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and virulent. Let the provident calcus ing with the Bible Society," and we lators of the benefits to be derived from cheerfully refer our readers to the this Society, now set their purposed ad- work itself} and have no doubt revantages, against these positive disadvan- maining in our own minds, that their tages, and then inform us how far the sentiments will accord with ours. balance is in our favour. It may be sound religion and sound policy to unite with Dissenters; but, I conceive, it is

11. An University Prize Poem, on His

Majesty King George III. having comson what more politic and orthodox to be at unity among ourselves.

pleted the Fiftieth Year of His Reign. “ And setting even this consideration

By Nicholas John Halpin, T. C. D. out of the case, will any sincere Church

1811, 8vo. pp. 19. Harding. man seriously assert, that this confede- AFTER duly celebrating the varacy is calculated " to lessen the politi- rious merits of an excellent Sovereigo, cal and religious evils of dissent*?". That Mr. Halpin very justly observes, those active and determined enemies to

“Such are the glories which have crown'd the Church are at work under its foundation, is, I conceive, a fact which defies

Imperial George with deathless fame!

Nor can detractive malice found the blindest pertinacity to dispute. Let

A blemish on his spotless name. those who express that good will tv

No horrors o'er His conscience creep; wards this body which it is now become politic to promote ti' if they doubt No orphan's tears; no widow's sighs

No murders break His midnight sleep; the charge, awaken from their profound Against His head to Heaven arise ; and pleasing dreams on the most efficacious means of lessening those evils,'

No Ally, of his crown bereft,

Can brand Him with th’opprobrious theft; and behold the Conventicles, which are daily raised and filled with congregations

But, pure as flakes of virgin snow, seduced from our communion. Are we

A radiant light his virtues shed;

And as a godlike Halo glow now to be instructed, that it is not our

Around his beav'n-anointed head! duty to protect our focks from those depredations, and to lead back every Oh! Thou! whose awful voice supreme, stray sheep, and place it in one fold From shapeless chaos called this globe; under one shepherd ?' Or will it be said, At whose command the solar beam that it is not as consistent with policy Invested Earth as with a robe; as with religion, that we should be on To thee a grateful Nation prays, our guard against these aggressors, pre- Imploring health and lengthen'd days pared to watch them with jealousy, and For George; the glories of whose sway oppose them with vigour? At such å In one effulgent flood combine crisis, I presume, our alarm at this So- To form a splendour-brig'at,divine!" ciety finds, in the following description, but a curious plea to convince us that 12. A Portraiture of the Roman Cathoour apprehensions are chimerical. So lic Religion ; or, an unprejudiced little,' we are assured, ' does the spirit Sketch of the History, Doctrines, Opiof mutual jealousy exist, that there has nions, Discipline, and present State of been no instance of a division taking place Catholicism ; with an Appendix, conin a general meeting; scarcely one re- taining a Summary of the Laws now collected even in the Committee, in the in Force against English and Irish Cacourse of a frequent attendance. But tholicks. By the Rev. J. Nightingale, what may appear more extraordinary, I Author of a Portraiture of Methohave not been able to discover which of dism,Yo. Longman and Co. and the members of the Committee are Church Booker ; 18mo, 1812. men, and which are Dissenters 1. If it

THERE are few Authors who have be not now a solemn farce to speak of the nerves of Mr. Nightingale, thus • the evils of dissent,' where there exists such perfect unanimity, surely, in tliese

to combat prejudice and correct ertimes of peril, when the Church has

ror. He undertakes Herculean labours, rights to protect, on which the Dissen- and we are afraid will produce more ters are daily encroaching, they are en- enmity towards himself than advantrusted to the care of most able and tage to the cause of liberality; as he vigilant guardians !"

that contradicts favourite and longMr. Nolan has most abiy founded the established opinions on religious sub. “ objections of a Churchinan to unit- jects, must in numerous cases ex

pect to confirm those opinions, * Right Hon. N. Vansittart's Letter merely because they that hold them to Dr. Marsh, p. 2.

are determined not to be enlightened Ibid. by moderate advice, and candid exa

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mination into the established positions to the omission of “this plot and that of partizans; such will condemn all his massacre,” 'will be obviaied. To the Portraitures, though originating from charges of plots, seditiobs, and mur. the purest sources of Christian phi- ders, perpetrated by Roman Catholanthropy, and an irresistible desire licks, he returns, what he supposes to see every denomination of Chris- to be a decisive answer—They are tians freely exercising their particular acts formiog no part of the Roman mode of worship.

Catholic Religion ; therefore, comThere is another class of people paratively speaking, he had nothing who feel a verse to general toleration, to do with them, and refers them to on the ground that the present Esta- those who have no other argument blishment never interferes with the in favour of intolerance. faith of others, and even permits its This Portraiture is divided into two very foundations to be sapped by the parts; "the first treats of the history surrounding religious miners, while of Catholicism, to the time of the Re it takes no steps either to prevent de formation; the second deliveates the sertion, or secure recruits ; thence leading doctrives and the principal arising present peace and tranquillity, branches of discipline.” He also prowhich they conceive may be inter- fesses to trace their views with respect rupted by the efforts of emancipated to civil power in various printed auzealots, who, with the power, may thorities; and the articles of faith he have the inclination to coerce opi- has collected, without regard to expion : those Mr. Nightingale may rea- pence or trouble, in searching works son with, and perhaps convince. This of acknowledged credit. We might Gentleman tells us in his Preface, suppose Mr. N. would meet with that, equally devoted to the cause of every assistance froņu the body whose Catholic Emancipation, and cause he advocates; and be informs lously attached to the Protestant reli- us, that he is at a loss for words to gion, he long hesitated on the pro, express his sense of obligation on priety and usefulness of publishing this head, both to the clergy and laity the result of his enquiries concerning of that body. the faith and worship of Roman Ca

“When I first suggested to them the tholicks; as they were favourable to plan and design of this Work,” adds Mr. that numerous portion of the com- N.“I was a perfect stranger, otherwise muoity, be considered the prejudices than as I might be known through the of bis friends and enemies, if he has medium of my former publications; but any, no triding obstacle; yet, as he they all earnestly urged me to undertake tbought no Protestant writer had hi. it, and to form my account of their therto done complete justice to the

church and tenets from their own forsubject, he would uot give up the sa

mularies and writings of acknowledged tisfaction of endeavouring to shew

autbority among them, and not from “ that the religion of our ancestors

the publications of their adversaries. has been mistaken, and that unworthy between the articles of their faith and

They moreover advised me to distinguish and groundless alarms are excited in

the opinions of individuals.". consequence of that mistake.”

Some of Mr. Ni's friends intimated After having warned him by this to him, that however favourably advice, and furnished him with such themselves and he might think of books as they conceived would best Emancipation, a true portrait of the explain their doctrines, they left Mr. Catholic Church might rather injure Nightingale to form his own concluthan serve the cause of toleration : sions, and never attempted to inhe felt convinced of the futility of fuence him in making thein in any their objection, and refers his reader manner whatever ; a conduct which to the title-page, which will inform we agree with the Author iu thinking them, " that this work professes to highly honourable to their feelings. give a view of the Roman Catholic He declares, in consequence, every erReligion, and not of Roman Catho- ror which may be discovered in this lic Courts, not even exactly of the Work is decidedly his own; but he Court of Rome itself.” By doing claims the merit of patient industry this, he further imagines that any and impartial investigation ; and if complaint urged against him relating he is found to be correct, he owes it Gent. Mag. January, 1813.

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not to positive assistance, “others and the real interests of religious enwise thau by books and general ad-' quiry; as he is exactly of opinion vice.”

with Charles I. who, in Ceriamen ReMr. Nightingale next takes the op- ligiosuni, p. 114, has described them portunity afforded him by this publica- as often contradicting one another, tion, of mentioning his « Portraiture and even themselves. Our Author is of Methodisin,” in composing which not less aware that he may be cenhe felt himself secure in the general sured for writing too freely of the accuracy of all his statements. He Church Establishment, or rather of then wrote with freedom, as he knew Church and State unions in general ; he could not materially err ; but in but he begs it may be understood, the present instance, he confesses, al. " that, so far from wishing to feel disa mosi, every page was con mited to respect towards the National Church, the press with fear, lest he should in- he has a sincere regard for the learnjure the cause he meant to defend by ing and morals of many, nay, of a involuntary mistakes; a cause in large majority of our Clergy." which he declares he feels a deep in- Part of this explanatory Preface is terest, and which he describes in these appropriated to assigning the Author's words : “ The Emancipation of Ro- reasons for not dwelling on those proman Catholicks, and the repeal of phecies in the Sacred Writings which all those disgraceful penal statutes are imagined to allude to the rise and which aggrieve and oppress the Dis. extinction of Popery; and he states senters of this great and enlightened his firni persuasion, that “no clear Empire."

and unequivocal proof can be made A pote at the bottom of p. ix. in- out, that either Daniel or St.Joho had forms his readers, that Mr. Nightin- an eye peculiarly directed against the gale is aware of the use professed ene- Church of Rome, or even against the mies to Methodism have made of his spiritual head of that church ;" and Portrait of that faith; and that, had he further points out the ingenuity he supposed that some of the facts with which the inystical number has there detailed would have been 80 been applied to the Pope, Martin Luused, he should not have given them; ther, Louis XVI. and Napoleon Buv. and, finally, he must have hesitated naparte. We shall now bid adieu to whether to have written at all, could the Preface, and observe of the body he have imagined the sect alluded to of the Work, that it certainly conwould consider his Work an indirect tains an interesting mass of materials, attack on the Society. “ With these calculated to enlighten those who concessions,” continues Mr. Nightin. wish to be informed of the antient and gale, “ which I make in the most vo- present state of Catholicism, and of luplary manner, I wish to be perfectly ihe tendency of the doctrines of that understood, that I hve no fact to faith, as they may be supposed to afcontradict, no statement of conse- fect society formed either of Cathoquence to deny. Perfectiy consonant licks or Protestants. Further than with ihis acknowledgement is the fol- this we do not fcel ourselves justified lowing declaration : ihat, ever accus- in proceeding, as it is by no means tomed to express his sentiments openly necessary we should do more than and with freedom on religious and explain the Author's intentions, which political subjects, regardless of in- would neither be forwarded or reconveniences thus resulting, he lias tarded by the expression of our opinot hesitated to write in terms, on this nion; resting, as we do, perfectly satisocca«ion, which he supposes will not fied that the important question, herebe picasing to any party,

after to be decided by the Legislature, In mentioning the fathers, p. 25, will be in the hands of the most enhe says, if he appears to have spoken lightened men of the age, whose deof them disrespectfully, it is not be- cision, we very earnestly hope, will be cause he felt no regard tor the opi- received with becoming respect, whichnions and reasonings of those vene- ever party may predominate. rable sages, the antient and primitive defenders of our common salvation, 13. A New Spanish Grammar, designed but that he is convinced an implicit for every Class of Learners, but espereliance on their reasonings or deci- cially for such as are their own Instrucsions is injurious to the cause of truth, tors. In two parts: Part I, an easy Introduction to the Elements of the imperfectly acquainted. -- The present Spanish Language. Part II. The Work, therefore, is respectfully subRules of Etymology and Syntax fully mitted to the candid notice of the pubexemplified : with occasional Notes and lick, with the humble hope, that it will Observations ; and an Appendix, &c. &c. be found less exceptionable, in several By L. J. A. M'Henry, a Native of particulars, than some of its predecesSpain. 12mo. pp.393. Sherwood and Co. sors; its Author being a native of Spain,

“It has been a matter of frequent in which country he had the advantage complaint, that there is no English- of a liberal education; and having, by a Spanish Grammar capable of affording residence of several years in England, the necessary assistance to those persons acquired a considerable knowledge of the who are obliged to be their own instruc- pronunciation, genius, idiom, and genetors; for, although several of the Gram- ral structure, of the English language.” mars in circulation possess great merit, This work is certainly well adapted yet most of them are written under the to the purposes for which it is intended; disadvantages which inevitably arise the Author seems to have spared no from an Author's attempting to explain pains in the compilation; and it is in a language with which he is but very neatly printed.

REVIEW OF NEW MUSICAL PUBLICATIONS.

“ The universal love and practice of Musick may cease to create wonder, when we think of the good efiezts it is capable of producing on the mind. judiciously used, it can cheer the spirits, expand the soul with magnanimity, benevolence, and compassion, soothe its anguish, and elevate it to the sublimity of devotion.”

MOLLISON. 1. "The Overture, Chorusses, Introdue- nisls find it their interest in pertori,

tory Symphonies, fc. in the Oratorio in compliance with the laste (such as of Esther, composed by Handel, and it is) of their auditors and enployers. arranged for the Pianojorte or Organ,

It may prevent disappointment to by William Crotch, M. D. and P. M.

some of our Readers if they are apOxon.

prized, that these chorusses require SAN Filippo Neri, who established jong tingers, and fingers long exerthe Congregation of the Priests of the. cised in musicaldifficulties. Rees's Oratory in Rome in 1540, (according Cyclopedia (art. Gassendi), it is assertto Dr. Burney), was the first who cm- ed, that organists never, in full play, ployed Musick to attract company lo ing, give the third in a common chord church to hear his pious discourses, with the leit haud in the bise; but, or orations; “ whence sacred dra vas, so far is that from being a rule, that or mysteries and moralities,in Musick, the contrary appears in almost every were afterwards cailed Orutorios." one of these chorusses, as arranged Esther, composed by Handei in 1720, by our Oxford Prutessor of Music. was the first Oratorio ever atienpted iu England *. The first page of ihe 2. S. Wesley and C. F. Horn's new and present Work contains the words of correct Edition of the Preludes and the chorusses ; and the Musick occu- Fugue's nj John Sebastian Bach. Book pies 32 pages. We have only to re- 1, 2, 3, and 4. mark, that one very useful feature of EVERY Book contains 12 preludes this excellent arrangement is, the ab. and 12 iugus.

The first book exsolute te of every movement being bibits the names of 152 Subscribers, deterinined by the length of a pendu- of whom a la ge number are the prima Jum to vibrate some certain note: cipal li usiciale of this Couptry. We This will prevent disputes among in- have toi room iu descant vu lhe nieferior performers, and an improper rits of these matchless compositions, velocily of execution. The harmony nor is it necessary that we should; for is given as full as it can be played their fame has been long established. with good effect. Nothing, in our The first part of Bach's Preludes and apprehension, is so unsuitable to the Fugues in every key, or Das wouliemorgais, particularly to the Church or- perirte Clavier, was published in gall, as those rapid and mcagre com- 1722. We have scen copies of this positions, which many country orga

Work from France and Germany; * Handel was born in 1684. He hut they were much inferior in corcame to England when about 26, where, rectness to the present edition, which in 1751, he became blind, and died in the Editors have rendered stil more 1759.

valuable by the introduction of tive

explica

explanatory characters. These cha- their astonishment on being informed racters are employed to shew, 1. when that Mr. Wesley, one of the first Orthe subject or theme is direct; 2. when ganists of the present age, was the inverted; 3. diminished ; 4. diminished author of a piece so every way unand in verted ; and 5. when augmenied. worthy of his pame. This Sonata reWe are glad to observe these charac- miuds us of some early paintings, unters employed by other Musicians. der which it was necessary to write, From the advice given by the Editors this is a tree, this is a horse, &c. to musical students, whose aim is to There are very few imitative pieces execute these difficult pieces, we ex- of musick with which we are much detract the following, because it is such lighted : perhaps sone of the finest as learners should always follow who are in Haydn's Creution ; and in that have any desire to excel.

we have seen persons ready to laugh “Whoever determines upon executing

at the (merry) sudden leaps of “ the the following pages with precision, must flexible tiger." steadily resolve upon practising them at “ The art of Musick is not essentially first in very slow time; for since there imitative of the objects of the sense of is not a single note among them that hearing. Though it can copy the sounds can be omitted, without a material in- or determinate noises produced by cerjury to their effect, it is absolutely in-' tain objects, that repetition is little indispensable, thoroughly to understand teresting, and is almost entirely foreign the career of the whole modulation, from it.” BARTHEZ, which will not be possible, unless each bar (measure) be studied with that pa

4. The Warsovian Polonoise, for the tient industry which shall secure the

Pianoforte, g'c. by Sam. Webbe, jun. true position of every finger upon its de

THERE is very little to praise or signed key. This certainly is attainable blame in this little piece. The harby no other means whatever than prac- mony is extremely simple, and the tising at an exceedingly slow pace, until passages lie well for the hand, and the fingers shall have (as it were mecha- are so easy, that we may safely renically) found their exact places on the commend this Rondo, alla polacca, Clavier, which by constant careful habit as a useful lesson to follow any of the they surely will, with hardly a probabi- common instruction-books. lity of any failure.” These four books form a volume,

5. A Collection of favourite Melodies, with

appropriate Embellishments, udapted which no organist should be without.

for the German Flute, by Chas. Saust. Fugues, in the present times, are No. 1. rarely heard, excepl on the organ, and lov seldon on the organ. We ber are, 'La mia crudel tiranna, a Ve

THE pieces contained in this Numcannot venture to recommend them nelian air ; Hook's “ Within a mile of to lady performers in geveral ; for, al Edinborough;" Belerma ; Hope told though they are the adw.iration of every good harmonist, we have heard

a fiattering Tale; Away with Melanladics call them “ugly old-fashioned choly; Gramach ree; Romance de

Richard ; Thou art gone awa; Gersluft."

man air ; She rose and let me in ; Sul According to Forkel (Life of Bach in German, 1802), J. S. Bach was

margine d'un rio, &c.; in all 14 me

lodies. Some of tiiese are as pleasing boru in 1693, and died in July 1750, in bis 6 ili vear. Heuever met Hau

as mere melody can be, and the ornadel in his life; yet Dr. Burney tells a

mental passages as tasteful as we exludicrous story of their meeting at this exquisite performer on the flute.

pected from the known abilities of Salzburg, on the authority of old Kirkman.

To performers on his instrument,

Mr. Saust's Work (to be continued) “ Auf virtuosen sey stolz, Germanien, cannot fail to be agreeable.

die du gezeuget ;. In Frankreich und Welschland sind 6. Overture to the Ballet of DonQuichotte, grössere nicht.”

ou Les Noces de Gamache, by F. Venua. 3. The Siege of Badajoz; a characteristic

Opera 10.
Sonata, by Samuel Wesley.

AN indifferently pretty piece of SOME musical criticks had the pa- plagiarism. All its beauties are bortience to listen to the performance of rowed from Méhui's charming overthese 14 pages of musick; and at the ture, La Chasse. We do not see cause conclusion il was amusing to observe to give it our recommendation:

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