The Village Blacksmith, or Piety and Usefulness Exemplified in a Memoir of the Life of Samuel Hick

The Village Blacksmith, or Piety and Usefulness Exemplified in a Memoir of the Life of Samuel Hick

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...had dropped, and the miller remarked to him, " You must send for Sammy Hick to pray for the wind to blow again." Few circumstances, perhaps, can be adduced, more characteristic of Samuel, than a remark which he made in reference to the man who " went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves.'" After commenting on the situation of the poor sufferer--for all was real history to Samuel, he glanced at the conduct of the Priest, the Levite, and the Samaritan. Speaking particularly of the priest, he endeavoured to apologize for him as far as he conscientiously could, by intimating that he might have been " poor," in consequence of priests not having such " big livings" then, as in the present day. Turning at length, however, upon his piety, he quaintly and pointedly remarked, " Bad as the Levite was, the priest was the worst of the two; for admitting him to have been without money, he might have said to the wounded man, ' Come, we'll have a bit of prayer together!'" There is a volume contained in this single sentence, on the habit of devotion, which Samuel constantly carried about with him; and had it been a scene of real life, and himself one of the actors, he would have been seen sidling up to the sufferer, whether on the highway or at the market-cross, --afterward devoutly kneeling--and with uplifted hands and heart, pleading with the Most High for healing and strength. His prayers were not restricted to man. He saw as great propriety in praying for the restoration of cattle that might be afflicted with any particular distemper, as in soliciting the divine blessing upon the fruits of the field, and the seasons of the year. Thus it was, on a particular occasion, that he associated his own...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236532465
  • 9781236532466