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I could not, can not, will not hate

«« PHILIP. these men.

“ Prince, beware : “ PHILIP.

Dread my displeasure. “ You hate them not-you, prince of

“ Carlos. Spain !

“ I drea! Heaven's more ; « CARLOS.

And, strongly armed with truth, I dare “ Alas!

proclaim I know how scruples of this hue offend The loquisition murderous tyrant, The eyes of Spanish rulers; I have

" Philip. weighed

« Peace, Each separate argument, conned one Thou bold blasphemer! most unwor. by oue

thy thou The reasons that our church puts forth

To fill the throne, or even to tread the to spur

soil Her sons to persecution,

Of Christian Spain.' « PHILIP.

“ Carlos. « Call it not

“ Of persecuting priests ! By that unworthy name, uor is it fit

I know my own unfitness, every act A child like you should mount the of rigour draws fresh tears into my judgment-seat

eyes, To censure policy which Spain has And therefore purposed I to fly from deemed

. Spain The way of health, by sages pointed' To seek in Flanders a secure retreat, out

And there lie hidden; willing to forego To Ferdinand the Catholic-approved

The mighty sceptre of imperial Spain, By counsellors grown grey in the state's My bright inheritance, unless repentant service,

The Spanish people should one day By saints and martyrs of our holy

adinit church,

Their king might reigo unstained with By the pope's wise decree infallible,

righteous blood. In fine, by God himself.


« What rebel purpose is it you disclose ? of That I deny.


“ No rebel purpose, sire; for whilst you “ Don Carlos, hold your peace,

live “ CARLOS.

No son to father, subject to his king, " King, I have drunk

Should pass me in obedience. The stream of revelation at its source:

« PHILIP. That book, to common eyes denied, to

" Tell me, then,

What think you of our war in FlaqBy Osma's reverend bishop, my pre

ders? say, ceptor,

Shall not the traitor suffer for his treaWas early given ; best and dearest gift

son ? That man can give to man, becoming Is't not legitimate to take up arms thus

That rebel heretics may be subdued ? The minister of God, and angel-like

« CARLOS. Carryiug glad tidings to the immortal " Yet kindness were more politic than

force : There have I read, assisted by the lore Grant them their privilege, your royal Of my dear master; there too have I

grace read,

To worship God in their own simple Alone and unassisted, late at night.

form, Aud early in the morning, words of Rebellion's hydra head will straight be peace,

crushed, Forgiveness ey'n for sin ; brotherly

Or of itself fall off. love,

« Philip. And charity that beareth, hopeth all ;

" I'll hear no more ; I found, and wept with joy; but to this

Prince, look not for indulgence : duty, hour Find I no precept that commissions


Affection bids that I should be severe; inan

And I will be so, To slay his erring brother.


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T. M.. Wahh an hør Birth. Dau.

August 29, 1801.
By Francis WeBB, Esq.

Muse, string the lyre this day to softest

tove, And sing a life far dearer than my own;

For, Muse, this is the natal day,

And this demands her votive lay. . What tho' hoar Time with envious wing Hath swept the verdure from her Spring, And touch'd, tho’ not despoild the


(Nor feels the lapse between.) Preserves the image deep imprest, In all its charms within my breast,

And seventy appears but seventeen.
But few can boast at such late hour,
Midst soft'ning shades, to charm, such

pow'r :
Thy virtues shall embalm
Those charms within that won my heart;
May Heav'n still act its gracious part,
And grant our evening a propitious

Long hand in hand the varied day
Of life we've spent-its devious way

We've trod with equal feet :
And Heaven, I trust, will gently slope
Our downward path, whilst Faith and

Lead to ihe seat of bliss again to


Affection still, with magic charm,
Can his destructive scythe disarm,

Her fruits not time can e'er devour : And sweet Remembrance, that still bears lo mind the charms of youthful years,


Memoir of Dr. Benjamin Spencer, every thing to which he directed his at

late of Bristol, born at Southwold, tention, the good sense he displayed on in Suffolk, died at Hackney, Nov.

all occasions so great, his seriousness so 5, 1822, aged 67.

deep, and his general demeanour so ex

emplary, that he attracted the particular The power of religion to develope and notice of Dr. Caleb Evans, then the resiexpand the faculties of the human mind dent tutor, who soon ceased to treat him has seldom been more strikingly illus- as a pupil, and made him his companion trated than in the subject of the present and friend. memoir. To a singular train of events, On leaving the academy, Dr. Spencer which led him at an early period of life was chosen the pastor of the Particular to investigate with seriousness the doc- Baptist congregation at Alcester, in Wartrines and duties of the Christian religion, wickshire. Here he resided several years he owed the awakening of intellectual in great harmony with his people, much faculties of no ordinary strength : the respected as a man of sound judg:nent, growth of the religious principle and the and universally considered by his brother developement of the powers of the under ministers as an acute and able reasoner. standing were strictly correlative: the His manuer of conducting an argument former was the immediate cause of the was excellent; he was precise, logical, latter, and this he was accustomed to guarded, and rarely lost his temper. His acknowledge with deep gratitude.

style of preaching was somewhat singular. The early habit of reflecting on a sub- It was generally an exposition of a pasject containing such powerful sources of sage of Scripture, rather than a discourse emotion as religiou, by a mind naturally from a single text, which latter method contemplative and strong, was likely to he considered better calculated to keep absorb it, and to render it comparatively men in ignorance of the sacred books, indifferent to every other conceru. Ac than to elucidate what is obscure, and to cordingly, he soon conceived the desire of register in the memory a clear and condevoting himself to the Christian ministry, nected ac vunt of what is certain and in which he perceived that he should not important. His usual plan was to give only have ample opportunity, but in which what he conceived to be the precise it would become the business of his life meaning of the passage selected for con. to investigate the most interesting sub sideration; then to state, to explain, and jects: and as his friends recognized in perhaps to defend the doctrine it might him indications of talent which would icach; and, lastly, to deduce and to enrender him capable of filling the office force the moral precepts it might conwith usefulness and honour, combined tain. with a gravity of deportment which pro. In the comparative seclusion in which mised to secure his steadydevotedness to it, he was placed he had much leisure; he they warmly encouraged his wish. Circum- visited but little, and he had few books. stances had led him to unite himself with His active mind thirsted for fuller infora society of Particular Baptists: hence he mation on many of the doctrines which received the theological part of his edu- are usually considered essential parts of cation at the Baptist academy at Bristol. the Christian system, and on this account When he first arrived at this institution, he regretted his distance from those the students were warmly engaged in the sources of knowledge which larger towns discussion of, what to many will seem a afford; but at length it occurred to him, very singular question, nainely, Whether that all the real knowledge on these sub it be the duty of all men to beliere in jects which men possess, and which they the gospel of Christ? He entered with have recorded in their writings, must earnestoess into this controversy; he took have been derived from a study of the the affirmative side of the question, and Scriptures, and that this great source of he soun saw that it would lead him far, instruction was as open to him as to though he did not at first suspect how them. Immediately, and with great ar. far, from Calvinism.

dour, he applied himself to the study of While at the academy he applied him- the Greek of the New Testament : he self with diligence to the study of the read through, in a conuected manner, Greek and Hebrew languages, and to the the four Gospels, next the Acts of the ordinary, but very limited course of Apostles, and then their various epistles; instruction pursued in that institution, and where one author has written sereral His progress was so steady and rapid in epistles, he always read these in succes.

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