The two sermons contained in this volume are the
only sermons of Bishop Payne that have ever been
published. It is true that fragments of other sermons
of his may be found in print, but none save these in
complete form. The fact that these sermons are the
only ones delivered by Bishop Payne that have been
published in full adds greatly to their value and signif¬
icance. The sermons speak for themselves; and yet it
is but just to say that much of their clearness and force
is blurred and impaired by the inability of the ste¬
nographer, who is a foreigner of recent coming to this
country, to preserve in character-form in every particu¬
lar the exact ^ords which constituted the utterances
of Bishop Payne.
The sermons were not preached from manuscript,
neither were they arranged in that form. They are the
extempore sayings of a man full of years and wisdom.
The sermons in published form by no means reveal the
spirit in which they were delivered. If ever man
spake with the "tongue of fire," it was Bishop Payne
on the occasion of the delivery of these two sermons.
Though weighted with the infirmities of more than
seventy-seven years, he seemed to be as strong and vig¬
orous as a young giant. That he spake under the in-