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We cannot refrain from transcribing some very touching stanzas by Mrs Gilbert of Nottingham, one of the well known authors of the incomparable “ Hymns for Infant Minds.”
« THE MOTHER.
In some green valley's shade ?
At yonder altar paid ?-
Regard with fondest gaze?
Delight thee, as he plays ?-
Nay, love them not !—for thine no more,
This tender group shall be !
That vessel out at sea ;
With anguish in her soul ;
That down her cheeks did roll ;
The lash may teach her toil;
Shall slake the fervid soil ;
Of England's vaunted isle,
be still the while !
Unsevered, but to die,-
To heed that thrilling cry!-
Turning now from the Cloud to the Bow, we find the following spirited Ode from a noble poet.
ODE ON THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY.
The Lion-flag of England flew;
Fair Commerce plies with peaceful oar,
The gathered spoil of every shore:
Has flowed our halls and courts along,
The glowing bursts of glorious Song:
Has urged her mist-dispelling car,
To weigh each wind, and count each star:
With all her soft and generous train,
And guard the labour of the plain:
Your Slaves-oh! could it be?-are Freed.
Ah! for the shame of Britain's sway,
’Neath Indian suns the burning day:
The Ministers of Peace shall stand,
Around a parched and thirsty land ;
"Ye isles, that court the tropic rays,
Clustered on Ocean's sapphire breast,
In more than fable now-" the Blest:”
every land has rent the chain.
First in each art of peace and power,
Mighty to rule the battle hour,
We must make room for one more specimen; and we think we shall not lie open to the charge of undue partiality for selecting the following beautiful stanzas.
• The groves whose clusters pendent
The wealth of commerce hold;
With Afric's pliant gold.
In one vast altar rise,
A richer dowry lies.
Than all their glorious spoil
The freedom of her soil.
For wealth of land or sea;
To set the captive free.
When shall her sails convey
For sickening Hope's delay?-
Through all our land that pleads,
Whose final moment speeds.
The garland of the sea,
Bear freedom, from the free;
More fraught with deathless fame,
claim. • Our flags that yielded never,
But to the tempest's sway,
that boldly sever
Shall waft the blest release:
Awaits a prospering gale.
And Heaven direct the sail !'
Among the other contributors to this interesting collection are, Archdeacon Wrangham, James Montgomery, Bernard Barton, James Edmeston, William and Mary Howitt, P. M. James, Allan Cunningham, Agnes Bulwer, Dr. Baldwin Brown, Dr. Bowring, James Douglas, J. J. Gurney, Miss Roscoe, Thomas Pringle, John Holland, Rev. Dr. J. P. Smith, Rev. William Marsh, Rev. Jos. Gilbert, Rev. C. W. Townsend, Rev. R. W. Hamilton, Rev. Eustace Carey, Rev. John Ely, Rev, J. W. H. Pritchard, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Conder, T. F. Buxton, M.P., J. Parker, Esq., M.P., &c. &c. A galaxy of names, of varying magnitude, but all blending their rays in one stream of light: or, to speak without a metaphor, the contributors to this volume may be considered as composing a sort of literary anti-slavery association, in which it is pleasing to find some of every sect and party uniting. “It would, indeed, have been delightful,' remarks the modest and intelligent Editor, “if every hand which 'has been actively engaged in pulling down the prison-house, * and striking off the fetters of the bondsman, would have put a stone into the monument here erected upon its ruins, to tell posterity where it stood, the curses it contained, and how it fell.)
• To many who have laboured long, and nobly, and successfully in this cause, the Editor had no means of access; to others, acknowledgments are due for the kind interest they have expressed in the plan and success of a work which various circumstances have prevented them from aiding. It is a subject for thankfulness, that so many have assisted in raising this memorial, which, though small in its dimensions, and humble in its design, the Compiler believes will be found a structure of moral and literary architecture in some degree worthy of the great occasion.'— Preface.
The entire profits arising from the sale of the volume will be devoted to the West Indian negroes.
Art. IV. 1. The Church and its Adversaries. A Sermon, preached at
St. James's Chapel, Hampstead Road, on occasion of reading the
London, 1834. 2. A Sermon preached in Barley Church, for the benefit of the So
ciety for building and enlarging Churches and Chapels, March 16, 1834. By the Rev. W. 8. Turner. 8vo, pp. 23. Royston,
1834. 3. A Letter to the Lord Chancellor on the Evils of our State Church,
suggested by his late Remarks in the House of Lords. By Sir