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and the misšionary service, are among our inability to meet these demands, those claims which have been, in part, and of the causes which have produced supplied. The sales from the deposi- it, we owed to the society, with whose tory, during the past year, have been concerns we were intrusted, and we 1675 Prayer Books; and the total of owed it also to ourselves. We have the sales and distributions since the or not shrunk from inaking it with plainganization of the society is 3119 Bibles, ness and with candour. We now leave and 18842 Prayer Books.

it to your decision, and to that of the The treasurer's account shows a bam members of our church, whether this lance in the treasury of $ 116 58, and institution, well organized for action, there is due from the Sunday School and ardent to be engaged, shall feebly Society, for Bibles sold them, $ 85, but languish and die; or whether it shal} these suns will be insufficient to meet rise from its ashes, and, in the vigour of the debt incurred in the purchase of renovated youth, press onward in the Prayer Books, and in binding the Bi- noble career of beneficence. bles, as before mentioned. Besides their plates of the Bible and

Notice. Common Prayer Book, the society pos The managers of Bible and Common sesses a permanent fund of $425, de Prayer Book societies, and clergymen posited in the Savings Bank, being the and laymen, who collect funds for the proceeds of twenty-one life subscrip- gratuitous distribution of books, or who tions, only the interest of which is at are themselves disposed to such acts of the disposal of the board of managers. charity, are respectfully informed, thay

The board would abandon, with re they can be supplied with any number luctance, a field white for the labour of of Bibles and Prayer Books from the benevolence, and which will repay, with stereotype plates of the Auxiliary Neur the substantial fruits of a rich harvest, York Bible and Common Prayer Book those who are permitted to enter upon it. Society, upon application to the agent On every hand the Bible and Prayer of the society. The Bibles at 85 cents, Book are constantly called for. The and the Prayer Books at 30 cents each. good Samaritan would find objects for his bounty without wandering from his im

Terms of subscription. mediate path. At our very doors, in our A Įife subscription is twenty-five dulvery temples, are large Sunday schools, lars. The annual subscription is any which have never yet been sufficiently sum noț less than two dollars. This supplied. Around us in our city are payment entitles the subscriber to rethe wants of public charities, public ceive annually one Bible and one prisons, the solicitations of seamen, Prayer Book, or three Prayer Books; and the individual claims of hundreds and for every additional payment of of others to be attended to. In the one dollar and fifty cents per annum, an country, almost every church has simi- additional Bible and Prayer Buokanlar requirements with our own here; nually. Subscriptions and donations and in the new settlements where the thankfully received by the treasurer, faithful missionary conveys the good Mr. Floyd Smith, No. 182 Broadway, news of salvation, and forms churches and by any of the managers of the soand congregations, Bibles and Prayer ciety. Books, the necessary concomitants of his success, if furnished at all, must be fur The annual address in behalf of the nished by the common exertions which benevolent objects of the above institawe have endeavoured to call forth. tion was delivered on Sunday evening,

These demands are all constant, for February 9th, 1823, in St. Paul's chathe poor are always with us; and if pel, New-York, before a numerous and they are also increasing, we ought, in- respectable congregation. Divine serstead of being discouraged, to rejoice vice was conducted by the Rev. Manton at the evidence which they afford of the Eastburn; after which an impressive progress of our church.

and appropriate address was delivered The exposition we have now made of by the Rev. George Upfold, M. D. rec

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tor of St. Luke's church : the absolu- annual report of their proceedings. It tion, and also the concluding exercises will be seen that the situation of the soand benediction, by the Right Rev. Bi- ciety is much better at the present than shop Hobart. The collection on this it has been at any former period, and occasion was $ 279 123.

that its prospects are such as must afIn a future number we expect to fur- ford gratification to all its friends and nish our readers with this excellent ad- supporters. dress of the Rev. Dr. Upfold.'' Notwithstanding its course hitherto

has been much obstructed, and its

means quite limited, the society has For the Christian Journal.

how distributed in all 81,847 tracts, New-York Protestant Episcopal Tract some of them affording very valuable Society

and timely instruction, and all of them THE thirteenth annual meeting of the conveying important lessons of spiritual New-York Protestanit Episcopal Tract knowledge. The whole number of Society was held in Trinity church, tracts published and bought by the soNew-York, on Tuesday, February 4th, eiety is 88,250. The number on hand 1823, at 9 o'clock p. m. pursuant to is 6,403 ; and there is now in the press public notice; William E. Dunscomb, an edition of 4,000 copies of a'tract on esq. 2d vice-president, in the chair, and the Sinfulness of Neglecting and ProBenjamin M. Brown, secretary. faning the Lord's Day. ''

The minutes of the last annual meet The distribution during the past year ing were read and approved.

has been 3,758, the details of which, as The thirteenth annual report of the furnished by the agent, the board have board of trustees was read by Corne- thought proper to annex to this report.* lius R. Duffie—when the following re• By examining that list, the members of solutions were unanimously adopted: the society will perceive the manner in

Resolved, That the report just read which the tracts have generally been be adopted.

applied: and they will be enabled to Resolved, That the report be printed judge of the results which may reasonunder the direction of the board of trus- ably be supposed to have been produced. tees.

The tracts published since the last The following gentlemen were elected report are 2,000 copies of each of the a board of trustees for the ensuing year following :-" The Way of Living in a viz.- The Right Rev. Bishop Hobart, Method and by Rule;" " A Dialogue president, ex officio; the Rev. Benja- about going to Church; «The Doctrine min T. Onderdonk, 1st vice-president; of the Trinity;" “ The Churchman's the Rev. William Berrian, 2d vice-pre- Profession of his Faith and Practice.” sident; William E. Dunscomb, 3d vice

These have been much approved, president; Floyd Smith, treasurer; and, with the tract on Confirmation, Murray Hoffman, corresponding secre- have been generally sought after: and tary; Benjamin M. Brown, recording it is the intention of the board to follow secretary; Thomas N. Stanford, agent. them by some others, which at present

Trustees.-Cornelius R. Duffie, John appear to be desirable. Watts, jun. Charles Nichols, Isaac C. It gives us pleasure that while we refer Jones, Cornelius S. Bartow, Cornelius to our past distribution, as an evidence Oakley, Charles N. S. Rowland, War- of the advantages which have already moldus Cooper, Charles W. Sandford, been realized, the ability of the society Peter Lorillard, jun. Thomas H. Thor to impart further and greater benefits mas, Henry Cotheal, Richard M. White, has also been continually increasing. Robert Thomas, J. Smyth Rogers, The permanent fund which has been John A. Moore, John Stearns, Henry provided for this society by the wisdom

of its constitution, and the liberality of Report.

its members, has risen, by careful acThe board of trustees of the New- cumulation, to the sum of $ 1,132 and York Protestant Episcopal Tract So- 15 cents; and is now not merely the ciety present herewith the thirteenth

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pledge of its stability, but will continu-

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ally extend the means of its usefulness.

REVIEW No longer the tender nursling of a doubtful existence, this society has at POEMS-By James G. Percival. Newlength attained a form, and assumed an

Haven. July 25th, 1821. pp. 346. attitude of vigour; and exhibits an abi- Clio-Nos. I. and J.G.Percival. lity to repay the watchfulness and care

1822. pp. 240.
by which it has been fostered. Those
who have contributed to this happy re-

PROMETHEUS-Part II. with other sult, by their donations, or by commut

poems, by James G. Percival. Newing their annual into life subscriptions,

Haven. 1822. are entitled to our thanks, and we are It is universally acknowledged, that assured they will find their reward, in the literary character of our nation is perceiving the greater independence rapidly improving. The various works which has been given to the resources in polite letters which have appeared of the society, and the greater certainty within the last twenty years, from the which will hereafter belong to its opera- pens of native authors, afford good tions.

ground for the opinion, that we shall The additions to the permanent fund hereafter have writers who, in this reduring the past year have been $20, spect, will bring increased honour to our besides the one half of its own interest nation. At present we depend so much $ 25 18, which, with $1,086 97, the upon foreign supplies, that there is but amount on the last anniversary, make little encouragement for the exertion of the sum $1,132 15, before stated. literary talent at home: and he, who

The amount received into the dis- devotes his life to authorship, can do it posable fund during the past year, ad- with but small hopes of even a compeded to half the interest of the perma- teney. There are some few individuals, nent fund, and the balance on hand at it is true, who have already taken an the beginning of the year, is in all honourable station in the literary world, $ 175 33. Out of this sum have been and attained celebrity as well abroad as paid for printing tracts 113 71, and at home.

But so few are our men of for contingent expenses $ 4 50, leaving letters, when contrasted with those of ele

a balance in that fund of $ 57 12. Great-Britain, and other countries of

No collection of subscriptions having Europe, that we can, at present, scarcetaken place during the past year, the ly challenge a comparison with any. dues of the annual subscribers for two Time, however, will evince the fallacy years are now receivable, and together or the truth of those high anticipations with half the interest of the permanent as to literary character, which glow in fund, and the preceding balance, will the breast of every American. constitute the means of the society for Boasting, as we do, our intimate rethe ensuing year. Subscribers are 'en lation with the inhabitants of the Eurotitled to a copy of each tract published pean world, and especially of those by the society, and they will always be happy isles from which the most of us furnished with such a number as they are descended, it is but natural that we can advantageously distribute by apply. should feel a pride in treading in the ing to the agent.

steps of our forefathers in every thing While the board of trustees are en that is honourable and praiseworthy. couraged by the present situation and Britain has raised for herself a literary

prospects of the society, they solicit the character, unrivalled in ancient or mois continued patronage of the members, dern times: and if we but follow in the

and their influence in its behalf. And path which she has led, we must necesas its operations may be very advan- sarily attain to such eminence as will tageously extended with the increase of render us respected. its funds, they hope that many who The progress of literature is not that of have not yet given their aid will be dis- magical celerity. Its advances are with posed to make this society the channel slow but sure steps. And it is not till of their beneficence.

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a nation can say, it has attained a last- author came out in July, 1821. It ing literary character

bore only the modest title of “ Poems,"

with the no less unassuming motto, alExegi monumentum ære perennius.

tered from Southey, of In every point of view the progress “Go, little book, from this my solitude, of refinement is gradual. Time and I cast thee on the waterg--go thy ways, encouragement will effect a great deal; And if, as I believe, thy vein be gooit,

The world may find thee after certain days." perseverance and industry will do much

And the people, who at this This volume contains upwards of a day are unknown, may in the course of hundred different effusions, the most of another century make such advances as them written ere the author had como will astonish the world.

pleted his professional studies. Among To elevate our literary character, these is a tragedy, entitled “ Zamor," time is doubtless wanting. Poetry and and the first part of “Prometheus," a philosophy can not but experience its philosophical poem." They have all influence. The different departments been written," says the author in his of science acquire strength and vigour preface, “ to embody my emotions, or with the growth of years; and time, to give lightness to a heavy hour, with though it changes every thing, will im- the exception of the tragedy, and the prove these. We may, therefore, anti essay on the drama. These were writcipate with safety a happy alteration in ten for particular occasions.

The this respect.

greater part of the former was written The volumes of Mr. Washington Irv- some years since as a college exercise.' ing, and of some few other individuals “ In Prometheus," he adds, “I have of the present day, have passed, with written freely on a variety of subjects. approved character, the ordeal of fo- The work is not completed. It has reign criticism. In prose we have been written so far under the influence some writers who are almost unrivalled; of excited feelings, and so I will conbut in poetry we have scarcely any tinue it." who hold a standing above mediocrity. This volume contains some poems The dawn, however, of our poetical that deserve, and have received unquaday seems now to be opening upon us : lified applause. « The Serenade" is and ere long we may perhaps be able certainly exquisite in its kind; and the to challenge competition where we have “ Ode to Musick” would not have disformerly shrunk from it.

graced the pen of Collins. The followAs American poetry, the produc- ing stanza will suffice as a specimen. tions of Dr. Percival have been most

“ The rage of Pindar fill'd the sounding air, known, and most read; and that dea

As Polyhymnia tried her skill divine; servedly. They are a striking instance The shaggy lion rous'd him from his lair, to prove the weight of poetical talent and bade his blood-staiu'd eyes in fury shine ;

The famish'd eagle poised his waving wings, existing in our country. And, perhaps, Whetting liis thirsty beak-while murder rose, the assertion is not too bold, that he With hand urat grasps a dirk, with eye that has written some things which are not glows surpassed by any poet of the present And, as she bade her tones of horror swell,

In gloomy madness o'er the throne of kings, day. How much farther we are des The demon shook his steel with wild exulting tined to progress in poetical improve

X. ment, time will develope. It is, never The succeeding stanzas are from the theless, a truth which none will deny, first part of “Prometheus.” that the increase of years, while it brings “Goo'er the fieldsof Greece, and see her towers increase of strength to the various de- Fallen, and torn, and crumbled-see her fanes partments of the severer sciences, and Prostrate and weed-encircled, dimly lour's subjects the different branches of polite Brute ignorance around them, slavery reigns

And lords it o'er their sacred cities, chains literature to their proper discipline, will

Are rivetted upon them, and they gall necessarily give a more harmonious Their cramp'd limbs to the bone, the lash'd and systematic effect to the present irre wretch strains gular effusions of poetry:

To rend the gnawing iron--but his fau

Is in himself-sleep on--ye well deserve your The first poetical publication of this thrall.”



“Cast back your sicken's eye upon the dawn “The man, who will speak boldly, and will brave Of Greek and Roman freedom-see their sons A thoughtless world's contempl, deserves to Before the bulwarks of their dear rights drawn,

shine Proud in their simple dignity, as runs

Bright in the loftiest niche of Fame's enduring The courser to the fair stream on their thrones


CLV. They sat all kings, all people—they were free, For they were strong and temperate, and in

The reception this volume met with tones

was favourable; and it was succeeded Deep and canorous, nature's melody,

in the January following (1822) by the They sung in one full voice the hymn of liberty."


first number of a collection entitled

“ Clio.” This little volume contains "Then Eloquence was power-it was the burst of feeling clothed in words o'erwhelming, pour'd several pieces that have been deservedly. From mind's long cherish'd treasury, and nurst admired. The piece, entitled “ConBy virtue into majesty; it soar'd

sumption,” is one of the sweetest proAnd thunder'd in Pericles, and was stored With fire that flash'd and kindled, in that soul,

ductions in our language. “ The Land Who calld, when Philip, with barbarian horde, of the Blest,” and “Retrospection," Hung over Athens, and prepared to roll His deluge on her towers, and drown her free,

possess uncommon merit. And the dom's whole.

larger poem, commencing, "The world

is full of Poetry,” is admirable in its kind. “Then Poetry was inspiration-loud, And sweet, and rich in speaking tones, it rung,

During the last summer a second As if a choir of muses from a cloud,

number of Clio was published. It did Sun-kindled, on the bright horiz hung, Their voices harmoniz'd, their lyresfull-strung,

not, in every respect, equal the first, ale Rolld a deep descant o'er a listening world though it contained some admirable There was a force, a majesty, when sung poetry. “The Carrier Pigeon” has The bard of Troy--his living thoughts were been set to music; and “The Coral

hurPd, Like lightnings, when the folds of tempest are

Grove” has gone the rounds of all our unfurld."

XLI. XLII. public prints. The “ Lines suggested "Ourthoughts are boundless, though our frames by reading an 'Ode to Vale Crucis Abare frail,

bey, by William Stanley Roscoe, esq.""> Our souls immortal, though our limbs decay;

are certainly beautiful. Though darken'd in this poor life by a veil Of suffering, dying matter, we shall play

"Sweet sainted haunt of early days, In truth's eternal sunbeams; on the way

With thee my lingering spirit stays, To heaven's bright capitol our car shall roll, And muses on the balmy hours, T'he temple of the power whom all obey

When forth I wander'd after showers That is the mark we tend to, for the soul When busy knoll, and meadow green, Can take no lower flight, and seek no meaner Were spangled with the dewy sheen, goal.”

XC. And evening calmly came along,

And gave my ear the rustic song. Although so much has already been

“Sweet sainted haunt! those days are flown, given from this poem, we cannot refrain

And I am left, to steal alone, from adding some farther extracts, as In tears, along a foreign shore, they contain much true poetry as well And look the boundless acean o'er

For thy dear spot, and all that threw as moral truth.

Enchantment o'er my simple view : “Give me the evening of a summer's day,

But truth bas told my heart too well, A long bright day of glory, when the sun

That joy can never with me dwell; Is most effulgent, and the earth most gay,

For early hopes and loves are dead, And after deeds of lofty daring done,

And every charm of home has filed.” And palms on many a field of combat won,

P. 57. Where tempests rage, or noontide glows with

A few months since the second part pow'r, And when the mind its high career has run

of Prometheus came out-certainly one To seek a covert at this silent hour,

of the greatest acquisitions to American Where songs and gales might lull in some se.

literature. This poem is rather a decluded bow'r."


sultory disquisition on the powers of « The foaming goblet sparkles to the brim, And heedless youth hangs oer the glowing and, above all, the poetical feelings and

the mind, its aspirations, its depressions, stream, And in its amber waters gaily swim

conceptions of the author himself, than The fuirest vision of enchantment's dream, And o'er it plays a soft and sunny beam,

any thing like a regular and systematic That steals in serpent windings to the heart,

work. It is a poem of feeling, though And like a viper's hid in roses, gleam

containing much of description--a porThe flashings of its keen eyes, as a dart traiture of the character of mind as With venom tipp'd, they give deep wounds that ne'er depart."

CXLI. operated upon by external circumVol. VII


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