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A tyrant or a slave ;-the one to those,
Lift your loud voices in triumph on high,
Vain were the terrors that gather'd around him,
And short the dominion of death and the grave;
The being he gave us, death cannot destroy.
Sad were the life we must part with to-morrow,
If tears were our birth-right, and death were our end;
And bade us, immortal, to heaven ascend
Lift then your voices in triumph on high,
"Sound the loud timbrel o'er Egypt's dark sea,
• The above is extracted from the Christian Disciple, No. I. Vol. I. p. 38. Some of the readers of the Monthly Repository may be acquainted with an animated air and chorus in the collection of "Sacred Melodies," (of which Moore and Sir J. Stevenson are Editors,) adapted to a triumphant song on the overthrow of the Egyptians :
The above lines, to the same tune, are more suitable to Christian worship, and particularly adapted to Easter Day.
The mortal remains of
Who lived and died an illustration of
Hence Superstition! hence thy train,
Who rests in this unhallowed earth!
She glowed with mental energy;
From stain or imputation free.
Her heart was kindled to rejoice
As conscious of his cheering voice.
Repose, where'er that spot is found,
Be sure thou tread'st on holy ground.
Presbyterian Academy, Carmarthen.
THE Triennial Visitation of this Academy was held in the beginning of July. The Visitors appointed by the Presbyterian Board were the Rev. Dr. Rees (the Secretary), the Rev. R. Aspland, and James Esdaile, Esq. (the Treasurer). The following Report is from the Carmarthen Journal of Friday, July 4:
"On Wednesday and Thursday, the Annual Meeting connected with the Presbyterian College in this town, was held at Lammas-Street Chapel, on Wednesday evening. The Meeting commenced by singing and prayer, by the Rev. W. H. Lewis, of Glastonbury, and the Rev. Mr. Bulmer, of Haverfordwest, and the Rev. Mr. Williams, of Llanwrtyd, preached from 1 Kings xix. 19-21, and 1 Cor. ii. 2; the former in English, and the latter in Welsh. On Thursday morning, at 7, the Rev. Mr. Davies, Cardigan, prayed; and the Rev. Messrs. Griffiths, Alltwen, and James, of Cardiff, preached from Luke x. 2, and Psalm cxix. 114; both in Welsh. At ten o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Davis, of Evesham, prayed; and the Rev.
A. Rees, LL.D., [D. D.] from London, Quarterly Meeting of Presbyterian
and the Rev. Mr. Jones, of Llannwchllyn, preached from John xv. 17, and Psalm cxvi. 12-14; the former in English, and the latter in Welsh. At three o'clock, Rev. Mr. Aspland, of London, preach
ed in English, and the Rev. Mr. Jones, of Denbigh, in Welsh, from Psa. cxxxix. 7-9, and Ezek. xvi. 19, 20. This morning, the Triennial Examination of the Students took place before the Rev. Dr. Rees, the Rev. Mr. Aspland, &c. &c. &c. (which is to continue this day and tomorrow), and we have reason to expect that, from the strict attention paid by the Students of the College to their studies, the Deputation from the Board will be highly gratified with the great improvement they have made since their last visit."
At the close of the Examination on Saturday, both Dr. Rees and Mr. Aspland addressed the Students at some length, expressing, upon the whole, much satisfaction in the progress of their studies. There are twelve Students upon the Foundation. The Tutors are the Rev. Mr. Peter, and the Rev. D. Jones. On the following Sunday, Dr. Rees preached for Mr. Peter in the morning, (Mr. Aspland conducting the devotional service,) and in the evening Mr. Aspland preached at the Unitarian Chapel for Mr. Evans.
ing of Ministers of the Presbyterian deOn the 23rd of July a Quarterly Meetnomination was holden at Llwyn-rhydowen, Cardiganshire. On the afternoon
next Quarterly Meeting of the Unitarian Ministers is to be held at Blaengwrach, Glamorganshire, the Rev. John Davies, of Capel-y-Groes, to preach.
of the preceding day, the Rev. Thomas Griffiths, of Cribin, conducted the devotional part of the service; the Rev. Evan Lewis, of Kilgwyn, preached from Heb, xii. 1; and the Rev. Timothy Davis, of Evesham, from Phil. iii. 8, 9. On the 23rd, the service commenced at 10 o'clock in the morning. The Rev. E. Lewis prayed; and the Rev. John Jeremy, of Caeronen, preached from John vii. 46; the Rev. David Jones, Tutor of the Carmarthen College, from Matt. xii. 50; and the Rev. Timothy Davis, of Evesham, from 1 Tim. vi. 12. The meetinghouse was crowded, and some hundreds were out of doors, so that the preachers were obliged to stand on one of the window seats, in order to be heard by those within and without. As a proof of the Welsh desire to hear sermons, it may be observed, that the three preachers were heard with great attention, and though very heavy showers of rain fell during the service, those that were without stood their ground unmoved. A little after one o'clock the services were over, and those who came from a distance partook, in the meeting-house, of some refreshment provided for them by the congregation; and the ministers, fourteen in number, dined at the inn adjoining. In less than an hour they met again in the meeting-house to hold an open confer. ence. The question discussed was "the Origin, Design and Abolition of Sacrifices." The meeting was crowded till five o'clock in the evening, when the conference closed by a prayer from the Rev. D. Davis, who had been nearly fifty years minister of the congregation, and all departed seemingly highly gratified with what they had seen and heard. August 12, 1823.
Unitarian Society in South Wales.
THE Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Society in South Wales was held at Capely-groes, Cardiganshire, on the 26th of last June, at which the Rev. J. James, of Gelli-Onnen, preached. The Rev. John Jones, of Bridgend, and the Rev. Thomas Davies, of Coed-y-Cymmar, preached on the preceding afternoon at Ystrad, a place connected with Capel-y-Groes. On the 26th, after service at Capel-y-Groes, the question," Whether Christ's Judging the World be a proof of his proper Deity," was discussed, and after that the business of the Society was transacted. Its next meeting was appointed to be held at Aberdår, Glamorganshire, and the Rev. John Thomas, of Pant-y-defaid, Cardiganshire, to preach on the occasion. The
Unitarian Chapel, Edinburgh.
THIS building is nearly completed. It is to be opened on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Rev. W. J. Fox, of London, is to preach on the occasion, morning and evening.
Unitarian Congregation, Ilminster, Somerset.
WE are requested to state that this congregation will be vacant after the 28th of September, by the resignation of the Rev. T. Bowen.
Mr. FRANCIS KNOWLES, of Park Lane, Ashton, near Wigan, proposes to publish by subscription, in Numbers, (probably 16, to form an 8vo. volume,) once a fortnight, price 6d., The Test of Truth; or, the United Evidence of the Sacred Scriptures respecting the True Object of Religious Worship, and the Condition of Acceptance; in the Language of the Scriptures; including the Evidence of the Scriptures on the Person, &c. of Jesus Christ.
THE Continuation of Mr. Booth's Analytical Dictionary of the English Language is now in the press, and the several parts will be published, successively, at short intervals. The printing of the Second Part was necessarily delayed for the purpose of calculating, with some degree of probability, the number of copies that would be required.
THE Berwick New and Improved General Gazetteer, or Compendious Geographical Dictionary, containing a Description of the various Countries, Kingdoms, States, Cities, Towns, &c. &c., of the known World, brought down to the present period, accompanied with twenty six elegant maps, from the latest authorities, in three handsome volumes, 8vo. is just published, price 21. 2s. or in 16 parts, price 2s. 6d. each.
MISCELLANEOUS. Presbyterian Synod of Munster.
ON Wednesday, the 2d instant, the Synod of Munster held its Annual Meeting at Bandon. -The business of the day
was preceded by divine service, which was introduced by the Rev. Joseph Hutton, one of the ministers of Eustace Street, Dublin, and a sermon suitable to the occasion, was preached by the Rev. James Armstrong, one of the ministers of Strand Street, Dublin, from these words:" I exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 3. After which, the Rev. William J. Hort, of Cork, was elected Moderator for the ensuing year, and the ministers and elders proceeded to give a detailed account of the state of their respective congregations.
The Synod, together with a number of the members of the Cork and Bandon congregation, dined together at Williams's Inn. In the course of the evening much social enjoyment, mingled with enlarged Christian feeling and liberality of sentiment was evinced.
The following were among the toasts given from the chair :
"The Duke of York and the Royal Family.".
"The Lord Lieutenant and prosperity to Ireland."
"The Presbyterian Church of Ireland."
"Our Brethren of the Established Church."
"Our Fellow-Christians of every Denomination."
"May all our fellow-subjects, how much soever they may differ in their sentiments and modes of worship, find at length, How good and pleasant a thing it is to dwell together in unity and love.""
"Religious zeal, without sectarian bigotry."
The Archbishop of Cashel. May his truly Christian principles be universally adopted."
Civil Liberty without popular licentiousness."
"The 12th of August; the birth-day of our beloved and patriotic Sovereign; the day also memorable for his arrival among his people of Ireland."
"Civil and Religious Liberty, declared by His Majesty to be the birth-right of his people."
The next meeting was appointed to be held in Dublin, the first Wednesday in July, 1824.
[Cork Southern Reporter.]
*See his Grace's reply to the address of the Presbyterians of Cork. [Mon. Repos. XVIII. 228.]
The "National" (as it is strangely called) "Society for Education" have obtained the King's Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, authorizing a collection throughout England and Wales in behalf of their funds. The letter has been read in the churches, and application made in consequence from house to house throughout the parishes. The measure is too sectarian to be fully successful, What Dissenter can consistently contribute to a system of education which, though falsely called National, excludes the children of Dissenters, a very large part of the population? On a note being sent by the churchwardens to the present writer, he returned his compliments with an answer, that he subscribed only to "Schools for all."
THE injudicious prosecution of Mr. John Ambrose Villiams, editor of the Durham Chronicle, for an alleged libel on the Durham clergy, has at last been adjourned sine die.-Monthly Mag.
Evidence of an Unbeliever rejected.→→ On a late occasion, when an information was laid before the magistrates at Bow Street against a bookseller for literary piracy, Wm. Dugdale, formerly known as the "Radical Quaker," appeared as a witness in support of the information, when the following examination took place:
"Mr. COOPER (the Counsel for the Defendant) begged to put a few questions to this witness, previous to his being sworn; and he did so as follows:-As you are about to be sworn on the holy Evangelists, I wish to ask whether you believe in them?-Witness hesitated, and at last said, he did not think it a fair question. The Magistrate decided that it was a very proper one; and the witness said, if it was put again, he would endeavour to answer it.-Mr. COOPER. Do you believe in the revelation promulgated in the Evangelists ?-Certainly not
altogether.-Mr. COOPER. Do you believe, by your having kissed that book, you incur a greater punishment for speaking falsely, than you otherwise would have done? Witness. I should have no fear of any punishment but such as the law provides for perjury. My kissing that book would not influence me in either way, as to whether I should speak truly or falsely; but I will speak the truth for my character's sake.-Mr. COOPER Submitted that the evidence of this witness could not be received after the declaration he had made; and the Magistrate coinciding, Mr. CLARKE (At, torney for the Prosecution) said he did
not wish to press the evidence of a witness who professed such tenets. He would call another. He fully proved the publishing by other respectable wit
Dissenters altogether, when, in fact, he
On the motion that the petition be printed,
Mr. BUTTERWORTH asked by how many ministers of the Church of England this petition was signed, and of what class of Dissenters the other petitioners consisted.
Mr. HUME replied, that it was signed by Dissenters of all classes, and the names of the ministers were in a separate column,
Society for Relief of Evangelical
A SOCIETY has been lately formed in London under the above title. It may be wanted, and will no doubt do good. It is lamentable, however, that charity should be connected with subscription to articles of faith. The persons to be relieved by this society must be such as "maintain the sentiments of the Assembly's Catechism, both as to faith and practice," and must produce a certificate of their religious principles! Baptists are as much excluded from this "Evangelical" Society as Unitarians. Even a Buxterian cannot derive benefit from it without some subterfuge. The idea of so sectarian an institution was probably suggested by the two or three individuals who objected, at the formation of the Aged and Infirm Ministers' Society, to the union of the Three Dissenting Deno. minations, inasmuch as it would imply that all three were equally Christian!
"JUNE 24th. The 22d was a day of real triumph, on which their Majesties and Royal Highnesses went in solemn procession to the Church of Santa Maria Maior to return thanks to the King of kings, and the Queen of Heaven," &c. (Morning Chronicle.) Upon this a correspondent observes, "The Protestant smiles or frowns, as well he may, at seeing the wife of a Jewish carpenter worshiped pari passu with God, as the Mo. ther (in Protestant Trinitarian language) of Him, who is the Supreme Being. O the mote in a brother's eye'! Quo fonte ?"
Christians' Petition against the Prosecution of Unbelievers.
(See the Petition at length, pp. 362364.).
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Mr. HUME rose for the purpose of presenting a petition which he considered of great importance. Before he did so, he begged to correct an error which had got abroad respecting what he had said last night. He had been made to say in one publication, that he disapproved of