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TRANSLATED BY REV. ABEL FLINT,
Pastor of a Church in Hartford.
District of Connecticut, ss.
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bave deposited in this Office the title of a Book the right whereof they claim as Proprietors in the words following, viz.
“ Sermons of Fobn Baptist Massillon, and Lewis Bourdaloue, * two celebrated French preachers. Also, a Spiritual Paraphrase
of some of the Psalms, in the form of Devout Meditations and “ Prayers. By 7. B. Massillon, Translated by Rev. ABEL - Flint, Pastor of a Church in Hartford.”
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Clerk of the District of Connecticut.
CH, DENISON, Clerk.
JOHN B. Massillon and Lewis Bourdaloue were two celebrated French preachers, who flourished the one in the beginning of the last, and the other at the close of the preceding century. Doctor Blair, in his Lectures on Elocution, speaks of them as follows : “ Among the French Roman Ca“ tholic divines, the two most distinguished " are Bourdaloue and Massillon. It is a “ subject of dispute among the French crit« ics, to which of these the preference is due, "" and each of them have their several par6 tizans.
To Bourdaloue, they attribute “-more solidity and close reasoning; to Mas“ sillon, a more pleasing and engaging man
Bourdaloue inculcates his doctrines ** with much zeal, piety, and earnestness.
Massillon has more grace, more senti" ment, and in my opinion, every way more
genius. He discovers much knowleclove “ both of the world and of ine human heart; " he is pathetic and persuasive ; and upon • the whole, is perhaps, the most eloquent < writer of sermons which modern times " have produced.”
The Translator, from the account given of these preachers by Doctor Blair, and others