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PREFACE.

iHE following Poems have been written during brief seasons of relaxation from unusually arduous and pressing duties of ministerial life. In these days of increasing activity and excitement, when heavy demands are constantly being made on our mental resources, as well as on our energy and physical strength, the soul truly appreciates the obtainment of even a few occasional hours of holy quietude, and undisturbed and peaceful rest.

Such intervals of brief retirement from the performance of the hard and stern duties which devolve upon us are not only necessary for the restoration of our physical powers, but they are also greatly conducive to meditation and reflection, while they

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