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INTRODUCTION.

surrendered up its secret. They have studied it as an art—until the knowledge of pain has become a secret of power; their sensibility has been the gateway of vision, and the wandering and the wilderness and the pillow of stone have prepared the way for the opening of the heavens and the vision of angels.

Then their words are often concise and rememberable, and in many instances when the writer has obtained no fame as a singer

Loften the case in the authors of many of these selections which have quite passed away from ordinary memory—some little flakelet of verse has power to chasten and to cheer the spirit. In every instance the Editor would confess his obligations to the writers from whom he has quoted-and by the pleasure which any verse has given in its perusal, estimates the enjoyment it created in the heart of the writer.

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