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to impress the mind and facilitate recollection ; and a defect even of this subordinate kind is the more to be regretted, when the sentiments are so worthy to be engraved on the hearts of an auditory, as those of which the following ard a specimen.
Sacred as is the source, vast as is the extent of this revelation, awful and imposing as are its doctrines, its precepts, and its results ; it is not for the Christian minister to amuse himself with the cold reasoning of philo. sophy, falsely so called, but he must address himself to this work, with the word of God in his hand, and the grace of Christ in his heart-directed, influenced, taught by the lively Oracles of God, he must advance as an ambassador for Christ, with a firm and undaunted step. To the profligate and incorrigible sinner, he must present the terrors of the Lord; he must proclaim, that “the wages of sin is death." .To the humble and contrite penitent he must announce, that the gift of God is eternal life.” To the man of God thoroughly furnished unto every good work, “ Henceforth there is laid up for thee a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give thee at that day. We must us: bend ourselves from the lore of the learned, to inculcate the doctrines of the lowly Jesus. We must preach Christ, and him crucified ; we must inculcate strictly, and assert constantly, this faithful saying, “ that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.'
These doctrines obviously embrace the depravity of the human nature; a depravity not partial, but universal. The Oracles of God affirm that man is fallen--that all have signed, and fallen short of the glory of God--that in Adam all died. The unambiguous and universal experience of all mankind, goes to confirm the truth which the Oracles of Gud teach us--that man is by the fall of Adam considered as an offender against infinite purity and perfection. The glory of God therefore, must appear in another way than what can arise from the guilty sinner himself. God might indeed be glorified in the punishment of the guilty—but in tlie pardon of the offender he is, he can only be, glorified through Jesus Christ
• You are not redeemed, says an apostle, with corruptible things, such as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ. To deny or explain away the efficacy of the atonement for the sins of the world by the blood of Christ, is to sap the foundation of the Christian religion, and to extract from the Oracles of God their vitality ; to destroy the hope they offer, and that glorious consummation ot which they lead.'
Mr. M. gives a brief summary of the essential tenets, and the moral obligations, of the Christian religion ; its doctrines he describes to be those,
• Which instruct us, that He who lay in the bosom of his Fathrer, came down from heaven for us men and for our salvation :that he came as the good shepherd, to seek and to save those that were lost-that for his sheep, he laid down his life, he suffered and was dead-that he gave himseit a ransom for all, and offered himself a willing sacrifice for the guilty sons of men. That he imposes on all his followers to take his yoke upon them ; which is a system of the strictest yet most amtable morality, a going about to do good to be holy, harmless, and unde filed-to give our supreme affections to God, and those of brotherly kindness to men--to bear injuries witla temper--to pass through evil and
pp. 7. 8.
good report with equanimity--to sustain the conflict in suffering with res signation and finally, to endure all things as seeing Him who is invisible.
• These, continues the animated preacher, are the truths conveyed to us in the oracles of God. We are to preach them, we are to urge them with all the earnestness of persuasion, because they constitute that word which is able to save the soul.' These are the doctrines of the venerable English Reformers, and this is the preaching that we could wish to see universal in the Establishment.
In his Dedication to Dr. Shepherd, Mr. M. says, “ The Clergy of Bedfordshire have been publickly attacked as being deficient in orthodoxy.” We cannot suppose this refers to the Sermon preached eleven years ago, and at length complained of by Dr. Shepherd, because the deficiericy there alledged was of “ an awakening ministry of the gospel ;” of such a ministry, we suppose, as that recommended and adopted by Mr. M., which might be a surprising novelty to many parishes whose incumbents would not yield to him in “ one jot or tittle” of orthodoxy. Art. XXIII. The Poets, a Work designed to comprize the Writings of
cvery Author, whether original or translated, whose Productions have received the Stamp of Public Approbation. Parts I. II. Containing Pope's Translation of the Iliad and Odyssey. Price each Royal 8vo. 58. ; fine Demy, 3s. ; cheap Demy, 2s.; fine Pocket Size, 5s. Minia
ture, 3s, C. Taylor. 1808. To notice mere republications of well-known works is inconsistent with
our plan ; but as this undertaking has boldly deviated from established custom in favour of public morals, we scruple not to follow the example. It has the recommendation of extraordinary cheapness and beauty ; but the distinguishing peculiarity which intitles it to our patronage is the omission of all pieces which have a tendency to deprave' the morals, and corrupt the mind." This circumstance may disparage it in the estimation of certain readers, but we doubt not that the expectation of its projectors will
prove on the whole well-founded, and that some one of these editions, the size and price of which are conveniently varied, will find a place in “ the library of those Academies and" Families where an attention to morals is connected with the study of the Belles Lettres."
The first two sizes, printed in double columns like Anderson's British Poets, are published in Parts, once in six weeks ; the other three, in num. bers once a fortnight. Part III, containing Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, with Johnson's Life of Milton, and a Portrait after Faithorne, has, we believe, already appeared. Art. XXIV. A Vocabulary; containing the most useful Words and faever, it will enable a traveller to express his most usual and important wants. It is remarkable that the compiler should have thought his traveller would have occasion either to express such a wish for himself, or such a request to another, as would require the insertion, among other useful phrases, of " Go to the Devil!” The Russian words are printed, not in the Greek, but in the Roman character, and adapted to the German pronunciation Art. XXV. The Evils with which we are threatened as a Nation, and
miliar Phrases in the Spanish, German, Swedish, Danish, and Russian Tongues Collected by a Gentleman who has travelled, and found them sufficient to answer every Purpose of an Interpreter. pp. 16, long
octavo. Price 1s. 6d. Richardson, Dutton, 1808. IF this performance had been considerably more copious, which it might
have been without any diminution of convenience in point of size, it would have justified the compiler's eulogium. Io its present state, howVOL. IV.
the Duties in which we should be engaged.' Two Sermons, delivered in the Church of Renfrew, on Thursday, 18th Feb. 1808. By the Rev.
Thomas Burns. 8vo. pp. 52. Glasgow. Brash and Reid, 1808. AFTER praising the seriousness and evident good design of the preacher,
and blaming his tendency toward a blind and passive acquiescence under arbitrary power, there is nothing in his Sermons that particularly, der serves our notice. He pictures the consequences of French invasion in very frightful, but probably very true colours ; he laments the neglect- of religious institutions, the love of innovation, and the murmuring spirit which has gone forth, he says, against the Schoolmasters, the Clergy, and the Ministers of State. The second Sermon advises Faith, Prayer, Repentance, Dependence, and a Regard to the Divine Promises. The most remarkable thing about the performance is, that it should have been printed. Art. XXVI. A Selection of Psalms, adapted to the Service of a Paro
chial Church. From Various Authors. 12mo. pp. 84. price 1s, Ni
cholson, Poughnill; Crosby, 1808. THE coarse, doggrel that generally prevails, in the old version of the
Psalms, and the smooth insipidity of the new, have contributed very much to render the psalmody of parochial churches an irksome part of the service; congregational singing in the establishment 'has therefore been decaying year after year, or has been only kept up to little valuable purpose by those who could relish sound without sentiment in the worship of Gode A decay so unfavourable to the edification and delight of the congregationmust necessarily have been detrimental to the interests of the Church; we could therefore wish
very earnestly, as Dr. Shepherd does, vide supra, p. 750) either that hymns of respectable poetical merit and 'rational piety were introduced by authority into the church service, or if the unfounded prejudice against them is.still thought worthy of regard, that a Selection or Version of the Psalms were generally adopted, which might breathe the sentiments and feelings peculiar to the Christian dispensation. In the absence of any general reform, some respectable attempts at improvement have been successfully made, in particular instances, by individual clergymen; and those who are disposed to follow the example máy properly consult Mr. Nicholson's publication before they adopt another. Its tenor is generally commendable, but the selection will not always be thought judicious, nor the variety sufficient. We were sorry to see no other representative of that exquisite composition, the CIIIrd Psalm, than five stanzas about flowers, beat into the veriest tinsel by Mr. Merrick from the 15th and 16th verses of the original,
ART:XXVII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.
The Rev. Dr. Williains's long promised of Canterbury Cathedral, and the public Essay on the Equity of Divine Govern- in general, are informped, that a correspundment and Sovereignty of Divine Grace, is ing collection of twelve picturesque views expected to appear in the course of a of the exterior and interior of the Cathemonth. Among other important disquisi- dral of York, accompanied by geometrical tions it will contain an examinatiou of the plans, and historical and descriptive letLatitudinarian Hypothesis of indeterminate ter-press, is in preparation by the same redemption, and the Antinomian notion of author ; intended to be published complete the divine decrees being the rule of human in itself, but in an uniform manner with the conduct.
former work, in order to unite with it into Dr. William Smith, late Chief Justice of one volume, illustrative of the architecCape Breton, has in the press Theological ture and effect of the two metropolitical Thoughts on God, the Creation, the Fa. I and "cathedrals of England. Redemption of Man, God's dealings with The plates in this publication will be Man from the Creation to the Consumma. carefully engraved in aquatinta, and contion of all Things; in an octavo volume. sist of, as follow:
The second volume of the History of 1 A general View under the N. W. Surrey, by Manning and Bray, a great pect. 2. The west front. 3. The nave. part of which was consumed by fire, has 4. The transept, 5. The south wing of been resumed, and may be expected in the ditto. 6. The south front. 7. Exterior of course of vext winter. ,
the chapter-house. 8. Interior of ditto. In a short tinie will be published the com- 9. The choirs. 10. The south aisle, 11. The mencement of a work intitled a Geogra- chapel of our lady. 12. The east front, phical, Historical, and Political View of With a general plan laid down to scale. Spain and Portugal, from the earliest ac- from actual measurement, and a plan of counts to the present period : By Alexan- the undercroft, with the capitals of its coder Beaumont, Esq. It will be continued lumns, and other details; the whole of in numbers published every fortnight until which, already completed in etching, may completed, price 1s, each. The first num- be inspected, and subscribers' names reber is to contain a view of Cadiz, and views ceived, at Taylor's Architectural Library, and portraits will be continued through the where the original drawings, exhibiting the work.
intended effect of the plates, may likewise An edition of Pococke's Travels in the be seen. East, in three quarto volumes, will be Suoni will appear a work intitled Parliapublished in October.
mentary Logic; to which will be subjoined Dr. George Alley, of Cork, has nearly two Speeches delivered in the House of ready for the press, Observations on the Commons of Ireland, and other Pieces ; Hydrargyria, or that peculiar species of by the Right Hon. William Gerard Hamileruptive disease which arises from the ex- ton; with an appendix, containing Consihibition of mercury, to be illustrated with derations on the Corn Laws, by Samuel coloured engravings. This publication will Johnson, LL. D. never before published. contain all the information on this singular The Flowers of Literature for the year and interesting disease, which the observa- 1807, is nearly ready for publication. tions of those gentlemen whose attention A new edition of Swift's Works in ninehas been particolarly directed to the sub- teen volumes octavo, is now under the care ject, have afforded; besides what the au- of Mr. John Nichols. It will contain many, thor was enabled to collect during an at- new articles, and a head of Swift's taken tendance of more than six years, on the from a cast made immediately after his Westmoreland Lock Hospital, Dublin.
death. Dr. Reid, the author of the Reports of Dr. Watkins' is printing two new editions Diseases inserted regularly in the Monthly of his Scripture Biography, with consider: Magazine, intends to collect those which able improvements and additions ; one of have appeared into a small'volume, to be them is in duodecimo, for schools, as bepublished early in the winter, printed uni- fore ; and the other a handsome octavo formly with his Treatise on Consámption. volume, printed in a large type for the use
A new edition of Clarke's Observations on of families. Diseases in Long Voyages is in the press.
The life of Romney, by Mr. Hayley, is The subscribers to Wild's Select Views nearly finished. This is expected to be ani,
interesting work, that will tend to make under the title of “ Correio Brazilietise, that painter more universally known, to Not cias Politicas, c Mercantis, da Europa." whom Mr. Hayley has already paid so Subscriptions for not less than Half a Year classical a tribute of affection, Mr. Isaac are received by the Printer, Mr. Lewis Peach, one of the painter's earliest pupils, No. 2, Paternoster Row. has lately gained the first prize given by An 8vo. edition carefully revised and corthe English school.
rected, of the Rev. Richard Baxter's PracA member of the University of Oxford tical Works, is just going to press. A prose has projected a small work, intitled " The pectus of the Plan of Publication will · Essentials of English Grammar"
shortly appear. practical plan; for the use of Classical Mr. Boothroyd bas in the press a new and French schools. In this work he has edition of Bishop · Newcome's Versiou of laid a foundation for Classical and French the Minor Prophets; with additional notes * literature, without violating the purity of from Blaney and Horsley on Hosea. the English language. It also contains Mr. R. Cope of Launceston is preparing such 'rules to distinguish the parts of speech, for the press an Essay on the Sin against and such a guide to parsing, as are not the Holy Spirit. Translated from the to be found elsewhere.
French of an eminent divine. A new edition of Hephestion's Treatise A few persons have agreed to undertake on the various Greek Metres, corrected 'reprinting the most valuable Theological from the authority of several MSS. and Works of the two last centuries, under the accompanied with copious notes and illus- care of competent editors. trations, is now printing at the Clarendon A new edition of Puttenham's Art of Press.
Poetry is in the press, edited by Octavius A Portuguese and English dictionary, in Gilchrist, Esq. F. R. S. a pocket size, abridged from Vieyra and The Rev. Johnson Grant will shortly others, will be published speedily. publish the Pastoral Care, a didactic poem,
A Monthly Publication in Portuguese is in three parts. just announced, to be printed in London
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