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together. His sermons to young great seriousness, and, in former people are scarce and valuable, pieces, sweetness; but his latter and his " Christian Temper” is pieces are foured by his excellive one of the best practical pieces in aversion to calvinism. His our language.

“ Friendly Monitor,” “Book on WRIGHT, has great fimplicity, Secret Prayer,” and several ferand awful solemnity. His writ- mons are very valuable ; and also ings compose the thoughts, and his book on the “Sacrament,” gradually elevate them. His though much exceeded by Henry heads are distinct, and his sentence and Earl, for common use. es comprehensive. His words Henry, is very peculiar; his are elegant and well chofen, but style is concise and pointed, he cadence is little regarded. He is has many antitheses and little faualways master of himself. He cies, his heads beginning with the gives plain intimation of many fame letters, or chiming words, thoughts suppressed. His fenti- yet sometimes naturally. His has ments are candid and rational. great seriousness, and many His “ Book of Regeneration,is re- sprightly thoughts, digested in markably acceptable, and one of very good order. His “ Comthe most useful publications of the mentary” is excellent, though age. His “ Deceitfulness of Sin” rather too large, and his interprefhews great knowledge of man. tations, though judicious, have kind, and is admirably adapted to too much of the typical and alleprevent the ruin of young peo- gorical. His “ Notes on History," ple, many instances of which and the “ Import of original before his eyes.

His Words,are the most entertaining “Great Concern” is very com. things, taken from Patrick, Pool, prehensive, and much preferable Josephus, Calvin, and many more; to the “Whole duty of Man.” despised by those only, who do not His fubsequent treatises are not know them. His discourses on

so valuable, nor his collection of “ Meekness," “ The Sacrament," : fcripture fo judicious as was ex- and “Early Piety," are very pected.

good. His style is formed on Watts, is exceedingly different fcripture, to which he has many from Wright. His style is har- allusions. i monious, Aorid, poetical and pa

EARL. Judicious and pathetthetick; yet too diffuse. He has ick, and his style laconick. He too many words, especially in his wrote little, excepting a treatise last works, and his former are on the facrament, which is excel. rather overloaded with epithets, lent. In the margin of his other yet on the whole they are excel. pieces, he has many claflick quolent. All his writings are worth tations. reading, but I molt admire his first BRADBURY. His method is by volume of sermons, “ Death and no means accurate ; but with Heaven," The Love of G d," many weak arguments, he has and “ Humble Attempt,not to fprightly turns of wit, and num. mention his incomparable “ Lyr- berless allusions to scripture. His ick Poems," and "Hymns." Christian's Joy in finishing his

Grove resembles Watts, but is Course," and "Sermon on the 5th not equally poetical. He has ma- Nov." are his best performances ny judicious and new thoughts, Borse, is the diffenting Scot,

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but much more polite. His lan- To the above authors the transguage is plain and more nervous, criber adds, than Evans, elfe greatly resem- DODDRIDGE ; An author, who bling him. His matter is excel for juftness and sprightliness of lently digested, and he has a valt thought, clearness of method, number of thoughts. His ser- propriety and beauty of style is mons seem a contraction of some equal, if not superior, to any of judicious treatise, and often are so. the foregoing. His writings beThe second volume of his fer-speak him to be a gentleman, a mons, and his discourse on the scholar, and a lively christian. “ Four last things” are his chief His free thoughts, written in a practical works, and all deserve genteel and handfome manner, attentive and repeated reading. are a fine specimen of purity, and

BENNET is plain, ferious, and elegance of language. He is refpiritual, but flat. His “ Quota. markably happy in the introductions from Modern Writers," are tion of his pieces; his sermons goodí his “ Christian Oratar is on education, and that on persecualmost his only piece, which had tion, are the best on those fub. been better had it been lefs.

jects ; those on the evidences of HARRIS was reckoned the christianity give an admirable, greatest master of the English though compendious view of the tongue among the diffenters. argument; those On Regeneration His style is plain and easy, his are excellent, but his " R se and thoughts substantial, but feldom Progress" is most admired, and is Uncommon; he has nothing to indeed one of the best and most blame nor very much to admire. useful books, that this or perhaps See his “ Discourses on the Melli- any age has produced. His great ab."

work is the Family Expositor," JENNINGS, is methodical, plaini, in which both the scholar and and serious, has some pretty turns christian will find the richest enof thought, and is very evangel- tertainment. All his works have ical. On the whole he is the Pla- met with a most remarkable acvel of the present age, only much- ceptance, many of them have more polite, and in a great meaf- been translated into several lanure free from Flavel's faults ; see guages, and will doubtless be held his “ Sermons to young people," and in the highest estimation, while also those in the " Berry, Street good sense, candour or religion Lecture,” which are the glory of have any esteem among us. the book, and very much to the (To be continued.) honour of the author. GROVENER, was a most popu.

For the Panoplis!. lar preacher, in whose compofi- ON THE DANGER OF BEING HARDENED tions there is a strange mixture of THRO' THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN. the pathetick and familiar, with Sin is the opposite of holiness i many strong figures of speech, ef- and, as the latter is often describ pecially dialogisms beyond any ed under the figure of light, the writer of the age ; see his sermon former is fitly represented by on The Temper and Name of Je- darkness. The deceitfulness of fus," his “ Mourner,” and “ Ejay fin was made to appear, as soon on Health."

as it was introduced into this.

world. The tempter, the father company we associate, and whatof lies, said to our first parents, ever are the exercises of our “ Ye shall not surely die." They minds, our characters are continate, and no sooner did they eat, ually forming. How great the than they experienced the deceit- danger of living only to fill up fulness of fin. The alluring bait, the measure of our iniquity, and laid before them, effected their of suffering ourselves to be hardjuin. In the moment of trans- ened through the deceitfulness of grelling, they lost, what all the fin! world could not make up to them, It may here be observed, the enjoyment of God. Instead 1. There is danger, through of potfelling uprightness of inten- the deceitfulness of fin, of our betion, they were brought under the coming hardened in opposition to influence of a “ deceived heart." the essential do&rines of the golThis deceived heart led them pel. 10 shun the light, and to resort to Although the depravity of refuges of lies.

men has its feat in the heart, and Viewing fin as that, which not in the reasoning powers, yet, Blinds the mind, it is easy to con- through the corruption of the ceive that it has a direct tendency heart, their understanding beto destroy our happiness in this comes darkened. Whatever life, and to make us wretched in they are unwilling to believe, the life to come. Our minds are they are easily persuaded to reject. formed to be continually progref- They will boldly reprobate, as fing either in fin or holiness. If unworthy of their belief, truths, they are illuminated by the spirit which are infinitely interesting to of God, we grow in grace and in them, merely because they are the knowledge of divine things ; not congenial to their selfish but, if they are under the influence hearts. It is owing to the deof sinful lufts, we are continually ceitfulness of sin, that so many of making advances in wickedness, the present inhabitants of the and growing more and more earth are living in the belief of hardened in the way of destruc- gross errours. Light has been extion. While we are in a state of hibited to the world ; but, de. nature, unbelief is always gaining praved men have loved darkness strength, and our hearts are gath- rather

than light.

Nations, ering hardness, like the clay, wbich have been favoured with which is exposed to the penetrat. the pure and sublime truths of ing rays of the summer's sun. God's word, have exchanged With respect to our characters, them for errours, and plunged into we are never stationary. We are the darkness of heathenism. The adding, every day of our lives, to truth of this observation is strikthat folemn account, which we ingly evinced by the history of must shortly render to Him, who the descendants of Noah. This bas been dealing out mercies to preacher of righteousness was in us, from the commencement of possession of divine truth, and he our existence, and whose faithful. faithfully proclaimed it to his ness has been expressed to us in children ; but, they, at least the seasonable warnings and correc- 'most of his immediate descend. tions. With whatever scenes we ants, suffered themselves to be are converlant, with whatever hardened, through the deceitful. ness of fin. Of course, idolatrous and the heart will become nearly nations soon sprang from his a's hard and unimprellible as the loins. This event is recorded on flinty rock, though all duties are the pages of the inspired volume, neglected. Those truths, which as a monument of the unteacha- deeply affected the minds of the blevess of men. We may learn wicked, when they were young, from it what blindness sin infuses are often heard, in their more adinto the mind.

vanced years, with few or no feel. Blinded by fin, men are now ings of anxiety. They, who have putting darkness for light, and grown old in sin, will fit and hear light for darkness. While they the most powerful preaching, profess to receive the bible, as be- without any apparent perturbaing a revelation from God, they tion; while children and youth, explode many of its distinguishing under the same instruction, will doctrines, and labour to modify tremble and burst into tears. others, until they make it contain This is an evidence of the increallittle or nothing, which condemns ing hardness of men's hearts. Sinthe natural pride and selfishness ners, who have paired through the of their hearts. The thought periods of childhood and youth, of departing from the truth may, and whose heads, by reason of at first, be alarming to them, and age, begin to incline toward the may subject them to many pain- grave, have long been accustomed ful upbraidings of conscience ; to hear the strictness of God's law, but, through the deceitfulness of and the greatness of its penalty ; sin, they soon become hardened they have long been accustomed to in opposition to all the soul hum- hear the plain and positive duties bling doctrines of the gospel. It of the gospel stated, and, through is surprising to think with what the deceitfulness of fin, they now greediness depraved men drink hear them stated, without any in errours, and how artfully and special emotions. These duties, perseveringly they labour to ex- which were inculcated upon them tinguish the light of divine truth. in the houses of their education, When they venture to take one and which they, at first, neglected step in the path of errour, they with pain, are dispensed with, as are insensibly led to take others; they grow old in fin, without until it becomes manifest, that the much remorse. Corresponding effential doctrines of christianity with this idea, affecting as it is, no longer have a place in their are the words of the divine Sav. creed.

iour to the unbelieving and hard2. Men are liable, through the ened Jews. “ For judgment am deceitfulness of lin, to be harden- I com into this world : that they, ed in the neglect of plain and pof which fee not might fee; and that itive duties.

they, which see, might be made The influence of a religious ed. blind." ucation, on the conscience, is not 3. Through the deceitfulness commonly destroyed at once. of fin, there is danger of being But, though it may, at first, give hardened under the folemn warnthe wicked some pain to neglect a ings of Providence. plain and positive duty ; yet, On all minds afflictions have through the deceitfulness of sin, one of two effects, they either all this pain will soon be removed, harden or soften. Under the rod of correction, perforis of humbled restraints, he had to struggle hearts are made more humble, against many distressing feelings, while the wicked increase in stu- occasioned by his folly, and he pidity. Children and youth are was tender and affected, when seoften much more sensibly im- riously addressed on the subject ; preised on funeral occasions, and but, by the repetition of the crime, at the houses of the dying, than he has become so hardened, that those, who are old in fin. The nothing appears to touch his former, after attending the so- hcart. The same observations lemnities of a funeral, or wit. might be made in regard to all nelling the dying agonies of a vicious practices; the longer they fellow mortal, are often so affect- are indulged, the more blindness ed, as to have many serious appears to be on the minds of hours and sleepless nights. As those, who suffer themselves to they advance in years, and be- fall under their influence. come more conversant with such 5. Through the deceitfulness scenes, impressions of this kind, of sin, there is danger of becoming through the deceitfulness of fin, hardened in view of the awful are more faintly made. Hence realities of a future day of judgthere is great danger of living in ment. the world, of seeing much, and of Few persons in this land of having much done for us, only to gospel instruction, pass through be hardened in fin.

the season of youth, without hav. 4. Through the deceitfulness ing their moments and hours of of fin, men are prone to be hard- sober reflection. Their consciencened in the practice of vice. es are tender, and often great

Sin, unless subdued by the spec- ly awakened. To think serioulial power and grace of God, is ly of death, judgment, and e. continually gaining strength, as ternity makes them feel solemn ; we advance in life. No sooner but, as they grow into years, do persons begin to indulge in though they may possibly have vice, than they begin to see it lose more frequent seasons of meditatits frightful appearance. In the ing on these things, yet, if they refirst instances of yielding to temp. main under the dominion of fin, tation, they experience the severe they generally meditate on them upbraidings of conscience, and with less feeling. It is the nature feel the foree of many restraints ; of fin to make the heart more but, by persisting in vicious prac. callous, and more unimpresible. tices, they gradually Rifle their Therefore, unnatural as it may consciences, and become more and appear, as finners draw nearer to more blind to their characters, and the judgment seat of Christ, their to the danger, to which they are hearts, through the deceitfulness exposed. They become so hard. of sin, are gathering hardness. ened, that they can deliberately The attentive and candid readdo things, the thought of which er of this paper will, it is presumwould once have made them ed, call to mind, and feel the fhudder. How hardened, for in- force of, the following words of Itance, the intemperate man ap- the apostle Paul in his epistle to pears, after he has, for some time, the Hebrews. " But exhort one pra&ised the fin of excessive drink- another daily, while it is called to. !Lg. When he first broke over day ; left any of you be hardened

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