Page images
PDF
EPUB

We cheerfully comply with the request of a respected friend, to disseminate and

preserve the following tender and beautiful lines by the Rev. Samuel Pearce, 4.7. in the pages of the Panoplist.

Editors.

[blocks in formation]

IN a sweet spot, which wisdom cbose,
Grew an unique and lovely Rose;
A flow'r 80 fair was seldom borac-
A Rose alınost without a thorn.
Lach passing stranger stopp'd to view
A plant possessing charms 30 new.
“Sweet flow'r!" each lip was heard to say
Nor less the owner pleas'd than they :
Rear'd by his hand with constant care,
And planted in his choice parterre,
Of all his garden this the pride,
No flow'r so much adinir'd beside.

Remov'd so soon! So god deal,
Snatch'd from my fond maternal eye!
What hadst thou done! dear spriag! nl,
So early to be spatch'd avay!
What! gone forever !-scen ne mare!
Forever I thy loss deplore,
Ye dews descend, with tears supply
My now forever tearful eye ;
1
Or rather come some nsribara bart,
Dislodge my yielding roots in Aaste.
Whirlwinds arise-my branches tcar,
And to some distant region bear
Far from this spot, a wretched mother,
Whose fruit and joys are gone together."

Nor did the Rose unconscious bloom,
Nor feel ungrateful for the boon;
Oft as her guardian came that way,
Whether at dawn, or eve of day,
Expanded wide-her form unveilld,
She double fragrance then cxhal'd.

As thus the anguish'd Rose-Tree Cryd,
Her owner near her she esprid;
Whoin these gentle terms reprorid
A plant, though murm'ring, still belor's

[blocks in formation]

« Cease, beauteous flow'r, these exeles crier,
And let my lessons make thee wise.
Art thou not mine? Did not my hand
Transplant thee from the barrea sani,
Where once, a mean, unsightly plast,
Expos'd to injury and want,
Unknown, and unadmir'd, I found,
And brought thee to this fertik ground;
With studious art impror'd thy form,
Secur'd thee from th' inclen at store,
And through the seasons of the year,
Made thee my unabating care?
Hast thou not bless thy happy lot
In such an owner, such a spot!
But now, because thy shoot I've takes,
Thy best of friends must be forsaket.
Know, flow'r belov'd, e'en this afiction
Shall prove to thee a benediction :
Had I not the young plant remorld,
(So fondly by thy heart belov'd)
Of me thy heart would scarce have thoughts
With gratitude no more be fraught :
Yea, thy own beauty be at stake,
Surrender'd for thy offspring's sake.
Nor think, that, hidden from thine eytt,
The infant plant neglected lies
No,-!'ve another garden, where
In richer soil, and purer air
It's now transplanted, there to shine
In beauties fairer far than thine.
Nor shalt thou always be apart
From the dear darling of thy heart,
For 'lis diy purpose ibet to bear
In future time, and plant thee there,
Where thy now absent offset grows
And blossoms a celestial rese.
Be patient then, till that set hour shall come,
When thou, and thine shall in acw desaties Bloga
No more its absence shalt thoa then deplore,
Together grow, and ne'er be parted more.”
These words to silence husbd the plaintive Rese
With deeper blusbes redd ning nuw ste glows,
Submissive bow'd her unrepining head,
Again her wonted, grateful fragrance abed:
Cryid, “Thou hast taken only what's thine cun..
Therefore, thy will, my Lord, not mine, be done.

Thus had the Rose-Tree scarcely spoken,
Ere the sweet cup of bliss was broken:
The gard'ner carne, and with one stroke,
He from the root the offspring took ;
Took from the soil wherein it grew,
And hid it from the parent's view,

Judge ye, who know a molber's cares
For the dear tender babe she bears,
The parent's anguish. Ye alone
Such sad vicissitudes have knowa.

Derp was the wound; nor slight the pain
Which made the Rose-Tree thus complain:

* Dear little darling! art thou sonce
Thy charms scarce co thy mother known !

Review of New publications.

A Sermon, delivered at New-Boston, N. H. February 26, 1806, at

the Ordination of the Rev. E. P. Bradford to the pastoral care of the Presbyterian Church and Society in that place. By Jesse Appleton, Congregational Minister in Hampton, N. H. Pp 32. 8vo.

This is a serious and ingeni- that they stood in need of such ous discourse. It is well adapt- an exhortation from the apostle ed to the occasion, is written in Paul, who was their spiritual a pure and perspicuous style, and father, and the master builder in displays such modesty and can- forming them into a church dour, as are very congenial with state. For they had fallen from the delicate subject of catholo- their stedfastness, and run into cism. The author does not ap- numerous and dangerous errors. pear “ fierce for moderation ;" They had erred respecting the but seems to have aimed at steer. divine call of the apostle, respecting a middle course between the ing church discipline, the duty extremes of bigotry and latitudi- of marriage, the nature and denarianism. And had he only sign of the Lord's Supper, the kept within these proper bounds, «support of gospel ministers, he would have deserved much things offered to idols, spiritual praise, and given no occasion for gifts, and even respecting the the following remarks, which great doctrine of the general rehave occurred to some judicious surrection. Upon this head the and candid readers.

apostle reproved them sharply. 1. Mr. A. appears to have “I delivered unto you first of all mistaken the plain and obvious that which I also received, how meaning of his text. It is that Christ died for our sins, acI Cor. i. 10. "Now I beseech cording to the scriptures; and you, brethren, by the name of that he was buried, and that he our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye rose again the third day, accord. all speak the same thing, and ing to the scriptures; and that that ye be perfectly joined to- he was seen of Cephas, and then gether in the same mind, and in of the twelve ; and last of all he the same judgment." These was seen of me also. Therefore words Mr. A. allows must en- whether it were I or they, so we join upon the Corinthians either preach, and so ye believed. unity of sentiment, or unity of Now if Christ be preached that affection. If we regard the he rose from the dead, how say mode of expression, we must some among you that there is no naturally conclude, that the apos- resurrection of the dead?” If tle meant to enjoin unity of senti- the apostle mcant to suit his ment, or to teach the Corinthians epistle to the present state of the to speak, to think, and to judge Corinthians, he could not have alike upon religious subjects. addressed them upon a more And it clearly appears from the seasonable and necessary subject, following parts of the epistle, than that of unity of sentiment,

For no

from which they had so grossly lief of the truth, the more closedeparted. It is, therefore, most ly they may unite in affection:natural to consider his words in Supposing all these things to be the text as referring to their un- true, they have no tendency to christian doctrines, as well as to prepare the way for the illustras their unchristian feelings. But tion or support of the truths in admitting Mr. A.'s exposition question, and therefore, it is conto be right, and allowing that the ceived, they ought to be considapostle did refer solely to unity ered as mere protuberances to of affection ; then it is queried the discourse. by what logic Mr. A. could de- 4. Mr. A.'s mode of reasonduce from a passage, which had ing in proof of his doctrine, no respect to controverted points is both redundant and defiin divinity, this doctrine ; “ that cient. His argument derived there may be comfort of love and from the sources of error is refellowship of the Spirit among dundant ;

and his argument, those Christians, whose opinions drawn from the conduct of those in divinity do not fully coin- eminent men he mentions, is cide."

deficient, because it does not ap2. Whether this doctrine bear pear, from any thing he has said, any legitimate relation to the whether they acted right or acte text or not, it seems to be too in- ed wrong in exercising mutual de finite to require either proof, .esteem and affection. But whethor even illustration.

er he has succeeded or failed in man can be found, of any relig- supporting his doctrine, its truth ious sect or party, who will not will be universally believed. readily allow, that " Christians, 5. Mr. A. triumphs without a whose opinions in divinity do not victory, in his remarks upon the fully coincide, may enjoy comfort fourteenth of Romans. All the of love and fellowship of the Sir- apostle there said goes no furil,or sincerely unite in brother- ther than to prove, that men may ly love. A doctrine or leading differ in non-essential poinis, and sentiment in a public discourse yet be sincere Christians, and exought to be not only true, but ercise mutual love and esteem. important.

This nobody denies. But some 3. There seems to be no great have denied, and probably will propriety in the concessions, continue to deny, that the apostle which Mr. A. makes previously meant to justify any man in the to the proof of bis doctrine. least voluntary error. They are all very true, but nei- 6. Mr. A. misrepresents the ther necessary nor pertinent. opinion of those whom he conWhat if Christians may differ as siders as opponents. much in meaning, as in words; "it has been the opinion of some what if their diversity of opin- respectable men,' that, should ions may not be matter of indif- those, who embrace error, actuference ; what if some may dif- ally embrace the truth, they will fer essentially from others ; then know that their present what if some may be criminal for opinion is right, and their forimbibing their errors ; and what mer wrong." We are acquaintif the nearer any agree in the be- ed with none who maintain, that

He say's,

THE PROVIDENCE

OF

GOD OR

DERING

AND

THE AFFAIRS OF MEN.

Or

men always know they are right there is no important distinction in opinion, when they are so ; between real Calvinism, and real but we believe many justly main- Arminianism; which belief may tain, that when men are really be productive of many hurtful right in opinion, respecting sub- effects. jects which admit of certainty, they may then know that they are right. There are niany subjects in divinity, which do not admit of

CONDUCTING certainty ; and perhaps, the doctrine of infant baptism, which Mr. A. mentions, may be one.

A sermon preached in the IndeIn this, and similar cases, a man

pendent Cungregational may be right in opinion, and

church, Charleston, South Caronever certainly know in this life,

lina, Sept. 14, 1806. By ISAAC that his opinion is entirely agree

STOCKTON KEITH, D. D. One able to the word of God. He

of the pastors of said church. may gain so much light as to ex

Published by request. W. P. clude doubt, which will justify

Young. Charleston. pp. 56. him in maintaining his opinion, and acting upon it. But when a The length of the title violates man has erred in respect to a the rules of classical taste. The divine truth, which admits of cer- title of a book becomes its name, tainty, and afterwards embraces and like the name of a child, that truth, he may then know that should be such as may be conhe knows it, and that his former veniently spoken. opinion was wrong. This, how- It is doubted, whether it add ever, may not be the infallible any thing to the usefulness of a consequence, because his know

sermon to inform the public, that ing the truth, and knowing that the publication was earnestly sohe knows it, are two very differ- licited by respectable characters ; ent things, and the former may that the author felt himself conexist without the latter.

strained to comply. Better say Finally, notwithstanding our as Mr. Henry does concerning confidence in the rectitude of Mr. one of his books ; “If I thought A.'s intentions, it appears to us it needed an apology, I would to be the general tendency of his not consent to publish it.” On discourse to make men believe, the other hand, if a work need that it is more difficult to discov- no apology, the author should er truth and detect error than it make none. This we think to really is. It tends to make men be the case with the discourse feel too easy and unconcerned a- now before us. bout their religious errors. It al- It was occasioned by the desoso tends to favourthe growing and lating storm which took place in dangerous notion, that it is of the Southern States in August, more importance to avoid bigot- 1806. " My times are in thy ry than heresy. And it seems hand,” is the text. In order to calculated to create a belief, that exhibit the leading ideas included Vol. III. No. 12.

[ocr errors]

re

[ocr errors]

in this passage, the author ob- strains them seriously to consider serves, 1. That the times of man's and inquire “what they shall do to

be saved ?” Then pointing their views natural life; 2. the times of the

to the only and the all-sufficient Saspiritual life of believers, in- viour, revealed and offered in the cluding all the varieties of their gospel, he suffers them not to remain religious experience; and 3. the on any fallacious ground, on which time of their death, are in the they would be ready to feel them

selves secure, and to promise them. Lord's hands.

selves peace; nor will he allow them The following paragraph, from to conclude that they have found rest the 2d head of discourse, is giv- to their souls, till they have “fled for en as an agreeable specimen of refuge to lay hold on the hope set be: the sentinient and style of the whose is the only name given un

fore them in the Lord Jesus Christ, sermon.

der heaven by which any can be “ For a while they (that is, they saved.”. And now, in a day of divine who are to be the final subjects of power, they are made willing, cordialsalvation, are permitted to

ly willing, to forsake their sins, to remain with the world which lieth

nounce their self-righteousness, to in wickedness,” “ to walk after the give up the world, and "to suffer the ways of their own hearts, and in the

loss of all things,” which were once sight of their own eyes," departing most dear to their hearts, “ that they farther and farther from God, wan

may

win Christ, and be found in bim,” dering in the fruitless pursuit of hap; followers. For his sake, they are

and become his genuine disciples and piness, through the various scenes of worldly vanity, and amidst the multi

now disposed “ to deny themselves" plied snares of the cruel destroyer, in respect to all worldly interests and • who leads the children of disobedi. pleasures, which may be incompati ence captives at his will,” exulting ble with their obligations and their with a most malicious triumph, in the duty to him; they are now ready, expectation of soon plunging them also, "to take up the cross” of reheadlong into everlasting perdition : proach, or of any other kind of suf. But the time of divine mercy and fering, to which they may be called love at length arrives, when these in

on account of their attachment to fatuated servants of sin must be ran. him, and their fidelity in his service; somed; when these wretched captives and thus they are prepared, cheer. of Satan must be delivered; when fully, “to follow their Lord and “these lost sheep must be brought that way of obedience and trial which

Saviour” to his heavenly kingdom, in back to the fold of their heavenly he has marked out in his gospel, and Shepherd.” When in their mad ca. reer of bold impiety, unrighteousness, which, to their natural pride and selfand licentious indulgence ; or in

love, heretofore appeared to be the their thoughtless progress down the

most unpleasant and irksome, beset broad road of worldly business, of with the most formidable difficulties, fashionable amusement, or of the de.

and surrounded with the deepest and cent, lifeless forms of religion and

most discouraging gloom.” virtue, they were hastening to eternal

In the 'sermon and note the destruction; they are mercifully ar- author gives an interesting and rested by an invisible power. For affecting account of the extennow the Divine Spirit, given by the sive destruction of the fruits of Father, through the mediation of the Son of God, comes to carry into effect the earth, and of the lives of the great design of redeeming grace

men occasioned by the tempest, and love in their favour. To this end, and forcibly inculcates that pious he awakens their solemn attention to

attention to the events of divine the demands of the law, and the calls of the gospel. Thus 'he convinces providence, which is equally the them of sin, awakens their fears of duty and happiness of all rational the wrath of God due to it, and con- creatures.

« PreviousContinue »