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THE

SILENT PASTOR;

OR

CONSOLATIONS FOR THE SICK.

BY

THOMAS SADLE

I was sick, and ye visited me."---MATT. XXV. 36.
“The greatest of all afflictions is an affliction lost,"

“God Almighty !
There is a soul of goodness in things evil,
Would men observingly distil it out I"

SHAKESPERE.

LONDON:
CHAPMAN, BROTHERS, 121, NEWGATE STREET.

RICHARD KINDER, PRINTER, GREEN ARMOUR COURT, OLD BAILEY. TO

MY MOTHER,

TO WHOM I OWE MORE THAN TO ANY OTHER

LIVING FRIEND,

AND WHO HAS LONG BORNE,

AND IS STILL BEARING,

WITH EXEMPLARY PATIENCE AND FORTITUDE,

ONE OF THOSE SEVERE ILLNESSES

WITH WHICH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER

SOMETIMES SEES FIT TO EXERCISE US,

THIS LITTLE WORK

IS DEDICATED,

WITH WARM AND GRATEFUL AFFECTION.

PREFACE.

DURING my pastoral visits to the sick, and in hours of indisposition which have fallen to my own portion, I have frequently felt the want of some little work, particularly adapted to the circumstances, which should tend to soothe, purify and elevate the mind. The following pages are submitted to the public in the hope of, to some extent, supplying this want, which I apprehend has been experienced by others, not less than by myself.

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