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Appearing as if life was flown,
And earth no more her voice should own;
But, that the murm'ring brook that stray'd
Through dewy meads,-the breeze which

play'd
Upon the rose's damask bloom,
Filling its wings with sweet perfume,
An indication seem'd to give,
That Nature yet again would live.

The moralizing of Death, as he views the martial array, is well conceived, and conveys a very cutting, yet just rebuke of those, whose ambition or whose counsels have directed, or fomented the bloody strife.—

“ Por in the crime the agent bears, « The principal still deeper shares. “ And what are armies, but a brand, “ Or dagger, in some plund'rer's band ? “ Some Royal robber, Potentate, “ Or Despot, sycophants style Great ? “ Hiinself, his crown, his pow'r to kill, “ Dependent on the people's will! " For Councils, Senates, Courts, and Kings, " Abstractedly, are helpless things; " Shadows of pow'r,-whose dreaded arm “ Owes all its influence to a charm. “ A straw, upheld by childhood's hand, “ As well might seek to awe the land, “As the proud sceptres tyrants wield “ Send nations to the tented field, “ Unless their willing slaves concurr'd, « Or basely crouch'd beneath their word! " And, since that Kings, as men, are found

With passions, frailties to abound, “ And crowns and sceptres do'nt in fer “ Their wearers' souls superior. “ The people, who the pow'r bestow, “ Are inost to blame, when Soy'reigns grow “ Ambitious prodigal of blood, “ Or sacrifice the public good.“

DEATH look'd around with wond'ring gaze, And yow'd, in trutlı, he felt amaze That men should meet, and cast away Their lives in such a foolish play: Each other mangle, torture, kill, To gratify some 'Tyrant's will; Or sceptres win for crafty knaves, And thus become still more their slaves; Or, aid some Despot in his plan Against the sacred rights of man; Or, to restore some Dotard's reign,Some bigot Monarch's crown regain; Or settle a disputed case About the right to some vile place, Mayhap an isle,-a bank of sand, A desert rock, or barren strand; Some fort, some hamlet, bound'ry stone, Their Prince had pleas'd to call his own,And which, when won, would scarce repay The cost of powder for the day; Or to relieve some Statesman's spleen, Or chace dull ennui from the scene Of palaces, or sickly court, Where, tir'd of ev'ry meaner sport, They now would seek to find new life Amidst the elements of strife, And chase the dull satiety Of riot and debauchery, By revellings for victory; Or, to decide some abstract truth In lavs,--theology forsooth, In which divines, kings, schoolmen sought, By force of arms, to have men taught. “But, my best friends I've always me Exclaim'd be,“ in tbe cabinet, “ Cool, bloody-minded, knavish, sly, “ Cowards ;-themselves afraid to die " Round council-board, the courtly train "De vise and settle the campaign; “ Or, o'er their coffee or their wine, “Millions to me at once consign. " In pleasant mood and smooth debate, « Resolve some land to devastate, “Some province rayage, state o'erturn, “ Some capital or navy burn;" MOr calmly, with a dash of pen, “Erase some city's name,--and then "Siminon a courier to attend,-*.. * Write a dispatch, and orders send “ To have it done without delay: “ Then rise,-bow,-smile--and haste away “ To share some ball-room's gay parade,« Some feast by fawning courtier made: “ And, whilst they revel in excess, “ Or wanton, blooming beauty press; “ Or flaunt amidst a thoughtless throng, “ List'ping to the harp and song, “ Ten thousand fall beneath the brand, " Which was unsheath'd at their command. “But surely they whose pride creates, " Whose madness, folly, generates " The cause of War,-incur more guilt “From lives thus lost, and blood thas spilt, "Than even does the hireling sword, "That deals its vengeance at their word:

The onset, the bloody fray, the dire rout, and the carnage, and scenes of rapine and cruelty that follow, are strikingly represented; with the joy of the monster, and all the baleful passions attendant on his progress; but, we have not room for more than one extract, which we think very fine, and displaying the author's imaginative power, as of no very common cast. “ Slow o'er the hills rose, round and large, The orb of night:-like battle targe, Upraised amidst a glitt'ring wood Of hostile spears,-deep-stain'd with blood, Its broad circumference was seen, Emerging from the dusky green Of forest pines,-through which its rays, Struggling, shone like a beacon's blaze Contending with black fogs of night; A broken, feeble, glimm'ring light. At length, above the wood it hung, And thwart the battle-tempest flung, As its dark clouds of smoke were driven By winds across the face of heaven, A light, like that which, trav'llers say, Does o'er Strombolo's summit play;-A fitful, angry, baleful ray, Making the livid corses seem More frightful, from its shadowy gleam.

Oy,

Like Alpine Avalanche, still rush'd
The tide of WAR,still onward push'd
Its bristling front, with mighty force,
And swept down thousands in its course.
'Twas not the boom of mountain tide,
Impetuous, down its craggy side,
Dashing beneath the lunar ray,
Crown'd with its rainbow crest of spray,
With fallen pine or loosen'd rock,
Rolld o'er its shelves with bounding shock,-
That could with this wild scene compare;
Where moving masses ev'rywhere
Were hurl'd, in one huge ruin, round,
As back recoil'd, with thund'ring sound,
Tbe baggage, horsemen, infantry,
Cars, guns, and all the panoply
of gather'd War; which morn beheld
Assembled on the tented field.”

Roli, ailem ith its the

We mean not, however, to say, that the poem is without fault: it evidently wants polish and finish more than

Mr. B's. former work; some parts of its devotional poems, in a modern tongue, border closely upon prose, and, in grounded upon the subjects of ancient some instances, a mere jingle of sounds psalms, yet suited for Christian edificaoccurs, which has no other merit than tion, ought to be." We hesitate not to its rhymes.

affirm, and that in the most unqualified But, these are merely the blemishes terms, that he has succeeded in his obof a good picture; and, we are per-Iject, to a very high degree; and while suaded, the author has a master-hand towe bear an humble testimony to the retouch it. Were the faults even more excellence of his undertaking, we must numerous, we could forgive them, in add, that we have derived inexpressible regard to the design and tendency of satisfaction from finding it executed 50 the piece; as it is well adapted to divest

perfectly in accordance with our own ambition of its disguise of false glory, views of what the subject required. He and to exhibit, in its true light, one of adds, in his preface, that “ he has enthe most dreadful effects of human de- / deavoured to do his best; and, in doing pravity, and the most fearful scourge of so, he has never hesitated to sacrifice the world; nor, can we hope, until men ambitious ornament to simplicity, clearshall universally take this view of the ness, and force of thought and expressubject, that those happy days will ar- sion. If, in the event, it shall be found rive, which the author hails in the that he has added a little to the small conclusion of his work:

national stock of “ Psalms and Hymns, “Oh! hail Millennial days! bail days of Peace! and Spiritual songs, in which pre When Wars shall end, and Discord's voice shall speaks the language of poetry, and

cease! When Zion's KING shall bear his glorious name

poetry the language of inspiration, he Resound through Earth, with one vast, loud ac-trusts that he will be humbly contented

claim: And morn's first beam-and eve's last lingöring

and unfeignedly thankful." ray,

| This praise is certainly his,—but we Bear witness still to our MESSIAH's sway! most ardently hope, that he will not

rest “contented" until he shall have

perfected the good work of which he Songs of Zion; being Imitations of Psalms. has yet furnished only the beginning:

By James MonTGOMERY. London: The Psalms of David are a hundred and Longman, and Co. 160 pages, f.c. fifty in number, of which Mr. Mont8vo. 5s. 6d. boards. 1822.

gomery has versified only fifty-sir. We The pen of Mr. Montgomery has earnestly hope that his days will be often been employed in ministering to prolonged, and health and leisure afthe information and pleasure of chaste forded him for completing his design. and cultivated minds: and we freely | He will then have rendered a most imacknowledge that we know not a living portant service to the church of Christ, poet to whom we ourselves are under-he will have put her in possession of obligations for so many hours of gra- what has long been a desideratum, not tifying recreation. But never has his only with us, but with thousands of the muse, in our opinion, been so usefully Israel of God-a version of these divine applied as in the work before us—in compositions, in which a just medium clothing the inspired compositions of is preserved between the luxuriant parathe Jewish church, in the chaste and phrases of Watts, and the meagre rensimple attire of English classical versi- derings of a host of writers too numefication which they here sustain. In a rous to particularize. We will furnish preface, characterised by the amiable our readers with some specimens of Mr. author's well known diffidence and mo Montgomery's simple, chaste, and beaudesty, he tells the reader that, " in these tiful lines, in our poetical department, Imitations of the “ Songs of Zion,” he the first moment we can make room does not profess to have succeeded bet- | for them. ter than any that have gone before him; but, having followed in the track of Letter to W. Wilberforce, Esq. on the none, he would venture to hope, that, | Catholic Claims. "By AMICUS Proby avoiding the rugged literality of

TESTANS. some, and the diffusive paraphrases of others, he may in a few instances, have

[Concluded from page 150.) approached nearer than either of them! We now resume the consideration of have done, to the ideal model of what these Letters, which have acquired ad

ditional interest since the publication of the principles on which the national of our former Number, by the success establishment rests for its support; for, that has attended a motion in the House had he a full conviction on his own of Commons, for leave to bring in a mind, that its foundations' were ScripBill, having for its object to allow Ca- tural, why should he be so troublingly tholic Peers to sit in the Upper House. alive to apprehensions for its safety?

In his ninth Letter, the writer pro- Magna est veritas et prevalebit! poses to consider how far the conces- In the 19th Letter, he professes to sion of their claims will convey to Ro-find among the advocates of the Roman man Catholics the power of annoyance; Catholic claims, “a great majority of but his reasoning on this particular the DISSENTERS.” “Their object, he point is far from possessing the full assures us, is, manifestly to ride to the force of demonstration, and we should repeal of the Test and Corporation think that he himself can scarcely ex- | Acts, upon the shoulders of the Roman pext Mr. Wilberforce to allow much Catholics, and for this end, they are (in weight to it. In truth, he blinks the the true spirit of Don Quixotte) as steaquestion altogether; and, instead of dily determined to make a bonfire of shewing us the indissoluble connexion all history, as other moderns who are between relieving the Catholics of their equally wise in their own conceit." present disabilities, and the ruin of our This is not the most courteous style Protestant establishment, he substitutes that the writer could have found, in a very different consideration. “ Put which to speak of the great body of the worst,” says he, “that can happen Dissenters, and we must be allowed the to your own country upon the present | liberty of telling him that it is liable to system, and what is it, but that she will very great objections. We should be lose the possible advantage of the un-| glad to know what proof he has to satisknown and untried services of some fy his own mind, that the object which Papist statesman, warrior, or judge, the great majority of the Dissenters who, under existing circumstances, can have in view, in advocating the Catholic neither enter the Senate House, preside claims, in the hope of obtaining the reat the Bench, nor attain the highest fusal of the Test and Corporation Acts? rank in the field," &c. This the reader Why can he vot give them credit for bewill see does not touch the questioning actuated by the same mistaken mowith which the writer began his Letter. tives, by which his own Evangelical

In the tenth, and eight following clergy are influenced? Why must he Letters, he addresses himself to such attribute to them any thing. so, disof the Evangelical clergy of the estab- honourable : The fact may have been lishment, as think the Catholic claims avowed by a few individuals, but is that may be safely conceded. He goes a sufficient ground for his exposing the over the different pleas that have whole body? We know the Dissenters. been urged by them in favour of Catho-much better than he does, and there. lìc emancipation; such as, that it will fore we tell him, that if the Protestant dry up the sources of complaint and ascendancy be maintained in the British disaffection, and in this very way bring empire, he must be content to remain about Christian union and peace that indebted for it, to the powerful influence it will promote the great object of Pro- of the great body of Dissenters, rather testants in diffusing education and than to that of the Semi-Papistical memknowledge, particularly in Ireland, &c. bers of the church of England. We &c.; in reply to which, he labours to beseech him to enlarge his views on convince Mr. Wilberforce, that instead this subject, let him consult the page of any such excellent effects being pro- of history that is past, and look around duced by it, the certain consequences him for the purpose of ascertaining the to be apprehended are, that the Church effects that are making in the present of England will be amalgamated with day to counteract the influence of Po. the Church of Rome, and partaking of pery, and stem the torrent of its inroads her sins, she will receive also of her upon us, and he will find, what may plagues. Indeed, from the whole, te- perhaps surprise him, that his primary nour of his reasoning with the Evan- obligations are due to the Dissenters gelical clergy of his own church, it from his own favourite church. We appears manifest that he has very little refer him to the writings of Mr. M‘Ga confidence in the truth and goodness vin, of Glasgow, Mr. Fletcher, of Black,

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burn, Mr. Roby, of Manchester, and signation to the will of God, her conothers, all Dissenters, and we ask him, tentedness with her humble lot, and her after making himself acquainted with exemplary patience under all the privathe labours of those Gentlemen in be- tions and hardships to which she was half of the common cause, whether the exposed. She appears to have been the great body of Dissenters merit at his subject of strong religious feeling, which hands the supercilious scorn with which occasionally led her into enthusiasm, he has treated them! This is a topic but her narrative presents an useful exon which iż was more easy for us to en- ample to professors of every description, large, than to suppress facts and eviden- high and low, rich and poor. Sarah ces, but our limits forbid it; and indeed lived to a good old age, and when the it is become the less necessary, by rea- writer of her story, who had many opson that our Author himself finds it ne-portunities of knowing her well, heard cessary in a subsequent Letter, to make that she was no more, the inquiry, ." Js the amends honourable to the Dissenters, Sarah dead?” gave rise to the following and to supplicate their continued exera stanzas, which are printed at the close tions in defence of his own church. On of the tract: the poetry would do no this subject his conduct is amusing discredit to a higher theme. enough, but there is nothing new in it.

« Is Sarah dead ? let not a sigh arise,

To mourn her exit from this world of woe;

Rather let tears of joy suffuse the eyes lishment, while in the possession of the That oft have wept her suffering state below. loaves and fishes, can snarl at the Dis-Is'Sarah dead ? then those poor aged limbs, sento

So long with pain and weariness oppress'd,

An easy bed in yonder grave shall find hauteur, as though they were unworthy

And long and sweet sball be the sacred rest.' of the crumbs that fall from their table;

Is Sarah dead : tben never, never more, but let an alarm be sounded in their Shall hunger sorce ber from her wretched cot

With eager step, a morsel to implore, whether from Catholics or Deists, or

Where poverty and tears are heeded not.
No longer bent beneath a heavy load,

I see her struggle on her weary way, then-who but the Dissenters! Our with lifted hands, imploring strength of God.. readers cannot but be much amused To bear the heat and burden of the day..!

That untaught mind shall now lament no more tion, but we have not room for extracts,

. Its scanty knowledge of God's holy word;

Or grieve that she had not begun before and must now take our leave of the vo To banquet on the goodness of the Lord. lume, by once more recommending it to

I lov'd thee, Sarah, for I well could trace the notice of our friends as an useful

My Saviour's image on thy humble sonl; publication at the present moment. Your hear., the seat of bis almighty grace,

And every action prov'd its sweet control.
O happy Sarah ! though so poor and low,

That few on thee would cast a pitying look,

Since thy Redeemer deign'd his love to show, dian: a true Story. Stirling : printed And wrote thy name in life's immortal book. for J. Forman, and sold by Waugh and And rather, far, would I thy triumphs share, Innes, Edinburgh; Wardlaw, and

| (And ere the triumph all thy sorrows feel)

Than gain the laurel earthly conquerors wear, Cunningham, Glasgow; and W. Jones, And all the sceptres kings and princes wield, 7, Lovel's Court, London. 1822. pp. 16, price two-pence.

“ Thus, while the pen of many a ready

writer is employed in imparting instruction, The subject of this narrative, whose

reproof, or correction, to the rising, or risen name was Sarah Rogers, lived and died generation ; while the deeds of the mighty in a small town in the eastern part of are recorded with splendour, the exploits Connecticut. The editor of the Reli. of the heroes proclaimed from the housegious Intelligencer, an American paper, tops, and the virtues and charities of God's says, “We are well acquainted with the

people are exbibited, that others may see writer, and can assure our readers, that

their good works, and glorify their Father the account here given is true.” She

who is in heaven, I would, according to my

humble ability, snatch from oblivion the seems to have been well known in the

example of one, who, though scorned by the place of her residence, and deservedly proud, and overlooked by the great, yet esteemed for her faith in, and love to, I was known and beloved by a humble few, the Saviour; but the thost prominent and by them the grace of God was magoitrait in her character was, her pious re-fied on her account."

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tional establishments of Christianity for PRIZE ESSAYS.

the necessity of Acts of Parliament to maig. In our Number for March, 1822, (see p. tain and enforce it for the propriety of the 80. col. 2.) the Editor'of-this Magazine in civil magistrate interfering to punish the vited his correspondents to a discussion of promulgators of beterodox, or, if you will, three distinct subjects, and proposed to re blasphemous opinions. Is it not manifest ward the writer of the best Essay, on each that such an one is acting inconsistent with subject, with books to the value of two his avowed principles ? But suppose we GUINEAS. He has now to announce the try the different classes of Dissenters by the result of this competition.

same rule. For instance, the Independents The essays on the subject of BIGOTRY, hold it as a fixed principle that the people which comes first in order, are seven in num of the new covenant are distinguished from ber, and the award is made to MR. B. H. | those of the old, by their having the law of DRAPER, of Southampton--now, we believe, God written on their hearts, and all of them entitled by common courtesy, to be styled knowing the Lord from the least unto the Doctor Draper, having, if our information be greatest-- they contend that the subjects of correct, within a few days past, been honour-| Christ's kingdom are distinguished from the ed with an unsolicited diploma from one of world, by their being of the truth and hear. the American colleges; and glad shoulding Christ's voice-born again of the Spirit we be, were literary honours, in all in- by the incorruptible seed of the Word, &c. stances, as well merited as in the present, | --yet, observe these same persons attempt. Mr. Draper's Essay shall be submitted to the ing to establish infant-baptism, and all judgemnt of our readers in the Magazine these considerations are disregarded and for August, and we have little doubt that treated as moonshine! The only question his competitors will then acquiesce in the then, comes to be" Are they born of bepropriety of the award now made. We lieving parents ?” And thus they chime in must, however, in justice add, that there with the national church upon the great are two or three of the other Essays on point of her Judaized Christianity, and, in Bigotry that possess considerable merit, their baptism hold a most intimate fellowship and that are well worthy of appearing in with her. Once more-the Baptists streprint. They will be delivered to their re- nuously insist upon having express precept, spective authors, on applying for them at or approved example, to warrant the ad. our office.

ministration of baptism, &c. Apply the On the subject of the second Prize Essay, same pripciple to what regards the order which regarded “ the order of public wor of the house of God, the office-bearers in ship observed in the apostolic churches" the church of Christ-the observance of the we have received only one solitary Essay Lord's supper, &c.--and then what becomes the signature of which is “ Constant of express precept or primitive example :Reader," — Fifeshire. This correspondent, they have as little ear to give to these things, consequently walks over the course. His as either the churchman, or the pædo-baptist paper is not iodeed equal to our wishes; on dissenter! Or we might reverse the matter which account, we are not quite deter. and take it in this way. Their uniform mined about printing it; but he is, never practice is, to have one pastor in a church, theless, fully entitled to the prize, and be and to administer the ordinance of the will have the kindness to inform us what Lord's supper monthly. But let a prebooks to send him, and by what conveyance. mium be offered for an Essay in defence of

The fate of the third Essay is singular the contrary practices, viz. a plurality of enough. The competitors are about half pastors and weekly communion, and lo! a dozen in number, but not one of the writers these same ministers can defend them pro has comprehended the question, and conse- aris et focis; in short, they can defend quently their disquisitions have no relation either side of the question, just as their to it whatever. These writers have all worldly interest dictates !!! taken up the subject of consistency of cha- The hints now given may suffice for the facter, as referring to moral purity or holi- present purpose, which is to shew how com. ness of life, a thing, doubtless of great im- pletely the question has been mistaken, A portance in itself, but it is not that to reflecting mind will be at no loss to per which the Essay relates, as must be obvious ceive how easy it would be to extend the to such as attentively consider the latter application of these remarks to many other clause of the proposition, viz. “ The evil things connected with Christian churches influence resulting to inquirers after truth, to the practice of free communion and many from persoos vested with the ministerial other flagrant abuses that have sprung up office, acting inconsistently with their ac- amongst us. knowledged principles," &c. Now to ex- ! We shall renew our offer of the premium plain a little more particularly what is in for this Essay for three months longer, and tended : let us suppose a minister to hold it shall feel truly obliged to some of our able as a first principle, that Christ's kingdom is correspondents who will take it up, as now not of this world, and yet to plead for na. explained, and do justice to the subject. YOL, VIII.

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