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EXPOSITION

OF THE

SERMON ON THE MOUNT,

DRAWN FROM THE

WRITINGS OF ST. AUGUSTINE.

OF THE

SERMON ON THE MOUNT,

DRAWN FROM THE

WRITINGS OF ST. AUGUSTINE,

WITH OBSERVATIONS,

AND AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ON HIS MERITS AS AN

INTERPRETER OF HOLY SCRIPTURE.

BY

RICHARD CHENEVIX TRETCH, B.D.

VICAR OF ITCHENSTOKE, HANTS;

AND EXAMINING CHAPLAIN TO THE LORD BISHOP OP OXFORD.

SECOND EDITION, REVISED & IMPROVED.

LONDON:
JOHN W. PARKER, WEST STRAND.

MDCCCLI.

106. a, 541

PREFACE.

THIS volume is not, as a glance at any page

will show, a translation of St. Augustine's Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount,* but un attempt to draw from the circle of his writings, that one of course included,) what of most important he has contributed for the elucidation, or for the turning to practical uses, of this portion of Holy Scripture.

Yet I am conscious, from the very plan upon which the book is written, that it may be open to a charge, at least from an unfriendly critic, of something like presumption. It may be said that there is in it a continual passing of judgment, an allowing and a disallowing,—à selecting and a putting aside,—an approving and condemning; and this in regard of one whom the Church has ever and justly recognized among

the

very chiefest

* In the Benedictine Edition, tom. iii. pars 24, pp. 162—236.

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