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In jestful mood the master tells his friends
There too the currant hangs its loaded bead;
ADDRESS to MARCH.
[From First Flights, by John HEYRICK, jun.]
THY younger sister's constant tears 1 Invite the poet's lyre, And laughing May, when she appears,
Shall raise the rapture higher.
But let the gaudy tulip gain
The loftier poet's verse,
Thy paler sweets rehearse.
To courtly strains belong;
They claim the rural song.
Let the auricula and rose
On May's warm breast be set;
Thy sweeter violet.
Forbids my wand'ring feet
Thy primroses' retreat.
To take my eager hand,
At fternest fate's command.
How gaily then my fong Phould rise,
Amidst thy infant grove;
How softly change to love!
APOSTROPHE to an Old Tree.
(From the Second Volume of Sonnets and other Poems, by
· W HERE thy broad branches brave the bitter North,
V Like rugged, indigent, unheeded, worth,
-Thus in fate's trying hour, when furious storms
But given to useful arts, his ardent mind
Sonner to the Insect of the GOSSAMER.
[From the same Work.]
SMALL, viewless aeronaut, that by the line
Float'it on a sunbeam-Living atom, where
Mocking the eye?-Alas! before the veil
Of the keen swift may end thy fairy fail! Thus on the golden thread that fancy weaves
Buoyant, as hope's illufive flattery breathes,
Life's dull realities, while seven-fold wreaths
Of the Year 1797.
THE biblical and theological affords striking evidence of his li.
1 Department of our annual La- berality, and of the boldness of bours for the year 1793, commenc. spirit with which he can dare the ed with the ist volume of “ The censure and obloquy of bigots of all Holy Bible, or the Books account. persuasions. His observations on ed sacred by Jews and Christians, the difficulties inseparable from the &c. faithfully translated from cor. common hypothesis, and on the rected Texts of the Original; advantages which would result to with various Readings, explanatory the cause of revelation from adNotes, and critical Remarks, by opting the doctrine of partial and the Rev. Alex. Geddes, LL.D.” putative, in preference to that of In the opinion which we then ex absolute and plenary inspiration, pressed of the general merits of the are highly important, and deserve new version, our readers may per- the serious attention of believers ceive the high estimation in which and unbelievers. What he says, it led us to hold the erudition, indeed, at present, is only applicaabilities, and industry of the tranf- ble to the Hebrew writers consi. lator; and the ample tribute of dered as historians: his opinion gratitude to which we considered concerning the inspiration of their him entitled from the biblical legislator and prophets, he reserves student. The appearance, during for his volume of critical remarks. the year 1797, of the ad volume That volume we hope to have it in of that work, comprising the books our power to notice in our next of Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronic year's Regiiter. cles, Ruth, and the Prayer of Ma. During the year 1797, likewise, passen, bas in no respect tended to we have been enabled to renew our lessen Dr. Geddes's claims to com. acquaintance with another eminent mendation, and encouragement. fcholar and critic, whose labours The text, like that of the former have deservedly ciaffed him among volume, contains numerous im- our most valuable fcripture comprovements of the common vet. mentators. Dr. Blayney, regius fion; and is accompanied with va- profefTor of Hebrew, and canon of luable, al:hough brief, notes, and Christ-Church, Oxford, has preimportant various readings. In the sented the public with “ ZechaPreface to the volume, when treat- riah; a new 'Translation : with ing of the generally received opi. Notes, critical, philological, and exnion respecting the inspiration of planatory, &c." In his preliminary the Hebrew scriptures, Dr. Geddes discourse our author, with fingu
lar lar modesty, apolo iles for attempts the latter chapters in partico', ing the illustration of this part of riling to a disree of cleras 3 zd holy writ, after ar hidup New. grindeur, fcarcels inrerior to the come's learned cor ments, whose tubiimeit of the inspired wri1995." candour and hunii'v ursed hin Tbe noces wich accompany thi ftrongly to recommend the pubii- vertion are copio'n and vacije cation of a work with, if it In an Appendix our author comMould tend to " c'ear l'ɔ ore dif- fle:elv rcfute, the feaie giv o to ficult pattage, ruid core shran Tor. Eveldig to tone patrages is compensate to him for the deite. Zechariah, which, in oppottios o tion of a hundred mistakes." Dr. the prima:e of Irciand's expiaga. Blaynev afterwards gives in 5 a tion of them in bis translation of view of the fituation and circun the minor prophets, he wishes to ftances of Zechariah, as is well adduce in fupport of the doctrine calculated to throw light on his of the trinity: and to the whole sentiments, and to remove a con- he has added a nere edition, with fiderable part of the difficulties important alterations, of his verbon which have been charged upon his of Daniel's celebrated prophecy of writings. When acknowledging seventy weeks. the altistance which he has received " Jonah, a faithful Translation from different anthors, he ably from the Original, &c. by George vindicates the valuable collations Benjoin, of selus College, Camof the various readings of the He. bridge," is the production of an aubrew writings made by Dr. Kenni. thor, whole chief qualifications for cott and others, against the illiberal the undertaking appear to have and contemptuous mention of them been his proficiency in rabinnical in the discourse by way of general Jore, and a veneration, not much preface to the 4to. edition of War- unlike fuperftition, for the conburton's works; and he unanswer- ceits and extravagancies of Jewably explodes the absurd and un- in tradition. Hence, Kennicott, accountable idea of the perfect in- Luwih, Blayney, and others, whose tegrity of the text, to which some merit as translators is to be appreinjudicious friends of revelation are ciated on very different grounds, willing to look as the ground of are, as might be expected, the obscriptural authority. Dr. Blayney jects of his repeated cenfure; and in his version divides the poetical that not always the most modest parts from the profe, aiter the ex- and unassuming. In his prolegoamples of Lowth and Newcome, mena Mr. Renjoin undertakes to and his own practice in bis transla. prove, that “The Sacred Writings tion of Jeremiah ; and, in our of the Old Teftament have not sufopinion, has happily succeeded in fered either anv corruption or alconveying the sense and beauties teration whatever ince the time of a composition of which the dic. of Ezra :" but his authorities will tion is remarkably pure, the con- have little weight out of the fynastruction natural and perspicuous, gogue. He is also a zealous advo. and the style judicioutly varied ac- cate for the miloretic points, by cording to the nature of the sub- which he confiders the found and jects; fimple and plain in the nar- meaning of each word to be fo exrative and hiftorical parts; but in actly marked, that any scholar may those that are wholly prophetical, now read and speak with the same