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FAITH IN DIVINE PROVIDENCE.

THE RAVEN.

My thoughts upon the raven's tow'ring

grow,

The cards, the spinning-wheel and'loom,
Have not that splendid raiment wrought;
Neither was thine enchanting bloom,
Of any colour-merchant bou ht.
A vernal funbeam bade thee
And rais'd thee from the moisten'd earth $
Yet it surpasses man to Thew,
The nature of thy wond'rous birth.
God gave you cloathing to adorn,
The meadow for a little time;
Aud when arrives the fatal morn,
Some rustic felis thee in thy prime.
Drooping beneath the sultry ray,
Soon perishes this rich attire;
You linger out one summer's day,
The following in flames expire.
Consumed, merely just to bake,
For the desi royer's family,
An oaten loaf or barley cake,
Your boasted charms in alhes lie,
Gay blossom glow in all thy pride,
And teach this leffon, coinely weed;
That 1, for whom a Saviour dy'd,
Shall never proper garments need.

S. JAMES, Philip-lane.

wings Shall trace the azure regions of the sky; To learn from whence the sable parent

brings Her craving brood a regular supply. She neither sows, oi reaps, or has she where To lay up sustenance for future use; Yet without barn, or storehouse, thought, Her loaded beak does constant food produce. 'Tis God who hears the callow nestling cry,

And hungry lions roaring in the wood : Tohim each creature looks with longing eye; His bounteous hand gives all their proper

food, How much superior am I in worth To fowls of gaudy plume, or pleasant song, For whon the great Creator built this earth, To whom the various animals belong. If a mean, useless, solitary bird Croaks not in vain, but constantly is fed : Believe my soul, that thou art always heard, When thou petitionelt for daily bread. Believer, to your heav'nly father look, As did the Tilhbite, and the raven's wing, Which fed Elijah, by old Cherith's brook, Shall leave the young and your provision

bring. Does sacred love the fainting bosom fire, And faith the failing eye irradiate; All real good thall crown the heart's desire, Which to this mortal body can relate. Now to the winds my carking cares I give, I've food sufficient in a single text : “ Since Jesus liveth I thall ever live” In this world, yea my soul, and in the next.

S. JAMES, Philip-lane.

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INVITATION.

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HOME now my brethren all, around,

And taste the goodness of the Lord ; In him true peace alone is found; Learn and embrace his holy word. The righteous in the Lord rejoice, They hear his word, obey his will; Then let us now with heart and voice, Echo our hymns to Sion's will. We fee, by faith, the promis'd land, The new jerusalem we fee ; Then join with us both heart and hand, Obedient to the Lord to be. Then thall our actions all be such, As pleasure, profit, peace to bring ; Nor can we serve our God too much, Thro’ Christ our prophet, prieti, and king,

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Let man delight in toys and strife,
And vainly follow empty thew;
Grant me, O Lord, thro' this short life
Thy grace, thy heavenly will to know.
Let me improve thy gracious gift;
Walk worthy of thy name, O Lord ;
To serve thee now my heart I lift,
By faith in Christ to hear thy word.
Newiham.

W.R.

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O mighty Lord, beneficent and kind,
Unto what purpose are thy works design'd;
That those thy creatures which on earth

remain,
Man might be fed and be refreshed by themi
Lord what is man!--[amazing to declare,)
That thou thould make him thy peculiar
He who fell from that high state of bliss,
And forfeited immortal paradise :
No sooner had he done this wretched deed,
Thou did'It appoint the woman's conquer-

ing feed. To bruise the serpent's head-man's fões

destroy, And reinstate him to his former joy ; Thou didst send down thy dwn eternal son, To put the robes of human nature on ; To suffer, bleed and die, that man might

prove, The precious influence of redeeming love : Redeeming love ! be this my glorious theme, This, which adoring Angels cannot fing. Impart, this love, O let it be bestow'd, By the effect of thy all powerful blood; That all my powers may with one accord, Afcribe salvation to the triune God. O Lord our Governor, how great art thou, What man aright can allthy greatness 1hows i What tongue alas ! can all thy goodness tell Thy works are glorious and ineffable.

JAMES WATSON.

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BY BISHOP PEARCE, WHEN HR RE

SIGNED THE DEANERY OF WESTMINSTER.

ROM all decanal cares at last set free,

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TOME then my soul! inspird by the

most High,
And view the beauties of the azure sky;
With solemn awe, and secret sweet content,
Survey with wonder and astonishment.
When all in chaos, and confusion laid,
When all those ornaments remain’d unmade;
Thou then waft God ! 'froin everlasting thou ;
Thou, no beginning nor no end doft know.
He fpake! all things his plastic power felt,
And quickly rose the spacious firmament;
With all the glittering spangles that do

grace, The mighty convex of the universe. Thou sun, the fountain of refreshing heat, From whence the planets do emit their light; And all inferior lights do come from him, Or the Satellites that wait on them. When on your poles you turn your rapid

load, Darting your brightness, -own your author All

ye maffy shining fixed stars, Which in the firmament but scarce

appear. The bulky orbs which do your mats con

tain, Which let your limits and your powers re

Itrain : The vast amazing space in which you dwell, I may conjecture, but I cannot teií. Say was it not th' Almighty power divine, That did create you, and that bids you

thine ? Sing ( ye suns, in your resplendent rays, And if you cannot utter, thine his praise. When I consider all thy works above, How they in order and dependence move; How they their different virtues do dispente, And send down their genial influence Upon this earth-what kind refreshing

showers, Creating wisdom' on the vallies pours; That vegetation all might bud and blooin, That they might put their beauteous vestThat all the flowry tribes in filent lays, Breathing their odours,-might relound thy

praise ; O all you feather'd fongsters of the grove, And all you beasts that in the forests rove. Ye finny race that in the ocean play, Unite in concert and his praise display.

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feet be!) My fun's meridian hour, long past and gone; Dimnight, unfit for work, comes haft'ning on. In life's late ev’ning, through a length of day; I find me gently tending to decay : How thall I then my fated exit make, How best fecure my great eternal stake? This iny prime with, to see thy glorious face, Oh gracious God, in some more happy place; Till then to spend any hort remains of

time, In thoughts, which raise the soul to truths

fublime. To live with innocence, with peace and love, As do those saints, who dwell in bliss above; By prayers, the wings which faith to reason

lends, Even now my

soul to heav'n's high throne ascends. While here on earth, thus on my bended knee, Oh power divine, I supplicate to thee ; May I meet death, when his approach is

made, Not fond of life, nor of his dart afraid, Feel that my gain, which I efteem'd a loss, Heaven is the gold refin'd, earth but the drofs.

LIST

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LIST OF NEW BOOKS, WITH REMARKS.

DIVINITY, MORALITY,'&c.

ART. I. Dissertations moral and critical. By

James Beatrie, L. L. D. Profesor of Moral
Pbilosopby and Logic, in the Marischal Col-
lege and University of Aberdeen ; and a
Member of the Zealand Society of Arts and
Sciences, 4to.
DEW authors have more promoted the

interests of virtue and literature than
Dr. Beattie, who has acquired deservedly
a reputation, which will not be diminished
by these dissertations.' " The reader (to
use the Doctor's own words) will be disap-
pointed, if he thould expect to find in this
book any nice metaphyfieal theories, or
other masters of doubtful disputations.
Such things the author is not unacquainted
with: but they suit not his ideas of moral
teaching; and he has laid them aside long
ago. His aim is, to inure young minds to
habits of attentive observation; to guard
them against the influence of bad princi-
ples; and to set before them such views of
nature, and such plain and practical truths,
as may at once improve the heart and
understanding, and ainuse and elevate the,
fancy."
ART. II. Compasion to the Poor recommended:

a Serm:n preacbed at Melton-Mowbray, Lei. ceflershire, Dec. 1, 1782. By Thomas Ford, L. L. D. Vicar. 8vo. 6d.

This sermon, published for the benefit of the poor of Melton-Mowbray, contains a variety of fcripture-quotations, judiciously selected, and interwoven in the general texture of Dr.Ford's animated discourse, with a peculiar ease and propriety. We hope it will produce the desired effect, both for the sake of the poor, and the author's generous intention, who appears to be a man of ingenuity, piety and benevolence, notwithstanding his attaclıment to methodism. Art, III. An historical Viewo of the State of

the Unitarian Doctrine and Worship, from the Reforma ion to our Times. By Tbeophilus Lindsey, A. M. 8vo. 6s.

We cannot help thinking our readers may lay out fix thillings to a much better purpose, than by purchasing this useless Number of historical scraps. In our last number, we gave our sentiments of Mr. Lindsey as a controversial writer. With respect to this work, a good Christian will not entertain a thought about it. What is it to him when, or where the unitarian heresy sprung up? And as to ourselves, a love for our most holy religion will ever

deter us from giving our sanction to a fun-
damental error, however artfully cloathed,
and the evident tendency whereof is, to
encourage separations from the established
church.
Art. IV. A Course of Sermons upon Death,

Judgment, Heaven and Hell, by John Wbia
taker, B. D. small 8vo. 25. 60.

These awful subjects can never be too frequently, presented to the view of the fallen, finful race of Adam. Every fon and daughter of Eve would do well to familiarize those tremendous scenes, of which they believe, they will most assuredly be hereafter either trembling or joyful spectators. The writer has drawn them in very striking colours, sometimes with an unrestrained fervor of a too warm imagination. ART. V. A curious Hioroglipbic Bible; or sea

lect Pall ges in the Old and New Testament, reprelented with near Fire Hundred emblematical figures, for the Amusement of Youth. Izmo. IS.

A work of this kind is calculated rather to amuse than inftruét! and, to the hieroglyphic representations, we must observe, that though some of them are well designed, yet in others there is a gross impropriety, especially in two, one of which represents the holy spirit in the shape of an overgrown dove, the other, the Great I Am under the figure of an old man with a long beard. A picture of the last kind is now in one of the churches at Rome; and as to this popith method of inttructing children, we cannot speak in its favour. ART. VI.

A Sermon foreached before tha Humane Society, on March 30th, and May 25th, 1783. By John Hadley Swain.

The main scope of this discourse is to recommend that most benevolent institution, the Humane Society; an institution founded upon true christian-principles ; the encouragement and support of which, we would carnestly recommend to youth of both sexes, especially to those, with whom a recommendation from the Editors of this Magazine may be thought deserving their attention. However we cannot but think the managers of the society might have made choice of a much less exceptionable person to plead their cause than Mr. Swain, whose conceit, froth and impertinence, are publicly and privately his known characteristics, even among those Enthusiasts whose sentiments he has endeavoured though aukwardly to adopt.

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CHRONOLOGICAL

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GAZETTE INTELLIGENCE.

Whitehall, July 22.
DVICES have been received by the

Fox packet, which failed fron Bengal the 17th of February last, that peace had been concluded with the Marattas; that Hyder Ally died in the month of December last; and that his successor Tippou Saib appeared more pacifically inclined towards the English ihan his father, having permitted such as were prisoners in the townis taken by him to have a free communication with the presidency at Madras, to, be better fupplied with neceffaries, and to have free egress and regress : that Mons. Suffrein, after watering his fleet at Achin, had crolled over the Bay of Bengal to Ganjam, with nine fail of the line and two frigates, where he captured the Coventry frigate and the Blandford East Indiaman : that the Medea frigate had retaken the Chacer floop of war, on her way from Trincomale with dispatches from M. Bully to M. Suffrein, by which it appeared, that the rest of the French fleet was in great distress froin a violent dysentery, having loit a number of men, and was unable to join M. Suffrein as soon as intended ; and that M. Suffiein remained only a few days on the coa'i, and it was supposed had returned to Trincomale, leaving two frigates to cruize from Ganjam to Ballasore Road, which had captured a number of vetsels bound to Madras with rice.

Berlin, July 8. On the 3d instant her royal highness the princeis of Prussia was safely delivered of a prince at Potzdan.

Accounts have been received from Schweidnitz of a very violent thunder form having happened in the county of Glatz on the 22d ult. which was followed by so great a fall of rain that the whole country has been overflowed, and much damage occafioned. The town of Neiffe, in Silefia, has likewise suffered much from the farne inundation, and great injury is done to the fortifications and magazines there.

Warsaw, July 2, On Sunday lait accounts were received here of the plague having broken out at Cherson, at Ockza. kow, and in the country adjaeent ; that in the Crimea this dittemper raged with great violence; and it having begun to manifest itself on the frontiers of this kingdom, orders have been sent to the Polish troops to form a cordon, to prevent its further progreís.

Constantinople, June 25. The plague har pad in every quarter of this city and its fuders, as well as the neighbouring prc. vinces of Asia and Botnia : hitherto, however,

the mortality at Constantinople is

very inconsiderable. Stockholm, July- 1.

His Swedish Majesty landed here on the gth inftant early in the morning, having failed from Abo, on the 7th. He is almost entirely recovered from his late accident, though.ítill obliged to wear his arm in a sing. Whitehall, July 29.

The letters of which the following are extracts, have been received at the office of the Right Honourable Lord North, his Majesiy's principal Secretary of State for the home department. Extract of a letter from General Sir Guy

Carleton, K. B. &c. dated New-York,
June 20, 1783;

My Lord, I transmit for your Lordship's information a copy of Colonel Deveaux's letter, conveying an account of the re-capture of the Bahama islands, together with a copy of the capitulation.

I am, My Lord,
Your Lordihip’s moft obedient,
and most humble servant,

GUY CAPLETON, Right Honourable Lord North.

[The substance of Colonel Deveaux's letą ter, is as follow : That on the ift of April, he formed an expedition at Augustine against New Providence, at his own expence, and embarked with only sixty-five men, recruited for four or five days at Harbour Nand, and on the 14th carried the Eastern Fort, on the Illand of Providence. On the 16th, the Colonel took pofleffion of two commanding hills, and erected a battery on each, of twelve pounders. At day light on the 18th, the batteries being compleat the English colours were hoitted on each of them, which were within musquet shot of their grand fortress; his Excellency the Governor, finding his that and shells of no effect thought proper to capitulate, surrendering four large batteries, and about 70 pieces of cannon, four large gal: lies, and about 50 men. Colonel Deveaux's forces never at any time exceeded 230 men, and not more than 150 of them had mus. quets.]

Windsor Caitle, Aug. 7. This morning, at a quarter before one o'clock, the Queen was happily delivered of a Princess.

Her Majesty is, God be praised, as well as can be expected; aad the young Princets is in perfect health.

Whitehall, July 26. The King has been pleafed to appoint Sir John Dick, Bart. and William Molleson, Efq; to be Comptrollers fo the Accounts of his Majeliy's army.

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FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.

Chronstadt, June 4.
ETTERS from Siberia mention, that

some night shocks of earthquakes were felt there on the 6th of May.

Lausanne, June 22. The day before yesterday, we had a, terrible storm here, which has produced effects without example to this country. Twelve persons were killed, and 13. wounded, at a single stroke.

Florence, June 30. Yesterday morning, at four o'clock, we felt another ihock of an earthquake.

Paris, July 18. On the 13th instant several physicians desirous of making some observations on the present state of the atmosphere, which continues charged with vapours, went to the observatory, and had a fort of kite flown from thence to a prodigious heigkt, after which it was drawn in covered with innumerable small black in. sects, which upon examination appeared to contain a venomous muisture prejudicial to plants.

It is reported here that there has been an earthquake in the Antilles, which has been as destructive as that in 1770.

Vienna, July 19. In Bohemia the storms and hurricanes have occasioned a great number of disaiters. The lightning killed in the church of Dobraken, near Pilsen, fix out of the twelve men who were ringing the bells : a like accident happened to 30 persons in the town of Egra ; and ihe district of Kladran is entirely ruined.

Warsaw, July 19. There are at present 70 regiments of Russians in the neighbourhood of Cherson, under Prince Potemkin, whose head quarters are in that city, which is fortifying as strongly as possible. Caminieck is also fortifying, and the garrison is reinforced with 5000 men.

The Turks and Russians seem to stand at bay, observing one another, but no hostilities are yet commenced on cither side. DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES.

A letter from Hainburgh fays, that a French thip is put in there from Baftia, in the isand of Corsica, by which they learnt that the natives inhabiting on the mountains had come down, fell `upon a party of French troops, and killed and wounded many of them, and then returned to the mountains ; 69 of the wounded were board the above vessel.

A letter from Paris, by the French mail, says, that they had juít received melancholy accounts from Versailles, of great damage being done by the thunder and lightning in that town; that houses were unroofed, and many lives loft, but the particulars of the damage done were not known when the letter came away.

The calamities that have visited different partş of Europe in the course of the pre

sent year, are much greater than have oca curred before in the present century. The earthquake at Litbon in 1755, 1hocking as it was, bears but little comparison to the more dreadful one in Sicily, where the effects have been so far from subsiding, that the last letters from Naples mention their expectations that the whole island will be swallowed up and totally destroyed. In Italy there have been tremulations of the earth, and violent storms, which have reached into France. In this island the thunder storms have never been known more fatal: though happily the metropolis has hitherto escaped.--" When thy judgments are in the earth, says the Prophet, the inhabitants will learn righteousness.”

They write from New-York, that fince the Preliminaries were signed, the Americans, both continental and militia, deserted in great numbers, both from gen. Washington's and gen. Green's armies.

Letters from the Leeward Islands say, that they have had very

unseasonable weather, and that the crops will turn out so bad that they cannot load all the ships which are arrived from Europe,

The negroes in the French West India Inlands are, upon a late calculation, computed to be 386,500 fouls, who are governed by a system of regular laws, which 'not only restrains and punishes : but also se. cures them from oppression and cruelty.

The celebrated Abbé Raynal computes the whole nuinber of African llaves in America and the West India Islands at one million, four hundred thousand! most of whom live in a state of the grossett ignorance, heathenism and brutality.

Petitions from all parts of France have been presented to the officers of their marine departinent, against the exorbitant demands of the Americans in their commercial proposals, particularly what regards the West India trade.

The Hon. William Ersine, brother to the Earl of Buchan, is elected Member of Parliament for Portsmouth, in the room of Şir William Gordon, K. B.

The 8th init. came on the election for physician to the Middlesex dispensary. The candidates were Dr. Woodville and Dr. Miller, and on casting up the ballot, the numbers were as follow : For Dr. Woodville 1075, for Dr. Miller 504. Whereupon the former was declared duly eleéied.

A new coinage of guineas has for some time past employed the officers of his Majesty's mint, said to be occasioned by a great scarcity of that coin, which arose from the quantities of it exported by interested people.

We are assured that Capt. Cunningham, who had the unfortunate affair with the late Captain Riddell, will furrender himself to the court at the Old-Bailey, in

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