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Memoir of Mr. Smith. - Poetry.



tember, his affliction became more attractive excellencies which visibly alarming; but as his outward man de- adorned the christian conduct of our cayed, his inward man was renewed departed friend. How much more, day by day. In an interview I had without any exaggeration, might have with him, little more than three weeks been said, will appear in that great previous to the painful closing scene, day, when they who have kept the I recollect, he remarked with particu- commandments of God, and the faith lar emphasis: “ I find nothing but per- of Jesus, shall be made fully manifest fect resignation to the will of God will do. and gloriously triumphant. Under When I give up all, and say in heart, this consolatory and animating reflec

Thy word be done;' then, and only tion, I would lay down my pen; humthen, I am happy.”

bly praying, that the Lord may bless His last afflictions were peculiarly this feeble attempt to magnify the trying. A violent and acute pain in power of his grace, and to shew forth his head arose so high, as to occa- his praise. sion, at times, a degree of mental insensibility. This, in addition to his extreme debility, rendered it improper

THE ANSWER OF CATO TO LABIENUS, for him to speak much; indeed, he iTho wished him to consult an Oracle in the Dewas not capable of it. The best me

serts of Libya. dical assistance was again procured,

Translated from Lucan, by H. S. Boyd. but all in vain; for it soon, alas! be- Full of that God, whom in his secret breast came too evident, that no arm of flesh He ever bore, he spake: the hallow'd words could preserve him from the grave. Were worthy of a shrine oracular. His Divine Master, whom he had o Labienus, what should I inquire ?

If it were better, on the battle-plain faithfully served, had said, It is enough, -come up hither.” In the midst To die a freeman, than to live a slave ?

If life, howe'er protracted, be a span ? of these agonies, while nature was rapidly dissolving, he was preserved in Against the righteous wing her shaft in vain?

If good men stand invincible? if Fortune sweet composure of mind; and for se

It holy motives be alone required, veral days, his countenance manifest- And virtue, spurn’d orcherishı’d, still be virtue ? ed the most pleasing indications of in- These truths we know, nor can the God himself ward tranquillity. One night, reviving Impiant them deeper. With the powers ima little from a painful lethargy, he ex- morta) claimed with peculiar energy:

When We're closely link'd ; and tho' each shrine were the MIGHTY GOD is our SAVI- silent, OUR what cause have we to fear ?" We ne'er could frustrate the decrees of heaven. and then, reversing the sentence: Th’ Almighty needeth no interpreter, - When our SAVIOUR is the MIGH- That men may learn his counsel : at our birth TY GOD, what cause have we to fear?” Would he have chosen this deserted shore,

He told us all that we 're concern'd to know. -dwelling with apparent comfort That some lune stragglers might inquire his will? on the words, MIGHTY GOD. At Or buried sacred truth in barren sand? another time he said: “God is the What is his temple, but the earth, the sea, essence of love, and therefore He can- The air, and heaven, and virtue? Why beyond not do wrong."--Thus he continued, Explore the heavenly sanctities ? Whate'er in a meek, resigned, and peaceful We see, where'er we sojourn, there is Jove. frame, as the powers of nature rapidly Let wavering busoms, Anciuating minds, declined, until Monday morning the For soothsayers pant : I heed no oracle. ninth of October, 1815, when, in his By death, and death alone, I'm certified.

The coward and the brave alike must fall. twenty-seventh year, his happy spirit was freed from the tenement of clay, He spake, and leaving unexplor'd the faith

Let it suffice, that Sove hath told us this.and admitted, we cannot doubt, to of dubious Ammon, from the fane retir’d. join the countless numbers of the redeemed, in their eternal anthems of praise: “ Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and Translated from Lucan, by H. S. Boyd. priests unto God and his Father; to Turk not, his manes slumber'd in the dust : him be glory and dominion for ever

Deem not, those lowly ashes could retain and ever. Amen."

A shade so mighty! From the tomb he burst This brief Memoir, affords but a And, leaving that inglorious tenement, faint delineation of the spiritual and Soar'd on the gale, and sought the realm of Jo



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Where Æther's plains beneath the stars extend,

TO THE EDITOR OF THE IMPERIAL Between the earth and Cynthia's lucid path,

MAGAZINE, The hallow'd shades of mortals deified,

SIR, In glory dwell; whom virtue's holy fire

I have been surprised, in looking over Made blameless, patient ’mid the teeming ills That harbour here, and when Iheir race was run,

different topographical accounts of

Lancashire and Liverpool, to find no Compos’d their spirits in eternal peace. They come not there, enshrin'd in gold, or laid biographical notice of PetER WHITOn piles that blaze with costly frankincense. FIELD, the celebrated author of the There, when he view'd the pure æthereal light, Treatise on the Hebrew Vowel Points, The rolling planets, and the golden orbs, printed at Liverpool, 1748, 4to.; a That stud the sapphire canopy, he saw work which a competent judge has What dismal darkness our most brilliant day pronounced to be “ the best defence Envelops, and beheld with scornful glance,

of them ever published.”—Dr, Adam The wretched remnant of his abject corse.

Clarke's Bibliog. Dict. vol. ii. p. 129. Thence, o'er Emathia's crimson field, and o'er

I have been assured he was originalThe camp of guilty Cæsar, and the feet That crown'd old Ocean's lide, he wing’d his ly a weaver, and self-taught in the HeAight ;

brew, Greek, and Latin languages; Ard seated to redress the wrongs of man,

and that from having frequently to asIn Brutus' sacred breast he rear'd his shrine, sist the printer in composing the OriAnd fix'd in Cato's soul his dwelling-place. ental parts of his “ Treatise," and November 30th, 1819.

other works, he gained such a knowledge of printing, as enabled him to commence business as a Printer.

From a learned work written by A Fragment for the Holidays.

him in defence of the Atonement, enA dawn advanc'd on Nature, tints the hills titled, “ Christianity of the Old TestaWith richest hues, and soon the valley fills ment,” printed 1757, 8vo. we learn With glowing rays, diffusing sacred light, that he had been a Dissenter, but had Clothing the fleecy tribes in purer white. conformed. To this work he also These thinking night is past, begin to feed. prefixed a Reply” to — Brown, who Their guardians half draw forth the tunesul

had written against him for embracing reed;

the principles of the established When solemn awe (as Midian's shepherd felt,

church. When near the burning bush he trembling

If any of your correspondents can knelt;

inform me of any other particulars Dr Israel's host, when the divided sea Sparkled with light unborrow'd from the day) respecting him, I shall consider myThe artless swains o'erwhelm'd, affrighted all,

self obliged. Prostrate before the heavenly vision fall.

I am, your's, &c. While thus amaz'd, their souls find strange em

J. T. ploy,

Salford, Manchester, In pleasing terrors half allied to joy,

Dec. 13th, 1819. A form angelic dissipates their fears, And sounds celestial charm their list’ning ears. Then choirs of cherubs from the opening sky, QUERIES TO CORRESPONDENTS. This anthem sang,

Glory to God on high! Tidings of peace from heav'n to earth we bring;

1. On the Soul when disembodied. Messiah reigns! Go, see the new-born King.” J. F. of London asks, “Where does Liverpool.


the soul go, on its separation from the body ? and does it receive judgment

immediately, or wait till the last day?" DANGER OF PROVERBIAL PHRASES. A British adventurer had got into high

2. On the Sun standing still. favour at the court of a Turkish pasha. R. C. observes, “ It is mentioned in One day the latter was explaining to the book of Joshua, chap. x. that “the him a part of the policy by which he sun stood still, and the moon stayed, hoped to add another pashalik to his and hasted not to go down, about a dominions. Well, right,” said the whole day.' Were the sun and moon obsequious dependant; "you will un- truly above the horizon, for the space doubtedly very soon have two strings to of 24 hours, (or was it only the light of your bow.

The pasha started, and these heavenly bodies, that was retainour hapless countryman was never af- ed, and thus rendered miraculously terwards seen.


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Memoir of Sir Joseph Banks.


ther the influence of wealth, nor the SIR JOSEPH BANKS, BART. K, B. power of princes, can bestow.

The honours which occasionally (With a Portrait.) President of the Royal Society, a furnish wonder with employment, and

await the fortunate, may for a season Trustee of the British Museum, F.A.S. F. R. S. Edinburgh, M. R. I. A. and levy on admiration, a tribute of apMember of the Royal Institute of into envy, and throng the field of ex

plause ; they may infuse new vigour France, and of most of the learned pectation with an additional tribe of Societies in Europe and America.

active votaries; their charms may deIn the records of heraldry, his name, corate imbecility with imaginary granhis honours, and his alliances, are ex- deur, and render mental weakness hibited in the following order. magnificently formidable in the eye of

Banks, of Revesby Abbey, Lincoln- ignorance ; but a much shorter period shire, created March 24, 1781. The than that in which Sir Joseph Banks Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks, created bas sustained his unfading honours, at a baronet as above, Knight of the Bath, the head of the first literary and scienLL.D. President of the Royal Society, tific society in the world, would have and one of his Majesty's Privy Coun- thrown a mere pretender into obscucil, was born Dec. 13, 1743; married rity, or only have exhibited him in the March 29, 1779, Dorothea, daughter decline of life, as a monument serving and co-heir of William Weston Hu- to commemorate departed greatness. gessen, of Provender, in the county of The laurels, on the contrary, which Kent, Esq. sister to the lady of Sir eneircle the head of this venerable son Edw. Knatchbull, bart. by whom he of science, have retained their freshhas no issue. Sir Joseph is a member ness through his laborious and proof most foreign learned societies.- tracted state of mortal existence; and Motto: Nullisin verba—Nothing upon in the evening of his days they flourish trust.” He likewise wears the ribbon round him with unwithering bloom, of his order round his arms, with the and form an alcove, in which genius motto, Tria juncta in unoThree in and science must expect shortly to be

Family seats, Reveshy Abbey, hold his settiug sun. Lincolnshire, and Spring Grove, Mid

Sir Joseph Banks is descended from dlesex.

a noble family in Sweden. The first of If titles, birth, and fortune, were his ancestors who settled in this counalone capable of conferring genuine try was his paternal grandfather, who greatness, Sir Joseph Banks might is said to have acquired an ample fortriumph in bis superiority without tune by the reputable practice of an merit, and look down on genius and honourable profession, to which those talents with contempt. Mounted on who have recorded the fact; have not the pedestal of fame, he might cast a given a name. The father of Sir Josupercilious smile on those laborious seph was a private gentleman, who remortals who are wearying themselves sided chiefly on his estate in Lincolnin the drudgery of science, and hoping shire, where he was respected and beto obtain renown by successful appli- loved for his domestic virtues, and cation and persevering industry, and other estimable qualities. congratulate himself with the pleasing Sir Joseph was born about the year reflection, that fortune had been more 1743, and, at a suitable age, was sent favourable to his wishes than his de- to complete his studies at the Universerts.

sity of Oxford. In this seminary he The honours, however, which are made a considerable proficiency in vaassociated with the name of this scien- rious branches of liberal knowledge; tific gentleman, stand on a more per- but a predisposition to natural history manent foundation than the caprices was that in which he became chiefly of fortune, or the success with which conspicuous. To facilitate his proaccident crowns hazardous adventure. gress in this department, several faKank and station may command the vourable coincidences at this period homage of adulation, and glitter with conspired; independently of those dazzling splendour in the eye of mere which arose from the bent of his gepretension; but that respect which is nius, the extent of his fortune, and the exacted from profound penetration, promising presages of an unwearied must arise from something, which nei- application. No. 11.-Vol. I,



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