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we saw not the brighter proofs of the influence of Christianity, through a series of ages, on the heart. We had the prejudices of education to encounter, and to tear the most cherished opinions from the centre of the soul. The best miracle is a renovated heart. So, doubter, purge thine eyes, and there is light enough.' I looked up, and the apostle was gone; and the evening winds, through the shades of midnight, were sighing over the sea of Gennesaret.
Believe it not:
The primal duties shine aloft, like stars;
The generous inclination, the just rule,
For high and not for low, for proudly graced
And not for meek of heart. The smoke ascends
THE poor and the rich meet together in our world, as the rose and the thorn grow on the same bush. My aunt Hannah was wont to say, when she came home from some splendid mansion to her father's humble, but certainly not uncomfortable abode, "I have been to the wrong place to-day; it is more profitable to visit those below us than above us. With the rich we learn to murmur, and from the poor we
may take a lesson of contentment." Hence, I suppose, to find this needed lesson, she, was sometimes accustomed to visit the poor-house.
The Bundleborough alms-house stoc at the foot of a high hill, which fenced it, if not from the cold Septentrion blast, yet from Eurus and Argestes loud. It was built of a pale dirty brick, and I can seem to see its fan-placed tiles over its windows, forming a semiarch, which seemed to laugh at the rules of Gothic or Grecian architecture. All alms-houses are alike; and Crabbe has described its interior and local condition exactly. It stood, there
"Where the putrid vapors flagging play,
And the dull wheel hums doleful through the day;
One morning, after my aunt had spent the previous afternoon at Squire Wilson's, by far the genteelest family in our neighborhood, she received the news that a young woman was sick in the poor-house, whose intelligence and good morals seemed to bespeak that she was one of those unhappy characters, who have fallen from refinement to poverty, and was now left friendless and sick, to die, neglected and alone.
She went; and I begged to accompany her; and we found the sick and suffering victim, in a little stived room, smelling strongly of oakum, in which were two other beds, and a compound of all the villanous smells, calculated rather to destroy health, than to restore the sick to health again. There were six people crowded into the same room-one old woman with a cancer; an old man with a sore leg; an Irish damsel with her illegitimate child: no fresh air, which I consider as the best of medicines; no sweet and cooling breeze visited the feverish blood, in this stived and polluted apartment; but on a little flock-bed, separated from the rest by a blanket suspended on two forks, lay one of the loveliest and most patient forms, that ever was resigned by disease, to the mouldering arms of death.
Sarah Liddell, (for this was her name,) was rather small of stature, of a slender frame, with a cheek, which a hectic flush had by no means robbed of its beauty; with an eye, though impaired by disease, still bright and expressive; and with one of the softest voices that ever melted on the human ear. When we saw her, she was in her twenty-seventh year; a period when a woman's beauty is thought to have reached that maturity, which is on the point of decay. On the whole, I thought her the handsomest woman I had ever seen. She had beauty; the highest beauty; the beauty not only of color and form, but of expression. But alas! what is beauty, when united
to poverty; when the gift of one, destined to tread the unprotected walks of common life. I have often heard it said, that to those girls, who live out at service, in our cities, beauty is at once the intoxication and the bane. It is one of those treacherous gifts, bestowed only to endanger their virtue and increase their misery.
In her several interviews with my aunt, she told her story; which I found recorded in my aunt's hand writing; and what made it to me still more affecting, she never seemed to have discovered what was the cause of her calamities. She related her story with the simplicity of a child.
I don't know what my faults have been, Miss Oldbug, but I have been persecuted ever since the ceasing of my childhood. Ah! madam, ladies in your situation know not how much poor girls have to go through, who have nothing but their character to support them. So long ago as I can remember, I was the only daughter of a widowed mother, who was put to the hardest shifts to support me and herself. She had been well educated; she wished to be genteel; and when I was about seventeen years old, she married a physician, just fifteen years younger than herself. Every body thought it an imprudent match; and, as she had very little property to entice a young husband to this connection, every body found it difficult to divine what could be his motive. I can hardly believe myself that he had in view the horrid