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first proposed; but as that amount was insufficient to provide the requisite buildings, they have started on another tour, and are now, we believe, crossing the Atlantic. We would bespeak for them a cordial reception in Great Britain. Let it be remembered that the music-a goodly selection from which is inserted in the volume published by Messrs. Hodder and Stoughton-was “never
composed' after the manner of ordinary music, but sprang into life readymade, from the white heat of religious fervour during some protracted meeting in church or camp.” It is our earnest desire that the noble mission in which these coloured musical geniuses are expending their talents may be abundantly prospered, since such prosperity is closely linked to the cause of negro cducation.
Maggie on entering Heaven.
NOME tune your harps ye angel throng,
To occupy his Father's throne.
Jesus is worthy, he alone,
To occupy his Father's throne.
Jesus is worthy, he alone,
To occupy his Father's throne
Jesus is worthy, he alone,
The Prey taken from the Mighty.
“Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?”—Isaiah xlix. 24. THE late John Elias, Welsh minister, preaching on the above text, in one of 1 the Associations in Wales, asked at the close of his sermon, "Shall the prey be taken from the mighty?' Satan! what dost thou say?'"
"No, never. I will increase the darkness of their mind, the hardness of their heart, the desire of their lusts, the strength of their fetters, and I will fortify my strongholds. The lawful captives shall never be delivered, nor shall the prey be taken from me. I despise and look with contempt on the feeble efforts of these ministers.”
“ Gabriel, Gabriel, messenger of the Most High, what do you think?" said the preacher in a different tone, looking reverently up to heaven, “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty?" Ah! I am afraid they shall not be taken. I have now been two days hovering over this vast assembly, which listens to the words of eternal life, expecting to see the chains broken asunder, and the captires liberated; but now the sermons are nearly over, and the multitudes on the point of separating, yet there is no sign that any have been saved ; and I shall not have the pleasure of carrying to the heaven of heavens the news that one sinner has repented of his sins."
Then the servant of God turned to his fellow-preachers, who were around him on the stage, “Ye ministers of the living God! what do you think? Shall the prey be taken from the mighty ?” “Alas! who hath believed our report? To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ? We have laboured in vain, and we have spent our strength for nought and in vain. It seems as if the Lord hides his face from us. He has not made bare his arm to save. Ah! we fear that there is but little hope that any of these captives shall be set free, or that the prey shall be taken from the mighty."
“ Zion! what dost thou say? Shall the prey be taken from the mighty?' But Zion replies, • The Lord hath forsaken me and the Lord hath forgotten me, I have lost my children and am desolate and alone ; and my enemies say concerning me, this is Zion which no one seeks. Alas! I fear none shall be saved.""
“Ye that call on the name of the Lord, what do you think? Shall the prey be taken from the mighty?' Lord God, thou knowest. High is thy band, glorious in power is thy right hand. O send forth thy power, and by thy marvellous strength, conquer. Let the groaning of the prisoners come before thee, and according to the excellency of thy power save the children of death. Though I am nearly weary crying, yet I have a faint hope that the year of jubilee is nigh."
Then the preacher looked up-as if he was going to speak with the Lord Omnipotent, humbly asking him, “What is thy thought, Great Jehovah concerning these prisoners ?” « Thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children." Blessed be God, there is no doubt nor anxiety about the deliverance of these captives. It is absolutely declared, they shall be liberated; they shall be saved; they shall be made free indeed. “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing to Zion, and everlasting joy shall be upon their head."
Rebiews The Contents and Teachings of the Gleanings for the Drawing-room, in
Catacombs of Rome. By BENJAMIN ! prose and verse; with Illustrations Scott. Longmans, Green and Co. 1 afler Sir Edwin Landseer, Birket EXACTLY the book for you if you wish | Foster, etc. Compiled by T. B. S. to deliver a lecture upon the cata Partridge and Co. combs; the catalogue at the end will | A SUMPTUOUS volume. Noble chance shew you where to borrow sets of excel- for half-a-guinea. The gospel may be lent diagrams. The good Chamberlain
made to catch many a careless eye if of the City of London is a practical
this attractive collection of engravings friend to lecturers, and so to the public. and stories be placed upon the drawingHomes of Ow English Writers. By room table. The binding and printing the Rev. S. w. ChrisTOPHERS.
leave no room for improvement. We Haughton and Co.
| are glad that Mr. Harrison Weir bas, We have met with Mr. Christophers
| with his graphic pencil, depicted a
pigeon match and its poor suffering before as a pleasing but far too florid :
victims. We do not believe that cockwriter. He is one of those who would
fighting and dog-fighting are one atom go into raptures over a broomstick, and
worse than pigeon-torturing. It is a praise the picturesque beauty of a dust
disgraceful business, and would be put heap. He here discourses right lovingly
down by common law if it were not for of spots consecrated by Latimer, Donne,
the patronage of noble lords. While Thomas Fuller, Flavel, and the like.
Hurlingham is tolerated, and our legisThe writer and the subject are in full
lators adjourn the Parliament for the accord, and if the reader be not inter
Derby, we cannot wonder at the vices ested it will be his own fault. Much
of the poorer classes. of the information will be new to the majority of readers, and though it is
The Covenant of Love; a Manual of conveyed in highly decorated and eren
Devotion for the Sick and Suffering. luscious language, there are some who
By A. M. JAMES, author of " Chriswill like it all the better.
tian Counsels." Hatchards, PiccaEarnest Christianity; or, the Mission of dilly. the Church of Christ. By Mrs. E. R.
THOSE who approve of such manuals PITMAN. Kent and Co., Paternoster will be highly pleased with this deeply Row.
spiritual work. The devotional readA ZEALOUS little book, by one of our
ings are both short, sweet, and suitable ; useful friends, the Primitive Methodists. and the sick and aflicted who can conThere is no small share of Methodist scientiously use forms of prayer will fire in the good lady's writings, and we
find them here ready to their hand. hope that many readers will have their hearts set on a blaze by it. Earnest
Shadows of City Life. By GEORGE Christianity is the want of the times.
Wilson M'CREE. Elliot Stock. Origin and History of the New Testa- Good advice to young men, costing ment. By JAMES MARTIN, B.A. sixpence, and worth a thousand times
Second edition. Hodder & Stoughton. as much. Our friend Mr. M'Cree speaks We welcomed the first edition of this from a wide observation, and writes instructive work by our learned brother like a man who has come into actual James Martin, now of Melbourne, and contact with the temptations of London We are glad to see that the publishers life. We should not give this plainbave felt themselves able to issue the spoken book to every boy one meets work at one half of the former price. with, but for young men inclined to be Half-a-crown is surely very little for so fast, or lads placed in positions where scholarly and necessary a work. All gay fellows will surround them, it is one students of the Word should read this of the best productions of the press. God volume carefully.
speed it and its author.
Detached Links : Extracts from the Christian Missions in the East and
Writings and Discourses of Dr. West, in connection with the Baptist Joseph Parker. Compiled by Rev. | Missionary Society. Yates and AlexJOSEPH LUCAS. Dickinson.
ander. EITHER these extracts are too deep or A COMPENDIOUS view of the results of too shallow for us, but certainly we earnest missionary labours in conneccannot make much out of them. We tion with the Baptist Missionary Sohope Dr. Parker's preaching is better ciety. While it will have a double than the average of these passages, or | interest for Baptists, this record will else it is more pretentious than pro- | be valued by Christians of all denomifound; more verbose than edifying. nations. Dr. Underhill has done well We cannot imagine why some of these to draw up so capital a digest of the links were ever detached; they may history of the Mission, and every Baphave meant something in their connec- tist will be doing no more than his duty tion, but they mean just nothing as if he places a copy where his children they are placed by themselves. It is and servants may read it. All other injustice to a man to give a mere plati- religionists are honestly proud of their tude as an extract from his discourses. antecedents, and delight in the achieveLife-thoughts, gems, selections, and all ments of their forefathers, but Baptists that genus, should be a man's freshest have been by some means deprived of utterances, with something of terseness, their esprit du corps, and are not half pith, and force in them; they should so true to their colours and attached to contain either parables, apothegms, anti-their traditions as they ought to be. theses, or memorable speech of some Our pedigree is noble, let us rehearse kind. Mere chips and fragments are it in the ears of our sons, that they may only fit for the fire. There are good emulate the brave deeds of our sires. passages in this very tastefully bound The Baptist Mission in its earlier stages volume, but there are so very many poor greatly glorified God, and we hope the ones that we cannot but think that the days may come when his name will get Doctor is very unfortunate in having his be magnified by the same instrumenchains of thought pulled to pieces with tality. so little judgment. A good joint may be spoiled by the carver—“ mangling
| The Apostle Peter ; his Life and Letters. done here" may be a fit motto for
By S. G. GREEN, D.D. Sunday School many a book of quotations—at the
Union. same time the very best carver cannot This work was greatly needed. Dr. cut good slices from questionable meat. Green deserves the best thanks of all The compiler tells us that “it is im- expositors for performing his task so possible to publish a thunderstorm;" carefully and well. We could criticise why, then, did he attempt to hew pieces here and there, but we have not the out of the tempest? Has he a receipt heart to find fault where there is so for making bottled lightning ? Has he much that is excellent. Conybeare and found out how to chop off a yard of Howson have said all about Paul that lightning ? If a man's style is so very can be said; we do not think that Dr. magnificent that he cannot be quoted, Green has done quite as much for it is unfair to attempt the task.
Peter, but he has gone a considerable
way towards it. Lucy's Life Story; or, Sunshine Without and Within. A true Story. By Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ. J. K. Shaw and Co.
By John Bunyan. Blackie and Sons. A VERY good gospel story, suitable for This is one of a series of little books distribution among the poor. Those by John Bunyan. It is beyond all who once begin it will be sure to read criticism and needs no praise. We it through. As a real narrative it pray that while troubled minds are commends itself to those who are reading it they may find rest. Eighteen doubtful as to the propriety of using pence is the cost of this and other fiction in connection with religion. volumes uniform in size.
Establishments, their State and our Duty, Golden Lives : Biographies for the Day. with special reference to the Church By H. A. Page. Strahan and Co. of England: a Speech delivered in the WELL written memoirs of Faraday, Free Presbytery of Glasgow. By | Denison, Brassey, William Burns, F. Rev. J. ADAM, D.D. Glasgow: | Perthes, George Cotton, Hugh Miller, David Bryce and Co.
John Keble, &c. A rather singular We note this pamphlet because it is one medley of names known and unknown, of the signs of the times. Our Free and stars of all magnitudes. We canChurch brethren are finding their way not imagine a young man reading these by various routes to the conclusion golden lives without deriving encouragewhich we have long ago reached by a ment and receiving a stimulus. The shorter cut. We shall have their aid in our life of Mr. Brassey is to us peculiarly contest against the State's patronage of interesting. a religious party so nondescript as that which is now conglomerated into the
The Dactrines of Grace, and the Grace Church of England, and if they give us
of the Doctrines: a Tract for the this practical help we can afford to
Times. By the Rev. ROBERT WALKER, waive the question as to whether a hy.
Vicar of Wymeswold, Loughborough. pothetically orthodox church ought not
Powlson and Sons, Manchester. under certain circumstances to become A Sound Calvinistic penny tract, by an the National Church. Dr. Adam excellent clergyman of a school which finishes his speech thus :-"Are you we should be glad to see multiplied a not rather bound to say to our rulers, if hundredfold. He states the distinguishyou will not reform these churches to ing doctrines of sovereign grace very the core-if you will not purge out strongly, defends them vigorously, and of them the whole of that corrupt applies them practically. We do not leaven which has entered into their agree with his sweeping condemnation constitution, and is spreading through of moderate Calvinists, but in the Church their teaching, their worship, their dis- of England a man's failings lean to vircipline-then leave the cause of God to tue's side when he is so decided for the take care of itself; do not make us a truth as to become rather too severe in present at all if it is only to be another judgment. Such truths as Mr. Walker Trojan horse, full of disguised but | preaches would soon purge the Anglideadly enemies; touch not the ark of can Establishment from the curse of God rather than attempt to set up it | Ritualism. and Dagon's image in the same temple; let us have none of your help, if the con- | The Onward Reciter. Edited by WILdition of receiving it be that light should
LIAM DARRAH. Vol. I. Tweedie have fellowship with darkness, and and Co. Christ concord with Belial.”
TEMPERANCE pieces in prose and poetry, A Saviour for Children, and other Ser- | judiciously selected, and suitable for mons for Little Folk. By JAMES recitation at Band of Hope meetings.
DUNCKLEY. Partridge and Co. EXCELLENT sermons for the very little
or the very little The Natural Use of Drink. By JOHN ones, pleasing and plain as such sermons
1 MAYNARD. Kempster and Co., 10, ought to be, but why not give the book
Bride's Avenue. a descriptive title? Why find it a The author after his own manner name in the heading of the first sermon? | answers the questions, Why do I want This method of entitling books is to drink? What do I want to drink ? slovenly, and withal false and mislead and, When do I want to drink? He ing. We thought the book would have not only denounces all alcoholic beverdescribed the relation of children to ages, but very vigorously assails our tea salvation, and anyone else would have and coffee pots. Tea-drinkers should thought the same if he attached any | beware, for according to Mr. Maynard meaning to the title. However, we there is something like death in the most heartily commend Mr. Dunckley's pot: and our author pathetically debook, and wish it a very large sale. scribes how “ a process of depravation