Evening Exercises For The Closet, Vol. 1: For Every Day In The Year (Classic Reprint).pdf
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Publisher: Forgotten Books (27 Sept. 2015)
By: William Jay (Author)
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My Dear Sir,
I am not certain that my motive was quite pure, when I felt a very powerful desire that, in a way of some little publicity and continuance, I might appear associated with one so esteemed and illustrious as the man whose name dignifies this page, and at whose feet I presume to lay these volumes.
A writer of judgement and wit has somewhere said, that 'there are good persons with whom it will be soon enough to be acquainted in heaven.' But there are individuals with whom it is no common privilege to have been acquainted on earth.
It is now more than forty years since the writer of this address was indulged and honoured with your notice and friendship. During this period, (so long in the brevity of human life!) he has had many opportunities of deriving great pleasure and profit from your private conversation: and also of observing, in your public career, the proofs you have displayed of the orator, the statesman, the advocate of enlightened freedom, and the feeling, fearless, persevering, and successful opponent of traffic 'that is a reproach to any people.' But he would be unworthy of the ministry he fills, and be ashamed of the age he has now reached, as a professed follower of your Lord and Saviour, if he could not increasingly say, with Young,
'A Christian is the highest style of man.'
All other greatness is, in the view of faith, seducing and dangerous: in actual enjoyment, unsatisfactory and vain: and in duration, fleeting and momentary. 'The world passeth away, and the lusts thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.'
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