The sun goes down, the stars come out;

He maketh darkness, and 'tis night;
Then roam the beasts of prey about,
The desert rings with chase and fight;

The lion, and the lion's brood
Look up, and God provides them food.

Morn dawns far east; ere long the sun

Warms the glad nations with his beams;
Day, in their dens, the spoilers-shun,
And night returns to them in dreams.

Man from his couch to labour goes,
Till evening brings again repose.

How manifold thy works, O Lord,
In wisdom, power,

and goodness wrought! The earth is with thy riches stored, And ocean with thy wonders fraught;

Unfathom'd caves beneath the deep
For Thee their hidden treasures keep.

There go the ships, with sails unfurld,

By Thee directed on their way;
There, in his own mysterious world,
Leviathan delights to play;

And tribes that range immensity,
Unknown to man, are known to Thee.

By Thee alone the living live;

Hide but thy face, their comforts ily;
They gather what thy seasons give;
Take Thou away their breath, they die;

Send forth thy Spirit from above,
And all is life again, and love.

Joy in his works Jehovah takes,

Yet to destruction they return;
He looks upon the earth, it quakes,
Touches the mountains, and they burp.

Thou, God, for ever art the same; ,
I AM is thine unchanging name,

We have altogether so good an opinion of these Songs of Zion, that we were well pleased to see them re-published, in a neat edition, at Boston. We are satisfied that no future compiler of psalms for public worship, should perform his work without consulting and borrowing from them.

We cannot quit this subject without expressing an opinion, that to enrich the scanty treasure of devotional poetry in our language, would be a worthy employment for some native bard.

Sparks' Theological Collection.

It is a long time since we have seen a book, with which we have been so much gratified as with A Collection of Essays and Tracts in Theology, edited by the Rev. Jared Sparks, and published at Boston. The first number of this collection is now betore us. It is a most satisfactory pledge for the merit of those which are to follow, and more than fulfils the very favorable anticipations which we had formed of the work, from the time of its being first announced to the public.

An important deficiency is now about to be supplied, not only to the student in divinity, but to every one who employs a portion of his hours in investigations of the most interesting nature, and the highest concern. Many of the ablest theological treatises, and on the most important topics, which have ever been written, are but as sealed books to the great majority of readers. They are either contained in huge folios, or long sets of volumes, and consequently not to be compassed by moderate pecuniary means; or they are out of print and scarce, and with difficulty to be obtained on almost any terms. We have long regretted that books of this kind were not more accessible, and therefore consider the plan as a most excellent one, and deserving of all encouragement, which will enable any person to place them on his table, and call them his


The proposals for this undertaking have already been published in the Miscellany. The names of the authors there mentioned are security enough for the value of the pieces which are to be embraced by the collection. It is hardly to be supposed that a subject could be otherwise than well discussed by such writers as Sir Isaac Newton, Lardner, Jeremy Taylor, Locke, Hoadley, Watson, and many others of the highest celebrity as scholars, and the fairest reputation as Christians and men.

And here we cannot avoid remarking that we feel something like a triumphant satisfaction, when we read over the glorious list of those, who have devoted the best of their uncommon powers to the defence of principles, which are leagued with immutable justice and propriety, and which adapt themselves to all that is rational, and generous, and aspiring in the nature of

We are too firmly convinced, to be sure, of the truth of those principles, to be moved from them by any human authority, even if the strongest had been arrayed against us; but we feel doubly secure, when we see the very first and chosen

the master spirits, supporting and enforcing that truth, with all their genius, and all their heart. These are no party distinctions, nor secondary speculations, of which we speak; because their influence is wide, and their char



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acter is general, and their nature is fundamental, and they lie down among the elements of moral greatness and beauty; and it is truly gratifying to view a select band of brothers, of various sentiments and communions, Churchmen and Dissenters, Trinitarians and Unitarians, joined together in maintaining the rights of conscience, the entire freedom of opinion, the dignity of reason, and the mercy of God.

It is well too that we can bring authority in answer to those, who are fond of quoting authority against us. Principles like those just stated must be founded in truth; we feel that they must be, and are therefore prepared to assert them in spite of numbers or names; but we certainly are not sorry, that when numbers and names are opposed to our belief, we can match them with a fraternity, each of whose names is a host.

If it be said, that no one thinks, at this day, of questioning such principles as those which we have enumerated; we reply that it is not so. Not only are many of them virtually proscribed in a large portion of the civilized world, but even where they are generally received, they are received only in name. This cold, verbal, unmeaning assent will not do. We cannot allow that they uphold the rights of conscience, who denounce their neighbours for obeying its dictates; or that they maintain the liberty of discussion, who cannot bear to have any thing discussed; or that they acknowledge the dignity of reason, who deprecate its interference whenever it would approach those subjects which are the most worthy of its exercise; or even that they entertain correct notions of the goodness of the Supreme Being, who make him the author of systems and decrees, in which we can plainly discern vengeance and injustice, but very little that is merciful or good. Principles of this nature are never properly admitted, till they are admitted in their extent, their bearings, and their consequences.

To promote such a reception of truth is one great object of the present collection of essays and tracts. The first number contains Turretin on Fundamentals in Religion, and selections from Abauzit's Essays. Both of these articles are distinguished for good sense, perspicuity, and sound argument. The Essays selected from Abauzit are those with the following titles. On mysteries in Religion; Honour due to Jesus Christ; Power of Jesus Christ; On the Holy Spirit; Christ's Charge to his Apostles; General View of the Lord's Supper; Remarks on John xix. 28. We understand that the second number, which completes a volume, is to consist of selections from Bishop Hoadly, and Archdeacon Blackburne.

The value of the work is much enhanced by the biographical sketches of each author admitted. In reading a treatise which instructs and pleases us, we naturally wish to become informed of the principal events in the life of the writer, of his literary and domestic habits, and of the estimation in which he was held by his contemporaries. The short notices, in the present number, of Turretin and Abauzit, particularly the latter, will be found very interesting.

We must say one word of the mechanical execution of this book, a matter, which we are willing to acknowledge, we consider of great importance. It is rarely that we see a work, got up on this side of the water, which is printed in so bandsome a style. We reada volume with double pleasure, when, instead of vexing

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