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from a discharge of my profes- shall be misunderstood, or motives sional duties in my native country, imputed to me which my lieart and my endeavour is still to be useful. conscience disown, I shall look to I discovered what I still think very them for approbation, and to the erroneous in the version of the Holy sound members of our truly CbrisScriptures circulated by the Bible. tian Church, whose opinions alone Society. I made this known through I respect and value. the medium of a publication in, I remain, Sir, your obliged and which I take a lively interest; and, faithful friend, if in this or in any future contribu

M. H. LUSCOMBE. tion, the “ tone” in which I write Caen, Jan. 10, 1822.

SACRED POETRY.

ON THE EPIPHANY.

Guided by the wond'rous Star,
Wherefore come the Seers from far?
Wherefore from their spicy store
Present their offerings and adore?

Haste, ye Gentiles, haste and bring
Oblations to your new-born King ;
With the sage, in reverend awe,

Round the lowly Manger draw.
· Though among the sons of earth,
Mean his parents, rude his birth,
To his rising kings shall come,
Letter'd Greece and mighty Rome.
In Him shall the nations rest :
In Him shall a world be blest :
In Him mercy unconfin'd
Embrace the whole of human kind.

THE FOLLY OF ATHEISM.

AROUND yon radiant orbs on high
I silent lead my lifted eye,
And musing say, The fool alone
A sovereign Maker can disown.

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ON DIVINE LOVE.
“ If ye love me, keep my Commandments.”
And didst thou leave thy seat on high,

To save the world and me?
And didst thou, O my Saviour, die

Upon the ignoble tree?
With warm affections, gracious Lord,

This conscious bosom move :
And there preserve the sacred flame

Of gratitude and love.
And ah, let works as well as words

My thankfulness display ; .
The faithful do their Father's will,

And, as they love, obey.
Be then my sense of love express'd

To God's eternal Son,
By sins renounc'd and passions check'd

And deeds of mercy done.

THE SAVIOUR'S INVITATION.

es Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give

you rest."
Come ye, whose tears in anguish flow,
Sad safferers in this vale of woe :
Come, and the troubled heart shall rest,
And pleasure re-illume the breast.

Come, mournful sinners, leave behind
The barthen of a guilty mind :
Bright Faith shall cast her cheering ray,
And light you on your heavenly way.
Come ye, who mute with sorrow bend
Desponding o'er the buried friend;
O come, and with prophetic eyes
Behold that friend in glory rise.
Come ye, from whose declining head
Gay Health hath now for ever fled ;
O come, and let the spirit rest
In opening visions of the blest.

FROM THE 90TH PSALM.

Thou wast, O God, in power sublime
Before the mortal birth of time ;
Ere Earth her flowery lap bad spread,
Or mountains rear’d their towering head.
At thy displeasure, lordly man
Contracts his being to a span;
Closes his transitory day;
And passes like a dream away.
At morn he glows with healthy bloom,
At evening, drops into the tomb :
As fades upon the river's side
The verdant meadow's grassy pride.
And what awaits on added years
But sickness, solitude, and tears :
For with our age our sorrows grow;
And lengthen'd life is lengthen'd woe.
O then, ere youth be pass'd away,
Prepare us for the mortal day:
Our minds with heavenly lore supply,
And fit us every hour to die.

HEZEKIAH AFTER SICKNESS..

PROM ISAIAH Xxxviii. 17, &c. Raise my harp the grateful lay : Pale Disease hath passed away: . God, omnipotent to save, .. Calls me from the dreary grave. ...

Not among the silent dead
Are his lofty praises spread;
"Tis the living, who inspire,
Warm with gratitude, the lyre.
From the confines of the tomb
Up to light and life I come:
Children yet unborn shall sing
Of thy mercies, heavenly King.
I, thy ballow'd courts among,
Oft will pour my morning song :
Oft my grateful heart shall rise
At the evening sacrifice.

REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

The Rights of Sovereignty in Chris. tion in which the antipathies of the tian States defended in some chief churchman impair his judgment, and Particulars; a Charge delivered in the discussion of which it is not to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry his province to interfere. of London, May 24th, 1821, with It is not without strict propriety, Dissertations and Collections ils that arguments upon the whole lustrating the same Subject, with or upon distinct parts of the quesreference to the Works of Mr. tion, have been offered to the conHooker and Bishop Warburton, sideration of the Clergy assembled together with those of Grotius, at their solemn visitations. The De Marca, and others. By Jo. point upon which Archdeacon Pott seph Holden Pott, A.M. Vicar has fixed the attention of the Clergy of St. Martin's in the Fields, and of the Archdeaconry of London is the Archdeacon of London. Pub- highly interesting and important doclished by desire of the Clergy trine of the sole supremacy of the present. 8vo. 336 pp. Riving- Sovereign in matters of a religious tons. 1821.

as well as of a civil nature, which

the Scriptures have not restricted CATHOLIC emancipation, as it is to the cognizance and administration familiarly, but most improperly de. of the Priesthood, that there should signated, is a mixed question of po. be any temporal head of the Church litics and theology. The investiga- is a doctrine to which the Dissenters tion of its principles is the appro- have strong objections, and although priate office of the churchman, and the Romanist has renounced the the practical application of those claims of secular dominion which principles is the duty of the states. he was wont to urge in favour of man, who will not remember the the Pope, be is not prepared to conactive part which was borne by the cede ecclesiastical supremacy to the Clergy in the Reformation, and in Sovereign. The examination of this preventiog the revival of Popery doctrive is peculiarly suited to the under the Secoud James, without present time, because in the late respecting the reasonings of the Bill for removing the disqualificaDivine, and will not dishonour him tions of the Roman Catholics, a self by pretending, that it is a ques- certain power was challenged to the King in the person of his commis. reign with a Protestant consort. If sioners, which consistent Catholics the time has not arrived for admitinaintain to be contrary to the dis ting à Papist to the throne, they cipline of the Roman Church. consider it necessary to surround

the throne with a barrier of Protes. “ I do not mean to make gratuitous as

tant advisers, and not to expose the sumptions in this place with reference to those restraints which have been so re

king, whose Protestantism is indiscently the subject of deliberation in this pensable, to the influence of Popish country, and to which my remarks will counsellors. The offices which con. now bear some allusion. I shall not, I sistent Protestants would withhold suppose, take too much for granted, when

from their Catholic brethren are in I say that those restrictions, against which

number few, and in dignity such, such urgent pleas have been put forward,

that but few can be aggrieved by were once at least deemed necessary. They are not the fetters then, which have

the exclusion: and if it should be been forged by bigotry, or devised by head. argued that the exclusion of the few long zealots; unless you will rank in that is a stigma upon the religion of the tainted class, the calmest and the wisest many, the same stigma is implied men in all departments, which this land in the restriction of the throne to hath ever bred. It is a generous senti- Protestants, which none has yet proment, no doubt, whichever way our judgment may incline at present, which disposes

posed to supersede. candid men to think and believe, that the “ It is far from my purpose to recall season for new measures, where improve- discussions which have found do end, or to ment is the object, is arrived. It is a vir- perpetuate controversies, which have protuous feeling which inclines men to think, duced po good accord, But there is no that restraints which are sufficiently de tomb for controversies, but mutual forplorable, and never warranted but by bearance; and that prudent temper must strict necessity, for preservation or defence be fatally obstructed, even on the cogent may at length be laid aside. It is, too, let pleas of charity, where those high conceits me be allowed to say, a sentiment as pure, prevail, which limit the whole hope of sal. as free from bigotry and headlong zeal, as vation, and confine the Christian name full of all ease for the public good, and itself to one portion of the Christian above all for the best interests of religion, Church. Who would not strive for proseon which the public good must be estab- lytes, if such a potion could be true You lished, which disposes others to use much may frame laws and grant indulgences in caution and consideration; to look well to the generous hope of promoting union in those direful and unchanging principles, the land, but wliere can be the point of which first produced the sad necessity for mutual forbearance, where the warmest civil and religious separations; principles feelings of the heart are thus engaged on which admit no variation, and can suffer settled grounds of mispersuasion ; not no abatement, since they bear the fancied ronsed to contend for victory or power, seal, and plead the bold but unsupported but to snatch men from perdition, Will challenge, of infallible authority.” P. 5,6. you say, that restraints on temporal rights

cannot prevent this, and ought not to be The steady adversaries of Catho- framed or applied with this design? It is lic emancipation are not averse from trne : but the question is not altogether of any concessions which do not con- this simple ancompounded nature, for who vey political power to their Roman can deny that the same zeal, which we Catholic brethren. A just recollec

know cannot be restrained by human laws, tion of the fatal efficacy of Catholic

and is not the proper object of thein, will

not be abundantly assisted and find its power upon the civil and religious strength renewed by the influence of publiberties of England, produces no fic credit, by the share to be acquired in unnatural jealousy of the revival and legislative powers, and by wide and intire-establishment of that power, and mate participations in the public councils renders them desirous of seeing none and mixed government of the country. It but Protestant governors of colo

is not, I suppose, the wish to lend such

strength to be employed against the Pronies, Protestant judges, Protestant

testant establishment, with which the best legislators, and Protestant council- interests and acknowledged basis of the lors, as well as a Protestant sove. government in this land are essentially

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