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“Yea, saith the Spirit; that thạy may rest from their labours,

and their works do follow them."

The University of lowa


" Thou holy Spirite, we pray to the
Strengthe our fayth and increase it alwaye;
Comforth our hertes in adversite
With trewe beleve bothe nyght and daye.


“ Thou worthy lyght, that art so cleare,
Teache us Christe Jesu to knowe alone;
That we have never cause to feare
In hym to have redempcyon.


“ Thou swete love, graunt us altogether
To be unfayned in charite ;
That we may all love one another,
And of one mynde alwaye to be.


“Be thou our comfortoure in all nede;
Make us to feare nether death nor shame;
But in the treuth to be stablyshed,
That Sathan put us not to blame.

Bishop COVERDALE, 1488—1569


THE subject of the following chapters needs

no prefatory introduction to the Christian reader. In itself eternally and divinely important, it has become in the mercy of God a special subject of our own time. Far and wide in the Christian Church, amidst too many phenomena of peril and perplexity, we hail as a phenomenon of good and glorious omen an ever-deepening attention to the divine promises which gather round the truth of the Holy Ghost. More and ever more it is recognized by those who name the Name of the Son that, alike for individual blessing and for the work and witness of the Community, we depend with an absolute need upon the presence and power of the SPIRIT.

May these pages, for all their fragmentary character, be used in some measure by HIM of whom they speak to stir up His saints so always to lay hold on Him that He evermore may lay hold on them, and graciously fill them with Himself.

CAMBRIDGE, March 28th, 1890

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