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Chap. x. 1. - for I have harden- tend, any more than he did, to come ed, &c.] The particle translated generously and freely to the obedience “for” admits of the sense “ although.” of the Divine will; but only to proThen the meaning becomes clear: cure gome present remission of their “ Although I have hardened his heart” sufferings.—God's dealings with Phayet let not that hinder thy going to raoh were very proper to mollify him, him, but still importune him: because and bring him to a compliance; but I intend to take occasion from his re- meeting with such a heart as his, they fusing to obey me, to work greater happened to have a contrary effect signs and wonders for your benefit

, upon him. Every judgment, and (ver. 2.) and for his ruin. Bp. Pa- every deliverance from it, would have trick.

led an ingenuous mind to see the [God is the Author and Giver of all wrath of God for disobedience, and good gifts, and may punish

us with the his clemency upon promise of amend. loss of inward as well as outward ment. But this heart was so proud blessings, whenever we abuse them. and audacious as to contend with the In this sense it is, that the Scripture Almighty; it was exasperated with says of wicked men in general, God severity, and conceived vain hopes, hath stopped their ears, blinded their upon the removal of a judgment, that eyes, hardened their hearts, lest they the hand of God was tired, and would should see, and hear, and understand, yield to the obstinacy of man. With so as to be converted and healed. respect to this perverse temper, it was What can sound more like a Divine that God says, I have hardened Phadecree, to hinder men's salvation ? raoh's heart; meaning, by his dealAnd yet it is certain, from the very ings with him, which were intended nature of God, and from abundant to correct and amend him, but by his passages of his word, that he never misapplication of them, they still left willeth the death of a sinner, but him more incorrigible, and finally endwould have all men repent and be ed in his utter destruction, Reading.) saved. But, as I said before, he deprives the unthankful and unholy of inward as well as outward blessings,

Poetical Extracts. and punishes them with spiritual as "Prove there's a God! the frantic atheist cries; well as corporal infirmities. Accord

And his heart trembles while his lip denies.

Fool! in thine own conceit so subtle, prove, ing to the saying of our Lord, that he First, that you live, and breathe, and speak, and move!

Is't not enough we find within oil will who uses his talents, shall find them

A void no being, save a God, can till; improve and grow upon his hands;

And while some partial lights illume the soul,

She pants insatiate for the brighter whole? while he who neglects them, loses Is't not enough a world without we find, them, and brings them to nothing. And hear great Nature's universal cry

Which heavenly skill alone could have design'd; By such abuses of their talents, Pha

Proclaim her source to be Divinity?"

" It little matters what from Eden hurld raoh, and others like him, are said to

Figure, or fact; an apple, or a workl. harden their own hearts, and that in With signs and symbols others may be smitten,

I always read my Bible as 'tis written: the most direct and proper sense of A golden rule from heresy to 'scape,

When some woukl prove the serpent was an ape. hardening. For we see habitual sin

Enough for knowledge is in this convey'd, ners, in a thousand instances, after all That God created, and man disobey'd. that God and man can do for them, " Is there no hope?' ean nothing then regain

Our former innocence, nor cleanse our stain? or against them, after all the methods

Lost all that are, and have been, and shall be of mercy and judgment, are as far

Useless the piety whose hand adorps from reforming their lives as is the With costly wreaths the gilded altar's borns;

Vain the rich pomp of sacrificial show, Ethiopian from changing his skin, or Vain all the blood which can from heifers flow; the leopard his spots.

And yet they

From purer springs the saving virtue glides,

And God atonement froin himself provides; have their lucid intervals; they will His one oblation all our loss supplies

, ! pray, will lament, will confess their Bred in this faith, Oh, let it guard me still, demerits sometimes, as Pharaoh did, Keep me alike from either false extreme,

Watch o'er my heart, and regulate my will!. the Lord is righteous, and I and my

The skeptic's torpor, or the zealot's dream!

Let not my stubborn pride refuse to bend people are wicked. Entreat for me To truths I was not meant to conprehend

Nor let the Reason, forn'd to be my guide, this once. By which they do not in- To hot-brain d fancies e'er be misapplied !!!

Has the one taste of that forbidden tree

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OBITUARY.

to promote Peace and Union in the Church Died at the Pine Plains, on the 20th of Christ, considered in two Act Sermons, September, 1817, after a short but painful preached before the University, in the Chaillness, Mrs. Mary Bostwick, wife of Mr. pel of Trinity College, Dublin, on Sunday R. W. Bostwick, (of the firm of Fyler the 25th of January, and Sunday the 1st Dibblee & Co. merchants,) in the 23d of February, 1818, for the Degrees of B.D. year of her age.

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moting Christian Knowledge, and Church To those who are acquainted with Mrs. Union, in the Diocess of St. David's, in Bostwick's life and character, that life the Year 1817. By the Rev. John Morres, and character are her best encomiums. M. A. Rector of Nether Braughton, LeiShe possessed a mind highly cultivated, cestershire. manners easy and graceful; and these, On the Nature, Progress, and Consewith a piety uniform and cheerful, secured quences of Schism; with immediate Re. to her the ęsteem of all who knew her; ferences to the present State of religious : while they promised to her near relatives Affairs in this country. By the Rev. and friends, and especially to her affec. Charles Daubeny, Archdeacon of Sarum. tionate husband, years of refined friend. ship, and the sublimest earthly joys. But, alas! death has disappointed the fondest

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The Life of RICHARD HOOKER. also a relation of his, that excellent

prelate took the charge off his hands. The judicious and immortal author By him Richard Hooker was sent, in of the EOCLESIASTICAL Polity was 1567, to Corpus Christi College, Oxborn at Heavitree, a small village ford, where he was provided with a near Exeter, about the year 1553. clerk's place, which, with the Bishop's His parents were in rather mean cir- allowance, supported him comfortacumstances, yet they contrived to give bly. After continuing at the Univertheir children a good education, and sity about three years, he took a jourRichard in particular, was placed at ney on foot, with a companion and the grammar school in Exeter. It is fellow-collegian, into Devonshire, to observed, says his honest biographer, see his mother. They took Salisbury Walton, that at his being a school in their way, purposely to see the boy, he was an early questionist, good Bishop, who made Mr. Hooker quietly inquisitive why this was, and and his friend dine with him at his that was not, to be remembered? Why own table; and at parting the Bishop this was granted, and that denied gave him good counsel, and his beneThis being mixed with a remarkable diction, but forgot to give him money. modesty, and a sweet serene quietness On reflection, the pious prelate sont a of nature, and with them a quick ap- servant, in haste, to call Richard back, prehension of many perplexed parts and at his return said to him, Richard, of learning, imposed then upon him I sent for you back to lend you a horse, as a scholar, made his master and which hath carried me many a'mile, others believe him to have an inward and, I thank God, with much ease; blessed divine light, and therefore to and then delivered into his hand a consider him as a little wonder. This walking-staff, with which he had himmeekness and conjuncture of know- self travelled through many parts ledge, with modesty in his conversa- of Germany; and then he continued, tion, being observed by his school. Richard, I do not give, but lend you master, caused him to persuade his my horse; be sure you be honest, and parents (who intended him for an ap- bring my horse back to me at your reprentice) to continue him at school, turn this way to Oxford.' And I do till he could find some means to ease now give you ten groats to bear your them of a part of their care and charges to Exeter; and here be ten charge, assuring them that their son groats more, which I charge you to was so enriched with the blessings of deliver to your mother; and tell her, nature and grace, that God seemed I send her a Bishop's benediction with to single him

out as a special instru- it, and beg the continuance of her ment of his glory. Accordingly, this prayers for me. And if you bring good school-master prevailed upon my horse back to me, I will give you John Hooker, then Chamberlain of ten groats more to carry you on foot Exeter, and uncle to Richard, to to the College ; and so, God bless you, maintain him at the University ; but good Richard. soon afterwards this Mr. Hooker Bat Mr. Hooker never saw his kind mentioning the good qualities of his patron again, for shortly after this innephew to Bishop Jewell, who was terview he received the melancholy VOL. II.

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news of his death. This circum- unto his person, even from those that, stance affected him greatly, but Dr. at other times, and in other compa Cole, the President of his College, nies, took a liberty to cast off that raised his spirits by assuring him that strictness of behaviour and discourse he should want for nothing to enable that is required in a collegiate life. him to prosecuto his studies, and he And when he took any liberty to be was as good as his word.

pleasant, his wit was never blemished Not long before his death, Bishop with scoffing, or the utterance of any Jewell had recommended his nephew conceit that bordered upon or might to Dr. Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of beget a thought of looseness in his York, to be tutor to his eldest son, hearers. Thus mild, thus innocent and accordingly his grace sent him to and exemplary was his behaviour in Oxford instead of Cambridge, on that college; and thus this good man conrecommendation, for which he alleg- tinued till his death, still increasing ed this reason, I will have a tutor for in learning, in patience, and piety. my son that shall teach him learning

In 1573 he was admitted a scholar by instruction, and virtue by example; on the foundation, and in 1577 he and my greatest care shall be of the took his master's degree, in which last, and (God willing) this Richard year he became fellow of his College. Hooker shall be the man into whose In 1679, he was chosen to read the hands I will commit my Edwin. Hebrew lecture, but shortly after

And, doubtless, a better choice wards, with his learned countryman, could not be made; for Mr. Hooker Dr. John Reynolds, he was expelled was now in the nineteenth year of his 'the College. It is certain they were age, had spent five in the University, not restored till the end of that year, and had, by, a constant unwearied di- but what the occasion of their expulligence, attained a perfection in the sion was, does not appear. There is, learned languages. With this know- however, a letter extant of Dr. Reg. ledge he had also a clear method of nolds to Sir. Francis Knolles, which demonstrating what he knew, to the complains strongly of the conduct of great advantage of all his pupils, a certain person of the College for (which in time were many,) but espe- unrighteous dealing" in this business, cially to his two first, Edwin Sandys and the letter had the desired effect and George Cranmer.

of restoring these two excellent men This (says Walton,) for Mr. Hook to their stations. er's learning. And for his behaviour, Shortly after this he entered into amongst other things, this still remains orders, and in 1581 was appointed to of him: that in four years he was but preach at St. Paul's Cross; on which twice absent from the chapel prayers; occasion he lodged at what was called and that his behaviour there was such the Shunamite's House, because it as showed an awful reverence of that was appropriated for the convenience God whom he then worshipped, giving of those ministers who came from the all outward testimonies that his affec- universities to preach at that place. tions were set on heavenly things. This house was at that time kept by This was his behaviour towards God; one Churchman, whose wife persuadand for that to man,-it is observablé ed poor Mr. Hooker that it would be that he was never known to be angry, better for him to get a wife; and, on or passionate, or extreme in any of her recommendation, he not long afhis desires; never heard to repine or ter married her daughter, Joan, who dispute with providence, but by a brought him neither beauty nor porquiet, gentle submission and resigna- tion; and for her conditions, they 'tion of his will to the wisdom of his were too like that wife's which is, by Creator, bore the burden of the day Solomon, compared to a dripping with patience; never heard to utter house. By this marriage the good an uncomely word : and by this, and man was drawn from the tranquillity a grave behaviour, which is a divine of his College, into the thorny wilderharm, he begot an early reverence ness of a busy world; into those cor

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roding cares that attend a married afternoon Geneva. This opposition priest, and a country parsonage; continued a long time, till the prudent which was Drayton Deauchamp, in Archbishop put a stop to it by prohiBuckinghamshire.

biting Mr. Travers from preaching. In this condition he continued about Against this prohibition he appealed a year, in which time his-two pupils, to the privy council; but, though he Edwin Sandys and George Cranmer, had some powerful friends there, yet took a journey to see their tutor, he could not prevail, fór the queeni where they found him reading Horace, had prudently committed the affairs of and tending a few sheep, in a common the Church to the Archbishop's mafield; which he told them he was ob- nagement. liged to do, because his servant was This affair gave great offence to gone home to dinner. When the the Puritans, and a paper contest enman returned and released him, his sued between Mr. Hooker and Mr. pupils accompanied him to the house, Travers, in which the former distinwhere their best entertainment was guished himself by his extensive learnhis quiet company, which was soon ing, strength of reasoning, and candenied them; for Richard was called dour of expression. It is not unworto rock the cradle ; and the rest of thy the noting, says his honest biogratheir entertainment was so unplea- pher, that in the managing of so greatsant that they departed the next day. a controversy, a sharper reproof than The condition of their tutor greatly this never fell from the happy pen of distressed them, and Mr. Sandys re

this humble man:

Your next argupresented it in such a manner to his ment (says Mr. Hooker, in reply to father, that, through his interest, Mr. some angry exceptions of his antagoHooker was, the next year, (1585) nist,) consists of railing, and of reaappointed master of the Temple. sons; to your railing I say nothing, About this time the Puritans or Non- to your reasons I say what follows: conformists, being encouraged by the The following observation of Wala Earl of Leicester, were uncommonly ton on this passage and behaviour of arrogant, and greatly disturbed the Mr. Hooker, is most excellent. “I peace of the nation, by the zeal with am glad of this fair occasion (says be) which they endeavoured to promote to testify the dove-like temper of this what they called reformation. The meek, this matchless man; and, doubts providence of God had placed that less, if Almighty God had blest the great prelate, Dr. John Whitgift, in Dissenters from the ceremonies and the See of Canterbury, and by his discipline of this Church, with a like steadiness the Church of England was measure of wisdom and humility, inguided safely through the storm. Yet stead of their pertinacious zeal; then the Puritans continued very active in obedience and truth had kissed' each their attempts to despoil the Church; other; then peace and piety had flouand their lecturers were exceedingly rished in our nation, and this Church bold in declaiming against Episcopacy and state had been blest like Jerusaand a prescribed form of prayer, the lem, that is at unity with itself; but use of the surplice, of the sign of the this can never be expectedrill God cross, and other primitive institutions. shall bless the common people of this The Temple Church had one of these nation with a belief that schism is a zealots for an afternoon preacher, one sin." Travers; who, being greatly disap- To this dispute we are indebted for pointed at not obtaining the master. those immortal books of ECCLESIASTIship, set himself to oppose the senti-. CAL POLITs, concerning the excellence ments of Mr. Hooker, in his public of which it would be unnecessary to discourses. This man was of the make any remarks in this place. Presbyterian party, and Mr. Hooker The foundation of these books was was a firm Episcopalian; so that, as laid in the Temple; but not finding one pleasantly observed, the forenoon that a fit place wherein to finish what termon spake Canterbury, and the he had designed, he solicited the Arch

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