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BROOKE FOSS WESTCOTT, D.D., D.C.L.
CANON OF WESTMINSTER
AND REGIUS PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY, CAMBRIDGE.
AND NEW YORK.
[The Right of Translation is reserved.]
πεπλήρωται ὁ καιρός, καὶ ΗΓΓΙΚΕΝ Η Βασιλεία τοῦ Θεοῇ. ΜετΑΝοεῖτε καὶ πιστεύετε ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ.
ST MARK I. 15.
First Edition 1887
CAMBRIDGE: PRINTED BY C. J. CLAY, M.A. AND SONS, AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
HE Sermons in the present volume were preached (with two exceptions) during my residence at Westminster in August and December, 1886. I have indeed endeavoured to enforce the main ideas which they contain at various times during the last thirty years; but the opportunity seemed to require that I should endeavour to bring, as far as I could, into a clear and connected form what had been spoken only fragmentarily before. No one indeed can tell what is the effect which 'the Abbey' and the vast congregations which gather there, eager to listen, produce upon one who first experiences it at the close of life. Of all places in the world 'the Abbey,' I think, proclaims the social Gospel of Christ with the most touching eloquence.
So it was that when I was called to work at Westminster in 1884 I could not but feel with intense force the power of old thoughts, and in the first sermon of my first residence I indicated a line of teaching which I hoped to pursue if the time were given. Some passages from that Sermon will serve as an introduction to what follows.
When we are by the force of circumstances, or more truly by the loving providence of God, brought face to b
W. S. A.