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POETRY

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sky;

A TRIBUTE

So cherub-like they bend around thy

tomb, To the Memory of Joseph Fox.

Time scarcely throws hie shadow on tbeir And is thy course of earthly glory past, bloom, And still that glowing pulse that throbbod Stops his own fatal ravage to condemn, too fast?

And rests upon his scythe to gaze on Has eager death, in unrelenting haste, . them, His glorions prize, with trembling joy, embrac'd,

Methinks in some sweet ev'ning's hoAs jealous of those nerer-resting pow'rs

liest calm, That liv'd whole years when others reckon When every sinking breeze is charg'd hours ?

with balm, Sank is that strength no adverse pow's Some youth, with genius dawning o'er his could bow,

cheek, And cold that heart that never froze till To think of thee his best-lov'd path shall now?

seek,

And ’neath some jagged oak's eternal Yet if there be in nature's ebb and

shade, flow,

In holy dream of things unearthly laid, Ought that no dimness and no change can Hear angel voices whispering from on know;

high, If impulsé high the conscious bosom And trace bright visions in the Western

thrill, With ought of heav'n that death can never Till borne upon etherial clouds be roam, cbill;

To catch a glimpse of thy immortal home. If energy there be whose vestal fire

Then, when with joy the pulse of life is Lights ages on when mortal pow'rs ex- still, pire

Thy deeds his beart with impulse high Farewell the plaintive notes of fond re- shall thrill, gret,

Light there a flame through life's dark Thy spirit walks in deathless grandeur scenes to burn, yet;

And with mild radiance settle on his urn. Nor to the skies alone new gladness gives, But still on earth in holiest freshness Forgive this bumble off'ring to thy lives;

bier, Wakes up the tend'rest joys that youth An honest boon; though no “ melodious

beguile, And glows and brightens in the infant's Bat hands yet rude shall weave thee smile.

greener bays,

And barps yet silent give thee worthier See, while thy ashes scarce unconscious praise : burn,

Harps, in sweet vales no British steps have Angelic mourners gather round thy urn; trod, Tbere silent kneel in childhood's holiest Wak'd when across them sweeps the breath mood,

of God The deepest bliss of opening gratitude; When heav'nly truths spontaneous notes Their hands, in thankful joy, together inspire, prest

Like morning rays on Memnon's sacred The rapture-breathing sigh, the heaving lyre! breast;

Then on each breathing of the joyous air, Smiles lighted up with bliss thy deeds Thy name shall mingle with the Indian's have lent,

pray'r; Sball be thy everlasting monument: Oft with the song of praise to heav'n preIn eyes that beam of heav'n is writ thy

ferr'd, fame,

In strains like those which Bethle'm's shepIo infant's lispings sacred is thy name; herds heard. And mounting bopes that gen'rous souls

T, N. T. employ, Make thy renown immortal in their joy.

Ode to Solitude. For thee are cheeks, by earth uninjur’d, Far from ambition's selfish train, wet,

Where ararice rules the busy day, The light of heav'n is round thy mourners yet;

• Lyeidas.

tear;"*

And patient folly “hugs bis chaid, "*

Anticipations. Enslav'd by custom's ruthless sway,

When shall the bell toll over me; Lead me, calm spirit, to some stilt retreat, When shall the green sod cover me; Where silence shares with thee the bloom- Peace dry the eyelids that weep; ing mead,

Sunshine play over the dreary one, Save when at distance heard in cadence Slumber and rest bless the weary one, sweet,

Low on earth's bosom asleep? The village minstrel tunes his simple teed; Say, shall a tear softly falling there; There free from cares, from jarring pas- Say, sliall a mem’ry recalling there sions free,

Thoughts of the pilgrim at rest; Oft may I strike the lyre, sweet Solitude, (Visions of fancy still cherishing) to thee.

Visit the spot where lies perishing

Nature's fond child on her breast When orient morn in blushing pride, Profusely sheds the glist’ning dew, And in the great desolation day, Oft let me climb the mountain's side, (Heaven and earth's new creation day,)* And raptur'd mark the varied view. Calm ’midst the wreck-sball my eye, When noon directs on earth his parching Fix'd on my God, and discovering ray,

Pardon and mercy there hovering, Then let me find the cool, the peaceful Find welcome in happier skies? shade,

A. Form’d by embow'ring oaks, in firm array,

Soliloquy of Alphonso IV. of Portugal. O'er some small stream that rustles through

TRANSLATION. the glade.

Proud sceptre! thou art bright and beauThither let fancy lead her magic band,

tiful And o'er my senses ware her soul-in. To those who know thee not;-but he trancing wand.

who knows

The curses banging round thy treacherous + But when at ere the curfew's kpell

form, Winds slowly through the dusky grove, Rather than lift thee from the damned dust Pensive I'll seek the rural cell,

Which gave thee being, with a soul of Or 'midst the gloom in silence rove: And when from village spire the solemn Would spurn thee, trample thee indig. toll

nantly. Yields its såd tribnte to the breathless Dazzling, delusive, gaudy, gilded toy! clay,

But earth at best-and heaviest, dullest As calı reflection steals upon my soul,

earth! The tear unmark'd sball take its silent

o blissful life of the poor labourer, way;

Sheltered in his cottage from the thorns And mournful oft I'll cull the violet's

of fate, bloom,

The cares, the tumults of proud royalty! Heave the sad, soothing sigh, and dress Who less a king than he who kingdoms the clay-cold tomb.

rules!

And is this state, and is this dignity When midnight spreads her blackest Whose glare all covel, but whose misery robe,

But few can tell !--- A pompous servitude! And shrouds in sullen mists the sky, When terror rules the silent globe,

A wearying, watchful toil, misnamed reAnd phantoms mock the fearful eye;

pose! Parent of All! whose voice the winds A court's wide circuit never held) who

He is a monarch (such an one as he obey,

lives The raving ocean, and the black’ning Passionless,---free from hope, desire or

storm, Yet stoop'st to guide the sparrow on his Whose hours (o blissful hours!) glide

fear; way,

softly on, And shed'st thy mercy on the struggling Lucid and lorely. O for hours like these

What To thee, great God, to thee my voice I'N

years of kingly pomp my soul would raise,

give? Trembling I'll strike the lyre, and hyn

Kings must be leagued with vice; they thy boundless praise.

bate, they fear, W. A.

But cannot, dare not punish: Kings can

feel, And feign, and weep too! Where's the

suffering slave + This idea and the last in the preced- More captive than a king?

A. ing stanza are taken froin the « Penseroso" of Miltop.

Revelation xxi.

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* Gray.

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OBITUARY

Short Sketch of the Character of the late might almost terin him a knight-errant in Mr. Joseph Fox.

the cause of universal good. No corrupSIR,

tion was too high for his attack, no indivi.

dual too low for bis sympathy. He would It would give ine great pleasure could I have been another Clarkson had there communicate to you a satisfactory account been another slave trade to abolish. Like of the life of Mr. Joseph Fox, which I am that great benefactor of his species he was persuaded would be interesting to your by no means possessed of extraordinary readers. My acquaintance with him was talents, except in the line of his profestoo short to enable me to state any facts sion. It was the energy of his soul that respecting him with which they are not distinguished him from ordinary men, generally acquainted. But there are some

He appeared to have no ambition for per. deeds which speak for themselves, wbich sonal fame--no desire for making speeches require no minute acquaintance to recom- or obtaining applause--but forgot himself mend them, and which all ages and capa. in his cause, and was contented to be cities may estimate. In such as these Mr. known only by the blessings he shed Fox's memory is sure to survive. The around him. The enthusiasm of benevosingle fact, indeed, that in the infancy of Jence kindled a sacred Aame within him, the British System of Edncation, at the supplying the place of the loftiest intelleccritical moment when it was on the point Atual faculties, And the honour with of expiring, he advanced nearly the whole which he will hereafter shine iu the annals of his property to save it, is, I fondly hope, of human improvement will afford an able enough to preserve his name in undying proof of what the simple energy of virtue remembrance. When we reflect that this is capable of atchieving. sacrifice was made in the commencement The religious opinions of Mr. Fox were, of life; on the eve of settling in the world; in general, what is termed orthodox. But and that he had no other resourse than the he was a man whom no sect could claim as profits of a laborious profession, we shall its own. He never gave up to party be incited to believe that it will be blessed is what was meant for mankind." His by generations yet unborn, when the tro- enthusiasm operated on his sentiments as phies of ambition and bloodshed are forgot- genius influences all with which it is conlen.

nected-it threw a peculiar tint over them, But Mr. Fox was not content with this softening their asperities and bringing single act of beneficence. During the them all into a certain keeping and harmoremainder of his life he gave unceasing ny, as imagination lends its lovelipess to attention to the advancement of his favour. the passions over which it broods and ite object. His toils were restless and leaves its light wherever it lingers. The unceasing. As his success in bis profes- abuses of the Evangelical world met with sion increased, he seenied eren more ready no indulgence from him, nor were the to resign himself to the good work he had virtues and charities of the heterodox for a andertaken, and to forego the bright pros- moment forgotten. He associated with pects which opened around hiin. And men of all denominations to work out his though the education of the poor, unmin- holy purposes : and the Missionary Society gled with bigotry, was the aim at which his through all its hierarcbiės trembled before. efforts were chiefly directed, a multitude of him. other schemes for the welfare of his fellow On the great cause with which his name creatures perpetually roused him to fresh will for ever be associated, I forbear to exertions. Many of these proved abortive, dwell. At the term Universal Education perhaps from the excess of zeal with which such a crowd of blessings rush over the they were pursued. But he was never heart, that one is more disposed to enjoy for a moment appalled; with wonderful their delicious confusion, than to analyse elasticity of mind he passed from one gene- or to display them.' It was the enthusiasm rons plan to another, starting up with of Mr. Fox which so intimately connected new energy from every defeat, and" deriv. him with that immortal 'cause; that ening fresh spirit from the difficulties of his thusiasm which is the spring of every aspiring career. His life was a perpetual thing truly great; which can elevate ordi. contest-a ceaseless warfare with bigotry, nary beings to the level of genius, and which kvew 10 pause, and never suffered attite man in a brightness not his own. him to rest on his arms. It was the ruling I venture to add a few lines as au passion of his soul to be useful. One humble tribute to the memory of my

friend.* I am sorry they are not more the labours and harassing duties of his worthy of him whom they attempt to cele- calling, the care of a fast increasing fami. brate. For I can never forget that I firstly, and very assiduous application to study knew him by his kind attentions to me both professional and general. At length, when at school; and those I regard as finding his extensive practice as a medical among the most sacred claims upon gra- surgeon and accoucheur too fatiguing, he titude.

T. N. T. removed in the beginning of the year Temple, 16th Muy, 1816.

1814, to Chichester, with the purpose of

confining himself to that department for On Wednesday the 10th of April, 1816, which both his acquireinents and his prodied at his honse in Chichester, in the 43d fessional rank so well fitted him. In that year of his age, Txomas Petter Powell, city he hoped, with less emolument, to find M.D. He was the second son of an eini- more ease, more opportunity to study, and pent surgeon at Smarden, in Kent, and the enjoyment of more varied and desira. was born there on the 30th of July, 1773. ble society. But Providence, doubtless When seven years old he was sent to a day for the wisest and kindest ends, often sees school in that town, where, under the fit lo disappoint the most reasonable ex. superintendance of his father, he made some pectations of man. Although in his youth progress in the Latin grammar. At the Dr. Powell was extremely active, and age of ten be was placed under the tuition capable of sustaining great and long conof the Rev. Mr. Cherry, of Maidstone. tinued exertions, there is reason to believe At thirteen he was removed to the King's that his constitution was not of the firmest School at Canterbury, but was not put on and most robust kind : and the incessant the foundation. In this ancient and re- toil of thirteen years, added to the injurious spectable seminary he remained four years; effects of some accidents which had befal. and his proficiency was such as to render len him, had so fatally undermined it, him a favourite of the learned master, the that the more favourable circumstances of Rev. Dr. Naylor, and to enable him to his residence at Chichester were altogether read with facility and pleasure the Greek inadequate to its reparation. From the tragic poets. Leaving the King's School time of his arrival there, and, more remark. he returned to Smarden, and, under his ably from the autumn of last year, his father's roof, was initiated in the rudi- health and habit were observed gradually ments of his future profession, his leisure to decline. The earnest efforts of his me. hours being devoted to keeping up and dical friends, his own suggestions, and the improving his classical attainments. In ablest assistance which this country can the year 1792, he entered on his medical furnish, and which he received in the very studies at Edinburgh, and prosecuted particular attention paid by Dr. Baillie to them with singular diligence and success. bis case, were all unavailing. He conti. His respected preceptor, Professor Dun- nued, however, notwithstanding his vari. can, sen. promoted him to the honourable ous oppressive maladies, to labour in his and advantageous office of clinical clerk; profession with undimished zeal till within and, in the last year of his academical a month of his decease, which was prece. course, the Royal Physical Society elected ded by many days of unusual pain and him one of their presidents. In 1795, he suffering. took his degree of Doctor of Physic, having It is difficult to estimate Dr. Powell's chosen for the subject of his thesis the character too highly. Io his professional disease called acute Hydrocephalus; and capacity he was eminevuy conspicuous for this difficult topic he treated with much indefatigable diligence in the pursuit of skill and discrimination. Having tho- knowledge, and for the prompt and judirougtily availed himself of all the advan- cious application of what he thus acquired tages afforded by his residence at Edin- in his practice. He was thoroughly in. burgh, he passed one winter in attendance structed in all the branches of his business on the lectures and medical and chirugical and in the sciences subsidiary to it. To be practice of Guy's and St. Thomas's Hog- a good surgeon is the readiest and surest pitals, and in 1796 entered into partner- way to become a good physician. Of the ship with his father. In December, 1797, truth of this remark Dr. P. afforded a he married Miss WOOLDRIDGE, of Chi striking example. Like his illustrious chester, a young lady whose personal and countryman, Dr. Harvey, be was pecumental qualifications fully justified his farly fond of the study of anatomy, and choice. In 1801, he quitted Smarden, and his acquaintance with this science was fixed himself at Northiam, a large and comprehensive and correct to a degree populous village near the eastern extreini- seldom found in a practitioner placed at a ty of Sussex. Here le resided more than distance from opportunities of maintaining twelve years, dividing his time between and improving it; bat being accustomed

to make extracts from what he read, or

references to it, and being happy in the * See Peetry, p. 295.

possession of a retentive memory, and skil

never

Obituary.--Thomas Petter Powell, M.D.

299 ful iu managing it's treasures, he found to Christianity, and not the assiduous conhis acquisitions always at hand, and ready templation of discordant systeins, or a parfor use. Soch was his ardour for study, tial attachment to any one system, is the that neither fatigue, nor affliction, nor proper foundation for the study of theolo. sickuess (if not violent), prevented his gy, has been most clearly shewn by the application to it. With bim, as with the late Professor Campbell, in his IntroducPresident Montesquieu, it was a tory Lectures, and sufficiently exemplified failing remedy for all the ills of life." in the character and result of most of the From his knowledge of different langua- controversies which have agitated the ges and in the dialects of his native tongue, Christian world. he was an eminently good judge in points While at Edinburgh, Dr. P. was the relative to the derivation and filiation of spectator of a very stormy scene of politiwords, and to phraseology in general. On cal contention, and if he was not an actor subjects of metaphysical inquiry he had in it, this arose from no want of zeal in much acuteness and discrimination ; and favour of the party which, in his opinion, if his skill in these topics was greater than comprehended the friends of liberty and of bis attachment to them, this was probably popular claims. Through life he retained owing to his preference of studies in the same partiality, regulated, however, which certainty, or, at least, conviction and repressed by the good sense and sound was more easily to be attained, and of judgment which he applied to all snbjects. which the useful applioation was more Still it may be doubted whether he was obvious to his mind. With almost all sub- sufficiently aware of a fact, the belief of jects of history, civil and ecclesiastical, of which must be impressed on every calm rural and national economy, and of philo- and unprejudiced mind by even a supersophy, nataral and moral, he was conver- ficial knowledge of history, and by a slight sant. Very few indeed were the topics of view of what, during the last five and discussion to which Dr. P. did not bring a twenty years, bas passed under our own mind copiously stored with ideas well eyes. The fact alluded to is, that there assorted, and embodied into a compreben- are not in the world wise and virtuous sive and instructive system. His amuse- people enough, to keep the foolish and ments were those of a scholar and a man of vicious in order. One would imagine that taste. He wrote lively vers de Société this truth is too obvious to be overlooked with great facility and success. In music, and too important to be neglected, and that both vocal and instrumental, he was no if it was duly attended to by refórmers as inferior proficient; and his fertile vein of well as anti-reformers, it would suggest a wit and humour was a source of great salutary lesson of moderation to both. It entertainment to his familiar friends. seems to be the plan of Providence to

Dr. Powell's family, as well as that into restrain and check one class of crimes and which he married, were members of the deliuquents by the counteraction of anosociety of General Baptists; but there ther. The Ovidian hemistich, ponderi. is reason to believe ibat the rapidly bus librata suis, is not more applicable to increasing sect of Anti-baptists might the system of the universe, and to the Bri. fairly clain him as one of their own num. tish constitution, than it is to the geueral ber. The Baptists, having no place of frame of society, composed (as is the majopublic worship

open at Chichester, most of rity of it) of short-sighted, wilful and the very estimable individuals of that deno- selfish human beings. mination have been for several years past In his personal, social and domestic attendants on the ministry of the Rev. Mr. character, Dr. Powell was most exemFox, the able and eminent pastor of the plary. His anxiety for the welfare of his congregation of Unitarian dissenters in family impelled hiin to exertions beyond that city. Dr. P. was also one of Mr. Fox's his strength. His benevolence was conconstant hcarers, not one of whom was spicuous in the professional attention better qualified to appreciate, or, in fact, which he bestowed on the poor, and which more highly valued his services. It is was not at all inferior to what he paid to the believed that, in his religious opinions, he rich. He had the highest ideas of what is differed very little from his friend. li is due to integrity and honour; and his concerain thai topics of controversial divi- duct was altogether correspondent to his nity bad engaged no small portion of his ideas. Before sickness had begun it's attention, and he had fitted himself in a ravages on his bodily frame, and rendered peculiar manner to judge of such topics him somewhat querulous and irritable, he by diligently studying the phraseology of was remarkable for equanimity and sweetthe New Testament in its original lan- ness of temper. To all put bis familiar guage, which his philological skill ena- acquaintance his deportment was rather Bled him to interpret in the most rational distant and reserved, and this made him and satisfactory manner. That this, in less acceptable, than he otherwise would conjunction with a thorough knowledge have been, to strangers. of the customs, modes of thinking, Sc.

Such was this able physician and excelprevalent among the Jews and first converts lent man, who devoted his life to useful

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