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The Gospel, the Rule by which Christians will be judged ; a Help to Self-examination and Self-knowledge. By the Rev. Robert YONKER, M.A. Perpetual Curate of St. Olave's, and Edening 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 promisesound and useful.
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.
Questions upon Scripture History. By
the Red. James Beaver, M.Ă. Cůrale 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 wbole 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.
1. Family Prayers, by the Author of
Explanatory and Practical Comments
Co. Pp. 280. 2. A Second Week of Family Prayers
urranged 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 sone Pruyers for Particular Occasions. By ALLEN Cooper, M.A., Minister of St. Mark's, North Audley-Street, and Chaplain to the Most Noble the Murquis 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 Red. J. W. BROOKS, Vicar of Clareborough, and St. Saviour's, Rei. ford. London: Longman & Co.; Hatchards, &c. Derby: Mozley. Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd. Leeds :
Somerscale. Pp. 140. 4. The Invalid's Help lo Prayer and
Meditation ; with Prayers in behalf,
London : Rivingtons. Pp. xx. 86. IF, as in the mercantile world, the supply is regulated by the demand, we cannot but think that the pumber of manuals of prayer, which almost daily issue from the press, is a striking proof that religion is progressing amongst us.
The Episcopal Form of Church Govern
ment, its Antiquity, its Expediency, and its Conformity to the Word of God. By JOHN MEDLEY, M.A., Minister of St. John's Chapel, Truro.
London : J. W. Parker. Pp 60. An able vindication of the episcopal principles on wbich the Church of England is founded : 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
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.
young (to whom the work is especially dedicated) would do well to study, but all "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 mau spake_"If ye know these things, happy are ye, if ye do them."
The Sunday School Reward Book,
Part I. Selections from the New Version of the Psalms ; with the corresponding verses from the Bible und Prayer Book; and Notes from Bishop Horne'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 Horne's Commentary has reference only to the Bible translation.
Verses. By CHARLOTTE RAPLEY; written at Different Times, ujter losing her Sight, in 1820. Epsom : Dorling. Kingston : Seeley. Ewell Marsh: C. Rapley. Pp. 90. 1835. The author of these trifles is a poor blind girl at Ewell, 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.
A Manual of Instruction, on the Use
and Government of Time and Tem-
Young. By the Rev. WILLIAM
don: 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
Hours of Thought. By ANNETTE.
London : 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. & A.
Arch. Norwich : Fletcher. The name of Gurney has long been known in the religious and literary
world, as distinguished for sound prin- Church which was wont to honour him, ciples and disinterested philanthropy; and which he must have been inwardly and the work now before us cannot ashamed to revile. Here, again, we find fail to be read by every class of the him in his proper and more congenial christian community, with pleasure sphere; and we have to thank him for and advantage. What a different an admirable Essay, in which he has forspirit breathes in the pages of this cibly exhibited the nature and obligatruly meek and good man, from that tion of the moral law, as connected which animates a member of the same
with christian obedience; traced the Society to which he belongs ! We history of the Apostles' Creed, and feel that we ought to apologize to explained its importance, as connected Mr. Gurney for mentioning his name with a right christian faith. In the in the same page with Howitt, but course of the inquiry, some useful the contrast forces itself irresistibly remarks are introduced on Creeds in upon our minds. Every passage on general, and on the traditions of the meetness for the heavenly state Church of Rome. Of the excellence every contemplation of God, in nature of Archbishop Leighton's Expositions, and providence, as Father, Son, and to which the Essay is prefixed, it is Holy Gbost-every enumeration of his unnecessary here to say more, than attributes, and of his love toward man, that they cannot be read without in the work before us, are identified much edification to the sincere and with the pure spirit of the gospel faithful Christian. dispensation—whilst Howitt's writings savour of the spirit of Satan. Can such opposing sentiments exist in Sermons on Retirement, Self-Denial, members of the same religious com and Resignation, on the Sufferings munity? We boldly aver they cannot: and Erumple of Christ, 8c; partiand whilst we cordially recognize Mr.
cularly adapted for Christian ConsiGurney as a fellow labourer in the
deration during Lent: selected from great vineyard of Christ, we repudiate the Works of the most eminent Enthe author of the History of Priest glish Divines; with an Introductory craft as a Demas—and disclaim all
Essay. By the Rev. R. Cattermole, affinity with the unholy traducer of the B.D. London: Hatchard. 1835. visible Church of God from the days 12mo. Pp. xxxii. 356. [Sacred Clas. of Aaron to our own times.
sics : Vol XV.]
Sermons on the Resurrection, particuExpositions on the Creed, the Lord's
larly adapted for Christian ConsiderPrayer, and the Ten Commandments;
ation during Easter : selected from with Two Discourses on Matthew,
the Works of the most eminent English xxii. 37, 39; and Hebrews, viii. 10:
Divines; with an Introductory Essay. to which are added, Expository Lec
By the Red. HENRY STEBBING, M.Ă.
London: Hatchard. tures on Psalm xxxix. By ROBERT
1835. 12mo. LEIGHTON, D.D. Archbishop of Glus
Pp. xxxii. 333. [Sacred Classics : gow : with an Introductory Essay,
Vol. XVI.] by John Pye Smith, D.Ď. Lon
MR. CATTERMole's Essay is an admirdon: Hatchard. 1835. 12mo. Pp. 1.
able epitome of historical research 292. (Sacred Classics: Vol. XIV.]
and argumentative remark on the inWHEN we meet Dr. Pye Smith in the stitution of the season of Lent, of the open field of our common Christianity, duties connected with it, and more we always meet him with pleasure and especially of Fasting: and that of Mr. profit; and the gratitude we owe him Stebbing embraces a consideration for the advantages which we have thus of the effect produceù upon the moral received from himn, fills us with a constitution of man, by a conviction deeper regret for the ungenerous and of the soul's immortality, as estabunmanly conflict in which he has lished beyond dispute by our Lord's lately ventured to engage, against a resurrection. The series of Sermons
adapted to assist in the devotional observation of Lent, are the following:
1. For Ash Wednesday, from Secker. 2. On the Commination, from Clarke. 3. On Religious Retirement, from Atterbury. 4. On Mortification, from Hall. 5. On Confession and Sorrow froin 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. 11. On the Crucifixion, from South. 12. On Christ's Obedience unto Death, from Beveridge. 13. The Believer Crucified with Christ, from Watts. 14. On the Descent into Hell, from Horsley. 15. The Last Enemy, from Donne. Those for Easter are:-1. For Easter Day, from South. 2, 3. On Christ's Resurrection, from Barrow. 4. Christ's Divinity proved by his Resurrection, from Tiilotson. 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, from Donne. 10. Jesus Risen, 11. The Resurrection of the Body, from Horne. 12. The Resurrection of
Resurrection of the Dead, from Wesley. 13. Christ's coming to Judgment; and, 14. The Judgment, from Horsley. 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 soinetimes quaintly urged, and closely argued, the reader will do well to sift them to the bottom, and digest them thoroughly intermixed.
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 adipirable: 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 hehalf of the Conservative interests; and we sincerely trust, they will not be wanting in its support.
An Elementary Hebrew Grammur : to
which is added, a Selection of Hebrew Sentences, with a Lexicon, and References to the Grammar, for the 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.
Leicester Conservative Standurd, and
Midland Counties, Monthly Magazine ; Nos. 1 & 2, for March and April, 1835. Brown, Leicester:
Roake & Varty, London. Perhaps it will be objected that we
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 VOL. XVII. NO. V.