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sion, &c. By the Author of Lily Douglas, &c. Price 3s. 6d. 1826. Oliphant and Co., Edinburgh.

It is with great pleasure we commend this small publication to those in particular who are yet strangers to the pages of Josephus, and to whom the perusal of

' his history is by no means a desirable labour: by ourselves, who could not but be familiar with it there, in this form, and at this time, and with the additions here made to it, the story of Jerusalem's destruction has been re-perused with much interest. And we cannot pass this opportunity of expressing an earnest hope that others who devote themselves to write for children, will follow the example of the author, and that she will frequently follow her own, in exchanging the bons-bons of imagination, for the solid aliment of truth. The fund of interesting narrative; useful information, pious instruction, and amusing detail, that in the manner of the present publication, might be extracted from larger works, and brought forth in a form accceptable to youth, we believe would prove exhaustless, and meet an acceptance with the publiek that would requite the labour. Admitted, it is much more trouble, and much less amusing, to fathom whole volumes of matter uninteresting in itself, or become so by long familiarity, in search of something worth subtracting, than to let fly the imagination and the feelings after some pretty tale of weal or woe, with no restriction but that of saying nothing wrong and nothing impossible. But we are persuaded many authors, like the one before us, have higher objects in view than fame or money in the pains they take; and would not think the trouble lost, that should better subserve their purpose of directing the youthful mind, and cultivating and informing it aright. We hope our young friends, by the acceptance they give to this volume, which we strongly recommend to their perusal, will invite the publication of many more of a similar description.

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condition of the Hebrew people, and the author's remarks upon it, are a very appropriate addition to the work. The information will be new to some, and should surely have an interest in the hearts of all. We believe there are many persons, besides children, who have thought no more of the fate of the Holy City, than of the destiny of Canton or Timbuctoo; and know nothing of it beyond what they have read in Roman history. But is it possible they do not care? Is there any thing in Judah's fate indifferent to a Christian's bosom? he is not of his Master's mind. For where is the passion that has dictated, where is the poet that has uttered language of such deep feeling as that with which the Spirit of God has told the story of Israel's rejection-so joyful as that in which he has predicted their return? Is the servant of God so little a partner in his Master's sentiments, as never to have felt a sorrow or a joy, or so much as a curiosity, about that for which Deity once wept on earth, and from Heaven has dictated language of such heart-moving sorrow, as is contained in the prophecies of the old Testament? O what a soul-pe

a trifying thing is thoughtlessness! If any we speak to have never cared for Jerusalem before, we hope they will when they have read this beautiful little work.

EXTRACTS.

A LESSON TO PROSPERITY. WORTHY Master Greenham tells us of a gentlewoman, who coming into the cottage of a poor neighbour, and seeing it furnished with store of children, could say, “Here are the mouths, but where is the meat?” But not long after, she was paid in her own coin : for the poor woman, coming to her after the burial of her last and now only child, inverted the question upon her, “Here is the meat, but where are the mouths - Bishop Hall's Works."

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ASSISTANT OF EDUCATION.

SEPTEMBER, 1826.

A SKETCH OF GENERAL HISTORY.

(Continued from page 69.) ATHENS, FROM THE BATTLE OF MARATHON, TO THE FINAL DEFEAT AND

EXPULSION OF THE PERSIANS,

The Athenians were naturally much elated with this victory. Miltiades, Aristides, and Themistocles, were treated with the highest degree of gratitude and respect; but it was only to be in their turn opposed, prosecuted, and condemned. Miltiades took advantage of the moment of favour to get himself appointed to the command of an expedition against the isle of Paros; under pretence that it had lent aid to Persia, but in effect to exact money, or serve his private revenge. The Parians refused even to deliberate on the summons he sent them to surrender; the siege was vigorously laid for some time: till Miltiades, wounded, it is said by an accidental fall, and unable to accomplish his purpose, returned to Athens disgraced and defeated. To be unfortunate was at once to lose favour with the capricious and upgrateful republick. An enemy is seldom wanting to accuse the great; and Xanthippus, the father of the famous Pericles, demanded of the general assembly that Miltiades, so lately the preserver of the commonwealth, should be put to death, for having deceived the people into an impolitic expedition.

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dyed garments from Bozra? that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his 'strength?” the voice that answers is from him who is one with the Father, for he and he alone can reply, “I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save." He has wrought out and brought in everlasting righteousness, a righteousness without blemish and without spot. By his passive obedience unto death, having made reconciliation for the sins of the people, and satisfied the claims of God's broken law, he has redeemed them from its curse by his active obedience to that law, his perfect and voluntary fulfilment of all its moral and ceremonial requisitions; he has merited the reward promised to the righteous, and secured to those whose surety he became, the right and title to the heavenly inheritance; “and without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness. God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory," (1 Tim. iii. 16;) for he who died for our sins, he who was delivered for our offences, róse again for our justification, and therefore it is written, “ If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, for we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John i. 9.) Great indeed is the mystery whereby those who by nature are children of wrath, even as others, who have also by actual transgression become obnoxious to the just displeasure of the righteous Governor of the universe, being justified by faith, washed in the inost precious blood of Christ, and adorned with the glorious covering of his meritorious obedience, may take up the triumphant language of the prophet, and sing, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,” (Isaiah lxi. 10,) and with the apostle, “Who shall lay any

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thing to the charge of God's elect," in life, in death, or in the day of judgment? Who shall condemn those whom God justifies and for whom Christ died, and dying, deprived death of its sting; changing the dark portals of the grave into the gates of glory, the welcome entrance to everlasting bliss; behold the Judge is their Redeemer, the Lord who pleadeth the cause of his people, and who of God is made unto them “wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption."

“ By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.". They are so, however, not only as having his obedience put to their account, and thus bearing the name of the Righteous One-they also partake of his nature: with the non-imputation of iniquity is connected “a spirit without guile," (Psalm xxxii. 1, 2.)

” They have not only the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, but they are also created anew in righteousness; they are the workmanship of God created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before prepared for them to walk in. Wheresoever Christ bestows a title for heaven, he also imparts a meetness for it, and they for whom in all its bioding ordinances he fulfilled the law, have that law written in their hearts by his Spirit, and evidenced in their lives and conversation. They are called “ trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified”-a figure which, while it implies life, designates the character of that life, as well as the author and giver of it, and the end for which it is bestowed; the glorifying of him whose sceptre, whose kingdom, whose judgments, statutes, word, works, and ways, are righteousness.

It is asked, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord, and who shall stand in his holy place?" One there is, and only one of all who ever trod this earth, who can lay claim to it as his right. He it is who, looking up to the God of heaven could make the affirma ation, “I do always those things which please bin??

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