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FRIENDLY VISIT

TO THE

House of Mourning.

IN THE DAY OF ADV ERSITY CONSIDER,

ECCL. VII. 14.

Many are the sayings of the Wise,
In ancient and in modern books enrollid,
Extolling Patįence-
But to th affiicted in his pangs their sound
Little prevails; or rather seems a lune
Harsh, and of dissonant mood

from his complaint,
Unless he feel within
Some source of consolation from above,
Secret refreshings that repair his strength,
And sainting spirits uphold.

MILTON,

THE EIGHTH EDITION.

LONDON:

Printed by W. Flint, Old Bailey,
FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD;

AND J. HATCHARD, PICCADILLY.

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1806.
Price Two Shillings in Bcards.

ENTERED AT STATIONERS HALL.

D
5 SEP 1956

LIBRARY

FRIENDLY VISIT, &c.

YOUR present affli&ion, my Dear, Friend, demands fomething more than the usual forms of condolence.- Sorrow, which like yours, cannot be prevented, may yet be alleviated and improved.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

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best Lejons, 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 confiderations : but my present address can have only a general aim; which is to acquaint the heart, at a favourable moment, with its grand concerns ;-to give it a serious impression when Softened; and a heavenly direction when moved. Let us, therefore, fit down humbly together in this house of mourning :-If the heart of the wise be found* here, your expe. rience, I hope, will prove that here also it is formed ;-and let us calmly contemplate fome momentous Objects inti

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