Johnes on the causes which have produced dissent from the established Church, in ... Wales. Repr., with additional preface (Google eBook)

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Page 71 - Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me ; you would seem to know my stops ; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery ; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass : and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ ; yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe ? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.
Page 48 - Our preachers stand stock still in the pulpit, and will not so much as move a finger to set off the best sermons in the world. We meet with the same speaking statues at our bars, and in all public places of debate. Our words flow from us in a smooth continued stream, without those strainings of the voice, motions of the body, and majesty of the hand, which are so much celebrated in the orators of Greece and Rome.
Page 7 - drive us to the sea, and the sea drives us back to the barbarians; and between them we are either slain or drowned.
Page 86 - It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom of the primitive Church, to have public prayer in the Church, or to minister the sacraments, in a tongue not understood by the people.
Page 70 - Europe; for they were much the most remiss in their labours, and the least severe in their lives. It was not that their lives were scandalous; he entirely acquitted them of any such imputation ; but they were not exemplary, as it became them to be; and in the sincerity and grief of a pious and reflecting mind, he pronounced that they would never regain the influence they had lost till they lived better and laboured more...
Page 34 - ... be made, as maintained many clergymen to read prayers in so many places, and at so many different hours, that devout persons might have that comfort at every hour of the day: there were constant sacraments every Lord's day in many churches : there were both greater numbers and greater appearances of devotion at prayers and sacraments, than had been observed in the memory of man.
Page 84 - And besides these bishops that they send us from England, as they neither love us nor our land, but rather persecute and oppress us with an innate and deep-rooted hatred, seek not the welfare of our souls; their ambition is to rule over us, and not to benefit us; and on this account they do not but very rarely fulfil the duties of their pastoral office among us.
Page 189 - Anne, according to the rate which the law provided, that is according to the real value of the benefices, instead of a million and a half, at least thirty millions would have been received from those taxes ;* a sum not only quite sufficient to have removed the poverty of all the poor livings in the kingdom but to have established schools in every parish, and left a surplus beside for building additional churches, or any other useful purpose.
Page 26 - It may now be asked with what degree of propriety the rise of Dissent in Wales can be connected with the name of Griffith Jones a man whose whole life was spent in exertions to render the Establishment impregnable against Dissent on the one hand, and the more fearful encroachments of sin, ignorance, and superstition, on the other...
Page 33 - London, without a date, but probably in the same year. It places the conduct of General Oglethorpe in a very different light from that in which it has generally been represented. It has been said that it shows him in his true colours.

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