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EVERY real virtue is always related to a bright assemblage of moral excellencies, of which God himself is at once the author and the standard. Such is the character of the bountiful man; nor can we lay claim to it, unless, upon impartial inquiry, we find that another spirit than our own, or that of the world, directs and animates our whole conduct; yea that the effectual operation of the Holy Spirit hath raised us above self, and sense, and sin, to the knowledge and resemblance of God, as revealed in the gospel. Have we then felt that divine power, renewing us in the spirit of our minds, causing us to know experimentally divine redeeming love, and to live habitually under its influence? Does our charity take its rise, and derive all its vigour and strength from thence? Hath divine love acted with such energy and effect upon our minds, as to expand them with love and good-will, and generous sentiments to our fellow-creatures? Do we express these principles by the uniform and liberal exercise of charity to all within the reach of our ability? Do we give with a willing cheerful mind? Do we extend our beneficence to the souls, as well as the bodies of men? Are we denied to our own honour, and ease, and profit-zealous to advance the glory of God, and the eternal salvation of needy, perishing sinners? If we can reply to these questions in the affirmative, happy are we. Christian charity marks our character. We are inspired with that noblest benevolence, which has for its object the good of others; not only in this world, but in that which is to come.
It is impossible to read the inspired volume, without seeing this character drawn in the liveliest and most expressive colours. Various, and strong, and attractive are the features, in which it is there exhibited. There God himself is represented as commanding, encouraging, and rewarding it. There God, manifest in the flesh, is exhibited, exemplifying it before our eyes in full life. And there, too, we are assured, that it is the delightful office and work of his Holy Spirit, to form the same lovely image on the soul of man. Must not that be a divine religion, and worthy of all acceptation in which we find such a combination of influences thus exerted to purify and ennoble the human mind? Must not that religion be of God which in its whole constitution and spirit, is manifestly designed to dignify human nature with every divine and social virtue,—which cannot be cordially embraced and honestly professed, without producing the happy effects? It declares, that God is love. Its supreme law to man is love. All its principles conspire to the moral elevation of the grovelling spirit to the expansion of the narrow contracted soul. Of every great and generous sentiment Jesus was himself the perfect pattern; and he acknowledges no disciples, but the studious imitators of his example.-BALFOUR.
CRITICAL NOTICES OF NEW WORKS.
WARD'S LIBRARY OF STANDARD DIVINITY.
DOCTRINAL DISCOURSES. BY JOHN BUNYAN, Author of "The Pilgrim's Progress," "Holy War," etc., etc. pp. 564. Price Twelve Shillings.
A PRACTICAL EXPOSITION OF THE LORD'S PRAYER. By the Rev. THOMAS MANTON, D. D. Reprinted from the Edition of 1684. pp. 138. Price Three Shillings.
London: Ward and Co., Paternoster-row.
Of these two works little need be said to commend them to our readers. The name of BUNYAN is universally known. And though nothing from his pen ever equalled his PILGRIM, yet none of his writings are to be deprecated. These discourses possess considerable merit. The doctrines are lucidly exhibited, and practically enforced. They are rich, too, in experimental piety, and will be found to materially contribute to christian instruction and edification.
MANTON'S EXPOSITION is familiar to almost every one. it be denied that the great leading truths embodied in this divine formula, are faithfully evolved and presented to the mind of the reader.
THE EARLY LIFE AND CONVERSION OF WILLIAM HONE. A Narrative. Written by Himself. Edited by his Son, WILLIAM HONE, Author of "The Every-Day Book," etc., etc. 8vo. pp. 48. Price One Shilling.
London: Ward and Co., Paternoster-row.
A most remarkable life, and a conversion as equally remarkable. The narrative has all the air of truth and sincerity. Mr. Hone appears to have passed through some of the most trying vicissitudes of life, yet graciously preserved and blessed, till he closed his earthly race in the confidence of faith, and entered into that rest which remaineth for the people of God.
The narrative is edited by his son, who still survives, and who is well known as the Author of "the Every-Day Book," etc, etc. At the end of the pamphlet, he introduces a slight notice of himself, and of the radical change which he has undergone in mind and heart; but says that the history of his conversion, and of God's gracious dealings
with his soul, is yet to be written, and hopes, that if his life is spared a little longer, this may be done. We hope it will. Mr. H. is quite disabled for much exertion by paralysis. An effort is now made to raise a fund May the effort succeed!
on his behalf.
THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS, ACCORDING TO THE AUTHENTIC VERSION; WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES, PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, COPIOUS MARGINAL REFERENCES, INDEXES, ETC., ETC. By THOMAS SCOTT, Rector of Aston Sandford, Bucks. A New Edition, quarto. with ENGRAVINGS ON STEEL, after Nature.
Printed and published by Fisher, Son, and Co., Newgate-street, London.
One grand qualification, in a faithful expositor of the sacred text, is sobriety of mind, and this Scott possessed in an eminent degree. He was never borne away, by the force of mere imagination, into the field of fruitless conjecture, nor induced to give up the obvious and literal meaning for what is hidden and mystical. He had a profound reverence for divine authority, and never allowed the weight of human opinion, however valuable or accumulated in itself, to bias his judgment in favour of any interpretation which he was convinced was not in harmony with the mind of the Spirit. It is no ordinary estimate, therefore, which we put upon this Commentary. It is a monument of patient, persevering, and sacred industry; and for its enlightened interpretation, doctrinal fidelity, practical and experimental piety, it will be increasingly appreciated.
The present edition is, in every sense, elegant. The typography is beautiful-the plates are splendid; and both entitle the publishers to great praise. We cannot but rejoice, that in the suit instituted in Chancery against them, by another metropolitan bookseller, when they had just commenced this undertaking, judgment was given in their favour; and that at their hands the public will be put in possession of an edition of Scott, superior to any that has hitherto appeared.
The EXPLANATORY NOTES, and the MARGINAL REFERENces, render it of great practical utility in a family; nor will the student find the materials scanty, of which he may, most advantageously, avail himself.
We shall be most happy to see the work completed; and hope that it will obtain a very wide circulation among christians of all denominations.
FAMILY SECRETS, OR HINTS TO THOSE WHO WOULD MAKE HOME HAPPY. By MRS. ELLIS, Author of "THE WOMEN OF ENGLAND," etc., etc. 8vo. Parts I.-IV. Price One Shilling each.
London: Fisher, Son, and Co., Newgate-street.
The design of this work is most felicitous; it is to lay open those
secret, hidden causes, which so often convert HOME-which ought to be the sanctuary of all that is most refined, and sacred, and happyinto a scene of discord, disaffection, and misery. These causes are traced, in their influence and operation, on all the social relations of life; and so connected with their effects as to show how incalculable is the evil which may arise, to a whole family, out of the habits and conduct of a single member. It reads some most salutary lessons to husbands and wives, and to those who are charged with the obligations and responsibilities of parents.
The work is written in an elegant and attractive style, embellished with appropriate plates. Its circulatian cannot be too extensive; and we trust that its influence on domestic life will be both corrective and conservative. Such a book is greatly needed.
MAMMON; OR, COVETOUSNESS THE SIN OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
London.-Ward & Co., Paternoster-row.
After the reception which this work has obtained, and after the eulogy of the christian press has been nearly expended in its favour, it would appear like a work of superrogation in us to attempt, by any commendation on our part, to heighten the estimate in which it is held. No work, in modern times, has had a more healthy influence on certain minds; and it has taught, or is teaching, the christian church, what she has been backward to learn, and still more backward to practice, namely, that the moment a man becomes himself the property of Christ, by the purchase of his blood, so does all that he possesses, and to Christ it must unreservedly be devoted.
We are glad to introduce this cheap edition to the notice of our readers. The work should be kept in constant circulation, till the whole church of Christ become truly embued with its spirit.
A CHARGE TO THE CLERGY OF OHIO, ON THE Preaching of Christ CruCIFIED. BY CHARLES P. M'ILVAINE, D.D., Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of Ohio. 32mo. pp. 32 Price Twopence.
J. H. Jackson, Islington Green.
This charge we would recommend to the clergy of all denominations. It is worthy of the head and heart of a christian bishop. It is not unsuitable to the Puseyite leaders and their followers, whether lay or clerical.