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Merits of the Work.
his nature, must of course be true. We believe in its truth, just as we do in the truth of the system of astronomy which explains and harmonizes all the planetary motions.
The second conclusion is, that taking into view the connection of the moral precepts of Christianity with the religious truths which enforce them, the character of the system as a whole, the character and claims of Christ, and the circumstances by which he was surrounded, we are compelled to admit that it had the supernatural origin and authority which it claims.
We have not attempted to give even an abstract of the argument presented by Dr. Hopkins. Our purpose has been, merely to indicate the general tenor of a portion of it, in the hope thereby of commending the volume to our readers.
The concluding Lectures, which treat of the external evidences, contain a clear statement of the points to be proved and of the evidence for them. But on the whole, they strike us as inferior to those on the internal evidence. They add nothing to what might be found in many other volumes. They lead us to think that the lecturer was pressed for time, or did not personally feel any strong interest in this part of his work, but added them for the purpose of making the statement of evidences more complete. His heart is evidently in those Lectures which treat of the adaptation of Christianity to the nature and wants of
Notwithstanding all that has been written on the subject, no treatise occurs to us which presents this branch of Christian evidences more clearly and forcibly. If there be nothing absolutely novel in the view which is taken, it is presented with so much freshness and vigor and felicity of statement, that it seems to us a real addition to our theological literature.
The external evidences require much more space than President Hopkins could give to them, and for this reason as well as the one suggested above, and because in an age of universal publication we want only a man's best thoughts, we think that the volume would be better if all were omitted except what relates to the internal evidences. It would make a complete treatise by itself, and one which we should be glad to place as a first book on Christian Evidences in the hands of any one who was desirous
of candidly investigating the grounds of belief. Still we ought to say, that President Hopkins's volume is better suited to animate the faith of a disciple than to convince the skeptic. He takes his position within the Church, and writes for the benefit of those of whose sympathies he is already sure, rather than for the satisfaction of those who stand without the circle of Christian brotherhood. And in regard to the external evidences, we should prefer that the believer, having examined the first part of President Hopkins's labors, should then read some writer who has treated this department of the subject more elaborately.
Arr. VII. - POETRY.
I. HYMN OF WORSHIP.
" The sea is mighty, but a Mightier sways
GREAT is the Lord. God of earth's empires, and her nations all! To him alone be our deep homage paid ; Let us bow down and worship him alone!
The mountains that rear up their awful heads Into the clouds, tremble when He is near. The sea, in all its billowy might, is stilled When He doth speak. The broad, blue arch of heaven Was fashioned by his thought; - Orion, and the Bear, And the broad belt of stars that spans the universe, And all that stud night's sparkling turban, sprang Existent at His will. The sons of Earth, Whose millions, clothed with life, dwell on the land, Or plough the ocean in ten thousand ships, And those uncounted multitudes that sleep In the pale realms of Death, are His creation. Angel and high archangel, that around His throne lift up their voices in eternal praise, Came thronging from the drear abyss of Nought, Through His omnipotence. The golden sun
That lights the day, and lovelier moon that shines
His presence fills all space :-
The eagle mounting with unfaltering wing
The loftiest seraph, whose resplendent eye
Of loved ones, He perceives, and giveth balmy hope
The wild tornado,
R. H. B.
II. LINES ON THE DEATHS OF LITTLE CHILDREN.
I CAME where, in its snow-white shroud,
The form of little Willie lay ;-
For anguish I could scarcely pray.
6. That's left of little Willie now?"
I kissed that cold and stony brow.
“ He slumbers there in sculptured grace!
And pain has fled that placid face !”
What agony I've borne for thee !
To feel, thy spirit now is free:-
From pangs that rend mortality;
Mid the pure pastures of the sky.
Deaths of Little Children.
And yet we do not deem thee far,
Though, from yon world of cloudless bliss,
To us, frail sojourners in this:
Whose arms of love enfold thee round,
“ Behold, the child ye lost, is found!”
’T was in the time of early spring,
When the small rain falls soft and fast,
In hope that winter's hour is past;
Where earth was moist with nature's tears ;
The blighted hope of future years.
There came no “ voice of words " from Heaven;
A sign of peace from God was given.
And but the pattering rain was heard,
Carolled a solitary bird.
The fitful, solemn, cheerful note,
Gushed from the little songster's throat;
E'en at that hour, be hovering near,
Whispering the mourner holy cheer.