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'Mid hov'ring birds that dimmid the noontide beam,
mountain and the thymy rock
“ Did none resist ?--before the invading hoft
« Thus rose thy pow'r !--- fell discord led the way,
Corruption here th' entrusted realm betray'd!" The poem ends with an admonition to Great Britain, to remain firm amidst the storm, and to place no reliance on the insidious professions of her treacherous foe. It is needless for us to characterize a work from which we have given such ample extracts. We have little doubt but that our readers will concur with us in the high opinion which we entertain of its merits. Long as our extracts have been we cannot abstain from quoting a Sonnet, addressed to a Nobleman, whose eminent talents, persevering zeal, and indefatigable exertions, demand the warmest applause, and deepest gratitude, of his country. In this Sonnet the bard has contrived to combine the beauties of poetry with the truth of prose. €6 TO EARL SPENCER, FIRST LORD COMMISSIONER OF THE AD.
Guerdon of high desert, to lift thy name
On the proud column of recording fame,
That Freedom wreaths the patriot's brow around !...
For at thy country's call, thou, foremoft found,
Yet, Britain claims thy care :---yet firmly guide
Woo thee to Althorp's tranquil haunts again,
Art. X. A Sermon preached before the Deptford Volunteers,
in the Church of St. Nicholas, on Sunday, Huly 8th, 1798.
most readers of fermons. His discourses unite justness of observation, and force of reasoning, with animation and
impressiveness. They speak to the heart through the understanding, deeply impress on the mind the most important inoral and religious truths, and powerfully stimulate the hearers and readers to piety and virtue.
The present sermon gives a very able account of the object and principle of the LOYAL AssociATIONS, and deduces the most forcible motives to vigour and perseverance in plans and conduct of such efficacy, both against domestic and foreign enemies. The Associations, as the Dr. eloquently shews, “ protect our families, our property, and independence. On this head the writer, with much acuteness, analyzes the principles and proceedings of our foes, to set before us what evils might be expected, had we, by a relaxation of British courage, patriotism, and loyalty, suffered them to be successful. The Affociations, he next demonstrates, defend “our conftitution, our laws, and our country, threatened by the treachery of her own children to be reduced to the wretched condition of a province of France.” As in the former part of the discourse he had proved himself thoroughly acquainted with the general principles of polity, in this he manifests a correct knowledge of the British Constitution in particular, and, while he thinks as a sound philosopher, feels as a patriot in treating the interesting and glorious theme.
His peroration is peculiarly inspiriting
" Proceed, (says he,) my much-respected fellow-citizens, affoci. ated and armed in defence of the best and deareft interests of men ; virtuous asserters of your country's rights, and defenders of its faith; VOLUNTEERS in the caufe of liberty, against injustice, plunder, and oppreffion; in the cause of humanity, against acts of savage ferocity, which beggar description; in the cause of social order, against principles destructive of government and law.-We, your ministers and teachers, whom the gravity of our profession scarcely permits to affume the military garb, or to handle the sword, the buckier, and the spear, think ousselves bound, to the utmoft of our ability, to impress upon all, to whose profeilion no such indecorum is attached, the necessity, the absolute necesity, that now exists of opposing the enemy, an ARMED NATION, as the only effectual means, under the provi. dence of God, of either preventing, or averting, the threatened danger."
The composition is correct and elegant; the fermon must please the talte as well as instruct the understanding, improve and encourage the heart. We trust this excellent performance will experience a circulation proportioned to its merits; if so, it will be universally read,
Art. XI. A Sermon preached at the Visitation of the Honou.
rable and Right Reverend Edward, Lord Bishop of Carlisle, held in the Cathedral Church of St. Mary, Carlisle, on the 25th of June, 1798. By the Rev. John Farrer, Vicar of Stanwix.
OW far the same observation may have been made by
others, we know not; but it has, more than once, since the commencement of our Review, struck us, as a peculiar and pleasing feature of the times, that many of the inferior Clergy have lately given to the world compositions on public occalions which would have done no discredit to those of their brethren who are in higher stations. In this number we are happy to rank the obscure and remote, but very respectable, Vicar of Stanwix. His text is Matthew v. 16. and we cannot better describe our opinion of his discourse, than by adopting the few, but very significant, words of the Editor of Mr. Bishop's Sermons : " it is plain and practical, con. taining just and pious sentiments, expressed in a manly and forcible style." In its doctrines and arguments there is nothing to except against, but much to commend; nor in its language have we been able to note a single expression which we should be anxious to alter, unless it be that in P. 2. He says, “that they might be better competent to judge;" which may be a Northern idiom, but we should certainly have said more competent.
Conceiving as we do, that, with all possible respect and gratitude for many excellent preachers, and still more for their many invaluable discourses, of late years the pulpit has rather encroached on the province of the desk ; or, at least, that the abilities of our Clergy are judged of more from their exertions in the latter than the former, we felt some concern that the ample and very useful advice here given respecting the composition of sermons was not prefaced somewhat inore at large, with directions for the performance of the other parts of the service; which, to say the least of them, are neither less necessary, nor less important, nor, as we are not afraid to add, less difficult.
Among the topics recommended to his hearers, as proper to be insisted on in their public discourses, we find, (P. 11) the following, which we give, not only as thinking them pertinent and judicious, but as a fair specimen of the author's style and manner..
“ The changes of the year equally admit of religious improvement, as the changes and chances of this mortal life. At feed-time
we may exhort our parishioners to beg a blesing on their labours, as .conscious that, whoever tills or forys, it is God alone that gives the increase; and at harvest, we may invite them to express their grati. tude to the God of Seasons, for opening bis band, and crowning the year with the fruits of his works. Indeed we cannot employ a more effectual means to engage the attention and interest of our respective congregations, than by addreifing ourselves to their habits and capa. cities. And, therefore, to those who have rural audiences, it may be a convenient measure in their preaching to draw their allusions from Tural economy. It was in this manner our Lord addressed his follow. ers, who were chiefly composed of the humbler ranks of men. The tarm and the vineyard readily fupplied him with images of discourse, and he illustrated the services of our Heavenly Matter by the coinmon occupations of rural and domestic life.”
In the next page, with no less propriety and prudence, he exhorts the Clergy, notwithstanding the very dogmatical dic, tates of some alluming critics to the contrary, occasionally to preach on politics.
" In the present hour we are called upon to encounter a spirit of ficentiousness in thinking, speaking, and acting, repugnant not only to religious principles, but subversive of focial and civil order, While we are openly engaged as a nation in refilling the formidable arms of France, we have also to combat those destructive principles which bave made that country a scene of anarchy and bloodshed, And here there is a call, not only for an arm of flesh, but also for the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. For though we have little concern in the pulpit with political topics, though the kingdoms of the world are very different from the kingdoms of our God, yet, when war is profefledly waged against our present comforts and our future hopes, it would be a criminal lupineness in us to fit ftill like those who are at ease in Sion, and not to exert ourselves in behalf of our dearest interests both in the present and the future world.”
The sermon is announced as “ printed for the Association of Schoolmasters in the North of England;" an useful infti, tution, formed on the plan of friendly focieties, which appears to have been first set on foot in 1774. An account of its scheme is annexed to this discourse, which is not beneath the notice of any who take an interest in the fate of learning and learned men.