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PART I

Translator’s Preface

Preface by the Rev. Charles Kingsley

The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler

Introductory Notice respecting Tauler’s Life and Times, by the Translator

PART II

SERMON

I.

Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent

How that we are called upon to arise from our sins, and to conquer our foes, looking for the glorious coming of our Lord in our souls.

II.

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent

How that God is very near to us, and how we must seek and find the Kingdom of God within us, without respect to time and place.

III.

Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent

How that we must wholly come out from ourselves, that we may go into the wilderness and behold God.

IV.

Sermon for Christmas Day

Of the things by which we become children of God.

V.

Sermon for Epiphany

This Sermon on the Gospel for the day, from St. Matthew, showeth how God, of His great faithfulness, hath foreseen and ordained all sufferings for the eternal good of each man, in whatever wise they befall us, and whether they be great or small.

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VI.

Second Sermon for Epiphany

Showeth on what wise a man shall arise from himself and from all creatures, to the end that God may find the ground of his soul prepared, and may begin and perfect His work therein.

VII.

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Of the great wonders which God has wrought, and still works for us Christian men; wherefore it is just and reasonable that we should turn unto Him and follow Him, and whereby we may discern between true and false conversion.

VIII.

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Of the proper marks of true humility.

IX.

Sermon for Septuagesima Sunday

In this Sermon following we are taught how we must perpetually press forward towards our highest good, without pause or rest; and how we must labour in the spiritual vineyard that it may bring forth good fruit.

X.

Sermon for Ash Wednesday

An Exposition of the three crosses, that of Christ, that of the malefactor on His left, and that of the malefactor on His right hand, how they are a type of the sufferings of three classes of men who are, in a spiritual sense, nailed to these three crosses.

XI.

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent

Tells us how God drives forward some of His children by the struggle between the inward and outward man.

XII.

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Of the power of the Word of God, of fiery desires, and the essence of self-renunciation.

XIII.

Sermon for Palm Sunday

How a man ought in all His works to regard God alone, and purely to make Him his end without anything of his own, and shall freely and simply perform all these works for the glory of God only, and not seek his own, nor desire nor expect any reward. Wherewith he may do such works without any self-appropriation or reference to time and number, before or after, and without modes. How the Divine Word speaks and reveals itself in the soul, all in a lofty and subtile sense.

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XIV.

Sermon for Thursday in Easter Week

How we ought to love God, and how Christ is a Master of the Eternal Good, wherefore we ought to love Him above all things; a Master of the Highest Truth, wherefore we ought to contemplate Him; and a Master of the Highest Perfectness, wherefore we ought to follow after Him without let or hindrance.

XV.

Sermon for the First Sunday after Easter

How we are to ascend by three stages to true peace and purity of heart.

XVI.

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Easter

How the Holy Ghost rebukes the World in man for sin, righteousness, and judgment; how hurtful it is to judge one’s neighbour; after what fashion a pious man may rebuke his neighbour; further, what the Holy Ghost teacheth when he cometh to us.

XVII.

Second Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Easter

Of three hindrances which resist the coming of the Holy Ghost in three classes of men.

XVIII.

Sermon for Ascension Day

This third sermon on the Ascension tells us how man ought continually to follow after Christ, as He has walked before us for three and thirty years, passing through manifold and great sufferings, before He returned unto His Father.

XIX.

Sermon for Whit Sunday

How God drew the Apostles unto Christ by six degrees until they attained unto union with Himself, and so likewise draweth His friends unto Himself now.

XX.

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

This sermon telleth us of four measures that shall be rendered unto man, and of two grades of a godly life, and how we ought to love our neighbour.

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XXI.

Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Admonishing each man to mark what is the office to which he is called of God, and teaching us to practise works of love and virtue, and to refrain from self-will.

XXII.

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Teaching us that we ought to receive God, in all His gifts, and in all His burdens, with true long-suffering.

XXIII.

Second Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

This sermon tells us how a man who truly loves God, whose ears have been opened to receive the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit, is neither lifted up in joy nor cast down in sorrow.

XXIV.

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

This sermon forbiddeth all carefulness, and telleth in what righteousness consisteth, and rebukes sundry religious people and their works, likening their ways to simony.

XXV.

Sermon for St. Stephen’s Day

Of three grades of those who learn to die unto themselves, like a corn of wheat, that they may bring forth fruit; or of those who are beginners, those who are advancing, and those who art perfect in a Divine life.

XXVI.

Sermon for St. Peter’s Day

Of brotherly rebuke and admonition, how far it is advisable and seemly or not, and especially how prelates and governors ought to demean themselves towards their subjects.

XXVII.

Sermon on a Martyr’s Day

Of three sorts of spiritual temptation by which holy men are secretly assailed; to wit: spiritual unchastity, covetousness, and pride.

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