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THE TALENTS:

OR,

MAN'S

NATURE, POWER, AND RESPONSIBILITY.

BY ROBERT WILLIAM DALE.

“ HERE lies a man that never did God an hour's work in all his life.”-

GURNALL.
Shall this be your epitaph ?

LONDON:
AYLOTT AND JONES, 8, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1846.

201

KIB)

LONDON:

JOHN HASLER, PRINTER, CRANE-COURT, FLEET-STREET.

TO

MR. WILLIAM STROUD,

AND

THE BIBLE CLASS CONDUCTED BY HIM,

IN THE TABERNACLE VESTRY,

THIS VOLUME

IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED

AS AN IMPERFECT EXPRESSION OF THE AUTHOR's GRATITUDE

POR THEIR KIND SYMPATHY

AND

FERVENT PRAYERS,

PREFACE.

This little work needs not a lengthened preface. I have delivered my message as a servant of God, to spirits, by nature, lost; but, whose powers fit them for the glorious destiny offered by their Great Redeemer.

Possibly, some of my pages may excite opposition. Of Christian critics I ask candour and charitable correction. Of the worldly, my proud spirit knows not how to ask aught save a careful perusal; and then bids them attack, with all the energy with which Satan may inspire them. Their assaults I fear not; their scorn I heed not; their praise I love not. If they would listen to my Master, they should have my prayers, my sympathy, all the best feelings of my soul; but if determined to remain at enmity with Him, I can only say to them, “He that being often reproved and hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be cut off, and that without remedy.”

R. W. D.

20, Earl Street, Finsbury.

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