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But canst thou not, my fallen friend, si
Salop, Sept. 8th, 1825. Jos. Marsden.":
O Tommy, think apon tly state!
bloom'd a garden fair,
(For the Imperial Magazine.) *
Like the point of a lance or a spear,. ) It flatters the bosom with agoniz'd smart,
From the eyelids it forces a tear. Who is there would dash the wet tear from the
eye, Which a moment bis anguish might quell, o who would disdain the relief of a sigh,
When distress’d with the parting farewell? In vaiu may philosophy boast of its powers,
In vain may philosophers preach, Though pure, sound, and jusi, in less sorrowfal.
bours, Then in vain are the maxims they teach.' For wisdom, and knowledge, and science | Avail nought in the tenderest part, These may strengthen the soul, and ennoble
the mind, But, Ob! what can they do for the heart? The mariner sails from his dear native land,
As her white cliff's recede from his view, o think with wbat feelings he holds forth tois
O'er the wife of bis bosom so true,
To repeat the last mournful “Adieu.”
Yet unconscious of grief as of sin,
But it saw not the tumult within.)
From the maid of his earliest choice,..
And forbids him again to rejoice.
Callid by Providence far, far away,
O how hard is that call to obey! But yet there is joy intermingled with grief,
When our friends or our kindred remove, One keen satisfaction produces reliet,1 That of loving-of sharing their love. i
No death, united friends to sever;
O think upon the yawning grave!
And hope too will wbisper the lattering tale, | That brings no balm at all, and wbose sad That ibe day of re-uniou sball come;
smart, And fancy delights on the prosperoqs gale, For ever causes misery's stream to flow.That sball send the lov'd wanderers home. I
Wbo coarteth crime, doth always coprta foe. The mariner comes from the bellowing main,
And if thou plange thyself into the flood, E'en the warrior his dear ones may greet,
Tell me, bow dost tboa know, how deep The sweet voice of friendship may cheer as
And if it drown not, with thy neighbour's blood, again, And the lovers may bappily meet.
"Twill drown thee with thine own, and thou Wben past are the days that must yet intervene,
must feel the rod. How' enraptor'd the bosom will swell, The sting of death is sin, and 'tis a sting No longer regretted the sad parting scene, That spreads its poison all throughout the Nor remembered the gloomy “farewell.”
frame, What peace to the Christian-what transport
Debasing and pollating every thing
That dwelleib in the heart. The very bame is given, Wben be leaves this dark world and its care,
Of piety it takes away, and sbame
Flies with it—when men call it drivelling cant, Bids farewell to earth-bears the welcomes of
But if thou bast been wounded, and the flame beaven, As he enters triumphantly there !
Barns in thy breast, nought can supply thy
hart thou pant.
with stern and baggard It falls, and then is cover'd by the wave; brow,
And nothing marks the spot where it might be, And muffles Nature with bis snowy robe.
But circles stretching wide above its grave, Yon brook, that late its marm'ring rillets rollid
And more, and more allotted space they pave. In silver mazes through the vale, wat'ring
Then ask thyself, thus shall it be with me? The meads, and studding with wild flow'rs its When the first shock, which sin's swift banks,
arrow gave, Now winds no more; bat hard congeal’d, its Is past and o'er. The effect of it will be course
Imprinted on the soul, wide as eternity. Beneath the chill king's reign, all torpid.lies. Dudley.
A. B. The fields, that late, e'er they had doft'd the
dress The livery Spring bad given, all verdant
THE RANSOMED HEBREW.
Or speak the grief I know;
To us when we deriv'd
A pleasure, as we mogrnful sang,
Hang on tbe lonely tree;
It oft may soothing be:
I'll touch each sacred string,
My gratitude to sing.
Nor more I'll sing my sire's lament, To pluck the rose that on the briar blows;
Nor wail bis cheerless fate; For be bas learnt, tho' it so brightly blooms, "Tis set around with thorns. He calls to mind
less the happy hoor he went
To claim a bappier state : The morn of life, and sighing recollects
Yet will I tell, how by a nod, How oft in youth, wben bigbly beat bis heart,
And with his parting breath, And Hope spread wide her wings, be eager
He bade me put my trust in God, sprang
Then sunk, compos'd, in death. At ev'ry flow'r that beautified his way;
To that great God, that pow'r supreme, Pursued the phantom Pleasure as it flew. Nor left the chase 'till its brigbt bae had fled:
An altar I will raise, Till tbe first charm, that led bim on so warm,
And there express the blessed theme, Had vanish'd from before him quite, and left
My gratitude and praise :
And there I'll tone my pious lays,
And there, inspir'd by freedom's rays,
I will his troths reveal. · SIN.
Then if my persecators bear THERE is a grief, wbich, when it wounds the
My humble accepts rise; heart,
Haply 'twill stop their mad career, Bears with it its own balm :--and there's a wo And ope the heathen's eyes':
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Then sweet, indeed, the thought will be, But with stern Winter's frown there came
Not hope-despair;-not love-disdain.
Since then all joys from me are fled,
The maúsions of the silent dead
T. JEROME, Junr.
I'll seek,—there make my nightly moan,
For in this sad and stricken heart
| Despair hath fix'd ber keenest dart. T. G. I THOUGHT a beavenly host descended, And bore, their music from the sky,
The Works of James Arminius, D.D. So sweetly were the soft tones blended, So perfect was the harmony :
formerly Professor of Divinity in the I thougbt, for sure, the earthly lyre
University of Leyden. Translated Was touch'd with living, sacred fire.
from the Latin. 1'o which are added, Softly, sweetly, sunk the sound,
Brandt's Life of the Author, &e.
With a copious and authentic Account With the wild, ontutor'd lay.
of the Synod of Dort. By James Ob! I could sit, and bear it sing,
Nichols, Author of “Calvinism and Till all my soul was captiv'd in its notes; Arminianism Compared in their PrinTill borne on bright imagination's wing, ciples and Tendency.” Vol. I. pp. I harbour'd only the far-soaring thoughts
806. Which its all-varied strains inspire.
London. Longman and Co. Now, melting in soft sorrow's soothing mood; 1
1825. Till in inyeye, the falling lear-drop stood :
This volume, formidable though it is in Aud then, exalled, rais'd, uplifted high, By fancy Ted, where she alone can fly,
appearance to a timid student, must Upborne from off the earth, and wing'd with | be viewed as a production of consiflaming fire!
derable importance. The “testimoDudley.
nies” of forty respectable authors of different religious denominations,
which are appended to the TranslaTHE DREAM.—(A FRAGMENT.)
tor's Preface, prove the estimation in A soften'd light upon the scene was spread, which Arminius was held, “as a man
Like the dim glimm'ring of the waning moon; of unaffected piety and upright con'Twas silent as the dwellings of the dead,
duct, of principles and of character Yet all seem'd busy as the stirring noon. Lo! from the ground arose, array'd in gloom,
that were truly Christian ; whose unA little ball, majestically slow,
derstanding was at once solid and Of clayey bue, yet clothed with loveliest bloom, | acute; whose discourses from the And robed in clouds which fell condens'd | pulpit were impressive, eloquent, and below.
useful; whose labours as a minister, The thunder peal’d, and rent the little ball, and as a Professor of Divinity, were
And from the rent came forth a bay-tree's leaf; | faithful and productive; whose lec'Twas large and bright, yet seem'd of clay witbal,
tures were attended by a numerous And droop'd a little, as 'twere half in grief.
auditory, that admired the strength of The thunder rent the sphere again, and, lo! The leaf was gone, and in its place a hand,
his arguments, and were astonished at A band of clay, burst forth with dazzling show, the great learning which he displayed ;
And pointed upwards to the heavenly land. whose private life was animated by Lightning and elouds through all the welkin the spirit, and adorned with the graces, toat;
of the religion which he taught; and Fantastic tumults wild, the dream attend; whose writings, which are more exAnd a white scroll appear’d, wbereon was wrote,
| cellent than numerous, are distinIn her own tongue, “ Here shall your sorrows end."
guished by a great deal of accurate Then burst the ball, and strew'd itself around,
thinking, by distinct views of the subAnd part upon her gay attire was driven; Tjects which he discusses, and by a The wild dream vanish'd with a mighty sound, simple and perspicuous style.”—This And she awoke--and wish'd herself'io heaven. is the character which two well-in
T. G, formed Calvinists have given of Armi
nius, and his inęthod of teaching; and
it is abundantly concrmed by the SONNET.—ON DESPAIR.
testimonies of other writers, whose I SEEK the dark and lone retreat,
connexion with this eminent Dutch Unknown, untrod by human feet;
Professor was of a still more intimate The dens by day, the woods by night,
nature. And love those scenes wbieb med affright.
That veritable church-historian, the When Spring appear'd in all her charms, I felt the power of Love's soft arms;
| accomplished Mosheim, has very justly 83,--VOL. VII.
observed, in bis History of the Re-tomed to regard Jones's translation formed Church,(Cent. 17. sec. 2. pt. 2.) | and abridgment of LIMBORCH's Body ** The doctrines of Christianity, which of Divinity, as an adequate delineation had been so sadly disfigured among | of Arminianism, will be delighted to the Lutherans by the obscure jargon find themselves mistaken in their estiand the intricate tenets of the Scholas-mate. For this system of doctrines, tic Philosophy, met with the same as delivered by the pious and learned fate in the Reformed churches. The individual from whom it derives its first successful effort that prevented distinguishing appellation, is emithese churches from falling entirely nently evangelical in its aspect: and under the Aristotelian yoke, was made were not mankind liable to be seduced by the ARMINIANS, who were remark- by names alone, more than by the able for expounding, with simplicity | nature of things themselves, we may and perspicuity, the truths and pre- venture to assert, that, if it be lawful cepts of religion, and who censured, / for us to form our judgment of the with great plainness and severity, Calvinists of the present age, from those ostentatious doctors who affected their pastoral discourses, their private to render them obscure and unintelli- conversation, and their published writgible, by expressing them in the terms, ings,--few of them would hesitate to and reducing them under the classes subscribe to the explicit statement and divisions, used in the Schools." which Arminius has given in the
If the tenets of Arminius had pro- | Declaration of his Opinions," on Preduced no higher effects, these alone destination, the Providence of God, would have entitled his memory to the the Free Will of Man, the Grace of veneration of posterity. But Mosheim | God, the Perseverance of the Saints, adduces several other very striking in the Assurance of Salvation, and the stances of their benignant operations. Perfection of Believers in this life. As Yet, extensively influential as he has the account of his sentiments on these shewn the spirit of Arminianisın to points is but brief, we may, at some have been throughout Europe, among future opportunity, lay it before our all religious persuasions, it has not readers; at present we content ourhad, till now, even the semblance of selves with a statement of his docjustice done to it in England. It has trines, as described by Mr. Nichols in been the policy of its enemies, to refer | page 84.all inquirers for a knowledge of Armi “The truly evangelical system of religious nianism, to the comparatively impare | belief which is known in modern days under streams of Courcelles and Le Clerc; the name of ARMINIANISM, has acquired that wbile its supine friends, content with appellation, not because ARMINIUS was the their own better information about it,
sole author of it, but, (as I bave shewn in the
Preface to this work,) becaase be collected have never directed strangers to the
those scattered, and often incidental, observaclear and transparent fountain of Ar tions of the Christian Fathers, and of the early minius himself.
| Protestant divines, which have a collateral rela. On other subjects, of minor impor- tion to the doctrines of General Redemption, tance. it has been a commendable and because be condensed and applied them in
such a manner as to make them combine in one trait in our countrymen, to elicit the
grand and harmonious scheme, in wbich all the most accurate intelligence. But, with
attributes and perfections of the Deity are the exception of old Tobias Conyers's secured to him in a clearer and more obvious translation of the Declaration of Armi- manner than by Calvinism, and in which man is nius, we do not recollect any attempt
I still left in possession of his free-will, which
alone places him in the condition of an accountthat has been made to afford us a able being. The high rank which it is entitled better acquaintance with this doctrinal | to hold among the great pacificatory plans of system. We have generally remained the Reformers and more recent Divines, I have Satisfied with the assurances, which | demonstrated in another place; and the judisome learned men have given us, “that
is that cious reader, after a careful perusal of the works
of Arminius, will consider the pre-eminence the doctrines of Arminius, and those there as
| there assigned it, to be, in strict justice, only of the church of England, may be pro- that which its unobtrusive excellencies demand. perly represented as nearly corres- It is not to be denied, that upon this scriptoral ponding together, both of them being foundation some individuals do not hesitate to the doctrines of the Augsburg Confes
declare, that they bave reared a grand edifice sion divested of its sacramental pecu
of their own; bat this, on examination, proves
to be only a flimsy structure of 'wood, hay, liarities.” Those lovers of primitive stubble, -dootrines which lose all that decidedły Christianity, who have been accus- | gracious aspect, which, in conformity with the
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scriptures, Arminias had communicated to them. I points in our natiopal history, at These men are, therefore, much mistaken in the an æra, which, according to the late alliance wbich they bave thus preposterously claimed: for it is not the evangelical system of
C.J. Fox, Esq. is of all others the most Arminias upon wbich they have ventured to interesting to an Englishman. In one build, but it is the legal and Pbarisaic founda of these biographical digressions, Mr. tion of Pelagius, wbich, though extremely Niebols produces the following reslight, is safficiently stable to sustain the lam
marks, the conclusion of which we ber of their inventions; and the fabric of their erection bas accordingly obtained the very
should wish to see demonstrated : appropriate appellation of Semi-Pelagianism.
“ The Remonstrants accommodated The reflection, however, is a pleasant one, that their Confession of Faith to the cirthe great majority of our English divines, and cumstances of such doubting mortals especially of our national clergy, bave, as it as Vorstius. This accommodation is became the most learned and enlightened body of Theologians in the world. built upon the
rendered apparent in that very able noble foundation of Arminianism a goodly fabrio
production, the Apology for their Confesof gold, silver, and precious stones,'-doctrines sion; and still more so in the Theologiwhich bold the golden mean' between the cal Institutes of Episcopius.” extremes of CALVINISM and PELAGIANISM, and
« Though Episcopius himself was accounted between the two intermediate and milder con
| sound in the faith;' get this unusual Jatitade tradictions of SEMI-PELAGIANISM and BAXTERIANISM.—Those ministers of the truth as it
of belief, which was granted as the ample
terms of charch-communion among the Remonis in Jesus' who allow to scriptaral PRIVILEGES
strants, procared for that great man and his and to scriptural DUTIES their respective pro.
liberal associates the suspicion of being them. vinces, are the only men who can conscientiously
selves inclined to tbe Arian or Socinian heresy. delight to propagate Arminian doctrines in tbeir
Indeed, this is the character of them wbich is pative purity, as they came from the hands of
generally given by the most candid of our own the most eminent Professor that ever adorned
writers. There can be no doubt, that, in this the chair of Divinity in the University of Ley
instance, as well as in others,' evil communicadon.”-pp. 84, 85.
tions corrupted good manners. For though This very closely printed volume the first Remonstrants escaped the doctrinal contains Bertius's celebrated Funeral contagion, yet the effects upon their saccessors Oration; and as this was the ground
were very lamentable. A regalar declension
from the orthodox Faith in the important docwork of Brandt's Life of our Author,
trine of the Trinity may be traced, in those who Mr. Nichols has, in pumerous Appen saccessively filled the Professor's Chair at Amdices, supplied from the latter the in sterdam, after Episcopius; and if Courcelles, formation which Bertius had omitted, Poelenbargb, Limborch, Le Clerc, and Wetand has added much of a highly inte
stein, be severally considered as the properindex resting character, that had not been
of the Faith of the religious community orer
I wbicb they presided,(and their own documents, produced either by Brandt or Bertius.
as well as the histories of those times, confirm The biograpbical notices of various emi. this view,) then it must be allowed, that an nent individuals, with wbich the work excess of candour and liberality in the terms abounds, are illustrative of the grand
of communion, is as injuriqas to the special controversy between the Arminian as
purposes of Cbristian edification, as too much
strictness can be. This is a subject on which sertors of civil and religious liberty, | I have bestowed some attention; and the reader and their bigoted opponents. We have will find a copious dissertation upon it in my been particularly entertained and in- Calvinism and Arminianism Compared, in their structed by the original remarks (in Ap
Principles and Tendency, Appendix H. In tbat
portion of my work I have compared the pracpendix F.) on the progress of truth
tice of the Dutcb Remonstrants with that of the “in an ingenuous spirit;" by the con.
Church of England; and have, I hope, satistents of Ap. G; by the letters of Junius factorily demonstrated to every candid mind the and Arminius, concerning the early truly liberal and mild constitution of the latter, Independents; by “the abuse of Ana.
and the obviously beneficial results of her
I combined moderation and firmness, in requiring grams,” and by the account of Goma
| a rigid adherence to those terms of communion rus, Uitenbogardt, and Vorstius, and
against the strictness of which none were ever of the apostasy of Bertius.
found to object, except the men whose laxity • On all these topics, and many others of principles disqualified them from becoming which are ably discussed in the Life members of any Christian Community."-pp. of the Author, and which were ex
234, 235.' tremely necessary to the proper eluci | This volume also contains five Oradation of the early history of Armi- tions by Arminius, on the Object of Thenianism, Mr. Nichols has produced, ology; the Author and the End of Thefrom various sources, a mass of origi- ology; the Certainty of Sacred Theology; nal information which was never before the Priesthood of Christ; apd the fifth, presented to the British public, but On Reconciling Religious Dissensions which will serve to illustrate many l among Christians. After these follow,