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for trial of the patience and faith of the Saints. Though expressly a compilation, it has all the savour and interest of an original work; and as we fear that there are but too many Protestants even in our day who would look for the Church of Christ during the period referred to among the chaff and tares of Rome, it will prove a valuable instructor to thousands. We scarcely need to say of a work by the Author of " Essays on the Church” that it is written with vigour, conciseness, and perspicuity ; we recommend it as one of the most useful of that excellent series, 'The Christian's Family Library.
THE LIFE OF JOSEPH, considered more especially as
a biographical type of Christ, in a Course of Lectures delivered in the Cathedral of Waterford. By the Reo. E. Dalton, author of “ The watchful Providence of God," 80.-Dalton.
The inexhaustible beauties, the sublimity, the exquisite spirituality of the History of Joseph have employed many learned, pens, many eloquent tongues, and yet remain in rich profusion to reward the search of every new explorer. Mr. Dalton has treated the subject very judiciously, and has produced, from his ministerial labours, a most pleasing and instructive volume a real acquisition to the family library. In each discourse he has given us, first the leading incidents of the story ; then their typical application and fulfilment. He has entered deeply into his subject.
THE JESUITS, as they were and are. By Edward
Duller. Translated from the German by Mrs. Stanley Carr. With an Introduction by Sir Culling Eardley Smith, Bart.-Seeleys.
Now that the steps of this atrocious society may be traced among us as clearly as the slimy track of the midnight snail on the garden fence beneath a morning sun, it becomes a matter of deep, of most painfully thrilling interest, to follow out the clue, and to obtain every information concerning those from whose unseen but most acutely felt influence scarcely a domestic circle, much less a community, is perfectly free. This volume affords a very lively description of their past course, with clear indications of what they are now planning for the destruction of that faith which, like the forty conspirators who lay in wait for Paul, they are all sworn to destroy. The work is written for Germany; for her present crisis ; and most rousing it is, as an appeal to that Nation ; but it is no whit less applicable to ourselves, as a people, and as a Church. The Introduction is beautifully written by one whom God has sent forth among us, to bear the message once more that the beloved Apostle was commissioned to deliver : " Love one another.” May the Spirit of love abundantly crown his noble efforts ! He desires to see a society of humble, zealous believers, formed on principles the direct reverse of those which govern the followers of Loyola, but equally earnest, indefatigable, and persevering in their efforts to diffuse peace and union among those who are the objects of Antichrist's interminable war. We fear the exceeding delight that the great bulk of Christians seem to feel in biting and devouring each other, over the sundry straws that form their respective barriers will be hard to overcome : but again we say, the Lord bless and prosper every Peacemaker, who is ready to sacrifice his own prejudices and partialities for the promotion of brotherly love !
THE MODERN POETICAL SPEAKER : Or, a collection of pieces adapted for recitation, carefully selected from the poets of the Nineteenth century. By Mr. Palliser.-Longman.
CONSIDERING the difficulty of filling a respectably sized volume with good poetry, without admitting any thing questionable in its moral tendency, and keeping up a preponderance of what is really spiritual, we look on this as a very successful attempt. We have, of course, Scott, and Macaulay, and even Byron and Moore ; but these are harmless specimens; and we have much of James Montgomery, Heber, Barton, and others who have never dedicated their literary talents save to Him who bestowed them. We have found the volume a very pleasant companion when by no means inclined for any thing frivolous ; and as a class-book we can find nothing to object against it.
The approaching meeting at Exeter Hall for the furtherance of that truly divine principle, scriptural union and brotherly love among the members of Christ's mystical body, seems almost to monopolize my uncle's attention. It is a wonderful, a blessed, a glorious work,' he says, "wrought by the Spirit of the Lord in the hearts of His children, in despite not only of the direct opposition that might naturally be looked for on the part of those whose religion is too much a matter of forms and ceremonies, and ecclesiastical polity, but in despite also of the discouraging unbelief of many, who have pretty well escaped these trammels, and are able to rejoice in the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free ; but who, from bending their eyes and fixing their thoughts too much on mere second causes, have fallen into a habit of prudent calculation, where they ought rather to exercise that “victorious faith,” which
Laughs at impossibilities,
And says, it shall be done. Says it shall be done, because it is in perfect accordance with the revealed mind of God; and a consistent carrying out of His declared purpose, by the very means that He has appointed. It is the fulfilling of that “new commandment” in which all others are summed up, by the blessed Jesus. “A new commandment give I unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” It is the open answer to the audible prayer of Him whom the Father heareth always : “ Neither pray I for these (the Apostles) alone ; but for all who shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one, as' thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." Oh that we'more solemnly laid to heart the deep purport of these concluding words ! The world knows full well - that Christianity claims to be peculiarly the religion of love, or, rather, an actual 'manifestation of love in its most perfect development ; its foundation being the love of God, in giving His only-begotten Son to suffer and to die for sinful man ; the love of Christ in taking upon him the burden of mortality, in consenting to be made a little lower than the angels, who were created to worship him, in order that he might so suffer, so die, rand make atonement to the Father's justice for the transgressor who could offer none for himself; the love of the Holy Spirit in vouchsafing to dwell in, to teach to guide, to keep the heart renewed by graceyet lever prone to wander again from the paths into which it has been won. Moreover, the world knows that the self-same principle of super-human love is required to exhibit itself in very unequivocal fruits among those who call themselves the followers of Jesus': that they are not only repeatedly, yea, incessantly enjoined to “ love the brethren," to love as brethren,!! to lay down their lives for the brethren," but have likewise the commandment of their divine Master, enforced by His example, and that of his inspired servants," love your enemiest; do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.". To say nothing of the last clauses, the first injunctions, though