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from answering the purpose for which God in the body or out, I could scarcely tell. made it, and therefore that I ought to be happy I drew near to God. Such a view of the in glorifying God, not in enjoying myself. reality and nearness of eternal things I “We reached the public-bouse in Gro never had. It seemed as if I was some

I inquired if they knew how Mr. where with God. I cast my eye back on Huntington, of Boston, was. The answer this life, it seemed a speck. I felt that was, "very sick indeed ; the doctor has God was my God, and my husband's God; been there all day; he is a very sick man.' that this was enough : that it was a mere My limbs would scarcely support me to the point of difference whether he should go to house. Upon our arrival there, we went heaven first or I, seeing we both sbould go. into the parlour alone. The first object so soon. My mind was filled with satisfacthat met my eye, was the hat of the blessed tion with the government of God. sofferer above stairs. It struck me with followers of them, who through faith and fearfulness and trembling, as the herald of patience inherit the promises,' seemed to be death. I asked for the pbysician, and in the exhortation given me upon coming back reply to my agonized interrogation, • Is to this world. I do not mean that there there no hope ?” he said, “Mr. Hantington were any bodily or sensible appearances, is very sick. I should have some hope, but I seemed carried away in spirit. I were it not that all fevers this summer bave pleaded for myself and children, travelling been unusually fatal.' The overwhelming through this distant country; it seemed as agonies of that moment can never be de- if I gave them, myself, and busband op enscribed. The language of my heart was, tirely, and it was made sure to me that God « Oh, that God would redeem his life with would do what was best for us. mine!'

The doctor told me I must compose “ From that time, though nature would myself, as to see me agitated might destroy have ber struggles, I felt that God bad an the object of my solicitude.

infinite right to do what he pleased with his “Mr. Huntington was apprised by the own; that he loved my husband better than physician of my arrival. There was an in- I did; that if he saw him ripe for his rest, crease of ten to the number of his pulse I had no objections to make. All the night upon this intelligence. Wben I entered the be was exercised with expiring sufferings, room in which he lay, he was gasping for and God was pouring into my soul one troth breath ; but his countenance glowed with an and promise of the Gospel after another. expression of tenderness I shall never for- I felt it sweet for him to govern. There get, as he threw open bis arms, exclaiming, was a solemn tranquillity filled the chansber My dear wife!' and clasped me for some of death. It was an hour of extremity to moments to bis bosom. I said with, compo-one whom Jesus loved. I felt that he was sure, My blessed husband, I have come at there, that angels were there ; tbat every last.' He replied, 'Yes, and it is infinite agony was sweetened and mitigated by One mercy to me.'

I told him, all I regretted in whose sight the death of his saints is was, that I could not get to him sooner. precious. I felt as if I had gone with the He said, with a tender consideration for my departing spirit to the very atmost boundary bealth, which he always valued more than of this land of mortals, and as if it would his own, I am glad you could not; in your be easier for me to drop the body, which present circumstances it might have been coufined my soul in its approach toward too much for you.'

heaven, than to retrace all the way I had From that time, owing to the insidious gone. When the intelligence was brought nature of his disease, I had considerable me that the conflict was over, it was good hope. I had seen him— was with him. news; I kissed the clay as pleasantly as I He was as sensible of my love and of my ever did when it was auimated by the now attentions as ever; and I could not realize departed spirit. I was glad he had got the stroke that was impending. Never shall safely home, and that all the steps of bis I remember without gratitude the goodness departure were so gently ordered. of God, in giving me that last week of sweet,

i. It would be in vain for me to attempt a though sorrowful intercourse with my be- description of my feelings the next mornloved husband.

ing. I had never seen such a sun rise beThe days and nights of solicitade drew fore. I beheld me alone. Were I the only near a fatal close. I could not think of his created being in the universe, I could not, death. At that prospect nature revolted. I perhaps, have felt very differently. I went felt as if it would be comparatively easy into the chamber in which he died. There, to die for him. But the day before his on the pillow, was the print of his head. death, when all spoke encouragement, I The bed of death was just as when it refelt that we mast part. In the bitterness of signed, for ever, the body of bin who was my soul I went into the garret. It was the all the world to me. His portmanteaa, only place I could have without interruption. comb, brush, &c. lay in sight. God wonNever shall I forget that hour. Whether derfully supported me.

state.

“ But why do I dwell on a desoription ousness,” yet, perhaps, there is no part which, even now, is almost too much for of the sacred writings to which the me? How did God sustain a creature who was weakness itself! How mercifully has eminently pious more frequently resort, be carried me through all my successive than to the Book of Psalms. Its admitrials ! Truly it was the Lord's doing, and rable adaptation to their varying expeit is marvellous in my eyes.

rience, secures for it an exalted place in “And now, Oh! how is it now? Not so their estimation. Its descriptions have much comfort, labouring with sin, afraid so often instructed, its counsels so often almost to live in this wicked world, dreading a thousand evils in my present lonely directed, and its promises so often aniBut all this is wrong.

God hath mated them ; it has in so many instances said, Who shall harm you, if ye be fol- assisted them in confessing their sins ; lowers of that which is good ?' How kindly on so many occasions helped them in my beloved husband used to remind me of presenting their requests ; and so rethis text!'

peatedly aided them in expressing their On the Death of an Infant Son. Written thanksgiving, that at length its peculi. in November, 1821.

arly rich and beautiful phraseology has Ah! where is he with the eyes so blue,

become almost imperceptiblyinterwoven And the shining yellow hair ;

with every utterance of their private And the lofty brow, still serenely mild, and their public worship. • And the cheek so angel fair?

It cannot, therefore, be deemed at all Oh, spirit lov'd! who, like vision of light,

surprising that, in the progress of time, Stole across my path in that fearful night, When the storm was high, and thy sire far we should find ourselves in possession away,

of many excellent commentaries on this And smii'd through the darkness – how infinitely valuable section of divine short was thy stay!

truth; some adorned with biblical criti. Like fleeting cloud, that by tempest is

cism, others enriched with experimental driven Athwart the stormy sky;

reflections, and not a few distinguished Or dew-drop that's wept, at close of even, by important suggestions for“ holy living From nature's humid eye ;

and dying." And we are happy in That cheek was fair; but 'tis deadly pale, being enabled to announce to our read. The last living tint has fled ;

ers the first part of another highly reAnd the cherish'd form on this bosom that slept,

spectable work on this portion of the In the damp tomb rests its head. inspired volume; in which the above Soon was fiuish'à thine errand to this distant objects, to a considerable extent, are shore,

happily united. Mr. Morison has laudAnd thy mission of love, dearest babe, soon

ably availed himself of the assistance was o'er. In my soul's saddest hour of distress wert of the most eminent writers who have thou given,

preceded him in this important sphere To assuage the deep anguish, then vanish to of labour, and' has thus supplied in his heaven.

subjoined notes much that will prove Though oblivion's dews settle fast on thee

acceptable to his more critical readers, There's one heart shall forget thee while the explanatory observations and never;

pious reflections, which constitute the And the stroke that shall end all my sor- principal part of the work, are well rows below,

adapted to inform the mind and elevate Shall unite as again for ever.

the affections of every devout Christian. We should be glad to gratify our read

ers by giving several extracts, but can Exposition of the Book of Psalms. By the Rev. John Morison. Part I. only make room for the following :pp. 176. Price 48. Palmer.

The words of the Lord are pure words:

as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified Though it is certain that “all Scrip

seven times. ture is given by inspiration of God, and

“By the words or sayings of Jehovah is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, may be understood, either bis faithful profor correction, for instruction in righte- mises or the truths of inspiration in general.

now,

• They are pnre words.' The allusion is to dities: By THOMAS WILLIAMS, Edimetal that has passed through a refining tor of The Cottage Bible,8c. Lonprocess. The words of God are so pure as don: Westley and Davies. to bave no alloy whatever in them. Nothing need be added to them, and nothing This ingenious (but not ingenuous) dedare be subtracted. They are perfect, like scription of the Popish faith will not, himself; and they shall all be perfectly re- we apprehend, impose upon any peralized. Often have they been tried, but no sons who have read the Scriptures, mixture of insincerity has ever been found though, alas ! it will be quite enough in them. They are words upon which men may lean to eternity. They are as silver to satisfy those who “believe as the assayed in a crucible of earth, purified seven church believes.” It would be a very times, or perfectly refined.

easy task, were our limits sufficient, to “How gloriously is the word of God expose all the doctrinal statements of contrasted with all human productions ! It this Bishop of Siga, by quotations from is as the pure silver out of a fining pot, the most learned and accredited writers compared with the unreclaimed ore. To this infallible standard all systems, all opi- of the Romish Church, and from the nions, all feelings, all practices in religion decisions of the Council of Trent. It must be brought. This is the judge that is possible the preacher was sincere in must end all strifes, and settle all differ- his representations, but then it is a most ences in the church of God. To the law awful proof of the truth of Scripture in and to the testimony all conflicting theories

reference to the anti-christian apostacy. in religion must be brought. The judgment, the conscience, the affections, the whole man They received not the love of the must be subjected to the authority of God's truth, that they might be saved. And blessed word. The role of Scripture is the for this cause God shall send them rule of truth, of righteousness, and of strong delusion, that they might believe peace. " Oh, Christian ! bind God's word to

a lie.” your very heart. Read it with care, study This popish ecclesiastic assumes (what it with diligence, pray over its hallowed he certainly ought to have proved) that contents with fervour and importunity. Ask the Christians of the three first centuthe teaching of the Divine Spirit, that you ries resembled, in their “faith, hope, may understand and obey its pure dictates ; and only quit the study of it with existence and charity,” the members of the apositself.” p. 133.

tate church of Rome; whereas the

Scriptures represent the difference to We most conscientiously assure the author, that in these sentiments we

be as great as between a chaste virgin cordially concur; and we sincerely hope of the Lamb and the army of the Beast,

and a filthy harlot, between the army that his valuable life will be spared, not

between Christ and antichrist. only to complete his present undertaking, but to project and execute many

“ Did not (he says) these marvellous others equally interesting and

calumnies against the Christians stand reaccept

corded the undoubted page of bistory, I able to the church of God.

should almost disbelieve my senses, when

they testify to me the existence of a similar 1. Faith, Hope, and Charity: the Substance combination, prevailing so long and so ex

of a Sermon preached at the Dedica- tensively against the same religion in this tion of the Catholic Chapel at Brad- country.” p. 4. ford, in the County of York, on Wed

He adds, with pious horrornesday, July 27, 1826. By PETER AUGUSTIN BAINES, D.D. Bishop of

« Oh! did the Catholic religion even disSiga, fc. London: Printed for the tantly resemble the hideous portraits drawn Defence Committee of the British of it by our adversaries; were its tenets Catholic Association. 8vo. pp. 16.

even remotely like those which are ascribed 2. Popery Unmasked; being a fair Re- to it, there is no one here who would hate presentation of the chief Errors of the from it as from a pestilence ; I would not

and abhor it more than myself. I would dy Church of Rome, extracted from their own Writers, and contrasted with suit- continue a member of it a single day. Let able Quotations from the Holy Scrip- us, my brethren, compare the portraits with tures, To which is added, a slight

the originals. Sketch of Popish Cruelties und Absur- Well, then, we will present to the

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view of the Bishop of Siga what we cred, ever an inalienable right, it is in the consider to be an inspired original of intercourse of man with God; who requires the Roman Catholic religion. And

not the officious aid of tyrants to render to upon her forehead was a name written, well distinguish the hypocrite from the sin

every man according to his works, who ean Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother cere adorer, who can alone determine how of Harlots, and the Abominations of the far ignorance may excuse error, or sincerity Earth. And I saw the woman drunken supply the place of trath. Hence it folwith the blood of the saints, and with lows, that all those civil enactments wliich the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and compel the conscience in its quiet and simple

intercourse with God, by whomsoever or when I saw her, I wondered with great against whomsoever directed, are equally admiration.” We distinctly charge the repugnant to the law of nature, and to the church of Rome with being accessary to virtue of Christian charity.' p. 3. shedding the blood of millions of per

These are correct and noble sentisons, merely because they refused to swallow its impious, unscriptural dog

ments. Had they been those of Popish mas; and we mention, in proof of the priests and rulers in the reign of our truth of this indictment, the cruelties bloody queen Mary, hundreds of lives of the Duke of Alva in Piedmont, the would have been spared. Dr. Baines massacre of Paris, the fires of Smith-is, we believe, the first popish bishop field, the massacre in Ireland in 1641,

who ever employed such langnage, or and the history of the Inquisition. How pleaded for such an opinion. When an dreadfully infatuated must be the mind Evangelist mentions Judas as uttering of that man, who cannot see the most

a fine sentiment, he contents himself " distant resemblance" between the

with remarking, “ This he said, not cusations of Protestants against the that he cared for the poor, but because cruel, blood-thirsty rulers of the Popish

he was a thief,” &c. Who can for a church, supported by the well-attested moment doubt, but the bishop of Siga facts of universal history; and the spirit

was influenced by other considerations, and conduct of the church of which in making the above remarks, than a he is a minister!

simple regard to the inalienable rights These remarks refer to the tragedy

of conscience in matters of religion? We of Popish history; we now present our

turn with the most hearty disgust from readers with a comedy performed by this tissue of falsehood and misreprethis celebrated actor, the Bishop of sentation. Having adopted our Lord's Siga! Who would have expected a

test of character, “ Ye shall know them Popish bishop to plead for liberty of by their fruits,” we remind our readers conscience - for unrestrained liberty of of the solemn charge given by him to conscience! Having defined Charity, he

his disciples, which we consider pecuadde

liarly applicable in this case—“ Beware

of false prophets, which come to you in “And here, my brethren, it follows as sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are an immediate consequence, that human go- ravening wolves : ye shall know them by vernments ought not to interfere between God and bis creatures, and compel by pains

their fruits.and penalties, a form of worship which the The contents of the admirable tract conscience cannot approve. Not that man entitled “Popery Unmasked,” are thus is always justified that follows his consci

introduced :That conscience may be, and often is, wilfully perverted; and in this case, it “ But what is popery? and what is meant becomes a perverse and deceitful guide. by unmasking it? The word “ Popery” is But though man is not always justified in not bere used by way of reproach, but of following his conscience, he can never be distinction. It marks the religion of the justified in sinning against it; and as God Pope, or Bishop of Rome, and of the church alone knows the secrets of the human heart, under his controal; and what that is, canit is not for man to force his own convic- not be better expressed than in the Creed tions upon others, and compel them to fol- of Pope Pius IV. and in the bulls of bis low bis conscience instead of their own. successors down to Leo XII. These, thereSurely, if liberty is ever valuable, ever sa-fore, in connection with the decrees of the

enoe.

famous conncil of Trent, are the chief autho- ers in the Son of God--the great mass of rities we have employed to sketch the out- true and pious Christians throughout the line of this dangerous system ; and better, world, however widely situated or variously we think, need not, por could bave been denominated. God forbid that we should employed.

condemn all Roman Catholics to perdition ! It must be admitted, however, that there we are happy to enumerate among the are Roman Catholic divines, both in Eng- members of the true Catholic Churcb such land and France, who do not go the full men as Pascal, Fenelon, and many others; length of the council of Trent, or of the and if Roman Catholics cannot extend the Popes themselves, in either ancient or mo- like charity to such Protestants as bishops dern times: they rub down some of the as- Hall and Leighton, or Drs. Watts and Dodporities of the system—they cover some of dridge, it can only prove that they themits deformities, and to its deadly counte- selves are miserably deficient in candour nance they give a tinge of rouge, as the co- and Christian cbarity." p. 3, 4. Jour of life and health ; that is, they make The plan of the work is to place on it appear as amiable and inviting as they one page “Popish Errors,” on the opcan, to those whom they wish to bring back

posite side “Scripture Contrast.” within the pale of their own cburch.

Now, to unmask this system, is to re- “I. Of the Pope and Church of Rome.move the iugenious glosses, and elegant em- II. Of the Scriptures.—III. Of unwritten bellishments with wbicb, from the days of Traditions.-IV. Of the Sacrifice of the Bossuet to those of Chateaubriand, its mo- Mass.-V. Of Transnbstantiation and redern advocates have endeavoured to dis- ceiving in one kind only.—VI. Of Merits guise this “carcase of dead piety," and to and Satisfactions.-VII. Of Purgatory, and expose it in its “ true form and colour.”

Prayers for the Dead.--VIII. Of Prayers But what is Protestantism, or the religion in an unknown tongue.--IX. Of Pardons of Protestants ?* The grand principles of and Indulgences.-X. Of worshipping saints, Protestantism are, First, that no doctrine is angels, and relics.—XI. Of adoring images. to be received as an article of faith, which xii. Of Priests' Marriages.”' is not founded on the Holy Scriptures ; and

We have then Secondly, that, as every man must answer for himself at the bar of God, and no other “ Fees of the Pope's Chancery_Popish for him, so every man capable ought to read Miracles — Pretended Relics- Outline of the Scriptures for himself, with much seri- Popish Persecutions—Character and Conousness and bumble prayer for divine in- duct of some eminent Popes—Protestant struction, that he may understand those parts Reformers and Martyrs—Texts alleged by at least which are necessary to salvation ; Popisb writers in defence of the Church of and not have to rely wholly upon the minis- Rome, briefly explained." ters of any religion, who are always liable to be deceived, and sometimes ander temp

We have only room to add the advertations to deceive. “ The Bible, (says our tisement of the worthy Editor, who immortal Chillingworth) and the Bible only, saysis the religion of Protestants; and whatever other authorities may enjoin, “if they speak

“ More than 36,000 having been sold of not according to this word, it is because the former editions, may sufficiently indicate there is no light in them.Isaiah viii. 20.

the public judgment. The opinion of many, “ The chief argument of which the advo- that it is eminently adapted for usefulness cates of popery avail themselves is, that the in Ireland, as well as England, has occaCatholic religion, as they call their dogmas, sioned this edition; bnt the Editor wishes is the most safe, because even Protestants it to be clearly understood, that it is not believe in the holy Catholic church.' But against the persons, but the errors of Papists as the word Catholic simply means uni- that this Tract is aimed. He abhors perseversal,' it is easy to perceive that this is a cution in every form, and in any hands; mere subterfuge. The one true + Catholic and wishes only, by rational and scriptural church comprises the whole body of believ- means, to reclaim sinners from the error

of their ways.

“Should any benevolent societies or indi* The term Protestant was first used in viduals wish for a considerable number of 1529, in application to certain German these tracts for gratuitous distribution, they l'rinces, &c. who protested against the Po- may be accommodated on easy terms, by pish decrees of the Emperor Charles V. applying to the author or the printer.”

+ True Christian unity is a unity of spirit, faith, and evangelical obedience, not a inere

We are of opinion this tract should unity of government and opinion. See Ephes, be circulated as an antidote to the poijv. 3. 13,

son of Dr. Baines's Sermon.

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