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and the manner of execution can- But when his cold hand touch'd my cheek; not but entitle it to our praise : My voice came from me in a shriek :

At mine own voice I gazed around, and we sincerely hope that the

'Twas so unlike a human sound; . endeavours which the spirited in- But on the waters none were near, dividuals, who have published Save the corpse upon its watery bier, this volume at so much labour. And hungry birds that hovered nigh, risk, and expense, have made to ser

Screaming his sole funeral cry. please, will be repaid by the libe My sum of human pangs to fill, ral patronage of the public. We There came a calm--more deathly still, certainly think that this work

Because its sullen silence brought

A dull repose that wakened thought. will prove quite as fit a present, How my limbs quivered, as the sea and quite as proper a companion By some less gentle breeze was stirred, for the work-table and the draw

As if I every moment heard.

The ocean monsters follow me! ing-room, as the impious poetry

Then came the sun in all his might, of Byron, or the lascivious war- To mock me with his noon-day height: blings of a Moore. It now only when the waves lay beneath me long, remains that we justify our asser. I felt his power grow fiercely strong tions by appropriate extracts.

Above me, and would often dip

My burning brow and parched lip, The following piece on “ The Ship- Tő cool them in the fresh’ning wave, wrecked,” (to which, by the bye, Wishing the waters were my grave. a very spirited engraving is ap- But oft the sea-bird o'er me few, pended, and which we wish we

And once it flapped me with its wing :

That I must be its prey I knew, could as easily copy as the poem,) And smiled at my heart's shivering; we cannot but think a very beau But yet I could not bear to see tiful piece.

Its yellow beak, or hear its cry

Telling me what I soon must be ; “THE SHIPWRECKED.

I moaned, and wept, and feared to die. “ By L. A. H.

And as the chill wave grew more chill, "They rolled above me, the wild waves-- The evening breeze became more still, The broken mast I grappled yet;

And, breathing o'er the awful deep, My fellow-men had found their graves, Had lulled me, and I longed to sleep: On me another sun had set.

My senses slept, my head bowed low, But, merciless, the ocean still

The waters splashed beneath, then broke, Dash'd me, then calmly round me lay, Suddenly o'er my aching brow, To wake another human thrill,

With a conrulsive start I woke, As tyrants torture ere they slay.

And, waking, felt them o'er me float, But when the foaming breakers rush'd, While gurgliag in iny parched throat.

And pass'd o'er me, or bore me high, Then into circling eddies gush'd,

Where'er I drifted with the tide, I struggled-yet I knew not why ;

My comrade's corpse was by my side. It was hope that bade me cling

Still to the broken mast I clung, Still to that only earthly thing,

At times aside the waves I flung, I knew not then His inercy gave

All day I struggled hard; but when To keep me level with the wave.

Another and another came, The tempest, when the day was gone,

Weaker and weaker grew my frame,--, More fiercely with the night came on;

I deemed that I was dying then. But, howling o'er the trackless sea,

My head fell on the wave once more, Gave neither hope nor fear to me; ;

And reason left me,-all seemed o'er; Despair had made me brave my fate,

Yet something I remember now,-To die—thus lone and desolate.

I knew I gazed upon the sky, I saw another morning suri,

And felt the breeze pass o'er my brow, But yet my struggles were not done :-

Along the unbroken sea to die ; A passing billow wafteď then

And, half with faintness, half with dread, A comrade's body to my side,

The spirit that sustained me fled.
Who lately, with his fellow-men,
Had bravely stemmed the dashing tide.

There was an eye that watch'd me then,-His calm cheek and half-open eye

An ear that heard my frequent prayer ; Betokened that in agony

And God, who trod the unyielding wave, His spirit had not left him,--he

When humau efforts all were vain, Seemed as if slumbering on the sea.

Ere the death-struggle, came to save, I calmly gazed, and without dread,

And called me back to life again. Upon the dull eye of the dead ;

I thought that I was yielding life,

mently. But no sooner did Bonaparte To perish in that mortal strife,

return from Elba, than all their oaths, And calmly lay along the sea,

though made with the most theatric enThat soon would calmly pass o'er me; thusiasm, the most tremendous adjurations, But my clenchid teeth together met, were all violated and forgotten. Those As if with death I struggled yet

very persons who had sworn to devote That I was stemming it once more ; themselves to die in defence of their law

. And then again the sea-bird's cry. ful sovereign--to stand to him to the last· Was mingling with the billows' roar, to spill the last drop of their blood in As I laid down my head to die.

proof of their loyalty--deserted him at his

utmost need. Princes, dukes, marshals, Returning reason came at last,

senators, soldiers, all hurried to give a And bade returning hope appear :

new oath of fidelity to Napoleon; and That remnant of the broken mast,

now the emperor himself has been called And my dead comrade--both were near;

upon to take an oath of adherence to the Not floating o'er the billows now,

.constitution, and Bonaparte swears to For they had drifted us to land

Carnot, and Carnot to Bonaparte, and the And I was saved--I knew not how

whole nation resolve to act the old disBut felt that an Almighty hand

gusting · farce over again. Because of Had chased the waters from the strand.

swearing, the land mourneth,' said the Beside the corpse, and by the wave, prophet; but the Parisians find that be.

I knelt, and murmured praise to Him, cause of swearing the land rejoiceth. Who, in the fearful trial, gave

Formerly they all swore on the Champ de Strength to the spirit and the limb!” Mars, and now they have all sworn on

pp. 179—183. the Champ de Mai; and, according to

their own fulsome phraseology, they that The following we copy into day presented a scene truly touchingour pages, more on account of they formed a grand and imposing specthe justness of the sentiments, and tacle for the stranger and for all Europe.'-the convenience of its length. Yes, on the Champ de Mai, at a fête at the than from its superiority to otherò

Champs Elysées, and in the midst of pieces. We think, however, all beaux, and eagles, and flowers, apd amphimust admire the beauty and spirit theatres, and booths, and fountains flowing with which the paper is written.

with wine, and orchestras for music, and

stages for singers, and stages for dancers, . "ON FRENCH OATHS.

and stages for amusing philosophy, and [Written in the Year 1815.] feats of horsemanship, and rockets, and

balloons, and combustibles, and confec" By Maria Edgeworth.

tionary, and pâtés, and pullets, and sau*"i' Among the many baneful effects of sages, and geese, and turkeys, and soaped the French Revolution, the disregard of ropes, and Merry Andrews,--the united oaths which it has produced in France, is people interrupted their emperor's speech the most deplorable. On every new rc. with cries of We swear!'--cries of We volution there was a new oath. This swear!'. a thousand times repeated,-cries secms to have been the grand resource of universally prolonged of. We swear!' retheir politicians, the favourite amusement sounded throughout the assembly; and of their populace, till at last the words the great natiou have sworn by all that is I swear-We swear ! repeated so fre- absurd and by all that is sacred, -by that


government, or caprice of political fashion, their lives,--by that liberty which they have lost all power, all use, all meaning. never knew how to use,--by that English In the Champ de Mars, at the commence. constitution which none of them ever un. ment of the Revolution, at what they derstood,--by that God in whom few of called the Grand Federation, they took an them believe. All this would be ridioath to be faithful to their constitution culous, if it were not abominable." It is and their king. How this oath was kept, truly abominable to see a nation, eren of we too well remember! Then a new oath our enemies, so degraded. There is no was taken to the Directory, another to the word but a word of their own invention, Consulate, another to the Emperor--to that can describe their condition : demothe great Emperor of the French, and to the 'ralized, thank Heaven ! is a word scarcely little King of Rome! When Bonaparte understood in England. It describes a was defeated and dethroned, and Louis situation hardly to be compreheaded by the Eighteenth--Louis le desiré, returned, Englishmen. To the people of France, fresh oaths were eagerly sworn to their le: an oath has lost its sanctity, and with its gitimate sovereign, and he was hailed as sanctity, its power and its utility. It is the best of kings; and to all the Bourbons no longer awful as an appeal to Heaven: fidelity was vowed voluntarily and vehe. it is no longer binding as a contract be

tween men : it is no longer useful as the ligious, which she has incurred ? Every bond of society; that great bond is broken Briton would, we believe, scora the offer, and gone.

and ask or feel, “ What are all these ! . “The good and the wise in France-- Baubles, compared with our reputation

(that there are both, we believe : we do for good faith, our integrity, our moral .not, with vulgar prejudice, involve the and religious character, the real strength whole in the folly and guilt of a part of a and security of a nation." Long may nation)-the good and wise in France feel such be the warm feeling, and, better far, as strongly as we.can do, the disgrace and the steady principle of our countrymen! -peril of the situation to which their And that it may be, let us strengthen our country is reduced ; peril greater than respect, our reverence for oaths, by all the the perils of war-disgrace to which no combined powers of education, law, opi. foreiga enemy, no defeat in arts or arms, nion, and, above all, religious observance. could have reduced any country--from “To contribute somewhat to this great which no victory, no triumph, can in our effect, is in the power of every individual days redeem their people as to the past, in this country, whatever his fortune or or secure them as to the future. The his poverty, his rank or his humble situawant of national morality and national tion may be : for the poorest man in the

religion--the - want of the grand social land may show his respect for an oath, • security of an oath - cannot be repaired and support that respect by his example, by armies, nor by battles, nor by edicts, as well as the richest : he has temptations nor by constitutions, nor by the wish or which the rich have not: he has opporwill of any man, or set of men, upon tunities which the rich have seldom : his earth. The belief of the truth of asse evidence, for or against his neighbour, is, veration, no human power can impose on in this country and these times, frequently the mind. The violation of the sanctity called for. Much rests upon a poor man's of oaths cannot be forgotten at pleasure; oath. nor can the last solemnity of an oath be ." The violation, the invasion of ari oath, suddenly restored by any ceremonies or is, if possible, more criminal, more dis: by any form of words. When once the graceful, the better the education; the people have been taught, as the French higher the means of information, the people have been taught, by potorious greater, the safer the opportunities of fraud precedent and frequent example, to think enjoyed by the individual. Let this con. lightly of perjury, what can afterwards sciousness press, in public and private, touch their conscience ?--what shall re- strongly upon those, in whatever rank of strain their conduct ?--what can ensure life, who are called upon to take what are respect to any laws, or fidelity to any go called oaths of office-custom-house oaths vernment ? This generation must pass -oaths of form even. Let all consider, away,--a new generation, better edu. that mental reservation in taking an oath, cated, with principles of virtue and re- is fraud to man and falsehood to God ; ligion, must be formed, before there can that it is in vain that they try to excuse be hope or security for public faith or themselves in this sacrifice of principle to social order and happiness in France. interest : their conscience will upbraid And years, must pass away, and examples them—the small, still voice will be heard. of stability of principles-of regard to their In vain they screen themselves from the political engagements-must be given to temporal obloquy, by a quibble, or the the neighbouring nations, before France construction of words --by pleading cuscan, with them, re-establish her national tom, or looking to numbers who share character.

and countenance the guilt. There must " At this moment, we ask-and we ask be no paltering with an oath. The exam. the question not in the spirit of reproach ple of the strictness of integrity, in taking or reviling-Is there any country in the ci. and abiding by oaths of office, would in vilized world, who would willingly change every country--in this country of Ireland national character with France ? Would --be of more efficacy, more real advantage England ?-would Ireland ? Would any to the good order and prosperity of the Englishman -- would any Irishman accept kingdom, than any who are accustomed for his country all the treasures which to merely fiscal calculations, than all who France has been permitted to accumulate are not habituated to large, moral, and in ber days of conquest ? -- the far-famed political views, can possibly believe or Venetian horses, the Apollo, the Venus, comprehend. or all the statues and all the pictures which “But it is not only to those who take her rapine could wrest from the despoiled oaths-rich or poor, high or low--whom countries of Europe-- would be accept of ' we should most anxiously adjure upon them all, upon condition that England this important subject : when we spoke should take with them the disgrace which of guarding our reverence for oaths by France has brought upon her national law and institution, we looked to those character, or stand the hazard of that who form the institutions and who frame peril, political and social, moral and re- the laws of our country. Let them conN. S. No. 23.

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sider well the importance of their task- consider, that the respect for an oath is the responsibility of their situation. In necessarily diminished by their frequency; stead of multiplying restriction upon re- --that their power is inversely as their striction -- penalty upon penalty -- oath number ;-that their solemnity is lost, if upon oath--let them so legislate as to they are brought down from the high to avoid, as far as possible, holding out to the low concerns of life ;-and that it is the poor the temptation, the opportunity well worthy of the legislator and the mofor evasion or fraud, Let them consider, ralist-perhaps also of the financier and that multiplying oaths is multiplying, cer- the politician-to sacrifice even excise to tainly, the possibility, and too frequently morality, and revenue to religion."the probability, of perjury. Let them pp. 297 --308.

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A SERMON, preached at Tharted, scene often exhibited in the endeared August 29, 1826, at the Interment of circle, of which the venerable JENNINGS the Rev. John Jennings, Pastor of the was often the centre, and always the Independent Congregation in that Town. ornament. His gentle manners, his sound By William Chaplin. To which is pre- learning, his unaffected goodness, his fixed, the Address delivered at the Grave. cheerful piety, caused all his brethren By Joseph Morison. Price 1s. Holdsworth, to love him. His contemporaries re--Amidst the toils and sorrows of the pas- joiced in the undeviating excellence of toral work, it is most refreshing and glad- the friend of their youth, and his juniors some to the mind of a minister to possess contemplated him as a pattern of minithe confidential and christian friendship sterial prudence and consistency. The of his brethren in the work of the Lord. discourses before us were delivered by Alike in tastes, in studies, in trials, in those who loved and honoured him in duties, in opinions, and pleasures life, and at his grave uttered those united in all that can excite and sanc- heartfelt regrets, and those cheering tify the sympathies of our nature, they hopes, which ministerial friendships and know the bitterness common to their christian sentiments can alone inspire. hearts, and “the stranger intermeddleth We need not apologize for indulging not with their joys.” When these little in this strain, for we have not sketched bands of a holy brotherhood reside in a solitary knot of attached brethren in one privileged and rural neighbour- ' the ministry, rising like a clump of palm hood, they often meet at the same pub- trees amidst the sterility of the desert, lic solemnities, at the same devout ex. but have only described one of those ercises, at the same hospitable abodes, many clusters of the trees of righteousand by their kindly greetings, their fer- ness which adorn and luxuriate in the vent prayers, their confiding converse, vineyard of our God. Mr. Chaplin, for their harmonious sentiments, they con many years the near neighbour and strain beholders to exclạim, “How good friend of the deceased, founded his and how pleasant a thing is it, for bre- judicious and very interesting sermon thren to dwell together in unity !” And on 2 Sam. xii. 23. in which he not only when at length death appears in the indulges in those characteristic sketches, circle, to summon some beloved mem- tender references, and solemn appeals, ber of their fraternity to his reward, so appropriate on such an occasion, but they gather around his grave, and while in the close he displays his friendly they mingle their sorrows with those of solicitude for the bereaved church, by the weeping multitude, they lift up addressing to them most seasonable adtheir tearful eyes to those blessed man vice on the measures they should take sions where the fellowship of the church in the election of a future pastor. And shall be resumed without its present in- as, alas! there is too much evidence firmities, and continued without these that such cautionary remarks require painful interruptions. “ There shall be to be extensively circulated, we extract no more death, neither sorrow nor cry. them, and beg the members of all wiing, for the former things are passed dowed churches to give them a serious, away."

a. prayerful reading. This is no fancy sketch-the remi- . " Be careful as to the measures you purniscence of bygone years realizes the sue in discharge of the duty that now devolves upon you for filling up the va. you against this at the present critical cancy which death has occasioned. Re- juncture. From much observation and member that the sole right of appoint reflection I am induced to hold up the ing to the pastoral office is vested in the principle I have mentioned as one of church. The New Testament, which is vital importance to our churches, and I our only guide in whatever relates to now urge it upon you as one that ought the spiritual concerns of Christ's king never to be ceded. dom, recognizes no other description " At the same time, allow me to reof persons in reference to those con mark, that you will not exercise this cerns. Some have strangely conceived, right in a becoming manner, nor will and the conceit has sometimes produced you maintain your proper character as dissention and strife, that subscribers, as a Christian society, if you do not act such, are entitled to a full share in the with great discretion and prudence, and appointment of a pastor ; and some particularly towards those of your felcburches have unwisely and unscriptu low worshippers who are not united to rally yielded to the claim, thereby open your communion. Their concurrence and ing the way for future mischief. It is approval you will not, I hope, treat with possible that a body of subscribers may indifference. It will be found of no attach themselves to a Christian church small importance to you and to them for by their voluntary contributions, among the church to form its decisions, and to whom opinions prevail adverse to the pass its acts, with a special view to geneprinciples of the gospel ; and whose taste ral harmony and peace. It should be and views, with regard to a minister are made very apparent that the church seeks such as the church would find to be the edification and profit of all; that you neither edifying to themselves, nor pro. are anxious to secure such a ministry in fitable to the souls of others. And there this place as will be likely to obtain the is no method of preserving purity and cordial good will of all classes, so that spirituality of communion in our so the hearers at large might take pleasure cieties if there be an admixture which in attending divine ordinances, and thus the word of God does not sanction, in be in the way of receiving real and subthe order, discipline, government, and stantial benefit to their souls. A church proceedings of his church. Besides loses sight of its duty and interests when which, it should be recollected that it stands up for its rights superciliously, there is no permanency in the con- and pushes them rashly; when it forgets nexion about to be formed between a that one grand end of a standing ministry minister and subscribers only; that is is its own enlargement as well as its to say, there is no rule, no acknow edification, and that this is hardly to be ledged law by which that connexion is expected where the acts of the church to be sustained. A person may allow are not done in a spirit of conciliation, his name to remain in the list of contri. and kindness, and Christian love. I hope, butors up to the day of election, and then my friends, you will have much of the withdraw it for ever; and more than spirit of Christ among you, and if so, I this, there may be, and in some cases am sure you will always show that you there has been, a dishonourable swell of seek the Christian concurrence of all the list of subscribers on the eve of such your fellow worshippers, and that you

an appointment! The subscription list value it.”-pp. 22--24. · is altogether a voluntary thing, which

Mr. Morison, of Stebbing, delivered

m may be increased or diminished by all sorts of characters at their own caprice;

the elegant address which is prefixed and it is strange that any should have

to the sermon, and which contains so conceived this to be a basis on which is many tender and impressive allusions, to rest the right of appointing men to that we think it will be read by many, the most sacred of all offices and trusts. as, we doubt not it was heard, with But church membership is a permanent tears. relation, appointed by the Lord Jesus, and regulated under the authority of his

CONSIDERATIONS ON THE IMPOLICY word. It therefore forms a legitimate

AND INEXPEDIENCY OF IMPRISONMENT and abiding ground for the proceeding

FOR Debt; in a Letter to the Right in question, as well as for all others Hon. Robert Lee, M. P. By Thomas relating to the holy interests of the king Danvers, Esq. London, 1826. 8vo. dom of Christ. If any church depart pp. 36. 15. Od. from it, you may expect to hear that such a church is more or less distin

SELECTIONS FROM THE WORKS OF guished by confugion and dissention, for JOHN OWEN, D.D. By the Rev. W. a spring bath been loosened which opened

Wilson, D.D. Vol. 1. London: Holdsthe door for much evil work. I feel it worth, 1826. 18mo 2s. 60.--This beaumy duty, my Christian friends, to warn tifully printed little volume contains a

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