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the lustre of her eye ; and it is not We readily admit, that there is very consistent to make glances, nothing, however lovely or bright, hid in slumber, throw lustre on but what is faint to the smile of this reflecting dew.

affection ; but we do not know Every thing, in Mr. Moore's what is meant by the rays of napoetry, is liable to be in love. In ture, thrown over the brow of creathe following extract from an epis- tion. Another stanza of this poem te to the Marchioness Dowager of is the following: Donegall, the appropriation of that quality is somewhat singular : But the lays of his boyhood had stolen

to their ear, Fhe morn was lovely, every wave was

And they loved what they knew of still,

so humble a name, When the first perfume of a cedar-hill

And they told him with flattery, welSweetly awak'd us, and with smiling

come and dear, charms,

That they found in his heart some. The fairy harbour woo'd us to its arms.

thing sweeter than fame. Gently we stole, before the languid wind,

The meaning of this last line is Through plantain shades, that like an not easily intelligible ; but in the

awning twin'd And kiss'd on either side the wanton with strange inaccuracy, talks of

concluding stanza, the author, sails, Breathing our welcome to these vernal enjoying the endearments of sovales ;

ciety, while alone : While far reflected o'er the wave serene Each wooded island shed so soft a green,

The stranger is gone-but he will not That the enamour'd keel, with whis. forget, pering play,

When at home he shall talk of the Through liquid herbage seem’d to steal toil he has known, its way!

P. 38. To tell with a sigh what endearments This whispering, playful, enam- As he strayed by the wave of the oured keel, is a flight of imagina- Schuylkill alone. tion to which we scarcely recollect

Incorrect poetry may please at a parallel.

We trust to be easily first reading, but the mind is un-, believed when we say, that Mr. satisfied and distrustful, and at evMoore has seldom written worse ;

ery examination it appears more though we might produce several

worthless. The lustre of a fal: e passages, in some degree similar. Mr. Moore's poetry is in general first sight, is easily defaced, and

brilliant, though it may deceive at incorrect. In some " Lines written Mr. Moore's “ genis of poesy," on leaving Philadelphia,” which have appeared in several of our art, many of thein, false brilliants. publick prints, there is the follow

Among the remaining poems, ing stanza :

he met,

there is none better than that, in

which the autbor takes leave of O nature ! though blessed and bright

our country, and anticipates his are thy rays,

welcome at home, from which the O'er the brow of creation enchant- following is an extract :

ingly thrown, Yet faint are they all to the lustre, Well-peace to the land ! may the which plays

people, at length, In a smile from the heart, that is dearly know that freedom is bliss, but that

P. 193.

honour is strength ;

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passages in

That, though man have the wings of first present themselves to the view the fetterless wind,

of a stranger. We have the same Of the wantonest air that the north can unbind,

feeling with Mr. Moore for that Yet, if health do not sweeten the blast miserable love of power or popuwith her bloom.

Nor Virtue's aroma its pathway per-

Which courts the rabble's smile, the
Unblest is the freedom, and dreary the

rabble's nod, flight,

And makes, like Egypt, every beast its That but wanders to ruin, and wantons to blight!

and we know, that our country : Farewel to the few I have left with must improve much, before she regret ;

can hope to
May they sometimes recal, what I can.
not forget,

see her poets flash the fires of song That communion of heart and that par. To light her warriors' thunderbolts ley of soul,

along Which have lengthened our nights and But there are very

few illumin'd our bowl, When they've ask'd me the manners,

these epistles, which are of equal the mind or the mien

merit with the two, which we have Of some bard I had known, or some just quoted. The weapon of

chief I had seen, Whose glory, though distant, they long their author. His indignation is

satire is unwieldy in the hands of had ador'd, Whose name often hallowed the juice impotent ; his invective is freof their board!

quently little more than low exAnd still as, with sympathy humble pressions, coarsely applied, “ lusco

possit dicere lusce.” In his poems I told them each luminous trait that I in heroick verse there are many

knew, They have listen’d, and sigh’d that the lines feeble and prosaick, and many powerful stream

that are tangled together by the Of America's empire should pass, like continuation of the sense from a dream,

verse to verse, and from couplet to Without leaving one fragment of gen. couplet ; and there is, throughout,

ius, to say How sublime was the tide which had

a lifeless dilation of sentiment, that vanish'd away!

P. 292. will not satisfy the taste of the

present day, accustomed to the In his censures upon our coun- poetry of Pope, in wbich every try Mr. Moore, in some of his epis- syllable is animate with meaning. tles, has been not a little severe. There are three poems in this We do not mean to controvert volume, whose titles are, “The their justness. We know, that in Genius of Harmony, an irregular this land, where the spirit of de- ode," " Fragment of a mythologi. mocracy is every where diffused, cal Hymn to Love,” and “ The we are exposed, as it were, to Fall of Hebe, a dithyrambic ode." a poisonous atmosphere, which These resemble, in some degree, blasts every thing beautiful in na- the forgotten pindarick odes of the ture and corrodes every thing ele- age of Cowley. They are extrav. gant in art ; we know, that with us agantly irregular in metre, and 'the “rose-leaves fall ungathered ;" thought and expression. The two and we believe, that there is little former are without plan or purto praise, and nothing to admire pose, and the latter is not very in most of the objects, which would decent.

but true,

To speak in general terms, we has been contended, that the praccannot recommend the .poetry of tice is a subversion of his instituMr. Moure. Powerful as human tion ; and because they, who were passions are, we regard with utter dedicated to God in their infancy, disapprobation the author, who ap- by their believing and pious parplies a torch to the bonds, by which ents, cannot discern the necessity they are feebly restrained. The of receiving immersion, they are publication of such poetry is not considered, notwithstanding their one of those errours, which the faith in Christ, and their moral reweakness of our nature admon- semblance of him, as certainly exishes us to be lenient in censuring. cluded from his visible kingdom, There is nothing, which can be if not, likewise, from all the future more under the regulation of rea- blessings which he has promised son, than the morality or immo- to his followers. We do not hesirality of writings for the world ; tate to confess, that we opened this so that it is often that men sanc- volume with an expectation of betion much better principles of con- ing confirmed in the sentiments duct by the authority of their wri- which it professes to vindicate ; tings, than by the example of and by the perusal of it, our extheir lives. There have been few pectations have not been disapauthors, who have not had pru- pointed. dence to consider, that it would afford no pleasure to reflect on hav

*The work is divided into four ing endeavoured to give seduction principal points. The first part to evil; to delude the thoughtless; has reference to the subjects of dayand make levity guilt.

tism; the second, to modes of baptizing ; the third part is a brief ac

count of the evidence resulting from ART. 2.

history, and especially in proof of An apology for the rite of infant the right, of the infant children of baptism, and for the usual modes

believing parents, to baptism; anch

the fourth part is an appendix, conof baptizing ; in which an attempt sisting of familiar questions and is made to state fairly and clearly answers, adapted to persons of dif* the arguments in proof of these ferent prejudices and capacities, doctrines, and also to refute the

and suited to the present state and objections and reas asonings alledged

circumstances of the controversy.' against them, by the Rev. Daniel

Introduction, 11. 6. Merrill, and by the baptists in

If we had felt disposed harshly general. By John Reed, D. D. * prastor of a church and congrega

to censure any modes of phrascoi

ogy which we do not approve, to rion in Bridgwater. Providence,

erase any apparently redundant exprinted by Heaton & Williams.

pressions, or to turn our eyes from 12 mo. pp. 346.

proofs which were already familial', NO subject of controversial di- the followiug modest and benevevinity has obtained so much atten- lent apology would have completetion, during a few past years, in the ly repressed the inclination : country parishes of this state, as that which has been excited by the

The intelligent and well-inform

ed reader will perhaps feel disgustsect of the baptists. Because our

ed with the frequent occurrence of Lord did not expressly command repetition, prolixity, and old arguhis apostles to baptize infants, it ments. My only excuse is, that!

have uniformly endeavoured to a- and confirmed by the christian disvoid obscurity, and to write as in- pensation. That the blessing of telligibiy as was possible ; in such Abraham, that salvation which was a manner, as to be understood even by the weak and ignorant. I have of the Jews, is come upon the accordingly studied perspicuity,

Gentiles ; that they who are of more than comprehensive brevity, the faith, are the children of Abraand plainness of speech, more than ham, and blessed with faithful A. clegance of diction.'

braham ; and if children, then Introduction, p. 7. heirs to all the blessings and privi

leges of the covenant. They are The epistolary method which the seed of the blessed, and their Dr. Reed has adopted, will pro- children with them.This argubably be the most popular, and ment he has illustrated with much therefore the most useful. His ability ; and in the progress of it arrangement of the subject is ju- has explained, to the most comdicious : the arguments are stated mon apprehensions of men, nuwith great clearness and force, and

merous passages in the epistles of with sufficient precision ; and they St. Paul, of which many who are are applied with the earnestness familiar with the New Testament and candour, which should ever have very inadequate conceptions. characterise the ministers of Jesus. We recommend it to very atten

In proof of the right of infants tive perusal, as a commentary, to the ordinance of baptism, he ap- which will stand the test of exampeals to an established and approv- ination ; and as a defence of the ed practice of the Jews, a practice baptism of infants, which cannot which had continued from the time probably be evaded. of Moses, of initiatinby circum- In the 2d part, “ the different cision, the offering of sacrifices, modes of baptizing” are considerand by baptism, all the Gentiles ed ; and the propriety of adminwho became proselytes to Judaism. istering this rite of our religion by They were all baptized : males and sprinkling is very ably and satisfemales, adults and infants.” It is factorily defended. Dr.Reed does a sufficient reason for the silence not deny the validity of immerof our Saviour on this subject, that sion, nor the propriety of thus adthe right was authorised by the ministering this ordinance to adults, sage of so many ages ; a silence, who have never been baptised, and which, however, to the baptists, who consciensciously prefer it : seems tantamount to the boudest but we think that he has demondeclaration, that he designed its strated, that there is neither an exrestriction to those only, who were ample nor a precept of the goscapable of making a confession of pel, from which the obligation to their faith.

this practice can be inferred. His But it is the principal argument criticisms on the verb Gantw, and by which he vindicates the proprie- on the prepositions sv, es, xx, and w and the obligation of infant bap- atu, are not matters of taste, but tism, that “the blessings of the of fact ; nor do they require even covenant of circumcision, were not a knowledge of the Greek alphawholly, nor principally of a tem- bet to understand them. On reaporal, but of a religious and spirit- ders, who are intelligent and caniral nature ; and that this covenant did, though unlearned, they will was not abolished, but established hardly fail therefore of producing

conviction, that the application of more effectual, than all the learnwater by sprinkling, either to adults ed volumes which the controversy or infants, is at least as scriptural, has occasioned. With the utmost as by total immersion.

deference, we therefore venture to The third part contains observa- recommend to Dr. Reed, a separations on the history of baptism," tion of this appendix from his in which he exposes the mutilated book, and such an enlargement of quotations, by which Mr. Merrill it, as will furnish to people in comendeavours to prove the antiquity mon life, a complete and familiar and universality of the practice of vindication of the propriety and immersion ; and by adducing seve duty of dedicating their children eral ancient and unquestionable to God, in this way of his appointauthorities, evinces, that sprinkling ment. We suggest this plan to was a mode of baptizing in the Dr. Reed, from a conviction of the second century, that it was applied ability with which it would be exto the children of believing pa- ecuted, and from a knowledge of rents, and that the practice has his zeal to do good. If an apology continued in the churches thro' all for this recommendation be necessucceeding ages. It is mentioned sary, we think a reference to Dr. by the fathers of the first and pur- Johnson's eulogy of Dr. Watts est ages of christianity, as a prace will be entirely satisfactory. “Evtice of which no one doubted the ery man acquainted with the compropriety, and in the same terms mon principles of human action, in which it would have been natu- will look with veneration on the ral to speak of it, if it had been writer, who is at one time combatsanctioned by repeated and expliciting Locke, and at another time commands of our Lord and of his making a catechism for children in apostles. These “ observations” their fourth year. A voluntary dedisplay a mind inquisitive for scent from the dignity of science, truth, and which will not be satis- is perhaps the hardest lesson which fied with partial evidence, when- humility can teach.” ever that which is full and clear We cordially recommend this can be obtained ; and not only will volume to all who are desirous of they be read with interest, but obtaining information on the subproduce “ confirmation strong” of ject of which it treats ; and we the doctrine, which they are inten- think no inquirer, who consults it ded to support.

only for the purpose of acquiring In the appendix a number of truth, will remain unsatisfied. questions are proposed, with which baptists are fond of puzzling those

ART. 3. whom they would convert; and

A discourse, delivered at Plymouth, the answers, in general, we believe would equally puzzle these zeal

22 of December, 1806, at the

anniversary commemoration of the ous catechists. A defence of the baptism of infants, and of the usual

first landing of the fathers, A.D.


1620. By Abiel Holmea. mode of its administration, writ


Cambridge, Hilliard. ten in tbe form of a dialogne, and in the most simple language, and DR. Holmes is entitled to much embracing all the passages in the credit as an annalist, and may long bible which have any reference to be quoted, as correct authority in these subjects, would probably be chronological statements ; but it

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