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We rise, and all the distant and the near
Stand forth in suinny outline brave and clear;

We kneel, how weak!-we rise, how full of power!
Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,

Or others, that we are not always strong?

That we are ever overborne with care,
That we should ever weak or heartless be,

Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
And joy, and strength and courage are with Thee!-P. 14.


The Principle of Total Abstinence

from all Intoxicating Drinks, calmly considered. A Sermon, preached in the Parish Churches of Basingham

urlby, in the County of Lincoln; on Sunday, May 20, 1838. By the Rev. D. S. WAYLAND, M.A. London: Rivingtons, Simpkin, Marshall and Co. Lincoln : Brooke.

Pp. 24. Every endeavour to stem the tide of drunkenness, the “besetting sin ” of too many of our countrymen, is praiseworthy; and we are happy to find by this discourse, that Mr. Wayland's christian labours have, to a certain extent, been crowned with success. We hope his zeal, however, will not outrun his prudence. The harp-string will not endure too powerful a tension.

the guidance of sovereigns- his labours to promote individual as well as national righteousness, are all brought to bear upon the position of our young and gracious Queen, with that talent and propriety by which all Mr. Horne's writings are characterized. And we are sure our readers will cordially join in the official Benediction, and add from the sermon, "May the allegiance, wbich we pay her in all truth and faithfulness, be bound upon our hearts and minds with the ties of duty, gratitude, and love."

The Sovereign's Prayer and the Peo

ple's Duty. A Sermon delivered in the Church of the United Parishes of Saint Edmund the King and Martyr, and Saint Nicholas Acons, Lombard Street, on Sunday, July 1st, 1838, (the Sunday after the Coronation of Her Most Gracious Majesty.) By the Rev. Thomas HARTWELL HORNE, B. D. of St. John's College, Cambridge ; Prebendary of Saint Paul's, Rector of the said Parishes, and Author of the Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. London: T. Cadell. Edinburgh : W. Blackwood. Dublin: Milliken. Pp. 36. This is an admirable discourse on 1 Kings iji. 7--10. The education of Solomon-his excellent precepts for

The Apostolical Commission a Motive

to Fidelity. A Sermon preached on the 5th of July, 1838, in the Parish Church of All Saints, Derby, at the Visitation of the Archdeacon of Derby. By the Rev. Samuel Fox, M.A., F.S.A. Vicar of Horsley. Printed at the Request of the Archdeacon and Clergy. Derby : Bem

rose. Pp. 26. Ar able defence of the Apostolicity of the Established Church; in which it is shown that the title of her ministers to be esteemed ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God, is established upon scriptural evidence, corroborated by the primitive Church, and sanctioned by the practice of ages.” (p. 20.) The responsibility of the Clergy in reference to this, is powerfully argued; and the duty is strongly enforced, of not only setting before our flocks the great objects of christian faith, and directing their feet in the way of christian obedience, but also at the same time of urging on their attention those important means of grace which have been mercifully entrusted to our ministration; viz. tbe sacraments of Baptism and of the Lord's Supper. Both of these, we regret to say, are seldom observed in a strictly scriptural

ictly scriptural sense—the former has become, as it

it were, secularized, and the latter awfully neglected. But we feel that if Mr. Fox's laudable exertions are followed by his brethren, and the nature of the sacraments as clearly expounded, the evil will be greatly alleviated, if not altogether eradicated.

judgment of the Established Church, that it has “Calvinistic Articles, an Arminian Clergy, and a Popish Liturgy." When he has read a little further, to qualify him to write, accident may lead him to a knowledge of a fourth denomination, essentially different from those which he enumerates. And when some acquaintance is acquired with opinions, which he presumes to asperse while wholly uninformed of them; he may possibly perceive, that the contradictions which he finds it impossible to reconcile, have no existence beyond his dull or ignorant misapprehension. On the baser insinuation, which is conveyed in the charge which he advances, it will be sufficient to observe, in the words of a lively writer, "sa folie ģta à sa calomnie tout son atrocité."- Pp. xviii-XX.

The Evangelical Character of Christi

anity, according to the Doctrine
and Ordinances of the Established
Church. Asserted and vindicated in
a Series of Letters, addressed to a
Young Person. By FREDERICK No-
LA, LL.D. F.R.Š. M.R.S.L. Vi-
car of Prittlewell, Essex. London:

Pickering. Pp. xx. 257. Decidedly one of the most valuable books that have issued from the press for some years. The labours of Mr. Nolan in the field of professional duty are well known, and equally well appreciated ; and to these we shall have occasion to refer in our review of his elaborate and most masterly work on the Chronological Prophecies. The present volume is intended to check a widely spreading bane, which is silent in its operation, and administered under the specious pretence of superior holiness and evangelical sanctity; and we are sure no one will regret the cause that hastened its publication, which Mr. Nolan thus forcibly announces :

While he admits, in closing these observations, that the inducements which led him into the subjoined discussion were sufficiently urgent, he must confess, they would not have been carried so promptly into effect, had .ot the appearance of one or two tracts, from lay persons, convinced him, that no time was to be lost in laying his opinions before the public. In one of those effusions of "the zeal without knowledge,” which usually characterises “ the evangelical school" of divinity, a charge is deliberately brought against the great body of the established clergy, in which they are indirectly accused of violating the most solemn stipulations. On the high theological authority of Lord Chatham, the retailer of this calumny announces, as his

An Attempt to promote the Peace and

Edification of the Church by uniting the Admirers of Leighton and Laud. A Sermon preached before the University of Cambridge, on Sunday, May 13, 1838. By Thomas MorTIMER, B.D. of Queen's College, Cambridge. Minister of the Episcopal Chapel, Gray's Inn Lane, Saint Pancras, London. Cambridge: Deightons. London: See

ley, J. F. Shaw. Pp. 32. Every one must rejoice at witnessing "attempts” like this to promote Christian peace and unity :- The Sermon is written with great eloquence, and contains several of those striking passages, which at once arrest the ear and fix the heart.

Sermons on the Temptation of Christ

in the Wilderness. By the Rev. EDWARD SCOBELL, A.M. Incumbent of St. Peter's, V'ere Street; and Evening Lecturer of the Parochial Church, St. Mary-le-bone. London:

Burns. Pp. x. 156. We have here six eloquent discourses on that most interesting event in our blessed Lord's life, “the temptation in the wilderness.” The 1st refers to the peculiar and trying circumstances under which our Saviour approached this fiery ordeal. The 2d describes the character and power of the evil spirit, but forbids us to despond by pointing to the stronger than he. The 3d, On distrust of Providence. The 4th, On spiritual presumption. The 5th, On

anited to Carlisle "the name only of a church" would be left.

God and Mammon. The 6th and last, On the peace of God; which terminates with the following brilliant passage, which must have produced a most powerful sensation when uttered by so able a divine and distinguished a preacher as Mr. Scobell.

Yes, Christian, even now while we speak, the Saviour pleads that promise for thee. He stands in heaven the Great Mediator. The free gift is the Father's; and the minister of the gift is God the Spirit; but the great Covenanter, the great Connecter and Peconciler of sinners to their God, is Jesus, the Mediator. No man cometh to the Father bat by him. He is the way! a way of tears a way of blood-but of tears, that shall be registered above ;--of blood, that speaketh better things than the blood of Abel; for while the blood of the son of Adam cried avengingly from the ground, and declared death,

-the blood of the Son of God, shed in mercy for all men, and ready to be pleaded for all, and laid down at every man's door, if he will but take it and wash in it, and be made clean by the blood of sprinkling; this precious blood—the blood of the everlasting Covenant-declareth righteousness, even the Lord our righteousness—"and the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever.” Pp. 155, 6.

The Imagery of Foreign Travel ; or

Descriptive E.ctracts from Scenes and Impressions in Egypt, India, fc. Selected and published by the Author. Pp. vii. 376. London:

Longman and Co. 1838. A very agreeable abridgement of Major Sherer's volumes published between the years 1822 and 1826. It is delightful to find an old soldier thus usefully and pleasantly occupied in his retirement, enjoying "the goodly treasure of an innocent and inexhaustible recreation."

Minutie; or Liltle Things for Christ's

Flock. By the Rev. J. W. PEERS, LL.D. Rector of Morden, Surrey, and of Ickleford cum Pirton, Herts. A new Edition, much enlarged from the Papers of the Author, and re-ar

ranged. London: Seeley. Pp. 368. A SERIES of devout meditations, and pious ejaculations for every day of the year; written much in the style of our old sterling divines. They are evidently the outpourings of a soul feelingly alive to the glory of God, the preciousness of the soul of man, the need of a Redeemer's sacrifice, and the grace of the Holy Spirit. And we cordially unite in the prayer of the excellent author, that they “may be blessed to the poor of Christ's flock.”

Isle of Mann, and Diocese of Sodor

and Mann. Ancient and Authentic Records and Documents relating to the Civil and Ecclesiastical History and Constitution of that Island. Collected and arranged by the Rev. WM. PERCEVAL WARD, M.A. Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Sodor and Mann. London: Rivingtons. Col

chester: Taylor. Pp. iv. 185. Tuis volume was written with a view to avert the impending calamity which threatened the destruction of the ancient bishopric of Sodor and Mann, and contains most valuable and important documents. We hope, now that the evil bas, for a time at least, passed away, the author will oblige us with a new edition, wherein the " want of brevity, and defective arrangement," will be remedied; as we are sure every friend of episcopacy will feel an interest in the history and prosperity of a Church, of which the late excellent Bishop so feelingly expressed a fear, that if


The Confessions of Adalbert. By

Francis THEREMIN, D.D. Chaplain to his Majesty the King of Prussia, Member of the Supreme Consistory, &c. fc. Translated from the German by Samuel Jackson, Esq. London: Wertheim ; Nisbet and Co.

Cheltenham: Wight. Pp. vii. 264. We have latterly had frequent occasion to direct the attention of our readers to the better school of German theology; one of the greatest ornaments of which is Dr. Theremin. The design of the present volume is to describe the commencement and progress of the Christian faith and life, in the experience of an individual. And in accomplishing this the author has proceeded in a scriptural and orthodox manner, which we have not been ac


customed to look for among the German divines. Besides which, he not only strongly interests the feelings, but at the same time illustrates in powerful language the doctrine of grace maintained by the Prussian Church.

worthy intention, and awaken a desire to search the Scriptures;” which Bishop Jewell calls “the manna given to us from Heaven, to feed us in the desert of this world."

The New Eton Grammar ; in which

that Popular Introduction to the Latin Tongue is rendered into English ; and the Accidence, the Syntax, and the Prosody, are retained in the Form in which they are used at Eton:with much Additional Matter to the Text, under the several Heads of Definition, Rules of Accent, Declension, and Conjugation. Comprising also, I. General Questions on the Accidence. 11. A Latin Praxis. III. Rules of Construction. IV. Directions for the Translator. V. Rules of Position. VI. Roman Mode of Kleckoning Time and Money. V I. The Quantity of the Penult marked to show the Position of the Accent. Together with Copious and Easy Explanatory Notes, Philosophical as well as Practical. By Clement Moody, one of the Junior Masters of Tunbridge School. London: Smith, Elder, and Co. Tunbridge: Hall. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. Dublin : Cumming.

1838. Pp. xii. 178. Mr. Moody has accomplished his task most admirably. For if perspicuity, and correct explanation of grammatical elements are essential for students, and indispensable for sound instruction, we pronounce this work to exceed in these particulars every previous publication we have met with. And we recommend it accordingly to all teachers, public as well as private.

A Sermon preached in the Cathedral

Church at Norwich, on Saturday,
June 30th, 1838, at the Primary
Visitation of the Right Reverend
Edward Lord Bishop of the Dio-
cese; and dedicated by permission
to his Lordship. By John BEDING-
Wroxham with Salehouse. Norwich:
Fletcher. London: Rivingtons.

Pp. 23. The text of this sermon is taken from Daniel vii. 14: “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Visitation sermons are ordinarily of such a decidedly official character, that they offer few striking points upon which any remarks can be offered. Mr. Collyer, however, has deviated from the beaten road, (although the discourse still possesses the general stamp and character alluded to;) and in illustrating the rise and progress of the kingdom of Christ, has gratified us with one of the ablest and most scriptural discourses that have fallen under our notice for some years

Help to Reading the Bible. By Ben

JAMIN ELLIOTT NICHOLLS, M. A. of Queen's College, Cambridge; Curate of St. John's, Walthamstow. Author of Sunday Exercises on the Morning and Evening Services of the Church. London: Rivingtons.

Pp. 281. A work of much merit; which we trust will answer the author's praise

A Daily Treasury for the Christian;

consisting of Texts of Scripture, with Appropriate Selections from our best Christian Poets, for Every Day in the Year. By a LADY. Dorchester: Patch. London: Longman and Co. Dublin : Curry and

Co. Cheltenham: Wight. Pp. 323. A very sensible and useful book. For although the poetical selections are not always of that mild and sober character which we should have chosen, still, as a work of prayer and praise, we think it well calculated to convince the reader, that “the statutes of the Lord are rigtit, rejoicing the heart; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”



MATTHEW xxvi. 6—10. Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there

came unto him a woman having an alabaster-box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble

ye the woman ? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. Our blessed Lord, brethren, received this mark of honour on more than one occasion, and from more than one person. Supposing the text to refer to the same transaction as that which is recorded in the twelfth chapter of St. John's Gospel, the occasion of this present mark of honour seems to have arisen from the deep and abiding affection of the family of Lazarus, whom our Lord had lately raised from the dead; and Mary, the sister of Lazarus, was the woman here indicated. It seems, however, to have been a token of affection which was of a very expensive character; we learn from the text that it was “ very precious ointment,” and that “it might have been sold for much ;" and, from the corresponding passage in St. Mark, that "it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence,” (a sum about equivalent to ten pounds of our day, and perhaps more than double or even three times that sum, all things being taken into account.) St. John also informs us, that this gift of honour consisted of no less than “a pound of ointment of spikenard, very precious," sufficing not only to anoint his head, but his feet also, as he reclined at table. Now our blessed Redeemer, so far from encouraging waste and needless expense, had said unto his disciples, concerning the bread which he had miraculously caused to grow from a few loaves till it was able to fill vast multitudes, “ Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost;" and yet, when a complaint was made on the present occasion, of the uselessness of such expensive tokens of affection, he rebuked the saying, and justified her who had shown it to him by many considerations. And does not this open to us one part of Christianity which we are too apt to overlook,that there are times and circumstances which may justify the most costly proofs of our affection, even though reason, and a calculating spirit of mind, which measures all things by notions of mere usefulness, may be unable to appreciate them rightly? Here is a proof that the mind of Christ is not the mind of man ; that he desires us not to measure things according to the earthly standard of what man thinks useful; but to take the higher standard of affection and of love! He selected the offering of the poor widow, who cast into the treasury of the temple all her substance, being only “two mites which make a farthing," as

• Preached 1st July, 1838, being the first Sunday after the Coronation of her Majesty Queen Victoria.

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