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when conscious that his “style was diffuse and plain,” why did he not amend it? Still the book is a good book, and we can recommend it, although the introduction of sing-song couplets in sermons is not exactly to our taste, especially such as the following:
Stop, poor sinner, stop and think
Before you further go!
Of everlasting woe?
The Preaching of the Cross, the effec
tual Means for the Conversion of the Sinner, and the Stability of the Church. By the Rev. Thomas BisLAND, M. A. of Baliol College, Oxford, Rector of Hartley Maudytt, Hants, and Chaplain to Lord Bexley. Second Edition, enlarged. London: Hatchard. Edinburgh: Grant.
Pp. x. 153. Ten pious and able sermons, in which the truth as it is in Jesus" is set forth in solemn and forcible language, which comes home to the heart.
tion as a divine, and we feel much indebted to Mr. Evans for introducing him to the British public. His own Visitation Sermon also may be profitably read by his clerical brethren; and we receive it as a valuable bequest from the venerable and highly respected "octogenarian." A Manual of Family Prayer ; comprising three weekly
Courses of Morning and Evening Devotion. I. From the authorized Formularies of the Church. II. From the New Manual of Devotion. III. From Jenks' Prayers and Offices ; to which are added, occasional Collects for the principal Feasts and Fasts of the Church, fc. Compiled, adapted to Family Devotion, and abridged, by the Rev. A. HORSFALL, M. A. of Queen's College, Cambridge. Lon
don: Parker. Pp. v. 159. A RESPECTABLE compilation, originally made for private use, and now
published in the hope that they may afford some assistance to others," for which they are well calculated. The Clergyman's private Register, and
Assistant in his Ministerial Visits.
Gotelee. London: Longman, 1838. A SPECIMEN of a pocket-book in which a Clergyman may enter any information that may be gleaned in pastoral visits; the idea is useful, and, with certain modifications, might be advantageously adopted.
Alice Benden, or the Bowed Shilling.
By CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH. Lon
don: Seeleys. Pp. 137. A DIALOGUE between a mother and her children, ably exposing the abominations of Popery, and inculcating sound christian principles. The only marvel is, that the young interlocutors talk and expound Scripture like patriarchs.
The Gospel truly preached, in three short Extracts from the Works of J.J. Spalding, Provost of the Ecclesiastical Consistory of Berlin, in the middle of the last Century. Translated by the Rev. ARTHUR B. Evans, M. A., Rector of Coln Rogers, and Vicar of Barnwood. To which is added, the Ministerial Office; a Sermon, preached in the Church of Saint Mary-de-Lode, Gloucester, June 12, 1809, at the Visitation of the Venerable Archdeacon Stonehouse. London : Cadell. Glouces
ter: Jew. Pp. ix. 153. John Joachim Spalding, in his own country, obtained the highest estima
The Poetical Works, Latin and En
glish, of Vincent BOURNE. A new Edition, with several Translations, and Two Letters. London: Washbourne. Cambridge : Grant. Pp.
xii. 320. We can say with Cowper, “We love the memory of Vinny Bourne,” and we are, therefore, obliged to the present publishers for this new and very neat edition of our old favourite.
Maternal Instructions on the Rite of
Confirmation. London: Simpkin,
Marshall, and Co. Pp. xii. 202. Tue authoress has most ably discharged the duty she proposed to her
VOL. XX. NO. VIII.
self in this very interesting little volume, and through the inedium of a simple narrative, has given an impressive description of " the affecting and solemn rite of the Established Church, called Confirmation."
A Letter to Sir R. H. Inglis, Bart.
M.P. on the Relative Numbers, Influence, and Benevolence of Churchmen and Dissenters. Second Edition, enlarged. London: Painter. Pp.
12. A most able tract, well calculated for distribution at the present moment. The Family Sanctuary; a Form of
Devotion for every Sabbath in the Year : containing the Collect of the Day, a Portion of Scripture, an original Prayer and Sermon, and the Benediction. London: Smith,
Elder, and Co. Pp. xxiii. 559. This is a good book. The design good. The execution good. We recommend the following extract from the Preface to the advocates of the Voluntary System and separation of Church and State.
Were there no State Religion, the observance of the Sabbath, even as a day of rest from worldly labour, would, it is to be feared, by many be no longer continued ; the poor would be denied the privilege of hearing the Gospel preached unto them; a flood of immorality and irreligion would burst upon devoted England, and her honourable name would, ere long, cease to be respected among nations.-P. vii.
Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
And all must die.
Then chiefly lives.
Pp. 104, 105.
path lies : Haughty presumption and Hell-deep de
spair Make our way dangerous, though seeming
fair. The world, with its enticements sleek and
sly, Slabbers our steps, and makes them slip
pery. The flesh, with its corruptions, clogs our
feet, And burdens us with loads of lusts unmeet. The devil, where we tread, doth spread his
The Temple; Sacred Poems and Pri
us, We stir that dust ourselves, that serves to
choke us ; And raise those tempests of contention,
which Blow us beside the way into the ditch. Our minds should be our guides ; but they
are blind : Our wills outrun our wits, or lag behind.
vate Ejaculations. By GEORGE HERBERT. With the Synagogue. London: Washbourne. 1838. Pp.
For thou must die.
And thou must die.
Our furious passions, like unbridled jades, Of the labours of Mr. Hale it is but Hurry us headlong to the infernal shades, just to say, that he has shown great If God be not our guide, our guard, our taste and judgment in the laborious friend,
task which he had assigned to himself. Eternal death will be our journey's end.
“The rule (says he) which I laid down Pp. 345, 346.
for my guidance was this; to omit no
thing which I did not think the author The Practical Works of the Right Rev. himself might be supposed willing to Jeremy Taylor, D. D., Lord Bishop his works to the taste of this age, and
strike out, were he now alive to adapt of Down and Connor.
With a Sketch of the Life and Times of the innocent feelings. Whilst, therefore, I
to our more refined, though not more Author, By the Rev. G. CROLY, have in many places expunged words LL. D. In Eight Volumes. London : Rickerby. 1838.
or phrases, which seemed likely to of
fend fastidious readers, it will be found The Rule and Exercises of Holy Liv- that I have left the peculiarities the
ing and Dying. By the Right Rev. learned writer's diction, as well as of Jeremy Taylor, D.D., Lord Bishop his doctrines, untouched.” of Down and Connor, and Dromore. The volumes contain a storehouse Revised, abridged, and adapted to of religious information for building general use, by the Rev. W. H. Hale, mankind up in their most holy faith,
M. A. London: Rivingtons. 1838. and sincerely do we trust that they So highly and so justly are the writings will be as generally perused as their of this great and good man esteemed,
intrinsic merit deserves. that it is scarcely necessary to do more than announce the appearance of the present portions of them, under the Memorials and Communications adauspices of their highly talented editors.
dressed to His late Majesty's ComOf the character of the author, we do
missioners of Inquiry into the State not know that we can give a more just of the Established Church, from the delineation than is given in the words
Cathedral and Collegiate Churches inscribed on his monument, in the
of England and Wales, in 1836 and chancel of the Cathedral Church of
1837. With an Appendix relative Lisburn. He was
to the Bishopric of Sodor and Man. second to that of none of the illustrious sons, London : Rivingtons. 1838. Svo.
whom the Anglican Church, rich in worthies, bath brought forth;
Pp. 176. as a Bishop, distinguished for munificence and vigilance truly Episcopal ;
This is a very valuable documentary as a theologian, for piety the most ardent, volume, as exhibiting the imperfections learning the most extensive, and eloquence of the Church Commission, and as
affording much information respectto earnestness of devotion, uprightness of ing the corporate and other bodies of practice,
our various cathedral and collegiate and christian forbearance and toleration; a powerful assertor of Episcopal government Churches. Every Clergyman in any
and liturgical worship, and an able exposer of the errors of the Romish
way connected with either of those Church ;
establishments should possess it. in his manners, a pattern of his own rules
of holy living and holy dying, and a follower of the great exemplar of sanctity, as portrayed by him in the person
A History of British Birds. By W.
YARRELL, F.L.S., V.P.Z.S. IllusThe eight volumes contain the Life of
trated by a wood-cut of each Species, Christ; Holy Living and Dying ; Gold
and numerous vignettes. Part VII. en Grove and Worthy Communicant; Select Sermons, and Liberty of Pro- It affords us pleasure to state that phesying. To the whole is prefixed an this work still maintains the character interesting and instructive account of which we felt bound to award to it on the “Life and Times of the Author," its first appearance. The volume must from the eloquent pen of Dr. Croly.
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
make its way.
Essais de Philosophie Morale et de medicine to which each individual lrad
Morale Religieuse, suivis de quel- devoted his special attention, and for ques Essais de Critique Litéraire. which the public at large are more Par A. VINET. Paris. 1837. 8vo. deeply indebted; and to each is pre
fixed a beautiful engraving of the The modern systems of moral and
subject of the biography. religious philosophy, under their several forms of materialism, eclecticism,
Those already noticed are sculaand utilitarianism, are utterly and ab
pius, Sir Henry Halford, B. S. Albinus, solutely demolished in the able disqui
F. Ruysch, Albert de Haller, Sir A.
Carlisle, T. Linacre, Mark Akenside, sitions which form the bulk of this
Sir C. M. Clarke, J. Caius, J. B. Morvolume; and if we do not partake in all the views which the writer enter
gagni, J. Blundell
, S. J. Radcliffe,
M. F. X. Bichat, and Sir A. P.Cooper. tains, we readily assent to his opinion, that religion, based upon the principle
Mr. Pettigrew has executed his
task with much taste and elegance, of universal redemption, is the only means of resolving the perplexities,
and, as far as we are able to judge,
with great impartiality. and satisfying the wants, of man. With the latter part of M. Viner's work we have little to do. It will be sufficient to state that it consists of critical
Repertorium Theologicum. A Synop
tical Table of the pious and learned essays, written with great force and judgment, upon some detached pieces
Writings, collected in 1673, into 3 of ^M. Ste-Beuve, Lamartine, Edgar
folio volumes, of Thomas Jackson, Quinet, and C. Nodier.
D.D., formerly Dean of Peterbo
rough. Interspersed with Biogra
phical and other Notices. By the Medical Portrait Gallery. To be con
Rev. H. J. TODD. London: Rivtinued Monthly, eachPart containing ingtons. 1838. Pp. 189. Three Portraits, Biographical Me
This is truly a Repertorium Theolomoirs of the most celebrated Physi- gicum-a synoptical view of the wricians, Surgeons, &c. &c., who have contributed to the advantage of Medi
tings of that giant in divinity, Dr. T.
Jackson. His works have long been cal Science. By T. J. PettiGREW,
known to us, and right glad are we to F. R. S., F. S. A., F. L. S., &c. &c.
find that the able Archdeacon of CleveLondon : Fisher and Son. Parts
land has done what we think will 1-5. 1838.
bring the three ponderous volumes to We have derived very great pleasure the notice of our young divines. A and satisfaction in the perusal of the reprint of the Doctor's whole works numbers of this excellent work which would do the University Press credit. have been already sent to us. To the Many testiinonies to the value of the medical profession, particularly to the writings of Dr. Jackson are given by junior branches, the " Biographical Mr. Todd in the preface, and which Memoirs ” must be peculiarly instruc- of themselves are sufficient to comtive. Embodied in each memoir is a mend his labours to all who can apbrief account of the particular part of preciate sound divinity.
Hold fast the form of sound words. The most solemn duties of a Christian, and the highest of his privileges, are connected with public worship. Under the Mosaic law, ratified by miraculous displays of divine power, it was identified not only with the ceremonies, where the whole congregation was required to assist, but also with many of the duties of personal religion. And when the splendid services of the Temple were about to give place to a more perfect dispensation, this duty was enforced by motives yet more encouraging; for the Saviour declares that he is present wherever two or three are gathered together in his name.
Nor is it the only value of public religious services, that they bring the soul into more intimate communion with God. They afford also a most important mean by which the essential truths of religion are illustrated and preserved. Connecting these truths with corresponding services, they prevent them from being neglected or misunderstood.
How important are these services in the sight of God, we may infer from the jealousy with which, under the former dispensation, he guarded every thing connected with public religious duty. From the impressive ceremonial of a solemn feast, down to the smallest point connected with the ornaments of the Tabernacle, every thing was expressly and particularly enjoined, and no deviation was allowed. The importance of preserving, in all their purity, the types which were to receive fulfilment in the Redeemer, made this strictness necessary; and the peculiar and exclusive character of the Jewish nation made it easy.
The Gospel being intended, not for one small people, and for a limited period, but for all nations, and to the end of time, admits not of such particular and strict rules. To accommodate itself to the customs of different countries, the circumstances of different times, and the civilization of different ages, it could admit only of certain general and simple principles, which should be universally applicable.
Accordingly two such principles, -an authorized Ministry, and an authorized Liturgy, have always and every where prevailed in the Christian Church, from the earliest age down to the sixteenth century. From that period to the present time, some parties have deviated from the model which history and scripture warrant us in regarding as apostolic. They have thus unintentionally afforded an additional and most powerful proof of its validity and excellence ; for in throwing off the restraint of episcopal government, they have sacrificed peace, and in rejecting “a form of sound words,” they have too often sunk to heresy.
The Bible contains every thing that is necessary to salvation; and the pious inquirer who studies it in a spirit of humility and sincerity, may hope for the blessing of the Holy Spirit to guide him to heavenly truth, to wisdom and holiness. But the Bible may be, and is, most deeply mistaken, whenever a corrupt heart becomes the interpreter.