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as to the latter the former may always be added, we protest against the denunciation of written forms on the part of those who contentedly follow such as are oral.
We like this compilation, especially because it takes a wide range, embracing the country, its queen, and her counsellors, with a continual remembrance of them before God. We also like its author's pur. pose of dedicating all profits to that invaluable institution the Church Pastoral Aid Society, than which we know of none more deserving public support.
DEATH; with other Poems. By the Rev. R. Mont
gomery, author of “The Omnipresence of the Deity,' • Satan,' Woman,' fc. Sixth Edition, revised and enlarged. Glasgow : Symmington and Co.
This forms the fourth volume of the beautiful little edition which we have already noticed of Mr. Montgomery's poems. No introduction of a work in its sixth edition can be requisite ; but we must say that the poem of “The Stage Coach, which closes this volume breathes, to us, the spirit of Cowper and Goldsmith, in the liveliness, the tenderness, the truthfulness of its delineation in a scene of every day life. It is a perfect gem, in a somewbat difficult path of poetry. Mr. Montgomery is much of an Alchemyst—a class of whom we can boast but few.
A COURSE OF SERMONS ON THE PRINCIPAL ERRORS OF THE CHURCH OF ROME; preached in St. Andrew's Church, Liverpool. By ten Clergymen of the Church of England. A COURSE OF SERMONS ON ROMANISM, preached in St. Michael's Church, Liverpool, in 1838–9. By several Clergymen of the Church of England. Hatchards.
LIVERPOOL is the Pleiades of our ecclesiastical sky: not that her 'bright particular stars’ are limited to seven, but they are so clustered, though distinctthey sparkle so beautifully in unison, and while all “ the heavens declare the glory of God,” this constellation is so conspicuously engaged in the work, that we hail “ the sweet influences of the Pleiades” with a peculiar glow of delight. God be praised for the great grace bestowed on these his dear servants !
In these volumes the great Abomination is so dissected, not with an ordinary knife, but with the quick and powerful two-edged sword of the Spirit, that strong indeed must be the delusion to believe a lie on the mind of any Protestant who rises from their perusal without resolving to become a Protester. As to those clergymen who evade the subject in their ministrations, we can only say, May God pity them, and enlighten their minds!
Each of these volumes concludes with a masterly sermon by the Rev. Hugh McNeile, than whom no living man has better earned the blessing of a Popish anathema.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE PROPHE
CIES, with reference to their Interpretation and Fulfilment, and to Personal Edification. By the Rev. Edw. Bickersteth, Rector of Watton, Herts. Sixth Edition, enlarged. Seeley and Buroside.
Most heartily do we rejoice with the estimable author of this book in the increased interest aroused in the church on the all-important subject of prophecy. It is vain to look for any effort commensurate with the present emergency, among men who close their eyes to this question. Mr. Bickersteth took up the right ground in his former edition, but his views have since been greatly enlarged, and a glorious prospect has opened on every side, while he gazed around. The preface to this sixth edition is important; so are the additions that he has made. We wish the book an unlimited circulation.
EPISCOPACY, ORDINATION, LAY-ELDER
SHIP, AND LITURGIES ; considered in five Letters. By the Rev. Archibald Boyd, A.M., Curate of the Cathedral, Derry. Seeley and Burnside.
It is very well known that Ulster was colonized to a great extent by James I. with those who, like himself, were Scotsmen and Presbyterians. The church of Scotland has, in that part of Ireland, “ divided the land” with her episcopal sister; and although the want of a common enemy to contend with, on a soil whence Popery had in a great measure been driven, tempted the two Protestant sisters occasionally to
gratify their pugnacious propensities at each other's expense, still whenever the foe contrived to take the field, they were found knit in the closest amity, ready to spend and to be spent in the cause of their common faith. Witness the glorious epoch which their children are now about to commemorate-the month of December, 1688—when by Episcopalians and Presbyterians together, the gates of Derry were closed in the face of the Popish foe; and together they manned the walls, together endured the horrors of a protracted siege, bombardment, pestilence, and famine, until together their ashes reposed in the scene of their noble achievements, and they bequeathed to their posterity the precious jewel of civil and religious freedom, with its great and only palladium, an unfettered Bible.
In our days, Satan knowing that his time is now short, is excessively diligent to stir up strife; and effectually he has prevailed on the very spot where unanimity once so signally defeated him. We know right well that a most restless spirit of hostility against the established church recently manifested
itself among some of the Presbyterian leaders there; · and while in the south our poor church has been pressed beyond measure, almost to death, by her open foes, northward she has been wounded in the house of her friends. For our own part, we wish all such differences were buried in the deepest bed of the Foyle, and all stirrers-up of fratricidal strife transported to another hemisphere; but since it has pleased certain of the Presbyterian ministry there to fan into a new flame this coal of their own kindling, we cannot marvel that Mr. Boyd, than whom no man is better qualified for the task, should have felt himself again
bound to come forward and rebut the uncalled-for, unjust, unbrotherly attack upon the church to which he belongs.
Of the book itself, we can only say that the tone of severity occasionally apparent is well merited by some of the assailants, who persist in representing the author's purely defensive, and very temperate “ Sermons on the Church” as an aggressive workan attack on Presbyterianism, which it was never intended to be, and into which no human ingenuity can honestly twist it. It is a mere ruse de guerre to entitle the answer “ Presbyterianism defended.” For the manner in which Mr. Boyd bas fulfilled his task, we refer our readers to the volume. A more powerfully-written one we never took up. It is the production of a great mind roused into action in defence of a great cause. We deeply lament that ever it should have been called forth, because we covet such a champion for Protestantism in the general, and doubly mourn the devilish craft of the great adversary in diverting both parties from the battle-field of their common faith. We also know that it has occasioned much grief to many among the best ministers and members of the Presbyterian church ; but we honour Mr. Boyd for thus maintaining a post to which he was forced; and we pray God to re-unite the divided churches, and to baffle the devices of our ancient foe.
PUBLICATIONS OF THE PROTESTANT ASSOCIATION. Vol. I. Seeleys, Hatchards, &c.
We rejoice to see a handsome volume already com