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That fain would shake the Fabric to its base, 45.5
Rais'd as the monument of endless grace!
failed to convince, have still left an impression rarely or never
there remain certain discoursing Wits, which are of the same
veins, though there be not so much blood in them as was in those of the ancients.” That Sir W. Drummond has not succeeded, is more to be attributed to the fallibility of his purpose than to the weakness of his endeavours; for in support of his argument, as well as in display of his learning, he has quoted Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Persic, Arabic, Syriac, and the Fathers of the Romish Church,
good lost, and evil got,
In one point of view this excess of learning is undoubtedly fortunate, as it cannot now so rapidly “spargere voces in vulgum ambiguas;” in another it is bad, as urging those who understand just sufficient of a language to comprehend the sense of a quotation, without examining the strength of the assertion connected with it, to embrace and subscribe to a creed that dazzles by its seeming depth of research, and pleases by its novelty and singu
larity. The Rev. G. D'Oyley, Christian Advocate in the University
Or must I shrink because the dangerous blow
Comes doubly arm'd with Learning's pomp and show 460
Shall rank protect, shall elevation skreen,
Or age step in the crime and me between
of Cambridge, has replied to it in virtue of his office, but has at
Faenum habet in cornu ! Hoa, Sat. 2.
No, surely not; yet 'tis not force will win,
By thee perverted, and by thee undone.
Then, Drummond, pause—while yet the power's thine own,
Nor leave repentance till the hour be flown;
Think while thou may'st, nor dare again to err.
If this be vain,-remember Rochester*! 480
* In the following note, it must not be supposed there is any allusion to Sir W. Drummond's private character, as I am, upon that point, completely uninformed. It is to his public principles I would object, and their dangerous tendency. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, as celebrated for his splendid talents as for his abandoned character, perished in the flower of his age; a victim to intemperance and dissipation. A cotemporary of Hobbes, he had early in life been seduced by the pernicious doctrines of that writer. Happily at a later period he became acquainted with Bishop Burnet, by whom an account of . his conversion was left behind; “ which,” as Johnson observes, “the critic ought to read for its elegance; the philosopher for its argument; and the saint for its piety.” The Earl of Rochester, upon his death-bed, thus concluded his recantation –“ For the benefit of those whom I may have drawn into sin by my example, and as the greatest testimony of my charity to them, I warn them in the name of God, as they regard the welfare of their immortal souls, no more to deny his being or his providence, or to despise
his goodness; no more to make a mock of sin, or condemn the