A Sermon Preached in Commemoration of the Founders of the Nahant Church: At the Dedication of a Tablet Erected to Their Memory, July 22, 1877 (Google eBook)

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Press of John Wilson and Son, 1877 - Nahant (Mass.) - 34 pages
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Page 17 - TIRING the summer of 1820, at the invitation of several gentlemen of Boston, I accompanied them to Nahant, which had then become a favorite resort in the hot season, and spent three months. I instructed their children during the week, and conducted the exercises of public worship each Sunday morning. I remember that I enjoyed my little school, and that, among my pupils, were some boys who have since become distinguished men, especially the Rev. Robert C. Waterston, and the historian, John Lothrop...
Page 23 - Oh ! bless this house ; and may it be A portal leading to thy throne, Through which thy children may discern The glories they can make their own ! Here let all worldly strife be stayed ; And here be found, in thy Son's name, That " Peace on earth, good will to men," Which angel hosts did once proclaim. INVOCATION. Father Almighty ! fill our souls With heavenly influence from above, That we may do thy will on earth, And dwell with thee in endless love. NEWPORT. We have come to feel that the summer...
Page 17 - ... was not then what it has since become ; but they were, for the most part, individuals of refinement, and my personal friends. I usually read a sermon of some one of the popular preachers who had then published volumes of their discourses. I took pains, of course, to select, each Sunday, such a one as I supposed would be edifying to my hearers, and prepared myself, as well as I could, to deliver it acceptably and impressively. This was the principal training that I had for the pulpit. Three or...

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