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B HE plan of this volume, as a monitor of love

in illustration of the power of kindness,

was suggested originally by an American work, entitled “The Law of Kindness,” from which some interesting portions have been transplanted into our pages. In some essential points, however, that work appeared not only ill - adapted for English readers, but radically defective, as a practical exposition of the golden law of love. Hence the preparation of this volume. It is written as a humble but earnest recognition of the sacred maxim, “Let the same mind be in us as was in Christ ;” and is offered by the author to his readers in the anxious hope that it may teach many of them practically to realize the truth of its title, that love begets love; that a soft answer turneth away wrath ; and that KIND WORDS AWAKEN KIND ECHOES.

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"The drying up a single tear has more "
Of honest fame than shedding seas of gore."

BYRON.

XHEN the people whom God had selected to be MVVS the inheritors of many blessings, and the

race through whom the Messiah should come, were gathered in the wilderness of Sinai, he gave them a law by which they should be guided while they remained apart from all the other families of mankind. This law is embraced in what we still recognise as the Ten Commandments. It warns man, as his duty to his neighbour, that he must not wrong him, hurt him, rob him, or kill him : he must not even injure him in his heart by coveting what he possesses. It was a divine law, and therefore still remains holy, and binding on all men. But when God himself appeared among men as the man Christ Jesus, he summed up all the old commandments in one perfect

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