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who, by being at Ryde in the course erected, after his having, for neat of business, some years since, was two years, preached at a house in struck with the necessity of preach- the neighbourhood with encourag. ing the gospel there; and who has ing success. Mr Wilson preached generously contributed to the keep froin Exod. xx. 24. ing up of public worship, and to. wards the building of ihe place.
Dec. 12, was opened the New Cominendations are likewise due to
Independent Chapel (called Bethel) the generous and active exertions of
at Leeds, In the morning, Mr. J. Kirkpatrick, Esq., of Newport.
Rayson, of Wakefield, 'preached
from Is. Ivi. 7. In the afternoon, Dec. 11, in the afternoon, was Mr. Bennett (pastor of the church) opened a small chapel at Wistan- preached from Zech. vi. 13. la wigg, about four miles froin Mar.. the evening, Mr. Parsons, of Leeds, ket Drayton, by the Rev. John delivered a third discourse, froinWilson, minister of the Calvinistic Phil. i 18. lat. cl.' The congregachapel at that town; at whose sole tions throughout the day were nu, expence the above chapel was merous and attentive,
DISTRIBUTION OF PROFITS.
January 10, 1803. At a Meeting of the Trustees, the following Cases being properly recommended, were accordingl y relieved :Widows.
Denominations. . Recommended by Sam.
Establishment. R. Hill.
Methodist. Dr. Haweis.
W. F. Platt.
Arise, O Lord, and help on Thee
My own dear child when dangers near, To cast my ev'ry care;
Rons to my arms to hide ;
Cries, " Father will provide."
Will vanish from my breast ;
And I regain my rešt.
On reading the Motto on the lalr ve. For the Missionary Meetings. • nerable Countess Dozvazer of HarzLORD, in thy churches now appear,
ting don's Arms, And animate thy saints with zeal; With great success our prospects cheer !
“IN VERITATE VICTORIA, May we thy presence with us feel !
ETERNÁI, Truth, thou shalt prevail Since thou hast rescued us from Death,
O'er all the Errors that assail, To know thy love, and taste thy grace,
• Or aim to wound thy cause : O let us spend our life and breath
Feeble their efforts----weaktheir friends
And shame upon thein draws.
What ficrce assaults hast thou repell’d, Now let thy pow'r with us be found!
Though with all firmness thou hast held Tho' dark and gloon:y clouds arise,
Thy sceptre and thy throne:
Tho' earth and Hell against chee join, And efforts oft abortive prove, Now jesus shine, and clear our skies;
Envy, and pow'r, and craft combine,
Truth shall its foes cast down. • Fill ev'ry heart with hope and love! Into the vineyard many send,
Just as the sun with pow'rful light And light, aud zca!, and grace supply ; Dispels the darkness of the night, Be ihou their guide, iheir God, their friend! And mists and shadows thee; In danger and distress be a gh! .
Just so shall Truth in grandeur rise, Bless those who now in distant lands
Errors disperse, and make us wise ;
From darkness set us free! Are preaching Christ, as all in all! Per forth thy pow'r,--break Satan's bands, O Truth divine, we hail thy beams!
Crowo with success the Gospel call! Which dissipate i be fatal schemes O let the seed which may be sown,
Of superstitious rites : Se water'd with the Spirit's posw'r ! Thy cheering influence wide extend May Christ thro'ev'ry cime be known, From seas to earth's remotest cud
And blessings on thic Keathen show'r! I hy blessings praise excites
WILLIAM COWPÉR, ESQ.
Few persons, in any age of Christianity, have been equally eminent for Evangelical devotion, and for literary genius and taste. Religious people may, indeed, in general, be regarded as better informed, because inore accustomed to read, than others in the classes of life to which they chiefly belong : but while an earnest desire of religious knowledge usually renders the pious peasant, or mechanic, superior to his worldly neighbours, it seldom pervades the circles of the polite; and wben it does, is likely to render them less ardent in the pursuit of literary excellence, by fixing their principal attention on objects of ir.finitely greater importance. The very remarkable subject of this memoir, inight, at the first view, be deemed a striking exception to this rule; yet it may reasonably be doubted, whether, if a sovereign dispensation of the providence of God, had not incapacitated him for the sublimer enjoyments of devotion, he would ever have attained to the summit of poetical fame. His life, on the whole, has become an object of great curiosity to all who possess a relish for literature and humanity ; but to the religious mind, especially if in some measure endowed with a similar taste, the enquiry is singularly interesting. We should therefore, gladly have gratified our readers with an earlier Memoir of Mr. Cowper: but, as a full and authentic account of his life, under the sanction of his relatives and intimate friends, was earnestly expected, motives of respect for their inclinations, induced us to wait for its appearance. We can cordially recommend Mr. Hayley's elegant performance to the attention of all whose circumstances enable them to purchase it, as a faithful and satisfactory delineation of his adinired friend and literary associate. The judicious selection he has made from Mr. Cowper's confidential correspondence, comprizing the substance or extracts of nearly 300 letters, exhibits his character in an amiable and instructive point of view. His work includes