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England, in capitals thereto adjoined.

We have seldom met with a more ridi“ Embrailed the fluttering topsails lie, culous piece of vanity; it is almost as bad By straining braces squared.

as the book of Mr. Shepherd Grace, who The yards now pointed to the wind, decorated his ancestorial dignities, by By rolling tackles are confined :

inserting amongst his own family the To strike top-gallant-yards, some send heads of all the sovereigns in wlose The travellers up; while others bend reign they lived, and the heads of all the At each mast-head, the top ropes--so, great men with whom his forefathers were Slack parrels, lifts, and clue-lines go: contemporaries. Lucian gives a comical Topped and unrigged the work is done, deduction of a would-be literaire of his The yards adown their back.stays run; day, who inferred that as physician to a Along the booms securely laid,

company of pike-men he was under the The ropes aloft are all belay'd !"

patronage of Esculapius, who was son of

Apollo, the leader of the Muses, whence While we are at the page we referred he, as a physician, was entitled also to to, we may as well treat the reader to a the dignity of an author. Does Mr. S. mouthful of sunset in a storm :

wish to air his logic with equal effect by

stuffing his ancestors into a volume of " How horrible is sunset in a storm! Forms in the clouds, and death in every But by what we have said we do not

intend to demolish Mr. Sillery altogether Hell on the billows, with destruction –far from it. There are some very hurl'd:

pretty pieces of poetry, containing many Fiends on the gales, and lightnings happy thoughts and well-conceived exthrough the world!

pressions throughout the volume; we Thunders terrific on the tempest driven; close accounts with Mr. S., entering our Earth spurning sea, and sea insulting protest against his Mary Queen of Scots, heaven!

which the reader may skip if he thinks On shore, the cataract foaming into with us of the specimen.

floods; The stripped trees dancing through the “ Be her's the slumber of the blessed bellowing woods.”

heaven rest her wearied soul :

Brought to the mansion of her rest, This is a pretty fair bout of the ele- where worlds in glory roll! ments : earth salutes sea in the breech; Ye warblers of the wild wood, strain and sea, not caring to box his match, your plaintive little throats, flies like a Whig in the face of heaven. And mourn poor Mary-lovely MaryThen is it any wonder for the woods to Mary Queen of Scots.” bellow when the trees dance naked ? At the same time, be it observed, that we do We do not suppose that Mr. S. has not clearly comprehend how, if the trees intentionally plagiarised the spirit and fall a dancing, the woods can stand by rythm of the above; but it reminds us and bellow. But this may be a mistake strongly of a strain familiar to our schoolof ours in thinking that a wood consists boy ears. of trees. Horace gives us to understand that it contains something more ; but of “ While many a cheek, o'er crabbed Greek this enough. This poem is followed by and Latin lore grew pale, a diatribe in blank verse, upon the por- Young Tommy shy'd his daily task, trait gallery of Mr. S.'s ancestors, heralded and stole his father's ale; by a very silly remark upon Byron's family pride, and one not much more So when he died of apoplexy, sensible by Rousseau ; however, on the all the village sots strength of such good company Mr. S. Bewailed poor Tommy, drunken Tommy, carries us from generation to generation, jolly Tommy Potts.” a long line of Sillerys down to note first of the Appendix, where we have the We shall acquit ourselves to a host genealogical tree in full leaf, with a of authors and publishers in our ensuing coronet blossom on top, and the Earl of number.

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IRISH CHURCH COMMISSION, AND THE CORONATION OATH
IMPROMPTU-SONNET
SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF EDWARD LASCELLES, GENT. Chapter V.

Cabo Tormentoso
HARDIMAN'S IRISH MINSTRELSY.-No. II.
THE RIVAL POPES. An Epigram
CONSOLATION. A leaf from the Philosophy of Voltaire
POETRY, AND THE DECLINE OF POETICAL GENIUS
LETTERS FROM SPAIN_No. III. An Execution
CURIOSITY. From the German of Schiller
REVIEW-NAPIER'S PENINSULAR WAR
ADVENTURES IN SOUTH AMERICA-No, IV. The Prize
AN ADDRESS TO THE PROTESTANTS OF ENGLAND, ON THE MEASURES

IN PROGRESS RESPECTING THE IRISH CHURCH
THE CRISIS
TWENTY-TWO ILLUSTRATIONS OF HUMBUG
THE GOLDSMITH. An Indian Story
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DUBLIN:

WILLIAM CURRY, JUN. AND COMPANY.

SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL, LONDON.

SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

A WORD TO OUR DEARLY BELOVED PUBLIC.

“ DEARLY BELOVED," we say in good earnest—for in the spirit of the old proverb, that “ love begets love,” the “universal public” are become mighty favorites with us. In the first place, we would have all men to know that henceforward our Magazine is to be called and denominated by the title and epithet of DEA, as we ourselves rejoice in no other appellation than that of Anthony Poplar, and in that we do in sooth_rejoice. Now, let no one dispute the propriety of the name. The Roman Emperor deified his dead mistress; and we may surely do the same in honour of the living "ladye of our love;" and we who know her qualities best do declare her to be altogether divine; and so if any one shall, after the issuing of this our proclamation, deny her claim to the title of Dea, he is hereby declared to be guilty of high treason against the Protestant interest, Ireland, and Anthony Poplar; and is bound in all the pains and penalties thereto appertaining.

Now, which of the goddesses of the poet's song she is—it is perfectly superfluous to enquire. She is, as occasion requires, an impersonation of them all.

She is a Juno, for she wields the thunderbolt wherewith she burls Whigs and traitors (if this be not tautology) from their seats. She is Minerva in her wisdom, and also because she has leaped fullgrown, in her panoply of radiant armour, from the head of her parent. She is Venus in her beauty, and also because she rose like Venus from the waves that dash “our seagirt Isle." Chaste as Diana, she repudiates from her pages everything that is impure; and, therefore, like Diana, she is fit to be the companion of the maidens that wander over mountain and glen; but mountain and glen far more beautiful than those of Delos or Cythæron; and maidens fairer and more lovely than ever joined the goddess of the Chase—the daughters of Erin. She is Hebe in her eternal youth—for just as you see her now when twenty moons have scarcely filled their horns since she lighted on this mortal world—just such shall your children's children see her when a century has rolled by and found no change in her—still young and vigorous and merryhearted, still rejoicing as a giant to run her course. Like Cybele, she wears a crown of turrets, and on every turret stands a watchman true. Like Cybele, too, she is the Bona Dea-yes, Bona Dea be her name. She is good-she is all good_nothing that is below the degree of optimism shall be found in her pages—then Bona Dea be her name.

In the next place, our dear public will perceive that our leading article for this month was written before the foul conspiracy in the cabinet had unseated Gaffer Grey. After this article was in press we received the eloquent and soul-stirring address to the Protestants of England. It is true that it repeated some things which we had said ourselves ; but then it said them with much more force, and it came also from a quarter sufficient to ensure for it attention and respect; and it was on a subject upon which too much can hardly be said or written, and so we could not withhold it.

Now, a word for his Grace the Archbishop of Dublin. His Grace has been playing some strange tricks about getting a King's Letter for his new College. Now, let not his Grace suppose that anything can escape our knowledge. We have a little bird that tells us a great many things; and being ourselves also immaterial and intellectual in our essence, we can hover near His Grace when we are not seen. We know that the King's Letter has been drawn out, although His Grace thought that it was a secret ; but he can keep no secret from us; and if he goes on, all we have said to him yet will be praise and kindness to what we will say. But we will make a bargain with His Grace— let him give over mancuvering about colleges, and mind the affairs of his diocese, and His Grace and we shall be the best friends possible. If he keeps himself quiet we will let him alone; but if not

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Great BRITAIN IS A PROTESTANT it the basis of all future acts of parliaState. This is a truth which impu- ment that should derive their legality dence has not as yet presumed in words from the signature of any future king. to deny—a principle which wickedness Resting upon the same authority with has not as yet attempted openly to the title of the sovereign to rule, or contradict. It was in defence of this rather that title and authority itself, it principle that the revolution of 1688 is linked to all public rights and to all was undertaken; and it was the sa- personal immunities ; it is the jewel credness of this principle that hallowed which, placed in the centre of the ark that noble and glorious struggle of a of the constitution, cannot be injured people contending against tyranny for without breaking up the coffer in which their religion. It was this principle, it is enclosed; it is the band of our established at the revolution, and be- social compact, which once removed, queathed to all succeeding generations all our partnership in the state is at an of Britons, that placed the house of end, and our allegiance to its confedeHanover on the throne ; and it is only deracy is absolved.

The commonso long as this principle is maintained wealth, when once it discards this in all its integrity, that William the principle, vitiates every act of governFourth

possesses a legal or a moralment that has been done since the right to be our king. Protestantism expulsion of the Stuarts ; and brands all is not an accident, but the essence of our foreign and domestic policy, since our constitution. Our ancestors have that period, as but a course of unjust placed it above all law and beyond all aggression and iniquitous usurpation. legislation, when to maintain it they From the moment Britain ceases to interfered with the most ancient legal be Protestant, her government is at rights, and dispensed with the most an end ; and that constitution which established forms of legislative usage. has long been supported by the fealty The act of settlement has interwoven that is due to prescriptive right—by the national Protestantism with all the voluntary homage that a nation renders common and all the statute law of the to its ancient judicatures-is resolved land. When it regulated and limited by into its elements—to be swept away by this principle the succession to the the winds of anarchy—or cemented for throne, it made it the warrant of all a time by the awkward soldering of those judicial trusts, and all those exe- economists - ultimately to be kept. cutive authorities that depend upon the together by the iron rivets of unmitiprerogative of the king ; nay, it made gated force.

VOL. IV.

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Now, in considering the Irish taining the form. And these VOWS Church Commission, this truth must be breathe the spirit of her constitutionborne in mind. That commission has a spirit that, in accordance with her been issued by the ministers of a national character, is essentially reliProtestant state, and the ministers gious and Protestant ; and even in the have affixed to it the signature of a very act in which she departed farthest Protestant King. It is not the act of from that spirit—when she admitted a state that has discarded the God of those who held doctrines which she deRevelation, and deified the goddess of clared to be “damnable,” into her counReason ; nor of a state that is virtually cils-she yet showed the reluctance infidel while it professes to be indiffer- with which she violated her feelings, ent—that adopts the most absurdly by the vow with which she accompaanomalous principle that men in com- nied that concesssion ; and seemed, munities must altogether avoid any even in the hour of her madness and acknowledgment of that which, in her guilt, to cling, with an almost destheir private capacity, they are bound, pairing tenacity, to the principles of as they value their eternal interests, to religion which she was virtually abanrecognise. Britain, thank God, is not doning. such a nation. She believes in Chris- It is our intention, before we contianity as the revelation of Him who clude, to examine the Commission and rules the destinies of nations, and she the measures which ministers intend adopts Protestantism as the purest to found upon its information, (for form of Christianity. And if she has these never can be separated from it,) of late years admitted those who are in reference to the Coronation Oath; not Protestants into her legislature it and, when we come to do so, no fear is not without exacting an oath (no of man-no respect of persons, shall matter how that oath is kept), a most prevent us from saying honestly what solemn oath, that they will do nothing to we think. But we will first speak of interfere with the Protestantism in which it in relation to the Protestantism of she believes, and with the church which the State. A Commission has been she reveres ; she does not teach her issued from his Majesty, directed to statesmen to regard themselves as raised Lord Brougham, Lord Melbourne, to a political elevation from which they Edward John Littleton, Thomas may look down in philosophic indiffer- Doyley, Thomas N. Lister, John ence, on the religious prejudices of Wrottesley, G. B. Lennard, Edward those whom they govern ; but she Carleton Tufnel, Daniel Maude, demands it of them to be anxious for George Cornwall Lewis, William religion; and even on her king she im. Henry Curran, William Tighe Hamilposes a vow at the altar of his Creator, ton, Acheson Lyle, and William to “maintain the laws of God,” and Newport, directing them to visit every the “ true profession of the gospel.” parish in Ireland, and ascertain, by And, lest some keeper of the kirg's the best evidence they can procure, conscience might find out, in the inde- the number of persons in communion finiteness of the oath, a pr ext for its with the Church of England, and also violation, she adds—“ the Protestant the number of those attached to other reformed religion, established by the persuasions—also the number of clergylaw;" and then, to show how best she men, and the number of places of believes that religion may be maintain- worship—also to ascertain the number ed, she binds bim by the most tremen- of schools, the average attendance at dous of all sanctions—a sanction which each, and the sources from which they not even kings can neglect with im- are supported-and, finally, to report punity, to "preserve unto the bishops such other circumstances, related with and clergy of this realm, and the the moral and political relations of the churches committed to their charge, all church establishment, and the religious such rights and privileges as by law institutions of other sects, as may do, or shall, appertain unto them, or CLEARLY!! bring into view their bearany of them.” These are the vows ing on the general condition of the peoimposed by a Christian state, that is ple of Ireland! Now, if all this could anxious, first, for the power of godli- be separated from the declared intenness, but yet is not regardless of main- tions of ministers, which, we repeat, it

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