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land, entitled, The Christian Recorder stant study to cultivate the things and British and Foreign Religious which make for peace, and tend to Intelligencer; the first number will godly edifying; it shall be our most appear in January. The conductors delightful employment to record the of this magazine avow themselves triumphs of Divine Grace at home friendly to the cause of Peace So- and abroad—to elevate the inspired cieties, and will not fail to give a volume in the esteem of our readers, faithful record of their progress and and, if possible, arouse even the proceedings. The Christian Re- careless and unthinking to a serious corder will have an extensive cir- consideration of its all-important conculation among the members of the tents.” “ The last and not the United Secession Church, consisting least division of our work is entitled of upwards of three hundred congre- The British and Foreign Religious gations in Scotland and England, as Intelligencer. Here we shall know well as the Sister Church in Ireland, no party, our readers will not be consisting of nearly one hundred con- under the necessity of hunting over gregations.

the Magazines, Missionary ChroniThe friends of Peace will thus cles, Heralds and Registers of their have their cause pled and their pro- respective religious societies. They ceedings reported in a new and most will find our Intelligencer a faithful extensive field, as it is presumed narrator of the progress of Religious the Christian Recorder will be read Education and Christian Missions, monthly by one hundred and thirty at home and abroad, and at once a thousand individuals:

Baptist, a Methodist, a Moravian, a We subjoin the following extracts' Presbyterian, an Independent, an from the Prospectus, as indicative of Episcopalian, and even a Papist and the spirit with which the above a Unitarian; for, while the state of periodical work is intended to be the Protestant cause will chiefly occonducted:

cupy our attention, our Religious “ But in our editorial capacities as · Intelligencer will never lose sight of Christian Recorders and Religious the enemy." Intelligencers, it shall be our con

POETRY.

ON READING MONTGOMERY'S BATTLE OF ALEXANDRIA."

Harp of Memnon, sweet and charming,

By Montgomery's fingers prest,
Every Briton's courage warming,

Thrilling every Poet's breast.
Soft compassion melts to hear thee,

Heroes burn with ardent zeal;
Widows' briny tears bedew thee,

Patriots sigh for England's weal.
Ah! then, Christian, pause a moment,

Think how myriads, torn from life,
Rush from time to endless being,

Pause, and stifle kindling strife,

Check thy rising patriot feeling,

Drown it in the general cause;
Chuse the path thy Master trod in,

He who knew all nature's laws.
Think not murdering War is glory,

'Tis a source of human woe;
Wild despair and silent mourning

Still 'increase at every blow. :
See a nobler travail offers

To thy ardent patriot zeal,
'Tis the field of Christian labour,

This is truly England's weal.
So shalt thou, calm pleasure beaming

In thy meek unruffled breast,
Close with placid mind the evening,

Opening into endless rest. S.C.

LINES

Occasioned by the efforts now making to disseminato

Pacific Principles. What gifts, what grace, has Heaven bestow'd on thee, Queen of the Isles, and Consort of the Sea, O England ! land of intellectual might, Of philosophic lore, and gospel light; Exalted “ like a city on a hill,” “ With all thy faults” a land of freedom still ; A land of many righteous, whence proceed Pure aims, high thought, and energetic deed. First from thy shores, oʻer Afric's countless wrongs, Burst the loud clamour of a thousand tongues ; 'Tis thine to sooth the wretched, lead the blind, And fertilize a wilderness of mind ; From thee a zealous self-denying band Proclaim glad tidings over sea and land ; . By thee the sacred rolls of truth unfurld, Shed light and comfort o'er a wondering world : These crown thee first of nations, grace thy name With real glory, and unsullied fame. Yet one foul stain thy just renown shall mar, Thy lordly pride, thy ardent love of War; Thy haughty mien, thy domineering tone, Thy thirst of vengeance, quench'd by blood alone : Hence jealous nations execrate thy power, And triumph o'er thee in misfortune's hour :

E’en when thou deal'st destruction on thy foe,
Straight on thyself recoils the deadly blow.
Exhausted, faint, thou bleed'st at every pore,
And fell disease corrodes thy vitals' core.
Hence swarms a lawless and terrific brood,
Rank from the school of rapine, guile, and blood;
Hence lamentation through the land prevails,
And misery in all its dire details;
Toil, want, and mourning in thy rural seats,
Despair and fury in thy crowded streets ;
Hatred among the sons whom thou hast rear'd,
And curses deep, where blessings should be heard.
Not such the purpose of the heavenly birth,
Fraught with good will to man, and peace on earth,
And glory to the Highest-Not the theme
Of Him who came to bless and to redeem,
Grace in his words, and healing in his hand,
Peace his last gift, and love his last command ;
Not such the path his friends and followers trod,
Not such the fervour in their hearts that glow'd,
For Truth; the warriors of unconquer'd mind,
Careless of self, but ardent for mankind,
Just, patient, temperate, and subdued in will,
Scorn'd, wrong'd, and hated, but forgiving still.

O England ! when thou weepest in the dust,
For all the sins of thy ambition's lust,
For all the blood thy avarice has shed,
For all the misery thy revenge has spread;
When Peace-makers shall gain the high applause
Now falsely lavish'd on the Warrior's cause;
When thy instructors shall true wisdom speak,
Thy chiefs be merciful, thy people meek;
Thy power display'd to succour, save, and bless ;
Still brave, but in the war of righteousness ;-
Then shall indeed the “ glorious gospel ” shine,
Its promis'd graces shall be richly thine ;
Enduring bliss shall be thy recompence,
The guardian of thy weal Omnipotence ;
And thou a land belov'd of Heaven shalt be,
Renown'd alike for Peace and Liberty.

Plymouth.

c. THE

HERALD OF PEACE.

FEBRUARY 1821.

The duty of Christians, especially of solations, without openly bearing a

the Friends of Peace, at the present single testimony against its barbarous time,

and iniquitous progress? THE Friends of Peace have ear- If others can reconcile their minds

nestly desired that the last to a line of conduct so imbecile and indreadful struggles between France different, surely the professed Friends and the combined Powers, in which so of Peace will be peculiarly censurable many hecatombs of human victims in doing so!. And although the subject were immolated at the shrine of the should seem to involve a political Demon of War, might prove to be question, and may, by some perthe expiring throes of the horrid sons, be on that account deprecated; monster! They fondly hoped that the yet, as we feel that it is a matter splendid military attire, the glittering which, independent of every poliweapons of death, and all the pomp tical consideration, Christian philanof martial parade, might henceforth thropy ought to contemplate with the only be retained, if retained at all, as deepest interest and concern, we dare a source of amusement, or bloodless not remain silent. We dare not though unprofitable occupation, for shrink from the imperative duty of the thoughtless and the gay. But raising our feeble voice against any these expectations are already over- threatened attack which one Power cast. The direful foe of God, of may meditate against another. And man, and of all moral good, yet lives! we call upon our fellow-christians, of and is even now flapping his hateful every denomination, and of every wings over the classic and fertile country, to unite with us in respectplains of Italy! Will he be again fully, and with a proper spirit, remonpermitted to feast himself on human strating against the violation of the misery, and drink the blood of thou- peace of Europe. sands, without one effort being made Let it not be demanded, as objecon the part of Christians to rescue tions, “ What good can the Friends of the unhappy prey from his grasp? Peace effect by such a proceeding? Will the followers of the meek, the 16 What influence have the humble holy, the compassionate Jesus, tran- disciples of Christ over the potent quilly wait till the sword of death has rulers of the earth?” If we look commenced its awful work; and then upon it as an effort merely human, as quietly watch its ravages and de- the answer would be “ Little, very

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little." But if we regard it as the give them anxious and painful con-
cause of God, and if he shall see fit cern, they will feel that they have
to prosper the attempt, benefits the not, by their silence and apathy, con-
most extensive and efficacious will tracted any of the guilt which attaches
ultimately, if not immediately, result. to the advocates for War, and the
Let us not forget the powerful conse- agents employed in the perpetration
quences which arose from the denun- of its atrocities.
ciation against Nineveh, uttered by a Let us suppose a respectable de-
solitary and cold-hearted individual putation from the united Christian
amidst the tens of thousands of its Churches of England, Scotland, and
proud and profligate inhabitants— Ireland, proceeding to the assem-
Nor that the precepts of Peace, which blage of Princes belonging to the
we inculcate, proceeded from the lips Holy Alliance, and calmly remon-
of One far greater than the pro- strating with them on the inconsistency
phet Jonah. But granting that, ac- of War with the principles of Chris-
cording to all human expectation, a tianity: may we not view them as
different issue arise to our labours, addressing the Emperor of Russia
will it not be a delightful subject for in the following language-
reflection, that we have endeavoured

SIRE, to save multitudes of our fellow-beings

" The encouragement you

have from wretchedness, ruin, and death? given to the circulation of the scripAnd will not a just and merciful God has excited the most pleasing emo

tures, and the establishment of schools, equally approve the effort, if sincerely, tions in our hearts; and we have been though unsuccessfully made, as though grateful to God for placing over the it had accomplished its benevolent innumerable tribes of European and

Asiatic Russia, a Sovereign desirous purpose ? Could we extend our voice to every ciples of humanity, civilization, and

of spreading among them the prinChristian assembly throughout Eu- Christianity. But oh! pause, we pray rope, we would urge them to join in you, ere you sanction the irruption of this blessed work. They ought cer- armed bands upon a country smiling tainly to express themselves to the under the blessings of peace. Ask hostile governments in respectful lan- yourself

, whether such a measure can

be reconciled with the religuage, but at the same time with the gion of Jesus Christ, which you proconfidence inspired by the purity of fess, and which was intended, and is their intentions and the divine autho- eminently calculated, to produce “on rity and excellence of their cause, earth peace, good-will towards men.” remembering that these governments

Will that Saviour, Sire! on whom are professedly Christian, and there you depend for your eternal salvation, fore, that arguments drawn from the edness and slaughter of his creatures ?

regard with complacency the wretchNew Testament ought, upon them, Retire, then, Sire! from councils so to produce a strong impression. If antichristian-Return to your imthe contrary happen, greatly as they mense territorial possessions, and demight deplore the fact, there would vote a life, which we pray God long remain no room for self-condemna- tual and religious improvement of the

to preserve, in promoting the intellection; and although the progress of untold population of your vast empire. the devouring sword may afterwards Let the light and life-giving influence

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