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to suspect its author of any pioneering scheme-we believe she intended to be perfectly scriptural; and sure we are that the estimable man to whom it is dedicated would never lend his name to the setting forth of Popish errors : yet in two or three places we perceive a decided bias of the writer's mind to wbat we know to be the poisonous admixtures of Puseyism. They are slight, upstudied, and we believe unconscious indications, but they tend to familiarize the young mind with what is contrary to truth, and what bears moreover, the especial form in which falsehood is now spreading in our church. The little gipsey girl on one occasion, invokes the angels, in prayer, after God and the Lord Jesus : on another occasion, she addresses our Lord, ‘Jesus, Son of Mary ;' and again, when a person is speaking harsh things of a departed sinner, she bids her pray for his soul. Now this little gipsey is supposed to have learned all she knows from the bible; and these three points of Popish error she certainly found no warrant for there. The last instance, however, is more glaring, and less capable of being explained away on the score of ignorance in the individual, seeing it is recorded (i. e. invented) by the author, and very complacently told, at the close of the volume. One of the party had died five years before, and those five years are passed over, and on the morning a wedding takes place : then, “That night, Ziba and Rachel, Browne and Gabriel, knelt beside the grave, and placed a wooden cross, with the figure of our Lord, beautifully carved by Ziba, at the head of the grave,” page 274.
Such things are not unimportant now among us; and in a book intended for Protestant children, such things ought not to be.
HISTORY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, toith special reference to the fulfilment of Prophecy. With a treatise on the approaching fall of the Mohammedan and Papal power, and the cleansing of the Jetish Sanctuary. By the Rev. Frederic Fysh, M.A. Author of "The sure word of prophecy,' fc. -Nisbet.
The short treatise' referred to in the title-page appeared in this Magazine a few months back. The work to which it is appended is a most fearfully vivid story of the horrors of that period which many in common with our author regard as fulblling the predicted ontpouring of the first five vials mentioned in Rev. xvi. Without identifying ourselves with all that is advanced, we do most fully concur with Mr. Fysh in fixing on Papal Rome the brand of Great Babylon, the Antichrist of the last and of all preceding days since ber foul apostacy, and we admit that the unexampled horrors of the French Revolution verify the awful description given in the passage of holy writ referred to. We would not undergo the pang of perusing the soul-harrowing recital, but for the lessons that it conveys; and which have been ably summed up in the author's preface.
CHRIST OUR LAW. By the author of Christ our
Erample,' The Table of the Lord,' &c.-Seeley and Barnside.
FOR this book we are greatly indebted to the PuseyJULY, 1842.
ites; at least, for the matter and manner of it. Every body knows how the author of “The Listener' can write; but any thing so energetic as this she has not before produced. There is in it an earnest contending for the truth that bespeaks the consciousness of prevailing falsehood; and on the subject of the sacraments, baptism more especially, she has spoken out, nobly, fearlessly, and most scripturally. An outcry will probably be raised by ber faithful dealing ; she, a most attached member of the Establishment, will presently be branded as a dissenter, because a blind deference to the compilations of fallible men does not lead her astray from the plain truth as revealed in God's most holy and blessed word: but to, our convictions this book speaks throughout the wisdom that cometh from above; and we bless God for directing to such use the very conspicuous talent that he has bestowed on its writer.
FEMALE WRITERS: Thoughts on their proper
sphere, and on their powers of usefulness. By M.A. Stodart. Author of • Every-day Duties,' 'Hints on Reading,' &c.-Seeley and Burnside.
Whatever the lords may say, the ladies of creation must hold themselves indebted to this their spirited champion for her unflinching advocacy of their claims to a somewhat higher grade in the scale of intellectual eminence than is generally conceded to us. The worst that can be said of her view on this point is that she has too much drawn from herself? in poortraying the mental capabilities of woman. We are not ourselves sticklers for much reading, because it throws a sort of fetter on the mind, checks originality, that great desideratum, and so fills the head with other people's ideas, that for one manufactory we meet with ten thousand retail shops, all dealing in the same stale articles. Seriously, we most deeply lament that in a Christian land the polluted filth, called the classics, should even be tolerated ; and we bless God that, among several hundreds of volumes on our shelves, there is not one that could lead the youthful mind, female or male, to an acquaintance with any thing appertaining to the abominations of paganism in any of its branches ; of with the profane and licentious writings of those, by courtesy called Christians, of whom the world was wortby, and in whom the world makes its boast. Shakspeare, and his class, whose fascinations of style only render the poison of their ungodliness more efficient, have been banished for twenty years. It was not equivalent certainly to the cutting off a right band, or plocking out a right eye; but had it been so, we hope we should, for the love and in the strength of the Lord Jesus, have had grace to do it. On this ground, therefore, we cannot at all accord with our valued friend the author of “ Female Writers:” we long for the day of the church's peace and joy when, together with the things themselves, the very name and remembrance of these books shall perish from off the earth; and while praying that our Heavenly Father's will may be done on earth as it is in heaven, we would even now bumbly do our best to gather out from his kingdom, the church, all things that oflend.
Except on this point we go along with the author ; and more especially on the subject of letter-writing, and of the dangers that assail the literary female. The book is written with much feeling, animation and taste; and we anticipate the day when its estimable writer will proffer lending a hand at an Auto de fé which we greatly long to see performeda conflagration of all that does not directly tend to testify the Gospel of the grace of God in our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be all glory for ever!
ANCIENT HISTORY. The History of the Egyp
tians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Medes, Lydians, Persians, Macedonians, the Seleucida in Syria, the Parthians and Carthagenians. From Rollin, and other authentic sources, both ancient and modern; with six maps.--Religious Tract Society.
This number, treating of the Macedonians the Seleucidæ and the Parthians, completes the volone; a Title page and Preface being included in it. We bave noticed the work as it proceeded, and now we behold in it another of the signs of the times encompassing us on every side. The compilers certainly did not foresee when entering on their labour, how intensely interesting the subject would become ere they could draw it to a close; but we are persuaded the volume will soon be in general request, while the great battle-field of the last days is gradually occupied by contending hosts in the sight of the whole world. These ancient Nations are all men. tioned in scripture, historically; and many of them