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
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
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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