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THE

MOURNER'S FRIEND:

OR

SIGHS OF SYMPATHY FOR THOSE WHO

SORROW.

EDITED BY J. B. SYME.

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Friend after friend departs :

Who has not lost a friend?
There is no union here of hearts,

That finds not here an end.

WORCESTER:
PUBLISHED BY S. A. HOWLAND.

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PREFACE.

This volume, which is composed of pieces in prose and verse, by the best American authors and others, is intended as a sympathetic companion to all who are acquainted with grief. It is believed } that during those hours of silent memory, which come to us all, fraught with images of our dear departed ones, this book will be found to speak the words of consolation and hope. It is hoped that fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, and friends, will recognize through their tears some features of their own loved ones, who have gone away from them forever, as they turn over its pages, which contain the utterances of others' sorrows and hopes.

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PREFACE.

There is no one who has not suffered ; and no one who has not found his sorrows softened by sympathy; therefore is this book respectfully presented to everybody, with the confidence that it will be kindly welcomed, and universally received as a comforter.

J. B. S. WORCESTER, Mass.

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