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The aim of the author is praiseworthy throughout, and the moral and religious tendency of his volume unexceptionable; and it may be read by a father to his family, with pleasure and profit. From the miscellaneous pieces which close the book, we present our readers with the following. It affords a fair specimen of the author's style and manner.

“When shall we three meet again ?

Age and grief shall be surrounding
Each beart that ne'er knew woe or pain,
But joys and smiles and bliss abounding.
Sickness, sorrow, tears, and pain,

Shall be thine,

Shall be mine,
Ere we three shall meet again.
When shall we three meet again ?-

When each heart, now tuned to gladness,
Rapturous greetings hears in vain,
To wake it from its depths of sadness.

Then shall we,

Mournfully,
Silent, sorrowing, meet again.
When shall we three meet again?-

When our dream of life is ended,
When beneath the green turf lain
With congenial ashes blended:

Then shall we,

From grief free,

Pulseless, heartless, meet again." We wish the few brief remarks we have made on the above themes, may have the effect of inducing some genius, eminently qualified, to strike the sacred harp; and we are sure its chords would not be swept in vain. We will not-we cannot believe that there is not in religion an ample field for poetry, and that too of the highest order. Never let it be called a barren or unpoetical theme, while there are presented to it the highest glories of Omnipotence; the noblest attributes of Deity; the boundless theme of eternity; the chief aim and end of creation; and the only finally important inte. rests of man: interests that will survive, when this globe, which we now imprint with our wandering feet, shall have dissolved, and left

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LITERARY NOTICES.

BIBLIOTHECA Biblica. A Select which are added, various Observa. List of Books on Sacred Literature; tions, respecting the Pleasure and Ad. with Notices Biographical, Critical, and vantages to be derived from the study Bibliographical, intended as a Guide to of Nature and the Fine Arts. Col. the Consultation of the most useful lected and arranged by J. Wright, Esq. Writers on Biblical Subjects. By Wil. Published for the Benefit of the Arliam Orme, Author of the “ Life of tist's Benevolent Fund, In 1 vol. 4to. John Owen, D. D.” In 1 vol. 8vo. With a Portrait.

Lord Byron's Memoirs, with Notes Smith’s (Dr. J. G.) Enquiry into and Observations.

the Duties and Perplexities of MeA Life of Law of Lauriston, Pro. dical Men as Witnesses in Courts of jector of the Mississippi Scheme: Justice. containing a detailed Account of the Observations on the History and Nature, Rise, and Progress of this ex- Treatment of the Ophthalmia, accomtraordinary Joint Stock Company, with panying the secondary Forms of Lnes many curious Anecdotes of the Rage Venera. Illustrated by Cases and a for speculating in its Funds, and the coloured plate. By Thomas Hewson, disastrous Consequences of its Failure. A.B., &c. 1 vol. 8vo. with a coloured By J. P. Wood. In 1 vol. 12mo. plate. Dupuis's Account of the Ashantees. Memoirs of the Rose, comprising A New System of the Practice Botanical, Poetical, and Miscellaneous of Physic; together with an original Recollections of that Flower. Royal Nosology, which embraces Physiology 18mo. and Morbid Anatomy. By George A New Guide to Paris, from the Pearson Dawson, M.Þ. of Sunderland. latest Observations; being altered and lu one thick 8vo. volume.

enlarged from the Work entitled, A Treatise on the Steam Engine; “ How to Enjoy Paris :" containing an Historical, Practical, and Descriptive. Accurate and Critical Description of By John Farey, Jnn. Engineer. 1 the Buildings, Antiquities, Paintings, vol. 4to. With illustrative plates and Theatres, Literature, Politics, and Re. cots,

ligion, as well as of the Manners of the Arnold's (Rev. T.) History of Rome,

Inhabitants; forming the most comprefrom the Earliest Times to the Death hensive Guide hitherto published, and, of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. calculated for the Entertainment and

An Essay on the Beneficial Direc. Information of Persons who, without tion of Rural Expenditure. By Robert visiting, are desirous of becoming acA. Slaney, Esq. In 1 vol. 12mo. quainted with the Metropolis of France.

Nichol's. (J. B.) Acconnt of the To which are added, Directions for Royal Hospital and Collegiate Church Travelling in the least Expensive Manof St. Katherine, near the Tower. ner by Three different Routes ; some

A Voyage to Cochin China. By John Account of the Environs of Paris ; a. White, Lieut. in the United States copious Index. Third Edition, with Navy. In 1 vol. 8vo.

Plates and Maps. By Peter Hervé. Hoare's (Sir K. C.) Modern His. Edmeston's (T.) Palmos, and other tory of Wilts; Part II.

Poems. An Appendix to the Pharmacopeia Talbot's (E. A.) Five Years' Resi.. Londinensis, comprising a concise dence in the Canadas, including a History of the Materia Medica, as Tour through the United States of well as of the Preparations contained America in 1823. 2 vols. 8vo. therein; with a brief notice of their Life of Rafaelle D'Urbino, and ReDoses, Virtues, and Uses.

By R.

marks upon his Powers as an Artist. Maugham.

8vo. Forbes's (Dr.) Translation of Aven- Johnson's (J.) Typographia ; or, The brugge, and a series of Original Cases Printer's Instructor. In 18mo. plates. and Dissections; illustrating the Uti- Lambert's Description of the Genus lity of the Stethoscope and Percussion. Pinus ; Vol. II.

Some Account of the Life of Richard Swainson on the Zoology of Mexico. Wilson, Esq. R. A., with Testimo- Southey's (Capt. T.) Chronological nials to his Genius and Memory, History of the West Indies. 3 vols. and Remarks on his Landscapes. To 8vo.

Tales of a Traveller. By the Author Evans' (Rev. Dr.) Richmond and its of “ The Sketch Book.'

Vicinity, with a Glance at Twickenlanı, The Human Heart. Post 8vo. Strawberry Hill, and Hampton Court.

A Series of Lithographic Prints of Czar, The, an Historical Tragedy. Scenery in Egypt and Nubia, from By Joseph Cradock, Esq. Drawings by Bossi, will appear in Morrice's (R.) Owen Glendower, Numbers; executed by Messrs. Hard- a Tale. ing, and Westall.

Gibbon's History of the Decline and Bacon (Lord) Works of, by Mr. Basil and Fall of the Roman Empire. By Montagu.

Thomas Bowdler, Esq. F.R.S. Bloomfield (R.) The Remains of, in Sylvan Sketches. By the Author of Prose and Poetry.

66 Flora Domestica.” 8vo.

LIST OF NEW WORKS.

son.

THE Private Memoirs and Confes. Zeune's Criticisms. Dedicated, by persions of a Self-justified Sinner. Written mission, to Lord John Russell. In 2 by Himself, and found in his Grave vols. 8vo. bds. 11. 18.; fine copies, 11. 5s. 112 Years after his Death.

With a

A Translation of Tacitus de Moribus Short Detail of Historical Facts by the Germanorum et Vita Agricolæ, accomEditor. 1 vol. 12mo. 10s. 6d. bds. panied in juxta position with the Latin

Bibliotheca Britannica; or, a General Text of Brotier." Second edition. 198. Index to the Literature of Great Britain bds. By the same Translator. and Ireland, Ancient and Modern, with An inquiry into the Principles of the such Foreign Works as have been trans. Distribution of Wealth, most conducive lated into English, or printed in the to Human Happiness, applied to the British Dominions; including also a newly-proposed system of voluntary copious Selection from the Writings of equality of Wealth. By William Thomthe most celebrated Authors of all

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the Means and Prospect of its RedempTables for Finding the Content of tion. By Francis Corbaux, Esq. 4to. any Piece of Land, from Dimensions 12s, boards. taken in Chains and Links, &c. By The Paidophilian System of EducaJohn Tovey. 12mo. 3s. 6d. bds. tion, applied to the French Language.

The Butterfly Collector's Vade Me. By J. Black. 2 vols. 12mo. 6s. 6d. bds. cum ; or, A Synoptical Table of Eng. Charles the Second, or the Merry lish Butterflies. With Directions for Monarch. A Comedy, in Three Acts. Collecting and Preserving them; the By John Howard Payne. 8vo. 38. peculiar character of the Eggs, Cater- A Report of the Trial in the Conrt of pillars, and Chrysalises of each kind; King's Bench, “ The King v. tbe Viceand a minute Description of each But. Chancellor of Cambridge;" with the terfly: 5s. With coloured plates. proceedings in the University in opposi

Smith's Translation of the Arabasis tion to the right of dominating to the of Xenophon, accompanied with copious Professorship of Mineralogy, claimed Critical and Historical Illustrations ; by Heads of Colleges. By Henry and in a neatly printed column in juxta Gunning, Esq. M.A. 8vo. 58. sewed. position, Hutchinson’s Greek Text, with

In consequence of the leading article in this Part being on the subject of Literary Institutions, the intended Department for “ PROCEEDINGS OF PUBLIC SOCIETIES,is deferred.

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THE

PHILOMATHIC JOURNAL.

OCT. 1824.

ANNIVERSARY ORATION.

It is impossible to meet such an assembly as this, on an occa. sion so interesting, without suffering ourselves to be carried back two centuries, when Galileo was twice imprisoned for attempting to emancipate philosophy from the trammels of superstition ; and was compelled to repress the researches of a comprehensive mind, directed to those objects, which have since given birth to scientific associations throughout the civilized world. Had that great man flourished in the present day, when literature and science are not merely tolerated, but are stimulated by every encouragement of which the human mind is most susceptible, it is impossible to conceive the extent to which that ardent love of knowledge would have carried his investigations, when we behold it kindling into so bright a flame amidst the palpable obscure, and shining with inextinguishable lustre, in defiance of the combined and malignant influence of ignorance and tyranny. It ought not to be forgotten, that the patron of this persecuted philosopher was a Grand Duke of Tuscany, and that, when he fled from the thunder of the Altar, his retreat was to the shadow of the Throne. If it must be allowed, that the shelter so promptly afforded was unavailing, it ought also to be conceded, that the character of the times, in which ecclesiastical authority overawed royal liberality, must bear the censure. The meeting of this day affords a contrast to these circumstances, so inauspicious to science, which cannot fail to be felt; but it presents its parallel also : the power of persecution is annihilated, but the princely patronage remains.

Among the innumerable efforts which are made to promote the happiness of mankind, those which aim at the diffusion of

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knowledge are neither the last nor the least; and a society, like this, will not suffer by comparison with the most illustrious associations which distinguish the present age. It will not yield to the military alliances which check the projects of insatiable anıbition; it is not inferior to the political congress upon which the fates of empires are suspended; to the more sacred combinations of morality and religion, it is an effective auxiliary; and, if knowledge is power, by its prevalence alone can thrones be established, -by it shall kings reign, and princes decree justice. The diffusion of knowledge tends to the increase of human comfort; and the measures and designs of institutions promoting it, are alike unquestionable. Peace must sometimes be purchased at the expense of blood; but the price which the philosopher pays for the happiness of mankind is altogether his own: he promotes it, not by an appeal to the sword, but by efforts, which, if they be at all destructive, inflict the injury upon himself, when he sacrifices his health to his labours, and devotes himself as the sole victim of Patriotism and Philanthropy. Political assemblies may be divided by opposite interests,--but in these associations the object is one,-a common interest cements the union,-a common feeling stimulates the discussion: the world at large are to receive the benefit of individual and collective exertion; and every one feels himself included in the order, prosperity, and intelligence of the whole. Successful military enterprize has too often brutalized mankind; political enactments have sometimes failed to establish the peace and felicity of society; but the liberal sciences have uniformly meliorated its condition, and refined its gratifications: the progress of knowledge has been marked by civilization and happiness, and philosophy has transformed the savage into the man,-has developed the intellectual faculties of the man progressively, until the mind almost disencumbers itself of the grosser elements of mortality, and aspires to the sphere of pure intelligence and unmingled spirituality. In the mean while, these corruscations of intellect, Aashing upon surrounding darkness, disperse while they enliven it. The halo, shining round the head of genius, darts its mild radiance upon all within the circle of its influence. It is not the aggrandisement of the individual, or the fame of a literary association, which is sought and secured; all society reaps the advantage of the patient investigations, the laborious researches, the comprehensive powers, and the discriminating penetration of the philosopher; and he is entitled to the glorious appellation-the benefactor of the human

race.

Philosophy is a term sometimes employed in a limited

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