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nor to jest, so as to wound the another. It is experimentally feelings of another.
found, that associations in the 10. To say as little as possi. most orderly way for edification, ble of myself, and those who are are the most edifying. And it near to me.
was long ago foretold, That when 11. To aim at cheerfulness, religion should be in danger to without levity.
be lost, it should be this way 12. Not to obtrude my advice preserved ; They that fear the unasked.
Lord, shall often meet together 13. Never to court the favor that they muy speak one to an. of the rich, by flattering either other. It is then earnestly to their vanity or their vices. be commended unto the neigh.
14. To respect virtue, though bours, that they would form cloathed in rags.
religious societies, and carry on 15. To speak with calmness, the usual exercises of religion in and deliberation on all occasions, them : I mean prayers, and especially in circumstances which psalms, and repetitions of the tend to irritate.
sermons that have been public, 16. Frequently to review my ly delivered : and modest, gra. conduct, and note my failings. cious, communicative conferen.
17. On all occasions to have ces on points of practical chrisin prospect the end of life, and tianity : That where any persons a future state.
belonging to such religious so. 18. Not to flatter myself that cieties fall off through any temp. I can act up to these rules, how. tation, the rest would endeavor ever honestly I may aim at it. to recover them; and where any
are taken off by mortality, they
would immediately use a proper FRAGMENTS.
endeavor to recruit their num.
ber : That they admit no dis. RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES.
course to be brought into the reThe private meetings of relig. ligious societies, that shall have ious people, for the exercises any taint of calumny or vanity, of religion, where they have been or intermeddle with what belongs kept alive, and under a prudent not unto them. Societies of conduct, experience tells us, that godly families, intending to be the christians who have compos. blessings unto one another ; soed them, have like so many liv. cieties preparatory to the coming coals, kept one another alive, munion of the Holy Supper ; and preserved the life of chris. societies of young men spending tianity in the vicinity. But the the Lord's day evening in a prof. dying of these has been accom. itable manner, and proving nur. panied with a visible death upon series to the churches ; these are the power of godliness ; the less all to be encouraged. Oh ! let love to them, the less use of these tribes live and not die, and them, there has been in any let not their men, or their days, place, the less all godliness flour. be few! But then, I would earn. ished there. For such religious cstly make this motion to them ; societies you have your sufficient that the religious societies, would warrant, Thess. v. ii. Edify one now and then spend some time in VOL. J. New Series.
considering that question, What natural effect. On the contra. good may we do in our neigh. ry, where they are veglected, borhood? and put on the char. and pretended theory of moral acter and intention of reforming virtue substituted in their room, societies. Consider yet more par. it will immediately and certainly ticularly ; First, Who are to be introduce a deluge of profanity called upon to come unto special and immorality in practice. ordinances, that have hitherto
Ibid. neglected them? Secondly, Who ANECDOTES OF ST. JOHN. is in a special adversity, and This venerable apostle, in one what shall be done to succour of his circuits among the chris. and comfort them? Thirdly; tians, observed a remarkably What open miscarriages do any handsome young
person, he live in, and who shall carry need. warmly recommended him to the ful, and faithful admonitions care of a particular pastor. The to them? Excellent things would young man was baptized, and issue out of such societies, and for a time lived as a christian. combinations ; religion would But being gradually corrupted find from them the issues of life! by company, he became idle, inDr. Mather's Pastoral Desires.
temperate, and at length so dis
honest, as to become a captain of The rage of enemies is always
a band of robbers. Some time more active and more lasting than after John had occasion to in. the affection of friends. It of. quire of the pastor concerning ten happens, that some who are
the young man, who told him very much pleased to find one
that he was now dead to God, stand forth as a champion for and inhabited a mountain over their religious or political opin. against his church.* John, in ions, and ready to go as it were
the vehemence of his charity, in the front of the battle; when
went to the place, and exposed their enemies, smarting with the himself to be taken by the rob. wounds he has given them, tra.
bers. Bring me, says he, to duce and vilify his character, your captain, who beheld him these esteemed friends, often, in coming. As soon as he knew a great measure, give it up, and the apostle, he was struck with discover much satisfaction with
shame and fled. The aged apos. themselves, that they had acted tle following him cried, My son, in a wiser and more cautious why flyest thou from thy father, manner.
unarmed and old ? Fear not, as Witherspoon's Eccles. Characteristics. yet there remaineth hope of sal.
vation. Believe me, Christ hath The doctrines contained in the sent me. Hearing this, the young Westminster Confession of Faith man stood still, trembled, and and catechisms, I am persuaded wept bitterly. John prayed, are not only true in themselves, exhorted, and brought him back but the great foundation of all to the society of christians, nor practical religion. Wherever did he leave him, till he found they are maintained and incul. him fully restored by divine cated, strictness and purity of grace. life and manners will be their
* Clem. Alex, apud Euseb.
This apostle, being very old, ly-repeated sermon. Being ask. and unable to say much in chris. ed why he told them only one tian assemblies, “Children, love thing, he answered, that nothing one another," was his constant. else was needed. Milner.
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, various other particulars, shap.
embracing all the varieties of ing these productions to his fan. subject and metre, suitable for cy, he has succeeded in introduc. prirate Devotion, and the Wor. ing into this volume much more ship of Churches.' By Wil uniformity of character than LIAM EMERSON, A. M. Pas could have been expected. One tor of the First Church in Bos. method of effecting the transfor. ton. Boston: Munroe, Fran- mations with which we every cis, and Parker, 1808. where meet, has been to take a
In our review of the Brattle part only of a psalm or hymn as Street Hymns, we took occasion it stands in the works of its auto express our strong disappro. thor. Parts of different psalms bation of that attempt to lower, and hymns, on the same or differ. in the estimation of christians, ent subjects, are likewise brought through the medium of their songs together, stanzas and parts of of praise, the character and mer. stanzas being taken as the occa. its of the Redeemer. We have sion required. This to most per. now the disagreeable task of an. sons would have been an ardu• nouncing another effort of a sim. ous undertaking, as a part can ilar kind, which threatens more hardly be taken from a compo. injurious effects, as it appears sition of this length, without des. before the public, not as a sup. troying the plan of its author. plement, nor as a work designed What is omitted will often be for a single congregation, but as necessary, to illustrate fully a complete collection of psalms what is retained. Mr. E. how. and hymns inviting universal ever, seems to have experienced adoption.
very little difficulty in this part This selection, like the other, of his work. In most instances is made from writers of almost he has left the reader to conjec. every shade of religious charac ture what more should be added ter, from the most strenuous advo. to complete the design. In some cates of the christian faith, down desperate cases, where the mateto the suspected” and even open rials were more stubborn, and infidel. The Editor, in taking the union more difficult to effect, this extensive range, has made a he has made an effort suited to collection of very heterogeneous the exigency, and cemented the materials; yet by rejecting what. parts with what is presumed to ever relates to the divinity and be his own composition. Worship of the Saviour, and, in It may be said, that many of
these omissions are necessary on
index. In his preface, he has the plan of the editor, which re- given the following statement of quires every psalm and hymn to the principles, upon which this be confined within the limits of a work has been executed. page. But it seems much more “ In this selection of psalms probable, that the plan was and hymus from the best wri. adopted for the sake of the omis. ters, there are such occasional sions, than that the omissions alterations from the original have been marle for the sake of verse, as it is hoped will be the plan. If, indeed, Mr. E. has thought important and salutary. done such violence to these com. It has been my endeavor not positions, often destroying the so much to multiply the beansscheme of the writer, and thus of this species of devotion, as to rendering the exhibition of va. reject what savors of party spir. rious subjects imperfect, omitting it and sectarian notions; and what is instructive and highly not so much to choose what is poetical, for what has neither of new and rare, as what is pure, these qualities, and all--that his scriptural, and excellent, is conpsalms and hymns might be just genial to the temper of the gos. a page in length; he has been pel, and feeds the fire of love guided in his work by one of the which the gospel enkindles" oddest fancies that ever haunted That whenever any material the brain of a book-maker. alterations are made in the lau.
The fact is, however, that for guage or sentiments of an author, some reason or other, if a psalm the editor is under obligation to or hymn happens to be too long give notice of it to the reader, for his page, he appliesthe shears was maintained in a late number till it is sufficiently reduced ; and of this work. Mr. E. in our if, on the contrary, it is too short opinion has performed in this in. when measured by the same scale, stance a plain duty to the pub. Dew stanzas are introduced, not lic, for which he is entitled to always with much regard to their commendation, since the omis. quality, till it is expanded to the sion of this duty has of late proper dimensions.
After be become so fashionable. But ing stretched upon this bed of considering the nature and es. torture, no wonder that these tent of his alterations, has he psalms and hymns appear as the said enough? Are his variations mere skeletons of what they once from his originals “ occasional” were ; and the reader will not only? If it is not a doctrine of be surprised, however convers. revelation that Christ is the ant he may be with books of de- Son of God,” “the brightness votional poetry, at the difficulty of his glory, and the express imwhich he finds in recognizing age of his person ;" if it is not many of his most intimate ac true that all men should honor quaintance.
the Son even as they honor the Mr. E. has not, however, un Father,” and that "he that hon. dertaken to palm this volume up. oreth not the Son honoreth not on the public, as containing the the Father;" let it be fairly stat. genuine productions of those men ed. Let it befully known what is to whom they are ascribed in the the great object of this Selection,
and for what class of christians' tracted from Watts, who entitles it is intended. If, in such a case it, “ The glory of Christ and as this, it was proper to exclude, power of his gospel,” Mr. E. enwhat has so long been considered titles it, “ The glory of Christ's by the great body of the church, kingrtom.” The following are as essential to its worship, it was two of the stanzas as they stand certainly proper to state explic. in Watts. itly the reasons of such exclu.
“Now he my heart inspir'd to sing sion. If a discovery has really The glories of my Saviour king'; been made, and improper and Jesus the Lord ; how heavenly fair
His form! how bright his beauties are !" even idolatrous worship is offer.
“ Thy throne, O God, forever stands, ed in our churches, why not let Grace is the sceptre of thy hands; them see at once the magnitude Thy laws and works are just and right,
Justice and grace are thy delight.” and extent of the evil, and not wait the slow and uncertain pro.
The following are the corresgress in reformation to be made, ponding stanzas in Mr. Emer. by bints, inferences, and insinua. son’s Selection. tions?
“Our hearts a grateful theme shall sing, From an attentive perusa! Our ton ves his merits shall proclaim
The glories of our Saviour King; of this volume, and a compar. And speak the honors of his name.” ison of some of the psalms and
“TH' eternal God supports his throne,
Our joyful hearts his sceptre own; hymns which it contains, with For all his laws and works are right, the originals, we feel able to Justice and truth are his delight. state, what the Editor himself
Dr. Watts, however, is supshould have stated, that one im. ported in his application of this portant purpose it is intended to psalm of David by the authority answer, is gradually to abolish of St. Paul, a commentator in all reverence for the Redeemer whose opinions we are in the as a divine person, and to pre- habit of confiding. vent those prayers and praises The forty-seventh psalm is' from being oltered to him, the from Watts, and by him entitled, necessity and propriety of which “ Christ ascending and reignis so apt to be felt by those, who ing.” Mr. E. entitles it, after adopt in their worship the psalm it has passed his correction ; books commonly in use.
“ Rational and devout Praise.” To state all, or even a princi. The second stanza is omitted. pal part of the variations from The reason of its rejection is the original psalms and hymns evident from the first line. which Mr. E. in pursuance of
“ Jesus our God ascends on high." his design has introduced into
In the hundred and eighteenth this Selection, would very far ex. ceed our limits. To give them psalm is the following variation.
Watts. all would be to reprint the vol. ume. A few passages only, from “ Hosanna to th'anointed king,
To David's holy son ; those parts, in which Mr. E. has
Help us, O Lord, descend and bring, very clearly exhibited his own Salvation from thy throne.” views of some of the principal
EMERSON. doctrines of the scriptures, can. “ Hosanna! the anointed king be the subject of reinark.
Ascends his destin'd throne; The forty-fifth psalm is ex
To God your grateful homage brings
And bow before his throne."