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SELECTED FROM THE

WORKS OF THE MOST EMINENT DIVINES

OF THE

16th, 17th, and 18th CENTURIES,

ABRIDGED

AND RENDERED

IN A MODERN AND APPROPRIATE STYLE.

BY THE

REV. EDWARD ATKYNS BRAY,

VICAR OF TAVISTOCK.

Every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven, is
like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of
his treasure things new and old.—Matt. xiii. 52.

London:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,

NO. 62, SŤ. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD;
By R. and R. Gilbert, St. Jol Square, Clerkenwell.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

Our language has undergone such recent changes; and so different is our present mode of preaching ; that few, it may safely be asserted, are sufficiently acquainted with the merits of our old Divines.

The most celebrated Preachers

the French lived, fortunately, when their language was already fixed; and therefore, perhaps, are as fully appreciated as they deserve by all (foreigners as well as natives) who have any pretensions 'to a knowledge of their best writers *

among

* As a proof that the remark is at least applicable to the French themselves, I shall only refer to Maury (Essai sur l'Eloquence de la Chaire, tome 2. p. 43,) who does not

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