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THE LETTER KILLETH, BUT THE SPIRIT GIVETH LIFE.”Paul.

London:
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL &

STATIONER'S HALL COURT.
WADE & CO., LUDGATE ARCADELO

C. HIGHAM, FARRINGDON STREET.

1881.

Per, 13.05.2./

HARPER & Co.,

PATERNOSTER STEAM PRINTING WORKS

PATERNOSTER SQUARE.

PREFACE:

THE MISSION OF “ THE HOMILIST" 18 NOT TO SUPPLY SERMONS FOR INDOLENT OR INCOMPETENT PREACHERS, BUT STIMULUS AND TONIC FOR THE TRUE-HEARTED, HARD-WORKING, AND GENUINE TEACHER.

IT DOES

NOT DEAL IN THE READYMADE,” BUT IN THE RAW MATERIAL.

Іт ONLY ADMITS CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE MOST CONDENSED AND SUGGESTIVE CHARACTER. IT REQUIRES THINGS, NOT WORDS-HEALTHY SAPLINGS, JUST RISING INTO SIGHT AND STRUGGLING INTO SHAPE, NOT LIFELESS TIMBER, HOWEVER EXQUISITELY CARVED OR BRILLIANTLY POLISHED. THE

FORMER MAY GROW, THE LATTER MUST ROT. Іт PREFERS ONE LIFE-GERM TO A CARTLOAD OF MANUFACTURED SERMONS. IT DOES NOT TREAT SACRED TEXTS AS PEGS ON WHICH TO HANG ARTISTIC DISCOURSES, BUT AS SEED-CORN TO BE CULTIVATED FOR HUNGRY SOULS,

" THE HOMILIST,” IN ONE WORD, PROCEEDS UPON THE PRINCIPLE THAT THAT AUTHOR SERVES HIS READER BEST,

NOT WHO

GIVES,

BUT WHO SUGGESTS THE MOST THOUGHT, AND THUS BRINGS OUT FROM THE READER'S OWN SOUL THOUGHTS AND THOUGHT-PRODUCING POWERS OF WHICH BEFORE HE

WAS

UTTERLY

UNCONSCIOUS.

Although “THE HOMILIST" has passed through six Serial forms, numbering in all forty-five volumes, of which abou' ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND have been sold, another Series has been called for, and that by clergymen of all denominations, not only in this country and the colonies, but throughout Europe and America. The larger portion of the volumes that have appeared are out of print, and but few remain unsold, still the circulation continues as

ever.

This is the fifth volume of the Excelsior Series; and as the same keynote rules this as ruled the melodies of the forty-seven previous volumes, we may fairly dispense with a formal Preface, and only state that, as ever, it aims to be free from pedantic learning, rhetorical verbiage, theological polemics, and denominational narrowness.

It says with Horace,

"I'll play the whetstone ; useless and unfit

Myself to cut, I'll sharpen others' wit."

DAVID THOMAS.

* Erewyn, Upper Tulse Hill,

London.

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