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So a Musician sets what some one plays
With better relish, sweeter stroke, P
[weighs, cannot refrain from indulging myself, That first composed ; nay, oft the maker
If what he bears his own or others' be. and, I hope, such of your Readers as are lovers of Old English Poetry, by Such are my lines : the highest, best of
choice, noticing one of its recent publica
(voice." tions, which has afforded me peculiar Become more gracious by her sweetest pleasure. Among the Poels of the There is an extraordinary coinciearly; part of the sixteenth Century, dence with this in the following the name of William Browne is emi. thought of Cowper, who could never nently distinguished; but it must be have seen these poems : owned, that his published works have .« My numbers that day she had sung, not quite justitied, in modern estima. And gave them a grace so divine, tion, the repute in which we find him As only her musical tongue to have been held by his contempo
Could infuse into numbers.of mine : raries. The work to which I refer, The longer I heard, I esteem'd *. The original Poems of William
The work of my fancy the more, Browne, never before published," And ev'n to myself never seem'd
So tuneful a Poet before." saactions, in my opinion, the judgment of the Editor, and amply vindi- It is hardly necessary to observe, cates the celebrity the Poet acquired. that this rare volume is adorned with These compositions, now first printed all the beauty of typography for from the manuscript copy, do indeed, which the Lte Priory Press is so reto borrow the Editor's words, pos- markable. a simplicits, a chasteness, a
Yours, &c. A CONSTANT READER, grace, a facility, a sweetness, full of attraction and delight." I am not one of those who, presuming to de
Sept. 20. spise the effusions of enfodern genius. MSofyour Readers well know
that the subject of is every production that is old, and who shrouded by a gloom that renders it can devour with insatiable avidity always unwelcome it is generally all the quaint metaphysical jargon shunned, as much as weak people deof many Poets. contemporary with fer, because they cannot resolve, to Browue. But, in testimony of the make their wills, lest the very act value of a volume like this, I ain should accelerate their dissolution, happy to concur with the most ar- althongh the one would give the fit. dent of black-letler enthusiasts. test preparation for the event, and That is a noble:Ode, commencing,
the other be better done while the “Awake, fair Muse, for I intend mind is not hurried by its near ap
These everlasting lines to thee! proach. These alarnis arise from the And, honour'd Drayton, come and lend delay of reflecting upon it: Children
An ear to this sweet melody; (string, are never taught it as a lesson of inFor on my harp's most high and silver struction, although thousands of their To those Nine Sisters whom I love I
own age are failing round them; sing."
Youth are generally too much occuThe Happy Life” has all the pied with the progress of every other charm, and ease, and unaffected flow part of education than what conceros of mural feeling, of Horace's more their latter end, which is then supserious lyrical pieces. of his Sonnets the following may off'; and Maturity is busy in the pro
posed, often very falsely, to be far be a specimen :
motion of worldly prosperity to a de“ So sat the Muses on the bank of
gree which renders the perfectly Thames, And pleas’d to sing our heavenly rals with their secular concerns, they
satisfied, if, by uniting Christian mii Spejser's wit,
[flames, - Inspiring almost trees with powerful Thus the subject of Death gains but
are above leading intemperate lives. As Cælia, when she sings what I have
fèw disciples, until a period of life Metbinks there is a spirit more divine,
when there is scarcely time left to An elegance more rare, when aught is study it in its full view. Some philo. sung
[mine, sophers have said that the dread of By her sweet voice, in every verse of dissolution arises from our love of Than I conceive by any other tongue. lise, a first principle, which was given
us in order to increase our sphere of may be tamed, so as to lose all their active usefulness to each other, and magnetic force, by approaching them which would have been greatly injured by degrees, and familiariziog them to if we had been made careless and pro- the mind! Frequency of intercourse digal of the present blessing. This and familiarity are proverbially said very active energy lays another basis to produce contempt; and if this be of this dread, in the increase of our correct in all other things, who shall worldly connexions and fortune ; say that Death affords an exception? the more we succeed and accumulate Human nature must in all its cases be “this world's goods” around us, the governed by the same principle: what more we dread any'separation from operates in one, will be found in all. thein *, and the more incapable does We dread the hour of our departure qur power become of subduing the because we never render that hour fears of privation--we cherish them familiar: even the death of our dearrather as if they would part from us, est friends, and the tolling knell of than as if it were at all probable that our acquaintance and neighbours, we should first be called from them. have pot always the effect, though In cases of deep affliction or adver- we sometimes follow them to their sity, this dread of Death is greatly 'grave, and '
mingle affectionate tears diminished, for we then feel by 'ex. '- with their very ashes, of awakening perience (the surest monitor) how · us from the dream, wbile the day is inadequate they are to provide for us approaching when another friend will all the support we find necessary; and follow us to the same "bourne from pot unfrequently, in the keepest sor- whence no traveller returns :" the row or disappointment, we are ready buoyancy of animal spirits puls 'off to give up our life. It is too frue what we dread to consider! But the
many in such cases would rejoice dire effect of this frailty, when the to relinquish it, not so much because time really comes for our departure, they " seek a better country," as that would be sostened, and converted into they are tired of this, or of their load joy, if these intermediate events were of misfortune!
united to exemplify the benefit of a Now, Sir, as. I have known from previous fumiliarity with the case. long experience bow sincerely you Very tolerably good Christians, sympathize in all the moral concernis and very zealous believers too, have of your Readers, to whom I may add not unfrequently been found at this of mankind in general, I should awful moment to have, as it were, esteem your advice in the following merely turned over some of the leaves suggestion to reduce this dread of of their Gospel, which were written Death; to enable every good Chris- for their instruction, and to have protian to look at it, and wait for it, as fited too little of its sacred promises ! the gale of life and bliss; and to Religious subjects io general are now render the present'stage of existence avoided in the company of our dearhappier on that account.
est friends, and that of Death in parliI propose to reduce this dread of cular is seldom or never heard from Deaih by making it familiar. We any of our lips !-We hear of it in may easily trace this effect in the sermons, and that is deemed quite - most difficult trials we undergo :: sufficient for all the information, or habit is our second nature; by habit even sympathy, which the maller rewe may surmount dangers-bear fa- quires. It is, Sir, of great importtigue- blunt the edge of sorrow ance to conquer this unwise course ; endure pain-discipline our mind and and, as 1 kpow you to be the patron our linibs to services which could of early education, as well as of many never be anticipated; habitual forti- establishments for the amelioration of tude, courage, self-denial, improve mankind, I would recommend you to inent, may grow with our growilig begin a plan of rendering Death. faand strengthen with our strengti; miliar, by introducing it into the frars and alarms that raise their vocabularies, moral sentences, granthideous forms to the most fervid ima- matical exercises, and other works, gination, and terrify to stupefaction, that are circulated freely, in this age,
* As Dr. Johnson once replied to Mr. Garrick, who was shewing him the decomations of his villa at Hampton : " These things are what make Death terrible !".
through all parts of the United King- blunted the edge of sorrow, and laid
dom and of the world. The tutors upení a cheerful visla to Elernal
ir works, and the moralily of
of future bliss, as a reward for a will, my doctrine considerable strength :
TERE the doctrine inculcated by
to this strong hold; and the very
sors of his law, will then secure your familiariziog the thoughts of Death, deliverance from the wrath to coine.” and so preserving it ever present, but How far the maintenance of a doco subdued in all its terrors by a con- trine such as this is capable of being coinitant life of righteousness,- let in any measure reconciled with that me flatter myself that I have done fundamental principle of Natural Re, much for my fellow.creatures--have ligion, which teaches us to regard the
spontaneous and immutable benignity that "it becomes” “the throned of the Supreme Being as the only Monarch better than his crown,” is it original source of all good gifts, is a possible for any reasonable mind ta question which well merits the most question its being also (in a degree serious consideration of every sober infinitely superior) an attribute to mind. For our own part, thoroughly God himself?" And yet, the attripersuaded, as in sincerity we must bute of God it can never be consigneeds profess ourselves to be, that tently esteemed by those, who allow between the legitimate deductions of themselves in the least to doubt bis sound reason and the genuine (or moral power of freely forgiving sins, rightly expounded) doctrines of the whenever, and to whonisoever his Gospel
, there really subsists, in every unbounded goodness shall incline, instance that can be named, the and his unerring wisdom shall direct most perfect harmony; we hesitate him to extend forgiveness. not a moment to avow our entire The chief source of men's prejua rejection and cordial reprobation of dices and misconceptions on this head the doctrine above advanced ; in bas long appeared to us to be the fola other words, we hesitate not to pro- lowing :-They are wont to consider nounce it in the highest degree irre. the reconcilement of a sinful world to verent and unscriptural not to con- God, through the blood of Christ, as sider the work of Man's Redemption a kind of legal retribution; or (to (however voluntarily undertaken and express our meaning differently) as a benignantly completed by Jesus Christ) transaction in which the fornier ris as actually originating wholly and ex- gorously exacts the full penalty of clusively in the gracious purpose and human guilt, and the latter as gene designation of God the Father. rously pays it.
For let us only, for a moment, men- But although, viewing the subject tally admit the truth of the contrary in this light, we ascribe to our Blessed doctrine; viz. that the whole human Saviour no more than what is, with race having become obnoxious to the out question, justly due to his divine fatal pepalty of sin, the perfection of benevolence; yet towards GOD TAE God's moral nature must necessarily be FATHER we are guilty, in so dojog, of considered as virtually precluding the infiuite injustice: nothing, confesspossibility of their exemption from edly, being more abhorrent from the eventual ruin, unless the demands of sentiments of rational piety, than so his avenging justice were completely to represent the dealings of the Alsatisfied by means of vicarious suffer mighty, as to make him by com ings undergone, and vicarious punish- parison appear, in any instance, the ment inflicted, to an extent fully ade object of inferior gratitude and love. quate to the measure of their guilt. For the purpose of removing this
Now, the case thus stated, under dangerous (and, in the present times, what character do we, in reality, re- but too prevailing) misconception present the all-adorable majesty of from men's minds, they should be the Supreme Being ?. Against idola- instructed duly to reflect on the utter trous worship we find St. Paul ad- inadequacy both of human language ducing an irrefragable argument, in and of the human intellect, when eina quotation from a Healhen Puct: ployed in disquisitions so abstruse as . sanctioned, therefore, by this.prece. those which relate to the moral attrideut, in lieu of a more formal auswer butes and moral government of God. to the preceding question, we shall It is in consequence solely of this inbeg leave to refer our Readers to adequacy, that men are accustomed the truly Evangelical description of both to think and speak of the SuMercy, given us by our own inimita-. preme Being under two, i not only ble Bard, in the words of Portia*. distinct, but entirely opposile and For why (we may reasonably ask) conflicting characters: to represent does that description so highly and so bim, at one time, as infinitely amiable uviversally delight us, but from its in mercy; and at another, as equally perfect conformity with the eternal terrible in justice. principles of moral goodness? But But to the eye of unclouded Reason if of Mercy it be with truth affirmed, to an intelligence (we meau) capa
ble of discerning cleariy, and appre* Merchant of Venice, Act iv. sc. 1, ciating justly, the general tendencies
and final issues of God's moral dis- persuasion, that the real efficacy of pensations, it is manifestly impossible our Saviour's sufferings and actions that he ever should appear under any is to be ascribed exclusively to their such dissimilitude and contrariety of entire conformity with bis Heavenly character ;. sioce, by a mind so en- Father's antecedent will and purpose dowed, those dispensations of Divine in that respect. OXONIENSIS. Providence which we denominate
(To be continued.) judgments, and those which we term mercies, must necessarily be regarded
Mr. URBAN, London, Sept. 16. as being in respect both of principle AGAIN do I feel myself compelled
to point as all flowing equally from the same of your oumerous Readers another benignant source, and all equally con- lamentable instance of the worst spea ducing to the same beneficial end; in cies of the Bibliomania. a word, as all in an equal degree sug- On the cover of your last Magagested and directed in complete con- zioe is a Proposal for printing, a formity with the harmonious influence Treatise on Decorative Printing, byof God's combined perfections. And Willian Savage; in which Proposal I therefore to impute to God the Fa- find the followiog passage : “At the ther, with relation to the grand work end of the volume, defaced impresof Mao's Redemption by his only. sivos of all the engravings will be begotten Son, a severity of disposi- given; and at the completion of the tion or proceeding which is at all at work an announcement will be issued variance with the suggestions of in. to the subscribers, naming a day finite benevolence, guided by those of when the blocks will be destroyed ; correspondent wisdom,-is to enter- thus giving them the opportunity of tain an opinion on the (still mys- witnessing the total demolition of terious) subject, at which genuine them, so as to prevent the possibility and consistent piety revolts.
of the book being ever reprinted.” The due consideration of which Mr. Savage goes certainly a great circumstance (we cannot refrain from way further than his illustrious exobserving further on the subject) will emplar: Mr. Dibdin indeed assures us supply us with a ready and decisive that the plates of his Bibliomania answer to those objéctors who (on were destroyed, and he also assures the other hand) affirm, that it is us that the blocks of his promised wholly incompatible with a proper work sball in like danner be despose of the Divine Perfections to be stroyed; but he is content that the lieve, that God's wrath, once excited work of destruction should take place against sinners, can ever be in any in a corner; yet Mr. Savage boldly degree appeased by means of any invites his subscribers lo altend and external agency or suffering in their witness the conflagration of his blocks, behalf: since, if there be any cogency in order, as be informs us, that they and trulh in the preceding argument may be assured of the impossibility and statement, we must needs ac- of the work being ever reprivted. knowledge, that wrath; or vindiétive It will be curious, Mr. Urban, to wil. justice, regarded as a moral principle ness this block-burning; and I hope esdeutially opposite to benevolence you will favour us with a description uod mercy, can at no time possibly of the scene, as well as the names of exist in the Divine Mind.
the blockheads who atteud. Which admitted, we are at liberty But, jesting apart, is it not dia to rely with entire confidence on the graceful to see the ends of literature sovereign efficacy of Christ's media attained by such unworthy modes as tion in our favour, without impeach- these? If a 'republication like the ing in the least the consistency or fore-mentioned should be found of immutability of his Heavenly Father's use, and worthy of extended circuwills, because our reliance is, in this lation, why, in Heaven's name,
is it case, founded, oot in a belief that tbe to be locked up iu the cabinets of actions and sufferings of Christ, dur- those who merely purchase it on acing his state of incarnation, tended to count of the limited number of copies produce in the Divine Mind any prioted ? chunge whatever of disposition to- I have not sufficient time to point wards mankind, but, in the contrary out at length the disgusting folly of