The Mountain Wild Flower
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. "But can the noble mind forever brood, The willing victim of a weary mood, On heartless cares that squander life away, And cloud young Genius brightening into day 1 "Yet still may hope her talisman employ, To snatch from heaven anticipated joy: And all her kindred energies impart, That burn the brightest in the purest heart." Campbell's Pleasures Of Hope. We have already spoken of the cloud that enveloped the home of Mary in gloom, but, dark and dense as it was, it could not shut out from her soul the light of the Star of Bethlehem. How high, how noble, how commanding the prerogative of the Spirit of Grace to illumine the mourner's bosom with the consolations of religion. It will be necessary to contemplate the subject of this memoir on every page as just passing the vestibule of eternity, for from early childhood she seemed to have been overshadowed with a consciousness of her speedy departure, and a deep but cheerful impression of the nearness and vastness of everlasting scenes. Her life seemed like the placid beauty of Niagara's waters "ere they dash below,"--her probation like a flower suspended on that verge; baptized with the dew of death, and yet lingering awhile, and encircled with the mystic bow of the covenant, " green as an emerald." Her countenance, her conversation, her writings, and even her hourly deportment in the walks of domestic life, all seemed tinged with the mellow light of heaven. And those who saw her most and knew her best, have told me that her presence imparted cheerfulness and solemnity to the feelings of all her associates. All this apposite to her early as well as maturer years. Even in her tender childhood she was remarkably conscientious, and afraid of doing wrong. She trembled at the approach...
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