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those hard, and (we had almost ture of the genuine spirit of the said) half-profane, suppositions Gospel, and bringing into contrast which the advocate of the Gospel with it the Scandinavian superis under the necessity of making, in stition of Odin, the Arabic theology order to obviate the reasonings of of Mohammed, the imposture of Infidelity. Mr. Faber here shews, Alexander of Pontus, and the rethat " the success of the early ligious system of Hindostan, all acpreachers of the Gospel was owing knowledged forgeries and delusions, to two causes; the powerful opera- he embodies his argument in the tion of God's Spirit upon the hearts following short passage, which must of those who were addressed, and be our last quotation from his work. the evidence afforded to their understandings, by the frequent per ceding comparison, which has been insti

“ What then is the result of the preformance of miracles. been too common for Christian tuted, between Christianity on the one

hand, and certain acknowledged imposwriters to lay an undue stress upon

tures on the other hand? The result is the last of these causes, to the ex- this: clusion or oversight of the former. “ If the characteristics of those imposEngaged in considering the visible tures form the internal evidence, that they agency of a Divine power, they have are indeed nothing better than base and been too apt to overlook that other interested fabrications; then the characbranch of its operation, which, though teristics of Christianity, being of a direct"invisible to mortal sight," was the ly opposite description, must needs form

a strong internal evidence, that it is in main spring of the whole moral re

truth a religion sent down from God : and volution; we mean the influence of by parity of reasoning, the more forcibly the Holy Spirit, without which the one set of characteristics evince imposture, most stupendous miracles would the more forcibly also must the other set have been wrought in vain.

of characteristics evince genuineness. For We know, indeed, that the Holy direct opposites cannot bring out the same Spirit's influence is not an argument conclusion. Whence, if the characteriswhich can be expected to have tics of Paganism and Mohammedism bring

out the conclusion of fraud, the opposite weight with the sceptic or the’un

characteristics of Christianity cannot but believer. But should it therefore be bring out the opposite conclusion of truth, left wholly without notice, even in The infidel, however, has persuaded himcontending with the enemies of the self, that direct opposites may bring out Gospel? We think not; for, though the same conclusion; for he deems Paganmiracles are the proper proof of the ism, Mohammedism, and Christianity, to divinity of that scriptural doctrine, be alike impostures. Can he be acquitted as of every other, yet we may

of illogical reasoning and blind credulity ?" fairly ask 'the intelligent sceptic p. 267. who has some knowledge of human We now take our leave of the nature, whether he thinks that the three pious and able authors, whose mere performance of an outward works we have been noticing, with miracle would generally prove effec- many thanks for the instruction and tual in bringing about a total change entertainment we have derived from of views, principles, habits, and cha- their perusal. We hope to fall into racter, without the co-operation of a their company again and again, and Divine power, to influence the will to have the pleasure of introducing and affections, and to send home them to our readers. Books like the light of the understanding with theirs are the proper aliment of warmth and energy to the heart. the mind. Our classical readers will

In his seventh section, our au- readily perceive that we allude, to thor discusses “ the difficulties at that fine passage of Cicero, in which tendant on infidelity in regard to he enumerates the advantages of a the internal evidence of Christie, taste for good reading and, if his anity.rs Here, after drawing a pic. remarks bes true with regard to

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useful reading which relates only to same subject are drawn from all the present world, still more are they parts of the Bible, and arranged applicable to that kind of study under their proper heads, forming from which he, with all his mental an admirable assistance to private powers and preeminence, was un- devotion, but less suited, perhaps, happily shut out, which passes be- for family prayer. The author of yond “this visible diurnal sphere," the work now under consideration and tends to nourish the soul to has adopted a different mode of eternal life.

Scripture selection : an extended portion of sacred writ has been

taken ; and from thence verses suitFamily Prayers for every Day in able to acts of adoration, petition,

the Week, selected from various and devotion, have been interwoven Portions of the Holy Bible, with to form prayers, the words them-' References; to which are added, selves of Scripture being retained. a few Prayers for Persons in This plan is highly useful and inprivate, and fourteen original teresting in the consecutive peHymns. 8vo. Hatchard and Son. rusal of Scripture, turning the chief

particulars of the passage into a To a needy, helpless creature, in petitionary form; but it is liable a world of sin and misery, expe- to an objection – an objection riencing various wants and desires, from which the taste and judgand exposed to innumerable dangers ment of our author have not been and fears, nothing, surely, next to wholly able to relieve the present the inspired record of salvation, volume,—of making the prayers too can be more serviceable than those desultory. Writers of prayers, as guides to devotion, which either well as sermons, would do well to teach us to pray, or assist us in our remember and apply the following addresses to the Throne of Grace. observations of Mr. Simeon, in the The majority of the domestic altars preface to his “ Skeletons." (now, we are happy to say, erected

6. There is one caution," says in many a family throughout this Mr. Simeon, “which requires pecukingdom) attest the truth of this ob- liar attention. In the skeletons, servation, where the hearts and lips many passages of the holy Scripof thousands daily pour forth their tures are quoted, partly for the consacred homage, assisted by means viction of the reader's own mind, of such devout and useful compo- and partly to furnish him with the sitions.

proper materials for confirming It is desirable that the public his word. These passages, if they should be made acquainted with any were all formally quoted, would new work, which is capable of af- make the sermon a mere rhapsody; fording assistance in family worship, a string of texts, that could not fail or of consoling and invigorating the to weary and disgust the audience. Christian in private ; especially as But if they be glanced at, if the variety is in some measure essential proper parts only be selected, and to this usefulness. It is perhaps interwoven with the writer's own not so much a form of prayer that language, they will give a richness is in danger of becoming dull and and variety to the discourse, at the heartless, as the constant recur- same time that they will be pecurence of the same form; and it is liarly grateful to those who delight particularly in this point of view, in the word of God. There is, howthat we wish to draw the attention ever, another extreme, which would of our readers to the pious and scrip. be no less pernicious: if no passages tural little volume now before us. be formally adduced, many parts s! In Henry's Guide to Prayer, and of the discourse will appear to want similar publications, texts on the confirmation. The proper inedium

which is life and peace. Yea, may the O by that Blood, so freely shed for sin, Spirit of Christ dwell within us."pp. 28, 29. Open blest Mercy's gate, and take us in."

The fourteen original hymns p. 98. are written on a similar plan with the prayers. A text is placed at

In looking over these prayers, the head agreeing with their sub

we have thought them wanting in ject; and references are made to that most delightful part of worship, Scripture, to authorize the senti- a spirit of praise and thanksgiving. ments and expressions contained in

The peculiar circumstances under them. These little poems convey

which the whole of the volume apthe idea of a tender and pure mind, pears to have been composed, may depressed by much sorrow. The

It is

well account for this defect. author indeed, conscious of the the offering of a mourner to “ her melancholy that appears in many of fellow-travellers through this vale of them, has mentioned that they were

tears.” But if they breathe not that written chiefly during a period of lively spirit of rejoicing which some severe and protracted suffering Christians are blessed with, there is We can give only a single speci- no voice of querulous complaint, no men of these compositions.

sinking under discouragement; on

the contrary, faith is always press“When he was yet a great way off, his ing forward in earnest entreaty for

father saw him, and had compassion.” all the promises, the blessings, and Father! again in Jesu's name we meet,

the privileges of the Gospel. And bow in penitence beneath Thy feet : We are indebted for this work to Again to Thee our feeble voices raise,

a female pen: and we understand To sue for mercy, and to sing Thy praise. that the respected author moves O we would bless Thee for Thy ceaseless in the higher ranks of life. Ear

nestly do we hope that she will And all Thy works from day to day de

derive an immediale recompence clare : Is not our life with hourly mercies crowned?

for time and attention so worthily Does not Thine arm encircle us around 2 employed, in the answer to herself Alas! unworthy of Thy boundless love,

of her highly spiritual petitions : and Too oft our feet, from Thee, our Father, that her benevolent desire may be rove;

abundantly fulfilled by her little But now, encouraged by Thy voice we book becoming the means of leading

the careless to prayer and a diliReturning sinners to a Father's home.

gent search of the Scriptures, and O by that Name, in whom all fulness proving a source of consolation to dwells

the afflicted Christian. O by that Love, which every love excels

HYMN VIII.

care,

come,

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According to the reports from the Lecture, read during the late sittings of tation of books into the United States

custom-houses, it appears that the importhe Royal Society, states, that among the insect tribe, the humble-bee has the largest American editions. The imported books

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April 1823. Among the curiosities of

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the itinerant book-trade. There are more the naked eye.

than 200 waggons which travel through The Penitentiary at Milbank, having the country laden with books for sale. proved very insalubrious, was lately fumigated on a large scale to destroy any contá- The number of pupils from the comgious miasmata which might be considered

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The essential matter of that powerful this department of the institution. He plant the Digitalis has lately been obtained resides with the pupils, in order to become in so concentrated a state that a grain, or familiar with the language of signs, and to less, is found sufficient to kill an animal qualify himself to discharge in the best of considerable size.

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B PARIS BIBLE SOCIETY. This document will exhibit to those of ou We have received the periodical bulletins readers who have not had an opportunity, of the Paris Bible Society up to a recent i of attending the anniversaries of the Bri: date, and should gladly translate and in- tish and Foreign Bible Society, a truly sert various passages from their highly in-graphic sketch of those delightful and teresting contents. For the present, how.animated scenes, To such readers the ever, we must content ourselves with account will appear the more interesting, single, article of some length, the report , from its embracing some minute and perof Vice-Admiral Count Ver Huell, one, sonal allusions, which a foreigner could of the Presidents of the Society, relative, more properly indulge in than a friend and to his mission to the British and Foreign countryman,

ja svece Bible Society, at their last anniversary. “ Mr. President, In order to complis

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