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sw... . Can the Almighty bring about the restoration | Abaddon, the Pope, and the Turk, if they please, of his old-covenant people, while the holy place of In trio, the truth may withstand; his sanctuary is trodden down by these pilest of

of | But the dark rolling Nile, and the swift Euphrates

Shall glide through “ Immanuel's land!".
Gentiles? And what nation so likely as the Rus.
sians (who are of the Greek church) to avenge

And freedom and truth on their green margin
Each desolate desert sball smile ;

[reign, the injuries and cruelties inficted by the Mussul

No turbaned Mamaluke ravage the plain, mans upon the ancient Greek church? The con No robber of Araby spoil. tiguity of Russia; their bitter enmity of the

The Koran delusion, that legend of lies, Turks; their frequent quarrels ; that bone of con.

By fraud, cunning, sophistry, penn'd, tention, the free navigation of the Black Sea As the morning of truth lights the orient skies, through the Bosphorus ; the wish to have a port | Shall vanish and come to an end. in the Mediterranean; shall I add, “ the signs of No longer Medina and Mecca shall boast, the times;” the low state of the Turkish finances; Of pilgrims who visit the shrine; the indisposition of other powers to help them;

All Egypt set free, and Arabia's coast,

Shall taste of the Bethlehem vine. their late murders and devastation in Greece ; all, all, conspire to make this, as far as man's Come, sacred Messiah, thy kingdom complete, wisdom can judge, a favourable crisis for their

And set up thy throne in the East ! subversion. These sentiments gave birth to the

Save the nations, O Lamb, and put under thy feet

The Dragon, false Prophet, and Beast ! following verses, which, however destitute of merit,

March ! march! hardy Russ, to fulfil his decree, as a hasty ephemeral production, were at least

And carry God's terrible brand ! written con amore, and will, I am sure, in this

Let the Jew and the Greek from oppression be free, view, meet the approbation of all lovers of the

But scourge the Mahommedan band ! * kingdom of Christ.-I am respectfully,

JOSHUA MARSDEN.

THE WANING CRESCENT; OR, THE

FALL OF TURKEY.
The Pruth it is cross'd, and the Divan is met,
But the Mussulmans rally in vain ;
The sun of thy glory, o Porte, is set!
Thy Crescent is fast on the wane.
The fierce hardy Russian appears at thy gates,
To lay thy proud minarets low;
Thy vineyards and oliveyards, fig-trees and dates,
Wave over the head of a foe.

The Sultan may stamp, and the Vizier turn pal
And scymetars flasb through thy halls ;
But destiny murmurs in every gale,
The Ottoman dynasty falls!
A gloom on the mosque and the minaret reigns,
The Mufti is silent and grave;
Greeks, ages oppress'd, Aing off their vile chains,
Though the Prophet's proud banneret wave.

The blood of the Christians by Mussulmans spilt,
For vengeance to Heaven implores :
On rapine and murder thy empire was built,
And now they hang over thy shores.

Each Thracian wave shall be tinged with red,
The castle of seven high towers,
Shall tumble in ruin o'er tyranny's head,
Wide wasting her beautiful bowers.
The city of Constantine, masters must change,
The Bosphorus' billo ry tide
Shall bear on its bosom the heralds who range,
To publish the cross far and wide.
Yon Temple, once sacred to worship divine,
Justinian's glory and fame;
Inscribed on its altar-piece, pillars, and shrine,
Shall witness God's true Prophet's name.
The Scriptures of truth, and the anthem of praise,
Rehallow its echoing dome;
No more on its beauty the Mollahs shall gaze;
No Ramasan ever illume.

TO INSANITY.
O SACRED goddess of chimeric vision,

Display thy power, and teach this feeling heart,
Contemptuously to spurn the world's derision,

Bid the last glimmering ray of sense depart ;
No more let reason's voice awake to madness,

The feelings of a breast too deeply torn;
Nor let the demon of o'erwhelming sadness,

Bend the last nerve, by the sarcastic scorn
Of empty-headed fools, who ape their betters,

And shine in borrow'd lustre not their owu;
But cast around me thy enchanting fetters,

The fancied kingdom and imperial crown,
That, on imagination light and airy,

I may a momentary respite find,
May court in lonely shades the sylph or fairy,

In the blest aberrations of the mind !
Say, goddess, by what power is sense connected

In this mysteriously constructed frame ;
Say, by what symptoms are thy frauds detected ?

Surely my longing spirit feels thy flame,
It burns within, consumes the very vitals,

I feel the force in my distracted brain :
Vain are all real or visionary titles,

Where sensibility's alive to pain.
But hark! what voice disturbs my reverie,

Sure 'tis no mortal's voice arrests my ear;
What message does it bring, of joy or misery !

I'm all attention ; speak, and let me hear!
Art thou a spy from some infernal legions,

To prompt to desperate deeds of bloody dye?
Or art thou mission d from celestial regions,

To teach me how to live, and how to die?
“ Hear, then, vain mortal, life is but a taper,

And soon extinct, yet its importance great ;
Although it vanish like a transient va pour,

On it depends thy everlasting fate!
Then what is pleasure, what is griet' or sorrow?

All thou hast heard, or known, or felt, or seen,
Past woes, or dread forebodings of the morrow,

Will be as though they never once had been. My name is Hopel to man divinely given

To ease his griefs, and bid his doubtings cease,
To point his wayward wand'ring steps to heaven,

And guide his feet into the path of peace.
In every nation, civil or barbarious,

From equatorial regions to the Pole,
Through climes and constitutions multifarious,

Against despair I fortify the whole." « Vain man, forbear! thy sorrowful condition,

And mighty woes, shall yield to my control; And learn this truth, which needs no definition, That REASON is the ESSENCE of the soul."

G. HERRING. Grimsby, March, 1828.

A Tekel is written on every wall,
If prophecy record be true;
The fabric of falsehood in ruins shall fall,
And all be created anew.

The Arab imposture shall vanish in smoke,
And dreadful its exit shall be ;
The Hebrews escape from the Saracen yoke,
And Syrian Salem be free.

..St. Sophia, built by the emperor Justinian.

THE HARMONY, A MORAVIAN VESSEL. I

This is a small brig belonging to the United Bre

thren, which for upwards of fifty years has regularly carried provisions, and other commodities, to their Mission Stations in Greenland,

Labrador, &c. The Missionaries are entirely I dependent for their supplies upon its safe arrival.

It is customary for the Brethren to offer solemn prayer to God, on its sailing, for its safety,-and to welcome its return with praises and thanksgivings.

LITTLE bark, thy wings expand,

Catch the gently blowing breeze; Hasten to the destin'd land,

Skim across the azure seas; Seek the distant, chilling Pole, Cheer and bless the longing soul. Tbere, where Greenland's mountains raise

High their snowy-crested heads; Where gay nature seldom strays,

Seldom her glad blessings sheds ; There, upon that sterile land, Dwells a holy Mission band.

Yet though the weak disciples knew

Their Master's blessed form was there ; Restless and terrified they grew,

Nor had they faith to trust his care. In haste they call upon their Lord,

Invoke His heavenly-pow'r to save; He rises-speaks th' unfailing word,

And quickly calms the swelling wave; His power the raging storm obeys,

Nor dares to raise its threat'ning brow;
The lake a pleasing calm displays,

And genial breezes round them blow.
Ye fearless souls, where's now your faith,

Could ye not trust your Master, friend
Could ye believe, the Saviour saith,

Jesus will not his own defend? The soul that puts its trust in me

Shall ever find assistance sure ; Midst all its perils ne'er shall be

Unblest, unguarded, insecure. We, launched upon a stormy sea,

And tempest-toss'd on every side! Oh Jesus ! ever look to thee,

To be our Saviour and our guide : Though yawning ocean round us roar,

And gloomy all appear, and dark; We soon shall reach the inviting shore,

If thou but keep our feeble bark, We soon shall reach another land,

Where storms and toils for ever cease ; Where joyful dwell the sainted band,

Surrounded with unfading peace: There, though the sun withdraw his light,

And Luna hide her silvery ray; Not e'en one gloomy sbade of night, Will darken Heaven's eternal day.

J. S. B. junr. Astley, Worcestershire.

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Self-devoted to their Lord, _Home's sweet comforts they resign; Trusting in His holy word,

On his promise they recline,Not in vain,-their vessel brings

Bounties from the King of kings. Precious bark, the Brethren's prayer,

On thy hallow'd path attends;
And Jehovah's watchful care

Safe the Mission brig defends :
Not a swelling billow's force
Dares to stop its prosperous course.
Far amid the frozen deep

Lies its oft-repeated way;
Yet not icy-bonds can keep,

Prayer avails far more than they ; Like to faithful Noah's ark, 'Tis the Christian's sacred bark.

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Long hast thou the billows rode,

Long the frozen plain defied; God, who erst the waters trode,

Deigns himself to be thy guide: He who storms and calms the sea, Still will keep and prosper thee.

LINES PRESENTED TO A SISTER 'ON

RECEIVING A LOCK OF HER INFANT'S
HAIR.

Sort beauteous lock of silky gold !
When I this little tress behold

Of brilliant glossy hue,
The future days my thoughts engage,
Of her, whose life's fair opening page

Has just appear'd to view.

Still go on, and to the Pole

Heavenly bounties safely bear ; Till the Gospel-heralds tell

All the Gospel-message there: Till the sons of Greenland find Jesus, Saviour of Mankind.

These locks that shade her little brow,
On which, with mother's fondness now,

I see Eliza gaze;
When a few years have roll’d'away,
May in some fond admirer's lay,

Meet with deserving praise.

Till the fallen race of man,

For thy aid no more sball call; When the heaven-projected plan

Shall embrace and rescue all : When, Oh God! the world shall prove All the fulness of thy love!

J. S. B. junr. Astley, Worcestershire.

But when again the rolling sun, Through the returning years hath run

With fiery fitful brow; In life's rough path I see her tread, And many a care distract that head,

That rests so sweetly now.

And when again some seasons more
Her de vious way shall wander o'er,

(Mark how the flower decays,)
See silvery blossoms crown the brow,
That scarce bring one remembrance now
Of former blooming days.

THE TEMPEST STILLED.-MARK iv. 37, &c.

Lo! on the bosom of the lake,

All ruffled by the tempest's frown :
The rising billows dared to break

Upon a bark with fury blown ;
An honour'd bark, for, lo! it bore

The Ruler of the winds and sea,
Who stills the mighty o'cean's roar,

And bids the tempest cease to be.
Where'er the Saviour's presence beams,

There all is doubly safe and sure;
Ev'n fervid toil a pleasure seems,

And palling danger is secure ;

o that in youth, while beauty flowers, She may devote her earliest hours

To God; who from the birth Down to gray heirs, the promise gives, To him who on that promise lives,

Till he returns to earth.

Then when these locks of golden hair,
To silver changed by time and care ;

And when this busy head,
These active bands, this throbbing brcast
Beneath the silent turf shall rest,

When this frail forn is dead;

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Review.Horne's Introduction to the Study of the Bible.

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O watch the spirit's lofty flight,

gives of the various manuscripts now exQuitting for ever death and night,

| tant of the sacred books, together with And tow'ring to God's throne; There prostrate lost in joy and love

specimens of the manner in which the She fails, wbile pours each choir above

letters follow each other, without any reguTheir strains to Christ alone.

lar division into words, is both entertaining Rising she joins that blissful throng,

and highly instructive. A careful perusal To Him who died, the heavenly song

of this department cannot fail to commuEchoes heaven's concave through ; But what the melodies that ring

nicate much information, to enlarge the On every seraph's golden string,

mind, to remove many obscurities, and to A mortal never knew.

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account for others which must unavoidably remain.

On the means of ascertaining the true Review.- A compendious Introduction to

sense of Scripture, and on the interpretathe Study of the Bible. By Thomas Hartweli Horne, M.A. Illustrated

tion of figurative language, the author has

furnished many valuable observations, and with Maps and Engravings. 12mo.

on the elucidation of types, his remarks are pp. 540. Cadell, London. 1827.

equally luminous and instructive. To the This work, we are informed by its learned geography of the Holy Land, both historical and highly respectable author, is an analy- and physical, he must have devoted con. sis of an introduction to the critical study siderable time and attention. Of the latter and knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, he has furnished a map, the particulars of previously published by himself, in four which coincide with the historical elucidavolumes, and which has since passed through tions, so that they mutually confirm each many editions. It contains, “1. A sum- other, and the whole is corroborated by the mary of the evidences of the genuineness, passages of Scripture adduced to establish inspiration, &c. of the Holy Scriptures, the relations and facts. refüting the most modern objections of The portion of this work devoted to the Infidels. II. An outline of the literary political state of the Jews, from the Babyhistory and interprétation of the Bible. Ionish captivity till the final subversion of II. A compendium of Biblical geography their civil and ecclesiastical polity, is replete and antiquities; and iv. Introductory pre with valuable information. An acquaintfaces to several books of Scripture." "An ance with the peculiarities which range appendix is also subjoined, which com- themselves under these generic terms, togeprises “ a catalogue of the most valuable ther with an insight into the rites and cerebooks on the study of the Scriptures, prin- monies belonging to their ecclesiastical cipally those which are most easily pro institutions, will furnish an excellent com. cured, with their current prices, and ac mentary on numerous phrases, and allucompanied with bibliographical notices." sions to transactions, which frequently occur

From the preceding condensed, yet com both in the Old Testament and the New. prehensive view of what this volume con Of the books which compose the sacred tains, it must be obvious, that the field is canon, Mr. Horne, in another portion of ample over which the author undertakes to this work, has furnished a brief historical travel. The vigour of his mental constitu- account, sketching the outlines of the contion is, however, equal to the task, and intents of each, and marking such incidents his journeyings he furnishes decisive proof, and peculiarities as attended their apparent that he is well acquainted with the latitude causes, origin, and progress, on the stream and longitude of the regions which he ex- of time. Closely connected with these, is plores.

the life of each respective author. This is The evidence adduced to prove the au- | given in a condensed manner, but extended thenticity of the sacred writings, though so far as the limits of the volume would consisting of nearly the same materials allow, as facts would furnish materials, or that have been long before the world, is as the common reader would require for condensed into an essence, and, detached his own private satisfaction. from extraneous matter, appears in all its We have thus given a brief analysis of a unclouded and unadulterated force. These volume, which, in itself, is but an epitome proofs are drawn from various sources, and, of a much larger work, containing nearly independently of their own intrinsic weight, three thousand closely printed pages, in they derive an additional importance from which the facts, relations, and details thus the happy concurrence of collateral circum- | compressed, are amplified in their various stances. The objections urged by infidel | branches. The larger work, the author writers are fairly stated, and manfully met. informs us, was the result of more than

The historical account which the author | twenty years' labour ; and to accomplish which, several hundred pounds were ex- | Dumb Asylum in 1792, his exertions in pended in books for the purpose of con- establishing the London Missionary Society, sultation. To the larger work, the price of in the formation of the Congregational which is £3. 3s. we would more particu School, in giving birth to a Fund for the larly refer all who can afford it, but to such Relief of Aged Ministers, and his unwearied as cannot, this deserves to be most strongly assiduity in behalf of the Irish Evangelical recommended. We have again and again Society, will cause his name to be long referred to certain passages and parts, while remembered by the present generation, making ourselves acquainted with the aù and will give it veneration in the eyes of thor's theory, and on each perusal it has posterity. laid a stronger claim on our approbation. Possessed of a catholic spirit, and being

more solicitous to turn a soul from sin, than

to contend for punctilios, Mr. Townsend REVIEW.-Memoir of the Rev. John

passed through time without fishing in trouTownsend, Founder of the Asylum for

bled waters; and his life being a comment the Deaf and Dumb, and of the Congre

on the doctrines and precepts he taught, he gational School. 8vo. pp. 301. Ha

was highly respected by all parties. The milton. London. 1828.

prominent features of his character, his It has been justly observed, that < to be biographer has placed in a pleasing and born and to die,” comprise the whole commanding light. Its simplicity is a history of the great mass of human beings. ( guarantee for its strict adherence to truth, Many are destitute of all talents, the exer- the author disdaining to avail himself of cise of which could make their names worth opportunities that presented themselves in preserving; a great number, prostituting the course of his narrative, to tarnish with their abilities in the cause of iniquity, leave false colouring, either his subject or his nothing behind, which could excite in their pages. It is a volume which is entitled to friends a wish to have their memories a conspicuous place among the first relirescued from oblivion. Others there are gious biographies of modern days. who live and die in obscurity, for want of opportunity to call into operation those mental energies which they really possess. And even among those whose memoirs

Review.—Mechanic's Magazine. Vol.

VIII. 8vo. pp. 472. Knight and have been written by their surviving friends, we too frequently find nothing that is worthy

Lacey, London. 1828. of being transmitted to posterity. From The fame of the Mechanic's Magazine these, and similar causes, it is not a matter having been derived from its intrinsic exof surprise that valuable biography should cellence, it may rest secure in its justly be a scarce article, and that when it ap. merited, and honourably awarded reputapears, it should be seized with avidity by a tion. The title of this work designates its discerning public, and secured as an inesti character. Every one of our readers will mable treasure. Of this latter description conclude, that it is exclusively scientific; is the biographical sketch in the volume but such as have not perused its pages will now before us.

be pleased to learn, that while on some The Rev. John Townsend, during his occasions it travels on the confines of 'melife, was more distinguished for his piety, chanical power, soars to its utmost heights, usefulness in the church of Christ, per and sinks to its profoundest depths, it conmanence of character, and unremitting tains a vast sund of what may be called ardour to do good, than for splendour of domestic mechanics, which have a powertalents, or popular fame. In this light he ful bearing on the common concerns of life, has been considered by his biographer, who, and which may be easily understood by imitating the character he was about to those who never studied Euclid, or meadelineate, has written his life with much sured the magnitudes and distances of the simplicity, without exhibiting features which stars. would give distortion to truth, or seizing The articles in this volume are very opportunities to make excursions to display | numerous, and greatly diversified, but they his own literary abilities.

range through various branches of domestic Mr. Townsend's was a life spent in economy, without disdaining to teach us designs to benefit others, and in these how to make rat-traps, and to destroy bugs. attempts he was eminently successful. In It is a collection of papers that record the addition to his ministerial labours at Ber- result of repeated experiments and scientific mondsey, London, the active part which he observations, assigning the legitimate causes took in the formation of the Deaf and of visible phenomena, and pointing out the

563 Review.-Discourses on Blasphemy-State of Slavery. 564

...............rooossi.orriconwooooooo........ ............ various uses to which their operations may 1" You have represented me as a wine-bibber, a be applied. Of new inventions the princi.

friend of publicans and sinners, and as one who

casts out devils by Beelzebub, and you will still ples are examined with minuteness, and go on, after all the mirac

go on, after all the miracles which I have done among you, to represent me as a false prophet, and

a deceiver of the people ; but notwithstanding, all from the practical, the excellencies and

these grievous sins shall be forgiven you, if that defects of each are pointed out with dis last dispensation of the Holy Ghost, which I shall

after my ascension send among you, shall prevail criminating impartiality.

with you to believe in me. But if, when I bave This volume abounds with wood engrav-' sent the Holy Ghost, to testify the truth of my misings, illustrative of the various subjects sion, and of my resurrection, you shall continue

in your unbelief, and shall blaspheme the Holy which required something more than simple

Ghost, and represent him also as an evil spirit, description, to render them satisfactorily your sin shall never be forgiven, nor shall there intelligible to every reader. Some of these

any thing be further done to call you to repent

ance."-p. 162. are highly ingenious in their contrivance,

In the discourses, which are five in numand singularly curious in their construction

ber, we find nothing beyond what may be and appearance. Each, however, is admirably adapted to answer its intended

fairly and usefully introduced into the pulpurpose, and to display the amazing versa

pit, and delivered to a mixed congregation, tility of the human powers.

who need information that they are sinners, Combining the various articles which

and that Christ“ came to seek and to this volume contains into one view, they

save that which was lost." In this view, exhibit to great advantage the ceaseless

the doctrines are plainly stated, and, while activity of mental energy, and prove, that

supported by the force of argument, and

the authenticity of Scripture, they are illusto the researches of the human mind we can set no boundaries. It constantly

trated by analogies and incidents which teems with new associations, and furnishes

render the whole intelligible, if not familiar,

to every attentive hearer. an evidence that the region of possibilities which yet remain unexplored is absolutely

The Notes, on the contrary, enter far inexhaustible.

more deeply into the subjects of the disThat this is a work of great utility, there

courses. In these the author has stated can be no doubt. Its circulation, we un.

the objections that are frequently urged derstand, is very extensive; and perhaps no

against facts and conclusions, and fairly met publication has ever yet appeared better

them with replies that are at once luminous calculated to extend scientific knowledge,

and convincing. In doing this, he has among men in the common walks of life,

availed himself of the assistance, which the than the Mechanic's Magazine.

| learning and talents of other writers have

enabled him to procure, and, from the

emanations of their capacious minds, has REVIEW.-Discourses on the Blasphemy collected a valuable fund of ethical truths,

against the Holy Ghost, Divine Influ- which, embodied in his pages, have a full
ence, and its Connexion with instituted bearing on the difficulties that were to be
Means; with Notes and Illustrations. obviated.
By William Orme. 12mo. pp. 283.

Holdsworth. London. 1828.
THESE discourses present to our view, sub-

Review.-A Practical View of the prejects that are at once awful, important, and

sent State of Slavery in the West Ininteresting, but standing in connexion with

dies, &c. &c. By Alexander Barclay. other momentous truths, which render them

8vo. pp. 487. Smith and Elder, Lonobscure, and beset with difficulties. Of

don. 1827. this the author seems to have been well The title which this book at present bears, aware. He has, therefore, stated the doc might, with equal propriety, have been trine of his texts in his sermons, and re- exchanged for “Slavery vindicated.” This, served the consideration of their difficulties, on the score of truth, would have placed it and the questions they involve, for the notes in its proper character, though it might not and illustrations, which cccupy nearly half have so exactly suited the author's views. the volume.

We are informed by Mr. Barclay, both On the sin against the Holy Ghost, the in his title-page and in various parts of his author, in a quotation from the Commen book, that he was for twenty-one years a tary of Dr. Whitby, on Matthew xii. 31, resident in Jamaica. From this fact we gives us the outline of his own opinion, | are taught to infer, that he is fully acthough varying in some particulars. It is quainted with the subject on which he a paraphrase of the words spoken by our writes, and that he is entitled to our fullest Lord in the above passage:--

| credit for the impartiality of his statements.

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