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IN THE ORIGINAL LATIN,
COLLATED WITH THE MANUSCRIPTS, AND
A NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION
OF THE HISTORICAL WORKS,
A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
LATE FELLOW OP C.C.C., OXFORD.
WHITTAKER AND CO., AVE MARIA LANE.
LI F all the works ascribed to the Fathers of the Church, none are so likely to cause difficulty to an editor as the Homilies. For this class of compositions, like sermons in the present day, there was a general demand; and, as is evident from the Manuscripts still in existence, it was usual for copyists to make selections from different authors, so as to form a course of Homilies for the whole year. This is indced the general character of the volumes of Homilies preserved in our public libraries. That Bede composed Homilies, is certain from his own list of his writings, wherein he enumerates 'Homiliarum Evangelii libri duo;' and we may infer from this, that although he may have written others, yet those which he expressly published to the world were contained in two books, and treated of subjects selected from the four Gospels. In the Bale and Cologne editions of his works there are nearly two hundred homilies ascribed