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THE SINNER'S COMPLAINT, AND WARNING TO SAINTS.
For the Panoplist. 1.
V. Tell me, ye servants of the Lord, No beams of mercy from the skies, Ye heirs of glory's bright reward, Sball greet our soul's admiring eyes, Of crowns beyond the skies :
Unless you pray them
down. How can you see us glide along But if our spirits, sav'd from death, The stream of life, a giddy throng, Shall praise you, with celestial breath, Without unceasing cries?
'Twill happify your own.
And when the trump of God shall Our cries are scatter'd in the air :
sound, The gracious God hears not our pray'r, And call the slumb'rers from the Nor heeds whate'er we say ;
ground But your's ascends to meet his ear To hear their final doom ; And draw the dear Redeemer near, Should you behold us chain'd in fire, To listen while you pray.
Subject to God's eternal ire,
In hell's devouring tomb;
“ We then bad been forgiv'n :" You know the terrors of the Lord ; Could grief in paradise appear, You see the splendor of his sword, These words would start à mournful And should excite our fears.
And damp your joy in heav'n.
Before your Father's throne. Seraphs shall wake your souls with joy, Then, drawn by God's resistless grace, While they their tongues in praise em
You'll see us flock, for life and peace, ploy,
To God, th' anointed Son. And strike the sounding lyre.
S. T. H.
Review of New Publications.
Scrmons on Important Subjects. By the late Rev. David TAPPAN, V. D. Hollis Professor of Divinity in the University at Cambridge. To which is prefixed a biographical sketch of the author ; and a sermon fireached at his funeral by Dr. Holmes. W. Hilliard, and Lincoln & Edmands.'
The interests of religion and tion peculiarly congenial with his the community have rarely sus talents. From his pious labours, tained so severe a loss, as in the much important benefit had aldeath of Dr. TAPPAN. His abil. ready resulted to the university, ities, which were confessedly of and the world ; and more seema superior order, were ardently ed yet in prospect. But in the devoted to the service of God full career of exertion and useand his generation. Providence fulness, he was summoned from bad assigned him a sphere of ac this earthly scene.
It is the privilege, however, of Hope, XVI. The Christian Pattern. eminently great and good men
XVII, and XVIII. Religious Joy ex
plained and recommended. XIX. to enlighten and instruct future
On Prayer. XX. The Spirit, Emages. The effusions of piety and ployment, and Design, of the Chrisgenius are immortal. They are tian Ministry. XXI. The Benefits the best legacy which posterity of Affliction. XXII. On the Duty can receive ; and to this it has a
and Advantages of worshipping God.
XXIII. On Forgiveness. XXIV. On claim. The religious public the Connexion between denying the may now be congratulated that, Son and denying the Father. xxv. after a solicitous expectation of Religion the one Thing needful.” four years, it receives a valuable
These sermons must be acportion of the works of Dr. Tappan. It is comprised in two vol- knowledged to possess
merit. umes : one, consisting of sermons
In a style and manner on important subjects; the other, equally calculated to instruct, of lectures on Jewish antiquities,
convince, and persuade, they dedelivered at the university. Of
lineate the most important docthe former, we shall now attempt ligion. They place full in the
trines and duties of our holy rea brief review. The volume is introduced by of the gospel
, which, however
reader's view, those peculiarities a biographical &ketch of the Aca Thor ; and a sermon preached at
offensive to human pride and his funeral, by Dr. Hormes. perverseness, are the real glory
of The tribute here paid to depart
the scheme, the grand ed worth is affectionate, yet disc foundation of a sinner's hope,
and the soul of all true piety and criminating and just. The pic
virtue. l'et these doctrines are ture, though beautiful, had an
exhibited in so rational a light, original. As a man and a Chris
that it must be difficult for the tian, as a preacher, a pastor, a professor of theology, and a
most ingenious caviller to form a
patriot, Dr. Tappan was all which specious objection against them.
The author is particularly hapthese pages describe.
The following are the titles py in illustrating the connexion of the sermons which compose
and harmony of natural and re
vealed religion. this volume :
We observe with pleasure that, “ Sermon I. On Christian Zeal. II. On Brorlierly Reproof. III. On Se
in these discourses, truth is decrei Faults and Presumptuous Sins.
lineated in its own lovely feaIV. On the Love of God. V. On tures, displayed in its most mild the Love of our Neighbour. VI. On and benignant aspects, and deChristian Charity. VII. On Chris.
fended only by its appropriate tian Charity. VIII. On the Vices of the Tongue. IX. The Character of weapons :
And while clearly a Wise Man. X. On the Pleasures presented to the understanding, of Religion. XI. The Wait of a it is powerfully pressed on the practical Regard to religious Trutlı, conscience and the heart. Evethe Cause of dangerous speculative Errors. XII. Naaman thie Lerer.
ry principle, every passion of XIII. On the Love of the IVorld.
the soul, is forcibly addressed. XIV. On the Divine Preference of Every spring of action is skilfully Mercy to Sacrifice. XV. On Christian touched. Vol. III. No. 8.
These sermons abound with a of apposite quotations. But our species of instruction in which selections must be few and brief. modern discourses are not unfre In the sermon on the " love of quently deficient.
They accu our neighbour,” we meet with rately and thoroughly unfold the the following just and accurate distinguishing nature of religion. observations. They not oniy display with precision its genuine characteristics,
“ It is obvious to remark, that
there are many things, which wear expressions, an:l evidences, but clearly mark what is onposite, which yet fall essentially short of the
some appearance of love to mankind, and vigilantly detect the infinite spirit of the duty before us. There variety of methods in which it is is an instinctive and painful sympathy counterfeited. The recesses of awakened by the sight of a fellow
creature in distress, which engages the human heart are laid open, its
our immediate efforts for his relief. windings developed, and its vari
There is a strong natural affection ous deceits exposed. The mask towards our kindred, especially tois plucked from hypocrisy, and wards our tender offspring. There every false hope is undermined. is a characteristic sweetness and Sinners of every class, the moral early and constitutional feature in hi
goodness of temper, which forms an and profane, the enthusiast and man characters. There is also an ar. formalist, the secure and convinc- tificial politeness and generosity, the ed, are addressed in language product of civilization and refinement, 'alarming and pungent, yet affec
or at best of merely rational and phi. tionate and alluring : While the likewise a warm affection to others,
losophical considerations. There is balm of heavenly consolation is which grows out of a likeness or · gently distilled into the soul of union of sentiment and disposition, of the doubting, desponding Chris. party or country, or which is nourishtian.
ed by the enjoyinent or the hope of their partial friendship, and benefi
. Dr. T.'s style is his own. Va
cence to us; not to add, that there is rying with its subject, it is at sometimes an affected display of sometimes concisc, at others, re
kindness and munificence to individmarkably copious; at
vals, or of noble patriotic zeal for the
public, which is prompted by merely times, plain and unadorned ; at
vain or selfish motives, and some others, rich even to luxuriance. times by view's very base and iniqui. Through an extreme ramifica- tous. It is evident, at first sight, tion of thought, his sentences are
that neither of these apparent in. sometimes too complicate for the
stances of benevolence, nor all of
them combined, fulfil the extensive less accurate or attentive reader.
precept in the text." But, generally, his prominent characteristics are energy and In the sermon
on the first perspicuity. He is much con three petitions of the Lord's versant with these metaphorical prayer, we have a short, but aniforms of expression which, as a mated description of millennial great critic remarks, give us two purity and bliss. ideas for one-Conveying the meaning more luminously, and
“ How transcendent must be the generally with a perception of prosperity of that holy community,
which obeys the laws, and enjoys the delight.
protection of this glorious Sovereign! It were easy to illustrate the What a golden age of the world must foregoing remarks by a variety that be, in which his benign govern
ment shall immediately embrace the ty and importance of humble repent. whole brotherhood of man! Figure ance and ihankful praise on the part of to yourselves, my hearers, the divine redeemed sinners, and his own pecureligion of jesus enthroned in the liar obligations to divine mercy for hearts, in the families, and in all the making him not only a partaker, but societies of mankind! What an age a public herald of the gospel salvagregate of private and public happi. tion. Can we wonder, that these ness is the immediate result! Be. combined ideas roused in the bosom hold each individual emancipated of Paul the most humble and grate. from the vile and destructive tyranny
ful emotions ? Ought they not to proof sin and Satan, and restored to in duce similar effects on every minisward freedom, purity, and joy! Sce ter? Can a man, who is a stranger to Every family possessing that domes these sentiments and affections, be tic harmony and bliss, which flows qualified to entorce them on others ? from mutual love and fidelity among Can he skilfully and tenderly adminits several members, and from the ister that spiritual medicine, the ne. constant, delightful experience of the cessity and value of which he does divine benediction upon their com not perceive, whose healing and common cares, endearments, and satis. forting efficacy he has never felt ? factions ! Behold every civil society Can he suitably lead the devotions of enjoying that public liberty and de. Christians, who has never imbibed fence, prosperity and greatness, inter the gospel spirit; whose heart has nal and external peace, which natu.
never been tuned to the harmony of rally arise from the universal preva
Christian love and praise? In short, lence of private and social virtue
the soul of a minister must be cast in among its various members and rul- the humble mould of Christianity, beers! See the benevolent principles of fore he can relish and faithfully perChristianity cementing them all into form the condescending and self-deone harmonious body, and devoting nying duties of his office; before he their several functions, their united can readily become all things to all affections and efforts to the general men, and even take pleasure in inwelfare! Sce cach member loving structing, reproving, or comforting bis neighbour as himself, cheerfully the weakest and lowest forms of hu. losing private interest in the public
man nature. On the altar of Chrisgood, stealily, practising those per
tian humility he must sacrifice that sonal, patriotic, and divine virtues, fondness for buman applause, mental which nourish and perfect human so.
luxury, or worldly emolument ; that ciety, and at once zealously promot. pride of literary, ministerial, or moral ing, and delightfully enjoying, the eminence; that unfeeling or haughty virtuous and happy state of every fel. neglect of the common people, which low member, and of the community superior station, knowledge, and at large !"
fame, assisted by human trailty or
corruption, are apt to inspire. To The following remarks occur
subdue these evils, and to nourish in an ordination sermon, preach- pastor must early and deeply imbibe
the opposite virtues, the Christian ed on Ephes. iii. 8, 9, 10. Unto
the self-abasing, yet ennobling views me, who am less than the least of presented in our text.” all saints, Sc.
The last sermon in the vol“As the spirit, expressed in the test, characterizes every penitent be
ume (the last which the author liever, so it eminently suits the pro
preached) contains a striking defession of a Christian minister. His scription of the misery of the ir. official studies and religious add:esg. religious. es constantly place before him the awful presence and majesty, the infi "Without religion the soul cannot nite holiness and grace of God, the enjoy peace, and of course the man wonderful condescension and sacrifice cannot be happy. For happiness or of Christ, the dependent and wretch- misery flows not so much from exte. ed condition of apostate man, the du- rior circumstances, as from the inter
nal state of the mind. Now a ration before us, that we doubt not it al mind, which feels no love to its infinite Creator and Benefactor, no de: the public' attention.
has already engaged its share of
Nor are light in the Supreme Good, no confi. dence in the favour of Him, on whom
we less confident, that the more its eternal fate depends, must be in- it is known, the more it will be surrounded with all the sources of and taste, and especially by the wardly poor and wretched, though prized by readers of sentiment earthly felicity. Such a creature must feel himself in an unnatural, cordial friends of evangelical distempered, and therefore painful truth and vital piety. condition. He must feel the torture of desires unsatisfied, of faculties prostituted, of hopes disappointed; Essays in a Series of Letters to of passions at once contradictory, a l'riend on the following Sub. clamorous, and unbounded; he must,
jects. 1. On a Man's writing whenever be soberly reflects, endure
Memoirs of himself. 2. On the anguish and terror, inflicted by an upbraidin conscience and a frown Decision of Character. 3. On ing God. His onl” refuge from this the Application of the Epithet anguish is in thoughtless dissipation, Romantic. 4. On some of the or in a rapid succession of worllly
Causes by which evangelical pursuits and indulgences. But this refuge forsakes him in the gloomy
Religion has been rendered less intervals of solitude, of external dan acceptable to persons of culti, ger and distress, and especially on vated Taste. By John Foster, the bed of death. The honest and
2 vols, in one. 13mo. First great teacher, death, gives new light and activity to his reflecting powers ;
American from third London it brings into lively view his God dis
Edition, Hartford, (Con.) honoured and incensed, his Redeem Lincoln & Gleason. er insulted, his soul neglected and ruined, his fellow men, and even his THESE Essays, though occu. dearest friends, corrupted, and per. pying, on an average, half a vol. haps destroyed by his criminal exam:
ume each, appear in the form of ple, principles, or unfaithfulness. To complete this picture of wo, the hand
Letters. For this the Author of death separates him forever from has offered the best apology in those worldly objects, to which all his Preface, where he tells us that his affections, habits and pleasures they were real Letters, written were attached. At the same time it excludes him from the beatific pres.
to a friend. To the man, who ence of that Being, who only could
reads the work, however, no apol. make him happy; or rather his own ogy will be necessary. If he has confirmed depravity renders him in the emotions, which we have caple of sharing in the pure and re felt, the embodied thoughts will fined enjoyments of the invisible world, and of course subjects him to
so wholly engross his attention, extreme and hopeless misery."
that he will hardly think of their
dress; much less will he find In the course of the volume, time to examine the fashion of some inaccuracies occur ; but they it, and still less to point out its are not numerous; nor is it needful defects. to particularise them. In a post The first Essay, “ On a man's humous work they will be readily writing Meinoirs of himself," is overlooked.
a striking proof, that a subject, The world is full of sermons. apparently old, and, at first Yet so much is there of the orig. glance, connected with those tnal and impressive in the volume which are decidedly so, can, in