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PREFACE.

V

"

sermons

there

was a

rare

union of arguments and

«motives, to

convince

the

mind, and gain

the heart.

" All the

fountains

of

reason

and persuasion were

open

"

to the

discerning

eye.

There

was

no

resisting

the

"force

of

his discourses,

without denying

reason

and

"divine

revelation.

He

had

a

marvellous facility

"and

copiousness

in speaking.

There

was a

noble

"negligence

in

his

style,

for his

great mind

could

"

not

stoop

to

the

affected

eloquence

of

words

;

he

"despised

flashy

oratory;

but

his expressions

were

clear

and powerful,

so

convincing

the

understand-

ing,

so

entering into the

soul,

so

engaging the

affec-

"

tions,

that

those were

as

deaf

as

adders, who

were

"not

charmed

by

so

wise

a

charmer.

He

was

ani-

"mated

with the

Holy

Spirit, and breathed

celestial

"

fire,

to inspire

heat and

life

into

dead

sinners, and

"to

melt the obdurate in

their

frozen

tombs.

His

"books,

for

their number,

(which

it

seems

were more

"

than

one

hundred

and

twenty,)

and variety

of mat-

"

ter

in

them, make

a

library.

They

contain

a

trea-

"

sure

of

controversial, casuistical,

and practical divi-

nity. His

books

of

practical

divinity

have been

"

effectual

for

more numerous conversions of sinners

" to

God,

than

any

printed

in

our time

;

and, while

"the

church remains

on

earth,

will

be

of

continual

"

efficacy

to

recover

lost

souls.

There

is

a

vigorous

"pulse

in

them,

that

keeps

the

reader

awake and

at-

" tentive."

To

these testimonies may

not

be

impro-

perly

added

that

of the

editors of his

Practical

Works,

in four

folio

volumes;

in the

Preface

to

which

they

say,

"Perhaps

there

are are no

writings among

us

that

"have

more

of

a

true

Christian spirit,

a

greater mix-

"

ture

of

judgment

and

affection,

a

greater tendency

"to

revive

pure

and undefiled religion,

that

have

"

been more

esteemed

abroad, or more blessed

at

home

"for

the awakening the

secure,

instructing the

igno-

rant,

confirming

the

wavering, comforting

the

de-

" jetted,

recovering

the

profane, or

improving

such

"

as

are

truly

serious,

than the

practical works

of this

"author."

Such were

the

apprehensions

of eminent

persons, who were

well acquainted

with

Mr.

Baxter