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The writer of this little book of Collects has not the
slightest intention of undervaluing the Liturgical service of the Church of England; he entertains for it the highest veneration and regard. Those who are desirous of worshipping God in spirit and in truth will ever find that service most admirably adapted to every purpose of heartfelt, fervent devotion; for whatsoever may be their circumstances, situation, or necessities, it is always suitable. Its language also is well worthy of the solemn purpose to which it is applied: since for comprehensive fulness, majestic simplicity, rich chastity, and devotional sweetness of expression, it stands unrivalled within the whole compass of uninspired composition.
But still the writer, for some time past, has not been able to resist the impression that, as it regards the Collects commonly used before and after sermon, there is often evident, something like a want of adaptation and variety. Many Clergymen feel this, and in order to remedy the inconvenience have recourse to extem