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pictorial expression, he unites goon that they are as dangerous, the tinsel of Italian conceit, las the delusions of a calenture; and the lead of Della Crus. -in which the patient, sailing uncan bombast ; mingling with all der the vertical sun, sick of the a pruriency of thought, and a sea, and a hundred leagues from modesty of impudence, peculiarly shore, dreams that he is surhis own.
rounded by green fields and If a heart rotten in sensuality, woods that invite him to delicious could yet feel alive to the re- enjoyments, and in the rapture monstrances which indignation of delirium steps from the deck and pity would urge us to utter, -into the gulph Into a more we should warn Mr. M. how perilous gulf will he fall, who, dreadful to himself, how hateful bewildered by the visions of this in the sight of heaven and earth, volume, steps into the paradise are talents thus sold to infamy; of fools, which it opens around -talents that might have been him ; for through that paradise employed in furnishing the lies the “ broad road that leadeth. sweetest aids to virtue, the no- 10 destruction ;” and if any blest ornaments to literature. traveller wants an infallible guide He knows now that his gaudy on his journey thither, let him pictures of the pleasures of sin take his own heart,* corrupted are as false, and he will know by licentious poetry.
Review of Dew Publications.
The Mourning Husband, a Dis. no cautions, no directions, no
course at the funeral of Mrs. exhortations are alone sufficient. Thankful Church, late Consort Still they may be useful; and the of the Rev. John H. Church, discourse under consideration Pastor of the Church in Pels may be read with advantage by ham, N. H. April 15, 1806. By all, who mourn the loss of pious LEONARD Woods, A. M. Pas- friends, especially the bereaved tor of a Church in Newbury.
husband. E. W. Allen. Newburyport. For his theme the author has pp. 18. 8vo.
chosen Gen. xxiii. 2.
Sarah died in Kirjath-Arba-and UNDER great afflictions, to feel Abraham came to mourn for and conduct, as we ought, is Sarah and to weep for her.” more difficult, than the inexperi- In an appropriate introduction enced are apt to imagine. To he observes ; preserve a dignified medium be- “ The feelings of friendship are tween stoical insensibility and not weakened, but exalted and sancti. tepining melancholy; to feel fied by religion. There are none who the rod and not faint under it, There are none who know so well the
value a friend so highly, as the saints. requires the highest exercise of the Christian graces.
For this Genesis, vi. 5.-Jeremiah xvi. 9. Vol. III. No. 1.
advantages, or so exquisitely enjoy the excused for mourning the loss of any delights of reciprocal affection. other friend; his sorrow for the death Accordingly the people of God are the of a discreet and pious wife is com sincerest mourners---Jesus, weeping mendable and dignified.” at the grave of Lazarus, sanctioned all
He then proceeds to take a the tears, by which bis people, on
more particular survey of her similar occasions, express the tender
“ amiable character and useful. ness and sorrow of their hearts." At first view this example may
ne88." not seem to the point. It was
In lively, but not gaudy colours not on a funeral occasion, that he paints her loveliness. Jesus went. It cannot be sup- the character of a wife, uniformly
“What encomium is too high for posed, that he felt any grief on good ?-Her modest, gentle, and account of the death of one, who peaceable temper has a never fading was immediately to be raised to beauty, a charm infinitely superior to life. His were tears of sympathy, that of a fair countenance and splen. and teach us to weep with them
did apparel. Above all, how orna
mental is the spirit of piety, which that weep. Still they may be raises her eyes and her heart to God; considered as “sanctioning.” the which consecrates to him all her af. tears of those, who mourned the fections and all her actions; which death of a brother.
prompts her diligently to perform “ The father of the faithful had live every domestic duty, as unto God, ed happily with Sarah, his wife, for
and to seek purity of heart, as well as many years. When she died, how
blameless deportment. Religion imamiable did patriarchal tenderness ap; the highest excellence to her charac
parts uniformity to her conduct, and pear in the melting tenderness of
ter. Every person acquainted with The“ design” of the discourse her worth. But no person so clearly
her, is constrained to acknowledge “is to justify the tears of Abraham discerns her amiable temper, or so at the grave of Sarah, or to show, highly esteems her character, as her with what singular propriety a
partner. He has the nearest survey husband mourns the death of a dis. of those virtuous qualities, which
adorn her mind. In her life the graces creet and pious wife.”
of Christianity fourish before his eyes. This he shows generally in He prizes her above rubies. How few words.
grievous, then, his bereavement, when “All that can be said on the excel. she departs. How affecting the molence and bappiness of friendship in ment, when so much loveliness ergeneral, may, with eminent propriety, pires. When her heart, so full of be applied to the friendship, which kind affection, ceases to beat, and her exists in the matrimonial state. It is eyes, which bespoke the sensibilities there that friendship is found in its of her beart, are closed in death; how highest purity and force ; there it is great must be his. sorrow. With productive of its best joys. How what propriety does he wcep at the highly does the pen of inspiration grare of so much excellence. honour marriage by representing it, The author of this excellent as resembling the sacred and holy discourse is equally happy in nnion between Christ and his churebi describing her usefulness in The married state is designed by God as the consummation of human love.
“ domestic concerns," in educaKind heaven has wonderfully com. ting children ; in preserving her bined the interests and feelings, the husband “ from the shares of the joys and sorrows of the husband and world;" in his “perplexing the wife, so that they are one. If therefore bereavement in any other
cares ;" in “prosperity ;" and relation ought to be deeply felt; more
in affliction." so in this. If a man is justified, or “ But," continues our author,
“ Her influence rises still higher. manner not likely to disappoint If he is impenitent, her pious conduct
the reader. He observes “ that awakens his conscience, and impressively recommends religion. if he is these observations are in a good happily united with her in the love of measure applicable to this solGod, she greatly promotes his moral emn occasion.” To justify the and religious improvement. How of. remark a note is subjoined, conten does her piety and engagedness taining a valuable sketch of the rouse him from spiritual sloth, and render him fervent in family and se.
life of Mrs. Church. cret devotion. When she deviates In the course of his solemn from duty, his heart is melted by the and melting address to the promptitude and tenderness of her mourning husband, he observes, confession....Her undissembled hu. mility often makes him ashamed of
“ In order that your grief be not his pride, and her meekness and con.
irregular, or hurtful, you must be
careful to mingle with it those joys, tentment, of his passionate, and repining spirit.... Here let me say, that
which religion furnishes, and which few women have opportunity to be
are inseparable from Christian mourn. more extensively useful, than the ing....God...is infinitely better, than
the most amiabie wife and most afpious passier of a gospel minister..... fectionate mother....She tarried long Other women in the married state, enough to receive and communicate observing her diligence, her economy, and her charity, are inclined to
much good.... Though her body is en. excel in the same virtues. By her
closed in the gloomy coffin....she still example they are excited
to love their lives, lives in the most exalted sense.....
Nor is she wholly lost to you. The husbands, to discharge, with unre. mitting care, every conjugal duty, incite your gratitude and your imita
remembrance of her virtues ought to and above all other accomplishments, tion. The remembrance of her death to seek the precious ornament of a mneck and quiet spirit. By her exam.
will constantly exercise your submis. ple they are reminded of their obliga; the thought of her will be associated
sion to the will of God. And henceforth tions to their children, and impressed with eternity, and so tend to raise your with the importance of bringing them spirit and produce a heavenly frame... up in the nurture and admonition of the Let not your grief, however sincere Lord. By her example they are led to shun all slander and evil speaking....
and tender, be attended with a single She endeavours to banish from friend. murmuring thought.... God is love."
" ly society every light and unprofitable
He concludes with appropriate topic, and to introduce and support addresses to “her aged parents ;" conversation, which is not only enter.
to “ those, who mourn the loss taining, but serious and edifying. She laments the least appearance of loose.
of a sister;" to “ brethren and ness and impiety in the rising age,
friends of that society;" and to especially among young women; does
" hearers...assembled on the ocall in her power to render them mod. casion." est in dress and behaviour, and to al.
Such are the outlines of this iure them to the practice of Chris. tian piety... Religion, in which they find a few good sentences in a
discourse. We may sometimes are inclined to think there is some. thing gloomy and forbidding, becomes very irregular and shallow perattractive, when seen in her example. formance. Extracts in general In short, her life conspires with the pastoral labours and prayers of her present a picture much brighter
than life. Not so with those husband, to promote among the peo. ple a solemn attention to the Sabbath, taken from this discourse. Whoand all the means of grace, and the ever would duly estimate its love of real goodness its various
worth must view and review the foring.”
whole. He applies the subject in a
The only fault worthy of nc- courses thus distinguished, gene. tice is, not want of method, rally the most attentive, and the which is unexceptionable, but best instructed? want of numerical distinction of Though such distinctions are heads. It is not contended that not so useful from the press, as all sermons should be thus dis- from the pulpit, yet it is desiratinguished. Some subjects seem ble to retain them here also, hardly to admit of it. But this partly for reasons above menis not one of them. Though tioned, but more especially to numerical distinctions do not discourage the pernicious pracconstitute method, yet they may tice of laying them aside in the greatly assist the hearer and pulpit. reader in apprehending and re- This discourse is earnestly taining it. When a head is dis recommended to the attentive tinctly announced, the hearer or perusal of all, who are bound to reader can scarcely avoid paying perform, and of all, who are conpeculiar attention to learn what cerned to know the duties of a it is. This tends to fix it in his wife.....of all who have lost, of all mind. If a leading head is re- who possess, and of all who detained, it is generally easy to re
sire pious and amiable compancall the observations made to ions. prove, illustrate and enforce it. If therefore the heads of a well
The writer of the foregoing review composed discourse are remem
regrets exceedingly, that he is not bered, the substance of the whole this discourse may be purchas.
able to inform the public where is remembered or may be easily ed. Without this appendage, rerecalled. Besides, if the heads views of the best works appear defec. are numerically distinguished, tive, and often leave painful impres. the hearer may easily know
sions on the reader's mind. The whether he retains them all; the Panoplist are requested to pay at
writers of reviews and the Editors of and thus have opportunity to ex- tention to these little, but very interert all his power of recollection esting particulars, it is hoped that to regain any part that he may be for sale in Boston, if it is not at have lost. Are not people, who present. are accustomed to hear dis
LETTER FROM A CORRESPONDENT come acquainted with the state of re.
TO ONE OF THE EDITORS OF THE ligion in our country, and as they
PANOPLIST. May 15, 1807. have been faithful in communicating Sir,
such information, as they have been As the Editors of the Panoplist able to obtain, to their fellow Chris. have taken unwearied pains to be. tians; I feel it my duty to transınit to
them a short account of a revival of past, the summer is ended, and we are religion, which I have just received not saved." in a letter from a respectable clergyman in Newport.
"A most remarkable reformation We think it important to the interests prevails in Middleborough, Berkley, of Christianity, to preserve from Arronett, Carver, and Fair Haven.
oblivion the following detection of In Fair Haven, religion has been a base and insidious forgery. We greatly neglected till lately. Most of extract it from the Palladium of the people in this town have been vio
May 26, 1807. lently opposed to reformations. The Lord is now working in a wonderful manner : the minister has become a [Some of our readers may remember, hopeful convert. One hundred are that about the beginning of the present admitted or propounded for admis- year, we extracted from a Philadel. sion into the church. As the village phia paper, a curious account of ceris small, this is an astonishing number. tain writings found in a globe of mar, A large number have been admitted ble, dug up at Aleppo, from which into Mr. Andrews' church in Berkley. it was inferred, that the Apocalypse Opposition is still great in Fair Ha- or Revelation, was written by Cz. ven; but Christ as yet triumphs glo. RINTHUS, and not by Saint John. riously. Here a number of old, aban- This account was given in a Philadoned sinners, who had for a long delphia paper, as a translation of an time neglected public worship, were article from the Marseilles Gazette, present at a conference, and for some of the 20th of October, 1806. A time stood together, unmoved and writer, under the signature of CEbooking on; at length, the minister Płas, commented on this narrative addressed them with his usual energy in the Palladium ; and expressed his in the following words, 'Your children fears, that this story was transcribed are now waiting for your property, from a French paper into some of the worms for your bodies, and the ours by some disciple of Tom Pain, devil for your souls. The divine pow. to discredit the validity of the New er accompanied this bold address. Testament. Some gentlemen who In a moment their heads fell, the knew the circumspection of editors of tears gushed from their eyes, and periodical papers, at this time, in they became anxious to inquire and Roman Catholic countries, doubted hear what they should do to be saved. if such a publication ever appeared in With wbat ease can God cause his a French Newspaper : Among these word to pierce the sinner's soul! The was Dr .WATERHOUSE, who, beLord can make his people willing in ing a member of the Marseilles the day of his power. The reforma- Academy of Sciences, &c. wrote to tion is increasing in all the places be- one of his correspondents in that city, fore mentioned. There is a great and enclosed the publications on that call for pr. aching. The fields are subject from our paper ; and on Friwhite already to harvest.”
day he received, via Philadelphia, In a degenerate and licentious age, the following letter in answer to his when the enemies of religion are queries :-) straining every nerve to bring the pure doctrines of the gospel into contempt, MARSEILLES, MARCH 28, 1807. when the bulk of nominal Christians SIR, by their lives and conversation are de- Immediately on the receipt of your bying the religion they profess; such letter of the 12th of January, I went information must afford the true fol. to the printer and editor of the Mar. lowers of the meek and lowly Jesus teilles Gazette, to inquire agreeably to peculiar pleasure. While Zion pros- your wishi, respecting the “ Extract pers, let her sons and her daughters of a letter from a gentleman in Aleprejoice. May the children of God, po, to his friend in this city,” said to tricouraged by the recent triumphs of be printed in the Marseilles Gazetre the cross, be fervent in their prayers of October 20, 1806. On examining that this glorious work may extend, the number of that date, there was that none may say, “The harvest is not to be found a single word of the