Page images
PDF
EPUB

Thy every word, thine every act evince.-P. 181. If our author tells us we are wrong as to the last line-is he right as to these?

The gray-haired sire—the maiden fair-
The beldame old-the infant's there.-P. 101.

As to rhymes—the following are perfectly unique, and need no Walker to set them right.

Dull chanticleer, perched mid his dames
Sits nodding over amorous dreams.-P. 96.
Thence the boundless scene survey,
The wood, the plain, the surging sea.-P.72.
O, far be hence the courtier train,
Ye servile herd of vassals meun.-P. 73.
Go stricken! pierce yon viewless vail,

O'er mercy's seraph seat survey
Thy Jesus' blood, inscribed, reveal

Kind Heaven's gracious, fixed decree.-P.62.

Surely none but a son of the Emerald Isle could have published such banns of marriage as these !

We could produce many more witticisms of our Reverend friend, if we feared not for his patience as well as our readers'; but having said enough to shew him we have read his book, and done something towards its sale, (for we assure him, we by no means would hinder his hope of pecuniary reward, notwithstanding the Chancellor's living,) we must now draw bit, and descend from our critical saddle.

If the ghost of " our friend Mr. Milton,” (as we once heard the great bard called at a meeting of philosophers, not a hundred miles from Colchester) could rise out of his grave and read the above, we doubt not he would consider his "Paradise Regained" as a secondParadise Lost;" in compliment to the Curate of Tyanee, and in consideration of the joint effusion of that modest person and his “ Sister” Mary, put in a word for him at the presentation office, as a proof of his having honoured the author's draft in his benevolent sympathy;

Then—while presumption SOME my daring call,

Thou-wilt approving laud--and pay me all.'-P.xx. We shall hail with pleasure a new version of the author's labours, under the revised title of the “ Benefice Gained.”

LITERARY REPORT.

The Corner Stone ; or, a Familiar Illustration of the Principles of Christian Truth. By JACOB ABBOTT. With a Preface, by JOHN PYE SMITH, D.D. London : Seeleys. 1834.

Pp. xxii. 390. We have read this work very carefully, and we are constrained to speak of it in terms of the highest admiration. There are one or two passages, perhaps, which we might wish slightly altered; but, as the learned editor has observed, when taken in connexion with the context, all idea of doctrinal error vanishes. We have never seen the subjects of religion handled in such a way before, nor ever met with any thing which so ably illustrates them by familiar references to every day accidents and occurrences. As a valuable treatise for youth, we earnestly recommend the Corner Slone. It has no equal in its own peculiar province, and in its plan and execution is greatly superior to many elementary publications on the peculiar doctrines of the gospel. The Preface is ably written, and fully justifies the wellknown character for discrimination and judgment (in these matters) which characterises its writer.

every history of the Christian Church which is extant. Having stated, in the first chapter, the nature and characteristics of the alleged extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, claimed by the modern prophets, the author proceeds to show, first, by a series of testimonies drawn from Scripture as well as from the Fathers and other ecclesiastical writers, that the characteristics which distinguish the supposed gifts of these claimants are not such as can be reconciled with the supposition of their being divinely inspired; and secondly, that they are just the characteristics wbich have distinguished false prophets in all ages, and which have been accompanied in them with far greater signs and wonders than any which the present claimants have exbibited. Here therefore he meets them apon their own ground; and has most satisfactorily shown, that the very characteristics of which they boast, as distinguishing their supposed gifts, are of themselves fatal to their pretensions. The work closes with some general observations on the whole subject, which we think must satisfy every candid inquirer that the modern claims to the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit are utterly destitute of foundation. We ought not to omit stating that there is a very useful Appendix on the heresy with which the claims are connected.

The Modern Claims to the possession of the extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit stated and examiner, and compared with the most remarkable Cases of a similar kind that have occurred in the Christian Church. By the Rev. WILLIAM Goode, A.M. Second Edition, with numerous Additions. London: Hatchard & Son,

1834. 8vo. Pp. xv. 343. The first edition of this valuable treatise escaped our notice. We have, however, much pleasure in introducing it to the knowledge of our readers in its present enlarged and greatly improved state. The subjects which it discusses are only noticed with brevity in the larger ecclesiastical historians; so that, in fact, Mr. Goode's work may be regarded as a supplement to

Two Lectures on Taste, reud before

the Philosophicul Society of Colchester, in the Years 1825 and 1827. By JAMES CARTER. Colchester : Dennis. London: Simpkin & Mar

shall. 1834. Pp. xvi. 138. The clever, unpretending volume, whose title heads this notice, demands of us, as impartial critics, the warmest and most conscientious approbation. The subject is one not often presented to our observation under a novel form-the principles of Taste having become established according to laws, which, like those of

the Medes and Persians, alter not. The Exclusive Power of EpiscopallyBut there is a fundamental principle orduined Clergy to udminister the in all things, which, when developed, Word and Sacraments, and congives additional beauty and value to sequently the Divine Authority of whatever art or science is involved Episcopacy. Cambridge. 1835. 8vo. therewith. lo the case before us, Pp. 41. Mr. Carter has developed the funda- A VERY instructive letter, evincing mental principle of Taste in a pleasing much reading, and abounding in facts. and instructive manner, and has pub- Its perusal might benefit even Dr. lished sufficient upon the subject to Pye Srnith, and his “ honest, warmmake us regret that his work is but

hearted, and pious friend, Mr. Binthe introduction to a treatise which, ney." The eulogium appended is we doubt not, would, if completed, superfluous. become justly popular. As far as it goes, it is deserving of an attentive perusal ; and we do not scruple to An Address lo the Curates of the recommend it as the best elementary Church of England on the subject Look we know, adapted to form the of Church Reform. By a Clergyjudgment of the student in the matters man of the Establishment. ' London : of which it treats, upon the solid basis Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1835. of a pure morality.

Pp. 60.

IGNORANT and malicious enough; but Selections from the Old Testament, with a mock eloquence so amusingly

with a connecting Summary of the absurd, that, were it less wicked, we Scriptural History of the Israelites ; might enjoy a hearty laugh over it. intended for the present use of the E. 8:“What should we think of the Negroes in the British Colonies, administration of the day, were they and specially for their assistance in to cause the centre of the public roads understanding the Facts, Doctrines,

to be decorated with elegant statuary and Precepts brought before them and playful fountains, with patches of in the New Testament. London: sparkling rock-work, interwoven with Cadell. 1835. Pp. 36.

botanical rarities, enlivened by aviaA SMALL but useful selection of the

ries with birds of every plume, and most prominent features of the Old

luxuriant couches to be placed for the Testament, accompanied with frequent

convenience or repose of idle or weary illustrative remarks. An appropriate

passengers," &c. "The writer is conAddress to the Colonial Negroes is

tending here for the separation of

Church and State! We need not prefixed. The work is well calculated for distribution in our Britisha

add, that it is impossible he can be a colonies.

Clergyman.

Memoirs of a Serjeart late in the

Essay on Church Patronage, or a Brief Forty-third Light Infantry Regi

Inquiry, on the ground of Scripture ment, previous to and during the

and Antiquity, into the People's Peninsulur War, including an Ac- right of choosing their own Minister. count of his Conversion from Popery

Edinburgh : Blackwood & Sons. to the Protestant Religion. London:

London : Cadell. 1835. 8vo. John Mason. 1835. Pp. 278.

Pp. 48. An ill-executed compilation ; chiefly A MASTERLY and convincing pamphlet, from Colonel Napier's History of the equally admirable for clearness of style, Peninsular War, from which long and for soundness of argument. The descriptions are given verbatim and question of the popular election of without acknowledgment, sometimes ministers is boldly grappled with, and with the omission of essential parts of satisfactorily disproved, as well on the the context. Such literary dishonesty evidence of Scripture, the testimouy cannot be too strongly reprobated. of the early Fathers, and the practice VOL. XVII. NO. III.

X

of the early Churches, as by an exposure information. We shall give his list of of the evils which ensued when violence books next month. As a specimen of usurped for a time a power which was the manner in which the work is exenever given to the people. The pam- cuted, we quote his chapter on Schools: .phlet is closed with an argument, very

SCHOOLS. happily put, on the inconsistency of ex- The establishment and management pecting that the multitude will always

of day-schools must depend upon cirbe disposed to advance sound doctrine,

cumstances; but a Sunday-school is inby selecting faithful ministers, while dispensable. Superintend this, as far as the depravity of the heart, and its you can, yourself; and, to prevent internatural hatred to divine truth, are a ference, confine yourself to the use of the fundamental article in the creed of

books on the list of the Society for proevery orthodox Christian.

moting Christian Knowledge.

Be careful not to make the attendance too long, or irksome to the children; and

do not keep them long together in a The Churchman. London: Rivingtons;

standing posture to learn or repeat lesHatcbard; Seeleys. 1835. 12mo.

sons. Remember, that the Church Service

is of itself long for them, and that it will Pp. 24.

answer no good end to make Sunday disThis work, though small in size pro- agreeable to them. mises to be weighty in matter, and Do not expect much advance in learnwill, at the low price of two-pence,

ing, especially if they have no day-school arm the true Churchman, monthly,

to go to; but consider, that important with powerful weapons to meet the

good is effected by accustoming the hydra-headed monster Dissent, which,

children to attend church, and to behave with his schoolmaster, is now abroad.

in a quiet and orderly manner there, and to know and look up to you, the Clergyman, as their friend and instructor.

Do not mind a little expense, to keep Hints to Young Clergymen on Various the staff in your own hand. If, for want Matters of Form and Duty; to which

of assistance and support, you decline are prefixed, Hints for a simple having a school, depend upon it

, the disCourse of Study, preparatory and sub

senters will step in, and take the youth

of your parish under their care. sequent to taking Holy Orders. By

Do not be too ready to give away the INCUMBENT OF A COUNTRY

Bibles, Testaments, or Prayer-books, to Parish. London: Rivingtons, and the children. Let them bring to you

J. Cochran. 1835. Pp. iv. 57. their pence weekly, and then obtain An excellent little manual, short, plain,

them for them on the moderate terms and practical; which the young Clergy

of the Society for promoting Christian man will study with much advantage.

Knowledge. They will value them much It embraces the following subjects :

more, and take better care of them. Hints for Theological Study before

If your parish is not large enough to

require a regular lending library, still you taking Degree-for Deacon's Orders

will find it desirable to have by you a - for Priest's Orders—for After Study, small collection of books and tracts, for &c. &c.—Hints relating to the Minis- lending, or gratuitous distribution, espetration of Divine Service-Communion cially in the winter season. Service-Baptismal Services — Mar- accustom the cottagers to come to you for riage Service-Churching of Women them, after church, on Sunday, it will

-Burial Service - Visitation of the ensure their being there. Sick-Officiating in Strange Churches I venture to subjoin a list of a few of -Hints relating to Church Music

the books and tracts which I have found -Parish Registers - Fees -Chancel

useful, as a guide, until such time as you Pews — Bells – Churchyard and

become yourself acquainted with the

Society's Catalogue. Glebe - Parish Bounds - Terriers

Bp. Jewell's Scripture the Guide of Schools, &c. - Parochial Visitation.

Life. Each of these forms the subject of Travell's Duties of the Poor. a short chapter, which gives, in few The Faith and Duty of a Christian. words, sound rules, and often valuable The Cottager's Religious Meditations.

And if you cordially advocate every thing which The title describes so fully the nature may contribute to restore the Conof this little work, that it leaves vocation.

tons.

The Cottager's Friend.

nothing to be added, except that it is Bishop Porteus on Good Friday. executed with much neatness.

Waldo's Admonitions for Sunday Schools.

on the Sacrament. Bishop Wilson on Ditto.

1. The Church of England its own Davys on the Liturgy.

Witness. An Argument lo prove Offices.

the Identily of the Church of England The Poor Man's Preservative against with the Ancient British and Apostolic Popery.

Church, in Locality of Jurisdiction, Bishop Horne's Life of Abel, Enoch, Form of Government, and Institution &c.

of Doctrine. By BRITANNICUS. Mrs. Trimmer's Tales.

Second Edition. London : RivingBerens's Christmas Stories.

1835. Pp. 36. Village Sermons. Cheap Repository Tracts, (3 vols.) 2. Prospects of England. An Inquiry Cottager's Monthly Visitor. &c.

into the Character and Tendency of Pp. 53–56.

the Revolutionary Movement. Ву The chapter on Fees offers much

Britannicus. London : Sherwood, sound information. Those of our

Gilbert, & Piper. 1835. Pp. 40. readers who purchase it will thank Two powerfully-written pamphlets, us for our recommendation.

which have been called forth by the

circumstances of the times, and the The Sers of England, Wales, Ireland,

attacks which ignorance and malice

have made, and continue to make, on and the Colonies, with the present

our Church. The former, which has Archbishops and Bishops in the order

already reached a second edition, will of their precedence, their Residences, Consecrations, Translations, and the

repay a more attentive perusal than is respective Dioceses and former Bishops kind.

usually given to publications of this thereof now living, at one view ; also the Archbishops and Bishops of the English and Welsh Sees, in succession, A Letter to his Grace the Archbishop under each See, and alphabetically, at of Canterbury, on the Right of the and from the Year 1750; and also Convocation to Tax the Clergy for the Schedule and Clauses of the Irish the Service of the Church. London: Church Temporalities Act as to trans- Rivingtons. 1835. Pp. 19. ference of Archiepiscopal Jurisdiction,

The author contends, with particular union of Bishoprics, and Sitting by

reference to the circumstances of the rolation in Parliament ; with Notes

present time, that it is right and exon the changes effected, and to be

pedient that the Clergy, by their own effected, by this Act, By T. SEPPINGS, formerly of Peter House College, themselves grant whatever may be

constitutional representatives, should Cambridge, and afterwards of Lin

required to be done for the proposed coln's Inn. London: Simpkin, Mar

new arrangements of church property. shall & Co.; and Hatchard & Son.

We need not observe, that we should 1835. Pp. 53.

« PreviousContinue »