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you remember me, and speak some suitable word, which by the aid of the blessed Spirit may reach my heart?" It is much to be desired that hearers of this class were more constantly borne in mind by those whose office it is rightly to divide the word of truth, giving to every one his portion in due season.

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THE MARTYR OF VERULAM, and other Poems.
By Robert Ragg, Author of The Deity.'
Edition. Longman and Co.



THE Nottingham Mechanic,' as Mr. Ragg modestly styles himself, has been before the public more than once ; and no spiritual person can read his compositions without a feeling of Christian affection for the author, who, himself a striking instance of converting grace, appears never to lose sight of his professed aim-the glory of that God who called him out of darkness into marvellous light. This is a short and simple poem, founded on the martyrdom of Alban of Verulam, under the heathen persecution of Dioclesian. It exhibits frequent gleams of thought really poetic, while telling an interesting tale. Among the shorter pieces, we were particularly delighted with two; 'Why does the Sun go down?' and The Sable Plume.' The latter is beautiful.

HOLY SCRIPTURE the only infallible Guide to Saving Truth. A Sermon, preached at the Parish Church of St. Mary, Islington. By Daniel Wilson, M. A. Vicar, on Sunday, October 4, 1835. Forbes and Jackson.

THE ENGLISH REFORMATION COMMEMORATED, in the Preaching of the Everlasting Gospel, and the finding of the Book in the time of Josiah. Two Sermons preached at the Chapel of Ease, Islington, on Sunday, October 4, 1835. By John Hambleton, M. A. Minister of the said Chapel. Forbes and Jackson.

THE CANDLE OF THE LORD UNCOVERED; or the Bible rescued from Papal thraldom by the Reformation. A Sermon preached in the Parish Church of St. Mary, Islington, on Sunday, October 4, 1835. By John Norman Pearson, A. M. Evening Lecturer. Forbes and Jackson.

SINGLE Sermons on particular occasions are generally considered rather ephemeral, and soon laid aside; but the recent Centenary commemoration calls for a more abiding notice. We hope that our Christian mothers have provided means for keeping the minds of their children and household awake to this momentous subject. An occasional recurrence to the published discourses of that day would be very advisable and we are glad to find that Islington has done justice to her proximity to Smithfield1 by contributing to this store. All these sermons are scriptural and appropriate. Mr. Wilson marks the distinction, and commends to his hearers the all

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sufficient word of God: Mr. Hambleton grapples with popery more in detail, exhibiting in a strong light the anti-scriptural abominations of its system: and Mr. Pearson seems to have kindled his torch at the flames of the martyrs, in so glowing a strain of holy indignation does he animadvert upon the character, progress, and design of the "Man of Sin." His discourse is singularly eloquent and heart-stirring. We perused and re-perused it many times, with increasing delight; while every sentiment found an echo in the inmost depths of our heart.

Edited by John

Cox, Minister of the Gospel, Woolwich, and published
for the Benefit of the Maritime Penitent Female
Refuge. Edwards, Nisbet, &c.

OUR readers will do well to encourage this pretty little book. The institution that it seeks to serve is one calling loudly for the aid of Christian females. In the preface an appalling statement is given of the multitude of wretched wanderers infesting the public walks, for whose souls few seem to care. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent patronizes the institution, and already have two hundred destitute and abandoned creatures been admitted within its walls.

The pocket volume before us consists of short original pieces in prose and verse, chiefly by the Editor, with a few pleasing contributions from Thomas Ragg and others. All, without exception, are spiritual; and the greater number strictly devotional.

FAMILY COMMENTARY UPON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. By the late Henry Thornton, Esq. M. P. Hatchards.


THE editor of this valuable exposition expresses his belief that, so far as he knows the works of the best divines, no other commentator, on the same portion of scripture, has combined in an equal degree a deep knowledge of the human heart, with an extensive experience of human life; vigorous common sense with high and holy wisdom; Christian love with Christian faithfulness.' We do not dissent from this testimony; but recommend the book as an acquisition to all who love a decided tone in spiritual things, sweetened with much tenderness; and thoroughly practical.

THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN HERO. A Narrative, shewing how the Gospel shined into the heart of a little boy at school, who eventually died at sea. Written by the Clergyman of his parish. Nisbet.

AN interesting little story, shewing the blessed effects resulting from judicious and persevering attention to an unpromising character.

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THERE is no withstanding it, dear uncle,' said I with a feeling at once vexed and submissive, we must have done with that obnoxious word.'

'Why so?'

'We are denounced on all hands; by some, for meddling with politics in any way-by others, for so heading a paper which, they say, rarely contains any thing properly reducible under that head.'

'Then you are about to forego all allusion to the events of the day?'

'Not I, indeed, sir. Among many objectors, I scarcely find three who are agreed as to what it is that they consider objectionable: while, on the other side, I can show a body pretty large and perfectly unanimous, whose word is,—go on.'

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'Then, may I ask, my capricious niece, what is your present intention? You deal much in contradictions to-day.'

I think of altering our title; and so obtaining a wider range of remark. Some, uncle, consider that what relates to the state of religion, and religious parties in Ireland, has nothing to do with politics.' My uncle smiled.

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Then, dear sir, we are accused of making the Irish question too prominent.'

'You can give it up,' said my uncle, coolly.

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