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He sung the goodness of the GOD above-
"Who can portray the line with wonders fraught,
A GODHEAD taking vengeance on his foes;
Unfold the charities of Gospel days:
From Bozrah comes the SAVIOUR in his might;
After taking a view of the various heathen poets, he shows the superior bliss of the most "humble Christian," and thence his mind is naturally led to the peculiar excellence of the Holy Scriptures. He thus speaks of the stability of these truths.
"Around the HOLY WORD a storm has rav'd,
Fierce as the blast, Norwegia's cliffs have brav'd;
Have strove to blot its clear, resplendent day;
He thus notices Watts and other Christian Poets.
"Celestial Watts! Thy unadult'rate lay,
So pure, and so harmonious thy song,
"See pious Cowper wisdom's numbers trace,
"With lofty verse and energy sublime,
The following is too reviving a cordial to be withheld from the humble Christian.
OMNISCIENCE guards with a peculiar care,
The soul who breathes in humble hymn and prayer,
To the effulgence of eternal day:
His faith is pledg'd to comfort them with peace,
To fill their lot with a Divine increase,
Of every good can minister to bliss
Of every happiness can speak them His."
I take leave of this volume, by presenting the following "Prayer."
"Father of light and life! Thou good supreme!'
Thy praise shall be my everlasting theme;
Help me to love thee with a Seraph's flame;
Let my rapt soul in notes sublime acclaim,
My brother's muse was again aroused, by the arrival of the intelligence of the capture of our Frigate Essex, commanded by Capt. D. Porter, in the harbour of Valparaiso.
In August, his work of thirty-eight pages appeared, with this title "The Phoenix, or the Battle of Valparaiso, a Poem by B. Allen, Jr., New-York, 1814."
The following is the dedication :
"To Col. Henry Rutgers, whose character displays the graces of the Christian, and the fire of the Patriot-whose 'Gray hairs are a crown of glory,'
These lines are reverently dedicated by the author.
His views and prospects are expressed in his letter
Long enough have I lived at loose ends. My first object now is, to try to pay all my debts, and be clear of the world. This, with the blessing of Providence, I can do. Pray for me that I may be blest in this. Next, my inquiry will be, how, and where I can most glorify-—whether sitting down in snug retirement in the country, and nursing my health, and using my pen, or elsewhere.
In July, he actually entered into contract to publish the works of the Rev. John Owen, D. D., or as many of them
as the public would sanction by their patronage. He designed commencing with about twelve volumes, and the edition to consist of one thousand five hundred copies. This plan he finally relinquished, and the work was, I believe, published afterwards in New-England.
PUBLICATION OF HIS SIXTH AND LAST VOLUME OF POEMSHE JOINS THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH-REMOVES TO THE STATE OF VIRGINIA.
IN September, 1814, my brother's sixth volume of Poems appeared, with this title-"The Death of Abdallah, an Eastern Tale, founded on the story of Abdallah and Sabat, in Buchanan's Christian Researches."
The following is the dedication.
"To George Fitch, Esq. Whose prosperity was a blessing to society; whose adversity is a glory to himself, this Poem is respectfully dedicated by the author."
The subject which thus last excites his muse, serves as a suitable apology for the abandonment of that field of fancy, and forms an excellent prelude to his more important labours in the ministry of the Gospel.
In the introduction he observes-"The story of Abdallah and Sabat, is so well known to those who take an interest in missionary exertions, that it needs no recitation here. The author's object is to quicken attention to the spread of the GOSPEL. How far he may succeed in the attainment of that object, is for a higher power than himself to determine."
"Assuredly, there is no object more interesting, than the Christian Missionary bidding adieu to home and friendship, and entering on the pathless wilderness, taking up his abode among savages, solely to win them to the ways of happiness. There are, undoubtedly, some among their fellow men, who look on such missionaries as fanatics and unwise, but it is