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-"Hear him, ye heavens, and bless them !"The next moment she was a corpse !

If there be one sight that can affect the heart more than another, it is that of seeing an infant, in all its playfulness, and with all its natural grace and beauty, and in all its innocency, unconsciously smiling upon the countenance, and pressing the cold deadly cheek of her who but a few weeks or months before had given to it · life. We then see the contrast between the most painful and the most lovely sight in nature - the joy of a smiling babe, courting, as it were, play upon the marble, insensible breast of its youthful mother : and as we behold that which seems to us like a blushing flower suddenly torn from the bud to which it so lately clung, and from which it received nutriment, our heart sinks within us to view it untimely plucked and withered. At such a sight philosophy can supply nothing of power to soothe effectually the painful feelings of agitated nature. Even religion herself for the instant loses her wonted influence, and has no balm to pour immediately upon the mind. They, then, who are exposed to such a sight are left to-struggle with a feeling that must burst their suffering

breasts, if Nature, or rather Nature's God, did not send relief in tears, by loosening the cords and ligatures that bind down and strain the heart; and thus it was that the man of God and myself went out and both wept bitterly. When at length we turned in our walk homewards to gaze upon each other, he, grasping his small bible, and holding it up to my view, exclaim

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“ Te spectem, suprema mihi cum venerit hora,

Te teneam moriens, deficiente manu !"

On my return home, I found a letter awaiting me from my friend Mr. Jordan, stating the particulars of his son's marriage, and the distress it had occasioned him by the overthrow of all his fondest hopes and expectations; and all of which he felt the more acutely, as the connexion had been made with the knowledge of being in direct opposition to his long established sentiments and feelings : yet for some time before his son's death his resentment had been gradually wearing away, and he only awaited his return from the continent, and the renewal of his prayer for reconciliation, to bury in oblivion all that had passed. After detailing various other cir

cumstances, which the Rector had already made known to me, and expressing the shock he had received at the account which had then only first reached him, he begged of me to repair instantly to the young widow, and to assure her how ready he was to receive her and her child into his family, and to offer every protection he was able to afford. He concluded by stating, that, as he himself was now confined to his bed by what he hoped was only a slight illness, he should directly upon his recovery hasten down to Essex. In the mean time, he implored me by the friendship I bore him, to do every thing that might make all parties regret less his personal absence. I instantly took this letter to the Rectory, when the venerable man, my new-made friend, regretted with myself, that we had not received it sooner; we took care, however, to apprise Mr. Jordan of what had happened, and we again separated to dwell upon the pitiable event, and to reflect upon the heavy trials and afflictions to which we mankind so frequently exposed in this life; and from these to confirm and settle ourselves more strongly in the belief and assurance of that day of future retribution, when the sufferings of

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this present time will, to those who have been tried and found faithful, be recompensed by an eternal weight of glory, and every tongue shall confess that the Lord God Almighty is just and true in all his ways.

THE MAIDEN'S STORY.

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