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.FJRIJENBJLY VISIT

TO THE

House of Jttounung.

IN THE DAY OF ADVERSITY COS SIDES..

ECCL. Til. It.

Many are the sayings of the Wise,

In ancient and in modern books enrols d,

Extolling Patience

But to th' afflicted in his pangs their sound

Little prevails; or rather seems a tune

Harsh, and of dissonant moodfrom his complaint,

Unless he feel within

Some source of consolation from above;

Secret refreshings that repair his strength,

And fainting spirits uphold. Mlirox.

THE EIGHTH EDITION.

LONDON:

Printed by W. Flint, Old Bailer.
VOVL F. AND C. RITINGTONjST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD;
AND J. HATCHARD, PICCADILLY.

1806.

Price Tao Shillings in Beards.

ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL. A

FRIENDLY VISIT, Sec.

YOUR present affliction, my Dear Friend, demands something more than the usual forms of condolence.—-Sorrow, which like yours, cannot be prevented, may yet be alleviated and improved.1 This is my design in addressing you, and if I seem to intrude upon your retirement, let my motive be my apology. Having felt how much better it is to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting*;—having received my

Eccl. vji. 2.

A . best

best Lessons, Companions, and even Comforts, in it; I would administer from my little stock of experience: and while I thus endeavour to assist your meditations, shall rejoice if I may contribute, though but a mite, to your comfort.

Were I, indeed, acquainted with the peculiar circumstances of your loss, I should employ particular considerations: but my present address can have only a general aim; which is to acquaint the heart, at a favourable moment, with its grand concernsto give it a serious impression when softened', and a heavenly direction when moved.—Let us, therefore, sit down humbly together in this house of mourning :-—If the heart of the wife be found*, here, your experience, I hope, will prove that here also itis formed;-—and let us calmly contemplate some momentous Objects inti

* Eccl. vii. 4.

mately

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