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The Works of John Donne, D.D., Dean of Saint Paul's, 1621-1631, Vol. 2 of 6

The Works of John Donne, D.D., Dean of Saint Paul's, 1621-1631, Vol. 2 of 6

With a Memoir of His Life (Classic Reprint)

by John Donne

Hardback Publication Date: 09/01/2019

Excerpt from The Works of John Donne, D.D., Dean of Saint Paul's, 1621-1631, Vol. 2 of 6: With a Memoir of His Life In which words, these shall be the three things, that we will consider now; first, the general impotency of man, in spiritual duties, nemo potest, no man can do this, no man can do anything; secondly, how, and what those spiritual duties are expressed to be; it is a profession of Jesus to be the Lord, to say it, to declare it; and thirdly, the means of repairing this natural impotency, and rectifying this natural obliquity in man, that man by the Holy Ghost may be enabled to do this spiritual duty, to profess sin cerely Jesus to be the Lord. In the first we shall see first, the universality of this flood, the generality of our loss in Adam, uemo, none, not one, hath any, any power; which notes their blasphemy, that exempt any person from the infection of sin and secondly, we shall see the impotency, the infirmity, where it lies, it is in homine, no man; which notes their blasphemy, that say, man may be saved by his natural faculties, as he is man and thirdly, by just occasion of that word, potest, he can, he is able, we shall see also the laziness of man, which, though he can do nothing effectually and primarily, yet he does not so much as he might do; and in those three, we shall determine our first part. In the second, what this spiritual duty, wherein we are all so impotent, is, it is first, an outward act, a profession; not that an outward act is enough, but that the inward affection alone is not enough neither; to think it, to believe it, is not enough, but.

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