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* Religion's all. Descending from the skies

To wretched man. the goddess in her left
Holds out this world, and in her right the next.
Religion! the sole voucher man is man;
Supporter sole of man above himself;
F'en in this night of frailty, change, and death,
She gives the soul a soul that acts a god.
Religion! Providence ! an after state!
Here is firm footing; here is solid rock;
This can support us; all is sea besides;
Sinks under us; bestorms, and then devoura.
His hand the good man fasteng on the skies,
And bids earth roll, nor feels her idle whirl"

Young,

. LONDON: .
WERTHEIM & MACINTOSH, PATERNOSTER ROW,

BIRMINGHAM: T. A. RAGG, HIGH STREET,

1859.

101. .205.

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TO SIR JOHN RATCLIFF,

MAYOR OF BIRMINGHAM,

THIS LITTLE VOLUME IS

(BY PERMISSION)

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED,

BY HIS

OBLIGED, HUMBLE servant

THE AUTHOR.

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PRE FACE.

In placing the following pages before the Public, it has been my aim throughout to avoid Sectarian controversy, and to give a clear exposition of the dire effects of sin, and the sacred influences of Christianity, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures ; in hope of improving the moral and religious condition of those who may deem them worthy of their perusal. Should the design be accomplished, the pleasure of having in any degree contributed to the extension of His blessed kingdom “ Who hath loved me, and given himself for me,” will be greatly enhanced ; and to Him would I ascribe all glory. High Street, Tinighton,

March, 1859.

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