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pic, as including both the Divine first series necessarily " take off the and the human elements of Scripture, cream," there is in the second series will commend itself to the great bulk no lack of vigour, raciness, and pith. of our readers. His thoughtful and Every minister, as well as every well-considered remarks will prove student, will not only be quickened of great service to all who wish to in spirit by these stirring words, but acquire an intelligent idea of the learn much for the improvement of origin and composition of the Divine his methods. Some of the Lectures revelation.

are on the spiritual aspects of the

ministry; the Holy Spirit in conINSPIRED ETICS. A Revised Trans- nection with the Ministry; the

lation and Topical Arrangement Necessity of Progress; Earnestness; of the Book of Proverbs. By Conversion as our Aim, &c. Others John Stock, LL.D. London : are occupied with minor, but at the Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster same time important matters, such Row. 1877.

as Posture, Action, Gesture, &c. Or Dr. Stock's translation of the This section is enlivened by illusProverbs we can speak in terms of

trations, which have evidently been cordial approbation. It never de

produced at great cost, and which parts from the authorised version

will warn men of mistakes which without an adequate reason ; but it

often mar otherwise useful is a decided improvement on it and ministry. “The Blind Eye and the preserves better the spirit of the

Deaf Ear" contains some of the original Hebrew. The classification wisest and most helpful counsel to of the Proverbs into seven separate

which we have ever listened. The groups (with sub-divisions), accord

first series is already in its twentying to their subjects, is a capital idea, fifth thousand; may the second and the author has evidently be

soon be so too. stowed great pains upon it. We may get from the Proverbs a complete ethical system-asystem which


TESTAMENT. By James Martin, covers the entire range of human

B.A. Third edition. life, and brings all its aspects and


Hodder and Stoughton. 1877. relationships into connection with the Divine will. A student of this little volume will find it fruitful in

This small book, written by one suggestions; on whatever point of

whose name we recall with regretful human duty he wishes to acquire

affection, has deservedly won for knowledge, he will find here the most

itself a high place in Biblical litera

ture. It is scholarly in design and apposite laws and illustrations.

execution, candid in tone, and exLECTURES TO MY STUDENTS. Being quisitely simple in style. We have Addresses delivered to the Stu

no other work which, in such small dents of the Pastor's College. By

compass, gives so much useful in

formation on C. H. Spurgeon. Second Series.

a subject of the first London: Passmore & Alabaster.

importance, and we trust that the

third edition will be exhausted as 1877. How Mr. Spurgeon can find time

quickly as the first and second have to do so much work, and to do it so

been. Sunday-school teachers, conwell, we are at a loss to conceive.

ductors of young men's classes, and

others will do well to secure it. His Lectures to his Students are simply inimitable, and while the



It is possible for some persons to WILLIAM BEST, B.A. With feel a difficulty in piecing into one Introductory Reminiscences, by whole the grotesque humour of one the Rev. C. M. Birrell. London : passage with the plaintive seriousness

Yates & Alexander. Price Is. 6d. of another. The picture is deficient, A PORTION of these touching me

not the man. morials appeared in this Magazine The poems strike us most in their in the earlier months of the present musical versification. The thought year. The intrinsic worth of the

is not tame, nor is it specially pro“Letters," and the interest they have found; but the rhythm is always awakerred, amply justify their re

sweet, and sometimes exquisitely so; publication in a separate form. A e.g. selection from Mr. Best's poems has “ The worldless music of the air, been added to them, and the whole The flowing streamlet's liquid lays, prefaced by a delicately written The loving looks of all things fair

Stand not instead of conscious praise." biographical sketch from the pen of Mr. Birrell. The modest pamphlet

The “ Lines Written at Midthus produced will have a peculiar night" seem to pant and throb value wherever Mr. Best was per- with power; and there is a tender, sonally known, but it will also bring quiet beauty in the stanzas headed many, who did not know him, into Waiting" which many will not fail contact with his singularly noble and to appreciate. But the most striking tender nature. A many-sided poem is that which comes last, and character is abundantly indicated in is in reality a retrospect of years of the letters. From the first William change and trial. It is impossible Best was an independent enquirer to select from it. It is a whole, and after religious truth, and almost must be read as such. The sonnets from the first a loyal defender of were evidently produced under the “ the things most surely believed spell of Wordsworth. They are all, amongst us." While he was heartily judging by the dates, the product of at one with his denomination, his early life, and show that intense heart did not wait for any Shibboleth appreciation of natural beauty which before it went out towards a like- always characterised Mr. Best to the minded friend. He was a staunch end, when he revelled in the beech Nonconformist, but one whose native trees and parks of Hertfordshire. courtesy and fairness always secured Mr. Birrell's reminiscences have the respect of his opponents. The only one defect: they are too brief. fibre of his mind had nothing weak William Best was a youth in Mr. or flaccid about it, yet surely no Birrell's congregation at that critical letters of consolation were ever more time in a young man's life when, to gentle and heart-full than some of quote one of his own beautiful those printed in this volume. His phrases, piety was devout and manly, and “Doubts, which are the dusky dawn of along with this there was that keen faith," sense of the ludicrous which is one of were troubling his enquiring spirit. the elements of power, and almost es- He went from Pembroke Chapel to sential to successin public life. Indeed, college, and Mr. Birrell closes his the only criticism we feel prepared sketch' by saying that at the last to pass on these selections is that communion service Mr. Best conthey show us the different facets of ducted, little more than a week the character without being full before he died, he himself was enough to make up the whole form. present. “ Just twenty-five years before, I received him at his first all classes of society, commencing communion, and now he received me with Prince Albert and terminating at his last."

with the case of a French governess. We lay down the small volume This department of Christian litewith the feeling that we have been rature is by no means to be despised, in communion with one of those but it is supremely difficult to pure and true-bearted men whose employ for the highest spiritual words possess a peculiar power over

advantage. The evidence is SO us because of the noble life which is encumbered with the shadows of the behind them and rings in every grave, that we rise from the conaccent. Here strength and sweet- templation of this and kindred ness seem combined in equal measure, works with the intensified conviction but that which makes itself felt that it is the LIFE, and not the above and through all is the beauty

death on which all human prospects of holiness.” “ His place above was depend. Nevertheless we wish all ready, and the memory of his life success to Dr. Fleming's well-meant has yet fruit to bear on earth.”


the grave

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