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hostile prejudices and arbitrary differences of taste. Hymns altogether improper to be sung by a mixed congregation, maintain a strong hold on the preference of our singing men and singing women; some for the mere sake of the tune that is set to them,-others for their real beauty and devotional character, which render them deserved favourites of the Christian in his closet, but do not justify the public use of them,-and others again for their seductive improprieties of phraseology. Mr. Burder admits that he gave up as impracticable, the attempt to exclude improper hymns, (that is, hymns unadapted for public worship,) because on that principle, the only one that ought to guide the selection,-he would have found himself compelled to exclude so many which most Christians' wonld deem
it desirable to retain. This sounds like a severe satire on our section of the Christian world ; but we believe that it is justified by the fact. A large proportion of Christians would wish to retain the use of hymns which it is most desirable to exclude from congregational worship. Here is the root of the evil. Had a purer taste and a sounder discretion prevailed in this respect, we should long ago have had a Selection provided of the kind that we wish to see.
Mr. Burder has made a bold beginning in his present attempt, and we wish him success. The selection is on the whole judicious and comprehensive. We have already hinted at some of the hymns which we would wish to see excluded, and niay mention the following as among those which might at all events be omitted without diminishing the value of the book ;-viz. Nos. 22, 27, 28, 89, 178, 203, 249 to 253 inclusive, 265, 315, 316, 352, 417, and 449. Others might be specified, which, though unobjectionable, have little to recommend them; and if we did not wish to see the size and price of the book lessened, rather than increased, their place might be supplied by hymns of greater merit. We are surprised at missing one of Dr. Doddridge's very best hymns,
• Arise, my tenderest thoughts arise;' and an excellent one by Dr. Watts, beginning,
• How vast the treasure we possess.' Altogether, however, we can cordially recommend the volume as coming nearer what a hymn-book for public worship ought to be, than any other that we have yet seen.
Art. XIII. The Opinions of an Old Gentleman, on several Moral and
Religious Subjects. pp. 158. Price 2s. London. 1826. THIS is, in some respects, a singular book. It lias, if we
mistake not, some of those qualities which are of rare occurrence, and which, when found, are, or at least ought to be, prized in the compound ratio of their rarity and excellence. It is written with much of that simplicity—the characteristic expression of a single eye and a strong mind-which distinguishes the earliest and best school of English composition. We should say that it has reminded us of Franklin, were it not that there is a tang of affectation and charlatanism about him, from which the present Writer is entirely free. In short, it is precisely the language in which a thoughtful, pious, and clear-headed - Old . Gentleman' might best clothe the · Essays to do good' that he would wish to put into the hands of his friends and relatives. Nor are the sentiments inferior to the language. There is a plain, practical good sense about them, that is excellently adapted to its purpose; and we know of no book that we should more readily put into the hands of young persons as supplying materials for salutary reflection, and as containing most important suggestions fór the formation of character and the regulation of life. The subjects are :-Punctuality.–Temper ---Retirement.- Friendship-Cheerfulness.-Candour.-Happiness.
-The Sabbath.—Prejudice.-Sensibility.-Pride.--Retrospection.-Religion.- Providence.--Faith. All these are brought forward in conversation, and there is much scenic and dialogic tact in the management of these little interludes. We find it difficult to fix upon an extract which shall exemplify the character of the work, without trespassing on our own convenience. 'The following may serve as an average specimen.
•« Do not you think, Sir,” said Henry, “ that most persons appear more strenuous in their endeavours to promulgate their views of scripture doctrines, than to urge the necessity of that holy practice which the Gospel enjoins ?"_" It is too often the case," replied the Old Gentleman, “ to be sure; and others run into the opposite extreme ; but study the Bible for yourself, and you will soon find that doctrine and practice are equally important, and cannot be separated without endangering the only foundation on which we can safely build our hopes of heaven.”
• “ That is just as it appears to me, Sir," said Henry: “bu it is surprising to hear what answers are given, if you ask the question, • In what does religion consist ?"_" It is, indeed," said the Old Gentleman : “ and even among truly pious people, it is not an uncommon thing to hear the means of religion represented as religion itself.”“ Will you give me leave, Sir," said Henry, “to ask what answer you would give, if the question were put to you?"-" I think,” replied the Old Gentleman, “ I should say, that, essentially considered, it con. sists in re-union with God, and conformity to Christ ; but, considered practically, it consists in an habitual, suitable exercise of the mind towards "God, according to the circumstances in which we may be placed, which will, of course, vary those exercises. Considering Him as our Creator, Preserver, and bountiful Benefactor, it will be in a way of grateful adoration. Considering Him as the moral Governor of the world, it will be in a way of constant, cheerful obedience. Considering Him as, in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, it will be in a way of holy admiration of the riches of his
mercy. Under a consciousness of our sinfulness and guilt, it will be in a way of humble confession and prayer for mercy to pardon, and grace to help. Under a sense of our weakness, ignorance, and short-sightedness, we shall implore of Him all needful wisdom, guidance, and support, begging His blessing on all that we are engaged in, knowing it is that alone which giveth good success,- realizing his presence at all tines, acting as under His eye, referring every thing to His management, and seeking His approbation in all we do, Pursuing this course, we shall not be likely to fail much in our duty to our fellowcreatures; as that also is pointed out by the law of God, and every deficiency herein is cognizable by Him. Nor will this habit be found inconsistent with the enjoyments of life; it will only regulate them : and when solicited to engage in any that are evil, either in their nature, degree, or consequences, such persons will be induced to abstain from them, saying, with good Nehemiah, So did not I, because of the fear of God."">
« “ I thank you, Sir,” said Henry, “ for a representation which appears to me to be just ; but I fear there are not many persons who thus habitually live and act.”-“ More than you are aware of, perhaps,” said the Old Gentleman. “ Remember, the exercises of our minds, though discernible by the all-seeing eye of God, are totally concealed from our fellow-creatures ; and those persons who are most deeply impressed with the infinite importance of obtaining the Divine approbation, are generally not very anxious to secure the good opipion of their fellow-men, otherwise than by a steady, upright, blameless walk and conversation.”-“. It may be so, Sir,"
"' said Henry; “ however, this I am sure of, that if all professors of religion were thus to live and act, the religious world (as it is called) would be very different from what it is."
• Here a servant entered, to announce that a neighbour of the Old Gentleman's wished to speak with him ; he was, of course, introduced, and thus an end was put to the conversation.'
Art. XIV. The Domestic Preacher, or short Discourses from the
original Manuscripts of some eminent Ministers. 2 vols. 12mo.
Price 8s. London. 1826. W'E presume from the title prefixed to these volumes, that
the publication is designed to be read in families; for which purpose the discourses appear to us to be better adapted, than för pulpit instruction. There are one and forty sermons in the two volumes. In style, as well as in point of merit, they vary so decidedly as to be evidently the production, or at least to have been taken from the notes, of different ministers. It would have been more satisfactory, bad the Editor communicated some information as to the sources to which he has been indebted for them ; but the publication is altogether anonymous, and without preface or advertisement. Several of the sermons read like the imperfect transcripts of memory, rather than corrected manuscripts; and there is a striking inequality sometimes in the same discourse, as well as an occasional abruptness in the style, which favours this supposition. The very first sentence in the volume is such as no good writer or clear thinker would have penned. The third serinon opens with an exordiuin as trite and vapid as may be, and between the fourth sentence and the fifth, there is evidently an hiatus. Yet, towards the close of this sermon, there occur hints and gleams of an eloquence which could never have proceeded from the editor or reporter of these discourses.
• We will, therefore, only remark, that God will perform “ all that he hath spoken to us of,” respecting the extermination of those sinful principles which are so deeply rooted in the soul; those passions which have needed continual watchfulness, and habits which years of mortification have not been able to eradicate or subdue. During our pilgrimage we have had continual occasion to lament their demoralising tendency, producing alienation of heart from God, indifference to eternal realities, and apathy towards Christ : always striving as it were to move in the direction of sin, and to lead us in the way of temptation. But through grace we shall arrive at a state, and be placed in such circumstances, that we shall feel no desire but what may be gratified with the full approbation of God, and this will be the consummation of our bliss.
Perpetuity also will be attached to it: we shall see the king in his beauty, and the land that is very far off, and shall dwell in it for
The Lord will give it us for an inheritance, and we shall wan. der in the wilderness no more. On the verge of mortality, the pilgrim may look back on this fleeting world, through which he passed in his way to the kingdom, and bid it a final farewel. The days of his mourning are ended, and the morning of a new world dawns with ineffable brightness upon him.'
We had marked for citation several striking passages; but, having no room for further extracts, we must dismiss these volumes with a general recommendation of them to the notice of our readers.
ART. XV. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION..
In the press, a new and improved edition of Morris's Life of the Rev. Andrew Fuller; with an Appendix, con: taining some pieces never befo; e printed.
In the press, a brief descriptive History of Holland, in letters, from a Grandfather to Marianne, during an excursion in the summer of 1819.
Preparing for publication, A popular Introduction to the Study of the Holy Scriptures, designed for the use of mere English readers. In Two Parts. Part 1.-- Rules for reading the Bible. Part Il.-Helps towards a right understand. ing thereof; comprising Introductions to the several Books; a Summary of Biblical Antiquities, Geography, Natural History, &c. By William Carpenter, Editor of the. Critica Biblica, Scripture Magazine, Calendarium Palestinæ, &c. In une large vol. 8vo.'with maps and plates.
Speedily will be published, Spirits of the Olden Time, ibeir Sayings and Doings.
In the press, A Translation of the Tre Giuli, the most popular of the poems of G. B. Casti; to which will be prefixed, a Memoir of the Life aud Writings of the Author.
The Rev. J. G. Foyster, A.M. Minister of Trinity Chapel, has a volume of Sermons in the press.
Professor Lee has in the press, A few further Remarks on the Subject of the Turkish Version of the New Testament, printed at Paris in 1819, in reply to certain positions advanced by Dr. Henderson in Defence of his Appeal to the Bible Society.
In the press, Travels of the Russian Missiou through Mongolia to China, and
ART. XVI. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Character of the late Thomas Hinderwell, Esq. Author of the “ History and Antiquities of Scarborough.” By John Cole. 8vo. 5s.
The Chronological Historian ; or, a Record of Public Events, &c. &c. By W. Toone, Esq. 2 vols. 8vo. Il. 12s. 60.
Historical Researches on the Wars
Residence in Pekin, in the Years 1820, 21. By George Timkowski: 'with Corrections and Notes by M. J. Klaproth. In 2 vols. 8vo. illustrated by Maps and Plates, &c. &c.
In the press, A History of the Mahrattas, with Plates, and a Map of the Mahratta Country, chiefly from original and recent Surveys. By James Grant Duff, Esq., Captain of the First, or Grenadier Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry, and late Political Resiçlent at Sa. tara. In 3 vols. 8vo.
In the press, Travels in the Provinces on the South-west Bank of the Caspian Sea ; with some Account of the Trade, Commerce, and Resources of those Couritries. By James B. Fraser, Esq. Author of a
“ Narrative of a Journey into Khorasan," " A Tour in the flimala Mountains, &c. To be published on Wednesday, May 10th.
Dr. Mason Good has in the press, a work in 3 vols. 8vo. entitled, The Book of Nature ; being a Popular Illustration of the general Laws and Pbænomena of Creation, uuder the three distinct Series of - 1. The Nature of the Material, World, as delineated in the Sciences of Cosmogony, Geology, &c.-11. The Nature of the Animal World, its peculiar Powers and external Relations. - III. The Nature of the Mind, its faculties and Furniture, &c.
In the press, The Necessity of a Revelation : deduced from the State of the Mental and Moral Powers of Man, and the Reasonableness of the Present One shewn from its Adaptation to that Necessity. By the Rev. A. Norman, A.B. Curate of Brailsford, and Author of " Literæ Sacræ." In one vol. 8vo.
and Sports of the Mongols and Romans, in which Elephants and Wild Beasts were employed or slain; and the remarkable local agreement of bistory with the remains of such animals found in Europe and Siberia. With a Map and PlatesBy John Ranking, resident upwards of twenty years in Hindoostau and Russia. 4to. 31. 3s.
MEDICINE Observations ou M. Lænuec's Method of forming a Diagnosis of the Dis