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who, by being at Ryde in the course erected, after his having, for near of bu iness, some years since, was two years, preached at a house in struck with the necessity of preach- the neighbourhood with encouraga ing the gospel there; and who has ing success. Mr Wilson preached generously contributed to the keep- froin Exod. xx. 24. ing up of public worship, and to. wards the building of the place.
Dec. 12, was opened the New Commendations are likewise due to
Independent Chapel (called Bethel) the generous and active exertions of
at Leed's, In the morning, Mr. J. Kirkpatrick, Esq., of Newport.
Rayson, of Wakefield, preached
from Is. Ivi. 7. In the afternoon, Dec. 11, in the afternoon, was Mr. Bennett (pastor of the church) opened a small chapel at Wistan- preached from Zech. vi. 13. la wigg, about four miles froin Mars, the evening, Mr. Parsons, of Leeds, ket Drayton, by the Rev. John delivered a third discourse, froin Wilson, minister of the Calvinistic Phil. i 18. lat. cl.' The congregachapel at that town; at whose sole tions throughout the day were nu, expence the above chapel was merous and attentive,
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THE WORDS AND MUSIC BY W. BARRE,
Arise, O Lord, and help on Thee My own dear child when dangers nearg To cast my ev'ry care ;
Runs to my arms to hide ; T' embrace the call, “ Come ye to me,
And when it's little wants appear, " And I'll your burthens bear."
Cries, “Father will provide."
Will vanish from my breast ;
And I regain my rest.
On rralling the Motto on the late ve. For the Missionary Meetings. nerable countess Doraz o of Hun. LORD, in thy churches now appear,
ting don's Arms, And animate thy saints with zeal; With great success oi'r prospects cheer! “IN VERITATE VICTORIA, May we thy presence with us fiel!
ETERNAL Truth, thou shalt prevail Since thou hast rescued us foon Death,
O'er all the Eriors that assail,
Feeble their efforts--weak their friends
Destruction all their plan attends,
And shame upon then draws.
What fierce assaults hast thou repelled, Now let thy pow'r with us be found ! Though with all firmness thou hast held Tho' dark and gloon.y clouds arije,
Thy scytre and thy throne: And efforts oft abortive prove,
Tho'carth and Hell against thee join, Now Jesus shine, and clear our skies;
Envy, and pow'r, and craft combine,
Truth shall its foes cast down. Fill ev'ry heart with hope and love !. Into thy vineyard many send,
Just as the sun with pow'rful light And light, and zea!, and grace supply ; Dispels the darkness of the night, Be thou their guide, iheir God, their friend! And mists and shadows tee; In danger and distress be nigh!
Just so shall Truth in grandeur rise, Bless those who now in distant lands
Errors disperse, and make us wise ;
From darkness set us free! Are preaching Christ, as all in all! Put forth thy pow'r,-- break Satan's bands, O Truth divine, we hail thy beams!
Crown with success the Gospel call ! Which dissipate the fatal schemes O let the seed which may be sow),
Of superstitious rites : Se water'd with the Spirit's pw'r ! Thy cherring iniluence wide extend May Christ ihr'ev'ry cime be know, Froin seas tu earth's remotest end, And blessings on the heathen show'r!
I hy blessings praise excites !
Few persons, in any age of Christianity, have been equally eminent for Evangelical devotion, and for literary genius and taste. Religious people may, indeed, in general, be regarded as better informed, because more accustomed to read, than others in the classes of life to which they chiefly belong : but while an earnest desire of religious knowledge usually renders the pious peasant, or mechanic, superior to his worldly neighbours, it seldom pervades the circles of the polite; and when it does, is likely to render them less ardent in the pursuit of literary excellence, by fixing their principal attention on objects of ir. finitely greater importance. The very remarkable subject of this memoir, inight, at the first view, be deemed a striking exception to this rule; yet it may reasonably be doubted, whether, if a sovereign dispensation of the providence of God, had not incapacitated him for the sublimer enjoyments of devotion, he would ever have attained to the summit of poetical fame. His life, on the whole, has become an object of great curiosity to all who possess a relish for literature and humanity; but to the religious mind, especially if in some measure endowed with a similar taste, the enquiry is singularly interesting. We should therefore, gladly have gratified our readers with an earlier Memoir of Mr. Cowper: but, as a full and authentic account of his life, under the sanction of his relatives and intimate friends, was earnestly expected, motives of respect for their inclinations, induced us to wait for its appearance. We can cordially recommend Mr. Hayley's elegant performance to the attention of all whose circumstances enable them to purchase it, as a faithful and satisfactory delineation of his adinired friend and Jiterary associate. The judicious selection he has made from Mr. Cowper's confidential correspondence, comprizing the substance or extracts of nearly 300 letters, exhibits his character in an amiable and instructive point of view. His work includes