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edition, more accurate and more books, which evince much reading, full than Brown, is still a desid. correct taste, a nice perception of eratum, especially for the use of poetic beauty, combined with very Sabbath school teachers, and those scholar like accuracy. But it is not pastors who are called to conduct perhaps so generally known, that he religious services in neighborhoods has himself found time to write some at a distance from their studies. of our sweetest native poetry. The
different portions of this book evince Vision of Death and other Poems. different degrees of merit; yet over
By C. W. EVEREST. Hartford, the whole there breathes much of the Robbins & Smith. 1845. genuine spirit of poetry, and some
of the pieces are very beautiful. This is a pretty book of poetry, The little pieces, " The Farmer," and we readily commend it to our “ The Song of the Wayfaring," and readers. Mr. Everest is rather Childhood, a ballad,” are not, as known as an editor or compiler of a poems of their class, inferior to any number of popular miscellaneous that we have seen.
BOOKS FOR REVIEW.
The Life of the Rev. John Wes. trated by one hundred engravings, ley, M. A. sometime Fellow of Lin- giving views of the principal towns, coln College, Oxford ; collected from seats of eminent men, public build. his private papers and printed works; ings, relics of antiquity, historic loand written at the request of his calities, natural scenery, &c. By executors. To which is prefixed Henry Ilowe. Published by Babsome account of his ancestors and cock & Co., Charleston, S. C., 1845. relations; with the Life of the Rev. A Commentary on the ApocaCharles Wesley, M. A.collected from lypse ; by Moses Stuart, Professor of his private journal, and never before Sacred Literature in the Theological published. The whole forming a Seminary at Andover, Mass. Pubhistory of Methodism, in which the lished by Allen, Morrill & Wardprinciples and economy of the Me. well, Andover; Mark H. Newman, thodists are unfolded. By John New York. 1845. Whitehead, M. D. Author of the The Poor Doubting Christian Discourse delivered at Mr. Wesley's drawn to Christ: wherein the main funeral. With an Introduction by hindrances which keep men from the Rev. Thomas H. Stockton. coming to Christ, are discovered; Second American edition. With with special helps to recover God's portraits of Rev. John and Charles favor. By Rev. Thomas Hook. Wesley. Published by William S. er, first minister of Hartford, Conn. Stockton, Philadelphia, 1845. With an abstract of the Author's
Historical Collections of Virginia ; life. Also an Introduction by Ed.' containing a collection of the most ward W. Hooker, D. D., Professor interesting facts, traditions, biograph. of Sacred Rhetoric in the Theologiical sketches, anecdotes, &c. relating cal Institute of Conn., East Windsor
. to its history and antiquities, together Published by Robbins & Smith, with geographical and statistical Hartford. 1845. descriptions. To which is appended Spiritual Ambition; a an historical and descriptive sketch preached before the Synod of Pennof the District of Columbia. Illus- sylvania in the Clinton st. church,
Philadelphia, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, Notice of the Origin, History, and 1844. By B. J. Wallace, Pastor of Present State of the Waldenses. By the English Presbyterian church, Robert Baird. Boston: Benjamin York, Pa.
Perkins & Co. 1845. Impiety in high places, and sym Several of the works above menpathy with crime, a curse to any tioned will receive our particular people: a sermon delivered before attention in a future number, and the first church and society in need not now occupy our pages. Nashua, N. H., on Sabbath, April Dr. Whitehead's Lives of the 20, 1845, with reference to the An. Wesleys is still the standard work, nual State Fast; by M. Hale Smith, notwithstanding the subsequent atPastor. Published by request. tempts, made by eminent writers, to
The Coronation of Winter: a supply its place. In no other voldiscourse delivered at Amherst Col. ume can we find an equally graphic lege and Mount Holyoke Seminary, and probably truthful narrative of soon after a remarkable glacial phe the rise and progress of Methodism nomenon in the winter of 1845. during the life of its distinguished By Rev. Edward Hitchcock, LL. D., founder. The author's familiar acPresident of Amherst College, and quaintance with the Wesleys affords Professor of Natural Theology. the best guarantee of general accu. Published at the request of both in racy in the deliniation of their charstitutions.
acters, and in the record of their The American Academic System opinions and measures. On the defended : an address delivered at whole, the work is the most valuable the dedication of the new hall of source of information, in respect to Williston Seminary, in Easthampton, these interesting men, and the church Jan. 28, 1845. By Rev. Edward of which they laid the foundation. Hitchcock, LL. D. Published by Historical Collections of Virginia, the Trustees.
by Mr. Howe, is a very well written The Highest Use of Learning: an and entertaining volume. The title address delivered at his inauguration page gives a brief outline of the to the Presidency of Amherst Col. contents; but it can not convey an lege ; by Rev. Edward Hitchcock, idea of the amount of matter, never LL. D. Published by the Trustees. before offered to the public, unless 1845.
in fugitive publications. We anticiVital Christianity: Essays and pate for the work a wide circulation; Discourses on the Religions of Man for who is indifferent to the life of and the Religion of God. By Alex. the old dominion? ander Vinet, D. D., Professor of The The Rev. Matthew Hale Smith's ology in Lausanne, Switzerland. sermon, entitled, “Impiety in High Translated with an Introduction, by Places,” delivered on the last annual Robert Turnbull, Pastor of the state fast in New Hampshire, was Harvard st. church, Boston. Pub. called forth by certain positive and lished by Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. negative marks of "impiety" in the 1845.
Governor's message, appointing the The Odyssey of Homer, accord- day of that solemnity; and became ing to the Text of Wolf; with Notes: the occasion of a sharp controversy for the use of Schools and Colleges. in the papers between Mr. Smith By John J. Owen, Principal of the and his Excellency. In this contest, Cornelius Institute, New York. Pub. we judged, and suppose the publie lished by Leavitt, Trow & Co., New judged, that the Governor had the York. 1845.
worst of the argument, and would Sketches of Protestantism in Ita- have shown his discretion by bearly, Past and Present, including a ing meekly the reproof of the faith
ful preacher. We should be glad single copy was lately discovered to present to our readers a synopsis by the publishers, in the library of of the sermon, but must be content the Connecticut Historical Society; to express our satisfaction at meeting and the work is now given by them with a production abounding with to the public in a new edition, af. such bold rebukes of sin, and with ter being out of print for more the noblest Puritan sentiments, from than a century. A hasty perusal one who was lately a Universalist. convinces us that it is well adapted
The Addresses of President Hitch- to its purpose. The theology which cock are all admirable specimens underlays it, is the same which of this species of literature. It is now prevails in the Congregational quite superfluous to say, that they churches of New England; and the are written in clear, chaste, manly advice given to doubting Christians, English, and sparkle with frequent is, so far as we have seen, judicious classical, and more frequent scien- and scriptural. We see not why tific allusions and illustrations. A should fail to fill a similar place nobleness of sentiment and Chris. in respect to feeble believers, which tian feeling pervade every page, “Baxter's Call” occupies in relation while the argument is conducted with to the unconverted. a free and unfaltering step, from the Dr. Baird's Sketches of Protest. premises to the conclusion. The antism occupies a field hitherto uninaugural address is not surpassed in known, and to most readers inaccess. our opinion by any similar perform- ible. It is a field, too, in respect to ance that has fallen under our notice. which the curiosity of the American For many years Dr. Hitchcock has churches is likely to be aroused, and stood high in public esteem as a man on which our intensest feelings are to of science; and his late literary ef- be engaged. The plans and efforts forts have exalted him to respect of the Foreign Evangelical Society able eminence, as a belles-lettres have started hundreds of questions in scholar. The friends of Amherst respect to Italy as it has been and is, College can not but be encouraged while the recent movement of the by his elevation to the Presidency Christian Alliance, will make Italy of that instituion. His single name and all that concerns Italy, to be a will give it reputation.
subject in respect to which all will Mr. Owen's edition of Homer's be eager to know whatever can be Odyssey is a valuable gift to students known. of the Greek language. The Notes The book consists of three parts; are numerous, too numerous, if there the first is a history of the various is any fault-leaving few difficulties attempts which were made to stem for the student himself to master. We and cast off the power of the Romish should think it would gratify those church, before and during the Rescholars who have finished their pub- formation. The second is a history lic education, and who know Homer of Protestantism from the Reforma. only through the Iliad, to renew their tion till the present day; including acquaintance by reading the Odys. an account of the political changes sey, to which this edition will be no of its ever-changing states, as they small help.
illustrate the present condition of “ The Poor Doubting Christian education, religion, and freedom. drawn to Christ,” will attract at. The third is devoted to the history tention from all who cherish the and present condition of the Walname of the pious and eminent au- denses. thor with suitable veneration. A
THE CONDITION, HOSPITALS, AND HOMES OF SAILORS."
This sermon was printed at the cessity of improvement in the sai. request and expense of the Board lor's social relations. He would of Trustees of the American Sca. have the barrier between him and men's Friend Society. Its style is society broken down-he would finished and classical, like all the have the “isolation" of the sailor writings of the able and popular done away–he would make him a author. [ts sentiments are poetical component part of the general mass and many of them true.
of men, without his clanship, his thor always discourses beautifully on peculiar church, boarding house, man as a live animal, to be “ boarded, hospital, dress and dialect. But he lodged and done for”-he has much seems to be laboring under an im. sympathy and kindness for men and pression, not uncommon, that this all other living things-he admires isolation is altogether compulsory, their excellencies and glides as gen. whereas, in almost all cases, it is tly as possible over their imperfec- the sailor's own choice—the effect tions. Yet such are the physical of his peculiar occupation, habits, privations and hardships of the sailor, and character. Who ever forbade that a man may be pardoned for give the sailor to enter the landsman's ing, in his case, a peculiar prominence house of worship? Nay, what to the question, What shall he eat, Christian would not gladly relinquish and wherewithal shall he be clothed ? his own pew, rather than suffer a
We intend to take the sermon of sailor to retire from the church for Dr. Dewey, as the text of our pres. want of a seat? The sailor needs ent discourse ; at the same time a peculiar place of worship and a preclaiming for ourselves a Metho- peculiar kind of preaching, because distic license to itinerale, and to be, he will rarely come to our churches like Dr. D. himself, totally unshack- -he fears that he would be considled by any strait-laced homiletic re ered an intruder were he to venture gimen.
among us. And sometimes he is Dr. D. dwells chiefly on the ne poor, and can not afford to provide
himself with clothing which he con* The Character and Claims of Sea- siders fit to appear in, among a faring Men; a Sermon by Orville Dewey, Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, in the
full-rigged,” fashionable congrecity of New York. New York: Charles gation. It is very true that such a S. Francis & Co. 1845.
congregation would be glad to see Vol. III.
the sailor among them in any dress the assertion has neither reason nor —but their being glad to see him fact to support it. Suppose one would not render him glad to come, were preaching to a congregation or make him feel at home if he did composed exclusively of farmers. come, and his feelings and wishes Think you that that congregation must be consulted—for (shall we would not be more interested and speak or keep silence ?) the sailor instructed by illustrations and arguis born of woman, and he, like other ments drawn from the business, the men, inherits a full proportion of implements, the customs of farm. the amiable failings of his mother. ers, than by illustrations drawn Nor, if he came, would he feel that from the peculiar business of saithe preaching is personally address. lors? And would not the chaped to him. Much of the preaching to lain in the army, if he knew any an old and permanent congregation, thing of human nature, and were must necessarily be upon subjects desirous to interest and benefit his which would be tedious and unintele parishioners to the utmost of his ligible to sailors. A studied, didac- power, be likely to endeavor to tic discourse is absolutely thrown make himself acquainted with the away upon a congregation of sea- peculiar occupation, the habits of
We know a man who once, thought and of life peculiar to sol. when too unwell to extemporize, diers, that he might adapt his ventured to take a sermon which preaching to their wants ? cost him a fortnight in the prepara And why should not the same be tion, and after clipping out the pas- true of the preacher to sailors ? sages which cost him the hardest la. Why is it not reasonable to believe bor, divesting it as far as possible that the man who is best acquainted of every thing which might subject with the language, the occupation, it to the ruinous insinuation of being the habits and character of seamen, an argumentative discourse, had the and who, therefore, will use a style rashness to preach it—and the les. of preaching which is the natural efson he derived from that misjudged fect of his knowledge, will be the exploit, was of far more value than most acceptable preacher to sea. all the lectures upon homiletics, and men ? It seems to us that the im. all the criticisms under which, in mense popularity and success of former times, he had patiently suf Father Taylor, as fered for the sins committed in the seamen, can not be satisfactorily skeleton, and for his future benefit. accounted for, solely from the fact In truth, and in seriousness, the that he is a man of great eloquence preacher to seamen of every denom- and zeal. The true reason of his ination very soon finds that he must extraordinary power is to be found be a Methodist in practice, if not in in the fact that he is himself ev. doctrine. In preaching to unedu- ery inch a sailor. It is very true, cated men, the eye, the voice, and that if a preacher were ignorant of the hand are worth more than cart. the language and occupation of sailoads of goose-quills and paper, and lors, and should absurdly attempt to days and weeks of anxious labor employ nautical language and imand study. It is vain to deny it, agery in a discourse, he would be experience is better than theory, al- justly laughied at and despised by ways and every where.
sailors for his affectation and igno. It has been often said of late, that rance, but this is no proof that the the sailor wants just such preaching sailor does not love to be spoken as landsmen, and no other—but with to in the tongue wherein he was all deference to those who hold that bred, if not born. In fact, if his opinion, we must say that we think technical and peculiar dialect were