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will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify

Him with thanksgiving. ”- PSALM lxix., v. 30.

Leamington:
PRINTED BY J. BECK, “ADVERTISER” OFFICE, UPPER PARADE.

SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & Co., LONDON.

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PREFACE.

The following compositions have been hastily put together in the hope that when the writer has long ceased to appear in the land of the living, his rural friends and neighbours may have something besides his tombstone to remind them of one, who for many years has laboured and prayed for their good.

Of course, in such humble productions, all attempts at much embellishment, fine writing or eloquence, are utterly disclaimed, as not only unnecessary, but unsuited to the dignity and grandeur of the solemn subjects, which are considered, and the character and condition of the people to whom they were addressed. In fact, they are left to tell their own unvarnished, unadorned story, and in this respect it has been the author's utmost desire to imitate as far as he could the noble simplicity of that blessed Gospel upon which they are all founded. If, years to come, when the hand which has penned them has lain long in the grave, this little volume shall lie about in the cottages of his poor

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