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The writer trusts that in compiling the present volume he is not putting together again the pieces of an idol which God had shattered; in other words, reinstating in its lonely shrine the object of a parental affection too fond, and of a father's hope too ambitious. Severe, yet wise and loving, has been the discipline by which God has sought to chasten and subdue the heart's idolatry. That heart, sincere and undivided, He will have. And worthy, most worthy, is He of affection's deepest, supremest pulse. Were every being and every object in the universe annihilated but Jesus, He were enough to fill the soul with happiness, and eternity with admiration and praise.
And yet we may love the dead! “The love that survives the tomb," remarks a distinguished American writer, * "is one of the noblest attributes