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Bring with thee the purity,concord, repose, us. We are detained at the sixth ; Thy peaceful and permanent presence be- where occurs the following animated

stows. Let thy heart-soothing melody charm me passage on “ Thy kingdom come!”

“Come, Lord, and establish an empire In the days of clear shining' that follow of which Thou art the sovereig; of which the rain;

angels are the delighted ministers; of In tenderness visit this sorrowing breast, which the seat is the heart; of which the And make it for ever the seat of thy rest." law is love ; of which the throne is thy pp. 9-13.

mercy-seat; of which the statute-book is

the Bible; the sceptre, righteousness; and The passage marked in italics the final end and perfection, heaven. particularly attracted us by the ap- For, far from us be the horrible language, parent novelty, as well as the beauty • We will not have this Man to reign and justness, of the allusion. The over us.' We would rather say, Come, following words perhaps too nearly Lord Jesus ; come quickly,' and rule in approach in collocation to the first us, and over us, altogether.” stanza of the hymn to be thorough These stanzas are subjoined. ly good prose; and we shall take

“ When my sad heart surveys the pain this opportunity of saying, that in

Which weary pilgrims here sustain, some other points the style of this, as

As o'er the waste of life they roam; well as most other works from writers Oppressed without, betrayed within, of very lively and tender imagina. Victims of violence and sin, tion, might be usefully subjected Shall I not cry, * Thy kingdom come ?" to the strokes of a severer criticism « And when I know whose strong controul than they are accustomed to under- Can calm and cheer each troubled soul. go. For instance, gravitation is un And lead these weary wanderers home; fitly introduced as an instance “ un- Can lodge them in a Father's breast, der new and powerful influences," And soothe this weary world to rest, and can scarcely be said to proceed Shall I not cry, Thy kingdom come?' from any instrument." The desert O rise, the Kingdom of the Lord ! does not always awake to life under Come to thy realms, immortal Word! the beam of the sun : witness the Melt and subdue these hearts of stone. deserts of Arabia. The poor wan Erect the throne which cannot move ; dering prodigal seems to the scrip- Stretch forth the sceptre of thy love, tural reader. rather to covet the And make this rebel heart thine own." father's than “ the mother's love." Pp. 23-25.

When we say that the concluding The selection for the eighth and stanzas in the quotation afford a ninth chapters will be found profair, though certainly favourable, ductive of very consolatory matter, specimen, of the poetry of this lit- by an easy accommodation of their tle volume, our readers will have respective texts to the spiritual cirgreatly to seek for a taste of their cumstances of the believer. That own, if they do not often applaud such accommodations are natural that of the author, together with and necessary to a mind studious of that of his fair (if we may believe Scripture, for purposes of improvereport) auxiliary, whom he modest- ment and self-application, we have ly announces as concerned in the no doubt. The only general rule poetical part of his work. “Of the we should wish to lay down for verses, a few copies have been sup- such accommodations is this; that plied by the kind hand of a friend." the plain direct sense of the text, Preface, p. vii.

as originally dictated, be given; Having finished the present chap- that the clear and undeniable de. ter, we pass by, with regret, the ductions which belong to it be then fourth ; being unable to detain our produced ; and, lastly, that upon readers even in those angelic circles these the ultimate accommodation to which it so beautifully conducts be founded, which brings home the

entire subject to the business and ceeded to their errors? Does not the same the bosom of the private Christian. doom await all those institutions, princiIn this consists the principal art and

ples, and systems, which, although springmanagement of the Christian teach

ing up in the soil of religion, are evidently er: and the benefit would be sen

not the planting of the Lord ? And the les

son is the more important, from the rapid sibly felt, if, by his means, the

multiplication of weeds, as well as flowers, habit should be universally induced within the sacred enclosure of the Gospel, of viewing the natural and true and the facility with which we mistake the meaning of Scripture, in all its one for the other. Almost every grace bearings, before any search is in has its counterfeit; and the mind, in stituted after a spiritual or mystical

search of the first, often sits down satismeaning in the sacred page. Mr.

fied with the last. (We should, however,

here doubt the sincerity of the search. ] Cunningham commences, for the

Come,' said Jehu, and see iny zeal for. most part with great correctness,

the Lord of hosts,' when all that the eye from the proper context of the pas of God discerned in him was a spirit of sage. But we apprehend that, in revenge and cruelty.–Lord, thou hast one of the cases above-mentioned, promised that the desert,' when watered heafterwards descends from the con- by the dews of thy grace, 'shall blossom text to a case which our Lord does as the rose.' O sow, in the wilderness of not seem at all to have contemplat

our hearts, the seed of eternal truth, and ed; we mean, in commenting on the

suffer not the weeds of unrighteouness to

grow up and render it unfruitful. Let our words, “ The days will come when

creed be truth, without any mixture of the Bridegroom shall be taken from

error.' Give us zeal, without fanaticism; them, and then shall they fast.”

courage, without fierceness; growth in This, we think, is a text scarcely knowledge, without consequent pride of applicable, even by accommodation, heart; lowliness, without indolence or to the case of what is called in despair of amendment. How rapid and Scripture, “ The hiding of the light extensive,' say the world, are the changes

in religion !' We answer, No: the exof sin. The case seems to us to

crescences of religion change; but religion

itself remains unchanged. The spots in be simply that of a severer exposure

the sun change; the orb itself is the to afflictive trials than is usually per

same.'-Gracious Redeemer, Thou art mitted in the early stages of the the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.' Christian course ; and thus it is ap- O plant thyself in our souls, and we shall plied in the simile, which immedi change no longer. ately follows of wine being put into “Swift the tempest strips the wood, such bottles only as should be cap Swift the sun dries up the flood; able of containing it. But we shall Trophied domes and aisles decay, proceed to give from Mr. Cunning

Tribes and empires melt away, ham's own pages, on the fifteenth

Like the wreath of mountain snow,

When Summer breeze begins to blow. chapter, what we deem to be a perfectly proper and edifying appro

“Error, like the flimsy sail priation of Scripture, beyond which

Rent by every passing gale, we should unwillingly allow the li

Floats her moment on the stream,

Glitters in the morning beam; cence in question to proceed.

Dares the breath of heaven to brave. « Chap. XV. ver. 13. • Every plant And founders in the foaming wave. which my heavenly Father hath not plant

“ Even the little garden flower, ed, shall be rooted up.'

Once the joy of all the bower, “How fatally is this prediction now

Fondly watched from day to day, verified in the case of the individuals to

From its stem is swept away; whom the text was originally addressed ! Where are those Pharisees now, with

Yester morn, what bower so bright? their train of follies, traditions, and ob

But, ah! how desolate to-night! servances ? «Rooted up,' and cast like “ Nought endures but Thou, O Lord; a worthless branch to the burning! Thou, the Everlasting Word; And does not their history speak in a Thou, the first, the midst, the end : voice of thunder to those who have suc- Thou, the deathless, changeless Friend:


Grant us, Lord, beyond the skies, youth at the call of God sacrificing its leFlowers whose fragrance never dies." vity and selfishness; its love of pleasure

pp. 56–59. and spirit of indulgence; and surrendering We should have here remarked. itself at once, and altogether, to the happy

and holy service of God Almighty? It is that the thoughts in verse are

not possible to estimate too highly the not, with the exception of one

importance of early piety. Samuel, who stanza, which looks almost like an

was set apart from his birth to God, apinterpolation, so applicable as the pears to be the most irreproachable of the thoughts in prose to the subject, but Old Testament saints. And of Timothy, that we are unwilling to diminish who from a youth' had known the the awful impression which it is im. Scriptures,' it is said by the Apostle, I possible not to consider the whole

haps, but those who are themselves sufas calculated to leave on the re

fering the penalty of early transgressions flecting mind. How very different

who have wasted the sweet morning of ly would the day often proceed, life, and are now called to redeem the were its morning opened with such time they have lost or abused—can proreflections as these! And many a perly estimate the value of early religion. fair and blushing parterre of fancied None but these can judge of the power bliss, and even fancied virtue, would which the habits of youth exercise on the be left to the elements, without the character and comforts of maturer age. culture, and without the pride we

What can restore the bloom which has

been rudely wiped from the fruit of the lavish upon them, did we duly con

garden? and what can give, to the mind sider, that “ Every plant which

familiar with the vices of the world, the our Heavenly Father hath not plant- freshness, the simplicity, the unconscious. ed shall be rooted up."

ness, of those who are strangers to them?" In harmony with the same re- pp. 81, 82. flections, it is impossible not to recommend to the perusal of readers Instead of proceeding in our sein this easy and professing, not to lections, we must satisfy ourselves say self-sufficient, self-applauding with commending the entire little age, the remarks on chapters six- volume to the perusal of our readers; teen and eighteen: in the latter of a volume amply calculated to anwhich, a volume is expressed by swer the modest end proposed by the sentence, “ The extent of the its author; and exhibiting a true change [to be made by religion] and edifying portrait of scriptural is fixed by the term conversion ;' religion, in a variety of interesting and the nature of it, by becoming attitudes, both in private, in the doas · little children.'” (p. 68.) Just mestic circle, and in its walks abroad. observations, mingled with deep The poetry is a very appropriate adfeeling, are indeed the characteristic dition to the work; and many pieces, of this little volume. We should wth a little revision, will be found not soon leave it, were we to allow to bear transplanting into the more ourselves to go on selecting such general, variegated, and odoriferous passages as the following.

repositories of our fair Album col“ What, indeed, is so lovely, as to see lectors.


&c. &c.

GREAT BRITAIN. PREPARING for publication :-Residence at Ashantee; by Mr. Dupuis ;- A History

of Rome from the earliest Times to the Death of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius; by the Rev. T. Arnold;--A Grammar of the Coptic, or ancient Egyptian Language'; about 10,000 Chinese volumes. Dr. Morby the Rev. H. Tattam, A. M.; and a rison's Chinese Dictionary, in six volumes, Lexicon of the Syriac Language, in Syriac quarto, printed in China by the Honourand English ; by the same Author. able East-India Company, at an expense

In the press:-Patmos and other Poems; of 15,000€: sterling, is now completed; by J. Edmeston, Author of Sacred Ly- and, by the aid of it and the books above rics ;-Bibliotheca Biblica, a Select List of referred to, some progress may be made in Books on Sacred Literature,with Notices; the Chinese language, without the aid of by W. Orme.

a native teacher, who however may be

supplied at some future day, if the ChrisThe following is a list of the pictures tian public pay that attention to the subpurchased of the executors of the late jeet which its importance demands.. Mr. Angerstein, by Government, for 58,0001. and now open to public view in the education of the Irish, tlirough the Pall-Mall:-1. The Embarkation of the medium of their own language, is well Queen of Sheba, by Claude. 2. The known to our readers, states, tbat not less Marriage of Rebecca-Claude. 3, Gany- than thirty thousand copies of elementary mede-Titian. 4. The Rape of the Sa- works, and extracts from Scripture, have bines Rubens. 5. The Emperor Theo- been published by him for this object, and dosius expelled the Church by St. Am gratefully received by his countrymen. bröse--Vandvke. 6. St. John in the Wil. Six editions of the first two books of the derness-A. Carracci. 7. Susannah and Pentateuch have been already circulated the Elders-Lud. Carracci. 8. A Bac at a cost of above 3001. collected for that chanalian Triumph-N. Poussin. 9. Ér- purpose. Treatises on Irish Fisheries, on menia with the Shepherds Domenichino. Bees, Cottages, and the “ Poor Man's 10. Philip the Fourth of Spain and his Farm,” &c. have been provided for the Queen-Velasquez. 11. Venus and Ado- instruction of the people. He has also nis-Titian. 12. Landscape; Morning, prepared the following books, which are Claude. 13. An Italian Sea-port; Even- ready to appear in whatever number he ing--Claude. 14. The Raising of Laza- shall be enabled by the farther liberality TUS-Seb. del Piombino. 15. A Concert of the public to defray the expense of; --Titian. 16. Pope Julius the Second namely, an Irish-English Primer; ReadRaphael. 17. Christ on the Mount-Cor. ing made easy;'a Spelling Book ;'a Gramreggio. 18. Portrait of Govartius-Van- mar; a Pocket Dictionary; the first two dyke. 19. The Nativity--Rembrandt. Books of the Pentateuch; Scripture Leg. 20. The Woman taken in Adultery- sons; the Proverbs of Solomon in English Rembrandt. 21. The Embarkation of St. and Irish; the Gospel of St. Luke and Ursala-Claude. 22. Abraham and Isaac Acts of the Apostles; the Gospel of St. Gr Poussin. 23. A Land Storm--G. John and his Epistles.--Irish types and Poussin. 24. A Landscape, with Cattle printing to the amount of upwards of 6001. and FiguresCeyp. 25. Apollo and Si- have been paid for by voluntary contribuledus---A. Carracci. 26. Holy Family in tions raised for that purpose. Mr. Coa Landscape-Rubens. 27. T'he Portrait nellan's present object is to print as large of Rubens-Vandyke. 28. Studies of a quantity as possible of the above works : Heads---Correggio. 29. Ditto-do. 30, the elementary ones are stereotyped, be31, 32, 33, 34, 35. The Marriage A-la- cause they will be in constant demand; NodeHogarth. 36. Portrait of Lord the others will not be so much required as Heathfield_Sir J. Reynolds. 37. The soon as the Bibles and Testaments now Village Holyday-Wilkie. 38. Portrait printing by the Society for promoting of the Painter-Hogarth.

Christian Knowledge, and by the British To facilitate the acquisition of the and Foreign Bible Society, shall be comlanguage of China, with a view eventually to pleted.- John Smith, Esq. M. P., Henry the spiritual interests of that great empire, Drummond, Esq., and John Mortlock, Dr. Morrison has liberally notified that he Esq. have consented to receive donations, bus destined his extensive collection of and to see that the money is applied to the Chinese books, which we lately noticed, above-mentioned purposes. to be lent out gratuitously to any indivi- • We lately mentioned the formation of dual in the United Kingdom, who may the London Mechanics' Institution, and choose to attempt the acquisition of that we are gratified in learning that the delangaage. It will only be required to de- sign proceeds prosperously. It has been posit the lestimated value of the book, till justly remarked, that “the sight of eight isbe returned: 1. In this library there are or nine hundred artificers collecting, after their daily toils are over, to listen to the been renewed, and with great success voice of science, is something new in this Several new edifices, and even whole metropolis, and marks a momentous era streets have been discovered. Among the in the history of its population. The most remarkable of the buildings thus change which is indicated in the manners brought to light is a temple, supposed to of this class of people, by their hastening be a pantheon. in the evening to attend scientific lectures,

RUSSIA. must be attended with great future im-, At Novogorod fair, in September last, provement.". Many other indications are the merchandize brought thither was vaapparent of the improved state of our me- lued at 94,580,000 roubles ; including chanics; and, among others, the large de- twelve millions' value of tea from China, mand which exists for the cheap weekly and five millions of furs from Siberia. publications which have lately sprung up, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.' and several of which are devoted entirely In 1798, Mr. Barrow fixed the popula. to popular surveys of literature or science, tion of the colony of the Cape of Good In the voluminous evidence recently given Hope, at 61,947 individuals. In 1800, before the House of Commons' Committee the number was 75,145; in 1821, 116,044; on the Machinery and Combination Laws, and in 1822, 120,000. In 1818, the nummany of the witnesses bear strong testi- ber of Whites was 42,854, of Hottentots mony to the marked improvement which 22,980, and of Negroes 33,320. The inha. has of late years taken place, not only in bitants of Cape Town amount to 18,430 ; the intelligence, but the orderly, moral, among whom are 7,534 Negro slaves. and religious conduct of our mechanics and

INDIA. other workmen, and which they justly A recent traveller, Captain Seeley, thus ascribe to the extensive diffusion of educa. describes the celebrated caves of Elora :tion. One of these witnesses mentions “ Conceive the burst of surprise at sudthe following curious illustration : “ I denly coming upon a stupendous temple, should say, they," (the tailors, « like within a large open court, hewn out of the all other journeymen, are greatly improv- solid rock, with all its parts perfect and ed in morals. Twenty years ago, few beautiful, standing proudly alone upon its tailors' shops were without a bottle of gin: native bed, and detached from the neigh, the men drank as they liked; one kept bouring mountain by a spacious' area all the score, and the publican came at cer- round, nearly 250 feet deep, and 150 feet tain times to replenish the gin-bottle. I broad. This unrivalled fane rearing its suppose there is not a shop in London rocky head to a height of nearly 100 feet, that has one now."

its length about 145 feet, by 62 broad, FRANCE.

having well-formed doorways, windows, An attempt at a complete and universal staircases, containing fine large rooms of journal has lately been made at Paris, in a a smooth and polished surface, and regumonthly volume, entitled, “ Bulletin' Uni- larly divided by rows of pillars. The whole versel des Sciences et de l'Industrie ; dés bulk of this immense block of isolated exdié aux Savans de tous les Pays : publié cavation is upwards of 500 feet in circumsous la Direction de M. le Baron de Fée ference. Beyond its areas are three figure russac." The object of this publication galleries, supported by pillars, containing is to furnish to mathematicians, natural 42 curious gigantic figures of the Hindco and experimentul philosophers, chemists, mythology. The three galleries in contigeologists, naturalists, medical men, agri. nuity, occupy nearly 420 feet of excavatculturists, manufacturers, engineers, his. ed rock; and above these again are excatorians, philologists, and military men, u vated large rooms." substantial analysis of all works and acade. The increased diffusion of intelligence mical memoirs in every part of the civi- in India, by means of the press, is daily lized world ; a methodical repertory of all bringing to light, and concentrating, more the facts connected with science, and a and more of the enormities of those limonthly view of the successive efforts of censed massacres--the burning of widows. the human mind in every nation. The list A Calcutta journal gives the following afof the contributors to the different sec. flicting account. tions of the Bulletin includes the most “A suttee took place about eight celebrated French savans. .

o'clock on Friday morning, at Koonåghur ITALY.

Ghaut, where four women, from the age The excavations at Pompeii, which had of thirty to fifty, sacrificed themselves on been discontinued since the commence the same pile with the corpse of their dead ment of the civil troubles at Naples, have husband, Kummall Chattiyer, a Coolin CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 270.


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