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nerally conveyed must prove of great ser- of our fellow countrymen, clergymen in vice in impressing them on the youthful the established church. attention. The Descriptive tables pre Much as we would regret that poetical sent a vast mass of knowledge in a con. composition should occupy any consideradensed and agreeable form, while the ble share in the minds of those whose maps interspersed through the body of duties and legitimate employments are of the work, and without which a treatise so much higher a nature, yet we cannot on Geography is absolutely useless, will withhold our friendly notice of these two from the facility of reference be no slight volumes, because we know, that they recommendation to purchasers.

emanate from individuals who are sincere, We observe that most of the proper active, and zealous, as Christian ministers, names are properly accented and their in their labours of love, and who are depronunciations indicated after the manner sirous to make even the employment of of Jones's Dictionary; How great a desi- their leisure hours subservient and contrideratum has been here supplied will be butive to the interests of religion. When evident to any person who reflects how a man makes choice of the profession of far a mispronunciation in matters of a clergyman, he should be influenced in this nature occurring in the course of all his studies, his pursuits, and his amusecon versation, creates a prejudice against ments, by far higher motives, than worldly the offending individual, marking at once wisdom, pride of intellect, or literary zeal the limited intercourse he must have had can supply. His uniform aim and obwith travellers or foreigners, in an age ject should be to promote moral happiness when such characters are so readily met and virtue. To such servants of the with in what is called good society. Most High-men of consecrated intellects

One of the plates exhibits to the eye -the “ thoughts that breathe, and words the relative height of the most remarka- that burn" in Eusebius, writing on the ble mountains of the globe, an idea we Holy Office, can alone be truly applied believe originally borrowed from Hum- words which we never read, but with inboldt, and which enables the young geo- creased admiration and delight. grapher to appreciate their comparative « Οι δη τον δε μεσιονσις τον τροπον, Φρονηmagnitudes much more readily than by μασι την ψυχήν εις Ουρανον μετενηνεγμενοι, , the exhibition of numbers.

δια τινες θεοι, τον των παντων εφορωσι βιον. bound however to remark that the engra- υπερ του παντος γενούς ειρωμενοι των επι πανving to which we allude is by no means των θεω, την υπερ σφων αυτών και των σφισι so happily executed as might be expected, ομογενων, αποσιλουσιν ιερουργιαν.” particularly when contrasted with the “ They whose lives are thus directed, very neat manner in which the rest of Godlike beings, carried np by devout asthe work is brought out. We trust that pirations unto heaven, superintend the in the next edition due attention will be lives of all around them. They are set paid to this.

apart and consecrated unto God himself, The Reverie, and other Poems, by the Rev.J. who is above all, for the sake of the huD. Hull. Belfast. 1882. The Disembodied, and other Poems, by the Rev.

man race: and offering up their religious Mr. Wills. Dublin : Hodges and Smith, 1832

services as a sacrifice for themselves and If the Horatian rule were applied with for their fellow creatures, they consumstrictness,

mate their hallowed ministry.” Mediocribus esse poetis

There is, however no department even Non homines, non Dii, non concessere Columnæ, of literature that may not be made auxilithe poets of almost any given age, ary to these elevated duties and principles, might be bounded in a nutshell. “No and, in the hand of a true christian, of one knows an indifferent poet," says an taste and poetic feeling, without preteneminent author, “and we know very few sions to genius and inspiration, poetry may good." But however applicable the be, and has been a powerful engine in the above rule may be to Epic, Lyric, or Dra- cause of religious truth. It is eloquently matic poetry, the public voice unani- said of it by an American writer, that mously contradicts it in relation to the “its great tendency and purpose is to carry moral and didactic muse. She has given the mind beyond and above the beaten, both pleasure and profit to very many, dusty, weary walks of ordinary life; to lift even when her harp awaked not notes of it into a purer element, and to breathe infire, or strains of genius or immortality. to it more profound and generous emo

Two little volumes, “the Disembo- tion. It reveals to us the loveliness of died,” and “ The Reverie," have lately nature, brings back the freshness of youthissued from the Belfast and the Dublin ful feeling, revives the relish of simple press respectively, the productions of two pleasures, keeps unguenched the enthu

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siasm which warmed the spring-time amongst many trials, is devoting the of our being, refines youthful love, spring of his ministerial life, zealously strengthens our interest in human nature, and devoutly in his master's cause, and by vivid delineations of its tenderest and we sincerely trust that he will be loftiest feelings, spreads our sympathies strengthened to persevere in his a good over all classes of society, knits us by part,” and be made, under God, the new ties with universal being, and through happy means of bringing home to the the brightness of its prophetic visions helps bosom of many a weary pilgrim that rest faith to lay hold of the future life. : and peace of mind, which the Gospel and

One of the volumes which we have its great Author alone can give. A spimentioned above, containing “ the Reve- rit of love and devotion breathes through rie, and other Poems,” is by the Rev. the little volume from which we present John D. Hull, incumbent of Killarney, the following lines to our readers. in the north of Ireland, he is one, who

“Oh balmy peace! where dwellest thou

In what high planet all unseen,
That thou so seldom deignest now

To visit this lone orb terrene?
Thou of the ever-halcyon mien'

Why, why so distantly abide,
Nor with thy seraph-smile serene

Look on our globe too long denied
Thy presence, better far than this whole world beside ?

With all its woes, still life is sweet,

And, in their midnight of distress,
Even the saddest something meet

That makes their irksome suffering less.
The friendly circle's kind caress

The attachments in the heart, that waken
For others' weal, an anxiousness

The hopes, the ties, by all partaken
These in the extreme of ill ne'er leave us quite forsaken.
Dear is the joy each warm heart knows,

The thrill of mutual love sincere ;
Dear is the happiness that flows

From making others happy here:
Yea, even the consciousness is dear

Of warm existence, though unblest;
To move upon this sun-lit sphere,

Creations beauty to attest,
And see almighty love in all things manifest.
Who has not joy'd to see the sun,

From ocean burst on wings of light,
While birds, their morning hymn begun,

Would hail the heavens and mountains bright?
Who has not joy'd, as jewell'd night

Her tent high o'er the world hath spread,
To view the grand, the unbounded sight-

Nor thought, while he the scene surveyed,
How infinite that Power which spake, and all was made?

Oh! for the hour—the ecstatic hour,

When winter's raven blasts take wing ;
And rapture's renovating power

Comes bounding in the breath of spring!

When trees are newly blossoming,

When flowers beneath the sun expand,
And songs through all the ether ring-

What heart the impulse can withstand,
Nor inly bless the God who bath such blessings plann'd ?"

In these evil days of calumny and pro- gives peculiar pleasure to have found a vocation, and trial

, and temptation of work coming from such a source, worthy holy men, it is pleasing to observe such of being pronounced the production of a persons as Mr. Hull and Mr. Wills giv- man of genius. This small volume is a ing proof of the intellect and attainments, collection of poems by a man of sterling which distinguish many of an order, with talent, and the purest taste. The princiwhom for the most part the world feels pal poem is highly imaginative, it is rich too little sympathy, and for whose ser however in scenic views of life; and in vices and « labour of love" it entertains these there is no extravagance of descriptoo cold a regard. If such men promote tion. Pleasurable objects, in truth and the cause of Christain piety by their ex. variety, occupy our attention incessantly, ample and by their precepts ; it becomes we find our fancy engaged without a conan amiable addition to the offices of their sciousness of the delusion ; we revel in ministry, when they endeavour also to a temporary transition from earthly resrecommend virtue to our affection by trictions; time and space are forgotten ; rendering the exercise of their fancy sube and like the poets own creation, “ the servient to the interests of religion. The Disembodied," we become a living soul. little volume, unostentatiously presented We regret we have not space for more to the public by Mr. Wills is, like Mr. than the following extract; we hope in a Hull's, a testimony of this amiable inten- succeeding number to take a more ention, and to us (staunch friends, as we larged and adequate view of this interest shall ever be to religion, and firm suppor- ing poem :ters of our Reformed Church,) to us it

« Gone is the glory of moon and star;
A tempest is treading the waters far,
And tumult gathers upon the air,
To tell that a stormy world is there!
Hollow and wide o'er the moaning sea
Shoal and cavern groan portentously-
The iron shores send a heavy sound,
And the wet clouds rush in their blackness round;
Heaven's thunders bellow from cloud to cloud,
Thro' the vault of darkness, long and loud,
With flashes fast of far-vollied light
Is man on the wave in this dreadful night?
Aye_human clamour is on the wind!
I saw a ship in the gloom defined,
With cordage wet and bare poles rush past,
Like an infant's toy on the billow vast :
It fell in the channel's gleaming black-
It rose in the lightning's lurid track
Where the curling wave seemed to walk the sky,
As it blackened and swelled on the sailor's eye.
A flash-another-alas-yon rock!
Can that frail vessel stand the shock?
A flash-a brighter- and all was dark,
And a cloud-crash came from the hollow bark,
And a cry of horror went o'er the wave-
O! for an arm in that hour to save,
The light of life had I freely given
• Ah,' said I in spirit, have mercy heaven !
Flash after flash pale brightness shed,
Blue light o'er many a sinking head ;

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I saw pale faces distorted there,
With gasping effort and wild despair
Then disappear, with a fearful sound,
As the gulf of waters closed blackly round!
The broken hulk, on a sunken rock,
Washed and clov'n with repeated shock.
I saw one form on the shattered prow,
With a calm sad eye and thoughtful brow,
Look on the wreck, while 'twas dancing wild;
But his heart was thinking of wife and child
Of the fire-side peace, that must change to wail :
Of the love, w.hich, alas! cannot now avail ;
The bosom-bonds of his native shore
The all he shall see never-never more !"

The Taxidermist's Manual, by Capt. Thomas tains the most detailed account of the

BROWN, F.S.L., &c. &c. &c.-ARCHIBALD, * FULLARTON & Co., Glasgow, 1833.

method of preserving the various objects The author of this work has given us of natural history, (we limit the term to an excellent and useful volume as a com- the animal kingdom,) and in the compilapanion to his most attractive « Book of tion of which he was assisted by that able Butterflies and Moths,” published in naturalist M. de Dufresne, chief of the Constables Miscellany some months preserving department in the Jardine de since. There are few scientific subjects Plantes, from whom part of the Museum gaining such deserved popularity as natu- of Edinburgh was purchased. In this ral history; and few so well worthy the country where there is an anxiety for the attention of the lovers of the most won- study of natural history, beginning to be drous part of nature's works, as such a developed, we trust this most useful vostudy can only be pursued under circum- lume may find many readers. stances in themselves highly calculated to excite our noblest feelings—amidst the Field Naturalist's Magazine. Edited by Profes. fairest of nature's works, amidst the pro

sor Rennie.-W. S. ORR, London, 1883. fusion of her charms, where she has

Zoologist's Text Book, by Capt. Jos Brows.

-FULLARTON & Co., Glasgow. spread her rich and verdant mantle. It These are two publications of great is a study which requires for its success. merit, deserving our warmest commendaful attainment, neither the mental powers tion, as they are most admirably adapted nor wasting assiduity required for the ac to supply the want so universally felt quisition of other branches of natural among the less scientific students of naknowledge; which cannot be accomplished tural history. Mr. Rennie, with mach in the secluded chamber, nor amidst the judgment, has avoided the jargon of tumult of a city life, but requires the technicality so thickly studded over works walk over the mountain heather, and of similar design. His style of writing wandering “through wooded dell,” or by is easy and flowing, and likely to induce meandering rivulet; and which, in all its many persons to engage in a study, from circumstances, must be accompanied by which before they may have shrunk, dehealth and mental repose. Such is the terred by the mere difficulty of learning science we are treating of, for the suc the artificial nomenclature of scientific cessful prosecution of which we must arrangements. In Captain Brown's possess the means of preserving our spe- book (though a most useful manual) we cimens, and keeping them from decay; cannot discover any thing that is very as much of the pleasure in collecting spe- new, we think we recognize the plates cimens of natural history consists in be- given with his edition of " Goldsmith's ing able to refer to the preserved animal, Animated Nature,” they, however, are and thereby recall the recollection of all most accurate, both in design and execuits peculiarities of habits and locality, tion, and he could not have substituted and such is the aid afforded by this excel- any of a higher character to illustrate bis lent work of Captain Brown. It con work.



No. IV.

APRIL, 1833.




Having in a late number of the University Magazine directed the attention of the reader to the early English Reformers, and to the spirit that animated the Reformation in the Sister Kingdom, we would now consider the subject in relation to Ireland, and in connexion with the present moral condition of our beloved but unhappy land.

Our Luther," " our great Luther," wreaths and flowers. The church was are the names by which the once ob- crowded to excess. A Te Deum and scure Monk of Aisleben in Saxony, is other fine music, concluding with the proudly and affectionately known grand “ Luther's Hymn,” were admirathroughout Germany. His portrait is bly executed by tắe orchestra of the in the study of every Pastor, and in Court chapel, accompanied by the almost every Inn. The centennary swelling and unanimous voice of a mulanniversary of the Reformation is ob- titudinous congregation. Celebrations served with solemnity and state, and its proportionably inferior in splendour, commemoration in Darmstadt a few were universal in the villages.years since is thus described to us by When we turn from these interesting an eye-witness.

ceremonies of the Protestant churches “ The preceding evening, was an of Germany to those of the Church of nounced by a full chorus of solemn Rome in Ireland, what a contrast prehymns sung from the top of the tower sents itself! In the same year in which of the great Lutheran Church-the this commemoration took place, Ireland morning was ushered in by the was pouring forth pilgrims, through the same impressive ceremony. The length and breadth of her land—not to hymns were of a simple and striking commemorate the triumphs, under dimelody. The shops were closed, and vine providence, of religious liberty, all business was suspended ; the Pro- nor the name and mighty achievements testant Ambassadors, nobility, and of the great Leader in the march of townspeople attended church in their truth, but to celebrate the threebest equipages and uniforms. At ten months' festival of Saint Patrick's puro'clock, the whole court of the Grand gatory at Loughderg, where the huDuke of Hesse and his family and suite man intellect is laid prostrate before proceeded to the great church,—the the idol of self-imposed penances, and Grand Duchess and her ladies of honor, salvation is put up to sale, for money except one fair Roman Catholic, occu- and for price, at the shrine of the abpying the state-coach, drawn by eight solution-omnipotent priest. cream-coloured palfreys, in blue velvet Three hundred years have elapsed trappings. An old picture of the Re- since the Reformation was first introformer was transferred, for the occa- duced into Ireland, yet in the ninesion, from the Hotel de Ville, and sus teenth century, thick darkness that may pended in the church, adorned with be felt, still broods over the land, and VOL I.

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