« AnteriorContinuar »
says he, “ an humble, trembling, self- creased, by similar occurrences, it was condemning frame: sure I am that they resolved to erect a meeting-house for their who are least in their own eyes are the use, in the arrangements of which he took souls in whom God most delights : give a part ; but fearing lest his christian friend me a man amongst you that will, as it
should be grieved by his activity, he wrote were, kiss the dust of Jesus' feet, and I
a letter, to wbich the following is the an
swer. The correspondence was honourable dare pronounce, concerning such an one,
to each.] that Christ will take him in his arms, and lay bim in his bosom."
Dear Sir, Leicester, Dec. 16, 1800. And now, my dear friend, I must take I am gratified by your kind and friendly my leave of you: let me only advise letter and sincerely thank von for it i that, next to your Bible, you would
have known you too long, and too well, spare as much time as you can, for read.
to suspect for a moment that you could ing the evangelical, and very practical
promote or countenance any plan in. writers of the last century; among whom
tended to produce dissention among my you will find many of the Church of
people, or counteract my ministerial useEngland, as well as Dissenters; such as
fulness. We worship in different places, Hopkins, Leighton, Hall, &c. When
and according to different forms, but shall the spirit of the ascended Elijabs
we serve the same Master, and he hath descend upon the young Elishas, the
given us one heart. Whatever, there. ministers, or such as are preparing for
fore, may be my sentiments of the prothe work of the present day!
priety and probable effects of the new From your truly affectionate meeting, I shall continue to love you, friend and servant,
and rejoice in your prosperity; and if it Thomas GIBBONS.
please God to convert and edify souls, and enlarge his church, though it be not
by my means, I shall consider it, I hope, mmmmm
as matter of much thanksgiving to God.
I am doing the work of the Lord, as he No. XV.- Rev. Thomas Robinson,
enables me; and my expectation of supM. A. of Leicester, to an Inde- port and comfort is from him. Whatpendent Minister.
ever measure of success may attend my [The venerable minister to whom this feeble efforts, to him alone shall the letter was addressed, was pastor of a re praise be given : and blessed be his spectable Independent Church in a con. name, he doth not leave us without some siderable town in the neighbourhood of testimonies of his favour. I shall be Leicester, and had enjoyed the christian glad to see you when you visit L., and friendship of Mr. Robinson for many wish best regards to Mr. G., and every years. In the course of Divine Provi
good wish for you both, dence, several members of the church over which he presided removed to Lei.
I am, dear Sir, cester, where at that time there was no
Your faithful and affectionate Friend, Independent Congregation. The number of Independent Dissenters having in
SONNET--TO THE VIRGIN.
And full of faith, beyond thy twilight day;
While thirty annual seasons pass'd away :
Conceal’d within thine heart unboasted, lay
On thy young bosom, in serene repose,
To view the torture of bis short life's close;
Doubtless, thy constant hand oft sooth'd his woes,
THE VISION IN THE VALLEY OF
THE BACKSLIDER'S PRAYER.
STAY, dearest Saviour, with me stay,
For thou, and thou alone hast power To chase the fiend Despair away,
And charm the melancholy hour.
Oh! never from my breast depart,
Nor hide from me, thy smile benign; Still keep thy dwelling in my heart
Still cheer me with thy love divine.
Yet, if thou must awhile enfold,
In clouds and glooms thy heavenly face; To chide me, when my love grows cold,
Or punish for neglected grace ;
And this cold heart is warmed again,
But ever with me live and reign.
A PARAPHRASE ON THE 65th
The utmost dwellers of the world Adore, O Lord, thy wond'rous ways; In Heaven is seen thy sign unfurl'd, And earth is vocal with tby praise.
He walked the vale, where thickly spread,
And whitening all the ground, The bones of thousand thousand dead,
Lay scattered all around; And like the leaves, all sear and dry, When autumn's blast hath sweps the sky,
Those bones might there be found; And not less thickly were they seen, Than leaves when autumn's blast hath beon. He stood within that gloomy vale
He stood that hallowed seer; A voice was heard upon the gale,
It sounded in his ear; It bade him speak that mighty spell, Which not e'en powerful death can quell,
But listens to in fear. That word of mystic power he spoke-An awful sound the stillness broke. Bone linked to bone, with rustling sound,
As when, through autumn's trees,
Upon the mournful breeze;
Each lay, as if disease
Those countless numbers lay;
In horrible array; Their eyes were fixed and glazed,- each
brow Was cold and pale as winter's snow;
Each form, but moulded clay, Thus silently and grimly spread, They seemed a nation of the dead. Again the heaven-breathed voice was
heard-Again the seer obeyed-Again he spoke the mystic word-
Again its power displayed. " Come, winds of heaven, and breathe
around"-The winds rushed by with hollow sound-
And o'er those corses played ; “ Come, winds of heaven, breathe o'er the
Revivifying breath ;--
Wake from their sleep of death ;
The heart throbbed strong beneath, The blood flowed warm in every vein,-Life started to its seat again.
Beneath thy smile, from morn to morn,
Sublime Thou ridest on the waters,
Boon of thy smile, the virgin Spring Comes dancing o'er the broidered earth ; While choral woods her welcome sing, And echoes speak their mountain-mirth.
To thee glad nature's praise belongs,
When Autumn crowns the blushing year, Thine is the wreath her hand bestows; From thee the tide, that far and near Gushes, with boundless plenty flows.
All change, all being, is from thee;
REVIEW OF BOOKS.
CONTROVERSY IN THE BIBLE SOCIETY RESPECTING THE
APOCRYPHA. 1. Observations on the Circulation of the Apocrypha.-8vo. 1822. 2. Preface to Observations on the Circulation of the Apocrypha.--8vo. 1825. 3. Statement by the Committee of the Edinburgh Bible Society, relative to the cir.
culation of the Apocrypha by the British and Foreign Bible Society.-8vo. Edin. ·
1825. 4. A Letter to Lord Teignmouth, in vindication of the proceedings of the Bible
Society against the statement of the Edinburgh Society. By the Rev. C. Simeon,
M. A.-8vo. 1825. 5. Remarks on the propriety of applying the Funds of the Bible Society to the circu
lution of such Versions as contain the Apocrypha, in places where no other Ver
sions will be received. By the Rev. H. Venn, M. A.-Camb. 4to. 1825. 6. Preface to the above, with Observations on the next Pamphlet.-Camb. 4to. 1825. 7. A Statement submitted to the Members of the Bible Society, on the impropriety of
circulating the Apocryphal Books, indiscriminately intermingled with the inspired Writings. By George C. Gorham, B. D. - Second edition of Do. considerably
enlarged.-8vo. 1825. 8. Twenty-one Reasons for not contributing to the circulation of the Apocrypha
among the Churches rõhich deem it Canonical.- Camb. 1825. I. Reasons for not contributing to circulate the Apocrypha in the Churches which
regard iť as inspired. By Francis Russell Hall, B. D.-Camb. 1825. 10. Anti-Apocryphal Observations upon the King's College Letter to Lord Teign
mouth. " By John Wickliffe.--1825. 11. Remarks on the Controversy respecting the Apocrypha, reprinted from the Eclectic
Review.-1825. 12. Vindication of the proceedings of the Edinburgh Bible Society, relative to the
Apocrypha, against the Aspersions of the Eclectic Review.-1825. 13. A Letter to the Editor of the Christian Guardian, on the intemperate language
and dangerous opinions of a writer in the Eclectic Review. By C. G. Gorham.
1825. 14. Further Remarks on the Controversy respecting the Apocrypha, reprinted from
the Eclectic Review.-1825. 15. A Plea for the Protestant Canon of Scripture, in opposition to the Popish
Canon, of which the Apocrypha makes an integrul purt. Or a Succinct Account of
the Bible Society Controversy respecting the Apocrypha Writings.- 1825. 16, Review of the Conduct of the Directors of the British and Foreign Bible Society,
relative to the Apocrypha, and their Administration on the Continent. With an Answer to the Rev. C. Simeon, and Observations on the Cambridge Remarks. By
Robert Haldane, Esq.- Edin. 1825. 17. Second Statement of the Committee of the Edinburgh Bible Society, relative to
the circulation of the Apocrypha by the Committee of the British and Foreign
Bible Society.- Edin. 1826. 18. A Letter addressed to Robert Haldane, Esq. containing some Remarks on his
Strictures relative to the Continent and Continental Bible Societies. By C.F. Stein
kopff, D.D.-Lond. 1826. . To those who are well acquainted likely to prevent discord, and to with the constitution of human ensure the most harmonious union nature, and with the circumstances among all the lovers of our comwhich contribute to the formation mon Christianity, without all conand guidance of human opinion, troversy, that plan is the constiit will occasion no surprise that tution of the British and Foreign differences should occur even on Bible Society. The simplicity of very plain questions, among men its object, the benevolence of its distinguished for wisdom and in- aim, the comprehension of its tegrity. If ever there was a plan principles, have been the admiraof benevolence and co-operation tion of the world, and perhaps too New SERIES, No. 16.
much the object of complacency along with the Bible, which were and exultation on the part of its for some time confined to the best and most valued friends. God Directors, have at length been has honoured it to accomplish thrown at large among the memmuch; but whether it has, like bers, and have convulsed the Soother instruments of the Divine ciety from one end of the kingdom Providence, done its work, and to another. A resolution has at must now he set aside, time will length been adopted by the Comdisclose. The circumstances which mittee, which most moderate men have recently occurred, are power- thought would afford general fully calculated to teach us how satisfaction, and lay the basis of dependent all instruments are on peaceful co-operation; but which, God, for every thing that is wise in through the persevering and uncounsel and beneficial in exertion; reasonable opposition of the Edinand that he who glorieth, must burgh Committee, is in danger of glory only in the Lord.
being rendered in some measure During many years, the progress unavailing. of the Society was tranquil, ma- The array of pamphlets which we jestic, and triumphant. No dis- have placed at the head of this arcordant spirit was permitted to ticle, we can avouch to our readers, disturb its peace, nor did any con- has not been put there for the sake ficting opinions distract its widely of display; and though we shall extended operations. Nothing not decide on the merits of the was heard but the voice of appro- greater part of them, we can assure bation; nothing fell upon its ear, the authors we have travelled but the language of applause. through every page which they conMen of all ranks placed them- tain, and have endeavoured to weigh selves under its standard, and as- the force of the various reasonings sisted to promote its career of which they adduce. Their very glory. The occasional murmurs titles are enough to show the exof a few antagonists, were either traordinary nature of this condrowned in the general acclama- troversy, and the difficult part tion, or contributed to increase its which the Committee has had to revenues and celebrity. Often, at act. Here it will be seen, that its public meetings throughout the Churchmen attack the circulation empire, has it been described—. of the Apocrypha, and Dissenters As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form. defend it. Church of England Swells from the vale, and midway leaves Magazines assail measures which the storm;
promote the diffusion of a docuTho'round its breast the rolling clouds are ment, which all good churchmen
spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its beal.
are bound to read from the desk,
for the instruction of the people; These days, we fear, have passed and Eclectic Reviewers vindicate away. The noise of war is no them. Cambridge Professors, longer heard at a distance; the ci. with greater consistency, are martadel itself is invaded. It is not now shalled on one side, and Scottish to be concealed, that a very serious Presbyterians on the other. Mr. difference has taken place among Simeon and Mr. Venn contend for its members, and in its executive, the lawfulness and propriety of respecting the principle and mode circulating the Apocrypha, when of conducting some of its most im- necessary, in any form, with the portant operations. The discus- funds of the Bible Society. Mr. sion respecting the propriety of Gorham, a clergyman also, opaiding Societies on the Continent, poses this most strenuously ; but which publish the Apocrypha though he will not allow of the cir
culation of an intermingled Apo- that the hope of maintaining the crypha, he will sanction the Apo- union of the Society with some crypha if annexed. Mr. Hall, of its branches, is, through the inde. another clergyman, will not be cent and outrageous attack on the satisfied with any thing short of character of the Committee, conthe Society acting solely as a Pro- tained in the last Edinburgh statetestant Bible Society. With him ment, scarcely to be entertained, joins our friend, the Rev. Joseph' we feel ourselves called upon to Ivimey, to whom is ascribed the break this silence, and to avow Plea for the Protestant Canon. our unabated attachment to the Mr. Drummond, a churchman, British and Foreign Society, and we believe, who is understood to our confidence in the principles be the author of the first two and management of its Committee. pamphlets on our list, and of whose That there may be no misunderconsistency in another respect standing respecting our own senwe shall bye and bye speak, gives timents, and that our readers may bard blows to the Committee, and know what measure of confidence to Tobit and his dog, which are our representations are entitled to followed up by the whips of —we avow ourselves, on principle, Mr. Robert Haldane, and by the as Protestant Dissenters, and, as scorpions of the Edinburgh Com- members of the Bible Society, mittee.
ANTI-ÁPOCRYPHALISTS, We disIs it at all marvellous, in these like the Apocrypha as cordially circumstances, that the Committee as its keenest opposers; and are of the British and Foreign Bible satisfied that the funds of the Society should not be of one mind Bible Society ought not to have on the subject? If every thing is been, and ought never to be, apso clearly defined in the rules, and plied to its circulation. And we so precisely inarked out in the further declare, that it is because line of conduct which ought to be we have the most entire confidence, pursued, according to the repre- that in future this will be honoursentation of the Arguses of the ably and conscientiously attended North, how comes it that men of to by the Committee, that we now undoubted integrity, and who have raise our feeble voice in support generally been admitted to possess of the Society, and call upon our some portion of common sense friends still to rally round its stanand discernment, differ so va- dard, and to resist this unrighteous riously on the subject? In this attempt to destroy it. state of matters, is any body of It is no part of our intention to men, even with the Rev. Dr. Da defend all the measures employed vidson at their head, and the Rev. by the British and Foreign Bible Dr. Andrew Thomson, as their Society, either at home or abroad, advocate and secretary, entitled to during the long period of twentyhold up the Committee of the two years of most laborious and British and Foreign Bible Society, widely-extended operation. Tbat as destitute of principle and un- all its measures may not have been worthy of confidence; because the wisest and best which could there has been some variations in have been devised ; that all its its conduct, and because it has agents and correspondents may failed to give satisfaction to all? not have been the most enlightened While the controversy was pend- and devout, we presume the Coming, and there remained any hope of mittee will not require the country a peaceable termination, we re- to believe, or its warmest friends ligiously abstained from giving it to maintain. That it may have unnecessary publicity. But now been sometimes carried away from