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Of hope, in that glad moment when it springs In which wide void each pause the falling From deep despairO, can there be a inake, heart,
Is but a transient hovering on the wing. That never, at its foot, poured out itself Saviour of men, almighty as thou art, In supplications, thanks, and humble vows And infinite in mercy, to thy throne, Of unreserved devotedness till death? Though human argument and friendship fail, Away with every refuge from the woes, Restore the wandering, there to kneel again Here and hereafter, but the bleeding cross ! In adoration, and repeat the praise Who flees to any other, for relief
Of thy divine perfections, once their song. From conscious guilt, and misery, is undone ; Turn back the tide of errour, flowing wide, Who leads to any other, them that wait Bearing away the boundaries of truth His guidance, adds their ruin to his own, For ages fixed, the enclosure breaking down And on himself redoubled vengeance draws. Of many a garden planted by thy hand, Wo to the men who tear away the cross ! Laying it open to the world's wide waste. Sole prop and pillar of a sinking world, Ifits foundation by unhallowed hands
"'Tis when the cross is preached, and Be undermined, what, what can give sup- only then,
That from the pulpit a mysterious power But, hush, my fears ! it rests not on the sand; Goes forth to renovate the moral man. The raging waves, that dash against its base, The cross imparts vitality divine, Sink harmless, after foaming out their shame: And energy omnipotent, to truth; Quick, at the voice of the almighty Word, To its whole system, ineffectual else, Away they shrink, their shallowness betray, Inanimate He that, without it, wields Stir up, and leave exposed to every eye, The sacred sword, at best, in mock display, The foulness at the bottom unconcealed. A useless weapon flourishes in its sheath From Calvary springs the only fount of life, None feel its edge, nove fear it. Men there Knowledge, and truth, celestial. Whoso
Men of illustrious name, that have employed Feels iinmortality begun within,
Years in portraying to admiring crowds, And his diin vision cleared from every mist In vivid colours, with the magick hand Of doubt and ignorance ; its virtues high Of genius guided by refining taste, He that contemps, is wholly dead at heart, The loveliness of virtue, and of vice Aod, in a maze of errours without end The hideous features, and in urging all, Bewildered, darkling winds his joyless way. With eloquent tongue, to make the happy Divine Redeemer, thou art truth itself ;
choice, Io thee are found its sum, and living source, And, at the end, with grief and self-reproach, Its boundless and inestimable stores.
Have looked around in vain for the reformed. They that forsake thee, that with hands On all the moral field within its reach, profane,
Their beautiful philosophy has fallen From thee thy uncreated glory wrest, Powerless, as moonlight cold on the cold Thy independent throne, and in the pride Of talse philosophy, refuse to sit
Convinced, at length, of this its impotence, Meek learners at thy feet, how fast they pass And taught divinely to proclaim instead From one delusion to another worse,
Messiah crucified, on the same field Gone, from the earliest hesitating thought With joy have they beheld an aspect new, Of leaving thee, well nigh beyond the hope Fron; fruits abundant, of immortal growth. Of restoration, as if left in turn!
When amid frozen seas, mountain of ice, One step from thee, thy Godhead, and thy And all the horrours of a polar clime,
Moravia's humble but heroick song Inseparable, and down a steep descent, The bold attempt began, truth to make Down, down they go, with bold and bolder
To the besotted Greenlander, and lead Till, all restraint thrown off, one desperate His feet into the path of virtue and of life, plunge
They pointed to the heavens thick set with Sinks them below the light of truth and stars, heaven,
All, to the least, twinkling with vivid beams, Io the dread gulf of infidelity,
Presenting a whole living firmament The fatal gull. Between this rayless depth, Through the clear atmosphere, intensely And that celestial height, from which they cold, leap
Or bis long wintry night; and to the sun, Who once from thee depart, exists no ground Duly returning, to spread o'er his vales On which to rest ; all is but empty air ; A sudden, transitory, summer smile :
To these and objects visible like these, Cruel the tenderness, that whispers peace
ceived, What though the cross, presented to the Undoing and undone ! Learn’d he may be, view
And eloquent, who yet the name deserves With all the humbling but momentous truths of a false teacher, false in head and heart ; Inscribed on it, offend the pride of man? But learning, with its boasted powers, arShall it be hidden, or its truths effaced ?
rayed Shall dying men be pleased rather than Against the sweet simplicity of truth, saved !
And eloquerice from counterfeited warmth, When one who traverses some polar waste, The painted passion of a mind at ease, Feels the benumbing influence of the cold How vain and pitiful in all their pride! Steal o'er him in a grateful drowsiness, lle is the true ambassador of heaven, Too strong to be resisted, and repays with Whose learning is the knowledge of the Bitter words, while sinking in the snow,
truth; The efforts of his comrades to alarm Whose eloquence is that of piety And rouse him, or support and drag him on, Enlightened and impassioned-now a flame Is it philanthropy to please, or save? Of pure devotion rising to the skies, Will not their hated care be recompensed, And now a stream of pure benevolence When, borne beyond the danger, and restored Poured down on man. Of such the mighty To feeling and to reason, he pours forth
theme, The weeping gratitude of a füll heart ? That takes supreme possession of the soul, And will the kind severity, that seeks The bosom swelling, glowing on the lips, To rescue those seized by a lethargy, Is Christ, the Lord of life, dying to give Ending, not broke, in ever-dying death, Blest immortality to wretched foes; Receive a recompense of thanks less rich Exchanging, in the plenitude of love, From the delivered ? Or the transient scoff His own imperishable crown of light Of those delivered never, can this pain For man's mock diadem of wreathed thorns, Like their eternal curse, and that of heaven, The praise of angels for the scoff of worms, For ministering an opiate to the soul, The infinite beatitude of heaven To gain its momentary favour here? For pain unutterable on the cross."
holy rite of confirmation, and the sacrament An abstract of the proceedings of the Bien- of the Lord's supper.
nial Convention of the Protestant Episco- The reverend Asa Eaton was chosen secpal Church in the Eastern Diocese, holden retary of the convention. at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Septem- The reverend Mr Crocker, reverend Mr. ber 25, 1822.
Burroughs, reverend Mr. Bronson, reverend The convention was attended by the right Mr. Ten Broeck, reverend Dr. Jarvis, revereverend Alexander V. Griswold, D. D. rend Mr. Eaton, reverend Mr. Morss, Dud. bishop of the diocese, eight clerical and ley A. Tyng, and George Brinley, esquires, three lay deputies.
were chosen the standing committee of the The meeting was opened by the celebra. diocese. tion of divine service and a serinon, which The reverend Dr. Jarvis was appointed were followed by the administration of the chairman of the standing committee.
The alterations in the constitution pro- In Massachusetts, Dudley A. Tyng, Thoposed at the last meeting of the convention mas L. Winthrop, and George Brinley, were unaniinously adopted. *
esquire. The following alterations in the constitu. in Rhode Island, Alexander Jones, Henry tion were proposed and ordered to lie over De Wolf, and Stephen Northum, esquires. for consideration at the next meeting of the In New Hampshire, the Hon. James convention ; viz. in the second article, that Sheafe, Hon. John Harris, and Ezra Jones, the words, "each of the states by rotation,” esquire. be erased, and the words, " such place as in Vermont, the Hon. Daniel Chipman, shall be agreed upon at the preceding con- Hon. Jonathan H. Hubbard, and Alexander vention," be inserted: also, that after the Fleming, esquire. words 1 lay delegate,” the words, In the state of Maine, Robert H. Gardiner, delegates, not exceeding three,” be insert- Simon Bradstreet, and Stephen Wait, esqr's. ed. lo article tenth, that the word annual The next meeting of the convention is to be substituted for the word “ biennial." be held at Windsor, Vermont, on the last
Agreeably to the provisions of the 45th ca. Wednesday of September, 1823. pon the bishop delivered an address exhibiting a view of the state of the church in the diocese
Vermont. and an account of his official duties since the We present, with great pleasure, to our last convention. Whereupon it was readers, an abstract of the journals of Ver
Resolved, That so much of the bishop's ad- mont, for the years 1820, 1821, and 1822. dress as relates to the supply of vacant pa- This, if we mistake not, is the first printed rishes, the support of the episcopate, and a journal of any of the conventions of the states uniform system of catechetical instruction which compose the eastern diocese. Though for the diocese, be referred to the reverend small and humble in its appearance, it is not Dr. Jarvis, reverend Mr. Morss, and reve- more so than were the first journals of those rend Mr. Leonard.
churches which now annually exbibit reports The above committee reported the fol- of 40 or 50 pages. It is a good example, and lowing resolutions, which were unanimously we hope it will be followed. We insert the adopted.
constitution of the church in Vermont, as reResolved, That the bishop be, and he here- vised and adopted at the convention, in 1820. by is requested to assign to the several rectors of parishes within the diocese, such mis- 1. The various churches in Vermont shall sionary duties as he shall think expedient: be considered as united in one convention in and that it be, and it hereby is recommended subordination to the general convention of to the several parishes to form missionary so- the United States. cieties, auxiliary to such societies for that II. The said convention shall meet annualpurpose, as have been or may be formed by ly on the fourth Wednesday in June, at such the authority of the state conventions. place as shall be appointed at a previous
Resolved, That a committee of three of meeting; and all clergymen of the protestant the laity in each state in the diocese be ap- Episcopal church, residing in this state, shall pointed by this convention to solicit sub. be entitled to seats in convention ; and lay scriptions and donations to the Episcopal delegates from the sereral churches in this fund.
state, shall be entitled to seats in the said Resolved, That a committee of three of convention, in the following proportion, to the clergy, in connexion with the bishop, wit : Each church shall have the privilege of and under his direction and superintendance, sending at least one member; if it consists of be appointed by the authority of this con- ten or more communicants, then it may send vention, to set forth a uniforın syster of two members, and for every twenty-five catechetical instruction for the use of the communicants, excepting the numbers above diocese.
specified, the said churches shall be entitied Conformably to the resolution on the sup- to one additional member. port of the episcopate, the following com- III. The convention shall deliberate and mittees were appointed in the several states act in one body ; but shall vote in distinct composing the diocese.
orders, when any member shall call for such
a division on any one question; and in such * By these alterations, the state of Maine case a concurrence of a majority of both oris recognised as a part of the Easteru dio- ders shall be necessary to constitute a vote. cese, and the meetings of the convention are IV. A president, secretary, and standing to be held annually, instead of biennially, committee, shall be chosen at every annual to be composed of all the clergy of the dio- meeting of the convention ; and when there cese and a lay delegate from each church. is to be a session of the general convention
within the ensuing year, the requisite delega. Abraham Bronson, Rev. George Leonard, tions shall be appointed to represent this Rev. Carlton Chase, Rev. Joel Clapp; cleristate in that body; also as long as this state cal :-Joshua Isham, Esq. George Cleves shall belong to the Eastern diocese,a delega- land, Esq. Mr. Alexander Fleming, and Dr. tion shall be appointed to attend each dioce. Elisha Sheldon, lay. san convention at the next preceding annual Rev. Abraham Bronson; was nominated convention, or at some meeting specially by this convention, as a trustee of the genewarned for that purpose. Provided, how- ral theological seminary of the protestant ever, that no person shall be a member of Episcopal church, in the United States of the standing committee, or shall represent America, agreeable to the third article of this state in the general or diocesan conven- the constitution of said seminary. tion, unless he be a regular communicant in A communication from the secretary of the the church. Provided, also, that when the general convention, containing a proposed bishop of the diocese shall be present in con alteration of the constitution of that convenvention, he shall, ex-officio, be president. tion, relative to the time of holding its trienThe convention may, from time to time, if nial meetings, and investing the presiding deemed expedient, appoint a prudential com- bishop, in certain cases, with the power to mittee to superintend the prudential concerns alter the place where the same shall be held, of the church.
was read ; and the convention voted, that V. If, at any time, a bishop is to be elect- this convention does not approve of the proed by this convention, the secretary, by or- posed alteration. der of the president or standing committee, Resolved, that the clergy of this state be shall write to the minister, or one of the war. requested to preach in their several churches, dens of each church, at least six weeks be- and to solicit contributions, once or more in fore the election is to take place, and give each year for the benefit of the protestant notice of the time and place appointed for Episcopal missionary society in this state ;such election, and request, that delegates and that they be requested to perform simimay attend the convention for the purpose ; lar duties in the several vacant parishes in and in every such election, the convention this state. shall vote in distinct orders- the clerical or- The Rev. Carlton Chase is appointed to der shall make a nomination by ballot, and preach before the next convention, to be a majority of the lay delegates, shall ap- holden at St. Albans. prove the appointment, before the person The fo!lowing canons were passed in 1821. shall be considered elected.
I. Or the mode of trying clergymen ac. VI. No alteration shall be made in this cused of misdemeanor... Whenever the standconstitution, except in annual convention; ing committee shall have reason to suspect a nor unless proposed and reduced to writing clergyman of this church to be guilty of infiat a previous convention.
delity, heresy, vice, or irregularity of any VII. The bishop, or standing committee, kind, it shall be their duty to inquire into the shall have power to call a special convention, circumstances of the case; and, if upon inby giving six weeks previous notice to the vestigation, they consider the crime worthy minister or one of the wardens of each par- of notice, they shall report thereupon to the ticular church.
bishop, who may summon a council of his
clergy, not less than three ; a copy of the Parochial reports in 1820, were from eleven charge, and due notice of the time and place churches, as follows : baptisms, 99 ; deaths, of trial being likewise communicated to the 35 ; whole number of communicants, 391. party accused ; and after a full and fair in
Parochial reports in 1821, from thirteen vestigation of the subject, the bishop may churches, baptisms, 101 ; marriages, 14 ; pronounce sentence in the case. deaths, 32 ; whole number of communicants, minister, degraded agreeable to this canon, 592. In several of the churches, flourishing shall consider hiinsell' aggrieved, he shall be Sunday schools.
allowed an appeal to the house of bishops. Parochial reports in 1822, from thirteen Il. Of the mode of forming and organizing churches, baptisms, 73 ; marriages, 21; churches.- Whenever any number of per deaths, 32 ; number of communicants 557. sons in this state shall form themselves into
Standing committee, for the year ensuing, a regular society of the persuasion of the Rev. Abraham Bronson, Rev. George Leo- protestant Episcopal church, in such a mannard, Rev. Carlton Chase, Rev. Joel Clapp. ner, as that they will become a body corpo
Prudential committee, Hon. Daniel Chip- rate according to law, and their proceedings man, George Cleveland, Esq. Hon. J. H. shall be sanctioned by the bishop of the dioHubbard.
cese, or, in case of no bishop, by the standing Delegates to the general convention, Rev. committee of the state convention, they shali
And if any
be admitted to all the rights and privileges examined him, and that we find he possesses of a regular church ; subject, however, at all such academical learning as will enable him times, to the authority and discipline of said to enter advantageously on a course of theobishop, or, if there is no bishop, of said stand- logy, and we do accordingly recommend ing committee.
him to the standing committee.
EP: }Examining Presbyters. Pennsylvania. Ordination.-On Sunday, 29th September, In case of the dispensation of academical at St. Paul's church, Philadelphia, the Rev. learning, provided for by canon ix, the canMr. Van Pelt, deacon, minister of St. Luke's didate is required to lay before the commitparish, South Carolina, in consequence of let. tee a testimonial signed by at least two presters dismissory from the bishop of that diocese, byters of the church, in the words following, was admitted to the holy order of priests, by viz. the right reverend bishop White ; morning “ We, whose names are hereunder writprayers were read by the Rev. Mr. Tschu- ten, do solemnly testify that, in our opinion, dy, and a sermon by the bishop.
A. B. possesses such extraordinary strength
of natural understanding, such a peculiar Massachusetts.
aptitude to teach, and so large a share of AT a quarterly meetiog of the standing prudence, as renders it advisable, for the edicommittee of the protestant Episcopal church fication of the church, to dispense, in his of this state, September 18, 1822, the fol. case, with a knowledge of the Latin and lowing resolution was passed, viz.
Greek languages, and other branches of The rules of order of the standing com- learning not strictly ecclesiastical.” mittee of the state or Massachusetts not har.
C. D. ing been published, in consequence of which,
E. F. 3
Presbyters. the candidates for orders have not been made acquainted with them,
5. The testimonials, required by the standResolved, That the secretary of this board be recommended as a candidate for holy
ing committee of every person who wishes to be directed to send an attested copy of the orders, agreeably to the vii. canon, must rules of order for insertion in the Gospel Ad- be as follows. II, C. D. do solemnly testivocate, which shall be considered as a suffi- fy that I have been personally acquainted cient publication of them, and that in future with A. B. for no dispensation of the sixth rule he admitted. past, during which time I have had constant
years, (or months,) last RULES OF ORDER,
opportunities of knowing his general characof the Standing Committee of the State of ter and conduct; and I fully believe that, Massachusetts.
during that time, he hath lived piously, so1. The standing committee of the state berly, and honestly, and is attached to the of Massachusetts shall meet on the last Wed- doctrines, discipline, and worship of the proDesday of the months of January, April, July, testant Episcopal church. I further believe and October, at such time and place as shali that he possesses such qualifications as will be determined on at the preceding meeting.
render him apt and meet to exercise the 2. A quorum to transact business shall ministry to the glory of God, and the edifyconsist of at least two clergymen and two ing of the church.” laymen, or of three clergymen.
6. The standing committee shall in no 3. No testimonials of any kind whatso. case grant testimonials for orders, until the ever shall be signed by any member of the examinations required in canons x. and xi. committee, unless when the committee is have been made ; and a certificate from the duly convened, and after full discussion and examiners, that they are satisfied with the deliberation.
result of the several examinations shall form 4. Agreeably to the provisions of the 8th
a part of the testimonials laid before the canon of the general convention of 1820, standing committee, on which, their testi. every candidate for orders must be required monials to the bishop are to be predicated. to present to the committee a satisfactory
7. Special meetings of the board shall be diploma or certificate from the instructers of called by the president at the request, or by soine approved literary institution, or a certi- the consent, of any two members, which reficate fronı two presbyters, appointed by the quest or consent shall be communicated by ecclesiastical authority of the diocese to ex- the president to the secretary, who shall amine him, in the words following:
forthwith issue the necessary notifications. “We, whose names are hereunder written, A true copy from the records of the standbeing appointed by to examine A. B. ing committee. Attest, do hereby certily, that we have accordingly
ISAAC BOYLE, Secretary.