; she had evidently retired with the crowd ; and the gentle
1249. round him stood his ministers, scarcely less worshipful than himself. From the
1250.ion. Each as she came was asked solemnly what she desired, and expressed her wis
1251.ty to every other state and he feelingly described the happiness of having no lo
1252.di- dates for this great honor, the holy Pontiff proceeded to bless the differen
1253.religious habits, by prayers j^rob- ably nearly identical with those now in use habits, by prayers j^rob- ably nearly identical with those now in use ; put o
1255. of her radiant raptures, gazing fixedly upwards while Syra, near her, was bowed
1256. a slight commotion through the assembly, as if something unex- pected was occur
1257. returned in a voice dear to both " Holy father, to receive the " My : veil of c
1258.of consecration to Jesus Christ, my only love on earth, under ; the care of thes
1259.arth, under ; the care of these two holy virgins, already His happy spouses." Th
1260.sed to furnish that was necessary ; only Cecilia insisted that her dress should brought no wreath or flowers. Timidly she drew from under her garment the cro
1262.e, beyond which on the side of the fully is Nomentan way lies a gracethis undula
1263.e, it and near dedicated to "^^^ a truly beautiful basilica, St. Agnes. Here was
1264. that the two, now the it had been newly consecrated should repair, to spend the
1265.sup- The rugged Apennines Avere slightly powdered with snow the ground was barel
1266.powdered with snow the ground was barely crisp, the atmosphere transpaA few rent
1267.dent pleasure; but none owned her kindly sway so niucli as old Molossus, the eno played them. And she laughed cheerily, better trick in as she always did, and
1269.She walked forward, but stopped suddenly on coming near the spot where this happ
1270.nwilling to intrude herself unexpectedly upon them, and anxious to find Agnes al
1271. " Fair, for brighter or fairer scarcely the summer sun could have bestowed." in ever given me fairer, — it can only give me more fair." c C : : if the comp
1273. done," she replied, as if unconsciously; " and this is his own precious day." F
1274. your affections." Agnes seemed scarcely to heed his words. There was no appeara
1275.right, open, and guile- her eyes, mildly beaming, looked straight upon Fulvius's
1276.ou are trifling I with one who sincerely authority, admires and loves you. know have been pleased to think favorably of me, and to express yourself not oppo
1278.I my urging my now, therefore, seriously and earnestly solicit it. I may seem ab
1279. now, therefore, seriously and earnestly solicit it. I may seem abrupt and infor
1280.ry, at having been so " Is it completely deluded. not enough to be rejected," he
1281.o, having" walked for would now probably self. some time about the garden, thoug
1282.and by herShe had come upon him suddenly, and had caught his last words. * " Dis
1283.Haughty Roman dame 1 thou Shalt bitterly rue this day and hour." presume now ret
1284.ved before, but what he took delightedly, a gentle little tap, to keep him from
1285., gnashing his " teeth, muttered audibly ! day and hour. revena;e.'" thou shalt
1286.nd hour. revena;e.'" thou shalt bitterly rue this Haughty Roman dame Thou shalt
1287.ived tion in of the Rome, Corvinus fully felt the importance of affixing commiss
1288., had torn down a simi- and had manfully suffered death for his boldness. Corvin
1289.ppen in Rome for he feared too seriously the consequences of such an occurrence
1290.ould meet the eyes of the citizens early in the morning, and strike their minds
1291.rchment joined together; a board, firmly supported by a pillar, of much the same
1292. moustaches, made them appear absolutely ferocious to eyes. Eoman These men coul
1293. to eyes. Eoman These men could scarcely speak Latin, but were ruled by officers
1294. for them to commit, to execute it. duly commanded A number of these savages, ev injunctions; and most edict. minutely to the one This whom chosen he had plac
1296., and walked up and ; down, occasionally taking a long pull at a flask concealed
1297.erries of the Thuringian forests muddily meditating, not on the wood or city. Wh
1298.o honor ; my if poor dwelling ! I hardly dare oifer you our plain it, fare but y
1299.n love-feast." " Thank you most I kindly, father Diogenes," answered the elder o
1300. as yet and after it have come expressly to sup with you. But we have some busin
1301.than he knew ed. Lips. the simple family usually enjoyed. Ammian. They lib. sat
1302.knew ed. Lips. the simple family usually enjoyed. Ammian. They lib. sat down or
1303.s since it than you are now, you tinctly. may suppose ; now nearly was older the
1304.w, you tinctly. may suppose ; now nearly was older then remember all quite dis:
1305. and Laurentius met him, and so tenderly reproached him, just as a son might a f
1306. in the sacrifice of so soft, especially ! ; our Lord's body and blood." "Those
1307.and it would first have been intolerably frightful in another. He had been place
1308.d been placed on the rack, and variously tormented, and he had not * A. D. 258.
1309.stering and breaking over the and deeply scored from a cauldron, to observe the
1310. twitches which convulsed, and gradually contracted, his limbs all this, I own,
1311. the upward glancing you would willingly have changed places with him." "That I
1312. and heroic Levite, while I am dear only a weak imperfect boy. is But do you not
1313.dier, and wounds. But as me, I have only a willing " ? heart to give. Is that en
1314.isen from his seat, and looking tenderly on the youth, who with had placed his o
1315.d you! whatever you are about, stuirlily am sure it is something praiseworthy."
1316.Sebastian entered, of inquired anxiously Diogenes had seen any thing and the two
1317.ments. A quarter of an hour had scarcely elapsed, when hasty steps were heard ap
1318.ed open, fast barred, and was as quickly shut, and then ratus and Pancratius. "
1319.chment. " " What ? " asked " all eagerly. Why, the grand ; decree, of course," a
1320.ful of ashes be scraped together, hardly enough to gilded urn ? fill a And what
1321.evail against Him. he gazed abstractedly on the expiring embers of the pompous S
1322.Sebastian soon recovered, and had hardly the heart to reprove the perpetrators o
1323.the morrow's dismay. This view he gladly took, for he saw Pancratius watched his the Quadratus's object, besides holy Eucharist, was not arrived. this arrang
1325.ot arrived. this arrangement, was partly, that if surpi'ised, a kindness, in rea being there might be apparent, partly to keep up the spirits of his younger c
1327.ions of Diogenes's youth, and cheerfully to their meal for it the hour for the g
1328. when he saw fcAv blank board, with only a left, shreds of parchment round the n
1329.passionate exclamation "Sirrah! directly " ! how has softly, edict disappeared?
1330.ion "Sirrah! directly " ! how has softly, edict disappeared? me "Softly, Herr Ko softly, edict disappeared? me "Softly, Herr Kornweiner," answered the imper"
1332.that nonsense for me." flashed drunkenly again. sort of people they were, " The
1333. first, and began to chat quite friendly, asked me was not very cold, and that s
1334.y one that came if it near me " "Exactly," interrupted Corvinus; "and why did yo
1335.inus; "and why did you not doit?" " Only because he wouldn't let me. I told him
1336.eed he saw what appeared he could hardly believe his own eyes. " like such an ob
1337.his moustache in an ominous way, civilly, which made Corvinus ask again more ans
1338.hand, and up where you see it, as easily as I could cast a quoit a dozen yards."
1339. men, but we do not choose And, secondly, what was the use? pursue hobgoblins. s
1340. without giving the watchword." " Gently, captain who ? says he did not give it?
1341. yes, he came up, and said quite plainly, * Nomen Imperatorum.'' " "What?" " ' r
1342.returned the soldier, with a look of sly stolidity "as to that, we are pretty we
1343.c:^ the dead body of a Dacian, evidently murdered, was washed on the banks of th
1344.ened spot in the Forum, he had carefully examined the ground, for any trace of t
1345.EXPLANATIONS. ^"HEJSr morning had fairly broken, crowds the Forum, streamed, fro
1346.e tremendous edict so long menaced. only a bare board, there uproar. But when th
1347.he Some admired so Christians, generally reckoned cowproclamation; ardly ; other
1348.enerally reckoned cowproclamation; ardly ; others were indignant at the audacity
1349.y might be delayed. At an were all early hour the places of public fashionable r
1350.; was not done by violence, but entirely by witchcraft. Two to the soldier, " it
1351.ica. friend of A mine, who was out early, saw the ladder up, by which he had bee
1352. observed Proculus. "There and certainly I don't see why these wretched men shou must have, to remember or accurately Is barbarous people! the genealogy and
1354.epare a powder that would make a man fly in the air, it would be only necessary
1355.e a man fly in the air, it would be only necessary to find some herbs in which a
1356.a winged power as you know, and properly energized by certain inysterioas words,
1357.down again, would no doubt, when rightly used, enable, or force a person to fly
1358.y used, enable, or force a person to fly up into the air. It is well known, inde
1359. mentioned that the sect came originally from Chaldtea, a country always famous
1360.and at other times Simon Magus, actually in public flew up high into the air but
1361. Scaurus. are all Christians necessarily sorcerers?" asked "Necessarily; it is p
1362.cessarily sorcerers?" asked "Necessarily; it is part of their superstition. beli
1363. their sacred lives, that they have only to go to one of those priests, own the
1364.t, they consider themselves as perfectly guiltless." " Fearful " joined in the c
1365.e against them." Fnlvius had been keenly eyeing Sebastian, who had ; entered " d the conversation; -and now pointedly addressed him. "And " I you, no doubt,
1367.bastian if do you not? think," he calmly replied, " that the Christians be such
1368.the earth. But even " so, I would gladly give them one chance of escape." is "An" is "And what who that? " sneeringly asked Fulvius. to join in destroying Th
1370. vices, and the word " thief," he fairly leapt. under the indignant, but serene,
1371.econd and hatred in that heart, was only writHe had only intensity now to add to
1372. in that heart, was only writHe had only intensity now to add to that feeling. t
1373. light to the dark eye of the body, only blinded the seeing. if by spreading the
1374.stian, "for Whither tripping on so gaily on " I day of danger? Do you not know ?
1375.ming And she passed on, singing blithely. But Sebastian begged her to stay one m
1376. the A great privilege was, consequently, granted to the faithful, at blessed Eu
1377., and communicating themselves privately in the morning, "before taking other fo
1378.hat the then per- formed was essentially, and in many details, the same as they
1379. in many details, the same as they daily witness at the Catholic altar. consider
1380. as now, to be the Sacrifice of Not only was it Our Lord's Body and were identic
1381.y and were identical; so Blood, not only were the oblation, the consecration, th
1382.e for giving the kiss of peace brotherly love —sobs till —a genuine embrace
1383.uth clung to his father's neck, scarcely knowing whether that day might not seve future feast. This was most carefully and revof "The Body The Blessed Euchari
1385.Body The Blessed Eucharist, in the Early 337 Ages of the Church. erently folded,
1386.he Early 337 Ages of the Church. erently folded, and laid in the bosom, wrapped
1387. which would long had she not studiously ISTor had her mistress been able to pre
1388.the baths of Caracalla had been narrowly watched by the capsarius and his wife,
1389., But Corvinus, and hav- ing as speedily as possible another, though not so gran, therefore, while it was still early, to the baths, where Fulvius, ever jeal
1391.the baths, where Fulvius, ever jealously watchful over Torquatus, kept him in ex
1392.he most important prizes, and especially the Pontiff and superior clergy, whom h
1393.oper quarter. Sebastian, after his early attendance on divine worship, unable, f
1394. engaged, the had had himself rattlingly called in his slip of old capsararius,
1395.t, and of getting possession of the holy Pontiff's person. of Sebas- This he fas
1396.'s epitaph, but he made out sufficiently necessary for him to turn his steps tow
1397. bade her bear But, in fact, as speedily as possible, to its destination. hai'dl possible, to its destination. hai'dly left he had the baths, when Fulvius by
1399.void towards the appointed spot. diately, soldier, in He mounted his horse immew
1400. mon such excavations, for we can hardly them edifices. The reader may imagine t
1401.atter of jealous discipline in the early Church. Often subterranean churches wer
1402.tural decoration. The walls, esjjecially near the altar, were plastered and pain
1403.eir bases and capitals, not ungracefully cut out of the sandstone, divided * Doo
1404.n the Church. Confirmation, in the Early Ages of the Church. 5;iS&-.:SU7i:;^B^*f
1405.d in the chamber. This is very naturally supposed to for the class have been the
1406.lergy {bb). two large chambers, slightly separated by half-coluuins, in what we
1407.een the throne and the people. The early Christians thus anticipated underground
1408.y found the coast clear, and immediately made their arrangements. Fulvius, with was nothing to fear that the cowardly Christians would run before them like h
1410.oice again sang forth, but in apparently fainter accents "Si consistant adversum
1411.the distant lights have We are certainly disappeared, and the music has ceased.
1412.which he did not feel. " That noise only comes from those old moles, Diogenes an
1413.bvious. As they advanced, and cautiously, along the low narrow gallery, the resi
1414.fierce glare, which on the arm. silently heated and annoyed them ; while a volum
1415.led around themselves, which effectually dimmed their light. Torquatus kept at t
1416.^ every mark which he had made carefully removed. He was staggered and baulked, number, lie found the road completely blocked up. been on the look-out. than
1418. w^ere trained, they set to work lustily, shovelling the sand across the narrow
1419. Behind this bai-rier they stood, hardly suppressing a laugh as they heard their
1420. left, advanced a few paces, and totally disappeared. Though his companions had
1421.hey had kindled ness on to destroy, only served to shed bright- monuments of tha
1422.mering of a lamp. This was held steadily by an upright, immovable figure, which, Still, as they approached stealthily towards : it did not was no speculation
1424.nscared. At length, two got sufficiently near to seize the figure by its arms. a
1425.tened therefore to the place of assembly and delivered Sebastian's note; adding
1426.end him, as his person was i^articularly sought Pancratius urged the blind messe
1427.When vius it came forth, with their only captive, Ful- was perfectly furious. It
1428.h their only captive, Ful- was perfectly furious. It was worse than a total fail
1429.etch winced and foamed; is then suddenly he asked, "And where Torquatus?" He hea
1430.the Dacian guard's adventure him greatly. He had escaped into the unsearchable m
1431. and awful look, and said to her sternly, Look at me, woman, and me the truth."
1432.hout a "Do spy, not fear," was the reply. Fulvius, indeed, was pondering whether
1433.harge of a vow made for my life in early sickness, to They left me in the blesse
1434. you lived since ? " "God became my only Father then, and His Catholic Church my
1435.ut you can walk about the streets freely, and without fear, as well as if you sa
1436.ave seen vou. Do you remember very early one morning in the autumn, leading a po
1437.f a Christian " ? he asked negli- gently. " how ; could I deny it? "Then that me
1438. was a Christian meeting?" " " Certainly wdiat else could it be ? him was certai
1439.iat else could it be ? him was certainly a Christian. His game was made. She mus
1440.fter a pause, looking at her steadfastly, he said, " Do you know whither you are
1441. to my Spouse in heaven." "And so calmly?" he asked in surprise; for he could se
1442.e countenance, but a smile. "So joyfully rather," was her brief reply. Having go
1443.So joyfully rather," was her brief reply. Having got all that he desired, he con
1444.most of the curious had left, ; and only a few more persevering remained, past t
1445.ested the spectators to remain perfectly still, that he might try his persuasion else was there, as the " thus kindly addressed her What thy name, child " Ca
1447. I name ; hast thou ; it from thy family ? " No ; am not noble except because I
1448.ilia." " But now, give up all this folly of the Christians, who have kept thee o
1449. the Christians, who have kept thee only poor and blind. Honor the decrees of th
1450.y." " How dost thou mean? " not daintily "I thank God that I because by ; am all I because by ; am all poor and meanly clad, and fare these things I am the mo
1452.I am the more like Jesus Christ, my only Spouse." "Foolish girl!" interrupted th
1453.ittle; "hast thou learnt all these silly delusions already? at least thou canst
1454.ore than all the rest, I thank Him daily and hourly with my heart." it "How What
1455.l the rest, I thank Him daily and hourly with my heart." it "How What so? dost t
1456.I must call light, contrasts so strongly with all around. is It is to me what th
1457.r my gaze on it drawn for its by earthly visions. I love Him too much not to wis
1458. come! let me have no more of this silly prattle. Obey the emperors at once, or
1459.will do. " Pain? " she echoed innocently. Hast thou never felt it? hast thou nev
1460.s she made no resistance, she was easily laid extended on its wooden couch. The
1461.. "ISTeither torments nor death," firmly replied the victim tied to the altar, "
1462. a further turn ; would have done, truly, sufficed to inflict all a racking pain
1463.ith me," exclaimed the judge, thoroughly vexed, " and makest light of my lenity.
1464.stronger. sides." * Here, Catulus, apply a lighted torch to her * The rack was u
1465.gust and horror ran through the assembly, which could not help sympathizing with
1466.towards the group. But as he ran blindly on, he struck against an of&cer of herc
1467.ld, who, it. no doubt quite accidentally, was advancing from " He reeled, and th
1468.oods. Had Corvinus come in his way early in the day, nobody could have answered
1469.irst salutation which the prefect Humbly waiting your divinity's pleasure outsid
1470.eror " Well," ; tale, which occasionally amused trick. for he was rather taken w
1471.shall not know whom some one immediately to arrest ! these men, and the school-m
1472.. I care?" replied the emperor peevishly as many well ; as you can, and spare no
1473.bable sternness and at last said, coldly Very little profit from all this, Fulvi
1474. a Christian. her. I can now necessarily either win her or destroy In either cas
1475.r, in foolery. in. Your funds are nearly exhausted, and nothing coming You must
1476.coming You must strike a blow." " Surely, Eurotas, you would prefer my trying to
1477. You know our compact. Either the family is speediest. restored to wealth and sp
1478., Fulvius, and am the head of the family. I have had but one thought, but one ai
1479.rts. The dark old man eyes more intently than ever, and went on "Tou remember th
1480.your hands the divided remnant of family wealth." Fulvius covered his face with
1481.ds and shuddered, then said entreatingly, heaven's sake s^jare " Ob, spare me th
1482.precipitous. him, and running heedlessly, headlong down the opening, and reuiain
1483.ed about, till, consciousness completely remembered that he was in a catacomb, b
1484. He then struck him that he had a supply of tapers about him, and means dered fr
1485.on, entangling himself more inextricably in the subterranean labyrinth. He began, for he had been fasting from early morning; and he found himself coming ba
1487., after he had wandered about apparently At first he had looked negligently arou
1488.ently At first he had looked negligently around him, and for hours. were burnt h
1489.and for hours. were burnt had carelessly read the inscriptions on the tombs. But
1490. the seal of the rest. Church's motherly care stamped upon his place of And emba
1491. He was associated with the dead, ; only his grave was much larger than theirs b
1492. that. it was as dark and ? JSTo, lonely, and closed for ever. What else is deat
1493.same : ; distance as the sounds; clearly heard " " and the words of the strain w" in hope. For Thou, Lord, singularly hast placed me : : ure of the Good Shep
1495.ure of the Good Shepherd looked brightly breast and praying for mercy. down on h
1496.ollow and staggering forward to the holy bishop's feet, fell It was some time be
1497. against Thee, Thy child." him up kindly, and pressed him to his bosom, saying,
1498. rest." Some refreshment was immediately quatus would not rest till procured. Bu
1499.l procured. But Torstill he had publicly avowed the whole ; of his guilt, includ
1500.* * The penitentiary system of the early Church will be better described in any
1501.t. Cyprian, that those known, especially who proved weak in persecution, jected
1502. to the cemetery had for been not merely to take thithei' first sepulture the re
1503. to the Church to be sacrificed so early, it and Sebastian knew how eagerly Torq
1504.early, it and Sebastian knew how eagerly Torquatus now con- was sought. this, fi
1505.dge the Pontiff where no authoritatively called. one could suspect him to be, an
1506.palace of the Caesars.* left Efficiently dis- guised, the holy Bishop the cemete
1507.* left Efficiently dis- guised, the holy Bishop the cemetery, and, escorted by S
1508.d by Sebastian and Quadratus, was safely housed in the apartments of Irene, a Ch
1509.r husband held a household office. Early next morning Sebastian was with Pancrat
1510.s " My "you must leave is Rome instantly, and go related in the Acts just referr guard." Pancratius looked up brightly again he saw that Sebastian trusted him
1512. took an affectionate leave of his fully mother; and before each Rome had shaken
1513.stian's letter of advice was most warmly by Prayer and deliberation sucreceived
1514.charge of a few faithful servants, fully to be depended upon. When the two messe
1515. the same road as Torqua- tus had lately trodden, to Fundi, where they put uj) a
1516.soon found out his old master, tionately. Roman road. Pancratius who embraced hi
1517.ted him I He told him his errand, to fly, or at least conceal himself. "JS'o," s
1518. profession. and my servant are the only two Christians in the town. families Th
1519.oined him in his resolution to die; only he had promised Sebastian not to expose at the villa of Chromatius and early in the morning rushed suddenly through
1521.and early in the morning rushed suddenly through the gates, and to the house. He
1522.o tell slave where he go," was the reply, in a symbol of Christianity. annoyed.
1523.y two," exclaimed " Corvinus, thoroughly enraged. Again that dastardly boy has m
1524.thoroughly enraged. Again that dastardly boy has marred hopes. my plans and dest
1525. Corvinus had brought an abundant supply of strength and cruelty, in his officer
1526.his." " we must go more sys- tematically to work than He had reverted in thought
1527.dulged in the reminiscence of that early season in which others find but the pic
1528.t speak. gering till morning he placidly expired. The last rites of Christian se
1529.tes of Christian sepulture were modestly paid to him on the spot, for the house
1530.e childi-en he had that day efi"ectually demoralized, He ordered than parricide.
1531. him, and he kept lashing them furiously on. While they were thus excited they h to their horses, and pushed gallantly forward. They had passed the runners so
1533.and their sufferings should have greatly increased, with the growing intensity o
1534.ustomed menial for their labor, The only recompense which they received was that
1535.liar care of these who were particularly venerated by them. Their deacons visite
1536.their guards; and young men would boldly venture among them, and distribute more
1537.chains and the bruises, which these holy confessors bore for This assemblage of
1538. of men, convicted of serving faithfully Like the their divine Master, was usefu
1539.ures of the first day had not been fully repaired; and The people something more
1540.casion of the coming festival." " Really," answered the have none to spare. I I
1541.n the morrow. A number men were actively ^ employed in making final preparations
1542.of to their waists, were specimens manly athletic forms. " I must have those ; t
1543.ild beasts " I " they will do charmingly. I am sure they are Christians, they wo
1544. are Christians, they work so cheerfully." cannot possibly spare them at present
1545.hey work so cheerfully." cannot possibly spare them at present. woi'th six men,
1546. They are called men of excellent family, Largus and Smaragdus; they are young b
1547.ever, they picked for many but generally in vain. made came near At length they
1548.ho bore Him incarnate, is affectionately honored saw the group and pausing, aske
1549. composed it. He enumerated them readily then added, " You may as well From a di mine, though," said Corvinus, sharply and he advanced for this purpose. The v
1551.ith exultation, ter " Fet- him instantly. This time at least, Pancratius, thou s
1552.SON. 'F a modern Christian wishes really to know what faith, his forefathers und
1553.d, subject, we would limit him willingly to one specimen, the genuine Acts true
1554. of these, and some other similar, early Christian documents. The ones which we
1555.annot do better than turn to that really golden, because truthful legend, or to
1556.on. As they were thus dragged helplessly, they were ; unmerand any persons near
1557.e already other victims, of both cifully struck and stumbling by the guards who
1558.chambers, one below the other, with only one round aperture in the centre of eac
1559.ocks and the ingenious cruelty this only the persecutors often increased the dis
1560.le, on the contrary, some who so cruelly tortured that their recovery appeared h
1561.ssion with his prisoner, and necessarily get the worst of though the latter woul
1562.d seldom go further with him than simply reiterating his plain profession of the
1563. the case of one Ptolomaeus, beautifully recited St. Justin, and in that of St. of St. Perpetua, he affirmative reply, proceeded to pronounce capital sentenc
1565.n stood before the judge for wanted only three days to the miinus, or games, at whom you see." Then turning to a holy priest, Lucianus, venerable for his yea
1567.d every variety of learning. But finally I adhered to the doctrines of Christian
1568. ? doctrine, which we Christians piously hold, is to believe in one God, the Mak
1569.ofiice belongs the Son of God, anciently foretold : to the prophets." * "Thou th
1570.thers, and deservest to be more severely punished than the rest. Let feet Lucian
1571.e sign of the saving cross, I and calmly replied, " I am the servant of Christ., hold firm in my heart, inces- santly adore. This youth which you behold in i
1573.ry judge. "I thank thee," replied meekly the noble youth, "that thus I suffer so
1574. with this rough but they were gradually overawed by tho dignity of their gait,
1575.ose psalms which the circumstances rally suggested. The eve of " fighting with,"
1576.itted The them and the Christians boldly took full advantage of the permisthemse
1577.s. dejection and bitterness it was truly an agape, or love-feast; for they suppe
1578.he souls of her They had been constantly attended on by the deachildren. cons, p
1579.n by the deachildren. cons, particularly Reparatus, company. having provided as
1580.ysius, their therefore, who would gladly have joined But his duty forbade this a
1581.ons of the Bread of Life, to feed, early in the morning of their battle, the cha
1582.l church to others, where they were only distributed by the prison, isters. titu
1583. passions of heathen Rome were unusually excited by the coming slaughter of so m
1584.of Tor- known that Fulvius had carefully noted the ministers of the sanctuary, a
1585.nce they could by day, unless thoroughly disguised. The sacred Bread was prepare
1586.other could step forto his them scarcely venture out * Acts of Lionese Martyrs, a countenance beautiful in its lovely innocence as an angel's, he seemed to e
1588.the picture before him. " My youth, holy father, will be my best protection. Oh
1589.He The stretched forth his hands eagerly, and his entreaty was so full of fervor
1590.he Divine Mysteries wrapped up carefully in a linen cloth, then in an outer cove
1591.thou goest along; and remember that holy things must not be delivered to dogs, n
1592.cast before swine. Thou wilt keep safely God's sacred gifts? " " I will die rath
1593.her than betray them," answered the holy youth, as he folded the heavenly trust
1594.he holy youth, as he folded the heavenly trust in the tunic, bosom of his and wi
1595. Ids countenance, as lie tripped lightly along the streets, avoiding equally the
1596.htly along the streets, avoiding equally the more public, and the too low, thoro
1597. rich lady without children, " smilingly ; " and I have no home, save one which inheritance, hastened on, and shortly an open space, where boys, just escaped
1599.llow." "I can't, Petilius, now; I really can't. lam going on business of great i
1600.ntreat you," said the poor boy feelingly, " do let me go." "No seem to ; such th
1601.t ? is that you be carrying so carefully in your bosom well, it will A letter, I
1602. will see it," insisted the other rudely ; "I will know what is this wonderful s
1603. is this wonderful secret." hiui roughly about. A all crowd of And he commenced
1604. men from the neighborhood asked eagerly what was the matter. They saw a boy, wh
1605.ttempt to retaliate but he unflinchingly kept his purpose. "What it? what can it
1606.same question, he replied contemptuously, as he turned on his heel, "What is it?
1607.rned on his heel, "What is it? Why, only a Christian ass, bearing the mysteries.
1608. A heavy blow from a smith's fist nearly stunned only reply. him, while the bloo
1609. from a smith's fist nearly stunned only reply. him, while the blood flowed from
1610.a smith's fist nearly stunned only reply. him, while the blood flowed from the w
1611.ed fast upon his breast, he fell heavily on the ground. The mob closed upon him,
1612.eizing him, to tear open his thrice-holy trust, when they felt themselves pushed
1613.he bruised and fainting boy, as tenderly as a mother could have done, and in mos
1614.nd Lord of ence, as if bearing, not only the sweet victim of a youthful sacrific
1615.opped a lady met him and stared amazedly at him. She it drew nearer, and looked
1616. because he was a Christian." and lovely ? Who replied Quadratus, "they have mur The venerable Dionysius could hardly lated, the see for weeping, as he remov
1618.ds, and took from his bosom, unvio- Holy of holies ; and he thought he looked mo a few moments ago, so fair and lovely?" -whom itrH'r'^fnffW^ifil ; 'M an ange
1620.lumber, than he did when living scarcely an hour before. Quadratus himself bore
1621.he was buried amidst and later tlie holy Pope the admiration of older believers
1622.ooked forward for strength, was the only one that could have overcast, even slig
1623. that could have overcast, even slightly, the serenity of their souls. At this m
1624.leasant news had arrived, and as quickly divined what it was for Quadratus had a
1625.ood Tarcisius borne, ; The mob profanely bade him to display He rather gave his
1626.applied to the Blessed Eucharist, supply one of those casual, but most striking,
1627.tus the deacon, who flew out immediately with a look of bright intelligence. Seb
1628.g in, known and out of, the prison daily; in his care of its inmates. had passed
1629.s care of its inmates. had passed freely and had been indefatigable But now he w
1630.But now that the time come, I can hardly believe myself worthy of so immense an or hear about another. w but hardly dares to himself? " tliink is to be, in
1632. yet, Sebastian," he continued fervently, it is seizing friend's hands, " " true
1633.amphitheatre, and unclose them instantly upon that one to sunlike intelligence,
1634.of mercy and love without fear of surely, Sebastian, it sounds like presumption grant me such a death. more willingly must one at my age face it, when it put
1636.hideous beasts and sinning men, scarcely less How much : — ; frightful than th
1637. ; frightful than they, and hushes only the fiend-like yells of both ! How much
1638.g enough to check your ardent and lately you refused to give me your reason for
1639.e your reason for despatching me hastily to Campania, and desire to die for Chri
1640.ion which might tarnish, even as lightly as a Yet they form but one. ; ; breath
1641.hey form but one. ; ; breath does finely-tempered steel, the purity of your desi
1642.kind of you, dear Sebastian it was nobly But how is this connected with my journ
1643.would have been seized for ; your boldly tearing down the in his court. edict, o
1644. the judge You would have been certainly condemned, and Each one, approaching de
1645.mned, and Each one, approaching devoutly, and with tears of gratitude, received
1646.ying for simeven in your conflict, ; ply being a Christian." " Quite true, Sebas
1647.d Pancratius was indeed amazed. The holy priest Lucianus was laid stretched on t
1648.tched on the floor, with his up the holy limbs painfully distended in the catast
1649.or, with his up the holy limbs painfully distended in the catasta or stocks, so
1650. And then each one, approaching devoutly, and with consecrated tears of gratitud
1651.n- nay, the very exception presents only a sublimer apjjlication of them. Here w
1652.tar. The Church prescribed that the Holy Sacrifice should be offered only over t
1653.he Holy Sacrifice should be offered only over the relics of martyrs here was a m
1654. is : true ; but that self act, was only part of the already dead, and the plete was, in all life but There was only Christ's within and with- out the sanct
1656.Was ever viaticum for mar- more worthily prepared ? * Such a celebration of the
1657.ed the imlmnar, was reserved, and richly decorated for the imperial court. The C
1658.n attempt was made to dress them gaudily as heathen priests and priestesses but
1659.ging that as they had come spontaneously to the fight, it was unfair to make the which they abhorred. During the early part of the day they remained thus toge
1661. thy didst thou chariot dashed furiously along the Appian way, not hear the tram
1662."and thy accursed steed which, purposely urged forward, frightened mine, and nea
1663.ged forward, frightened mine, and nearly caused my death ? No, Corvinus, hear I
1664.y death ? No, Corvinus, hear I me calmly. It is the last time we shall speak tog Cassianus " I was travelling quietly with a rites to companion our master to
1666.e : when thy strength already was nearly exhausted, and thy blood almost frozen
1667.ed to have overtaken him; there was only my will between him and his doom. It wa
1668. It was my day of vengeance, and I fully gratified it." and how, pray ? " " By d
1669.the struggle between them, Corvinus only felt himself with- ered, degraded, befo
1670.aching to love. "Corvinus, / have freely forgiven thee. his arm, and said, He Th
1671.r he was found by his father comjiletely intoxicated : it was the only way he kn
1672.omjiletely intoxicated : it was the only way he knew of drowning remorse. As he and summoned them to the They hastily embraced one another, and took leave on
1674.. They were then brought forward, singly or in groups, as the people desired, or
1675.tyr's course loose, ; while occasionally three or four were successively let wit
1676.sionally three or four were successively let without their inflicting a mortal w
1677.tanding on one side, with a lady closely enwrapped in her mantle, and veiled. He
1678.elt, and taking her hand, affectionately kissed it. "Bless me, dear mother," he
1679.t looked behind, and pillar. caught only a glimpse of a fluttering cloak roundin
1680.ristian. —that Sebastian was certainly a Pancratius soon stood in the midst of
1681.ith his God most tlie least, attentively, with a fixed and praying to and untrem
1682.wild beast after another careering madly round him, roaring, and lashing its sid
1683.s bull, let loose npon him, dashed madly forward, with his neck bent down, then neck bent down, then stopped suddenly, as though he had struck his head again
1685. the dust around him, bellowing fiercely. ! "Provoke him, thou coward enraged em from thee, or it be done more roughly for thee." "Sire," replied the youth, w
1687. with a musical voice, that rang sweetly through the hushed amphitheatre, "it is
1688.of my father, who in this very place bly made gloriously the same confession whi
1689.o in this very place bly made gloriously the same confession which I now hummake
1690.e of Jesus Chiist, God and man, I gladly give my life. Do not take from me ; ; t
1691. life. Do not take from me ; ; this only legacy, which his I have bequeathed, ri cause, had wrought upon that cowardly herd. Pancratius felt it, and his heart place, facing the emperor, apparently so absorbed in higher thoughts, as not
1694.about, frisked and gambolled noiselessly on the sand. At last All its feline cun
1695.frame. been a hermit's peror, apparently so absorbed in higher thoughts as not t
1696.n stolen front. Crouching upon it slowly advancing one paw before it had gained
1697.iched, and his neck. blended inseparably with that of his father, which Lucina h
1698.eased its fury, and multiplied its daily victims. Many whose names have appeared
1699.s have appeared in our pages, especially the community of Chromatins' s villa. r
1700.ommunity of Chromatins' s villa. rapidly fell. The first was Zoe, whose dumbness
1701.of the same party, was taken, repeatedly Tranquillinus, the father of Marcus tor
1702.s, jealous of Zoe's crown, prayed openly at St. Paul's tomb he was taken and sum
1703.. Paul's tomb he was taken and summarily stoned to death. His twin sons suffered his former companions, espe; cially the gallant Tiburtius, who was now behe
1705.iburtius, who was now beheaded,* greatly facilitated this wholesale destruction.
1706.ral on the battle-field, who looked only to the viccounting every one as gloriou
1707.s to earth, a claim more above. silently, and a link more to heaven a care less
1708.aven a care less He sometimes sat lonely, or ; paused on the spots where he had
1709.nscious virtue of the amiable and comely youth. But he never felt as if they wer
1710.ld reception. But after bearing silently the muttered curses of the royal brute, curses of the royal brute, he boldly advanced, dropped on one knee, and thus
1712.n, at once, or booby?" asked impatiently the I'll "Speak thy throat by an Fulviu
1713.lever soldier, without educacould hardly when calm express himself in decent Lat
1714.aid, a vij)er an evil demon; and he only won- dered he was still alive. The Chri
1715. officer stood the volley, as intrepidly as ever field of battle. he had borne t
1716.m them, and they will give you willingly the other and in maimed and loyalty, fi
1717.d loyalty, fidelity, more half." " Folly and madness ! " returned the sneering s
1718.t must be done hear, dolt? I too quietly at home, or treachery will spread. Here
1719.once But Sebastian was to be differently dealt with. execution. " Order Hyphax t
1720.appear- A bow of immense length, a gaily-painted quiver full of arrows, and a sh
1721.morning. must be well done," " Perfectly, said the emperor. replied set of the d
1722.his native soil, and had M^ ! w suddenly on a hooded asp or a scorpion's nest, h
1723.hat he meant to be a smile it was hardly an earthly one. "You will take Sebastia
1724.t to be a smile it was hardly an earthly one. "You will take Sebastian to your q Sebastian to your quarters; and early — to-morrow morning, —not this even
1726.the grove of Adonis, and you will slowly shoot him to death. Slowly, of your fin
1727.u will slowly shoot him to death. Slowly, of your fine shots straight till throu
1728.r- who affected virtue, but was secretly a tine? Impossible, too! Yes, this was
1729.asking, and he had acted most generously and most delicately towards her. He was
1730.cted most generously and most delicately towards her. He was what he seemed, tha
1731. because lie was a ; Christian. She only saw the all problem in another form spi
1732.eing a Christian it She turned variously in her mind, in vain. it came to her th
1733. she had heard nothing, for she had only returned the day before from a journey
1734.oss, She as if felt as if she personally were about to fall sufl"er a Sebastian'
1735.oing to to her, on some one tie. closely bound by some secret and mysterious Her the deepening gloom. She was suddenly It disturbed by the entrance of a slave
1737. the news, madam ? "What news?" " " Only that Sebastian is going to be shot with
1738. what you do not understand." "Certainly not, you so wish first officer it; I is you, to me. shot. madam. It certainly is He won't be the Many they have was t
1740.ooked it; and fixed her eyes searchingly on her There was no emotion in if maid'
1741.n's life preStill served ? " " Certainly." Fabiola almost leaped up, as she repl
1742.r them ? " "They " shall be binding only is still alive." is if, twenty-four hou
1743.lave, as she There is no hurry," quietly replied the com- pleted, untlurried, th
1744.lace, and to the Mauand went in directly to the commander. "What There is dost t
1745.uld not do so better, if See how soundly he He he were going to be be the marrie
1746.lave." "That About 800?. mr ; " Secondly, a dowry, a good dowry, mind ; for I ne
1747.. How much dost thou expect? " Certainly not less than three hundred pounds."* "
1748.reported as dead." " " And if he finally recover ? " His fellow-Christians will
1749. to our bargain. The money is given only on this condition. Six hundred pounds t
1750. go. " Stay, stay," said Hyphax, eagerly the demon of covet" Let us see. Why, my
1751.en two guards, he was slumbering soundly by the wall of the court. Fatigued with
1752.yed the rare advantage of retiring early to rest and the marble pave; ment was a
1753.and now that all was hushed, he silently rose, and with outstretched arms, gave
1754. preparation. The soldier who sud- denly declares himself a Christian, bends dow mind to doubt, that as he his earthly sovereign on the it battle-field, had f
1756.battle-field, had faced death intrepidly for so he should meet His prayer, then,
1757.uld meet His prayer, then, till joyfully for his heavenly Lord, in any place. mo, then, till joyfully for his heavenly Lord, in any place. morning, was a glad
1759.on the vibrating boughs form softer only ones that earth could utter in hymns,
1760.rows, unerring in their aim. self gladly to their sharp tongues, hissing as the
1761.ppeasing of his wrath. self particularly for the afflicted He offered him- Churc
1762.s thoughts rose higher, from the earthly to the Church; soaring like the eagle f
1763. poured into his heart, which could only be passive, and receive the gift. Yet i
1764. sesterces sounded in the scientifically and the chink ; of mental ears of Hypha
1765. had of a hundred, five already secretly offered a large additional sum for its
1766.e it. Among his followers he could fully depend on secrecy. Sebastian was conduc
1767.secrated to Adonis. He walked cheerfully in the own midst of his executioners, f
1768.atural courage, as the hunter's cry only nerves the stag at bay. this dead and s
1769.f hay, or a stuffed figure, to be coolly aimed at, according to the tyrant's ord
1770. for his bowmen, shone not more brightly on him, than did the countenance of the, than did the countenance of the only the wall upon ; Witness he cared to hav
1772. and shouts of applause each so cleverly approaching, yet according to the imper
1773.ear the welcoming strain of the heavenly porters, as they should open the It gat
1774. upon earth, found himself, not suddenly translated from death to of angels. lif
1775.gine him as more beautiful. And not only that church do we love, but that ancien
1776.e to which we allude. It has been lately repaired by the Barberini family. Ellas
1777. lately repaired by the Barberini family. Ellas earned up to Htaven, fu>m a pimn
1778.n no humor to be disturbed. was a lovely night, and the moon seemed to be stroki
1779.n her way, when she felt herself roughly seized by the arm. " If should not have
1780. not laughed," said her captor, bitterly, But that hyena laugh unmistakable. " "
1781., Afra, to be thinking of me, especially just then thinking of you, but of your
1782.he power of my charms and did you really philters? " all "To be sure " Not quite
1783.rinking from her. of Afra's, so was only a sudden bright thought she pushed her
1784.tian She has I spoil, to till now coldly rejected every offer; carefully. but ha
1785.w coldly rejected every offer; carefully. but have observed one thing riches. No
1786.o the shadow, and I view, one especially. I rather like you, as a hearty, unscru
1787., relentless, : will tell you how surely you may intercept his treasure. Leave t, seeing Death looks to us like a holy how much he prefers taking to his socie
1789.dow, with a sword in his hand, carefully turning and examining the hilt in the b
1790.t, exclaiming with an oath, " It is only brass, after all all." officer's belt,
1791.arance, a rich and examined it carefully. "All false stones! Why, I declare the
1792.anks Eurotas was right. JSText j^robably from your master for morning, the slave
1793.him to the apartment of Irene. The early hour of the morning, and the emperor's
1794.ce, facilitated this movement. Instantly Dionysius was sent for, and he pronounc
1795.r four-and-twenty hours Afra assiduously every hour, to ask almost how Sebastian
1796.arouse and hideous rites of her scarcely more. nuptials. Fabiola inquired after
1797.d, for the first time in her life, ously invited to enter she found herself cons
1798.d to enter she found herself consciously in the bosom of a Christian family. we
1799.ously in the bosom of a Christian family. we are told, was the widow of Castulus
1800.r behavior soon struck FabiOne evidently ola, as she became familiar with them.
1801.lligent, or learned, or witty, or highly polished; but she saw her Then she was
1802.m, active, sensible, and honest. clearly warm-hearted, generous, deeply affectio
1803.. clearly warm-hearted, generous, deeply affectionate, and sweetly patient. hous
1804.nerous, deeply affectionate, and sweetly patient. household, — so simple, The never seen such a frugal, and orderly. Nothing dissister. turbed it, except t
1806. of the elder ascertained that the daily visitor In a few Chris- days tian ; it
1807.ation, who might yet lose itself. surely a greater trial than martyrdom was to b heard the mysterious words which only one Intelligence can utter. regret. Yet
1809.ivine Will, hoping that purpose was only to give him the merit of a double marty
1810.m. For this second crown he so earnestly longed, that he rejected every proposal
1811.concealment. "I have now," he generously said, "earned one privilege This of a m
1812.his of a martyr, that of speaking boldly to the persecutors. I will use the firs
1813.d his heart against pity ; act prudently. In the meantime, Fabiola, seeing the d
1814.etermination of nrr Sebastian not to fly, conceived the romantic idea of saving
1815.audience of the of her ; She accordingly slight token and knowing the covetousne
1816.s accepted ; The with but she was merely told to attend her memorial at the Pala
1817.ul suptore it looked it at it scornfully, and either less up, or dashed himself.
1818.r dashed himself. It on the ground. Only here and there, he handed one to his se
1819.ded one to his secretary, a man scarcely imperious than was now nearly Fabiola'
1820.n scarcely imperious than was now nearly Fabiola' s turn : the emperor was only
1821.y Fabiola' s turn : the emperor was only dtr two steps above fear of her, and he
1822.ear of her, and her heart beat violently, not fate. from man, but from anxiety a
1823.on hearing his name most unceremoniously and peremptorily Fabiola looked up too most unceremoniously and peremptorily Fabiola looked up too for she knew the
1825. of this city; thou hast cast their holy bodies into the river, or flung them aw
1826." was held while these words w^ere fully The emperor seemed under the influence the presence of the dead. But quickly recovering himself and his passion, he
1828.ed: "Ho! some of you, go round instantly and bring him before me " (he did not "
1829.court, and sum- mon Hyphax here directly." With a heavy heart Corvinus went on h
1830.nd put his men in order of defence. Only one entrance at the end of the court wa
1831.Tell for you." his majesty, respectfully, replied African, "that my men have swo
1832.zed the jewel; and the that she had only exchanged one slavery a worse. Hyphax "
1833.any here." rate, I my work done properly this time," said Maximian. Two of you f came from behind; Sebastian, scarcely able to stand, was the also there; mild
1835.ized, and so addressed more respectfully. She was horrified and disgusted, and a
1836.eel faint, sire," said she, respectfully; "may I "By for all means. But, by the
1837.h I have given to Hyphax's wife" (lately her own slave!). "It will smile, as loo
1838.hat in the night he appeared to the holy matron Lucina, and directed her where t
1839.of man and of nianmight kind. Not merely the days of Marathon, of Cannge, which
1840.t Columbus could look back upon not only the day, but the precise hour, the deci
1841.udder struggle against one another, only to determine the ship's single path? By but but she saw She sympathized fully with the grief around her, and felt the
1843., and insincere. and a deeper melancholy, which lasted till towards evening, ; w
1844.rplexed by For her mistress had scarcely glanced over the witnessed. note, than
1845.tnessed. note, than she leaped up wildly from her seat, threw her hair in agony,
1846.stare in her eyes, and then sank heavily down Thus she remained again on her cha
1847.hands, with her arms relaxed, apparently unconscious. "Who lected, brought this
1848. witness to the contrary. come presently and take this for your trouble." The so
1849. might display itself the more painfully. She wrapped herself close up, proceede
1850. is the meaning of this, Agnes?" eagerly inquired Fabiola, after a warm embrace.
1851.e had considered the type of every manly virtue she was not surprised to find it
1852.e had loved as the very model of womanly The simple grandeur of that child's exc
1853.ld not hear a word about us and the only object of hatred to your generous mind
1854.prejudice, the weight of falsehood daily repeated. How many that noble minds, fi
1855.d it, and intend to do so again publicly in the morning." "In the morning! " —
1856.uspect few people will care much), early, am be be interrogated Is not that and
1857.en. good news, dear? asked Agnes eagerly, seizing her cousin's hands. ecstatic A
1858.ho loves beckon Him alone, how winningly doth I she me ; forward to join her tra
1859.departed, Fabiola; but they return early for me to-morrow early, mind, and we pa
1860.they return early for me to-morrow early, mind, and we part no more." Fabiola fe
1861.spirit, Agnes, however, saw and inwardly thanked God She begged her cousin this son. purport. to learn its "Certainly," said the magistrate, "if the old sorc has not been one who could not justly be rather called an aspirant after her
1864.r I too, methinks, that will more easily gain upon what hear of her generous and
1865.atever. ; Fulvius, of course, will apply for his is, and the probability it that
1866.hates Fulvius. more popular and palpably reasonable plan, all for himself. of gi
1867., ? who worships don't she w " Certainly, father." "I think he will embrace it:
1868.ignature; and I will proceed immediately after the execution to the palace, magn
1869.t, next in the set- will redound greatly to his credit and glory. is He as vain with accepted or rejected." "I only wdsh," added Tertullus, rising, "that I
1871.lvius," said the old as in ? man sternly, ; cold I a grey rock in the morning mi
1872.ence, virtue, or even honor. It is folly to : affect compassion for any one's li
1873.sed him by saying : " Well, and probably a final critical day for you. Let us ca
1874.inal critical day for you. Let us calmly weigh its prospects. You will go to the
1875.y the very idea; "it is my right, hardly earned. It cannot be denied me." " Quie
1876.rned. It cannot be denied me." " Quietly, my young friend ; let us discuss the m
1877.discuss the matter stirrup to the coolly. Kemember our proverb: * Jan. 31. 'From
1878.fused you." " many a fall.' Suppose only that your Then I am a ruined man. I hav
1879.e me, of retrieving " : Still I must fly hence." owe at Janus' s arch ? " * Good
1880.inted, do you think he Avill let you fly?" "Not if he knows it, prepared from th
1881.prepared from this moment most assuredly. But we must be and that with for any e dedicated to Janus, and called simply by his name, near which usurers or mone
1883. purpose but found himself imperceptibly As he was literally without nearer to t
1884.imself imperceptibly As he was literally without nearer to the TuUian prison. It
1885.affection, what could be his ; strangely compounded feeling, made up of as bitte
1886.d still rather have her hand revoltingly atrocious to Her murder appeared absolu
1887.ocious to Her murder appeared absolutely inevitable. So he would give her anothe here, Fulvius, at least," she gently said live : Respect me "I have but a fe
1889.of peace, I offer hap- piness." " Surely, sir, if I understand you, the time is
1890. lady ; your fate is in own hands I only your own obstinacy will give you over t
1891. me. of the imperial decrees, live." Fly with me and, in spite you shall be a Ch
1892.yet "Then have espoused to I not clearly told you that " it till I am already to Him alone I keep eternal faith "Folly and madness! Persevere in to-morrow, an
1894.A solitude." Fulviiis had been gradually losing patience, and could no longer re
1895.ight and a spirit of darkness; and truly Agnes looked like the first, if human c
1896.ll Then to pi'omise me, that immediately apply your I mind master the doctrines
1897.n to pi'omise me, that immediately apply your I mind master the doctrines of Chr
1898.balm your flesh ; tify (you can scarcely understand this word), the valuable of
1899.ender on Agnes's, was their last earthly greeting. The one hastened home, filled
1900.ce converted a den of infamy into a holy and lovely sanctuary.! It was still ear
1901.d a den of infamy into a holy and lovely sanctuary.! It was still early in the m
1902.nd lovely sanctuary.! It was still early in the morning when she stood her angel of sorrow in her innocent heart. Only her unshorn hair, the symbol of virgini
1904.n her snow-white dress.* It was a lovely morning. its Many now will remember it
1905.not heating, but softening, the slightly frosty St. Such we have frequently expe
1906.ghtly frosty St. Such we have frequently experienced Agnes's day, together with
1907.imson, purple, and gold, a garment truly imperial, and less suitable, than even
1908.ior class attended her, lady's carefully veiled also, like her mistress. The min
1909.ress. The mind seemed intent on one only object, as she stood immovable, leaning
1910.nfettered it " asked the prefect angrily. She does not need she walks so readily
1911.. She does not need she walks so readily," answered " and she is so young." But
1912.naments, and at to Christian eyes really such, selected a pair as light and smal
1913.d them round her wrists. Agnes playfully, and with a Catulus " on her prison —
1914.length placed smile. n The judge angrily reproved the executioner for his him at
1915.spise thy false divinities, and can only love and serve the one living God. Eter
1916.d. Eternal Ruler, open wide the heavenly gates, until lately closed to man. Bles
1917.en wide the heavenly gates, until lately closed to man. Blessed Christ, call to
1918.ried into effect at once," was the reply. Agnes raised for one moment her hands hands and eyes to heaven, then calmly knelt down. "With her own hands she * f
1920. white robe, with her head arms modestly crossed upon her bosom, and her amber l
1921.ling her features, she might not unaptly have been compared to some rare plant,
1922.ich the slender stalk, white as the lily, bent the child knelt alone, in with th
1923.of its golden blossom. The judge angrily reproved the executioner for his hesita
1924.ent, flower and stem were lying scarcely displaced on the ground. It might have
1925.ll was over. She then tion, ; — boldly advanced forward, unwound from round he
1926.his graceful act the lady stood, womanly " Sir," feeling,! as now in the garb of
1927. she was good." Tertullus was manifestly be, irritated, as he replied : " Ma- da
1928."I entreat you, sir," the lady earnestly insisted, "by every claim which female
1929.t this slightest tribute to the maidenly delicacy which they prize has not been
1930., it, anxious to check asked her sharply too, "Pray, are you, a Christian?" repl
1931.." ward, and exclaimed with fury niously, sir. She pointed with calm scorn at Fu
1932.lvius, who bounded for" She lies, foully and calum: Agnes openly confessed herse
1933.She lies, foully and calum: Agnes openly confessed herself a Christian." dignity
1934.say. what Didst thou not, Fulvius, early this morning, seek that cell, and delib
1935.orning, seek that cell, and deliberately tell her (for unseen, I would but accep
1936.n, I would but accept thy hand, not only heard you) that if she wouldst thou sav
1937.Pray, madam," he asked most respectfully, " may I have the " honor of knowing yo
1938.alted virtues. You are, moreover, nearly allied to this victim of treachery, and, terror, and rage. Fabiola gracefully thanked the prefect, and beckoned to Th
1940.ended her. some one else ; and presently four slaves appeared bearing a Fabiola A little girl, all in tears, timidly asked if she might join them. " Who art
1942.ied the child and Fabiola led her kindly by the hand. The moment the body was re
1943.astened at once to the palor fortunately, unfortunately, for these candidates fo
1944. to the palor fortunately, unfortunately, for these candidates for martyrdom. Th
1945. prepared in unical, rescript, elegantly engrossed large capital letters. He had
1946.of feeling exaggerated the public likely management it all to the folly and misw
1947.ic likely management it all to the folly and miswhose worst guilt he did not dis
1948.nderful learning, who was most zealously devoted to the worship of the gods, and
1949.ed to the worship of the gods, and daily offered sacrifice to the " I genius of
1950.ath." And by for he laughed immoderately, little then continued: "Yes, yes, all prepared, saying he relied had fully on the emperor's magnanimous clemency;
1952.prefect at once consigned it to Scarcely had he left the jjalace, when Fulvius e to make me a beggar." seemed his only ground of hope. forward ; Despair, inde
1954.iscated property of Agnes, with the only competitor he could fear, the rapacious
1955.ver it, for if he failed, he was utterly ruined. to the After waiting some time,
1956. "Sire," he replied, "I have come humbly property. to pray your royal justice, t
1957.te right; but we have heard how stupidly you mismanaged the whole business as us
1958.lf. Do you understand ? We don't usually give such warnings twice." " I will. ri
1959.ce." " I will. right will obey instantly everj^ intimation of the supreme Comman over to me, and I part imme- diately." "No more As ity, words," replied the
1961. another word; emperor's hand and slowly i-etired. He broken man. the gate : He
1962.d. He broken man. the gate : He was only heard to say, as he passed out of all,
1963. his calmness. is all " I see," he drily remarked, "it over." ? Yes ; are your p
1964.your preparations made, Eurotas " Nearly so. I have sold the jewels, furniture,
1965. ney, I and then I " Pray what have only one thing more to get am ready to start
1966. ordered it last night, but it will only be ready at noon." "What willing to tha
1967. asked Fulvius, with some alarm. "Surely jou know," rejoined the other, unmoved.
1968.ur bar- gain is clear my father's family must not end in beggary. must be exting
1969. to see if he But was cool and unusually open, and the old man asked no more. Wh
1970.self in a travelling suit. So completely did he evidently without necessity of r suit. So completely did he evidently without necessity of returning ; prepar
1972.per and most fatal form, which were only known in the East. Eurotas fjroceeded a
1973.riage, and had excited The savage rudely thrust his wife out of the apartment, a
1974.abiola. and retired. The reader probably prepared to hear us say, that she retur
1975.stian and Agnes she had indeed willingly admired the virtue, unselfish, generous
1976.selfish, generous, and more than earthly, which now she was ready to attribute t
1977.system of belief ever bestowed. shrewdly suspected, ascertain, And in even if, a
1978. amount more than to a practical, partly grand moral and intellectual system, pa
1979.nd moral and intellectual system, partly speculative, as all codes of jDhilosoph
1980.ntenance, and with over a child suddenly carried of light ; her joyous, simple h
1981. the scorned race of Christians One only remains, and to-morrow interrogate her.
1982. become an eternal desert. Agnes, surely, well deserved the glory of gaining, by
1983. her, and in a studied speech, evidently got up very floridly, and intrusted to
1984.d speech, evidently got up very floridly, and intrusted to a bad memory, laid at
1985.aim he might have on her should be fully and honorably considered at a more favo
1986.ave on her should be fully and honorably considered at a more favorable moment b
1987.orable moment but as she was exceedingly wearied a document. ; demand of recompe
1988. his prize. After he was gone she hardly looked at the parchment, which he had l
1989.being confronted with Her memory vividly replaced the entire scene before her, a
1990.scene before her, and her mind gradually worked itself into a state of painful e
1991.e again." of her The words were scarcely out mouth, when she TO shaded her eyes
1992.nity. villa, A further intruder not only into the house, the and the dun- geon,
1993.t once, or I will have you ignominiously expelled hence." "Sit down and compose
1994.lvius found the way prepared unwittingly for him by Corvinus; for upon presentin
1995.uctions. That, Fulvius said, was exactly his case and the porter, wondering that
1996. offended, madam, with my unex- pectedly coming upon you, and overhearing your a
1997.en if that you have said were not basely for her ? what love could you have plic
1998.dness? it No, was her wealth, her family at, connection, her nobility, that ; yo
1999.ned my request, had I been thus worthily mated, should have been found equal to
2000.ring his hand, expresses himself equally ready, in three hours, to espouse or to
2001.e reason to rejoice when I do. purposely, and unprovoked, blighted life, Ton hav
2002.ry honorable purpose of withered my only hope, cut me off from rank, society, re
2003.propriety, and stood forward prominently in the Forum, to complete in public wha
2004.s his lips had been becoming more deadly pale. He rudely grasped her arm, and pu
2005.een becoming more deadly pale. He rudely grasped her arm, and pushed her back to
2006.have made me, then, an outcast, not only from society but from Kome, an exile, a
2007.ds rob me of my gold, of my ; rightfully, though painfully earned wealth of subs
2008.ld, of my ; rightfully, though painfully earned wealth of subsistence, all ; pea
2009. consequences, "you shall answer heavily for your temerity. Dare you, in my own
2010. my by ; full I have earned soul, hardly, by pangs and rendings is of the heart
2011.ssion, carfancy, by an unchecked, deeply-moved to that intensity of was lashing
2012. calmness, and entreat go, looking fully into his eyes, now you want money, you
2013. me ! Look at this rescript, beautifully engrossed, ; with to its golden letters
2014.antage of my stern reprover, were coolly plotmy crime, for securing her property
2015.hen, forsooth, when you have thus basely robbed me, you pity offer ! me me money
2016.eai'. Give back fair to me that unjustly obtained property; guilt, is not that I
2017.eart, unsubdued, stood tirm. Danger only made her She gathered her robe with mat
2018. her She gathered her robe with matronly dignity around her, and replied " Fulvi
2019.e the last that I may speak as certainly they shall be the last that you shall h
2020.t leper that I I would give it willingly might meet in the street, but to you ne
2021.u touch thing that belonged to that holy maiden, be a gem or be it a straw ! Tha
2022.speaking these reproaches, he was slowly pushing her backwards with his left han
2023. risen ; while his right was tremblingly feeling for some- thing in the folds of
2024.d his last word, he thrust her violently down upon the couch, and seized her by
2025.ized her by the hair. She made no partly a fainting and sickening resistance, sh
2026.ed no cry sensation came over her partly a noble feeling of self-respect checked of self-respect checked any unseemly exhibition of fear, before a scornful e
2028.up my felt A few words more were faintly spoken in a tongue unknown ; to Fabiola released, heard the dagger bitterly, dashed to the ground, and Fulvius cry
2030. body was lying in her place, apparently dead, and covered with blood. It was th
2031.s, which this occurrence would naturally have heart of Fabiola, were suppressed,
2032. stains of blood upon his He immediately gave the alarm to the entire garment. h
2033.t the door of her room, and desired only Euphrosyne and her Greek maid to enter.
2034.had attached herself most affectionately to Syra, as we must still call her, and
2035. [and] St. Coraelius, in priest," lately found at the entrance to the crypt of t
2036.oral instructions. A slave was instantly sent for despatched for the physician b
2037.nding the blood cease to flow so rapidly, and still more at seeing her Cemetery
2038.vant open her eyes upon her, though only for a moment. She would not have exchan
2039.anged which accompanied that look. fully for any wealth the sweet smile In a few
2040.ined the wound, and pronounced favorably on it for the present. The blow, as aim
2041.t tones which ; and hastened noiselessly round, and within the curtain which cov
2042.of imprintof Cain, the making him doubly a fratricide, which deeply anguished he him doubly a fratricide, which deeply anguished her. But she had offered her
2044.Eurotas to get possession of that family relic, ever since he regained ; but it,
2045.d upon the floor. Dionysius, immediately after dressing the wound, and administe
2046.desired the patient to be left perfectly quiet, to see as few persons as possibl
2047.. " I will call," he added, " very early in the morning, when I must her cines s
2048.rd room, reserved to herself exclusively the privilege, as she to deemed of nurs
2049.hom a few months before she could hardly in fever. having tended her the She had
2050.with delight, had appeared to her wholly beyond practice, beautiful theoWhen Mir
2051.n or of man was to be expected, but only the approving eye of God, she had admir
2052. had admired the idea, wliich powerfully seized her generous mind but she had re
2053.the reward ; constraining rule of hourly conduct. Yet, fatal, if the stroke unde
2054. cast herself had proved as might easily have done, where would have been her re
2055. longed to ccmverse with her again Early in the morning, according to his promis
2056.d you, I have now brought you not merely the truest remedy spiritual, of every a
2057.medy spiritual, of every ailment, bodily and but the very Physician Himself, who
2058. love much for that, and would willingly give my life to save him. And of what h
2059. be proud, a poor servant, who have only obeyed my Lord's commands? " him too "I
2060.absorbed And office of thus did the holy Dionysius discharge his twofold physici
2061.m on his tomb. was the manner under only * Ensebius, in his account of Serapion,
2062.aches ns that this of administering Holy Communion to the sick, without the cup, objects, and conversing in a totally dif- ferent sphere. Now a smile passed
2064." ; Fabiola was evident!}^ pained softly: it and leaning over her, said title. O
2065.gustus." If they had belonged originally to a free class, they were liberated as
2066.riam pressed the folded hand she sweetly and solemnly replied DID ALL THIS FOR M
2067.the folded hand she sweetly and solemnly replied DID ALL THIS FOR MAN, " to her
2068.iola's wondering eyes a look of heavenly inspiration, as : And Jesus Christ, who : And Jesus Christ, who for WAS TRULY GOD." a Fabiola covered her face with b
2070.l heart. silent. Miriam prayed earnestly in her own "Miriam, said ; I thank you
2071. I some time Christian " ; For have only been fearing that you might not be a bu uttered, which have sunk into deeply, silently, my heart as and as irrevocab
2073.d, which have sunk into deeply, silently, my heart as and as irrevocably as a pi
2074.silently, my heart as and as irrevocably as a piece of gold still dropped upon t
2075.conclusion. ii. And you had reached Only God * Phil. 7. CTtt- : could have perfo wrapped up in silent thought, timidly asked " till she And was of it to this
2077.ging one from another. thought bore only the lovely flowers of an elegant theory another. thought bore only the lovely flowers of an elegant theory in your co
2079.n root whence springs all this, possibly dark beyond contemplation, deep beyond
2080.unknown trine of " to me, I cannot fully apprehend that wonderful doc" man's pur
2082.reat principle —that of faith. be only the simple narrator of what Jesus Chris
2083.narrator of what Jesus Christ, who truly died for us, has taught us. You will be
2084.taught us. You will believe my word only as that of a faithful witness; you will
2085.Faand asked her its cause. ! w "I hardly dare have related to tell you," she rep
2086. so divine, that seems to me necessarily to end here. "The Word (what a noble na
2087.shall a new manhood be created expressly for Himif Shall He take His place in a
2088.d high enough to himself His No," softly whispered Miriam ; " but there shall be
2089.d Miriam ; " but there shall be one holy enough, and humble enough, to be worthy
2090. name is blessed by every one that truly Mary is the name by which you will know
2091.mingle with what it Bright as could only redeem, by keeping extraneous to itself
2092.the tenderest of this world, seek to fly " to the chariot-wheels of of undivided
2093.ome reflection, Miriam proceeded briefly to detail the history of our Saviour's
2094.e for rest had come, when Fabiola humbly asked " Are you too fatigued to answer
2095.tion more?" "No," was the cheerful reply. "What hope," said Fabiola, "can there
2096.ter every sort of knowledge but can only confess that its she scorned the true w
2097. Mother but she had sinned sin. publicly, degradingly, as you, Fabiola, would ab
2098.he had sinned sin. publicly, degradingly, as you, Fabiola, would abhor to " ; Sh
2099.mer; in the secrecy of her own earnestly, till Avith her Re- heart, she contempl
2100. contemplated she came to love intensely. His gracious and condescending familia
2101. more; and, forgetting herself, she only thought love, how she might manifest he
2102.uri- ous hair, she kissed them fervently, and she anointed them with rich perfum
2103. forgive her, when she had thoughtlessly injured her. Every Christian, she now f
2104.but the one that slumbered so tranquilly beside her to her model, was surely tru
2105.illy beside her to her model, was surely true and might well represent Him some
2106.of self-abasement but she had thoroughly after When, tress (for her patent of fr
2107.riest of God, I confide to your fatherly care this catechumen, who desires to be
2108.this catechumen, who desires to be fully instructed in the faith, mysteries of o
2109.cted in the faith, mysteries of our holy " and to be regenerated by the " waters
2110.ian " "I am, my man replied; "unworthily I hold likewise the higher a priest in God's Church." Fabiola unhesitatingly knelt before him, and kissed his hand. whom God has brought into His holy Church. It now many years since I was c
2113. her death, the wife of Fabius." : ately after giving " "My mother!" exclaimed F" A pressure of the hand was the only reply which she could we now list of gi
2115. pressure of the hand was the only reply which she could we now list of give. Wi
2116.ioch a who, though not of ancient family, was rich, and moved in the highest cir
2117.want of strict economy, he had gradually become oppressed with debt. He was marr
2118.ho became a Christian, at first secretly, and man ; afterwards continued so, wit
2119.n, and the Greek continued to be, highly educated; and besides Antioch, he was a
2120. was acquainted language, then generally spoken at gracefidly, as we have with L
2121.age, then generally spoken at gracefidly, as we have with Latin, which he spoke
2122. have with Latin, which he spoke readily and In the family, the accent. seen, th
2123.which he spoke readily and In the family, the accent. seen, though with a slight
2124.h care. He deemed it foolish and unmanly it to take much trouble about to change
2125. much trouble about to change especially, or of weakabandon that of the empire,
2126.ndulged his daughter Miriam, Accordingly he permitted this sort. name was Syrian
2127. a rich whose exercise of her new family from Edessa, to continue in the free cu
2128. had reached manhood, and had abundantly unfolded his character, the mother died and ambition, she secured effectually from the covetousness of both, her own
2130.this property, it to merge in the family resources, and be made available toward
2131. property had been but its injudiciously disposed of; when a mysterious person,
2132.rotas, made his appearance in the family. ; No one head seemed to know him and h
2133.head seemed to know him and he evidently looked upon him as at once a blessing a
2134.ining the position of head of the family and administering quietly a settled pro
2135. of the family and administering quietly a settled property, and having a haught
2136. Rome. Eurotas, instead of a rich family, into which to pour superfluous wealth,
2137.h to pour superfluous wealth, found only a a large fortune, and a collection of from ruin. But and else, his family pride prevailed and after many reproach
2139.her's property, and of the entire family. After a few years of weary life, the f
2140.look up The youth thus found to entirely for support and guidance. himself, whil
2141.of mutual confidence, and thus virtually absolute submission to his will, while
2142.uin wicked to be done, to restore family position and wealth. To stay at Antioch
2143.even the sale of all left would scarcely cover the liabilities discovered after
2144.very persuasion employed, but she simply and firmly resisted; orders, both in ob
2145.sion employed, but she simply and firmly resisted; orders, both in obedience to
2146. till Eurotas familiarized him gradually with from the actual commission of frat
2147.n silver or tell us, to drop negligently a crumb was considered a crime t and th
2148. hands, her chest, in which was the holy (body) of our Lord, she was deterred fr
2149.essed to rescue it from The scarf richly embroidered with i)earls, which has mor
2150.object, for she continued One day, early in the morning, she knelt before her ar the sepulchre, she wept bitgone terly, because they had taken her Lord, and s
2152.your faith to a sufficient Are you truly sincere what you offer ? " " I will sur
2153.ave, to rescue from profanation the Holy of Holies." "Then sign that paper," sai
2154. too late he was A more formal renunonly the faster in his unsparing gripe. ciat
2155. a short time she was treated soothingly then hints gested the snare for his ; ; admission into some community of holy women. She was accordingly embarked on
2157.unity of holy women. She was accordingly embarked on board a vessel, the captain
2158.icious character, and was very sparingly supplied with means. But she bore round
2159.tians carried round their necks the Holy Eucharist, when embarking for a voyage.
2160.eed not say that Miriam bore it securely folded in the only thing of price she c
2161.riam bore it securely folded in the only thing of price she cared to take from h
2162. which she bore. She was almost the only survivor at least she saw no other pers
2163.sister came to her mind, and yhe civilly said to him "Whatever debts. Fulvius ha
2164. will discharge; interest, but with only legal contracts." and without regard to
2165.ow at She gave instructions, accordingly, to the freed-man who managed her affai ascertained that Corvinus had really obtained the imperial rescript, through
2167. friends around was lost, and especially of her with whom every object And no so
2168.iana on the other, would also frequently discourse on Christian subjects, when M
2169.cts, when Miriam would follow up, humbly and unpretendingly, but with the warm g
2170.uld follow up, humbly and unpretendingly, but with the warm glow which had first
2171.iola, the instructions given by the holy Dionysius. ^ Thus, for instance, when h
2172.and exhorted them to practise faithfully what all good Christians did, that is,
2173.nointed, or the sacrifice make this holy sign upon themselves already, "in the c
2174.o have her bed so placed that from early dawn all upon one spot parterre. more f
2175. already received entrance had this holy martyr Her body rested in a cuhiculum o
2176., distress at finding poor and perfectly dead. with a Tew servants, and what was
2177.e much venerated and loved. for it Early one morning, beautiful and calm, she ob
2178. had looked down more silence. carefully, shading his eyes from the light, calle
2179. at something They laughed very heartily as they went away and Miriam supposed t weltering in her blood, and perfectly dead. that, the evening before, was dis
2181.nvited to join in them, she had not only refused, wiclcedness, but had reproache
2182.assailed her with stones, and grievously wounded her; villa. but she escaped fro
2183.of for the liturgical prayers and lastly or petitioners t baptism. Once in ing t
2184.ast class, they had to attend frequently in church, but more particularly on the
2185.quently in church, but more particularly on the three Wednesdays follow- the fou
2186.ptism in the Catholic Church, especially that of adults, will see condensed into what used its to be one anciently distributed through a variety of functi
2188.hole body. The Creed was also faithfully learnt, and committed to memory. But th
2189. penitential time of Lent passed quickly and solemnly, eve arrived. It till at l
2190.time of Lent passed quickly and solemnly, eve arrived. It till at last Easter- d
2191.nough for us to have shown, how not only docand great sacred rites, but how even
2192.household had nothing joy. to but purely spiritual The titles in the city were a
2193. Pastor with its papal baptistery. Early, therefore, on the morning of the auspi
2194. cele* These will be found, particularly in the baptism of adults, joined with r now to be seen a painting of probably a St. John two baptizing later. our Lor
2196.. our Lord, added century or Immediately after Baptism followed Confirmation, an
2197.oth were so happy, so blissful, so fully repaid they had been to one another for
2198.ot in greatness of mind, not in heavenly wisdom, not in merit before God herself
2199.t in merit before God herself infinitely her inferior. to ; oh ! no ; in all thi
2200.oyed so delightful side, a supper. Early next morning, Miriam called Fabiola to
2201.." Miriam shook her head, not mournfully, but cheerfully, as she replied "Do I n
2202.her head, not mournfully, but cheerfully, as she replied "Do I not" flatter your
2203.crament of Extreme Unction, in the Early Ages of the Church. had rapidly anticip
2204.he Early Ages of the Church. had rapidly anticipations. set in. He pray confirme
2205.of Agnes ; she prayed long and fervently, and with many tears, then returned. "S
2206.m, and administered to her the most holy Communion, as her viaticum. This privat
2207.foreboding or sullen wake simultaneously overshadow them all, so did this persec
2208.very thing Christian, passing from Italy to Africa, from Upper Asia to LucrNTTjs
2209.rness rejoice and flourish like the lily make forth so, the bud and blossom, and
2210.oncealment, when families could scarcely meet in the cemeteries nearest to them, ; courageous, they ventured forth bly, soon the places of old assem- which ch
2212. unfettered Christianity. We ; have only to show the are not the Josue that land
2213.o add in this our humble book, is barely what is neces- sary for its completion.
2214.d permareligion, and likewise more fully establishing her organization. * f The
2215.T^LDlT 11^1K1 II A Marriage in the Early Ages of the Church. : ^-fW ^:i Many who
2216.ged stranger would be saluted reverently by the 13assers-by, out, or his when th
2217.'s sake.* If at this period our friendly reader will follow us out of the Noment
2218.en refreshed by a vision, and completely cured. Being now baptized, she was repa
2219.ment, and said "Madam, East, I sincerely believe that the stranger from the you
2220.e dying words is whom of Miriam, eagerly asked, "Where " he? " He is gone again,
2221." he? " He is gone again," was the reply. some governors, wearied with wholesale
2222.o premature old age. His hair was nearly grey, as was his long beard. His dress
2223.came the monks from that country usually do. before the tomb of Agnes, he flung
2224.ond comfort. I thought to myself, surely in the presence of so gentle and kind a
2225.isconsolate or heart-broken, except only one man." But he seemed to be "Go next?, ' : as, without my face, he timidly asked I me Brother, knowest thou if the
2227. Syria, called Miriam ? pointed silently to the tomb. After a pause of great pai
2228.escribed from reality. c:£. ' for ately kissed its cover, " It is he, more than
2229.Torquatus, it is affection- he! " warmly exclaimed Fabiola; " why " I did you no
2230.ons gathered whom to they were evidently teasing. He would have tion paid but a
2231. and tone were those of a man habitually intoxicated. His clothes were dirty, an declaring all religions to be equally "That is all very well, as a general ru
2233.d Corvinus turning pale. it would surely be very natural," said one. "And " very
2234.he raised his fist, and looked furiously at tone of positive rage. the speaker.
2235.ene, then went on. Corvinus moved slowly along the same road, that the Cathedral
2236.wards the Lateran basilica, now Suddenly a sharp growl was heard, The law of ret
2237. gestures and words saying: "Very likely, indeed, that you are to be the death o
2238.d uncomfortable in the extreme with only an old and decrepit slave, apparently a an old and decrepit slave, apparently as sottish as his master, to attend him me ? " asked the pilgrim, soothingly. "Know you? No yes. Let me see Ha! the
2241. And he laughed out- — — ! rageously. "Peace, peace, Corvinus," replied the
2242.hristian ? " broke out Corvinus savagely. You who have shed more of their best b
2243. for all this? Or have you slept quietly furies lashed you at night ? no phantom
2244.gave little hope of recovery, especially in a patient whose very blood was taint born again Ghost." water and the Holy "What?" exclaimed the sick man loathing
2246.What?" exclaimed the sick man loathingly. " By being washed in the laver of rege
2247. the of the enraged animal. Occasionally he broke servant could hold him down at
2248.he head. book xi. c. 11. is going to fly at my throat. if It comes ! Oh ! " And
2249. chapter. He might have been seen busily em- ployed inquiring after some one abo of the investigation seemed perfectly satisfactory to both was produced, dock
2251. presume, sir ? * A. D. 303. " Certainly, by God's mercy." ; " I thought as much
2252.peak with the Lady Fabiola? " "Certainly," answered the other; "come this way."
2253.ntius, that Joseph by his brethren, only that he might save his so race." "You a
2254. your this, who has repaid you so richly. to one Only morning I have learnt your
2255.ho has repaid you so richly. to one Only morning I have learnt your mercy claim
2256.abiola. I will tell Then you all plainly," rejoined Orontius. " I have now been
2257.rd of such men here?" " The fame of holy Paul and Anthony is as great in the Wes
2258.g amount. was an obligation deliberately contracted, and not to be justly c::^ .
2259.erately contracted, and not to be justly c::^ . evaded. I of the few palm-leaf w
2260.w palm-leaf was a poor cenobite,* barely living on the produce mats that I could
2261.ould I discharge my obligations " ? Only one means remained. my creditor as a sl
2262.of the Jew's." feet. And he knelt humbly "Else, rise," said Fabiola, turning " a
2263. that life, which you have so generously I fled, as you know, one sorrowful nigh
2264.ccompanied by a will obey you as briefly as possible. man " — his voice choked
2265.ailed. undertook. * There was manifestly a curse on all that we Our means melted
2266. must not survive the ruin of our family. Here we must both sat "We down to rest
2267. We must both perish together,' forcibly poured the contents of the phial, witho
2268.o, till I awoke in a cavern, and faintly called for drink. A venerable old man,
2269.uired the old monk. dead,' was the reply. I kno\\' not by what fatality this had, who, having many years with the holy Anthony in Egypt, had that year* return
2271. to me, their cheerful piety, their holy as I recovered. I lives, saw the religi
2272.persecuted in a sublime form and rapidly recalled to mind the instructions of my
2273.tism on Easter- eve." Then we are doubly brethren, nay twin children of the Chur
2274. viii. § 14. " ! father unintentionally deceived me into the idea, that she I c I brought "But have you means timidly. for your journey?" asked the lady, "Ab, when a fell woman feet, rushed madly through the shrubs, and : at their excl
2277.r slave Jubala; but her hair was grizzly and dishevelled, and her whole aspect b
2278.aced Christianity "What, have you really been thinking of this, Ju! Oh why did I
2279.ld him of an offer made to me previously, by a dark foreigner, named Eurotas. Oh
2280.ken prisoner. ; This was to be certainly for fatal another had to suspend consci
2281.o suspend consciousness a few hours only, should " he require for it for himself
2282.ces, the small phial contained a fatally concentrated poison, and the large one
2283.impse of a black face grinning hideously through the fence. moment with his bow
2284. "dost thou wish to die a Most earnestly," she replied. "Dost thou believe in On
2285. Three Persons?" died for our " I firmly believe in all the Christian Church tea
2286. faint. all that you believe." The reply was more cried "Make haste, make its ha
2287.ady at basin, filling full his instantly, poured their contents two hands, on th
2288.ut the burial to be given to this doubly-baptized convert. Orontius was struck w
2289.imple neatness of the house, so strongly contrasting with the luxurious splendor arrested, or casket, set But suddenly his attention in a small inner room, by
2291.urtain it before it, so as to allow only the frame of to be seen. Approaching ne
2292.S ! shed by cruel Orontius turned deadly pale; then changed to a deep crimson ;
2293., Fabiola saw and going up to him kindly and frankly, placed -her. hand upon his
2294.w and going up to him kindly and frankly, placed -her. hand upon his arm, and mi
2295.aced -her. hand upon his arm, and mildly said to him: " Orontius, there is that
2296.which may well make us both blush deeply, but not therefore despond." So saying both," said Fabiola, "unintentionally in so, inflicted a wound, and shed the
2298.spiritual lives. May many, who will only read of it, draw from it the same mercy
2299. down, and prayed long together silently before the shrine. They then parted, to

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