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“I was sick, and ye visited me."---MATT. XXV. 36.
“The greatest of all afflictions is an affliction lost,"

“God Almighty!
There is a soul of goodness in things evil,
Would men observingly distil it out i'

SHAKESPERE.

LONDON:

CHAPMAN, BROTHERS, 121, NEWGATE STREET.

RICHARD KINDER, PRINTER, GREEN ARBOUR COURT, OLD BAILEY.

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PREFACE.

DURING my pastoral visits to the sick, and in hours of indisposition which have fallen to my own portion, I have frequently felt the want of some little work, particularly adapted to the circumstances, which should tend to soothe, purify and elevate the mind. The following pages are submitted to the public in the hope of, to some extent, supplying this want, which I apprehend has been experienced by others, not less than by myself.

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