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selves the pleasure of observing, that the present sermons are by no means inferior to those preached on ihe preceding years, either in relpect of the strength of argument, or energy of expression; and we are happy to sec the Millionary caule supported, and recommended by lo great a variety in the t'lents of its advocates.
As we can find room for one extract only, we shall give it from the cona cluutin of an animated portrait of the Christian Mifficvary, as delineated hv Mr. West; and we select this, not only for its excellence, but also becaure, through an error in the preis, in the filt copies it is falsely printed.
"Such, Brerbren, was the eyert of a Million to the Heathen in the apostolic age: God crowned the labours of his faithful servant with abundant anil biting luccess; and the name of Jesus, which he bore to the Gentiles, becaine a praise in the earth. 'Söll the lame ignorance, blindness, and evil, lubrít in the world as did in the Apoftles' day. Countries, with which he was uncquainted, have come to our knowledge; and all chofe savage cruelties and enormities, which make a refined European Thudder, are exercised, and perpetrated amongst them: “ For lock on the various wild and 66 uncivilized tribes of men, of whatever rame or colour, which our am“bition, or avarice, or curiofity, have discovered in the new or old world, " and lay, if she fight of human nature in such crving distress, in sucha “ foriid, disgraceful, and more than brutal wretchednels, be not enough to « make us flv with ardour to their relief and hetter accoinmodation.*." Qurselves acquainted with a Saviour ; ourselves bielled with an hope full of immortality ; ourielves privileged with a scene of confolation and of glory: surely our delires muft be excited to fend then the welcome, the joyous report, that to them “zhere is a Saviour born,” Bleed be God for the en. couragement he has afforded in the success of Millons to the Heathen here. totore. His Gospel has within this century been carried to diftant cour. fries, and it has wonderfully (pread ;
“ And fill it spreads. See Germany send forth
CowPER. “ What glorious events may not be expected from a Million to the Heathen, fince there is every thing in the command, every thing in the promises of God to encourage the Miffionary to his weighty undertaking. He goes out for God, and he mall have tie support of Got. His trials may be great; his disculties may be numerous and various: yet here he has counted the coft: he knows the human heart; he is acquainted with the naivial eninity of mankind against God and his ways; and, whilst as a Christian believer, feciing a Saviour's love contraining him to speak in his nanie, his hopes and expectations of success, perhaps, are lively and extenfive, he is aware (and he lives under the impreflion continually) that his own lise may eventually fall a sacritice to the vengeance and rage of malice and of igoorance. Yet here his God iupports him; kreps him from timidity and dread, and teaches him to cait all his care upon that friend who çareth for him." P. 157.
Belide the papers and letters prefixed to these discourses, a complete lift of the Subscribers is lubjoined. * Eithop Hurd's Sermon before the Society for the Proparation of the Gospel.
† Murasian Milunaries in Greenland; wide Krantza
The Influence of the Christian Charakter upon the Propagation of Christianity.
A Sermon preached before the Society in Scotland, för propagating Cbrifiian Knowledge, in 1797, By William Paul. Edin. 1797.
WE have already made the remark, that one effect of Missionary Ser. mons will be to exhibit in all its beauty and force the do&trine of the sacred fcripture, relative to the kingdom of Christ, and the means of extending it in the world; and thus present in all its diversified points of view, what, though infinirely important, has hitherto been but little considered. Among others, here is a discourse preached by a worthy minifter of Edinburgh, before one of the oldest Misionary Societies in the island, which has a claiın to a high degree of praise. The delign is to point out the in Auence of the Christian character in the propagation of Christianity. It is but justice to say, that the subject is treated in a very masterly in anner; and that the sermon is calculated, through the divine bleiling to do good to every one that reads it. They who are detirous to encourage Missions will reap advan. tage from the perufal of it; and to Missionaries, it will serve as an useful manual. The Beauties of Saurix, with Memoirs of his life, and a Sermon on the Dif
ficulties of the Christian Religion, never before translated. By the Reu, D. Rivers, second Edition, 12mo. 175 pages. 28. 6d. Lec and Horst,
NOTHING need he said in favour of Saurin or his translator, Robinson, from whose volumes these selections appear to have been chiefly made : as to the sermon subjoined, which treats of the mysteries of chriftianity, it is certainly not unworthy of the author, and we should be glad to say the fame of its translator. To those, however, to whom the sermons of Saurin at large are inaccessable, these extracts will certainly be interesting.
Mesage from God unto Thee. Gair oddiwrth Dduw attat Ti. Message de la part de Dieu envers Toi. Small 8vo. 16 pages. Id. Button.
THIS is a small Tract, written by one of the members of the Baptift Mission Society, and printed first at their expence, to be difperfed among the poor. It has since been translated into Wellh, by Mr. Evan Jones, a student, at Bristol, and some thousands have been sold and given away in the principality. A French translation is now publifhed, to be put into the hands of either prisoners or emigrants of that nation. They may be had of Mr. Button, in Pater nofter Row, in either language, 100 for 75.; soo for a guinea and a half; or 1000 for two guineas. If any body chuses to reprint it for dispersion, it will give no offence to the author, if it be done correctly. False bood Deteiled. Being Animadverhons on Mr. Paine's Letter to the
Hon. T. Erskine, on the Trial of Williams for publisbing “ The Age of . Reo on :" wherein bis Attacks upon the Bible are examined, and shewn to be founded in Misrepresentation and Falsehood. In a Letter to a friend. By John Mursom.' 8vo. 33 pages. 6d. London ; for the Author, Chapman, Knoti, &c. WITHOUT enquiring how far it may be requifite or expedien: to answer a Book that is prohibited, it is but juit to inforın thole whole principles have been affected by the above Letter, (which we understand' has been widely circulated in private) that they may find an vseful antidote in this small Tract; which amply vindicates some pages of the Old Teftainent, objected to by Mr. Paine, and particularly exposes the fallenood and abfurdity of his assertion, that the Books of Moses were first known in the Jeign of king Josiah.
PO E T R Y.
Since death alone can us amaze, Composed after a Discourse on Jeremiah
| Should all my fins and He
At once come itaring in my face, xxxi. 18.
How dreadful would it be! W HEN God shall give to Abram's feed
These are the stings of death, that bring A soft converted mind,
The worm that never dies;
Oh! had the inonster loft his sting,
I should his stroke despise.
J. LAGNIEL Her sons at Bethl'em fain; Over ten thousand thousands more Shall Judah's monarch reign:
REFLECTIONS. Ephraim, that long-forgotten name, | The following lines passed through the Exil'd in realms unknown,
mind of a country Minister, as he was Shall see his folly, feel his shame,
walking the streets of London, and con. And thus his guilt bemoan :
fidering how far several appeared now to “ Lord! by thy hand I was chastis'd
be advanced in life, whom he had known “But (like a fteer unbroke)
in their youth, a very few years back; “ How long thy guidance I despis’d,
and how many others of his acquaints « And scorn'd thy scotle yoke !
ance had been already removed. ,
AH! I shall soon be dying, « Oh, turn me! Then I hall be turn'd,
Time swiftly glides awayi « Mercy and power are thine: # Nor (hall my anxious suit be spurn'd;
But on my Lord relying,
Ihail the happy day. • « Jehovah ! Thou art mine!" So we, though sprung of Gentile race,
| The day when I must enter Convinc'd hy heav'nly light,
Upon a world unknown; Now mourn, like Ifrael, our disgrace,
| My helplets soul I venture, And drown in tears our fight.
On Jesus Christ alone. Lord! Thou hast taught and chalten'd us,
attenid us. He once, a spotless victim, But we abhorr'd thy yoke;
Upon Mount Calv'ry bled; Long we abus'd thy patience chus,
Jehovah did afflict him, And did thy wraih provoke,
And braise him in my stead, Yet, helpless, while we thus profess
Hence all my hope arises, Our wiila for help divine;
Unworthy as I am ; '. Thy pow'r, thy love, thy faithfulness,
My soul molt surcly prizes To raise our hope combine.
The fin-atoning Lamb. Oh, teach us, and chastise us still! To him, by grace, united, But grant recov'ring grace!
I joy in him alone; Cleanse our polluted hearts from ill,
And now, by faith, delighted,
Behold him on his throne.
To glorify him bere ;
It will be bliss for ever,
| To find him always near. Go, haughty man, and view the grave,
I love his whole salvacion,
And all his foes I hate;
| With ardent expectation, Conveys thy bark more nigh. 1 His coming I await. Think how the pamper'd felh you feed, 1 A glorious Resurrection To sordid worms must go;
Shall all his people fee; And fear lift deathless worms should breed, | And absolute perfection • To gaaw thy conscience 10%.
Their endless portion be.
ISAJAH Ixiii. from 1 to 6. THANKSGIVING OF THE CON W HO is this that comes from Edom
VERTED NEGROES. " Clad in garments stained with blood? BLESSED King who glad'it our shore Tyrant thou, or Friend of freedom,
With thy presence lo divine, Angel, Spirit, Man, or God.
Never leave the black-man more, Wherefore thining thine apparel ?
Let us in the kingdom thine. Why that purple robe is worn ? Long in gloomy forrows lost, Whence thy brow instead of laurel
Never knew a white man's God; Wears that twisted piercing thorn ? O'er the waves of error toit, Travelling in thy ftrength victorious ?
Never heard a heav'nly word. Why beneath that cross dort bleed? Let thy bleffings, like the dew, And for sword or sceptre glorious
Drop on ev'ry white man's head; In thine hand dort grasp that reed? Keep chem to thy gospel true, Wherefore is thy sifaqe marred?
Happy in its precepts bred. Why those prints chat pierce thine Black man's tuneful voice shall ring, hands?
Thro' the wilds in early morn:
Whence that wound thy fide expands? | Chrift for us a Savioor bors.
Blessed white man from the sky, · "I that mighty ain to save,
Yielded life that we may tingi " All the pow'rs of Hell have broken, Up oor souls, away and Ay, • “Burft the p:ison of the grave.
Shelter under Jesus' wing. " As che vintage juice diffused
SERENAS " Sprinkled o'er the hind is thrown ; "I the serpent's head have bruised, Trod the bloody press alone.
THE SABBATH DELIGHTFUL. « This the day my prophets mention,
W HEN winds and waves unite an foil “When my fueš ihould veng'ance feel;
" The seaman's fkill the care, the ** This the year of full redemption,
toil “ That my people's wounds shall heal.
With which he feels opprelt;
When he surveys the low'ring kies, « Through the range of vast creation
Then hope and fear alternate rife, " None with helping hand was found;
Within his troubled breaft. 6. My own arm hath broughi salvation, “ I alone am victor crou n'd:
But if the raging storm fubfide, “ Fought the fight, and paid the random,
| And that for which he deeply righ'd
A pleasing calm fucceed; “ Thus triumphant I ascend,
| He fure enjoys the pleafure more, “ To prepare the crown and mannion,
From what his mind had felt beford, * For my every suff'ring friend.”
And then is bleít indeed.
So after fix days toil and ftrife,
| Engaged in busy scenes of life, ON CHRIST CRUCIFIED.
How (wect the fabbath day!
Our solemn vows to pay.
O may we on that day of reft,
18 | With sweet refreshing peace be blet, dead!
And greater light and love! Amazing favours ! how shall each ap
apo Thus may it be till life is paft,
And then may we enjoy at lat, His gratitude ?-by the return of love.
More perfect reft aborc