The Works and Life of Laurence Sterne Volume 1

The Works and Life of Laurence Sterne Volume 1

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...evange1ist's account of this day's slaughter of the Bethlehemitish infants--f'rom the incredibility of so horrid an account--are silenced by this account of the man; since, in this, he acted but like himself, and just so as you would expect, in the same circumstances, from every man of so ambitious a head--and so bad a heart. i Consider, what havoc ambition has made--how often the same tragedy has been acted upon larger theatres--where not only the innocence of childhood--or the gray hairs of the aged, have found no protection--but whole countries without distinction have been put to the sword, or, what is as cruel, have been driven forth to nakedness and famine, to make way for new ones, under the guidance of this passion For a specimen of this, reflect upon the story related by Plutarch: when, by the order of the Roman senate, seventy populous cities were unawares sacked and destroyed, at one prefixed hour, by P. 1Emilius by whom one hundred and fifty thousand unhappy people were driven in one day into captivity--to be sold to the highest bidder, to end their days in cruel labour and anguish. As astonishing as the account before us is, it vanishes into nothing from such views, since it is plain from all history, that there is no wickedness too great for so unbounded a cause, and that the most horrid accounts in history are, as I said above, but too probable effects of it. May G01) of his mercy defend mankind from future experiments of this kind--and grant we may make a proper use of them, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen. SERMON X JOB'S ACCOUNT OF THE SHORTNESS AND TROUBLES OF LIFE, CONSIDERED THERE is something in this reflection, of holy Job's, upon the shortness of life and instability of human affairs, so...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236851765
  • 9781236851765