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which alone is able to make us wise unto
salvation by faith, which is in Jesus, Carpe diem”-i, e. seize TO-DAY.
. Grasp the PRESENT, HOUR.
A distinguished British nobleman, however, is not satisfied with advising a darling son to seize the present day, or given hour; but urges upon himn with all the energy of parental authority the most rigid æconomy of his golden mi
“ Take care of the pence, for the pounds will take care of themselves, was a very just and sensible reflection of old Mr. Lowndes, the famous Secretary of the
Treasury under William III. Anne, and | George I. I therefore recommend to you
to take care of MINUTES ; for hours will
friends ! Farewell my beloved relations ! and fare-
take care of themselves.” A poet of our own, of the first class, in that noble effort of genius, entitled “ The ComPLAINT,” has carried the thought still higher. He presses Lorenzo with arguments irresistible, if Lorenzo were but wise, to stop the flight of MOMENTS.
years away? Throw empires, and be blameless. Moments
seize, Heav'n's on their wing: a MOMENT we may
wish, When worlds want wealth to buy.
Christian Reader, it is owing to that thrifty frugality of time, so warmly recommended by these great authorities, so strongly enforced by the express injunction of the great JEHOVAH', and so invariably observed by my invaluable friend, that I am honoured with the pro
e Eph. v. 16.
vince of introducing to thy notice the third production of his masterly pen, within the contracted period of a few months. The present work is a Dissertation on the Book of Psalms. It is a sacred collection of divine, eucharistic songs, written by David, Moses, Heman, &c. but composed by the Holy Ghost for the praise of IMMANUEL. For his praise they were set to music by skilful artists. For his praise they were continually sung by the choristers of the Temple. And for his praise they were daily played on instruments of divine appointment by musicians of the first eminence. The end of the composition and of the institution of the ordinance of singing these spiritual songs was one and the same, viz. to render Jesus more illustrious in the views of his people, and to cause him to shine more gloriously on the minds of his spiritual worshippers'. As the subject is ineffably great and glorious, being JEHOVAH JESUS, GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH : the style, in which it is expressed, is inimitably grand and majestic. The bold sublimity of Homer, the dignified grandeur of Virgil, and the rapid and lofty Aights of Pindar are here far surpassed. Indeed their most admired productions are contemptible efforts of the miserable penury of human genius, their riches are poverty, their exuberance is barrenness, their majesty is meanness, their melody is dissonance, and their strength is weakness, when compared with these unrivalled poems, which have JEHOVAH JESUS for their subject, and JEHOVAH THE SPIRIT for their author. Such is the text of that Comment which the partiality of friendship has requested me to present to thy regard. Of the text holy Romaine thus speaks,
f The radical word, from which Diban, Psalms, is derived, signifies to shine like the Sun, or other lucid bodies.
« It deserves our greatest esteem and veneration, and we cannot value it too much ; since we have here a sicher treasury of heavenly knowledge, than is any where else to be met with.” Of the comment I would say, it is worthy of its author. It is deserving of thy most serious attention, thy repeated perusal, and most cordial esteem. It will instruct thee. It will surprize thee. It will, with the blessing of the great head of the church, enlarge thy ideas of Jesus and his finished salvation. It will give thee new views of the Temple and its service, and present the bleeding Saviour to thy embraces in every rite, in every ceremony, and in every utensil. In fine, I do most cordially recommend this little Treatise to