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mon and trite moral reflection, which, indeed is very ill founded, and does great injustice to animals. "I wonder what pleasure men can take in making beasts of themselves." "I wonder, madam, (replied

the Doctor) that you have not penetration enough to see the strong inducement to this excess; for he who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man."-[Stockdale's Memoirs, Vol ii. p. 189.



"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city" Solomon.

"THE man who rules with absolute control
The angry passions, which deform the soul,
A more important victory can boast
Than he whose might has overcome a host.

The soul is sicken'd and the heart is pain'd
To trace the course of anger unrestrain❜d,
Blasting the pleasures of domestic life.
With bitter brawls, and scenes of savage strife.

The wretched wight, who yields to anger's power,
Has no security a single hour;

His life may e'en be forfeited for guilt
Of guiltless blood, in furious transport spilt.

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Behold how bright the warrior's wreath appears,
Planted in carnage, fertiliz'd with tears!
And trace his trophies of heroic ire
Through seas of blood, and pyramids of fire!

Behold the conqueror, who won the world,
By ruthless rage from glory's zenith hurl'd,
Tost like a feather on the mountain wave,
Lord of the globe, but, passion's paltry slave !*

Then he who rules with absolute control
The angry passions, which deform the soul,
A more important victory can boast
Than if his might had overcome a host."

Vermont Intelligencer.

Alexander the great, in a fit of anger slew his foster brother Clytus, for which flagitious act he was struck with such remorse, that he attempted to starve himself.

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WEEP not, fond parents, for your darling son,
But acquiesce in what your God has done :
'Tis the kind hand which does one infant save,
That sends another to an early grave.

With grief you view'd the little breathless form,
And wish'd him back to life's tempestuous storm;
Ah! cruel wish to change his heavenly dress,
And wrap him round with sorrow and distress.
O could your wat'ry eyes behold him rise,
And soar aloft thro' yonder brilliant skies;
Fond as you are, you could not wish to rob
The new form'd angel of his crown and God.
Behold him take his golden harp to praise,
Hear him already tune immortal lays,
Then cast his radiant crown at Jesus' feet,
And raptur'd fly thro' each celestial street,
Well pleas'd each new inhabitant to meet,
(Perhaps the guardians of his infant years,)

And hail their entrance on those happy spheres.
O could he now behold your tears and grief,
He'd point you to the Saviour for relief;
Bid ye pursue religion's sacred way,
Which leads to blissful everlasting day.


JESUS, permit thy gracious name to stand,
As the first effort of an infant's hand;
And while her fingers o'er this canvas move,
Engage her tender heart to seek thy love;
With thy dear children let her share a part,
And write thy Name, Thyself, upon her heart.



THE Fourteenth Report of this wonderful Society has been published. It contains much animating information."From the 31st of March, 1807, to the same period in 1818," this Society had issued "89,795 Bibles and 104,306 Testaments, making with those circulated at the Society's expense, from different presses on the continent, the total issued by the B. and F. B. S. in somewhat less than 13 years, more than Two Millions of Bibles and Testaments."

"The extent to which the formation of Auxiliary Societies had previously been carried, left little ground upon which Institutions of this nature could be erected. When it is considered that the number of Auxiliary and Branch Societies in Britain alone, amounted, at the close of the last year, to nearly 500, independently of Bible Associations; and that scarcely a county in the island was destitute of one or more of these Auxiliary Establishments, it is with no less surprise than pleasure that your Com mittee are enabled on the present occasion to report so respectable an addition to their number.

Evan. Mag.

Of those which will appear in the general list, your Committee regard it as their duty to specify, with particular commendation, The Mer

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chant Seamen's Auxiliary Bible Society."


The object of this Institution, (which was formed on the 29th of January last, in the Egyptian Hall, at the Mansion-house, London, under the auspices of the Lord Mayor, and various Noblemen, Gentlemen and Merchants, of the first consideration,) is, to provide Bibles for at least, 120,000 British seamen, now destitute of them ;" and with so much vigour and judgment have its proceedings been commenced, that within two months after its formation, 133 outward-bound ships, containing 1721 men, were visited at Gravesend, by the Society's Agent, Lieut. Cox; and 580 Bibles and Testaments were gratuitously distributed among them.

It is most gratifying to learn, from the weekly reports of the Agent, that (a very few instances excepted) he met with a cordial reception from both the officers and men. On hearing him deliver his message to the commander of one of the ships, a common seaman exclaimed, with visible emotion, "Thank God, there are some who care for our poor souls." The Captain of a Swedish vessel wanted words to express his gratitude for a Bible, and could scarcely be lieve it was a gift: saying, "It is very good, very good indeed: we pay a great deal of money for God's Book in my country." And while

the Captain of a French vessel was reading the Testament which he had received, his crew was observed to be looking over his shoulder, with the most serious countenances, anxious to know its contents. Such have been some of the immediate effects of the Merchant Seamen's Auxiliary Bible Society.

On the importance of this establishment to the Mariners themselves, their immediate employers, and the community at large, your Committee consider it unnecessary to expatiate it will, they trust, be deeply felt by every British subject; and more especially by those who, from considerations of property, occupation, or connexion, have, in addition to the paramount obligations of religion and humanity, a personal interest in the spiritual and moral improvement of the commercial marine.

Another source from which by much the largest proportion of additional aid to the local, and eventually to the general, interest of your Society has been derived, is the zeal so laudably manifested by the female part of the community. Desirous of turning this zeal, which had already displayed itself in the formation of "Ladies' Bible Associations," to advantageous account, your Committee examined the regulations by which their proceedings were governed, and issued them in a revised form, in the hope that they might be found serviceable, in giving to that class of exertions a prudent and useful direction. The model suggested in the circular referred to, has, with few exceptions, and those arising altogether, it is believed, out of local peculiarities, been generally adopted; and the effects already produced encourage the expectation of the most pleasing and beneficial results.

As an example, under this head, the Liverpool Ladies' Auxiliary Bible Society, with its ten Associations, deserves to be particularly cited. In the production of this system of Female Auxiliaries, (to which, as well as to by much the largest proportion of these Institutions throughout the country, the personai exertions of Mr. Charles Stokes Dudley, essentially contributed,) the zeal, the talents,

and the influence of more than 600 ladies, embracing many of the most respectable and pious females in Liverpool, and its vicinity, were called into exercise under the patronage of the Countess of Derby, and other ladies of rank. The union, harmony, and co-operative spirit which characterised the establishment of these Eleven Auxiliaries; the systematic energy with which their proceedings have been conducted; and the extraordinary fact of their having within three months obtained 7292 subscribers, issued 1338 Bibles and Testaments, and raised more than 9701., unanswerably demonstrates the practicability of engaging females to occupy a most useful and efficient department in this work of benevclence; and justifies an assertion of your Committee, (which they here repeat,) that Associations of this de.. scription, "if regularly constituted, and discreetly administered, are likely to become an instrument of extensive and permanent good."

The Report proceeds in giving a delightful account of the exertions and success of Bible Societies on the continent of Europe-in the United Netherlands, Hanover, Prussia, Mecklenburg Wurtemberg, France and Italy. In Denmark and Sweden the Bible Societies are greatly encouraged by the reigning Princes and much has been done; but still greater things have been done in Russia as will appear from the following extracts:-

"Your Committee now proceed to Russia and here they feel equally at a loss to express their astonishment at the prodigious operations, in furtherance of the general cause, which are going forward in that extensive Empire, and to exhibit any thing like an adequate representation of them in the columns of this Annual Record.

Fostered by the paternal care of His Imperial Majesty, Alexander, the Russian Bible Society has, in the course of the past year, enlarged very considerably the field of its exertions, and strengthened itself by various newly-formed and promising Auxiliaries in different parts of the Empire.-The following are the prin

place in the three preceding years, while the increase of the funds had been in nearly an equal proportion;' Bi--and, moreover, that preparations were making, at the close of that year, for stereotyping the Scriptures in five different languages; versions were going forward into the common Russian, Tartar, and Carelian languages; and measures were adopting for procuring translations into the Turkish-Armenian, and Buriat- Mongolian. When to these particulars, it is added, that, within a month after the Anniversary at which they were reported, sixteen waggon loads of Bibles and Testaments were despatched from the capital for different parts of the Empire, nothing further needs be said to demonstrate the effective exertions of this zealous and enterprising Institution

cipal stations which they respective ly occupy:-Penza, Kostroma, Tobolsk, Kief, Orel, Vladimer, Irkutsk, Kazan, Simbirsk, Pskoff, Minsk, laastock, Grodno, Posen, Bessarabia, Tabanrog, Tscherkask, and Twer. In the stations thus enumerated, (the last nine of which were among the places visited by Mr. Pinkerton, in his memorable tour,) the Russian Bible Society has made very important acquisitions: and whether considered with respect to the rank of \the places in which they are seated, the population they comprehend, or the patronage, civil, ecclesiastical, and military, they have obtained, these auxiliaries must be regarded as powerful instruments for promoting the influence and the utility of the general Institution.

Nor ought those efforts which are making on a small scale to be overlooked.-For, not only whole governments, but also departments, towns, and even single villages, have formed, within their own circles, either Branch Societies, or Bible Associations, according to their circumstances and means. Of the latter, many have been already established; and plans have been formed for multiplying their number. So greatly, in fact, has this expedient for bringing the cause of the Bible Society home to the bosom of the poor, been approved, that there seems little room to doubt that its adoption will be general; and that ere long, in Russia, as well as in Britain, Bible Associations will follow in the train of Auxiliary Societies: and the institutions of the former be co-extensive with the establishment of the latter.

Of the efficiency of the Russian Bible Society, in the prosecution of its object-the preparation and distribution of the Holy Scriptures, some judgment may be formed by the interesting facts, that, within four years after its establishment, the Society had either published, or was engaged in publishing, not fewer than forty three editions of the Sacred Scriptures, in seventeen different languages; forming a grand total of 196,000 copies that the issue of Bibles and Testaments in the fourth year fell little short of what had taken

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The Auxiliary Bible Societies in the East Sea Provinces of Esthonia, Livonia, and Courland, are among those of the Russian Provincial establishments, in which the warmest zeal has been evinced for the distribution of the Scriptures, and the strongest testimonies have been given of advantages from their perusal. The several districts in these Provinces, as well as in the Island of Oesel, are rapidly covering with local Associations; and many instances are reported of zeal and liberality among all classes of people, (the lowest not excepted,) which afford "honorable proofs of their reverential attachment to the word of God, and their deep conviction of its beneficial tendency."


But of all the Auxiliary Societies, that at Moscow is (as, from the rank of this ancient capital, might be expected) the most splendid and efficient; and, as well in the zeal of, its supporters, as in the scale of its operations, is inferior only to the Parent Society at St. Petersburgh.

On the recent celebration of its fifth Anniversary, (which Mr. Pinkerton describes as, in point of interest and splendor, surpassing every meeting of the kind which he had ever yet seen in Russia,) Prince Galitzin, the President of the Russian Bible Society, adverted, in the most impressive manner, to the fitness of this ancient metropolis, from its heredita

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