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HOURS OF SADNESS:

OR,

INSTRUCTION AND COMFORT

FOR

THE MOURNER.

Oh, let the accent of each word make known,
We mix the tears of Sion with our own.

QUARLES.

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C. Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.

PREFACE.

THE

THE Compiler, in his visits to the house of

mourning, has often had occasion to regret the want of such a little book as that for which he now respectfully solicits the candour and indulgence of the public.

He would observe, that he has not thought it desirable, in any department of the volume, to make many extracts from the same author; on the contrary, he has been anxious to bring forward a numerous body of witnesses in favour of those all-important, inestimable views of God and of eternity, which alone have power to relieve the burden of the mourner's heart, and to render his sorrow a holy and purifying principle.

As the pangs which are felt upon the dissolution of endearing connections are among the severest, so, if we are but faithful to ourselves, they may prove to be among the most salutary, of our earthly trials.

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