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sice strives to hide her own de- and abandon them to their law. formity under her garb. Hence less empire ; did we wish our the patrons of theatrical repre- children to become familiar with: sentations have been studious to crime, to blunt and deaden those deny, or, at least, to extenuate delicate sensibilities, which the mischiefs which are imputed shrink at the touch of vice; did to them. Some persons will we wish to harden and inure gravely contend for their utility, them to scenes of blasphemy, will extol them as schools of mo- cruelty, revenge, and prostitusality, and will recommend them tion, we would invite them to. for the lessons they teach, and the sight of the most popular the powerful incentives they pro- plays, which are now performed pose to the cultivation of good on our stage; we would send and amiable qualities, or the per. them for instruction to the Ger. formance of brave and benevolent man School, where, by the most actions.
subtle and malicious contrivance, “ It is a consolatory reflection, vice is decked out in the air of that this homage is still paid to virtue, and the deluded youth is virtue, that this honourable suf- seduced to the road of ruin, frage is universally acknowledge while he believes that he ing ed to be her due, and both can- dulges in the noblest feelings of dour and justice .claim of us the his nature ; where a casual act persuasion, that the warmest pao of generosity is applauded, trons and most strenuous advo- whilst obvious and commanded cates of these exhibitions want duties are trampled on, and a only to be convinced of their fa- fit of charity is made the sponge tal consequences, to acknowledge of every sin, and the substitute their error, and subscribe their of every virtue. We would in recantation.
vite them to the plays of Pizar “ Names do not alter the na- ra, the Stranger, and John Bull
, ture of good and evil. The where the spurious virtues are boundaries of virtue and vice, of blazoned out, and the genuine religion and profaneness, are are thrown in the back ground marked by a clear and broad and degraded. In the one is a line of distinction, amidst all bold and sentimental strumpet, the fluctuations of fashion, and whom the passions of lust and varieties of human opinion, jealousy prompt to follow the Were our opinion even asked ef adventures of her paramour. In the morality of our modern dra. the other an adultreşs, who had matic pieces, we do not scruple forsaken her amiable husband, to declare our pointed reproba- and lived in criminal commerce tion. They are calculated to with her seducer. In the last is corrupt the morals, and instil the the daughter of an humble trades. most dangerous and criminal man : she suffers herself to be maxims. Did we wish to root seduced by the son of a baronet, up every religious and moral flies from the roof of her. fond principle from the heart, to tempt and most affectionate father, and our daughters to barter away the afterwards is united in marriage brightest jewel of their sex ; to to the despoiler of her virtue, inflame the passions of our sons, And, to the shame and disgrace of the stage, and the age we live,
FRAGMENT. in, these three ladies are the I BECOME daily more and more prominent characters of the re- convinced, (said an eloquent spective pieces, and instead of modern professor of divinity of being held up instructive warn- our own country) of the imporings to others, are contrived to be tance of frequently holding out made the objects of sympathy, in our sermons the precise charesteem, and admiration.
acters of the saint and the “ And surely it is no recom- sinner; of shewing what are mendation of our modern dra- the Christian graces, and what mas, no proof of our superior re- their most specious counterfinement and delicate feelings, feits ; of marking the exact when we not only tolerate, but boundary line between the fruits openly encourage the immodest of the Spirit, and highly excited allusions, which abound in our natural affections. This was favourite comedies, and tinge the Puritans' mode of preaching; with blushes the virgin cheek of and the success that attended innocence ; when the ears are
their ministrations proves that shocked with those equivocal ex, God owned and blessed it. Our pressions, which the most profli- modern preachers, it is true, exgate rake dares not repeat in the cel these old servants of Christ, drawing-room, without incurring in taste and style, but still we the danger of being shewn to the must remember it is of more door by the father of a virtuous importance to give a gospel family ; and when to this is add- knowledge of gospel truths, and ed the unpardonable privilege, to amend the heart, than to which the performers them- please the car and gratify the selves assume, of improving, as fancy. When I take the work they imagine, upon the author, of an old Puritan in my hand, I by additions from their own pro- seem to sit down to partake of lific genius. Their coarse pro- solid food, plainly dressed, infaneness and shameless blasphe deed, but nourishing ; whilst mamies, with which they interlard ny of our most extolled modern their speeches, and supply the divines appear to me to spread a imperfections of their memory, table, on which there is very litare too notorious to be denied, tle that is substantial, although and too revolting to the moral the dishes are arranged with feelings to enlarge upon.” taste & garnished with elegance.
Review of Dew Publications. A discourse, delivered at the open- portunity to peruse this interesting ing, for public worship, of the discourse, we have made larger quo
tations from it, than are commonly Presbyterian church in the More
found in reviews. None, we trust, thern Liberties of Philadelphia, will disapprove, after carefully reading April 7, 1805. By ASHBEL these quotations. GREEN, D.D. senior minister of The author, with propriety, said church. Philadelphia. T. thus introduces the discourse ; and W. Bradford. 1805.
“Assembled, my brethren, to cono As there is no probability, that secrate to God a house erected for the bulk of our readers will have op- his worship, I have chosen to address you on a text, which his own unerringdross and darkness. Still, however," Spirit dictated on a similar occasion." as holy David was grieved to think
The text, so wisely chosen, is that the ark of Jehovah should abide 2 Chron. vi. 40, 41. “ Now, my house of cedar ; so the most enlight
in a tent, while he was dwelling in a God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes ened Christians have ever felt, that to be open, and let thine ears be at- occupy sumptuous mansions themtent unto the prayer that is made selves, and not possess a decent in this place.
Now, therefore, house in which to assemble for God's grise, O Lord God, into thy resta worship, is inconsistent and reproach
ful. ing place, thou and the ark of thy
“Wherefore, my, brethren, you strength. Let thy priests, 0 have done well, that in the erection of Lord God, be clothed with salva- this house, you have endeavoured tion, and let thy saints rejoice in
to serve God with your best. You have
done well, in the exertions you made goodness." The exordium con
and the expense you have incurred, tains a very happy illustration of to give to this sacred place those the text. The design of the dis- comely proportions and modest omacourse is to show,
ments, which it now possesses." "1. What duties are incumbent on
The author further explains, us in consecrating, and after we have the duty above mentioned, by consecrated a house to the worship remarking, and service of God.
“2. A house, dedicated to the "9. What benefits we may rea- worship and service of God, ought or. sonably hope to derive from the faith- dinarily to be used only for that pur. ful performance of our duty in this pose ; and should be resorted to with important concern.
a serious recollection of the nature of In order to illustrate these the exercises, in which we are going points, the preacher thus pro- to engage.” ceeds.
In the course of what he ad“In consecrating a house to the vances, to show that a mectingworship and service of God, we house should ordinarily be used should, first of all, endeavour to provide for the full accommodation of
for a sacred purpose, he introthe worshippers, and that even the
duces this satisfactory reasoning, building itself should bear testimony founded on that principle of the to the reverence, which we feel for
human mind, which is called the great object of our religious
the association of ideas. After soine striking remarks
“ The law of our nature is such,
that whenever we have seen an ob on this part of the subject, we
ject often connected with a certain find the following well written business, or employed for a certain paragraph;
purpose, so soon as this object is “ Among the primitive Christians, presented to our view, or even to our indeed, persecuted and oppressed as imagination, its whole use and design they were, few public buildings for present themselves at the same inreligious exercises were permitted to stant to the mind, and frequently, exist. Caves, and cellars, and pri. with resistless power, solicit and vate chambers were the churches to command our meditations. If then which they resorted. And even now, our churches be connected wholly where the people are poor or perse with the devout offices of religion, cuted, and in every instance, in which the very sight of them, and especially necessity, and not choice, is the our entrance into them, may have a cause, no doubt the humblest or salutary effect in impressing our meanest building may contain those, minds with sentiments favourable to who worship, with the fullest accept the duties we are there to perforin. ance, that God, before whom all ------We may be rendered serious carthly splendour is, in itself, but and solemn, by tho recollection of ulic
sacred employments, with which we dering the service less animated and. have always seen the sanctuary asso- impressive, than it would have been ciated.-------
but for their absence. And at length “3. When a people have dedicated the influence of this practice some. a building to the service of God, it times banishes the gospel altogether becomes their sacred duty to resort from places, where once it was enjoy! to it statedly for the performance of ed in abundance and purity - That that service...-----Under the gospel those, who contemn both our Mastes dispensation the command relative to and his message, should be controlled this subject is ; “Forsake not the asa by any sentiment of respect or ten. sembling of yourselves together, as derness for us who preach the gospel
, the manner of some is.” But among we certainly are not so senseless as us, how awfully are duty and facts at to expect.
But this is no reason variance ! It is truly shocking to why the tendency of their conduct think, of how many the manner is, to should not be exposed. And I have forsake entirely the house and wor. sometimes throught that persons of ship of God.--------Can we suppose the description contemplated, so long that these unhappy mortals ever think as they retain the feelings of natural of their guilt? Alas, they avoid the affection, would constrain themselves house of God, lest they should be more frequently to attend at church made to think of it. They reflect not if they knew, how unceasingly their that they are bringing ruin on their pious relatives and friends mourn and own souls. They consider not, that grieve, while they listen in the sanc. their example is leading their families tuary to truths, which they know are to perdition.-------Do these persons calculated to touch and transform the suppose that churches are built and hearts of these miserable sinners, consecrated only for the clergy, and who, alas, are 'not there to heu for a few whom they reproach with them. the name of devotees? Think as they “Remember, then, I solematy may, churches are nurseries for hea. charge you, that in consecrating this
In them are commenced the house to the worship of God, you this exercises, that are to be perfected day become pledged to worship him above. If then, these despisers of in it..----Never, never let it be said
, Sabbaths and sanctuary privileges are that you have built and adorned a content to give up the hope of be. church, which you seldom enter, ing admitted to the temple of God in Let it now be indelibly impressed on heaven, they act with an awful con- every heart, that the greatest orna, sistency in avoiding his temples on meni, which this house can ever se: earth. But if they expect admission ceive, is to be filled with attentive, there, they must' assuredly seek it scrious, and devout worshippers.com" here in the assembly of his saints...--.
( To be continued.) “Even those, who attend inconstantly, may be justly charged with mar. ring the worship of those who are reg
The Centaur, not fabulous, in sis ular. If we, who are called to minis- letters to a friend on the life in ker in the gospel of Christ, are at all vogue.
By EDWARD YOUNG, worthy of our station or employ- D.D. author of Night Thoughts, ment, what must be our feelings?
&c. &c, Doth he not speak Must not our hearts bleed within us," and our spirits be greatly sunk, when
parables ? EZEK. Newbury, we see those, for whose souls we are port. Thomas and Whipple. bound to watch, slighting our ministrations, and refusing to give us so
We are very glad to see 3 much as an opportunity to address new edition of this serious and them? It is not in human nature to useful little work, worthy the speak with engagedness to naked celebrated author of Night walls and deserted seats. Thus the Thoughts. It is honourable to neglecters of public worship,
by de booksellers to publish such pressing and discouraging the minis. ters of religion, injure not only them. works ; it is honourable to the Beltes, but those wbo attend, by ren. religious character of the como
munity, when booksellers can credit their Creator. Socinus, like depend on them to patronize throat ; and out of generous compas:
our infidels, was one of a narrow such publications.
sion to the scriptures, which the world The first letter is on infidelity; it seems had misunderstood for fifthe second, third, and fourth, on teen hundred years, was for weeding, pleasure ; the fifth is life's re- them of their mysteries, and renderview; the general cause of se
ing them in the plenitude of bis infal
lible reason, undisgusting and palata. curity in sin ; thoughts for age ; ble to all the rational part of mankind. the sixth is the dignity of man ; Why should honest Jews and Turks the Centaur's restoration to huo be frightened from us by the Trini. manity; the conclusion.
ty ? He was for making religion faIn these letters we recognize and unchristian too. Those things,
miliar and inoffensive : and so he did, the seriousness, the eloquence, which our hands can grasp, our underthe pathos and sublimity, which standings cannot comprehend. Why render the writings of this au- then deny to the Deity himself the thor so excellent and interesing. privilege of being one amidst that mul
The following pointed sen- made ? Faith in these [mysteries] is tences are from letter first.
more acceptable to God, than faith in "God Almighty would not have less abstruse articles of our religion ; made a Revelation, but in order to because it pays that honour, which is be received: and by whom received ? due to his testimony, and the more Doubtless by the reasonable and seemingly incredible the matter is, good ; and if by some of them, why which we believe, the more respect not by all? And if all the reasonable we show to the relator." and good receive it, what must they be, who reject it? Therefore revealed When pleasure is fashionable religion rejected, proves natural re- and faith is decried, this is an exligion disobeyed. 1 said above that cellent book for parents to put inDeists were blamable, how good so.
to the hands of youth. They will ever their lives might be ; but now it appears that their lives cannot be
find a vein of wit and irony runOthers have, perhaps, for. ning through the work, renderborne speaking so plain, out of charity. ing it pleasant and entertaining, I venture on it out of wbat I conceive while it is serious and instructive. to be charity greater still ; for nothing that can awaken them can be kind- In page 65 and onward is a ly suppressed.”
high wrought and moving deAnother specimen of the au- scription, a terrific picture, “The thor's manner of writing and of death-bed of a profligate.” The his orthodoxy, we give from melancholy colours express terpage 17.
ror, and excite alarm. We min. "As to the mysterious articles of gle with his weeping friends our faith, which infidels would by no
around his dying bed; we see his means have me forget, Who," say anguish; we hear his self-repone but those, who think it no dis. proaches, and his sighs of despair. honour to their understandings to
He dies and gives no sign of hope.
Religious Intelligence. We have received from our Cor- 1803, from the Missionaries Vandey respondent in London, the Annual kemp and Read; from which we grata! Report of the Missionaries at Beth. ify our readers with the following cs. elsdorp, South Africa, for the year, tracts,