Sermons from the year 730-1939
Famou.s English Sermons. Edited, with an introduction, by Ashley Sampson. (Nelson, 5s.).
Reviewed by PETER F. ANSON
MR. Sampson reminds us in his introduc tion to this book that "the sermon has never been gken its rightful place in our heritage of English literature." He has endeavoured to fill this gap by bringing together a collection of seventeen sermons.
It starts with a translation of a Latin sermon by the Venerable Bede (r. 730) and ends with an address given by Mr. C. S. Lewis before the University of Oxford in 1939. Among the various preachers we find John Colet, Hugh Latimer, Jeremy Taylor, John Wesley, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Henry Scott Holland, G. Campbell Morgan and John Henry Newman,
We notice that the latter is designated " Roman Catholic," while the Venerable Bede and John Cold t are put down as " Catholics," and John Donne (together with other Church of England divines)
is an " Anglican a sufficient indication of the religious point of view of the editor, whose carefully documented introduction greatly adds to the value of the book.