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would go on board a privateer. But there are ft moments to such desperadoes. God does not,
once, abandon them tu themselves. There are nes when the man says I should be glad to rern but I should not like to meet that face!” if he is been treated with severity.
Yet excess of LAXITY is another danger. The ise of Eli affords a serious warning on this sub. ct. Instead of his mild expostulation on the fla'ant wickedness of his sons-Nay, my 80ns, it is
good report that I hear-he ought to have ex. cised his authority as a parent and magistrate in anishing and restraining their crimes.
Remarks on Authors. VHEN I look at the mind of LORD BACOM.it eems vast, original, penetrating, analogical, beond all competition. When I look at his charactor --it is wavering, shuffling, mean. In the closing
cene, and in that only, he appears in true dignity, Es a man of profound contrition.
BAXTER surpasses, perhaps, all others, in the
rand, impressive, and persuasive style. But he is not to be named with Owen as to furnishing the stulent's mind. He is, however, multifarious, comOlex, practical.
CLARKE has, above all other men, the faculty of
owering the life and spiritual sense of Seripture to much perfection, as to leave it like dry bones,
livested of every particle of marrow or oil. SOUTI is nearer the truth. He tells more of it; but he
ells it with the tongue of a viper, for he was most sitterly set against the Puritans. But there is a spirit and life about him. He must and will be heard. And, now and then, he darts on us with unexpected and incomparable stroke.
THE MODERN GERMAN WRITERS, and the whdi school formed after them, systematically and interi tionally confound vice and virtue, and argue for at passions against the morals and institutions of so ety. There never was a more dangerous bool written, than one that Mrs. WOLSTON ECRAFT imperfect, but which GODWIN published after her death. Her "Wrongs of Women" is an artid apology for adultery:she labors to interest the feels ings in favor of an adulteress, by making hele crime the consequence of the barbarous conductor a despicable husband, while she is painted all soft ness and sensibility. Nothing like this was even attempted before the modern school.
"SOME men,” said Dr. Patten to me, "are alwat crying fire! fire!" To be sure where there is dat ger, there ought to be affectionate earnestness. Whol would remonstrate, coldly and with indifference, with a man about to precipitate himself from Do ver Cliff, and not rather snatch him forcibly from destruction? Truth, in its living influence on the heart, will shew itself in consecratedness and holy zeal. When teachers of religion are destitute these qualities, the world readily infers that relig ion itself is a farce. Let us do the world justice It has very seldom found a considerate, accommo dating, and gentle, but withal earnest, heavenly and enlightened teacher. When it has found such truth has received a very general attention. Suci a man was HERVEY, and his works have met their reward.
Homer approaches nearest of all the heathen poet to the grandear of Hebrew poetry. With the the
ogical light of Scripture, he would liave wonderlly resembled it.
OOKER is incomparable in strength and sanctity. is first books are wonderful. I do not so perfectly eet him, as he advances toward the close.
COSKIEL'S “Account of the Moravian Missions nong the North American Indians" has taught
e two things. I have found in it a striking illusj'ation of the uniformity with which the grace of
od operates on men. Crantz, in his "Account f the Missions in Greenland,” had shewn the race of God working on a man-fish: on a stupid ottish-senseless creature-scarcely a remove rom the fish on which he lived. Loskiel shews the ame grace working on a man-devil: a fiercebloody-revengeful warrior-dancing his infernal var-dance with the mind of a fury. Divine grace irings these men to the same point. It quickens, -stimulates, and elevates the Greenlander; it raises aim to a sort of new life; it seems almost to bestow
on him new senses: it opens his eye, and bends his Fear, and rouses his heart; and what it addsmit sanctifies. The same grace tames the high spirit of the Indian: it reduces him to the meekness, and docility, and simplicity of a child. The evidence arising to Christianity from these facts is, perhaps, seldom sufficient, by itself, to convince the gainsayer: but, to a man who already believes, it greatly strengthens the reasons of his belief. I have seen also in these books, that the fish-boat, and the oil, and the tomahawk, and the cap of feathers excepted a Christian minister has to deal with just the same sort of creatures, as the Greenlander and iste Indian among civilized nations.
Owen stands at the head of his class of divines. His scholars will be more profound and enlarged, an
better furnished, than those of most other writers. His work on the Spirit has been my treasure-house and one of my very first-rate books. Such writers as RICCALTOun rather disqualify than prepare a minister for the immediate business of the pulpit. Original and profound thinkers enlarge his views, and bring into exercise the powers and energies of his own mind, and should therefore be his daily companions. Their matter must, however, be ground down before it will be fit for the pulpit. Such writers as Owen, who, though less original, have united detail with wisdom, are copious in proper topics, and in matter better prepared for immediate use, and in furniture ready finished, as it were, for the mind.
PALEY is an unsound casuist, and is likely to do great injury to morals. His extenuation of the crimes committed by an intoxicated man, for instance is fallacious and dangerous. Multiply the crime of intoxication into the consequences that follow from it, and you have the sum total of the guilt of a drunken man.
RUTHERFORD's Letters is one of my classics. Were truth the beam, I have no doubt, that if Homer and Virgil and Horace and all that the world has agreed to idolize were weighed against that book, they would be lighter than vanity. He is a real original. There are in his Letters some inexpressibly forcible and arresting remonstrances with onconverted men.
I SHOULD not recommend a young minister to pay much deference to the Scotch DIVINES. The Erskines, who were the best of them, are dry, and
labored, and prolix, and wearisome. He may find incomparable matter in them, but he should beware of forming his taste and manner after their model, I want a more kind-hearted and liberal sort of divinity. He had much better take up Bishop HALL. There is a set of excelent, but wrong-headed men, who would reform the London preachers on a more elaborate pian. They are not philosophers who talk thus. If Owen himself were to rise from the grave, unless it were for the influence of the great name which he would bring with him, he might close his days with a small congregation, in some little meete ing-house.
SHAKSPEARE had a low and licentious taste. When he chose to imagine a virtuous and exalted character, he would completely throw his mind into it, and give the perfect picture of such a character. But he is at home in Falstaff. No high, grand, virtuous, religious aim beams forth in him. A man, whose heart and taste are modelled on the Bible, nauseates him in the mass, while he is enraptured and astonished by the flashes of his pre-eminent genius.
“HAVE you read my Key to the Romans?” said Dr. TAYLOR, of Norwich, to Mr. NEWTON.--"I have turned it over."-"You have turned it over! And is this the treatment a book must meet with, which has cost me many years of hard study? Must I be told, at last, that you have turned it over,' and then thrown it aside? You ought to have read it carefully and weighed deliberately what comes forward on so serious a subject."-"Hold! You have cut me · out full employment, if my life were to be as long as Methuselah's. I have somewhat else to do in the short day allotted me, than to read whatever