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PREFACE.

DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN, was my excellent father's charge to me his first-born son; and, conscious, as I am, of my hitherto imperfect compliance with this admirable injunction, and of my now weakened powers, the desire to fulfil it still remains, and has produced the present publication. For age and infirmities having nearly confined me to my house, I grew anxious to avoid the danger of becoming totally useless: and, a small collection of poems, moral and divine, having been given me when a boy by one of my school-fellows, (most of which I committed to memory,) it occurred to me, that by republishing these, I might afford to others the pleasure and comfort which I have myself derived from them during the course of my long life. And being informed that a

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