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DIVINITY, RELIGIOUS, &c.
A Sermon, prea bed for the Benefit of the Charity-School inflituted at Upton upon Severn, in the Year 1787. By the Rev. Richard Sandilands, LL.B. 870. 158 Cadell.
HI is an elegant and perfuafive difcourfe on the conduct of the Samaritan he that shewed mercy.Our autor fhows that fuch a one is truly our neighbour.
The State of the Nation, with respect to Religion and Manners. A Sermon preached at Uxbridge Chapel, Midillefex, on Sunday, the 25th of October, 1789; being the Anniversary of his Majefty's deceffion to the Throne. By the Rev. Walter Harper, Afflant-Lecturer. 420. 15. Evans.
Mr. Harper endeavours to awaken our attention by a difplay of the bleffings we enjoy, and the little practical ufe which we have made of them. Among the former, however, he fhould not have mentioned the late harvest; for, föon after it, we were obliged to require, corn from our neighbours; and, perhaps, the progrefs of Socinianifm fhould not be accounted among the latter. We have endeavoured to combat it in all its forms, but do not object to the promulgation of its doc trines; for we know that the cause of truth is teft promoted by a free and liberal enquiry; and though religion and mo. deration have occafionally been overlooked by fome of the combatants, yet facts and arguments have been brought for ward, which will ultimately, and in more moderate hands, afbft the cause both of true piery and morality.
The Obfervation of the Chriftian Sabbath recommended to the bigber Degrees in Life. By a Minifter of the Eftablished Church. Svo. 6d. Evans.
We have feldom feen a plainer and more practical difcourfe. We fear, however, that thofe to whom the preacher crieth, will not hear; and that he lifteth up his voice in vain.' But he muft feel a consciousness of having done his duty; and those who will attend to his precepts will find them truly pious and unaffectedly benevolent.
A Letter addressed to the Delegates from the several Congregations of Proteftant Diffenters who met at the Devizes, on September 14, 1789. 8vo. 6d. Wilkie.
A Second Letter, addressed to the Delegates from the feveral Congregations of Proteftant Diffenters who met at Devizes, on Sept. 14, 1789. By the Author of the First Letter. 8vo. 1s. Wilkie. The first Letter contains fome cool but pointed reprehen. fons on the language of the Refolutions; but, we think, the author urges a little too far the indiffoluble connection of church VOL, LXIX, Jan. 1790.
and flate in this question the flate is in no danger, though, in fome inftances, the language of the Reflutions is too istemperate, and, in one, we fee a few fymptoms of hostility.
In the fecond Letter he reduces the different Refolutions to diftinct propofitions, and anfwe:s to each with various fuccefs. The fubject, when fully confidered, lies, however, within a very narrow compafs. It is neceffary that there fhould be an eftablished religion; and the only doubt is, whether the different branches of the executive power thould be always ne ceffarily confined to that religion, when the difputed theological points are not of a political nature.
Leffons of Moral and Religious Inftruction. 4d. Rivingtons.
Thefe Leffons are intended for the benefit of the poor in ge neral, and the ufe of Sunday Schools in particular. They confit of dialogues, enlivened by the interpofition of natural incidents; and the whole, in ftyle of fentiment, well adapted to the purpose.
Remarks on Dr. Horfley's Ordination Sermon in a Letter to the Lord Bishop of Gloucefler. By G. Wakefield, B. A. Svo. 4d. Deighton.
In this pamphlet, Mr. Wakefield cenfures very freely fome, of the fentiments in the ordination fermon; but not without exhibiting the principles on which his opinions are founded. A Difcourfe on Sacramental Tefs. Delivered at Cambridge, LO. 30, 1788. By R. Robinson. 8vo. 15. Dilly. .This difcourfe, the author of which inveighs against facra mental tests, was delivered at Cambridge, October 30, 1788, at a general meeting of the deputies of the congregations of Protestant Dilienters in the county of Cambridge.
A Key to the Pfalms; being an eafy, concife, and familiar Explanation of Words, Allufions, and Sentences in them, selected frow fubftantial Authorities. By Rev. W. Cole, A. M. 8vo. 25. Deighton
This production is intended for the lower clafs of people, to whom it explains many words, phrafes, aud allufions in the Palms, with which they may be unacquainted.
Ifrael's Salvation; or, an Account from the Prophecies of Scripture, of the Grand Events which await the Jews, to the End. of Time. By T. Reader. 8vo. 15. 6d. Buckland.
This author treats of the grand events which await the Jews, to the end of time; and he is bold enough to affirm, from the prophecies of Scripture, that the convertion of the Jews will commence in the year 1816; that they will be called to their own land in 1866; in which year, likewife, an earthquake will deftroy feven thousand inhabitants of Rome; that Gog, or Popery, fhall be destroyed in 1941, and that, after a glorious millennium, about the year 3125, the world will be at an end.
The Theriad; an Heroi-Comic Poem: to which are fubjoined fome Miscellaneous Pieces and Notes. By a Young Gentleman. Svo. 5. Lowndes.
The reader's curiofity will probably be excited no less than ours was, at the title prefixed to the principal poem. It is derived, we find,
• From Onesov, Gr. a beaft. In the year 1755, the papers were filled with accounts of the depredations of a wild beast in France, chiefly in the Pays de Givaudan, in the province of Languedoc. This famous beat is the fubject of the poem.'
We are much obliged to the courteous author for this information; and if he had farther communicated to us what the drift of his ftory was, and the meaning of the various adventures into which this four-footed allegorical hero (we know not well what to call him) is plunged, he would have doubled the obligation. The notes afford but little affiftance towards elucidating its general defignation; and the veil of mystery, though now and then we get a tranfient glimpfe, is too closely drawn for us abfolutely to remove. From the manner, however, in which the leffer poems are generally executed, for fome are not deftitute of merit, we fufpect that it fcarcely deferves any very fevere application, or laborious refearches.
Trentham Park, a Poem. By William Fernyhough, A. B. 4to. 15. Evans.
We find here but little to praife or blame. The diction is finooth and eafy; but we difcern no great strength of mind nor vigour of fancy.
Brother Tom to Brother Peter, or Peter paid in his own Pence, swith the Articles of Partnership between the Devil and Peter Pindar, Efq. An Hiftorical Epifile. By a Moonraker. 4top 35. Parfons.
We know not when we have read an attempt fo violent, and yet fo weak as this Epille. Brother Tom has caught the family manner, or at least the worst part of it; but he forgot, when he aimed at resembling the defcendant of the Theban bard, that wit, humour, fhrewd reflections, and farcaftic remarks, were also neceffary. He has not even tagged his verfes with a rhyme. The terminati ns have frequently no apparent refemblance, and that of found must be derived from a vitiated or an uncommon pronunciation.
Ode to Hope. 410. 15. Elliot and Kay.
Poetic enthusiasm and expreffion are. fometimes difplayed in this Ode, but it is not, throughout, of an equal texture; and perfpicuity, as well as elegance, is occafionally violated by the uncouthness of diction; not to mention the extreme diffo nance of the rhymes, in one or two inftances.
The Garland; a Collection of Poems. 41p. 25, 6d. Robfon.
Most of these pieces were printed in the Gentleman's Magazine, and appear to be the production of a juvenile bard, The Female's Meditation; or common Gecurrences fpiritual fed, in Verfe. By Hannah Wallis. 4to. 35. 6d. fewed. Matthews. The wretched effufions of one who feeins to have mistaken the enthufiafm of a Methodist for the inspiration of poetry.
The English Tavern at Berlin, a Comedy, in Tree Ads. Svo. 15. 6d. Harlow.
If this comedy was ever acted, the author chufes to conceal the circumstances and the event: though a pleafing fentimental trifle, it is not, we think, fufficiently full of incident for the flage. The plot hangs on a well known ftory of the great Frederick's conveying fome money fecretly into his page's pocket, whom he found afleep, and whofe mother, as he dif covered accidentally, was in great diftref. It feems to have been originally written in German..
Remarks on fome of Shakspeare's Characters, By the Aubor of Obfervations on Modern Gardening, 25. Payne and Son.
Thefe Remarks are the production of Mr. Wheatly, who died in 1772. They are, in general, fuperficial and ill-found. ed, though not deftitute of ingenuity; and feem to have been much laboured by the author.
Macbeth reconfidered. An Essay, intended as an Anfwer to Part of the Remarks on fome of the Characters of Shakspeare. Szo. 1. Egertons.
This Effay is intended as an answer to the pamphlet mentioned in the preceding article; and its character is nearly the fame with that of the Remarks.
Levi's Difcourfe to the Nation of the Jews. 8va. 35. 6d. Flexney,
This author is furely not David Levi, the antagonist of Priestley, and the enemy of Christianity, for he is not only al most, but frequently' altogether as we are. Indeed he differs in many other refpects from our former acquaintance, and his opinions are very feldom confiftent with Judaifm. He does not, for instance, confider the prefent ftate of the Jews as a continuation of the Babylonish captivity; he thinks Herod rebuilt the Temple of Jerufalem, making a third Temple, which the Jews uniformly oppofe, &c. It is, however, dithcult to develope the author's real intention; for, to an affected peculiarity of language, grofs errors, either of the writer or printer, are added, and contribute to fpread a veil over his motives and opinions to us impenetrable. The bulk of this volume, however, confifts of quotations from the Prophets and Evangelists,
new fuccinct and candid Examination of Mr. David Levi's Objections against Jefus Chrift, and the Gafpel Hiftory: in his Letters to Dr. Prieply, by Philip David Krauter, D. D. 8vo. 15. 6d. Dilly.
Epplement to the Examination of Mr. Levi's Objections, in his Letters to Dr. Priftley. Occafioned by his grofs Mifreprefentations of it, in bis Anfiers to Dr. Pricfley's Letters, Part 11. By Philip David Krauter, D.D. 8vo. 6d.
We have formerly noticed Mr. Levi's Answer to Dr. Priestley's Letters to the Jews; and the first of thefe works contains an anfwer to what Dr. Priestley had obferved in the first part of his Letters. In the Reply of Mr. Levi, he paid fome at tention to Dr. Krauter, and to this Reply the Supplement alJudes. Our author answers with various fuccefs, and we should have feen, with fome concern, Mr. Levi occafionally triumph, if we did not know that he was vulnerable on other grounds. To defend weakly is always to betray a cause.
A Letter to the Rev. Dr. White; containing, Remarks upon certain Paffuges in the Notes fubjoined to his Bampton Lectures. By Philaletbes. 8vo. Is. Johnson.
Philalethes feems to have taken advantage of the present po pularity of Dr. White's Sermons, to call the attention of the public to thofe parts of the notes which are hoftile to Socinianifm. From whofe pen they proceeded, as he is not anxious to know, it is not incumbent on us to examine. It was faid, that the Socinians appeal to reafon for their fupport: our au thor fhows that they appeal alfo to Scripture. This, indeed, may be allowed without danger; but the controverfy fhould be decided by the general tenour, the fpirit, and tendency of the whole, not by select paffages on either fide. By this means, we think, it will appear decidedly that Chrift was the Son of God, inferior to the Father only in his humiliating state. The end and defign of this state; and the fyftem cf some authors, refpecting the victim of divine juftice, it is unfair to press on Dr. White, as we do not recollect that he has employed it. Our author urges ftrongly the difficulties which attend the trinitarian fyftem; but it would be furprising that any thing revealed froin above, refpecting circumftances of which our fenfes can take no cognifance, fhould be wholly comprehenfive by reafon, which can only judge of the relation of images fupplied by the fenfes. Do we doubt of the existence of immaterial. beings, because we can have no idea but of matter, which is impenetrable?
An Apology for the two Ordinances of Jefus Chrift; the Holy Communion, and Baptifm. Seriously recommended to the Confideration of the People called Quakers, By Robert Applegarth. 8vo. 13. Richardfon.
Mr. Applegarth was formerly a Quaker, though neither Brictly nor properly did he deferve that name, for he was in