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There are many interesting passages in this book : the second temple was a great building, but those who remembered the first, wept.
A FORM OF PRAYERS, used by his Majesty King
William III. when he received the Holy Sacrament, and on other occasions. With a Preface by the Right Rev. John [Moore], Lord Bishop of Norwich. А New Edition, with an Introduction and Address to Protestants. By a Clergyman. Robertson, Dublin.
The talismanic power of the word PROTESTANTISM, has not, God be thanked! passed away from us: nor has the thing thereby specified lost an iota of its saçredness, as being the only code of religion sanctioned by the Holy Spirit in the revealed word of God. We recognize Christianity in no other form than as a living Protest against all that opposes Christ and his gospel: a believing in the heart, and an acknowledging with the mouth, that in Him alone, and in Him all-sufficiently, the sinner has a Saviour; the believer, righteousness and strength. It is true the particular epithet originated in a holy Protest against the abominations of the papal Antichrist, and as such we are bound dearly to cherish it. This land was never, since the first introduction of Christianity (long previous to the Romish mission of Augustine), professedly infidel : professedly popish it was for centuries; and the breaking of that accursed yoke from off the neck of England, is an event worthy to be commemorated alike by the national and individual assumption of the emphatic title-PRO
Inseparably connected with the remembrance of this blessing, is the grateful recollection of one whom God raised up to seize with a strong grasp that hateful yoke, when England was menaced with its renewed imposition, and to rescue the country. We have been accustomed to regard William III. as a great warrior and a profound statesman; but the general impression made by the records of historians is not so favourable to his personal disposition. The zeal of an Irish Protestant, has, however, prevailed to present us with a delightful memorial of our political deliverer, in the sacred character of a praying king. The little manual of devotion now before us, was composed by William for his private use; and the simple, sober, earnest piety which they breathe, their humble confessions of individual sinfulness, their continued appeal to the blood of the cross, their devout ascriptions of praise to the only Giver of victory and peace, with their fervent intercession for the people over whom God had placed the royal suppliant, must all bring home to our hearts the conviction that the work in which our fathers rejoiced, and which we are struggling hard to preserve in violate, was begun, continued, and ended in the spirit of faithful prayer.
The introductory address is from the pen of a clergyman whose name we would gladly divulge, if at liberty so to do; for his praise is in all the churches, And the dedication is most appropriately made to that noble Protestant patriot, the Earl of Roden. The book, a very small one, is a bijou, beautifully got up: and it certainly ought to decorate the table of every Christian Protestant in these lands.
EXCEEDING GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES. Seeley.
A SMALL collection of comfortable passages from holy writ, with an appropriate Preface, and some scriptural hymns, in very large type, intended for the benefit of the aged and the sick. It is well adapted for the purpose; being also of light weight, suited to feeble hands.
MEDITATIONS ON THE LORD'S PRAYER.
With Four Discourses on different subjects. By A. Bonnet, Author of · The Family of Bethany,' • The Exile from Eden. Translated from the French. By the Rev. W. Hare. Nisbet and Co.
In this we indeed recognize the author of that lovely work, · The Family of Bethany. The same elegance of style, the same depth of spiritual thought, with an increased solemnity of direct application to the heart, conscience, and feelings of the reader, characterize these meditations. The · Portfolio' department of that valuable paper - The Record,' has of late drawn largely from M. Bonnets work; and the volume as a whole will more than fulfil the expectations raised by a perusal of those detached beauties. The closing discourse, on · The Last Enemy,' is peculiarly striking.
DIVINE MERCY; or the Riches of God's Pardoning
and Paternal Love. By John Cox, Author of Our Great High Priest,'· Word of Exhortation,” • Coming and Kingdom,' &c. &c. Nisbet and Co.
A VERY sweet subject sweetly handled, by one to whom the church of Christ is largely indebted for many valuable treatises. Mr. Cox always enters upon these subjects as one who well knows what it is to feed on Christ in the heart by faith. There is a liveliness, a richness, an unction evidently from above pervading his works, that savours strongly of the ripe old wine, in comparison with which our modern brewings are generally very thin and poor.
THE PROTESTANT'S ARMORY; being a collec
tion of extracts from various writers on the church of Rome, chiefly designed to shew its apostate, idolatrous, and anti-christian character. Compiled by a Lay Member of the church of England. Seeley and Burnside.
The thought that struck us most forcibly when turning over the leaves of this noble · Armory,' was one of shame mingled with astonishment, that here, in the middle of the nineteenth century, the people of England should require such aid, not only to combat but actụally to discern the unveiled form of the gigantic Antichrist in his most rampant position. Yet so it is: and the need being such, God, in his infinite, long-suffering compassion supplies it. This layman has done more for the church than the great bulk of her ministers ever dream of doing; and we rejoice to see such a host of high authorities, ancient and modern, brought to bear on the subject. The volume is a most convincing one ; and its intrinsic value at this crisis, unspeakable,
SHORT CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE composed by the
order of Pope Clement VIII. By the R. father Robert Bellarmine, of the company of Jesus, and Cardinal of the holy church. Revised and approved by the congregation of reform. Rome, 1836, Peter Aurelj; London: Seeley and Burnside.
Here we have the full length portrait of the Great Harlot, not sketched by the hand of an enemy, but carefully painted by her own trusty and well-beloved son, the famous Jesuit, Cardinal Bellarmine ; now re-published with fresh sanction from the Vatican and Propaganda. We are indebted for this translation to the Rev. Robert J. McGhee, who gives on the left hand page the original Italian, just as he received it from the seven-hilled city. It is a small book: the manual of Popery; the catechism principally taught in the schools of the National Board in Ireland. We recommend our readers to provide themselves with it and the preceding work together. We can promise them something to start at, and to start from too.
The Religious Tract Society has been publishing some useful and pleasing books: among them we would specify Wellwood's “Glimpse of Glory,' a