The Penitent's Prayer: A Practical Exposition of the Fifty-First Psalm by Thomas Alexander

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"And now could the author flatter himself that any one would take half the pleasure in reading the following exposition, which he hath taken in writing it, he would not fear the loss of his labour. The employment detached him from the bustle and hurry of life, the din of politics, and the noise of folly; vanity and vexation flew away for a season, care and disquietude came not near his dwelling. He arose fresh as the morning to his task: the silence of the night invited him to pursue it: and he can truly say, that food and rest were not preferred before it. Every psalm improved infinitely on his acquaintance with it; and no one gave him uneasiness but the last: for then he grieved that his work was done. Happier hours than those which have been spent on these meditations on the Songs of Sion he never expects to see in this world. Very pleasantly did they pass, and moved smoothly and swiftly along; for when thus engaged, he counted no time. They are gone, but have left a relish and a fragrance upon the mind, and the remembrance of them is sweet." - Bishop Horne's Commentary on the Book of Psalms, Preface, pp. 61, 62.

"The force of David's character was vast, and the scope of his life was immense. His harp was full-stringed, and every angel of joy and of sorrow swept over the chords as he passed; but the melody always breathed of heaven.

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