A Basket of Fragments

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 254 pages
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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. 1899. Excerpt: ... He knows how I am longing Some burdened soul to win. And so He bids me go and speak A loving word for Him. He bids me tell His wondrous love, And why He came to die, And so we work together, My Lord and I. I have His yoke upon me, And easy 'tis to bear; In the burden that He carried I gladly take a share, For when I have it on me I always feel Him nigh, --We bear them both together, My Lord and I. Mrs. Sharey. ON THE RECEIPT OF MY MOTHER'S PICTURE. Oh that those lips had language! Life has passed With me but roughly since I heard thee last. Those lips are thine--thy own sweet smile I see, The same, that oft in childhood solaced me; Voice only fails, else how distinct they say, "Grieve not, my child, chase all thy fears away!" The meek intelligence of those dear eyes (Blessed by the art that can immortalize, The art that baffles Time's tyrannic claim To quench it) here shines on me still the same, Faithful remembrancer of one so dear: O welcome guest, though unexpected here! Who bidd'st me honour with an artless song, Affectionate, a mother lost so long, I will obey, not willingly alone, But gladly as the precept were her own; And while that face renews my filial grief, Fancy shall weave a charm for my relief, Shall steep me in Elysian reverie, A momentary dream that thou art she. My Mother! when I learned that thou wast dead, Say, wast thou conscious of the tears I shed? Hovered thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son, Wretch even then, life's journey just begun? Perhaps thou gavest me, though unfelt, a kiss; Perhaps a tear, if souls can weep in bliss.--Thy nightly visits to my chamber made, That thou might'st know me safe and warmly laid; Thy morning bounties, ere I left my home The biscuit or confectionery plum; The fragrant waters on my cheek bestowed, By thy...

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