Having sat under the shadow of this tree, and having found its fruit sweet to my taste, I have collected a small basket of it, which I now present to the reader. And if it is as sweet to you, as some portions have been to me, you will thank me for collecting it, and praise God for providing it.
Portions are suited to man as a sinner,
some are more suited to the seeker,
some for the confirmed believer, and
some for the poor unhappy backslider.
Like others that have gone before it, this little book contains a variety; and is intended to lead the reader to the Tree from which the fruit was gathered, where a greater variety, and almost infinite plenty — may be found. Some of this fruit is sharp — and some is sweet; some is solid — and some is full of refreshing juice; the grapes from Eschol were not finer, nor the dates from Canaan sweeter.