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ROBERTSON'S LEVEN.

In eene preek over Johannes den Dooper zegt Robertson naar aanleiding van diens leven: „inuch instruction there ought to be in all this, if we only knew rightly hovv to bring it out, or even to paint in anything like intelligible colours the picture which our ovvn minds have formed. Instructive, because human life must ever be instructive. How a human spirit contrived to get its life aceoniplished in this confused world: vvhat a man like us, and yet no common man, feit, did, suffered; how he fought, and how he conquered; if we could only get a clear possession and firni grasp of that, we should have got almost all that is worth having in truth, with the technicalities stripped off, for vvhat is the use of truth except to teach man how to live? There is a vast valite in genuine biography. It is good to have real views of what Life is, and what Christian Life may be. It is good to familiarize ourselves with the history of those whom God lias pronounced the salt of the earth. We cannot help contracting good from such association" i).

Deze woorden zijn ook geheel van toepassing op de studie van het leven en de werken van Robertson. Wij zullen daarom slechts bij die levensomstandigheden en gebeurtenissen onze aandacht bepalen, die zijn „gevoelen, handelen, lijden, worstelen en overwinnen" hebben voortgebracht, hierop van invloed waren, of scherper deden uitkomen. Zij behoeven in de beschrijving van zijn

') Sermons, preached at Trinity Cliapel, Brighton, by the late Rev. Frederick W. Robertson. M. A. the incumbent. Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchuitz. 1861. 111, pp. 280, 281.

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