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nized as harmonious and beautiful in The character of the landscape itself; and, at the same time, as fur- around the city is very peculiar, even nishing those features which are con- without reference to any of the feasecrated by ancient description, by the tures that have been described. There history of heroic actions; and still is a certain simplicity of outline and more as the scene of those celebrated colouring, combined with the magnischools of philosophy, which have ficence of form and extent, which contransmitted their influence to every tributes much to this particular effect. succeeding age. The stranger, who It cannot be called a rich scenery, for may be unable to appreciate all the the dry soil of Attica refuses any luxarchitectural beauties of the temples 'uriance of vegetation; and, excepting of Athens, yet can admire the splen- the great olive-grove of the plain, did assemblage they form in their po- little wood enters into the landscape. sition, outline, and colouring; can Yet one of its most striking features trace out the pictures of the poets in is a sort of repose,



be de the vale of Cephissus, the hill of Co- rived from the form of the hills, from lonos, and the ridge of Hymettus; can their slopes of the plain, and from the look on one side upon the sea of Sa- termination of this plain in the placid lamis, on the other upon the heights of surface of the gulf of Salamis; above Phyle; and can tread upon the spots all, perhaps, from the resting point which have acquired sanctity from the which the eye finds in the height of genius and philosophy of which they the Acropolis, and in the splendid were once the seats. The hill of the groupe of ruins covering its summits. Areopagus, the Academy, the Lycæ. In this latter object there is a majesum, the Portico, the Pnyx, if not all tic tranquillity, the effect of time and equally distinct in their situation, yet of its present state, which may not can admit of little error in this respect; easily be described, so as to convey an and the traveller may safely venture idea of the reality of the spot. The to assert to himself, that he is standing stranger will find himself perplexed where Demosthenes spoke to the Athe- in fixing on the point of view whence nians, and where Plato and Aristotle the aspect of these ruins is most im. addressed themselves to their scholars. posing, or their combination most perNo where is antiquity so well substan- fect with the other groups which sur tiated as at Athens, or its outline more round them, completely fitted up both to the eye and imagination. The impressions of this nature,

Grace before Meat.--An Extract, which the traveller obtains, derive If, indeed, there be at:y moment in much vividness from the number of ordinary life more suitable than anominute vestiges surrounding him; and ther for our expressing thankfulness to these are often even more striking to the Supreme Being, it must be that in the fancy than the greater memorials which we receive sensible gratification. of ancient art. Every point in and An acknowledgment is surely the least around Athens abounds with such ves- we can offer, when any boon is con tiges; the fragments of columns, sculp- ferred upon us. And even quadrupeds tured marbles, and Greek inscriptions. are observed to feel this as an impulse Scarcely a single house but affords of Nature, when presented with food. some of these remains, more or less Among rational beings, it has been mutilated ; yet all with some interest nearly an universal practice, to aca annexed to them, as the representa- knowledge, in some form, or reverentives of a past age. This familiarity tial address, the blessing of food they and frequency with which classic were on the point of being refreshed names and images are brought before and supported by. And in all Christhe

cannot fail of interesting the tian, (as a more polished or better attention; and it forms one of the conducted society,) the habit of thanksmost striking, circunstances to the giving on breaking bread, at the seastranger in Athens

son of their meals, was held a sacred


duty. But at every period, good man- and thy herds and thy flocks multiply, ners and good morals have been con- and thy silver and thy gold is multisidered as bearing a strong affinity to plied, Leware that thou forget not the each other. The best breeding, con- Lord thy God, and thy heart be lifted veying an impressive idea of the best up, and thou say, in thine heart, my principles; and we may add, that they power, and the might of my hand hath are only then complete, when they ap- gotten me this ! pear allied to Religion. Thus blended, they constitute the accomplished Ceremonies in the Greek Church on GENTLEMAN! But how inconsistent with such a

the Eve of Euster. From James's

Travels in Russia, &c. pre-eminent distinction would it appear, if the individual was observed to A representation of the sacred tomb sit down, and to rise up from a grati- is exposed to the people during the fying entertainment, where good com- whole of the evening, and at night pany, and good provisions were placed the resurrection is announced formalbefore him, without the least expres- ly in all the churches. We entered sion of notice or civility towards the the Casan church at a late hour; the bountiful Master of the feast ! nave, the aisles, in short, every part

We are led to this remark by the was crowded to suffocation with an strange neglect observable among host of devotees; thousands of lightthose who ought to know better, in ed tapers (for each bore one in his not complying with, I may say, an edi- hand) glitted over the whole area, fying practice of all our forefathers, spreading an illumination as bright as that of audibly and reverently saying noon. As the hour of twelve apgrace before and after meals. proached, all eyes were earnestly bent

Whoever considers the custom of on the sanctuary; at length it opened, returning thanks after meals, and of when there issued forth a long train fering up a prayer for benediction of banners, crosses, &c. with archiwhen we sit down to them, on its own mandrites, protopopes, and priests of merits, will perceive nothing can be all ranks, dressed in their sumptuous urged against it, beyond the silly af- robes of embroidered silk, covered fectation of more refined habits, than with gold and silver, and jewels; they those of ordinary life ; and an idie moved slowly through the crowd, and mimicking of the negligence, not to went out from the doors of the church say the profaneness of certain indivi- as if to search for the body of our duals. But those whose thoughts and Lord. In a few minutes the insignia manners are influenced by discretion were seen again, on their return, and sound judgment, will readily ac- floating above the heads of the mob, quiesce in the propriety of offering at along the nave; and when the Archour meals acknowledgments of God's bishop had regained the altar, he proprovidence, and our dependence on nounced, with a loud voice, Christos him for all we have, or wish to enjoy. volseress, “Christ is risen.” At that

Grace said, with an unaffected so- instant the hymn of praise commenclemnity, is edifying and impressive; ed, and a peal of ordnance from the especially on such as have sense enough fortress re-echoed the joyful tidings to believe that they can enjoy no bless throughout the city. The world of ing, or relish any one comfort, but Mongiks now saluted and congratulatwhat is cominunicated to them by the ed one another in turn; the days of hand of God. And if there be no fasting were at an end; tables spread disposition of the heart to be devoutly with provisions in a short time made thankful, when we meet to enjoy the their appearance in the church; the gratifying continuation of God's daily forbidden meats were tasted with eablessings upon us and our friends, that ger appetite, and a feast of gluttony, heart will seldom be truly thankful on that annually proves fatal to some of any other occasion.

the followers of this religion, took When thou hast eaten, and art full, place of penance and prayer.

A second carnival of one week suc- the handsomest are made of porcelain, ceeded this day, and afforded, though and it is a gift generally made to the in a different way, an equally gratify- fair sex. The lady in complaisance ing spectacle. The Isaac Platz was grants the donor permission to kiss filled with people, drinking quass and her hand, which, on his rising, is rekislitchi, visiting puppet-shows or rope turned according to the graceful mode dancers, enjoying themselves in the of Russian salutation, on the gentletcherkeli or round-about, and follow- man's cheek. By old established cusing each other in succession, down the tom, no lady of any rank whatsoever slope of the summer-hills. This last can refuse the salate to the meanest is one of the most favourite amuse. person in the streets that does but ments; the apparatus consists of a

make her the offer of an egg. seaffold between thirty and forty feet high, with an inclined plane in front,

For the Christian Journal.. constructed in imitation of the icehills, the ordinary diversion of the DESOLATION.-Jer. iv. 23. winter season. It is tastefully adorn- I look'd on the earth, but, behold! ed with flowers and boughs of trees,

Its form and its beauty were gone,

The flow'rets had ceased to unfold amidst which an amateur of the sport The leaves that so lovely once shone. is hurried in a small narrow cart with I look'd on the heavens, but there four wheels; descending the steep,

Was darkness, and silence, and night:

It seem'd like an hour of despair, and traversing with the impulse a le

Without c'en a glimmer of light. vel stage below, of some hundred feet

I look'd on the mountains that rose in length, though not quite so secure

In majesty over the plain,ly as in the case before mentioned. They were moved from their awful repose--The infinite variety of gay colour

They were shaken from where they had lain,

I look'd-but no vestige appear'd and costume exhibited by a Russian

Of man in the regions around; mob adds to the pleasure of the scene,

I listen'd-but never was heard

Mid the horrible darkness a sound! and, besides the novelty of the aspect in this point, it is the most extraordi- The birds from the heavens were gone,

Their plumage no more met the eye, nary sight to a foreigner to behold

As carelessly sporting they shone these stout majestic men, with solemn

In the glorious blaze of the sky ! beards and placid countenances, slid- The garden, of late clad in bloom,

Was a wild and a desolate waste, ing down these hills in go-carts, or

And the breezes no more with perfume whirled round one after another in

By their beautiful borders were blest. the light round-about, or (as permis. The cities were stretch'd on the plain, sion is universally given in this week) Their glory and majesty quell'd, jingling the church bells as an act of Their proud ones were proved to be vain,

Their visions of grandeur dispelld. serious devotion.

The Lord had arisen in wrath, But still more singular is the charm His anger had darken’d the sky; produced by the sight of so vast a con

All wither'd and sunk in his path,

As the Judge of creation past by! course of people all still and quiet.

E. An universal face of merriment and good humour unceasingly prevails,

HYMN, but it is every where accompanied with the same noiseless appearance. Composed for the Dedication of St. John's

Church, Washington City, December 27th, A sight that forms a strong contrast 1816. By B. H. Latrobe. with the loud mirth of an Italian, or

God of power, God of love, the joyous boisterousness of an Eng. Earth thy footstool, heaven thy throne!

lish mob. But with the forced and From thy seat of bliss above į artificial Russian, even their quantum Thou who dwellst in endless space

Bow thine ear in mercy down! of gladness is regulated by the strict Fill the house we now prepare order of the police.

With thy presence and thy grace;
The presentation of an egg in sign

Hlear, oh hear thy people's prayer?
of the termination of the fast, is ihe Vainly human power essays,
usual compliment of the season among Worthily a shrine to raise

Vainly toils the artist's skill, the people of all ranks, high or low; Which thy Majesty may fill.

But where, in thy sacred name,

Kearney, of that Church; the Rev. Pe. Two or three assembled are,

trus Stuyvesant Ten Broeck, of Trinity They may thy sure promise claim, Thou wilt hear their humble prayer.

Church, Fishkill, and the Churches at Once o'er all this favour'd land

Philips-Town, and Peekskill; and the Savage wilds and darkness spread;

Rev. George Weller, Missionary in WestShelter'd now long thy kind hand

Chester county, Deacons, were admitted Cheerful dwellings rear their head. Where once frown'd the tangled wood, by the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart to the Fertile fields and meadows smile;

holy order of Priests. Where the stake of torture stood, Rises now thy Church's pile.

On Sunday, April 27th, in St. George's Where the arrow's vengeful flight,

Church, New-York, Charles Smith, NaSex, nor age, nor childhood spared,

thaniel F. Bruce, and Richard F. Cadle Fraud was skill, and power was right were admitted by the Right Rev. Bishop

There thy Gospel's sound is heard ! Hear'd, alas! too oft in vain,

Hobart to the Holy order of Deacons. Yet with mild prevailing force

On Sunday morning, the 1st inst. an Spreads its love diffusing reign,

Ordination was held in St. Paul's Church, Nor can aught impede its course. Where the hostile firebrand's flash

by the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart; when Redden'd, late, the midnight air,

George W. Norton, of Ontario county; And the falling column's crash

Samuel Nicholls, of Fairfield, Herkimer Drown'd the cry of wild despair; Thou, whose nod the storms obey,

county; Asahel Davis, of Utica; and Midst the wreck of blazing domes,

William H. Northrop, of Athens, were Bad'st the foe his fury stay,

admitted to the holy order of Deacons : And respect our private homes.

and the Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, DeaFor these wonders of thy grace, See us bow the grateful knee,

con, officiating at Turin, and its vicinity, And with this, thy holy place,

to the holy order of Priests.
Consecrate ourselves to thee.
And when in this temple's bound,

To thy altar we repair,
Breathe thy healing presence round,
Hear, oh hear thy people's prayer!

The General Convention of the Pro

testant Episcopal Church, which met in RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. this city on Tuesday, the 20th ult, ad. ORDINATIONS,

journed on the Tuesday following. The On Thursday, the 20th of March last, next triennial meeting of this body will an Ordination was held in St. James's be held in the city of Philadelphia. Church, Newtown, Long-Island, by the The government of the Protestant EpisRight Rev. Bishop Hobart, and the Rev. copal Church is so organized as not to Evan Malbone Johnson, and the Rer. render it necessary for its ecclesiastical William Creigton, Deacons, were admite assemblies to transact a great deal of bu. ted to the holy order of Priests. On this siness. In the recent Convention, a view occasion the Morning Prayer was celebrat- of the state of the Church was taken by ed by the Rev. Mr. Henshaw, and a Ser the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies mon preached by the Rev. Dr. Bowen. and transmitted to the Bishops, who form The Church at Newtown has been re. a separate House; and from this latter cently repaired, and altered in a manner body, a Pastoral Address, of considerable that reflects much credit on the congre. length and interest, was received, which, gation.

as well as the Journals of the Convention, On Friday, the 28th of March last, the will be published. Arrangements were Rev. William Creighton was instituted, made for organizing the Protestant Epis. by the Bishop, Rector of St. Mark's copal Church in the Western States; and Church, New-York; the Rev. Dr. Harris, the Church in North-Carolina, which has the former Rector of that Church, con- been recently organized, was received fining himself to the duties of his office into union with the Convention. The most as President of Columbia College. important measure which occupied the

On Wednesday, April 2d, at St. Paul's deliberations of the Convention, was the Church, East-Chester, the Rev. Ravaud establishment of a general Theological



Seminary. This measure was adopted Friday, June 6th, consecrated the Church with great unanimity, and arrangements at North-Killingworth, and confirmed 47 made for speedily carrying it into effect. persons. Saturday, 7th, A. M. conseThe city of New-York is chosen as the crated the Church at North-Guilford, and site of this institution. We cannot avoid confirmed 37 persons--P, M. at Northexpressing the hope that Episcopalians ford, confirmed 10 persons.-Sunday, 8th, generally, by their liberal contributions, A. M. at Wallingford, confirmed 33 per. will found an institution worthy of the sons—P. M. at North-Haven, confirmed venerable Church to which they belong, 35 persons. Monday, 9th, A. M. at Branand which will be the means of furnish- ford, confirmed 37 persons–P. M. Easting a pious, learned, and faithful clergy. Haven, confirmed 17 persons. Total numThe friends of the Episcopal Church must ber confirmed at these visitations—259. also cherish the hope that this institution will be conducted on principles that will LATE PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLAND. tend to promote the unity and harmony of Discourses and Dissertations on the their communion.

Scriptural Doctrines of Atonement and We understand that in the House of Sacrifice; and on the principal arguments

advanced, and the mode of reasoning Clerical and Lay Deputies, there was

employed, by the opponents of those Docmuch interesting and eloquent uiscussion. trines, as held by the Established Church. It must be gratifying to Episcopalians, to

With an Appendix, containing some stric

tures on Mr. Delsham's Account of the find laymen of the first talents and dis,

Unitarian Scheme, in his Review of Mr. tinction taking an active interest in the Wilberforce's Treatise: together with reconcerns of their Church, and exhibiting marks on the Version of the New Testa. and advocating, as on this occasion, the ment, lately published by the Unitarians. soundest principles of ecclesiastical poli. L'A. Dean of Cork, Chaplain to his Ex

By William Magee, D. D. F. R. S. M. R. ty.

cellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, In the next number of the Journal we late Senior Fellow of Trinity College, shall give a more particular account of and Professor of Mathematics in the Uni

versity of Dublin. A new Edition (bethe proceedings of the Convention.

ing the fourth) with large additions.

An Appendix to the “ Comparative New Haven, June 14.

View of the Churches of England and

Rome.” Containing some explanatory On Wednesday, the 4th inst. the Con

Notes on Church Authority; the Charac. vention of the Protestant Episcopal Church ter of Schism, and “ the Rock," on wliich of this Diocess met at Guilford. There our Saviour declared that he would build was a general attendance of the Clergy, F. R. S. Margaret Professor of Divinity

his Church. By Herbert Marsh, D. D. and a respectable representation of the

in Cambridge. Laity. The parochial reports presented The Life of the Right Rev. Father in on this occasion, exhibit an interesting God, Jeremy Taylor, D. D. Chaplain in. view of the Church, inasmuch as they ordinary to King Charles I. and Lord Bigive evidence of its steady increase, and shop of Down, Connor, and Dromore. By

the Rev. Henry Kaye Bonney, M. A. of its growing prosperity. The Right Rev. Christ's College, Cambridge, Prebendary Bishop Hobart, of New-York, at present of Lincoln; Rector of King's-Cliff, in the acting as Bishop of Connecticut, under county of Northampton, &c. &c. the 20th Canon of the General Conven- the Diocess of Carlisle. By Samuel, Lord

A Charge delivered to the Clergy of tion, attended and presided. He preach. Bishop of that Diocess, at his third Vied a Sermon at the opening of the Con- sitation in June, 1816. vention, and administered the apostolic Fourth, relating to the Interpretation of

Dr. Marsh's Theological Lectures. Part rite of Confirmation to 23 persons. On Prophecy. the following day, after the Convention

he again preached at Guilford, to Printed and published by T. & J. Swonvs, a large and attentive auditory, and after. No. 160 Pearl.street, New-York; where wards visited the several neighbouring pa

Subscriptions for this Work will be re. rishes, in each of which he preached and

ceived, at one dollar per annum, or 24

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