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“ Make us glad according to the days wherein

thou hast afflicted us.”

NEW-YORK:
A. D. F. RAN DOLPH, 683 BRO A D W AY

1860.

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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by

ANSON D. F. RANDOLPH,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of New-York.

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JOHN A. GRAY, PRINTER & STEREOTYPER,

16 and 18 Jacob St.

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PREFACE.

This book is not intended for the mourner, but for the sick; not only for those sick unto death, but for the young and joyous, laid aside it may be for a few weeks, struck down suddenly by sickness or by accident; for the aged pilgrim, bending under infirmities, slight in the view of others, but to him the shadow of death; for all who, from any bodily weakness, are cut off from active employment, and while earth's busy noises are hushed, may lend a hearing ear to that voice which, for so many years, has charmed in vain, or, if long loved and sought, now more eagerly welcomed as the voice of the beloved, consoling and comforting in the day of trouble. The hymns are not all those which speak of sorrow and trial, or death and eternity—but the only other theme is the one never out of bliss, and still less so in the sick chamber Jesus, the great Physician, Jesus the Resurrection and the Life.

There are many books for the sick-room, containing poems full of beauty and of holy consolation; but they are poems—not hymns—and they who have watched beside the sick and dying know how many hours there

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