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Á BIOGRAPHICAL AND LITERARY

· ACCOUNT OF EMINENT

, POPULAR PREACHERS:

INTERSPERSED WITH OCCASIONAL

Clerical Criticism

BY ONESIMUS.

VOL. I.

The Pulpit, in the sober use
Of its legitimate peculiar powers,
Must stand acknowledged, while the world shall stand,
The most important and effectual guard,
Support, and ornament, of virtue's cause.

COWPER.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR MATHEWS AND LEIGH, STRAND,

By James Moyes, Greville Street.

1809.

210.8.171.

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Ere indolence impede the search, explored;

Then, like old Latimer, when age impairs

My judgment's eye, when quibbling schools attack

My grounded hope, or subtler wits deride,

Will I not blush to shun the vain debate:

And this mine answer—' Thus, 'twas thus, I thought,

My mind yet vigorous, and my soul entire;

Thus will I think, averse to listen more

To intricate discussion prone to stray!'

It has been my great comfort to have been trained in the way in which it was best for me to go. I have indeed swerved from that way; but never without serious grief. Vanity is garrulous. Ceasing then from myself, I only add, with reference to the ' who and what' so frequently put, that, whatever are my own demerits, still it is for me to feel, as Cowper felt,——

My boast is not that I deduce my birth
From loins enthron'd, and rulers of the earth;
But higher far my proud pretensions rise,
The son of parents passed into the skies J • .'u ' *

Accustomed thus early to religion, continually mixing, almost from the cradle, with those who, agreeably to the injunction of an apostle, do not forsake the assembling of' themselves together, it would be difficult for me now to recollect the origin of thạt feeling which has stimulated me to undertake the present publication. It has made part of my life ; and it will last me through life. I trust, therefore, that the contents of the present volume will unequivocally demonstrate the mind in which I sat down to my task, and the integrity with which I have so far accomplished it. My wish was to do some good : and the means are such, let me think, as may lead to that end, og det

Preachers are stated not to be fair objects of criticism. Why not? Perhaps they are not thought to be fair objects of criticism, and such seems the fact, simply be

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