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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. THE VETERAN WORKER. 'HE weak things of this world are made to confound the mighty." History teems with illustrations of this. When John Bunyan, once the rough and the profane tinker, began to preach to his Bedford townsmen, and pour upon their consciences his burning words that rose from his heart as on wings of fire, the whole town turned out to hear him. Multitudes who came to hear the "tinker prate" found that God had given him a strong, athletic mind, a fancy teeming with rich and rare imagery, a lion heart, yet tender as a mother's, and a tongue touched as with a "live coal." Astonished crowds gathered around him, and his downright rough-and-ready logic, all glowing with his own earnest spirit, went direct to their hearts. So was it with James Stirling when he left his stall to do battle with a vice which had all but sunk him in the lowest hell. Rough and ready, strong-minded, and intensely earnest, with ample materials to draw upon from his own sad experience, never at a loss for familiar and striking illustrations, which stuck fast in the quivering flesh of the enemy like so many barbed arrows, he was just the man required at the time by the great bulk of the labouring classes in Scotland. Wc have read somewhere, that when Dante walked the streets of Florence after he had published his "Inferno," people whispered as he passed, "That's the man who was in hell,"--and on hearing Stirling speak, no one could for a moment doubt that he had been in the hell of intemperance; his descriptions of it were so graphic, heart-rending, and true to the life, that it might have been said with equal propriety of him what was affirmed of the great Itaban poet. His fame; as a temperance orator soon spread, and invitations came pouring in...
  • ISBN13: 9781230420271
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00046
Dimensions7.4 x 0.1 x 9.7 inches
Publication Date20130912

The Gloaming of Life

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