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FROM

PIOUS AUTHORS:

COMPRISING

The Wheatshraf, Fruits and flowers,

Cardru, nuù ghrubberg.

WITH A BRIEF NOTICE

OF

TIB FORMER PUBLICATIONS OF THESE VOLUMES,

BY

JAMES MONTGOMERY.

Nebo Edition.

Philadelphia:

H ENRY LONGSTRETH,

NO. 347 MARKET ST.

18 55.

ANDOVER-HARVARD THEOLOGICAL LIBRAY CAMBRILS, MASS. A21.682

TO THE PUBLISHE3 OP

"Gleanings from Pious Authors,

AFTER READING THE FOUR VOLUMES OF

WBICE THE WORK IS COMPOSED.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-win towards men," was the song of the angels at the birth of our Saviour. To promote these blessed objects appears to have been the simple and sincere purpose of the Editor of this volume; in the compilation of which so much of delicate taste and sound judgment has been exercised, that it may perhaps be said, (and as the writer of this paragraph himself believes,) that on no page of its diversified and delightful contents can the eye of a candid inquirer even casually alight, without finding something worthy to be read, and remembered too.

JAMES MONTGOMERY.

THE MOUNT, NEAR SHEFFIELD,

November 22d, 1845.

Preface.

The small volumes now blended, were severally compiled in succession, and extended beyond the original purpose, in consequence of the reception they met with from the public. But for this, a more systematic arrangement might have been observed, especially as regards the affixing of some of the authors' names; an attempt for the most part early abandoned, from the great difficulty of discovering many of them.

If the thus gathering together of the results of much Christian experience be rendered useful to the community, it will be cause of gladness." How much precious truth," says a recent writer, “has been written, and published, by holy saints, and servants of God, which the world, that neither knoweth or careth for truth, has consigned to oblivion and contempt; but which, at the lapse of even hundreds of years from its first publication, is in some unexpected way, made to pierce and melt the heart of some poor wanderer from the true fold, and be the means of guiding it to the arms of the good Shepherd of Israel !"

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