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Tlie foliowi&g passage , ( p , IS , ) wfll at < mee give the reader an Idea of tfce general character of the poetry , and serve as thfe foundation for a remurk * " Ah ! why do war and bloodshed rage ; And men with fellow -men engage , In an eternal strife ? . When not the wolf that roams the plain With kindred blood its teeth will stain , Or take fts fellow ' s life !
But man , more savage than the beast , Still glories in the human feast , And wields the blood-stained sword ; StHl triumphs in the trumpet ' s blast , Sighs when the vengeful fight is past , And union is restored .
Blessed are those the strife who stay , And drive the demon War away , And bid the tumult cease ! They are the favourite sons of heaven ; To them the glorious prize is given Of everlasting peace !
These verses are intended as a paraphrase on Matt . v . 9 , €€ Blessed are the peacemakers ; for they shall fce called the children of God . " The torn given to this passage in the above
lines is well calculated for poetical effect , and for this reason it seems to have been adopted by our author . But it appears to us that the spirit of the pas&age would have been more nearly preserved , if the words of our "Lord had been taken in a more
restricted sense , and applied only to the circumstances of private and domestic life . Hejpe ; too , we may remark , that if the word happy had been uniformly adopted in the Beatitudes , as it sometimes is , instead of blessed ,
correctness and consistency would have been preserved , while the character of the poetry would have remained uninjured . These observations , it is hopea , will not be deemed fastidious ami hypercritical . They are well intended , and , we have no doubt , will be taken in gopd part . If this little book should come to
a second edition , we would recommend the author to give it a more general character . By the addition of a poetreal version of sooae of the most interesting * of our L # ord s parabjea , and select passages from such of his discourses as are best calculated
to arrest aiid fix the attention of the youthful mind , it , might be nvad $ to assume a still paare attractive drees than it already wears j andj , under this new form , we feel ao hesitation
in stating it as our opinion , that it would soon find its way into general circulation , and become one of the most useful little works for Sundayschools and Christian families which
we recollect ever to have met with . These hints are by no means intended to depreciate its character in the shape which it now assumes , which , as " A Christmas Present for Young Persons , " we can recommend with the greatest sincerity aad confidence to our readers . O . P . Q .
7 2 & flemst ^ . T — Foafs Letter to > r ,, Bfem / tetd .
Art . IV- —The Apostle John an Urntarimu A Letter to the Rev . C . J . Blomficld , IK £ > ., Rector cf St . Botolph * 4 y Bishops gate , and Archdeacon q Colchester , occasioned by his * ' f ive Lectures on the Gospel of
St . John as bearing Testimony to the Divinity of our Saviour" By W . J . Fox . 12 mo . pp . 50 . Fox and Co . ; Hunter and Eaton . 1823 . TT | R . BLOMFIELD has great re-JLJ putation as a-Greek scholar , but judging by the extracts from his
Lectures that are given in this little trart , he is not likely to obtain much theological faiue . Mr . Fox ' s answer to bis arguments is complete . So we think , and nothing would give U 3 more satisfaction than to heax that the Doctor proposes to shew that our judgment
wrong . Controversy is , in g $ « en * l of les ? value on account of iJ » if&gueness ana generality . Where 45 # iH 3 * ftBi » « fefi a
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 728, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/48/