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POETRY.

Epitalu,

From the Italian of Frugoni. In a Church-yard in 'ales, over the And shall we turn a deaf and careless ear, Grave of a faithful Servant.

To Thy dread voice, OMNIPOTENT,

nor bow In memory of Mrs. Mary Carryl, de

Our daring foreheads to the dust, when tcased 22nd November, 1809. This mo

Thou nument was erected by Elenor Butler and Hurlest Thy thunders round the trembling -Sarah Ponsonby, of Plasnewydd, in this

sphere? pariso. Released from earth, and all its transient What !-shall we grasp our fatal pleasure V'Ots,

dear, Sbe, whose remains beneath this stone Till that dark, des'late hour of helpless repose,

woe, Stedfast in faith resign'd her parting When the pale spectre, death, shall breath,

strike the blow, Look'd up with Christian joy, and smild And we the victims ? — Then appalling in death.

fear Patient, industrious, faithful, gen'rous,

Shall scatter dew drops on our brow ;-kiud,

blast, Her conduct left the proudest far behind;

A chilling blast, shall freeze our veins, Her virtuvs dignified her bumble birth,

and chase And rais'd her mind above this sordid

The spirit of life that trembles on our earth.

tongue; Attachment, sacred bond of grateful Hreasts,

Now, now rebel, presumptuous ones,

now face Extinguish'd but with life, this tomb at

The frownings of THE TERRIBLE; tests,

'tis past ! Rear'd by two friends who will her loss

O fearful, frightful hour, forgot too bemoan,

long! TIL, with ber ashes, here, shall rest their

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CONCLUDING SONNET.

THE SOLDIER.
By Sir Philip Sidney.

[From the Cabinet, 1795.]
Splendidis longum valedico nugis. Who hath beene a soldier, 0,
To splendid trifles, now, a long farewell.,

Who hath soughten glorie ?

Who hath thronged with archers bolde, Lcave me, O Love! which reachest but Till his lockes were hoarie ? to dust;

I have beene a soldier, 0, And thou, my mind, aspire to higher Seekinge ever glorie, things :

Facinge death, with my archers bolde, Grow rich in that which never taketh

Till iny lockes bc hoarie. riist; Whatever fades, but fading pleasure My bodie is well seam'd with scarrs,

Though ne'er a limbe be wautinge ; brings.

But let me not the braggart scewe, Draw in thy beams, and humble all thy

True valour is not vauntinge. might To that sweet yoke, where lasting free- Good Lorde ! and though thy hạires be doms be,

gray, Which breaks the clouds, and opens forth And thy bodie roughe and seamed, the light,

Hatin'thy greene navhood dedes achieved, That doth both sbine, and give us sight To make thine age esteemed. to see.

Tygres that doe thirste for blood, O take fast bold ! let that light be thy

Througb forestes wilde are raginge ; guide,

Ah me! that man, like tygre gaunte In this small course, whicb birth draws

With man should starre be waginge. out to deatb; And think how ill-becometh him to slide,

Grieslie demons sprong from hell, Who secketh hear'n, and cones of

Fraught with accursed vengeance, 'heav'nly breath.

Lead on grimni discorde through the Then farewell, world, thy'uttermost I see,

world, Eternal love, maintain thy love in me.

And hurle their slaughtering engines.

Townes they sack, and realmes despoyle,

Maidens are detloured,
Babes doe bleed and age doth groane

Contemned and orepowred.
Swaines that fed their sev'ral flocke,

Nor thought of other harininge, Now foot to foot and hand to hand,

In breache or scarpe are storminge. What the angrie surrde did leave,

Sharpe battel axe, or bowmen, Fire and wastinge must complete,

For warre is ever foaming. Where shall hie th' affrayed dame,

With infante offspring clinginge? Not farre oft is the fatal storme,

Eche gale its terrours bringinge.

Tell me now thou gallante soldier

Now thy lockes with age be boarie,
Can'st thou praise thy wilde carriere,

Can'st thou call thy madnesse glorie?
To upholde some lordlinge proud,

Or king with curst ambition,
What foule murders bast thou done!

Sweet Christ, give thee contrition.
Amen, amen, thou reverent priest,

Thy counsaile is most bolie;
Thy wordes do teache repentante age,

To curse its manhood's follie.
But doubly curst be kinglie pride,

Makinge erthe one charnel,
Millions of masses dailie sayde

Stay not bell's paynes eternal.

INTELLIGENCE.

DOMESTIC.

Mardon, Morris and Cannon, went RELIGIOUS.

through a long critical examination

on the New Testament, with a parManchester College, York. ticular view to shew the Use of the On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Septuagint Version of the Om TestaThursday, the 25th, 26th, and 27th ment, and the Syriac of the New, in June, the Trustees held their Annual the illustration of the latter, and also Examination of the Students educated to exemplify the application of Paley's in this Seminary; (present, Messrs. argument for the genuineness of the Broadhurst, Crompton, Falla, Falla, books, by a comparison of the histojun. Fletcher, Jevons, Kershaw, Leo, rical and epistolary writings. They Malkin, Martin, Needham, S. R. were afterwards examined in Church Philips, Sanderson, Shore, jun. Stan- History, and the various controversies ger, Stanger, jun. Thomson, M. D. which had arisen in the several ages, and G. W. Wood, Treasurer, and the with the principal writers who had Rev. Messrs. Ashton, Astley, Beattie, distinguished themselves on both sides Heineken, Hutton, Jevons, John- down to the present time. The classstone, Jones, G. Kenrick, Kentish, es in Logic and Metaphysics, and in Lamport, Robberds, Secretary, H. Ethics and Political Economy, were Turner, P. Wright, Wallace, and then examined, as was also the seTurner, Visitor,) on Tuesday the ju- nior Latin Class; after which Mr. nior Greek and Hebrew Classes, the John Taylor read a Latin Oration on senior Mathematics and Modern His- the Poetical Merits of Lucretius; Mr. tory Classes, and on Wednesday the John Wellbeloved on the Hope of a senior Hebrew, junior Latin, and Future Life; and Mr. Fletcher on the second Mathematicat Classes ; after Early Periods of the Greek and Roman which Mr. Samuel Wood read an History; Mr. Cannon an English Oration on the Origin of Evil, and Oration on the Influence of Mental Mr. James Taylor on the Causes which Cultivation in producing good Morals have led to the Differences between the in the Individual ; and Mr. Morris a English and Continental Constitutions. Sermon on John ix. 4. The remainThe Examination then proceeded of ing Classes examined were those in the second Greek and Latin, junior Hebrew Poetry, the Belles Lettres, Mathematics, Ancient History, Evi- and the higher Greek Classics and the dences, and Natural Philosophy, and Greek Metres ; after which Mr. Stratconcluded for that day with a Dis- ton read a Discourse on the respective course by Mr. Haslam, to shew that Influences of Civilized and Savage the Apostles were riot Enthusiasts, Life on Virtue and Happiness, and and an Oration by Mr. John Tayler, Mr. Mardou a Sermon on the Love on the reciprocal Influence of Taste of Truth, from 2 Thess. j. 10. and Morals. On Thursday, Messrs. It ought to be observed, that in these

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examinations, the students are not cise of the Christian ministry we wish previously apprized of any question the best success,-the success of emi. that will be asked them, or of any nent usefulness in the promotion of passage which they will be called truth and practical religion, the native upon to explain, and that their ora- union of which one of them has just tions and discourses are uncorrected, so well described. I hope that neither and indeed unseen by any of their of them needs to be reminded by me, tutors. Considering this,' and the that the eyes of the world will be upon number of young students who were them--of many with no favourable now for the first time to appear before intentions; and that for whatever they 30 numerous and respectable an as- do or say not only themselves, but the sembly, the result was highly satisfac- cause which they serve, will be made lory.

answerable. Great prudence and cirThe examination was closed by an cumspection, therefore, will be requiaddress from the Visitor, which, at the site, io avoid every reasonable, and request of the Trustees present, is sent often

unreasonable cause of far insertion in the Monthly Reposi- offence. One of our young friends tory. A part of it was also ordered to will have the difficult task of mainbe separately printed, and a copy given taining high credit already obtained by to each student on his admission. a former associate in the studies of “Gentlemen,

this place, in one of the most emninent “ In commencing my annual ad- seats of learning in the sister-kingdom. dress to you at the close of this grati. The charge is a weighty and imporfying exercise, I am naturally led to tant, and in some respects an awful express the regret which I am sure we one : for it will subject the man who all feel at the absence of our late ex- holds it to the risk of dishonour as cellent and venerable president, so well as honour, of evil as well as of distinguished by his uniform attach- good report. It will, of course, be an ment, through the course of a long object of his constant study, that the life, to the promotion of virtue, trutn, former be in no case deservedly in. and science, and to the cause of re- curred.-Bu into whatever situation ligious and civil liberty; by his steady either of our friends may be thrown, friendship and substantial countenance they will both of them, I hope, be of some of its most eminent confess- careful to recollect, that great selfors; and by his munificent patronage attention and caution will be neces. of the places of public education sary, in the common intercourses of devoted to it, particularly of this In- life, as well as in their preparations for, btitution; where we have seen his and conduct in the pulpit, to insure cheerful and encouraging manners add their respectability and usefulness ; a grace to the dignity and excellence and the utmost care to avoid giving of his character, and a sanction to his any handle to those who will be ready judicious suggestions; and, while they enough to take it, of perverting ill. have commanded the esteem and re. considered expressions to the disadspect of those of maturest age, engage vantage of the speaker and his cause; the love and admiration of the youug. of taking offence at petulant or proI am sure I shall express the general roking words; and setting themselves wish that this may be only an occa- in decided hostility to whatever may sional absence; and that though he border on abuse or violence.—The sun has ceased to hold the connexion with will prevail to strip off the cloak of us which it was every where our pride prejudice, much sooner than the north to avow, he will still continue to adorn wind. our annual ineetings, so long as it " I hope Mr. Stratton will believe he shall please a kind Providence to con- has our best wishes in the farther protinue to him the blessing of a healthy gress of his studies, and in the course and vigorous oki age, the consequence of his future life. He will excuse my and reward of a well spent life. reminding him, for I am persuaded ." It has been usual, in taking leave he needs only to be reminded the of our young friends, at the close of reflection must often have occurred to each session, to address a few words himself, while composing the excelto those, with whom our academical lent Essay which we have just heard connexion is concluded. To Loth our of the obligation which lies upon those friends who are going out to the exer: whom Providence has placed in easy circumstances, to so much superior school; where you are necessarily exertion ; in order that they may dis- placed, in several respects, under a difcharge the various additional duties ferent discipline: and it is my duty, as which enlarged opportunities of use- well as that of your parents and tutors, fulness to the world impose upon to represent it to you in such a light as every man in proportion to his rank may induce you not to abuse it. in life:-of course I need not remind At school, your attention was him of the necessity in this precious chiefly confined to words, to abstract period of life, of a proportionally dili- nunters, and to other things, the ultigent preparation, for he knows that mate advantage, or even intention of whatever we have is not our own, but which you, often, did not perceive. lent; and we must pay an interest You had therefore coinpulsatory tasks proportioned to the loan.

assigned you; and you performed the “To our younger friends who are tasks very much upon the principle of to return to us, especially to the lay- compulsion. students, I would also beg leave to ad- “ But here you pursue a course of dress a few words.

study, much of which, at least, your“As your connexion with this selves may clearly perceive, not only to Institution is comparatively recent, be a useful application of what you and I have never had the pleasure of have already learned, but also to be apmeeting you here before, perhaps it plicable to the purposes of future life, may not be uninteresting to explain by qualifying you tor important offices to you, gentlemen, in a few words, in society. I trust, therefore, you will the nature and intention of my office see the necessity of laying aside the of Visitor, which I have now had the principle of task-work; and that you honour to hold for the last nine years. will never set yourselves to the prepaSuch an officer' was appointed, at the ration of the exercişes prescribed 10 sugrestion of my venerable predecessor you by your tutors, or to the perusal in it, * first, as a coadjutor to the Tutors of the authors to whom they refer you, in the enforcement of discipline and merely that you may get your work the correction of abuses, and secondly, passably done, or qualify yourselves for as an assessor to the President in this answering questions at lecture, so as annual business of examination and just to escape your tutor's censure; but advice. The former branch of my that you will rather consider yourselves oflice as has been my frequent boat, as entered on a voluntary course of on recommending this Institution to studies which it is your deterinination my friends, has, happily, been a sine to pursue with alacrity, and constantly cure: and that it may continue so, I keep in mind that though, in the prowould take advantage of my privilege secution of this purpose, you avail in my latter capacity, to offer you a yourselves of the assistance and direcfew words of advice.

tion of your tutors, as to the proper “ What I have said to Mr. Stratton, sources of information, yet it must de. on the necessity of exertion in order tó pend upon yourselves what advantage future respectability and usefulness, you you make of them.

And give me may, each, with great propriety, apply leave to assure you from pretty long to yourselves.

experience and observation, that ac· But as you are, in general, so much cording as you improve or neglect younger, I would urge the same advice present advantages, in the same proin a somewhat different way; by sug- portion you will look back, in future gesting to you a few considerations more life, on the period of education with particularly applicable to your age and satisfaction or regret. late situation.

“There is another difference beI have no doubt that you have been tween the scholastic and academical frequently urged to diligence in your periods of life, concerning which it is respective studies at school, by the se- necessary for me to drop a hint, and I veral judicious and learned persons hope I shall do it in such a way as to who have conducted your school-ėdu- avoid giving offence, either to you, or cation.

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your parents or friends; but “ But this is a different place from rather so as to deserve, and I hope

obtain, your thanks.

“At school you were under the en* The Rer. Willian Wood, of Leeds. tire control and management of those

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Intelligence.- Manchester College, York. entrusted with your education : where only wish we could have prevailed. as here, instead of being treated as with some of you to speak more dischildren, and having every thing ma- tinctly; and I am sorry to hear from naged for you, you make a step, as it your iutors a complaint of a to gewere, into the world, and are, to a neralinattention, through the whole of certain degree, entrusted with the ma- the se-sion, to the article of elocution. nagement of yourselves : your friends The importance of a distinct and audiin this way making the experiment, ble utterance to persons of every rank how far you are qualified for being is so obvious, that I should have exafterwards left more entirely to your pected it would be an object of prime own direction. On the use which ambition, and that you would have you make of this privilege will depend endeavoured to avail yourselves of the its continuance and further extension. judicions directions which I had the If abused, it may be necessary for your honour to convey to you last year parents or other friends to recal it; froin my friend Dr. Thomson; and particularly with regard to the article in this case I should have had better of expense.

encouragement to add to them a useful “To prevent the possibility of one observation lately pointed out to me, particular source of abuse, in this re- by another friend, in Mr. Jones's Life spect, the trustees have determined to of Bishop Horne. The observation follow in future the salutary rule of is this; " Every speaker wishes to be both our Universities, viz. to prohibit understood as well as heard ; but maall credit with the trades-people of the ny are deficient in this respect for city, unless with the previous know- want of a distinct articulation, which ledge and consent of the tutors. They might casily be acquired if they would think it proper that both you and your attend to a simple rule, without the friends should be explicitly informed observance of which no man's delivery of this; and they assure themselves can be perfect. It is well known that that it will meet with their cordial a piece of writing may be understood approbation and concurrence.

if all the vowels be omitted ; but if the "At the same time your tutors de- vowels are set down, and the consosire me cxpressly lo state to this assem- nants are onvited, nothing can be bly, that, while these arrangeinents made of it. It is the saine in speaking are adopted by the trustees as a neccs- as in writing; the vowels inake a sary measure of precaution, there has noise, but they discriminate nothing. been nothing morally wrong among Many speakers think that they are you that they have observed or even heard they bellow them out; and suspect : on the contrary, they cheer- so they are, but they are not underfully bear testimony to your general stood ; because the discrimination of good behaviour. And we trust that words depends upon a distinct articuyou will all, my young friends, in a lation of their consonants; for want succeeding session, join to the natural of considering which many speakers vivacity of youth, the thought and spend their brcaih to little efiece. The manliness of those who feel that they late Bishop of Peterborough, Dr. are approaching the period of active Hinchliffe, was one of the most pleausefulness; and exemplify in all your sing preachers of his time. His melofuture conduct the truth of the propo- dious voice was the gift of nature, and sition so well supported by your fellow- he spoke with the acount of a man of student, " that mental cultivation bas sense ; but it was remarkable, and to a powerful influence to promote good those who did not know the cause, morals” in every individual among mysterious, that there was not a corner you.

of the church in which he could not For myself, it is always much be heard distinctly. By watching more agreeable to me to commend him attentively I perceived that it was than to censure, to encourage than to an invariable rule with him to do full caution or admonishi. And I assure justice to every consonant, knowing you, that when I consider the great that the vowels would be sure to speak number of you who have now for the for themselves. And thus he becaine first time been thus publicly examined, the surest and clearest of speakers; his I have been extremely pleased with enunciation was perfect, and acves the result of this week's business. I disappointed the audience. And in

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