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MARTHA DRYLAND:

OR,

STRENGTH IN QUIETNESS.

Brief Memorials of a Sunday-School Teacher.

BY

JAMES SPENCE, D.D.

MINISTER OF THE POULTRY CHAPEL, LONDON.

LONDON:

JOHN SNOW, 35, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCLXII.

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TO

THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS

OF ENGLAND,

These Memorials

OF ONE WHOSE HIGHEST JOY WAS TO LE,

FOR CHRIST'S SAKE,

A FELLOW-LABOURER WITH THEM IN THEIR WORK OF

FAITH AND LOVE,

ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.

PREFACE.

It has been said that “the more limited the sphere of a true and noble life, the more reason there is for making it public." If this is true, all who knew the subject of the following memorials would admit the claim of her life to some permanent record. More than a year had elapsed after Miss Dryland's decease before the thought of any such record was seriously entertained. The publication of these brief memorials, therefore, is not the result of any sudden impulse excited by partial affection or acute sorrow, but of a conviction in the minds of many, that some notice of the life of one whose motto pre-eminently was, "For me to live is Christ," and who "in quietness and confidence" found "strength" to work for Him, would prove useful to others. With this view and hope, this little volume is sent forth in humble dependence on the blessing of Him who is “our Life,” and whose life is our Light.

December, 1861.

STRENGTH IN QUIETNESS:

Memorials of a Sunday-school Teacher.

CHAPTER 1.

LEARNING.

“Oh! say not, dream not, heavenly notes

To childish ears are vain,
That the young mind at random floats,

And cannot reach the strain.
Dim or unheard the words may fall,

And yet the heaven-taught mind
May learn the sacred air, and all

The harmony unwind.
Was not our Lord a little child,

Taught by degrees to pray,
By father dear and mother mild

Instructed day by day ?”—KEBLE.

THESE words may fitly introduce the memorials of one who “ from a child knew the Holy Scriptures," and who from her birth was the subject of much parental solicitude and many prayers.

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