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Ah, mighty bard, avails it now,
Now that thy few short years are gone,
Which graces dwelt upon :
Lov'd thy majestic pomp of song,
Art laid the tombs among !
To aid the guilty and profane,
Thy life how worse than vain ?
O hadst thou sung Religion's praise,
In heaven had dwelt thy lays.
Earth may return its paltry meed-
Blazon thy every deed :
To honour her lor'd poet's shade;
These too, like him, must fade.
June 4, 1824.
Edilfred, the Saxon king of Northumbria, (Northumberland) besieged Chestria, (Chester) A. D. 613; and Brocknael, a British prince, advanced to relieve it. The religious of the monastery of Bangor, to pray for the success of their countrymen, marched 'thither in solemn procession. « On the summit of a " neighbouring hill, Edilfred espied an anarmed crowd, the monks of Bangor, “ who, like Moses in the wilderness, bad hoped by their prayers to determine “ the fate of the battle. If they pray,' exclaimed the pagan, they fight “ against us !' and ordered a detachment of his army to put them to the sword.” Lingard's History of England.
THE MONK'S MARCH.
Such was the divine decree, -
Bands that masses only sung,
Hands that censors only swung, Floating down the sylvan Dee,
Met the northern bow and bill O miserere Domini !
Heard the war-cry wild and shrill On the long procession goes,
Woe to Brockmael's feeble hand Glory round their crosses glows,
Woe to E’lfrid's bloody brand, And the Virgin Mother mild
Woe to Saxon cruelty On their peaceful banner smil'd. O miserere Domini !
Weltering amid warriors slain,
Bangor! o'er the murder wail,
* William of Malmsberry says, that in his time, the extent of the ruins of the monastery bore ample witness to the destruction occasioned by the massacre. “ The number of the monks slain on this hill, is generally said to have been 1200, “ but Bede observes that others, beside the monks, had assembled to pray. He “supposes that the victory of Edilfrid fulfilled the prediction of Augustin.” Lingard.
CONVERSION OF THE EARL OF RODEN.
In the course of last month, the twentieth anniversary of the British and Foreign Bible Soeiety, was held at the Freemason's Tavern ; at which were present the Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry, Lord Calthorp, Lord Gambier, Charles Grant, Esq. M. P. Lord Harrowby, the Earl of Roden, Joseph J. Gurney, Esq. Lord Teignmouth, the president, and Rev. Mr. Bramble the secretary.
The Secretary informed the meeting that the progress of the Society had considerably increased. New versions of the Scriptures are still preparing—others have undergone revision, some of which have passed throagh fifteen editions. New doors continually open for the spread of the Holy Scriptures, and the funds of the Society are ever prepared to meet those new demands. In Scotland the Society was advancing, and Ireland had not been neglected: the Irish people are to be regulated and their condition improved by the perusal of the holy Scriptares, and they were therefore now engaged in circulating the New Testament in the Irish character. (applause.) In conclusion, the Society was recommended to persevere in their exertions until the whole earth should be filled with Bibles.
The Earl of Harrowby said, the success and eminence of the Society was calculated to amaze, considering it was in its mere infancy-only in its twentieth year. It was gratifying to him to see that the state of Ireland was not neglected; that country would not, one day or other, be insensible of such exertions; the successes of the Society was the Lord's doing and marvellous in their eyes.
The Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry spoke of the successes of the Society in Columbia against bigotry—that despotism, civil and religious had covered that land, impaired her moral energies—had made it the seat of superstition---the very fastness of Papal power.
The Earl of Roden in the course of his speech said there was one simple fact which be could not omit stating to the assembly. I will not, said the noble lord, say how many years since I knew a man who was involved in all the scenes of fashionable dissipation he had no care for heavenly things. He happened to be present at one of the meetings of your Society in Dublin; and, ashamed to be detected in such a place, he retired to a corner of the room, there so secretly he heard opinions delivered which were indeed new to him, and which penetrated his soul, for he then felt that if these sentiments were correct, his eternal misery was well nigh accomplished; he was not an old man--so thought he and what was to become of his immortal-soul-80 he was exceedingly sorrowful : but it pleased God in that Society to inform his mind with right principles, I cannot describe to you the joy and peace which that man experienced. In the Bible, be bas found a protection from the storm which few have felt more keenly; but I trust few with more perfect resignation. (applause,) That individual is this day permitted to have the honour of addressing you. (loud applause.)
Joseph J. Gurney, Esq. Secretary of the Norfolk & Norwich Bible Association said, when he heard to day from a noble lord that his Conversion was due to attending an anniversary meeting of this Society, it was to him an additional proof of the excellence of the Society. The Scriptures as they were given by inspiration might be read by themselves. He approved of the great protestant principles of perusing the Scriptures without note or comment.
On Monday, the 7th instant, the second anniversary of the Birmingham Auxiliary Sunday-school Society for Ireland, was held at the Royal Hotel, Birmingham, The Right Hon. the Earl of Roden, president of the Parent Society, was unanimously called to the Chair.
After a good deal of the usual sickening cant, and insult, and misrepresentation of the Catholic religion and the state of Ireland
The Rev. Mr. Mc Donnel, Pastor of a Catholic congregation, rose at the bottom of the room, and was soliciting the attention of the assembly, when he was called towards the orchestra, the place from where the different speakers addressed the meeting; the reverend gentleman obeyed the call, and was proceeding to deliver his sentiments, when he was interrupted by the noble chairman, who addressed him, as we understand in the followiug words : “ This is a meeting of the Irish Sunday-school Society, and no one is permitted to speak but those who have been appointed by the committee.” The reverend gentleman then bowed and withdrew; he immediately after left the room, followed by several other gentlemen.
This conduct of the right honorable convert, bas called forth the following letter of a Protestant Dissenter which appeared in the Birmingham Chronicle of the same day, in which the Report of the proceedings of the meeting were inserted. **********0x000 xxxx>0000*************
Letter of the Protestant Dissenter to the Earl of Roden.
My Lord, I have this Morning attended a Meeting, convened under the presidency of your Lordship, at the Royal Hotel, in aid of a fund for
the support of Sunday Schools in Ireland. Impressed with a painful sense of the extent of the claims of
that unhappy country on the best exertions of Englishmen, and assured, that by teaching the great body of the people to read, and
consequently, at some future period, to think, we shall ultimately entail on that people every blessing which the christian, the philanthropist, or the Patriot, can deem desirable, I saw with satisfaction the numerous and respectable assemblage of my fellow townsmen, under the auspices of a nobleman of your Lordship's
distinction and talents, for the advancement of so excellent an object In appeals made by successive speakers to the feelings of the Meet
ing, the popular topics of the oppressive and anti-scriptural
Priesthood is said to foster, were strenuously insisted on.*
tholics present listened to these imputations in patient silence,
as a scholar, peculiarly candid as a theologian, and, I verily be- lieve, as zealous a friend to the religious instruction of the poor as any individual in the assembly, rose, not with an intention of offering the slightest opposition to the proceedings of the meeting, but of respectfully defending his brethren against accusations, which he believed to be unfounded. With this view, my Lord, he was about to address the chair, when your Lordship silenced him by observing that “ No one could be permitted to speak except the Gentlemen appointed by the Committee." The Rev. Gentleman bowed and withdrew, followed by a few other respectable per
sons, I presume, of his own communion. Taught from my childhood to detest every species of tyranny, civil
or religious, I am certainly any thing but an admirer of the Church of Rome, many of whose distinguishing tenets I have long regarded as inveterately opposed to the best interests of man. Perhaps the most dangerous characteristic of this Church, is her alledged hostility to discussion, and intolerance of dissentient opinions. My lord, with what mingled grief and shame must every consistent and reflecting protestant have heard your lordship’s 'interdiction this morning!” " That your lordship has acted on this occasion with a vigour be
yond the law, is so obvious, that even an attempt to prove it seems to require an apology. The object of the meeting held this morning, was not merely to listen to a report, but to receive, and if approved, to pass certain resolutions. Now, to move a resolution, is to submit it to the consideration of those whom the mover addresses, and any thing like property in the motion, ceases from the instant in which it is made; but to submit a question to the consideration of a meeting, and at the same time to forbid the discussion of any member of it, (who conforms to the established rules of debate) either of the question itself, or of the observations with which it has been introduced, is to do that which my respect for your lordship prevents me from correctly designating.” “I will not weary your lordship with any remarks on the absur
dity and injustice of silencing an opponent by authority, or on the injury which such conduct seldom fails to inflict on even the best of causes; but as a senator, your lordship cannot be unac
I observed with pleasure, that several Movers of Resolutions adopted a very different course: one gentleman in particular, distinctly though delicately, reproved the reflections alluded to, and, in his own speech, shewed how ably the interests of one class of persons may be contended for, without reproaching another.
quainted with the fearful excitement which at this moment agitates the minds of millions of your countrymen, and as a statesman you must be aware of the importance of conciliating that great and powerful body which you have this day publicly affronted in the person of one of its members, but without whose cooperation, neither the contributions of the liberal, nor the influence of your lordship, nor even the efforts of the pious and well intentioned
will, I fear, ever prove availing." “Respectfully leaving the grounds on which your lordship, as a
christian and a gentleman, may be disposed to defend the proceedings complained of, to your more mature consideration, I have the honour to be, my lord,
Your lordship's most obedient servant, Birmingham,
A PROTESTANT DISSENTER. June 7th, 1824.
SPEECH OF THE Rev. MR. MʻDONNELL. We have received the following from the Rev. T. M. M'Donnell, as the substance of the address which he intended to have spoken at the Meeting above mentioned.
My.Lord, May I solicit the attention of your Lordship and that of the ladies and gentlemen here assembled, to some observations upon the proceedings of this day? When the Rev. Gentleman who moved the first resolution eulogised your Lordship’s residence in the unfortunate country to which you belong, and held forth such residence as an example well worthy the imitation of other great landed proprietors, I cordially agreed with him ; and when he and the other gentlemen who have followed bin, bestowed their eloquent eulogiums on the objects of this institution, considered abstractedly, I also cordially agreed with them. Education, well directed, is perhaps the greatest advantage which one human being can confer upon another, and it is difficult to view without emotions of delight the zeal that appears on this occasion to animate this assembly; and if I differ from some of the speakers, in regard to several of their assertions, it is very far from my wish to malign their motives. On the contrary, if the assertions, which they have been instructed to make be correct, if those be really facts, which they have related as such, then the warmth with which they have commented upon those facts, and the warmth with which those comments have been received by this respectable audience, must be acknowledged to be not only justifiable, but highly commendable. My Lord, such warmth is the spontaneous emotion of a virtuous soul, which naturally kindles into indignation at the bare pros. pect of any outrage against morality, and still more of any impiety against God. On the other hand, if I impugn not their motives, if I regard what I consider their mistakes as, at the worst, but the effects of a virtuous credulity, I claim the same credit for myself; I claim that you give credit to my solemn assurance that I rise now with unfeigned reluctance,—that I rise only in compliance with a solemn conviction that I owe it to that unfortunate country, which I am proud, even for its misfortunes, to call “ the land of my forefathers ;" I owe it to that exemplary body of men, of which I have the honour to be a member ; I owe it to the important station which, as pastor to the Roman Catholic congregation of this town, I occupy, to endeavour to remove the erroneous impressions which the statements of two Rev. Gentlemen are calculated to make. These gentlemen, in advocating this charity, have thought it right, in no very measured language, to declaim against the religion, and the clergy of the religion of the Irish people. I will not dwell on the impolicy of such declamation, and its inconsis;