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Av'rice! thy hands gain'd not the prize,
Nor thine, luxurious ease;
Thy yesterdays have borné,
Deeds thy own hönor scorn.
For thce his only end,
That, lust doth still defend.
Turn back th' unwilling eye,
The year too young to die.
of your designs and toys,
To waste in sensual joys.
Train'd in false wisdom's school,
And bears none for a fool. All ye who lost in folly's maze,
Dance thoughtlessly along,
Instruction from my song,
Or good or ill their cast,
Or death's eternal waste.
The passions love to wage,
The world and lust engage.
And thus his guests he press’d,
His plaint--and heav'n address'a. 66 Reason is vain, and passion worse,
“ To lead them to the skies, « Jesus may plead, JEHOVAH curse,
“ Man hears, forgets-and dies."
“ Thy grace alone, Almighty love!
“ Can pow'r and will impart ;
“ And joy to warm the heart.”.
« On love's swift wings descend ;
To virtue each a friend."
• Time's ruins to repair,
“T'improve the New-born Year.”
« Its undiscover'd worth,
" The issue of its birth."
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENT'S..
A. is requested to continue his communications.
The Bard Christianized, is requested to forward the next efforts of his muse.
The Letter from Matilda, is received and will be published in our next number.
Tincus is too personal to be admitted a place in these pages.
Memoirs of Doctor Doddridge. In 1736, the university of
Aberdeen conferred on Mr. Dod-
Divinity ; upon which occasion
distinct publication was piece of respect to congratulate printed, without his name, in him in a body. He was gratified 1730. It is entitled Free by their compliment, but told Thoughts on the most probable them, that their learning, piety, Means of reviving the Dissent- and zeal would be more to his ing Interest, occasioned by the honour, and give him a thousand late Enquiry into the Causes of times more pleasure, than his its Decay. Mr. Doddridge's degree, or any other token of pamphlet, in which he material. public esteem.'
In the same ly differed from the author of year, he published « Ten Serthe Enquiry, is a model of mons on the Power and Grace the candour and politeness of Christ, and the Evidences of with which remarks may be made on the writings and opin- Dr. Kippis has given an account ions of another. In 1732, he of them in their chronological order; published "Sermons on the Ed- a circumstance, to which Mr. Orton, ucation of Children ;' which
in his very copious Memoirs, had
not attended. We must notice, howcontain, in a little compass, a ever, that he published a sermon, variety of affecting motives, to on a very melancholy and affecting animate parents in the discharge occasion--the loss of his eldest of their momentous duty. În daughter, a hopeful child, nearly 1735, he published his « Ser: five years old. It is entitled, “Sub
mission to Divine Providence on the mons to young People*.'
Death of Children, recommended.'
Few superior instances of pathetic Our limits will not permit us to eloquence are to be met with in the Dotice his many single sermons. But | English language.
Vol. I. NO. 2.
his glorious Gospel.' The three gence, by many persons of differlast, on the Evidences of the ent persuasions, to some of whom Gospel,' were afterward sepa- they were eminently useful.rately printed, at the particular The character given of them by request of one of the first dig. a foreign divine, on their being nitaries of the church of Eng. translated into Dutch, was, that land. They contain a very ju- they united orthodoxy with dicious summary of several of moderation, zeal with meekness, the principal arguments in sup- and deep, hidden wisdom with port of the Christian revelation, uncommon clearness; that simand especially of those which plicity shone in them without prove the genuineness and cre-coldness, elegance without paintdibility of the evangelical history. ing, and sublimity without bomThe author had the satisfaction bast. of knowing that these discourses In 1743, Dr. Doddridge pubwere the means of converting lished an answer to the pamto the belief of our holy reli- phlet, entitled Christianity not gion two gentlemen of distin- founded on Argument,' which, guished abilities, who had been under the appearance of zeal for sceptical upon this head. One orthodoxy, contained, in reality, of them who had endeavoured an attack upon our holy religion. to prejudice other's against the This answer was comprised in: evidences and contents of the three letters, written with the gospel, became a zealous preach- utmost politeness and candour, er of Christianity, as well as a and for which he was thanked shining ornament lo it in his life by some men of distinguished and manners.
rank and abilities. The last let. In 1739, our author published ter, in particular, is thought to the first volume of The Fami- contain the best illustration, and. ly Expositor ; or, a Paraphrase most rational and full defence of and Version of the New Testa- the influences of the Spirit upon ment : with critical Notes, and the human heart, which had a practical Improvement of each hitherto been published. Section. This volume contain In the same year, the Doctor ed the former part of the Histo- published, · The Principles of ry of our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Christian Religion, expresrecorded in the four Evangelists, sed in plain and easy Verse, for disposed in the order of an har- the Use of Children and Youth." mony. The second volume was in this performance, ease, plainpublished in 1740, concluding ness, and elegance are happily the evangelical history. Soon united ; but it might have been after, he published, The Scrip- more extensively useful, if no ture Doctrine of Salvation by doctrine of a disputable nature Grace tlırongh Faith, illustrated had been introduced. and improved in two Sermons.' Dr. Doddridge was active in This was followed by • Practical the scheme for erecting a county Discourses on Regeneration,'infirmary at Northampton. He which had been delivered on published, in 17:43, a Sermon in Sunday evenings, and at- favour of that benevolent detended with remarkable dili
sign; and the success of it was under the divine blessing, be the greatly owing to his exertions. means of spreading a warm and
In the same year, Dr. Dod-lively sense of religion. dridge became a member of a In 1748, appeared the third Philosophical Society at North-volume of the Family Exposi. ampton. In the course of their tor, containing the Acts of the meetings in 1744, he exhibited Apostles, with Additional Notes a paper on the doctrine of pen on the Harmony of the Evanculuins, and another on the laws gelists; and Two Dissertaof the communication of motion, tions, 1. On sir Isaac Newton's as well in elastic as in non-elastic System of the Harmony. 2. On bodies. The most material pro the New Testament.' This positions relating to both were volume is a very valuable part of set in a very plain light in these Dr. Hoddridge's great work.. papers. He likewise wrote and in the dissertation on sir Isaac communicated to the Royal So Newton's scheme for reducing ciety three papers, which erince the several histories contained the extraordinary activity of his in the Evangelists to their promind.
per order, Dr. Doderidge sacIn 1745, he published The cessfully combats sir Isaac's hyRise and Progress of Religion pothesis. But, at the same time, in the Soul,' illustrated in a he pays him a very fine complicourse of serious addresses, ment. • I cannot,' says the doc. suited to persons of every cha- tor, set myself to this task, racter and circumstance, with a without feeling the fatigue of it devout meditation or prayer ad- sensibly allayed, by the pleasure ded to each chapter. This was with which I reflect on the firm one of the most popular and use-persuasion which a person of ful of his practical works. It his unequalled sagacity must met with the warmest applause, have entertained of the truth of not only from the Dissenters, Christianity, in order to his bebut from several persons of rank, ing engaged to take such pains learning, and piety, both clergy in illustrating the sacred oracles: and laity, in the established a pleasure, which I doubt not "church. A person of clistin every good reader will share guished literature and goodness with me; especially as (accordalways carried the work with ing to the best information, him ; declaring that it was every whether public or private, I thing on the subject of serious could ever get) bis firm faith in and practical devotion.
the divine revelation discovered In 1747, Dr. Doddridge pub- itself in the most genuine fruits lished. Some remarkable Pas- of substantial virtue and piety ; sages in the Life of the Hon.Col. and consequently gives us the James Gardiner.' His design justest
to conclude, was not merely to perform a that he is now rejoicing in the tribute of gratitude to the me happy effects of it infinitely mory of an invaluable friend, but more than in all the applause of duty to God and his fellow which his philosophical works creatures; as he had a cheerful have procured him; though they hope that the narrative would, have commanded a fame lasting