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Judge ye, who know a mother's cares
For the dear tender babe she bears,
The parent's anguish-ye alone
Such sad vicissitudes have known,

Deep was the wound; nor slight the pain
Which made the Rose-tree thus complain:

Dear little darling! art thou gone, Thy charms scarce to thy mother known, • Removed so soon, so suddenly

Snatch'd from my fond maternal eye, • What had'st thou done, dear offspring, say, •So early to be snatch'd away. • What! gone for eter !-seen no more! • For ever I thy loss deplore. · Ye dews descend, with tears supply • My now for ever tearful eye; • Or rather come some northern blast, • Dislodge my yielding roots in haste. •Whirlwinds, arise-my branches tear, • And to some distant region bear, • Far from this spot, a wretched mother, • Whose fruit and joys are gone together.

As thus the anguish'd Rose-tree cry’d,
Her owner near her she espy'd;
Who in these gentle terms reprov'd
A plant, though murm’ring, still belov'd :-

Cease, beauteous flower, these useless cries, And let my lessons make thee wise. • Art thou not mine? Did not my hand, • Transplant thee from the barren sand, • Where once a mean unsightly plant, • Expos'd to injury and want, • Unknown and unadmir'd, I found, . And brought thee to this fertile ground; - With studious art improv'd thy form, · Secur'd thee from the inclement storm,

And through the seasons of the year, • Made thee my unabating care? • Hast thou not blest thy happy lot, • In such an owner-such a spot? * But now, because thy shoot I've taken, • Thy best of friends must be forsaken. • Know, flower belov’d, e'en this atlliction • Shall prove to thee a benediction ; • Had I not the young plant remov'd, • (So fondly by the heart belov'd) • Of me thy heart would scarce have thought, • With gratitude no more be fraught: '-Yea-thy own beauty be at stake • Surrender'd for thy offspring's sake. • Nor think, that, hidden from thine eyes, • The infant plant neglected lies• No-l've another garden where • In richer soil and purer air " It's now transplanted, there to shine • In beauties fairer far than thine.

Nor shalt thou always be apart
* From the dear darling of thy heart;
For 'tis my purpose thee to bear
In future time, and plant thee there,
* Where thy now absent off-set grows,
"And blossoms a CELESTIAL Rose.
* Be patient, then, till that set hour shall come,
“When thou and thine sball in new beauties bloom :

No more its absence shall thou then deplore,
* Together grow, and ne'er be parted more.'

These words to silence hush'd the plaintive Rose,
With deeper blushes reddening now she glows,
Submissive bow'd her unrepining head,
Again her wonted, grateful fragrance shed
Cry'd, “Thou hast taken only what's thine own,
• Therefore thy will, my Lord, not inine, be done.'

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FOR THE CHURCHMAN'S MAGAZINE.

HEATHEN MORALITY.

[Continued from page 33.] IN thy ranners be affable ; in thy words polite. Affability consists in saluting every one; politeness in addressing them with ease. Be polite to all ; intimate only with the virtuous; so wilt thou avoid the enmity of the one sort, and conciliate the friendship of the other. In company address not too frequently the same persons, nor be too prolise on the same subjects, for there is satiety in all things.

Accustom thyself to voluntary labour, that thou mayest be able to endure what shall be necessary.

Do thy utmost endeavour to command those passions, which it would be base in thee to serve ; such are avarice, anger, pleasure, grief. And this thou wilt do, if thou desirest wealth, for the sake of the dignity it will add to thy state, and not from the love of possessing; if when angry, thou conductest towards those who offend, as thou wouldst have them, in a like case, conduct towards thee; in the enjoyment of pleasures, if thou deemest it dishonourable to command thy servants, but obey thy lusts; in adversity, if thou considerest the calamities of others, and rememberest that thou thyself art a man.

Keep more sacredly thy word, than thou wouldst a pledge; for the virtuous man should so conduct, that his word may be more worthy of credit, than his oath.

In proportion as the abandoned are to be distrusted, put confidence in the upright. Commit a secret to no one, unless it be for his interest, as well as for thy own, that the matter be concealed.

Ifan oath be requested of thee, for two reasons give it; to purge thyself from dishonour, or to save a friend from danger. But in a pecuniary cause, swear not at all, though thou mightest do it with a safe conscience ; for to some thou wilt seem perjured, to others a varicious.

Make friendship with no man, until thou hast discovered in what manner he hath conducted towards his former intimates; for such as he was to them, expect to find him towards thee.

Be slow in contracting friendships ; but when once contracted, let

them be perpetual ; for frequently to change familiars is as suspicious as to have none.

Try not the integrity of friendship to thine own danger; and yet remain not ignorant of the dispositions of thy companions. This thou mayest do by feigning to need their aid, when thou needest it not; or by communicating to them, as a secret, what thou art wilJing should be known ; then if betrayed, no injury will follow; and thou wilt have obtained thy wish, by knowing their want of integrity.

Friends will be known in the hour of affliction, and in a day of danger. For as gold is tried in the fire, so pure friendship is mani. fested by adversity.

Wouldst thou be a perfect friend to thy friends, wait not until they ask thy aid ; but voluntarily offer it, when circumstances so require.

Deem it no less unworthy to be outdone in beneficence by thy friends, than vanquished by the malevolence of thy enemies.

Esteem those to be real friends, who condole in thy afflictions, and envy not thy good fortune ; for there are many, who envy prosperity, as much as they compassionate adversity.

Make mention of thy absent friends to those who are present, lest thou shouldst be suspected of neglecting them when they are absent.

** * RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. Extract of a letter from a Student of Divinity, belonging to Boston, and now in London, to a Minister of the Gospel in Massachusetts, dated London, September 16, 1805.

“ THERE is now in London, a converted Jew, by the name of Trey, whom, doubtless, you have heard of, who is preaching the gospel to his deluded countrymen, and with considerable success. Many young Jews steal from their rigid parents, at the hazard of their lives, to hear him preach. It is astonishing what persecution he and his followers meet with from their enraged countrymen. He is obliged to be attended to his meeting by a guard. The angry Jews appear to cry out with the spirit of their fathers, “ crucify him.The good people here expect much from his exertions; he is a man of great abilities, and the most fervent piety.”

There is now lodged in the hands of ROBERT Ralston, Esq. of Philadelphia, the sum of 1000 guineas, to be sent to the EastIndies, for the purpose of procuring a translation of the Bible into the language of that country, and in circulating it among the heathen natives. The work, it seems, is to go on under the patronage of the Baptist Missionary Society, in London. Additional donations to the above sum, are solicited from the piously disposed citizens of the United States. And to this end, a number of gentlemen of the clerical profession, mostly Presbyterians and Baptists, of the city of Philadelphia, have joined in an address recommendatory of the design; in which, among other things, they say, “ Nothing, it appears to us, can be more deeply interesting to a truly benevolent mind. The design contemplated, is not to disseminate the favourite tenets of any particular sect of Christians. It is to print and

propagate, among a race of heathen, who are sunk and degraded by the vilest and cruelest system of superstition and idolatry, the pure word of eternal life, contained in the Holy Scriptures, without any gloss or comment whatsoever. If this can be extensively effected, the happiest consequences may be expected to follow : since the natives of India, unlike most other pagans, are many of them able to read, and still more of them are disposed earnestly to listen to what the Bible contains. Even the amelioration of their condition in this life, by a knowledge and belief of the Scriptures, would be an event calculated to produce a lively joy, in every mind influenced by humanity : for their horrible superstition subjects them unceasingly to the most dreadful torments, and annually deprives a large number even of life itself. But in addition to this, how interesting must be the thought to every truly pious mind, that many of these miserable creatures, by having a Bible in their hands, may not only better their worldly condition, but become truly converted unto God, and, through the merits of the Saviour, be raised to eternal happiness and glory. Among the many objects which we know are now soliciting the patronage of the pious and the liberal, throughout our country, we cannot but think, that this deserves a marked attention. Nor can we forbear to add, that we have good reason to believe, that donations from the inhabitants of the United States, for the promotion of the design which has here been specified, would greatly animate and encourage the worthy men who are engaged in the translation of the Scriptures, by giving them a striking proof that their arduous work interests the feelings, and is accompanied by the good wishes of Christians, in every region to which the knowledge of it has extended.

“ Some other important considerations, which it is hoped will as much encourage the liberality of the public, as they animate the hopes and labours of the missionaries in India, ought to be briefly stated. At Serampore, the immediate seat of the mission, there are a type foundery and printing presses, together with a valuable library, consisting chiefly of books containing the various copies and readings of the Scriptures, with whatever can materially facilitate the labours of a translator. Learned natives can be procured to assist in the work : and the local situation of the mission is such as will render its distribution throughout India easy and immediate. The missionaries themselves, (among whom is the laborious, learned, and pious Mr. CAREY, Professor of Oriental languages in the College of Fort William, at Calcutta) have been so long engaged in studying language, and in translating, that the employment has become in a good degree habitual.”

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ANECDOTE. A MERCHANT in Boston sent a present of chocolate, sugar, &c. to the Rev. Dr. Byles, with a billet, desiring his acceptance, as a comment upon Gal. vi. 6. « Let him that is taught in the word, communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.The Doctor, who was then confined by indisposition, returned his compliments,

thanking the layman for his excellent family expositor, and wished him to give a practical exposition of Matt. xxv. 36. “ I was sick and ye visited me."

MONTHLY OBITUARY. DIED, on Friday, the 20th of December last, the Rey. SAMUEL KEENE, jun, in Talbot County, (Md.) In him the Church of Maryland lost an esteemed minister, an excellent scholar, and accomplished gentleman; and society a most pious and exemplary man. He died a little before he had reached his 40th year, about 10 years of which he had labour-ed under a consumptive complaint, which, the greater part of that time, had precluded him the exercise of his ministerial functions. He had made choice of the clerical profession from principle and inclination, haying been brought up and educated by an uncle, a clergy man, of the same name, who had the happiness to see his own piety of disposition and correctness of principle copied by this his beloved and adopted son; and in pursuance of this sacred character, preferred to one more lucrative, for which his talents would have eminently fitted him. Though he was not enabled to exercise many years the public duties of his holy office, yet it pleased God to make his sickness generally edifying and particularly useful to many. By a resignation free from murmuring, a temper towards God truly filial and submissive, a faith correct and lively, a sense of divine things deep and habitual, and a devotion ardent and manly, added to a life and conversation correspondent here with, he became a standing lesson to those around him; and many friends and acquaintances especial ly, will acknowledge gratefully the impressions which were either received or strengthened by visiting him in his last illness. This small tribute to his memory is rendered by one who knew him many years, and esteemed and loved him in them all.

Also, on the 28th December last, Mr. CLAYTON THOMAS, son of Mr. Samuel Thomas, of Wye, Queen Ann's County, (Md.) a young man of amiable character, promising parts, and liberal education. In him was early nipped the bud of expectation, and sickness was dispensed to arrest his first progress in professional studies. His parents and friends, however, had the consolation to find that he lived to attain, wbat many attain not in the longest life, the pearl of great price" I mean a true and purifying faith in the Divine Redeeiner. This he enjoyed long enough to have it refreshed and strengthened by a frequent perusal of the sacred pages, especially of the New Testament. He continued some time, and at length went off the scene of mortality, rejoicing in God his Saviour. Deep was his grief, and most ingenuous his sorrow, to think that he had ever been a stranger to “ the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge." If “the righteous” according to the Prophet (Isa. Ivii. 1.) “are taken away from the evil to come," what solace must it be to the friends of deceased youth, to think that they are rescued from the snares and pollutions of an infidel generation, and received to the arms of that Jesus in whom they have believed. Remember," () young man or young woman, whosoever thou art that readest this, remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth.

By the Editor's present distance from the press, an inconvenience which he hopes soon to remove, some errors have crept into the first number, which the reader is desired to correct.

Page 9, line 19th from the bottom, for Antonius, read Antoninus. Same page, I. i4th, from the bottom, for worded, read recorded. P. 33, 1. 7th, from the top, for or, read for. P. 38,1. 28th, from the top, for broad, read

brood.

EVANGELION is received, and is under consideration.

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