Excerpt from Memoir of the Life and Character of Rev. Lewis Warner Green, D.D: With a Selection From His Sermons
The sermons of this volume are now published for the first time. They had never been prepared for the press by their author; and they are, almost without exception, what his own hand marked them unfinished sketches. They are selected from a large mass of simi lar manuscripts. Gifted in extemporaneous delivery, and able to recall any trains of thought which had been once mentally composed, he was accustomed to write only an outline of the intellectual and argumentative portions of his discourses; and then to trust himself without writing for all the emotional and exhortatory parts. This will account for the fragmentary character of some of the sermons, and for their apparent want of pointed application at the close. Though it was in the unwritten applications and perorations that he often rose to his highest excellence of thrilling and impassioned eloquence, still enough remains, in these uncompleted productions, to reveal many of the striking characteristics which distinguished him as one of the most original, impressive, and powerful preachers of his day.
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