C Lebs in Search of a Wife [By H. More]

C Lebs in Search of a Wife [By H. More]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...a little afraid, ' returned Sir John, ' that I have formerly in some degree fallen under this censure. But, surely, Stanley, you would not think it right to lavish undue praise even on characters of a better stamp; you would not commend ordinary merit highly, and, above all, you would not, I presume, screen the faults of the worthless?' 'I am as far from insisting, ' replied he, 'on the universal piety of the clergy, as from bespeaking reverence for the unworthy individual; all I contend for is, that no arts should ever be employed to discredit the order. The abettors of revolutionary principles, a few years ago, had the acuteness to perceive, that so to discredit it was one of their most powerful engines. Had not that spirit been providentially extinguished, they would have done more mischief to religion by their artful mode of introducing degrading pictures of our national instructors, in their popular tracts, than the Hobbes's and the Bolingbrokes' had done by blending irreligion with their philosophy, or the Voltaires and the Gibbons by interweaving it into their history. Whatever is mixed up with our amusements is swallowed with more danger, because with more pleasure and less suspicion, than anything which comes under a graver name and more serious shape.' 'I presume, ' said Sir John, 'you do not mean to involve in your censure the exquisitely keen satires of Erasmus on the ecclesiastics ot his day: and I remember that you yourself could never read without delight the pointed wit of Boileau against the spiritual voluptuaries of his time, in his admirable Lutrin. Perhaps you are not disposed to give the same quarter to the pleasant ridicule of Le Sage?' 'We justify ourselves as good Protestants/ rejoined Mr. Stanley, 'for pardoning the severe...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506472
  • 9781236506474