The London Quarterly Review Volume 98-99

The London Quarterly Review Volume 98-99

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... witnessed the first recorded; instance of his public preaching. By the admission, it may almost be said by the' boast, of his admiring biographers, this first attempt was a total, it might seem a ho eless, failure, such as might have crushe a less ardent man. He was appointed to preach the Gareme (the course of Lent sermons) in the great church of San Lorenzo. The expectation was high; his countenance was known to be fine and expressive; his form, though slight, was full of grace and strength. But his voice was thin and harsh; his delivery unimpressive; his gestures rude and awkward; his language, not yet disembarrassed of dry scholastic form, heavy and dull. His audience dwindled down to a still diminishing few; not twenty-five persons lingered in the vacant nave. His superiors, whether in kindness, or sus ecting his slumbering powers, sent him uring two consecutive years (1484-5) to preach at San Gemignano. Still all was cold and ineffective; a scanty and listless audience, or vacant aisles. He retired to Florence and re-assumed the humble ofiice of reader; it might seem that his career of fame and of usefulness was closed for ever. On a sudden, at Brescia, he burst out; appalling, entrancing, shaking the souls of men, piercing to their heart of hearts, and drawing them in awe-struck crowds before the foot of his pulpit. The secret was in the text-book of his sermons. It was the Apocalypse of St. John. Aut insanum inveniet autfaciet: such was the axiom of no less a person than Calvin on the study of this mysterious book; an axiom probably not much known to those who hold the peculiar doctrines of the French reformer among ourselves. If we receive, according to the letter, the account of this Brescian sermon, its causes more

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  • English
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