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The tower may stand-the tree may bloom,
Yet time their strength will sever ;
O man ! shalt live for ever.
ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD; AND BY THE BOOKSELLERS,
It may, reader, savour of vanity in me to suppose,
that my poor Addresses will effect any beneficial purpose.
A stump of a pen in the infirm hand of an old man, is, to appearance, but a sorry source of advice and comfort ; and yet, before now, such a thing has been made mighty in reproof and in consolation, in strengthening weak hands, and in confirming feeble knees.
When we consider what important purposes have been frequently brought about by weak instruments, it is enough to encourage us in every well-meant endeavour to be useful. A mite is but a small sum, yet when freely given by the poor, it has been reckoned of greater value than the largest amount cast into the treasury. A sling in the hand of a stripling shepherd is but a poor weapon of warfare, but when God strengthens the arm that wields it, an embattled, mail-clad giant may be there with felled to the ground.