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University Sermons. By William Lee, D.D. (Hodge, Figgie, and Co-,

Dublin.)—The late Archdeacon Lee was a man of learning and ability. Both of these qualities are fully displayed in this volume. But his theology was of a typo which does not commend itself to the con- science of the present age. Speaking, for instance, of the parable of the unprofitable fig-tree, be writes :-

"Thud the Lord of Hosts waits patiently for man—too often He waits in vain ; and the just decree is about to be finally pronounced, Cat it down, why oumbereth it the ground ? ' Bat here the dis- pensation of mercy comes in ; the dresser of the vineyard, the Saviour and Redeemer of the world, pleads for a further respite, and for a further trial of the means of salvation—' Lord, let it alone this year also.' Christ appears, here as ever, the advocate of man before the throne of God, soliciting a delay of the dread sentence so justly deserved."

Is that a true representation of the Divine Relation to man, of the purpose of him who "sent forth his Son to be a propitiation "?- Sermons. By the late Rev. Lord O'Neill. With Memoir by the Vern C. J. Hamilton, M.A. (Kagan Paul, Trench, and Co.) —To us, the brief memoir which Archdeacon Hamilton has prefixed to these sermons is more interesting than the sermons themselves. It accounts for their success, and, perhaps we may say, justifies their publication. The per- sonal qualities of the preacher, of one who showed what a Christian and a gentleman could be, must have added a singular weight to his words, as they mast have suggested the desire to have those words in a per- manent shape.—In the volume, Memoir of the Rev. David King, LL.D. (J. Maclehose and Sons, Glasgow), the sermons that are added seem to illustrate an interesting biography of a good and able man, whose personal qualities of self-denial and disinterestedness (as re- markably shown in his resignation of his pastorate at Greyfriars) attract a reader more than his pulpit utterances.—Our Parish Church ; Sermons to Children. By the Rev. S. Baring Gould, M.A. (Skeffington and Son.) —This is a volume full of the author's best characteristics, rich in illustrations, widely gathered and happily applied. They are fortunate children who listen to Mr. Baring Gould. —We have also received Thoughts on Saints' Days, by the Very Rev. J. S. Howson, D.D. (Elliot Stock) ; A Year's Plain Sermons on the Gospels or Epistles, Advent to Whit Sunday, by H. J. Wihnot-Bax- ton, M.A. (Skeffington) ; With Christ in the School of Prayer, by the Rev. Andrew Murray, eighth thousand (Nisbet and Co.) ; and Mary in. the Gospels, by the Rev. J. Spencer Northcote, D.D., Second Edition (Burns and Oates).