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participation in his resurrection. He expiation for their transgressions. In is your life. And, for his sake, ye are like manner, oor High Priest hath redear unto the Father. When He, who ceived of the Father all gifts and blessis your life, shall appear,' of that glory, ings for his church. With the voice of with which the Head is encompassed, his ministers, he dispenses to the peni. shall all the members of the body share. tent, assurances of the pardon of their Be not dismayed, then ; ye are com

sins. Visibly, with a rushing mighty plete in him.'”. Vol. II. pp. 43, 44. sound, at first,--and in' a still small

voice' in the bosom since,--the ComIn the two following sermons on forter, his most precious gift, comes the Ascension, from Heb. ix. 24. down; to send whom, it was expediand ii. 9. respectively, the Bishopent that he sbould go away. Mansions well carries on to completion the in the Father's house are given him, poble edifice of doctrine he had which he is preparing for the eternal before constructed.

accommodation of his friends. And the

blessings which this adorable Priest and “ Here let us pause," he exclaims in King of the redeemed shall bring for the second sermon, " and reflect; what glory to the fallen natnre of man, that them, when he shall come in like man.

ner as he went into heaven,' are reprethe Eternal Son should assume it, even

sented to our minds, in the holy Scrip. to dwell in it on earth, and say of its

tures, by crowns of glory, palms of bumble offspring, · My brethren are these! How immeasurably great, then,

victory, and white robes of purity and its houour and advancement, when he peace.” Vol. II. pp. 51, 52. is exalted in it to the right band of the Father; · angels, anthorities, and second sermon, from Young's Night

A well-known quotation in the powers, being made subject into him! Where are, now, the pitifal objections

Thoughts, in confirmation of the to the homiliation of the manger, and mixture of strange extremes in our severity of the cross? Where is, now, condition, beginning, “ How poor, the despised Nazarene, the scorned bow rich," &c. may lead to a con Teacher of strange doctrines, the unre- jecture that the writings of this sisting Victim of malice and death? The poet were a favourite study with ascension of Christ vindicates, perfects, our author, who seeins to have poscrowns the Christian scheme: it is the sessed a kindred spirit. The exutop-stone wbich gives firmness and gran- berance of imagination in that poet, dear to the fabric, and displays the pro- conversant with the loftiest of subportionate beanty of all its parts. The railings at the incarnation, and objec jects, leaves an impression of grantions to the crucifixion, vanish: all is deur and sublimity on the mind consistent, grand, and worthy of the which is bigbly captivating, not to Anthor. God is just, and humanity say seductive; seductive we mean, made happy, while we see Jesus, ' who when, in a spirit of imitation, it was made a little lower than the angels, leads a less exuberant imagination for the suffering of death, crowned with to tempt the bordering heights of glory and honour.'” Vol. II. p.57.

bombast; and worse than seduc. The first of these two sermons

tive, should it ever satisfy an unexcellently compares the entrance sanctified heart with the compaof the Jewish high priest into the ratively cheap offering of gaudy holy of holies, with that of Jesus acknowledgments, for the richer into heaven itself; in the course of tribute of a subdued and surrenwbich parallel it is remarked,

dered soul. Perhaps it is against

kindred dangers, that we should, “ It belonged, exclusively, to the without any imputation on the piety priests, under the Mosaic dispensation, and purity of Bishop Dehon's eleto bless the people in behalf of God.

vated soul, be inclined to warî And, doubtless, on the great day of atopement, they received joyfully that

sone of his admiring, and, it may blessing, which, we may reasonably be, enraptured readers. suppose, the high priest brought from The same riçbness of imagina. the holy of holies, after he had made tion and expression follows in the CHRIST. OBSERV, No. 246.

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next four sermons on WHITSUN: in that of the sincere Christian, DAY ; the first two from John iv. We must give only the conclusion. .14; the third from 1 Thess. v. 19; and the fourth from Acts ii. 33. In hour, and behold him, meeting death

“ Approach the Christian in his fival The third, the Bishop strenuously with such a holy and heavenly comdevies, as always, the doctrine of posure, as almost exhibits the saint irresistible grace, and mentions made perfect' on this side heaven, various methods of quenching the and compels us to admire where we Spirit. In the first,' he as strongly went to mourn. Is it in our feeble na. maintains the necessity of Divine ture to rise to such majesty? Though assistances for begioning or carry- to death, can she teach us to rejoice in

reason may enable us to submit quietly ing forward the Christian life.

? it, to triumph over it with joy? Thongh “ Man is now, what he ever has been, nature may fill us with fear of God, and since the fall, a feeble being; ignorant awful reverence, can she shed abroad by nature of his God, and duty; living, snch love of him in the heart? Though daily, in trespasses and sing. While he philosophy may teach us to be brave, remains openlightened by the communi- disinterested, and generous, can shé cations from on bigh, darkness encom. teach us to be humble? Can she enpasses bis mind. When this darkness able us to be pare? No. In ns, that is dispersed, and the points of true es. is, in our flesh, dwelleth no good thing.' cellence are clearly revealed, to raise The Christian finds in bimself a new himself to them by his own strength, is and wonderful creation. He is consci. not in his power. It is with anguish and ous, it is something which he did not, humiliation that, in proof of this, I point by his own power alone, [his own power you to the heathen sage ; perceiving, alone produce. There is divinity in it. admiring, celebrating the virtues which In the calm hour of contemplation, he in the practice of life he abandons. It surveys the operation in his mind; and, įs with fear and trembling, that, for the wrapping himself in his mantle, like same purpose, I point you to the ardu. Elijah listening to the still small voice, ous struggles, aud the many defeats, by perceives that it is the Spirit of God." which the Christian, in endeavouring to Vol. 11. p. 75. maintain his heavenly course, is taught The worthy bishop, in his highest his dependence upon some superior and warmest flights, does not forstrength. Man's moral powers are so get his characteristic moderation of weakened by corruption; bis affections statement. But perhaps there are: are so prone to evil; the holds which those who, going fully with him in temptation has in him, are so numerous and so deep; his spiritnal life is so far

denying irresistible grace, would gone, that, in sacred language, he is yet have asserted far more unes represented, with awful emphasis, as quivocally, on the other hand, the dead while lie liveth. And as soon may doctrine, that " we have no power he raise himself from the iron slumbers of ourselves, by nature, to help of the tomb, to the life and glories of ourselves." immortality, as rise, by his own strength, Ii will be impossible for us, in from the moral decay and corruption of our present exhausted state as to his nature, to the purity, spirituality room, to give any adequate idea of and holiness, of the new and eternal what follows in the remainder of life.” Vol. II. p. 69.

this volume, tbe consideration of We should willingly transcribe a the contents of which we regret to longer and most eloquent passage have been obliged to cut thus short. at the close of the same sermoli, We must content ourselves with retfacing the effects of the Divine Spi- marking, that the two closing ser. rit on " the noble army of martyrs," mons of our second series, which and "the goodly fellowsbip of the relate to THE TRINITY, mainpropliets ;" and ben contrasting the tain the bigb character of precedconsequences of his absence from ing compositions. The one admir. the heart of the unbeliever, with ably limits and expounds the duty bis full, though ordinary, operatiou of coptending for the faith once

and,

p. 116.

delivered to the saints: the other of passion and of force. It seeks not on the disputed text in St. John's the salvation and happiness of men, in Epistle, fully and strongly expounds their misery and destruction. And they the three points ;

who, in any age, have had recourse to

these means, what shall we say of them? « First, That the Godhead is one : Alas, they have not known what man

“ Secondly, That in this Unity of the ner of spirit they were of!' That con. Godhead, there is a Tripity of Persons; tention for the faith once delivered to

the saints, which the Gospel requires " Thirdly, That the Persons of the of us, is not conducted acceptably to its Trinity are co-equal and co-existent.” Author, unless the law of kindness be Adding,

upon our tongues, and the feelings of

charity in our bosoms. But, while the " The illustration of these several true Christian shrinks from a persecutpoints will be adduced, almost wholly, ing, he shrinks also from a prevaricating, from Scripture; for I aver, that such spirit. Charity can never call him one is this mystery, as to leave it altogether way, while truth calls him another. In. improbable, perhaps impossible, that it deed, the highest charity he can confer should have been devised by the human on his fellow-men, is to use bis exertions mind; and that therefore we indulge in preserving the Gospel among them in our vanity, and our aversion to spiritual its original purity, and promoting its truth, when we look for the circum- blessed influences upon their hearts and stances of it elsewhere than in the re- lives. He abides, therefore, with zeal, cords of Divine revelation." Vol. II.

by the ancient and unchangeable doc

trines and institutions of the church. The keenness with which the ar.

He manfully avows his belief in them.

Ho asserts with meekness, yet with gument is maintained may be con

firminess, their authority and importance. jectured from the following sen

He concedes not, under a mistaken no tence.

tion of liberality, any ground to error, « The enemies of the catholic faith

nor abates any thing of the high claims evince, by their contradictions, its of truth. Yet he wishes the salvation foundation in the Gospel; for Sabellius of all men ; and when he snrveys the and Socings were so convinced of the heresies and schisms which are in the Divinity of the Spirit, that they made world, bis love for the faith once deli. him the same person with the Father; vered to the saints,' as well as bis desire and Arius and Macedonius were so

that all meu may find the mercy of the satisfied with the distinction of the

Lord Jesus unto eternal life, prompts,

persons of the Three, that they considered io his devotions, the ardent prayer, that the Word and Spirit as mere creatures." it would please God to bring into the Vol. II. p. 122.

way of truth, all such as have erred, aud

are deceived.'" Vol. II. pp. 109, 110. The spirit in which it is maintained may equally be caught in

We could wish that every serthe following paragraph.

mon of modern days, which pro« Bat from the faith once deliver the faith ouce delivered to the

fesses to “ contend, earnestly for ed to the saints,' there have been many saints,” either proceeded in the departures. In the lapse of time since the coming of Christ, men have corrupta spirit, or ended with the recomed the truth, and multitudes are in the mendatiou, of “ ardent prayer" for world, who hold not the form of sound those in error. words; many of them, doubtless, Of the third series of sermons, through unavoidable ignorance, and in which occupies the remainder of voluntary error. With what spirit are the volume from Sermon LV. 10 they to be considered? Are we to judge Sermon XC. it is impossible for them severely, or to carry ourselves unkindly towards them? Should we, if

us to give even the outline or

heads, of nine sermons on chawe could, let loose the ministers of

persecution, or call down fire from heaven'racters, those op St. Paul and to destroy then ? Ah, no. The religion St. John may be noticed as deof the Prince of Peace refuses the aid serving commendation ; the first

for force, the second for sweet. It is in the garden,' but men perceive ness: that on Absalom is drawn it not." Vol. II. p. 367. with, perhaps, the highest felicity of general and close application. of these volumes, which seem to

Instead of taking a formal leave of all, however, we must remark, in agreement with an open

present us many of the fruits of ing observation, that we do not paradise, and a garden of the richconsider any high discriminative

est scents and favours, we would

finish by reminding the reader course of practical discussion to be the excellence of these com

that there is in this “ garden" also positions ; a circumstance to which

a sepulchre;" and that the terthe full occupation of the Bishop's minatiou of their contents, in the mind, added to the child-like sim

new edition, records, in a solemn plicity of his heart, may have, in and affecting Funeral Sermon, the some measure, contribuied. Selfs early and lamented death of their

author. examination, conducted in much

May the sweet savour solitary reflection, and under the of his eminently pious and faithful pressure of a sturdy and sullen na- example, long survive the period ture, is the parent of that close the bishops and pastors of our

of its sbort-lived bloom! May anatomy of the human heart, for church associate, with all the atwbich writers of other classes have been more distinguished, particu

tractions of his zealous career, the larly some aniongst the elder Puri- warning administered by its early tans, both at home and abroad.

termination, for a similar and of all the exquisite specimens of speedy, exertion of their own opa playful imagination with which portunities and talents ! May Christhese volumes abound, no sermon that the highest efforts of eloquence

tians of every degree remember, contains a more interesting one than that, in this third series, on themselves; and are usefnl only

and feeling are nothing worth in the MISERIES OF LIFE, from the words, " There was a garden, and

as they subserve the purpose in the gardeu a new sepulchre." of a true preparation for death The application of the text is, of course, wholly apocryphal. But how soon the departed preacher who would, therefore, have chased

was called to realise ia dealb, and from these pages such an elegant prove in eternity, the verity of his

own doctrines ! And valuable beand engaging use of it as the following

yond all price is the evidence

which such a death-bed as our "I invite you, then, to the sepul. author's afforded to his principles,

“I invite you, then, to the sepulo and which is described by his mechre,' which is ever' in the garden' of life, that you may, in the first place, morialist in the following terms, perceive and remember, that it is there. which shall close our article. Heedless are most men of death! The young, the gay, and the busy, with what · His illness was too severe to admit light and careless feet do they move of much conversation. But the greatest among the pleasures of the earth, ré. sufferings could not disturb the serenity gardless of the grave which is under of his mind. To his attendants he was them, and the dangers with which they uniformly kind. Having made a sudden are surrounded.

How many stumble exclamation, from pain, be immediately upon the sepulchre,' before they have observed, 'Do not suppose that I mardiscovered it in the path. Our eyes are mur;' and, to calm the bosom of affec. willingly turned from it; for we have not tion, he referred to that passage of Jearned to look upon it without pain. Scripture : • Be still, and know that I We plant a thousand objects, which am God. The 33d chapter of Job bav. hide it from our siglit. We twine the ing been read to him, he remarked, 'I flowers of hope, and we bend the vines do not know whether (as there expressof pleasure, to conceal it from qur view, ed) my flesh will ever again be fresher

ture was,

than a child's; but this I know, I am on the Saviour;' or words to that effect. just where I would be,-in the hands of He quoted, from one of our collects, the God. He declared that his trust in words, increase and multiply upon us God bad never been shaken ; that he thy mercy; '- and thus coinmented : knew that he should carry to God at Increase-not only iucrease, but muldeath much sinfulness, but • That is co- tiply. His last quotation from Scripvered;" he said a second time, with em.

God of Abraham, of Isaac, phasis, " That is covered. Adverting and of Jacob,' expressive, as I suppose, to his particular disease, he said, 'Why of his confidence in that Divine faithis it that the stranger is subject to this fulness, on which the Patriarchs rested, calamity from which the native is ex. and in the Divine mercy which is from empt? but that God hath set the one generation to generation. As his end over against the other.' On his last drew near, he was silent and still. His day, he was asked what I have men- eyes looked lovelier, as if fixed on the tioned in the beginning of this dis. angels ready to receive his spirit. His course, and also, “With what subject countenance had the expression of his

your thoughts now employed ?' happiest and most pious moments. It and le replied, “ That I would endea- was turned from earth and friendship,

to be a more perfect being.' unto heaven and God. Mark the upBut you do pot depend on yonr own right, for the end of that man is peace." merits for salvation! « Oh no! I rest Vol. II. pp. 484, 485.

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