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“ Man giveth up the ghost, and where is \ Thou art not fair, if beauty be replete be?”-Job xiv, 10.
With peace, and tenderness, and ease
from woes. And where is he? Not by the side
Thou art not faithful, for thy power and Whose every want he loved to tend;
flame Not o'er those valleys wandering wide, Where sweetly lost he oft would wend.
To fierce extremes the maddening votary That form beloved he marks no more,
urge ; Those scenes admired no more shall see;
And oft the winds that should bis bliss pro
claim, Those scenes are lovely as before,
Swell but the chorus of his funeral dirge. And she as fair-but where is he?
Yet we do love thee--love thee till the No, no, the radiance is not dim,
blood, That used to gild bis favourite bill ; Wasted for thee, forsakes the heartThe pleasures that were dear to biin,
thy shrine : Are dear to life and nature still : Till happiness is past, and toil withstood, But ah! his home is not so fair,
And life itself poured idly forth—for Neglected must his gardens be ;
thine The lilies droop and wither there,
Is that mysterious witchery that beguiles And seem to whisper-" Where is be ?" The soul it stabs, and murders while it
smiles. His was the pomp, the crowded ball,
But where is now this proud display? His riches, honours, pleasures—all
On the Flight of Time. Desire could frame—but where are they?
Time, alas ! how swift it flies, And he, as some tall rock that stands
Man is born, and breathes, and dies ! Protected by the circling sea,
As the travelling orb of day, Surrounded by admiring bands,
As the rivers glide away, Seemed proudly strong—and where is he?
As the meteor through the skies,
Man is born, and breatbes, and dies.
Time swiftly fies, and let it fly-
We approach eternity ; The life is gone, the breath has fled,
Our enjoyment's but begun : And what has been, no more shall be ;
As a taper to the sun, The well-known form, the welcome tread,
As a drop unto the sea, Oh! where are they, and where is he ?
Time is to eternity.
Sorrow's measured by the day,
All our troubles melt away; Why do we love thee, Fame ? thou art not But our pleasures are divine, sweet,
Heavenly joys can ne'er decline. If sweetness dwell with softness and re- Saviour, may we all with thee pose;
Spend a blest eternity !
A View of Inspiration ; comprehending effects of that influence which, in every
the Nature and Distinctions of the Spi- age of the church, the Holy Spirit of ritual Gifts and Offices of the Apostolic God has exerted on the minds of men. Age. By ALEXANDER MACLEOD. 12mo. pp. 583. Price 7s. 6d. boards. In many instances, we grant, that influGlasgow : Waugh and Innes. Lon. ence has been of a miraculous nature; don: Westley and Davis. 1827. that is, it has been different to the
agency he exerts on the minds of all We confess that we sat down to read who draw near to him, and who are this volume with very high expectations. prepared by him for heaven; but in all Having been privileged with hearing cases his operations are worthy of himMr. Macleod preach a number of years self, they eminently illustrate his wisago, we were struck with the originality dom, his power, and his love, and are and force of many of his ideas, and full of instruction to those who take prepossessed in favour of whatever pleasure therein. As the miracıilous might in future proceed from him ; be- influences of the Holy Spirit were chiefly sides which, we had read with great confined to the first age of Christianity, pleasure and advantage his “Essays and are now withdrawn from the world, and Inquiries respecting the Gifts and and as the line of distinction between the Teachers of the primitive Churches,” his ordinary and extraordinary operapublished in 1813, and favourably no- tions is not very strongly marked in the ticed in our Number for June of that New Testament, the subject requires year; and now we have perused the to be investigated with great care and volume from which we anticipated much patience; and we are glad to see that satisfaction, we are happy to report that Mr. Macleod possesses the qualifications we have not been disappointed. It which are requisite to the undertaking. will long continue to be a standard work To a mind naturally capacious and vion the subject to which it relates. gorous, he has united a spirit of ardent
Whatever view we take of the gifts piety, correct views of divine truth, and offices in the primitive church, the considerable learning, and an inde. subject must appear of vast importance. pendence of mind which, while it acThe adorable Redeemer, as the reward cepts the assistance of former writers of his work, and to shew his qualifica- on the subject (which indeed have been tions for his future engagements, is very few), is a slave to none of their represented to us as “ascending up on hypotheses. high, as leading captivity captive, and The volume is divided into twentyas receiving gifts for men, that the Lord one chapters, the titles of which we God might dwell among them.” What shall transcribe, that the reader may was the nature of those gifts—to how see the nature of the entertainment great a degree were they confirmations which the author has provided for him. of the truth of Christianity-and what After an Introduction of about twenty was the effect they produced on the pages, in which the writer very clearly church and the world?
and forcibly illustrates the importance There is another view in which the of the subject, he proceeds to discuss it. subject must appear of importance to A clear understanding of the sacred
“ Chap. I. On the difference between volume is both the duty and the privi- spiritual gifts and the saving effects of the lege of every disciple of Jesus Christ, tions of spiritual gifts and gifted persons.
Holy Spirit.-II. Ou the several enumeraand no parts of that volume can be more III. On the Word of Wisdom. —IV. On interesting than those on the nature and Prophecy.--V. On the Word of Know.
ledge.-VI. On the Gift of Tongues.- Holy Spirit, has, it is presumed, been exVII. On the Interpretation of Tougues.-hibited in the foregoing explanation of them. VIII. On the Discerning of Spirits.-IX. The gift of the word of wisdom comprised On Miracles.—X, On Healings.- XI. On the whole scheme of Gospel doctrine, with Faith.-XII. On the Diversity of Gifts.- its perfect system of moral precepts and XIII. On the Diversity of Ministries.- positive institutions. The importance of an XIV. On the Diversity of Operations.- inspiration which should raise some to the XV. On the manger and extent of the Com unquestionable dignity of infallible organs munication of Spiritual Gifts.—XVI. On and interpreters of the wisdom of the everthe necessity of Spiritual Gifts for the work lasting God, in all the glorious excellence of of the Ministry.—XVII. On the Nature its benignity and fulness, was understood and End of the Ministry.—XVIII. On the since Moses, the man of God, bad received Difference between ordinary and extraordi- the living oracles to deliver to the Jews. nary Offices.-XIX. On tbe office of Evan- Prophecy, which was next in dignity, as gelists.-XX. On the evidence arising from under the Mosaic economy, gave instruction Miracles for the truth of Revelation-to the people, predicted such events as God XXI. On the perfection and authority of was pleased to reveal, and was distinguished Revelation.
also by its divine adaptation to the devo
tional exercises of the church. The gift of To say that this plan is filled up with the word of knowledge, uniting the true ability, that the subject is luminously explication of Moses and the prophets, exhibited, and its practical tendency Collection of the doctrine of the apostles,
with a preternatural understanding and repowerfully enforced, would be saying was of inestimable value, both for evancomparatively little. Indeed, we can- gelizing the nations and instructing the benot trust ourselves to describe the plea- lievers. By these three gifts were all the sure with which we have, with great treasures of wisdom and knowledge' com. care, gone through the volume. We do municated to the church, while the gift of not say that we never differ from the tongues and interpretations readily unlocked
these sacred treasures to all nations and author in his views, but even when we languages. Moreover, to enable the discannot adopt his representations, we ciples to defend themselves from false inare instructed and profited, and we are spiration, imposture, and error, which, like free to acknowledge, that in a few poison, is subtle, quick, violent, and deadly cases we have been constrained to ex
in its operation, the discerning of spirits'
was imparted to some. And the truth of change our own preconceived ideas, for the Gospel received the strongest confirmamore correct ones with which he has tion from the gifts of miracles and healing ; supplied us.
while the inestimable benefits of health and We have been hesitating whether we life itseif, wliich they so frequently conshall enlarge the notes we have written ferred, were wonderfully calculated to conas we read the work, and give a view reasonable men.” pp. 278, 279.
ciliate the esteem and confidence of all of each chapter in regular order, or whether we shall present the reader That our readers may have as full with a few extracts from thie volume a view of the subject as our limits will which shall enable him to judge of its allow us to in part, we shall present character for himself; and we have the author's enumeration of the gifts resolved on the latter ?node, partiy mentioned in the “catalogue” to which because the first would occupy a large we have referred, and the persons to portion of onr room, but chiefly because whom they were given. After having the last will, we think, be more likely shewn the errors on the subject, of Lord to have the effect we wish for--the Barrington and Drs. Benson and Maccirculation of the book.
knight, he remarksIn the following passage Mr. Macleod gives us an epitome of the view he has
• Having so far endeavoured to prepare
the largely illustrated, of the precise nature shall now present the reader with another
way, and gather out the stoves,' we of the gifts spoken of in 1 Cor. xii. and table, according to our view of the real Ephes. iv.
agreement of the several enumerations of “The obvious variety of the gifts of the in which we propose to discuss them :
gitts and gifted persons, and to the order
The Word of Wisdom....
“ It will appear from this table, that our making the worship of God unintelligible account of prophecy, as being the only gift by any means whatever :-'For if I pray in peculiar to a prophet; of the word of know. an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but ledge, as the gift of the teachers; of the my understanding is unfruitful. What is it denomination helps, as denoting interpre- then? I will pray with the spirit, and I ters, are the principal, though not the only will pray with the understanding (or intelpoints of difference between our view of ligibly) also : I will sing with the spirit; the sabject of spiritual gifts, and the ex- and I will sing with the understanding also.' planations to which we have referred. Were we to interpret these words as some
's The practicability of ascribing to each do, we should suppose a man might pray order of mighty men in the Redeemer's and sing by the inspiration of the Holy service its appropriate spiritual weapons, Spirit, and yet not understand what he may be explained by the supposition that himself uttered ; a supposition which (uneight sets of arms (agreeing with the num- intentionally certainly) reflects dishonour ber of the gifts of the Spirii) were sent to on the work of the Spirit, as if ignorance as many military officers; but that the di- and devotion could go hand in hand. But rection on three of the eight were partly to pray and sing with the understanding, is effaced in the carriage. The address on to perform these exercises in an intelligible five being legible, they would be delivered ani rational manner, by using a language with entire confidence. "To these you may which the hearers understood. • Else, when compare prophecy, tongues, interpretations, thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall miracles, and healings. The other three he that occupieth the room of the unlearned sets of arms only remained to be disposed say Amen, at thy giving of thanks, seeing of; and this was done without dificulty, by be understandeth not what thou sayest? comparing what remained of the address, For thou verily givest thanks well, but the and the articles to which it was a lixed, other is not edified.' with the names, rank, and situation of the “ With regard to our modern Christian three remaining ofiicers. You may apply assemblies, it is evident, that unless the this to the word of wisdom, the word of lines are read, a practice which certainly knowledge, and the discerning of spirits, rose from the onintelligible character of our These, as disposed of in the preceding singing, it often matters not to the blind, table, and illastrated in the Scriptures, are the bookless, the unlearned, whether the evidently correspondent to the orders to psalm or hymn be in their own or some other which they are attributed ; whereas any language, for they cannot understand it. other disposition of them would appear quite Both they who compose, and they who sing as incongruous as a wrong disposition of the four tunes, think of nothing less than making parts of a machine, or an unskilful distri- them the means of a natural and soothing bution of military weapons.” pp. 73–75. communication of spiritual sentiments to the
souls of others. Sense, indeed, is frequently It must not be imagined that the vo- so far out of the question, that, in singing, lume before us is merely occupied with words are strangely cut asunder, sentences illustrations of a curious subject. It are whimsically inutilated and dismembered,
emphatic sentiments are friskily skimmed abounds with striking illustrations of
over, and others, which are not distinguishScripture, and with practical observa- ed for emphasis or force, are again and again tions, an attention to which would emi- repeated. consequence of the time nently tend to promote the happiness of and exertion required by a burdensome, the churches of Christ. Let the follow- complicated mode of singing, is, that a part,
and perhaps a small part only, is sung of a ing passage, on singing the praises of
psalm, of which Asaph and his brethren God, be read in proof':-
would easily have sung the whole, without
feeling the exercise too severe a task on “Paul's reasoning against the use of fo- their vocal energies. And certainly a whole reigo tongues, condemns the practice of song of praise, sung in a natural and easy
strain, most be more edifying, than a part | A Letter to John Broadley Wilson, Esq. of it sung in a laborious and unintelligible Treasurer of the Baptist Missionary
Society, occusioned by “A Statement “ Music, when cultivated by itself as a relative to Serumpore, by J. Marshman, science, or a mere system of sounds to D.D. with introductory Observations gratify the ear, leaves nothing for the un- by John Foster ;" including Original derstanding, insomuch that a pipe or harp Correspondence, $c. By John DYER, conveys as much meaning as the human Secretary to the Baptist Missionary voice. Men thus sing like the choristers of Society. 8vo. pp. 86. Price 28. Wightthe forest-sweet, indeed, it may be, but man and Co. utterly without meaning ; not surely like Mr. Dyer's pamphlet having appeared the boly prophets, or the angels of light, at the latter end of the month, the want whose song the beloved disciple understood, for he bas preserved it: And they sung a
of time and the present progress of our new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take Magazine, will not allow us to present the book, and to open the seals thereof : so full an analysis of its contents as we for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us could otherwise have wished-a circumto God by thy blood, oat of every kindred, stance, however, which we the less reand tongue, and people, and nation ; and hast made us unto oar God kings and priests: will speedily possess the pamphlet itself,
gret, because we doubt not every one and we shall reign on the earth.' Rev. v. 9, 10.
who feels an interest in the discussion, “ The primitive believers, it is manifest, and because other pamphlets are shortly frequently in private engaged in the exercise to be laid upon our table, which will of praise. Let the word of Christ dwell recal our attention to the points at issne. in you richly in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and For the present, therefore, we content hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with ourselves by observing, that the Secregrace in your hearts to the Lord.' Col. iii. tary has given a calm and well-authen16. "And be not drunk with wine, but be ticated narrative of all that the case filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves demands. He rebuts the charges which in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs; have been urged against the Committee singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.' Ephes. V. 18, 19. Metrical com- with such reckless temerity, hy a referposition being, from its structure, most ence to facts the most convincing, and easily remembered, and this being very in a tone and spirit the most mild, genecopiously produced by the prophetic inspi- rous, and dignified ; and greatly shall ration so richly enjoyed in those days, seems
we be mistaken, if any unprejudiced more particularly referred to, as wbat the disciples could store up in their minds. By reader can rise from the perusal of his this means tbey could engage in alternate statements without acknowledging that singing, which is supposed to have been the transactions of the Committee, with then, as in after ages, frequently practised, their Serampore brethren, have been This might be called a poetical or musical dialogue. What exercise could better ex- christian meekness, and unmixed inte
uniformly characterized by holy love, cite meditation and devotion ? Dr. Watts, I think, in his Improvement of the Mind, grity. recommends 'when conversation has ran The first question on which we suplow, even to the dregs,' that some one take pose our readers would wish to be ena book, and after reading a sentence or two, lightened, respects the painful separathat he should pause, in order to give the company an opportunity to make remarks. tion which has taken place—what were Thus alternately reading and conversing, the grounds of it—and on whose shoulthey would the better improve the hours of ders mnst the burden of its consesocial intercourse. The advice is good, but quences (we use the term in its moral inferior to the inspired admonition. Were acceptation) ultimately rest? The folChristians to sing to one another wisely and
lowing quotation will supply the answer. intelligibly, for which unreasonable repetitions, fantastic slnrs, and lowing semi
“In the month of March, 1827, at a breves are certainly not adapted, how much special meeting of the General Comwould the pleasure and improvement of so- mittee, forty members being present, cial intercourse be promoted.” pp. 186--discussions took place which terminated 189.
in a separation between the Society and (To be continued.)
the Serampore missionaries.” This was