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darkness, by the very means which mit a naine of so much celebrity, with those powers adopted to defeat him in all its due honour, to a distant postethe moment when the celestial gloryrity. The parsonage house, where, that surrounded him during his minis- in studious and dignified retirement, try, and life itself, were withdrawing he has so long resided, is a commoditheir last rays from our horizon, to ous dwelling, and contains one noble cause the dawn of an immortal day to room, built by himself, richly furthe long-benighted race of man.

nished, with an extensive and valuable library, in which a fine collection of

all the great works in the department Dr. Pabr.-Extract from Mr. Fields of verbal criticism, classical literature

Historical and Descriptive Ac- and theology, hold a pre-eminent stacount of the Town and Castle of tion. Warwick, and of the neighbouring “ At a small distance from the parTowns and Villages within the Cire sonage house is the pleasing village cuit of Ten Miles.—Pp. 364, &c. church, in which this very learned

, highly distinguished as the the attentive regularity, and all the chosen residence, for so many past solicitous care of the most exemplary years, of one of the greatest scholars parish priest. The interior is embeland most enlightened men of the

lished, chiefly by his taste and liber,

present age. It is hardly necessary to ality, with every suitable decoration, subjoin the name of the Rev. Dr. Parr, especially in the beautiful painted of whom it still remains to be regretted, glass with which the windows are

adorned. Of the numerous montithat no literary work has yet pro- mental inscriptions suspended round ceeded from his pen * worthy to trans

the walls, several are proved by their *“ Yet the following, it must be production of his pen; and of these,

classical purity and elegance to be the gratefully ackuowledged, is no scanty list three are consecrated to the memory of works, with which the learned Doctor of the members of his own family, all has already favoured the public. A Sermon on Education, preached at Norwich. of whom it is his melancholy fate to A Sermon called Phileleutheros Norfolci- survive." ensis, which the writer is said to consider as his best composition. A second and tains, amidst much valuable instruction, much larger Discourse on Education, with on many interesting and important subcopious notes. These were published jects, a masterly discussion of a question during his residence at Norwich.

in which the justice, the policy and the “ Since his residence at Halton, he has humanity of this country are equally and published a Spital Sermon, which, with the highly concerned, viz. the state of its notes, would form a common 8vo. volume. criminal code. A Fast Sermon. A Letter from Irenopolis “In the Monthly Reriew and British to the inhabitants of Eleutheropolis. A Leto Critic, are also several articles from his ter to a neighbouring clergyman, in which pen. But he is indebted for much of his a variety of topics, literary and political are literary fame to his great skill in writing discussed. A yet larger work, addressed Latiu and English ioscriptions : of which to a Co-Editor, in which he vindicates his the number already amounts to thirty; honour from unjust aspersion, and deli- and among which, three-to the memory vers his opinion upon many interesting of Mr. Gibbon, Dr. Johnson and Sir John topics of literature and criticism. Tracts Moore, are highly distinguished; and two of Warburton and a Warburtonian, of -to the memory of Mr. Burke and Mr. which the preface and dedication abound Fox,-are said to be written with great with proofs of his erudition, taste and effort, but have not seen the light. His wit ; and of which the composition has manuscript sermons aud discussions upon been much admired. A Latin preface to many points of literature and metaphysome learned tracts of Bellendenus. sies, are known to his friends to be nuCharacters of Charles James Fox, 2 vols. merous; but he seems to have a peculiar 8vo., of which the first volume closes and almost iuvincible dislike to publicawith a portrait of that greatest of modern tion, and there is, uvhappily, a rumour statesmen, pleasingly and powerfully de. that all his manuscripts are ordered to be lineated by the Editor himself; and the destroyed, after his decease." second, consisting wholly of notes, con.

Appeal in behalf of Manchester College, York.

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Sir,

July 19, 1823.

very praiseworthy, but I also think

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Examinations held in Manches- and has an unfortunate effect. Giving ter College, York, I was, in common money, like every other act, may bewith every visitor, highly gratified with come a habit, and the more it is exer. the whole of the late examination, and cised the less irksome in general it the social meetings of the friends of the will become; we have a striking proof College held after each day's labour. in confirmation of this position in the It is much to be regretted that.a more continual collections made by the numerous assemblage of the friends and Methodists. When it is considered supporters of the College do not at- that numerous congregations in our tend these interesting periodical meet- connexion are now profiting by the ings. It would, doubtless, be pleasing ministry of York Students, and each to the Tutors to have more witnesses in its turn must look to the College of the success attending their indefa- for a supply, I cannot for a moment tigable labours; and the expectation believe that offence could be taken by of having to exhibit their attainments any, person, if the minister of every before a more numerous assembly Unitarian congregation in the kingwould stimulate the students to greater dom were to give notice of his intenexertions. I may also safely assert, tion to preach an annual sermon, and that every subscriber who has the make an annual collection, for the bepower to attend and yet refrains, de- nefit of the York College. It is true, prives himself of a rational and satis- that our more opulent brethren have factory enjoyment.

it in their power, and do essentially I recollect only one subject of regret assist the College, by regular annual at our late meeting, and that was the subscriptions paid to the deputy treaannouncement by our worthy Trea- surers; but what a number of respecsurer of a deficiency in the funds of table tradesmen and others there are the College for the present year, which to whom it would be inconvenient fall short of the expenditure upwards to be called upon as regular subscri of £200. In consequence of this de-. bers, and yet would willingly give their falcation, four new candidates for ad- shilling or half crown, as they could mission on the Foundation in the en- afford it, at a chapel collection, and suing Session, can only be admitted which, I am persuaded, would, in the on condition of their accepting half aggregate, amount to a very considethe usual exhibition. A resolution was rable sum annually! When we consialso passed, that in future only one der the progress divine truth, as we student should be admitted on the believe it was preached by Jesus and Foundation for two that went out, his apostles, is now making at home, until the number was reduced to and the boundless field opening for twelve, unless such addition was made Unitarian missions in the East, it is to the income, in the mean time, as our paramount duty to use every enshould render this measure unneces- deavour to enable the College to supsary. I hope and trust, for the credit port double the present number of of the Unitarian cause, that we shall students on the Foundation, rather than never feel a necessity for acting upon be under the necessity of excluding this resolution. Surely, it can only be one well-qualified candidate. Hoping needful to proclaim the want, and the to see this important subject advocated funds will be forthcoming. There is by those possessing far more influence one source of income which has al- than myself, I remain, &c. ways appeared to me peculiarly appro

B. priate to the support of the College, and of which very little advantage is

Sir,

July 7, 1823. taken. I allude to stated congrega. A C.351) after the Rev.Johu Holt

, tional collections. In the Report read, it appeared that only three of these (not Hope,) will find (VIII. 576) that collections had been made since Au. he was educated at Glasgow : his gust last. I know that many of our tombstone, in Warrington chapel-yard, ministers feel a delicacy about pro- will probably supply his age, from posing collections to their flocks, and which a tolerable conjecture may be

am aware that the motive inay be formed of the time when he went to

College ; and a reference to the Col- tions cannot be learned. The most lege-records will probably furnish the likely person, now living, to give any exact date. The probate of his Will additional information concerning him, (p. 577) may easily be found at the is Mrs. Barbauld; who lived at War: proper ecclesiastical court, from which, rington during the whole period of indeed, it seems the names of his rela. Mr. Holt's residence there. V. F.

POETRY

Mr. Bowring's Matins and Vespers.[A delightful little volume of devotional poetry has been just published by Mr. Bowring under the above title. Our readers may remember some of them which the author liberally communicated to one of our former volumes. We thank him for giving them to the public, being persuaded that they will cherish the spirit of pure and rational piety in every reader. They display equally the imagination of the poet and the feeling of the Christian. "No manual of devotion is better fitted to lie beside the Bible in the closet where prayer is wont to be made to Him that seeth in secret.]

SUNDAY EVENING.

“ Let not your hearts be troubled, but confide
In me, as ye confide in God; I go
A mansion for my followers to provide ;
My Father's heavenly dwelling is supplied
With many mansions; I had told ye so,
Were there not room ;

I hasten to prepare
Your seats,--and soon will come again, and say,
Be welcome :-where your Lord inhabits, there,
There should his followers be; ye know the way-
I am the way, the truth, the life.”_'Twas thus
The Saviour spoke-and in that blessed road,
What flow'rets grow, what sun-beams shine on us,
All glowing with the brightness of our God !
Heaven seems to open round, the earth is still,
As if to sanctify us for the skies ;
All tending to the realms where blessing lies,
And joy and gladness, up the eternal hili.
As the heaven-guided prophet, when his eyes
Str ch'd wearied o'er the peaceful promised land,
Even as he stood on Canaan's shores, we stand.

O night! how beautiful thy golden dress,
On which so many stars like gems are strew'd;
So mild and modest in thy loveliness,
So bright, so glorious in thy solitude.
The soul soars upwards on its holy wings,
Thro' thy vast ocean-paths of light sublime,
Visits a thousand yet unravelled things;
And, if its memories look to earthly time
And earthly interests, 'tis as in a dream-
For earth and earthly things but shadows seem ;
While heaven is substance, and eternity.
This is Thy temple, Lord ! 'tis worthy Thee,
And in it thou hast many a lamp suspended,
That dazzles not, but lights resplendently;
And there Thy court is—there Thy court, attended
By myriad, myriad messengers—the song,
Of countless and melodious harps is heard,

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Poetry-Mr. Bowring's " Matins and Vespers."
Sweeter than rill, or stream, or vernal bird,
The dark and melancholy woods among.
And golden worlds in that wide temple glow,
And roll in brightness, in their orbits vast;
And there the future mingles with the past,
An unbeginning, an unending now.

Death? they may call thee what they will, but thou
Art lovely in my eyes-thy thoughts to me
No terror bring; but silence and repose,
And pleasing dreams, and soft serenity.
Thou wear’st a wreath where many a wild flower blows ;
And breezes of the south play round thy throne ;
And thou art visited by the calm bright moon;
And the gay spring her emerald mantle throws
Over thy bosom ; every year renew3
Thy grassy turf, while man beneath it sleeps ;
Evening still bathes it with its gentle dews,
Which every morn day's glorious monarch sweeps
With his gay smile away :--and so we lie,
Gathered in the storehouse of mortality.
That storehouse overflows with heavenly seed;
And, planted by th? Eternal Husbandman,
Watered and watched, it shall hereafter breed
A progeny of strength, no numbers can
Or reach or reckon. It shall people heaven;
Fill up the thrones of angels :-it shall found
A kingdom, knowing nor decay nor bound,
Built on the base by gospel promise given.

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Come forth in thy purple robes again,

Thou brightest star of heaven! Another day the Guardian of men

Has to His children given.
Receive the gift with gratitude :

My soul! to thy Maker ascend,
And bear thy songs to the Source of good,

To thy Father and thy Friend.
Bring Him thy morning tribute meet,

Devotion's offering ;
How privileged to hold communion sweet

With thine and creation's King !
I look around,

,-a thousand things
Enjoy the sunny beam:
And Nature her million voices brings

To form an anthem to Him.
O join the songs of the air, the grove,

And the chorus of the sea;
For, hark! the spirits of light above

Re-echo the harmony.
And see ! ten thousand angels smile

Thro' the firmament's golden doors;
And from silver clouds, heaven's hand the while

Scatters our path with flowers.
The senses indeed must be dark and dull,

That in nature no charms can see;
For beauty's self is more beautiful

To the eye of piety.

And deaf indeed is the clay-cold ear,

That no sounds of music greet;
Tho'nought as the music of praise and prayer

Is half so exquisite.
And why should man a distant bliss

So eagerly, fondly chase,
While the holy joys of a world like this

Invite his present embrace ?
Are the unknown beings of yonder zone

More privileged than we?
Does a shorter year, or a brighter sun

Imply felicity?
They may wander perchance in groves of palm,

And dwell in palaces bright;
They may breathe an air as sweet as balm,

And be clad in robes of light:
Yet there, as here, the fatal grave

Will o'er their possessions close;
And the more they enjoy, the more they have,

The more they are destined to lose.
O let our portion content us there,

The portion which God has given;
For man is the fair earth's denizen,

And the heritor of heaven.
Above him are gorgeous, golden clouds,

That roll in glory afar ;
And the night, which its bosom in darkness shrouds,

Is sprinkled with many a star.
And brighter and fairer than star or sun

Is the light that beams from on high,
A light which conducts its pilgrims on

To the shrine of eternal joy :
And thither our towering thoughts shall soar,

And there the tired spirit shall rest;
While hope bursts open the heavenly door

Of the mansions of the blest.

LINES
Written in a Lauy's Album, on her leaving England.

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