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In soft and cooling dews made rare,
Then fill no more my glass, for why,
Then circumambient roll'd th' ethereal space,
tain'd, 'Till all the hosts their destin'd place had gair'd: In earth's deep concave barr'd on ev'ry side, Their placid bosoms undulated wide ; Then God, the gather'd waters Seas did call, And Earth, He nam'd the dry land of this ball.
To clothe and beautify the naked earth, God, next, call'd vegetation into birth; A grass and herb-form'd variegated robe, Spontaneous rose, encircling all the globe. The tow'ring cedar and the strong-limb'd oak, Matur'd at once, their leafy mantles shook ; Each kind of tree, with fruit redundant crown'd, Its branches bent with tribute to the ground; In richest garments, gay, young earth was dress'd, And blushing flow'rs breath'd odours from her breast; Thus, plants and trees omnigenous were rear'd, And good, to God's clear view, they all appear’d. Two ample lights, t illume the earth and sky, Jehovah's mandate hung in orbits high, For certain seasons, and for days and years, He bade them roll in their appointed spheres. In orient clime, the governor of day, Does his bright eye like radiant gold display; His varnish'd chariot drives with kingly grace, And runs, rejoicing, his quotidian race; To worlds around his blessings doth impart, Of light the fountain, and of life the heart. Her smiling countenance of argent light, Fair Luna shews, to rule and cheer the night, Just like a handmaid on the earth attends, With loving-kindness, promptly, man befriends. The astral worlds, th’ Almighty also made, And thick with suns emboss'd the vast arcade, With constellations gemm'd the boundless space, And garnish'd it with glory and with grace. Thus, hosts of worlds were form'd entire and good, And put in motion through infinitude, Unerring keep their Maker's first command, And sing the wonders of His forming hand. Dartmouth, March 17, 1832.
J. M. M.
ISAIAH xiv. 4. OH! how art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,
son of the morning! How faded the wreaths on thy brow, thy beautiful
forehead adorning! Thyself once triumphant, alas! ne'er again to thy
honours returning, Art sunk to the depths of the pit, in hell everlast
ingly burning. Oh! how art thou fallen from heaven, O thou that
didst weaken the nations ! How low at the feet of her foe, is she that did
spread desolations ! For the Lord in the day of his wrath, to the pit of
destruction hath brought her; The hand of the victor is weak, and the falchion is
weary of slaughter. The sound of the tabret and harp, and the noise of
thy viols are ceased; Thy feasts and thy riots are o'er, and the slave from
his chain is released : In the lofty-domed temples of Bel, the beasts of the
forest are yelling, And where Babylon's princes have dwelt, the
marsh-loving bittern is dwelling. No remnant is left of thy might, to tell future ages
the story, Of riches, and splendour, and strength, that were
thine in the day of thy glory; For Babel is fallen, is fallen, and o'er her they
make lamentation, “Ah! she that did sit as a queen, for she is no
longer a nation !” How heaved the portals of hell, when thou in thy
pomp wast descending; How bitterly smiled the kings, who low at thy foot
stool were bending: “Is this, then, the man who did shake with the
rod of his anger the nations, That feasted himself on our spoils, and gloried in
our desolations ?" The daughter of Zion hath laugh'd, for He who His
people hath shielded, The glittering sword on his thigh, 'gainst thee and
thy children hath wielded ; He trod in his fury, and thee like the light-fitting
moth hath he crushed, And red is the sole of his foot, with the streams in
thy slaughter that gushed. The Lord of Sabaoth hath there, with his terrible
besom swept o'er thee, And quench'd in the darkness of night, the last
ling'ring ray of thy glory: He hath silenc'd each tongue that might tell of thy
praises, and then who shall tell it ? It is he who hath spread o'er the cloud of oblivion,
and who shall dispel it? March 22.
AINSWORTH'S ANSWER TO ANACREON'S
Η γή μελαινα πίνει. ; (From the Lansdowne MSS. No. 825, in the
British Museum.] The thirsty Earth, when one would think Her dusty throat requir'd most drink, Just wets her lips, then deals the show'rs Among her offspring, Plants and Flow'rs; These stint themselves, sedately wise, Not, drunkard-like, to fall, but rise. The sober Sea observes its tides E'en by the drunken sailors' sides. Th' obsequious Rivers slide away, To pay their tribute to the sea; They fill, indeed, his flowing cup, But their dry sisters drink it up. The Sun (who dare without remorse Blaspheme his sure and steady course?) Gets home betimes, puts on his cap, And sinks into kind Theti's lap. The sober Moon and twinkling pow'rs, Above the region of the show'rs. Drink not, but melt, and straight restore Vapours exhal'd the day before,
CHRIST, THE CHRISTIAN'S HOPE. As we tread the dark path through this valley of tears,
And are seeking a city to come, 'Tis sweet to remember, that days, months, and
years, Will bring us but nearer our home; Through the waste of the world, while we travel
along, As a wilderness barren and dry, We are cheer'd by the notes of a heavenly song,
And revealings of Love from on high.
'Tis the soft hand of Jesus incessantly leads and domestic, as well as to their public Through the dangers of doubt and dismay, 'Tis his banner of love that waves over our heads,
characters, each is comprised within a very 'Tis his face that illumines our way;
narrow compass, and yet it is sufficiently 'Tis his threatening that awes, 'tis his precept that extended to furnish all the information that
guides, 'Tis his mercy that beams from above,
common purposes can require. The com'Tis his death on the cross that salvation provides piler, having selected those only who have For sinners redeemed by his love!
rendered themselves conspicuous, either by He hath said, “ Fear thou not, by the pains I endur'd
superior talents, exalted station, or peculiarity I have paid the great ransom for thee; Believe me, receive me, and pardon secur'd
of fortune, has always solid materials at Shall set thee eternally free!”
hand with which to erect his biographical He hath said—and his promise shall ever remain As the sun in the strength of his might,
edifice. In this compendium, he has also Whilst the bright orb of day his fair course shall happily seized the more prominent features maintain,
in the life which he portrays; and, on this And the moon gild the silence of night.
account, he has diffused through his pages As pilgrims on earth, we are looking abroad The fair walls of Zion to spy;
a degree of interest which subjects so exTo inhabit with angels the city of God,
alted, and so diversified, are admirably calAnd for ever to Jesus be nigh!
eulated to ensure. Blest Saviour ! 'tis only in that holy place Where rivers of happiness flow,
Guided by prudence, in his choice of the Which thou shalt illume with the light of thy face, ground on which he takes his stand, the That thy servants no parting shall know !
editor has wisely avoided a limited encloW. P. SPARKS.
sure. Kings, statesmen, heroes, church
men, and dissenters, are alike eligible to Review.—The_Georgian Era: Memoirs his pages ; and, so far as we have had an
of the most Eminent Persons who have opportunity of examining his memoirs, they flourished in Great Brituin from the Accession of George I. to the Demise of impartial hand. In the personal history of
appear to have been delineated with an George IV. Vol. I. 8vo. pp. 582. Vize- several individuals with whom we happen telly and Co. London. 1832.
to be acquainted, we know that the likeness We learn, from a note appended to an an- has been preserved, and that neither the nouncement of the second volume, that this incense of flattery, nor the distortions of cari. series is to be comprised in four volumes, cature, have been permitted to encroach on which will appear at intervals of three the dominions of truth. It is a combimonths each ; that they will be illustrated nation of the talent and character which respectively with about one hundred and form our great national picture, through all fifty portraits on wood; and that, in ad- the preceding portions of the Brunswick dition to the above, fine medallions on
dynasty. steel, of George I. II. III. and IV., will The anecdotes which are interspersed form the frontispiece of each volume in suc. throughout these sketches, are both numercession.
ous and entertaining; but we have not perThe work itself will comprise biographical ceived any disposition in the compiler to sketches of the individuals whose counte- associate with wealth and title any sparknances are engraven, together with many lings of genius beyond what they had a others, who, in the aggregate, will present right to claim; nor to withhold from merit, to the reader nearly all of the most dis- in less exalted stations, a record of those tinguished characters which England has mental scintillations which honorary distincproduced during this Georgian Era. These tions can neither annihilate nor confer. sketches are divided into classes, which, in Carefully, closely, and correctly printed, the volume before us, are arranged in the each page of this book is divided into two following order :-the Royal family; the columns, surrounded by fine black lines. Pretenders and their adherents; the Church; The type is small, but very distinct; and, the Senate; and Dissenters. The suc- in each department, the volume is neatly ceeding volumes will embrace Military and put out of hand. It comprises a large asNaval commanders; Judges, Barristers, sortment of valuable matter, presented to Physicians, Surgeons, Travellers, Voyagers, the eye in an attractive form. Political Economists, Philosophers, Men of That this work has begun well, no reader Science, Historians, Poets, Artists, and can for a moment doubt; and if the volume Miscellaneous Writers, who have distin- now before us may be considered as a fair guished themselves in any valuable de- specimen of the three volumes which are to partment of literature.
follow, (and that it is so, we have no reason This volume contains memoirs of about whatever to doubt,) the Georgian Era will five hundred individuals ; but, although the be a valuable acquisition to the biographical delineations
apply both to their personal Jiterature of the British nation.
Review.- The Ordinances of Religion importance of character, which cannot fait
practically illustrated and applied. By to excite the reverence of every serious John Davies, B. D. Chichester. 8vo. mind. This, Mr. Davies has placed in a
pp. 308. Hatchard. London. 1832. strong, solemn, and scriptural light. His Some time in 1828, Mr. Davies appeared investigations are vigorous and rational ; before us as the author of a work entitled nor are we aware that he has attached to “ An Estimate of the Human Mind," and the ordinances of religion any greater degree passed our ordeal in a manner highly credit- of efficacy, or value, than is fully warranted able to his talents, and to the manner in by the unerring language of inspiration. which he has applied them. He now comes forth as an advocate for the ordinances of religion, as established in our national
Review.— The History and Prospects of church, of which he is a minister. These
the Church, from the Creation to the ordinances he surveys under the following
Consummation of all things, &c. Ву general heads : “ Divine Worship, the
James Bennett, DD. 12mo. pp. 190. Sabbath, Baptism, and the Lord's-supper.”
Westley. London. To each of these he devotes several chap- It must be obvious to every person, who ters, in which the subject is pursued through compares the contracted dimensions of this its various ramifications; and the conse- book with the magnitude of the subject on quences which may be fairly anticipated which it is written, that very little more from the observance or neglect of these or- than a syllabus of historical events can be dinances, are forcibly pointed out.
expected in its payes. The matter, howViewed in the abstract, the author does ever, is of the utmost importance to every not consider an observance of these ordi- Christian, and to multitudes who have neinances essential to salvation, for times, and ther money to purchase, nor time to read seasons, and circumstances may occur, to more voluminous works, this book will be render their requirements impracticable. a valuable acquisition. It is a compendium But, in a country like our own, where life of ecclesiastical history, that was much and immortality are brought to light by the wanted ; and, hy this epitome, Dr. Bennett gospel, where the precepts and doctrines of has laid many thousands of all sects and revelation are clearly understood, where parties under lasting obligations. the authority of that revelation is confess- The great and leading events which form edly acknowledged, and where the means the history of the Old and New Testaments are at all times attainable, he insists on the are so arranged in consecutive order, that observance of christian ordinances as an one occurrence immediately opens the way indispensable duty.
for another, while the whole is brought The command of God, and not the phi- within such a narrow compass, that every losophical propriety of the thing com- thing of importance may, with very liule manded, is the genuine basis of obedience. trouble, be committed to memory, and there On this obvious principle, Mr. Davies laid up for future use. erects his theory; and, having secured a The history of the church from the birth permanent foundation, proceeds to analyze of Christ down to the Reformation, and in their various branches, the duties, privi. thence to the present time, is somewhat leges, obligations, and consequences, which more involved, but its prominent objects the ordinances of religion involve. To all are placed in so conspicuous a light, that of these he gives a practical bearing, and these also, in their leading particulars, may surveys them in immediate connexion with be transplanted in the memory, and thus what all will admit to be strictly essential to
continue the chain of historical events Christian doctrine, experience, and cha- unbroken. racter.
Advancing from the present time, to The general tendency of his arguments is, “the consummation of all things,” the to shew, that a neglect of ordinances implies paths in which we walk become more an indifference to the design for which they questionable and insecure. In some rewere instituted, and a disregard of the spects analogy affords a glimmering light, spiritual blessings to which they lead. It is but a still more luminous torch may be an indirect impeachment of the divine au- found in the indications of the times, and thority, and an arrogant assumption of his the changes which are taking place in the awful prerogative, of dictating what shall, or moral and civil world. The declarations what shall not, command our obedience, of prophecy seem to be the only permanent and submission.
basis on which rational expectation can Examined in these relations, the ordi- fairly stand. nances of religion become invested with an It is, however, a most indisputable fact, that prophecy, while announcing the cer- Review.— Illustrations of the Vaudois in tainty of future events, only speaks of them a Series of Views. Engraved by Edward in general terms, without exactly specifying Finden, from Drawings by H. Dyke the time, or declaring the means, of their Ackland, Esq., accompanied with Deaccomplishment. The clouds which rest scriptions, 8vo. p. 34. Tilt, London. on futurity, appear too dense for any human The name and history of the Vaudois will intellect to pierce, so that the finest-spun
never be obliterated from the records of theories are little better than probable con- Christianity. Inhabiting from time immejecture.
morial the beautiful valleys of Lucerne, We should not, however, be disposed to Perouse, and Montin, they retained among repress a spirit of inquiry into what may be themselves the pure principles of the gospel, hereafter, provided it be prosecuted with while the great mass of professors degenethat calmness and moderation, which Dr. rated into superstition and papal idolatry, Bennett has manifested in this part of his and cherished those seeds which, in after “ History and Prospects of the Church.”
years, produced the Reformation. In glanc.
ing over the transactions which have marked REVIEW.- Art in Nature, and Science their career, we behold on the one hand
anticipated. By Charles Williams, the bloody spirit of papal tyranny exerted
12mo. pp. 334. Westley. London. 1832. to extirpate them from the face of the earth, Tuis little volume, though avowedly in- and perseverance, supported by the provi
and on the other the most invincible courage tended for children or young persons, pos- dence of God in a manner bordering on the sesses a much more exalted character, than books in general which come under this miraculous, and rendered triumphant over denomination. It contains dialogues on
every difficulty. various branches of natural history, and historical outline of this remarkable people
In some introductory pages, a transient enlivens the conversations with numerous incidents which the instincts of animals ject of the present volume. Of the romantic
is given, but historical detail is not the subsupply. Historical observations are also interspersed, which bring us into the regions scenery with which the mountains and valof art, the imitative or inventive powers
leys inhabited by these heroic Christians
of man, and the beneficial effects which have abound, and which has been an object of
admiration to every traveller; it furnishes resulted from the discoveries of science.
twelve views drawn with inimitable care, All these topics, are, however, so pleasingly and executed in a style of beauty for which introduced, that instruction is taught to furnish amusement, without compromising
the name of Einden is a sufficient voucher.
The letter-press connected with these its own dignity, or withholding the lessons
views does little more than describe the it intended to communicate.
We perceive no reason why books of subjects of the plates, interspersed with occathis description might not be introduced sional incidents, which have occurred on to supplant many foolish compositions,
or near the spot, to render it ever memo
rable. with which our nurseries now abound.
To those who are in love with the wild There can be no more difficulty in deriving simplicities and sublimities of nature, whether amusement from a rational than from an irrational source, and if in early years this elevated on her mountains, secluded in her plan were adopted, Cock_Robin might valleys, or stretched on her plains, these take wing and Ay away. Beasts, reptiles, A "map exhibiting the whole face of this
engravings will present indescribable charms. and insects, fishes, birds, and worms, furnish an inexhaustible variety, which might which contains stout and beautiful paper,
romantic district, prefixed to the volume, be rendered perfectly intelligible to the youthful mind; and the anecdotes with and is finished in a style of neatness for which the history of each species abounds, which the present period will long be re
markable. are far more remarkable and entertaining than any thing which fiction can invent. The philosophy of instinct is certainly
REVIEW.- The Druid, a Tragedy, in Five very instructive study. In the simple dic
Acis; with Notes on the Antiquities and tates of nature, we perceive the fundamental
early History of Ireland. By Thomas principles of art. To bring these before
Cromwell, Author of " Oliver Cromwell the eyes of admiring youth, was the great
and his Times," &c. 8vo. object at which this author aimed ; and in
Sherwood. London. 1832. this his exertions have been crowned with We are informed in a preface, that the a successful issue,
subject of this tragedy is the fall—the final
fall--of Druidism in Ireland, in the fifth tinct and luminous views of the contrasted century. This simple declaration opens at sentiments on Druidism and Christianity one glance the grand outline of this drama; embraced by the contending parties. and it is easy to conceive that great and Upwards of forty pages at the conclusion severe must have been the struggle between are filled with notes of an explanatory and Druidism and Christianity, the former sup- historical nature. These tend to illustrate ported by the authority of its priests, and many passages in the tragedy, which allude the long-established attachment and super to customs and institutions at present obsostition of its votaries, and the latter enforced lete, or preserved only in some scattered by the awful sanctions of revelation, which memorials, of which the origin and meaning predicted the overthrow of idolatry and its are lost, but which were at the above period bloody rites. By the Archdruid and his both intelligible and important. friends, the advocates of Christianity were On the whole, it is a highly respectable considered as theological invaders, attempt tragedy, rendered interesting by the mateiny to overthrow their sacred altars, destroy rials of which it is composed, but still more their mystic groves, and annihilate their so by the magic of the author's painting. order; while in the eyes of the Christians the system of Druidism was doomed to perish, and they considered themselves as
Review.—My Old Portfolio, or Tales
and Sketches. instruments in the hands of the Almighty
By Henry Glassford to effect its final overthrow.
Bell. 8vo. pp. 320. Smith Elder, & Co.
London. 1832. The area thus spread before us, furnishes ample room for many agents and characters To our diversity of tastes, habits of reflecto appear and perform their parts, on the tion, and modes of thinking, we can scarcely theatre of conflict, and enables the author set any bounds; yet in all their varieties, to introduce episodes, incidents, dangers, literature seems to keep pace with the mul. disappointments, and alternations of suc. tiplicity of demand, and, in some form or cesses and defeats, to keep expectation on other, is always ready to furnish increasing the alert, and to diffuse a vigorous interest hunger with its expected gratification. So throughout the acts and scenes, until the far as this appetite, and, this supply, are final catastrophe brings the tragic narrative kept within the bounds of moderation, the to its termination.
friends of virtue have little reason to comAll these vicissitudes of fortune, and plain ; but when the cravings of a vitiated variations of purpose, the author manages mind, dissatisfied with what the gardens of with commendable dexterity, but we do morality furnish, wander on forbidden not conceive the speeches of either party to ground, the means of indulgence are not contain that dignity of sentiment, or spårk- less criminal than the spirit is depraved, ling of mental energy, which we may fairly that can urge a requisition which viriue dispresume the great occasion would suggest. dains to sanction. In the language of the Archdruid and his It has been said, that we live in an age of associates, we find little of that mysterious light reading; and if any doubt should be solemnity, that gloomy obscurity, which entertained of its truth, this volume may characterized the philosophy of their order, be adduced as an evidence to support the and the observance of their rites; and in charge. In some of its tales, imagination that of the Christians, we discover a smaller seems to have been transformed into a portion of that amiable spirit and bright pegasus, which has carried the author developement of the superior excellencies through the regions of romance, where he which distinguish this exalted system, than roams at large among the marvellous and might be both expected and desired. improbable, and appears to triumph in
The commotions and transitions, on the setting credulity at defiance. contrary, are introduced and sustained with In some of his sketches, however, he has much animation; and death frequently ap- copied reality with a faithful hand, and pears disappointed of his victims by unex traced with minute accuracy the internal pected means, when apparently within his workings of hope and fear, of vanity and grasp. Many of the dialogues are also disappointment, of anticipation and regret. supported with much vigour, and display, in “The incipient author" is full of well-delitheir various evolutions, haughtiness, dupli- neated bumour. The workings of ambition city, treachery, and meditated revenge ; and in the young aspirant after fame, are well these in their turn give place to plots, cun
depicted, and the unexpected' barriers trivances, and the stratagems of war.
In which obstruct his progress, are pencilled the management of these, the author has out with equal fidelity and care. been far more successful than in giving dis- of “Dicky Cross” is full of horror. “ History