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Dear is the sight to the living God,

When his sainted servants die;
Their tears on earth are recompens'd

By angels' smiles on high.
Another now hath left us here

A warning with her knell,
We, too, be ready to depart,-

How soon we cannot tell !
Another now,

if faith be sure,
Ard virtue fair, is fled,
Where blooms in after-life anew

The spring-time of the dead.
Water'd by many a tear of thanks
Befriended widows

And fann’d by every breath that wafts

The pitied orphan's prayer.
And some are gone before her; he,

In hallow'd youth who fell,
With filial ardour greets again

A mother lov'd so well.
And some yet linger on; for age,

When earthly ties are riven,
Still closer clasps the staff of life,

Though fed by hopes of heaven.
As some worn tree, where forests stood

In triumph stands alone,
Memorial of their blighted strength,

And witness of its own.
And some are on the seas; their flag,
The cross of

peace, unfurl'd;
A bloodless crusade, with glad news

To cheer an unknown world :
Blow, gentle gales, in pity blow,

’Ere ill their course o'ertake,
E'en now a whisper leaves the shore,

One heart at least to break.
And thou art on a longsome voyage,

Departed spirit, bound;
Before thee joy, behind thee woe,

And gales of hope around.
But swift the breeze, and smooth the tide,

And calm the haven lies,
Nor e'er did heart, secure in Christ,

Make shipwreck of its prize.
The Lord hath taken what he gave;

To her the days of rest
Are dear, as she was dear to us,-

For both the Lord be blest !
Ringwood, Hants.

P. H.

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THE ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA. Mr. Editor,—You are aware of the plan of consolidating the Encyclopædia Britannica with the Supplement, in one work. It ought to be stopped in its progress. The pure theology of the one, which was principally conducted by Bishop Gleig, can never coalesce with the corrupt philosophy of the other; and I hope that the name and merit of the original work will not be suffered to cover the wretched designs of the economists.



OF THOSE IN PASTORALIA. Subject, The occasion. Text, John xii. 12, 13—" On the next day, much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna, blessed is the king of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Principal words, Dovikwy -—'Soavvá. Scripture proofs, Psalm cxviii. ; Matt. xxi.; Mark xi.; Luke xix. Parallel passage, Zech. ix. 9.

Whence this day called Palm Sunday? (Nelson and Wheatly.)

The Palm, a sign of victory, Rev. vii. 9. Hosanna, na-ny'w117, Save, we beseech thee.

Hence, it appears, that the believing Jews accepted Jesus as a Conqueror and a Saviour.

Whether their ideas on this subject were spiritual or not, does not appear. Their hearts appear to have been right, and their faith genuine. In this respect they are a model to us; and we have the means of knowing in what sense Jesus was a Conqueror and a Saviour; so that we may imitate their example with the very highest advantage. Let our meditations, therefore, this day,

I. Welcome Jesus as a Conqueror, Rev. vi. 2 ; xix. 11, seqq. 1. He hath conquered the world, John xvi. 33. Let us do likewise by faith, 1 John v. 4, 5.

2. He hath conquered the devil, Gen. iii. 15; John xii. 31; xvi. 11; Col. ii. 15; Heb. ii. 14. Let us in like manner conquer him, Eph. vi. 10, seqq; Rev. xii. 11.

3. He hath conquered death and hell, Isai. xxv. 8; Hos. xii. 14; Rev. xx. 14; 2 Tim. i. 10; 1 Cor. xv. 54. Let us conquer the conquest of sin.

II. Receive Jesus as a Saviour. 1. He is the only Saviour, (Acts iv. 12.) So, that if we will not receive Him in this character, it will be in vain to receive any other.

2. To embrace him as a Saviour, we must be sensible' of our need of salvation-our incapability of it without Him (Psal. xlix. 7-9); our sinfulness, which has made his sacrifice necessary.

The Jews received Jesus with joy, supplication, and thankfulness. With all these must we receive Him, i Thess. v. 16–18.

them by We shall then share his triumphs and his salvation, Rom. viii. 37; 2 Cor. ii. 14; Rev. ii. 7, 11, 17, 26 ; iii. 5, 12, 21; xxi. 7.

Let us, then, like the Jews of the text, go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach ; for here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise unto God continually, &c. Heb. xii, 13–15; Psal. xcviii, 1; 1 Cor. xv. 57.



Ripon and Masham District Committee. The First General Annual Meeting 541 other bound books, and 1303 of the members of the Ripon and religious tracts, besides a considerable Masham District Committee of the quantity of school cards; which they Society for Promoting Christian Know- could not but consider as an auspicious ledge, was holden on Tuesday, the beginning of their labours—a sufficient 26th of January, 1830, when the Rev. encouragement for perseverance James Charnock, one of the Secre- pledge of its future usefulness—and taries, informed the meeting, that the the first fruits of a more abundant Committee had received, since their harvest. commencement in March, 1829, do- N. B. The sum of 861. 14s. 10 d. nations to the District Fund, amount- was last year sent to the Parent Soing to 126l. 10s. 9d.; and had issued, ciety, from this District Committee since that period, 117 bibles, 64 tes- for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign taments, 212 common prayer-books, Parts.


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1001. ;

Grants voted to Schools in Union. Caerleon, Monmouthshire,

Measham, Derby, additional, 301. ; THORNTON, Bradford, Yorkshire, Titchfield, Hants, 1501. ; The Banks 130l.; Holmfirth, Yorkshire, 2001. ; in North Meols, Cheshire, 100l. ; and Gatesheadfell

, Durham, 501.; Long Bridgnorth, Salop, additional, 501. Sutton, Lincolnshire, 1002.; Oakthorpe, St. Martin's Vestry-room, Derby, 701.; Eccles, Lancashire, 80l.;

March 3, 1830.




and I shall be particularly graTARIES OF LOCAL SOCIETIES, IN UNION tified by any thing you may be disWITH THE NATIONAL SOCIETY.

posed to do to increase the attendance Central School, Baldwin's Gardens, at the meeting of the Society of SecreLondon, March 5, 1830.

taries.* A warm desire for the Sir,-In pursuance of the notice prosperity of this Society has been communicated to you on the 1st of expressed by the General Committee January, an account of the National of the National Society; and I trust Schools is now being prepared, in that the proceedings which arose out order to its publication in the spring; of their last meeting, may show the and I shall "feel obliged by your in- utility of an annual conference among forming me, at your earliest conve- the Treasurers and Secretaries of all nience, whether it is your design to

National Schools. furnish a new list of the numbers of I am, Sir, your obedient servant, the children in the Schools, &c., (and

J. C. WIGRAM, Secretary. by what time it will be forwarded), or whether I am to make use of the one THE ANNIVERSARIES OF THE FOLLOW you had the goodness to supply last

PLACE year.

In January, 1831, the proper period will have returned for making a gene- The Annual Meeting of the Society ral inquiry froin London, into the of Secretaries, will take place at the state of all Church-of-England and Central School, on Tnesday, May Sunday Schools; and it may be a 25, at one o'clock; and the private subject for consideration by your examination of the Children in the Committee, whether it is desirable any Central School, before the Secretaries, second inquiry respecting Schools

is appointed for eleven o'clock the should be carried on in the district

same day ;-also, the members of the for which you have the kindness to

Society will dine together at the Freeofficiate, at or about the same time. Masons' Tavern, on Wednesday, May The attention of the General Com

26, at a quarter before five o'clock. mittee has of late been directed to

Dinner, including wine, tea, &c., fifteen diminishing the number of annual shillings each person. returns, and the trouble occasioned

1816. Resolved, “That the Treain consequence of them to the Paro

surers of all National Schools shall be chial Clergy; and, in order to forward members ex officio of this Society.” their wishes, the Society for Pro- 1818. Resolved, “ That a copy of moting Christian Knowledge has de- any resolution to be proposed, be sent sisted from any further inquiries into to the Chairman, two days at least, the state of Schools using their books, before the meeting.” (as noticed in their last report,) and it The Public Annual Examination of may promote the views of the Na- the Children before the President and tional Society to make this arrange- Committee, will take place on Wedment generally known. · The Com- nesday, May 26, at twelve o'clock mittee take the further liberty of precisely, in the Central School-room; suggesting the expediency of printing, and immediately after the Examifor the future, the Schools and Chil

nation, the General Meeting of the dren after the same method in the National Society will be held in the District reports, as that in which they same place, at two o'clock. will appear in the National Society's The Meeting of the Sons of the report for 1831.

Clergy, in St. Paul's Cathedral, on 'I have the pleasure of subjoining Thursday, May 13; and the Anninotices of several anniversaries, which versary Dinner, in Merchant-Tailors' you will probably have the kindness Hal at five o'clock precisely on the to make known in your neighbour- same day.

The Society of Secretaries is a voluntary Association of gentlemen, not officially recognized by the National Society, but whose proceedings are regarded with interest, and with a very friendly feeling.

The Anniversary Dinner of the So- John's Wood-road, Thursday, May 27. ciety for Promoting Christian Know- The Meeting of the Charity Schools ledge, on Tuesday, May 25, at the of the Metropolis, in St. Paul's CaFree-Masons' Tavern.

thedral,* will take place on Thursday, The Examination of the Children June 3, when the sermon will be of the Clergy Orphan Society, in St. preached by Bishop Monk.


Domestic.—The king's health is in whole tax on beer, and lay the trade in a very improved state, and has re- that article completely open, whilst he ceived great benefit from the present

continues the restrictions on that in mild weather, which has permitted spirits, and subjects them to a small him to take exercise abroad daily. increase of duty, one shilling per gal

Parliament has been occupied with Jon in England, and two-pence per many important measures; two of gallon in Scotland and Ireland. The these were motions for reform in par- pecuniary relief to the country he esliament; one, brought forward by the timates at £3,000,000, or one penny Marquis of Blandford, upon a very per quart to the consumer. He also extensive plan, has been rejected by a proposes the entire repeal of the duties majority of one hundred and three; on cider and leather, amounting annuthe other, by Lord John Russel, for ally to about £400,000; thus the whole granting the elective franchise to the direct relief he considers to be at least towns of Manchester, Leeds, and Bir- £3,400,000, and the indirect not less mingham, was negatived by a minority than one million more. The defalcaof forty-eight.

tion of the revenue during the past Motions for inquiry into the causes year he admits to be about £500,000; of the distressed state of the country this, together with that arising from have been proposed in each house, the proposed measures, he intends to and, after adjourned and animated de- provide for by the above-mentioned bates, more remarkable for the ability addition to the existing tax on spirits, and moderation of the friends of in- and the increased productiveness of the quiry than for the display of party- malt and other taxes, many of which feeling, have been thrown out.

must necessarily become more efficient The Chancellor of the Exchequer in consequence of the stimulus which has opened the budget with the propo- will result to the community from this sal of several measures which promise remission of duties. He also contemconsiderable relief to the people, and, plates a reduction of the interest of we hope, a permanent future influence those portions of the public debt which on their morals. The reduction of the bear an interest of four per cent. where duty on spirits, adopted some years the faith of government is not pledged since, whilst it broke up the establish- for its continuance; and he calculates ment of the illicit distiller, and almost upon some augmentation of the revedestroyed smuggling in that article, so nue from the consolidation of the much increased the consumption of stamp duties. As these last now exist spirits and diminished that of beer, they form a most intricate and perwhich had experienced no alleviation plexed body of financial regulations, of duty, that both the health and mo- and their consolidation will at once berals of the lower classes were deeply nefit the subject and the revenue. If injured by it. The Chancellor of the these measures do not supply the deExchequer now proposes to repeal the falcation, any remaining deficiency is

* Tickets must be obtained, and can only be had of the Treasurer and Stewards, or by those Members of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, who personally attend the meeting of that Society, next preceding the meeting of the Children in the Cathedral.

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