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The writings of famous nineteenth-century Irish poet and Anglican archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench have been collected into this indispensable bundle for Logos! Containing everything from his preaching and theological works to his poetry and lexicology, the Works of Richard Chenevix Trench is a collection unique to Logos Bible Software. Enhance your study through Trench’s unique insight as a linguist and semanticist in his commentaries on Scripture, and through his religious poetry explore his heartfelt response to the gospel invitation.

Renowned as a poet, teacher, and archbishop, Trench was famed for his early work studying the English language, for his unmatched knowledge of church history, and for his love for preaching. This collection contains just over one hundred lectures and sermons, dozens of studies of Scripture, over one hundred of his poems (including drafts and unpublished poems), hundreds of religious and secular creative works translated and annotated by Trench, and his works developing writing and publishing standards for the English language.

The digital Logos editions of these volumes give you unprecedented ability to perform research by bringing your whole library into the fold, hyperlinking Bible verses to your preferred translation and linking cross-references to the resources already in your digital library. Perform thorough searches instantly, finding everything Trench has to say on “Tertullian” or “elegiac poem.”

Key Features

  • Amazing resources for researching classical and ancient Christian poetry in English, Latin, and Greek
  • Sermons, lectures, and expositions inspired deeply by Augustine, Tertullian, Ambrose, and other classical Christian thinkers
  • Profound knowledge of the church’s history in Europe
  • Perfect for researching late Victorian philology, especially in relation to the Bible

Individual Titles

Notes on the Miracles of Our Lord

  • Edition: 8th
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1866
  • Pages: 485

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An extensive commentary on the specific miracles of Jesus, Notes on the Miracles of Our Lord explores each miraculous sign, healing, and exorcism. Bringing special attention to the Latin and Greek texts of the Gospels, Trench reaches into the meaning of each miracle by analyzing its vocabulary and semantics and the cause-and-effect relationship of the miracle and the crowd’s response, all in the scope of Jesus’ mission. Trench brings in classical theologians and commentators to further develop his research, including Augustine, Tertullian, Calvin, and Lightfoot.

Praise for the Print Edition

In this, the author examines the names of the miracles; their nature; their authority; the evangelical compared with the other cycles of miracles; the assaults on miracles, [whether] Jewish, heathen, and infidel; the claim of any modern church to this power . . . and the apologetic worth of miracles. In his examination of the miracles themselves, he has enriched his own reflections, both in the text and in copious notes, with the testimony or opinions of the Fathers, and of ancient and modern writers. No author of prominence seems to have escaped him.

—Nathaniel Smith Richardson, The Church Review, vol. 3

Notes on the Parables of Our Lord

  • Edition: 12th
  • Publisher: D. Appleton & Company
  • Publication Date: 1867
  • Pages: 425

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Similar to Notes on the Miracles of Our Lord, this volume provides detailed and well-researched commentary on each parable told by Jesus throughout the Gospels. Providing his thoughtful interpretation as well as cross-referencing and quoting classical Latin commentaries such as Ambrose and Augustine, Trench treats each parable with solemn reverence and profound conviction. Your exegetical study of Jesus’ parables will certainly deepen with the lengthy and respectable commentary of Trench.

Praise for the Print Edition

His lectures on the parables ... are, on the whole, the very best illustrations of what commentaries on the New Testament should be.

Universalist Quarterly and General Review, vols. 11–12

On the Lessons in Proverbs

  • Publisher: Redfield
  • Publication Date: 1853
  • Pages: 140

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These lectures, given to Young Men’s Societies throughout southern England in the mid-nineteenth century, were given for both the Bible scholar and the English reader to address the study of both biblical and cultural proverbs. Comparing the language and structure used in proverbs and ancient poetry, Trench digs deep into each aspect of proverbs, delivering a lesson applicable to any area of research on Proverbs.

The lectures contained include:

  • The Form and Generation of Proverbs
  • The Proverbs of Different Nations Compared
  • The Poetry, Wit, and Wisdom of Proverbs
  • The Morality of Proverbs
  • The Theology of Proverbs
  • Appendix: The Metrical Latin Proverbs of the Middle Ages

The Hulsean Lectures for 1845 and 1846: The Fitness of Holy Scripture for Unfolding the Spiritual Life of Men and Christ the Desire of All Nations

  • Series: Hulsean Lecture Series
  • Edition: 2nd, revised
  • Publisher: H. Hooker
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 257

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The Hulsean Lectures have been a longstanding tradition at Cambridge University, dating back to 1820 when the lectureship began and continuing on to this very day. Richard Chenevix Trench was invited to speak in the Hulsean Lecture series in both 1845 and 1846, delivering the then-traditional eight lectures per year. These sixteen lectures (eight apiece) on “The Fitness of Holy Scripture for Unfolding the Spiritual Life of Men,” which discusses the development of Scripture and its fruitfulness, and “Christ the Desire of All Nations,” which presents lessons from Christ’s life and work, are still as inspiring today as when they were first spoken.

Sacred Latin Poetry

  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1849
  • Pages: 316

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Collecting centuries of Christian Latin poetry in an annotated and commentated volume, Sacred Latin Poetry studies the poetics of Ambrose, Adam of St. Victor, Jacobus de Benedictis, Peter Damiani, and others. Transcribed from their original Latin and collected into this volume, this is a unique resource that provides a rare Christian study of poetics on ancient Latin poetry.

Poets include:

  • Adam of St. Victor
  • St. Ambrose
  • Peter the Venerable
  • St. Bernard
  • Bonaventura
  • Hildebert
  • Robert II, King of France
  • John Mauburn
  • Jacobus de Benedictis
  • Jacob Balde
  • Peter Damiani
  • Fortunatus
  • Thomas of Celano
  • Thomas à Kempis
  • Bernard of Clubny
  • Alanus de Insulis

Studies in the Gospels

  • Publisher: Charles Scribner & Company
  • Publication Date: 1867
  • Pages: 326

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Richard Chenevix Trench contends that, despite the message of the Gospels being plain and straightforward in comparison with the epistles of Paul, the Gospels still contain some challenging and difficult passages that merit extrapolation. Containing 16 studies on perplexing Gospel passages, Studies in the Gospels is an essential study of the Gospels, with footnotes and cross-references to related ancient commentators, such as Jerome, Origen, Augustine, and Ambrose.

Praise for the Print Edition

Archbishop Trench . . . justly affirms . . . [that] the difficulties of the Gospels are fully as great as the difficulties of the Epistles; and that not merely in the form, but in the very substance of the thought; that the words of Christ indeed ‘must be at once the highest and the deepest of all, that in his life there must be mysteries which find only their remote resemblance in the lives of any others.’

Robert Vaughan, The British Quarterly Review, vol. 46

Brief Thoughts and Meditations on Some Passages in Holy Scripture

  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 144

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Taking 34 different moments in Scripture and contemplating on their meaning and possibilities, Trench freely shares his thoughts on each verse. Filled with exploratory questions, meditation on purpose, and personal interpretation, this volume reads more as a personal journal than a sermon or lecture. Giving intimate insight into Trench’s personal devotional life, it also stands as a brief exegetical study of Scripture from one of the most respected Bible scholars of the mid-nineteenth century.

Lectures on Medieval Church History

  • Edition: 2nd, revised and improved
  • Publisher: Kegan, Paul, Trench, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1886
  • Pages: 453

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Publishing 29 of his lectures from his teachings on church history, Trench passes on his course materials down from his era to ours. Specializing in Christianity in the Middle Ages, the lectures from Lectures on Medieval Church History covers the wide scope of Christianity from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation.

Sermons Preached before the University of Cambridge

  • Publisher: Redfield
  • Publication Date: 1857
  • Pages: 137

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These five sermons on Christ were preached at the University of Cambridge in January of 1843. Preaching out of the Gospel of John, Trench delivers some of his most famous sermons in this volume, convicting readers of the power, divinity, and love of Christ.

Sermons Preached in Westminster Abbey

  • Publisher: W. J. Widdleton
  • Publication Date: 1866
  • Pages: 368

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These 33 sermons were preached before Westminster Abbey starting on Advent Sunday in 1859 and continuing through 1860 for 33 consecutive weeks. Rich with the knowledge of church history and the pastoral messages of the Bible, these sermons are a classical illustration of preaching by Scripture.

Praise for the Print Edition

The sermons were evidently written and preached with an earnest moral purpose that they should have a practical bearing on life. These are, for the most part, appeals to the conscience and heart; and . . . they suggest many good and important things in relation to the conduct of life and the superior excellence of Christian living. . . . they seem to us to contain the cream of the Archbishop’s sermons.

The Universalist Quarterly and General Review, vol. 26

Shipwrecks of Faith: Three Sermons

  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1867
  • Pages: 83

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Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith, have made shipwreck.—1 Timothy 1:19

These three essential sermons illustrate the “shipwrecks” that were the faiths of three primary biblical characters: Balaam, Saul, and Judas Iscariot. Each sermon is a character analysis of how each biblical character began faith, a penetrating look into where they went wrong, and a sincere conviction on how avoid the same fate ourselves.

Sermons Preached for the Most Part in Ireland

  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 367

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These 32 sermons span across topics, characters, and stories from the Old and New Testaments, giving a broad range of pastoral scholarship from Scripture from Trench. With sermons ranging from “Joseph and His Brethren” and “The Love of Money,” Trench demonstrates his thorough application of faith and virtue to his preaching from his deep knowledge and sincere practice of the Christian life.

Sermons New and Old

  • Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1886
  • Pages: 306

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These sermons, for the most part, illustrate the most consistent biblical exegesis and application of Scripture out of the rest of Trench’s sermon collections. In these 24 sermons, Trench analyzes Scripture most deeply, applying the knowledge of Scripture to church history, and compelling us to consider its meaning for the present age.

Westminster and Other Sermons

  • Publisher: D. Appleton & Company
  • Publication Date: 1886
  • Pages: 306

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“The Prodigalities of Love,” “Lost Opportunities of Service,” and “A Word from the Cross” are some of the 25 sermons collected in this volume, giving us convictions of our character, drawing attention to the present work of Christ, and preaching against the prolonging of sin in a Christian’s life.

A Charge Delivered to the Clergy of the Dioceses of Dublin, Glandelagh, and Kildare

  • Publisher: Hodges, Foster, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 64

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This 64-page letter of conviction, admonishment, edification, and administrative logistics was given in September 1871 to the reverend and brethren of the Dioceses of Dublin, Glandelagh, and Kildare and disseminated to church clergy throughout. Interestingly, this charge contains mostly issues of the Irish church-state affairs of the time, provides insight on the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland (which, despite being Anglican, Trench strongly opposed), and reveals their relationships to the Church of England and the American churches abroad.

St. Augustine as an Interpreter of Holy Scripture

  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1851
  • Pages: 156

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This work is Trench’s critical study of Augustine of Hippo, primarily of Augustine’s qualifications to be an authority on Scripture. Digging into the character and writings of Augustine, Trench analyzes Augustine’s exposition on the Bible, his lifestyle and theology, and the profound impact of his beliefs upon an individual’s life.

Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Drawn from the Writings of St. Augustine

  • Edition: 2nd Edition, revised and improved
  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1851
  • Pages: 335

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An expositional commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, this volume takes great care to synthesize Augustine’s commentary on Scripture with Trench’s own reading. Treading verse-by-verse through Matthew 5–7, Trench thoughtfully compares and balances his readings with Augustine’s, creating a cooperative exegetical commentary on Scripture.

Praise for the Print Edition

Biblical students will be glad to possess this revised edition of Dr. Trench’s excellent book. . . . It is not a translation of Augustine’s formal exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, but an attempt to draw together, from the whole of his writings, what he has written in elucidation of it. The words are very largely Dr. Trench’s, giving the sense of what Augustine says. . . . and great service is done when in a work like this his great penetrating power, critical acumen, and marvelous sagacity are presented to English readers.

Robert Vaughan, The British Quarterly Review, vol. 50

Poems

  • Edition: 8th
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1879
  • Pages: 412

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Containing over one hundred excellent poems by Richard Chenevix Trench and dozens of Persian poems that were his inspiration, this colossal collection of poetry showcases forms of worship and praise less prolific in the modern world. Sonnets, couplets, elegies, and epics fill this volume, beginning with Trench’s most famous “The Story of Justin Martyr” and including other beloved poems, such as “The Monk and the Bird” and “The True Pilgrim.”

Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop: Letters and Memorials, vol. 1

  • Publisher: Kegan, Paul, Trench, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 346

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Compiling something of a biography out of Trench’s personal and public letters and addresses, Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop provides a scrupulous insight into his life, his poetry, and his preaching. These writings contain some of his unfinished poetry, his traveling experiences, and his theological musings that won’t be found in any other volume.

Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop: Letters and Memorials, vol. 2

  • Publisher: Kegan, Paul, Trench, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 234

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Continuing the humble biography of his life, the second volume of Richard Chenevix Trench continues his letters, correspondence, and addresses from the time of his inauguration as archbishop until the end of his life. This volume includes many letters from the laity to the archbishop, asking theological and liturgical questions, petitioning for prayer, and providing edification for his character.

Journal Kept During a Visit to Germany in 1799, 1800

  • Author: Melesina Trench
  • Editor: Richard Chenevix Trench
  • Publication Date: 1861
  • Pages: 105

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Years before marrying Richard Trench and giving birth to Richard Chenevix Trench, Melesina Chenevix became known throughout Ireland as a writer and poet. Having recently become widowed by her first husband, Melesina left Dublin and traveled across Europe, meeting some of the aristocracy of European society during her travels. The journal that she kept has always remained unpublished, although it was later edited and publicly released by her son, Richard Chenevix Trench, who brought them to publicity after her death. Primarily as a record to remember her travels and the grandeur she once knew, this journal reveals first-hand insight into the highest societies of continental Europe at the end of the eighteenth century.

Melesina Chenevix Trench (1768–1827) was an Irish writer and poet. She traveled extensively, meeting John Quincy Adams, Lucien Bonaparte, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Lord Horatio Nelson in her travels. She is the mother of Richard Chenevix Trench, renowned poet and Archbishop of Dublin.

Gustavus Adolphus and Social Aspects of the Thirty Years’ War

  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1865
  • Pages: 144

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These two history lectures cover the political and social movements in Germany in the early seventeenth century, leading up to the Thirty Years’ War. Containing aspects of the German social church life and a brief analysis of culture (not without German poetry, of course), these lectures leave the reader contemplating the state of German Protestantism after the war was over.

Plutarch: His Life, His Lives, and His Morals

  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 131

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A compilation of lectures spoken by Trench, this volume teaches about the life and ideals of Plutarch, the famous classical Greek writer and magistrate.

Life’s a Dream: The Great Theatre of the World from the Spanish of Calderon

  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 229

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A biography of early seventeenth-century Spanish poet and dramatist Pedro Calderón de la Barca, this work by Trench explores the literature of Spain in the 1600s and the “genius of Calderón,” through his plays and poems alike. This volume concludes with Trench’s own translation of “Life’s a Dream” and “The Great Theatre of the World.”

A Household Book of English Poetry

  • Edition: 2nd, revised
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1870
  • Pages: 438

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Trench’s collection of essential English poetry includes only the best poets and writers leading up to his day: William Blake, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Keats, Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, and William Wordsworth are just the tip of the iceberg. With a commentary of footnotes by Trench himself and over a hundred authors, this anthology of English poetry is, as Trench himself says, “a treasury of English Poetry.”

On Some Deficiencies in Our English Dictionaries

  • Edition: 2nd, revised and enlarged
  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 78

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One of Trench’s most famous works, this volume calls to attention the lexicography of his day, demanding a reform that accommodates the broader scope of the language used in English poetry throughout the centuries. It is perhaps this work that set in motion the creation of the Oxford Dictionary, which to this day is among the premier authorities on the English language in existence.

On the Authorized Version of the New Testament

  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 146

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Responding to the proposals for revisions to the Authorized Version, Trench provides a comprehensive discourse on the translation process of Greek and Latin and the colloquial challenges of his modern English. Coming only a few years after his famous Synonyms of the New Testament, Trench demonstrates his linguistic genius in his defense of the Authorized Version and his suggestions, often going into detail on word-for-word translations, for implementing new revisions for a new standard English Bible.

Praise for the Print Edition

Dr. Trench states, with clearness and with becoming solemnity, the difficulties attending every attempt to translate the inspired oracles from one language into another. These difficulties, great even in the case of translating some high and original work of human genius, can ‘nowhere be so many and so great as in the rendering of that Book which is sole of its kind.’

—William Hendry Stowell, The Eclectic Review, vol. 4

English, Past and Present

  • Edition: 4th, revised
  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 263

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A history of the English language, with great attention to the particular details of its transformations, is followed in this book. Intended for use as a text for school, this book not only covers an overview of the development of English, but the benefits of its changes throughout the centuries, with a special focus on contemporary changes and shifts in vocabulary and usage.

A Select Glossary of English Words Used Formerly in Senses Different from Their Present

  • Publisher: Redfield
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 215

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Another of Trench’s contributions to the study of the English language, this volume is a glossary of specific words that have subtle shifts in meaning and departures from their etymological roots. This text is a fascinating look at the evolution of language and the semantic changes occurring in the mid-1800s.

On the Study of Words

  • Edition: 6th
  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 263

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One of Trench’s greatest philological works, On the Study of Words contains the lectures from which Trench taught etymology, semantics, and language at Winchester. In this volume, Trench analyzes the morality of words, the history of words, and the diminishment of the English language.

About Richard Chenevix Trench

Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886) graduated from Trinity College in Cambridge in 1829. A well-respected Irish poet, Trench wrote extensively on lexicology, semantics, and philology, bringing attention to the contemporary conventions of writing that necessitated the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, a standard for English grammar and writing. He was appointed as Dean of Westminster College from 1856 until his appointment as Archbishop over Dublin in 1864. He wrote extensive topical commentaries on the New Testament as well as on English and Latin poetry. He lectured and preached widely from Westminster to King’s College.

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of Richard Chenevix Trench
  • Author: Richard Chenevix Trench
  • Volumes: 30
  • Pages: 7,684