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" Why sporting thus ?” a seaman cries, [Instructive vaul: ! for here I find
" Whilf forrows overwhelm?" Religious awe impress my mind, " Why yield to grief ?” the boy replies, As o'er these lords I tread! “ My Fatber's at the belm !”
Amid their mould'ring bones I pass,
And read their titles grav'd in brass, Poor doubting foul, from hence be taught, Frail annals of the dead!
How groundless is thy fear; Think on the wonders Christ hath Shall mortals pant for glitt’ring state? wrought,
Is happiness but--oto be great ? And He is always near!
Are all unbleft befide?
I will no more the cheat believe, Safe in his hands, whom seas obey, Tho' living grandeur may deceive, When swelling furges rise ;
'Tis by this vault deny'd. Who turns the darkest night to day, And brightens low'ring skies. Sure, earthly honours all are vain,
And titles' but enhance the pain,
Be this th' ambition of my birth, 'Tis but for him to speak the word, To seek for more substancial worth And all is hulh'd to peace.
Than names possess alone. Then upward look, howe'er distress’d, There is an honour from the skies-Jesus will guide thee home;
There is a name that dignifies To that blest port of endless rest,
The rich posessor's mind; Where storms shall never come. No other title's worth my care ;
Be this the object of my pray'r,
Which all that seek nay find.
A name and title grace can give
That make men happy while they live,
And when they yield their breath; On visiting the Vault of a Noble Family, When earthly splendors shall be loft,
in which are depofited the remains of The names of saints shall sparkle moft, many illustrious Personages.
Immortaliz'd in death.
IOTA. " I thank you, ye relics of rounding
titles, and magnificent names. Ye have taught me more of the littleness of
HYMN FOR A CHILD. world, than all the volumes of my library.” Hervey's Med. Vol. I.
SINCE Jesus loves to hear his praise
Arise from infant tongues';
Let us not waste our youthful days AH! what is frail and transient man!
In vain and idle fongs.
We can't too early serve the Lord,
Nor love his name too dear; That once could boatt exalted state,
Nor prize too much his precious word, Since here they lie so low!
Nor learn too soon his fear. Can honour's founding titles bring
The pleasures that his children find, No magic charm t extract the sting
Exceed the sinner's mirth ; Of all-subduing death?
Are food for the immortal mind, Must lords, and dukes, and princes wave And suit our humble birth. Their gliti’ring fplendor in the grave,
W. When once they yield their breath?
ERRATA in our last No. Page 45, line 8, for Hill read Hall....p. 46, 1. 26, for moving read moved.
p. 47, note l. 13, for in the Society read in Society for Jer. xxxiii. 7, read xxix, 7.-P. 47, l. 22, for denomination over (in fome copies) read domination over.
Ponted by T, Gillet Saliibury Squarto
FOR APRIL, 1801.
MEMOIR OF THE REV. GEORGE BELL, Late Minifier of the Asociate Congregation, at Iooler, in the
County of Northumberland. 'HIS good man, and industrious fervant of Jesus Christ,
was born in the village of Crailing, near the town of Jedburgh, in North Britain. His parents, thougli poor, were of a respectable character for piety, and thote humble virtues, which, in general, are found to distinguish the cottages of the Scottish peasantry. At the parith school he was taught reading, writing, accompts, and the rudiments of the Latin tongue. The advantages which the youth in Scotland derive from the otwife institutions are peculiar, and very important. They lay the foundation of all that is afterwards venerable in piety, respetable in public appearances, and successful in commercial pursuits. At the instance of the General Assembly of the Church, and by the authority of Parliament, there were, foon after the Reformation, 'schoolmasters settled in every parish. Their qualifications are judged of by the Presbytery, and their conduct cognizable by them. Out of the unappropriated tythes there is allowed to them a small annual stipend, from about five pounds to thirty. A dwelling and school-house, with a garden, are by the heritors given to them, and in several places pasture for a cow. In consideration of these emoluments, they are bound to inftruet, gratis, the children of the poor. The wages for other children are fixed by the Presbytery, and are very moderate indeed : one and fixpence a quarter for reading ; two thillings for reading and writing ; five shillings (in fome places only the half) for Latin and Greek. Thefe things, aided by the affectionate superintendance of the ministry, produce the very best effects. The feeds of VOL. IX
true and undefiled religion, are, at an early period, fown, by the care which in every school is employed to instruct the teachable mind in the Assembly's Catechism. Hence the capacity to read, and acquaintance with the fundamental principles of the Christian faith, are, in the Lowlands efpecially, almost universal. The writer of this paper, who Ipent the first thirty years of his life among the people of whom he speaks, can with confidence affirm, that, from Tweedfide to the banks of the Dee, he never met with man or woman who could not read the Bible, and but with few men who could not write. The influence of this instruction is, what might be expected, namely, that the working classes of the people, especially in the country, are, perhaps, the best informed, the most industrious, and regular in their station, in the world. On the Lord's day you see the whole village in their best apparel, clean and whole, devoutly attending the worship of God; and employing the evenings in instructing their children, which is classed with the customary exercise of family devotion. To loiter at home on the Sabbath, to dig in their gardens, to be found in an alehouse, to meet in companies for cocking or cricket, are inde. cencies scarcely known in the country ; disorders that would entail disgrace on the offender, and make him shunned by all his neighbours. So convinced was the late Legislature in Ireland, of the usefulness of these schools to enlighten and civilize the people ; to enable them duly to appreciate the privileges of the constitution, and form the mind to babits of lubordination to regular government; that, at the close of the rebellion, leave was readily given to bring in a bill for establishing parochial schools, all over the country, similar to those in North Britain.
It was by the early instruction afforded him in one of these little seminaries, that Mr. Bell's mind was first opened to the entrance of knowledge and the feelings of true religion. The rashness infeparable from inexperience, and the risings of a depraved heart, by which we are led astray from the womb, were in him, at an early period, cliccked by the unwearied care of a mother of fingular piety and prudence. Long after her death (for both his patents died while he was voung) and, indeed, to the close of his own life, he used to ipeak of his fingular obligations to the care and corrections of his mother. Her chattisements were deliberate and folemn; they were fometimes preceded by prayer to God, and always accompanied with grave and heart-felt expostulations with her lon. The bletling of God so powerfully