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Jones, and the consequence is that true melody, and a mediocrity of every page has a meaning, and the ideas and sentiments that forbids more deeply it is studied, the more the laurel crown ever shading the profound appears the knowledge of brows of its author. The story, as human nature. The best recom- the author states, “is deduced from mendation, however, that can be facts, common to the least reader of given, for the publisher's sake, to English history;" and we cannot Percival Keene, can be awarded say that the dry bones of history are honestly to it. It is very amusing clothed with fresh and blood, or reand interesting, and gives a pleasant animated by that inspiration, which glow to the thoughts that is extremely can alone shed charms on such a agreeable.
L. A. Senecæ et P. Lyric Mimi forsan Poetry, &c.
et aliorum selecta sententiæ quas The Shepherd's Evening Tales. I. Ethel.
notis Illustratas, edidit Emanuel Swe. wolf. A Tale of the Olden Time. 8vo.
denborg, ad fidem rarissimæ editionis pp. 102. London: R. Hastings.
principis, Anni 1709; denuo publici
juris fecit et fragmenta nuper reperta A very threadbare excuse is put forth
adjecit, Dr. J. F. Emanuel Tafel, in the Preface to this work, for its
Regiæ Universitatis Tubergensis Biba defects, namely :--that of the au- liothecarius. 8vo. London: Newbery. thor having other claims upon his time and attention. Now poetry is
The labours of the indefatigable not to be put off in this way, although Swedenborg, and other literary pub
Dr. Tafel in editing the works of there is much illiberality in suppos- lications, has been already noticed ing that poets can do nothing else but write poetry:
in this magazine. A short time ago Plautus was a
we noticed his edition of Sweden, miller's man, and Mr. Rogers is a banker. It is certain, however, that
borg's Ludus Heliconius, and we
have here a republication of Swepoetry, truly deserving the name, must for the time absorb every faculty of
denborg's other poetical works, a
critical selection of the Latin proverbs the soul, and cannot be penned like
of Seneca, and Publius Syrus, aca scrivener's deed, from nine o'clock to eleven every evening, after the
companied by the Greek version of Sca
liger, and the annotations of Erasmus shop or office has closed. Verse, and very fair sounding verse, may be
and others. When Swedenborg pubthe public appear to have grown works on this subject, to exaggerate tired, usque ad nauseam.
lished this work, the preceeding diso concocted; but as for the inspired
tions of which have become very line that is to thrill the “ universal heart," it is a dew of a much richer
scarce, he was just twenty years old,
and the critical illustrations which distillation than such a faint pertur
adorn his text are such as few schobation of the soul can create.
lars of his time could have written at The author of the present poem. like too many others, and some of
so early an age, and which, probably, them, by the way, for a time very
could not be excelled by the most
mature of our cotemporaries. popular writers,-mistakes verse for poetry, and thinks if a collection of Socrates : a Tragedy. By Francis Barwords are not actual prose, they
ham, Esq. 8vo. Painter. must be the opposite. The versifica- This play, which first appeared in the tion and style of the present tale is pages of this magazine, and which that of Scott's most popular poems,
has won the general approbation of and had it appeared at a time when the press, is now published in a they were popular, it would have no separate form by Mr. Painter. It is doubt obtained much more attention an experiment worth trying, whether than it is likely to do in an age that
the elevated sentiment and gorgeous has at least a juster appreciation of spectacle of the classical mythos what is true poetry.
would not at present excite greater There is considerable fluency, and astonishment and interest when reno absolute absurdity of imagery; presented on the stage, than dramas but there is also a total deficiency of of the common school, with which
the evil they deplore : and to overThe Elegies and Epic Poem of Tibullus.
lay it with a “fatal facility" of words Translated by Laurence Reynolds,
that raises the suspicions of the reaAuthor of a Poetical Translation of soning reader, as to the truth of the · Persius, &c. pp. 204. London: Saun- whole statement. There is no tenders and Otley.
dency, at all events, to exaggeration This is a very pleasing and lively
in Dr. Wardlaw's book, and the translation of the best Latin Elegist.
statistics of the matter are rigidly We know not, however, whether Mr.
sifted, and dispassionately placed Reynolds is quite right in preferring
before the reader. There is, however, four lined verses to the common
in the style, a little of that rhetorical couplet adopted by his predecessors.
flourish, and running to climaxes, However, his verses are better for
which seems inseparable from public music and singing, if any ladies are
lecturing. This is so slight a blestill romantic enough to sing the songs
mish upon so excellent a work, that it of Tibullus—which, by the by, are
would have been unnecessary to notice very lady-like and amatory. One of it, had its omission not have made the Tibullus's best hits, Mr. Reynolds
notice appear an indiscriminating translates as follows:
eulogy. How sweet, as on my bed I rest,
Dr. Wardlaw, as all theological stuTo hear the furious south-winds roar,
dents and readers are aware, is the While closer to my happy breast
author of several works on divinity, Clings the scared girl that I adore. that have reached many editions. Politics and Statistics, &c.
Religious Subjects, &c.
Apostolical Christianity, or the People's and Remedy. By Ralph Wardlaw,
Antidote against Romanismand Pusey. D.D., delivered and published by spe.
ism. By the Rev. James Godkin, cial request. Post 8vo.
Author of " A Guide from the Church Glasgow: Maclehose.
of Rome to the Church of Christ." These lectures were both given and
8vo. pp. 400. London : Snow. published at the request of some
This work is written in what proof the most influential inhabitants of fesses to be the apostolical spirit, Glasgow. The author seems to have and
appears to be practical and valubeen instigated to his inquiries by able. We conceive, however, that Mr. an enlightened philanthropy, and Godkin might have taken a moregenenothing but the most benevolent rous view of Romanism, or at least sympathy with the wretchedness of of Puseyism, than he has done. He the unfortunate class of whom treats, might have supposed that Romanism could have induced him to undergo possessed some great excellencies as the labour and extreme annoyances well as great defects. He might have to which he must have been subjected. shown that many of the grandest
There are four lectures, divided in doctrines, and practices of Christi. the following manner :-1. The na- anity, are still inseparably blended ture and extent of prostitution;
with this same Romanism. There is a The effects of prostitution ; 3. The soul of goodness in things evil, which, guilt and causes of prostitution; 4. to use the words of Burke,“ keeps The means of prevention, mitigation, alive even in the bosom of servitude and removal. The facts thus ar- itself, the spirit of the most exalted ranged are collected from a variety of freedom." "He might have shown sources--the author's personal ob- that this same Romanism was for servations, the statistics of the loca- centuries efficacious in conducting lity in which he resides, and a full the souls of men to the living streams and searching intimacy with all that of salvation-and preserving all Eu. has been written on the subject. rope in the elements of piety and
It is a besetting defect of most civilization. Let us look, then, at the
bright, as well as at the black side of For ourselves, we still love to the ecclesiastical history; We deny cherish the old syncretic view of not there is a black side-horribly, Erasmus and Grotius; we like to diabolically black-but we deny the consider Romanism, and Puseyism, fairness or policy-except in matters and all other isms, as composite of mere exparte pleading of viewing wheels, consisting both of good and one side only; so again with Puseyism. evil, which have been framed and Our author does not seem to see or appointed by God himself, because allow the bright side of Puseyism; he saw them necessary to regulate he does not state that Puseyism, as it the great clockwork of the universe. is called, has been a means of reviv- It was for their good not their evil ing an earnest religionism in the they were appointed; it is by their minds of a multitude of British cler- good, not their evil, they stand and gymen, who were before slumbering, consist. In this doctrine we agree like Jonah in the midst of the sea, to with the optimism of Leibnitz, and the sound of the roaring breakers. that of Thomas Carlyle. It is a docHe does not allow that this recent trine, however, few yet understand or developement of the high church appreciate. principle, under the name of Pusey
A Commentary on the Bible, with the ism, has immensely strengthened the
Sacred Text at large. By Robert noblest national church in existence;
Hawker, D.D., late Vicar of Charles, that it has made a multitude of care- Plymouth. A new edition, Corrected less worldlings zealously affected to from the former, with the Author's that doctrine and discipline of the final Amendments. 4to. London: church, which, if duly maintained, Spettigue, Chancery Lane ; Sher. will secure the salvation of their wood and Co. Paternoster Row. souls. The author takes precisely The former editions of Dr. Hawker's the counter argument, and warns us
very pious and popular comment on to avoid all Puseyism as an almost
the Bible having been exhausted by unmixed peril. Yet Mr. Godkin's
a rapid and extensive sale, Mr. Spetbook is, as we before said, a valuable
tigue has been induced to publish work,—it abounds in information re
this 4to. edition in cheap monthly specting the different branches of the great Roman Catholic controversy,
parts. The appearance of the work,
and its style of execution, are highly very clearly and graphically stated.
creditable to him, and it will doubtThe following passage from the less command the attention, not only Introduction is a favourable speci
of the Hawkerians, a large and enermen of the style of the work :
getic denomination, but the evan“The Church of Rome it will be
gelical world in general, of which said is changed. She is imbibing
Dr. Hawker was so long an ornathe spirit of the times, and is shaking ment and a favourite. This valuable off the customs of the dark ages. national work has already reached Many of her people it is true are
the 6th number. doing so; but let not Protestants be deceived by appearances.
It is a
Doda's Church History of England, part of the very nature of the Roman
with Notes, Additions, and a con. Church to hate liberty, her whole
tinuation by the Rev. M. A. Tierhistory proves this; she is indeed
ney, F.R.S. 8vo. Vol. 4. London :
Dolman. accommodating herself to the popular movement, in order to control it, Dodd's Church History of England and make it subservient to her own is a truly valuable national work, and interest. See how fondly she would Mr. Tierney has on the whole fulhug the Tory Puseyites, clasping filled his labours as editor in a very them with one arm, and the Spanish creditable manner.
The former voMonks with the other. Her spiri
lumes have been already noticed in tual tariff may avail as long as there this magazine. This 4th comprises is prejudice to sustain it, but preju- the history of James I. Dodd's dice is yielding to knowledge in every History, líke Lingard's, is written part of the world.”
altogether on the Roman Catholic șide of the question ; yet, for a one- peculiar tenacity St. Paul's text, sided book, it is exceedingly bland "Let all things be done to the use of and candid. The student who would edifying.” Practical edification of gain a fair view of the ecclesiastical his readers he aims at as stedfastly as history of Great Britain must read the American writer, Abbot. Though Dodd as well as Collier, Fuller, and this work is not so full of interesting Burnet, otherwise he will be much anecdote as his previous publication, deceived.
entitled “ Youthful Piety," it is yet Morning and Evening Services for Every a serviceable addition to Christian Day in the Week, for the Use of Fa
literature, and is well fitted as a present milies. By Walter Kerr Hamilton. book for young people. In the course
8vo. pp. 300. Oxford : Graham. of it he sketches the character of Sir This is a valuable family liturgy,
Isaac Newton, Beveridge, Baxter, written much in the spirit and style Gill, Doddridge, and a great “cloud of the Book of Common Prayer. It of witnesses ” of the truth of evanmainly consists of brief affirmations gelical religion. and responses, which the author has Roman Forgeries and Falsifications : or selected from Scripture, and the an Examination of Counterfeit and fathers. We conceive that this book Corrupted Records, with especial Rewill conduce to a more cheerful and ference to Popery. By the Rev. interesting kind of family devotion
Richard Gibbins. Part 1, 8vo. pp. than that usually obtained from family
141. Dublin : Grant and Bolton. prayer books.
This is a book of the good old learned The Modern Pulpit viewed in its Rela
order-one which appears to us pertion to the State of Society. By Ro. fectly refreshing after the shallow bert Vaughan, D.D. 8vo. pp. 204.
up-start publications that are conLondon : Jackson and Walford. tinually coming before us. It does This is an important work on an im- Mr. Gibbins's scholarship very great portant subject. Dr. Vaughan has credit ; for his accuracy and research established a considerable reputation are peculiarly conspicuous throughamong the dissenters, and we are out. He does not appear to us, glad to see him supporting it so however, to evince the fact so clearly creditably. In this publication in as he might have done, that the the preface of which he states that documents of the Church, (even of the Independent Congregationalists the Roman Church,) are for the main are multiplying their colleges very part authentic, and that the errors prosperously) he views the pulpit as or impostures are comparatively a the noblest organ of religious im- few exceptions. The book is written provement. He argues nearly as in the spirit of a special pleader, Channing does, that the pulpit being making a regular expose of the weak so potent an engine of good or evil, points of his antagonist. Yet it is should be most carefully adapted to
not the less valuable for this reason; the real wants and requirements of for as the Romanists have exhibited the age, and not merely keep pace
Protestant variations, the Protestants with but lead the rapid developments in turn should exhibit theirs, and of human intelligence amid these the defects of their literature should perilous revolutions of society. The be rendered as manifest as the defects treatise is written in that candid of ours. Mr. Gibbins endeavours spirit we ever advocate, and is far to prove, (in the words of an old more free than some of our author's writer)that the chiefest advantage of other publications from sectarian our Romish adversaries doth consist one-sidedness.
in falsifications; that they are comThe Youthful Christian ; containing pelled to forge authors, to im
Instructions, Counsels, Cautions, and pose false expositions on the texts of Examples. By J. Burns. 12mo. the Fathers, sometimes to abridge,
London : Houlston and sometimes to enlarge, the tomes of Stoneman.
Councils, and to purge and corrade Mr. Burns seems to remember with ecclesiastical writers, old and new."
The four essays on spuriosities con- In 2 vols. 8vo. pp. 850. London : tained in this volume relate, 1. to the
Hamilton and Adams. Epistles said to have passed between
These two beautifully printed voChrist and Alivarus ; 2. Epistles of lumes are valuable additions to pulpit the Virgin Mary to Ignatius and
literature. They have no preface; others; 3. The Apostolical Canons ; but the long list of subscribers pre4. The Apostolical Constitutions
fixed announces the esteem in which Importunate Prayer encouraged by the
Mr. Cawood is held by a large body Example of Christ on the Cro88. By of religionists. The sermons themthe Rev. John Stevenson, 16mo. selves appear to us full of power and
pp. 126. Islington: Jackson. point; and yet the most learned sentiWe are glad to see the success of
ments of orthodoxy are herein con
veyed in such simple language, that this little work, which has become
while they are fitted for episcopal inpopular. The subject is most im
doctrination, they are scarcely less portant; for prayer appears to be the vital element of religion and the me
adapted for a rural congregation or dium of all blessings. This little
family devotion. In this last relation treatise is written in the purest strain
these 54 sermons will be highly acof evangelical piety, and is so simple of Christian families are often at a
ceptable to the public; for the heads that every child may understand it.
loss for a series of sermons sufficiently Hints on the Interpretation of Prophecy.
interesting and familiar to enlighten By M. Stuart, Professor in Andover
and fascinate their children and their Theological Seminary. 8vo. pp. 145. servants. Of the definite and forciAndover : Allen.
ble style of these sermons we can This is a bold attempt, by the well
hardly give a better instance than the known scholar Moses Stuart, to re
opening sentence of the first disstore the system of literal hermeneu
course-on the old and new creation. tics, or interpretations in reference
It runs as follows :-“The Bible is to Scripture prophecies. He con
like the sun-it giveth light. The ceives that these prophecies were
sun gives light to the world of matfulfilled, or have yet to be so, in their
ter—the Bible gives light to the world strict and definite sense; and he
of mind. The mental world without
the Bible would be like the material makes war against what is called the double or mystical sense of prophecy
world without the sun. The material
world without the sun would be in advocated by Newton, Faber, Hales, &c. He objects, therefore, to the
darkness—the mental world without usually received application of the
the Bible would be in ignorance.
Without the Bible we could know 1260 years to the Romanists, the Mahometans, the Illuminati, &c.
neither our origin nor our end. But and thinks they referred to the earlier
the Bible gives us light-it affords us history of the Church in her contests
knowledge, no where else to be found, with the heathens. He is consi
and simply but sublimely tells us how derably facetious against those who
man and all things were at first creatapply prophetical dates to recent
ed. The world was not from Eternity, events; and laughs at Bengel, who
but had a beginning, and that beginpredicted, with a grand flourish of ning was from God. In the begintrumpets, that the millennium was to
ning God created the heavens and
the earth. begin in 1836. According to Moses
The Trinity in Unity Stuart, “it will come when all Chris
was the Creator of all things. This tians come up to the standard of duty
we learn from the first verse in the in their efforts to diffuse among the
Bible; God created-Elohim created nations of the earth the knowledge
--the Gods created. The plural term
for the Creator God is united with a of salvation.”
singular verb." Sermons by John Cawood, M.A., of St. I'his
passage is excellent. From Edmund Hall, Oxford, and Perpetual the concluding critical remark we, Curate of Bewdley, Worcestershire. however, beg leave to differ. Not that