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Morning Thoughts

IN PROSE AND VERSE

ON PORTIONS OF THE SUCCESSIVE CHAPTERS

IN THE

GOSPEL OF ST. MARK.

BY

THE AUTHOR

OF

MORNING THOUGHTS on THE GOSPEL of $1'. MATTHEW.

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1828.

MORNING THOUGHTS

ON SINGLE VERSES IN THE

GOSPEL OF ST. MARK.

CHAP. I. VER. 27.

And they were all amazed, insomuch that they

questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean

spirits, and they do obey him. The instructions of human teachers may, as to certain points, resemble those of the Saviour of the world. Like his, they may breathe the spirit of gentleness and love. The reasoning may, like his, be both simple and profound. Their exhortations

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at once just, fervent, and affectionate. But every human lesson must labour, at least, under the one incurable defect of possessing little or no authorityover the conscience of the hearer. Every man is justified in canvassing the statements of every other man, and in rejecting all which he cannot bring to square with his own conceptions of right and duty.

Under these circumstances, how difficult is it to decide, among poor fallible creatures, who shall be the learner and who the teacher! Hence arose the perplexities of the ancients as to the nature of 'the real good ;' with regard to which a heathen writer refers to three hundred distinct opinions. When their hearts suggested the inquiry “who will shew us any good,there was none to reply, “Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance

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