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shall have sunk into total and everlasting sure of time is left to the discretion silence ; to fix our earnest and habitual of the minister, he will naturally be contemplations npon that honour, which anxious to find out some principle kas its source and centre in Him, to whom
by which that discretion may be alone it properly and essentially belongs ; and to whom, in the Unity of the ever
guided. Archbishop Stratford's blessed Trinity, be it ascribed by us, and Canon forbids clergymen to marry by all his intelligent creatures, now and
and " others than their own parishionfor ever!
ers;" but it cannot be supposed J. L. that the word parishioner must bere
be understood in that strict legal
sense which it has acquired in our In answer to the questions whick law, owing to the regulations of setwere submitted to us in the la lement, but in the popular sense of month by our correspondent M.
ordinarily resident within the on the construction to be put on
receiving the rites of recertain parts of the sixth and se- ligion and clergyman of it. venth clauses of the late Marriage Iutli c e of any decision, or Act, we have the following obser- any rule *** governing this case, vations to make.
our advice to clergymen would be, As to the 6th clause we do not in ordinary cases, not to refuse the apprehend there can be much diffi- publication of banns where there culty in a literal compliance with it. had been even a single day's resi. In addition to the Marriage Register dence before the notice given for Book, which every parish now keeps the Act in terms requires no more ; in obedience to the 52 G. 8. c. 146, and as in the case of licences the a bangs-register book must be pro, present statute has shortened the vided ; as no particular form is pre- necessary time of previous residence scribed by the Act, any may be from four weeks, which the statute adopted which answers its object. of George the Second required, to The general and obvious form would fifteen days, it is a fair inference, be of course to leave blanks for the that in marriage by banns it cannot Dames and date, with columns for have been the intention of the legisfirst, second, and third time, in which lature constructively to increase the the officiating minister would sign time. his name, and the date after each We give this opinion as applica. publication.
ble to ordinary cases. Where there Upon the 7th clause, one of the was ground to suspect fraud or colla questions raised is one upon which cealment, a clergyman, we think, we are not aware that any decision might, both properly and safely, has ever taken place. The statute, delay the publication for a few which in this respect is almost a days. transcript from the second Section As to the sort of residence neces, of 26 G. 2. c. 33, requires seven sary, we imagine the word “inbabit. days notice of the place of residence, ing'' must receive a legal construcand the time during which such re- tion, and that “perpoctation" sidence has previously continued. would be a sufficient compliance It should seem from this that some with the Act. Indeed in the case of previous residence was necessary, mechanics it would be hardly posbat the Act limits no specific time. sible to adopt any other criterion of If upon this it be said that the mea- residence.
SACRED POETRY, MEDITATIONS, &c.
Lying at a Reverend Friend's House one Night, the Author left the following Verses in the Room where he slept.
(From Burns' Poems.)
• ' I.
I know thou wilt me hear:
Longaration se pleas’d to spare;
48 origiiri what good men are.
She, who her lovely offspring eyes
With tender hopes and fears,
Ia manhood's dawning blusha ;
With earnest tears I pray, .
O'er life's rough ocean driv'n,
A family in Heav'n!
Far from the troubled sea of life,
The Apostle saith to the Corinthians, being pleased to be accounted a loyal subGod will not suffer you to be tempted ject for the general, though he was no faabove what you are able. But how vonrite in these particulars. Give me to comes he to say, in his next Epistle, be pleased in myself, and thankful to thee, We were pressed out of measure above for what I am, though I be not equal to strength. "Perchance this will be ex- others in personal perfections. For such pounded, by propounding another riddle peculiar privileges are courtesies from of the same Apostle's : who, praising Abra- thee when given, and no injuries to us ham, saith, that against hope he believed when denied. in hope ; that is, against carnal hope, he believed in spiritual hope. So the same This morning, I read a chapter in the wedge will serve to cleave the former dif. Bible, and therein observed a memoficulty. Paul was pressed above his hu rable passage, whereof I never took notice man, pot above his heavenly strength. before. Why now, and no sooner did I Grant, Lord, that I may not mangle, and see it? Formerly, my eyes were as open, dismember thy Word, but study it entirely, and the letters as legible, Is there not a comparing one place with another : for thin veil laid over God's Word, which is diamonds only can cnt diamonds, and no more rarified by reading, and at last wholly sucb comments on the Scripture, as the worn away? Or was it because I came Scripture.
with more appetite than before? I see the
oil of thy Word will never leave increasing • I read at the Transfiguration that Pe. whilst any bring an empty barrel. The Old ter, James, and Joho, were admitted Testament will still be a New Testament to behold Christ, but Andrew was ex to him, who comes with a fresh desire of eladed. So again at the reviving of the information. dangbter of the ruler of the Synagogue, these three were let in, and Andrew shut I find David, making a syllogism, out. Lastly, in the Agony the afore. in mood and figure; two propositions he said three were called to be witnesses perfected. If I regard wickedness in thereof, and still Andrew left behind. Yet, my heart, the Lord will not hear me. But he was Peter's brother, and a good man, verily God hath heard me, he hath atand an Apostle, why did not Christ take tended to the voice of my prayer. Now I the two pair of brothers? was it not pity expected that David should have concluded to part them? But methinks I seem more thus :-therefore I regard not wickedness offended thereat than Andrew himself was, in my heart. But far otherwise be conwhom I find to express no discontent, cludes. Blessed be God, who hath not
REMEMBRANCER, No. 61.
turned away my prayer, nor his mercy a design for the destruction of men; we from me. Thus David liath deceived, ministers bring our people a letter, God's but not wronged me. I looked that he Word, wherein all the conspiracy is reshould have set the crown on his own, vealed; but who hath believed our report? and he puts it on God's head. I will Most men are so busy about worldly delearn this excellent logic; for I like Da- lights, they are not at leisure to listen to vid's better than Aristotle's syllogisms, us, or read the letter, but thus, alas, run that whatsoever the premises be, I make headlong to their own ruin and destruction. God's glory the conclusion.
I have sometimes considered in wliat a A Sibyl came to Tarquinius Superbus, troublesome case is that chamberlaine in king of Rome, and offered to sell unto an inn, who being but one, is to give athim three tomes of her oracles : but he, tendance to many guests. For soppose counting the price too high, refused to buy them all in one chamber, yet if one shall them : away she went and burnt one tome command him to come to the window, and of them. Returning, she asketh him whe. the other to the table, and another to the ther he would buy the two remaining at bed, and another to the chimney, and anothe same rate ; he refused again, counting ther to come up stairs, and another to go her little better than frantic: thereupon down stairs, and all in the same instant, she burns the second tome, and peremp- how would he be distracted to please them torily asked him whether he would give all. And yet such is the sad condition the sum demanded for all the three for the of my soul, by nature; not only a servant one tome remaining; otherwise she would but a slave unto sin. Pride calls me to burn that also, and he would dearly repent the window, gluttony to the table, wanit. Tarquin, admiring at her constant re- tonness to the bed, laziness to the chimney, solution, and conceiving some extraordi- ambition commands me to go up stairs, pary worth contained therein, gave her and covetousness to come down. Vices demand. There are three volumes of I see are as well contrary to themselves as man's time ; youth, man's estate, and old to virtue. Free me, Lord, from this disage; and ministers advise them to redeem tracted case, fetch me from being sin's this time. Bat men conceive the rate servant to be thine, whose service is perthey must give to be unreasonable, be- fect freedom, for thou art but one and cause it will cost them the renouncing of ever the same; and always enjoin comtheir carnal delighte. Hereupon one third mands agreeable to themselves, thy glory part of their life (youth) is consumed in and my good. the fire of wantonness. Again, ministers counsel men to redeem the remaining vo- Almost twenty years since I heard a lumes of their life. They are but derided profane jest, and still remember it. How at for their pains; and man's estate is also many pious passages of far later date have cast away in the smoke of vanity. But I forgotten? It seems my soul is like a preachers ought to press peremptorily on filthy pond, wherein fish die soon, and old people to redeem, now or never, the frogs live long. Lord, raze this profane last volume of their life. Here is the dif- jest out of my memory; leave not a letter ference; the Sibyl still demanded but the thereof bebind, lest my corruption (an apt same rate for the remaining book ; but scholar) guess it out again ; and be pleased aged folk (because of their custom in sin- to write some pious meditation in the ning) will find it liarder and dearer, to re- place thereof. And grant, Lord, that for deem this, the last volume, than if they the time to come (because such bad guests had been chapmen for all three at the are easier kept out than cast out) that I first.
may be careful not to admit what I find
so difficult to expel. . The Roman senators conspired against Julius Cæsar to kill him : that very next Coming hastily into a chamber, I had morning Artemidorus Cæsar's friend, de almost thrown down a crystal hour-glass; livered him a paper, (desiring him to pe. fear, lest I had, made me grieve as if I had ruse it), wberein the whole plot was disco- broken it: bat, alas, how much precious yered: but Cæsar complimented his life time have I cast away, without any reaway, being so taken up to return the sa. gret! The hour-glass was but crystal, lutations of such people as met him in the each hour a pearl; that but like to be way, that he pocketed the paper among broken, this lost outright; that but casus other petitions, as unconcerved therein, ally, this done wilfully.. A better hour. and so going to the sepate house was glass might be bought; but time lost once, slain. The world, flesh, and devil, have lost ever. Thus we grieve more for toys than for treasnre. Lord, give me an hourglass, not to be by me, but to be in me. * Teach me to number my days :" an hoor glass to turn me," that I may apply my heart uato wisdom." .
temptation, we lose the view thereof. Thus, in the sight of our soul, heaven, is discovered, covered, and recovered, till, thongh late, at last, though slowly, surely we arrive at the haven of our happiness.
Travailing on the plain, (which not Lord, bow easy is pen and paper piety withstanding bath its risings and fallings) for one to write religiously! I will not say I discovered Salisbury steeple many miles it costeth nothing, but it is far cheaper tu off : coming to a declivity, I lost the sight work one's head than one's heart to good. thereof : but climbing up the next hill, the ness. And yet why should I not write? steeple grew out of the ground again : yea, that by reading my own book the disproI often foood it and lost it, till at last i portion betwixt my lines and my life may came safely to it, and took my lodging make me blush myself (if not into goodbear it. It fareth thus with us, whilst we ness) into less badness than I would do are wayfaring to heaven, mounted on the otherwise. That so my writings may conPisgah top of some good meditation, we demn me, and make me to condemn myget a glimpse of our celestial Canaan; but self, that so God may be moved to acquit wben, either on the Aat of an ordinary me. femper, or in the fall of an extraordinary
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
The Religious World Displayed; or, ander Ross, in the dedication of his
a View of the Four grand Systems Davosbela, about the middle of the of Religion, namely, Christianity, seventeenth century. That a large Jadaism, Paganism, and Moham- share of this grievous imputation medism; and of the various cxiste still unhappily attaches to “the Reli. ing Denominations, Sects, and gious World” at the beginning of the Parties in the Christian World. nineteenth age, who will venture to To which is subjoined, a View deny? It must, indeed, always be of Materialism, Necessitarianism, with mixed feelings of pleasure and Deism, and Atheism. By the Rev. of pain, of fervent gratitude to heaven Robert Adam, M.A.late Minister for the inestimable blessings of Reliof St. John's Church, Christian- gion, and of deep humiliation for stædt, St. Croix ; and Chaplain the general reception of them, that to the Right Hon. the Earl of the serious mind reflects on the Kellie. A new Edition, corrected variety, the endless variety, of and improved. ln Two Volumes. modes in which the Almighty is
8vo. Seeley and Son. Il. 1s. 1823. worshipped and regarded by his «As St. Michael and the Devil strove for creatures, notwithstanding the light the dead body of Moses; and as seven of reason and the explicit declara. cities contested for Homer when he was tions of the Divine will, which have dead, whom none of them cared for whilst been youchsafed us. Strange and he lived; even so doth it fare with Reli
unaccountable at first sight it gion; in the carcass or skeleton of which, for the bare sound whereof (being now
must appear, that there should ever made a mere echo, vox et præterea nihil)
have been conceived such gross and there is so much contesting and digladia degrading notions of the Deity as tion in the world: whereas, few or none those of Paganism, when the natural care for the life and substance of Religion, powers of man might have discowhich consisteth in works, not in words ; vered that there is but " one God in practising, not in prating ; in Scripture
and Father of all;" for “ the inviduties, not in Scripture phrases. She is, as our Saviour was, placed between two
sible things of him from the creda thieves, to wit, Superstition on the right tures of the world are clearly seen. hand, and Atheism ou the left.” . being understood by the things that
So says, rather quaintly, Alex- are made, even his eternal power