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That fain would shake the Fabric to its base, 45.5

Rais'd as the monument of endless grace!

NOTES,

failed to convince, have still left an impression rarely or never
to be effaced.
Sir W. Drummond, in furtherance of the “grand projet,” has
printed and circulated, amongst his friends and others, a work
entitled “GEdipus Judaicus,” in which he endeavours to prove,
that the histories contained in the sacred writings of the Hebrews
are astronomical types, and that the prophecies are merely allu-
sions of the same nature. Unlike most of those, who have, at
different times, aimed at subverting the Holy Authorities, he does
not, for so he says, wish to disprove them, but to make it appear
that they have been handed down to us by our forefathers, not
in their primitive signification, but changed in the process of time
to the interpretation they now bear! How aptly do the words of
Lord Bacon upon the speculative Philosophers of the 16th cen-
tury, apply to those of the present day: “Certainly,” says he,
“there be that delight in giddiness, and count it a bondage to
fix a belief; affecting free will in thinking as well as in acting;
and though the sect of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet

there remain certain discoursing Wits, which are of the same

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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,

by turns.

good lost, and evil got,
Bad fruit of knowledge, if this be to know.

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

TN OTES.

of Cambridge, has replied to it in virtue of his office, but has at
times treated his adversary too cavalierly, and his argument too
contemptuously. This was not the course adopted by the present .
excellent Bishop of Llandaff, in his admirable answer to the
gross vulgarity and horrid impiety of Paine; and it is to his exer-
tions, rather than to the iron hand of the law, that I attribute the
almost total extinction of that man's works.
But Sir W. Drummond is a very different character, and in
matters of mere temporal interest, his authority would have the
greatest weight. Many there are, who having little to hope, and
therefore much to fear, will gladly acquiesce in the accommodat-
ing doctrine that renders them independent of beings of a supe-
rior order. By them the warning voice should be heard in all its

terrors:
— Hic niger est, hunc tu Romane caveto.

Faenum habet in cornu ! Hoa, Sat. 2.

No, surely not; yet 'tis not force will win,
But keen reproach, th' offender from his sin.
Where shall he fly, O Drummond for relief, 465
Chang'd from his faith, and weak in unbelief,
Who sees the hour, ah ! more than sad, draw
near,
In terrors clad, encompass'd round with fear?
Say, can he turn to thee: Canst thou impart
Or strength, or comfort, to a coward heart? 470
Canst thou give courage in the time of need,
Or prop the falling with a broken reed
Ah! no, -too late he 'll find he owes to thee,
(Worst, deadliest foe to poor Humanity)
All that he suffers now ; to thee alone, 475

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

NOTES.

* 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

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