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sin of trifling, and concludes with the story of the children who left off playing to mock a prophet of God and were torn in pieces by two she-bears. Under such treatment the children associate religion with tears, and their idea of heaven is, that it is an awfully dull place where they must sit still and be eternally singing uninteresting hymns. All this is pernicious in the extreme, and only a miracle of grace can prevent a reaction towards infidelity and ungodliness. But our good friend does not see the mischief he is working, he even ventures to hope the good seed may bear fruit “after many days.” It is a lamentable mistake to put a hypochondriac into such an office, and no delusion can be more fatal than that which expects children to become disciples of Christ through the influence of those who have no sympathy with childhood.
5. The last I sball introduce to your notice is Mr. Forgetful. He is in love with his work, and on good terms with his teachers, but he has a fatal facility for forgetting things. One facetious friend suspects him of having swallowed a piece of sponge, which, having got into his head in some mysterious way, erases from the tablet of memory every impression that is made. He is quick in promise, but tardy in fulfilment. Many of his scholars have been promised books, but they have been disappointed so often that they do not expect them. Lectures and entertainments have been promised but never given.
The teachers have been led to expect books and seats and other necessaries, but, alas! how rarely has their expectation been honoured! The order of school is frequently forgotten, and sometimes the prayer is omitted from sheer forgetfulness. Notices are left on the desk until the school is dismissed, and the teachers are annoyed that an important meeting has passed by which they would have gone to had they known it in time. The anniversary is forgotten till the time has gone by for making due preparation. Remonstrances have been lavished in vain : systems of mnemonics have been suggested, but there is no improvement. This weakness or disease, or call it what you will, makes the teachers' work difficult and annoying. Were they not gifted with a large measure of charity, they would throw up the work in disgust, or seek a more congenial sphere. They cherish the hope of a successor, whose advent they strive to precipitate by hinting to the present Superintendent that “he is out of his place," &c. Habitual forgetfulness in an officer is fatal to his success, and should be held a sufficient disqualification. If a man cannot remember his duties, how can he possibly discharge them?
I have covered the space at my command without exhausting my list. I have purposely described extreme cases, that you may see the evil of those faults and foibles which I have specified. To a greater or less degree some one or other may possibly be detected in every superintendent.
In conclusion, let me urge you Sunday-school Superintendents to maintain a quiet dignity, and never allow yourselves to be betrayed into that haste which hinders progress. On the other hand, do not imitate the slow ponderous movements of the elephant, or deprecate change. Wisely conserve the good in things old, and transmit all that is valuable to your successors. Adapt your methods to the altered circumstances of the present, and make any alteration for the better. Don't be fidgetty, but learn to let well alone.” “Know your work and do it," and leave others to do the same. Avoid a melancholy spirit, and believe that God's servants should be the happiest people under heaven. Does he not command us to“ rejoice evermore"? Wisely arrange your plans, that all the detail of your office may receive attention. John Ploughman gives sage advice when he says, “ Never promise a child a bun or a beating without keeping your word.”
The Paradise of Martyrs: a Faith | And tenderness. It is or altars brave
| And gay bedizenments ye hotly crave:
Dalmatica, and chasuble, and cope, of “The Purgatory of Suicides.”
Biretta, rubied cross, and ivoried stave Thomas Cooper is a true man, true to Episcopal :-to have these toys ye hopethe backbone, and intensely in earnest
But for Christ's truth still let the toiling in all that he does. His lectures are so
thousands grope ! forcible, and he himself is so much the Out on your childish greed for gew-gaws: embodiment of strength, that few would toys expect to find in him so rich a vein of
On which your martyred sires could scarcely
look poetry, and so much of the tender and
Without a frown! Are there no nobler joys beautiful as this poem reveals. We Within your grasp ? Have ye for these have read the work with considerable forsook pleasure, though we must confess also The simple truths your fathers loved? They
I shook with some labour, for it is a very large,
80 | The Romish slavery off; and freedom then dose of rhyme for a man to take at one | Truly became your birthright: if ve brook time. Flashes of genius light up the Meekly the Papal yoke to wear again, page, and bursts of glorious eloquence Will your sons look ye in the face and call ye are not uncommon; living lines and —men?” exquisite epithets are frequent, and the ! whole work is far above the region of L?
of Life of Wm. Anderson, LL.D. By common place: yet to our mind it lacks
GEORGE GILFILLAN. Hodder & the incident, life, and energy which
Stoughton. alone can make so long a production With Dr. Anderson for its subject and popular. Whenever Mr. Cooper comes George Gilfillan for its author, a book across a superstition or an oppression he cannot be dull, and accordingly this wields the hammer of Thor and smashes biography rises far above those ordinary all before him. For this work he is the “ memoirs" in which the remains of man of men, and our soul rejoices to good men are buried beneath a heap of see the Samsonian blows and kicks with rubbish. One is glad to read the story which he smites the adversary hip and of A MAN, a true man, a genius, a philan. thigh with great slaughter. We can thropist, a Christian, a divine; but for hardly wish him “ more power to his all that the almost total lack of the arm," but may he enjoy a green old age, spiritual element in this biography deand continue still to be a champion in prives it of that which might have been the Lord's hosts, as he was once in the its charm and soul. A reader may armies of the foe. We subjoin a few become perhaps the more manly by stanzas, in which he deals with the reading this book, but certainly not the abominations of Anglicanism :
more devout, or heavenly-minded. There “Thou seest them, pitying Father, in their
is nothing set forth which would fire the doubt
heart with love to Jesus, or zeal for the And darkness! And thy just and sovereign winning of souls. We did not know
Dr. William Anderson, but we gather Is fixt upon the ministers who beclout
enough from his writings to make us Themselves anew with rags of Rome, and raise,
think him unfortunate in falling into the Once more, for idol, with old pomps, and blaze hands of a biographer who has preserved Of gold, and bannered splendours, and the his skeleton and evaporated his soul; sheen
giving us the man in his relations to Of lamps and candles, and the fragrant praise
| man, and so little, so very little, about of incensed-chaunt,' their starry-vestured
his communion with God, or his reflecQueenThe lowly mother of the lowly Nazarene.
tion of the Saviour's image. The good The toiling thousands grope for saving truth,
man has ascended in his chariot of fire, And yearn to find; but ye seek not to save
"s and we have presented to us not his Your untaught biethren with the words of mantle and his spirit, but a plaster cast ruth
of his countenance.
Ruth and Patience. Rose ; or the | Anecdotes Ilustrative of Religious and Ministering Child. Little Jane, and Moral Truth. By MATTHEW DENother Tales. The Blind Man's Child. TON. Fourth Series. Partridge and All four by Maria Louisa CHARLES- | Co.
WORTH. Seeley, Jackson, & Halliday. I is not easy to make a collection of THESE four beautiful little books are anecdotes which shall be at all novel : reprinted from the well-known volume our author has been moderately sucentitled, “ Ministering Children.” Their | cessful. These stories are most of them separate issue is a happy thought, and recognised by us as old acquaintances it is not necessary to do more than an | in books, but there are a few which we nounce it to secure for them a wide have not met with before in a separate circulation.
form. They will amuse and interest
most readers, and some of them will be Gone Before : a Manual of Consolation
useful for illustrations, but not all. for the Bereaved. By HENRY SOUTH
Friends who have any one of the cycloGATE. Lockwood & Co., 7, Stationers'
| pædias of anecdotes will have no need Hall Court.
of this volume; but those who are not Those who are acquainted with Mr. so favoured will do well to procure it. Southgate's most valuable compilations, We have not met with the following: entitled - Many Thoughts of Many “The wife of a Quaker availed herself Minds," and "Noble Thoughts in Noble of her husband's absence to embellish Language,” will concede to him the the house; when he came back he was palm as a collector of precious extracts. / much struck with the alterations, and The work before us is, as he calls it, remonstrated, —' Thou'st got those "a well of sympathy for the sorrowing, rooms papered—and I observe thou'st filled from many sources.” We do not got roses in the paper-red roses?' know a more suitable present for a Well,' said she, thou wouldst not mourning family. The style of the have drab roses.' Some grave people binding is worthy of the excellent would divest creation of its gay beauty." matter; indeed the book is in all respects a gem.
A Chronological Synopsis of the Four
· Gospels. By KARL WIESELER. Bell The Biblical Museum. By COMPER and Daldy, London.
GRAY. Vol. IV. Elliot Stock. We have studied this work, and while We cannot too highly recommend the disagreeing with some of the points it Biblical Museum. It is, for popular seeks to maintain, we are struck with use, one of the best commentaries ever its able and exhaustive character. It issued. It is both cheap and good. will prove a storehouse of information The five volumes which complete the to all investigators as to the chrono. New Testament will be of great value logical order of the acts and sermons to general readers, and especially to lay- of our Lord. preachers; they are neatly bound, and
The Laws of the Kingdom. By J. Osby the use of contractions the matter is condensed, so that a great deal is
WALD Dykes, M.A. Nisbet and Co., compressed into every page.
We have read this book with much Pounce ford Hall: A Slory of School pleasure. It is the product of a refined Life. By BenJ. CLARKE, Sunday |
and cultivated mind. We presume that School Union.
it is a connecting-link between a work Many good people think it their duty we have already enjoyed, and another to give boys books which are far too we hope to see in due time, the trio prosy and goody to be read ; our author being an exposition of our Lord's Ser. has not added one to the number frommon on the Mount. We commend this which such excellent people can select, volume most gladly. It is seldom that but has written a tale which is sure to precepts have been made to yield so much engross a boy's attention, and at the profitable spiritual thought, clothed in same time to teach him useful lessons. such chaste and nervous language.
The Bible Educator. Edited by the | The Higher Ministries of Hearen. Rev. E. H. PLUMPTRE, M.A. Cassell, Hodder and Stoughton, 27, PaternosPetter, & Galpin.
1 ter Row. The first part of this most promising God cuts his corn when ripe, and some work is now before us, and we cannot plants “whiten to the harvest" at an say too much in its praise as to its | earlier stage than others. This little scholarship, though we do not yet feel book gives the life story of a student quite sure of the theology. Think of who was “made meet for the inheritsixty-four large pages of instructive ance of the saints in light,” when his matter, crowded with illustrations, to years were still fresh with the dew of be bought for sevenpence. Our young his youth. A father's chastened hand people of the working classes will have has well drawn for us the pleasant story no excuse if they remain ignorant in of a son whose sun went down while Biblical matters. Members of Bible- it was yet day. Students may read with classes, Sabbath-school teachers, village-profit the record, and gather stimupreachers, and all poor students, ought | lus to labour before the night cometh to take in the numbers and to be very wherein no man can work. grateful for such a boon. We wish the spirited publishers the utmost success. The Words of the New Testament. By
Rev. W. MILLIGAN, D.D. T. and T. The Modern Jove; a Review of the Col
Clark, Edinburgh. lected Speeches of Pio Nono. By The present effort to secure a new WM. ARTHUR. Hamilton, Adams, translation of the Bible, giving the and Co.
emendations which a riper scholarship THE Rev. Don Pasquale de Franciscis
may suggest, has created a necessity for has edited a collection of two hundred
some popular works which may aid the and one speeches of Pio Nono, all de
general public to decide as to the wislivered since he has chosen to sulk
isdom and necessity for such alterations. within the walls of the Vatican. The
| This book aims to supply this want, and Rev. Don in his dedicatory epistle in
| with a very fair amount of success. forms us that“ A great and fair treasure,
There is of course nothing fresh for the or to speak more correctly, a divine
advanced student, but it is a good one, is at last placed in your hands.
book for any reader who wishes to know We have here what the portentous
on what principles translators decide as father of the peoples said to the thou
to the value of different readings in the sands of his children, rather what he
text of the Bible. drew from the depths of his soul inspired by God." He trembles with
An Introduction to the Old Testament.
By FREDERICK BLEEK. Bell and emotion while acting as editor, and delivers the volume to its readers with
Daldy, York Street, Covent Garden. the pathetic words, “ Then, let us | A book for scholars and advanced Hereckon that a supernal and invisible brew students. It is in two volumes, hand presents, gives, and dedicates to and contains a mine of information on the church that which to her so rightly the Old Testament Scriptures. We belongs. Therefore let the DIVINE have suffered much from German the. VOLUME OF THE ANGELICAL Pio Nono ology in times past, and do so still, but be received as from the hand of an in the deep and patient research of angel.” Mr. Arthur does not appear German scholars we have some comto be at all overawed by all this, but pensation. The antidote has often makes great havoc among the celestial grown close to the poison. Nothing will crockery. If anything could keep our so help the truth as that which leads to silly Anglican priests from rushing into | a clear understanding of what is the Popery such a book as this might do mind of the Spirit. Bleek's introduction it, but we fear they are past hope. Mr. ) is an acquisition to any library, and we Arthur bas our hearty thanks for his hope our readers may make room for it capital, earnest, but also amusing book. in theirs.
The Editor having been absent from home through ill-health has not noted events for memoranda. He only begs to repeat the appeal of the first article in this month's issue, and hopes that the College Buildings will be finished out of hand at once. This will be a very gladsome commemoration of the twentieth year of his ministry in London.
Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon, May 29th, eighteen; by Mr. G. Goldstan, June 19th, fifteen.
Pastors’ College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.
Statement of Receipts from May 20th to June 19th, 1873.
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05 0 Mr. Surr
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