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E’en thus the countless orbs, that shining roll
Matter is dead ; nor is there life in suns,
If worlds are dead, whence comes the ceaseless life
Whatever with our outward eyes we see,
E'en man himself—the highest form of life,
C. II. A. LONDON, February 1875.
THE APOCALYPSE REVEALED. From the Latin of Emanuel Swedenborg.
Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott & Co. London: Trübner & Co.
This is a new translation of the work; it was made by the Rev. T. B. Hayward, and revised by the Rev. John Worcester, and approved by the General Convention. Reliance may therefore be placed on its accuracy, to which we bear willing testimony. It is beautifully printed, and forms a handsome work in two volumes, of a size more handy than the octavo in which the work has hitherto been issued. It is called the Roach edition, having been printed, wholly or partly, from funds bequeathed to the Convention by a lady of that name, which no doubt makes the price considerably lower than it otherwise would have been.
LA SAPIENZA ANGELICA SULLA DIVINE PROVIDENZA, Per Emanuele
Swedenborg. Traduzione dal Latino dal Prof. Loreto Scocia. 1874.
THE readers of the Repository are aware that by the self-sacrificing labours of Professor Scocia, aided to some extent by the friends in England and America, several of the works of Swedenborg have been brought before the Italians in their own language. Italian being a lineal descendant of Latin, and much nearer to it in terms and idioms than any living language, it is a favourable medium for conveying the meaning of the Writings to those whose vernacular it is, as well as to all who understand it. Professor Scocia is an accomplished scholar, and does his author justice. The present work is printed in the best style, on fine paper, and is altogether a beautiful volume.
Our readers may be reminded that by purchasing such a book they are aiding the whole effort of the excellent man who, at great pecuniary sacrifice, is devoting his whole energies to the cause of the New Church in Italy, both by his translations and by his preaching.
DE L'ESPRIT ET DE L'HOMME COMME ETRE SPIRITUEL.
London: J. Speirs. This is a translation of the Rev. Chauncey Giles' work on “Spirit and on Man as a Spiritual Being." The translator appears under the modest title of V. K., but we understand it is by an accomplished lady who desires to introduce a work she justly admires to her countrymen. Although intended for French people, those who read the language of France will find it an agreeable companion in the idiom into which she has so well rendered it.
Miscellaneous. SWEDENBORG. -A correspondent has he could not be suspected of dishonesty, sent us the following account respecting and exhibited in other respects no men. Swedenborg which appears in the Popia tal aberration. All respected him as a lar Encylopædia or Conversations Lexi. man of profound learning, an acute con. The work has been before the thinker, and a virtuous member of public some years, but has been much society. His moderation and his indeimproved in later editions. We give pendent circumstances make it imposour correspondent's communication as sible to suppose him actuated by aman evidence of the improved tone in bitious or interested views; his unfeigned articles of this kind. Some mistaken piety gave him the character of a saint apprehensions are too obvious to need who lived more in the society of angels correction.
than of men. In those trances, during “There is an interesting article on which, as he said, he conversed with Swedenborg in the Popular Encyclo- spirits, received revelations, or had paedia or Conversations Lexicon, pub- views of the invisible world, he seemed lished by Messrs. Blackie and Son. It like one in a dream ; his features were commences with the statement that stamped with pain and rapture, accord, Swedenborg was the most celebrated ing as heaven or hell was opened to him. mystic of the eighteenth century,' and In common life, he exhibited the refinegives a very complete biography of him, ment of polished society ; his conversaand in reference to his Economia Regni tion was instructive and pleasant ; his Animalis, says it contains the applica- personal appearance was dignified. ... tion of the system of nature unfolded in to the day of his death he was fully his philosophical works to the animal persuaded of the reality of his visions creation. The principle of a necessary and divine inspirations. This faith manation of all things from a central became at length a fixed principle in his power is the basis of this system, which mind, which was every day more de. is ingeniously unfolded, and illustrates tached from sublunary things. When the extent of the author's reading. It this illusion (?) had once gained ascen. is explained particularly in the Principia dancy over him, his own prolific mind, Rerum Naturalium. Swedenborg was and the writings of earlier mystical first introduced to an intercourse with theologians, furnished him with mate. the spiritual world, according to his rials enough to form such a spiritual own statement, in 1743, at London. world as he pleased. His description of The eyes of his inward man, he says, it, even in the minutest point, bears the were opened to see heaven, hell and the stamp of the age in which he lived, and spiritual world, in which he conversed those views of the external world which not only with his deceased acquaintance, he had gained as a natural philosopher ; but with the most distinguished men of his spirits converse with a distinct antiquity. That he might devote all individuality, and the family likeness of his life to this spiritual intercourse, he his interpretations of the Bible with the resigned in 1747 his office in the Mining explanations and allegories of the earlier College, which he had hitherto discharged mystics is everywhere obvious. But with punctilious exactness, and refused whatever we may think of his revelaa higher appointment that was offered tions, his purposes were praiseworthyhim. The king still paid him his full to collect a church of religious persons, salary as a pension. With no occupa- and preserve them from the irreligious tion but to see and converse with spirits, and demoralizing systems of the age, by or to record celestial revelations, he now the diffusion of his religious and edify. resided alternately in Sweden and Eng. ing works. In the moral parts of his land. The theological works which he writings we meet with the purest docwrote at this period he printed at his trines, and with passages of peculiar own expense. They found many readers; religious elevation; and though he and while he was an object of the deep. wrote in a bad style and in careless est veneration and wonder to his follow. Latin he deserves rather to be classed ers, his statements were the more mys- among the religious poets than among terious to the rest of the world because theologians. The stories of his pro
phecies and supernatural knowledge of He say, 'In order to found My Church events of actual occurrence—for instance, and consecrate her to Me, in order to the information which he gave, in Got. guide her as her Head and to instil My tenburg, of the conflagration at Stock- life into her members, I must have a holm, the hour when it happened—are kingdom of this world, yea, must be curious from the amount of testimony King of kings, with the right of examadduced in their support. ..."
ining the laws of all nations, and of de
claring whether subjects may obey them, VATICANISM.-The Pope, in the ex. with the right even of deposing princes ercise of his high authority, has issued and absolving from the oath of allean encyclical to the German bishops, in giance ?' He never said this ; on the which he declares null and void the contrary, when the tempter presented to recent acts of the German Parliament His Spirit, as a thing to be desired, affecting the Romish Church. This has all the kingdoms of the world and the led to the publication of a Protest by glory of them, accompanied by the becertain Roman Catholic members of the trayal of His mission, He said, 'Get thee Prussian Chamber, and to more stringent hence, Satan' (Matt. iv. 10). There legislation against the Papacy. Bishop came to Him one of the people, and said Reinkens, the Bishop of the Old Catholic Master, speak to my brother, that he congregations, has seized the opportunity divide the inheritance with me.' That to address a pastoral to the priests and is to say, he demanded that Jesus should laymen who continue in the Old Catholic busy Himself with the settlement of faith. The pastoral is remarkable for civil matters; but the Lord said to him, the prominence it gives to the teaching Man, who made Me a Judge or a of the Scriptures, and the firmness with Divider over you ?' (Luke xii. 13, 14). which it resists the pretensions of the Earthly possessions He neither distriPapacy. We give from it the following buted by judicial decision nor adminisextracts :-
tered. When the people, misled hy a “The foundation of the Church is One false conception of the promised Messiah, -Other foundation can no man lay desired to make Him a king by force, He than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" withdrew Himself, departing into a (1 Cor. iii. 11); the corner-stone is One, mountain Himself alone (St. John vi. 151.
in whom the holy temple is builded When Pilate asked Him, * Art Thou the and framed together' (Eph. ii. 20); the King of the Jews?' He gave him a Head of Christendom is One (Eph. v, plain answer—My kingdom is not of 23), the Mediator between God and man this world ; if My kingdom were of this is One (1 Tim. ii. 5); the High Priest, world, then would My servants fight, Whose priesthood is unchangeable, is that I should not be delivered to the One (Heb. vii. 24); the Shepherd and Jews ; but now is My kingdom not from Bishop of our souls is One (1 Pet. hence." His kingdom, therefore, has ii. 25); the Lord is One (Eph. iv. 5): nothing to do with a political empire : and that One and only One is Jesus He keeps up no army to fight for Him. Christ. He alone is the source of all Pilate drew from Christ's answer the renewing in the Spirit, and the pattern right conclusion, “Art Thou a king of the new man, which after God is then ?' and the Lord answered, “Yea,' created in righteousness and true holi. and then declared that His kingdom ness' (Eph. iv. 23, 24).
was the kingdom of truth, to found “Whosoever, then, in His Name speaks which He was born and came into the to the people, whosoever claims to be world (St. John xviii. 33-37). His Apostle and imitator, must so act as “In like manner He taught His first He acted, and, as in everything, so also disciples, whom He gathered unto Him. in the position towards the worldly self, to distinguish His kingdom from power must be like unto Him.
the kingdoms of this world. They “Did then Jesus, our Peace, Who came dreamt at first the dream of the Messito break down the middle wall of parti. anic Majesty outshining and subduing tion between the peoples, to slay their all kingdoms of the earth. Building enmities and to reconcile all to God and upon Old Testament narrative, their to one another (Eph. ii. 13-19),—did He conception was of the material weapons of ever, or anywhere, mix Himself in poli. earthly kings, combined with fire from tics, in order to attain His end ? Did heaven and legions of angels in the ser
vice of the Messiah. But the Lord CREMATION. —Advantage has been declared that He did not need for His taken of the public discussion of this purpose battling legions of angels, yea, subject to call public attention to the that they would obstruct Him in the doctrine of the New Church on the sub. fulfilment of His mission, in the drink. ject of the Resurrection. An interesting ing of His cup (St. Matt. xxvi. 53, 54). tract on the subject has been published When a city of Samaria refused to by Mr. Speirs, at the Swedenborg House, receive Him, the sons of thunder, Bloomsbury Street. This publication has James and John, spoke in their wrath, been favourably noticed by several of the Lord, wilt Thou that we command public prints, and thus brought more fire to come down from heaven and con- fully to the notice of the general public sume them? But He turned and re- than would be the case while confined buked ther' (St. Luke ix. 53–55). to New Church sources of publication. All material force, which is used in the service of His kingdom, has an opposite WEEKLY OFFERTORY,- This mode of effect,-it ruins souls and destroys the contribution to Church uses, which is kingdom. When, at the arrest of the making rapid progress in the Established Lord, the Apostle Peter, who a few Church, is becoming introduced into hours later was to fall so deeply and some of the leading societies of the disgracefully in spiritual conflict, drew New Church. It has been adopted, with the material sword, and smote off the success, at Argyle Square, and also at ear of Malchus, the High Priest's Camden Road and Devonshire Street. servant (St. John xviii. 10), Jesus On its introduction to the latter society, said to him, 'Put up again thy sword a circular was issued to the Congregainto his place, for all they that take the tion from which we give the following sword shall perish with the sword' (St. extracts :-"The very general adoption Matt. xxvi. 52). If we call to mind of an Offertory during Divine service by the general tenor of the declarations and the various Communions of the Christian laws of the Old Testament, then there Church, and the experience of its success is contained in this, according to the by our brethren in Argyle Square and connection, a prophecy and a threatening Camden Road, led to the appointment for the Church. He who desires to re- of a Committee to consider the advispresent her cause by the worldly sword ability of its use in Devonshire Street. brings her to ruin."
The report of the Committee recom
mending the practice was laid before the CORRESPONDENCE OF FIRE.—A cor- monthly meeting, held on the 16th respondent of the Rock introduced this inst. It was then resolved—To have subject under the title of “Symbols of an Offertory every Sunday morning and the Holy Spirit.” Among these symbols evening, in lieu of all other collections, is fire, " but,” says the writer, “fire more beginning on the 7th March.'” After frequently points out the justice of describing certain special uses to which God." This letter led to other corre- the offertory on certain Sundays would spondence, one of the letters being mani. be devoted, the circular continuesfestly of New Church origin. In this “We commend the adoption of this letter the writer says :-" If your cor- plan, as having the high sanction of respondent will take the trouble to refer antiquity. To the Israelite of old it to those passages in the Bible where was said, 'And they shall not appear fire' is mentioned, he will find that before the Lord empty : every man in a good sense love is signified, but shall give as he is able, according to the when evil fire is referred to, self-love. blessing of the Lord thy God which He Water is the beautiful figure of truth ; hath given thee' (Deut. xvi. 16, 17). and hence the constant references to Give unto the Lord the glory of His fire and water signify the hallowing in- Name ; bring an offering and come into fluence of love and the cleansing power His courts' (Psa. xcvi. 8). To the of truth.
: The 'unquenchable fire' early Christians it was recommended by and 'fire of hell’ do not indicate speci. the Apostle of the Gentiles, ‘ Upon the fically the justice of God,' but are vivid first day of the week let every one of you representations of the evil passions and lay by him in store as God hath prolusts that consume the depraved." spered him' (1 Cor. xvi. 2). Now,
therefore, perform the doing of it.