David; and that as for the Elect, how then will I profess unto them, I ever they might be reproved and chas- never knew you; depart from me, tised for their offences, yet that God ye that work iniquity. And yet would never punish them !” When the words, or at least the substance I looked on the congregation, with of the words which I have quoted, which I was surrounded, I could came from the mouth of one of not help saying to myself, “ What those who claim to themselves the is become then of the wholesome exclusive title of being Gospel restraint of bell and everlasting Preachers! Should these remarks death. How many of these poor fall under the observation of the souls will be ready enough to fancy person in question, I trust that they themselves of the number of the may make him reflect a little; or elect, and go on fearlessly sinning, at least that they may open the eyes under the Aattering assurance that of others to the tendency of his God will never be angry with them, doctrines. He may plead that the and, that the utmost they have to expressions dropped from him in the dread, is a little gentle castigation heat of extemporaneous delivery: and reproof."

then why have recourse to so unsafe Is this the way to diminish the a mode of preaching ? Why not prefrequency of crime in the country? viously weigh, and digest, and write Or is this the Gospel of Him, who, down, what he has to deliver, in his when referring to the judgment of closet? A soul is not to be made the the last day, declared, that " many sport of every violent, and popular, will say to me in that day, Lord, and often ignorant, declaimer. Lord, have we not prophesied in

Your's, &c. thy name? thy name have

A HEARBR. cast out devils ? And in thy name London, Oct. 20. done many wonderful works? And

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God's sacred name with reverence profound
Should mentioned be, and trembling at the sound !
It was Jehovah ! 'tis Our Father ow:
So low to us does Heav'n vouchsafe to bow !
He brought it down, and taught us how to pray,
That did so dearly for our ransom pay.
His kingdom come. For this we pray in vain,
Unless he does in our affections reign.
Absurd it were to wish for such a King,
And not obedience to his sceptre bring.
Whose yoke is easy, and his burthen light;
His service freedom, and his judgments right.
His will be done. In fact 'tis always done;
But, as in heav'n, it must be made our own.
His will should all our inclinations sway,
Whom nature and the universe obey.

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Happy the man whose wishes are confin'd
To what has been eternally design'd: :
Referring all to His paternal care.
To whom more dear, than to ourselves, we are.
It is not what our avarice hoards up:
'Tis He that feeds us, and that fills our cup :
Like new-born babes, depending on the breast,
From day to day we on his bounty feast.
Nor should the soul expect above a day,
To dwell'in ber frail tenement of clay,
The setting-sun should seem to bound our race,
And the new-day a gift of special grace.
That He should all our trespasses forgive,
While we in hatred with our neighbours live,
Tho' so to pray may seem an easy task,
We curse ourselves, when thus inclined we ask.
This pray'r to use, we ought with equal care
Our souls, as to the sacrament, prepare.
The noblest worship of the Pow'r above,
Is to extol and imitate his love.
Not to forgive our enemies alone,
But use our bounty that they may be won.
Guard us from all templations of the foe,
And those we may in several stations know.
The rich and poor in slippery places stand :
Give us enough: but with a sparing hand!
Not all-persuading want, nor wanton wealth,
But what proportion'd is to life and health.
For not the dead, but living, sing Thy praise,
Exalt thy kingdom, and thy glory raise.



A PARAPHRASE ON 1 Cor. xiii.

Did sweeter sounds adorn my flowing tongue,
Than ever man pronounc'd or angel sung ;
Had I all knowledge, human and divine,
That thought can reach, or science can define;
And had I pow'r to give that knowledge birth
In all the speeches of the babbling earth:
Did Shadrach's zeal my glowing breast inspire
To weary tortures, and rejoice in fire;
Or had I faith like that which Israel saw,
When Moses gave them miracles and law;-

Yet, gracious Charity, indulgent guest !
Were not thy pow'r exerted in my breast,
Those speeches would send up unheeded pray'r :
That scorn of life would be but wild despair :
A cymbal's sound were better than my voice;
My faith were form : my eloquence were noise.

Charity, decent, modest, easy, kind,
Softens the high, and rears the abject mind:
Knows with just reins, and gentle hand to guide
Betwixt vile shame, and arbitrary pride.
Not soon provok'd, she easily forgives :
And much she suffers, as she much believes.
Soft peace she brings, wherever she arrives :
She builds our quiet, as she forms our lives;
Lays the rough paths of peevish nature ev'n,
And opens in each heart a little heav'n.

Each other gift, which God on man bestows,
Its proper bound, and due restriction knows.
To one fixt purpose dedicates its power,
And finishing its act, exists no more.
Thus in obedience to what Heav'n decrees,
Knowledge shall fail, and prophecy shall cease.
But lasting Charity's more ample swáy,
Nor bound by time, nor subject to decay,
In happy triumph shall for ever live,
And endless good diffuse, and endless praise receive.

As through the Artist's intervening glass
Our eye observes the distant Planets pass :
A little we discover, but allow
That more remains unseen, than art can show :
So whilst our mind its knowledge would improve,
(Its feeble eye intent on things above)
High as we may, we lift our reason up,
By Faith directed, and confirm'd by Hope:
Yet are we able only to survey
Dawnings of beams, and promises of day.
Heav'n's fuller influence mocks our dazzled sight,
Too great its swiftness, and too strong its light.

But soon the mediate clouds shall be dispellid,
The sun shall soon be face to face beheld,
In all his robes with all his glory on,
Seated sublime on his meridian throne.

Then constant Faith and holy Hope shall die,
One lost in certainty and one in joy:
Whilst Thou, more happy Pow'r, fair Charity,
Triumphant sister, greatest of the three,

Thine office and thy nature still the same,
Lasting thy lamp, and unconsum'd thy flame,
Sbalt still survive-
Shalt stand before the Host of Heav'n confest,
For ever blessing, and for ever blest,




(From the Latin of J. Gerhard.)
In that bless'd day, from ev'ry part, the Just
Rais'd from the liquid deep, or mould'ring dust,
The various products of time's fruitful womb,
All of past ages, present and to come,
In full assembly, shall at once resort,
And meet within high heav'n's capacious court:
There famous names rever'd in days of old,
Our great Forefatbers there we shall behold,
From whom old stocks and ancestry began,
And worthily in long succession ran.
The reverend sires with pleasure shall we greet,
Attentive hear, while faithful they repeat,
Full many a virtuous deed, and many a noble feat.
There all those tender ties, which here below
Or kindred, or more sacred friendship know,
Firm, constant and unchangeable shall grow.
Refin'd from passion, and the dregs of sense,
A better, truer, dearer love from thence
Its everlasting being shall commence.
There, like their days, their joys shall ne'er be done,
No night shall rise to sbade Heav'n's glorious sun,
But one eternal Holy-day go on.



A Series of Sermons on the Nature ponding with the different senti

and Effects of Repentance and ments of the passengers, and adaptFaith. By the Rev. James Car- ed to the form in which he sought lile, Assistant Minister in the the required information. When at Scots Church, Mary's Abbey, first he asked for Saint Anne's Lane, Dublin. 298 pp. Longman. 1821. he was rebuked for his superstition,

and angrily questioned, Who made When Sir Roger de Coverley, in her a saint ?' When afterwards, in the days of his youth, was sent to deference to the authority of his St. Anne's Lane, and was under a censor, he asked for Anne's Lane, necessity of inquiring the way, he he was again rebuked for his premet with various reproofs, corres- sumption in desecrating the mother REMEMBRANCER, No. 47.

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of the Virgin. The latter rebuke doctrines are not, however, obtruwould probably be addressed to any sively brought forward, but rather one, who in the metropolis of the alluded to in a mapper sufficient to land of saints, should make enquiry indicate the bias of the preacher's for Mary's Abbey, and who, unless mind, without injury to the imporhe chanced to meet a member of tant subjects of which he treats, or the Scots Church, might expect to to the general candour and modera. receive the same instructive reply, tion with which he conducts the in. as the person who translating the quiry, and the appropriate earnestLatin words with grammatical pre ness with which he enforces the cision, should ask, with Saint Sepul. result. chre's in his view, for the Church of The principal purpose of the inthe Holy Sepulchre. It is not al. quiry is to explain, 1st. the nature ways wisdom to depart from the of Repentance; 2d. the nature of popular nomenclature; and when Mr. Faith ; aud 3d. the connexion be. Carlile is pleased to rob the Virgin tween Repentance and Faith. These of her sanctity, it would be consis. subjects are discussed in fourteen tent and worthy of the pure sim- Sermons. plicity of the Church in which he Sermon I. II. On the nature of minisiers, to leave his own name Repentance. The first discourse is without the attribute of Reverend. occupied with some general obser

This series of Sermons on the vations on the nature of repentance nature and effects of Repentance as it means a change of mind, or, and Faith, delivered in Mary's according to the definitions of the Church, Dublin, may be naturally Westminster Assembly, “a saving supposed to conform with the pecu- grace, whereby a sinner out of a liar tenets of the Scots Church, by true sense of his sin, and apprehen. whose ministers, and to whose mem- sion of the mercy of God in Christ, bers they were originally addressed: doth, with grief and hatred of bis and in fact, whatever of controver. sin, turns from it unto God with full sial matter may be found in this purpose and endeavour after new volume, is designed to expose the obedience.” These observations are specious sophistry of Mr. Sandeman afterwards more particularty apand his followers, especially as they plied to the illustration of the nature were exhibited in the letters of Pa- of repentance, and are followed up lemon. It is the author's ostensible by a detailed and rather prolix conpurpose to lead tlie public mind parison of the distinctions between from these visionary imaginations to legal and evangelical repentance; the sound, manly, and scriptural the former addressed to the fear of principles of the Reformation; and punishment, the latter originating in he finds an occasion of unfeigned priuciples of love and gratitude. satisfaction in reflecting, that bis The practical application, which is inquiries correspond with the defi- the proper and professed subject nitions of Faith and Repentance of the second discourse, is interadopted by the Westminster Assem- rupted by an exposition of the doc. bly of Divines, who it may be cur. trine, that repentance as it implies sorily remarked did not assemble a change of views, is obviously and until a period long subsequent to exclusively the gift of God and the the Reformation, and who far ex. work of the Spirit, but (as the doc| ceeded the moderation at least of trine is cautiously guarded from

the English Reformers. The ac- abuse) not independently or exclu. knowledgment of their authority will sively of the means by which the prepare the reader for some specu- divine gifts are bestowed. The mejative doctrines, which still distin. thod of the Church of England is guish the Church of Scotland. These to pray for true repentance and the

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