« PreviousContinue »
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God
PRINTED BY T. KIRK, AND FOR SALE AT HIS
* * * * * * * * * * - * * * * : *
SaeRIN'S Sermons, one hundred and sixty-eight in number, are comprised in twelve volumes. I have read them with edification and delight. From the advantages I experienced by perusing them in the original, I doubted whether I could better employ my leisure moments, than in preparing an additional volume, to those already before the English reader. The Three Discourses, on the Delay of Conversion are a masterly performance, and in general, a model of pulpit eloquence. They are not less distinguished by variety and strength of argument, than by pathos and unction: and they rise in excellence as the reader proceeds. Hence, I fully concur in opinion with Dupont, and the succeeding editors, who have given the first place to these Discourses: my’sole surprise is, that they were not translated before. Whether they were reserved to ornament a future volume, or whether the addresses to the unregenerate were deemed too severe and strong, I am unable to determine. By a cloud of arguments derived from reason, from revelation, and from experience, our author certainly displays the full effusions of his heart, and in language unfettered by the fear of man. The regular applications in the first and second Sermon, are executed in such a style of superior merit, that I lament the deficiency of language to convey his sentiments with adequate effect.