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Full soon awake, with cheering light, And oh! at glimpse of early morn,
From glen to mountain wildly swelling, When mov'd by sin, or cold neglect, Thy stern rebukes my soul correct; And it is sweet, at mid-day hour, And, sore dismay'd, afflicted, tost, Beneath the forest oak reclining, I mourn thy secret presence lost :
To hear the driving tempest pour, Thou mark'st-thou“bow'st thy heav'ns Each sense to fairy dreams resigning.
most high," And in the darkness of the sky'
'Tis sweet, where nodding rocks around
The nightshade dark is wildly wreathReveal'st thy awful southing voice,
ing, And bid'st my sinking heart rejoice.
To listen to some solemn sound
And sweeter yet the genuine glow
of youthful Friendship's high devo
tion, Not long I mourn—the FRIEND above
Responsive to the voice of wo, Soon shows a more than parent's love ;
When heaves the heart with strong Dispels the momentary night
emotion. He speaks the word, and “there is light.”
And Youth is sweet with many a joy,
That frolick by in artless measure; When fever'd pain or anguish'd smart In vain explores each healing art;
And Age is sweet, with less alloy,
In tranquil thought and silent pleasure. By night invokes the dawn, and then still restless woos the night again : For He who gave the life we share, Yet on that dark, that ling’ring hour With every charm His gift adorning, Oft beams the Star of saving pow'r; Bade Eve her pearly dew-drops wear, And soon, thy deep intentions clear, And drest in smiles the blush of Health, youth, and gladness re-appear.
Morning. But when that stroke is nearer felt For inan's revolt by Justice dealt; TRANSLATION OF AN ITALIAN When, hanging on the faded cheek,
SONNET Chill dews the night of death bespeak: 0! then thou bidst to faith arise
(Written upon the summit of PlinlimA purer Sun in brighter skies ;
mon, a Mountain in Wales, by Life springs immortal from the tomb,
John Sargent, Esquire.) And morning wakes in endless bloom.
C. J. H. With pensive heart and trembling steps
horrors crown'd; To the Editor of the Christian Observer.
While eagles scream around their stormy PERMIT me to offer you a few
head, more of the poetical effusions of And the hoarse torrents pour a solemn
sound. the same lamented friend, some of whose posthumous lines have ap- 'Tis awful! here no grovelling thought peared in your last two Numbers :
can dwell, they cannot fail to be acceptable
Where all is vast, magnificent, and
high; to your readers.
I feel, I feel the ascending spirit swell, I ain, &c.
Though faint the foot, and wearied S.
Ah! treacherous heart, by earth-born
cares depress'd, ?Tis sweet, when in the glowing West Why rove thy thoughts amid the sordid The sun's bright wheels their course
throng, are leaving,
Where sensual pleasures clog each vulUpon the azure Ocean's breast,
gar breast, To watch the dark wavé slowly heav- And gold and glory trail their pomp ing
Oh! mount at length to Heaven on Ah! why, by passing clouds oppress’d, rapid wing,
Should vexing thoughts distract thy There on thy native empyrean glow ; breast? And blest with peace, and bright in end- Turn, turn to Him, in every pain, less spring,
Whom never suppliant sought in vain ; Smile at the clouds that shade a world Thy strength, in joy's extatic day ; below.
Thy hope, when joy has pass'd away.
PSALM XXIV. PARAPHRASE.
O God! my heart within me faints, JEHOVAH's throne is fixed above, And pours in sighs her deep complaints ; And bright through all the courts of love
Yet many a thought shall linger still His Cherub Choirs appear :
By Carmel's height and Tabor's rill, Ab! how shall man ascend so high, The Olive Mount my Saviour trod, A feeble race, condemn'd to die,
The rocks that saw and own'd their God. The heirs of guilt and fear!
The morning beam that wakes the Shall towering strength, or eagle flight,
skies, Essay to win the sacred height
Shall see my matin incense rise ; By Saint and Seraph trod?
The evening Seraphs, as they rove, That living light, that holiest air, Shall catch the notes of joy and love, The guileless heart alone shall share, And sullen night, with drowsy ear, The pure behold their God.
The still repeated anthem hear. Yet think not that with fruitless pain, My soul shall cry to thee, O LORD, One tear shall drop, one sigh in vain
To thee, supreme, incarnate WORD, Repentant swell thy breast;
My Rock and Fortress, Shield and See, see the great REDEEMER come
Friend, To bear his exiled children home, Creator, Saviour, Source, and End; Triumphant to their rest.
And thou wilt hear thy servant's prayer, E'en now from Earth's remotest end
Tho' death and darkness speak despair. Ten thousand thousand voices blend
Ah! why, by passing clouds oppressid, To bless the SAVIOUR's power. Should vexing thoughts distract thy Within thy temple, LORD, we stand,
breast? With willing heart, a pilgrim band, Turn, turn to Him, in every pain, And wait the promis'd hour.
Whom never suppliant sought in vain ; Then high your golden portals raise,
Thy strength, in joy's extatic day, Ye everlasting gates of praise ;
Thy hope, when joy has pass’d away. Ye heavens, the triumph share : MESSIAH comes, with aìl his train ;
PSALM CXXIII. PARAPHRASE. He comes to claim his purchas'd reign, Lord, before thy throne we bend, And rest for ever there!
LORD, to thee our eyes ascend;
Servants, to our Master true, PSALM XLII. PARAPHRASE. Lo, we yield the homage due ;
Children, to our Sire we fly,
Abba, Father, hear our cry!
To the dust our knees we bow;
We await thy holy will: And see thy glory face to face.
Bound to earth, and rooted here,
Till our Saviour God appear.
From the Heavens, thy dwelling place, For many an evil voice is near
Shed, O shed, thy pardoning grace,
Pause to hear our silent wo;
Still they gaze and pass along. That circles Sion's holy ground,
Leave us not beneath the power And gladly swellid the choral lays Of temptation's darkest hour; That hymn'd my great REDEEMER'S Swift to seal their captive's doom praise,
See our foes exulting come: What time the hallow'd arch along Jesus, Saviour, yet be nigh, Responsive swell'd the solemn song. Lord of Life and Victory!
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
A popular Survey of the Reforma- its importance-treats of it as,
tion and fundamental Doctrines perhaps with the exception of one, of the Church of England. By the grandest revolution which has GEORGE CUSTANCE, Author of A ever taken place in the circumconcise View of the Constitution stances of inan—as that mortal force of England. Longman and Co. which is gradually, under a higher 8vo. pp. 571. Price 12s. influence, regenerating the state of
the world—as, in the language of EVERY work connected with the the schools, that plastic soul which " reformation” of religion, at home is silently moulding and quickening or abroad, derives, from its mere the dead mass of Popery and su: subject, considerable impo tance perstition into form and life. But in our eyes. However indifferently it may be as well to let the author executed, it at least directs the speak for himself, as to bis design mind to a topic on which it can in the composition of this work; scarcely employ itself without ad- only assuring our readers, that he vantage. Ii introduces us into a has completely redeemed the pledge mine of incalculable riches, how- given in this extract to the public. ever ill calculated it may be to become our guide through all the “ Notwithstanding the great variety depths' and windings of it. If,
of publications, in almost erery depart
ment of knowledge, there still appears therefore, the work of Mr. Cus
to be wanting a View of the Reformatance bad not, from its execution, tion and Doctrines of the Established any title to our respect and at Church, so compressed as to be suited tention, still its subject would at to young persons and others, who have least be a strong inducement to neither opportunity nor leisure for readexamine and to report upon it. We ing very elaborate works.
* A great book has always been conshould, at the worst, give him the sidered so great an evil, that comparadegree of credit wbich belongs to tively very few have had the courage every
author who turns aside from to encounter the folios of Bishop Burthe frivolities of literature to its nett; and even the Abridgment of his inore solid and productive occupa- and contains so many exceptionable
History of the Reformation is so prolix, tions from its parterre of useless flowers, to its fields and storehouses juvenile reading.
passages, as to render it very unfit for of wealth and profit. But the fact 6. The present work having been writ. is, that Mr. Custance has consi
ten with a direct reference to the inforderable intrinsic claims upon our
mation of youth, on a very important part
of our ecclesiastical history, the anxious attention. In the first place, the
parent may safely put it into the hands spirit in which he writes is excel- of his children of both sexes; as the lent. He views this important author has carefully avoided the least subject with the depth and liveli- allusion to any of those disgusting cir
cumstances that were connected with ness of feeling which belong to it.
the first stage of the Reformation. He Whereas many modern writers, who
has, however, endeavoured to select as have either professedly written on
many of the most interesting facts as the subject, or whose history em- may give the reader a general idea of braces this interesting period, have the rise, progress, and final settlement been able to take their survey of of our present Protestant establishment. it with all the coldness of those
“ It happens, as it always will, that who had neither part nor lot in the with the religion of the state, are totally
many of those who hold communion matter. Mr. Custance is alive to ignorant both of the nature and princi. ples of the church to which they feel a institutions in their infant state, or sort of hereditary attachment; but can administered by a few simple, zeaassign no better reason for belonging to
lous men, and the Establishment in it, than its being the religion which their fathers professed. The author has,
her maturer years, and as become therefore, taken a brief view of the the religion of the multitude, and lawfulness, expediency, doctrines, spirit, soiled by all the accessions and and utility of the Established Church, deposits of time, and circumstance, for the instruction of those who cannot
and human interest, and corruption. consult more learned treatises on these Now this comparison is obviously different subjects. In doing which he has steered as widely as possible of con
unfair. The rule may not be true, troversy, and flatters himself that he has in its full extent, that " whatever uniformly given his own opinions with a is best administered is best;"-bejust regard to the right of private judg
cause some systems may be so ment in others.
“ He begs to assure the reader, that radically corrupt, that good admihe has stated no facts but what rest on
nistration may merely call into the authority of Burnett, Hume, Milner, action the most mischievous enerGisborne, or other writers of equal gies-energies which were barmless credit." pp. 3–5.
only while inactive. It may merely
rouse the sleeping lion. But this To this account, given by Mr. C. is certainly true, that the careful of his own work, we think it right administration of a very imperfect to add, that it is written in a plain system of manners and morals, by and unambitious style--that a calm a few hands peculiarly interested and moderate spirit pervades its in its preservation and integrity, pages—that the work is not ren- may invest it with an undue predered unfit for the age for which eminence over a nobler and purer it is chiefly designed by any per system. A small congregation of plexing or remote disquisitions separatists may be purer, for inand that it is calculated, as it stance, than a whole community of ought, to leave on the mind a very churchmen, and yet the system of favourable impression of the authors the latter be, on the whole, preof the Reformation, and of the ferable for the support of national church built by their labours and morals and the extension of national cemented by their blood in our religion. The little pond in a man's own country. Indeed, by carefully own garden is usually kept neater ascertaining and developing the in its banks, and clearer from real spirit and doctrines of our weeds, than the mighty river which Establishment, and by displaying rolls through the adjoining meathe catholic temper, the mild wis- dows. And then also, as to the dom, the calm energy, and the influence of time upon institutions : spirit of cautious discrimination “ Time (says Lord Bacon) is the by which its first fathers and, the greatest of all innovators.” And authors of its formularies were certain it is, that the best human animated, it is likely to prepossess system, unless carefully inspected, the young mind with the deepest and diligently cleansed, gradually veneration for it. If the Establish- throws out many warts and excresment be, as we unfeignedly think it cencies on its surface. Whoever, is, worth retaining, it is desirable therefore, compares any thing that that it should be exhibited not is new with any thing that is old, is merely through the cold and dis- tempted, upon a hasty survey, to torting medium of modern divinity, prefer the former. But the more but surrounded by the glory of its accurate examiner will often disearlier years. In comparing it, at cover, that the splendour of the the present moment, with other re- first is a mere Birmingham polish, ligious institutions, men are apt to and the dulness of the last the make the comparison between these mere dust of neglect, veiling the most intrinsic riches, and remov- We shall now give our readers a able by the slightest .care. It is single extract, taken at random, on grounds such as these, and we from the work of Mr. Custance ; have rather binted at the subject but sufficient, although but a part than examined it, that we conceive of bis argument on the subject, to it to be highly important to carry afford a specimen of his general the young backwards in their exa- style and lemper. He asks, mination of the religious system of our country to lead them to the
" What are the temporal advantages for source, instead of fixing them on
which we are indebted to the establishthe wide and somewhat neglected ment of the Christian religion?" banks of the descending stream. And such is the tendency of this production of Mr. Custance. The From his reply to this question great work of Bishop Burnett, whose we select two particulars. name and whose labours will always be precious to the lovers of
“ Civil liberty is, doubtless, one, candour, independence, and truth, which Englishmen enjoy above all other is too bulky for the busy, the in- nations, and which they bave derived dolent, and the young. Not, in- from their national religion. Whilst deed, that we would fall into the Popery enslaved the minds, it fettered modern error, of substituting a
also the bodies of men; and no one who
is competent to take an enlarged survey bridgments for original and more
of the subject, can deny that civil licopious works; because we be- berty has gradually increased in prolieve that both our habits of labour portion as pure Protestant Christianity and our progress in truth are en- has been diffused. Previously to the dangered by the exchange. But Reformation, the royal prerogative was many will have to do with nothing to be a most dangerous weapon in the
a principle so vague and undefined as but essences. They will read no- hands of a violent and capricious mothing, if they do not read abridg- narch; whilst the liberties of the subments. And such persons will ject were so circumscribed and obread with pleasure and benefit the scurely ascertained, as to produce, durwork before us. We have certainly ing the reigns of many of our sovereigns,
a collision between the prince and the risen from it more grateful to Pro- people, which at length brought upon vidence for the Reformation in the nation the horrors of a civil war. But general; and for that church in as the Scriptures became more geneparticular, which the Reformers rally understood, the unreasonable prehave, as it were, hewn out of our
tensions of rulers were discovered, and native rocks, and have established ly perceived. The undisguised efforts,
the natural rights of subjects more clearon pillars, we trust, never to be therefore, of James II. to re-establish a sbaken, amidst the mountains and superstitious religion and a tyrannical valleys of our beloved country. government were soon found, by that We seem to ourselves to discover misguided and arbitrary prince, to be some flaws in the spirit and genius mory of the seven bishops, who, with
ruinous to his authority. And the meof the Reformers, and of the Re- such zeal, integrity, and firmness, reformation. We discover also some fused to be the instruments of his insi. defects in that particular church dious policy, ought to be had in grateful which they have planted among
remembrance by every Protestant in ourselves. But, on the whole, we
the land. At the Revolution, principles
were asserted and sanctioned by the are disposed rather to admire than whole Protestant Legislature, which to complain; rather to thank the placed our civil and religious liberties great Author of our blessings for upon a basis which, we trust, with the what we have, than to allow our
Divine blessing, will never be removed. selves in a restless, querulous, and And the same benevolent sentiments
which obtained for ourselves the civil ungrateful pursuit of unattainable privileges we enjoy, have at length trigood.
umphed over all the works of the