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pictorial expression, he unites soon that they are as dangerous, the tinsel of Italian conceit, /as the delusions of a calenture; and the lead of Della Crus. -in which the patient, sailing uncan bombast ; mingling with all der the vertical sun, sick of the a pruriency of thought, and a sea, and a hundred leagues from modesty of imprudence, peculiarly shore, dreams that he is surhis owdi.
rounded by green fields and If a heart rotten in sensuality, woods that invite him to delicious could yet feel alive to the re- enjoyments, and in the rapture monstrances which indignation of delirium steps from the deck and pity would urge us to utter, into the gulph — Into a more we should warn Mr. M. how perilous gulf will he fall, who, dreadful to himself, how hateful bewildered by the visions of this in the sight of heaven and earth, volume, steps into the paradise are talents thus sold to infamy ; of fools, which it opens around _talents that might have been him ; for through that paradise employed in furnishing the lies the “ broad road that leadett. sweetest aids to virtue, the no to destruction :” and if any blest ornaments to literature. traveller wants an infallible guide He knots now that his gaudy on his journey thither, let him pictures of the pleasures of sin take his own heart,* corrupted are as false, and he will know by licentious poetry.
Review of Dew Publications.
The Mourning Husband, a Dis no cautions, no directions, no course at the funeral of Mrs. exhortations are alone sufficient. Thankful Church, late Consort Still they may be useful ; and the of the Rev, John H. Church, discourse under consideration Pastor of the Church in Pel- may be read with advantage by ham, N. H. April 15, 1806. By all, who mourn the loss of pious LEONARD Woods, A. M. Pas friends, especially the bereaved ior of a Church in Newbury. husband. E. W. Allen. Newburyport.
For his theme the author has pp. 18. 8vo.
chosen Gen. xxiii. 2.
Sarah died in Kirjath-Arba_and UNDER great afflictions, to feel Abraham came to mourn for and conduct, as we ought, is Sarah and to weep for her.” more difficult, than the inexperi In an appropriate introduction enced are apt to imagine. To he observes ; preserve a dignified medium be “ The feelings of friendship are tween stoical insensibility and not weakened, but exalted and sancti. repining melancholy; to feel fied by religion. There are none who the rod and not faint under it, There are none who know so well the
value a friend so highly, as the saints. requires the highest exercise of the Christian graces. For this * Genesis, vi. 5.- Jeremiah xvi. 9.'
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advantages, or so exquisitely enjoy the excused for mourning the loss of any delights of reciprocal affection. other friend; his sorrow for the death Accordingly the people of God are the of a discreet and pious wife is com sincerest mourners---Jesus, weeping mendable and dignified.” at the grave of Lazarus, sanctioned all He then proceeds to take a the tears, by which his people, on
more particular survey of her similar occasions, express the tender
“ amiable character and usefulness and sorrow of their hearts." At first view this example may
ness." not seem to the point. It was
In lively, but not gaudy colours not on a funeral occasion, that he paints her loveliness. Jesus went. It cannot be sup- the character of a wife, uniformly
“What encomium is too high for posed, that he felt any grief on
good ?---Her modest, gentle, and account of the death of one, who peaceable temper has a never fading was immediately to be raised to beauty, a charm infinitely superior to life. His were tears of sympathy, that of a fair countenance and splen.
Above all, how orna. and teach us to weep with them
mental is the spirit of piety, which that weep. Still they may be raises her eyes and her heart to God : considered as “sanctioning.” the which consecrates to him all her af. tears of those, who mourned the fections and all her actions; which death of a brother.
prompts her diligently to perform “ The father of the faithful had liv.
every domestic duty, as unto God,
and to seek purity of heart, as well as ed happily with Saralı, his wife, for
blameless deportment. Religion immany years. When she died, how amiable did patriarchal tenderness ap.
parts uniformity to her conduct, and pear in the melting tenderness of
the highest excellence to her characgrief.”
ter. Every person acquainted with
her, is constrained to acknowledge The design" of the discourse her worth. But no person so clearly « is to justify the tears of Abraham discerns her amiable temper, or so al the grave of Sarah, or to show, highly esteems her character, as her with what singular propriety a
partner. He has the nearest survey husband mourns the death of a dis
of those virtuous qualities, which
adorn her mind. In her life the graces creet and pious wife."
of Christianity flourish before his eyes. This he shows generally in He prizes her above rubies. How few words.
grievous, then, his bereavement, when “ All that can be said on the excel. she departs. How affecting the molence and happiness of friendship in
ment, when so much loveliness exgeneral, may, with eminent propriety, pires. When her heart, so full of be applied to the friendship, which kind affection, ceases to beat, and her exists in the matrimonial state. It is eyes, which bespoke the sensibilities there that friendship is found in its of her heart, are closed in death; how highest purity and force ; there it is great must be his, sorrow. With productive of its best joys. How what propriety does he weep at the highly does the pen of inspiration grare of so much excellence.” honour marriage by representing it, The author of this excellent as resembling the sacred and holy discourse is equally happy in onion between Christ and his churebe describing her usefulness in The married state is designed by God as the consummation of human love.
“ domestic concerns,” in educaKind heaven has wonderfully com. ting children ; in preserving her bined the interests and feelings, the husband “ from the snares of the joys and sorrows of the husband and world ;” in his “ perplexing the wife, so that they are one. If therefore bereavement in any other
cares ;” in “prosperity ;" and relation ought to be deeply felt; more
in“ affliction." so in this. If a man is justified, or “ But," continues our author,
" Her influence rises still higher. manner not likely to disappoint If he is impenitent, her pious conduct the reader. He observes " that awakens his conscience, and impres. these observations are in a good sively recommends religion. If he is happily united with her in the love of measure applicable to this solGod, she greatly promotes his moral emn occasion.” To justify the and religious improvement. How of. remark a note is subjoined, conten does her piety and engagedness taining a valuable sketch of the rouse him from spiritual sloth, and sender him fervent in family and se
life of Mrs. Church. cret devotion. When she deviates In the course of his solemn from duty, his heart is melted by the and melting address to the promptitude and tenderness of her mourning husband, he observes, confession....Her undissembled bu.
“ In order that your grief be not mility often makes him ashamed of
irregular, or hurtful, you must be his pride, and her meekness and con
careful to mingle with it those joys, tentment, of his passionate, and repining spirit.... Here let me say, that
which religion furnishes, and which few women hare opportunity to be
are inseparable from Christian mourn. more extensively useful, than the ing....God...is infinitely better, than
the most amiable wife and most af. pious pare.er of a gospel minister..... fectionate mother....She tarried long Other women in the married state, enough to receive and communicate observing her diligence, her econo
much good.... Though her body is enmy, and her charity, are inclined to
closed in the gloomy coffin....she still excd in the same virtues. By her example they are excited to love their lives, lives in the most exalted sense.....
Nor is she wholly lost to you. The husbands, to discharge, with unre. mitting care, every conjugal duty, incite your gratitude and your imita.
remembrance of her virtues ought to and above all other accomplishments, tion. The remembrance of her death to seek the precious ornament of a will constantly exercise your submis. meek and quiet spirit. By her exam.
sion to the will of God. And henceforth ple they are reminded of their obliga; the thought of her will be associated tions to their children, and impressed with eternity, and so tend to raise your with the importance of bringing them spirit and produce a heavenly frame... sp in the nurture and admonition of the Let not your grief, however sincere Lord. By her example they are led to and tender, be attended with a single shun all slander and evil speaking.... murmuring thought....God is love." She endeavours to banish from friend. ly society every light and unprofitable
He concludes with appropriate topic, and to introduce and support addresses to “her aged parents ;" conversation, which is not only enter. to “ those, who mourn the loss taining, but serious and edifying. She of a sister ;” to “ brethren and laments the least appearance of loose. ness and impicty in the rising age,
friends of that society;" and to especially among young women; does “ hearers...assembled on the ocall in her power to render them mod. casion." est in dress and behaviour, and to al.
Such are the outlines of this lure them to the practice of Chris.
discourse. We may sometimes tian piety....Religion, in which they are inclined to think there is some.
find a few good sentences in a thing gloomy and forbidding, becomes very irregular and shallow perattractive, when seen in her example. formance. Extracts in general In short, her life conspires with the pastoral labours and prayers of her present a picture much brighter
than life. husband, to promote among the peo.
Not so with those ple a solemn attention to the Sabbath, taken from this discourse. Who. and all the means of grace, and the ever would duly estimate its love of real goodness in its various worth must view and review the forms.”
whole. He applies the subject in a
The only fault worthy of nc courses thus distinguished, gene. tice is, not want of method, rally the most attentive, and the which is unexceptionable, but best instructed? want of numerical distinction of Though such distinctions are heads. It is not contended that not so useful from the press, as all sermons should be thus dis- from the pulpit, yet it is desiratinguished. Some subjects seem ble to retain them here also, hardly to admit of it. But this partly for reasons above menis not one of them. Though tioned, but more especially to numerical distinctions do not discourage the pernicious pracconstitute method, yet they may tice of laying them aside in the greatly assist the hearer and pulpit. reader in apprehending and re
This discourse is earnestly taining it. When a head is dis recommended to the attentive tinctly announced, the hearer or perusal of all, who are bound to reader can scarcely avoid paying perform, and of all, who are conpeculiar attention to learn what cerned to know the duties of a it is. This tends to fix it in his wife.....of all who have lost, of all mind. If a leading head is re who possess, and of all who detained, it is generally easy to re sire pious and amiable compancall the observations made to ions. prove, illustrate and enforce it. If therefore the heads of a well
The writer of the foregoing review composed discourse are remem
regrets exceedingly, that he is not bered, the substance of the whole this discourse may be purchas
able to inform the public where is remembered or may be easily ed. Without this appendage, rerecalled. Besides, if the head's views of the best works appear defec. are numerically distinguished, tive, and often leave painful impresthe hearer may easily know
sions on the reader's mind. The
writers of reviews and the Editors of whether he retains them all; the Panoplist are requested to pay at. and thus have opportunity to ex: tention to these little, but very inter. ert all his power of recollection esting particulars. It is hoped that to regain any part that he may be for sale in Boston, if it is not at
the “Mourning Husband” will soon have lost. Are not people, who present. are accustomed to hear dis
LETTER FROM A CORRESPONDŁNT come acquainted with the state of re.
TO ONE OF THE EDITORS OF THE ligion in our country, and as they PANOPLIST. May 15, 1807. have been faithful in communicating Sir,
such information, as they have been As the Editors of the Panoplist able to obtain, to their fellow Chris. bave taken unwearied pains to be. tians; I feel it my duty to transmit to
them a short account of a revival of past, the summer is ended, and we are Teligion, which I have just received not saved.” in a letter from a respectable clergyman in Newport.
"A most remarkable reformation We think it important to the interests prevails in Middleborough, Berkley, of Christianity, to preserve from Arronett, Carver, and Fair Haven.
oblivion the following detection of In Fair Haven, religion has been a base and insidious forgery. We greatly neglected till lately. Most of
extract it from the Palladium of the people in this town have been vio.
May 26, 1807. lently opposed to reformations. The Lord is now working in a wonderful manner : the minister has become a [Some of our readers may remember, hopeful convert. One hundred are that about the beginning of the present admitted or propounded for admis. year, we extracted from a Philadel. sion into the church. As the village phia paper, a curious account of cer. is small, this is an astonishing number. tain writings found in a globe of mar. A large number have been admitted ble, dug up at Aleppo, from which into Mr. Andrews' church in Berkley. it was inferred, that the Apocalypse Opposition is still great in Fair Ha or Revelation, was written by Cz. sen; but Christ as yet triumphs glo RINTHUS, and not by Saint John. riously. Here a number of old, aban This account was given in a Philadoned sinners, who had for a long delphia paper, as a translation of an time neglected public worship, were article froin the Marseilles Gazette, present at a conference, and for some of the 20th of October, 1806. A time stood together, unmoved and writer, under the signature of CE. looking on; at length, the minister PHAS, commented on this narrative addressed them with his usual energy in the Palladium ; and expressed his in the following words, 'Your children fears, that this story was transcribed are now waiting for your property, from a French paper into some of the worms for your bodies, and the ours by some disciple of Tom Pain, devil for your souls. The divine pow to discredit the validity of the New e accompanied this bold address. Testament. Some gentlemen who In a moment their heads fell, the knew the circumspection of editors of tears gushed from their eyes, and periodical papers, at this time, in they became anxious to inquire and Roman Catholic countries, doubted hear what they should do to be saved. if such a publication ever appeared in With wbat ease can God cause his a French Newspaper : Among these Ford to pierce the sinner's soul! The was Dr .WATERHOUSE, who, beLord can make his people willing in ing a member of the Marseilles the day of his power. The reforma Academy of Sciences, &c. wrote to tion is increasing in all the places be one of his correspondents in that city, fere mentioned. There is a great and enclosed the publications on that call for pr. aching. The fields are subject from our paper ; and on Friwhite already to harvest.”
day he received, via Philadelphia, In a degenerate and licentious age, the following letter in answer to his Then the enemies of religion are queries :-) straining every nerve to bring the pure extrines of the gospel into contempt, MARSEILLES, MARCH 28, 1807. when the bulk of nominal Christians SIR, by their lives and conversation are de Immediately on the receipt of your bing the religion they profess; such letter of the 12th of January, I went information must afford the true fol to the printer and editor of the Mar. kuens of the meek and lowly Jesus šeilles Gazette, to inquire agreeably to peculiar pleasure. While Zion pros your wish, respecting the “ Extract Birs, let her sons and her daughters of a letter from a gentleman in Alep. rejoice. May the children of God, po, to his friend in this city,” said to tricouraged by the recent triumphs of be printed in the Marseilles Gazetre the cross, be fervent in their prayers of October 20, 1806. On examining that this glorious work may extend, the number of that date, there was that none may say, “The harvest is not to be found a single word of the