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5. ' A great hero, famous in Egypt, obtained the name of Golamh and Nilea Espainne, i.e. the conqueror or hero of Spain.' Ibid.
6. • Niul, Sru, Asru, &c. succeeded to Phenius, in teaching the use of arts and letters.'
7. “ The conquest of Spain, together with a great drougbt, forced the Iberian Scuits, or Scots, to fly into Ireland.'
With these accounts of the native Fileas, foreign testimonies agree.
Spain had the use of letters from the Greeks, and from the Phenicians, who occupied the seacoast.
Newton quotes unquestionable authorities, in his account, that soon after the dispersion of the Phenicians, into the countries bordering on the Mediterranean, the great Egyptian, Sesostris, began his conquests, subjected most part of the known earth, and Spain among the rest, which, according to Newton, was in the days of Solomon.
The arts, navigation, and letters, it is well known, were first introduced into Europe by the Phenicians; our ancient Irish bards celebrate Phenius as the instructor of their ancestors on the continent.
The Phenician alphabet is in part retained in the Irish Beth-luisnion.
The accounts of the Fileas, O'Connor extracted from Leaber Gabala, a writer of great antiquity.
The old political establishment of Ireland was divided amongst three classes.
1. The chiefs of the nobility, called kings. 2. Druids and Ollambs. 3. Artificers and plebians. In each class there were seven degrees or ranks,
each of them ordained by their respective obligations and immunities.
They had the power of electing their king out of a certain family, hence factions were formed; the prevalent party had carried it, and the losing party collected all their strength to set aside the newly-elected monarch, which was the reason why most of the princes died sword in hand.
One of their most famous kings, Tuathal the acceptable, after he had mounted the throne, established a new political constitution. He obtained a law for the exclusion of the other royal families from the throne, and engaged the nation, by solemn oath, to elect all their future monarchs out of his own race ; and hoping to keep down the aristocratical spirit, he took tracts of land from each of the five-provinces, and formed a sixth province, now called Meath. In bis newly-erected province, all affairs of national importance were transacted under his own inspection. Every matter relative to religion was regulated at Tlachtga, in the county of East Meath. The remains of this sanctuary may still be traced near Drogheda, being the tumulus at New Grange, an account of which you will find in Beaufort's Ancient Topography of Ireland.
SO QUIETLY AT HOME.
MINE be the tranquil days that glide,
Without a wish to roam,
So quietly at home!
And mine the converse calm and sweet,
The looks so fondly given,
In the long bours of even.
And mine, from day to day, among
The loved ones, thus to hold
And cheerful when we're old.
And mine the smiles whose tender power,
Love's daily task repay,
In gladness pass away. . itn . 1937
And mine with kindred hearts to share, 7.,17 2419
As morn and evening come, " Dilo With joyful hope our household prayer - 10112* So quietly at home!
**, M. A. S. BARBER." ;
· Review of Books.
SERMONS, chiefly upon Chapter xvii. of St. John's
Gospel ; preached in the Parish Church of St. Paul, Nova Scotia. By William Cogswell, M. A. Curate of St. Pauls, and Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Nova Scotia. Hatchards.
DESIRING, as earnestly we do, that the gospel may be preached in all the world, the glad tidings of an Almighty Saviour declared to every creature, there is still a peculiar feeling excited in the heart, on behalf of those for whom a personal interest exists. We love to hear that the lamp of divine truth is lighted and held forth in the house of prayer where we have been accustomed to worship-that the sweet sound of salvation by Jesus is heard in the congregation among whom we were once numbered : and if the separating distance be vast, and a mighty ocean roll between, with no human prospect of our ever again revisiting the well-remembered spot, how deep a pathos belongs to the silent aspiration of a swelling OCTOBER, 1839. . 2 B
heart: "For my brethren and companions' sakes I will now say, Peace be within thee!”.
It has pleased God to place a faithful minister in that distant church, the cathedral we may call it, of our valuable Nova Scotian colony-a branch of our transatlantic empire, the value of which is now néga. tively known, as being wholly uninfluenced by the demon of rebellion ; and of which the tried loyalty will become more conspicuously apparent as the crisis advances. We, of course, opened with great avidity this volume, and we again closed it after shedding tears of thankfulness over its many pages of sound doctrine, of warm, fervent, affectionate, heart-stirring expostulation, in which the author has been pleading with bis beloved flock. Mr. Cogswell is ever mindful of what one of our elder divines has left on record--that Jesus Christ should always be the diamond breast-pin in the bosom of every sermon. He is truly so in these discourses : not a page but Christ is there in the fulness of his redemption, in all the gracious and glorious offices wherein God has made him unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption. The style is, particularly animated and energetic; the doctrine scripturally strong, and most carefully guarded from abuse. Under any circumstances, we should have placed this book among our treasures : coming, asî it does, from a native Nova Scotian, holding the sacred office of Christ's ambassador to his own brethren after the flesh, it is doubly valuable. May it be made doubly useful, by assisting to nourish Christ's. flock in this country, and by exciting a more affectionate interest for their brethren in that distant land,