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repose, after the fatigue of their march, ORDINATION discourses' seldom The cypress is in the first order of 4 fail to interest the hearers for merican trees. Its majestick stature, the
whose particular benefit they are stateliness of its trunk, lifting its cum- : broas branches towards the lkies, the deli
intended. The occasion naturally cacy of its colour, and the texture of its leads them to recur to past leaves, fill the mind with mingled emo- scenes, to recollect past instructions of pleasure and of awe. From its tions, and to view with anxiety mighty branches bang Atreamers of long
and hope their opening prospects. mor, which Aoat in the wind ; and on its lofty top the eagle builds his neft, and
There is indeed a combination of the stork finds a resting place. p. 53.
circumstances favourable to both The mocking-bird is the sweetest
the eloquence of the speaker and chorister of the feathered race, without
the feelings of the auditory.
The excepting even the nightingale. While sermon, however, which is the it posselies the power of imitating the subject of our present remarks, innotes of other birds, it equals that charm- dependently of time, place, and ing fongster in the peculiar melody of incident, is an excellent perform• its own (train. · But the mocking bird mingles action
ance. It is judicious and appro. with its song, and its measured move
lits measured move. priate : rich in sentiment ; bril. ments accompany and express the suc- liant in remark ; serious and evan. cellion of its emotions. Ils prelude is gelical. Yet it is not faultless. to rise slowly, with expanded wings, and The learning of its author is Soon fink back to the lame spot, its head hanging downwards. Its action now
sometimes unnecessarily displaycorresponds witb the varied nature of its
ed. Its method is not, as it ought mufick If the notes are brisk and lively, to be, so lucid, as to be plainly it describes in the air a number of cir. perceived by the careful hearer cles, crossing e.ch other ; or it ascends
without the aid of either promise and descends continually in a spiral line. If they are loud and rapid, it with equal
or recapitulation. Its transitions briskness Maps its wings. Is its song un.
are not casy ; its wit is obnoxious equal ? It flutters, it bounds. Do its to misapprehension, and therefore tones soften by degrees, melt into tender may possibly exasperate : and strains, and die away in a pause, more some of its similies are so confuscharming than the sweetest musick? It
ed and so trite, as to serve neither gently diminishes its action, glides smoothly above its resting place, till the
for illustration nor embellishment; wavings of its wings begin to be imper
for then only, when sparingly and ceptible, at lan cease, and the bird re- aptly used, are rhetorical figures mains suspended and motionless ip the “ like apples of gold in baskets of air." op. 54-5. .
The sermon is founded on Luke ART. 7.
x. 18. After some general reA sermon preached in Providence, marks, explanatory of the text, Dr.
at the ordination of Rev. Henry E. traces the progress of christian. Edes, A. M. July 17, A. D. ity in the world. He then ably 1805, By John Eliot, D. D. pas describes the duty of its preach. tor of the New North Church. ers, and indicates the various · Boston.
means by which their mission Ubi autem sapientia cum religione inseparabili may be most successfully accomnexu cohæret, utrumquc verum esse necesse est; quia et in colendo sapere debemus, id
plished. With pointed satire and est scire, quid nobis et quomodo sit colendum, with holy zeal he combats the et in sapiendo colere, id est re et actu, quod scierimus, implere.
sneers and doubtings of the unbeLout. de vera sapient. cap. 3, liever on the one hand ; and on Providence. Carter. tif. 40. the other he forcibly descants up.
on the injuries, which pure chris. mind with proofs of God's existtianity sustains from the false fer- ence. He displays the nature and vours of ignorant and fanatical ex- duties of civil society. He shows horters, who mar the beauty of the superiority of civilized to sav. religion, who clothe that angel of age life. He remarks upon the peace in a demon's dress, and un necessity of subordination, labour, der the pretence of piety seek on, and union in a community, and of ly a support in their idleness, and a firm and steady government to a cloak for those disorders of the prosperity of a people. He which they are the occasion. speaks of the advantages of divine After exposing these opposite revelation, and closes with a strikevils, and showing them to be ex- ing summary of the a priori argutremely injurious to the progress ments in favour of a future state. of undefiled religion, he concludes Dr. Lathrop is a writer who is with the usual addresses to the always filled with his subject, and candidate and the church. To who gives to every subject he the first he is affectionate, to the touches a high degree of interest. last respectful.
His style is simple, perspicuous, The charge by Rev. Dr. La- and forcible. He communicates throp is paternal and instructive ; much matter in an easy manner, and the right hand of fellowship and performs more than he prom, by Rev. Dr. Kirkland contains ises. We regret that so good a hints on the exercise and display sermon, as the one we have des. of christian charity, on which cribed, should not be impressed christians of every name would on better paper and with a better do well to meditate.
type, and that its punctuation and
orthography should be sadly im. ART. 8.
perfect. discourse, delivered at Spring field, Oct. 30, 1895. On occasion
ART. 9. of the completion and opening of A discourse delivered before the the great bridge over Connecti. members of the Boston Femalo cul river, between the towns of
Asylum, Sept. 20, 1805, being Springfield and West-Springfield. their fifth anniversary. By Wil. By Joseph Lathrop, D. D. pastor
liam Emerson, minister of the first of the church in West-Spring field. church in Boston. Russell & 2d edition. Springfield, (Mas.)
Cutler. 1805. pp.30. Text, H. Brewer. nr. 16.
Matt, xxiv. 13. The first object of this discourse Txis discourse is introduced by is to exhibit the wisdom and be a text, which is perhaps more apa Devolence of God in adapting the propriate to the circumstances of earth to the habitance of men. this charitable institution, than any The author then shows it to have other in the whole compass of the been the design of the Deity, not sacred writings. The delicacy withstanding what is done for us, and elegance of the compliment it that we should do something for conveys must have been peculiarly ourselves. He lastly very happi. grateful to the members of this ly uses the occasion for suggest. society, and have excited a degree ing several reflexions of immense of expectation, which, we dare to importance. He refreshes the say, was not disappointed in the
progress of the discourse. The humblest christian may be proud to wear. connexion of the text is well illus- This alone is genuine honour ; it is the trated and applied ; the observa
natural and well ripe fruit of genuine
as worth. It is sometimes in pofleflion of tions follow from it without labour the humble cottager, as well as of him or constraint.
who figures in the walks of publick life. Though the Female Asylum has 'This is that good name which is better than been generally approved, still there precious ointment, and rather to be chofen are some benevolent and iudicionetban great riches. To a person conscious men, who have been doubtful of its wisdom, and terminate in pripate happi
of merit, whose actions are guided by ultimate tendency, and have there. nefs, publick utility, and the honour of fore been less unreserved in their religion, how grateful the commendation commendations, than our author. of a discerning friend ! It is like the preWe do not say that he has been
cious ointment, which was wont to moist
en the head of the Hebrew priel, and immoderate in its praise ; but we
to perfume his facerdotal vestments. Or suggest to his consideration, whe- it may be likened to the dews, which ther he has not expressed himself copiously descended on the hills of Herwith too little caution, when he mon, quickening the progress of vegetacompares to the avarice and envy tion, and clothing them with luxuriance of Judas the motives of those per
and beauty. It is at once the stimulus
and the reward of beneficence. And it sons “ who inay persist in con
is a reward which we cannot, without demning the design of this institu- doing violence to the best feelings of the tion ?” The friends of the Asylum, heart, refrain from bestowing. As like however, have found in the preach
begets like, love begets love. It is imer an eloquent advocate, and, but ?
pollible to behold a high degree of nam
tural beauty, and be filent in its praise. for the exceptions just mentioned,
led, It is equally impoffible to witness an act an enemy might almost be made a of lincere generofity, and not feel a senconvert.
timent of complacence for the agent. It The word “reciprocity” is hard is inmaterial whether the action be done ly admissible, and the phrase “ em
for our advantage, or that of our neigh
bour. Jesus would have commended a pyrean heavens" is rather above
fimilar action in Mary performed for the heads of common audiences. any other man ; and he would have
We extract the following spec praised the fame deed performed for him imen of the writer's style and man- by any other woman. What a beautiful ner.
encomium is here paid by our master to
his worthy friend! Who will henceforth 'The subject allo suggests a fine leffon doubt if love of honour, within moderon the effect of commendation. How ate limits, may be justified ? It is manisweet is the voice of praise ! It is necef- feit that Christ here fanctifies a defire of sary to the young, it is exhilirating to glory, and consecrates it to the practice the old. There is none so high as to be of virtue. Verily I say unto you, whereve above, and none fo low as to be beneath er tbis gospel soall be preached througbout tbe its influence. To repole under the shade whole world, there pull also tbis, that ibis of the laurel, we see the student wasting woman buth done, be told for a memorial of his constitution before the lamp, the ber. Blessed Jesus! We this day help to statesman denying himself ease, and the make thee a true prophet. In these ends victorious general braving death in a of the earth we verify thy words. Yes, thousand forms. Let us however dif- thou excellent woman, who anointed it tinguish the applause of the fickle mul- with precious ointment the holy saviour titude from the calm approbation of the of the world, at the distance of eighteen wise and good. The first is unworthy centuries from thy death, we publish they the pursuit of man or woman, the last beneficence with joy and gratitud . is an ornament of grace, of which the Though no Natue is erected to thy fames most modest christian is permitted to be thy bounty shall yet be had in everlastin fond; it is a crown of glory, which the remembrance : without the aid of brais
thy character will every where be dear. are favourable specimens of his Wherever the goípel of our salvation manner. Mall be made known ; wherever it Thall carry peace to the iurbulent, and light to
I will not assert, that the knowledge those in darkness; wherever it shall offer of the trutb and the practice of rightpardon to the penitent, and immortality
eousness are inseparably connected; and to the good, there thall shy lovely name much less, that the latter is always in be more fragrant than the perfumes, and exact proportion to the former. But is thy memory precious as that of the just!
is a fact, which I believe will not be denied, that they have been associated in a manner, which could not have been the
result of accident. A history of the proART. 9'.
gress and state of religious knowledge,
in the various ages and countries of the A sermon, preached at the ordina. world, would be found a valuable index tion of Rev, Charles Lowell to of their state of moral improvement. the pastoral care of the west To search the scriptures, in order to church and congregation in Bose
acquaint ourselves with their meaning,
is our indispensable duty. When we enton, Jan. I, 1806. By Eliphalet
gage in this employment, we must take Porter, pastor of the first church
with us our reason and conscience. These in Rorbury. Annexed are The are essential to our understanding the charge, by Professor Mare ; and written word of God. Without their right hand of fellowshis, by Mr.
light and aid, we cannot proceed a step
ia interpreting the sacred scriptures; but Buckminster. Boston : Belcher
shall be led into errour and absurdity, & Armstrong
by the first metaphor, er figurative ex
pression that occurs. The chief entertainment of an The suecessor of a Mayhew and a ordination sermon is to be found in Howard ought not to content himself the addresses at the close. The with low attainments in knowledge and preceding matter resembles the
goodness. This flock have been accus
tomed to substantial food, and must not half hour, which is spent in the
be fed with chaff. They will require drawing room before dinner : it is
knowledge and understanding ; or in irksome ; but a good-natured and other words, doctrines and preceptt, civil man, if he does not attend to founded on plain scripture and common it with delight, will endure it with sense. patience, sensible that a half hour, 'The charge, by Professor Ware, " though it may be tedious, can- is such as we should expect from not be long," and that the feast, the decent and correct mind of its which is to follow, will compensate author. It is destitute of ornahim for his mental fatigue. Mr. ment, and contains little novelty. Porter is an entertainer who de- But as ornament would be misserves our thanks ; for whilst he placed in an authoritative exhortahas interested and pleased us in tion, and novelty could not be obthe conclusion of his discourse, he tained, without deviating from the is neither long nor dull in the in- model which St. Paul has given, troductory part. His text is, « Sanc- these circumstances, we think, entify them through thy truth ; thy title it, not to censure, but praise. word is truth ;” and the two di- In the following passage, Mr. visions of his subject are, “ 1. It is Ware, without insisting on any by means of truth, that God sanc- doubtful qualifications, points out, tifies mankind. '2. The word of in concise terms, the endowments, God is the truth, by which this which a candidate for ordination important purpose is effected." ought to possess. We give it as The three extracts which follow a specimen, not only of his style,
but of his moderation and good Surely the desk, where such men as sense.
Maybew and Howard have stood, is
privileged above the common walks of The ministry, which you have receiv. publick instruction.—Of Mayhew we ed yourself, you will be careful also to have heard and read only, but enough commit, as you shall be called in provi to know, that posterity will hear and dence to that service,' only to faithful read of him also. They will be curious men, who give satisfactory evidence of to learn more of that intrepid fpirit, y found understanding, of competent which nothing could depress; of that knowledge, of pure morals, of unques- vigorous understanding, which broke so tionable piety, and of unblemnished rep. ealily the little meshes which were spread utation.
to entangle it. However they may hel
itate to follow him in all his fpeculaThe right hand of fellowship, by
tions, they will never hefitate to admire Mr. Buckminster, is the splendid
his noble attachment to his country, its
liberties, its churches, and its literature ; performance of a young man of
they will not be interested to depreciate genius. The following simile was the independence of his virtue, the received by the auditory with a manliness of his piety, and the undissemmurmur of applause ; and we bled love for the cause of his Redeemer. doubt not it will afford a high grat
Howard we have seen ; and who that has
seen him has forgotten the patriarchat ification to the reader.
fimplicity of his character, united with a
tenderness, which would have been adIs there not, amidst all the varieties of
mired even in a brother ? Who that discipline and faith, enough left us in
knew him is not eager now to assure us, common to preserve a unity of spirit ?
that he had ingrafted the moft fublime What though the globes, which compose
virtues and honourable accomplishment our planetaryfystem, are at fometimes
of his predecessor on the sound and upnearer than at others, both to one anoth
corrupted stock of his own integrity ? er and to the sun, now crossing one another's path, now eclipfing one another's In the last extract we have light, and even sometimes appearing to marked a word, which appears to our short-lighted vision to have wander- us to be incorrectly employed. ed irrecoverably, and to have gone off into boundless' space; yet do we not
As Mayhew and Howard only know that they are still reached by some stood in the pulpit, other publick genial beams of the central light, and instructers ought not, in the same continue, in their widest aberrations, to sentence, to have walks assigned gravitate to the same point in the syf
y to them. tem? And may we not believe that the great head of the church has always dispensed, through the numerous socie
ART. 10. ties of christendom, a portion of the healing influences of his religion ; has
A discourse delivered at the request held them invisibly together, when they
of the American revolution 80have appeared to be rushing farthest ciety, before that society, and the alunder; and through all the order and state society of the Cincinnati, on confufion, conjunction and opposition,
the death of Gen. Christopher progress and decline of churches, has
Gadsden, Sept. 10, 1805. By kept alive in every communion a fupreme regard to his authority, when
Nathaniel Bowen, A. M. rector clearly known, as a common principle
of St. Michael's, and member of of relation to him and to one another? the American revolution society.
Published at the request of the In the extract which follows,
two societies, Charleston. W . Mr. B. has, with a few masterly
P. Young. np. 22. strokes, drawn the true characters of the great Mayhew, and the vir THERE are various defects in tuous Howard.
this discourse. The style is too