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June 28, at an advanced age, Peter her setting sun : but it was only the Wood, Esq., of the Penrith Circuit ;- cloud of atfliction and infirmity. In formerly of Manchester. He was “an consequence of a paralytic affection old disciple :" and the Master whoin lie with which she was visited during the had long and steadily served was with last six years of her life, her mind and him in his final bour. His end was truly body becaine much enervated. Yet, blessed.

through the whole of that period, she June 29.: At Hendon, near London, never manifested any thing like impaMR. WILLIAM BLAKE. “ His delight tience or irritability ; but often and was with the saints, and with the excel- sweetly expressed a quiet resignation to lent ones of the earth ; and he evinced the will of God, and a lirely hope that his love to CHRIST by his generous whenever it pleased her heavenly FATHER support of the cause of religion in the to release her from her state of suffering village wbere he resided. The Poor on earth, she should be united to him, have lost a Friend, the World an honest and her dear departed relatives, in ano. man, and the Church a steady Member, ther and a better world. of more than forty years' standing.

July 23d, aged sixty-one, JOSEPH July 17.

At Walthamstow, BULMER, Esq., Treasurer of the MethoLondon, Mrs. ELIZABETH DICKINSON, dist Auxiliary Missionary Society for widow of the late Rev. PEARD DICKIN- the London District, and one of the son, and grand-daughter of that venera- Circuit-Stewards of London East. His ble servant of Christ, the Rev. VINCENT active and useful life was terminated in PERRONET. She was born February 7, the faith and lope of the Gospel, after 1751, and when about twelve years old an illness of several months, during the was led to seek salvation by faith. Her greater part of which he was signally experience, as to the time and manner of favoured with the comforting manifesther receiving a sense of God's pardoning ations of divine goodness, and enabled love, was not so clear and distinct as to exhibit, under circumstances of much that of many : but she was made a par- suffering, a most edifying example of taker of the grace of God in truth; and strong confidence in God through JESUS was enabled to "hold on her way, and CHRIST, and of thankful and patient to wax stronger and stronger.” She submission to his will. We hope to was for nearly sixty years a member of insert some further particulars in a the Methodist Society; and her useful- future Number. ness as a Leader of a Class, as a Visitor August 13. At Barnsley, MR. JOSEPH of the Sick, and in other departments, Stocks, after upwards of three years of was considerable. Her knowledge of delicate and declining health, with frethe Scriptures was uncommon; and her quent intervals of severe affliction. fervent pleadings at a throne of grace, During a great part of his life he was a with the rich and edifying language in useful and respectable member of the which those pleadings were clothed, will Barnsley Society. After a few weeks long be remembered by those whose lot of extreme weakness and rapid decay, was cast with her. A cloud rested on

he died in peace.

POETRY.

LINES ADDRESSED TO A FRIEND, DURING HER ABSENCE ON A

VISIT TO THE SEA-COAST.
Once more thou walkest on the pleasant shore
Of Ocean ; listening to its awful roar,
And gazing at its changeful aspect wild,
One moment, like a cradled slumbering child,
Another, rearing proudly to the sky
Its lofty crest with giant energy!
Fair in all aspects, like to loveliness
Beautiful e'en in anger and distress!

Once more thine eye delightedly surveys
The landscape lighted up by morning rays;
Or, softer still, illumin'd by the beam
Of sun-set, or the moonlight's gentle gleam ;
The hill, the vale, the garden, and the grove,
Radiant in beauty, animate with love!

Dear Friend! I think of thee, though distant there ;
Nor can I, would I, stay the starting tear :

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For unto me, in days long fled 'twas given
To gaze with thee o'er Ocean, aErth, and Heaven ;
To lean upon thine arm, and with thee feel
The silent joy, the bliss unspeakable ;
On that lov'd, consecrated, dearest spot,
(Never, ah never by my soul forgot,)
To lose, while wandering slow with thee along,
Cheer'd by thy converse, gladden'd by thy song,
All memory of the past or present grief,
And find in nature, and in thee, relief.-
Those days are added to the years long past :
This were not Earth, if hours like those could last.
Afar, and lonely, now I tread the ring, *
And Hope no more expands her eagle wing,
Shatter'd with lightning and with storm, to see
If e'er again such joys shall visit me.
Let earthly hope be still ! nor further try
Her pinion, torn with tempests passed by :
Rather to Faith Divine I turn, for aid ;
Her eye of light shall pierce surrounding shade :
O'er the thick threatening clouds of earth I rise,
I look to Heaven, to God, to Paradise ;
And there behold, surpassing fancy's flight,
Gardens of joy, and rivers of delight !
There if I meet thee, at my journey's end,
And thou art then, as here below, my Friend ;-
There if we see our common Saviour's face,
Together share his smile, and praise his grace,-
I ask no more; that blessed hour will give

A glorious recompence for sorrows fugitive! • These lines were chiefly composed while the Author was walking in the circular prome. Dado of Square.

GOLIAH. 1 Sam. xvii.

(For the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.)
The banners of Israel wav'd on the hill,

The breast of their chieftain mas shadow'd with care;
No warrior of prowess, no archer of skill,

Came forth from the host at the sound of his prayer.
The champion of Dagon, the' avenger of Gath,

In the pride of his strength, stalk'd over the plain ;
He hurled defiance, and spake of his wrath,

Of the feats he'd achiev'd, and the foes he had slain.
No eye dar'd to meet the fierce glare of his glance,

No rival rush'd forth to o'ershadow his joy ;
The bow was unstrung, and unsheathed the lance,

Though each bosom was heav'd with the wish to destroy.
What wanteth that stripling, that gay rustic swain,

Who seeketh the tent of the heart-sicken'd SAUL?
What freak of the madman, what hope of the vain,

Gives life to his courage, and heralds his fall ?
Ah! stay from the contest, and face not the scorn

And the vengeance of him who was cradled in war;
By his strength, and his hate, and his gods, he hath swora,

That thou shalt be chain'd to the wheels of his car.
Well done, bravest youth, for that stone was well flung,

And has gained a tomb in the brow of thy foe;
From the murky recess of his bosom is wrung

The feeling that scorn'a thee, and sigh'd for thy woe.
Gargrave, Yorkshire.

ELISHA TATHAM.

Printed by T. Cordeux, 14, City-Road, London.

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Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine:

FOR OCTOBER, 1822.

BIOGRAPHY.

MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. SAMUEL TAYLOR:

BY THE REV. JOHN RILES.

Religious BIOGRAPHY, in modern times, is not generally marked by those strong features, which were conspicuous in periods of persecution, or when the Ministers and People of God were placed in circumstances of extraordinary danger, and called to prove their sincerity by an invincible firmness, courage, and constancy. A life characterized by various and striking trials, must necessarily furnish to the narrator much matter for useful observation, and to the reader many interesting incidents, to keep his attention awake. But of multitudes of true Christians, nothing can with much advantage or propriety be publicly recorded ; nor any other notice taken of them, than that they lived and died, except in the circle of their mourning relations and immediate friends. When there has been nothing out of the common course, either in their conversion to God, their walk among men, or the manner of their departure from life, all that could be said is, that they lived exemplarily, and that there is good reason to believe that they died in peace with God and man. But when a Pastor is taken from his flock, or a MINISTER removed to his eternal reward, whose praise is in all the churches, it often happens that the feelings of the pious and devout are peculiarly awakened ; and their minds may be profitably called to the recollection of a long series of benevolent acts, or to many instances of unwearied patience in striving to win souls to Christ, which occurred in the life of the deceased. A Preacher of the Gospel, whose personal piety has corresponded with the truths he has taught, who has “stood a way-mark to heaven," and who has been distinguished by a burning zeal for the spread of scriptural religion, by unremitting attention to the spiritual prosperity of his charge, and by the disinterested sacrifice of every selfish consideration for the good of mankind ;—such a man deservedly lives in the memory of all who knew his worth, and his death is an event to which the Apostle's admonition is justly applicable : “ Remember them which had the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith VOL. I. Third Series. OCTOBER, 1822.

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