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Held secret virtue. To their seats beneath
It ceases-for the holy man his charge
In their Redeemer's love, will boldly dare
A glow of high resolve, and ardent hope,
Confirming now the same with your own lips, "And binding each both to believe and do "Those things, which at a weak and tender "You by respective sureties undertook?" A loud-" I do," gave sanction to the service. And now the young noviciates lowly bend:They pray; they kneel in silence round the altar; The bishop's blessing broods upon their heads, (As once o'er Jordan did the dove-like form) While he alone implores the Saviour-God, "To succour these his servants with his "That they may live for ever, and receive "An increase of his spirit more and more, "Until they come to his eternal kingdom!"
No shrill" Amen" was wanted from the clerk's Sonorous voice; the hearts of all around Echo'd responses, and their orisons In soft and secret whispers, or in tears Of gushing fondness, spoke the soul's regard. For all around were mothers, sponsors, friends, And sires, and sisters; those who the young thus far Had train'd upon their way to blessedness, With those who came to see the rite performed,. Which they might soon be sanction'd to partake, And the joint privilege of Christians claim, To banquet at the table of their Lord! There oft approaching, may they still recal This day's solemnity, and hence become The children of their God: so shall no blight Of sin the promise of their vernal bloom Destroy, but when from earth transplanted, bear Rich fruit within the glorious paradise of heaven!
KING LEAR'S SPEECH TO EDGAR.
VERSIFIED AND PARAPHRASED BY MR. COBBE.
SEE where the solitary creature stands,
Quit, monarch, quit thy vain superfluous pride,
Bid art no more its spurious gifts supply,
Be man, mere man, thirst, hunger, grieve and die.
AN ENGLISH SONG WITHOUT SIBILANTS. BY J. THELWALL, ESQ.
SET TO MUSIC BY DR. KEMP.
The Author does not mean to insinuate, by this specimen, the necessity or propriety of a total exclusion of sibilants from all compositions designed for music: but the frequency of their recurrence has long and justly been a reproach, not to our language but to our writers. The following specimen at least may show that it is not necessary to interrupt the melody of English song by an eternally recurring hiss. The s in the word rose, sounded, as it is written below, like z, is the only even half sibilant that occurs in the whole twenty lines.
No-not the eye of tender blue,
Tho' Mary 'twere the tint of thine, Or breathing lip, of glowing hue, Might bid the opening roze repine,
Had long enthrall'd my mind; Nor tint with tint, alternate aiding,
That o'er the dimpled tablet flow, The vermil to the lily fading,
Nor ringlet, bright with orient glow,
The breathing tint, the beamy ray,
With temper mild and gay good nature,-
THE Fair one had a heart to feel,
That pensive heart's emotion:
Were pictur'd in her face:
Gave dignity and grace.
And he, the youth-the friend-who lay,
Ah! restless too, and sad was he,
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Aspiring was his soul, yet meek;
His heart was flame, to passion weak,
* Alluding to a print of Shakspeare's " Melancholy Jaques," to which the person addressed had sportively compared the writer.