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HEAVEN THE HAVEN OF REST.

the leading disclosure of the CHRISTIAN REVELATion, must, in this evanescent condition of mortality, be the unsophisticated wish of every human being. Thither our best hopes tend—there our noblest expectations are consummated! It is the congregated assembly of the wise and virtuous from every climethe final repose of terrestrial labour--the ultimate abode of all that is good and great in the Universé of GOD

Daughter of Faith! awake, arise, illume
The dread unknown-the chaos of THE TOMB
Melt and dispel the spectre doubts that roll
Cimmerian darkness on the parting soul :
Fly like the moon-ey'd herald of Dismay,
Chas’d on his night-steed by the Star of Day!
The strife is o'er-the pangs of Nature close,
And Life's last rapture triumphs o'er her woes
Hark! as THE SPIRIT eyes with eagle gaze
The Noon of Heaven undazzled by the blaze,
On heavenly winds that waft her to the sky
Float the sweet tones of star-born melody,
Wild as that hallow'd anthem sent to hail
BBTHLEHBM's shepherds in the lonely vale,
When Jordan bush'd his waves, and Midnight still
Watch'd on the holy towers of Zion's hill!

CAMPBELL

I am, Sir,
Yours respectfully,

JOHN EVANS.

JOURNAL

OR

A TRIP

In SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER, 1816,

THROUGH

The Netherlands,

BY WAY OF

OSTEND, BRUGES, GHENT, ANTWERP,

BRUSSELS, AND WATERLOO,

TO

Paris.

IN TWO PARTS.

BY JOHN EVANS, Jun. A.M.

Say, shall my LITTLE BARK attendant sail?

POPE.

Introduction.

PLAINNESS and simplicity, wliich form the essence of a JOURNAL, will be found to characterize the subsequent Narrative of a young Traveller who had not reached his twentieth year. A record of passing events, committed to paper at the close of each day, may, whilst it refreshes the memory of the Writer, yield some slight entertainment to the much respected circle of his Friends, who have repeatedly urged its publication. Young PEOPLE will feel an interest in its perusal, and it has at least the merit of adding variety to the volume. The illustrative quotations from Southey and Lord Byron are the only additions made to the Journal. The route, though extending to upwards of seven hundred miles, and interesting on account of its connexion with the Field of WATERLOO, has indeed of late been so much trodden, that little nove Jcan be expected. The Son, however, has not the ingratitude to question the exercise of that candour from an enlightened Public which the Father has experienced upon so many occasions.

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INTRODUCTION.

TO THE RISING GENERATION the following particulars will be acceptable, as introductory to the perusal of THE JOURNAL.

The NETHERLANDS, or Low Countries, are known among politicians by the ancient name of Belgium and among the common people by the appellation of Flanders. The term Netherlands, or Low CounTRIES, indicates the nature of their situation; lying extremely low, crossed by canals, and banked up in many parts against the inroads of the ocean. Thus, long ago, are they picturesquely characterized by Addison

See Belgian mounds bear on their shatter'd sides
The Sea's whole weight, increas'd by swelling tides;
But if the rushing wave a passage finds,
Enrag'd by watry Moons and warring Winds,
The trembling Peasant sees his Country round
Cover'd with tempests, and in Oceans drown'd!

CAMPAIGN.

Hence HUMAN INDUSTRY has never been exhibited to greater advantage. A country, swampy even to a proverb, is not only rendered fertile, but has arisen to the first consequence in the commercial world.

By inspecting the map, Belgium will be seen to lie between HOLLAND and FRANCE. Ils extent is not

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