The life of Edward Irving, illustr. by his journals and correspondence, Tom 1

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Strona 98 - Sir," said Mr. Irving, after the unexpected tidings had been communicated to him, " I am most grateful to you, but I must be also somewhat acceptable to your people. I will preach to them if you think fit, and if they bear with my preaching they will be the first people that have borne with it.
Strona 310 - We are made partakers with Christ if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end...
Strona 245 - ... the rich bud of childhood, than think that childhood is an imperfect promise and opening of the future man. And therefore it is that I grudged not our noble, lovely child, but rather do delight that such a seed should blossom and bear in the kindly and kindred paradise of my God. And why should not I speak of thee, my Edward ! seeing it was in the season of thy sickness and death the Lord did reveal in me the knowledge and hope and desire of His Son from heaven ? Glorious exchange ! He took my...
Strona 397 - You know that Irving sits at his feet, and drinks in the inspiration of every syllable that falls from him. There is a secret and to me as yet unintelligible communion of spirit betwixt them, on the ground of a certain German mysticism and transcendental lake-poetry which I am not yet up to. Gordon* says it is all unintelligible nonsense, and I am sure a plain Fife man as uncle
Strona 131 - Dr. Chalmers, they commissioned him to speak to me concerning their vacant church, and not to hide from me its present distress. " Well do I remember the morning when, as I sat in my lonely apartment, meditating the uncertainties of a preacher's calling, and revolving in my mind purposes of missionary work, this stranger stepped in upon my musing, and opened to me the commission with which he had been charged.
Strona 66 - haill toun," profoundly critical and much interested, turned out to hear him ; even his ancient teachers, with solemn brows, came out to sit in judgment on Edward's sermon. A certain excitement of interest, unusual to that humdrum atmosphere, thrilled through the building. When the sermon was in full current, some incautious movement of the young preacher tilted aside the great Bible, and the sermon itself, that direful " paper " which Scotch congregations hold in high despite, dropped out bodily...
Strona 34 - The first time I saw Irving was six-andtwenty years ago, in his native town, Annan. He was fresh from Edinburgh, with college prizes, high character and promise; he had come to see our schoolmaster, who had also been his. We heard of famed professors, of high matters classical, mathematical, a whole wonderland of knowledge; nothing but joy, health, hopefulness without end, looked out from the blooming young man.
Strona 396 - Studied about two hours, and then proceeded to take a walk with James.* We had just gone out, when we met Mr. Irving. He begged of James the privilege of two or three hours in his house, to study a sermon. I was vastly tickled with this new instance of the inroads of Scotsmen ; however, James could not help himself, and was obliged to consent.
Strona 396 - Vie had just gone out when we met Mr. Irving. He begged of James the privilege of two or three hours in his house to study a sermon. I was vastly tickled with this new instance of the inroads of Scotchmen. However, James could not help himself, and was obliged to consent. We were going back to a family dinner, and I could see the alarm that was felt on the return of the great Mr. Irving, who was very easily persuaded to join us at dinner, and the study was all put to flight...
Strona 90 - I have the ends of my thoughts to bring together, which no one can do in this thoughtless scene ; I have my views of life to reform, and the whole plan of my conduct to new-model ; and into all I have my health to recover. And then once more I shall venture my bark upon the waters of this wide realm ; and if she cannot weather it, I shall steer west, and try the waters of another world.

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