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House of Mourning.
IN THE DAY OF ADV ERSITY CONSIDER,
ECCL. VII. 14.
Many are the sayings of the Wise,
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YOUR present ami&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 '
mative 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
Eccl. vii. 2.
beft Lefons, 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 impreffion when softened; and a heavenly direction when moved. Let us, therefore, sit down humbly together in this house of mourning :-If the heart of the wise be found* here, your experience, I hope, will prove that here also it is formed ;- and let us calmly contemplate fome momentous Objects inti
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