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Thy infinite goodness prompted | pain, and Thy celestial aid to those Thee to desire, and Thy infinite who are in danger; comfort the wisdom enabled Thee to know ! afflicted, relieve the distressed, We, Thy creatures, vanish into supply the hungry with salutary nothing before Thy supreme food, and the thirsty with a plenMajesty; we hourly feel our tiful stream. Impute not our weakness ; we daily bewail our doubts to indifference, nor our vices; we continually acknow- slowness of belief to hardness of ledge our folly. Thee only we heart ; but be indulgent to our adore with awful veneration ; imperfect nature, and supply our Thee we thank with the most fer- imperfections by Thy heavenly vent zeal ; Thee we praise with favour. Suffer not, we anxiously astonishment and rapture; to Thy pray, suffer not oppression to prepower we humbly submit; of Thy vail over innocence, nor the might goodness we devoutly implore of the avenger over the weakness protection; on Thy wisdom we of the just. Whenever we address firmly and cheerfully rely. We do Thee in our retirement from the but open our eyes and instantly vanities of the world, if our praywe perceive Thy divine exis- ers are foolish, pity us; if pretence; we do but exert our reason, sumptuous, pardon us; if acceptand in a moment we discover Thy able to Thee, grant them, all. divine attributes. But our eyes powerful God, grant them; and, could not behold Thy splendor, as with our living voice, and with nor could our minds comprehend our dying lips, we will express Thy divine essence-we see Thee our submission to Thy desires, only through Thy stupendous and adore Thy providence, and bless all-perfect works; we know Thee Thy dispensations, so in all future only by that ray of sacred light states, to which we reverently which it has pleased Thee to hope Thy goodness will raise us, reveal. Nevertheless, if creatures grant that we may continue too ignorant to conceive, and too praising, admiring, venerating, depraved to pursue, the means of worshipping, Thee more and more, their own happiness, may without through worlds without number, presumption express their wants and ages without end !- Jan. 1st, to their Creator, let us humbly
1782.* supplicate Thee to remove from us
* The following is transcribed from a that evil which Thou hast permit- paper in the handwriting of Sir William ted for a time to exist, that the
Jones :-LANGUAGES. Eight languages ultimate good of all may be com
studied critically: English, Latin, French,
Italian, Greek, Arabic, Persian, Sanscrit. plete, and to secure us from that Eight studied less perfectly, but all intelvice which Thou sufferest to spread ligible with a dictionary: Spanish, Portusnares around us, that the tri
guese, German, Runick, Hebrew, Bengali,
Hindu, Turkish, Twelve studied least perumph of virtue may be more con- fectly, but all attainable: Tibetian, Pali, spicuous.
Irradiate our minds Pha-lavi, Deri, Russian, Syriac, Ethiopic, with all useful truth ; instil into
Coptic, Welsh, Swedish, Dutch, Chinese,
Twenty-eight Languages. our hearts a spirit of general benevolence; give understanding to THE MISCHIEF OF RIVAL SECTS, the foolish, meekness to the proud, temperance to the dissolute, for: titude to the feeble-hearted, hope A brig was on the sands withto the desponding, faith to the in three miles of the shore at unbelieving, diligence to the sloth- Yarmouth, in that tremendous ful, patience to those who are in hurricane which will make the
28th of May, 1860, memorable in | pointments were right or wrong; the register of storms. The life- whether Mulligan's claim to the boat was got out, with sufficient command of the boat was well or promptness, but the beachmen ill-founded is nothing to the purwhose appointed turn it was to pose. Men were perishing within man her, and the coxswain ap
view-was that a time to settle pointed to take permanent charge rival pretensions ? If the desire of her.disputed on his right to com- had been to save life and not to mand the boat. The men would win reward, would not the Yar. not go with Mulligan, Mulligan mouth men have acted more like would not quit the boat; and a those of Ramsgate, who, arriving precious hour was lost in the too late, threw their“ watersquabble, which ended in the proofs” to the men in the boat who beachmen quitting the boat, Mul- were without them? Would not ligan remaining without a crew,
Mulligan have yielded to the enuntil a lieutenant and some of the treaties of those on the shore to coast guard, and a few volunteers quit the boat ? or would not the found him, and then they put to
crew have submitted to his direc. sea. But it was now too late. The tions, and to every cry of “ 'Tis brig had drifted too far into the my right,” “It is our turn," have breakers to be followed, according answered—“But men are perishto the evidence of Lieutenant ing !"_" Times,” June 6th, 1860. Betts, and, strange to say, they could see no persons on board ; the boat rode at anchor for hours, Tragedies substantially similar at some distance from the brig. are of frequent occurrence in our The thousands on the beach saw own day, wherever violent tem. the crew, supposed to be eleven pers are allowed to gain the mas. in number, climb the rigging and tery.
There are several towns wildly gesticulate for help. Be- in Great Britain of the name of tween one and two o'clock—that Newport. I refer to one of these, is about four hours after she and purposely avoid mentioning struck, the ship began to break the County in which it is situated. up, and one by one the poor In the suburb of that town there fellows were swept from the rig- were some cottages with small ging till the masts went over, the gardens in the front of them. ship and crew had disappeared. Two of these were, at the time Mulligan and the men who re- referred to, occupied by men who mained on shore agreed that but worked together; the one as forefor the delay the crew of the brig man, and the other as an artisan. might have been saved. Mr. One Monday morning each rePalmer, who presided at the en- paired to the scene of early toil. quiry before the Life-Boat Com. In the meanwhile their wives mittee, threw the primary blame were engaged in preparing breakfor this catastrophe on the ap- fast against the period of their pointment of coxswains; and by expected return. In each dwella strange piece of reasoning, made ing the fire was lighted, and the the Board of Trade answerable
meal prepared, and the table for those appointments by the spread. But anger had been National Life Boat Association, - aroused, and had already ensured because the Board of Trade re- days of darkness, and adversity warded the men for their exer- for both these women, He who tions. But whether these ap- acted as foreman had deemed it
A SPIRITUAL BODY.
needful to administer rebuke to So with stones also. The poor the other. This was resisted, and pebble lies unnoticed by the ill-tempered recrimination fol- water's edge; soft rains come lowed. The foreman seems to and loosen the bands that held have preserved something like him together ; refined, almost self-command; but the other spiritualized, he rises with the aroused to fury by some remark gentle water, drops into the deliwhich was made, seized a hammer cate roots of the plants, with the which was near, and struck him grass he passes into the grazing on his head; he sank down at cattle, and through vein and aronce to the ground. In a short tery, until at last he becomes time the busy housewives learnt part and portion of the being that one of them had been made into which God himself has a widow, and that the other was breathed the breath of life ! And the wife of one regarded as a when dust returns to dust, he felon. In a few days the man.
also is restored once more to his slayer was taken to prison, and first home, after having served the body of his victim was laid in his great purpose in the housethe grave. The neighbours cea- hold of nature—not to rest or sed to talk about the sad event ; perish for ever, but to begin again but those two women and the the eternal course through death children dependent on them, were
and life.-M. S. DE VERE. left to struggle as they could through this cold and stormy world.-Smith.
As spirit serving the flesh is not unsuitably named carnal, so
flesh serving the spirit is rightly But there is life in death. Not named spiritual; not because in God's inspired writings only, changed into spirit, as some supbut in every lineament, in every pose from the words of Scripture, movement, of our great mother -“ It is sown a natural body, it is earth all around us, all over this raised a spiritual body," —but globe, death seems to staik tri- because, with perfect and most umphant. The summer passes
wonderful facility of obedience, it away, flowers fade and fruits will be subject to the spirit, so as decay; field and meadow are completely to fulfil the serenely buried in deep slumber. Broad calm volitions of a never-ending lands are swallowed up by the immortality-all feeling of unhungry ocean, and gigantic moun- easiness, all possibility of decay, tains sink to be seen no more. everthing that clogs its motions But death has found his con- being done
away.-Augustine, queror in nature also. What book xiii., chap. 23. perishes rises again ; what fades away changes but form and shape. Sweet spring follows So many members as we have, winter, new life blossoms out of
so many deaths have we. Death i peeps out at every limb. LUTHER.
LIFE IN DEATH.
DEATH IN EVERY PART OF US.
(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.]
AN EXPOSITION OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN; by GEORGE HUTCHESON.
Ward and Co.
THE EPISTLES OF Paul ; by JAMES FERGUSON.' Ward and Co. More than two long centuries, with all their wondrous revolutions, have rolled over our planet since these two volumes first made their appearance. Though mental science, Biblical criticism, and various other branches of enquiry that throw light upon the Inspired Record, have made considerable advancement since these venerable expositors lived and studied here, there is much in their commentaries that will repay the study of modern students, and not a little equal to the best of modern expositors.
The mental powers, scholastic attainments, theological views, and methods of study, of our authors, are so identical that you can scarcely make a remark to characterize the one that will not apply with equal force to the other. We like their method: it seems to us the most true and profitable manner of dealing with God's great Book. Their plan is, to offer exegetical remarks upon the separate verse or paragraph, and then to deduce the “ doctrines” or general truths therein expressed or implied. Modern expositors, especially of the German school, seem almost systematically to neglect this latter operation, as if unworthy of modern scholarship and science. This we deem a great mistake.
The “doctrines," or general truths, contained in the passage, are its very heart, spirit, worth; and the man who cannot bring them out clearly to the common sense of the common reader, lacks the fundamental qualification of a Biblical expositor, however deeply
read he may be in philological lore, or skilful in 'hermeneutical tactics. We love old Matthew Henry, because of the general truths that he brings out from the passage. His “ Note here,” which meets you in every turn, like finger posts pointing you into glorious districts of general common sense sentiment and divine truth gives his commentary immense charm, and is, we think, the philosophy of its popularity, and the guarantee of its continuance through the coming ages. We should like to see commentaries constructed after the following fashion :-A simple condensed statement of the universal truths, contained in the various verses, paragraphs, chapters, and books of the Bible. Whilst to do it well, the author should be a most competent scholar, and a philosophic thinker, we would not have a word in his commentary of verbal criticism or speculation. All the processes through which he reached his conclusions should be hidden. His work should be to strip The Book of all its orientalisms, localisms, ceremonialisms, &c., and bring out the general truths. Such a commentary, instead of being like other commentaries, larger than the Bible, would not be a quarter of its size, but it would be the spirit of the Book, essentially the Bible itself, commended irre. sistibly to the common reason and the common conscience of humanity.
As the excellencies of these works are nearly the same, so are their defects; there is in both too much Calvinistic rigor, narrow saintliness, sermonic mannerism, and clumsy verbosity, to allow us the gratification of writing an unqualified commendation.
THE ANTIQUITIES OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Translated and
compiled from the works of Augusti with numerous additions, from Rheinnnald Siegel and others, by the Rev. LYMAN COLEMAN.
THE object of this work is to furnish the student of Divinity with a book of reference, and the scholar and antiquary with a guide, in his more extended and original investigations. The merits and need of this work are variously estimated by different individuals, according to their religious creeds and intellectual habits and tastes. He who regards—as does the Papist—THE CHURCH as the source of religious knowledge, and its rites and doctrines as revelations of the Divine mind, will, of course, study the history of these doctrines, and rites, with as much earnestness and zeal as he would study the scriptures themselves. Protestants have too long neglected the study of this important branch of enquiry, mainly, we presume, for the reason that “the voice of the Church” with them has of course no authority co-ordinate with that of the Bible. Their interest, when they have it, in ecclesiastical antiquities, arises from other considerá