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THE

CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHER

TRIUMPHING OVER DEATH.

Il Barrative

OF THE CLOSING SCENES OF THE LIFE OF THE LATE

WILLIAM GORDON, M.D. F.L.S.

OF KINGSTON-UPON-HULL.

By NEWMAN HALL, B.A.

Που σου, θανατε, το κεντρον.

PHILADELPHIA:
HENRY LONGSTRETH, 347 MARKET STREET

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PREFACE.

PLEASING, yet painful, is the writer's task. It is a luxury, though a melancholy one, to watch at the bed-side of those whom we dearly love, to administer to their wants, and to share, and thus alleviate, their sufferings. When these offices of affection can no longer be performed, there is a sad satisfaction in still bending over the lifeless frame, and following it to its last resting-place. And when both spirit and body are withdrawn, is there not a similar delight to be derived from lingering around the memory of the departed, and picturing as still present, what, alas, is gone for ever?

With such feelings, the author of this narrative takes up his pen. Happy to be thus still associated with the dead, yet reminded by every sentence he writes, of the irreparable loss he has sustained. What was not the deceased to him! Counsellor, Companion, Friend, Brother, Partner in his studies, his pleasures, and his cares, one in public sympathies and literary tastes, linked in love to him as were the souls of Jonathan and David, and above all, Father, not merely to his other self, but by the tenderest, the most unwavering affection, to him also. Well may he say with the Patriarch Job—“Have pity upon me, O my friends, for the hand of the Lord hath touched

me!"

Another weight which painfully oppresses the mind of the

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