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Sunday Morning Thoughts ; or, Great Truths in Plain Words. 1859. 8vo. pp. 216. Sheldon & Co., New York.

Sunday Evening Thoughts ; or, Great Trutlis in Plain Words. 1859. 8vo. pp. 206. Sheldon & Co., New York.

PAMPALETY RECEIVED. The Critic Criticised, and Worcester Vindicated; consisting of a Review of an Article in the “Congregationalist” upon the comparative merits of Worcester's and Webster's Quarto Dictionary, together with a reply to the attacks of Messrs. G. & C. Merriam, upon the character of Dr. Worcester and his Dictionaries. 8vo. pp. 67.

The Divine Law in the Physical Being concerning Alcoholic Beverages. By William DeLoss Love, Pastor of the Spring street Congregational Church, Milwaukee. Delivered at the Church, Sunday, January 23d, 1859. Published by request. 8vo. pp. 20.

An Introductory Lecture delivered before the Law Class of Columbia College, New York. By THEODORE W. Dwight, Professor of law, &c., &c., on Monday, November 1st, 1858. Published by request of the College Corporation. 8vo. pp. 55.

Established in Righteousness. A Discourse to the First Church and Society in New Haven, on a day of Public Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, 1859. By LEONARD Bacon, Pastor. New Haven : Peck, White & Peck. 8vo. pp. 20.

Slavery Viewed in the Light of the Golden Rule. A Discourse delivered in the Fourth Congregational Church of Norwich, at Greenville, Conn., December 19, 1859. By R. P. Stanton. Norwich. 8vo. pp. 19.

LIST OF BOOKS NOTICED IN THE NEW ENGLANDER OF MAY, 1860. TAEOLOGY.

GERLACH.—Commentary on the BAIRD.-The Elohim Revealed, · 480 Pentateuch, · · · · 486 RAWLINSON.—Bampton Lectures

JAMIESON.-Notes on the Old TesHistorical Evidences, - - 483 tament. The Pentateuch and BUTLER.-Analogy. Edited by

Book of Joshua, • - - 487 CHAMPLIN, - - - - 483 | JAMIESON.-Historical Books of PALEY.—Evidences. Annotations

the Holy Scriptures, · · 487 by WHATELY, - - - 484 ALFORD.-Greek Testament, - 487 Emmons.- Works. Vol. III, . 485 STIER.–Words of the Lord Jesus, 491 Views in New England Theology, 485 LUTHER.—Commentary on GalaBEECHER.-Appeal to the People, 4851 tians, - - - - - 495 KURTZ.—History of the Old Cove LILLIE.—Commentary on Thessanant,.

• 486 ) lonians, . . . . 495

504

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508

649

550

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ROBERTSON.-Expository Lectures | Gilman.—Historical Discourse, - 537

on Corinthians, · · 496 Custis.- Recollections of WashNash.—New German Commenta

ington, . . . . 537 ry, - - - - - 497 Parton.—Life of Andrew Jackson, 538 Biblical Reason Why, · · · 498 LAMARTINE.—Life of Mary Stuart, 640 Nichols.—Hours with the Evan MUIRHEAD.—Life of James Watt, 640

gelists, - . . . 498 BATEMAN.—Life of Bishop Wilson, 541 CHAPIN.-Sermons, · · · 499 BURNETT.-Path which led a Prot

MATHEMATICS estant Lawyer to the Catholic

The Mathematical Monthly, . 643 Church, - ·

· 602 STRONG.—Algebra, · · · 546 GOODHUE.—The Crucible, - .

MISCELLANY. CAMPBELL.-Power of Jesus to

SMILES.-Self-Help, . .

646 Save, - - - -

KINGSLEY.-New Miscellanies, . 647 TURNBULL.-Christ in History, - 505

Prenticeana, - -

547 The Stars and the Angels,.

Roskin.—Elements of Perspective, 548 JONES.- Man, Moral and Physical, 507

SAMPSON.-Spiritualism Tested, : 548 HEQUEMBOURG.–Plan of the Crea

Goethe's Correspondence with a tion, - . . . -

Child, · · · · · Willett.—Life and Times of Her.

Barton.- High School Grammar, 549 od the Great, . . . 509

Life's Evening, - - - - 549 ALEXANDER.—History of the Pres

DEGERANDO.-Self-Education, . byterian Church in Ireland, - 510

Strauss.—Glory of the House of SECKER.-Nonsuch Professor,

Israel, . .. . American Christian Record, · 611

BACON, (Lord.)— Works, .

551 PUNCHARD.-View of Congrega

The Pulpit and Rostrum, .
tionalism, - ..

The Merchants and Bankers' Reg-
PHILOSOPHY.

ister, · · · · · 552 McCoSH.-Intuitions of the Mind, 513

THE FINE ARTS. COLLINS.-Humanics, • . · 515 The Cartoons of Raphael, · · 552 SCIENCE.

BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. Darwin.--Origin of Species, · 616 Roe.—How Could He Help It? · 553 WELLS.— Annual of Scientific Dis CECIL.-Life of Lafayette,

553 covery, · ·

619 Hill.-Life of Daniel Boone, - 554 VOYAGES AND TRAVELS.

GERSTAEKER.—Frank Wildman's HAYES.- Arctic Boat Journey, . 519

Adventures, · · · 554 M'CLINTOCK.-The Voyage of the

INDEX TO ADVERTISERS. Fox in the Arctic Seas, 522 J. E. Tilton & Company, Boston, 1 ABBOTT.-South and North, .. 524

G. P. Putnam, New York City, 2, 3, HOWE.-A Trip to Cuba, .

526

L. A, Godey, Philadelphia, • . Prime.-Letters from Switzerland, 526

C. Scribner, New York, . . 4, BELLES LETTRES.

D. Appleton & Co., New York, · 6, Marsh, Mrs.--Wolfe of the Knoll, 627 A. S. Barnes & Burr, New York, 8, Marsh.—Lectures on the English

Smith, English & Co., Philadelphia, 9, 1 Language, - - - 532

Ivison, Phinney & Co., New York, 1 Ossoli. -Life Without and Life

Ticknor & Fields, Boston, ... 12, 1 Within, · · · · 533

Samuel Bowles & Co., Springfield, A pelles and his Cotemporaries, · 634 Mass., - . . . - 13 BROOKE.—The Fool of Quality, - 534

L. A. Bigelow, Boston, . . 14 The Miscellaneous Works of Sir

A. S. Barnes & Burr, New York, Philip Sidney, Knt, • .

Silliman & Dana, New Haven, Ct.,

J. S. Richards, New York, . HISTORY.

C. B. Norton, New York, . . Vaughan.-Revolutions in English J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadel

History, • • • • 536 ) phia, • • • • •

535

THE

NEW ENGLAND E R.

No. LXXI.

AUGUST, 1860.

ARTICLE I.—A HYMN AND ITS AUTHOR—AUGUSTUS L.

HILLHOUSE.

SEVERAL of the more recent hymn-books contain a hymn which they refer to “ Hillhouse" as its author. The reference is in one sense correct; and yet, as understood by readers generally, and by most of the compilers copying one from another in succession, it is erroneous.

The entire hymn was first published in the Christian Spectator, at New Haven, April, 1822. It is as follows:

" 1. Trembling before thine awful throne,

O Lord! in dust my sins I own :
Justice and mercy for my life
Contend !-0! smile and heal the strife.

"* 2. The Saviour smiles ! upon my soul

New tides of hope tumultuous roll-
His voice proclaims my pardon found,
Seraphic transport wings the sound.

"3. Earth has a joy unknown in heaven

The new born peace of sin forgiven !
Tears of such pure and deep delight,

Ye angels! never dimm'd your sight.
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** 4. Ye saw of old, on chaos rise

The beauteous pillars of the skies:
Ye know where morn exulting springs,
And evening folds her drooping wings.

* 5. Bright heralds of th’ Eternal Will,

Abroad his errands ye fulfill;
Or, thron'd in floods of beainy day,
Symphonious in his presence play.

* 6. Loud is the song-the heavenly plain

Is shaken with the choral strain-
And dying echoes, floating far,
Draw music from each chiming star.

“7. But I amid your quires shall shine,

And all your knowledge shall be mine:
Ye on your harps must lean to hear
A secret chord that mine will bear.”

A portion of this exquisite hymn (including only the first three stanzas) was copied by Dr. Nettleton into his Village Hymns, in 1824. The hymn, as a whole, remained unknown (save to those who happened to remember the original publi. cation) till it was inserted entire in the Supplement to Dwight's Psalms and Hymns, which was published at New Haven, in 1833, and which was used for a few years in some of the Connecticut Churches. In 1845 it was inserted, with the omission of the sixth stanza, in the book of Psalms and Hymns prepared and set forth by the General Association of Connecticut. Since that time it has found a place in the Plymouth Collection, in the Congregational Hymn Book, and in the Sabbath Hymn Book. In the first of these it is given entire. In the second, two stanzas, the fourth and fifth, are omitted. In the last, we find the fourth, fifth, and sixth stanzas of the original cut down and patched into one, after this fashion :

“4. Ye know where morn exulting springs,

And evening folds her drooping wings,
Loud is your song: the heavenly plain

Is shaken with the choral strain." The complete hymn, in its original form, is unsurpassed in the English or any other language. Perhaps it is as near perfection as an uninspired composition can be. The thought, the feeling, the imagery, the diction, and the versification are all exquisite. It is not easy to say why or how such a hymn was omitted both by the Old School Presbyterian compilers, and by Dr. Beman, whose work has become the book of the New School Assembly.

Who was the author of that hymn? “Hillhouse," said Nettleton, when he inserted three stanzas of it in his Village Hymns. At that time, the poet Hillhonse, whose name is now classical in American literature, had published Percy's Masque, and the Judgment; but neither of the poems bore his name, and probably it did not occor to Nettleton that the author of the hymn needed ti be distinguished from the author of Percy's Masque, more than from the well known patriot and statesman, the Commissioner of the Connecticut School Fund. Nine years later, when “Hillhouse, the poet,” was almost as well known in literatnre as his venerable father had been in politics, the compiler of the Supplement to Dwight's Selection referred this hymn distinctly to "A. L. Hillhouse.” The compilers of the Connecticut Psalms and Hymns knew well enough who was the author of that hymn; but accidentally, in their index of first lines, they referred to him only by his family name, “Hillhouse." Mr. Beecher, in making his Plymouth Collection, copied the hymn from the Supplement to Dwight, and probably knew that “ A. L. Hillhouse” was not “the poet Hillhouse;" but, like the Connecticut compilers, he did not mark the distinction. The compiler of the Congregational Hymn Book knew that he found the hymn in the Connecticnt book and in the Plymouth Collection, and that in both it was referred to Hillhonse ; and, very naturally, he inferred that he knew who the author was. Consequently, in his “index of authors," he informed his readers that this hymn was written not merely by some person bearing that family name, but by James A. Hillhouse, who was born in 1790, and died in 1841. In like manner the compilers of the Sabbath Hymn Book have been betrayed into the same inference. Their first edition gives the names of authors in the index of first lines, and ascribes the hymn, “ Trembling

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