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SERMONS

PREACHED ON VARIOUS OCCASIONS

BY

JAMES DE KOVEN, D.D.,

LATE WARDEN OF RACINE COLLEGE.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY

MORGAN DIX, S.T. D.,
RECTOR OF TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK.

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,
1, 3, AND 5 BOND STREET.

1893.

COPYRIGHT BY

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

1879.

PREFACE.

I HAVE been requested, by members of the family of the late Dr. de Koven, and by the Messrs. Appleton, his publishers, to write a short preface to this volume. If I have any qualification for the task, it will be found in the love that I bore my dear friend and in my reverence for his memory. Really, no preface is needed to anything that may be, now or hereafter, published of his; nor can good accrue from such a thing, except to the writer, who is fortunate in having his name associated with that of so illustrious a man; for something of the light that shone so gloriously in that noble life must be cast on any one who does an office in memory of him. But I defer to the wishes which have been expressed, and am glad of the opportunity of calling attention to what the Messrs. Appleton have done. These gentlemen, reverencing Dr. de Koven as all good men must, and impressed by his lifelong devotion to Christian education, made, with their customary generosity, a remarkably liberal proposal to his family, undertaking to publish a yolume of his sermons at

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their own expense, and to give the entire profits to the Memorial Endowment Fund of Racine College. They say:

“We have great pleasure in making this proposition, and trust, if accepted, the results may be large, as we appreciate the noble work he has done for education and religion, and we hope a fund will be secured to perpetuate his useful work to all time."

There are many in our Church who, in reading these words, will recall other services rendered by these excellent gentlemen to the cause of Christian education, particularly in the South and West; and a request to aid them in the present work was one which I could not decline.

But what shall this preface contain ? Obviously, it can not be a memoir. The time will come, no doubt, when some one will write the story of that life, a life destined to stand forth more grandly, year after year, on the horizon of the past; and, when that shall have been done, men will see that he

66 sanctified from his mother's womb”; they will perceive how, even from mere boyhood, he dedicated himself to God's service; how clear was that call which drew him from the world and destined him to the priesthood; how striking were the early signs of his vocation ;* how entire was his devotion to the work

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* There remains a little book of poems written by him at the age of fourteen; one is entitled " The Reaper's Evening Hymn"; another, “Watch o'er us,” dated on All Saints' Day. When twelve years old he wrote an Epiphany hymn, which was printed at the request of the Rev. Francis Vinton, D. D., and sung by the children of Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, at their festival on that day.

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