Изображения страниц
PDF
EPUB

2. Their public ministrations, and mode of instructing the natives.

3. The proper employment, and distribution of their time, in works of labour and works of charity.

4. T'heir manner of life in society, in their own domestic economy, and traffic with the islanders.

5. Whether there should not be some solemn designation of the missionaries to the work before their departure, and what?

6. Miscellaneous observations and prudential precautions relative to their own safety and intercourse with the natives.

7. The probable facility of their settlement, either at Otaheite, or any other of the populous islands.

In a postscript Dr. Haweis acknowledges his obligations to that intelligent and respectable servant of God, the Rev.Mr. Latrobe, for his free and very judicious remarks upon his observations, which, together with some other important communications, are printed, by his permission, in the Appendix, and for which he will be thanked by every gracious person who esteems the results of wisdom and experience, sanctioned by the surest test, abundant success.

The Instructions and Appendix are both so full of matter, and so concisely handled, that they cannot be well abridged ; and if they could, we ought not to rob our hearers of their full satisfaction by attempting it. They will read for themselves; and having so done, they will, no doubt, bless God for the maturity to which the plans of the Missionary Society are evidently advancing. A Memoir respecting an African Mission ; with the Observa

tions of Governor Macaulay. By the Rev. T. Haweis, L. L. B, and M. D. Octavo. 28 pages. Price 6d. Chap

man.

AS the immense field among the heathen offers more calls for missionaries than all the efforts of the religious world can probably supply for many years to come ; it is very desirable to obtain clear views of the parts most accessible, the people most likely to reccive the truth, the difficulties which present themselves, and the means by which they may be obviated.

To awaken such researches the hints contained in this Memoir were first

suggested. It was read before the Directors of the Missionary Society soon after its first formation; and it has since received the singular advantages of Mr. Macaulay's communications, Governor of Sierra Leone, and from whom, it appears, still more precise and expanded views of the subject are expected. It is addressed to all Directors of Societies for sending the Gospel to the heathen; of which we understand several have recently been formed, and are still forming.

The author opens his Memoir with a brief description of Africa - Reasons from evident, sound, and philosophical principles, on the probable healthiness and populousness of the interior, to wbich he directs the attention of the societies--States the difficul

ties and discouragements on the coasts to which we have hitherto had access—Suggests some very favourable circumstances from the Sierra Leone establishment, the Directors of which are so friendly to the Gospel-Mentions a considerable number of black professing Christians brought from Nova Scotia, and settled by the Sierra Leone Company, from whom some may be procured as missionary helpers— Informs us, that he has repeatedly conversed with some of these, and though he gives but an unfavourable account of their proficiency in knowledge, or depth of understanding, he gives a pleasing character of their heart.

An opportunity offering, after the Memoir was drawn up, of obtaining farther light on the subject froin Governor Macaulay, it was eagerly embraced ; and several questions, submitted to him, drew forth a reply of considerable length, which is here subjoined, and which cannot but afford much satisfaction and instruction to any of the societies that may think of pursuing this object. But the Missionary Society, perhaps, being deeply engaged in preparing this first great mission for its destination, may think it prudent to defer the consideration of an African mission, till the promised information from the Governor arrives, which probably will greatly influence their future deliberations. No man is more able to throw light on the subject than Mr. Macaulay, and no man more zealnus for the cause of Christ and suffering humanity.

The Memoir closes with a postscript arising from the recent capture of the Cape, which opens a new door of hope in the southern promontory of Africa, the country of the Hottentots, and the populous regions of Caffraria, as well as the contiguous nations yet unknown.

Whilst Providence seems to be thus facilitating the entrance of Christian missionaries among the numerous and much-injured tribes of that spacious quarter of the globe, the friends of truth cannot but peruse with avidity whatever may tend to direct the efforts of the various societies to spots most favourable for the commencement of their operations. The work does great credit to the ingenious author. It discovers how much the mission lies on his heart, and how carefully and extensively he has carried his researches on the subject. No. I. ( Price One Penny) to be continued Weekly, and com

pleted in 22 Numbers, of Discourses, designed as Hints for my Bretbren's Use, who are going to preach the Gospel to the Heatben; but may be of equal Utility to tbe Poor and Ignorant of the Flock at Home. By the Rev. T. Haweis, L. L. B. and M. D. I 2mo. 20 pages. Chapman.

THIS is the first of a series of discourses to be published weekly, at a price so low as to be attainable by the poorest person.

The preface informs us, that the author speaks exactly in the same manner, and on the same subjects, as he should do, were he himself a missionary actually addressing the poor ignorant heathen ; to come down to the measure of their capacity, and to meet, if possible, tlcir

ideas,

ideas, being his object. The disccurse itself is adapted to conciliate and draw the attention of his supp sed herrers, by representing the great love to their souls that inclined him and his brethren to visit them, and briefly alluding to the subjects of truth, and the numerous blessings they are come to introduce.

The subsequent sermons will certaioly breathe as this does, the pure Gospel ; and, if they correspond with this specimen, they will attract attention by their singularity of expression. How much use they may be of to the missionaries, in aiding them to instruct the heathen, experience alone can determine ; but the learned author is certainly intitled to the warmest thanks of all good men, for exercising his talents with this laudable design. To those who arc acquainted with Dr. Haweis's stile of writing, it must be evident that it requires no little effort to come down to the lowest step of simplicity, and speak to these children in understanding, in a manner child-like, without being childisb.

We have no doubt but these discourses will be of much advantage to the poor of the Rock at home, by improving their minds in the knowledge of the great salvation. As they proceed, we may probably be induced to offer a friendly criticism to the respectable author. The Mission, a Poem, By tbe Rev. Thomas Beck, Author of

the Passions taugbi by Trutb. Octavo, 24 pages. Price 6d. Chapman; and the Author, Midway-Place, Deptford-Road.

THE author furnishes the following abstract of the contents of this Poem: “ Sketch of the Work of God in past Ages Coming of the Messiah; his Work and Conquest-Sending the Disciples; their Labours and Success-Spread of Religion in England; its Effects– Errors of Popery—The Reformation - The Promises of Future Gospel Glory-The awakening of Zeal in our own TimesProvidence rousing us to Repentance-An Argument thereto from abused Mercies- Abominations of the Slave Trade The Mission begun, though not a national Act-Qualifications of a true Missionary-Difficulties and dangers of the Work-Errors of Paganism various, and hard to remove-A Persecutor converted— The Gospel opposed to all the Vices and Errors of Nature-- Arguments to aid the Design-From past Encouragement, from our past Crimes and national Sins; from the Certainty of Success."

These are subjects which at all times merit general attention, and at present we trust they will meet with it. They are treated with the ingenuity which characterizes Mr. B.'s performances; but the work is disgraced by a number of errors, either of the pen or of the press, which ought by no means to have been exposed to public view. A volume of poems, which the Author proposes to publish by subscription, will appear, we hope, in a state more worthy the Author's genius.

POETRY

[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors]

EPIT PH OV BIGOTRY.

BY THE REV R. HILL.

JEIE lies old Bigotry, abhor'd

H :

G

No more his in duence shall prove
The torment rıf the sons of love.
We celebrate with hoiy mirth
This monster's death, of hellish birta;
Ne'er may his hateful influence rise
Again, to blast our sacred joys.
Glory to God, we now are one,
United to one Head alone;
With undivided hearts we praise
Our God for his uniting grace.
Let names, and sects, and parties fall,
Let Jesus Christ be all in all;
Thus, like thy saints above, shall we
Be one with each as one with Thee.

THE MISSION TRY-SHIP,
[Though it has been already prin•ed, few
of our readers, per ais, have seen it.]

() destin'd, heavenly-freight-
ed, go,

(there; For, lo! the Leil's ambassadors are Faiih sits at helı, and hope attends the

prow,
While thousands swell the sails with

balmy prayer.
Jesus, thy guar:kan, walks the briny wave,
Or on the whirlwind r des, or rules the

storm; His eye regards thee, vigilant to save,

Tho'danger varies its terrife form. Black gath’ring tempests, awd by his

con mand, [murs, cease; Their hideous form, in lowly murWhilsto'er the monstrous surge he waves

his hand, Or spreads toe silky mantle of his peace. The Lord of lemenis is Lord of men;

He stills the menace ofthe hostile mind; His servants, soun as the glad port they gain,

[come find. In hearts prepard, shall friendly welLo! southern islanders incline the ear,

And pause, attentive io the sacred word: Heralds of God, your embassy declare,

And win obedient nations to the Lord. Proclaim the cross, the banner lifted high,

And bid a guilty world find refuge there; So shall the praise of miriads rend the sky,

[blessings share. And heaven and earth the mighty Gleams the glad morn? Arise, O King

of kings, Assume, assert thine universal sway ; Till earth, subdu'd, its willing tribute

brings, And distant regions cheerfully obey. Then, big with conquest, bring thy glo

ries down, Let those that love thy name thy praise declare;

[the crown, Friends of the cross, they soon shall wear In peaceful resi, and blisa for ever

share,

SHAN

AN HYMN.
THINE forth, thou uncreated Light

And drive away my mental night;
Thou canst the thickes: gloom dispel,
And dissipate the mists of hell.
Thou art all light, all darkness I,
My life, I must without thee die;
Boti light and life thy beams convey,
And guide to everlasting day.
Teach me to walk before thy face,
Daily enlighten'd by thy grace;
Thy wiscion shall my course direct,
Thy pow'r uphold me and protect.
Long had I wander'd from thy path,
And trod the road which leads to death:
To me the path of truth display,
And keep me in the narrow way.
Now wou'd I daily walk with God,
Mark every step which Jesus trod;
My ransom, and iny Saviour, he,
Must also my example be.
Holding with him communion sweet,
I dauntless all amictions meet;
I can surin unt them in his strength,
And shall his kingdoin reach a length.

There

There shall I dwell in perfect light,

A BIRTH-DAY THOUGHT, Nor ever dread returning night;

Occasioned by visiting tbe Place of Nativity, Sorrow and sin shall flee away,

after an absence of forty Years. And joy shall crown the endless day.

R.

EMEMBER the way I have

“R

led *

[blocks in formation]

Thy steps through this valley of tears, . The goodness wit! whici I have fed

And kept thee these forts past years ; Look up to the rock whence thou'r

hewn , To the hole of the pit cast thine eye, Give praise for tie mercie. I've shawn,

And know thai to thee I'm still righ." My heart would obey thv command,

Blessed Lord, and review all thy ways, Would adore all the works of thine hand,

And sing of the triumphs of grace. Ah! touch my cold lips, with a coal

From the altar enflani'd by thy live; And tune ev'ry grace in my stul,

To join with the concert above.

Long have I disregarded thee,
Thine excellence now may I see;
Charm'd with thy glory, Lord, I wou'd
Pursue thee as my highest good.

Tho'once thy greatness did not awe, Now may I love thy holy law; Submissive bow before thy throne, And thus thy just dominion own.

May I no more thy wrath defy,
Nor dare the thunders of the sky;
But for my God's dishonour grieve,
Tho'I his pard'ning love receive.
I to thy word wou'd credit give,
And on thy gracious promise live;
Ap evil heart of unbelief
Shall be henceforth my greatest grief.
Grant me to feel the Saviour's love,
And its constraining influencce prove;
That I may love for love repay,
And give myself to him away.
O! make this story heart relent,
And help me daily to repent;
Grieving that I have ever been
The wretched slave of tyrant sin.
Give me to feel a lowly mind,
To thine unerring will resign'd;
But help me after thee to pant.
Thyself the only all I want.
A contrite, soft, obedient heart,
Is what’i pray thee to impart:
Grant a rigbs spirit, Lord, to nie,
That I may wholly live to thee.

R.

From the hour when I drew my first

breath, To the present, thine arm was my stay; Surrounded with dangers and death,

Yet upheld by thy power each day. When lost in my sins I was laid, As an outcasi, and driv'n from thy

face, My Saviour past by me, and said,

“Live, sinner, and taste of my grace!" For favours so boundless and free,

My soul, what return hast thou made? To him, who hath-so loved thee,

What tribute of gratitude paid ? O’erwhelm'd with confusion and shame, At thy footstool, dear Lord, I would

fall; And, through thine all-prevalent name,

Implore full forgiveness for all.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]
« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »