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Isa. xxviii. 9.–Whom shall He teach knowledge ?—and whom shall He make
to understand doctrine ?-them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn
from the breasts. LAm. iii. 27.-It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
S. THOMAS APOSTLE. Job xlii. 5.--I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine
eye seeth Thee. Prov. xiv. 35.- The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but His wrath is
against one that causeth shame. Jer. i. 10.-See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the king
doms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and throw down, and
to build and to plant. Zech. iv. 9.—The hands of Zorobabel have laid the foundations of this house ;
his bands also shall finish it, and thou shalt know that the Lord of
Hosts hath sent me unto you. Zech. vi. 12.-Behold the Man Whose Name is the branch : [Vulg. the East.]
Prov. xxxi. 25.-Strength and honour are her clothing: and she shall re
joice in the time to come. Cant. i. 10.—Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels: thy neck with
chains of gold. Isa. xliii. 2.- When thou walkest through the fire thou shalt not be burned ;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Jer. Ü. 2.-Thus saith the LORD :-I remember thee, the kindness of thy
youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me into
the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. Ezek. xvi. 14.-And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy
beauty: for it was perfect through My comeliness which I put upon thee,
saith the LORD God. S. Matt. xxv. 1.–Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened unto Ten
Virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom.
MISCELLANEOUS. RECENT EXAMPLES OF CHRISTIAN MUNIFICENCE. 1. Mrs. Sheppard, sister of the Venerable President of Magdalene, has given £12,000 in her life-time, to endow two Fellowships at Pembroke College-one to be in the Faculty of the Law, and one of Medicine.
2. A Brother and Sister have given through the Bishop of London, the sum of £10,000, for the planting of the Church in China; part to go for the endowment of a Bishopric, and part for the foundation of a College
3. A Lady has offered through the Managers of the Colonial Bishoprics' Fund, to endow two Sees in our Colonial Possessions.
4. On a recent occasion, the Incumbent of S. Paul's, Knightsbridge, London, made an appeal to his flock for assistance in building a Church for a densely populated and poor district in the parish. The offerings on the occasion amounted to nearly £2,400 (including £1,000 from the Incumbent himself, we understand,) and about £1,000 has been received since.
REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
Sermons, by Charles John Vaughan, D.D., Head Master of Harrow School, late Vicar of S. Martin's, Leicester, and formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. London : Murray, 8vo. pp. 472. If we took up this volume with some degree of anxiety, it was certainly not without hope. The hereditary opinions of Dr. Vaughan we knew to be those of the Evangelical School; and therefore we expected to find, as we do, the usual watchwords of his party-the Reformation, Justification by faith only, &c., employed in their ordinary conventional way. Still our hope was that when called upon to address a congregation of boys, and we doubted not that a pupil of Dr. Amold's would do this earnestly, he would find it impossible to overlook the great fact of the new nature that had been imparted to them, and could not fail to stir them up to cherish this great gift, and to preserve it un. tainted by all those means of strict and holy living which the teacher of Christian youth, above all others, should be careful to bring into prominent notice. Under this impression we were prepared to overlook much that offends the theological sense in that part of the volume which contains sermons preached before a mixed congregation : but we are greatly disappointed to discover that no improvement is visible even in those preached in the School Chapel. The first Sermon preached at Harrow was on the gift of the Holy Ghost: and really it is not too much to say, that as far as concerns the gifts specially under consideration it might have been addressed to a school of heathen youths. To us this is really incomprehensible. Put out of sight the baptismal gift, and we do not see what ground there is either for love or hope, as regards children. A Christian Schoolmaster who does not realize the fact of those committed to his charge being verily regenerate and members of God's family seems to us a contradiction in terms. We will justify the application of those remarks to Dr. Vaughan by giving an extract from the Sermon alluded to:
“Reflect on God (he says) as OFFering to forgive all your sins and to heal all your infirmities—to be to you a Father and a God, and to seal you for His own child by giving you that Spirit of adoption which shall enable you to call Him Father. And now would we know whether we are yet in this true sense Christians, whether we have yet in any measure received that Holy Spirit who is the Comforter ?
... It will become a matter of the deepest interest to you to know how you may either for the first time obtain the fulfilment of that glorious promise I will send to you the Comforter,' or may know more," &c.
This is indeed miserable theology to proceed from one of our Public Schools, which nothing else can possibly compensate. It is in direct opposition to the teaching of the Prayer Book; and such as no Churchman ought to sanction being imparted to his child. It would be easy to multiply examples of the same kind from the volume.
Anglican Ordinations Valid.-A refutation of certain statements in the second and third Chapters of "The Validity of Anglican Ordinations examined, by the very Rev. Peter Richard Kenrick, V. G.” By J. F. Russell, B.C.L., and Incumbent of S. James' Enfield. London: J. Masters, 1846. Pp. 34. In his advertisement Mr. Russell sets forth that he was led to undertake the present pamphlet, by reading Dr. Kenrick’s work some years since, and finding in it some very startling, and as he had reason to think, unfounded statements regarding the sentiments entertained by the "early English Reformers," and " time serving Bishops" of Henry VIII. Finding several inaccuracies he was induced to look further, and the result is that he certainly shows Dr. Kenrick to have most grossly misrepresented facts--for instance, Dr. K. represents Jewel to have given three several unwilling replies to as many questions, on the subject of his ordination to the priesthood and episcopate, propounded to him by Harding, whereas far from these answers being extorted unwillingly and at considerable intervals, they are contained
in one and the same paragraph of Jewel's apology, which Mr. R. cites. We are glad that Dr. Kenrick has been thus taken to task, because we know that Roman Controversialists are constantly open to the same charge, owing in a great measure to the habit of quoting at second-hand-at all times a bad one, and surely most reprehensible in such works as that of which Mr. R. is the castigator, where inaccuracy destroys the whole cogency of the argument, and consequently the trustworthiness of the writer. We should hope that Dr. Kenrick did not publish Permissu Superiorum. Mr. Russell has wisely not entered at this time of day into a defence of English (why does he call them “Anglican"?) Orders.
A Manual of English Grammar adapted to the use of Classical, and the Upper Classes of Parochial Schools, by the Rev. C. J. Smith, M.A., late Curate of S. Paul's, Knightsbridge, &c. London: Cleaver, 18mo. pp. 84. No person possessing a competent acquaintance with the comparative philology of different languages has as yet undertaken to prepare an English Grammar for English Schools. That of Mr. Kerchever Arnold, is the most scientific; but it is intended for Classical Schools ; and in Schools of that kiud English Grammar, we believe, is rarely an object of direct instruction. Mr. Smith at least has a knowledge of the Classical languages of antiquity; and therefore we gladly welcome the effort which he has made in this direction. The merit of the Grammar is that it has greatly simplified and reduced the rules of Murray, Lennie, Macculloch, &c. At the same time the faults are more numerous than we have space to recount. A few only can be here noted at hazard. It is wrong to say that which is only of the neuter gender, or that " bowels has no singular number: it is absurd to say that there is no future tense ; or to give as a rule in Syntax, that two negatives make an affirmative, or to teach children that “the English Alphabet is defective.”. We also very strongly object to using texts from Holy Scripture as illustrations of Grammar. For the characteristic method in which Verbs form their Past Tense, We would refer Mr. Smith to the ontline of Grammar prefixed to Richardson's English Dictionary. At the same time, with all its faults, we should prefer placing this little Manual in the hand of a pupil to giving him one of the Grammars in common use.
Dr. Hook has published a new and greatly improved edition of his Church Dictionary, (Leeds : Harrison.) Still there remains a good deal that we would gladly see retrenched or altered. A work of this kind should be dogmatic, not controversal.
First Lessons in English History, by the Rev. Dr. Giles, (London : Hayward and Adam,) though a tiny work written in a catechetical form, contains a good deal of accurate information. It is strange however that the reign of Charles I. should make no mention of Archbishop Laud.
Bishop Mant bas again done good service to the Church by the publication of his Religio Quotidiana, (London : J. W. Parker,) consisting of a Pastoral Letter addressed to the Faithful of his Diocese, and a Catena of Divines, and Churchmen of all kinds, commending the practice of Daily Prayer. In the defection of so many who once called themselves High Churchmen, it is cheering to find one who was an exponent of that party thirty years ago, still preserving his consistency, and not alarmed at the prospect of what he then held in theory being turned into practice.
A new Edition of Spelman's most striking History and Fate of Sacrilege, has just been published (London: Masters), containing a great mass of new matter and a very able introduction. In our next Number we bope to give the subject the consideration which it deserves.
Confirmation or the Laying on of Hands catechetically explained, by the Rev. Walter Blunt, (London: Cleaver,) is a sound Tract; but it proceeds on the plea of assuming all kinds of objections to exist in the mind of the reader. This in our judgment is not the way to deal with the young.
The Nottingham Church Tracts, originally published weekly, have now reached a Volume. (London: Burns.) They contain the usual variety of Tales, Conversations, Sermons, Poetry, &c.; and seem to breathe a sound and loving spirit. We do not consider however that the Preface to a Volume of this kind is the place for making remarks about “defections to Rome" and the “unfaithfulness of the Church's sons."
Mr. Neale has favoured us with a second part of Christian Heroism, (Burns, and Masters ;) and a charming little volume it is. The Series commences with the stories of the “Thundering Legion" and the “Statues of Antioch," both so beautifully told that those who know them best will be glad to read them again in these pages; and comes down to quite recent days. The last is a well authenticated Derbyshire story of the interposition of Providence by the visible ministration of an angel to save the life of a young child. We do think that the service done to the cause of truth by a careful and judicious selection and publication of such stories as the latter ones, especially, of this series is very considerable. We say the more recent ones, because, unreasonable as it is, still, it is natural that people should be more affected by a narration of recent rather than of ancient, illustrations of the power of faith and the reality of unseen things; though the latter are not unusually at least as well if not better authenticated.
Our readers will thank us for recommending to them The Captive Maiden: (London : Sharpe, 18mo. pp. 221.) A tale of greater gracefulness and interest we never read; moreover it is the work of a thoroughly pure and delicate mind.
Mrs. Vidal's Tales for the Bush, (Rivingtons,) though originally published in Australia, are well adapted for circulation in an English parish. They depict the ordinary trials and temptations of persons in the middle and lower classes with interest and simplicity. The engraving of a Font on the title page seems altogether out of place.