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character of Vetusta, as here drawn, was chiefly known as a person whom no one we have, however, this to object, liked, and whom overy one feared. These that it represents an indioidual ra. numerous defects were, however, brightened ther than a cluss: she is really of no by one more promising quality. He had class. Persons of her description in acquired under the eye of his mutber
, wbo, general do not pursue strong sensa
though a weak, was really a pious woman, sions, but rather general happiness, this, however, was, not to correct his life,
a certain awe of gross sin. The effect of through a variety of means; and but to reduce it to a sort of alteration of some, failing in the attempt, at last sin and sorrows. Such a life could make no turn devotees. Their pleasures, and
man happy ; and, especially one who bad beauty, and health, have left them, few friends to cheer him, little real taste and then they seek comfort in relia for dissipation, and that kind of bilions habits gious exercises or austerities. It is which is apt to divide the life of its victim the weakness of nature, not the between anger and melancholy, lo such a pursuit of strong seosation.
state, therefore, he was not likely to remain Her niece, Selina, was of a mild long. And accordingly, on a sudden, he proand gentle spirit ; but four years of claimed himself a converted character
. He gloomy admonitions from Vetusta bis college occupations—not only his pra:
forsook at once, not only his vices, but had inspired her with dark and me. Rigate, but his moral companions. His lancholy views of religion. She was acquaintance looked on with astonishment. tauglit to look upon the Supreme The good trembled when they saw such Being rather as a tyrant to be ap. hands laid on the ark of God. The bad peased, than as a God to be wor. scoffed to find religion with sach a chain shipped and a Father to be loved: pion. But Munster went on his way, heedall the terrors of revelation she less both of the one, and of the other. He pointed to herself, all its promises
soon entered the Church, and became the to others; and at nineteen was
curate of this very parish. And here, I committed to the grave, the victim shall endeavour to describe bim, first, as a of a neglected education and a spie family.
minister; and next, as the father of a rious faith.
« • His doctrines were, in the main, those The remaining characters of of the Scriptures, and of the Reformers Munster and Berkely are descriptive But then he held and taught them less pracof two persons very different both tically than either. His grand maxim, for in their principles and their end. instauce, was, “ preach of faith, and works «« Munster, for so I will call him, was a
will follow --whereas, the Bible and the spoiled child. He lost his fatber early; Church evidently deem the same attention and his mother, captivated by the strength due to both – concluding, that a ma is of his attachment, which naturally centered just as likely to act as to tbiuk wrong.'" all in ber, requited it by anticipating all his p. 139. whims, and indulging all his caprice and
Neither did the spirit of moderation in III temper. In consequence, he became these high authorities salisfy him. Somepeevish, headstrong, and passionate. Now times he so magnified a truth, as to strain and then, indeed, some better qualities it to the dimensions of error. Sometimes seemed, as it were, to fash in his character. be seemed to reduce the whole of religion But the gleam was only for a moment, and to a single doctrine. In short, as some men seemed to leave a deeper gloom behind. possess the art of giving error the air of His feelings were quick-his spirits variable. truth, so he gave truth the complexion and He loved and hated, worked and idled, the nature of error. Pew men bad a better laughed and cried, all in a moment, and creed ; and few put a worse interpretation always in excess.
to it. « : When sent to school, he was chiefly “ •But, however defective his opinions distinguished by quarrelling with the larger miglit be, his life was far worse. Although half of his school-fellows, and forming the ardent in the pulpit, and in the discharge rest into a party against them, of which his of most other public duties, his seal did not vehemence rather than his talents or induse extend to the more retired duties of his vy, made him the leader. And, the habits office. He rarely, for instance, sought out of school; be carried to college, where he in the remote corners of bis parish those lambs of his fock, who either bad. not yet We turn with pleasure from this found the heavenly pastores, or had, unhap. melancholy scéne to the character pily, wandered from theni,
Those quiet of Berkely. labours, which no eye sees, and no voice ap. plauds but that of God, had no charnis for in some qualities which belonged
Berkely is described as sharing him. To be heard, to be felt, to be admired, in the great congregation, was all to each of his parents: be displayed, he loved."" pp. 142, 143.
at intervals, the cheerfulness of one In bis family, he is represented as and the depression of the other; inunamiable, and even austere. His heriting, ai the same time, the most wife sunk under the pressure of a
exalted piety from both. With him, troubled mind. His son went to filial affection was not merely a sea, and was not less remarkable for feeling, but a principle; and he' de his profligale habits than his father lighted to represent God in the light had long been for his excesses in of a father. Hence, even in the doctrine. The daughter, having in darkest of the Divine dispensations, early life imbibed little respect for he was ever ready to discover some the judgment of a parent whose opi. ray of compassion, which bespoke nions she perceived to be frequent a parental hand. On subjects of ly, erroneous, experienced the usual mysterious import he looked with nuisery of an elopement and a clan
reverence and awe ; and never was destine marriage :-after the lapse
there a mind less prone to codiroof twelve months, she returned, deversial disputation. serted, to her father's house. But ". In the pulpit, accordingly, he was tebis understanding was now in ruins: markable for speaking, not in the language she found him pale and emaciated, of the contending parties, but in that of and irrecoverably insane. The lapse God.. I have heard him say, that in reviewof a few weeks put a period to his ing his own ministry, almost the only fact
on which bis eye rested with satisfaction, sufferings; but it was her melancholy fate to pass twenty long with having voluntarily employed a single
was the not being able to charge himself years, the remainder of her wretch- text for a purpose vot designed by its great ed life, in a neighbouring mad. Author. house.
** But, not only did he largely use the Of the manner in which this story language of the Biblehe felt it bis dury is detailed we must certainly speak as far as possible, to imitate the style of in terms of warm commendation : reasoning employed in it, and especially is but, however faulty might be the the ministry of Christ
. Like him, he endoctrines, and however defective the deavoured to seize upon passing events or character, of Munster, we are not objects to illustrate his meaning—like him, convinced that they were likely to hiin, to be simple, grave, spiritual, touching,
to vary his subject with his au lience-like issue in madness. We esteem this tender. He used io say, "I think the lanconclusion of the tale not to be war- guage of Christ is often nach mistaken, Soine tanted by his previous situation, nor conceive themselves his imitators, when they to be exactly consistent with the confine themselves to the practical parts of general spirit and tendency of the religion; forgetting that every fundamental work. The insufficiency of his re- docirine of religion is strongly urged by ligious profession was obvious, with Christ, and that its more sublinie and out this awful illustration of it; mysterious points, — the union of God and every moral and religious pur
with man, the influence of the Spirit, the pose would have been effectually precise nature of the final judgment and answered by a catastrophe of a dif. happiness of man, are treated by him wita
a boldness and sulness, wliich would amount ferent sort. The instruction would
to impiety in any olher teacher," Dibers have been equally valuable, had he again conceive that they imitate him in acts abandoned his principles, or ac- of rashness and enthusiasm forgetting that khowledged bis errors on a death.. he rigidiy, conformed to existing rites that bed, or expired without a sign. he continued in worship even in those core
Curist. Obsery, No. 153.
supt Jewish synagogues he was about to said, bs mere repetition to detcribe bis conabolish that he did not even enter upon
duct in his own house. Here, therefore, sir, his nuinistry till lie was thirty years of age. I stop, only stating to you'one circumstance, Now, both these errors Berkely avoided. that his monument is that white old stone lle taught the truth, but taught it calmly. on the right side of the altar. A bundred He touched the barp of the prophet, but times have I seen the poor and the misera. not with that unholy vebemence which ble steal up to that spot, merely to lay their snaps its cords.
hand upon the stone, as thoughi they fan«• In general,' his manner in the pulpit cied virtue would come out of it, or as was rather mild and paternal than energe- though it could be to them what the man tic. But there were times, and those not a it covered, had formerly been—a sort of few, when a new spirit seemed to animale guardian angel -- a comforter -- a friend. him. His favourite theme was the happi. And such is the forbearance and compassion ness of the saints in glory; and he really with which the heavenly “ Comforter" views spoke of heaven as thougb be bad been such acts of affectionate and chastised suthere. I have now his figure before me, as perstition, that I scarcely ever saw one of he rose up to address his congregation the these pilgrims who did not retire with a first time after the death of his father. No happier countenance than he went. Others, event had touched him at a more vital puint. I have seen, both in prosperous and adverse But, although as he mounted the pulpit, a circumstances, approach the stone merely to sort of cheerless cloud hung upon his brow, inscribe some memorial upon it--some testiin a short time a rag from heaven seemed mony, prompted by a full heart, to him who to disperse it. He was not afraid to louch had taught them to bear the one with pathe chord which might be expected to awak- tience, and to enjoy the other with moderaen all the anguish of his soul.--Others wept tion. These inscriptions possibly even now --but be was calm. He spoke of death, remain ; and, perhaps, you may feel disbut it was of the death of the righteous, and posed to decypher them.'” pp. 177--179. of the blessedness which follows it. Such was the impression of the scene, that as his hearers watched his glowing eye, liis grey of this good man presents us with
Whetber it be, that the picture hair, his peaceful smile, his uplifted hand, featurex peculiarly engaging, or his lighted countenance--and saw him, as it were, launch into other worlds, and bring that we love to dwell upon it from back their spoils to enrich hiinself in this its more than fancied resemblance withdrawiug the veil from the sanctuary– to one, whose memory still lives in speaking of things to come as present, they the hearts of many as well as in our looked at him almost as they would, at St.
own, we are not very anxious to deJohn rising from the dead, to add another termine. The same spirit and disscene to his celestial visions!” pp. 171-177. position may, doubtless, be found in
• I had thoughts, sir, of shewing you this the retreats of Westmoreland, and reverend man in the circle of bis family in the vicinity of the metropolis: But the fact is, that his parish was only his larger family, and his fainily his smaller
and it is hard to conceive, that a
parish. Those who had seen him in the one, clergyman like Berkely can be conicould determine what his conduct would be mitted to the grave without excit. in the other. It was the saiue flower trans- ing, in many breasts, those mingled planted to a somewhat different soil. Not, sentiments of reverence and love indeed, that he was among those who which filled the hearts of our venera. thought that the domestic should be sacri- ble pair. They hastened to the tomb, ficed to the public duties of a clergyman. and found on it some rude but cor. On the contrary, he felt that his first daties dial expressions of the people's love: were at home; that this was the little gar- they determined to be buried in the deu which bis God expected him, tirst, to
sepulchre where that man of God rescue, and fence in from the waste. " That 'tove," he said, “ which pretends equally to
was buried; and their desire was embrace all mankind, with no peculiar af fulfilled. “ They were lovely and fection for our own family, is a circumfe. pleasant in their lives, and in their rence without a center or no lore at all.” deaths they were not divided.” But from the general harmony of his con- After só copious an account of duct, abroad and at bome, it woull, 29 I this little volupe, it seems unneces
sary to enter into any minute deiail all, that the manuscript has no beta of its merits or defects. It is evi- ter authority than thai of the aforedently the production of a man of said thin and ill-looking person, to observation and genius : it is full of whom vulgar fame assigned one of lively remark, and displays a bril. the kindred occupations of a con• liant imagination : its sentiments are juror or an author. moderate; and its general tendency There is also something very in. is to excite the temperate and well. artificial in the plan of the work; balanced feelings of the soul. We inasmuch as the cushion holds forth are convinced that the author's ob- upon doctrinal and half-metaphysi. ject is to do good; and we have cal, as well as on all mannerof histolittle doubt that this end will be rical topics; and moreover talks seriattained.
ously and devotionally for our direct The defects which we hare had edification, just as if it had itself a occasion 10 notice, will probably be soul, and almost even a commission obvious to the writer ai first sight, to go forth and preach the Gospel. on the perusal of his work in print. We may, perhaps, appear to be fasGarrulity is the privilege of age, and tidious, but it is fastidiousness perhaps it was necessary to relieve which has regard, nou to a mere point the narrative of the Cushion by in- of taste in composition, but also to secidental conversations: but some of rionsness and simplicity in religioo. these conversations will admit of We cannot forget, when we read of abridgment; and the good old lady Sulina's being led to the " Comof the vicarage might part with a forter," to that Spirit who, with his few of her conceits without detri- holy fire, “ dries vp ihe tears of ibe ment to the tale. It is not abso. miserable” (p. 105), that so says lutely necessary that the vicar's wife the Cushion ; - that we are learning should be garrulous, nor the vicar the most awful trulhs, and acquainttake snuff. We could point, also, to ing ourselves with the things of the certain sentences in the work, which Spirit, through the supposed pen of seem to have been constructed with a writing cushion. There is also out a sufficient regard to refined and something not a little amusing in delicate expression: and we know the gravity with which the good not whether the Cushion might not vicar and his wife go reading on, be made to deliver its record by and profiting by what they read, some artifice more elegant and without at all concerning themselves amusing than that of a manuscript to know whether the Cushion did --of a manuscript too, which no really write its own history or not. imagination can ascribe the They seem to us, indeed, to think velvet,
that the Cushion did write it. We Quodcunque ostendis mihi sic incredulus reflection, an idea, which has often
would also submit to the Author's odi
entered our minds as we perused his and which the writer himself is fain work : he appears to state some to attribute “ to a thin, queer, ill. things loosely, and other thiogs too looking, dirty, retired sort of man strongly. Several of his remarks, in the next village.” In order to with which we cannot exactly conenter heartily into the story, we cur, are not wholly destitute of must indulge the idea, that the nar- foundation; but they are sometimes rative presents a correct statement urged in far too sweeping and comof scenes which the cushion witness- prehensive a manner. These, and ed, and of reflections which a thinks such-like defects, however, are pro. ing cushion would be likely to form; bably to be attributed to hastiness of but this charm is in a great measure composition: the work, indeed,sbews dissolved, when we discover, after many marks of baste in its core
position, and also in its typography: be happy if they tend, in any degree, most of the objections will doubiless to improve the intrinsic value of a
be removed in another edition, work which, we trust, is likely to :. These observations are offered in obtain many readers, and will selthe spirit of candour : and we shall dom be read without advantage.
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