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To finish the ungrateful task of finding fault , we wish the little Poem called *« Son Dayes , " in Vaughan ' s Siiex Scintillans , had been inserted , and that Milton ' s delightful Hymn , " Let us with a joyful mind , " had taken precedence " of a far inferior specimen given . There are some pieces , however , which we always see with pleasure ; ** Gascoigne ' s Goodmorrow , " homely and quaint as it is , is one of these . Who can resist the opening invitation ?
" You that have spent the silent night In sleep and quiet rest , And joy to see the cheerful light That riseth in the east , Now clear your voice , now cheer your heart , Come help me now to sing ; Each willing wight come bear a part To praise the iieav ' nly King . "
H . Southwell ' s "Loss in Delayes" is another excellent piece ; and in a higher strain of poetry there are Carew ' s two beautiful epitaphs ( pp . 113 , 114 ) , and Quarles * Fifth Emblem . ** False world , thou ly ' st : thou canst not lend
The least delight ; Thy favours cannot gain a friend , They are so slight ; Thy morning pleasures make an end To please at night : Poor are the wants that thou supply ' st , And yet thou vaunt * st , and yet thou vy ' st With heav ' n : fond earth , thou boast'st , false world , thou ly ' st .
Thy babbling tongue tells golden tales Of endless treasure ; Thy bounty offers easie sales Of lasting pleasure : Thou ask ' at the conscience what she ails , And swear ' s ^ to ease her ; There's none can want where thou suppliest , There ' s none can give where thou deniest ; Alas ! fond world , thou boast ' st—false - world , thou lyest . "
On the whole , no one who looks over Mr . Mitford's Collection can help lamenting that so good an idea as the compilation of a little volume of this sort , when the whole of English poetry is before him " where to choose / should be so completely thrown away . Of his own introductory poem it is impossible for us to say any thing * except that it is altogether either above or below our comprehension . Why Lempriere ' s Classical Dictionary is exhausted
for a sort of prologue to a volume of selections of Christian devotional poetry in the English language , we cannot readily divine .
Art . VHI . —Genuine Christianity , or the Unitarian Doctrine briefly stated . By a Physician . 2 nd ed . enlarged . 12 mo . pp . 62 . Falmouth , printed ; Hunter , London . This Physician , who is , we learn , a truly respectable practitioner in the West of England , has here furnished a very
valuable tract for inquirers into the Unitarian doctrine . He writes with ability and temper ; he discriminates correctly between the different doctrines of which he treats ; he explains the Scriptures with the skill of a well-read theological student ; he exposes the unreasonableness of the popular scheme of divinity ;
and he asserts with firmness , and no small force of argument , the superior claims of the " Unitarian doctrine" to th £ rank and title of " Genuine Christianity . " In one sentence he gives a definition , which we not onlv approve , but likewise wish our readers to understand that it is what we mean whenever in
this work we use the term Unttariardsm : " The great doctrine of One God the Father is the essence of Unitarianism : all Unitarians hold it , and all that hold it are Unitarians ; Unitarians therefore , as a body , are not to be held answerable for any other opinion except this , unless indeed such opinion can be shewn necessarily to follow from this . "—P . 13 .
Art . IX . — Rural Lays . By Mary Ann Plomley . 12 mo . pp . 128 . Printed by Waters , and sold by Dobell , Cranbrook : Darton ana Harvey , London . 1826 . In these days of fastidious taste , we dare not promise the amiable author of this little unpretending volume that she will obtain poetical fame -, but we can assure our readers that we have read the
" Lays" with some gratification , and that from the spirit of filial piety displayed in the " Dedication" and the strain of . simple , rational piety which runs through almost every poem , as well as on account of other considerations which make the publication interesting , we can recommend it to the patronage of such . as are both able and willing to testify their sympathy . with merit far retired from the public gaze .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1827, page 65, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1792/page/65/