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quake shook the church in the midst of the storm. I calmed, made even as the brow of Jesus, and then it never saw the effect of awe and fear more strongly ascends to heaven upon the wings of the holy dove, depicted. The whole congregation remained as still and dwells with God, till it returns, like the useful as death, but burst into a silent Hood of irrepressible bee, laden with a blessing, and the dew of heaven.

Bp. Jeremy Taylor. With all these impressions on my mind, I was called

Use or MEANS.— The promises are wells of comfort on by the governor and the ambassador to read a

to the Church ; and prayer, and the means of grace, thanksgiving service at the palace for our escape. I

are as vessels to draw the water out of these wells. had no time to prepare, as I could wish, for such a

To expect blessings, and not to seek diligently for solemn occasion; but there was no need to seek for

them, is as foolish as if a farmer were to neglect appropriate words. During the prayers another storm came on, and another shock of an earthquake nearly harvest in them.- Aip. Secker.

ploughing or sowing his lands, and yet to look for a caused the book to fall from my hand, seeming to rend the house asunder. My congregation, like those

Charity. — One says, “ I will give to-morrow," to of the procession, were deeply attected. It was the excuse himself from giving to-day. Alas! do you voice of God himself that seeined to address them. know whether you shall be alive to-morrow in this

Immediately after, I was called on to visit a sick place? Another says, “I am poor; I have necil man whom I had formerly known. His family bear- enough myself of all my means." "Yes, you are poor, ing I was on the island, had sent for me, and requested

you are destitute ; but it is of love, of benignity, of my attendance, as they supposed him past recovery. faith, and of mercy. A third says, “Whom do I wrong? In all my professional duties, I never witnessed so keep only my own.” I ask you, from whom did you awful a scene. The man was dying, and he was sur

receive those riches? and whence did you bring them ? rounded by his family in the deepest affliction. The Did you not come naked from your mother's womb; house had been shattered by the earthquake just

and shall you not return naked to the dust? Whence before; and it was expected that every fresh shock, of

did this wealth come ?—from chance? What is this which there were every moment some indications, but Atheism? If you confess that you received it would prostrate it. The storm of wind, thunder, and from God, why did it fall to your lot rather than to lightning, was raging without; the portentous hail

another's ? God is not unrighteous in the unequal stones were battering the roof, and dashing in the division of property among men. Why are you rich ? windows; the awful tremor of the earth, with the and why is this man poor? It is that you may receive dismal and ominous sound that accompanied it, seemed the reward of dispensing your goods faithfully, and like some warning voice that issued from a grave; and that the poor may receive the recompense of his in this appalling commotion of the elements, the soul patience. When, therefore, you appropriate to yourof our brother was about to leave its mortal tenement! self that wealth which belongs to many, and of which In a few minutes afterwards he died.

you are the steward, you are a robber. --St. Basil.

The Cabinet. The Bible.-I use the Scriptures not as an arsenal to be resorted to only for arms and weapons to defend this or that party, or to defeat its enemies ; but as a matchless temple, where I delight to be, to contemplate the beauty, the symmetry, and the magniticence, of the structure ; and to increase my awe, and excite my devotion, to the Deity there preached and adored. -llon, Robert Boyle.

PRAYER.--Anger is a perfect alienation of the mind from prayer, and therefore is contrary to that attention which presents our prayers in a right line to God. For so have I seen a lark rising from his bed of grass, and soaring upwards, singing as he rises, and hopes to get to heaven, and climb above the clouds; but the poor bird was beaten back with the loud siglings of an eastern wind, and his motion made irregular and inconstant, descending more at every breath of the tempest than it could recover by the libration and frequent weighing of his wings, till the little creature was forced to sit down and pant, and stay till the storm was over; and then it made a prosperous fight, and did rise and sing as if it had learnt music and motion from an angel, as he passed some time through the air about his ministries here below. So it is with the prayer of a good man: when his affairs have required business, and his business was matter of discipline, and his discipline was to pass upon a sinning person, or had a design of charity, his charity met with the intirmities of a man, and anger was its instrument; and the instrument became stronger than the prime agent, and raised a tempest, and overruled the man; and then his prayer was broken, and his thoughts were troubled, and his words went up towards a cloud, and his thoughts pulled them back again, and made them without intention ; and the good man sighs for his infirmity, but must be content to lose that prayer; and then he must recover it. When his anger is removed, and his spirit is be

Poetry.
ON WITNESSING A CONFIRMATION.
Well may the bells peal sounds of praise,

The organ notes of triumph swell;
For angels here delight to gaze,

And God himself approves it well.
A youthful band in vestinents white

Approach the altar of their God,
At once their duty and delight

To tread the steps their fathers trod.
On earth the sacred vow is made,

The Church records the ardent prayer,
And Heaven, in lines which cannot fade,

Re-registers the promise there.
Come, Holy Spirit, from above,

Fill every bosom with thy flame,
And write in characters of love

Indelibly thy sacred name.
A martyr's spirit, and a lieart

Holy and heavenly grant to all,
Which never can from God depart,

Nor shrink whatever may befall.
May these young soldiers of the cross

Be strengthen'd for the holy strife,
Through good or evil, gain or loss,

Enduring, win the crown of life.
So, when their fathers sleep with thce,

Each having enter'd to his rest,
May this devoted company
Stand in their place to call thee blest!

JAMES EDMESTON.

THE RIVULET.•

FLOW winding on, bright rivulet,
While gentle breezes glide
Among the white-thorn boughs, that yet
Adorn thy sloping side-
Resplendent in their new array,
Charms that foretell a brighter day!

I love to cull the violets sweet
That grow upon thy brim;
And there in joyous strains repeat
Each feather'd warbler's hymn ;-
I love to view, within thy stream,
The moon's pale light and playful beam.
And oft, glad brook, thy prattling sound

I've heard since winter's bands
Thy dancing waves in fetters bound

Fast to thy golden sands!

O may thy soft voice greet mine ear
Through all the long revolving year!

While spring's gay smiles were pour'd on thee, Oft o'er thy banks I hung,

Tuned my lov'd harp, and happily

Thy mystic music sung!

But now the summer's bloom hath shed Rich odours round thy sparkling bed.

O bear my thoughts to heav'n above,
Smooth, ever-flowing rill!

Then shall a Saviour's dying love
My panting bosom fill:-

Then, like thy current fair and bright,
Calm waft my soul to realms of light.
Flow winding on, thou silvery wave,
Heed not the work of time;

Thy limpid springs still fondly lave, In full harmonious chime,

Thy banks, where many a flow'r shall dwell In after-years to scent the dell.

Miscellaneous.

GALEN. The celebrated Galen, in the early part of his life, was not persuaded of the existence of a God. In one of his solitary walks he found a skeleton: having attentively examined the structure of the bones, their wonderful accommodation to receive and secure the nerves and muscles, their texture and figure to give support, strength, and activity to the whole body, he exclaimed, "Surely nothing but a God can have produced this frame!" Even those who have persisted in denying God to his face in the midst of his works, have been forced by the power of conscience to recant before they left the world. One of these maintained his infidelity to the last moment, when he fixed his eyes on heaven, and died exclaiming, " O God! O God!"-Valpy's Address.

MOHAMMEDANISM AND CHRISTIANITY.-The success of Mohammed's imposture may be ascribed, in a great degree, to the simplicity of what he taught, and its agreement with human reason, as well as with the previous belief of many of his disciples. "There is one God;" a truth, however obscured by the errors of idolatry, or lost in the darkness of ignorance, such as reason is willing to asquiesce in, and finds confirmed

From Songs for all Seasons.

by the general appearance of the world. "Mohammed is his prophet." In declaring this fundamental part of his creed, he was careful to disturb no prejudices, and treated the feelings both of Jews and Christians with tenderness. While he asserted his own superiority, he gave station and authority in his scheme to Adam, to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, and to Jesus. There is nothing in his Koran which we are surprised to find there nothing which may not be traced back to existing opinions, or to books within his reach. The truth to which he owed his success, and to which the long duration of his religion must be chiefly attributed, the unity of the Godhead, he found in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures: he had only to pronounce it anew, and to clear away the intrusive worship of images and martyrs, saints and angels, which had corrupted the Church in that dark age and country. When I subject Christianity to a similar test, no such result appears. I cannot account for its fundamental doctrines. They are agreeable, indeed, to experience and observation: they explain appearances which are and always have been universal throughout the world: they suit the character and meet the necessities of mankind; but they are so far from being on that account "as old as the creation," that a moment's reflection on what the tenets of the Gospel really are, will shew them to be in the strictest sense original. Like the theory of attraction, they explain phenomena long observed and every where observable; but, like that theory, the explanation was perfectly novel. It is difficult to suppose that unauthorised men, of any rank, education, or country, could ever have undertaken to promulgate such doctrines. - Bishop J. B. Sumner.

TRUTH IS POWER.-Some men say wealth is power, some that knowledge is power, some that talent is power; but there is an apothegm that I would place on high above them all, when I would assert that truth is power. Wealth cannot purchase, talent refute, knowledge cannot over-reach, authority cannot silence her: they all, like Felix, tremble at her presence. Fling her into the most tremendous billows of popular commotion; cast her into the seven-fold heated furnace of the tyrant's wrath; she mounts aloft in the ark upon the summit of the deluge; she walks with the Son of God, untouched, through the conflagration; she is the ministering Spirit who sheds on man that bright and indestructible principle of life, light, and glory, which is given by its mighty Author to animate, to illuminate, and inspire the immortal soul; and which, like himself, is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. The Bible, in the school of the parish minister, is as far beyond the philosophy of the schools as the expanse of heaven is beyond the surface of this little earth, and the interests of eternity beyond the trifles of an hour. If ever the cause of truth is to be maintained on earth, it is against a system which dares to invade the liberties of man as an immortal being, and which robs him and his children of their best and noblest privilege, the full, pure, and perfect word of God.-Rev. R. Daly.

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JANUARY 1837.

Christian Patriotism; a Sermon delivered in the Mayor's Mr. Biddulph, in the course of this scrmon, makes

Chapel in Bristol, on Sunday, November the 20th, 1836. some important remarks upon the professed identity By the Rev. Thomas T. Biddulph, M.A., Minister of the Church and the State. We agree with him in of St. James's in the said city. Published by request. | thinking that there should be no recognised diversity Bristol, Wright; London, Hatchards.

between them; that “there should be no distinction We have before expressed our opinion as to the limits between the members of the civil community and the within which subjects of a political or public nature

members of the Christian Church : the one should be should be discussed in the pulpit. Neither the po- capable of being identified with the other.” It is upon litics, nor the civil occurrences of the day, ought, in this firm and sound principle that we have a national our opinion, ever to be expressly treated of by a Church; an institution for the religious training of the preacher ; but still, he must never be backward to en- people, co-extensive with the bounds of the people, force the great leading principles laid down in the and embracing, in its objects, every individual in the word of God, by which the conduct of men, as subjects realm. of the state and members of society, is to be regulated.

The author mentions several obligations which are If the ministers of religion are not to do this, whose comprehended in the comparison of the Christian to duty is it to do so ? The magistrate will certainly not the human body. These are, mutual submission, unanithink that it falls within his province to dwell upon mity of object, and sympathy. The sermon concludes the sanctions of God's law. The laws which he exe- with a striking passige from Lord Chesterfield, which cutes are, indeed, to be framed on the model of God's shews the state of his “polished but infidel mind, as word and will; still, he is only the executive of those death approached, in reflecting on a life spent in the laws: the authority of the laws themselves, and of all bustle of the world, and in forgetfulness of God and of law, must be proclaimed in the sanctuary of God. eternity."

Mr. Biddulph, during a long life of ministerial la- This discourse, like all that Mr. Biddulph writes, is bour in Bristol, has been a decided upholder of the full of scriptural, solid, and valuable matter. principles of government and civil order; and the sermon before us is an instance of his zeal to inculcate

Ecclesiastical Legislation. Three Letters to his Grace such principles. His text is from that passage of

the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, on Church ProSt. Paul, where he illustrates the privileges and duties

perty, Episcopacy, Cathedrals, and the Clergy. By of Christians, from the analogy subsisting between a

Clericus Anglicanus. Seeleys, 1836. Christian community and the structure of the human body : “ For as the body is one, and hath many mem

This pamphlet contains suggestions on matters of exbers, and all the members of that one body, being limits and revenues, the change in cathedral establish

treme importance. The new arrangement of episcopal many, are one body; so also is Christ." We give from this discourse an extract, which ex

ments, with other recommendations of the ecclesias. hibits the author's views, at the same time that it con

tical commissioners, laid in their reports before the tains most important truths :-

public, and already partially acted on, must supply

food for the gravest thought to every reflecting church“ In our text, and in many other parts of St. Paul's

The proposed measures will be powerful for epistles, the structure of the human body is employed good or for evil. They will not be inoperative : they to illustrate Christian privileges and duty. The body will produce, gradually it may be, but surely, results is composed of many members. Its senses, its limbs, of a very decisive character. May the Spirit of wisits joints, sinews, and nerves; the action and reaction

dom be richly shed forth upon those individuals to

whom the guidance of these changes is entrusted! of the heart and its system of blood-vessels, with the

The author of these letters is apprehensive of ininspiration and respiration of the lungs, are intro- jurious results; and his opinions are, for more than duced, as furnishing suitable emblems of the Christian one reason, entitled to great weight. IIe first adverts community, its principles, and its conduct. But thonghi to Church property and episcopacy. And here he says, the body consists of many members, there is such an

that the principle on which the ecclesiastical commis

sioners propose to act is dangerous, namely, " that of union between them, that they constitute but one body. the arbitrary transfer of property, settled on one obTheir vitality, comfort, and usefulness, in their several ject of legitimate and local Church service, by a new functions, depend on inspiration of the surrounding law of settlement, to other or remote objects not conatmosphere, by the instrumentality of the lungs; they templated in the original grants.” This principle he are all dependent, for life and health, on a due circu- conceives to be " but a modification of another, which lation of the Auid of which the heart is the reservoir ; ligious education.” Proceeding to details, he regrets

appropriates Church funds to purposes of general reand their sympathetic communion, one with another, that the opportunity is not taken, leaving untouched justifies the apostle's remark, that 'if one member the present hierarchy, for the extension of what he suffer, all the members suffer with it; and that if one

calls“ rural episcopacy:" he would have, in fact, member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.' suffragan bishops re-appointed, in order to " annual

confirmations, parochial visitations, pulpit services, In the conclusion of our text, it is added,— So also is and frequent conferences with the clergy, in the spirit Christ,' i. e. his mystical body, the universal Church, in of primitive and apostolical simplicity." He regrets which Christ is the head both of government and in

the curtailment of any of the bishops' revenues, as it fuence. Such it ought to be ; and such it will here will diminish the ability of the occupants of the richer after become. The resemblance will then be more

sees to take the lead, as they now do, in works of piety accurate, and the results more blessed. The spirit of and benevolence ; and he thinks that those whose in

comes are to be increased will be little benefited, but life will then pervade the whole, and communicate rather degraded, as becoming, in a measure, the sti. health and vigour to all its mombers.”

pendiaries of a “bounty-board."

man.

In his second letter, our author states his objections ing, and indissoluble union in the cause of Protestto the proposed modifications of the chapters of cather Antism, they avow it to the fullest extent; and fordrals." He contends, that a dean and four canons, give me, my lord, if I too urgently and impressively keeping residence in rotation, will be inadequate to the due performance of their duties ; and that by the

ask, Whether the impulse that may be followed, and transfer of cathedral property, the fabrics will not be the cry that may be most unconsciously flattered, in sustained, the charities of the neighbourhood will lose present proceedings, have not their rise in that one and their most munificent patrons, and the Church will ere only charge, which nothing but our destruction can long miss her well-accoutred champions of truth, most of whom have heretofore issued from the cathe

efface ?"'-- Pp. 65-67. dral precincts.

In the third letter, the writer discusses the measures chiefly affecting the parochial clergy, the provisions in

The Christian Keepsake and Missionary Annual. Edited the bill lately introduced into parliament in regard to

by the Rev. William Ellis. 1837. Fisher, Son, and

Co. London. pluralities, residence, duties, &c. He thinks that the effect will be harshly to bind down the clergy, and,

We consider this to be one of the most elegant of the hence, to substitute less noble motives for the high

Annuals. It is prepared with great care, and does and holy principles of action which should influence much credit to the editor; and we cannot but feel an the ambassadors of the living God. But the question

interest in its success, its object being to spread the of appointments, the most vital of all, he says, is yet knowledge of the missionary exertions which are being untouched. “ The one primary evil, the source of in- made throughout the world. The author, in his prenumerable others, has been the error of appointments face, thus states its character :-“ Carefully adhering --appointments made for unhallowed purposes, and of

to the great objects to which the work has hitherto unqualified persons..... Let the commissioners leave

been devoted--the promotion of piety among its readunchecked the power of appointment, and they may

ers, and the diffusion of authentic information reproceed to abolish dignities, to reduce incomes, and

specting the progress and effects of Christianity in break down or individualise the clergy in obscure re

different quarters of the world—the editor confidently sidences and compulsory duties; and they will add in anticipates, that as • The Christian Keepsake' becomes no sensible degree to their improvement in character

better known, it will be still more generally patronor usefulness, to their respectability before man, or

ised.” The work contains a memoir of the Rev. Dr. their acceptableness to God."

Carey, professor of oriental languages at Calcutta ; We regret that we cannot enumerate every topic on

an essay on Mohammedanism in India, by Rev. W. which our author treats ; nor would our limits now

Campbell, a missionary; a memoir of Mrs. Hemans; permit us to enter on a full examination of his argu

Prayer the most important means of missionary sucments. We will, therefore, only say, that, without coin

cess, by Rev. E. Bickersteth ; Recollections of Bishop ciding in all his opinions, we cordially recommend his

Heber, by Rev. Dr. Doran; a short sketch of the life letters to the careful perusal of our readers. We must,

of Bishop Ryder ; Elijah, a poem, by the Rev. Thos. however, find room for the following extract :

Grinfield; the death of the last child, by the Rev.

Thomas Dale ; Christ the Purifier, by James Mont“The clergymen of the Church of England ... hear gomery; and many other beautiful little productions. of disgrace and degradation branded on their brethren

It has also sixteen plates illustrative of the work, exein Ireland, whose conduct has been an example to the cuted in a finished manner.

We never see one of these tasteful Annuals of a reChristian world. They have been warned to be faithful ligious class, without applauding the effort of the com. in the discharge of their own duties, and plead to have pilers to furnish a useful, at the same time that they moderately profited by a warning which ought never publish an ornamental book ; but we always remember to be in vain. They have been lenient beyond all ex

ihat these works are the fashion of the day, and are ample in receiving payment of their dues ; and they the same time, therefore, that we wish such works to

designed, in a great measure, for fashionable folks. At have so far imitated their Irish brethren, as to have

take the place of the sickly trash that has been so long often chosen to forego their claims, rather than force served up to suit the vitiated palate of that class of them from unwilling or unable hands. They find the society, we would remind the purchasers of such storm, nevertheless, coming nearer and nearer to their works, that the piety which is gained and nourished doors,—measure upon measure pressed forward in only, or principally, by religious Annuals, will be of a

very flimsy character. These books will be of no use public with unwonted haste, without a voice of their

if they do not induce readers to quench their thirst at own being asked, yet fraught with incalculable hazard the fountain of living waters. to their sacred profession, and leading, in the general estimation, to inevitable and swift destruction. They

Researches, Aniedilurian, Patriarchal, and Historical, ask, what is the cause, what the charge or accusation

concerning the way in which Men first acquired their against them? Charged with the crime of wealth,

Knowledge of God and Religion, fc. fc. By Thomas they have, by the evidence of documents, triumphantly Clarkson, M.A., formerly Fellow of St. John's Col. rebutted it. Charged with luxurious habits, they must lege, Cambridge; author of the History of the Abobe true thaumaturgi to make a luxury of that of which

lition of the Slave-Trade, &c. &c. London, Long

man and Co.; and S. Piper, Jpswich. for the most part they can seldom make a living. With a want of charity their very enemies have not

This is one of the most vexatious books, as far as its

form is concerned, we have ever met with. It has no ventured to charge them; and if they are charged with

table of contents at the beginning, and no index at a want of learning, of eloquence, or of devotion, I leave the end ; so that we bad no hope, at the outset, that we the selection of names, from many a bright and blazing should find the work itself an orderly production. We column, to answer the accusation : can I leave it in should have been glad to have had this expectation better and more appropriate hands than in those of corrected; but such has not been the case. The au

thor has had far too much in hand in this book, as your grace? Scarcely can they be charged with a

will be seen when we complete the title-page, which severe or implacable feeling towards even their ene- is much more lengthy than what we have given above; mies or traducers ; but, charged with a firm, unbendo for, after the words " knowledge of God and religion,” it is continued thus: “ And as to what were the doc- not determine. Its author deserves to be spoken of trines of the churches of Adam and Noah, with an with high respect, as having been the friend and account of the long night of idolatry which followed, fellow-labourer of Mr. Wilberforce in the noble cause and darkened the earth, and also of the means de- that occupied nearly his whole public life, and which signed by God for the recovery and extension of his the latter lived to see accomplished—the abolition of truths, and of their final accomplishment by Jesus slavery throughout the British dominions. Christ.” If Mr. Clarkson re-considers this title-page, he will pardon us for our suspicions, that his book would prove any thing but a lucid speculation. When

Sacred Poetry. By a Layman. A new edition, a work of the very moderate dimensions of the pre- revised, with numerous additions. Seeleys. 1835. sent proposes to traverse so large a field of inquiry, Tuis little book comes out very modestly. It has no it is almost certain

to turn out either very obscure or very superficial. The author, in his preface, “thinks

preface; it is left to tell its own tale. It consists of it right to say a few words concerning the origin and

a hundred and fifty-nine poems, of a religious kind ; the manner of the progress of the book, and also on

some suggested by passages of Scripture, and others the subjects it contains. He tells us that, “ sitting one

the spontaneous utterance of the feelings. They dis

cover a sweet frame of mind in the writer, rather night in a meditating frame of mind, a thought came

Nature across him how the first men obtained a knowledge

than any liigh measure of poetic skill.

and devotion shine throughout these little composiof God and religion.'" The answer which he furnished

tions rather than much imagination. But we would to this question, and the musings which followed, we

recommend this book to those who love sacred verse, shall give in his own words, from the beginning of Part II. of his work, where he thus states the summary

as containing many delightful and soothing poems;

and if variety has a charm, there is here an abundant of his preceding opinions, and of what was to follow :

range. We are always glad of an opportunity of “We have seen,” he says, " in the preceding essay, praising such efforts as the author of this little work that the first men gained all their religious knowledge

has made to consecrate his talent to God. The art from God himself; but that they had made so bad a of song is among the most beguiling of the faculties use of it, or that so many of them had gone off, and

which God has given to man; and we know how often,

and how mischievously, it has been perverted. Upon so many more were on the point of going off, into

his own head be the guilt of any who degrades this idolatry, even so early as the time of Abraham, that, exquisite talent, and makes it the servant of profaneif it had not pleased God to interfere, the probability ness and sin ; while the blessing of God shall rest on was, that every family then upon earth (for the inha

that man who dedicates to the divine glory this refined bitants of the whole world then lay within a very

gift. We copy the “ Conclusion,” which shews the

simple humility of the author's heart. small compass) would, in a short time, have been in. fected by this moral contagion. We have seen, again, that

“ These simple lays, they budded forth,

In the chill spring they sprung; God did thus actually interfere, by selecting Abraham

And all their genius, all their worth, to preserve his truths, from whose loins also a long line

Were on a wild harp strung. of descendants should spring, for the same purpose,

Yet haply the reflecting mind, such as Isaac, Jacob, David, and others; and that

In life's retired road, from the last in this line the Messiah should come.

May in their lowly musings find And we have seen again, that, when the Messiah ac

A path that it has trode.

And if one lay shall please the ear, tually appeared, all the known world had lost the

And warm the willing heart, knowledge of the true God (which God himself had

The humble flow'r that blossoms there given to their ancestors), except the descendants of

May yet a joy impart; Abraham just mentioned; and that it was his (the

A joy to ripen on the word Messiah's) object to renew to all those, both living

God has on man bestow'd; and to come, the light which their ancestors had thus

Wherein the holy truths are stord, lost, and to accompany it with new light of greater

From which those musings flow'd.” splendour than the former, by which they should be enabled to see new prospects, and to lay before them

The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, by the a grand scheme of salvation for the human race.

Rev. Gilbert White, M.A.; with the Naturalist's CaNow, when we consider that the coming of the Mes- lendar, and Miscellaneous Observations, extracted from siah was the greatest and most glorious event that his Papers. A new edition, with Notes. By Edward ever took place in the world, we should have judged

Turner Bennett, Esq., F.L.S., &c., Secretary of the

Zoological Society; and others. 8vo. pp. 610. Lonit probable, speaking as men, that God would have

don, J. and A. Arch, &c. &c. 1836. given such intimations of it beforehand, that not only

A most elegant edition of a most delightful work, men would be looking out for such a personage before

wbich, during the last few years, has appeared in he came, but that, when he came, he should answer

various shapes and sizes by different editors. The the description contained in these notices so clearly, present edition is, in all respects, a most valuable that he would be recognised generally as the person production, whether the additional copious notes, the sent ; and in fact such notices were given. It is my

illustrations, or the letter-press, be considered. Mr.

Bennett was (we regret we cannot say is, for he was intention, therefore, to inquire what these notices or

removed a few months ago by death) well known as a intimations were, and how the different people of the naturalist; and the important situation which he filled earth acquired them, and whether, when Jesus Christ of secretary to the Zoological Society would, of itself, caine into the world, he answered the character which have been a pledge that he was qualified for the work

he undertook. With the view of gaining additional had thus been given of him."

information respecting Selborne and its vicinity, he The work contains much which may be considered resided in the village for some time during the autumn curious and ingenious : whether any important results and winter of 1835, and was thus enabled to enrich would follow from adopting its speculations, we will the work by the enumeration of many facts which

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