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BAPTIST

MAGAZINE

FOR

1871.

THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS WORK ARE GIVEN TO THE
WIDOWS OF BAPTIST MINISTERS, AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE

CONTRIBUTORS.

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LONDON:
YATES AND ALEXANDER, SYMONDS INN, CHANCERY LANE.

MDCCCLXXI.

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HER

ERE stand we again on the tions which we cherish in respect

threshold of a new year; of this "new year”? We know

and in the dim twilight of that this year will be, very largely, its early dawn, not knowing what as those that are dead and gone ; the said new year has in store for but, this notwithstanding, we have any one of us, we are all busily no heart to chide into silence the engaged in the exchange of con- joyous utterances concerning it gratulations. We have already which, in our soberer moments, said to one another "A happy we feel to be exaggerated and unnew year" so many times, that reasonable. It will do no harm we begin to cherish a vague belief to greet with our best wishes the that this year is destined to be a “new-born child ” of time, though happier one than any that have clouds may be already casting their gone before. Yet, wherefore these shadow on the young stranger. congratulations? Wherefore the Let us then, before we say another merry chimes of these joy-bells, word, wish one another * a happy with which we greet the stranger new year;" and let us do this, rewho gives no sign of the errand membering that the year-withon which he comes ? Judging out overflowing with merriment from the years which are past, and good fortune, having its full wherefore these hopeful expecta- share of dark days as well as

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