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Simeon of Cambridge.* “ We are almost at the end of books,” | requiring to be very gravely weighed, said Christopher Goad, in his preface to and remembering it is a season of the the works of William Dell, a famous year for pleasant, social intercourse, we mystic of the seventeenth century
beg to introduce a purple-coated stranger, “ these paper works are now preaching with a gentlemanly face—rather a high their own funeral.” If ever a prediction Churchman, we fancy, from what he has was falsified by the event, that has been. said to us—who comes up to town with Myriads of books, indeed, have been some cherished recollections of good old buried that were making a noise in Goad Father Simeon and his disciples some and Dell's time—a good thing too-but thirty or forty years ago. We shall the births since have been enormous, leave him presently to tell some of his and every day is adding to their num- own tales; but in the meanwhile we ber; so that while publishers and book- should like one or two words. sellers are levying toll on them as they The book is a sample of hero worship pass through their turnpikes, the doors -as it was when we were boys, and as of editors are clamorously besieged by it is now we are verging towards old such crowds, challenging notice and The worship exhibits two different expecting praise, that the craft are at phases. Formerly there was more distheir wits' end. For our own part, we position to do homage to living heroes ; must confess ourselves to be in great now it is chiefly reserved for dead ones. straits at the beginning of this year,
Simeon was an oracle at Cambridge when we look round at our visitors in when many of the elder curates, recmanifold shape and colour, who nod at tors, and dignitaries of the Establishus in friendly recognition, and expect ment were freshmen-an oracle such as us, with a formal bow and with a in vain they would seek for now, in neatly turned compliment, to introduce any of the colleges of their Alma Mater. them to our section of “the religious There is no one man there at present with world.” In striving to do justice to a social influence like that of the fellow all during past months, we fear some of King's; at any rate—which is perhaps have been overlooked who claimed our the more becoming way for us to put it attention--but we will attempt our best —there is no one that people outside this year ; and we hope that friends who now hear of as we once did of him. knock at our door, and ask an intro- Moral and religious powers in the place duction, will remember that we have we doubt not there are, which together to decide between conflicting claims produce effects on a very large scale ; but for pre-eminence; and also to consult we know of no one individual with such the likings of those with whom they are peculiar force—no one single centre from anxious to establish a favourable acquaint- which such impulses spring and flow. ance. Not wishing to meet our readers Altogether, for aught we are aware, this month with any ponderous subject,
there may be more of learning, genius,
and wit-more of sound personal piety “Recollections of the Conversation and general respectability and decorum Parties of the Rev. C. Simeon, M.A. With of conduct on the banks of the Cam than Introductory Notices." By A. W. Brown, M.A. there used to be—but nobody in any (London: Hamilton and Co.)
school stands exactly where Simeon did.
It is the same in other connexions. We of the famous Simeon gatherings, which are not speaking of ministerial po- were held for many years in the rooms pularity, but of personal reputation of that worthy minister. There were and infuence, connected with a mys- clerical meetings, sermon classes, underterious individuality of life. The Bap- graduate Sunday evening parties, and tists have no Robert Hall now-the ordinary social parties. The notes which Wesleyans no Jabez Bunting. Inde- compose the book were derived from the pendents, as such, have always been in three last. a measure true to the name they bear, Entering King's, after a stroll on the and have never been wont to bow down river banks, and round the glorious old to their great men with any particular chapel of perpendicular architecture, the intensity of homage. But we fancy, in sight of which sets our artistic enthuformer days, much more was thought of siasm on fire, we reach Mr. Simeon's certain individuals among them who are rooms at six o'clock. We take care to gone than we do of any living men. be punctual, because the good man has a Among the luminaries of dissent in great horror of unpunctuality, and to general, Rowland Hill and Matthew wipe our feet on the mat, for which he Wilks,-not simply as preachers, but rigorously stipulates with all comers. as men,-shone with a brightness half a In a little time, when there are about century ago that nowhere meets us in sixty or eighty undergraduates in the the same spheres now.
drawing-room, seated in chairs and We are become like the Greeks. We benches arranged for the occasion, and don't sacrifice till after sunset. The living some occupying the window recessesPre sharply criticise, and measure them Mr. Brown enters, and gives his name. familiarly as not only coevals, but co- “ Brown, Brown,” says Mr. Simeon, Equals; but memories awaken awe. with his sharp eyes and expressive Reverently we turn towards the shades countenance, capable of a grotesquely of the departed. People generally ques- humorous form. “ Brown, Brown; no tion whether the former days were better name at all, sir. Is it Brown of Trinity, than these—but there is a sort of idea Brown of Queen's, or who ?" Mr. that the former men were better than Simeon takes his seat, and two serthese. We of the latter half of the nine- vants hand the tea round. The seat teenth century are much more proud of is an unbacked chair, by the right hand contemporary things than of contempo- of the fire-place, in full view of the faces rary persons. What the comparative before him-a little old quarto Bible is merits of the living and the dead may within reach—and quickly rubbing his be- how far we over-estimate the past, hands, the clerical Nestor, full of affecand under-estimate the present—or to tion, makes some playful remark when what extent there may be truth in a he sees any constraint among his youth. sentiment on the increase, namely, that ful guests. There are some marble tables there were men of a past generation of with slender legs, all gilt, standing by greater power than any in the present, the hall, much valued by the host as and how changes of the sort we indicate, gifts from a dear friend--and if a gownsaccomplished within our lifetime, may man happens to crowd up against these be fully accounted for,-are questions precious pieces of furniture, he gets a worth the reader's while to turn over, hasty caution' – for the eyes of the though the discussion of them would owner are sure to be specially watchful load this article with too much heavy in that quarter. Inquiries are made by weight--and, which is more to the pur- the visitors-sometimes very queer or pose-keep us away from Mr. Brown, very silly—“What a fool so and so must with his interesting “Recollections,” be to ask such a question.” “ Too bad whom we beg pardon for keeping so long to bother and try to entrap old Simeon in by our side in silence.
that way;” “I wonder he did not show He gives us some preliminary account so and so the door,” are comments after
wards made by the disciples as they go glory. There, then, is the reason why downstairs, when their reverence for their the Apostle prays, did not cease to pray, master has been hurt. But for the for the saints at Colosse. And we ought
to have this object in our mind when we most part the inquirers are reverential,
pray for the knowledge of God's will." if their inquiries be not very profound. Here are are a few samples of Simeon's
As to recreation, he remarks :talk on these occasions :
“ We are made with bodies as well as on a journey to London, souls, and our bodies need exercise and retwenty-five years ago, saw a shepherd creation. I see no harm in young persons who had followed a stray sheep a long engaging in a game of tennis, or taking way. When he came up with it, he horseback exercise, and enjoying it keenly; lifted
up his heavy staff, and I thought he provided it be done with an eye to God's was irritated, and was about to strike it glory, and in a praying spirit, they should down. The poor sheep was hedged up; I think I could enjoy a game of tennis
take their recreation with all their might. and knew not which way to turn, and cowered from the blow; and my feelings to-day, were I younger. My rides have were roused to anger at the expected ever been of the greatest delight to me, brutality of the man. But instead of a Few have more enjoyment in their Bible blow, the shepherd gently lowered the than I have in my rides ; it is my season staff, and I saw it had a crook at the end, of intercession for all my dear absent with which he hooked the sheep and friends, and I ramble over the world caught it safe. The incident made an
without interruption. We may enjoy indelible impression upon my mind; and any, recreation which is lawful and ex. I never now read the confession, "We pedient ; for some lawful recreations are have erred and strayed like lost sheep, yet not expedient, and some which are without its recurring to my thoughts. It expedient for others are not so for a was a beautiful illustration of God's clergyman. Serve God in your recreadealings with sinners."
tions, and enjoy Him; but we are too
often, like the Jews or like the monks, Again, speaking of Divine knowledge : afraid of God's blessings. We have the
" But all this knowledge, discerned spirit of touch not, taste not, handle and tasted by us, has its end for which not,' but this is wrong.
• God giveth God is to fill us with it. It is, “That ye us richly all things to enjoy' (1 Tim. vi. might walk worthy of the Lord unto all 17); and we ought to do so. Thus, a pleasing, being fruitful in every good parent may, without idolatry, enjoy work, and increasing in the knowledge of his children, always having an eye to God.' Look at a balloon; at first it lies God. Dick's Christian Philosopher' is on the ground a shapeless and moveless a most admirable and rich little book, heap of silk. It is slowly inflated with a showing how to enjoy God in everything. buoyant gas, and begins to swell and swell For our rule should be to enjoy God in scarce perceptibly; and its upper part everything ; to feel the delight of afflubegins to heave and mount upwards. At ence, science, friends, recreations, chil. last it disdains to touch the ground at all, dren--in fact, of everything, as coming to and rises upwards, but is tied down to us from God, who gives it sweetness, and the earth with many cords ; and the gas for whose sake and glory it is. And the within makes it heave, and writhe, and counterpart of that rule should be to struggle from side to side, endeavouring enjoy everything in God, and, if we are to get loose. A cord is cut, and it only deprived of outward blessings, to feel that struggles more violently; another and then God is all to us. God is wealth, another is cut, and its efforts to be free wisdom, friends, relatives, enjoyment, are redoubled; at last, every cord is all to us. Enjoy His fulness." severed, and it soars away to heaven. Such is the natural effect of our being
Speaking on the words, “ The Lord filled with this knowledge of God's will giveth wisdom,” he observed :in all wisdom and spiritual perception. The inward teaching of God is the only It causes us to walk worthy of the way in which our natural hearts can be Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in come enlightened to the realities which every good work, and increasing in the the Bible reveals ; for we cannot otherwise knowledge of God.' It gives a distaste for receive, nor even know, the things of the the world; the inanimate becomes ani- Spirit of God, because they are spiritually mated; and, as tie after tie is cut, the soul discerned.--) Cor. ii. 14. We may perstruggles more and more heavenward, haps fully understand them with our until the last tie is cut, and we mount to minds ; but who among us, without that
teaching, will apply them to our souls, or for the following sketch of the hero of perceive how they belong to us, and are the book :adapted to our every necessity? Here is á sun-dial standing open on the grass
There was about Mr. Simeon the plot; the hours of the day are marked courtly polish of the old school. Those upon it most accurately to tell whether it who knew him intimately, will also rebe morning or midday or eventide. Go member numberless little occasions, when and see what o'clock it is. There are
it was impossible not to observe that the hours, and there is the
affectionate cheerfulness and gentlemanly
gnomon, shaped with unerring exactness, to tell bearing, that manly patience, that inyou the true time to a minute. You stand flexible uprightness, that common sense and pore over it in vain ; it does not tell and tact, which at once commanded the you what o'clock it is ; and you may respect and conciliated the good-will of stand there till night comes, for it is a
those around. Not even the occasional, dark and cloudy day. One thing only is quickly passing hastiness of his temper, wanting the sunbeam from the sky. nor yet the often amusing peculiarities of But see! the cloud divides ; the sunshine his manner, could permanently injure the touches the dial; and that, which else
influence which, without seeking it, he
you eould not have known, is manifested to acquired over those around him. An inyou in a moment. The dial, without any timate friend would sometimes be admitted change in it, and without any miracle, to his room, even when he was suffering instantly teaches you what you really from severe illness. It is not easy to forneed to know, yet could not have known get the appearance of the aged servant of but for the gleam of sunshine."
God, when labouring under an agonizing We could give many more such speci- ing on his sofa, swaying himself to and
fit of gout or other illness, half reclinmens of “Simeon's Table Talk," plain, fro, holding his anguished leg, while sensible, shrewd, useful, and often strik- perspiration stood on his brow from the ing observations, inspired with the spirit pain ; yet saying playfully, and with a of evangelical piety; and there is often a beaming smile, My brother, you see I breadth of view and a general range of vain to find a position in which the gout
am chastened with strong pain, trying in human sympathy, and an independence will let my leg be easy ; but my sad, disof conventional prejudices in the good contented leg is like a scourged soldier, man's conversations, not at all common hit high, hit low, it will not be satisfied. at the time in that school of theologians Come, sit you down-at a due distance, to which Simeon was considered to be mind—and tell me how,' &c.; and then long,
with the tear in his brimming eye, he
would break out in his peculiar way, This volume altogether is a very in- and pour forth his humble confidence in teresting one; and though we cannot but his heavenly Father's love and tendercondemn the narrow sectarian spirit of ness; his grateful sense of the alleviathe author in some of his observations- tions sent to mitigate the sharpness of the for, like many high churchmen who look chastisement; and his glad comfort in haughtily on the sects, he has much of and sighing, and pain, and the curse
looking forward to the time when sorrow, the essence of sectarianism in himself, would be at an end, and when we should ve ean speak well of the volume on the be with the Lord for ever." whole. We have only room enough left
The Old Lieuienant and His Son.* We certainly owe, and we humbly, word of notice, especially as they afforded make an apology to two friends in green, us, several weeks ago, the highest gratisquare-built, and with maritime badges fication by their simple story, winning stamped on their backs in gold, for manners, and good words. “ The Old having kept them so long without one Lieutenant and His Son" are worthy of
• "The Old Lieutenant and His Son." By the acquaintance of all the good and the Editor of "Good Words.” (London: wise. It will make them wiser and better. Strahan.)
And as for those who are not good and VOL. WI.
wise, it will be their own fault if they judgments of men who were disposed to continue as they are, after knowing the condemn him because he could not extwo worthies we now, with sentiments
press himself in their fashion, or of men
who forgot that there are those who, by of admiring friendship, beg to introduce
reason of untoward circumstances which to them.
attended their early upbringing, must Genius is not always genial. Too often yet speak and think in advanced years as it meets us with haughty scowls, con
children in knowledge,-never having temptuous sneers, or sardonic smiles; but reached that Christian manhood when
childish things are put away.
But I in this book by “the editor of Good believe the captain, after all, had more of Words,'” it meets us with loving looks, this manhood than any one suspected, eyes full of tender manliness, lips on though its growth was rather stunted by which the law of kindness dwells, and a the storms he had encountered.
He was grasp of the hand, firm and hearty, which strong in his simplicity, truth, and love, puts you at your ease as soon as you feel and was guided in his home teaching by
two great principles. The one was, that it. Then, moreover, geniality is not
a lie, in every variety, was specially of always accompanied by earnestness. the deyil. He was, therefore, uncomGood-natured minds, full of marvellous promisingly intolerant of all falsehood, power, are sometimes lamentably indif- from the palpable black substance of the ferent to truth and righteousness; but lie direct, on through every shade and the writer of this volume never trims, and shadow, to the least prevarication or want
of open, transparent truth. I really don't never forgets his responsibilities to God believe young Ned ever told a lie. Both and man. He fights throughout the would not have survived such a disaster; battle of right against wrong; religion old or young Ned must have perished. against irreligion ; faith against scepti- The other grand principle of the captain's cism; and Christ against the world, with education was, 'Fear God, and do what is all the valour and fire of an old British right; often adding, with great emphasis,
and then defy the devil.'", sailor. The work is not a novel ; it can hardly book exactly of the type we meet with in
We do not remember anybody in the be said to have any plot in it
. People the religious novels patronized by cerwho are fond of the hottest curry of
tain schools; and we like it all the better romance, as commonly served up in the
for that. Scenes on shipboard, converthree volumes of certain fashionable pub. lishers, will find the “old Lieutenant sations among the sailors, attempts at and His Son” rather insipid. But for doing good, the discipline of a rough rude delineation of character, and clear, ear
way of living, sin and its sorrows, and
how God brings rude wayward creatures nest, useful talk, it is from beginning to
to Himself-are admirably described, with end first-rate. We like both father and son--to use an expression of a friend of all the truthfulness of nature, fact, and
actual life. We cannot resist the temptaours—immensely. Here they are :
“ Ned's religious education, as it is tion to quote the following sample of the termed, was perhaps not cut and squared way of instructing his shipmates, adopted in the exact pattern of what often passes by Ned, the “Old Lieutenant's Son” :under that name.
Yet it had its own "The first portion of Scripture which peculiar excellences. The captain's theo- was selected was the voyage of St. Paul, logical knowledge was not, as may be recorded in the 27th chapter of the book supposed, profound. But there were, of Acts, which he read, explaining, as nevertheless, a thousand truths moving he was able to do, some of the proper to and fro in that bald head, without names and less familiar phrases. It was order or method, although he could not deeply interesting to watch the men's deliver them over to the tongue. How faces, and hear their remarks. The whole one of our scientific infants would have narrative was to them as real as that of puzzled him! But there was a light too, any voyage which had taken place in and peace in that heart, which shone in their own time. The interest got so great, his face, and was fell in his mind, and that Ned had to borrow an atlas from the spread an atmosphere of gentle goodness captain, and show the ship's course; a and genuine truth about him ; such as favour which Salmond gave with a growl, could not be disturbed by the harsh | asking what had an atlas to do with the