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me, is becoming daily more and except when I take the opportunity more powerful, till I almost fear of sending you a few of them, mathat, in a short time, my heart will be king the nearest approach in my quite chilled and dead to all sympa- power to social intercourse. The thetic feelings. There are now but cause of this loneliness of heart I few things in which I take any de will explain to you in my next letter, light; receiving a letter from a friend, as this, even in my own opinion, is -writing to one-alas! I have but of sufficient length; I wish you may one,-reading a favourite author, not think it too long. and indulging my fancy in its wildest I am growing very anxious to rereveries, as I roam, in the growing ceive a letter, a close-written large obscurity of twilight, among my sheet, from you. Do favour me favourite romantic haunts. My soon, and give me an account of all thoughts, fancies, and feelings, are things, particularly what regards all confined within my own bosom, yourself.-1 am, &c.
The Death of Pan.
Plutarch mentions, that, in the reign of Tiberius, an extraordinary voice was heard near the Echinades,
in the Ionian Sea, which exclaimed that the great Pan was dead.
WEEP, weep, Arcadia ! with thy thou. No moreno more by old Alpheus' sand rills,
shores, Thy sunny fountains, and Faun-peopled His skilful reed pours out its sweetest
stores. groves ; Go, hush the song along thy vine-clad hills
Weep, Fauns and Dryads, in your green Where Dian with her band of Oreads
retreats! roves ;
Weep, ye Sileni, by your grots and The hour has come-the fatal shaft is
caves ! sped, The god of hills, and groves, and song, is Weep, mountain nymphs, through all dead!
your airy seats ! Weep, gentle Naiads, by your murmur.
ing waves ! Died he in Thessaly-in Tempe's valeOr by the crystal waves of Hippocrene ?
Who now, as through the mazy dance ye
tread, Or docs Olympus listen to the wail Of all his Satyrs ? and, each pause be
Will, through his flute, the soul of music
shed ? tween, Do viewless voices, sighing from the Weep, ye Arcadian girls! and, from your woods,
brow, Swell through the air, and float along the Unbind the festive wreath of summer floods ?
Ah! what avails their sweetest fragrance Or died he lingering in his own lov'd
He comes no more—as once, in happier Among the vales where to Sinoe's care
hours He first was given, ere yet his infant
To hold his rural court in mead and hand
grove, Had learn'd to modulate the tuneful
And tune your hearts to melody and love. air Upon the rustic pipe, and charm the
Farewell! farewell! the unforgotten days swain
Of light and purity, which Greece once With many a wild and long-remembered
knew ; strain ?
No moreno more the god of gladness
strays Ah! yes ; he died in Arcady ; and now, Along his favourite haunts ;-bright Mute is the music of the Grecian skies ;
times, adieu ! No more along the purple mountain's The hour has come-the fatal shaft is brow
sped No more where sunny dale in verdure The voice of song is o'er-the Sylvan King lies
H. G. B.
SKETCHES OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.
The Fifth General Assembly met, that improper persons were permitted according to appointment, on the to be schoolmasters. 25th of December 1562, in the Old In the Second Session, which was Council House, Edinburgh; and not held till the 28th of December, John Knox “ callit upoun Godis trial was taken of Superintendants name for the assistance of his holie and Ministers, agreeably to the or
der which had been laid down in the The First Session seems to have last Assembly. It was concluded been occupied with the case of Ro- that the names of Ministers, Exhortbert Cuming, schoolmaster of Ar- ers, and Readers, with the dates of broath. The Superintendant of An- their entering upon office, should be gus and Mearns had complained presented to the Lords appointed for that he infected the youth committed the modification of stipends, in order to his charge with idolatry-by that they might receive payment which is probably to be understood, quarterly; and in the event of any that he retained and expressed some
Minister, Exhorter, or Reader, dying, favour for the Popish doctrines. The it was ordained that his executors particulars of the case are not record should receive the stipend for the ed, but Knox (Hist. of Ref. p. 323,) time he had served, and that his tells us that sentence was pronounced successor, in like manner, should be against him. The progress of Re- paid pro rata servitii. As burghs, in formation in Scotland was very Popish times, had been burdened much promoted by the teachers of with the maintenance of the Priests, youth, and several of the most dis- it was thought reasonable that they tinguished Reformers seem to have should now contribute to support the received the knowledge of the truth servants of the Protestant Church : when at school. The Church, when and the Comptroller requested such it was established, took a vigilant Commissioners of burghs as were and tender care in the education of present, to signify to him, within youth. In the First Book of Dis- a reasonable time, what could be cipline, it was provided, “ that every done in this matter. several Kirk should have one schools In the Third Session, it was ormaster appointed ;" and this seems dained that all persons serving in the to have been the origin of parochial ministry, who had not been admitted schools. Long before this period, according to the order appointed in schools had been erected ; and so the First Book of Discipline, should early as 1496, it was enacted, that all be inhibited from the exercise of their Barons and Freeholders should put function. This Act was declared to their eldest sons to the schools at eight comprehend Exhorters and Readers, or nine years of age. But the plan of and to have force against those establishing a school in every parish called Bishops, as well as others. seems to have originated with the It was ordered to be published by Reformers. In Catholic times, schools Superintendants and Commissioners, were only to be found attached to throughout their respective districts, Cathedral Churches, and the more and copies of it were to be affixed to richly endowed religious houses. the doors of the principal churches. Perhaps the person whose case has Those who contemptuously contiled to these remarks, was originally nued in the ministry, after being thus connected with the Abbey of Ar- inhibited, were to be proceeded broath, and had not been sufficiently against by censure, to excommuniacquainted with the doctrines of the cation. Reformers. His case, although it be The remainder of this Session was the only one specified, seems not to occupied in making arrangements for have been singular; for Knox tells the supply of vacant churches. Mr us, that, during this Assembly, it Alexander Gordon, who had been was a subject of general complaint, Catholic Bishop of Galloway, and
Mr Robert Pont, were put upon the vince. This seems to have been the leet, for the Superintendantship of origin of our provincial Synods, of Dumfries. In the meantime, as was which the constitution and time of mentioned in the sketch of the Fourth meeting still correspond with the first Assembly, Gordon received a com appointment. In this Session, Knox mission to admit Ministers, Exhort- received a commission to repair to ers, and Readers, and to do such Jedburgh, and investigate a slander things as were usual in the planting which had arisen against Paul Methof churches. Mr George Hay, Mr ven, Minister of that burgh. This John Row, and Adam Heriot, were case occupied the attention of several put upon the leet for the Superin- succeeding Asseio blies; but it may tendantship of Aberdeen. A com be as well at once to collect and mission was given to Mr John Hep- state the particulars of it. Methven burn, Minister of Brechin, to preach had been one of the earliest and most throughout Murray, and to send such zealous of the Reformers. He is men. persons as he might find qualified to tioned by Calderwood, (Large MS. be Ministers, Exhorters, or Readers, Vol. p. 286,) as preaching along with that they might be tried and admit- Harlaw, Willock, and Douglas, in ted to their respective offices by the 1555. In 1558 he was summoned, Superintendant to be appointed for with others, to appear before the Aberdeen. David Forrest, whose Queen Regent; and, in the same year, sufficiency for the function of the he was ordered to attend a ConvocaMinistry was well known, was so tion of the Popish Clergy. He was lemnly charged to enter upon it; and outlawed for not appearing, but conhe and Mr Patrick Cockburn were tinued lurking about Dundee and proposed for the Superintendantship Perth; and, as the Reformation adof Jedburgh. Those arrangements, vanced, resumed his preaching with however, seem not to bave been quite great fervency and success. In the agreeable to the Lords of Secret Coun. First General Assembly he was apcil ; and, in the following Session, pointed Minister of Jedburgh, where the Assembly remitted the nomina- he remained till a rumour of his tion of the persons to them.
having committed adultery arose. The case of Mr Archibald Keith, He at first denied the crime, but the Minister of Logie and Balmerinoch, evidence against him becoming clear, which is omitted by Calderwood, he fled. Knox, and the Elders who but inserted in the Buik of the Uni were joined in commission with himn, versal Kirk, was discussed in this according to their instructions, reSession. His stipends were not suf- ported the case to the Session of ficiently paid, and the Assembly de- Edinburgh; and Methven, for his cerned, that, unless he were satisfied crime and non-appearance, was exupon this point, he should be trans communicated and deposed. He gave lated from these churches to some in a representation to the next Asother. It was provided, however, sembly, and promised to undergo that he should not remove according any punishment which might be apto his own pleasure, but that the pointed. This representation was fachurch to which he should repair vourably received ; and it was agreed should be appointed by the Assem that the Lords of Council should be bly. This power of translating Mi. spoken to in his behalf. In the nisters was, in the Fourth Session, meantime, he seems to have resumed delegated to Superintendants, and a the functions of the Ministry in majority of the Elders and Ministers England, whether he had retired. within their bounds. It was also This was pesented by the Assembly, ordained that Superintendants should as a contempt of the sentence of indict their Synodal Conventions deposition which had been passed twice a-year, in April and October; against him. He gave in another and that sufficient advertisements representation, expressing his desire should be given to particular church- to be reconciled to the church, and es, that the Ministers, with their requesting that the particulars of his Elder, or Deacon, might repair to case should be erased from the record. the place appointed, and consult The Assembly professed their willing. upon the common affairs of the pro ness to receive him, upon his shewing
suitable signs of repentance, but re- and Law, who were afterwards Archfused to blot or mutilate their mi- bishops of St. Andrew's and Glasgow, nutes. Methven did not appear till were accused of playing at foot-ball the Assembly in June 1566, when it after sermon with their parishioners ; was concluded that he should be re- and that Porterfield, who was Miniceived to public repentance; the form ster at Ayr about 1590, used freto be regulated by a committee, and to quently to go out on the afternoon of be inserted in their records. No men. the Lord's Day to see the shooting tion is made of him after this ; but with bow and arrow, which was a Wodrow, in his Life of Methven, common exercise at that time. seems inclined to believe that he was In this Session, it was also conabsolved by the Assembly, and re- cluded, that the order laid down in turned to England. After inserting the Book of Geneva should be uni. the leading particulars of this case, formly kept in the ministration of Knox assigns two reasons for noticing the Sacraments, the solemnization of it: 1. That they who stand may marriages, and the burial of the dead. take heed lest they fall; for at the The Book of Geneva was originally commencement of the Reformation, drawn up for the use of the English no one was reckoned more fervent or Congregation in that place. It was upright than Methven; and, II. To adopted by the Reformers in Scotshew the superiority of the Proteste land, and called the Book of Common ants over the Papists, who openly Order. An edition of it was put tolerated and committed such crimes. forth about this time at Edinburgh,
In the Fifth Session, which was and it has been reprinted in the held on the last day of December, Phænix, and in Dunlop's Collection Commissioners were appointed to as- of Confessions. The order for burial certain what causes should come un. is very brief, and merely directs that der the decision of the Church; and the Minister, if he be present and all Ministers, except the Superintend- required, may repair to the church, if ants, and those whom they should it be not far off, and make some com. nominate, were prohibited from judg. fortable exhortation to the people, ing in cases of divorce. These Com- touching death and the resurrection. missioners were also instructed to do The order of marriage is more mitheir endeavour, that all markets nute, and requires that the banns be held upon the Lord's Day should be proclaimed three several days, and abolished. So early as 1469, it was that the parties present themselves, statute," that the incasting and out- before serinon, in the face of the cona casting of tenants should be deferred gregation, when the Minister, after a till three days after Whitsunday and suitable admonition, shall proceed to Martinmas," lest the devotions of declare them married persons. The the people should be disturbed. It form of administering the Sacrawas also ordained that no fairs should ments differs in no material point be held on solemn days; and that from that which is at present oblabourers should only work till four served among us.
In this Session, it o'clock on Saturday, and other festival was agreed that the Sacrament of the evens. But the abuses which these Lord's Supper should be administerenactments were intended to correct, ed four times a-year in burghs, but seem to have continued. The Re- only twice a-year in country paformers, when they abolished all fes- rishes; and the Superintendants were tival days, might have expected a appointed to confer with the Lords more solenyn observance of the Sab- of Secret Council as to the means of bath. It was some time, however, furnishing the Elements. Knox rebefore the people could be brought ceived a special commission to make to give up the liberties to which they supplication to the Queen for sup, had been accustomed ; and, for many port of the poor. As he had opened years after the Reformation, things the First Session with prayer, so he were commonly done on that day again “ made invocation of the name which were quite inconsistent with of God," and the Assembly dissolthe authority and usefulness of its ved. institution. In illustration of this, No formal motion seems to have it may be mentioned, that Spotswood been made upon the subject ; but it is mentioned, both in Calderwood " that idolatry was erected in diverse and the Buik of the Universal Kirk, places ;” and some thought that anothat during the Assembly great com- ther supplication upon this subject plaints were made “ that Ministers should be presented to the Queen. lacked stipends.” The Comptroller, When it was said that no answer had the Justice Clerk, and the Clerk Re- been given to the former supplicagister, required that these complaints tion, it was answered, that, since the should be specially laid before them, meeting of last Assembly, the state in order that they might obtain re- of the country had been too much dress. And as the manses were in disturbed to allow her Majesty to many cases set in tack, or otherwise attend to this matter ; but it was occupied, so that Ministers could not hoped, that, before the meeting of conveniently reside at their churches, Parliament, which was to be held in it was proposed that all such manses May, such measures would be taken should, in the first instance, be an- as would satisfy all reasonable men. nexed to the crown, and that there. The Assembly seem to have placed after the complaints of Ministers, some reliance upon the expectation upon this head, might be heard and which was thus held out, and the answered. It was also complained, point was not insisted on.
Retrospection. Is there a heart which delights not to cling Where with life in its morn, and with To the objects it lov'd in its youth's health in its prime, early spring ?
We fasten'd new wings on the light The glen or the mountain, the lake or foot of time.
the stream, Remember'd like phantoms that fit
Ah! were we but near them_those scenes
lov'd so well, through a dream.
What a change would we find ! what Though friends have been false, or though a tale would they tell ! hope has betray'd,
The tempest of grief, and the calm of de. Though our life led us on through af. spair, fiction and shade,
And the dark gloomy silence of death Though the visions of childhood have lost
hath been there. all their charm, Though the mind be less buoyant, the Light hearts have been broken that dreamt bosom less warm ;
not of guile;
Bright eyes have grown dim, and fair Yet still 'tis a joy—a joy hallow'd by lips lost their smile ; tears
And the young and the lovely, op whose To look back through the vista of life's banish'd years,
Shone the garland of myrtle,-ah! To recall once again those far happier where are they now?
hours, When our sky was all sunshine, our
They are gone,-and you look for their earth was all flow'rs;
coming in vain,
To the haunts of lost years they return And we love to connect with those days
not again; of bright hue,
On the ocean of life they are tost to and The scenes where we revell'd, the
fro, friends whom we knew;
With a dark sky above them, and wild We love to believe that there still is a
waves below. spot Where old ties and old pleasures have
Then roam on, thou wanderer ! and only
in dreams not been forgot.
Revisit thy mountains and lov'd native Our heart wings its flight over mountains
Then fondly your eye on the vision may To the village, and streamlet, and
dwell, clump of green trees,
Ere the gloom of reality ruin the spell !