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103 quainted with the former volume of nothing but stability and immortality, to sermons, (M. Repos. I. 31 & 93.] by convert this earthly happiness into Heathis truly Christian preacher, we should ven.” Pp. 262, 263. think it unnecessary to do more than The following passages are extracted announce the present publication. from the series of sermons on Christian They kuow what to expect, and they Perfection. will not be disappointed. Simplicity
“ We must propose to ourselves an exand godly sincerity, upaffected earn- alted standard if we mean no more than to estness in the cause of religion and
make a moderate progress. virtue, benignity and zeal in happy “ Every man's experience may be apunion, speak in their proper language pealed to, how much in all affairs, and through the whole volume. The name particularly in those of religion, our designs of Baxter has often occurred to us in ordinarily surpass our execution. We prothe perusal of it; for like the works of pose great things; it is but little ones we that very impressive preacher, it perform. In the most enlarged views, with abounds in affectionate, practical ap- the most intense desires, with the most elepeals, ardent expostulations, and that ambition of our souls stretching forward
vated purposes, with all the ardour and persuasiveness of address which is sug towards perfection, if we make no specdier gested, and therefore recognised by progress in the Christian character, and the heart. We no where detect an
our progress is liable to so many interrupendeavour to win admiration or extort tions, disgraced by so many failures, what applause by ornament or artifice or would be done, how much less could be labour. The author appears to have expected from narrow views, from grovellost sight of himself, his thoughts and ing purposes, from cold desires, and faint feelings wholly occupied by the gran- endeavours? To rest content with the afdeur and importance of his subjects; such a degree of self-complacency and
tainments we have already made, bespeaks and the serious reader can scarcely self-confidence as bodes very ill to our pafail to lose sight of him too, attending tient continuance in well-doing; it besolely to the matter and objects of his speaks much of that pride which goeth headdress.
fore destruction, and of that haughty spirit For the sake of such of our readers which precedes a fall.” Pp. 115, 116. as may not be acquainted with the “ Departed hours, and neglected tapreacher's manner, we insert the fol- lents, are like departed and neglected lowing specimens of his devout oratory. friends. When they come to stand upon In one of the sermons on the final Con- the margin of the grave, when from the sequence of our present Conduct, he bed of death, they look back upon their
forepast life, and on their former talents, thus pours forth his convictions:
then it is that men wish most earnestly to “ Could I make you privy to the good call back the years that are gone by; then man's thoughts, to the best man's feelings it is that tbey Jament their insensibility and in his happiest hours, when, musing on the negligence. They might have made betworks and providence of God, or meditat. ter preparation for the tribunal of their ing on the glorious discoveries of his gos- Judge ; they might have raised a better pel, his soul, dilated into the noblest senti- harvest from this only seed-time of their ments of charity, and elevated into the sub- existence : but, alas ! the season is gone, limest transports of devotion, triumphs in and they too must go, with what they have the government of God, and with all the done, and what they have neglected to do, ardour of gratitude for what is past, unites to the bar of an all-knowing and all-righall the prospects of the liveliest and most teous God.” Pp. 121, 122. exalted hope in respect of what is yet to
The following animated appeal to come; when, finding all things right with Christian professors is in the last series in, he forgets whatever is amiss
without, of discourses, on the great Importance overlooks the sufferings that are present with him, overlooks the sufferings he has yet to
of the public Ministry of Christ. undergo, overlooks the death he has to die, “ Among all your schemes and purposes and anticipates his union with the innu- of improvement, does it never enter into merable company of angels, with his de- your thoughts, that your capacities of useparted friends, with the spirits of just men fulness may and ought, not only to be made perfect, with Jesus, whom not having employed, but to be enlarged ? Are the seen he loves, and with God the standard of riches of beneficence, the only riches you excellence and the fountain of all good; have no solicitude to increase? Are these could I make you privy to his feelings in the only pleasures of which you are conthese happy hours, when, encouraged by tented with a little sphere ? Are these the the testimony of his conscience, he is not only honours in which you are willing to afraid to indulge his hope and confidence be undistinguished? Can you pass from in God, you might think that these wanted, week to week, and from year to year, so
licitous in every thing that regards your- sometimes original. In the last series selves and your sublunary interests, to he on the importance of the public Mimaking progress; without labour, withi- nistry of Christ, the reader, who is out care, without desire to becovie more acquainted with the“Critical Remarks capable of serving those who are within the sphere of your beneficence? Can your ture," by the same author, will recog.
ou muy important Passages of Scripcapacities of usefulness be actually though wise with pleasure the same ingenious not intentionally enlarged, and get your and satisfactory mode of illustrating good works become neither more numerous, nor more perfect; neither more, nor the language of the New Testament. greater ? Can you content yourselves to
On the whole, we caunot better exhave more of tlie sources of human hap- plain the leading objects of these dispiness within your power, and not a soul courses, than as the editor has explained of the human race be the more happy for them in her preface, it ?" P.435. is What a difference between Christ and able importance of holiness of heart and
" —simply to demonstrate the unspeakChristians; between his life and their lives ; between his sentiments and theirs! lisc; of piety, humility aud benevolence; What a contrast, between the constancy, hension of mind, which habitually looks
of attaining to that truly Christian comprethe ardour, the perfection of his benefi. cence; and the interruptions, the lan- forward, beyond the present to the future.” guors, and the blemishes of theirs! How Pref. p. 10. deplorable is the dissimilitude that appears And after the specimens which we between the exemplar that is proposed un
have laid before our readers, it is suto the sons of men, and many who avnw the obligation, and even make profession perfluous to add our recommendation of conforming to it! How glaring is the of what must so well recommend itself opposition between his activity, and their to the pious and intelligent of every indolence in doing good; between his use
Christian denomination. fulness, and their self-indulgence; be
The volume is dedicated in a very tween his disinterested zeal in works of sensible and affectionate address to the charity and kindness, and their undiverted Divinity and Lay.students, educated application to the gains and profits of the in the Vissenting College, York; and world! P. 437.
in addition to the reasons alleged by These sermons are presented to the the editor, her dedication of it has this public by the pious hand of affection, propriety, that it offers to their peru. and we join most cordially in the earn- sal the discourses of an eminent Chrisest prayer of the Editor Mrs. Cappe, tian Minister, written in the pure and --that by a wider circulation, sen
ardent spirit of his religion, and in a timents like these, so serious and awful, style which has nothing in common yet at the same time so just and important, with the false eloquence that often semay eventually contribute to form in many duces the young and sometimes dar. others those habits of diligence, of resigna- zles the old, that incumbers truth with tion, and pieży, which were a source of ornament which it does not require, continual satisfaction to himself, and of and invests in a gaudy rhetoric subconsolation, hope, and joy, when all other jects too lofty to be raised by a metacousolations failed." P. 130. Note.
phor, and interests too grave and This volume of practical sermons momentous to be decked in flowers. consists principally of four series of
M. discourses: the first on Christian Perfection ; the second on the Final Con- Art. V.-A Sermon on Free Inquiry sequences of our present Conduct; the in Matters of Religion. By W. j. third on the Imperfection of our Know- Fox, 12mo. Pp. 24. ledge concerning God; and the fourth Axt. VI.--A Reply to Popular Objec. on the great Importance of the public tions against Unitarianism: A SerMinistry of Christ. They are all very mon preached at Bristol, on Wedproperly styled practical sermons, but nesday, June 21, 1815, before the with some difference of character not. Western Unitarian Society. By withstanding. Into the third series W. J. Fox, 12mo. Pp. 48. Hunter on the imperfection of our knowledge and Eaton. concerning God, the nature of the T is difficult to speak of these ser. subject has thrown a mixture of spe- mons as they deserve, without culation; but the speculation is chas- running into the style of extravagant tised and reverential, neither presump- panegyric. Mr. Fox is always master tuous uor timid, always pivus and of his subject, master of his temper
Review.-Layman's Second Letter to Goddard.
103 and master of the English language. years been so successfully assailed both He treats the most common topics with with reasoning and ridicule as to renoriginality. If we were to single out der hopeless any attempt to build an one excellence amongst so many, we argument on its exploded foundations." should name the skill with which he Whilst tbe Layman objects to an detects and the ability with which he alliance between Church and State, exposes the fallacies by which Cal- he says very smartly and very truly, vinists cbeat themselves in matters of
but there is oue species or mode religious feeling
of this alliance which I adinit to be ex
tremely convenient lu the individuals conART. VII.--A Second Letter to the Rev. cerned, and to have been exemplified in
Dr. Goddard. By A Layman. 12mo. history, I inean that close and intimate pp. 90. Chichester printed : Sold connexion which has occasionally subsistby Longman and Co. London. ed between infidel statesmen and bigoted Ss. bds. 1815.
ecclesiastics. Had a bishopric been at the THE character which we gave of disposal of Lord Bolinghroke, he would
(independently of personal friendship) have Repos. vii. 642, 613,] belongs to this Dr. Clarke." Note. P. 67. Second: it is decorous, elegant and spirited.
Dr. Goddard had quoted Mr. Dr. Goddard appears to have judg
Hume's eulogium upon the English ed the Layman's Letter worthy of
Church, as mitigating the genius consideration, and accordingly, he at of the ancient superstition" and “pretempted a reply in “ a Sermon lately serving itself in a happy medium.” delivered at the Consecration of the The Layman lays open the unmeanBishop of London." The Layman ing verhosity of the passage, and says, could not hare flattered himself with in the language that becomes the unthe hope of such a distinction. The fettered Christian advocate, arguments delivered ex cathedra on
a consistent Protestant will this notable occasion have not, how- not waste a thought on any medium beever, either satisfied or silenced our tween error and truth, and between inteauthor ; he boldly investigates the grity and imposture, and au honest and enlearned dignitary's well-written pas
lightened reformer will feel that he has sages, and has, we think, put in an something else to do than merely to mitieffectual claim to a more detailed an
gate superstition.” P. 65. swer than can be given in the florid
In a Postscript the Layman inserts periods of an oratiou before the clergy. some reflections on the Council of
The Layman had endeavoured to Vice, from the pen of Dr. Lardner, shew that no alliance subsists between whom he justly characterizes as “one the Church of England and the State; whom divines of every sect, party and Dr. Goddard considers the expedien denomination regard with great and cy of such an alliance so ably proved increasing deference : [by Bp. Warburton) that it is unne. Crescit, occulto velut arbor æro, cessary to enter into the argument : Fama.” but the Layman maintains that the Would our laymen of learning and alliance is impossible.
leisure copy the example of this re“The meaning of the term forbids it. spectable writer, and embrace every An alliance supposes a treaty, and a treaty opportunity of asserting truth and li. sopposes the mulual independence of the berty, the cause of Protestantism and parties who treat. To contend therefore liberal and rational Dissent would be for an alliance between Church and State, a certain and great gainer. is to contend for a principle wlich would iatroduce imperium in imperio, and thus Art. VII.-An Essay on the Principles incur the offence called' premunire." Pp. 39, 40,
of Dissent : in which the True
Ground of Separation from the Or Bp. Warburton's book, the Al
Established Church is stated and liunce, the Layman says, (p. 41,) that proved. By Richard Wright, 12mo. it “ has in the course of the last fifty,
Pp. 21, 6d.
ТЕ ." See Blackstone's Comment. Vol.
“ give too much for a good iv.p. 115,"
couscience." Hence he argues the VOL. XI.
question of Dissent morally as well as Assembly. By John Couplaud.
It is particularly adapted to the GeMr. Wright is well known as an neral Baptists, but will be unsuitable Unitarian Dissenter, (the terms should to the taste of no Christians who set be tautological,) but he treats thc sub- a value upon plainpess of appearance, ject of Dissent so generally, that any simplicity of manner and solidity of Dissenter may read his Essay with sa- judgment. Since the Sermon was tisfaction, and so candidly, that any printed Mr. Coupland has been rechurchman may read it without uf- moved from the present stage of ac. fence.
tion : this gives a peculiar interest to the publication, especially as we be
lieve that the sale of it will be of serART. IX.-Zeal in a yood Cause vice to a widow and several father,
Recommended and Enforced. A less children, who have no provision Sermon preached, Tuesday, May besides the interest which the family 16, 1815, at Worship Street, be: of a Dissenting minister usually crea fore the General Baptists' Annual ate amongst his surviving friends.
Feb. 13, 1816. And first the old man shook bis head, 'The following lines, though not origi. Then heav'd a deep-drawn sigh: wal, may be worthy of your insertion, as “ Tis some poor fellow's scull,” said he, peculiarly seasonable, for there can be no “ Who fell in the great victory." better employment of an interval of peace than to inculcate and apprehend the true
“Now tell us what 'twas all about ?" character of war
Young Peterkin, he cries,
And little Wilhelmine looks up
With wonder-waiting eyes;
“ Now tell us all about the war,
“ That put the French to rout; not disowned, by the Poet Laureat. He And what they kill'd each other for bas lately collected his smaller pieces into
I ne'er could well make out :
My father liv'd at Blenheim then,
You little stream hard by,
They burnt his dwelling to the ground,
And he was forc'd to fly ;
So with his wife and child he fled,
Nor had he where to rest his head.
" With fire and sword the country round Old Kaspar's work was done,
Was wasted far and wide,
And many a childing-mother then
Aud new-born infant died :
But things like these you know must be
At every famous victory.
“And every body prais'd the Duke
Who such a fight did win.”
" But what good came of it at last ?"
Quoth little Peterkin,
“ Why that I cannot tell,” said he,
“ But'twas a famous victory." Old Kaspar took it from the boy,
Who stood expectant hy;
Our fond heart-broken Magdalene. Yet
say John zu. 16.
What only thou stay'd here, sole, left to The Tomb is ope. Ah then, some felon brave band
Substantial noon-day woes, nor horrid less (Heav'n!) bas stol'n its mysterious pris'ner. To wake 'mid this dim light crepuscular Spirit accurst.
But bush! some
In fancy's eye to more than midnight fears! nimble foot
(0 woman! faithful sou!! In peril's hour Flits through the murky air. And still its Îhough not the autumn leaf reft by the step
blast Wakes the faint echoes of the ling'ring So futtering, when urgent duty bids night.
Or warm affection prompts, e'en at her post 'Twas light as hurrying. Then welcome Aye constant found, th' antediluvian rock Dawn !
That mocks the idle dashing of the surge,
Yes! 'tis her streaming eye-her braidless
Though but the impress of those hallow'd
Which ah! not vainly so she late bedew'd, The good old man, whose bitter tears
When through her inmost soul one marr'Still chase each other down bis manly lous look cheek,
Diffus'd unutterable extacy. For that in evil hour an honest heart
How marr’d that visage now!” That love(The very thought, else, of disloyalty
fraught eye, Nad well nigh burst in twain,) gave way “ That beam'd no mortal tenderness, fast to zeal
clos'd, Ton confident to go unvisited.
And mingling swiftly with its kindred clod! Oh ! lov'd disciples.-Yet ah! not to That front on which erst Heav'n's own joy,
more"Too true the tale. He bends towards its Her eye look'd upward at the word, dreadbrink
ing Ia breathless agony—but goes not in. To meet the stranger's sterner glance, when Not so the distanc'à partner of his woe :
hark ! See how he springs into its womb-sur- A voice, no stranger voice, that.“ Mary!" Teys
spake, Each grave-eloth-now with eager hand
And at his feet the mourner falls, answ'r. Grasps his companion's, while he gently ing wins
« Rabboni !"-"Tell me now ye pow'rs of E'en to bis side yon nerveless, tott'ring frame !
If from that hour when first ye wak'd to Friendship, 'tis well. Nobly hast thou
Upon this earth, such magic spirit e'er Thy daty. Stay not tben-away, away, Through mortal members trilla ? Death presses on tby lingerings. They
TE TACE. leave
Feb. 12, 1816. The sepulchre, and with reflected eye, •But hopeless heart, again each hies him
Extempore on the late War. home.
( Morn. Chron.) Ah then, what now usurps their place? In Whene'er contending Princes fight,
form So much resembling bers. . . . In sooth Armies are rais'd, the fleets are mann'd,
For private piqne, or public right; 'tis she,
Tbey combat both by sea and land. (I know her by that sigh, poor Penitent !)
When after many battles past, The same who lav'd in lears his feet, and Both tir’d with blows, make peace at last; lov'd
What is it, after all, the people get? So well that she had been so much for. Why! Widows, Taxes, Wooden Legs and giv’n :
W. H. H. For surely the word "not" must have been originally subjoined to believed" jg the 8th verse.