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wisdon, and might, and honour, and glory, and blessing! And every creature that is in the heaven, and upon the earth, and under the earth, and on the sea, and all things that are in then, I heard, saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and dominion, be unto him whó site teth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever !" Rev. v. 8-13.
I obtrude no comment on these sublime and holy words. I leave you, my brethren, to feel their force, and to deduce your own conclusions.
• God grant that we may all bear a happy part in that immortal hymn of praise and triumph! Yea; even now, through the riches of infinite grace, may we anticipate the joy, and commence on earth the songs of heaven! « Unto Him that loveth us, and hath washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us a kingdom of priests unto his God and Father ; unto him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." pp 2.-30. Art. XIV. The Triumphs of Religion ; a Sacred Poein, in Four
Parts. 12mo. pp. 121. Price 7s. boards. Rivingtons. 1811. W E admire the devotional spirit that pervades this little volume, but we
cannot rank it very high in the scale of poetical merit. The author does not seem to be aware how much of the force of poetry is derived from conciseness. A loose and declamatory style is fatiguing enough in prose, but is ten times worse when measured off into rhymes. The great secret of this author's fluency, indeed, will be found to contist in an unsparing use of catch words. We take an example at random.
“ Long, fair Britannia's free and favor'd isle,
Is long since crush'd, its tyrant pow'r destroy'd,
The annals of our happy country stain.' pp. 65, 67. In some places the rhymes exhibit tokens of compulsion, as in the fok' lowing couplet.
“ Say thou hast ties below, that quite absorb,
Nor give thee to ascend beyond this orb.” p. 27. There are also several instances of defective comparison. One occurs towards the beginning of the first canto :
“ And, like a rock of adamant, to bind
. In fortitude's strong chains the pious mind :"where the author seems to forget that though a rock is a very safe place to fasten a chain to, it would be quite unusual to make it serve the purpose of binding.'
À more serious objection, however, than any we have yet mentioned is, that the poet appears to have begun to write about religion, without having duly settled what religion is. While much is said in praise of its tranquillizing tendency, there is no distinct representation of the thing itself. One leading object of the volume is, to commemorate the triumphs of religion, as exemplified in various distinguished indivi. duals. But we confess we are rather at a loss to comprehend the fair author's principle of selection, when we find her bringing forward the names of Charles I, Duke d'Enghien, Mary Queen of Scotts, &c. That these il. lustrious persons command our sympathy is unquestionable: but where is the evidence of their piety?-or is this identified, in our author's opinion, with a composed behaviour under sufferings ?-Notwithstanding these faulis, however, this book, on the whole is intitled to our commendation, and by the young reader, especially, may be perused with advantage. Art. XV. A Serious Address to the Public on the Practice of Vaccination :
in which the late Failure of that Operation in the Family of Earl Grosvenor is particularly adverted to. Sold for the Benefit of the Por
tuguese Sufferers. 8vo. pp. 20. price 1s. Murray, Hatchard. 1811. THE circumstance which gave rise to this publication appears to have + been, that a son of Earl Grosvenor was attacked with the Small-Pox, to a severe and dangerous degree, after having been vaccinated severa) years, and though he had been inoculated by Dr. Jenner himself. This remarkable fact, it is justly observed, stands on the same footing with those instances of idiosyncrasy in which bark or mercury fail to produce their usual specific effects, or those much more numerous cases in which the Small-Pox has occurred a second time. It is not pretended that in every single case the Vaccine Inoculation is an infallible preventive; but it can be demonstrated to be a greater protection against ever taking the Small-pox, than the Variolous Inoculation affords against taking itæ second time. The author observes that • we have not heard that in other countries any objections have arisen to the practice, from the occurrence of failures. Either none such have occurred, or they have had no effect in slackening exertions, nor in preventing the boundless success, which it has had, not only on the continent of Europe, but in all quarters of the globe, whether civilized or uncivilized.' pp. 8, 9.
Even the small hazard which still attends the vaccine practice will doubtless be removed by the eventual extirpation of the Small-Pox. How far such an issue may be reasonably expected, will appear from the following statement.
• From a report made by Dr. Sacco, Superintendant General of Vaccination in Lombardy, dated Trieste, January 3, 1808, it appears that the · Small-pox had entirely disappeared in all the large towns in that country, and that in the great city of Milan this disease has not been seen for several years. Dr. Odier, of Geneva, testifies, that after a vigorous perseverance in the practice for six years, the Small-pox had disappeared in this district; and that when it had been casually introduced by strangers, it did not spread, the whole population being unsusceptible. There is no place where it was received with greater prejudice and reluctance than at Vienna ; but, as soon as their doubts were dispelled by the light of evi. dence, there is no place where it has been adopted with more eagerness and success. The Small-pox was a disease held in peculiar horror ia that capital, on account of its great and tragical fatality in the Imperial Family, as every one knows who has read the interesting narrative of Mr. Wraxall. The annual mortality there from this disease, before the introduction of Vaccination, was at an average 835. It appears from the Report of the Vaccinators, that in 1801, the mortality had fallen to 164; in 1802, to 81 ; in 1803, to 27 ; in 1804, to 2, and these did not belong to the city. The interruption of intelligence since that time has prevented any regular reports from being transmitted ; but it appears in a Jetter from Dr. Carro, principal Inoculator there, to Dr. Marcet, of Lon. don, dated January 18, 1808, that for the last two years and a half there had not occurred even a single instance of Small-pox. The report made to the Central Committee at Paris, is full of the most authentic proofs of the great and general diminution of mortality from Small-pox. At Aigurande the Small-pox had not been seen for two years. It has been extinguished at Lyons. In the principality of Bayreuth, in 1800, immediately before the introduction of Vaccination, the annual mortality from Small-pox amounted to 2843. In 1806 it was reduced to 126. Dr. Christie, lately returned from Ceylon, brings with him the most une questionable testimony of the total extinction of the Small-pox there.
Since the manuscript of this tract was sent to the press, the author called to visit Don Francisco de Salazar, who arrived a few days ago in London on his route from Lima to Cadiz, as a deputy to the Spanish Cortes. He reports, that Vaccination has been practised with so much energy and success in the former city, that for the last twelve months there had occurred dot only no death, but no case of Small-pox, and what the new-born children of all ranks are carried to the vaccinating
house as regularly as to the font of baptism; that the Small-pox is entirely extinguished in Peru, and nearly so in Chili ; and that there is no compulsory interference of Goveroment to promote this practice.' pp. 13--15. Art. XVI. A Series of Discourses, containing a System of Doctrinal
Experimental, and Practical Religion, particularly calculated for the Use of Families, preached in the Parish Church of Dewsbury, Yorkshire, by the Rev. J. Buckworth, A. M. Vicar. 8vo. pp. 313.
Price 4s. Seeley 1811. THE benevolent design and modest pretensions of Mr. Buckworth in
this little volume, even if his abilities had been inferior to what it appears they actually are, would have been sufficient to secure our commendation. It is designed chiefly for the use of the industrious poor, to furnish them with evangelical principles, and excite in their minds a sincere regard to practical Christianity. For these purposes our author, beginning with the being of God and the truth of scripture, in the first place, treats of the great articles of Christian doctrine, then describes the feelings which these articles produce on being received into the heart, and finally explains the duties that Christians should practice in the different relations of life. Although Mr. B. pretends to no qualifi. cation for this business, except a sincere love to his fellow creatures, yet it is evident he is an intelligent observing man, who is much more desirous of advancing the best interests of his parishoners, than of procuring their admiration. He has, therefore, chosen to insist, in a plain earnest manner, on the most important and interesting topics. We can. not but recommend these discourses to those who are in the habit of distributing pious books among the lower orders; as containing a simple and accurate account of the principles and duties of evangelical religion, Art. XVII. Poems on several Occasions : consisting of Sonnets, Miscellaneous Pieces, Prologues and Epilogues, Tales, Imitations, &c. 12mo.
pp. 250. Price 68. boards. By John Taylor, Esq. Murray. 1811. IN an advertisement to this neatly printed volume we learn, that the
author intitled a former work of the same nature, verses, but it being intimated to him, that such a designation savoured too much of affected humility, he has now adopted one in ordinary use.' By whatever came Mr. T judges proper to distinguish his performances, we do not think they can claim much notice, or are likely to be long remembered. Perhaps some exception, however, should be made in favour of the talcs, several of which, though occasionally coarse, are not destitute of point and humour. Art .XVIII. The figured Mantle, and the Bridal Day, Legendary Tales;
with other Poems; By a Sussex Clergyman. 12mo. pp. lll. Price 38. 6d. bds. C. Law. &c. 1811. THE utmost that can be said of these pieces, in point of tendency,
is, that they will do no harm. Whether a' clergyman' ought to have been satisfied with this negative merit, we leave to the decision of our readers.
Art. XIX. The Return to Nature, or a Defence of the Vegetable Regi.
men: with some account of an experiment made during the last three or four years in the Author's Family. By John Frank Newton, Esq.
Part. I. 8vo. pp. 160. Price 5s. Cadell and Davies. 1811. M RNew ton seems to be an extremely well meaning and benevolent
person, who, having experienced great benefit, in his own particular case, (a cancerous one,) from the vegetable regimen,' feels himself called upon to proclaim his discovery to the world, and warn his unsuspecting fellow creatures of the mischiefs occasioned by fish and flesh. These it appears are neither few nor small Animal diet is repeatedly called. 6 poisonous', and the strength it imparts is compared to
the rage of a madman.' (p. 126.) Nay, says Mr N.,' were it con. sistent with the dogmas of our holy religion, I should not hesitate to Gonclude, that this said custom cf Hesh-eating is either that very principle of evil which we denominate " the devil,” or something su parallel with it, that by getting rid of this awkward habit, we should in a great measure banish his Satanic Majesty from the face of the earth. • Equally amusing with this vituperation of butcher's meat, is our author's enthusiastic praise of fruitę and garden stuff. Let but this vegetable diet be universally adopted, and we shall see a stop put to the progressive unhealthfulness of mankind, who would then rival in vigour and robustness, the wild animals in their native woods. One hundred and fifty years would then be the common period of longevity, and Parr would no longer be distinguished by the appellation of old. This argument, indeed, Mr. N. reduces to a syllogism. Old Parr, (for so at present we njust call him) sound and healthy as the wild animals, attained 150 years : All men might be as healthy as the wild animals : Therefore, all men might attain the age of 150 years,' p. 62. Besides, this diet' is the natural food of man... Of all the children whom I have known or heard of, none has disliked fruit, but several have refused to eat meat:". Is there a moralist living who would contend, that robbing an orchard' is a crime of equal magnitude with pillaging a fishmonger's or butcher's stall . Think me not jocular, when I enquire whether this may not be owing to fruit being the natural food of man?' p. 63. The advantages, indeed, to be obtained from this regimen are inestimable. It would become a preservative from contagion.' By, contributing to make nations ! sape and polished, it would speedily abolish overistruined discords in music, the gothic in architecture, and the grotesque in ornaments.' p 135. The operations of our sight at least, and hear. ing, would be much more intense, and our sensual enjoyments more lively than they are at present ;' and 'there would be more spirit in our countenance, more emphasis in our tones, more energy in our actions.' p. 147. - Our worthy author has been vigorously alert to anticipate cavils and objections. ,If it should be asked whether I would have an act passed by King Lords and Commons, to interdict the future use of meat to all his Majesty's subjects ? I answer, that I know how wild would be such a project,' p. 90. Should it be asked how a man under this gradual anelioration of health would ever arrrive at his end ? I answer; he would die of what nature appears to indicate that all animals should die o ld age.' p. 70. It is possible, indeed, that even vegeta