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(without typos) from the publisher. 1852. Excerpt: ... Art. VI.
--DR. FROTHINGHAM'S SERMONS.* As we opened this welcome book with
pleasant anticipations, a feeling of sadness detained us an instant
at the title-page when the eye fell on the author's name for the
first time without the familiar pastoral designation with which it
has been so long associated. Neither preface nor note tells the
world what we all know so well, and what his old parishioners
delight to remember, that these Sermons were preached to the First
Church in Boston by one who ministered to it faithfully and
honorably for more than thirty years. But those who listened, with
charmed ears, to the choice sentences here perpetuated, when they
fell from the pulpit in the quiet hour of worship, and who have
since wrought their beauty into their own thoughts, and treasured
their wisdom in their own characters, will see on every page of
this volume some memento of that sacred connection of which there
is no formal record, and will feel continually, as they read,
throbs of that cherished personal attachment to which there is no
explicit reference. And unless we greatly mistake their feelings,
the perusal of these Sermons, while it will bring some compensation
for the silence of their preacher's voice in the temple, will at
the same time revive and heighten their regrets by reminding them
of the value of the instructions which they can no longer hear. The
title of the book, in the choice of which the author has displayed
a skill peculiar to himself, sufficiently explains its plan, --
which strikes us as one of the happiest that could have been
devised for the construction of an interesting and useful volume of
sermons, -- admitting, as it does, of a pleasing succession and
variety of subjects, together with a certain inartificial unity. In
one respect, however, it may have had a...
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