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rence. He is, in every respect, fair game for satire. Indeed, we know not how it is possible to reason with a man who asserts that matter is mind, and mind matter. Mr. L, has his reward in his work- let him revel in the delightful thought that he is nothing but a lump of matter!

In the volume Mr. P. embraces the Socinian controversy, and enters upon the various topics of the Deity of Christ and the Holy Spirit, the atonement, and other points on which we are at variance with the Semi-Deists.

Notwithstanding we have fixed on what appear to us to be the prominent blemishes of the work, we could select many spirited passages which entirely meet our approbation, and on the practical results of infidelity we join heart and head with the Author. Seated on the throne of government, France has shewn what infidelity will do, and its demoralizing principles in society are but too obvious to every serious ob

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When we call to recollection the prejudices of Mr. P. there is candour in his allowing Byron talents • talents powerful enough to raise the mind from earth to heaven, and to elevate man to the rank of Angels.' The praise is extravagant, but the just encomium on genius we admire. Every critic will not allow him this praise, but in spite of all his profanity, he must be allowed to hold a high rank in the court of Apollo. May God direct his talents to a right end, for at present they only remind us of Lucifer the morning star fallen from heaven.

We can only add that there is much interesting and useful information scattered through the work.

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Martha: a Memorial to an only and beloved Sister.

By ANDREW REED, Author of "No Fiction,' c.

2 vols. 8vo. This publication has unfortunately appeared at a moment when circumstances have transpired unfavourable

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to its success, or were its intrinsic merits to recommend it to public notice, it would need none of our aid. Martha is a valuable example to hold up to young persons of the fair sex, and we gather from all that her piety and amiability are not overrated. We are also assured, that various circumstances which have been considered as exaggeration are correct, though on this point there is strong contending evidence. The writer's style is well known to be exceedingly pleasing, and though the memoir affords but little incident, ingenuity has supplied the deficiency in a way that discovers much ability in the author.

The Pleasures of Piety: a Poem. By PHILIP

Dixon Hardy. 12mo. pp. 114. This volume is written in pleasing poetry, which, though it may not rank with the first order, is not to be classed with the rhyme which often assumes the name. The writer possesses taste, and his theology is of that sort which we must commend. The Pleasures of Piety appear to us to form a very suitable little volume to class among the presents usually distributed to intelligent young persons at this period of the year.

The poem is so equal, that any one part is a fair specimen of the rest. We quote from page 29.

• Religion gives to every cherish'd joy
A soft'ning shade--and ev'n from life's alloy
Drains half its dregs--from care and sickness takes
The secret stinging of their pains and aches;
When fickle fortune frowns: when wealth bas fled;
Our friends belor'd have mingled with the dead;
When all of earth has lost its pow'r to please ;
Nor wealth, nor friends, can give one hour of ease-
Real Religion then alone supplies
Those consolations which the world denies:
Altho'it speaks of soul and body riv'n
The grave is but the vestibule of heaven.'

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O fair were the days unincumber'd with care,
Which shone round my spirit in life’s tender morn;
When my bosom was young, and no sigh had been there,
And grief was not felt, and suspense was not born.

I knew not the pangs of anxiety then ;
I rambled regardless, I sported with glee;
Nor thought of the arts or devices of men,
Nor dreamt of the scenes that were waiting for me.

O sweet was the village when happy I play'd,
Where first was expanded the bloom of my mind;
O blest was the grove where I carelessly strayed,
Or talk'd with the Echo, or sung to the wind.

"Twas there that this mind was acquainted with rest; Not a wave of my troubles had ventur'd to roll : 'Twas there that true liberty reign'd in my breast, And earth's highest pleasure was felt in iny soul. : How pleasant and mournful the things that are past; How loves the fond fancy their forms to retain ; For while the fantastical reveries last, We think we possess all our pleasures again!

And are they departed ? no more to return,
And must I for ever their sweetness forego ?
0, oft will I visit and weep at their urn,
And in their remembrance forget all my woe.

Yet, such, will I cry, are the pleasures of man,
To wither they bloom, and to perish they play-
I'll go to the fountain of good, while I can,
And seize on delights that can never decay.


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“ Glory to God, sweet peace on earth,"

Thus sung the seraphs joyful strain,
While heralds of the Saviour's birth,

They shed a light o'er Bethlehem's plain.
The shepherds heard the welcome sourd,

And 'rapt in wonder haste away,
To seek the manger's narrow bound,

Where He the new-born Saviour lay.
For us the heavenly child was born,

For us the promised Son was given,
And He who met contempt and scorn,

Now governs earth and reigns in heaven.
Harki as with overflowing heart,

Old Simeon thus devoutly cries,
“Now Lord in peace I shall depart,

Since thy salvation meets my eyes.
Behold the light whose glorious ray,

The Gentile's darkened eye shall share,
And shed a more effulgent day,

O'er Israel, God's peculiar care."
Thus did the gifted Seer reveal,

The secret workings of his breast!
Our souls a kindred warmth would feel,

With more distinguish'd favours blest,
He saw the day spring from afar,

We joy in its meridian gleam;
He hailed the bright the morning star,

We bless the Sun's unclouded beam.
So let our nobler song record

The wonders that our faith can trace ;
Our crucified exalted Lord,

Who purchased and dispenses grace.


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HOME. REV. DR. COLLYER.-The cruel persecution of this esteemed minister still continues, and the infidel papers are unwearied in their attacks upon his character. His crime is, however, yet to be ascertained. We know nut what it is. The board of Independent ministers of London have at length taken up the affair, and a committee will soon decide the matter. The Courts of Law will also be employed. For our parts we roly more on the vera. city of a gentleman whose-long career of benevolence and con 'sistency entitles him to our confidence, than on the word of prevaricating witnesses, of whose reputation we nothing, whom some concealed enemies of the Doctor have called into publie notice. In the mean time, we are assured by those wh: know all the history, and who are men of the strictest probity, that it will be proved that the Doctor has never deviated a hair's

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