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OF

DAILY STRENGTH

EDITED BY

Valentine

V. D. DAVIS

Blessed are they that enter far into things in-
ternal, and endeavor to prepare themselves more
and more, by daily exercises, for the receiving
of heavenly secrets. - IMITATIO CHRISTI iii. 1.


BOSTON

AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION

1904

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PREFACE.

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HIS little book has been compiled with a two-fold purpose. The first is indicated in the title. is hoped that it may take its place, as a helpful companion, among other such books, for the use of those who are glad of the suggestion of short selected readings at the time of morning or evening prayer, or other times of private devotion. In making these selections the beginning of the day has been kept chiefly in mind, as the time when it is most needful to claim a few quiet moments, for remembrance of the deeper issues of life and for prayer that the day's work may be undertaken in the right spirit,—a time also when wise and searching words read in quietness, and appealing to energies renewed in the silent hours of the night, are most likely to be fruitful of good. Not all the selections are equally helpful for this special purpose, but anyone using the book as a daily companion will soon become familiar with its order, and if any day should not furnish the needed word, it will be easy to turn to another. The festivals of Easter and Whitsuntide, not being determined by the days of the month, are not separately noted, but in the months in which they fall readings will be found in keeping with their spirit.

The second purpose, which has given a distinctive character to the book, may be seen by a glance at the Index of Authors. The writers from whom selections have been made belong to one religious community, -or more strictly speaking, two kindred communities in England and America,-on which the popular

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