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• To suppose that the lot of the righteous was on the whole worfs than that of the wicked in gerieral here, would afford a presumptive argument, that there is no moral governor of the world, and that a man's intereit is on the side of vice and irrcligion :-as on this fuppo. fition we should want proof of God's moral perfections, we should not be able to prove a future state, or a future equal retribution of happiness and misery, according to 'men's different conduct or real character. In this dark view of things, religion would have no folid foundation, and righteousness no all-fufficient friend.
• But matters are not thus circumstanced. From what has been said it appears far otherwise. This is our rejoicing; and we congra. tulate the afflicted righteous, that they are in the right course, and that they have an all-sufficient friend in Heaven, who will succour, bless and save them for ever ; for though many are the amictions of the righteous, yet the Lord will deliver them out of them all. God is a fun and shield, he will give grace and glory, and no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.". *
* Let this give us full satisfaction in the perfections and providence of God. Let us cherish an unreserved submission to his will, and firm reliance on his grace through the faith of our Lord Jesus Chrift: Let us take the Saviour of the world as the great pattern of patience and hope ; trusting in God, that " what we know not now, we shall know hereafter--when we fall know, even as we are known." +
The sermon on the state of human nature, merits the careful perusal of those who make wild commentaries on the fall of Adam, and who think that they glorify the divine nature, by degrading the human.
• If then on our surveying God's work in the lifelels particles of matter, in the vegetable or animal part of the creation, the more highly we think and speak of it, the more we do honor to him who formed it, will not this equally hold good on our speaking well of the rational part of his handywork? If magnifying other parts of the creation is exalting the Creator, how comes it to pass, that laying the nature of man as low as possible, that even vilifying this part of God's workmanship, wbich of all others in the visible system is moft diftinguished, should be thought to be for the glory of God? This, I own, is beyond my comprehension. Certainly, the more vile we re. present the nature of man on his formation, the less honour, or rather, I might say, the more dishonour we ascribe to God: but, take notice, we now. speak of our nature, as it immediately comes out of the hand of God, its Creator.
! - Whatever we were, when born into the world, we were wholly the work of God; every property, whether of body or mind, was from him, who is the Former of our bodies and the Father of our spirits : the connection subfisting between body and mind he constituted; and the mutual effect, which these distinct parts of our nature have upon
# Pfalm lxxxiv, 11.
t Joha xiii. 7omas Cor. xii. 12.
each other, is by his immediate operation or influence. Our parents are only the instruments of conveying to us a bodily substance ; this is all we have derived from our first parents through the channel of many generations; nor can this corporeal substance, as we have just hinted, any ways affect the mind, that is united to it, but by the im. mediate
of God A child can derive nothing from his parents, whether remote or near, but by the good pleasure and power of his Creator. The mind is not conveyed from parent to child, but is immediately derived from God; every organ, every sense, every af. fection and every faculty of our nature is equally' his production ; so that our whole nature, whatever it is, when newly formed, is intirely derived from the perfect wisdom, and goodness, as well as the power of God; and must every moment be dependent on the great first cause of its existence.
• Let us observe, Secondly, that the work of God must be wor. thy of its author, and well suited to the purpose of its creation,
Do you not observe in the animal creation, that every species is suited to the purpose of its being? That the several senses are adapted to their objects that the form, as well as faculties, of every species, is well fitted to the place for which this species is intended? Are not fect given to the animal that is to walk ? wings to the fowl that is to Ay? a webbed foot to the fowl that is to swim on the waters, and only fins to the fish that is to move in that element ? As far as we see, God has made nothing in vain, nor made one thing unfit for the purpose of it. This is perfectly applicable to the nature of man. Can any thing that is really bad come out of his hand ? As simple as this question may seem, it is of great moment to the point in view. Can any thing be created by him, that would be a reproach to his perfect understanding any thing, that would be a dishonour to his infinite goodness and purity? Is not every creature of God really good in its place, and worthy of him that made it ? Or can a wife and benevolent and holy God create a being not fit for the purpose of its exist. ence? Is not the purpose of a reasonable creature, or the end of his being, that he may act a reasonable and worthy part? that he may be a good subject of God's moral government ? that he may discern, approve and do what is right? And can we suppose, that God has made us, though under his appointed means of instruction, incapable of discerning between moral good and evil? incapable of approving what is good? or of choosing and acting according to inward appro. bationHas he made us necessarily blind i has he formed our nature averse from all good, and prone to all evil? Is this worthy of his infinite perfections? If formed in such a state, could we be fit for the above-mentioned purpose of our being ? or should we be qualified by our Maker to become proper subjects of his moral government ? And if not so qualified, why doth he cominand us to do his will? Why urge us to obedience by the motives of promises and threatenings contained in his revealed word ? what foundation can there be for a future judgment of all mankind, or the application of rewards and punishments ? If God, the author of our nature, has made us incapable of fairly considering and duly regarding motives, why doth he address us in his word, as if we were capable of doing these things?
These important questions ought to be carefully weighed, and answer, ed with equal faithfulness.'
Upon the whole, these sermons are the composition of a serious and enlightened mind. Religion is confirmed by found reason, and faith happily connected with morals. An air of simplicity, fincerity, and probity, accompanies the preacher, enforces what he fays, and brings it home to the heart. The gospel of Christ is not confounded with the doctrines and in. ftitutions of men; nor the dignity of a moral teacher loft in the airs and graces of a modern rhetorician. Such plain, ferious, rational, and persuasive fermons, are peculiarly proper for the family and the closet.
ART, XI. Moreton Abbey; or the Fatal Myftery. A Novel, by the
late Miss Harriot Chilcet, of Batx, (afterwards Mrs. Meziere) Authoress of Elmer and Etblinda, a Legendary Tale, &c. &c. 12mo. 2 vols. 6s. Bew, London. Baker, Southampton.
THE incidents in this novel are few in number, but they
are interesting, and have the nierit of novelty. Colonel Bellmour, after along abfence, and from the perils of war, returns to Moreton Abbey, and marries Miss Moreton, to whom he had been attached. The new married couple (according to common form) communicate to their corresponding friends, the joys and beatitudes of the honey-moon. But as human happinefs is of no long duration, either in novels or in real life, the “ lover's dream” is foon interrupted. Mr. Stanley, a friendless orphan, protected by Mrs. Bellmour, in whose houfe he resides, appears to the husband to be too great a favourite, and excites his jealoufy. Mrs. Bellmour, afflicted with the fufpicions of her husband, and her own fituation, reveals the hiftory of this young unknown, to her correspondent Miss Colville, and informs her, that Stanley was the son of her sister, who had been unfortunately married to a gentleman, who had another wife alive. Upon the discovery of this former marriage, her fifter grew distracted, and funk into a consumption, of which she died ;. charging Mrs. Bellmour, on her death bed, not to reveal the secret of her son's birth, Colonel Beilmour, who was unacquainted with this mysterious hiftory, found his suspicions increase, and in a fit of jealousy Itabbed young Stanley. Bellmour himself, after wandering for some time in a forlorn and distracted ftate, expires; and Mrs. Bellmour dies of a broken heart.
It will immediately appear to the reader, that all this distress might have been prevented, by Mrs. Bellmour's communicating to her husband the secret of young Stanley's birth, which nie
had intrufted to her friend. Indeed we know of no secrets
My restless heart has stray'd;
A soul congenial made !
And mind embraces mind,
None such to ine inclin'd.
He chanc'd aside to stray,
To find his long, loft way.
In this life those to meet,
No joys can e'er repeat ?
The wiseman's faithful way
My fteps to him convey !
Ör cold Siberia's waste ;'
My feet should fearless hafte.
Or keep one thought away ;
Should tempt my fteps to stray.
Where dwells the form unknown;
Wbo does the world disown.
Beats sympathy to mine ;
Perhaps the far that gilds the morn
May light my lonely way;
Î far from crouds may stray.
Quick stop such rapid flight ;
Must shun the dazzling height.
Serene his rural flocks,
Or climbs the snow-cloath'd rocks..
My feet untir'd would stray,
And Phoebus hid his ray !
We'd tread the happy grove ;
Untaught by truth and love.
With soft leaves gather'd round;
Should soothe thee with its sound.
To nature's precepts true;
We wou'd her paths pursue.
This bliss in hope is giv'n,
Our souls shall join in heav'n !' There are common thoughts, as well as careless lines in this poem, but an air of softness and tenderness breathes through the whole. Si fic omnia dexiffet !
Art. XII. Memorial relative to Subjects in which the Dignity and In
terest of the Society of Clerks to bis Majesty's Signet are deeply con
cerned. 4to. Edinburgh. IN Ņ the course of last year, the faculty of advocates at Edin
burgh appointed a committee of their number, to prepare regulations respecting the course of study necessary to be followed, and the other qualifications which ought to be required in those who wish to become members of the faculty. In obedience to this appointment, the committee fuggested the fol