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BY THE REV. J. JENKINSON.
“ I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn
thee." -Jer. xxxi. 3,
Before duration's vast profound,
Which reason's line can never reach ; Before the era far beyond
Imagination's utmost stretch ; The Great Eternal fixed his love
On me, a creature of tho dust, Who from his holy ways would rove,
Rebel against him, and be lost ! He saw my sins, like venomed darts
Hurled madly at his sacred throne; He saw what malice filled my heart;
He saw mo wretched and undone !
LET others to their pliant will
Their boasted reformation trace ; I must my wholo salvation still
Ascribe to free and sovereign grace. Before my heart had found relief
From its oppressive load of sin ; Before one pang of holy grief
Had evidenced new life within ; Before the dawn of reason burst
In faint irradiance on my soul : Before the vital current first
Along its veins began to roll ; Before my eyes were formed to look
Upon the welcome light of day ; Before the quenchless spark was struck
To animate my plastic clay ; Before the holy martyrs soared
To glory from the flaming pile ; Before the Roman conqueror poured
His legions on Britannia's isle ; Before old Salem's sons were joyed
To see their beauteous temple rise ; Before the men of Shinar tried
To raise their Babel to the skies ; Before the giants trod the earth,
Or sin had caused the fatal flood; Before the first of human birth
Had shed his holy brother's blood; Before the tempting fruit was plucked
And eaten with an impious zest; Before the serpent's cunning shook
Obedience to the high behest ; Before the groval songsters thrilled
With joy the blest primeral pair ; Before the trees or flowers distilled
Ambrosial fragrance on the air ; Before a part of Adam's frame
Was to his meet companion formed ; Before the heaven-enkindled flame
With life his curious structure warmed ; Before the lunar lamp was made
To chase the darkness of the night; Before the solar rays were bado
To yield the system heat and light ; Before the Almighty voice had said
“That atoms into worlds should jar;" Before the azure vault was spread,
space received the first-built star; Before the heavenly seats were raised,
Or angels formed to sit thereon ; Before the primal seraph gazed
Upon the topless sapphire throne Rellering.
He saw my vileness, saw my guilt,
(How heinous none but he can tell!) Yet still such strong affection felt
As snatched me from the deepest hell ! His sovereign hand inscribed my namo
In his own book of life and peace :
Who ratified the act of grace!
The Saviour left the world on high, (O love unparalleled, untold,)
To groan and suffer, bleed and die! 'Tis from his cross the cords proceed
Which drew me from the dread abyss, And will to endless glory lead :
O when was ever love like this ? Sometimes this love my heart enchains
In boundless raptures at his feet ; My songs of ardent praise constraino,
And drives each rival from his seat. Alas, more oft (0, how ingrato !)
He scarcely occupies a thought ; The world allures, and I forget
The matchless wonders he hath wrought. Yet midst these wanderings, vile and base,
His love has no mutation known : The stream of his unfailing grace
Still rolls, and ever will roll on! Though other rivers cease to run,
And ocean's caverns all be dry ; Though earth may to her centro groan,
And lightnings rend the azure sky; To all successively this sphero,
Though countless worlds may yet be brought, Each roll its great appointed year,
Be dashed to atoms, and forgot ;
May feel her firmest pillars move ;
JEHOVAH'S EVERLASTING LOVE.
CHRONOLOGICAL PAGE FOR JANUARY, 1849.
!!'* RISES & SETS
FAMILY BIBLE READING.
1 M 8 8 Genesis i., ii. 1-7.
1809, First number of Baptist Mag. publ. 4 0 Luke i. 1-25.
Venus in south-west after sunget. 2 Tu 8 8 Genesis ii. 8-25, iii. 1-19. Moon's first quarter, 38 m. past 7, morning. 4 1 Luke i. 26-56.
Baptist Irish Committee, 6 evening. 3 W8 8 Genesis ïïi, 20-24, iv. 1-24. Moon rises, 20 m. past 12, noon. 4 2 Luke i. 57-80.
Jupiter in south-east at midnight. 4 Th 8 8 Genesis v., vi, 1–8.
Moon sets, 18 m. past 2, morning. 3 Luke ii. 1- 20.
Moon rises, 54 m. past 12, noon. 5 F 8 8 Genesis vi. 9-22, vii,
Moon sets, 34 m. past 3, morning. 5 Luke ž, 21-39.
Moon rises, 33 m. past 1, afternoon. 6 s 8 7 Genesis viii., ix. 1-17. Moon sets, 47 m. past 4, morning. 4 6 Luke ii. 40–52.
Moon rises, 18 m. past 2, afternoon. 7 LD 8 7 Psalms.
Sunday School Union Lessons, 4 7 Psalmg.
Luke i. 1-23, Malachi iii., iv. 8 M 8 7 Genesis ix, 1-26, Job i. Moon sets, 5 m. past 7, morning. 4 8 Luke iii, 1-20.
Full Moon, 50 m. past 10, night. 9 Tu 8 6 Job ii., iji.
Moon sets, 48 m. past 7, morning. 4 9 Luke iii, 21-38.
Fraternal meeting of Ministers at 4. 10 8 6 Job iv., v.
London Bap. Asso., New Park St., at 3. 4 10 Luke iv, 1-32.
Moon rises, 35 m. past 6, evening. 11 Th' 8 5 Job vi., vii.
Moon sets, 17 m. past 9, morning. 4 12 Luke iv. 33–44, v. 1-11. Moon rises, 48 m. past 7, evening. 12F 8 4 Job viii.
Moon sets, 47 m. past 9, morning. 4 14 Luke v. 12-39.
Moon rises, 9, evening. 13 S 8 3 Job ix., X.
1689, William III, ascended the throne. 4 15 | Luke vi, 1-19.
Moon rises, 7 m. past 10, night. 14 LD 8 2 Psalms.
Sunday School Union Lessons, 14 17 Psalms,
Luke ii. 1-20, Micah v. 15 M 8 1 Job xi,
1798, the Pope Expelled from Rome.
Moon rises, at midnight. 16 Tu 8 0 Job xii., xiii, 1-16.
Moon's last quarter, 54 m. past 6, morning. 4 20 Luke vii, 1-23.
Baptist Home Mission Committee at 6. 17 | W7 59 Job xiii. 17-28, xiv.
Moon rises, 24 m. past 1, morning.
Quarterly Meeting of Baptist Miss. Com. 18 Th 7 58 Job xv.
Moon rises, 25 m. past 2, morning.
Moon sets, 18 m. past 12, noon. 19 F 7 57 Job xvi., xvii.
Moon rises, 26 m. past 3, morning. 4 24 Luke viii, 22–40.
Moon sets, 50 m. past 12, noon. 20 s 7 56 Job xviii., xix.
Moon rises, 24 m. past 4, morning. 4 26 Luke viii. 41-56, ix. 1-6. 1586, Miles Coverdale died. 21 LD 7 55 Psalms.
Sunday School Union Lessons, 4 28 Psalms.
Luke ii. 25-38, 1 Samuel ii. 1-19, 22 M 7 54
Moon rises, 7 m. past 6, morning. 4 30 Luke ix. 7-27.
Moon sets, 3, afternoon. 23 Tu 7 53 Job xxi.
Moon riscs, 52 m. past 6, morning. 4 31 Luke ix. 28–45.
1820, Duke of Kent died. 24 W7 52 Job xxii.
New Moon, 3 m. past 10, morning. 4 33 Luke ix. 46--62.
Lecture by Rev. J. Aldis at Mission Hous 25 Th 7 51 Job xxiii., xxiv,
Moon rises, 12 m. past 8, morning. 4 35 Luke x. 1-24.
Moon sets, 5 m. past 6, afternoon. 26 F 7 50 Job xxv., xxvi., xxvii.
Moon rises, 12 m. past 8, morning. 4 36 Luke x. 25–42.
Moon sets, 14 m. past 7, evening. 27 S 7 49 Job xxviii,
Moon rises, 7 m. past 9, morning.
Moon sets, 24 m. past 8, evening.
28 LD 7 47 Psalms.
4 40 Psalms. 29 M 7 46 Job xxix., XXX.
4 42 Luke xi. 29-51. 30 Tu 7 45 Job xxxi.
4 44 Luke xii. 1-21. 31W 7 43 Job xxxii., xxxiii.
4 45 Luke xii, 22-48. VOL. XII.--FOURTH SERIES,
Sunday School Union Lessons,
Standard Edition. The Pictorial Bible ; The Pictorial Bible, in its original
being the Old and New Testaments, ac- form, differed materially in its design cording to the Authorised Version ; illus- from almost all popular expositions trated with steel engravings, after cele- which had preceded it. Their object brated Pictures, and Many Hundred had been to inculcate what the authors Wood-cuts, representing the Landscape believed to be the true meaning of the Scenes from Original Drawings, or from
sacred oracles, by showing that the text Authentic Engravings; and the subjects of Natural History, Costume, and Antiquities,
of scripture taught certain doctrines,
The from the best sources. To which are
and led to certain conclusions. added Original Notes, chiefly explanatory, design of the Pictorial Bible was to stop in connexion with the Engravings, of such short of this, and merely to furnish the passages connected with the History, Geo. reader with such assistance as might graphy, Natural History, Literature, and enable him to deduce the instruction Antiquities 'of the Sacred Scriptures as for himself which the text was intended require observation. By John Kitro, to yield, and to form his own unbiassed D.D., F.S.A. A New Edition, of which conclusions. An attempt was made to the Notes are much augmented and com- place the European in such circumpletely revised. In Four Volumes. Lono stances as would enable him to discern don: Charles Knight. 8vo.
what an oriental would see intuitively; The Paragragh Bible, containing the Old and a man of the nineteenth century
and New Testaments, according to the to see things as they would naturally Authorized Version ; arranged in Para- appear to a contemporary of the inspirgraphs and Parallelisms, with an entirely ed writers ; to furnish all the light new selection of References to parallel and which could be imparted by an acquaintillustrative passages, Prefaces to the seve
ance with facts, customs, places, and ral Books, and numerous Notes. London: Religious Tract Society. 24mo.
other things known to men of general
information to whom the scriptures were It is with great pleasure that we see originally addressed; but to exclude all these works completed, to which the the comments which philosophy or theattention of our readers has been re- ology, whether true or false, had superpeatedly directed, as successive portions added. “It was earnestly desired," have appeared. They are, however, of says Dr. Kitto in the preface to the sufficient value to deserve now a more edition before us, "that the work should formal notice.
be rendered acceptable to all denominaRespecting the Pictorial Bible, we are tions of Christians; and this important almost inclined to think that one sen-object has been successfully realized by tence might suffice. It is a decided limiting its scope to those illustrative exception to the rule that no confidence matters which are of equal interest to ought to be placed in title-pages. The them all, and by abstaining from the title-page is a daguerreotype miniature doctrinal interpretation and theological of the work. For the sake of some exposition with which the public was readers it may be desirable, however, to already abundantly provided in many add a few words respecting the history excellent commentaries which are among of the publication.
the chief glories of our literature.”
It was a valuable repository of infor- , students and ministers, without in any degree mation which was presented to the compromising those more popular elements public under the name of The Pictorial which have secured for the · Pictorial Bible' a
very large measure of the public favour. Bible, ten years ago ; and we deemed it
“ There is no department of biblical literaour duty to endeavour to promote its ture in which more advance has, of late years, circulation. It is an improved edition been made, or on which more publications have of the same work, the last Monthly devoted to the examination of the literary his
appeared, than in that most interesting one Part of which now lies before us.
tory and distinguishing circumstances of the shall give the most satisfactory account several books which compose the sacred volume. of the alterations effected, by copying, a In the present edition of the Pictorial Bible,' portion of the editor's preface.
enlarged consideration has been, therefore, given to this department; and every book will be
furnished with a new and more copious intro"Daring the years which have passed since daction, affording, so far as the plan of the the · Pictorial Bible' first appeared, an unex. work allows, the results of the best information ampled degree of activity has been manifested, with reference to it, which the most careful reboth in this country and abroad, in exploring search has been able to supply. all the sources of knowledge contributory to “ The results of the research and labour exthe illustration of the history, geography, pended upon this new edition will be shown in zoology, botany, ethnography, antiquities, and a considerable body of fresh matter, exhibited criticism of the sacred volume; and in the de- in some thousands of new notes, and in addivelopment and elucidation of the customs and tions to, and improvements of, a large number manners, and the public and social institutions, of the notes contained in the original work. of the Hebrew people and of the other nations Space for this has been provided, by an actual whom its inspired pages bring before us. All increase of the letter-press ; by the omission of this has been watched most observantly by the one class of woodcuts; by the careful excision editor, who has constantly, in the course of the from the original work of such matters as might, intervening years, noted down whatever has it was judged, be spared not only without loss, fallen ander his notice, or has been suggested but with advantage ; and by the pruning and by his own reflections, as tending in any degree condensation of many notes which remain -by the correction of his former views, or by without essential alteration. The effects of all the addition of new and interesting matter, this may be seen in the fact that in the Pento keep the work up to the requirements of the tateuch alone, besides introductions occupying present day,—to bring it more nearly into that several pages, between four hundred and five condition which those on whom rest the re- hundred new notes have been introduced, with. sponsibilities of the undertaking might wish to out the sacrifice of any valuable matter conregard as establishing its claim to a permanent tained in the original work, and with the addivalue-and so to produce, what this professes tion of a large number of really illustrative to be, a Standard Edition of the ‘Pictorial engravings, which did not appear in that publiBible,
cation.” * Although a work of this kind deals chiefly with what the Germans would call Thing
Allusion is made in the preceding Knowledge, rather than with what they distin- extract to the omission of one class of guish as Word-Knowledge, it is but right to woodcuts. The reference is to the state that the ' Pictorial Bible' is not wanting in such critical remarks as may tend to develop copies of historical pictures by the great the meaning of the sacred writers, or to eluci- masters of the art of painting, which, date what are usually regarded as the bard however admirable as displays of skill tests' of scripture. It is also often found were adapted to counteract the general necessary to examine the words of the original tendency of the work, which was to texts at the outset of many of the notes, as the groundwork of the conclusions on material convey correct views of the facts and subjects which these notes embody. To these instructions of the bible, respecting the matters, increased attention has been given in introduction of which we expressed our the new edition ; and, taken altogether, a large regret in 1838. The present edition is body of criticism and exegesis has thus been alınost insensibly formed, which will, it is
relieved from this incumbrance. Dr. boped, render the work an acceptable help to Kitto speaks of “these historical woodcuts, admirable, no doubt, as works of could be available only to those whose art, but imperfect as representations of sight was neither naturally defective, manners and costume.” He observes nor deprived of its pristine vigour by that, “In an edition of the bible which long continued exertion. There was a aimed at the accurate illustration of time when some would have delighted such particulars, this class of engrav- in it for the very qualities which now, ings was considered by many objection- alas ! will cause them to turn from it able,” and that their place is supplied with a sigh, or to ask, Did the Commit“by a large addition of real landscapes, tee of the Religious Tract Society intend and objects of natural history and it as a delicate admonition to persons of antiquities."
a certain standing-a hint that, howFor family use, we know of no expo- ever little they might have suspected sition or commentary that we should it, old age was beginning its operations so cordially recommend as the Standard upon them, and it beboved them to Edition of the Pictorial Bible ; and, in renounce the fancy that they were still preparing for the pulpit, we know of in the full possession of their powers ? none that we should be inclined more There is, however, a very large class frequently to consult. For intelligent class which if it is losing some of its young people, sabbath school teachers, members is always being replenished by and public instructors of every class, it the accession of others, to whom it will is invaluable. We trust that the persons be highly acceptable. The following on whom it devolves to select books as extract from the Preface describes corpresents for ministers, will never forget rectly the peculiarities of the work. it; and we heartily wish that every emigrant to a distant land could carry
“ It only remains to point out the distinwith him a copy.
guishing features of this edition of the Holy
Scriptures. While it is a correct reprint of the The new Paragraph Bible, though a authorized version, it differs in the arrangement work of very different character from of the text from the common editions in two the Pictorial, is one for the publication into paragraphs, according to the changes in the
particulars :--1. Like other books, it is divided of which it is probable that many subject or pauses in the narrative; the chapters thousands of readers will have cause to and verses being marked in the margin for be thankful. It would not be fair, facility of reference. 2. The poetical parts, however, to speak of its excellencies such as the Book of Job, the Psalms, and the
greater part of the prophecies, are printed, without adverting to a fact which will according to the natural order of the original, render its use impossible to some. in Parallelisms; by which the meaning is often The gentlemen engaged in its produc- more perfectly ascertained, and the spirit and tion have evidently sought the accom- beauty of this divine poetry more fully exhi
bited. (See the General Preface to the Poetical plishment of two purposes : one, to Books at pages 351, 352.) It is well known cause it to comprehend a large amount that the divisions into chapters and verses are of instruction ; the other, to make it no part of the original form in which the scripvery convenient for the pocket. Both tures were given. The present division into objects have been attained. It is of chapters was made by cardinal Hugo about the
year 1250; and the present arrangement of small weight, and small bulk, very easy verses originated with Robert Stephens, a celeto be carried from place to place ; but brated printer of Paris, who thus divided an it was impracticable, even with the edition of the New Testament printed by him, blackest ink and the thinnest paper, to A.D. 1551 : but he placed the figures in the comprise so much in a book of its margin, as in the present edition, without
forming every verse into a distinct paragraph. dimensions without using a type which The method now commonly in use was first