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'Tis here the folly of the wise,
Through all his art we view ;
His conscience owns it true.
And dangers little known,
Man vainly trusts bis own.
To reach the distant coast;
Or all the toil is lost.
THE DYING CHRISTIAN.
Which oft have delighted my heart,
And joys that shall never depart.
To me ye no longer are known ;
A Sun that shall never go down.
Your glories recede from my sight:
And stars more transceodently bright.
Thou earth, and thou ocean, adieu ! More permanent mansions, where righteousness reigns,
Present their bright hills to my view.
No longer my footsteps ye greet;
And paradise welcomes my feet.
Whose souls are entwin'd with my own,
Where friendship immortal is known.
And sorrows, are now at an end ;
The height of perfection ascend.
The night of transgressors shall grieve me no more,
'Midst foes I no longer abide ;
With saints I shall ever reside.
With trembling, with grief, and with tears,
There! there its bright summit appears! No lurking temptations, defilement, or fear,
Again shall disquiet my breast;
For ever ineffably blest.
And thou, the blest Volume divine;
Adieu ! my conductors benign!
Now shines on mine eyes from above ;
My soul is all wonder and love.
Adieu! my dissolving abode ;
A beautiful “ building of God.”
Above in my heavenly home.
Shall I know when I've mounted above ;
My God, I shall burn with thy love!
The soul thou hast bought with thy blood,
To feast in the smiles of my God!
Printed by T. Cordeux, 14, City-Road, Loudong
No. 71.] NOVEMBER, 1822. [Vol. VI.
ACCOUNT OF A MERMAID, Said to be caught on the North Coast of China, and now arrived in
(WITH A WOOD-CUT.) The following curious account of a Mermaid has been lately given to the public in an extract of a letter from the Rev. Dr. Philip, Representative of the London Missionary Society, at Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, dated April 28, 1822:
"I have to-day seen a Merinaid, now exhibiting in this town. I have always treated the existence of this creature as fabulous ; but my scepticism is at length removed. As it is probable no description of this extraordinary creature has yet reached England, the following particulars respecting it may gratify your curiosity and amuse you.— The head is almost the size of that of a baboon. It is thinly covered with black hair, hanging down, and not inclined to frizzle. On the upper lip and on the chin there are a few hairs, resembling those upon the head. The cheek-bones are prominent. The forehead is low; but except in this particular, the features are much better proportioned, and bear a more decided resemblance to the human countenance, than those of any of the baboon tribes. The head is turned back, and the countenance has an expression of terror, which gives it an appearance of a caricature of the human face; but I am disposed to think that both these circumstances are accidental, and have arisen Vol. VI.