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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. John Aitken's laconic discourse on the life of man


THE following discourse was delivered in the Green of Glasgow by this original local character.

Well, my dear friends, many editions of the following able discourse on the Life of Man may be found scattered here and there; but I select and give you this as one of the best in my round of duty and labour of love: Please take the text, as near as may be, from Job chap. v. verse 7, and attend to these words—Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward, and also Job chap. i. verse 21. In discoursing, my beloved hearers, from these words, I shall carefully observe the following things :—

Firstly, Man’s ingress into the world.
Secondly, His progress through the world.
Thirdly, His egress out of the world.

To explain, my brethren—

1st, Man’s ingress into the world
     Is naked and bare;
2nd, His progress through the world
     Is trouble and care;
3rd, His egress out of the world
     Is nobody knows where;

To conclude—
     We shall all do well there, if we but do well here; I could tell you no more, did I preach a whole year.


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