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rolls away,

Pierc'd with sore wounds, the ja. The sacrificial fire. Alone in velin in his flesh,

front Looks round, and as the battle Stood David. Whom before, with

hymns and shouts Firm fixing on Gilboa's brow his Selected ministers, in mystic sword

dance, Self slain expires. Page 186. Mor'd circling, like the planets

in their course. But the principal and generally Some, giddily in mazes, as they the best parts of the poem relate whirl'd, to David, who is introduced so Deep gash'd with frequent stab as to pre-possess the mind of the

their flesh, and drank reader with the belief that David The dark blood as it spoated has seized the poet's heart and is to from the womb. be the hero of the piece. The Some in their grasp, large bulk difficulties in which he is involved, of writhing snakes are related in such a manner as to Held, front to front, and fear. lead us to expect the honour which less of their fang, attends him at the close of the Ceas'd not devouring, piece poem. The interview of Samu.

meal. Moloch, thus, el with David when he annointed O'er limbs of mangled victims, him as king-elect is well de- self devote. scribed, and were it not that Past through the porch. At once we have the archetype of the one shout burst up “ prophetic vision, constantly Of adoration. Silence deep enin our mind, it would appear sued. far from uninteresting. The son of Jesse, then, with ?

Candid reader! Impute not other mien the rigid adherence of Mr. S. to Than one of reason reft, and the language of scripture, to his prophet voice veneration for the sacred books, Terrific cry'd aloud, “ Jehovah, whose “dots and tittles” he would hear ! not venture to misplace: for Thou living God, sole Lord of when it pleases his fancy, he Heaven and earth, can fearlessly alter the circum. Hear and avenge!" In thunder stunces, and in the face of a

God reply'd. simple narrative, in which David, The mountain bow'd, the rent by feinging madness is made to rocks burst, the cave, escape from Gath; Mr. S. can Beneath the staggering throng give the following high-wrought reeld to and fro: and not uppoetical account of The sacrificial fires were dark. his deliverance. If you can for- en'd all: get the truth, you may be pleased The idol, dash'd in pieces, on with the fiction.

the flint

Fell, thundering. Madness sicz'd Around

the ministering priests, The God, writhed shrieking in. And as the cave with yell of

fants, doom'd to feed

Demons rang,

Frenzy and death, throughout, the ment, would become an interest Hebrew past

ing and pleasing poem upon“ DaLone and unhurt, from Gath's vid;" but it must be re-made devoted walls.

and receive great additions of

thought and facts before it can Upon the whole, we have no become a poem that does justice doubt but that the poem with to the subject of “ Saul." considerable alteration and amend

P.R.

sons

ART. II.-A Summary View of the Evidence and Practical

Importance of the Christian Revelation, in a Series of Discourses addressed to young Persons, by Thomas Belsham, Minister of the Unituriun Chapel in Essex Street. Johnson, 1807. pp. 206. 8vo.

(Continued from page 274.) “ In laying open the hidden trea- Mr. B. prefaces his statement sures of divine wisdom contain. of this evidence with admirable ed in the holy scriptures, much," ingenuousness and candour : says Bp. Lowth, “ hath been “I have no doubt," he declares, (pp. done; and much still remains to "111, 112.) that there are (some) per

to whom the evidence of the be done* :"--an observation par. divine authority of the Christian reticularly applicable, we conceive, ligion from the prophecies of the to the writings of the Old Testa. Old Testament, is in the highest dement. ". The evidence of the gree satisfactory and convincing. With Christian revelation from the testi, it does not convey to my own mind

regard to myself, I must confess that mony of the Jewish scriptures,' that clear, and, I can almost say, unwhich forms the subject of Mr. hesitating assurance which I derive from Belsham's fourth discourse, (Luke an attention to the philosophic, the xxiv. 27.) will probably be found that I think the prophetic evidence is

historic, or the internal evidence. Not clearer and stronger in propor- essentially defective. But I find it diftion as those scriptures are ac. ficult to satisfy myself that I fully comcurately understood.

prehend the true meaning and intent " It cannot reasonably be whole, however, I regard the evidence

of the prophetic language. Upon the doubted,” remarks our author, from the Old Testament as very consi(p. 110,) 6 that the prophecies derable, and as calculated to make a relating to the Messiah were cor- strong and serious impression upon a

candid, serious and intelligent mind : rectly applied by our great in- and, in connection with the evidence structor”.---We are fully of the already produced, it decisively establishes same opinion : yet, from vari. the truth and divine authority of the ous causes, the argument from Christian religion. I now, therefore, Jewish prophecy is still involved proceed to exhibit that view of it

which to my own apprehension is most in considerable obscurity. satisfactory, and least liable to objec

tion and cavil; and, in order to this,

it must be proved, First, that the He* Visitation Sermon at Durham, brew nation was favoured with a reve1758, PP. 23, 24, 2nd Ed,

lation from God, -and Secondly, that 5

the sacred books of the Jews contain courses had permitted him to
a series of prophecies, which received state the reasons of this opinion.
their proper accomplishment in the
person and character of Jesus of Na- Our Lord certainly speaks of
zareth."

himself as come not to destroy In Mr. B.'s judgment “ the but to fulfil the law; and his truth and divine authority of the appeals to it are solemn and rem Christian religion, may be, and peated. We believe the truc has been proved, independently interpretation of his language to of the truth of the Jewish revelati. be that the object of his mis. on.”(p.113.)Ourreaders, we trust, sion was to verify some of the will examine this assertion for Jewish prophecies, and to give themselves. But least any of them full effect to those precepts of be offended by the apparent no. the Mosaic dispensation which velty of the preacher's doctrine, are purely moral. In what man. we recommend them to peruse the ner he has accomplished the latvery sensible remarks of Dr. ter of these purpuses, we perPaley on the connexion of Christi- ceive in his sermon upon the anity with the Jewish history*. mount. Conseqiently, though

I scruple not to allow,” adds the disciple of Christ has nothing Mr. B. “ that a man may be a sincere to do with the law of the Hem Chris: an, a national and firm believer in the divine mission of Christ, and brew legislator, as such, he is a humblc, virtuous expectant of immor- under an obligation to obey those talizy, by him, who may at the same of its injunctions which his mastime he itate to admit the divine lega. ter, has sanctioned and improvtion of the Hebrew law-giver."

Such persons we have known, ed, and incorporated with chrisand, if credit may be given to a

tian morals. man's own declarationt, and to

This writer, however, does the testimony of his most inti. not look upon the man who, mate friends concerning him, such, professing the doctrine of Jesus, undoubtedly, was the late learned suspends his faith in the Jewish and ingenious Dr. Geddes.

revelation as a well-informed be· It is an important question, liver, (p. 115.) He may be a sinwhether the institute of Moses cere and, in a practical view, an be, in any part of it, binding eminent christian : yet his judge

ment upon the Christian : The re. may in this instance be defecply of the author before us is tive. We heartily approve of this

. decidedly in the negative: but discrimination. we should have been happy if

In order to make way for the nature and limits of his dis. the proof that the Hebrew na

tion was actually favoured with
a revelation from Heaven, Mr.

B. sets aside the popular notion * View &c. Vol. ii. pp. 292~298, 8th of the plenary inspiration of all edition.

the books of the Old Testament, + See the Latin verses, “ ad amicum and of every thing contained in mei amantissimum 7 D," at the end of them. of this supposition be Critical Remarks, &c.

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“ Nothing was ever more replete the conclusion that they were fawith absurdity, or ever gave a fairer roured with a divine revelation ; bandle, (a kcener edge) or a more ir. resistible force to the objections and (121–128,) and he here observes to the sarcasms of infidelity." (127,) that the most enlightened

This sentiment we shall not sages of heathen [and Jewish] at present canvass. The figur- antiquity were strangers to some ative language under which it familiar reasonins derived from is partly conveyed is surely in present appearances in behalf of correct.

the leading doctrines of natural Mr. B. waves the question, whc. religion. By the sages of Jewish ther the pentateuch was written antiquity we conceive him to mean altogether, or partially, by Mo. the anti-deluvian patriarchs: but ses, or whether, as some learned there is some ambiguity, if not men have contented, it was the inaccuracy, in his expression. compilation of a later writer, Mr. B. infers the substantial and he properly considers it as truth of the history, boih of miranot at all essential to the proof cles and of ordinary events, conof his proposition to suppose tained in the Jewish scriptures, or to maintain that the penta: from the fairness and impartitench is perfectly correct and au- ality of the historians, (128–131.) thentic as a narrative, (116, 117.) The characters which they describe These, nevertheless, are very in- are various: some were exemplary teresting points of inquiry ; and others, wicked ; and if we ad, our theological students would mit, upon the faith of the Jew, perhaps, be materially assisted in ish historians, that David was a the investigation of them by- murderer, and that Solomon was what is now a grand desidera- an idolater and a voluptuary, we tum-an English translation of are directed by the preacher to ad. Eichhorn's Introduction to the mit likewise, upon the credit of Old Testament.

the same impartial writers, that Our author assumes that the Moses was a divinely authorized Jewish scriptures are at present, legislator, and that Isaiah was an with little or no variation, the inspired prophet, (130) We think, same as they were at the close however, that this consideration is of the Babylonian captivity, 500 not stated with Mr. B.'s accus. years before Christ; the grounds tomed closeness and precision. of which assumption he concisely It is beyond doubt a presumprepresents,(117-119.) He fur. tion of the authenticity of the Jew. ther takes for granted that the ish history contained in the scripmain facts of the Jewish history tures, that the vices of favou. are true, (119-121.)

rite and illustrious characters are From the just and sublime no. there recorded : but though the tions entertained by the Jews, credibility of the writers may be of the character and attributes of sufficient to establish the guilt the Supreme Being, and espe- of David and of Solomon in par. cially from their confirmed belief ticular transactions, yet it is not in the UNITY of God, he deduces equally, or in the same manner, Fabn Peter Hankey, Esg. sufficient to prove the divine le. divine mission of Christ by the gation of Moses and the inspi- prophets of the Jewish dispensa: ration of Isaiah. These points tion, (140--159.) Upon the rewe admit, not, strictly speak. ference made to them by our Lord ing, upon the credit of the authors in duke xxiv. 13, it is'well oba in question, but upon a con. served that, as Emmaus was at viction, which results from our the distance of only seven miles own inquiries, that the Hebrew le- and a half from Jerusalem, and as gislator performed works and de- Jesus and his two disciples could livered doctrines that bespeak a hardly be supposed to occupy disine interposition, and that the more than two or three hours predictions of the Evangelical pro. in walking to it, the predictions phet have been verified in strik. relating to himself, all which heex. ing and appropriate events. plained in that shortspace of time,

These and other prophecies in are not so numerous as many perthe Jewish scriptures--prophe- sons believe, (143. note 28.) cies relating to the Jews themselves, The prophecies cited and shortly and those which apply to the sur. illustrated by Mr. B. are Deut. rounding nations, are briefly stat. xvii. 17-19. Isa. lii. (at the con. ed by Mr. B.(131–140.) clusion,) and liii. and Daniel. ix.

Some remarks follow on the 24. which is interpreted in the testimony which is borne to the words of Dr. Blayney.

(To be concluded in our next.)

OBITUARY.

May 6, after a few hours illness, aged tributed to some mismanagement during 36, JOHN PETER HANKEY, Esq. the excessive fatigue of his canvass, and Alderman of London, Colonel of Volun- while Mr. Lushington late M. P. for the teers, and a considerable Merchant. The city, was ably describing to the Common circumstances of this gentleman's death, Hall his friend's qualifications for a Rewere peculiarly affecting. He had de- presentative, he was at that moment de clared himself one of the Candidates for clared by his physicians to be dying, and the representation of the City in the new in two or three hours he expired, leaving parliament, and had been indefatigable in a widow and four children. his canvass. The great me cantile inte “ This is the state of man, to-day he puts rests were in his favour, and besides

forth personal qualifications, he was assisted in The tender leaves of hope, to-morrow the public opinion by the circumstance of

blossoms, being the great grandson of Sir John Bar. And bears his blushing honours thick nard, a representative of the city for nearly 40 years, who, by parliamentary talents, The third day comes a frost, a killing was so much distinguished from those frost; who have succeeded him, as to be both And, when he thinks, good, easy man, feared and respected by the able minis

full surely ser of his time, Sir R. Walpole. On the His greatness is a ripening,-nips hig eve of the day of clection, Mr. H. was root.” rised with an alarming indisposition, at. A similar event occurred, during the

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