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Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Volume 8

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Author: Various Authors
Co-authors: Jacob Cats, Bliss Carman
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 152,764 / 438 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 43.7
LoC Categories: PN, AC
Downloads: 942
Added to site: 2010.08.09
mnybks.net#: 28674
Origin: gutenberg.org
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n feeling or transfigured with the radiance of creative imagination. There is that in David, in Isaiah, in Paul, in Luther, which appeals to every heart and makes their words immortal; but Calvin was neither poet nor prophet,--the divine afflatus was not his,--and it is not without reason that his writings, vigorous, forceful, profound, as is their context, and pure and elegant as is their style, are read to-day only by theologians or historians.

[Signature: Arthur Cushman McGiffert]


PREFATORY ADDRESS TO THE 'INSTITUTES'

TO FRANCIS, KING OF THE FRENCH, the most Christian Majesty, the most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, his Sovereign,--John Calvin prays peace and salvation in Christ.

Sire:--When I first engaged in this work, nothing was further from my thoughts than to write what should afterwards be presented to your Majesty. My intention was only to furnish a kind of rudiments, by which those who feel some interest in religion might be trained to true godliness. And

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