11 JUNE 1864, Page 22

Hidden iprings. By Joseph Parker, D.D. (Frederick Pitman.)-- The very

great importance which dissenting congregations attribute to preaching gives them in that particular a great advantage over the Church of England. Their average preaching is probably better, but when the sermons come to be printed the tables are turned. Dr. Parker's are very good sermons, but written with a perpetual straining after rhetorical effect which makes them very wearisome to read Eloquence must be first-rate to bear printing.