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the lull , shewing them a wide and indistinct expansion , but take them by the baud and lead them down to certain spots . and objects . They are to be characteristic of persons , of vices , and virtues . A preacher must also indulge in a certain degree of diffusiveness . He who passes rapidly from one thing to another Is not likely to impress , or indeed even
to inform the majority of his audience . To affect them he must dwell upon the thought , and present it under different aspects . Precept must be upon precept , liae upon line ; here a little and there a little ; and the preacher will often see by the look and manner of the hearer that
what be failed to accomplish by a first stroke has been done by a second . The language of the Scriptures it is desirable to employ , for it is the words used by the Holy Ghost , and on the subjects of revelation it is the most definite and
significant , the best known and understood by the people , and iutimately connected with the devotional feelings . It is at once the key to the understanding and the soul . Who can reasonably object to the occasional use of poetic diction ? A sentence of this kind will
often relieve and often revive the attention , while it serves to fix the sentiment more firmly in the memory . How much of the Bible is poetical 1 Whatever subject is in hand , exhibit it iu its fullest bearings and highest importance . Trne , some things may hence look rather inconsistent with each , other ; but strongly to represent and strongly to recommend the present subject , is the method of the sacred writers . They never seem afraid
of expressing themselves too forcibly at the time . . They never stop to fritter away their teachings by qualifications . There are qualifications to be found , but iu other places , and on other occasions . He must be a spiritless teacher who uever produces the surprise of a paradox , who never alarms the timid and cautious , aud whose strength of statement and urgency does not furnish some seeming contradictious . "
In agreement with these valuable principles the volume is composed ; and he who wishes to study them in their application , will do well to turn from our pages to the discourses themselves .
excellent John Ash worth * s excellent account of the secension from the Methodists , detailed in the above-named € f
Rise and Progress" ? If not , we congratulate you , for you have a great enjoyment Id prospect . We do not , however , carry the doctrine that anticipation is more pleasurable than possession to such an extreme as to advise you to delay indefinitely the gratification which this pamphlet offers ; nor , if you are actuated by a benevolent regard to others' good , will you fail immediately to read what ,
when read , you will as quickly recommend to ail your friends . The calumny is not yet extinct that men may live but cannot die Unitarians . The following passages extracted from an account in the pamphlet of the illness and death of Mr . Cooke , ( who was the leader in the secession , ) written Cf by one who had no happiness equal to that of guarding his health , " may serve to discredit misrepresentation , and to foster piety :
" During his confinement , he directed the energies of his mind to the investigation of the Sacred Volume ; and sometimes , witb a brightened look , iu a highly animated mauner , would he exult in the distinguished privilege of expounding its hidden treasures , unrestrained by creeds and parties . Almost through every stage of his illness Mr . Cooke's intellectual
faculties remained clear and active Once having received positive orders from his physician not to converse , and , if possible , not to think , he requested to be alone . The thinking invalid , however , suffered not this quiet interval to pass unemployed ; for , in poetic numbers , he imitated a part of the 103 d Psalm ,
which he immediately dictated to an amanuensis ; but when uttering the concluding liue , ' Bless him above all , my soul , * his voice faltered , and but for a sudden gust of tears , it should seem the effort had been too great for the feeble tenement which embodied it . "— " Mr .
Cooke perceiving the symptoms of a flattering but fatal disorder grow stronger ^ calmly relinquished the concerns of this transitory scene , and devoutly fixed his heart on those which are eternal . With solemn composure he gave directions about his funeral , and in fervent prayer committed the church , his partner , and
five little ones , to the special care of the God of providence aud of grace . "— . " Suffering much from acute pain , he said , ' The Lord kuowetli the way that I take ,, aud wheu he has tried me in the furnace , I shall come forth as gold seven times purified . My highest ambition ; rises na higher than patiently to suffer and bear
118 Critical Notices . —Theological .
Art . W . —An Account of the Rise and Progress of the Unitarian Doctrine in the Societies at Rochdale , Newchureh , and other places . By John Ashworth . Second Edition :. Havk you , reader , ever perused the
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1831, page 118, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2594/page/46/