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A CHRISTMAS SERMON
tempted to sadness. And in the midst of the winter,
when his Hfe runs lowest and he is reminded of the
empty chairs of his beloved, it is well he should be
condemned to this fashion of the sttiiling face.
Noble disappointment, noble self-denial, are not to
be admired, not even to be pardoned, if they bring
bitterness. It is one thing to enter the kingdom of
heaven maim ; another to maim yourself and stay
without. And the kingdom of heaven is of the
childlike, of those who are easy to please, who love
and who give pleasure. Mighty men of their hands,
the smiters and the builders and the judges, have
lived long and done sternly and yet preserved this
lovely character ; and among our carpet interests
and twopenny concerns, the shame were indelible if
we should lose it. Gentleness and cheerfulness,
these come before all morality ; tbey are the perfect
duties. And it is the trouble with moral men that
they have neither one nor other. It was the moral
man, the Pharisee, whom Christ could not away
with. If your morals make you dreary, depend upon
it they are wrong. I do not say ' give them up,' for
they may be all you have ; but conceal them like a
vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and
simpler people.
A strange temptation attends upon man : to keep
his eye on pleasures, even when he will not share in
them ; to aim all his morals against them. This
very year a lady (singular iconoclast !) proclaimed
a crusade against dolls ; and the racy sermon against
lust is a feature of the age. I venture to call such
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Volume 11, 1895 - Miscellanies, Volume III
DescriptionContents: Virginibus Puerisque; Later Essays: Fontainbleau, Realism*, Style*, Morality*, Books which have Influenced Me, Day after Tomorrow*, Letter to a Young Gentleman, Pulvis, Christmas Sermon, Damien.
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Edinburgh edition, 1894-98 - Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionEdinburgh edition. Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans Green and Co, 1894-98. [28 volumes in total, only some of which NLS has digitised.]
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Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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