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well did they support their Christian character, that in these their last public addresses, no bitter invective, no imprecations, no improper expressions, escape their lips.
Do not,' says Dr. Jacomb, add affliction to affliction ; be not uncharitable in judging of us, as if through pride, faction, obstinacy, or devotedness to a party, or which is worse than all, in opposition to authority, we do dissent. The Judge of all hearts knows it is not so : but it is merely from those apprehensions which after prayer, and the use of all means do yet continue that doing thus and thus, we should displease God; therefore deal charitably with us in this day of our affliction. If we be mistaken, I pray God to convince us ; if others be mistaken, whether in a public or private capacity, I pray God in mercy to convince them.' p. 156.
. I know you expect I should say something as to my non-conformity. I shall only say thus much, It is neither fancy, faction, or humour, that makes me not to comply, but merely for fear of offend. ing God. And if after the best means used for my illumination; as prayer to God, discourse, study, I am not able to be satisfied concerning the lawfulness of what is required : if it be my unhappiness to he in error, surely men will have no reason to be angry with me in this world, and I hope God will pardon me in the next.
Dr. Bates's Sermon, p. 181. . Seeing this is like to be the last opportunity that I shall have to: speak to you from this place, being prohibited to preach unless upon such terms as I confess my conscience dares not submit unto.-Could I see a sufficient warrant from the word of God for those ceremonies and other things that are enjoined, I should readily submit unto them; for I can take the great God to witness with my conscience that nothing in the world grieveth me a hundredth part so much as to be hindered from the work of the ministry, and to be disabled from serving my great master Christ in that employment. But seeing I cannot find my warrant thence, I dare not go against my conscience and do evil that good may come.--I dare not give my assent or consent to any thing in God's worship, which is not warranted from his word; but I think it the lesser evil of the two to expose my. self to sufferings in the world, rather than to undergo the checks and reproaches of a wounded and grieved conscience.'
Mr. Gaspine's Sermon, p. 392. This volume contains the farewell discourses of Calamy, Manton, Caryl, Case, Jenkin, Baxter, Jacomb, Bates, Watson, Lye, Mede, Newcomen, Brookes, Collins, Gaspine, Seaman, and Evapke. The names of these divines are so well known, and most readers of theological works are so well acquainted with the character of their writings, that we need not extend our observations on this republication of their valedictory discourses. We shall transcribe a paragraph from Mr. Gaspine's Sermon, as that of an Author who is less known by his writings than most of his associates.
“ Is not the kingdom of heaven that thou art entitled to, enough to make thee amends for all thy trouble and calamities in the end? Art thou troubled by the profane world, and vexed up and down by thy enemies, and not suffered to rest in quiet? And is it not enough for thee that the kingdom of heaven is the place of thine eternal rest and happiness, where thou shalt be for ever advanced above their reach Art thou exposed to the loss of thy place and estate in the world, and will not an incorrupted crown of glory and an eternal inheritance among them that are sanctified, make thee amends for those petty Josses that thou sustainest here: Art thou the offscouring of the world here? And is it not enough that thou shalt be glorified in the presence of saints and angels hereafter? Art thou slandered and reproached by the world? And is not this enough to support thee that thou shalt be acquitted at the bar of Christ? Dost thou suffer the loss of liberty? And art thou under restraint and imprisonment, and is not this enough to comfort thee, that thou art free from the captivity and fetters. by which so many thousands in the world are led captive by Satan at his pleasure, and that thou art free from the prison of hell ? Put the case (which is the greatest trouble that a godly man can undergo in the world) thou art to lose thy life for the sake of Christ, and of a good conscience, however a believer's interest in the kingdom of heaven should keep him from being dismayed at that loss; an eternal life of happiness and glory will be enough to recompence thee a thousand fold for loss of this frail life.' p. 377.
We hope every person, especially every Protestant Dissenting Minister, to whom the principles of religious liberty are, or ought to be, dear, and the memories of the Nonconformist divines, venerable, and who may not possess the original publication, will avail himself of the opportunity of adding it to his collection of books. To inspire an enlightened regard for the men who ventured life and all its endearing objects to obtain the freedom of man as the worshipper of bis Creator, and the subject of religion, and for the principles which they asserted, it is only necessary for every man to put this question to his own mind : What would or might have been the state of this country, and the condition of its inhabitants, at the present day, had no resistance been offered to the measures of ecclesiastical rulers combined with the powers of civil government? That inquiry is worthy of the minds of all rational creatures, and we recommend it to all our readers.
Art..IX. The Poetic Mirror, or the Living Bards of Great Britain,
12mo. pp. 275.
. (Concluded from Page 512.) MR. WORDSWORTH is the third on the list of con
W tributors, and we have no fewer than three poems, entitled,
· It boots not here to tell all that was said.
• Glad of this opportunity, I said,
And drink the souls of things_of living things,
And things inanimate, and thus hold up
Are abject, vain, presumptuous, and perverse." ' pp. 48-51. The following is in a different style.
"It is somewhat strange
But mark the wondrous change--ere he was put
Or meek performing other household tasks.
More than six inchés o'er th' astonish'd stool.' 'pp. 156–157. It would have been more creditable to the Author's taste and understanding, had he indicated, by some short attempt at serious imitation, that he was not incapable of appreciating the genuine characteristics of Mr. Wordsworth’s ,poetry.
“The Gude Greye Katt,” in ridicule of the uncouth dialect of the Ettrick Shepherd's fairy tales, would be utterly unintelligible to Southern readers. We shall therefore pass it over to make room for the following extract from an exquisite burlesque of Mr. Coleridge's “ Christabel.”
• It is a strange and lovely night,
Why does the Lady Isabelle
Sounds the river harsh and loud ?
• What ails that little cut-tail'd whelp,