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beak of an owl or bat against the tuting the clause in the General window, would be sufficient to star Thanksgiving for the service for the tle them from their feverish slumber. Churching of Women, in chapels
The wife only, having probably the where the latter is not allowed to
light, the dove, and the glory; but ticularly those who attend these
is a hopeful step in the return to the
its own church and its own resident
ON LICENSED CHAPELS.
for the Chapels -red u
these names s alte
confines -e been y avail ere the
I wooed ambition-climbed the pole,
And strove among the stars ;-but fell
Headlong, in all my pride of soul,
Like Lucifer, from heaven to hell.
poor, and lost, and trampled down,
Where shall the chief of sioners ily,
Almighty vengeance, from thy frown?
Eternal justice, from thy eye?
Lo! through the gloom of guilty fears,
My faith discerns a dawn of grace;
The Sun of Righteousness appears
In Jesu's reconciling face.
My suffering, slain, and risen Lord!
In deep distress I turn to Theem
I claim acceptance on thy word,
My God! my God! forsake not met
Prostrate before thy Mercy-seat,
I dare not, if I would despair;
None ever perished at thy feet,
And I will lie for ever there.
Translated by Mrs. Hemans.
Wherefore so sad and faint, wy heart!
The stranger's land is fair;
Yet weary, weary still thou art-
What find'st thou wanting there?
What warting ?-all, oh! all I love!
Am I not lonely here?
Through a fair land in sooth I rove,
Yet what like home is dear?
My home! oh! thither would I fiy,
Where the free air is sweet,
My father's voice, my mother's eye,
My own wild hills to greet.
My hills, with all their soaring steeps,
With all their glaciers bright;
Where in his joy the chamois leaps,
Mocking the hunter's inight.
Oh but to hear the herd-bell sound,
When shepherds lead the way
Up the high Alps, and children bound,
And not a lamb will stray.
Oh but to climb the uplands free,
And, where the pure streams foam,
By the blue shining lake, to see,
Once more my hamlet home!
Here no familiar look I trace:
I touch no friendly hand ;
No child laughs kindly in my face,
As in my own bright land.
cknor. bet the
may be eached er rites
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS,
Antichrist, Pápal, Protestant, and Curate of Yoxall, Staffordshire.
Infidel ; an Estimate of the Re London. 1828. Price 5s.
church; most of them with espe- quail under his lash; the Papist cial reference to the momentous will not easily forgive his disclo. points which have so deeply agitated sures; and we fear that there are some the legislature and the community. who call themselves Protestants and To detail the contents of these churchmen, who will find that the works, some of which contain much writer has discovered, even within valuable fact and reasoning, would their favoured precincts, doctrinal be incompatible with our limits; errors and practical anomalies, which and so far as they bear upon the they may find it easier to disclaim great legislative question under than to renounce. Yet if truth be discussion, they will probably soon kindness, Mr. Riland is not a harsh be superseded by its settlement. writer; and we honestly think that But the evils of Popery are not a there are few persons who may not temporary topic; nor is the duty of be the better for his volume, and guarding Protestants against its de- who ought not to thank him for his lusions, and striving by the blessing well-timed animadversions. We of God to rescue its votaries from shall throw together a few illusthem, a temporary duty. In this trative extracts. view indeed, we might notice, with Having had occasion to speak of great satisfaction, many of the publi- the ignorance and irreligion of the cations to which we have alluded; poorer classes, the author turns to but we have singled out from among the richer, and is far from thinking them the above, on account not that matters improve as we ascend only of its general value, but of its in the scale of society. He proves taking a wider range than the mass his assertion as follows: of anti-papal works, and pointing " In the concerns of the life to come, out the primal sources, so to speak, there is a certain vulgarity of thinking, of Popery, the indigenous Popery of
common alike to plebeian and patrician,
to the illiterate and the learned. The every human heart. Our present la..
recent and rapid advances of the human bour will, however, be very brief, as mind in physical, intellectual, and even some of the most important parts ethical science, have been attended with of the work have already appeared of Christ.
no progress in the knowledge of the faith in our volumes ; the treatise being creased in numbers and in theological
Our divines may have inchiefly an enlargement of an argu- attainments; and if theology could comment pursued by the author as a municate principle as well as knowledge, correspondent, in our pages, in se
the path to heaven would widen, and be veral 'papers entitled " The Philo- still narrow; and the gate is yet strait!
thronged by multitudes. But the way is sophy of the Roman-Catholic Re “ The world will allow us to say this ligion,” July to October 1825, and officially; to read it in the lesson of the another paper, the first for January day; and to amplify the solemn saying
But if we mean what 1814. The work is discursive, and
we preach, and awaken men's belief of not very strict to formal method
our sincerity, in the interval between and arrangement; but it abounds one Sunday and another, then begins with terse and valuable truth : its
the debate between a minister and his descriptions are striking, its style circles of pleasure, he may deliver, with
flock. So long as he is not missing in the lively, its arguments weighty, and out suspicion, the most fearful warnings its whole tenor for practical edifi- of God against a slumbering world; and cation. It is not, however, a sleek
none will molest him. But the moment and milky volume. Revolutions, say trine, and irritates the consciences of those
his own example comes in aid of his docthe French, are not made with rose- around, his creed is discovered to be false water; and Mr. Riland seems to and foolish. The real offence, however, think the same of moral revolutions, is not in the doctrine, but—we repeat it
-in its practical consequences.” pp. 49, and that, whatever of good may be
50. in progress among us, honeyed eulo
In making this melancholy regies are not what the necessities of port, Mr. Riland corroborates his the age require. The infidel must
assertions by an allusion to the too
turns ti thinking e ascend e prore
to CIK LADATES atrician, #u. The se humai zand eres ded with
generally demoralized state of the nasian Creed, especially its damnatory periodical press, justly considering clauses, and to deliver elaborate decla
mations on the Trinity; provided the that our current literature is a fair
apologist be indifferent to the influences index of public sentiment; and that, of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, if it be so, alarming indeed must be regardless of the love of God, and be not that public sentiment of which al
a partaker of the communion of the Holy
Ghost. The doctrine of the Trinity is most all our newspapers, and too cordially believed only by those persons many of our monthly and quarterly who, discovering themselves to be by publications, are specimens. nature and practice the children of wrath Mr. Riland strongly points out
and enemies to God, are anxious to escape the injurious effects of Protestant be reconciled to the Father, through the
everlasting misery, and therefore seek to irreligion upon infidels and Papists. death of the Son, by the influences of the
s Whatever be our doctrinal purity, Holy Ghost; and, as a proof of their spiyet opinions, as such, are of no value. If rituality, and practical faith in this mysthey mature into principles, the fruit will tery of godliness, walk in newness of life: soon be seen ; and the objector be at the connexion between such faith and holionce silenced. But the defensive plea of ness being indissoluble. the Romanist is, that the fruit does not “ Yet few things induce so much selfappear; and the infidel by-stander laughs complacency in the mind of a theorist in
both parties, and reminds himself of religion, as the persuasion of his Athanathe avowal of one of St. Peter's pretended sian orthodoxy. It is also one of the successors, How profitable is this fable !" many points where the lower classes of
nominal Christians closely tread in the Our author's strictures upon the steps of their superiors. A pious clergyChurch of Rome are often very
man has by no means to struggle in his striking and forcible; but one great niceties and damnatory clauses : these are
parish, with objectors to metaphysical object of his work is to shew that
not the stumbling-blocks in the way to Protestantism
be Antichristian eternal life; for none, at least of his pleas well as Popery, that exploded beian opponents, are disturbed by modes
of faith. But when he begins to shake errors may be revived under new
their confidence in their own assumed names, and that we may be de security; and warns the formalist, scoffer, claiming against Antichrist while blasphemer, sensualist, Sabbath-breaker, practically obeying him ; a fact libertine, the lover of money and slave of
the world, and the profane person, to flee too true, using the term Antichrist
from the wrath to come; then he may exin its larger signification, though pect the revival of questions once put byphi. with this difference, that Protes losophical Epicureans and Stoics : ' What tants
will this babbler say? May we know be Antichristian, but may Protestantism is not so, while the
what this new doctrine, whereof thou
speakest, is ?' And the inquiries will be Church of Rome, as a body, has made for the same reason, because he this badge prophetically attached preaches unto them Jesus and the resurto her communion. Individual Pa. rection! These subjects, as he treats
them, form the basis of appeals to the pists may be better than their re
conscience; and not of a cold and barren ligion, and individual Protestants discussion, which creates no alarm, and worse than theirs. Taking the term awakens no hope. Antichrist in this general sense, the
In the mean time, Antichrist is confollowing description is painfully scious that the union of a strong attach
ment to a church, with a practical concorrect.
tempt for its injunctions, is the founda“ It is not salvation which the exclu tion of his kingdom.
Towards the sionary would urge his fellow-sinners to
superstructure a High Churchman and a embrace. It is the very thing left out of High Dissenter-who are essentially the his calculations. Antichrist is satisfied same characters--contribute largely both with shew and ceremony. He delights labour and materials." in the splendour of Episcopacy,, but ex
From the last sentence we learn ecrates the prelate who faithfully fulfils its duties. He will load with preferment that Mr. Riland has as little indulthe man who defends an establishment;
gence for the sins of Churchmen, as but bitterly repent of his liberality, if the
of Protestant Dissenters, and of defender should enforce its doctrines, and also realize them in daily life.
Protestant Dissenters, as of Papists “ Antichrist will allow, rather encou
themselves. He remarks that rage, an ecclesiastic to defend the Atha “ whatever dark stories may be told of
a national hierarchy, they are capable of sacred hours, but at all times, a genuine being paralleled in the annals of any, the Christian bears the impress of his prinmost obscure, sect which has yet appeared ciples. . If any man be in Christ, he is a within the precincts of the universal new creature,
The character of such a church. Antichrist is very able to in convert will infallibly display itself-where trude his worldliness and his infallibility, hypocrites and formalists, of all commuwherever man lays his hand upon the nions, shew nothing but what may coark of our common salvation. A'Dissen- exist with the world's decorous forms of ter who is nothing better than a Dissenter, insincerity_in the recesses of privacy; in and who preaches the Gospel of strife the arrangements of domestic life ; in the and contention ; a student of such works social circle; in the transactions of busionly as owe their importance to authors
Every good tree bringeth forth on his own side ; allowing himself to be good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth irritated and vexed at the success, repu- forth evil fruit. Wherefore, by their fruits tation, and influence of a pious clergyman; ye shall know them.'
pp. 197, 198. a builder of meetings opposite to parish churches, as if in defiance : a supporter of
In a similar practical and heartsuch missions and societies only as ema
searching strain he elsewhere renate from his own party ;-such a Dis- marks : senter as this is nearly as sectarian and exclusive as the wearer of the triple crown.” " A Protestant who enters into debate
with his opponents, in order to erect upon But it is to the members of his the ruin of their heresies a number of own church that Mr. Riland chiefly sound opinions, and contents himself, at directs his faithful remonstrances.
the close, with the conviction-and we
will allow the conviction to be real-of his “ The Gospel is not in the least more having been successful, has gained noacceptable to us because it has been em
thing beyond the barren triumph of a bodied in Articles and Homilies. On the
casuist. By such an issue religion has not contrary; examples are sufficiently noto become in the least more valuable to him. rious, where the essentials of Christianity. The controversy was not the evidence of are rejected with greater irritability and his sincerity; neither could its result be scorn, when ecclesiastics have detected
the pledge of any consolation. He stands their intrusion into instruments signed by where he stood before. He has defcated themselves. A minister of religion, whe
an antagonist, but not subdued himself ; ther ordained in Italy, England, or Swit
as there is a wide difference between a zerland, is no more necessarily a believer
man who proudly advocates the Christian in Jesus Christ, than was Simon Magus,
cause, and one who yields it a practical in the day when he was admitted within
submission. Therefore religion is nothing, the visible church by the symbol of rege
if it be not a personal possession. The neration." pp. 109, 110. We have mentioned Mr. Riland's ternal, active principle.
kingdom of God is within you '-an inimpartiality, as respects offenders They whose adherence to the Reof various sects; he is equally im- formation is matured into a spiritual chapartial, as respects their offences : absolutely essential to their peace and
racter, uphold their system of belief as formalism and latitudinarianism are
consolation. They do not dispute about equally the objects of his alarm; for the bread of life as though they were exjustly does he remark, that
amining an abstract theory of nutrition, “ Antinominianism and Self-righteous- but as being unable to live without the ness are the two permanent heresies of Divine nourishment itself. With them, the Christian world; and they never ap
the Gospel is no more a point of contropear to be so triumphant, as when they versy, than a remedy is to a sick man, delude their victims into a persuasion that who by its application has been effectually they may die safely if they receive the cured. In either case, speculation has outward and visiblé sign of the redemp
been forgotten in reality. In more direct tion of the Cross, without being equally dreams of self-righteousness, and from a
a sinner awakened from the anxious to derive the inward and spiritual visionary search after happiness in worldly grace from the Redeemer.” p. 132. Mr. Riland's great object is to things, feels that he needs forgiveness
and sanctification; and that, without shew men that religion is the dedi
these Divine gifts, he must perish evercation of the heart to God.
lastingly. He is alarmed, and wants & “ Where the heart is touched by the shelter from impending wrath; he is miGospel-as the revelation itself is distinct serable, and cannot purchase felicity. Oh, from all the vehicles, and earthen vessels, wretched man that I am! who shall dein which it is presented to the acceptance liver me from the body of this death!' of mankind -- religion equally reigns To a spirit thus wounded, nothing can through the six days intervening between bring relief but the hope of salvation Sabbath and Sabbath. Not only in the through Jesus Christ-not an ability to