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POETRY.

care,

scorn.

To a WIFE,

Yet, pensive, o'er the beauteous scene I

stray, On the Anniversary of her Marriage.

For sad affection points to yonder tomb: See Time, Serena, close our thirtieth year Since, first, the bliss was mine to greet Where sleeps Sarissa, she whose gentle

thee Wife, And breathe the vow, to mem’ry erer dear, Bade on her guests the friendly mansion

smile; With thee to share th' allotted hours of life.

A busband's happy hours who late would

share, Blest hours ! thy love has well essay'd to Or every grief with lenient arts beguile.

fill With sweet content, alone by virtue giv'n, Her's was the charming sympathy of joy, Grateful the good enjoy’d, endur'd the ill, Yet her's full many a piercing pang to Submissive to th' all-just dispose of heav'n.

feel,

As long beside a sister's hapless boy, And now, affection's soothing arts to prove,

She watch'd life's quiv'ring lamp with all O'er age's honour'd couch I see thee bend, a parent's zeal. And sure some fond remembrance of thy love,

E'en where the stranger, sorrow's friendShall with thy sire's departing pray’r as

less child, vend.

O'er pen'ry's gloomy desert rov'd forlorn,

His tale she would inquire, in accents Nor vainly lavish'd thy maternal care,

mild, Tho' fortune lend no more her gladd’ning

Nor dealt the boon with pride's oppressive rays, If virtue, knowledge, health, our offspring share,

Foster'd by heav'n her modest virtues And, baply, theirs to welcome brighter grew, days.

Unlike the themes of flatt'ry's loud ac

claim ; Yet meddling meni'ry, busy o'er the past,

Virtues that time's primeral children knew, Will oft revive a parent's tender woe ; Ere pluni'd ambition wak'd the trump of Such as when, bope still ling'ring to the fame.

last, The truth severe 'twas ours, alas ! to Heroes avaunt! my grief-tun'd lyre shall • know.

praise,

“ The tender sister, daughter, friend and And still the silent sorrow we partake,

wife," Till number'd days expend our tale of Whose geotle passions shed no baneful time.;

rays, Oft as lov'd scenes regretful thoughts But cheer'd the scenes of calm, domestic awake,

life. That widely wander o'er a distant clime. Yet, hail the light from hear'n—the vision Ah, Spring! thy balmy gales, thy blooming

flow'rs, fair,

Suit not the pensive musings of my soul ; That raptur'd seers to human hope dis

Led by sad sympathy to leatless bow'rs, play;

To dreary wilds, where wint'ry tempests Lo! man restor'd-the end of pain and

howl. For all the former things are passid Yet hark! what strains the heav'n-tanght away.

sages sing :
SENILIUS.

Natare! I envy not thy vernal glow;
For when no more thy winter yields to

spring,
ELEGY

With fadeless charms the human flow's Written at Thorpe Hall, Esser, 1794. shall blow. Blithe Spring now leads the jocund hours Nor ill tbe lot of mortals will I deem, of May,

Though, Paradise ! tby plants can be'et Again the bills, the laughing rallies bloom;

be found;

care,

Poetry --An Aspiration. --Evening of an Unimproved Day.-Vale Crucis. 349 That erst, by Tigris' or Euphrates' stream, Say,-could'st thou, fearless, yield thy Bloom'd life unwith'ring o'er the favour'd breath, ground:

And, tranquil, lay thee down in death?

Say,--in that future hour, unknown, Since hope, illumin'd by a ray divine,

When justice shall assume her throne, Can the new Eden's verdant bow'rs ex

Couldst thou affirm, with steady pace, plore : There shall, again, earth's sever'd pilgrims Thy feet have run th' appointed race? join,

O rouse thee yet! while yet from hcav'n To fear, to suffer, and to part no more.

Is lept a day-an hour! FRATERNUS. Thou know'st that not to thee was giv'n

A mind of meanest pow'r.

Spell-bound, in death-like sleep it lies ; An Aspiration.

Awake, command its energies : If 'twere but to retire from woe,

Burst with strong hand the galling chain, To undisturb’d, eternal rest

Nor shrink from salutary pain. How passing sweet to sleep below,

Bow to the rod ;--the tears that start On nature's fair and flow'ry breast ! Fall blest—they fertilize the heart. But when faith's finger points on high Look up to thy Almighty Friend, From death's decaying dismall cell;

His sov'reign aid implore; 0, 'tis a privilege to die

All good, all perfect gifts descend To dream of bliss ineffable ! !

From his benignant pow'r. In balmy sleep our eyes to close,

And may his strength new grace impart; When life's last sunshine gilds our ev'n; Guide in the way of truth thy heart; And then to wake from long repose,

And guard, indulgent to thy pray'r, When dawns the glorious day of heav'n! From weak’ning sorrow, from despair,

A.

From rash presumption, cold delay,

Misleaders of thy early day. The Evening of an Unimproved Day. Now to thy silent couch retire,

And sink in soft repose; Beyond the western bound'ry bright,

And may these thoughts thy breast inThe radiant sun retires ;

spire And fading with the fading light,

When new-born morning glows.
Another day expires.

Nor may thy nobler purpose fail,
Now deep'ning shadows veil the sky, Nor sloth's unhallow'd charms prevail ;
And night and sacred sleep are nigh; Proceed, instructed by the past,
Yet, ere I count the midnight hour,

Each day improving on the last;
Or yield me to the slumb'rous pow'r, And humbly in his presence move,
Let truth's unfalt'ring hand pourtray

Whose pow'r is boundless as his love.
The features of the parted day.
And if in fair proportion just,

The pictur'd form appear;
Thou, conscience! faithful to thy trust,

VALE CRUCIS,
Wilt yield the joy sincere.
If passion's wild distorted mien

Written for The Welsh Songs, by WilDeform the visionary scene;

liam Stanley Roscoe, Esq. If sloth be there, with languid eye, With nerveless hand, with coward sigh;

Vale of the cross, the shepherds tell,

'Tis sweet within thy woods to dwell, 0! faithful still, thy pow'r shall dart

For there are sainted shadows seen Reproof and anguish to my heart.

That frequent haunt thy dewy green ; The hearinly pencil, dipt in flame, In wand'ring winds the dirge is sung,. Unerring takes its way;

The convent bell by spirits rung,
And forms of sorrow and of shame

And matin hymns and vesper pray'r
Its rapid touch obey.

Break softly on the tranquil air.
Lo—thrall’d by sloth, enchantress strong,
Each hour dejected moves along ;

Vale of the cross, the shepherds tell,
No graceful deed to virtue dear,

'Tis sweet within thy woods to dwell, No rows to wisdom paid, appear :

For peace bath there her spotless throne, Life droops, in weak parsuits employ'd; And pleasures to the world unknown; And time is wasted—not enjoy'd.

The murmur of the distant rills,
Thus year by year, in mercy lent,

The sabbatb silence of the hills,
All unimpror'd have past ;

And all the quiet God hath giv'n
What if this day, so vainly spent,

Without the golden gates of hear'a.
Should be decreed thy last ?
VOL. XI.

22

S.

OBITUARY.

On Tuesday the 28th May, at Belvedere Long as the memory of this lamented House, Bath, aged 12 years and 9 months, object of their affection will be cherished Frances, youngest danghter of Mr. Tho- by ber parents and their surviving children, mas Fisher, of Dorchester, a child in they cannot fail to associate with it the, whose ingenuous mind the opening buds of kind and sympathizing attention of those every virtue had promised an abundant to whose care sbe was entrusted, and the source of comfort and enjoyment to her affectionate solicitude, the maternal tenderaffectionate parents and friends. She was ness of ber instructress, which so well comfor the first time absent from the paternal pensated for an own nether's love, will roof, and had been under the tuition of ever claim their warmest gratitude and Mrs. Broadhurst only two months, when, respect. apparently in good health, she experienced an attack of epilepsy, which soon terminated June 14, after a short illness, at her bapty life: tiro days after the first Wingfield Green, near Bradford, aged 67, seizure, unconscious of the presence of her the Rev. David Evans, of Bath, upwards afectionate relatives who surrounded the of forty years Minister to the Society of dying pillow, her pure spirit bade an eternal Unitvian Dissenters at Marshfield, Glouadien to the surrows of mortality, and re- cestershire. A correspondent says, the turned to God who gave it. Her afflicted remembrance of his virtues through life, parents do not-cannot murmur that this and pious resignation in the hour of death, choice blessing is withdrawn from them ; it the only consolation that can be offered is the will of heaven, and they desire calmly to those now mourning his loss. His life to resign her to her God.

was spent in the acquisition of liberal and It is not wished ostentatiously to culogise useful knowledge, and in the cultivation of the memory of so young a person, by de- those strong and vigorous powers of intelscribing the attractions of a peculiarly lcct with which he was endowed. He was a niable disposition, engaging manners, and a firm believer in Christianity, not upon a sweet susceptil ility to all that was en- the authority of creeds and councils, but dearing, viriuons and good, but the recole from an attentive and diligent perusal of lection of tbese interesting characteristics the Sacred Writings. In bim civil and is higbly cousolatory to lier parents. Over religious liberty, and freedom of inquiry, such a tomb sature and affection are al- bave lost one of their most zealous aud enam lowed to weep, and longer would they woep, lightened advocates." Examiner, June 23. but, thanks to the infinite goodness of our gracious God! the sea of rigliteousness We have the melancholy task of inserting arises to dissipate the sepulcbral gloum, among the Deaths of the inonth, that of our and the exulting hope of immortality leads respected friend and valued correspondent, parents, children and friends to anticipate the Rev. JEREMIAH Joyce, of Highgate, the glorious morning of that eternal day Minister of the Unitarian Congregation, which will reunite them in the regions of Hampstead, Secretary of the Unitarian permauent and purer love.

Society, and Author of many useful and An additional consolation would it afford popular Works. He died quite suddenly them, if this instance of sudden removal on Friday evening, the 21st instant. In from the bosom of earthly affection, should the morning of the same day, he had induce any young persons so to regulate written to ns a friendly letter on the subtheir tenpers and habits, so to cultivate ject of the article on Natural T'heology, of a fitness for the future state, as to ensure which he was the author, and which he, their surviving relatives the delightful hope promised to continue, sext month! How of witnessing and enjoying their progressive strikingly is vanity written upon all that is improvement and perfection in another and human! Wo shall hereafter, doubtless, a better world, which is to them the greatest insert a more full account of our lamented possible source of comfort.

friend.

INTELLIGENCE.

DOMESTIC.

usual in Mr. Vidler's Chapel, ParliaRELIGIOUS.

ment Court, Artillery Lane. In the

absence of Mr. Vidler, through ill Unitarian fund.

health, which we lament to say has The Anniversary of this Society was been of long continuance, Mr. Rees beld on Wednesday the 5th instant. officiated in the desk. Mr. B. Goodier, The religious service was carried on as late of the Unitatarian Academy, prayed

were

Intelligence.--Unitarian Fund.--General Baplist Society. 351 and read the Scriptures. Mr. Fox, of and he ably supported his station, Chichester, the preacher-elect, delivered Many admirable sentiments the second prayer. Mr. Broadbent, of brought forward and enlarged upon Warrington, preached the sermon, and by the chairman and other gentlemen. concluded ihe devotional exercises. The meeting was throughout harmoThe sermón contained an able and nious and pleasant. Considerable adenergetic defence of the duty of avowing ditions were announced to the list of and supporting the truth.' It was re- subscribers. Amongst the contribuceived with great interest by the Society, tions we heard with great pleasure of who resolved, with the permission of the sum of £2. “ from a few persons the preacher, which has since been ob- in humble life, at Leeds, who wish tained, to publish it: in a little time, it prosperity to the doctrine of Unitawill come under our notice, in another rianisın." We cannot close this brief part of our work, and therefore we shall account without saying that much of say no more of it at present, than that the agreeableness of the afternoon is it was truly appropriate and will form to be ascribed to the judicious arrangea suitable addition to the valuable dis- ments and the activity of the Stewards. courses by Doctors Toulmin and Carpenter, and Messrs. Lyons, Butcher, General Baptist Society. Kentish and Madge, which the Uni- The Annual Assembly of the Old tarian Fund has already given to the General Baptists was held, as usual, world. The collection at the doors on Whit-Tuesday, June 4th, in the exceeded that of any year except the Meeting-House, Worship Street, Lonlast.

don. The Society proceeded to business The Elders and Representatives of after divine service, Mr. Edward Tay- the churches in connexion with the lor, of Norwich, in the chair. The Assembly, met early for business. At Treasurer's Report was satisfactory. eleven o'clock the public service comThe Report of the Committec was menced. Mr. Evans, of Islington, read by the Secretary-an abstract of read the scriptures and gave out the it shall be given in the next number. hymns; Mr. Treleaven, of DorchesIt was shorter than on most formerter, offered up prayer; and Mr. Saoccasions, the business of the Society muel Dobell, of 'Cranbrook, Kent, being, in a great measure, the same delivered the sermon, and concluded every year, and there being of course the devotional service. The preacher's less novelty in their proceedings. The text was Ephes. iv. 15, 10, “ But Committee express themselves delight- speakiog the truth in love," &c. The ed with the openings of trath in every discourse was delivered with an anidirection, and recommend persevering mation which excited great attention. and increased labours in the great and The auxhority of Jesus Christ as Sugood cause. Mr. Christie was re-cho preme Head of the church was proved sen Treasurer, Mr. Aspland, Secre- by a judicious appeal to the sacred tary: and the following gentlemen scriptures; the equality of all the were appointed the Committee, viz. members of a Christian church zcaMessrs. Bailey, Eaton, Gilchrist, S. lously vindicated ; and that equality Hart, Ives, Hurry, John Taylor and shown to consist not only in a comWilliam Titford.

mon right 10 participate in the priAfter the Unitarian Fund business vileges and blessings of Christianity was concluded, there was a general - but also in an indispensable obligameeting of the governors, subscribers tion to advance by individual exertion and friends of the Unitarian Academy, the interests of truth, and to promote Mr. William Cooke, of the Isle of to the utmost in their power, each Wight, in the chair: a report of this other's welfare. ineeting will be given in our next The letters from most of the churches number.

I were of a satisfactory nature—the difThe subscribers to the Unitarian ferent congregations are rather increase Fond and their friends afterwards ing than diminishing, the accession dined together, in number two hun- of their new members being, on the dred and sixty, at the London Tavern. whole, more than adequate to comBy request of the Committee and the pensate for their losses by deaths or Stewards, Mr. Prend took the chair, removals. The General Baptist church

at Selby, Yorkshire, was received into Report of the Committee of the Southern connexion with the Assembly, and

Unitarian Fund, read at the First that of York will, in all probability,

General Meeting of the Subscrilers, at be united with it next year. Since

Portsmouth, April 17, 1816. the last annual meeting several of the churches have established Sunday- The age in which we live is hoschools with success; while those nourably distinguished by the formawhich existed previously were repre- tion of numerous associations for besented as being in a flourishing condi- nevolent purposes. The friends of tion. The letter from the church at religion and humanity by combining Cranbrook, Kent, stated that, “Agree their efforts, have multiplied their useably to the recommendation of the fulness. Relief has been administered last Assembly, they had established to the bodily wants and infirmities of a Sunday-school, and though it is not man; education has been provided for more than eight months from its com- the ignorant, and knowledge placed mencement, yet more than 220 chil- within the reach of the inquiring. dren have been admitted. The school Nor have endeavours been wanting was opened upon the liberal plan of to bring back theological opinions to admitting the children of parents of the simplicity of the New Testament. every denomination; and hitherto in many districts societies have been teachers have been procured out of the instituted for promoting the knowdifferent societies, who undertake to ledge of the scriptores and the practice conduct the children orderly to their of virtue by the distribution of books. respective places of worship.”

The London Unitarian Fund has forThe Committee, appointed by the warded the same object by the encouAssembly, two years since, recoin-' ragement of missionary, preaching, mended in their Report to this As- Still it was felt by the friends of gesembly, the adoption of more vigorous nuine Christianity in this neighbourmeasures for the revival of the Gene- hood, that something more was de ral Baptist cause. Among other mea- sirable. Missionaries have paid us sures was that of raising a fund to but rare and transient visits. Our defray the expenses of a more extend- tracts have too often lain dormant in ed distribution of tracts tending to the the libraries of subscribers. In some promotion of morals in general, and places small congregations have been the dissemination of their peculiar te- formed which needed the countenance nets in particular of local preaching and assistance of their brethren. In wherever there appeared a prospect of others a disposition to hear Unitarian usefulness-and of lending pecuniary preaching existed, which it was inaid to poor or newly-formed societies, possible for individual ministers to A resolution was passed by the As- gratify, however desirous, on account sembly, in approbation of the recoin- of the attendant expense, and the want mendation; it will, therefore, be sub- of co-operation. In the desire to remitted to the consideration of all the medy or alleviate these evils this Sochurches in the Assembly's Proceed- ciety originated; and your Committee ings.

have the gratification of announcing, After the business was finished, the that, in the short period which has ministers, representatives and their elapsed since the commencement of friends (about sixty in number) re- its labours in September last, they tired to the White Hart Inn, Bishops- have all been attended to with encougate Street, to dinner.-Several senti- raging success. In one instance pecuments were given from the chair, niary assistance has been afforded to which called forth very animated and a necessitous congregation, towards appropriate speeches. "The following the maintenance of public worship. were the principal : “ The worthy A number of useful works, with Preacher"_ Religious Liberty com- which we were liberally furnished by plete and universal" – The Old Ge- the Southern Unitarian Society, has heral' Baptist Cause". “ The Union been distributed in such a way as was of all Christians”-“Mr. Rees and deemed most likely to secure their the Christian Tract Society," &c. perusal. By the union of preaching

The ministers and their friends se- with the dissemination of tracts, there parated at an early hour,

is reason to believe that the impression

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