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the Report, we intend to take an early, their support to the Bristol Church Misopportunity of furnishing oor readers sionary Association. The most perfect wiin abundantly more information on the cordiality prevailed, and few meetings subject of the British and Foreign Bible have witnessed such a display of comSociety than it is possible for us, at pre- manding talent, fervid eloquence,and elesent, to communicate.
vated piety. Sermons were preachel in
the week, by the Rev. EDWARD BURN, Bristol Church Missionary Association, the Rev. JOSIAI PRATT, the Rev.
in aid of the Church Missionary HENRY BUDD,_the_Rev. THOMAS
Scott, and the Rev. BAZIL Woods, A numerous and very respectable The interchange of kindness among the Meeting was held in the Guild-hall of various denominations of Christians was the city of Bristol, on the 25th of not the least triumph on this occasion, March, the Mayor of BRISTOL in the the Dissenters shutting up their places Chair, for the forination of an Associa- of worship, to enable their congrega. tion in aid of this Society. The Rev. tions to attend the Church Seimuns, JOSIAU PRATT, the Secretary to the and both the Preachers and speakers exSociсty, explained to the Meeting its pressing the most earnest wishics for the object, constitution, and proceedings, success of all similar institutions. The disavowing all hostility or rivalry tó DUKE of BEAUFORD is Patron, and other institutions formed for similar the Mayor of BRISTOL and MEMpurposes ; but forcibly urging on the BERS FOR THE CITY, for the time bemembers of the Established Church ing, are Vice-presidents. The_Rev. their bigb obligation to come forward JAMES VAUGHAN and the Rev. Foun. and take their share in attempting the TAIN ELWIN, are Secretaries ; and conversion of the Heathen world. I. S. THOMAS DANIEL, Esq. Treasurer. HARFORD, jan. Esq., in a very elegant The contributions will amount, it is speech, moved the first resolution, supposed, to Two THOUSAND POUNDS. which was abiy seconded by the Rev. Trinkets and ornaments have been given T.T. BIDDU LPI. The principal Clergy to the value of not much less than one and Gentlemen of Bristol took a share hundred pounds. An account of the in the business of the day, or have given Meeting is preparing for publication. POETRY.
With deeds of charity to men, in all
He stands pre-eminent on virtue's roll.
here! SEEST thou that well-wrought character
“ That more than mortal candidate for bliss, of grace?
“By grace new-modell’d to celestial likeness." Yes, 'tis Philagathos.-In youth's green age But by what steps did wisdom's pupil rise Giddy and volatile, from bliss he stray'd, From sensual and terrestrial to divine? Dallýing awhile with sin; now mounting From low and abject to that height of greathigh
ness? Through wisdom's discipline, and holy aids, "Twas by a touch of that almighty hand, From man to angel, from a worm to God;
Which once stretch'd out in acts of mercy, An angel now in embryo, soon in form.
touch'd Angels for ever view the face divine
Blindness to sight, * -infirmity to health,t-, In the full blessing of primeval nature;
And death to life. I 'Twas by a secret power Nor, till assimilated to their make
Of that prolific Dove, which brooded o'er And taste, shall mortals tbat Elysium gain. The chaos void, and hatch'd it into birth. Bad as the times appear, lo! there shines 'Twas, far as progress on his own assent forth
And strenuous efforts might depend, high Earth's fairest, choicest spectacle, the man
heaven To beings of high rank but now compar'd.
Aiding mean time with free prevenicnt grace, Are they kind minist'riug spirits, fames of By close examination of the springs fire,
Of human agency, both good and ill, So bright, so pure, so hallow'd to their God? And practice in its issues well discern’d, Such is his upward tendency, the saint “ To vice confusion, and to virtue peace," We now contemplate, warm and firm for Thus by conviction of right reason sway'd, heaven,
With pleas'u anticipation he began In spite of flesh and blood that hangs about The legal course, in duty's strictest forms: him
But finding soon his appetites averse And earth's strong drawbacks to each vir. To harsh restraint, be stay'd not, though tuous daring.
allurid, Whether the uncorrupted truth he speaks To list their soothing sophistry; but fled, Be nicely scanned, or his life's actions pass Forcing himself to penitence and prayer, To critical review ; his zeal for God,
And acts of self-deuial oft reney'd : Boldness in Juty, promptitude to good, • Mait. xx. 34. + yiii. 15, Luke vii. 14.
POETRY. But strength of sin o'er strongest vows pre. He glories only in the blessed Cross. vail'd;
Now this bad world, with its array of pomps And oft the good he will'd to do, he found And glist'ning glories, is a shriveli'd flower. He did not, but the bad he would not, did.* While truth and goodness, in their loveliest Here pitying heaven, to shew to him his heart,
dress, And then new make it, opportunely sent Attract, engross, and ravish all his soul. That best interpreter, the gospel word. His piety, pure, generous flame of love, Hence open'd are lis eyes--past sins arise Warins and enlightens; not like moon-light Full on his view—sins undisceru'd before,
beam, An horrid aggregate of guilt and shame,
Dim and refracted in a vap'rous sky; And just result, hell's everlasting doom. But lighted up from the great Source of light, What can he do? What plea prefer to gain Sparkles and radiates from his eyes and looks His Maker's favour? Will good works atone With God conversing much, a godlike air For old delinguencies? Will fastings, tears, And form invest his spirit. One would say, Heal a sick leart, or quench heaven's kin- He'd been with Moses on the mount--in whoma dled ire?
Beauty of holiness her charms displays. Ah, no! What then remains but prostrate lie No indirect or self-retorted glance At mercy's door, and own himself undone? On his own worth-no specious self-dislike Yet would he wait to bear, with rev'rence low To elicit secret praise, or skim applause And mind submiss, what God might deign to
From man-he seeks but to be great in God. speak;
Such is this angel bere in human guise ; Or wrestle, Jacob-like, till freak of day,
And with his nature upison his life. By faitli's strong grasp, and agony of prayer. Himself a whole burnt-offering to the skies, The God of mercy smil'd; contrition's tears His hours he shares betwixt the sacred Wip'd from his eyes, and spoke his heart to rest:
Of pure devotion, and love's noblest deeds; 'Twas as he'd seen by faith, the slaughter'd His labour rest, when heaven louks on, and Lamb
smiles. Bearing his sins away. 'Twas life from death. What he requests his faithful Lord to be Sweet was the mental vision--heavenly-- In his behalf, he strives to be to men : bright
What he derives from life's immortal spring, Its sacred beamings on his raptur'd soul, Whether of lower or supernal good, With pea ce ineflable, and glorious joy. He scatters with unsparing hand around. Yet did the Accuser of the brethuen dare Thro'his pure bosom runs tbe copious stream Suggest his lie, “ that 'twas delusion all Of God's munificence, with Eden's bloom That cause of joying at the cbange was done, Its bauks enriching, as it flows along, « That, comfort goné, his steps would soon And fruits of exquisite delight and taste. slide back
Heaven's almoner, his recompence be finds To vice, and fine pretensions fruitless prove."
In giving, as the loaves in breaking grew. Then warnd of heaven it was a stranger's Heaven's treasurer too, still frugal of his own, voice,
But in his Lord's disbursements faithfuí Not the good Shepherd's, which thus coun
found, sell'd ill,
Long as prosperity's bright sunshine gilds He pray'd for succour,and that succour gain’d, His path, he gilds the path of poverty; The fiery darts of Satan to repel,
Causing the widow's heart to sing for joy: And hold fast faith and conscience undefild. Feet to the lame, and eyesight to the blind, Hence girded with new strength, new cou. The guardian, friend, and patron of his race. rage, zeal,
Or does adversity's rough blast beat hard? Whether his country's welfare call'd him Built on a rock, too high to dread assaults, forth
Too firm for fate's rude storms, or furtune's To public scenes, or soft domestic cares
gusts, And social duties bis attention claim'd To sbake his fortitude, be stands unmov'd. In the still bosom of sequester'd lite ; Unmov'd, and wherefore? 'Tis because he The yoke of various service he sustain'd
strikes t'nwcaried, firm, with dignity and ease; As deep lois' root in true humility, His trials, meek, with undisturb'd repose. As towers his fight sublime above eartli's Or, it perchance he stumbled in the road
sphere. Thorny to pilgrims' fcet; or seemi'd tv stray Long in the furnace of affliction prov'd Half-bent to wrong,some steps froin rectitude; Each passive grace more pure, more genuine A David's penitence, a Peter's tears,
grows, With keen compunction, and immediate flight And patiençe ihere fills up its perfect meaTo the pare fountain once disclos’d for sinet Fail'd not the wound to heal, l.is hopë resve, View him in ev'ry light, his faith is sound; And raise bim trembling to a finer station. His purpose firm, full credit to his hope, Thus, grappling with his foes, faith's fight he While love enobles all his worth and fame. fought,
Blest saint! Religion ou os thee for her child Till the good band of God, and habit's force, On this side heaven. Nor is anght lacking now By grace confirm'd, the victory ensur’d. But death to cousummate thy bighest wish, Still at his Lord's dear feet a suppliant poor, And give thee, quite an angel, to the skies. • Rom. vii, 19. + Zecb. xiii. 1.
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FOR JULY, 1813.
KEMOIR OF MR. GEORGE WALKER, OF CHESTER,
BY MR. JOHN GUALTER.
R. GEORGE WALKER, the subject of this Memoir,
was born in the city of Chester, in the month of October, 1739. His family, if it could not claim the first alliances of fortune and literature,' was respectable; and maintained a character in life, which was as reputable to themselves, as it is honourable to their successors. His parents were distinguished for their regard to the moral obligations of society, and their conduct, founded upon principle, was unvaried and exact. They had the most proper regard to all the decencies of the public worship of God, but their apprehensions of the true saving knowledge of the gospel, were confused and indistinct. In conformity with the prevalent creed of unenlightened men on that first of subjects, they mistook the decorum of life, and regularity in the forms of worship, for the whole of religion. This too common, but gross delusion, is the secret cause, managed by the grand adversary, of those deplorable mistakes, which at once dishonour the work of the Redeemer, defeat the purposes of revelation, and involve our race in sin without remedy, and guilt without salvation.
What report can the dispensers of such crude and unauthorised sentiments give to the Head of the Church? They may be traced up to any other source, rather than that which they would filiate; and although, in effect, they have been taught in the ancient and modern schools of ethical philosophy, they neither meet with any countenance, nor derive any support from that form of sound words, that disclosure of the mind of God, in his own most sacred volume. VOL. XXXVI. JULY, 1813.
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