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-CALL ME FRIEND.

His third chapter is intended to Mew that God is a friend to 45. • This (it is faid) is the voice of nature and Scripture, the language of heaven and earth, and the uniform teftimony of every creatore the molt glorious and excellent God addresses us by each, and says

This should inspire us with joy and confia dence, and make the strongest and grandest im prefions upon our fpirits.

•Creation arose from his boundless benignity, and is therefore one imperfc& expreffion of it. I know not what lovelier thought can enter the heart of man, than is conveyed by the hymn of the celestials-Thea art wortby, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power, for thou haft created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. It was the PLEASUit of Güd that his immenie and boundless good. mess should issue in such a creation as this. In his eternal and allcomprehensive mind he formed a fair and well-furnilhed world-calling ihings that were not as though they were ; and amongst the relt of the creatures with which it fhould be replenished, designed one nobler than the others, who should be capable of knowing both him and them,-of contemplating the glorious excellencies of his Maker, and of partaking a felicity in him, as well as a being from him.'

· The ProVIDENCE of God operates for the preservation and happiness of men, and hence his friendly difpofition towards them appears. The vast variety of creatures that ill this world contingally, receive from his liberality--the eyes of all wait upon him, and ke Jatisfies the desire of every living thing : he underlands the asking look of each, and grants the expected supply. Not a sparrow is foro gotten before God: he feeds the inferior creatures that they may miniier to man-to his necefiities, and to his entertainments ; so that, in the issue, all the tender mercies of God that are over all his works do terminate in us, and we may lay of every thing that pleases us, either for beauty or use, THAT IS MERCY TO Me-another effort of the Creator's kindness, to make my stay in this world, agreeable and happy to me.

• He continues our breath, and gives us our bread in a continual fuccesion from day to day. He maketh his fun to arise on the evil and the gold, and sendeth his rain on the just and the unjust-and all under the character of our FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN. He gives his benehts where he is not received with them, amongst the evil and anthankful they enter the doors that are fut againit the divine benefactor-they jay unto God depart from us--and yet be fills their beuses with good obings. Shew me the friend besides, that will continue his bounty and be constantly overlooked.

• There is nothing in our houses--nothing in our pofseition, bet we may each of us write upon it-DONUNI AMICI COELESTIS mibe gift of my great and heavenly FRIEND, who indeed givetball things richly to enjoy: one of whole titles is, FATHER OF LIGHTS, and subar of every good gift, and every perfea gift to the children of

He gives all with the purelt benignity of intention—not to ensnare us, but to bless us to the utmoft; when it happens ocherwise, the cause and ihe blaine are in ourselves; we put a fting to the honey of his bleflings, and a thorn to the rofe of those delights which he sends us.

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His FRIENDLY counsels guide us-his FRIENDLY bounty supplies us – his FRIENDLY rebukes awaken and correct us-as many as I love, I rebuke and chaften-it is his FRIENDLY vifitation that preserves our spirits-it is his presence and power that keeps us from danger or delivers us out of it. He is with us in. Jix troubles and in seven-he carries us through all our uncertainties-- is better to us than our fears and is a rock higher than we are when our hearts are overwhelmed within us. Able to do for us exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ak or think. In fickness he is near us--in death he is with us; he delivers us from both, or causes that neither thall do us any harm.

. But what hall we say to it, when besides his protection, his counsels, his promises, and his various bounties, we recollect that he has given us HIS VERY self in the person of his divine and blessed Son!-Is not this FRIEN11SHIP-both in the most unquestionable reality, and in the highest degree of it?-One of the poets hath an ingenious fancy to express the paffion wherewith he found himself overcome, after a long resistance. “ That the God of Love had shot all his golden arrows at him, but could never pierce his heart; 'till at last he put himself into the bow, and darted himself strait into his breaft. This doth some way adumbrate God's dealings with men; he had long contended with a stubborn world, and thrown down many a blessing upon mortals; and when all his other gifts could not prevail, he at last made a gift of himself, to testify his affection and engage theirs.” God To loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him Jhould not perish, but have everlasting life. Herein is LOVE-no false pretence, no fictitious connterfeit, but the true substance, the superlative degree of it-that Gon fert bis SON to be a propitiation for us.'

This pious and practical Effay is concluded in the following man. ner:-" To close all- let us remember, that FRIENDSHIP WITH God, is the proper temper of man in this preparatory ftate.-We are going to God; and therefore must be the FRIENDS OF God. Our HEAVEN (if ever we have one) must be began upon EARTH. It is by a restoration to ourselves, and to our God now, that we are to enjoy ourselves and him eternally. Let us be indulrious in this our preparatory work, and God will work in us, and with us, of HIS GOOD PLEASURE. He will assist us with pleasure, and reward us with pleasure.

• As we improve in FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD, every thing will be FRIENDLY to us; both within and about us. The fun mall not smite us by day, nor the moon by night :-we shall be in league with the stones of ihe field and the bearts of the field shall be at peace with us. Every creature thall act in FRIENDLY concert with the great CREATOR for our benefit; and be the minister of his goodness, not of his vengeance. We may command the tribes of the ERTH-and look up to the firmament of HEAVEN ;- may challenge the services of its glorious hosts, and immortal angels--and call all things ours, because GOD ALMIGHTY is fo. Elefed are they that do his command. ments-They have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. All is open to THE FRIEND OF Gov.'

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many of whose pra&ical writings, however neglected at this time
of day, must be acknowledged to contain very sensible, striking, and
elevated sentiments, discovering often the inward piety of the Au.
thor, and tending to produce and improve a religious spirit in those
who pesuse them.
Art. 21. Paftoral Alvice to young Persons before Confirmation.

8vo. 6d. Shrewsbury printed, and sold by White, &c. London.
1772.

Whatever tendency confirmation may have to beget or increase
fuperftition, it is nevertheless highly probable, that if it is explained
and conducted with proper caution, seriousness, and diligence, it
may have a very happy influence upon the minds of young persons.
Such feems to be the opinion of the Author * of this small pamphlei,
who therefore has laudabiy employed his endeavours to promote to
worthy and important an end. Great thanks are due to him froma
all who are folicitous for the real welfare of youth, and the prospz.
rity of the community. His advice is truly pastoral; it is folid,
pious, rational, and properly pathetic. It appears to us extremely
ut to be put in:o the hands of young persons, particularly at the
season which the title specifies, being well calculated to affist and
preferve him in a course of wisdom, religion, and virtue. The Au-
ihor has added some prayers at the end, one of which is a paraphrale
upon the Lord's Prayer: and we have perused them all with much
fatisfaction.
Art. 22. The Sin of Sodom reproved by St. John Chryfoftoms, P3-

triarch of Constantinople: Deing two Sernions in his Commen-
tary upon St. Paul's Epifle to the Romans, faithfully translated
into English from the original Greek. To which is prefixed, a
brief Account of the Life of that Saint. By Edward Lewis, M. A.
Rector of Water tock and Emington, in Oxfordshire. 8vo.
Dilly. 1772.

The second of these fermons is moft directly levelled against the abominable vice mentioned in the title. Each of the diicourses is founded on a pasiage in the first chapter of St. Paul's epiitle to the Romans, from the oth verse to the 27th. This Chriftian Father expostulates with great energy upon the subject, and endeavours 10 guard his hearers againit lo miserable a depravity. One remark which he makes, upon the manner in which the Apostle gives his account concerning it in the place above mentioned, it may not be improper for us to insert. It is as follows :

Here also may we justly admirc the wisdom of Paul, who falling upon two things oppofite to each other, could to exquisitely go througi with both of them. His design was to speak with modeity, and yet to frike the hearers : now both can hardly be brought to bear, one being an impediment to the other; for if you would speak modenly you cannot reach the hearer; would you itrike home, naked and clear inust be your expressions. But this intelligent and holy coul a'lmirably effected both, by the term “ Nature ;" heightening the accufation, and at the same time using it as a sort of veil, whereby to carry on the discourse with decency.'

* Dr. Adams, of Shrewsbury.

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Whatever particular view Mr. Lewis might have in felecting these two discourses, we find he has a farther design : he presents them to the world as a specimen of the writings of St. Chryfoftom, and of the abilities of the Translator, who, it is added, if the world seems willing to receive it, intends, in a little time, to present it with Chryfoftom's most pious, judicious, and learned commentary, in English, upon that whole divine epislle, contained in thirty-two fermons, which equal ninety of those of the prelent day.'

This Father, it is well known, was famous for his eloquence, on which account he was surnamed Chrysostom, or golden mouth ;-but it might have been more candid in our Translator to have paid his compliment to a favourite Author, without palling a kind of general centure upon the preachers of the present age.

With a view of engaging a farther attention to the works of this celebrated orator, the present pamphlet contains also a short sketch of his life ; to which is added, his character as a writer and a preacher as it is given by the learned Du Pin; who has indeed delineared it in very trong and pleasing colours. He has been always regarded as a man of a noble genius, and of great piety; but his warmth and zeal betrayed him into miitakes, and sometimes even, as is intimated by this Writer, to a degree of perfecution. He died in the year 407.

Mr Lewis observes, that the Fathers are in no great repute in this country ;' a truth which is the less to be wondered at, when we consider, that though there is much good ferale, as weli as piety, in many of their performances, there is also in some of them a great deal of puerility and fanaticism, which are disgusting, and few that however useful they may in other respects be, they are not to be depended upon as certain guides in matters of religion : but this Tran. Ilator has a very good reason for the above remark, which is, that fince such is the case, he thinks it a matter of too great hazard for hiin to attempt an English publication of the whole commentary, unless he is favoured with some encouragement to the proposals which are shortly to be offered to the public. Art. 23. The Devil ne fallen Anget; proved from Scripture.

Being a Specimen of what has been revealed to the vileft of Worms and the chiefelt of Sinners, Nathan Walker. 8vo. ! S. Bladon. The title, alone, will suficiently indicate the state of the

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due thor's brain. Art, 24. A Treatise on the ever. bleffed and adorable Trinity, and iniry in Trinity. 8vo.

Bladon.
By the same Mr. Walser, Author of the preceding article.

MEDICAL,
Art. 25. The Anatomy of the Human Body, &c. composed (on an

in:ire new Plan) in a Method very different from all Anatomical Writers, &c. To which is (are] subjoined some Physiological Tracts, and a copious Index. By William Northcote, Surgeon, 8vo. 6 s. Becket. 1772: The Author having, as ne informs us, experienced the indulgence of the public, in their favourable reception of the work not long fince publithed by him, under the title of the Marine Surgeon, has been induced to offer this performance, originally composed for his

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own private use, as a proper supplement to that publication ; particularly with a view to accommodate the naval surgeons with a complete and compendious repository of medical and anatomical knowledge, well adapted, from the smallness of its bulk and price, to their circumstances and situation. We need only to add, that the present compilation may very properly answer the Author's profeffed purpose of conveying instruction to the tyro's in the art, and of fornishing the more informed part of the faculty with a convenient 12membrancer. Art. 26. A concise Hislory of Anatomy, from the earliest Ages of Ar

tiquity, &c. By William Northcote, Surgeon. Svo. 3 s. Ēvaas. 1772.

This very short historical abtract may be considered as a proper introduction to the preceding work, from which the anatomical tyro may collect some of the ornamental parts of knowledge belonging to his art.

We see not however the propriety of the numerous infolated, and sometimes not very intelligible paragraphs, and even in. tire pages, in Latin, which frequently and unexpectedly occur in the text. For our parts, we must own that we cannot pollibly comprehend the Author's motives for thus chcosing sometimes to make the English, and sometimes the Latin tongue, the vehicle of instruction to his pupil ; who may not, posibly, be a Latinist, or, though an excellent classic, may, like us, Linguists and Critics as we are by profession, find himself utterly unable to confirue' many of the very crabbed passages, that he will here meet with, in the last-mentioned tongue; after making all decent allowance for false pointing ard ero rors of the press. Art. 27. Methodus prescrivendi exemplificata Pharmacopæis Noss

comiorum Londinenpum, Edinburgenfium, &c. A. Gul. Northcote, Chirurgo. 8vo. < 3 s. 6 d. Evans. 1772.

Mr. Northcote not yet thinking the sea furgeon's library complete for what is a workman without his tools ? - has here furnished him with a manual of extemporaneous formule, collected from the private or local dispensatories of St. Thomas's, St. George's, Guy's, the London, and St. Bartholomew's hospitals; and from those of the hospitals at Petersburgh, of the Royal Infirmary at Edinburgh, and the Horei Dieu at Paris. To these are added two other short collections of prescriptions ; one under the fignature of D. I. C. and the other under the magnificent, but scarcely merited title of Medulla Medicine Universe. The Author's design might, in our opinion, have been much better answered, if, instead of thus swelling his sea furgeon's lietle library with all these duplicates and triplicates of the same me. dicine, he had judiciously selected a body of single formula, for each intention, from the whole collection. Art. 28. An Ejay on the Formation, Structure, and Use of the

Teeth, &c. by Meyer Lewis, Operator for the Teeth in Oxford, 8vo. Is. Wheble. 1772.

Mr. Lewis cannot think that we deal hardly by him, when we declare that we very readily subscribe to the propriety and truth of his declaration at the beginning of this pamphlet ; where, after some proper enconiums on the ingenious and elaborate treatises of Mr,

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