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mark, that the question which perplexes him is only one aspect of a great problem, which, far from being peculiar to revelation, is involved in the-to us-inscrutable relation of the Divine will to the human, in every province of creaturely activity.
JOHN LEANING ON OUR SAVIOUR's
by some to the regarding of this passage as teaching that faith is the gift of God. But BETA will find that Doddridge furnishes an answer to the objection, and to us his reply is satisfactory. There are other passages which teach the same, either directly or by implication, for instance Philipp. i. 29. But even if there were no express passage capable of quotation as containing an affirmation of the doctrine, it were none the less a part of Christian truth. For it is a false canon in Theology, that we are to accept only what can be formally substantiated by a literal “proof.” Not a scribe-like accuracy, but a sagacious sympathy is the spirit of the true Theologian. Many truths, not directly asserted, are, as it were, held in solution in the vital element of the faith, and many others are, so to speak, crystallized only by accident here and there. One of such truths is that not only are our natural faculties our Maker's gifts, but that the right use of them is the effect of His grace.
From Him “all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed."
With regard to BETA's speculative difficulties, we can only re
REPLICANT. In answer to QUERIst No. 11, p. 164. We think that H. C. is undoubtedly right. According to the Jewish custom, John was reclining at the table next below Jesus, so that by turning his head, or leaning it backwards, it would naturally fall into the bosom of Jesus.
ORIGIN OF SIN.
REPLICANT. In answer to QUERist No. 12, p. 164. We do not quite understand in what your difficulty lies. If in the question of the origin of sin, we must decline entering thereupon. All we know is, that God has made men and angels capable of sinning, and that all the former and many of the latter, have actually sinned.
Surely there is something Dr. Johnson in writing to Sir sacred in all vitality. It is an William Drummond, observes, emanation from the Deity; a “ If obedience to the will of source of enjoyment; a problem God be necessary to happiness, that none can solve; a miracle
and knowledge of His will be which all the power and the necessary to obedience, I know wisdom of the earth cannot re- not how he that withholds this produce if we wantonly trample knowledge, or delays it, can be
Life, whatever form it said to love his neighbour as assume, is the unmistakeable himself. He that voluntarily conhandwriting of God.
tinues in ignorance, is guilty of HORACE SMITH, all the crimes which ignorance
produces ; as to him that should
extinguish the tapers of a lightPoetry we will call musical house, might justly be imputed thought. See deep enough, and you the calamities of shipwreck. see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it.
I never could get much information out of the biblical
commentators. All of them A man protesting against
have a notable trick of passing error is on the way towards
over the parts which puzzle a uniting himself with all men man of reflection. COLERIDGE. that believe in truth. There is no communion possible among men who only believe in hear
one of those little says.
alluvial spots that grow round IBID. the first rock that catches the
[We hold it to be the duty of an Editor either to give an early notice of the books sent to him for remark, or to return them at once to the Publisher. It is unjust to praise worthless books; it is robbery to retain unnoticed ones.]
TAE CANTERBURY TALES OF CHAUCER. To which are added, an
Essay on his Language and Versification, and an Introductory
THE POETICAL WORKS OF JOSEPH ADDISON ; Gay's FABLES; and
SOMERVILLE'S CHASE. With Memoirs and Critical Dissertations.
When the English Nation held her present greatness as yet only potentially and unconsciously, when that marvellous English tongue, which, for purposes of the most varied literature, the most exact science, and the widest and busiest affairs, surpasses, on the whole, all others, ancient and modern, and is destined by Providence to become the common organ of humanity, was as yet unformed, then arose the star of Geoffrey Chaucer, and with him the dawn of English poesy.
Whoso delights in the genuine character and force of his mothertongue, or wishes to feel what was the life of his ancestors in the fourteenth century, or by communion with poetry of morning freshness and purity to find recreation and strength, will become a loving student of Dan Chaucer.
The great hindrance to the popularity of Chaucer hitherto has been the frequency of obsolete words and the antiquated spelling, necessitating the diligent use of a Glossary. This objection is how- , ever, as far as possible diminished in Mr. Gilfillan's edition, by placing the Glossary in the margin, as before in the case of Spenser. With regard to the retention of the old words, the Editor justly remarks,“ Unlike the text of Spenser, that of Chaucer cannot be remodelled, without affecting the integrity of the text, so as to afford the same facility of perusal as a modern publication; but few intelligent readers will be at a loss to follow the author readily, with the helps which this Edition affords.” We believe also that every intelligent reader will appreciate the taste which presents the text in integrity, without expurgation. On the whole, we think this Edition suited to do much in smoothing the general path to the desirable end of acquaintance with the noble old poet, who, in vigor and manifold genius, stands next to Shakspeare.
Among writers many may be admired, only a few can be loved ;ADDISON is one of the few. As the parlour is incomplete without the family portrait or the old familiar piece of furniture, so the bookshelf were strange if it lacked the dear old Spectator. If we do not ascribe to him genius of the first order, or assert his writing to be perfect, we are yet tender of his reputation and resent the exposure of his faults. This feeling, which originally respects the prose of Addison, is then extended to the poetry, which to subject to severe criticism were a kind of impiety. His Cato and other larger pieces may be seldom read, but the shorter strains of his chaste muse, ennobled and sanctified by that sacred star of Christian godliness, which, like a seraph, she wears on the brow, will aid devotion as long as a Church remains on earth.
We are glad to see the fables of the Devonshire Gay arrested in their apparent but unmerited progress towards oblivion by inclusion within this volume. If they lack the terseness of Æsop and the finish of Phædrus, they cannot be said, as La Fontaine’s and Lessing's, to be imitations of the ancients, but have a character of wise and sly English humor entirely their own.
SOMERVILLE Was a sporting Warwickshire squire in the early part of last century; and his “Chase,” in tolerable blank verse, reminding of Thomson, deserves the attention of those who combine the, at first sight, incongruous tastes and pursuits of the god of the lyre and the silver bow.
As often before, so now we heartily commend this series of the British Poets, judiciously selected, carefully edited, conveniently and elegantly “got up," and a miracle of cheapness.
ALBAN : A NARRATIVE POEM. By WILLIAM THURSTON. London : Judd and Glass. There is here plenty of genuine feeling, and imagination is ever busy to multiply the scenes, illustrate the thought, and enrich the diction. There are some very felicitous lines ; but, although as a rule, the current runs smoothly enough, yet strange to say, there are some which can hardly be called verses ; which, however solicited, prove unmanageable by the tongue and displeasing to the ear. A HANDFUL OF LETTERS ON STRAY THOUGHTS AND FANCIES, in Prose and Rhyme. By WilliAM ORMOND, Letter Carrier, Bristol. These “Stray Thoughts” are creditable both to the heart and head of the author. Some of the conceptions are brilliant, all are healthful and manly. May these “stray thoughts” in their rovings meet with many a soul to whom they shall minister something to quicken right impulses and direct right efforts. The WORD OF RECONCILIATION. Two sermons preached at Christchurch, Church Street, Marylebone, On Forgiveness of Sin, and Christ Dying for Men. By the Rev. J. LLEWELLYN DAVIES, M.A. Rector of Christchurch. London: Macmillan. These sermons are on the most cardinal points in Chris. tian Theology. The little-heresy hunters will discover something here to raise their ire and set their slanderous pen and tongue to work, but the truth seeker, will find in these two Sermons suggestions that will aid him in his honest investigation. THE MAGDALEN'S FRIEND. By a CLERGYMAN. Published by Nisbet and Co., London. This new Serial has entered upon a work the most delicate, important, and necessary, to which philanthrophy can direct its attention. If it set to the work in a thorough way; go to the primary causes of the “SOCIAL Evil" and seek to provide, and apply expedients, philosophically adapted, we shall hail its existence as a social boon. We cannot but think that some of the special efforts that are now being made by certain good meaning men, will prove utterly abortive. The cause being social, mere religious sentimentalism cannot remove it. We heartily recommend this, “the Magdalen's Friend," to the public.