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Church-Offering for all Seasons ;
RELIGIOUS, LITERARY, AND ENTERTAINING KNOWLEDGE,
THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY.
PUBLISHED BY SALKELD, HITCHCOCK & STAFFORD.
HITCHCOCK & STAFFORD, PRINTERS.
I. AROUND no leafless, fruitless tree, Around no barren, sickly vine, In ivy-like embrace would we Our amaranth-tendrils now entwine.
II. Nor up the hoary castled wall, Nor time-worn mossy roof we creep, Nor cling we to the tower tall, Nor yet the mountain's rocky steep.
III. Nor 'neath the proud triumphal-arch As once in olden time we grace The conqueror's brow in pompous march, Nor victor in the chariot-race.
Tre Rt. Rev. SAMUEL SEABURY, D. D., first Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the Dioceses of Connecticut and Rhode Island, the son of the Rev. Samuel Seabury,* was born at Groton, 1728. Very little is known of his carly history, beyond the fact, that he was always remarkable for soundness of mind, clearness of understanding, tenacity of memory, and for comprehensiveness and solidity of judgment. He was educated at Yale College, where he was graduated in 1748, with credit to himself, and honor to the University. He received the degree of M. A. fro... Columbia College, N. Y., and that of D. D. from the University of Oxford, England. In 1751 he went to Scotland for the purpose of studying medicine, but his attention being turned to Theology, he relinquished medicine, and after a course of theological study, was ordained by the Bishop of London, 1753.
On his return to America, he was appointed Missionary at New Brunswick, N. J., and remained in charge of Christ Church in that place, until Easter, 1757. He then removed to Jamaica, L. I., and had charge of Grace Church, Jamaica, until December, 1766, when he was removed to St. Peter's Church, Westchester. Here he remained until the fall of 1776, when he removed to the city of New York, subsequent to the occupation of the city by the British troops, and remained in New York and at Staten Island until the declaration of peace, in 1783, officiating for some portion of the time as Chaplain to the British army.
During the War of the Revolution, Bishop Seabury and the other missionaries of the Venerable Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, felt them
IV. We deck not jeweld crowns so gayThe crown which regal heads adorns, No, rather wreathe we it alway For Him who wore a crown of thorns.
V. A beauteous wreath we'll send abroadA wreath fresh in enduring youth For his dear Spouse, the Church of God, • The pillar and the ground of truth.'
VI. This Bride of Christ we gladly greet As our own holy Mother too, Who safely guides our willing feet In all life's varied passage through.
VII. Our glad thank-offerings we'll renew For our dear Mother's ceaseless care, And wreathe with flowers of fadeless hue For her a garland bright and fair.
* Rev. Samuel Seabury was a member of Yale College at the time President Cutler, Dr. Johnson, and Mr. Brown declared for Episcopacy, but left in consequence of the troubles, and went to Harvard University, Cambridge, where he was graduated in 1724. He was soon after ordained to the Congregational ministry, over the Second Society in Groton, though omitted in Dr. Trumbull's list; but left about 1729, and becoming an Episcopalian, went to England for Orders, about 1731 or 1732. On his return in 1733, he was appointed Missionary at New London, where he remained until 1743, when he was removed to Hempstead, L, I., where he died in 1764, leaving three sons.
It is worthy of remark, that Mr. Seabury's successor at Grolon, Rev. Ebenezer Punderson, as well as Dr. Johnson's successor at West Haven, Rev. Jonathan Arnold, both became Churchmen. To the exertions of the latter, Trinity Parish, New Haven, is indebted for its funds.
Shall be of deathless EVERGREEN.