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Poetry. THE BUTTERFLY. BY, MRS. STEELE: PRETTY vagrant of the air, Summer's day, from youth to age, Emblem of the thoughtiess fair : Trifles all their care engage ; Near akin their life and thine,
But when wintry storms arise, Both a fleeting summer shine. Beauty fades, and pleasure dies; Short delight your charms impart, Me let nobler cares employ, Charms to catch the human heart : Cares which terminate in joy. Hearts that can be caught with show, Ere the summer gunbeams tree, The virtuoso or the beau.
Let me, like the frugal bee, Thoughtless nymphs are butterflies, Well improve the smiling hour, Different species, larger size ; Gathering sweets from every flower. Strangers both to needful care,
O may virtue's charms be mine, Fluttering, roving here and there ; Charms that still increasing shine! Basking in the vernal ray,
These will cheer the wintry gloom, Trifling out the summer's day : These will last beyond the tomb.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. To give room for the interesting life of Mr. Tennent, we have been obliged to discontinue, for this number, the life of Luther, and to omit several communications prepared for insertion.
We invite the particular attention of our readers to a piece on Religious Sincerity, inserted in this number, which is from the pen of a highly respected foreign correspondent.
2. will accept our thanks for his seasonable, pious, and useful thoughts, excited by the late eclipse. We wish an early communication of the remainder for the next number.
Pastor's Survey of the Churches, No.3, shall, if possible, appear in our next number.
We are happy, after so long silence, to hear again from our esteemed and able correspondent, CONSTANS. We hope soon to gratify our readers with his seventh Letter to a Brother.
IMPARTIALITY is received. It is our pleasure to gratify our friends and correspondents in all cases consistent with the nature of our work, especially where the honour of American literature is concerned. We readily admit, with our correspondent, that the Review in the Anthology, referred to, and several others in that work, deserve severe censure, as being without correct taste, and indicating not only strong prejudices against the genius and literature of our country, but in other respects a very bad spirit. But as it is our fixed determination to avoid filling our consecrated pages with angry and fruitless controversy on any subjects, our correspondent, we presume, will readily excuse us in declining his request, and in advising him to seck another and more appropriate channel for his communication. The wishes of his friend can be better fulfilled by us in a different way.
We have on our files, reviews of a number of sermons lately preached, and of other recent publications, which shall appear, as fast as the pages in that department of our work will admit them.
AGENTS FOR THE PANOPLIST. Messrs. CUSHING & APPLETON, Salem; THOMAS & WHIPPLE, Newbury. port; W. BUTLER, Northampton ; WHITING & Backus, Albany : GEORGE RICHARDS, Utica; Collins & Perkins, New York ; w. P. FARRAND' Philadelphia ; Isaac BEERS & Co. New Haven, 0. D. COOK, Hartfordi ; BENJAMIN CUMMINS, Windsor, Vt. ; JOSEPH CUSHING, Amherst, N. H.; Mr. Davis, Hanover, N. H.; Rev. ALVAN HYDE, Lee, Me.; J. KENNE DY, Alexandria.
WHEN the late Rev. George ance had supported his spirits, or Whitefield was last in this coun- that he should, before now, have try, Mr. Tennent paid him a visit sunk under his labour. He then as he was passing through New appealed to the ministers around Jersey. Mr. Whitefield and a him, if it' were not their great number of other clergymen, comfort that they should soon go among whom was Mr. Tennent, to rest. They generally assentwere invited to dinner by a gen- ed, excepting Mr. Tennent, who tleman in the neighbourhood sat next to Mr. Whitefield in siwhere the late Mr. William Liv- lence; and by his countenance ingston, since governor of New discovered but little pleasure in Jersey, resided, and who, with the conversation. On which, several other lay gentlemen, Mr. Whitefield turning to him, were among the guests. After and tapping him on the knee, dinner, in the course of an easy said, “ Well ! brother Tennent, and pleasant conversation, Mr. you are the oldest man amongst Whitefield adverted to the diffi- us, do you not rejoice to think, culties attending the gospel min- that your
time is so near at hand, istry, arising from the small suc- when you will be called home and cess with which their labours freed from all the difficulties atwere crowned. He greatly la- tending this chequered scene ?" mented, that all their zeal, activ- Mr. T. bluntly answered, “I ity and fervour availed but little ; have no wish about it.” Mr. W. said that he was weary with the pressed him again ; and Mr. T. burdens and fatigues of the day ; again answered, “No Sir, it is declared his great consolation no pleasure to me at all, and if was, that in a short time his work you knew your duty, it would be would be done, when he should none to you. I have nothing to depart and be with Christ; that do with death ; my business is the prospect of a speedy deliver- to live as long as I can--as well Vol. II. No. 3.
as I can—and to serve my Lord increased the social harmony and and Master as faithfully as I can, edifying conversation of the until he shall think proper to company ; who became satisfied call me home.” Mr. W. still that it was very possible to err, urged for an explicit answer to even in dosiring, with undue his question, in case the time of earnestness, “ to depart and be death were left to
his own with Christ," which in itself is choice. Mr. Tennent replied, "far better” than to remain in
I have no choice about it; I, this imperfect state ; and that it am God's servant, and have eno is the duty of the Christian in gaged to do his business, as long this respect to say, " All the days as he pleases to continue me of my appointed time will I wait therein. But now, brother, let till my change come.” me ask you a question. What Among Mr. Tennent's qualifido you think I would say, if I cations, none were more conwas to send my man Tom into spicuous than his activity both of the field to plough ; and if at body and inind. He hated and noon I should go to the field, despised sloth. He was almost and find him lounging under a always in action—never wearied tree, and complaining, “ Master, in well doing, nor in serving his the sun is very hot, and the friends. His integrity and inploughing hard and difficult, I dependence of spirit were obam tired and weary of the work servable on the slightest acyou have appointed me, and am quaintance.
He was so great a overdone with the heat and bur- lover of truth, that he could not den of the day : do inaster let bear the least aberation from it, me return home and be dis- even in a joke. He was remarkcharged from this hard service ?" able for his candour and liberaliWhat would I say? Why, that ty of sentiment, with regard to he was an idle, lazy fellow ; that those, who differed from him in it was his business to do the opinion. His hospitality and dowork that I had appointed him, mestic enjoyments were even until 1, the proper judge, should proverbial. His public spirit think fit to call him home. Or, was always conspicuous, and his suppose you had hired a man to attachment to what he thought serve you faithfully for a given the best interests of his country, time in a particular service, and was ardent and inflexible. He he should, without any reason on took an early and decided part your part, and before he had per with his country in the comformed half his service, become mencement of the late revoluweary of it, and upon every occa- tionary war. ***** sion be expressing a wish to be About the latter end of Febdischarged, or placed in other ruary, or beginning of March, circumstances? Would you not 1777, Mr. Tennent was suddencall him a wicked and slothful ly seized with a fever, attended servant, and unworthy of the by violent symploms. He sent privileges of your employ?” for his family physician, who The mild, pleasant, and Chris- was in the act of setting off for tian like manner, in which this the legislature of the state, of reproof was administered, rather which he was a member. He
called on his patient on his way, continued perfectly resigned to but could spend but a few min. the divine will, until death was utes with him. He, however, swallowed up in victory, on the examined carefully into Mr. T.'s 8th day of March, 1777. His complaints, and the symptoms body was buried in his own attending the disorder. With church, at Freehold, a numerous great candour the physician in- concourse of people, composed, formed his patient, that the at- not only of the members of his tack appeared unusually violent; own congregation, but of the inthat the case required the best habitants of the whole adjacent medical aid, and that it was out country, attending his funeral. of his power to attend him. He Mr. Tennent was rather more feared that, at his advanced age, than six feet high; of a spare there was not strength of nature thin visage, and of an erect carsufficient to overcome so severe riage. He had bright, piercing a shock, and that his symptoms eyes, a long, sharp nose, and a scarcely admitted of a favourable long face. His general counteprognostic. The good old man nance was grave and solemn, but received this news with his at all times cheerful and pleasant usual submission to the divine with his friends. It may be said will; for, as he had always con- of him with peculiar propriety, sidered himself as bound for that he appeared, in an extraoreternity, he had endeavoured so to dinary manner, to live above the live, that when the summons world, and all its allurements. should come, he would have He seemed habitually to have nothing to do but to die. He such clear views of spiritual and calmly
replied, “ I am very sen- heavenly things, as afforded him sible of the violence of my disor- much of the foretaste and enjoyder, that it has racked my con- ment of them. His faith was stitution to an uncommon de- really and experimentally “ the gree, and beyond what I have substance of things hoped for, ever before experienced, and and the evidence of things unthat it is accompanied with seen." Literally his daily walk symptoms of approaching disso, was with God, and he lived “as lution; but, blessed be God, I seeing him who is invisible.” have no wish to live, if it should The divine presence with him, be his will and pleasure to call was frequently manifested in his me hence.” After a moment's public ministrations, and in his pause, he seemed to recollect private conduct. His ardent soul himself, and varied the expres- was seldom satisfied, unless he sion thus : “ Blessed be God, I was exerting himself, in some have no wish to live, if it should way or other, in public or pri. be his will and pleasure to call vate, in rendering kind offices me hence, unless it should be to and effectual services of friendsee a happy issue to the severe şhip, both in spiritual and temand arduous controversy myporal things to his fellow men. country is engaged in; but, Take him in his whole demeaneven in this, the will of the our and conduct, there are few of Lord be done.”
whom it might more emphatical. During his whole sickness, he ly be said, that he lived the life,
and died the death of the right- Sir ?” Mr. Tennent answered,
“ You have been sending your He was well read in divinity, whole congregation, synod and and was of sound orthodox prin- all, to perdition, and you have ciple. He professed himself a not even saved yourself. Whenmoderate Calvinist. The doc- ever I preach, I make it a rule to trines of man's depravity ; the save myself,” and then abruptly atonement of the Saviour; the left him, without his knowing, absolute necessity of the all- who spoke to him. powerful influence of the Spirit At Mr. Tennent's death, the of God, to renew the heart and poor mourned for him, as their subdue the will ; all in perfect patron, their comforter and supconsistence with the free agency port; and the rich lamented of the sinner, were among the
over him as their departed pasleading articles of his
of his faith. tor and friend. The public, at These doctrines, indeed, were large, lost in him a firm assertor generally interwoven in his pub- of the civil and religious interlic discourses, whatever might ests of his country.
He was be the particular subject discuss- truly a patriot, not in words and ed. His success was often an- pretences, not in condemning all swerable to his exertions. His who differed from him to propeople loved him as a father; scription and death, but in acting revered him as the pastor and in such a manner, as would have bishop of their souls; . obeyed rendered his country most haphim as their instructor ; and de py, if all had followed his examlighted in his company and pri- ple. He insisted on his own vate conversation as a friend and rights and freedom of sentiment, brother. He carefully avoided but he was willing to let others making a difference between his enjoy the same privilege ; and doctrines publicly taught and his he thought it of as much imporprivate practice. Attending a tance to live and act well, as to synod, a few years before his think and speak justly. death, strange clergyman, May all, who read the mewhom he never had before seen, moirs of this amiable and useful was introduced to the synod, and man, fervently and constantly asked to preach in the evening. beseech that God, with whom is Mr. Tennent attended, and was the residue of the Spirit, that much displeased with the ser- their life may be that of the mon. As the congregation were righteous, so that their latter going out of the church, Mr. end may be like his : and that Tennent in the crowd, coming the Great Head of the church, up to the preacher, touch- while he removes faithful and ed him on the shoulder, and said, distinguished labourers from the “ My brother, when I preach, gospel vineyard, may raise up I take to save myself, others, who shall possess, even a whatever I do with my congre- double portion of their spirit, gation.” The clergyman look- and, who shall be even more ed behind him with surprise, successful in winning souls unto and seeing a very grave man, Jesus Christ, the great Bishop said, “What do you