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HEROES OF THE CROSS

OR,

STUDIES IN THE BIOGRAPHY OF
SAINTS, MARTYRS,
AND CHRISTIAN PIONEERS

W. H. DAVENPORT ADAMS

"Consider thou the example of the Saints on all sides: what have they not done in order to love God, and lead a devout life?"—S. Francis De Sales.

"Fair camp in arms of peaceful fortitude,
And no ungentle warfare, in one band
Together knit of holy brotherhood,—

One Faith, one Hope, one Leader, sternly trained,
Far from earth's noise, to learn the eternal song,
And gain the conquest of a heavenly land."

Isaac Williams, from the Parisian Br

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PREFACE.

HPHE title of this volume indicates its character: it is a record of the lives of certain men and women who have fought the good fight with zeal and constancy; true Heroes of the Cross, never swerving in their loyalty to the Standard they embraced. Enthusiasts these, whom the world laughs at or ignores, but whose self-denying labours have largely added to the sum of human happiness. Victors, whose successes are not always apparent to or understood by the critical historian or the so-called philosopher, but who have won "the crown" in right of their ardour and their courage, their humility and their long-suffering. We give freely of our admiration to brilliant soldiers and able statesmen; but is it less due to the religious reformer or the earnest confessor, who, in the service of Christ and for the welfare of his fellows, is prompt to endure all things, to strive and toil and wait, and to seal a life's testimony by a martyr's death? Biography has been defined as teaching by example. But what better examples can we hope to find than those of men who have shown the highest devotion, the purest generosity, the

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