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ican poets. We have a horror of all writing where every line begins with a capital letter. But we have read this poem, and with a good deal of interest and pleasure. The author has true poetic feeling and expression, and, did we not make it a rule never to commend a poem that sings of love, we would commend it to our readers. The tale, however, has a moral, and one that is worth learning.

8. The Holy Bible translated from the Vulgate, diligently compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and other Editions, in divers Languages; the Old Testament first published by the English College at Douay, 1609, and the New Testament at Rheims, 1582. New-York: Edward Dunnigan. 1844. 8vo.

THIS is one of the best editions of the Bible ever published in this country. It is printed on excellent paper, on a type remarkable for its clearness and beauty, and is of a convenient size for a family Bible. The illustrations are appropriate, and of great artistic merit. Upon the whole, considering its low price, its convenient size, its typographical beauty, and the worth of its illustrations, it is the most desirable edition of the Holy Bible in English that can be obtained. We are happy also to learn that the publisher has found it quite successful, notwithstanding it is said Catholics are not allowed to keep or read the word of God.


The Sinner's Guide. By REV. F. LEWIS, of Grenada. Translated from the Spanish. Philadelphia: Henry McGrath. 1845. 8vo. pp. 400.

THIS work, judging from what little we have read of it, and from the high reputation it bears, is a work of great value, and worthy to be owned and read daily by every 'one who aspires to Christian perfection. We regret that our own personal acquaintance with the ascetic books of the Church is so limited. Till within a year, we had never read half a dozen Catholic books in our life, of any kind, dogmatic, polemical, or ascetic. It seems to us now, that all our life and study prior to our conversion to the Catholic faith was thrown away. Every day we find new treasures in Catholic literature of which we had no suspicion, and he who has once begun to taste the riches of this literature can no longer relish the Protestant; and in nothing can this be said with more truth than in refer

ence to the Catholic ascetic literature. The ascetic books of Protestants are cold and formal, dull and repulsive. They have nothing of the unction of the spirit. They are unspiritual and spiritless. They make virtue repulsive, hateful. Our Catholic ascetic writers, on the contrary, though stricter than Protestants, yet make virtue amiable, and while they hold up the cross to us, make us embrace it with affection. We commend this book, not only to all who are desirous of leading a holy life, but to all those Protestants who fancy the Catholic religion is a religion of mere forms.

10.-The Arguments of the 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, Professor of Sacred Literature and the Evidences of Christianity in South Carolina College. New-York: Leavitt, Trow, & Co. 1845. 16mo. pp. 417.

THIS work was sent to us by an esteemed friend in South Carolina, with the request that we would give it a thorough review. Although a reply to it may be expected from the Rev. Dr. Lynch of Charleston, S. C., against whom it is especially directed, we hope to be able to comply with the request of our friend in our next number. We are told the work is considered by the Presbyterians in South Carolina to be a great affair. We have read the book. It is Presbyterian from beginning to end, breathes the true John Knox spirit. The author, if he have not the spirit of Christian love, has at least its opposite, and is a most hearty hater. He has annexed two pages of errata; if he had annexed some two or three hundred pages, he would still have left in no small number of "typographical errors" to be corrected by the reader.

MR. CLERKENWELL not having forwarded his manuscript of the continuation of Edward Morton in season for the present number, the story will not be continued in the Review; but will be put to press as a separate work, in two volumes, 12mo., as soon as it is possible for the author to get it ready. We do not much regret this, because our readers may then have it all at once, and because other matters are so multiplying on our hands that we have hardly room for it in our Review.






JULY, 1845.

ART. I. A Discourse of Matters pertaining to Religion.
By THEODORE PARKER. Boston: Charles C. Little and
James Brown. 1842. Svo. pp. 504.

We have nothing to add to the brief sketch we gave of the
general character of the author of this volume in our last Re-
view; and very little to say of the volume itself, as a simple
literary production, detached from the system in exposition and
defence of which it appears to have been written. It is loose-
ly, and even heavily written, in a flippant and affected style,
and sins hardly less against grammar and rhetoric than against
piety and truth. It bears the marks of haste, and seems to have
been hurriedly thrown together, from the author's commonplace-
book and the fag ends of his sermons and discourses, and sent
forth to the public without his having taken the time or the pains
to melt his heterogeneous materials down into a common mass,
or to think out, so to speak, the principles he had rashly adopt-
ed, in their systematic relations, and logical connexions and con-
sequences. It is crude, confused; without method, order, sys-
tematic unity, or scientific development. As the production of
a vain, conceited pedant and scoffer, it may pass; but as the
production of a scholar, a theologian, a man ambitious of con-
tributing to the literature of his country, and establishing a high
literary and scientific character of his own,
the less we say

of it, the more shall we consult the credit of the author.

But we are not concerned with the author, nor with his book, save so far as one or the other is connected with the system he attempts to set forth, and is to be taken as its expoThis system we propose to examine, not simply the


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