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ON THE SEVERAL

PORTIONS OF THE PSALMS ,

AS THEY ARE APPOINTED TO BE READ IN

THE MORNING AND EVENING SERVICES

OF

The Church of England.

BY

THE REV. RICHARD BRUDENELL EXTON,

DOMESTIC CHAPLAIN TO THE EARL OF CLARENDON,
AND INCUMBENT OF ATHELINGTON AND CRETINGHAM, IN THE COUNTY

OF SUFFOLK.

THOSE STRAINS THAT ONCE DID SWEET IN ZION GLIDE. -Burns.

LONDON:

LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

IPSWICH: FREDERIC PAWSEY.

1847.

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TO

GEORGE WILLIAM FREDERICK,

EARL OF CLARENDON, G.C.B.

THIS VOLUME IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

IN GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGMENT

OF NUMEROUS SUBSTANTIAL FAVOURS CONFERRED BY HIS

NOBLE HOUSE AND BY HIMSELF

UPON THE AUTHOR,

THROUGH A PERIOD OF MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS.

PREFACE.

These Lectures were commenced and continued under the hope, that with the Divine Blessing they might prove in their delivery both acceptable and profitable to the Church committed to the author's ministry: and having been spared to conclude them, he has reason for indulging a humble confidence that his labour has not been in vain in the Lord.

"An author may write a book, ostensibly to give religious instruction. But it must not be forgotten, that the very same success which accomplishes good for the cause, brings honour to the labourer: and many an enterprizing and zealous workman will find, if he looks honestly at his heart, that the worldly feeling has far more than its fair share in the work.”*

By this feeling the Author of these Lectures might have been somewhat prompted to their publication, though certainly not to their composition. But hear another cautionary monitor, neither less candid nor less modest than the one already quoted: “Omne enim artis et mentis humanæ opus habet to ov, ad quod, non modo licet, sed etiam aliquo modo necesse est contendere: dum in ejus studio nimius non sis, et laudem consecutionis illius nimis affectasse non videaris.”+

In venturing upon the doubtful issue of offering his work to the notice of the Christian community at large, the Author may

* Abbott's Corner Stone.
Amyraldus - Paraphrasis in Psalmos Davidis. 1662.

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