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this spirit beyond the moderation In sorrow's gloomy hour,
When storms and darkness rise,
“ Before the God of gods they stand, alarm, are observed to follow a sea
Their shield and great reward." son of overdone speculation."
THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM.
BALAAM BLESSING ISRAEL.
No worldly pomp, or Eastern pride,
M. C. S.
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Remains of the late Rev. Charles embraces of friends, and the expec
Wolfe, A.B., Curate of Donough- tations of society, a youthful Chrismore, Diocese of Armagh. With tian of bright hope and promise. a brief Memoir of his Life. By It is a severe stroke when the indithe Rev.John A. Russell, M. A. vidual removed is only a private Second Edition. 1826. London. member of the church of Christ : 12s.
but when a youthful minister, just
entered on his Master's work, and Among the mysterious plans of Di- with a large measure of his Master's vine Providence, none more power- spirit; strengthened and adorned fully arrest the attention and awaken with all that human learning can the sympathies, not only of the afford, yet counting all these honours true Christian, but of the giddy and less than nothing when weighed thoughtless world, than those dis- with the greater glory of receiving pensations which sever from the his ministry of the Lord Jesus ; and
permitted to testify the Gospel of 1809 he entered the university of the grace of God long enough warm- his native city, Dublin. His friend. ly to excite the affections of his ship for his excellent biographer Aock, for whose best welfare his life seems to have been one among the seems essential; when, with a wide many delightful advantages which sphere of useful exertion opening he reaped from college life. At the before him, and with talents and university his fine talents appear to energies of the highest order en- have commanded great admiration, gaged in his sacred work, he is ad- but without exciting that envy which dressed by the word of recal, his his constitutional sweetness of temstrength is dried up, and his life cut per and gentleness of mind would off from the earth ; the impression have either repelled or commuted will be powerful in proportion to into good will. The highest honours the admiration and affection which were sought for and attained by he had excited. Often such events him, particularly the office of adoccur under circumstances which, dressing from the chair the students for a long period, preclude the re- of the Historical Society; and in turn of the cherished hopes which the fragments of that address which preceded them, and leave the heart have been preserved in the present to the fruitless endeavour of tracing volume there is a power of conception a path described to be “ in the and an energy of reasoning which mighty waters," on whose wave no afforded the best omens of future vestige is seen to remain.
His occaThese remarks might have been sional poems also evince great bril.. more in place as the exordium of an liancy of imagination and felicity of address over the early grave
of diction. To one in particular, his author, than in a review of his Ode on the Burialof Sir John Moore, works; yet they cannot be much at a meed of distinguished praise was variance with the feelings which the awarded by the late Lord Byron, publication before us is calculated which could have derived no part of to produce. The volume consists its eulogy from the family or person of a brief memoir of the life of the author, as his modesty had of Mr. Wolfe, various academical induced him to conceal his name; exercises, and poetical effusions, and it was not till long after that ‘and, what we consider the most va- the applauded ode was claimed for luable portion of the work, fifteen him by his friends, and then not withof the author's discourses. There are out some difficulty rescued from the also some Miscellaneous Thoughts, unjust pretensions of those who, in an Appendix, which evince con- in adopting it, were deforming its siderable originality of mind in the beauties. It is to the celebrity of writer, with a species of genius not this ode, and the controversy reuncommon in his countrymen, and specting its author, that we though, unhappily, too seldom the indebted for the present publicacase, under the influence of the tion, the materials of which would holy and constraining motives of otherwise have probably been left the Gospel of Christ.
to slumber in oblivion. As it Mr. Wolfe was the youngest son
has not appeared in our pages, of an Irish gentleman, who traced and our notice of the author his descent from the illustrious hero would be incomplete without it, of Quebec. He was also connect- we copy it; though its popularity ed with Lord Kilwarden, a bright seems scarcely to render this office ornament of the Irish bar. His necessary. father died when he was young; and he received his education first at a “Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, school in Bath, afterwards at Salis- Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
As his corse to the rampart we hurried; bury, and then at Winchester. In
O'er the grave where our hero we buried.
We buried him darkly at dead of night,
“ Nor will the muse leave her son comThe sods with our bayonets turning; fortless in that more dreary solitude into By the struggling moonbeam's misty light, which he may be drifted by shipwreck And the lantern dimly burning. upon an ungrateful world, where the poet
stands isolated in the midst of mankind. No useless coffin enclosed his breast,
“ There lived a divine old man, whose Not in sheet or in shroud we wound everlasting remains we have all admired,
whose memory is the pride of England But he lay like a warrior taking his rest, and of Nature. His youth was disWith his martial cloak around him.
tinguished by a happier lot than, perhaps, Few and short were the prayers we said,
genius has often enjoyed at the comAnd we spoke not a word of sorrow;
mencement of its career: he was enabled, But we stedfastly gazed on the face that by the liberality of fortune, to dedicate
his soul to the cultivation of those classical was dead, And we bitterly thought of the morrow.
accomplishments in which almost his in
fancy delighted : he had attracted admiraWe thought, as we hallow'd his narrow
tion at the period when it is most exquibed,
sitely felt: he stood forth the literary And smooth'd down his lonely pillow, and political champion of Republican EngThat the foe and the stranger would tread land;—and Europe acknowledged him the o'er his head,
But the storm arose; his And we far away on the billow ! fortune sank with the Republic which he
had defended; the name which future Lightly they'll talk of the spirit that's gone, ages have consecrated was forgotten; and
And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him,- neglect was embittered by remembered But little he'll reck, if they let him sleep on celebrity. Age was advancing - Health In the grave where a Briton has laid him.
was retreating-Nature hid her face from But half of our heavy task was done,
him for ever; for never more to him re
turned When the clock struck the hour for retiring ;
• Day, or the sweet approach of even or And we heard the distant and random gun morn, That the foe was suddenly firing.
Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose,
Or flocks or herds, or human face divine.' Slowly and sadly we laid him down, From the field of his fame fresh and
“What was the refuge of the deserted gory;
veteran from penury – from neglectWe carved not a line, and we raised not a
from infamy-from darkness ?-Not in a
querulous and peevish despondency; not But we left him alone with his glory!".
in an unmanly recantation of principlespp. 29–31.
erroneous, but unchanged; not in the
tremendous renunciation of what Heaven Some of the author's remarks has given, and Heaven alone should take on the spirit and character of poetry, away ;- but he turned from a distracted in the address which he was chosen turned from triumphant enemies and into deliver to his fellow-students, are efficient friends,-he turned from a world
forcible. He notices, that to him was a universal blank, to the that, when Voltaire attempted to write and she caught him into heaven!—The
muse that sits among the cherubim,poetry, he found the creed of infi- clouds that obscured his vision upon earth delity too cold for his purpose ; that instantaneously vanished before the blaze no feeling could be awakened, no
of celestial effulgence, and his eyes opened effect produced ; and all fertile as
at once upon all the glories and terrors his fancy was in devising expedients beatitude and
of the Almighty,--the seats of eternal
bottomless perdition. of evil, he was obliged to resort to What, though to look upon the face of the source of all that is good to
this earth was still denied-what was it create the interest and emotions creation was concealed from his view
to him, that one of the outcast atoms of which he sought. We might ad. when the Deity permitted the muse to duce the passage as a specimen of unlock his mysteries, and disclose to the our author's early prose writing ; poet the recesses of the universe--when but we select rather a finely wrought sity, and enjoy as well its horrors as its
she bade his soul expand into its immeneulogium on the character of Milton, magnificence—what was it to bim that he which we would fain hope was as had • fallen upon evil days and evil true when applied to the heart as tongues,' for the muse could transplant to the imagination of that incom. the frown of fortune was disregarded,
his spirit into the bowers of Eden, where parable poet.
and the weight of incumbent infirmity
forgotten, in the smile that beamed on nister of promise as cast away on primeval innocence, and the tear that was
so barren a spot,“ like a pearl beconsecrated to man's first disobedience."
fore swine, who would only know pp. 78–81.
how to trample him under foot," But these were not, as it has and pour forth bitter lamentations sometimes lamentably happened, on the occasion. But it is the privi. the gilded fetters in which the soul lege of the true Christian to behold, of Mr. Wolfe was to be long en- or at least to believe he shall betangled. After receiving ordina- hold at last, in the most apparently tion, which he did in November untoward and inauspicious of out1817, his whole soul seems to have ward arrangements, the manifested been absorbed in the responsible wisdom of God; and whether he work to which he was called. Pro
sees a Henry Martyn in the fatal bably the serious impressions which climate of Persia, or a Charles Wolfe he felt at this period had been not amidst the mountains of Tyrone, a little augmented by some afflic- he yet believes, and knows that tive dispensations in his own family they also now fully believe, that and connexions, and in the spirit these very appointments are the reof a man, who, when he looked at sult of the wisdom and the love of bis vows, saw he had a solemn work that Being to whom they had, in to accomplish, and when he remem- self-renouncing dependence, said, bered his lately beloved fellow-stu- “ Thou shalt choose our inheritance dent whom death had just separated for us." from him, and felt that the period Nor is it always necessary to wait for labour was fleeting and most till the veil of eternity shall be lifted uncertain, he must have gone forth up to discover this wisdom of purgirded to the undertaking with a pre- pose. The fruits of it sometimes paration than which we can conceive break from beneath their outward nothing more solemn or efficacious. covering even now; and we shall be
His first sphere of pastoral la- able, in the course of our remarks, bour appears to have been a small to point to such a scene as will and obscure curacy at Ballyclog, convince any unprejudiced mind, near Auchnacloy, in the north of that not only a few bodily comforts, Ireland. He afterwards removed but even life, even a valuable life, to Castle Caulfield, not far distant was not too dear to be given up in, from it: and the first view we ob- exchange. It is too much in the tain of him is when seated with his spirit of an unhallowed philosophy Bible in his hand, by the side of that such lamentations over the his turf fire in the only furnished misplacement of a man of genius room of a large glebe-house, sur- have been poured forth ; and with rounded by mountains of frost and a forgetfulness, that probably that snow, and a class of people with which rendered Mr. Wolfe most whom he was totally unacquainted, approved before his God was not except a disbanded artilleryman, that which would be most highly his wife, and two children, who at- esteemed among men. Perhaps tended upon him, his churchwarden, also it is forgotten that the plebeian and his parish clerk. But with the vulgar, the Irish herd, the swine of full confidence of a true Christian, Ballyclog thus contemptuously cast knowing that the scene of life which out beyond the pale of ProtesGod had by his providence marked tant pity, might, nay, it is cerout for him, was by far the best that tain, did, contain among
them could be selected for him, he de- souls for whose light and peace, clares that he repined not at his and redemption, a far more valusituation. Some of the periodical able Life was once sacrificed. At critics, in commenting on the work the same time, the allotment of before us, speak of this young mi- suitable persons for particular of
fices'is among the arrangements of back from the vulgar dissipation and Divine providence; and it is
usual vices of youth. He was exemplary,
probable, that had Mr. Wolfe lived a
I might say
blameless, in his moral con
duct, and scrupulous in the discharge of few years longer he might have been duty: and though naturally, impetuous placed in some station more calcu. in his feelings, babitually lively and even lated to elicit his talents, and to playful in his temper and manners; yet render them serviceable in the cause
there was manifestly an influence in his of God and of his fellow-Creatures.
heart and a guard upon his tongue, which
never permitted him to violate the rules All we mean to say is, that where of strictest chastity or decorum. He he was he was not “thrown away.”
was devout and regular in his habits of But we cannot longer detain our
private prayer and in attendance upon readers from the sequel of Mr. public worship, and I have often seen
him affected even to tears in reading the Wolfe's history, which we shall sacred word of inspiration. But when briefly describe, before we enter he came to preach the doctrines and on the examination of his sermons.
duties of Christianity to others, they
burst upon his mind in their full mag. There was one peculiarity in his nitude, and in all their awful extent: he frame of mind, which, when it occurs felt that he himself had not given up his in many persons, marks them at whole heart to God, -that the Gospel of once as of that“ bird-witted” species his soul; and he looked back upon his
Christ had held but a divided empire in of intellect which fits from one
earlier years with self-reproach and selfpursuit to another, without usefully' distrust, when he recalled to mind the resting on any one. He was sel subordinate place which the love of God dom or never known to have read had possessed in his heart. If such a
man could feel reason to contemplate the any book throughout, not even those days of his youth with emoțions of this works in which he appeared most kind, what should be the feelings of him to delight. The cause of this habit who has lived altogether without God was however perhaps to be traced known what it was to control a passion,
in the world ?'—who has scarcely ever rather to the - solidity than the
or regulate a desire, or perform a single flightiness of his intellect. What- action, with an exclusive reference to the ever he read he thoroughly digested, Divine will ?” pp. 125-127. and accurately retained; and his
His ministerial situation gave own reasonings were so constantly him peculiar opportunities for disleading him beyond the positions playing a sound judgment and a advanced in the works under his conciliatory temper, in the effects consideration, that the examination
of which he found reason to rejoice. of a single metaphysical speculation His parish contained many persons of Locke, or moral argument of both of the Calvinistic and WesButler, usually cost him more time leyan Methodist persuasions. Many and thought than would have car- points of collision, which Mr. Wolfe ried ordinary minds through the himself would gladly have avoided, whole volume. But on the word were presented in his intercourse of God and his works, all his powers with them; but his uniform paof thought and energies of action tience of contradiction, accompanied were concentrated.
by a studied and constant refersions of a religious nature appear to ence to the great doctrines on have been acquired in early life; which they all agreed, soon had and though they were but' faint, the effect of subduing prejudice, compared with what they after and forced from them the acknowwards became, yet they were suffi- ledgment that all he said, both in ciently strong to preserve him from the pulpit and the cottage, was inthe snares of youthful passion and deed “the Gospel," although they
The following passage is could not call it Calvinism on the well worth the serious observation one hand, nor Methodism on the of our junior readers.
other. There is something very Religion had evidently a restraining pleasing in the slight sketch which influence on him at all times: it kept him his biographer gives of the affec