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illustrated.1830 Excerpt: ... TRUE HAPPINESS, &c. THE MARTYRS
OF TIEKNE AND LYONS. A. D. 177. Patriots have toil'd, and in their
Country's cause Bled nobly; and their deeds, as they deserve,
Receive prond recompense.--But martyrs struggle for a brighter
prize, And win it with more pain. Their blood is shed In
confirmation of the noblest claim, Our claim to feed upon immortal
truth, To walk with God, to he divinely free, To soar and to
anticipate the skies. Yet few remember them. They lived unknown
Till persecution dragged them into fame, And chas'd them up to
heaven. Tf.eir ashes flew--No marble tells us whither. With their
names No bard embalms and sanctifies his song: And history, so warm
on meaner themes, Is cold on this. Cowpeti. The divine support,
which the Gospel Jesus imparts, has been manifested most glo
riously in the cheerfulness with which mul titndes have undergone
martyrdom itself on its account. Had Christianity been a cunningly
devised fable, the early Christians had the best opportunity for
detecting the imposture; but so far was this from being the case,
that they obtained the fullest conviction that their religion was
from God. So firm was this conviction, that for the sake of the
Gospel, thousands sacrificed all that was dear to them in life; and
suffered such torments, that death by the stroke of an axe would
have been a comparative blessing. The name of Christian was
frequently enough to insure their destruction; and thus were the
words of the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled, Ye shall be hated of all
men for my name's sake. Pains, and penalties, and shame, and exile,
and death, were the prospect presented to those who would embrace
the Gospel; yet with this dark scene before them, did multitndes,
as sensible as ourselves of earthly comforts, bid farewell to all
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