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PAROCHIAL AND PLAIN
SERMONS

By JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, B.D.

FORMERLY VICAR OF ST. MARY'S, OXFORD

Edited by the Rev. \V. J. COPELAND. Rector of Farnham, Essex.



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BEARING ON



SUBJECTS OF THE DAY



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SERMONS



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By JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, B.D.



NEW EDITION.



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1869



PREFACE.



AN the republication of the present Volume of
Sermons in answer to an extensive demand
for it, it is well, on behalf both of the Author
and of the Editor, to remind the reader of its
special characteristic, as separate and distin-
guished from the volumes republished under
the title of " Paeochial and Plain Seemons."

Of the epithet " Plain," indeed, it may be
here mentioned, by the way, that the Author
always from the first publication of the series
so called by its Editors, entertained a doubt
whether it had been well-chosen, as being, if
not in itself inappropriate, yet certainly inap-
plicable to some of those Sermons which he
himself, as well as others, contributed to it.



vi Preface.

A volume, however, entitled " Sermons on
Subjects of the Day," warns the reader by
its very title that these Sermons are to be
read and understood mainly with reference
to their direct or indirect bearing on the
occasion and circumstances of their first publi-
cation. They have necessarily an historical
and controversial aspect, though most of them
treat of matters of deep and unfailing interest,
and of vast practical importance.

The Advertisement, therefore, and the Notes,
which call attention to the peculiarities of this
volume, which are pointed out at some length
in the Appendix, Note C. of the Author's
" History of his Keligious Opinions," are re-
tained in this Edition.

In compliance with a wish expressed by
various persons for the dates of all the Sermons,
two lists of the whole number published,
including those in this volume, are appended
to it : the one an index of the Sermons in
the order in which they stand in the several
volumes, with the record of their dates ; the



Preface. vii

other a chronological index of the dates, with
references to the Sermons.

It will be seen from this document that some
of the Sermons have been re-written — by which
word where it occurs it is meant that the first
Edition of the printed Sermon was " re-written"
from the MS. as preached on the day assigned. .
Thus Vol. III. Sermon I. was printed as it was
preached, on July 19, 1829 ; but Sermon II. in
the volume was not printed in 1836 as preached
on May 9, 1830, but " re-written " for the pur-
pose of printing : others again, in like manner,
have been enlarged, or expanded into two,
or altered from the original MS. for the first
Edition ; and instances may be found, here
and there, where a Sermon written for one
season has been adapted to another.

In subsequent editions up to the end of
1845, as there are no doubt various differ-
ences observable, which are not here speci-
fied, most of them only literary, some few
doctrinal, it may be here stated, once for
all, that the Author was accustomed to



viii Preface.

correct and retouch the successive editions
very carefully ; and it may be safely asserted
that the variations which are to be found in
intermediate editions are such as not to
detract from the integrity, but rather to
enhance the value of the document here sup-
plied.

In Vol. II. Sermon II., for St. Thomas'
Day, there is an addition, and in Sermon
XXXI., for St. Simon and St. Jude, an alte-
ration, in the last compared with the first
Editions, of sufficient length and importance
to be noticed here. And in Vol. IV. p. 280,
" miraculous " has been substituted, with the
Author's approbation, for "immaculate," written
by a mistake, which he has also made in a note
on the translation of the Teeatises of St.
Athanasius (p. 241). Also, in the present
volume (p. 28), the clause " in His own words "
has been inserted, to meet a criticism of Mr.
Keble's at the time of its first publication.

It may be interesting to the reader to know
that the text (Ps. civ. 23) which stands at the



Preface. ix

head both of the first (itself a recent one)
and the last Sermon in this volume, was the
text of the Author's first Sermon in 1824,
when he went " forth to his work and to
his labour," and of his last in 1843, when " the



evening " was come.



W. J. COPELAND.



Farnham Rectory, Essex,
November 22nd, 1869.



TO



WILLIAM JOHN COPELAND, B.D.



FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD



THE KINDEST OF FRIENDS



WHOSE NATURE IT IS



TO FEEL FOR OTHERS MORE



THAN THEY FEEL FOR THEMSELVES



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