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permitting slavery, “Let us take the greatest precautions that the evil may do good.' In abolishing it, the reformers said, in their turn, with equal good faith, “Let us take care that the good does no evil.' Two-fold error! Evil engenders evil; good does nothing but good.”
Regretting that we can give no more space to the notice of a work of so much importance and written in so noble a spirit and with such extended and careful research, we heartily commend it as worthy the study of every citizen, for every citizen is now concerned with the great question of Emancipation.
Bacon's CHRISTIAN SELF-CULTURE*_This is a practical work on the nature of the Christian life, and the characteristic virtues that will be developed in those who enter upon the career of selfdiscipline to which the Scriptures invite. The clearness and definiteness of all its statements give it a peculiar value, and will speedily commend it to public favor. Dr. Bacon says: “The Christian life is the life of one, who at the call of God, under the mediation and leadership of Christ, and in reliance on the promise of the Holy Spirit, has undertaken to be a new creature in Christ, to be progressively transformed by the renewing of his mind, to train himself in and for the service of God, and so to make the most of himself as a living soul whose chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Such a life must necessarily be one of self-culture ;—not one “of forms, or of outward proprieties and moralities," but one in which the soul shall be training itself, and developing its own nature aright;-one in which it shall “humbly, yet with resolute diligence, be educating its own moral and spiritual faculties into conformity with truth and with God." To the elaboration of the ideas here so felicitously stated, the book is devoted; and in successive chapters it is shown that such Christian self-culture will extend to integrity and amiableness ; to fuith and manliness; to enlightened conscientiousness; to self-governed freedom; to steadfastness; to Godliness; to brotherly kindness; to charity ; to Christian growth; and to fruitfulness. We heartily commend the book as deserving wide circulation, for there are very few publications of the kind which are so well calculated to guide and instruct the youth, and especially the intelligent youth of our land, in the ways of righteousness.
* Christian Self-Culture; or Counsels for the Beginning and Progress of a Christian Life. By LEONARD Bacon, Pastor of the First Church in New Haven. American Tract Society, Boston, 28 Cornhill. 18mo. Pp. 265. For sale in New Haven by F. T. Jarman. Price, 80 cents.
THE SYMPATHY OF Christ with Man.*_Nan feels everywhere an irrepressible longing for sympathy from some higher power; yet it would seem as if it were natural for him to doubt and shrink from the true and practical sympathy offered him by Christ. The Roman Catholic puts Christ away from him at an almost incomprehensible distance, and fills the intermediate space with a regular succession of less exalted beings, who, he thinks, will regard him for that reason with more favor. And, as a matter of fact, how far do many Protestants come from bringing the personality of Christ into close communion with their own individuality! It is the object of Dr. Winslow, in this excellent little treatise, to reassure the Christian believer, by reminding him that he who once “sighed” and “wept” over the calamities he was so ready to repair, and the griefs he so frequently assuaged, must still feel “ an actual and personal participation” in all that concerns his children. We regard the volume as a valuable contribution to the devotional literature of the day.
Lyra CELESTIS.-A new collection of hymns, howerer great may be the confidence felt in the taste of the compiler, usually requires time to acquire general favor with the public. The rapid growth of popularity which has attended these “Hymns on Heaven," must be traced in great measure to the fact that they are appropriately classified. The hymns are so arranged as to furnish a series of direct answers to such questions as the following, which we copy from the Table of Contents: I. Where is Heaven ? II. What is Heaven? III. Who are in Heaven ? IV. What are they doing in Heaven ? V. What is the way to Heaven? VI. What is it to go to Heaven? VII. Who would not go to Heaven? VIII. How soon in Heaven ? IX. How long in Heaven?
* The Sympathy of Christ with Man: Its Teaching and its Consolation. By OCTAVIUS WINSLOW, D. D. New York: R. Carter & Brothers. 1863. 18mo. pp. 426. For sale by F. T. Jarman. Price, 90 cents.
+ Lyra Cælestis. Hymns on Heaven, Selected by A. C. Thompson, D. D. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. 1863, 12mo. pp. 382. Price, $1.50. For sale by F. T. Jarman.
The selection of Hymns is admirable, and includes many that are everywhere familiar, as well as a large number that are new to us; but all, the new and the old, gain an unexpected beauty and value by means of the peculiar arrangement which we have described. In other words, these gems of song are put in a fit setting, the effect of which is as gratifying as it is apparent.
BIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS.*--This title sufficiently indicates the character of the book. It is a "storehouse of similies, allegories, and anecdotes," selected, for the most part, two hundred years ago, by John Spencer, “a lover of learning and learned men.” They are gleaned from the writings of men who were known, even in the day of the compiler, as “old authors.” Among them are found such names as Ambrose, Chrysostom, St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Erasmus, and hundreds of others. This collection of “apt illustrations” is provided with an Index.
Tue REBELLION RECORD.-We have already given repeated notices of this very valuable monthly publication. Four thick quarto volumes had some months ago been completed; each amply illustrated with maps, plans of battles, and a large number of first class steel portraits of the prominent characters who have figured on both sides in this civil war. Four additional numbers of the fifth volume have since been issued from the press, and the documentary history is now brought down to September, 1862. It should be remembered that one of the peculiar features of this work is its publication, in the main part of each of its numbers, of official reports, and of the most reliable narratives of battles and skirmishes. It is intended that in this department there shall be “nothing but the most guarded narration of events, without comment." There is also appended to each number a selection of the best songs and ballads, both loyal and rebel ; of anecdotes, and in
* Bible Illustrations ; being a Storehouse of Similes, Allegories, and Anecdotes, selected from Spencer's “ Things New and Old,” and other sources.
With an introduction by Rev. R. Newton, D. D., and a copions Index. Philadelphia : Smith, English & Co. 1863. 12mo. pp. 360. Price, $1.25. For sale in New Haven by Judd & Clark.
cidents of personal bravery and daring. As a book, therefore, of immediate interest to all the members, young and old, of every family in the country, it can hardly be surpassed; while for many years to come, as a work for reference, it will be increasing in value. It should find a place immediately in every public library and book club of every description; and if a copy could be placed in every village throughout the land, in such a way that it could be generally read and consulted, it would serve to spread everywhere the spirit of patriotism and abhorrence of the enemies of our country.
We are informed that the sale of single back numbers—(from 1 to 24)—comprising the numbers in the first four volumes, will soon be discontinued. Application, by those who need them, should be made immediately. Back sets will then be sold only in volumes. For sale by T. H. Pease in New Haven. Price 50 cents a number. See Advertisement in the New Englander Advertiser.
REPRINTS OF THE BRITISH REVIEWS.--Messrs. L. Scott & Co., notwithstanding they have lately lost by fire their entire stock of reprints, reaching back to the very commencement, and notwithstanding the increased cost of republication, continue to offer Blackwood and the four Reviews for the exceedingly low price of ten dollars. It is to be remembered, to the credit of these gentlemen, that from a sense of justice they pay annually a considerable sum out of their profits to the British publishers. We hope that the enterprise and liberality which they have ever manifested will be amply rewarded. There has been no time for years when these Reviews have been so full of interest and value as now. The articles on American affairs, it is true, could, most of them, be easily dispensed with. In fact, the articles of this description have displayed for two years past so much prejudice, illiberality, and hostility, and they have been so full of glaring misrepresentations, that, as we doubt not, most of our countrymen have learned to pass them over without a glance. But such articles, after all, form but a very small proportion of the whole. These Reviews are as rich and even richer than ever with the results of the study of many of the ablest men in every department of learning; and we still continue to welcome them gladly as the representatives of British literature, science, politics, and theology. T. H. Pease agent in New Haven. See Advertisement in the Nero Englander Advertiser.
LORD Bacon's WORKS.-The new firm of Taggard & Thompson (29 Cornhill, Boston) purpose to issue promptly the remaining five volumes of the superb edition of the Works of Lord Bacon, the progress of which we have announced from time to time, as the separate installments have been given to the public. The fifth volume of the Philosophical Works is now before us, and contains the concluding part of the Natural History; and, besides some shorter works, the New Atlantis.
Mi. Spedding-to whose editorial labors, in conjunction with those of his colleagues, Mr. Ellis and Mr. Heath, the superior value of the present edition is due,--says in his preface :-“ The Nero Atlantis is chiefly interesting as a record of his (Bacon's) own feelings. Perhaps there is no single work of his which has so much of himself in it. The description of Solomon's House is the description of the vision in which he lived. * The account of the manners and customs of the people of Bensalem, is an account of his own taste in humanity.
Even the dresses, the household arrangements, the order of their feasts and solemni. ties, their very gestures of welcome and salutation, have an interest and significance, independent of fiction, as so many records of Bacon's personal taste in such matters."
We are informed that a limited number of the back volumes are still in the hands of the publishers, and notwithstanding the largely increased cost of manufacture, new subscriptions, for a short time, will be received at the old price. T. II. Pease agent in New Haven.
ÆSTHETICS.*--This is a work on the principles of taste, for which we bespeak a wide circulation. The author has been successful in giving such a systematic statement of the nature of beauty, and of its primary and fundamental laws, as makes his treatise an admirable text-book on the whole subject of this important and interesting science. The application also which he has made of fundamental principles to landscape gardening, architecture, painting, and poetry, will serve to make the book an ex., ceedingly popular one in the family as well as in the recitation
Æsthetics; or the Science of Beauty. By Jorn Bascom, Professor in Williams College. Boston: Crosby & Nichols. 1862. 12mo. pp. 256. Price, 80 cents,