King of Kings

One day Hugh Lattimer delivered a sermon before Henry VIII. The king was greatly displeased by Lattimer's insolence and ordered him to preach again on the following Sunday to make amends for the offence which he had caused.

Sunday soon arrived and Lattimer, after reading his text, began his sermon:

"Hugh Lattimer, dost thou know before whom thou are this day to speak? To the high and mighty monarch, the king's most excellent majesty, who can take away thy life, if thou offendest. Therefore, take heed that thou speakest not a word that may displease. But then consider well, Hugh, dost thou not know from whence thou comest -- upon Whose message thou are sent? Even by the great and mighty God, Who is all-present and Who beholdeth all thy ways and Who is able to cast thy soul into hell! Therefore, take care that thou deliverest thy message faithfully."

Latimer then proceeded to deliver the very sermon which he had given the preceding week -- with considerably more enthusiasm.

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