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LOVING THOUGHTS

FOR

HUMAN HEARTS.

BY THE

Rev. J. WATTS LETHBRIDGE,

AUTHOR OF

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WOMAN THE GLORY OF MAN;' PRIZE ESSAY ON THE INFLUENCE

OF SISTERS-IN-LAW; THE HAPPY WIFE;' ETC.

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Dedication.

TO MY MOTHER,

Who nursed me in my infant days,
And watched me in my youthful ways,
And taught my lips to offer praise

TO JESUS;

Who heard me read His blessed book,
And taught my soul by faith to look,
And in the path of wisdom took

To JESUS ;

Who, by example, wise and meek,
The ways of virtue young to seek,
And in temptation's hour to keep

TO JESUS;

In hope and fear, when sickness fell
Upon the form she loved so well,
A mother's love could only tell

To JESUS ;

The present volume is dutifully inscribed,

By her affectionate Son,

THE AUTHOR.

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Preface.

The object of the following pages is to portray the mind of Jesus, in a variety of aspects, during His mission of mercy upon earth.

To give an outline, with a little filling up of the spiritual likeness of Jesus, in the prominent parts, as well as in some of the undertones, was the idea which at first presented itself to the mind. The tracing out of a hard outline, with a vacant, expressionless look, would have answered no purpose. A full view, or full-size portrait, may not have been obtained ; but if a miniature or a profile has been secured from the sitting, and should the same be realised in the reading, two of the proposed objects of the volume will be gained.

In order to secure the right point of view, and to mirror the Spirit of the Merciful One with a clearness of vision, the Saviour's own method has been adopted, namely, illustration

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