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can scarcely believe that their national sincerely believing themselves the disfestivals were celebrated with such a ciples of Christ, can honestly so sohigh-wrought enthusiasm, and such a phisticate almost every word they renunciation of all selfishness and anis admit him to have uttered on the subiosity as are here ascribed to them. ject of his relation to God, as to fasten But we must allow an author to en- upon him the blasphemy of his being neble what he finds a delight in de- the compeer of God?” But my inoscribing ; and we can readily forgive mentary bigotry brought a blush into an error on the side of praise, in my cheek, and with sincere compuncrespect to a people whom it has some- tion and shame let me now record iny times been deemed a point of duty by “ wonders at the almost unanimous Christians to paint in the blackest faith of Christendom. It is indeed colours. Great taste and devotional true, that prescription, establishment, feeling has been shewn in the manner fashion, will, to multitudes, in every in which quotations from Scripture, age, inake black white, and wliite especially from the Psalms, are intro- black : but even among the es podias duced, and the best modern versions of believers are there not to be found have been every where followed. thousands and tens of thousands who Should the book ever be rendered ac- attach all the credit and conclusivecessible to English readers, it will be ness that the most devoted inquirers found a very pleasing medium of con- after divine truth alone can attach to veying historical, geographical and every insulated asseveration of the antiquarian knowledge, and will gri- “ Teacher come from God," as well tify the taste while it improves the as to the whole tenour of his doctrine, heart.
and yet, upon his own supposed shewK. ing", coequalize, not identify, him with
his Father and his God? In the opiSir,
nion of such disciples at his feet as VHAT can account for the pre- these, he must, somewhere or other,
valence, at the present day, have either explained away these cateamongst Protestants of that most mar- gorical depositions of unqualified subvellous modification of the Christian jection to, of absolute dependance on, faith yclept Trinitarianism? “Thinks " the only true God,” or have taught I to myself,” the other day, as I sat also some antagonistical doctrines, so revolving in my mind the unvaried, utterly irreconcileable with their naked uniform and iterated averments of its meaning, as to warrant any possible Divine “Author and Finisher.” “Why evasion of it. For any such direct callest thou me good ? None is good contradictory elucidations I look, howbut one, that is God.” “ I ascend to ever, in vain : indeed, I am not aware my God.” “The words I speak unto that the stoutest-hearted champions you, I speak not of myself.” “ The of creed and article-theology have Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth gone so far as to assert, that what the works.” “The Son can do nothing he who "spake as none other man of himself." “ I live by the Father.” spake," said at one time, he directly
My Father is greater than I.” “ He unsaid at another. We must, therethat hath seen me hath seen the Fa- fore, have recourse to the remaining ther.” “To sit on my right hand and member of the alternative for the soon my left is not mine to give.” lution of our problem. And here, let But I might, literally speaking, tran- me avow, however little creditable to scribe, as every reader of his Bible my judgment the avowal may be deemwell knows, a considerable proportion ed, that in a solitary, quite anomalous of our blessed Saviour's discourses into text, I, for one, do recognize an apoyour pages, before I had exhausted logy for almost any but a perverse or THE Son's attestations to his inferio- ludicrous interpretation of our Savi. rity to the Father, his nothingness our's assertions in the passages enuwithout Him, and but for Him. As merated, and in others of a like imfully impressed with the divinity he port.* The Baptismal text I never claiined as with that he disclaimed, “Is it possible," I caught myself vo- I have never read the admirable ciferating, “is it possible, that men, dissertation of Tyrrwhitt on this test,
can but consider as an impregnable roundly affirm, that, amongst the now hold of Anti-Unitarian doctrine. So many dilapidated fortresses of orthodecisive a voucher am I forward to doxy, there is not one which offers to admit it be of a TOÀUKOIpanın in heaven, “ the sword of the spirit” a more that if I entertained the slightest no- vulnerable track than does this its tion of its being possibly authentic, I vaunted and hitherto all but unscarred should feel myself as much constrained citadel ? as any Athanasian can feel, to accom
BASANISTES DEUTEROS. modate my conviction of the Unity of God to any hypothesis by which it Sır, could be decently modified. Now if S you sometimes allot a corner this, or any thing like it, can be the expression (well or ill founded) which worms, allow me to occupy a small this supposed command of our Savi- space with a brief account of two our's makes upon a mind convinced that small tracts, printed together, in a voPaganism is as much the doctrine of lume which though figured as an ocChristianity as Trinitarianism is, what tavo is not larger than an octodemust be its effect on those who iden- cimo. tify Trinitarianism with Christianity? The whole title is as follows : “PreWill they not believe any thing rather cepts, or, Directions for the well-orthan offer violence to its more obvious dering and Carriage of a Man's Life, import ? Will any Procrastean pro- through the whole Course thereof cess scem illegitimate to them, that left by William, Lord Burghly, to his can torture Scripture into a seeming Sonne at his death, who was someharmony with this extraordinary but times Lord Treasurer of this Kingdecisive text? Is it not, indeed, mat- dome. Also, some other Precepts and ter of fact, that this great vital organ Advertisements added, which someof the orthodox system generates ra- times was the Jewell and Delight of ther than merely fills all the arteries the right Honourable Lord and Faand reins which flow to and from it? ther to his Country, Francis, Earle of What vagary of the human brain could Bedford, deceased. In two Bookes. less assimilate with the whole or any London, printed for Thomas Jones, part of Scripture, than does the grave and are to be sold at his Shop in the and idolized dogma extracted from Strand, neare Yorke House, 1637.” this singular anomaly in the sacred This “Thomas Jones," the bookpage? And yet in the opinion of seller, was a smart tradesman. He those who deem it treason to divine has dedicated the volume, which he truth to question the evidence by describes as a new edition, to Richard, which this solitary testimony to Tri- Lord Buckhurst, to express part of theism, under another name, is sup- his thankfulness for the “goodnesse” ported, is there one in a thousand he had received froin this nobleman who does not, with Postellus, trace and from “the noble Earle” his faits ramifications in almost every vo- ther, and “the right vertuous Counlume of the Jewish and Christian tesse,” his mother. There is a vein Scriptures ? Shall I be contradicted of mirth in this writer from “his when I say, that the minutest degree shop in the Strand, neare Yorke of scepticism, as to the authenticity House.” “Multiplicity of words,” of the Baptismal text, would do more he tells Lord Buckhurst, to disenchant Athanasianism of its multiplicity of errors: especially in charms, than whole folios of demon- those whose tongues were never postration opposed to the tenet which lished by art. It is true” (he wag. this text seems to involve will be able gishly adds), “I have much learning, to do in a long succession of ages? but that is in my shop, and it is as Will my assertion be disproved, if I true that I am ignorant, having not
the happinesse to bee breil a scholar."
He then quotes a Latin sentence to without being reminded of the notable excuse his want of education, and that, hoax practised by our facetious monarch without saying, as honest John Bunon the literati of his day. His argument yan did, in the like case, “the Latin all along disproves the assumption on í borrow,” viz., Non cuiris homini which it is founded.
licet adire Corinthum.
I was somewhat curious to look Alpes," alleging that by foreign travel into the paternal counsels of such they would learn “pride, blasphemy a man as Cecil
, Lord Burleigh, Eliza- and Atheisme.” One of his counsels beth's far-famed minister, especially is extraordinary, and may cause him as he adunonishes his son that they to be ranked amongst the enemies of
season bis youth like the deavy war upon Christian principles : if in (dew) of age.” They are moral and the latter part of the sentence a little pious, but displaying withal a good secular policy peeps out, it may well deal of that worldly wisdom by which be forgiven for the sake of the rare the author made his way through so “ meekness of wisdom” that comes many difficulties, and preserved his before. “ Neither by my advice,” standing amidst so many mutations says he, “ shall you train them (sons) and perils.
up to warres : for hee that sets up his Precept 1. is headed, rather oddly, rest to live by that profession, in mine “For the choice of your Wives." opinion, can hardly be an honest man, The wary politician here calls upon or a good Christian; for, Every warre, his son to use great providence and of itselse is unjust, the (tho'?) good circumspection, for,” says he, “it is cause may make it lawful: besides it in the choice of a wife, as in a project is a science no longer in request then of warre, wherein to erre but once is use : for souldiers in peace, are like to be undone for ever.” He exhorts chimneyes in summer, like Dogges with regard to a wife, “Let her not past hunting, or women, when their be poore," and assigns the thrifty beauty is done." man's reason,
“ Because a man can Precept 5, “ adviseth to keepe buy nothing in the market without some great man to your friend, and money.” Amongst other advice on how to coinplement him.”. this point, he enjoins, “make not At p. 25, is “ An Addition of some choice of a Dwarfe or a Foole, for Short Precepts and Sentences, not from the one you may beget a race inpertinent to the former," I suppose of Pigmeyes, as the other will be your by Lord Burleigh, though the followdaily griefe and vexation : for it will ing, rumbered 21, is not quite such irke you so oft as you shall heare her as would have been expected from his talke, and you shall continually finde eminent wisdom. “Though I thinke to your sorrow, that feele that crosse, no day amisse to undertake any good that There is nothing so fulsome as á enterprise, or businesse in hand; yet she-fonle." And, after counselling have I observed some, and no meane against “ drunkennesse," he lays clerks, very cautionarie, to forbeare down the following rule of husband- these three mundayes in the yeare, ing : “ Beware thou spend not above which I leave to thine own considerathree of the four parts of thy revenue, tion, either to use or refuse, viz. 1. nor above one-third part thereof in The first Munday in April, which day your house: for the other two parts Caine was born, and his brother Abel will but defray extraordinaries, which slaine. 2. The second Munday in will always surmount your ordinaries August, which day Sodome and Goby much : for otherwise you shall live morrah were destroyed. 3. Last Munlike beggars in continuall wants, and day in December, which day Judas the needy man can never live hap- was born, that betrayed our Saviour pily, nor contented, being broken and Christ.” distracted with worldly cares : for We have, at p. 52, A handfull of then every least disaster makes him short questions, with their Resoluready to mortgage or sell: and that tions," some of which are mere coGentleman that sels an acre of Land, nundrums : e. g. “ Q. What waters looseth an ounce of Credit : for Gen- of all others ascend highest ? A. The tilitie is nothing but antient riches: tears of the faithfull, which God gaso that if the Foundation do sinke, thers into his bottle.” Similar to the Building must needs consequently this is the Joe Millar conceit which fall."
has often crept into very grave pulUnder Precept 2, the title of which pits : Qu. Why cannot the heart
“ For the Education of your Chil- of a man bee filled, although hee dren,” this sage father exhorts, “suf- should enjoy the whole world? Ans. fer not your sonnes to passe tlic Because the whole Globe of the World is round, and Man's heart a Triangle fond of it, and used it as a manual, receptacle for the Trinitie."
his “ Jewell and delight." Yet there - The last paper in these Miscella- is little in it to entitle it to this high nies, all purporting to come from the distinction. Unlike Cecil's treatise, pen of Cecil, is “ The genealogy, off- it is slightly tinged with Puritanism : spring, progeny and kindred, the but it is sober, even to dulness. Comboushold, the family, the servants ing to it from the smart, sagacious, and retinue of Pride, cum tota sequela proverb-like sentences of that adept sue, with all her trayne and follow- in human nature, we find nothing ers," in which goodly company are scarcely that takes hold of the imagiplaced 10thly, “Error, heresie, super- nation. Now and then there is a grostition, schisme, sects, pharisaisme, tesque description. “Shamefastnesse Puritanisme, idolatry.”
(shamefacedness) is a goodly ornaCould this lynx-eyed statesman dis- ment of noble persons. It exalteth cover no other sentiment than pride those which be humble, making them as the motive of those men of irre- noble. It is the beauty of thein that proachable and saintly lives, that are feeble and weak, the prosperity of would not bow to the authority of a them which be sicke, the comfort of vain, loose-living and profane-talking them that are in heavinesse, the inwoman, who succeeded her father, the crease of all beauty, the flower of reliNero of his age, as “ Head of the gion, the defence and buckler against Church of Christ upon earth,” or that sinne, a multiplier of good deeds ; questioned the spiritual lordship of and, to be short, it is the onely parabishops who had played fast and loose mour and durling of God, the Creator with religion, and were frocked or of all.” unfrocked at the pleasure of “ Queen The “Contents” of this little book · Bess"?
are gummed up in the following chap
ters, designed to picture so many 0! soul of Sir John Cheke.” "abuses." "). A wise man without
workes. 2. An old man without deCecil was the trimmer from policy votion. 3. A young man without that this Greek scholar was from weak- obedience. 4. A rich man without ness, and the master was so far liap- charity. 5. A woman without shamepier than the scholar, that the griev- fastnesse. 6. A master or ruler withousness of Cheke's fall from the faith out virtue. 7. A Christian man full made repentance and restoration al- of contention. 8. A poore man proud. IDost a matter of course, whilst Cecil's 9. A wicked and an unjust king. 10. eren bat slippery tenor of life allowed A negligent bishop. 11. A people withhim to practise hypocritical compli- out discipline. 12. A people without ances, without any great outward vio- law.” lation of integrity, and consequently “ The ninth abuse” the irriter justwithout any deep compunction of con- ly calls “a capital abuse indeed." To science.
display it by contrast, he describes The whole title of the second tract royal excellence in a passage not within the volume runs as follows: “A out strength, and containing a sumGlasse, wherein those enormities and mary of patriotic principles: “The foule abuses may most evidently bee righteousnesse and justice of a king, seen, which are the destruction and is to oppresse no man wrongfully by overthrow of every Christian Com- power: to judge and give sentence mon wealth. Likewise the only means betweene man and man indifferently, how to prevent such dangers : by without affection of any person : to imitating the wholesome advertise- defend strangers, orphane children ments contained in this Booke. Which and widdowes : to see that robbery sometimes was the Jewell and delight and theft raigne not in his realme: of the right honourable Lord, and Pa- to punish straitly adulterous and for ther to his Country, Francis, Earle nicating persons : not to promote and of Bedford, deceased.” At first, I exalt such as are wicked: to give no thought that the “ Glasse” was com- living to such as are unchaste persons, posed by the “Earle of Bedford,” but and makers of vicious pastimes : to I believe Mr. “Thomas Jones" means destroy out of his land all that are only to represent that the Earle was wicked against God and their parents :
to suffer no murtherer or man-queller
Walworth, to live, much lesse such as doe kill
Dec. 11, 1822.
F you church: to comfort the poore with deeds of charity: to take heed that his Repository, it is at your service. It officers under him bee just and good is “The Methodist . Hymn,” taken men: to have of his counsell, ancient, from a Collection of Hymns, for wise and sober men : to give no eare Cainp-Meetings, Revivals, &c. &c. By to sooth-sayers, witches or enchan- Hugh Bourne. Nottingham. 1821. ters: not to keepe anger in his stompacke: to defend his country justly
HYMN xxxiii. and valiantly against adversaries : to
Methodist Hymn. put his whole trust and confidence for all things in God: not to be the 1 The Saviour's pame I'll gladly sing, prouder in heart if things doe succeed He is my Saviour and my king ! after his minde, and to beare the con
Where'er I go his name i'll bless, trary patiently: to keepe steadfastly
And shout among the Methodists. the Catholike or universall Faith : not 2. To the Devil's camp I'll bid adieu, to suffer his children to doe wickedly: And Zion's peaceful ways pursue ; to bestowe certaine houres daily in Ye sons of men come turn and list, prayer: not to eate and drinke out of
And fight like valiant Methodists. For woe be to that land, (as the prophet saith,) whose king is a
3 It is religion makes the man,
The world may try to prove it vain, childe, and whose great men doe rise
But I will give the world for this, up early to eate and drinke."
To be in heart a Methodist. The honest moralist dwells upon many and sundry sores” which "doe 4 Come sinners, turn unto the Lord, infect a realme and hinder the pros- And closely search his precious word, perous weale thereof,” “but above And when you do his truth possess, all things," he says, "the unrighte
You may become a Methodist. ousnesse of a King, doth make darke 5 Come now with me, and you shall and clowdie the face of his whole
know realme;" and he concludes with this
What a great Saviour can bestow; warning to the possessors of thrones : His love to me I can't express, “But yet let every King, take this Although l’am call’d a Methodist. lesson with him, and marke it well, that as among men he is set highest in 6 I am a soldier of the cross, his throne, so if he minister not jus
All earthly things I count but loss, tice, hee shall be deepest in paine.
My soul is bound for endless bliss, For in this life as many transgressors
To praise thee with the Methodist. and offenders as hee had under him, 7 They preach and pray, and sing their so many in the time to coine shall he
best, have above him, to his extreame sor- They labour much for endless rest; row and paine remedilesse."
I hope the Lord will them increase, The spirit, at least, of this and a And turn the world to Methodists. few other passages is worthy of one of 8 We shout too loud for sinners here, the founders of the house of Russell,
But when in Heaven we shall appear, a “father to his country,” whether So faithful then our souls shall rest, as the author or the admirer. Had
And shout among the Methodists. this little compendiu!n of duty been the "jewell and delight” also of the 9 Aud when that happy day is come, Charleses and the Jameses, it might
When all the Christians are brought have saved one from decapitation,
home, another from discrowning, and all four
We'll shout in high enraptured bliss, from indelible historie infamy.
With all the blood-wash'd Metho
dists. CANTABRIGIENSIS. The following account “Of the
Origin of the English Camp-Meetings,” &c., forms the Introduction to the Collection.
“A large Religious Meeting in the