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throughout, in a clear and convincing manner. We shall have great pleasure in announcing the completion of the work; and in the mean time we recommend the present portion of it to the attention of the public.
The Vanity of all Earthly Greatness.
A Funeral Sermon, preached in Camden Chapel, St. Pancras, on Sunday, July 18, 1830, on the occasion of the Death of His Majesty George the Fourth. By the Rev. A. C. LX D'ARBLAY, M.Ă. F.C. P.S. Minister of that Chapel, and Fellow of Christ College, Cambridge. Printed at the request of the Congregation. London: Rivingtons. 8vo. Pp. 24.
It will not be enied that there were circumstances which rendered the Christian preacher's task, on the melancholy occasion which gave rise to the discourse before us, a task of considerable delicacy and difficulty. While the public press teemed with malevolent abuse on the one hand, and fulsome panegyric on the other, it was his duty to speak the truth in honesty; and to this we may, perhaps, attribute the scanty proportion of sermons which were published on the death of George IV., in comparison with the infinity of those which recorded the private and public worth of his revered and venerable father. Mr. D’Arblay seems to have felt the difficulty; and thus wisely has he avoided any allusion to circumstances over which it is better to draw a veil, while the public virtues of the deceased monarch are exhibited in their true and brilliant colours. In the text are united the emphatic declaration of Solomon in Eccles. i. 1, 2, and the warning of David in Psalm cxlvi. 3, 4. After a brief exposition of the Scriptural version of the word vanity, and an eloquent description of the worthlessness of worldly pleasure, science, or ambition, without the consolations of religion, we have the following wellappointed comparison :
From the little scene on which man toils and frets, a monarch hath disappeared, who, in many respects, had ample opportunities to repeat the experiments of Solomon, and amply used those opportunities. With
every advantage that person and education can bestow, he entered life as a vale of flowers, and found by its bitter fruits that pleasure is vanity. With a refinement in taste and an elegance of manner seldom equalled, never surpassed, he blended in a great degree the varied accomplishments of the scholar; was the liberal friend of art, and the patron of science, and learned enough to know that this also is vanity. His regency beheld our England raised to the loftiest pinnacle of fame her glorious annals ever reached ; and during a reign of wise, peaceful, and prosperous sway, he fostered with paternal care all those sacred institutions of the country, for the defence of which he had waged a noble, because a just and patriotic war.— Like Solomon, he was courted by foreign princes, who from their wide dominions crossed the sea to do homage to the sovereign of that mighty nation, which alone, in the universal wreck, had stood the fury of the storm.—Thus he tasted all the imperfect joys the cup of ambition can supply, and, in the midst of all, was too well convinced, by the gradual inroads of disease and pain, that this again is vanity !—Pp. 14, 15.
Hence the necessity that men should “know this, and consider their latter end;" when all worldly hopes will indeed be vanity, and the merit of Christ the only source of consolation.
Yes, my brethren! I am bound by my sacred office to tell you, on this as on ail occasions, that, be it great or small, be it with subjects or kings, faith in the incarnate Son of God,- living, lasting, persevering faith,-is the only anchor for the departed soul on the ocean of eternity! George our King is now departed to his father and to our Father,—to his God and to our God, and, as the sufferings of the august patient proved that there is no royal road to the grave, so the impartial, unrelenting Gospel, declares that there is no royal road to salvation.
We are bound to hope (for we may hope, though not pray, for the dead,) that mercy will be extended from above to him who, while on earth, seized joyfully every opportunity to exert that most blessed of all royal prerogatives. But the shroud is in the bowels of the ground—the body is with the earth, the spirit with God who gave it—the virtues of the Monarch, and the errors of the individual, are balanced in the scales of the sole unerring Judge. And if it shall please that pure Fountain of Light to change the crown of thorns he lately wore for an imperishable crown of glory, and the faded insignia of earthly royalty for white robes, the eminent Divines there cited is, on certain points, more than questionable. At all events, his own views of the subject of Evangelical heterodoxy is lamentably correct. Such things are; this we know personally and from repeated experience: and, we can only say, that such things ought not to be.
pure and spotless before the Lamb, to what will the gracious boon be due, by whose merits will it be won? Will his own virtues, or those of his illustrious ancestors, will the brilliant achievements of his reign, the laurels of war, or the arts of peace, purchase for him the glories of eternity ?-No, my brethren! Earthly, they may claim their earthly reward, from the future historian, when present love and hate are removed from the changing scene,- when the voice that flattered, and the tongue that slandered, are heard no more. But with that Ancient of Days, “who is too pure to behold iniquity," there is but one source of pardon, of resurrection, and of life, even the precious blood of Christ shed upou the cross, of Him who, like the course of that unvary. ing nature which He rules, “ hath no respect of persons," or of places, or of times, of Christ, the sole fulfiller of the law, the Sun of Righteousness shining on all alike, “the same yesterday, to-day, for ever;" of Christ, the beams of whose mercy gild with eqnal rays of hope the sceptre of the sovereign and the fetters of the slave !-Pp. 21--23.
It was our intention to have given an earlier notice of Mr. D’Arblay's sermon; but, by some means, it has been hitherto overlooked. Its merits, however, will not allow us to pass it by altogether ; though the immediate object of its publication has now become matter of history.
A Manual of Family Devotion ; containing a Form of Prayer for every Morning and Evening in the Week: selected and compiled chiefly from the Book of Common Prayer. To which are added some occasional Prayers. By the Rev. Thomas Stevenson, M.A. Fourth Edition. London: Rivingtons. 1829. 12mo. Pp. xii. 204. Price 3s. 6d.
A VOLUME of compilations! The Preface itself is composed of a series of paragraphs from the Theological Review, Rev. T. Biddulph, Archbishop Leighton, Daniel Wilson, and the Psalms. It is more to the purpose, however, to observe that the Prayers are compiled with considerable judgment; and a fourth edition of the work is no mean proof of its practical utility. We should like to be informed, by the way, by what means Mr. Stevenson has made the remarkable discovery, that Daniel Wilson is “an eminent Divine!”
Modern Methodism Unmasked: in a
Letter to the Rev. Richard Warner,
This is a spirited, though not intemperate, and, at all events, a faithful exposition of the errors of the Evangelical, or rather pseudo-evangelical party, in the Church. The author professes his conviction, that the doctrine of the Church of England concurs with the sentiments, directly or indirectly conveyed, of Tomline, Warburton, Lavington, Secker, Jortin, Whitby, Paley, Clarke, Cave, and Eusebius; and he combats, with great strength of argument, the tenets of the Evangelicals, which he identifies with those of Calvinistic Methodism. In the above list the author would be understood, we presume, with some limitation ; inasmuch as the orthodoxy of some of
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Friendship's Offering : A Literary Album, and Christmas and New Year's Present for 1831. London: Smith, Elder and Co. Pp. xii. 408. Twelve Plates. Price 12s. elegantly bound.
We have just received an early copy of this exquisite little book; and as, from its moral tendency, we have swerved from our immediate province, to announce its appearance in former years, we shall not refuse it the like attention at present. The proprietors seem to have used every exertion to keep up, or rather to enlarge, their claims to public patronage ; and we sincerely congratulate them on the production of a volume, which it will be difficult to equal, and scarcely possible to surpass. Of the literary portion of the work, while the Editor has
availed himself of the services of the most popular writers of the day, he has at the same time been careful in the selection of articles, which are likely, from their excellence, to make a lasting impression on the mind, and " to assist in forming the taste, exercising the judgment, and improving the heart.” The embellishments are executed in the first style of the art; and the subjects chosen for illustration are replete with interest.
in every respect, in accordance with the declarations of Scripture. His sermons, however, are not entirely without merit; and his appeals are frequently impressive : but of the effect which they are likely to produce, we have our doubts.
Sermons preached in St. George's
Church, Everton. By the Rev. Mar-
From the thirteenth sermon in this volume we extract the following :
Yes, my dearest brethren in the Lord, and more especially you, who may be setting out in the walk of grace, and inquiring your way to Zion, with your faces thitherward, let it be your grand leading concern, sinners as you may see yourselves to be, and sinners as you are, always to believe, that your salvation, from first to last, is all of grace; all freely given, in and with the Saviour, without any deservings,-any qualifications on your part. The more sinful you see yourselves to be, and the fewer qualifications you see yourselves to possess, the more you will perceive, that such a salvation is suited to your case; and the more it will commend itself to your judgment, and your acceptance.—Pp. 241, 242.
Now, we would ask, whether this is the doctrine of the Bible? True it is, that salvation is the free gift of God, through Christ, without any deservings, but surely not without any qualifications on the part of man. There are numberless other assertions of a like tendency, to which we are bound to object in Mr. Vincent's discourses : and, as we expected from the models upon which he has grounded them, they do not come within our notion of Gospel truth. We have no doubt, however, of the sincerity of the preacher, in his reverence for such names as Hervey, and Romaine, &c.; but we must warn him that the peculiar complexion of their "Theology is not well suited with the sober piety of the English church, or,
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A SERMON, PREACHED NOVEMBER 8, 1673, AT THE ABBEY-CHURCH IN WESTMINSTER, · JOHN PEARSON, LORD BISHOP OF CHESTER.*
Psalm cxi. 4. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered. Tus Psalm begins with an hallelujah, and wholly consisteth of praise and thanksgiving; in which the people of God express a just resentment, and grateful acknowledgment of the chiefest mercies received by their fathers, referring them all to the goodness of God, and jointly and publicly magnifying his name, as if it were previous to the “great voice of much people in heaven” heard by St. John, The words are so indited by the Spirit, so penned by the Prophet, that they may be a perpetual rule and direction in all ages to the Church, guided by the same Providence, protected by the same power, to have the like sense, and render the same praise to him whose “ hand is not shortened at all."
This duty is here taught us in such a manner as may render it most proper for us to offer, most acceptable to him to whom it is to be offered. The expressions of the Psalmist sufficiently inform us, that it must be unfeigned and real, sincere and integral, without any intervening doubts of his benign and immediate influence, without mingling thoughts or imaginations of any other assistance, ascribing -to him the whole deliverance, rendering to him the whole “glory due unto his name,” that he " alone may be exalted :" there is nothing less than this intimated in the first address, “I will praise the Lord with my whole heart.” The same must also be public and united, universal and illimited, with a general consent and holy kind of conspiration; that the praise to be rendered may bear some show of proportion to the mercy received, and, as the blessing, so the return, may be, without exception, publicly performed " in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation." · The duty thus taught and described is next urged and enforced by expressing a reason, which hath a natural tendency to excite our performance, or rather to constrain us. For “ the works of the Lord are great,” ver. 2. “ His work is honourable and glorious ; and his righteousness endureth for ever,” ver. 3. Whereby he showeth, that in the extraordinary works of God, wrought for the benefit of his people, the attributes of the divine nature manifestly appear; as his wisdom in contriving them, his power in effecting them, his goodness in vouchsafing them, his justice in denying them to others, his mercy in conferring or confining them to us; and at the same time informeth us, that our praise consisteth in 'the sole acknowledgment of these attributes. For he whose “ glorious name is exalted above all blessing and praise," cannot receive glory from us : “ our goodness extendeth not to him :" he is only glorified by the manifestation of himself, with our acknowledgment and declaration of the glorious excellencies which are in him, and the emanations proceeding from them.
* In lieu of an original sermon, we have given one by Bishop Pearson, which has now become extremely scarce. We have already presented our readers with one of that eminent Prelate's scattered rarities, and may possibly have other opportunities of giving similar reprints.
This general reason is followed by a more immediate, more concerning and convincing provocation to the same duty ; in that he which hath done so great things for our fathers, and promised the like to us, hath also revealed the counsel of his will, and his design in the doing of them, both for our benefit and his own honour : that there might be not only a sufficient reason to move and persuade us, but also an express signification of his will, to determine and oblige us unto a perpetual and never-failing commemoration of his goodness. And the revelation of this design of God is clearly delivered in the words of my text: “ He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered."
I shall not trouble you with any division of my text, but only raise this observation from it which is naturally contained in it: Where God hath wrought any signal work for any people or nation, he justly expecteth and requireth a public and perpetual acknowledgment of it. The truth of this indubitable observation, as it is useful for many purposes, so it is evident by innumerable instances ; three of which are glanced at in this short Psalm. First, “ He sent redemption unto his people,” ver. 9 ; that is, he sent Moses and Aaron unto the Israelites, by whose hand he brought them out of the land of Egypt; and certainly he made that wonderful work to be remembered. For they obtained their dismission by the intervention of a destroying angel, while the Egyptians perished and they were preserved : upon which the feast of the Passover was instituted, and with this remark, “ This day shall be to you for a memorial: and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations : ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever." Upon their coming forth from thence, the law of the Sabbath was fixed to a certain day, in reference to the same deliverance, with the like intimation. 6 Remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm : therefore the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to keep the Sabbath-day."
Secondly, “ He hath given meat unto them that fear him," ver. 5. that is, probably, he fed them miraculously when they cried unto him in the wilderness; he gave them manna, even bread from heaven, but with this command : “ Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations, that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness." And this wonderful work was made to be remembered, not only in itself but in its signification. For he which said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven," when he was by his death to deliver us from the wrath of God, and to make a way open for us to eternal life, instituted the blessed Sacrament to this end, that “ as often as we eat that bread, and drink that cup, we should shew the Lord's death till he come.” · Thirdly, “ He gave them the heritage of the heathen,” ver. 6; that is, when the sins of the Amorites were full, he drove out them and their neighbouring nations, that he might place his peculiar people in the promised land of Canaan. He magnified Joshua, as he had done Moses, in the sight of all Israel; he cut off the waters of Jordan, that the ark of the covenant might pass before them, and the