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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. Edward Irving prays for the rude scoffer


WHEN Edward Irving was in Glasgow, he attended a social party at the house of one of the members of St. John’s Parish Church. A young man was present who had permitted himself to talk profanely, in a manner now unknown, and which would not be tolerated in any party nowadays. After expending all his little stock of wit upon priestcraft and its inventions, this youth, getting bold by degrees, at last attacked Irving—who had hitherto taken no notice of him—directly, as one of the world-deluding order of clerics. Irving heard him out in silence, and then turning to the other listeners, he said:

"My friends, I will make no reply to this unhappy youth, who hath attacked the Lord in the person of his servant, but let us pray that this sin be not laid to his charge."

And with a solemn motion of his hand, which the awestruck diners-out instinctively obeyed, Irving rose up to his full majestic height, and solemnly commended the offender to the forgiveness of God.


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