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good, that it is only necessary for us to announce that the Harpers have published a complete edition of his works, in three volumes, in order to secure attention to them. These volumes contain, besides his Exercises, many excellent sermons, lectures, memoirs, and miscellaneous articles, not before given to the American public.
We have heretofore expressed our admiration of his devotional writings; and we verily believe the Christian community will be grateful to the publishers for furnishing them more of his wholesome compositions.
9.-Notes, Critical, Illustrative, and Practical, on the Book of Job; with a New Translation, and an Introductory Dissertation. By ALBERT BARNES. New-York: Leavitt, Trow, & Co. 1844.
2 vols. 12mo.
We look upon this as decidedly the best commentary Mr. Barnes has published. It is thorough, lucid, based upon genuine principles of science and hermeneutics, and in accordance with the analogy of faith. It sheds light on many an obscure passage of this ancient book, and will probably disclose beauties and truths to the ordinary reader of our common version which were never seen before.
The Introduction occupies 126 pages, and descants learnedly on the questions: Whether Job was a real person—where he lived— when he lived-the author of the book-its character and design— canonical authority and inspiration-the patriarchal religion as developed in it-the state of the arts and sciences in Job's day—exegetical helps to the book. Part of this Introduction was published, some time since, in the Repository, and the whole of it is equally worthy of perusal and study. We notice an incongruity. The first five sections are denoted by the common numerals, the last four by the Romanthus. § 5, § VI.
The commentary itself, whilst it contains much that will be appreciated only by scholars, and that will place it among the number of learned commentaries, is, at the same time, well adapted to impart needed instruction to the ordinary reader and the Sabbath School teacher. We have no space for further comment at present, but express our hope and belief that the industrious author will be abundantly rewarded in the utility of his labor. Typographical errors, which were to be expected in such a work, can be corrected in the next edition.
10.-The Reformers before the Reformation. The Fifteenth Centu tury. John Huss and the Council of Constance. By EMILE BONNECHOSE, Librarian to the King of France. Translated from the French, by CAMPBELL MACKENZIE. Complete in one volume. Price fifty cents. New-York: Harper & Brothers. 1844. pp. 200, 8vo.
This is a very fit introduction to the History of the Reformation by Dr. Merle d'Aubigné. It is composed in a truly Christian
spirit, and in a good style. The Preface is strikingly excellent, the Historical Introduction details the schism of the West and division of Europe, and the body of the work presents a full length portrait of John Huss; narrates his doctrines, preaching, doings, sufferings, and death; and then we have portrayed the execution of Jerome, and the martyrdoms of the successors of Huss in Bohemia.
These Reformers before the Reformation are worthy of remembrance; and whilst we laud Luther, and Calvin, and Zwingle, and their coadjutors of the sixteenth century, let us not forget to embalm in our memories the names of such as Huss, who, long before Luther's time, proclaimed the same truths as he did, and for them paid the forfeit of their lives at the stake.
11-Persecutions of Popery: Historical Narratives of the most remarkable Persecutions occasioned by the Intolerance of the Church of Rome. By FREDERIC SHOBERL. New-York: Harper & Brothers. 1844. pp. 180, 8vo.
In this volume, suited to the times, we find a graphic delineation of the rise and progress of the spiritual and temporal power of the Papacy; of the persecutions of the Albigenses, the Lollards, the Waldenses; of the Inquisition, the Massacre of St. Bartholomew, etc., etc.
To learn what Romanism has been, and what she is essentially in the nineteenth century, it is only necessary to read this comparatively brief and truthful history.
12.-Mary Lundie Duncan.-Hervey's Meditations.-Luther and Calvin. New-York: Robert Carter, 1845. pp. 310, 295, 91.
These are three good volumes, of the former two of which we have before spoken. Hervey's Meditations generally interests young people much, although the style is exuberant and not to be imitated. Mary Lundie Duncan is above all praise. Luther and Calvin highly worthy of attention. A different translation of the same matter will be found in this number of the Repository. We may be partial, but we think we have furnished the better translation of the two.
13.-The Works of Charlotte Elizabeth; including Floral Biography, Helen Fleetwood, Siege of Derry, Principalities and Powers, Judah's Lion, Personal Recollections, Letters from Ireland, Wrongs of Women, The Rockite. In 9 volumes, 18mo. NewYork: John S. Taylor & Co.
We have already so highly commended these works, as they severally appeared, that it is only necessary now to say, that Mr. Taylor has had these nine volumes uniformly and neatly bound, with embellished backs, so as to make a very pretty and valuable present for the
holidays. They would doubtless be acceptable, as they could not but be interesting and useful to our young friends.
14. The Deserter. By CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH. New-York: M. W. Dodd. 1845. pp. 239, 18mo.
This will be a captivating present for our juvenile readers. It is a pretty book, and full of interest in its details of O'Brien, the hero of the tale. It is a useful volume too; for it exposes ths dangers of those who, like O'Brien, are led away from the counsels of a pious mother, and the security of the home fireside, by the "pomp and circumstance" of some recruiting sergeant and his feathered company. It inculcates also the solemn responsibility of military officers in regard to those under their control. It teaches, in the character of Dale, how such a soldier can be pious and godly among his wicked companions, and illustrates the power of temptation and passions in O'Brien, and the influence of truth early imbibed, in recovering the most profligate from death to life.
15.-The Pulpit Cyclopædia, and Christian Minister's Companion; containing three hundred and sixty Skeletons and Sketches of Sermons, and eighty-two Essays on Biblical Learning, Theological Studies, and the Composition and Delivery of Sermons. The London edition of four volumes complete in one. New-York: D. Appleton & Co. Philadelphia: Geo. S. Appleton. 1845. pp. 616, 8vo.
This large volume is attractive in its exterior, as the Appleton publications usually are, and contains an abundance of useful matter within its lids. We do not mean by this, wholly to approve helps to the ministry of this kind; but, independently of the "Skeletons and Sketches," the "Eighty-two Essays" are full of interesting and useful matter, such as it will be well for all who minister at the altar frequently to ponder. As to the Skeletons, for those who like them, there is here a fine collection. For ourselves, we prefer original plans, even if inferior to many of these, because we opine a ministry which does not think for itself, and is not able to construct its own sermons, is not thoroughly furnished, and cannot be apt to teach. There is danger, therefore, in the possession of such a book; although it may be used in such a way as not to be objectionable. Volumes of Sermons are capable of just as great abuse as volumes of Sketches.
16.-The Book of the Indians of North America: illustrating their Manners, Customs, and Present State. By JOHN FROST, LL. D. New-York: D. Appleton & Co. 1845. pp. 283, 12mo.
This is one of a series of books in Frost, who in this line is truly prolific.
course of preparation by Dr. The Book of the Indians is
just such a book as all our young people want to read. ledge imparted is worth possessing, it is derived from authentic sources, and communicated in an attractive style. An Old Hunter talks to a circle of youth, and tells them veritable tales of the character and modes of life of our Aborigines. He portrays buffalo hunts, and beaver trappings; describes weapons of war and musical instruments, modes of warfare and measures of peace, wigwams, lodges and encampments, games, mysteries and religion; gives narratives of Black Hawk, Oceola and other warriors, and concludes with interesting notices of Missionary operations and their blessed results.
17.-The Poor Man's Morning Portion; being a selection of a Verse of Scripture, with Short Observations, for every day in the year; intended for the use of the Poor in Spirit. By ROBERT HAWKER, D. D., late Vicar of Charles, Plymouth. New-York: Robert Carter. 1945. pp. 315, 12mo.
This is an excellent volume, on the same general plan as Jay's Exercises, providing a verse of Scripture for each day, with brief practical remarks. It is truly a good “Morning Portion" for the poor man, who has comparatively little time in the morning to devote to his spiritual duties. These portions are, therefore, short, and at the same time sweet, and very much in the form of meditations on the truth of the passage selected. To all, who are necessarily hurried away to work early, we especially recommend this spiritual treasury, whilst all can use it with profit.
18.-Sorrowing yet Rejoicing; or, Narrative of Recent Successive Bereavements in a Minister's Family. Sixth Edition. New-York: Robert Carter. 1845. pp. 185, 18mo.
This is decidedly one of the most interesting and affecting little volumes we ever perused. We should like to have every body read it, believer and unbeliever. The narrative is given with great simplicity, and his heart is indeed hard who can read the detail of the afflictions of this godly family, and the sweet piety of the youthful sufferers, without shedding tears over the page. Oh, that in all our families we could see such lovely exhibitions of the power of God's grace in the conversion of our children, and in our own cheerful submission to his severest dispensations.
19.-Sabbath Musings. By CAROLINE FRY. New-York: Robert Carter. 1845. pp. 248, 18mo.
We have seldom been more interested than in the perusal of some of the "Musings" of this volume, by Caroline Fry. We place her in the triad with Charlotte Elizabeth and Mrs. Ellis. From either
of them we always feel pretty certain of having something readable and profitable. Mrs. Fry is very happy in the choice of the heads for her "Musings," and this is no small excellence: and then the subject matter is choice. Only read the "Retrospect," the "Sleepers," the "Remembrance," the "Look," the " Gates," etc., and be satisfied that we are not mistaken.
20.-The Centurion; or Scenes in Rome, in the Early Days of Christianity. By WILLIAM W. TAYLOR. New-York: M. W. Dodd. 1845. pp. 108, 18mo.
A pleasant little book, representing the prevalence of Paganism, and the power of Christianity in overcoming it, in the hearts of the Centurion and other citizens of Rome. The tale is, on the whole, well conducted, although some things put into the Apostle's mouth, we think, not exactly probable.
21.-The Spirit of Popery: an Exposure of its Origin, Character, and Results, in Letters from a Father to his Children. American Tract Society. pp. 378, 18mo.
This is a fit companion for the preceding volume on the Reformation. If read before that, it will go far toward convincing us of the necessity for such a Reformation as was effected in the sixteenth century. It is an illustrated book, containing some dozen pictorial representations of various proceedings in the Church of Rome, such as Adoration of the Wafer, Mass for the Dead, Blessing the Bell, etc. The young will here find a detailed account of all the rites and ceremonies, of all the paraphernalia and fixtures, which appertain to the "Man of Sin" and his system of delusion. They will here learn much of the Pope, the mass, indulgences, monasteries, relics, etc., etc., of which they are now ignorant. And, at the present day, it behooves our juvenile friends to give up the reading offoolish novels, and store their minds with such facts as are related in this little volume. The rising generation must be prepared for the conflict between light and darkness, between false religion and true, formalism and spiritualism; and they cannot meet the foe with any hope of victory, unless they make themselves acquainted with his strongholds, his outposts, and his mode of warfare.
22.-The Arguments of Romanists, from the Infallibility of the Church and the Testimony of the Fathers, in behalf of the Apocrypha, discussed and refuted. By JAMES H. THORNWELL, Prof. of Sac. Lit., and Evid. of Christianity in South Carolina College. NewYork: Leavitt, Trow & Co. 1844. pp. 407, 12mo.
This is a discussion, at great length, of the question in respect to the canonical authority of the Apocrypha, in reply to Dr. Lynch, a