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* When a man goes forth in a calm and serene evening, and views the face of
the heavens, he shall at first see a star or two twinckle and peep forth ; but if he
continues his prospect, both their luster and their number are increased, and at last
the whole heavens are bespangled with stars. So when we first meditate upon the
promises of the Gospel, at first, it may be, one star begins to appear-a little light
conveighs itself to the heart; but let us go forward, and we shall find, when our
thoughts are amplified and ripened, there will be a clear light-more satisfaction
will be conveyed to the soul; and in continuance of these Divine meditations, the
covenant of grace will be bespangled with promises, as the heavens with stars, to
give us rich and full satisfaction."

WELLS'S “Practical Sabbatarian,"

LONDON:
WHITTAKER AND CO., AVE MARIA LANE.

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To the pious Memory

OF

BERNARD GILPIN,

A NEW EDITION OF WHOSE LIFE WAS PUBLISHED BY ME A FEW YEARS SINCE,

IN CONSIDERATION OF ITS INFINITE VALUE AT THE PRESENT DAY,

THIS VOLUME,

THE FOURTH AND LAST

OF MY

"EARLY YEARS AND LATE REFLECTIONS,"

Is gratefully Bedicated

BY HIS DEVOTED ADMIRER,

CLEMENT CARLYON.

PREFACE.

I DEEM it a duty which I owe to the public and to myself, not to allow this fourth and last volume of my Early Years and Late Reflections” to make its appearance without a preface explanatory of my motives for combining, so largely as I have done, severer contemplations with the record of lighter matters.

No one, now-a-days, can form any notion of the extent to which atheistical doctrines prevailed at the period of my entrance into life. The storm of the French Revolution was raging at its utmost intensity, and all birds of ill omen were revelling in the tempest which had long been gathering over the Christian world.

If any printer could be found, in the present day, to print such a book as “Payne's Age of Reason,” no one would deign to notice it; whereas, at the fearful period to which I have alluded, it required the pen of a giant, such as Bishop Watson, to crush

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