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BOOKS FOR HOMES AND MOTHERS' MEETINGS.

WRITTEN AND EDITED BY

HASTINGS,

H.

L.

Editor of "The CHRISTIAN" (American).
THE FAITH SERIES.

The Guiding Hand; or, Providential Direction of
Christians in times of Perplexity, illustrated by authentic instances,
recorded and collected by H. L. HASTINGS. Crown 8vo, cloth, 3s. 6d.
Tales of Trust: Authentic Accounts of the Providential

Guidance, Assistance, and Deliverance of the people of the Lord. Written and selected by H. L. HASTINGS. Crown 8vo, cloth, 3s. 6d. Ebenezers; or, Records of Prevailing Prayer. A volume of instances of wonderful answers to prayer. Written and selected by H. L. HASTINGS. Crown 8vo, cloth, 3s. 6d. Pebbles from the Path of a Pilgrim: Personal Reminiscences of Answers to Prayers, and Providential Guidance and Interposition, in connection with Gospel Labour, Rescue Work, and Mission Work among the Freedmen of the Southern States of America, after the close of the Civil War. By Mrs. H. L. HASTINGS. Edited by H. L. HASTINGS. A book of deep and romantic interest. Crown 8vo, cloth, 3s. 6d.

These volumes probably contain the fullest collection extant of remarkable Providences, Answers to Prayer, &c. Many of the incidents are new, authentic, and very striking. Christian believers will find these books full of encouragement and good cheer.

THE HOME SERIES.

The Family Circle: A Collection of Anecdotes and Incidents adapted to interest and profit all members of the family; furnishing delightful and useful reading for the home, and abounding in facts and incidents useful to Ministers, Teachers, Evangelists, &c. By H. L. HASTINGS. Crown 8vo, cloth, 3s. 6d.

Fireside Readings for Happy Homes: Written and Selected

by H. L. HASTINGS. A collection of tales, sketches, incidents, and earnest words; instructive, stirring, and healthfully stimulating to young and old. Crown 8vo, cloth, 3s. 6d.

Readings for Leisure Moments: A Collection of Miscellanies, earnest, devout, and practical; applying Divine_truth to daily duty, and encouraging to all good words and works. By H. L. HASTINGS. Crown 8vo, cloth, 3s. 6d.

Two Hundred Gathered Gems of Song and Story: Written and selected by H. L. HASTINGS. A beautiful illustrated book, full of the choicest reading for Children, old and young. Pp. 222, 2s. 6d. The Babe of Bethlehem: A Children's Rhyme of the

Olden Time. By H. L. HASTINGS. The Story of the Wonderful Babe; His Birth, Life, Ministry, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, Second Coming, and Reign, told in easy, pleasant Rhyme, printed in paragraphs like prose, from large and beautiful type, with numerous Illustrations. A book which Christian parents will be delighted to place in their children's hands. Author's complete, enlarged, and unmutilated edition, in paper boards, crown 8vo, coloured cover, 8d.; elegant cloth, 1s. 6d. LONDON: S. BAGSTER & SONS, 15, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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SAMUEL BAGSTER AND SONS, 15, PATERNOSTER ROW.
BATH WILLIAM LEWIS AND SON, "THE HERALD," NORTH GATE.

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T is a fact admitted by every School Teacher that the Collects, however well learned in prose, are nevertheless speedily and utterly forgotten even by the most promising pupils. Hence the writer, knowing the advantage verse has over prose in being committed to and retained by memory, has been prompted to attempt this metrical version; which, if used as auxiliary to the Collects, he ventures to think will not only make a readier impression in that form, but also prove a lesson of lasting benefit to the young people for whom it is intended.

A late Lord President writing on the subject, alludes in glowing terms to the grandeur, elevation and fervour of the Collects, their fine rhythm and the pure Elizabethan prose in which they are written; but nevertheless testifies to the more enduring impression made by verse on his own memory in the following words :-"I learned all the Collects by heart, year after year, and cannot now repeat one of them, although I can repeat hundreds and probably thousands of heathen verses learned at the same time."

No one can admire the grand structure and musical cadence of the Collects more than the writer; accordingly, whilst holding fast to their suggestive meaning, he has taken the utmost pains to adopt the very words themselves of every Collect, as closely as versification would permit.

26, Circus, Bath; 1st January, 1882.

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