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POETRY.

ELEGY On the Removal into the Eternal State of Mrs. Sarah Coulson, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

What is it holds these waking eyes?

What is it locks this swollen tongue ?-
O! weep no more; these broken sighs

Change for the new triumphant song.
Dull nature at her beck’ning tomb,

Transfix'd and frantic, still would stand ;-
Spurn, O my soul, the tragic charm !

Ascend, and view the Promised Land.
Land of the Spirit! ever near,

Where many a friend thy mem'ry wakes ! -
Another joins their kindred sphere !

Another bond of nature breaks.
The early buds*, the unfolding one*,

The flow'r just spared to blush and pine,*
The matron branch*, quick following, gone !

Behold, an elder branch decline !
The dearest ties of mortal birth,

Should share no more than mortal trust;
Their drooping arms embrace the earth !

Their common lot is “ dust to dust."
How soon, alas ! this fragile frame

Becomes the seat of self-decay;
Time smothers the mysterious flame,

And steals the mantling bloom away.
Nor Time alone, with hoary years,

The animating current chills ;-
Disease her mingled cup prepares,

And oft the penal measure fills.
The golden bowl, the silver cordt,

Shatter'd and shrunken, ends the strife ;
Then joy deserts the social board,

And sad are all the scenes of life. * Alluding to the death of infant brothers and sisters,--two sisters of different ages, and mother, younger sister of Mrs. C.

+ Eccles. 12, ver. 6.

Some token, to remembrance dear,

Oft recognized, as oft calls forth The mournful tone, and many a tear

Bedews the steps of Christian worth. 0! who can stay the last dread dart

That quivers in the lonely breast ?What human balm allay the smart

And give the wounded spirit rest ? None !-none but He who, Good as Great,

The sparrow and the lily keeps,
Can sooth the mourner's bitter state,

And sanctify the loss he weeps.
He gave !-and now He takes away!.

He who can only seek to bless !
The spirit, borne to realms of day,

Finds joys no language can express ! O, precious knowledge !-here I see

Death with his sable hosts of woe;— There, lo! a heavenly company,

Whence strains of life and rapture flow ! Here end, at length, those fleeting charms,

The light, the pride of mortal eyes ; Therewhilst on earth unseen the forms

Of never-fading beauty rise ! Those, like the flow'rs that deck the field,

Departing, leave no trace behind ;These more and more their freshness yield,

Translucent from the angelic mind! And she so late by sickness worn,

And tried upon the fiery stageTo such a second youth is born !

To such an everlasting age! Daughter of Grace! thou needest not

That flattery should thy name entwine; Thou liv’st where worth is not forgot

Full many a heart shall treasure thine ! And, known to Him whose Holy Word

On earth was thy supreme delight,

Thy works, with hidden glory stored,

Shall gild thy path with brighter light !

Thine is the joyous welcome-“Come!

“ Drink of the living crystal stream!
“ The tree of life is thine !-thy home

“ The mansions of Jerusalem !"

How glorious, in her streets of gold,

From sweet angelic lips to hear,
And in angelic life behold,

The doctrines thou hadst cherish'd here.

No troubling thought, no anxious care,

Shall more thy ransom'd bosom pain;
No curse, no night, no cloud is there ;-

Light, joy, and peace, consummate reign.
Transcendant Truths !-with proofs sublime,

Anew to mortal reason given,
O be my sacred light through Time !

O guide me to the wish’d-for heaven.
Faith, lend thy wings !—thy anchor, Hope !

And Innocence, thy lily vest !
And Love, thou radiant seraph ! stoop,

And be my life-directing guest.
Ye weave the wreath, whose mystic thread

No fate can cut-no time consume !-
Whose kindred flowrs their fragrance shed

Together, in supernal bloom !

Oh! in this shadowy vale below,

If long or short my path extend,
Still may your torch more ardent glow!

And still more ardent to the end !

So when the solemn hour-unknown

Dissolveth every mortal tie,
I'll cheerful lay this body down,

And join the kindred choir on high !
Feb. 1842.

R. A.

N. S. No. 33.-VOL. 3.

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THE THIRTY-FIFTH GENERAL CONFERENCE.

THE Conference assembled this year at which it was hoped had been placed upon Birmingham, on Tuesday, August 9, and a regular and permanent footing; when, continued its sittings till the, following finding upon inquiry made of the secreSaturday evening. Twelve ministers and tary, and as appeared by the letter-book, sixteen representatives were present. that the address, with the Minutes, had The societies represented were Birming- been forwarded by bim on the 25th of ham, Derby, Kersley, Liverpool, London November last, it was Resolved, That (Friars street), Manchester, and New- this Conference extremely regrets to learn castle-upon-Tyne. Each đay's sitting that the communication of last year has was opened and closed with the Lord's miscarried, as it has always been an. prayer.

xious to keep up with regularity the An unusual quantity of business was friendly communication with the General transacted, some of which was of con- Convention in America, which has now siderable importance, and upon which so long existed; but, in the present great diversity of opinion existed; yet, instance, accident, or neglect in parties as the members in general were disposed not connected with the Conference, ap. to waive their individual opinions, and to pears to have caused the unpleasant inyield to what appeared to be most con- terruption, against a repetition of wbich ducive to the good of the Lord's church, a provision must be made ; that this Conconciliatory spirit prevailed, such, we would ference receives with much pleasure the say, as might be expected from New- address voted by the late General ConChurch-men, and most of the numerous vention, so expressive, notwithstanding measures that came under consideration the disappointment it must have felt, of were,

after ample discussion, adopted a continuance of that Christian feeling unanimously.

which the Conference is so desirous of The Rev. D. Howarth was appointed cultivating. President, and Mr. Hodson, Secretary. 50. An address was then read from

As usual a great deal of time was oc- “ the Central Convention of the Receivers cupied in routine and detail, in reading of the Heavenly Doctrines of the New and receiving reports from societies, in- Jerusalem, in the United States ;" stitutions, and committees, the accounts which is stated to have been recently and memorials of the various schools; formed, and explaining the object and and the addresses to the members, and to necessity of its establishment, and its and from America.

desire to enter upon a friendly exchange The Rev. R. Storry is appointed to of communication with this Conference; draw up the address to the members of when it was Resolved, That this Conthe Church for the next year.

ference, concluding that a necessity exists In reference to the American addresses, for the formation of a second Convention, the following minutes were made: as stated in the above-named address,

44. An address from the General and trusting that its existence will be adConvention of the Societies of the New vantageous to the extension of the Church Church in America to this Conference, in that country, readily agrees to the dated Boston, July 1, was read; from which proposed exchange of communications it appeared that the address from the last with the said Central Convention. Conference had not at that time been One of the most important matters that received; and containing several reso- came before the Conference related to the lutions, passed in consequence thereof, Magazine. It appearing that its state expressive of regret at the interruption and prospects were not such as could be in the friendly communication between desired, a committee of ministers was apthat body and the English Conference, pointed to consider and report thereon,

and to offer suggestions for its improve- of these reports, directing their attention ment and increased usefulness. They ac- particularly to that portion which relates cordingly had several meetings; and an to the formation of a central school for elaborate report having been prepared, it the children of members of the Church ; was agreed to and presented to Confer- that they obtain such further information ence, and received and ordered to be print. on the subject, particularly in relation to ed. The principal feature in this report the providing suitable juvenile books, as was a recommendation, as a means of they may be able to procure; and that securing greater unity of design and oper- they report generally to the next Con. ation, that there be but one editor : it ference. also contained copious hints as to the The distribution of the funds to the vabest mode of conducting the Magazine, rious Free Schools led to an animated disand proposed that the ministers be a cussion, the Conference not having so council to whom the editor could apply for much available funds as last year, and advice or assistance in any emergency. there being an application from the soThe recommendation of the committee

ciety at Accrington, where, by the laudabeing adopted by the Conference, the Rev. ble exertions of the members, a dayJ. H. Smithson was appointed editor. school has been established. Ultimately

A committee of laymen was also ap- the following arrangement was adopted. pointed to investigate the pecuniary af- The dividends on the Chester legacy, afairs of the Magazine. From their re- mounting to 961., were divided among the port it appeared that, although the aver. schools in London, Manchester, and Birage sale had increased from 605 copies of mingham, 28l. to each, and Brightlingsea the old series to 1031 of the new, yet, 121. The proceeds of the Marshal and from the greatly enlarged size, the allow- other bequests, &c., were distributed, to ance to the editors, and other causes, a the Newcastle school 171., Heywood ill., considerable loss had been sustained. and Accrington 10l. With a view to economy, it was, after The application from the Brightlingsea much discussion, agreed to have the Ma. society for the ordination of their leader, gazine printed at Manchester, according Mr. Wynn, which had been made last to an estimate, by which a saving of about year, but was not then agreed to, tha 41. a month would be effected, a member gentleman being so little known, was of the Conference pledging himself that it again made this year, and agreed to una. should be properly done in every respect. nimously. By his ordination not only will The management of the concern was like. his own numerous society be enabled rewise transferred to the Trustees North of gularly to partake of the Lord's supper, Trent; but the publication of the Maga- from which they have long been almost zine is to be continued in London. entirely deprived, but his sphere of use

Mr. Hodson and Mr. W. Newbery were fulness will extend to the neighbouring appointed agents for the sale of the Con- societies at St. Osyth, Colchester, and ference publications.

Ipswich. The stock of books and stereotype As there are at present only two orplates belonging to the Conference have

daining ministers, it was deemed desira. been insured.

ble to increase the number; it was acOn the subject of New Church educa- cordingly agreed that the Rev. E. Madeley, tion, which appears to be about to occupy he being eligible according to the rules, something nearer that share of attention and in every other respect, should be to which it is justly entitled than it has raised to that degree; and instructions hitherto received from the Church at

were given to the ordaining ministers to large, three reports were presented; on admit him to the office. receiving which the following resolution A communication having been made was passed: Resolved, That a commit- to the Conference respecting the service tee be appointed to consider the subjects in the liturgy for consecrating ordaining

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