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think the evil of the matter is inore before the face of the world, and in in the abuse than in the practice)- the sight of heaven. There have been that do not so much inveigh against instances, in which I am compelled to their favourite amusements. They believe the result of the experiment are apt to feel that this is a good sort has been, at least, of a doubtful chaof religion for thein. Still more, if racter. What it shall be on the shores this is the fashionable religion, they of this new world, this new theatre of find an additional inducement for at. human improvement, is given to us, saching them to it.” *
in solemn charge, to determine. If “There is a system of truth, pure, society is enough advanced to bear the spiritual and ennobling, that is kindly experiment, it shall come to a glorious and encouraging to every generous termination; if not, then the weak and holy feelirg, that is fitted to ness and wickedness of man must, till elevate, to sanctify, to gladden the other centuries, restrain the liberty soul; and all that they know about it of the soul and the light of heaven." is, that it is not severe nor strenuous concerning trifles, nor strict about GLEANINGS ; OR, SELECTIONS AND things indifferent, that it does not require any austerity nor eccentricity of manners, that it is fair and inviting in its outward appearance. Its in
No. CCCCXI. ward beauty they have never per
Bonaparte. ceived : its glorious power they have
“ None of the arts of peace at all never felt. They have caught a gleam suit Bonaparte : he finds no amuse. of light from it: but even the lightment but in the violent crises produced that is in them, is darkness : and how by battles. He has known how to great is that darkness! They are all make truces, but he has never said the worse, it may be, for what they sincerely, enough; and his character, know. They condemn others, and irreconcileable with the rest of the this keeps them from thinking humbly creation, is like the Greek fire, which of theinselves," &c. &c.
no strength in nature has been known We regret that we are obliged to to extinguish.” pass on to the concluding strong ap.
Baroness De Staël's “ Ten Years' peal.
Exile," p. 154. “ Eet us then, Christian brethren, be on our gnard. The great trial is
No. CCCCXII. now passing, and is passing before The People the Live-Stock of the the face of the world and in the sight
Church. of heaven-to see whether man can The nomination to church-livings be liberal and good : free, in inquiry, except by members of the church and yet strict in conscience : unpre- themselves, (says Dr. Priestley in his judiced, and yet under the influence “ Essay on Government,”) is a thing of salutary restraint : whether he can so absurd, that the idea never occurbe indulgent in charity and yet severe red for many centuries in the Christian in principle; rational without cold world ; and we may venture to say abstraction and cheerful without burt- that it never could have entered into ful levity: wiser than the men of for- the head of any man, had not the iner days, and at the same time, inore revenues of the church grown so conhumble-to see, whether religion, siderable as to become worth the nothat has so long lived in the fears tice of the civil magistrate, who took of men, can live in their love and advantage of them to oblige his creaveneration: whether religion, that has tures and dependants. The fruits of 80 long dwelt in rites and forms, this method of proceeding are such can dwell at last in the spirit : whe as might have been expected from its ther in fine, religion, that in for- introduction. The people belonging to mer tiines has gone away to caves and the Establisherl Church are like the kermitages to make its abode, or has vassals of the Polish nobility or the scarcely departed from the temple of mere live-stock of a farm delivered its worship, can come, at last, and over as parcel of the estate to every dwell in the midst of society.
succeeding incumbent. " I repeat it, the trial is passing
“ The following lines are from a modern anthor, but they are pot more classical in their Latinity, than in the contrast they draw between the renovations of Nature and the hopeless dissolution of Man." The Necessity of Revelation to teach the Doctrine of a Future Life;
a Sermon by John Kenrick, M. A. p. 17. Note.
Hei mihi ! lege ratâ, Sol occidit atque resurgit,
Jortin. Tracts, Vol. I. 24, 25.
No friendly hand unbärs the portals of the toinb!
0! ask me pot of Evil, whence it comes,
Meekness with Christian Victory hand in hand;
ON THE DEATH OF LIEUTENANT HOOD.
(See Franklin's Journey to the Polar Sea.) He's gone! the gallant and the gifted youth, And plies his glorious search no more below. His search was knowledge, well-earned fame, and truth : For these he crossed the trackless wastes of snow; For these he held communion with the deep, And traced the silent heavens, while all around was sleep. He watch'd the gleaming points of dubious light, Which cheat the gazer with a treacherous dawn; He mark'd the stars that wheel their circles bright, Through midnight skies, but vanish in the morn. Like these he faded from his opening day, Like those his brightness gleam'd, and darkness quench'd the ray. When waters raged and down the billowy fall Death chased the bark, and sprang to seize his prey, He dared the pass, and utter'd first the call, To save the sinking comrades. On that day A Hero's fame he earn'd, and many a voice For Husband, Father saved, doth in that fame rejoice. But on the verge of a more dread abyss, He stood in greater calmness; knew the stream Of life was bearing him to gulfs than this More deep, more overwhelming. We may deem A Christian Hero him, who view'd life's close With steady eye, and faith, the spirit's calm repose
“He trusted still.” And was his trust in vain ?
TO A BUTTERFLY RESTING ON A SKULL.
(From the Literary Gazette.)
Wilt thou not speed thy light,
What lures thee thus to stay
With silence and decay,
The thoughts once chamber'd there,
Will the dust tell us where
Rise, nursling of the day,
If thou wouldst trace their way!
Who seeks the vanish'd bird
Far hence he sings unheard,
Thou, of the sunshine born,
Take the bright wings of morn!
HYMN TO THE HOLY ALLIANCE.
(From the Morning Chronicle.)
Let us worship the Holy Alliance,
And the Monarchs may hurl a defiance
Up with the scaffold and gibbet!
Their butchering talents exhibit;
For reasons religious and weighty,
To prove that they're illuminati;
Handcuff the high intellectual sots
Who have tasted Castalian water,
And hurry the others to slaughter;
Of the worthy legitimate Omar,
Beginning with Hesiov and HOMER,
Of reason, religion and learning ;
Other works sent the hangman for burning ;
With huge standing armies to back them,
Burn, sabre, stab, gibbet, and lack them,
Let us worship the Holy Alliance;
And the Monarchs may hurl a defiance
1823. Oct. 12, in London, at the Bishop of London in 1814. His invenhouse of his brother, Dr. Wollaston, of tion of the Barometrical Thermometer apoplexy, FRANCIS HYDE WOLLASTON, will be a lasting monument of his skill B. D., Archdeacon of Essex, &c. He in applying to practice previously existing was educated on the Foundation of the theorems. Charter House, from whence he removed to Sidney College, Cambridge, and ob- Nov. 20, in bis 75th year, at Almontained the high honour of Senior Wran. dale, or Ammoudell, the seat of his late gler in the tripos of 1783. Soon after, he distinguished brother, the Hon. Henry was appointed lecturer in that college, Erskine, THOMAS LORD ERSKINE. His and subsequently he became fellow and Lordship was the youngest of three sons. tutor of Trinity Hall. He held the office The eldest, the Earl of Buchan, is now of Moderator in the Senate House Exa. the only survivor; the second son, the minations, in 1788 and 1789. In 1792. Hon, Henry Erskine, long the grace and he was appointed Jacksonian Professor ornament of society in Edinburgh, and of Natural and Experimental Philosophy; at the Scottish Bar, died several years which place he beld till the year 1818; ago, [Mon. Repos. XII. 626, 692, and having delivered no less than iwenty-one Xin. 265.) The father left Lord Bucourses of lectures. His ecclesiastical chan with an encumbered estate, on preferments were the rectory of South which to support himself and comWeald and the vicarage of Cold Norton, plete the education of his-two brothers, (from which the late Francis Stone was and, we believe, they both owed much to ejected,) in Essex, the rectory of West his 'exertions in their behalf. We hare Denham, in Norfolk (the presentation to heard it said, that the net income of which benefice is vested in his family); Lord Buchan when he succeeded his together with the Archdeaconry of Essex, father, was not more than £150 a year. to which he was collated by the present He found it necessary to lay down a sys