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shame, and our confusion cover- magnify thine infinite goodness eth us; willingly acknowledging in thy gracious forbearances and that our iniquities have most de- our powerful conversion to thee, servedly turned away thy bless. And though we cannot but conings from us, and drawn thy fess weare a sinful nation, a people judgments upon our heads. laden with iniquity, a seed of evil
But, O Lord, hast thou so smit doers, yet, Lord, thou knowest ten us that there is no healing for thou hast thy secret ones among us? have we put ourselves utter us, a people that prayeth and ly out of the reach of thy bound. trembleth at thy judgments, and Jess mercies? art thou not the waiteth humbly at the door-posts God that retainest not thine an- of thy sanctuary ; a people that ger forever, because thou delight desireth to walk close with thee est in mercy ? O thou, the hope their God, and to be approved of of Israel, and the Saviour thereof thee in all their ways; a people in the time of trouble, return, that sigheth and mourneth for return to thy people in the tender the abominable sins of the land bowels of thine infinite pity and of their nativity: (), for their. compassion, humble our souls sakes be thou entreated to hold thoroughly under the sense of off thy revenging hand from this our many backslidings and griev, sinful nation, and even yet still ous provocations of the eyes of provoke us by thy goodness to thy glory. Oh, strike thoy our repentance. O thou, the righte. heart with an unfeigned repent, ous and merciful Judge of-the ance of all our evil ways, and world, who even for ten righteous once again speak peace unto thy persons would have spared a Sodservants. Was there ever a om and Gomorrah from their fimore stiff-necked and rebellious ery execution, be pleased tenderpeople, O Lord, than thịnę ly to regard the cries of thy Israel? more eminent in a. many hundred faithful and debused mercies? more notori- vout souls that sue to thee for ous in all kinds of abomin. the stay and removal of thy de. able wickedness? more exer- served judgments. Oh, do thou cised with variety of judg- look down from heaven and be. ments? yet when they cried to hold from the habitation of tly thee in their distress, thou wert holiness and thy glory, the unstill ready to hear and deliver feigned humiliation of thy serthem, and to renew thy so often vants, who are prostrate before forfeited blessings upon them, thee with fastings, and weeping, and wouldst not let loose thy ven- and mourning : turn away thy geance upon them till there was heavy displeasure from us, and no remedy.. .
pity thy sanctuary which is desoBehold we are thy people, late ; so shall our mouths be full though a sinful one, a second Is: of the praises of thy name, and rael both for' sins and mercies ; thy saints shall rejoice and sing now, Lord, since it is thy mar: new songs unto the God of our. vellous mercy that we are not yet salvation, AmEx, consumed, be still pleased to
FRAGMENTS. bunal was respected as the very
seat of justice. Even the Ro.
mans themselves appealed to it EXTRACTS FROM DR. ODMANN'S
in weighty matters. Pericles, on GEOGRAPHICAL POCKET DIC. being refused adinittance as a TIONARY OF THE NEW TESTA member, diminished its power, MENT.*
and from that day the Areopagule, Areopagus, Aquosay05, the and the morality of the Athenians celebrated tribunal of Athens, suffered a common fall. It was held on a hill of that name. before this tribunal, which was Here Mars is said to have been held in the open air, that St. acquitted by twelve of the gods, Paul" delivered the address: re: for having killed the ravisher of corded by St. Luke, Acts xvii, his daughter. This circumstance 22, &c. seems to have been invented, in Chios, 'Xios,, an island in the order to add solemnity to the tri. Archipelago, a few miles south bunal. It is not known, whether of Lesbos ; called by the Greeks it was instituted by Cecrops, or Chio, but by the Turks Saki Adas, Cranaus, or Solon. The number si, (Mastic island.). It occurs on: of the members is variously stat ly in Acts xx. 15, at the last deed to have been 9, 31, and 51. parture of St. Paul from Greece. They were chosen from among It is about 50 miles in length, the most virtuous citizens, and and 25 in breadth, mountainous such prefects, as had distin- and of a poor soil, but famous for guished themselves by their pa. the mastic, with which it supplies triotisın." The office was held the royal seraglio. This gum, for life; butif a judge behav. which is chewed by the Turkish ed improperly, intoxicated him. ladies, in order o preserve their self, or uttered anyindecent teeth clean, and their breath words,' he was immediately de-, sweet, is collected by the Chris posed. Here sentence was pro- tian inhabitants of the island ; nounced, not only on capital, who, as a remuneration for it, are crimes, but also on immorality exempted from half the poll tax. and idleness, which last was The manner of collecting it is looked upon as the parent of all described by Tournefort, Bellovices. Disrespect for religion nius, Theyenot, Monconys, Car: was treated with the greatest se. reri, Pocock, Chandler, and othverity, and forensic oratory was ers. Although the climate of totally probibited, lest it should the island is reckoned healthy, influence the judges. This tri- it is often visited by the plague.
The number of inhabitants is 1 Dr. Odmann is minister of Up. 100.000, and all live comfortably sal, in Sweden, a learned and respec. table divines author of several wonksi by industry. An old building is in high repute in his own country. still to be seen, which goes by The work, from which these extracts the name of Homer's School, but are made, and which was designed according to Mr. Chandler, it for a companion to the younger clert
vas a temple of Cybele. The gy, is highly approved by the English Reviewers, and a translation of island is circumstantially describit recommended.
ed by Myller,
MELITA, Menirn, now Malta, an A ANECDOTES. 1. island in the Mediterranean sea, distinguished in the New Tes. One of the most renowned tament by the shipwreck of St. philosophers and statesmen of Paul, Acts xxviii. The inhabit- this age, Dr. Benjamin Franklin, ants, who spoke in an African informs us, that all the good he dialect, (Bang Bagoi) received the ever did to his country or mancrew with great humanity. They kind, he owed to a small book kindled a fire, on account of the which he accidentally met with, constant rain (icata); but when entitled, “ Essays to do good," the apostle was laying on a bun- in several sermons from Gal. vi. dle of sticks, which he had gath- 10. “As we have, therefore, ered, a very venomous viper opportunity, let us do good unto (ixiosa) roused by the flames all men, especially unto them came out, and twisted itself round who are of the household of his arm (xorta.) The islanders faith.” These sermons were now thought themselves wit- written by Dr. Cotton Mather, a nesses of Divine vengeance de- very able and pious minister of manding that justice, which the the gospel in Boston: “ This waves had failed to execute ; but little book,” he says, “ he studied the apostle shook off the animal in- with care and attention ; laid up to the fire, and felt no hurt. They the sentiments in his memory, then passed to another extreme, and resolved from that time, (ueta Barãourvou) and took him to which was in his early youth, be a god. The reader will find that he would make doing good the best description of Malta in the great purpose and business Nieburh's travels through the of his life.” Levant, and Brydone's Letters . on Sicily and Malta. I have on- ARCHBISHOP Williams, in the ly this to add, that although no close of life, said to a friend of berpents are now found in Malta, his, “I have passed through there can be no reason to sus- many places of honour and trust, pect St. Luke's relation ; for the both in church and state ; more island consists of a chalky rock, than any of my order in England, of which, at present, no spot re- these seventy years before ; yet, mains uncultivated. In the were I but assured, that, by my same manner of late in some of preaching, I had converted but the West India islands, serpents one soul to God, I should take have been totally extirpated by therein more true joy and comthe extent of cultivation, having fort, than in all the honours and thereby lost all places of retreat. offices which have been bestowed The saying of the inhabitants, upon me.” Fuller's Church Histhat serpents, which are brought tory. B.II. 11.228. hither cannot live, is a fable. The petrified substances com- . The celebrated Dr. Manton monly called vipers' tongues, was appointed on a public occawhich are found in the softer sion to preach before the Lord
bills, are nothing else than the Mayor and Aldermen of Lon1 teeth of fish.
don. His sermon was learned,
ingenious, and elegant. As he she found, that she had no use was returning home, a plain old for her Bible there : and, on gentleman pulled him by the coming away, said to a friend, “I coat, and desired to speak to him. should have left my Bible at The doctor stopt, and the stran- home to day, and have brought ger thus addressed him. “I was my dictionary. The Doctor one of your auditory to day. I does not deal in Scripture, but in went to be fed with the gospel, such learned words and phrases, as usual; but have returned as require the help of an interempty. Dr. Manton was not preter, to render them intellige Dr. Manton this morning. ble.” There was, indeed, much of the Doctor, of the florid and learned The pious and learned Mr. man, in the discourse, but little Halyburton, Professor of Divinior bothing of Jesus Christ : it ty in the University of St. Anwas, in short, no sermon to me," drews, being asked, when a “Sir," answered the Doctor, “ if young man, by an aged minister, I have not preached to you, you if ever he sought the blessing of have now preached å good ser. God on his studies, ingenuously mon to me : such as, I trust, I acknowledged that he did not. shall never forget, but be the bet. “ Sir," said the minister, with an ter for, as long as I live."
austere look," unsanctified learn
ing has done much mischief to A GENTLEWOMAN went one the church of God." These day to hear Dr- preach, and words made a deep impression as usual, carried a pocket Bible on his mind, and from that time. with her, that she might turn to he looked up to God for his any of the passages the preacher assistance and blessing in the might happen to refer to. But prosecution of his studies.
Review of Dew Publications.
Memoirs of eminently pious wo. the name ought to be as concise men, who were ornaments to as possible. Let the finished their sex, blessings to their fam. works of ancient or modern times ilies, and edifying examples to be consulted. None of them the church and world. Abridg: justify the prolixity, with which ed from the large work of Dr. a Gothic custom has lately disGibbons, London. By Daniel figured title pages. Dana. n.396, 12mo, New. The judicious author of this buryport. A. March. ` 1803. abridgment points out the gen
eral design and utility of the This title page is unfortunate
work in his concise, well written ly encumbered with a part of that,
. preface, which, with a few omiswhich constitutes the inatter of
sions, is here quoted. a preface. Authors forget that Of Biography he says, the design of a title page is to “ No species of writing seems so give a name to the book, and that happily calculated at once to informa
the mind, to improve the taste, and “ The Memoirs of eminently pious to meliorate the heart. By exhibiting women, by Dr.GIBBONS, furnish much goodness in an alluring, but practica valuable instruction of this kind. ble form ; by presenting excellence Many of the characters exhibited are actually attained, with the various of the first order. Nor is it an un. means and steps of its acquisition; it important circumstance to find 'emi. furnishes us with some of the best nent piety recommended, in so many possible excitements to be what we instanoes, by the embellishments of ought to be.
genius, learning, and rank. Yet cer. « In one point of view, the deline tain obvious infelicities attached to the ation of eminent Christian characters work, seem much calculated to ob. appears peculiarly interesting. It af. struct its circulation and usefulness. fords a striking evidence at once of To remedy these infelicities, has been the divinity of the Scriptures, and the the aim of the editor of the present transcendent excellence of the reli- volume. He has connected the nar. gion which they inculcate. The best rative, compressed the style, and, vindication of this religion results from without omitting what seemed impor. a display of its nature and genuine ef. tant, curtailed a variety of redundant fects:
and uninteresting matter. In a few *** With great propriety it has been instances, distinct and independent remarked, that those lives which de. accounts of the same life have been serse most to be had in remembrance, incorporated ; a change equally con. are most easily recorded, and consist of ducive to conciseness and perspicu. fewest articles. The memorials of ex. ity. In others, where the materials cellent and exemplary women are for profitable history were obviously therefore peculiarly worthy of atten. scanty, it was deemed best to pre. tion for the very reasons, for which sent, without ornament or circumlo. they are sometimes undervalued. cution, the few traits which could be Though generally uniform in their collected. Such are the principal tenor, barren of incident, and of course means, by which he has endeavoured little calculated to gratify mere cu to transfuse into a moderate duodeci. riosity, yet these are the lives which mo volume, the essence of two copi. afford the most solid and valuable in- ous octavos." struction ; instruction which comes This volume, thus handsomely home to the bosoms of all, and which introduced by the editor, delinepeculiarly addresses us amid our hum
ates the lives of the following bler occupations and more retired scenes.
persons, of distinguished rank “The importance of women in eve. and piety, viz.. ry civilized society, their ascendence Lady Jane Grey, Queen Cathover the other sex, and influence in
arine Parr, Jane Queen of Naforming its character are generally confessed, but can scarce be adequate
varre, Mary Queen of G. Britain, ly appreciated. If this influence ex Lady Mary Vere, Countess of tended only to the periods of infancy Suffolk, Lady Mary Armyne, and childhood, it would be a most Lady Elizabeth Langham, Counmomentous affair ; especially taken
tess of Warwick, Lady Elizabeth in connexion with the peculiar oppor. tunities for its exertion. But it oper.
Brooke, Miss Margaret Andrews, ates with even an increased force, in Lady Alice Lucy, Lady Margathe succeeding stages, and ceases not, ret Houghton, Miss Ann Bay. but with life...It is of incalculable im- nard, Lady Frances Hobart, La. portance that those, who thus give
dy Catharine Courtew, Lady
du the tone of sentiments and manners to their species, should be themselves
Cutts, Mrs. Anne Askewe, Mrs. correct. * Nor can a greater service Jane Ratcliffe, Mrs. Catharine be done to society, than to present Bretterg, Lady Rachel Russell, them with models by which their own Mrs. Elizabeth Burnet. Mrs. Eli. characters may with safety and advanlage be formed.
zabeth Bury, Mrs. Elizabeth Vol. II. No. 1.: