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The frantic storms of human will,

And thrones and powers, and worlds unknown, In freedom thy decrees fulfil,

And tremblingly thy footsteps own. Then walk, thou Mighty One, o'er all

That thought can reach, or tongue can tell, While nations, ages, rise and fall,

As momentary billows swell, Only amid the final storm,

When darkest shadows gather round, Do thou reveal thy sacred form,

With mercy's emerald rainbow crowned. Thy voice, thine eye, thy magic tread,

Shall bid the storms of ages cease, And o'er the long-tossed waters spread

An atmosphere of perfect peace. I know not if thy sapphire throne

Is based upon that glassy sea,
Where minstrel saints in glory own

Eternal praises due to thee :
Oh might I find that crystal wave,

The haven from a world like this,
How would my soul transported lave

In waters of unfathomed bliss ! Yet rather let me, Saviour, pray

That thou wilt o'er this troubled breast Omnipotent in mercy, stray,

And calm its swelling waves to rest. The throbbing brow, the feverish start,

The gushing tear, the hurried sigh, Shall feel thee glide along my heart,

And sweetly whisper, “ It is I.

A DIRGE.
Tomb! take our treasure to thy hoard !

The hand that we so oft have prest,
The eye, whence holy light hath poured,
The glowing lip, the form adored,

Take to thy breast. Cold, cold, and thankless as thou art !

How can we leave the spirit free, How can we yield that faithful heart Which bore in all our joys a part,

Thus unto thee?

Said we the spirit ?_'Tis not thine !

No-guard the slumbering dust with care,-
Nature with flowers shall deck the shrine,
And be at dewy eve's decline

A weeper there.
Yes,-guard thy trust with jealous fear,

Dark steward of the dreamless bed!
For thou, when ruin 'whelms the sphere,
The strong archangel's voice shall hear,

Restore the dead!

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CHURCH PATHS. Mr. Editor,—Some demur has arisen how the paths and gates are to be repaired, in a parish where a great part of it is situated near three miles from the church ; the walk to church, the shortest way, is through fields, in which are above a dozen styles. Some years ago, for the accommodation of the parish, these styles were exchanged for accommodation gates : these are now become very much out of repair ; the path is totally neglected ; in some places it is nearly impassable in the winter. The churchwardens are afraid that they are not sufficiently authorized to repair the gates and the paths; the waywardens of the parish do not consider it belongs to them, but that the occupiers of the land should repair the paths and erect what styles they like; which, from the number of them, and the length of the walk to church, might be very inconvenient. Perhaps, if you think proper to give this a place in your CHRISTIAN REMEMBRANCER, some of your readers might be so kind as to point out whether a church path ought to be kept in repair by the parish when it is through fields, whether it is allowable to erect convenient gates instead of styles,—who the persons are whose duty it is to erect them, and the legal authority for so doing?

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BELLS. The origin of bells in religious ceremonies dates from Moses, who ordained that the robe of the high priest (Exodus xxviii. 35) should be hemmed beneath with a border of pomgranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, and bells of gold between them hung round about; “ a golden bell and a pomgranate upon the hem of the robe round about." The Jewish lawgiver at the same time assigns his reason for this command : " It shall be upon Aaron to minister, and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the Lord, and when he goeth out, that he die not.” The sound of the numerous bells gave notice to the assembled people that the most awful ceremony of their religion had commenced. It was a signal that they should prostrate themselves at the moment when the High Priest entered the sanctuary with a vessel of incense, in order that their prayers might ascend with the odour of fragrant offering before the throne of heaven.

LAW REPORT.

No. LVIII.-AN ACT FOR THE RELIEF OF CERTAIN SPIRITUAL

PERSONS, AND PATRONS OF ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS, FROM CERTAIN PENALTIES; AND RENDERING VALID CERTAIN BONDS, COVENANTS, OR OTHER ASSURANCES FOR THE RESIGNATION OF ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS.

WHEREAS by an Act made and passed in the 31st year of the reign of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, intituled “ An Act against Abuses in Elections of Scholars and Presentations to Benefices,” it is enacted in the words or to the effect following; to wit, “For the avoiding of simony and corruption in presentations, collations, and donations of and to benefices, dignities, prebends, and other livings and promotions ecclesiastical, and in admissions, institutions, and inductions to the same, be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person or persons, bodies politic and corpo rate, shall or do at any time after the end of forty days next after the end of this Session of Parliament, for any sum of money, reward, gift, profit, or benefit, directly or indirectly, or for or by reason of any promise, agreement, grant, bond, covenant, or other assurance, of or for any sum of money, reward, gift, profit, or benefit whatsoever, directly or indirectly present or collate any person to any benefice with cure of souls, dignity, prebend, or living ecclesiastical, or give or bestow the same for or in respect of any such corrupt cause or consideration, that then every such presentation, collation, gift, and bestowing, and every admission, institution, investiture, and induction thereupon, shall be utterly void, frustrate, and of none effect in law; and that it shall and may be lawful to and for the Queen's Majesty, her heirs and successors, to present, collate unto, or give or bestow every such benefice, dignity, prebend, and living ecclesiastical, for that one time or turn only; and that all and every person or persons, bodies politic and corporate, that from thenceforth shall give or take any such sum of money, reward, gift, or benefit, directly or indirectly, or that shall take or make any such promise,

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grant, bond, covenant, or other assurance, shall forfeit and lose the double value of one year's profit of every such benefice, dignity, prebend, and living ecclesiastical ; and the person so corruptly taking, procuring, seeking, or accepting any such benefice, dignity, prebend, or living, shall thereupon and from thenceforth be adjudged a disabled person in law to have or enjoy the same benefice, dignity, prebend, or living ecclesiastical.” And whereas since the passing of the said act many spiritual persons, or others, before or after the presentation or collation, or appointment by donation, of spiritual persons to spiritual offices, being benefices with cure of souls, dignities, prebends, or livings ecclesiastical, have made, given, or entered into certain engagements by promise, agreement, grant, bond, covenant, or other assurance, to or with the patron or patrons of such spiritual offices, or to or with some other person or persons, for the resignation of such spiritual offices, to the intent or purpose that some person specially named or described in such engagement, or one of two persons so specially named or described, should be presented, collated, or nominated to such spiritual offices respectively, or that the same should be given or bestowed to or upon him, or for the resignation thereof upon notice or request, or otherwise, when a person, or one of two persons, so specially named or described, should become qualified by age or otherwise 10 accept and take the same: And whereas it has lately been adjudged and determined at law that such engagements as aforesaid coine within the intent and meaning of the said recited act: And whereas the spiritual persons and patrons, and other persons, who have been parties to such engagements, will suffer great hardship and detriment unless they be

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relieved from the pains, penalties, forfeitures, loss, or disabilities to which they have erroneously, but without having wilfully acted in contravention of the said recited act, rendered themselves liable, by reason of having given or entered into, or accepted or taken, such engagements : For remedy thereof be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords spiritual and temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That no presentation, collation, gift, or bestowing of any such spiritual office to or upon any spiritual person, before the 9th day of April in the present year of our Lord 1827, nor any admission, institution, investiture, or induction thereupon, shall be void, frustrate, or of no effect in law, for or by reason of any such engagement made, given, or entered into by such spiritual person, or any other person or persons, to or with the patron or patrons of such spiritual office, or to or with any other person or persons, for the resignation of the same, to the intent or purpose manifested by the terms of such engagement, that some person specially named or described therein, or one of two persons so specially named or described, should be presented, col lated, or nominated to such spiritual office, or that the same should be given or bestowed to or upon him, or for the resignation thereof upon notice or request, or otherwise, when a person, or one of two persons, so specially named or described, should become qualified by age or otherwise, to accept and take the same ; and that it shall not be lawful for the King's most Excellent Majesty, his heirs or successors, for or by reason of such engagement as aforesaid, to present or collate unto, or give or bestow such spiritual office; and that such spiritual person, and patron or patrons, or other person or persons respectively, shall not be liable to any pains, penalty, forfeiture, loss, or dis. ability, nor to any prosecution or other proceeding, civil, criminal, or penal, in any court ecclesiastical or temporal, for or by reason of his, her, or their having made, given, or entered into, or accepted or taken, such engage

ment as aforesaid ; and that every such presentation or collation, or gift or bestowing, before the said 9th day of April, in the present year of our Lord 1827, and every admission, institution, investiture, and induction thereupon, shall be as valid and effectual in the law, to all intents and purposes whatsoever, as if such engagement had not been made, given, or entered into, or accepted or taken; any thing in the said recited act, or in any other act, statute, or canon, or any law to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding.

II. And be it further enacted, that every such engagement which hath been made, given, or entered into at any time before the said 9th day of April, in the present year of our Lord 1827, for the resignation of any benefice with cure of souls, dignity, prebend, or living ecclesiastical, to the intent or purpose, manifested by the terms of such engagement, that some person specially named or described therein, or one of two persons so specially named or described, should be presented, collated, or nominated to such spiritual office, or that the same should be given or bestowed to or upon him, or for the resignation thereof upon notice or request or otherwise, when a person, or one of two persons, so specially named or described, should become qualified, by age or otherwise, to accept and take the same, shall be good, valid, and effectual in the law to all intents and purposes whatsoever; any thing in the said recited act, or in any other act, statute, or canon, or any law to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding.

III. Provided always, that nothing in this act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to the case of any engagement which shall not have been made, given, or entered into really and bona fide to the intent or purpose aforesaid, and no other : provided also, that nothing herein contained shall be deemed compulsory upon the ordinary lo accept the reeignation.

IV. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That in every case where any such spiritual office shall after the passing of this act be resigned pursuant to any such engagement, and

the person, or any one of the two per-
sons, so specially named or described
therein shall not be presented, col-
lated, nominated, or appointed by
donation to such spiritual office with
in six calendar months next after such
resignation, the resignation which shall
so have been made pursuant to such
engagement shall to all intents and
purposes be void and of no effect; and
the spiritual person who shall so have
resigned shall, without any act or form,
and as if such resignation had not
been made, be deemed and taken to
all intents and purposes to be and to
have continued the incumbent actu-
ally in possession of such spiritual
office, notwithstanding such resigna-

tion, and although within the said six months any other person may have been presented, collated, nominated, instituted, or inducted thereto, or received investiture thereof, provided such person so resigning shall not by reason of any other act or thing have become disqualified to hold the same.

V. Provided also, and be it further enacted, That nothing in this act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to the case of any such engagement, upon or with respect to which any action, suit, bill, plaint, or inforination shall have been brought, sued out, or commenced and prosecuted before the 9th day of April in this present year.

MONTHLY REGISTER.

CEREMONY OF LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONES OF TWO

CHURCHES, AT STALYBRIDGE AND DUKINFIELD. The ceremony of laying the corner. Lord Combermere, with the usual forstone in the rebuilding of St. George's malities, sprinkled with corn, wine, Chapel, Stalybridge, and of St. John's and oil, and dedicated to St. John the Church, Dukinfield, took place on Evangelist. Monday last, and proved å highly The orderly and respectful behainteresting event to the inhabitants of viour of the thousands of spectators that populous district. By the ar- was most gratifying to the reverend rangements of the committees of ma- gentlemen, and all who witnessed the nagement of the two churches, it was ceremony. After appropriate prayers determined that these interesting cere- and an eloquent address from the Rev. monies should take place on the same Rector of Stockport, the procession day, and, to further their views, the moved on in the same order to the respective owners of the extensive cot ground selected for the rebuilding of ton spinning works kindly consented St. George's Chapel, Stalybridge. The to suspend the labours of their esta same imposing ceremony was perblishments, to afford to their numerous formed by the Right Worshipful Dework people an opportunity of partici- puty Provincial Grand Master, Thomas pating in the events of the day. Preston, Esq.

At ten o'clock the clergy, magi The plan of St. George's Church, strates, and gentry of the town and Stalybridge, consists of a naive with vicinity, the children of the Church side aisles, separated by arches and Sunday-schools, the Freemasons, and columns, a chancel at the east, and a the orders of Foresters, Druids, and tower at the west end. The building Gardeners, met at the Town-hall. On is in the early decorated style of Gobeing joined by the Provincial Grand thic architecture, which prevailed at Master of the free and accepted Ma- the commencement of the 14th censons, Lord Viscount Combermere, a tury. The side windows have elegant procession was formed, and they pro- geometrical tracery, supported on light ceeded towards Dukinfield. The ap- shafts, with neat capitals and bases. pearance of the ancient fraternity of The tower is strengthened and ornaFreemasons was particularly striking. mented with four octagonal turrets,

On arriving at the ground at Du which, rising through the several kinfield, the corner-stone was laid by stages of the building, terminates in

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