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changeless Truth; from the perishable dispensations of worldly polities to the constitutions of the everlasting Gospel; from the condemning sentence of frail and mistaken men, to the irrevocable decision of an absolving and applauding God.






STILL, still shall struggling SPLEEN repress her hand, This spawn of scribblers croaking through the land? See Chalmers urge with persevering page

To doubt and dulness a discerning age?

See Reeves enjoy his pension and applause,
Who Freedom libell'd, and provok'd her laws?
With unindignant apathy pass by

Of Antijacobins the filthy stye?

Wars, murders, their 'elight; not G....'s more;
True priests of Moloca gorg'd with human gore.
Their social Order, Sta's in in hurl'd;
Their Law, CONFUS! al ig through the world:
Their Faith, to bid Ce d-wind Mercy cease,
And whoop War's el-hods at THE PRINCE OF


Raptur'd tie v ta en n'd trophies nod
In frowns of noiror o'er the shrine of GOD!

How plotting Priestley's grains of powder lie
To blow our Church in atoms to the sky;"
How crafty Tooke and bawling Thelwall plann'd
To make one mighty Chaos of the land,

To whelm wealth, titles, in Rebellion's flood,

And drench the scaffold with their Sovereign's blood;
How Paine builds equal rights on equal birth
With equal commonage o'er parent Earth;
Not, through the paths of bliss our steps to lead,
The naked clothe, sick cherish, hungry feed;
But, Nero-like, one vast combustion raise

Of Law, Rank, Order; and enjoy the blaze:-
Those countless crimes, which Windham's tongue can


Of quitted felons, genuine imps of hell:

On such stale themes, to me far better known,
Than house, and wife, and all I name my own,

a During the debate in the House of Commons in 1787, on the Repeal of the Test Act, one of the present writers heard Sir William Dolben, Member of Parliament for the University of Oxford, quote the following passage, to which Mr. Wakefield alludes, from Dr. Priestley. "the silent propagation of the truth will in the end prove efficacious. We are placing, as it were, grain by grain, a train of gunpowder, to which the match will one day be laid to blow up the fabric of error, which can never be again raised upon the same foundation."

The worthy Baronet now displayed his sagacity in detecting the design. of the Philosopher, and, as in duty bound, alarmed the House by laying no common emphasis on every grain of the metaphorical combustible. Mr. Courtenay, whose pleasantry has so often relieved the tædium of parliamentary business, undertook to calm the apprehensions of the Representative of the University of Oxford, and reminded him that the deep design, whatever it might be, was only against " the fabric of error," and therefore Sir William must be satisfied that the Church of England could be in no danger.

Each yelping cur of lurcher placemen barks,
From Pitt and Grenville to their office-clerks.

I too was form'd by pædagogic rules,
Have travers'd all the classic lore of schools;
I too have commerc'd, many a silent hour,
With bard and sage in Academic bower;
Youth, Pleasure, slighted for the Muse's song;
I lov'd her early, and have lov'd her long:
Nor fear'd to brand with bold, indignant pen,
The friends of War as MURDERERS OF MEN.-
'Tis folly, nay, 'tis madness, to forbear!
Shall I that perishable paper spare,
From which e'en G....e his gross rebukes
Safe in the ermine of judicial pow'r?
Some Lord of Lincoln make his readers nod,
When he would " vindicate the ways of God,"
Reserving, grateful, his best nerve and wit,
To vindicate the PIETY of PITT?b

may shower,

From which, good Wilberforce can prove, at least,
That PITT, on solemn fasts, abhors a feast;
Too blest! like Lincoln, could he dare to paint

b"You must permit me, sir, to say, that I consider the Dedication of a Work designed to promote the knowledge of the SACRED SCRIPTURES as peculiarly appropriate to you, who have evinced yourself the zealous FRIEND OF RELIGION. But above all, I may state with inexpressible satisfaction, that under the influence of RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLE, your conduct has afforded an eminent example of private as well as of public virtue."!!

See Dedication of the "ELEMENTS OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY." "To the Right Honourable William Pitt, First Lord Commissioner of his Majesty's Treasury, &c. &c. &c." 1799.

• Mr. Wilberforce, having lamented the notorious contempt of national

But, why the Muse her Pegasus should guide Round those bold steeps of Pindus' rugged side, Where, o'er the titled pimp and pension'd slave, POPE his sith'd car with wheels of thunder drave, Hear her strong reasons; but endure to hear With calm affections and a vacant ear.

When triumphs SIN, by impious laws sustain'd,
When royal sanctions curse what God ordain'd,
A Senate trampling on his first command,
And hallowing whoredom in a Christian land;
To blank despair a princely offspring driven,
Barr'd the best blessings of indulgent Heaven,
The endearing ties of husband, child, and wife,
All that supports, and "cheers, and softens life:"-

Fasts, especially among the higher ranks, "thinks it necessary to declare, that the account, which appeared in some of the news-papers, of an entertainment having been given by Mr. Pitt on the Fast Day, is untrue; and he is glad of the opportunity, which the mention of this subject affords him, of contradicting a statement which he can positively affirm to have been false." "Practical Views," &c. 2d ed. p. 378. Having never seen the later editions of this work, we are unable to say, whether the worthy Author has been equally successful in proving that the celebrated Duel by his Friend was not fought on a SUNDAY. The common notion of the day of the week, on which this event happened, must surely be erroneous, as a Right Rev. Prelate, very soon after the transaction, hesitates not to declare to his patron, Mr. Pitt, his " inexpressible satisfaction" in the contemplation of the character of that gentleman-" the zealous Friend of Religion, and the firm supporter of our Ecclesiastical Establishment ;” regulating his conduct “under the influence of religious principle.” [See the preceding Note.] Are not these strong presumptions, that the Ducl was not fought on a SUNDAY? and, unless Mr. Wilberforce has already considered the subject, might he not make an interesting enlargement of his note, in his next edition, by an examination of this question, important at all times, and especially now, his Friend has resumed his high


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