Excerpt from Devotions in the Ancient Way of Offices: With Psalms, Hymns, and Prayers, for Every Day in the Week, and Every Holy Day in the Year
Ration has been accustomed to sing them, versions which he would doubtless have gladly employed instead of his own less successful efforts. To have retained these latter would, no doubt, have added to the interest of the book as a mere antiquarian reprint, but with prejudice to its utility as an manual of devotion, the sole character in which it now appears again. It has never quite lost its charm, and old copies of the various adaptations of it, scattered far and wide, still assist the meditations and prayers of devout souls in many places; so that it may well be that, even amidst the variety and abundance of cognate works which pour incessantly from the press, John Austin's pious volume may meet, more completely than any other, the special needs of not a few seekers after holiness of life.
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