Fact and Fiction: A Collection of Stories

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C. S. Francis and Company, 1854 - 282 pages
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Page 40 - A creature not too bright or good For human nature's daily food; For transient sorrows, simple wiles, Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears and smiles And now I see with eye serene The very pulse of the machine; A being breathing thoughtful breath, A traveller betwixt life and death; The reason firm, the temperate will, Endurance, foresight, strength and skill : A perfect Woman, nobly planned, To warn, to comfort and command; And yet a Spirit still, and bright With something of angelic light.
Page 52 - John Estaugh, whose preaching had so deeply impressed her at eleven years of age. This was almost like a glimpse of home — her dear old English home! She stepped forward with more than usual cordiality, saying: "Thou art welcome, Friend Estaugh; the more so for being entirely unexpected." " And I am glad to see thee, Elizabeth," he replied with a friendly shake of the hand. " It was not until after I landed in America, that I heard the Lord had called thee hither before me; but I remember thy father...
Page 51 - She was too busy to be sad, and leaned too trustingly on her Father's hand to be doubtful of her way. The neighboring Indians soon loved her as a friend, for they found her always truthful, just, and kind. From their teachings, she added much to her knowledge of simple medicines. So efficient was her skill and so prompt...
Page 50 - ... the earth never so verdant. As she sat at her window and saw evening close in upon her in that broad forest home, and heard, for the first time, the mournful notes of the whippo-wil and the harsh scream of the jay in the distant woods, she was oppressed with a sense of vastness, of infinity, which she never before experienced, not even on the ocean. She remained long in prayer, and when she lay down to sleep beside her matron friend, no words were spoken between them. The elder, overcome with...
Page 51 - As the superb plant ripened, she acknowledged that it more than realized the pictures of her childish imagination. But when winter came, and the gleaming snow spread its unbroken silence over hill and plain, was it not dreary then ? It would have been dreary indeed to one who entered upon this mode of life from mere love of novelty, or a vain desire to do ! something extraordinary. But the idea of extended usefulness, which had first lured this remarkable girl into a path so unusual, sustained |...
Page 149 - Turnpenny," said Mrs. Lane to Mrs. Fairweather. " You will find nobody to envy you. If her temper does not prove too much even for your good nature, it will surprise all who know her. We lived there a year, and that is as long as anybody ever tried it.
Page 54 - ... the laborers worked harder than they. When he returned, glowing from this exercise, she could not but observe that the excellent youth had a goodly countenance. It was not physical beauty; for of that he had little. It was that cheerful, child-like, out-beaming honesty of expression, which we not unfrequently see in Germans, who, above all nations, look as if they carried a crystal heart within their manly bosoms. Two days after, when Elizabeth went to visit her patients, with a sled-load of...
Page 158 - It was one of those cold snapping mornings, when a slight thing irritates both man and beast. The cattle all stood very still and meek, till one of the cows attempted to turn round. In making the attempt, she happened to hit her next neighbour; whereupon the neighbour kicked and hit another. In five minutes, the whole herd were kicking and hooking each other, with all fury.
Page 54 - Sabbath, the whole family, as usual, attended Newtown meeting'; and there John Estaugh was gifted with an outpouring of the spirit in his ministry, which sank deep into the hearts of those who listened to him. Elizabeth found it so marvellously applicable to the trials and temptations of her own soul, that she almost deemed it was spoken on purpose for her.
Page 62 - ... the lowliest dew-drop reflects the image of the highest star. The tenderness of Rosalie's conscience required an outward form of marriage ; though she well knew that a union with her proscribed race was unrecognised by law, and therefore the ceremony gave her no legal hold on Edward's constancy. But her high, poetic nature regarded the reality rather than the semblance of things ; and when he playfully asked how she could keep him if he wished to run away, she replied, " Let the church that my...

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