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BALM FOR THE STRICKEN,
ORIGINAL AND SELECTED,
By W. C. W. , ce
52 Washington Street,
To a venerated FATHER,
Enabling him to be “joyful in tribulations,”
Most gratefully dedicated,
By an affectionate son.
“Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, 0 ye my friends,” for the “ Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me,” has been the touching language, not only of the patriarch Job, and the weeping Naomi, but of multitudes of an afflicted race, before and since. Hence there is no exaggeration in the words of a modern poet :
“ The air is full of farewell's to the dying,
And mournings for the dead.” Often will ambassadors of Him who came to “ bind up the broken-hearted,” those who are appointed and empowered to be “sons of consolation,” sigh for sufficient leisure, amid manifold pastoral labors, to cull from the printed books of their libraries, and their “barrels of sermons” in manuscript, the most appropriate sayings for the suffering ones of earth, and to embody the same in permanent form for the world's benefit.
In the preparation of this new claimant of public attention, designed to be a Solace for the Bereaved in their hours of private sorrow, the compiler, whose former work on the “The Early Dead, or Transplanted Flowers,” has been favorably noticed in the press of the day, as well as read and prized by hundreds of broken families, would acknowledge his indebtedness to various authors, ancient and modern, especially Martin Luther, Thomas Brooks, John R. Macduff, Prof. Huntington, Dr. Bushnell, T. L. Cuyler, Henry Ward Beecher, Mrs. Hubbell, Mrs. Upham, and Harriett Beecher Stowe. And if the different congregations to which he has ministered, particularly the numerous circles of mourners among whom he has mingled as a sympathising friend on funeral occasions, meet with suggestions and illustrations