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once as melancholy and grotesque wounded in the hospital were made as it is possible to conceive. So the recipients, not only of all those eager did the people appear to be kindly attentions, and medical as. to pour out the full current of their sistance, that could tend to remove sympathies, that shoes, hats, and or sooth their temporal suffering, other articles of urgent necessity, but were also invited to partake were presented to several of the freely of the most judicious spiritual officers and men, before they had consolation and instruction. even quitted the point of disem- On the first Sunday after the arbarkation. And in the course of rival,Col. Fearon, followed by all his the day, many of the officers and officers and men, and accompanied soldiers, and almost all the females, by Capt. Cobb, and the officers and were partaking, in the private houses private passengers of his late ship, of individuals, of the most liberal hastened to prostrate themselves and needful hospitality.

before the throne of the heavenly But this flow of compassion and Grace, to pour out the public exkindness did not cease with the im- pression of their thanksgiving to pulse of the more immediate occa- their Almighty Preserver. The sion that had called it forth. For scene was deeply impressive; and it a meeting of the inhabitants was is earnestly to be hoped, that many afterwards held, where subscriptions a poor fellow who listened, perhaps in clothes and money, to a large for the first time in his life with un. amount, were collected for the re. questionable sincerity and humility, lief of the numerous sufferers. The to the voice of instruction, will be women and children, whose wants found steadily prosecuting, in the seemed to demand their first care, strength of God, the good resoluwere speedily furnished with com- tions that he may on that solemn fortable clothing, and the poor wi- occasion have formed, until he dows and orphans with decent be able to say, that “it was good mourning. Depositories of shirts, for him to have been afflicted; shoes, stockings, &c. were formed for before he was afflicted he went for the supply of the officers and astray, but that afterwards he was private passengers; and the sick and not ashamed to keep God's word."

OBEDIENCE. OBEY your master in all honest things. cases, fulfil your promise, you cannot This is a command of God. Justice and reasonably expect, that he will be so kind truth require it, and your interest de- in his manner to you, as he is to those mands it. The anger of God rests upon who are obedient to his will; or that you the abstinate and disobedient. And if will improve in the knowledge of your God be against us, by our sin against business, or leave him at the end of your him, who can be for us, to do us good on service with a high character. the whole? Your master's age, and ex- Avoid being self-sufficient, or proud of perience, and knowledge of the world your knowledge. Do not be impatient and of his business, entitle him to your at being reproved; or, when instructed esteem and confidence, and to your obe in any thing, do not appear unthankful, or dience to his directions. If you rebel say rudely, that " knew it before,” against his authority, you are depriving for remember you bound yourself to be yourself of his goodwill, and of his en- a leurner. The surest way to keep us deavours to be your friend, and you may ignorant, is to pretend to more knowledge have to be sorry for it as long as you than we have; and even if we happen live ! Willingly, therefore, obey his direc- to know something before, that another tions. Modest, civil, eheerful, and obe informs us of, we should be thankful for dient conduct will be sure to be attended his kindness, and receive his instrucwith God's blessing, and most likely tions with meekness, for he may have with worldly prosperity. You have con- many more things to shew us, that tracted with your master to give him all may be very good and profitable to us your time, and a ready attention to his to know, and that we are now perfectly instructions; and, except you, in these ignorant of.




claim ;

REVIEW OF BOOKS. Sacred Poetry. Third Edition. Edin- Thou art gone to the grave,--and its burgh: Oliphant. Pp. xii.and 352.

mansion forsaking, The Sabbath Harp. A Selection of

Perhaps thy tried spirit in doubt lingered

long; Sacred Poetry. By the Rev. J. But the sun shine of heav'n beam'd

East, M. A. Bristol. Pp. iv.& 452. bright on thy waking, Select Poetry, chiefly on Subjects And the song which thou heard'st was connected with Religion. Seeley.

the seraphim's song.

Thou art gone to the Pp. xii. and 160.


;-but 't were Nouveaux Cantiques Chrétiens pour When God was thy ransom, thy guar

wrong to deplore thee, les Assemblées de Dieu, composés dian, thy guide; par César Malan. Nisbet. Pp. He gave thee, and took thee, and soon

will restore thee, These publications, though varying

Where death hath no sting, since the

Saviour has died. in form and price, have all the same grand object in view, the improve

With this extract the following, ment of poetry as the handmaid of by Caroline Fry, may be connected. religion. They form therefore suit. The grave is not a place of rest, able and agreeable presents to the

As unbelievers teach, rising generation, though by no

Where grief can never win a tear,

Nor sorrow ever reach. means exclusively adapted to their

The eye that shed the tear is closed,

The heaving breast is cold; The Edinburgh selection possesses But that which suffers and enjoys, more the character of a Hymn Book No narrow grave can hold. than either Mr. East's or the Select The mould'ring earth and hungry worm Poetry, though it contains several The dust they lent

may extracts from the writings of Cow. But the enduring spirit lives

Eternally the same. per, Dale, Montgomery, Millman,&c. of a different description. The senti- Mr. East's selection is rather fan. ments and poetry in general deserve cifully entitled The Sabbath Harp, commendation, though the editor and is divided into the Sabbạth Eve; appears

rather too fond of the effu- the Sabbath; the Sabbath Morning sions of Kelly, and we could wish -Services-Festival Retirement that some modern sing-song alex. Evening and Night; the Millennial, andrines had been omitted. This and the Celestial Sabbath. The stanza appears absolutely irrecon- poems are' arranged in alphabecileable with serious poetry. The tical order under these heads, following poem on the death of a and the first lines appear alphabetiChristian, by the present Bishop of cally in a table of contents. It will Calcutta, appears to have escaped be more convenient for his readers, the notice of Mr. East and the if in future editions Mr. E. will editor of the London Selection. change this table of contents for an Thou art gone to the grave,—but we will alphabetical index of first lines. The not deplore thee,

volume contains much good poetry, Tho’sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb,

some of which is original and deservThe Saviour has pass’d through its portalsing of no mean praise. The following

before thee, And the lamp of his love is thy guide Oh! wilt Thou dwell with men on earth

is part of a poem on 2 Chron. vi. 18. through the gloom. Thou art gone to the grave, we no

With beings of so mean a birth?

The heaven of heavens, where thou dost longer behold thee,

reign, Nor tread the rough path of the world by thy side ;

Cannot thy majesty contain : But the wide arms of mercy are spread A scanty tribute to thy boundless praise.

Much less the lowly roofs we raise : to enfold thee, nd sinners may hope, since the Sinless There are-oh! spare my feeble sight, has died.

That cannot bear unmingled light !

Cherub and mighty Seraph found Death is dead no more to rise;
In radiant glory blazing round-

Pain and sorrow disappear.'
Encircling, Lord! thy sapphire throne, Hark! he speaks—the First, the Last :
Their love, their praise, their service all “ See the old creation past!
thine own.

A new universe begun! Thou High and Lofty One, afar,

Write the changeless truth-'Tis done !" Beyond creation's farthest star

Highly, however, as we comInhabiting eternity—the high And holy palace of the sky;

mend Mr. East's Sabbath Harp, Am not I sunk too low, for Thee

we feel the Select Poetry deserving To stoop to visit, and to dwell with me? of still higher praise. It is a small A still small whisper answers, “ No:

but sweet selection, and will, no, My chosen dwelling is below.

doubt, meet with a very extended Within the contrite spirit's breast, circulation *. 'Mid tears and sighs, I love to rest; And he, who trembles at my word,

The following, by the Princess In praise and supplication shall be heard.” Amelia, is far too little known: Here, then, amidst thy temple, Lord! Unthinking, idle, wild, and young, I wait to hear and learn thy word. I laughed, and talked, and danced, and sung: The sacrifice of prayer I bring,

And proud of health, of freedom vain, Accept; and listen, while I sing

Dreamed not of sorrow, care, or pain ; The glory of redeeming love,

Concluding in those hours of glee, And tune my harp for higher strains above. That all the world was made for me, No temple there its ample gate

But when the days of trial came, Opes to receive the throngs, who wait

When sickness shook this trembling frame In adoration at thy feet:

When folly's gay pursuits were o'er, Of all the multitudes that meet

And I could dance and sing no more, From ev'ry tribe, from ev'ry clime,

It then occurred, how sad 'twould be, Thou art thyself the temple and the shrine. Were this world only made for me! No feeble taper there shall gleam;

An extract from Burns's Cotter's Nor waning moon, her pallid beam,

Saturday Night is common to this Shall fling upon the vault of night;

selection and the former: we rather Nor shall the sun's meridian light Blaze on the scene: thy glory's ray,

wish the whole poem had been Shall kindle round new skies a brighter inserted. day.

The cheerful supper done, with serious O Saviour! when, admitted there,

face, Thy triumphs and thy throne I share, They round the ingle form a circle wide; Pure as the light my praise shall rise The sire turns o'er, with patriarchal grace, A sempiternal sacrifice :

The big Ha’-Bible, once his father's And, through the ages all along'

pride : Thy dying love shall be my deathless song. His bonnet reverently is laid aside,

His lyart haffets wearing thin and bare ; The following, from Mr. Grin- Those strains that once did sweet in Zion field's pen, on Rev. xxi. deserves glide, notice :

He wales a portion with judicious care;

And “ Let us worship God!” he says Then it burst, the glorious view,

with solemn air. In the Spirit as I lay ;

They chaunt their artless notes in simple Heavens and earth created new, For the first were pass'd away:


They tune their hearts, by far the noblest Sea was none, with Willowy roar

aim : Severing shore from kindred shore;

Perhaps Dundee's wild warbling measures But, refulgent as a bride,

rise, For her husband beautified.

Or plaintive Martyrs, worthy of the Forth from heaven and God descending, name;

Lo! the Holy City came, Glories past expression blending,

* We except from our commendation New Jerusalem her name!

p. 33, of which Mr.Scott used to say thatit Hark! a voice from heaven" Our God

describes a very low and doubtful state of Plants with men his blest abode;

Christian experience, and has very much They his hallowed people; he,

contributed to lull Antinomian professors He, their present God shall be !

in false security. We think some ex“ God's own hand from all their eyes, pressions in p. 151 also so strong, that we Wipes for ever every tear:

could wish it were expunged.


didst come,


Or noble Elgin's beats the heaven ward tiousness, and shorten his days by

flame, The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays.

sensuality and intemperance. Compared with these, Italian trills' are

Millman appears a great favourite

with the editor, who, in common The tickled ears no heart-felt raptures with Mr. East, has inserted in raise;

his selection that beautiful hymn No unison have they with our Creator's praise.

which appears in one of our former

Numbers *; The priest-like father reads the sacred page, How Abraham was the friend of God For thou did'st die for me, O Son of God!

on high; Or, Moses bade eternal warfare wage

a poem on which we linger every With Amalek's ungracious progeny,

time our eye glances upon the Or, how the royal bard did groaning lie Beneath the stroke of Heav'n's

avenging again with increasing delight. The

page, and which we read again and ire; Or, Job's pathetic plaint and wailing cry; following is in common to the Select

Or, rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire ; Poetry and the Edinburgh Se. Or, other holy seers that tune the sacred lection:lyre.

For thou wert born of woman! thou Perhaps the Christian volume is the theme, How guiltless blood for guilty man was O Holiest! to this world of sin and

gloom, How He, who bore in heaven the second Not in thy dread omnipotent array; name,

And not by thunders strew'd was thy Had not on earth whereon to lay his head; tempestuous road; How his first followers and servants sped; Nor indignation burst before thee on thy The precepts sage they wrote to many

way. a land;

But thee, a soft and naked child, How he, who lone in Patmos banished, Thy mother undefiled,

Saw in the Sun a mighty angel stand; In the rude manger laid to rest And heard great Babylon's doom pro- From off her virgin breast. nounced by Heaven's command.

The heavens were not commanded to Then, kneeling down, to heaven's eternal

prepare King

A gorgeous canopy of golden air : The saint, the father, and the husband, Nor stoop'd their lamps th' enthroned prays :

fires on high : Hope springs exulting on triumphant A single silent star came wandering from wings,"

afar, That thus they all shall meet in future Gliding uncheck’d and calm along the days,

liquid sky; There ever bask in uncreated rays,

The eastern sages leading on No more to sigh, nor shed the bitter tear, As at a kingly throne, Together hymning their Creator's praise, To lay their gold and odours sweet In such society, yet still more dear,

Before thy infant feet. While circling time moves round in an

The earth and ocean were not hush'd eternal sphere.

to hear Compared with this, how poor religion's Bright harmony from every starry sphere; pride,

Nor at thy presence brake the voice of In all the pomp of method and of art,

song When men display, to congregations wide, , From all the cherub choirs ; and seraph's

Devotion's every grace except the heart! burning lyres The Power, incensed, the pageant will Pour'd through the host of heaven the desert,

charmed clouds along. The pompous train, the sacerdotal stole; One angel troop the strain began, But haply, in some cottage far apart

Of all the race of man May hear, well pleased, the language By simple shepherds heard alone, of the soul,

That soft Hosanna's tone. And in his book of life the inmates poor And when thou didst depart, no car of enrol.


To bear thee hence in lambent radiance Alas, poor Burns! the man who

came; could thus write in the most serious strain at one moment, and then defile his pen with the vilest licen

* April 1822, p. 146.



geance brake;

done ;

It may

Nor visible angels mourn'd with droop- Shall we whose souls are lighted ing plumes :

With wisdom from on high ; Nor didst thou mount on high from fatal Shall we to man benighted Calvary

The lamp of life deny? With all thine own redeem'd outbursting Salvation! oh, Salvation ! from their tombs.

The joyful sound proclaim
For thou didst bear away from earth Till each remotest nation
But one of human birth,

Has learnt Messiah's name.
The dying felon by thy side, to be
In paradise with thee.

Waft, waft, ye winds, his story,

And you, ye waters, roll, Nor o'er thy cross the clouds of ven

Till like a sea of glory

It spreads from pole to pole : A little while the conscious earth did Till o'er our ransom'd nature shake

The Lamb for sinners slain, At that foul deed by her fierce children Redeemer, King, Creator,

In bliss returns to reign. A few dim hours of day the world in darkness lay;

The production of Mr. Malan Then bask'd in bright repose beneath the may safely be recommended to those cloudless sun,

of our readers who are acquainted While thou didst sleep beneath the with the French language. tomb,

be little too ardent, but the Consenting to thy doom : Ere yet the white-robed angel shone

warmth of our Christian brethren Upon the sealed stone.

on the continent may well shame

our coldness. We do not insert And when thou didst arise, thou didst

extracts for obvious reasons; but an not stand With devastation in thy red right hand, idea of the sentiments may be formed Plaguing the guilty city's murtherous by a translation of one of those

crew; But thou didst haste to meet thy mother's poems, transmitted us by a valucoming feet,

able correspondent, and which is And bear the words of peace unto the inserted in tlie present Number, at faithful few.

page 260. Then calmly, slowly didst thou rise

Into thy native skies,
Thy humán form dissolved on high

Affectionate Advice to Apprentices,
In its own radiancy.

and other young Persons engaged

in Trades or Professions. By Our last extract must be the

Henry George Watkins, M. X.

Rector of St. Swithin's. Seeley. Missionary Hymn of Bishop Heber, which also is common to the Select Poetry and the Edinburgh Selection, This small publication contains and which we are surprised Mr. much important and excellent adEast has overlooked, knowing well vice, arranged in short chapters, his attachment to this great cause.

and written in a very plain and in

telligible style. We recommend it From Greenland's icy mountains,

to parents and masters, as a very From India's coral sand,

suitable book to be put into the Where Afric's sunny fountains,

hands of their children and apprenRoll down their golden sand;

tices. Few persons, indeed, in the From many an ancient river, From many a balmy plain

middling and lower walks of life, They call us to deliver

can read this small work without Their land from error's chain.

deriving so much instruction from What though the spicy breezes

it as will well repay the trifling sum Blow soft on Ceylon's isle,

of sixpence, at which the pious Though every prospect pleases, author has published it. And only man is vile :

An extract is inserted in our In vain with lavish kindness, The gifts of God are shewn,

present Number, page 269, which The heathen in his blindness

may afford a specimen of the auBows down to wood and stone. thor's style and sentiments.

JULY 1825,


Pp. 56.

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