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550 Poetry.- A Tribute to the Memory of the Rev. William Vidler. as this town was among the last scenes All live more tender seen through friendof his labours, so it was one in which ship's tear, they were most eminently successful. While gen'rous hearts shall feel and kindle In future times, when the cause of
here. truth may
have advanced to a much Methinks I see, by hope's great theme ingrcater eminence than it has yei at spir'd, tained in this place, his name will be That form rever'd in sudden light attir'd, recollected with gratitude as its first Pursue the path immortal prophets trod, supporter; and of him, in the midst of To trace the deepest charities of God. the Unitarian congregation, might be Then as delight his raptur'd eye bedew'd, most truly applied the epitaph on a
Each miod amaz'd the glorious prospect celebrated architect>" Si monumentum
Death's icy fetters seem'd by mercy broke, Tequiris, circumspice."
And sorrow dropt her sceptre as be spoke.
Deep ʼmid the fading gloom as man could A Tribute to the Memory of Sbone ristas fair of universal grace; THE REV. WILLIAJI VIDLER.
Hear'n seem'd all op'ning to, tbe ravish'd
sight Hush! 'twas no strain of anguish or de- With fanes balf viewless from “excessire spair
bright;" That softly floats on ev'ning's stillest air,
Hell sunk a trembling spectre 'mid the Celestial bliss the distant note reveals,
blaze, Though from the grave the solemn music
And earth bloom'd ever young 'mid joy steals;
and praise. An angel's lyre, through shades of fun’ral Then notes of gladness from the vision gloom,
clear, More sweetly mild from sweeping o'er the Stole in sweet wbispers on the list'ning tomb.
ear; Yes; there remov'd from mortal cares, he Prophetic strains of bliss to reign on high, sleeps,
Join'd with the mellow voice of years gone Whose soft repose affection scarcely weeps, Whose earthly days in such sweet concord Then light from heav'n scem'd freshly ran,
still to glow, Earth sunk from view ere death's control Like pure enchantment o'er these realms
began; Who, 'mid the storms of life, with cloud. Gleam'd like a holier moon-beam through less brow,
the bow'rs, As calmly rested as be slumbers now; Blush'd in the clouds and sparkled in the To evil dead wbile bere he drew his breath, flow'rs, And living yet triumphant in his death. Shed on the genial earth a softer green, Here long shall friendship's tend'rest And gleanı'd on angel's wings at distance mein'ry trace
Cast on the woods a tint of gentler spring, Thc mild effulgence of his speaking faceThe eye where kindness beam'd, and fires Till carth appear'd a visionary thing: of youth
Man seem'd again in hope and bliss a boy, Still kindled joyous at the roice of truth, And life one cloudless dream of love and Li't up, not dim'd by care or quench'd by
Then let no tear, save such as hope way Sparkling with joy or eloquent in tears ; shed, The conscious dignity by nature gir'n, Bedew the flow'rs that deck his lowly bed; The hope that had its resting-place in But there let breezy whispers greet the
heav'n, The beart-felt eloquence, the manly sense, Like tirst sweet concords of a jarring The genial wit that gave no ear offence ; sphere; The courteous njien that, grac'd by rev'rend There let young bearts pursue his glorious age,
theme, Disarm'd the bigot in his fiercest rage, And sink absorb'd in virtue's holiest The pow'r that fash'd conviction on the
There let the soul oppress'd delight to The heart that knew no party but man stay, kind :
Think on his name and muse its griefs
away; . If you require a monument, looks And contrite sinners' taste forgiveness
Let artless childhood lisp its earliest pray'r, around you..
Poetry:-The Maniuc:- Despair.-Morning.
551 And when the soul all mortal cares abere,. But it shall blast, and rage and roar Is wrapt iu thoughts of universal love, When sweet repose shall still thy breast, From eyes uprais'd with tearful rapture When thy mind's tempest beats no more, dim,
And thy lov'd grave shall give thee rest,'' The purest, tend'rest drop shall How for So long denied before. him.
A little while, sad maniac! and thou’rt
free From the Portugueze.
Nor woe, nor thought of woe, shall visit THE MANIAC.
thee. Look at yon sad mourner there!
thing left ; Yes, that is mis’ry's child.!
Of hope, of heav'n, of ev'ry thing bereft? He wants no guide, he owns no friend,
O no! I still may rage and weep and No voice of joy he hears ;
sigh: Darkness and dread his steps attend;
Pour forth the bitterness that blasts my He bates the morning's loveliest
Tell all my agony to the list'ning wind, And the sun neyer shines for him And (0! most privileged of blessings,) * Except in clouds and tears!
See the new light in ruddy mantle clad
Come dancing o'er the mountains ; And weeds and flow'rets grow,
darkness flies Water'a by tears himself has shed ;
From its gay footsteps; trees, and plants, Those tears have ceas'd to flow,
and tow'rs That troubled, madden'd soul bath been Put on their brightest, richest liv’ries : Composed, and happy, and serene,
Smiles gild the path of carly morning As 'tis abandon'd now;
hours, Poor mis’ry's child,
Aud heav'u is full of joy and earth is The' tempest wild
glad. Is calmer far than thou !
Rev. WM. VIDLER.
of Christ, as the son of man, the friend TE
the death of this able and truly universal, inexhaustible love of God. respectable Christian preacher. He By his particular desire, he was inhad scarcely quilived the usual period terred by Mr. Aspland in the Burialof the vigour of man. His age was ground belonging to the Unitarian 58. He had long suffered under an Church, Hackney. The funeral iook asthma, arising from internal disorga- place on Wednesday, August the 28th. nization. His affliction was extreme A long train of mourning coaches and and his death slow. His conversation a great crowd of spectators attested the to the very last day of his life was sensation created by the melancholy characteristic of his mind: he felt no event. The corpse was carried into raptures, but he yielded not to de- the Gravel Pit Meeting-House, and an spondency; he looked forward with address was delivered over it, the subChristian hope, and, in nearly his last stance of which will be found in the expression, his heart was fixed on God. Christian Reformer. Throughout his illness and death he de On the following Sunday Evening, rived great satisfaction from the system Mr. Aspland, in fulfilment of the last of divine truth which he had publicly request of the deceased, preached the professed and taught, and took peculiar funeral sermon, at the Chapel in Parpleasure in dwelling on the character liament Court, to a vast concourse of
Obituary.- Rev. William Fidler. sorrowing friends. The text was of the Old and New Testament. 2 Tim. iv. 6,7,8, which was used as Unaided by education, he exercised his an introduction to a memoir and cha- faculties iu'the best manner he was able racter of Mr. Vidler. His congregation for the acquisition of truth. Persuaded lrad caused the pulpit and galleries to thus far in his mind, he laboured to be hung in black, and had adopted instruct and improve his fellow-ctezother measures of respect towards their lures according to the wews he then lamented pastor.
entertained of the principles and prace Mr. Vidler has left behind him some tices of Christianity. manuscripts, which he has consigned But when on further inquiry he to the discretion of Mr. Aspland;
and had reason to believe that the ienets of it is in contemplation to publish a se Calvinism which he had adopted were lection from these, with as ample a false, he relinquished them. His first memoir as can be compiled. A me- step was the renunciation of the docmoir will also appear in this work, trine of the eternal misery of the wicked, and it is hoped that a poth ait will be and the adoption of the heart-exhilaraobtained for an accompaniment. Pro- ting tenet of UNIVERSAL RESTORAbably both may appear in the opening TION! Much esteemed for his talents nomber of the next volume.
and zeal by his brethren, he was upon In the mean time, we are happy his change of sentiment subjected to to gratify the affectionate curiosity of their reprobation. The charge of Mr. Vidler's numerous friends, by the heresy was thundered against him in following character of him, being every direction-he was said to be led the conclusion of a funeral sermon, astray: by the snares of Satan; and preached by Mr. Evans, on the Sun. suspicions of his safety in another day following Mr. Aspland's funeral world were scattered about in proserinon.
fusion. One would have thought froin this trealment of an erting
brother, that forbearance formed no A Tributo of Respect to the Memory part of the religion of Jesus Christ. of the Rev. William Vidler, being It is somewhat singular that one the conclusion of an ADDRESS de- of Mr. Vidler's bitterest opponents livered by John Evans, at Worship lately deceased (the Rer. A. Fuller,) Street, Sunday Morning, Sept. 8th, has in his diary just published in his 1816, founded on Luke ix. 26– Life by Dr. Ryland, acknowledged “ Whosoever shall be ashamed of me the great corruption of the Christian and of my words, of hin shall the Son religion, and confessed that accounts of man be ashamed, when he shall of Heretics should be receired with come in his own glory, and in his caution. His words are these "I Father's, and of the holy angels."* cannot help lamenting in reading
These remarks (illustrative of the passage on which my ADDRESS is founded,) lead me to notice the christian spirit may be seen in a review of
† A delectable specimen of this anticharacter and conduct of iny worthy the controrersy between Mr. Fuller and deceased friend, the Rev. William Mr. Vidler, in the Life of the former Vidler. I had the pleasure of being gentleman,' by J. W. Morris, late of acquainted with him for these twenty Dunstable ; a man from whom Mr. Fuller years past, and my knowledge of him thought it “ his duty" to withdraw bis enables ine to declare that he acted friendship, and wbo ought not to forget upon the principles I have described. that it is possible for individuals to be He endeavoured to attain just views of eager in pointing out the faults of others the Christian religion, and assuredly while “they refuse to acknowledge say of he without disguise communicated their own!”. See page '560 of the Life them to mankind.
of the Rev. dxdrew Fuller, by John
This same Mr. Morris Possessing naturally a vigorous mind, Ryland, D.D. my friend applied himself to the study the sects are grossly misrepresented in the
declares very authoritatively that some of
Sketch of the Denominations : but his The crowded attendance on the de- gratuitous assertion cannot be admitted livery of the ADDRESS is here acknow. for proof; and the unparalleled success ledged as respectful to the preacher, and of that little work, constitutes a sufficient as an honourable token of regard to the refutation of the falsehood, with the more memory of the deceased.
intelligent classes of the Christian world.
Olituary.-Reo. William Vidler.
65% Mosheim's Church History, how soon and consecrating, human infirmity, and how much was the religion of Jesus he justly deemed them encumbrances corrupted from its primitive simplicity, to the progress of truth. And yet, And the partial account of the English strange to tell, for attaching themselves Baptists leads me to indulge a better to the above Scriptural views of the opinion of various sects who have character of the Supreme Being, Dr, been deemed Heretics !" Much in- Ryland in his Life of Fuller, declares deed must the religion of Jesus have a certain class of General Baptists, been corrupted from its primitive (to whom I and my deceased friend simplicity, since other tests of Christ- have the honour to belong), “to have ian fellowship are imposed than that gone from GENERAL REDEMPTION 10 of acknowledging Christ to be the no redemption !!" Such are the grose Messiah or the Son of God; and surely and abominable misrepresentations in she writer who makes the declaration which party writers indulge at the contained in the concluding, sentence expense of truth and to the utter of the above-paragraph, might have destruction of Christian charity. I indulged more tenderness towards the It should be added that our veneraseputedly kerctical advocates of univer- ble brother, whilst he maintained the sal restoration. It is a curious phe- prime leading doctrines of revelation, nomenon in the annals of theology, did not relinquish the ordinance of that those who as to their faith take Christian Baptism by immersion, but most pains to be right should be administered it to its only proper obgenerally declared most wrong; and jects, those who make a profession of that those who as to practice abound their faith. Having preached for him most in the exercise of Christian more than once on those occasions, I charity should be pronounced desti- have witnessed his administration of tute of true piety. But certain it is it in this place with pleasure. He that without free inquiry and a patient, conducted it with a solemnity which candid investigation of opposite systems became its importance, making candid of faith-we the inhabitants of this allowance for those otherwise mindhighly favoured island, might have ed, and pointing out its happy tenbeen at this day." plucking misletoe dency in promoting the purity of the with the Druid or mixing a little flour professors of Christianity. and water into the substance of the As the treatment received by this incomprehensible God!"
good man from his particular Baptist My deceased friend, however, was brethren, on account of difference of not deterred by the unchristian treat- sentiment, h:s been mentioned, it ment of his brethren from holding is but justice to add that he was simifast what he deemed Scriptural truth. Jarly treated by a minister of that class He even pushed his inquiries still who style themselves Free Grace further so as to renourre other popular General Baptists! This Reverend errors and to maintain the glorious brother from whom better things were doctrines of the Divine Unity, and the to be expected, endeavoured to prevent unpurchased love of the Supreme Being Mr. Vidler from becoming a member in the redemption of the world. of the respectable GENERAL BODY of “ Blessed be the God and Father of Dissenting ministers of the Three Deour Lord Jesus Christ, who hath nominations meeting at Red-cross blessed us with all spiritual blessings Street. It is with no small pleasure in heavenly things in Christ: In that I now recollect the successful whom we have redemption through exertions made by me in his behalf on his blood, the forgiveness of sing, that occasion. An end was soon put according to the riches of his grace." to this unwarrantable and odious On doctrines contained in this as well ebullition of bigotry. as similar passages of the New Testa Thus like his
great Master, through ment, he dwelt with satisfaction and good report and through evil report, did delight. Contrary views are to be my friend pursue the even tenor of found only in creeds and confessions of faith, which with him were in no In the Second Edition of my Letter estimation. Embodying human error to Dr. Hawker, will be found a discus
sion of the doctrine of GENERAL REDEMP* Ephes. i. 8, 7.
554 Obituary - Richard Reynolds. Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton. his way, till resting from his labours yet is their hope full of immortality: he was laid in the peaceful tomb. and having been a little chastised, they The particulars of his life, and of his shall be greatly rewarded, for God last long severe illness, which he bore proved them and found then worthy, with exemplary resignation, have been of himself.* laid before his congregation by, a friend every way capable of rendering September 10, at Cheltenham, having justice to his benevolence and piety. nearly completed his 81st year, RiI have thought proper to touch only CHARD REYNOLDS, of Bristol, a highly on the leading traits of his character respected member of the Society of as a minister of Jesus Christ. His Friends. For a long series of years in love of free inquiry, his endeavout the possession of an ample fortune, he to divest himsell of prejudice, and his made it subservient to the purposes of intrepid avowal of his religious creed, benevolence. His numerous charities, are creditable to his memory. These public and private, rank him among are essential requisites of ministerial the most eminent philanthropists of fidelity. Though we agreed in many the present age. After a gradual de important articles of faith, yet as to cliue, he closed a life of great usefulness others were agreed to differ, in the faith and hope of a Christian. Priendly and cheerful, he often conversed with freedom on religious Mrs. ELIZABETH HAMILTON.-It topies, but never to the breach of would be with feelings of sincere sor, Christian charity. He could bear row, for a private and a public loss, with those who did not accompany that the lovers of elegant literature him in all his convictions. And we heard of the death of one of the most both heartily acquiesced in the sub- amiable, useful and popular of the felime and awful asseveration of male writers of the present age; one Jesus Christm"Whosoever shall be who has done honour to her, sex and ashamed of me and of my words, of to her country. him shall the Son of man be ashamed, Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton was born when he shall come in his own glory, at Belfast, in Ireland; and the affection and in his Father's, and of the holy for her country, which she constantly angels.”
expressed, proved that she had a true so conclude the minister of Jesus Irish heart. She was well known to Christ, be he Churchman or Dissenter, the public as the author of “ The CotTrinitarian or Unitarian, who, imple tagers of Glenburnie,” “ The Modern ring the blessing of heaven, indulges Philosophers," “ Letters on Female free inquiry, endeavours to divest his Education," and various other works. mind of prejudice, and honestly pro- She has obtained, in different departclaims his convictions, on every proper ments of literature, just celebrity, and occasion, sanctioned and emblazoned has established a reputation that will by a correspondent temper and prace strengthen and consolidate from the tice, will receive the final eulogy of duration of time--that destroyer of all the Saviour" Well done good and that is false and superficial. Jaithful servant, enter thou into the joy The most popular of her lesser of thy Lord."
works is “ the Cottagers of Glen
burnie," a lively and humorous picture “Lo! with a mighty Host ne comes,
of the slovenly habits, the indolent I see the parted clouds give way, I see the hanner of the cross display;
winna-be-fashed temper, the baneful Death's conqueror in pomp appears
content which prevails among some
of the lower class of people in ScotIn his right hand, a palm he bears, And in his looks—REDEMPTION wears !"
land. It is a proof of the great merit
of this book, that it has, in spite “ The souls of the righteous are in of the Scottish dialect with which the hand of God, and there shall no it abounds, been universally read in iorment touch them. In the sight of England and Ireland, as well as in the unwise they seemn to die, and their Scotland. It is a faithful represen. departure is taken for misery, and tation of human nature in general, their going from us to be utter destruc- as well as of local manners and cus
but they are in peace, for though they be punished in the sight of men,
* Wisdom iii, 1, 5.