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THE MAGDALEN. POETRY FROM THE ANNUALS.
By the Hon. and Red. Baptist Noel.
THERE is a tender sadness in that air, The following interesting pieces are While yet devotion lifts the soul above; from “ The Iris, a literary and reli
Mournful though calm, as rainbow glories prove gious Offering,” edited by the Rev.
The parting storm, it marks the past despair:
Heedless of gazers, once with flowing hair
She dried his tear-besprinkled feet, whose love
Took from her acting heart its load of care.
Thenceforth nor time, nor pain could e'er efface
Her Saviour's pity; through all world)y scoro By the Red. 1. Dale.
To her he had a glory and a grace,
Which made her humbly love and meekly moura, WHEN from thy beaming throne,
Till by his faithful care she reached the place O High and Holy One!
Where his redeemed saints above all griefs are Thou cam'st to dwell with those of mortal birth;
borne. No ray of living light
Flasbed on th' astonished sight,
HEAVEN IN PROSPECT.
By James Montgomery. Shrouded in mist and storm,
PALMS of glory, raiment bright, Of seraph, walking on the viewless wind;
Crowns that never fade away, Nor didst thou deigo to wear
Gird and deck the saints in light, The port, sublimely fair,
Priests, and kings, and conquerors they. Of angel-heralds, sent to bless mankind.
Yet the conquerors bring their palms Made like the sons of clay,
To the Lamb amidst the throne; Thy matchless glories lay
And proclaim in joyful psalms,
Victory through his cross alone!
Kings their crowns for harps resiga,
Crying, as they strike the chords, Thou didst not choose thy home
« Take the kingdom,-it is thine; Beneath a lordly dome;
King of kings, and Lord of lords !"
Round the altar, priests confess,
If their robes are white as snow; But with the poorest of the poor wert thou !
'Twas the Saviour's righteousness,
And his blood, that made them so.
Who were these?-On earth they dwelt,
Sinners once, of Adam's race ; Men passed her dwelling by
Guilt, and fear, and suffering felt, With proud and scornful eye;
But were saved from all by grace. But angels knew and loved her mean abode.
They were mortal, too, like us; There softer strains she heard
Ah! when we like them shall die, Than song of evening bird
May our souls, translated thus, Or tuneful minstrel in a queenly bower;
Triumph, reign, and shine on high!
A brighter radiance shone
“ For by one offering He hath perfected for ever For there the mystic star
them that are sanctified"-Heb. x. 14.
By J. Conder.
WITH blood--but not his own the awful sign Were heard angelic voices, strangely sweet.
At once of sin's desert and guilt's remission,
The Jew besought the clemency divine, Oh happiest thou of all
The bope of mercy bleading with contrition. Who bare the deadly thrall
Sin must have death ! Its holy requisition Which, for one mother's crime, to all was given ; The law may not relax. The opening tomb Her first of mortal birth
Expects its prey; mere respite, life's condition ; Brought death to reign on earth,
Nor can the body shuo its penal doom. But thine brings Light and Life again from heaven! Yet, there is mercy: wherefore else delay
To punish? Why the victim and the rite? Happiest of virgins thou,
But can the type and symbol take away On whose upruffled brow
The guilt, and for a broken law requite? Blends maiden meekness with a mother's love! The cross unfolds the mystery.--Jesus died : Blest in thy Heavenly Son,
The singer lives; the Law is satisfied! Blest in the Holy One, Whom man knows not below, though angels With blood-but not his owo-the Jew drew near bymned above!
The mercy-seat, and heaven received his prayer.
Yet still his hope was dimmed by doubt and fear: As victim's blood at votive altar shed“ If thou shouldst mark transgression who might His hands are clasped, his eyes are raised in prayerdare
Alas! and is there strife He cannot bear To stana before thee?" Mercy loves to spare Who calmed the tempest, and who raised the dead? Apd pardon: but stern justice has a voice,
There is! there is ! for now the powers of hell And cries-Our God is holy, nor can bear
Are struggling for the mastery-'tis the hour Uncleanness in the people of his choice.
When Death exerts his last permitted power, But now one Offering, ne'er to be renewed,
When the dread weight of sid, since Adam fell Bath made our peace for ever.--This now gives
Is visited on him, who deigned to dwellFree access to the Throne of heavenly Grace.
A Man with men,- that he might bear the stroke No more base fear and dark disquietude.
Of wrath Divine, and burst the captive's yokeHe who was slain-the Accepted Victim!-lives,
But oh ! of that dread strife what words can tell ! And intercedes before the Father's face.
Those-only those-which broke with many s
groan CHRIST IN THE GARDEN OF GETASEMANE.
From his full heart O Father, take away
The cup of vengeance I must drink to-day
Yet, Father, not my will, but thine, be done !" A WREATH of glory circles still lis head
It could not pass away--for He alone And yet he kneels-and yet he seems to be
Was mighty to endure, and strong to save; Convulsed with more than human agody:
Nor would Jehovah leave him in the grave, On his pale brow the drops are large and red Nor could corruption taint his Holy One.
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Practical Sermons, on the Epistles Christ crucified, as a subject of re
to the Seven Churches, the Mil- joicing; but the Morning Watch lennium, and the CXXXth Psalm. treats us, and the whole body of By the late Rev.Joseph Milner, what the writers call ironically M.A. With Prefatory Remarks; “the Evangelical clergy,” as deby the Rev. E. BickerSTETH. void of all right judgment for speakI vol. 8vo. 10s. London. 1830. ing in such a strain. There are three
divisions, say they, in theology : the Volumes of “ practical sermons " first and highest is the " speculative multiply so thickly around us that, or intellectual ;" the second, “ the unless on special occasions, we are positive" or expository; the third obliged to pass them over, either and lowest, “ that which teaches wholly or with a very slight men- us the Divine laws relating to our tion. We repeat what we said in manners and actions.” The writers noticing, or rather in our apology add, “ In this lowest walk of theofor not noticing, some dozen vo- logy are to be numbered the whole lumes of sermons last year (p. 179), deluge of trash under the name of and what “the Morning Watch " practical sermons ;" including, of considered as shewing our great course, such trash as the “Pracignorance respecting such matters, tical Sermons ” now before us, the that there is such an increase of title of which reminded us of these truly excellent and scriptural ser not very gentle or circumspect remons in the pulpits of our establish- marks of the Morning Watch. ed church, and such a corresponding “ The use of the word practical," mass of publication called for by the it is added, “ is commonly arrogated local solicitations of many an affec- by men of narrow minds, and who tionate and edified Aock, that the have but one idea.” Again ; “ The pages of a periodical publication style aimed at by these practical will not suffice for reviewing and Evangelical preachers is precisely quoting from these numerous pro- that which is the object of the ductions. We hailed this extension Popish preachers ;" and a necesof “plain, scriptural, and practical” sary consequence, it is stated, preaching, this simple exhibition of of this style is, “ that scarcely
any man of ordinary capacity as not deserving to be compared is converted by our Evangelical with the excellency of the knowpreachers." All these evils arise ledge of Christ Jesus the Lord. from this “ sermon trade in practi- We claimed for them a “ brighter cal theology," that lowest of trades; meed," that was our expression, instead of soaring with Mr. Irving than “ eloquence or literature,” yea, and the late Mr. Vaughan, who are than even the “ highest prize” of so highly lauded, to the sublime the one, or the “ widest range" of elevations of fanciful speculation. the other. What that brighter
The Morning Watch, after assert- meed was will appear by quoting ing that “ the whole deluge of trash, the sentence; side by side with under the name of practical ser which we shall print the Morning mons,” together with “ the best of Watch's mistatement of it ;-just our religious periodicals, as the making us say the very contrary of Christian Observer and the Edin- what we did say. burgh Christian Instructor," and Christian Observer. | Morning Watch. the writings of “ Drs. Gordon, “ We should not! “ It cannot fail to Chalmers, Thomson, and Dwight,"
object to take the be observed here,
pile of volumes now that the Christianare nothing more than merely
on our table, as a Observer reviewer “moral ” (an assertion clearly un
fair average speci-considers that the true; for what doctrine of the Go- men of the ordinary highest merit a vospel is there which is not explained, preaching of that|lume of sermons can and proved, and dwelt upon in the
Jarge and respect- possess are eloquence
able portion of the and a wide range of works thus disparaged?) goes on to pastors of our church. literature. If this be allude to our remarks above referred who are currently so, it follows that to respecting the usual style of the known by the name the addresses of the preaching of what are called the
of the Evangelical Apostles, whether
clergy. In so doing preached or written, Evangelical clergy ; but most grie- we should not soliere some of the vously mistates (we would not say much put forth their worst that ever were wilfully falsifies) our observations. claim to the highest published. But, in We had said, that although many
prize of eloquence, the opinion of the
the widest range reviewer, it was neiof the sermons of what are called
of literature, or the ther the end sought the Evangelical clergy stand very most exalted deve. nor obtained by the high in point of eloquence and lopment of intellect|authors before bim, literature, yet that it is not on (though in each, and who are samples of
all of these depart-the whole body of this ground that we feel grateful ments, we could find Evangelical clergy, for their labours. On the con- powerful claimants), to rise even to the trary, that we were willing to as to THE BRIGHTER positive, far less to set aside such inferior conside. MEED of sound, use the speculative theo
ful, scriptural preach-logy; that the lowest rations, that we would not claim
ing ; united with alorder-namely, the for them the highest prize of elo- respectable degree of moral—is all that is quence, or the widest range of lite learning and talent, attempted; and tbat rature ; we would even admit that an
and consecrated by an even in this the Di.
carnest desire to provine laws relating to the majority of the sermons of this
mote the glory of God, our manners and acclass, ot'necessity rapidly composed, the kingdom of the tions are considered nay, even many of those which are Redeemer, and the of less importance printed and published, make few pre
temporal, spiritual, than eloquence, and
and eternal interests a wide range of liletensions to merely secular laurels ;
rature, since he places being written for a higher end, not to
this as the acme of exbibit the powers of the preacher,
Tperfection.” but to proclaim the truth of God, We consider it no disparagement bring souls to Christ, and to pro- to what are called “the Evangemote the eternal interests of man- lical clergy," that they think piety kind. We willingly resigned on more important than speculation; behalf of the class of preachers are willing to forego the “ highest alluded to all inferior distinctions, prize" of human eloquence, and a vain display of “ intellectual” abi- their excellencies. There is in lity spent upon discussions beyond every page a fearless, honest boldthe grasp of the great majority of ness in exhibiting the doctrines of their hearers, for the “ brighter the Gospel, and its application to meed" of being “able ministers the heart and conscience; and we of the New Testament.” At the know not whether even the rough same time we must repeat our con- style of the author may not be viction, that their discourses, so far itself almost a recommendation in from being generally open to the this day of polished feebleness, charge urged against them in the when a man may scarcely say his Morning Watch, of miserable soul is his own, but in a softenintellectual poverty, almost ina- ed dialect, which renders it half nity, are marked by a degree of doubtful whether he believes it. good taste as well as good sense, Joseph Milner speaks as a man wlrich certainly does not strike us with a soul to men with souls; as as being rivalled by some of the a messenger of God, believing the hierophants of the “ speculative” declarations of his holy word, and school. Among them, indeed, as anxious that others should believe among every other large class of them; seeing men perishing in their persons, are to be found individuals sins, and intent upon snatching them of various grades of talent; but from destruction ; yet withal really those of least ability can write a tender ;-tender in his very earnestplain useful sermon, which is more ness; exhibiting the grace of Christ, than some men of proud attain. the mercies of the Gospel, and comments have been able to do; while forting the dejected Christian with in the higher orders of intellect are those comforts with which he himto be found those who can urge self was comforted of God. such claims to eloquence and men. The subjects of these sermons tal power, as will not be surpassed are mentioned in the title. They among divines of any age, or name, are treated as Joseph Milner well or nation. But we are glad to quit knew how to treat such subjects; this invidious topic; on which we with a spirit of deep piety, manly should not have touched but for the sense, and forcible application, falsification of our argument by the which, united with the consistency Morning Watch-an undesigned of the author's own eminently usefalsification we are sure ; for we ful life, produced on the mind of would not wantonly impute wrong Paley an impression which proves, motives, or imitate the calumnious whatever the Morning Watch may language which some writers think think to the contrary, that “ evanthey do God service in applying to gelical preachers " have, by the those " sanctimonious " deceivers, blessing of God, "converted," or those " worse than infidels,” the rather been the instruments in his Evangelical clergy.
hand for converting (if “converted ” Though our table is covered with Paley finally was, as certainly he “ practical sermons," we are grate- was from his own former views of ful to Mr. Bickersteth for bringing conversion) some persons of more before us another volume with the than “ ordinary capacity ;” yes, and same old-fashioned title from the by those very“ practical sermons" unpublished manuscripts of that which in the estimation of the “speeminently holy and useful man, culative ” school are only “moral," Joseph Milner. The sermons of and soar not above this “lowest" Joseph Milner, including two vo- possible style of pulpit composition. jumes published long ago, and We fear we shall gain no credit another more recently, are so well with these our "speculative” friends, known that we shall not spend either for our deceased author, our reader's time in descanting upon or ourselves, or for that truly excellent and practical ” divine Mr. Millennium being the only detached Bickersteth, by having extracted one, the rest consisting of conseMilner's Discourse on the Millen- cutive series, we were obliged to nium as a family sermon. Mr. Ir. extract this or none. We agree with ving is pleased to say in the Num- Mr. Bickersteth that it deserves ber of the Morning Watch above attention, as containing the sentiquoted, and with his name (for we ments of “no common man;" and will not affix names upon report or it will not be lost upon a family conjecture to anonymous papers), circle if only it lead them on the that “ a spiritual advent is a precious one hand to feel how importabsurdity of that unlearned school ant and interesting are the prothe evangelical ;” yet this “spiritual phetic portions of Scripture; while, advent" of our blessed Lord, Milner on the other hand, they learn to considers a Scriptural doctrine; and guard against rash and doubtful Mr. Bickersteth, far from denomispeculations, and to imitate the truly nating such a sentiment a “precious Christian modesty and caution of absurdity,” is pleased to think that the revered author of “the History the author's whole view of the of the Church of Christ;" a man Millennium is “ peculiarly impor. who certainly had not studied the tant ;” especially “at the present sacred prophecies less carefully than moment ;” and we also, being many of those who are so prompt among the “unlearned ” who con. to decide upon their unfulfilled sider that “ practical ” sermons are announcements. The omission of to the full as useful as “speculative a few allusions to passing events and intellectual,” have given pub- (the sermon was written in 1796), licity to Milner's statements in our and, here and there, a slight abbrepages. The topic is not, perhaps, viation or verbal correction, was all that which we should have ourselves that appeared to us allowable in selected for a “ Family Sermon," (it transcribing the discourse. It was not may be our error, we speak with written for the press, and the style sincerity, that we are too cautious is more forcible than polished : but in introducing “speculative” topics it is not our province to attempt to into compositions of that class,) but correct it; except where a word or Milner's object is rather to turn the expression occurs which we could minds of his hearers from speculation not wish the family reader to make to practice ; and one chief utility of his own. Milner himself would not the discourse in our view is, that it plead for retaining in family readdoes not “speculate ” at all, but ing such an expression as “affrontshews in what manner such topics ing the Holy Ghost;” or “ I have may be treated for “ practical” edi. no notion of being restrained ” in fication, without commixing in the preaching whatever he thought war of rival hypotheses. We may scriptural; or such a word as “disalso add, in order that we may not gust," or any other phrase that seem to have singled out this sermon carries a harsh aspect. Such ocinvidiously, that, our plan and limits casional words easily trickle from not allowing of copious notices or the pen in rapid composition when extracts from this prolific class of the mind is warm with its subject; publications, in our Review depart- but they are gladly expunged by a ment, yet, being unwilling that our Christian writer in the leisure of readers should lose the pleasure and revision. advantage which a volume from We feel grateful to Mr. Bicker the pen of such a writer as Joseph steth for this addition to the truly Milner was calculated to afford; scriptural works of Joseph Milner, we were glad to avail ourselves of and for the interesting notes which a lengthened extract as a Family he has appended to the discourses Sermon; and the discourse on the on the Apocalyptic churches. If