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preaching was evidently adapted to win his best treatises, in such circumthe attention of shopkeepers and peasants, stances, would tend to place the heart while men of cultivated minds also found in a right state for the work of the in it much to lead them to desire to hear coming sabbath; it would suggest also him again. If then there is any one of topics for sermons of a character to our ministering readers who is unhappy interest the busy and the illiterate. because he cannot succeed in his efforts This is of no small importance. The to fix the attention and promote the thoughts which are most interesting to best interests of the common people, the a literary man are often thoughts with experiment to which we refer as worth which his hearers can have no sort of a trial is this :-Let him procure the sympathy. The difficulties from which Works of Bunyan, and devote two or he gladly finds relief in some profound three forenoons in the middle of every dissertation, are difficulties which it is week to their perusal. We by no means of no use to attempt to solve in their advise him to preach Bunyan's sermons, presence, for they have never known or even to recite any of the striking them, and cannot be made to feel them; passages they contain ; but what we while there are a thousand difficulties mean is that when his mind is free occurring to them, which their pastor when he has not yet fixed on the topics is not likely to advert to, because they for the next Lord's day – he should are too small in his estimation to subject himself to the influence of Bun- require notice. Bunyan was a man of yan's earnest, plain, evangelical pages, their own class, he takes up the matwhich will affect his heart, and in con- ter under discussion in a way that at sequence affect also the style and spirit once comes home to their understandof his discourses. Many of us who have ing, and his mode of treating it suits been intent on the cultivation of the their feelings. Ilis language too is intellect have too much neglected the that which obtains the readiest access preparation of the heart for our public to their hearts; it is not to them the exercises. The deficiencies to which language of a quasi-foreigner, but the this has given rise have been more ob- language in which they think, and vious to our hearers than to ourselves, which most promptly and perfectly and the consequences have been more awakens their emotions. Familiarity perceptible than the cause. Now we with it will therefore exert an influshould not follow Bunyan in all his in- ence on the style of a scholar which terpretations of scripture, though some will be acceptable to the uneducated. of them are sounder than many which There is no danger of his being led to are eagerly received from the pens of adopt the obsolete words or the vulgar eminent scholars, and those of them colloquialisms which he will find in which are sound have this recommenda- Bunyan's pages ; but the plain fresh tion that, being founded on the version Saxon of which they generally consist in general use, they commend them will do him no harm; and the illusselves more readily to common readers trations employed will be frequently than those which are derived from new to a man conversant only with the criticism ; nor should we wish to see works of the learned, adapted to the the writings even of Bunyan made a comprehension of the many, and at the standard of orthodoxy, though there same time not offensive to men of taste. are few voluminous authors in whose It would be tedious to give one-fourth works there is less error than in part of the titles of the pieces contained his. But the serious perusal of in these volumes; but if a few of them are mentioned it will be seen that they have been published, but this is more relate to subjects which all men, if they complete, more correct, and more have any serious thought of religion, judiciously edited than any of its prewill perceive at once to be not mere decessors. speculations but subjects important to The publishers have been very fortuthem personally. The Jerusalem Sinner nate in securing the assistance of Mr. Saved - The Work of Jesus Christ as an Offor, who being an enthusiastic adAdvocate-Christ a Complete Saviour- mirer of Bunyan, sympathizing with Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ — him in almost every opinion that he The Strait Gate-Light for them that entertained, has delighted for many Sit in Darkness-A Discourse Touching years in those investigations which Prayer—The Acceptable Sacrifice—The were the best preparation for his Saint's Knowledge of Christ's Love-all present task. Mr. Offor's accompaniindicate that the subjects treated of ments will give to this edition of are elementary ; but on this account Bunyan's works a peculiar value which they are the more suitable for such must be permanent. To each piece he auditors as those to which we have has prefixed a few observations, illusbeen referring ; the more likely to be trative of its history and of the ciroverlooked, by preachers, but the more cumstances in which it was written, and likely to be acceptable and useful to he has appended to the text, wherever those who can only be induced to hearken necessary, illustrative and corroborative to religious instruction at all, by a per- notes. The concluding volume, we ception of its importance and necessity. understand, is almost ready for de

Many editions of Bunyan's Work | livery.


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the publication of her "Pearl of Days," and This volume our readers will recognize as a who has since become Mrs. B. H, Farquhar, companion volume to one from the pen of the gratefully acknowledges the gratifying tokens same editor, on the subject of Biblical Anti- of approbation she bas received froin many who quities, which we commended to our readers a are far above her in social station, with whom month or two since. Like that, it is an in- she has been permitted freely to mingle, Havteresting book. Its object is to furnish a ing long felt the deepest interest in the subject biographico-historical compendium of the of education, and being anxious that female sacred narrative of the Old Testament, inter- education should be conducted on improved spersed with such exegetical and at times prac- principles, she now places her thoughts before all tical remarks, as shall relieve the tedium of classes of the community, evidently with a view bare analysis. Chapters on the use of sacred to those of the higher ranks as well as to those history, on the ancient chronology, and on the in the inferior departments of society. The Mosaic law, avowedly furnished by the editor subjects of her successive chapters are Female himself

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Humble Walks of Life-Influence of Ignorance contemplate the life of Gregory of Nazianzum, on the Performance of Ordinary Domestic with the aid of Dr. Ullmann, of Heidelberg. Duty. Good Sense pervades the whole book, He is then introduced to the Rephaim, and their and many passages in it are very beautiful and connexion with Egyptian liistory, and shown inpressive. The opening paragraphs we have the fulfilment of Balak's prophecy respecting transferred to our own pages in an earlier part the destruction of Amelek. `Alford's Greek of this number,

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alism and popery, like Pilate and Herod, have in this new scheme cordially coalesced.

“But a second decree falls still more heavily

on the free churches in France not dependent The religious aspect of the political change on or in connection with the state, as the term which has recently taken place in Frnnce is 'Independent' in our correspondent's letter thus presented to view in the Christian Times, signifies. The Presbyterian ministers and -a paper which has peculiar sources of people who, under the leadership of Frederick information in reference to the Protestant Monod, seceded some time since from the Churches of the Continent.

national reformed church, together with a “We need scarcely remind our readers | few congregational churches who are closely that, since the coup d'elat of the 10th Deceni- affiliated with them, are now placed under ber, Louis Napoleon has given many decided the power of a law of previons authorisaproofs of his anxiety to bribe and conciliate lion,' which was only intended, when framed, to his cause the implacable enemies of reli- to apply to political meetings, the liberty of gious liberty. The restoration to Rome of religious worship having been hitherto left the church of St. Genevieve, so long known untouched. It is quite possible that this law as the Pantheon, the interference with the may be armed with a retrospective power, independence of the University of Paris, and and, if so, the rights of existing ministers the suppression of colportage in many parts and churches being forfeited, all future liberty of France, have all been accepted by the to meet as separate assemblies may be entirely Jesuits as an instalment of the price which withdrawn from them. At all events the they shall yet demand in full for their un- missionary stations in rural districts-every scrupulous adhesion to an irresponsible des- one of which was a centre of light and inpotism. And, as stated in the letter of our fluence over a wide district—will now be Paris correspondent last week, two decrees broken up, and the 'advanced guard of the have been issued, by which another step in army of true protestantism will be forced to advance' has been gained, and a fresh proof retreat, while pressing on to victory. given of a fixed purpose that, while the exist- “It is with deep indignation and profound ence of protestantism may be recognised and sorrow that we contemplate this beginning permitted a little longer, yet that all spiritual of the end.' The powers of evil have formed freedom shall be trampled under foot. a confederacy alike crafty in its workings and

“With regard to the National Reformed cruel in its aims: and we cannot but anticipate Church, its Presbyterian synodic system' greater evils for the modern representatives is now utterly ignored and entirely over- of Coligni and the Huguenots than any which thrown. While the ancient protestant church have yet come upon them." of Hungary has been coerced by Marshal The French correspondent of the same Ilaynau, and placed by Austria under marcial paper illustrates the alliance between the law, the reformed church of France is de- President and the Romish clergy by the fol. prived of its ancient organisation, and is lowing statement:—“The government papers subjected to the control of a central council, have lately given us a circumstantial account the majority of whose members are enemies of the ceremony in the Tuileries, of the preof the evangelism embodied in the confession sentation of the cardinal's hat to the archof Rochelle, and which is in itself the mere bishop of Bordeaux. The pope's envoy made creature of the state. That central council a speech in Latin, of which the following is appoints the pastors as well as changes their the essential paragraph: . But what, above locale as it pleases, ' with the consent of the all, rejoices the heart of His Holiness are your government;' and under this regime a noble efforts for the defence of order and rationalist may be transferred to an evangelical public peace, and the protection with which congregation, and the faithful shepherd may you glory to surround our most holy religion be dragged away from his beloved flock. If and its ministers. Your lofty wisdom enabling this system be carried out, it will tend power- you to appreciate how efficaciously the cafully to the extirpation of vital godliness in tholic religion and its salutary doctrine may the national church. Aggressive protestantism contribute to found, with public tranquillity, only exists in connection with the power of the true and durable happiness of peoples, living truth, and we have reason to believe the sovereign pontiff has the certainty that that in their hatred of a common foe ration. your zeal, becoming more and more ani

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