easy, fitful, restless, disturbed by frightful dreams — have you ever, at such a time, at midnight, floating on the sweet air, heard now and then, as if from afar, soft strains of delicious music, and you were soothed and tranquilized, and fell off into a deep, untroubled sleep ? O, to how many lonely, anguish- smitten, troubled, careworn, restless souls have these words come as though they were a part of the song that angels sing in heaven ! "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comfort- eth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." Comfort has for its presupposition imperfection, weakness, infirmity, pain, distress, suffering. If these words are fictions of the imagination, if there no The God of Comfort be no mental conditions or states or experiences corresponding to them, if it be not true that there are such conditions as misery, need, helplessness, loneliness — then the word "comfort" ought not to be in our language, and the idea denoted by the word should lapse from our thought. Comfort, to define it more closely, is the solace, the relief, the refreshment, the encouragement, brought to those who are in any trouble, or weakness, or pain, or yearning, or need. This disposition resides in God. The impulse and the power to solace the distressed, to strengthen the weak, to give light to the dark- ened, to give help to the needy, to comfort the troubled, is of the eternal disposition of God. It is a necessary and abiding element of his nature. or is its disclosure confined to the ew Testament.