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Myati's Sermons at the Tabernacle.

613 Thou wilt be hurled to the dismal abodes of an enemy, is anxious to preserve them; everlasting despair."-P. 50.

she futters over her nest, thus exciting But this is feeble, compared with them to fly by her example; but the nestthe following address to an ungodly

lings are not sufficiently fledged for flight. winner,". [words which could not be her helpless brood, and leave them all ex

Wbat then will she do? will she forsake associated, with propriety, under any posed to the merciless foe? No, finding system but Calvinisin) in Sermon Ill., that they cannot by their own strength entitled, “The Christian's Desire of aroid the danger which threatens them, Heaven :"

-she takes them upon her wide-spread “ Ungodly winner, if you die in gour wings and bears them away to some place prescat state, when absent from the body of safety. Thus the Almighty secures his you will be present with the devil and in- people from the cruel designs of all their numerable fallen spirits in the world of potent and inveterate adrersaries. 0. ye endless misery. Thoughtless sinner, did persecuted and tempted saints, fear not! you see how near death is to you, and how

Wbile the eternal God can afford you supthis is the partition between death and port and protection, you shall not perish. hell, bow would you tremble bow ter

He will bear you as on eagles wings' to rible to die in your sins, and sink into the world af perfect and crerlasting felieverlasting darkness. You may now in- ctiy.”—Pp. 203, 204. deed enjoy health and rigour ; and anticipating many years in this world, nothing

In Sermon III., “The Christian's that we can say concerning death and Desire of Heaven," is some appearance eternal misery alarms you ; but your days of argument in favour of an intermeapon earth may be fewer than you expect diate state of conscious existence beyears ,yes, to-morrow, or before to- tween death and the resurrection; and morrow, death's cold hand may press hard this is almost the only passage we upon you, your countenance may be dis- hare observed in which there is any torted, your pulse irregular, and HORROR argument: the preacher has stated STARING FROM YOUR EYES, TERRIFY THOSE • ABOUT YOU ; sad state, unable to live, and scriptural proofs in favour of the popų.

pretty strongly and tolerably well the most reluctant to die. Your friends may lar scheme. He concludes with re: but alas ! they will not be able to afford pelling the interpretation put by the you the least relief; your unwilling soul Materialists on our Lord's address to at length may be forced out of her carthly the penitent malefactor; and finishes house,' then with a dismal groan she will with this burst of fanaticism and intoleave the world, TO GROAN IN HELL FOR lerance, which, we are happy to re. EVER."---Pp. 71, 72.

mark, is not countenanced by any siini

lar passage in the volume : Enough of this outrageous rant! fit only for Bedlam or the Court of In

in this way is Scripture tortured quisition. We gladly turn to the fol- and distorted, with a view to make himan lowing amplification of a pleasing souls sleep. One wonders that the wrath image of Scripture, occurring in Ser of God sleeps--- that it is not roused to remon VIII., entitled, “The Redeemer's sent such daring insolence in presumpSympathy,” from Isa. Ixiii. 9:

tuous naan."-P. 59. ***Ye hare scen (said God to the chil

Apostrophe is a favourite figure with dren of Israel) how I bare you on eagles the preacher of the Tabernacle-there wings, and brought you unto, imyself. is something ludicrous in the follow

The Lord's portion is his people, Jacob ing use of it, S. III. p. 73: is tbe lot of bis inheritance. He found kinı in a desart land, and in the waste how

“ Precious Bible! I love thce, because ling wilderness ; he led bim about, he from thee I have received_direction in instructed him, he kept him as the apple many difficulties, &c. &c. TABERNACLE, of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her love thee, because within thee I have nest, fluttereth oser her young, spreadette often enjoyed the presence of my muchabroad her wings, taketh them, beareth loved Saviour; bere bave i beheld hie them on her wings, so the Lord alone did goings, &c.” lead, him, and there was no strange God with bim.' What a fine description of

The Sermons are fourteen in num'the tender care of. Jehovah towards his ber, but it is observable that there is people! The maternal eagle perceiving not one on a practical subject. This that her young ones are in danger from may be mentioned as anoiher feature

VOL. XI.

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of modern “Evangelical" preaching; on Wednesday, June 5, 1816, before which is indeed explained to be preach- the Friends and Supporters of the ing up the DOCTRINES of grace. “Ho- Unitarian Fund. By W. BroadJiness" is insisted on in several of these bent, Minister of the Unitarian Discourses, as we suppose it is in most Chapel at Warrington. 12mo. discourses bearing the Tabernacle stamp, pp. 36. Hunter and Eaton. the mint mark of orthodoxy; but we seems strange that amongst such fear the common people would not understand by this term,“ doing justly as the truth of Divine revelation, there and loving mercy.” It imports some should be any division of opinion with thing done for them, rather than any regard to the duty of avowing it thing which they are to do. We shall openly and promoting it to the furnot, however, here borrow the lan- thest possible extent. Such division guage of the alarmists on the subject of of opinion however exists, though it. the anti-moral teachers, partly because is lessening daily; and Mr. Broadwe believe that it is commonly unjust, bent's Sermon will

, we trust, increase and therefore mischievous, but princi- the number, already great, of those pally because Mr. John Hyatt has not that think that to hinder the truth provoked censure by a single remark when it may be furthered, is a species or expression, that we have met, in of unrighleousness." disparagement of good works and mo- Mr. Broadbent argues the subject ral worih.

coolly and charitably, and we see not These Sermons considered as the how the argument can be opposed by official homilies of the Talernacle or such as adnjit the truth of Christianity. “ Evangelical" pariy, present us with If divine truth be revealed, it must be the idea of a sect not far advanced in esteemed of supreme importance to knowledge and refinement; they can the happiness of mankind, and nei. be relished only by persons of little in- ther piety nor benevolence can allow quiry and of niediocrity of talent. us to be indifferent to its success. The

same principles that in former times ART. VI.-An Open and Fearless made martyrs, will at all times form

Avowal of the Unilarian Doctrine Ro zealous proselytes. commended and Enforced. A Sermon preached at the Unitarian * Rom. i. 18. See Wakefield's TransChapel in Artillery Lane, London, lation and Note.

POETRY

Inscription on a Tombstone in Cheshunt Whilst Friendship's joys expansive and Church-Yard.

sincere,

And bliss domestie crown'd each passing THIS STONE

year, IS ERECTED IN MEMORY OF

Swift few the bolt that sped bim to the THE REV. JEREMIAH JOYCE, tomb : Who was Born Feb. 24, 1763, But check the bursting tear that mourns And Died June 21, 1816.

his doom.

The task perform'd to humble mortalsgir'n, Ye who in solemn contemplation tread A sudden deatb's the easiest way to These precincts, sacred to the silent dead, Heav'n. Pause, and with rer’rence mark the spot, wbere rest

From the Portuguese of Bocage. HIS cold remains, who erst, with dauntless breast,

When midst the busy world I found me Firm in Country's and in Freedom's Eagerly I look'd around me cause,

For a silent couch and a peaceful bome; Brav'd the dread peril of perverted laws. But alas ! I look'd in vain-where'er Though bold, yet gentle, his well cultured I turned, -- but tumult and toil were mind

there Glowed with a generous love of human So I smiled contempt and I sought the kind.

Tomb.

Poetry.-The Philosophy of Evil.

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" Each from me some strong instinct

draws, “ Which towards its kin engenders

strife; “ Birds, fishes, yielding to my laws,

“ Prey upon life. “ Hare you not heard in distant wood,

“ How greedy beasts pursue their way ? “ By turns, each drinks some creature's

blood, “ By turns the prey. “ Have you not mark'd the busy world,

“Where reason forms its wisest plan? “ How man, by furious passions whirl'd,

Preys upon man ? “ 'Tis minc-I stir the active thought,

“ I rouse the passions, urge the deed; " And there I feast, wbere thousands

fought, « And thousands bleed. “ 'Midst storms and fires I sit and sing, “ Most pleas'd where least I see of

form; I sail upon the whirlwind's wing,

“And guide the storm. “ When Ætna belches flame around,

“I gaze and gaze with greedy eye, “ Where cities, late with plenty crown'd,

“ In ruins lie. « Does ocean rave? I look and think

“ Unruffled on the sounding shore, “ And rise with joy, as thousands sink,

« To rise no more. “ Do carthquakes growl beneath the

land ? I wait expectant of the sight; And grow, as earth's wide jaws ex

pand, « Wild with delight. “ Of life their babes when Hindoos spoil,

“The pious deed I loud proclaim, “ And of their widow's funeral pile,

“ I light the flame. 66. "Tis mine-all mine-I boast the

deeds “ And call myself the friend of man.66 "Tis mine- and see! the work pro

ceeds “ 'Tis nature's plan. “ On man what crowding ills attend !

“ See how creation pants for room ! “ Ab! wretch-I baste, tbat wretch's

friend,
“ To build his tomb."

The influence of the good Spreads like the widening shadows of the

evening Till life's last sun-beam dies.

A.

The Philosophy of Evil.

(From Mr. G. Dyer's Poetics.) It was when dark November frown'd;

Country and town alike were dreary; Nothing was siniling all around,

Nought within cheary. “ Ob! for some pure æthereal sphere,

« To wbich no dregs of matter cling, 16 Where flows serene th' all-perfect year.

“ From mind's pure spring." It might not be a Form I view

Stern was his front, and fierce bis eye; His robe mix'd of November's hue,

On crimson dye. Clamour, and Rage, and trembling Fear,

In grinu wild state before him go; And in his band he couch'd a spear,

As towards some foe. “ Sing not to me," he cried, “ of loves;

“ Sigh not to me in Pity's strains ; “ Nor think to lure me to the grores,

« To pipe with swains. “ Different my joys-1 traverse earth,

“ I range thro' air, I pierce the sea ; $And every creature by its birth,

“I bound to me.

The Persian Magi beld two princi ples, one the author of good, the other of evil; the latter was called Arimanes. This personage is called in the Chaldaic oracles by different names, Hecate, Car. moue raras vans, Danon; other bar

OBITUARY.

The great

Diect, Sepi. 9, at her house, in Sid- not sufficient to prore her his truc dis mouth, Mrs. ELIZABETH CARSLAKE, ciple, and to fit her for that eteroal the eldest sister of John Carslake, Esq. life which he is appointed to bestow. of the same place, whose death we re. This venerable and amiable womani corded fourteen months ago [X. 529.] supported through the whole of her She had completed the 78th year of her long life, a blameless and lovely chaage, and for some time past had been racter. She was placed by Providence evidently in a declining state. She in very favourable circumstances, and had a large circle of relatives and she was neither insensible of the ada friends, and was deservedly esteemed vantages she enjoyed; nor an unfaithby them. She was a steady Dissenter, ful steward of them. Her friendship but had not the smallest dislike to any was not lightly given ; but when onee who conscientiously differed froin her : imparted, it was steady and durable, the liberty she claimed for herself in nothing but worthlessness of character religious matters, she freely accorded could shake her attachinent. Her virto others. She was entitled to still tues were all of the mild and unobhigher praise than this: her faith was trusive kind : her mind was serious, practical, as well as liberal, it led to, but not at all gloomy. Her natural good works. She was well aware that temper was good, and the views she the mere calling of Christi Lord was entertained of the paternal character

of the Almighty, and of the wisdom barous names, as it is tbere expressed, and goodness of all his dispensations, are given it by God. The lodian mytho. led' ħer to acquiesce in all his appointlogy paints it under different forms, more ments and satisfied her that every thing particularly as Seera. By the northern nations it was called Surtur, who is de- Christian doctrines of a resurrection

was tending to good. scribed in the Edda as making war upon from the dead, a future re-union with Odin. In the Funeral Song of Hacon, it her beloved relatires and friends, and appears as the wolf Fenris, chained now, but who will break loose hereafter, and

an intercourse with all the virtuous of destroy the world. In the Greek and mankind in the kingdom of their Roman poets, particularly Ovid and Clau- commion Father, were frequently the dian, it is conspicuous in the Battle of the subject of her thoughts and conversaGiants against Jupiter, and bas thence tion. These doctrines gave her high passed into the poetry of Milton. Pindar,, delight, and no wonder that they after describing the confinement of these should, they are full of consolation, Giants in Ætna, represesents them as and fitted to cheer and support in all belching out streams of fire. (Pyth. 1.) the calamities and decays of mortality. awhare mucos LYNOTATAI wayai. Like her aged and good brother, she Mars is made by Homer a fierce malicious was eminently a child of peace, and being, destructive to men and delighting nothing upon earth gave her so much in blood,

satisfaction, as when she witnessed a Αρες, Αρες, βροτολοιγε, μιαιφονες:

just and peaceful temper in those

Il. lib. v. about her. Her life being thus good." In the sacred writings of the Jews, also, ness, it was in the natural order of this principle appears, and is called Na- things that her end should be peace. kas, a serpent, (Gen. iii. 1.) and on this “ Mark the perfect man," says the the Christian doctrine is founded. It Psalmist, “and behold the upright. seems to be, and thus it is explained by for the end of that man is peace." many critics, the principle of evil, as per- This was fully verified in the subject sonified in the philosophy of the East of this account. Her last illness was And it is remarkable, that in Persia both the principles were personified under the ful; she retained her senses to the

not very long, nor was it very pain symbol of two serpents contending for the last. About an hour and half before

In the above poem no allusion is made her death she swallowed a ligle milk, to the origin of evil

, it only admits its and then gradually, and tranquilly, existence, and accords with that philoso- resigned herself to ihe sleep of death. phy, which supposes it a necessary part of “Blessed are the dead wha die in the the present system, and that partial evil Lord."

Bi may be universal good.

MUNDANE EGG.

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Olituary.--Mr. Richard Reynolds.
Memoir of the late

But his deeds were not done to obtain
Mr. RICHARD REYNOLDS. the praise of men: he sought the means
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554) we briefly' noticed the death of redoubling the obligation by not seemMr. Richard Reysolds, of Bristol. ing to have bestowed one. "A striking Various menoirs of that excellent man instance of this kind occurred when a have already appeared, and it is hoped lady applied to himn in behalf of an that the public will ere long be favoured orphan, whom he had liberally aided : with a minute and correct narrative of “When he is old,” the lady said, “I his useful life by one who knows how will teach him to name and thank his. to appreciate his worth, and has been benefactor." · Stop," said the good conversant with many of the inore se- man,"you mistake; we do not thanks cret acts of Mr. Reynolds's benevolence. the clouds for rain; teach hiin to We should however regret that our read- look higher, and thank Him, who ers should not be informed of some of giveth buth the clouds and the rain." the more prominent features of this So great was Mr. Reynolds's modesty, pious and venerable Christian. A known that he seemed wounded if his praise ledge of his plaus may induce the well were sounded, or if his deeds of kind. disposed to go and do likewise. ness were brought before the public

Mr. Reynolds was a native of Bristol, eye. Partiy with a view of concealing His father was an opulent tradesman, the author, and partly to give a wide and a minister among the Society of diffusion to his beneficence, he emFriends. He was solicitous that habits ployed persons in different parts and of early industry should be implanted men of all professions and religious in his children. These were properly persuasions, to relieve objects deserving applied by his son, who at no advanced of assistance, in the places in which age became a proprietor and conductor they resided. One method was lending of very extensive iron works in Shrope sums of money to the deserving, pere shire." Perseverance and skill were mitting them to repay the amonni by accompanied by integrity; and the instalments ; if they were able to pay conseqrience was the great improve interest, it was received, if not, it was ment of the concern and the accumu

not deinanded. The same money 10 lation of an ample fortunę by Mr. be again and again applied to similar Reynolds. This he used in a manner cases. Expectation was not awakened becoming the philanthropist and the and then disappointed. But the advice Christian. He ascribed all his bless-, accompanying the aid bestowed was ings to the Giver of all good, and frequently found of the highest utility. considered himself only a steward of Mr. Reynolds gave to public charities Divine bounty. Heregarded his talents, with munificence; but to his own whether of money or ability, as trea- name only such suims were affixed as sures for which he must hereafter give others inight easily imitate, who were a strict account hence bis self denial well disposed to the cause. “A Friend," was uniforin, his circumspection great, or “ A Friend by ditto,” contributed and his generosity without parciality, what awakened admiration. To give either as to sect, party, or country: instances would be endless: suffice it to Piety was his ruling principle, and refer to the records of the Committee pride was a stranger to his actions. for relieving the Germans 10 those of The good effect of his religious prin- the Spital-fields Weavers—of the Bible ciple, was strikingly shown in the Societies to those of the African Ingovernment he acquired over a temper stitution and to those of the various naturally irritable. Benevolence is often charities in Bristol. Mr.Reynolds held the offspring of feeling: in Mr. Rey. it to be a duty that cach one should nolds it was the consequence of faith, much as possible be his own executorworking by love. A discretion rarely not only to avoid giving trouble to surto be found, was the companion of his . vivors, but also, because our talents are zeal to do good. But a willingness to required to be faithfully used, whilst we search out the case he knew not, was ourselves are in the body. On this Rot its only feature : there was a pene. ground, during his life, he purchased tration in his mode of proceeding that an estate for 2 10,000, the interest of discovered the clearness of his judguient which is to be appropriated, at the and the acuteness of his abservations., discretion of the trustees whom he.

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