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me,

me,

the which stop it up that no Men from England bought and sold shippes can arrive here? Ye are

Paid my price in paltry gold, the eldest man that I can espie

te But, though theirs they have enrollid in all this company, so that if any man can tell any cause of it, ye Minds are never to be sold. of likelihode can say most in it,

Still in thought as free as ever, or at leastwise more than any man here assembled. Yea for

What are England's rights, I ask,

Me from my delights to sever, sooth good maister(quod this olde

Me to torture, me to task. man) for I am well nigh an hun. dreth years olde, and no man Fleecy locks and black complexion here in this company any thing

Cannot forfeit Nature's claim ;

Skin may differ, but affection neare unto mine age. Well

Dwells in black and white the same. then (quod maister Moore) how say you in this matter? What Why did all.creating Nature thinke ye to be the cause of

Make the plant for which we toil ?

Sighs must fan it, tears must water, these shelves and flattes, that

Sweat of ours must dress the soil. stoppe up Sandwiche haven? Forsooth syr (quod he) I am an Think, ye masters, iron-bearted, olde man, I think that Tenterton Lolling at your jovial boards, steeple is the cause of Goodwin

Think how many backs have smarted,

For the sweets your cane affords. sandes. For I am an old man syr (quod he) and I may remem. Is there, as you sometimes tell us, ber the building of Tenterton stee: Is there One who reigns on high? hle, and I may remember when Has he bid you buy and sell us, there was no steeple at all there, Speaking from his throne, the sky? and before that Tenterton steeple

Ask him if your knotted scourges, was in building, there was no Fetters, blood extorting screws, manner of speaking of any flattes Are the means which duty urges or sandes, that stopped the haven, Agents of his will to use. and therefore I thinke that Ten

Hark! he answers; wild tornadoes terton steeple is the cause of the St

Strewing yonder sea with wrecks, destroying and decaying of Sand Wasting towns, plantations, meadows, wich haven. And even so to my 1 Are the voice with which he speaks. purpose is preaching of God's worde the cause of rebellion, as

He foreseeing what vexation

Afric's sons should undergo ; Tenterton steeple was the cause, Fix'd their tyrants' habitations, that Sandwich haven is decayed. Where his whirlwinds answer-No. And is not this a gaye matter, som that such should be taken for By our blood in Afric wasted,

Ere our necks receiv'd the chain; great wise men, that will thus

By the mis’ries which we tasted, reason against the preacher of 'Crossing in your barks, the main ; God's worde?

la ani erim bara

By our sufferings since you bro't us

To the man-degrading mart,

All sustain'd by patience, taught us THE NEGRO'S COMPLAINT. Only by a broken heart. Forc'd from home and all its pleasure, Deem our nation brutes no longer, Afric's coast I left forlorn,

Till some reason you shall find, To increase a stranger's treasure Worthier of regard and stronger O’er the raging billows borne.

Than the colour of our kind. No. 11. Vol. II. Tit

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Slaves of gold! whose sordid deal. Prove that you have human feelings, ings,

Ere you proudly question ours." Tarnish all your boasted pow'rs,

Cowper.

Miscellaneous.

For the Panoplist. human nature, a just account of

heathen morality, or an example ON THE STATE OF LITERATURE

of what the human mind can perIN NEW ENGLAND,

form, Cicero stands almost with(Continued from p. 473.)

out a rival. The Mathematics,

also, which had been exiled In the Colleges of New Eng: without a hearing, have been reland a change is observable, and called, and enjoy nearly their one which will appear of no former elevated situation. In small moment to the friends of short, a very great change is sound erudition. The severer visible in our higher seminaries studies have regained that of learning, from superficial to ground, which a number of solid studies, from those which years since, they were forced to are frivolous and effeminate, to abandon to that light and frothy those which nerve the man for stuff, which, under a hundred vigorous action, námes, our Booksellers' shops It ought not to be passed in were pouring upon the public. silence, that inferior schools have The taste was lately to reject the here been set on a more respectstudy of the languages, and the able footing, than, perhaps, in amathematics, as fit only for ped- ny other quarter of the world. ants and laborious plodders, and The Legislatures of some of the totally beneath the attention of a New England States have man. man of genius. The student's ifested a truly paternal regard library was a strange niedley of toward the education of all the extracts, compilations, and a children in the community. bridgements, plays, travels, and And so extensively is this blessromances, which, however they ing spread, that few might not, might have become the chamber if disposed, acquire a knowledge of a fine lady, suffered not a lits sufficient to transact the ordinary tle, when compared with the clas- business of life, to enjoy much sical dignity of their predeces satisfaction in the perusal of gors. Now the tables are turn- salutary books, and to become ed. Scholars may be found who useful citizens of a free country. are not ashamed to confess that We may also congratulate our. they derive great pleasare from selves that the philosophical jar. the perusal of the ancient classics. gon, which made so much noise It would now be no discredit to a few years since, and threatened own one's self delighted with to turn the literary and moral Xenophon, or Longinus, or to world upside down, has fallen inbelieve that, for accurate views of to the most pointed neglect and

contempt. Nobody now reads Another change, perhaps as those works which were pre- widely extended through all clastended to be unanswerable in fa- ses of society, as any which i vour of the New Philosophy. have mentioned, has been graduInfidels themselves do not trou, ally wrought in the public taste ble their heads about them. As with regard to novels. The they were equally unintelligible time, we can easily remember, to the learned and ignorant, the when these pernicious and corelevated and humble, they are rupting books were almost uniquietly gone into oblivion, with versally diffused. The mischief out leaving friends enough to which they introduced was inmourn their loss. This might calculable. Idleness and false have been augured to be, their notions of life were always in end, even in the full run of their their train, evils of no small magpopularity; for the great body nitude ; but not unfrequently of mankind will neyer be pre- they occupied the mind almost vailed upon, for any considerable exclusively, rendered it indislength of time, to read what they posed to serious reflection, and do not understand, and what af, became subservient to seduction fords not the least nourishment and impurity, purposes to which to their minds. Those who ever they were but too well adapted. did peruse the works, to which I Printed on the coarsest paper, with refer, with much attention, were marble covers, they were found in influenced by motives very sim- the cottage ; and constructed of ilar to those by which Dr. John the most costly materials, they son represents the English pop- decorated the libraries of the ulace as induced to read the let opulent. The mechanic and the ters of Junius ; viz. “ that those day-labourer stole time to read who did not know what he them; the belle and the house, meant, hoped he meant rebellion.” maid were equally engaged in

The event has been much the their perusal, except that the one same wịth respect to that species had her toilet laden with them, of poetry, which answers to the and the other was not quite so aphilosophy in prose. The day bundantly furnished. They were of the authors is over; their eyen quite a prevalent topic of magical spell has lost its force ; fashionable conversation, and ig: and posterity will never hear of norance of them was counted iso Della Crusca, Southey, and a norance of every thing delightful. host of other pretenders of less But now we scarcely see them, note, whose names, even now, or hear of them; they seem it is difficult to recollect. Their vanished with the dreams which memorial has perished with them, they contain. If this assertion Attempts: of this sort, when be doubted, let the appeal be compared with productions of made to booksellers, and no one true merit, resemble meteors, will doubt the justness of this which, though they may dazzle criterion. The correction of the children for an evening, lose all public taste, in so important a their fascinating glare, when the respect, must be regarded as an sun rises in his strong and beau- event peculiarly auspicious. tiful effulgence.

While we remark these alter:

ations for the better, we ought nicious books has diminished. not to be unmindful of the caus- Among these valuable publicaes, nor ungrateful for the labours tions, the works of Mrs. More which produced them. Altho' have been very efficacious. Her common sense would not long condescension in writing for the continue in absolute slavery to reformation of the humble and the vitiated taste, which a short illiterate;* her noble firmness in time ago prevailed; yet we could reprehending the follies, preju. by no means have hoped for so dices, and wickedness of the. 'speedy a deliverance, if vigorous great ; the irresistible cogency efforts had not been made. A of her reasoning against cavil host of serious, powerful writers Jers; and the severity of her re have arisen, on both sides of the proofs to the licentious and proAtlantic, as champions of truth fane, are equally conspicuous, and virtue, Their works have haye been equally useful, equally been extensively spread in this show the courage of a Christiani, country, the sale of them har- and prove her title to whatever ing increased in a direct pro. is great and good in the human portion, as that of light and per. character. :

C. Y. A. (To be continued.)

Review of Dew Publications. Preparation for war the best se: magistrates in times of public

curity for peace. Illustrated danger. In every part the ser, in a sermon, delivered before mon shows marks of lively ge. the ancient and honourable Ar: nius and cultivated taste. The tillery Company, on the anni, following character of a good versary of their election of of soldier affords a favourable spe. ficers, Boston, June 2, 1806. cimen of the author's talents, By JAMES KENDALL, A. M. and presents a model worthy of minister of the first church in devout imitation. Plymouth. Boston. Munroe “ To strengthen the confidence of & Francis. 1806.

his fellow citizens, a soldier, besides

being acquainted with the military Few sermons are introduced art, must be fired with a love of his more beautifully, than this. The country. No man who is not a pa. sketch of Hezekiah's admin. triot can be fit for a soldier. With. istration, selected for a text,

out he be animated with a spirit of

patriotism, he has no claim to the 2 Chron. xxxii. 5-8, is pecu- confidence of his country. If he liarly adapted to the author's should possess this confidence, he purpose. He manifests uncom. would be liable to abuse it by becommon ingenuity in deriving from ing a traitor. But if he be a patriot,

is not in word only, nor in tongue, but that historical sketch most m: in deed and in truth," he will always portant and appropriate hints be influenced by a regard to the pubrespecting the present situation lic good. He will rise superior to of our country, and the duty of any local or party attachments, and

* A large proportion of the excellent and useful work, entitled “ Cheap Re: pository Tracts, was from the pen of this pious and ingenious lady.

never suffer himself to become the bat public error and vice, although it dupe, or the instrument of a faction. be at the expense of public favour, His patriot breast will disdain to har choosing rather to fall in the support bour a spirit, that would immolate and defence of national virtue, than one half of his countrymen with the to rise on the flood of national corhope of ruling and reigning with the ruption and wickedness. rest. Equally inimical will he be to - This is a noble characteristic of a that boasted philanthropy, whose co. soldier. It is something different lossal strides to fraternize the whole from that mechanical courage that is world, are stained with the blood and acquired in a crowd, or from calcu. covered with the victims of all its lations upon chance. It is something parts. His benevolence for his kind distinct from that hardihood, which will never wage war with his affec arises from general insensibility to tion for his kindred. His friends are evil and to good. However useful the friends of his country, and he is this kind of bravery may be under an enemy to those only, who are at the direction and management of a war with its rights and liberties. military despot; yet it is not that

The language of his heart is, and the true valour, which excites admirasame is inscribed upon every enter. tion and inspires the greatest confi. prize, “If I forget thee, o Jerusa dence. This is a virtue that arises lem, let my right hand forget her from reflection ; from a consideration cunning. If I do not remember thee, of a greater good, than length of let my tongue cleave to the roof of days ; from a belief of an existence, my mouth."

that can neither be embittered no? “ When a knowledge of the milita- destroyed by the wrath of man ; from ry art is animated by a spirit of pa. the hope of a reward for noble and triotism, it will seldom fail of being virtuous actions, more sure and more accompanied with true valour. This lasting than national gratitude or popis another essential requisite in the ular favour ; from the prospect of a character of a soldier. Not that crown more, honorary and glorious courage, however, which would lead a than the laurels, which the hero gath, man rashly and unnecessarily to ex, ers in the field of battle... more impose his life to danger. Not that perishable than the marble, on which mistaken passion, which, rather than is inscribed the conqueror's fame. endure the adversities of life, tempts This godlike virtue is the offspring a man to lay violent hands upon him. of religion, and is nourished by pięty. self. Not that false, impious cour. And we have said, that these are not age, which under the influence of only consistent with the character, personal revenge, sooner than lose but are the brightest ornaments, the the pleasure of quenching the fire of most honourable insignia, the safest resentment in the blood of a fellow and most complete armour of a sol, soldier, looks to heaven, and chal- dier. lenges Omnipotence to preserve that.“ With these the pious king of Ju. life, which it has challenged man to dah was adorned, and by them also destroy..... But that true bravery, he was strengthened. They gave which, in obedience to the call of its beauty to his character, and energy country, prefers the post of duty, and splendour to his actions. We although it be in the high road to admire and commend his vigilance danger and to death, to dishonoura. and tivity. in fortifying his cities ble flight, or dastardly obscurity. and preparing for resistance. But That active, persevering valour, that we venerate more his humility and never sleeps when its country is in piety in trusting in the God of Israel; danger...is never weary in vindicating and, in addition to his own exertions, her rights and defending her liber repairing to the throne of the Most ties against the encroachments and High, and beseeching Him, in a time usurpation of avarice and ambition. of trouble and danger, to be the shield That magnanimity that cheerfully and refuge of his people. We apsacrifices private ease and emolu plaud his wisdom and prudence in ment to public security, to national seasonably organizing his forces and prosperity and happiness. That he amply furnishing them with instru.. toic fortitude that nobly dares to com- ments of defence. But we are charm

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