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THIS COMPILATION

IS AFFECTIONATELY

DEDICATED

TO THE

FOLLOWERS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,

WITH A

FERVENT PRAYER THAT THE GREAT HEAD OF THE CHURCH
WOULD ACCOMPANY IT WITH HIS BLESSING, FOR
THE COMFORT AND EDIFICATION OF HIS

AFFLICTED PEOPLE,

BY

A VILLAGE PASTOR.

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PSALM lxxiii. 25.--Whom have I in heaven but thee? And

there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.

That admirable collection of divine songs which we call the Psalms contains instruction and advice suited to every rank and condition of life, and is wonderfully calculated to keep alive and assist the devotions of every Christian, in whatever state he finds himself; but if there is any situation for which these sacred hymns seem more peculiarly adapted than to any other, it is in a time of affliction. The grand and enlivening themes, indeed, which are presented in every Psalm, are of a nature, to kindle the affections, and to raise the heart above the shifting scenes of life. But there are many that have been composed with immediate reference to a state of depression and sorrow; from which the wounded heart may derive the cordial of consolation ; where it is taught, and as it were dragged along with a holy violence, to pour its woes and cares into the ear of a gracious God. So true are these observations, that we venture to assert, that there is scarce a page in that invaluable collection on which the troubled spirit may, not find something to assuage its anguish.

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