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Review.- Select Psalms in Verse.
321 ed, in the language of Addison's Surely, the allusion in the con. muse. But this translation, we cluding couplet of the last stanza believe, has been assigned, by some but one, has neither elegance nor persons, to Andew Marvel; and pertinency. we should be sincerely grateful to The version, in this volume, of any of our readers for enabling us the fiftieth Psalm, is anonymous to tracé it to its real author. (Th' uplifted eye and bended kree
According to the editor, “ Mr. &c.): it was written by Thomas Coule's translation of the twenty. Scolt, a Dissepting Minister at third Psalm,scarcescarcely] yields Ipswich, and author of an excelin point of elegance to the celebra. lent Translation of the Book of ted parayhrase of it by Addison.” Job in English verse. This praise we look upon as In the translation of the 92d. by excessive; that others may judge Sandys, there is much to admire; bei ween us, we shall produce the and it is remarkable that suck stanzas of Mr. C.
correctness of expression and ele
gance of numbers distinguish a O Lord, amid this desert wide,
Thou art my shepherd, thou my guide; writer who lived in an a ye famous From day to day, from year to year, for quaintnesses, conceits and pe
I shall not want, for thou art near. dantry, a writer who was not only Thou hast ten thousand gifts bestow'd, the contemporary, but the friend And strew'd with Aow'rs my mortal of G. Herbert. The ninety-sixth road.
is presented from Watts. Of the Through pastures fair, I take my way, Or by the peaceful waters stray.
104th, in addition to one by Sir All those who call upon thy name,
H. Wotton, a translation is here Shall find thy bounty still the same;
sel before us, executed by“ a very Goodness and mercy shall attend emjuent scholar,” whose name is
The man who makes his God his friend. concealed, but whom we believe And when th’appointed time shall comc, to be Dr. Vincent, Dean of WestThai I must seek my narrow home,
minster, to whom ibis little volume Follow where all the prophets led,
is inscribed. It is performed with Down to the chambers of the dead: Close my sad eyes on ev'ry scene,
so much terseness, skill and bar. Which once my dear delight had been; mony that we are tempted to subro Forsake the fair abodes of men, join a specimen : our readers will
And dust to dust return again; compare it with verses 16-23 of I will not dread, for thou art near; the Psalm.
Thy smile shall calm each rising fear; Thy rod and staff new joy impart,
The trees full of sap And cheer, with hope, my fainting
With joy rear their head, heart.
The Cedars their boughs
O er Libanus spread; Confiding in Jehovah's power,
Secure in their covert, I then will meet the trying hour;
The bird flies for resty And hail, with my expir ng breath,
She sings on the branches, The cold and lonely vale of death.
She broods on the nest. Our faihers pass'd that gloomy road,
The pine yields a home Awhile, our fathers there abode;
The stork to'secure, None ha h in heav'n his anchor cast,
The goat on his erag Who hath not Jordan's billows past. Defics h.s pursuer: When death shall summon me away, E'en creatures too feeble If thou but smile, my night is day;
Themsel es to defend, That dark and dreary vale once trod, On caves and concealment And I ascend to thee my God!
For safety depondi %1
Review.--The Barrister's Hints.
The moon by thy law
cnergy of thought and expression; Encréases and wanes,
and an elevation of piety, which The sun keeps the course Thy wisdom ordains;
many of their successors have not He sets; and the lion
reached. The editor is evidently Roanis wide or bi: prey, a man of taste and diligence, and But flies 10 hi cavern
of a liberal mind. His critical re. When morn brings the day."**
marks are derived from the purest The version of the Hundred and
* he prefers “ the chrys. Thirteenth Psalm, by G. Gas. talline stream” to waters less pure coigne, will be found extremely and less delicious; and, altogeplamtive and impressive, notwith. ther, his compilation is calculated standing the occasional obsoleteness to increase our relish of these saof the diction; and a poetical cred poems, which furnish a pleaspirit pervades the translation of
sure proportioned to the care and the same Psalm, by Phineas sensibility with which they are exFletcher.
amined. Lovlin (of whom, by the way, and ot Lori Coleraine, we should Art. II. Hints to the Public and be glad to know more,) Crashaw
the Legislature, on the Nature and Watts have supplied the editor
and Effect of Evangelical with versions of the Hundred and
Preaching. By a Barrister. Thirty-seventh Psalm. There is
Part V. 8vo. pp. 164. Shera translation of it by Theodosia
wood and Co. 1812. (Mrs. Steele,) which is charac. terized by genuine pathus, and
There is great danger that the withi which, probably, he was un
Barrister should write longer than acquainted; it will be called to he is read. At first, be somewhat the recollection of some of our
interested the public, and greatly rearless by the first line,
incensed the soi.disant · Evange. • Where Babel's rivers winding stray. becoming indifferent to his cen
lical party; but these latter are Ogilive's translation of the 148th, sures, which will only interest (* Begin my soul, the exalted lay,') the people whilst they sting the
sect is very spirited and grand.
at whom they are aimed. In an appendix are given a pa. We would therefore hint to our raphrase by Grotius, in Latin author, ne qurd nimis. verse, of the Seventy-second Psalm, We have paid so much attention a French ode, framed on the Nine. to the Barrister in our former voteenth, by J B. Rousseau, and a lumes [111. 104-107. version, in the same language, by 508. IV. 505--509. VI. 45, Godeau, of the Hundred and 46.] that a slight notice of the Twenty-first. These add to the present publication will sufficer value of the selection.
Our author sets out with an This volume bears much the eulogy on Lord Sidmouth, and, same relation to the devotional as was natural in the panegyrist poetry of our country, which some of such a statesinan, blunders recent selections do to English about toleration, which he has poetry in general. In the speci. mens here exhibited from our wri. Smith's Notes to Longinus, Michaëlis,
v.g, Lowth, Geddes, Hurdis, Green, ters of a distant age, there is an Delany, Chandler, &c.
get to learn to be the right of that is foolishly and presumptuignorant teachers. He should have ously styled, which ot necessity is furnished a scale of ignorance by confined to a part, and a minor which the fitness of teachers is to part, of the nation. Jy he noi be weighed : so many degrees of aware that the Methodists are the theological ignorance, for instance, main supporters of Mr. Lancas beneath Lord Sidmouth, to con. ter, and that the new clerical ina stitute incapacity. Accuracy, stitution is secretly designed for here, would still depend upon the his own avowed object, the stop degree in which his lordship’s reli. page of the current of Methodism? gious knowledge is estimated. As the Barrister has not condeFor ourselves, not rating this ac. scended to correct any of the tive peer very high, we should errors which we have before pointnot fear the exclusion of many ed out in his work, we are not men from the ministry, if the much encouraged in our attempts minimum of capacity were set to set him right; but for the sake much below his lordship's stan. of such of our readers as are also dard.
his, we cannot forbear siating that In the Barrister's objections to the author of " The Light of Na. the misnamed • Evangelical' doc. turc pursued,” was not “ the cele, trines we concur; and we approve brated Dean Tucker,” (p. 135. of his attack on the Articles of the Note) but Abraham l'ucker, Esq. Church of England, as the source of Beachworth Castle, near Dork. of Methodism. The following ing, Surrey: of whom and his paragraph is excellent:
work an account may be seen in “We are oftentimes referred, when Mr. Lindsey': Historical View of all other defence fails, to the Fathers of the Unitarian Doctrine, pp. 404 the Church. There is something, in- -435. deed, venerable in this appellative; its association is parental, and disposes the mind instinctively to a feeling of reve- Art. III. Ignorance of the Day rence. But we must not deliver over of our Death.
A Sermon, our judgment to the dominion of sound.
preached at Stourbridge, on The Father of the Christian Church is its Founder, I know of no other legi.
occasion of the sudden Removal timate line of pedigree through which it of Mr. Phæbe Swain, who died can be traced. The compendiums of re February 14, 1811, in her 71st ligious opinions, whatever attestation they bear, whether of Fathers or Coun
year. By the Rev. B. Car. cils, are of no weight, not the slightest
penter. 8vo. pp. 23. Belcher, except in as far as they accord with Birmingham. is. that system of moral truth, whose tes The design of this discourse is to timony is eternal. All public formula. shew that our ignorance of the day ries of faith are, to speak in the mildest terms of them, superfluous. To consult of our death is a merciful dispenthe articles with the gospel before us, sation of Providence.
This inte. is to walk in the realms of light with a resting topic is well handled: and dark lanthorn," pp. 96, 97.
the preacher has in our judgment Towards the conclusion of bis satisfactorily established the pro. pamphlet, the Barrister expresses position with which he set out: his admiration of Mr. Lancaster's He bas cited some examples, and liberal plan of education, and his put some cases, which give his disapprobation of the new scheme sermon an air of originality, and, of national education; as national if we may use the word, a strik.
Review.----Belskam's Fast Sermon. inguess, which we have rarely ob- example of unwearied assidaity. To served in funeral discourses.
the rich I hold her forth as an example We extract, with pleasure, the
of benevolence and hospitality, rather
exceeding her ability; and to the worfollowing brief memuir of Mrs. shippers of God, as an
exam.ple of Phæbe Swain.
regular and diligent attendance in his “She was born €t Wolverhampton, in with painful as sxiety to the bed of sick.
house. She sometimes looked forward 174'), of pious parents and early im. bibed a strong sense of religion. When ness; and prayed that when her last her father, less attentive to his profit change came, it might be speedy. Her than to the e ceilence of the articles request. was granted : having breakfasted which he fabricated, and through a her. Whilst supported by an attendant,
as usual the stroke of death came upon fire which consumed gical part of his
one of her neighbours observed that she property, became unsuccessful in business, she piously and nobly resolved to replied, “I am going to receive my
had been a good woman. “Yes," she exert herself in order to assist in sup- reward, through my Lord Jesus Christ.", porting her parents; and her efforts, After this she spoke but little, suffered through a divine blessing, were not in vain. She established a school at Bur- nothing, and in the evening expired in ton, in which her tirst concern was to
the most serene manner.” (pp. 21-23). instil principles of piety and virtue into the minds of her pupils. Less care was Art. 1V. The Rights of Conbestowed than there is in the present science asserted and defined, day, on those secondary accomplish
in reference to the modern Ina ments which occupy that time and attention which ought to be devoted to
terpretation of the Toleration more important attainments. But the Act. In a Discourse delivered number of respectable females now liv at Esser Street Chapel, Februing, who were brought up under her care, pear testimony to the goodness of
ary 5, 1812, being the Day that system which she adopted. When
appointed for a General Fast, confinement became injurious to her
to which are annered Notes and health, and she had acquired what she an Appendix, illustrative of thought a sufficient competence for her. the Toleration Act. By Tho. self and her father, they removed to this town in the year 1785. Here her un
mas Belsham. 8vo. pp. 41. remitting attention and affectionate at
Johnson. tachment to her father, under his growing infirmities, shone in a very conspic and defence of the sacred un.
This is an admirable assertion Her aciive mind was still directed to the instruction of the alienable rights of conscience,” young; and she paid a constant and which the preacher shews, “exassiduous
to the Sunday tend to the adoption, the profes. schools, which were instituted the same year in which she came to reside in this sion, and the peaceable promul, place.
gation of religious principles." “ She was always ready to visit and We wish, and perhaps shall not çomført the sick, and to patronize to wish in vain, that this able argu. the utmost of her ability every benevolent plan, and was regular in her atten- ment for religious liberty may dance upon public worship: Undoubt. find its way into the hands, and Çdly she had her peculiarities and .de impress the minds of our magisfects; which I think arose from want of judgment and from not attending to
trates, senators and statesmen. the observation of the wise man, that
Some notes on the Toleration to every thing there is a proper sea- Act are appended to the Sermon, son.” But notwithstanding these de- which we shall take the liberty to fects, I hold her forth to the young as an example of dutiful attachment to
and probably to consider,
quote, parents. I hold her forth to the teachers in another department of our and visitors of Sunday schools, as an work, on a future occasion.
pain of punishment, by the cenThe Toleration Act, intitled, an
sures of the church ; and also, Act for exempting their Majes- upon pain that every person so ties Protestant Subjects, dis, offending shall forfeit for every serting from the Church of such offence twelvepence. Nor England from the Penalties of that statute made in the 3d year certain Laws.
of the late king James the First, Forasmuch, as some ease to intitled, an Act for the better Dis. scrupulous consciences, in the ex. covering and Repressing Popish ercise of religion, may be an ef. Recusants. Nor that after statute, fectual means to unite iheir majes- made in the same year, intitled, ties Prote: tant subjects in interest an Act to prevent and avoid Dail. and affection,
gers which may grow by Popish 1. Be it enacted, by the king Recusants. Nor any other law and queen's most excellent majes. or statute of this realm, made ties, and with the advice and con. against Papists or Popish Recusa sent of the lords, spiritual and ants, except the statute made temporal, and Commons, in this in the 25th year of king Charles present Parliament assembled, and the Second, intitled, an Act for by the authority of the same, that preventing Dangers which may neither the statute made in the happen from Popish Recusants. 230 year of the reign of the late And except also the statute made Queen Elizabeth, intitled “ An in the 30th year of the said king Act to retain the Queen Majesty's Charles the Second, intitled, an subjects in their due obedience; Act for the more effectual pre. for that statute made in the 29th serving the King's Person and year of the said Qneen, intitled, Government, by disabling Papists an Act for the more speedy and from Sitting in either House of due Execution of certain branches Parliament, shall be construed to of the Statute made in the 23d extend to any person or persons year of the Queen Majesty's reign, dissenting from the Church of riz, the aforesaid Act; nor that England, that shall take the oaths branch or clause of a statute, mentioned in a statute made in made in the first year of the reign this present Parliament, intitled of the said Queen, intitled, an Act an Act for removing and prevent. for the Unity of common Prayer, ing all Questions and Disputes and Service in the Church, and concerning the Assembling and administration of the Sacraments, Sitting of the present Parliament, whereby all persons, having no shall make and subscribe the dea lawful or reasonable excuse to be claration, mentioned in a statute, absent, are required to resort to made in the 30th year of the reign their parish church or chapel, or of King Charles the Second, in. some usual place, where the Com. titled, an Act to prevent Papists mon Prayer shall be used, upon from Sitting in cither House of