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A Christmas Sermon by Robert Louis Stevenson


By the time this paper appears, I shall have been talking for twelve months; and it is thought I should take my leave in a formal and seasonable manner. Valedictory eloquence is rare, and death-bed sayings have not often hit the mark of the occasion. Charles Second, wit and sceptic, a man whose life had been one long lesson in human incredulity, an easy-going comrade, a manoeuvring king -- remembered and embodied all his wit and scepticism along with more than his usual good humour in the famous |I am afraid, gentlemen, I am an unconscionable time a-dying.|

[Footnote 1: i.e. In the pages of Scribner's Magazine (1888).]

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