Sermon on The Great Fire of London, 1666

Title

Sermon on The Great Fire of London, 1666

Description

London's Calamity by Fire Bewailed and Improved in a Sermon was preached in 1666 by the Reverend Robert Elborough, the pastor of St. Laurence Pountney, immediately after the Great Fire, which destroyed his church. The displaced minister described the fire as divine judgment on a depraved and dissolute city. His sermon drew on the typology of the Old Testament God who punishes sin with power and justice. "The Lord grant, that what shall be discovered, may be so improved, as that though our houses be destroyed by Fire on earth, our souls may not be destroyed by Fire in Hell." There is comfort for the faithful, however, who are exhorted to amend their lives and rely upon the divine mercy. Only 23 pages in length, the sermon was delivered at St. James Dukes-Place and later published.

An acquaintance of Samuel Pepys, Elborough's displacement from St. Laurence Pountney is lamented in Pepys's famous diary, which also includes an important contemporary account of the tragedy. Other fire-related sermons exist from the autumn of 1666, and many churches were destroyed, including St. Paul's Cathedral, leaving the faithful few buildings in which to worship. Christopher Wren would later redesign St. Paul's with unprecendeted grandeur, which included a cupola similar to that of St. Peter's in Rome.

Creator

Robert Elborough

Source

London's Calamity by Fire Bewailed and Improved in a Sermon. London: M.S. for Dorman Newman, 1666.

Date

1666

Contributor

Leonardo J. Alcantara

Format

Pamphlet

Type

Text

Coverage

1450-1700

Files

Elborough_Robert-Londons_calamity_by_fire_bewailed-Wing-E320-1091_08-p1.pdf

Citation

Robert Elborough, “Sermon on The Great Fire of London, 1666,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2021, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/32.

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