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incomprehensible doctrine, no dogma, superior to or unfathome able by reason, is inculcated under this term in the Gospel of Christ. We fully agree with him as far as regards the more efsential truths of the Gospel, and its moral doctrines; but we think that we perceive, in the New Testament, doctrines which reason cannot comprehend, or human ingenuity explain, Ariwa sain, and Socinus mortally wounded; by fcripturally proving
a Plurality of Perfons in the Godhead, &c. &c. Addresid to y Priestley, LL.D.F.R. $. By an Old Seaman. 8vo. Jordan, 1792.
The Old Seaman is a zealous Calvinist ; perhaps, but we speak it not contemptuously, one of the feet of Methodists. His arguments, though seldom new, are sometimes urged with peculiar force, and his whole tract is written with Mrewdness and seaman. like humour. The principal defe& is, that he has collected with out much discernment, and has introduced arguments, satisfacto. rily confuted, and observations which have been justly opposed. The Asembly's Catechism abridged, for the Use of Children, partins
cularly in the Sunday Schools. 12mo. 4d. Parsons. 1791.
The Assembly's Catechism is on the Calvinistic plan, and in many respects too abstruse for children. In the present form, it is more familiar; but what idea can a child have of the following answer, which he is to give to the question, What is fanctification ?
Sanctification is the work of God's Spirit, whereby we are renewed after the image of God unto righteousness and good works.' The Condemnation pronounced against all mere Pretences of Religion,
A Sermon, preached ar the Annual Vifitation of the Right Rev. the Bishop of Winchester, at Basingstoke, Sept. 14, 1789. By John Duncan, D. D. Second Edition. 8vo. Is. Cadell. 1791.
Though it is not common to nctice the second edition of sermons, the numerous additions to this calm, rational, and seasonable address, demand not only our notice, but our unreserved commendation. A Syllabus of Christian Doctrines and Duties, in the Catechetical Form.
By S. Newton. 8vo. 15. Dilly. 1791, Mr. Newton, to whom, we suspect, we were indebted for the New Theory of Redemption, has reduced the Christian doctrines 10 a familiar form. The doctrines are similar 19 those of the new theory, which we cannot approve of in their whole extent, and they are in many respects too abitruse for the younger enquirers, This our author seems to have fufpcéled, from the caution pre. sised in his Add:efs.
A particular Attention to the instruction of the Young recommended,
in a Discourse delivered at the Gravel-Pit Meeting in Hackney, Dec. 4, 1791, on entering on the Ofice of Paftor 10 the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters. By Jof. Priestley, LL.D. Svo, is. Johnson. 1791.
This introductory Sermon, which Dr. Priestley delivered to his congregation, might have been very properly the subject of a private conversation. It relates to the plan which he followed in instructing the young men at Birmingham, and which he purpoles to continue at Hackney. The plan is judicious and pro. per : it may indeed be supposed, as he observes, that he shall inculcate his own peculiar doctrines ; but this can be no objection to a congregation that has chosen him for their pastor, and who may be supposed to approve of tenets to which they cannot posfibly be strangers. Sermons for Sunday Schools. By a Layman. i2mo. Is. Wal.
ter. 1791. The language of these short moral lessons is clear and perfpis cuous: the substance judicious and salatary. The Layman dea serves the thanks of every friend of morality and religion. An Esay on Ecclefiaftical Establishments on Religion, &c. &c. 8vo..
. 1791. Mr. Chriftie is averse to ecclefiaftical establishmenis of every kind, and thinks them inconsistent with reason, and with the principles of true Chriftianity. These opinions he pursues with some able, though violent, argument, and historical enquiries.
The discourses are expositions on the 14th chapter of the Reve. lations. Among other discoveries, we find, that it was the wine of the wrath of Babylon that destroyed Dr. Priestley's house, library, and apparatus. We trust that churchmen will be no longer blamed. 9 be Duty of Forgiveness of Injuries : a Discourse intended 10 be de-a
livered soon after the Riors at Birmingham. By J. Priestley, LL.D. F. R. S. 8vo. 15. Johnson. 1791.
The most eager friend of Dr. Priestley cannot disapprove of or lament the late riots at Birmingham more than we do, But we cannot avoid remarking, that, if forgiveness of injuries is a Chrisa tian duty, Dr. Priestley is, in the present instance, deficient in that due ty, Forgiveness is in his mouth, but some publications lie before us, in which we find the most unqualified accusatious of churchmen for exciting the riots, and continuing the persecuting spirit: he more tha, infinuates that his life was decidedly and purposely aimed at. These accusations are not in the spirit of his text, • Father forgive them, &c.': they are not countenanced by the example of
his blesed master; by common candour, or impartial justice. We allow the injuries Dr. Priestley has received to be immense and irreparable: his complaints we should have heard with pity, and an earnest wish that the injuries might, where it was posible, have been compensated by pecuniary renumeration, his distresses we would have soothed with commiseration and condolence; but when, under the cloak of Christian charity, feelings, of a different kind, betray themselves, our own opinions can no longer remain the same. We may resume this subject on another occasion, and probably give our opinions more explicitly. A genuine Letter, as written in the English Language, by a Native
of Indoftan, belonging to the Tribe, or Cast, of Malabar. Ado dreled to a Protestant Mifonary resident at Cuddalore. 8vo. Is. Ridgway. 1791
The authenticity of this Letter is suspicious from the title: it is no longer equivocal from the contents. The whole is the cramba, recocta of the Aimsy criticisms of Voltaire, and his disciples, on the Old and New Testament, seasoned with their sneers at religion in general.
POETICA L. Tbe Feftival of Beauty: a Poem, in Two Cantos.' And, the End thusiasm of Genius ; an Ode. 410. 25. 6d. Robinsons. 1791.
The poems before us are almost purely descriptive; and, from the warmth of our author's language, the fire of his images, such as youthful poets fancy when they love,' we suspect these to be juvenile performances. In early youth we too have indulged
The flow of our impassion'd fong.' .: A faftidious critic might discover minuter errors, where the fire
of genius, or the more lambent frame of luxuriant description, has hurried the poet too far from the fober bounds of reason. In the following lines there is much merit, but we have marked with Italics two little errors.
• In robe of varying tints array'd,
A golden quiver grac'd his side,
“ And all her yielding soul is love." The fong of the cuckoo, which is far from pleasing, and bor. rows the whole of its attraction from association, seems to have taken an early and deep root in our author's mind. He mentions again, in an · Ode on the Return of Spring, written in early life,' the cuckoo's vernal lay.' – There are many paliages, fuperior in poetic fire and elegance to that which we have traafcribed, but we preferred it because it gave a more adequate idea of the merits and defects of the poem, than any other parlame of equal length.
The Enthusiasm of Genius, an ode, was a title which led us to recollect the waxen wings of Icarus, in Horace's description of the imitators of Pindar. Our author, indeed, soars alofr, and the wings seem sometimes to melt, but, on the whole, he alights in tolerable safety. We shall conclude with an extract from the Ode.
• Spectres avaunt !-Where deep'ning fighs
And blood-emblazed banners fly;
Trampling wanguilh'd Foermol go!
Trampling the Victor on the vanquish'd Foe,
• Now awful silence reigns around:
Of madding eye a Nymph appears
His mangled relics in a tide of tears.
Throbbing with anguish, waves her black dishevell'd hair." Monody written at Matlock, 08. 1791. By the Rev. W. L. Bowles.
410. Isi 6d. Dilly. This poem is written in irregular stanzas, and is thaded by a tender melancholly, suggested, seemingly, by the decpening hues of autumn. The bard
- his pen five theme Pours sad yet pleasing We shall select a short specimen of the imagery, and Mr. Bowless descriptive talents:
When first young Hope, a golden-treffed boy,
Then hush'd is the long murmur of the main,
Yet yonder cliffs on high,
Whose with’ring touch Scarce frets their front sublime. To this Monody is added a hort eclogue, styled the African ; the speech of the fable Naves to their countryman, just dying, filled with a pleasing description of the pleasures he will meet with on