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neglect to repair the damage, and thus But Mr. Lewis prefers the following an author is made responsible for words reading : aud sentiments which he never put togetlier. It may be very true that the al- " Unite us to each other, Lord, teration is, in some cases, an improve. By ove great bond, the love of Thee. ment; yet we should ourselves prefer Now, at the portal of thy house bearing the disgrace of having written a We leave our earthly care and fear; bad lipe, to the chance of being praised Accept our praise and bless our vows, for good lines which were none of ours : And our united pray-ers hear." and, excepting where the doctrine is so objectionable as to annihilate all sympa
An anonymous Hymn, in the Norwich thy between ourselves and the writer, we
Supplement, and also in the Liverpool much prefer that devotional composi.
Renshaw-Street Collection, beginning, tions should be left as their authors left " Come to the House of Prayer," them. There is a peculiarity in every
has also the benefit of an “ entirely new man's way of viewing religious subjects, and the substitution of even one word
arrangement" of its concluding two for another is in some cases sufficient to
stauzas, which, at the same time, we al
low bad great capabilities for improve. diminish greatly the value of the whole.
ment. Dr. Drummond also passes under Why should Cowper's beautiful introduction of the solitary Bird of Night, in the
revision : Hymn,
“ No balm that earthly plants distil “ Far from the world, O Lord ! I flee,"
Can soothe the mourner's smart,
No mortal band, with lenient skill, be made to give place to such a line as
Bind up the broken heart;" this,
is thus given“There, in high ecstacy, she pours," &c. ?
“ No earthly balm cun heal this ill And why, above all, is Mrs. Barbauld's
Or soothe the mouruer's smart, exquisite poem,
No mortal hand, with lenient skill, “ Sweet is the scene when virtue dies !" Can bind the broken heart.” to begin,
We should be sorry Mr. Lewis should “How bless'd the righteous when he dies !"' understand these observations as implyAnd, if the two succeeding stanzas must
ing a strong, individual censure upon
himself. He has only done what pumbe omitted, what hand has had the teme
bers beside think themselves fully authority to substitute for them the following?
rized to do, for the attainment of what “ A holy quiet reigns around,
they cousider to be a good, and many A calm which life uor death destroys; have taken far greater liberties. NeverNothiug disturbs that peace profound, theless, holding it to be a sacred maxiin, Which his unfetter'd soul enjoys." that we should not “ do evil that good
Not many al:erations are introduced may come," we object to all such tresin such of Mr. John Taylor's beautiful passes upon the identity of an author's Hymus as are reprinted by Mr. Lewis. property, and think they ought to be What there are, however, are no im- discouraged to the utmost of our ability. provements. But we wish that a charm
The writer of a bymı, like the writer of ing Human of Sir J. E. Smith's could any other poem, would mosily, we should hare been allowed to escape as well. Suppose, prefer doing his work alone. We allude to No. 420 of the Norwich If others think they can improve upon Supplement. In Mr. Lewis's Selection his ideas, let them, wherever it can be the first and second stanzas are omilted;
done, make the suggestion with frankthe two next, as the excellent author ness, and trust to its being received in a wrote them, stand thus:
right spirit; but let them beware how
they meddle with the long treasured me“ Still may thy children, in thy word,
morials of the dead, for, in so doing, Their common trust and refuge see;
they run a great risk of gradually lowerO bind us to each other, Lord,
ing the reputation of a writer who has By ove great tie, the love of Thee !
no longer power to redeem his fame from Here, at the portal of thy house,
the feebleness, perbaps absurdity, they We leave our mortal hopes and fears ; have indirectly helped to connect with Accept our prayer, and bless our vows, it.
And dry our peuitential tears."
Art. V.-Evangelical Tracts No. I. a simple title, but which has produced
The Genius of Christianity. By no small stir in the North; the producW. H. Furness.
tion of Mr. Erskine, the author of seve
ral treatises of a Calsiuistic character. We wish to call the attentiou of our
The main object of this tract is to readers to this series of 'Tracts. The
argue the probability of the continuance following announcement of his plan we
of the miraculous operations of the Spirit give in the Editor's own words, express
in the Christian Church. Our author is ing 'our hope, that such encouragement
not satisfied with the reasous commonly will be afforded by the public, as will
assigned for the belief that they have enable him to carry it fully into effect.
ceased to exist ; such as, that the purpose “ Those who have engaged in the be
of them was merely to put God's seal nerolent work of visiting the sick and
and sanction upon the canon of scripthe poor,—who are accustomed to ob
ture; and that, therefore, when that serve family worship in their houses to
canon was completed, they ought to supply their ivmates with useful reading
cease, as having answered their purpose; -to foster the religious sentiments of
and 2ndly, that as they were in the pritheir dependants--and, generally, to in
mitive times enforced by the laying on prove the opportunities which their sta of the bands of the apostles, they necestion gives them of promoting piety aud
sarily ceased with the ces:ation of the goodness, will often have felt the want
apostolic office. . of suitable compositions. This want it
“I bow see another use of the gifts, is proposed to supply, in the series of
pamely, for edifying the body of Christ, Tracts of which this is the commence
and demonstrating the oneness of the ment. The pieces published wiil be sim.
body on earth with the glorified Head in ple in their language, affectionate in their
heaven.”—P. 5. Ju proof of this view spirit, and practical and devotional. iu
of the spiritual gifts he refers to the foltheir tenor; in other words, such as may lowing passages : Rom. xii. 3-8; I Cor. be put into the hands of domestics, poor xii., xiii., xiv.: Eph. iv. 4-16. neighbours, and workmen, or such as oilf miracles were inteuded to have aré fitted to be read in the family circle,
ceased, I cannot but wonder at the folor such as may exhibit to Christians at lowing statenients, and others, being large the essential truths of the gospel
made so indefinitely-I mean so unlimitas they are held by those who believe
edly; referring to Matt. xvii. 19, 20; that the Father alone is the true God.
Mark xvi. 17, 18; Luke x. 19. The As the sole object which he has in view
power is connected with faith, and not is to do good, the Editor will be deter
simply with the attestation of the truth, mined in the choice of what he publishes And that the gift of the Holy Ghost is by a regard to the usefulness, rather than
not exclusively connected with the laying the originality of the compositions which on of the hands of the apostles, appears he may have at his disposal. But while from Paul himself receiving it by the the series will, for the greater part, con laying op of the hands of Ananias, Acts sist of reprints, it will also comprise ori.
ix. 17; and from the falling of the ginal pieces. In order to be enabled to
Holy Ghost on the family of Cornelius, carry into effect the design now com
not by laying on of Peter's hands, but menced, the Editor respectfully and ur
while he was yet speaking,' so that the gently solicits the aid of the friends of
cessation of the apostolic office does not Christianity. By using the tracts for the
necessarily imply the cessation of mirapurposes for which they are designed, cles.”—P. 13. by pointing out tracis or passages of
The application inade of this doctrine works worthy of republication, and by
is to certain pretensions to miraculous furnishing original compositions fitted
gifts, which, strauge to say, have been for the proposed objects, they may red
recently made in the west of Scotlaud ; der hina important aid.
and which Mr. Erskive, in whose pam“ Communications addressed to the
phlet we see proofs of a sincere sense of Editor of · Evangelical Tracts,' to the
religion, and considerable cultivation of care of T. Forrest, Printer, Market Street, mind, belieres to be well foouded. Some Manchester, will receive attention."
particular examples are given in the
pamphlet which is vext noticed. Art. VI.-- The Gifts of the Spirit.
Printed for R. B. Lusk, Greenock.
ART VII.-A Letter to Thomas Ers: that evening a most wonderful answer to
kine, Esq., in Reply to his recent prayer; for that previously to the meetPamphlet in Vindicution of the West ing being assembled, she had retired Country Miracles. By the Rev.
with a young friend, and prayed for an Edward Craig, M. D., Oxon, Mi
increase of faith and holy boldness, and
that the shout of a king might be in the nister of St. James's Chapel, Edin
midst of them; and you see, Sir,' she burgh. James Nisbet, London.
continued, in the interpretation now Mr. ERSKINE, the author of the pre given, what a wonderful testimony we ceding tract, has recently adopted, it have received.' This young person, it seems, some modification of his religi. must be observed, however, was the ous opinions, which has set the regular sister of the man Macdonald who had orthodox in array against him. This received the gift; and whom, according might be well enough. A great diver to their own account, only a few days geuce from the truth has sometimes before, he had raised from a bed of sickonly to be continued to approximate to ness by an instant command to rise." more rational and sober sentiments. P. 7. Thus, however, it is alleged that mira- This case, taken with all its peculiar culous evidence has in our days been features, was so satisfactory to the two afforded in favour of this peculiarity of gentlemen, that they considered all the theological doctrine.
miracles of the New Testament to be Two cases have been proposed as satis pot more satisfactory than this coincifactory instances of this divine interfer dence of expression : they considered it
“A young person of the vame of mouy which ought to be implicitly reCampbell, occasionally, in certain mo ceived. ments of inspiration, seizes the pen 'or Mr. Craig bas very successfully shewn pencil, and writes like lightning a num- the entire absence of all suitable evidence ber of upkuown characters or figures, of miraculous interference in these cases. which have been affirmed by some per- With reference to the writing of Miss sobs to be Persian, by others Chinese, Campbell, the declaration of Professor by others Japanese, and by some to be Lee, of Cambridge, to whom a fac-simile most probably one of the languages of had been sent, is given in this pamphlet, the interior of Africa. But be they what that in his judgment it contains neither they may, they are declared to be a writ. character nor language known in any ing of an unkuowu tougue, ouder the region under the sun. There is an imimmediate influence of the Holy Spirit, portant lesson which may be learned and a proof that God is with his people from such occurrences, which is very of a truth.”
necessary for those who incline to fanaThe second case is this:
ticism, and that is, concerving the use of “ At a prayer-meeting in Port Glas- reason in matters of religion. gow, at wbich two geutlemeu aitended with a view to ascertain the real state of Art. VIII.- The Season of Autumn, the case, a man named Macdonald prayed; as connceted with Hunun Feelings and at length while he prayed the gift of und Changes A Sermon occasi. tongues was poured out upon him; and
oned by the Death of W. Hazlitt. he prayed in an upkuown tongue for a By J. Johns. quarter of an hour, ending with two
The Livingness of the Departed. words, on which he laid a great stress, • disco capito. One of the gentlemen
A Sermon on occasion of the Death present, not satisfied with this gift only,
of Mr. Thomas Mudge, Sen., of said, “It is written, Pray that ye may
Crediton. By J. Johns. interpret,' on which Macdonald prayed These Sermons are both characagain, and was soon answered by this terized, the first in an eminent degree, gift also ; for he arose, and, with a voice by those beauties of thought and style, like thunder, cried, I have the inter- of sentiment and imagery, which our pretation; disco capito, the shout of a reallers kuow Mr. Johus to possess. We kingdom is in the midst of you.' It regret in buth an occasional remoteness appears, however, that the interpretation of allusion, the introduction of which is only extended to the two teripinating more allowable in a poem than in a serwords on which the man had laid so mon; and an occasional attempt at the much emphasis. At the close of the coinage of expressive words, which is not ineeting a young female stated to these expedient in either. But these are toibles #wo geutlemen, that she had received on which we are not disposed to dwell in a writer who lays hold upon our sym: state, unaccompanied by brush or underpathies as Mr. Johus does. And there wood, so that we are often reminded of are, moreover, in harmony with that gentlemen's pleasure grounds seen from pervading tone of piety and goodness a distance.”-“I could discern, to a which is the vitality of a sermon, other considerable distance, the bendings of qualities of a higher value than those the stream, which was marked by a which we have just specified. There is a frivge of casuriuo and mimosa plavts. courage and a pathos in these discourses The sun was just receding behind the which we feel to be creditable to the western ranges, which on that side head and heart of the writer. He excels bounded this comparatively extensive in the delicate, soothivg, and useful plain. The beautiful effect of its demanagement of the appropriate topics of parting rays, as reflected from the opa funeral sermon; it is by such hands posite hills and broken ranges in the “ that the stones of all our human graves distance, formed a magnificent picture. may be piled into a tower whose top The stillness of the scene was only inshall reach outo heaven" (vide 2nd Ser- terrupted by the chirping of grasshopmon, p. 22); and while his character of pers, and the grazing of the horses upon Mr. Madge, the late patriarch of the the luxuriant her bage at a short distance Crediton congregation, is a touching from the tent."- Pp. 52, 190. Alone, portrait of one who being dead yet with the exception of a few attendants, speaketh' by the remembrance of an old he met the native savages, of whom we age of piety and worth, that of Mr. Haz- have heard so formidable a description ; litt is the production of a poetical, a and here we have, perhaps, the most patriotic, and a Christian spirit; it is the interesting portion of the work, an immanly discharge of a debt of justice and partial and picturesque account of the gratitude to the memory of one who was aborigiues of the country: out of grace with the world and the “ The natives are a mild and harmless church; it is marked by justice, dis- race of savages; and when any mischief crimivation, and feeling; it is “ beauti has been done by them, the cause has ful and brave."
generally arisen, I believe, in bad treatWe regret that we cannot make room ment by their white neighbours. They for sone passages which we had pur bave usually been treated in distant parts posed to extract.
of the colony as if they had been dogs,
and shot by convict servants, at a dis. GENERAL LITERATURE. tance from society, for the most trifling
causes. The natives complained to me Art IX.-- The Present State of Aus
Se frequently that white pellow' shot tralia ; a Description of the Coun.
their relations and friends, and shewed try, its Advantages and Prospects
me many orphans whose parents had with reference to Emigration, and fallen by the hands of white men near a particular Account of the Man- this spot. They pointed out one white ners, Customs, and Condition of its man, who they said had killed ten; and Aboriginal Inhubitants. By Robert the wretch did not deny it, but said he Dawson, Esq., late Chief Agent to would kill them whenever he could.”— the Australian Agricultural Com
« Their painted bodies, white teeth, pany.
shock heads of hair ; their wild and sa
vage appearance, with the reflection of The next thing to the personal enjoy the fire in a dark vight, would have ment of the cloudless skies and sunny formed a terrific spectacle to any person prospects of a southern climate, is to coniing suddenly and unexpectedly upon read of them in such a book as this of them. They are, however, ove of the Mr. Dawson's, where, without being best-natured people in the world, and convicts, we may enjoy in fancy all the would never hurt a white man if treated charms of that paradise of evil-doers, with civility and kindness.”—Pp. 57, New South Wales.
68. The author's pursuits led him repeat Most of this gentleman's attention edly into the wildest paths of this un. appears to have been given to the obserfrequented region. The whole country vavion of the capabilities of the climate presents the appearavce of a vast forest, aud soil of the colony for rearing sbeep occasionally broken into glades and vistas for the production of wool; and the reof great beauty.
sult, in his opinion, is, that the fleeces of " The hills are every where clothed New South Wales might, under good with wood to their summits, with eternal management, compete with the finest verdure beneath them, in their natural productions of Europe.
: Our limits will not allow us to do last generation, how many columns of justice, by longer extracts, to this inter- many-syllabled words were “got by estiug volume, which we recommend to rote every day! and, as all the world our readers as by much the most full knows, very few of those ladies could and clear account which has yet appeared spell. Practice aud association, it seems, of New South Wales, and of the objects do their work in this as in most other to be kept in view by persous proposing things, and people must learn to spell as to settle there.
they learn to talk, and to walk, aud to live, by trying, and not by artificial ar
rangement and verbose iustruction. For Art. X. - The Correspondence and this reason we recommend the First Les
Diary of Philip Doduridge, D.D. son Book, where the words, from the Edited by J. D. Humphreys, Esq. very beginuing, are grouped into senVol. IV. Colburn and Bentley. fences, -" an ox,” “ go up," “ do it.” 1830.
No matter how short, or how slight the Our extended potices of the three pre
connexion; it is found by experience that ceding volumes of this work render it
words so arranged are more attractive
and better retained,- that a child cau uppecessary for us to say more, on the appearance of the present, than that the
walk better, in short, upon plauks than interest of the Correspondence rises as
upon stepping-stopes. As to the exeit becomes more expressive of the sta
cution, we have ouly to say, that “ Lay bility of the author's friendships, and of
pot in bed” is a rotten plank, and that the matured excellence of his mind.
we doubt the expediency of introducing into a First Lesson-Book many abstract
aud pious injunctions. “Do not go on ART. XI- The First Lesson Book for
the ice," is well enough; but “ Keep Sunday-Schools. Printed for the
the laws of God, then peace of mind will
be thy lot," is out of the reach of a Sunday School Society.
child who is travelling through page the A SPELLING-BOOK on the Hamiltonian piuth. “The fear of the Lord is a system!“ With double translatiou"? spring of life, to keep thee from the Not exactly, but pure Hamiltonian. shares of the bad.” Who would under“ How So"? You learn to spell by take to explain to the lowest class of a learning to read, and you are strongly Sunday-school (or of any school) what advised to learn to read before you learu "a spring of life" is, and how it is to your letters. A b, ab, and eb, eb, are keep them from the “ spares of the gone to the shades, and there is to be bad"? We should like to see it done no such thing as a column of hard words according to the formula on the back of left in the land. It is certain that spell. the book, and in pursuance of the reing is a great mystery. Very few peo. commendation to teachers, to “ ascertain ple can spell but the printers; and there if the child understands the meaning of is no reason to suppose that every ein- every word he reads :" in the mean bryo printer has had a double portion of time, let a pencil be struck through the bard words before he was breeched. words, or let nobody uuder ten years of Then at young ladies' schools in the age be permitted to read them.
Inquiry respecting Continental Anti- and again, “ the remains of this unfortrinitarians.
tunate community are at this day (1777)
dispersed through different countries, To the Editor.
particularly in the kingdoms of Prussia, SIR,
the electorate of Brandenburgh, and the In Dr. Toulmin's Life of Socinus, pp. United Provinces, where they lie more 275, 276, I learn that “ the posterity" or less concealed, and hold their reliof many of the Socinians who were ba- gious assemblies in a clandestine manbished from Poland, “ still subsist” in ver.” In“ Poland" also, Dr. Toulmin s Silesia, Braudenburgh, and Prussia ;" asserts, that Socinian churches were in