^ Among the writer's prose works from which selections have beenmade are — " Memories of Bethany" " Gevmeaaret" " Olivet" and " PcU-mo8,*' " The Prophet of Fire," " SunaeU on the Hebrew Mountains" *' TheShepherd and His FUch," ''Palms of Mim," " Grapes of Eshcd" " Cim-f<yrt Ye," " The First Bereavement,'' "oontide at Sychar," " In Christo,"&c. From the author's Poetry and Hymns, extracts have been takenfrom "Altar-Stones," " Gates of Praise," " Curfew Chimes" " Wdls of Baca," " The Anchor and the Haven."It may be well farther to state, that there has been no attempt tolink the intermediate meditations together by any train of consecutivethought : Each is independent of what precedes or follows. On thisaccount (and indeed unavoidable from the nature of the theme) theremay be an occasional recurrence of similar ideas or reflections. But,reading for profit, not for criticism, this will be readily understood andcondoned by those for whom the volume is written.PREFACE. ixThe terms ' Early Deaths ' and ' Early Graves ' arerelative ones ; and, as will be seen in the sequel, thewriter has by no means confined himself to their moreliteral and restricted meaning. While throughout, andparticularly in the former portion of the book, Infancy,Childhood, and Early Youth claim and receive thechiefest and tenderest consideration; — it has beendeemed well to pass, by a natural gradation, to the caseof those of more advanced age, yet on whom the appel-lation may be bestowed with equally touching truthand reality. Indeed, ' Early Death ' has often its mosttouching illustration in regard to those who have beenarrested in the fiilfilment of some great Life Mission,for the good of man and for the glory of God ; andsuch, as will be seen from the Table of Contents, occupythe latter pages. One of these Memorials briefly re-cords the more salient features in the life and earlydeparture of a devoted Missionary called away in theprime of early manhood ; while the last of these Immor-telles is reverently laid on the grave of the heroic Cap-tain Gill, who, in the writer's cherished remembrance,will be ever young ; and who perished, too early for hiscountry, so tragically in the Sinai Desert.