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appreciate its merits : but this would be rendering scant justice to Mr. Bowles, who has embodied in his poem, not only the addresses to the Seven Churches, but the sounding of the seven trumpets; at the last of which a voice was heard, saying
“The kingdoms of this world, they are become
Now the Ark
We have not selected the above by any means as being the finest passage in the book, but principally to shew the fidelity with which Mr. Bowles has adhered to the text of Scripture, which, in a sacred poem, adds a charm peculiar to itself, and lends a grace we vainly look for in themes of a less divine nature. It is, however, by no means a solitary instance of this adaptation of the words of St. John to his purpose, as it is the most striking feature of the volume, apparent indeed in every instance, not only of the sounding of the trumpets, but the pouring-out of the vials, and wherever the voice of prophecy is heard.
In the fifth canto, the “mysterious stranger" unfolds to St. John the future destiny of the Church. The downfal of Rome is shadowed forth, and England pointed out as the spot from whence the Asiatic Churches are destined, once more and for ever, to receive their “first love," the pure Gospel of Christ! There is something in this passage at once so striking and applicable to our times, that we cannot choose but admire ; and shall conclude this short and wholly inadequate notice of the amiable author's highly wrought, and characteristic volume, by laying it before our readers, leaving to them the application of both men and things. Operæ pretium erit.
What seest thou more?
Pray that it pass away.
Their trumps, or pour the avenging vials out.—Pp. 128—130. As we stated in the outset, we sincerely hope that Mr. Bowles has not taken his parting draught at the Castalian fount; but will yet again and again enrich the sacred poetry of the country with strains as holy, and pure, and heart-stirring as the present. The contributions which he has lately made in prose to the support of that Church of which he is at once a pillar and an ornament, will place his name among the heroes of the Church militant; while the sacred aspirations after the times of the Church triumphant may well befit the tuneful melody of his song. It is impossible not to greet with a cordial welcome the author of the “Life of Ken,” and of “ St. John in Patmos," whether he appears with the sword of the Spirit, or as the peaceful harbinger of happier days.
The Saturday Magazine. Under the
direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education, appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Nos. I. II.
III. Tant exertions, of no ordinary kind, are necessary to stem the torrent of vice and disaffection, which is poured upon the public by means of the cheap publications that daily issue from the press, no one, who observes the avidity with which the nauseous trash is circulated and devoured, will be bold enough to deny. It is a remarkable event in the annals of literature, that nineteen or twenty penny, and halfpenny, papers may now be procured weekly for one shilling; calculated, for the most, to pander to the worst passions of the ignorant, and to set the less educated classes in array against the “powers that be.” Against this inundation of blasphemy and pollution, the “ Penny Magazine " was the first and foremost to oppose the salutary influence of solid and useful information: and though we are far from approving of the tenour of some of the larger publications of the Society from which it springs, and from which its selections are more constantly made, its columns have been wholly and entirely devoted to the dissemination of useful knowledge and substantial virtue. It was not likely that the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, would be far behind in the field ; and though she has not hesitated to follow closely in the manner of her predecessor in the work, she has considerably improved upon the matter. We shall extract the outline of the Saturday Magazine, as developed in the Introduction.
“An old Latin poet, a very fashionable man in his day, said that the most popular book would be that which mixed up the useful with the agreeable. We shall make such a mixture in this Magazine. By the side of the truly useful, we shall place that which ought alone to be truly agreeable, and we will do our best to make one reflect
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light upon the other. Whether the information which we convey to our readers, be given in the form of an essay or a tale, we shall keep in mind our grand object of combining innocent amusement with sound instruction. We shall not relate ghost stories, except to explain the delusions from which impressions of the reality of such things, have proceeded and will often proceed; we shall tell no Newgate legends of murder and robbery, except sometimes to point out the horrible excesses and dismal end to which a man may come, step by step downwards, from the first dram he drank, the first oath he swore, and the first Lord's day he profaned. But then on the other hand, we shall show forth some of the wonderful things of Natural History; we shall recount the origin and progress of some of the greatest of human inventions, such as, Navigation, Printing, the Telescope, Steam-Engines, and so on; we shall remind our readers of remarkable events in the annals of our own dear country, and of other great kingdoms on the continent; and we shall sometimes, as occasion may serve, indulge ourselves with proving how sweetly the poets of England used to sing, and how sweetly some of them yet live to sing. One way or another we hope to be popular in this Magazine, which comes out at the end of the week, when most men have a pause from labour. We are not for interfering with the family talk or the friendly walk, much less with religious duties or the study of the Bible—and we trust every one of our readers has one. After all these good things are done and served, there will be plenty of time for perusing these few little pages; and the reader shall never find in any one of them a line which shall be contrary in its tendency to the improvement and the happiness of any member of his fa mily."
Among the most interesting articles in the numbers already published are, those on the Indian idol “ Juggernaut" in the first and second numbers,
au Architecture, in Number 1, " Bota- or other, these volumes have been nical Directions” and “Eastern Sports completely overlooked.
There are Number 2., and those on Natural His- some points of private consideration, tory throughout. We especially recom- in which we should be disposed to mend, however, that on the “ Black differ from our author; but, as a work Pestilence,” in Number 3.
of documentary evidence, we know no other which is so well calculated to
advance the purpose for which it is A Church Establishment lawful, scrip- designed.
tural, and necessary. By the Rev. S. C. Wilks, A.M. London: Ri- The Church of God, in a Series of vingtons. 1832.
Sermons. By the Rev. ROBERT To say that this Tract is in the So
Wilson Evans, Fellow of Trinity ciety's Catalogue, is sufficient to speak College, Cambridge. London: Smith for its merits; and we trust the Clergy
Elder & Co. 1832. 8vo. Pp. viii. will be generally active in its distribu
On a former occasion we called the attention of our readers incidentally
to a course of four sermons, by Mr. 1. The Church of Rome: a View of the Evans, into the subject of which
Peculiar Doctrines, Religious Wor- the present publication enters more at ship, Ecclesiastical Polity, and Cere- large. After proving the necessity of monial Observances, of the Roman a divine revelation, the preacher invesCatholic Church. By the Rev. H. tigates the origin and constitution of C. OʻDONNOGHUE, A.M. London:
the Church, develops the foundation Longman. 8vo. Pp. xvi. 341. upon which it rests, describes the 2. Historical Memoirs of the Church nature and the intent of its worship,
and Court of Rome, from the Estab- establishes the authority of its priestlishment of Christianity under the hood, illustrates the character of its Emperor Constantine to present members, states the condition and the By the Same.
London : rewards of their acceptance before God, Longman. 2 vols. 8vo.
and enters into a comparative estimate 3. Historical Notices of the Reforma- of its past, present, and future oppor
tion in Germany, England, &c. By tunities and fortunes. To say that the Same. London : Longman.
the subject is well treated in all its 8vo. Pp. viii. 296.
parts and bearings, would be but faint Of the three works which head this
praise. The argument is in general notice, the last is a portion of the
well sustained ; the language eloquent second volume of the “History of the
and powerful; and the practical appliRomish Church and Court," printed
cation forcible and impassioned. At separately for the use of readers, whose
the saine time we cannot be blind to opportunities of research are limited,
some points which are over-strained; but who are ambitious of a knowledge
and to others which are somewhat obof the emancipation which our reformers
jectionable. worked out for us. The two former works complete together a full and The Book of Genesis, an exact Reprint, accurate view of the papal system, Page for Page, of the Authorized built upon the most authentic docu- Version, published in the Year ments, and exhibit the true and MDCXI. Oxford : printed at the unalterable features of that religion
University Press. London: E.Gardby which the rights of conscience are ner. 1832. 4to. Pp. 56. fettered by the assumed infallibility The design of this publication is so of an erring mortal. We take some accurately stated by the delegates of blame to ourselves, that a compilation the University press at Oxford, that we so valuable, should have remained for cannot introduce it more appropriately more than a twelvemonth, unnoticed to our readers, than by availing ourin our pages; but by some mischance selves of their prefatory advertisement.
mental addresses are subjoined: they are very brief exhortations which the author substituted for the more formal sermon of days when the Lord's Supper was not administered. We would recommend the introduction of similar addresses to those Clergymen, whose communicants are numerous ; and we hope that this volume will meet with that extensive circulation, which it eminently deserves.
Complaints having been made, that the English Bibles printed at the Universities, besides necessary alterations in the spelling, differ greatly from the authorized version of the Scriptures, the delegates of the Oxford press have caused collations to be made preparatory to a careful consideration of the subject. They have also commenced an exact reprint in Roman letter of the authorized version, printed in the year 1611, in large black letter, folio, to which will probably be added the various readings of some other editions, printed in the same year or soon after. When this reprint shall have been completed, the public will be enabled to compare it with the Oxford Bibles of the last ten years, and with such as issue in future from the University Press. But as many months may elapse, before the whole work can be correctly executed, the Book of Genesis is now published as a specimen."
We have collated the letter-press of this specimen with a copy of the first edition of the authorized version : it is executed with equal beauty and accuracy, and reflects the highest credit on the press of the University of Oxford. We shall rejoice to announce the completion of this important undertaking.
A Dictionary of the most important
Names, Objects, und Terms, found
Pp. xii. 240. This work is expressly designed for young people. Some of the words might have been better explained: but altogether it will be found a useful compendium.
Discourses and Sacramental Addresses
to a Village Congregation. By the Rev. D. B. Baker, A.M. London: Rivingtons, and Hatchards. 1832.
12mo. Pp. xi. 231. SIMPLICITY, combined with elegance of diction, conciseness, and, above all, fervent piety, are the characteristics of these village discourses; which the pressure of other matters has prevented us from introducing earlier to the notice of our readers, especially our numerous country readers.
The discourses abound with interesting allusions to those circumstances and seasons, which ordinarily occur in rural life. At the same time the author does not conceal the high (and we must add, correct) view which he entertains of the dignity of the pastoral office, both as it respects the responsibilities of the shepherd, and the obedience of the flock. "A few sacra
The Christian Schoolmaster; or, Con
versations on Various Subjects, between a Village Schoolmaster and his Neighbours. By the Rev. SAMUEL Hobson, LL.B. London : Seeley
and Sons. 1832. 12mo. Pp. vi. 190. In times like the present, when our Reformed Protestant Episcopal Church is assailed by the combined forces of popery, latitudinarianism, and infidesity, we hail with pleasure every accession to the various admirable defences of our Church which are already extant. The“ Village Schoolmaster" is a concise and perspicacious manual ; into which the author has compressed a great variety of important facts and observations relative to the moral obligation of the Sabbathday, tithes &c., the errors of the Church of Rome, the use and abuse of private judgment, and separation from the Church of England. What renders this volume particularly valuable to Clergymen residing in the country is, the fact that it contains satisfactory answers to the various objections which are very frequently brought against our Church by that very class of persons for whom the author has written. The objections commonly urged are fairly put : and, what is of most importance, they are fully