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THE

MYSTERY OF SUFFERING.

SIX LECTURES,

BY THE

REV. S. BARING-GOULD, M.A.

AUTHOR OF "THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF,"

"SOME MODERN DIFFICULTIES," "LIVES OF THE SAINTS.'

"VILLAGE PREACHING FOR A YEAR." ETC.

ACAR

London:
W. SKEFFINGTON AND SON, 163, PICCADILLY.

1877.

100. w. 530

LONDON : SAVILL, EDWARDS AND CO., PRINTERS, CHANDOS STREET,

COVENT GARDEN.

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THE MYSTERY OF SUFFERING.

JOB x. 8. Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together

round about; yet Thou dost destroy me.

TT is very seldom that one can look into a I newspaper without finding in it a record of crime or accident, which has left a wound somewhere, in some heart. At one time an act of violence has been committed, and many a spirit is troubled and rendered desolate by the hand that dealt the blow. At another time a boat has been upset, and orphans' tears trickle, and widows sob. We do not see the tears, or hear the sob, but behind the brief paragraph that informs us of the event, we know what lies. Sometimes a bank fails, and what anguish does the short extract from the Gazette cover!—the clerk's life-long savings, the portions of children, the only means of subsistence of old people gone. The trembling hand that covers the eyes, the

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