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PASTOR OF THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN church, BRooklyn, NEw York.
Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written.—Rom. 3 4.
Preach the word—instant in season, out of season—they will not endure sound
Diversities of gifts, but the same spirit; is it therefore not of the body?—1 Cor.
Est modus in rebus; sunt certi denique fines
Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.
Et genus et virtus, nisi cum re, vilior alga est.
si vera feram, si magna rependam.—Virgil.
IIávra & Sokupoğere to kaxov, karéxere.—l Thess. 5: 21.
—arijkere čv Tij migret, 'ANAPI(ZEXOE, kparatova 9e. Trávra juáv čv Gyám
Under a deep consciousness of their imperfections, this is my encouragement,
N E W Y O R K :
H A R P E R & B R O T H E R s, P U B L I S H E R S,
329 & 33 1 P E A R L S T R F ET,
*...* The classic reader may perhaps excuse this acknowledged love of mottoes, if good ones, and possibly be so liberal, or so obliging, as to render the little but important monosyllable recentral to one of them, in a quasi Christian way—of which its author had no conception, in his piercing and wonted irony, as piety, durable riches and righteousness, or the authentic hope of salvation consciously radiant in the bosom, the bright and the morning-star; unless rigorous to insist that there, in plain fact, it merely means money, cash, opulence; since the same author elsewhere designates an almost poverty by vir eacigua re. One might be allowed to enhance infinitely the value of the sentiment, native pagan as it is, by christianizing it, even were we to yield to the temptation, seriously felt, to substitute sp for r in that biliteral word of a justly satirical hexameter line. It would then teach that neither race, though honored in ancestral fame, nor wealth ever so abounding, nor general virtue itself, however collauded and illustrious of its graceless sort, or all of these in monopoly combined, could ever begin to be a proper substitute, or a tolerable succedaneum, or a fitting compensation, or, in any sense, a decent apology for one moment, even in thought, for the divine good, substantial, supreme, eternal; which is at last identified forever with HoPE IN JEsus CHRIST, our REDEEMER AND our SAvior. This, in connection with THE TRUTH of THE Gospel as related to hope, that precious truth in its integrity and its unity preserved, as the only proper medium of hope, as God gave it to us—not to alter, but to cherish and obey, to appreciate, and enjoy, and diffuse, this is properly the normal sentiment of this volume, as it should be the normal sentiment of every human being ! It is for us the normal sentiment of God.
ET GENUs ET VIRTUs, NISI CUM spe, v1LIOR ALGA EST.
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight
in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.