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Virtues, the prize of lawless might,
lic house of a Catholic village in GerOr love by fortune " link'd to woe."
many. Yet live there those, I feel it true,
Dormi Jesu! Mater ridet, Whose fates a happier love has join'd ;
Quæ tam dulcem somnum videt, Whose age, delighted, can review
Dormi, Jesu ! blandule ! The days that time has cast behind.
Si non dormis, Mater plorat,
Inter fila cautaps orat,
Sleep, sweet babe, my cares beguiling, And still engage thy sprightly powers Mother sits beside thee smiling ; To charm the dear, domestic board,
Sleep, my darling ! tenderly: What time some rare, unbending hours,
If thou sleep not, mother mourneth, May Themis to the Muse afford.
Singing, as her wheel she turneth,
Come, soft slumber ! balmily.
Latin Epigrams, by Mons. Marron, Pre
sident of the Protestant Consistory, at And, long as age computes thy years,
Paris, communicated by him to the
Ad Theologos Montalbanenses.
Dipthongus Christi quondam diviserat una, IGNOTUS.
Et nunc dipthongus dividit una gregem. O nimium indignos Magni præcepta Ma.
gistri Lines written on the first page of an An.
Discipulos diro qui pede sancta terunt ! nual Pocket Book,
Hoc spectat te, GASCE ; hoc adversam tibi Deo duce omnia bona.
Dissidiis promptus nî medeatur amor.
Orthodoxia et Heresis.
Mens humana novos incassum tendit in Suspense, alternate hope and fear Await, with me, the rising year ; And where's the mortal can divine
Quam trivere atavi, sola terenda via. He shall await the year's decline ?
Metior Immensum, cancellis claudar ut Hence, should the tide of fortune flow
* arctis, A course I long have ceas'd to know,
Nec falli mecum, nec dubitare licet. Nor disappointment still be near,
Diversis diversa locis ego temporibusque, Worthless, though all that man can give.
Ex Acherontæo gurgite nata feror. Or, while the promis'd good delays,
Vndique probrosa lacerant me verbera lin. If few and evil he my days,
guæ; Still trusting, howsoe'er they close,
Quoque magis nescis, sum mage tetra That all is best in Heav'n's dispose.
tibi. Jan. 7, 1816.
SENILIUS. Virtuti et meritis jungar licet, optima
Viperea credor sola necare lue.
scia recti :
Hoc sperno hostiles tégmine tuta minas. (Found inscribed under a print of the Vir
IRENOPHILVS LVTBTIANVS. gin Mary and her Child, at a small pub- Ipsis Kal. Febr. ciɔlɔCCCXIII.
Character of the late Rev. Dr. Toulmin,
“Our deceased friend was steadfast, Perby Mr. Howe.
suaded that the New Testament contains the
revealed will of God, communicated to (See X. 462, 523, 661, 665.)
mankind by his well-beloved son Jesus Bridport, January 6, 1815. Christ, he considered it incumbent on him, MR. EDITOR,
as a professing Christian, to deduce his ar
ticles of faith and rules of conduct from this E
them who through faith and mularies of human device. He gave every patience inherit the promises,” is the possible proof which one in his circumadmonition of the writer to the He- stances could exhibit, of his searching the brews. The death of our late vener- sacred records of divine truth, with a pious, able friend, Dr. Toulmin, led me to bumble and candid mind. This led him direct the attention of my people, to in the progress of his inquiries, to somewhom he was well known, and by what different views of the Christian docwhom he was highly respected, to trine, from those he entertained in the early the excellences which adorned his part of his ministry. The truth as it is in
Jesus,' was his noble aim, the object worthy character, and to exhibit him as an
of his diligent pursuit, and when he thought example to his fellow-christians, of he had attained it, be openly and conscienthe pious, amiable and attractive vir- tiously avowed his convictions. These he tues of pure religion. I have since steadfastly maintained. Persunded that read, with much satisfaction, the judi- Unitarianism is the pure doctrine of the cious account given of him by his gospel, he was its zealous but liberal adworthy colleague. If you think the vocate. From the current language of the following extract from the Discourse sacred scriptures, our judicious friend dewhich, agreeably to public notice, I duced the supremacy, unity and overruling delivered at Bridport on this occasion, that our blessed master Jesus Christ did
providence of God. He plainly perceived about three weeks after this eminent
not assume the glory of the wonderful servant of God was called “to rest powers he possessed to himself, indepenfrom his labours,” tends to strengthen dently of any other being, bnt often ascribthe salutary impressions which Mr. ed them to his beavenly Father as their Kentish's Sermon is calculated to make source, that he was in the language of an upon the mind of the reader, it is at apostle,' a man approved of God, by mirayour service for insertion in your va
cles and wonders and signs which God did juable Repository.
by bim.' Whatever were our friend's views THOMAS HOWE. of the doctrines of religion, it must be ad
mitted by those who differ the most widely 1 Cor. xv. 58. After illustrating the se- from him in sentiment, that he did not veral parts of the text, the preacher thus pro- vindicate them in the spirit of arrogance ceeded. “ I have chosen this subject with and illiberality. He pronounced no anaa view to the recent death of my reverend themas on those who rejected them. and beloved brother, and your highly Though steadfast in maintaining what apesteemed and amiable friend Dr. Toulmin. peared to his mind to be Christian truth, Acquainted with him in my early youth, always respecting the rights of private my veneration for his character, and my judgment, he treated other denominations affection for him, produced by the sweet- of religious professors with the most amianess of his disposition, and the goodness ble candour, and generous liberality. For of bis heart, increasing in proportion to my the justuess of this remark, let the appeal intimacy with him, I feel myself peculiarly be made to his controversial writings, in called on, by a sense of duty to departed which I believe there is not a single senworth, to pay a tribute of respect to his tence, that Christian candour would blush memory. To describing the excellences of to read and wish to erase. his character, as an exemplary Christian, “ The Rev. Dr. Toulmin was also a useful member of society, an ardent friend moveable,' nobly preserving his integrity, to the best interests of mankind, a jndicious, • amidst good report and evil report, faithful, serious minister of the gospel, 1 amidst allurements and oppositions. There shall take for my guide the several partieu- was a period in the recollection of many lars of the apostolic exhortation in the of us, when the open avowal of the sentitext, and shew in what respects he became, ments he maintained, and a fervent zeal in what Paul exhorted the Corinthian Chris- the cause of civil and religious liberty extians to be steadfast, unmoveable, pro- posed its advocates, in some places, even gressive and persevering in the work of io popular vengeance, as well as to the misthe Lord.'
representations and barsh ceasures of those VOL. XI.
of the late Rev. Dr. Toulmin. from whom better things might have been best interest of his hearers, by which his expected. When, however, a violent party discourses were distinguished. He was, spirit, either in religion or politics, is ex. in the genuine sense of the term, an evancited, it is apt to blind the judgment and gelical gospel preacher. His sermons were to rouse the irritable passions of persons neither pbilosophical essays, unsuitable to who are generally mild, candid and amia-' the capacities and circumstances of men in ble. This which drove that eminently pious general, nor wild incoherent rhapsodies, in philosopher and undaunted theologian Dr. which the hearers are treated as having Priestley, from Birmingham, his place of passions only, and no understanding. When abode, and eventually from his native coun- he entered the pulpit, he never forgot that try, endangered in some degree the per- he was a professed minister of the glorious sonal safety of his esteemed friend Dr. gospel of Christ, and that the service re Toulmin, then residing at Tauntou. They quired of Christians, is declared to be a had, however, abundant sources of conso- reasonable service,' lation in the testimony of an approving con- “ His many publications on a great variety science, and were disposed to adopt the of subjects, chiefly religious, or connected petition of their divine Master respecting with the history of religion, bear witness their persecutors, on which the former pub- to his unwearied labours in the Lord. lished a sermon suited to the occasion, They bespeak an active mind, a sound breathing the most truly Christian spirit, judgment, a candid disposition, and a be• Father, forgive them, for they know not nevolent heart; all which were engaged in what they do. Let ns, however, turn aside the daily investigation of some of the most onr views, my friends, from these melan- important points of human inquiry. His choly scenes, so disgraceful to this age and acquisitions in theology and general litera. country, with a fervent wish and ardent ture, in ecclesiastical history, and biograbope, that they may never more be repeated, pby, more especially, were very extensive, and with siucere congratulation on the pre- and few persons have applied the talents valence at present of a milder spirit, among God has given them, and the learning, hu. both religious and political parties. Though man and divine, they have acquired to a to be zealous in what we deem a good nobler and more useful purpose. Many a cause is commendable, it should never be just tribute of respect and veneration will, forgotten by us, that the wrath of man no doubt, be paid to his memory. A valua. worketh not the righteousness of God.' ble correspondent of mine who well knew
“By a mysterious, but no doubt wise and his worth, thus characterizes him. Our benevolent, dispensation of providence, Dr. excellent friend was' an Israelite indeed; Toulmin was visited with great relative a man of great simplicity and singleness afflictions. He was, however, supported of heart, of inflexible integrity, and one of under them by the animating principles of the most active, zealous, able, useful and religion. These, notwithstanding the ten- valuable men among us, whose memory is derness of his feelings, and an occasional entitled to the highest esteem and regard depression of the animal spirits to which of all the friends of truth, liberty and vir. he was subject, enabled him to preserve tne.' a general composure, an habitual cheerful- “ We were favoured with an opportunity ness of mind, the offspring of true rational of hearing the instructions of Dr. Toulmin piety devoid of superstition, and of Chris. in this place, about the middle of the pretian hope with its eye fixed on heaven. ceding year. From his age, and the dis
“ Our deceased friend was not only tance of his residence from us, we had stend fast and unmoveable, but he also al. reason to apprehend it would be the last, ways abounded in the work of the Lord.' and thus it has proved. It seems indeed On this point, it is very difficult to do justice as if he then came among us to bid his final to his character. He was unwearied in his adieu, and to pronounce the blessing of an labours to promote the noble cause in which aged minister and friend on this society, as a Christian minister he was engaged, (for which he always professed great reand to advance the knowledge, holiness spect and fervent wishes for its prosperity,) and happiness of bis fellow-creatures. Be- before his eyes were closed and his tongue sides bis stated ministrations to his own rendered silent, by the icy hand of death. congregation, he was often called on by We shall now see him no more in this other societies of protestant dissenters, world. No more shall we converse with sometimes to advocate the cause of Chris- this intelligent and cheerful companion, tian truth, and at others to plead for the this humble and affectionate friend. Nó relief of human distress, and few ministers more shall we hear the words of heavenly were better qualified for either
of these pur. wisdom drop from his lips; but though poses. As he has occasionally officiated dead, he yet speaketh.' He speaketh by in this place, you cannot but recollect, my the exemplary character he has left behind friends, the seriousness and decorum of his him. He speaketh by the many useful deportment in the pulpit, and the strain of rational, fervent, practical piety, scriptural argument, and Christian affection for the * The Rev. Thomas Jervis, of Leeds.
Obituary.--Mrs. Mary Gibbs.
43 writings which were dictated by his pious hands of her Creator, without a strug. and enlightened mind. Though his re- gle or a groan! Happy are those who vered head now lies low in the dust, we die in the Lord ; they rest from their may still have him for our instructor in labours and their works follow them. useful knowledge, and what is of most im. portance, in the way of Christian truth and
“ So fades a summer cloud away; holiness which leads to immortal bliss.
So sinks the gale when storms are o'er; Neither are we to entertain the gloomy
So gently shuts the eye of day; idea of an eternal separation. If the junc
So dies a wave along the shore." tion of virtuous friends hereafter be not a How mysterious to us are the displeasing delusion, but sanctioned by reason pensations of Providence: let us learn and confirmed by the Christian revelation, submission to its will! When our (as I think it is, we may hope, if we are kindred and friends are separated from diligent and faithful in our master's service, us by the awful hand of death, it surely to renew our delightful intercourse with ought to stimulate us to closely exathis eminent servant of God, at the illustri- mine our own hearts, and thoroughly ous period 'when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, and all his true followers prepare them for that solemn period
to wlrich we are all rapidly hastening; shall appear with him in glory.""
for “ the Son of man cometh at an
hour when we think not-and happy On Sunday the 24th of December, will be those whom, when he cometh, 1815, died at St. Ives, Cornwall, in be shall find watching. The venethe 65th year of her age, Mrs. MARY rated person who has just left us, never Gibbs, wife of Mr. Silvanus Gibbs affected any singularity ou the score of of that town, to whom she was united religion ; nor was she particularly atnearly forty years, and by him had tached to any system. She believed five children, two only of whom sur- that holiness of heart and life are, in vive to lament her loss.
the estimation of the Almighty, of far Her illness was of short duration : superior importance to those disputed and though her health had been rather points of doctrine which have severed indifferent for the last eleven or twelve the Christian world into so many sects years, she encountered a journey, for- and parties. It was her opinion that wards and backwards, of 148 miles, “ whatsoever a man soweth, that he about four months since, with little will also reap; that he who soweth to his difficulty, in order to visit (and, as the flesh, from the flesh will reap destrucerent has proved, take her final adieu tion; but he who soweth to the spirit, of) the writer of this article. The Mon- from the spirit will reap everlasting day evening preceding her dissolution, life:" and that “ the hour cometh, in she was seized with a violent pain in which all that are in their graves shall ber stomach, and shortly afterwards come forth; they that have done brought up a quantity of blood. Five good, to the resurrection of life; and years before she was attacked in a they that have done evil, to the resimilar manner; and has been fre- surrection of condemnation." From quently subject to pain in the stomach, her youth, she regularly attended dithough she had experienced nothing vine worship in the chapel belouging of the kind in the course of the last to the Weslean Methodists; though, two months. Tuesday and Wednes. I believe, she never enrolled herself day she became worse, and, at differ- as a member of that community. Her ent times, emitted six or seven quarts attachment to this people was doubt. of blood; but towards the close of lessly much strengthened in conseWednesday the medicine prescribed, quence of her father, and some of her for the time, prevented any farther other relations, having been among evacuation; and, notwithstanding her the first of the inhabitants of St. Ives feeble and low state, she seemed to be who joined the cause of Mr. Wesley; getting better. Most unfortunately, and who always continued his warmhowever, a fire happened in the town est admirers and most steady friends. that night, and the alarm excited by In times of persecution, that gentleman it so overpowered her spirits, that, and his colleagues uniformly found an from this moment, she grew progres- asylum among her relatives: a minissively worse, but suffering little pain; ter, at one time, lay concealed for seand about 7 o'clock on the ensuing veral weeks in her father's house, Sunday morning, she yielded up her when closely sought after by an infalife, with perfect resignation, into the mous press-gang! The early Metho
dists underwent considerable persccu- And does she heedless hear my groan? tion in that place; and once had their And is she ever, ever lost? little chapel demolished by an igno. Eternity will not efface rant, infatuated mob, headed by some
Those records dear of transports past ; of the Corporation, who ought to have Thy image at our last embrace ; known and respected the sacred rights
Ah! little thought we 'twas our last!
BURNS. and liberties of Englishmen! But, poor deluded souls, they considered Dearest of earthly comforts! art thou fled ? themselves staunch members and Alas! thou’rt number'd with the peaceful
dead, champions of the Established Church, Thy radiant smile I shall no more behold, and thought, by such a procedure, Nor hear thy tongue its kind advice unfold: they were rendering her an important With accents sweet thy lips no more shall service!!! At present, the major part move, of the inhabitants are either Metho- To sooth my woes in strains of tender love. dists or favourably disposed towards Affectionate and kind thou wert to me them: so great is the change wrought from earliest youth ; and from moroseness there, as well as in other parts of the
free. kingdom, in favour of the liberties of Though troubles dire I many years have conscience. Though the writer is Thy sympathizing heart was ever warm
borne, obliged, after much reading and re
In my beball, t'impart thy gen'rous care, flection on the subject, to dissent from And raise my boding mind from dark desome doctrines which are held by the
spair., Methodists as essential to salvation, But now, in silent gloom, I must deplore (and which he himself once believed My friend torn from me, ne'er to see her to be so,) yet he cannot withhold his more! tribute of praise justly due to their O gracious Heav'n! thy consolation send, labours and indefatigable exertions in And to my anguish put a speedy end : Cornwall
, in civilizing and christian. Bid my sad spirit from the dust arise, izing the rude parts of the county; When frail our natures, and when prove to
And fix my hope above the azure skies. and in exciting a taste for reading and
grief, obtaining usesul knowledge; which has, of late years, produced a consid- It bids us look beyond the mournful tomb,
The glorious Gospel gives the best relief; erable spirit of religious inquiry among And dry our tears,-for there's a World to the inhabitants in general, and will,
come! no doubt, eventually lead to their em- This world, with all its cares, will pass bracing and openly professing purer away, and more dignified sentiments of the And that succeed with bright and spotless gospel.
day. In the excellent subject of this arti- In that pure region, may those weeping cle, society has lost one of its most Again behold (and there for ever prize)
eyes .amiable and most worthy members; My worthy parent who is gone before, and her family their steady counsellor And safely landed on yon blissful shore; and most affection friend. As a wife, Where pain and sorrow shall no more deshe was truly industrious, economical,
stroy neat, discreet and prudent; as a parent, The holy calm which saints shall there enshe bore a tender regard to her off- joy. spring, and was ever solicitous to ju- Osov'reign balın for my deep wounded culcate in them habits of usefulness,
heart, decency, sobriety and virtuous dispo- To join her there, and never, never part! sitions; and as a member of society, To tread those fields of never-fading green,
And view with rapture the surrounding she was mild and affable in her demeanour, and universally esteemed by With all our friends Jehovah's name adore, all who knew her.—Peace be to her And praise his boundless love for evermore. memory
S. G. Perhaps the following tribute of Plymouth-Dock, Jan. 7, 1816. real affection, which was composed shortly after the writer was made ac- At Turpham Green, aged 62, the quainted with the death of his beloved Rev. CHRISTOPHER LAKE MOODY, parent, may not be an unsuitable ap- LL. D. greatly respected by all who pendage to what precedes:
knew him, for his estimable virtues, And must I think it! is she gone, his social qualities, bis native talents
My secret heart's exulting boast : and his literary acquirements.