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The Spectator, Nov. 1, 1845. "This edition of the Book of Common Prayer far surpasses anything that has been done in decorative printing; for brilliancy of effect, and the number, variety, and beauty of the devices that enrich the pages, this volume is a triumph of typographic art. As we noticed the work as it appeared in parts, we were unable fully to appreciate its tasteful splendour, until we saw the volume complete, set off by the crowning addition of a superb binding. No words can convey an idea of the infinite quantity of invention shown in the designs of the initials and borderings by Mr. Owen Jones. Their number counts by thousands ; and though the stores of antiquity have probably been ransacked to supply them, there arc abundant evidences of the ingenuity and fertility of the artist's fancy."
The Cambridge Chronicle.
"It is impossible to speak too highly of the exceeding beauty of this work. It is a typographical triumph, in which the resources of modern art have achieved results in a speedy manner and at small cost, which used to require immense and tedious labour. The illuminations are superb in brilliancy of colouring, and nothing can be more chaste, or highly finished, than some of the wood engravings."
The Times, Oct. 29. 1845.
"This volume is at length published. It is indeed a magnificent publication, and certainly the most elegant edition of the Book of Common Prayer which has ever issued from the press. The illuminations partake of the minuteness and accurate finish of the ancient Roman missals. The colours are peculiarly brilliant, yet well-toned, and the shadows of the tints are made to harmonize. The gilding is bright and very costly, and produces a very rich and gorgeous appearance. It is the most elaborate copy of the liturgy of a Protestant Church ever executed, and is a noble devotional volume and fitting Christian manual."
ftft DBCBT AMD ITAHI, nlNTEBI, WH1TBTK1ABS.
ORNAMENTAL BORDERS, INITIALS, AND TITLES IN COLOURS
From Designs By OWEN JONES, Architect,
HISTORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE OLD MASTERS.
ClBBPCLLT DBA1YX FROM THE ORIGINALS BY GEORGE SCHARF, JUN., UNDER THE
Superintendence or LEWIS GRUNER.
f\F the various Works which are capahle of Pictorial Decoration and Illustration, none seem more appropriately adapted for that object than the Book Of Common Prater.
One of the first exercises of the painter's pencil, on the revival of the Arts in the early ages of Christianity, was to furnish embellishments for, copies of the Holy Scriptures, hooks of Devotion, Missals, Psalters, and the like; and some of the oldest specimens of the kind known, were produced in the British Islands, during the ages styled dark. Such works, however, from the great cost of producing them, have hitherto heen confined to puhhc libraries and a few wealthy proprietors. The resources of modern art and improved mechanical contrivances, render it practicable, in the present day, to produce a work of this kind at a moderate price; and it is hoped that an Edition of the Book Of Common Prater, adorned with good taste and propriety, may not be unwelcome to the Public.
The Embellishments of the present Edition consist of—
I.—Nearly Three Hundred Ornamental Borders, Scrolls,
Foliage, Head-pieces, and Vignettes ; and about Seven Hundred
ther destroy me with the ungodly and wicked doers : which speak friendly to their neighbours, but imagine mischief in their hearts.
A. Reward them according to their deeds : and according to the wickedness of their own inventions.
5. Recompense them after the work of their hands : pay them that they have deserved.
6. For they regard not (o) in their mind the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands: therefore shall he break them down, and not build them up.
7. Praised be the Lord : for he hath heard the voice of my humble petitions.
8. The Lord is my strength, and my shield; my heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart danceth for joy, and in my song will I praise him.
9. The Lord is my strength: and he is the wholesome defence of his Anointed.
Bring unto the Lord, 0 ye mighty, bring young rams unto the Lord : ascribe unto the Lord worship and strength.
2. Give the Lord the honour due unto his Name : worship the Lord with holy worship.
3. It is the Lord (y) that commandeth the waters (r) : it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.
4. It is the Lord that ruleth the sea; the voice of the Lord (s) is mighty in operation : the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.
5. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar trees : yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Libanus.
6. He maketh them also to
"mercy-seat, that was upon the ark of u testimony, from between the two che"rubims, Numb. vii. 89." and it was probably to the mercy-seat that they looked, when they inquired of the Lord. See 1 Sam. xxiii. 2. 4. — Ezek. xiv. S. — xx. 3.31.
(o) v. 6. "Regard not, &c." So Is. v. 12. God denounces woe to those who riot and feast, but "regard not the work of "the Lord, neither consider the operation "of his hands;" and see Ps. lxxxvi. 10. — xcii. 4.—cxi. 2.
(») A hymn of triumph, of great spirit and grandeur, after some victory; probably one in which a storm of thunder, lightning, and rain had contributed to discomfit the enemy. "The matter of this "Psalm," says Bp. Lowth, " is the tre"mendous majesty and excessive glory of "the Most High. See Ps. xcvii.
(q) v.3. " The Lord, &c." How magnificent is Job's description of God's power, "which removeth the mountains, and they
"know not; which overturneth them in "his anger. Which shaketh the earth oat "of her place, and the pillars thereof "tremble. Which commandeth the sun, "and it riseth not, and sealeth up the "stars. Which alone spreadeth out the "heavens, and treadeth upon the waves "of the sea. Which doeth great things "past finding out; yea, and wonders "without number. Lo, he goeth by roe, "and I see him not; he passeth on also, "but I perceive him not. Behold be "taketh away, who can hinder him? who "will say unto him, What doest thou? "Job ix. 5 to 12."
ir) "The waters," and, consequently, le rain."
(s) v. 4. 5. 7, 8. "The voice of the "Lord," i. e. (probably in these passages) "thunder." Thunder is called " the voice •* of the Lord, Job xxxvii. 2." So Job xl. 9. " Hast thou an arm like God? "or canst thou thunder with a voice like '< him?"
skip (/) like a calf : Libanus also, and Sirion (u) like a young unicorn.
7. The voice of the Lord divideth (.r) the flames of fire; the voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness : yea, the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Cades, (y)
8. The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds (z) to bring forth young, and discovereth (a) the thick bushes : in his temple (b) doth every man speak of his honour.
9. The Lord sitteth above the water-flood (c) : and the Lord remaineth a king for ever.
10. The Lord shall give strength unto his people : the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
I will magnify thee, O Lord, for
thou hast set me up : and not made my foes to triumph over me.
2. O Lord my God, I cried unto thee : and thou hast healed me.
3. Thou, Lord, hast brought my soul out of hell (e) : thou hast kept my life from them that go down to the pit. (g-)
4. Sing praises unto the Lord, O ye saints of his : and give thanks unto hiin for a remembrance of his holiness.
5. For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his pleasure is life (//) : heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6. And in my prosperity I said, "I shall never be removed:" thou, Lord, of thy goodness hadst made my hill (i) so strong.
7. Thou (£) didst turn thy face from me : and I was troubled.
8. Then cried (/) I unto thee,
(t) v. 6. " To skip." The same idea occurs Ps. cxiv. 6. " What aileth thee, O "thou sea, that thou fleddest, and thou "Jordan, that thou wast driven back ? ye "mountains, that ye skipped like rams, "and ye little hills, like young sheep?"
(u) " Libanus and Sirion," "two lofty "mountains."
(x) v. 7. " Divideth, &c." i. e. (perhaps) "sends the divided or forked lightning."
(y) " Cades," called elsewhere, «' Ka"desh."
(*) t>. 8. " The hinds;" even them, they being remarkable, in general, for bringing forth with difficulty. But Bp. Lowth considers this below the dignity and grandeur of the other images, and he reads, "shaketh the oaks."
(a) "Discovereth," i. e. " uncovereth, "strippeth, maketh bare."
(6) "In his temple, &c." or "in the "heavens (poetically called "his tem"pie") does every thing proclaim his "glory." Le Clerc and Bp. Hare.
(«) f. 9. " Sitteth above the waterflood," i. e. (probably) " rules the clouds
"of heaven: the storehouses of rain." So, "He rides in the whirlwind, and directs "the storm."
(d) A thanksgiving, either after a recovery from sickness, or deliverance from an enemy. Bp. Patrick thinks it was written by David, after his deliverance from the rebellion of Absalom. It points out the wisdom of trusting upon God, the efficacy of God's aid, and the vanity of any other dependance.
(e) v. 3." Broughtmysoul outof hell," i.e. "extricated me from the greatest perils."
(g) "Them that go down to the pit," i. e. " the dead."
(A) v. 5. " Life," i. e. "for duration;" the wrath so short, the pleasure so long.
(i) v. 6. " My hill," i. e. " my situation, "my condition."
(Ic) v. 7. "Thou, &c." so completely are man's comforts in the power of God! How prosperous soever his condition, God can bring trouble, and again remove it; and prayer is the proper means to obtain its removal.
(0 v. 8. "Cried, &c." See Sam. v. 13.
O Lord : and gat me to my Lord
9. (m) " What profit is there in "my blood : when I go down to "the pit?
10. "Shall the dust give thanks "unto thee : or shall it declare "thy truth?
11. " Hear, O Lord, and have "mercy upon me : Lord, be thou "my helper."
12. Thou hast turned my heaviness into joy : thou hast put off my sackcloth (n\ and girded me with gladness.
13. Therefore shall every good man sing of thy praise, without ceasing : O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Psalm xxxi. (o)
In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust : let me never be put to confusion; deliver me in thy righteousness.
2. Bow down thine ear to make haste to deliver me.
3. And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence : that thou mayest save me.
4. For thou art my rock, and my castle : be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's sake, (p)
5. Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
6. Into thy hands I commend q) my spirit : for thou hast reeemed me, O Lord, thou God
7. I have hated them that hold of superstitious vanities : and my trust hath been in the Lord.
8. I will be glad, and rejoice in thy mercy : for thou hast considered my trouble, and hast known (r) my soul in adversities.
9. Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy : but
"Is any one afflicted ? let him pray: the "fervent prayer of a righteous man "availeth much. James v. 16."
(m) v. 9,10,11. This is his prayer. When God told Hezekiah to set his house in order, for that he should surely die, he prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore, and the Lord added unto his life fifteen years; (see Is. xxxviii.) and part of his thanksgiving for this mercy was, " The grave cannot praise "thee, death cannot celebrate thee; they "that go down into the pit cannot hope for "thy truth ; the living, the living, he shall "praise thee, as I do this day." See Ps. vi. 5. " In death no man remembereth *' thee, and who will give thee thanks in «« the pit?" and Ps. cxv. 17. " the dead "praise not thee, O Lord, neither all they "that go down into silence."
(n) V. 12. '« Sackcloth," "the garment "of misery."
(o) An earnest prayer to God for protection, supposed to be written by David, mentioning his present troubles, the falling off of his friends, and the machinations of his enemies, but calling to mind the de
liverances he had before received, and expressing the most confident assurance that God would still preserve him.
(») v. 4. " Name's sake," i. e. " that "thou mayest not be lightly spoken of, "for suffering one who fully trusts in thee "to be in misery." See note on Ps. xxv. 10.
(y) v. 6. " I commend, &c." The last words our Saviour uttered upon the cross, "• Father, into thy hands I commend "my spirit,' and having said thus, he gave "up the ghost. Luke xxiii. W." And Bp. Home's observation upon his quotations from the Psalms in his latest moments is this: "Thus he, who spake as never man spake, "chose to conclude his life, to solace "himself in his greatest agony, and at last "to breathe out his soul in the Psalmist's "form of words rather than his own." No inconsiderable proof that the Psalms deserve from us the most lively and accurate attention!!
(r) v. 8. " Known," i. e. " preserved, *c"cured." See note on Ps. i. 7.