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While thus along life's dusty road
The beaten track content he trod,
Old Time, whose haste no mortal spares,
Uncalled, unheeded, unawares,

Brought on his eightieth year.
And now one night, in musing mood,

As all alone he sate,
The unwelcome messenger of fate

Once more before him stood:
Half kill'd with anger and surprise,
" So soon returned !" old Dodson cries :
“ So soon, d'ye call it !” Death replies :
" Surely, my friend, you 're but in jest!

Since I was here before
'Tis six-and-forty years at least,

And you are now fourscore !
So much the worse ;" the clown rejoined :
To
spare

the aged would be kind :
Beside, you promised me Three Waruings,
Which I have looked for nights and mornings."
“I know," cries Death," that at the best,
I seldom am a welcome guest;
But don't be captious, friend, at least :
I little thought you 'd still be able
To stump about your farm and stable;
Your

years have run to a great length:
I wish you joy, though, of your strength!"-

“ Hold,” says the farmer, “not so fast !
I have been lame these four years past."
“And no great wonder," Death replies ;
« However, you still keep your eyes ;
And sure, to see one's loves and friends
For legs and arms must make amends."

“ Perhaps," says Dodson, “ so it might,
But latterly I've lost my sight!"

" This is a shocking tale, 't is true ;
But still there's comfort left for you :
Each strives your sadness to amuse ;
I warrant you hear all the news.”

“There's none,” cries he, - and if there were,
I'm grown so deaf, I could not hear.”
“ Nay then,” the spectre stern rejoined,

66 These are unconscionable yearnings ;
If you are lame, and deaf, and blind,

You've had your three sufficient warnings ;
So come along ! no more we'll part.”
He said, and touched him with his dart:
And now old Dodson, turning pale,

Yields to his fate! So ends my tale.
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pufo !;$** am fano THE-universal attention of the British community 'has been en grossed by an event of the utmost importance ;--the arrival of the in Queen in this country, and the proceedings which have taken place in b consequence of that step. Our readers are probably

all aware that 67 the Queen has resided in foreign countries several years, receiving

ving an sis allowance of £35,000 per annum from the Government of this country. During that period she has been almost completely separated from English society ;-and it is charged against her, and the charge has" been repeated throughout all Europe, that this high Personage has been guilty of the most culpable indiscretions. Upon the pótóriety of these accusations, and upon specific information from eye-witnesses, then advisers of the Crown thought it right, on the accession of his present *. Majesty, not to introduce the Queen's name into the solemn service of the Church, though she was prayed for generally, as one of the Royal Family. At the same time they were desirous that the question of ther: Queen's guilt or innocence should not be judicially investigated in this country; doubtless with a view to the prevention of those painful disclosures, and to the suppression of those factious discontents, which such an investigation might be expected to produce. They therefore attempted to negotiate with the Queen to remain abroad ;-upon conditions which would have secured hér a proper provision according to her rank, but the acceptance of which might have implied the admission of conduct not of the strictest purity.

The Queen, we cannot say how prudently, has rejected these propositions; and arrived suddenly and unexpectedly at Dover, on the 5th of June. She was generally received with an enthusiastic fervour, How much of this is to be ascribed to the generosity of the English charac, ter, and how much to the violence of faction, is not for us to determijie.'' f 'n

On the night of the Queen's arrival in London, Tuesday, the 6th, the following Royal Message was brought down to both Houses of Parliament by his Majesty's Ministers &

GEORGE, R.

The King thinks it necessary, in consequence of the arrival of the Qucen, to cominupicate to the House of Lords certain Papers respectivg the-gouduct of her Majesty since her departure from this kingdom, which sz. he-recommends to be immediate and serious attention of the House.

"- The King has felt the most anxious desire to avert the necessity of disclosures and discussions which must be as painful to his people, a6

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they can be to bimself; but the step now taken by the Queen leayes him no alternative.

The King has the fullest confidence that, in consequence of this communication, the House of Lords will adopt that course of proceeding which the justice of the case, and the honour and dignity of bis Majesty's Crown, may require. 2014

In consequence of this Message it was intimated that the course to Þe proposed would be the appointinentof a Secret Committee, in both Houses, to examine the papers which accompanied this Message; and to decide whether there was sufficient ground for any public proceedte ings. This proposition appears to us to have originated in an anxious in desire that the country should be spared the disclosure of offensiya o evidence, if such evidence should be thought insufficient to become the basis of any further proceeding, The Queen's advisers judged otherwise, and a Message courting and demanding further inquiryolls was delivered to the House of Commons on Wednesday the 7thg hai Mr. Brougham, the Queen's Attorney-General. ; 13.75-ysipoa nail

A Committee composed both of Members of the Administration and of the Opposition was formed in the House of Lords; and its appeared probable that the luquiry would at once proceed but in consequence of a communication made by the Queen to the Earth of Liverpool, it was thought that these unhappy differences might știll, be adjusted without a public proceedings and accordingly,thens two Houses were several times adjourned upon thi

this question, liths allow a negotiation to go on between the Duke of Wellington and Lord Castlereagh on the part of Government, and Mr. Brougham,ando Moc

Denman on the part of the Queen. The terms were substantiallyub the same as those offered before the Queen's landing in-though several minor points of etiquette were conceded.' But the negatitigatkastus broken off, by the Queen insisting that her name should be restorednih to the Liturgy, and by the King's advisers resisting this demand. Isto

In this state some of the most virtuous, enlightened, and eminent 10 Members of the House of Commons interposed to prevent the joyily of a public inquiry, and the following Resolution, proposed by Mrront Wilberforce, was carried by a great majority :-|gon on në .9012

32L1128 ot ai zisit 1o do Istir " Resolved. - That this House has learned, witlv unfeignod and deep rc-14) gret, that the late endeavours to frame an arrangement which might aventura the necessity of

a public inquiry into the information laid before the two existing differences in the Royal Family which was so anxiously desired by Parliament and the nation.

That this House, fully sensible of the objections which the Queen might justly feel to taking upon herself the relinquishment of any points in which she might have conceived her own dignity and honour to be involved, yet feeling the inestimable importance of an'amicable and final adjustment of the present anhappy differences, cannot forbear decfaring its opinion, that when such large advances bave been made towards that object, her Majesty, by yielding to the earbest solicitude of the House of Commons, and for bearing to press further the adoption of those proposits

tions on which any material difference yet remains, would by no means be understood to indicate any wish to shrink from inquiry, but would only be deemed to afford a renewed proof of the desire which her Majesty has been graciously pleased to express to submit her own wishes to the authority of Parliament; therefore entitling herself to the grateful acknowledgments of the House of Commons, and sparing this House the painful necessity of those public discussions which, whatever" might be their ultimate result, could not but be distressing to her Majesty's feel-ings—disappointing to the hopes of Parliamentaderogatory from the dignity of the Crown, and injurious to the best interests of the empire.”

The Address was presented to the Queen on Saturday. She returned an answer which destroyed all hopes of amicable adjustment. It is as follows:

“ I am bound to receive with gratitude any attempt on the part of the House of Commons to interpose iss high mediation for the purpose of healing those unhappy differences in the Royal Family, which no person has so much reason to deplore as myself. And with perfect truth I can declare, that an entire reconcilement of those differences, effected by the authority of Parlianiont, on principles consistent with the honour and dignity of all the parties, is still the object dearest to my heart.

"I cannot refrain from expressing my deep sense of the affectionate language of these Resolutions; it shows the House of Commons to be the faithful Representatives of that generous people to whom towe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

“I am sensible too, that I expose myself to the risk of displeasing those wbo may soon be the judges of my conduct, but I trust to their candộar and their sense of honour, confident that they will enter into the feelings wbich alone influence my determination.

It would ill become me to question the power of Parliament, or the noode in which it may at any time be exercised; but however strongly I may feel the necessity of submitting to its authority, the question whether I will make myself a party to any measure proposed, must be decided by my own feelings and conscience, and by them alone. As a subject of the State, I shall bow with deference-if possible, without a murmur-te every act of the Sovereign authority ; but as an accused and injured Queen, I owe it to the King, to myself, and to all my fellow-subjects, not to consent to the sacrifice of any essential privilege, or withdraw my appeal to those principles of public jastice which are alike the safeguard of the highest and the homblest individual."

In this position this most painful subject rests. There is very little doubt that the Inquiry will be prosecuted: We can express no opinion as to the probable issue ; but we have no hesitation in saying, that the Inquiry must and ought to go forward. In the mean time it is the duty of every good subject to keep his understanding unprejudiced ;to hearken to no idle tales of undeniable innocence on one side, or of malignant persecution on the other. Let us put our confidence where it ought to be placed in the wisdom and justice of Parliament.

EDITOR - K.

The Christian Monitor ;

NO. VII.

LECTURES ON THE BIBLE.

LECTURE VI.-Retrospect.

God hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our

works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest, by

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pearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. 2 Tim. i. 9, 10.

HAVING now completed our short examination of the several books of the Holy Scriptures, we shall do well to look back

upon

the whole together, and consider the Bible again as one book, the sacred depositary of our faith. It is called the Bible, which, in the Greek language, signifies “ the Book ;” as a mark of respect, it being the Book of Books, the book superior to all others, for it contains the words of eternal life.

What once appeared to some of us a confused work, difficult to understand, we now perceive to be perfectly in order. We look upon the Holy Bible with due reverence, not only as the Word of God, but as conveying to us, in the manner most suitable to Eternal Wisdom, the divine knowledge he was pleased to confer on his weak and sinful creatures,

You now perceive that the Almighty revealed this knowledge by degrees. The first step was to bring men back to know him as the one true and only God; to show them the folly and wickedness of worshipping senseless images, the work of their own hands, instead of the Lord of Heaven. The next was to keep in their minds the great promise of a Redeemer, who was to come down from Heaven to teach them their duty, and to lay down his life to obtain pardon for the sins of the whole world.

Accordingly, the Old Testament gives us the history of the first

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