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WHAT AILETH THEE ?

MORRISON AND GIBB, EDINBURGH, PRINTERS TO HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE,

BY THE AUTHOR OF

MELODY OF THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM,' THE OTHER

SH RE,' ETC.

' He stayeth His rough wind in the day of the east wind.'

-ISAIAH xxvii. 8.

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JAMES NISBET & CO., 21 BERNERS STREET.

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PREFACE.

In one sense, this little book can be dedicated to none but God; by whose grace alone it has been, if any of it is done right; by whose blessing only it will be, if any of it gives comfort. Lord, open their eyes that they may see !—this great throng of tear-blinded, doubt-shadowed, murmuring ones, who fill the world.

But in another way—and with another meaning—there are two names which I wish to write down here.

From my dear Aunt Fanny I have my title. She thought the question put to Hagar was so pertinent to every sorrow, so searching for every sigh, that no other words could so well describe the book and give it introduction. What she liked best, was best to me; and it was fitting that the title should be chosen by one who has spent her life for others, and by her own sharp experience knows the meaning of pain.

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