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AFFLICTION AND DESERTION.
BY WAY OF CONSOLATION AND INSTRUCTION.
FROM SIBBS, MANTON, BISHOP REYNOLDS, FLAVEL, BATES, COLLINGS,
TOPLADY, HILL, JAY, ETC.
REVISED BY THE REV. J. EAST, M.A.
CURATE OF ST. MICHAEL'S, BATH.
“ Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in my trouble,”
"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable,"
“This is the promise which he hath promised us, even eternal life," 1 John ii. 25.
AND RICHARDSON, BRISTOL.
It has been a privilege to be permitted to revise this volume of
rich extracts from the writings of those eminent men, whose names
are acknowledged in the title-page. Having myself derived instruction and edification from that revision, I gladly recommend the compiling labours of a christian friend, to the numerous family
of the children of affliction, each of whom may here, under the
teaching of The Holy Ghost THE COMFORTER, find some topic of consolation adapted to his case, however peculiar.
It may be asked,—what need was there for another book on the subject of affliction ? Have we not already those that are excellent ?-Hill's “ It is Well.”—Cecil's “ Visit to the House of Mourning.”—“ Griffith and Thelwall on Affliction.” To this I would ansver, in the language of St. Paul, or rather of HIM, by whom St. Paul was inspired, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who COMFORTETH us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the comfort, wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God,” 2 Cor. i. 3, 4.
A heathen could say, “ Haud ignara mali miseris succurrere disco.". And ought a christian to do less? Those, who have passed through the deep waters (only) can appreciate the com