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is a strong presumption in favour of the affirmative and against the negative side of the question. Again, he argues also that scripture cannot be fairly interpreted by reasoning independent of scripture. As an illustration of the principle of explaining away passages which contain proscribed tenets, he instances Mr. Belsham's caution against what is called the natural sense of words and phrases; and he very properly exposes the object of the Improved Version of the New Testament. In the two following sections, the Deity of Christ and the Doctrine of the Trinity are brought to bear on the doctrine of the eternal Sonship. The next section considers the work of man's redemption, and argues the eternal Sonship of our Lord from the scheme of redemption.
Chap. VII. is chiefly employed in giving citations from the most ancient Fathers, and citing ancient creeds.
Upon the whole, the author of this work is entitled to great praise and thanks for having brought together so much weighty evidence, set forth in general with so much clearness of argument in favour of a most vital and important doctrine of our faith. The spirit in which it is written deserves praise also. There is nothing irrelevant to the subject introduced; nothing to offend those who may differ from the author on other points. It will prove a source of much value and instruction to those who are inquirers on this subject.
Stanley; or, the Infidel Reclaimed. And other Poems. By J. C. Tyler, Esq.
London: Rivingtons. 1838. 12mo. pp. 86. The first of these poems is founded on one of the traditions of Lancashire," and is treated so as to be read with interest. Some of the minor poems are also pleasing; and there is about some of them a religious turn which would almost bring them into the class of sacred poetry.
Short Sermons and Hymns for Children. By a Sunday-School Teacher.
London : Hamilton, Adams, and Co. 1837. 12mo. pp. 190. This little volume contains fifty-four sermons, being one for each Sunday in the year and Christmas Day and Good Friday. They are written in an easy simple style, and would probably be intelligible to young people. They are very short, and to each is attached a little hymn. They are both on doctrinal and practical subjects. There are some observations in the preface addressed to those who may
read these sermons to children. The reviewer would just remark that some of the hymns are in a style which does not please him.
An Earring of Gold. By the Rev. C. B. Taylor, M.A. London : Hamilton,
Adams, & Co. 1838. Post 8vo. pp. 28. This is No. II. of “ Tracts for the Rich," entitled also “ Plain Words on Pride and Meekness," and published originally for the benefit of a bazaar, to which it refers at the beginning. It is an agreeable address, written in a simple and pleasing style, as they who have read the author's other works, “ May you like it," &c., will easily believe.
The Matin Bell. Bath : J. A. E. Binns. 8vo. pp. 16. A SERMON published with the hope of convincing all who profess themselves disciples of Jesus Christ, but are destitute of his spirit, that it is impossible for them to be happy in the life to come. The text is taken from Mark, ix. 43–48.
Friendly Counsel to a Dissenting Parishioner, who professes to be seeking the Salvation of his Soul. By the Author of “Dissenters recalled to their Duties
and Interests." London: Burns. 1838. In this little tract there are many excellent passages and strong arguments. In one or two cases, the expressions would have been the better for being softened. Dissent is a great practical evil, and this tract shews its evils; but, in the reviewer's opinion, one passage relative to its evils (p. 21) would be better expunged.
A History of British Reptiles. By Thomas Bell, F.R.S., F.L.S., Professor of
Zoology in King's College, London. Illustrated with a woodcut of each Species, with some of the Varieties, and numerous Vignettes. Part I. London :
Van Voorst. 1838. 8vo. This is another of Mr. Bell's zoological works, equally beautiful with the former. It will give pleasure to every friend of natural history to know that Mr. Bell is still continuing his labours in this department of knowledge; and that he promises a work on British Crustacea, as soon as that on Reptiles is completed.
A Commentary on the Act for the Commutation of Tithes in England and Wales.
By the Rev. George Burges, Vicar of Halvergate and of Moulton, in Norfolk.
London : Rivingtons. Norwich : Matchett and Co. 1838. 12mo. pp. 134. MR. BURGES has written this with a view to warn all his clerical brethren against entering into voluntary agreements; and this for two reasons-first, that they will be losers by it, and secondly, that they will be sanctioning the overthrow of that right with which God and man have for so many centuries invested the church.
Mr. Burges analyzes various portions of the law to shew its injustice and iniquity. His language is occasionally somewhat strong, it must be confessed, but Mr. Burges' intentions seem good. There is certainly cause for complaint in the Bill.
Digest of the Evidence before the Committee of the Two Houses, as to the New
Plan of Education in Ireland. With Notes. By the Rev. A. Irwin, A.M.
Part I. Principles of the System. Dublin : Curry and Co. 1838. It is so impossible for any one to wade through the enormous mass of evidence, that the public ar much indebted to any one who, like Mr. Irwin, will give them the means of knowing the most important parts of it. In Mr. Irwin's notes there seems also to be some useful information.
Medea of Euripides. With Greek Notes, Various Readings, and Emendations.
By Alexander Negris. Edinburgh : Clark. 12mo. Tuis is a neatly-printed edition of the Medea, and there is something amusing in finding some of Porson's emendations discussed in Greek. Mr. Negris's explanations seem fair enough.
Sanbattion, and other Poems. By the Rev. R. C. Trench. London: Moxon, The justly-merited reception which Mr. Trench's former volume met with, takes away the necessity of commending the present work to favourable notice. It is sufficient to say that it is distinguished by the same rare and high qualities as its predecessor, the same melody of versification, the same refined delicacy and truth of feeling, the same play of imagination, the same fervid but pure spirit of piety and devotion.
It would be quite a pity to add a bookseller's name to this emphatic monosyllabic title. The matter ought to have been noticed in last month's Magazine; and had this been the case, it would have been said that this little tract consists of prayers and meditations, good in their way, though their peculiar connexion with the title is not very apparent. However, as Thinking has made its own way to a second edition, it wants no help now from a reviewer.
The Spiritual Sacrifice. Consisting of Prayers and Thanksgivings, selected from
the Works of eminent Christians. Arranged as a Manual of Devotion for Families and Private Persons. London: Hatchard and Son. 1838. 8vo.
This is a collection of about one hundred and fifty prayers, selected from nearly sixty different sources, but chiefly from Jeremy Taylor, Jenks, Toplady, Bickersteth, Matthew Henry, Thomas a Kempis, the Common Prayer-Book, and the “Whole Duty of Man.” They are divided into family and private prayers. The former are arranged into morning and evening prayers for four weeks, prayers for times of affliction, fast days, sacrament, thanksgivings, and intercessions. The private prayers nearly similar, with some for particular graces.
One common fault in collections of prayers is, that they are not adapted to the generality of people; there are few persons who can make the words their own; they seem to take too much for granted as regards the feelings of those for whose use they are intended. This will be found to be the case in many of those contained in this volume. There is too much talking in them for prayer , they had better be styled, Meditations, with pious ejaculations. Such, at least, was the feeling of the writer of this potice when perusing the volume; he could read and admire many of them, but he could not feel that he could use them as prayers. Many persons, however, will be pleased with them, and in so numerous a collection will be almost sure to find some that they
may employ as the compiler has intended; but should they fail of this, they need not think that this is a useless volume; it cannot be used without profit, as the names of most of the authors will be sufficient to shew. The least that can be said in its favour is, that it lays open the thoughts and feelings of some “ eminent Christians” to others, who, though their hearts will not be able to respond to the words, will scarcely refrain from wishing that they could.
The Alternative: Disease and Premature Death, or Health and Long Life, 8c.
Being an Exposure of the prevailing Misconception of their respective Sources, and shewing what is, and what is not, according to those Laws which alone can ensure sound Health and length of Life. By Joel Pinney, Esq. London:
Highley. 8vo. pp. 216. One sentence of this work is enough to shew the principle on which the author proceeds :-“The cure of disease (when it has taken hold of the system) belongs to the medical man; the preservation of health, to ourselves," p. 153.
The prophylactics of Mr. Pinney are sensible enough ; active habits, temperance, early rising, exercise, &c.
The various Memorials and Communications addressed by the different Chapters to his late Majesty's Church Commissioners, which were printed by order of the House of Commons, on the motion of Sir R. H. Inglis, have been published in an octavo volume, and furnished with an Index, as well as an Appendix, containing certain Memorials relative to the See of Sodor and Man.
Part V. of Le Keux's Memorials of Cambridge is published, containing a view of the Hall of Trinity College, as seen from Nevill's Court. The other engraving is the statue of Sir Isaac Newton. Would it not be better to avoid so very difficult a task as such a statue? This Number appears to complete Trinity College.
Part XVIII. of the Churches of London is out, and contains St. Giles', Cripplegate, and the interior of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West. It continues to keep up its character.
Some books of great importance and interest have appeared within the last fortnight-among others, Mr. Palmer's Treatise on the Church, a work of which the highest expectations have been justly formed, and which promises to do more than realize them. But it would be unjust to say more of such a book without a more careful perusal of it than ten days will allow. Dr. Hook has also published a very interesting volume, which contains a republication of two American works by Dr. M'Vicar,--the "Early”and“ Professional" years of Bishop Hobart, with a prefatory account of the American Church, from Dr. Hook's own vigorous and masterly pen.
Monument to Wickliffe.—Mr. Richard Westmacott, the worthy son of a celebrated father, has just published in lithograph a sketch of his monument to Wickliffe, erected by subscription at Lutterworth. The dignity and grace displayed in many of the figures, and, what is still more rare, the thought which has been expended on the subject, and has led to the very interesting grouping of the piece, are such as cannot fail to attract attention, and obtain for Mr. Westmacott from the public at large the reputation he so justly deserves.
Bishop Ken's Works.-In answer to the query proposed in the review of this work in the last number, Mr. Round, the editor, has kindly written as follows:-" In regard to the Royal Sufferer, being of opinion, from various grounds, that it is spurious, I look upon the pretence to being one of the seven bishops in the same light with the assumption of the initials T. K. in the title-page; I suppose them to be both adopted for purposes of deception. I do not reject it from the collection because the resemblance to Bishop Ken's style is faint, but because of certain striking dissimilarities, particularly in the character and terminations of the prayers; while the resemblance of style in certain points does not appear sufficiently strong to be conclusive in its favour. There is also to my apprehension an absence of that warm glow which pervades the devotions of Ken. They are compositions, rather than prayers; framed, rather than poured forth.”
An Illustrated Bible, in folio, is now being published in parts by Messrs. Smith and Elder. Its type is good, and it is to contain the apparatus of Brown's self-interpreting Bible, and will therefore be acceptable to those who approve of his notes. The illustrations appear to be confined to the pages in which a book begins, and title-pages. They consist of a figured red ink border, adorned with small wood cuts in black.
Part V. of Mr. Yarrell's History of British Birds is published, and the work keeps up its high character. The wood cuts are exquisite, particularly that of the Song Thrush.
Vol. IV. of Southey's Poems contains his wild and singular poem of Thalaba.
APPEAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE
GOSPEL IN FOREIGN PARTS. The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel has now been engaged for more than a century in promoting religious instruction and education throughout the colonies and dependencies of the British empire. It is conducted upon the principles of the church of England, and the missionaries whom it employs are subject to the ecclesiastical authorities of the country in which they are placed.
During the earlier period of its existence, the labours of the Society were principally devoted to the building of churches, the maintaining of clergymen,