Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

Preaching near the Gallows


On Mr. Whitefield's preaching near the Gallows
on Kennington Common

To giddy Crowds Whitefield harangues at Seven,
To starve and pray, the only Road to Heav'n;
Enthron'd amidst the circling Rabble, teaches
To be new-born, and such-like Topicks preaches:
And if his frantick Sermons miss their Aim,
Its hop'd the Gallows will their Lives reclaim.

(Read's Weekly Journal, or, British-Gazetteer)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Preaching near the Gallows, 1739", 31 December 2005 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/preacher.htm>

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