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vice strives to hide her own de- and abandon them to their law. formity under her garb. Hence less empire ; did we wish our the patrons of theatrical repre- children to become familiar with sentations have been studious to crime, to blunt and deaden those deny, or, at least, to extenuate delicate sensibilities, which the mischiefs which are imputed shrink at the touch of vice ; did to them. Some persons will we wish to harden and inure gravely contend for their utility, them to scencs of blasphemy, will extol them as schools of mo- cruelty, revenge, and prostiturality, and will recommend them tion, we would invite them toʻ. for the lessons they teach, and the sight of the most popular the powerful incentives they pro- plays, which are now performed pose to the cultivation of good on our stage ; we would send and amiable qualities, or the per- them for instruction to the Ger... formance of brave and benevolent man School, where, by the most actions.

subtle and malicious contrivance, “ It is a consolatory reflection, vice is decked out in the air of that this homage is still paid to virtue, and the deluded youth is i virtue, that this honourable' suf- seduced to the road of ruin," frage is universally acknowledg- while he believes that he ined to be her due, and both can- dulges in the noblest feelings of dour and justice claim of us the his nature ; where a casual act » persuasion, that the warmest pa- of generosity is applauded, trons and most strenuous advo, whilst obvious and commanded cates of these exhibitions want duties are trampled on, and a only to be convinced of their fa- fit of charity is made the sponge tal consequences, to acknowledge of every sin, and the substitute their error, and subscribe their of every virtue. We would inrecantation.

vite them to the plays of Pizar6 Names do not alter the na- ro, the Stranger, and John Bull, ture of good and evil. The where the spurious virtues are boundaries of virtue and vice, of blazoned out, and the genuine religion and profaneness, are are thrown in the back ground marked by a clear and broad and degraded. In the one is a line of distinction, amidst all bold and sentimental strumpet, the fluctuations of fashion, and whom the passions of lust and varieties of human opinion. jealousy prompt to follow the Were our opinion even asked of adventures of her paramour. In the morality of our modern dra- the other an adultress, who had matic pieces, we do not scruple forsaken her amiable husband, to declare our pointed reproba- and lived in criminal commerce tion. They are calculated to with her seducer. In the last is corrupt the morals, and instil the the daughter of an humble tradesmost dangerous and criminal man : she suffers herself to be maxims. Did we wish to root seduced by the son of a baronet, up every religious and moral Aies from the roof of her fond principle froin the heart, to tempt and most affectionate father, and our daughters to barter away the afterwards is united in marriage brightest jewel of their sex; to to the despoiler of her virtue, inflame the passions of our sons, And, to the shame and disgrace

of the stage, and the age we live

FRAGMENT. in, these three ladies are the I BECOME daily more and more prominent characters of the res convinced, (said an eloquent spective pieces, and instead of modern professor of divinity of being held up instructive warn- our own country) of the imporings to others, are contrived to be tance of frequently holding out made the objects of sympathy, in our sermons the precise charesteem, and admiration.

acters of the saint and the “ And surely it is no recom- sinner; of shewing what are mendation of our modern dra. the Christian graces, and what mas, no proof of our superior re. 'their most specious counterfinement and delicate feelings, feits ; of marking the exact when we not only tolerate, but boundary line between the fruits openly encourage the immodest of the Spirit, and highly excited allusions, which abound in our natural affections. This was favourite comedies, and tinge the Puritans' mode of preaching; with blushes the virgin cheek of and the success that attended innocence ; when the ears are their ministrations proves that shocked with those equivocal ex- God owned and blessed it. Our pressions, which the most profli, modern preachers, it is true, exs gate rake dares not repeat in the cel these old servants of Christ, drawing-room, without incurring in taste, and style, but still we the danger of being shewn to the must remember it is of more door by the father of a virtuous importance to give a gospel family; and when to this is add- knowledge of gospel truths, and ed the unpardonable privilege, to amend the heart, than to which the performers them- please the ear and gratify the selves assume, of improving, as fancy. When I take the work they imagine, upon the author, of an old Puritan in my hand, I by additions from their own pro- seem to sit down to partake of lific genius. Their coarse pro- solid food, plainly dressed, in faneness and shameless blasphe- deed, but nourishing ; whilst mamies, with which they interlard ny of our most extolled modern their speeches, and supply the divines appear to me to spread a imperfections of their memory, table, on which there is very litare too notorious to be denied, tle that is substantial, although and too revolting to the moral the dishes are arranged with feelings to enlarge upon.” taste & garnished with elegance.

Review of New Publications. A discourse, delivered at the open- portunity to peruse this interesting ing, for public worship, of the discourse, we have made larger quo

tations from it, than are commonly Presbyterian church in the Nor- found in reviews. None, we trust, thern Liberties of Philadelphia, will disapprove, after carefully reading April 7, 1805. By AshBEL these quotations. Green, D.D. senior minister of The author, with propriety, said church. Philadelphia. T. thus introduces the discourse ; and W. Bradford. 1805.

“Assembled, my brethren, to conaf As there is no probabüity, that secrate to God a house erected for the bulk of our readers will have op- his worship, I have chosen to address

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you on a text, which his own unerring dross and darkness. Still, houtver, Spirit dictated on a similar occasion." as holy David was grieved to think

The text, so wisely chosen, is that the ark of Jehovah should abide 2 Chron. vi. 40, 41. “ Now, my house of cedar ; so the most enlight

in a tent, while he was dwelling in a God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes

ened Christians have ever felt, that to be open, and let thine eers be at

occupy sumptuous mansions them. tent unto the prayer that is made selves, and not possess a decent in this place. Now, therefore, house in which to assemble for God's arise, O Lord God, into thy rest worship, is inconsistent and reproach

ful ing place, thou and the ark of thy

“Wherefore, my brethren, you strength. Let thy priests, 0 have done well, that in the erection of Lord God, be clothed with salva. this house, you have endeavoured tion, and let thy saints rejoice in

to serve God with your best. You have

done well, in the exertions you made goodness." The exordium con

and the expense you have incurred, tains a very happy illustration of to give to this sacred place those the text. The design of the dis- comely proportions and modest ornacourse is to show,

ments, which it now possesses.” “1. What duties are incumbent on

The author further explains us in consecrating, and after we have the duty above mentioned, by consecrated a house to the worship remarking, and service of God.

“2. A house, dedicated to the “ 2. What benefits we may rea- worship and service of God, ought or. sonably hope to derive from the faith- dinarily to be used only for that pur. ful performance of our duty in this pose ; and should be resorted to with important concern."

a serious recollection of the nature of In order to illustrate these the exercises, in which we are going points, the preacher thus pro

to engage.” ceeds,

In the course of what he ad"In consecrating a house to the vances, to show that a meetingworship and service of God, we should, first of all, endeavour to pro. for a sacred purpose, he intro

house should ordinarily be used vide for the full accommodation of the worshippers, and that even the duces this satisfactory reasoning, building itself should bear testimony founded on that principle of the to the reverence, which we feel for human mind, which is called the great object of our religious the association of ideas. homage.” After soine striking remarks “ The law of our nature is such,

that whenever we have seen an oba on this part of the subject, we

ject often connected with a certain find the following well written business, or employed for a certain paragraph ;

purpose, so soon as this object is “ Among the primitive Christians, presented to our view, or even to our indeed, persecuted and oppressed as imagination, its whole use and design they were, few public buildings for present themselves at the same in. religious exercises were permited to stant to the mind, and frequently, exist, Caves, and cellars, and pri- with resistiess power, solicit and vate chambers were the churches to command our meditations. If then which they resorted. And even now, our churches be connected wholly where the people are poor or perse- with the devout offices of religion, cuted, and in every instance, in which the very sight of them, and especially necessity, and not choice, is the our entrance into them, may have a cause, no doubt the bumblest or salutary effect in impressing our meanest building may contain those, minds with sentiments favourable to who worship, with the fullest accept the duties we are there to perform. ance, that God, before whom all ...We may be rendered serious earthly splendour is, in itself, but and solemn, by the recollection of the


sacred employments, with which we dering the service less animated and have always seen the sanctuary asso- impressive, than it would have been, ciated.----

but for their absence. And at length “3. When a people have dedicated the influence of this practice somea building to the service of God, it times banishes the gospel altogether becomes their sacred duty to resort from places, where once it was enjoy. to it statedly for the performance of ed in abundance and purity.------ That that service ---------Under the gospel those, who contemn both our Master dispensation the command relative to ' and his message, should be controlled this subject is ; “Forsake not the as. by any sentiment of respect or tensembling of yourselves together, as derness for us who preach the gospel, the manner of some is.” But among we certainly are not so senseless as us, how awfully are duty and facts at to expect. But this is no reason variance! It is truly shocking to why the tendency of their conduct think, of how many the manner is, to should not be exposed. And I have forsake entirely the house and wor- sometimes thought that persons of ship of God.---------Can we suppose the description contemplated, so long that these unhappy mortals ever think as they retain the feelings of natural of their guilt : Alas, they avoid the affection, would constrain themselves house of God, lest they should be more frequently to attend at church, made to think of it. They reflect not if they knew huu aceasingly their that they are bringing ruin on their pious relatives and friends mourn and own sous. They consider not, that grieve, while insulin in the sanctheir example is leading their fainilies tuary to truths, which they know are to perdition........Do these persons

calculated to touch and transforin the suppose that churches are built and hearts of these miserable sinners, consecrated only for the clergy, and who, alas, are not there to hear for a few whom they reproach with them. the name of devotees? Think as they “ Remember, then, I solemnly may, churches are nurseries for hea. charge you, that in consecrating this ven. In them are commenced the house to the worship of God, you this exercises, that are to be perfected day become pledged to worship hiin above. If then, these despisers of in it. -----Nerer, never let it be said, Sabbaths and sanctuary privileges are that you have built and adorned a content to give up the hope of be. church, which you seldom, enter. ing admitted to the temple of God in Let it now be indelibly impressed on heaven, they act with an awful con. every heart, that the greatest ornasistency in avoiding his temples on ment which this house can ever re. earth. But if they expect admission ceive, is to be filled with attentive, there, they must assuredly seek it serious, and devout worshippers......" here in the assembly of his saints.-----

( To be continued.) “Even those, who attend inconstantly, may be justly charged with marring the worship of those who are reg

The Centaur, not fabulous, in six ular. If we, who are called to minis.

letters to a friend on the life in ter in the gospel of Christ, are at all vogue. By EDWARD Young, worthy of our station or employ- D.D. author of Night Thoughts, ment, what must be our feeling's ? &c. &c. Doth he not speak Must not our hearts bleed within us, and our spirits be greatly sunk, when

parables? EZEK. Newburywe see those, for whose souls we are port. Thomas and Whipple. bound to watch, sligbting our minis

We are very glad to see a trations, and refusing to give us so much as an opportunity to address new edition of this serious and them? It is not in human nature to useful little work, worthy the speak with engagedness to naked celebrated author of Night walls and desertel seats. Thus the Thoughts. It is honourable to neglecters of public worship, by de booksellers to publish such pressing and discouraging the minis. ters of religion, injure not only them. works ; it is honourable to the selves, but these vibo attend, hy ren- religious character of the com

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munity, when booksellers can credit their Creator. Socinus, like depend on them to patronize

our infidels, was one of a narrow

throat ; and out of gencrous compas. such publications.

sion to the scriptures, which the world The first letter is on infidelity; it seems had 'misunderstood for fifthe second, third, and fourth, on teen hundred years, was for weeding pleasure ; the fifth is life's re- them of their mysteries, and render. view ; the general cause of se

ing them in the plenitude of his infal

lible reason, undisgusting and palatacurity in sin ; thoughts for age ; ble to all the rational part of mankind. the sixth is the dignity of man; Why should honest Jews and Turks the Centaur's restoration to hu- be frightened from us by the Trinimanity; the conclusion.

ty ? He was for making religion faIn these letters we recognize and unchristian too.

miliar and inoffensive : and so he did,

Those things, the seriousness, the eloquence, which our hands can grasp, our underthe pathos and sublimity, which standings cannot comprehend. Why render the writings of this au

then deny to the Deity himself the thor so excellent and interesing. privilege of being one amidst that mulThe following pointed sen

titude of mysteries, which be has

made ? Faith in these (mysteries] is tences are from letter first.

more acceptable to God, than faith in “God Almighty would not have less abstruse articles of our religion ; made a Revelation, but in order to because it pays that honour, which is be received: and by whom received due to his testimony, and the more Doubtless by the reasonable and seemingly incredible the matter is, good ; and if by some of them, why which we believe, the more respect not by all ? And if all the reasonable we show to the relator." and good receive it, what must they be, who reject it? Therefore revealed When pleasure is fashionable religion rejected, proves natural re. and faith is decried, this is an exkigion disobeyed. I said above that cellent book for parents to put inDeists were blamable, how good so

to the hands of youth. They will ever their lives might be ; but now it appears that their lives cannot be

find a vein of wit and irony rungood. Others have, perhaps, for. ning through the work, renderborne speaking so plain, out of charity. ing it pleasant and entertaining, I venture on it out of what I conceive while it is serious and instructive. to be charity greater still ; for nothing that can awaken them can be kind.

In page 65 and onward is a by suppressed.”

high wrought and moving deAnother specimen of the au- scription, a terrific picture, “The thor's manner of writing and of death-bed of a profligate.”

The his orthodoxy, we give from melancholy colours express ter

ror, and excite alarm. We min" As to the mysterious articles of gle with his weeping friends our faith, which infidels would by no means have me forget, “ Who,” say

around his dying bed ; we see his they “can swallow them 2» In truth anguish; we hear his self-renone but those, who think it no dis- proaches, and his sighs of despair. honour to their understandings to

He dies and gives no sign of hope:

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Religious Intelligence.

We have received from our Cor- 1803, from the Missionaries Vandor. respondent in London, the Annual kemp and Read; from which we grato Report of the Missionaries at Beth- ify our readers with the following exasdorp, South Africa, for the year tracts.

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