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ITS HOPES, ITS FEARS,
AND ITS CLOSE.
PREACHED MOSTLY IN THE CHAPEL OF RUGBY SCHOOL.
BY THE LATE
THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.,
HEAD MASTER OF RUGBY SCHOOL, AND REGIUS PROFESSOR OF MODERN
B. FELLOWES, LUDGATE STREET.
THE sermons in the present volume have been taken from a great number extending through many years, and it would have been so difficult to make a choice where so many might seem of equal interest, that the Editor has thought it better to give in succession all the sermons which have been preached in the School chapel at Rugby, during the three half years before the unexpected close. Thus the reader will have brought before him the habitual teaching of one whose tender love and anxiety for those committed to his care ended only with his life. It will be seen that the last sermon in the volume was preached on the Sunday immediately preceding his own death.
The earlier sermons in the volume have been selected on other grounds. The first was preached several years ago, on the death of one of his pupils, and is so strikingly applicable to the circumstances of his own sudden departure, that it will naturally be read with interest, as expressing his view of such a summons.
Those on Christian Schools it has been thought might aid in the great work which it was the
labour of his life to advance-that of Christian education.
The prayers which will be found at the end of the sermons for Easter-Day and Whit-Sunday, were written for the boys in his own house, and read to them on the evenings of those Sundays.
OCTOBER 20TH, 1842.
The Editor, upon the publication of a second edition of this volume, would have simply expressed her thankfulness for the kind spirit in which it has been received, and her pleasure at the additional proof thus afforded of the value attributed to the teaching of its Author, but a particular instance of both, she cannot forbear from seizing this opportunity of gratefully mentioning.
A lady, whose name the Editor does not feel at liberty to disclose, from a sense of the benefit derived from his sermons, and a wish to extend their influence, enabled the Editor to present a copy of the volume to every individual who belonged to the school in June, 1842. It scarcely need be stated that the gift was received as the giver would have desired, or that kindness could not have been shewn in a manner more gratifying to the Editor.
Fox How, JULY 8TH, 1843.