Monday, February 11, 2013

Henry Melvill's thousand fibres and sympathetic threads, proved


Lots of blogs and internet collections of famous quotations still credit the wrong Melvill(e) with the beautiful inspiring thought that

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
&c &c &c
Some time back we identified London preacher Henry Melvill as the true author of those fine words--fine and deservedly famous, yet in context, so sobering--about the ties that intricately bind us together as human beings. Old news then, and far-gone Melvilliana fans might even recall the source of the quotation: Melvill's sermon "Partaking in Other Men's Sins" which he delivered Tuesday Morning, June 12, 1855 at St Margaret's Church, Lothbury.

Well the other day I managed to figure out again how to use my antique scanner. So now, in the service of Truth and Justice to the memory of the Reverend Henry Melvill, let us amaze and confound all doubters with unassailable visual proofs from my own treasured copy of
The Golden Lectures, for 1855:

From Henry Melvill's Sermon on "Partaking in Other Men's Sins"
Penny Pulpit No. 2,365 / The Golden Lectures (London, 1855): 454-5

"a thousand fibres ... invisible threads" quotation source in
Henry Melville's Golden Lectures (London, 1855), 454
Later I found it at Google Books, too:
Gather 'round, I feel a sermon comin' on me. And the topic will be sin....

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1 comment:

  1. Like a thousand points of light only more binding. And don't try running away from the village it took to make you either. Sloppy source checking will come back to get you.