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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1835, by B. Donn, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Northern District of New York.
I love thy Church, O God !
Her walls before thee stand, Dear as the apple of thine eye,
And graven on thy hand.
Beyond my highest joy
I prize her heavenly ways, Her sweet communion, solemn vows,
Her hymns of love and praise.
The author of the following work has long felt the importance of having some such compendious view of the Doctrines, Ministry, and Worship of the Church, as he has here attempted. In the course of his ministry he has often wished for a short treatise, to put into the hands of those who had neither time nor inclination to read voluminous works, that they might see at once what the Church taught on these subjects. The object of the present volume is to supply, according to the best of his ability, this deficiency.
He does not profess to have explained all the important doctrines of the Church, nor to have written so fully on her Ministry and Worship as, by some readers, might be thought desirable. He aimed at brevity. He wished to prepare a book which all could find time to read, and which would teach them whatever was most essential to be known, on the several subjects of which it treats. How far he has attained this object, he leaves his fellow Churchmen to judge.
That this work may receive the blessing of Him who is the source of “every good and perfect gift,” that it may