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Quile. Selections. Eng. Er. (1874)

NÁHBION;

OR,

THE BIBLE

AND

THE POETS.

Wordsworth
BY SAMUEL W. BAILEY.

“ Images and precious thoughts
That shall not die, and cannot be destroyed."

WORDSWORTH.
“Bibles laid open, millions of surprises."

GEORGE HERBERT.
“Every one reads so much of every thing :

The books they read are not the best 'tis true :
But then they are for ever reading — reading!
Every one's heart to novelty is given :
The past is dead and gone - the present passion
Is novelty!"

GOETHE.

CAMBRIDGE:
PRESS OF JOHN WILSON AND SON.

1974.

Drs. His B.B. Shatticele,

Boston ,

Transferred Lac. 1919, to

ANDOVERARVARD
THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY

GAMINIPOS: Mage.

تم کا

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873, by

SAMUEL W. BAILEY, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PREFACE.

THIS book is a growth of years. Unique in the

1 English tongue, much smaller books of the kind have long been highly prized, at home and at school, by those speaking in another. Avowedly a book of books, it aims to make the chief things of the “ Book of books " more widely, pleasingly, and thoroughly known.

In these chapters are arranged passages amounting to about one-fourth part of all the language of the Bible, and many of the choicest gems from about three hundred and fifty of the poets of Christendom. Those things in the sacred volume which are most read and valued have been marshalled, chiefly in the order of time, thus showing its unity and scope. Partly with this end in view, and in part for the sake of variety, the selections from the book of Job immediately follow those from Genesis, though it is most likely that patriarch lived between the dispersion from Babel and the call of Abraham. Some freedom, justifiable it is believed, has been exercised in arranging the selected Psalms and Proverbs. To show the relations between the Old Testament and the New, several of the acknowledged Messianic prophecies, belonging to a period of more than three thousand years, have been gathered in chapters to signalize the transition from the one to the other. The life and works of the Saviour have been set forth sometimes in the language of one evangelist, and

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