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able, and competent to discern aright between The ample and interesting details the opinions with which it bath been tho- into which this volume enters in deliroughly and upon a conscientious engagement, neating Mr. Goodwin's character and Philosopher, 'Every man is able to judge well conduct, have tempted us to occupy of those things which he knoweth. "But when more of our pages than we at first a man, having a long time known and profess- intended. We shall only subjoin one ed an opinion, by the profession whereof he
more quotation, which, on account of enjoyed peace, credit, wealth, love, and respects from men of all sorts, and was in a fair the piety and Christian feeling exway to lift up his head yet higher in the world, pressed in circumstances of deep afflicby continuance in the profession ; sball, not- tion, will need no apology. Unable withstanding, relent in his judgment, quit this to fix a stain upon his character, his opinion, and profess that which is opposite to opponents were, however, successful hand, that he should lose credit, friends, all in so far exciting the displeasure of hopes of preferment.-when a man shall change the ruling party against him, as to bis judgment upon such terms as these, it is a procure his expulsion from the pulpit, strong argument that he thoroughly under which he had so long occupied to the stands the spiritual danger of that opinion, edification and comfort of thousands, which he forsakes, as well as the truth and who hung upon his lips with delight. goodness of that wbich he embraceth. Therefore, (7.) as David replied to Michal, when Thus placed, with his family, in a conshe upbraided him with a deportment by which, dition of indigence, while the press as she apprehended, he made himself contemp was teeming with pamphlets replete tible, I will be yet more vile ; so, the grace of with misrepresentation and calumny, God assisting me, if the changing of my judg- who can but admire the ascendency ment upon such terms as I have done, in the controversies mentioned, rendereth me or my which the grace of God had acquired judgment contemptible, I am resolved upon in his mind, when he could thus exthe like occasion, to make both it and myself press himself: more contemptible, by cutting off from my sonl error after error, as fast as they shall be “I am able,' says he, through Christ discovered, and by changing my judgment as strengthening me, to be abased in name and oft as I shall thoroughly understand, that my credit, as well as otherwise. Dishonour, disspiritual interest doth require it. It shall be paragements, defamation, are the element one of my chief exercises to diminish daily the wherein I have lived, and my soul prospered number of my errors, by making a frequent through the goodness of God, these many and diligent survey of my judgment, and by years. The yoke is little or no offence to me, separating the vile from the precious, till no my neck baving been so long accustomed to it. misprision at all of God, or of any of his I look upon sufferings for righteousness' sake, things, if it be possible, be found in me.'” (and sufferings from men upon any other terms pp. 155-158.
I fear none,) as the best earnings I can make The only circumstance in the life of the burden of my reproaches, than my soul to
of mortality. My name is better able to bear this eminent man which occasions re- want the benefit and blessing of them.'”gret, and calls for an act of oblivion, pp. 99, 100. is the part he took in writing a pam
From the archives of former times, phlet in vindication of the sentence passed opon the unhappy Charles I. document has not been drawn forth
we must say, that a more interesting by “the High Court of Justice.” Into for a considerable time, than that this vindication, Mr. Goodwin was
which Mr. Jackson has brought before led, from a conviction that it was his duty to espouse the side which appear more than ordinary research, and
He has produced a volume of ed to him essential to the interests of vital godliness, and of civil and reli- commented upon the facts which he
details in a manner that does credit to gious liberty. This, together with the his head and his heart; whilst he has perplexity of men's minds in those also supplied a desideratum in the troublesome times, and the impracti- history of the times of which he writes, cabifity of maintaining any thing like
by assisting us to view a narration of neutrality, are the only arguments facts, (supported by the most authenwhich can be employed in mitigation tic documents,) through a medium as of his conduct, which was clearly un-friendly to the Arminian, as that justifiable. It is, however, a lament- which has almost exclusively been able proof, how greatly the perturbation of political conflict tends to mis- employed on the Calvinistic side of
the question. lead and vitiate the judgment, when
“ Alternos Masæ meminisse volebant." such persons as Milton, Goodwin, and Baxter, are found associated on the We have thus been brought to a side of rebellion.
closer intimacy with one of the most
distinguished characters of that event these older worthies, we are pleased ful day; to whose piety, learning, and to find the author of “ The Hopes of intrepidity, posterity are deeply in- Matrimony." debted for the right understanding of
Love has been the favourite theme the doctrines of universal toleration of poets, from Hesiod to Legh Hunt. in all matters purely religious, and It is the most powerful ingredient in the most conclusive arguments in fa- metrical alchemy; because poetry apvour of general redemption. On these peals to the passions, and of all pas. accounts, as well as for an interesting sions love is the most sensitive. Thus view, afforded of the political conflicts profligate men have ever chosen it as which shook this kingdom during the a medium for the expression of licencivil wars and the inter-regnum, we tious opinions ; expecting by brilcan most cordially recommend the liancy of style, and warmth of descripLife of John Goodwin, as giving some tion, to weaken the distinction betwixt of the most striking features of that virtue and vice. The veil with which important period of British history; modesty gracefully envelops the most enriched with several valuable facts, mysterious operation of the human (the fruits of his research,) which breast, they have fearlessly torn aside; were never before collected. An ele- and, in the place of that delicate gant engraving of John Goodwin, by manly, and generous passion, which Thompson, from a scarce print by should exist towards the softer sex, Glover, ornaments the volume. In they have substituted the mere animal our judgment, Mr. Jackson has well suggestions of sensuality and lust. deserved, and we doubt not will re- But Mr. Holland, in the meritorious ceive, the thanks, of those in particu- work before us, has proved that the lar, who are friendly to the religious subject needs no such meretricious views of Arminius, as well as of the garb to render it interesting; and that more moderate and enlightened friends the description of scenes, in which of Independency.
love is the presiding power, may be delicate without being dull-warmi
without being wanton - and tender Review.-The Hopes of Matrimony, without being effeminate. a Poem. By John Holland, Author
Hopes,” which enliven the of Sheffield Park, &c. 8vo. pp. 68. progress of the tender passion, are London: Francis Westley. 1822. pourtrayed with elegant sensibility.
The description commences with the The popular poetical productions of youth “who learns his alphabet of the present day, are not generally of love at school," and terminates with a character which can recommend the aged pair, who close in the grave them to the readers of the Imperial its long and faithful communion. The Magazine. Questionable in design, aniversality of the passion-the proand irregular in execution, they have gress of virtuous courtship—the aus. all the fire, luxury, and pathos, of picious moment of marriage
the genius, with little of that moral phi- beauties of fidelity-the endearments lanthropy, which gives to its produc- of children—the wickedness of mercetions their greatest charm. They are nary and unequal wedlock-the consodestitute of that purity of sentiment, lations of matrimony in sickness, miswhich is the classic attribute of the fortune, and old age--are pleasingly fountain whence true poetry flows.interwoven with the poem, which They dazzle the imagination, and in- abounds in beautiful images, and senflanie the passions; but fail in ameli- timent of sterling value. He thus orating or softening the heart. They alludes to the connubial state :abound in sentiment without morality -satire without benevolence -- and
“ Thy leaves, with love's immortal verdare splendid imagery without natural cha- Thy flowers, the beauty of each marriage
green : racter. Contrasted with these, how fascinating is the muse of a Pope, a Thy fragrance is the bads of nuptial bliss, Goldsmith, or a Gray, blending im- The wife's first smile the infant's earliest
kiss!” provement with delight, and imbodying the maxims of real life, with the The affection of a woman, when didactic stateliness of a poetic imagi- obtained, is no less sincere, than to nation! Amongst the few disciples of an honourable mind it is delightful;
and though the man who has a heart | book a decided evidence to the conto deceive her, is not likely to be trary, we should bave doubted the influenced by the admonitions of po- eligibility of wife and children, in the etry, yet for the benefit of those con
“ action of an epic. The extract, ceited coxcombs who are dangling at however, will speak for itself; but we the apron string of every handsome must premise, that the Arcadia of girl, and to whom Judge Best recently many poets is a five-pair-of-stairs gargave such a smart philippic, the fol- ret, with bed-posts for myrtles, and lowing advice is extracted :
a couple of squalling brats for a leash
of tartles. “ Oh! guard and cherish well the precious prize,
· No-doubly blest must be that poet's bow'r, Love droops, neglected; or deserted-dies : Where myrtles twine with the Parnassian Scarce rear'd on earth, this flower of tender flow'r; joy,
Where Venus bids her emblem roses breathe A thought can blast it, or a breath destroy: A luscious fragrance o'er the Muses' wreath : Like the frail hyacinth, and sweet as frail, Wbile round the ivied thyrsus destly move Nars'd in the san, it withers in the gale." Her leash of turtles, yok'd with silken love:
Not with more grace, in fancy's crystal There is something remarkably com
sphere, fortable in Mr. Holland's description Can beauty's goddess to the eye appear; of a parlour courtship :--the glowing Or, from the emerald wave, when fresh she embers, wainscotted parlour, gilt pic- Peerless, on Cytherea's golden sands; tures, &c. are very different from our Than when she bids the nuptial chaplet glow frosty expeditions by moonlight: but Round young Imagination's gracefal brow; “ let that pass.” What lover of family Than when she seems consign’d, with all her astronomy will not be delighted with charms, the subjoined description of the firma- In virgin dower, to bless the poet's arms.” ment?
Our quotations from this meritori“ There sits the WIFE, whose radiant smile is ous work, will recommend it to the given,
approval of all who can appreciate The daily sun of the domestic heaven;
correct feeling, in the tasteful garb of And when calm ev'ning sheds a secret pow'r, Her looks of love emparadise the hoar ;
poetry. The next and last extract is While CHILDREN round, a beauteous train, in itself sufficient to stamp the author appear
as a genuine poet, and as a man of the Attendant stars, revolving in her sphere." most susceptible and refined underThe fashionable, but often unneces- when the heart is uncorrupted, and
standing, In the morning of life, sary custom, of sending children to the sentiments natural-when“ hope nurse, is forcibly reprobated: the filial is the chart, and love the cynosure, tribute which follows, though brief; imagination loves to dwell upon the is scarcely inferior, in tenderness and picture of a wife. It clothes her in beauty, to Cowper's pathetic effusions beauty, and endows her with fidelity. on the death of his mother. Amorous Time and circumstances obliterate the old men, at once the ridicule and dis- first, but how lasting, how unchanggust of society, "fire in their hearts, able, is the other! and lava in their veins,” are treated with merited severity, in a neat epi- “Yet, when are bush'd the tones of fortune's sode on mercenary wedlock.
lute, highly poetic invocation to health, the And commerce, with her hundred tongues, is best but last-sought-for accompani- When toîl is past, and youth's wild ment of married life, we can only
jects o'er, quote the concluding couplets:- When strength can dig, and wit can scheme « Oh! thrice invok'd by husband, child, and E'en then one blessing yet remains for life,
no more ; wife,
Turn, veteran pilgrim, and behold thy WIFE. Pour thy rich urns o'er matrimonial life; Though nurs’d in poverty or crown'd' with Perchance, too proud, thy heart might prize,
before, wealth, Grant them thy richer blessings, boanteous Yet she, in youth, to thy embraces given,
This jewel least of all thy casket's store; health!”
Survives thy wealth, the crowning gift of Determined to connect his favourite
heav'n : theme with every situation of life, Mr. She, still the same, howe'er thy thoughts have Holland exhibits its influence on the Firm in each trial, through each change un
rang'd, votaries of Parnassus. Were not his
A bow of promise in each gathering storm, an old-fashioned prejudice in its faThy guardian angel in a human form;
This publication will have its And now, in strengthless age, she still ap- share of support, like others of the
pears Thy tottering partner down the vale of years !" same class ; although we think it A critical reader of Mr. Holland's of those, whose acquisition of the La
more particularly adapted to the wants poem, amung some minor faults of tin tongue is deferred beyond the cusrepetition and verbiage, will not fail tomary period. Questions are subto discover the leading peculiarities joined to each division of subject ; we of Goldsmith's style. Yet there is
think, judiciously. much of the sweetness and philosophic tenderness of that favourite writer; and occasional inequalities are abun- Review.- The Classical Collector's dantly redeemed by the novel images Vade Mecum; being an Introduction which occur throughout. Should this to the Knowledge of the best Editions production not entitle the author to of the Greek and Roman Classics. rank with our first-rate poets, it must pp. 164. London: Wilton and Son, be attributed rather to the nature of Gray's Inn Passage. 1822. the subject, than to the manner of its execution; and if Mr. Holland be at This is a very neat, very useful, and issue with my Lord Ellenborough, very modest publication. It has all upon the happiness of the times the information necessary for a finish“when few and simple were our mar- ed admirer of classical pursuits, withriage-rites," he is not, at any rate, out a tittle of the flash which distina disciple of the faith, by which guishes the bibliographical mania, “love is liberty, and nature law." The lists of the different series, from
those of Aldus, the Stephens's, &c.
to the yet incomplete editions of ValReview.- An Introduction to Latin py, Didot, and “ little Corrall,” are
Construing, &c. &c. By J. Bosworth, luminous and satisfactory. To the Vicar of Little Horwood, Bucks. end of each, a judicious abstract from 12mo. pp. 94. London : Lackington, Dibdin, &c. is appended; and concise and Co. 1821.
notices follow, when necessary, par
ticular editions. The work evinces This little work is published expressly
considerable research; and an intito remedy the mischief of pupils com
mate acquaintance with the producmitting to memory a great number of tions of Renouard, Dibdin, Clarke, rules, without impressing them, seria- Horne, and Harwood; but the author, tim, on the memory, by practical disclaims all title to personal merit.”
with becoming deference, “avowedly illustration. Every attempt to facilitate the acquisition of learning, and Those persons, however, who can alespecially to smooth the difficult path this pleasing little book'as it deserves ;
low merit to a compiler, will estimate to classical knowledge, in its first and and, by so doing, will not undervalue most difficult stage, deserves commendation, and will meet with sap- search are sufficiently established in
Mr. Dibdin, whose genius and report. We doubt, however, after the most careful examination, whether the learned world. His volumes, nethere be any thing in this particular vertheless, are too dilated and expenwork, excepting perhaps novelty of sive for general adaptation; and we design, to distinguish it from the mass
can safely recommend the present of elementary books already in use, accurate guide to ancient literature.
publication as a cheap, portable, and and which vary in repute and acceptance with the wbim of different preceptors. The alleged want of progres- REVIEW.--Poems on several Occasions : sive exemplification can apply solely to by Edward Howel Thurlow, Lord the Accidence used at Eton: as far as Thurlow. 12mo. pp. 104.
London. that defect is supplied, the present Booth, Duke - street, Manchesterwork is an improvement. But the
square. 1822. Eton Syntax, from the conciseness and perspicuity of its rules, and the It is, perhaps, a fortunate circumaptness of its examples, has acquired stance that these poems have the name a standard reputation, and we have l of Lord Thurlow to recommend them.
We have perused the composition with lic mind more like an advertisement some, attention, hoping to discover than a caution; and, impelled by merit concealing itself in some harmo- curiosity, multitudes purchase with nious effusion, or well-turned expres- no other motive, than merely to gra sion ; but thus far it has eluded our tify a desire to taste forbidden fruit. research. At present we can only ad- of this fact, the unprincipled authors vertise our misfortune, promising an of this work seem to be well aware ; ample reward to any person who can
and whether the Liberal pass through inform us where it may be found. the portals of praise, or reprehension, Should it hereafter come to hand, we is to them of little moment, provided promise our readers that it shall be it can obtain a character of distincfaithfully laid before the public. tion, so as to attract the attention of
mankind. Measuring human nature
by a standard that the liberality of the Review. The Liberal, Verse and Christian school will not permit us to
Prose from the South. Volume the name, the authors of the Liberal calfirst, 8vo. pp. 164. London. 1822. culate upon the effect of that moral Hunt.
poison which their previous writings
have already administered in large There are various expressions within doses to the community, and conthe reach of language, which might clude, from the disease which their be considered as disgraceful, if appli- efforts are intended to strengthen, that ed to some publications, that would in the sale of a new incentive they pay to others the highest compliment shall find support. which their authors can hope to ob- The Liberal is a publication which tain. These variations arise from the assumes this name, because its benemotives of the writers, the nature of volence is extended to infidelity-to their compositions, and the probable licentiousness of manners-to the influence which the sentiments they open ridicule of what is awful and convey will have on society.
sacred-and to the destruction of moAmong the numerous treatises that ral principle. Not content with athave appeared on science, philosophy, tempting the demolition of our hopes tegislation, theology, and morals, in a joyful hereafter, the poet, wantonthere are few, of which their respect- ing in his profaneness, ascends the ive authors would not feel themselves skies, and revelling in his liberality, insulted, were the critic to assert, endeavours to bring even heaven itself that their various productions were and its celestial inhabitants into concirculated with no better motives than tempt. to excite public attention, and to levy His liberality, however, does not a tax upon the pockets of credulity. extend to the afflicted widow, to the But how dishonourable soever such a dying penitent, or to the humble character may appear, it is one, that, Christian; for these, and such as by placing limitations to censure, in these, he endeavours, in their agonizcludes a kind of demi-ne ative excel- ing moments, to rob of their last and lence, to which the work before us only consolation. The liberality of cannot hope to aspire. The Liberal this work is confined to vice and its appears to have been sent into the votaries; but towards religion, and world as a mental barometer, or an those who are friendly to its principles instrument of experiment, to measure, and precepts, its candour resembles by the extent of its circulation, the the mercy of the inquisition towards quantity of vice with which the com- heretics. munity is saturated, to furnish new After an illiberal preface, in which stimulants to iniquity,--and to ascer- many distinguished individuals are tain in what degree moral turpitude lampooned and vilified, and in which, may ensure the plaudits of licentious- the death of Lord Londonderry is menness, without losing any of its gross- tioned with a grinning complacency,
a poetical composition is introduced, It unfortunately happens, that when entitled “The Vision of Judgment.' works of a pernicious tendency issue This piece is comprised in 106 stanfrom the press, especially if sanctioned zas, each containing eight lines; and by some celebrated name, the stric- the place that the author has chosen tures of criticism operate on the pub- for his profane exhibition is at the