History and Antiquities of Glastonbury

History and Antiquities of Glastonbury
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THO the vulgar are generally incapable of judging antiquities, yet there are hardly any of them, but are very attentive, when things of this nature are talked of, especially if the discourse happens to be of the Church of which themselves are parishioners. Hence tis, that there are so many odd stories of the original of some churches, Churches, and of their being translated from one Place to another. Whatever Foundation there might have been at first for such Stories, they have, however, been mightily improved by the constant additions that have been made to them, as cannot otherwise but happen, when History is only conveyed by Tradition. There is not the least probability in some of these Stories, and yet the most incredible of them are oftentimes listened to with greater attention, than to the most rational and solid discourses in Divinity. A Thing so well known to our first Reformers, that they would often
bring Stories into their Sermons, on purpose to draw their Parishioners to Church , who were otherwise more ready to stay away. The Story of Tenterden Steeple is famous.