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As a homely digger may show a man a rich mine, so what erer the Book may be which is presented to you, that which I renummond to you is a matchen ode.

Hom. ROKEET BOTLI': Preface to the

Sugle of the Holy ScriptureL

THESE RHYMES

ARE AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED TO

MY DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS,

ET ONE WHO, HAVING LONG BEEN ANXIOUS FOR

THEIR HIGHEST INTERESTS,

CANNOT CONSULT THEM BETTER,

THAN BY EARNESTLY RECOMMENDING TO THEIR

SERIOUS AND DAILY PERUSAL,

THAT SACRED VOLUME,

EMPHATICALLY CALLED

THE BOOK

PREFACE

TO THE SECOND EDITION.

An apology is due to the purchasers of the First Edition of this slight piece, for the large additions made to the present. The First Edition was sent to the press so hastily, owing to the Author's bad state of health, that till she saw it in print, she was not fully sensible of its deficiencies.

The Author had originally no intention of offering this trifle to the public; but some friends who saw the original manuscript suggested, that at a time when such insidious attempts were making by the industry of impiety, to corrupt the principles, and to alienate the minds of youth altogether from the study and belief of the Holy Scriptures, this little publication might not be wholly useless or unseasonable.

She is well aware that many important characters, many striking facts, many engaging histories, might have been additionally introduced, and the little volume had been thus rendered less imperfect. But having in an early attempt to treat on sacred subjects * introduced many of the most interesting characters and incidents of the Old Testament, they are here frequently omitted, or more superficially touched on.

* See Sacred Dramas, and Reflections of King Hezekiah,

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