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We find a great similarity of description in many parts of the book, and principally of that peculiar style to which we have referred; we might almost call them repetitions, only varied according to the subject in hand.
We also detect some of the more beautiful illustrations of the “ first series”. adapted to the “ second," bat certainly spoiled in the process.
In the following passage, we object both to the exaggerated style, (that is for a Sunday school purpose,) as well as to the overstrained analogy which is attempted. There are very few facts in human history which will bear citation, as holding in any sense to the atonement of the Redeemer. The Bible alone is our safe guide in this respect, and we are quite sure that all efforts of the imagination on this subject will utterly fail. The simple story of the life of our Lord, the ungarnished record of the circumstances attending His death, and the solemn description of His sufferings, as told by the Evangelists, will make a much deeper impression on the minds of children, than any far-fetched descriptions can possibly accomplish.
Page 84—"Now, imagine that you are on the brink of one of these glaciers in the night. You are alone; and you must cross it and find shelter or you perish. The winds howed and the great avalanches of ice thunder and echo among these awful solitudes, and the storm-notes come booming up from far below. You cautiously creep along on the edge of the ice-cake, and you see an awful chasm running along, one on each side of your narrow path. As you thrust down the sharp point of your staff into the ice, you move very slowly. And now you have got out a mile into the middle of the glacier; and just as you have got between two fearful openings, your staff breaks, and is useless; and that moment, a gust of wind, fierce as a tiger, (?) puts out your light! Ah! now what will you do? To move backward or forward is certain destruction! To stop there is to be frozen as solid as the ice beneath your feet! What will you do? You shout, and the swelling winds carry your voice away, and it is lost in the storm. Just then you see, on the far-off land, a little twinkling light. In a few minutes more, you would have given up, and sunk down into the opening ice, where you would never have been heard of again till the resurrection morning. But now the light seems to creep nearer and nearer to you. It comes up, and a man stands close to you--only that deep chasm is between you and him. He hangs the little lantern on the end of his alpenstock, and reaches it to you. You take it off very carefully. He then reaches again to give you the needed staff. You sieze it eagerly, and give it a jerk; and by that jerk he loses his balance, falls in, and down, down, he falls, and lies bleeding and mangled far down under the deep ice! You had no time to ask his name, or learn who he was. You only know that he perilled and lost his life for you! With that staff, and that lantern, you reach the land, find a dwelling, and are saved. Ab! yes! and you learn that the man who thus lost his life for you, was one who knew you would be lost unless he went to you, and who expected it would cost his life ; and the one whom, of all men in the world, you had treated the most unkindly, and who had reason to despise you and hate you, and to be willing to have you perish in the dark cold night, under the deep awful glacier! And now suppose, that after this you are never heard to speak of the kindness of that man, never to mention how you were delivered,
never to think over your unkindness to him, and his nobleness and kindness in forgetting it all and coming to save you!-is this being grateful ?"
We mention these as points to which exception must be taken by the readers of this volume. There are many beautiful and telling illustrations scattered through the book; but, as a whole, we must pronounce it inferior to its predecessors. We shall be glad, however, if the publication stimulates the teachers in our schools to attempt greater things in the way of Sunday School Addresses. This is a department of admitted importance and equal difficulty. It is, however, to be attained by study, perseverance, and practice, and the class is the very best sphere for its exercise.
The reason why so many fail here is, that its importance is either under-rated, or no preparation is made, or the want of ability is taken for granted. We say to all who feel interested in this matter, mark out a path for yourselves. A student of his Bible, a general reader, and a man of common observation, if he loves children, will soon learn how to " strike home.”
Fragments of the Great Diamond set for Young People ; being a variety of
Addresses to Children. By the Rev. James Bolton, B.A., Minister of St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel, Kilburn, Middlesex. Second Edition. Wertheim and Co. This is a charming little book. The addresses are well worthy to take rank by the side of Dr. Todd's happiest efforts, and they have an ease and liveliness which will ensure for them a ady access to the minds and hearts of children. The respective titles are—The Fleet of Fishing Boats-The Troublesome Member - Happy Rhoda-Our Fathers and Mothers—The Favoured Colt-Little Vessels—The Babe and his Friends–Our New and Better Home.
Teachers who desire to excel in the difficult art of speaking simply and attractively to young people will do well to take Mr. Bolton as one of their models.
Scripture Lessons. Second Series. Edinboro', T. C. Jack.
We are disappointed with these lessons; they are good in themselves, but decidedly heavy. The author has adopted the purely didactic style, and hence the book is all preaching and application.
The Children's Charter ; or the Saviour's Charge regarding the Young. By
the Rev. John Edmond, Glasgow. Nisbet and Co.
An able series of lectures, by a Presbyterian Minister, on the relative duties of parents and children, based on the evangelic narrative of the chil. dren brought to Christ. The volume originated, the preface informs us, in an address prepared at the request of the Glasgow Maternal Association, and now extended to a series. The child's place in the kingdom of Christ is clearly and powerfully insisted on, and, among other subjects discussed, the writer's pleadings for a more hearty encouragement to young believers who desire to be communicants, has our thorough sympathy. When will christian people cease to urge children to believe, while they reserve the Lord's supper as a privilege for mature years, and regard with grave suspicion all candidates for church fellowship who have not attained to the age of sixteen or eighteen years ? Mr. Edmond seems hardly favorable to the children of christian parents attending the Sunday school, because it, to some extent, disperses a family; and he values the school chiefly as a missionary institution. It should not, however, be forgotten, that such an agency, even when so regarded, must suffer severely if christian parents stand aloof, and leave the work of instruction to their junior and inexperienced brethren ; while the separation complained of, temporary at the worst, may be to some extent avoided if both parent and child are found in the Sabbath school.
True Womanhood. Memorials of Eliza Hessel. By Joshua Priestly,
Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
We can say of this memoir what we cannot say of many recent biographies, that it was well deserving of publication. It traces the course of a young christian female, who, possessing good abilities, bestowed upon them the highest cultivation she could give, and consecrated them all to the glory of God and the good of man. Miss Hessel's literary tastes are conspicuous in the narrative, and will render the book especially acceptable to those of like bias with herself. No thoughtful reader can fail to be benefited by such a record of sanctified talent, and to our young female readers we especially recommend its perusal.
Among smaller publications we have to notice Revival of Religion, its Principles, Necessity, Effects ; Snow. A series of Papers contributed to the “ British Standard,” by the Rev. J. A. James, of Birmingham; thoughtful, earnest, and valuable. The Gate of Heaven ; by Charles Larom, Sheffield; Heaton and Son. A well written little pamphlet. The opening of the Third Seal, and The Fourth Trumpet ; by a Working Man. Reed and Pardon. We recommend the Author to leave Trumpets and Seals alone for the future. A Sermon on the Spring ; by the Rev. W. T. Rosevear; and one entitled Teach the Children ; by the Rev. P. Colborne ; from both of which we have given extracts in our present number.
Of Periodicals received, we have only space to enumerate The Family Treasury for March, April, and May; a publication of very superior excellence. The Leisure Hour and Sunday at Home for March and April, with their varied stores of useful information. The Educator and British Controversialist ; each containing many well written articles. Also The Jewish Herald; Christian Miscellany ; Wesleyan Sunday School Magazine (what need is there for denominational Sunday school periodicals ? ) and Early Days.
The General Reader.
THE BISHOP AND THE CURATE.swered, “No put offs, my Lord :
A violent Welsh squire having taken answer me presently." " Then, Sir," offence at a poor curate, who employed said he, “I think it lawful for you to bis leisure hours in mending clocks take my brother Neale’s money, for he and watches, applied to the bishop of offers it.” St. Asaph, with a formal complaint against him for impiously carrying on
IMPIETY. a trade, contrary to the statute. His
Impiety consists in neglecting to lordship, having heard the complaint, cultivate pious affections; in cherishing told the squire he might depend upon evil passions: or in being guilty of it that the strictest justice should be such practices by word or deed, as done in the case. Accordingly, the may lessen our own or other men's mechanic divine was sent for, a few reverence of the divine attributes, prodays after, when the bishop asked him vidence, or revelation. If we neglect “ How he dared to disgrace his diocese the means of cultivating pious affecby becoming a mender of clocks and tion, it is a sign that in us piety is watches ?"— The other, with all hu- weak, or rather that it is wanting, mility, answered,—" To satisfy the and that we are regardless of our own wants of a wife and ten children."
improvement, as well as insensible to " That won't do with me," rejoined the best interests of mankind. the prelate. "I'll inflict such a pupishment upon you, as shall make you
SPARE MOMENTS. leave off your pitifal trade, I promise you." And immediately calling in his Spare moments are like the gold secretary, he ordered him to make out dust of time. Of all the portions of a presentation for the astonished cu- our life, spare moments are the most rate to a living of at least one hun- fruitful in good or evil. They are the dred and fifty pounds per annum. gaps through which temptations find
the easiest access to the garden of the
soul. FLATTERY. His Majesty, King James the First,
AXIOM AND MAXIM. once asked Bishop Andrews and Bishop Neale the following question.
The words axiom and maxim are “ My Lords, cannot I take my sub- sometimes indifferently used one for jects' money when I want it, without the other, but very improperly. all this formality in parliament?" first, as it is applied in arts and Bishop Neale readily answered, “ God sciences, signifies a principle already forbid, Sir, but you should ; you are established; an indubitable truth genthe breath of our nostrils." Where- erally known; a proposition, the truth upon the king turned, and said to of which speaks at once for itself, and Bishop Andrews—"Well, my Lord, requires no circumlocution to prove it. what say you?" “Sir," replied the A maxim is a sententious thought; bishop, "I have no skill to judge of an idea commonly acknowledged, and parliamentary cases." The king an- energetically expressed.
THE BIBLE AND ELOQUENCE.
THE DILEMMA OF The Honourable Fisher Ames was
PROTAGORAS. one of the most enlightened and elo
Protagoras maintained that all is quent patriots of the United States. illusion, and that there is no such In piety and consistency of character thing as truth. But Aristotle refuted he was not less distinguished. His him by the following dilemma. Your estimation of the word of God was proposition is true, or false : if it is great. “No man," he said, “ever did, false, then you are answered ; if true, or ever will, become truly eloquent, then there is something true, and your without being a constant reader of the proposition fails. Bible, and an admirer of the purity THEOLOGICAL STUDIES, and simplicity of its language.” “Of all studies, theological studies
to need most prayer and PRAYING IN LATIN. watching in the midst of them, lest The following anecdote is related of while our intellects are feasting our Svend, a Davish bishop: When souls starve ; lest we keep touching raised to the episcopal dignity, Svend, holy things, and having them in our though well versed in his own native mouths, and writing of them, while literature, was miserably deficient in we are not advancing in grace and Latin. The preference shown him by holiness. After much familiarity the King excited the envy of many,
with the gospel scheme, pursued and by way of making him ridiculous, without any fervency of spirit, it is it was contrived, when he had to hard beyond all expression to recover celebrate mass, to lay before him a a feeling for it; when the ground book in which the first two letters has been hardened by our treading of Famulum tuum (“thy servant,”) over it, it is indeed difficult to distin in the prayer for the King, were guish between the theory of faith and erased, so that, in his ignorance, he the life of it."—Bishop Armstrong. prayed to God to protect his majesty
MIRACLES. mulum tuum. On inspecting the book,
“ The Jewish history is full of the King perceived the trick, and miracles from the time of Abraham caused the bishop (whom he loved for to the Babylonish captivity; but after his virtues) to apply himself to the the restoration of that people until study of the liberal arts, in which he the birth of Christ, there was afterwards excelled.
intermission of them for more than
five centuries. John the Baptist was ANCIENTS AND MODERNS. “a prophet, and more than a prophet;" We live upon the Ancients; we but it is expressly said of him, that he squeeze them ; we get all we can out" wrought no miracle." After so long of them, and swell out our works with an interval, it was reserved for our theirs : and when we become authors, Lord Himself to excite the attention and think ourselves able to stand of His people by miraculous operaalone, we rise against them, and ill- tions; which, though at all times use them: like those pert children, awful and astonishing, must have who having grown strong with the struck men with an additional force milk which they have sucked, after- by the novelty of their appearance.”— wards beat their nurse.—La Bruyère. | Newcome's Observations.