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OR, THE

DUTY AND MEANS OF BEING HAPPY.

BY THE

REV. JOSEPH BELCHER,

AUTHOR OF

“ INTERESTING NARRATIVES FROM THE SACRED VOLUME, ILLUSTRATED,"

ETC. ETC.

LONDON:

F. BAISLER, 124, OXFORD STREET;

T. WARD & CO., PATERNOSTER ROW.

1837.

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LIVE JOYFULLY!

CHAP. I.

MAN CAPABLE OF HAPPINESS PURSUES IT IN

IMPROPER PATHS.

What nothing earthly gives, or can destroy-
The soul's calm supshine, and the heartfelt joy.

" LIVE JOYFULLY!"-Such was the counsel given by Solomon, the wisest of mere mortals ; and we are neither disposed to explain away the injunction, to affix to it a qualified sense, to spiritualize it, as a certain censurable practice has sometimes been called, nor in any other way to lessen the force of it, considered as the high command of Heaven. It is true that some persons, who have entirely misunderstood the nature of true religion, have represented it as unfavourable to enjoyment, and as cherishing a spirit of moroseness and

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