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PREPARATIVE OR PERSUASIVE
BY JOHN SHEPPARD,
“ ESSAYS FOR CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENT ;” “AN AUTUMN DREAM," &c.
“La meditation n'est pas l'oraison; mais elle en est le fondement essentiel."
TO MY MOTHER. *
Oh thou, that in some far off realm of rest
* Who marked, in the first edition, many passages which she preferred; and departed this life April 2, 1824.
To such true dedication ;—but 'tis meet, 'Tis the permitted solace memory claims; 'Tis in accordance with thy Lord's command; 'Tis but to honour feebly her whose crown Of righteous years would I had honour'd more, To inscribe the page to thee.
Though friendship seal These thoughts with her approval, and the mind Of good men yield a suffrage which perchance Nurtures too much the teeming root of pride, -Nay, had each plume that intellect and taste And pure devotion point, enhanc'd their praise,All ought to be less treasur'd than these marks, Trac'd with a simple pencil, by the hand Of a fond parent;—whose enfeebled sight And pious lips bent o’er the filial line Unwearied ; uttering praise for life prolong'u, Because, in its last wintry weeks, I bore This volume to her solitude; where oft Her pleased affection still its leaves review d; Till death, unclasping heaven's eternal book, Shew'd the deep indigence of earthly thought,
By that contrasted splendour quite reveal’d!
This hand enfolded mine, while helplessly, In mute instinctive fondness, yet I hung Upon thy bosom ; it sustain'd my course Yet unassurd and tottering; from the lips Of infancy it wip'd off many a gush Of fear and sorrow ; from the school child's eye, Oppress'd by tasks impos'd, with downcast gaze Foreboding inability and scorn, It dried the trembling drop, while soothing words Pour'd all a mother's comforts through the heart. -Nor less maternal as it feebler grew; For e'en in latest months its tender grasp Upheld the giddy steps and help'd the sports Of children's children, nor would own the toil.
True-'twas untaught to wake melodious wires,