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A Christmas Sermon

Auhtor: Robert Louis Stevenson

Language: english
Published: 1900

Genres:

non-fiction,  religion
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Review by Daniel G. Lebryk, April 2008


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Christmas Sermon':

By the time this paper appears I shall have been talking for twelve months and it is thought I should take my leave in a formal and seasonable manner. Valedictory eloquence is rare and death-bed sayings have not often hit the mark of the occasion. Charles Second wit and sceptic a man whose life had been one long lesson in human incredulity an easy-going comrade a manoeuvring kingremembered and embodied all his wit and scepticism along with more than his usual good humour in the famous I am afraid gentlemen I am an unconscionable time a-dying.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Christmas Sermon':


... unconscionable time a-dying-there is the picture (I am afraid, gentlemen,) of your life and of mine. The sands run out, and the hours ...
... judge our own deficiencies, is it not to be feared we shall be even stern to the trespasses of others? And he who (looking back upon his own life) can ...
... who think of conduct at all, think of it too much it is certain we all think too much of sin. We are not damned for doing wrong, but for not doing right ...
... with our life's endeavour springs in some degree from dulness. We require higher tasks, because we do not recognise the height of those we have. Trying ...
... be embittered, to keep a few friends but these without capitulation-above all, on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself-here is a task for ...
... be condemned to this fashion of the smiling face. Noble disappointment, noble self-denial are not to be admired, not even to be pardoned, if they bring ...
... them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people. A strange temptation attends upon man: to keep his eye on pleasures, ...
... and naked instances. And yet in each of us some similar element resides. The sight of a pleasure in which we cannot or else will not share moves us ...
... as to be unusually exposed to them we may have nerves very sensitive to pain, and be afflicted with a disease very painful. Virtue will not help ...
... give happiness to others. And no doubt there comes in here a frequent clash of duties. How far is he to make his neighbour happy? How far must he respect ...
... who has takenourcloak. But when another's face is buffeted, perhaps a little of the lion will become us best. That we are to suffer others to be injured, ...
... child. Full of rewards and pleasures as it is-so that to see the day break or the moon rise, or to meet a friend, or to hear the dinner-call when he ...
... a recent book of verse, where there is more than one such beautiful and manly poem, I take this memorial piece: it says better than I can, what I love ...
... of stars And her great gift of sleep. So be my passing! My task accomplished and the long day done, My wages taken, and in my heart Some late lark ...
... gentlemen, I am an unconscionable time a-dying.

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