Excerpt from A Sermon Preached in Eton College Chapel, on Trinity Sunday, June 7th, 1903
HE year of King Uzziah's death was, for one man at least, something more than a mere date. It was the occasion, and, as it would seem also, the cause that led to the conversion of Israel's greatest prophet. Isaiah had grown up under the shadow' of Uzziah's greatness and prosperity; had seen his kingdom in its glory; had perhaps known the king personally, of whom it was written that God helped him and made him to prosper, and his name spread far abroad, and he was marvellously helped till he was strong. And then suddenly, at the very zenith of his fame, there came the news that all the glory was eclipsed the king was a leper, in a lazarhouse, cut off from the temple, where he had presumptuously attempted to burn incense: henceforth Jerusalem should see him no more, or if she saw him it would be to hear the leper's cry from his lips, Unclean, unclean.
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