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brings some of these upon the aged, yet nature does not long wear the same aspectu neither are the young secure, Diseases Our corporeal structure is constantly which generally attack youth are more though insensibly undergoing a material fierce and formidable; they start as it change, and we should start from ourselves, were from ambushment, like a hidden were we presented with an accurate de foe, and take them by surprise; while to scription of all the alterations which take the aged they give warning before they place in the system, from infancy to strike. But when we come to be clothed manhood, and to maturer years. The upon with our house which is from heaven, mortal tenement which we inhabit, after mortality shall be swallowed up of life. undergoing innumerable declensions and There shall be no more death, neither sor- repairs, must be dissolved, and returned to row, nor crying, neither shall there be its native dust. The earthly tabernacle, any more pain, for the former things are must be taken down, and give place to a passed away. It is sown a natural body, house not made with hauds, eternal in the it is raised a spiritual body ; it is sown in heavens ; or be succeeded by an envelope corruption, it is raised in incorruption ; it of darkness more horrid than imagination is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory.” can conceive. pp. 132-134. vol. ii. ,
"Nothing is stationary but the moral
qualities of mankind, and these shall reThe discourse on the Holy main the same when time shall be no Spirit is throughout so important more. Then he that is unjust shall be and interesting, that we must leave
unjust still, he that is filthy shall be filthy
still, he that is righteous shall be righit entire to the perusal of our
teons still, and he that is holy shall be holy readers. The same cause must be still. In the world to come there will be an apology for passing over others, no room for change ; eternal justice will not less deserving their attention, have arranged every thing in order, and to which we sincerely recommend
mondi there will be no revision of its decree.
The wicked will have no invitation to leave these valuable volumes. Our final
their abodes of darkness; the righteous extract is froin the sermon on shall enter into everlasting habitations, sa The End of Time," Rev. x. 5, 6. and shall go out no more. The present
scene is for ever closed, an impassable : 4 Nothing strikes us more than the per- gulph is fixed between the world of bliss petual changes that are taking place in and woe; all is final, immutable, and irlife, and in the state of things around us. revocable. The customs and habits of mankind are « Intelligence of such momentous imeyer fluctuating, and the fashion of this port is worthy of being proclaimed by world passeth away; like a mournful pro- him who planted his foot upon the sea cession it moves on slowly, but never and upon the earth. Who else could give stands, stilt. How changed also are our it a reality? Who else could destroy views and feelings in the course only of a this world, and from its destruction profew years : our friendships, our connec- duce such a new order of things, but God tions in early life, where are they? They only? The dissolution of the world, and are Aed, and nothing remains of those of the present state, is a grand preparatory who were once our most intimate com- operation, a sort of magnificent porch, panions. Many young persons who were through which we are to enter into eterentering upon the most interesting pros• nity. It is only the prelude to what is to pects, and anticipating many happy years follow; and when the curtain of time to come, Lave retired from the ranks of shall drop, nothing will be present to our the living, to join the congregation of the view but the realities of an unseen world. dead. Many families have lost their “ When our attention is called to this principal constituents, or sunk into po: awful subject we are apt to be looking forverty, and acglect. He who, acquires, ward to the enjoyments of the present wealth soon finds that riches make them. life, and to banish from our minds the anmelves, wings and fly away, or death gives nunciation of the angel, That time shall the summons, to leave them all behind. be no longer. But let us remember, that Wbas changes take place in our congre. though the day of judgment may not be gations, and in our immediate neighbour. near, yet death may be near, very near at bood. The place in which we wonship band : and if on your pillow you were may remain the same, but the auditors. sinking into the arms of death, would not are news churches are bereaved of their that affect you. Such an hnur must.come: most active and valuable , members, and then why not contemplate it with deep so, houses, are filled with new inhabitants. lemnity? Nothing can in reality be ina Creation itself is undergoing a perpetual teresting but one concern, and that is our change; the destruction and decay of moral state, and how it will be with us * me parts of it are made subservie it to, when time shall be no longer. How many me support of the rest, and the face of will storuly be numbered with the dead :
e must be
and are we prepared to meet that awful with the Rabbinical refinement in crisis with composure? Can it ever be gratitude, of giving thanks for haymatter of regret, that you are now called to reflect upon a state into which you
ing been born men, under the apprés must soon enter? The prospect you now hension that women have no souls. take of eternity may prevent your ever. We are not, indeed, very great lasting rụin, since the perpetual recollec- advocates for learned ladies, as tion of the present state, with its successive series of actions and events, will give
such, nor should we be disposed to a complexion to eternity. The little in- admire the brilliancy of the basterstice of time we now occupy, will be bleu, who would sacrifice to literary ever fresh in our recollection, and will reputation any portion of the qua' present in vivid colours the moral quality 13+ of all our actions. Like the rich man in
lities which are appropriately fethe parable, we shall remember, and re minine, and the unobtrusive virmember to all eternity, the good things tues of domestic life. We should we enjoyed, and the part we acted in the certainly join in the general panic, present life.
and consider it for once a well“ Seeing it is of infinite importance to ascertain our real state, let us look well to
to founded alarm, if Greek primitives our moral principles, and see what aspect and Hebrew roots were to take our characters bear. If in a state of doubt place of more substantial realities; and hesitation, make your calling and if domestic order and superintend. election sure ; repent of sin, seek forgiveness through the blood of the atonement,
ence were to be quite deserted for ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the habitual employment of cultiwatch and pray, and give up yourselves un. vating acquaintance among the reservedly to the Lord. In this changing
inging stars, or discovering cities in the and transitory world our moral condition may be changed, all beyond it is permanent
moon—the nursery to become a and immutable, and the things that belong depository for acids and alkalies, to our peace will be for ever hidden from and a scene of chemical experi
ments; or the labours of the now, or not at all ; and wbile time continues, no one need despair; he that is afar
far needle to be neglected for the off may be brought nigh, and be recon- superior attractions of Virgil's ciled through the blood of the cross. But Georgics, or the satisfaction of there is no room for hesitation or delay; having crossed the asses' bridge. the Judge standeth at the door, and in a
But these revolutions in the social little while, time with us shall be no longer."--pp. 234--237. vol. ii.
world are not consequent upon the proper cultivation of the female
mind, and there are many happy Memoirs and Poetical Remains
instances which prove that its of the late Janė Taylor ; with
being imbued with a taste for Extracts from her Correspondence..
knowledge in general, or making By Isaac Taylor. In two vo
progress in particular departments, lumes.-Londson : Holdsworth. is by no means necessarily detri1826.
mental to the exercise of its appro
priate virtues, but quite the conIt has been the distinction of our trary. A taste for literature and native land, to produce many fe- poetry, and some acquaintance males of superior mental endow. with the elements of science, if ments, and considerable literary these pursuits be under the reguattainments. Such names as those lation of principle and duty, will of Carter and Smith, not to men- tend, in both sexes, to the more eftion others, have confirmed the fectual discharge of all the ordifact, that those properties and nary functions of life ; nor will talents which are more immediately the aphorism of Lord Bacon be indomestic, are not necessarily allied applicable even here, that“ knowto the absence of a taste for intel- ledge is power.” Miss Smith was lectual pleasures; and the lords of not less of a proficientin the “words the creation may safely dispense of king Lemuel,” because she had taught herself to read Virgil ; nor nor is it probable that on the whole was she less apt in the mysteries they are disposed to regret it, since of the culinary art, in consequence even this exclusion is not without of her acquaintance with Kepler's its own advantages. The circumlaws, and her having sufficient in- stance, however, to which we have dustry and attention to enable her above referred, may be very much to apply them.
regarded as among the results of · The influence of women of that destitution of literary patromental superiority and worth, on nage, which is connected with the taste and habits of society in being out of the pale of the esta. general, is undoubtedly calculated blished church, and the consequent to be very great. If ever reason absence of some of the stimulants and religion shall so far prevail in which give an impulse to exertion. all orders of society, as to cause This evil, however, will probably a general improvement in the esti- decrease every day. mate of what is most truly valuable Under this disadvantage as a and excellent in female education, writer, if in the present case it is and if it should become a principle so to be regarded, the lamented to sacrifice to the acquisition of person laboured, whose memoirs real mental and moral worth the are before us. But if her correruinous passion for display willthen spondents were not among the be abated; coxcombry, fashion- great, or the literary, like those of able impertinence, and distinctions her predecessors, yet her name is chiefly adventitious, will cease not destined to be forgotten. We to be the passport to the female need not hesitate to say, that her heart; the influence of the sex will writings are far more directly calbe increased in the most salutary culated to be beneficial to society, manner; whatever is most praise- than those of either of the illusworthy in the character of man, trious names we have mentioned will be encouraged and advanced; above, though her literary acquireand the virtue and welfare of so- ments were much more limited ciety greatly promoted.
than theirs, and perhaps on this If in the annals of orthodox very account, that her sole aim was nonconformity, from the days of to do good. She possesses the Mrs. Rowe till the present, we enviable' distinction, not always find but few celebrated female awarded to authors of talent, even names, this can only be attributed, in the female world, of having lived like many other evils, to the ex- and written to promote the welfare clusive spirit of an established re- of her species. The temptation ligion, which infallibly sets a mark which so easily besets those who on whatever does not bend to its tread the flowery paths of literashrine. The talents of a Carter and a ture, she resisted—the temptation Smith were fostered and stimulated of living to herself. We trust by the elegant and highly, culti- none of our fair readers are unvated society in which they moved, acquainted with her writings ; and the access they had to various since, on her own sex, she and her mental advantages connected with excellent relatives have conferred, this distinction. From many of without doubt, very considerable these sources, Dissenters, espe- obligations. The basis of their cially those who adhere to the re- system is utility, and scarcely any ligious sentiments of their fore- class of readers can peruse their fathers, are almost wholly ex- writings without profit. They concluded. It is the tax they have to tain the substratum of moral and pay for their principles, and their domestic excellence, on which adherence to unfashionable truth; either the plainest or the most rer
fined superstructure may be reared, her friends and visiters, by recitas, on a solid and stable founda- ing, preaching, and narrating, to tion, you may erect a pillar of any the no small gratification of her architectural order, tuscan, doric, audience. Yet, at the same time, composite, or corinthian. This she was prone to reverie; appearworthy family, by the principles ing to have internal resources of
and the tact they have evinced, so infantile an age, and she lived, have contributed probably more as it were, in a world of her own. than any other authors on education “ It was evident,” says her bioin the present day, to elevate the grapher, “ to those who observed tone of real domestic worth, and her, that the little girl inhabited a to form such wives, and husbands, fairy land, and was perpetually sisters, mothers, sons, and daugh- occupied with the imaginary inters, as all who value social hap- terests of her teeming fancy.” She piness would wish to possess. early manifested a delicate sensiEspecially will many a young bility and refinement of feeling, person of her own sex, we doubt which afterwards ripened into not, be indebted to Jane TAYLOR generous friendship. Her efforts for the formation of her mind to in verse were of an early date, much that is excellent and useful and we think the first speciin knowledge and moral taste; men that is preserved, which was and for having imbibed from her written in her tenth year, is worthy character and her writinys, (less of record, as indicating a refinevoluminous, indeed, than we could ment of thought, approaching to have wished,) some of the most wit, far from common at so early an important elements of happiness age. The following is a stanza, and usefulness. We have perused which occurs in lines intended by ber life and poetical remains, to- her, we are informed, to be the gether with the extracts from her preface to a book: correspondence, with much in- " I laugh and talk, and preach a sermon terest, though she was to us personally unknown. For this gra- Go about begging, and your fortune tell; tification we are indebted to her As to my poetry, indeed 'tis all, brother, who well preserves, in his
As good and worse by far than none at all.” conduct of the work, the aim
The judicious parental care and which has, as already remarked, tenderness it was her happiness so eminently characterized all the to experience, tended, no doubt, productions of this valuable family, early to promote that correctness we mean usefulness, to which they and delicacy of moral taste which have laudably sacrificed every she evinced through life, and other consideration, and especially which is characteristic of all her “ display.”
productions. Her sense of attachWhen not more than three or ment and friendship was quite in four years of age, the subject of unison with these indications. these memoirs gave striking indica- This was discovered in her dotions, it appears, of great acute. mestic affections, and in her earliest ness and quickness of apprehen- intimacies. The artless and beausion, and of that vivacity of spirit, tiful lines, written in her eleventh which, though in after life it was year to a young friend of her own veiled by the fuller development Christian name, who was about to of a more pensive dispositior, was leave England for America, cannever lost. At this early age, not, we think, be read without emoshe was, it seems, a very amusing tion. They bespeak a high suscepcompanion, and would entertain tibility of strong and refined affec
tion, and are in the first style of having been agitated with the quessimple and pathetic tenderness: tion, Have I not been deceiving to select any part of these exqui- myself as to the sentiments I have site lines, would be to do injustice held, relative to what Christianity to the rest; in order to feel their is? Even the distressed, though effect, they must be read as a excellent Cowper, does not appear whole.
to have prevailingly doubted the As it regards her religious feel- efficacy of the Atonement of the ings— her mind appears to have Cross--his fear was, lest he should been, through life, not a little im- not partake of its benefits. Now pressed with some remarkable in- we have repeatedly heard of those stances of the loss of early friends. who have maintained Socinian Among these were the four daugh- tenets being dissatisfied with their ters of a respectable physician at principles at this searching crisis ; Colchester, who, in a few years, and a happy dissatisfaction we successively fell victims to the think it, provided it be timely, and same malady. Some circumstances produce a change. Socinianism, relating to these young ladies are during life-time, may wear the so interesting and important, that mask of an angel of light, for it we shall insert the whole narrative, has a thousand plausibilities; but which is given in the memoirs as a the dart of the king of terrors, like digression. It exemplifies the Ithuriel's spear, has a touch of unhappy reflex effect which is such “ celestial temper," that, by often produced on the minds of its means, " things return of force others, and especially of young to their own likeness,” and this persons, by a dereliction from the glozing sprite may at once be practice of the Gospel, in its pro- converted into his real shape, a fessors ; and it exposes, at the demon of darkness-a denier of the same time, the incapability of Father and the Son, an enemy Socinianism to support the mind, to the truth of God, and the happiand afford relief in a dying hour. ness of mankind. The interesting We acknowledge, indeed, that narrative we allude to is the folthose who have once decidedly lowing: imbibed what we do not think it in the new circle of friends to which improper to denominate evangeli- the family was introduced at Colchester, cal views of Christianitý, are not were some persons of superior education unfrequently, from a variety of
and intelligence; and among the many
young persons with whom my sisters precauses, subject to doubts, and sently became acquainted, Jane soon found painful disquietudes, in the imme.. a friend, with whom, until death in ter, diate prospect of death ; but when
vened, she maintained an affectionate intido we hear of their doubting their
macy. Peculiarly formed for friendship,
she was peculiarly happy in her friends principles? We think the instance
except in having several, most dear to her, must be rare. It is one thing to torn from her by early death :-such was doubt whether we have built on
the case in the present instance. Jane's the right foundation, and quite
new friend was the youngest of the four
lovely daughters of Dr. S.-, a physician, another to doubt of the solidity of esteemed for the excellence of his private the foundation itself. Those who character, as well as for his professional have always entertained evangeli ability. He died about the time of which cal views, have often, at this awful
I am speaking; leaving a widow, four
daughters, and a son, who alone survives. period, felt much solicitude, with The intercourse of this family with ours, regard to the infinitely momentous during several years, was so intimate and question, whether, as individuals, frequent, as to claim mention in this methey were really Christians : but moir, especially as they are frequently re
ferred to in the correspondence. we do not know, we confess, of " Those who may still remember Mira any instance of such persons S. will allow that they have rarely seen