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her in pipings and trumpetings, in fornications and profusion of bushy thickets, and a few solitary trees murders : long have they lived deliciously with her, were scattered over the broken surface of this unin. and their wailings over
her accelerating ruin have been closed and houseless pluin ;—for a plain it is-since at hideously dreadful. But they are utterly unavailing. the distance of sixteen iniles, where we now stood, we The mighty Angel has already cast the mill-stone into distinctly saw Rome. the inidst of the sea; and his voice, awful and unerring “Over this wild waste, no rural dwelling, nor scatin prophecy, is now heard more tremendous in provi- tered hamlets, nor fields, nor gardens, such as usually dence, saying, “ Thus shall that great city Babylon be mark the approach to a populous city, were to be thrown down, and shall be found no inore at all.”
All was ruin: fallen monumeuts of Roman day3 We are inforined that the illustrious Scipio, when he -grey towers of Gothic times-abandoned habitations entered fallen Carthage, could not refrain from tears; of modern years, alone meet the eye. No trace of man a pensive silence seized upon him, which he at length appeared, except in the lonely tomb, which told us he broke with these lines from Homer :
had been. Rome herself was all that we beheld. She “ The day will come when Troy shall sink in fire,
stood alone in the wilderness as in the world, surrounded And Priam's people with himself expire.”
by a desert of her own creation. It ipay perhaps Polybius, the historian, who was liis companion on be soothing to the contemplation of the travelthis oceasion, asking what he meant by Troy and ler, or the fancy of the poet, to see the once beautiful Priam's people, the conqueror, without naining Rome, Campagna di Roma abandoned to the wild luxuriance gave the historian to understand, that in Troy and of nature, and covered only with the defaced tombs of Carthage he foresaw the fate of his own country. her tyrants, and the scarce visible remains of the villas "The greatest states,” said he,“ have their period; of her senators; but it is melancholy to reason and after which Fortune overturns what she took pleasure in humanity to behold an immense tract of fertile land in the raising."
immediate vicinity of one of the greatest cities in the Political events since the era of the Reformation world, pestilent with disease and death, and to know that have seriously affected the interests of Rome and its like a devouring grave, it annually engulphs all of human blasphemous doinination; and the most melancholy kind thut tvil upon its surface. The unfortunute labourers forebodings of Scipio, and others, seem now rapidly employed in the scanty cultivation occasionally given to accomplishing. In 1791 the population of the ETERNAL the soil to enable it to produce pasturage for cattle, City had dwindled to 166,000: but in 1813 it had generally fall victims to the baneful climate. Amidst the further declined to 100,000, of whom 10,000 were gar- fearful loneliness and stillness of this scene of desolation, deners and shepherds. It is believed now to be re- as we advanced through the long dreary traci that divided duced to about 80,000! So rapid a depopulation is us from Rome, a few wretched peasants, whose looks almost without parallel. European revolutions have bespoke them victims of a slow consuming discase, occadoubtless contributed to this surprising reduction, but
sionally reminded us of the tremendous rarage of human the greater part is ascribed to the increased action of life, which this invisible and mysterious power is annually the inalaria, which appears to be investing the city on making.”—Vol. i, 99, 100. every side. There are extensive districts in Rome Nothing is more striking 10 a stronger than the sombre which are nothing more than villages, inhabited by the air which marks every countenance, from the lowest in peasantry, whom the pestilential atinosphere has com- Rume. The fices even of the young are rarely lighted pelled to abandon their habitations in the country.
up with smiles ; a laugh is seldom heard, and a merry Every year too this invisible scourge is advancing. countenance strikes us with amazement, from its novelty. Every year it invadles some fresh street, some new Rome looks like a city whose inhabitants have passed square or quarter; and every year its terrible influence through the cave of Trophimus."-Vol. iii, p. 196. is augmented. The hills and elevated grounds within It seems therefore probable, that the moment is not the walls of the city, where this insalubrity in former
far distant, that is to strip this Queen of Cities of her times was never felt or suspected, are now affected by
splendour, and of all her glory to leave her nothing but it in the summer. The Porto del Popolo, a part of the
her inmortal vame.
That great city, which made all Corso, the entire quarters Quirinale, of La Trinita del nations rich by the multitude of her merchants; which Monte, and the Trastavere, are already deserted. The
has cominanded the estates, the bodies, and the souls of city indeed presents everywhere the appearance of ruin.
men; which has arrogated the title of EternaL, is As there are many more houses than inhabitants, the apparently doomed to fall at length under the stroke of houses are never repaired; when they get out of order, an invincible enemy: while the pernicious dogmas of the occupiers move to others. Neither doors, stairs, her pontifical sovereign, with the blasphemous titles nor roofs are ever replaced: they tumble to pieces and
which he arrogantly assumes,
“the Lord shall consuine are allowed to remain where they fall. Multitudes of with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the convents have thus acquired the appearance of ruins,
brightness of his coming." 2 Thess. ii, 8. and many palaces, no longer habitable, are left without Some persons, even in England, talk of the “ Throne evéu a porter to take care of them.
of the Pope," as the most dreadful of powers! and “Rome in the Nineteenth Century," a work of profess to be alarmed at the strength of Popery, and great celebrity, in a series of letters from that city, ihe consequent danger of Protestantism! In the prewritten in 1817 and 1818, supplies us with ample tes
sence of the open Scriptures, Popery cannot fourish; timony to the fulfilment of Divine prophecy in relation
and the irreversible sentence of Omnipotence is gone to that metropolis of the world. The intelligent author
forth, that every opposing enemy shall perish, especially says, “ Between the Sabine Hills on the East, and the the “ Man of Sin," with all his delusions : “for the hills of Viterbo (Monte Ciminus) on the north, the
earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as bold ridge of Mount Sorarte rose from the plain, inau
the waters cover the sea.” lated from every other height, the most striking, the most picturesque, anı, excepting the Alban Mount, the most lofty and beautiful of all the amphitheatre of
Sin is but launching an arrow at the heart of God: mountains that surround three sides of the plains of
it recoils, and returns into the transgressor's own heart, Latium. Far as the eye can reach, the Campagna
in which it will fester to all eternity.” stretches in every direction, to the base of these hills “The worm that eats out the goodness of a mere To the west, a wild sullen flat extends to the sea. A moral man, is Self.”
THE BIRMINGHAM APPRENTICE.
rated from his master's family, the workshop being his
sitting-room, was much alone, but in occupation which His Conversion.
he found highly favourable to reading and reflection, The parents of William were not decidedly religious : and the ineans of proving the resources of his own yet they were not altogether unmindful of the best mind. interests of their children. Still as they had been The Bible was constantly perused by William : at é regularly christened in the parish church,” their first chiefly for the purpose of passing away the time: Christianity was not in the least doubted. At school but its wondrous histories engaged his attention, and they learnt the church catechisin, and they were were soon felt to be attractive. They became familiar, generally sent to church on a Sunday morning; and, and his mind by this ineans was enriched; if not with unless they were taken out for a walk in the afternoon “the apostles' doctrine,” yet with the edifying bio. or evening, a chapter or more was usually read in the graphy of God's ancient servants, and with his recorded historical parts of Dr. Wright's folio “Family Bible.” dispensations of judgment and mercy to mankind, The notes, and especially the splendid plates, supplied showing the difference, both in the character and the them with both instruction and amusemnent.
eternal destiny “ of him that serveth God, and him that Even this practice, more indeed than was to be seen serveth him not." of piety in the families of most of his neighbours, but Early impressions upon the mind of William were lainentably deficient in every thing peculiarly religious, thus deepened by the reading of the Bible; and a tone was not without profit to William : it brought his inind of seriousness pervaded his spirit, which governed his into contact with the word of God; and he never forgot tongue and his general behaviour, and which procured the occasional and superficial reading of the Bible in for him the sincere respect and confidence of his those days. Besides which, at school, a chapter was master, and of all his fellow workmen. appointed to be learnt by each scholar, during the He had learnt about forty songs to sing at his work ; holidays, to be repeated on his return; and this ex- but he now began to dislike them, az neither edifying, ercise was not without its fruit: for though William por agreeable to the principles and practices of those took no delight in the spiritual doctrines contained in holy men of God mentioned in the sacred scriptures. the holy scriptures, but felt a rooted dislike to them, as He at once decided and left off singing them, endearequiring the heart to be surrendered to God, and a course vouring to obliterate them from his memory; and, as of life corresponding, yet he well recollected through. the apostle recommended “psalms and hymns and out his subsequent life, the deep impression produced spiritual songs,” William learnt several of those in the upon his miud by the learning of the parable of the “ New Version,” particularly, parts of the fifty-first, prodigal son, the account of the rich inan and Lazarus, the sixty-seventh, and the hundred and forty-sixth and the first chapter of the epistle to the Hebrews. Psalm. Especially the following affecting passage, relating to His words began to be used at this time with more the rich voluptuary: “And besides all this, a great gulf care, that none might be contrary to the direction of is öxed between you and us, so that they who would our Saviour, “Let your communication be Yea, yea; pass from hence to you cannot, neither can they pass Nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of to us that would come from thence.” Luke xvi, 26. evil.” Matt. v, 37.
The awakening declaration of a great gulf fixed”. Having completed the fourteenth year of his age, between the righteous and the wicked in the world of William commenced, at Whitsuntide 1804, keeping an spirits, a great gulf impassable, could not be forgotten, account of the principal incidents of his servitude; but frequently revolved in his inind, as if inscribed and which he continued during the six remaining years upon the soul of William, then about nine years of age; of his apprenticeship, noting down also all the little and though he never mentioned it to any individual, it suins of pocket money given him by his master in the was never eradicated.
course of that time, with all his earnings at overThese impressions appear to have been somewhat work. nurtured by the habit of learning the collect for the His master being a superior workman, his business day every Sunday, to repeat on the Monday morning at was remarkably good, so that he considered it necesschool. The short time that William was at the Me- sary to work even on Sundays, sometimes, for the thodist Sunday school, already mentioned, was not purpose of completing orders by the tine appointed; entirely lost, nor the exercises altogether forgotten and and on many occasions William has worked the greater vain : but they appear to have contributed to deepen portion of the Lord's day, in the early part of his the convictions already made, and to enlarge the mind apprenticeship, at no small sacrifice of his peace, towards good men, who might be found even among knowing it to be contrary to the righteous law of God. those who were Dissenters from the church of Eng- But this is believed to be not an uncommon practice land.
in Birmingham, with those of fancy trades, when busiWhen, in 1803, William was bound apprentice, his ness is plentiful. How dreadful must be the guilt of mother, anxiously alive to his welfare, furnished him those, who have ever read or heard the command of with a Pocket Bible, a Prayer Book, a little mahogany God, “Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy. box for writing apparatus, and a knife and fork. These Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but constituted the whole of his fortune in setting out in the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; life: but the Bible formed a part of that fortune, and in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy that was a treasure: the books were indeed few, but son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maidthey consisted of the best, and God in tender mercy servant.” Exod. xx, 8- 10. blessed them, as the means of enriching his soul.
William heard this law read every Sunday at church, Divine providence, in about a year afterwards, re- and he felt that it is wrong thus to desecrate and proinoved his parents to reside in his father's native village, fane that portion of our time, which our Maker has about thirty miles distant, as we have already observed mercifully sanctified, claimed as his own, and allowed Thus was William cut off fron direct intercourse with it to us, only for the purposes of his worship, and the his parents : but the painful dispensation was manifestly business of our happiness and salvation! The benighted ordained in mercy to him, and made subservient to his pagans will rise up in judgment against sabbathgreatest advantage. On a Sunday, while the other breakers, to their most awful condeinnation ! apprentices went home to their friends, William, sepa
(To be continued.)
but Letters to a Mother, upon Education.
never means what he says.” Every heart instinc.
tively knows, that such a man never would become a LETTER XI.
firm friend, a refuge in distress of any kind, or even a The Desire of Pleasing.
sympathizing companion. Distrusted, and perhaps
ridiculed, how unhappy is such a character; yet perhaps Dear Madam,
as years increase his delusions will only become augThe subject of this Letter is nearly mented! related to the general topic of the last. The desire of All that I have said, and all that I could say upon pleasing is of course to a certain extent the object of this part of these observations is comprised in a single the attention we pay to manners.
Against this de-
quote from sire, under the regulations I endeavoured to assign in memory). “When you see a person perpetually smilmy last, there can be no objection. Every person is ing, and agreeing with you in every particular, Beware bound to render himself as agreeable as he can to all of counterfeits, for such are abroad.” around, consistently with the immutable laws of truth 2. Another evil resulting from this principle is, that and integrity. My object now however is, to contem- soon or late the genuine character will operate, and plate the desire of pleasing when it becomes the sole produce an abundance of inconveniences. motive in the formation of manners. You are aware A ipan may continue the system of pleusing for a that the Letters of Chesterfield are devoted to this long time, yet, except his mind is absolutely inbued topic; and, if I mistake not, the object of pleasing with habits of versatility, that is, unless he is a finished society is inculcated in them to an extent inconsistent deceiver, the native independence of our nature, the with the claims of conscience.
inherent love of self-will, the force of real churacter Having perhaps set the object I have in view before will ultimately break through every disguise, and a very you, you will allow me to proceed to the following oh. different being appear to have been concealed through. servations.
out beneath the mask. 1. When carried to an excessive extent, it can I hold it to be an axiom in this sort of matters, that rarely consist with genuine uprightuess of the moral soon or late a man will act according to his genuine chaprinciple.
racter. Nor is it a little remarkable, that in such cases I am supposing the desire to please every body to a man becomes disagreeable oppressive, domineer. operate, by universal smiles, by agreement with them ing, and even cruel, in proportion to his former supin opinion upon all possible occasions, and by endea- pliancy and obligingness. Perhaps our genuine chavouring to make every body as well pleased with himself racter may be somewhat like a bow, which rebounds as possible.
with a violence proportioned to the restraint which it Accordingly a person actuated by this motive seeks had sustained. to know what subject a man excels in, and sets him Certain it is that the most violent quarrels and sturdy to talk upon it, not for the purpose of gaining in- animosities that erer the world beheld, on the great formation, but of giving him an opportunity of dis- scale of national, or the minor scale of social interplaying his acquirements, well knowing that the course, have been preceded by exuberant complaisance. complacency he feels in his own skill will be insen- As if the God of Nature had inserted self-correctives sibly transferred to the person who gave him the op- in the human constitution, such parties are the most portunity of shining. I have often seen this course strenuous in their abuse and hatred of one another. pursued; and although the adroit flatterer hardly The lesson to be derived from the whole is, that in spoke, but merely listened with the utmost attention, I educating a child the utınost care should be exercised hare heard him praised as a man of the most agreeable to secure right principles of every kind, and to induce conversation! It is a rule of this species of tactics, him chietly to be solicitous respecting them; that a never to disturb the prejudices of mankind, never to person in whom these prevail is sure ultimately to argue, never to contend, except with a view to give the please, and to give the most permanent and delightful victory to the opponent. I cannot pretend, in a single satisfaction; and that attention to the manners, inde. Letter, to trace all the various modes in which this pendent of the cultivation of the heart, is an in. principle shows itself. The preceding may be suffi- stance of that disunion of principle and practice, cient to recal such characters to your recollection. which occasions corrupt principles and inconsistent
You will, I doubt not, agree with me, that such practice. principles and such conduct argue, that the love of
I am, my dear Madam, yours, &c. truth is at a very low ebb, and that the moral feel.
CLERICUS, ings must in general be greatly sophisticated. Truth of any kind is not the object of such persons, and truth they inust often sacrifice. Accordingly, in proportion as these views and this disposition are cultivated, the
ON CONFIDENCE. moral principles become endangered. The usual result is, that such a man becomes a heartless, selfish syco- It being necessary for the organization and maintenance phant, who, under the utmost versatility of manners, of society, that dependence and reliance should be both pursues a settled purpose of self-interest. If without mutual and universal, that all mean and ungenerous any particular object in view, such a person usually suspicion should be banished from every breast, and exhibits soon or late an enfeebled intellect. He be
that, influenced by Christian liberality, we shonld recomes a mere driveller in understanding. The mind gard every one as the same honest character as ourwithin assumes the incertitude and the sycophancy of selves, an opportunity is thereby unavoidably offered character of the external manners : so sure is perver- for the successful practice of craftiness and deceit sion of all kinds to lead to its own punishment. But upon the unsuspecting and inexperienced. It is the this state of the character cannot long consist without commission of such villany as this, which readers the its being known to our fellow-creatures.
“ Soon or
life of man one continued state of agitation and late,” says Mrs. Barbauld, “ whatever be our arts of anxiety, ant prevents our attainment of that unruffler concealment, we are taken for what we are.” Every tranquillity which all nature unites in offering. “It one speedily knows, that such a person is a “mere man inust needs be that offences are, but woe unto that man of the world,” who says an abundance of pretty things, by whom the offence cometh.”
ADDRESS OF JOSEPH JUHN GURNEY, ESQ.
centre of unspeakable magnitude-I am compelled to
acknowledge that here is a stupendous effect, for which TO THE MECHANICS OF MANCHESTER,
only one cause can by any possibility account-I mean (Continued from p. 215.)
the fiat of an Intelligent and Omnipotent Being.
Constrained as we are by the very structure of our 3. Still more important, however, is it for the hap- ininds, to rely on the uniformity of the operations of piness of mankind, that our whole nature, buth nature, and taught by long and multiplied experience, bodily and rational, should be subjected to the moral that every organized form of matter has a beginning, we principle-or, in other words, should become obedient cannot, as it appears to me, avoid the conclusion, that to the commands of the Deity. Certainly, then, the the vast machinery of the heavens once began to exist ; highest use, the first and best application of all literary and, being convinced of this truth, we are absolutely and scientific pursuit, is to confirm our belief in the certain that nothing could cause its existence, but Creator and Supreme Ruler of the universe - to esta- the power of an eternal God. Thus do reason and blish and enlarge our acquaintance with God.
philosophy persuade and constrain our consent to a reIt is a lamentable fact, that this noblest end of cord of the highest moinent, contained only in Scripknowledge is far from being always followed. Many ture—“In the BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN persons who are engaged in scientific inquiries, live in AND THE EARTI." the daily forgetfulness of their Heavenly Father, and are But let us take some particular part of the created sometimes found to doubt and even to deny his exist- universe — some single plant--some individual animal. ence. This strange perversion of man's intellect, can For example, let us occupy a few minutes in considerbe ultimately traced only to the corruption of his heart ; ing the structure of iny friend and brother there, who but it appears to be occasioned partly by the absorbing is sitting in front of me, and whose existence, as nature of philosophical pursuits, which may easily so we all know, can be traced to a beginning. Let us fill the unguarded mind as to leave no place for the examine him body and mind. First, as to his body Author of all knowledge and wisdom; and partly by - it is full of contrivances — full of the evident rethe habit which too much prevails among philosophers, sults of the most profound science, and of the nicest of resting in second causes. They trace the pheno. art. How perfectly, for example, is the structure of mena of nature to the laws through which nature is his eye fitted for the reception of those rays of light, governed, and they accustom themselves to speak and which are falling upon it in all directions froin visible write, and, finally, to think of these laws, as if they objects! How nicely are the rays refracted by its were sentient and intelligent beings.
several lenses ! How easily do they glide through the The absurdity of this mode of thwught, as it relates pupil! How comprehensive, yet how perfect, is the to the creation of God, must be evident to every con- picture formed on its retina-a picture reversed to insiderate mind. I walk into one of your factories, and spection froin without, but all in upright order to the inquire of the owner, or rather of the intelligent percipient within ! Here, indeed, is the science of head-man, what is it which regulates the moving scene, optics displayed in its perfection. Then turn to his and keeps the machinery working at a uniform pace. How finely does it illustrate the principles of “Oh! sir,” says he, “it is that governor in yon corner acoustics ! How nicely are its cavities fitted for the of the room. You see those two balls which are reception and increase of sound ! How accurately always in rotation. When the rapidity of the steam does the drum in the centre, respond to the undulation engine is too great, they expand by the centrifugal from without ! force, and by partly closing a valve in the pipe of Look at that most convenient of levers—my brother's the boiler, diminish the quantity of the steam which arm; with what ease does he app its forces! How acts on the engine. On the contrary, when the motion nicely are its elbow and its shoulder adjusted for their is too slow, the centrifugal force of the balls abates, respective purposes; and how admirably is the whole the circle round which they move is lessened, the valve completed by the addition of a hand ! "Think of the opens, and the power is again increased. Thus, sir, the union of strength and pliancy which distinguishes his whole machinery is kept moving at an even rate." spine-an effect produced by machinery of the most
But who governs the governor? Who provided it with elaborate description ! Contemplate his joints - the its balls ? Who placed it in its right position ? Possibly hinge where a hinge is wanted - the ball and socket the ingenious individual with whom I am conversing. where his comfort demands that peculiar structure ; all
Were I seriously to impute to this most useful yet lubricated by ever-flowing oil; all working with a faultinaniinate machine, the actual government of the works, less accuracy! Think of his muscles, endued with and even the settlement of the sales and purchases, that curious faculty of contraction, by which he is enyou would not fail to call me a madınan or a fool. Yet abled to move his members! Think of the studied precisely of the same degree of madness and folly is mechanical adjustinent by which, without ever interthat philosopher guilty, who goes no further than his rupting each other's functions, these muscles pull against second cause, forgets his Creator, and ascribes the each other, and keep his body even! Then turn your orderly arrangement of the universe, and all its glo- attention to his blood; a fluid in perpetual motion rious phenomena, to the LAWS OF ATTRACTION AND supplied with pure air in one stage of its journey, and, MOTION.
in another, with the essence of his food, and conveyHere I must recur to that first principle in science to ing the elements of life, every few moments, to every which we have already alluded — a principle worked part of his body; driven from the heart by one set of vesup in the constitution of our nature, and which we sels, and restored to it by another; those vessels most know to be true, though we cannot prove it, that every artificially supplied with valves to prevent the backward effect must have an adequate cause.
When I contem- motion of the fluid ; while the pump in the centre is for plate the heavens and all their starry host; when I take ever at work, and makes a hundred thousand strokes into view, as a complete system, the planets, the moons in a day, without ever growing weary! I will not now which attend their course, and the sun around which dwell particularly on the still more complicated structhey move; when I behold, in myriads of fixed stars, ture of his nerves, on the chemistry of his stonnach, on the centres of as many more systeins of the same de- the packing of the whole inachinery, on the cellular scription; when I extend my conceptions to a countless substance which fills up its cavities, on the skin which number of these systems, moving round some common covers it, on the sightliness and manly beauty which
adorns the fabric. I will rather turn to the mind, which does, indeed, complete the man-its subtle powers of
THE MOSAICAL AND MINERAL GEOLOGIES, thought, memory, association, imagination-its passions Illustrated and Compared by W. M. Higgins, F.G.S. &c. and affections--its natural and moral capacities. Surely
London, Scoble, Chancery Lane. 8vo. pp. 168. we must all acknowledge that our brother is a won- “The undevout Astronomer is mad,” says a wise derful creature indeed - an effect for which it is utterly writer; and must we not form the same opinion of an impossible to imagine any adequate cause, but the con- undevout Geologist? Professors of natural science there triving intelligence and irresistible power of an all-wise have been, and those of great name, who have pursued Creator.
their investigations and studies with an undevout mind : You tell me that our friend has a father--a grand- but surely it must be impiety to search into the works father that he looks back on an indefinite series of of nature, neglecting the glorious, self-existent, alprogenitors. This fact only strengthens my case. Cer- mighty Creator and Preserrer of universal nature ! tain it is that his own structure, both of mind and · And this impiety is an insult to reason—it is madness ! body, contains numerous and unquestionable proofs of Mr. Higgins justly observes, “It is a matter of imdesign. Where there is design, there must of necessity portance to those who are convinced of the authenticity be a designer. The parent, as we are all perfectly of the Bible, that its philosophy should be properly aware, is not that designer. Our understanding can understood, investigated in its details, and compared find no rest in the mere medium of production. We are with nature: and should the examination conducted by compelled to have recourse to an unseen and superior them be at first unsatisfactory, and the harmony of power, and to confess that the designer is God. But if God's word and works unapparent, the combination the workmanship displayed in the formation of the indi- of irresistible arguments, which had convinced them of vidual proclaims the wisdom and power of God, still the truth of revelation, will lead tliein to conclude that more conspicuonsly are they manifested in a succession there are imperfections in their knowledge, or errors in of generations -- in the wondrous capacity bestowed their deductions. on every kind of living creature to produce its own “The man who has been unconvinced of the divine likeness.
character of the Bible by the arguments which are so Were it possible that a series of successive finite powerful to Christians, will comparc Geology and the beings should exist from eternity (a notion which, in Mosaical history of the Creation with different feelings. my opinion, disproves itself), and supposing it to be Should he be unable to reconcile the statements of the possible, were it probable, or even certain, that mankind have so existed--our argument from a design to a
two, he will not hesitate to prefer his own deductions
to the clearest assertions of the scriptures, and perdesigner, would still remain untouched. It wonld con- haps adduce it as a fresh argument against its autinue to apply with resistless force to every individual of the species.
“ It would be well for such a mind to remember, that But it so happens that we are able to trace not only Geology is as yet only in its cradle, and its nurses have every individual man, but our whole race to an un- scarcely recognized the features of its countenance. doubted beginning. That beginning, which took place Many of those facts which are now received as princiabout six thousand years ago, is plainly recorded in ples, may hereafter be found exceptions, and thus overSeripture, and the record is supported by the conclu- turn all those deductions which are built upon them : sions of science. You are doubtless aware how exten- and as so many theories, proposed by men of acknowsively of late years scientific inquiry has been directed - ledged genius, have been disproved by the accumulato the examination and classification of the surface or tion of knowledge, so it is possible that those upon crust of our globe.
which he is placing so inuch reliance, may hereafter (To be continued.)
share the fate of their predecessors.” p. 2, 3.
We regard this work of Mr. Higgins as entitled to THE LAST DAY.
the favour of the Christian public; as it contains a large Jehovah comes, in solemn state
portion of most valuable matter, which illustrates and Archangels shout, and trumpets sound
confirms the Mosaic account of the Creation. It will Behold! the guilty nations quake
form a valuable companion to a very interesting new “ The bridegroom comes !” they all resound.
work on a kindred subject, by Sharon Turner, F.S.A.
and R.A.S.L., entitled, “the Sacred History of the See ! sinful man recoil with fear,
World, Part the First, from the Creation to the Deluge, Astounded now vain mortals see
attempted to be philosophically considered." The Judge of quick and dead draw near,
Mr. Higgins will hear with us in suggesting, that in Enrob'd in glorious majesty.
the event of a second edition of his work (which we The trumpet sounds in loudest strain ;
hope will be soon demanded), a smaller size and a “ To judgment !” angels sound on high,
cheaper form would be desirable. “The Lord omnipotent doth reign !” Loud Hallelujahs rend the sky.
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Chipping Norton, Smith.
Edinburgh, Laing and Forbes. Romsey, Hants, Gray. “ Come, () ye blessed”-“enter rest,”.
Liverpool, Willmer and Smith. Warwick, Merridew.
And in Paris, by G. G. BENNIS, No.55, Rue Neuve St. Angustin.
Of whom may be had any of the previous Parts or Numbers.