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from the path of virtue by the commission of adultery was shunned and abhorred by all who had the least regard for their own character: she was condemned to total exclusion from all intercourse in social life.
"She who had renounced
Her sex's honour, was renounced herself
But, alas! that time is past.-Modern candour has insti tuted a new code of laws, and modern liberality, in defiance of all the positive commands of God, now finds excuses for every fault-palliations for every offence.
"Virtue is now seen publicly to associate with Vice. Females, who have no pretensions to chastity, are become companions for some of the most immaculate of their sex. Adulterers and adulteresses are permitted, in recompence of their offence, to enter together within the holy pale of matrimony, and thus to encourage others to gratify passions, which might else be considered as hopeless. And that nothing may be left undone to complete the conquest of prejudice, fashion is labouring, and apparently with great success, to obtain a general sacrifice of that modesty, which is the appointed guardian of female chastity.” (To be continued.)
Causes of the inefficiency of Fasts, a Sermon preached at the Octagon Chapel, Bath, on the Fast Day, Oct. 19, 1803: By the Rev. John Gardiner, D. D.
DR. Gardiner, the author of this eloquent discourse,
have done equal credit to the talents of the writer, and the judgment of the hearers who have requested their publication. Stimulated, no doubt, by many flattering testimonies of approbation, he lately published a volume of practical Sermons, preached before the respectable auditory of the Octagon Chapel, at Bath, of which he is the minister. In those excellent discourses, he appears as well in the character of the Parish Priest, as of the loquent Orator; and we know not in which of the characters, he most merits our approbation. We noticed the volume, almost as soon as it was published, desirous of contributing our recommendation of it, as well to the reader of taste, as the man of piety. We wish it to be generally understood, that, in our Review of Sermons,
more particularly, we have always a regard to our younger brethren: for we are truly solicitous both to direct their judgment, and improve their taste: and it was with singular satisfaction we found in the perusal of this volume, that it was equally calculated for both purposes.
The Sermon now under our notice excited in our minds these reflections: Dr. Gardiner appears anxious that the Fasts prescribed by authority, should be observed with devout solemnity, that they may bring down the divine blessing and protection. He writes like a sound Divine, and a true Patriot. This discourse discovers, throughout every part, just reasoning and genuine piety. Our limits forbid us to make quotations. We shall conclude our account of it by observing, that, should a day of national humiliation be again appointed, we could wish to see a judicious abridgment of this discourse in a cheap Edition, to be distributed by the clergy in their several parishes, previous to the observance of the day. And we are fully persuaded, that, under the 'Divine bles sing, the Fast Day would, in consequence, be more uni versally and religiously observed.
The following are the Subjects for the Prizes given by the Representatives in Parliament for the University of Cambridge, for the present year.
Quid commodi, aut incommodi, e republica hominum nigrorum sive coloratorum inter occidentales insulas nuper constituta, derivari queat?
Quibus modis, & gradibus, civitates jam forentes, paulatim labare, inclinare et occidere soleant?
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Far other they who rear'd yon pompous shrine,
There Gaul's proud knights with boastful mien advance,
Ausonia's sons, a soft inglorious band;
There the stern Norman joins the Austrian train,
And wield in freedom's cause the freeman's generous blade!
Ye sainted spirits of the warrior dead,
The Apostate chief,---from Mizraim's subject shore,
E'en the pale Crescent bless'd the Christian's might.
F'en now perhaps, wide waving o'er the land,
And who is He? the vast, the awful form
Nor Sun nor Moon they need,---nor day nor night;---
Hail the glad beam and claim their ancient home?
Who died, who lives, triumphant o'er the Grave!"
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS IN THEOLOGY AND. ETHICS.-March 1804.
A SERMON preached at St. Asaph, at the Ordination of the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of St. Asaph, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1803, by HENEAGE HORSLEY, A. M. Prebendary of St. Asaph, and late Student of Christ Church, Oxford. Published by his Lordship's command, 4to.
The TRYAL of the SPIRITS; a seasonable Caution against Delusion. In three Discourses, addressed to the Congregation assembled in Christ Church, Bath, by the Rev. CHARLES DAUBENY, Minister of Christ Church, Bath. 8vo.