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Poetry.-On the Doctrine of a Particular Providence. 665 any earthly inconvenience that may now The “Appendix,” containing, a accompany the avowal of truth, would statement and vindication of Unitarian make shipwreck of good conscience, Christian doctrine, is excellent, and and would see the cause of truth injured with a very few and slight alterations by his desertion. If those who have would form a most suitable tract fór given their very lives for the truth, could distribution by our Book-Societies. uot hare excused themselves, had they The following explanation of a little saved even their lives at the expense of truth, how and where shall those stand, peculiarity of opinion in the Unitarian who, at the expense of truth, have pur- Church at Dundee, will interest the chased hut some paltry convenience, which reader. truth might now require them to forfeit? Any view of the death of Jesus that You fear the hiss of the serpent, do is consistent with the supremacy of the

What if you had to brave the Father-with the truth, that God the sting of the serpent? What if bigotry Father is the author of our salvation, not only mocked you, but martyred you? that it was his love that sent Jesus to What if the call to come to the standard be the Saviour of men ;-ang view of the of truth-what if that call had come to death of our Lord, consistent with this you when the Author and the Finisher of truth, we consider a Unitarian view of your faith arose proclaiming, He that that great event, whether Christ be retaketh not up his cross to follow me, is garded as the direct, though instrumental uot worthy of me'? What if that call procurer of our forgiveness and our inhad come to you when Hamiltou and mortality, or the indirect procurer of Wishart gave their bodies to be burned these blessings by means of his doctrine. for truth? Or what if that call had This we say, the more especially for this come to you when your Servetus was reason, that several of the congregation bound to the stake of martyrdom, and to which we belong, maintain a view of endured the fiery furnace? Is it pow, the death of Jesus, which, while it avoids when all sit under their fig-tree, none all that would imply that there was any daring to make them afraid ; is it now, change effected upon the Divine mind, when intolerance has lost its sting, and by that event, or that there was any cannot kill ; is it now, when the heretic inconsistency between the Divine perfeccan hold up his head amongst his fellow- tions prior to it, or that God the Father citizens can have his church among his was not strictly and supremely the Aufellow-citizens—and can fearlessly lift up thor of our redemption ; yet, at the same his testimony amongst his fellow-citizens time, regards Jesus as the direct instru-is it now that there would be a pitiful ment of our forgiveness and our immorskulking from the standard of truth-a tality."-Append. p. 21. pitiful mingling with the crosydra pitiful looking on at the tardy progress of truth, dress" to general perusal. No En

We cordially recommend this “ Adwithout the will to co-operate and to help? Scorn the cowardice. Detest the glish bookseller's name is inserted in iniquity, and stand forth and hold fast the title-page; but we doubt not that undismayed, and let not the blood of it may be procured of any of the those who hare been martyred for truth usual venders of Unitarian publicacry out against you."-Pp. 14, 15. tions in London.


On reading some late intricate discussions in the Monthly Repository on the

Doctrine of a Particular Providence.

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Though the fair tree of knowledge show'r
In rich redundance all her store,
And thou hast look'd and look'd again
At all the springs of joy and pain-
Not deeming hear'n itself too high,
To pass before thy searching eye ;-
Yet to thyself, to others spare.
That simple Faith whose fruit is Prayer !
O pause-If 'mid those darker themes,
Where struggling reason scarcely seems
To hold her empire o’er the breast,
And, weary, longs to be at rest-
If there one spirit mourns her lot,
Her light obscur'd, her trust forgot,
O dearly-bought the joy, the pride
Of wisdom, thus to doubt allied :
And better, better far to spare
The simple Faith which causeth Pray'r-
That faith, which, noiseless, meek and mild,
The loftiest minds hath reconcil'd;
That faith which oft in times gone by,
Hath rais'd to heav'n the martyr's eye;
And now, in many an hour, will come,
When the heart mourns its martyrdom,
Feels thy cold hand, suspicion ! rest
On many a kind and faithful breast,
Feels that the power which once allied
Its joys to theirs, must now divide.
Yet gathering sweetness out of pain,
Turns back to heav'n and hope again,
Looks through the passing cloud—and there
Breathes out the rising sigh in Prayer.-
That cheering faith whose glories steal,
O’er all we know, or see, or feel,
The grandeur and the beauty give,
To earth, and make it life to live;
Whose brightest rays are ever shed,
Upon the dying and the dead :
That in the fellowship of love,
Joins saints below and saints above;
That quickens, elevates, makes wise,
Soothes, cheers, supports and sanctifies-
O never, never from thee tear,
This simple Faith, whose fruit is Prayer !

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Aye, there ye shine, and there have shone

In one eternal “hour of prime,” Each rolling, burningly alone,

Through boundless space and countless time : Aye, there ye shine-the golden dews

That pave the realms by seraphs trod ;There through yon echoing vault diffuse

The song of choral worlds to God.


Poetry.-Hymn to the Stars.

Ye visible spirits! bright as erst

Young Eden's birthnight saw ye shine On all her flowers and fountains first,

Yet sparkling from the hand divine ; Yes, bright as then ye smild to catch

The music of a sphere so fair, Ye hold yon bigh immortal watch

And gird your God's pavilion there.

have seen,

Gold frets to dust-yet there ye are ;

Time rots the diamond-there ye roll,
In primal light, as if each star

Enshrin'd an everlasting soul!
And do they not-since yon bright throngs

One All-enlightening Spirit own,
Prais'd there by pure sidereal tongues,

Eternal, glorious, blest and lone ? Could man but see what ye

Unfold awhile the shrouded past, From all that is, to what has been,

The glance how rich, the how vast! The birth of time—the rise, the fall,

Of empires, myriads, ages flown, Thrones, cities, tongues, arts, worships--all

The things whose echoes are not gone. Ye saw rapt Zoroaster send

His soul into your mystic reign : Ye saw the adoring Sabian bend

The living hills his mighty fane ! Beneath his blue and beaming sky

He worship'd at your lofty shrine, And deem'd he saw, with gifted eye,

The Godhead in his works divine.


And there ye shine, as if to mock

The children of a mortal sire :
The storm, the bolt, the earthquake's shock,

The red volcano's cataract fire,
Drought, famine, plague, and food and flame,

All Nature's ills, (and Life's worse woes,)
Are nought to you-ye smile the same,

And scorn alike their dawn and close.

Aye, there ye roll-emblems sublime

Of Him whose Spirit o'er us moves, Beyond the clouds of grief and crime,

Still shining on the world he loves ;Nor is one scene to mortals given

That more divides the soul and sod, Than yon proud heraldry of heaven

Yon burning blazonry of God!




Nov. 19, 1823. “This very valuable man was yesterday Believing the following Oration over buried in the Quakers' burying-ground in the grave of my late excellent friend and Lisbury. His remains were followed to correspondent, JOHN HANCOCK, of Lise the tomb by a large concourse of people burn, who died there Sept. 24th last, of all denominations. The most respecwhich was inserted in the “ Irishman' table inhabitants of Lisburn and its viciof Oct. 3, a weekly paper published at nity assembled to pay their last respect Belfast, to be a just tribute to his ine- to a fellow-townsmair, whose solid and mory, though delivered by a person of substantial qualities they had long advery different theological sentiments to mired. The poor, with the sincerity those of the deceased, I send it for in- which generally cliaracterizes them, folsertion in your valuablc Journal. I sub- lowed the remains of their friend and join a brief extract from a letter addressed protector. They called to their recollecby him to one of his sons, descriptive of tion those sad and calamitous days when the calm and consolatory state of his vobody almost was to be found at the mind, in a reliance on the Divine good. bed-side of the dying victim to the typhus ness and mercy, when contemplating the fever but the inestimable individual whose near approach of his decease :

loss they had then to lament. Protes“ I am not,” says he to his son, “av- tants, Presbyterians and Catholics, felt it noyed by persons who choose to envelop a duty they owed to this inflexible adrothemselves in the thick mist of supersti. cate of public justice, to pay him the last tion, nor by those who please their fan- sad honours of the grave. When the cies by the meteoric coruscations of ultra body had arrived at its destined abode, scepticism. I have settled my creed Dr. TENNENT, one of the most intimate remote from both extremes, but accord- and confidential friends of the deceased, ing to Jeremy Taylor's apologue on addressed the surrounding multitude in toleration, as modernized by Dr. Frank- the following pathetic terms--a true and lin, that since the great Power of the honest tribute to the worth of the deuniverse bears with all varieties, why parted, and a record full of value to the should not I bear with them for my surviror : short hour? It is a great comfort to So We are assembled here to perform me in the present season of sickness and the last solemn duty of affection and debility, that I have carefully settled my respect to our deparied friend. Before creed in health. I am free from the committing his body for a season to its gloom of superstition, and the equally kindred dust, it may be profitable to take gloomy notion of annihilation. I specu- a short review of the tenor of his active late not on the mode or manner of a and useful life, and observe some things future state, till death shall remove the which may be calculated to impress a veil, and I receive additional senses." desire on the living to go and do like

May you and I, with all that are niost wise. And here I must express regret dear to us, when that inevitable, but that my acquaintance with John Hancock wisely-ordained hour approaches which can only be considered recent, hardly yet is destined to precede the entrance into extending to twenty years; but from the the unseen world of life and immortality, beginning, that acquaintauce immediately be favoured with equal serenity and ripened into friendship, which no accisoundness of mind, however differently dent ever disturbed, and which continued each may be situated as to the present perfect and uninterrupted until the last reputed extremes of orthodoxy and scep- moment of his life. Although belonging ticism, somewhere between which, ļ to a meritorious sect, and brought up in have no doubt, the happy medium of that strict discipline for which the memgenuine and scriptural Christianity lies, bers of it are distinguished, I understand in which “ the wayfaring man, though a that he early began to think for himself fool," we are assured, “ shall not err," on that most important of all subjects and which the honest, earnest and fear. Religion : and when his views did not less inquirer, who values truth above all square with theirs, he conscientiously things, cannot fatally mistake, inasmuch separated from their society. It may be as his errors, whatever they may be, will observed on this part of his conduct, that be decided on by an all-wise, merciful, if he did not believe some things which benevolent and indulgent Judge and Fas many good men consider essential, it may ther of all,

justly be ascribed to a fear lest so much THOMAS FOSTER. reliance might be placed on believing as

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to weaken the attention to that purity ences of opinion, or oppositions arising of conduct and universal benevolence for from misapprehension, well knowing that which he himself was always so remark- with such sacrifices as these God is well able: and I think this construction is fairly pleased. He was a man fitted to bear a borne out by the whole of his after-life part in a better state of society than the Who like him so constant iu visiting the present; but such a man as Providence widows and fatherless in their affliction ? sometimes vouchsafes to mankind to Who so attentive to the wants of the cheer them under the gloomy aspect of sick and destitute, to relieve the poor, human affairs, and to excite others to a aud plead the cause of the oppressed ? persevering philanthropy, iudependently And who so unwearied in following the of every worldly hope or expectation. In example of him who went about doing 00 country could such an example be good'? If any such, I trust their hearts more useful than in Ireland, and in none will be found right before God, and that could the loss of such a one be felt more any involuntary error of their heads will severely. Here, where integrity is assailed lie' lightly ou them, John Hancock had with so many temptations, and where no formal creed, religious or political, systematic delusions are practised to acbut the fervent aspiration of his heart complish the overthrow of public virtue, was, “ Glory to God in the highest, on we would need to fix our eyes steadily carth peace, and good-will towards nien.' on one who has stood firm all his days, This lie thought could never be attained and who, having finished his course with without freedom that freedom which honour, may now safely be contemplated becomes meu possessing reason, and de- as an objeci for imitation by all who love sirous of happiness; who should not only their country and mankind. He was a be free to secure that happiness, but man whom all may imitate; plain, direct, encouraged and directed by freely-chosen right-forward in all his pursuits; he had collective wisdom in the pursuit of it. but one object in view the advancement This made him the ardent and zealous of human happiness, and from this no advocate of liberty, the uncompromising consideration of difficulty, or danger, or enemy of corruption in the State or in obloquy, of personal labour or personal the Church, and of all tyranny or assumed sacrifice, could ever induce him to swerve. power in either, inconsistent with the Every one may not possess his talents, perfect exercise of individual exertion to but every one may possess his integrity; procure a man's own good, and that of and every one may propose to himself the the society of which he is a member. same laudable end in all his actions, and Our late friend was a Refortner indeed: follow it during life with the same conafter securing civil and religious liberty stancy, and at its close rest from his on sure foundations, he would have rea labours with the same humble consciousform brought home to a man's own ness of having endeavoured, to the best bosom, and cousidered liberty, however of his power, to do that which it was his precious in itself, as little better than duty to do.' It is at this awful period liccntiousness, uuless founded upon vir- that the value of a man's life can be truly tuous conduct; he considered the victory appreciated; no delusive plea can be ada not to be yet won nor the prize gained, vanced now; no fattery can now cover unless the heart, the temper and the delinquency or assuage the sorrows of affections were reformed also. This is regret ; 'but, the righteous shall enter what distinguished his principles; he into peace; they shall rest in their beds, went to the root of the matter, both as each one walking in his uprightness.' to the external system and the internal We do not mean to follow our late laqualifications, by which alone that system mented friend into the privacies of domescan be adranced to perfection ; he would tic life, to scenes of family happiness often have man stand erect in freedom, that witnessed. Here, indeed, he was himself he might successfully cultivate their dis- -here, were centered the choice enjoypositions, which confer upon freedom all ments of his life-here, he reaped the its vaiue. To this end all his efforts were reward of his anxiety and toils for a directed, his writings breathed the same more extended circle and here, he found spirit, and his precepts were powerfully refreshment in the intervals of public exrecommended by his example. Indeed, ertion, and consolation for those disapagreeable to his own doctrine, his life pointments to which the philanthropist was a practical comment on moral and is peculiarly liable. But I must pause, political science. He devoted himself to and not attempt, too rudely, perhaps, to practical utility, aud all his extraordinary penetrate the recesses of domestic life, powers were employed, with an energy or withdraw the veil from the sacredness rarely witnessed, to do good and to com- and delicacy of filial regret and love. munícate good to all within the sphere However, I may emphatically remark, of his activity, without regard to differ that here the tree is knowu by its fruit;

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