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LECTURES

ON

GREAT MEN.

BY THE LATE

FREDERIC MYERS, M.A.

INCUMBENT OF ST JOHN'S, KESWICK.

WITH A

PREFACE BY T. H. TARLTON,
HONORARY SECRETARY TO THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION,

Second Edition.

LONDON:

JAMES NISBET AND CO. 21 BERNERS STREET.

MDCCCLVI.

“ But strew his ashes to the wind, Whose sword or voice has served mankind And is he dead, whose glorious mind

Lifts thine on high? To live in hearts we leave behind,

Is not to die."

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PREFACE.

“He who has been enabled to see, even dimly, a world of Beauty and of Joy which his brethren do not seem to see, and to feel heaven-descended influences which his brethren do not seem to feel,—such an one cannot be happy to enjoy these things alone. To live in luxury while his brother is dying of want, to enjoy the light while those around him, though having eyes as he, yet see not, there is no resting-place here for the earnest Christian Man.” So spake, in 1840, the revered FREDERIC MYERS, when inaugurating plans he had formed for the spiritual education of his Parish. These words reveal the animating spirit of his noble efforts, of which these Lectures are remains." He lived as one who felt that his Master's mission was his, to go about teaching truth and doing good.

The works of a man's love are his works indeed, and of these Lectures it may be emphatically affirmed, they were the works of the Author's love. His heart glows in every page, witnessing his vivid sympathy with the subject of his discourse. He wrought out the strong conviction he felt, that the Clergyman of a Parish should be its “Educator," as well as Spiritual Guide--that the vast portion of most men's time allowed to run to waste,

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