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when she strongly felt the value of ing herself, and judged by all about divine things. But these impres- her to be dying, she rejoiced in sions were, alas! like as the morn- the hope of the glory of God.' jag cloud, and the early dew, All this was truly delightful: yet I which passeth away.' A weak and confess that had she been then retender constitution, and frequent noved, I should not have possessed returns of ill health, co-operated all that assured satisfaction relawith her spiritual privileges, to tive tu hec state, which circumcall her attention from this Heeting stances of a more recent date have life to the one thing needful;' yet tended to produce. It pleased no habitual effect appeared to be God that, contrary to all expecta. produced: and although such con- tion, she very much recovered. victions occasionally returned, yet Even her medical attendants conshe had, upon the whole, a remark- fessed themselves astonished. Both able distaste to spiritual concerns ; herself and her friends thought that and there were seasons when con- the disorder was greatly removed, science upbraided her with the and that she was returning to neglect of what she could not but health. These favourable appearknow to be infinitely momentous.

ances she received at first with conAt length, however, the time of siderable regret, as they appeared merey arrived. In the afternoon to disappoint her most exalted exof the Lord's Day, the 7th of Octo- pectations. These feelings however ber, 1810, she was unusually de- subsided, and she anticipated resirous of attending public worship turning health with an earnest hope iu New Court; and it has since ap- that, if she shonld be spared, she peared, that she retired to her might be eminently devoted to the chamber, and, under a deep im- service of the Redeemer, and attain pression of the value of her soul a growing meetness for heaven, and its eternal concerns, prayed, in this state she looked forwards that what she might hear might be with pleasure to a public profesattended with saving benefit. It sion of religion, though with a was so ordered in Providence, that humble fear, lest she should dethe preacher was at that time en- ceive herself and others. Now, alforcing the obligations arising from though she was greatly mistaken as the engagements of a Christian pro- to her own real situation, so far as fession, from those words of Jeph- it respected the present world,--yet tha, Judges xi. 35, I have opened that very mistake seved to evince any inouth to the Lord, and I the sincerity with which she was cunot go back. The plain repre. desirous of being devoted to God sentations of that discourse were and the Redecnier : and when her the means of producing an effect hopes of recovery were indeed far which was not obliterated so long brighter than cven appearances as she lived.

warranted, still she invariably said, It was bul a few weeks after this that if it was the Lord's will that that she was visited with the dis- she should go, she was ready, she order which terminated in her dis- was willing: solution. The first attack was so One Sabbath, after her father violent, that she was not expected bad been reading to her a sermou to survive many hours; but her in- on some of the rich glories of the tellects were uvelouded, and the gospel, she said, “ This is hot new inquite value of the gospel was the to ine; but I remember the time predominant seutiinentin her mind. when I did not enjoy it as I She kuew'and felt herself to be a do.' She was frequently asked, if sioner; she saw the necessity of the fear of death gave her ang una Savivar's righteousness and atone- easiness. Her reply was, ' No; it quunt, and built on thein all her de- has lost its sting: I could welcome pendence. She was equally seu. it at this moment.' She once said, dible of the value of holiness, and If

aixy one were in come and tell of the secessity of the cenewino ne I had not three minutes to live, grace of the ijuly spirit. Suppose it would be extacy.' She fre



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quently spoke of the great advan- self entirely to him. I am willing, tage of having been taught the most willing to depart; and, in subScriptures from her youth ; "their mission to the will of God, hope it language,' she said, - was become will not be long first ; --but, my familiar to her inind, and a con- dear, why did you not tell me this tinual feast to her.' She knew the before you ought to have done promises, and could think on them it.' Her friend replied, That the when she could not read them. general disposition of her mind

In a lingering illness, it is pleas- either for life or death seemed so ing to obscrve that religious feels resigned, that she did not consider ings are not merely of a personal it of much importance. She said, nature; but there is also a concern • If I had been apprized of it befor the salvation of others. It was fore, I should not have thought so with her. One evening, when so much of getting better; and I she thought herself drawing very think

my mind would have been near to an eternal world, she said occupied with things of more imto her brother, “ I think it probable portance: however, I trust the that we shall never meet again on great work is done, that Jesus is this side of eternity ; but I hope iniue, and I am his; and that at we shall meet in heaven. Would last he will receive me to himself. you not like to be religious ? Re- She lived some weeks after this ; member, religion heightens every and constantly evinced by her conpleasure, softens every pain. What versation and deportment that a should I now do, if I had not a God work of grace was carrying on with to go to?. I would not but have great power. For the most part, an interest in Jesus for ten thou- she enjoyed so much of the presand worlds, were they at this mo- gence of God, that she used to say inent within my grasp. The colli- her weak frame evuld scarcely supfort I now enjoy in the prospect of port it. At other times she was death is unspeakable. Will you greatly harrassed by the enemy, kneel down this night, and say,

when she would say, I refer hiin * God be merciful to me a sioner? to the cross, and by that means He that hath pardoned and receiv. gain the victory.' The day before . ed me, is equally willing to pardon her death, coming out of a strong and receive you.'--The same even- convulsion fit, she said, • Hold out, ing, when in inch pain, she said, faith and patience: a few more

Lord, cut short thy work! Her struggles, and I shall be at home.' young friend, who was sitting by When one who was attending her her, and who had been requested repeated that verse of Dr. Watts, to take upon her the painful task

See the kind angels at the gate, &c. of disclosing to her the opinion of her medical attendants, said, "then, she with rapture replied, Maria, you are pot afraid to die; them, with Jesus at their head!

A few hours before she departed, you are willing to die.' She re

she Oh, yes; I am willing to

sung, with great sweetuess, depart and be with Jesus; I love My Jesus shall be still my theme, my Jesus above all! The motives While in this world I stay, &c. which, in the first of my illness, She attempted to finish the verse ; made me wish for life were, to but her voice failed, when she said, magnify the goodness of God.'

I cannot sing, but shall in glory.' Her friend then said to her, You Not long before her departure she will not feel alarmned at knowing requested the window - curtain the opinion of the doctors respect. might be drawn up: when her ing you? she replied, “Oh, 90 ; pray friend remarking it was a star-light tell me!' She was then informed, night, she said, I shall soon be that they gave no hopes of her re- beyoud those bright luminaries, covery. She then said, “ Thanks and wear a starry crown in glory. and praises be to his holy name, all Shortly after, tinding the convulthat I have now to do the lilile sions returning, she said, " Come time I livger here, is lo devole my Lord Jesus; and soon after expired.

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The Psalms Evangelized, in a con

We also find the book of Psalms retinued Explanation; wherein are

ferred to by the New Testamentseen the Unily of Divine Truth,

writers, about fifiy times ; nor are the Harnony of ine 01:1 and New. we to suppose that they quoted all Testaments, and the Peculiar Doc. lated to him, nor all the passages in

the Psalms which prophetically retrines of Christianity, in Agreement wilh the Experience of Believers the Psalms they have quoted, which in vill Ages.' By Richard Baker, refer to him but they have fur'

D. D. Rector of Cawston, in Nori nished us with a key (as Dr. Allix folk. 8vo, price 12s.

observes) by which we may be en

abled to apply to the same subThe book of Psalms has al- jects the Psalms of the same cvinways been a favourite portion of posure and expression' Scripture in the esteem of pious With this view, Dr. Baker has persons, and holds, most deservedly, composed this explanation of the a conspicuous place in the daily ser- Psalms in their evangelical sense: . vice of the Established Church. He has retained the present author. There is no part of Scripture which ized version, as printed in our is of more general use for doctrine, Bibles; but has subjoined in wors, for reproof, for correction, and for at the bottoin of the page, the dif. instruction in righteousness. It is ferent, and frequently the better? peculiarly adapted to the purposes rendering of many passages. The of devotion, and furnishes the be- explanation follows each psalm, as Jiever with the most admirable ex- a continued discourse. But his obpressions of prayer and praise. In ject was not to produce a critical, the sacred words of the psalınist, but a practical work, adapted to millions of believers, in successive the use of serious people, that ages, hare offered up to the Most they may read the Psał us with un. High, the acceptable sacrifices of derstanding, as well as devotion. their hearts. Indeed, the Man We shall express his design in his Christ Jesus, honoured the Psalıns own words, which will also serve with his constant attention, and

the purpose of a speciinen of his used them as the vehicles of his style : The Psalms thris anders holy aspirations, even when lianging stood are a Treasury, from whence i on the accursed tree.

we may draw inexhaustible and ever. The Psalms are justly esteemed durable riches; -a Mirror, where by serious Christianis as a compen- in is exhibited our natural defordiuin of Christian experience; they mity;

; - a delightful medicine, the find the feelings of their hearts, true Balm of Gilead, for the healing their joys and sorrows, hopes and of the nations ;--the sweetest confears, inost admirably expressed, so panion in joy or in surro"; and , that they are surprised to perceive, the truest friend in time and to eterthat as face answereth to face in a nity :- consoling and rejoicing ; glass, so doth the heart of man to bearing the soul through the trials : man.

and troubles of life ; and elevating If there has been any deficiency the thoughts to the highest prosin the esteein of good people for pect vf everlasting glory. As such, the Psalms, it has been occasioned are then these steets humbly preby their not sufficiently considering sented to the reader ; and in a form their evangelical meaning: Our" which the author humbly hopes Lord, when walking with the dis may, through the divine blessing, ciples to Eminaus, exponded to produce the desired effect; this aithem in all the Scriptures in the tempt being, through an explanaLaw, in the Propheis, and in the tion; so to connect the sixppossed Psalms) the things concerning him- train of thought in a continued self,' - particularly, ' his series in each psalm, and at the and his glory.' Luke xxiv. 26--44. same time to justify it by siinilar



evangelical sentiments, as to put adapted to general reading. The him in possession of the probable eloquent discourses of Saurin (in meaning of the writer; and to the first volume of the translation) shew also, that from the beginning are too elevated, and often too meto the end of the canonical authors, taphysical, for a rural audience. the same account is given after the The discourses of Clarke and some fall, of man and his corruption, others, are too cold and soporific Of Christ and his salvation; - and for such hearers. They neither that this is confirmed by the ex- arouse the conscience nor interest perience of all people in every age the heart. Such a voluine then, was and clime, be they either wicked therefore wanted. The Sermons or righteous.'

are thus arranged: - The ImportThe whole is written in a truly ance of the Knowledge of God, serious and experimental manner; The Power of God, --- The Wisdom and although every (critical) rea- of God, -- The Holiness of God, der may not concur with the au- The Justice of God, --- The Oinnithor, in his rather unusual appli presence of God,-- The Patience of cation of some of the Psalms, yet God,-- The Sovereignty of God, we believe that the Explanation in The Goodness of God, --The Mercy general, as evangelical and experi- of God, - The Love of God,-- The mental, will be found both pleasant Faithfulness of God,--God, with all and profitable to pious persons his perfections, the Christian's God. who peruse it for their edification. -The author's connection with this

Magazine forbids any encomium on Village Sermons ; nr, Shorl and the merits of the volume. C. G.

Pluin Discourses for the Use of kumilies, Schools, and Religious Memoir of the late Rev. Johannes societies. By G.Burder. Vol. vi. Theodorus Vanderkemp, M. D,

"The Village Sermons' are al- Missionary in South Africa. With ready tov well knowu to most seri- a good Likeness, price 1s. ous people of all denominations, to H MODERN times have produced need any description from the few such men, few such Missionwriter of this article. They have aries, as Dr. Vanderkemp. It is a found their way not only into the rare thing indeed for a man of his coltages of the poor, but into the endowments, and in his situation, mansions of the afðuent. Tlicy have to forsake his country, his friends, been introduced to rural congrega- and his accommodations, to dwell tions by pious laymen and by learued among savages, and submit to their clerks; and they have beeu hon- disgusting manners, that he might oured with a very considerable win their souls. The Memoir of measure of acceptance and success. such a man cannot fail to be interThe volume belore us, inaking the esting. His former manner of life, sixth, contains thirteen Sernions on

his dissipation, his infidelity, his conthe divine perfectious, to which the version, his Missionary sufferings auther was determined, from the and labours are all extraordinary. conviction that no branch of reli-. They exhibit, iu au urcommon degous knowledge can be of greater gree, the power of divine grace, and importance, on account of its iuse. The influence of evangelical principarable connection with every part ples. The Society, who had the of practical religion. He was the honour of patronizing such a Misrajher inclined to this decision, be- sionary, have done well in gratifycause he knew of no work whatever ing the religions public with an in which the attributes of God are early and authentic memorial, treated plainlyand briefly, in a man- which presents, in one view, the ner adapted to the improvement of substance of all that has appeared that class of people for whom he in the publications of the Society professedly writes.

respecting him, together with the The profound discourses of interesting account of his decease. Charnock, in a ponderous folio, are it is not necessary for us to recomuut, in their present form at least, emend this Memoir, which we doubt

not will be read with avidity, by the accomplished, and partially in this friends of true religion, in all its de- country: but here, when the enemy nominations.

came ja as a flood, the Spirit of the The Christian Reader's Guide: a

Lord has lifted up a standard against Characteristic Catalogue of the him.'-He then adds, aine cautionmost imporlant Modern English ary, canons, or rules, which our Publicaiions on Thenlogy, &c. 10 limits prevent us froin even abridg. which is prefixed an Ersay on Reading

In the second section of this Preing, and the Choice of Books. Parti, Evo, 5s.

fatory Essay, our guide proceeds

to give soine pertinent advice as JOANSOX long ago observed, • to the Use of Books, in nine or ten We are a nation of Readers ;' and directions, after the manner, but since that observation, the art of by no means as a copyist of Dr. reading has become a more coinmon Watts's Improvement of the Mind. acquisition, and consequently the The work is to consist of three power is · inore extended. Few parts, which we hope the author will readers, comparatively, have, how not exceed. The first now before ever, had the advantage of a living us contaitis five chapters. 1, The tutor possessed of a sufficient know- History of the Bible and Common ledge of books to direct their fu- Prayer; with an account of the ture choice. The advantage to best editions 8, Commentaries on persons who do not possess caten- the Bible and its separate Books. sive biographical knowledge, of a 3, Works on Biblical Criticism, with Characteristic cataloguc of select an Essay on that subject. 4, Combooks in different departinents of plete Works of 29 Theological useful knowledge, will always be Writers, from Dr. Sibbes to Mr. gratefully acknowledged.

Scott. 5, Accounts of 49 Authors The book before us offers itself on the Evidences of Religion, with as a friendly Guide to the Christian an Essay on their coinparative Reader. A student wishes to pur• merits. suc a particular line of study, a Our readers will see that this work parent desires to educate his child, is confiued chietly to English lite one person wishes to form a private rature. To us, it appears the books library, another a benevolent one, are select; and, generally speaking, and a third desires to present a such as are neither of expensive book, or a set of books, to a friend ; purchase, nor of difficult acquisiin most of these cases, and in others . tions and though works of a bigher which might be vamed, a fiuide is character, and more expensive, are desirable ; and it is the object of occasionally introduced, the reader this book to provide ope. It may is referred to others which may be be expected, from its very title that substituted for them This Guide will guard those who In giving the characters of the follow its instructions, from those books, the author has had recourse pestiferous sentiments too generally to the opinions of the most abie diffused in novels, plays, romances, writers and judicious critics. • For dic. In an essay on the choice of this purpose, not only all the rebooks, pretixed to this Catalogue, spectable Reviews have been conbe occupies the first section in disulted, but a great number of other recling his readers to reject bad. works, many of them voluininous books. The folly of permitling li- and costly; and to render the whole centious publicatious to lic in the more interesting, a variety of aneca way of vur fainilies, can only he dotes, biographical hints, and suis compared to that of leaving sugar. cellaneous remarksare interspersed. ed arsenic in the way of children.' The extracts are fairly selected,

It was a master-stroke of policy the authorities named, and his owa in the great enemy of mankind opinion, when given, generally deto poisun all the sources of in- livered in the words of others.' formation, and all the repositaries As a specimen of the author's mania of taste. la France this was fully per, we give the following extract:

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