The Shady Side and the Sunny Side, by Country Ministers' Wives [M S Hubbell and Mrs Phelps]

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 300 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. 1867. Excerpt: ... "Now, indeed, I cannot stay in Salem." In less than a month from this sad event, much to the general surprise and grief of his people, he received and accepted a call to Millville. CHAPTER XXI. "O love! thou hast a noble throne. In bosoms where thy life-light falls; So warm and wide that they have sigh'd At leaving even household walls. A Gardener, wishing to construct a new trellis for a favourite vine, took the opportunity, after fruit-gathering, to disengage it from the old frame, and substitute the new. But the work, he found, required more time and patience than he had provided for: the branches more closely interlaced the paling, the tendrils clung with a more tenacious grasp, and the points of contact, which had looked so few, seemed numberless. When at length the work was completed, many a leaf was lying on the ground, many a tendril torn and drooping, and here and there a broken branch. So, in the disruption of our social ties, the actual experience often overruns our calculation. This point had often been revolved at the Salem parsonage: --" Would it be hard to leave, and seek a new home among strangers?" At such times Mary was wont to say, "The trial will be greater for you, Edward, than for me. The people have never loved me as they do you. Entering first, you liad the advantage. If we go to a new place, we shall start fair." In a hasty letter to sister Harriet, written amid the preparations for departure, she says: --" I find myself very strongly attached to this people; and I believe many of them are so to me. My sabbathschool class is very precious; the praying circle, too. It will take me long to feel at home in another. Many families have shown us only kindnesses, and those not a few--Mrs. Coleman, Mrs. Crampton, and Mrs. Cook. Oh! what do ...

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