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which is not, as °nide evidently thinks it is, refined.

scheme of the contents of the prophecy, in which he sets to work to

The Life of Father Ignatius. By the Rev. Father Pius, Passionist disprove all that is dear to the orthodox mind, the freedom from error, (Duffy.)—A life of the Hon. G. Spencer, the well known convert to the foreknowledge, and the Messianic visions of the prophets. At the Rome, which will interest many who feel drawn towards the absolute same time he does justice to their moral insight, and maintains that by dogmas and massive organization of the ancient cult. It is badly force of that alone their enunciations often amounted to predictions. written, in a style of semi-fervid unction, which somehow does not suit The view he takes of inspiration and the Bible generally may be- English, but it is full of facts, and enables us to see clearly what manner gathered from the following sentence :—" No view of inspiration. of man Father Ignatius was—at Eton, what he calls himself, a " sawney," appears to me dangerous, but such as, taking its stand on a point a weak lad, with no nerves and no objects ; as a young man, a nullity ; and attained, opposes itself to any fresh accession of knowledge ; no. in mature life, a man with a diseased conscience, and a very ordinary estimate of the Bible can be too high, which does not disparage Banal- brain, but with a deep and noble pity for suffering which led him to his ties or violate charities." We imagine that his translation will be life of self-abnegation. It is easy to ridicule each a life, but how many accepted as a means of redressing the balance against over fanciful of those who do it would consent to pass life barefoot and hungry in order interpretations, but no further, and that most of his emendations will be, that men's souls might be saved and human suffering relieved ? Mr. rejected, on the ground that he is much too rash in the application of Spencer really did that, obeying every rule of his order to the letter, that higher criticism which deals with the finer peculiarities of lan- submitting to the commands of a harsh superior—who, to try him, made guage, the shades of historical allusion, and the subtle distinctions him scrub the stairs—serving the famine-stricken poor in Ireland that are only by great vigilance prevented from degenerating into, making bogging tours with an ulcer in his ankle, and always living with guesswork.