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Spurned by No! they have oftener sank beneath the ban
Of jealous hate, and most tyrannic laws.
When Ferdinand, ambitious of th' applause
To bring their wealth within his ravenous claws,
So, as already rhym'd in Raymond's lay,
Expelld e'en from Colonia's harsh control,
Their choice, or famine, flames, or to enrol
Beneath the Romish banner, heart and soul.
(At least so would unfold the civic scroll)
1 It was in the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella in Spain (when so many extraordinary events occurred), that, at the instigation of Sextus VI. the then Pope, the expulsion, or rather the pillage and banishment, of the Jews took place from that country. The plea urged by the King was religion, but it is believed that a stronger motive the occasion of the un. feeling acto-his appropriating to himself much of the wealth of a people who had become rich by industry and commerce.
That wealth, the wretched Jews, through patient pain,
Begone despair ! There's glory in the thought !
Ye shall not always dwell without the pale ! Has not God promis’d, ye shall yet be brought,
Like sheep which long had stray'd o'er hill and dale,
Into one fold ?-then Peace to Israel !
Tho' impious men dare mock, and scoffers rail :
1 Jeremiah, chap. xxiii. verses 2, 3.
2 It were needless to advert at length here to what has lately been done or left undone in England, and in other countries, towards the conversion of the Jews. On this subject the learned Mr Simeon has expressed him. self very forcibly in his Hore Homiliticæ (vol. iii. Appendix, p. 483.) “God sent Moses and Aaron to bring his people out of Egypt; and, shall we use such lukewarm means to gather them from their dispersion, and restore them to the enjoyment of his favour? Is it not greatly to be la. mented, that Christians should feel so much backwardness in this work ? far, indeed, beyond any thing they testify in reference to the Gentiles.”
Why plays that smile around my Alice lip?
To find Cologne yet lives in thy Romaunt-
song of some more gay gallant ?
A lady's candour.
Still better Bards than thee.-To-morrow's sun
May tell a tale, which could e'en damp or daunt
A truce, fair prattler---there's a time for all.
Long e'er again upon the rushing Rhine,
Thy hapless fate-still hastening to decline,
And driv’n they were, with all their useful arts ?,
To other states (too needy to reject),
The ablest supports of the rising sect.
Did not good Herman 3 labour to protect (Melancthon, too, the virtuous and the brave)
Those sons of industry, by word and act,
1 The Protestants, many thousands in number, having been driven from Cologne in 1618, retired to Elberfeld, Dusseldorf, and Mulheim; a circumstance which was prejudicial to the commerce of Cologne, by depriving her of a great many industrious and useful artisans.
Long previous to the final expulsion of the Protestants from Cologne, the Reformation had many zealous supporters there.
3 The Elector Herman de Wied was, in the latter part of his life, a zealous advocate in the cause of the Protestants, and was aided in the support given to them by the amiable and enlightened Melancthon, also by Bucer; so they would in all probability have succeeded, if the Pope Paul III. and the Emperor Charles V. and almost all the clergy, had not violently opposed them. A. D. 1546.-Nouveau Merian, p. 303. We also know, from the same author, that the celebrated Archbishop Gebhard, who married the beautiful Countess of Mansfield, was an ardent advocate in favour of the Reformation, in 1577. He it was, who, having made an attempt to render the Electorate of Cologne hereditary in his family, was deposed in 1583.
From Papal scowl; or the yet threatening glave,
The world is wiser grown, in these our times
A wisdom won from ages of misdeed; ;
What's but the varying form of Christian creed.
“ Henri? le Grand,"—and who of sounder head ? -
A mighty empire to approve the meed;
The game lost by a revoke.
1 Charles V.
2 It was in 1598 that Henry IV. of France passed the famous Edict of Nantz, in favour of the Protestants, which granted every thing that they could reasonably demand ; not only securing to them the full exercise of their religion, but a share in the administration of justice.
3 It was in October 1685, that Louis XIV., soon after the death of his wise minister Colbert, who had encouraged the industry and ingenuity of the French Protestants, revoked the Edict of Nantz, an act particularly injurious to France, by depriving her of upwards of six hundred thousand of her most useful subjects.