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The fountain of bitter waters wasteth continually . When it shall be dried up , I will break mine urn . " *« And my lyre , " said his sister ; " shall it not be hushed by mightier music from on high ?" " Nay , my sister , not then , nor ever . No mightier music shall make
men cease to love thine . They shall gather together to hear thee in their cities , and shall seek thee in wildernesses and by the sea-shore . The aged shall hear thee chaunt among the tombs , and the young shall dance unto thy lay . Unto the simple shall thy melodies breathe from amidst the flowers of the meadows ; and the wise shall they entrance as they go to and fro among the stars . "
Then the messenger sighed , saying , * ' When shall these things be ?" " When thou art queen among men . Knowest thou not that such is thy destiny ? Thou art now our messenger , but we shall at length be thy servants . Yea , when yonder sun shall wander away into the depths , and the earth shall melt like the morning cloud , it shall be thine to lead the myriads of thy people to the threshold whence the armies of heaven come forth . It shall be thine to open to them the portals which I may not pass . "
In the perusal of this work we have received no ordinary gratification . Whatever conclusion the writer had come to respecting the doctrine which he has subjected to examination , that of the Trinity , we could not have been otherwise than pleased at the spirit in which the book is written . Throughout there prevails an attachment to truth , a deep interest in divine things , a deference to the authority of Scripture , and a rejection of every
other test of revealed doctrine ; a patience of inquiry , a candour of judgment , and a sense of responsibility , which bespeak the piety of the writer , secure the favourable regards of the reader , and point the work out as a model of controversial writing . But , believing as we do , that of all the corruptions of Christianity , the doctrine of the Trinity is , with the exception of Transubstantiation , the greatest , we feel our gratification enhanced that the long and serious and disinterested inquiries of Mr . Shaw have led him to renounce Athanasius , and to cleave to Jesus Christ .
There are passages in the book in which , as we think , error is mingled with truth . On some occasions we like the conclusion better than the premises whence Mr . Shaw deduces it . But these and other things we pass over , at least at present . The only object we have now in view is , to lay before the reader the process through which the confessor ' s mind has gone , and the state in which it now is .
" I am a member of the Church of England—because , take it for all in all , I believe it to be the best church of the preseut day . I am , however , of William Law ' s opinion , that the purest church now existing is only the vestige of a
# The Confessions of a Member of the Church of England , occasioned by a Laborious Examination of the celebrated Work of the late Hev . W . Jones , entitled , " The Catholic Doctrine of a Trinity , " and also an Essay on Sociuianisiu . London . Marsh and Miller .
Confessions of a Member of the Church of England . 2 $
CONFESSIONS OF A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND . *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1831, page 25, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2593/page/25/