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The Harmony of Prophecy; or, the Rev. W. K. Tweedie, Free Tol. Scriptural Illustrations of the Apoca- booth Church, Edinburgh. Johnstone lypse. By the Rev. Alerander Keith, and Hunter. D.D. Edinburgh: Whyle. London : Notes, critical, explanatory, and pracLongmans.
tical, on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah,
with a new Translation and IntroducFrom a number of other recent publi- tory Dissertation. By the Rev. Albert cations, now claiming our attention, we Barnes. Edited and carefully corrected select the following for immediate an- by the Rev. Ingram Cobbin, M.A. nouncement :
Two l'olumes. Partridge and Oakey. No Popery! A Course of eight Ser- A Christian Jew on the Old Testa. mons, preached at the Episcopal Jews' ment Scriptures; or, a critical InvestiChapel, Bethnal-Green. By the Rev. gation of the Historical Events, InsiituJ. B. Cartwright, M.A., Minister of the lions, and Ordinances, recorded in the Chapel. Published by Request. Wer- Pentateuch, considered as typical and theim and Macintosh.
emblematical of a new and better DisThe Reasons of the Protestant Reli- pensation. By Benjamin Weiss. Dungion. By John Pye Smith, D.D., dee : Middleton. Johnstone and HuntF.R.S. Enlarged and adapted to the er; &c. Popish Aggression of 1850, with some Journal of a Tour in Italy, in 1850, remarkable Disclosures of Romanist Po. with an Account of an Interview with licy in the Age of the Reformation, the Pope, at the Vatican. By the Rev. Jackson and Walford.
George Townsend, D.D., Canon of Lectures delivered at the Monthly Durham. Rivingtons. United Service of the Nonconformist Churches in Nottingham. With other The Publishers' Circular, of December Discourses, preached on publio Occa. 16th, gives the titles of one hundred and sions. By Samuel M'All. Jackson eighty publications on the Papal Quesand Walford.
tion, issued from the press in one month. Man by Nature and ly Grace : or, This is conceived to be an unprecedented Lessons from the Book of Jonah. By fact, and well worthy of attention.
FLOATING BATHS OF THE Rhine. be sustained in courageously venturing -Another arrangement which I observed beyond his depth, and become ultimately appears worthy of notice, and might be independent, and capable of casting aside imitated with beneficial results to the all aids; and, plunging headlong into community in Britain and other coun- the stream, might dash forward with the tries. I allude to the floating-baths, freedom and indulgence of a pastime. which abound on the Rhine, and serve Swimming is practised, not as a mofor more extensive purposes than indi- mentary recreation, but as part of a vidual comfort or profit, cleanliness or regular training, in which hours are health. They seemed to be regarded as spent. I think that, were there more a part of the national economy. The bathing among ourselves, there would be youth of the localities resorted to them more health ; and were our youth more as a sort of gymnasium ; and especially extensively taught to swim, there would the young men, who anticipated employ- be less fatality attending accidents, whement in the army, assembled at them for ther in rivers or at sea.- A Summer daily discipline, and were taught to swim, Ramble in Germany. under the direction of men appointed by the authorities for such a purpose.
INSTINCT OF PLANTS.-ObservaThere are inclosures with awnings and tion shows that plants have hours deshades, platforms, floating beams, buck. voted to rest, during which time they ets, and ropes, to afford every fa make little or no progress in growth. A and inducement for the healthful exer- curious proof of this statement was at. cise. The rope was held by the hand, or forded by an account of a gentleman girt around the waist, and the floating who had an artificial illumination kept beams were moved to and fro, so that the up in his graperies throughout the night, novitiate might try his attainments, or and where this was done the grapes
ripened sooner by several weeks ; but also Noblemen and Lord-Mayors at all subsequent accounts inform us that the times, and a few Baronets, but scarcely vines thus stimulated were much weak. a General or an Admiral, and not one ened. Some plants, like some animals, Bishop or Dean. In the form of inhave been ordained for night; and these, sanity combined with general paralysis, accordingly, are active only during those the patient will sometimes assume the hours. The night-blowing cereus is an highest rank in the navy, army, and example of this sort. Others, that in. state, all together. In all asylums there crease and flourish during the day, are patients who consider themselves diclose their flowers, and frequently their vine persons.-A very elevated idea of leaves, remaining inactive throughout their talents and powers is extremely the night.-Magazine of Science. common among those who have recently
become insane. They detail the vast Gossiping Nuns.-A Monastic plans which they were about to execute, Legend.—Two ladies of an illustrious and deplore the loss of time and money family had joined the sisterhood of St. to which they are subjected. Their deScholastica. Though in other respects mands for writing or drawing materials exemplary and faithful to their religious are extensive; and they make ambitious profession, they were much given to but fragmentary efforts to sketch designs scandal and vain talk ; which being told for railways, palaces, or even asylums ; to St. Benedict, it displeased him greatly ; or to write poems such as the world has and he sent to them a message, that, if never seen. One of our most intelligent they did not refrain their tongues and patients has spent months in painting on set a better example to the community, the walls of three sides of his bedroom he would excommunicate them. The innumerable faces, and figures, and forms, Nuns were at first alarmed and penitent, representing the defective state of the scand promised amendment; but the habit cial and political world; and has exercised was too strong for their good resolves in this work what may almost be called They continued their vain and idle an eloquent ingenuity. As the three walls talking; and, in the midst of their folly, set forth “ what is,” the fourth is des. they died. Being of great and noble tined to indicate "what ought to be ;" lineage, they were buried in the church but at present these words alone are near the altar : and afterwards, on a cer- painted on it, and a mysterious blank re. tain day, as St. Benedict solemnised mains to be filled up.-Dr. Conolly's mass at that altar, and at the moment Lectures at the Royal College of Physi. when the officiating Deacon uttered the cians, usual words, “Let those who are excommunicated, and forbidden to partake, de- EULOGIES ON THE DEAD.—The part and leave us ;” behold! the two practice of having eulogistic harangues Nuns rose up from their graves, and in on deceased members of the Académie, the sight of all the people, with faces would be more honoured in the breach drooping and averted, they glided out of than in the observance. When the dethe church !! And thus it happened ceased is a man of some note, (like Chaevery time that the mass was celebrated teaubriand, for example,) his successor is there, until St. Benedict, taking pity sure to carry laudation to the very verge upon them, absolved them from their of extravagance; and when he is of no sins, and they rested in peace !-Mrs. note at all, as generally happens, it beJameson.
comes supremely ridiculous to chant his
éloge, nay, sometimes even impossible, HIGH NOTIONS
from his insignificance, to say anything TICS._When the first violence of an at all of him. M. de Saint Priest, when attack of acute mania has passed away, received into the Academy in the room but the mind still remains excited, we of M. Vatout, labours under this diffifind the patient, in an extraordinary culty. “What can I say of my dead number of cases, suddenly affecting high man " he asks everybody.
“ He wrote rank. I think this is most common in the nothing that anybody remembers—did poorest class of patients; and it is to be nothing—was nothing: I really don't remarked, that among our crowd of luna- know what to say of mon mort !” “Eh, tics at Hanwell, although we have several Monsieur," was the sarcastic answer, Queens of England, our male patients “ your successor will have the same difdo not at present assume the title of ficulty with respect to you !”-- Paris King, although several assert that they Correspondent of Literary Gazette. are married to the Queen. We have
EIN FESTE BURG IST UNSER GOTTE: The famous Hymn* composed by Martin Luther on his way to Augsburgh, A.D. 1530; and “sung,
during the Diet, in all the churches of Saxony." (Vid. Merle D'Aubigné on the Reformation.) A Strong Tower is THE LORD our Though earth by peopling fiends be God,
trod, To shelter and defend us;
Embatiled all, yet hidden,-Our shield His arm, our sword His rod, And though their proud usurping god Against our foes befriend us :
O'er thrones and shrines have stridThat Ancient Enemy
den, His gathering powers we see,
Nay! let them stand reveal'd, His terrors, and his toils;
And darken all the field, Yet, victory, with its spoils,
We fear not ; fall they must! Not earth, but Heaven, shall send us ! THE WORD, wherein we trust,
Their triumph hath forbidden. Though, wrestling with the wrath of hell,
Wbile mighty Truth with us remains, No might of man avail us,
Hell's arts shall move us never ; Our Captain is IMMANUEL,
Nor parting friendships, honours, gaios, And angel-comrades hail us !
Our love from Jesus sever : Still challenge ye His name?
They leave us, when they part“CHRIST, in the flesh who came” With Himma peaceful heart; “ THE LORD, the Lord of Hosts !” And when from dust we rise, Our cause His succour boasts ;
Death yields us, as he dies, And God shall never fail us !
The crown of life for ever!
FLOWERS OF PALESTINE.
* The purpose of the following lines is, in place of a strict translation, to present the emphatic sentiments, in the noble but peculiar metre, of the original. This for the service of those, who, familiar with the music which the same great occasion struck out from the same great soul, thirst for words that they may sing thereto with the understanding.
And ye, bright flowerets! He who bade
Gave Him, the world's great Sacrifice !
CHINA.–So far as our Missionary at Amoy, thus writes from the latter brethren (of the London Missionary city under date 29th June :Society) located in the free ports of “ Shortly after my arrival in this China have enjoyed opportunities for place I heard mention of a great city not extending their researches to the myste- more than fifty miles distant, to which rious regions beyond, they have been Amoy is but the seaport. I had a wish uniformly struck with the kindly and to visit this Chang-Chew, of which I affable dispositions of the natives of the was daily hearing as a great and wealthy interior, and their comparative freedom city-famous, also, for its men of letters. from those restraints which have re- My desire having lately been gratified, I tarded the growth of confidence between send you the following brief account of the inhabitants of the seaport towns and the excursion, knowing that you are their foreign visiters. In further corro- much interested in all that relates to the boration of this encouraging fact, we progress of the Gospel in China, have now to record the incidents that " River scenery. In company with a took place on occasion of two visits re- Missionary brother. I embarked, about cently paid by the Rev. T. Gilfillar to day break, in a small junk hired for the Chang-Chew, distant about fifty miles occasion. Wind and tide favouring, we from Amoy, and the capital of the Fuh- were soon clear of the harbour, and Kien province. In this spacious and standing towards the entrance of the opulent city, and the surrounding vil- river leading up to Chang-Chew. As lages, no known obstacle exists to the we entered the river the whole scene free and unimpeded access of the Gospel, around us was suddenly changed in chasave that which is imposed by the inade- racter. From the mountainous and rugquacy of the resources at command. ged sterility of a rock-formed coast, all May He who has all hearts and all at once it softened down to the smiling means under His control, speedily send and cultivated beauty of a rich valley. forth more labourers into the vineyard ! The scenery grew more strikingly pic
Mr. Gilfillan, who had recently re- turesque as we sailed on. Farm-houses moved from Canton to join the Mission began to peep out from under old um
brageous banian-trees- towns and vil. it was now sunset, our guide conducted lages nestled at the foot of every hill- us to an inn, where we took up our while the far-stretching paddee-fields, quarters for the night. In this inn we whitening to the harvest, told of past found about twenty travellers, to whom industry and coming plenty. The va- we gave some of our Christian books, rying distance and contour of the hill. which doubtless would find their way to ranges lent an indescribable charm to distant places in China, and, we trust, this valley, and precluded any approach lead some to a saving acquaintance with to monotony or
Here the the Saviour. By the time we had suphills were lofty and abrupt, there round- ped, we found that a number of visiters ed off in outline and sloping down the had come to pay their respects and ask strath,—the nearer ones clearly embroid- for books. The news had spread quickly ering the blue sky with their fringes of that two foreign teachers had come ; so pine-trees; the more distant, cloudlike, that we had the opportunity of distributmelting away in the horizon. In the ing many of our tracts in our own room, midst of all these beauties of hill and As, however, neither Mr. G. nor dale flowed the broad, bright river, now myself could speak much of the local creeping amongst the low rice-fields, and dialect, the instruction we could convey anon squeezing its way between hilly to the group of visiters was but meager: banks; now hemmed in by waving fields yet the news of the one God and one of tall sugar cans, and anon laving the Mediator was told, however imperfectly ; door-steps of some temple or mansion. and the books they received could tell
“ The whole scene was calculated to them more of these precious truths. inspire joyous emotions. Yet a shadow When the last of our visiters had gone, came over it—the very shadow of death! we retired to rest, thanking God, and -as I thought that, amidst all these taking courage, that we had hitherto beautiful and bounteous works of God, been permitted so peacefully to visit this there was no man doing Him honour, great city. but every one, on the contrary, wholly “ Descriptive notices of the city and given to idolatry ; or, as Heber sang it, population.—Next morning we again
set out on our walk ; and, in order that 'Here every prospect pleasos, And only man is vile.'
it might be in some measure also a
'walk of usefulness,' we took with us a From the pressure of such sad reflections good supply of tracts. Ascending the I was fain to seek relief, in the anticipa city-wall at the western gate, we walked tion of the good time coming, when all for some time along the broad, grassy the plains and valleys of China shall be path, whence a fine view of the city and adorned with the beauty of holiness, and surrounding country is obtained. Here every home be a little heaven. "He is we could perceive that the city stands in faithful that bath promised.'
a fertile plain, which is completely en“ Reception at Chung-Chew.--As we circled by hills, some green and bosky, approached Chang-Chew, the villages others grey and rugged. Of the city became more frequent and town-like. itself there is not much room for descripAnd we soon came in sight of a goodly tion. The walls seemed to be fully granite bridge, consisting of immense three miles in circuit. But the larger slabs of granite stretching from pier to half of the population is suburban,-pier; while on each pier was erected a within the walls there being much space house or two. This is Chang-Chew occupied by parade-grounds, archerylower bridge, and here we must step fields, gardens, &c. On the whole, the ashore.
people are not so crowded together as “I had expected that the appearance in Canton and Amoy. The average of foreigners would have raised a con- width of the streets is considerably siderable hubbub amongst the people. greater than at either of these places. But, on landing, I was agreeably disap- and the proportion of families in easy pointed to find the on-loukers few, and circumstances struck me as very great. these few modest and civil. We pur. Any estimate of the population must be sued our way through the extensive sub regarded as a guess,-shrewd or otherurbs, meeting with little annoyance, and wise,--but still guess-work. I had no rudeness. At length we reached the heard it estimated at 500,000. But I city itself, which we entered by boat on myself incline to a much smaller numa canal passing through an archway in ber, viz., 300,000, more or less ; that is, the city-wall. Within the walls tbe about double the population of Amoy. streets are somewhat broader, and houses The latter place, indeed, is but the and shops better than those outside. As entrepôt to Chang-Chew and the sur.