I am lucky enough to have in my personal library a book entitled ‘The Mourner’s Friend or Sighs of Sympathy For Those Who Sorrow’. It is a collection of prose and verse compiled to give comfort to the grieving. Edited by J.B. Syme, published in 1852 by S.A. Howland in Worcester, Mass, USA; its contents are predominantly by American authors. My copy of the book has some water damage, ageing paper, and precarious binding, so before it deteriorates my project to preserve the words of the authors will find its way here on the MOLAM blog.
WHAT woes are caused by death in this world! They are seen everywhere. The earth is “arched with graves.” In almost every dwelling, death has been doing his work of misery. The palace cannot exclude him; and he comes unbidden into the cottage. He finds his way to the dwelling of ice in which the Greenlander and the Esquimaux live ; to the tent of the Bedouin Arab, and the wandering Tartar ; to the wigwam of the Indian, and to the harem of the Turk ; to the splendid mansion of the rich, as well as to the abode of the poor. That reign of death has now extended near six thousand years, and will travel on to future years, –meeting each generation, and consigning the young, the vigorous, the lovely and the pure, to dust. Shall that gloomy reign continue forever? Is there no place where death can be excluded ? Yes: Heaven, –and the object of the Redeemer is to bring us there.