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Old Portraits and Modern Sketches; Personal Sketches and Tributes; Historical Papers

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Language: English
Wordcount: 109,705 / 324 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 496
Added to site: 2005.12.31
mnybks.net#: 12467
Genre: Essays
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e or four poor old women sitting at a door, in the evening sun, and, drawing near them, heard them converse upon the things of God; of His work in their hearts; of their natural depravity; of the temptations of the Adversary; and of the joy of believing, and of the peace of reconciliation. The words of the aged women found a response in the soul of the listener. "He felt his heart shake," to use his own words; he saw that he lacked the true tokens of a Christian. He now forsook the company of the profane and licentious, and sought that of a poor man who had the reputation of piety, but, to his grief, he found him "a devilish ranter, given up to all manner of uncleanness; he would laugh at all exhortations to sobriety, and deny that there was a God, an angel, or a spirit."

"Neither," he continues, "was this man only a temptation to me, but, my calling lying in the country, I happened to come into several people's company, who, though strict in religion formerly, yet were also drawn away by these ranters.

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