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The legate of the skies. His theme divine,
His office sacred, his credentials clear.
By him the violated law speaks out
Its thunders, and by him, in strains as sweet
As angels use, the gospel whispers peace.
Hestablishes the strong, restores the weak,
Reclaims the wand'rer, binds the broken heart,
And arm'd himself in panoply complete
Of heav'nly temper, furnishes with arms
Bright as his own, and trains by ev'ry rule
Of holy discipline, to glorious war,
The facramental host of God's ele&t.
Are all such teachers ? would to heav'n all were !
But hark--the Doctor's voice-fast wedg'd be.
Two empirics he stands, and with fwoln cheeks
Inspires the news, his trumpet. Keener far
Than all inveđive is his bold harangue,
While through that public organ of report
He hails the clergy; and defying shame,
Announces to the world his own and theirs.
He teaches those to read, whom schools dismiss'd,
And colleges untaught ; fells accent, tone,
And emphasis in score, and gives to pray'r
Th' adagio and andante it demands.
He grinds divinity of other days
Down into modern use ; transforms old print
To zig-zag manuscript, and cheats the eyes
Of gall’ry critics by a thousand arts.--
Are there who purchase of the Doctor's ware?
Oh name it not in Gath I-it cannot be,
That grave and learned Clerks should need such
aid. He doubtless is in sport, and does but droll, Affuming thus a rank unknown before, Grand-caterer and dry-nurse of the church. · I venerate the man, whose heart is warm, Whose hands are pure, whose dodrine and
whose life . Coincident, exhibit lucid proof That he is honest in the facred cause. To such I render more than mere respect, Whose a&tions say that they respe&t themselves. But loose in morals, and in manners vain, In conversation frivolous, in dress Extreme, at once rapacious and profuse, Frequent in park, with lady at his fide, Ambling and prattling scandal as he goes, But rare at home, and never at his books, Or with his pen, save when he scrawls a card;
Constant at routs, familiar with a round
Of ladyships, a stranger to the poor ;
Ambitious of preferment for its gold,
And well prepar'd by ignorance and sloth,
By infidelity and love of world,
To make God's work a finecure; a slave
To his own pleasures and his patron's pride. .
From such apostles, oh, ye mitred heads,
Preserve the church! and lay not careless hands
On sculls that cannot teach, and will not learn.
Would I describe a preacher, such as Paul,
Were he on earth, would hear, approve, and
Paul should himself direct me. I would trace
His maiter-strokes, and draw from his design.
I would express him fimple, grave, fincere ;
In doarine uncorrupt ; in language plain ;
And plain in manner. Decent, solemn, chaste,
And natural in gesture. Much impress’d
Himself, as conscious of his awful charge,
And anxious mainly that the flock he feeds
May feel it too. Affe&ionate in look,
And tender in address, as well becomes
A messenger of grace to guilty men.
Behold the picture ! - Is it like ? -Like wbom?
The things that mount the roftrum with a skip,
And then skip down again ; pronounce a text,
Cry, hem; and reading, what they never wrote,
Just fifteen minutes, huddle up their work,
And with a well-bred whisper close the scene.
In man or woman, but far most in man,
And most of all in man that ministers
And serves the altar, in my soul I loath
All affe&ation. 'Tis my perfect scorn ;
Object of my implacable disgust.
What !-will a man play tricks, will he indulge
A filly fond conceit of his fair form
And just proportion, fashionable mien,
And pretty face, in presence of his God?
Or will he seek to dazzle me with tropes,
As with the di’mond on his lily hand,
And play his brilliant parts before my eyes
When I am hungry for the bread of life?
He mocks his Maker, prostitutes and fames
His noble office, and, instead of truth,
Displaying his own beauty, starves his flock. .
Therefore, avaunt ! all attitude and stare,
And start theatric, pra&ised at the glass.
I seek divine fimplicity in him
Who handles things divine ; and all beside,
Though learn'd with labor, and though much . : admir'd .
By curious eyes and judgments ill-inform’d, To me is odious as the nasal twang Heard at conventicle, where worthy men, Miflcd by custom, strain celestial themes Through the preft noftril, spectacle-bestrid. Some, decent in demeanor while they preach, That task perform’d, relapse into themselves, . And having spoken wisely at the close Grow wanton, and give proof to ev'ry eye Whoe'er was edified, themselves were not. Forth comes the pocket mirror. First we stroke An eye-brow ; . next, compose a ftraggling lock; Then with an air, most gracefully perform’d, Fall back into our seat, extend an arm, And lay it at its ease with gentle care, With handkerchief in hand, depending low. .. The better hand more busy, gives the nose Its bergamot, or aids th’indebted eye With op'ra glass to watch the moving scene, And recognize the flow-retiring fair. Now this is fulsome ; and offends me more Than in a churchman slovenly neglect And rustic coarseness would. An heay’nly mind