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the right way of combating errors , and on the folly of expecting uniformity of faith among all diversities of understandings and influences , and the wisdom of seeking the ** more excellent way of charity , " the estimable author concludes with this truly Christian
peroration : < e But why this severity of reproach ? Why this bitterness of recrimination ? Why this haste to pass judgment and do execution upon our fellows , and anticipate the doom of Him who judgeth righteous judgment ? While we are tearing
and trampling each other , do we forget that the day is approaching ' when every man ' s work shall be made manifest , and the fire shall try It , and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour' ? Hushed , then , will be the voice of the disputant , and the clamour of the factious , and the shout of the
triumphant , and the lament of the vanquished . Their voices only will be heard , breathing the accents of praise , and hymning the congratulations of mutual joy , ( to whatever religious community they belonged , ) who have laid their work
on ' the one sure foundation , Jesus Christ ;* and who have taken care to build thereupon c not wood , hay , or stubble , ' the rank growth of factious zeal and uncharitable knowledge , which the fire shall in a moment consume ; but
upon that foundation of their faith have laid * gold and silver and precious stones , ' the solid , brilliant , imperishable productions of piety and charity ; for they shall pass through the furnace with undiminished substance and unsullied brightness , and shall shine as stars for ever in the
presence of the Lord , and the firmament of his glory 1 " We hope that the venerable Judges , and the Right Honourable Foreman of the Grand Jury , CLord Lowther , ) will shew by their future conduct that they have duly profited by this admirable discourse .
Both these discourses have been reprinted in the newspapers ; to which circumstance we cannot advert without saying that the activity and impatience of the public mind require more facility and dispatch in theological as well
as other publications than are consistent with former customs . The stately quarto and the handsome octavo must now give place to the single sheet , that flies with a velocity that astonishes us every day by its increase ; and instead of bare political intelligence or ru-
mours , the newspapers give us moral and literary disquisitions , poem 3 , theological discussions , and , $ s in the present instance ,- sermons . All that take up the pen , or that open their
mouths in public , write or speak for the people ; and to get at them it is necessary that discourse , whether oral or written , should be easily accessible . In what is printed , this requires cheapness ; and in this one particular , a silent revolution is taking place in literature , the beneficial consequences of which no one can at present calculate .
Art . IV . —Hymns . By John Bowring . 12 mo . pp . 156 , R . Hunter , and C . Fox and Co . 1825 . 3 s . ^ T \ UR readers will welcome the ap-\^ r pearance of this new offspring of Mr . Bowring ' s genius . The "Hymns , " one hundred and fifty-one in number , are intended as a sequel to the wellknown and much-admired " Matins
and Vespers . " A few of them have adorned our pages . JVIr . Bo wring cultivates variety in his metres , and here introduces some , strange to the English ear , which are used in the hvmns of the Protestant
Churches of the Continent . In some instances , the peculiar versification may give beauty to a thought or force to an emotion ; but all the measures which are adopted are not , we think , likely to be naturalized amongst our countrymen . Neither the eye nor the ear can be trained to metrical novelties
in devotional poetry for social use . The most simple and the most usual versification is in this respect the best . We cannot avoid the acknowledged evil of " monotony /* without incurring the risk of a greater evil—that of seeming fanciful .
These observations apply to the Hymns only in reference to their fitness for congregations , and in this respect are partial in their application , for some of the best of them are in the wonted metres . A few of these are
already inserted into one Collection or Hymns , and hereafter , we venture to predict , no Collection will be comp iled or enlarged amongst the Unitarians
without enrolling Mr . Bowring ' s name amongst the contributors . Thv fault of Mr . Bowr ing ' s Hymns , considered as compositions to be sung *
618 Revien \—Bowring ' s Hymns .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 618, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/42/