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TRACTS OF CYPRIAN,
BISHOP OF CARTHAGE.
IN TWO PARTS.
A CONSOLATORY EPISTLE ADDRESSED TO THE CHURCH
OF CARTHAGE DURING A SEASON OF PESTILENCE,
A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR, DEMETRIAN, ON THE
CAUSES OF NATIONAL AFFLICTION.
SHORT TREATISES, DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL.
" Whoever feels a desire to serve God in the most arduous and the most
ABRIDGED FROM MARSHALL'S TRANSLATION,
A MASTER OF ARTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.
PRINTED FOR F. WESTLEY AND A. H. DAVIS,
AND SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS.
FROM MILNER'S REVIEW OF THE CHARACTER AND
WRITINGS OF CYPRIAN.
“ The affairs of Cyprian detain us long, because his eloquent pen continues to attract us; and because we would not lose an able and a faithful guide, till we are compelled to leave him. Probably there were many before his time whose christian actions would have equally deserved to be commemorated : But the materials of information fail us : The fine compositions of this Bishop are still, however, a capital source of historical instruction.
Cyprian was intended for very great and important services in the Church, and those of an active nature, and attended with an almost uninterrupted series of sufferings; such as no man could perform to the glory of God, but one, who knew assuredly the ground on which he stood, by a strong work of the divine Spirit on his soul. His reception of Christianity was not the effect of mere reasoning or speculation. It was not carried on in a scholastic or philosophical manner, but may truly be said to have been “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” He felt the doctrines of the Gospel, namely, the grace of God; forgiveness of sins by Jesus Christ; and the influence of the Holy Ghost,-powerful, exuberant, and victorious, and his soul was brought into the love of God, tempered ever with humility and godly fear.
“ In every fundamental principle he speaks as the oracles of God. His Tract on Patience, as a practical performance, and that on the Lord's Prayer, as a doctrinal one, deserve