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And now, when comes a calm mild day, as still such

days will come, To call the squirrel and the bee, from out their

winter home; When the sound of dropping nuts is heard, though

all the trees are still, And twinkle in the smoky light the waters of the rill, The south wind searches for the flowers, whose

fragrance late he bore, And sighs to find them in the wood, and by the

stream, no more ! And then I think of one, who in her youthful beauty

died, The fair, meek blossom, that grew up and faded by

Ye cares that tore my anxious breast,

And chaf'd my spirit here,
No more shall you disturb my rest,

In heaven's untroubl'd sphere.
O that I e'er should heave a sigh!

At ills that pass away Quick as the shadowy sunbeams fly, That gild a winter's day.

J. W. Carlinghow New Hall, near Leeds.

my side:

In the cold moist earth we laid her, when the forest

cast the leaf, And we wept that one so lovely, should have a life

so brief! Yet not unmeet it was, that one, like that young

friend of ours, So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the

flowers !

PRAYER. When torn is thy bosom by sorrow or care, Be it ever so simple, there's nothing like Prayer: It seizes—sooths-softens, subdues, yet sustains, Gives vigour to hope, and puts passion in chains.

Prayer, sweet Prayer, Be it ever so simple, there's nothing like Prayer. When forc'd from the friend we hold dearest, to part, What fond recollections yet cling to the heart: Past converse, past scenes, past enjoyments are

there, Oh! how hurtfully pleasing till hallow'd by Prayer.

Prayer, sweet Prayer, &c. When pleasure would woo us from piety's arms, The syren sings sweetly, or silently charms, We listen-love--loiter--are caught in the snare; Or, looking to Jesus, we conquer by Prayer.

Prayer, sweet Prayer, &c. While strangers to Prayer, we are strangers to bliss; Heaven pours its first streams through no medium

but this; And till we the seraphims' ecstacy share, Our chalice of bliss must be guarded by Prayer.

Prayer, sweet Prayer, &c. Preston Brook.

S. S.

APOSTACY TO BE DEPLORED. Most persons will own, the apostolic creed Is to follow their Master in word and in deed; That Christians shall constantly let their light shine, And prove to the world that its source is divine.

But if any person, late wash'd from his stain, Should wallow, swine-like, in the mire again; Does reason allow, that we always should blend With hypocrites, all who religion commend ?

This maxim, however by some understood, Will not be maintain'd by the wise and the good.

If a sheep be diseas'd, and to wander is prone, Are the flock the less pure for defect of that one?

If a man is entrusted with goods of the crown, Yet studies no interest but that of his own, And by pilfering grows rich with the national pelf, Are all placemen scoundrels as well as himself?

If Judas prov'd traitor, does that make it true, That all Christ's disciples are hypocrites too? You shudder I hope at the impious thought, When your mind to the touchstone of reason is

brought. The man who feels not for another man's woes, When sickness assails, or is prest by his foes, We justly condemn as inhuman and base, And hold such an one in eternal disgrace.

But should we not feel, when by a worse evil,
A man is entrapt by the snare of the devil ?

Our sickness by medicine might be reliev'd ;
And loss of our property may be retriev'd;
But loss of our rectitude, shocking to tell,
Our bliss might endanger, and sink us to hell.

Is this then a matter for shouting and glee?
Will men in this case with infernals agree?
Are men so unfeeling, and void of all good,
When angels, if human, would weep tears of blood !

Let reason decide, as was mentioned before,
And hear its instructive and pertinent lore:

Let sin, as it justly deserves, be abhor'd;
And let its commission be ever deplor'd :
Yet feel for the sinner, and make it your aim,
Instead of reproaching, seek means to reclaim.
If this you feel no inclination to do,
You are the worst sinner by far of the two.
July 30, 1831.


ADMONITION. Is Man a slave to his fell appetite ? Are all his pleasures sensual? all his joy Deriv'd from that foul source ? can no delight, That's spiritual and pure, his thoughts employ? Do animal propensities destroy That spark divine-connecting link with Heaven! For things terrestrial, which at best but cloy, Shall present peace and future hopes be given? Pause for a moment !-let thy faults be shriven To Him who can forgive, and renovate The heart and the affections ; be not driven By worldly lusts beyond the present date, Lest thy repentance may be found too late To make thee happy here, and in a future state. Nottinghamshire.

M. A. C.

SERENADE. REST !-- no crystal billow

Roves the sea to-night:
And the young moon's pillow

Is a cloud of light.
Rest!-for earth is sleeping,

Ev'ry sound is still
Save the sly wind creeping

Up the lonely hill.
Rest!-hath not the show'r

Wept itself away,
O'er the last sad flow'r

Of the autumn day?
Rest!-each rill reposeth

In an icy sleep,
And the midnight closeth,

All in silence deep.
Rest!-then in thy bow'r;

Be thy slumbering
Sweet as the summer flow'r,
When she dreams of Spring.

M. E. S.



YE flatt'ring scenes of earth, adieu !

Thou tempting world, farewell !
I go my Saviour's face to view,

And in his kingdom dwell.
O life! what are thy shadows now-

Those burnish'd sparkling toys?
They charm no more; how dim they grow,

Before celestial joys !

Martha. I will go with you to Mr. Dawson, and REVIEW. Illustrations of Political he will find out what is the matter with your knees.'

Economy: No. VII., Å Manchester “ By this time they had reached the foot of the Strike," and No. VIII., Cousin Mar- stairs which led up to their two rooms, in the third

story of a large dwelling, which was occupied by shall.By Harriet Martineau. pp:

many poor families.

Barefooted children were 136—132. For. London. 1832.

scampering up and down the stairs, at play; girls

nursing babies, sat at various elevations, and When some of the former tales in this

seemed in danger of being kicked down as often as

a drunken man or an angry woman wanted to pass ; series passed through our hands, we took a thing which frequently happened. Little Martha occasion to notice them in terms of more

looked up the steep stairs and sighed. Her father

lifted and carried her. The noises would have than common approbation. Their intrinsic

stunned a stranger, and they seemed louder than merit, however, far transcended our tribute usual to accustomed ears. Martha's little dog

came barking and jumping up as soon as he saw of praise ; and wherever their circulation

her, and this set several babies crying; the shrill extends, this will constitute their more per- piping of a bullfinch was heard in the din; and manent recommendation.

over all, the voice of a scolding woman.

" " That is Sally Field's voice, if it is any body's,' “A Manchester Strike” is a lively, but said Allen ; 'It is enough to make one shift one's melancholy picture, which appears to have quarters, to have that woman within hearing.' been taken from the commotion it describes;

"'She is in our rooms, father. I am sure the

noise is there: and see, her door is open, and her and is, like the prophet's roll, written room empty.' within and without, with mourning, lamen

“She need not fear leaving her door open,' ob

served a neighbour in passing. There is nothing talion, and woe. The following short there that any body would wish to carry away.”.” extract will convey some idea of the

pp. 2-4. author's descriptive powers. The tale be- Although the preceeding extracts may gins at the gates of a factory, around convey some idea of the author's manner, which some hundreds eagerly engage in it can give no adequate conception of the consultation, in consequence of a reduction book. With equal spirit, vivacity, and in wages that had taken place. Allen, one keenness of observation, the various of the men who wishes to hasten home, branches of a “ Manchester Strike,” are after some time escapes from the crowd, detailed with dreadful minuteness; and the and walks so rapidly as presently to over- consequences which follow, fill up every take his little daughter, Martha, who had vacancy in the picture of hunger, poverty, left the factory somewhat earlier.

drunkenness, desperation, and misery.

“ Cousin Marshall," although totally dif. “ He saw her before him for some distance; and observed how she limped, and how feebly she made

ferent in its scenery, is nearly allied to the her way along the street, (if such it might be former in general character. called,) which led to their abode. It was far from

among the lower orders of society, and easy walking to the strongest. There were heaps of rubbish, pools of muddy water, stones and brick

familiarizes the reader with overseers and bats lying about, and cabbage leaves on which the paupers; with the despotism of the former, unwary might slip, and bones, over which pigs

and the stratagems of the latter; and dewere grunting, and curs snarling and fighting. Little Martha, a delicate child of eight years old,

lineates in awful colouring, the demoraliztried to avoid all these obstacles; but she nearly ing effects which may always be expected slipped down several times, and started when the dogs came near her, and shivered every time the

from such a state of society. The repulsive mild spring breeze blew in her face.

language and unfeeling spirit displayed by Martha, how lame you are to day!' said Allen, taking her round the waist to help her onward.

men entrusted with a little parochial“ brief " father! my knees have been aching so all authority,” cannot but awaken indignant day; I thought I should have dropped every feelings in the children of want. Neglect moment.' “ 'And one would think it was Christmas by

and disregard, are so nearly allied to opyour looks, child, instead of a bright May day.' pression, that they generate revenge; and

It is very chill after the factory,' said the little girl, her teeth still chattering. 'Sure the weather

by many minds it is deemed a virtue to must have changed, father?

practise imposition. No: the wind was south, and the sky cloudless. In this combination of wretchedness, It was only that the thermometer had stood at seventy-five degrees within the factory.

profligacy, fraud, and oppression, the inde" • I suppose your wages are lowered as well as pendent spirit of “ Cousin Marshall” shines mine,' said Allen; how much do you bring home with great advantage.

Active in its operathis week ?

1. Only three shillings, father; and some say it tions, and influential in all its dictates, it will be less before long. I am afraid mother- appears like a little oasis in the midst of a

The weak-spirited child could not say what it was that she feared, being choked by her tears.

desert ; and we cannot but infer from what "• Come, Martha, cheer up,' said her father. we observe in this individual character, that • Mother knows that you get sometimes more, and were all in similar circumstances actuated sometimes less; and, after all, you earn as much as a piecer as some do at the hand-loom. There is

by the same exalted principles, society Field, our neighbour: he and his wife together do among the lower orders would speedily not earn more than seven shillings a week, you

assume know; and think how much older and stronger

a more healthful and pleasing they are than you. We must make you stronger, aspect.

It ranges Review.-A Funeral Address delivered

and, lo, the universe shall at once obey. Say not,

how can these things be? how can that dust of huin Southwark Chapel, Sept. 8, 1832, on

manity, which is scattered throughout every region

of nature, and which has formed new and endless the Death of the late Dr. Adam Clarke.

combinations, be recomposed again? Jesus is able By Joseph Beaumont. Simpkin and to do it. Where can your dust go, that the eye of Marshall. London.

omniscience shall not trace it? Into what mani

fold and tenacious combinations shall it enter, that The occasion of this discourse, in the reli- mighty is the work, and confounding to our ima.

omnipotence cannot dissolve? Extensive and gious community of which Mr. Beaumont gination is the very idea of its being accomplished; is a minister, was one of very memorable

but he is able to do it according to the mighty

working whereby he is able to subdue all things import. The deceased, for nearly half a unto himself." century, stood conspicuously in the foremost

To the memory of the deceased, the triranks among his brethren, and by his learn- bute of respect which the author pays, is ing, talents, and stability of principle and rational, exalted, and appropriate; and, character, had done more to advance the although some inaccuracies may be found respectability of Methodism, than any other

among the incidents which give interest to man since the days of Mr. Wesley. To the the narrative, the aggregate is not unworthy memory of this venerable minister, many either the author or his friend. From the tributes of respect have been paid through- attention we have devoted to the examinaout the kingdom, both from the pulpit and tion of this discourse, we are satisfied that the press, and among them is the discourse

it is far above the common mediocrity of which is now under inspection.

sermonizing ; and, after perusing its conMr. Beaumont's text is from John xi. 25.

tents, we feel no surprise that it should be “ Jesus said, I am the resurrection.” From

published, in compliance with the earnest this passage Mr. B- takes occasion to

solicitation of the leaders' meeting, at whose descant, first, on the ravages of death; desire it was delivered. secondly, to contemplate the resurrection of the pious dead; and, thirdly, to show the connexion between that magnificent event,

REVIEW.– Observations founded on Select and the mediation of the Redeemer.

Passages of Scripture, with Original Having devoted something more than

Hymns adapted to the Subjects. Ву one half of his discourse to the elucidation

Thomas Bradshaw, Paragon Chapel, of the passage, the author appropriates the

Bermondsey. 12mo. pp. 214. Holds

worth and Ball. London. 1832. remaining part to a brief narrative of Dr. Clarke's life, and a development of his cha- In every publication we certainly ought to racter.

regard a writer's end," and by this rule In the former part, while contemplating we shall measure the volume before us. the resurrection of the pious dead, we find In page 200, Mr. Bradshaw observes, “He many thoughts and expressions which are felt no wish to imitate those individuals, remarkably striking and appropriate. To who seem resolved never to appear in the the question, “ how shall the bodies of character of authors, without bringing forth those that shall be then (at the last day) something novel and startling; thinking it alive, be changed into immortal, seeing much better to adhere to the old paths, they die not, seeing they rise not ?" the au- where is the good way.' He would rather thor thus answers ?

be the means of converting one sinner, or “How was the water at the marriage of Cana in

of edifying one saint, than of exciting the Galilee turned into wine? In a moment-instantly astonishment of a multitude.” -was the water changed, and became wine? How The author's motive in publishing, apshall it be with those who shall be found alive,

pears to be in accordance with this prinair ?. They shall not undergo the long processes of ciple. “ The profits, if any, arising from the transmutation which the dead in Christ undergo. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the

the sale, will be applied to the liquidation pulse of immortality shall beat through the whole of a debt on the Sabbath-school connected of their frames, and in an instant all the feculen

with his place of worship." Those princies of their primitive physical condition shall pass away; and there they are, immortal as those that ciples, and this motive, have a right to have been raised from the dead.”—p. 17.

command our respect, and we readily In a subsequent page, Mr. Beaumont allow them, as pleading strongly in the observes as follows:

author's favour. The same voice that called up the dead at Be- The scriptural passages selected for obthany, shall be heard pealing through all the repo- servation are such as lead to practical de. sitories of the dead-into the tones of the archangel's trumpet, Jesus shall put an infinite energy,

velopment, and to this the author has ad. that shall startle from their slumbers many gene- hered, without leading his readers into the rations of the children of Allam. He shall call, and they shall answer-he shall send forth an irresisti

thorny labyrinths of controversial speculable summons into the wide regions of the grave,

tion. His book is designed for the edifi

when the Saviour descends in the clouds of the

pp. 228.

cation of those who are seeking to be made nor augmented his pages with sermonizing wise unto salvation, and by the humble dissertations, which leave the reader no Christian it may be perused with much spi- room for the exercise of his own reflections. ritual and practical advantage.

With a commendable degree of affectionThe hymns are only fifteen in number; ate fidelity, Mr. Jackson has followed his they therefore make a more conspicuous departed friend through the more prominent figure in the title-page than in the book. evolutions of his life, recording instances of The metres are adapted to common tunes ; his zeal for God, and unwearied efforts to and, as compositions, they are distinguished promote the cause of the Redeemer. On by simplicity and perspicuity. In all its glancing over his pages, we cannot but conparts, this book exhibits one common cha- clude, that the late Mr. Jenkins was a pious, racter. Its aim is not to amuse the curious, intelligent yonng man, every way calculated or captivate the vain ; but to unfold duties, for the missionary station which he was callprecepts, and promises, set forth in the ed to fill

, and that his life affords a bright sacred writings, “ that the man of God example, which, under similar circummay be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto stances, will at all times be worthy of imiall good works.” The author has done his tation. part, and it is incumbent on his readers to Of West India law and justice, some do theirs.

pages in this memoir draw a frightful picture; and as the writer was for some time

a missionary in these regions of slavery, his Review.-A Memoir of the Rev. John own observations confirm the statements

Jenkins, late Wesleyan Missionary in which the deceased had recorded in his Jamaicá. By George Jackson. 12mo. diary.

Mason. London. 1832. That this excellent young man should The life of a missionary who has of late have been cut down in the prime of life, years spent much of his time in the West and in the midst of his career of usefulness, Indies, is generally an article of consider- we can only resolve into the inscrutable able interest. Nothing can be more obvi. providence of God. On the shadows which ous, than, that the planters are hostile to the encircle his moral government, there can be instruction of their slaves, unless it be by scarcely any end to questions that may be teachers who exert themselves to rivet the proposed. Who can say why slavery is fetters which they wear. Hence, mission- permitted to continue, under the universal aries have been made the subjects of colo. superintendence of a wise and benevolent nial vengeance; and persecution in its worst Being ? We see but in part, and know but forms has been inflicted, to drive them from in part, and must wait in faith for the light the colonies. Men who love darkness ra- of eternity to dispel the shadows of time. ther than light, because their deeds are evil, are unwilling to have the secrets of the pri- REVIEW:- A Practical Commentary upon son-house disclosed; but secrecy cannot be the First Epistle General of St. Peter. secure, while any enemies of slavery are By Archbishop Leighton. 2 Vols. permitted to witness its abominations.

12mo. Religious Tract Society. The subject of this memoir was born in This justly celebrated prelate was distin1798, and, after furnishing the most unequi- guished, during the period in which he lived, vocal evidence of a saving conversion to by vigour of intellect, extensive learning, God, was called to the work of the minis- ardent zeal, and exalted piety. His works try. For some time he was employed in have survived their author, and in every England; he was then sent to the island of new edition they preserve the lustre of his Jamaica in 1824, where he remained about

It was the misfortune of this between two and three years. He was worthy man to live in turbulent times, the thence appointed to the Bahamas, from severity of which he strongly exerted himwhich place his want of health compelled self to mitigate : all his efforts, however, him to return to England in 1827. He was proved unavailing; he, therefore, resigned the afterwards stationed in the Scilly Islands, mitre, and retired into private life, where where he finished his course on the 9th of his days were in doing good to those August, 1830.

who resided within the sphere of his beneIn this biographical sketch, the author has volence and influence. Few prelates have exercised a degree of literary prudence, left behind them a character more comwhich many of his cotemporaries want. He pletely embalmed in its own perfume. has not extended the narrative to an immo- “ The Practical Commentary upon the derate length, by introducing matter which First Epistle of St. Peter” by this able has little or no connexion with his subject, divine, may be justly reckoned among his


more valuable works. It contains elucida

common information. The natural philotions of many obscure and difficult pas- sopher will, without doubt, extend his sages, and then turns the whole into a researches through more voluminous rechannel of practical utility. Into subjects gions, and to his inquiries no boundaries of controversy, which several passages can be prescribed. The empire of aniwould seem to suggest, he very sparingly mated nature is seen to encircle us on every enters; it being more congenial with his side; yet in all probability, among the minatural disposition to promote peace and nute and the diminutive, a much greater good-will among men, than to generate portion still remains unnoticed by man, strife and animosity in the Christian church. than has hitherto engrossed his attention. On the amiable spirit which breathes in The two volumes of this work, if careevery page, no serious reader can look fully perused, can hardly fail to excite adowithout admiration. His unassuming piety, ration in the contemplative mind. The and duly tempered zeal, appear to swallow varieties, peculiarities, and exquisite symup every inferior consideration, and to lead metry every where observable, lead inquiry him at once to the hearts and lives of all to a great intelligent Cause, as the primary who may peruse what he has written.

source of all. 6. The wisdom of God in The Religious Tract Society, generally creation," so admirably developed by Ray, judicious in their selection of books from is a subject that never can be exhausted; the writings of the old divines, have rarely and as the invention of instruments enables displayed their taste and judgment to us to extend our researches, new worlds of greater advantage than on the present oc- creative wonder burst upon our senses, and casion. A neat body of divinity may be unfold more and more the infinity of God. said to be included in this commentary. Rational motives, scriptural authority, a Review.—Edinburgh Cabinet Library, mild and persuasive eloquence, founded Vol. IX. Northern Coasts of America. upon learning, which shines without osten- 12mo. pp. 444. Simpkin. London. tation, and imparts a grandeur to simplicity, 1832. are among the prominent characteristics of Tuis volume comprises a general survey these volumes. They bring with them a of the more northern coasts of America, of passport of usefulness and tranquillity, the discoveries made by numerous advenwhich entitle them to a place in every turers, and the hardships they endured Christian library

while prosecuting their arduous labours. It is not, however, confined exclusively to

the arctic regions; the detestable exploits Review.—Constable's Miscellany, Vol. of Cortez, in the more southern territories, LXXVI., Butterflies, Sphynxes, and claim a transient notice ; and the efforts of Moths Illustrated, by 96 Engravings, modern voyagers and travellers bring down coloured after Nature, in two Vols. the contenis of this volume to the present Vol II. i2mo. pp. 208. By Captain day. Thomas Brown, F.L.S. &c. Whittaker.

From simple discovery, the author turns London. 1832.

his attention to natural history; and sur. The preceding volume of this entomolo- veys the mountains, plains, and valleys, exgical series, we noticed in our number for tended over this almost boundless region. October ; and there was no praise bestowed He then devotes one chapter to the quadon that, to which this may not lay an in- rupeds ; a second, to birds; a third, to the disputable claim. Numerous as the species fishes, and other zoological productions; are which these volumes represent and a fourth, to vegetation; and a fifth, to describe, they form only a small portion in geology. The subjects themselves render this department of the vast family of nature. these chapters exceedingly interesting; Their beauties and varieties, however, are while the manner in which they are treated sufficient to awaken the most profound gives an aspect of originality to facts and admiration, and to create in the inquiring incidents, with which most readers have mind a strong bias in favour of the insect been long familiar. world. Each specimen is distinctly exhi- No one can be ignorant, that, to the hisbited, in form and colouring resembling torian and naturalist, America furnishes a what nature displays, and to young persons rich fund of materials. Into this arcanum the inspection must afford high gratifi- of wealth the author has boldly entered ; and, cation.

enriched with the spoils he has acquired, The descriptions which accompany the the public are invited to share the prize. drawings, though brief, are satisfactory to The statements of former historians, founded all who only seek for amusement, and on an imperfect acquaintance with many

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