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DÖDDRIDGE DD,

or the Lazarlotte

Life, Character and Writings

Of the late Reverend

PHILIP DODDRIDGE, D.D. BODI

NORTHAMPT O'N.

Had he dropt
That Eagle-Genius! O had he let fall
One Feather as he flew; I, then, had wrote
What Friends might flatter, prudent Foes forbear.
Yet what I can I must; it were profane
To quench a Glory lighted at the Skies,
And cast in Shadows his illustrious Close!",

Night-Thoughts, No. 2.

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S A L OP Printed by J. EDDOWES; And fold by J. BUCKLAND, in Pater-nofter-row, LONDON.

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PREF A C E. TE

THE Lives of worthy and pious Men are

generally reckoned some of the most useful Books which have been published. But there seems a peculiar Propriety in laying before the World what can be known of the Piety, Benevolence and Zeal of those, who have filled more eminent Stations in it; and distinguished themselves by their Writings in the Service of Religion. There is a natural Curiosity in Mankind to know some particulars of the Lives of those, whose Works they have read with Pleafure and Advantage. Even minute Circumstances, which to others may appear unworthy of public Notice, are to them interesting Events. Nor is this Kind of History merely calculated to entertain and amuse, but is evidenily capable of answering much more valuable Ends. When there appears an exact Correspondence between a Man's Writings and Temper; between the Duties he recommended to others and his own Practice, his Works are read with greater Attention, and are more likely, thro'a divine Blessing, to produce the desired Effect. The Lives of holy, zealous Ministers are particularА

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