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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
SERMONS. By W. Jay. Vol. II. the severe critic. His general plan Price 8s.
is not to coinprehend all the ideas
suggested by the text, nor to ar. Moch has been written on the range them with logical exactness; subject of Pulpit Eloquence. On but to select those which appear to the one hand, it has been contended, him most interesting, and to arrange that the primitive and apostolic them so as may, in general, be most preachers of Christianity rengunced easy for the memory: this, in some it; and, on the other, that they instances, produces, what may be practised it. These opinions are not called a quaintness, not perfectly altogether irreconcileable. Those consistent with the delicacy of ino. acquainted with the manner in dern criticism ; but if it strikes the which the Greek orators studied attention, and fastens on the me. their art, must know that they mory, these are objects of more made eloquence their primary ob- importance. These remarks preject; which is certainly inconsist- mised, we proceed to offer an anaert with the character of a Christian lysis of some of the discourses, preacher, whose aim should not which may serve as specimens of be to gain applause, but to win the whole. souls. On the other side, it has The first Sermon considers the been said, Apollos was an eloquent miraculous History of the Quails, man; Paul's language was emi. from Num. xi. 3
31-34: which pas. nently nervous; and John's remark. sage is treated by way of obser. ably pathetic. Though they did vation, under the following just, not sacrifice the interests of Chris' pertinent, and useful remarks: tianity to their own fame, or the The passage shews, first, “ The gratification of their curious hear.. power and dominion of God," as ers, yet they did not fail to employ exemplified in the providential supevery talent they possessed in the plies of his people. Secondly, service of their divine Master. How much more diligent men are There is an eloquence, the charac. in collecting the meat that perisha, ters of which are simplicity, per- eth, than in labouring for that spicuity, strength, and pathos: which endureth to everlasting life.” an eloquence rather natural than Thirdly, Persons may gather and artificial ; which recommends its hoard up, what they may never live subject rather than the speaker. to enjoy.” Fourthly, “ It is not Such was the eloquence employed the refusal, but the gratification of by the more eminent primitive our desires, that often proves ruin. preachers of Christianity; and such ous." . These remarks are illus. is that displayed in the volume now trated by a number of pointed interbefore us. Its character is not in- rogatories, and lead to a few prac. deed perfect accuracy. These dis. tical remarks, which conclude the courses do not smell of the lamp: Sermon. they are not laboured by repeated The second discourse is entitled writing ; the periods are not always “ Hope ;” and is founded on Rom. nicely turned; nor are the expres. v. 5.' li is divided into two parts : sions always chosen with care ; but 1. The preacher proposes to shew the preacher's heart was in his how the Christian's hope preserves work, and with an apparent negli. from shame ; and, 11. To ascertain gence, as to the minutiæ of compo. its connection with the love of God. sition, he often catches “a grace Under the former part of the disbeyond the reach of art.”
course, the preacher observes that Another important branch
“ Hope may cause shame, first, By composition is method; and here also, the insufficiency of its object; perhaps, Mr. Jay will not satisfy such is the worldling's hope :
By the weakness of its foundation; and Wives; and is of a charactet
such is the self-righteous Phari. very similar to that discourse. see's:-ánd, 3. By the falseness of its Sermon VIII, on 2 Peter i. 11, warrant; such is the licentious entitled, “ Happiness in Death,” Antinomian's. In the second part is interesting and animated. “ Ser. of the discourse, Mr. Jay shews vice done for God rewarded," is the that is the love of God shed abroad singular title of the ninth Discourse, in our hearts by the Holy Ghost,” from Ezek. xxix. 17–20, alluding is essentially connected with our to the history of Nebuchadnezzar, hope ; — 1. As it is a proof of the from which Mr. Jay suggests threedivine regard ; – 2. As it character- remarks; -1. The disposal of states. izes the true Christian; 3. As it and nations is the work of Divine qualifies for Heaven; and, 4. Is Providence ; - 2. Men may serve the anticipation of it. This dis- God really, when they do not serve. course contains much excellent mat. him by design; - 3. We shall ter ; and is concluded by an anis never be losers by any thing we do mated and faithful address to the for God. The tenth Discourse well çonsciences of various classes of improves “ The Disappointments hearers.
of Life," from those remarkable The Third Sermon is on the pa- words of Job (xxix. 18.)“ I shall. rable of the two Sons, Matt. xxi. die in my nest." 28—31, which Mr. Jay applies, first, Sermon XI. In a very masterly to the two classes of Jews and Gena and energetic style, exposes “The tiles; and, secondly, gives it a more danger of neutrality in religion," general application to the different from Matt. vi. 24. The last Dis. classes of hearers in all ages. Of course is on a very pleasing subject, the Father's address, he observes, “ The Family of our Lord,” Mat. it is affectionate, “ My son ;”.-it xii. 49, 50. The two last are capi. is practical, go work ;”-it is ur. tal Sermons, especially the tenth, gent, “to-day.” In the conduct which may challenge comparison of the two sons, he sees examples of with any discourse, either in this or repentance and apostacy. The cha. the former volume. From several racters are drawn by the hand of a of them we should be glad to pre. master, and discovers much know. sent our readers with extracts; and , ledge of the professing world, and shall probably attempt to give a few of mankind.
specimens in our Supplementary We cannot proceed in the way of Number. At present we shall conanalysis throughout the volume; clude with another general remark we can give little more than the upon the work before us, subjects of the remaining sermons. To compare this with the former The fourth enforces Christian dili- volume is, perhaps, useless. If gences, from 2 Peter i. 3-7. Ser. some discourses are less striking, mon V. on Eccles. viii. 11, very ju, others are perhaps, at least in some diciously considers and deplores parts, superior; but second volumes the abuse of the Divine forbear, are under some disadvantage, as
they cannot have the charın of noThe sixth Sermon, founded on veliy, which often strikes us on our , John iii. 20, is entitled “ Assur. first acquaintance with an author.. ance ;'' evidently meaning, not the Both display a rich invention; a assurance of faith, founded upon deep knowledge of mankind and of the divine word; bin the assurance the human heart; and, above all, of hope, arising from the evidences an extensive acquaintance with the of our converted state. The fol. Scriptures, of which the preacher lowing Sermon, entitled “ Domes. makes a judiciousand abundant use. tic Happiness," we are not mis. We wish not, however, to deal informed, was preached on the anni- out indiscriminate praise : — we versary of the marriage, which confess, that in some of the disa occasioned Mr. Jay's celebrated courses we have felt a deficiency; Sernion on the Duties of Husbands for, tho' we love practical preach.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. 549 trg, and readily acknowledge that them that fear him not ; thus in. Mr. Jay excells in that line, and troducing the text, which is Ezek, that all his discourses are founded ix. 4, the preacher then founds, on Evangelical principles, - yet upon this striking passage, the folwe wish those principles appeared lowing judicious observations : more prominent; and should he ist, " That the servants of God extend' his publications to a third are distinguished from the rest of volume, we hope he will avail him the world by their opinion of sin ; self of this hint, and bring them and by their conduct under divine forward, — not in the forbidding chastisement." 2. “ In perilous form of a Controversialist, but in times, the former are represented as the same engaging dress in which being the objects of his peculiar he has clothed the Christian Mo. care.". 3. He shews, that " as rals. We particularly allude to great, and in some respects similar the dying love and mediatorial abominations to those sighed for by glories of the Redeemer, which the Israelites, are committed in out we know have their share in the own land." 4. He enquires, pulpit-exercises of Mr. Jay; and “. What, from past experiences, are not only worthy of his pen, but might reasonably be apprehended of the inspired lips of angels and from present appearancés?” Lastly, saints in glory.
He enumerates some circumstances which induce the hope, “that, not:
withstanding our provocations and Sermons on the Divinity and Opera- threatened ruin, the Lord will yet tions of the Holy Ghost. By R.
his people :". a hope in which Hawker, D.D. &c. Third Edition. we most cordially concur, while 12mo, 45. boards ; 8vo, 75.6d. bds. we feel all the force of the author's
IN announcing this second strong and nervous representations Volume of the new edition of Dr. of the present depraved state of Hawker's Works, which has been
our country, and the judgments
which our sius deserve, again retouched and improved by his own pen, we only find it necessary to refer to our account of the A Discourse delivered at the Drumfirst edition, in a former volume,
Head, on the Fort at Margate, Oct. when we gave a full account of it; from which we shall only cite the
19, 1803, the Day of the General
Fast, before the Volunteers, comfollowing paragraph :-"Strongly
manded by ike Right Hon. W. Pitt, as we expressed our approbation of the Sermons on the Divinity of
Delivered also before the Ministers,
&c. of the East Kent Association, Christ, we are much better pleased with the contents of the present
at Folkstone, Oct. 26; and, on Nov. volume ; . which we earnestly re.
13, 1803, to the Voluntcers of Southe commend to the attentive considera
wark, &c. assembled with the
Author's own Congregation. By J. ation of our readers in general, and
Ri on, D. D. Published at Ree ministers in particular.” Evan. Mag. vol. II. p. 392.
quest. 8vo, 15.
'This discourse is founded on a
text, which we earnestly wish may FAST SERMONS.
be duly regarded by all our bre.
thren in arms, Deut. xxiii. 9. The Reigning Abominations considered and lamented. Preached thine enemies, then keep thee from
“When the host goeth forth against at Ram's Chapel, Homerton, on Wed
every wicked thing." After a nesday, Oct. 19, 1803. By the Rev. suitable introduction, in which the W. B. Williams, B. A. Minister
preacher carefully distinguishes be. of the above Chapel, &c. Svo, 15.
tween offensive and defensive war, lie MR. Williams, in his exordium, proceeds to state the following in. considers the grand distinction of quiry : -" How should a people mankind as divided into two behave when they are going to classes, --- them that fear God, and war;" His answer contaitis seves ral particulars. 1. They should previous matter, he very seriously avoid rashness and inconsideration ; and affectionately addressed the - 2. They should keep themselves volunteers who were present, en. from a prayerless condition; 3. couraging them not only to exert They should preserve themselves themselves for the salvation of their from presumption ;,—and, 4. From country, – but also to “ fight the despair. Each of these is consider. good fight of faith, and lay hold on ably amplified, and enlivened with eternal life.” anecdotes, well adapted to secure [ The remaining Fast Sermons will be the attention of the church militant, to noticed in our Supplement.] which it was first delivered. Under the second head, the author pro. Vox Cælorum. A Religious Almaposes to the soldiers a short prayer, suited to their use when marching to
nack, for 1804 ; comprizing a great battle. When this was pronounced,
Variety of useful Information and we are informed, all the military
Religious Improvements; with an
explanation of all the Saints Days, men uncovered their heads, and
Astronomical Tems,&c. By Theobehaved with peculiar reverence.
philus Sage, Esq. Stitched, 15.60. Among the reasons advanced by the preacher, why we should not
nearly sewed, is. 84. despair he insists, on the charac
Those who have long regretted ter of the enemy, which is depicted the absurdities of the common Alin the most frightful colours. Col. manacks, will receive this work with Wilson's testimony concerning the pleasure. Instead of the nonsense cruelty of Bonaparte, in murdering of astrology and lying prognostica. 3800 of his prisoners, and in poison- tions, the author has given every ing 580 of his sick troops, is thing useful in an Almanack; inbrought forward : to which the teresting Explanations of the Ca. author adds a circumstance, related lendar, under every month; a Gar. by Dr. Wittman, in his Travels dener and Farmer's Calendar, in Turkey, who says, " That Bo.
some pleasing Moral and Religious naparte threatened the priests at
Verses: to which are added, an Jerusalem, That if ever he should Explanation of the French Calen. obtain possession of that city, he dar, u setul Hints on the Weather, would plant the tree of liberty on High Water, Holydays, Terms the very spot on which the cross of Eclipses, Regal Tables, &c. &c. Jesiis stood ; and would bury the
These Almanacks are printed on first French grenadier, who should the same size, and may be had fall in the attack, in the toinb of bound with the Christian Lady's our Saviour, When I recol- Diary; which is this year embellect this profanity,” he adds, " I lished with the portrait of the ex. will not despair." - The Sermon cellent Mrs. H. More, and enriched concludes with an affectionate and with an Address from Dr. Hawker. faithful Address to the Volunteers, on the concerns of their own souls. LITERARY NOTICE.
We understand that the Rev.W. The Goodness of God to Israel, preparing a Map, to exhibit the
Moseley, of Hanley, is engaged in and also to Great Britain. Ey J. Geography and History of the old Townsend. 8vo, 15.
Testament at one view; and that MR. Townsend selecrs for his he has nearly completed his design; text, Psalm cxlvii. 20, “He hash containing all the places of any not dealt so with any nation.” At note, mentioned by Moses and the ter a briet exordium, the preacher Prophets,-the Division of the Land runs a striking parallel between tre of Israel into Tribes, the Distances state of Israel and of our own coun. of the Principal Places in Judea, try, equally distinguished by enj.. and the Route of the Children of nent privileges, and by the abuse Israel from Egypt to Canaan; with of theui. Atier inuch excellent an Historical Account of each.
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MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The following Information, concerning the prosperity of the Redeemer's
Kingdom, and the Success of Mr. Kicherer in his Mission at Zak River, in South Africa, with the Testin:ony which the Three Converted Hottentots were enabled to bear publicly to the Truth and Grace of God, will be found singularly pleasing and interesting to our numerous Readers.
Three converted Hottentots, a man,
named John; his wife, Mary; and On Monday, November 7, at the an elderly woman, named Martha, Monthly Missionary Prayer-Meet- were then seated in the desk, where ing, held on that evening, at the the congregation had an opportu. Scois Church, Miles's Lane, Ca- nity of seeing them. Questions non Street, the congregation was were proposed to each, by the me. gratified with a spectacle as pleas- dium of Mr. Kicherer ; and their ing as it was new. After the first answers being interpreted by him, prayer, which was offered up by were repeated by the Secretary. Mr. Voss, who was for some years These answers were highly satiss the minister of a Christian congre. factory, and shewed that a he lagation at Rodezand, in Africa, se- bours of our dear brother had not veral questions were proposed by the been in vain. The following are Secretary to Mr. Kicherer, a native some of the questions proposed, of Holland, who has been a suc- with the substance of their an. cessful Missionary, from the So- swers : cieży in London, at Zak River, Q. What did you know of God about 500 miles N. E. of the Cape before the Missionaries came ? of Good Hope.
His answers to We knew nothing at all of Him; these questions included a general we did not know there was any account of the state in which he God t.-Q. What did you then first found the Hottentots of that think of yourself? A. I thought I country, their wildness, their ig- was like a beast; and that when I norance of all religion, and their died, there would be an end. extreme laziness and filthiness :
2. What have you since learned he then proceeded to state the me- about yourself? A. I have learned thods which he adopted to gain that I am a poor wicked creature, their attention, and to instruct them - Q. How is it possible that such in the knowledge of the gospel ; a wicked creature can be brought together with the blessed success into friendship with Cod ? which the Lord has graciously given the blood of Jesus Christ... But to his labours; some striking ine' why should the blood of Jesús stances of which were mentioned. Christ bring you into that siate ? Mr.Kicherer's answers (being given A. Because it was the appointment in imperfect English) were after- of the Father that he should bear wards repeated from the pulpit. our sins; and he rose again from
• They had no previous intimation what questions would be proposed to them,
† Some of themi venerate a kind of walking leat, which they will tio huit;, and call it a God.