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that they had remained in bondage, without; lest he fall into reproach saying, they had only come out to and the snare of the devil.” 1 " die in the wilderness."
Tim. iii. 7. must learn to " stand still,' if
“As the last evidence of a would - see the salvation of God.” call, may be noticed a conviction The obstructions of your way may of duty, founded on the due consionly be intended as trials of
your deration of matters already disfaith and patience.
cussed. This conviction may not, • To the foregoing evidences of need not be so strong, as that a a call must be added the necessary man will be able to employ in their qualifications, or the capacity, entire import the words of Paul, means, and desires of acquiring when he says,
when he says, “ necessity is laid them.
upon me; yea, woe is me if I . As to what the qualifications preach not the gospel." 1 Cor. ix. for the ministry are, let it be re 16. Indeed, no man can use this membered that among them,
language, as Paul used it, until he experimental acquaintance with is assured of his call. Yet his the truths to be taught,
is in conviction of duty may be as real, dispensable. This piety must be
This piety must be though not as firm as that of Paul. real, not feigned. 66 Woe unto
By a real conviction of duty in this you hypocrites,” did Jesus often matter, is meant something like say. It must be practical and this : that when a
man humconsistent. “ Thou, which teach- bly, seriously, and candidly, thinks est another, teachest thou not thy- of entering the ministry, his mind self ? thou that preachest a man inclines to the judgment, that in should not steal, dost thou steal ? so doing, he would please God; thou that sayest a man should not and that in declining to do so, guilt commit adultery, dost thou commit would be contracted. This conadultery? thou that abhorrest idols, viction, from its very nature and dost thou commit sacrilege ?” basis, grows or diminishes, accorRom. ii. 21, 22. The piety re ding to the aspect of things as conquired must also be somewhat trolled by providence. Yet it must matured. A minister must be have permanency, though it may not à novice (a young convert) not be exceeding strong. If it be lest, being lifted up with pride, he genuine, it will prove itself such by fall into the condemnation of the the fact that it is strengthened by devil.”. 1 Tim. iii. 6. This piety the desirableness, and weakened by must also be unimpeached by the the undesirableness, of our religious world. “ Moreover, he must have state and sentiments. a good report of them which are
A WORD TO PARENTS.
“ Now I pray to God that ye do no evil.” How expressive of the pious soli vation. Favoured children! early citude of godly parents for their planted in the house of the Lord, dear children. Nothing grieves they shall flourish in the courts of like sin - nothing can give so much the God of their fathers; bring forth joy, as to see children walking in the fruits of holiness while young, the truth. Oh, the blessedness of and if spared to old age, they shall those parents who are favoured testify the goodness of the Lord, with their dear little ones early in his faithfulness and love, to those life, asking the way to him, and seek who remember him in the days of ing the Lord Jesus and his great sal their youth: Happy favoured pa
rents also-honoured to rear up. to our miseries in this place of plants of “ the Father's own right. torment?: It is gratifying to know, hand planting," who having blessed that this address was blessed, to the world by the fragrance of their the heads of two families, and the graces, shall be transplanted to the writer saw them within twelve paradise of God, there to bloom months from the time it was deliwith unfading verdure, and to re vered, united to the church of joice together with the authors of which they remained honourable their being, and the spiritual bene members for many years. Parents, factors of their souls, through end let it be your immediate concern to
seek the Lord for yourselves '; and But perhaps these remarks may then the souls of your dear chilbe read by some parent, who has
dren will be precious in your eyes, never yet breathed one prayer to then your prayers on their account God for the souls of his children, will be, that “ they may do no
sent up one desire for their evil”--that their lives may be salvation. "Oh, if such is the case, useful, and that God your Redeemmay this attempt be honoured, as
er may be glorified. the means of drawing forth pater Nor is the subject without ennal solicitude, of convincing of the couragement to those who have evil of sin, of the worth of the soul, prayed long for their children, withand of the awful weight of respon out having to rejoice in their consibility which will be laid to the version. You cannot offer a better account of such parents another prayer, a more kindly wish, bn day. The writer would not dis their behalf; this was Job's praccourage any such character, but tice, he feared evil for his children while warning him of the awful more than any other calamity, and consequences of neglect, would not a few who have had their faith urge, with all possible affec exercised even to their dying' motion and entreaty, an immediate ments, have long since rejoiced fin application to the Friend of sinners. heaven, in meeting those children Not
many years ago, a faithful there, whom on earth they left in minister of Christ addressed pa
nature's darkness and sin. A.
young rents on this subject, and as an lady who lately died in Russia, argument for the consideration of was a striking proof of this kind; she the souls of children, urged the had been early taught the truths of necessity of personal religion for the Bible; her godly mother had told their sakes. What,' said he, her of a Saviour, and urged her to you care not for your own souls, seek him, but at her death, the will you not care for the souls of daughter she tenderly loved and your children ; if you are regard- cherished, remained a stranger to less of eternal misery yourselves, the grace of God; many years are you equally so as it regards afterwards, these early impressions your children ? can you bear the were revived, and these prayers thought of meeting them in eternal were answered: far from the land in torments, and hearing their re which they were offered, and in proaches of you there? to say, another quarter of the world, this Ah, my father, ah, my mother, by wandering daughter was brought neglecting your own souls, you
« back to the shepherd and bishop neglected mine also. I saw nothing of souls.” Reader, be encouraged : in your example to warn me of the "pray," for
,” for your children, “ withwrath to come. You never prayed out ceasing,” in “due time you with me, you never told me of a shall
faint not, Saviour, and here we meet' 'to add 1.44 your work shall-be rewarded.” | Rev. S. Kilpin, late of Exeter.").
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THE LIFE OF WILLIAM COWPER, Esg. compiled from his corresspondence, and other authentic sources of Information : containing remarks
on his writings, and on the peculiarities of his interesting character, never te before published. By THOMAS TAYLOR. 8vo. Pp. xvi. and 368. Smith. This is, on the whole, the best society, would only have fanned a parrative of the life of Cowper flame which must have led to the which has yet appeared, and ably most painful results. To marry an demonstrates what indeed every individual who was at least parimpartial inquirer must long since tially under the influence of insanhave discovered, that Cowper's un
ity, was impossible; and to have happy, malady, so far from being allowed him to entertain any such occasioned by, was, in reality, unfounded hopes, would most profor a time suspended, by a bably have issued in irremediable rious attention to religion. The madness. Lady Austen therefore tale of his sufferings and his sor- wisely withdrew, and left the poet TOWS0 is painfully interesting, and to the maternal care of Mrs. Unwin. sit is indeed bumbling to the pride We are not sure, however, whether -of imanto contemplate such powers full allowance has yet been made
of intellect i as Cowper unquestion- for the effect on Cowper's early rably possessed, perverted and en- character of that malady, which
slaved during a long period, to the broke out and embittered his riper -most -unfounded delusions. Well and declining years. Throughout may we xexclaim, while contem- the whole of his course, his feelings plating such weakness, “ Lord, were morbidly sensitive, and comwhat is man!”
municated a tint to every object -omIn compiling this volume, Mr. which came before him. Where Taylor has made considerable use his personal interests were no ways nof Cowper's private correspond- concerned, he exhibited very minute uence, which Mr. Hayley was in- observation, sound judgment, and _duced, partly from delicacy, and correct reasoning, but the instant partly from his defective views on he became personally interested in religious subjects and experience, any object, some delusion or other entirely to lay aside, and Mr. T. appeared to arise, and induced him has thus afforded a solution of to adopt the most incorrect consome difficulties, which had previ- clusions. His disposition howa · ously been without explanation ; ever was most amiable and affec
though he has at the same time tionate; his personal afflictions overlooked some sources of infor- must ever (call for sympathy and mation to which he might have compassion, while his valuable resorted, and has,' possibly from works will at once instruct and very praiseworthy motives, passed entertain multitudes in successive over in silence, some points on generations. which more explicit statements * We are obliged to Mr. Taylor for
would have been desirable di Thus the present interesting volume, and 1 for instance, i Lady Austeu’s hasty would only suggest that in the next removal from Weston,o has an air edition, the omission of a few adof mystery throwu round it, which „jectives would improve the general is very unnecessary. The fact ap- effecto Cowper was indeed intepearsítolbe, that Cowper i was resting, admirable, exalted, &c. enchanted and fascinated with Lady & but the repetition of such, characAusten's person and talents, and biteristies may be sometimes carried that her longer continuance in his too fara to stai lylia 2.45
THE Text of the English Bible, as now printed by the Universities considered,
with reference to a report by a $ub-Committee of Dissenting Ministers. By Thomas Turton, D. D. Regius Professor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge, and Dean of Peterborough. 8vo. Pp. 44. Parker, We noticed in our number for authorized version feel it their duty, to March, page 106, a pamphlet by make the following statements ;Mr. Curtis, animadverting on the In publishing the resolutions of the 13th Bibles recently published by the of June, Mr. Curtis has not only acted Universities, &c. and expressed our
without our concurrence, but in direct conviction of the unfounded nature
opposition to the written injunction of one of its animadversions. We have
of the committee,-the positive declara, subsequently been favoured with
tion made to him by another, who was
also of the sub-committee, that such an the perusal of the present pam- act would be a gross breach of faith,+ phlet, which clearly proves that and the obvious design of that part of our many of the variations from the
fourth resolution in which it is declared mode of printing adopted by King expedient to wait till the reprint edition James's translators in 1611, and of 1611, now printing at Oxford, be before which were specifically complained the public, ere any further correspondence of by the Sub-Committee of Dis- be entered upon with the Universities.”. senting Ministers, are made in strict We do not consider ourselves responaccordance with the principles sible for any statements which Mr. Curtis adopted by those translators them- has made in his pamphlet, or which he selves, and were indispensably re
may hereafter make; and he is no longer quisite on the ground of consist- secretary to the committee by which we ency; while at the same time it
were appointed, or in any way connected
with that body. shews that the standard editions of
As our design was not to implicate King James are not by any means character, but to secure the integrity of immaculate, and consequently the text of the authorised version, we con, need correction. On these points sider the reprint of the standard edition, the 'venerable Dean's pamphlet is, now commenced at Oxford as the first we conceive absolutely conclusive, step towards the advancement of the oband we therefore strongly recom- ject we had in view. mend it to the serious attention of
J. BENNETT, those whose minds have been in
F. A. Coy,
E. HENDERSON. any degree disturbed by Mr.
Though not of the sub-committee, I am Curtis's unguarded assertions, or by
happy to be permitted to add my signathe countenance afforded them by the Sub-Committee of Dissenting March 26.
J. PYE SMITH. Ministers.
How far the respectable indiSince reading this pamphlet, our viduals have been induced to pubattention has been called to a letter lish this letter by the very able addressed to the Editor of the pamphlet above noticed, or by a Times, by the Sub-Committee valuable production of Dr. Cardreferred to in the Dean of Peter- well in defence of the Oxford Press, borough's pamphlet, and which is somewhat uncertain; but it is clearly points out their dissatisfac- obvious that in consequence of Mr. tion with Mr. Curtis's proceedings. C.'s proceedings, these gentlemen It is as follows:
have been placed in a false posi
tion, and SIR, -In consequence of the publication
are desirous of withof Mr. Curtis's pamphlet upon the state
drawing from a controversy in of the text in the current editions of the which they had somewhat indisEnglish Bible, and your remarks on that creetly engaged, and which for the subject
, the members of the sub-committee, present, at least, is most probably appointed to examine and report on the at an end.
EXPOSITORY DISCOURSES on the Gospels for every Sunday in the
year, and the principal Festivals of the United Church of England and "Ireland. By the Rev. John HALL, B, D. Rector of St. Werburgh's, Bristol. 8vo. 2 vols. Pp. viii. 484, and viii. 480. Hamilton. 1832. OUR method of preaching,' says for the purposes contemplated by the late Mr. Cecil, is not that by their author, namely to supply which Christianity was propagated, families in the middle ranks of yet the genius of Christianity is not society with plain discourses which changed. There was nothing in the may be suitable for reading on primitive method set or formal. Sunday evenings, particularly in The primitive Bishop stood up and country places where there is no read the gospel, or some portion service in the parish church. of Scripture, and pressed on the Mr. Hall is already known to hearers with great earnestness and the Christian public as the author affection, a few plain and forcible of a volume of Parochial Distruths evidently resulting from that courses on the ctrines of Chrisportion of the Divine Word : we tianity contained in the Articles of take à text and make an oration. Religion of the United Church Edification was then the object of England and Ireland ; and is both of speaker and hearers ; and highly and deservedly esteemed in while this continues to be the ob- the city of Bristol, as a faithject, no better method can be found. ful diligent parish-minister : perA parable, or history, or passage haps no proceeding of the present of scripture thus, illustrated and Lord Chancellor has afforded more enforced is the best method of unreserved satisfaction than his apintroducing truth to any people pointment of Mr. Hall to the Recwho are ignorant of it, and of tory of St. Werburgh's, of which setting it home with power on those parish he had been for many years who know it.'*_The general truth the laborious Curate. Nor will and importance of these observa- the publication of these Discourses tions will be readily acknowledged in the least diminish, but on the by those who are acquainted with contrary extend, we the records of Ecclesiastical His- widely, the reputation and useful tory, or have had much experience ness of their pious author. There in the work of the ministry, though
are indeed some few passages to s we may perhaps doubt whether which a critic may object, and an Ignatius, Polycarp, or Chrysos- occasional interpretation to which tom, would have exactly adopted we should not entirely assent, but the same style in preaching to a as a whole, the volumes before us British audience, as they used to appear at once eminently interestthe men of their own day. This ing and instructive. passage however recurred with con
The plan which has been usually siderable force to our minds while
adopted in the following discourses, is, to reading these expository discoures
give, in the first instance, a familiar exof Mr. Hall. T'hey may not in planation or commentary on the whole deed be exactly such as would,
passage appointed as the Gospel for the meet the beau ideal of Mr. Cecil ; day; and then to make some remarks nor perhaps such as the eloquent upon the verse which is placed at the head and venerable Chrysostom might of each Sermon as the text, with the view have prepared had he appeared in
of bringing home the subject to the hearts these laterdays, but they evince very and consciences of the hearers. considerable talent, and devoted "> The manner in which Mr. H. piety: and are admirably adapted has carried this plan into execution * Cecil's Works, iv. 113.
will appear from the following