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I.

Longfellow.

SELECTED POEMS.

T is sometimes thought that an address from the pulpit cannot be good unless

it starts with a text. But a right grasp of the Bible should teach us how to find "sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

Nothing should be uttered in the pulpit inconsistent with the spirit of Religion, but the Bible need not be incessantly quoted. Let us take a hint from Christ and His Apostles; how did they preach? No doubt they used the Old Testament (the New not being in existence) as something familiar, through which to teach their hearers what was not familiar; it was the schoolmaster. leading men to Christ. But the real use of the Old Testament with Christ was, to make men think and feel for themselves; and this indeed is the only kind of teaching worth much in any age. Such teaching is often indirect, but none the less im

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