Prof. Edwards’s Life And Writings; With Selections From His Fragmentary Thoughts -- By: Anonymous
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Prof. Edwards’s Life And Writings;1 With Selections From His
The readers of the Bibliotheca Sacra need no formal introduction to the Life and Writings of Professor Edwards. The Review itself, enriched as it was from its establishment by the fruits of his studies and his careful supervision, is emphatically one of his writings; and it has already presented a sketch of his life and services from the same hand that has prepared the present extended Memoir.
These volumes will be most welcome to those — and they were not few — who had intimately known and loved the character they exhibit; to more who had learned to revere and rejoiced to be guided by, his spirit and his teachings, and to more still, who may desire to understand something of the calm beauty and power of that mind and life, within whose influence they had never themselves been brought. It is sad to think that they contain the last words from one whom we remember as so fit to teach, the last thoughts from a mind so trained, so full, so just, and heart so sensitive and sympathizing, yet so strong and self-restrained. But it is even so, and we turn, mournfully but thankfully, to gather whatever can still be preserved to us of the life and labors of the departed Christian scholar.
The Memoir, we are glad to find, is enriched with copious extracts from the letters and journals of Prof. Edwards, beginning with his
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collegiate life, and also from other miscellaneous writings. It is interesting to trace, in the earliest of these, the germs of those traits by which he was so well known in later years, and some of which were among the sources of his distinguished usefulness. Everywhere the earlier gives a promise of the after life. The studies and activity of mature years are but the thoughtful and methodical unfolding of the plans, which had been rising before him from the commencement of his course of education, and in essentially one spirit and feeling, meditative, distrustful, sensitive, yet thoroughly uncompromising and earnest. How early, for example, we discover the religious spirit pervading all his acts, giving its aspect to all common things and duties, so that to him, no more than to Arnold, whom he so much admired, could there be for the Christian a secular and a religious life 5 how early, too, we see the childlike reverence and love for all that wa3 noble and good, the pain, as of a personal grief, at any great public wrong, another trait in which he has often reminded us of Arnold; his unsparing sense of the duty of training to the utmost intellect and heart;” offering Christ our best”; the severe fidelity with which he toiled to be always e...
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