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practice, they must study to preserve: sight of God, the Father, Son, and it is the season likewise for renewing Holy Ghost, to whom be ascribed all the timely aids and succours to enable honour and worship, all praise and them to keep that faith unblemished ;' thanksgiving, henceforth, and for everundefiled; and to pursue that rule of
J. P. life with steady perseverance in the
SACRED POETRY, MEDITATIONS, &c.
The spirit of grace
For time and place,
Is all alike to him that prays
In's heart, what with bis mouth le says.
Do pray, may take
Wherein to make
To Him, that sees in secret, when
Th' are most concealed from other men,
In public prayer
They need not fear
Amen ; not doubt they were betrayed
To blaspheme, when they meant to have pray'd.
And why should not
Pray'r in the Church's words as well
As one within some dungeon closely pent,
But dimly views the blessed depths of Heaven,
O'er which the clouds by angry tempests driven,
• Sir John Hawkins, in his edition of Walton's Complete Angler, conceives that this Ch. Harvie was the author of the Synagogue, a collection of poems appended to George Herbert's Temple. Walton, after having repeated some lines of Herbert's says, “ and since you like these verses of Mr. Herbert's so well, let me tell you what a reverend and learned divine, that professes to imitate him, and has indeed done it most excellently, hath writ of our Book of Common Prayer," &c.; he then rehearsed some lines on the Common Prayer, which are subscribed “ Ch. Harvie," and which are actually taken from the Synagogue.-Athena Oxon. vol. iii. Ed. by D. Bliss, 1817.
So, prisoned in this fleshly tenement,
My spirit seeks the light which Providence
Hath given in mercy to my feeble sense.
Blown from the gales of pleasare and of vice,
And from my gaze concealing Paradise.
G. J. C.
STANZAS ON A STREAM,
Yon stream, that from its furzy bower
Muse on our earthly pilgrimage. 1817.
G. J. C.
shall come to the public view, I desire,
and charge my reader, whosoever he be, to The following are from the “ Oc
make me and himself so happy, as to take casional Meditations” of Bishop out my lessot, and to learn how to read Hall, which are introduced by God's great book by mine. this short Preface; which we recommend to the attention of our
Upon occasion of a Red-breast coming into his
Pretty bird, how cheerfully dost thou sit I have heedlessly lost, I confess, many and sing, and yet knowest not where thou good thoughts, these few my paper hath pre- art, nor where thou shalt make thy next served from vanishing; the example whereof nieal; and at night must shrowd thyself in may perhaps be more useful than the matter. a bush, for lodging: what a shame is it for Our active soul can no more forbear to me, that see before me so liberal provisions think, than the eye can choose but see, of my God, and find myself sit warm under when it is open ; would we but keep our my own roof, yet am ready to droop under wholesome notions together, mankind would a distrustful, and unthankful dalness. Had be too rich. To do well, no object should I so little certainty of my harbour and pure pass us without use; every thing that we veyance, how heartless should I be, how see reads us new lectures of wisdom and careful; how little list should I have to piety. It is a shame for a man to be igno- make music to thee or myself? Surely thou rant, or godless, under so many tutors. For camest not hither without a Providence. me, I would not wish to live longer than I God sent thee not so much to delight, as to sball be better for my eyes; and have shame me, but all in a conviction of my thought it thank worthy, thus to teach weak sullen unbelief, who under more apparent minds how to improve their thoughts upon means, am less cheerful and confident; reaall lilie occasions. And if ever these lines son and faith have not done so much in me, 1824.]
as in thee, mere instinct of nature ; want of God, we shall see as we are seen. Light foresight makes thee more merry, if not is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upmore happy bere, than the foresight of right in heart. better things maketh me.
O God, thy providence is not impaired Upon the Length of the Way. by those powers thou hast given me above these brute things; let not my greater helps
How far off is yonder great mountain ? hinder me from an holy security, and com
My very eye is weary with the foresight of fortable reliance upon thee.
so great a distance; yet time and patience shall overcome it ; this night we shall hope
to lodge beyond it; some things are more Upon occasion of a Spider in his Window. tedious in their expectation, than in their There is no vice in man, whereof there
performance. The comfort is, that every is not some analogy in the brute creatures :
step I take, sets me nearer to my end ;
when I once come there, I shall both forget as amongst us men, there are thieves by land, and pirates by sea, that live by spoil and
how long it now seems, and please myself blood; so is there in every kind amongst them
to look back upon the way that I have mea
sured. variety of natural sharkers; the hawk in the
It is thus in our passage to heaven; my air, the pike in the river, the whale in the
weak nature is ready to faint under the sea, the lion, and tiger, and wolf in the desert, the wasp in the hive, the spider in our
very conceit of the length and difficulty of window. Amongst the rest, see how cun
this journey; my eye doth not more guide, ningly this little Arabian bath spread out
than discourage me; many steps of grace,
and true obedience, shall bring me insensihis tent for a prey; how heedfully be
bly thither; only, let me move and hope ; watches for a passenger; so soon as ever he
and God's good leisure shall perfect my salhears the noise of a fly afar off, how he
vation. O! Lord, give me to possess my soul hastens to bis door, and if that silly heedless
with patience, and not so much to regard traveller do but touch upon the verge of that
speed, as certaiúty; when I come to the top unsuspected walk, how suddenly doth he
of thine holy hill, all these weary paces, and seize upon the miserable booty; and after some strife, binding him fast with those sub
deep sloughs shall either be forgotten, or
contribute to my happiness in their remeintle cords, drags the helpless captive after
brance. him into bis cave. What is this but an emblem of those spiritual free-booters, that lie in wait for our souls: they are the spiders, Upon the hearing of a Swallow in the Chimney. we the flies; they have spread their nets of Here is music, such as it is; but how long will sin ; if we be once caught, they bind us fast, it hold! When but a cold morning comes in, and bale us into bell.
my guest is gone, without either warning or 0! Lord, deliver thou my soul from their
thanks ; this pleasant season hath the least crafty ambushes; their poison is greater, need of cheerful notes; the dead of winter their webs both more strong, and more in- shall want, and wish them in vain : thus doth sensibly woven ; either teach me to avoid
an ungrateful parasite : no man is more temptation, or make me to break through it ready to applaud, and enjoy our prosperity, by repentance ; 0 ! let me not be a prey to but when with the times our condition bethose fiends that lie in wait for my destruc- gins to alter, he is a stranger at least; give tion.
me that bird which will sing in winter, and
seek to iny window in the hardest frost; Upon the sight of Rain in the Sun-shine. there is no trial of friendship but adversity;
he that is not ashamed of my bonds, not Such is my best condition in this life, if
daunted with my checks, not alienated with the sun of God's countenance shine upon
my disgrace, is a friend for me;'one dram me, I may well be content to be wet with
of that man's love, is worth a world of false some rain of affliction ; how often have I seen
and inconstant formality. the heaven over-cast with clouds and tem. pest; ño sun appearing to comfort me; yet even those glovmy and stormy seasons have Upon the sight of a Fly burning itself in the I rid out patiently, only with the help of the
Candle. common light of the day. At last, those Wise Solomon says, the light is a pleasant beams bave broken forth happily, and cheer- thing; and so certainly it is ; but there is no ed my soul; it is well for my ordinary state, true outward light which proceeds not from if through the mists of mine own dulness, fire; the light of that fire then is not more and Satan's temptations, I can descry some pleasing, than the fire of tbat light is dan. glimpse of heavenly comfort; let me never gerous; and that pleasure doth not more hope, while I am in this vale, to see the draw on our sight, than that danger forbids clear face of that sun without a shower: our approach : how foolish is this Ay, that such happiness is reserved for abore ; that in a love and admiration of this light, will upper region of glory is free from these
know no distance, but puts itself heedlessly doubtful and miserable vicissitudes. There, into that flame wherein it perishes; how
many bouts it fetched, every one nearer than
Upon the Fanning of Corn. other, ere it made this last venture; and See how in the fanning of this wheat, the now that merciless Are taking no notice of fullest and greatest grains lie erer the low. the affection of an over-fond client, bath est; and the lightest takes up the highest suddenly consumed it; thus do those bold place; it is no otherwise in mortality: those and busy spirits, who will needs draw too which are most humble, are fullest of grace; near unto that inaccessible light, and look and oft times those have most conspicuity, into things too wonderful for them. So long which have the least substance; to affect obdo they hover about the secret counsels of scurity or submission, is base and suspicious; the Almighty, till the wings of their pre- but that man whose inodesty presents him sumptuous conceits bc scorched, and their mean to his own eyes, and lowly to others, daring curiosity hath paid them with de- is commonly secretly rich in virtue ; give me struction; 0! Lord, let me be blessed with rather a low fulness, than an empty advancethe knowledge of what thou hast revealed. Let me content myself to adore thy divine wisdom in what thou hast not revealed,
Upon Herbs dried.
will longer retain both their liue and verUpon the singing of the Birds in a Spring dure, which are dried thus in the shade, Morning
than those which are suddenly scorched with How cheerfully do these little birds chirp fire or sun. and sing out of the natural joy they conceive Those are like to be most durable, which at the approach of the sun, and entrance of are closely tutored with a leisurely educathe spring; as if their life had departed, and
tion, returned with those glorious and comforta.
Time and gentle constancy ripens better ble beams; no otherwise is the penitent and than a sudden violence; neii her is it otherfaithful soul affected to the'true Sun of Righ- wise in our spiritual condition: a wilful teousness, the Father of lights? When he slackness is not more dangerous than an hides his face, it is troubled, and silently over-hastening of our perfection; if I may mourns away that sad winter of affliction; be every moment drawing nearer to the when he returns, in his presence is the ful- end of my hope, I shall not wish to precipiness of joy; no song is cheerful enough to tate. welcome him; O! thou, who art the God of all consolation, make my heart sensible of Upon a Corn Field overgrown with Weeds. the sweet comforts of thy gracious presence; Here were a goodly field of corn, if it and let my mouth ever sbew forth thy
were not overlaid with weeds; I do not like praise.
these reds, and blues, and yellows, amongst these plain stalks and ears : this beauty
would do well elsewhere; I , bad rather to Upon hearing of Music by Night.
see a plot less fair, and more yielding; in How sweetly doth this music sound in this this field I see a true picture of the world, dead season? In the day time it would not, wherein there is more glory, than true sube it could not so much affect the ear? All stance; wherein the greater part carries it harmonious sounds are advanced by a silent from the better ; wherein the native sons of darkness; thus it is with the glad tidings of
the earth outstrip the adventurous brood of salvation; the Gospel never sounds so sweet, grace; wherein parasites and unprofitable as in the night of persecution, or of our own hang-bys do both rob and overtop their private affliction; it is ever the same, the masters; both field and world grow alike, difference is in our disposition to receive it. look alike, and shall end alike; both are for O God, whose praise it is to give songs in the the fire; while the homely and solid ears night, make my prosperity conscionable, of despised virtue shall be for the garners and my crosses cheerful.
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
The Duties and Difficulties of the
Clergyman in Inverness.
8vo. Christian Ministry, a Sermon
pp. 40. Morrison, Inverness. preached in St. John's Chapel, We have long contemplated with Inverness, June 18th, 1823, at the a feeling of intense interest the conVisitation held by the Right Rev. dition of the Scotch Episcopal David Low, LL.D. By the Rev. Church, which has, for more than a Charles Fyvie, M.A. Episcopal century, continued through. " evil report and good report,” through Church of England in particular was depression and even persecution, to well known, the Episcopal clergy sustain a character distinguished for began to enjoy some degree of proorthodoxy and learning: and, per- tection, but it was not till the faa haps, no portion of the Catholic mous Act of Toleration of the 10th Church of Christ since the establish- of her reign, that they were legally ment of Christianity has endured defended from persecution. That greater adversity with more Christian they were persecuted is admitted by resignation. It is well known, that all parties. This toleration was of prior to the Revolution in the year brief continuance; for on the death 1688, Episcopacy was established of Queen Anne, when the Wbig mi. in Scotland, and would have conti- nistry acquired the ascendency, a nued to have been so, if the Scotch proclamation was issued for enforcBishops, or a majority of them, upon ing the laws “ against all Papists, the abdication of King James II., Non-jurors and disaffected persons," had taken the oath of allegiance to the rigorous execution of which King William and Queen Mary; but contributed, in a great degree, to they regarded their allegiance as in. occasion the insurrection in favour capable of dissolution or transfer of the Stuart family, in the year ence. Nor were the Scotch Bishops 1715. In this unfortunate affair singular in this opinion, for the ve. the great body of the Episcopalians nerable Sancroft, Archbishop of in Scotland, had a considerable, Canterbury,and seven other Bishops, though certainly far from an exclus refusing to take the oath of allegi- sive, share ; yet they were assuredly ance to King William, were first sus- the greatest sufferers, confiscations, pended from their offices, and after attainders and executions fell to the wards deprived of their sees.
portion of the nobility and gentry, From this time, Episcopacy cea- and the common people were denied sed to be the established religion of the exercise and deprived of the Scotland, and the Presbyterian form rites of a religion which they believof Church polity was recognized by ed to be necessary to Salvation. the State in its stead ; and as might The penal laws that were enacted be anticipated from the dispositions after the second insurrection for the of the Presbyterians, many of whom House of Stuart, in 1745, in its ori. bad sworn in a solemn league and gin and consequences so similar to covenant to “ extirpate Popery and the former, reduced the Episcopal prelacy,” (as they termed Episco- Church (owing to the conspicuous pacy) the Episcopal Church would part which some of its most eminent receive little favour or protection. members acted) almost to the brink Several severe, and what would now of ruin, Acts of Parliament were be considered arbitrary and oppres. passed, severer, if possible, than any sive laws, were enacted against the of those that had been previously non-juring Episcopalians; one in enacted. And it was not till his late particular was passed in the year Majesty, who was the king of his 1695, prohibiting" every outed cler- people and not of a party, ascended gyman from baptizing any children, the throne, that the penal laws beor solemuizing marriage betwixt any gan to be less rigorously enforced, parties in all time coming, under and this depressed body of Chrispain of imprisonment, ay, and until tians enjoy the partial exercise of he find caution to go out of the their religion without molestation. kingdom, and never to return there. The Clergy of the Scotch Episcopal to."
Church still, however, consistently Upon the accession of Queen adhered to the political principles Anne, however, whose attachment which had deprived them of their to Episcopacy in general, and the civil and religious liberty, and it was