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The Gospel, the Rule by which Christians will be judged; a Help to Self-examination and Self-knowledge. By the llev. Robert Yonker, M.A. Perpetual Curate of St. Olave's, and Evening Lecturer at St. Peter's, Chester. Second Edition, with Additions. London: Fellowes;Hamilton, Adams,& Co. Dublin: W.Curry & Co. Chester: J. Seacome. Pp. 60.
A little book of great promise—
sound and useful.
Questions upon Scripture History. By the Rev. James Beaver, M.A. Curate of Leigh, Staffordshire. London: Hamilton & Co. Uttoxeter: Morris &Son. Pp. vi. 138.
The above questions, we learn by the advertisement," were originally drawn up for the use of the author's private pupils," and are certainly calculated to effect the intended object—viz. The constraining them to read the whole of the historical portion of the sacred writings with minute attention The writer's design is highly commendable, and it gives us great satisfaction to find the stream of literature flowing in such a channel.
Tht Episcopal Form of Church Government, its Antiquity, its Expediency, and its Conformity to the Word of God. By John Medley, M.A., Minister of St. Join's Chapel, Truro. London: J.W. Parker. Pp 60.
An able vindication of the episcopal principles on which the Church of England is fouuded : and a clear proof that it conforms in every point of doctrine and discipline with the gospel of our blessed Saviour, and the written Word.
The Guiding Star, and other Tales. London: T. Hurst. Pp. 148.
We are happy to see works of this description multiplying. In six well told tales, we have many of the best principles of religion inculcated in a taking style. The volume is interspersed with poetry of a superior
character, to that generally met with in works of this nature; and the embellishments, if not first rate, are sufficiently well executed to please those for whom they are especially intended. We wish the author success.
1. Family Prayers, by the Author of Explanatory and Practical Comments on the New Testament. Dublin: W. Curry & Co. London: Simpkin & Marshall. Edinburgh: Fraser & Co. Pp. 880.
2. A Second Week of Family Prayers arranged and compiled, in great measure, from the Book of Common Prayer: to which are added, a few Short Prayers, intended to be introduced during the Week previous to the administration of the Lord's Supper: also some Prayers for Particular Occasions. By Allen Cooper, M.A., Minister of St. Mark's, North Audley-Street, and Chaplain to the Most Noble the Marquis of Exeter. London: Rivingtons. Pp.119.
3. Village Prayers, for the Use of Families, for three weeks; to which are prefixed, a Few Observations concerning the Nature of Prayer; Seventh Edition, greatly enlarged. By the Rev. J. W. Brooks, Vicar qf Clareborough, and St. Saviour's, Retford. London: Longman & Co.;
Hatchards, &c. Derby: Mozley.
4. The Invalid's Help to Prayer and
If, as in the mercantile world, the supply is regulated by the demand, we cannot but think that the number of manuals of prayer, which almost daily issue from the press,is a striking proof that religion is progressing amongst (is. Each of the volumes above enumerated is entitled to considerable approbation: but were we to recommend one in preference to the rest, we should certainly select Mr. Cooper's, as best qualified for the general reader; and because it adheres so strictly to the formularies of the Established Church. This, and his former little volume indeed, cannot be too widely circulated; as both are alike distinguished by their form of sound words.
The Sunday School Reward Book, Part I. Selections from the New Version of the Psalms; with the corresponding verses from the Bible and Prayer Book; and Notes from Bishop Home's Commentary. London: Longman & Co. Pp. 184.
The principle upon which these selections have been arranged is admirable —and we earnestly recommend it as a prize book, in the Sunday and Parochial Schools. The Bible and Prayer Book translations have been given, because in many instances, they help to explain each other; and Home's Commentary has reference only to the Bible translation.
A Manual of Instruction, on the Use and Government of Time and Temper : containirg Select ions from Holy Scripture, with Remarks; and Extracts from various English Authors, with an Introductory Essay to the Young. By the Rev. William Jowett, M.A. late Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. London: Seeley. Pp. xvii. 176.
It has seldom been our fortune to meet with a publication which, in almost every respect, demands at our hands so high a meed of praise as we are inclined to bestow on Mr. Jowett's. "Time and Temper." Time could scarcely be better employed than in its perusal, and Temper could not fail to be improved. The passages from Scripture are most judiciously selected: and the practical illustrations drawn from the character and wisdom of some of the best and wisest of our countrymen, convey in a most pleasing form, lessons which not only the
young (to whom the work is especially
dedicated) would do well to study, but
"Might read by day and meditate by night."
It is, indeed, a very " Treasury of Counsels"—and in the language of Him who spake as never man spake—"If ye know these things, happy are ye, if ye do them."
Versa. By Charlotte Rapley; written at Different Times, ufter losing her Sight, in 1820. Epsom: Dorling. Kingston: Seeley. Ewcll Marsh: C. Rapley. Pp. 90. 1835.
The author of these trifles is a poor blind girl at Ewcll, who maintains a most exemplary character; and the sentiments contained in page 5, if not expressed in the most poetical language, do infinite honour to her heart. We cannot, however, help expressing a wish that some kind and competent friend had revised the work, before it was submitted to the public eye: as it is, we can only hope that a charitable and christian public will contribute their mite towards alleviating the distresses of an humble and well-disposed sufferer, who has to contend not only with deprivation of the blessing of sight, but the evils of poverty.
Hours of Thought. By Annette. Loudon: Van Voorst. Pp. 64.
A Very pretty little volume, containing brief reflections in prose and verse on various moral and religious points. It is evidently the production of a well regulated mind, and displays not only refined taste, but correct principles. We sincerely hope the "wreath of fame," for which the fair authoress is a competitor, will be unanimously awarded; and induce her speedily to oblige us with a new and more important work.
Essay on the Habitual Exercise of Love to God, considered as a Preparation for Heaven. By Joseph John Gurney. London: Seeleys; J.8cA. Arch. Norwich: Fletcher.
The name of Gurney has long been known in the religious and literary world, as distinguished for sound principles mid disinterested philanthropy; and the work now before us cannot tail to be read by every class of the christian community, with pleasure and advantage. What a different spirit breathes in the pages of this truly meek and good man, from that which animates a member of the same Society to which he belongs! We feel that we ought to apologize to Mr. Gurney for mentioning his name in the same page with Howitt, but the contrast forces itself irresistibly upon our minds. Every passage on meetness for the heavenly state— every contemplation of God, in nature and providence, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—every enumeration of his attributes, and of his love toward man, in the work before us, are identified with the pure spirit of the gospel dispensation—whilst Howitt's writings savour of the spirit of Satan. Can such opposing sentiments exist in members of the same religious community? We boldly aver they cannot: and whilst we cordially recognize Mr. Gurney as a fellow labourer in the great vineyard of Christ, we repudiate the author of the History of Priestcraft as a Demas—and disclaim all affinity with the unholy traducer of the visible Church of God from the days of Aaron to our own times.
Expositions on the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; with Two Discourses on Matthew, xxii. 37, 39; and Hebrews, viii. 10: to which are added, Expository Lectures on Psalm xxxix. By Robert Leighton, D.D. Archbishop of Glasgow: with an Introductory Essay, by John Pye Smith, D.D. London: Hatchard. 1835. 12rao. Pp.1. 292. [Sacred Classics: Vol. XIV.] When we meet Dr. Pye Smith in the open field of our common Christianity, we always meet him with pleasure and profit; and the gratitude we owe him for the advantages which we have thus received from him, fills us with a deeper regret for the ungenerous and unmanly conflict in which he has lately ventured to engage, against a
Church which was wont to honour him, and which he must have been inwardly ashamed to revile. Here, again, we find him in his proper and more congenial sphere ; and we have to thank him for an admirable Essay, in which he has forcibly exhibited the nature and obligation of the moral law, as connected with christian obedience; traced the history of the Apostles' Creed, and explained its importance, as connected with a right christian faith. In the course of the inquiry, some useful remarks are introduced on Creeds in general, and on the traditions of the Church of Rome. Of the excellence of Archbishop Leighton's Expositions, lo which the Essay is prefixed, it is unnecessary here to say more, than that they cannot be read without much edification to the sincere and faithful Christian.
Sermons on Retirement, Self-Denial, and Resignation, on the Sufferings and Example of Christ, tfc ) particularly adapted for Christian Consideration during'Lent: selected from the Works of the most eminent English Divines; with an Introductory Essay. By the Jiev. R. Cattermole, B.D. London: Hatchard. 1835. 12mo. Pp. xxxii.356. [Sacred Classics: Vol XV.]
Sermons on the Resurrection, particularly adapted for Christian Consideration during Easter: selected from the Works of the most eminent English Divines; with an Introductoiy Essay. By the Rev. Henry Stubbing, M.A. London: Hatchard. 1835. 12mo. Pp. xxxii. 333. [Sacred Classics: Vol. XVI.]
Mr. Cattermole's Essay is an admirable epitome of historical research and argumentative remark on the institution of the season of Lent, of the duties connected with it, and more especially of Fasting: and that of Mr. Stebbing embraces a consideration of the effect produced upon the moral constitution of man, by a conviction of the soul's immortality, as established beyond dispute by our Lord's resurrection. The series of Sermons adapted to assist in the devotional observation of Lent, are the following:— 1. For Ash Wednesday, from Seeker.
I. On the (Jommination, from Clarke. 3. On Religious Retirement, from Atterbury. 4. On Mortification, from Hall. 5. On Confession and Sorrow from Sin, from Tillotson. 6. On Repentance, from Taylor. 7. On Self-Denial, from Wesley. 8. On Affliction, from Leighton. 9. On Submission to the Divine Will, from Burrow. 10. On the Atonement, from Farindon. It. On the Crucifixion, from South. 18. On Christ's Obedience unto Death, from Beveridge. 13. The Believer Crucified with Christ, from Watl$. 14. On the Descent into Hell, from Hortley. 15. The Last Enemy, from Donne. Those for Easter are:—1. For Easter Day,from South, a, 3. On Christ's Resurrection, from Barrow, 4. Christ's Divinity proved by his Resurrection, from Tillotson. 5. Christ, the First Fruit, from Beveridge. 6. Christ's Resurrection a proof of ours, from the same. 7. Christ's Triumph in the Resurrection. 8. The First Resurrection. 9. The Resurrection of the Body, pom Donne. 10. Jesus Risen.
II. The Resurrection of the Body, from Home. 12. The Resurrection of the Dead, from Wesley. 13. Christ's coming to Judgment; and, 14. The Judgment, from Hartley. It should be remarked that, although the selections are made from authors of different and even suspected tenets, nothing objectionable is to be found in the discourses themselves. Though the reasonings are sometimes quaintly urged, and closely argued, the reader will do well to sift them to the bottom, and digest them thoroughly intermixed.
Leicester Conservative Standard, and Midland Counties, Monthly Magazine; Nos. 1 4" 2, for March and April, 1835. Brown, Leicester: Roake & Varty, London.
Perhaps it will be objected that we
are going out of our way, to notice the appearance of a new Local Journal; more especially as its objects do not precisely coincide with our own. Be it so: we could wish, however, in these dangerous times, that the Leicester Conservative, and works penned upon similar principles, were enabled to extend their influence far beyond the vicinity of their immediate publisher. We would go much further out of our way, to make our readers acquainted with the noble stand here made in defence of the English Constitution, and the Established Church. The first Number, though somewhat too exclusively political, is admirable: and the second, in every sense, a very decided improvement upon the first. There could scarcely be more energy in the support of all that is dear and valuable to Englishmen, or more ardour in the denunciation of the destructive and devouring elements that are abroad; but there is a greater variety in the contributions, and a fairer shew of literary talent throughout. We heartily congratulate the loyal county of Leicester on the establishment of such a medium of communication in behalf of the Conservative interests; and we sincerely trust, they will not be wanting in its support.
An Elementary Hebrew Grammar: to which is added, a Selection of Hebrew Sentences, with a Lexicon, and References to the Grammar, for lite use of Shrewsbury School. By the Rev.' Arthur Willis, M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge; and one of the Assistant Masters of the Royal Grammar School, Shrewsbury. London: Rivingtons. 1834. 8vo. Pp. viii. 118.
Although little else than an adaptation of Leusden's Epitome for the use of beginners, this is, unquestionably, the best Hebrew Grammar, with reference to the compiler's sheets, of any we have seen.
ON THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD.
Psalm cxxxix. 7.
Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy
"The eyes of the Lord," says the Preacher, "are in every place." The crowded city and the lonely desert, the secret chamber and the nuptial hall, " the house of prayer" and "the tents of ungodliness," are alike the scenes of his presence, and open to his inspection. Yea, he beholds at all times every spot within the boundaries of creation. "If I climb up into heaven, thou art there; if I go down to hell, thou art there: if I take the wings of the morning, and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there also shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me."
This fact of God's omnipresence is calculated, perhaps, beyond any other, to exalt our ideas of his greatness and power, and therefore deserves to engage our frequent meditation. We are all of us, it is to be feared, too apt to think of him, with regard to his moral properties, as "such an one as ourselves." If, however, we can be brought to entertain a due conception of his natural attributes, we may perhaps be thereby induced to consider that he who is capable of doing such wonders, is also infinite in holiness; that " his thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways his ways."
But the truth, that " all things are naked and open unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do," that "he hath set our iniquities before him, and our secret sins in the light of his countenance," especially when taken in conjunction with this same consideration of his holiness, is very far from being one of mere speculation. We know that we must all one day appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, to give an account of the deeds done in the body, when God will recompense unto all men according to their works. It is then a solemn consideration that He who will hereafter be our Judge, is not only holy and righteous, but is also accurately acquainted with the whole course of our lives; that "there is no darkness or shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves," but that all our transgressions, committed under cover of darkness, and the evil deeds which brave, with unblushing impudence, the light of day; the occasional deviations of yielding virtue, and the habitual transgressions of hardened vice; the doing of things that ought not to be done, and the leaving undone of things that ought to be done; it is, I say, a solemn consideration, that all these, in whatever measure and degree they have been committed, are exposed in their true colours to the eyes of Him before whom we must one day stand in judgment. Nay more, that there is not a word upon our tongue, whether of blasphemy or deceit, of slander
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