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THE REV. J. C. STAPLETON, M. A. F.L.S. &c.

RECTOR OF TEVERSAL, NOTTS.

VOL. I.

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."

I Cor. XIII. 13.

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AND SOLD BY L. AND G. SEELEY,
FLEET STREET, LONDON.

MDCCCXXXVIII.

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DEDICATION.

MY DEAR CARNARVON,

I have been induced, by a near and valued Friend, to attempt a translation of the Life of St. Chrysostom by Dr. Neander. To the history of that life the most enduring interest must ever attach, from the mighty struggle, which then prevailed in its full force, between the Christian and the Heathen world, and from the comparative proximity of the time in which this Holy Father lived, to the awful and still more important epoch of our Saviour's death. The sound practical religion professed and rigidly adhered to by this great Reformer of the corrupted morals of his age, his love of Christ, and obedience to his commands, the holiness of his life, while in the exercise of high power, and amidst the most stormy political changes, invested him with a character of the deepest sanctity in the eyes of his fellowcountrymen, and made him an object of mingled reverence and admiration.

It is indeed obvious, from the Scriptural language which pervades his writings, that he was not only well acquainted with the Bible, but had drunk deeply from that only fountain of real inspiration.

The historical personages to whom he refers, and the customs of his time, strikingly depicted as they are in his Homilies, cannot be devoid of interest to our own later and inquiring generation; while the opinions and practices, upon which he

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