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Soothing no more;-but ever cold,

Cold as the elay that clasps her round,
And lodged within

a narrow bound
Small hill of kindred mould!
But large enough;—for beauty's bloom
Fades quickly in the darksome tomb,

Strength crumbles there to yielding dust.
The melting heart, for others' woes,
Seeks in the grave its own repose,

Soft pillow to the just !
Soon shall pale Death resign his prey,

And the loved form thence purer rise;
And soon on pinions pierce the skies.

Clad in the light of day:
There soul and body purified,
Shall fear no more from Jordan's tide.

There sin and sorrow ne'er can come;
Heaven's Lord has fix'd his dwelling there,
And Night no more his throne shall rear,
Nor Death their joys consume.

P.P.

The arts.

MR. HAYDON'S GREAT PICTURE OF THE RESURREC

TION OF LAZARUS. This master-piece is noro exhibiting at the Egyptian Hall,

Piccadilly.

In the centre stands Christ, resting firmly on the left leg and foot, and easing his right foot by bending a little the right knee ; his right arm is lifted up, the hand bent and beckoning, as suiting the words, come hither,—his left arm hangs easily-tranquil power and tender affection are what I have wished to convey by the action and expression, as if in the turbulence of the scene he only was not alarmed or donbtful-right opposite is Lazarus, that instant come to the entrance, tearing back the grave clothes that obscure his sight (the first impulse of life being to see) and instinctively looking towards the Being who has restored him, with no distinct impression of what has been done. I wish to convey the idea as if his face still retained the unmoved, unliving air of death, while his eyes shine with bewildered re-animation ! --His mother on the left, impelled by her feelings, darts forward to embrace him, while his father, not yet sure of his actual existence, keeps her back till he has ascertained the nature of the figure. In the fore ground are the grave-openers, one of whom has seen him, and covering his eyes, as if haunted by the vision, drops his lever, and dashes on without being sensible where he will run the other sees him, and I wish to convey by his action and muscles the instant motion of a start!

On each side of our Saviour kneel the two sisters, Martha and Mary; Martha suddenly lifts her head at Christ's voice, as if awakened from a sob, and half believing, wondering, and delighted, sees her brother; while Mary, tender and pathetic in her affections, muses in total abstraction on her loss; for though she believed if Christ had come sooner her brother would not have died, she was not perfectly sure he would again be re-animated. Behind Martha is St. John, bowing down with passionate piety at this new proof of his divine Master's power, while St. Peter is bending forwards, affected with awe, and putting his hand to his forehead in sign of his reverence.

Between St. John and Christ are a Pharisee and a Sadducee; the Pharisee, who believed in a resurrection, regards Lazarus with spite and doubt; the other, a Sadducee, who denied the resurrection won't look at all, but turns his head away as if in joke and contempt.

'They wear phylacteries on their foreheads, with quotations from scripture, as was their custom, and as expressive of that hypocrisy with which they were continually reproached by our Saviour, I have given each a quotation the reverse of his look and expression. That on the frontiet of the Pharisee is, " Lying I abhor;" while that on the Sailducee is, " Thy commandments I keep;" when the one is meant to look as if he did not abhor lying, and the other as if he did not keep God's commandments.

Immediately behind is a young woman coming in with water on her head, unconscious of what is doing; next to St. Peter is an old woman with the unmoved care of age, begging a younger, who is grieving, not to be so affected; a father and two sons are above these the father thanks God for such a miracle-the eldest boy, with the impetuosity of youth, points out Lazarus with both hands, while the younger boy clings, alarmed, to his father.

Directly over the Pharisee is a young man out of danger, and who is eagerly investigating the look of Lazarus.

The back ground is meant to be the tone that envelopes the sky at a thunder-storm, and the figures are supposed to be lighted by a sudden flash before the fore ground.

In this description it is simply intended to convey to the spectator the painter's notions of all the characters and expressions; the visitor is still left to the decision of his own judgment as to the success of the execution.

Register of Intelligence.

LITERARY.

In the Press and speedily will be Published.THE FAIT, ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS, DEFENDED : being the Substance of three SERMONS on the Consistency, Truth and Importance of the generally received Opinion concerning the PERSON of CHRIST. By WILLIAM FRANCE,

Just Published.-Vol ív, of the New and Uniform Edition of DR. JOHN OWEN's Works, now first collected, to be completed in 16 handsome octavo Volumes, each to contain on the average nearly 600 pages. Edited by the Rev. Tho. CLOUTT, Ă. M. Price 125.--Hore Romanæ; a New Transla. tion of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, by CLERICUS. Small 8vo. 48.--LECTURES ON SCRIPTURE COMPARISON, or Christianity compared with Hinduism, Mohamedanism, the ancient Philosophy, and Deism; forming the seventh volume of a series of Lectures on the Evidences of Divine Revelation; which comprise an examination of Scripture Facts, Prophecies, Miracles, Parables, Doctrines and Duties; and a comparison of Christianity with Hinduism, &c. in seven volumes, Svo. by WILLIAM BENGO COLLYER, D. D. &c. &c.-PRAYERS FOR THE USE OF FAMILIES, by W. JAY. 6th. Edition.-SERMons by the late Rev. WILLIAM HAWKES, with a Sketrh of his Character, by the Rev. J. CORRIE: Edited by the Rev. W. SA EPHERD.-MEMOIRS OF WM. HAYLEY, Esq. the friend and Biographer of Cowper, written by himself.- THE CATHOLICS VINDICATED; or a Review of a Pamphlet entitled, • Reflections on the Claims of Protestant and Popish_Dissenters,' especially of the latter to an equality in Civil Privi. leges with the members of the Established Church. Written by ROBERT MORRES, M. A. Prebendary of Salisbury, &c. By a MEMBER of the CHURCH of ENGLAND.-AN APPEAL to the RELIGION, JUSTICE, and HUMANITY of the Inhabitants of the British Empire, in behalf of the Negro Slaves in the West Indies. By WM. WILBERFORCE, ESQ.M. P-A REMONSTRANCE, addressed to H. BROUGHAM, Esq. M. P. by one of the WORKING CLERGY.-THOUGHTS ON THE RIGHTS AND PREROGATIVES OF THE CHURCH AND STATE, with some Observations on the Question of Catholic Security, by the Rev. J. FLETCHER, D.D.-DISCOURSES on the King's PROCLAMATION for the Encouragement of Piety and Virtue, and for the preventing and punishing of Vice, Profaneness, and Immorality; with Additional Discourses on the Necessity, the Nature, and the Evidences of Revelation, by the Rev. HENRY ATKINS, M. A., Vicar of Arreton, &c.-AN ALPINE TALE, suggested by circumstances, which occurred towards the Commencement of the present century: By the Author of Tales from Switzerland,' 2 vols. 12mo. price 1s. 6d. boards. -MARTHA, a Memorial of an only and beloved Sister, by the Rev. ANDREW READ, Author of No Fiction,' a Narrative founded on facts, 2 vols. crown 8vo. price 128. boards.-AN ELEGY on the late HENRY MARTIN, and other Poems, by John Lawson, Missionary at Calcutta, Author of Women in India, Orient Harpery,' &c. &c. with a beautiful Portrait, engraved by Fry, and an elegant Vignette, from Corbould's design, the subject of which is, 'Not lone though in a Wilderness,' 'For waiting angels watch'; foolscap 8vo. price 2s. -A Supplementary volume of SERMONS, by the late SAMUEL LAVINGTON, to which is pretixed an Original Memoir of the Author; and an elegant engraved Portrait, by Woodman, 8vo. boards, price 10s. 60.-LECTURES on the PLEASURES of RELIGION, by the Rev. HENRY FOSTER BURDER, Author of

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FOREIGN.

Maria Schurman, a native of Cologne, was well versed in twelve languages, and wrote five classically. Excess of genius and learning made her melancholy mad. She died from a debauch in eating spiders.-German Paper.

At the election for a foreign associate in the room of the deceased Dr. Jenner, of the French Institute, the following gentlemen were proposed; Dr. Woolaston, Dr. Young, M. Olbers, M. Sæmering, M. Von Buch, Mr. Lambton, Mr. Brown, Mr. Dalton, and M. Oested. The number of members who voted was 44, and the ballot was as follows:-Dr. Woolaston, 38–Olbers, 5-Van Buch, 1. It is highly honourable to the English Nation, that out of nine persons proposed by the !Institute, amongst all the learned and talented men of the civilized world, five should be Englishmen.

A new religious Paris Journal is announced L'Eclaireur. Recueil de pièces destinées à concourier au rétablissement du règne de Dieu et de son Christ sur toute la terre. It is not a pecuniary enterprize, but a benevolent and pious attempt on the part of some very excellent and enlightened Catholics to excite attention to the truths of the Scriptures, and to the present state of religion in the world. It is, of course destined for Catholics, or the mass of the French people nominally Catholic. It is the first Catholic Journal that has appeared free from political and party views.

About 2300 Students are now at the University of Edinburgh, one half the number greater than at Oxford or Cambridge.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

FOREIGN Twelve new cardinals have been added to the sacred college. They are entirely composed of Italians.

The Calcutta Journal gives a horrible account of a Suttee. An old Brahmin died, who, at the time of his death, was possessed of considerable riches, and two wives, by both of whom he had large families. The moment he died, his eldest son hastened off to Ally pore, to C. R. Barwell, Esq. magistrate of the suburbs of Calcutta, to procure a licence for the burning of both wives. Mr. Barwell granted the licence for the burn. ing of the old one! The Brahmins consulted, and resolved that neither of them could be burned without the other. Efforts were made in vain to obtain the grant for the second. Meantime the women were locked up without food for five days, and at length the aged female was dragged from her prison of starvation, and made to mount the pile and clasp the putrid corpse of her husband, now become insufferable. Two thick ropes, previously prepared, were then passed over the bodies, and two long levers of bamboo crossing each other, were likewise employed to pinion her down. The eldest son then set fire to the pile, and exulted in the death of his own mother. The other poor woman remained in a state of starva. tion, and was expected soon to expire! Surely 'the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.'

HOME. The Irish church establishment contains 22 archbishops and bishops, 33 deans, 108 dignitaries, 178 prebendaries, 107 rural deans, 52 vicars choral, 20 choristers, 14 canons and stipendaries; making together 582: besides 175 offices of the Consistorial Courts. In 1817, the total incumbents were 1309; in 1818, 1289; of the latter were resident 758, non-resident by exemption 81, ditto by dispensation 243, without statement for what 157, miscellaneous 50 ; Total, non-resident, 531. Patronages in the gift of the bishops 1,391, ditto of the crown 293 ; total in the crown and bishops 1,684. In lay hands 367, in university 21, inappropriate and vacant, and without churches or incumbents 95. Total parishes in Ireland 2,248. Total number of benefices in 1818, 1289.

On Maundy Thursday the Bishop of London confirmed one hundred daughters of the nobility and gentry at the chapel. royal, St. James's.

PHILANTHROPIC INTELLIGENCE.

HOME.

Royal Infirmary for Diseases of the Eye.-At the annual general meeting of the governors of this institution, held on Wednesday, March 26, 1823, Thos. Ware, Esq. in the chair; it appeared, that the total amount of poor persons received since the opening of the charity on the 26th of March, 1805, was

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