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LONDON: Printed by and for J. NICHOLS and SON,
ero Head, ed Ion
And by ARRIS Succefr
ON THE DEATH OF CHRIST,
BY JOHN STOYLE, Lieutenant Royal Navy.
RAUGHT with the gifts of
Meffiah's natal hour defcends
From realms of living light above,
And pureft joy its path attends.
On fable wing in hafte descending down,
By his omnific word adverfe was thrown;
The fame of Heaven's eternal Son,
The fons of God proclaim'd with fhouts
When on the wings of Mercy came,
Whofe goodness infinite fhall never cease;
Since Love Divine through all extent
Yet, as I tread Life's checquer'd stage,
That grace thy ever facred page.
O let me ftill repose
While Heaven's exalted ftrains extel
Their duteous hymns of praife afford.
His all-pervading spirit ever near,
PREFACE TO VOLUME LXXVI.
IT has been our painful and melancholy office for many fucceeding years, to call the attention of our Readers to fcenes and incidents of the moft difaftrous tendency; involving not only the interefts of Learning and the Arts, but aloft the individual fecurity of their Difciples. The din of war, and the clang of arms, has been fo loud and fo inceffant, that the Mufes have trembled within their bowers, and retired to weep over the afhes of Heroes and of Statefmen. The Genius of this Country, in particular, has veiled its awful front in facred forrow, whilst it lamented the premature lofs of her nobleft Offspring. The memories of NELSON, and of PITT, of CORNWALLIS, and of Fox, will, indeed, live for ever; but we may be allowed to mourn, though not to defpond, that the moment feems arrived when all their talents, and all their virtues, are more than ever to be required. The period appears to be at hand, when a vaft Coloffal Power, rifing every hour in ftrength, ferocity, and cruelty, threatens to devour all that is revered by Virtue, Freedom, and Honour; and having ravaged the Earth, and fwallowed up all that was fair and lovely, menaces to roll the Tide of Defolation to thefe beloved Shores.
"But that all-healing and all-forming Power
Will preserve it."
On this hope we reft-were it otherwife, the gloom which now overfpreads Europe, menaces to bring back thofe dark and melancholy fcenes when Freedom, Learning, and the Arts, were fo deeply interred as almoft to extinguifh the hope of reftoration to light, and life, and beauty. In that Region, where for fo many Centuries the Mufes have been cherished and adored, where every branch of Science and Philofophy have been cultivated with ingenuous zeal and honeft enthufiafm, what diftinction is now courted, or what merit is now rewarded, but fuch as is connected with that fcourge of mankind, Ambition, and the Thirft for Military Glory; and to what do fuch paffions