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Hisclustering locks in raven blackness roll'd, Now to the trumpet's silve: sound belold Pale was his hollow cheek, like fire his The banquet serv'd; the golden beakers eye;
shine ; In cloak of ermin'd crimson he was clad; The viands rich are pil'd in massive gold, But rueful was his mien; his very smile Reddens in golden cups the sparkling was sad,
The merchant swims in bliss; the duke Knights in gay green appear'd; and clad
demands in rose
A health, and courtcous gives the goblet te Sate ladies young with pearl-ybraided his hands.
hair; The duke Onulphus from his throne arose, Then smiling bends the guest his wishful And plac'd the merchant in a golden chair:
[fails Full opposite the dutchess thrond was
To that fair' dutchess, when the goblet seen;
From his slack grasp; what sudden horrors Soft was her pensive smile, and chaste her
rise ! modest mier..
What ghastly spectacle his sight appalis!
In her white hand she held a human skull, But oh! how tempting fair; her hazel eye A page stood by with wine, and fill'd it to Swam dark in beanring languishment of
the full. Her smooth and jetty brows were arch'd on She bows, and lifts it to her smiling lips, higli,
But hersmouth brow is ruffled by a frown; Her shading lashes lengthend on the view; Tears drop into the draught; and, while The crimson of her cheek rose mantling she sips,
O'er her high-hearing breast run trick. A lucid robe scarce veil'd her lightly round
ling down. ed form.
The inerchant on Onulphus turn'd his look; None may that bosom's orb'd luxuriance Again that eagle eye his breast with light
ning strook. tell, As marble firm, and dazzling as the snow; III far'd the traveller through that horrid The gazer's heart, while soft it rose and fell, feast,
Beat with a like pulsation to and fro : Though perfumes breath'd, and music And oh ! the moisture of the scarlet lip
warbled round; That clos'd these fearly teeth, it had been Full glad was he when all the banquet ceas'd, heaven to sip.
Fain would he fly from that enchanted Apart she sat, distinguish'd from the rest,
But now those blooming boys the torches A violet manile from her shoulders fow'd; A zone of diamonds grasp'd her throbbing And his reluctant steps ascend the jasper
stair, And on her tapering fingers rubies glow'd; Gems quiverd in her ears; and round her The plumes of ostrich nodded o'er the bed head
That stood by silver eagles propp'd on Gather'd in braiding gold the jetty tresses high; spread.
The velvet curtains glow'd with deepest red;
And wav'd the walls with pictur'd tapestry; flere gaz'd Basilius; nor the lady's gaze Large as the life appear’d those shadows Disdain'd to melt and mingle with his own;
bright, Al once his blood was kindled in a blaze,
Their stately forms mov'd slow to every His pulses thrubb’d with tumults yet un- breeze of night.
known ; Flush'd was his cheek, and humid were There from the book of Troy was wrought
the tale, And every nerve was thrill'd with trembling Here Helen smil'd at Menelaus' side : ecstacies.
There look'd she back, while far the belly.
ing sail But still, whene'er he turn'd his eyes aside,
In Aight convey'd her o'er the rolling The duke's stern glance would seem to
lide : read his soul ;
Here her white arms enfold th'adulterous Then through his heart would icy terrors
And there she wailing sees the gathering Till once again her gaze electric stole
fames of Troy. On his attracted gaze, and once again The guilty flames were shot through every There too the mighty Agamemnon blod shivering vein.
Within the marble'bath, by ruffian sword;
Here was the feast by Clytemnestra spread, Rare needle-work the colourd hangings The gay adulterer grac'd the regal board :
wove, There his good blade the stern Orestes drew, The silken scene did loyal loves display : And o'er a mother's corse his veiling mantle Knights in their helmets were the gage of threw.
Or at the feet of damsels courteous lay : His arms in musing thought the merchant But all was stilly gloom; what seem'd a bed folds,
Rose underneath an arch, with sable pall And, touch'd with sadness, views the o'erspread.
storied walls ; When sudden he a gilded niche beholds, Unseen the harp is touch'd; the whilst they As with slant gleam the lamp reflected
The luscious fruit, and drink metheglin Within the niche two glooming tapers
Slow to the merchant's thought the moWhose Hickering light shows dim an ala- ments waste,
Till rose the duke in silence from his seat;
That sable pall he rais’d, and pointing stood; Who may the stranger's shuddering an- The azure couch blush'd red it was the guish paint,
stain of blood! When in that vase he look'd and saw enclos'd
Then pray'd the trembling merchant to A human heart! with rising horrors faint depart, He sought his couch ; and lay, but not The gorgeous misery sicken'd on his brain; repos'd;
The mystic drinking-skull; th' embalmed When clang'd the doors; and lo! the duke heart, -who led
The purple horror of the secret stain ! That lovely dame, her locks dishevella “ Lo ! here,” Onulphus cried, “my bridal from her head.
“ And here my consort clasp'd her guilty That heart, with myrrh and cassia balm’d,
paramour. he took, And to her lips with courteous mockery “Like thee my guest, he caught the rovrais'd;
ing glance That heart she kiss'd, while he with search- “Of Rosimund, and lur'd her to her ing look
shame; On her Aush'd cheek unalterably gaz’d: “I saw; I found them in their sinful trance, Then, while her sobbing breast rose heav- “ And quench'd in blood the barb'rous ing fast,
ingrate's flame; The vase was closd, and they froni forth the “ It is the will of heav’n that I should be chamber pass'd.
“ The still-avenging scourge of her in
constancy. Up sprang the trav'ller when the morning broke,
" This carbuncle that on my finger glows And left she chamber with a beating “ Was once a living serpent's precious
breast; The duke encountering smil'd, and gracious “ Thus did an Arab sage his night's repose spoke,
“ Requite, of necromantic potency: And ask'd if sweet his fare, if soft his rest; “ For still, when wonian's faith would go Basilius bow'd the knee; but frankly said,
astray, How that his breast was scar'd, and terrified « This modest jewel pales its bright and his bed.
Stern smil'd his host, and led him where a « And still, whene'er her thoughts to vice
incline, Was rich with painting, gold, and ebony: “ That cup is brought to med'cine her Without the casemenes roses wreath'd their
“ And tears of rage then mingle with her And woodbines droop'd in cluster'd ca- wine, nopy :
“ Would they were chang'd to tears of Its blossom’d boughs the myrtle green en- penitence! twind,
“ I may not dare, till she be chaste and true, And orange-trees with sweets impregnated “So warnd by holy dreams, remit the pe the wind.
* Now go in peace!" he said, and clasp'd privilege of being serious and econ. him round
gelical. Mr. Witherby thinks some With courteous arms; the gates unfold- of these unincorporated societies have ing rang :
“ established a kind of precedent, A barb with golden bit there paw'd the which, if not controlled, will produce ground,
much mischief." The grateful merchant to the saddle
Relative to the origin of the MisPensive he left the castle-walls; but thence sionary Society, he observes, “the He bore a wiser heart, and firmer innocence. first sermon in its favour was preached
Sept. 22, 1795, in Lady Huntingdon's From these extracts, our readers Chapel, Spa Fields, by the Rev. T. may judge that the present volume is Hawes, LL.B. in which many unkind not to be ranked with the trash that ex: 'ressions are used concerning the weekly and monthly issues from the church societies for propagating the presses of this metropolis, and which gospel; and the preacher concludes none, but they who write it, will ven- his remarks upon them by declaring ture to call poetry. Mr. Elton, how that, as Missionary Societies, their ever, is sometimes an offender against efforts are BELOW CUNTEMPT. the legitimate usage of the language. “ It hath been asserted, in a late Such phrases as “vision'd mount," publication, that the MissioparySocie“ health's incarnate dye,” and chasm ty hath received upwards of £100,000, twice used as a monosyllable, with and amassed a capital of about some others of a similar nature, are £20,000." blemishes which Mr. Elton will do well
In page 4, Mr. Witherby observes, to remove in a future edition of his “But as the Missionary Society' cap volume.
see the faults or supposed faults of To the tales are added various other others, we cannot shut our eyes; the original poems, among which the best directors are truly respectable; but is the Reflections on a Sunday Morning. MERCHAnts are not, I conceive, the -The volume is adorned with three properest persons to be placed in the good engravings, and it is also ele- chairs of directors of a religious sociegantly printed. With such recom- ty. Christianity will not receive any mendations and good poetry besides, aid by the exercise of that worldly Mr. Elton's unambitious wish will policy (in wbich merchants excel) probably be gratified; viz.
being employed in its service. Some. “ Lady! whoe'er thou art, that on my lay what of this policy, appeared to me to Shalt haply muse, and ihe slight crim- be observable in their sending for their
three Hottentot converts from the O'er thy transparent cheek in pleasure Cape of Good-Hope, and exbibiting steal,
[bowe them'in so many chapels of the neWhile through the lattice of thy secret tropolis; somewhat of this policy,
Gleams the faint yellow of departing day; appeared to me also observable, in Know that my wishes here shall bounded be, their bringing out the Jew that fell Of fame unheeding, if I please but thee !
into their hands, as soon as he was
taught English, and employing him The Wisdom of the CALVINISTIC kingdom to collect for them; which
like a little Roscius, to go about the METHODISTS DISPLAYED. In a collections he now in his narrative Letter to the Rev. Christopher Words. declares amounted to above 3000l.worth, Dean and Rector of Bocking, 'In one journey, he preached thirtyfc. . By Thomas WITHERBY. four times in four weeks! and colpp. 62. 1810.
lected 4711.; in another tour, he THE Rev. Dr. Wordsworth, to preached one hundred and seven
, one of those rational divines of the lected 18001.'
Enough to kill a Church of England, who disapprove horse. of the power and patronage arrogated “They have, however, experienced by some of the members of the British a great disappointment in this matter, and Foreign Bible Society, and others for an opposition society, viz. the Lon. who claim to themselves the exclusive don, have got hold of him; the col
lections for which opposition society, have erred, it has been in the hope to now operate to the diminution of their raise money to extend the sphere of funds, in like manner as their collec- their missionaries,” &c. tions in the churches, operated to- “ The chief instance in which the wards the church of England's cha- London Society can be compared to rities and societies. As they have the Missionary Society, relates to that done unto others, now it is done unto theatrical policy which, when resorted them.' Judges i. 7. This makes them to in religious matters, disgraces all cautious, and it does not appear that who employ it. They have taken the two Jews they proposed to import another foreign Jew (besides Frey) unfrom Berlin (see their report) are yet der their patronage, and are teaching arrived; and surely they are wise, for him English; and if they permit him the opposition society would probably to appear in the habit of the country get hold of, and employ them to the he comes from, the profits produced further diminution of their funds. It may be as great as they made by Frey, is however worthy of observation, that and the poor fellow inay be worked as their conduct towards this opposition hard as he was by the Missionary Sosociety, haih not been like that of the ciety. They also are alike in this, church societies towards them; for thai they pretend to be preaching lectheir pulpits are shut against the mi- tures to the Jews, when not one Jew misters who would wish to preach col- attends; and as the London Society lection sermons, for the benefit of the never forget the collection, it looks New society. Why? Because it would bad. Few Dew pantomines or lottery hurt their own funds. Surely if there advertisements are placarded on the has been too much worldly policy arnong walls of the metropolis, in more conthem, it must be admitted that there spicuous characters than are the has been too little of it in the church preaching proceedings of the London societies, who though they may have Society to the Jews: surely these been harmless as doves, have not pos- things tend to disgrace that cause they sessed so much of the serpent's wisdom pretend to serve. as others have. It is however far bet. As the London Society are Calter to suffer loss of influence, by want vinistic Methodists, and well know of the serpent's wisdom, than to make by what kind of worldly policy their worldly policy a governing principle party have risen into consequence, of action in religious matters; for viz. by lessening the bishops and miniwhere worldly policy is introduced in sters of the establishment in the opinion religious maiters, there is no end to of the people; it is natural to suppose the disgrace that it gives occasion ibat they would proceed in the same to."
way in their new society; how then After noticing the late trial of Kelso, are we to account for the great respect & weaver and ci-devant itinerant they all of a sudden profess for the preacher, for assaulting and confining bishops and ininisters of the establisha poor (taheitan named Tapeoe, and ment. It is clear enough; they want making money by him, Mr. W. asks, the money of churchmen, they want to “Can we sead such things without collect in all the churches of England, being shocked? Yet wherefore should Wales, and Ireland, and in every kirk we! In point of right, surely he had in Scotland. Is not this object worth as much legal right to make the col- a few soft and respectful words? That lections (during the time Tapeoe was their policy is the same as it was, ig willing to continue with him) as the evident from their first stop towards Missionary Society had when they ex- the Jews, for as their first step to obhibited the Hottentots;" or, we may tain their present great wealth and add, as the London Society now ex- consequence, was by lessening the bibit the pretended Jews. But what- bishops and church ministers in the erer might have been the case with opinion of the people; so their first Kelso, “ certainly no sinister purpose step towards the Jews has been to cacan be attributed to the Missionary lunviate their teachers and to ridicule Society, they are persons of great their venerable rabbies; and they are Realth and respectability; if they very angry that the Jews will not be. lieve their allegations to the prejudice who has had the indiscretion to tran. of their elders.
scribe it with a Latio translation; for “ Christian charity induces me to which he is reprehended by a learned hope, that most of the members of the man of our own nation; who, baving London Society actually know nothing read it more than once, declared that of the true state of the Jews amongst it contained nothing but burlesque us. My intercourse with them hath and ridicule." confirmed me in the belief, that they Mr. W. asks, “whether this calumny teach their children universal bene. upon the Jews has been published by volence; but I must confess that I was the London Society through ignorance! mych surprised when I found the New If so, it is a proof that they are very Testament in many of their houses, improperly employed. But, ignorant which I observed by havingoccasion to or not ignorant, those who have DONE turn to the English Bible. I do not men- THE DEED, those who have translated tion this to give any encouragement to blasphemy against.our Savour, cannot the idea that they waver in their faith, have done it without a motive. What but merely to prove that there is not has been their motive? Is it alleged that that ABHORRENCE among them to is hath been translated into English Christians or the New Testament, with intent to refute it? The excuse is which ignorant or designing men pre- too Himsy to be for a moment admittend. I expressed my surprise at this ted; it cannot be: no one can be so de. to a learned man among them, who ceived; for every one knows that bur. told me, tható admitting the general lesque, ridicule, and blasphemy, not excellency of our translation of the being founded upon argument, cauOld Testament and therefore making not be rebutted by argument.". use of it, they never mutilate the book, The greatest part of Mr. Witherby's but keep it as they buy it with the New pamphlet is occupied with statements Testament in it. If then there are in of the receipts and the expenditure of many if not most Jewish houses the, the London Society, and an enume: New Testament lying open before' ration of the debts they have incurred them, which they may read whenever in consequence of their purchase of so inclined, what use can there be in the French church, &c. which they the Calvinistic Methodists making so now call the Jews Chapel, in Churchmuch stir in this matter? if they street, Spitalfields. were to be disposed to reinvestigate That Mr. Witherby is no intolerant the questions between us, the churches bigot, may be inferred from the conare open, and every bookseller's shop cessions he has made, in page 44, in abounds with books published by favour of Methodists, where, speaking church ministers, wherein the truth of the latter, he observes, Every of the Christian religion is proved far man hath a right to form and retain hetter than it can be by unlearned his religious opinions. I have not dismen."
turbed them; all I have done hath As to the blasphemous book lately been directed against their worldLY translated for the London Society; POLICY, which has no necessary conMr.Witherby observes, that he found; nection with their religion. I have upon inquiry, that it was of no autho. ever been of opinion, that there are rity among the Jews; “ that it was great multitudes of most truly excelscarcely, if at all, to be found in any sent and pious men among the Me. Jewish libraries; and in particular thodists and Dissenters; and I entirely one learned rabbi declared, that agree with Bishop Horsely, that their though he had never seen it, yet, from greatest fault hath been want of charity what he had heard of it, he believed it in their opinions concerning the re. to havě been writien with the base gular ministers of the established design to injure the Jewish nation. church, &c." All this is confirmed by the fact, that Mr. Witherby has intermixed seve. whoever, even from curiosity, should ral strokes of humour with his serious be induced to look into this book, can reasoning. Observing " that the only gratify it by means of Wagense- evangelical or gospel ministers conlius, a German Christian author, sider the regular ministers of the esta.