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Who then would aspire to be an instrument in the Divine hand of unlocking streams and unsealing fountains in the desert-of refreshing the moral wilderness, and making the waste to blossom as the garden of the Lord? Let him go and preach Christ crucified ! Who would be a channel through which grace shall flow to revive the fainting-to raise the drooping—to succour those who are ready to perish--to rescue the prey of the mighty from the grasp of the enemy of souls? Let him go and preach Christ crucified ! Who would himself stand before the judgınent-seat—not abashed by the consciousness of having trafficked in the merchandize of souls, nor branded with the indelible curse of designedly and deliberately neglecting his precious charge, the flock of God-but prepared to render his account with joy and not with grief, encircled by those who were the encouragements of his earthly toils, and shall be partakers of his eternal joy? Let him go and preach Christ crucified! Who, lastly, for we must return from the triumph to the conflict, from the crown to the cross-we must observe the portentous appearances in the heavens, which give warning of a day of storm-a day in which many lofty fabrics will be levelled, and all foundations must be tried—who would faithfully redeem his pledge, and manfully maintain his post-who would lengthen the cords and strengthen the stakes of the earthly tabernacle of that church to whose service he is pledged— who would, while he lives, inscribe her wails with salvation and her gates with praise, and leave, when he has gone down to the grave, his record imprinted on the hundreds of grateful hearts by whom his memory will be cherished on earth, till they come to share with sim a crown in heaven? Let him go and preach Christ crucified ! And here is the warrant of his commission, and here is the rule of his guidance, and here is his encouragement for perseverance, and here is the engagement for his recompence of reward—“ I, if I be lifted up from earth, will draw all men unto me.” “ The preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; to all who shall be saved, it is the power of God unto salvation.”--Pp. 45–47.
Conviction powerfully described : Happy too the hearer, though for a time he may appear most miserable, whom the Lord hath thus touched, and to the quick-hath thus probed, and to the heart. He will indeed bear with him from the house of prayer the arrow rankling in the flesh, which was impelled from the bow drawn by us at a venture, but guided by the Holy One, who was invisibly present, to the heart for which it was designed. His perturbed spirit will indeed be for a season like the troubled sea, which “ cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt." However, by an overmastering effort, be may continue to wear in society a composed demeanour, and maintain an upruffled brow; his nightly pillow will indeed be conscious for a time of solicitudes unfelt before-but the wound will, ere long, tend to healing ; the trouble will, ere long, conduce to peace; the darkness will be soon dispelled by promise, the anxiety will be soon relieved by hope. He will mourn, we acknowledge, over years wasted, opportunities slighted, talents misemployed, and benefits misapplied, but it will be with a salutary sorrow: he will deplore that he has walked so long in a vain shadow, and disquieted himself in vain, but it will be with a profitable regret. He will tremble when he sees how near he has been, perhaps without a sense of peril or a thought of fear, to a solemn judgment--to a certain condemnation—to a hopeless eternity-to woe unchanging as unutterable ; but he will have at least discovered in time, that religion, the religion that is to save the soul, is no spiritless and lifeless form-no vapid ceremonial observance—no empty sound of doctrine—no barren husk of mere verbal profession--no wrestling with shadows—no mockery of a fight—no affectation of warfare without weapons-no pageantry of imposing but unmeaning weekly parade; but that it involves the answer the true answer—the practical answer to some of the most momentous questions, for each and for all, that the lips of man can propose, or the word of God resolve. “ What must I do to be saved? How shall I escape if I neglect so great salvation? How shall I flee from the wrath to come? How shall I, who have been as a sheep going astray, return to the Shepberd and Bishop of my soul? How shall I seek and secure the one thiug needful ? What shall I do, that I may obtain eternal life?”—Pp. 64, 65.
Scripture equally opposes human merit and Antinomianism :
Whenever there is, therefore, in our own minds or those of our hearers, a tendency to either of these extremes—and that tendency may exist long before it is detected)-it will be opposed and obviated, under God, by the unreserved, uncompromising declaration of ALL God-inspired Scripture. The cycle of a complete and well-arranged ministry will not revolve without a remedy suited to either error. The one will be cut down when Christ is displayed in the perfection of his atonement; the other will be rooted up when he is exbibited in the purity, the loveliness, the glory of His example. The one will be exposed as the obvious and striking fallacy, the glaring and palpable inconsistency of sewing new cloth on the old garment, and piercing the imperial purple of Christ's unsullied righteousness with our own sordid scraps and scanty shreds, as though we would array ourselves in the motley mixture, and misname it a robe of righteousness, and stand therein unharmed amidst the lightnings that shall flash forth from the judgment-seat of God;-the other will be made to exbibit—and that in all the naked deformity of its glaring and suicidal absurdity --the practical contradiction, the monstrous anomaly, that there should be disciples diametrically opposed to their Master, servants directly at variance with their Lord, members altogether differing from the Head, warriors, marching under the banner of the Captain of salvation, but neither wearing his habiliments in the camp, nor wielding bis weapons in the field. To the first it will be urged, that « pot by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy we are saved ;".
'-on the latter will be enforced and reiterated the precept, “ Be ye holy, for I am holy.”—Pp. 79, 80.
Earnest pleading with the hearer : Who, then, that is deeply concerned for himself, and truly in earnest with his God- who that has been taught, however partially, to appreciate the value of the souls of others by feeling the exceeding preciousness of his own—who that is meditating an office of fearful responsibility, and taking into his account not only the few fleeting years of his perishable existence, but the eternity for which it should prepare others, and in which it shall judge himself-who would not adopt for the test of his exertions, for the standard of his attainments, the unerring Word on which that judgment shall be based--who would not be the original of the portrait we have as yet but feebly outlined, designing to complete it in the next discourse; the portrait of him who hath faithfully fulfilled the charge, “ Feed my sheep"--and who," when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, shall receive a crown of glory, that fadeth not away?"- Who would not realize the character of “ the perfect man of God, throughly furnished unto every good work ?". But it is not enough to ask the question-consciences must be roused, and hearts impressed, not only to ask, but to answer it. And O that the energy of the subject may not evaporato in unsubstantial desires and unprofitable resolves !-O that it may not be dispersed as the morning cloud, and exhaled as the early dew!-O that it may not be swept from the tablet of memory by the returoing tide of worldly cares and pleasures, and leave nothing behind it but the remembrance that it was heard in vain! Surely, surely we may assume, and surely you must admit, that on all who have listened to our voice has been imposed an alternative, which it were folly to deny, and madness to reject--they are bound, as they regard their own salvation, either to disprove what has been said, or to apply it—to scatter it to the winds, if false; to lay it to the heart, if true.-Pp. 93—95.
On reading these passages, it is impossible not to regret the shortness of Sir Robert Peel's tenure of power. Bestowed on such men as
Mr. Dale, the appointments of the Church are indeed a blessing to the country. We can only add in conclusion, that no young man intended for the ministry should be without a copy of Mr. Dale's sermons : and if any of our readers are desirous of presenting to some friend of this class an acceptable and valuable treasure, we would recommend this manual as one, than which nothing can be better adapted for the purpose.
Alphabet of Electricity, for the Use nothing to find fault with in this
of Beginners. By W. MULLINGER arrangement, but much in the execuHIGGINS, F.G.S., Lecturer on Natu- tion to praise. The reflections are ral Philosophy at Guy's Hospitul; calculated to lead the mind forward author of " The Mineral and Mo to serious contemplations of futurity. saical Geologies," 8c. London: Orr Of peculiar views of things in general,
& Smith. 1834. Pp.viii. 116. we remark, that our author believes If any of our numerous readers have a
in the occasional visits of spirits to young son or daughter who requires to
men in the flesh; that the stars have be informed of the heads of the science
no clouds about them, and are subof electricity, and to become acquainted ject to no convulsions ! and, what with a vast body of facts, not before
appears to us a strange doctrine as accumulated in so minute and com
here stated, that “it is a foolish prehensive a volume, this is the very
opinion, and a dangerous error, that book for him to buy. The explanations
there are many different religions in are easy and simple, and yet satisfac
the world, such as the religion of tory; the illustrations numerous, well
the heathens, that of the Jews, that selected, and well executed. It is a
of the Mahommedans, and that of the
Christians. neat, useful, and agreeable little volume.
It is allowed, that all these bave peculiar opinions, and peculiar modes of worship; but real reliIf we
gion does not consist either in the one or Spiritual Food for the Spiritual Mind.
the other.”(P.179.) What! not in ChrisLondon: Smith, Elder, & Co. 1835. tianity ? “ Pure love, in active operation, Pp. 114.
is the one religion.” “ All religious Six chapters on Rev. ii. 17:4" The sects have their favourite dogmas, but Personal Nature of Christianity ;"
there is no real religion without love." “ The Christian Warfare ;" " The (P. 189.) Are these expressions unSovereignty of God;" “The Promises derstood by their writer? We do not of God;" * Growth in Grace;" “The
understand them as they read, though Happiness of a Christian.”—To which we guess the meaning to be, that, are added, Six Poems on different texts.
whatever is professed “charity," is the sum and substance of true religion, and that formality without the life is
vain! We half suspect the author of Scripture Views of the Heavenly World.
an affection for Emmanuel SwedenBy J. EDMUNSON, A.M. London : Mears, City-road. 1835. Pp. xvi.
borg in some points. 260. This work contains twenty chapter- The Church at Philippi; or, the Docset views, with reference to the exist- trines and Conduct of the Early ence, names, character, and condition of Christians Illustrated : intended to beaven and its inhabitants. There is serve as an Historical Commentary
VOL. XVII, NO. VII.
upon St. Paul's Epistle to the Phi- But the good that he did in his genelippians. With a Recommendatory ration and day deserves our grateful Introduction, by the Red. John recollection; and we heartily wish Pre SMITH, D.D. London: Richard success to the intention of Mr. Sperling, Groombridge. 1835. Pp. x. 236. in thus republishing a work which cannot give unqualified, we
(if not equal to Baxter's other writings) certainly ought to give considerable, may be useful to many. In the other praise to the conception and execution
writings of Baster's age there is, inof this production. Such a bistory of
deed, much sterling gold, but there the apostolic churches as this was in
is, also, some dross. Perhaps selectended to be of Philippi, would be a
tions from them would avail as much valuable acquisition to the popular
as these; but, somehow or other, Baxtheological literature of the day. But ter seems, with some people, to be all though there is much very good in this
in all. volume, a considerable portion of that much would just as well apply to a similar history of any of the other
A Universal Gazetteer, or Geographichurches, as to that of Philippi. The cal Dictionary of the World, founded author is evidently a dissenter, though
on the Works of Brookes und Wulker; he has endeavoured to keep a sort of with the addition of several thousand Catholic neutrality. His observations Names not to be found in any other on “the Difference between the Primi- Work; the Latitude and Longitude tive and Modern Christians "betray his throughout, and the relative Distances hostility to “creeds,” and “confessions most carefully examined. By GEORGE of faith," and “systems of belief," both LANDMANN, Esq. C. E. lule a Lieuunnecessarily and unwisely.
tenant-Colonel in the Corps of Royal Engineers. London: Longman; Ca
dell; Baldwin; &c. 1835. Directions for Wenk Christians, and the We bought this book for the sake of the
Character of a Confirmed Christian. accuracywith w bich the title-page states By RICHARD BAXTER. In Two
it has been compiled; because we Parts. With a Preface. By the bave, as doubtless many other persons Rev. H.J. Sperling, A.M., Rector of have had frequently to complain of simiPapworth St. Agnes, Cambridgeshire, lar works, with respect to fictitious latiand Chaplain to the Most Noble the
tudes, longitudes, and relative dislunces. Marquis of Cholmondeley. London: It is not our intention to examine" most Holdsworth & Ball. 1835. Pp. xxxii. carefully" the lutitudes and longitudes, 348.
and relative distances of places, which The writings of Baxter have a quaint- were easiest of being rightly described ; ness in them which, with many readers, but the following are certainly not fadetracts from their general merits; but vourable specimens of accuracy. First, all parties agree in revering the cha- we find Brussels 24 miles S. of Antwerp, racter and consistency of the man, and and Antwerp 26 miles N. of Brussels; the practical usefulness of his works. the difference in latitude being 25 Mr. Sperling considers that the age in miles !!! Next, Ostend is said to be which we live has much in common 10 miles W. of Bruges, and Bruges with Baxter's age, and therefore deems 13 miles E. of Ostend: the difference the present reprint valuable. All ages in latitude being 17 miles !!! Bury of the christian world have much in St. Fdmonds is said to be 25 miles common with each other; and, there- N.W.of Ipswich, and Ipswich 26 miles fore, real piety is always welcome, S. E. of Bury. Dresden is said to be under whatever outward garb, or how- 62 miles E.S. E. of Leipzig, and Leipever quaint and strong the language zig 60 miles W.N. W. of Dresden !!! which it speaks. But it must also be Rome is placed 410 S.S.W. of Vienna, confessed, that generally useful as are and Vienna 350 N. N. E. of Rome. the works of Baxter, he frequently Vienna 630 miles E. of Paris, and uses terms in a latitude which our Paris 625 miles W. of Vienna. Ma'opinions do not always coincide with. drid 650 miles S. S. W. of Paris, and Paris 630 miles N. N. E. of Madrid !!! Yarrow Revisited, and other Poems. Gazetteers are, proverbially, not very By WILLIAM WORDSWORTH. Lonaccurate works; but we were not pre- don: Longman & Co. 1835. Pp. pared for such specimens as the above, xv. 349. since they are all concerning places where there could be no difficulty of
There is no necessity to take up the calculation, and wo difference of opinion. defence of Wordsworth at this date, On looking into the work, we do not and in this place. Let a careful perufind a word about the Swan River ; sal of bis works suffice to prove our and on the maps that settlement is only assertion, despite whatever the Edinonce indicated.
burgh Review may say to the contrary, We are fully aware of the labour of that he is the greatest poet of his daysuch a work, and hope that whenever the only philosophical master-mind a second edition is required, the above amongst all the modern patrons of the errata, among others, will receive the gentle craft. attention they require.
In the volume before us, there is a rich treat to the lovers of genuine poetry.
To enumerate the pieces is Daily Readings. Passages of Scrip- impossible ; but we cannot refrain
ture selected for Social Reading, from pointing out, as “ Christian Rewith Applications. By the Author membrancers,” that the fine and dig. of " The Listener,” and “ Christ our nified language and imagery of a mind, Erample," &c. London: Hatchards. not inferior to any that has thought upon 1835. Pp. viii. 303.
the subject, are here presented to us, These “ Daily Readings" consist of as recommendatory, not only of reliseveral consecutive verses from dif- gion and morality, but of those instituferent parts of the Bible, selected and tions by which the Church has been so printed without order or arrangement long upheld, and for which we have of books, or doctrine; upon each of so indefatigably raised our constant which sets of verses is given a re- and never-varying voice. At the close flection, arising from some particular of the poems is a prose dissertation prominent idea of the sacred writer, upon topics connected with the Church, in the passage selected; of which re- now so generally agitated; and we flections we may say truly, that they have in it the judgment of a thinker,are good in general, sometimes very
and to that judgment we earnestly good, though there be occasional allu- recommend our readers to refer: the sions which have no reference to the reasons given for its adoption may text, and in the application of which serve some in the hour of need. They we do not altogether agree.
The are most excellent. We intended to author's aim (as he or she says) is, to
make a few extracts, but we shall con“ vary the passages of Scripture," “ to tent ourselves with one only, and this be as general as pussible," « to give no
we should like to see graven over the part of Holy Writ the preference, nor
door of every house, and on the heart any particular bearing to the subjects.” of every individual in the land. Would It is the author's intention to publish the present ministers of William IV. another volume, should this be found act upon such a sentiment, they would useful. It is not designed for any
save themselves from much blame, and class in particular. “I have,” the their country from much danger. Preface concludes,“ simply committed to writing what I thought, and as I “Who SHRINKS NOT FROM ALLIANCE thought it ; assured that what the word OF EVIL WITH GOOD POWERS, of inspiration suggests to one mind, will To GOD PROCLAIMS DEFIANCE, seldom fail of adaptation to the minds AND MOCKS WHOM HE ADORES." of others.” If this be true, what a responsibility do commentators and expositors lie under!