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accomplished divine and parish priest owes him a debt of gratitude for the many excellent publications which are conținually pouring forth from his press, as from a well-head of healing waters, purifying the turbid and polluted stream which has too long inundated that portion of the literature of the country provided for youth, and indeed the majority of our population. These little books are invaluable to the clergyman, and the conductors of day and Sunday schools, in enabling them to disseminate, in a pleasing and attractive form right principles, and correct notions of all matters connected with our Holy Church.
In the above list of books, which have just issued from the press, will be found edifying instruction for all classes, from the scholar on the lowest reading-form to the learned clergyman. The Christian Vine is the commencement of a series of papers, setting forth the great doctrines of our Church, and impressing upon all in solemn and Scriptural language the importance of all her sacred ordinances. The second upon the list is a small tract, being the substance of a charge by the learned and excellent Bishop Doane; the title is perhaps a little obscure, but we can assure our readers there is no obscurity in the doctrines propounded, but from the beginning to the end it is full of uncompromising truth, and abounds with that clear and energetic and stirring manner of expression so characteristic of the American Bishop. We heartily recommend it as a powerful antidote against what in the present day is popularly but erroneously called “ Evangelical” teaching.
As we have already observed, it is a matter of regret to us that we cannot allow a separate notice of any length to each of the above publications - perhaps if we could do so we might find some little fault with the penny and halfpenny books (especially the latter) as being written in language not sufficiently simple for such children as they are intended to amuse and instruct: for instance we think a child of six or seven years old in Sunday schools will scarcely understand what is meant (in the tale of The Magpie's Nest) by my Lady Magpie
and her family being “ not so impeccable" - it is a hard word for children who are more used to homely Anglo-Saxon than Latin !
The two books, however, which we most admire, and think most highly of, are The Life of the Rev. Isaac Milles, and Beaven's Help to Catechising the latter is a second edition, in a smaller form for the use of schools, &c., of the very best explanation of the Catechism that we have yet seen; and we earnestly hope that all persons engaged in the instruction of youth will forthwith provide themselves with so admirable and useful a manual. The Life of the Rev. Isaac Milles is a most charming piece of biography, exceedingly well-timed at the present juncture, when persons are held up to the admiration and imitation of youth chiefly in proportion as they have succeeded in acquiring worldly honours, and wealth, and distinction. It may be thought by the world that a man has amply fulfilled the end of his existence here upon earth, if, like the Spanish General ESPARTERO, he has risen by his own exertions (as it is profanely termed) from being the son of a poor carpenter to the rank of Regent of Spain, and “the director of the destinies of his country,” - although he may have been utterly careless of his own destiny in the world to come: but the LORD of that “world to come” has forbidden us to be careful about all these things, but to SEEK FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness :-- and beautiful is the commentary upon these words afforded by the life of the “gentle Rector of Highclere.” From the font to the grave he seems to have had ever a reverent regard to the purity of his baptismal robe, which he seems to have preserved, by God's grace, unsullied by any gross crimes. The parish in which, for near forty years, he diligently and laboriously fulfilled the holy duties of a parish priest, was “ situated in a remote and desolate corner of the world, the living of small value, the country barren, and the people poor;" yet though thus obscurely placed, he felt it to be the very station of life unto which it had pleased God to call him ; and who shall doubt, that, though he thus while upon earth “lived in the shade," he now inherits a far brighter
destiny in the sunshine of God's eternal presence. The following is the instructive and edifying conclusion of this charming little book :
“ Thus lived, and died, and is commemorated, the parishpriest of Highclere ; and the walls, which once echoed, perpetuate his precepts, in this faithful record of his character. Nor have the filial and the friendly hand traced in vain the marble and the parchment, if from these frail memorials be drawn the more enduring instruction which they offer. From them laborious diffidence may gain a lesson of encouragement, and presumptuous ardour borrow an example of humility. They teach that the most limited sphere is stage enough for the employment of the noblest talents ; yet all that is honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, is accessible to the humblest, be they but accompanied by a sincere heart and a Christian spirit. We have not all the power of acquiring divine learning, and the happy mode of communicating it, which distinguished Mr. , Milles ; but we have all the power, like him, of growing wiser as we grow older, of profiting by the daily teaching of the Church, and of pointing out to others our blessed Master's institution for “doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
The ministration of the word and sacraments is not committed to us all ; but we can all, like him, shew our belief in that word, and our reverence for those sacraments, by the constant, solem, grateful, and awful manner with which we listen to the one and partake of the other.
We have not all the cheerfulness of heart and joy of countenance, with which he disarmed the terrors and smiled away the sorrows of the afflicted, for we have not all the same motive of cheerfulness, we have not lived as he had ; but we can all, like him, assist in bearing our fellow-creatures' burdens; we can all forgive those who injure us ; " disregard high things, and condescend to men of low estate; rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."
To every one of us, too, some particular charge, come individual sphere of usefulness is appointed. For the benefit of his fellow-Christians, as well as for his own spiritual needs, to each of us, even (God be thanked) to the least and lowest, the penitent in his closet, some one talent, convertible and improveable, is still entrusted. Blessed is he who, like the gentlé rector of Highclere, employs that talent to the glory of his LORD, the maintenance of His Church, and the promotion of peace and good will among men.
Among Mr. Burns's valuable publications not the least valuable is a little book entitled “Hymns of the Church
Pointed for Chanting.” In many churches this part of divine service, the chanting, is but ill performed. The emphasis is frequently laid on the wrong syllable, and, from want of some certain rule, is often laid on different syllables; one person choosing to place it here, another there. The object of this little work is to remedy this. It were much to be wished that the congregations would join in the singing more than they do.
Stockport, Nov. 1, 1842. To the Editor of the Christian Magazine. SIR-It was, I believe, customary in the days of Cromwell for the Puritans to designate some of the most holy ordinances of our Church, such as fasting, daily prayer, &c., Popish, and Dissenters of the present day sometimes designate them the same. The Methodists, who pretend to claim a relationship to the Church, used to be silent on this point, but since late events have roused the Church to a sense of its duty, and these ordinances are more strictly observed by the Church, they too have raised the cry of Popery, and nothing is heard of among them but Popery and Anglo-Papist clergy, thus railing against those clergymen who have the honesty and courage to observe these ordinances which the Church enjoins.
Now, sir, I wish to point out, by a trifling incident, a little of Dissenting inconsistency, and to make Dissenters prove, from their own showing, that these ordinances are of Apostolic origin, as thereby they will witness for the Church, and against themselves. In our town there is a large Sunday School for the education of children of all denominations. When the children in this school have arrived at a certain stage, they are required to commit to memory a course of instruction, consisting of three parts, and two lessons of the first part run thus
LESSON VIII. AND IX,
OF THE MEANS OF GRACE. 1. What is grace?
The power of the Holy Ghost enabling us to believe and love
3. Which are the chief means of grace?
and serve God. 2. How are we to seek this?
In a constant and careful use of the means of grace.
The Lord's Supper, Prayer, Searching the Scriptures, and Fasting.
Every day-it was their daily bread.
Twice a-day, as many of them as could.
Every morning and night, at least.
They heard or read them every day, and meditated therein day
Every Wednesday and Friday till three in the afternoon.
To his life's end.
Now, although the teachers hear the scholars repeat that
But, sir, these ordinances are nearly the same as those en-
A LABOURING MAN.