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unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

62. What were the very remarkable circumstances that at. tended the baptism of our Saviour ?

A. Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

2. Did John the Baptist make any express declaration of Jesus being the Meffiah ?

A. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and faith, Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the fin of the world. And I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I saw, and bear record, that this is the son of God.

• 2. When Nicodemus, a Jewish ruler, came and told Jesus that he was convinced, by his miracles, he was a teacher fent from God; what was the reply our Lord made ?

A. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I fay unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Q. When Nicodemus, taking what our Lord said in a natural sense, expressed his surprize how a man could be born a fecond time, what said our Lord to him?

A. I say unto thee, except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is felh ; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit.

2: What inttance, in the natural world, did our Lord condescend to give Nicodemus that was above his power to explain, to leffen his surprize at things being so, that were spi. ritual?

A. The wind blowech where it listeth, and thou hearest the found thereof, but canıt not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth : fo is every one that is born of the Spirit.

2. When Nicodemus continued to express his wonder, what did our Lord farther say unto him?

"A. If I have told you carthly things, and ye believe not ; how fall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly thiugs? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man, which is in heaven.

62. What was the intimation given to Nicodemus by our Lord of what he himself should one day suffer; and what did he declare concerning those that should hereafter believe on him?

A. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Was Nicodemus affured by our Lord that


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love to the human race that was the cause of his coming into the world; and that with the merciful intention of saving it?

• A. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in himn should not perish, but have everlasting lite. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

... Did our Lord say wherein would lie the guilt of the wicked and unbelieving part of mankind ?

A. This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, left his deeds should be reproved.

2. What said our Lord concerning those persons who came lo him

with good intentions, and with a fincere defire to be in. Structed ?

A. He that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds might be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

* Q. What was the answer our Lord gave unto the woman of Samaria, when she asked him if he was greater than their father Jacob, which gave them the well at which he fat ?

A. Jesus answered and said unto her, Whofoever drinketh of this water shall thirft again ; but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I fhall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

• 4. What was part of the reply which our Lord made unto the woman of Samaria, when Mhe told him that their fathers worshipped in this monntain ; whilst the Jews say that in Jerufalem is the place where men ought to worship?

A. The hour cometh, and now is, when the true wore Thippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and they that worfhip him, muft worship him in spirit and in truth.

2. When the woman of Samaria told Jesus that the Meffias was expected, which was called Christ, what said he unto her?

A. I that speak unto thee am he.

Q. When the disciples (who had leftour Lord) returned and requefted him to take some refreshment, what was his reply?

A. I have meat to eat that ye know not of. My meat is to do the will of him that fent me, and to finish his work.'

It is pity the author should have been induced to add a cou. ple of poems at the end of his work, as they are far from giving an advantageous idea of his talent for compositions, in verse. We hope he will omit them, should his book appear in a second edition.

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4 School for Greybeards; or, the Mourning Bride : a Comedy,

in Five Asts. As performed at the Theatre-Royal, Drury.

Lane. By Mrs. Cowley. 8vo. 15. 6d. Robinsons. WE have, at different times, given accounts of Mrs. Cow.

ley's dramatic productions. This wren, the youngest of the nine,' does not greatly differ from her sisters. The fame easy, {prightly dialogue, the quick succession of different persons, engage the imagination, and supply the place of more regular plots, interesting situations, and uncommon characters.

Mrs. Cowley acknowledges that the principal part of the plot is taken from an old play ; but the scene is transferred from London to Portugal, and the whole so much altered, that the idea only remains. We have not looked at Mr. Behn's comedy; but it seems to have required some ingenuity to have made a play from the materials. Don Henry, contracted to Antonia, kills his antagonist in a duel, and escapes. Don Gasper, ' a greybeard,' pays his addresses to Antonia, forges a letter, containing the death of Don Henry, and buys his pardon, which he purposes to keep secret, left any other person should procure it.

In the interval, on the day of the marriage, Don Henry appears; and the story is unfolded with an address which shows the author to be well acquainted with the business of the stage. He introduces himself to Gasper as Julio, his nephew, whom he had never seen. This is probable; but it is not so, that Gasper should not know his rival, or that Antonia hould be only struck with a resemblance between him and Henry, without recognizing him. There seems, at the first opening, that nothing stands in his way but the want of a pardon. He might have claimed his mistress, and urged his prior contract ; for, at last, his pardon appears to be owo ing to the royal clemency. In short, there is not even an artificial intricacy in the plot, to excite the attention, and sender the play, on that account, interesting in its conduct. In the progress, the event appears ftill more easy: as Julio, he is told by Gasper, that Henry's pardon is procured. Every impediment is now removed; but Gafper is fent out of the way, the space between two acis intervenes, a long converfa. tion between the two Greybeards, and Henry has not yet escaped with Antonia, which was the professed purpose of the contrivance. They are intercepted by Gasper, for no other reason than to add some scenes to the play, already fufficiently long.

In short, much of this confufion arises from the alteration respecting the marriage. The ceremony, at first, was supposed to be over between- Antonia and Gasper ; but this appeared

improbable, and it was changed to a contract only. In that ftate the objections were lessened, but they are not removed.

The second plot, with the innocent coquetry of Seraphina, the attachment of Viola and Sebastian, is pleasant, and well conducted; yet we would not advise every young woman, every wife of a Greybeard,' to trust herself with a young man, at night, in a garden, on the credit of a few fine sentiments. We can trust much to female virtue, and think highly of it ; but there are moments when the most firm resolves will fail, and prudence should have hinted that these moments are to be avoided. Let us quote, on this occasion, the words of a lady, whose work we have read with pleasure. • The frequency of those who fall, but too plainly evinces the imprudence of the trial, which to tempt is folly the most dangerous, and which not to fear, is unpardonable presumption.'

Mrs. Cowley was accused, on the first night of represente ation, of indecent expressions. In her Preface the contends very properly for the liberty of an author to suit the language to the charadier; but she has restored every passage objected to, and we can truly say, that to the plain, simple, and ob. vious meaning of the words, we cannot see the flightest objection. Her lovers talk with a warmth that is somewhat more reprehenfible. We have preserved the following scene as a Specimen of this kind, yet it is one of the best in the play, Henry is reclined on a bank, seemingly asleep, and in such a situation as not to be seen immediately.

Enter Antonia and Clara, Cla, This is the strangest whim! seeking shades and soli. tude, instead of company and mirth. What will Don Gafper fay?

Ant. Oh name him not; the arrival of the young stranger his nephew, has renewed all my miseries. But here


sorrows have a short ceffation, Oh, how those lonely Tades will sooth my sadness ! Each day I'll seek the soft recefs, and opening all the treasures of remembrance, live on my Henry's image,

Cla. Come, come, that's a sort of image-worship we don't allow. It would be more catholic to live in lonely mades witḥ himself. “ This soft recess" would be at least more poetical, my dear, with a handsome young man in it, even tho he fhould be uncivilly afleep. (Pointing to Henry;)

' Ant. (Not regarding her.) Oh, I'll call back each facred hour which bleft our wedded souls; trace each fond scene that chaften'd love made pure, and in the dear review, forget that I'm a wretch,

Cla, Ay, do forget it pray, and louk behind those frubs there's a youth as much like Don Hensy, as ever one impudent rogue was like another,


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* Ant. Hah! 'tis Don Juliolet us retire before he wakes. And yet-On Clara! I could with his sleep lengthen’d to eter. nity; and myself immortal to stand thus and gaze on him !

Cla. One might almoft fancy it Don Henry himself; only unhappily 'tis not the cuftom for people to leave their family mansions in the church-yard, to repose on violets for their mif. tresses to gaze on them.

Ant. The resemblance is stronger now he sleeps. When awake, this stranger has a fcorn- feverity in his eye-something that made me fear; but Henry's eye talk'd only love! Oh, I have seen a volume in a single glance ;--one look has said, what eloquence and learning might try to imitate in vain

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4 Sweet rosy Neep! Oh do not fly,
Bind thy soft fillet on his eye,
That o'er each grace my own may rove,
And feast my hapless, joyless love !
For when he lifts those thading lids,
His chilling glance such bliss forbids
Then rosy ileep on do not fiy,

But bind thy fillet on his eye!

Cla. I say on the contrary open your eyes ! Who knows but they may by this time have acquired a softer expresion ?

Ant. Fie, Clara ! let us go this intant-you will surely wake him. (going hastily.)

[Exit Clara. Henry. (starting up.) Yes, he is awakened indeed! Oh my Antonia, turn! Turn sweet traitress, and look upon the map you've injured !

Ant. (Shricking-) Oh, I Mall (ink! What art thou? Is Henry then alive in Julio ? Oh tell me whilft I yet can breathe -Say, art thou both, or nothing?

Henry. Convince thyself. (embracing ber.) Oh, my Antonja!

Ant. No! 'tis not airsmy arms return not empty to my bosom, but meet a folid treasure !

Henry. A treasure you have lightly priz'd.

Ant. Alas, my Henry, I believ'd thee dead! Oh let me touch thee yet again ! (taking his hand.) These veins are warna with life! health blushes on thy cheeks ;, and this soft pressure darts through my nerves, and is new life to me. Oh my Heary! it is it is thyself!'

In the first copy of the play, Gasper seems to have been called Don Philip, The name still occurs in p. 31 ; and free quently in p. 42 : it creates fome confusion, and the error should be corrected. We may also observe, that the acts are not properly divided. In general, there is some interval fupposed to elapse between each act: in this play, the business sometimes proceeds without any interruption; and, in one place, the same time cannot be consistently allowed to two parties. On the whole, this is a pleasing comedy: it attracts in spite of faults ; and fets all critic rules at defiance, by showing that they are not essential to our entertainment,



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