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pears in his beauty, he is as the us in opinion. These things are dew unto Ifrael, as the shadow of totally unbecoming a minister of a great rock in a weary land ; his the gospel, who is expressly enpeople fit under its shade with joined by his religion, “ to put agreat delight : his fruit is pleasant way all bitternets, anger, malice, to their taste. They say continu- and evil speaking ; even when he ally in ordinances, “ Make hafte, is reviled not to revile again ; but o my beloved, be thou like a to be gentle unto all men, in meekyoung hart on the mountains." nels instructing those that oppose
I would see Jesus in social inter- themselves.” Bp. Lon. Charge. course. For what are all the The only way to refute opposers charms of friendship? What the of divine truth, and check the prorefinements of taste? What the gress of schismaticks, is for the pleasures of conversation ? Are clergy to imitate and emulate what they not all unsatisfying, and de- is good in them, avoiding what is lulive, unless fanctified by the bad ; to edify their parishioners grace of our Redeemer ?
with awakening but rational and I would see Jesus in my own fcriptural discourses ; to converse beart, as Lord of its affections, of much with them, “ as watchmen its purposes, of its pleasures as the for their fouls ; to be fober, grave, grand mover of its hopes and temperate, and shew themselves in fears, the Author of its existence all things patterns of good works." and happiness.
They should recommend themI would fee Jesus in death, as the felves to their adversaries by their Sun of Righteousness, whose beams mildness, their seriousness, their in the darkest moment can spread diligence ; yet beware, and counlight and healing. I would listen fel others to beware, of being led, to his voice, saying, “ To him that by esteem of their piety, into relovercometh will I give to eat of ishing their fingularities, and pathe tree of life.” “ Fear not, I tronizing their
schism. have the keys of hell, and of
Abp. Secker. death." Arise, O thou wearied follower of thy crucified Lord, CORRESPONDENCE. and enter into thy rest.
To the Editors of the Panoplist, I would see Jesus in glory, for I was much pleased to find, what is heaven itself without in your first number, that Philo him? But when we shall see him has undertaken to exhibit the evias he is, then shall we be like him, dence in favour of the Univerfal and be for ever happy in his pref. Deluge. If this writer, or some ence. London Mag. other of your learned and ingen
ious correlpondents, would under DISPUTATION.
take to treat several other subjects In all cases where religious er. in the same way, such for examrours are to be confuted, temperate ple, as the doctrine of atonement, discussion, in the true spirit of chrif- of future rewards and punishtian charity, is the mode we ought ments, of the Trinity, &c. great invariably to pursue ; without give service might be rendered to the ing way to any personal invective, cause of revealed religion. These any asperity, either of language fcripture doctrines, I conceive, or of conduct, toward those who derive much support from faithful have the misfortune to differ from researches into ancient lore.
Most of our io fidels have a Sir Henry MoncRFIEF WELLsmattering of literature, but none WOOD of Edinburgh, written foon of them are profoundly learned. after the death of that eminent They prove by their own example, and far famed divine, the Rev. that, “ A little learning is a dan- Dr. John ERSKINE. gerous thing." Ignorance makes them infidels. Some of them, in
“ Dr. Erskine had been convited by a learned dress, might fined, almost a year before his be induced carefully to consider a
death, by debility and decayed series of historical facts, judicious
health. But his mind was perly selected and arranged, from the
fe&tly entire, and as active as ever. volumes of antiquity, who would
He continued to prosecute his pridespise a chain of theological ar
vate studies, and even exerted
himself in whatever he thought guments. Many may feel the force of a fact from Sanchonia.
could extend his usefulness, to the thon or Julian, who would not be
very last day of his life. His moved by the most conclusive
death finally was unexpected by fyllogism, or the plainest affertion
his family, and was entirely unacof Moses or Jesus Christ. I am
companied with pain, or struggle. persuaded the more the pachs of
He died, as he had lived, full of ancient history, and the mytholo
faith and of the Holy Ghoft. As gy of the heathen are explored,
a man of letters ; as a minister of the more numerous, clear, and
Christ ; as a man of superior talconvincing will appear the evi- ents, and of feady and unremitdences in support of revelation.
ted afliduity in employing them Our faith depends much on his
advantageously, for the glory of torical knowledge.
God, and the best interests of men, he was certainly the most eminent
man I have ever known, and was We are indebted to an obliging probably the most distinguished
minister that this country has gentleman, for the following Extract of a Letter from the Rev.
Review of New Publications.
Sermons by WILLIAM JAY, &c. by doing mischief. It has been said by
(Continued from page 28.) a modern prelate, “ one murder makes The religious sentiments of this a villain, a thousand a bero.” The respectable and popular writer, and christian conqueror draws his glory,
from the sufferings of others, but from Iris manner of sermonizing, fur
And nothing renders his ther appear in the following ex- character more impressive and useful; tracts.
it recommends his religion ; it carries In illuftrating the connection along with it a peculiar conviction. between patience and the chrif. When a christian has met with an affic
tion, that has led hin from the duties tian character, in his sermon on of his calling, deprived him of opportuRev. xiv, 12, he says,
nities of exertion, and confined him to It Highly becomes saints to CULTI- the house of grief; little has he supposVATE patience. “ The ornament of a ed, that he was approaching the most meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of useful period of his life. But this has God of great price." It ennobles the often been the case ; and he has renderpossessor. Some bave obtained honour ed more service to religion by suffering
than by doing. O, what a theatre of He endured every kind of insult; but usefulness is even a “bed of languish. "when he was reviled, he reviled not ing !" “ We are a spectacle to angels," again : when he suffered, he threatened as well as “ to the world, and to men.” not; but committod himself to him that The sufferer lies open to their inspec. judgeth righteously.” Go to the foot of tion ; and the view of him, enduring, the cross, and behold him suffering for sustained,glorying in tribulation,draws us, “ leaving us an example that we forth fresh acclamations of praise to should follow his steps.” Every thing that God, whose grace can producesuch conspired to render the provocation wonderful effects : “Here is ne pa- heinous ; the nature of the offence, the tience of the saints.” But all his fellow meanness and obligations of the offendcreatures are not excluded ; there is ers, the righteousness of his cause, tho generally a circle of relations, friends, grandeur of his person: all these seemneighbours, who are witnesses of the ed to call for vengeance. The creatures scene. I appeal to your feelings. When were eager to punish. Peter drew his you have seen a christian suffering in sword. The sun resolved to shine on character, with all the composure and such criminals no longer. The rocks majesty of submission ; when you have asked leave to crush them. The earth heard him softly saying, “ though I trembles under the sinful load. The mourn, I do not murmur ; why should very dead cannot remain in their graves. a living men complain ?"" it is the He suffers them all to testify their Lord, let him do what seemeth him sympathy, but forbids their revenge ; good,” “his ways are judgment;" “he and lest the Judge of all should pour hath done all things well;" “ I see a forth uis fury he instantly cries, "Fathlittle of his perfection, and adore the er, forgive them, for they know not rest." Have you not turned aside, and what they do.” “ Here is the paexclaimed, What an efficacy, what an
tience of a God. p. 38, 39. excellency in the religion of Jesus ! In his fourth sermon from "Here is the patience of the saints !” Ezekiel xi. 19, 20, our author p. 34, 35, 36.
unfolds the nature of genuAs a motive to patience under ine religion, in a clear and improvocation, he cites examples preslive manner, “ in four ellenmost worthy of imitation.
tial articles-1. Its Author. II. What provocations had Joseph received from his brethren? but he The difpofition it produces. III. scarcely mentions the crime, so eager is The obedience it demands. IV. be to announce the pardon : “ and he The blessedness it ensures.” This is said, I am Joseph your brother, whom anexcellent discourse, and can hardye sold into Egypt : now therefore be ly be read without profit. Under not grieved, nor angry with yourselves that ye sold me hither; for God did the third head, he illustrates the send me before you to preserve life.” two following particulars" 1. Hear David : " they rewarded me evil Principle mult precede practice. for good, to the spoiling of my soul. 2. Practice must follow principle.” But as for me, when they were sick my On the first of these articles he has clothing was sackloth : I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer return the following just remarks ; ed into my own bosom. i behaved my- Observe the order in which these self as though he had been my friend or things are arranged. “I will give them brother : I bowed down heavily, as one one heart, and I will put a new spirit that mourneth for his mother !" View within you : and I will take the story Stephen, dying under a shower of heart out of their fiesh, and will give stones: he more than pardons, he prays; them an heart of flesh ; that they may he is more concerned for his enemies, walk in my statutes, and keep mine ora than for bimself; in praying for himself, dinances, and do them.” Thus princihe stood ; in praying for his enemies, ple precedes practice, and prepares for he kneeled ; he kneeled and said, it. And here I admire the plan of the “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” gospel; to make the fruit good, it makes A greater than Joseph, a greater than the tree so ; to cleanse the stream, it David, a greater than Stephen, is here, purifies the fountain ; it renews the night ture,and the life becomes holy ofcourse. flections so useful, and learn to “ die What is the religion of too many! They daily.” Say, while walking over your are like machines impelled by force ; fields, The hour is coming when I shall they are influenced only by external behold you no more ; when you go considerations. Their hearts are not over your mansion, “If I wait, the
grave engaged. Hence in every religious ex. is my house ;" as you estimate your ercise they perform a task. They would property," I cannot tell who shall gathlove God much better, if he would ex- er it.” This apparel which I now lay cuse them from the hateful obligation. aside and resume, I shall soon lay aside They put off these duties as long as pos- for ever ; and this bed, in which I now sible, resort to them with reluctance, enjoy the sleep of nature, will by and adjust the measure with a niggardly by feel me chilling it with the damps of grudge, and are glad of any excuse for death. And surely it requires contri. neglect. While labouring at the drudg- vance and difficulty to keep off reflec. ery, they entertain hard thoughts of the tions so reasonable and salutary. Eve. cruel Taskmaster, who can impose such ry thing is forcing the consideration upseverities upon them, and sigh inward. on you ; every thing is saying, “ Thie ly “when will the sabbath be over ?” time is short.” We enter the city, and When shall we unbend from these spir- see man going to his long home, and the itual restraints, and feel ourselves at mourners going about the streets. We liberty in the world? Can this be relig- enter the sanctuary, and miss those ion ? is there any thing in this, suitable with whom we once took sweet coum. to the nature of God," whois a Spirit?” sel, and went to the house of God in. or to the demands of God, who cries, company ; their places know them no “My son, give me thine heart;" “serve more for ever. We enter our own dwel. the Lord with gladness, and come be. lings, and painful recollection is awak. fore his presence
with singing?" Behold ened by the seats they once filled, by a man hungry, he needs no argument books they once read and have left foldto induce him to eat. See that mother, ed down with their own hands; we she needs no motive to determine her walk from room to room, and sigh, to cherish her darling babe ; nature im- “ Lover and friend hast thou put far pels. The obedience of the christian from me, and mine acquaintance into is natural, and hence it is pleasant and darkness.” We examine ourselves, and invariable ; "he runs and is not weary, find that our strength is not the strength he walks and is not faint." p. 79, 80. of stones, nor are our bones brass ! we
The conclusion of this discourse are crushed before the moth; at our best is peculiarly impressive.
estate we are altogether vanity. And is Thus a christian who has nothing,
it for such beings to live as if they were possesses all things, Creatures may a.
never to die ! O Lord, “so teach us to bandon him, but lis God will never number our days, that we may apply our leave nor forsake him. Friends
hearts unto wisdom.” p. 424, 425, 426.
may die, but the Lord liveth, His “heart It is hoped that the specimens, and his flesh may fail, but God is the which have been exhibited, will strength of his heart, and his portion induce many to peruse this valuafor ever.” “ The heavens may pass away with a great noise, and the ele. ble volume. The sermons are in ments melt with fervent heat, the earth no common degree entertaining, and the works that are therein may be edifying, and impreslive. A spirburned up”-he stands upon the ashes it of evangelical piety pervades of a universe, and exclaims, I have lost nothing ! p. 87, 88.
and fanctifies them. The characWe add but one more quota- teristick traits of this writer are tion from his sermon on Job xxix. uncommon sprightliness, and ease 18, on the disappointments of life. of manner, fometimes, perhaps, Recommending frequent and re. bordering on affectation. alizing views of the world's un- He is remarkably happy in the certainty, and of approaching selection of his subjects, and of his death, he says ;
texts for their illuitration, as well Accustom yourselves therefore to re. as in his manner of introducing, upening, and dividing them, in confirm the doubtful respecting which he has followed, in some what may be accomplished, redegree, the French divines. His prove the idle, encourage, the dilstyle is plain and intelligible, and igent, and present examples for animated with chalte and striking all. When we see an industrious figures. He makes free use of and good man, like the pine amid scripture language, but introdu- surrounding shrubs, rising above ces it with peculiar pertinence and his associates, we feel a strong imforce. His arrangement is nat- pulse to make him our model. ural. A good degree of unity is Sir W. Jones was an excellent preserved in his discourses, while man, and his life is written in an they contain a sufficient variety agreeable and instructive manner. of matter. For theological cor. The narrative is continued in reétness, he is not, in all instances, chronological order from his birth remarkable. Some passages are to his death : but perhaps a liable to a construction, which few sketches of the man may be was undoubtedly far from his more useful and entertaining, meaning, and some might think than a verbal criticisin of the warrant inferences, which his e- work. vangelical heart would totally Sir William Jones was born in disavow.
1746. When he was but three On the whole, we do not hesi- years old, he lost his father ; his tate to recommend this volume, education of course devolved on as deserving the careful attention his mother, which she superinof all, and well calculated to be tended with discretion and success. useful to the church of Christ. To the innumerable questions of
We have seen a single, ingenious his childhood, her constant answer fermon of this author, on “ The was read and you will know. A value of Life," preached May, lesson, to the observance of which, 1803, before “ The Correspond- he ascribed all his attainments. ent Board in London, of the So- In his sixth year he learned ciety in Scotland,” which, should the rudiments of Latin ; when he another edition of these sermons be was twelve, he began the study called for, we hope will be added, of Greek and Hebrew, translated by the publishers, to this volume. several epistles of Ovid, all the PasIt would certainly increase its val- torals of Virgil, and wrote a trague.
edy, which was acted by his
school fellows. When seventeen, Memoirs of the life, writings, ard he was sent to the University of
correspondence of Sir William Oxford, where he soon shone, as Jones, by Lord' TEIGNMOUTH. a star of the first magnitude. In Philadelphia, printed for the 1767, he visited the continent proprietors, by William Poyntell with his pupil Lord Spencer, and and Co. 1805.
in 1770, we again find him, to BIOGRAPHICAL memoirs of good use his own words, “ Aying over and great men must be allowed Europe.” This year he was ad. to rank with the most useful spe- mitted into the temple. In 1774, cies of composition. We see hu. he was called to the bar. Hesusman virtue in real life, and learn pended his oriental studies, which its practicability. Such writings had been a favourite employVOL. I No. 2.