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RHYMES FOR A ROYAL NURSERY.-Painter,
If these rhymes do find their way into the royal nursery, we should be glad. They are very pretty, and the sentiments better than we shall expect to find under the imprimatur of probable tutors and tutoresses in that most interesting and important establishment, May the divine blessing rest on the royal babes! and may such lessons of piety, Protestantism, and tender humanity to animals as this little bijou inculcates, be conveyed to their infant minds !
THE JEW, in this and other days.—Religious Tract
MARVELLOUS is the progress of inquiry and of information on this heart-stirring topic! Here we have a small square book for the young, widely different from any that have preceded it, bearing on the nation of Israel. A frontispiece representing the interior of a great London Synagogue; a place from which pious people, not long ago, would haye taught their children to avert their eyes, as from a popish mass-house ; if not with greater horror; much information as to synagogue-worship; and other matters appertaining to the Hebrew people; both among us and in foreign lands; a good many nice illustrations, very well execated ; and a spirit of kindness breatbing throughout, highly worthy of imitation. Still we look for a great advance in this revived branch of literature ; for truly our dazzled eyes, when turned in the direction of the Jew, see him but as a tree walking. Thick mists have still to be purged away.
The compiler of this little volume has taken the former part of his description from a work which he has had to purify in no small measure; for it was as atrocious a libel on the Jewish people as ever disgraced the Gentile press. Nothing of this is retained here ; but the picture drawn is of the very lowest class of Jews, leaving unnoticed the large body of gentlemen who move in every sphere of society, up to the highest; and who come not within the outline given of what is called the Jewish population; though the highest among them will fervently bail the lowest as his brethren and in some situations as his superior. We have seen among the Cobanim, or descendants of Aaron, men in very poor habiliments though shrouded by the broad talith, occupying the highest place, near the Ark, while the whole .congregation, including hundreds of wealthy and accomplished gentlemen, bowed to receive the blessing which they, the sons of Aaron, pronounce, according to Numbers vi. 23—26.
Again, in point of spiritual things, we find the testimony of Mr. Margoliouth repeatedly quoted, against which the Jews themselves indignantly protest, and not without reason. Justice is not fully rendered them, because, as we before remarked, Gentiles do not yet clearly see what Israel in oor day is : but ere long it will be better understood. What is reported in this little book of the Karaite Jews, (page 109) is strictly true of the greater number of even the Rabbinpical Jews among ourselves; only that our inveterate habit of going to old books rather than to living men for information concerning our next door neighbours stands in the way of our enlightenment. Having given this caution, with an assurance that the half has not yet been told them concerning Judah, we give a hearty commendation with the little book to our friends, hoping to see it soon doubled in size and importance. The lion, the great lion, is about to be stirred up; and men shall see him as he is, not as sign-painters represent him.
THE WORKING-MAN'S WIFE. By the Author of “the Family Book."-Religious Tract Society.
HERE is a treasury of cottage wisdom, and good management, and household arrangement; and all on the very highest and holiest principles, powerfully enforced. We know no rank of life in which this little volume would not be serviceable though principally to the class indicated in its title-page. It ought to be given as a prize in schools, to the elder girls; and as an acceptable, marriage-gift to every bumble bride.
LAODICEA; or religious declension. Its nature, indications, causes, consequences, and remedies. An Essay, by David Everard Ford, Author of “ Decapolis,” “ Chorazin," “ Damascus," &c.-Simpkin and
We have noticed, as they issued from the press, Mr. Ford's preceding Essays, and have not withheld from them the acknowledgment of many excellences, because the Author neither is a Churchman nora Calvinist. We now, in like manner desire to notice his latest production; and if it be, as he seems to intend it should be, the last of its class, we shall regret the circumstance; for his writings are, in our estimation, really valuable. We all want rousing, and stirring up to work; and it is the tendency of these Essays so to affect us. “ Laodicea” is on a very solemn subject, and one that the Great Apostle of the Gentiles did not fail to press earnestly on the churches. Mr. Ford has executed his task faithfully, ably, and impressively; mingling encouragement with warning, and leaving the backslider without excuse. We heartily wish that this class of writers was greatly enlarged.
THE LORD'S SUPPER. Second edition.–Baisler.
We made some passing remarks on this little tract incidentally, when reviewing a larger book, some little time since: we now wish to make further mention of it. The author's object has been to strip the ordinance of the Lord's supper of the additions made by man to a divine institute, and to dispel the cloud of mystery in which their imaginations have wrapped what is in itself beautifully simple and comprehensible. He takes it as he finds it in its original appointment by the Lord himself, and in its recorded mode of acceptation and celebration among the first disciples; thus shewing wbat it is not, by fairly exbibiting what it is. Looking at the volumes written on the subject, in the way of explanation, preparation, &c., for this blessed ordinance; and at the fearful heresies built on an overweening appre
hension of its importance as a sacrament; and of the very meaning of that much-abused term, we cannot but attach a high value to this very plain and scriptural little tract. With the Mass-book of Rome, the “Office” of the Episcopal church in Scotland, and the treatises of English high-churchmen among ourselves on the one hand, and on the other the simple word of God, we have long felt that much was to be retraced ere we could ourselves duly approximate to the latter; and we trust that the doctrine set forth in the tract now before us will ever be recognized as that which the scriptures inculcate: an infallible canon of the Church of Christ.