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OF THE

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

A Course of Lectures on the Gospel of St. Luke

BY

FREDERICK DENISON MAURICE

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Come forth out of Thy royall chambers, O Prince of all the kings of the
earth! Put on the robes of Thy imperiall majesty! take up that unlimited
sceptre which Thy Almighty Father hath bequeath'd Thee ! for now the voice of
Thy Bride calls Thee, and all creatures sigh to bee renew'd.'-MILTON.

London
MACMILLAN AND CO.

AND NEW YORK

1893

The Right of Translation and Reproduction is reserved

VID

B sasi
M3

B 56379

First Edition, printed November, 186 1.

Reprinted 1879, 1888, 1893.

PREFACE.

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I HAVE called these discourses 'Lectures,' not sermons. They are strictly readings on the Gospel of St. Luke. But they were addressed to a congregation. The ordinary rules of preaching were observed in the delivery of them; a text was placed at the head of each. It was chosen because much of the sense of the surrounding passages seemed to be woven into it. That I

presume is the meaning of a 'text;' the justification for its use in the pulpit. It should always suggest, and in some sort compel, the study of the book from which it is taken ; it should never be forgotten in the disquisition which is appended to it. When I revised the lectures, and prepared them for the press, I might, along with other alterations, have dropped these headings. But I was unwilling to give the book the form of a commentary, or to lose any of the links which connected the Gospel that is written with the Gospel

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