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have long known to be a person of excellent understanding, and of great moral worth, an assiduous and faithful minister of the gospel, respected and beloved by all who have the pleasure of knowing him. I willingly bear this testimony to his character, because I am apprehensive that in the course of the discussion, I have sometimes thought it necessary, in justice to the subject, to advance some remarks which may have been unpleasant to his feelings. It is difficult in controversy to observe a proper medium; and language is sometimes taken in a sense different from what the writer expects and intends. If therefore any expressions of asperity have occurred beyond the limits of propriety, I hope that my friend will excuse them, and will regard them as intended wholly for his system, and not personally to hiinself. I have not intentionally misrepresented his meaning; and if I am convicted of mistake, I shall thankfully retract. I seek not for victory but for truth, and I esteem no triumph more honourable than the correction of error, and no acquisition more valuable, than that of moral and religious truth.
And now, Sir, with many thanks to yourself, and to your numerous readers, for the indulgence I have experienced, and with carnest wishes for the increasing success of your liberal and useful Repository,
Hackney, · I am your obliged Servant, Nov. 9, 1807.
PROLOGUE TO A THEATRICAL EXHIBITION,
AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF A
Spkoep by one of the Scholars.
Ladies! I know they tell me but the truth,
Yes! we aspire upon this narrow stage,
And O! when time has borne us on his wing
TO THE NIGHTINGALE.
What time the crimson cloud of light,
What time the Sun's declining rays,
Say, tuneful songster, why alone
But to the thicket-shades withdrawn,
The lover thus disdains the light,
E. DUNCANNON, aged 13. REVIEW.
STILL PLEAS’D TO PRAISE, YET NOT AFRAID TO BLAME."
Art. I.-Lectures on Scripture Facts; by W. B. Collyer.
large 8vo. pp. 593. 125. Williams and Smith. 1807.
We are enjoined in Scripture addresses. It is but justice to to prove all things : even those Nr. C. to say that he has suc. great events recorded in the books ceeded, by means of a lively ani. of the Old and New Testament, mated manner, in giving no inconupon the authority of wbich the siderable degree of interest to whole evidence of revealed reli- these discussions, and that he has gion rests, are to be made the been at much pains in collecting subject of investigation, that by information from various respect. examining into the internal marks able anthors and compilers, who of credibility which they possess, have written on the same subject. and corroborating them by fo. As an apology why he, as a young reign testimonies, we may rest man, should come forward in an our faith in
them solid attempt, which might seem to regrounds.
In order to assist quire a depth of erudition seldom Christians in these important in. found in those of his own age, quiries, learned men have em- especially when their attention ployed their talents, in collecting is a good deal confined to the from various quarters every labours of the pulpit, he, with thing which might seem to throw equal modesty and propriety, light upon the various parts of mentions the peculiar nature of the scripture narrative. It is the the warfare, which is now carried Jaadable object of the present on by the enemies of religion. writer to avail himself of these “ The young, the inexperienced, learned researches, in order to the illiterate, hare united with present them to common readers the Sage, and the Philosopher, in a more popular form, than against the claims and obligations has commonly been done; to of Revelation. Let youth be interweave foreign testimonies to opposed to youth, age to age, the truth of the scripture history talent to talent. Let it be seen with the discussion of the history that some are growing up, to itself; and to relieve the dryness support the Redeemer's kingdom, of a series of extracts by giving whilst others finish their course, the whole as much as possible, and are gathered to their fathers.” the shape and ardour of pulpit- The lectures are fourteen in
number, and embrace the flow. accustom: d or inclined to investi. ing subjects. The persity of gations of Inillre. a divine Revela'ion. The Grea. Having thus paid a dur tribute of tion. The Daluce. The de- appkzustcthey are interions and striction of Label, and the origin wory comine ndahlı inawetry maniof nations The destriction of tested in the volume lenrenns, it Solom an:) Gomorran. The ii manus tb it we propform our duty bistory of Joseph. 'The nature toile public, by puiviingay some and distina'ion of Man. The defici: and errors which bave slavery a'id duiverance of Israel met our cye in reasiin: it. in Egypt. The history of the A good cause may be ir jured Israehts in the wilderness, and when weak aryuments or dubious their establishment in Canaan. tacts are brought forwaris in supo The government of the Jews, port of it. This is sometimes including the Theocracy and 110. insugli not ofien the case in the narchy, to the billing of Solo. prisent w rk. Some of the testimon's temple. The cap'ivity of monies from heathen writers are Israel and Julah. The life, d.ath, much too general to build any and resurrection of Jesus Christ. tling upon, and had therefore The character of the writers of better bave been onniited. The the Old and New Testament. quotation from Virgil's Pollio, so
The analogy discoverable between tar fram affording a proof that it the Rligion of Nature, and that was an imitation of the prophet, of the Bible in respect to parial is cited by Pape in a note to his obscurities which blong to both. beautiful poem of the Mi-ssiah, Each of these di-cussions branches with a contrary design, to shew out in
a number of collateral how interior Virgil to the in inquiries, in the course of which spired writer. A little tariherinconsiderable information is allord- quiry will convince Mr. C. that ed to the unlearned reader, and the passage from Josephus can be popular answers are given to nothing better than a designed inpopular objections. As these torpolation, and that no serious lectures are written, evidently un. evikence to the truth of the earthder the bias of those religious sen- quake at the time of our Saviour's timents commonly called Calvinis- death, can be collected from the tic, it cannot be expected that we clefts of the carth shewn by the should approve of every thing con- morks of the Church of the fepul. tained in this volume, but the al- chre, any more than from the Jusions to doctrinal points are prices of the cross which they sell to rare, no rancour of spirit is mani. the superstitious vulgar. Our au. fested and much good may possi. thor, in drawing a picture of the bly be done by the work, as ni may manners and morals of the hea. tend to exciie a spirit of inquiry thens at the time of the appearamongst a class of Christians wtio, ance of Christ, is unjust in saying contining themselves 10 a few fa- that courage was their only gent's vourite topics, are in general little rally allowed virtue; certainly
the virtues of patriotism, con. ther any such person ever existed. tempt of gain, compassion and Many examples occur of that other qualities of the "hewy kind, kind of prettiness of manner, were in high estimation. He says which makes the vulgar stare and tha at this period, science had un- the judicious grieve. For instance, veiled her splendours, and irradi- describing in flowery language ated the discovered globe, from Abraham intending to offer up pole to pole. When Mr.C. Hou- Isaac, he breaks off, saying, “ But rishes in this way, is he forgetful, we will no longer attempt to scent or is he ignorant, that science, the violet and to paint the rain. though not literature, was then in bow.” When he is admiring the its infancy, and that the globe, concise terms in which the death which is now very imperfectly of Joseph and of the whole of known, could then hardly be said that generation is mentioned by to be known at áll : In enume. the historian, he exclaims, “ One rating the evils arising from the should imagine that Moses had civil institutions then prevalent, he snatched a feather from the wing forgets to mention domestic sla. of time to record the swiftness of very and the liberty of divorce. his night and the rapidity of his
Some inaccuracies of style desolation.” In some places our might be pointed out, which, if author appears to deviate from the the work come to a second edition, humble pretensions with which he should be corrected. In two or sets out, and assumes the tone of three instances the word each is a veteran critic, to whom the opi. made the nominative of a plural nion of the world may be expectverb. Esau is called a fratricide, ed to bow." We wish it to be un. though fratricide means the mur. derstood as our decided opinion der not the murderer of a brother, that at the destruction of Babel A tract of country is more than a new language was introduced, oncc called a track. Instead of and this by the miraculous and saying that this or that event oc- immediate interposition of divine curred or took place, our author power.” constantly uses the word trans- It
may admit of a doubt, whe. pired, which bas by no means the ther our author's distinction be. same signification.
tween statutes, commandments, Something too much like affcc- judgments and testimonies, as tation and parade may be observe used in the Old Testament, will ed in some parts. The lectures hold good. The ternis seem often are preceded by a long list of to be used indiscriminately. In. writers, wbom Nir. C. is supposed stances may be produced, where to have been studying Jeeply for statutes cannot be confined to the purpose of obtaining informa. positive institutions, as where Dation from them, several of whom vid says, “ Thy statutes have been have no written remains whatever, my song in the house of my and concerning one in particular, pilgrimage." In Levit. iv. 13, the Orpheus, whose & act date is here word commandments seems appli. assigned, it is quite uncertain whe, ed peculiarly to the Levitical ri.