"I may preach to the ear, but I cannot reach the heart. My words are but as empty vapour without the Spirit’s power. Joseph Irons' hymn is painfully, yet pleasantly, true:--
'We have listen’d to the preacher,
Truth by him has now been shown;
But we want a greater Teacher,
From the everlasting throne;
Application is the work of God alone.'"
-- From The Masters of Assemblies, by Thomas Bradbury, April 13, 1879