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deceased, his true affection and his all with the most admirable meekness calamitous fate. When the days of and dignity, and, having drunk the mourning were ended, suitable pre- water uninjured, is declared innocent sents were made to the friendly host, of the charge. Helon, though forand Helon, Salamith and Salumiel re- given by his wife, cannot forgive himturned from the Percea over the Jor- self for the pain he has caused her ; dan to Jericho.”

and remains in a state of the deepest This calamity is represented by the dejection, till his conscience is relieved author as a punishment of the pride by the sacrifices on the day of atoneof Helon, who, according to a notion ment. The change in him is chiefly which Judaism was not unlikely to brought about by his intercourse with inspire, believed his own prosperity the old man of the Temple, a venerato be a mark of the peculiar favour of ble personage, into whose mouth the heaven, and thought that his zeal for author puts those interpretations of the law, and his delight in the services the Jewish rites and history, with reof the Temple, had already advanced ference to the expected Messiah, which him to the rank of a chæsidean, or he supposes to have prevailed among perfectly righteous man. He is

gra- those who, avoiding the sectarian tedually recovering his composure, and nets of Pharisees, Sadducees and Eslearning to think more humbly of senes, were desirous to fulfil the lasy himself, when Myron, who has been without addition or diminution. By wretched from the conseiousness of him Helon is taught the folly of his the sorrow which he had brought on former presumptuous self-righteoushis friend, seeks a reconciliation, and ness, and to consider the sacrifices of obtains it chiefly through the media- the law as the appointed means of tion of Salamith. His return is the reconciliation with God, till the Mes. cause of fresh calamities. Finding siah should come, to take away the that it was to Salamith that he owed sin of the people. His cheerfulness his forgiveness, he goes one evening, returns, and he celebrates the feast of in ignorance of Oriental manners and Tabernacles, which closed the annual the fury of Oriental jealousy, to the cycle of Jewish festivals, with more Armon, or female apartment, to ex- true religious feeling than any of the press his gratitude to her. She warns preceding. On their return to Jerihim of his danger, but before he has cho, they hear that the plague las made good his retreat, Helon appears. broken out, and determine all together Their protestations of innocence are to go to Alexandria, to see Helon's unavailing : Myron is contumeliously mother : but before they can embark driven from the house, and Salamith, at Joppa, news reaches them that she being brought before the judges of is dead. They set out, however, and Jericho as an adultress, declares her- for several days have a prosperous self willing to undergo the fearful ce- voyage. Myron, who has become a remony of drinking the water of jea- proselyte of the gate, is one of the lousy. For this purpose she is con- party. veyed to Jerusalem. The author,

“ The Phænician vessel in which though in general very remote from they had embarked, ran swiftly along the modern German school of theo- the coast, and Jamnia, Ashdod, Aslogy, appears to have adopted the calon, Gaza and Raphia, were soon opinion of Michaëlis, that this was left behind. The mind of Helon was intended as a trial of the power of as clear and calm as the mirror in conscience on the mind of the culprit, which the sea reflected the bright blue and that the method to which the heavens. His grief for the death of priests trusted for obtaining the truth, his mother had only increased his was to accumulate horrors upon her, trust in the Divine compassion, which which nothing but the force of inno- had bestowed on him that perfect cence could enable her to bear. She peace of mind which neither in death is led through the streets of Jerusalem, nor life sees any thing to fear. One exposed to every species of indignity, morning they were watching the broad harassed with exhortations to confess red dawn, announcing the approach her crime, and at last produced, before of day. All were in an unusual frame the whole people, to take the test of mind. Helon, full of tranquil joy, which the law prescribed. She bears was relating to his friends, as they sat

"Helor's Pilgrimage to Jerusalem," by M. Strauss.

21 around him on the deck, the course safety was at an end, and sounds of of Divine Providence, with respect to terror and lamentation were heard on hiin in the year that was just com- every side. Suddenly, the ship struck pleted, and how it had conducted him violently upon a rock and went to to that true peace of mind which he pieces. The crew sunk, and no one had sought in rain before. 'I could could bid another farewell. Helon call upon the whole world,

supported himself for a short time "Praise Jehovah, all the world,

upon a spar, and looking round saw

Salamith and her father sink. Alone Serre Jehovah with joy ! Come into his presence with rejoicing. for a few moments with the stormy

and scarcely conscious, he struggled Confess that Jehovah is God.

waves. He has made us and we are his,

One of tremendous heiglit His people and the sheep of his pase claimed amidst the uproar of the ele

came rolling onward; Helon exture. Ester his gates with thanksgiving, ments, His courts with soogs of praise. Bless him, praise his name!

• The angel of the covenantFor Jehovah is good, his mercy is ever

Behold he cometh, saith Jehovah of lasting,

Hosts, And his faithfulness from generation and was buried in the waters. to generation.'-(Psalm c.)

“ After an hour the storm had “And through all the vicissitudes ceased. And the storms of this world, of my life, in calamity and in death, too, had ceased for those who had these words shall be my comfort, found death in the waves and life in which the last of the prophets spoke, the bosom of their God.” when the oracle of prophecy was about The melancholy impression which to be closed in silence:

the close of this story will leave on

the mind of every reader of feeling, * The Lord whom ye seek will come even in this imperfect sketch, is the speedily to his temple,

best proof how well the author has And the angel of the covenant whom succeeded in the fictitious part of his

ye desire. Behold he cometh, saith Jehovah of which distinguishes it above all the

work; and it is this circumstance Hosts.'

stories which have been written as " While he thus spoke, delightful vehicles of antiquarian information. anticipations of futurity seemed to He has deprived us of the means of take possession of his soul. All who judging how far it is an exact picture sat around him were silent ; for the of the Jewish life and sentiments in power of bis faith seemed to commu- the period assumed, by entirely withficate itself by an indescribable ope- holding references to authorities, on ration to their minds. All at once, the insufficient ground, that they confused voices exclaimed throughout would be useless to the unlearned and the ship, a storm, a storm! The superfluous to the learned. We are bearens grew black with clouds, the glad, however, to perceive that the tempest rose, and the waves beat on remonstrances of his German readers every side against the ship. They have induced him to promise to supply endeavoured to avoid the shore, which this great deficiency, by giving his wa3 rocky and produced breakers own notes, and those which the Dutch which threatened every moment to Professors, Vanderpalm and Clarisse, overwhelm the vessel. The Phæni. have added to a translation which has cian mariners called on their gods, the appeared in Holland. Full and accuchildren of Israel prayed to Jehovah. rate references alone can enable us to Helon stood in the midst of threaten- use such a work with any confidence ing waves and terrified men, tranquil for the purpose of instruction, and and full of confidence. At once the correct, in some measure, the fallacy ship received a violent shock, and which leads the reader to feel as if he sprung a leak.

Their efforts were in really bad contemporary authority for Fain. Salainith flew to Helon's arms, the facts and descriptions which it and each repeated to the other pas- contains. The picture of the Jewish cages from the Psalms. All hope of people is probably idealized, and we can scarcely believe that their national sincerely believing themselves the disfestivals were celebrated with such a ciples of Christ, can honestly so sohigh-wrought enthusiasm, and such a phisticate almost every word they renunciation of all selfishness and ani. admit him to have uttered on the submosity as are here ascribed to them. ject of his relation to God, as to fasten But we must allow an author to en- upon him the blasphemy of his being noble what he finds a delight in de- the coMPEER of God?” But my moscribing ; and we can readily forgive mentary bigotry brought a blush into an error on the side of praise, in my cheek, and with sincere compuncrespect to a people whom it has some- tion and shame let me now record my times been deemed a point of duty by " wonderat the almost unaniinous Christians to paint in the blackest faith of Christendom. It is indeed colours. Great taste and devotional true, that prescription, establishment, feeling has been shewn in the manner fashion, will, to multitudes, in every in which quotations from Scripture, age, make black white, and white especially from the Psalms, are intro- black : but even among the di polles duced, and the best modern versions of believers are there not to be found have been every where followed. thousands and tens of thousands who Should the book ever be rendered ac- attach all the credit and conclusivecessible to English readers, it will be ness that the most devoted inquirers found a very pleasing medium of con- after divine truth alone can attach to veying historical, geographical and every insulated asseveration of the antiquarian knowledge, and will gra- “ Teacher come from God,” as well tify the taste while it improves the as to the whole tenour of his doctrine, heart.

and yet, upon his own supposed shew, K. ing', coequalize, not identify, him with

his Father and his God? In the opiSIR,

nion of such disciples at his feet as HAT can account for the pre- these, he must, somewhere or other, amongst Protestants of that most mar- gorical depositions of unqualified subvellous modification of the Christian jection to, of absolute dependance on, faith yclept Trinitarianism? “Thinks " the only true God,” or have taught I to myself,” the other day, as I sat also some antagonistical doctrines, so revolving in any mind the unvaried, utterly irreconcileable with their naked uniform and iterated averments of its meaning, as to warrant any possible Divine “Author and Finisher.” “Why evasion of it. For any such direct callest thou me good? None is good contradictory elucidations I look, howbut one, that is God.” “ I ascend to ever, in vain: indeed, I am not aware my God.” “The words I speak unto that the stoutest-hearted champions you, I speak not of myself.”. “ The of creed and article-theology have Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth gone so far as to assert, that what the works.” “The Son can do nothing he who “spake as none other man of himself." “ I live by the Father.” spake," said at one time, he directly “ My Father is greater than I.” He unsaid at another. We must, therethat hath seen me bath seen the Fa- fore, have recourse to the remaining ther." “ To sit on my right hand and member of the alternative for the soon my left is not mine to give.” ..... lution of our problem. And here, let But I might, literally speaking, tran- me avow, however little creditable to scribe, as every reader of his Bible my judgment the avowal may be deemwell knows, a considerable proportioned, that in a solitary, quite anomalous of our blessed Saviour's discourses into text, I, for one, do recognize an apoyour pages, before I had exhausted logy for almost any but a perverse or THE Son's attestations to his inferio- ludicrous interpretation of our Savirity to THE FATHER, his nothingness our's assertions in the passages enuwithout Him, and but for Him. As merated, and in others of a like imfully impressed with the divinity he port.* The Baptismal text I never claimed as with that he disclaiined,

Is it possible," I caught myself vo- . I have never read the admirable ciferating, “is it possible, that men, dissertation of Tyrrwhitt on this text,

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Lord Burghly's "Precepts" and the Earl of Bedford's Jewell.23 can but consider as an impregnable roundly affirm, that, amongst the now hold of Anti-Unitarian doctrine. So many dilapidated fortresses of orthodecisire a voucher am I forward to doxy, there is not one which offers to admit it be of a solukopaxın in heaven, “the sword of the spirit” a more that if I entertained the slightest no- vulnerable track than does this its tion of its being possibly authentic, I vaunted and hitherto all but unscarred should feel myself as much constrained citadel ? as any Athanasian can feel, to accom- BASANISTES DEUTEROS. modate any conviction of the Unity of God to any hypothesis by which it

Sir, could decently modified. Now if S you sometimes allot a corner expression (well or ill founded) which worms, allow me to occupy a small this supposed command of our Savi- space with a brief account of two our's makes upon a mind convinced that small tracts, printed together, in a voPaganisin is as much the doctrine of lume which though figured as an ocChristianity as Trinitarianism is, what tavo is not larger than an octodemust be its effect on those who iden- cimo. tify Trinitarianism with Christianity?

The whole title is as follows: “PreWill they not believe any thing rather cepts, or, Directions for the well-orthan otter riolence to its more obvious dering and Carriage of a Man's Life, import? Will any Procrustean pro- through the whole Course thereof: cess seem illegitimate to them, that left by William, Lord Burghly, to his can torture Scripture into a seeming Sonne at his death, who was some. harmony with this extraordinary but times Lord Treasurer of this Kingdecisive text? Is it not, indeed, mat- dome. Also, some other Precepts and ter of fact, that this great vital organ Advertisements added, which someof the orthodox system generates ra

times was the Jewell and Delight of ther than merely fills all the arteries the right Honourable Lord and Faand seins which flow to and from it? ther to his Country, Francis, Earle of What vagary of the human brain could Bedford, deceased. In two Bookes. less assimilate with the whole or any London, printed for Thomas Jones, part of Scripture, than does the grave and are to be sold at his Shop in the and idolized dogma extracted from Strand, neare Yorke House, 1637." this singular anomaly in the sacred This “Thomas Jones," the bookpage? And yet in the opinion of seller, was a smart tradesman. He those who deem it treason to divine has dedicated the volume, which he truth to question the evidence_by describes as a new edition, to Richard, which this solitary testimony to Tri-Lord Buckhurst, to express part of theism, under another name, is sup- his thapkfulness for the goodnesse" ported, is there one in a thousand he had received from this nobleman who does not, with Postellus, trace and from “ the noble Earle” his fa. its ramifications in almost every vo- ther, and “the right vertuous Counlume of the Jewish and Christian tesse,” his mother. There is a vein Seriptures? Shall I be contradicted of mirth in this writer from “his when I say, that the minutest degree shop in the Strand, neare Yorke of scepticism, as to the authenticity House." “Multiplicity of words," of the Baptismal text, would do more he tells Lord Buckhurst, to disenchant Athanasianism of its multiplicity of errors: especially in charms, than whole folios of demon- those whose tongues were never postration opposed to the tenet which lished by art. It is true” (he wagthis text seems to involve will be able gishly adde), “I have much learning, to do in a long succession of ages ? but that is in my shop, and it is as Will my assertion be disproved, if I true that I am ignorant, having not

the happinesse to bee bred a scholar."

He then quotes a Latin sentence to without being reminded of the notable excuse his want of education, and that, boax practised by our facetious monarch without saying, as honest John Bunon the literati of his day. His argument yan did, in the like case, “the Latin all along disproves the assumption on 1 borrow,” viz., Non cuivis homini which it is founded.

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I was somewhat curious to look Alpes,” alleging that by foreign travel into the paternal counsels of such they would learn“ pride, blasphemy a man as Cecil, Lord Burleigh, Eliza- and Atheisme.” One of his counsels beth's far-famed minister, especially is extraordinary, and may cause him as he adınonishes his son that they to be ranked amongst the enemies of

season his youth like the deaw war upon Christian principles : if in (dew) of age.” They are moral and the latter part of the sentence a little pious, but displaying withal a good secular policy peeps out, deal of that worldly wisdom by which be forgiven for the sake of the rare the anthor made his way through so “ meekness of wisdom" that comes many difficulties, and preserved his before. “ Neither by my advice,” standing amidst so many mutations says he, “shall you train them (sons) and perils.

up to warres : for hee that sets up his Precept 1. is headed, rather oddly, rest to live by that profession, in mine “For the choice of your Wives." opinion, can hardly be an honest man, The wary politician here calls upon or a good Christian; for, Every warre his son to “use great providence and of itselfe is unjust, the (tho'?) good circumspection, for,” says he, “it is cause may make it lawful: besides it in the choice of a wife, as in a project is a science no longer in request then of warre, wherein to erre but once is use : for souldiers in peace, are like to be undone for ever.” He exhorts chimneyes in summer, like Dogges with regard to a wife, “Let her not past hunting, or wonen, when their be poore," and assigns the thrifty beauty is done.man's reason,

“ Because a man can Precept 5, “ adviseth to keepe buy nothing in the market without some great man to your friend, and money." Amongst other advice on how to complement himn.". this point, he enjoins, “make not At p. 25, is “ An Addition of some choice of a Dwarfe or a Foole, for Short Precepts and Sentences, not from the one you may beget a race impertinent to the former," I suppose of Pigmeyes, as the other will be your by Lord Burleigh, though the followdaily griefe and vexation : for it willing, cumbered 21, is not quite such irke you so oft as you shall heare her as would have been expected from his talke, and you shall continually finde eminent wisdom. “Though I thinke to your sorrow, that feele that crosse, no day amisse to undertake any good that There is nothing in fulsome as á enterprise, or businesse in hand; yet she-foole." And, after counselling have I observed some, and no meane against “ drunkennesse,” he lays clerks, very cautionarie, to forbeare down the following rule of husband- these three mundayes in the yeare, ing : “ Beware thou spend not above which I leave to thine own considerathree of the four parts of thy revenue, tion, either to use or refuse, viz. 1. nor above one-third part thereof in The first Munday in April, which day your house: for the other two parts Caine was born, and his brother Abel will but defray extraordinaries, which slaine. 2. The second Munday in will always surmount your ordinaries August, which day Sodome and Go by much: for otherwise you shall live morrah were destroyed. 3. Last Munlike beggars in continuall wants, and day in December, which day Judas the needy man can never live hap- was born, that betrayed our Saviour pily, nor contented, being broken and Christ.distracted with worldly cares : for

We have, at p. 52, “ A handfull of then every least disaster makes him short questions, with their Resoluready to mortgage or sell : and that tions," some of which are mere coGentleman that sels an acre of Land, nundrums : e. g. Q. What waters looseth an ounce of Credit : for Gen- of all others ascend highest ? A. The tilitie is nothing but antient riches: tears of the faithfull, which God gaso that if the Foundation do sinke, thers into his bottle.” Similar to the Building must needs consequently this is the Joe Millar conceit which fall."

has often crept into very grave pulUnder Precept 2, the title of which pits : Qu. Why canuot the heart is, " For the Education of your Chil- of a man bee filled, although hee dren,” this sage father exhorts, “suf- should enjoy the whole world? Ans. fer not your sonnes to passe the Because the whole Globe of the World

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