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Poetry.

I gaze upon yon orbs of light

The countless stars that gem the sky; Each in its sphere, serenely bright Wheeling its course-how silently! While in the mantle of the night

Earth and its cares and troubles lie.

Temple of light and loveliness,

And throne of grandeur, can it be
That souls, whose kindred loftiness
Nature hath framed to rise to thee,
Should pine within this narrow space
This prison of mortality?

What madness from the path of right
For ever leads our steps astray,
That, reckless of thy pure delight,
We turn from this divine array,
To chase a shade that mocks the sight-
A good that vanisheth away-

Awake, ye mortals! raise your eyes
To these eternal starry spheres :

Look on these glories of the skies,

And see how poor this world appears,

With all its pomps and vanities

With all its hopes and all its fears.

Who can look forth upon this blaze

Of heavenly lamps, so brightly shining, Through the unbounded void of spaceA hand unseen this course assigning, All moving with unequal pace,

Yet in harmonious concord joining.

Who sees the silver chariot move

Of the bright moon; and, gliding slow,
The star whose influence from above
Sheds knowledge on the world below;
And the resplendent Queen of Love
All bright and beautifully glow :

Or, where the angry God of War
Rolls fiercely on his bloody way,

And near the mild majestic star

That o'er the gods of old held sway;

That beams his radiance from afar,

And calms the heavens beneath his ray.

Where Saturn shows his distant beam,
God of the golden days of yore;
Or where the countless stars, that seem
Thick as the sand upon the shore,
From their eternal seats a stream
Of glory and of radiance pour.

Who that hath seen these splendours roll,
And gazed on this majestic scene;
But sighed to 'scape this world's controul,
Spurning its pleasures poor and mean,
To burst the bonds that bind the soul,
And pass the gulph that yawned between ?

MONTHLY INTELLIGENCE.

PRESTON CATHOLIC BOOK SOCIETY.

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On the evening of the 5th inst. the Preston Catholic Book Society celebrated their eighth anniversary at the White Hart Inn, where a numerous party sat down to a most excellent supper. After the cloth was removed, the psalm Non Nobis Domine" was sung by Messrs. Liveseys, Orrel, and Ribchester, of the Catholic Choir. The entertainment was further heightened by the attendance of the Catholic Band of Music, who gratuitously offered their services on the occasion. The six following are the standing toasts of this society, and were given by the President, Mr. Brindle. "The Sovereign Pontiff, Leo XII." which being drank standing, the President desired some one of the society to explain why a preference was given in this case to the Pope. Mr. Whittle rose and stated, the reason why Catholics in their assemblies propose the health of the Pope before the King, (without in any wise derogating from the spirit of true and genuine loyalty,) is that the Pope, being the supreme Head of our Church in spiritual affairs alone, and Kings only having temporal authority, we give that preference to the Head of the Church, inasmuch as we conceive things celestial to surpass

any thing appertaining to earthly domination. The band then played the tune "Adeste fidelis." Song, Mr. Cross, "There was an old building which stood on a rock." Toast, 2. "The King and Royal Family," which was drank standing, with three times three. Tune, "The Coronation Anthem." Song, "God save the King," in full chorus. Toast, 3. "The Right Rev. and Rev. Catholic Clergy of the United Kingdom. 4. "The Secretary of the Catholic Association, E. Blount, Esq." 5. Messrs. Andrews and Cuddon, the Editors of the two Catholic Magazines." Tune, "O Sanctissima. Song, " Erin go Bragh, Mr. R. Banks. Toast, 6. "All Societies associated for promoting the happiness of the human race, and may the Preston Catholic Book Society be one of them."

The President prefaced the sixth toast in the following words.—“ Gentlemen-Nothing can give me greater pleasure than the toast I am about to propose to you, and particularly as I claim the credit of being one of the founders of this society, a society calculated to answer the best of purposes; many I know there are, who would never have had an opportunity of perusing books from the best Catholic authors and other writers, had this society not existed, which has been the means of laying a foundation, for not

only appreciating our own particular opinions, but of valuing those of others. By reading, Gentlemen, our rugged ideas are cultivated, the rude waste of our minds is made fertile; men, by reading the approved authors of our church, will there learn our real tenets and principles, and by comparing them with those imputed to us by our adversaries, will tend to clear away the mist of prejudice, and teach him that though we differ in faith, we are taught to love all mankind, enemies as well as friends. I trust, Gentlemen, you, my Protestant neighbours, have never witnessed any thing among us to confirm the opinion held out by prejudice, that we are rebels, blasphemers, idolators, and perjurers. No, Gentlemen, I am sure you have experienced the reverse of all this; and I can assure you, that did I find any thing of this kind inculcated either in theory or practice, I would be the first to execrate such a doctrine. We are taught the great Christian doctrine to love our neighbour as ourselves, and in the widest sense all mankind. The mist of prejudice, I trust, is taking its flight, and the sooner we see its depart the better. Believe me, Gentlemen, I love and esteem my protestant neighbours, of whatever persuasion, and it is my most earnest wish, that the Father of us all, after our departure from this world, may take us all into his good keeping. Tune 66

Auld Lang Syne." Song, "Nothing like Home."

Toast. "The People of the United Kingdom, Catholics, Protestants, and Dissenters, may they ever bear in mind, that, though forming distinct religious bodies, they spring trom the same roots, are nurtured by the same soil, and designed by Providence to prosper or perish together." Tune, "The Nightingale." Glee, by Messrs. Livesey, Orrel, Ribchester, and Hodgson, "Here in cool grot." Toast, "Our Protestant Visitors."

This toast being drank, Mr. Vallet

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rose and spoke to the following effect. Gentlemen, I feel myself happy in having the honour of attending your meeting this evening; believe me, Gentlemen, I am pleased beyond measure to see so many Catholics assembled together, to commemorate the anniversary of so excellent an institution, I mean the Catholic Book Society, formed, as it is, with the pure intention of annihilating error, dispelling the clouds of ignorance, and instructing men in the pure knowledge of the truth, and be the means of giving knowledge to those yet unborn. The example you have set forth this evening, to those individuals who feel inspired by a love of religion, science, and literature, is such as to call forth the praise of all enlightened men. Societies of this nature, having one great point in view, the amelioration of mankind. Gentlemen, I shall conclude, wishing that Protestant and Catholic may always meet together in harmony peace, and may they invariably assist each other in the promotion of all good institutions, which have for their primary object the instruction of youth in religion, the arts, sciences, and literature in general. I beg leave, in the name of my Protestant friends, to return thanks for the honour you have done us in drinking our healths, and shall conclude by drinking all your very good healths, and may prosperity attend your very laudable institution.

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Tune, "O Nanny." Glee, "Who has seen the Miller's Wife," by Messrs. Livesey, Orrel, and Ribchester.

The health of the Secretary having been drank, Mr. Horrax rose, and returned thanks in a very neat speech.

Mr. Brindle having left the chair, and Mr. Whittle being called to it, said, "Gentlemen, I rise to propose the very good health of our worthy President, whose place I am desired to fill for the remaining part of the evening. Every thing has passed on with harmony and pleasure; song, sentiment, toasts, music, glees, unanimity, and

hilarity have beguiled the pleasing hours. The Catholic Book Society has been instituted solely for the purpose of communicating knowledge to our Catholic Brethren; of disarming prejudice, and of showing forth the beauties of our holy religion, particularly to those who have not the means of coming to an ample knowledge of our genuine principles. Literature and science are not forgotten among us; these we wish to cultivate hand in hand with our religious instructions→→ but above all, it is our earnest desire to promote truth. We are assembled here for the purpose of celebrating so laudable an institution, and to let our Catholic friends know that we are still existing as a body in the town of Proud Preston. We have chosen, too, this season of the year for our annual feast, when our ancestors, of Catholic and baronial celebrity, showed forth their pomp in true English magnificence and hospitality. They had their feasts, their minstrels, and, their music, and why may not we have the same? To be sure we may, and will enjoy it too; but let us do all things in order, which forms the basis of all charitable and good societies in the universe. Religion, my friends, imposes only this restraint upon us, that we keep the spirit of our meeting within the bounds of sober reason. I beg leave now, in the name of the society, to thank the musicians and professional singers for their services which have so highly contributed to the harmony and pleasure of the evening. To our Protestant friends, who have so kindly met us, I likewise return our warmest thanks; and may the charitable and unprejudiced language they have held forth this evening, be ever remembered and cherished in the hearts of every one present. I trust and hope, that many of you who are blessed with children will have to say- you, my offspring, follow our footsteps aud perpetuate so benevolent an institution, which tends to the improvement of us

all in science and in virtue.' I shall conclude, Gentlemen, with again repeating our thanks to our worthy President.

Mr. Brindle then returned thanks to all present, for the honor he had had of presiding over so harmonious and agreeable a body as the present, and expressed his concern for the want of ability to fulfil those duties as he could have wished.

AT the open meeting of the COMMITTEE of the BRITISH CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION, held at the Freemason's Tavern, on Monday the 5th inst. The Earl of Shrewsbury, in the Chair.

The Minutes of the several Meetings of the Committee since the open Committee of Monday the 28th day of July, 1823, were read.

The Resolutions of the last Meeting of the Committee respecting the elective franchise and the office of justice of the peace, and the vote of thanks to the members of both houses of parliament who had advocated the cause of Catholic Emancipation being read as follows: "Resolved

"That the exclusion of the Bri"tish Catholics from the elective fran"chise and the office of justice of the 66 peace is a penal infliction severely "felt by the British Catholics, and "wholly unmerited by them. "Resolved

"That the thanks of the British "Catholics be presented to the mem"bers of both houses of parliament, "who have advocated our cause, and "that they be earnestly requested to "continue their exertions for the re"moval of all the disabilities under "which we labour.

"That these Resolutions be sub"mitted to the next open meeting of "British Catholics on the first Mon

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That the same be approved and confirmed.

The insertion in the minutes, and the publication in the Catholic Periodical Works of the correspondence between the Society of Mercy of the Town of Stockport, and the Secretary of the Association was approved.

The Resolution of the same Committee Meeting instructing the Secretary to thank the Association formed in London in defence of Catholic Principles, and to beg their acceptance of £10 in aid of their funds, being also read as follows:

"A Letter having been read to the "Meeting from an Association re"cently formed in London in defence "of Catholic Principles. "Resolved

"That the Secretary be instruct"ed to thank that Association for their "communication, to beg their accept

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to Wednesday, the 11th of February next at two o'clock, and that the notice thereof be circulated amongst the Catholic Body as generally as possible. IRELAND.

A pastoral charge of the very Reverend Warden French, has appeared dated College-House, December the twenty fourth, 1823, in which this gentleman deplores, that the inhabitants of the town of Galway, hitherto living in peace and concord with each other, are now upon the eve of being embroiled with dissensions, by the introduction of a Bible school; to support which the promoters of this establishment seek by every art to create divisions, and to tamper with the lower class of society, among whom some have been inadvertantly seduced by an artful agent to lend them support, neglecting the most valuable institution for education which the Warden has established, and which only wants an increase of funds to become more generally useful.

A very numerous meeting of the Roman Catholic Clergymen and laity of Drogheda, was held on the 8th inst. James Gernon, Esq. in the chair.

When an affectionate and congratu latory address in consequence of the recovery from his late indisposition of his Grace the Primate, was drawn up and afterwards presented to his Lordship. To this address Doctor Curtis returned an answer on the following day, which was couched in terms of the most profound humility, acknowledging his own unworthiness, and expressing his gratitude for the kind attention which had been uniformly paid to him during his late illness, by every class of society without any distinction of religious opinions.

At a General Meeting of the Catholic Clergy of the united dioceses of Kilacguagh and Kilfenera, held in the New Chapel of Saint Joseph, at Kinvara, on the thirteenth of January, The very Reverend Doctor Edmund French, Warden of Galway, was unanimonsly elected to the vacant see;

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