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Paradise of her retirement. Their time was spent in the duties of active, private life, and they were seldom asunder; they rode together, visited the neighbouring cottages and relieved the peasantry together, and seemed made and prepared for the truest and most unchanging happiness of wedded life. The melancholy details of the fatal illuess which at once doubly deprived us of a sovereign, we have described with the minuteness that deep sorrow demands for its sad satisfaction, and within our memory no public misfortune has stricken so deep. Even the death of Nelson had its consolations. His was a great spirit released after he had gone his round of glory, and he parted upward in the thunder and whir!. wind of victory! His grandeur had ascended through all the steps of earthly renown. Like the ancient demigod, building his funeral pile upon the mountain, he had completed his labours, before he flung himself into that splendid extinction; and felt the touch of death only to spring upward in an immortality of fame. But this fair and gentle being lived only in promise. Her goodness and beauty, her spirit and public heart, rose upon us like the purple clouds of a summer's dawn, to be suddenly turned to chillness and gloom :-like iofancy with its bloom and its softness, to be stricken before our eyes into frightful decay ;-like the forms of a delightful dream, leading us through prospects of loveliness and joy, suddenly sinking into the fresh and timeless grave.-She was, indeed, an anchor of hope, to which the nation clung with all their mind, and heart, and soul, and strength. How agonising then, must be the pang that tears them asunder! How beart-sickening the sorrow which bewails a loss so apparently irreparable !
But a few months are past since it was our delightful duły to announce her nuptials, and to add our wishes to the wishes of every loyal heart for her long enjoyment of that felicity which she so well deser ved, and long had we hoped to record the continuance of that happiness which was conducive to a nation's welfare. In Heaven that bliss is perfected, and our task is finished. We have contemplated the last moments of her existence. We have scattered the last tributary handful of consecrated earih over her endeared remains, and we reti mourning the bereavement of one so justly dear to us,-of a Princess who will be regretted when the present generation sleep unconscious with their ancestors, and mourned and mouro. ers rest together in undisturbed repose !
In the preceding pages the heart has spoken, and to the hearts of our readers they will speak in all the bitterness of grief, and in all the agony of sorrow. They will inspire the affliction which we feel, and a silence more interesting thao eloquence must complete those sentences we find ourselves inadequate to finish.-THE PRINCESS CHARLOTTE IS NO MORE!
66 THAT EYE IS ARK,-THAT GENTLE BREAST
Is LOVELESS NOW, AND CAILL'D TO REST;.
November 2011, 1817.
LONDON.Published pir the European Magazine, bv.1. Asperne 32, (irnbill 1. Deilist;
Tin Rot William_ BongoCelleyen
MEMOIR OF THE REV: WILLIAM BENGO' COLLYER, D.D. F.A.S.
HANOVER CHAPEL, PECKHAM, AND OF SALTERS' HALL, LONDON ; VICE-PRESIDENT, AND HONORARY MEMBER, OF
PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OP LONDON ; ETC. ETC. ETC. (WITH A PORTRAIT, ENGRAVED BY HENRY MEYER, FROM AN ORIGINAL PAINTING
BY SAMUEL DRUMMOND, ESQ. A.R.A.]
" Much impress a
CowPER. TUXALTED in the scale of nations by bliss beyond it, and which unfold to
those many biessings conferred by man the knowledge of his duties here Heaven upon herself alone, England and of his bopes hereafter.--England, may indeed be proud of all those im- famed in the annals of the World, for munities, which, like the rocks and seas all that is great in valour, and reencircling ber bappy Isle, seem to divide nowned in enterprise, and migbty ja her from every land beside, and to fix achievement, whom Providence has our Britain,-* A world within itself.” ever blest with a peculiar care, and -Through all her vicissitudes of fate, gifted with a peculiar favour, - the and all the changes of Time, and all the rampart home of exiled Liberty, when difficulties of peril, still have those driven out from all lands else,-the blessings been as it were by miracle sanctuary of the slave,--the refuge from preserved, an evidence of past protec. oppression, and the Palladium of tion, and a pledge for future conti- many, a realm's last hope ! - all disdeace. Yet amidst that magnificence tinguished as she justly is for these, of Fame, which pours iis floods of yet is England more celebrated for that splendour round her brow, there is a piety, wbich shall embalm the memory ray more pure, more bright, more per- of its possessors with a radiance, that manent, than all those, which Valour will endure when sun and stars are can bestow, or Victory can consecrate. blotted from the map of Nature, and In England, Religion's sacred lightsbeds when all the pageants of this earth upon all around its holy influence, and, are perished, and forgotten, as though like the pillared fire of Israel, beams at they had not been. once her guide, ber protection, and her Emanating from this sacred source, glory. Even in the darkest periods of the example, and the effects of British her history, and the most appalling mo philanthropy, bave been extended to the ments of her danger. and the gloomiest remotest verge of buman population, hours of her apprehension, still has the bave spread its sympathies over the distant horizon been illumined by its whole brotherhood of man, and amidst beacon flame, and still have her hopes the wilderness,-the desarts,-and the been cheered, and supported, and real mountains of other climes, have scatized beneath its heavenly influence. tered the peaceful virtues of Christian In Britain, the sanctuaries of her Faith benevolence, and have softened into have been the bulwarks of her Righls, repose the savage horrors of uncivilized and Freedom, and those altars which barbarity, by the mild and hallowed bave witnessed the Christian's worsbip influence of Christian kindness. - To of his Creator, bave also made sacred this pure source also may be traced the Briton's loyal vow of fealty to his that charity, which blest, and blessing Sovercigu, and of attachment to his as it flows, bas given an example to country.
every other nation of the world, and From England, even to the extremes has raised the character of our counof the four winds of creation, has gone try higher among the kingdoins of the forth the Angel-song of “ Peace on earth, than all her triumphs ; – has earth, and of good will to nian." ennobled her with a fame, compared From ber stores of wisdom has been with which, the conqueror's glories sent over every sea, and unto every sink into obscurity, and laurels, nur. shore, that blessed word of Truth, whose tured with the blood of war, fade precepis teach defiance to the fear of blighted froin thil wreath, where fou. Death, by pointing to an eternity of rish only those wiselund Lowers of Para
dise, no age can wither, and no storm
Excepting an eager destroy.
anxiety and prepossession for the miNor is Great Britain less renowned nistry, which developed itself with the for the exemplary conduct of their cha earliest of bis cbildish propensities, and racters, who are the teachers of her has never since varied, nothing partici. holy religion, and the dispensers of her lar is to be noticed of his boyhood. sacred rites. Amongst the clergy, of Many apecdotes might indeed 'be reall sects, are very many, whose genius, lated of bis infantine wit and learning, whose piety, and whose attaioments, but they would be only those which would have raoked bigh, even amidst the parental fondness of crery motber those great names, which were so justly treasures of her child, and whicb, perthe pride of each past age in which tbey haps, the intuitive penetration of malived, and whose memories have re ternal partiality only can discover. ceived the homage, the reverence, and At the very early age of three years, the admiration, of all succeeding gene he was sent to school, principally with rations. The churches of our venerable the view of removing him out of hear. Establishinent are distinguished by num. ing of the profanity of his father's work. bers, who are indeed the ministers of men, who were at that period extremely their God, and who well deserve to be numerous, and whose unrestrained conthe spiritual successors of those, who, versation was very unfit to meet the on the scaffold, and amidst the flames, ears of childbood. In the course of bore witness to the troths they taught. the following three years, he was reIn the Church of Scotland, -the im- moved to a superior school, aod at passioned eloquence, the fervid devo-, the age of eight, was admitted into tion, and the commanding talents of a the public seminary belonging to the CHALMERS, well sustain that blaze of Leathersellers' Company, on Lewisham repatation which the virtues of her sons Hill. The juvenile studies of William have thrown around it, and that emi. Collyer were there distinguished by. nence of piety for which it has been that love of reading which he still so so long conspicuous. Froin the pla- ardently retains, and all his little store netary orbs of Heaven, he has drawn of pocket money was expended in purdown another ray of light, and of in- chasing books of history and science, telligence, to earth, and the starry to gratify a curiosity, which every addiworlds of astronomy have, by the un tional volume only the more excited. controuled power of his genius, shed With lbe Roman history, and Heathen a new, and an hitherto unknown efful- mythology, he was decply and pecugence upon the Christian revelation.- liarly interested ; and there was laid Amongst the dissenters from our Na. the foundation of those classical actional Church, are also many, whose quirements, which have been sijice so unaffected devotion, and superior learn. eminently distinguished in the research ing, are at once an honour to their age of Eastern antiquity, and Scripture crie and country, and a blessing to the con. ticism. Then it was that he afforded to gregations entrusted to their charge.- his family the promise of repaying all High in this bright enrolment stands their cares, in the dawn of that genius the name of COLLYER ; and in nar. which gladdened his parents' hearts with rating a brief detail of his history, we the prospect of his one day becoming, feel convinced of all our readers esti- their boast and ornament. At that pubmating as we do, bis distinguished ta- lic school he continued uotil nearly lents and deserved fame.
thirteen years of age; when, early in
1795, he was placed as an academic WILLIAM BENGO' COLLYER, the candidate, at the Old College, Homer. only surviving son of Thomas and Ann ton, under the care of the late Rev, Collyer, was born on the 14th of April, John Fell, as preparatory to bis ad. 1782, at Deptford, in Kent, where his mission into that seminary, when he father was a builder, and in the vicinity should attain the age prescribed for of which village his respected parents students. In 1798, he was entered as a yet reside. Out of four other children, scbolar, and admitted to the Divioity none baving lived to attain the age of Lectures, after successfully, passing the two years, the hopes of the family ordeal of a scrupulous examination in the became centred all in bim, towards Greek and Latin Classics, when scarcely whom they naturally looked, as the sixteco. The subsequent three years Last stay of their declining age,—the and an half were passed under the care last promise of sustaining their namna
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