Let us

Those who say they will repent himself set upon Cain, in order that when they are old, argue ou a wrong those who met the brother's murderer conclusion."

should not slay him, have been the “ Where are our Sbakspeares and mark of repentance ?" our Miltons now ? Such names exist

Certainly not; for “ Cain went only on their monuments :-the fabric of England's glory rests upon stone

out from the presence of the pillars."

Lord, and dwelt in the land of Some are exaggerated and Nod;" whereas had he been rather affected.

truly penitent, he would like the “ It is vain that my sister gives me prodigal son, have said, “I will a memorandum-book, and bids me write arise and go to my Father, and in it all the occurrences of the week;' will say unto him, Father I have for, if I were to write only the acts of sinned." Adam and Eve were kindness she does to me, one work would ill contain the whole, and frightened, but not penitent, thousands might be filled with them.” when they strove to hide them

• Some people think that, in parting selves from the presence of God from your friends, the badness of the amidst the trees of the Garden. weather increases your melancholy. I do not. I would have the rain make Or, if Cain's going from God's me feel dripping ;-) would bave the presence is only a general exlightning scorch, and the thunder shake pression, and does not bear out me: they make me know something the above comment, still Scripelse besides the grief of parting,—they ture no where speaks of him as accord with my feelings.'

“A rag that belonged to her, I having ever repented with godly can well conceive making a book of sorrow. tenderness !"

“The only certain thing is, that all is Others are false, some speci- uncertain." ously so ; but still false.

It is certain that nothing which

God has revealed is uncertain : • I cannot behave very criminally, as nor are death, judgment, and eterlong as I love many whose lives are so virtuous and pure: the thought is too nity, uncertain ; though the times terrible, that our friendship shall not

and circumstances may not be last for an eternity, and that the temp. known to us. tations of a pitiful world shall be able to separate us from one another."

The only word Walter Scott ever

wrote to grieve mankind, was · Finis. the heathen

Walter Scott wrote many things right: “ I approve the better, I follow the worse.” Piety is not

which grieve Christian minds. necessarily catching. Man's heart Does our author reply “ True, is not a moral Daguerrescope,

but all men are not Christians?" which takes whatever impression “ What a high prerogative have the is cast jupon it by a reflected ray

beasts of the field, in not being capable from the Sun of righteousness.

of thought !”

No; it is an absence of a pre“ A man's good deeds form Jacob's ladder : they reach from earth to rogative. heaven, and form the steps by which “ A place where there was no bid. he may ascend there, provided the ding good-bye,,no bright eye dimmed, ladder be supported by a celestial or turned away-would, from those band."

things only, be a heaven." Not so; man's “good deeds" Not“ from those things only;" do not rise so high (Psalm xvi. unless a ball-room, with a smiling 2,3.) Christ alone is “ the way bright-eyed partner, is heaven as to the Father.” The ladder is long as it lasts : but this is not “ celestial” as well as the hand the Christian's description of which holds it.

heaven; though there too will be “May not the mark, which the Lord an" innumerable company," and


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they “go out no more," and long absent father I beheld :-there God shall wipe away all tears."

was something in my eyes prevented Heaven should not be spoken of my seeing clearly:"

* The sweet light of friendship is Anacreontically.

like the light of phosphorus, " The robe of charity is generally plainly only when all around is dark.”

" We doubt if there be a heaven of large enough to be able to make cloak's also for a little pride and a little hypo- answered: we pray for the wind that

mercy, if our selfish prayers are not crisy."

pleases us best, though that wind would Not the robe of true charity : make sailors' wives, widows; and 1 Cor. xii. 447.

sailors' children, fatherless."

" That we have slain our tens of “ The crier knows he would gain no thousands, is a boast in wbich the attention, even though he spake to us Author of all death surpasses us : that of the child we had lost, unless he com- we have given birth to one poor man's menced by assenting to us.'

smile, or wiped away one widow's The crier does not say

tear, is a glory we enjoy in common with

the Giver of immortality;" Yes, Oh Yes ;" (as the remark The good man taught the orphan implies) “assenting to us ;" but how to write, and the first use he made Oyez, Oyez” (Norman French) of the knowledge was to write his

benefactor's “ Listen, Listen."

upon his silent

tomb.” “ Mistake,-the Christian name for “ To keep you from the injuries of a lie."

corrupt world, the best amulet that Not the “ Christian" name.

you can have around your neck is a

mother's arm." " The joyful boast that we shall all

Tears are binding, uniting. Two be equal in the grave, is not true: to

drops of water will invariably mingle talent there can be no levelling; genius

together, and blend into one.' never can be annulled,-it is, I had

The second class shall conclude almost said, the voice of Heaven.”

our extracts. The Bible does not connect hea. ven with talent but with character.

“ You may ridicule the fop upon his The “ talent

ignorance, he cares not; but not a or "genius” which

word on his dancing. Our Achilles is on earth raised its possessor to a vulnerable only in his heel." higher level than his fellows, is “ We all agree that 'in Church we probably so immeasurably lower

should feel all as equals;' yet, we add, than the intelligence (whatever membrance, that at ten minutes to one

our grooms should bear in their reit be) of an angel, or of an they are to go for our cabs.' infant translated to heaven, that The humane man of the present it would not be visible beside it. day takes the fish out of the damp

water." Gulliver's Lilliputian might better

“ To those who taunt us for going to say the three-inch-high men, as church we may truly reply, that distinguished from the two-inch, go, because we see what miserable would be conspicuous for stature beings those are who neglect it.'”

“ The talent with which Gibbon in a nation of giants.

denies that there is a God, is the most We will now select two classes convincing proof there is one.” of more pleasing or interesting " He who wears a demure look on specimens; the first of a pathetic his face, whilst he drinks in obscene or sentimental character, (senti

conversation with his ear, resembles

those Jews, who, on their sabbath, shut mental in the good sense); the

up very carefully their windows, but second more miscellaneous; gene- leave the door open for chance cusrally vigorous, and often satirical, tomers.'' but fairly and not harshly so.

* It is a pity that those who prac

tise virtue bave their rehearsals only in The following fall under the public.” first class :

“ The man of spirit will take the

inside, though the inside be in a “ I did not know whether it was my puddle." CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 32.

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" The vain man is easily gulled. “ How disgraceful it is to read of a Every piece of a looking-glass he looks set of men meeting together, successful at appears to him a jewel.'

in getting green peas at five guineas “Gold did not bring evil into the per peck, and for this good luck humbly world; evil brought gold.”

chanting out 'Non nobis, Domine!" “ How uncertain is the continuance “ Let us learn wisdom from converof glory! Franklin says, The light sation with all ranks, the labourer and ning always strikes the highest ob- the beggar: there is no degradation in

stooping thus, since we stoop only to Singing is the utter ruin of thou. gather pearls. sands of men : Niobe is far from being Men do a mean act, and then boast the only mother whose children have of it as clever: if they will skin a fint, been destroyed by Apollo.”

must they show me their choice collec“ You can trace a pure example tion of skins ?” through a family, as you can know “ The sinecurist says to the beggar, where the sun has set by the bright- Go, and work.'” ness it leaves in the place where it “ In preaching and in speaking, the descended : the death of a good man is one word in conclusion' is never life to his relatives."

finis :'_there is as long a space be“ The good man's wealth is like the tween going and gone, as in an aucrain which falls on Ethiopia,-it de- tioneer's oration !" scends plenteously there, in order to Masculine, gaiety ; feminine, vice.” fertilize all Egypt."

“ We read in novels, he wittily “ Time's chariot, like those of the said ;'-as linendrapers put on their ancients, hath scythes fastened to its goods' very cheap, for fear you should wbeels."

not know." “ Idleness is not Vice: it is not the “ Had man ‘a window in his breast,' destroying lion, it is only the jackal, how many lodgings to let,' should we - the lion's provider.'

He would manage, however, I «« Common sense’ is put, I suppose, think, to put up a blind.” in opposition to 'genteel folly.'"

“ A man's one idea is like a pea in a "* What dire events from trivial drum, it makes far more noise than if causes spring!' A word, a look, has the drum were full." bathed a world in blood : how hard is it Every (not every) poem will conto find the source of the Nile, that vince us that the Muses are three overflows Egypt!”

times as numerous as the Graces." “ A bad man cannot make himself “How much greater are the titles of look white instead of black by endea- many than themselves. Like a Lon. vouring to appear so: be only looks don sight, it should be with them, a like a negro in the leprosy."

shilling for the thing itself, and eighteen “When a man 'gives us his honor' pence for the catalogue.' so freely, it is natural to inquire, • Is A virtuous action may sometimes it yours to give ?'

be done by a bad man. A single swal. * The conceited man knows him- low shows not a coming spring,-it self;—but it is only a bowing acquaint- may be the only one which has not ance."


see !

The Life of Luther, with Notices and Extracts of his popular Writings ;

translated from the German of Gustavus Pfizer, by T. S. WILLIAMS,
Johanneum College, Hamburgh; with an Introductory Essay, by

the Author of " Natural History of Enthusiasm,” &c. The chief events of Luther's Author of “ Natural History of life are too well known to require Enthusiasm," but of "Ancient that we should attempt a meagre Christianity," which is incomrecital of them; but we take up parably his most laborious and this publication for the sake of a important work. In the Essay few extracts from the Introduc- prefixed to the Life of Luther, tory Essay of Mr. Taylor, who he treads in his own steps in re. should no longer entitle himself gard to the early corruptions


foisted upon Christianity, parti. of that memorable event, without cularly that of asceticism, and the observing how strongly they dwell evils which grew out of it; and upon the “ articulus stantis vel which he considers were rife long cadentis ecclesiæ.” But does before the establishment of the Pfizer do so? Far from it; he Papal despotism. We may touch throws this great characteristic of upon this by and bye; but we the Reformation into the shade ; must just ask, before we advert so that in perusing his pages side to bis observations, whether he by side with those of such writers has carefully considered the me. as Scott and the Milners, (not to moir to which they are prefixed ? mention the early narrators), we It is remarkable that he makes find the whole moral and philobut slight allusion to it, though sophy of the piece changed. There it goes out with the weight of is a singular contrast in this rehis name attached to it. We spect between the estimate of Mr. suggest the question, because, Taylor himself and of the author though Pfizer's work furnishes a whom he introduces to English very copious account of Luther's society. Mr. Taylor represents life as a matter of biography, and Luther as impelled by his hearty presents also a running commen- reception of the “ doctrine of tary upon the facts, it fails, and grace" to reject whatever contraworse than fails, in bringing out vened it; and hence arriving by the true character of the Protes- successive steps at the assertion tant Reformation ;-we say worse of the supreme and sole authority than fails, because it leaves a false of Scripture; thus placing the impression, as if this great event “ doctrine of grace" upon an im• were but a step in the modern moveable foundation. But the “march of mind,”—an advance German biographer appears to towards that mental philosophy regard the recognition of the sole and political liberty which are to authority of Scripture as imporconstitute the perfection of a tant, chiefly as vindicating indivicoming age; so that instead of dual liberty of conscience; and as viewing Luther as an instrument a lever for ultimately overturning employed by the Great Head of Luther's own views of Christian the church for the revival of pure doctrine. We do not say that Gospel truth, we are rather to this is distinctly propounded ; contemplate him as a deliverer it is rather to be gathered negafrom the chains of intellectual tively than positively; from omisthraldom, who laid down prin- sion than assertion ; and yet we ciples which are eventually to think that such a passage as the produce fruits of rationalistic following speaks pretty plainly to philosophy, of which he himself those who are acquainted with had no expectation. Mr. Taylor the philosophising style of modern justly says, that “the doctrine German-and we may add French of grace was God's truth, and and Swiss-Protestant theology; Luther not only found it in the and who remember that at the letter of Scripture, but he felt its tercentenary commemoration of vitality as a heaven-descended the Reformation, the most marked energy ;” and accordingly w feature of panegyric was, that cannot open the writings of those Luther had thrown open the historians of the Reformation, or flood-gates to Rationalism, Neobiographers of Luther, who have logy, and Socinianism ; that in correctly estimated the character, emancipating the human mind and felt the scriptural importance, from Popery, he had also laid a foundation for emancipating it among those who adopt the name of from the not less fanatical notions

Lutherans by the question,- What

would Luther say, could be re-appear which he himself held, such as

on earth, to the present state of things the Divinity of Christ and the in the church, in religion, in theology, doctrine of the Atonement ; that and philosophy? What, to all that is he had set every thing afloat ;

done in his name, or as a continuation

of his work, or lauded as the fruit of and that we shall at length come

the Reformation ? What would be to anchor, not where he ima

say to the fact, that there are theo. gined he found good soundings, Togians, as far as possible removed from but upon the then untraversed orthodoxy; that the boldest philosoocean of true philosophy ; keep- thority; nay, that even the French

phers refer to him as their great auing the Scriptures indeed as an celebrate him as the champion, not ancient chart, in many respects only of religious, but also of political still highly valuable for navigat. liberty, in modern times ? ing the sea of life, but needing nated from liberty of conscience is

" Not all the fruit which bas germioften to be corrected by modern sound and good; yet, spite of its being observations and science. We occasionally nothing but a wild gourd, suggest to Mr. Taylor to consider truth can only flourish in an atmowhether the passage which we

sphere of perfect liberty; and Lutber

himself most amply experienced, and are going to quote, however cau- openly declared, that the enemy bad in tiously expressed (or perhaps cau- his time sown tares among the wheat. tiously translated, for we have And even were he to reject much, that not the original for comparison,) well-meaning persons of our times

, is

in the conscientious opinion of many does not glance this way. We worthy of retention, this would be no only premise that by the word reason why we should abandon it, “ Protestants" we understand the since the word of God alone, which be author to mean the great ma

bas given for the guide and edification

of his church, must ever remain the jority of the Lutheran and Re

sole criterion by which a Christian formed churches, in this modern must regulate his faith and practice." state of Neologian appetency. We heartily concur in the con“ Protestants have been reproached

cluding remark; but the whole with deviations from Luther's princi- tone of the passage leads us to ples. This is true ; but we add, Lufear that the writer means more ther allowed every Christian the li, than meets the eye; and that the berty of examining the Scriptures; and assertion of the supremacy of yet he inconsistently established a result, from which the evangelical Chris- Scripture is intended chiefly to tian was not allowed to differ, and by get rid of those doctrinal deduc. which this freedom was extremely li- tions which are embodied in the mited, if not entirely, annulled; and Lutheran and Reformed confes. the Protestants have, in latter times, allowed themselves to pass the boun- sions of faith. Mr. Taylor should dary marked out by Luther, appealing, have looked carefully to this for their justification, to the liberty of before he undertook the respon. searching the Scriptures for themselves. Why should this not be granted, when sibility of introducing the work we clearly perceive that these two to a large class of readers who points, the liberty of freely consider will not be able to add what is ing the word of God, and the previous defective or to subtract what is determination of the result, are irre

deleterious. The work purports concilable: and with whatever sincerity of belief, or pertinacity of

to be one of a series of cheap opinion, Luther adhered to the various publications intended “to proArticles of the Augsburgh Confession, mote the temporal and spiritual yet infallibility was not an attribute to interests of mankind ;” and the which he ever wished to prefer a claim.

advertisement states that “ Some persons have imagined they “ The Introductory Essay bas been could not fail to cause embarrassment prepared with the view of placing the

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