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Fire Journey of Life. to rnt EDITORS OF THE CHURCHMAN'S MÁG A ZINE. Gentlemen, The following little piece, suitable to the present lovely season of the year, has been much admired in the original, and we hope, it will be acceptable in its English forin.
ODE FOR MAY DAY.
TRANSLATED FROM BUCHANAN. All to the glad return of May, The brooding warnath of such a breeze To reasts, and to the tender choir And froward age, the happy islès, Of gracés, fanning chaste desire. Where cheerful health forever smilés. Hail to the day, with pleasure crown'd Such zephyrs fan the trees below, Revolving in a constant sound ;..
Which near oblivion's Lethe grow; Bloom of old time! with fond essay, Theghosts such inurmurs hearwho rove Assuming youth in his decay.
In silence through the cypress grove.. When spring, array'd with ev'ry grace, Whenpurging firesnewmouldthesphere Deck'd the new world's unsullied face, And golden days again appear, And the first golden season saw Perhaps inay breathe such balmy winds, Men follow right, uncheck'd by law, To sooth the pure ethereal minds. Month after manth, such zephyrs bland Hail to the fleeting ages light ! Sported along the jocund land;
A period of distinguish'd white; then ev'ry tree, and ev'ry field, Iinage of new-created earth, Their fruits did without culture yield, And emblem of įts second birthr!
THE CELEBRATED HYMN,
IN THE ORATARIO OF ABEL.
The only insensible prove?
Rejoice in the spring of the year. Forbid it, devotion and love. The myrtles that shade the gay bow'rs, The Lord who such wonders can raise,
The herbage that springsfromthesod; And still can destroy with a nod; Frees, plants, cooling fruits and sweet My lips shall incessantly praise, How'rs,
My soul shall be wrapt in my God. All rise to the praise of my God.
THE JOURNEY OF LIFE, AN ALLEGORICAL ELEGY IN THE MANNER OF SIR WALTER RALEIGH.
HILEthro'life's thornyroad Igo Discretion all my thoughts shall weigă, A dreary journey, and alone, Soit innoceñce protect my sleep, Would be alas ! too troublesome ; And charity my purse shall keep. But company that's choice and good, Thus tiiro' this wilderness I'll stray, Makes trouble hardly understood, Nor ever fear to lose my way. For toil divided seems to be
The sages I sometimes will see, No toil, but a felicity.
Be sometimes with the muses free; Therefore will I companions take, With guiltless mirth an hour begaile, As well for care as safetij's sake: Or with free spoken satire sniile. Fair trieth shall serve me for a guide : With meditation often walk, Justice shall never leave my side ; Or with sweet melancholy talk. Integrity ny trusty guard !
With these companions dear l'il sport, Nor will I caution quite discard: Nor heed the journey long or short, Experience shall my tutor be, So health supply the doctor's place, Nêr will I wiser seem than lie; Aud for'a chiplain l're God's grece.'
Hymn to the Deity.
A VISION WEET sleep my heavy eye-lids A deadly dart was in his hand, pressid,
A crown upon his head he wore, And gently sooth'd my cares to rest; And in one hand a picture bore ; Where straight my waking soul beheld Upon the canvas, fames of fire, A rich enameld verdant field, And horrid shapes and spectres dire, A thousand flow'rs of lovely hue, With wond'rous skill were drawn: the Painted by nature's pencil grew;
croud And here and there a fountain play'd, Beheld--they saw, and shriek'd aloud ! Discover'd thro' some op'ning glade. With longing eyes they view'd theroad Sweet music charm'd my ravish'd çar, Where rirtue leads her sons to God; And Paradise itself seem'd there. And curs'd vain pleasure's flattering And now I thought a lovely train
smile, of youths and damsels fill'd the plain, which did their easy hearts beguile, They pip'd and play'd and danc'd and And tempt them virtue's paths to fly, sung,
1 be paths to blest eternity ! The meadows with their music wrung'; Shock'd at the sight, I turn'd aside, But soon their merry pastines cease, Where lo ! my rayish'd eyes descry'd For lo! with aspect grim, disease Fair VIRTUE's sons (a glorious show!) With her attendants, grief and pain, How did my raptur'd bosom glow! Comes swiftly posting to the plain ! Some cares and toils 'tis true, the good And now I thought th' enamel'd greens, Bore, as they pass'd 'long VikTUE'S The painted flow'rs and golden scenes, No more appear’d! no longer smild! But blooming health and sair content; But horrid deserts yast and wild, Their comforts and assistance lent; I saw-rude mountains seen’d to rise, And conscience as they pass'd alang, And pierce with barren tops the skies, Whisper'd sweet peace thro' all the The raven croak'd--the night-owl
throng, scream'd, [gleam'd: While VIRTUE bade her sons rejoice, And from the clouds, fierce lightning Like heav'nly music was her voice! Consumption weak, with meager face, « Soon shall life's stormy seas subside, Seiz'd some-tho' feeble was her pace: “ And all be calm and smooth (she Some fever bound in burning chains;
cry'u,) And others cholic rack'd with pains :
“ When life's cieclining sun is low, Some gout surpris'd and others stone ; “ And night o’ertakes you as you go; Myears were pierc'd with many a groan: “ Fear not-some gleams shali then be They called on death with hideous cry;
giv'n Death soon appear’d, (for death was “Ofendless bliss and promis'd heav'n; nigh)
“ And if from me you never stray, All pale and wan he secm'd to stand, “ I'll lead you to eternal day.”
HYMN TO THE DEITY.
Thy gracious attribute is this,
To give and to forgive.
Bless'd be thy great, thy holy name! Or, magnify his praise?
And bless'd be that sera phic flame,
Which points the way to ther. : His name for ever, ever, shines Oh! humble reptiles! worms of dust á Ibro' heaven's expanse--thro' carthly Our only stay, our only trust clines,
Is, hope, with thee io be. Where, wand'rers, now we stray; 'Till, by the merits of his Son,
Oh! purify each vicious lieart,
Which feels the foul, contagious smart, (Our course of short probation lud,) We reach the realms of day.
That wayward ininds enthral:
So, may we soar on Angel's wings, We worship thee, thou Great! thou To meet thee! awful king of kings ! 3 Good!
Our God ! our Life! our All!Dy mortals little understool, ..
Marriages, Obituary, &c.
ANECDOTES. VOME years ago, one of the sons of Mr. GM, a famous Jew, was
; on , , on had no objection to the religion of the lady, but to the smallness of her fortune, expostulated with his son, and told him, “ that he might have a lady with more money ;" but the young gentleman vindicating his choice, replied, “ that wliether he would consent or not, he would marry her, and if he retused "s to give him a portion, he would turn Christian, claim the benefit of an
English law, and obtain half he possessed."-At this answer, Mr. Gwas greatly confounded, and, consulting counsel, the counsellor replied, " there " was such a law, and that his son turning Christian, would obtain halt his “ estate ; but, if you will make me a present of ten guineas,” added he, “I “ will put you in a way to disappoint him.”—At this news, GM's hopes revived, and, pulling ten guineas out of his pocket, instantly clapped them into the lawyer's hand, expressing his impatience to know how he was to proceed. The counsellor returned, with a smile,“ you have nothing to do, Mr. G
“ but turn Christian yourself."
OF THE CELEBRATED DR. PERNE. AMONG the many brilliant flashes of wit attributed to this singular character, the following, perhaps, is one of his happiest strokes. The doctor happening to call a Clergyman a fool, who was not totally undeserving the title ; but who re.ented the indignity so highly, that he threatened to complain to his diocesan, the bishop of Eiym. Do,” says the doctor“ and he will confirm you.'
ST. AUGUSTIN says" It is an uncomely thing for a Christian to have " the sun beams find hiin in bed; and if the sun could speak (saith he) it
might say, I have laboured more than thou yesterday, and yet I am risen, “ and thou art still at rest."
BAPTIZED by the Rev. Mr. BURHANS, of New-Town, one adult and thirty-ninc children.
MARRIAGES. MARRIED, by the Rev. Mr. Burhans, Mr. Thomas Peck, to Miss SALLY TOUSEY ;-Mr. BENJAMIN AVERY, of Bethlehem, to Mrs. LUCY DICKINSON ;--Mr. SHELDEN NORTHROP, to Miss SHEPHERD ;Mr. SAMUEL BLACKMAN, to Miss EUNICE ANN SKIDMORE, aged 15.
OBITUARY. DIED, Mrs. CYNTHIA SHERMAN, wife of Mr. Jotham Sherman, aged 68 years ;mir. NEHEMIAH CURTIS, aged 76 years ;—Mrs. MARGARY BLACKMAN, wife of Capt. John Blackman, aged 79 years. They lived together 55 years coinmunicants in the Episcopal Church, walking in the ordinances of the Lord blameless.
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. THE EDITORS have been favoured with the following from a Clergyman of the city of New-York." I have just received and perused three numbers of the Churchman's Magazine, which gives me much satisfaction; and I am persuaded it will do much good, both in promoting the cause of Episcopacy, and also the spiritual instruction of the community. Shall I take leave to sugo gest whether it would not be advisable to intersperse it with articles of Biography, especially of the earlier promoters of the Church in this country ;-of such characters as bishop Seabury and in general of all whose lives have been eminently useful or intimately connected with the history of the Church?”
N. B. The Editors will thank their Correspondents for Biographical sketches, and accounts of the origin of the several Churches within their knowledge.
EXPLAINING WHAT THEY ARE TO BELIEVE AND DO IN ORDER TO BE SAVED. ADDRESSED CHIEFLY TO THOSE WHO ARE OF THE YOUNGER SORT.
E are commanded to avoid the sin of idolatry ; that is, the worshipping
God himself, or Angels, or dead men or women, under the form and shape of an image ; or falling down before the likeness of any thing in heaven or earth, with intent to worship it. Ye are forbid also, to put your confidence in any thing but the goodness and power of God, and the merits of his Son Jesus Christ. And this ye are forbidden to do, under the highest penalties ; not only the loss of temporal blessings, or the bringing a curse upon you and your children ; but also the eternal perdition of your souls, and a perpetual exclusion from the kingdom and presence of God.
Ye are forbidden to swear lightly, and rashly, by God's holy name. And ye are taught not to allow yourselves to swear by any thing sacred, which bears a relation to God; not to swear by yourselves, or any part of yourselves, inasmuch as yje are the creatures of God, and consecrated to Llis service; nay, that ye swear not at all, at any time, or upon any occasion, unless ye are called upon by proper authority to do so, for the ending of strife, or for any other important and good purpose.
Ye are commanded also io dedicate the Sabbath, or every seventh day of the week, to a rest from your ordinary labours ; because God finished the creation of the world in six days, ceased from work upon the seventh, and commanded the seventh day to be kept holy by all mankind. For we read (in Genesis ji. 3.) that God blessed the seventh day end sanctifed it; that is, commanded it to be kept holy. And therefore it will always be your duty, on account of the reasonableness of it, and God's pleasure signined herein, to observe and keep holy one day in seren. And, as your redemption was como pleted by Jesus Christ's raising himself from the dead upon the first day oj the wveek, it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to the Apostles of our Lord, under His iminediate influence, to transfer the holiness of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day of the week, and to cause this alteration to be observed as an ordinance amongst all Christians for ever. Te are taught more-over, and commanded, to dedicate this Christian Sabbath, called (in the book of Revelation i. 10.) the Lord's day, not only to a rest of your bodies from the labours of your callings, but of your minds from all your worldly concerns. Ye are commanded to spend this holy day in the more immediate service and worship of God; in prayer, in breaking of bread, that is, receiving the holy sacrament of the Lord's supper (as often as ye enjoy an op, portunity,) in ineditation, in reading, in hearing the word oi God preacher and explained; and in works of mercy, charity, and piety.
The Clergyman's advice to his Parishioners: These are the duties ye are to discharge towards God. With regard to your neighbour, or one another, ye are called upon in the first place, to pay due honour and reverence to your parents ; to obey all their lawful commands ; to submit to their corrections; and to comfort and succour them in their distress. Further, ye are to be dutiful to your civil parents, as well as your natural ones ; that is, ye are to obey. the magistrates which are set over you, not only out of a dread of punishment, but also for the satisfaction of your own consciences; as they are the ordinance of God, and appointed by Him to govern and protect you. Ye are to be obedient also to masters, teachers, and governors. In every station of life, ye are to behave suitably to the sube ordination in which ye are placed ; and to exercise your authority righteously. and in the fear of God;. over all those (if any such there be) who are inferior to you.'
Agaiu; ye 'are forbidden to take away the life of any man, either secretly of openly, either by acting yourselves, or by assisting others ; Ye shall do no murder. And not only so, but (according to the gospel explanation of this commandment) ye shall check and moderate your anger, from whence murder generally proceeds. For, if ye let anger transport you so far as to revileothers with hard speeches, he shall not be guiltless. Out of the heart are the issues of life ; that is, as men think, they generāly act'; and, if they do not act accordingly, they are not always restrained by the fear of God, which. ought to be one of the rules of their conduct: Ye'are to see then that your hearts be not evil; that no malice, envy, or revenge be suffered to harbour there ; for he that wills or wishes the death of another, is (with God, the searcher of hearts) accounted intentionally guilty of murder.
" he same may be said in the next commandment. For, although ye are: forbidden to commit only the act of adultery, yet according to our blessed Sariour's interpretation of it, every inclination or disposition of the mind towards it is criminal. And therefore ye are hereby obliged to keep your minds, as well as your bodies, in temperance, sobriety, and chastity ; that is, ye are to regulate even your thoughts and desires, lest they finally lead you into sins of uncleanness"; or, if they do not, yet the very entertainment of them in your minds is offensive to God, and will compel His Holy Spirit to leave you; who (ye may suppose) will not dwell with such company, in so foul and debauch ed an habitation. Holy Scripture expressly, tells us, that marriage is honourable in all;, but that whoremungers and adulterers God ruill judge. Hleb. xiii. 4.
Further, ye are forbidden to steal ; that is, to defraud your neighbour of his goods, in any of the various ways which the wickedness, of men's hearts has .contrived to injure one another in their property. On the contrary, ye are to be fair and upright is all your dealings; to be careful to provide for yourselves and your families, by your own labour and industry, and to be thoroughly contented with that honest livelihood which Providence has allotted you. So far should ye be from defrauding others, that if ye are defrauded. yourselves, ye should not be forward to recover your just rights by law. Ye should be ready to forgive injuries of this kind, as well as others; provided ye are at liberty se to do, and the consequences of your forgiveness may not
very hurtful to yourselves and others.
Again, ye are forbidden to bear false witness against your neighbour : that is, ye are strictly to speak the truth concerning him, if ye are called upon as. witnesses for or against him in a court of justice. On every such occasion, fofget not the great guilt of perjury; and how dreadful must the danger be of calling the God of truth to be ruitness to a lie; and be sure to remember these his words, (Zechariah viii. 16.), Let: none of you imagine ecil in your
hearts against his neighbour, and LoVE NO FALSE OATH , for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord. In-common conversation also, when there is a necessity for speaking of your neighbour, ye are to say nothing of bim but what ye know to be the truth, without any:insiuuations which may hurt his good
Christians, ye are to be charitable in every thing ye think or say of others; ye are not unreasonably to suspect any evil; ye are to vindicate their characters as far as ye are able, and to preserve their reputation with tenderness and care.
l'inally, to secure the observation of all the foregoing commandments which relate to your neighbour, ye are forbidden to entertain any unlawful desires,