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"Turn gentle hermit of the dale," &c.
We insert the whole of the pretended original, as we conceive that it will give great pleasure to our readers: but, in transcribing the poem, which is said to be taken from an old and scarce French novel, the title of which is "Les deux Habitants de Lozanne," we feel some apprehension of mistakes, from the general inaccuracy which we have observed to prevail in the printing of the volume before us, as the orthography is in an uncommon degree perverted :-!
Est ce toi que je revois?
Qu'aurons nous à regretter !
We have endeavoured to correct many of the errors of the printed copy, and to give the reader this charming and simple ballad as correctly as the various faults to which we have alluded would permit us, by inserting some conjectural emendations.
After all, it is possible (we mean barely possible) that Goldsmith was innocent of the theft with which he is here charged. We recollect a report, at the time when the vicar of Wakefield was first published, that the favorite ballad in question was not the composition of Goldsmith; and that it was given to him by an ingenious friend, whose name was then freely mentioned, but which we now spare to repeat, from respect to a character which is deservedly held in high estimation in the republic of letters.
With respect to the French composition, same have even questioned its originality; alleging that it is not the French of the age
in which it is said to have been written but we have not leisure to undertake, on this occasion, the office of detection.
SINGLE SERMONS, &c.
Art. 67. Preached at Worship-Street, Shoreditch, April 30th, the Decease of the pious, learned, and Reverend Charles
Bonho died April the 15th, 1797, in the 78th Year of
his age! With a Sketch of his Life and Writings. By John Evans, A. M., 8vo. 1s. Johnson. 1797.
As a memorial of a very worthy minifter of religion, who has long. instructed the public from the pulpit and the press, this sermon has some claim to our attention; and from the biographical sketch which it contains, we shall make two or three extracts.
"The Rev. Charles Bulkley was born in London in his grammar learning, under the tuition of a Mr. Lancaster, a gentle1719. He received man of the established church. From Chester he went to Dr. Dod. dridge's academy at Northampton, in 1736, and commenced preacher" in the summer of the year 1740. His first settlement was at Welford, in Northamptonshire, where he succeeded a Mr. Norrice. At what particular period he left this place, and went to London, is not certainly known-but in London he formed an intimacy with the Rev. Mr. Ashworth, of the Baptist persuasion, brother to the late Dr. Caleb Ashworth, of Daventry.-About this time he quitted the Presbyterians, was baptized by immersion, and joined himself to the General Baptists. He preached at Colchester; but how long cannot be ascertained. There he became acquainted with Miss Ann Fiske, whom he afterwards married, July 1749. By her he had no issue, and she died in August 1783. From his church books, it appears, that he and a Mr. Baron were candidates for the pastoral office at White's Alley, Moorfields, in 1743, to which our friend was elected on the 3d of April of the same year. In 1745, his church removed to Barbican, where, for a long series of years, the labours of his ministry were conducted with ability and reputation. But in the year 1780, his church, in conjunction with three others, met together for Divine worship in the place in which we are now assembled-and here he closed his long and honourable career of zeal, of activity, and of usefulness.'
Those who knew him in his carlier days, speak of him as a preacher in terms of high approbation. As a proof of his pulpit-cloquenceit should be mentioned that he succeeded the eloquent Dr. James Foster, the Old Jewry Ledure, and conducted it for several years to a crowded audience.'
The following is a correct list of his writings; for our account of which, we refer the reader to the volumes of our General Index :
1. Discourses on several Subjects, 1752.-2. Vindication of Lord Shaftesbury's Writings, 1753.-3. A Sermon on the Death of Dr. James Foster, 1753.-4. Two Discourses on Catholic Communion.5. Notes on Lord Bolingbroke's Philosophical Writings.-6. Sermon on the Earthquake at Lisbon.-7. A Fast Sermon.-S. Christian Minister, 1757.-9. Observations on Natural Religion and Christianity, candidly proposed in a Review of the Discourses lately pub
lished by the Lord Bishop of London, in three volumes.-10. Signs of the Times, a Sermon.-11. Queen Esther, a Sermou on the Marriage of George the Third, 1761.-12. Sermons on Public Occasions, 176.-13. Economy of the Gospel, quarto, 1764.-14. Sermon on the Death of the Rev. Benjamin Treacher, 1766.-15. Dis courses on the Parables and Miracles of Christ, 4 volumes, 1770.16. Catechetical Exercises, 1774.-17. Sermon on the Death of the Earl of Chatham, 1779.-18. Preface to Notes on the Bible, 1791.— 19. Sermon on the Death of Mr. Joseph Treacher, 1795.'
Mr. Evans's sermon is a popular and interesting discourse on old age and death, enlivened by several pertinent quotations.
Art. 68. Preached before the Epping Troop of West Essex Yeomen Cavalry, 12th June 1797. By the Rev. T. A. Abdy, M. A. Rector of Thoydan Garnon alias Coopersale, in the County of Essex. 12mo. PP. 8.
A handsome eulogy on the English Constitution, and a patriotic exhortation to unanimity in obedience to the laws, and for the preservation of our national blessings, form the substance of this discourse. If the preacher does not urge plans of reform, neither does he offer any justification of the present war, nor particularly address himself to his audience as military men. The composition does credit to him as a writer,
ART. 69. The Inanity and Mischief of vulgar Superstitions ;— Four Sermons preached at All-Saints' Church, Huntingdon, on the 25th of March, in the Years 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795. By M. J. Naylor, M. A. Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge. To which is added some Account of the Witches of Warboys. 8vo. 2s. 6d. Rivingtons, &c.
We believe that it is not generally known that Sir Henry Cromwell, lord of the manor of Warboys, gave to the corporation of Huntingdon 401. the property of three witches of Warboys, arraigned, convicted, and executed at Huntingdon in the year 1593, for bewitching the five daughters of Robert Throckmorton, Esq. and divers other persons, “with sundrie divellish and grievous torments," and also for the bewitching to death of the Lady Cromwell; and this gift was presented, on condition that the corporation should allow 40s. every year to a Doctor or Bachelor in Divinity, of Queen's College, Cambridge, for preaching a sermon at All-Saints' Church, in Huntingdon, on the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, against the sin of witchcraft; and to teach the people how they should discover and frustrate the machinations of witches and dealers with evil spirits. This annual lecture is still continued: but we are told by Mr. Naylor, that the sin of witchcraft has long ceased to be the theme of their discourses; and that the subject has never been mentioned, except to explode and deprecate the lamentable effects of such miserable delu
That mankind, in all ages, have been the victims of deceit and imposture, is a truth confirmed by every light which history or tra dition affords; and that, from an ignorance of the operations of Na ture, men should believe in the agency of evil spirits, and should