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proach, at least, great abysses of discovery), may be found in Herbert's verses. “Man," Herbert says, “is everything and more.” He is a beast, yet is or should be more.” He is

all symmetry—full of proportions, one limb to another, and all to all the world besides."

“ Head with foot hath private amity,
And both with moons and tides."

“ His eyes dismount the highest star:

He is in little all the sphere.
Herbs gladly cure our flesh, because that they

Find their acquaintance there."
Each thing is full of duty."

More servants wait on Man,
Than he'll take notice of: in every path

He treads down that which doth befriend him,

When sickness makes him pale and wan.
Oh, mighty love! Man is one world, and hath

Another to attend him."

How strikingly do these words bring before us the thought of Man the Mystery!“What a piece of workmanship” verily he is! He is formed as of a thousand lights and shadows. He is compacted out of all contradictions. While his feet touch the dust, and are of miry clay, his head is of gold, and strikes the Empyrean. He is mysteriously linked on the one side to the beasts that perish, and has an affinity as mysterious, on the other, to the angels of God. Nay, inanimate nature itself claims “ acquaintance” with this “quintessence of dust.” The periods of his life bear a striking analogy to the seasons; his brain at times moves to the moon; his heart, as well as cheek, is coloured by the sun; his advancement as a species bears a distinct relation to the changes of the earth's surface and to its place in the heavens ; he is the representative of the universe, has imbibed at once its glories and its glooms, has snatched from the star its fire and its mystery, and vibrates like the string of a harp to every breath of the great system with which he is indissolubly connected. Made in the image of God, and having notions of and aspirations after absolute perfection, he is, and in some measure knows himself to be, a vile sinner. Lord of earth, sea, air, and all their riches, he is a fretful, discontented, hating, hateful, and, on the whole, so far as his present life goes, miserable wretch. He is in one view a whole, and in another a yawning fragment; and, according to the angle at which you see him, resembles now a full moon, now a crescent, and now a waning orb. Able to “weigh the sun," span . the fields of space, acquainted with the times and seasons of the heavenly bodies, full of " thoughts that wander through eternity,” he is yet doomed to sicken, to die, and to have his low grave kissed, in scorn or pity, by the orbs whose spots he has numbered and whose eclipses he has foretold.. Humboldt speaks of the Andes as including the world in their vast sweep, all climates, and seasons, and productions of earth being found between their base and their summit, between the ocean below and the hoary head of Chimborazo above; thus man rises from his dim embryo up to his grey head in age, touching, as he ascends, all conditions of being, and rising in parallel to all gradations of the universe, and remaining in each and all a mystery, having, indeed, all mysteries. compounded and compressed in his one mysterious self. “When I consider the heavens,” says David, “what is man?” But may we not with all reverence invert David's statement, although not his spirit, and say, “When we consider man, what (in grandeur, incomprehensibility, and terror). are the heavens ? "

“For us the winds do blow; The earth doth rest, heaven move, and fountains flow.” Many of Herbert's modern admirers, while quoting the rest of these verses on “ Man,” omit its last stanza, although it seems to contain the moral of the wondrous Fable he had told, the solution of the Great Riddle he had propounded. Man is in a great measure a mystery, because he has forsaken his: God; he is a wondrous Palace untenanted by the only Being whose presence can fill the crevices, supply the deficiencies, occupy the vast rooms, glorify the gloomy places, explain the mysteriousness, and fulfil the destiny of the fabric; and when



ever He shall return to it, Man's contradictions shall be reconciled, his controversies ended, all that is now ambiguous about him shall be explained, and while his microcosmal character shall continue, it shall assume a diviner meaning, and become as pure as it is universal.

“Since then, my God, thou hast
So brave a Palace built; O dwell in it,
That it may dwell with thee at last!

Till then, afford us so much wit
That as the world serves us, we may serve thee,

And both thy Servants be.” We need not dwell on his minor productions. His Latin poems we have decided to omit, as not calculated to interest the general reader, preferring, rather, to give his collection of “ Proverbs,” on account of their exceeding richness and point. The Latin poems of Milton, on the other hand, stand in the very first category, and far excel those of Herbert. We have, with former editors, annexed “The Synagogue," a poem written in imitation of “The Temple," by Christopher Harvey, which, in piety, if not altogether in poetic genius, forms a proper pendant to Herbert's works, and ranks to it as the

History of Tender Conscience” does to the “ Pilgrim's Progress.” Herbert has, besides, written a prose work, entitled, The Priest to the Temple ; or, The Country Parson, full of childlike piety and pithy advice, bordering sometimes, indeed, on the superstitious, and sometimes on the austere. Altogether, there are few places on earth nearer Heaven, filled with a richer and holier light, adorned with chaster and nobler ornaments, or where our souls can worship with a more entire forgetfulness of self, and a more thorough realisation of the things unseen and eternal, than in “ The Temple” of George Herbert. You say, as you stand breathless below its solemn arches, “ This is none other than the house of God, it is the gate of Heaven. How dreadful, yet how dear is this place!”

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PAGE Aaron

183 A Dialogue-Anthem

178 Affliction 40, 58, 70, 89, 97 Anagram

75 An Offering

153 Antiphon

48, 92 A Parody

194 Artillery

143 Assurance

162 A True Hymn

177 Avarice

74 A Wreath

196 Bitter-sweet

180 Business

114 Charms and Knots

96 Christmas.

79 Church Lock and Key

62 Church Monuments

61 Church Music

62 Church Rents and Schisms 145 Clasping of Hands

164 Coloss. ii. 3, “ Our life is hid with Christ in God"

83 Complaining

149 Confession

129 Conscience

106 Constancy

69 Content

65 Death

196 Decay Denial

77 Dialogue

115 Discipline

188 Divinity

138 Doomsday

197 Dotage

175 Dulness

117 Easter

36 Easter-Wings

37 Employment

52, 76 Eph. iv. 30, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit,” &c.

139 Even-song

60 Faith

44 Frailty

68 Giddiness

130 Good Friday

33 Grace

56 Gratefulness

126 Grief

172 Heaven

199 Holy Baptism

38 Holy Communion

46 Home


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Hope Humility Jesu Jordan Joseph's Coat Judgment Justice Lent Life Longing Love Love-joy Love unknown Man . Man's Medley Mary Magdalen Matins Misery Mortification Nature Obedience Paradise Peace Perirrhanterium Praise Prayer Providence Redemption Repentance Self-condemnation Sepulchre Sighs and Groans Sin Sins Round Sion Submission Sunday Superliminare The Agony The Altar The Answer The Bag The Banquet The British Church The Bunch of Grapes The Call The Church The Church-floor The Church-porch The Collar The Cross The Dawning The Discharge The Elixir



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The Family
The Flower
The Foil
The Forerunners
The Glance
"The Glimpse
The Hold-fast
The Holy Scriptures
The Invitation
The Jews
The Method
The Odour
"The Pearl
"The Pilgrimage
The Posy
The Priesthood
The Pulley
"The Quiddity
The Quip.
The Reprisal
The Rose




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32 176

71 135 50, 51

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The Sacrifice
The Search
The Size
The Sinner
The Son
The Star
The Storm
The Temper
The Thanksgiving
The Twenty-third Psalm
The Water-Course
The Windows
The World
To all Angels and Saints
Trinity Sunday

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New Year's Gift to his Mother 212 To Lior Successer at Bemerton,

214 214


THE SYNAGOGUE, by the Rev. C. HARVEY, M.A.:--
A Paradox
272 The Church-warden

243 A Stepping-stone to the Thres

The Church-yard

219 hold of Mr George Herbert's The Circumcision, or New“Church-porch 218 year's Day

255 Church Festivals

The Clerk.

240 Church Officers 238 The Communion Table

234 Church Utensils 224 The Curb

277 Comfort in Extremity

The Deacon

245 Communion Plate 236 The Dedication

218 Confusion

270 The Epiphany, or Twelfth-Day 257 Engines

The Font

225 Inmates 273 The Journey

286 Inundations 282 The Loss

278 Invitation

267 The Nativity, or Christmas-Day 254 Resolution and Assurance 269 The Overseer of the Poor 241 Sin

284 The Passion, or Good Friday 258 Subterliminaro 217 The Priest

247 The Annunciation, or Lady-Day 253

The Pulpit

231 The Ascension, or Holy Thurs

The Reading-pew

226 day

262 The Resurrection, or Easter Day 260 The Bible. 229 The Return

281 The Bishop

249 The Sabbath, or Lord's Day 252 The Book of Common Prayer 228 The Search

279 The Church 221 The Sexton

239 The Church-gate

Travels at Home

285 The Church-porch 222 Trinity Sunday

265 The Church-stile

219 Vows Broken and Renewed 269 The Church-walls








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