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“O shame to sinners, shame and fear :
Yea, even this draught of misery,
'In power of others, not their own.'1
Though darkness be thy earthly lot;
Thine head, and many a mazy doubt
Some sorrow smites thee, sharp and keen,
Who chose thy blindness once; and take
If borne for Him, is borne in vain.
May turn to golden sceptre's touch;
'Tis Love's own hand hath stricken thee.” The Children's Hymn Book, (Rivington and Seeley,) as the names of Editors as well as Publishers show, must be regarded as the result to a certain degree of compromise. But the result is really satisfactory. The Hymns are thoroughly suited to children, and following the course of the Church's Year, they cannot go very much astray. The only decided failure in doctrine that we have noted, is in those intended for Confirmation, in all of which the main subject is the “vow" of the candidate. The consequence of which of course is that the child is not "confirmed,” but is the person confirming. We observe also that there are no Hymns for Rogation-tide, neither is any mention made of Vigils.
The Modern Curate-married ; unmarried ; popular ; unpopular; his sermons; his miserable prospects ; (Skeffington and Son,) is a reprint of a good Series of Papers in the “Graphic.” Of course they take the secular rather than the religious side of the question, but this is certainly not a matter to be overlooked. In the main protest of the writer against Curates marrying without prospects, we quite agree, and are thankful that he has given such publicity to a want of prudence which prevails far too much among the Clergy. We differ from him in recommending Lessons in Elocution by an actor or other professional teacher. A single lecture in a term by a good Parish Priest, would teach students in a Theological College to avoid the common faults in pronunciation and accent, and the habit of reading the Lessons in Chapel would give opportunity for general instruction in the use of the voice, without the risk of attaining affected mannerisms which are above all things to be eschewed.
1 Samson Agonistes.
A Paper by Professor Salmon of Trinity College, Dublin, read before the Irish Church Conference, (Hodges, Figgis and Co., Dublin,) bespeaking a fair reception for the Revised New Testament, is very well done, though it has reached us too late to be of much service, as the Work itself is now before us.
And as regards the Revision, we do not think that there is much to complain of. In respect to various Readings the Revisers seem to have been guided by sound Scholarship. Of new renderings or translations, some certainly are foolish (specially those in the LORD's Prayer): but the gain, as against the Calvinism of Beza, is very great. Thus the ambiguous term of " being converted” is entirely removed. Many (though not all) of the aorists are rightly translated as past tenses, and the true force of the Definite Article is generally given.
Upon the basis of what they produced at the time of the Sunday School Centenary, Messrs. Eyre and Spottiswoode have now published what they call a Variorum Edition of the New Testament, under the Editorship of Messrs. Clarke, Goodwin, and Sanday. Being less hampered by conflicting interests, we should have expected from them a better Revision than that which has issued from the Jerusalem Chamber, but it is not so. Besides being less intelligible, (for all the various renderings are thrown into notes,) we much prefer the work of the Jerusalem Chamber Revisers. One exception we have noted in Acts xiii. 48, where the Variorum Editors give “were disposed" or “had marshalled themselves," as at least alternative renderings with ordained,” which is found in the A. V., and retained in the new Version.
Mr. Carter of Clewer has republished, in a pamphlet form, two Papers on Vows and the Religious State, (Masters and Co.,) which were previously not easily accessible. The subject of course is one of great delicacy, and ought only to be treated by a writer of learning, judgment, and experience, all three of which qualifications, we need scarcely say, meet in this author. We advise all sound Church people to give it a place on their book-shelves.
We do not lay claim to any profound scientific knowledge, but, so far as we can form an opinion, a small treatise published by Masters and Co., entitled Genesis and Modern Science; being an Explanation of the First Chapter of the Bible in accordance with observed Facts, does show the exist
ence of a substantial harmony between the statements of Revelation when rightly understood and the results of scientific inquiry. It is by the same Author as “ CHRIST in the Law," but it is founded on the work of a French Ecclesiastic. We recommend it strongly. Pembroke College, Cambridge, has produced not a few good men.
Here were reared, Ridley, Andrewes, Wren, (the builder of the Chapel,) and Pearson ; and now, when the Chapel required enlargement and another consecration, the present Bishop of Ely was found to be not an unworthy successor to the Bishops already enumerated. Accordingly he preached the sermon at the Consecration, which under the title of The warfare of Christ in its successive stages, has now been published by Messrs. Masters and Co. It contains much interesting matter.
Mr. Thomas Berry, of Leeds, has published Forty Tunes to Mrs. Alexander's Hymns for Little Children, (Masters and Co.) It seems to have been a bona fide work of love ; and not a few of the tunes, we think, will find acceptance in our Sunday Schools and elsewhere.
There is a general demand for anything connected with Holy Scripture, and so, no doubt, Scripture Questions and Answers, by a Clergyman’s Wife, (Masters and Co.,) will not lack purchasers. For ourselves, however, we must say that we have no taste for throwing Scriptural knowledge into the form of acrostics and such technicalities. It is possible to exercise memory at the expense of reverence.
A Dialogue on true Churchmanship, (Heywood, Manchester,) is well intended, but is conducted on too archaic principles to be likely to do much good. The object of the Author is to enforce discipline on the authority of the Parochial system and the Canons. But do they not both refer to a state of things long passed away?
A new monthly Journal of Home and Penitentiary Work has just made its appearance. Skeffington and Son, 163, Piccadilly, are the publishers-it is entitled, Seeking and Saving. We have been much pleased with the first number which seems to us to contain a promise of great future usefulness.
Two very useful books have deserved an earlier notice at our hands, though both have appeared since the beginning of the year. The first is the Clergy Directory and Parish Guide for 1881, (Thomas Bosworth, London,) which, in a handsome volume at the small cost of 4s. 6d., supplies every information that can possibly be required in Church statistics. This work is an old friend with most of us, but its increase in bulk since its first appearance is due to the many valuable additions which have been made in it from
year. It seems now absolutely complete, and contains besides its full and accurate list of clergy, benefices, patrons, &c., an almanack with the new Lectionary, and many other most useful details.
The second volume to which we allude is in its own department to the full as valuable, being Debrett's Illustrated House of Commons and the Judicial Bench for 1881, compiled and edited by Robert Henry Mair, LL.D. (Dean and Son, London), in which every sort of Parliamentary information is given
with the greatest clearness and accuracy,-it contains a short and concise history of every member of the House of Commons and of the Judicial Bench, so that the volume really forms very interesting reading apart from its value as a book of reference. It concludes with an explanation of technical parliamentary expressions and practices with a description of the duties of the higher officers of the State. These volumes really require no recommendation but their intrinsic value.
Correspondence. [The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of the Correspondents.]
To the Editor of the Churchman's Companion.
one marked by the most touching associa
tions, for they include “the Altar of THE HOLY SEPULCHRE.
the Flagellation,” “the Chapels of the SIR, -A very remarkable little book Imprisonment,” “Of the Division of has recently come into my possession the Garments," “Of the Coronation," which has been privately printed at Je- “Of the Crucifixion,” “The Stone of rusalem. It is entitled “The Order of Unction," where the LORD's Body was Compline and of the Daily Procession anointed, and “The Holy Sepulchre." as used by the Franciscan Friars in the These devotions commence with hymns, Church of the Most Holy and Most many of which are in use in our Church, Glorious Sepulchre of our LORD JESUS but the translations of some of the others CHRIST," and it is full of the deepest seem to be quite new and are very beauinterest to all who might desire to visit
tiful, and the prayers which follow are in spirit, those sacred scenes of our all such as might be fitly used by loyal Divine LORD's Death and Burial which members of our Communion. This canthey may never have an opportunity of not be said of the remaining part of the actually beholding in the flesh. The
book, or of the manner in which the book commences with a singularly beau- order of Compline is said; but the intiful ascription of praise to our Redeemer terest of the work centres in the acts of under various suggestive Titles—such as worship performed at the different scenes “The Desire of the everlasting Hills," of the Passion, which they certainly suc“ To Him that is fairer than the children
ceed in bringing most vividly before the of men,” “To the Expectation of the mind. The book, having been merely Gentiles,” “the High Priest of Good printed for the translator at the Press on Things to come,” and others, each one Mount Sion, is not attainable in any being illustrated by explanatory passages ordinary way, but a few copies have been from Scripture. Then follows the order entrusted to the writer to be sold for a of Compline in Latin and English as it is
charity, and any person desirous of obsaid by those who are privileged to kneel taining one, can apply to “Oriens,” care before the very Tomb where once the of the Editor of the Churchman's ComLORD of Life was laid in death. This
panion. The price will be 28.-Yours, is succeeded by the whole series of devo- &c., ORIENS. tions used by the Religious in their daily solemn progress to the various shrines of THE DEDICATION OF WINCHESTER the Sacred Passion. A little description
CATHEDRAL. is given of the various Holy Places too SIR,—The doubt about the Dedication numerous to be mentioned here, but each of Winchester Cathedral is owing to its
great antiquity and frequent re-dedications. Built first by King Lucius, circ. A.D. 176, it was dedicated by him to "The Holy SAVIOUR.” Destroyed during the Diocletian persecution, it was rebuilt A.D. 313, and dedicated to S. Amphiballus, the instructor of S. Alban. At the Saxon invasion it was converted by Cerdic into a heathen temple, and was rebuilt by Kinegils and his son, King Kenewalch, and was consecrated by S. Birinus in the name of the Holy Trinity, and of the Apostles S. Peter and S. Paul. It was subsequently much damaged by the Danes, and again entirely rebuilt by S. Ethelwold, and dedicated to S. Peter and S. Paul, and S. Swithun, whose body had just been transferred from the churchyard into the Cathedral. This was its last Dedication. The figures of its patron Saints were placed by William of Wykeham on the West front, but were destroyed at the Reformation.-Yours, &c., J. E. 8. M.
all the devotion which the revival of a higher spiritual life has kindled in the Anglican Church, it has long appeared to me absolutely astonishing to see Churchmen and Church women quietly folding their hands and looking on, while Dissenters (all honour to them for it,) gather in the children from “the streets and lanes of the city,” and train them up in the diverse ways of their respective communions. I am happy to say that steps are now being taken to roll off this reproach from us, and to establish in London a “Church of England Central Home for Waifs and Strays.” The object of the promoters (a Committee of influential clergy and laity) is threefold : to help existing Homes, and make them known to the Church at large instead of to a few supporters; to establish local homes (either family or institutional) in every Diocese, and to build (or rent) a Central Home in London for the free reception of such destitute little ones as cannot be accommodated elsewhere. I am sure it is only necessary to make this known to obtain the ready help of all who love our Church and are jealous for her honour. Are there not among your readers some devoted Churchmen in every Diocese who will take up this work, for the Master's sake, as correspondents and agents; and have they not mothers and sisters who will give part of their leisure to collect and work for these "little ones for whom CHRIST died?"
Communications (enclosing addressed wrapper for reply) will be gladly answered by E. de M. RUDOLPH, Esq., Eldon School, 99, Wandsworth Road, London, or J. H. SHAYLER, Esq., Newland Cottage, Witney, Oxon.-Yours, &c., A STRAY.
P.S. May I draw attention to an advertisement, under your heading of wants, appeals, &c., with reference to collecting cards ?
S. JOSEPH. SIR, -In your correspondence this month, I read some allusions to S. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary-are your correspondents acquainted with these words of Cardinal Newman, “If Joseph is the Saint of happy death it is because he dies in the arms of JESUS and Mary;" or aware that Bishop Ken the great Wykehamist nonjuror wrote a very beautiful poem in which he alludes to the death of S. Joseph with JESUS present as absolving priest ?-Yours &c., E. S. D.
THE WAIFS AND STRAYS.
SIR.-In the May issue of the Churchman's Companion, you drew attention to some wants of the Church. While endorsing every word of the writer, give me leave to add a want which seems hitherto to have escaped the notice of Churchmen. I mean the want of a Home for those Waifs and Strays of humanity who have none upon earth to care for them in CHRIST's Name. With
WORKING MEN'S CLUB. SIR,-Will you kindly permit me to appeal to your readers for contributions