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mess which, to those unacquainted and was delighted in attending the with her hopes, scemed unaccount- house of God. able; but which edified and com- About the close of isoj she took forted her religious friends. cold, and discovered strong symp“ Death,” she frequently said, “is toms of a consumption. She recoonly the passage to our Father's vered, however, for a time; but in house, it is going home; and the January following, her disorder why should we be reluctant to go returned with increased violence, home?” What was still more pleas-' threatening her dissolution ; but ing was, this composure and serenity she was entirely resigned to the will was accompanied with the deepest of God, and never heard to murmur sense of her own personal unworthi. or complain.
She evidently had no confi- At one time, during her illness, dence in the flesh. T'he atonement she was observed to weep; and is and righteousness of Christ were the was found, thai having heard a sersole basis of her hopes. On one oc- iron by Mr. S on being born again, casion, after a serinon on this sub- she expressed her fcar that she had ject had been read in her hearing, never experienced that change; but she said, There are some who re- on some conversation with her, her ject this doctrine; but as for me, fears were removed, and she was enwere it not for this, I feel I musi be abled to take comfort from the prolost !"
mises of God, and expressed her Some days before her removal, hope in the Lord Jesus. Once she however, her hopes were violently as- said to her father," lain now really saulted with many doubts respecting to die ! God is my all- sufficient her interest in Christ, and her firal God, and he will never leave ine safety ; but the cloud was soon dis- por forsake mc! 'The Lord Jesus persed, and her former tranquillity is a precious Saviour ! I have restored. That promise, "| will found the pearl of great price.” never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” To one of her own age, who was supported her mind.
“ He hath speaking of the days of the week, said it," said she; “ and will he not she said, "" You are counting the do it ?” When exercised with vio- days of the week, that you may so lent convulsiens, on hearing a rela- to the fair: I am counting the days. tive who stood by say, “It is a mer- that I may go to the Lord Jesus ! cy sister does not feel much pain,'- She then divided her books among Mercy !" replied Mrs. N. “no
her acquaintance; and desired her thing but mercy hath followed me brothers to read what she gave through life: I shall sing of merey them, and seek to know the Lord, for ever!” The words of Dr. Watts and not to play with wicked chil. were frequently in her lips : “ Oh, dren. She had also some Religious if my Lord would come and meet,” Tracts, which she desired might be &c. In this caim and placid fraine given, when she was dead, to chilshe continued, perfeciiy sensible to dren in the streets. the last. A few minutes before her
She expressed her desire, that after departure, she articulated faintly, her funeral, a sermon might be " Come, Lord, come;", and then preached to young people, pressing fell asleep. --- Pause, reader, and re- them to remember their Creator. flect. See in this fact, how the On the morning of Lord's Day, Christian lives, and how he dies!
June 30, about eight o'clock, she Imitate the example of this excel
was suddenly, and at that moment lent woman, and your last end, like unexpectedlý, taken from This hers, shall be peace.
world, without speaking a word,
aged 14 years and ihree months. MARIA IJENDRY
T.S. Was brought np in the ways of
RECENT DEATH. !:e Lord; and, from a child, was fond of reading tho)sible and good June 6. After a short illuess. died books, - was able to repeat the As- the Rev. S. BARNARD, Min:sier of scmbly's Catechism nith the Prouts ; an Inde; endent church at slici id.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
In subordination to this class of luable writings derive from foreign
Mr. Collyer's style is luxuriant
most of the Lectures, That Miri
eloquent and animated productions of Dr. Hunter, when we say, that Transactions of the Parisian SanMr. Collyer has brought forward far
hedrim; or Acts of the Assembly of more than his predecessor, which is
Israelitish Deputies of France and calculated to guard the young and
Italy. Translated from the Ori. enquiring mind from the influence of ĝinal; published at Paris, by M. Scepticism, and to establish it in the Diogene Tama; with a Preface firm belief of the lively oracles of
and Illustrative Notes by F. D. divine truth.
Kirwan; Esq. 8vo, 88. As a book containing much in- Tue burning bush, seen by Moses formation on subjects of first-rate in the desart; may well be taken as thportance; clear and accurate rea- a figure of the church and people of soning, where it is most desirable that God in all ages; burning, but not the mind should obtain conviction, consumed ; and Christians in the -glowing and ardent descriptions, present day, as well as the inspired where the heart ought to feel, legislator, may
** turn aside and see and pressing and zealous exhorta- this great sight.” Not for their own tions; where the conscience and the sakes was the people of Israel bedeportment need to be urged to the loved, but for the Fathers' sakes ;" performance of duty, we cordially and in proof that the “calling of recommend it to all classes of our God” is in perpetuity; without any readers; and more especially to the change in the divine mind. The proyoung:
mise made to Abraham, renewed to As a short specimen of the au: Moses, and confirmed to David, is thor's manner, we extract the fol: at this time in a state of progreslowing beautiful passage. After a sive fulfilment; and we cannot conjust and impressive description of template the present circumstances the solemnities attending the pro- of the Jewish tribes without mingled mulgation of the law_from Mount emotions of admiration and sorrow. Sinai; borrowed from Exod: xix, he Like an oak or teil tree, whose subproceeds :- " Such were the terrors
stance is in them though they shed of the former dispensation, and such their leaves, the holy seed was, and the stern command which forbade still is, the preservation of Israel too near an approach to God: biat and we are justified in concluding far other sounds are heard from that the maintenance of this people, yonder mount of peace. The frame in a distinct and separate body, unof Nature is indeed convulsed, Darké like to any of the nations among bess extends her mantle over the which they dwell, unmingled in sky, the Sun withdraws his shining, manners, tenets, and even physiogand the clouds weep some drops of nomy, is not without some special pity; but these are marks of syin. reference to the glory of God, to patby, not indications of wrath. be revealed in due time. Yonder sufferer blosses with his dy- istence and the actual condition of ing lips; compassion floats in his tbe Jews form a demonstrative are aim and languid eyes; - and the gument for the truth of the Scriplanguage of peace issues from his tures, and the inspiration of thuse tongue, as it cleaves to the roof of holy prophets who, in times so rehis mouth. It is finished, rolls on
mote, predicted these consequences the air with inexpressible softness of their unbelief. Even Infidels have The heart is melted by this scene, felt this artxment to be conclusive, but not terrified. Contrition lays and some of the more liberal have her gentle hand upon the obdurate frankly acknowledged it. We are, spirit. The unpitying eye forgets therefore, interested in the concerns, its ferocity, and learns to weep: and especially in the public actions No command thunders " Whosoever of this nation; and as the events toucheth the mount sball surely be which Providence has called us to put to death ş” but a vvice, like the witness within a few years, are of no gale of a summer's evening, whis- ordinary description, we are attenpers, “ Come up hither; for je there tive to whatever may appear to be is room. (p. 366.)
openings for a still further and
more glorious fulfilment of gospel him.” — Is it possible that these predictions, for a removal of the masters in Israel could be ignorant veil from the heart of this people, that their predecessors, before the for a general turning of it to the destruction of their temple, conLord, that so all Israel may be tended for the “ Son of man," of saved.
Daniel being the Messiah ? [ComWe opened this interestiog volume pare Rabbi Jesus in Aben Ezra and with some hope that we should find Jarehi; also Levi Gersonid. and traces tending toward that event, Saaida. Yalkut on Zech. iv.) – for which the church has long pray- That Jeremiah says expressly, ed; but, we must confess, that we " Their Noble (singular, not plural) do not discover, either in the politi- shall be of themselves, and their cal or religious principles expressed Governor shall proceed from the by the representatives of the people midst of them," &c. Is it possible of Israel, the smallest approach to that they should not know that wards those sentiments which we their ancient Targum expressly reads, hombly conceive it is necessary “ Behold my servant, the Messiah," should prevail, previously to any &c. By what right then do they great exallation of this now despised apply these
passages, and ill-treated race. We learn, in- others, to any beside the Messiah deed, from a letter of Rabbi Berr.
- or, if they invest Bonaparte with Isaac-Berr, which the secretary has this character, in what sense can thought proper to insert, that there they be “ healed” by any stripes in3s a conviction of their lack of re- dicted on him? of the same slasligious knowledge, – of their inca- phemous tenor are the hymns compacity properly to explain the He- posed and sung in his honour;- for brew Scriptures, — of the degraded what other epithet can we bestow on state of private character and morals such effusions as these ? —- “ Hail, airplig them, --
and of the absolute bright dawn of gladness, a Monarch necessity for reformation, in order is this day born unto us! - in this to their respectability ; but there day shall all other days of the year seems to be no general sense of be blessed! Unspeakable is bis the importance of faith in a glory, -- too high for mortal mar Messiah of any kind: nor can any to sing! The name of him standeth person gather from their Transac. aloft, proclaiming aloud, “ Glory tions, as registered by their secre- and greatness in finite.” He is Na. tary, from whose publication the poleon! Before thy throne I bend present is a translation, whether a
my knee, 0 King beloved !--- in thy Messiah be an object of expecta- goodness I place my trust.” His livn or of deyire, among them; and name fills the universa !--none bare upon
the whole, we are rather led been like him among the sons of to in'er the contrary; for what can The fathers of praise can. be more preposterous or more per- not raise up their voices to the verse, than the reference to Bona- greatness of his deeds,
to the parle of such texts as Dan. vii. 13, glory of his works : they stand
one like the son of men, to mute, lost in wonder!" Would whom
was given dominion, and David or Asaph have thus fattered glory, and a kingdom ;and Isaiah “a man whose breath is in his posxlii, “ Behold, inų sriunt, whom I trils ?” upheld, mine elecl, in whom my But, though our wishes on behalf soul deligbleih," &c. Yet on these of a people, which no considerate texts were sermons preached on this Christian' can behold without sym. ccasion; and the preacher expressly pathy, have not been gratified in a ays (p. 226) " To him (Napoleon) rcligious sense, yet we have met in must we apply what Pharaoh said this volume with a variety of very to his servauls, “ Can we find such curious and remarkable particulars; an one as this,
a man in whom for which, as they are scattered in tho Spirit of God is ?”
We nust different. parts, we must refer our also apply to him these words of my readers to the work itself. We re. bext, " i have pui my Spirit upon cominend it to all who interest them.
selves in the lot of this once highly- The assembly ipsists, that Moses favoured people; or who wish to forbade the taking of interest (Deut. be acquainted with events now paas- xxiii. 19) absolutely, among the ing on the earth, perhaps introduc- Jews, who were to be an agricultu. bory to the brightest days of the ral people; yet, wbre commercial gospel dispensation among mankind. advantage is intended to be mads
The singularity of this assembly, by money advanced, the lender is which certainly has had no parallel permitted to partake a moderale to it for many ages, induces us to share of the profit derived from the offer a slight sketch of its principal employment of the money. We are proceedings. This body was col. of opinion, that the assembly did. lected from the dominions of not enter fully into this subject; France, Holland, part of Germany, and possibly, it is reserved for the and Italy, by an Edict of the French Grand Sanhedrim, to which depuEmperor, dated May 30, 1806. It ties are invited from all nations of included 100 Members, of which the earth; and which is appointed about 24 were Rabbins; and com- to meet in October next, at Paris menced iis functions July 26, 1806. There is something extremely It sat till Feb. 5, 1807. A number striking in beholding a people. of questions was referred to it for which has, during 18 centuries, boca decision : which may be reduced to the butt of scorn among the nations, the following principles: “Whether and has suffered disgrace and ca. the Jews considered themselves as lumay, distress and apguish, in every citizens or as aliens in France ?".
shape, yet is preserved, while those To this the assembly answered una. nations who triumphed over it are nimously, as ciiizens ;” avd it bas annihilated. The empire of Baby-., been recommended to the Jewish lon has long ago sunk in darkness, people to purchase lands; and to the Roman power has for ages ceassettle, definitively, in that country. ed to exist, yet tbe Jews remain ; It is evident that such a procedure and so decidedly venerate the instiabandons entirely every hope of re- tutions of their law-giver, as, aster establishment in Judea, or 'return the lapse of 3000 years, to appeal to their own land, when “the tiņnes to thein as their rule, to profess obe. of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” We dience to his ordinances, and to doubt also, whether such a fixed set- justify their opinions by his lantlement be consistent with the de- guage and authority. The very signs of Providence, which seem to fact bears ou it something like the have marked the character of vaga- stamp of divinity; for where are bond on this people, indelibly, as the institutions of mere mortal les well as purposely. " Whether gislators which have maintained Jews may intermarry with Chris.. themselves in vigour, and have reachtians?” is a second branch of en- ed our days, though only of one quiry; which is answered by saying, half the antiquity of these? That no law expressly forbids this We should be happy to think that connexion but' no Rabbi would this, or any other event, might pre: perform the sanctifications necessary pare
the seed of Abraham for the to the religious completion of mar, reception of the truth as it is in Joriage. A question on the civil sus; and happy should we be to power of the Rabbies, is answered say to this people, generally, “Q by denying that the Rabbies have house of Israel, come and let us any civil power : but the question walk in the light of the Lord I” which appears to have occupied the assembly most seriously is, that of the lawfulness of taking interest of Sermons and Letters, by the late Rev, money. It seems that Jewish inte.
V. A. GUNN, 8vo, 83. rest was five per cent, per month ; Tais volume contains 17 Serirons which soon produced such misery and 67 Letters. The former were among those who had borrowed at
delivered at Farnham, when Mr. that rate, as to render the interfe- Guna was curate of that churcb : ponce of the government necessary. & period which he consider