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April, 1817.] Family Devotion-Canzonette.
127 with Buonaparte, and who were not oblig- which is in Heaven.” The true Christian ed to put up, like Mr. Warden, with se- wants no other inducement to the per. cond-hand stories from M. de Bertrand, formance of this necessary duty than the General Gourgaud, and the Count de las knowledge which he has, of its being Cases, who seem in their conversations God's will that all should perform it. He with Mr. Warden, to have given a more knows that the holy word of God is to be than usual career to their disposition for read, and His worship to be cultivated, fabling; and the simplicity with which not only in the presence of the whole conthis gobemouche seems to have swallowed gregation, but in the more retired scenes all those fables, must have been at once of domestic life. He remembers and acts amusiug and encouraging to the worthy upon what is written. “These words, trio. They evidently saw that the Doctor which I command thee this day, shall be was a credulous gossip, who would not in thy heart, and thou shalt teach them fail to repeat, if he did not print, all his diligently unto thy children, and shalt conversations with them; and they there- talk of them when thou sittest in thine fore took care to tell him only what they house, and when thou walkest by the way, wished to have known--so that even when and when thou liest down, and when thou he means to speak truth, and does actu- risest up." (Deut. vi. 6,7.) " I know liim," ally repeat what he heard, the substance said God himself, when speaking of the of his story is generally and often grossly patriarch Abraham, “that he will comfalse.
mand his children, and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of
the Lord, to do justice and judgment.” Family Devotion.--An Extract.
(Gen. xviii. 19.) It is evident from reason, as well as Convinced of the duty incumbent upfrom Scripture, that Family Devotion is on all to fulfil these gracious commands, the indispensable duty of every Christian the true Christian not only performs them, society. God expects and requires of but thereby receives some of his joys. He every family, who have been blest with receives and applies the encouragements the high privilege of living in a Christian given in Holy Writ for the faithful disland, not only the particular duties of charge of the great and necessary duty of each single member thereof, but the joint family religion. worship of the whole, to prove before Him, “ Where two or three are gathered to. and His holy Church here on earth, that gether in my name, there am I," said our they are indeed a household of faith. If Lord Jesus Christ,“ in the midst of them." Christian families do not join in the ne- (Matth. xviii. 20.) His gracious presence cessary duty of family devotion, their re- will comfort, His Holy Spirit will sancligion is deprived of one of its essential tify them, in all that they think and do parts an open and practical acknowledg. in His service. The conviction of His ment of the duty of prayer. If they do merciful and superintending care will not assemble together to hear the word of support and comfort them, all the day God, and to join in prayer and praise, the long; it will teach them to use, without aid and incentive to devotion, afforded abusing the things of this present state of from the united act of duty, “when two trial; it will moderate their enjoyment or three are gathered together" in the of the really innocent earthly blessings, name of Christ, will not be known. The which God shall bestow; and it will lead heads of a family, who meet not in acts them to look up to Him, under all the of family religion, draw a distinction be changes of life and death, as the sole end tween themselves and those who are un- of all their hopes. Hence too, in all the der them, which might suit a state of daily duties of life, which each in his seheathen idolatry, but which ill accords parate vocation may have to diseharge, with the situation of those who know that will arise much spiritual and lasting as far as concerns the soul, we are all good. When parents and children, when equal; that we are fellow servants, serv- masters and servants, all meet together, ing, with various talents, under one head, with one heart and one voice in praise and one common Lord and Master, Jesus prayer unto God-when they assemble to Christ.
hear and learn His Holy Word, they have But, when the members of a family each cause of hope, that duties, thus per. meet together in solemn acts of religious formed, will influence all, in the active duty, when parents and children, when pursuits of their respective stations in masters and servants, in one united so. life. lemn act, humble themselves before their great Lord and Master which is in Hea
CANZONETTE. ven, they then, in obedience to their Sa.
'TIS sweet, when in the glowing West, viour's command, give one proof of their
The sun's bright wheels their course are Christian faith ; they “let their light so leaving, shine before men, that they may see their Upon the azure Ocean's breast, good works, and glorify their Father To watch the dark wave slowly heaving.
And oh! at glimpse of early morn,
quors on the Physical and Moral Facul. When holy monks their beads are telling, ties of Man ;-An Examination of the Pro''Tis sweet to hear the hunter's horn
phecies, with a View to passing Events, From glen to mountain widely swelling. by Mr. Bicheno ;--A Course of Lectures And it is sweet, at mid-day hour',
on the Church Catechism, for every Sun. Beneath the forest oak reclining,
day in the Year, by the Rev. Sir Adam To hear the driving tempiest pour,
Gordon, Bart. ;-Serious Warnings, by the Each sense to fairy dreams resigning.
Rev. J. Thornton, in 1 vol. 12mo. ;-and 'Tis sweet, where nodding rocks around some detached Portions of an Epic Poem,
The nightshade dark is wildly wreathing, with a Poem in Greek Hexameters, by Mr. To listen to some solemn sound
Bayley, formerly of Merton College. From harp or lyre divinely breathing.
Preparing for publication :-Two voAnd sweeter yet the genuine glow
lumes of Practical Serrnons, by the late Or youthful Friendship's high devotion,
Dr. W. Bell ;-Description of the Remains Responsive to the voice of woe,
of Antiquity on the South Coast of Asia When heaves the heart with strong emotion. Minor, by Capt. Beaufort;--Outlines of And Youth is sweet with many a joy,
Geology, by Mr. Brande, of the Royal InThat frolick by in artless measure ;
stitution ;~ A Journey through Asia MiAnd Age is sweet with less alloy,
nor, Armenia, and Koordistan, in 1813 and In tranquil thought and silent pleasure. 1814, by J. M. Kinneir. For He who gave the life we share, With every charın His gift adorning,
We are much concerned to announce to Bade Five her pearly dew drops wear, And diest in scoiles the blush of Morning.
our readers the disastrous termination of the expedition to explore the river Congo or Zaire. The vessel having ascended the
river as far as tlie first rapids, and its farPSALM XXIV. PARAPHRASE.
ther progress being there arrested, Cap. Jehovah's throne is fix'd above,
tain Tuckey determined on prosecuting And bright through all the courts of love His Cherub Choirs appear :
his researches by land.
The attempt Ah! how shall man ascend so bigh,
proved fatal to him and about fourteen or A fteble race condemn'd to die,
fifteen of his associates, who fell the vicThe heirs of guilt and fear!
tims of disease, induced by excessive fa
tigue and exposure, in a climate very unShail towering strength, or eagle flight,
congenial to European constitutions. A. Essay to win the sacred height By Saint and Seraph trod?
mong the deaths are numbered Captain That living light, that holiest air,
Tuckey, the commander; Lieut. Hawkey; The guileless heart alone shall share,
Mr. Smith, the botanist; Mr. Tudor, the The pure behold their God.
comparative anatomist; Mr. Cranch, the
natural historian; Mr. Eyre, the purser, Yet think not that with fruitless pain,
and Mr. Galway One tear shall diop, one sigh in vain
The journals of the Repentant swell thy breast;
captain and the different scientific gentle. See, sce the great Redeemer come
men have been preserved, and will be giTo bear his exiled children home,
ven, we understand, to the public, by Mr. Triumphant to their rest.
Barrow, of the Admiralty.,
A Sermon preached in the Church of Within thy temple, Lord, we star
St. George's, Hanover-square, on Sunday With willing heart a pilgrim band,
29th December, by the very Rev. the Dean And wait the promis'd bour.
of Chester, in behalf of the Subscription Then high your golden portals raise,
for the Relief of the Poor of that Parish. Ye everlasting gates of praise ;
Scriptural Essays, adapted to the HolyYe heavens, the triumph share:
days of the Church of England, with MeMessiah comes, with all his train;
ditations on the prescribed Services ; by He comes to claim his purchas'd reign, Mrs. West, author of Letters to a Young And rest for ever there!
Man, &c. &c. 2 vols. 12mo.
Sermons preached at Welbeck Chapel,
St. Mary-le-bone; by the Rev. T. White, LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.
M. A. Minister of that Chapel, and late
Vicar of Feckenham, Worcester. 8vo. In the press :-A System of Mechanical Philosophy, by the late Dr. John Robin. Printed and published by T. & J. Swords, 'son, of Edinburgh, edited by Dr. Brews. No. 160 Pearl-street, New-York; where ter, comprising the most recent Discove. Subscriptions for this Work will be reries, in 4 vols. 8vo.;~A History of Mo- ceived, at one dollar per annum, or 24 hammedanism, by Mr. C. Mills ;-An In- numbers. -All Letters relative to this quiry into the Effects of Spirituous Li- Journul must come free of Postage.
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vated the hearer by its natural dignity, it Of Dr. Mudge, Prebendary of Exeter. tile, and detained the mind upon the sub
roused the sluggish, and fixed the volaThe following masterly portrait of a Cler. ject, without directing it to the speaker. gyman, is from the pen of Dr. Johnson.
“ The grandeur and solemnity of the
preacher did not intrude upon his geneThough it is not to be found in the col
ral behaviour; at the table of his friends lection of his works, Mr. Boswell, in he was a companion communicative and his life of that eminent character, says,
attentive, of unaffected manners, of manthat Johnson confessed to him, he was
ly cheerfulness, willing to please, and
easy to be pleased:-His acquaintance was the author of it.
universally solicited, and his presence ob. “ The Reverend Mr. Zachariah Mudge, structed no enjoyment which religion did Prebendary of Exeter, and Vicar of St. not forbid. Though studious he was po. Andrews, in Plymouth; a man equally pular; though argumentative he was moeminent for his virtues and abilities, and dest; and though inflexible he was canat once beloved as a companion and re
did.” vered as a pastor. He had that general curiosity to which no kind of knowledge A short plain Orthodox Sermon, prinis indifferent or superfluous; and the ge. neral benevolence by which no order of
cipally in the language of the Book men is hated or despised.
of Common Prayer. “ His principles both of thought and action were great and comprebensive. By
The propriety of the epithet orthodox,
will be evident to every one who makes a solicitous examination of objections, and judicious comparison of opposite argu
use of our incomparable Liturgy. For he ments, he attained what inquiry never
will perceive that its doctrines and senti
ments are inculcated; and that even its gives but to industry and perspicuity, a firm and unshaken settlement of convic
expressions are adopted in almost every tion. But his firmness was without aspe
succeeding line. rity; for knowing with how much diffi- He that covereth his sins shall not prosper ; culty truth was sometimes found, he did but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them pot wonder that many missed it.
shall have mercy. (Prov. xxvii. 13.) “The general course of his life was determined by his profession; he studied
You cannot but know, my brethren, the sacred volumes in the original lan. if you remember at all what you read guages; with what diligence and success and hear, that "the Scripture moveth his notes upon the psalms give sufficient you in sundry places to acknowledge evidence.--He once endeavoured to add and confess your manifold sins and "the knowledge of Arabick to that of the Hebrew; but finding his thoughts too
wickedness; and that you
should not much diverted from other studies, after dare to dissemble nor cloak them besome time, desisted from his purpose.
fore the face of Almighty God our " His discharge of parochial duties was . heavenly Father ; but confess them exemplary. How his sermons were com- with an hụmble, lowly, penitent, and posed, may be learned from the excellent volume which he has given to the public; obedient heart, to the end that ye may but how they were delivered, can be obtain forgiveness of the same by his known only to those that heard them, for infinite goodness and mercy.” It be32 he appeared in the pulpit, words will hoves you therefore to inquire wheaut easily describe him. His delivery, ther you have really complied with though unconstrained, was not negligent; this scriptural injunction. and though forcible, was not turbulent; disdaining anxious nicety of emphasis,
That I may assist you in making and laboured artifice of action, it capti- this needful inquiry, and effectually VOL. I.
prevail on you to undertake it, if hi- If we depend on our own performiherto neglected, I intend,
ances, either in whole or in part, for 1. To show you, what it is to cover our acceptance with God, how can our sins, and what must be the final we declare, at the celebration of the issue of doing so.
Lord's supper, that “
we do not pre2. To enlarge on the happy effect sume to come to this his table truste of confessing and forsaking them. ing to our own righteousness ?” Or,
1. To cover our sins signifies to if we entertain a hope that any of disown our guilt of them; or (as we our supposed good deeds will help to have already seen) to " dissemble and counterbalance our evil deeds at the cloak them before the face of Almigh- bar of judgment, what vile dissimulaty God our heavenly Father.” But tion must it be thus to appeal to Omoh; how vain and foolish an attempt! niscience itself: " O God, who seest For 6 to him all hearts are open, all that we put not our trust in any thing desires known, and from him no see that we do!" crets are hid." He knows that we Oh, think no more of covering your are all “ miserable offenders ;" that manifold sins and iniquities, as with a
we have erred and strayed from his cloak, from the all-seeing eye; nor ways like lost sheep; that we have o dissemble them before the face of left undone those things which we Almighty God!" But confess them ought to have done ; and that we have with a meek and lowly, with a broken done those things which we ought not and contrite heart. For otherwise, acto have done;" and that, by reason of cording to Solomon in my text, you caninward depravity, “ there is no health not prosper nor obtain forgiveness of in us," that is, no spiritual health; the same. Prosper, indeed, you mayin no health or soundness in our fallen your bodies and in your worldly consouls. What an act of presumption, cerns; but not prosper in your souls. then, must it be in any of us to per. For you have not obtained as yet resuade ourselves that our hearts are demption through the blood of Christ; holy, our lives righteous, and that we and you have no right to say, "Spare have not much sin to answer for to thou them, O God, which confess their Almighty God? What hypocrisy to faults.” How unspeakably unhappy say, under the influence of these sen- is your present state! For in the timents, “We acknowledge and be- midst of life you are in death. And wail our manifold sins and wicked- “it is a fearful thing to fall into the ness, which we from time to time most hands of the living God;" “ for lo ! grierously have committed by thought, the Lord cometh out of his place to word, and deed, against thy Divine visit the wickedness of such as dwell Majesty; provoking most justly thy upon the earth. O terrible voice of wrath and indignation against us: the most just judgment, which shall be remembrance of them is grievoús unto pronounced upon them when it shall
the burden of them is intolerable po be said unto them, Go ye cursed into How can we think that we have but everlasting fire which is prepared for little to answer for, when called to the devil and his angels! Then shall judgment ; since we pray unto God, it be too late to knock, when the door saying, “ From thy wrath, and from shall be shut ; and too late to cry for everlasting damnation, good Lord, de- mercy, when it is the time of justice, liver us !" For if we are in no dan- Therefore, brethren, take we heed ger, by reason of our sins, of suffer- betime, while the day of salvation ing “ God's wrath and everlasting lasteth; and let us not abuse the damnation, wherefore should we be- goodness of God which calleth us seech him to deliver us from it? If mercifully to amendment;" and who we think ourselves to be good, with only "pardoneth and absolveth all what propriety or shadow of truth can them that truly repent, and unfeignwe thus address the throne above: edly believe his holy gospel." "O God, the Father of heaven, have 2. I now proceed to enlarge on the mercy upon us, miserable sinners !" happy effect of confessing and forsak
131 ing our sins. For without these two (Forasmuch, therefore, as we have no qualifications we can never be said to power of ourselves to help ourselves," repent; and without repentance, we and such is our natural "frailty, that shall never be saved.
without God we cannot but fall;" how The effect is blessed, and highly strongly do these considerations endesirable. For every true penitent is force on us the necessity of“ beseechmade a partaker of divine mercy. ing him to grant us true repentance But because we are not able to do and his Holy Spirit, that those things these things of ourselves, nor to walk may please him which we do at this in the commandments of God, with- present, and that the rest of our life out his special grace; we must, there- hereafter may be pure and holy; so fore, learn at all times to call for it by that at the last we may come to his diligent prayer." We must solemn- eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our ly address him saying, “ O God, for- Lord." asmuch as without thee we are not But think not that repentance gives able to please thee, mercifully grant you a just right and title to divine that thy Holy Spirit may in all things mercy; or that on account of your direct and rule our hearts, through confessing and forsaking sin, you deJesus Christ our Lord.” We cannot serve mercy at the hands of God, for forsake our sins, we cannot even de- that would be to set aside the need of sire to forsake them, in and of our- a Saviour. On the contrary," Jesus selves; because by nature we love Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins,
; thern ; and because it is from God did shed out of his most precious side that “all holy desires, all good coun
both water and blood." "Our prayer sels, and all just works do proceed." therefore for forgiveness should be
God's sanctifying influence on our grounded not on any thing in us, or souls is always requisite. “ By his done by us; but singly on Christ's special grace preventing us, he doth meritorious cross and passion, whereput into our minds good desires ; by by ALONE we obtain remission of our his continual help” we
sins, and are made partakers of the same to good effect." We may che- kingdom of heaven." We must humrish perhaps a flattering conceit, that bly beseech God to grant, that by the we possess power to regulate and con- merits and death of his Son Jesus trol our own wills: nevertheless it Christ, and through faith in his blood, is certain that “ God alone can order we and all his whole Church
obthe unruly wills and affections of sin- tain remission of our sins, and all ful men." It is the Lord, “ from other benefits of his passion.” God whom all good things do come :" and insists on our repentance, with a view therefore it is the Lord must "grant that we may become capable of future unto us, that by his holy inspiration salvation; and that, when he hath giwe may think those things that be ven us 6 a due sense of all his mergood, and by his merciful guiding cies, our hearts may be in the issue may perform the same." In bap- unfeignedly thankful." We must not tism we were called into a state of therefore presume to come before his salvation;" and in regard to a change throne “trusting in our own supposed
; of state in which we received a title righteousness of any description; but
” on the conditions of repentance, faith in Christ's "agony and bloody sweat; and obedience to all the privileges of in his cross and passion ; in his prethe Gospel covenant, were
cious death and burial ; in his gloRATED by water and the Holy Ghost;" rious resurrection and ascension," and but the privileges then given will be intercession at the right hand of his forfeited, unless we fulfil the condi- all-holy Father. And, consequently, tions, and improve the grace of bap- whenever we pray, saying, “ Have tism, so as to “crucify the old man, mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, and thereby abolish the whole body most merciful Father," we must add, of sin;" and thus become RENEWED “For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's by God's Holy Spirit."
sake;" (not for our repentance sake,