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On the Changes effected by Time.
All nature's works are food for Time,
Whose beauty poets praise;
With its own fires shall blaze!
Which all things must obey-
And worlds shall waste away!
(From the Morning Chronicle.)
Genoa "the proud," thy pride is humbled now,
Must smooth its burning frown beneath the rod,
Smile when he smiles, and bless the auspicious hour,
A tyrant or a slave ;-the one to those,
Would that the hour were come, as come it must,
Shall, with one mighty effort, raise on high
Blushing to think what slaves they were before,
HYMN FOR EASTER.*
Lift your loud voices in triumph on high,
Vain were the terrors that gather'd around him,
And short the dominion of death and the grave;
Glory to God, in full anthems of joy;
Sad were the life we must part with to-morrow,
If tears were our birth-right, and death were our end;
Lift then your voices in triumph on high,
"Sound the loud timbrel o'er Egypt's dark sea,
The above is extracted from the Christian Disciple, No. I. Vol. I. p. 38. Some of the readers of the Monthly Repository may be acquainted with an animated air and chorus in the collection of "Sacred Melodies," (of which Moore and Sir J. Stevenson are Editors,) adapted to a triumphant song on the overthrow of the Egyptians :
The above lines, to the same tune, are more suitable to Christian worship, and particularly adapted to Easter Day.
The mortal remains of
Who lived and died an illustration of
Hence Superstition! hence thy train,
Who rests in this unhallowed earth!
She glowed with mental energy;
From stain or imputation free.
Her heart was kindled to rejoice
As conscious of his cheering voice.
Repose, where'er that spot is found,
Be sure thou tread'st on holy ground.
Presbyterian Academy, Carmarthen.
THE Triennial Visitation of this Academy was held in the beginning of July. The Visitors appointed by the Presbyterian Board were the Rev. Dr. Rees (the Secretary), the Rev. R. Aspland, and James Esdaile, Esq. (the Treasurer). The following Report is from the Carmarthen Journal of Friday, July 4:
"On Wednesday and Thursday, the Annual Meeting connected with the Presbyterian College in this town, was held at Lammas-Street Chapel, on Wednesday evening. The Meeting commenced by singing and prayer, by the Rev. W. H. Lewis, of Glastonbury, and the Rev. Mr. Bulmer, of Haverfordwest, and the Rev. Mr. Williams, of Llanwrtyd, preached from 1 Kings xix. 19-21, and 1 Cor. ii. 2; the former in English, and the latter in Welsh. On Thursday morning, at 7, the Rev. Mr. Davies, Cardigan, prayed; and the Rev. Messrs. Griffiths, Alltwen, and James, of Cardiff, preached from Luke x. 2, and Psalm cxix. 114; both in Welsh. At ten o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Davis, of Evesham, prayed; and the Rev. A. Rees, LL.D., [D. D.] from London, and the Rev. Mr. Jones, of Llannwchllyn, preached from John xv. 17, and Psalm cxvi. 12-14; the former in English, and the latter in Welsh. At three o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Aspland, of London, preach
ed in English, and the Rev. Mr. Jones, of Denbigh, in Welsh, from Psa. cxxxix. 7-9, and Ezek. xvi. 19, 20. This morning, the Triennial Examination of the Students took place before the Rev. Dr. Rees, the Rev. Mr. Aspland, &c. &c. &c. (which is to continue this day and tomorrow), and we have reason to expect that, from the strict attention paid by the Students of the College to their studies, the Deputation from the Board will be highly gratified with the great improvement they have made since their last visit."
At the close of the Examination on Saturday, both Dr. Rees and Mr. Aspland addressed the Students at some length, expressing, upon the whole, much satisfaction in the progress of their studies. There are twelve Students upon the Foundation. The Tutors are the Rev. Mr. Peter, and the Rev. D. Jones. On the following Sunday Dr. Rees preached for Mr. Peter in the morning, (Mr. Aspland conducting the devotional service,) and in the evening Mr. Aspland preached at the Unitarian Chapel for Mr. Evans.
Quarterly Meeting of Presbyterian
On the 23rd of July a Quarterly Meeting of Ministers of the Presbyterian de nomination was holden at Llwyn-rhydowen, Cardiganshire. On the afternoon
next Quarterly Meeting of the Unitarian Ministers is to be held at Blaengwrach, Glamorganshire, the Rev. John Davies, of Capel-y-Groes, to preach.
of the preceding day, the Rev. Thomas
August 12, 1823.
Unitarian Chapel, Edinburgh.
THIS building is nearly completed. It is to be opened on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Rev. W. J. Fox, of London, is to preach on the occasion, morning and evening.
Unitarian Congregation, Ilminster,
WE are requested to state that this congregation will be vacant after the 28th of September, by the resignation of the Rev. T. Bowen.
Mr. FRANCIS KNOWLES, of Park Lane, Ashton, near Wigan, proposes to publish by subscription, in Numbers, (probably 16, to form an 8vo. volume,) once a fortnight, price 6d., The Test of Truth; or, the United Evidence of the Sacred Scriptures respecting the True Object of Religious Worship, and the Condition of Acceptance; in the Language of the Scriptures; including the Evidence of the Scriptures on the Person, &c. of Jesus Christ.
Unitarian Society in South Wales.
THE Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Society in South Wales was held at Capely-groes, Cardiganshire, on the 26th of last June, at which the Rev. J. James, of Gelli-Onnen, preached. The Rev. John Jones, of Bridgend, and the Rev. Thomas Davies, of Coed-y-Cymmar, preached on the preceding afternoon at Ystrad, a place connected with Capel-y-Groes. On the 26th, after service at Capel-y-Groes, the question," Whether Christ's Judging the World be a proof of his proper Deity," was discussed, and after that the business of the Society was transacted. Its next meeting was appointed to be held at Aberdår, Glamorganshire, and the Rev. John Thomas, of Pant-y-defaid, Cardiganshire, to preach on the occasion. The
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MISCELLANEOUS. Presbyterian Synod of Munster.
ON Wednesday, the 2d instant, the Synod of Munster held its Annual Meeting at Bandon. The business of the day
was preceded by divine service, which was introduced by the Rev. Joseph Hutton, one of the ministers of Eustace Street, Dublin, and a sermon suitable to the occasion, was preached by the Rev. James Armstrong, one of the ministers of Strand Street, Dublin, from these words:-" I exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 3. After which, the Rev. William J. Hort, of Cork, was elected Moderator for the ensuing year, and the ministers and elders proceeded to give a detailed account of the state of their respective congrega. tions.
The Synod, together with a number of the members of the Cork and Bandon congregation, dined together at Williams's Inn. In the course of the evening much social enjoyment, mingled with enlarged Christian feeling and liberality of sentiment was evinced.
The following were among the toasts given from the chair :
"The Duke of York and the Royal Family."
"The Lord Lieutenant and prosperity to Ireland."
"The Presbyterian Church of Ireland."
"Our Brethren of the Established Church."
"Our Fellow-Christians of every Denomination."
"May all our fellow-subjects, how much soever they may differ in their sentiments and modes of worship, find at length, How good and pleasant a thing it is to dwell together in unity and love.'"
"Religious zeal, without sectarian bigotry."
"The Archbishop of Cashel. May his truly Christian principles be universally adopted."
"Civil Liberty without popular licentiousness."
"The 12th of August; the birth-day of our beloved and patriotic Sovereign; the day also memorable for his arrival among his people of Ireland."
"Civil and Religious Liberty, declared by His Majesty to be the birth-right of his people."
The next meeting was appointed to be held in Dublin, the first Wednesday in July, 1824.
[Cork Southern Reporter.]
See his Grace's reply to the address of the Presbyterians of Cork. [Mon. Repos. XVIII. 228.]
The "National" (as it is strangely called) "Society for Education" have obtained the King's Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, authorizing a collection throughout England and Wales in behalf of their funds. The letter has been read in the churches, and application made in consequence from house to house throughout the parishes. The measure is too sectarian to be fully successful. What Dissenter can consistently contribute to a system of education which, though falsely called National, excludes the children of Dissenters, a very large part of the population? On a note being sent by the churchwardens to the present writer, he returned his compliments with an answer, that he subscribed only to "Schools for all."
THE injudicious prosecution of Mr. John Ambrose Williams, editor of the Durham Chronicle, for an alleged libel on the Durham clergy, has at last been adjourned sine die.-Monthly Mag.
Evidence of an Unbeliever rejected.On a late occasion, when an information was laid before the magistrates at Bow Street against a bookseller for literary piracy, Wm. Dugdale, formerly known as the "Radical Quaker," appeared as a witness in support of the information, when the following examination took place:
"Mr. COOPER (the Counsel for the Defendant) begged to put a few questions to this witness, previous to his being sworn; and he did so as follows:-As you are about to be sworn on the holy Evangelists, I wish to ask whether you believe in them?-Witness hesitated, and at last said, he did not think it a fair question. The Magistrate decided that it was a very proper one; and the witness said, if it was put again, he would endeavour to answer it.-Mr. COOPER. Do you believe in the revelation promulgated in the Evangelists ?-Certainly not
altogether.-Mr. COOPER. Do you believe, by your having kissed that book, you incur a greater punishment for speaking falsely, than you otherwise would have done? Witness. I should have no fear of any punishment but such as the law provides for perjury. My kissing that book would not influence me in either way, as to whether I should speak truly or falsely; but I will speak the truth for my character's sake.-Mr. COOPER Submitted that the evidence of this witness could not be received after the declaration he had made; and the Magistrate coinciding, Mr. CLARKE (Attorney for the Prosecution) said he did