My First Travels
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859. Excerpt: ... I repassed the old church, after looking at the unfinished new one, the building of which, they told me, stood still for want of money, now that Monsieur B. was gone: I entered again, with a feeling of interest, the one wherein he had ministered during the brief course of his earthly work. The golden sunbeams had long withdrawn; the rather long but narrow nave was in darkness: a faint, star-like glimmer at a distance led me on: a real star, as I proceeded, seemed to hang self-suspended in the gloom. It was the small lamp that hung before the altar. As I found its light increasing, the thought crossed me that this light, like that which of old burned in the temple of God, had been, with the faith it typified, put out, it might seem for ever, by the wrath of of man in the violence of revolutionary infidelity: peace restored it burned again as it had burned before: and so shall the faith of Christ, in England as in France, revive again and again when the enemy deems it extinguished for ever, because His word is pledged that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. The children on whose heads the sunbeams fell, were now gone--they carried the sunbeams away in their young hearts. But as I came on in a line with the light of the lamp it fell full on a figure and a face, which are still present to my eyes. A young woman knelt on a chair: she did not appear to be praying; but rather to have just ceased to pray, and to be listening to the answer. Her hands laid one over the other, hung from the rail of the chair: her eyes looked straight on; an indescribable smile was diffused over her whole countenance, but did not disturb the lips that were partly open like those of one who listens. It was just a living illustration of the words, "Ask and ye shall receive...
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