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tisregard of certain terrible visitations which xxxvii. xl to the end, Psal. cxlvii. 2, and the ancient oracles of religion assure us numerous other places. must be in Aicted ; and (taking it for grant " Tenthly, The Millenium ; or, a long ed that those oracles bear the signet of di- reign of peace, by means of the universalivine truth) so surely as they stand record. ty of Gospel discipline.- Dan. vii. 27. ed, so surely will all the judgments pre Acts iii. 18. Rev. xx. ; &c. ordained, sooner or later, my good cousin, “ Eleventhly, The second coming of be executed.
Christ in his own immortal magnificence “ Proofs enough of the near approach of and power, to call the dead from their graves that day which shall change the present to judgment with the living.–Dan. vi. economy of the moral world, are, to those 13. Matt. xxiv. 29. John, v. Mark, xiii. who look up, conspicuous. Seems it 26. Luke, xxi. 25. Acts, x. 1 Cor. xv. Rev. not then an unfathomable problem, (but xiv. 14, &c. I wish my fear may be ungrounded, and “ Twelfthly, The release of Satan, after the reality be otherwise than as I appre- the Milleniums, with power to deceive and hend,) that all the nations of Christendom excite many nations to wage war with the should, unanimously, as it were, have for. Christian hosts.-Rev. xx. gotten that the whole universe is sentenced “ Thirteenthly, The total dissolution to undergo a certain doom, which, sudden of the whole system of nature, and confia66 as the lightning that lighteneth out of gration of the whole earth.—Isaiah, li. 6. one part under heaven, shineth unto the 2 Pet. iii. 10. Rev. x. 6. ; xx. 11, &c. other part under heaven,” shall come and “ Thougħ I may have enumerated these overspread it ?"-Luke xvii, 24.
as the events to which we are now looking After continuing in this strain for forward, yet is the catalogue, no doubt,
very imperfect; and it is not to be supseveral pages, the learned Theban pro- posed that the events and scene are to succeeds to state what are the visitations ceed one another in the order in which still impending, which it is the object they are here numbered. Some of them of “ the New Prophetic Journal” to seem now to be in progress ; and, from all expound.
the means afforded us of judging, the time
is near when most of them are to be forth“ First, The total annihilation of Eccle- coming. It is fallacious to suppose that siastical Despotism, Spiritual hypocrisy,
one is to terminate before another comand heretical doctrine throughout all nations.—Dan. xi. 2 Thes. ii. Rev. xiii
. &c. mences, in all cases, and many may be in . Secondly, The fulfilling of the times progress at the same time. Seripture points
to the latter days as the period of all of of the Gentiles, or that nåturing of the con
them ; and we are constantly admonished version of all Ethnic nations which is fore
TO WATCH !-to watch for certain signs ordained.-Isaiah, xi.; lx.; lxv. Luke, xxi.
and tokens which are to appear; and to be 24. Rom. xi. 25. Rev. vii. 9. &c.
received, as SIGNALS of the LATTEE 66 Thirdly, The entire overthrow which
The command to Daniel was, the Ottoman Empire, and all Mohammedan
• Shut up the words and seal the book, nations, are destined to experience. Dan.
even to the TIME OF THE END ! many vii. Obadiah, &c.
shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE “ Fourthly, The effectual extermination shall be ENCREASED—none of the wickof the vast armies of Gog and Magog, pro- ed shall understand, but THE WISE shall bably of Russia, Prussia, and some other
understand.'-Dan. xii. northern nations.-Exek. xxxviii. xxxix. “Fifthly, The universal extinction of all ledge, some, as the times, of fulfilment ap
· By the increase then of religious knowthose several powers which will combine to proach, will be permitted to remove the arrest the replanting of the kingdom of Israel.-Joel, iii. Isaiah, xxxiv. Ezek. full application of these profound enigmas.
mysterious veilings and to decypher the xxxix. 17. Rev. xix. &c. 6 Sixthly, THE FATE OF GREAT BRI- already been effected by the pious labours
Solutions of many obscure allusions have TAIN PROBABLY TYPIFIED BY THE
of Lord Napier, Dr More, Dr Johnson, PROPHETIC THREATENINGS
Dr Hales, Sir Isaac Newton, Bishop New. FORETOLD TIE DOWNFALL OF
ton, Faber, Clarke, Bicheno, and others ; CIENT TYRE. Ezek. xxvii, xxviii.
and as every day draws nearer to reality, “ Seventhly, The illumination of the whole world by the diffusion of the Gospel. off, and the momentous secret tremblingly
so is the allegorical raiment gradually taken -Rev. x.
discovered." Eighthly, The perpetual subjugation of the Infidel king and his host. Daniel the astrological oracles, was the down
In former times the great topic of xi. 36.
“Ninthly, The gathering of the Jews; fall of the papal authority ; but the their peaceful occupation of the Holy Land, interest excited by the revolt of the and the rebuilding of Jerusalem.-Deut. Greeks, has been dexterously seized by xxx. 3. Isaiah, xi. 11. Ezek. xx. ; xxxiv. ; 66 Fatidicoramus," and the doom of
the Ottoman empire is now discovered out assigning it, as the other reading seems to have been one of the grand objects to do, a period of completion. Thus then, for which Daniel ate the book, sealed if my view of this important prophecy be with the seven seals.
well taken, the “ cleansing of the sanctu. “ Then I heard, (says the prophet) one
ary has just begun in THE REVOLT saint speaking, and another saint said unto
OF THE GREEKS.” Weigh this conthat certain saint which spake, How long mind those dismal times of which it is,
clusion well, my honest Coz. and keep in shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, peradventure, the near precursor.” to give both the sanctuary and the host to We shall now proced to notice some be trodden under foot ?' And he said un of the predictions. “ I am sorry," says to me, “ Unto two thousand and three the seer, to see Venus on the 1st day hundred days, THEN shall the sanctuary of the new year, in the head of the be cleansed.""
Dragon, and hastening to an opposiUpon this passage we must quote tion of Mars, of course, posited in the the comment. “ It has been already said, that the great hend, ensue, and although it is possi
Dragon's tail. Strife must, I appreintegral body of an empire was, in holy pro- ble this country may have hitherto phecy, commonly symbolised by a beast; and the members of such empire each by escaped carnage, it cannot long, unless a horn ; so that, on a diminished scale, the some extraordinaryinterposition shall, mind might obtain a comprehensive view through a merciful providence, avert of the vast subjects alluded to. In order, the impending catastrophe. The voice therefore, to have one feature of the pro- of warning cannot be too strenuously phecy comport with another, it has been excited-(observe the sedition)--and usual to signify periods of time by some if the stewards of the public persist in minuter portion of duration ; and thus days their obduracy, a day will come when have been made the symbol of years ; the they will repent it.” 2300 days here mentioned are, therefore,
The aspects for March, it seems, 2300 years. But no era is stated distinctly from which these 2300 years are to be
foretel - a most universal ferment reckoned. Taking the literal expressions throughout Europe”-indicative of a of our English Bible for our guide, it seems
new era, either political or religious-that the vision is purposely to shew the rise perhaps both—(another French revoluand effect of those powers in the Grecian tion, we suppose.) There is also a spedominions which should produce conspicu- cial prediction—"The death of one of ous vicissitudes in the religion of the coun- high rank and fame, a field marshal, try; and more particularly of the conse as I suppose, may be held in expectaquences resulting from the rise and pow- tion during this month-malice the er of the little horn. Now it will be recol- cause.”—The death of any field marlected, that the first scene of the vision pre- shal, or eminent warrior, will serve to sents the ram STANDING STILL before fulfil the prophecy-we should not be the river Ulai
. We are next told of his surprised to hear of that pleasant manpushing westward, &c. and it seems to me reasonable that this movement should be nered gentleman, old Ali Pacha kicktaken for the era at which the 2300 years ing about that time. are to commence, for it brings us directly The timely warnings for May, deto the particular spot pre-ordained to be serve a place. come the scat of the little horn. This move “ The application of the forebodings dement, or pushing, is that celebrated march scribed in the preceding page for March, of Xerxes at the head of his cohort of three is rather of a general than a particular namillions against Greece, which took place in ture, though I am inclined to say that they the year 480 before Christ. There would allude to the German Empire more than then have expired 479 years before the to any other part of Europe. I cannot say Christian era, to which, if we add 1821, whether it is intestine or foreign hostility the years since the birth of Christ, we have that threatens a terrible shock to that go. 479+1821=2300
vernment-whether a revolt of some of its and, consequently, if our chronology be vassal states, or of some important portion correct, and our epoch true, we are to look of its army—but evident enough it is, that for the cleansing of the sanctuary in 1822. a great change is about to take place in But, upon concluding my comment, Iought that Empire. Still the ferment which has to remark to you, that though the clause been already excited in other states seems
THEN shall the sanctuary BE CLEAN- greatly augmented, and in some the sword SED,” seems to imply the entire cleansing, is very active. It is almost impossible to yet I am of opinion that it ought to be fix the allusions, but the general tenor of read, THEN shall the cleansing of the 'them indicates dreadful wars and bloodsunctuary BE ; that is, shall begin, withi- 'shed. I could also point out certain omens
of a fatal character, which bespeak personal ed, that he was born in Augustin 1769 ; jealousy, and individual mischief ; indeed, and, for several months immediately preI am apprehensive that at least two memo- ceding his birth, the Northern regions of rable assassinations will be heard of about the heavens were visited by one of those this time. Something, too, of a most atro. signal messengers to which the attention of cious nature seems, by the signs of last the reader is now expressly solicited. Semonth, to have been detected ; and the au- condly, Without following his steps to the thor will, it appears, be, in some manner, summit of his fame, let us pause a moment publicly degraded. I wish all political to behold him upon it, surrounded by macraftsmen would be persuaded to think that jesty of his own creating_himself seated honesty is really the best policy, and be on the throne of the world ! Spain, on his induced to act up to the maxim. It is sur West, the allotted portion of one brotherprising that statesmen have, in general, so Westphalia of another, on his Eastern very little regard to the warnings of Pro- Quarter-Holland, on his North, receives vidence and the experience of all past ages.' the third for her King—and with the
“ It does appear,” says Sir Willon, Crown of Naples, on his South, he decks “ that some are about to enjoy better the husband of his sister ! At every point times. I wish I could inform my read- that seemed to afford security to his Emers that this refers to Englund, but it pire were his military Dukes and minor is a more western nation, (we hope relatives posted on high pedestals of hoIreland,) and I should think Spain, or
nour; and thus may we say that he seemrather the Spanish people of South A- ed to have stamped the validity of solid merica, which is now probably settling the illustrious Archduchess of Austria.
greatness by his marriage at this time with a new and liberal system of indepen. Indeed, nothing human could appear more dence. The position of the moon, I stable than the Monarchy of France in regret to remark, bodes something ra 1811.-I have now reason to call again ther unfavourable to the popular cause for calm and candid attention.—At the of Great Britain.”
meridian of his glory, which I have just But these extracts are sufficient to been describing, a Comet of prodigious shew the spirit in which the New Pro- character came to witness his eminent staphetic Almanack is got up; and per
tion. Returning from his perihelion, that haps our strictures may have the ef- magnificent luminary became faintly perfect of increasing thesale, for “a time,” ceptible at the beginning of September, or “half a time," among a class of reađ- 1811, at which time it had acquired 26° of ers whom it is not likely the work has vertical in the Latitude of Corsica, and
Celestial North Latitude, and was then yet reached. In case, however, they the Southern Extremity of Natural France
. should fail of this effect, we cannot Its splendour continued to increase until it resist the temptation of introducing a had reached 48° of Celestial Latitude, at very philosophical disquisition concern which time blazing with unspeakable splening comets, and so conclude.
dour it stood upon the Zenith of Paris and “ On Comets, as lessons of destiny, the its Latitude. Having traversed the heavens remarks I have to make, although confined in such a track as to reign vertically over to an individual case, must, I anticipate, every point of Latitude from South to educe as well the acquiescence as the sur North of France, let it be, of all things, prise of every sensible mind, though it will most strictly noticed, that its highest de not be possible to do justice to my subject gree of lustre was at that particular time in the narrow limits that remain open. If when it was on the Meridian and Zenith of we turn to look at those mighty heroes of Paris at Noon-day! After it had attained former ages, suffixed to whose names we these limits northward in the heavens it behold these imposing words, “ THE retreated again towards the South, retracing GREAT,” let us at the same time recol- back again the latitudes of France from lect that an individual of our own time, North to South, until it vanished at that by an extraordinary course of adventures, point of declination where it had first be. without the stubborn force of prejudice, come visible, namely, over the latitude of and the secret and powerful engine-work Corsica !_Can any reflecting mind fail to of state-craft to ply with, lifted himself associate the appearance of this illustrious from a station the most obscure and low to messenger of the skies with the fate of that a pinnacle of glory the most gorgeous and prodigy of men, who then reigned over the exalted. Need it be said that the now harm- world with a lustre, perhaps, unparalleled ? less Napoleon is the object of these remarks? -But the victory of Death over this once Without entering upon speculations con controller of kings, and terror of nations, cerning the application of such an instru. has been recently achieved ; and during ment by the hand of Providence, and with his few latter weeks, whilst the spirit of out tracing his career of fame, to his fore his mortal existence was gradually evapolorn end, be it, first of all, here remember. rating, did not the blazing star of Fate
again appear as though it came, a bark noticing so gravely a work so conlaunched on the calm, wide, azure sea of temptible; but it was not on account heaven to meet his soul expiring ; and to of its merits but its nefarious tendency. bear it, hence departed, to its realm of There is, however, another publicarest !—Its errand, be it what it might, tion, not certainly of the same class, these facts we know, that at his birth it but in some degree of the same kind, ministered—it came again and testified his fame-once more it came to beam upon
that appears to be conducted with conhis bier ! -As it suits thyself, improve siderable ability and taste, entitled, this lesson, reader, shall I say, whilst
“ Time's TELESCOPE for 1822 ;” and wishing for thy welfare and my country's we reproach ourselves for not having weal, my leave I, for this time take, and left room to notice it more particusay, in heart, Farewell !"
larly. We ought, perhaps, to apologise for
THE RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW.
We have long looked with a kindly against. Literature, in short, is so eye on this interesting and excellent mighty an instrument, and so noble a publication, and gladly seize an oppor- weapon, that we cannot endure patunity of saying a few words on its tiently to see it converted into a toy. character and merits. Those of our The present work has higher and readers who before were unacquainted more exalted pretensions than merely with the work, which, we believe, is to the character of a bibliographical not so well known in this part of the journal. Its design is best explained kingdom as it should be, may thank by the title-page-" The Retrospectus for pointing out to them a new ive Review, consisting of Criticisms source of gratification.
upon, Analyses of, and Extracts from, Mere bibliography is perhaps of all curious, useful, and valuable Books, in things, except to bibliographers, the all Languages, which have been pubmost jejune and unattracting. The la- lished since the revival of Literature bour which is employed in transcribing to the commencement of the present title-pages and investigating Colo- Century.” And the design is certainly phons, in examining books whose sole excellent. To throw into the examinarecommendation is their rarity, with- tion of the treasures of modern literaout looking farther for gratification ture something of that life, spirit, and than a date or an imprimatur, is sure. acuteness, which have been hitherto ly, of all modes which literature pre- almost exclusively appropriated to crisents of employment, the most idle, ticisms on the productions of the dayinsane, and preposterous. The rearer to familiarize the readers of the present of tulips, or the fancier of china, stands time with the old and venerable moon an equal footing, with respect to the dels of writing in our language-toindignity and utility of his occupation, troduce to us the various gems, hitherto with the mere bibliographer. The little known amongst us, in the literapursuit of the latter is indeed innocent, ture of other countries--and to enlarge and as such free from serious objec- the theatre of discursive criticism, by tion ; but, in order to give it hearty discarding the limits which the avidity toleration, it seems difficult, if not im- for ephemeral trash has imposed upon possible, to satisfy the scruples of it, are surely objects which must meet taste. There is something utterly re- with universal approval; and these volting in dwelling only on the minu are the objects of the reviewers. The test parts of the externals of learning, present may perhaps be denominated when all its inner stores are expanded an idle age. Learning is so widely exbefore us, in quitting the noble, spa- tended, that, as it is increased in surface, cious, and open path of science, for its it is lamentably diminished in depth. dark, dusky, and circuitous lanes, and, At present, all are readers, and all are as if insensible to the vastness of its superficial readers. It is sufficient with grandeur and magnificence, to hang the generality to be acquainted with only with pleasure on the mean, low, the glittering novelties of the day; for and little. It is, besides, a sort of the blandishments of which, the hardprofanation which all good feeling and ier and more enduring productions of good sense seem loudly to exclaim other periods are neglected. As books
have multiplied, reading has dimi- gested learning, lie dusty and neglectnished, till at last, we seem, in despair, ed on the shelf, it is difficult to supinclined to do nothing, because we can- press that feeling of indignation which not run through all. It is time, then, rises uppermost in the mind. It is to apply a corrective to the listless, yet well, if, among the number of those arrogant superficiality, which at pre- who thus slightingly regard it, we sent characterizes us, by extracting have not to class the members of that the essence of learning, and culling church which it has protected so manthe various flowers which are spread in fully, and so immoveably secured. rank, but unheeded profusion, over its The various labours of the prose wriwide parterre, by opening to the view ters who flourished in the same age of our contemporaries more worthy with these two great men, are all equalobjects of imitation than the “lights ly in the shade, yet all, more or less, which now are hanging in the hea- participate in the same excellence. vens,” and strengthening them by con The enterprizing spirit and far extendverse with the mighty spirits of yore, ed research of Raleigh, the gentleby making that literary diet which minded eloquence of Sidney, the neralone can restore their stomach to its vous sense of Ascham, the glittering proper tone of more frequent use and and imaginative style of Jeremy Taybenefit, and by tempering the rawness lor, the poetical and often glorious and insubstantiality of the writings of prose of Milton, and the elevated and our day, by a full, vigorous, and effi- majestic simplicity of Charles the First, cacious admixture of the powerful (for we do, and always shall, consider draughts of our ancestors. Much of the Emmy Bapiroxen as his,) ought at this a work on the principle of the least to command attention. It should Retrospective Review seems calculated be the object of a miscellany like the to do; and, therefore, we will enter Retrospective Review to make them, more closely into a survey of the field as they have been much talked of, which lies open for its criticisms. much studied, and intimately felt and
The literature of our own country delighted in. has, of course, the first claims upon The old English Drama and Poetry its attention. The great performances have met of late with more attention ; of that race of giants which made it and yet, the admiration which has hiillustrious in the age of Elizabeth, therto been shewn, has savoured more however they may be talked of, are of undistinguishing enthusiasm, than less read and studied, in fact, than good taste or careful selection. VoMrs Glass's Cookery. This may ap- lumes of the latter have been reprintpear a broad assertion, but it is, never- ed, in which the worthless has so extheless, a true one. We will venture ceedingly overbalanced the good, as to to assert, that Bacon, whose writings render the task of extracting it altowould almost counterpoise the litera- gether repulsive and disgusting. As if ture of any other country, is in reality it were impossible to give us any of the less known than Thomas Hickathrift; valuable metal of our forefathers withand that, of the five quarto volumes out a treble proportion of alloy, the which compose his works, not the half republishers of the present day have of one volume is read by full-grown placed before us such indigested masses students. And of the weight, the vi, of absurdity and conceit, illumined oegour, the richness, the full-mouthed casionally by a few poetical sparkles, eloquence of his compositions, not one as to induce us almost to consider the in fifty of those who are regularly de- latter as a very poor recompense for dicated to literature have any idea. the trouble of wading through the With respect to Hooker, the judicious former. And we regret this the more, Hooker, incomparably the next to Ba as it serves with the judicious reader con in grandeur of comprehension and not only to increase his contempt for profound solidity of judgment, he is bibliographers, which is nothing, but almost as much talked of, and even also to damp and decrease his fondless known. When we see his Eccle ness for the productions of our early siastical Polity, that noble monument poetry.* Mr Campbell's specimens, of intellectual strength and well-di- excellent as they are, take in but a
* We are sorry to observe, that too many of the poetical reprints at the Chiswick Press fall under this class.