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HISTORY OF MY RELIGIOUS
“Commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth thy justice as the light, and thy judg-
JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, D.D.
OF THE ORATORY OF ST. PHILIP NERI.
The following History of my Religious Opinions, now that it is detached from the context in which it originally stood, requires some preliminary explanation; and that, not only in order to introduce it generally to the reader, but specially to make him understand, how I came to write a whole book about myself, and about my most private thoughts and feelings. Did I consult indeed my own impulses, I should do my best simply to wipe out of my Volume, and consign to oblivion, every trace of the circumstances to which it is to be ascribed; but its original title of “ Apologia” is too exactly
' borne out by its matter and structure, and these again are too suggestive of correlative circum
stances, and those circumstances are of too grave a o character, to allow of my indulging so natural a
wish. And therefore, though in this new Edition I have managed to omit nearly a hundred pages of my original Volume, which I could safely consider
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