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attributes of Deity. No Jewish or he had previously spoken. On some Christian critic was ever presumptu- occasions beside, the reason which he ous enough to hazard an opinion so assigns for a specific precept or statederogatory to the honour and dignity ment, is placed at the interval of a of the true Jehovah. Why not sup- verse, or a few verses, from the compose then that Jesus, in the passage mand or the proposition.* The phraunder consideration, speaks in the seology and the sentiment of the Aposname of his Father, or alludes, under tle Paul in 1 Cor. v. 3, 4, 5, throw furanother form, to the proverbial saying ther and strong light on our exposition, founded upon our text, which was which we submit to Mr. W. and to our invariably applied by the descendants other readers, not as indubitably, but of Abraham to Jehovah alone?"* as probably correct. If our view of

Citations of such proverbial sayings, these words of Christ be deemed erromay certainly be discerned in the neous, we confess that we would rather Christian Scriptures, even where no interpret them by John xiv. 16, 17, 18, regular forms of quotation are per- than in the manner suggested by our ceived. We think, nevertheless, that author; and this, because evidence there is a material difference between seems wanting, that the clauses “ in the text of Mr. Wallace's discourse my name,” and “ I am in the midst of and the memorable words of our Savi. them," have any reference to the Suour, “ Where two or three,” &c. In preme Being.t. Throughout the reExod. xx. 24, the Deity speaks of mainder of his discourse, Mr. W. excelplaces used, whether statedly or occa- lently illustrates Matt. xxviii. 20, and sionally, for divine worship: the lan- Ephes. i. 17, 20, 22, 23, gives a concise guage of Jesus, on the contrary, does yet clear representation of the grounds not appear to describe an act of social on which " the oinnipresence of the praise or prayer, but rather the exer- Father” rests, deduces from the doccise of Christian discipline. We con- trine some valuable devotional and jecture that Matt. xviii. 19, should be moral lessons, and applics it very perread in a parenthesis, and that the tinently and impressively to the occasense of ver. 20, is elucidated by that sion upon which his sermou was deliof verses 15, 16, 17, and especially of veread. the eighteenth. Our Lord's subject, When, in p. 23, he says, is the proper method of endeavouring nipresence of God must remain for to reclaim an offending brother. Å ever inseparable from his omnipoprivate interview must first be sought; tence,” he uses, we humbly suggest, a private remonstrance be employed. an incorrect expression : for the words Should an atteinpt of this nature have his omnipotence, we would read, “his no success, two or three persons are universal agency.In the peroration to be taken as witnesses of the conver- the preacher speaks of certain buildsation which may pass between the ings at Geneva as resounding with the complainant and the individual ac- doctrines“ in the profession of which cused. When these overtures fail, the Servetus suffered." That city, indeed, case must be submitted to public in- does not appear to be any longer the vestigation. If the decision of the head-quarters of Trinitarian and Cal. church, of the religious community of vinistic tenets : whether Christian Uniwhich the party is a member, be un- tarianism (I Tim. ii. 5,) be taught heeded, excommunication must en there, we are somewhat doubtful. sue. Jesus delegated to his immedi Mr. W. inscribes his discourse “to ate followers the authority which he the Rev. James Hews Bransby, the himself possessed; and both his pre- affectionate tutor of his youth, and the rogatives and theirs were derived from kind friend of his maturer years.” We his Father. The two or three gathered lament that we were not sooner able together in his name, are no other than to make it an article of our Review. the two or three witnesses, of whom

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* Compare Matt. xx. 16 with the 14th + See Marsh's Michaelis, &c. (1793,) verse of that chapter, and Matt. vi. 12, 1. 200—246. But the subject seems to 14, 15. require still more attention than has † Let the scriptural inquirer consult hitherto been bestowed upon it.

Matt. xvi, 19; 2 Cor. xii, 1.

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Review.-Memoirs and Select Remains of an only Son. 171 ART. IV.- Reasons for Praise and cient bujlding, may, without incongruity,

Thunksgiving to God. 1 Sermon hang about old corrupt establishments; preached on the Opening of the but they can excite only a feeling of inUnitarian Chapel ai Diss, in Nor- dignation or contempt when we see them folk, June 22, 1822. By Thomas attached to reformed ivstitutions,—insti: Madge, 8vo. pp. 40.

tutions which look only to the law and

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the testimony,' the quid utile, quid non."

Pp. 36, 37. ME Unitarian congregation for

merly assembling in the village Art. V.An Apology for Christof Palgrave, in Sutfolk, have built

a mas-Day; a Sermon delivered at new chapel in the neighbouring town George's Meeting, Exeter. Ву of Diss, in Norfolk. A pretty litho James Manning. 8vo. pp. 18. Besgraphic engraving of this commodious ley, jun. Exeter. 1822. edifice is given as a frontispiece to this opening Sermon.

IN this Sermon, Mr. Manning, the IN

much-esteemed minister of the In the Sermon Mr. Madge expa- respectable congregation of George's tiates with much feeling and energy Meeting, Exeter, delivers his pastoupon the reasons for praise which ral counsels with regard to the obserappertain to creatures, to Christians, yation of Church Festivals. He speaks and to Unitarian Dissenters. His dis

as a nonconformist, but also as course aspires not to novelty, but Christian of a catholic spirit. He though upon a common topic is ex- maintains the indifference in a religi, ceedingly interesting. A vein of Chris- ous point of view, of what are called tian piety runs through it which im- holy-days; asserts boldly the right of parts a kindly warmth to the reader, private judgment and of peaceable and which in the delivery could not resistance to human authority in the fail of animating every hearer. church of Christ; pleads for unity of

The preacher pronounces a pane spirit and affection, as distinguished gyric upon such elders of our congre- from, and superior to, uniformity of gations as upon occasion listen to the faith and worship; and gives it as his call of their brethren and become opinion, tlrat though the keeping of Christian teachers; and pursuing the Christmas and other ecclesiastical fcs, subject in a note (which we extract tivals, is not an incumbent duty, the with entire approbation), says, observation is innocent, may be expedi

" There is an inconceivable prejudice ent, and may even be rendered a means existing in our congregations against what of Christian improvement. We agree are called lay-preachers. Why, what is entirely with the enlightened and libea Dissenting minister but a lay-man? ral preacher, and have felt a persuasion What right,

what title, what pretensions as we have perused his discourse, that has he io the character of a priest? Or if all religious questions were conwhat ordination has he, but the choice ducted with the amiable temper that of those who elect him to conduct their manifests, the differences of the Chrisreligious services ? Why, then, should gian world would soon become less, not any one of the congregation of good character and respectable talents, and and none would remain that would with a capacity of reading distinctly, be interfere with brotherly love. thought suficiently

qualified for the occa. sional discharge of this duty? Is it be; Art. VI.- Memoirs and Select Res cause he has not received an academical education, and does not wear a black

mains of an only Son, who died coat? It is time to put away from us

November 27, 1821, in his Ninethese childish things, and to act a more teenth Year, while a Student in the maply and consistent part. We ought University of Glasgow. By Thomas long since to bare out-grown this non Durant, Poole, Dorset. 2 vols. sense, and to have laid it aside. If it be 12mo. pp. 226 and 278. Poole, ridiculous to see a Dissenting minister printed by Lankester, and sold by putting on the airs of one of the esta

Longman & Co. London. 1822. to be ar congregation in a Dissenting Teatetraso one of the numerous Meeting-house aping the manner and forms of a cathedral assembly. Decayed, instances of precocious talents markworn-oạt prejudices, like ivy on an aning out their possessors for a prema

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ture grave. We expressed our un- Art. VII.- The Reciprocal Duties of feigned concern at his decease, (Vol. Preachers and Hearers of the Gos. XVI. p. 735,) and we have perused pel. A Discourse, (from 2 Cor. iv. his short but instructive and interest 1, 2,) delivered at Maidstone, Auing story with the liveliest sympathy. gust 18, 1822, on entering on the He was indeed an amiable and excel Pastoral Charge of the Unitarian lent young man, and gave the promise Church in that place. By George of high distinction in the profession,

Kenrick. 8vo. that of the law, to which he had re YOR a Christian minister to delisolved to devote himself. His moral

neate the duties

which he owes character was assiduously and judi- to his people, and likewise those which ciously formed by his parents, whose it is equally incumbent on them to principles and methods of education practise towards him, and especially are here explained. The late Mrs. when this delineation is intended for Durant was a woman of strong intel. the people themselves, must be a task lect and lively imagination, and all of considerable difficulty and delicacy. her powers were called forth by the The duties of ministers are both ardúinterest which she felt in the mind and

ous and important in the highest demorals of an only child. No case is gree; and it is not less necessary that upon record in which success the people should be sensible of their more answerable to well-planned en own obligations as hearers of the gosdeavours. The deceased youth was pel. But to accomplish the first an universal favourite: his casual ac without any appearance of unreasonaquaintances, his fellow-students, his ble self-esteem, or the second, without tutors, and a wide circle of friends, seeming to indulge unreasonable exnot to mention his own family, looked pectations, is a task from which learnto him with respect, affection and ing, talent and ordinary experience confidence. It is amongst the myste- inight be tempted to shrink. ries of Providence that such a mind Mr. G. Kenrick seems to be fully and heart should be suddenly over aware of the difficulties which he has taken by the night of death, and now to encounter, and this has probably led thing but the promises of religion can him to be much more concise than he relieve the anxiety and astonishment would otherwise have been. The disthat such a spectacle excites.

course, however, is both animated and We are little disposed to assume judicious. It seems to have proceeded the office of critics on Memoirs such from a deep sense of the responsibility as these. The paternal biographer attached to his situation, and an anxineeded not to have wasted one thought ety to discharge its duties in the most upon the judgment that would be effectual manner; and to be well calpassed upon his composition. Had culated to animate the audience or the he been less afraid of the public eye he readers to the proper discharge of their would have written still better, though most important obligations. The folthe work, as it is, does credit to his lowing extract may serve as a speciunderstanding and feelings. Some men : things might have been prudently suppressed in the extracts from his son's received his ministry,' the faithful servaut

“ Duly considering from whom he has papers, and perhaps they are left out of God and Christ fuints not.' Neither in the new edition of the Memoirs prayers nor labours must be spared. Afwhich we see advertised. However ter all the exertions he can make have this may be, we do not hesitate, not- been bestowed, he spreads the case of withstanding our difference in opinion his hearers before God. Again he returns from the writer on some essential to the task, again he lifts up his soul to points, to recommemd his volumes as the Blessing-Giver. His efforts when containing a picture of a mind and best directed are sometimes unsuccessful. character, , which none can behold His schemes for the promotion of the without deep interest, and which young

virtue and happiness of the people of his persons, and especially young men,

charge, although laboured on with pain may study with unspeakable advan- with unwearied patience, sometimes prove

throughout a succession of years and tage.

abortive. The young, in spite of his affectionate warvings, will walk in the desire of their hearts and the sight of their

Poetry - Devotional Poem, by the late Mrs. Mary Rogers. 173 eyes, heedless of the tremendous conse tions is one of the most decisive proofs quence, 'that for all these things God of the progress of the human mind: and will bring them into judgment.' Amongst we rejoice that, determined by this test, those of maturer years pleasure will not the standard of intellect in the present pause in her giddy circle, nor avarice loosen its iron grasp of the world and day must be placed higher than at any the things of the world for his bidding; preceding period in the history of the and passion is deaf as the winds to any

human race. Many of the evils of sounds which his feeble voice can utter. society spring from ignorance, and for Yet still remembering from whom his these, of course, the only cure is knowministry is derived, and having received ledge. The Lecturer shews sufficiently mercy, he faints not.

that a social and liberal spirit naturally A-N. accompanies mental improvement; and

no one can survey his instructive and ART. VIII.- A Lecture on the History entertaining sketch of the associations

and Utility of Literary Institutions, formed in this and other countries for delivered at the Surrey Institution, the advancement of knowledge, withLondon, on Friday, Nov. 1, and out feeling a lively interest in these again at the Russell Institution, on schemes for bettering the human race, Thursday, Dec. 20, 1822. By or without becoming more attached to James Jennings. 8vo. pp. 138. 6$. his own country, in which such exSherwood and Co.

amples of a communion of intelligence TE

are most abundant, and carried to the nings that the multiplication highest degree of perfection. and improvement of Literary Institu

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POETRY.

DEVOTIONAL POEM,

By the late MRS. MARY ROGERS.
SIR,

Feb. 28, 1823. The kindness of some of the relations of the late Mrs. Mary Rogers, enables me to send one of her Devotional Poems* for insertion in The Monthly Repository; nor can I doubt, that the ardour of piety, the delicacy of taste, and the correctness of religious feeling, which these lines express, will recommend them to yourself, and to many congenial readers.

N. [Written in 1795.] 1 Why should I murmur or repine At what

may

be
my

Fatler's will ?
Wisdom and Power and Love are thine:

Thy grace is all-sufficient still.
2 Thy plans, beyond the bounds of Time,

Eternal ages comprehend;
To form the soul to joys sublime,

In that bless'd world, which ne'er shall end.
3 The trials that I here sustain,

Are needful to correct the heart:
"Tis but a momentary pain;

Eternal bliss rewards the zinart.
4 Jesus, my
Saviour and

my

Lord,
A pattern eminently bright!
Ere he received his great reward,
Thro’ suff'rings rose to Virtue's height.t

* Mon. Repos. XVII. 745, 1st col. note.

† Philipp. ji. 8, 9, “ That very Son himself, went up to the throne of his Father by the steps of sorrow." -OGDEN.

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5 Bow then, my soul, submissive, bow,

And trust thy gracious Father's love :
His kind design, in bringing low,

Is to prepare for joys above.
6 This transient scene will soon be o'er,

Its joys, its sorrows, pass away!
This night of gloom returns no more,

But ushers in a glorious day.
7 Then shall the Goodness of my God

In full, resplendent lustre shine;
Diffusing thro' the bless'd abode
A joy unspeakably Divine.

Translation of a Song of Exhortation and Consolation to the Albig enses.

By TOMIERS, A TROUBADOUR Poet.

The following is an imperfect translation of a Song of Exhortation and Consolation, by Tomiers, a Troubadour poet, written during the crusade against his countrymen, the Albigenses. It is curious, as a specinen of the light in which some of his contemporaries viewed that bigoted and cruel monster who was dignified by the name of St. Louis, and whose God is now invoked to support the hypocrisy of another sort of crusade against the liberties of mankind.

The Song notices, in the first instance, the long-deferred promises to employ in the Holy Land the arms which it was found more easy and profitable to devote to plundering the wealthy and prosperous heretical towns of the Counts of Toulouse. It refers the dispirited knights of Provence to the protection of Providence, and anticipates (as_ the event proved, too securely,) the triumph of truth and justice. The Emperor of Germany is referred to as one who ought to extend protection to his fief, and the King of England, (the weak Henry III.,) it is expected, would not tainely see the conquest of possessions adjoining his own. The Bishops are glanced at as preferring the plunder of Belcaire to the toils attendant on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and Cardinal Bertrand, the Pope's legate, who joined them in the spoils of the unfortunate Counts’ territory, comes in for his share of the odium. The poet concludes by a confident appeal to the courage and zeal of the inhabitants of Avignon.

This very ancient protest against the bigoted hypocrisy of the defenders of the faith will, perhaps, be thought interesting at this moment, and, we may add, that it is pleasing to see some of the earliest efforts of European poetry employed in the cause of humanity and resistance to oppression.

T.
I'll make a song shall body forth

My full and free complaint,
To see the heavy hours pass on

And witness still the feint
Of Coward souls, whose vows were made
In falsehood,-and are yet unpaid ;

Yet, noble Sirs, we will not fear,

Strong in the hope of suecours near.
Yes ! full and ample help for us

Shall come, so trusts my heart;
God fights for us, and these our foes,

The Frenchmen, must depart,
For on the souls that fear not God
Soon, soon, shall fall the vengeful rod;

Then, noble Sirs, we will not fear,
Strong in the hope of succours near.

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