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BY C. H. SPURGEON.
By a slender apparatus I mean that they have few books, UVVAT and little or no means wherewith to purchase more.
This is a state of things which ought not to exist in
any case ; the churches ought to take care that it shonld be rendered impossible. Up to the highest measure of their ability they should furnish their minister, not only with the food which is needful to sustain the life of his body, but with mental nutriment, so that his soul may not be starved. A good library should be looked upon as an indispensable part of church furniture ; and the deacous, whose business it is “ to serve tables," will be wise, if, without neglecting the table of the Lord, or of the poor, and without diminishing the supplies of the minister's dinner-table, they give an eye to his study-table, and keep it supplied with new works and standard books in fair abundance. It would be money well laid out, and would be productive far beyond expectation. Instead of waxing eloquent upon the declining power of the pulpit, leading men in the church should use the legitimate means for improving its power, by supplying the preacher with food for thought. Put the whip into the manger is my advice to all grumblers.
* Given as a specimen of lectures delivered by us before the students of the Pastors' College. We hope it will be interesting to other workers besides those in the ministry.
Some years ago I tried to induce our churches to have ministers' libraries as a matter of course, and some few thoughtful people saw the value of the suggestion, and commenced carrying it out. With much pleasure I have seen here and there the shelves provided, and a few volumes placed upon them. I earnestly wish that such a beginning had been made everywhere; but, alas! I fear that a long succession of starveling ministers will alone arouse the miserly to the conviction that parsimony with a minister is false economy. Those churches which cannot afford a liberal stipend should make some amends by founding a library as a permanent part of their establishment; and by making additions to it from year to year, it would soon become very valuable. My venerable grandfather's manse had in it a collection of very valuable, ancient Puritanic volumes, which had descended from minister to minister : well do I remember certain ponderous tomes, whose chief interest to me lay in their curious initial letters, adorned with pelicans, griffins, little boys at play, or patriarchs at work. It may be objected that the books would be lost through change of users, but I would run the risk of that; and trustees, with a little care over the catalogue, could keep the libraries as securely as they keep the pews and pulpit.
If this scheme be not adopted, let another and simpler one be tried; let all the subscribers towards the preacher's support add ten per cent. or more to their subscriptions, expressly to provide food for the minister's brain. They would get back what they gave in the improved sermons they would hear. If some little annual income could be secured to poor ministers, to be sacredly spent in books, it would be a God-send to them, and an incalculable blessing to the community. They do not expect a garden to yield them herbs from year to year unless they put something upon the soil; they do not expect a locomotive to work without fuel, or even an ox or an ass to labour without food ; let them, therefore, give over expecting to receive instructive sermons from men who are shut out of the storehouse of knowledge by their inability to purchase books.
But the subject is, what are men to do who have no stores, who have no church library, and no allowance made them to provide books? Let us remark at once that, if these men succeed, greater honour is due to them than to those who have large appliances.
Quintin Matsys is said to have had his hammer and file taken from him by his fellow-workmen, and to have produced his famous iron well-cover without them ; so much the more honour to him! None can tell what credit is due to those workers for God, who have done great things without helpful tools. Their labour would have been greatly lightened if they had possessed them; but what they have done is the more wonderful. At the present International Exhibition at Kensington, Mr. Buckmaster's School of Cookery is mainly admired because he produces such savory dishes from unpromising material ; from a handful of bones and a little maccaroni he serves up royal dainties. If he had all the materials employed in French cookery, and used them all, every person would say, “Well, anybody could do that;” but when he shows you scraps of meat and bones, and tells you that he bought them at the butcher's for a few pence, and that he can
make out of them a dinner for a family of five or six, all the good wives open their eyes, and wonder how on earth it can be done;. and when he passes round his dishes, and they taste how delicious it is, they are full of admiration. Work away, then, poor brother, for you may succeed in doing great things in your ministry, and if so, your welcome of “Well done, good and faithful servant,” will be all the more emphatic because yon laboured under serions difficulties.
If a man can purchase but very few books, my first advice to him would be, let him purchase the very best. If he cannot spend much, let him spend well. The best will always be the cheapest. Leave . mere dilutions and attenuations to those who can afford such luxuries. Do not buy milk and water, but get condensed milk, and put what water you like to it yourself. This age is full of word-spinners-professional book-makers, who hammer a grain of matter so thin that it will cover a five-acre sheet of paper ; these men have their uses, as gold-beaters have, but they are of no use to you. Farmers on our coast used to cart wagon-loads of seaweed and put them upon their land; the heaviest part was the water ; now they dry the weeds, and save a world of labour and expense. Don't buy thin soup ; buy the essence of meat. Get much in little. Prefer books which abound in what Dr. James Hamilton used to call “ Bibline," or the essence of books. You require accurate, condensed, reliable, standard books, and should make sure that you get them. In preparing his “Horæ Biblicæ Quotidianæ,” which is an admirable comment upon the Bible, Dr. Chalmers used only the “Concordance," the “ Pictorial Bible,” “ Poole's Synopsis,” “Matthew Henry's Commentary,” and “ Robinson's Researches in Palestine.” “ These are the books I use,” said he to a friend; “ all that is Biblical is there; I have to do with nothing besides in my Biblical study.” This shows that those who have unlimited stores at their command, yet find a few standard books sufficient. If Dr. Chalmers were now alive, he would probably take Thomson's " Land and the Book," instead of Robinson's “ Researches," and give up the “ Pictorial Bible” for Kitto's “ Daily Bible Illustrations ;” at least I should recommend the alteration to most men. This is clear evidence that some most eminent preachers have found that they could do better with few books than with many, when studying the Scriptures, and this, I take it, is our main business.
Forego, then, without regret, the many books which, like poor Hodge's razors, of famous memory, " are made to sell," and do sell those who buy them, as well as themselves. Matthew Henry's Com. mentary having been mentioned, I venture to say that no better investment can be made, by any minister, than that peerless exposition. Get it, if you sell your coat to buy it.
The next rule I shall lay down is, master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and re-read them, masticate them, and digest them. Let them go into your very self. Peruse a good book several times, and make notes and analyses of it. A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books which, he has merely skimmed, lapping at them, as the classic proverb puts it "as the dogs drink of Nilus.” Little learning and much pride come of