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* It is not a word of truth and doctrine only, to be sown in secret, and lodged in silence in the heart, but a form of structure which the text expresses, with foundations and connections, with external figure and entire coherence. How else shall the similitude which the language of St. Paul presents to notice, be preserved at all? Evident it is then that the settled rule and decided form of discipline was established in the Christian household in all periods of its growth, and accompanied its progress from the first. St. Paul speak3 distinctly of his own authority to regulate and set in order, to hear and to determine. He established others also with authority, under the same sanction of the true Lord of the household: and this was done for common ends and ordinary purposes which require the same provisions in all times. Vain then is their attempt who would dismiss this scheme of things as limited to the special circumstances of one age. In that case who should provide a method for the next age that succeeded? Or if men had been left free to the peril of their own choice in this respect, a thing not easily conceivable, yet how could they do better, or frame their choice more wisely, than by pursuing that course which was taken by our Lord's Apostles, and by cleaving to that pattern which they set, adhering to that form in all things which are plainly of perpetual use, the occasions for which must keep their place with equal force and preserve the same propriety in every age.” P. 8.
If we might add a classical illustration to the sound judicious observations of the Archdeacon, we should say that of these Churches, making up together the household of Christ there was
Facies non omnibus una Nec diversa tamen, qualem decet esse sororum. With the following observations on the applicability of the Christian scheme to every state of life we were much pleased.
“ The Christian scheme embraces the joint interests of man, compounded as he is of soul and body. It does not require its faithful followers and adherents to relinquish any one right, or to forfeit any one relation which is proper to their nature and conducive to their best advantage in any stage of their existence. It aims at the general improvement of the human state, though with peculiar reference to its final exaltation, the true end of all its hopes and all its efforts. It applies its salutary influence, and its rules and precepts to every just impression of the mind, cultivating and confirining every good and righteous disposition, and correcting and suppressing every noxious, base, and mean propensity, without destroying any lawful and becoining inclination of the heart and will. Thus then although the discipline and order of the first erected Churches made no inroad on the civil sway, yet this was not avoided by separations which would have set man at a distance from himself in his several capacities, civil, social, and reli
gious. The Christian, though his faith was not propagated by the sword, retained his voice in the public interests of men. served his place in the circles and communities of states and nations: witness the challenge which St. Paul made in his own behalf 80 prudently; of which plca he reaped the benefit in one memo. rab passage of his life and ministry. No man understood his civil privileges better, no man scemed less inclined to yield them to his enemies, than our Lord's Apostle.” P. 12.
Upon the Church of Nova Scotia, and upon the bright pros. pects of extending the knowledge of Christ, and of his Gospel over the western Continent, the Archdeacon thus eloquently enlarges.
“ It is not very long since this branch of the Western Church, to which our views are now directed, exhibited no slender promise that the cause of Christ, which had lost ground so lamentably in the declining Churches of the East, should receive its reparation, and experience its renewal in an opposite direction. If the Angels of those once flourishing and now nearly desolated Sees, were warned of a day of failure, because their faith began to faulter, and their ways to be perverse, with what hopeful expectations may we turn the eye to any happier tokens in the circle of our spiritual household. 'How gladly may we witness any promising appearance,
which inclines us to believe that the sacred edifice, which St. Paul contemplated with so much pleasure, will be strengthened and adorned in any quarter which maintains a true connexion with
The temple of the Lord in the old Israel, was not built without long intervals of preparation and protracted seasons of attendance. The princely David, who was unhappily engaged in many wars, was not permitted to do more than to collect materials for the work. Our days have been numbered in this age under much disadvantage of this nature. They, who have lived longest in the number of our countrymen, have seen but little of the settled term of peace. Let us hope, however, that as we have reached the happy æra of a general tranquillity, the gooil work of the spiritual building may feel the friendly influences of that welcome respite and propitious calm. The best trophies we can raise for peace, will rest on these foundations, against which the wave shall beat in vain, and the storm shall spend its anger to no purpose.” P. 19.
This is the only true mode of propagating the Gospel, namely, by establishing a Church and a Clergy, as a rallying point of sound and active union. All the visionary schemes of fanati. cism, all the wild and discordant efforts of mauthorized missions can be productive of little permanent good. The mis. sionary societies, with wbich this kingdom at present sa upfor.
tunately tunately abounds, build their hopes upon sand; theirs is a foundation which the winds and waves will goon dissipate, and the edifice will fall upon the head of its deluded builders.
To the Established Clergy in Nova Scotia the cause of Christianity is deeply indebled. Their Church is a scion froin the true stock; it has been planted in the desart, but under their pious hands, and by their holy exertions, it has grown up into a goodly plant, and in the appointed season, will not fail to overshadow the regions of the west. “ Peace be within its walls, and plenteousness within its palaces; for our brethren and companions sake we wish it prosperity.”
Arr. XI. Sonnets, Odes, and other Poems, by the late Mr.
Charles Lefiley; together with a short Account of his Life and: Writings. To which is added a Poetical Collection, corsisting of Elegies, Ballads, and Sketches, on various Subjects, chiefly Descriptire, written in India, and during u Voyage to and from Madras. By William Linley, Esq. late in the Civil Service of the East India Company. 12mo. 7s.6d.
208 pp. Longman and Co. 1814. MR. Leftley, the author of the Poems contained in the first balf of the volume, after a severe struggle with the indigence which too often represses rising merit, died of a consumption at the early age of twenty-seven. His friend Mr. William Linley, the brother of the first Mrs. Sheridan, a man equally respected in the literary and the musical world, has undertaken, in the volume before us, to publish the poems of his departed friend, and has prefaced them with a short account of his life and writings, drawn up in an elegant, feeling, and classical style. The Poems of Mr. Leftley are well worthy of the care bestowed upon them by his surviving friend. They abound in fancy, chastened by a refined and delicate taste, and display at once a poetical ima. gination and a feeling heart. The following sounet is built up after a good model.
And think what fears to servitude belong :
Though by your smiles and cheering care befriended,
Hard was the task, and painful to forbear,
When every social charm at once invited;
To sit alone in the mind's gloom benighted;
By such compassion I am well requited.” P. 23.
Zephyr, whither art thou straying!
Tell me where?
False as fair ?
Free from care?
High in air;
Braid their hair;
You sport there.
Or dance with elves on brinks of fountains,
Mirth to share:
Cry, Orare!". P. 60. The following strain is of a more sombre, but not of a less poetical mood :
VERSES ADDRESSED TO A DEAR FRIEND ON HIS BIRTH-DAY.
Whose steps have climbed life's rugged hill,
Thv breast with calm reflection fill;
« Now " Now mourns the monarch of the woods,
His ancient pomp and grandeur lost;
Like giddy crowds, by faction toss'd;
A tyrant now, and now a slave;
His bed of state a loathsome grave.
Let us improve the peaceful arts,
Ör learn what history imparts.
And place our better hopes in God.” P. 90. We could have wished the author of these poeins could have enjoyed a longer portion of existence, as we are persuaded that it would not have been ill einployed. We now pass to the second part of the volume, containing
poenis of Mr. W. Linley, which he modestly presents to the public as a dessert after a solid feast, which may produce a little palatable variety without satiety or disgust.” Mr. Linley need Offer no apology for the publication of his poems; they reflect credit both on his imagination and his heart. We cannot bring a better proof of the justice of our opinion than the fol. lowing elegy upon the death of his sister, Mis. Sheridan, which far, very far exceeds any thing that we have yet seen on the death of her husband.
Sacred to sorrow's plaint, I touch my lyre;
Its saddest chord shall vibrate, and expire. * " Written at the villa of a friend, near a mosque grove, at Tritchinopoly, and contiguous to the great pagoda in that district. The melancholy event which is the subject of it lrad not long come to the author's knowledge."