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conduct of those who fill the highest places of the temple : but to acquiesce in the false pretensions of enemies who would use our charity to destroy us, or to shrink from exposing the deformities and mischiefs of a dangerous faction, is not charity, but weakness. The learned prelate is set on high as a champion to defend the truth, as well as to illustrate and adorn it, and he who, in the hour of battle, shrinks from his post, is unworthy the trust and honours of a leader.
wwwwwas Private Thoughts upon Religion, and that there are thoughts of comprising
a Christian Life; to which is udded, among its future volumes, translations the Necessity and Advantage of fre- of some of the practical theology of quent Communion, In 2 Vols. By earlier times. This will form a novel William BEVERIDGE, D. D., Lord feature of no inconsiderable importBishop of St. Asaph. With Intro ance. ductory Essays, by the Rev. Henry STEBBING, M. A. London: Hat- The Book of Family Worship. By the chard. 1834. 12mo. Pp. lv. 270, Editor of the Sacred Harp, fc. &c. 341. (Sacred Classics, Nos. X. XI.] Dublin : Wakeman. 1834. 24mo.
The“ Private Thoughts" of Bishop Pp. 240. Beveridge have been frequently reputy- The Sacred Harp. Second Series. Dublished apart from his other works; but
lin: Wakeman. 32mo. Pp. xvi. 269. such is their intrinsic excellency and ra- SELECTIONS of all kinds must of tional piety, that they well deserve to be course derive their entire value from again presented to the christian reader the judgment exercised by the comas part of the valuable series for which piler, in the performance of his task. we are indebted to the proprietor and With respect to the first of the two little editors of the Sacred Classics. Their volumes at the head of this notice, devout and zealous author has been the prayers are derived from the best called “ the great reviver and restorer sources, and it will take its place of primitive piety; and though written, among the many similar publications in his earlier years, the declaration of of the day. Of the poetics, several faith which they contain, and the re might as well have been omitted; but, solutions founded thereon, evince an upon the whole, the second series of acquaintance with scripture truth, the Sacred Harp is a pretty appendix and practical holiness, by which to the first, and we trust that the poshe was characterised through life. sessors of the one will not fail to pur“ They are founded,” says Mr. Steb- chase the other. bing, 'in his able Introductory Essay," on the soundest principles of christian truth; but to be practically
Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Ariuseful, they must be read with single
stotle to Linnæus, with Introductory ness of heart, and a spirit tractable
Remarks on the Study of Natural and quiet.” In this spirit we sincerely
History. By W. MACGILLIVRAY, recommend their perusal again and
A.M., F.R.S.E. &c. Ebinburgh : again; as well as the tract on the
Oliver and Boyd. 1834. Sinall Sacrament, which is appended to the 8vo. Pp. 391. [Cabinet Library, present edition. To this also Mr. S.
Vol. XVI.] has prefixed an Essay, which will be The series comprising the Edinread with profit, both before and after burgh Cabinet Library is highly dethe words of serious advice to which it serving of public patronage : and the is attached. The whole series, indeed, present volume adds considerably to goes on well; and we are pleased to hear its value. It does not, perhaps, supply
the reader with much information Clergy. London : Rivingtons. 1833. which might not be found in other Pp. 28. quarters; but, from the judicious ar
We are glad to see these addresses rangement of materials dispersed over so faithfully made to the Clergy. They a wider surface, and the just estimate
prove two things; that the Clergy which is formed of the labours of the
know their responsibilities, and that distinguished individuals whose me.
they are not afraid to be reminded of moirs are recorded, more particularly them. All this argues well for the with reference to the designs of a future. Mr. Goode's sermon is also beneficent Creator, it has a merit far
good. above that of originality of detail. The introduction is admirably written, and points out, with striking effect, The Economy of Human Life. By the pleasure and advantages of natural ROBERT Dopsley. London: Van science. Let the work proceed after Voorst. 1834. 18mo. Pp. 167. the manner of its present promise, A REPRINT of a very useful work, forand the proprietors will amply redeem merly published without the author's their pledge of making it “a complete
name, under the “ mask of an oriental and connected Library of Historical,
original.” The subjects treated are, Geographical, Statistical, Natural, and
Duties that relate to Man as an indiviBiographical KNOWLEDGE."
sanguinity-Providence, or accidental The St. David's College Calendar for
differences in men—Social Duties,
Religion. The whole is written in a the year 1834.
very sententious style, and not unlike OUR readers, or most of them, are the language of the Scriptures. doubtless acquainted with the history and .ne object of St. David's College. The institution bas now been in active Elegy, written in a Country Church operation for eight years; and though Yard. By Thomas GRAY. London: yet in its infancy, the particulars which Van Voorst. 1834. 8vo. are collected in the Calendar, are not The peculiarity of this beautiful only interesting in themselves, but edition is, that it is divided into thirtytend to prove that benevolent and two Stanzas, each of which is elegantly pure views with which the College was
illustrated with a splendid wood-cut by founded have been abundantly re
our first artists, and in appearance is alised. We are pleased to find that
almost equal to copper-plate engravthe publication of the Calendar for the ings. Our readers will not regret the year 1833, had the desired effect of
purchase. making these views inore generally known, and thereby lessening the pecuniary difficulties with which the foun
Jephthah's Daughter. A Dramatic Poem.
By M. J. CHAPMAN, Esq. Author of dation has had to contend; and we sincerely trust that those who have
“ Barbadoes and other Poems." Lon
don: Fraser. 1834, Pp. xii. 118. the means will still continue to contribute to so good a work, and render There are some things in this poem its operations yet more effective, and which we do, and some which we do more extensively useful.
not understand, and those things concern diction and metre. Our want of
intellect, we suppose, is in fault, and The Christian Watchman : a Sermon, not the author's skill. Nevertheless
preached in the parish Church of Leek, Mr. Chapman has done what will at the Visitation of the Rev. George save him from a charge of bare mediHoilson, M. A. Archdeacon of staf ocrity, and there are portions of his ford. By the Rev. ALEXANDER book which have great merit. It is Goode, M. A. Vicur of Cuverswall, bis intention, he says, to write a triin the County of Stafford. Printed logy on the houses of Saul and David, at the request of the Archdeacon and and to dramatise the“ history of Esther,
and perhaps the book of Job." "I have addressed myself in no irreverent spirit to these themes." (Preface.) What can be more dramatic than these histories as they are? But we do not object to the undertaking. Poets may gain little credit and less recompense for their labours; but their lucubrations do good in a commercial way.
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of
the Rev. Claudius Buchanan, D.Ď. late Vice-Provost of the College of Fort William, in Bengal. By Hugh PEARSON, D.D.M.R.A.S. Dean of Salisbury. Fourth Edition, with some retrenchments. London: Seeleys.
1834. This is a reprint of a well-known work for the Christian's Family Library. All that can be required in a notice of such a publication in our pages, is to express, what we have no hesitation in stating, that the choice of the work is creditable to the editor of the series, and that the publisher has done his best to place it in a cheap form before the public. The interest attached to the character of Dr. Buchanan will always obtain readers for the Memoirs of his Life.
An Essay towards an easy and useful
System of Logic. By ROBERT
Edinburgh, Black. 1834. Pp. 170. MR. BLAKEY has produced a very excellent work, which contains some original, and to our minds, satisfactory conclusions respecting the province, use, and usefulness of logic. He is one of those who would not have a logician to be a peasant; and who would estimate science according to its real value, as bearing upon the great object of mental advancement-not for its brilliancy, but for its intrinsic worth. He dissents from some of the remarks in Whately's Logic, and we think justly. He moreover considers the question relating to mathematical learning in a candid and matter-of-fact way. His chapter on religion is very commendable.
The Teacher, or Moral Influence em ployed in the Instruction of the Young. Intended chiefly to assist young Teachers in organizing and conducting their Schools. By JACOB ABBOTT, Principal of Mount Vernon School. Revised by the Rev. Charles Mayo, LL.D. late Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford. London:
Seeleys. 1834. Pp. xii. 328. Like all the author's works, this book is clever and original. It gives us an insight into the usual rnethod of teaching in America, and offers many hints that may be taken to advantage on this side of the Atlantic. Dr. Mayo has acted judiciously in bringing it before the British public, and, we trust, good will come of it.
The Christian Expositor ; or Practical Guide to the Study of the Old Testament : intended for the use of General Readers. By the Red. GEORGE HOLDEN, M.A. London:
Rivingtons. 1831. 1200. Pp. 810. In the twelfth volume of our Journal (for the year 1830), pp. 479, et seq., we reviewed, at very considerable length, Mr. Holden's “ Christian Expositor; or Practical Guide to the Study of the New Testament." The ample statement of his plan into which we then entered, reviders it unnecessary that we should now detail the same topics, in announcing the completion of his truly valuable biblical "labours, by the publication of bis volume on the Old Testament. The two volumes present, together, the most useful digest of critical annotation on the Holy Scriptures which we have yet seen. But we should not do justice to the author, if we did not recapitulate the leading particulars of the plan he has pursued, for the information of such of our new subscribers as may not have seen the volume of the CHRISTIAN REMEMBRANCER to which we have referred.
Mr. Holden's design is to state, as briefly as is consistent with perspicuity, the result of a critical inquiry meet (as that on the New Testament has already met) with a reception equal to its merits.
A New Dictionary of the English
Language. By CHARLES RICHARD-
Part I. Pp. 80. It would be impossible to speak of the value of this work within the short space of a literary notice; but thus much we can assure our readers, that in its plan it is novel and more comprehensive than any of its predecessors ; that the quotations from the earliest poets, chroniclers, divines, &c. arranged in chronological order, in illustration of different words, supply an admirable view of the progress of the English tongue ; that reference is made to chapter and verse for every quotation given ; that it is cheap ; and that the publisher engages to deliver all parts beyond thirty free of expense. No library should be without it.
into the meaning of the sacred original. To each book is prefixed a concise introduction; and where a more extended discussion of its scope seemed to require it, he has prefixed copious prefaces. This is particularly the case with the book of Job, bis introduction to which fills nine closely-printed pages, and leaves the reader nothing further to desire respecting the object and design of that deeply interesting portion of the Old Testament. The introduction to the book of Psalıns is equally excellent : the observatio's on the imprecatory Psalms (as they are cominonly termed) are singularly valuable. The volume concludes with various useful chronological tables, and with a copious and carefully accentuated “ explanatory index ” of the proper names occurring in the Bible.
We have examined various difficult passages, which have greatly exercised the ingenuity of biblical critics; and no one instance appears to have been omitted by Mr. Holden. We refer our readers particularly to the notes on the three first chapters of Genesis; on Gen. xvi. 7, 12; xlix. 1, et seg.; Exod. vi. 3; and Job xix. 25-28. Wherever our generally accurate authorized version seems to depart from the true meaning of the Hebrew, Mr. H. bas subjoined what he considers to be the most correct reudering, with the modest prefix of « Rather." He has further added select references to parallel passages, which have the merit of being really parallel ; so that the reader, who will take the trouble to compare them, will find his labour abundantly repaid by the light which they reflect on Scripture. Concise as many of the notes necessarily are, by the aid of a small but beautifully clear type, the author has successfully condensed the results of much learned and laborious inquiry into a small compass. Though his work is intended “ for the use of general readers,” yet it comprises so much information in a very compressed form, that not merely general readers, but also critical students, may gladly avail themselves of Mr. Holden's critical labours. And we do sincerely hope that the present volume will
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Veritas Christiana. The Chief Poin!s
of a Christian's Faith severally confirmed and proved, by suitable Arguments, selected from the Works of eminent Divines and other Writers, and from the Holy Scripturcs. London: Peacock & Mansfield.
1835. 32mo. Pp. 96. A very original, and most successful A VERY original, and production. In your waistcoat pocket, reader, you may now carry about with you a complete digest of all that the most eminent writers have said in favour of Christianity - enemies as well as friends. The selection and arrangement are not less adınirable than the idea. Nothing can be more clear, direct, or convincing. We particularly recommend it to the young; but we can assure the christian reader of any age that, if well acquainted with the Veritas, he will never be unable to give any man a reason of the hope that is in hiin. It is the most compendious answer to the infidel we ever saw, and not by any means the least complete.
Primitive Christianity; or, the Religion gospel breathing in the hearts and
of the Ancient Christians in the first lives of these good old Christians." Ages of the Gospel: to which are We shall not attempt an analysis of added, an Historical Account of a work whose subject is of general Paganism under the first Christian interest; which is so cheap that all Emperors; and the Lives of Justin may possess, and so clear that all may Martyr and Cyprian. By Wil- understand it. Nor would extracts do LIAM CAVE, D.D. With an Intro. justice, where simplicity is the chief ductory Essuy and Notes, by the characteristic of the style, and the Rev. WM. TROLLOPE, A.M. Vicar of argument is so connected, that deGreat Wigston, Leicestershire, and tached passages must suffer by sepalate one of the Classical Masters of ration from the context. The chapter Christ's Hospital.
on the Obedience and Subjection of Next to the praise of writing a good the Primitive Christians to the Civil book, is that of making it useful, by Government may peculiarly claim atobtaining for it extensive popularity. tention at the present time, when the To this praise the editors of the Sacred names of conscience and religion are Classics are well entitled. By making used to cloak hostility to the Church the public familiar with authors who and disloyalty to the State. To those are at once masters of language and who ignorantly imagine that they are giants in divinity, they are contri- doing God service while they neither buting to form a purer and higher “ love the brotherhood," nor« bonour standard of taste. He who can appre- the King," we would offer for imitaciate the writings of Jeremy Taylor, tion the example of the early Chrisof Bishop Hall, of Butler, or of Beve- tians, and for serious consideration the ridge, is little likely to waste his atten- principles they avowed. All history tion upon the flimsy productions of proves that the Church achieves her the day.
deliverances and triumphs only with The Sacred Classics already include spiritual weapons—with prayers and select works of some of our very best tears. It shows also, that whenever writers and divines; and the volumes a body of professing Christians have before us, which form the twelfth and employed unhallowed means to obtain tbirteenth of the series, are not un- even a just end, they have seldom worthy of their predecessors. After escaped the signal manifestation of vindicating the early Christians from God's displeasure. the slanders of their enemies, they The Introductory Essay, though not offer a full account of their principles directed expressly to this argument, and practice, arranged under the tends powerfully to confirmn it. It general heads of “ Piety towards displays, with great felicity of thought God, sobriety towards ourselves, and and language, the benefits which righteousness towards others.” Here, Christianity has derived through the to use the language of the author, malice of her enemies, marking how “ the reader will find a piety active their strongest assaults have only and zealous, shining through the tended to establish her foundations blackest clouds of malice and cruelty; and confirm the evidence of her Divine afflicted innocence triumphant, not authority. Such arguments are always withstanding all the powerful or politic valuable. It never can be too strongly attempts of men or devils; a patience impressed upon Christians, that the unconquerable under the biggest per- Church is the care of God : that it secutions; a charity truly catholic and is their duty to disregard the suggesunlimited ; a simplicity and upright tions of expediency, and in faith and carriage in all transactions; a sobriety patience to commit their cause to and temperance remarkable to the him : that it is their privilege to know admiration of their enemies; and in that He in whose hand are the issues short, he will bere see the divine and of all things and the hearts of all men, holy precepts of the christian religion will never disappoint the confidence drawn down into action, and the most of his people, or forsake thein that excellent genius and spirit of the fear him.