Bathsheba's Letters to Her Cousin Deborah 1831-1861

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John C. Winston Company, 1913 - 253 pages
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Page 185 - I used to blush when he came near, but then I showed no sign ; With all the meeting looking on, I held his hand in mine. It seemed my bashfulness was gone, now I was his for life: Thee knows the feeling, Hannah, — thee, too, hast been a wife.
Page 182 - Father's mercy shows in this : 'tis better I should be Picked out to bear the heavy cross — alone in age — than 178 We've lived together fifty years: it seems but one long day, One quiet Sabbath of the heart, till he was called away ; And as we bring from Meeting-time a sweet contentment home, So, Hannah, I have store of peace for all the days to come.
Page 165 - One, I love, Two, I love, Three, I love, I say, Four, I love with all my heart, And five, I cast away ; Six, he loves, Seven, she loves, Eight, they both love ; Nine, he comes, Ten, he tarries, Eleven, he courts, Twelve, he marries ; Thirteen wishes, Fourteen kisses, All the rest little witches.
Page 181 - Tis kind of thee To wait until the Friends were gone, who came to comfort me: The still and quiet company a peace may give, indeed, But blessed is the single heart that comes to us at need. Come, sit thee down! Here is the bench where Benjamin would sit On First-day afternoons in spring, and watch the swallows flit: He loved to smell the sprouting box, and hear the pleasant bees Go humming round the lilacs and through the apple-trees.
Page 184 - My wedding-gown was ashen silk, too simple for my taste: I wanted lace around the neck, and a ribbon at the waist. How strange it seemed to sit with him upon the women's side! I did not dare to lift my eyes: I felt more fear than pride, Till "In the presence of the Lord," he said, and then there came A holy strength upon my heart and I could say the same.
Page 135 - Coming in late and unannounced, his peculiar dress and manner excited attention and apprehension that he was an itinerant enthusiast. He presented his certificate from Friends in America, but the dissatisfaction still remained, and some one remarked that perhaps the stranger Friend might feel that his dedication of himself to this apprehended service was accepted, without further labor, and that he might now feel free to return to his home.
Page 186 - But Ruth is still a Friend at heart ; she keeps the simple tongue, The cheerful, kindly nature we loved when she was young; And it was brought upon my mind, remembering her, of late, That we on dress and outward things perhaps lay too I once heard Jesse Kersey say, a spirit clothed with grace, And pure, almost, as angels are, may have a homely face.
Page 185 - It is not right to wish for death; the Lord disposes best. His Spirit comes to quiet hearts, and fits them for His rest; And that He halved our little flock was merciful, I see: For Benjamin has two in heaven, and two are left with me.
Page 184 - twas not the least of shocks, For Benjamin was Hicksite. and father Orthodox. I thought of this ten years ago, when daughter Ruth we lost : Her husband's of the world, and yet I could not see her crossed.
Page 59 - With Dukes and Marquises on bended knee ; And they did splash her with raal Macasshur, And the Queen said, ' Ah ! then thank ye all for me ! ' Then the trumpets braying, and the organ playing, And sweet trombones, with their silver tones ; But Lord Rolle was rolling — 'twas mighty consoling To think his Lordship did not break his bones...

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