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©pinions of t!je Briti's]^ Press.

Evang-elical Repository. — l^iQwer h^iove, at least in this
country, has love intertwined so lovely and so sweet a
wreath — a true Immortelle — \.o lay on the grave of de-
parted childhood.

Glasg-otv Herald. — It will help to wipe away those tears
which, we suppose, are well-nigh the hottest that gush out
even in this sad and sorrowing world.

British Controversialist. — ^h\^ is a casket of affection,
full of gems of heart value, and precious to the soul. It
is an anthology of parental love and sorrow, and an ency-
cloptedia of pure and holy consolation.

United Presbyterian Magazine. — The plan and execu-
tion of this little work are alike most admirable. We
cannot exaggerate its merits; and rivals, that see it put
above and before themselves, will frankly acknowledge
that this is just as it ought to be.

Reformed Presbyterian Magazine. — We heartily com-
mend it to the perusal of those from whom God has in His
mysterious providence removed " household treasures."

London Quarterly Review, April, 1869. — A most beau-
tiful and blessed book. Here are treasures of consolation,
in prose and poetry, for all that are bereaved.

The Morning Star. — It is so true to its title, and so ad-
mirably adapted to comfort houses of mourning when the
flowers of earth have been transplanted to the heavenly
soil, that it cannot fail to be a real household treasure.

U?iion Magazine for Sunday School Teachers. — A treas-
ury of the consoling utterances of genius and sympathy,
admirably adapted to soothe those who weep because their
children " are not."

Pulpit Afialy St. — Never, to our knowledge, was the lit-
erature of infant salvation so extensively collated, or so
wisely and carefully distributed.

Words of Comfort






530, BROADVV^Ay.




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This volume, of which fifteen thousand copies have al-
ready been printed in Great Britain, hardlj' needs com-
mendation to the American reader. But the testimony
of two eminent clergymen — one in England and the
other in Scotland — may not be out of place.

Dean Alford, in the " Contemporary Review," says :
" This charming book . . . originally sprung out of a be-
reavement, which has indeed brought forth choice fruit.
Mr. Logan has brought together an ample collection, from
writers, English and foreign, in prose and verse, of pas-
sages which could bear on this subject. The large diffu-
sion of the volume is of itself testimony of the truth of our
recommendation, when we say that it is one which would
form a precious gift to bereaved friends, and would be
admitted into counsel with the wounded heart, at a time
when almost all words, written and spoken, are worthless.
Higher praise could hardly be given."

George Gilfillan, in the " Dundee Advertiser," says :
" Cordially do we wish that it may find its way into every
room of the vast house of mourning, and do there its
benevolent mission as a portion of the grand ministry
by which God is yet to 'wipe away tears from all faces.'"

That its lessons, so full of healing balm, so enriched
with truth, so clothed in beauty, may relieve, console, and
gladden many a stricken heart, is the hope of the Ameri-
can Publishers.

"I AM THE Resurrection and the Life." — John xi. 25.

"Is it well with the child? It is well." — 2 Kings iv. 26.

" Even so, — it is not the will of your Father which is in
Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." — Matt,
xvlii. 14.

"Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." — Matt. xLx. 14.


"It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power." — i Cor. xv. 43.

" The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away ; blessed be
THE name of the Lord." — Jobi. 21.

"They died, for Adam sinned: they live, for Jesus died." —

" Not Lost, but Gone Before." the almost Christian sentiment of the
great heathen morahst, Seneca. — D. M. MoiR ("Delta ")•




Brief Notice of a Short Life 17


Rev. Dr. William Anderson, Glasgow 25

Rev. Dr. James Morison, Glasgow * 30

Rev. George Gilfillan, Dundee 37

Rev. Dr. John Ker, Glasgow 42

Rev. Dr. Ralph Wardlaw, Glasgow 54

Rev. Dr. Alex. MacLeod, Birkenhead 57

Rev. Dr. Alexander Wallace, Glasgow 61

Rev. Dr. Robert Ferguson, London .62

Rev. Dr. J. Logan Aikman, Glasgow 65

Rev. Dr. Edward Steane, London 66

Rev. Dr. William Cooke, London 67

Rev. Dr. Chalmers 69

Rev. Dr. Candlish, Edinburgh 70

Rev. Dr. Lawson, Selkirk 70

Jeremy Taylor 70

Evans 71

Rev. John Newton 71

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Rev. Dr. John Macfarlane, London — Parental Anxiety

Removed by the Early Death of Children ... 72

Rev. Dr. William Anderson, Glasgow — Recognition

after the Resurrection 76

Rev. Dr. Anderson — A Word of Warning to Mothers 78

Rev. Dr. John Brown, Edinburgh — Restoration of

Children in Heaven 80

Rev. Dr. Chalmers, Edinburgh —The Light that

Radiates around the Infant's Tomb 83

David Pae, Edinburgh — John Brown and his Little

Graves -85

Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, London — "Is it well with the

Child.?" 91

Professor Henry Rogers — A Mother Congratulated

on the Death of her Child - - i 97

Rev. Henry Allon, London — Children "God's Heri-" 103

Rev. George Gilfillan, Dundee — The Charm of Child-
hood no

Rev. George C. Hutton, Paisley — The Early Re-
moval of Children a Proof of Divine Goodness 114

Rev. William Taylor, M.A., Liverpool — Bereaved

Parents Comforted 118

Rev. William Blair, M.A., Dunblane — Grief not For-
gotten : 22

Rev. Dr. J. Logan Aikman, Glasgow — "Are there

Infants in Heaven?" 126

Rev. J. P. Chown, Bradford — On the Death of Chil-
dren 131

Contents, ii

Rev. Dr. John Bruce, Newmilns, Ayrshire — "It is

Well " 133

Rev. John Guthrie, A.M:, Glasgow — God's Relation-
ship to Children 135

Rev. Dr. Joseph Brown, Glasgow — The Children

Safely Folded 137

Rev. Dr. Robert Ferguson, London — Little Ones in

Heaven 139

Rev. Dr. George Smith, London — Mutual Recogni-
tion in Heaven 142

Rev. Charles Garrett, Manchester — Safe with Christ 144
Rev. Professor M'Michael, D.D., Dunfermline — Un-
converted Parents Admonished 145

Rev. Henry Batchelor, Glasgow — A Word in Season 148
Rev. William Bathgate, Kilmarnock — Appeal to

Parents 150

William B. Bradbury, — A Transplanted Flower . . 153

Rev. Dr. Schaff — A Sweet Sorrow 154

Rev. Edward Irving, London — " Little Edward " . 156
Rev. Dr. John Cumming, London — Germs of Immor-
tality 158

Rev. Dr. Norman Macleod, Glasgow — The Black-
smith and his Wife at " Wee Davie's " Coffin . 160
Rev. Dr. Thomas Guthrie, Edinburgh — The Flowers

of Paradise 163

Rev. Dr. Alexander Fletcher, London — The Intelli-
gence of a Glorified Infant 164

Rev. P. B. Power, M.A., Kent — Heavenly Relation-
ship 165

Rev. John Jameson, Methven, Perthshire — The Faded

Flower ? . . . 167

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Rev. Alex. B. Grosart, Blackburn — A Hebrew Story 169
Rev. Ebenezer Erskine, Stirling — The Lilies Gath-
ered 171

Rev. Thomas Boston, Ettrick — Children before the

Throne 172

Matthew Henry— The Grave a Wardrobe .... 173
Samuel Rutherford — The Bloom falling into Christ's

Lap 175

Robert Hall — A Bud of Beauty 176

Rev. James Hervey, A.M., — Victory without Con-
flict 177

"The Flower Plucked by the Master" 178

Rev. Richard Cecil — The Crown of Life .... 179

Archbishop Leighton — Gone to Sleep i8i

Selection from "The Edinburgh Christian Instructor"

— The Glory of Departed Infants 182


Rev. R. H. Lundie — Musings on the Death of Chil-
dren 185


Rev. Professor Eadie, D.D., Glasgow — The Saviour's

Sympathy with the Afiiicted 204

Rev. Professor Eadie, D.D., Glasgow — "Jesus Wept" 207
Rev. Dr. Charles J. Vaughan, Doncaster — How to

Sympathize with Mourners 211

Dean Alford, Canterbury — "Thy Will be Done" . 213
Principal Tulloch, D.D., St. Andrews — Sorrow for

the Dead 217

Contents,. 13

Professor Islaj Burns, D.D., Glasgow — "How are

the Dead Raised Up, and with what Body do they

Come?" 221

Rev. Dr. John Ker, Glasgow — Christ's Delay to

Interpose against Death 227

Rev. George' Gilfillan, Dundee — A Lovely Life : Its

Closing Scene 231

Mrs. Janet Hamilton, Langloan — Resignation to the

Divine Will 235

Rev. Henry Allon, London — A Word to Parents . 239

Rev. J, Baldwin Brown, B.A., London — " These Lit- .

tie Ones" 242

Rev. Henry Ward Beecher — Identity Preserved in

Heaven 244

Rev. Wm. Morley Punshon, M.A. — Heaven a Vast

and Happy Society . 248

Rev. Dr. Theodore L. Cuyler, Brooklyn — A Walk in

Greenwood Cemetery 250

D. M. Moir ("Delta") — A Thornless Sorrow . . . 254


D. M. Moir ("Delta") — "Wee Willie" 256

William Wordsworth — " We are Seven " .... 259

Alfred Tennyson, D.CL. — The Grandmother . . 261

Alfred Tennyson, D.C.L. — Enoch Arden .... 262
Samuel Taylor Coleridge — Berkeley and Florence

Coleridge 262

Robert Southej-, LL.D. — Undying Love •. . •. . 263

Robert Burns — A Flower Transplanted 264

Robert Burns — " A Rose in Heaven " 264

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Thomas Aird — Song of the Church-jard Children . 265

D. M. Moir ("Delta") — "Weep not for Her". . . 266

James Hedderwick, Glasgow — Home Trial . . . . 268

Walter C Smith, D.D., Glasgow — Our First Taken 273
William B. Robertson, D.D., Irvine — The Child's

Angel 276

W. B. Robertson, D.D., Irvine — The Departed Nigh 278

James Montgomery — The Infant Choir in Heaven . 279

Archbishop Trench, Dublin — " Sleep Softly " . . . 280

Archbishop Trench, Dublin — Moravian Hymn . . 281

Archbishop Trench, Dublin — The White Doves . . 282
Henry Alford, D.D., Dean of Canterbury — The Child

in Paradise 283

Henry Alford, D.D., Dean of Canterbury — Faith . 284

Henry Alford, D.D. — Lacrymse Paternae .... 285

John Milton — "The Fairest Flower" 287

Paul Gerhardt — " Still Thou art mine Own "... 289
Gottfried Hoffman — " Go Hence, my Child " (Trans-
lated by John Guthrie, M. A., Glasgow) . . . . 292

Dante — The Vision 293

Gerald Massey — " Our Wee White Rose" .... 294

Alaric A. Watts — " The Death of the First-Born " . 296
Theodore Martin, London — The Angel and the

Infant 3C0

RobertNicoU— The Sick Child's Dream .... 301

Mary Howitt — The Child in Heaven 304

Elizabeth Barrett Browning — A Child's Grave at

Florence 305

Mrs. Hemans — A Messenger of Heaven 308

Harriet Beecher Stowe — The Garden Rose-Bud . . 309

J. Stanyan Bigg — "O Little Child" 311

Contents. 15

Robert Pollok, A.M. — The Dying Mother and her

Child 312

Alexander Wallace, D.D., Glasgow — Jesus in the

Storm , 314

John Critchley Prince — "The Dewdrops Gone" . . 314

William M.Taylor, A.M., Liverpool — The Rosebuds 316

John Guthrie, M.A., Glasgow — Parental Consolation 317

William T. M'Auslane, Glasgow — Resigned in Hope 318
Rev. Henry Batchelor, Glasgo-w— To a Bereaved

Mother 319

Alex. Wallace, D.D., Glasgow — The Contrast . . 320

James D. Burns, M.A. — The Angels Singing . . . 320

William Freeland, Glasgow — Not Dead, but Changed 321
Selection from "The Christian Witness"— "The

Lambs all Safely Folded " 322

Rev. Richard Cecil — The Day-Dawn 325

John Moultrie — "The Three Sons" 327

John Pierpont — " He is not There " 328

Meinhold — The Good Shepherd and the Lamb . . 330
Selection from "The Christian Treasury" — "The

Evening Star" 331

Charles Wesley — Gone to Paradise 332

Ralph Erskine — The Highest Rank in Heaven . . t^t^t^


Robert Robinson 333

William Cowper 333

Thomas Aird 334

Mrs. Hemans 334

Hartley Coleridge 334

Professor John Wilson 334

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R. B. Sheridan 335

James Cawthorn 335

Francis Davison 33^

Samupl Taylor Coleridge 33^

Samuel Wesley 337


npHE history of the little girl, whose some-
what sudden death was the moving cause
of collecting the contents of the following pages,
is soon told. Sophia, only daughter of Wil-
liam and Janet Logan, was born at Bradford,
Yorkshire, June 12th, 185 1, and died at Ab-
botsford Place, Glasgow, May ist, 1856, at
the tender and interesting age of four years
and ten months. Towards the close of March,
1856, she accompanied her mother to Keir-mill,
Dumfriesshire. About two months previously,
Sophia's faithful nurse had been buried in
the churchyard there. The child gave her
mother no rest till she took her to the beautiful
old sequestered burying-ground, on the banks
of the Scarr. She soon stood beside, what
she affectionately designated, whilst the tears

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trickled down her cheeks, " My Mary's grave ! "
The child was deeply affected, and would allow
no one to touch it with a foot, but gently
pressed with her little hand the tender grass
which covered it. She then went, of her own
accord, to a greener spot in the burying-ground,
plucked a " forget-me-not," and put it in at the
head of what she repeatedly spoke of as " My
Mary's grave ! "

Early on a Monday morning, which was one
of warm sunshine, after wishing '^ good-bye "
to a pious friend on her death-bed, she, in
company with her mother and grandfather,
walked to Thornhill. Passing along the ro-
mantic banks of the Nith, she was greatly
delighted with the gambols of a number of
lambs, and, with childlike simplicity, entreated
"Granpa " to assist her in catching one of them.
On returning home, she referred with great
glee to this part of the visit ; and little did her
parents then imagine that in about five short
weeks their friends, in consolatory letters,
should be referring to herself as a "safely
folded Jamb '' ! How impressive and sug-
gestive the words of the Psalmist: "Thy way
is in the sea, and Thy path in the great waters,
and Thy footsteps are not known." And how
soothing to a confiding heart the well-known
lines of Cowper ! —

Brief Notice of a Short Life. 19

*' Judge not the Lord bj feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste, »

But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,

And He will make it plain."

Sophia was seized with gastric fever, and for
three weeks was chiefl}^ confined to bed. On
the last Sabbath but one of April, she was able
to be out of bed and relish a little food. For
a few days she seemed to improve, and on the
following Saturday was up during most of
the da}', and enjoyed herself much. After
running nimbly across the room-floor, she said,
playfully, to a beloved friend and "mother in
Israel," "You see, Grandma, that I can run

* Both loved ones now sleep together in the same
grave, in the Glasgow Necropolis; the one having died in
her fifth, the other in her eighty-fourth year. It may
interest young readers to know that Sophia's Grandmother
had been for about seventy years a humble, sincere fol-
lower of Christ, and died in the firm faith and hope of

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This was her last Httle earthly journey.
Before retiring to rest, the writer said, " Shall
we ask Jesus to take care of us ? " To which
she promptly replied, "Yes!" — at the same
time gently folding her hands. On the Sab-
bath morning, on being asked to repeat a fa-
vorite passage of Scripture, she did so ; but, in
a lower and peculiar tone of voice, quoted
Proverbs viii. 17, "I love them that love me;
and those that seek me early shall find me,"
adding, after a pause, and in a whisper,
" The Lord's my Shepherd T^ On Monday
evening it was evident that the solemn mes-
senger. Death, was approaching. In the morn-
ing, her father, when alone with her, said,
" Will Sophia give her papa a kiss ? " She
instantly clasped her hands around his neck,
and with all the earnestness and pure affection
of a loving child, embraced him. The voice
of an all-wise, ever-kind Father was heard, at
this inexpressibly trying moment, saying, " Be
stilly and know that I am God ! " The writer
was "dumb, and opened not his mouth," and

going to heaven. Her last Bible utterance, suggested b^
one of her oldest and beloved ministerial friends (the
Rev. Dr. Wm. Anderson, Glasgow), was the following:
" There remaineth, therefore, a Rest to the people of God."
May the young, like her, give their hearts lovingly to

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submissively, though with a soreness of heart
which cannot be expressed in words, silently
took farewell of Sophia. Oh leaving the house,
for the labors of the day, he said to Him who
hears even

" The burthen of a sigh,"

when passing in sadness along the busy street,
"The Lord gave, and the Lord is taking
away ; blessed be the name of the Lord ! "
and mentally repeated the following favorite
verses, with a mournful interest never before
experienced : —

" Whate'er we fondly call our own
Belongs to heaven's great Lord ;
The blessings lent us for a day
Are soon to be restored.

'Tis God that lifts our comforts high,

Or sinks them in the grave;
He gives ; and when He takes away,

He takes but what He gave.

Then, ever blessed be His name !

His goodness swell'd our store;
His justice but resumes its own;

'Tis ours still to adore."

In the course of the afternoon, her mother,
observing her dear child getting worse, said,
"I think Sophia is going to 'Gentle Jesus,"*
when she faintly but distinctly responded,
"Yes, ma! and you will come too!" This

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was the last simple, intelligent sentence she
uttered on earth. She lingered on for a short
time, becoming gradually weaker, till at five
o'clock on Thursday, the ist of May, a lovely
sunny morning, the spirit was wafted by angels
to join the white-robed company of youthful
immortals "before the throne" in heaven.

The following were Sophia's favorite pas-
sages of Scripture : " I love them that love
me ; and those that seek me early shall find
me ; " " Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me;" "The
Lord is my Shepherd."

Her favorite hymns were the following, part
of which she often sung in the evening, es-
pecially during the closing months of her brief
but beautiful life : —

" Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
Look upon a little child;
Help me, Lord, to come to. Thee !
Let Thy blessing rest on me ! "

' See the kind Shepherd, Jesus, stands,
With all-engaging charms ;

Hark, how He calls the tender lambs.
And folds them in His arms.

' Permit them to approach,' He cries,
Nor scorn their humble name;

For 'twas to bless such souls as these
The Lord of angels came.

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The feeblest lamb amidst the flock

Shall be its Shepherd's care :
While folded in the Saviour's arms.

We're safe from every snare."

*' There is a happy land,

Far, far away,
Where saints in glory stand,

Bright, bright as day.
Oh how they sweetly sing!
Worthy is our Saviour King,
Loud let His praises ring —

Praise, praise for aye.

Come to this happy land,

Come, come away;
Why will you doubting stand } —

Why still delay?
Oh we shall happy be
When, from sin and sorrow free.
Lord, we shall live with Thee —

Blest, blest for aye.

Bright in that happy land

Beams every eye :
Kept by a Father's hand,

Love cannot die.
On then to glory run ;
Be a crown and kingdom won,
And bright above the sun

Reign, reign for aye."

This "Brief Notice " has been retained in the
present edition with some hesitation. The
writer feels as if it were too sacred for the
pubHc eye. It has been preserved chiefly for

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the benefit of those who been called to
mourn over the removal of beloved "little
ones ; " who will perhaps feel, in perusing the
pieces which follow, that they have been col-
lected by one who can enter sympathetically
into their deep heart-sorrow.




T NOW turn to the consideration of the case
^ of such as die in infancy. These form by far
the greatest proportion of Redeemed Spirits.
And when the heart of the Christian is ready
to fail within him for grief, when among adult
men and women he can discover so little
which will reward the Redeemer for the tra-
vail of His soul, how reviving it is to look
upward, and contemplate the innumerable
multitude of those who were rescued in in-
fancy from the corrupting power of the world,
and safely secured for Himself in His heavenly
pavilion ! It is astonishing on the one hand,
that there should be found so many w^ho have
dark misgivings of heart on the subject of the
salvation of these infants ; and, on the other,
that among those who do not question it, so

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little account should be taken of them in esti-
mating the glory of the kingdom — despising
these little ones, and scarcely reckoning them
in the number of the Saved : whereas it would
be a less improper way of calculation to say,
that the kingdom belongs to children, and that
the adults who are saved are a few who are
admitted to a share of their inheritance.

Observe, therefore, in the First place, that,
with regard to the deceased infant children of
believers, their salvation, at least, is as sure
as the salvation of the parents themselves.
What was the promise worth, yea, what did it
mean, if it contained nothing for the spirits of
his infant offspring, when the Lord said to
Abraham, the type of all believing parents,
" I will establish my covenant between me and
thee, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed
after thee," and commanded that they should
be circumcised, as well as himself, as a token
of their interest in the promised salvation?
Are not the blessings of God especially bless-
ings for eternity ? " Wherefore God is not
ashamed to be called their God, for he hath
prepared for them a city." And can infants
renounce the God of their parents, as those
may do who have grown up to years of per-
sonal responsibility? Oh, happy children, ye
who were laid hold of by the Redeemer and

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appropriated to Himself, before ye could apos-
tatize like your wretched brothers and unhappy
sisters, who have broken the household cove-
nant and abjured the family's Saviour ! Then,
said I to the father and mother as they wept,
Your children who have died are a better
portion to you than those who live : weep for
the living and not for the dead : it is the living
you have lost; the dead are safely reserved
for you. — Again: when believing parents
made their way so earnestly through the
obstructing disciples, to place their children
before the Redeemer that He might bless them,
what otherwise was His reception of them
worth, yea, what did it mean, when "He was
much displeased" with his disciples, "and said
unto them. Suffer the little children to come
unto Me, and forbid them not : for of such is
the kingdom of God," and then " took them up
in His arms, put His hands upon them, and
blessed them ? " If any of these children had
presently died — and there can be little doubt
that some of them did die in childhood — how
vain it had been for them to be blessed by the
Redeemer, if there be no heavenly inheritance
for those who die in early years?

It is most injurious, however, to the cause
of infants, to plead it on ground so low as this.
Instead of merely vindicating their admission,

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and some consideration for them, I regard
them as being generally the best welcomed
spirits which pass into the eternal world.
The whole of our Lord's treatment of them is
calculated to produce this impression. Besides,
contemplating the subject in the light of
reason, — Is not the intellectual and moral
structure, I ask, of an infant's spirit the same
as that of a full-grown man? And who shall

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