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SACRED MIRROR.

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CREATION of the WORLD to the DEATH of St. PAUL.

WITH

A CONTINUATION,

From that Period to the final Destruction of Jerusalem by the
Romans.

DESIGNED FOR THE MENTAL IMPROVEMENT OF YOUTH, AND
PARTICULARLY ADAPTED TO THE USE OF SCHOOLS.

By the Rev. THOMAS SMITH,

AUTHOR OF THE UNIVERSAL ATLAS, &c. &c.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN AND REES, PATERNOSTER-ROW; AND
J. HARRIS, CORNER OF ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

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Printed by H. Bryer, Bridewell Hospital, Bridge Street.

PREFACE.

AT T a period marked by bold innovation, and tinctured with a spirit of infidelity, it is certainly incumbent on every member of, or well wisher to the church of God, to make a vigorous exertion for the promulgation of that Gospel on which the Christian Religion is happily founded, and which demands our utmost reverence, as the only true guide to eternal life.

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Impressed with this idea, and anxious to render an important service to the rising generation, whose tender minds, and expanding faculties, require the most delicate and unremitting attention, to preserve them from the contagion of vice, I have endeavoured to allure them to the study of the Scriptures,, by a brief but connected view of the Sacred: History; which, I trust, may not only excite their curiosity, but enlighten their understandings, and influence their conduct. It is generally acknowledged that "example strikes where precept fails," and it is possible that, in perusing the following sheets, my young readers may verify the asser

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