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Review of Dew Publications.

Messiah's Throne, d Sermon which it is composed, and for the

preached before the London abundant evidence in favour of Missionary Society, at their Christ's divinity, which it so eighth annual meeting, in Toie briefly, and with such an imprese tenham-court Chapel, on the eve- sive novelty, exhibits. ning of Thursday, May 13, “I cannot find, in the lively oracles, 1802. By Joux M. Masox,

a single distinctive mark of deity A.M, Pastor of the Associate or limitation, to the only begotten Son.

which is not applied, without reserve Rrformed Church in the city of All things whatsoever the Father New-York. London. Biggs bath, are his. Who is that mysteriand Cottle. 1802.

ous WORD, that was in the begin

ning, with God? Who is the Alpha This discourse is founded on and Omega, the beginning and the the sublime address of the etere ending, the first and the last, the Al.

mighty ? Who is he that knows nal Father to the Lord Jesus what is in man, becanse he searches Christ; . Heb. i. 8, But unto the the deep and dark recesses of the Son, he saith, Thy throne, O God, heart? Who is the Omnipresent, that is forever and ever.

In the in- has promised, Whererer two or three troduction the author makes this there am I in the midst of them!

are gathered together in my name, observation ; that the apostle is the light of whose countenance is, at “Under no apprehension of betraying the same moment, the joy of heaven, the unwary into idolatrous homage, and the salvation of earth? who is by giving to the Lord Jesus greater incircled by the Seraphim on high, glory than is due unto his name ;” and walks in the midst of the golden An observation, which we may candlesticks? who is in this assem. with evident propriety make, re

bly; in all the assemblies of his peospecting many inspired writers.

ple? in every worshipping family! The general plan of discourse holy heart ? Whose hands have stretch

in every closet of prayer in every is, to consider Christ's personal ed out the heavens and laid the glory, which shines forth in the foundations of the earth? Who hatha name, "O God,” by which he , replenished them with inhabitants

, is here revealed; and his sove

and garnished them with beauty, ereign rule ; " thy throne is for- both," visible and invisible, whether

having created all things that are in ever and ever."

they be thrones, or dominions, or After noticing an attempt of principalities or powers ! By whom those, who controvert the essen

do all things consist ? Who is the tial Deity of Christ, to pervert governor among the nations, having

on his vesture and on his thigh a the phraseology and change the

name written, King of kings and Lord sublime meaning of the text, the 'of lords. Whom is it the Father's preacher, bold in the truth, says ;

will that all men should honour, even « The crown which tourishes on as they honour himself? Whom has Messiah's head is not to be torn away,

he commanded his angels to worship? nor the anchor of our hope to be

Whom to obey? Before whom do the wrested from us by the rude hand of devils tremble? Who is qualified to licentious criticism."

redeem millions of sinners from the The following passage de wrath to come, and preserve them, serves to be quoted entire, both

by his grace, to his everlasting king

dom? Who raiseth the dead, baving for the animated eloquence with life in himself, to quicken whom he

will, so that at his voice all who are him, as God manifest in the in their graves shall come forth--and flesh, and as the Mediator of the death and hell surrender their numer. ous and forgotten captives? Who shall

new covenant. weigh, in the balance of judgment,

Under the second general the destinies of angels and men ? head the author with true Chrisdispose of the thrones of paradise ? tian oratory, insists upon the and bestow eternal life? Shall I submit to the decision of reason ? Shall stability of Messiah's kingdom, I ask a response from heaven? Shall I arising from his omnipotence, and summon the devils from their chains from the Father's covenant ; and of darkness? The response from hea. upon his administration, bearing, ven sounds in my ears; reason ap- in the highest degree, the charac. proves, and the devils confess-This, . Christians, is none other than the

ters of mystery, wisdom, and GREAT GOD OUR SAVIOUR!

righteousne88. “ Indeed, my brethren, the doctrine In his enumeration of the of our Lord's divinity is not, as a means, which Messiah employs fact, more interesting to our faith,

in the administration of his king than, as a principle, it is essential to our hope. 'If he were not the true dom, the author mentions the God, he could not be eternal life. gospel, the agency of ihe Holy When pressed down by guilt and lan. Ghost, and the resources of the guishing for happiness, I look around physical and moral world. In for a deliverer, such as my conscience and my heart and the word of God 25

treating the last particular, he sure me I need, insult not my agony,

shows how extensive his views by directing me to a creature to a are of the sovereigp dominion of man, a mere man like myself! A crea- Christ. ture! a man! My Redeemer owns

“Supreme in heaven and in earth, my person. My immortal spirit is his upholding all things by the word of property. When I come to die, his power, the universe is his maga'must commit it into his hands. My zine of means. Nothing which acts soul! My infinitely precious soul or exists, is exempted from promoting committed to a mere man! become in its own place, the purposes of his the property of a mere man! I would kingdom. Beings rational and irra. not, thus, entrust my body, to the tional animate and inanimate; the highest angel who burns in the tem. heavens above, and the earth below; ple above. It is only the Father of the obedience of sanctified, and the spirits that can have property in spir- disobedience of unșanctified, men ; its, and be their refuge in the bour

all holy spirits; all damned spirits : of transition from the present to the

in one word, every agency, every ele. approaching world. In short, my

ment, every atom, are but the minis. brethren, the divinity of Jesus, is, in ters of his will, and concur in the the system of grace, the sun to which execution of his designs. And this all its parts are subordinate, and all he will demonstrate to the confusion their stations refer,, which binds of his enemies, and the joy of his peothem in sacred concord; and imparts ple, in that great and terrible day to them their radiance, and life, and

when he shall sit upon the throne of vigour. Take from it this central luminary, and the glory is departed. bis glory and dispense ultimate judg. Its holy harmonies are broken.. The

ment to the quick and the dead." elements rush to chaos. The light

From this exalted station, to of salvation is extinguished for

wbich the preacher has happily ever."

raised us, we are invited to surBut the author well observes, vey the prospects of God's church; - that it is not the Deity of the 1. prospect of preservation ; 2. of Son, simply considered, to which increase ; 3. of triumph. On the text confines our attention ; each of these topics the author that it leads us to contemplate expatiates like one who is filled

with the language and spirit of revolution. Interspersed with inspiration.

biographical, political, and more His address to his auditors al observations. In three vols. with reference to the object of By Mrs. Mercy Warren. 8vo. Missionary Societies must not be Boston. E. & J. Larkin. 1806. wholly omitted. “All scriptural efforts to evangelize the hea. In an “ address” prefixed to then,” he says, “ contribute their the work, the historian informs share” to the triumph of the “the inhabitants of the United gospel

States of America" what were “But let us pause;" he subjoins, her inducements to engage in you exult

, perhaps, in the view this undertaking, and the advanof that happiness which is reserved for the human race; you long for its lages she possessed for that pur, arrival, and are eager, in your place, pose. She was apprehensive. to help on the gracious work. It is that “when every manly arm. well. But are there no heathen in was occupied, and every trait of in the midst of their zeal for foreign talent or activity was engaged missions, forget their own souls ; nor either in the cabinet or the field, consider that they themselves neglect many circumstances migbt es: the great saivation ! Remember, my cape the more busy and active brethren, that a man may be active members of society;" and there, in measures which shall subserve the fore she determined to employ conversion of others, and yet perish in his own iniquity. That very gospel, her leisure hours in recording which you desire to send to the Hea- events as they occurred. "Con: then, must be the gospel of your salva- nected by nature, friendship, and tion; it must turn you from darkness every social tie, with many of the to light, from the power of satan unto God; it must make you meet for first patriots, and most influen: the inheritance of the saints, or it tial characters on the continent ; shall fearfully aggravate your con- and in the habits of confidential demnation at last. You pray, thy and epistolary intercourse with kingdom come. But is the kingrom several gentlemen employed of God within you? Is the Lord Je. sus in you, the hope of glory? Be not abroad in the most distinguished deceived. The name of Christian stations, and with others since will not save you. Better had it been elevated to the highest grades of for you not to have known the way of rank and distinction,” she had righteousness-better to have been the most idolatrous Pagan-better,

the best means of informainfinitely better, not to have been born,

tion." than to die strangers to the pardon of It is very evident that the his, the Redeemer's blood, and the sang. tory before us is the product of tifying virtue of his Spirit.” It is with reluctance that we the assertion that all political at

“ a mind that had not yielded to forbear to transcribe still larger tentions lay (lie] out of the road portions of this sermon. It is so admirable throughout, that fords a proof of this; yet,“ doubt

of female life :” every page afwe hardly know which part to less it is the more peculiar prova prefer, or what property most ince of masculine strength, in highly to commend.

the nervous style of manly elo

quence to describe the blood History of the rise, progress and stained field, and relate the story

termination of the American of slaughtered armies,"

Few of the American fair have ges the attention, and is there hitherto ventured to appear be- fore introduced as the first subfore the public in the character ject of remark. It is very uneof historians; and considering qual ; and although the reader the timidity natural to the sex, is often charmed with elegant it is not wonderful if in the pre- expression, and the polished pesent instance, “the trembling riod, yet is he frequently disheart has recoiled at the magni- gusted by the heavy sentence, tude of the undertaking, and rendered tedious, and almost unthe band often shrunk back from intelligible by parentheses. The the task ;" or that these « histor following quotations will furical tracts" are “now with diffi nish sufficient specimens of the dence submitted to the public," style. after the story has been told in Vol. I. p. 146. “It cannot be deni. detail by a Gordon, and sufficient

ed that nothing is more difficult than

to restrain the provoked multitude, ly, though less diffusely, recit

when once aroused by a sense of ed by the more elegant pen of a wrong, from that supineness which Ramsay.

generally overspreads the common “ The writer," however, “ in class of mankind. Ignorant and fierce, dulges a modest expectation that

they know not in the first ebullitions they will be perused with kinde ty the arm of the oppressor. It is a

of resentment, how to repel with safe. ness and candour ; and this she work of time, to establish a regular opclaims, both in consideration of position to long established tyranny." her sex, the uprightness of her

P. 209. “ Nature revolts at the intentions, and the fervency of idea when the poniard is pushed by her wishes for the happiness of thraldom, the Americans were eve

; yet preferring death to all the human race.” No claim rywhere decisive in council, and deter. can be better founded, and we mined in action. There appeared certainly have not a wish to dis that kind of enthusiasm, which sets

danger at defiance, and impels the pute it; but, although we are

manly arın to resist, till the warm cur. not disposed to “ criticise with

rent that plays round the heart, is severity," yet our office requires poured out as a libation at the shrine that we should candidly point out of freedom." those things which appear amiss,

P. 215. Those who mark the as well as bestow the encomiums through all revolutions, will frequent

changes and the progress of cvents which are merited.

ly see distinctions bestowed where The work commences with a there are no commanding talents, and chapter of " introductory obser- honours retained, more from the vations ;” in the progress of it strong influence of popular enthusi

asm, than from the guidance of reason, events are detailed, in chronolo which operates too little on the gengical order, from the “ memora- erality of mankind.” ble era of the stamp act in one

P. 16. * In the cool moments of thousand seven hundred and six- reflection, both humanity and philosoty-four,” to Gen. Washington's that has prevailed in almost every

phy revolt at the diabolical disposition resignation of his commission in country, to persecute such as either 1783 : and it concludes with from education or principle, from ca"supplementary observations on price or custom, refuse to subscribe to the subsequent consequences."

the religious creed of those, who, by

various adventitious circumstances, The style is unavoidably one have acquired a degree of superiority of the first objects which enga- or power."

P. 190. “Thus resentment stimu. quently injured by a free use of lated by recent provocation, the col. the nominative absolute, on the onies, under all the disadvantages of an infant country, without discipline, one hand, and sometimes by a re without allies, and without resources, dundancy of words, on the other. except what they derived from their Instances of both have occurred own valour and virtue, were compel- in the quotations already made : led to resort to the last appeal, the precarious decision of the sword, the following here. Vol. I. p.

we shall, therefore, mention only against the mighty power of Britian.”

192. “ The Bostonians, thus un: Vol. II. p. 44."He (Gen. Vaughan] expectedly made prisoners, and boasts that he had not left one house all intercourse with the country in the flourishing and industrious town from whence they usually receix: of Esopus,' and offers no other reason for reducing it to ashes, but that the

ed their supplies, cut off ; fam. inhabitants had the temerity to fire ine stared them in the face.” from their houses un his advance,' to P. 208, “ All former delusive ex. rob them of liberty, property and life.” pectations now extinguished,

Whilst adverting to the style both the Statesman and the Peaof the history, we cannot avoid sant......discovered a most unconremarking a frequent improper querable magnanimity of spirit." use of some words, and the in- Vol. II. p. 174, “ effaced the untroduction of others totally un- favourable impressions this proknown to the English language. posal might have left, had it not Thus in Vol. I. p. 2, we meet have been wiped off.” Vol. I. with “a principle producing be- p. 340. “Had General Howe nevolent effects." P. 3, “ It is overtaken the American troops, needless to adudce innumerable and have secured their Cominstances." Vol. III. p. 61," In mander, he would doubtless," &c. instances too innumerable to be In the course of the “ introduc. again recapitulated." Vol. I. p. 4, tory observations," a short sketch young acquired wealth." P. 40, is given of the first European « The voice of the people breathes settlements in North America, universal murmur.” P. 16 and and of the character and manners 337,learns" for teaches. P. 346, of the settlers; and many very “ reversive." Vol. II, p. 126, pertinent reflections are made. 6 adduce" for evince. P. 131,“ to One or two inaccuracies, howev. reconcile the Breach." " Anti. er, require attention. In P. 8, dote," “ derelict," and “retro- the settlers at Plymouth are rep: spect,” used as verbs in various resented as “the first colony of instances.

Vol. III. p. 250, Europeans permanently planted Rabiosity.“ Flying like fua in North America ;" but this is gitives" (Vol. I. p. 198) is a tau- certainly erroneous, even if we tological expression, the impro- admit our author to have correcte priety of which will immediately ly stated that Virginia “ scarcely be perceived. Many other in- deserved the appellation of a reg: stances might be produced, but ular colony, until a considerable as we wish not to " criticise with time after the settlement in Ply. severity," no additions will be mouth in one thousand six huo. made to the list,

dred and twenty;" for a colony We add only this remark re- was “permanently planted" by specting the style, that it is fre- the French in Canada in 1608

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