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THE REV. HENRY BURGESS, LL.D., Ph.D.,
No. IX.—APRIL, 1857.
LUTHER. In every great movement affecting the destinies of mankind, and in which men are the actors, there are two elements quite distinct in their nature, although inseparable in their operation : the actuating and controlling mind, and the instruments by which its designs are accomplished. God and man are the two great agents in history, the former working in secret as to his immediate influence and ultimate intentions, and therefore liable to be overlooked and undervalued; the latter occupying the most conspicuous place in the eyes of mortals, and on this account apt to receive more credit for wisdom and more honour than properly fall to his share. Those who are the spectators of this drama of life in which the INVISIBLE prompts and regulates the scenes, form notions of what is going on more or less correct as they are more or less spiritual and religious in their mental habits; the pious recognizing the divine hand, which, though unseen, is really present everywhere; the thoughtless and vain only beholding the minor agents and giving to them their unreasoning applause.
a The Life of Martin Luther. By Henry Worsley, M.A., Rector of Easton, Suffolk; late Michel Scholar of Queen's College, Oxford." In Two Volumes. London: Bell and Daldy. 1856. 8vo, pp. 840.
The Table Talk of Martin Luther. Translated and Edited by William Hazlitt, Esq. New Edition, to which is added the Life of Martin Luther, by Alexander Chalmers. With additions from Michelet and Audin. London: H. G. Bohn. 1857. 12mo, pp. 492.
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