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Short Addresses from the Book of Job:
ALL HOSPITALS AND TO ALL PERSONS IN SICKNESS OR AFFLICTION.
REV. RICHARD COBBOLD, M. A.,
RECTOR OF WORTHAM AND RURAL DEAN:
AUTHOR OF ZENON THE MARTYR, A VOICE FROM THE MOUNT,"
"Once I had the cholera: at the first visit of the physician, he asked
WILLIAM EDWARD PAINTER, 342, STRAND.
PREFATORY LETTER TO THE SICK.
Though personally I can never visit you, yet, as though I were present in your sick room, so do I now speak to you. Thousands are the books which are written, for your edification and comfort, on life, on manners, customs, works, and men; and every day, and every hour, have produced some meditations upon God and His wonderful dealings with us all.
Well do we know there is no device in the grave; and that, although we may leave many things behind us, which may never see the light till our bodies are in darkness, there is a pleasant thought that some souls may dwell
upon these things which we have written, and profit by the wisdom which God hath given us.
Speech must fail, our eyes grow dim, and our bodily exertions can only be for a time; but when we write, and publish that we write, we speak for years, and hope, though dead, that our speech may not be forgotten. There is a great pleasure in the thought that some souls may take comfort in these reflections.
I own that such is the joy which I promise myself in this production—namely, that the soul of the sick may imbibe profit.
In all hospitals, the visits of the physician are short, as the many patients divide his time and attention: so, in the multitudes we personally visit, the time we can bestow upon each is short; and that brief period has so many visible infirmities displayed even by the best of us, that we often feel that we have not said enough. I would, therefore, with all sincerity and affection, remain with you a little longer in these addresses upon the book of Job. Imagine, if you will, that I am either praying, talking, or preaching to you. Few of you, who have any serious thought of God and your religion, can fail to find something in these addresses applicable to yourslves. May it please
God to comfort you with these words, and to improve your souls beneath His Spirit with such holy joy, that, whether it seem good to Him to let you recover and enjoy a little longer health and activity, or to let your career of life in this world terminate with your present affliction, we may ultimately meet together and be happy in the fruition of that Spirit through whom we have now communion in these reflections.
The title of "THE COMFORTER" may appear to some presumptuous to be used as the title of a book; but, surely, men might argue the same of a title to a college-" Trinity," "Jesus," "Christ's," &c. In using the appellation of the word "Comforter," the Author attempts only to magnify the office to which he is called -of being instant in season or out of seasonto comfort others with the same hope wherewith he himself is comforted. And if any
should be comforted in reading this his humble thank-offering to God for past mercies, to God be all the glory, through whose permission he has been enabled to utter these words in his church, and now publishes them in the shape of addresses to friends whom he knows not; but whom it will be his joy to know when we shall