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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 flesh 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. Senece 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
The labours of the indefatigable time and attention. Now poetry is
Dr. Tafel in editing the works of not to be put off in this way, although there is much illiberality in suppos
Swedenborg, and other literary pub
lications, has been already noticed ing that poets can do nothing else
in this magazine. A short time ago but write poetry. Plautus was a miller's man, and Mr. Rogers is a
we noticed his edition of Sweden,
borg's Ludus Heliconius, and we banker. It is certain, however, that
have here a republication of Swepoetry, truly deserving the name, must
denborg's other poetical works, a for the time absorb every faculty of
critical selection of the Latin proverbs the soul, and cannot be penned like a scrivener's deed, from nine o'clock
of Seneca, and Publius Syrus, ac
companied by the Greek version of Scato eleven every evening, after the
liger, and the annotations of Erasmus shop or office has closed. Verse,
and others. When Swedenborg puband very fair sounding verse, may be
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 poemlike too many others, and some of
so early an age, and which, probably,
could not be excelled by the most them, by the way, for a time very
mature of our cotemporaries. popular writers,-mistakes verse for poetry, and thinks if a collection of Socrates : a Tragedy. By Francis Bar. words 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 public appear to have grown works on this subject, to exaggerate tired, usque ad nauseam.
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
flourish, and running to climaxes, couplet adopted by his predecessors. 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. Lectures on Female Prostitution; its
Nature, Extent, Effects, Guilt, Causes and Remedy. By Ralph Wardlaw, D.D.,delivered and published by spe. cial request. Post 8vo. pp. 164.
Glasgow: Maclehose. These lectures were both given and published at the request of some of the most influential inhabitants of Glasgow. The author seems to have been instigated to his inquiries by an enlightened philanthropy, and nothing but the most benevolent sympathy with the wretchedness of the unfortunate class of whom treats, could have induced him to undergo the labour and extreme annoyances to which he must have been subjected.
There are four lectures, divided in the following manner :-1. The nature and extent of prostitution; 2. The effects of prostitution ; 3. The guilt and causes of prostitution; 4. The means of prevention, mitigation, and removal. The facts thus arranged are collected from a variety of sources--the author's personal observations, the statistics of the locality in which he resides, and a full and searching intimacy with all that has been written on the subject.
It is a besetting defect of most
Religious Subjects, &c. Apostolical Christianity, or the People's
Antidote against Romanism and Pusey. ism. By the Rev. James Godkin, Author of “ A Guide from the Church of Rome to the Church of Christ." 8vo. pp. 400. London : Snow. This work is written in what professes to be the apostolical spirit, and appears to be practical and valuable. We conceive, however, that Mr. Godkin might have taken a moregenerous view of Romanism, or at least of Puseyism, than he has done. He might have supposed that Romanism possessed some great excellencies as well as great defects. He might have shown that many of the grandest doctrines, and practices of Christi. anity, are still inseparably blended with this same Romanism. There is a soul of goodness in things evil, which, to use the words of Burke,“ keeps alive even in the bosom of servitude itself, the spirit of the most exalted freedom." "He might have shown that this same Romanism was for centuries efficacious in conducting the souls of men to the living streams of salvation--and preserving all Europe in the elements of piety and 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
parts. The appearance of the work, great Roman Catholic controversy,
and its style of execution, are highly very clearly and graphically stated.
creditable to him, and it will doubt. The 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
Dodd'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. Tier
ney, F.R.S. 8vo. Vol. 4. London : history proves this; she is indeed
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, like Lingard's, is written part of the world.”
altogether on the Roman Catholic
side 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
a serviceable 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 Rer. 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 con
London : 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, pp. 170. 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 Cross. 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 senti
ments of orthodoxy are herein conWe are glad to see the success of
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
adapted for a rural congregation or vital element of religion and the me
family devotion. In this last relation dium of all blessings. This little
these 54 sermons will be highly actreatise is written in the purest strain
ceptable to the public; for the heads of evangelical piety, and is so simple
of Christian families are often at a 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.
It runs as follows :—“The Bible is tics, or interpretations in reference to Scripture prophecies.
like the sun-it giveth light. The
He conceives 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 advocated by Newton, Faber, Hales,
world without the sun would be in &c. He objects, therefore, to the
darkness—the mental world without
the Bible would be in ignorance. usually received application of the
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 begin in 1836. According to Moses
the earth. The Trinity in Unity
was the Creator of all things. Stuart, “it will come when all Chris
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
age for the Creator God is united with a of salvation."
singular verb." Sirmons by John Cawood, M.A., of St. This passage is excellent. From
Edmond Hall, Oxford, and Perpetual the concluding critical remark we, Curate of Bewdley, Worcestershire. however, beg leave to differ. Not that