Excerpt from Select Lectures and Sermons of the Rev. William Morley Punshon: Member of the Wesleyan Conference, England Why the essential of the orator has passes away is t, as some have contended, a vital question, for the simple reason that it has t passes away. The volume before you, gentle reader, (t including the Preface, ) attests that. But to whose keeping has that power been committed? The modern has t inherited the splendid supremacy of the classic civil orator. The causes which gave the latter his extraordinary influence - the general igrance of the people; their inflammability from climate, and habit, and historic associations; the centralization which crowded all men into the city, and within the sweep of the rostrum; the false estimate of national grandeur and happiness; the freedom of judicial address - most of these have passed from the State, and are longer the opportunities of the secular orator. Do they still exist? and is some other department of oratory rising to great est influence by the exclusive using of them? Practically they do exist, and the pulpit has inherited them. Whatever of national enlightenment, there is eugh of spiritual igrance; however much law prevents popular inflammations, there is eugh of spiritual excitement latent in the hearts of men; there are false estimates, if longer so much of national rights and greatness, yet the falsest possible of individual obligation and happiness; there is the weekly centralization of the Churches, gathering the ends of the earth within the circuit of the preachers voice; there is the very license of appeal to imaginations, and hopes, and sympathies, and passions which sweep beyond the dominion of human law. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.