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What saith the Scripture?

"My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word." Ps. cxix. 25.

"I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice; for thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.—When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came in unto thee into thine holy temple." Jonah, ii. 2-4, 7.

"The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me." Ps. cxvi. 3-7.

"The father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief." Mark, ix. 24.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matt. xi. 28, 29.

"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom. x. 13.

"The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come, And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Rev. xxii. 17.

Instead of waiting until the mind is freed from troubles, the sense of their burthen is the very ground of our Lord's invitation to come to him: for every