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Humanity in the City   By: (1814-1880)

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HUMANITY IN THE CITY.

TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible; please see list of printing issues at the end of the text.

[Illustration: E. H. Chapin]

HUMANITY IN THE CITY.

BY THE

REV. E. H. CHAPIN.

NEW YORK: DE WITT & DAVENPORT, PUBLISHERS, 160 & 162 NASSAU STREET.

BOSTON: ABEL TOMPKINS, 38 & 40 CORNHILL.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by DE WITT & DAVENPORT,

In the Clerk's Office of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

G. W. ALEXANDER, BINDER, 9 Spruce Street.

W. H. TINSON. STEREOTYPER, 24 Beekman Street.

TAWS, RUSSELL & CO. PRINTERS, No. 26 Beekman Street.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

I. THE LESSONS OF THE STREET 13

II. MAN AND MACHINERY 39

III. THE STRIFE FOR PRECEDENCE 65

IV. THE SYMBOLS OF THE REPUBLIC 93

V. THE SPRINGS OF SOCIAL LIFE 123

VI. THE ALLIES OF THE TEMPTER 157

VII. THE CHILDREN OF THE POOR 187

VIII. THE HELP OF RELIGION 223

PREFACE.

A volume like the present hardly requires the formality of a preface. It is the continuation of a series already published, and, like that, aims at applying the highest standard of Morality and Religion to the phases of every day life. In order, however, that the view with which these discourses have been prepared may not be misconceived, I wish merely to say that I am far from supposing that these are the only themes to be preached, or that they constitute the highest class of practical subjects, and shall be sorry if in any way they seem to imply a neglect of that interior and holy life which is the spring not only of right affections, but of clear perception and sturdy, every day duty. I hope, on the contrary, that the very aspects of this busy city life the very problems which start out of it will tend to convince men of the necessity of this inward and regenerating principle. Nevertheless, I maintain that these topics have a place in the circle of the preacher's work, and he need entertain no fear of desecrating his pulpit by secular themes, who seeks to consecrate all things in any way involving the action and the welfare of men, by the spirit and aims of His Religion who, while he preached the Gospel, likewise fed the hungry, healed the sick, and touched the issues of every temporal want. I may have failed in the method, I trust I have not in the purpose.

E. H. C.

New York, May, 1854.

THE LESSONS OF THE STREET.

HUMANITY IN THE CITY.

DISCOURSE I.

THE LESSONS OF THE STREET.

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets. PROVERBS, i. 20.

The great truths of religion may be communicated to the mind and the heart in two ways by abstract treatment, and by illustration. It must be taken up in its absolute connection with God, and with our own souls. In solitary meditation, in self examination, and in prayer, we shall learn the intrinsic claims which Faith and Duty have upon reason and conscience. But we cannot proceed far before we discover the necessity of some symbol , by which these abstract principles may be made distinct to us. And, looking around for this purpose, we find that all the phases of existence are full of spiritual illustration full of religious suggestion and argument. Thus our Saviour pronounced his great doctrines of Eternal Life, and of Personal Religion, and then turned to the world for a commentary. Under his teaching nature became an illuminated missal, lettered by the lilies of the field, and pencilled with hues that played through the leaves of Olivet... Continue reading book >>




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