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INTRODUCTION.

THESE miscellaneous remarks

• were written in the animated moments of feeling, when their author was destined to holy orders, and while the impression, made by each passage, was yet glowing on the imagination, and the heart. :

They have now been in his poffession, or in that of his literary friends, some years ; in the course

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of which, they have been handed about, with the niost flattering at. tention, from one person to another, equally eminent for the justice of their criticism, and the delicacy of their taste. A few years fince part of them were delivered, publicly, at Edinburgh, before several of the most distinguished literary characters, not only of Scotland, but of Europe. Amongst these, might be named, a. Hume, a Kames, a Robertson, a Ferguson, and a Blair.

These honours, however, are none of them mentioned in the triumph of ostentation ; but, by way of apology to those, who may deem an apology necessary. What hath been

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fo: warmly received by so respectable an auditory, may reasonably hope the approbation of the world in general: and what was at first written profesionally, and to display the most excellent matter in the newest manner, cannot, surely, at any time, come abroad unseasonably, orbe thought out of character.

Be it, nevertheless, noted, that," in these ketches, minute points, of doubtful and disputed explication, have been avoided; it by no means, being the ambition of this little volume to interfere with church coritroversy. The genuine effufions of the author's mind in the progress of perusing the noblest composition in : the universe-indulging himself, now and then, in a moral comment upon passages of particular beauty; or, in a tender illustration of some of the most striking and pathetic narratives, are now offered to the reader ; in the hope of recommending, and still of more, endearing to him the original.

Nor hath the assistance of former annotators been, in any degree, fought or solicited on this occasion; because, having taken in contemplation the great volume of Truth, without any commentary, the author is willing to venture such sentiments as were excited, by an unaided study of the translated text.

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